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Smokey Bear celebrates 70

Smokey Bear celebrates 70

The 70th birthday of a cuddly but silent American icon who wears 60-by 30-inch Wrangler jeans was celebrated in Pawhuska and Fairfax on Friday, a day ahead of the real birthday of Smokey Bear. In a dark, humble room that morning, a pair of Bureau of Indian Affairs Osage Agency Wildland firefighters, Rann Tingtella and […]


Cattleman of the Year

Cattleman of the Year

Frederick F. Drummond, a man who left the banking industry to take over his family’s ranch when his father fell ill with cancer in 1958, was named the Oklahoma Cattleman of the Year over the weekend. He earned the title not through the prowess of his cowboying skills, but through his business acumen and lifelong […]


11k raised for fallen friend

11k raised for fallen friend

Chunks of dirt flew through the air Sunday afternoon at the Osage County Fairgrounds Arena as a community came together in support of a fallen colleague. Osage County Fairgrounds manager Cecil Gullett III died of a heart attack earlier this month at age 39, leaving behind a wife and three children. In response, several area […]


4th of July

4th of July

Still sassy at 100

Still sassy at 100

When the odometer rolls over in a human life, it can lead to some awkward moments. Last month, Robbie Burnett took her mom to the doctor, and realized that when she had to fill out some new forms. The “today’s date” she penned into the form was in May 2014, and the next date to […]


Hominy Dances 2014

Hominy Dances 2014

Trout are out in Pawhuska

The state Wildlife Department says it spent a half-million dollars improving infrastructure at  Lake Pawhuska for the benefit of trout anglers, but will not stock the lake with trout again because it has been at odds with the city over lowering the lake level during trout season. Starting this year, the Wildlife Department will move […]


Ballfields for the future

Ballfields for the future

For Beth Reed and Jerry Mosley, the evolving spread near the old Pawhuska Hospital is not a field of dreams, but an economic sure thing that will benefit Osage County for years to come. If you’ve drive by it, you’ve seen bulldozers working, shaping the earth into what is starting to resemble softball and baseball […]


Times wins top award

Times wins top award

The Bigheart Times, always a bridesmaid and never a bride in statewide press competitions, broke the cycle of being No. 2 over the weekend when it won the top award for newspapers of its size in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Press Association awarded the paper the Sequoyah Award Friday night, meaning the paper was judged the […]


Calling all budding engineers

The Pawhuska Public Library will have two programs for budding engineers creating with LEGOS. If you like to learn how things work, go to Pawhuska Public Library Thursday June 19 at 1:30 p.m. or Monday June 23 at 1:30 p.m. Thursday’s program is geared to children kindergarten through 5th grade; Monday’s program is geared to youth 6th grade […]


Recount results in same totals

Recount results in same totals

All the vote counts add up and the 2014 Osage Nation election is finally in the books. At the request of congressional candidate Cecelia Lemon Tallchief, the Osage Nation Election Board conducted a recount Friday. The recount, which was not open to the public, lasted more than six hours and yielded the same results as […]


For the love of music

For the love of music

When she was much younger, Michaela Gordon would dance her heart off in the living room of her Barnsdall home. From the ages of four through 11, she’d flit about until her brother Maxwell got sufficiently irritated that their mother, Debra Gordon, would tell her that was quite enough. At 11, Michaela discovered she could […]


Grayhorse 2014

Grayhorse 2014

Bigheart Day 2014

Bigheart Day 2014

Pawhuska High School Graduation 2014

Pawhuska High School Graduation 2014

Barnsdall High School Graduation 2014

Barnsdall High School Graduation 2014

Goodbye, Mr. Potter

Goodbye, Mr. Potter

Les Potter has been a fixture around Pawhuska since he was born, but more particularly an avuncular, friendly face around Pawhuska Public Schools since 1992. And now, the principal of Pawhuska Elementary School is moving on to Alva, where he will be the principal of that city’s high school. On Monday night, he made it […]


Order in the Court

The Osage County Courthouse, ordinarily dead silent on Saturdays, was abuzz this past weekend with a sound rare on weekdays: Joy. The occasion: A round robin of mock trials that pitted homeschooling groups based in Tulsa and Bartlesville against each other, and featuring several Osage County children whose parents have opted for the more old-school […]


Pawhuska youth sports little league


Pawhuska Prom 2014

Pawhuska Prom 2014

Wheels for a better future

Wheels for a better future

Korey McGowen had a big win when he attended a retreat for burn victims a few weeks ago in Tulsa. He won a new car, not by sheer luck of the draw, but because he wrote the most compelling essay – and gave the most compelling interview – about why he needed one. The 17-year-old […]


At 100 years, a full and generous life.

At 100 years, a full and generous life.

Mildred McKinney was five years old when she moved to Barnsdall in the fall of 1919, making her way with her father, mother and brother by horse-drawn buggy from Mounds as a covered wagon carried their belongings. Her family had worked the land before, edging out a living, but Barnsdall was a land of opportunity. […]


2013 in photographs

2013 in photographs

The Bigheart Times photographer, Rachel Anne Seymour, pulled her favorite and best photographs from the year. Take a look back. Next week The Times will run the-year-in-review, featuring all the major news headlines from the year. By Rachel Anne Seymour


Snow days come to town, parades carry on

Snow days come to town, parades carry on

Winter Storm Cleon caused several schools throughout Osage County to cancel classes Friday. Another dusting of snow Sunday and Monday night caused more cancellations. On Tuesday, all Osage County Schools were closed. Skiatook called off it’s Friday Christmas Parade, but Barnsdall and Pawhuska carried on. Below are photographs from Pawhuska’s snow day on Friday and […]