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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 […]


A man and his ship: Survivors

A man and his ship: Survivors

Wednesday, to all outward appearances, was a normal day in the life of Elmer Scullawl. He put together a Coke salad for the next day’s Thanksgiving dinner, tended to other chores, and went out with friends to eat supper at Murphy’s in Bartlesville. But it was also a day for giving thanks that he was […]


Fighting hunger all year long

Fighting hunger all year long

Thanksgiving is around the corner and some people are thinking about that one big dinner, but one group has food on its mind year round: Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. Program coordinator Emily Hudson knows there is a need to help feed children throughout the year, which is where the backpack program comes into play. […]


Roundup marks 20 years of bison on the prairie

Roundup marks 20 years of bison on the prairie

At sunrise, steam rose like a light fog off bison as they grunted and grumbled, their routines interrupted by corralling trucks Thursday morning during the annual Nature Conservancy roundup. The week-long roundup, the only time the bison come into close contact with humans,  is used to count, tag, medicate and sort the herd. This year […]


Retiring the flag

Retiring the flag

No one can quite remember when the last flag retirement occurred at Camp McClintock in the Osage Hills, or even if there has ever been one. For sure, the camp has not hosted one since at least the 1990s, but on Saturday a couple dozen scouts from at least seven different troops, including Pawhuska’s two, […]


Dirty Dozen Tour blows into the Osage

Dirty Dozen Tour blows into the Osage

Battling wind, followed by cooling fall temperatures, 84 golfers competed in the Dynamic Discs Dirty Dozen Tour’s stop at The Lodge near Pawhuska this weekend. Those who competed in the tournament last year weren’t complaining too much about the wind. “It wasn’t this windy last year, but it was raining,” Fort Worth, Texas, golfer Dustin […]


Barndall bests Woodland, heads to state

Barndall bests Woodland, heads to state

The Barnsdall Panthers and Woodland Cougars came full circle Friday afternoon. The two faced off against one another at the start of the Class A Regional Tournament in Fairfax Thursday, ending in a Barnsdall 7-2 win. Woodland worked its way back into the championship game by Friday, but wasn’t able to take down the Panthers, […]


Church with a good soul closes

Church with a good soul closes

For 105 years, Barnsdall’s first church has quietly served the town in ways both small and large. For years, with a tiny membership, it operated the only community food bank to feed the hungry, rustled up school supplies and Christmas gifts for poor children, filled Thanksgiving baskets for the needy, and regularly opened its doors […]


Behind the lens

Behind the lens

When photographing a big event, make sure to keep your eye on the main players, but on those surrounding them. Bigheart Times photographer Rachel Anne Seymour took this photograph during the Barnsdall High School Homecoming ceremony. Flower girl Lainey Tarwater is not impressed with Kissing Captain Caleb Smith’s moves on Queen Cassidy Kelley. If you […]


The easiest yes to a hard fall

The easiest yes to a hard fall

Saturday’s bronc ride was the longest of Fayth Holloway’s riding career, even if she left without a time. But it was also the 13-year-old’s first bronc ride, despite her father’s protests. “Dad was telling her the whole time ‘You’re not riding. You’re not riding,’” her mother Carrie Holloway said. “I didn’t like it at all,” […]


Blooming roadside unusual, but welcomed

Blooming roadside unusual, but welcomed

The unusually rainy summer has not only been making everyone’s grass grow at a record rate, but has kept wildflowers blooming in record numbers. You don’t have to look much farther than the roadside ditch for a few flowers, but if you’re wanting to see more head out the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve or any of […]


Tallchief: A man of many titles

Tallchief: A man of many titles

The life of George Tall Chief, a man described as a “closer” who always did what he set out to do and did it well whether he was bull-riding, leading the Osage Nation or scouting for the Baltimore Colts, was celebrated Saturday at a standing-room-only memorial service in Grayhorse. He was a man of many […]


Constantine Variety Show

Constantine Variety Show

The Constantine Theater hosted another variety show Saturday. Many of the performances were singers and musicians, including Sean Standing Bear and Myron Red Eagle, who played ‘Me and You and A Dog Named Boo.’ By Rachel Anne Seymour


For kids, a ballet of dreams

For kids, a ballet of dreams

Most kids in Osage County – or anywhere else, for that matter – can only dream of performing on stage alongside seasoned professionals, especially alongside ballet dancers who generally limit themselves to audiences in large cities. But 30 children, many of them Osage and from Pawhuska, Skiatook and other towns in Osage County, attained that […]


Fighting big tobacco with simple policy

Fighting big tobacco with simple policy

Another Pawhuska business has become officially smoke free and breathe easy last week through the Osage Nation Communities of Excellence program. Pawhuska has several smoke-free business, and the latest addition is Tallgrass Prairie Flowers, owned by Tina and Tony Avallone. “People don’t realize the secondhand effects,” Tina Avallone said. “I want people to respect not […]


Skiatook queen ropes herself the Cavalcade crown

A local Osage County Roundup Club has the honor of claiming this year’s Cavalcade Queen as their own, after Skiatook Roundup Club member Kelcee Dickman rode, or splashed in Sunday’s case, around the Osage County Fairgrounds arena with the shining silver Cavalcade Queen crown, new chaps, belt buckle and saddle. Dickman, 24, who won the […]


There’s a snake in my bucket

There's a snake in my bucket

Holly Hagen was getting ready to head for a family get-together in Ada on June 30 when she came across a critter in her mop bucket that would have felled the average person: A very large Burmese python that animal control officer Troy Jester said was eight feet long. “I don’t think it was really […]


World champion marksmen

World champion marksmen

From the length of 10 football fields laid end-to-end, two Hominy teens are masters of precision with extremely large guns. Over the weekend, 15-year-old Andrew Powell, shooting a .50-caliber rifle for only the third time in his life, became the Junior World Champion at the Fifty Caliber Shooters Association’s World Championship in Raton, N.M., taking […]


Parade Marshal met wife in Italy and saw Mussolini

Parade Marshal met wife in Italy and saw Mussolini

As an Army sergeant in WWII, Levi Dawson spent a lot of time in Italy and got more than he bargained for. He saw Mount Vesuvius erupt in 1944, saw Mussolini strung up after he was captured, and got his heart stolen by a pretty little Italian girl. Levi said he saw his wife, Nina, […]


Whited: If you have time for it, plant just one plant.

Whited: If you have time for it, plant just one plant.

Frank Whited grew up in a different time, when truck farms rich with vegetables dotted the road between Avant and Skiatook and farm-to-market was a reality, not a goal. Now at age 76, Whited hasn’t outgrown the habit of growing his own vegetables and canning or freezing them for consumption throughout the year, and supplying […]


Local experts shed light on traditional Osage clothes and symbols

The annual Osage Nation In-Lon-Schka Dances are in full swing, having finished up the festivities in Hominy this past weekend. This tradition gives Osages a chance to get in touch with their history and heritage, wearing traditional clothes, eating traditional foods and performing traditional dances. Watching a traditional dance, to an outside observer, can almost […]