Rachel Anne Seymour

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


Sperry slams Barnsdall

Sperry slams Barnsdall

oth the boys and girls Barnsdall varsity teams fell to Sperry. The girls lost 52-49 and the boy fell 72-29. The Panthers’ next game is Friday, Jan. 3 against the Woodland Tigers in Barnsdall. There will be no high school basketball games Friday, Jan. 27, while students are on Christmas break. By Rachel Anne Seymour


Eastwood formally charged in Avant FD break-in, arson

Eastwood formally charged in Avant FD break-in, arson

A Skiatook teen has been formally charged Tuesday afternoon in the Avant Fire Department break-in and arson, and at least one juvenile has confessed to being his accomplice. Harvey Gene Eastwood, 19, has been charged with third-degree arson, two counts of second-degree burglary and larceny of an auto. He was arrested Thursday. Eastwood, and at […]


Brief Pawhuska school lockdown causes rumors to fly

Brief Pawhuska school lockdown causes rumors to fly

Pawhuska Schools started lockdown procedures as an intoxicated 19-year-old, suspended student roamed the halls, but the procedures were not even finished by the time authorities had the student in custody, according to Pawhuska’s Assistant Chief Brian “Chris” Rumsey. Superintendent Landon Berry said the school did not go into a lockdown. According to Berry, teachers noticed […]


One arrest made in Avant Fire Department break-in, arson

One arrest made in Avant Fire Department break-in, arson

One arrest has been made in the Avant Fire Department break-in and truck arson Dec. 4. Harvey Gene Eastwood, 19, has been arrested on charges of arson, two counts of second-degree burglary and larceny of an auto Thursday. Vandals stole the volunteer fire department’s main truck, a 2008 Ford F350, after breaking into the building […]


One confession, no arrests in Avant Fire Department break-in

One confession, no arrests in Avant Fire Department break-in

A juvenile confessed to the destruction of the Avant Fire Department’s office and a truck arson that destroyed the volunteer department’s most valued vehicle last week. Although there could be more than one suspect, the sheriff’s department was not ready to release how many suspects they have identified. No arrests had been made by Tuesday […]


Tulsa DA declines to press charges on Skiatook coach

Tulsa DA declines to press charges on Skiatook coach

The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office has declined to press charges on the Skiatook head wrestling coach, who was arrested on misdemeanor domestic assault and battery allegations Monday, Nov. 4. According to First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond, the office decided not to press criminal charges because of a lack of evidence. “If we do […]


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 […]


Huskies welcome new Hall of Famers

The Pawhuska Huskies will welcome four more hall of famers into the group during a ceremony and banquet at Calvary Baptist Church next Friday. Ron Brown, Harrison Shackelford, Lisa Burd Chamberlin and Philip Rogers will be inducted into the Pawhuska Basketball Hall of Fame. Tickets for the 5 p.m. banquet are $10 and are available […]


CASA auctions off birdhouses, aprons

CASA auctions off birdhouses, aprons

The local CASA fundraiser will have a new twist this year, one you can tie around your waist before cooking Christmas dinner: Hand-decorated aprons. “I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner,” said Helen Norris, project director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. “A person can only have so many birdhouses. I have […]


Coaching change up at Shidler High

Coaching change up at Shidler High

The Barnsdall Panthers and Shidler Tigers have swapped coaches, continuing their friendly rivalry. Jake Christenson coached for the Tigers’ boys team last year, but was standing with the Panthers last week. Jake took a full-time teaching position with the school and also replaced his father Dale Christenson as the basketball coach. Dale wasn’t out of […]


Kids happy over homework

Kids happy over homework

Completing homework isn’t usually cause to break out the candy and get it on with some dance moves, but it is becoming the norm for kids at Pawhuska Elementary School. A new program called DAWGS (Daily Academic Work Gets Success), has dramatically increased the number of completed homework assignments at the school. Each week a […]


Giving food, thanks

A stockpile of frozen turkeys is defrosting in the fellowship hall at Pawhuska’s Immaculate Conception Church, fixing to get browned and basted for Thursday’s big dinner. The church has been scouting and storing turkeys for six months to feed the hungry this holiday. Immaculate Conception has fed an average of 50 people each day for […]


DA: CDIB not enough for Gilkey

DA: CDIB  not enough for Gilkey

In order to claim that the state does not have the power to prosecute former Huskie football coach Scotty Ray Gilkey Sr. for alleged crimes on Indian land, Gilkey must be an enrolled member of a tribe – not merely the holder of a CDIB card that shows he is one-quarter Pawnee, says District Attorney […]


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. […]


Boil your water, Barnsdall

UPDATE: The boil advisory was lifted Wednesday morning. After a water line break left Barnsdall without water for 24 hours followed by a week-long, voluntary water boil advisory, residents are rejoicing over flushing toilets and are ready to reach for the tap without firing up the stove. The boil advisory will remain in effect until […]


Bucks continue towards state, four others fall

Bucks continue towards state, four others fall

It was a rough go for most of the local football teams during the first round of the state playoff tournaments. Although each of the county teams qualified for the tournament, only one continued its season after Friday night’s games. The Hominy Bucks Class A football team was the only Osage County team to win […]


“We all loved Mallory. We all cared about Mallory.”

"We all loved Mallory. We all cared about Mallory."

For one more day, hundreds of Skiatook High School’s red nation traded their traditional red for Mallory Winegarten’s favorite color – purple – as they said goodbye to the 17-year-old senior cheerleader Thursday afternoon. “We all loved Mallory. We all cared about Mallory. And Mallory is gone,” Rev. Steve Whitaker said. Mallory died Saturday from […]


Barnsdall boil advisory, water running again

Barnsdall is under a voluntary, precautionary water boil advisory. The water plant is advising residents bring water to a full, rolling boil for at least one minute before use (drinking, food preparation, dish washing, tooth brushing, wound care and bathing infants, etc.). The advisory will remain in effect until further notice. The water line break, […]


A smile, extinguished

A smile, extinguished

Patriotic red, white and blue were the colors for many people this past weekend, but Skiatook took a different route: Purple, the favorite color of 17-year-old Mallory Winegarten. “I don’t know anyone that didn’t love my sister,” Misty Winegarten, 27, said. “She was very loving and caring.” A girl with a perpetually sunny disposition and […]


Davis wants blood test tossed in DUI charge

Barnsdall’s former police chief, Richard Shane Davis, is asking a judge to throw out the results of a blood test showing he was under the influence of four drugs when he crashed a patrol car in March. In a motion to suppress evidence filed last week, Davis’ lawyer, Jason Edge, says that Trooper Jim Armstrong […]


Emotional assembly

Emotional assembly

The Barnsdall Elementary School sang songs and presented the flags during the Monday morning Veterans Day assembly. The junior high and high school also attended the event, along with local residents and veterans. The assembly even brought tears to one first grader’s eyes. LaRae Clark, a reading tutor at the school, held her son Brodie […]


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 […]


A life saved over breakfast

A life saved over breakfast

Juanita Williams awakened her granddaughter Tiffanie Brown by singing “Happy Birthday” on Tuesday last week, but she isn’t sure why she decided to keep her home for her 12th birthday. “The doctor said it must have been divine intervention,” Williams said. “A miracle,” Tiffanie added. After sending Tiffanie’s 16-year-old half-sister Breanna Red Eagle off to […]