Religion

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 […]


Tent City: An encampment

Tent City: An encampment

On Thursday, just south of U.S. 60 and east of the asphalt ribbon called Highway 99 heading north into Kansas, a massive tent city sprung up, mystifying many a commuter. Some 600 people, all but one of them male, stayed in the field at Sooner Cattle Co. for three days, including a cold, wet Friday, […]


Lifting up dreams, Jesus

Lifting up dreams, Jesus

Barnsdall fifth graders Jay Jones and Patrick Lavergne dangled in the air, one on each end of a metal rod hoisted into the air by former NFL player Shawn King at Barnsdall High School on Monday. Jones and Lavergne were helping demonstrate the strength of the bar that Shawn’s brother Jerome, another former NFL player, […]


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 […]


Donating school supplies

Help is needed to fund the school supplies for needy kids program. For a tax deduction donation, please make checks payable to United Methodist Church c/o Nelda Branstetter. Cash will also be accepted at The American Heritage Bank or call Nelda at 918-847-3116. – Nelda Branstetter


Children Filming

The Skiatook Immanuel Baptist Church children’s choir will be filming a portion of their patriotic program on the Osage County Courthouse steps Friday. Janice Griffin, the choir director, said this is a written, published program they perform and film about every three years, and this is the fourth program they have done. Griffin said there […]


Skiatook pastor says he rebuked out of love

Skiatook pastor says he rebuked out of love

A Skiatook pastor who rebuked several people in a May 19 videotaped sermon that has gone viral on YouTube says he did it out of love. “I know I’m right, and I know I haven’t done anything wrong,” said Jim Standridge, who has pastored Immanuel Baptist Church for 24 years. “I don’t want to offend. […]


Girls clean up for Christ

Girls clean up for Christ

Keep Pawhuska clean. At least, that’s what Jenna and August Hague are trying to do when they meet at 9 a.m. every Saturday by the flagpole at the intersection of Main and Lynn streets. “We’ve been doing this for a couple of months, but we have been working on this project for almost a year,” […]


First Osage Indian ordained on Saturday

First Osage Indian ordained on Saturday

Todd Nance, a Hominyan who dreamed of being a priest since he was a toddler then spent nine years of his adult life in pursuit of that goal, was ordained Saturday in a three-hour ceremony at Tulsa’s Holy Family Cathedral. At times, Nance, 28, looked positively giddy as the event progressed through the laying on […]


Calling in the Calvary: No longer trapped

Calling in the Calvary: No longer trapped

Spending almost 30 years on her feet as a Pawhuska nurse finally took its toll on L.J. Collier. The steep stairs at her home were more like a locked gate than a pathway. “She bought a house with stairs that were almost keeping her trapped in the house,” her son Jake Collier said. “We knew […]


Preordained for the priesthood

Preordained for the priesthood

When he was just a toddler, Todd Nance stood apart from the other young parishioners at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hominy. While the other kids climbed over pews, fidgeted and ran around the nave, he was rapt, fascinated by the rites and ceremony administered by Father Jerry Ryan. “Todd would stand there enthralled,” his […]


Planting in Hominy

Planting in Hominy

Quakers from across Oklahoma converged on Hominy Sunday to plant a tree in front of the Hominy Friends Meetinghouse. The eight foot shumard oak was donated by Norman Friends, the newest Quaker Meeting in Oklahoma.  Their Sunday School children had been studying stewardship and the adults wished to support them in making the concept come […]


Ministerial Alliance, Huskies compete for a cause

Ministerial Alliance, Huskies compete for a cause

The Pawhuska Ministerial Alliance and the Pawhuska Huskies competed during a fundraiser for the alliance Tuesday night. The event raised $1,890 with donations still coming into the group. By Louise Red Corn


Cornerstone Community Church moving from the corner

Cornerstone Community Church moving from the corner

Barnsdall’s Cornerstone Community Church is building a new church across the street from its current location on Main Street. The new building is next to city hall and going up fast.


Music minister accused of fraud

Music minister accused of fraud

A former music minister who lived in Barnsdall is accused in civil lawsuits filed in Washington County of bilking his financial clients out of more than $600,000. Larry Joe Dearman, 39, induced clients at The Focus Group Advisors in Bartlesville, where he lately lived, to make unsecured loans or investments in the defunct internet provider […]


Saint Kateri: She still touches lives

Last month, Marian Cass had some serious bleeding problems. Her doctors were confounded, and the bleeding just wouldn’t stop. Some friends came to visit her at Pawhuska’s Senior Circle to see if she wanted to buy T-shirts for the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint in the Catholic Church. “She said she […]


New press yields new look

New press yields new look

Whoa! What happened to The Bigheart Times this week? Well, after decades of printing at the Sapulpa Daily Herald, this week we decided to move on and use the press at Muskogee, that’s what. The new press has prompted some major changes, as you can see. We have a TON more color: 12 pages instead […]


Locals celebrate the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint

Locals celebrate the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint

People from across Osage County and even outside Osage County traveled to Pawhuska to celebrate the canonization of the first Native American saint,  Kateri Tekakwitha. Tekakwitha, an Algonquin–Mohawk, is also known as Lily of the Mohawks. Tekakwitha professed a vow of virginity until her death at the age of 24. Upon her death, her smallpox scars disappeared. A total of seven saints were […]


Enter our Halloween costume contest

Enter our Halloween costume contest

The Bigheart Times is having a Halloween costume contest this year. There are three categories: Adult Child (Jr High and younger) Group/Business To enter email the photo to info@bighearttimes.com  and let us know what category you want to enter, along with full names, ages/grade of those pictured. Send us the photo(s) by 2  p.m. Sun., […]


Blessed are all God’s critters, even those named Zyble

Blessed are all God's critters, even those named Zyble

About 30 people, a pack of dogs, three chickens, a horse and a zebra – yes, a zebra – and some other critters patiently waited outside Pawhuska’s St. Thomas Episcopal Church for their blessing Sunday afternoon. It was just days after the feast day of St. Francis,the patron saint of animals and the environment. While […]


See you at the pole

See you at the pole

Area students and community members gathered around the their local schools’ flag poles Wednesday morning for prayer. Some schools, like Barnsdall, had to cut the morning event short because of the weather. There is usually live music after the prayer. Wednesday evening, church members from around northeast Oklahoma gathered in the gym at Pawhuska High […]


A homecoming of pastors for Calvary Baptist’s 60th

A homecoming of pastors for Calvary Baptist's 60th

Sixty years ago, 85 people gathered in the old grocery store to start a new church in Pawhuska. Like other churches, Pawhuska Calvary Baptist has had its ups and downs, grown and shrunk, but it always overcame the times of trouble. “You always have struggles. We’re all human beings,” said Charlie Wadsworth, who has attended […]


Nazarene hits 75 years

The Pawhuska Church of the Nazarene will be celebrating its 75th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.   The church is located at 407 E. 8th Street.  The special speaker will be Northeast Oklahoma District Superintendent, Dr. H. David McKellips.  Dinner will follow the morning service.  The Rev. Jim Wilson is the current […]


Friends church has a bookish mission

A mission challenge to benefit children in an arid region of Kenya was issued by Hominy Friends this past Sunday. During their monthly business meeting,  Beth Green-Nagle reported on Vacation Bible School held prior to the Hominy Dances.  Beth, Carole Revard and her son Cody had all attended the Friends World Conference in Kenya this […]