Lyndon High School graduates make memories together for last time as class of 2016

As 24 graduates met in the Lyndon High School gymnasium for the last time as the class of 2016 on May 15, 2016, their salutatorians and valedictorian urged them to not forget the More »


Life’s lessons extend beyond school years for 2016 Osage City High School graduates

The 2016 Osage City High School graduates will appreciate their lives by living by the lessons they’ve learned and experiences they’ve had, two honor students advised during the Sunday, May 15, 2016, More »


Burlingame High School seniors follow their dreams toward the future

BHS 2016 graduates, front, from left: Breanna Smith, Shelbie Peterson, Tiffany Burns, Kady Akers, Ali Vandevord, Hannah Young, Taylor Carson, Anna Quaney, Kaitlyn Hoskins, Nikki Ritter, Victoria Wright; second row, Boone Dodson, More »


Santa Fe Trail High School sends 78 graduates out to blaze new trails

Santa Fe Trail High School class of 2016. Photo by Brad Shaffer, All Sports Digital. With appropriate pomp and circumstance, Santa Fe Trail High School graduated 78 seniors Saturday, May 7, 2016, More »

Facts for Living: Marriage is a promise to work!

By Rebecca McFarland
Frontier Extension District Agent

Many people go in to marriage thinking that the person they married makes them “happy” and that it will be always be that way. Remember, happy is an emotion, and our emotions change day to day and even throughout the day. The illusion about living happily ever after is a comforting thought, but for long-term happiness or contentment, each partner must consider the commitment that they have made to their spouse.

080714-facts-for-living1Marriage isn’t just about being in love, although far too many people think that is what sustains a marriage. Marriage is about the commitment and agreement to love and support one another – even when you don’t “feel” like it. Love should be an active verb and is about a person’s ability to love their spouse. One of the advantages of marriage is that when you fall out of love with your partner, your marriage commitment keeps you together until you fall in love again.

Marriage is not designed to make you happy. It is supposed to keep you focused on your commitment to your partner for life. For better or worse. It gives you the structure, support and security from which you and your partner are free to create happiness.

Osage County District Court traffic cases May 6 – May 20, 2016

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court May 6, 2016, to May 20, 2016, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court criminal cases May 6 – May 20, 2016

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court May 6, 2016, to May 20, 2016, with disposition, fines, sentencing and costs as listed.

Osage County Jail Log, May 15 – May 21, 2016

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse May 16 – May 20, 2016

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse May 16 through May 20, 2016.

Lyndon Legion to present colors at local cemeteries on Memorial Day

By Geri Gene Schuler


Bryce Romine, left, swears in the 2016 officers of Legion Post 125, from left, Vice Commander Lou Wohlitz, Adjutant/Finance Officer Geri Thomas, Commander Danny Roush, and Sergeant-at-Arms Lou Ogle.

LYNDON – At the May 22, 2016, meeting of American Legion Post 125, Lyndon, Legionnaires swore in new officers, awarded some 50-year membership certificates, and planned more for the future.

Bryce Romine, a past commander, swore in Commander Danny Roush, Vice Commander Lou Wohlitz and Adjutant/Finance Officer Geri Thomas. Appointed as Sergeant-at-Arms is Lou Ogle. Debbie Romine will return as veteran service officer.

Lyndon Legion Memorial Day flag ceremonies: 10 a.m. at Lyndon Cemetery, 10:30 a.m. at Vassar Cemetery, 11 a.m. at Pomona Dam (with other area Legions), and 11:30 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery, Quenemo.

Lyndon Leaders now on public display with new highway sign

By Leanne Shoup, Club Reporter


Lyndon Leader 4H Club members with the club’s new highway sign, front from left, Tara Green, James Marcotte, Allie Kneisler, Kierly Moore, Mason Wise, Garrett Shoup and Bryson Wise; middle, Reanna Marcotte, Kendall Young, Brayden Marcotte, Ethan Kneisler, Kaelin Bones; back, Jasmine Kempel, Ryan Bones, Tyrell Steinbach, Samantha Cole and Leanne Shoup.

The April meeting of the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club was held on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 4:30 P.M in the Lyndon School cafeteria. President Kaelin Bones called the meeting to order. Kendall Young led the 4-H pledge and flag salute. Ryan Bones, secretary, then did roll call, which was answered by “When is your birthday?” There were 17 members and 14 adults, and two leaders present.

The Parent Committee decided they did not want to do a cookie jar for the fair. Samantha Cole made the motion and Tara Green seconded it. Leader Lara Shoup reminded us that the last day to add or drop projects is May 1. Also she reminded us that anyone interested in talking on the radio (KOFO) that there are spots available. Kristin Kneisler told us that A.S.P. needed volunteers for 4-H talks on May 3 and members were encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity. Lara also reminded us of fair dates and an upcoming livestock show on May 14 at Overbrook.

During unfinished business the Kneislers showed the club the finished Lyndon Leaders 4-H sign that was donated to put along the highway. Ethan Kneisler told us where it will be located and the group took a picture together with the sign.

Lyndon High School graduates make memories together for last time as class of 2016


As 24 graduates met in the Lyndon High School gymnasium for the last time as the class of 2016 on May 15, 2016, their salutatorians and valedictorian urged them to not forget the experiences and lessons learned of their schooldays, but also know that new experiences and memories are in the making.

“Do not forget as you move forward and go on to achieve your goals that this school and community helped shape you into who you are today,” salutatorian Olivia Miller said. “Remember your past and let it help guide you in the future. These moments spent in this school might not seem that important now, but someday they will be.”

Salutatorian Nicholas Ratzloff told fellow graduates to relish in the memories as they are made. “Senior year is weird because you never realize it until it’s over,” Nick said, “but this is the last time we will be doing all of these things together, as a class, or even family. It never hits you when it’s happening, it just comes all at once. This is the last time all of us will be in this gym together. We’ve taken our last high school tests, had our last prom, played our last games, and made our last high school memories. Except for this one. This is our last high school memory.”

And valedictorian Hannah Peimann encouraged classmates to seek the counsel of wisdom when experience is lacking. “We have earned our high school diplomas, but most of us do not yet have much real-world experience. I would advise you, however, to listen to the advice and words of wisdom that you get from those who are celebrating your graduation with you today,” Hannah said. “These people care deeply about you and they often have wisdom and experience that we do not yet have.”

KHP participates in annual Memorial Day STEP campaign

052316-click-or-ticket-khpThe peak of summer travel across our nation’s highways is about to begin. The Kansas Highway Patrol will be working additional hours from today, May 23, until June 5. This additional coverage is funded by the Kansas Department of Transportation through the Special Traffic Enforcement Program, to help motorists reach their destinations safely.

“The Patrol is dedicated to helping save lives on Kansas highways,” said Col. Mark Bruce, superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol. “We will enforce the state’s seat belt and child safety seat laws as a way to help prevent fatalities on our roads. One death is one too many.”

The STEP program allows officers to work overtime hours, providing extra manpower on the roads, and focusing on areas such as occupant protection, enforcing impaired driving laws, enforcing the state’s texting laws, and other traffic safety issues. This year’s focus of the Memorial Day STEP campaign is, “Click It. Or Ticket,” encouraging seat belt and child safety seat use for occupants of all ages.

Delphia Eileen Koepsel, 73, Topeka: Sept. 22, 1942 – May 21, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. – Delphia Eileen Koepsel, 73, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Aldersgate Village, Topeka, Kan. She was born on Sept. 22, 1942, in Wann, Okla., the daughter of Walter and Alphie Smith Conder.

Delphia had lived in Topeka for more than 50 years. She received her Bachelor’s in Education from Washburn University in 1964, and taught for 32 years. She started teaching in Pomona, Kan., then Plattsmouth, Neb., and finished with 28 years at Scranton Elementary School, District 434. She had been a member of the Eastside Baptist Church, Topeka.

On Nov. 20, 1966, Delphia was married to Edward Koepsel Jr., in South Coffeyville, Okla.

Eldon R. “Stubby” Colson Sr., 75, Lyons: Nov. 16, 1940 – May 19, 2016

LYONS, Kan. – Eldon R. “Stubby” Colson Sr., 75, died May 19, 2016, at Hospice House, Hutchinson, Kan. He was born Nov. 16, 1940, in Hamlet, Neb., to Omar and Leatha Stock Colson.

He graduated from Cambridge (Nebraska) High School in 1958, and joined the U.S. Army and served three years stationed in Germany.

He was a longtime resident of Lyons and Geneseo. He worked as a machinist most of his career at Lyons Manufacturing and Gustus Manufacturing, Geneseo. He was a pork producer and owned a custom haying business. He retired from APAC Shears.

Dallas Spivey, 74, Waverly: Nov. 22, 1942 – May 22, 2016

WAVERLY, Kan. – Dallas Spivey, 74, of Waverly, Kan., passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan.

Dallas was born Nov. 22, 1942, in Montgomery County, N.C. He came to this part of the country 15 or so years ago, liked it, so he stayed. Dallas is better known as “woodcutter” or “two dogs” depending on which side of the county line you were on. He cut many a cord of wood for folks in the area. Dallas will be remembered by those who knew him.

A celebration of Dallas’s life will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, at the Feltner Funeral Chapel, 822 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan.

Pond waterer demo planned for June 4 near Kincaid


A tire tank waterer. Photo by University of Missouri Extension.

The ideal time to put a pipeline through a pond for a tire tank or concrete watering system is while the pond is being built or cleaned out. But what if you want a tire tank below the pond and it’s already full of water? On June 4, 2016, Frontier Extension District has scheduled a demonstration site in Anderson County where Herschel George, water quality specialist, will put a pipeline through the dam of an existing 10 acre pond. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and excavation will start at 9:00 a.m. We will conclude by 2:00 p.m. or earlier. The demonstration site is located 1 1/2 miles east of Kincaid at the intersection of state Highway 31 and Vermont, then south about 100 yards.

The demonstration will include cutting through the pond dam, installing a water line through the dam (while not losing more than 100 gallons of water), putting in a shut off valve, running the line to a tire water tank and plumbing the tank.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Changing hairstyles are insignificant

buchmanheadBald headed people don’t have to think about hairstyles.

That is unless they want a wig. But, the rest of the population spends considerable time taking care of hair.

Looking back in our lifetime, let alone all of history, there’ve been many hair “fads” for both genders and all ages. Even our personal haircut has changed some, but we’ve interestingly become quite liberal with all hairstyle preferences. Yet, pony tails on cowgirls still catch our eye, for obvious name-appeal if nothing else.

Likewise, hair colors are that of the rainbow, altering with the whim. Any hair color of any amount seems preferable to no hair, now personal concern.

But, some men like the shaved head look for reason we don’t understand. Yet, it doesn’t have to be combed, and no concern about covering the bald spots.

Hidden History: Burlingame always open to friends of freedom

By Wendi Bevitt

Burlingame began as a town in support of a “Free State” Kansas. The community was of such concern to the pro-slavery movement that in 1862 they built a fort in the middle of town to protect the city well against a feared attack by William “Bloody Bill” Anderson, an associate of William C. Quantrill. So it is no surprise that members of the community were involved in raids into Missouri to liberate slaves from bondage during this turbulent time.

One such incident involved the family of John Dennis and their savior Thomas Russell. The Osage County Chronicle carried a news snippet in May 1890 about the Dennis family, which stated they had been “brought to Burlingame by Mr. Thomas Russell in 1860, from Missouri where they had been slaves”. In those days however, people of color didn’t travel from a slave state to a free one without contention. And this was no exception.

According to the Burlingame Enterprise “Thomas Russell was an active participant in the heroic struggle which was then at its height, and brought many a border ruffian to justice … his home was always open to the friends of freedom and was frequently a resting place of Osawatomie (John) Brown, General (James) Lane and many others whose name adorn historic pages.” These acquaintances were not of merely a casual nature. All of these men, including Russell, belonged to a secret society known as the Danites. This society upheld its abolitionism through the promotion of free-state politics to the more radical actions of leading raids into slave holding areas of Missouri and Kansas, and even assassination attempts. The probability of the Dennis family being freed during a Danite raid is fairly likely.

The citizens of Burlingame were not just involved in the freeing of slaves, though, they started these refugees off with a firm foundation under their feet. People such as Marmaduke Rambo donated land for those brought to new freedom and built them homes. The extent of the community’s abolitionist beliefs did not stop merely at freeing the slaves, or through monetary means, but also in the treatment of their fellow man. Moses Turner, brother-in-law of freed slave John Dennis, was able to participate in a jury in 1872. Nationally African-Americans were not allowed to serve on juries until the Civil Rights Act of 1875.

Thomas E. Calcott, 59, Erie: Aug. 13, 1956 – May 17, 2016

ERIE, Kan. – Thomas E. Calcott, 59, of Erie, Kan., passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Thomas was born Aug. 13, 1956, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Thomas Faye Calcott and Betty Joanne McConnell.

He moved with his family to California, where he graduated from Cabazon High School, Cabazon, Calif., with the class of 1972. In 1973, Thomas entered the United States Marine Corps and served his country until 1977. After his military service he moved to Garnett, Kan., living there until moving to Richmond, Kan., in the late ‘80s. In 2011, he moved to Erie, Kan., where he has lived since.

Thomas was a crane operator for various construction companies for more than 25 years. 

Ernest Ira Bone, 41, Lawrence: Nov. 11, 1974 – May 14, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Ernest Ira ”Ernie” Bone, 41, of Lawrence, Kan., and formerly of Quenemo, Kan., passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016, at his home.

He was born Nov. 11, 1974, in Houston, Texas, the son of Larry and Brenda (Smith) Bone.

He grew up and attended grade school in Lexington, Ohio, and Butler, Ohio. He was adopted by Elaine Smith and lived in Quenemo. He graduated from the Pomona High School in 1993. Ernie worked at Wright Tree Service before working at American Eagle Distribution Center in Ottawa, Kan., where he was a material handler and forklift operator. He enjoyed playing pool with family and friends. He was a gamer and also enjoyed concerts.

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