Overbrook reins in summer fair season with fun horse show

Victoria Bryan and Allison Swisher compete in the egg and spoon race at the Overbrook Fair Horse Fun Show. The Overbrook fair hosted a new event with the Overbrook Fair Horse Fun More »


Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club invites all to enjoy sunflowers; sponsors photo contest

By Leanne Shoup, Club Reporter Be sure to stop by the Lyndon Leader 4-H sunflower field located eight miles north of Lyndon on U.S. Highway 75. The flowers will be in full More »


Vandals damage signs and mailboxes southwest of Osage City; citizens’ help requested

Update 6 p.m. Aug. 19, 2016: The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported a suspect has been identified in this case and a report has been forwarded to the county attorney’s office for prosecution. More »


Deputy’s truck, passenger car collide in Osage City intersection

An Osage County Sheriff’s Office pickup ended up on its side after a collision with a car in an Osage City intersection Monday evening. According to the Osage City Police Department, around More »

Help Wanted: Osage City seeks Code Enforcement Officer

The City of Osage City, a community of approximately 3,000 located in northeastern Kansas, is accepting applications for a part-time Code Enforcement Officer. This employee will provide responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager, City Council, and Planning and Zoning Commission on issues relating to City Planning, Zoning, Land Use, Building Codes and City Codes, coordinate activities with other City Departments and outside agencies, enforce codes related to the construction, repair and maintenance of buildings, structures and properties, enforce all applicable codes, ordinances and regulations related to site plan, zoning and land use within the City; perform field inspections of properties to ensure compliance with applicable codes; and review, issue and inspect permit applications for code compliance. Two years’ experience in City Planning, Construction and Building Code Enforcement or related experience is required. Administrative and supervisory responsibility is preferred. ICC (International Code Council) Certification as a Building, Plumbing, Electrical and/or Mechanical Inspector or CBO (Certified Building Official) Certification is desired. Applicant must be able to receive ICC certification(s) within 3 years of employment. Salary commensurate with individual’s qualifications and experience. The City of Osage City is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications and resumes may be sent to City Hall, Attn: City Clerk, 201 South 5th, P.O. Box 250, Osage City, Kansas, 66523, or electronically to tfultz@osagecity.com. Position is open until filled.

KHP responds to court decision

The Kansas Highway Patrol issued the following statement Aug. 25, 2016. It is attributed to KHP Superintendent Mark Bruce.

In light of, and with respect to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals recent decision on a case (14-3278) involving the Kansas Highway Patrol, the agency would like to clarify the work we do, and how traffic stops are conducted.

Media reports related to this case have indicated, after conducting a lawful stop, Kansas Highway Patrol officers detained and furthered the investigation of a subject because the driver was a resident of Colorado. The KHP does not conduct traffic stops based on a vehicle’s state of registration. Officers conduct traffic stops based on reasonable suspicion which is normally the result of traffic violations or criminal activity. Furthermore, members of the Patrol do not detain citizens based exclusively on the driver’s home state, or state of vehicle registration.

Officers consider many factors when determining the reasonable suspicion necessary to detain a vehicle or its occupants for the purpose of furthering an investigation. It is the Patrol’s practicing philosophy that neither vehicle registration plates, nor the home state of the driver are indicative of criminal activity in and of itself.

Zebra mussels found in Cedar Bluff Reservoir

Invasive, sharp-shelled mollusks are among the state’s most unwanted species

Aquatic-Nuisance-Species_coTOPEKA, Kan. – The spread of invasive zebra mussels continues to lakes across Kansas, with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism now confirming the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Cedar Bluff Reservoir, in Trego County. There is no known method to completely rid a lake of this invasive species.

In Osage County, zebra mussels are present in Pomona Lake and Melvern Lake.

Cedar Bluff is owned and operated by the federal Bureau of Reclamation. In July, the BOR conducted its annual plankton sampling survey which revealed zebra mussel veligers. The results were reported to KDWPT aquatic nuisance species staff on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Department fisheries staff began a search on August 25 and found a population of adult zebra mussels near the Muley Boat Ramp on the south side of the reservoir.

Cedar Bluff Reservoir is the western-most reservoir in Kansas confirmed to have zebra mussels. While the reservoir is managed by the BOR, KDWPT manages the fishery. The lake consists of about 6,869 surface acres at conservation level and has a maximum depth of 42 feet. Cedar Bluff State Park and the lake are popular destinations and offer a variety of recreational activities such as boating, skiing, swimming, fishing, camping and hiking.

Lake enthusiasts play the primary role in stemming the spread of zebra mussels to uninfested lakes.

Next stop: Florence Harvey House Museum

Get on board! Woo hoo! We are off to the Harvey House Museum on Sept. 22, 2016. Osage County General Public Transportation is headed to Florence, Kan. The bus will leave the center at 9:30 a.m.

The trip to Florence is $5 for the bus ride. Lunch cost is $20, and it will be served at the Harvey House Museum by period-dressed Harvey Girls. The menu for the day is a relish plate, French coleslaw, roast sirloin of beef au jus, Fred Harvey whipped potatoes, beef gravy, asparagus, fresh baked rolls, raspberry preserves, Charlotte of peaches, sweet whipped cream, assorted cheese and fruit tray, coffee, tea, and milk. The meal cost must be paid in advance by Sept. 12, 2016, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City. Don’t forget to make reservations soon, call 785-528-4906.

Also remember to join in other upcoming events and activities us at the senior center.

Looking for your church home? Osage County News can help you open the right door

Visit the Churches of Osage CountyOsage County has many houses of worship in which to share your faith, meet fellow worshipers and move into your church home. Osage County News, with assistance from Help House, has published a list of churches in the Osage County area as courtesy to our readers.

For corrections or additions, contact Osage County News at 785-828-4994, email news@osagecountyonline.com, or leave a comment below. Click here to see the Churches of Osage County.

Gayle Eugene Cook, 89, Baldwin City: May 21, 1927 – Aug. 20, 2016

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Gayle Eugene Cook, 89, of Baldwin City, Kan., died Aug. 20, 2016. He was born May 21, 1927, at home in Baldwin City, to Murlin Lewis Cook and Orpha Phyllis (Cunningham) Cook.

He attended school in and around Baldwin City, and graduated from Baker University after serving in the Army in Europe from 1945-1947.

Gayle married Rose Marie Newland at 7 a.m. on Feb. 14, 1948, at Ives Chapel Church, Baldwin City. Their children include Gaylene Rose Tunison, Austin, Texas; Charles Robert (Deborah) Cook, Wellsville, Kan.; Theodore Ray Cook MD (Karolyn MD), Newton, Kan.; and Fred Samuel (Amy) Cook, Olathe, Kan. He has 14 grandchildren, five foster grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He has several others he considered his own, as well – including Timothy James Olson, Las Vegas, Nev.; M. Eugene Tunison (Sheryl), Oakton, Va.; and others too many to name.

Gayle was a principal and a teacher at Edgerton, Kan., an accountant for Great Lakes Pipeline Company, and later graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College, in Kansas City, Kan. He practiced as a chiropractor in Osage City, Kan., from 1956 until 1980, when he became a clinical instructor at Palmer College of Chiropractic until he retired in 1992.

Ramona rancher tells fellow cattlemen national efforts for industry betterment

Consumer misunderstanding, swayed media reporting, government regulations, low agriculture representation in lawmaking, exports and market fluctuation. That’s a long list, and each aspect has impact on cattle ranchers’ bottom line.

They’re all on top of the rancher’s main profession: breeding, birthing, raising from calves to slaughter plant, cattle that are tasty and nutritious demanded by housewives and their families. The professional side, the management of raising cattle, ranchers know how to do. That long list is not their forte, so to speak.

Fortunately, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association helps the industry with those often difficult dilemmas.

Tracy Brunner serves as president of the most influential assisting organization. What better leader for the cattle industry than one who lives it from every perspective? Headquartered near Ramona in Dickinson County, Brunner is a fourth-generation cattleman while his children, nieces and nephews are the fifth generation of the family operation.

With his immediate family, plus his brothers and their families, the Brunners’ Cow Camp Ranches includes every aspect of the business. That’s cow-calf, seed stock, backgrounding, grazing, feedlot finishing, grid marketing, much more, and well beyond. On horseback ready for work on the ranch, a slide picture show included the speaker with his partner-brothers, and another of his wife, children and grandchildren, all key elements of their successful beef production.

Brunner verified his background emphatic of working for all betterment of all cattlemen when reviewing “What the NCBA is Keeping its Eye On” at the Beef producers Information Seminar in Emporia. He was featured speaker for the breakfast program hosted by WIBW through coordination of the longtime farm director Kelly Lenz and kickoff for the 30th annual Flint Hills Beef Fest.

National FFA recognizes MdCV’s Rice with honorary FFA degree

INDIANAPOLIS – Danny Rice, of Melvern, Kan., was recently selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree. This award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. Rice is the longtime FFA adviser at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, at Melvern.

The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education. Without the efforts of highly dedicated individuals, thousands of young people would not be able to achieve success that in turn contributes directly to the overall well-being of the nation. The Honorary American FFA Degree is an opportunity to recognize those who have gone beyond valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists.

The National FFA Organization’s board of directors approved Rice’s nomination. He will receive the award at the 2016 National FFA Convention and Expo Oct. 19-22, 2016, in Indianapolis, Ind. All recipients receive a certificate and medal, and their names will be permanently recorded.

Flint Hills Technical College teaches hospitality and culinary arts ‘on the go’

ospitality/Culinary Arts instructor, Chef Brian Romano and the new Culinary Wranglers Fusion Food Truck

FHTC hospitality and culinary arts instructor Brian Romano shows the college’s new mobile classroom.

EMPORIA, Kan. – Flint Hills Technical College is now the proud owner of a 26-foot food trailer. The trailer, officially named the Culinary Wranglers Fusion Food Truck, will be operated by senior FHTC hospitality/culinary arts students and overseen by instructor chef Brian Romano.

The truck features a charbroiler, four-burner range, deep fryer, sandwich station, refrigerators, freezer, as well as various portable equipment. The menu will change from event to event and feature fusion food, a type of cooking that incorporates elements of several different cuisines into one dish.

“This is an amazing, first-hand experience for our students,” Romano said. “Students learn all the basic functions of a food truck – from menu design, pricing, obtaining the proper licenses and permits, to proper maintenance and other details. Students will actually create their own business plan for a food truck; it’s the perfect learning environment combining real life experience and the classroom environment. You can’t deny the food truck trend and Kansas is becoming a culinary hot spot for them – they’re everywhere.”

The Fusion Food Truck will be serving lunch on the FHTC main campus this Friday, Aug. 26, from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. and will also make an appearance at several upcoming local events this fall, including the Great American Market in September. Set up and service at scheduled events are part of the hospitality/culinary arts curriculum and give students training specific to the owning and operating of a food truck.

Osage City man sentenced to prison for making false information

An Osage City man has been sentenced to almost two years in prison for making false information, along with having his probation revoked for previous convictions.

According to a press release from the Osage County Attorney’s Office, on Aug. 15, 2016, Osage County District Court Judge Phillip Fromme sentenced Benjamin M. Weiser, 25, Osage City, to serve 23 months in custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections.

The release said Weiser’s conviction of making false information wrapped up a multi-agency investigation in which it was discovered that Weiser stole mail from several residential mail boxes in Carbondale and Osage City. Weiser used the stolen information to open or access bank accounts to fraudulently obtain money.

Help Wanted: TLEC seeks Medicaid Clerk

Medicaid Clerk needed for 6.5 hour days, 10-11 months of the year, at Three Lakes Educational Cooperative in Lyndon, Kansas. High school diploma required. Word processing, spreadsheet, and Google forms experience is necessary. Communication and interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and basic computer skills needed. To apply for this position, complete the Paraeducator (Classified) Application available on the TLEC website at www.three-lakes.org/employment. Applications due in the TLEC office by August 31, 2016. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Osage County District Court criminal cases Aug. 5 – Aug. 19, 2016

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court Aug. 5, 2016, to Aug. 19, 2016, with disposition, fines, sentencing and costs as listed.

Help Wanted: TLEC seeks Paraeducators

Full-time and Substitute Paraeducators needed for all grade levels to provide classroom support for children enrolled in all USD 420-Osage and USD 287-West Franklin County schools. Para subs must complete paperwork at Three Lakes Educational Cooperative, 1318 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS (785-828-3113). Full-time Paraeducator application is available online at www.three-lakes.org/employment. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Osage County Jail Log, Aug. 14 – Aug. 18, 2016

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

Osage City Hall parking area under construction, blocked off temporarily

From Monday, August 22, through Tuesday, September 6, Osage City Hall parking from 5th and Main to 5th and Lord will be blocked off for new parking, sidewalk, curb and gutters. Parking will be available for the public to use at the north end of City Hall.

For the Osage City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 23, council members, staff and the public may park in the gravel parking lot (behind) west of the council chambers.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

City of Osage City
201 S. Fifth St., Osage City, Kan., 785-528-3714

Overbrook reins in summer fair season with fun horse show


Victoria Bryan and Allison Swisher compete in the egg and spoon race at the Overbrook Fair Horse Fun Show.

The Overbrook fair hosted a new event with the Overbrook Fair Horse Fun Show that was held Aug. 10, 2016, at the fairgrounds. The show was open to participants of all ages. Classes included fun races such as the egg and spoon race, boot race, mystery race, and rescue race. Ribbons were awarded to winners.

Organizers Marty Young and Tim Quaney, reported the show was well received by the community and there are plans to have it again next year. Overbrook fair board members Darcy Sund announced the show and Dale Musick assisted with preparation for the show.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Aug. 15 – Aug. 19, 2016

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Aug. 15 through Aug. 19, 2016.

Americorps: Join our team!

americorps_kansasJoin our team!
We are now accepting applications for


Locations available: Pomona State Park or Eisenhower State Park. Complete the program and earn education awards of up to $5,730. Full-time and part-time positions available.

Call 785-828-4933 for more information and an application.

Osage County District Court traffic cases Aug. 5 – Aug. 19, 2016

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court Aug. 5, 2016, to Aug. 19, 2016, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

A Cowboy’s Faith: No reason to complain

buchmanheadPeople are never satisfied, and cowboys often seem to lead the complainers.

“It’s too dry, it’s too wet,  it’s too cold, it’s too hot, it’s too windy, it’s too still out …”

There’s no legitimate justification to complain about the weather now. With lushest prairie grass stirrup high, crops all emerald green and blue water in every pond, stream and draw, it’s a unique August weather wise.

Yet, just yesterday, somebody bellyached: “It’d sure be good to stop raining for a while, so we can get this haying finished.”

They’re exactly the same one who was fretting earlier in the year that there’d be no hay. And, the first one who’ll question if it’s “ever going to rain again,” when we’ve gone a week-and-a-half without a shower.

However, even louder comments of recent have been from town folks griping about how fast their lawns are growing.

Reports of mowing more than once a week are common, and “the grass is so heavy the mower won’t even cut it.”

Moisture seems to be retained with high humidity adding to resistance, leaving grass bunches all across mown lawns.

While we’ve seen a couple of irrigation systems working, nobody’s watering their lawns, just talking about fast growth.

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