Health officials prepare for off chance of local Ebola Virus infection

LYNDON-No cases of Ebola Virus Disease have been diagnosed in Kansas, but the Osage County Health Department and Osage County Emergency Management continue to actively monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) More »


Disaster hits Burlingame, but everyone OK

Osage County Fire District No. 6 Chief Jim Strohm and Lt. Jim Welch consult on a search and rescue plan during Saturday’s emergency exercise in Burlingame. Four dead, 12 critically injured and More »


Eat Well to Be Well: Enjoy fall’s cornucopia of healthy colors

Autumn is in full swing and is beginning to show off her fall colors in the landscape around us – red, orange and yellow. This is a perfect time of year to More »


OCFD No. 2 observes Fire Prevention Week with student safety program and open house

As winners of a fire safety poster contest, Osage City Elementary School’s talented artists were treated to a ride to school in fire trucks. They lined up this morning for photos before More »

Vote for Teresa Briggs, Kansas House of Representatives, District 76

Briggs76-2014Teresa Briggs, of rural Reading, Kansas, is running for the Kansas House of Representatives, District 76.

About Teresa

My late husband, Francis Walters, and I owned and operated Wendy’s restaurants in Emporia from 1990 until his death in 2005. I became a Lyon County Commissioner in 2009. I married John Briggs in 2012, and in 2013, after the end of my term as Commissioner, I moved to John’s small farm in Osage County that has been in his family for decades.


Health officials prepare for off chance of local Ebola Virus infection


LYNDON-No cases of Ebola Virus Disease have been diagnosed in Kansas, but the Osage County Health Department and Osage County Emergency Management continue to actively monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment for the latest updates and response plans.

To date, there have been four cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) diagnosed in the United States, with one person dying from the disease. While EVD is a serious illness and potentially fatal, there is not a risk of contracting the disease unless there is direct contact with blood or secretions of an infected person, or exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions. Ebola is not transmitted from person to person through air, water or food.

Help House offers free budgeting course through heating assistance program

Help House, at Lyndon, will have limited funds this winter for heating assistance for natural gas, electric heat, propane or wood heat. Anyone who struggles with paying heating bills and feels they may have a need to apply for Help House’s one-time heating assistance must complete an upcoming budgeting course to be eligible. The Good Sense Budget Course will be presented through Help House on Monday, Nov. 3.

REAL ESTATE AUCTION: 7 p.m. Tuesday Evening, Oct. 21, 2014

REAL ESTATE AUCTION: Tuesday Evening, Oct. 21st, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Auction Location: 223 S. Nicholas St., Scranton, KS.
(1 block east of Casey’s –  first house on north)

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Three bedroom, one bath 1 1/2 story home with partial unfinished basement. Formal living room and spacious family room.

Money matters in the Flint Hills

102014-dollar-stretchEver wonder why some people seem to have a knack for stretching their money and others seem to never have enough even if they have a steady paycheck.

“There really are no hidden secrets when it comes to living on a budget, no matter how much you make,” said Chris Burk, supervisor at Housing and Credit Counseling.

Burk announced that HCCI is presenting a series of three free classes on Tuesday evenings, Oct. 21, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, that will give anyone the information they need to manage their money well, pay debts and save for the things in life they really want.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Oct. 6 – Oct. 10

The following information was compiled from the records at the Osage County Courthouse Oct. 6 through Oct. 10, 2014.

Hunting season is here; hunter safety is a must

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges all hunters to be safe while hunting at the 18 lake projects throughout Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

Many people think of the traditional bright orange vest, safety glasses, and safe shooting lanes, but before you venture out, please also keep in mind that a few additional hazards exist when hunting on or around water.

Think about that favorite hunting spot. This may include a short, four-minute boat ride across a small cove, or you’ve selected a shoreline hunting spot adjacent to the mud flats that are sure to draw an early morning shooting opportunity. Either way, before you put on your hunting gear here are a few safety musts to ensure many return visits to that favorite spot.

Everyone invited to Vassar’s fall day of fun

vassarfunfest2014_bigThe Vassar community has a day full of old-fashioned fun planned for this year’s FunFest, and everyone is invited. The annual FunFest is on Saturday, Oct. 25, and begins with a Halloween costume parade at 11 a.m. (lineup at 10:45 at the town pump). The parade ends at the historical Vassar schoolhouse for costume judging and prizes for kids of all ages.

Other fun family events include pony rides, kids crafts and games, outdoor bingo, pie-baking contest, free entertainment by Prospect Bluegrass, and face painting. In addition, the spacious school grounds will once again be the site of a car show that is becoming popular among car enthusiasts.

The Lyndon Lions Club will host the Kansas Lions’ mobile screening unit, which will provide free health screenings.

Help Wanted: Countertop Fabricator/Installer Position Available

Learn a trade; create beautiful granite and quartz countertops. Basic knowledge of power tools required as well as the ability to tolerate heavy lifting and hard work! Fabrication shop located near Pauline. Call 785-271-8675 for more information. Countertop Shoppe, 5501 SW 29th Street, Topeka, KS 66604.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Deformities are not ruination

buchmanhead“Ears, feet and tail.”

That means a major price dock for a weanling calf going through the auction ring.

Whenever an auctioneer announces any of the three words when the entry gate opens, it’s certain starting price will be reduced. However, if two or three of the words are stated, the initial bid could be even considerably lower.

Confusing to a lay person, the jargon is obvious to cattle buyers and sellers. About anyone attending a livestock barn sale can soon figure out meaning of the often sharp retort, by the auctioneer, before bidding begins.

Harveyville UMC schedules fun fall activities

The Harveyville United Methodist Church has many events planned for all to enjoy.  Our annual Trunk or Treat will be held at the church on 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. Church members will be handing out candy and hot dogs for the kids.

The church will be having a fund raiser 11 a.m.-2 p.m. November 15 to raise money for the church building fund. We will have a ham and bean or vegetable soup dinner that includes corn bread, desserts and a drink for $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. The youth group will be having a bake sale to raise money for youth events.

OCN Sports Night Updates

See Osage County area sports updates as provided by local schools and fans below. If you know a score that’s not listed, you can log in to MaxPreps to report it. Scroll under each school listed to see recent or upcoming games.

TWO SUNDAY AUCTIONS: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 19 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26, Osage City, Kan.

Two Sunday Auctions: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, Osage City, Kan.; located at the Wischropp Auction Facility – 930 Laing St., Osage City, Kan. (just east of Sonic on Highway 31).

***Day One Auction:  Sunday – Oct. 19 – Starting at 10:30 a.m.***

Lions Club’s free mobile screening unit coming to Vassar’s FunFest

The Kansas Lions Mobile Screening Unit, offering free sight, hearing, blood pressure and diabetes testing, will be hosted by the Lyndon Lions Club in Vassar during FunFest on Oct. 25. The MSU will be at the Vassar Community Center parking lot 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

At the screening, a vision screener recently purchased by the Kansas Lions will be used to test children from about 6 months of age to preschool age and older. The new screener looks into the eyes through the pupils and sees problems before they become apparent to parents.

Food for Thought: Enjoy the seeds of the season

By Nancy Schuster, Frontier Extension Agent

Food for Thought My interest was piqued when I was asked if acorn squash seeds were safe to roast and eat. This is the time of year when families are usually asking about roasting pumpkin seeds. What other plant seeds are safe to eat? I seemed to remember apple seeds are not for eating … directions for roasting pumpkin and squash seeds follow.

County health department monitors enterovirus occurrences; wash hands, cover coughs

Submitted by Anne Gray
Osage County Health Department Administrator

During the past couple of months, there has been an increase in the number of children being hospitalized with enterovirus. The Osage County Health Department is aware of this situation and is closely monitoring it. We would like to share some important information about this illness with the community so that we can keep each other healthy.

Enterovirus is a type of virus that is spread by respiratory secretions such as coughs, sneezes, or saliva. As such, it is important to remember to cough or sneeze into your elbow and to wash your hands after sneezing, coughing, and blowing your nose. This will keep the virus from spreading and will reduce the potential for people becoming ill.

Enterovirus can affect people of any age. However, it is having the most severe effects on infants, children, and teens. If your infant, child, or teen develops any of the symptoms listed below, please contact your health care provider so that they can receive medical attention. This is especially important if the symptoms worsen and they have difficulty breathing.

Round up a winter coat at Help House

091714-COAT-05Help House’s winter coat roundup is continuing through Oct. 18. Help House is still collecting men’s, women’s, and children’s coats that are in good, clean condition, and coats are being distributed to Help House clients on a first come first served basis. There is a limit of one coat per family member.

Coming up on Oct. 25 is the Goblin Gallop at Vassar. This is an annual costumed 5K fun run/walk held before the Vassar FunFest. This year the event committee has designated the proceeds to go to the Snug Fund. Registration forms are available at Help House. Come join the fun and help your neighbor this winter.

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