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On Windy Hill: Commissioners plot litigation against derelict trail volunteers

Monday, I sat through a discussion at a meeting of the Osage County commissioners that was similar to that I’ve probably heard at least a dozen times over the last eight years More »

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Plea deal cancels murder trial; Harris enters plea to involuntary manslaughter

Attorney James Campbell, center, hands James Harris’ plea documents to Osage County Chief Judge Phillip Fromme during an impromptu plea hearing Monday. A Carbondale man accused of first degree murder in Osage More »

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Eat Well to Be Well: Enjoy the sinful pleasure of healthy cocoa

Take a break from holiday decorating and enjoy a warm cup of cocoa – you deserve it and it’s good for you. When the snow begins to fall and the temperatures take More »

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Burlingame’s 25th Country Christmas has town ringing with Christmas cheer

People and cars line Santa Fe Avenue in downtown Burlingame Saturday in anticipation of the annual Country Christmas lighted parade. The silver bells were ringing in the 25th anniversary of Burlingame’s Country More »

Missing person reported at Quenemo

062014-judylamberdThe Osage County Sherifff’s Office responded to a report of a missing person at 308 S. Fourth St., Quenemo, around 11:30 p.m. Dec. 19.

Reported missing is Judy Lamberd, 46, described as a white female, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 300 pounds, green eyes and dark brown hair. Lamberd is in need of medication. She was last seen in her yard feeding her animals around 5 p.m. Her last known clothing were dark sweatpants and a Chiefs jacket with a red hood.

Anyone with information about Lamberd is asked to call the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-OSCRIME. 

On Windy Hill: Commissioners plot litigation against derelict trail volunteers

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Monday, I sat through a discussion at a meeting of the Osage County commissioners that was similar to that I’ve probably heard at least a dozen times over the last eight years or so. The commissioners met with Jim Foster, longtime Osage County rails-to-trails opponent. Over the years, Jim has confronted commissioners on a regular basis, usually presenting a legal hook or maneuver that he seems to think will convince them to have taxpayers foot the bill for a legal battle against the trail sponsor of the Flint Hills Nature Trail and the Landon Nature Trail, portions of which are in Osage County. The permit holder for those trails is the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy.

What was different about this meeting than those in the past was the commissioners indicated a willingness to spend county taxpayer money to litigate to remove the KRTC’s right to operate the trails in the county. Discussed was whether to sue the KRTC or the railroad or possibly the federal government, as one commissioner says he believes rails-to-trails are theft of land. The rails-to-trails system was established by federal law. The commissioners took no action, though, only to direct the county counselor to further research the cost of litigation of either taking the issue to district court or to the Surface Transportation Board.

Great Plains Quilt Company: We have easy, last minute gifts for your special quilter

121214-GPQC-bolts-big2No need to remind anyone that Christmas is almost here. And for husbands and children who cannot make it in to Great Plains Quilt Company, we offer a quick and easy way to buy the perfect gift for that special quilter in your life. We have gift certificates available and are happy to take payment info over the phone and mail the gift certificate wherever they wish. Call us at 785-654-3303 for more information.

Foreign persons must report U.S. agricultural land holdings

MANHATTAN, Kan. – USDA Kansas Farm Service Agency Executive Director Adrian J. Polansky is reminding foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States that they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

“Any foreign person who acquires, transfers or holds any interest, other than a security interest, including leaseholds of 10 years or more, in agricultural land in the United States is required by law to report the transaction no later than 90 days after the date of the transaction,” said Polansky.

Studio forms new Bearcat dance team

121514-sassyseniorsNCourtneAt the Sixth annual Holiday Dance Spot Recital, held Sunday at Burlingame, the Dance Spot Sassy Seniors Dance Team presented studio owner Courtney Haigh with a certificate award and $75 first-place prize for the team’s winning float in the Burlingame Country Christmas parade.

The Dance Spot also announced at the recital that it is offering free memberships for the new Bearcat Dance Team that will be performing at an upcoming Burlingame High School halftime event.

KHP requests information on U.S. 75 fatality crash in Shawnee County

The Kansas Highway Patrol is requesting information about a two-vehicle crash in Shawnee County that took the lives of a Scranton man and a Topeka man Tuesday.

KHP reported that Steven G. Galarneau, 62, of Scranton, and David N. Hilleland, 64, Topeka, were killed in the collision that occurred at about 5:25 p.m. Dec. 16, on U.S. Highway 75 at NW 62nd Street, just north of Topeka.

Galarneau was the driver and Hilleland was a passenger in a 1993 Chevy pickup that was westbound on NW 62nd Street and failed to yield at a stop sign as it attempted to cross U.S. 75. A 2011 Ford F-350, driven by Leon J. Weber, 56, Yates Center, was travelling northbound on U.S. 75, and struck Galarneau’s vehicle on the driver’s side door. Weber and his passenger, Mary L. Weber, 55, Yates Center, were uninjured in the crash. Both drivers and their passengers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Today, the KHP issued a request to the public for any information about the crash. Anyone with any information, or who may have witnessed the crash, is asked to contact Trooper Jordan Plachecki, the lead investigator of the crash. Plachecki can be reached at 785-296-3102.

Featured Business: T&A Bail Bonds – Stuck in jail? Call for a bail

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T&A Bail Bonds: Give us a shout! We’re ready to get you out!

Nobody wants to be in jail, but if you find yourself there and need help getting out, T&A Bail Bonds is here to provide you courteous, professional and reliable service.

T&A Bail Bonds, operated by Tony Horne, LBA, assists defendants and their families through the bond process with a minimal amount of time and paperwork, and makes your bail experience easy to understand and comply with. T&A is available to assist at any time you or a family member is arrested, night or day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

T&A Bail Bonds is located in Osage County, and only 10 minutes from the Osage County Jail and 30 minutes from the Coffey County Jail. The bail bond service covers Osage, Coffey, Shawnee, Douglas and Wabaunsee counties.

Help Wanted: Seeking Food Nutrition Program Assistant

K-State Research and Extension, Frontier District #11, is accepting applications for an Extension Nutrition Assistant I for the Family Nutrition Program (FNP) to provide nutrition education to elementary children and limited resource families throughout the Frontier District and housed in Garnett. The position is 40 hours per week with a minimum requirement High School Diploma or GED. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and reliable transportation, and must be able to transport educational materials. Current rate is $10.68/hour plus benefits. Applications will be accepted until January 8, 2015. This position is limited term, ending 9/30/15 with the possibility of renewal. For more information contact Nancy Schuster at 785-448-6826 or by email at nschuste@ksu.edu. Requisition number 179322; apply online at www.da.ks.gov/ps/esummary/es_online/frmes1.asp.

Food drive culminates with a holiday load delivered to Help House

121814-lms-food-driveLyndon Elementary-Middle School students collected 1,255 items during the recent food drive. Teacher Randy Gales and the middle school Stuco collected, sorted and delivered the items to Help House Wednesday.

Report weather cancellations and closures on osagecountyonline.com

SNOW-SHOVELING-11Osage County News will be happy to share information about all closures and cancellations due to winter weather. Email news@osagecountyonline.com, or post your cancellation in the comment section below where everybody in Osage County can see it. Keep warm, have a happy winter, Osage County.

Food for Thought: Ensure safety before gifting home-canned goodies

Contributed by Nancy Schuster, Frontier Extension Agent

Food for ThoughtGifting some of your home canned food gives a real personal touch to birthdays or holidays. There is also the added responsibility of vouching for the safety of the food you give. As tempting as it may be to impress your friends with a brand new, never-before-tasted canned creation, your first measure of safety is to use tested recommendations from reliable sources. Instead of experimenting with recipes, get creative with the way you package your home preserved gifts.

Efficiency requires elimination of monthly Lyndon to Topeka bus trip

We are looking at ways to make the Osage County general public transit service more efficient, and one of the steps we will take is to consolidate or eliminate scheduled trips that that are getting little or no ridership. In January, we will discontinue the Lyndon to Topeka shopping trips which have occurred on the fourth Wednesday of each month for years.

Swarts to celebrate 90th birthday

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Russell Swarts will celebrate his 90th birthday December 30, 2014.

Swarts, formerly of Osage City, and now of Topeka, was the owner of Swarts Clothing, a longtime clothing store in Osage City, where he made his career. He and his wife, Ellen, who passed away in 2009, had retired from the business and moved to Topeka.

Russell would enjoy hearing from you in celebration of his 90th birthday, and his family has asked cards or notes be sent to: Russell Swarts, 7720 SW Asbury Dr., Topeka, KS 66614.

Help House Christmas store open through Saturday

Parents and guardians, if your family has not been adopted by another agency or church, you may do your Christmas shopping for children’s gifts during Help House’s regular hours 10 a.m. to 1  p.m. this week through Saturday. You do not have to be registered with Help House to “shop” the Christmas store. There is no charge for any of the items; some adult gifts are still available.

NWS issues winter weather advisory for northeast Kansas

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The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a winter weather advisory, which will be in effect from 6 p.m. today to 9 a.m. Thursday. Snow or a brief period of sleet is expected to begin this evening, with widespread snow by late evening into early Thursday morning. The snow is predicted to gradually come to an end by sunrise, with a period of freezing drizzle also possible Thursday morning. Total snow accumulations of one inch or more is likely, with narrow bands of three inches or more expected to develop. Any freezing drizzle accumulation will be light.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 7 – Dec. 13, 2014

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 Dec. 8 – Dec. 12

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Dec. 8 through Dec. 12, 2014.

Osage City home for sale, to be moved

121614-103-s-market-osage-cCharming 3-story home needing TLC. Large rooms, bay windows on both first and second levels, beautiful open staircase and original woodwork with crown molding throughout the house, original ceiling light fixtures and a built-in china cabinet in the dining room. Four bedrooms on the second story and a bathroom; the third-story could be a fifth bedroom/storage/hobby/or playroom for children. House must be seen to appreciate its endless potential to become a distinctive and exquisite home. Buyer must move house from current location – 103 S. Martin St., Osage City (SW corner of K-170 and K-31 highways). $1 OBO in addition to estimated moving cost of $25,000. Contact 785-528-3015 or email cmussatto@hotmail.com to schedule an appointment to view the property.

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