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Spring car show brings relief from year of pandemic

The Osage City Police Department and Osage County Sheriff Office selected Taurance Roberson, left front, of Platte City, Mo., to receive the “Thin Blue Line Award”. The thin blue More »

Osage City opens up garages and yards for spring citywide sales

Osage City is opening its garage doors, driveways and yards to shoppers Friday and Saturday. The town’s citywide garage sales are this weekend, April 16 and 17, 2021, hosted More »

Piggin’ Whiskey O.G. claims grand championship at Smoke in the Spring 2021

Grand champion winner of Smoke in the Spring 2021 was Piggin’ Whiskey O.G.; accepting the award for the team are, from left, Ashton Smith, Jaxson Soerries, and head cook More »

KDHE issues air quality health advisory due to prescribed burns

TOPEKA, Kan. – Prescribed burning within the Flint Hills region yesterday has contributed to elevated air pollutant levels for parts of Kansas this morning, April 14, 2021. Additional burning More »

Help Wanted: ORBIS seeks Operators, Materials Manager, Automation Tech

ORBIS Corp. is seeking to fill several positions at its Osage City plant. Currently seeking Operators for Day or Night shifts, Materials Manager, and Automation Technician. For full job descriptions, see www.orbiscorporation.com and click on the Careers tab. Positions comes with a great benefits package and 401(k) match.

To apply, see www.orbiscorporation.com, click on Careers tab.

ORBIS Corporation is the industry leader in returnable packaging with a plant located at 515 S. Fourth St., Osage City, Kan.

Kathryn Elaine (Rose) Wischropp, 82, Wichita: July 30, 1938 – April 15, 2021

WICHITA, Kan. – Kathryn Elaine (Rose) Wischropp, 82, of Wichita, Kan., passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Park West Plaza Retirement Community, Wichita. Kathryn was born July 30, 1938, the daughter of Orville and Willene (Wiggins) Rose, on a farm near Quenemo, Kan.

Kathryn spent her early life in the Lyndon and Vassar, Kan., communities. She graduated from Vassar Grade School, Lyndon High School, Butler County Community College, and Kansas State University. She was in the second nursing class to graduate from Butler County Community College and worked at hospitals in El Dorado and Manhattan, Kan.

Delores Kay Piland, 79, Emporia: Nov. 7, 1941 – April 15, 2021

EMPORIA, Kan.  – Delores Kay Piland, 79, passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Holiday Resort, Emporia, Kan. She was born Nov. 7, 1941, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Robert and Gladys Hooper Duesler.

Delores earned her nursing degree from the Newman Hospital Nursing Program, in Emporia. She had worked as a registered nurse for more than 50 years, retiring after working for the Shawnee County Health Department.

A Cowboy’s Faith: More than heartfelt cowboy

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“This cowboy was certainly one of a kind.”

While riding, studying, breeding, producing, and merchandizing horses brought lifetime enjoyment, Rick Johnson was much more.

Now 35 percent of 100 students Class of ’69 into the Great Beyond, this all-around cowboy’s passing tugged heartstrings hardest. Defining Rick as an “all-around cowboy” has such a profound significance. He was unquestionably a cowboy at heart with definite broad successes therein.

Yet it’s impossible to adequately define the unique, versatile, talented, outgoing, congenial, fun-loving yet sentimental gentleman. Undeniable orneriness revealed in his always widespread grin, Rick was an “all-around nice guy,” everybody’s friend.

Sadly, one’s real worth in life can sometimes only be realized completely at time of passing. Cowboys, family and friends from near and far paid sorrowful respects at his church yard memorial services. Tied to nearby tree, the bay Quarter Horse carrying Rick’s saddle sensed the feeling, nickering precisely upon emotional reflections.

A local horseshow nearly six decades ago, Rick came riding in on his bay mare. Start of a lifetime cowboy friendship continuing and diversifying through passing years.

Inheriting love for cowboy life and horses from both sides of his Flint Hills families, Rick proudly touted that heritage. Classmates even through college days, infrequent time shared immediately turned to horse talk.

Quite intelligent, ambitious and determined, Rick, frugal too, made short order of university days graduating earlier than most. Following boot steps of his endeared father, horseman and lawyer, Rick became an attorney at Valley Falls.

Marrying his high school sweetheart, Bonnie, the greatly-admired, community-serving couple of apparent strong faith raised three daughters.

Osage City Spring Citywide Cleanup Week, April 19 – April 23, 2021

City of Osage City
Spring City Wide Cleanup Week
April 19 through April 23, 2021

Cleanup will be for the one week only – all items should be placed at curbside by 7:00 a.m. on your regular scheduled trash pickup day. Special pickup service can be scheduled for an additional fee. To schedule a special pickup or inquire about the fee call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Acceptable items include:

  • Boxes
  • Junk furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Small appliances and other metal items
  • Other bulky items
  • All smaller items must be bagged or boxed.
  • Metal and brush must be separated

Items that will not be picked up:

  • Tires
  • Vehicles and/or major auto parts.
  • Buildings, major building parts, or large piles of building material
  • Construction materials – no lumber
  • Plaster or drywall
  • Roofing materials
  • Concrete chunks
  • Loose piles of trash
  • Animal carcasses
  • Refrigerators with Freon
  • No Hazardous Waste

City employees will not enter your property to pick up trash and the City reserves the right to not pick up selected items that are not a part of this list.

The next citywide cleanup will be scheduled fall 2021. No limbs or brush will be picked up until that time, unless a severe storm occurs.

Compost Site

The City of Osage City has a compost site located at 4th and Superior streets, behind the old sewer plant, for dumping of tree limbs, grass clippings and leaves. For more information contact Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Spring car show brings relief from year of pandemic

The Osage City Police Department and Osage County Sheriff Office selected Taurance Roberson, left front, of Platte City, Mo., to receive the “Thin Blue Line Award”. The thin blue line flag stands for the sacrifice law enforcement officers of the nation make each day. The Twin Lakes Cruisers used the opportunity to express appreciation, respect and thanks for law enforcement for their service to Osage City and Osage County. Twin Lakes Cruisers photo.

Approximately 210 entrants participated in the 17th Annual Cruis’n & Cook’n Auto  Show, Saturday, April 10, 2021, in downtown Osage City along Market Street. The show was deemed a success, though the morning started out somewhat concerning regarding the weather. Mother Nature kept the rain away, and even though the temperature was a bit cool, the sun was able to break through the clouds and gave us a nice day. Everyone seemed to be ready to get out and enjoy an event after a year of uncertainty with the pandemic. The Twin Lakes Cruisers had to cancel the car show last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of the participants were pleased when they learned the car club had made the decision to go ahead and have the show this year.

Thank you
The car group appreciates the downtown business district’s support and participation with the event. They also appreciate the spectator enthusiasm and attendance and are proud to organize an event that all ages can enjoy.

The Twin Lakes Cruisers announced the following entrants as winners of the show:

Spring Burning Dates, Osage City, Kansas

Spring Burning Dates, Osage City, Kansas

The City of Osage City will allow the burning of grass, weeds, leaves, small limbs and small branches in waterways, yards, gardens, and fence lines shall be permitted, between the days of Thursday April 1, 2021, through Monday, May 31, 2021, provided conditions are favorable; the County does not have a burn ban in place; wind speed is not more than 10 MPH; a water hose is securely fastened to an operable water faucet, and the length of the hose available is sufficient to reach the area where the controlled burn is occurring; no fire is left unattended; and no burning is to be performed on or intersect the sidewalks, streets or gutters of City streets. For more information call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, April 2 – April 8, 2021

The following information was compiled April 2 to April 8, 2021, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Sheriff’s investigators arrest Missouri man in online solicitation investigation

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Missouri man Thursday as the result of an investigation into the online solicitation of a child by an adult.

In a press release, Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells reported the sheriff’s office criminal investigation unit arrested David E. Fresia, 49, Lees Summit, Mo., the afternoon of April 15, 2021, and alleged he had made plans to meet with someone he believed to be a minor.

The release did not indicate where Fresia was arrested, but said he was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Osage County Jail on suspicion of aggravated human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of a child, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of psilocybin with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no drug tax stamp.

Osage City opens up garages and yards for spring citywide sales

Osage City is opening its garage doors, driveways and yards to shoppers Friday and Saturday. The town’s citywide garage sales are this weekend, April 16 and 17, 2021, hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber has produced at map that lists sales all over town and designates which section of town and the types of goods for sale. Maps will be available Friday and Saturday at Casey’s, BP, Jerry’s Thriftway, Osage City Hall, and Osage City Library, and on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Donations received for listing sales and for advertising on the map are used for a scholarship for a graduating senior from Osage City High School.

For more information, contact Tricia Gundy, Osage City Chamber garage sale committee chairperson, at 785-528-3301, or Peterson Assisted Living, 629 Holliday St., Osage City.

Also remember you can post your own garage sale for free on Osage County News at www.osagecountyonline.com/place-your-own-garage-yard-sale-ad.

Piggin’ Whiskey O.G. claims grand championship at Smoke in the Spring 2021

Grand champion winner of Smoke in the Spring 2021 was Piggin’ Whiskey O.G.; accepting the award for the team are, from left, Ashton Smith, Jaxson Soerries, and head cook Josh Farley (presented by Smoky the Pig).

Smoke might still be lingering in Osage City from last weekend’s 18th annual Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship, but the grand champions headed back to Oak Grove, Mo. to celebrate.

Piggin’ Whiskey O.G., with head cook Josh Farley, of Oak Grove, earned prize winnings totaling $5,980 from the Osage City contest, after taking the grand championship with fourth place in chicken, 51st place in pork, second place in ribs, and 10th in brisket. The team also broke the 700 point barrier, winning the top spot in the contest with 703.44.

In Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned contests, membership in the “700 club” is achieved when enough points are earned in the four main categories, chicken, ribs, pork and brisket, to total 700 or more. A 180 is considered a perfect score in a single category. Piggin’ Whiskey picked up a 180 with their second place ribs entry, helping to secure their win with highest number of points. Adding to the team’s wins for the weekend, young team member Jaxson Soerries took fifth place in the 6-10 age group of Kids-Q.

The grand champs shared their 700 club spot with the reserve grand champions, Finger Leikham Good, head cook Chris Leikam, Wamego, Kan., with 701.7028, and the third place winner, The American Dream BBQ Team, David Qualls, Tecumseh, Okla., 700.5144.

Seven teams picked up a 180 pin during the completion, with two 180s awarded in chicken, two 180s in ribs, and three in pork.

The high scoring competition boosts Smoke in the Spring’s reputation as a world class contest, where some of the best barbecue cooks in the U.S. come to compete. During the weekend, 105 barbecue teams from 10 states gathered in Osage City’s Jones Park. The field included a number of top teams on the circuit, including KCBS teams of the year, Jack Daniels World Champion, and numerous grand champions from state championships.

Nominating commission selects Breshears as Osage County magistrate judge

LYNDON, Kan. – The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission has selected Lori Breshears to fill a magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County. The commission conducted public interviews of nominees for the position April 6, 2021, in Lyndon. Three people had applied for the opening.

Breshears’ new position will be effective upon her swearing-in. She currently is employed as a paralegal and victim witness coordinator for the Coffey County Attorney’s Office, in Burlington, Kan.

The magistrate judge vacancy was created when judge Shannon Rush resigned effective Feb. 1.

The 4th Judicial District is composed of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties. Eligibility requirements to serve as a Kansas district magistrate judge include: Must be a resident of Osage County at the time of taking office and while holding office; must be a graduate of a high school, a secondary school, or the equivalent; must either be a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas or able to pass an examination given by the Supreme Court to become certified within 18 months.

After serving one year in office, an appointed magistrate judge must stand for a retention vote in the next general election to remain in the position. If retained, the incumbent will serve a four-year term.

The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission includes Justice Eric Rosen, Craig Cole, Garnett, Anthony Mersman, Greeley, Phyllis Gardner and Janet Walsh, both of Lyndon, Heather Landon, Ianne Dickinson, and Forrest Lowry, all of Ottawa, and Timothy Johnson, Waverly.

See related story: 4th Judicial District committee to interview nominees for Osage County magistrate judge

Help Wanted: Edward Jones Osage City seeks Full-Time Branch Office Administrator-Trainee

Edward Jones is a financial services firm focused on meeting the needs of individual investor. Our Osage City branch office has an opening for an entry-level administrative assistant. Excellent organization, communication skills, and the ability to work independently are required to perform administrative, marketing, and client service responsibilities. We offer competitive benefits and a comprehensive on-line training program. To be considered for this position apply online at www.edwardjones.com/careers.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Help Wanted: City of Osage City Utilities Department job openings

City of Osage City is accepting applications for Electric Distribution Lineman position. The Electric Distribution Lineman performs duties involved in the city’s electrical distribution lines. The employee in this position is responsible for performing a variety of skilled, technical, and maintenance work in the planning, construction, operation, repairing the city’s electric distribution facilities and systems. Experience recommended but not required.


The City of Osage City is taking applications for a Power Plant Operator position. The Power Plant Operator performs duties involved in the city’s electrical generation in the plant. The employee in this position is responsible for maintaining continuous operation of the generators in the plant and delivering the necessary electrical power to Osage City. The job responsibilities of the power plant operator include monitoring equipment operations for any possible malfunctions and to take corrective action should a malfunction occur. This employee is responsible for putting generating units and related auxiliary equipment online to produce electrical energy. With the development of the 1.7 MW solar farm, duties will include maintaining and operating the photovoltaic generating facility in conjunction with the electrical distribution department. Experience recommended but not required.


Applicant must meet minimum qualifications per job description, safety procedures, willing to contribute to a team environment, and can clearly and concisely express ideas both orally and in writing to maintain effective working relationships with other city employees and elected public officials. To apply, applicants must submit application for employment, resume, five professional references, and salary history.

Application for Employment can be obtained at www.osagecity.com/Jobs. Applications may be submitted electronically to [email protected], mailed to City of Osage City, PO Box 250, Osage City, KS 66523 or in person. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Questions can be directed to Kris Kline, Director of Utilities, at 785-528-3714 or [email protected]. Full position description and benefits summary available upon request.

The City of Osage City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Osage City Shred Day Event, 9-11 a.m., May 22, 2021, Osage City Street Department

Osage City Shred Day Event

Location: City of Osage City Street Department, 216 S. 9th Street
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Subject to change due to the COVID-19 Virus

Each year individuals and households accumulate many personal financial and health documents which require secure disposal to prevent identity theft.

City of Osage City, in connection with Document Resources, a Division of Underground Vaults & Storage, is having a FREE Shred Day to dispose of the general public’s personal documents and files at NO CHARGE.

This year will be a little different as stated per Document Resources: “We are no longer going to have a mobile truck located at our Manhattan location so we are offering shred events with our offsite shred trucks. We would bring secure containers to collect material and then take it to our facility to be shred. It is a secure process and we are NAID certified for offsite destruction.”

Individuals and households can bring their items to the Osage City Shred Day Event at the Street Department, 216 S. 9th Street, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on May 22, 2021, so they can be gathered for destruction. The public need not worry about removing staples or paper clips, or burning up their personal shredder. Professional shredding equipment will take care of them. For compliance reasons, only personal and household materials will be accepted the day of the event. Limit of five (5) boxes or bags maximum per household please.

This is our way of helping our community combat identity theft and say thank you for the many years of community support we have received. Call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714 with any questions.

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