Osage City opens up for bargain hunters with weekend garage sales

Osage City is opening its garage doors, driveways and yards to shoppers Friday and Saturday. The town’s fall citywide garage sales will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19, 2020, More »

OCHS golfers take 2nd at West Franklin tournament at Lamont Hill

OCHS Lady Indians golf team 2020 with medals from the West Franklin tournament, courtesy photo. Osage City High School Lady Indian golfers competed Sept. 8, 2020, in the West More »

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officer team attends retreat in Oklahoma

McCV FFA officers, from left, Lindsey Johnson, Izzy Toman, Braden Reed, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Brice Marsh, Cole Lacey, and Kyler Anschutz. By Braden Reed, MdCV FFA Reporter The 2020-2021 Marais More »

Eat Well to Be Well: Be kind to your kidneys; extra TLC pays off in a lifetime of good health

Let’s face it, countless articles have been written on safeguarding the health of your heart and brain. While heart and brain health are absolutely crucial for overall well-being, what More »

Ford Motor Company donates car to FHTC automotive technology program

Flint Hills Technical College’s Automotive Technology program was the recipient of a 2014 Ford Fiesta, donated by John North Ford, working with Ford Motor Company. The vehicle, presented Sept. 10, 2020, at FHTC’s main campus, will be used to provide students with hands-on training, helping prepare them for their careers.

“We are extremely grateful to Ford Motor Company for donating the Ford Fiesta to our automotive technology program and are appreciative of the long relationship we have had with John North Ford, as they were instrumental in making this happen,” said Mike Crouch, FHTC vice president of advancement. “These strong relationships will help to ensure we continue to provide highly trained automotive technicians for the automotive industry for many years to come.”

The car was donated through the Ford Automotive Career Exploration program, a partnership program between Ford Motor Company, educational institutions, franchised dealerships and local communities. The intent of the program is to raise awareness and increase interest in career opportunities within the automotive industry.

Representatives from Ford Motor Company, John North Ford and the Emporia community joined FHTC administration, instructors and students at the Emporia campus for the presentation.

For more information about Flint Hills Technical College, see www.fhtc.edu.

Now Hiring: Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. seeks part-time Receptionist

Now Hiring – Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. – Seeking part-time Receptionist (approximately twenty hours per week) to answer the telephone and re-direct calls plus greet our visitors. Applicants must be available to work Wednesday afternoons and all day Thursdays and Fridays in our main office in Osage City. Experience using a multi-line phone system is preferred. Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Email [email protected] to request an application. Questions? Call Mike Pitts or Deone Wilson at 785-528-3105.

Ione T. Williams, 89, Topeka: Dec. 12, 1930 – Sept. 16, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Ione T. Williams, 89, of Topeka, Kan., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. She was born Dec. 12, 1930, at Butler, S.D., the daughter of William Frederick and Diana Regneir Herr.

Ione graduated from high school at Grand Rapids, Minn. She worked in the business office at Memorial Hospital, Topeka. She was quite active at Papan’s Landing Senior Center, North Topeka.

Sheriff announces retirement; Republican committee seeks temporary replacement

LYNDON, Kan. – Osage County is in need a temporary sheriff to fill in until the newly elected sheriff takes office in January, after Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn announced Monday she would be retiring at the end of the month.

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn

During the Sept. 14 regular meeting of the Osage County Commission, Dunn submitted a letter addressed to Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and county commissioners announcing her retirement:

“I, Laurie Dunn, duly elected Sheriff of Osage County hereby submit my notice of retirement, effective September 30, 2020. It’s been an honor to serve the citizens of Osage County for 39 years and 3 months. Sincerely submitted, Laurie Dunn, Sheriff”

Dunn recommended the commissioners appoint Osage County Undersheriff Jeff Johnson to serve in the sheriff’s position until the newly elected sheriff is sworn in on Jan. 11, 2021. Dunn lost the sheriff’s position to challenger Chris Wells in the Republican primary election Aug. 3, 2020, and the sheriff’s race will be finalized in the Nov. 3 general election.

As commissioners do not have the authority to fill vacant elected county offices, the Osage County Republican Central Committee was notified to call a convention meeting to fill the vacancy. The committee will select a nominee to be submitted to the governor for official appointment.

The committee has since set the convention meeting for 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 24, at the Osage County Courthouse. The nominee will be determined by a precinct person election and will be presented Sept. 25 to the governor’s office for official appointment.

In response to the short timeline before Dunn’s retirement, the Osage County Republican Committee has sent out a notice to prospective interim sheriffs who would like to be considered as candidates for the temporary position. Here is the notice issued by the committee:

“Notice: Applicants for the office of Osage County Sheriff are currently being sought due to the retirement effective September 30, 2020 of Laurie Dunn as per letter delivered to the Osage County Commission on Monday, September 14, 2020. State statute tasks the Central Committee of the party of the elected official with filling the vacancy. Please direct correspondence to the Republican Central Committee of Osage County, Dana Webber, Chairman, 307 S. Boyle Street, Scranton, KS 66537 or email: [email protected] by Wednesday, September 23, 2020.”

For more information about the selection process, contact central committee chairman Dana Webber as per this notice.

Frances Kay (Criss) Clevenger, 78, Ottawa: Aug. 8, 1942 – Sept. 14, 2020

OTTAWA, Kan. – Frances Kay (Criss) Clevenger, 78, of Ottawa, Kan., passed away Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at Brookside Manor, Overbrook, Kan. She was born Aug. 8, 1942, in Ottawa, the daughter of Kenneth Raymond and Dorothy Jane (Evertson) Criss.

She graduated from Melvern High School in 1960.

Kay worked in her early years as a hairdresser, then worked as a seamstress at H.D. Lee’s, in Ottawa, for more than 20 years. ​Later in life, she enjoyed a second career as a secretary for 20 years for the ​Kansas​ State Parole Office, Olathe, Kan.

Osage City opens up for bargain hunters with weekend garage sales

Osage City is opening its garage doors, driveways and yards to shoppers Friday and Saturday. The town’s fall citywide garage sales will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19, 2020, with the Osage City Chamber of Commerce serving as community hosts.

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 at Casey’s and other Osage City businesses Friday and Saturday.

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.

Richmond to retire after 45 years with Extension service

Dr. Mary Frances “Fran” Richmond will be retiring after 45 years with K-State Research and Extension, effective October 2020. Fran began her career in 1975 as a home economist in Osage County, where she shared responsibilities with the 4-H youth development program and later served as county director.

Dr. Mary Frances “Fran” Richmond

In 2010, Fran was instrumental in helping to form the Frontier Extension District and has served as the district’s director since then.  The district includes Osage, Franklin, and Anderson counties.

Over the years, Fran has developed and presented countless educational programs on a variety of topics in the areas of family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and community vitality.  She has also chaperoned hundreds of 4-H youth to a variety of activities and statewide events including 4-H camp at Rock Springs Ranch, judging team competitions, and the Kansas State Fair.

Some highlights of her career have included starting the Citizenship Washington Focus program in Osage County, which has allowed nearly 600 youth to travel to Washington, D.C., and participate in hands-on workshops to see citizenship in action.  And, in 2005, Fran led a delegation of 4-H youth from the North Central Region States to Finland for six weeks through the IFYE Ambassador program.

Additionally, Fran helped to develop the Leadership Osage County program for high school youth and adults to learn about leadership, how government works, and featured a trip to visit the Kansas legislature.

Throughout her career, Fran was active on the state level and served on many organizational committees and task forces in addition to being an assigned mentor for new extension agents.  As a certified True Colors presenter, Fran routinely presented the “True Colors in Personality Types” workshop during training sessions for new extension agents.

Fran also participated in the National Extension Leadership Development program and the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program, which culminated in a two week visit to India in 2009.

In addition, Fran continued to be active in the Kansas Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and Epsilon Sigma Phi Extension Fraternity, having served as the state president and receiving the national distinguished service awards for both associations.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a face-to-face retirement reception will not be held.  Instead, the Frontier Extension District is hosting a card shower to celebrate Fran’s dedication, service, and leadership throughout her career. Cards and well wishes are requested by Sept. 25, and can be sent to the Frontier Extension District office in Lyndon at PO Box 400, Lyndon, KS 66451.

OCHS golfers take 2nd at West Franklin tournament at Lamont Hill

OCHS Lady Indians golf team 2020 with medals from the West Franklin tournament, courtesy photo.

Osage City High School Lady Indian golfers competed Sept. 8, 2020, in the West Franklin tournament at Lamont Hill, with OCHS golfer Laci Davenport taking first place. The Osage City team took second place in the tournament, just two strokes behind the tournament team champion Silver Lake.

Davenport took the championship with a score of 47. Other OCHS medalists were Jenna Hastert, who placed ninth with a score of 54, and Hayden Serna at 12th with 56.

Council Grove took third place in the tournament.  

Help Wanted: Marilynn’s seeks daytime server

Marilynn’s Restaurant in Osage City is seeking a daytime server. For more information, call 785-528-3769, or apply in person at 1216 Laing St. (east Highway 31) in Osage City.

Nancy G. Urban, 82, Carbondale: Aug. 14, 1938 – Sept. 14, 2020

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Nancy G. Urban, 82, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at Brookside Manor, Overbrook, Kan. Nancy was born Aug. 14, 1938, in Warren, Ark., the daughter of Lance and Becky (Houston) Mack.

Nancy graduated from Hayden High School, Topeka, Kan.

Albert E. Meade Jr., 29, Melvern: Sept. 15, 1990 – Sept. 6, 2020

MELVERN, Kan. – Albert E. Meade, Jr., 29, of Melvern, Kan., passed away Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. Albert was born Sept. 15, 1990, the son of Albert E. Meade Sr. and Terri (Garrison) Meade.

Albert grew up attending Melvern and Santa Fe Trail schools. Albert worked as a plumber throughout Topeka. He lived in Oregon part of his life. Albert attended Oxford House and was a member of NA group.

Howard L. ‘Buss’ Arb, 88, Melvern: March 25, 1932 – Sept. 12, 2020

MELVERN, Kan. – Howard L. “Buss” Arb, 88, passed away Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born March 25, 1932, near Olivet, Kan., the son of Earl E. and Mary (Elliot) Arb.

Howard served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He served in the Marshall Islands (Eniwetok) as a company clerk testing bombs. He was honorably discharged in 1955 at the rank of corporal. He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad as a truck driver for 43 years, until retiring in 2003. He also was a farmer and stockman, raising cattle and crops. He retired from farming in 2016, and had lived on the same farm for 65 years.

Waneta J. Thompson, 89, Overbrook: March 18, 1931 – Sept. 13, 2020

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Waneta Jean (Peg) Thompson, 89, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away, Sept. 13, 2020, at Brookside Manor, Overbrook. She was born March 18, 1931, at Elm Grove, Kan., east of Ottawa, the only daughter of Robert Harvey Underwood and Daisy May (Brown) Underwood.

Peg grew up in the Ottawa, Kan., area and graduated from Princeton High School with the class of 1949.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Aug. 31 – Sept. 4, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, 2020.

Osage County Jail Log, Sept. 7 – Sept. 12, 2020

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

Help Wanted: Frontier Extension District accepting applications for two positions

The Frontier Extension District is accepting applications for two full-time office professional positions. A Financial Office Professional position is available in the Lyndon office. Experience required in general accounting practices, online banking, office management and budget/financial management. A full-time communications/media office professional position is available in the Ottawa office. Experience required in website maintenance as well as creating social media, print, and video marketing materials. Applicants for both positions must have computer skills and effective verbal and written communication skills. Benefit packages positions include sick/vacation leave, KPERS, Dependent Care and Health Reimbursement Accounts. For position descriptions and information on how to apply, go to http://www.frontierdistrict.ksu.edu, or call 785 828-4438. Applications for both positions must be received by September 23, 2020.

Lona Jean McIver, 90, Topeka: Aug. 31, 1930 – Sept. 10, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Lona Jean McIver, 90, of Topeka, Kan., died Sept. 10, 2020, at her home surrounded by loved ones. She was born Aug. 31, 1930, in Turon, Kan., the daughter of Roy and Sylvia (Lamont) Tillery.

Lona proudly worked in food service the majority of her life. She loved talking on the phone, baking, canning, gardening, traveling, camping and spending winters in South Texas (Port Aransas).

Overbrook church plans prayerful, peaceful march

Grace Community Church, Overbrook, is hosting its 2020 Healing Prayer March in conjunction with the Franklin Graham 2020 Washington Prayer March, beginning at 8 a.m. Sept. 26, 2020, with a free-will donation biscuits and gravy breakfast at the church.

Following breakfast will be prayers, praise music, and sign making in preparation for the march; 10:15-11 a.m. march lineup will begin in the church parking lot. The march will get underway at 11 a.m., following a route from the church past Overbrook City Hall and back to the church.

Marchers are also invited to go back out in the community afterward to give church invites and visit Overbrook’s citywide garage sales.

This is a family friendly event. The march will stop along the way for focused prayer for America, and our communities, families, and leaders. Due to COVID-19, all participants are asked to wear a mask during the march and practice social distancing.

For more information, contact event organizer Loretta Harder at 785-231-4376 or [email protected]. Grace Community Church is at 310 E. Eighth St., Overbrook, Kan.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Hygiene becomes important perspective

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”

A common observation repeated frequently the comment takes on even more meaning with today’s worldwide health concerns.

Moms have always insisted kids wash before mealtime, afterwards and in-between doing chores and work around the ranch.

Highly educated professionals, doctors and the like, insist germs are readily spread to others in many ways. Of course that includes touching anything which another person might have been in contact with.

“Stop the continued increase of bacteria by thorough washing of hands,” health experts demand.

Those in the agriculture profession have likely been most lax in strategic spotlessness. Breakfast, dinner and supper are typically on time around all of the chores and other demanded ranch tasks.

With food on the table, family seated, hopefully a blessing, plates filled, eaten, while conversation centers on the day’s workload. Never a thought about the many places those hands have been cleaning the barn, greasing wheels, and on and on. All are locations with seriously high probability of health contamination.

Yet, notable sickness on ranches has been low compared to urban living. Not scientifically proven, being outside in the wind and sunlight is Mother Nature’s helpful cleansing.

Regardless, nowadays everybody has become conscious about keeping clean. Old timers even admit more frequently using the bar of soap. Report was once heard about a midweek trip to the tub on top of that traditional Saturday night bath.

Moms and office workers always conscientious about handwashing at mealtime and throughout the day are more scrupulous. One even rapidly quoted the recommended picture poster procedure.

If washing hands will help prevent contacting the vicious sickness of the time, it’s definitely worth the little added effort. Conversations with those who’ve become infected and seemingly recovered verify importance of every precaution.

OCPR Update: OCHS cheer team coaches up-and-coming cheerleaders

OCPR-logo-redOsage City Parks and Recreation is encouraging young cheerleaders to participate for the OCHS Cheer Camp, with a deadline of Sept. 25 for signup. Also in the works is the annual barbecue contest and community barbecue party, Smoke in the Spring, which has been postponed this year to Oct. 30-31, 2020. The schedule of events is shaping up to include fun for everyone.


VA offers free drive-through flu shots for enrolled veterans

TOPEKA, Kan.-Beginning Sept. 21, 2020, at the VA Topeka campus and throughout October and early November at the VA Leavenworth campus, drive-through flu vaccines will be available for veterans enrolled in the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System. These same drive-through options will be available at several VA community-based clinics on select Saturdays in October.

Due to COVID-19, flu vaccines will not be available on a walk-in basis this year. However, veterans who have a scheduled appointment with their provider can receive a flu vaccine while in the clinic, or at any primary care, behavioral health or specialty clinic. Appointments will not be made for a flu vaccine alone. Flu vaccines will be available through March 31, 2021.

Anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 or has been exposed within two weeks is asked to stay home as instructed and to not go for a flu vaccine to any location until released from quarantine. Anyone who thinks they might have COVID-19 should contact their VA team or local medical care provider. For a list of possible symptoms of COVID-19 and mandatory precautions for the drive-through clinics, call the Flu Information Hotline at 800-574-8387 ext. 53243.

Veterans should bring a VA identification card and wear clothing that allows staff to reach their upper arm.

Times and locations are as below:

Topeka VA Medical Center, 2200 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, Kan., Building 3, outside entrance, circular drive (outside lab site).

  • Saturday, Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Drive-through flu shots will also be available 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Topeka VA Medical Center, Sept. 21 through Dec. 31.

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