Witness poaching? Picking up the phone can make a difference

PRATT – If you’ve ever seen a photo of a poached deer, chances are you wish you hadn’t. The sad reality is countless numbers of big game animals are illegally killed in More »


Facts for Living: Have an attitude of gratitude

By Rebecca McFarland, Frontier Extension District Agent “Of all the attitude we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life changing.” – Zig More »


Food for Thought: ‘Tis the season to be jolly!

By Nancy Schuster Frontier Extension District Agent It’s the season to be jolly, with the holidays coming up, but not everyone has a reason to be happy. Families with children who rely More »


Food for Thought: Let’s talk turkey

By Nancy Schuster Frontier Extension District Agent While no records exist of the exact first Thanksgiving feast, journals of the time note that the colony’s governor, William Bradford, sent four men on More »

Witness poaching? Picking up the phone can make a difference


PRATT – If you’ve ever seen a photo of a poached deer, chances are you wish you hadn’t. The sad reality is countless numbers of big game animals are illegally killed in Kansas each year. While Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism game wardens make every effort to solve these cases, lack of evidence often leaves criminals unpunished. The good news is, you don’t have to be a game warden to play a significant role in helping solve a poaching case.

Operation Game Thief, 877-426-3843, is a toll-free line available 24/7, 365 days a year, where citizens can anonymously report wildlife-related crimes. Once a call has been placed, the message is relayed to the game warden nearest the violation.

If you suspect you are witnessing a wildlife crime, do not confront the suspects. Pay attention to detail so you can provide as much specific information as possible when you call Operation Game Thief. Information such as vehicle model and color, license tag numbers, descriptions of people involved, location, and the time the incident occurred will help game wardens find the poachers.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Remain calm and safe

buchmanhead“Caution please, slow moving vehicle.”

That thought has gone through our mind dozens of times in the past four days as big semi-trucks with long high-sided trailers passed us as we’ve been driving Marvelous Mae with the big-wheeled single-seated cart to town.

Certain drivers slow down, drive carefully around and pick up speed when they’re confident we’re far behind their rearview mirror. Others seemingly pick up speed as they approach, push the throttle to the floorboard, and gun like a racetrack around.

It’s not so bad when they’re coming towards us, but our heart sometimes almost skips a beat when one approaches fast behind, and another is coming from the opposite direction, or a string of bumper-to-bumper.

Fortunately, Marvelous Mae doesn’t even flinch, despite airbrakes sometimes making us jump in the seat.

Driving a horse on a major thoroughfare these days is a far contrast to three quarters of a century ago when Mom, her siblings and neighbors drove a horse to school.

However, there are still communities where horse and carriage are common transportation; motorized vehicles always giving right-of-way.

Several years ago, we’d traded a good riding horse for a big standard-bred driver, and had him on the market to resell. A newspaper ad drew attention from a dairyman who had his neighbor lady bring him up in her car to try out our horse.

We hooked the ambitious gelding to our two-wheeled cart that has a John Deere rake seat. Anxious to give it a try, the prospective buyer almost jumped aboard, took whip in hand, popped that horse, onto the highway and right down the white line they went.

Sure enough, a loaded semi cattle truck was coming from the north full speed ahead. Cart driver calmly pulled into the right lane, never seeming to fidget, while the truck sped by air horn blasting. Guess that was the clincher of our sale, because we got a check and delivered purchase before milking time.

Reminds us of Second Corinthians 9:9: “He throws caution to the winds, giving to the indigent in reckless abandon.” Fortunately, Exodus 14:14: “You only need to keep silent and remain calm.” Then, Judges 8:10: “You will be safe and secure on all sides,” and First Samuel 20:21: “It is safe for you, and there is no danger.”

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

Margaret Patterson, 94, Melvern: Sept. 3, 1921 – Nov. 26, 2015

112815-pattersonMELVERN – R. Margaret Patterson, 94, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at Midland Hospice House, in Topeka, Kan., with her family by her side. She was born on Sept. 3, 1921, in Williamsburg, Kan., the second of five children born to Jesse Sr. and Kathryn Ryan Green.

Margaret attended Rock Creek grade school, a one-room school, and Melvern High School, graduating in 1939. She taught school for three years at a one-room school near Waverly, Kan. She moved to Wichita, Kan., in 1942, to work in the airplane industry. She married Douglas Dean in 1943, they were later divorced. She returned to Melvern in 1946 and started teaching at Melvern Grade School, where she taught the combined third and fourth grades.

On Dec. 26, 1947, Margaret married Otis Ray Patterson at Garnett, Kan. She and Otis moved to the farm east of Melvern in December of 1947 where they spent 68 years together.

New student enrollment opens at Flint Hills Technical College

Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia is currently enrolling new students for classes beginning in January. The college has 11 programs that accept new students at mid-year, with nine of those programs accepting high school students. High school juniors and seniors have the option of enrolling in online, hybrid or face-to-face courses, with the potential of earning dual credit through their high school. Through Kansas Senate Bill 155, all technical education courses are provided to students free of tuition charges; students are only responsible for student fees, textbooks and supplies.

Programs accepting new students include automotive technology, business administrative technology, computer program development and design, emergency services technology, graphic arts technology, hospitality and culinary arts, interactive multimedia design, network technology, practical nursing and power plant technology. Three programs offer their entire curriculum online: Business administrative technology, interactive multimedia design and power plant technology. Most programs at FHTC offer a one-year technical certificate or a two-year associate of applied science degree option.

The spring semester, which begins Jan. 11, also marks the time to begin completing scholarship applications.

Christmas on Market 2015 schedule of events

111815-christmas-on-market2Events during Osage City Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas on Market, Nov. 28, 2015, will make for a fun day of holiday celebration in Osage City. Here is the schedule for the day as currently planned:

Ms. Wheelchair Kansas seeking nominations for women of achievement

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Program is currently searching for women of achievement  who are wheelchair mobile to serve as contestants in the 12th annual Ms. Wheelchair Kansas event. Contestants can be nominated by a person or group or can choose to participate in the program. Organizations and companies are being encouraged to nominate women who are passionate, dynamic, articulate, and who have a message to share throughout the state.

MWKS is also launching the Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas program and is searching for young, spirited girls, ages 5-12 who are wheelchair mobile.

The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Program is not a beauty contest, but rather a competition to select the most articulate, accomplished delegate to serve as a role model and spokesperson for people with disabilities in Kansas. She will successfully advocate, educate, and empower all people on a state level. Contestants will be scored based on their accomplishments, self-perception, communication, and projection skills. The crowned titleholder will have the opportunity to travel throughout the state of Kansas educating various groups about the issues of importance to people with disabilities. She will have the opportunity to share her chosen platform, interact with the media, and network with many people throughout Kansas. Her reign will lead up to the national competition where she will compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America.

ECF to announce match day results on Giving Tuesday

Emporia area donors united to support 20 nonprofit organizations during the second annual Emporia Area Match Day on Nov. 16, at the Flinthills Mall. The event exceeded 2014 contributions of approximately $36,000 within three and a half hours of its start time. Donations ranged from small amounts of change to several thousand dollars. Final results will be announced about 11:45 a.m. on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, in a special ceremony at the Flinthills Mall. The public is invited to the presentation ceremony and Shirley Antes, executive director for the Emporia Community Foundation, has said the totals will be “astonishing.”

The Emporia Community Foundation (ECF) began working on this year’s Match Day, held in conjunction with Community Foundation Week (Nov. 12-18) early in the year to seek funding partners and open up the application process for organizations to be considered for five additional spots in this year’s event. Matching funds for this year’s Match Day event included two new funders, Clint Bowyer’s 79 Fund and the W.S. & E.C. Jones Testamentary Trust, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee, along with the three original funders – the Hopkins, Reeble and Trusler Foundations.

More than 1,000 Kansas students to receive loan forgiveness

TOPEKA – More than 1,000 Kansas students will receive more than $1 million in student loan forgiveness under the terms of a settlement reached last week with Education Management Corporation (EDMC), Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced in a press release.

EDMC, based in Pittsburgh, Pa., operates 110 schools in 32 states and Canada, including Brown Mackie College in Salina and Lenexa, and The Art Institute in Kansas City, Kan.

The agreement with attorneys general in 39 states plus the District of Columbia mandates added disclosures to students, including a new interactive online financial disclosure tool; bars misrepresentations to prospective students; prohibits enrollment in unaccredited programs; and institutes an extended period when new students can withdraw with no financial obligation.

Nationwide, the agreement requires the for-profit college company to forgive $102.8 million in outstanding loan debt held by more than 80,000 former students.

After receiving numerous complaints from current and former EDMC students, state attorneys general initiated a multistate investigation in January 2014. Attorneys and investigators reviewed consumer complaints, reviewed company documents, and interviewed former EDMC employees.

Spend some time outdoors on Black Friday

PRATT – Hiking, biking, or just relaxing and enjoying the fall weather at a Kansas state park is the perfect way to spend time with family over the holidays or decompress after an intense Black Friday shopping spree. REI, a Seattle-based outdoor recreation and sporting goods giant, is going to close on Black Friday and pay its 12,000 employees to spend the time outdoors. You can join this movement to spend time outdoors by visiting a Kansas state park on Black Friday or any other day, and while you may not get paid, you could win a pretty neat prize.

Anyone who visits a Kansas state park on Nov. 27 this year will have the opportunity to win a free night’s stay in a Kansas state park cabin. Simply post a picture of you or your family at one of the 26 Kansas state parks on Black Friday and post it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag: #myksstatepark. You’ll be automatically entered into a drawing for the free cabin stay.

Topeka artist’s exhibit features scenes along the Santa Fe Trail

Almost 200 years after William Bicknell made his way from Franklin, Mo., to Santa Fe, N.M., Topeka artist Cally Krallman set out on a Santa Fe Trail adventure of her own. She paralleled the 868 mile route with camera in hand to document her own version of the remnants of the famous trail, and upon her return created more than 25 paintings to capture her experience.

The exhibit, titled “Along the Santa Fe Trail”, is showing at Beauchamp’s gallery in Topeka, beginning mid November and running to mid January 2016.

“I had written a song about the Santa Fe Trail, and I wanted to get a better sense of what people might have experienced centuries ago by traveling it myself and really try to take in the visual experience of it all,” Krallman said. “Of course riding in a Dodge Caravan was no comparison to riding in the real covered wagon caravan, but I certainly tried to wrap my head around what their experience must have been like.”

Facts for Living: Have an attitude of gratitude


By Rebecca McFarland, Frontier Extension District Agent

“Of all the attitude we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life changing.” – Zig Ziglar

It is the “season of thanksgiving (gratitude)” and over the past decade, research has identified the social, psychological and physical health benefits that come from giving thanks. One study found that grateful people are more likely to help others, exercise and complete their personal goals. They also tend to be more determined, optimistic, more alert, and have energy and enthusiasm.

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin work gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

Notice: City of Osage City Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule

The City of Osage City offices will be closed Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Customers whose trash is normally picked up on Thursday or Friday will be picked up on Monday, November 30. For more information call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Christmas arrives Saturday on Market Street

110615-COM-2015-250x180_bThursday is Thanksgiving, and two days later it’s Christmas – Christmas on Market at Osage City, that is.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce is inviting everyone to join in a celebration of our hometown heroes, and spend the day, Saturday, Nov. 28, having fun and shopping during the annual Christmas on Market.

Events will be held all day including the 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk,  a toy show, gingerbread building, chili cook off, 20 events in local businesses, a lighted parade and Santa, who will be flying into the Osage City Airport to greet the kids and start the holiday events.

Santa will fly in to Osage City, weather permitting, all the way from the North Pole for an exclusive visit with Osage City kids. All children and their families are invited to come out to the airport at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and watch his plane land. He will then be given a police escort into town riding on top of a fire truck. (Parking is limited at the airport; carpooling is advised.) The Osage City Police Department will direct traffic, and all spectators are asked to proceed to the designated viewing area upon arrival at the airport.

An early event of the day, the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk, will give runners and walkers a chance to work off all that turkey. The 5K run/walk benefits the Warmth Fund, ECAT, ECKAN and the Osage City Chamber of Commerce. A prize will be presented to the person who has the best Christmas costume or ugliest Christmas sweater, as well as a prize for the top male/female finisher. For more information, contact Jodi Stark at 785-528-5141.

Questions about the Affordable Care Act? Navigator schedules local consultations

Open enrollment is under way for Marketplace Insurance, and local Affordable Care Act navigator Bill Otto has scheduled dates in three Osage County communities to meet with those who have questions about the ACA and how it applies to them.

Otto, an ACA navigator through the East Central Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Center, will offer assistance in navigating the Marketplace, determining tax credit eligibility, or choosing a new plan. Services are free.


  • Lyndon Carnegie Library, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21.
  • Burlingame Community Library, 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25.
  • Osage City Public Library, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 620-964-2355 or the East Central Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Center at 785-242-7200.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 15 – Nov. 20, 2015

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

Food for Thought: ‘Tis the season to be jolly!


By Nancy Schuster
Frontier Extension District Agent

It’s the season to be jolly, with the holidays coming up, but not everyone has a reason to be happy. Families with children who rely on local food pantries to help them through the month, for whatever reason, certainly can lose holiday joy.

Hunger hurts everyone, but it is especially devastating to children. Having enough nutritious, healthy food is critical to a child’s physical and emotional development and their ability to achieve academically. Children facing hunger may perform worse in school and struggle with social and behavioral problems that impact their ability to learn.

Osage County District Court criminal cases Nov. 13 – Nov. 20, 2015

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court Nov. 13 to Nov. 20, 2015, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court traffic cases Nov. 13 – Nov. 20, 2015

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court Nov. 13 to Nov. 20, 2015, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

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