Poinsettias present a yuletide challenge for plant enthusiasts

By Randall Kowalik MANHATTAN, Kan. – The poinsettia can be found everywhere right now – florists, nurseries, grocery stores, large-scale retailers, even hardware stores. As common as they are, More »

Frontier Extension District honors local supporters with annual appreciation awards

The Frontier Extension District recently presented its annual appreciation awards to five people who have made outstanding contributions to Extension programs. Honored were Mike and Sharon Kilet, of Anderson More »

Hidden History: Photographs and photo car make Lyndon’s Ford famous

By Wendi Bevitt You might not recognize his name, but if your family lived in Osage County more than 100 years ago, you might have Harry Ford to thank More »

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club busy with fall activities; new members invited

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club members were recognized at Achievement Night, from left, Josye Hutchcroft, Brynna Whitton, Reanna Marcotte, Breckyn Whitton, Ethan Kneisler, Garrett Shoup, Leanne Shoup, Allie Kneisler, Ryan More »

Boil water advisory rescinded for city of Overbrook

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the public water supply located in the city of Overbrook.

The advisory affected all customers south of Santa Fe Trail Street between Maple Street and Sycamore Street. Laboratory testing samples collected from the city of Overbrook indicate no evidence of contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Burn ban today: All burn permits suspended in Osage County

All outdoor burning is prohibited in Osage County today, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, after the National Weather Service has predicted windy weather. Osage County Emergency Management has suspended all local burn permits.

The rangeland fire danger index will be in the very high category this afternoon. Very high fire danger means fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort.

NWS has forecast it will be sunny today with a high near 59, and breezy with a west wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

The burn ban means no outside burning is allowed in Osage County today. The ban will be in effect until 8 a.m. Dec. 14, 2017, unless it is extended.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 3, 2017 – Dec. 8, 2017

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

Rhynhardt Dean Stewart, Lyndon: Nov. 14, 2017 – Dec. 10, 2017

LYNDON, Kan. – Rhynhardt Dean Stewart, infant son of Thomas and Tabitha Eissler Stewart, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at his home in Lyndon, Kan., surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Nov. 14, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo.

Rhynhardt was preceded in death by a brother, Rhyker Stewart, on Nov. 16, 2013, and by his paternal grandfather, Michael Stewart.

Rhynhardt is survived by his parents, Tom and Tabitha Stewart, two brothers, Rhylen Stewart and Rhyder Stewart, and sister, Kynsley Stewart, all of the home; paternal grandmother, Teresa Stewart of Lawton, Okla.; maternal grandparents, Loren and Elizabeth Eissler, Lyndon; two aunts, Michelle (Chris) Himes, Lawton, and Christina (Terry) Gradig, Downs, Kan.; and uncle, Michael Phipps, Carbondale, Ill.

Boil water advisory issued in Overbrook due to water main break

Update, Dec. 12, 2017: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has limited the boil water advisory for the public water supply located in the city of Overbrook to all customers south of Santa Fe Trail Street between Maple Street and Sycamore Street.

KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

The advisory took effect on December 12, 2017, and will remain in effect until conditions which place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be adequately resolved.

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OVERBROOK, Kan. – Due to a water main break in Overbrook, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for all consumers on the Overbrook public water system.

KDHE officials issued the boil advisory because an organism, bacterial or protozoan, was found in water samples taken from the public water system due to the water main break that left customers without service for an extended period of time.

The advisory took effect Dec. 12, 2017, and will remain in effect until such time as testing of water samples indicate no evidence of contamination and all other conditions which place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be adequately resolved.

Anyone served by the affected public water system should observe the following precautions:

  1. Boiling procedure: Bring water to a vigorous rolling boil and sustain boiling for a minimum of one minute. Boiling longer than three minutes may adversely affect the quality and taste of the water.
  2. Use only boiled water for drinking, diluting fruit juices, and all other food preparation.
  3. Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker. Remake ice cubes with water that has been boiled.
  4. Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for a least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
  5. Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing or using backyard pools so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.

The city of Overbrook or KDHE will notify area media when the boil water advisory has been rescinded. For more information, contact Overbrook City Clerk Jim Koger at 785-665-7328.

Fred Tucker, 62, Osage City: Dec. 21, 1954 – Dec. 9, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Fred Tucker, 62, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at his home in Osage City, Kan. He was born on Dec. 21, 1954, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the son of Johnnie and Dorothy Davis Tucker.

Fred had lived in Osage City for many years and he worked mowing lawns around town. He enjoyed watching the Royals and Chiefs, and playing bingo.

Poinsettias present a yuletide challenge for plant enthusiasts

By Randall Kowalik

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The poinsettia can be found everywhere right now – florists, nurseries, grocery stores, large-scale retailers, even hardware stores. As common as they are, you might wonder how to choose plants with confidence and care for them so they won’t droop before Santa drops down the chimney.

The poinsettia is probably the most familiar form of a specialized leaf known as a bract. The bracts are bright red, and they surround the very small flowers, which are usually yellow. When shopping for a poinsettia, K-State Research and Extension horticulturist Ward Upham suggests looking for the brightest yellow flowers, as those tend to be fresher.

“Make sure that the green leaves are intact and straight, not drooping over,” Upham said. “The bracts should be brightly colored. Check the undersides of the leaves for insects. The soil in the pot should be moist, but not waterlogged.”

Poinsettias are extremely sensitive to cold temperatures. Transporting the plant from the retailer to your home really is a do-or-die mission.

“Any temperature below 50 degrees F for any length of time could damage the plant. Florists will often have a plastic sleeve over them – if you buy one from another retailer, it’s not a bad idea to put a bag over it. And then go from the store to your vehicle, and from your vehicle into the house.”

Place the plant where it can receive plenty of bright, indirect light. Avoid drafts – cold drafts, warm drafts, all of them.

“A place near an outside door is just as bad as a place near an air vent,” Upham said.

AG Derek Schmidt: U.S. Supreme Court allows conviction, death sentence to stand

TOPEKA, Kan. – The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to review for a second time the case of Scott Cheever, leaving his capital murder conviction and death sentence intact, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office has reported.

The high court’s denial means Cheever’s conviction and death sentence, which previously were affirmed by the Kansas Supreme Court, will stand on direct appeal. The case will next be returned to the Kansas courts for further proceedings under the Kansas death penalty statute. Although the U.S. Supreme Court’s action marks the end of Cheever’s direct appeals, under both Kansas and federal law Cheever has remaining options to seek further judicial review through collateral proceedings.

Frontier Extension District honors local supporters with annual appreciation awards

The Frontier Extension District recently presented its annual appreciation awards to five people who have made outstanding contributions to Extension programs. Honored were Mike and Sharon Kilet, of Anderson County, Ken and Lori Kuykendall, Osage County, and Jo Ellen Arnold, Franklin County. The honorees were selected by the Frontier District governing board and awards were presented Nov. 28, 2017. Meet this year’s award winners:

Layton Long, 82, Osage City: Feb. 27, 1935 – Dec. 9, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Layton Long, 82, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born on Feb. 27, 1935, in Iuka, Kan., the son of Gleason and Frances Shelinbarger Long.

After living in Iuka and Emporia, Kan., Layton had lived in Osage City, Kan., most of his life.

Layton graduated from Osage City High School in 1953. He worked as a mechanic most of his life – for Davenport Equipment, Dav​e Dorr Motors and in 1959, bought Olson-Long Garage. In 1977, he purchased Osage Auto Supply. In retirement he became a cowboy for the Porter Ranch, near Emporia.

Layton served in the Army Reserves, was a member of the Osage City United Methodist Church, a 55-year member of Lions Club, member of Bass Masters, member of the Osage City Fire Department, serving as Fire Chief for a time, and was a baseball coach for several years.

Notice: Osage County District Court closing at noon Dec. 15, 2017

NOTICE: Osage County District Court will close at 12:00 PM on Friday, December 15, 2017.

A drop box is available on the third floor for payments and filings.

For more information, contact Charna L.Williams, Clerk of District Court, PO Box 549, Lyndon, KS 66451, or 785-828-4514.

NWS issues red flag warning: All burn permits suspended in Osage County

All outdoor burning is prohibited in Osage County today, Dec. 11, 2017, after the National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for most of northeast and north central Kansas due to low humidity and expected gusty winds. Osage County Emergency Management suspended all local burn permits as the NWS issued the red flag warning that covers Osage, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Lyon and Coffey counties.

The red flag warning is in effect 10 a.m.-6 p.m., while the local burn ban will be in effect until 8 a.m. tomorrow unless extended.

NWS has forecast that it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Winds will shift to the northwest and strengthen by the early afternoon, with sustained speeds expected to be between 20 and 25 mph and gusts near 40 mph through the afternoon. Relative humidity will drop to between 20 and 25 percent just ahead of the wind shift during the late morning, but should gradually rise through the afternoon behind the wind shift.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will soon. The combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. Fires could start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323.

No outside burning allowed Sunday in Osage County

All Osage County burn permits have been suspended for today, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, per Osage County Emergency Management. The agency has declared this as a “no burn day”, during which no outside burning is allowed.

The National Weather Service has predicted a sunny day, with a high near 59 and northwest wind 10 to 15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph, causing very high fire danger. Very high fire danger means fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort.

The burn ban will expire at 8 a.m. Dec. 11, 2017, unless extended.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323.

Osage City man killed in tractor rollover

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported an Osage City man has died after a tractor accident that occurred around 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, about a mile northeast of Osage City.

The sheriff’s office press release said Layton Long, 82, of Osage City, was a passenger on an overturned tractor driven by Hayden Croucher. Long was thrown from the tractor and was found unresponsive. He was transported to Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, where he was pronounced dead.

The sheriff’s office reported that a 911 call was received at 9:09 a.m. reporting a man was trapped under a tractor at 5280 W. 221st St., Osage City, Kan.

At the time of the call, Hayden Croucher was trapped under the rolled over tractor, but had been freed by the time responders arrived at the scene. Gary Croucher, another passenger on the tractor, was able to free Hayden Croucher.

Gary Croucher and Hayden Croucher had begun CPR on Long, who was transported to the hospital after emergency personnel arrived at the scene. Gary and Hayden Croucher declined medical treatment.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Plenty of jobs available

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Many people really just don’t want to work.”

Unemployment figures are tabulated regularly, often reporting decline in people with jobs. Of course, with exceptions, most people do work. Yet, they too expect some time off for relaxation, and then are ready to get back to useful employment.

Truth is there are bunches of occupations available. Just look at the want ads, help needed categories on the computer.

Admittedly majority of the tasks require certain skills that are not readily available. Always there are jobs requiring minimal abilities be able to walk, lift, talk, show up, and that’s about it. Oh, there’s a drug test requirement nowadays putting handicap on a certain number, too.

So getting work may not be as easy as it seems. Some folks can’t walk; more others can’t lift; increasing numbers can’t speak so others understand. And, there’s that illegal medication dilemma.

Still, the biggest problem, according to many employers talked to, workers showing up. New personnel come the first day, maybe even regularly for a couple of weeks. Then the worker doesn’t come in or even report in. Sometimes they’ll come in the next day and except to work, and get fired.

Others are forgiven again and again but keep testing the employer until they’re forced to be let go, too.

Even those who are dedicated employees, good workers, seem to have incomprehensible number of conflicts. They have a snotty nose; their children are sick; there’s a ballgame to see; parents are incapacitated; something else.

Soon all vacation time and sick leave are used up. The employee still expects time off. And usually gets it, or quits the job.

Love kids? Want to help them learn?

We need YOU to join our team of educators at Three Lakes Educational Cooperative. PARAEDUCATORS (Full Time & Subs) needed to provide classroom support for students in all Osage and West Franklin County schools at all grade levels. Full time paraeducator application available online (http://www.three-lakes.org/employment) or pick one up at Three Lakes Educational Cooperative, 1318 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS. Para subs must complete employment paperwork in person at our central office. Starting salary: $10.10 per hr. / $10.85 per hr. with BA degree. Paid Sick & Discretionary Leave.

Filings in Osage County District Court, Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Nov. 27, 2017, through Dec. 1, 2017.

4th Judicial District nominating commission submits three candidates for district judge

TOPEKA – The 4th Judicial District nominating commission has sent the names of three candidates for district judge to Gov. Sam Brownback, who has 60 days to decide who will fill the vacancy created by the Nov. 30, 2017, retirement of Osage/Coffey County District Judge Phillip M. Fromme.

The three candidates are: Meghan K. Morgan, Burlington, Kan., assistant county attorney, Lyon County; Darrel L. Smith, Emporia, Kan., assistant county attorney, Lyon County; and Judge Taylor J. Wine, Lyndon, Kan., district magistrate judge, Osage County.

Hidden History: Photographs and photo car make Lyndon’s Ford famous

By Wendi Bevitt

You might not recognize his name, but if your family lived in Osage County more than 100 years ago, you might have Harry Ford to thank for capturing your ancestors’ likenesses, or just glimpses into Osage County’s past.

Harrison “Harry” Ford came from the small town of Wright, Mich., which is near Grand Rapids. He served his country during the Civil War with Michigan cavalry and infantry units. He mustered out at the end of the war, having been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant.

Ford’s photo of a local family possibly includes the sister of Wyatt Earp (anyone who can verify this is asked to contact the author); photo published with permission of Paul Butler.

Harry’s arrival in Kansas was first noted in 1880 when he stayed at Patton’s boarding house in Burlington, Kan. Residents of boarding houses at this time would expect to pay from about $2.50 to $3.50 per week. While in Burlington, Harry made a name for himself as an exceptional artist and photographer, prompting some to declare him the best artist in the state.

By 1882, Harry was making trips north into Topeka with his photo car. Photo cars could be quite large at 10 by 28 feet and eight feet high on the inside, but lightweight enough to make travel easy on the mules that would be pulling the car. Sometimes photo cars were rented railroad cars converted for this purpose. Photo cars would be furnished with props, fashioning a portable studio. Skylights allowed for natural light and dark curtains were used to block light coming in from the sides. One side would be the location of the photographer’s sleeping quarters and the other a photo lab.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 2017

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

Leona Grace Warren, 101, Lyndon: May 4, 1916 – Dec. 3, 2017

LYNDON, Kan. – Leona Grace Warren, 101, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born on May 4, 1916, in Hamilton, Kan., the daughter of Eugene and Jessie Badsky Butterfield.

Leona had lived in Lyndon, Kan., since 1960, and had been a resident of Brookside since 2005. Leona worked as a sales clerk at Pelletier’s Department Store and Roach Hardware, in Topeka, Kan., and at McDaniel Hardware and Marv’s Variety Store, in Lyndon. She was a member of the Lyndon United Methodist Church and past member of the Fairfax HDU.

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