Despite life’s abnormal situation, Melvern remembers the fallen for Memorial Day

Volunteers place flags on veterans’ graves Saturday. Photo thanks to Lisa Reeser. 2020 has not been as normal as most people would have hoped due to COVID-19.  Yet in More »

Osage County confirms 7th COVID-19 case; 6 recovered

The Osage County Health Department has reported that a seventh positive COVID-19 case has been confirmed in the county. In a social media post May 18, 2020, the health More »

Help House News: Community cooperation completes parking project

By Raylene Quaney We are thrilled to have the parking area paved, as well as two parking lot lights and a security system that has views of all four More »

Cook’n’ show cancelled, so car buffs cruise Osage County

Local auto enthusiasts lined up cars of all makes and models, Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Jones Park, Osage City,  where they departed on a cruise around Osage County.  By Jeanette More »

Jean Branson, 87, Overbrook: Jan. 11, 1933 – May 20, 2020

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Jean Branson, 87, passed away May 20, 2020, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born Jan. 11, 1933, in Battle Creek, Mich., the daughter of Edward Bassett and Lois (Robb) Bassett.

Jean grew up in Battle Creek, graduating from high school there in 1951. She then moved to the Topeka, Kan., area for work.

On Nov. 22, 1952, Jean was united in marriage to Delbert Branson, at Holton, Kan. They shared 53 years of loving marriage together until the death of Delbert in 2006.

Jean worked most of her life in many different roles at Brookside Retirement Community in Overbrook.

Sandra Lee Kerns, 77, Osage City: April 12, 1943 – May 22, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Sandra Lee Kerns, 77, passed away Friday, May 22, 2020, at her home near Osage City, Kan. She was born Sandra Lee Herring on April 12, 1943, in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Roy and Helen Hoyt Herring.

Sandra attended Williamsburg High School and graduated with the class of 1961. She would further her education at Kansas State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics.

Dennis Lynn Privat, 70, Lawrence: Aug. 6, 1949 – May 20, 2020

LAWRENCE, Kan. Dennis L. Privat, 70, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at his home in Lawrence, Kan. Dennis Lynn Privat was born Aug. 6, 1949 in Emporia, Kan., the son of Glen and Erma (St. Clair) Privat.

He graduated from Osage City High School, Osage City, Kan., in 1967. He later got a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Emporia State University.

Lavern Clark, 82, Overbrook: Aug. 15, 1937 – May 21, 2020

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Lavern Clark, 82, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born Aug. 15, 1937, in Trafford, Ala., the daughter of Oscar and Lena Mae Holloway Crawford.

Lavern grew up in Alabama and had lived in Lakeland, Fla., Williamsburg, Mo., and then Lyndon, Kan.

Lavern was a homemaker and seamstress, and had worked as a cook for the Osage County Jail for nearly 10 years. She was a member of TOPS and she enjoyed working in her vegetable and flower gardens.

City of Osage City: American and Union Cemeteries Decoration Policy

City of Osage City
American and Union Cemeteries

Decorations placed upon graves will be removed 15 days following Decoration Day of each year. After this date any decorations that remain will be removed by cemetery staff.

Flowers which are placed in urns which are part of a headstone and are embedded in a concrete base may be permitted at all times.

For more information, contact Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714, 201 S. Fifth St., PO Box 250, Osage City, KS 66523.

Notice: City of Osage City Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule

City of Osage City
Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule

The City of Osage City offices will be closed Monday, May 25, 2020, for Memorial Day.

During that holiday week, customers whose trash that is normally picked up on Monday, May 25 will be picked up on Tuesday, May 26.

For more information, contact Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714, 201 S. Fifth St., PO Box 250, Osage City, KS 66523.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Flash flooding real danger

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Keep the throttle to the floor and don’t dare let up on the gas.”

Passenger advice was emphatically demanding as flashflood waters rolled up over the hood splashing harshly on the windshield.

Almost impossible to see as pour down intensity increased yet lights indicated a tailgater and left lane had traffic too.

With torrential rain, racing windshield wipers, heavy traffic, nearly impossible to hear the motor running.

Then sure enough one’s greatest fear, “The car died,” exhausted driver exclaimed. “It won’t start.”

Stalled in the flashflood with other drivers honking obviously shouting inaudible orders too while only thing to do was “pray.”

Almost impossible to believe, the car started again: “Keep it going.”

Far from out of trouble yet though as bumper-to-bumper traffic moved forward on the flooded city thoroughfare. Still difficult to see through heavy rainfall while waters continued rushing across the street and then came a red stoplight.

Only thing to do was take a deep breath, say another prayer, and start again when the light turned green. Fortunately rainfall slowed and sky lightened somewhat as leaving the city limits on the main highway toward the ranch.

Not quite halfway there, traffic ahead was visibly stopped by a trailer truck apparently jackknifed across the roadway. Pulling into the highway department’s gravel lot, other vehicles went ahead but soon came back looking for alternate route.

Getting to the ranch was now the only object, turning onto interstate to the east soon finding it closed too. By this time, flashing law enforcement vehicles and highway crews with caution signs were attempting to slow and direct traffic.

It was a far roundabout yet scenic drive as sprinkles continued with ditches and draws overflowing before ranch arrival. Two hours later than anticipated but extremely thankful to be home.

Despite life’s abnormal situation, Melvern remembers the fallen for Memorial Day

Volunteers place flags on veterans’ graves Saturday. Photo thanks to Lisa Reeser.

2020 has not been as normal as most people would have hoped due to COVID-19.  Yet in the Melvern community this didn’t stop community members both young and old, from coming together Saturday morning, May 23, to help the Woodward-Belt-Hellman-Arb American Legion No. 317 and Ladies Auxiliary  prepare Melvern Cemetery for honoring all of our fallen veterans. Volunteers helped place individual flags on all veterans’ graves and then hung flags along state Highway 31.

Home Town Health Care: You can still rely on us to be there for you

During a time of your greatest need, Home Town Health Care’s home health and hospice staff is trained and equipped with the most up-to-date information and recommendations from the CDC and KDHE. As Covid-19 continues to spread through counties in Kansas, you can still rely on Home Town Health Care for your home health and hospice needs.

Our nurses and aides are trained on the proper precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and protect the health of our patients and communities. As others cancel or reduce visits, Home Town Health Care is able to help qualifying patients with lab testing, critical therapy, and medical needs in the safety of your home. We are continuing to help people who have medical needs, are unsafe to leave their homes, or can’t leave.

In this time of uncertainty, you can rest assured that Home Town Health Care will be there to care for you.

Call us at Lyndon 785-310-0000, or Emporia 620-342-2600.

Home Town Home Health and Hospice. There to Care.

Arlo Bell, 91, Lyndon: Nov. 9, 1928 – May 21, 2020

LYNDON, Kan. – Arlo Bell, 91, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. He was born Nov. 9, 1928, near Lyndon, Kan., the son of Ralph and Lucille Warren Bell.

Arlo had lived most all of his life on the family farm west of Lyndon and he graduated from Lyndon High School.

Arlo was a farmer, but he had worked as a printer for more than 50 years. While a freshman in high school, he started to work for the Lyndon Herald, then worked for the Osage County Free Press, the Osage County Chronicle, and the Osage County Herald-Chronicle. For many years he wrote the Remember When column. He even played a printer in the 1977 television movie, “Mary White”.

Patricia Aynne Jennings, 68, Lyndon: March 6, 1952 – April 4, 2020

LYNDON, Kan. – Patricia Aynne (Steen) Jennings, 68, passed away peacefully at her home in Lyndon, Kan., in the company of her love husband, Kenneth, and her three faithful dogs Ryker, Tosha and Muttley, on April 4, 2020.

She was born March 6, 1952, in Ithaca, N.Y., to Lillian Carpenter and Walter Earl Steen. She and her brother, Walter Earl Steen Jr., were raised by their foster mother, Mabel Elian. They have all preceded her in death.

Patty, as she was later known, attended and graduated from Bakers College and was an amazing cook. She owned and operated three different restaurants, including the Rolling Pin Bakery, at Lyndon.

4th Judicial District courts to reopen May 26

OTTAWA, Kan. – The Fourth Judicial District has announced its court offices and courtrooms in Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties will reopen to the public on May 26, 2020. Citizens are asked to call the court office before visiting or attending court, as most hearings will be held remotely by Zoom or teleconference. Anyone with a court date is asked to call prior to the date for assistance in setting up a Zoom hearing, possibly avoiding traveling to court altogether. Court staff can also assist with common questions by phone or email, and help make arrangements for in-person hearings if needed.

Under order of the Supreme Court and with input from local public health officials, the court has developed safety precautions and will implement a plan with the following requirements. Visitors must:

  • Pass a COVID-19 screening questionnaire, developed with input from the CDC, KDHE, and local health departments.
  • Wear a mask. If you have a mask already, please bring your own. The court will have a supply of disposable masks for those who do not.
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • Maintain six feet of social distance.

A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in a courtroom. The public will still be able to attend court, but the COVID-19 precautions will limit available seating. Anyone wishing to observe court is asked to call ahead for assistance. Some hearings will be available to view online.

For more information about the Fourth Judicial District’s COVID-19 precautions, contact John K. Steelman, district court administrator, Fourth Judicial District of Kansas, 785-242-6000. For information about procedures and access to Osage County District Court, call 785-828-4514.

Osage County confirms 7th COVID-19 case; 6 recovered

The Osage County Health Department has reported that a seventh positive COVID-19 case has been confirmed in the county.

In a social media post May 18, 2020, the health department reported the infected individual is a 51-year-old female who lives in the southern part of Osage County. She was reported as doing well and quarantined at home.

The post said the health department is working on contact tracing and will contact anyone who has had significant contact with the patient.

As of yesterday, May 20, the department reported that Osage County has had six recovered cases, with currently only one positive case and four people under ordered quarantine. The county reports 331 negative test results.

The department reported Osage County does not have any evidence of local transmission of the virus.

Sheriff’s office to discontinue grocery delivery except for those quarantined

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has been providing assistance for groceries, medications and Help House to those in need since the county was put under a stay at home order on March 28, 2020. Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said the office had helped approximately 125 households since then.

“This service could not have been done without the help from Jerry’s Thriftway, Auburn Pharmacy, Schroeder Drugs and Carbondale Thriftway,” Dunn said.

Effective today, May 20, 2020, the sheriff’s office will discontinue those services except for anyone under quarantine or COVID 19 positive and who has no other way to receive groceries or medications.  For more information, call the sheriff’s office administrative number, 785-828-4657, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The sheriff encouraged everyone to remain cautious as the stay at home orders are lessened.

“As the governor’s orders for COVID 19 begin to change please continue to use your safety precautions as you are out and about and stay home when you can,” Dunn said.

Osage County Jail Log, May 10 – May 18, 2020

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

Help House News: Community cooperation completes parking project

By Raylene Quaney

We are thrilled to have the parking area paved, as well as two parking lot lights and a security system that has views of all four sides of the building installed and completed.

Thank you to Ted Hazelton for all his efforts to secure the grant money and head up the building committee; Jerry Bilyeu, Johnny Neill, Raylene Quaney and Nancy Alley for serving on the committee; Lance Jones, Curtis Janssen, Ryan Jones and Dan Coffman for their help at different times to complete this project; James Kline and Signature Concrete for the construction; and Don Bailey who installed the security system and helped with the parking lot lights. Thank you also to Judge Taylor and Heather Wine for donating the usage of their golf cart, and to Lyndon Storage for donating the space to park the golf cart for two weeks. Thank you also to the Osage County Sheriff’s Department, which has been delivering food to those who cannot  come to Help House, and collecting food and personal items for Help House. Thank you to Pastor Jonathon Moore and the congregation of the Lyndon First Baptist Church who donated to Help House additional property to complete the dimensions for the parking lot. God bless you!

Help House will continue with scheduled curbside food orders for the rest of the month of May, however we will be going back to our normal hours, 4-7 p.m. Monday evenings and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, beginning this week.

We are at this time planning on allowing people to enter the building on June 1. We will continue to operate by scheduling visits and only allow individuals into the building if they are wearing a mask or face covering and gloves. They will be limited to 30 minute appointment that includes both food pantry and shopping outside of the pantry. Those who only want to shop on the floor will also need to make an appointment. Only one family member will be allowed to enter and shop.

If you are like a lot of us, we have been cleaning and purging our homes while we were under shelter in place orders and we have been hearing from a lot of you wondering when we will be taking donations again on items other than donations of food. This will happen  on June 1. 

Nila Ann Meyer, 91, Osage City: Jan. 25, 1929 – May 15, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Nila Ann (Noble) Meyer, 91, joined her Lord and Savior on May 15, 2020, at Peterson’s Assisted Living, Osage City, Kan. She was born Jan. 25, 1929, on a farm outside of Jeffers, Minn., to Archie and Mable (Swartz) Noble.

She graduated from Jeffers High School in 1947 and attended Chaffey Junior College in Ontario, Calif., earning a teaching certificate in 1948. Nila later earned her bachelor’s degree in 1960, and a Master’s in Education from Emporia State University, in 1965.

The Minnesota girl met her Kansas boy in California in 1948 and fell in love. Carl returned to his family farm in Osage City after discharge from the Navy. Nila came to Kansas and taught second grade in Olathe in 1949. Nila and Carl married in Jeffers, Minn., on Aug. 25, 1950, and moved to their home of 69 years six miles north of Osage City in 1951.

Debbie Christina Shoulders-Cruz, 58, Topeka: July 23, 1961 – May 15, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Debbie Christine Shoulders Cruz, 58, second child of Edgar Sullivan and JoAnn Carson, went kicking and screaming, May 15, 2020. Evidently, the other side found someone strong enough to drag her to the other side. As she had vowed to never give up and being the bullheaded Irish woman she was, she fought cancer for more than two years.

Debbie was born and raised in Topeka, Kan., attending Highland Park schools.

Jay Bailey for Osage County Commissioner

I have announced my candidacy for Osage County Commissioner District 3, and if you live in my district, I would like your vote in the Aug. 4, 2020, primary election.

Jay Bailey and family

If anyone would like to talk to me about county issues or know where I stand on a specific issue, please call or text me at 785-215-4391 or 785-828-3203, or email me at [email protected].

Here’s is how I stand on some current county issues:

  • We need credibility, accountability and transparency on our board of county commissioners.
  • We need to fix our tax problem. In the past 20 years our taxes have increased 394%.
  • We need to grow business opportunities and create a business friendly Osage County.

What I would do as a county commissioner is work my tail off to make our county a better place for all of us.

So all voters would be able to know how county commission candidates stand on current issues, I would like to participate in a town hall type meeting with an impartial moderator. Will my challenger agree to participate?

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A Cowboy’s Faith: Work continues through decades

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Going to grass sure takes a lot more help and time than it used to.”

Eighteen mounted cowboys and cowgirls were ready shortly after daylight. It sure seemed like an awfully big crew to gather a cowherd off winter pasture for distribution to summer grazing.

“Better to have too many than not enough and have some get away,” the herdsman insisted.

Like always, that conscientious younger stockman was sure right. Not too much later, the cows with their babies tailing meandered into the corral with horseback riders prodding forward.

Mommas were separated into different lots from the calves as tally was made on the number trapped.

Despite the calm roundup, there were still a half dozen mommas and maybe that many young’uns unaccounted for. Several riders verified certain ones had been seen in deep timber and others had gotten back without upsetting the herd.

Less than half the original horseback bunch headed out to locate the missing cattle. Fortunately, everyone was found and soon penned with herd mates.

Several trailers with horses loaded headed back to their homes while the remaining crew went to the tasks at hand. Calves had to be worked and paired back to mommas with identification recorded as to which pasture was summer destination.

Dinner time didn’t require a bell when cattle workers eagerly took a break while restless cow-calf pairs rattled nearby pens. In short order, ranch hands were back at it vaccinating, castrating, tagging, applying cattle insecticide and penning as directed.

Earl Lee Haigh Jr., 70, Burlingame: June 2, 1949 – May 10, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Earl L. Haigh Jr., 70, of Burlingame, Kan., died Sunday, May 10, 2020, at a Topeka Hospice House. He was born June 2, 1949, in Morgantown, W.V., the son of Earl and Dorothy Darr Haigh.

His family moved to Topeka, Kan., in 1961, and settled in Carbondale, Kan. He was a member of the Carbondale senior class of 1968. Earl enlisted in the United States Navy in 1969 and served for 9 1/2 years.

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