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Round Robin Showmanship results, Osage County Fair, July 10, 2021

Round robin showman competition participants are presented awards by show sponsors. Osage County Fair Association photo. The Osage County Fair’s final day, July 10, 2021, featured some of Osage More »

Overlay projects to begin on U.S. 75 in Shawnee and Osage counties

The Kansas Department of Transportation announced two overlay projects on U.S. Highway 75 are scheduled to begin in Shawnee and Osage counties on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, weather permitting. More »

Lyndon Methodist Church celebrates 150th anniversary by getting all ‘Rev’d Up’

Lyndon United Methodist Church’s ninth annual Get Rev’d Up All Motor Show, held June 19, 2021, also served as a celebration for the church’s 150th anniversary, which was observed More »

Eat Well to Be Well:Letting go of the ‘all or nothing’ approach to nutrition

An “all or nothing” mindset about nutrition may sabotage your health goals We all have that friend who’s always making comments about their food intake such as, “I really More »

Kansas Judicial Branch: Notice of Employment Opportunity, 4th Judicial District

Kansas Judicial Branch
Notice of Employment Opportunity
Fourth Judicial District

Position number: K0061761

Location of Employment: 4th Judicial District, Osage County, 66067

Classification and Grade: Clerk of the Court II, Grade 34, $48,112 ($52,992 at one year with satisfactory performance, Kansas Judicial Branch Benefits State Employment Center – Benefits (ks.gov))

Job Duties: This is a highly responsible supervisory, administrative, and participatory position as Clerk of the District Court. Work involves the overall management of the civil, criminal, probate, juvenile, traffic, fish and game, and delinquent personal property tax functions in a trial level Kansas District Court. Work involves the coordination of various activities and subordinate personnel to ensure that case processing systems and procedures are efficient, effective, and compatible throughout the court. Performs related work as required, including maintaining the jury program. Work is performed under the supervision of the court administrator of the district and the chief judge.

Required education and experience: Graduation from high school or equivalency, and three years of clerical experience, including at least one year of court clerical or other legal experience. Course work at an accredited two-or four-year college or university may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of the required experience, except that at least one year of court clerical or comparable experience is required in addition to any college work substituted.

Desired qualifications: Experience in accounting, personnel supervision, records management and other court related duties. Experience with personal computer technology, software applications (including Odyssey and Eflex), and local area network systems.

Application procedure: Submit a current resume which states your qualifications, education, and experience as it relates to this position.


The Kansas Judicial Branch is an EEO/AA employer.

The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures your right to reasonable accommodations during the employment process. Arrangements will be made if you have a disability that requires an accommodation in completing an application form, in taking an examination, or in interviewing. A request for an accommodation will not affect your opportunities for employment with the Judicial Branch.

Statewide Silver Alert issued for missing Lawrence couple

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Kan. – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has requested the Kansas Bureau of Investigation issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing Lawrence couple. The whereabouts of Russel “Red” Stevens, 76, and Mina Stevens, 71, are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate them. The couple was last known to be driving Sunday, July 25, 2021, from Wichita to rural Douglas County, northwest of Lawrence. More than 24 hours later, they have not returned home or made contact with their family.

The couple is driving a dark blue 2018 Ford Explorer with a Kansas license plate 944HBC.

Anyone who sees Russel or Mina Stevens is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 785-843-0250.

Linda Lee Robinson, 74, Lyndon: Sept. 2, 1946 – June 18, 2021

LYNDON, Kan. – Linda Lee Robinson, 74, of Lyndon, Kan., passed away June 18, 2021, with her daughter beside her and her son on the phone. In true “Linda style” she left this world peacefully but only after defying many odds over the past few years of health struggles. No matter the struggle, Linda was always more worried about others. She was a pillar of strength and love to the very end. Linda was born Sept. 2, 1946, in McPherson, Kan.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Gertrude Miller.

She is survived by her children, JD Robinson (Susie), Meriden, Kan., and Dianna Hutchcroft (Robert), Lyndon Kan.; beloved grandchildren, Nathaniel Robinson, Colton Hutchcroft and Josye Hutchcroft; siblings, Rick Miller (Boua), Monmouth, Ill., Judy Mohr (Gary), Indianapolis, Ind., Dena Barclay, Mountain Home, Idaho, Cliff Miller (Melissa), Ellis, Kan.; uncle, Arthur Dubus (Kathy), Denver, Colo.; and many wonderful nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly from afar.

Tara Susanne Azwell, 78, Olathe: June 10, 1943 – July 20, 2021

OLATHE, Kan. – Tara Susanne Azwell, 78, of Olathe, Kan., passed away July 20, 2021 at Olathe Hospice House. Tara was born June 10, 1943, in Kansas City, Kan., to Errol and Lillian (Hymer) Shideler.

Tara grew up in Kansas City, and was a graduate of Wyandotte High School in 1961. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State, having later obtained additional degrees from Kansas University, Emporia State University and Kansas State University, where she earned her Doctor of Philosophy, May 12, 1989. Early childhood education was her specialty, along with reading instruction.

Tara began as an elementary classroom teacher, having taught in Kansas City, Topeka, and Osage City for a number of years.

Noble ‘Nobie’ B. Noble, 66, Osage City: May 7, 1955 – July 23, 2021

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Noble “Nobie” B. Noble, 66, recently of Atwood, Kan., and formerly of Osage City, Kan., departed this life Friday, July 23, 2021, at the Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, Mo. He was born May 7, 1955, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Charles Berton and Rose Kathryn (Getsinger) Noble.

Nobie grew up in Osage City and graduated from Osage City High School in 1973.

After high school, Nobie did the smartest thing in his life, and left Osage City to go find the love of his life. That journey took him to Lyndon, Kan., of course, where only the sweetest angels are found! And there he found his angel. He married the love of his life, Robyn Pierce, on July 31, 1976, in Lyndon, Kan.

Public Notice: Osage County seeks bids for surplus property in Quenemo

The Board of County Commissioners of Osage County, Kansas, has declared the following described real property as surplus property:

  • Lots 34 & 36, Third Street, Logan’s Addition to Quenemo, Osage County, Kansas.
  • Lots 88 and 90, on 2nd Street, in the original town of Quenemo, Kansas, according to the recorded plat thereof and All of lot 2, on 3rd Street, Logan’s Addition to Quenemo, according to the recorded plat thereof.

Said property shall be sold by sealed bid. Bids must be in sealed envelopes, delivered to the County Clerk on or before August 2, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.  Bids will be opened at 10:00 a.m. on the 2nd day of August, 2021.

The county reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Any title work will be at the expense of the buyer and the property will be sold by quit claim deed.

Public notice first published July 12, 2021, on Osage County News, at www.osagecountyonline.com/archives/40451

Happy birthday! LoRee Williams to celebrate 90th birthday

LoRee Williams, of Lyndon, Kan., will celebrate her 90th birthday on Aug. 10, 2021.

LoRee and her husband, Neil, raised four children, Gary, Bruce, Kent, and Kim, in Lyndon and Osage City, before retiring to the Vassar, Kan., area at Pomona Lake.

They celebrated 62 years of marriage until Neil passed away in 2013. They have eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

LoRee’s family and friends are invited to help celebrate her birthday with a card shower. Birthday cards can reach her at 225 W. 14th St., Lyndon, KS 66451. No gifts are requested, please.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Reprieving historical tree’s demise

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It must have been a hundred years old, by the diameter, but it’s impossible to count the growth rings.”

The tree cutter made that estimation after downing the giant mulberry tree just a few feet outside the back door.

Removing such a long lived historical piece of ranch history was sentimentally saddening. It had been there much longer than the present ranch residents who’ve seen it continue thriving half-a-century.

Oh the true stories that tree would have told if could have remembered them and talked about each one.

Before the present ranch home was constructed near the already old tree there’d been a chicken house beside it. Hogs and rodents inhabited that structure in ample numbers at certain times as well.

For years, the tree was quite the fruit bearer. Mulberries are fun to pick and eat while even better yet when made into a pie. However, those yummy fruits sure do make a mess dropping onto anything around at their ripest maturity.

Neither a forestry major nor studier of tree growth, evidently certain mulberry trees quit bearing fruit in old age. At least that tree hadn’t produced mulberries for a long time; such its years of prolific yield were almost forgotten.

Wind and bolts of lightning damaged the tree sometimes through the decades so it was quite rotted in places. When blowing storms came the tree shook all over creating rancher fright. At any time the weakened tree could have come crashing on the nearby home or indoor arena.

Round Robin Showmanship results, Osage County Fair, July 10, 2021

Round robin showman competition participants are presented awards by show sponsors. Osage County Fair Association photo.

The Osage County Fair’s final day, July 10, 2021, featured some of Osage County’s best livestock showmen competing in the round robin showman event. The Osage County Fair Association has announced the results of the competition as follows:

Senior division winners

  • Sheep, Addyson Easter, Lyndon Leaders
  • Goat, Ethan Kneisler, Lyndon Leaders
  • Beef, Grace Croucher, Willing Workers
  • Swine, Kinsley Garrison, North Osage

Champion senior division showman was Grace Croucher, and reserve senior division showman was Ethan Kneisler.

Intermediate Division Winners                                                                       

  • Horse, Katie Lowry, Burlingame
  • Sheep, Chloe Cannon, North Osage
  • Goat, Allie Kneisler, Lyndon Leaders
  • Beef, Braelyn McNally, Melvern Jr. Highline
  • Swine, Jaiton Bosse, Willing Workers

Champion intermediate division showman was Allie Kneisler; reserve intermediate division showman was Braelyn McNally.

The annual round robin showman event is sponsored by Edward Jones Investments-Robyn Williams, and the buckle awards are sponsored by Black Crest Cattle, The Corwine Family.

KDHE, KDWPT issue public health advisories for blue-green algae for 2 Osage County lakes

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks have included two Osage County lakes in public health advisories for Kansas lakes due to blue-green algae.

Melvern Outlet Pond, below Melvern Dam, was upgraded July 22, 2021, to a warning advisory for blue-green algae, while Overbook City Lake, at Overbrook, remains under a watch status.

When a warning is issued, water is not safe to drink for pets, livestock, or people (humans should never consume lake water regardless of blue-green algae status), and all water contact should be avoided. If lake water contacts skin, wash with clean water as soon as possible. During a blue-green algae warning, fish may be eaten if they are rinsed with clean water and only the fillet portion is consumed; all other parts should be discarded. Pets should not be allowed to eat dried algae. People are advised to avoid all areas of visible algae accumulation.

A watch status means that blue-green algae have been detected and a harmful algal bloom is present or likely to develop. People are encouraged to avoid areas of algae accumulation and keep pets and livestock away from the water. During a watch, swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing are discouraged near visible blooms. Areas of algae accumulation, including dried algae, should be avoided and pets and humans should not consume the water. Clean fish well with potable water and eat fillet portion only.

Signs of a possible bloom include scum, a paint-like surface, or bright green water. These are indications that a harmful bloom might be present. If these conditions are present, avoid contact and keep pets away. Pet owners should be aware animals that swim in or drink water affected by a harmful algal bloom or eat dried algae along the shore may become seriously ill or die.

KDHE investigates publicly-accessible bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency receives reports of potential algae blooms in Kansas lakes. Based on credible field observation and sampling results, KDHE reports potentially harmful conditions.

Overlay projects to begin on U.S. 75 in Shawnee and Osage counties

The Kansas Department of Transportation announced two overlay projects on U.S. Highway 75 are scheduled to begin in Shawnee and Osage counties on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, weather permitting.

KDOT reported approximately 16 miles of southbound U.S. 75 will be restricted to one lane from Southwest 42nd Street in Topeka to just south of the U.S. 75/U.S. 56 intersection in Osage county.

Approximately 9 miles of northbound U.S. 75 will also be restricted to one lane from Southwest Topeka Boulevard to just south of the U.S. 75/U.S. 56 intersection in Osage county.

All on and off ramps on both routes are included in the projects. Ramp closures will be one day or less, and information will be posted on message boards three days in advance.

Traffic on either route will be directed through the work zone by a pilot car, flaggers, signs and cones. Drivers should plan for possible delays of up to 15 minutes.

Work will take place during light hours Monday through Saturday. Both projects are expected to be complete by November.

Hamm Inc., Perry, Kan., is the contractor on the combined $6.6 million dollar projects.

Alan Dean Burkdoll, 60, Topeka: July 1, 1961 – July 21, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. – Alan Dean Burkdoll, 60, of Topeka, Kan., formerly of Melvern, Kan., departed this life Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born July 1, 1961, in Topeka, the son of Dean Lee and Patricia Ann (Rose) Burkdoll.

Alan grew up in the Melvern and Lyndon, Kan., area, and graduated from Marais des Cygnes Valley High School in 1979. He has lived in Topeka since 1996.

On Sept. 14, 1990, Alan was united in marriage to Dana L. Markley, in Osage City, Kan. They later divorced. To this union they shared two daughters, Andrea Lea and Brooke Ann.

Janice Arlene White, 74, Osage City: Feb. 21, 1947 – July 20, 2021

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Janice Arlene White, 74, of Osage City, Kan., died Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at Osage Nursing Center. She was lovingly surrounded by family and friends in the days prior to her passing. She was born Feb. 21, 1947, in Emporia, Kan, the daughter and youngest of three of Francis Krueger and Mary (Atchison) Krueger Bartee.

She graduated from Emporia High School in 1966, and attended Emporia State University. She was a devoted follower of the Catholic faith and was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Osage City, where she used her singing ability in the church choir and for Mass cantering. She was also a member of the Altar Society.

Janice ran a successful daycare from her home in Osage City for many years.

Steven Gray, 29, Carbondale: March 15, 1992 – July 20, 2021

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Steven Gray, 29, of Carbondale, Kan., died Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at his home. He was born March 15, 1992, in Paragould, Ark., the son of Charles Gray and Kathy (Urban) Adams.

Steven moved at the age of three with his family to Carbondale, and has lived there ever since. He was a class of 2012 graduate of the Kansas School for the Deaf, Olathe, Kan.

Steven was a warehouse and shipping loader in his professional life. For the past three years he was proud to be working at the Home Depot Distribution Center, Topeka, Kan.

RCIL program loans medical equipment for short or long-term disabilities

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Resource Center for Independent Living Inc. works with individuals, families, and communities to promote independent living and individual choice to persons with disabilities. As a service to the community, RCIL has durable medical equipment available for loan, free of charge, through the Anita Casey Loaner Equipment Program. The equipment is provided as a service not only to RCIL’s consumers but also to any member of the community who is experiencing a short-term or long-term disability due to illness, injury or rehabilitation after surgery.

Items RCIL has available include wheelchairs, bath benches, commodes, transfer benches, walkers, grab bars, canes, and other equipment.

The Anita Casey Loaner Equipment Program is funded by Osage County and other donations. RCIL accepts monetary donations and gently used equipment for the program inventory. For more information about the program or to borrow equipment, contact RCIL at 785-528-3105.

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