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Marais des Cygnes Valley 2024 graduates: ‘Officially’ headed toward new chapters in life

MdCVHS 2024 graduates, front from left, Aydin Deeter, Brooke Spillman, Olivia Lacey, Kelsey Rice, and Haylea Bethell, back, Jaxson Dorr, Hunter Trienen, Deken Coyler, DJ Johnson, Mason Rose, Kristopher Ruth, Gunnar Pendroy, More »

EWTBW: Do calorie counts on fast-food menus really impact a person’s decision-making?

Posting calorie counts on fast food and restaurant chains may somewhat impact a person’s food choices at these establishments, potentially contributing to improved health outcomes. Let’s be honest – fast food has More »

Osage County Cemeteries: Map and list

No Name No. 8 Cemetery, near Lamont Hill. Photo by Jan Williams. In cooperation with the Osage County Historical Society, Osage County News has published online a list of Osage County cemeteries More »

Hidden History: Small town girl stands up to small-minded scorn

A family photo of Peter and Kate Peterson and sons, Roy, Clyde and John. Wendi Bevitt collection. History becomes hidden for many reasons. At times it is because the person or event More »

Osage County Jail Log, May 13 – May 18, 2024

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

Leo G. Babler, 93, Osage City: Aug. 27, 1930 – May 11, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Leo Gale Babler, 93, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2024, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. He had been in declining health for the last five years after suffering a stroke at home. Leo Gale Babler was born on Aug. 27, 1930, in Stephenson County, Ill., the son of William J. and Azora D. (Garnes) Babler. He was the youngest of five children.

Leo played sports in high school, graduating from Orangeville, Ill., High School in 1948. He then attended Dubuque University for one year on a basketball scholarship before returning to the Orangeville-Freeport area.

Leo was joined in marriage to Shirley Reed in Illinois, and they were the parents of one son, Michael Gale. They were divorced. Later, while stationed at Forbes AFB, Topeka, Kan., Leo met and married Phyllis Ann Markley, of Lyndon, Kan. They were the parents of three children, Lyle Blaine, David Lee, and Lisa Ann. Phyllis preceded him in death in 1994.

Leo enlisted in the United States Air Force in December 1951, completing basic training at Lackland AFB, in Texas. He completed gunnery training at several military bases, and then was a tail gunner in the Korean War, flying multiple combat missions.

After the Korean War, Leo completed training for inflight air refueling on KC135 aircraft and was a boom operator. He would joke that he kept the colonels employed, with them flying him around so he could hook up to and refuel the aircraft midflight. He was assigned to the Southeast Asia area during the Vietnam War, flying more than 100 support missions, mostly refueling the B52 bombers that were keeping tabs on Russia.

Now Leasing: Apartments in Osage City, Morningside Plaza

Now Leasing! 1 bedroom ground level apartments at Morningside Plaza Apartments, located at 1000 Main St., Osage City. All utilities paid. Central heating. Newer remodeled apartments have central cooling. Older models are window unit air conditioning. Maintenance provided. Laundry on site. Leasing located at Dogwood Glen Apartments at 519 N. 12th St., Osage City. Contact Heather today for an application at 785-528-3626. This establishment is an equal opportunity provider.

Public Auction: Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 9:30 a.m., 2065 E. 213th St., Lyndon KS 66451

Public Auction
Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.
Address: 2065 E. 213th St., Lyndon, KS 66451

Appliances, Household, Shipping containers, Handguns, Long guns, Truck, Tractor, tools/shop items, Boat, Side by Side, trailers, lawn mowers, knives, implements, Outdoors. Auctioneers Note: Guns sell first at 9:30! Boat, trailers, side by side, lawnmowers, truck and tractor start selling at 1:00. Other items not listed. This will be a large auction with possibility of 2 rings all day. Items are all well taken care of. There will be something for everyone!

Sellers: George and Jean House

Auctioneers- Brady Altic, Lester Edgecomb, Nathan Glessner, Jessy Altic

Pictures online at: www.kansasauctions.net/altic

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cowboy Code Of Conduct, Hopalong Cassidy

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.Some words on behavior from four silver screen icons from long ago may be more relevant and needed now than ever before.

Today, the West continues to celebrate the “cowboy spirit” of adventure and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Still, nine times out of 10, the word “cowboy” is used as a negative or a derogatory term describing improper or distasteful behavior.

However, the principled demeanor became codes of conduct that America’s cowboy heroes promoted for viewers in early days of Western movies.

Third in a four-part series, the inspirational philosophies of movie cowboys, unknown to many today, are being shared.

William Boyd portraying Hopalong Cassidy.

Hopalong Cassidy was a fictional cowboy hero created in 1904 for a Western novel. Cassidy was shot in the leg which caused him to have a little “hop,” hence the nickname.

Portraying “Hoppy,” William Boyd, outfitted in black, rode his white horse Topper in 66 movies from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Boyd continued in children-oriented radio and television shows until 1952. He made personal appearances including one in Kansas attended by former coworkers.

At the peak of the character’s popularity in the early 1950s, enormous amounts of merchandise were developed, as well as a comic strip, additional novels, and a short-lived amusement park, “Hoppyland.”

Santa Fe Trail High School sends 54th graduating class out on the trail

On a mostly sunny spring Saturday, Santa Fe Trail High School held its 54th commencement exercises, May 11, 2024, sending 86 members of the SFTHS class of 2024 out into the world toward new experiences.

Santa Fe Trail Band provided “Pomp and Circumstance” and the SFT Choir serenaded with “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Student Council President Whitney Herren and USD 434 Superintendent Faith Flory welcomed the graduates’ crowd of friends, family and well-wishers to the school near Carbondale, Kan.

SFTHS Principal Patrick Graham introduced 2024 salutatorian Noah Burgoon, who introduced this year’s SFT valedictorian Drake Graham. Both of the scholars encouraged their classmates to remember their time at Santa Fe Trail High School and use the knowledge to face inevitable challenges ahead.

“The experiences that we have had in these halls are what have shaped us into the people we are today,” Burgoon said. “The memories that have been made in these halls will journey with us.”

The salutatorian said lessons picked up along the way will help when encountering obstacles in the future, even if unsuccessful. “Remember, every setback is a setup for a comeback,” Burgoon said.

“Embrace the challenges, for they are the stepping stones to your success,” he said. “Be fearless in the pursuit of your dreams, and never underestimate the power of your own potential. Always remember, the greatest power you possess is the power to believe in yourself.”

“Graduates, the world is waiting for you to make your mark!” he said.

Valedictorian Graham noted how fast high school years had past, during which he had the “privilege” of being the principal’s son. Although he didn’t need to be concerned about going to the principal’s office during his high school years, “No worries, he kept every single hallway interaction completely awkward.”

“It feels like yesterday we were navigating the halls as freshmen,” Graham said. “But, look at us now, ready to go into the world to make our mark.”

The valedictorian advised his classmates to remember Santa Fe Trail High School as they faced the future.

“As we start the journey beyond these halls, success is not about avoiding failure,” Graham said. “Failure is inevitable. It allows a new path to be taken to follow your dreams.

“When you find success, never forget the roots from which you have grown. It is the foundation of your journey.”

“Embrace the challenges, celebrate the victories, always stay true to yourself, and may your future be as bright as your potential,” he said. “Yes, our high school journey may be ending, but our lives are just getting started.”

Marais des Cygnes Valley 2024 graduates: ‘Officially’ headed toward new chapters in life

MdCVHS 2024 graduates, front from left, Aydin Deeter, Brooke Spillman, Olivia Lacey, Kelsey Rice, and Haylea Bethell, back, Jaxson Dorr, Hunter Trienen, Deken Coyler, DJ Johnson, Mason Rose, Kristopher Ruth, Gunnar Pendroy, and Corey Criss. Photo by Lisa Reeser.

Members of the Marais des Cygnes Valley High School class of 2024 officially declared the end of their public school days and the beginning of new chapters in their lives during commencement exercises held Saturday, May 11, 2024, in the school’s gymnasium at Melvern, Kan.

With Pomp and Circumstance, MdCVHS Principal Darrin Ashmore introduced MdCV’s 2024 co-valedictorians Olivia Lacey and Kelsey Rice, who thanked all of those who helped them get to this point in their lives. They congratulated their classmates and advised them not to forget their school years at Marais des Cygnes Valley as they continued their lives.

“We are officially done with high school! Guys we did it!” Lacey said. “Whether you are heading to college this fall, going to the workforce, or taking some time for yourself, we must always remember where we came from and the incredible potential each of us holds.”

She said the students “learned so much about ourselves” and that would help them in the future.

“As we have seen in the past four years, a lot can change,” Lacey said. “We’ve faced challenges that seemed insurmountable, like learning through a pandemic over Zoom classes. But we didn’t just survive; we thrived. We adapted, we supported each other, and we made it through. This resilience is what sets us apart.”

“I do know that endings are inevitable, and with this one, one door is closing while another is opening. High school wasn’t meant to last forever, and it’s time to say goodbye,” Lacey said. “As we go onto the next chapter in life, may we always remember what shaped us into the young and bright individuals we have become.”

Rice spoke about the student’s eagerness to get to this point in their lives.

“We were all saying, ‘I can’t wait to graduate,’” Rice said. “But why are we so eager to move on? Is it because we’re ready for new challenges, eager to make our own decisions, or simply excited to leave high school behind? Maybe it’s a mix of all these reasons. As we look forward to the future, let’s not forget what we might leave behind.”

She told of a lesson she learned “that I wish I had realized sooner – not everything is as serious as it seems. We often stress over small things that in the grand scheme of life, won’t matter that much.”

Her simple advice for the future: “Be yourself. Surround yourself with people who appreciate you for who you are. Do what makes you happy.”

“As we move forward into this next chapter of our life,” Rice said, “let’s carry with us the memories we’ve made, the lessons we’ve learned, and the friendships we’ve built. Let’s step into the future with confidence, knowing that we’ve got the support of our loved ones, close friends, and most importantly the strength and resilience we have within ourselves.”

Paul Dean Parks, 82, Miller: Dec. 17, 1941 – May 13, 2024

MILLER, Kan. – Paul Dean Parks, 82, passed away Monday, May 13, 2024, at his son’s home in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Dec. 17, 1941, near Admire, Kan., the son of George and Ellen Holmes Parks.

Paul attended Northern Heights High School, where he graduated with the class of 1960. He briefly worked at Diddie Glaser, in Emporia, Kan., following graduation.

Paul was forever joined in marriage to Carlene Marie Burenheide on July 3, 1961, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Emporia. Paul and Carlene made their home on a farm near Miller, Kan. They would spend the next 54 years together on the farm.

While Carlene was raising their family, Paul was raising chickens, pigs, cattle as well as soy beans, milo and corn. Paul served his community for several years as a member of the Rural Water District No. 7 board.

EWTBW: Do calorie counts on fast-food menus really impact a person’s decision-making?

Posting calorie counts on fast food and restaurant chains may somewhat impact a person’s food choices at these establishments, potentially contributing to improved health outcomes.

Let’s be honest – fast food has become ubiquitous in the United States. In other words, it’s here to stay. From large cities to small rural towns, fast food has invaded and infiltrated into every corner from sea to shining sea. However, as a registered dietitian, I strongly advise against frequent consumption of fast food. I’m not saying I’m totally against eating at these establishments and occasionally, I do. But, I work with patients with diabetes and heart disease – serious medical conditions – who need to be informed of more nourishing, nutrient-dense foods that supports and not harms their health.

Fast food establishments often provide menu items packed with excessive calories, unhealthy fats, and high levels of sodium and sugar. In contrast, I collaborate and work with patients to select nourishing, healthy, nutrient-dense foods that are rich in essential nutrients, fostering improved overall health outcomes. That’s my job.

Yet, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, over one-third (36.6 percent) of American adults indulge in fast food about 1-3 times a week. That’s approximately 84.8 million adults opting for fast food daily! These statistics shed light on the widespread consumption of fast food, urging us to consider healthier eating habits.

In today’s fast-paced world, the allure of quick and convenient fast-food meals often overshadows concerns about their nutritional content. However, recent research shows how a seemingly minor detail – calorie counts on menus – can nudge consumers towards healthier choices.

Diana Kay Berry, 75, Osage City: Jan. 9, 1949 – May 13, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Diana Kay Berry, 75, of Osage City, Kan., went to be with her Lord on May 13, 2024. Diana was born Jan. 9, 1949, at Harveyville, Kan., the daughter of Chester and Flora Berry.

She graduated from Harveyville High School, Harveyville, Kan. Diana completed her associate degree at Christ for the Nation Bible College, Dallas, Texas, and became a minister.

The Lord placed up on her heart to start her own Hidden Treasures Ministry. She held many office positions in the Women’s Aglow ministry, and was involved in 24 years of prison ministry. Diana took ministry trips through Europe and Israel. She not only ministered at home but internationally, and supported international teams.

Diana will be forever remembered and loved by her siblings, Delores (Delbert) Tucker, of Admire, Kan., Linda Berry, Osage City, LaDonna (Marc) Pierce, Americus, Kan., Connie (Jim) Gardner, Osage City, Robert (Margit) Berry, Admire, and Kenneth (Chelsea) Berry, Osage City.

Land management experts offer prescribed burn classes

The Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are hosting prescribed burn plan trainings across Kansas this month, with a training May 30, 2024, at Burlington as the closest to Osage County.

The burn trainings are offered to landowners, ranchers, producers, burn contractors and others involved in the use of prescribed burns as a land management tool.

Attendees will learn how to optimize land management practices with prescribed burns and properly create burn plans. Access to financial assistance will also be discussed. The sessions, led by KGLC and NRCS experts, will provide opportunity to network with industry professionals and fellow practitioners.

Registration for the trainings is requested at www.kglc.org/kglc-news.

All of the sessions will run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Training dates and locations are May 28 at Russell; May 29 at Marquette; May 30 at Burlington; and May 31 at Manhattan.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, May 3 – May 9, 2024

The following information was compiled May 3 to May 9, 2024, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, May 9 – May 12, 2024

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

OCHS presentation: Learn how to research your Osage County property

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Osage County Historical Society will host a presentation and discussion about researching the history of property and its former owners, at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2024, at the Schuyler Community Center, 218 W. Fremont St., Burlingame, Kan.

Diana Staresinic-Deane will present “Researching Your Home and the People Who Lived There.” Staresinic-Deane is executive director of Franklin County Historical Society and Old Depot Museum, Ottawa, Kan., and is passionate about collecting, interpreting, and recording local histories.

Members of the community are invited to attend the free program.

Researching a property, such as an old home, new business, or section of pastureland, can do more than tell the history of a space. It can also build a human connection to the people who came before us and the times in which they lived.

Staresinic-Deane’s presentation will be customized to highlight Osage County resources, and will share creative ways to study documents and assemble relevant narratives from maps, deeds, newspapers, and often unsought or unknown resources. The program will be helpful for anyone seeking historical stories of their family and community.

Help Wanted: Osage City Police Officer

Police Officer Job Opening

The Osage City Police Department has a job opening for a full-time Police Patrol Officer.

Our agency is responsible for 24/7 coverage serving a community of approximately 2,800 people located about 30 minutes southwest of Topeka.

Taking applications until position filled.

Pay ranges from $19 to $26 DoQ, plus great benefits.

For more information, see Osage City Police Department on Facebook.

Download job application at https://rb.gy/fmdjly

Return applications to:

City of Osage City
PO Box 250
Osage City, KS 66523
Phone: 785-528-3714
Email: sboos@osagecity.com

Stephanie Ann Herrick, 48, Burlington: May 22, 1975 – May 10, 2024

BURLINGTON, Kan. – Stephanie Ann Herrick, 48, passed away Friday, May 10, 2024, at Life Care Center, Burlington, Kan. She was born May 22, 1975, in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Kerry and Mary (LeValley) Kitt.

Stephanie grew up in Lyndon, Kan., and graduated from Lyndon High School in 1994. She had lived in Osage City, Lebo, and Waverly, Kan., and had been in Burlington for the last nine years.

Stephanie had battled muscular dystrophy since high school. She loved butterflies.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary.

Alva P. Feltner, 72, Osage City: Sept. 7, 1951 – May 5, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Alva P. Feltner, 72, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2024, at Midland Hospice, in Topeka, Kan. He was born Sept. 7, 1951, at Varner’s corner, in Osage City, Kan., the son of Charles and Ruth (Reese) Feltner.

Alva had been a lifelong resident of Osage City. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1970.

Alva had been a dedicated employee at Benner-Williams Furniture Store, and then at Kan-Build. After health issues forced him to slow down, he was a driver for Branine Motors, all in Osage City. He had been a member of the Kiwanis, and delivered for Meals on Wheels.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ruth.

Mary Kathryn ‘Mary K.’ Jones, 93, Melvern: Sept. 7, 1930 – May 8, 2024

MELVERN, Kan. – Mary Kathryn “Mary K.” Jones was born Sept. 7, 1930, in Fairfield, Iowa, one of five children born to Jesse Dale and Kathryn May (Ryan) Green. Even though she was born in Iowa, she grew up on the family farm three miles east of Melvern, Kan., on the “River Road”. She departed this life on May 8, 2024, in Osage City, Kan., at the age of 93 years, eight months, and one day.

She attended the Rock Creek one-room schoolhouse east of Melvern before transferring to Melvern Schools, where she graduated in 1948. While attending school at Melvern, she was a classmate of her future husband, although they didn’t date until after graduation. On Aug. 10, 1951, she married Bill F. Jones, in Garnett, Kan. They enjoyed more than 63 years together, raising two children, Kathryn “Kathy” and William “Butch”. Bill passed away Aug. 12, 2013.

Mary K. attended Kansas State Teachers College, at Emporia, Kan., where she earned a teaching certificate. She taught for one year in Valley School, a one-room schoolhouse three miles west of Melvern, then a second grade classroom at Melvern Schools for two years.

After her marriage to Bill, he was drafted and she went to work in the offices at Santa Fe Railroad, in Topeka, Kan., until he was discharged. They then purchased and made plans to move to their family farm southeast of Melvern, where she was a homemaker and helped on the farm.

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