Remember the price paid

By Chris Cole I thought this picture was worth sharing. Lewis Ogle is pictured in the center of two gravestones. The grave on the right is his brother’s, David Ogle. David died More »


Eat Well to Be Well: Milking the facts on lactose intolerance

Many people who have lactose intolerance are mistakenly doing something very wrong – avoiding dairy foods. Described around 400 B.C. by Hippocrates, lactose intolerance is a condition affecting numerous individuals in which More »


2015 Lyndon High School graduates: ‘You will be all right’

“Everything will be okay,” the 2015 graduating Lyndon High School seniors were assured by LHS valedictorian Autumn Weir during last Sunday’s commencement ceremony. Weir reminded the crowd gathered at Lyndon High School More »


2015 Osage City High School graduates ready to ‘go wreak havoc on this crazy planet’

The 2015 graduating class of Osage City High School. Photo by Heidi Koger. The Osage City High School class of 2015 might not be remembered for great things, but they will be More »

Cooling assistance from Help House requires completion of budget class

Help House will have assistance available to help with increased summer cooling cost. Applicants must complete the simple Good Sense Budget Course which will be offered 9 a.m.-noon June 22 and June 29, with an evening class 6-9 p.m. To be eligible to apply you must attend both days to complete the course. Call 785-828-4888 to pre-register for the class.

Help House director Pam Bilyeu has been very busy the last few months. She has attended a Drug Free Osage County training with other representatives of the Osage County faith community, attended a workshop in Wichita on human trafficking, and has attended the Harvester’s Food Pantry forum with other agencies.

On May 1, Help House partnered with the Salvation Army to assist with emergency needs in Osage County.

The Summer Fan Club begins June 1.  With the weather being as cool as it has been during the month of May it may seem like summer is going to be kind to us, however in Kansas when June is on the calendar the thermometer will begin to climb. Any individual or business that would like to donate new fans to distribute to those who do not have air conditioning, please drop them off at the center anytime during regular business hours. Please do not leave in the shed. Cash donations to purchase fans would be greatly appreciated as well.

Remember the price paid


By Chris Cole

I thought this picture was worth sharing. Lewis Ogle is pictured in the center of two gravestones. The grave on the right is his brother’s, David Ogle. David died in the Vietnam War at 20 years of age. He never had a chance to be married, become a father or grandfather. His nieces and nephews never met him. And his brother has lived 47 years without him. In this picture, Lewis is preparing to be a member of the honor guard team in the Memorial Day ceremony at Vassar earlier this week. Lewis and his family truly understand the price that has been paid.

Legislators work overtime to fill budget hole caused by governor’s 2012 tax plan

By State Rep. Blaine Finch, 59th District, Franklin and Osage Counties

rep_finch_blaine_MGreetings from the Kansas Statehouse. As I write to you it is now day 97 of the legislative session. The Senate has taken up a tax bill this morning and the House seems poised to take up its own bill later this week.

So what are the issues making this process so difficult? The Kansas general fund, essentially the discretionary portion of the budget over which the legislature exercises control, is projected to be $6.4 billion next year. At present state general fund revenues are projected to be $5.7 billion. The shortfall is about $765 million dollars. The shortfall or deficit is the result of a tax plan passed in 2012 by the legislature and signed by the governor that slashed income tax rates and eliminated taxes on some business income.

The governor has proposed shrinking the current $765 million deficit though fund transfers from the Kansas Department of Transportation and some other one time fund sweeps. The remaining deficit that most of the current flurry of tax plans are shooting for is $406 million.

Those plans seek to fill that hole in various ways but almost all of them rely on increasing taxes in some way. There has not yet been a spending cut plan proposed and the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee has informed the House that he believes most of the cuts that can be made, have been made.

Osage County District Court traffic cases May 15 – May 22, 2015

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court May 15 to May 22, 2015, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court criminal cases completed May 8 – May 22, 2015

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court May 8 to May 22, 2015, with disposition, costs and fines as listed. 

Eat Well to Be Well: Milking the facts on lactose intolerance


Many people who have lactose intolerance are mistakenly doing something very wrong – avoiding dairy foods. Described around 400 B.C. by Hippocrates, lactose intolerance is a condition affecting numerous individuals in which avoidance of dairy products is the main method of reducing symptoms. However, shunning milk products is no longer a necessity and could inadvertently lead to missing out on key nutrients and increasing chances of more serious conditions. Knowing the facts on lactose intolerance can help reduce symptoms while still obtaining optimal nutrition and enjoying dairy foods to their fullest.

What is lactose and why am I intolerant of it?

The carbohydrate lactose is a disaccharide, meaning it’s composed of two sugar units, glucose and galactose, linked together. Lactose is the sugar found naturally in milk and many milk products. After consuming dairy foods, lactose needs to be broken down into the monosaccharides, glucose and galactose, to be absorbed in the intestinal tract. For that to happen, an enzyme called lactase that is active in the small intestine is necessary to split glucose and galactose apart. If lactase levels are low or absent, the disaccharide lactose will go unabsorbed on into the large intestine or colon, and will get fermented by millions of bacteria residing there, resulting in unpleasant symptoms.

Jeffery Michael Hedrick, 13, Topeka: April 19, 2002 – May 20, 2015

TOPEKA – Jeffery Hedrick, 13, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at his home in Topeka. He was born on April 9, 2002, in Burlington, Kan., the son of Brett and Nichole Schecher Hedrick.

Jeff had been a student at Tecumseh North Grade School and Shawnee Heights Middle School. Jeff was a member of the Warrior Football team and was on the squad when they won the championship. He started wrestling with the Ogden Outlaws when he was 8 years old and he was active in the Shawnee Heights wrestling, track and golf teams and the Black Diamond baseball team. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was also an avid skateboarder.

Public transit schedules June rider appreciation trips for barbecue or bakery

The signup sheets are out for the two Osage County Public Transportation rider appreciation trips in June. The evening of June 10 we are going to Guy & Mae’s Tavern in Williamsburg. The bus will leave Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, at 5:30 p.m. And on Saturday, June 20, we will visit the farmer’s market in Ottawa and then have lunch at the Keim Bakery. We will leave the senior center at 10:20 a.m. Both trips are limited to the first 14 folks that sign up, and a $3 donation to help cover transit is requested upon signing up.

Our public transit buses run on a monthly schedule that includes several trips for shopping or activities. Those trips are listed in this section weekly, and a bus schedule also appears in the senior center’s monthly newsletter (or see monthly bus schedule below). In between and even during scheduled trips we try to fulfill all the requests for transportation to medical appointments. However, since this service is based on a first call-first serve basis, and, we only have two buses, we unfortunately are unable to fulfill every request.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse May 18 – May 22, 2015

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse May 18 through May 22, 2015.

Osage County Jail Log, May 17 – May 23, 2015

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

Osage County Ag Wire: County committee links USDA to local ag community

Osage County USDA will be hosting a county committee election informational meeting at 8 a.m. June 11, at the USDA Service Center, in Lyndon.

County committee members are an important component of the operations of Farm Service Agency, and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs, conservation programs, incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities, emergency programs and eligibility. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.

The election of agricultural producers to FSA county committees is important to all farmers and ranchers. It is crucial that every eligible producer participate in these elections. FSA county committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws. County committee members apply their judgment and knowledge to make local decisions.

The county committee nomination period runs June 15 through Aug. 3, 2015. Local Administrative Area (LAA) No. 2, the northwest portion of Osage County, will be the election area for 2015.

Robert ‘Bob’ Leroy Tomlinson Jr., 79, Osage City: Sept. 5, 1935 – May 21, 2015

052715-tomlinsonOSAGE CITY- Robert LeRoy Tomlinson Jr., 79, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at his home.

Robert LeRoy Tomlinson Jr. was born Sept. 5, 1935, in Osage City, the son of Robert L. and Mildred E. (Moore) Tomlinson Sr. He attended school in Osage City.

Robert was employed by Kansas Power and Light Company for 27 years before retiring in 1992. He had also worked at the city of Osage City for 9 years.

He was a member of Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Osage City. He served on the city council for 24 years and the Osage City volunteer fire department for 31 years, and was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 3890 and held every office. He was a union steward for Local 304 Electrical Workers for 21 years before becoming a supervisor for the Kansas Gas Company.

Clara O. Bryan, 77, Osage City: Oct. 30, 1937 – May 24, 2015

OSAGE CITY – Clara O. Bryan, 77, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015, at a Topeka hospital. She was born Oct. 30, 1937, in rural Osage County, the daughter of Robert W. and Grace Bickford Burns.

Clara graduated from Osage City High School with the class of 1955. She was joined in marriage to Loren Dean Bryan on December 24, 1954, in Osage City. The young couple lived briefly in Osage City before making their home southwest of Osage City near Barclay in 1961.

Clara was a proud homemaker, and had worked for two years at Hallmark Cards.  She was a member of the Osage City Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, and volunteered at ECAT, in Osage City.

Donna Gene (Eaton) Webb, 89, Baldwin City: Jan. 31, 1926 – May 21, 2015

052715-webb-pic-001BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Heaven gained a very precious angel, Donna Gene (Eaton) Webb, 89, on May 21, 2015, at her home in Vintage Park, Baldwin City, Kan. She died peacefully surrounded by family who cared and loved her deeply.

Donna was born in Ellsworth, Kan., on Jan. 31, 1926, the daughter of Rae A. and Edith Mae (Querrey) Eaton.

As a child she attended school in Colorado and Kansas. She moved to Baldwin City in 1937. She graduated from Baldwin High School in 1943. She started her college education at Missouri University until the war began and then worked for Hallmark Cards.

Donna was united in marriage to Fred L. Webb on Aug. 17, 1946. They shared over 60 years together until his death on Feb. 26, 2007.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Dump helps yard cleanup

buchmanhead“How in the world can all of those old tires accumulate around the barnyard?”

That question was rolling in our head as we spent two hours loading worn out pickup and car tires into the back of our horse trailer Friday evening.

Why the old tires are kept is beyond comprehension, but it got so the filling station was charging to keep our worn out ones, so we’d bring them home, saving a couple bucks, while rationalizing they’d be better than nothing, if we had irreparable flats.

That has occurred a couple of times, and we’ve used a few old tires to start brush piles burning, while a handful burned up in the yard trash. Still, we sure buy a lot of tires in order to have that many old ones strewn around.

At one point, we’d decided to haul tires to the ditch to “help prevent erosion,” which has been done occasionally, but then thought how useless that really seems to be. Moreover, if the tires catch fire during a pasture burn, the wiring inside would be harmful to livestock, environment and all.

Hauling tires to the county dump had crossed our mind several times, but others said there was a charge for that. Then, we heard the fee had been eliminated, so people in the county could unload car and pickup tires at no cost. Before loading, we verified accuracy with the dump boss: “Yep, that’s right.”

NWS issues flash flood watch; rain expected over area for Memorial Day weekend

National Weather Service in Topeka has announced a flash flood watch for portions of east central and northeast Kansas including Osage County from Saturday evening through Monday morning. Periods of moderate to heavy rain are expected to occur in the area Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon. Rainfall amounts of two to four inches are expected to be common, with local amounts over five inches possible. With wet ground conditions and elevated river levels from recent rainfall, flash flooding and river flooding may result.

A flash flood watch means that flash flooding is possible but not imminent in the watch area. Persons in the watch area are advised to check preparedness requirements, keep informed, and be ready for quick action if flooding threatens.

2015 Lyndon High School graduates: ‘You will be all right’


“Everything will be okay,” the 2015 graduating Lyndon High School seniors were assured by LHS valedictorian Autumn Weir during last Sunday’s commencement ceremony.

Weir reminded the crowd gathered at Lyndon High School on May 17, 2015, that though the world is destined toward disorder, “You do have control over how you react to all of the chaos the universe throws your way.”

She said life always presents obstacles, but she encouraged her classmates to face the challenges. “You have to keep your head up, and know that you can overcome them,” she said. “Do the best you can with the circumstances that you are given … you will make it through your crisis, and everything will be okay.”

e.b.Sprouts and Flowers: New garden center takes root in Lyndon


e.b.Sprouts and Flowers is now open for spring planting with plants, flowers and garden supplies at 520 Topeka Ave., Lyndon.

Erika Bradshaw learned years ago that she likes to grow things. House plants, yard ornamentals, flowers and vegetables became her pastime. With the addition of a small greenhouse at her home, her green thumb led to sharing of plants with friends and relatives, which eventually sprouted into a home business and selling at farmers markets.

But now that business, e.b.Sprouts and Flowers, has outgrown its space, and with the help of Erika’s husband and business partner, David Middleton, the enterprise has been repotted and has blossomed into a full service garden center, greenhouse and floral shop in downtown Lyndon.

Though the store is just now officially opening, there’s been a lot of activity there during the past few months. Since January, Erika and David have been remodeling the former flower store, which has housed other businesses in the past.

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