Kansas Winter Weather Awareness: Know the dangers

Wintertime poses a wide range of threats to the American public. Whether it be vehicle accidents caused by slick roads, exposure to the cold, or fires resulting from the More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Fun neighbors on Halloween

“Trick or treat give me something good to eat.” That’s the threat of ghosts, goblins and every other imaginable getup on Halloween. But it sends them for a whirl More »

Unofficial Osage County general election results, Nov. 6, 2018

Following are the unofficial election results for Osage County in the Nov. 6, 2018, general election, as released by the Osage County election officer. Write-in votes and 181 provisional More »

Hidden History: Toe-tappin’ leads Lyndon’s cobbler to his career choice

By Wendi Bevitt In an era when a favorite pair of shoes was meant to last past the time when they lost their sole, the Royal Shoe Shop served More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Speaking softer always better

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Don’t holler.”

That order, actually meant as a special request, takes on special significance for those who have booming-voiced acquaintances.

Fact is some people just naturally come across in a more piercing manner. They really don’t intend to seem bossy, obnoxious or an abusive authority.

Sometimes despite diligent efforts to pipe down, changing the instinctive form of communication is nearly impossible. Oh, if one really concentrates on being softer spoken, there can be noticeable change for a time.

Yet, when pressure comes suddenly, excitement arises, adrenalin flows fast, there’s always that instinctive brash call.

Mom was in personal bias one of the most generous, kind hearted human beings ever created. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for somebody in need or seeking assistance in every special way.

Still, Mom was always somewhat high-pitched in most normal conversation. That itself offended certain ones, while vast numbers of friends and customers appreciated her unique, yet actually quite sweet mannerism.

But, be a grocery employee, especially a carryout boy, not necessarily a son, too, “that scream” sure wasn’t pleasing.

There are many things expected of workers in a small hometown family grocery. Doing everything there is to help all departments, sweep, wash windows, stock shelves, wait on customers, sack and carryout.

While the store was small compared to most of today’s supermarkets, two two-story, buildings were combined for the business. Mom was always at the front greeting, helping customers and tallying the purchases.

When groceries were ready to carry out, assistance was needed right now, not a second later. The deafening shout from the cash register operator was aired.

KHP asks witnesses of Friday morning I-70 pursuit to contact investigator

Around 11:08 a.m. today, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, Kansas Highway Patrol troopers on Interstate 70 near the Maple Hill exit, in Wabaunsee County, were involved in a pursuit with a stolen work truck out of Colorado. The suspect driver was eventually apprehended, but KHP is asking any witnesses of the incident to report what they saw.

During the pursuit, the suspect fled eastbound toward Topeka, passing on the shoulder. Within minutes of the pursuit beginning, the suspect drove through the median and into oncoming traffic. Due to concern for the public’s safety, troopers discontinued the pursuit. The suspect continued to travel eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-70 and traveled head-on toward a Wabaunsee County deputy who was driving with his emergency lights activated. The deputy took evasive maneuvers to avoid a head-on collision with the work truck.

The suspect exited I-70 onto Carlson Road, and pulled into a driveway in the 300 block of NW Carlson Road. He fled from the vehicle and was located hiding near a residence. Charges are pending, and the suspect driver will be booked into the Wabaunsee County Jail.

KHP is asking for anyone involved today, any victims the work truck swerved at, or persons who may have witnessed the work truck going eastbound in the westbound lanes, to contact them. Anyone who witnessed the event is asked to call KHP Technical Trooper Kody Olson at 785-296-3102.

Notice: City of Osage City, Thanksgiving Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule

The City of Osage City offices will be closed Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23, 2018, for Thanksgiving. Customers whose trash is normally picked up on Thursday or Friday will be picked up on Monday, November 26. For more information call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Extension schedules beef meeting to discuss winter feeding options, livestock theft

“Options for Feeding the Cowherd” and “Livestock Thefts in Kansas” will be the topics covered at a beef meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 27, 2018, at the Overbrook Livestock Commission Company, 305 W. First St., Overbrook, Kan.

This summer’s drought and the lateness of spring have left many producers short of hay for the winter feeding period. The hay shortage coupled with droughty pasture conditions has led to more corn being cut for silage than any time in the recent past. Questions have come up, like, “What’s the best way for me to feed my cows through the winter?” “Do I limit the time they can eat hay?” “Can I put them on grain?” and “How much silage should I feed?” Jaymelynn Farney, KSU beef systems specialist, will discuss these items and many more.

The second topic of the evening will be “Livestock Theft in Kansas.” Kendal Lothman, special agent with the Kansas Attorney General’s Office assigned to the Livestock and Brands Investigation Unit, will be on hand to discuss his role in livestock theft investigations. He will explain how he becomes involved in an investigation. He will also describe case trends, such as when most thefts are reported and how the cattle market affects his case load. Lothman will also give producers ideas of what they can do to reduce the risk of cattle theft.

Time will be allotted at the end of the presentations for questions. For more information about the meeting, call Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent, at 785-828-4438, or email [email protected].

Mary F. Carlson, 75, Osage City: April 6, 1943 – Nov. 12, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Mary F. Carlson, 75, passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at the Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. Mary F. Miller was born April 6, 1943, in Nyssa, Ore., the daughter of Patrick F. and Elenor (Pyle) Miller.

Mary graduated from high school in Theodore, Ala., in 1961. She was joined in marriage to Charles R. Carlson, on April 22, 1962, in Osage City, Kan. To this union two boys were born, Charles Kevin Carlson and Christopher K. Carlson.

Mary worked as an activities director for the area nursing homes until her retirement. Her hobbies included working in her flower garden, sewing, and collecting teddy bears and lighthouses. She was also an avid reader. Her greatest pride and joy were her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Duane Robison, 78, Lyndon: April 28, 1940 – Nov. 13, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – Duane Robison, 78, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at the Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born on April 28, 1940, in Lawton, Okla., the son of T.B. and Cora Dell (Pettijohn) Robison.

Duane grew up in Lawton, had lived in Lyndon, Kan., over 50 years and had lived in Topeka for the last several months.

Duane received his Bachelor’s in Education from Central State College, Edmond, Okla., and received his Master’s Degree from Emporia State Teacher’s College, Emporia, Kan. He was a math and science teacher in secondary education at Lecompton High School for four years and then at Lyndon High School for 35 years. He was also the assistant basketball coach for many years. Duane was an avid softball player in the senior league in Topeka, was a member of the Lyndon United Methodist Church, the NEA, and the KNEA.

Winter Weather Awareness Day recognizes need to prepare

Winter Weather Awareness Day in Kansas is today, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Emergency managers recommend observing the day as a time for Kansans to take stock of emergency supplies and review home emergency plans.

A home emergency supply kit should include enough nonperishable food and water for each person to survive for a minimum of seven days, a safe alternate heat source, blankets, flashlights and batteries, a battery-operated weather radio, essential medicines, and other items needed for health and comfort should the power go out.

Vehicles should be equipped with emergency kits, too, particularly if you are planning to travel long distances. These kits should include weather appropriate clothing, bottled water for everyone, nonperishable, high-energy snack items, flashlights and batteries, a battery-operated radio, blankets, a compact snow shovel, extra medications, signal flares and other emergency supplies to allow you to survive until help can arrive. It is also advisable to fill your gas tank before you start on a journey, check engine fluid levels and tire pressure, and make sure cell phones are fully charged.

Emergency plans and preparations should also include family pets. During winter storms, bring outdoor pets inside, if possible, or ensure that they have a draft-free enclosure with straw type bedding that is large enough to sit and lie down, but small enough to hold their body heat if they must remain outside. Always make sure that your pets have access to food and non-frozen water.

Kansas Winter Weather Awareness: Know the dangers

Wintertime poses a wide range of threats to the American public. Whether it be vehicle accidents caused by slick roads, exposure to the cold, or fires resulting from the improper use of heaters, hundreds of people are injured or killed each year as a direct result of winter weather. Kansas is no exception.

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow or freezing rain over a few hours to a massive blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states while others affect only a single community. Conditions can change in an instant.

High winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall, and dangerously cold temperatures are the main hazards associated with winter storms. Damage from ice storms or snowstorms can maroon people at home without utilities or other services for days after an event. Slick roads from ice or snow buildup can result in large numbers of vehicle accidents. Severely cold temperatures and wind chills during and after a winter storm can lead to hypothermia and kill anyone caught outside for too long. The aftermath of a winter storm can impact a community or region for days, weeks, or even months, incurring steep economic costs.

Overbrook Overlook: City brims with holiday spirit

Hometown for the Holidays

Enjoy this 2nd annual Overbrook holiday event, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. There will be vendors at Overbrook Public Library, a 4-H bake sale, lunch specials at TJ’s, tasting at Overbrook Spirits, Santa Claus photos at Overbrook Public Library, with one free 5×7 photo courtesy of Kansas State Bank; photos begin at 11 a.m. Shopping locally is a great way to support your hometown and support small town merchants and vendors. Many will have “show specials” available that day only.

Overbrook Veterans’ Memorial thanks

The Overbrook Veterans Committee would like to thank the following people who stepped up to help us when we needed help this summer with watering and pulling weeds: a group of young boys who wanted to do something for the community, Kansas State Bank, Wendy Bessett, Emily Valencia, the fire department, and Jon Brady.

Overbrook Community Christmas celebration

Come join the Christmas cheer at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at the Overbrook Public Library Community Room. Santa Claus will be there, and the SFT Choraliers will perform. The Friends of the Library will be serving cookies and hot chocolate. Bring your loved ones, friends and neighbors.

OCPR Update: Decorate for the holidays with your own creations

OCPR-logo-redOsage City Parks and Recreation has scheduled arts and crafts workshops for students to create their own cards and decorations for the holidays. Also approaching are signup deadlines for youth basketball for younger kids. Here’s the upcoming schedule of winter activities.

Martha L. Butel, 89, Overbrook: March 18, 1929 – Nov. 11, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Martha L. (Betz) Butel, 89, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Nov. 11, 2018, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was born March 18, 1929, the daughter of Perry Betz and Mary (Spurlock) Betz, in Lebanon, Kan.

Martha grew up in the Glen Elder, Kan., area working at her father’s weekly newspaper the Glen Elder Sentinel. She graduated from Beloit High School with the class of 1947 and then went on to graduate from Kansas State University in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

After graduating from college Martha worked in Topeka as proofreader for the Cappers Weekly Magazine. One evening a friend invited her to a dance at the Four Corners dance hall near Overbook. There she met John Butel. 

Help Wanted: Three Lakes seeks full-time paraeducators

Three Lakes Educational Cooperative is seeking full-time paraeducators for schools in Osage and West Franklin counties. Applications are available online at www.three-lakes.org/employment or at Three Lakes Educational Cooperative, 1318 Topeka Ave., Lyndon KS.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 4 to Nov. 10, 2018

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

Public Notice: Burning Dates, Osage City, Kansas, Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018

The City of Osage City will allow the burning of grass, weeds, leaves, waterways, yards, gardens, and fence lines, and shall be permitted between the days of Thursday, November 1, 2018, through Monday, December 31, 2018, provided conditions are favorable; the County does not have a burn ban in place; wind speed is not more than 10 MPH; a water hose is securely fastened to an operable water faucet and the length of the hose available is sufficient to reach the area where the controlled burn is occurring; no fire is left unattended; and no burning is to be performed on or intersect the sidewalks, streets or gutters of City streets.

For more information, call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Focus Workforce Management: Now hiring seasonal help!


A Cowboy’s Faith: Fun neighbors on Halloween

“Trick or treat give me something good to eat.”

That’s the threat of ghosts, goblins and every other imaginable getup on Halloween. But it sends them for a whirl with the response: “Sorry no treats it’ll have to be tricks.”

Living in the country, little Halloween visitors are usually few and this year there weren’t any.

The highlight several years though now is when the dairy farm couple from across the section rings the doorbell. It’s usually past bedtime when Keith and Donna come after visiting friends in a 25-mile radius of the farm. All lights were on so they’d know ranchers were waiting.

About 10:20, buzzer sounded, door opened and in came Uncle Sam and his appropriately patriotically attired lady. Big smiles shining through elaborate costume assured it was the dairy farmers who’d hired milkers to get their night off.

Impossible to repeat words of the Uncle Sam song they harmoniously presented. Then the milkmaid asked, “Why did Yankee Doodle Dandy come riding in on a pony?” With no certain answer, just assuming it was sure better than walking.

More than two dozen stops already made, with several more lights awaiting their arrival. Minimal visiting reflected how the elaborate silk red, white and blue outfits came to be.

Donna picked up pieces here, there, yawn, and with scissors, needle, thread expertise put together great semblance to ones pictured. Red stripes on Keith’s white pants were “just painted there.”

Memory’s shy who all they’ve portrayed years gone by: cheerleaders, Roy and Dale, Popeye and Olive, more. A couple other neighbor ladies helped one year for Wizard of Oz. Always with singing accompaniment.

Last year, before dark call informed ice was stopping them, but fortunately back this time.

The jovial neighbors hadn’t made trick or treat warning, but came with their own treats. Costuming, entertaining, visiting were special delight enough, but Donna again handed four big popcorn balls out of her satchel.

That would have been a good day’s work making enough of the evening snacks. Then they had to pack the goodies in the back of their station wagon to be given out.

Oh yes, uptown morning after there were no main street tricks, hay, tires, outhouses like of decades ago.

Reminded of Luke 15:9: “Call together friends and neighbors for a time of rejoicing.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


Carrol (Ramsey) Niles Henderson, 92, Lyndon: June 12, 1926 – Nov. 5, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – Carrol (Ramsey) Niles Henderson, 92, passed away on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at Via Christi Hospital, Wichita, Kan. She was born on June 12, 1926, in Ft. Scott, Kan., the daughter of Dr. Arch and Nellie (Kelly) Ramsey.

Carrol grew up in Uniontown, Kan., and had lived near Lyndon, Kan., from 1950 to 2015, when she moved to Wichita.

Carrol attended Ft. Scott Junior College and then transferred to Kansas State University where she earned a BS in General Home Economics in 1948.

Carrol worked as an Extension home agent for Leavenworth County, and in 1950 was the first Extension home economist for Coffey County. She was the first female school board member for Lyndon Schools in the early 1960s. In 1974, she received her MS in Institutional Management from K-State. She served on the Kansas Dietetic Associations Committee for licensure of dieticians in 1988, became the first licensed dietitian in the state of Kansas in 1991, and was the Distinguished Kansas Dietitian. As a dietitian, Carrol planned meals for several nursing homes over the years, the first of which were in Lyndon and Overbrook.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 29 through Nov. 2, 2018.

Notice: Osage City Veterans Day Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule

The City of Osage City offices will be closed Monday, November 12, 2018, for Veterans Day. Customers whose trash is normally picked up on Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, November 13.  For more information call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Emporia Community Foundation encourages doubling your giving on Match Day

The week of Nov. 12-18, 2018, marks Community Foundation Week, a celebration of the role community foundations play in promoting charitable resources building stronger communities. During this week, the Emporia Community Foundation will host its fifth annual Match Day, an event that raises awareness of the impact charitable giving has in our community. This event is an opportunity for individuals to give to charitable organizations they care about and receive a bigger bang for their buck because of the $50,000 matching pool.

Community Foundation Week was created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush to raise awareness of the increasing role of community foundations. These foundations are philanthropic organizations fostering local collaboration and innovation addressing persistent civic and economic challenges. Activities this week recognize the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private and nonprofit sectors to address community problems. Match Day is the perfect example of how this collaboration works through donor contributions, local sponsorships and donations from private foundations or donors and their generosity in helping the nonprofit sector.

Building on the success of the past four Match Day events, the Emporia Community Foundation uses donated funds, which are proportionately matched to donor contributions for 25 participating organizations on Match Day.

From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, donors can go to the Flinthills Mall to visit the participating organizational booths and drop off their donation for one or more of their favorite charities.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 22 – Oct. 26, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 22 through Oct. 26, 2018.

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