Rains pester area farmers trying to bring in the sheaves

Two prodigious and plentiful products of Kansas: wheat and beautiful sunsets. This close-up photo of heads of wheat ready for harvest in Osage County was taken by Paul Schmidt right before the More »

Lyndon Methodists ‘rev up’ for sixth annual engine-powered show

Old met older as vintage vehicles parked all around the historic Bailey House at Lyndon City Park last Saturday. By Rebecca Thill Despite the extreme weather and power outages early Saturday morning, the More »

Melvern kicks off Osage County’s fair season with Sunflower Days

June is here and that means fair season is about to heat up in Osage County, with Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair kicking off on June 22, 2017. A family event, Melvern More »

Osage County State Fishing Lake among available bathymetric maps for anglers

PRATT – What’s a bathymetric map, you ask? Bathymetry is the study of underwater depth of lake or ocean floors. So, it’s really a topographical map of the lake’s floor, and those maps have traditionally only More »

Rains pester area farmers trying to bring in the sheaves

Two prodigious and plentiful products of Kansas: wheat and beautiful sunsets. This close-up photo of heads of wheat ready for harvest in Osage County was taken by Paul Schmidt right before the 2016 harvest. Between rains over the last week, area farmers have begun cutting while hoping for a few dry days to finish it off.

Photo by Paul Schmidt.

KDOT requests public comments on STIP amendment

The Kansas Department of Transportation is requesting comments on an amendment to the FFY 2017-2020 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) document.

The STIP is a project specific publication that lists all KDOT administered projects, regardless of funding source, and includes projects for counties and cities as well as projects on the state highway system.

The list of projects being amended to the STIP can be viewed at www.ksdot.org/bureaus/burProgProjMgmt/stip/stip.asp

The approval of the STIP amendment requires the public comment period, which concludes on July 6, 2017. To make comments on the amendment, contact KDOT’s Bureau of Program and Project Management at 785-296-2252.

Local TOPS member becomes state queen

Laura A. Davis, of TOPS KS0289, Osage City, Kan., was crowned 2016 State Queen on April 22, 2017, at the TOPS State Recognition Days, in Wichita, Kan.

Davis lost 72 pounds to reach her goal. Along the way, she says that she has learned the difference between good carbs and bad carbs, and that calories in should be less than calories out.

“And to enjoy your journey!” she said. “If it’s cooking healthier meals, finding fun ways to move more, and attending the chapter meetings, just have fun with it.”

TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly, and has helped millions of people to do that for more than 60 years. The organization is nonprofit and noncommercial and offers a network of thousands of weight-loss support groups across the United States and Canada. These groups, called chapters, provide a nonjudgmental place where people learn how they can make changes and get the support they need to reach their goals.

There are three chapters in Osage County. Meeting places and times are: Grace Lutheran Church, 310 Holliday St., Osage City, which meets on Monday at 6:30 p.m.; United Methodist Church, 1005 N. Maple St., Overbrook, which meets on Saturday at 7:45 a.m.; and Carbondale City Hall, 234 Main St., Carbondale, which meets on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

John (Jack) Wesley Ard, 85, Carbondale: Aug. 8, 1931 – June 8, 2017

CARBONDALE, Kan. – John (Jack) Wesley Ard, 85, died June 8, 2017, at his home in Carbondale, Kan., with his wife and other family members present. He was born Aug. 8, 1931, in Osage City, Kan., to Elmer and Marie Harper Ard.

John lived most of his life in Osage County, and attended school in Osage City. He worked at a salvage yard in Osage City, and at IBP, in Emporia, for a short time. He also ran the 56 Auto in Scranton, selling cars and salvage until retiring and working in the yard and garden at home. He loved to grow tomatoes and melons.

Increase heartbeat, strengthen muscles, increase flexibility – all at the senior center

By Stephanie Watson

I read somewhere many older adults may feel that they are too tired to be physically active or that they have earned their rest. I can’t imagine what life feels like at age 70, I’m exhausted at age 29. However, I learned that physical activity is a critical part of a healthy lifestyle, and for older adults, physical activity may take on even more meaning.

Continuing to live independently, doing the things that you enjoy, can be linked to being active. Increasing your heartbeat, strengthening your muscles and increasing your flexibility contribute to physical fitness and the ability to do everyday activities like climbing the stairs, shopping for groceries, and visiting with family and friends.

The Osage County Senior Center can meet all of these activities to help you stay independent. The center has senior friendly exercise classes on Monday and Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m. There is an exercise room available to use anytime from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Osage County General Public Transportation can take you shopping or even to the mall so you can window shop and walk. Most importantly we have social activities and bussing excursions. For more information, contact the center at 785-528-4906 or stop by 604 Market St., Osage City.

Help Wanted: Full-time custodian at senior center

The Osage County Senior Center has a full-time custodian position open. We are looking for a responsible custodian to maintain and protect our facility. It is important for a custodian to be careful and thorough in working, cleaning and tidying the premises, as well as preventing vandalism. The idea candidate will be experienced in a custodian role focused on building upkeep. They will have great physical endurance to cover a large space. A keen eye for detail and diligence are also imperative in custodial maintenance jobs. For more information call 785-528-4906 or pick up an application at 604 Market St. Osage City, KS 66523.

Help Wanted: Part-time transportation driver

Osage County General Public Transportation is searching for a certified transportation driver. The position open is a part-time position; job duties include but not limited to providing nonemergency transport of mobility-impaired individuals by accommodating wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers; and offering safe custom transportation for medical appointments and treatments.

Qualifications:

  • Must be able to pass a drug screen and background check
  • Ability to communicate effectively with oral and written instructions in English
  • Must hold a currently valid driver’s license as required by the state and have an excellent driving record as verified by the state Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Must be reliable and capable of working independently and remaining calm in case of emergency
  • Current CPR certification preferred
  • High school diploma or equivalency degree
  • Must be 21 years or older

Applications can be acquired at the Osage County General Public Transportation office located at 604 Market St., Osage City, KS 66523. Call 785-528-4906 for more information.

Put a little spark in your step, run (or walk) in Lyndon’s Firecracker 5K

Lyndon Pride is seeking early registrants for the planned 2017 Firecracker 5K on Fourth of July morning.

The run/walk is co-organized this year by Lyndon Pride and the Lyndon High School Cross Country team, and all proceeds from the run will benefit the two groups.

Runners and walkers should be ready to go at 7:30 a.m. July 4, gathering at the Lyndon Community Center, 204 Topeka Ave.

Early registrants are requested to obtain a count for T-shirts. For more information or to register for the run, contact Lyndon City Hall at 785-828-3146 or stop by 730 Topeka Ave. during business hours.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse June 12 – June 15, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse June 12 through June 16, 2017.

Martha Beatrice Mack, 69, Topeka: Oct. 11, 1947 – June 21, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. – Martha Mack, 69, of Topeka, Kan., died June 21, 2017, at Stormont-Vail Hospital. She was born Oct. 11, 1947, in Topeka, the daughter of Lance and Joan (Houston) Mack.

Martha was a licensed practical nurse working at the Colmery O’Neil Veterans Administration Hospital; she retired after 24 years. She enjoyed sewing, but most of all she was happiest when spending time with her grandchildren.

Lyndon Methodists ‘rev up’ for sixth annual engine-powered show

Old met older as vintage vehicles parked all around the historic Bailey House at Lyndon City Park last Saturday.

By Rebecca Thill

Despite the extreme weather and power outages early Saturday morning, the sixth annual “Get Rev’d Up” Car Show at Lyndon went on without a hitch.

There were close to 100 entries, including cars, motorcycles, steam engines, and 18-wheelers. Twenty awards were given out along with several specialty awards and several memorial awards.

Live music was provided by Mike Cline and the Constance Praise Band, and a DJ. There were also activities, with goody bags provided for all the children that attended. Face painting, tattoos, and Hot Wheels racing were a hit with all the kids.

The church’s preschool served biscuits with sausage gravy and breakfast burritos, the Mothers of Preschoolers had homemade cinnamon rolls for sale, and lunch was served by the United Methodist Church finance team. The United Methodist Women had a variety of 13 flavors of homemade ice cream.

Proceeds from the event support Youth Ministries, MOPS, Lyndon United Methodist Preschool, and the Lyndon United Methodist Women.

Here’s some views of the park jammed with motorized vehicles.

Help Wanted: Burlingame Community Library seeks Library Director

The Burlingame Community Library is seeking a Library Director to coordinate with the library board, town agencies, and community groups to promote library/community relations. Send resume and letter of interest, referencing Library Director, to: Burlingame Library Board, c/o Gina Shultz VP, 236 W. Chase Ave., Burlingame, KS 66413 or b.shultz@mchsi.com. Review of applications will begin July 1, 2017. Visit burlingame.mykansaslibrary.org for more information.

Join Help House’s fan club! Help someone stay cool this summer

By Raylene Quaney

The Summer Fan Club began May 1 and will continue through the summer. Donations of new and gently used fans, or cash to be used to purchase a fan, are accepted to be given out to those needing a way to cool off this summer. There have been over 30 households sign up to receive fans to date. You may mail your cash donations (please note “Fan Club” in memo) to purchase a fan for someone to Help House, PO Box 356, Lyndon KS 66451.

Christmas in July

Saturday, July 8, Help House will have Christmas in July. Mrs. Claus will be there with her naughty or nice meter to check status of children. Anyone may bring in a fan to Mrs. Claus for the Fan Club. This will get you on the “nice list” for sure.

Donations

June special donations include four cases of Girl Scout Cookies from Troup 3149 in Osage City. These girls had a number of cookies to share based on their cookie sales. Thank you so much. What a treat this will be for those receiving Girl Scout cookies in their food baskets. Lyndon United Methodist Church donated 153 food and health care items through their vacation Bible school mission outreach, and the Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar, donated $287.05 in cash to the food pantry that was collected in offerings during their vacation Bible school.

Computer classes available

Absolutely basic computer: Want to learn basic computer skills?  This is for the individual who does not know how to operate a computer. Learn from how to turn it on, to using it for your own enjoyment or education, it’s time to take this class. No stress, or pressure and absolutely nothing to simple or basic to learn and master. Learn at your own pace. This is designed for adults of all ages with personal instruction and patience. Expand your horizons you are never too old to learn something new.

Skills for employment: This course will provide hands-on and immediate assistance with job search and applications. Included in this course would be assistance with using a computer to find job opportunities as well as setting up a folder containing a well-written resume for applicants to present to prospective employers. Provided along the way will be helpful tips in communicating electronically with prospective employers as well as writing and composition errors to avoid when applying for jobs and constructing resumes.

Osage County Jail Log, June 12 to June 18, 2017

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

K-68 railroad crossing repair to cause weeklong detour west of Ottawa

Weather permitting, the week of June 26, 2017, the BNSF Railway plans to repair its crossing on state Highway 68 in the Richter vicinity. Located 5 1/2 miles west of Ottawa, the crossing will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. Monday, June 26, until Friday, June 30.

K-68 traffic will follow a signed detour along K-68, U.S. 59, U.S. 56 and U.S. 75. For more information, contact Kevin Ryan at the Kansas Department of Transportation office in Garnett, 785-448-5446, or Priscilla Petersen at the Chanute KDOT office, 620-902-6433.

Melvern kicks off Osage County’s fair season with Sunflower Days

June is here and that means fair season is about to heat up in Osage County, with Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair kicking off on June 22, 2017.

A family event, Melvern welcomes all to Sunflower Days, which offers three days of fun, including a baby show on Thursday, a bluegrass concert Friday, and the always popular finale parade Saturday evening. And don’t forget homemade ice cream, old fashioned games and kids races, a carnival, and the longtime tradition of 4-H and livestock exhibition.

Sunflower Days runs June 22-24, 2017; the Osage County Fair will be June 24-July 2, 2017, at Osage City; and the Overbrook Osage County Fair is Aug. 9-12, 2017.

Here’s the Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair schedule:

Nancy Rae Thurston, 61, Osage City: Nov. 12, 1955 – June 15, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Nancy R. Thurston, 61, of Osage City, Kan., ended her journey here on earth and gained her wings, June 15, 2017, at Osage City Nursing Center, Osage City, Kansas. She was born Nov. 12, 1955, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of Raymond and Bonnie (Gardner) Lohmeyer.

Nancy attended Osage City Schools. She married Lynn Thurston in 1972. They later divorced. She worked hard to make a home for her two children, Michelle and Travis. Nancy was known for her quick wit, independence, her smile, and sense of humor.

Help wanted: Marilynn’s seeks full-time kitchen help

Marilynn’s Restaurant in Osage City is seeking full-time kitchen help. For more information, call 785-528-3769, or apply in person at 1216 Laing St. (east Highway 31) in Osage City.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cowboy to ‘Great Beyond’

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Say, I have a couple of broncs I got from a rodeo contractor up northwest. They wouldn’t buck, and I want you to break ’em to ride!”

That was first introduction to Keene more than a dozen years ago. It was beginning of a real cowboy friendship, great camaraderie with a most unique, talented individual.

Only realizing he’d passed last month, after seeing an estate auction advertisement – it was truly heartfelt loss.

All of the Keene experiences were instantly reflected. Smile automatically, uncontrollably spreads just remembering.

Roaring into the ranch yard, diving out of the pickup, Keene was all grins unloading those horses to train. “Rodeo broncs” was no exaggeration, at least in appearance.

Don’t know how old, but big, rugged, scarred, branded, rough hair, tangled long manes, tails, untrimmed at-least-shoe-size-four-feet, roan, draft horses.

Tales of the horses, his life’s adventures flowed as now-broader-grinning Keene aired meager expectations. “You get ’em started, and I’ll ride ’em,” promise taken lightly.

Never “gentle giants,” the “broncs” were rideable with enough cowboy try. Keene had that. Not perfect, they did everything: cattle work, trail rides, fox hunts, pulled wagons, whatever their big cowboy-owner decided.

Actually, that’s the best way to really know Keene. There wasn’t anything Keene couldn’t do and not much he didn’t do in his most colorful life, not all realized until reading eulogy.

Five Kansas lakes under public health warning due to blue-green algae

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism, has issued a public health warning for five lakes due to a harmful algal bloom.

If a lake is under a public health warning for blue-green algae, activities such as boating and fishing may be safe. However, direct contact with water, such as wading, skiing and swimming, is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock. The lakes currently under a watch or warning status are:

  • Warning: Keith Sebelius Reservoir, Norton County
  • Warning: Kirwin Lake, Phillips County
  • Warning: Marion County Lake, Marion County
  • Warning: Marion Reservoir, Marion County
  • Warning: Sam’s Pond, Syracuse, Hamilton County
  • Watch: Webster Lake, Rooks County

Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. If swim beaches are closed, it will be specifically noted. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms. Boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a warning, but contact with the water should be avoided. It is safe to eat fish caught during a harmful blue-green algae outbreak, as long as the fish is rinsed with clean water. Only the fillet portion should be consumed, and all other parts should be discarded. Hands should also be washed with clean water after handling fish taken from an affected lake. Zoned lakes may have portions fully open for all recreation even if other portions are under a warning.

Osage County State Fishing Lake among available bathymetric maps for anglers

PRATT – What’s a bathymetric map, you ask? Bathymetry is the study of underwater depth of lake or ocean floors. So, it’s really a topographical map of the lake’s floor, and those maps have traditionally only been available for our larger reservoirs. However, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism fisheries biologists have been working on a project for the past year to build bathymetric maps of many of our smaller lakes. Anglers can use these maps to help locate fishing hotspots.

Lucky for Osage County State Fishing Lake fishermen, a map is now available of that lake, too.

Biologists created bathymetric maps of these smaller lakes for two reasons: they help biologists manage fisheries more efficiently and they help anglers find more fish. These new maps will help anglers identify creek channels, depth changes, and in some cases, habitat cubes placed in the last few years. In other words, a little bit of studying can help anglers navigate new water quickly and efficiently. And maps that show depth and contours of the lake floors can help anglers locate spots that hold fish or are fish highways.

To be successful, anglers rely on using an assortment of tools, including specialized rods and reels, different colors and sizes of lures, the newest electronics, and cell phone apps that give up-to-the-minute weather reports.

A printable version of the Osage County State Fishing Lake map can be downloaded or viewed here, or see the 46 bathymetric maps available for small impoundments across Kansas here: ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Where-to-Fish-in-Kansas/Bathymetric-Lake-Maps

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