Osage City 3rd grade boys win league tournament

The Osage City Indian 3rd grade boys basketball team won their league tournament, finishing 8-1 for the season. From left, Coach Clint Silver, Chase Silver, Braxton Kooser, Noah Wood, More »

Osage City 3rd grade girls finish undefeated

The Osage City Lady Indian 3rd grade basketball team finished their season 10-0, tallying 7-0 in league play and 3-0 in their tournament. From left, Brynlee Harmon, Kaiden Bosse, More »

Renowned livestock auctioneer Verlin Green closes bidding on record breaking career

After nearly six decades working the auction barn, Col. Verlin Green, Perry, has become a most familiar sight in the auction box selling cattle. It’s a livestock auctioneering career More »

County foundation continues its mission by helping local organizations

Kenna Burns, center, of ECKAN, receives a check from Osage County Community Foundation board members Joe Humerickhouse, Michael Pitts, Jodi Stark and Casey Mussatto, as part of the foundation’s More »

Help Wanted: ORBIS seeks Night Shift Operators

ORBIS Corporation at Osage City is seeking Night Shift Operators. Starting pay $14 per hour with $.75 shift differential. Want to work 15 nights a month, every other weekend? Along with a great benefits package and 401(k) match? If so, please apply at www.orbiscorporation.com, click on the careers tab.

ORBIS Corporation is the industry leader in returnable packaging with a plant located at 515 S. Fourth St., Osage City, Kan.

KDHE issues boil advisories for water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey counties

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued boil water advisories for 11 public water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey counties that purchase water from the city of Emporia. KDHE officials issued the advisories because of high turbidity in the city of Emporia’s finished drinking water. High turbidity may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

The boil water advisory self-issued by the city of Emporia earlier today remains in effect.

The water systems in Lyon and Coffey counties currently under boil water advisory are as follows: City of Admire, Lyon County; city of Allen, Lyon County; Coffey County Rural Water District 2E; city of Hartford, Lyon County; Lyon County Rural Water District 1; Lyon County Rural Water District 2; Lyon County Rural Water District 3; Lyon County Rural Water District 4; Lyon County Rural Water District 5; city of Olpe, Lyon County; Park Place Communities Management, Lyon County.

The advisory took effect Feb. 26, 2020, and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
  • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.

Osage City 3rd grade boys win league tournament

The Osage City Indian 3rd grade boys basketball team won their league tournament, finishing 8-1 for the season. From left, Coach Clint Silver, Chase Silver, Braxton Kooser, Noah Wood, Lincoln Senft, Kacen Keeffe, Devyn Theel, Layne Martin, Grady Bellinger, and Coach Jimmy Bellinger.

Osage City 3rd grade girls finish undefeated

The Osage City Lady Indian 3rd grade basketball team finished their season 10-0, tallying 7-0 in league play and 3-0 in their tournament. From left, Brynlee Harmon, Kaiden Bosse, Amelia Stark, Reece Wilcoxson, Harmony Linton, Hayden Lieber, Kaylee Theel, Lena Stucky, Taber Gantenbein, Jayla Jenkins, and Sawyer Serna. Coaches were Corey Linton and Natosha Jenkins.

Osage County sends its best grapplers to state competition this week

BHS’s Culbert to compete in first girls state wrestling tournament

Osage County will send its best wrestlers to state wrestling competitions this week, including a competitor in Kansas’ first girls state wrestling championship.

Gianna Culbert, of Burlingame High School, will have a public send off today at the school, and is slated to wrestle Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Salina, at the girls state wrestling competition.

Everyone is invited to join BHS faculty, staff, and students around 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 26, as they send state qualifying wrestler Culbert to the state wrestling tournament. Everyone will line the hallway of the school from the high school office down to the elementary gym to wish her good luck. The band will lead her through the hall starting at about 3:10 p.m.

From Osage City High School, Dane Whalen, Noah Smith, Elijah Collins, and Connor Collins will be wrestling Friday and Saturday in Hays at the boys state wrestling championships.

Everyone is invited to help send off the four state qualifying wrestlers at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, when they will be leaving from Osage City High School. First, the school’s drum line will escort them down the main student hallway, and everyone will line the halls to cheer them on. The Osage City Police Department is to escort them from the school parking lot east from the school to Sixth Street, then north to Market Street, from where they will head west out of town. Everyone is invited to line the streets and send off the wrestlers and their coaches as they work this weekend to bring home state titles.

At Santa Fe Trail High School, qualifying for the state wrestling championship were Christian Rowe, Stephan Roberts, Dakota Garrison, and Evan Dean.

Donna Sue Smith, 66, Osage City: Oct. 24, 1953 – Feb. 18, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Donna Sue Smith, 66, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at her home in Osage City, Kan. Donna Sue Hoffman was born Oct. 24, 1953, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Arthur W. and Alta (Kiwitter) Hoffman.

She was married and divorced from Paul Mendoza and Alan Smith. Later she met Todd Lane and they spent many years together. Todd preceded her in death Oct. 7, 2016. She and Todd loved fishing, Nascar and garage sales together. 

Samuel Wallis, 44, Overbrook: July 6, 1975 – Feb. 23, 2020

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Samuel Wallis, 44, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, Kan. He was born July 6, 1975, in Riverside, Calif., the son of Fonzell “Wally” and Ellen (Dickinson) Wallis.

Sam grew up around the Overbrook, Kan., community, and graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1993. He wrestled in high school and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Sam served in the United States Navy, during which time he was involved in several missions that are still top secret.

Osage County Jail Log, Feb. 18 – Feb. 22, 2020

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

National trucking company honors Quenemo driver for dedication to job

Billy Gilbert, of Quenemo, Kan., is NCI’s driver of the month for January 2020.

National Carriers Inc. has named Billy Gilbert, of Quenemo, Kan., as the company’s driver of the month for January 2020. Gilbert has run with NCI’s Hide division for six years and has shown himself to be a mainstay in all aspects of his work.

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States and Gilbert hired on to run a dedicated route.

Gilbert said at first he wasn’t sure he’d be able to stick with the job.

“I thought a dedicated route would be boring,” said Gilbert. “But a friend of mine in the Hide division had recommended the job, and I figured I’d give it a try. As time went by, I got to know the people on my route and the folks I worked with. The scenery constantly changes, and frequently, I notice new landscapes for the first time. It’s not boring at all.”

Outside of NCI, Gilbert serves as a staff sergeant in the Kansas Army Reserve, from which he’s scheduled to retire this summer. But he said he has no plans to leave trucking anytime soon.

Brent Lewis Trueblood, 55, Barclay: Aug. 22, 1964 – Feb. 19, 2020

BARCLAY, Kan. – Brent Lewis Trueblood, 55, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born Aug. 22, 1964, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Bill Trueblood and Shirley Betts.

Brent attended Osage City High School and graduated with the class of 1982. After high school he would begin his lifelong career in the agricultural world with John Deere schooling.

Notice: Osage City Council Ward 4 Vacancy

The Osage City Council is accepting Expression of Interest Applications for the appointment of Ward 4 City Council position due to the election of former Ward 4 City Council Member Becky Brewer as Mayor of Osage City. Ward 4 is the southeast quarter of the City located: East of 7th Street & South of Main Street, and East of 6th Street & South of California Street. Applicants must be qualified electors (K.S.A. 14-205) of the City of Osage City, i.e. a resident of Ward 4, a registered voter of Ward 4, and 18 years of age and older. The applicant selected will serve the balance of the unexpired term from date of appointment until January 10, 2022 following the November 2, 2021 elections. Please submit Expression of Interest Applications to City Clerk Terri Fultz by Friday March 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. The Osage City Council will review the applications and select a new City Council Member. The Osage City Council has the right to reject any and all applications submitted. Applications may be obtained at Osage City Hall at 201 South 5th Street, Osage City, Kansas, or online at www.osagecity.com. Please contact Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714 with any questions.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Feb. 10 – Feb. 14, 2020

The following information compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Feb. 10 to Feb. 14, 2020.

Seeking land to lease for 2020 deer season

Looking for land to lease for the 2020 deer season. Will pay top dollar. Not an outfitter. Fully insured. Many references available. Call Dylan at 715-495-3241.

A Cowboy’s Faith: More calves to market

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“You need to do a story about Bill’s cowherd; he has a 104 percent calf crop this year.”

Nearly 40 years ago another horse breeder friend stopped by and commented about his Chase County neighbor rancher’s cattle operation.

A visit to the cowman’s place verified sure enough it was a great year to be raising calves. He had 78 baby calves nursing the 75 cows in his herd. Another neighbor high school math teacher verified that figured out to exactly 104 percent.

Such successes don’t set records and aren’t completely unheard of, but a 100 percent calf crop is every herdsman’s goal. Some achieve it, certain ones quite frequently, but to wean one calf out of every cow every year is uncommon.

To exceed that one calf per cow number obviously means some cows went above and beyond natural expectations and duties. In Bill’s herd that time, three cows had twins and the remainder of the herd count each raised one baby.

Twins aren’t completely uncommon in beef herds with certain breeds known for having higher percentage of twins. Likewise specific bloodlines are more prone to give multiple births.

If a cow has twins once, likelihood of her doing it again increases. Her daughters and granddaughters seem to have increased probability of having more than one calf, too.

Lester L. Arb, 83, Osage City: March 4, 1936 – Feb. 20, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Lester L. Arb, 83, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at the Topeka Center, Topeka, Kan. He was born March 4, 1936, in Lebo, Kan., the son of Harvey and Nellie Childers Arb.

Lester grew up in Lebo, had lived in Lyndon, Kan., for 47 years and had been in Osage City, Kan., since 2008. Lester was a self employed carpenter, roofer and painter. He was a member of the Euclid Lodge No. 101 A.F.&A.M. and the Osage County Historical Society, both in Lyndon.

Jerry Ray Myers, 79, Scranton: Oct. 3, 1940 – Feb. 20, 2020

SCRANTON, Kan. – Jerry Ray Myers, 79, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. He was born Oct. 3, 1940, in Harveyville, Kan., the son of Ray and Doris (Evans) Myers.

Jerry served more than 14 years in the United States Navy as a guided missile maintenance technician during the Vietnam War. He then served in the Kansas Army National Guard, at Forbes Field, Topeka, Kan. He was a member of the Scranton VFW, Scranton, Kan.

Welsh tradition continues at Emporia with St. David’s concert

All invited to free concert honoring patron saint of Wales

Continuing a 132-year-old Welsh tradition in Emporia, the St. David’s concert will be at 2:30 p.m. March 1, 2020, at the Presbyterian Church West Campus, 1702 W. 15th Ave. March 1 is St. David’s Day, honoring the patron saint of Wales on the anniversary of his death.  The St. David’s Society of the State of Kansas sponsors this free concert.

Gracing the concert for the seventh year, Eluned Jones returns to direct the St. David’s Chorus. Jones moved to the U.S. in 1977 to pursue graduate studies and then a PhD in 1987.  She then discovered some of the many Welsh groups in the U.S. and was able to reconnect with her love of singing.  After professorships at Virginia Tech and Texas A&M, Jones has been professor and head of economics at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D., since 2012.

The St. David’s Chorus, the heart of the concert, opens the program with the traditional “We’ll Keep a Welcome”.  The choir is composed of singers from surrounding communities, Emporia, and Kansas City.  Members of the ESU Chamber Choir and their director, Dr. Robert Ward, will join the St. David’s Chorus.  The chorus sets will include the melodic “Milwaukee”, the spiritual “My Redeemer”, and the expressive “Walk in the Light”.  The memorial hymn, “Babel”, will be sung in Welsh. 

Mildred ‘Darlene’ Farrar, 86, Auburn: Dec. 25, 1933 – Feb. 17, 2020

AUBURN, Kan. – Mildred “Darlene” Farrar, 86, Auburn, Kan., passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Aldersgate Village Nursing Home. She was born Dec. 25, 1933, east of Carbondale, Kan., on the family farm, the daughter of Floyd “Pete” Vail and Wilma (Coultis) Vail.

Darlene grew up in the Carbondale area, graduating from Carbondale High School with the class of 1951. Darlene also lived in Wakarusa, Kan., and later moving to Auburn. Darlene worked as a certified nurse’s assistant for 18 years at Brookside Manor, Overbrook, Kan. She was a member of the Overbrook Christian Church.

Renowned livestock auctioneer Verlin Green closes bidding on record breaking career

After nearly six decades working the auction barn, Col. Verlin Green, Perry, has become a most familiar sight in the auction box selling cattle.

It’s a livestock auctioneering career likely qualifying for the Guinness Book of World Records.

When Col. Verlin Green dropped the gavel July 24, 2019, it was culminating climax of 57 years serving the auction block.

Claiming he’s completed his lifetime profession, the nearly 84 years old Perry, Kan., auctioneer’s official last day of work was at Overbrook Livestock, at Overbrook, Kan.

“I’d worked there 26 years, but I’ve also sold at a couple handfuls of auction barns through the years. Several longer than that, plus a lot of farm sales and other auctions,” Green reflected.

“It was time to stop while I was still satisfying the sellers, buyers and auction barn owners. This’ll give me more time to run the hounds,” Green added.

In apparent sound health, good voice, hearing and eyesight recovering nicely from cataract work. “I’m doing quite well,” he assured.

“It’s been a good day. A friend and I just ran seven hounds for five hours or so. I just love their music when they pick up a scent,” Green claimed.

Brief clarification, Green takes his beagles out three or four times a week, usually four female dogs of his own. “They’ll get on a rabbit, start howling and get that rabbit circling until he goes into cover,” Green explained.

It’s all for the sport of the chase watching and listening to the hounds, not bagging the prey. “I’d never shoot a rabbit, and then there wouldn’t be any more excitement for the chase,” he smiled.

Growing up at Perry, Green said, “My dad handled cattle, did some buying and selling, I’d go to the sales with him. The auctioneers fascinated me, and I’d practice auctioneering on my own, act like I was selling cattle.”

He’d also sometimes get to ride around with Johnny Ross, a local trucker who heard him practicing the auction chant.

“Johnny said, ‘Verlin you’re really good for a kid. You ought to take up the auction profession.’ And by gosh that’s what I decided to do,” Green reflected.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Feb. 3 – Feb. 7, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Feb. 3 to Feb. 7, 2020.

Osage County Jail Log, Feb. 10 – Feb. 15, 2020

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

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