Poster winners spread fire prevention messages

The 2017 Osage County Fire District No. 2 fire prevention poster winners were Angelica Ruiz-Pineda, Kaylee Theel, Grady Tincher, Kenzie Bellinger, Sophia Brabb, Jada Ruiz, Brynna Burd, Kalen Conner, More »

Caution on the road: Deer-vehicle crashes increase in fall

Mating season and the quest for more secure habitat have deer on the move this time of year, increasing the chances of vehicle collisions. Typically, the greatest number of More »

Student art show adds autumn colors to Lyndon Fall Fest

Hailey Houser’s fall apples painting won best of show. The Lyndon student art show has become a traditional feature of the community’s annual Fall Fest, highlighting the talents of More »

All aboard: Embark on historical journey at Osage City Santa Fe Depot

Unique open air waiting porch projects from the southwest elevation of the depot. By Paul Schmidt The unique train depot in Osage City, Kan., was constructed 1911-1912, typical of More »

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 8 – Oct. 14, 2017

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

SIDS Awareness Month: Help prevent sudden infant death syndrome

By Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Susan Mosier 

Approximately 3,500 infants die annually in the United States from sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome. October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment remains committed to educating providers, parents, and caregivers about the risks associated with SIDS and how to keep infants safe during sleep.

While some sleep-related deaths are attributed to SIDS, many are complicated by factors related to unsafe sleep environments. KDHE reminds parents of the ABCs of Safe Sleep. Babies should always be placed to sleep Alone, on their Back, and in a safety-approved Crib that is free from blankets, bumpers, pillows and soft toys.

Sleep sacks are the safe way to keep babies warm while sleeping and help to avoid overheating. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends room sharing without bed-sharing as an effort to decrease the risk of SIDS. Parents are encouraged to set up a crib or a portable crib in their room, so that they can hear their baby and get to their baby easily for feedings – but the baby is not in the same bed with them.

Babies who share a sleep surface have an increased risk of suffocation, strangulation and asphyxia. Additional recommendations for SIDS reduction include the avoidance of exposure to smoke, alcohol and illicit drugs; breastfeeding; routine immunization; and use of a pacifier.

Ruth N. Liggett, 95, Topeka: Oct. 25, 1921 – Oct. 15, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. – Ruth N. Liggett, 95, of Topeka, Kan., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. She was born Oct. 25, 1921, at Topeka, the daughter of Jason and Vera Place Liggett.

Ruth was raised in rural north Topeka and later moved to Melvern, Kan. The family returned to Topeka where Ruth lived the rest of her life. She worked for more than 40 years at Halls Lithograph Company; she retired as a supervisor. She was a longtime member of First Free Methodist Church, Topeka, and served many years as the church secretary. Ruth had lived at the McCrite Retirement Community the past five years.

Help Wanted: Three Lakes Educational Cooperative seeks Paraeducators

Paraeducators (Full-Time & Substitutes) needed to provide classroom support for students in all Osage and West Franklin County schools at all grade levels. Full time paraeducator application is available online at or pick up application at Three Lakes Educational Cooperative, 1318 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS. Para subs must complete employment paperwork at our office.

OCPR Update: Fall rolls in along with youth roundball

OCPR-logo-redSignup deadline is approaching for Osage City Parks and Recreation youth basketball for third through sixth graders. Practice begins at the end of November. Here are the details:

Youth Basketball
(3rd-6th grade boys and girls)

  • OCPR teams participate in the Scott Brown Youth Basketball League.
  • League divisions are split into single grades 3rd-6th grade for boys and girls.
  • Team practice can begin the week of November 27 if a team has a coach.
  • SBBL Season – Saturdays, Jan. 6 – Feb. 17, 2018.
  • SBBL League Divisional Tournaments, Feb. 24, 2018.
  • Players receive a team uniform (jersey and shorts).
  • Cost is $30 per player.

Signup Deadline, Nov. 6

Poster winners spread fire prevention messages

The 2017 Osage County Fire District No. 2 fire prevention poster winners were Angelica Ruiz-Pineda, Kaylee Theel, Grady Tincher, Kenzie Bellinger, Sophia Brabb, Jada Ruiz, Brynna Burd, Kalen Conner, Lillian Lohmeyer, Harrison Bailey, Allison Sloop, Quenten Stark, Dakota Boss, Isaac McCoy, Sadie Shoemaker.

Osage County Fire District No. 2 gave fire prevention poster winners a ride to school in fire trucks Friday Oct. 13, 2017. Around 8 a.m., a crowd of proud parents and fire department personnel gave a send off to the poster winners as they departed and transported to Osage City Elementary School. Throughout the day Friday, firefighters gave fire prevention presentations to students at Osage City Elementary School, Three Lakes Preschool at Osage City, and Osage City preschool.

A Cowboy’s Faith: The most heartfelt assistance

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Cowboys and cowgirls help one of their own.”

There’ve been sarcastic remarks about contestants doing whatever it takes to beat the opponent. That might be true in certain sports and work environments. It may even occur somewhere in the horse world, but that’s sure not the case in several horseshow circuits.

Some might claim it’s due to seniority, maturity, being an old cowboy. While perhaps occasional indication of such, everybody is always eager to help another.

From wishing good luck, to congratulatory comment, to sympathetic understanding, to advice, to helping hand, whatever, congeniality is forever present.

Most fortunate it is as assistance has been sought increasingly throughout the season.

Outstanding speed event mounts want to do their best every out. Like with athletes in many fields, anticipating nerves create tension expressed in various ways.

Cody rides like a stock horse pleasure winner in the pasture, and warming up in competition pen. Third sense takes ahold when it’s run time becoming extremely cautious about entering the arena.

Without request, help is immediately provided from fellow contestants, gatekeepers, even bystanders. That’s from coaxing to driving to leading from the ground or horseback into the course so the race begins.

No matter the time and experience working with horses, things are still done with poor judgment, being plain dumb. Caring horseshow friends granted most gracious support to every degree when Maggie, rider just mounting, went over backwards.

Handler error admitted; with no blame whatsoever to the smart horse. Still, hard landing made imagined throb slow movement, while damage was real to the horn-broken saddle.

KDWPT schedules free shotgun and archery training for young sportsmen

COUNCIL GROVE, Kan. – Area youth are invited to attend a free shotgun and archery shooting and safety clinic on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Council Grove Lake. This special one-day event will provide participants with an opportunity to enhance firearm and archery shooting and safety skills. Controlled live-fire instruction will teach safe, responsible, and fun shooting techniques. Sponsors include the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Flint Hills Chapter of Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, the Chisholm Trail Chapter of Safari Club International, the Bill Young Foundation, and Morris County Hunter Education instructors.

Shooting skills will be taught by certified firearm, archery, and hunter education instructors. All gear and supplies, including shotguns, shells, bows, arrows, targets, and eye and ear protection will be provided by KDWPT’s “Pass It On” hunter education and Archery in the Schools programs. Participants need only a desire to learn some valuable and safe techniques and have fun. Teaching methods almost guarantee that students will be breaking clay targets by the end of the session.

Caution on the road: Deer-vehicle crashes increase in fall

Mating season and the quest for more secure habitat have deer on the move this time of year, increasing the chances of vehicle collisions.

Typically, the greatest number of deer-vehicle crashes are in mid-November when the rut, or mating season, peaks. In addition to the rut, deer are also on the move in mid-fall seeking new food sources and shelter as crops are harvested and leaves fall from trees and shrubs, leaving them less secure than in their summer habitats.

“The deer population has stabilized over the last five years, so areas that have had deer likely still have them,” said Levi Jaster, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism big game coordinator. “Young animals are dispersing to find new areas and breeding season is approaching. More animals moving means more of them are going to be crossing roads, so be extra cautious and reduce speed, especially in areas with good deer habitat.”

OCN Sports Updates

See Osage County area sports updates as provided by local schools and fans below. If you know a score that’s not listed, you can log in to MaxPreps to report it. Scroll under each school listed to see recent or upcoming games.

USDA processing pending Conservation Reserve Program continuous enrollment offers

Acceptance of most 2018 offers temporarily suspended

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program, and it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year.

“All current, eligible CRP continuous enrollment offers made through Sept. 30, 2017 – except for those made under the Pollinator Habitat Initiative – will be approved,” said Steven J. Peterson, acting Farm Service Agency administrator. “Additionally, we are temporarily suspending acceptance of most offers going forward to provide time to review CRP allocation levels, and to avoid exceeding the statutory cap of 24 million acres.”

Celebrating after school programs: OAC to keep ‘Lights on Afterschool’

Community members are invited to Overbrook Attendance Center for an open house at 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, to see students in the Kansas Reading Roadmap “Lights on Afterschool” program.

The event is one of more than an expected 8,000 Lights on Afterschool events across America, an annual nationwide celebration of afterschool programs organized by the Afterschool Alliance.

Osage City fire department to host open firehouse

Kids lived their dreams of being firefighters during OCFD No. 2’s open house last year.

To wind up Fire Prevention Week, Osage County Fire District No. 2, based at Osage City, will host an open house Sunday and transport fire prevention poster winners to school in fire trucks Friday.

On Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, the fire district will host its annual open house, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the fire station. Local firefighters will offer fire prevention safety tips and fire truck rides. A LifeStar helicopter is scheduled to land and be available for inspection. Child safety seat technicians will be available to check child safety seats, and there will be door prizes, smoke detector batteries and food (while available).

Fire district personnel will meet poster winners early Friday morning at the station, from where they will head to school in fire trucks. During the day, firefighters will give fire prevention presentations to students at Osage City Elementary School, Three Lakes Pre-School, Osage City, and Osage City preschool.

The Osage County Fire District No. 2 station is at 911 Laing St., Osage City.

Student art show adds autumn colors to Lyndon Fall Fest

Hailey Houser’s fall apples painting won best of show.

The Lyndon student art show has become a traditional feature of the community’s annual Fall Fest, highlighting the talents of local young artists. Students in Hannah Wilson’s art classes at Lyndon schools entered fall-themed media in this year’s exhibition on display at city hall. Awards were given in three places and honorable mention in five class categories. Hailey Houser’s painting of fall apples was recognized as best of show.

Art 2 – First place, Cheyenne Campbell

Winners from the Fall Fest Art Show were:

  • 7th grade – First place, Aubrie Edington; second place, Brayden Marcotte; third place, Tara Green; honorable mention, Ethan Kneisler and Sarah Burrell.
  • 8th grade – First place, Mia Fischer; second place, Jada Seyler-Harting; third place, Darian Massey; honorable mention, Addyson Easter.
  • Art 1 – First place, Abby Criqui; second place, Katelyn McCoy; third place, Ethan Edington; honorable mention, Audrey Womack.
  • Art 2 – First place, Cheyenne Campbell; second place, Sydney Gross; third place, Nicole Hughes; honorable mention, Shayla Huffmeier.
  • Art 3/4 – First place, Gretchen Newberry; second place, Emma Kate Unruh; third place, David Moore; honorable mention, Noah Lozano.
  • Best of Show, Hailey Houser.

Jeffery D. Payne, 58, Lyndon: March 23, 1959 – Sept. 13, 2017

LYNDON, Kan. – Jeffery D. Payne, 58, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born on March 23, 1959, in Gardner, Kan., the son of James and Helen Jenks Payne Sr.

Jeff had lived in Lyndon most of his life. He had worked as a mechanic of Sloop Sales & Hook’s Repair, south of Lyndon, for several years.

Jeff was married to Rebecca “Susie” Bruntmyer on June 30, 1990, at Pomona Lake.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 2 – Oct. 6, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Oct. 2, 2017 through Oct. 6, 2017.

Longtime Osage County judge to retire in November

4th Judicial District Chief Judge Phillip Fromme

TOPEKA, Kan. – Chief Judge Phillip M. Fromme, who has served in the 4th Judicial District for 34 years, will retire Nov. 30, 2017.

Fromme was named a district judge in 1996 and since 2003 has been chief judge of the 4th Judicial District, which is composed of Osage, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties. He has overseen criminal and domestic cases primarily in Coffey and Osage counties.

“I’ve enjoyed working with staff, attorneys, and court personnel and will miss the judge work, but I plan to stay active with hobbies such as hunting, fishing, gardening and travel,” Fromme said.

A native of Hoxie, Kan., Fromme earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from Washburn University. He served in the Kansas National Guard from 1970 to 1977. He was Coffey County attorney from 1973 to 1983, when he was appointed a district magistrate judge.

He and his wife, Kathy, live in Burlington and have three children and two grandchildren.

Judges in the 4th Judicial District are appointed through a nonpartisan, merit-based selection system. The district’s judicial nominating commission will announce when it is accepting applications for Fromme’s successor. After interviewing candidates, the commission will forward the names of three to five finalists to the governor, who will appoint the next judge.

Each of Kansas’ 31 judicial districts has a chief judge who, in addition to his or her judicial responsibilities, has general control over case assignments within the district, as well as general supervisory authority over the administrative and clerical functions of the court. They are appointed to two-year terms. The Kansas Supreme Court will name a new chief judge to serve Fromme’s remaining term, which ends Dec. 31, 2017.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 2 – Oct. 7, 2017

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

Christian John Risner, 3, Lebo: March 17, 2014 – Oct. 7, 2017

LEBO, Kan. – Christian John Risner, 3, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Emporia, Kan. Christian was born March 17, 2014, the son of Joshua and Sarah (Dimitt) Risner.

He recently graduated from Bright Beginnings Preschool and attended ABC Daycare with Amber Barrett and Taylor Cartee.

Imogene I. Deal, 86, Lebo: Nov. 14, 1930 – Oct. 7, 2017

LEBO, Kan. – Imogene Iva Deal, 86, passed away Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Coffey County Hospital, Burlington, Kan. She was born Nov. 14, 1930, in Quenemo, Kan., the daughter of Marlin and Rosa Brinsfield Green.

She was raised in Quenemo and attended Quenemo High School. She worked as a meat cutter at By-Lo Foods in Topeka, Kan., for six years before taking a job with Volume Shoes, at Topeka. Jean worked as a sales audit analyst for 20 years before retiring in 2001. She moved to Lebo in 2015 after living at the South Village Court in South Topeka for 15 years.

Help Wanted: Three Lakes seeks substitute LPNs and RNs

Substitute LPNs and RNs needed for all Osage County and West Franklin County School Districts. Please send resume and references to Three Lakes Educational Cooperative, 1318 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451, fax to 785-828-3671, or email to Jill Renner at [email protected].

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