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U.S. 75, K-268 traffic shifts onto new roundabout

The U.S. 75 roundabout project shifted into its fourth phase Wednesday; construction is expected to be completed next month. The ongoing U.S. 75 roundabout project at state highways 31 and 268 has More »

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In Osage County: Huffman Park to become public arboretum

Huffman Park, in Osage City, will someday have a tree-lined, shaded walkway according to a plan to create an arboretum at the park. Osage City’s Huffman Park is well on its way More »

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Chicken Scratchin’s: Isn’t our world worth a little bit of effort?

Gifted freezer containers were perfect for preserving this year’s sweet corn crop. It is sometimes said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. But in today’s world we should strive to More »

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Enjoy the outdoors: Take a nighttime hike in Osage County … if you dare

Burlingame Chamber’s Terror on the Trail will haunt brave visitors for two terrifying weekends. Halloween is a week away, but the haunting begins this weekend with delightfully scary and horrifyingly fun haunted More »

Freeze warning tonight, Saturday morning: Bring in plants, turn on the heater

103114-DOG-COLD-01Osage County is included in an area that is under a freeze warning until 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The National Weather Service issued freeze warning will be in effect at 9 p.m. today, and includes Osage, Nemaha, Brown, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties.

Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing tonight and continue through early Saturday morning, with low temperatures in the lower to middle 20s.

Lyndon American Legion to relight Osage County Veterans Eternal Flame

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Osage County Veterans Eternal Flame will glow once again thanks to American Legion Post 125.

American Legion Post 125 is inviting everyone to the rededication of the Osage County Veterans Eternal Flame, which will follow the post’s Veterans Day soup supper and a flag retirement ceremony.

The soup feed and flag retirement ceremony will be 5:30-7:45 p.m. Nov. 11 at Lyndon Community Center, 204 Topeka Ave., followed at 8 p.m. with the rededication of the Osage County Veterans Eternal Flame, located on the Osage County Courthouse front lawn.

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.

NE Kansas Library System partners with media company; offers movies, TV shows, music

LAWRENCE – Northeast Kansas Library System announced last week the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital (hoopladigital.com).

Cardholders of public libraries in the NEKLS region can now download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets, computers and Apple TV.

Teresa Briggs for Kansas House • 76th District

102714-briggs-2014-logoGov. Brownback’s current administration and Legislators who support his experiment have taken actions that impact you and don’t align with their claim of wanting “smaller government”!

Here are just a few:

  • Voted to privatize Medicaid under KanCare, which has been so slow in reimbursing Newman Regional Health ($1 million for over 6 months) that it has greatly impacted the hospitals’ bottom line!
  • Refused to close the Medicaid gap causing close to 80,000 Kansans to be without insurance while your tax dollars are going to other states which have closed the gap!

Fall theater: OCHS players to present ‘Legally Blonde The Musical’

Elle Woods is ready to prove that blondes can succeed, even at Harvard Law School.  Osage City High School students are preparing to present the musical version of the popular film “Legally Blonde”. The musical follows Elle as she leaves behind her Delta Nu sorority and enrolls at Harvard Law School, all in a vain attempt to win back her love, Warner Huntington III.  While there, Elle learns important lessons, about law, life and love. 

Facts for Living: Provide quality care for healthy development of our youngest

By Rebecca McFarland, Frontier Extension Agent

080714-facts-for-living1Almost half of all children in Kansas under the age of 6 have both parents in the labor force. These children are cared for by someone other than their parent – a close relative, friend, or child care provider. Young children are always growing, developing, thinking and learning. We know that the first three years of life are critical in children’s brain development and that effective and positive parenting along with quality child care and early education can greatly enhance a child’s lifetime development. An individual’s healthy growth and development into adulthood is greatly influenced by the quality of his or her early childhood (ages 0-6) experiences.

U.S. 75, K-268 traffic shifts onto new roundabout

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The U.S. 75 roundabout project shifted into its fourth phase Wednesday; construction is expected to be completed next month.

The ongoing U.S. 75 roundabout project at state highways 31 and 268 has moved into its final phase, with traffic from the north, east and south routed onto the new roundabout Wednesday evening.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reports the fourth construction phase will remove a temporary north-south shoofly on U.S. 75, reroute traffic from state Highway 31 onto the roundabout, and construct remaining curb and gutter.

Judge rules references to voodoo to be excluded as evidence in murder case

Voodoo or other religious practices of the defendant in an Osage County murder trial will be excluded from evidence unless the prosecution directly ties them to the commission of the crime, the court ruled Tuesday.

The ruling from Osage County Chief Judge Phillip Fromme came during a motions hearing in the case of James P. Harris, 30, who is charged with first degree murder in the death of 49-year-old James E. Gerety. Prosecutors allege Harris killed Gerety sometime between March 3, 2011, and April 20, 2011. Gerety’s death was discovered after Shirley Johnson, who lives in rural Carbondale, found a part of a skull while searching for mushrooms near her residence in March 2012.

During the Oct. 28 motions hearing, Harris’ attorney, James Campbell, argued that testimony about voodoo and other affiliations could be prejudicial to the defendant.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Oct. 20 – Oct. 24

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Oct. 20 through Oct. 24, 2014.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 20 – Oct. 25

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

Kiwanis Club to host Halloween parade in downtown Osage City

The annual Osage City Kiwanis Club’s Halloween Parade will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Participants will meet at Santa Fe Park, Fifth and Market streets.

Ghosts and ghoulies will parade up and down Market Street where local businesses will greet them with a variety of treats.

Watch out for Medicare Part D, Advantage fraud during the open-enrollment period

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TOPEKA, Kan. – During the ongoing open-enrollment period for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans, Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, is urging Kansas Medicare beneficiaries to be alert to any potential scams surrounding sign-up activity.

“Unfortunately, not everyone who contacts Medicare-age Kansans about switching to a Medicare Advantage or drug plan has the best intentions,” Praeger said. “Educating yourselves is very important in fighting potential fraud and illegal sales.”

The open-enrollment period for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and Medicare Advantage plans began Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7, 2014.

Extension district offers workshop on making secure childhood attachments

If you make a list of qualities of successful adults it will likely include confidence, strong social skills, cooperation and independence. The foundation for these traits is built on relationships that infants and toddlers form with the adults in their world.

The Frontier Extension District will be offering a workshop next week to help participants understand the impact of such relationships throughout life, learn ways to build secure attachments, and analyze their own ideas and caregiving practices to create ideas for building secure attachments with children.  

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Mountain lion photographed with game cam in southeast Kansas

102814--mountain-lion-LabetPRATT – A deer hunter from Labette County got a surprise recently when he checked his game camera he had set up for deer. He found a single image of a mountain lion walking away, down the trail, the characteristic long tail prominently displayed.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) staff visited the site last week and verified the photo’s authenticity. This is the 10th mountain lion verified by KDWPT since 2007, but the first in almost two years.

Food for Thought: Trick ghouls and goblins with healthy treats

By Nancy Schuster, Frontier Extension Agent

Food for ThoughtOctober is the month where things go bump in the dark!  Ghouls and goblins, witches and princesses, pirates and monsters are out and about.  Have you given a thought to what you will give those trick-or-treaters?  Why not choose something good for the kids this year?

Many health and nutrition professionals are concerned that our young children are becoming obese.  There is concern when a food holiday like Halloween comes along.  Who wouldn’t be concerned?  Halloween is the get-all-the-candy-you-can-get holiday for kids of all ages!

Bus rides regularly available to Topeka, Emporia and Osage County destinations

At the Osage County Senior Center, we are glad we can serve the Osage County citizens for a variety of their transportation needs, and we thank our riders for their patronage. However, we also may need to apologize once in a while when a bus is not available for a particular day or time. We only have two buses that we are putting on the road almost continuously. And sometimes we even use our personal vehicles to get people to their appointments.

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