Osage County Community Foundation opens grant application window

The Osage County Community Foundation is accepting applications for its next round of grants until Jan. 31, 2019. The foundation makes grants for innovative and creative projects and programs More »

Corps cautions against hazards of winter recreation on the water

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District is urging caution for those recreating on or near water during cold weather. No matter the More »

State asks residents to help safeguard antibiotics

Kansas ranked among the highest nationally, total number of antibiotic prescriptions TOPEKA – Since 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized a threat to antibiotic resistance More »

Governor issues state of disaster emergency declaration following winter storm

The National Weather Service’s snowfall total map shows Osage County received as much as six inches of snow north of Burlingame, and as little as 1.2 inches near Melvern More »

Osage County Community Foundation opens grant application window

The Osage County Community Foundation is accepting applications for its next round of grants until Jan. 31, 2019. The foundation makes grants for innovative and creative projects and programs that are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation and cultural affairs.

“Any organization based in Osage County can apply, but preference is given to those that are not directly tax supported or have taxing authority,” said Perry Thompson, the foundation’s president.

Grants do not exceed $1,000, and operational expenses are not funded.

The foundation also continues to seek donations to continue its charitable work in supporting Osage County organizations.

“For the foundation to continue on this path, we must continue to raise money,” Thompson said.

He asked that Osage County citizens consider the foundation during financial planning, noting contributions are tax-exempt.

For a copy of the grant application, visit the document center on Osage City’s website, www.osagecity.org, and click on Osage County Community Foundation, or contact Thompson at 785-528-3006. Completed applications should be mailed to Osage County Community Foundation, PO Box 24, Osage City, KS 66523.

Stop by the Lyndon Library for some holiday cheer

The Lyndon Carnegie Library will host a holiday open house 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Guests will decorate ginger bread houses and dip tasty treats in chocolate. The library will supply white and dark milk chocolate, marshmallows and pretzels, but participants can bring items from home to dip. Children will also be writing letters to Santa.

Families are invited to mingle and enjoy some hot cocoa or apple cider with goodies.  The children’s book sale will be going on upstairs all through the month of December.  

Help Wanted: Three Lakes seeks paraeducators

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

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 26 – Nov. 30, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 26 through Nov. 30, 2018.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 3 to Dec. 8, 2018

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

KDHE issues boil water advisory for portions of Overbrook

OVERBROOK, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a boil water advisory today for portions of Overbrook, Kan. The boil water advisory will affect water users in the following areas of town: Elm Street south of Market Street, on Second Street one block west of Elm Street, and east of Maple Street between Highway 56 and Fifth Street. This also includes users along Highway 56 east of Maple Street to the city lake, including Casey’s General Store and Grace Community Church.

The advisory took effect Dec. 11, 2018, and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of two-line break resulting in loss of pressure in the system.

Overbrook City Clerk Jim Koger said it was discovered that water tower levels were dropping Monday evening, and three valves were shut off due to a break found in the 200 block of Elm Street. That resulted in the loss of service to customers south of the intersection of Elm and Market, on both sides of Elm headed south through the trailer court at 105 Elm St., and one block of Second Street west of Elm. Once the valves were off, the tower levels climbed, Koger said, and the repair should be underway soon on this leak.

Koger said another leak was found about 10 p.m. Monday night on the west side of Cedar Street, just north of Sixth Street. As of 10 a.m. today, valves had not yet been shut down for this repair, but once the repair work commences, it will result in a loss of service to customers east of Maple Street, from Highway 56 south to Fifth Street. Users on the north side of U.S. 56 from Walnut east to the City Lake will also be affected.

Boil advisories are issued because failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination. Regardless of whether the public water supplier or KDHE announced a boil water advisory, only KDHE can issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

Water users 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.

For more information about the boil advisory, contact Overbrook City Hall at 785-665-7328 or KDHE at 785-296-1317. For information about how the boil advisory impacts restaurants and other food establishments, contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety and lodging program at 785-564-6767.

Mary June Thompson, 86, Osage City: June 7, 1932 – Dec. 7, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Mary June Thompson, 86, passed away on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Mary June Hutchison was born June 7, 1932, in Scranton, Kan., the daughter of Charles M. and Anna (Sheall) Hutchison. She graduated from Scranton High School in the class of 1950.

Mary June was joined in marriage to Clinton “Clint” Lee Thompson on Aug. 21, 1950, in Scranton.

She helped in various aspects of her husband’s businesses, Clint Thompson Lime, Rock and Sand, Clint Thompson Ready Mix and later Clint Thompson Trucking and Construction. But, majority of her time was being a keeper of the family, as a mother and grandmother.

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.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Ronnie was always there

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“If anything needed to be done, Ronnie would make certain it was completed.”

Just as sure, whatever the task there would be smiles for everybody involved.

Recent passing of Ron Shivers, often referred to as Ronnie, although in his eighth decade, was a very sad loss.

Oh, before going any further, pronunciation of Shivers is identical to spelling, like shivering cold, no long “I.”

Actually impossible to comprehend how diversified Ronnie was and how many different people and functions he assisted.

A hometown newspaper feature most appropriately, accurately, complimentarily identified him: “Mr. Volunteer.”

Among his many diverse talents, Ron was a horseman, active in leadership of several horse show groups He was demanded as a judge at a lot of horseshows for a number of years.

Often, Ronnie would adjudicate the same entries two days in a row; sometimes the same ones the next two-day weekend. That’s a difficult task for the best horsemen, and Ron was always credited as unbiased, completely fair to every participant.

For the first part of his career, starting at an early age, he was a trucker for several companies. Ronnie always pulled the air horn and kept it down whenever passing the ranch no matter the time of day.

Corps cautions against hazards of winter recreation on the water

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District is urging caution for those recreating on or near water during cold weather. No matter the season, water safety is a year-round concern.

“We urge you to consider your safety and that of others when recreating at a lake or river this winter,” said Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander of the Kansas City District. “Weather conditions in the heartland are unpredictable and directly affect the condition of ice on the water. Don’t risk it.”

Before heading outdoors, make a plan, pack accordingly and know the risks. Dress appropriately for the water temperature not the air temperature, because you could find yourself capsized, or thrown from a boat. Life jackets save lives and should be worn at all times by anyone in a boat, including those waterfowl hunting or fishing.

Consumer Alert: Protect your information following Marriott data breach

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is advising consumers to take steps to protect their personal information following the announcement last week by the Marriott hotel chain that its reservation system had been hacked, potentially exposing the personal information of more than 500 million people.

“This large-scale data breach is yet another reminder of the importance of protecting our own personal information,” Schmidt said. “While we work to learn more about what happened in this data breach, consumers who may have been affected should take steps to protect themselves from becoming victims of identity theft.”

Schmidt offered the following tips for protecting personal information:

Golden McGinnis, 96, Overbrook: Oct. 13, 1922 – Dec. 6, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Golden McGinnis, 96, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. He was born Oct. 13, 1922, in Ray County, Mo., the son of Ramie and Nell (Smart) McGinnis.

Golden was united in marriage to Ruth Marie Mann, on Jan. 17, 1946, in Omaha, Neb. They shared more than 70 years of marriage. They moved to a farm in the rural Carbondale area of Osage County, Kan., in 1957. They moved to Overbrook in 2000.

Overbrook Overlook: City organizes toy drive to celebrate season of giving

A toy drive is underway to fill the Brookside bus with gifts – any new unwrapped toys are being collected for the family shopping day at ECKAN. Toys are being collected now through Dec. 10 at various drop-off locations at Osage County Dollar General stores, Brookside, Overbrook City Hall, and other Overbrook locations.


The Santa Fe Trail High School Choir is selling poinsettias to help fund a choir trip to St. Louis. These beautiful flowers will add holiday cheer to your home and make great gifts. Poinsettias may be purchased at Overbrook City Hall, or order by calling or texting Lari Jarrett at 785-424-3954.

Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Come to the Overbrook Methodist Church 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, for a hearty breakfast. Rotary is serving all you can eat pancakes and sausage with orange juice, coffee, and milk, for a suggested donation of $5. Proceeds support community and organizational events of the Overbrook Rotary Club.

Overbrook Community Christmas Program

Come one! Come all! To the Overbrook Community Christmas Program. Santa will be there! There will be free hot chocolate and cookies donated by the Friends of the Library. Enjoy listening to holiday music by the Santa Fe Trail High School Choraliers. Hop on a wagon ride. All gather together at the Overbrook Public Library at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, to celebrate this wonderful Christmas Season with family, friends and loved ones. Everyone is invited.

Small Town Drama live on stage

The Overbrook Library Foundation presents “A Christmas Carol” Radio Play performed by The Small Town Drama Club at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, at the Overbrook United Methodist Church, 1005 Maple St. Tickets cost $5 with the dessert reception included. Purchase tickets at the Overbrook Library or at the door. Come enjoy homemade soups from 5:30-6:30 p.m. prior to the play for a freewill donation. For more information, call Debra Jones, 785-224-3616.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 19 – Nov. 23, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 19 through Nov. 23, 2018.

Osage City Chamber warms up winter Sunday with holiday home tour, chili supper

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce is inviting everyone to enjoy several holiday-decorated homes in Osage City during the annual holiday tour this Sunday, and enjoy a chili soup supper and entertainment at the Lutheran Chuch, 210 Holliday St., Osage City.

The tour and chili soup supper will be 4-7 p.m. Dec. 9, 2018. Advanced tickets are available at Ramblin’ Rose; tickets day of tour will be available at the chili supper or at each of the homes.

Before or during the home, entertainment at the church will include the Osage City High School Choir and Jazz Band, and Tanya Fraker, organist for the Lutheran church. The chili soup supper is served for a freewill donation, and will include chili, cinnamon roll, relish tray and drinks.

The five homes on the tour are Koch Guesthouse (Maurice and Cindy Koch), 1122 N. 15th St.; Rick and Dena Gardner, 7312 W. 221st St.; Brent and Erin Rounds, 704 S. Fourth St.; Clint and Lindsay Silver, 821 Romine Ridge; Mickey and Pam Suppon, 509 N. Fifth St.

Overbrook sets comprehensive plan for geese control; schedules controlled hunt

For the past year, the city of Overbrook has been looking at ways to control the goose population as well as the blue-green algae issue at the Overbrook City Lake and the Kid’s Fishing Pond. The city received input from Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, the lake steering committee, Overbrook Parks and Recreation, and the public. Using that information, the Overbrook City Council formulated and approved the following comprehensive plan to control the geese population:

Canada Geese Control – Overbrook Comprehensive Plan

The overpopulation of geese on the Overbrook City Lake contributes to the growth of blue green algae. Additionally, goose droppings create a messy path around the lake. The average Canada goose produces more fecal waste than a dairy cow on a per-weight basis.  The city has begun using the broom on the grasshopper mower to make walking the path more pleasant.

Methods of control are necessary. The City has been working with the Overbrook Lake Committee, Parks and Rec, and State Wildlife and Parks personnel during the past year to develop a long-term, effective, humane solution to reduce the number of resident geese.

There is no single quick fix. Research shows that the best geese control programs combine three methods: Limiting flock growth through egg oiling and controlled hunting, frightening geese (humanely) so they decide to leave on their own, and changing the habitat/no feeding so the lake isn’t attractive to geese. No Feeding signs are posted at the lake. Fines will be evaluated.

Controlled hunts are being planned and will begin mid-December. Signs will be posted at the lake, on Facebook, and the city alert system and the website indicating times the lake will be closed to residents. Overbrook residents who would like to be included in the hunt lottery need to be experienced waterfowl hunters and have all licenses and hunting permits.

MaryRee Miller, 85, Melvern: Nov. 3, 1933 – Dec. 1, 2018

MELVERN, Kan. – MaryRee Miller, 85, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at Atria Hearthstone, Topeka, Kan. She was born on Nov. 3, 1933, on the family farm east of Melvern, Kan., the daughter of Crayton and Mabel Heilman Hotchkiss.

MaryRee had lived all of her life in the Melvern community, and had lived in Topeka for the last eight months.

MaryRee was a homemaker, and had owned Miller Lumber with her husband, Gerald, in Melvern. She was a member of the Melvern United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 25 – Nov. 30, 2018

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

Burlingame Holiday Home Tour features progress – old and new

The annual Burlingame Holiday Home Tour will highlight old and new, with the Superior School, south of town, again as a featured attraction, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8, 2018. Another featured home on the tour will be one of the new Balanced Properties duplexes, Julia Traphagan’s home at 405 S. Prospect, Burlingame.

A visit to Superior School will provide an after view of a major restoration project over the past year. Some of the volunteers who did the majority of the work will be on hand to talk about how and what was done. There will be picture boards of the progression of the project from start to finish.

While the school was not the first or only school to serve the community of Superior, it was the last. The present school was built in 1894, and it was in spring of 1950, the last students left the building. After the school closed, the building had been used for church services, 4-H meetings, Dragoon Township board meetings, and was the polling place for Dragoon Township. The years had taken its toll on the old building.

The Burlingame Historical Preservation Society was given the opportunity to salvage the school if possible. Restoration was started in the fall of 2013 with windows boarded up and the porch roof propped up. The spring of 2014 work started in earnest. Work continued each summer until 2018 when the outside was considered done.

The plan was to start working on the interior in the spring of 2018. It was decided that the old school would be part of the holiday home tour in December 2017 so people could see the “before” of the interior. Work started in January 2018 with taking off interior doors, stripping and refinishing, old lights rewired, and hardware stripped and repainted. This was all done off site in a heated work shop until it was warm enough to work at the school house. By July 14, 2018, the interior work was completed.

BHPS invites everyone to come on the Burlingame Holiday Home Tour to see the progress made on the school. Superior School is two miles south of Burlingame on U.S. Highway 56, 18887 Hw. US 56, at the northwest corner of the intersection with 189th Street.

Julia Traphagan Home

Julia Traphagan has lived in the Balanced Properties at 405 S. Prospect, in Burlingame, for four months. These properties are newly constructed and Julia was the first to occupy a duplex. There are two buildings with two duplex living areas each.

Julia lives with two small dogs to keep her company. She has decorated her kitchen with roosters, and Christmas snowmen can be found throughout the home. Julia is gracious enough to share her home for the Holiday home tour.

Tickets will be available at the tour sites or at the Schuyler Museum. In addition there will be activities at the Schuyler Museum as part of the Burlingame Country Christmas community celebration.

Museum open, craft show, vendors

The museum will be open to the public 10 a.m.-5 p.m. during the annual Country Christmas celebration. Featured displays will be decorated trees and nativities. The museum offers 10 rooms of artifacts to enjoy. Admittance is free. The Schuyler Community Center, next door to the museum will be full of crafters for a great variety of Christmas shopping.

BHPS is providing a lunch counter with a seating area for eating in the community center. The menu will consist of choice of sloppy Joe or hot dog, along with potato salad, baked beans, chips, and beverages. Serving will start at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast burritos and cinnamon rolls. There is a full day of fun around town, so everyone is invited to come spend the day at Burlingame and stay for the annual lighted parade downtown at 6 p.m. See the schedule below:

Governor closes state offices Wednesday for day of mourning for President Bush

TOPEKA, Kan. – Governor Jeff Colyer issued an executive order today closing state offices on Wednesday to observe a day of mourning for President George H.W. Bush.

The order officially declared Dec. 5, 2018, as a legal holiday in observance of the National day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush. The order noted that President Trump had declared Wednesday as a national day of mourning, and state of Kansas offices had been closed to mourn the deaths of other presidents.

The order also notes “President Bush’s courage, dedication and leadership” and his lifetime of public service.

In addition to state offices, the state court system will close Wednesday, with some exceptions, to observe the day of mourning. The Kansas Supreme Court gave chief judges of each of the state’s 31 judicial districts discretion to conduct court proceedings that day if in the best interest of justice.

In a press release, the Supreme Court advised anyone scheduled to be in state court Wednesday to check with the court where the proceeding is scheduled to verify whether it will take place. The Kansas Judicial Center will be closed.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Free delivery twice daily

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.A grocery store delivery boy knows every house and every street in the rural town to get there.

Oh, don’t ever ask what the name of the street is, that’s really insignificant. But, those back alleys with the gravel are usually the best and easiest to get to most homes.

Front doors are visitor’s entrance, but the back door generally leads onto the porch right into the kitchen. That’s the best route to deliver groceries.

When parents run a grocery store, the son is expected to do everything there is to be done. From the time could walk would always go with Dad delivering groceries.

Morning delivery was at 10:30, so customers had what they needed for dinner. Afternoon delivery, at 5 o’clock, arrived before supper.

At least three deliveries were made on Saturday, because the store was always closed Sunday. Another run was often made during holiday weekends, or just if somebody called and wanted groceries.

Most days the delivery wagon was packed full with orders. Sometimes there just wasn’t enough room for everything with several filled boxes going to one home.

So those on the west side of town went first, and then back for deliveries east of the Neosho River bridge. Wednesday deliveries sometimes only had half dozen orders twice a day.

First delivery wagon remembered was a cream-colored Kaiser. It was replaced by a specially ordered 1957 Chevrolet panel wagon complete with rear wings. Turquoise in color, broad side panels had big bright red lettering advertising: “Buchman’s Grocery, Free Delivery Twice Daily, Call 410.”

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