Sheriff seeks rural burglary suspect spotted in security video

Suspect in rural burglary in rural Osage County Wednesday. Images from Osage County Sheriff’s Office. The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a More »

Stockmen’s skills and knowledge on display at Sunflower Days 4-H Fair

Spectators at Melvern’s Sunflower Days 4-H Fair shouldn’t expect a traditional livestock show this year, as the fair has changed to feature a stockman competition for Frontier Extension District More »

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers attend state convention

MdCV FFA members work on a service project during the FFA convention, packing meals for hunger programs, from left, Bayleigh Lacey, Grace Bradley, Koby Vanderpool, Alaina Marsh, and Frank More »

Summer arrives as fair season blooms with Melvern’s Sunflower Days

Just as the first day of summer arrives, Melvern is set to host the first county fair of the summer in Osage County. Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair begins More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Rainfall short, complexity high

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“When it doesn’t rain, all sorts of problems arise.”

How long has it been since there’s was a true pond filling downpour?

Oh, certain locales have received major rainfall with not a single water issue at the present. Yet, just a few miles away, sometimes just across the section, farmers and ranchers alike are in a dire situation.

One cattleman a short stretch over in the county to the west said it right: “We’re in real trouble.”

His concerns outnumbered some others. Crops were planted, trying to grow, but far insufficient moisture such with the heat leaves were curled and deteriorating. Add to that, the spring was dry; every mud hole that had remained in the creek was gone. There hadn’t been water in the pond for a week.

Short sprigs of grass showed here and there, keeping the yearlings on the prowl, weight gains going backwards. What’s a producer to do? Nothing one can do about the growing crops, barring a new irrigation system, except pray for rain.

Cattlemen do have some alternatives. Sell now, stop the losses. Haul feed and water hoping for some profit; feeling assured “it’ll rain tonight.”

Small showers on the ranch though far and few between have kept most hardy native pastures with some green regrowth. There is limited feedstuff, not yet requiring supplement for the cows and calves if they graze diligently.

Sheriff seeks rural burglary suspect spotted in security video

Suspect in rural burglary in rural Osage County Wednesday. Images from Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a rural residential burglary that occurred June 20, 2018.

The sheriff’s office took a report yesterday about the burglary that occurred that morning in the southern part of the county. According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect removed a rifle with a sling and scope from the residence.

A security camera captured images of the suspect – a white male with several tattoos on both arms, wearing a black ball cap, grey shirt, black shorts, and black athletic shoes. The man appeared to have a bandage and a hospital bracelet on his right arm.

Anyone with any information about the suspect or the burglary is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 785-828-3121 or Crimestoppers at 877-OSCRIME.

Stockmen’s skills and knowledge on display at Sunflower Days 4-H Fair

Spectators at Melvern’s Sunflower Days 4-H Fair shouldn’t expect a traditional livestock show this year, as the fair has changed to feature a stockman competition for Frontier Extension District 4-H members.

The competition starts with contestants entering an advocacy video to the competition superintendent, Danny Rice, prior to the competition date. At the fair this Friday, June 22, 2018, competitors will complete a livestock knowledge exam, judge two classes of livestock, participate in an oral reasons and a questions class, and then a showmanship class of their species from their 4-H project.

Trophy buckles are awarded to champion and reserve champion of senior, intermediate and junior division. There is also a buckle for peewee showmanship only.

The stockman competition will begin with round one, livestock knowledge at 1 p.m. Friday, followed by round two, livestock evaluation at 3 p.m., and showmanship at 6 p.m.

Stockman Competition guidelines

Participants must be enrolled in one or more of the following projects in the Frontier Extension District: Beef, swine sheep, goat and/or horse. The Stockman Competition will be divided into four components.

  1. Agri-Knowledge (information will include nutrition, animal systems, animal health, animal management, genetics and/or performance data). Questions will be in a multiple choice or true and false format on a scantron sheet. Total points 100.
  2. Livestock Judging/Evaluation classes. 50 points each with one oral reasons and one questions class – 50 points each. Classes could include breeding and/or market but could also include horses at halter. Total points 200.
  3. Showmanship class. The participant will bring to the fair one of their animal projects as listed above for a showmanship contest. Participants will need to be prepared to answer questions directly related to their project. Participants might also be prepared to show a different animal brought by another participant. 100 points.
  4. Advocacy video. This will be a 2-4-minute video presentation submitted electronically prior to the fair. For senior and intermediate divisions the topic will be “What can I do to become an advocate for the livestock industry”? 100 points. For the junior division the advocacy presentation video will be a 2-4 minute presentation on their livestock project, including purpose of the animal, breed of the animal and care, health and feeding of the animal.

Edward Earl Kramer, 92, Carbondale: Oct. 14, 1925 – June 18, 2018

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Edward Earl Kramer, 92, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Monday, June 18, 2018, at his home. He was born Oct. 14, 1925 in Jefferson City, Mo., the son of Frank Kramer and Elna M. (Hollister) Kramer.

He grew up in the Overbrook and Manhattan, Kan., areas and moved to Albuquerque, N.M., his senior year where he graduated from high school.

Edward served our country during World War II in the United States Navy with the rank of Seaman 1st Class with the Submarine Division 61, USS Pintado. He was honorably discharged April 14, 1946. He worked at the Sunflower Ammunition Depot in DeSoto, Kan., before working as a control mechanic for DuPont, in Tecumseh, Kan. He worked there more than 30 years before his retirement in 1988.

Local Girl Scouts plan campout on the prairie

It will be a Girl Scout prairie weekend for local scouts on July 7-8, 2018, at Pioneer Bluffs, Matfield Green, Kan.

Girls scouts relax outside of a historic barn during a past Pioneer Bluffs campout.

The scouts will camp on the prairie, and sleep in the loft of the 1915 barn at Pioneer Bluffs, a historic Flint Hills ranch. They will be able to explore the creek, play old fashioned games, eat homemade ice cream, and sing songs around the campfire. They’ll cook dinner, s-mores and breakfast over a fire. Scouts will each earn one hour of community service. All meals provided.

The prairie campout is for grades 2 to 12, and will be held from 10 a.m. July 7, to 11 a.m. July 8. Registration deadline is June 25. For more information, contact Paula Roper at [email protected] or 620-343-4088.

Frontier Extension can help you ‘Stay Strong, Stay Healthy’

Eat healthy – check. Get aerobic exercise – check. Do strength training – not so much.

The loss of muscle mass can slip up on us without warning. Evidence shows that adults can begin to lose muscle mass even in their early 30s. And, in their 50s, adults can see the decline in muscle mass really begin to accelerate. At some point we realize that we may not be able to do certain things that we used to, but we also don’t know how to counter the process.

This summer the Frontier Extension District will be offering the Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program that is geared toward helping older adults regain strength, improve balance and flexibility, and overall health through strength training.

Participants in the program meet for one hour, twice a week for eight weeks. Each session includes warm-up exercises, simple strength training exercises with and without weights, and cool-down activities. Class members are also encouraged to do the exercises on their own once more per week. Over the eight weeks, participants learn the exercises and begin to improve strength and balance.

The potential benefits of strength training include a decrease in arthritis pain, weight maintenance, and a reduction in the risk of diabetes, heart disease and depression. Stress management and improvement in sleep quality are other potential benefits.

The program will be offered in Lyndon starting on July 10, 2018, at the First Baptist Church, 129 W. 15th St. The class will meet weekly on Tuesday and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The registration cost for the program is $20. Hand and leg weights will be provided for participants to use during class sessions.

Contact the Frontier District Lyndon office at 785-828-4438 to sign up and complete the registration process. For more information, contact Chelsea Richmond at 785-448-6826 or [email protected].

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers attend state convention

MdCV FFA members work on a service project during the FFA convention, packing meals for hunger programs, from left, Bayleigh Lacey, Grace Bradley, Koby Vanderpool, Alaina Marsh, and Frank Warner. Courtesy photo.

By Grace Bradley
MdCV FFA Reporter

The Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officer team attended the 90th annual Kansas State FFA Convention in Manhattan, Kan., May 30 through June 1, 2018. This year’s convention theme was titled “I Can, We Will.” The Kansas FFA had around 2,000 members in attendance from 199 chapters for the convention.

The officer team attended leadership workshops, convention sessions, and a career fair to help get them inspired and motivated for the coming school year. MdCV FFA President Chloe Volkman and Vice-President Brookelyn Janssen also served as delegates at the convention.

State delegates Chloe Volkman and Brookelyn Janssen represent MdCV FFA.

The members were able to speak with each other and bounce around ideas for things their chapter can do to grow their membership numbers. There were many speakers at the convention sessions including the state officers and motivational speakers from across the country including Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas Education Commissioner, and past state officer Melissa Hildebrand-Reed, of Hildebrand Farms Dairy.

MdCV FFA members also participated in the national program “Something to Eat-Food Packaging Event” which members packed healthy, easy-to-prepare meals to be given out to hunger relief groups across Kansas.  

Notice: City of Osage City holiday trash pickup schedule

The City of Osage City offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2018, for the July 4th holiday. Customers whose trash is normally picked up on Wednesday will be picked up on Thursday, July 5. For more information call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, June 4 – June 8, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, June 4, 2018, to June 8, 2018.

Osage County Jail Log, June 11 – June 15, 2018

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

Betty Jean Hanna, 76, Lyndon: Oct. 28, 1941 – June 14, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – Betty Jean Hanna, 76, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born on Oct. 28, 1941, in Clebit, Okla., the daughter of Curtis and Thelma Needham Hinton.

Betty had lived in Lyndon, Kan., since 1960. She worked as a keypunch operator, unemployment computer room supervisor, then as a computer programmer for the state of Kansas for 23 years. She was a Sunflower Stepper and was a member of the Lyndon Salt Creek Lighthouse Assembly of God Church. 

Help Wanted: Frontier Extension District seeks Financial Administrative Assistant

The Frontier Extension District is accepting applications for a full-time Financial Administrative Assistant in the Lyndon office. Experience required in office management, general accounting practices, budget and financial management. Applicants must also have the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. For a position description and information on how to apply, go to or call 785-828-4438. Applications must be received by June 20, 2018. Position available on or after July 1, 2018.

Help Wanted: Flint Hills Beverage seeks route relief sales, service rep

Flint Hills Beverage, the area Budweiser wholesaler, is now accepting applications Monday-Friday, 8-5, at 132 W Market St., Osage City, Kan., for an entry level position as a Route Relief Sales & Service Rep. This position requires lifting 20-165 lbs. repetitively and obtaining a CDL license. Pre-employment drug screen, driving record review and physical will also be required. Selling, customer relationship skills and truck driving experience preferred. Includes full benefits and competitive pay. Must be 18 to apply. 

There’s something for everyone at Melvern’s Sunflower Days

Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair starts up Thursday, June 21, 2018, promising traditional fun and nightly entertainment for everyone in the family.

The theme for the 2018 Melvern Sunflower Fair Days parade, which will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23, will be “Those Crazy 80s!” All organizations, churches, school groups, businesses are invited to display a float in the parade, with a $200 prize to be presented to the float winner; second place wins $125, and third place wins $75.

The parade will also feature bicycles, with all kids and others invited to decorate their bikes according to the parade theme. Everyone who shows up with a decorated bicycle will receive a prize. Parade cyclists should meet no later than 6:50 p.m. Saturday, at the corner of Main and Spring streets to get a place in line and claim their prize. Parents can walk or ride with their children in the parade if they would like.

On Thursday, June 21, will be the Melvern Sunflower Days Baby Show. Anyone with with a child younger than 12 months is invited to enter in the baby show, which begins at 6 p.m. Age brackets are infant to six months, and seven to 12 months. Babies are to wear their diapers only. Prizes will be awarded for the winning babies.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cost for water insignificant

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“The water quit running all of a sudden.”

That loud exclamation always sends alarm around the ranch house and barnyard.

While it’s happened a number of times in nearly five decades, fortunately there haven’t been many recent issues.

Of course, personal concerns come to mind first. The toilet won’t flush, there’s no faucet water to drink or shave with, and no way to take a bath.

In reality, those are minor problems compared to the livestock being without water. Right now, there are only a handful of horses in the lots. But, days gone by, sometimes cattle and hog numbers have been a hundred or more. Livestock must have water.

Fixing anything to do with the water system is obviously a plumber’s job. Yet, sometimes an electricity blink causes breakdown requiring simple switch shut off and on. It was more complicated this time.

What made the problem even worse, it was Saturday morning. Getting somebody to come to a ranch is often complex in itself, but on a weekend can become a nightmare.

“Let’s see, who put the water pump in?” Obviously, that’s the first one to be called. His machine answered, and message was left.

Extra caution needed on Kansas roads during harvest

It’s a busy time for farmers in Kansas, with harvest underway, and hay season in full swing. The Kansas Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to use more caution and patience when traveling around farm trucks, tractors, combines, and other implements.

“As the busy farming season is underway, each traveler in Kansas needs to be more aware of increased farm implement and truck traffic,” said Lieutenant Adam Winters, KHP public information officer. “In Kansas we have many trucks exiting and entering the roadways at any given time. Traveling around these vehicles requires extra caution.”

Most farm equipment is not designed to travel at highway speeds, and may only travel 15-25 mph. Farm equipment is often wider than the lane of traffic, so extra room should be allowed when sharing the road. Caution should be practiced on all roads, but especially on busy rural roads with unmarked intersections.

Preliminary statistics indicate that statewide in 2017, there were 118 crashes involving farm equipment. In those 118 crashes, three people were killed, and 41 people were injured. Already this year, preliminary statistics indicate there have been 23 crashes, with nine people injured.

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Summer arrives as fair season blooms with Melvern’s Sunflower Days

Just as the first day of summer arrives, Melvern is set to host the first county fair of the summer in Osage County. Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair begins June 21, 2018, and winds down on June 23 with the traditional parade in downtown Melvern, along with three days of fair favorites such as a carnival, bingo, ice cream, and the hamburger stand.

Melvern has been celebrating Sunflower Days in one way or another since 1877. The 2018 Osage County Fair Book provides a short history of the event as remembered by some longtime residents.

Sunflower Days History

Mrs. Hobson recalls that the first celebration was held July 4, 1877, in a grove east of Melvern. This became an annual gathering, which in reality was the beginning of the Sunflower Picnics.

The first celebration under the name Melvern Sunflower Days was held on Sept. 15, 1910. The days were named for the sunflowers, which grew in abundance along the roads. Captain Hughes started the celebration. At that time it was a family time with picnic dinners, perhaps a political speaker of note, and with races and the like for the younger set. After Captain Hughes’ death, the townspeople used to decorate Hughes’ grave in the Melvern Cemetery west of town on the first day of the picnic.

The 4-H fair became a part of the event in 1948. Don and Genieve Evertson and Bill and Effie Irey were the 4-H leaders at the time. Three large open barns were built to house the livestock and other community buildings were opened for the clothing and food exhibits.

The purpose of the fair is to help the Osage County 4-Hers do the best they can by providing competition and judges who have their interests at heart. In 1981, the Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Chapter was established at the high school and soon members of the chapter began showing livestock at the fair.

The 2018 Melvern Sunflower Fair Board and Entertainment Committee includes Dan Bowers, Danny Rice, Shannon Anschutz, Angie Treinen, Linda Irey, and Troy Treinen.

For information about all three county fairs in Osage County, see the 2018 Osage County Fair Book here.

ECKAN to begin accepting school supply applications June 25

East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation will begin accepting school supply applications on June 25 for the 2018-2019 academic year. Jones Trust in Emporia has accepted ECKAN’s request for a school supply grant.

Applications can be submitted 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. June 25, 26, 27 and 29, and July 2, 3, 5, and 6, at the Osage County ECKAN Center, 530 Holliday St, Osage City.

Recipients of the school supply grants are required to be a resident of Osage County and must fall at or below 200 percent of poverty level.

Applications are available only at the Osage County ECKAN Center. For more information, contact the Osage County ECKAN Center at 785-528-5184.

Library presentation to explore legacy of African American baseball team

022715monarchs_vs_lyndoon_sThe Friends of the Osage City Public Library will host “The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown,” a presentation and discussion by Phil S. Dixon, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at the Osage City Public Library community room, 515 Main St., Osage City. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program.

Formed in 1920, the Kansas City Monarchs revolutionized baseball: not only were they charter members of the Negro National League and the first professional team to use outdoor lighting, the Monarchs also sent more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise. This presentation will explore the early barnstorming days of the Monarchs and highlight great players such as Wilbur “Bullet” Rogan, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson.

A 1929 game scorecard gives the account of a game between the Lyndon team and the K.C. Monarchs. Graphic from Osage County Historical Society.

Osage County EMS recognized for care of cardiac and stroke patients

Osage County EMS has been recognized with the 2018 Bronze Plus Mission: Lifeline award by the American Heart Association. This is the third consecutive year that OCEMS has received the award, which recognizes the company for its care of patients suffering heart attack or coronary conditions.

OCEMS service director Donna Connell noted, “A dedicated staff of EMTs and paramedics, progressive protocols, EKG transmission capabilities, and aggressive education have benefited their patients. This award recognizes that system of care for cardiac and stroke patients.”

This year the AHA utilized a more rigorous set of performance measures to evaluate the participants. Those measures included not only patients experiencing a heart attack, but all acute coronary syndromes, cardiac arrests, and stroke patients. OCEMS exceeded the goals of previous years to meet the more stringent criteria and received the Bronze Plus award for their efforts.

Diehl retires; Willow Brook Insurance passes on with integrity

LYNDON, Kan. – There is going to be a little more relaxation going on out by Willow Brook soon. After 15 years of operating an independent insurance agency, Ardis Ann Diehl has sold Willow Brook Insurance and is planning her retirement from the Lyndon business.

While things will be easygoing for Diehl now, the transition might be harder on customers and friends who have relied on Diehl to help them with their insurance needs throughout the years. But, she said her customers were on her mind as she made arrangements to transfer the agency to another company.

Diehl said it was important to her to pass her customers’ trust on to a respected company with ties to rural community such as Lyndon, and someone who shares her loyalty to God, family, country, and hard work. She said she thinks she found the right company in Integrity Insurance Agency, which will take over her accounts effective July 1, 2018.

“For my customers, I want to make this as easy as possible,” Diehl said.

Integrity Insurance Agency is operated by Jan and Marshall Madill, of Overbrook, with offices in Topeka and Burlington. A Lyndon office will be open by the time the transition is completed.

The only changes customers should notice are a different voice on the telephone and a different agent’s name on the policy declaration page, Diehl said.

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