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 »

Help House News: ECKAN ‘gives back’ to local community

By Raylene Quaney Last month, Help House was a recipient of ECKAN’s “Giving Back Day” on May 24, a group of ECKAN employees, all from the Paola Head Start More »

Chamber Chatter: Osage City Municipal Golf Course opens for businesses

Osage City Golf Course board members welcomed Chamber members for an “After Hours” in April; from left, Dave Wiley, Gordon Worthing, Kim Bergquist, Clint Silver, Richard Burkdoll, and Matt More »

Kids can show off their water safety knowledge, win prizes in lake poster contest

The Melvern Lake Corps of Engineers is inviting kids to show what they know about water safety in this year’s water safety poster contest. Kids ages 6 to 13 More »

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.

Lyndon Library: Kansas explorer to reveal extraordinary places

Have you ever wondered what there is to do in Kansas? You can find out at a special presentation at the Lyndon Carnegie Library. Author Marci Penner will be here to show some of the extraordinary places in Kansas.

The presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018, in the Lyndon Library basement.

Penner has authored and co-authored The Kansas Guidebook and 8 Wonders of Kansas among just a few. For more information, see

For more information about this event or the Lyndon Library, stop by the library at 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, or call 785-828-4520.

Osage County Jail Log, June 3 – June 9, 2018

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

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, May 28 – June 1, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, May 28, 2018, through June 1, 2018.

Help House News: ECKAN ‘gives back’ to local community

By Raylene Quaney

Last month, Help House was a recipient of ECKAN’s “Giving Back Day” on May 24, a group of ECKAN employees, all from the Paola Head Start program, painted two of our outdoor storage sheds. A big thank you to Jamie B., Trish T., Kesha T., Caitlin M., and Kirby M. The sheds look great and your help and service to others was greatly appreciated.

Happy birthday, Help House

Help House will be 15 years old in July. A huge celebration is being planned for everyone in Osage County to come and enjoy a day of listening to local music groups, games for kids young and old, food, and lots more. More information will be available soon, so save the date, July 15, a Sunday evening from 3-8 p.m. It is going to be a great time. You won’t want to miss it.

Good Sense Budget Class

The next “Good Sense” budget class is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2018. It will be a one-day class. You must call to register and stop by and pick up pre-course work. Participants are to bring a sack lunch and beverage. The class is free and once complete the participant is eligible to receive assistance with heating or cooling bills.

Mobile food pantry

Mobile Food Pantry dates: Carbondale was 12-1 p.m. on the first Tuesday,  June 5, at  Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship;  Osage City is 10-11 a.m. the third Thursday, June 21, at Osage City Community Center; Melvern is 12:30 -1:30 p.m. on the third Thursday, June 21, at  Melvern Community Center; Burlingame is 10-11 a.m. on the third Thursday, June 21, at Burlingame Federated Church; Lyndon is 12-1 p.m. on the third Friday, June 15, at Jones Park on East Sixth Street. Participants in line 15 to 20 minutes before starting time will be in the counted numbers when it is decided how much of each item each family will receive.

John Hagen, 87, Melvern: July 29, 1930 – June 8, 2018

MELVERN, Kan. – John Hagen, 87, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018, at the Olathe Hospice House, Olathe, Kan. He was born on July 29, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of John and Beatrice Baldwin Hagen.

John had lived in Melvern, Kan., for a number of years and had been in Olathe for the last year.

John retired from the United States Air Force at the rank of master sergeant after 26 years of service. He was a member of the Melvern American Legion Post 317 and the Melvern United Methodist Church.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Go slow then fast

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It’s hard for those ‘peanut rollers’ to understand they’re being asked to run.”

Actually, a number of horses ridden only in show pleasure classes haven’t ever run with a rider aboard.

Of course, all know how to run in the pasture. Yet, sadly certain horses are so intimidated they don’t seem to remember how to run when being ridden.

For clarification, “peanut roller,” again unfortunately, is now a fairly common term in horseshow circles. It describes a horse being ridden at a very slow gait carrying the head unnaturally low.

At a glance to a lay onlooker, it actually could appear that the nose is pushing something on the ground.

Horses being trained, ridden and shown in this manner have become a highly controversial issue. It has even been considered inhumane to make a horse ride in such an artificial form.

Rulebooks and judges training have for years prohibited officials from placing entries ridden in this manner. That’s not stopped the “problem” as horses are still being shown that way.

Maggie’s is not a “peanut roller” by any means. However, it’s always been a continuous effort to keep her riding slow with level neck and pleasant natural head carriage.

Sometimes she works nearly as desired and other times not. Maggie can easily get excited picking up her head and going faster, but not running.

Such speedup gets a reprimand, which generally hurts her feelings, even if not slowing down to desired rate.

SOS safe bars offer stress free socializing

Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault – how a person dresses, how much they drink or who they kiss does not matter. However, many times these are questions asked of survivors of sexual assault. SOS believes that any kind of abuse is unacceptable and that everyone deserves to feel safe wherever they are, including at bars. SOS collaborates with community partners to educate and reduce violence in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Morris, Lyon and Osage counties.

SOS’s newest partnership is “SOS Safe Bar” – working with local bars to help them know what to do when they witness alarming behaviors in their establishment, and help to keep their staff and customers safer from predatory behavior, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Most people are told to watch out for date rape drugs like GHB and rohypnol while out and about, but alcohol is most often the substance used to perpetrate sexual violence. SOS hopes that Safe Bars will allow people to socialize in bars without the stress of predators bothering them, and with the relief of knowing their bartender has been trained by SOS to help prevent sexual assault.

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