Fireworks shows set to blast off across Osage County

The sky above Osage County is about to explode with bright colors, blinding flashes and thundering booms, with fireworks shows planned for every night of the Fourth of July holiday across the More »


Family fair fun scheduled for Osage County Fair, June 29 – July 2, 2016

Exhibitors show their calves in the first show held in the newly constructed Fredrickson Arena during last year’s Osage County Fair. The Osage County Fair officially began last Saturday with a horse show at More »


County fair book available only online for 2016

While Osage County won’t have a hard copy of the annual fair book this year for its three county fairs, the fair book is easily accessible online. The fair book is located on More »


Hidden History: Circus entertainer chose Osage City for zoological garden, castle

By Wendi Bevitt Just after 1900, Osage City was the home to its own zoological garden complete with its own castle for a headquarters. In this garden, however, the lions didn’t roar, More »

County’s public transportation service offers rides for all citizens

Osage County General Public Transportation offers rides to any resident of Osage County.  The requested donation per ride is $3 in county and $5 out of county, however no one is refused service for lack of payment.  We have standard fixed routes, which stops at popular retail, educational, and service locations throughout the county. In addition, anyone can call to schedule a trip or ride to almost anywhere or any place. For more information, call the Osage County Senior Center at 785-528-4906, or stop by at 604 Market St., Osage City.

Join us for scheduled trips on: Wednesday, July 6, to Topeka movie matinee, leaving the center at 12:30 p.m.; Thursday, July 7, to Emporia for shopping, leaving the center at 9 a.m.; Friday, July 8, call for a ride to come play bingo; Monday, July 11, to Lawrence for shopping at antique store and thrift shop, leaving the center at 9 a.m.; Tuesday, July 12, to Council Grove antique stores and lunch, leaving the center at 9 a.m.

Osage County District Court criminal cases June 3 – June 17, 2016

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court June 3 to June 17, 2016, with disposition, fines, sentencing and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court criminal cases June 17 – June 24, 2016

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court June 17 to June 24, 2016, with disposition, fines, sentencing and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court traffic cases June 17 – June 24, 2016

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court June 17 to June 24, 2016, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse June 20 – June 24, 2016

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse June 20 through June 24, 2016.

Osage County Jail Log, June 20 – June 25, 2016

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

Kansas Supreme Court says constitutional requirement for school-funding equity is met

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Supreme Court today held that the Legislature has equitably funded Kansas schools in compliance with the state Constitution. The order was issued this afternoon, one day after Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the plaintiffs in the school finance litigation jointly asked the court to approve the Legislature’s work on equity from the recent special legislative session.

“It’s official,” Schmidt said. “The Legislature has satisfied the Constitution’s requirement for equitable school funding, and Kansas public schools will remain open and operating.”

A copy of the Supreme Court’s order is available at http://bit.ly/2975R4l.

Fireworks shows set to blast off across Osage County


The sky above Osage County is about to explode with bright colors, blinding flashes and thundering booms, with fireworks shows planned for every night of the Fourth of July holiday across the area. Here are shows we’ve confirmed; all shows begin after dusk or at approximate times listed.

Friday, July 1

  • Osage County Fire District No. 5’s fifth annual fireworks show at the Lyndon Saddle Club arena north of Lyndon.

Saturday, July 2

  • Osage County Fair, Osage City; annual fair fireworks show at Osage City’s Jones Park, 10:30 p.m.
  • Burlingame fireworks show at the Burlingame ball diamonds (rain date Sunday, July 3).
  • Pomona State Park fireworks show, near the Kansa Campground.

Sunday, July 3

  • Grace Community Church, Overbrook, annual community supper and fireworks show.
  • Lamont Hill Restaurant, public fireworks show at the Lamont Hill driving range.

Monday, July 4

  • Overbrook’s annual Fourth of July celebration, fireworks at dark; food and music prior to show at the city park pavilion.

John Wayne Samples, 65, Topeka: Dec. 30, 1950 – June 23, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. – John Wayne Samples, of Topeka, Kan., was born on Dec. 30, 1950, and died Thursday, June 23, 2016. He was the son and only child of John W. and Naomi “Oma” Elizabeth Parscale Samples, of Matfield Green, Kan. John was preceded in death by his father in 1973 and his mother in 2011.

John grew up in Matfield Green and attended school in Cottonwood Falls, Kan., graduating from high school there in 1969. He later attended Emporia State University. He was married to Carol Samples, they later divorced. He married Debbie Samples; they later divorced.

John began his housing career at Broadmore Homes of Kansas, in Emporia, Kan., continued with MTI in Texas, and then returned to the area to be the general manager of the new housing plant in Osage City, Kan., constructed as a joint venture between J.C. Nichols and Marley Continental Homes. John later led a local group that purchased the facility and reopened the closed plant as Kan Build Inc., which operated successfully, garnered many awards, and expanded with two additional plants in Colorado.

Family fair fun scheduled for Osage County Fair, June 29 – July 2, 2016


Exhibitors show their calves in the first show held in the newly constructed Fredrickson Arena during last year’s Osage County Fair.

The Osage County Fair officially began last Saturday with a horse show at Lyndon Saddle Club, but the activity will really begin buzzing today as the fair sets up at the Jones Park fairgrounds in Osage City. While everyone can expect their old favorites at the fair this year, the fair board has planned some different types of activities focused on family fun.

Of course as the fair gets underway Wednesday morning, exhibitors have one thing on their mind – getting registered to put their exhibits on display. Shows kick off that evening with the bucket calf, dairy and beef show in the newly constructed Fredrickson Arena, which was dedicated at the start of exhibitions at last year’s fair. (See related story here.)

An old time favorite of the crowd, the Osage City Chamber of Commerce’s fair parade begins the entertainment as it rolls along Market Street starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Around 7 p.m. Thursday, the entertainment continues at the fairgrounds with “Family Fun Night”. In addition to the opening of the carnival, magician Eric Vaughn will do street-side magic for fair-goers, and then will put on a magic show at 8 p.m. near the Osage City Community Building.

Friday night, the fair will really start rocking as the 35th Infantry Division Rock Band fires up the fun beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the community building. By the time the band takes the stage, Chef Allie will already have the place cooking with a demonstration at 5 p.m. in the community building. Teams will also start suiting up around 6 p.m. to compete in the Barnyard Olympics. Around 9:30 that evening, an outdoor movie “Sandlot” will be shown near the community building.

Saturday, the fair won’t wind down until dark, with a street dance starting at 8 p.m. featuring the band Just Passin Thru, and fireworks beginning around 10:30 p.m. Daytime fun will include a kids fun tractor pull at the Fredrickson Arena at 11 a.m. The Willing Workers 4-H Club will show off its latest tractor project along with past projects and other antique tractors beginning around 9 a.m. west of the football field. An antique tractor parade will follow the show at 1 p.m. in downtown Osage City.

Osage City Council Ward 3 Vacancy

The Osage City Council is accepting Expression of Interest Applications for the appointment of Ward 3 City Council position due to the retirement of City Council Member Edwin Mueller at the June 28, 2016 City Council meeting. Ward 3 is the southwest quarter of the City bordered by Main Street on the north and Sixth Street on the east. Applicants must be qualified electors (K.S.A. 14-205) of the City of Osage City, i.e. a resident of Ward 3, a registered voter of Ward 3, and 18 years of age and older. The applicant selected will serve the balance of the unexpired term from date of appointment until January 9, 2018 following the November 7, 2017 elections. Please submit Expression of Interest Applications to City Clerk Terri Fultz by Friday July 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. The Osage City Council will review the applications and select a new City Council Member. The Osage City Council has the right to reject any and all applications submitted. Applications may be obtained at City Hall at 201 South 5th Street, or online at www.osagecity.com. Please contact City Hall at 785-528-3714 with any questions.

Help Wanted: Vintage Park at Osage City – CNAs, CMAs, Cooks

Vintage Park at Osage City is looking to hire hard working responsible people for the following positions. FT/PT CNA all shifts, FT CMA nights, PT CMA all shifts, FT CNA/Housekeeper 1pm -9pm M-F & PT Cook all shifts. We offer an insurance package, sick leave, vacation pay, holiday pay and 1 personal day a year to all FT employees and holiday double pay for PT employees. If you enjoy enriching the lives of the elderly, working with a great team, and you are reliable, then stop by 1403 Laing in Osage City and fill out an application.

Finch: Missing for too long in Topeka – Kansas legislators working together

By State Rep. Blaine Finch, 59th District, Franklin and Osage Counties

Greetings. I start this update to you with some bad news for our kids who are out enjoying swimming pools, ball fields, and snow cones and some good news for parents: Our schools will open on time this fall.

On Thursday last week we returned to Topeka to address the mandate that we ensure our schools were constitutionally funded. As I wrote to you in an earlier update, this fix was about equity and ensuring that school children received similar educational opportunities without regard to the relative property values of the land in their school district.

When we arrived in Topeka some in leadership had developed a plan that was offered on a take it or leave it basis. That plan would have taken $13 million from our state’s classrooms and very likely would not have been constitutional. I was glad to be able to work with a group of Republican legislators in the House and the Senate to develop an alternative plan that did not take money from our classrooms.

We worked with budget committee leadership and applied pressure to help bring the parties back to the table to design a new plan. The plan that ultimately passed was the result of that effort. Hard work by budget committee leadership, school district leaders and legislators from both parties eventually led to a much better product. Exactly the way our system is supposed to work.

That better bill passed the House 116-6 and the Senate 38-1. These totals show the broad-based appeal of this legislation. Parties to the school finance case have agreed that the bill that passed does resolve the equity problems in our state’s school finance system, and this part of the lawsuit will be over.

Under the plan that I helped negotiate, classroom funding will be protected for every school district in our area, and we will see a reduction in our local property tax levy as the state returns to true equalization in school funding. This benefits all of us while causing no harm to our school children.

Hensley: Bipartisan support leads to resolving school equity issue

 By Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka

The 2016 special session adjourned late Friday evening after passing a plan that resolves the school finance crisis surrounding equity. The plan received bipartisan support with every Democratic legislator voting in favor of it.

This effort reminded me of a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson that I recited during Senate floor debate, “There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it does not matter who gets the credit.”

Democrats were committed to working to find a solution from the very beginning with a petition to call for a special session and the roll out of a school finance plan that served as a blueprint for the final bill.

However, our goal all along was to bring people together to find a responsible solution that puts Kansas students first and keeps schools open without making cuts to classroom funding or relying on yet another raid of the highway fund. And, that’s exactly what we passed.

But, while we were successful in the special session, there is still much more work to be done.  We need to create a new school finance formula that adequately and fairly funds our schools.  The new formula must also provide a quality education for all children, regardless of their parents’ income or where they live, while reducing our state’s reliance on local property taxes to finance their education.

Marguerite B. Gray, 99, Lyndon: May 1, 1917 – June 26, 2016

LYNDON, Kan. – Marguerite (Beatty) Gray, 99, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. She was born on May 1, 1917, in Lyndon, Kan., the daughter of Carl and Vesta Burkdoll Beatty.

Marguerite grew up in Lyndon, and had lived in Wichita, Kan., and Chicago, Ill., before moving back to Lyndon.

She worked in the aircraft plants in Wichita during World War II, and then worked as a waitress and restaurant manager most of her life.

Osage City Chamber offers family fun during Osage County Fair

Summer’s in full swing along with fair season in Osage County. As one county fair finished up last weekend at Melvern, the Osage County Fair at Osage City is building up steam for another week of fair excitement.

As always, the Osage City Chamber of Commerce will host the annual fair parade on Thursday evening, but the group has also partnered with the fair board to offer some new fun activities at this year’s fair.

“We have a lot of fun things planned and I can’t wait to see you all there,” said Chandra Dunbar, volunteer parade chairman and event organizer for the Chamber.

The 2016 Osage County Fair Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, along Market Street. The parade theme is “Remember When”, celebrating days gone by and the great traditions of our community. Any church, coworkers, civic group, sports team, family, or individuals are invited to sign up to be a part of the parade. To register for the parade or for more information, contact Dunbar at chandunbar@gmail.com.

The Chamber has announced this year’s parade grand marshal will be Arlo Bell, who has written a history column for local newspapers for many years. Announced as the 2016 Mr. and Mrs. Osage City were Dave and Tara Azwell, longtime Osage City community supporters.

Kiddie parade

In addition, prior to the fair parade will be a kiddie parade. All kids are invited to line up at the corner of Fifth and Market streets and parade down Market Street starting at 6:15 p.m. The kids will parade down Market Street to the corner of Seventh and Market streets, where they will turn around and head back to finish where they started. Kids can come dressed in costume, riding bikes, in a wagon pulled by their parents or whatever they would like to do. Remember the parade theme is “Remember When”.

ECKAN gears up to provide free school supplies

062716-School-02The East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation office in Osage City begins accepting applications for free school supplies today and will accept applications through Friday, July 15, 2016. ECKAN Community Centers administer the program to make sure low-income children have appropriate school supplies as they enroll each fall.

Applications will be accepted 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday through July 15. Applicants must provide proof of income for everyone in the household to qualify for free school supplies.

For more information, call 785-528-5184, or stop by the Osage County ECKAN Community Center, 530 Holliday St., Osage City.

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