MdCV FFA celebrates year of successes with annual banquet

New and retiring officers of the MdCV FFA include, front from left, Josey Weimer, Kali Holt, Brookelyn Janssen, Chloe Volkman, Bayleigh Lacey, Kathryn Vaught, Alaina Marsh, Grace Bradely; back, More »

Lyndon Leaders sample international cuisine

Lyndon Leaders show off their delicious international food dishes. Shoup photo. By Garrett Shoup Club Reporter The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had their monthly meeting on April 8, 2018. More »

Hidden History: Osage County boy’s curiosity unearths enormous discoveries

Barum Brown, left, and Henry Osborn at Como-Bluff during the American Museum of Natural History expedition of 1897. At front, limb bone of Diplodocus. AMNH photo. By Wendi Bevitt More »

Gardeners, lawn owners learn to fight moles on their own turf

“You’ll either learn to trap them or learn to live with them,” Charlie Lee, K-State’s wildlife damage control specialist, told the crowd gathered last Saturday morning at Peggy and More »

Saturday: Masons to host free cancer screenings at Osage City

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Local Masons will host free cancer screenings Saturday, April 28, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan. Held from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., the event is open to the public and is one of 20 free cancer prevention events the Kansas Masonic Foundation is sponsoring across the state in 2018.

KMF conducts the screenings in partnership with the Midwest Cancer Alliance, the outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, and KU Medical Center staff. According to Brooke Groneman, the outreach director for MCA, nearly 8,000 Kansas residents have attended the Masonic screenings over the past decade.

The event in Osage City is being coordinated by Masonic volunteers from Lodge No. 22 and will include free skin and prostate screenings, colon cancer home screening kits, Body Mass Index assessments and breath tests that measure lung exposure to carbon monoxide. In addition, Osage City dentist, Dr. Robert Harmon, will provide free oral cancer screenings.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 9,500 Americans are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer every day and nearly 250 of those are diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The Centers for Disease Control reports that in Kansas cancer is currently the second leading cause of death and the region has higher than average rates of skin cancer, compared to other parts of the U.S.

“When it comes to the possibility of cancer, it’s always better to catch a potential problem in the earliest stage possible,” said dermatologist Rachel Pflederer, M.D.

County eco-devo sponsors regional senior housing project

Osage County Economic Development has announced that construction began earlier this month on a $4.7 million regional senior housing project. The project will provide 26 handicapped accessible or adaptable apartments for income-qualifying seniors age 55 or over. As planned, there will be two apartments each in Williamsburg and Harveyville, four apartments each in Lyndon and Overbrook, six apartments in Osage City, and eight apartments in Burlingame.

OCED director Stephanie Watson said each apartment will have  approximately 1,040 square feet plus a single car attached garage, two bedrooms, one bath, all kitchen appliances and a washer and dryer, patio, above-ground storm shelter, and all-electric energy efficient construction.

“We fully expect these duplexes to be rented as soon as they are completed according to the interest and inquiries we have had during the development phase,” Watson said.

Watson said it is anticipated that several apartments will available in July, with all apartments expected to be completed in September.

Osage County Community Resource, Health Fair 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April 26, 2018, Osage City

ECKAN and Home Town Health Care have teamed up to present the Osage County Community Resource and Health Fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April 26, 2018, at the Osage County Senior Center, Osage City, Kan.

The one-day expo will encourage all individuals to be active physically, mentally, and financially, and promote positive attitudes about aging. This free event is open to people of all ages who’d like to interact with representatives of all types of services available in Osage County.

Featured will be a break out presentation at 10:30 a.m., lunch at noon, and lunch entertainment.

Free and scheduled services and activities for participants include blood pressure and oxygen checks, VA information and assistance, SMP/Schick representatives, express toenail clinic, breakout presentation by Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn, prescription drug collection, balance check, blood sugar check, and lunch entertainment provided by the Osage City High School Jazz Band.

For more information, contact Jon Reed, of Home Town Health Care, at 620-342-2600.

Burning Dates Extended – Osage City, Kansas

The City of Osage City will allow the burning of grass, weeds, leaves, waterways, yards, gardens, and fence lines shall be permitted, between the days of Monday, March 19, 2018, through Monday, April, 30, 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.

Ada Lorene Bourne, 92, Osage City: Feb. 9, 1926 – April 22, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Ada L. Bourne, 92, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018, at the Brookside Manor, Overbrook, Kan. Ada Lorene Allison was born Feb. 9, 1926, near Lyndon, Kan., the daughter of George E. And Gertrude (Gordon) Allison.

She graduated from Lyndon High School.

Ada was joined in marriage to Robert Bourne. Ada was a farmer’s wife and homemaker. She had volunteered for the election board and the census. She lived in Osage City, Kan., since her husband’s death in 2010.

Nominating commission to interview nominees for Osage County magistrate judge vacancy

LYNDON, Kan. – The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission will convene May 9, 2018, to interview five nominees to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County.

The vacancy was created when the former magistrate, Taylor J. Wine, was appointed as district judge and chief judge of the 4th Judicial District.

The commission will convene at 9 a.m. in the Osage County Courthouse, 717 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan. Interviews are open to the public.

The 4th Judicial District is composed of Osage, Anderson, Coffey, and Franklin counties.
The nominees to be interviewed are:

  • Jennifer Jolene Friend, non-attorney, Fredonia.
  • Bryan K. Joy, attorney, Burlington.
  • Robert Wayne Lattin, attorney, Independence.
  • Elizabeth Lee Oliver, attorney, Baldwin City.
  • Shannon D. Rush, attorney, Osage City.

A nominee for district magistrate judge must be a graduate of a high school, a secondary school, or the equivalent; a resident of Osage County at the time of taking office and while holding office; and either a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas, or able to pass an examination given by the Supreme Court to become certified within 18 months.

All ages invited to senior center for annual resource and health fair

The Osage County Senior Center is getting ready for the Osage County Community Resource and Health Fair, which will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018. Hosted by Home Town Health Care and ECKAN, the fun and educational experience at the senior center, 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan., is free for all ages. There will be door prizes, and the first 25 patrons will receive a certificate for a free lunch from the meals program, provided by Home Town Health Care. Informative vendors will be available for healthcare questions and free health screenings.


Help Wanted: Osage City Library seeks part-time library aide

Part-time evening position available at the Osage City Library. Technology and customer service preferred. Position open until filled. Submit resume and cover letter to the Osage City Library, 515 Main St., Osage City, KS 66523; or email to [email protected].

Osage County Jail Log, April 16 – April 21, 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, April 9 – April 13, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse April 9 through April 13, 2018.

John Raymond Kunard, 82, Ottawa: May 7, 1935 – April 22, 2018

OTTAWA, Kan. – John Raymond Kunard, 82, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at his home in Ottawa, Kan. He was born on May 7, 1935, in the Chippewa community of Franklin County, Kan., the son of Herschel and Ellen Young Kunard.

John lived and attended school in the Greenwood community, moved to Black Jack in Baldwin City, Kan., and then moved to Wellsville, Kan., where he graduated from high school in 1953. He lived in Ottawa from 1959 to 1996, when he moved to Pomona Lake, at Vassar, Kan. He lived there until November 2017, when he moved back to Ottawa.

MdCV FFA celebrates year of successes with annual banquet

New and retiring officers of the MdCV FFA include, front from left, Josey Weimer, Kali Holt, Brookelyn Janssen, Chloe Volkman, Bayleigh Lacey, Kathryn Vaught, Alaina Marsh, Grace Bradely; back, Frank Warner, Dalton Hook, and Koby Vanderpool.

By Grace Bradley

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA chapter hosted its annual chapter banquet at the Melvern Community Center. Chapter treasurer Kali Holt opened the banquet with the invocation, which was then followed by the yearly potluck dinner.

This year’s president, Josey Weimer, spoke on behalf of the chapter in welcoming everyone to the banquet and thanking the chapter for a year full of achievements and plenty of activities that kept the MdCV chapter busy.

Sharon Thielen was keynote speaker at the MdCV FFA banquet.

Chloe Volkman, MdCV FFA secretary,  introduced this year’s guest speaker, Sharon Thielen, an MdCV graduate and former FFA member. Thielen spoke about how FFA played a major role in influencing the career path she chose to take on and how the lessons she learned through FFA were lessons she will continue to pass on. Thielen’s message not only spoke to the FFA kids in the room but it spoke to the adults in the room as well. Her main lesson to the crowd was, “To never skip a step.” Meaning, do not just jump to the good parts of life, take every step, even the tough ones.

The banquet gives chapter advisor Danny Rice a chance every year to recognize the personal achievements of the FFA students, and announce scholarships awarded to senior members. For the class of 2018, senior Jevan Gregg received the Hometown Agriculture Scholarship. The Don Lichtenauer Family Scholarship was awarded to Dalton Hook, who also received the Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA Scholarship along with Josey Weimer and Kali Holt. Scholarships were also awarded to three sophomores who will be attending the Washington Leadership Conference in June that is held in Washington, D.C. Bayleigh Lacey and Grace Bradley were awarded the Lehning Scholarship, and receiving the Casten Memorial Scholarship was Kaelin Criqui.

Over the course of the year students accumulate points by participating in activities for the sweepstakes award. This year the top five winners were Kali Holt, Bayleigh Lacey, Chloe Volkman, Kaelin Criqui, and Josey Weimer. For the Greenhands, the winners were Colby Vogeler, Izzy Toman, and Sadie McGowin. The Proficiency Award winners for this school year were Dalton Hook in beef production, Josey Weimer in outdoor recreation, and Kali Holt in veterinary science. Each year two Star Greenhands are chosen for the integrity and work they put into excelling in the FFA program – this year Sadie McGowin and Izzy Toman were chosen as the chapter’s star Greenhands.

One of the highest honors in the Kansas FFA Association is the State Degree. Only three percent of the state’s membership are awarded this honor. Three MdCV FFA members were given this honor recognizing their outstanding involvement in the FFA: Josey Weimer, Dalton Hook and Kali Holt.

I-35 pavement marking project covers Osage, Franklin and Coffey counties

The Kansas Department of Transportation has started a pavement marking project on Interstate 35. The work begins at the I-35 and U.S. Highway 75 junction and continues northeast to Eisenhower Road at Ottawa.

The existing pavement markings are being removed and replaced. Northbound and southbound I-35 traffic will be restricted to one lane with a reduced speed limit at the work zone. Weather permitting, the project should be finished by late July.

KDOT awarded the construction contract of $950,000 to Traffic Control Company, of St. Louis, Mo. For more information, contact Troy Howard at the KDOT office in Garnett, 785-448-5446, or Priscilla Petersen at the Chanute KDOT office, 620-902-6433.

City of Osage City Spring City Wide Cleanup Week, April 23 through April 27, 2018

City of Osage City
Spring City Wide Cleanup Week
April 23 through April 27, 2018

Cleanup will be for the one week only – All items should be placed at curbside by 7:00 a.m. on your regular scheduled trash pickup day. Special pickup service can be scheduled for an additional fee. To schedule a special pickup or inquire about the fee, call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Acceptable items include:

  • Boxes
  • Junk Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Small Appliances and other metal items
  • Other bulky items
  • All smaller items must be bagged or boxed.
  • Metal and Brush must be separated

Items that will not be picked up:

  • Tires
  • Vehicles and/or major auto parts.
  • Buildings, major building parts, or large piles of building material
  • Construction Materials – No lumber
  • Plaster or Drywall
  • Roofing Materials
  • Concrete chunks
  • Loose piles of trash
  • Animal Carcasses
  • Refrigerators with Freon

A Cowboy’s Faith: Changing weather promises moisture

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Four seasons all within two days.”

Not quite, but that’s the way it seemed, perhaps shy of real hot summertime.

From the 80s to freezing overnight with spring and fall temperatures intermingled within and around.

One goes from not even a jacket, to a sweater with coat, soon long johns then back around again.

Like has been often said, “If the Kansas weather doesn’t suit the fancy, just wait and it’ll change.”

All professions have their downfall, but weather forecasters likely get more than their share of ridicule.

Interesting though tuning to a handful of different predictions, how varied they can be. Yet they are sometimes almost identical outlooks and still completely wrong.

With hail one place, sun shining a mile south, then raining cats and dogs nearby, how could anybody know?

However, did appreciate one newsman attempting to keep listeners up on storm alerts. Two reports within 20 minutes changing from “quarter-size hail,” then “get inside a tornado has been sighted.”

Parts of the Midwest experience flooding, blizzards, high winds, tornadoes and extreme fire hazard all at the same time.

“It’ll be a miracle if there’s any brome this year,” the ranch partner assessed. Even when all soil nutrition is properly managed, Mother Nature has the final hand.

Friends of the Burlingame Community Library plan annual meeting, author presentation

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Burlingame Community Library will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Schuyler Community Center, 218 W. Fremont, Burlingame, Kan. Everyone is invited to attend a presentation by local author Anna Hefley at 7 p.m., and make reservations for dinner to be served at 6 p.m.

“I Love You Bigger Than the World” is a poetic conversation written by Anna Hefley to honor her young son.

Reservations can be made until April 13 for the dinner of pork chop, baked potato, green beans, slaw, dessert, dinner roll, coffee and tea, for $12 per plate. Make reservations at the library, 122 W. Santa Fe Ave., Burlingame, or by mailing name, phone number, and number of dinners to Friends of the Library, 133 W. Lincoln St., Burlingame, KS 66413. Checks should be made to Friends of the Library.

Speaker for the evening will be Hefley, an Overbrook resident and author. She is a mother, full-time preschool para-educator, and part-time substitute teacher of grades pre-K through high school. She is a lifelong resident of Kansas, where she enjoys her home in the country and loves her supportive small-town community. She is working on her MA in English at Emporia State University and will graduate in May 2018.

National Drug Take Back Day: Sheriff’s office to collect unused drugs April 28

LYNDON, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is joining other law enforcement officials across the state in collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 28, 2018. The Osage County collection will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the sheriff’s office, 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, Kan.

The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse. The National Drug Take Back Day is coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which collects and safely destroys the medications.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that traditional methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards and should be avoided.

Unused prescriptions can be turned in year-round at many local law enforcement locations. Kansans should contact their local sheriff’s office or police department for more information.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office will also collect unused drugs at the Osage County Resource and Health Fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

Lyndon Leaders sample international cuisine

Lyndon Leaders show off their delicious international food dishes. Shoup photo.

By Garrett Shoup
Club Reporter

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had their monthly meeting on April 8, 2018. The meeting started with roll call of “What’s your favorite Easter candy?”

During new business, the club voted to pay $100 per 4-H member wanting to attend camp and that met the requirements for the club scholarship application. So far there are at least five members from the club planning to attend camp.

The parent committee announced the club met on March 18 to add soil to the landscaping and wall project on Topeka Avenue. They also discussed that the weed guard and river rock would be finished in the upcoming week. All the club has left to do is start planting plants.

Next was the program, which included a demonstration by Josye Hutchroft on how to make oobleck. Following this, Kendall Young and Morgan Gross gave a presentation on how to play the trumpet.

The meeting ended with each member sharing their international food dish they prepared for the club to sample. The members agreed that this is their favorite meeting of the year because it is so exciting to anticipate what each member will bring!

The next meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. June 10, at the Kneisler farm, for the Lyndon Leaders’ annual potluck dinner, farm tour and project show.

Sheriff’s office, KHP join three-day, multi-state 4/20 enforcement

On April 20-22, 2018, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office will join the Kansas Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, to stop what has been an increasing epidemic for the past several years. Injury and deaths continue to increase from both alcohol and drugged impaired drivers.

“Regardless whether a drug is legal or illegal it’s a serious crime to drive while impaired by any drug,” said Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn.

In an effort to change this trend, law enforcement in this six-state area will be vigilant when patrolling around city, state and federal highways. The three-day high-visibility enforcement will target drug and alcohol impaired driving and other traffic safety issues.

Frontier Extension schedules tractor safety class for 14-15-year-olds

The Frontier Extension District will be sponsoring a Hazardous Occupation Training (HOT) class on May 25, 2018. This class is required for 14 and 15-year-old youth who want to operate farm tractors on farms other than for their parents. The only time a 14-15 year old would be exempt from needing this training would be if he or she works for their parents on the family farm. This training is required however, if the family’s farm is a partnership, incorporated, or the youth is working on a grandparent’s farm. This training is also required if youth are planning to use lawn mowers or tractors larger than 20 horsepower.

The class will meet at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Pomona Community Center, Pomona, Kan. The driving and written test will be given off site at a local farm.

Youth will be transported by the instructors to the farm and back to the Pomona Community Center.

There is a registration fee of $6 to cover class materials. Pre-registration is required by calling one of the Frontier Extension District offices, Lyndon, 785-828-4438; Ottawa, 785-229-3520; Garnett, 785-448-6826, or by emailing the agents: [email protected], [email protected], or [email protected], by Friday, May 18. Participants are required to pick up their tractor safety materials from the Extension office and read them prior to the class.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The adults we are closest to should be a beacon of light for us in our youth. All children should feel safe, loved, and should live their lives free of abuse. Unfortunately, this is not reality for all children. Each year nearly 3 million cases of child abuse are reported in America alone, and can have lifelong effects.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, SOS encourages individuals and organizations to play a role in making our communities a better place for children and families. By ensuring parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act defines child abuse as “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation.” Abuse includes child neglect, sexual and emotional abuse.

Child neglect is the most wide and vague form of abuse. It can be summarized as failing to fulfill the child’s physical, emotional, medical or emotional needs. Sexual abuse is exposing children to any sexual situation, whether by directly involving them or performing sexual acts in their presence. Emotional abuse is continual acts that hurt the child mentally. Showing rejection, humiliating, terrorizing, isolating and corrupting are all forms of emotional abuse. There is a fine line between abuse and discipline. Abuse is unpredictable, triggered by anger episodes and the intention to foster fear in the child.

Children often do not speak up about their abuse for many reasons. They may be afraid, do not know how to seek help, or may feel a loyalty to their abuser.

SOS, Inc., Emporia, Kan., is dedicated to raising awareness, empowering, and advocating for those affected by sexual, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect.

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