Strike while the fishing is hot – land a bass

Tie on a topwater bait just for fun. PRATT – It’s hard to think about fishing on a sweltering summer day, but when the sun sinks toward the western horizon, everything changes. More »


Expand catfishing horizons at Pomona Lake as floatline season opens

PRATT – Want to expand your catfishing horizons? Floatline fishing, sometimes called jugline fishing, is a fun and effective method for catching catfish in reservoirs. If you remember the excitement of watching More »


Food for Thought: ‘Mom always did it this way’ or “better safe than sorry’

Home supervisor showing a Farm Security Administration borrower how to use a pressure cooker in 1941. Photo by John Vachon. By Nancy Schuster Frontier Extension District “My grandma and my mom always More »


Lyndon Leaders become radio stars

Lyndon Leaders ready to judge at Osage City Fair, front from left, Owen Driver, Tara Green, Garrett Shoup, Leanne Shoup, Allie Kneisler, back, Ryan Addleman, Ethan Kneisler, Brayden Marcotte, Reanna Marcotte, James Marcotte, More »

National society recognizes Scranton caver for her love of caves


Jan Williams, with her favorite cave dog Boomer, relaxes in a Kansas cave.

SCRANTON, Kan. – The largest U.S. caving organization has recognized longtime Kansas caver and rural Scranton, Kan., resident Jan Williams for her years of dedication to the study, exploration and conservation of caves.

The National Speleological Society designated Williams as a fellow of the society during the organization’s annual convention awards banquet, held July 22, 2016, in Ely, Nev.

NSS fellows are those members who over a number of years have exemplified by their actions their dedication to the goals of the society or the society itself. Williams, who has been a member of the NSS since 1985, was nominated for the award by her peers who were members of the NSS and the Kansas Speleological Society, an internal organization of the NSS.

Master Gardener training offered for Frontier Extension District patrons

Are you interested in becoming an Extension Master Gardener? The Master Gardener program is a volunteer program in which K-State Research and Extension exchanges classroom training for volunteer time. Training consists of 48 hours of instruction in all aspects of horticulture. Instructors include state specialists from Kansas State University, local Extension agents and local experts in specific subject matter.

Training days will be on Tuesdays, Aug. 23-Oct. 18, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and on Saturdays, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

A fee of $125 per participant is required for course materials, payable to the Frontier Extension District. Trainings will be held at the Douglas County Extension Office, 2110 Harper Street, Lawrence, and carpooling can be coordinated, if desired.

After training is completed, volunteers donate 40 hours of educational service in their community. Service activities will be coordinated by Shannon Blocker, Frontier Extension District horticulture agent. Volunteer programs include educational days, demonstration gardens, diagnostic clinics, 4-H youth horticultural activities, hotline question and answer sessions, school outreach, speaker’s bureaus and special events.

Re-Elect LAURIE DUNN, Osage County Sheriff

072616-osagecountysheriffblSheriff Laurie Dunn has provided 35 years of service for the citizens of Osage County, with 12 years as YOUR Sheriff.

She has the experience and knowledge to serve another four years as your Sheriff.

Vote August 2nd


For Osage County Sheriff

Political ad paid by Laurie Dunn for Sheriff, Julie Sanders, Treasurer.

Osage County Jail Log, July 17 – July 22, 2016

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

Osage County Jail Log, July 10 – July 16, 2016

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

Vote for Teresa Briggs for Kansas State Representative 76th District

Teresa Briggs for Kansas State Representative 76th District

Teresa Briggs

I am asking for your vote on August 2!

As State Representative of the 76th District I will work hard for you to:

• Repeal Brownback’s 2012 “experiment” which has put the burden of taxes on hardworking Kansans while 330,000 corporations don’t pay but still benefit;

• Stop using funds from early childhood programs to pay for Brownback’s failed plan;

• Restore state funding that provides services for our seniors who want to stay in their homes rather than go to a nursing home;

• Provide appropriate funding for our public schools and post-secondary institutions;

• Stop sweeping money from KDOT;

• Advocate for closing the Medicaid gap so that every Kansan has access to affordable healthcare.

For more information, contact Teresa Briggs at 76thHousecandidate@gmail.com, see her on Facebook – Teresa4Kansas2016.

Paid for by Briggs for the Kansas House, John M. Briggs, Treasurer.

This Time Vote For …

Rose M. Hearn for Register of DeedsRose M. Hearn
Register of Deeds

• Employed in the Osage County Register of Deeds Office 15+ years, currently 2nd Deputy.

Previous experience in Miami County Register of Deeds Office and in Title & Abstract.

Currently Secretary for both Osage County Republican Women and 2nd District Kansas Federation of Republican Women.

Married for 19+ years with 5 children and 7 grandchildren.

Ready, willing and able to preserve our history for future generations

Remember to Vote August 2nd!

Political ad paid by Rose Hearn, Phyllis L. Gardner, Treasurer.

Alberta Mae Jiskra, 74, Lyndon: Feb. 3, 1942 – July 24, 2016

LYNDON, Kan. – Alberta Mae Jiskra, 74, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016, at the Osage Nursing Center, in Osage City, Kan. She was born on Feb. 3, 1942, in Steelville, Mo., the daughter of Albert and Hattie Brand Miller.

Alberta had lived in Garden Plain, Kan., before moving to the Lyndon, Kan., area 19 years ago. She worked as a clerk and manager for the Tractor Supply Company, in Topeka, Kan., and Orscheln’s, in Ottawa, Kan., for several years. She enjoyed time with her two dogs and cats, reading, and planting flowers, and was a fan of Elvis and George Strait.

Eber Terry Abney, 68, Osage City: July 17, 1947 – March 15, 2016

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Eber Terry Abney, 68, of Osage City, Kan., passed away on March 15, 2016, at the Midland Hospice House, in Topeka, Kan. He was born on July 17, 1947, in Topeka, the son of Asa and Esther Tindell Abney.

Terry grew up in Osage City and had been a member of the Presbyterian church. He had lived in Manhattan for many years before moving back to Osage City in December of 2014. Terry had served in the United States Navy from 1967 to 1970.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Friend’s old mount reliable

buchmanhead“Dan had a pleased grin as he looked down from above.”

That’s our feeling as we think about Saturday morning’s pasture gathering.

No shortages of horses, yet certain tasks require different steeds.

Maggie and Missy are qualified, although flint rocks in the ’Hills can cripple arena mounts. Lil Zane could have worked, but there’s no rider confidence.

So, Hot Diggity consented to bucket-catch and worked ideally.

Named after entertainer J.W. Stocker’s horse, Hot Diggity is a spotted great grandson of our first horse, Spot. Hot Diggity’s daddy was our stallion Prices Leo Flash by world-renowned cow horse Rondo Leo.

Sold as a baby to one of the best cowboys-our hero-good customer-great friend, Hot Diggity, still a stallion, came back to be trained.

The daughter even spent time on “Digger,” as Dan called him, before taking the registered Pinto back to Elmdale for his personal mount.

Cowboy on the gelding, by then, won the ranch sale field day several years, photo verification on the wall.

Strike while the fishing is hot – land a bass


Tie on a topwater bait just for fun.

PRATT – It’s hard to think about fishing on a sweltering summer day, but when the sun sinks toward the western horizon, everything changes. Warm water and direct sun make the bass sluggish during the day, but as evening temperatures cool, the fishing can get hot. Now it’s time to grab your bass rods and find the nearest farm pond, state fishing lake or community lake.

Pick a shady shoreline and look for brush, docks, vegetation – anything that provides dark hiding places for bass. Start out with a weedless plastic bait that can be flipped right into the cover. Fish slow and thoroughly, hitting every visible bass lair. Bass are ambush hunters and a slow meal dropped right in front of them can be irresistible.

As daylight fades and the breeze dies, tie on a topwater bait just for fun. There’s nothing like the thrill of a bass exploding on a surface lure. Fish will be more spread out now, so cast along the shore and any weedbed edges. Land the bait as close to the edge as possible, then let it sit for several seconds. Twitch it tantalizingly several times before beginning to retrieve. And it’s a good idea to pause several times during the retrieve. A brief pause can sometimes be too much for a bass watching from below, triggering an explosive strike. The anticipation can also be too much for a bass angler. When fishing topwater, wait until you feel the strike before setting the hook. If you rear back as soon as you see and hear the topwater strike, you’ll pull the bait right out of the fish’s mouth.

Never Let Go Funds now available to help children with cancer in Lyon and surrounding counties

In February 2014, the Never Let Go Fund was formed as a component fund of the Emporia Community Foundation and began its journey of raising funds to provide financial assistance to families who have children undergoing cancer treatment. The Fund began providing assistance to Lyon County families in the fall of 2014.

Fund advisors, primarily led by Sandy Knight, had a goal of growing the fund to a level that could provide assistance to families in Lyon and its six contiguous counties. Through fundraising efforts, primarily the Dirty Kanza Support for Hire services and funds raised at the Emporia Area Match Day events, that goal has now been reached.

Adrian Lewis-Solano was 13 years old when he lost his battle with brain cancer in 2011. His inspiration and the financial struggles the family had during his cancer treatments led Knight,Adrian’s mother, to establish the Never Let Go Fund in honor of Adrian.

The essence of this fund is to help families battling childhood cancer with expenses not covered by insurance, or for costs incurred while caring for a child with cancer. The fund allows approved expenses up to $1,000 per year, per family, and is available for children in Lyon and surrounding counties.

Electronic filing now in Kansas courts statewide

TOPEKA – It’s official. All state courts in Kansas are now able to receive electronically filed court documents.

“This is a significant milestone in our plan to modernize court operations and we achieved it through careful planning, modest financial investment and the determination of court personnel statewide,” said Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. “This accomplishment also comes on the heels of another milestone. In May, our district courts surpassed the 1-million mark for documents processed that were filed electronically.”

Currently, electronic filing is required in the appellate courts – Supreme Court and Court of Appeals – as well as in 12 district courts composed of 45 counties. The remaining district courts accept electronic filing but currently do not require it. More are expected to make electronic filing mandatory in coming months.

Help Wanted: Extension Agent, Nutrition, Food Safety and Health

KSUR&EExtension Agent, Nutrition, Food Safety and Health opportunity in Frontier Extension District. Primary office in Garnett. Other offices in Ottawa and Lyndon. See: www.ksre.k-state.edu/jobs/ for responsibilities, qualifications, and application procedure.

Attorney general reminds that new law requires bail enforcement agents to obtain licenses

TOPEKA – Bail enforcement agents – commonly known as bounty hunters – operating in Kansas are now required to be licensed by the attorney general’s office under the provisions of a law enacted by the Legislature earlier this year, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Forms are now available on the attorney general’s website, www.ag.ks.gov, under the “Licensing Programs” tab for individuals to begin registering.

The new law, enacted as Senate Substitute for House Bill 2056, defines bail enforcement agents as “a person not performing the duties of a law enforcement officer who tracks down, captures and surrenders to the custody of a court a fugitive who has violated a surety or bail bond agreement, commonly referred to as a bounty hunter.”

Temporary regulations implementing the new law were approved by the State Rules and Regulations Board earlier last month. Permanent regulations have also been proposed, and a public comment period on those regulations is now open. The regulations and a comment form are also available on the attorney general’s website. The website also contains frequently asked questions about the new law.

Violating the new law carries potential criminal and civil penalties. For more information, bail enforcement agents or others can contact the attorney general’s office at 785-296-4240.

Eastern Kansas Grazing School scheduled for Sept. 20-21; participation limited

Registration is open for the 6th annual event that will be hosted in Perry

PERRY, Kan. – The 6th annual Eastern Kansas Grazing School will take place Sept. 20-21, 2016, at the Perry Community Building in Perry, Kan. The event is a hands-on school for Management intensive Grazing for beginning and experienced grazers. It provides a unique combination of hands-on activities, as well as classroom activities and demonstrations in the field.

Topics to be covered on the first day include: Art and science of grazing, grazing arithmetic, farm visit pasture allocation, animal behavior and interaction, soil and plant basics, resource inventory and stocking rate, and fencing.

Day two will include the following: Watering presentation, pasture allocation and field exercises, economics of grazing, layout and design, and will wrap up with a question-and-answer session. There will be a visit to Melvin Williams’ farm, where participants will observe a rotational grazing system and unique watering systems.

The event is capped at 35 farms and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is $50 for the first person from each farm; registration includes lunches, snacks and handouts. Additional people from the same farm are $25, and that registration includes lunches and snacks.

For more information, contact Meadowlark Extension District agents David Hallauer at dhallaue@ksu.edu, or Jody Holthaus at jholthau@ksu.edu.

Lyndon teen struck by train and killed

A Lyndon teenager was struck by a train and killed as he was sitting on a bridge near Quenemo on July 18, 2016. According to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Austin McWilliams, 18, of Lyndon, was found dead by deputies after the sheriff’s office received a call from BNSF about a man on the railroad bridge near 269th Street and Stubbs Road.

The investigation is still continuing into whether McWilliams’ death was an accident or intentional act.

The accident is being investigated by the sheriff’s office and BNSF. Also providing assistance at the scene were Osage County Fire District No. 7 and Osage County EMS.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about McWilliams’ whereabouts prior to 3:30 a.m. July 18 to call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-OSCRIME or the sheriff’s office at 1-785-828-3121.

State funding cuts force aging agency to seek benefactors for senior medical alert program

The East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging is notifying supporters that the state of Kansas has cut senior funding, and some services provided by the agency are in jeopardy.

According to an announcement from ECKAA, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Service has cut statewide Senior Care Act funding by 30 percent effective July 1, 2016.

One of the services the agency will no longer be able to fund is Medical Alert. Medical Alert is a pendant or wristband that is worn, and in case of an emergency a button can be pushed and notify informed staff of the emergency. As some people across rural Osage, Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Linn, and Miami counties receive notice that their Medical Alert service will no longer be paid, supporters are being sought to help save the service for an area elderly person.

New requests for the service will be put on a waiting list. The monthly cost is $20 for a landline or $36 for a cellular system. Monthly recurring donations or one time annual gifts of $240 or $432 will save this service for someone in the six-county area.

East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging coordinates services to help aging Kansans and their families live well with dignity, independence, health and self-sufficiency. Donations have a significant impact on their ability to maintain independence and peace of mind for themselves and family members and neighbors.

Supporters’ contributions are deductible. Donations can be sent to East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging, Attn: Kimberly Atchison, 117 S. Main, Ottawa, KS 66067 or visit www.eckaaa.org.  For more information, call Atchison at 785-242-7200.

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