Poinsettias present a yuletide challenge for plant enthusiasts

By Randall Kowalik MANHATTAN, Kan. – The poinsettia can be found everywhere right now – florists, nurseries, grocery stores, large-scale retailers, even hardware stores. As common as they are, More »

Frontier Extension District honors local supporters with annual appreciation awards

The Frontier Extension District recently presented its annual appreciation awards to five people who have made outstanding contributions to Extension programs. Honored were Mike and Sharon Kilet, of Anderson More »

Hidden History: Photographs and photo car make Lyndon’s Ford famous

By Wendi Bevitt You might not recognize his name, but if your family lived in Osage County more than 100 years ago, you might have Harry Ford to thank More »

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club busy with fall activities; new members invited

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club members were recognized at Achievement Night, from left, Josye Hutchcroft, Brynna Whitton, Reanna Marcotte, Breckyn Whitton, Ethan Kneisler, Garrett Shoup, Leanne Shoup, Allie Kneisler, Ryan More »

Arvonia preservation society receives gift from Emporia foundation

The Arvonia Historic Preservation Society was a recipient of a generous gift – $9,914 – during the Emporia Area Match Day held last month.

Donations from 651 donors, $50,000 in matching funds, and $7,350 in sponsored prize grant support during the Nov. 13, 2017, event totaled $210,477.05. Distributions were made to 24 organizations on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Chamber Chatter: All Osage City Chamber of Commerce hometown Santas revealed

All of the Chamber’s hometown Santas have been revealed. The Chamber began the promotion, in which people ask other people if they are a hometown Santa, during Christmas on Market. The last Santa was revealed at the end of last week. Those who revealed the Santas received a $20 Chamber Bucks certificate to be used at the business.

Winners and the Santas were:

  • Kathy Ayers, Osage City, who revealed Santa Shawn Valentine at Marilynn’s Restaurant.
  • Kathy Isaacs, Osage City, Santa Rick Bryan at Bank of Osage City.
  • Jessie Kirkpatrick, Osage City, Santa Kevin Swindale at Salt Creek Fitness.
  • Judy Downey, Osage City, Santa Nancy Washburn at Ramblin’ Rose.
  • Heather Jones, Reading, Santa John Gill at Barber Johns.

K-State Extension to offer training series for community committees, boards

K-State Research and Extension is conducting a series of community board leadership workshops designed to provide basic training for members of community-based boards across the state on Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2018.

Workshop participants will meet at host sites throughout the state to take part in web-based instruction and locally facilitated discussion. The Frontier Extension District will host a site at its district office at 411 S. Oak St., Garnett, Kan.

“Informed and committed board members are the key to healthy, effective boards and committees in our Kansas communities,” said Trudy Rice, Extension community development specialist. “K-State Research and Extension’s board leadership series will provide an opportunity for board members to learn the basics of being a good board member. Whether you are a member of a church board, a township board, a United Way agency board, or a rural water board, this training is appropriate for you.”

All sessions will be conducted from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The series will kick off on Feb. 6, with training on conducting effective meetings. During this session, participants will learn about their roles and responsibilities as a board member, basics of parliamentary procedure, and strategies to make meetings more productive and effective.

Ms. Wheelchair Kansas seeks nominations for Women Of Achievement and Little Miss

TOPEKA, Kan. – Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Inc. is currently searching for women of achievement who are wheelchair mobile, to serve as contestants in the 14th Annual Ms. Wheelchair Kansas event. Contestants can be nominated by a person or group or can choose to participate in the program. Organizations and companies are being encouraged to nominate women who are passionate, dynamic, articulate, and who have a message to share throughout the state. MWKS is also seeking nominations for the Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas program that celebrates young spirited girls, ages five to 12, who are wheelchair mobile.

The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Program is not a beauty contest, but rather a competition to select the most articulate, accomplished delegate to serve as a role model and spokesperson for people with disabilities in Kansas. She will successfully advocate, educate, and empower all people on a state level. Contestants will be scored based on their accomplishments, self-perception, communication, and projection skills. The crowned titleholder will have the opportunity to travel throughout the state of Kansas educating various groups about the issues of importance to people with disabilities. She will have the opportunity to share her chosen platform, interact with the media, and network with many people throughout Kansas. Her reign will lead up to the national competition where she will compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America.

Burning Dates – 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 Wednesday, November 1, 2017 through Sunday, December 31, 2017, 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 City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Amber Nicole Dixon-Born, 36, Carbondale: Feb. 19, 1981 – Dec. 10, 2017

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Amber Nicole Dixon-Born, 36, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at Via Christi St. Francis, in Wichita, Kan. She was born Feb. 19, 1981, in Columbus, Kan., the daughter of Darrell L. and Dawn Bowen Dixon.

Amber attended Topeka High School, Topeka, Kan., and graduated with the class of 1999. She worked for Sunflower Supports as a caregiver in group homes for developmental and physically challenged individuals. She had been employed there for the past 10 years.

Amber was joined in marriage to William J. “Bill” Born on Aug. 18, 2007, in Ottawa, Kan.

Notice of Canceled Meeting: Osage City Council meeting

You are hereby notified that the Osage City Council Meeting scheduled for December 26, 2017, has been canceled due to the holiday.

Dated this 28th day of November, 2017.
/s/ Quintin Robert, Mayor
Attested:
/s/ Teresa Fultz, City Clerk

Notice: City Of Osage City holiday trash pickup schedule

The City of Osage City offices will be closed Monday, December 25, and Monday, January 1, for Christmas and New Year’s Holiday. Customers whose trash is normally picked up on Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, December 26th and Tuesday, January 2nd. For more information call City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 4 – Dec. 8, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Dec. 4, 2017, through Dec. 8, 2017.

Boil water advisory rescinded for city of Overbrook

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the public water supply located in the city of Overbrook.

The advisory affected all customers south of Santa Fe Trail Street between Maple Street and Sycamore Street. Laboratory testing samples collected from the city of Overbrook indicate no evidence of contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Burn ban today: All burn permits suspended in Osage County

All outdoor burning is prohibited in Osage County today, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, after the National Weather Service has predicted windy weather. Osage County Emergency Management has suspended all local burn permits.

The rangeland fire danger index will be in the very high category this afternoon. Very high fire danger means fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort.

NWS has forecast it will be sunny today with a high near 59, and breezy with a west wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

The burn ban means no outside burning is allowed in Osage County today. The ban will be in effect until 8 a.m. Dec. 14, 2017, unless it is extended.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 3, 2017 – Dec. 8, 2017

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

Rhynhardt Dean Stewart, Lyndon: Nov. 14, 2017 – Dec. 10, 2017

LYNDON, Kan. – Rhynhardt Dean Stewart, infant son of Thomas and Tabitha Eissler Stewart, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at his home in Lyndon, Kan., surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Nov. 14, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo.

Rhynhardt was preceded in death by a brother, Rhyker Stewart, on Nov. 16, 2013, and by his paternal grandfather, Michael Stewart.

Rhynhardt is survived by his parents, Tom and Tabitha Stewart, two brothers, Rhylen Stewart and Rhyder Stewart, and sister, Kynsley Stewart, all of the home; paternal grandmother, Teresa Stewart of Lawton, Okla.; maternal grandparents, Loren and Elizabeth Eissler, Lyndon; two aunts, Michelle (Chris) Himes, Lawton, and Christina (Terry) Gradig, Downs, Kan.; and uncle, Michael Phipps, Carbondale, Ill.

Boil water advisory issued in Overbrook due to water main break

Update, Dec. 12, 2017: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has limited the boil water advisory for the public water supply located in the city of Overbrook to all customers south of Santa Fe Trail Street between Maple Street and Sycamore Street.

KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

The advisory took effect on December 12, 2017, and will remain in effect until conditions which place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be adequately resolved.

Fred Tucker, 62, Osage City: Dec. 21, 1954 – Dec. 9, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Fred Tucker, 62, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at his home in Osage City, Kan. He was born on Dec. 21, 1954, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the son of Johnnie and Dorothy Davis Tucker.

Fred had lived in Osage City for many years and he worked mowing lawns around town. He enjoyed watching the Royals and Chiefs, and playing bingo.

Poinsettias present a yuletide challenge for plant enthusiasts

By Randall Kowalik

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The poinsettia can be found everywhere right now – florists, nurseries, grocery stores, large-scale retailers, even hardware stores. As common as they are, you might wonder how to choose plants with confidence and care for them so they won’t droop before Santa drops down the chimney.

The poinsettia is probably the most familiar form of a specialized leaf known as a bract. The bracts are bright red, and they surround the very small flowers, which are usually yellow. When shopping for a poinsettia, K-State Research and Extension horticulturist Ward Upham suggests looking for the brightest yellow flowers, as those tend to be fresher.

“Make sure that the green leaves are intact and straight, not drooping over,” Upham said. “The bracts should be brightly colored. Check the undersides of the leaves for insects. The soil in the pot should be moist, but not waterlogged.”

Poinsettias are extremely sensitive to cold temperatures. Transporting the plant from the retailer to your home really is a do-or-die mission.

“Any temperature below 50 degrees F for any length of time could damage the plant. Florists will often have a plastic sleeve over them – if you buy one from another retailer, it’s not a bad idea to put a bag over it. And then go from the store to your vehicle, and from your vehicle into the house.”

Place the plant where it can receive plenty of bright, indirect light. Avoid drafts – cold drafts, warm drafts, all of them.

“A place near an outside door is just as bad as a place near an air vent,” Upham said.

AG Derek Schmidt: U.S. Supreme Court allows conviction, death sentence to stand

TOPEKA, Kan. – The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to review for a second time the case of Scott Cheever, leaving his capital murder conviction and death sentence intact, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office has reported.

The high court’s denial means Cheever’s conviction and death sentence, which previously were affirmed by the Kansas Supreme Court, will stand on direct appeal. The case will next be returned to the Kansas courts for further proceedings under the Kansas death penalty statute. Although the U.S. Supreme Court’s action marks the end of Cheever’s direct appeals, under both Kansas and federal law Cheever has remaining options to seek further judicial review through collateral proceedings.

Frontier Extension District honors local supporters with annual appreciation awards

The Frontier Extension District recently presented its annual appreciation awards to five people who have made outstanding contributions to Extension programs. Honored were Mike and Sharon Kilet, of Anderson County, Ken and Lori Kuykendall, Osage County, and Jo Ellen Arnold, Franklin County. The honorees were selected by the Frontier District governing board and awards were presented Nov. 28, 2017. Meet this year’s award winners:

Layton Long, 82, Osage City: Feb. 27, 1935 – Dec. 9, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Layton Long, 82, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born on Feb. 27, 1935, in Iuka, Kan., the son of Gleason and Frances Shelinbarger Long.

After living in Iuka and Emporia, Kan., Layton had lived in Osage City, Kan., most of his life.

Layton graduated from Osage City High School in 1953. He worked as a mechanic most of his life – for Davenport Equipment, Dav​e Dorr Motors and in 1959, bought Olson-Long Garage. In 1977, he purchased Osage Auto Supply. In retirement he became a cowboy for the Porter Ranch, near Emporia.

Layton served in the Army Reserves, was a member of the Osage City United Methodist Church, a 55-year member of Lions Club, member of Bass Masters, member of the Osage City Fire Department, serving as Fire Chief for a time, and was a baseball coach for several years.

Notice: Osage County District Court closing at noon Dec. 15, 2017

NOTICE: Osage County District Court will close at 12:00 PM on Friday, December 15, 2017.

A drop box is available on the third floor for payments and filings.

For more information, contact Charna L.Williams, Clerk of District Court, PO Box 549, Lyndon, KS 66451, or 785-828-4514.

NWS issues red flag warning: All burn permits suspended in Osage County

All outdoor burning is prohibited in Osage County today, Dec. 11, 2017, after the National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for most of northeast and north central Kansas due to low humidity and expected gusty winds. Osage County Emergency Management suspended all local burn permits as the NWS issued the red flag warning that covers Osage, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Lyon and Coffey counties.

The red flag warning is in effect 10 a.m.-6 p.m., while the local burn ban will be in effect until 8 a.m. tomorrow unless extended.

NWS has forecast that it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Winds will shift to the northwest and strengthen by the early afternoon, with sustained speeds expected to be between 20 and 25 mph and gusts near 40 mph through the afternoon. Relative humidity will drop to between 20 and 25 percent just ahead of the wind shift during the late morning, but should gradually rise through the afternoon behind the wind shift.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will soon. The combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. Fires could start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323.

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