Sunflower Days blossom at Melvern

Summer and Sunflower Days both start this week, also signaling the beginning of Osage County’s fair season. Melvern’s annual Sunflower Days 4-H Fair gets underway Thursday, June 20, 2019, More »

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA team works as ‘Just One’ at state convention

MdCV FFA officers for 2019, Frank Warner, Cole Lacey, Koby Vanderpool, Bayleigh Lacey, Sadie McGowin, and Kaelin Criqui stop at KSU McCain Auditorium following a session. Courtesy photo. By More »

2019 SFTHS grads head out to get involved in the world

Throwing their caps, the 2019 SFTHS grads celebrate their accomplishment. Photo by Brad Shaffer, Santa Fe Trail High School’s 2019 honor students offered an abrupt reminder that you can’t live More »

Melvern 4-H club honors those who have served

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club members Braelyn McNally and  Gradey McNally place flags on the graves of a veterans at Oak Hill Cemetery, Quenemo, in preparation for Memorial Day. More »

Eat Well to Be Well: Why making every bite count matters more as we age

Humorist, novelist, and journalist Mark Twain was famous for his wit and wisdom. One of my favorite quotes he coined was, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” However, what does matter is how healthfully we age, at least to me. I personally hope to live a long healthy life, with the emphasis on “healthy.”

So, is healthy eating more important as we get older? Good nutrition is important at every stage of life. But as the decades go by, likely, health issues will start to appear. Your food choices often have a significant role of what we may or may not develop. Smart nutritional choices do make a difference. That’s why it’s never too late to start afresh with eating habits promoting your health.

When you look at each decade of life nutritionally, they bring certain phases and changes to focus on. Anyone who has lived long enough has seen and felt bodily changes. That’s why starting young is best for building a strong nutritional foundation. Let’s look at what to focus on as the years go by:

Junior Highliners get ready for fair time

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On June 9, 2019, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its meeting at Melvern Community Center. At 5:06 p.m., the meeting was called to order by President Tara Green. The club began the meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge, led by Braelyn McNally.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club members enjoy a program on clothing buymanship by Bella Reeser at the club’s June meeting. Courtesy photo.

Secretary Allie Reeser called roll, members and parents were to answer with their favorite project they are taking to the fair. There were 15 members and five adults present. Allie read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read.

Treasurer Ellie Sowers read treasurer’s report; it was approved as read.

Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted two articles last month.

In leader’s report, Caleb McNally thanked members for all their hard work and participation in community service activities last month. He asked members to please keep selling tickets for the hog raffle and let him know if you need more.

Lisa Reeser announced that Eric Melton has volunteered to build the bench the club will donate to the Melvern City Park in honor of former MJH member Jill Casten-Downing.

Lisa also reminded members the Melvern Fair is quickly approaching; projects may be entered 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday evening or 8-9:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Sunflower Days blossom at Melvern

Summer and Sunflower Days both start this week, also signaling the beginning of Osage County’s fair season. Melvern’s annual Sunflower Days 4-H Fair gets underway Thursday, June 20, 2019, promising three evenings of entertainment, ever popular open-air bingo, 4-H exhibits of all kinds, a parade, and locals’ favorite carnival.

The Melvern Sunflower Days Fair Board is tasked with carrying on a Melvern tradition that began back on July 4, 1877. A community celebration in a grove east of town turned into an annual gathering, which in 1910 was first celebrated under the name of Melvern Sunflower Days. The 4-H fair became a part of the event in 1948.

Exhibition this year includes the Frontier Extension District’s stockman competition, in which participants compete in four categories, agri-knowledge, livestock judging, showmanship, and advocacy of the livestock industry.

Thursday’s entertainment starts off with everyone going goo-goo over Osage County’s cutest babies. The baby show starts at 6 p.m. June 20, at the Melvern Community Center. Age brackets will be 6 months and under, and 7-12 months. Prizes will be awarded for the winning babies.

Lawhorn Gospel Blues, with Jack and Linda Lawhorn, will be Thursday evening’s featured entertainment. Friday night will feature the HB Drover Band, with Charlie Barber and Steve Herrell. Saturday night will be an old fashioned street dance with the Dirt Grass Canyon Band providing music from the porch of the Red Goose Shoes building.

Always a highlight of the fair is the Melvern Sunflower Fair Days Parade. The theme for the Saturday evening parade will be “Small Town USA – Redneck Jamboree!” Cash prizes will be awarded for the best floats: $200 for first place, $125 for second place, and $75 for third place. All businesses, organizations, groups and individuals are invited to participate. A bike parade will lead the main parade, with every child that rides their decorated bike in the parade receiving a prize. Parents and bike riders should meet at the corner of Main and Spring streets by 6:50 p.m. The main parade is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in downtown Melvern.

See the fair schedule below.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, June 3 – June 7, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse June 3 through June 7, 2019.

Osage County Jail Log, June 10 – June 15, 2019

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

Stars will shine at Osage County Fair Talent Show, Friday, July 12, 2019

Got talent? Would you like to share it with Osage County? Or do you wish to have a unique evening filled with entertainment you will experience nowhere else? Then Friday night at the Osage County Fair is for you. The Osage County Fair Talent Show will begin at 8 p.m. July 12, 2019, at the Osage County Fair at Osage City, Kan.

People with all kinds of talent are currently sought for the slate of the evening’s acts. Amateur and professional performers of all ages are encouraged to enter. Performer categories will be: Amateur, 3-16 years old; amateur, 17 and older; and professional.

Participants will be judged on appearance, ability, presentation and entertainment value. The top three in each group will receive monetary prizes.

Interested performers should fill out the entry form available here and mail it to or drop it by: Harmon Dental, 840 Lakin St., Osage City, KS 66523.

The stage, electricity and sound system with CD player will be provided to performers. A CD can be used for background music only. If you need any musical instrument other than a CD player, such as a piano, you must furnish and make arrangements for these yourself.

Entries should be received by July 7, 2019, however, late entries may be accepted at the discretion of sponsors. The sponsors reserve the right to select entries and limit the number of entries so that an entertaining evening may be had within reasonable time limits.

In addition to submitting the entry form, entrants are asked to describe on a separate page their talent, length of performance, and something about them of interest, such as type of experience.

The Osage County Fair Talent Show is co-sponsored by Harmon Dental and the Osage City Lions Club.

Help Wanted: City of Waverly seeks City Clerk

The City of Waverly, Kansas, is seeking an individual to fill the position of City Clerk.  Duties include, but not limited to: Office oversight, supervising utility billing and accounts payable, maintaining records including Governing Body minutes, fiscal records and accounts, payroll processing, and Information Officer.

Qualified candidates must be detail oriented, have strong verbal and written communication skills, budgetary knowledge, and proficient with computers.

The City of Waverly offers competitive pay. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and references to City Hall, PO Box 308, Waverly, KS 66871 or email to [email protected].

Review of applications begins immediately and will remain open until position is filled.

City of Waverly is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Leonard Elmore, 83, Vassar: July 5, 1935 – June 13, 2019

VASSAR, Kan. – Leonard Elmore, 83, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Topeka, Kan. He was born July 5, 1935, in Arkansas City, Kan., the son of Clarence and Gladys Leonard Elmore.

Leonard grew up in Wellington, Kan., and had lived in Topeka before moving to Osage County in 1970. He had lived near Vassar, Kan., for several years.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Outreaching helpfulness for devastated

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Mother Nature has wielded a wicked hand to agriculture and many others in the Midwest this year.”

So we are now looking back at nearly six months of abrasive conditions and in harm’s way.  Winter was “like never before,” according to some descriptions. Yet, others quickly reflected tougher cold, wet, snowy conditions. Still this recent winter had additional detrimental impaction from short feedstuffs due to the previous dry summer.

Native grasslands are likely forever scarred from continually deepened mud ruts created by ranchers moving nourishment to hungry cowherds.

Seriousness was more extreme as unceasing pour downs caused flooding of the nation’s richest cropland. Much of that will never approach quality of previous lifetime. Yet, worse is the loss of human lives, accompanied by livestock deaths, homes, buildings and equipment valued in the multi-millions.

Staggering are the acreages reported with extensive damages from earlier rainfalls fortunately prompting government financial assistance. Money is essential for livelihood but cannot replace lives, topsoil and family heritage of centuries.

Add to terribleness, rainfall has continued, with flash flooding frequent in many locales earlier not harmed. Major overflowing remains in almost daily warnings as occasional reprieves are soon replaced by worst threats.

Those missing high waters soon got humongous hail stripping trees, grassland, fences and homes. Sprouting leaf growth was gone, pastures appeared burned, and fence posts flattened. Some homes completely destroyed while others extensively, expensively damaged.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA team works as ‘Just One’ at state convention

MdCV FFA officers for 2019, Frank Warner, Cole Lacey, Koby Vanderpool, Bayleigh Lacey, Sadie McGowin, and Kaelin Criqui stop at KSU McCain Auditorium following a session. Courtesy photo.

By Sadie McGowin
MdCV FFA Reporter

The MdCV FFA officers team attended the 91st annual Kansas State FFA Convention May 29-31, 2019, in Manhattan, Kan. This year’s convention theme was “Just One.” The Kansas FFA had around 2,500 members and guests in total attendance from 207 chapters for the convention. The officer team assisted in a meal service program, convention sessions, and a career fair to help get them inspired and motivated for the coming school year.

MdCV FFA president Bayleigh Lacey, vice-president Frank Warner, and secretary Kaelin Criqui also served as delegates at the convention. The members were able to speak with each other and bounce around ideas for things their chapter can do to grow their membership numbers. There were many speakers at the convention sessions including the state officers with their retiring addresses and motivational speakers from across the country such as Cord McCoy, professional bull rider and winner of the Amazing Race, Luke O’Leary, National FFA President, and Kurt Dillon, State FFA Advisor and KSDE Ag Ed Consultant.

MdCV FFA members also participated in the national program “Give Lunch Service Packaging Event,” in which members packed healthy, easy-to-prepare meals to be given out to hunger relief groups across Kansas. More than 5,000 meals were packaged during their one-hour session.

Use ancient technology to explain about new technology: Talk to your kids

Submitted by Kari Wedel
SOS Community Relations Coordinator

As the school year winds down and summer begins, kids will be spending more time unsupervised. Evolving technologies present new challenges for parents with children of different ages. But no matter the age, all families face a similar dilemma when dealing with young adolescents on digital devices. The internet and online gaming platforms are now so accessible that many parents are struggling to shield their kids from inappropriate content. Therefore, developing and maintaining clear boundaries becomes paramount to your child’s safety.

Having constructive conversations about the negative impact of social media and sexting are crucial in a digital world where our youth are virtually surrounded by dangerous influences and perverse behaviors. When adults are not fully aware of their daily activities, kids will often follow their peers or even seek attention from complete strangers to better “fit in” by using popular forms of modern entertainment.

Smart phones, tablets and laptops are unfiltered opportunities for kids to make choices that may cause irreparable damage. There are numerous harmful behaviors that are now synonymous with using the internet, such as sexting, sending pornographic images or cyberbullying. Sexting occurs when multiple individuals are sharing suggestive images or messages that may seem innocent but can result in long-term dysfunction or legal consequences. Furthermore, private pictures or messages meant for a single person can quickly become widely dispersed among thousands, creating embarrassment and emotional trauma for years to come.

Donald James Heronime, 87, Carbondale: Sept. 17, 1931 – June 11, 2019

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Donald James Heronime, 87, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. He was born Sept. 17, 1931, to Gus and Elizabeth Urban Heronime, in Wichita, Kan.

Don attended several schools through his youth, and graduated from Plevna High School in 1951. He joined the U.S. Army immediately thereafter at the age of 17 and served for six years.

Don’s army career began at Fort Benning, Ga., for his initial training. He served two combat tours in Korea as an infantryman during the Korean War, earning the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars. Don was also stationed at Warner Kaserne, Munich, Germany.

Mission: Rescue victims of human trafficking

By Sue Anderson 

The number of juveniles, both girls and boys, entrapped in human trafficking is growing in the United States, and Kansas is not immune.  Libby Adams, representing the Topeka Rescue Mission, brought this powerful message to members and guests of the Osage County Republican Women last week at the group’s regular business meeting held June 6, 2019, at the Lyndon Community Building.

Adams emphasized that most citizens are unfamiliar with the signs of human trafficking and don’t realize it can happen in our own communities. Yet, it is citizens themselves that can help by reporting unusual or suspicious activities to local law enforcement or the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 888-373-7888.

Unlike a drug commodity that can be sold only once, Adams said, a person entrapped becomes a commodity of trafficking and can be sold again and again, thus being more profitable for the trafficker. It is estimated that human trafficking is a $150 billion per year industry. The traffickers are driven by money, and they use force, fraud or coercion to increase their profits.

Adams presented an overview of not only the situations of those exploited, but also steps being implemented to disrupt the trafficking networks and restore hope to the thousands ensnared. On the local level, this includes facilitating human trafficking awareness training, and enabling volunteers with training to be of assistance to those who escape or are rescued from trafficking rings.

2019 SFTHS grads head out to get involved in the world

Throwing their caps, the 2019 SFTHS grads celebrate their accomplishment. Photo by Brad Shaffer,

Santa Fe Trail High School’s 2019 honor students offered an abrupt reminder that you can’t live life to its fullest while sitting on the bench – you’ve got to get in the game. At the school’s 49th commencement exercises on May 11, 2019, the salutatorian and valedictorian, Josh Stone and Reegan Sisson, encouraged their fellow graduates, family and friends, to face challenges as life presents them.

Salutatorian Stone congratulated the graduates for reaching their important milestone, but noted they wouldn’t be there without the help of people around them and also their own involvement in their educations.

“For me, the biggest lesson of high school is that it’s important to get involved,” Stone said. “That’s a lesson I will take with me and hope you do too as we go out into the world today. To get involved and not stay on the sidelines.”

Quoting Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn,” Stone said.

“I hope we can all remember the importance of staying involved as we take our next steps,” Stone said.

“The last four years have been filled with moments of learning and moments of experience,” he said.

Valedictorian Sisson noted the graduates would soon go separate ways, reminding of Mr. Hug’s comment that students “were all going to disperse from this school one day like a covey of quail.”

He was right, Sisson said, “Some of us are going to be moving far from home in the next step our journey. Today, with this ceremony, things got real very quickly. I know we are all thinking about our next big step in life.”

Osage County Jail Log, June 2 – June 7, 2019

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

Ruby Lewis, 91, Lyndon: March 19, 1928 – June 9, 2019

LYNDON, Kan. – Ruby Lewis, 91, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at her home in Lyndon, Kan. She was born on March 19, 1928, in Branson, Mo., the oldest daughter of Oscar and Francis Beckwith Rhamy.

Ruby lived in southern Nebraska before moving to Lyndon, where she has lived for the last 60 years. Ruby was a homemaker, and then worked as a clerk in the Lyndon Post Office. She then worked at the distribution center in Topeka and later served as postmistress at the Leroy, Kan., and Scranton, Kan., post offices.

OCPR Update: Summertime fun on the schedule

OCPR-logo-redSummer’s almost here! Osage City Parks and Recreation is gearing up for swim lessons and other summertime fun at the Osage City Aquatic Center. Also on the schedule are musical camp, football camp, and 3rd-4th grade football and 5th-6th grade football. Here are the details:

George Donald Rice, 95, Melvern: May 9, 1924 – June 6, 2019

MELVERN, Kan. – George Donald Rice, 95, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born on May 9, 1924, in Maxon, Kan., the son of Fleming and Goldie Sutton Rice.

Don, as he was known, had lived most all of his life in the Melvern, Kan., community. He served in the United States Army in World War II in the European Theater. He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad as a clerk and then as a yardman. He was a member of the Melvern American Legion Post 317 and the 40 & 8 group, and was a Melvern city councilman and a volunteer on the Melvern Fire Department. 

A Cowboy’s Faith: Enjoy cheeseburgers and fries

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Don’t eat bread or potatoes; they’re harmful to the health.”

Just wait a minute. The human race has lived on those two foods likely since the beginning of time.

They’ve done pretty well all things considered. History studies indicate that’s about all there was at certain times, and it sure beat going hungry.

Yet, opinionated eating hazard philosophy has been going around for some time now, too.

Just think how good a piece of bread with peanut butter and jelly tasted after school. Bread with butter and thick sugar spread on it also hit the spot. Those kids grew up just fine.

So what are people supposed to eat these days? The advice heard last week was quite contradictory to nutritionists’ information not really that long ago either.

“Eat lots of meat and it’s okay if there’s fat on it.” That’s good news for red meat producers.

Remember when fat was supposed to be bad? Well cattle and hog breeders got their livestock too lean. Not only were the animals too skinny to efficiently produce, but their meat was tough without appetizing flavor.

Fat really is an important part of meat. Now nutritionists as well as livestock growers seem to have come to senses of that fact.

Eggs have had their share of bad rap through time as well but now get praise for nutritional eating. Vegetables are perfect eating complement it’s proclaimed. “Oh corn is so good.” Nope corn is a grain; that’s bad, ugh?

Teeing off: Osage City golf course open to all

By Richard Burkdoll
Osage City Golf Course President

The question I get asked most is how is the golf course since Greatlife took over. The answer is the golf course is in great shape and is still Osage City Golf Course! Greatlife doesn’t run your golf course. A board of directors elected by the members of the golf course has run the course for many years. Elections are held each year in October for six of the members. The other three members come from each of the clubs – men’s, women’s, and couples.

The city of Osage City has always owned the course. Originally it was a semi-private course. The course is public, open for anyone to play, and has been for years. The agreement the city has with Greatlife allows Greatlife’s members to play here and our members to play any of their courses for free or for a reduced cost.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, May 27 – May 31, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, May 27 through May 31, 2019.

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