Spring Aboard: Boaters urged to be educated before boating season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The temperature may still be cool outside, but it is a perfect time of year to start getting prepared for the boating season. Boating safety More »

Hidden History: Burlingame’s ‘Aunt Emily’ endeared for her strength and virtue

By Wendi Bevitt You probably haven’t heard of her, but Aunt Emily Ford was one of the most beloved citizens of Burlingame, Kansas. At a time when prejudice and More »

Overbrook Overlook: Dry, windy weather causes fire danger in the city, too

Sworn to serve: With official swearing in of officers at the first of the year, Overbrook’s 2018 governing body includes, from left, Council Member Cheryl Miller, Council Member Tammy More »

Dangerous conditions spark numerous fires across Kansas

The Kansas Adjutant General’s Department provided an update on recent Kansas fires, some that continue to burn as of today. According to the department, most are in some level More »

Spring Aboard: Boaters urged to be educated before boating season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The temperature may still be cool outside, but it is a perfect time of year to start getting prepared for the boating season. Boating safety advocates are urging boaters to enroll in a boating education course prior to the main boating season. Spring Aboard – Take a Boating Education Course campaign is a nationally coordinated effort during the week of March 18-24, 2018, to increase the awareness of taking a boating education course.

“We know that an educated boater is safer on the water,” said Tom Guess, president of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and lead organization for Spring Aboard. “If a boater has taken a boating safety education course the likelihood of their time spent on the water being a safe and enjoyable experience is much greater for them as well as their passengers. There’s no reason to head out on the water without knowing what you’re doing, and spring is the perfect time to take a course before the summer boating season begins.”

4th Judicial District seeks nominees for Osage County district magistrate judge

TOPEKA, Kan. – The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County.

The former district magistrate judge, Taylor J. Wine, was appointed district judge and chief judge of the 4th Judicial District, which is composed of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin and Osage counties.

Justice Eric S. Rosen, the Supreme Court departmental justice responsible for the 4th Judicial District, said nominees can apply or be nominated, but it must be on a nomination form and include the nominee’s signature.

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 and to become certified within 18 months.

Robert ‘Bob’ William Trendel, 86, Topeka: Jan. 17, 1932 – March 15, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Robert “Bob” William Trendel, 86, of Topeka, Kan., formerly of Wichita, Kan., passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018. He was born Jan. 17, 1932, in Quenemo, Kan., the son of William Clifford Trendel and Dorothy O. (Tyner) Trendel.

He graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1950. Bob later served his country in the United States Air Force from 1951 until 1955; his overseas station was at Fairbanks, Alaska. Bob was a sales person for a variety of companies during his career.

Barbara Jean Linsey, 80, Emporia: Nov. 30, 1937 – March 18, 2018

EMPORIA, Kan. – Barbara Jean Linsey, 80, passed away early Sunday, March 18, 2018, at her home in Emporia, Kan. She was born Nov. 30, 1937, in Lebo, Kan., the daughter of Harvey C. and Nellie Opal Childers Arb.

Barbara attended school in Waverly.

Barbara joined in marriage to Arthur Linsey on Feb. 6, 1955. They spent most of their lives together, raising, training and racing quarter horses.

Documentary subject, survivor to lead discussion on high school sexual assault

The Ninth Annual SOS Child Abuse Prevention Summit is quickly approaching, and will feature a public screening of the Netflix original documentary, “Audrie & Daisy”. Following the screening will be a discussion led by Daisy Coleman and her brother, Charlie.

Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman, both underage high-school girls, were sexually assaulted by school acquaintances and then bullied by their peers. Their assailants received little punishment. Tragically, Audrie took her own life, but Daisy survived, connecting with other survivors online. “Audrie & Daisy” takes an honest look at the culture of sexual assault in high school and at the increasing role social media plays in continuing the violation.

While sexual violence is not a new problem, social media clearly amplifies the repercussions of it. Allowing the time and space for middle and high school students to engage in difficult and courageous conversations around a topic that is in the news is of urgent importance.

There is no registration needed, plan to attend 9-11:30 a.m. April 11, 2018, at the WLW Auditorium, Emporia, Kan.

Lyndon Leaders cook up plans for International Foods Night

By Garrett Shoup, Club Reporter

Lyndon Leaders participate in a team building activity.

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had its monthly meeting on March 11, 2018. The meeting started with roll call of “What are you doing for spring break?”

During new business, the club voted to host their second annual International Foods Night, when members will make a dish, announce where it originated from, and allow everyone to sample it. This will take place during the April meeting.

The parent committee announced the club will be having a work day on March 18 at noon, to add soil to the landscaping in front of the wall project on main street.

The program included Brynna Peterson giving a demonstration on how to make your own slime.

The meeting ended with a team building activity, led by the Wise family. Groups had to get a chewy lifesaver around a gummy worm, without touching it with their hands and using limited supplies.

The next Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. April 8, in the Lyndon High School cafeteria.

Osage County Jail Log, March 11 – March 17, 2018

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

Additional cases of measles identified in northeast Kansas

Those who are ill are asked to stay home except to see a healthcare provider

TOPEKA, Kan. – On March 8, 2018, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment were notified of a case of measles in a daycare in Johnson County. Ten cases have now been identified – eight Johnson County residents, one Linn County resident associated with the daycare, and one Miami County resident not associated with the daycare.

To date, KDHE along with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, Linn County Department of Health, and the Miami County Department of Health have been able to identify where and when each case became infected. KDHE urges people who are ill or exhibiting measles-like symptoms to stay at home unless they are seeking medical care. Before visiting a healthcare provider, call ahead so that the provider can take measures to protect other patients and staff.

This outbreak continues to be investigated and KDHE and county health departments are working to identify contacts. The average number of days between when a person is exposed to measles and when they first start showing symptoms is approximately 10 to 14 days (range of 7 to 21 days). Secondary cases are now appearing outside of the daycare. There is concern that some individuals in the general population may have potentially been exposed to persons with measles while they were infectious. Be aware that if a person has visited one or more of these locations on the dates and times listed they may have been exposed to measles:

Larry G. Thompson Sr., 66, Ottawa: May 18, 1951 – March 17, 2018

Larry Gene Thompson Sr., 66, of Ottawa, Kan., passed away March 17, 2018, at Baldwin Healthcare and Rehab. He was born in Ottawa on May 18, 1951, the son of William Ralph Thompson and Eva Marjorie (Herrill) Thompson.

Larry graduated from Pomona High School, Pomona, Kan., with the class of 1969. Larry worked in the construction field all of his working life. For 25 years Larry worked for the University of Kansas, eventually attaining the position of lead concrete finisher, retiring from his job in 2012. He was also a member of Local Union No. 1290.

OCPR Update: When there’s barbecue smoke, it’s spring at Osage City

OCPR-logo-redSpring arrives this week and there is one thing on a lot of people’s minds – BBQ! The Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship is planned for April 6-7, 2018, and includes a community barbecue party, A Taste of Osage City, Friday, April 6. While some are focused on barbecue, Osage City Parks and Recreation is ready for Flint Hills League youth baseball and softball, with an upcoming signup deadline of March 30.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, March 5 – March 9, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse March 5 through March 9, 2018.

In April: Have lunch and learn with ECKAAA

Have lunch and learn with the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging in the upcoming Lunch N’ Learn series, to be held 12-1 p.m. every Wednesday in April at the Osage City Public Library, 515 Main St., Osage City. Lunch served – must RSVP.

Topics of Discussion

Wednesday, April 4 – Legal Questions

  • Speaker: Kansas Legal Services; Alex English
  • Topics: Estate Planning and Powers of Attorney for Caregivers

Wednesday, April 11 – Banking

  • Speakers: Representatives from Kansas State Bank of Overbrook
  • Topics: What a caregiver or family member needs to know about the banking process

Wednesday, April 18 – Nursing Homes & Assisted Living

  • Speakers: Representatives from Peterson Nursing Care, Brookside Manor, and Sunset Manor.
  • Topics: They will be available to answer questions.

Wednesday, April 25 – Funeral/Cremation Services

  • Speakers: Doug Gorham with Cremation Center of Kansas City
  • Topics: Presentation and Q&A

How do you sign up? Please call the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging to RSVP at 785-242-7200 or 1-800-635-5621.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Wind powered blazes insurmountable

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“March winds bring April showers bring May flowers”

That often repeated quotation is on the minds of most everybody.

Despite moisture forecasts, and sometimes a few drops, the Midwest has not received sufficient rain.

More than one commented, “Too bad we can’t have just a tad bit from those poor northeast folks snowbound and flooding.”

Combination of dry conditions and record winds has made wildfires more widespread than even year earlier more isolated damages.

A call in the middle of the night informed a pasture was burning nearby, but fire trucks had been called. Fortunately, those local volunteers were efficient in limiting damage to a small area. That the area ablaze had been hayed last summer, helped in keeping spread slowed.

Up and down the highway in every direction from headquarters, there have been pasture fires. All were brought under control before extensive loss.

Returning from work, three fire engines were headed east – telltale sign: “There’s a fire.”

Nightly news revealed location, but simultaneously another one was being battled two counties to the south.

Thousands of acres of Flint Hills were consumed between the two, but lives were saved. Biggest fright was possibility of fire spreading into one rural community.

Again, assistance gathered from every direction, miles and miles away with every form of water and extinguishing agent possible. Amazing the generosity and working together efforts of all in a time of need.

It does help override the bad publicity so often given today’s society. Neighbors helping neighbors is the way the country was built and remains in true ranchland.

FSA thanks ag producers for adding to nation’s quality of life

Dear Editor:

March 20 is National Agriculture Day – a day designated each year by the Agriculture Council of America to celebrate the accomplishments of agriculture. The Farm Service Agency joins the council in thanking American agricultural producers, especially in Kansas, for their contributions to the nation’s outstanding quality of life.

This year’s theme, Agriculture: Food for Life, spotlights the hard work of American farmers, ranchers and foresters who diligently work to provide food, fiber and more to the United States and countries around the world. To ensure a prosperous future for American agriculture, FSA provides continuous support to agriculturalists across the country.

FSA is rural America’s engine for economic growth, job creation and development, offering local service to millions of rural producers. In fiscal year 2017, USDA Farm Loan programs provided $6 billion in support to producers across America, the second highest total in FSA history. FSA also distributed $1.6 billion in Conservation Reserve Program payments to over 375,000 Americans to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion and increase wildlife habitat.

For agricultural producers who suffered market downturns in 2016, USDA is issuing approximately $8 billion in payments under the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs. USDA also continues to provide extensive assistance in response to natural disasters throughout the country, including last year’s hurricanes in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, drought in the northern high plains, wildfires in the west and central plains, floods, tornados, freezes and other catastrophic weather events.

Osage City Council Ward 2 Vacancy

Osage City Council Ward 2 Vacancy

The Osage City Council is accepting Expression of Interest Applications for the appointment of Ward 2 City Council position due to the resignation of City Council Member Mike Handly at the March 13, 2018 City Council meeting. Ward 2 is the northwest quarter of the City bordered by Main Street on the south 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 2, a registered voter of Ward 2, and 18 years of age and older. The applicant selected will serve the balance of the unexpired term from date of appointment until January 7, 2020 following the November 5, 2019 elections. Please submit Expression of Interest Applications to City Clerk Terri Fultz by Friday April 6, 2018 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 Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714 with any questions.

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

Osage City Shred Day Event – Free: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018

Osage City Shred Day Event
Location: City of Osage City
Street Department, 
216 S. 9th Street
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Each year individuals and households accumulate many personal financial and health documents which require secure disposal to prevent Identity Theft.

City of Osage City in connection with Document Resources, a Division of Underground Vaults & Storage, is having a FREE Shred Day to dispose of the general public’s personal documents and files at NO CHARGE.

Individuals and households can bring their items to the Street Department Shred Day event at 216 S. 9th Street between 9:00 am and 11:00 am on 05/12/2018 so they can be gathered for destruction, including recycling the destroyed remains. The public need not worry about removing staples or paper clips, or burning up their personal shredder. Professional shredding equipment will take care of them. For compliance reasons, only personal and household materials will be accepted the day of the event. Limit of three (3) boxes or bags per household please.

This is our way of helping our community combat identity theft and say thank you for the many years of community support we have received. Call us at 785-528-3714 with any questions.

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.

Hidden History: Burlingame’s ‘Aunt Emily’ endeared for her strength and virtue

By Wendi Bevitt

You probably haven’t heard of her, but Aunt Emily Ford was one of the most beloved citizens of Burlingame, Kansas. At a time when prejudice and segregation ran rampant throughout most of the country, the color line however did not exist for Aunt Emily in her adopted community, and she held a special place of honor and respect there.

Aunt Emily Ford was a spry little figure, with toil-scarred hands and a kindly face. “To know her [was] to love her” and later in her life, the local newspapers would run lengthy articles on the occasion of her birthday celebrating her many years, or an interview inquiring about her past.

“I shouldn’t think anyone would want to hear about slaves and slavery,” she said, but the reply was, “Yes, but everyone especially those of the younger generation know little of slavery and such an article would be of interest to the readers.”

This is her story.

Emily was born in North Carolina in 1813. Her family was owned by a family named White. The Whites treated their slaves harshly and used them for hard manual labor clearing trees and grubbing out shrubs when they moved to Tennessee.

As was the custom for slave owners, when Mr. White’s daughter was married to a man by the name of Farmer, she was given Emily as part of her dowry. Emily was two years older than her new mistress, and the two had shared a childhood together. Because of this familiarity, Emily found herself in a much more hospitable environment in her new home. Emily served as a cook in the Farmer household. The family moved to the Springfield, Missouri, area in 1837. It was there that she was allowed to marry another local slave, Daniel Ford.

When the area was invaded by Union soldiers in 1861, the Union forces freed slaves on the farms they encountered. Daniel Haney, of Burlingame, was with the 1st Kansas regiment when their company came upon Daniel Ford hauling potatoes in from the fields with his master’s wagon.

“Come with us to freedom!” was the call. Daniel Haney helped the Fords load all their children, earthly possessions, and even the feather mattress from the big house into the master’s wagon and the family followed the soldiers to a new life.

Their eventual arrival in Burlingame found the family without much means to start their new life. Instead of letting them remain relegated to their poor status, the people of Burlingame gave them a fair shot at success in their new life.

Osage City Kiwanis’ recycling program highlighted in national service competition

By Dave Azwell

Kiwanis International sponsors a “Signature Service Project” competition for Kiwanis Districts across the U.S. Kiwanis Clubs submit information concerning their signature service project that they perform during the year.

Each district selects one project to represent their district in the competition. Osage City Kiwanis Club has been named as the representative for the Kansas Kiwanis District in this year’s competition. The overall winner is announced at the Kiwanis International convention.

The Osage City Kiwanis’ signature service project is the operation of a weekly miscellaneous paper recycling project in conjunction with the city’s recycling program. It has been the Signature Service Project for more than 30 years.

Originally started as a last Saturday of the month citywide and surrounding area pick-up, it has expanded to twice a week pick-ups plus the Saturday pick-up. Paper is collected from local homes, businesses and anyone in the surrounding area who needs it which amounts to 10-12 miles every last Saturday per truckload and many miles locally on Monday and Friday pick-ups.

Two bins for miscellaneous papers, magazines and shredded paper are provided by the city and are located at the city maintenance yard. Osage City Kiwanis members empty the bins twice a week on Monday and Friday mornings at 7:30 a.m. into a semi trailer located in the maintenance yard. It takes approximately ½ -1 ½ hours each morning to complete the process. The city has provided two semi-trailers, used on an alternating basis – a loaded trailer is sent, an empty trailer is returned. City workers bring the bins to the trailer where club members unload them. Transportation for the loads of paper to the recycling company is provided by local trucking companies and independent drivers. The city and club provide a token payment to help defray trucking costs.

Osage City Kiwanis continues its original paper recycling service project which still functions on the last Saturday of each month starting at 9 a.m. Club members and local volunteers drive around the city and area to collect miscellaneous papers, magazines and shredded paper that have been placed at curbside.

Boil water advisory rescinded for the city of Emporia

Update: March 18, 2018 – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded a boil water advisory for the city of Emporia, Lyon County, Kan. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of high turbidity. Laboratory testing samples collected from the city 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.


TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Emporia public water supply located in Lyon County.  KDHE officials issued the advisory because of high turbidity. High turbidity may result in bacterial contamination.

The advisory took effect March 16, 2018, and will remain in effect until conditions which place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be adequately resolved.

Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
  • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.

Public water suppliers in Kansas take necessary measures to notify customers quickly after a system failure. Regardless of whether the supplier or KDHE announces a boil water advisory, KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

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