COVID-19 update: Cases on steady rise in Osage County

Senior center set to reopen after precautionary closure Active cases of COVID-19 are again steadily rising in Osage County, with the health department reporting eight current positive cases yesterday, More »

Osage County unofficial results for Aug. 4, 2020, primary election

Many Osage County voters turned out with masks to exercise their right to vote during a worldwide pandemic for the Aug. 4, 2020, statewide primary election, and delivered upsets More »

Eat Well to Be Well: It’s a berry good time of year

If a grocery store advertisement reads, “Today’s special: a food low in calories, no fat, full of fiber, may help prevent diseases, aids in weight loss, and tastes delicious,” More »

Gov. Kelly signs executive order mandating masks in public spaces

Simple, proactive way to keep Kansans safe, and keep Kansas businesses open TOPEKA, Kan. – Gov. Laura Kelly today issued Executive Order No. 20-52 requiring that most Kansans must More »

Frontier Extension seeks applicants for Master Gardener program

The Frontier Extension District is currently taking applications for Master Gardener training, which will take place this fall. The deadline to sign up for this year’s program is Aug. 27, 2020.

In the Master Gardner program, participants learn about plant biology, soils, flowers, trees and shrubs, lawn care, fruits, vegetables, indoor plants, insects, diseases and pesticides. The educational information participants receive can benefit them and their neighborhoods.

Giving back to the community is part of the Master Gardener program. Master Gardeners are asked to give back 40 hours of service and education after completing training. Some Master Gardener projects can include assisting with a garden show, helping with county landscaping plantings, teaching youth about gardening, helping in a community garden, going on tours for further education on gardening, as well as many more possibilities.

Junior E. Sawyer, 90, Carbondale: Nov. 7, 1929 – Aug. 12, 2020

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Junior E. Sawyer, 90, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Carbondale. Junior was born Nov. 7, 1929, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Elmer and Ellen (Guffey) Sawyer.

Junior graduated from Soldier High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He worked at DuPont, in Tecumseh, for more than 19 years. He then worked at Reliable Car Shop. Junior also worked at the 37th Street Walmart as a greeter for more than 15 years. 

Marvin W. Irey, 79, Melvern: Oct. 4, 1940 – Aug. 10, 2020

MELVERN, Kan. – Marvin W. Irey, 79, passed away on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, at his home in Topeka, Kan. He was born Oct. 4, 1940, on the family farm near Melvern, Kan., the oldest son of William and Effie Schultze Irey.

Marvin grew up in Melvern and graduated from Melvern schools. He had lived in Topeka since 1962.

Help Wanted: Flint Hills Beverage seeks Route Relief Sales/Service Rep

Flint Hills Beverage, the area Budweiser wholesaler, is now accepting applications 8-5 Monday-Friday, at 132 W. Market St., Osage City, Kan., or online at, for an entry level position as a Route Relief Sales and Service Rep.

This position requires lifting 20-165 lbs. repetitively and obtaining a CDL license. Pre-employment drug screen, driving record review and physical will also be required. Selling, customer relationship skills and truck driving experience preferred. Includes full benefits and competitive pay. Must be 18 to apply. 

COVID-19 update: Cases on steady rise in Osage County

Senior center set to reopen after precautionary closure

Active cases of COVID-19 are again steadily rising in Osage County, with the health department reporting eight current positive cases yesterday, Aug. 10, 2020, along with 11 people quarantined.

As of yesterday, Osage County Health Department had recorded a total of 45 positive cases since Osage County’s first diagnosed case March 23.

In its Monday report, Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported six of Osage County’s cases have required hospitalization. OCHD reported yesterday there were currently no patients hospitalized, and 37 Osage County patients have recovered from the infection. No deaths in the county have been attributed to the virus.

The health department also reported the Osage County Senior Center would reopen on Aug. 12, after being shutdown July 30 due to a possible cluster of COVID-19 cases. The health department said no new cases have been associated with the senior center. In announcing the closure, the health department said three cases were possibly associated to the senior center. People who visited the senior center anytime between July 20 and July 27, 2020, were asked to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms.

Alice K. (Johnson) Peterson, 57, Osage City: Feb. 26, 1963 – Aug. 10, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Alice K. (Johnson) Peterson, 57, of Osage City, Kan., passed away Aug. 10, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Feb. 26, 1963, in Topeka, Kan., daughter of the late Ernie and Irene (Morgan) Johnson.

Alice is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Todd, and their three wonderful children, Erin, Jacob (Samantha), and Sarah Peterson (Joe Schemm). She is also survived by a grandson, Brooks; and two sisters, Diana Johnson-Patterson and her twin, Linda Fricke.

Osage County Republican Women host campaign forum in Osage City

More than 100 citizens from the Osage County area gathered to hear candidates speak about their platforms and campaigns on Sunday, July 19, 2020, at the Osage County Senior Center, Osage City, Kan. The event is sponsored every two years by the joint efforts of the Osage County Republican Central Committee and the Osage County Republican Women.

“Voting in our country is so important every election cycle,” said OCRC Chairman Dana Webber. “We endeavor to provide the public with a forum opportunity to mingle with candidates and listen to what each one stands for in their run for public office.”  

Osage County Jail Log, Aug. 1 – Aug. 8, 2020

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

Maxine Yager, 70, Topeka: June 23, 1950 – Aug. 7, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Maxine Yager, 70, of rural Topeka, Kan., passed away Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Maxine was born June 23, 1950, in Topeka, the daughter of John and Marie Atwood Yager.

Maxine grew up at Auburn, Kan., and graduated from Washburn Rural High School. She attended Washburn University and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Maxine went on to have a long career as a nurse at the Veterans Administration Hospital, in Topeka, for more than 30 years.

Help Wanted: ORBIS Corp. seeks Maintenance Employee for D Shift

ORBIS Corp., Osage City, is seeking a Maintenance Employee for D Shift, a 12-hour shift, 15 nights a month, every other weekend, from 6:45 p.m. to 7 a.m. This position provides preventative maintenance repair and service, troubleshooting and repair of injection molding machines and equipment, repair plant secondary equipment, fabrication tooling, complete daily reports, among other duties. Ideal candidate will have experience with pneumatics, hydraulics, valves, electronics, preventive maintenance programs, ability to read technical drawings, forklift driver license. Millwright license and technical training preferred. High school diploma/GED required. This job comes with a great benefits package and 401(k) match. Apply at, click on the careers tab.

ORBIS Corporation is the industry leader in returnable packaging with a plant located at 515 S. Fourth St., Osage City, Kan.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Faith essential during changes

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“What’s right, what’s wrong, what’s true, what’s false, who can one believe, who should always be doubted?”

Never in this lifetime, possibly never in all time, have there been so many queries go through the mind.

All make such a qualm, causing migraines for those who’ve seldom experienced even a headache. Then incorporate inconsistently forever changing stories, philosophies and opinions becoming most stressfully depressing.

Primary voting concludes this week with squabbling over tallies likely to continue for days. Some will win, most will lose, but who would have a clue if outcome is actually the best?

Working in promotions of sorts professionally for half a century never has advertising been so blatantly depreciating. All the name slinging, backbiting, degrading, it’s difficult to differentiate those being criticized from the boasting holier-than-thou.

Frequently those who are being defamed have gotten more benefit, certainly higher name recognition, than the bill-paying, humiliating opposition.

Despite most having positive intentions in the voting booth, it is an intimidating time of sorts. So many names, so many different choices, many times the first one remembered will get the ballot mark.

Whatever will be, will be, general election advertising is already underway. Possibility it could be ruder and more truly crude than recent weeks is highly probable in this uniquely strange environment.

Added to political controversies in today’s different world uncertainties are serious health concerns. No discussion warranted about the broad negative impact of any illness let alone a previously unknown one with no proven cure.

Christopher ‘Chris’ Hamilton, 41, Austin: Sept. 2, 1978 – July 30, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas – Christopher “Chris” Hamilton, 41, of Austin, Texas, was born Sept. 2, 1978, in Topeka, Kan., to William C. and Jo Ann (Priebe) Hamilton. He passed away July 30, 2020.

He attended Lyndon, Kan., schools and graduated from Lyndon High School in 1997. He also graduated from Flint Hills Technical School in auto mechanics. He worked as an auto and diesel mechanic for many years in Topeka, Olathe, Overland Park, Kansas, and recently in Austin.

Help House News: Food pantry and store operate with safety guidelines

Help House, Lyndon, continues to operate under guidelines to keep visitors and volunteers safe. Appointments are required for the food pantry and shopping, and also for donation drop offs. Two bags and two boxes are the limit on donations.

Two adults can now shop inside for each appointment. Masks are required and temperatures are now checked at the door. Hand sanitizer and gloves are provided inside.

To schedule an appointment for the pantry, shopping or donating, call Help House at 785-828-4888, 4-7 p.m. Monday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.

School supplies will be available by appointment also, during the week of Aug. 17-21, 2020, for students who will not be receiving supplies from their school districts. Please call Help House to schedule an appointment.

Upcoming mobile pantries times, dates and locations are:

  • Carbondale – 12–1 p.m. Aug. 11, Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship
  • Burlingame – 10-11 a.m. Aug. 20, The Federated Church
  • Melvern – 12:30-1:30 p.m. Aug. 20, Melvern Community Center
  • Osage City – 10-11 a.m. Aug. 20, Osage City Community Building
  • Lyndon – 12-1 p.m. Aug. 21, Lyndon Jones Park

For more information, contact Help House at 785-828-4888, [email protected], or 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, July 20 – July 24, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, July 20 to July 24, 2020.

Burlingame man injured in car and tractor collision

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn has reported a man was injured after his car collided with a tractor early this morning near Burlingame, Kan.

A sheriff’s office press release said officers responded to the accident about 6:50 a.m. Aug. 6, 2020, on U.S. Highway 56 near 189th Street. The report said Bryan Zeigler, 50, of Burlingame, was driving a 2014 Toyota Camry and struck the back of a 1980 John Deere tractor driven by Dennis Reamer, 67, Burlingame. Zeigler was transported to a Topeka hospital by Osage County EMS, with his condition unknown.

The Osage County Sheriff’s is conducting the investigation. Osage County fire districts No. 6 and No. 2 assisted at the accident scene.

Overbrook permanently closes one block of Oak Street near school

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Earlier this year, the Overbrook City Council passed an ordinance limiting traffic in the 700 block of Oak Street, which is between Overbrook Attendance Center and the playground. Previously, the gates were only closed during school hours. The gates will now be closed all of the time and only opened for authorized vehicles.

In July, the city posted signs noting the closure, and is reminding citizens the gates will be closed beginning Aug. 15, 2020. This will allow familiarity with the traffic change before school resumes.

For more information, contact Overbrook City Hall at 785-665-7328.

Stephen L. Griffin, 73, Lebo: July 30, 1947 – Aug. 1, 2020

LEBO, Kan. – Stephen L. Griffin, 73, passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Stephen Leroy Griffin was born July 30, 1947, in Burlingame, Kan., the son of William Frances and Mildred Francis (Kelley) Griffin.

He served in the United States Navy.

Osage County unofficial results for Aug. 4, 2020, primary election

Many Osage County voters turned out with masks to exercise their right to vote during a worldwide pandemic for the Aug. 4, 2020, statewide primary election, and delivered upsets in some local offices. Notably, in the Republican race for Osage County Sheriff, Chris Wells led the race over Osage County’s longtime sheriff Laurie Dunn, 1,955 votes to 1,154. The county’s two commissioner races also saw voters’ approval of the challengers for the positions. In the Republican commissioner District 3 race, Jay Bailey, 571 votes, defeated commissioner Ken Kuykendall, 309, and challenger Brandon Smith, 215. In the Republican commissioner District 2 race, Heather Kuder defeated Gaylord Anderson, 626 votes to 375.

The following results represent tallies reported by the Osage County Election Office on election evening and are unofficial until canvassed by the Osage County Commissioners. These results represent Osage County votes only and do not include write-in votes and provisional ballots.

Osage County Jail Log, July 26 – Aug. 1, 2020

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

Daniel V. Tillman II, 46, Overbrook: Sept. 19, 1973 – Aug. 1, 2020

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Daniel “Dan” V. Tillman II, 46, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at a Kansas City hospital. Dan was born Sept. 19, 1973, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Daniel and Sharon (McGahey) Pagan. He was raised by Jose Pagan.

Dan attended Santa Fe Trail schools. Dan attended the Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship. Dan enjoyed fishing, camping and watching westerns.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Pasture gathering fun work

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Be in my yard with your saddle and bridle Friday morning at 4:30.”

Ranch manager ordered the old wannabe who’d shyly requested to help gather a couple double stocked pastures.

It’s Flint Hills “shipping time” and a typical assignment for cowboys is rounding up short season grazing cattle.

Actually the younger family-member cowboy had 19 straight days gathering pastures, including those he manages and assisting neighbor grass operators.

Two personal mounts, obviously dipping deep into the feed bucket, are “show horses” and don’t take much to “real work.” Of course that brings snide smirks from “real cowboys” including the one loaning a “safe horse” from his half-dozen remuda.

Fortunately and prejudicially satisfying that big gray gelding had been started personally and used for stallion services a time. He didn’t “cut the mustard” as a breeder, nor as a “top cow horse,” yet fine for routinely checking cattle.

“Ruger” also works especially well when checking fence and waiting patiently for flood gap repair. “Just perfect” as the old wannabe’s loaner-mount, who the owner had ridden hard for three previous days getting pasture counts.

A couple trailers with horses and cowboys were already at the pasture gate with another handful arriving in short order.

“There’s nothing like riding your horse over the hill in the morning as the sun’s coming up,” Puncher Cooper always contended.

Somewhat rough skinny steers of widely varied shapes and colors from Mexico had been turned out about three months earlier. Blue skyline with occasional puffy cloud backgrounding green native grassland was picturesque sufficient for a rich man’s office painting.

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