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County’s top speller claims second spelling bee championship

Osage County’s top spellers display their awards and medals following Thursday’s countywide spelling bee at Scranton Attendance Center, front from left, Jada Seyler-Harting, Madison Cormode, Ariana Delaney, Addison Hinterweger, Mason Flickinger, Kaitlyn More »

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On-the-farm grain storage enhances profits for Berryton farmer, U.S. soybean chairman

Turn of the operation wheel by Bob Haselwood starts auger systems moving soybeans from storage bins to a semi-trailer at Haselwood Farms Inc., near Berryton. The beans are sent to processing facilities More »

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Talented artists, writers tell about the importance of pollinators

Annabelle Potratz, kindergartener at Burlingame Elementary School, won purple for her poster of bees, butterflies and flowers. Winners of the Osage County Conservation District’s poster, essay and limerick contest were chosen from More »

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Burlingame says ‘Happy Birthday, Kansas!’

Burlingame Schuyler Museum and the Burlingame Historical Preservation Society will celebrate Kansas’154th birthday on Kansas Day, Thursday, Jan. 29, with presentations portraying how things were done in the past. The activities will More »

Consumer alert: Beware of fake invoice scams

TOPEKA – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today warned consumers to be on the lookout for fake invoices for services or products not ordered. They are likely being generated from disreputable companies perpetrating fraud.

The attorney genral’s office has received more than 150 complaints from school districts and other entities across the state about fraudulent invoices being sent from an organization doing business as American Yellow Group, Inc., American Yellow Corporation, Inc., and American Yellow Distribution, Inc.

The invoices are purportedly for “directory listing” and demand $496.95 for a one-year listing or $685.95 for a two-year listing. The geographical origin of the invoices include San Diego, Calif., Dallas, Texas, New York, N.Y., and Varna, Bulgaria.

Overbrook native honored by guidance center for outstanding service to children, families

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TOPEKA – Becky Turner, formerly of Overbrook, has been presented with Family Service & Guidance Center’s 2015 Distinguished Staff Award in the case management category.

“Each year, a few staff of our 280 staff members distinguish themselves through outstanding service to the children and families we serve. These awards are our way of saying thank you,” Brenda Mills, CEO, said.

Awards are given annually in six staff categories. Employees were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of FSGC staff members representing a diverse cross-section of the agency. Recipients of the award are selected for a high level of effectiveness in their work with children, families and co-workers; zeal in promoting the advancement of mental health; and professional interest and involvement.

Turner, a 1999 graduate of Santa Fe Trail High School and daughter of Carole Turner, now resides in Topeka.

Carol A. Brady, 73, Topeka: March 3, 1941 – Jan. 28, 2015

TOPEKA – Carol Ann (Sobkoviak) Brady, 73, of Topeka, passed away Jan. 28, 2015, at Midland Hospice House. She was born March 3, 1941, at St. Cloud, Minn., to Joseph and Irene Schulte Sobkoviak, the youngest of four girls.

Carol graduated from St. Mary’s Cathedral High School, where she participated in an all-girls drum-and-bugle corp. After graduation, she joined the workforce.

Carol married W. Ben Brady Jr., of Hartford, Kan.

She worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield and retired in 2002 after 28 years. Carol was a car enthusiast and was the editor of the Topeka Region National Antique Auto Club of America (AACA) newsletter.

County’s top speller claims second spelling bee championship

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Osage County’s top spellers display their awards and medals following Thursday’s countywide spelling bee at Scranton Attendance Center, front from left, Jada Seyler-Harting, Madison Cormode, Ariana Delaney, Addison Hinterweger, Mason Flickinger, Kaitlyn Moore, back, Riley Rowe, Matthew Mock, Kathryn Vaught, Cindy McClure, Cole Thomas, and Evan Young.

Nobody was “arrogant” and there were wasn’t a “guffaw” to be heard Thursday as a Carbondale sixth-grader claimed the title of Osage County Spelling Bee Champion for the second year in a row. But Addison Hinterweger, a student at Carbondale Attendance Center, spelled those two words in round 14 and 15 of the spelling bee to win the championship over runner up Ariana Delaney, a fourth-grader at Scranton Attendance Center.

The county spelling bee was hosted Jan. 29 by Scranton Attendance Center.

Silver Haired Legislature needs Osage County candidates

OTTAWA – Candidates are needed to run for Silver Haired Legislature to represent Osage County, as current Osage County legislator Diana Berry has chosen not to re-file for the position.

The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature is a unicameral legislature composed of 125 representatives. All are older than 60 and are elected from their county of residence. Wyandotte, Johnson, Shawnee and Sedgwick counties each have five additional delegates. The legislature provides an opportunity to identify priority concerns of Kansas senior citizens, and develops bills and resolutions that are presented to the Kansas Legislature and the governor as recommendations for state policy.

On-the-farm grain storage enhances profits for Berryton farmer, U.S. soybean chairman

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Turn of the operation wheel by Bob Haselwood starts auger systems moving soybeans from storage bins to a semi-trailer at Haselwood Farms Inc., near Berryton. The beans are sent to processing facilities in Kansas City.

“I have to load out three semi-trailer loads of soybeans this afternoon. That takes precedence, because I have to get them sold before the end of the year. And, with my busier schedule these days, I need to plan around all of the meetings I have to attend.”

Winter isn’t typically that hectic for farmers who have strictly cropping operations.

However, Bob Haselwood seldom has much opportunity to let down during this time of year, as he’s doing maintenance on his full line of owned machinery in his most complete on-farm shop, along with monitoring and sometimes loading soybeans and corn from his vast on-farm grain storage.

Of course, there’s also review of the crop rotation plan, locking in seed varieties which best match soil type and growth conditions, coordinating fertilizer and chemical needs and purchases, evaluating marketing alternatives, and clarifying decisions for complete farm program participation advantage.

And, far from last, if not most importantly, paying crop insurance premiums for essential protection from the widely varying weather-related damages that Haselwood well knows can occur, from personally experiencing nearly all of them at one time or another in his nearly 40 years of farming near Berryton, in Shawnee County.

Eleanor Louise Hutchinson Powell, 78, Emporia: Feb. 9, 1936 – Jan. 25, 2015

EMPORIA – Eleanor Louise Hutchinson Powell, 78, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka. Eleanor was born Feb. 9, 1936, in rural Burlington, the daughter of Samuel A. and Marian H. Baxter Hutchinson. “Sis”, as she was known, attended Swamp College Grade School near Old Strawn, and later graduated from Strawn High School with the class of 1954.

She went to work at Hallmark Cards, in Emporia, and later worked at Crawford Manufacturing in Emporia.

Producers invited to reserve spot at 2015 Ag Stewardship Conference in Overbrook

Do you know the laws that apply to leasing land for cropping, hunting, or grazing? Have you planned properly for the future of your farm? Are you aware of the tax implication when passing your farm to the next generation?

Farmers and ranchers in east-central Kansas, especially in Douglas, Franklin, Osage, and Shawnee counties are encouraged to attend the 2015 Ag Stewardship conference, Feb. 6. All producers in the area are invited, but a special invitation is made to absentee landowners, new and beginning farmers, and small or specialty crops farmers.

The lineup of speakers includes:

  • Matt Unruh, Kansas Water Office, will present on the Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas.
  • Art Barnaby, Kansas State University, will give an overview of the 2014 Farm Bill.
  • Mike Irvin, Kansas Farm Bureau, will present on agricultural law updates.
  • Forrest Buhler, Kansas Agricultural Mediation Service, will present on estate planning for farm families.

School board candidates fill slates across county

All open positions for election in local school districts drew candidates, according the Osage County Clerk’s office. Beating the filing deadline today at noon, the following candidates will be running for school board member seats.

City council candidates load up local elections with choices

There will be some suspenseful races in upcoming city and school board elections – the filing deadline was today at noon. The city of Burlingame had the most candidates file than any other city in Osage County, with 10 candidates filing for three city council seats.

The Osage County Clerk’s office compiled an unofficial list of candidates filing for municipal positions across the county this afternoon. The list becomes official when the county clerk’s office receives the written certifications of candidates as provided by city clerks.

Judith Kay Nottestad, 75, Topeka: March 10, 1939 – Jan. 26, 2015

TOPEKA – Judith K. Nottestad, 75, Topeka, passed away Jan. 26, 2015, at Midland Hospice, Topeka. Judy was raised in Topeka and lived here most of her life except for eight years when she lived in Wisconsin.

She worked at the Menninger Foundation for 12 years and at Brewster Place more than 10 years. She loved music, to dance, and be with her family. Her life was her kids.

Enjoy some soup, help the senior nutrition program

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Nutrition site’s bean soup feed fundraiser is this Thursday evening, Jan. 29.

Last reminder: the nutrition site’s bean soup feed fundraiser is this Thursday evening, Jan. 29, starting at 5 p.m. We really hope you will come to the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, for a wonderful winter evening meal.

Every Friday morning we put on a really neat bingo event. The fun starts at 10 a.m., and players should bring a prize valued at least $2. This way, everyone wins. Plus, the center continues to provide a variety of prizes for the Blackout Game at the end of the session. So come on in for some end-of-the-week fun.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Jan. 19 – Jan. 23, 2015

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Jan. 19 through Jan. 23, 2015.

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 21 – Jan. 23, 2015

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

The Garden Patch: Arm yourself with knowledge to fight foes without fear

Well, we talk about a lot of things in this column, so this week let’s talk about something that affects all of us, but most of us know very little about … it’s called plant diseases. The gardener has to fight a never-ending battle against plant diseases or face serious plant losses. This is partly because diseases previously unknown in our area are introduced or new forms of the existing organisms develop.

The key to controlling garden plant diseases is the use of disease-resistant varieties of seeds and plants, crop rotation, or treatment with fungicides.

Your county agricultural agent will tell you about the more serious plant diseases in your area and how to control them. So, let’s highlight a few for your reference …

Ben F. Winans, 80, Overbrook: Aug. 9, 1934 – Jan. 25, 2015

OVERBROOK – Ben F. Winans, 80, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, near Osage City. He was born on Aug. 9, 1934, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Frank and Helen Hallowell Winans.

Ben was raised and lived around Scranton before moving south of Overbrook in 1965.

He had been a farmer and stockman for many years, and had been a rural mail carrier out of Scranton since 1986. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve for several years.

Nadine A. Hammond, 87, Topeka: Oct. 20, 1927 – Jan. 24, 2015

TOPEKA – Nadine A. Hammond, 87, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the Midland Hospice House, in Topeka. She was born Oct. 20, 1927, at the Barnes Hospital in Osage City, the daughter of Carl Swen and Aline Louise Vialle Bergquist.

Nadine graduated from Osage City High School in 1944. She worked at J.C. Penney and the Kansas State Highway Department, both in Topeka, and retired from Hallmark Cards in Osage City.

Nadine was married to John F. Hammond on Jan. 25, 1947.

Chamber Chat: Osage City Chamber sets course for prosperous new year

President’s Message: Be a part of Osage City’s exciting future
Shannon Stevens, President
Osage City Chamber of Commerce

Happy New Year! On behalf of the officers and directors of the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, I would like to extend a heartfelt wish for a prosperous and healthy 2015 to all of our residents, business owners and members of the surrounding community.

We are excited about this year’s upcoming calendar of events and the Chamber’s continued collaboration with the city, arts council, schools, fair board and other organizations. As you know, Osage City’s annual Smoke in the Spring event has received both regional and national televised coverage. The corresponding car show sponsored by the Twin Lakes Cruisers continues to grow and has become a “must attend” event for the car enthusiast. The Chamber sponsored Beer Fest promises to be even bigger and better this year! The Osage County Fair with its parade and other attractions draws people from all over the County and beyond, as does the Chamber’s annual “Christmas on Market” event. Another largely “untapped” event for many of our business owners is the annual Kansas Sampler Festival (as seen on PBS) where Osage City is well represented by our Arts Council and Chamber volunteers. Last year they ran out of information on Osage City to hand out as attendees were very interested and depleted their supply!

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