Lyndon Leaders’ sunflowers bloom for everyone’s enjoyment

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club is inviting everyone to enjoy an Osage County sunflower field. The field is located eight miles north of Lyndon on U.S. Highway 75, and More »

Catch up with the past at Arvonia

By Susan Atchison This year has been eventful and much progress has been made at Arvonia by the Arvonia Historic Preservation Society. January and February began with reflecting on More »

Travel back in time during Pomona State Park’s retro weekend

If you ever wanted to experience the great outdoors like they did back in yesteryear, this weekend is your chance. Step back in time during the Going Retro Car, More »

Lyndon landmark, ‘The Old Ice Plant’, former commerce center and residence

By Paul Schmidt The distinct white painted concrete and brick building located at the corner of Washington and Third streets in Lyndon, Kan., is known as “The Old Ice More »

Osage County Jail Log, Aug. 13 – Aug. 18, 2018

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

Help Wanted: City of Osage City seeks Electric Distribution Supervisor

The City of Osage City, a community of 2,943 located in Northeast Kansas, desires to fill the position of Electric Distribution Supervisor. This non-exempt position is responsible for, but not limited, to a variety of supervisory, administrative, skilled, technical, and maintenance work in the planning, construction, operation, repair, maintenance, and replacement of the City electric distribution facilities and systems.

Minimum qualifications include completion of a two-year line school program or equivalent-type of training program, seven years of experience related to the construction, operation, repair, and maintenance of electrical distribution systems, a high school degree or GED, and Kansas CDL driver’s license with an insurable driving record. Previous supervisory experience is preferred, but not required for the position.

Salary will be commensurate with individual’s qualifications and experience. The City offers an excellent benefits package. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, application for employment, resume, list of five professional references, and salary history to the following:

City Clerk Terri Fultz
City of Osage City
201 S 5th Street, PO Box 250
Osage City, KS 66523-0250

Application for Employment forms may be downloaded at www.osagecity.com/Jobs.

Applications may be submitted electronically to [email protected] . Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 24, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Questions can be directed to Joey Lamond, Director of Utilities, at 785-528-3714 or [email protected].

The full position description and benefit profile is available upon request. The City of Osage City, Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

KDHE issues boil water advisory for Lyndon, Melvern, Quenemo after line breaks

12 area water systems under advisory

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a boil water advisory today for 12 water systems in northeast Kansas, including the Osage County communities of Lyndon, Quenemo and Melvern. The water systems obtain water from Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 12, which was put under the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system.

The water systems affected include those of the city of Lebo, city of Quenemo, Coffey County Rural Water District No. 3, city of Lyndon, city of Waverly, Osage Co. RWD No. 4, city of Melvern, city of Williamsburg, Osage Co. RWD No. 6, city of Pomona, Anderson Co. RWD No. 4, and Melvern Lake Arrow Rock campground.

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.

The advisory took effect Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cure don’t cover it

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Just take a pill, that’ll fix whatever the problem is.”

That advice is prevalent today from whomever or wherever it’s being heard. Be it television commercials, print ads, true friends, family, somebody on the street corner. Even sadly as well from medical professionals, doctors, nurses, and assistants.

Half a century ago for those who had a TV, reflections are that most advertising centered on cigarettes and beer. Some of those were outlawed, even though specific liquors and fake smokes of some sort are being promoted again.

Now, on certain stations, all kinds of medications, mostly what might even be considered miracle pills, are advertised.

For naiveties, it’s difficult to figure out what the drugs are supposed to remedy. Still, almost without exception, there are warnings of seemingly worst consequences from taking the pills.

Well, actually, it’s not even always pills recommended, sometimes there are other methods of getting the advertised healing results. Warnings caution the drugs can cause heart attacks, swelling, headaches, fever, more different hurt, pain someplace else.

Guilty of following directions this time, two handfuls of pills are swallowed every day. Have no idea what most of them are for or called, unlike some who rattle off all the names.

However, there are certain ones that really do work. Legs ache and shoulder hurts take two pills, then sure enough the wrenching throb goes away in just a short time. Can’t help but think it’s imagination, but somehow, someway there’s sure relief for a while.

Blue-green algae closes Michigan Valley swim beach at Pomona Lake

VASSAR, Kan. – The U.S Army Corps of Engineers at Pomona Lake has announced the existence of a blue-green algae bloom at the Michigan Valley swim beach at Pomona Lake.

According to project operations manager Scott Rice, yesterday, Aug. 16, 2018, what appeared to be blue-green algae was noticed in the beach area and around the dam.

“Preliminary tests show the presence of blue green algae,” Rice said. “The beach will be tested Monday by KDHE but for safety reasons the beach has been closed.”

According to an announcement from the Corps, swimming will not be allowed at the Michigan Valley Swim Beach, and all wading and contact with algae is highly discouraged. Visitors are encouraged to use the beach located in Pomona State Park on the south side of the lake.

The Corps reported the most recent tests showed the presence of the toxin microcystin, but noted levels can increase or decrease on a daily basis. Hot and sunny weather conditions combined with high nutrient levels create ideal conditions for harmful algae bloom growth.

Pet owners need to be particularly mindful of the presence of blue-green algae. Dogs are highly susceptible to algae toxins and frequently ingest concentrated toxins from shoreline areas. Pets that swim in or drink water affected by a harmful algal bloom or those that eat dried algae along the shore, may become seriously ill.

Boat ramps and lake activities are not affected at this time. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms.

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Lyndon Leaders’ sunflowers bloom for everyone’s enjoyment

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club is inviting everyone to enjoy an Osage County sunflower field. The field is located eight miles north of Lyndon on U.S. Highway 75, and one mile east on 189th Street. The flowers are in full bloom until the end of August, so everyone is invited to enjoy the view, take some photos, and pick some flowers.

Catch up with the past at Arvonia

By Susan Atchison

This year has been eventful and much progress has been made at Arvonia by the Arvonia Historic Preservation Society.

January and February began with reflecting on memories of the Christmas tour and Christmas Tea, and planning for 2018 events. March started off strong with the St. David’s Tea in Lebo. Arvonia hosted Eluned Jones, director of the St. David’ Society of Kansas annual concert in Emporia.

On the cold first weekend in April, AHPS hosted several events. On Friday, a PEO chapter from Emporia toured the buildings and held their meeting. Saturday, a group of eight came for a progressive dinner bought at a silent auction benefitting the AHPS last fall. The group progressed from appetizers at the school, soup at the church, followed by the main course at the Humphreys/Atchison house, and dessert at the town hall. All food courses contained food with a Welsh flair. The brave group walked the entire route despite the weather. On Sunday, we hosted a private group tour.

Travel back in time during Pomona State Park’s retro weekend

If you ever wanted to experience the great outdoors like they did back in yesteryear, this weekend is your chance. Step back in time during the Going Retro Car, Vintage Trailer And Antique Boat Show, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Pomona State Park.

According to the Friends of Pomona State Park, hosts of the weekend event, more than 50 vintage trailers have registered for the event, the largest group since the annual show began. Visitors can tour and see inside the vintage camping trailers, talk to the owners, and remember a long-ago time. Some of the trailers have been preserved as original, others have been renovated with more creature comforts, and some are “glampers” (glamorous camping). Spectators can vote for their favorites.

The car show this year includes additional trophies: People’s Choice, Rangers’ Choice, Top 5, Best of Eras (40s and older, 50s, 60s,70s, and 80s and newer), Best Original, and Best Car Club participation. The Rangers’ Choice award is a large metal cut-out of the winner’s own vehicle provided by local artist Ted Craig, owner of Prairie Fire Metal Arts.

For car show participants, registration begins at 8 a.m.; $15 for each car. After awards are presented, all cars will caravan for a cruise across the dam. Show vehicles are not required to pay the state park’s $5 daily car permit.

The fifth annual Going Retro Car, Vintage Trailer and Antique Boat Show is coordinated by Friends of Pomona State Park and Pomona State Park. The concession stand will open at 8 a.m. with coffee and LaMont Hill Restaurant cinnamon rolls.  The lunch menu will include hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches.

Vehicle owners of all makes and models, car enthusiasts, vintage camping trailer owners, those interested in seeing the vintage camping trailers, and those just wanting to get some exercise outdoors are all invited. For more information, call Don or Zo Torrey at 785-806-2308.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Aug. 6 – Aug. 10, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Aug. 6 through Aug. 10, 2018.

Osage County Jail Log, Aug. 6 – Aug. 12, 2018

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

William ‘Bill’ Tillman, 64, El Dorado: Nov. 2, 1953 – Aug. 13, 2018

EL DORADO, Kan. – William “Bill” Tillman, 64, passed away on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at his home in El Dorado, Kan. He was born on Nov. 2, 1953, in Topeka, Kan., the son of John and June Miller Tillman.

Bill grew up in Vassar, Kan., and graduated from Lyndon High School, Lyndon, Kan., in 1971. He lived and raised his family in Leon, Kan., and had been in El Dorado for the last several years.

Bill worked in law enforcement, and had served as a park ranger for Pomona State Park and El Dorado State Park. He was a store manager for Wal-Mart, and had been a bluegrass musician for many years. He was a member of the Vassar United Methodist Church, the Kansas Prairie Pickers Association, the Vassar Polecats, and the Prospect Bluegrass Band.

Help Wanted: City of Osage City seeks City Utility Clerk

The City of Osage City, a community of 2,940 located in Northeast Kansas, desires to fill the position of City Utility Clerk. This non-exempt position is responsible for but not limited to clerical work which includes maintenance of utility accounts, collection of payments, and providing information utilizing a high level of customer service both in person and by phone. Receives and records monetary transactions for city utilities and other services and fees. Posts payment to accounts, balances daily revenue to daily transactions. Experience should include a minimum of six months customer service experience, minimum of one year of experience working with cash transactions, experience with data entry and proficient with computer software and other office machines, must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, professional interaction with customers in person and via telephone. A high school degree or GED is required. Salary will be commensurate with individual’s qualifications and experience. The City offers an excellent benefits package. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, list of five professional references, and salary history to the following: City Utility Clerk Search, City of Osage City, 201 S. 5th Street, PO Box 250, Osage City KS 66523-0250. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2018. Questions can be directed to Terri Fultz, City Clerk at 785-528-3714 or [email protected]. A full position description and benefit profile is available upon request. The City of Osage City, Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Public Notice: Intersection closed, 4th and Ellinwood, Osage City, until August 20

The City of Osage City is notifying citizens and drivers that the intersection of 4th and Ellinwood streets will be closed from Monday, August 6 to Monday, August 20, 2018. Please use Safford Street for school access. Thank you!

For more information, contact Osage City Hall at 201 S. Fifth St., Osage City, Kan., 785-528-3714.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Service is helping others

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It’s always best to help others in every way possible.”

That’s regardless whether they seek it, want it, realize they’re being helped or even think it’s unneeded.

Worst of all is when a service offering help, a reminder or a suggestion becomes offensive.

One is reminded: “It’s wrong if you don’t, it’s wrong if you do.”

In the sales profession that’s hit home numerous times through the decades.

Selling is helping. Whether that’s guiding one in the correct selection, finding exactly what is desired or giving advice to increase sales.

Service is the most important ingredient of selling anything. When all is said and done, that’s way more important than the price or the profit.

Many, sadly maybe most, don’t understand it and are out strictly out for the almighty buck. Apparently, that’s why when heartfelt service is given a buyer doesn’t understand the true meaning.

More than a quarter of a century ago, one customer became the best of friends. Every Friday morning, several hours were spent jointly developing advertising campaigns.

It was a work of enjoyment for both and increased that major business’ sales. There was always congeniality attempting to find better, more efficient methods to promote for higher returns.

Then, their management changed and all of the close service work with the previous most professional advertising coordinator went out the door.

Service on this end never altered, likely even expanded if possible, but the new people in charge became offended.

Evidently, they thought somebody was telling them how to do their job rather than helping, serving to expand their patronage.

Edward Jones named one of ‘50 Companies That Care’ and a great place to work

PEOPLE magazine and Great Place to Work have honored Edward Jones as one of People’s “50 Companies That Care,” a ranking based on the firm’s associate feedback about how their workplace makes a difference in their lives and their communities.

Edward Jones offers financial services through advisers at local branch offices throughout the United States and Canada (through its affiliate). Locally, financial adviser Robyn Williams maintains the Edward Jones branch office at 516 Market St., Osage City, Kan. Mandi Potter is the senior branch office administrator, and Jen Koch is the branch office administrator.

PEOPLE magazine’s rankings represent feedback from more than 4.5 million employees across the U.S. The magazine partnered with Great Place to Work, a global people analytics and consulting firm, to analyze employees’ survey feedback and to consider each organization’s benefits, philanthropic and community support. Edward Jones took the No. 5 spot on the list.

Lyndon landmark, ‘The Old Ice Plant’, former commerce center and residence

By Paul Schmidt

The distinct white painted concrete and brick building located at the corner of Washington and Third streets in Lyndon, Kan., is known as “The Old Ice Plant”. It is most associated with Lyndon resident and businessman Roscoe Gray (1890-1981) who, with his wife Nell, operated not only an ice plant in this structure, but also a slaughter house, locker plant, and an ice cream shop. There was also a private living quarters in the building.

Gray, with the help of two other men, built the concrete structure. Assisting with additions to the structure were boys from the vocational agriculture class at Lyndon High School, who wanted to earn some extra money in their free time.

In a June 12, 1980, article, Gray noted that the cement was mixed by hand and hauled by wheelbarrow. He also proudly told of the popularity of their most famous ice cream flavor, “brown bread.” In this article he revealed the secret* to their recipe.

Additionally, the roof garden portion was open every Saturday for roller skating parties with a big community dance held each Fourth of July.

The facility was in operation from 1941 to 1959. Gray, after his “first retirement” at the age of 72, went on to lay the rock for his private residence on Ash Street in Lyndon, as well as build a dozen fireplaces for homes in the Pomona area.

Source: The Osage County Historical Society, Lyndon, Kan. (Editor’s note: Please remember this building is privately owned; never enter private property without permission of the owner.)

*Rosoe and Nell’s secret to making their brown bread ice cream: The recipe is the same as any brown bread ice cream with the following two tricks. First, soak the grape-nuts in your ice cream mixture long enough – the grape-nuts should be very soggy. Second, instead of vanilla, flavor your mixture with caramel.

See more photos by Paul Schmidt below.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, July 30 – Aug. 3, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, July 30, 2018, through Aug. 3, 2018.

Lyndon Leaders stay involved in fairs and community over the summer

Lyndon Leaders judge livestock at Osage County Fair, from left, Breckyn Peterson, Kendall Young, Morgan Young, and Brynna Peterson.

By Garrett Shoup
Club Reporter

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club kicked off a great summer by participating in 4-H Camp and the Melvern and Osage County fairs.

The club had seven members attend 4-H Camp at Rock Springs. Upon returning was the Melvern fair, where the club entered their projects and participated in the parade with a float commemorating the Royals winning the World Series in 1985.

The following week, June 27, 2018, was the Osage County Fair, which involved many memorable events: project competitions, conference judging, livestock judging and livestock shows (just to name a few). The club also entered a float in the Osage County Fair Parade with a red, white and blue baseball-themed float called “Bats off to the Red, White and Blue!”

On July 9, many club members attended the 4-H Day Camp, held at Pomona Lake. Activities included making bird feeders and kindness rocks, learning about pollination, going on a scavenger hunt trail, and ending with a water fight.

At the end of July, the club did community service projects that included picking up Memorial Day flowers at the Lyndon Cemetery. They also pulled weeds in the Lyndon school landscaping. They celebrated their hard work with a cookout and pool party at the Lyndon Pool.

The Overbrook fair will be the last big event of the summer. It has been a very busy season, but one they won’t forget!

State fire marshal to investigate cause of early morning house fire in Carbondale

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Osage County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a garage on fire early Thursday morning in Carbondale, Kan., but instead firefighters found a house fire that resulted in the home’s destruction.

The call at 4:02 a.m. Aug. 9, 2018, reported the fire at 324 Melody Lane, Carbondale, which is owned by Stephen Loschke, according to county land records.

Multiple fire districts assisted in the fire, those including those from Carbondale, Overbrook and Burlingame. The Kansas State Fire Marshal was called in to assist in the investigation.

No injuries were reported, but the house was a total loss, valued at $140,000. The fire marshal has determined the fire started in the garage but the cause remains under investigation.

Roundabout wreck reroutes Thursday morning traffic

A non-injury semi-truck accident shut down the roundabout at U.S. Highway 75 and state Highway 31 to one lane for about four hours early Thursday morning.

According to a report from the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the accident at about 1 a.m., Aug. 9, 2018, when they found a semi-truck operated by Michael A. Cox, Grand Junction, Colo., had struck the roundabout while southbound on U.S. 75. The fuel tank was damaged during the accident, causing approximately 70 gallons of diesel fuel to spill.

U.S. 75 and K-31 were shut down to one lane for approximately four hours while flaggers directed traffic at the roundabout, about a mile north of Lyndon, Kan.

Other agencies and departments assisting included Osage County Fire District No. 5, Osage County Emergency Management, and Kansas Department of Transportation. The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident.

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