Patriotism shines during Lyndon’s annual Fourth parade

Lyndon’s boys baseball teams celebrated America’s favorite pastime with floats and flags. Osage County parades will wrap up for the summer with the Overbrook Osage County Fair parade on More »

Ruins of 160-year-old stage stop stand as monument to Osage County history

By Paul Schmidt Located west of Burlingame, Kan., just off U.S. Highway 31, Havana Stage Station was a mail stop on the Santa Fe Trail. The stage station and More »

4-H exhibitor results for the Osage County Fair, June 27-30, 2018

4-H clubs’ barn quilt contest placings: North Osage, 1st; Willing Workers, 2nd; Vassar Blue Ribbon, 3rd; Lyndon Leaders, 4th; Burlingame, 5th; Clover Wranglers, 6th; Melvern Jr. Highline, 7th. Photo More »

Open class results for the Osage County Fair, June 27-30, 2018

Canned goods, jams and jellies not only earned ribbons, they also will be used to stock the shelves of home pantries. Placings of open class exhibitors at the Osage More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: His plan works again

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Just set the GPS, and it’ll give easy to follow directions.”

That was the advice, and there is one of those thingamajigs somewhere, but it has to be programmed to work. That takes a computer guru of sorts to do, and nobody’s done it. There’ve been agitated scowls from family giving the gadget, yet it’s still unused.

For naiveties like certain older cowboys, GPS means Global Positioning System. When working, it gives verbal instructions: “Stop here, turn there,” and so forth.

This is known from riding with others who have such gizmos. Those following orders still often end up far from intended destination.

So back to the old fashioned way: road map. Shyly admit computer advice was also sought, despite it generally being wrong, too.

That printout was complemented with the on-ranch professional truck driver’s advice.  Adding in tad reflection of city driving days gone-by, there was a large black ink handwritten plan of pursuit.

It worked until Exit 16 was Road 77, instead of 235, but realizing that, a turnaround sent back on course. Yep, the next Exit 16B was the one to make a right turn on.

Central Exit was followed by a right hand turn which went back to the ranch instead of where planned. Intuition informed “that’s wrong,” and returned to the main thorough-way soon finding the West Exit.

Melva Marie Smith, 72, Topeka: June 17, 1946 – July 19, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Melva M. Smith, 72, Topeka, Kan., passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018, at her home in Topeka. Melva was born June 17, 1946, in rural Waverly, Kan., the daughter of Fred and Una Faye Shaffer Greeve.

She married Robert Smith, Oct. 21, 1979. He preceded her in death on July 10, 2010.

Bob and Melva were avid campers and fisherman. She worked for Topeka School District No. 501 as a paraeducator. She later worked and volunteered at South Village Community Living. Her love for dogs inspired her to foster two shelter dogs. She shared her home with Khan and York and they kept her active.

Patriotism shines during Lyndon’s annual Fourth parade

Lyndon’s boys baseball teams celebrated America’s favorite pastime with floats and flags.

Osage County parades will wrap up for the summer with the Overbrook Osage County Fair parade on the evening of Aug. 11, but one of the area’s most patriotic parades happens on Fourth of July at Lyndon.

For the Fourth, the city of Lyndon, Lyndon Pride, Lyndon Saddle Club, Osage County Fire District No. 5, Lyndon Lions Club, Masons and others joined together to put on a daylong community celebration. In addition to the parade, the day includes a pancake feed, picnic lunch in the park, kids’ games, free watermelon, with a finale fireworks show.

While fireworks season is past, here’s a flashback to this year’s celebration – parade photos and results.

Parade honors, determined by a jury of city officials, included:

  • All American Award – “All American Pass Time” float presented by the Lyndon 7-9-year-old boys baseball team.
  • Red White and Blue Award – Lyndon High School Dance Team
  • Patriotic Pride Award – hair2dye4
  • Home of the Free Award – Salt Creek Ranch
  • Land of Liberty Award – Malachi, Ava and Katie Shepard.
  • Mayors Choice Award – Mount Pleasant Community Church’s Salt-N-Light Youth Group

See more Lyndon Fourth of July Parade photos here.

Firefighter, deputy extinguish bedroom blaze in Osage City

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Local fire crews were called to a structure fire at 1421 Laing St. Osage City, Kan., Wednesday, extinguishing a blaze in a bedroom.

At approximately 4:42 p.m., July 18, 2018, Osage County fire districts No. 2, Osage City, No. 5, Lyndon Vassar, and No. 6, Burlingame, were dispatched to the location. An Osage County Sheriff’s deputy and an OCFD No. 2 firefighter arrived on scene approximately five minutes later, and extinguished the electrical fire with a dry chemical fire extinguisher before apparatus arrived. The fire was contained to a bedroom in the residence.

Damage estimates are not available at the time of this release, but the Osage County Appraiser’s Office appraised the residential structure at $58,070. According to county land records, the property is owned by Ernest and Michelle Ehrhart Jr. and Sharon Kinsley.

Other agencies on scene or assisting included the Osage City Police Department and Osage County EMS. OCFD No. 2 members were at the scene for approximately 35 minutes, with no injuries reported.

OCFD No. 2 reminded everyone to have working smoke detectors in their home and check them frequently. Also have an escape plan, practice it, and be prepared to use it in the event of a fire.

Overbrook puts City Lake on warning status as blue-green algae bloom expected

Algae has begun to collect along the shoreline on the northwest side of Overbrook City Lake.

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Overbrook city officials have notified citizens that early signs of blue-green algae were discovered in the northwest corner of City Lake on Wednesday. According to the notification, Kansas Department of Health and Environment will be at the lake on Monday for testing. In the meantime, KDHE has recommended the lake be under watch status for this weekend, as there is a potential for a blue-green algae bloom.

During an algae bloom watch, people are advised to keep livestock and pets away from the water; use caution when contacting lake water and wash with clean water afterward; avoid areas of algae accumulation; don’t let people or pets eat dried algae or drink untreated lake water; and clean fish well and discard guts.

In case of harmful algae contact, it is advised to call a doctor or veterinarian if people or animals have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, irritated eyes, seizures, breathing problems or other unexplained illness.

Chamber names July yard of the month

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has named its July “Yard of the Month”. Martin and Linda Jones’ yard at 223 Lord St., Osage City, has been selected this month.

Selection of yards, June to September, takes place during the first few days of each month. In appreciation of the beauty and hard work for the selected yard, the residents receive $25 in Osage City Chamber Bucks to be used at any Osage City business.

“Even through the lack of rain and hot weather, the owners are continuing to try to keep their yards groomed and looking nice,” said Chamber executive director Jeanette Swarts.

Chamber Chatter: Volunteers, organizations, participants wrap up successful county fair

By Jeanette Swarts
Osage City Chamber of Commerce

The Osage County Fair Association worked hard this year to have this be one of the best fairs so far. Activities from Wednesday, June 27, 2018, through Saturday, June 30, included exhibits, 4-H activities and competition, Chamber of Commerce Parade, live band, family fun night, pie contest, carnival, cooking demonstration, Shootin’ Hoops 3 on 3 basketball tournament, football 7 on 7 tournament, pet shows, antique tractor show and pull, kids pedal tractor pull, barnyard Olympics, 5K “Glow Run Run”, and a dance party.

2018 Osage City Fair Parade celebrates patriotism

The annual fair parade, sponsored by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, was Thursday, June 28, 2018. The theme for the parade this year was “Hats Off to Red, White and Blue”.

Diane Michael, parade chairman, did a fantastic job coordinating a variety of entries including the Boy Scouts of Osage City starting the parade as flag bearers, emergency vehicles, including the city and county law enforcement, ambulance and fire department, parade marshal Mary Lou Estes and Mr. and Mrs. Osage City Jerry and Marilyn Giesy, floats, golf carts/ATVs, band, politicians, antique tractors, horses, and others. Even though the heat index was very extreme at parade time, the participants were eager to have a great time and the spectators seemed to enjoy the entries.

Osage County sizzles in drought with scant rainfall, high temperatures

With Osage County and portions of Kansas under a state-issued drought emergency declaration, the federal government has authorized emergency grazing of some of the state’s Conservation Reserve Program acres. The governor had earlier authorized use of state lakes for water sources for counties designated in a drought emergency.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced today additional authorization of Conservation Reserve Program acres for emergency grazing for 44 counties in Kansas, including Osage County.

Earlier in the month, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer issued a drought declaration for the state, which included all 105 counties in drought emergency, warning or watch status; 50 counties are in emergency status.

The declaration allows individuals and communities in counties in emergency stage to be eligible for use of water from certain state fishing lakes and some federal reservoirs. Anyone needing water from the designated lakes must contact Kansas Water Office for a water supply request prior to any withdrawals.

Likewise, eligible producers interested in emergency grazing of CRP must request approval through their local FSA before grazing eligible acreage, and obtain a modified conservation plan from the NRCS that includes grazing provisions.

The governor’s declaration is in effect until rescinded by executive order; emergency grazing of CRP is authorized through Sept. 30, 2018.

Officials cited livestock water shortages, low flows at some reservoirs, and outlook of persistent drought as reasons for the statewide drought declaration. Some areas of Kansas are behind more than 15 inches in moisture for the year, and outlooks indicate continuing above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

Ruins of 160-year-old stage stop stand as monument to Osage County history

By Paul Schmidt

Located west of Burlingame, Kan., just off U.S. Highway 31, Havana Stage Station was a mail stop on the Santa Fe Trail. The stage station and hotel was built in 1858 and offered meals and lodging until 1869.

About 50 German and French families established a community on the site. A large brewery and distillery were also located there. By the early 1870s, most of the German settlers moved to the town of Alma, in Wabaunsee County, and the property was sold for taxes.

The ruins lie about 150 yards from the highway on private land, and the site is accessible only with permission from the landowner. Readers should note it is trespassing to enter private property without permission.

See more of Paul Schmidt’s photos of Havana Stage Station here.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, July 3 – July 12, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse July 3 through July 12, 2018.

Osage County Jail Log, July 9 – July 13, 2018

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

George Hokanson, 67, Osage City: Feb. 6, 1951 – July 15, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – George Hokanson, 67, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born on Feb. 6, 1951, in Osage City, Kan., the son of Clarence and Freda Allison Hokanson.

George grew up in Osage City, had also lived in Dodge City and Hays, Kan., before returning to Osage City several years ago. He worked most of his life as a truck driver and he was a member of the Free Tomorrow Motorcycle Club, in Hays.

Margie Lee Murphy, 91, Quenemo: Jan. 31, 1927 – July 13, 2018

QUENEMO, Kan. – Margie L. (Dean Campbell) Murphy, 91, of Quenemo, Kan., passed away Friday, July 13, 2018, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Margie was born Jan. 31, 1927, in Parsons, Kan., to Gladys Faye (Beasley) and Elliot Wayne Dean.

On Aug. 11, 1962, she was united in marriage to Richard Paul Murphy Sr. in Miami, Okla. In 1966, they moved from Topeka to their farm south of Overbrook, Kan.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Safe water to drink

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“That blue green stuff in the pond can be deadly to livestock when they drink the water.”

As if there aren’t more than enough concerns with water supplies during this year’s drought, now another issue has arisen.

Evidently, the problem is nothing new, frequently occurring in certain locales during calm, sunny, dry, hot summer days. Still, there hadn’t been that noticeable predicament for about five years in the couple dozen ranch ponds.

Testing back then indicated what the college hotshots identified as algae blooms weren’t making poison water. But, who would know about this year? Cattle were supposed to be rotated into the pasture with the “contaminated” pond several weeks ago.

Now, they couldn’t be moved until water quality was checked. Contact was made with the microscope officials to see if hand delivering a water sample would speed up test results. Assurance was given that would be helpful. Yet, upon arrival at the laboratory, there was a different person in charge.

This paid government employee informed that their testing mechanism was out of whack. The water would have to be sent to another facility and it would take at least a week to hear back.

Grass was gone in the pasture where the cows were grazing, and they needed to be moved to more feed. That couldn’t be done if the pond water was harmful to drink. So, grub the pasture and ship the samples to another tester hoping results return faster than expected.

Overbrook Overlook: Library friends stock up for annual book sale

Friends of Overbrook Library book sale

The Friends of the Library book sale will be July 25-28, 2018, during library hours. On July 27 and 28 will be bag sales. All proceeds are used to support the library. Everyone is invited to come, help the library, and pick up some good books and puzzles.

Overbrook tree dump

Overbrook City Hall is reminding citizens that the city’s tree dump is not for commercial use. Citizens may dump tree limbs, unbagged grass, and unbagged leaves. Items that cannot be left at the tree dump includes sofas, shingles, tires, rims, plastic jugs, brick and mortar, concrete and other debris. If items other than tree limbs, grass, or leaves are left at the tree dump, violators are subject to citations and fines.

Planning and zoning

Anyone planning new homes, new remodeling projects, home addition, new fences, or new storage sheds, this spring or summer, is advised to check with Overbrook City Hall, 785-665-7328, to ensure your project is in compliance with city zoning ordinances. Most projects require a building permit before construction or renovation begins. The city clerk or the city zoning administrator can answer or find an answer to any question related to zoning requirements.

Overbrook PRIDE

Overbrook PRIDE needs your support. All citizens are welcome to attend monthly meetings at 8 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the American Legion Hall, 102 Maple St.

Ag meeting in Burlingame: Utilizing cover crops as a forage

Does the drought have you wondering how you will feed your livestock this fall and winter? Cover crops can provide additional forage for livestock and improve soil health in crop fields.

Local conservation agencies will host a meeting on utilizing cover crops as forage at 7 p.m. July 24, 2018, at the Masonic Lodge, 106 E. Fremont Ave., Burlingame.

Pomona Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy, K-State Research and Extension and Osage County Conservation District will host the meeting that will also cover electric fence components and installation, USDA programs to help with water supply, and financial assistance.

Carbondale farmer directs community grant to Osage County 4-H Council

David Badger presents a $2,500 grant to Osage County 4-H members. Courtesy photo.

CARBONDALE, Kan. – A local farmer has partnered with the Monsanto Company to give back to his community. David Badger, Carbondale, has directed a $2,500 grant to the Osage County 4-H Council as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

Grow Communities provides farmers the opportunity to support nonprofit organizations they care about in their local communities by enrolling for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice.

As part of its mission, the Osage County 4-H Council will use the funds to continue to promote the work the council does in helping with 4-H activities and promoting the great life skills that the 4-H program provides.

“We are so appreciative that David chose the 4-H program to donate the money to,” said Janae McNally, Frontier Extension District 4-H agent. “We are very fortunate to have community supporters like David who want to see the program continue to grow and thrive in Osage County.”

Margaret House, 91, Topeka: March 17, 1927 – July 11, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Margaret House, 91, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at her home in Topeka, Kan. She was born on March 17, 1927, in Blytheville, Ark., the daughter of Albert and Margaret Golden Shearer.

Margaret had lived in the Vassar, Lyndon and Topeka, Kan., communities since 1964. Margaret was an owner and​ bookkeeper for Washburn Optical and​ then​ ​later​ ​did​ seamstress​ work​. She was a member of the Quivira Heights Church of Christ.

4-H exhibitor results for the Osage County Fair, June 27-30, 2018

4-H clubs’ barn quilt contest placings: North Osage, 1st; Willing Workers, 2nd; Vassar Blue Ribbon, 3rd; Lyndon Leaders, 4th; Burlingame, 5th; Clover Wranglers, 6th; Melvern Jr. Highline, 7th. Photo thanks to Osage County Fair Association.

The Osage County Fair Association has released the 4-H exhibitors’ results of the 2018 Osage County Fair, held June 27-30, 2018. Keys for placing and 4-H clubs is at the bottom.

Open class results for the Osage County Fair, June 27-30, 2018

Canned goods, jams and jellies not only earned ribbons, they also will be used to stock the shelves of home pantries.

Placings of open class exhibitors at the Osage County Fair, held June 27-30, 2018, at Osage City, were released by the Osage County Fair Association as follows.

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