Simple country wedding actually miraculous, most inspirational affair

A wedding carriage ride down the main street of Reading, Kan., had even more special significance for Stephanie and Kevin Bachert, due to Stephanie’s ongoing recovery from a near fatal fall from More »


Kiwanis Club helps Osage City schools prepare for emergencies

Accepting emergency preparedness buckets on behalf of Osage City Elementary School Monday was the second grade class of Collene Stucky, back right. Making the presentation were, back from left, Kiwanis District Governor David More »


Finch: Some quiet, but good bills pass out of committee

State Rep. Blaine Finch sponsored three students from Osage County and Douglas County to work as pages for the Kansas House of Representatives on March 19. Visiting the Governor’s office are from More »


Sold out crowds ‘shiver’ at Melvern melodrama

On March 20 and 21, the Melvern Would-Be Players presented their fourth annual dinner theater directed by George Alexander. “The Treasure of Shiver River” melodrama was presented at the Melvern Community Center More »

Overbrook woman takes crown as Ms. Wheelchair Kansas

Sunday to serve as spokesperson and advocate for people with disabilities


Ms. Wheelchair Kansas
Carrie Sunday

TOPEKA – An Overbrook woman was crowned as the 2015 Ms. Wheelchair Kansas during a ceremony held March 15, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, in Topeka.

Carrie Sunday, of Overbrook, received her crown after participating in four judging sessions and other activities throughout the three-day event held March 13-15.

The weekend concluded with a formal crowning, when Sunday was chosen as the new titleholder, and fellow contestants Keara Hockman, of Wichita, and Jessica Soderlund, of Oakley, were recognized for their accomplishments. The first Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas was also announced at the ceremony. Delaney Murphy, of Ottawa, will work alongside Sunday in the coming year to empower Kansans with this new title.

The crowning ceremony was attended by more than 150 family, friends, and community members. The event consisted of platform speeches by each of the three contestants, and two on-stage questions. The audience enjoyed a slide show of memories from the weekend; a keynote speech from Tiffany Nickel, Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2010; a tribute to longtime committee member Rebecca Branam; and a farewell from the 2014 MWKS titleholder, Bridgid Schwilling, of Leavenworth.

KDOT to close one of two Osage City offices

One of two offices the Kansas Department of Transportation maintains in Osage City will be closed later this year.

The announcement comes in the wake of retirements of longtime employees in key positions in the area office. Of the 10 remaining workers, four will be moved to the subarea office in Osage City, which is located next to the area office, and six will be reassigned to other KDOT offices outside of the city. There will be no layoffs.

“While closing an office is a difficult decision, the important work done in that shop can be transferred to other KDOT locations, including the Osage City subarea office. This move allows KDOT to be more efficient with our internal operations and it also addresses key personnel needs in other area offices,” said Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King.

The Osage City area office oversees maintenance and construction work in all or parts of five counties. Other area offices will absorb those counties. The work performed in KDOT’s subarea shops is primarily maintenance, including snow removal, mowing, pavement repairs, signing and drainage improvements.

Charge dismissed against Melvern school teacher; wife gets diversion, pays restitution

LYNDON – A felony charge of misuse of public funds filed against a former USD 456 school teacher has been dismissed, while his wife, a former Marais des Cygnes Valley High School secretary, has entered into a diversion agreement that requires restitution of $8,000 to the Marais des Cygnes Valley Recreation Commission.

Donald D. Dyke, 41, and Keri B. Dyke, 38, both of Melvern, were arrested in December by Melvern City Marshal Kenen Martinez on charges of theft and forgery, with Martinez alleging the two had stolen funds from the Marais des Cygnes Valley Recreation Commission. On Jan. 14, both were charged in Osage County District Court with one count each of misuse of public funds of more than $1,000 but less than $25,000, a severity level 9 nonperson felony.

In an order issued March 5, 2015, by Osage County Magistrate Judge Taylor Wine, the charge against Donald Dyke was dismissed without prejudice. The same day, a diversion agreement between Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones and Keri Dyke was filed. The diversion requires that Keri Dyke reimburse the recreation commission in the amount of $8,000, and admit facts contained in the arrest affidavit filed by Martinez.

Pomona welcomes spring with annual Easter egg hunt

032714-EGGS-&-LILIES-01Pomona State Park’s annual Easter egg hunt is at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, but everyone is invited to spend the day and enjoy the park. Starting at 10 a.m., food vendors and others will be at Southwind Shelter House, which will be the center of the day’s activities. Everyone should bring their own Easter basket for the egg hunt.

For Saturday’s fun, vehicle permits will be waived with a donation of canned goods for Help House in Lyndon.

For more information, contact Pomona State Park at 785-828-4933.

Food for Thought: Ultimate goal, a healthy diet

By Nancy Schuster, Frontier District Extension Agent

Mention the word “diet” and everyone automatically thinks extreme calorie cuts. Not so. A diet is the food we eat – our diet may be high or low calorie, full of healthy choices or not. A healthy diet does not mean restricted calories, it means eating low fat dairy, more fruits and vegetables, lean protein foods from animal and plant sources, and whole grain foods.

foodforthoughtRecently at Extension Family & Consumer Science training, I heard a registered dietitian talk about healthy everyday diets and weight loss diets. He said that US News and World Report recently evaluated healthy diets and healthy weight loss diets, and the information was reliable.

U.S. News evaluated and ranked 35 healthy lifestyle diets with input from a panel of health experts. To be top-rated, a diet had to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, and protective against diabetes and heart disease. Health experts assigned scores on a scale of 1 (ineffective) to 5 (extremely effective).

New-to-Medicare trainings hosted by area agency on aging

OTTAWA – The East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging will host a training for people new to the Medicare system who are turning 65 or receive benefits due to disability, and for business staff who help transition employees into Medicare from employer based insurance. The training will be 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, at the ECKAAA office at 117 S. Main St., Ottawa. The training is free of charge.

Issues covered will include:

  • Medicare eligibility
  • Medicare benefits (A, B, C, D)
  • Medicare vs. Social Security
  • Medicare enrollment process and timelines
  • What to do if you are 65 and still working
  • Coordination of benefits when using Medicare and employer or retiree insurance
  • Medicare supplements
  • Questions to ask when considering your options
  • Resources that may be of help

Anyone needing further assistance or a follow-up appointment will be able to make an appointment with ECKAAA staff. Seating is limited so all attendees must pre-register. To register or for more information, email Leslea Rockers at leslear@eckaaa.org or call 785-242-7200 or 1-800-633-5621. 

Help Wanted: Part-time position at Osage City Library

Part-Time position available at the Osage City Public Library. Knowledge of computers and Internet. Customer service skills and library experience preferred. Position open until filled.  Applications available at the library, 515 Main St., Osage City, KS.

Help Wanted: Countertop Fabricator/Installer Position Available

Learn a trade; create beautiful granite and quartz countertops. Basic knowledge of power tools required as well as the ability to tolerate heavy lifting and hard work! Fabrication shop located near Pauline. Call for more information. Countertop Shoppe, 5501 SW 29th Street, Topeka, KS 66604, 785-271-8675.

Auction: 10 a.m, Saturday, March 28, 2015, Osage City, Kan.

Auction: Saturday, March 28, 2015; Beginning at 10 a.m. - Osage City, Kan.

As we are moving out of town, following sells at Wischropp Auction Facility, 930 Laing St., Osage City, KS (Just East of Sonic on Highway 31).

Guns – Coins – Antiques – Glass – Collectibles – Tools – Misc.

Simple country wedding actually miraculous, most inspirational affair


A wedding carriage ride down the main street of Reading, Kan., had even more special significance for Stephanie and Kevin Bachert, due to Stephanie’s ongoing recovery from a near fatal fall from a five-story building last year.


The bride-to-be walked down the aisle at her father’s side.

Sounds quite common on the forefront, but actually it’s a “miracle,” most would readily admit.

In a simple, less than 15-minute ceremony, Stephanie Smith became Mrs. Kevin Bachert.

Again not unusual, a maid becomes a bride. Except that nine months ago Stephanie was in a coma, and her family was told she might not live, and would never walk.

When Stephanie Smith fell five stories from a Kansas City balcony in July, she suffered a broken back, broken arms, legs, ribs, collapsed lung, being in a coma for 12 days.

Planning under way for 10th annual senior fair

We would like to invite interested citizens, our patrons and local vendors, who provide related services and products, to our 10th Annual Senior Resource Fair here at the Osage County Senior Center on Thursday, April 23.

You can call 785-528-4906 for a vendor registration or other details, or stop by at 604 Market St, Osage City. There’s always plenty of important information shared at the fair, plenty of door prizes and freebies, and other fun stuff. We hope this is our biggest senior fair ever.

Harveyville UMC invites all to Easter worship

The Harveyville United Methodist Church is planning special activities for Easter weekend, beginning with an Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the church. All ages of children are invited to attend and decorate and hunt for Easter eggs and prizes.

Easter morning, April 5, a Sunrise Service will be at 7:30 a.m., followed by a brunch.  Regular church services begin at 9:30 a.m. and will feature Nick and Lucyah Della Vella, from Breath of Christ Ministry, performing the service. All are invited to join the congregation for worship.

Cleo Hitt, 88, Overbrook: Jan. 13, 1927 – March 23, 2015

032515-hitt-web-photoTOPEKA – Cleo Byron Hitt, 88, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at Stormont Vail hospital, following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 13, 1927 in Severy, Kan., to Floyd E. and Lucy (Binns) Hitt. When Cleo was 2 years old, they moved to a farm in Howard where he grew up.

In 1945, Cleo joined the Army and spent his service years in Belgium and Germany working with WWII prisoners of war.

On a rainy Easter Sunday, following his return from service, Cleo offered Ruby Mae Wunderlich and her girlfriends a ride in his car to the movies, so that they would not get their Easter bonnets wet. That was the beginning of a wonderful 67-year romance with his beloved wife Ruby. Following their marriage on October 7, 1948, they moved to Topeka and then to their farm in Overbrook where they were blessed with a son and a daughter that were a delight to both of them.

Cleo had various jobs at Morrell Meat Packing and Santa Fe Railroad, and had a 25-year career with DuPont.

Osage City Chamber invites voters to meet the candidates

As part of its civic involvement, the Osage City Chamber of Commerce has arranged an opportunity for voters to meet and visit with candidates for the Osage City Council and the USD 420 Board of Education.

All local candidates have been invited for an informal gathering to be held 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Osage City Santa Fe Depot. There will be no formal format. Attendees are asked to enter through north doors of the depot. It is hoped that voters will take advantage of this opportunity to meet the candidates, and also vote on April 7.

Osage City has one candidate for mayor: Quintin J. Robert, current mayor. There will also be city council races in three of four wards. Filing for city council in the 1st Ward was Edward D. Berends and Denise Lauber; 2nd Ward, Michael J. Handly and Seth King; 3rd Ward, Linda S. Carson and Gail Lohmeyer; and 4th Ward, Dale J. Schwieger.

For the USD 420 Board of Education, candidates include: Position 1, David L. Williams; Position 2, Todd Peterson; Position 3, Diane Paul Scott and Justin Whalen; and Position 7, Brian Davies and Sara Peterson.

Kiwanis Club helps Osage City schools prepare for emergencies


Accepting emergency preparedness buckets on behalf of Osage City Elementary School Monday was the second grade class of Collene Stucky, back right. Making the presentation were, back from left, Kiwanis District Governor David Hurrelbrink and Kiwanis members Ken Kern, Dave Azwell and Kathi Webster.

As a part of Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary celebration during the 2015 year, local Kiwanis clubs were encouraged to come up with a special service project for their communities. Osage City Kiwanis decided to provide emergency preparedness buckets for the Osage City Elementary School. With the completion of the new storm shelter at the school, it seemed an appropriate project to undertake.

The idea was presented to the club by member Kathi Webster and she has been an integral part of its completion. The project involved the purchase of 30 white plastic 5-gallon buckets. The buckets have been filled with a variety of items such as flashlights, non-perishable food items, toilet paper, tissues, trash bags, wet wipes, cups and other useful things. The Kiwanis International 100th anniversary logo was attached to the buckets by OC elementary staff members. The buckets will be distributed to the classrooms as well as other pertinent locations throughout the school.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse March 16 – March 20, 2015

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, March 16 to March 20, 2015.

Osage County Jail Log, March 15 – March 21, 2015

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

Finch: Some quiet, but good bills pass out of committee


State Rep. Blaine Finch sponsored three students from Osage County and Douglas County to work as pages for the Kansas House of Representatives on March 19. Visiting the Governor’s office are from left, Henry Parks, Baldwin City, Mackenzie Hoss, Overbrook, Grace Bradley, Melvern, and Rep. Finch.

By State Rep. Blaine Finch, 59th District, Franklin and Osage Counties

Greetings from a very spring like Kansas Statehouse. As this week draws to a close (March 20, 2015) we are wrapping up the second round of our committee work for this session. This time we saw House committees primarily working on Senate bills and vice versa.

Next week we will begin working on the House floor on many of those bills that have made it out of committee. In addition we are likely to take up the House proposed budget which is substitute for HB 2370. House members received the summary and explainer for the bill this morning and will have the weekend to digest the nearly inch thick stack of papers.

Many times there are a few bills that steal the headlines but there are many good pieces of legislation that quietly make their way through the process.

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