Osage City 5th/6th grade football team wins league championship

The Osage City 5th and 6th grade tackle football team finished the 2016 season as undefeated league champions. On Oct. 15, Osage City beat Emporia Subway 35-22 to cap off their 7-0 More »


Wear the ribbon, plant a tulip and a promise to stay drug free

Fifth-graders at Marais des Cygnes Valley Elementary School plant tulips near the school’s entrance Monday, assisted by custodian Duane Meiers, principal Twila Wollenberg, fifth-grade teacher Peggy Burkdoll, and representatives of Drug Free More »


Osage County farmers load local elevator with beans

With soybean harvest underway, Osage County farmers were busy over the weekend hauling soybeans to the elevator at Osage City. As farm trucks lined up at Ag Choice on Sunday, local drone More »


OCFD No. 2 opens fire station to guests for fun and safety

Kids were able to live their dreams of being firefighters during OCFD No. 2’s open house on Oct. 16. Osage County Fire District No. 2 held its annual open house Sunday as More »

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Oct. 17 – Oct. 21, 2016

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Oct. 17 through Oct. 21, 2016.

Osage City Kiwanis Club kicks off 2016 Toys for Tots Christmas campaign

The Osage City Kiwanis has joined with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and  Marine Corps League for the 2016 Osage City Toys for Tots drive.

102716-tft-train-toyNew, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the following Osage City locations until Dec. 7: Dollar General Store, McCoy’s Steren Electronics, Osage City Elementary School office, Osage City Public Library, ECKAN, and State Farm Insurance. Some special promotions will be held at various locations in conjunction with the toy drive. Suggested age range for toys are 3-10 years of age for both boys and girls.

Toys can also be delivered at the Osage City Middle School basketball game that starts at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 14. On Saturday, Nov. 26, the date of Christmas on Market Street activities, additional drop sites and times will be 7-10 a.m. at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast at the Osage County Senior Center, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at State Farm Insurance. Also the Christmas on Market Street parade that starts at 6 p.m. will feature empty roaming tubs in which toys can be deposited as they go by.

Osage City toy distribution to tots with accompanying parent will take place beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Osage City Public Library’s community room and lasting until available toys are distributed.

Osage County Health Department: Get the shot, not the flu

093015-Seasonal_Flu_Logo-LGCome get your flu shot at the Osage County Health Department! We accept KanCare, Medicare, Medicaid, and most Blue Cross plans. For 65 and over we have the recommended high dose, and for under 65 we have the 4 dose shot. Monday to Wednesday 8-6. Questions? Call 785-828-3117, or stop by at 103 E. Ninth St., Lyndon.

Warren D. Lutz, 81, Lyndon: Nov. 23, 1934 – Oct. 25, 2016

LYNDON, Kan. – Warren D. Lutz, 81, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born on Nov. 23, 1934, in Peabody, Kan., the son of Alvin and Mildred Savage Lutz.

Warren grew up in Florence, Kan., and had lived in Garnett, Kan., and Chanute, Kan., before moving to Lyndon, Kan., in 1969, where he has lived ever since.

Warren graduated from Garnett High School in 1952, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from Kansas University in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army and then began working for the U.S. Geological Survey making topographical maps. He became an engineering geologist for the Kansas Highway Department, in Chanute, and then worked for the Division of Water Resources, in Topeka, until his retirement in 1993.

He was a member of the Sports Car Club of America, the Kansas Mud Boggers, and the Competition Motor Sports, of which he won the championship in 1999. He was a member of the Burlington Masonic Lodge No. 66 and the Arab Shrine Oriental Band, all since 2005.

Daughter seeks information about father’s death in 1976

Dear Editor,

Roger Fields

I need answers to a mystery that happened in my family almost 40 years ago. My dad Roger Fields was found unconscious in his truck, with the engine running and the garage door closed at Hazel Rood’s home in Vassar, Kan., Osage County. He was found on Feb. 5, 1976, at 11 p.m. and officially declared dead at 1 a.m. on Feb. 6, 1976. He had been living with Hazel, but was supposedly on his way home to Topeka that night, per a phone call to his wife late that the night of Feb. 5, 1976. I am looking for anyone with information about his death. Who found him, who went looking for him, and why was he embalmed before my family got to the funeral home very early the morning of Feb. 6, 1976?

In my pursuit of answers about my dad I have found out that two other people were found dead at Hazel Rood’s home in Vassar. Hazel Rood and Norman Korbe were found shot in Hazel’s home on Aug. 9, 1983. I want to know if those deaths had anything to do with my dad’s death.

If you have any information or know anyone who does, please contact me through Osage County News, P.O. Box 62, Lyndon, KS 66451, via email news@osagecountyonline.com, or call 785-828-4994. Even the littlest bit of information could be a big help … so please contact Osage County News if you can help me in anyway.

I thank you in advance from the bottom of heart for your help in solving this mystery that has haunted my family for almost 40 years. My dad died at 35 leaving behind 5 children – the oldest being me at 13 and the youngest was 3. We have always had a void in our lives, perhaps with your help we can close that void.

Re-Elect LAURIE DUNN, Osage County Sheriff

072616-osagecountysheriffblSheriff Laurie Dunn has provided 35 years of service for the citizens of Osage County, with 12 years as YOUR Sheriff.

She has the experience and knowledge to serve another four years as your Sheriff.

Vote Nov. 8, 2016


For Osage County Sheriff

Political ad paid by Laurie Dunn for Sheriff, Julie Sanders, Treasurer.

KBI advises to watch out for scary offenders on Halloween

102716-halloweenoffenderTOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is advising parents to perform a check for registered offenders in their neighborhoods, and areas their children plan to trick-or-treat, prior to Halloween festivities.

Parents and guardians can search online at www.kbi.ks.gov/registeredoffender to determine where registered offenders reside. The site allows searches within three miles of an address for registered sex offenders, drug offenders and other violent offenders. You can also perform searches by name, zip code and county, or sign up to receive alerts if an offender registers in your community.

The Kansas Offender Registration Act does not prevent registered offenders from participating in any Halloween activity unless they are on parole or probation and it is specifically restricted. Registered offenders are able to pass out candy, decorate their houses, wear costumes, and attend any festival, party or parade. However, schools, churches, malls and other private properties may have their own stipulations prohibiting offender participation.

Approximately 11,000 offenders are registered in Kansas and live and work among our communities. While being aware of the offenders near your home, school or workplace is good practice, being mindful of your surroundings and remaining vigilant is equally as important.

Vassar FunFest: Fall fun at Osage County’s biggest little town

1026015_vassarfunfest2016The largest unincorporated city in Osage County, Vassar, is getting ready for its fun, fall family event this Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Vassar’s FunFest has become a tradition for the rural community, with everyone in Osage County and beyond invited to come and enjoy the day. Vassar FunFest starts off with a costume parade for kids of all ages. The day includes live musical entertainment, kids crafts, games, pie contest, car show, bounce house and silent auction, with all activities centered around Vassar’s historical one-room schoolhouse and town square park.

Costumed kids who want to be in the parade should gather at the Vassar Post Office before 10:45 a.m.; the parade starts at 11. The parade travels down Main Street to the schoolhouse, where winners will be announced and prizes awarded in each age group. After costume judging, the crowd will be entertained by the Prospect BlueGrass band.

The event helps raise funds for upkeep of the Vassar schoolhouse and the surrounding community park. Area volunteers will offer concessions, including homemade chili and pies, as a fundraiser.

Kids’ fun will be centered at the schoolhouse, and includes games, face painting and a bounce house. Kids’ activities are free.

Vote for Teresa Briggs, Your Voice in Topeka


People regularly tell me that we need change here in Kansas. However, some are so tired of the circus atmosphere of the Presidential campaign that they say they may not vote at all!

I understand their frustration, but would like to remind voters that there are other very important races on the ballot this year – the local and state level races. County Commissioner, State Senator, State Representative, State Board of Education, and Kansas Supreme Court Judges – these all have a direct impact on our daily lives right here in Kansas.

So skip voting for President if you prefer, but, please, finish the rest of the ballot! The future of Kansas depends on your vote!

Remember Teresa Briggs when you go to the polls. I guarantee that I’ll never forget who I was hired to represent.

Vote for Teresa Briggs, Kansas House 76th District

Paid for by Briggs for the Kansas House, John M. Briggs, Treasurer

Sheriff’s office collects 51 pounds of unused prescription drugs

On National Drug Take Back Day, Oct. 22, 2016, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office collected 51 pounds of unused, expired or no longer needed medications. The collection event was part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse.

“Thank you to the citizens who brought those products in for a safer community,” said Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn.

The sheriff said another drug take back event will be held next spring.

“If citizens have medication they need to get rid of prior to the spring of 2017,” Dunn said, “we can take them and place them in a secured area until the next collection date.”

Unused prescription drugs can be dropped off 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the sheriff’s office, 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon.

Since the program began in 2010, more than 45 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas alone. The National Drug Take-Back Day is coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which collects and safely destroys the medications. 

Osage City 5th/6th grade football team wins league championship


The Osage City 5th and 6th grade tackle football team finished the 2016 season as undefeated league champions. On Oct. 15, Osage City beat Emporia Subway 35-22 to cap off their 7-0 Championship season.

The undefeated league champions include, front from left, Keaton Curley (4), Logan Fager (20), Austin Crettol (64), Cole Pitts (81), Xavier Karns (28), Cooper Parsons (18), Noah Lohmeyer (25), Zane Orender (15), Breckin Bowin (7), second row, Logan Poertner (72), Colby Hokanson (16), Bowen Rumold (75), Cole Thompson (51), Deken Colyer (54), Chae Aills (13), Trey Weldon (60), Jadon Bolyard (55), Halen Lacey (65), back, Dalton Rush (53), Kaden Kirkpatrick (33), Ayven Secrest (52), Clive Rash (57), Chase Williams (99), Ayden Rash (56), Cooper Stokes (11), Dalton Schaefer (14), Landon Boss (6), Mason Gibson (61), Parker Combes (77). Coaches were Lucas Boss, Corey Linton, Chris Kirkpatrick, Mike Pitts, Mike Fager, Shawn Crettol, Tyler Parsons, and Dustin Hokanson.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 17 – Oct. 22, 2016

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

Lyndon Leaders plan giving for the season of thanks

By Leanne Shoup, Club Reporter

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had their monthly meeting on Oct. 9, 2016. The majority of the meeting consisted of the election of new officers for the upcoming 2016-2017 4-H year. The newly elected officers are as follows: Kaelin Bones, president; Brayden Marcotte, vice president; Ryan Bones, secretary; Tara Green, treasurer; Leanne Shoup, reporter; Ethan Kneisler, junior vice president; Tara Green, junior secretary; Ethan Kneisler, 4-H Council representative.

New business concluded with a motion to donate non-perishable Thanksgiving food items for Help House in Lyndon, and buying candy for the trunk-or-treat that will be held at Jones Park on4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 30. The next meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13, 2016, in the Lyndon High School cafeteria, which will be an exchange meeting with the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club. Anyone interested in joining 4-H is welcome to attend.

Wear the ribbon, plant a tulip and a promise to stay drug free


Fifth-graders at Marais des Cygnes Valley Elementary School plant tulips near the school’s entrance Monday, assisted by custodian Duane Meiers, principal Twila Wollenberg, fifth-grade teacher Peggy Burkdoll, and representatives of Drug Free Osage County.

Each year, Red Ribbon Week is celebrated in schools in Osage County and across the country during the last week of October. Red Ribbon Week was established in 1988 as a way to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities, and in memory of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camarena, who was killed in 1985, presumably by a drug cartel. He believed that one person can make a difference in the battle against drugs.

During Red Ribbon Week area schools are observing this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme “YOLO (you only live once). Be Drug Free” with assemblies, activities and school decorations. And as in past tradition, several school classes will plant red tulips around their school as a continuing reminder to “plant the promise” to stay drug-free. When the tulips come up in the spring, people are again reminded of the meaning of Red Ribbon Week.

Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those who don’t; yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

Help Wanted: Extension Agent, Nutrition, Food Safety and Health

KSUR&EExtension Agent, Nutrition, Food Safety and Health opportunity in Frontier Extension District, offices in Ottawa, Lyndon and Garnett, Kansas. See: www.ksre.ksu.edu/jobs for responsibilities, qualifications, and application procedure. Application deadline:  11/10/16. K-State Research and Extension is an EOE of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Background check required.

Osage County farmers load local elevator with beans


With soybean harvest underway, Osage County farmers were busy over the weekend hauling soybeans to the elevator at Osage City. As farm trucks lined up at Ag Choice on Sunday, local drone photographer Rick Potter used the opportunity to get some aerial shots of this year’s harvest in progress. The USDA has forecast record soybean and corn production and yields across the U.S. in 2016.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Specialness of honored colleague

buchmanhead“He’s the farmer’s best friend.”

It’s the lead in a news story, and accurate statement.

Our colleague largely responsible for direction life’s taken.

Kelly Lenz is the farm director at WIBW, and most everybody in Kansas knows him.

Serving radio and television listeners more than four decades, Kelly reports agriculture news and markets.

That’s expected. What’s unique is how Kelly presents the information impacting well beyond farmers and ranchers.

Agriculture is the most important industry everyone depends on, because farmers produce their food.

Growing up on an Iowa family farm, Kelly knows the business from the field to grocery store checkout.

While milking cows, planting and cultivating corn along with scoop shovel chores that his Dad and Mom demanded, the transistor radio received as a 10-year-old created a fascination which would become Kelly’s future.

OCN Sports Updates

See Osage County area sports updates as provided by local schools and fans below. If you know a score that’s not listed, you can log in to MaxPreps to report it. Scroll under each school listed to see recent or upcoming games.

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