District governor leads induction ceremony for new Lyndon Lions members

At the Lyndon Lions Club annual picnic Sept. 21, 2020, six new members joined the club. District 17N Governor Chris Bauer inducted the new members into the club. All More »

COVID-19 takes life of Osage County resident

In its latest COVID-19 update, the Osage County Health Department has reported one death in the county has been attributed to the virus. In a social media post Oct. More »

Eat Well to Be Well: Fill your plate with fall produce to enhance heart health

As temperatures drop and winds pick up, heading into fall is a sure sign change is on its way. One healthy change you’ll see in your grocery store is More »

Osage County Places: Vassar schoolhouse, still serving as center of its community

In 1913, the town of Vassar moved ahead with its plans for a new school and requests for bids were sent out to the surrounding area. Merchant and aspiring More »

Hidden History: Vassar schoolhouse stands as monument to one-room education

Student photo of Vassar School 1939-40. Wendi Bevitt collection. Throughout the countryside, remnants of schools of a bygone era dot the landscape. The one-room schoolhouse was the core of More »

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 5 – 9, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 5 to Oct. 9, 2020.

Joanne Gaul, 85, Quenemo: April 29, 1935 – Oct. 16, 2020

QUENEMO, Kan. – Joanne (Hileman) Gaul, 85, of Quenemo, Kan., went to be with Jesus on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Joanne was born to John and Janet Hileman, April 29, 1935, in Rural Valley, Penn.

She was a good, old-fashioned country girl.

Joanne married the love of her life, Donnel Gaul, in April 1958. She and Don enjoyed archery competitions, and in the 1960s they were both Pennsylvania state champions. Together they came to know the Lord, and in 1967 they left home and family to go serve as missionaries to the Native Americans, first in South Dakota, and then in Alberton, Mont.

David L. McConnell, 69, Osage City: June 24, 1951 – Oct. 15, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – David L. McConnell, 69, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at the Brookside Retirement Community in Overbrook, Kan. He was born on June 24, 1951, in Lincoln, Neb., the son of Lloyd and Gladys Horstman McConnell.

David grew up in Nebraska and graduated from Syracuse High School in 1971. He had been in the Osage City community for many years.

Help Wanted: Flint Hills Beverage seeks Route Relief Sales & Service Rep

Flint Hills Beverage, the area Budweiser wholesaler, is now accepting applications Monday-Friday, 8-5 at 132 W Market St., Osage City, or online at www.flinthillsbeverage.com, for an entry level position as a Route Relief Sales & Service Rep. This position requires lifting 20-165 lbs. repetitively and obtaining a CDL license. Pre-employment drug screen, driving record review and physical will also be required. Selling, customer relationship skills and truck driving experience preferred. Includes full benefits and competitive pay. Must be 18 to apply. 

Help Wanted: Marilynn’s – evening part-time

Marilynn’s Restaurant in Osage City is hiring for evening part-time positions. For more information, call 785-528-3769, or apply in person at 1216 Laing St. (east Highway 31) in Osage City.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Certain things really unnecessary

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“There’s nothing to watch on television.”

Frequently the comment is heard in passing, and obviously that’s not true, but it might often seem that way. In reality the statement should be, “There just isn’t anything on television that I have any interest in watching.”

That can truthfully be said by whoever’s flipping channels from the recliner unable to find programming of personal interest.

Something is always on television nowadays, but that’s not the way it’s always been. Young people today even their parents and perhaps grandparents can’t imagine not having a television.

Yet six decades ago, it was almost unheard of for most households to own a television. They were considered something for rich people and unnecessary expense that could easily be done without by common folk.

However, there was always a thrill of sorts to know someone who owned a TV. It was a special privilege to be asked to their home to watch a certain program.

Those with televisions had a high antenna pole in their yard to get signals through airwaves. Everything was in black and white and typically had lots of static interrupting reception.

Before long though most families thought television was a necessity and got one of their own. That was a special occasion remembered with a big smile many years later.

While only one channel was available in most rural areas, there was “always something to watch.”

Technology advanced as programming became available “in living color,” and everybody just had to have a “color TV.”

Jules Reece Malain, 71, Melvern: Jan. 15, 1949 – Oct. 13, 2020

MELVERN, Kan. – Jules Reece Malain, 71, of Melvern, Kan., passed away from COVID-19 complications Oct. 13, 2020. Jules was born Jan. 15, 1949, in Vancouver, Wash., to Arthur Leo Malain and Fanny Isobel Bloom.

Jules co-owned and operated Kathy’s Kitchen with his wife, Kathy Young, in Melvern. Jules was a brilliant mechanic, plumber, electrician, chef, musician, and inventor.

Dale Lee Wallace, 42, Melvern: May 15, 1978 – Oct. 14, 2020

MELVERN, Kan. – Dale Lee Wallace, 42, departed this life on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at his home in Melvern, Kan. He was born May 15, 1978, in Ottawa, Kan., the son of Raymond Lee and Lisa (Siege) Wallace . He graduated from Marais des Cygnes Valley High School in 1996.

Dale had lived most of his life in Melvern, but had lived for 10 years in Newton, Kan.

Things are going on at Osage County Senior Center – join in!

Everyone is invited to participate in daily activities at the Osage County Senior Center. Here’s the regular schedule:

  • Mondays – Sewing 8 a.m.; exercise with Dee 9 a.m.; Threads 1 p.m.; pitch is back 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays – Ceramics 9 a.m.; exercise with Dee 9 a.m.; Mexican Train with snacks 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays – Sewing 8 a.m.; exercise with Dee 9 a.m.
  • Thursdays – Art and painting 9 a.m.; exercise with Dee 9 a.m.
  • Fridays – Exercise with Dee 9 a.m.; bingo 10 a.m.


A hearing aid service will be at the center Friday, Oct. 16. Toenails clipping or feet problems will be checked on Oct. 20 by appointment with Hermes Healthcare; call 316-260-4110.

John McGrath, a Medicare/Medicaid benefits specialist, will be at the center 12-4 p.m. Oct. 21. Anyone who would like to talk to him should call the center at 785-528-1170 to make an appointment. McGrath can advise regarding supplemental plans for those 65 and older on Medicare.

Sewing Chicks are giving quilts to local veterans for Veterans Day. Any local veteran who has not received one previously is asked to come to the senior center and sign up.

Commodities are distributed the second Wednesday of every month. Recipients are required to be 60 years old or older to qualify with an income of $1,354 or less for one person or $1,832 or less for two persons in the same house; income verification is required; a one-month waiting period is due to ordering a month in advance. Anyone in Osage County is eligible if they meet the above qualifications. Anyone unable to come to Osage City to pick up commodities is asked to notify the senior center.

For more information, stop by the Osage County Senior Center at 604 Market St., Osage City, or call 785-528-1170.

Osage County 4-Hers attend junior livestock show at Hutchinson

Local 4-H members attended the Kansas Junior Livestock Show the weekend of Oct. 3, 2020, in Hutchinson, Kan. Front from left, J.P. Sand, Gradey McNally, Gentry McNally, Gage Kilgore, and Tyler Williams, back, Grace Croucher, Allie Kneisler, Ethan Kneisler, Braelyn McNally, and Kinsley Garrison, and not pictured, Chloe Cannon and Jaiton Bosse.

District governor leads induction ceremony for new Lyndon Lions members

At the Lyndon Lions Club annual picnic Sept. 21, 2020, six new members joined the club. District 17N Governor Chris Bauer inducted the new members into the club.

All members brought a dish to share with each other and the club provided hamburgers and buns.

Lions Club members at the annual picnic and new member induction were, from left, District Gov. Chris Bauer, Gary and Barb Schattak, Tory and Lori Neilson, Carol and Danny Roush, Alyssa and Logan Morford, and Big Lion President Pam Bilyeu.

Overbrook Overlook: Crosswalk volunteers needed

On each school day in Overbrook, two crosswalk volunteers are needed at the front of Overbrook Attendance Center. One crosswalk volunteer is needed from 7:10-7:30 a.m., and the other volunteer is needed 7:15-7:55 a.m. Safety vests and signs will be provided. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Julie Smith at [email protected].

“Fall in Love with Overbrook”

Overbrook Farmer’s Market is presenting “Fall in Love with Overbrook”, starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Children’s Pond. Everyone is invited to enjoy a pumpkin patch, farmers market booths, food vendors and craft vendors.

Trunk ‘n’ Treat

Overbrook Community Halloween Trunk ‘n’ Treat will be 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at City Lake. This annual event is hosted by the Overbrook United Methodist Church, providing an alternative to trick-or-treating door to door. All residents, businesses, and groups are invited to participate. Those interested in participating are asked to contact Jessica Frye at [email protected].

Help House coat donations

Help House could use your help in stocking the racks in its coat closet this year. They are currently asking for donations of coats, warm hats and gloves, all sizes from infants, boys and girls, to men’s 3X to women’s 3X. Donors are asked to make sure items are clean and in good repair. Donations must be dropped off by appointment.

Overbrook Bible Church Chili-Soup Supper

Overbrook Bible Church is having their second annual chili and soup supper 5-8 p.m. Nov. 5, at  the church. Chili, vegetable soup, cinnamon rolls, and pie will be available for a free will offering.

Deadline for posting addresses

Address numbers must be posted on all buildings, not mailboxes, by Jan. 1. 2021. The numbers must be at least three inches tall and visible from the road to be in compliance with the city ordinance and for the 911 system.

Florence Ila Ferdinand, 98, Osage City: Sept. 8, 1922 – Oct. 12, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Florence Ila Ferdinand, 98, passed away Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at Vintage Park, Osage City, Kan. Florence Ila McCreight was born Sept. 8, 1922, on the family farm southwest of Lyndon, Kan., the daughter of Clarence Edgar and Florence Augsta (Umdenstock) McCreight.

Florence graduated from Lyndon High School in 1941.

Florence was joined in marriage to Harold L. “Jack” Ferdinand, Feb. 5, 1950, in Topeka, Kan. She was a farm wife and homemaker on their dairy farm.

I-35 culvert repair project starts next week in Osage County

The Kansas Department of Transportation plans on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, to begin a culvert repair project on Interstate 35 in Osage County. The culvert is located north of the south interchange with state Highway 31.

Project activity includes replacing both wings on the north end of the culvert. I-35 southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane until the project is completed in approximately one month.

KDOT awarded the $198,264 construction contract to Pfefferkorn and Drury Construction, Olathe, Kan. Drivers are reminded to reduce speed in the work zone. For more information, contact Troy Howard at 785-433-6116, or Priscilla Petersen, 620-902-6433.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse. Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 2020.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 7 – Oct 10, 2020

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

County under burn ban due to very high fire danger, Oct. 14, 2020

Osage County Emergency Management has issued a burn ban for all of Osage County, Kan., today, Oct. 14, 2020. No outside burning is allowed and all burn permits are suspended until 8 a.m. Oct. 15, 2020.

The ban was issued due to expected very high fire danger today. The rangeland fire danger index will be in the very high category this afternoon.

The National Weather Service forecasts today to be sunny with a high near 86, and breezy with a south wind 15-20 mph and gusts up to 40 mph.

For more information about the Osage County burn ban, contact Osage County Emergency Management at 785-828-3323, or the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121.

COVID-19 takes life of Osage County resident

In its latest COVID-19 update, the Osage County Health Department has reported one death in the county has been attributed to the virus.

In a social media post Oct. 13, 2020, the health department said, “There has been a death attributed in part to COVID-19 in a patient from Osage County. This patient passed away last month, and our health department was just notified of the ruling. We are not able to release any other info at this time. Thank you for understanding.”

In today’s COVID-19 update, the department reported that Osage County currently has 11 active cases of the virus, 61 people quarantined, one patient hospitalized, and 113 recovered cases. The department reported that since testing began, the county has tallied 2,248 negative test results.

County officials confirm COVID-19 case at the Osage County Jail

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported this afternoon in a social media post there has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident of the Osage County Jail.

The post said testing for all residents and staff is scheduled to begin tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020.

The Osage County Jail has been in consultation with officials from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on next steps to address these circumstances. As a result of the consultation with KDHE, the following steps were implemented:

  • The patient with the confirmed case was previously quarantined and will remain quarantined for the next 14 days and will be tested weekly.
  • KDHE will test staff and inmates weekly.
  • Osage County will remain diligent in monitoring other staff and residents for symptoms.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported it is working closely with KDHE, Osage County Health Department, and Osage County Emergency Management to make sure Osage County Jail facility remains safe for its employees and residents.

Man dies near Pomona boat ramp after capsized boat incident

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported that a Pomona man, Floyd Moehlman, 70, died Monday at Pomona Lake, following a boating incident.

The sheriff reported that at 6:39 p.m. Oct. 12, 2020, a call came in regarding a capsized boat in the area of the Carbolyn Park boat ramp at Pomona Lake. Sheriff’s deputies, Osage County EMS, Osage County Fire District No. 5, and a Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism game warden responded to the scene.

A short time after a sheriff’s deputy arrived, Moehlman was located in the water. Lifesaving measures were attempted at this time. After Osage County EMS arrived, the victim was pronounced deceased.

Dale LaRue (Biggin) Doles Jr., 42, Lyndon: Nov. 28, 1977 – Oct. 9, 2020

LYNDON, Kan. – Dale LaRue (Biggin) Doles Jr., 42, of Lyndon, Kan., passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at KU Medical Center. Dale was born Nov. 28, 1977. He is the son of Dale LaRue Doles Sr. and Angelina Marie Goucher.

Dale grew up in the Gardner and Edgerton, Kan., area, and was expected to graduate in 1996, but his rebel ways took him on a different path.

He married the love of his life, Kelly Bell, in 1996. Dale’s pride and joy was his family.

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