Pomona welcomes spring with annual Easter egg hunt

KDWPT game wardens and the Easter Bunny are ready for visitors  at Pomona State Park for Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunt. Pomona State Park’s annual Easter egg hunt is at 1 p.m. Saturday, More »


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 »

Free shuttle to operate between downtown car show and air expo at Osage City

Our public bus service will be available for the Cruisin’ Cook’n Car Show held simultaneously with the Wings in the Spring Aircraft Expo, in Osage City starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 11. We will be providing free shuttle service from the area of Sixth and Market streets downtown to the Osage City Airport every hour on the hour. The last trip from the airport back to the downtown area would be at 2 p.m. Using this free shuttle service will help alleviate some of the parking congestion that occurs during the car show each year, and will provide those attending the chance to see both the road and air travel wonders on display that day.

The sign-up sheet is out for our first evening-out-for-supper bus trip set for Wednesday, April 22. We are going to Bruff’s Bar and Grill, a really good steakhouse in Emporia. The bus will leave the senior center at 5:15 p.m. The requested donation for this trip is $3 per person. Call us at 785-528-4906 for more information or to reserve your seat on the bus. We are limited to the first 15 people who sign up.

OCPR Update: Spring brings Tee-ball, swimming and barbecue

Osage City Parks and Recreation is gearing up for Tee-ball, swimming season, and Smoke in the Spring (April 10-11, 2015)!

Filings in Osage County Courthouse March 23 – March 27, 2015

The following information was taken from the records at the Osage County Courthouse March 23 through March 27, 2015.

Osage County Jail Log, March 22 – March 27, 2015

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

Osage City home for sale, to be moved

121614-103-s-market-osage-cCharming 3-story home needing TLC. Large rooms, bay windows on both first and second levels, beautiful open staircase and original woodwork with crown molding throughout the house, original ceiling light fixtures and a built-in china cabinet in the dining room. Four bedrooms on the second story and a bathroom; the third-story could be a fifth bedroom/storage/hobby/or playroom for children. House must be seen to appreciate its endless potential to become a distinctive and exquisite home. Buyer must move house from current location – 103 S. Martin St., Osage City (SW corner of K-170 and K-31 highways). $1 OBO in addition to estimated moving cost of $25,000. Contact 785-528-3015 or email cmussatto@hotmail.com to schedule an appointment to view the property.

Ottawa woman found dead in Pomona Lake Sunday

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported that an Ottawa woman was found dead in Pomona Lake on Sunday.

In a press release issued today, Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said that Cynthia Steward, 44, of Ottawa, was found in the lake after emergency personnel responded to a report of body near the boat ramp at 110-Mile Park around 3:25 p.m. Sunday.

The sheriff reported that after further investigation and after a report of missing kayaker, it was determined the victim was Steward. The release said Steward had gone kayaking around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and her family notified the sheriff’s office she was missing about 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of Steward’s death.

“The autopsy will help determine whether Mrs. Steward had drowned or possibly died of hypothermia,” Dunn said in the release.

Lyndon High School plans Honor Flight; veterans sought for June trip

Lyndon High School will be making an Honor Flight June 1-2, 2015, and is now looking for any World War II or Korean War Veterans who have not been on an Honor Flight and would like to go.

Any veteran or anyone who knows of or whose family member is a veteran that served during the years of 1939 through 1955, is asked to contact Marty Feltner, veteran coordinator, at 785-828-4434.

Honor Flight is an organization with a mission to transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. Kansas Honor Flight is unique in that high school students act as guardians for the veterans, providing a rich intergenerational and educational experience for both parties involved.

For more information, see related story here.

Georgina Haydon Hensley Webb, 89, Topeka: October 23, 1925 – March 28, 2015

TOPEKA – Georgina Haydon Hensley Webb, 89, of Topeka, Kan., passed away on March 28, 2015. She was born Oct. 23, 1925, in Topeka, the daughter of George and Marcella Haydon.

She graduated from Topeka High School and attended Washburn University. Georgina married Harland Hensley on March 4, 1945, in Topeka. He preceded her in death May 31, 1981. She married Marvin Webb on June 5, 1983, in Topeka. He preceded her in death March 23, 1999.

Cleopa (Thomas) Shipp, 96, Waverly, Ill.: Sept. 14, 1918 – March 27, 2015

032914-shippOVERBROOK, Kan. – Cleopa (Thomas) Shipp, formerly of Waverly, Ill., most recently of Overbrook, Kan., died Friday, March 27, 2015, at Overbrook.

She was born Sept. 14, 1918, the daughter of Bradford and Era Knight Thomas. She married Samuel Shipp, who preceded her in death, along with her parents, and brother Ralph Thomas.

She is survived by two sons, William T. (wife Chris) Shipp, Overbrook, and Richard K. (wife Corinne) Shipp, Aurora, Colo.; three grandchildren, Wynndee (husband David) Lee, Ottawa, Kan.; Thomas (wife Kim) Shipp, Tallahassee, Fla., and Mark (wife Laura) Iwanycky, Seven Hills, Ohio; and two great grandchildren, Kelsey (husband Jack) Kenyon and Samantha Lee.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Exercise and perspiration brings recovery

buchmanheadRehabilitation following body repair makes one hurt and sweat.

Yet, exertion is essential to efficient and complete recovery after ailment treatment.

Likewise, failing to follow recommended recovery therapy has lifetime negative, and often untreatable, consequences.

Best proof comes from personal experience. After we fell off and broke our arm in three places, surgery straightening the arm, inserting a long permanent pin and casting for a time fixed the injury.

Then, our work began. Just walking made us sweat the first day, even though the repair was a long ways from our legs.

But, when we went into the calisthenics clinic and attempted to do what the pretty therapist told us, we were almost incapable. And, oh the pain, while the perspiration rolled like it was 110 degrees, putting hay in the barn loft.

Despite, much more hurt and body secretion, arm movement steadily improved. Today, we forget the injury ever occurred. But, that would not be the case if we hadn’t gone through the agony and sweltering.

Christopher Sluder, 50, Bottineau, N.D.: Oct. 30, 1964 – March 24, 2015

Sluder,CBOTTINEAU, N.D – Christopher Sluder, 50, of Bottineau, N.D., passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, near Souris, N.D. The son of Carl and Phyllis (Rusk) Sluder, he was born on Oct. 30, 1964, at Lawrence, Kan.

He was reared and educated in Melvern, Kan. Chris graduated from high school and attended college at Kansas State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics. 

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


KDWPT game wardens and the Easter Bunny are ready for visitors  at Pomona State Park for Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunt.

Pomona 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: 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.

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