Cold water safety and hunter safety go hand-in-hand

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With cooler weather upon us, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District emphasizes safety while enjoying seasonal recreation opportunities. “Fall and winter months More »

OCHS theater to present comedy farce “Noises Off” (or “Nothing On”)

Actors in “Noises Off” or “Nothing On”, front from left, Claire Crawford, Adam Delekta, middle, Jolson Robert, Olivia Camarena, Colton Williams, Georgia Hutton, Karley Reece; back, Jade Potter, Wyatt More »

Unofficial results of the 2017 city elections in Osage County

The following are unofficial results of the municipal general elections conducted Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Osage County, Kan. Write-in votes remain to be tabulated Tuesday evening; projected winners More »

Osage City plants seeds of love for trees

Girl scouts proudly show off the tree they just helped to plant. The Osage City Tree Board celebrated Arbor Day with local scouts. On Oct. 17, 2017, Osage City More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Income must balance expenses

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“What happened to all of my money?”
More often than ever, likely, people are asking themselves that question.
Most incomes, despite never being considered enough, are higher than in all of time.
Yet, when month’s end comes the bank account shows nothing or less than that.
It’s a forever situation, but certainly there must be a compounding, because many don’t understand how to keep track.
Honestly, there is very little demanded schooling on how to keep records. Thus, most people have no clue how to record what comes in, and the spending that goes out.
Never has record keeping been done eagerly, but the point came home at the 4-H achievement banquet recognizing project winners.
Formerly 4-H members were required to complete annual records of their projects emphasizing costs and returns. Today, it’s optional and low percentage turn in record books. Consequently, they don’t know how.
Same goes for the vocational agriculture students once demanded to keep exact tally of income and expenditures. Too often that’s not the case anymore.
Now, those youth leadership club members miss out on many awards for failing to complete records.
That’s sad, but real dilemma is those people who don’t even know how to even balance their checkbooks.
Youth organizations are but a small percentage of the coming business generation, and there’s even less training for those others.
Only students in business classes, economics and certain math courses are educated some about receipt and expense tabulation.
So, a very low percentage of the population knows how to figure where their money goes if they know where it comes from.
That has to be the reason there are record numbers of credit card debts. Certainly, bankruptcy cases are expanding more rapidly, too. It’s all due to not recording where the funds are going.
There’s no easy answer. First and foremost, very few people like to keep records.
Bigger issue is that most others have no knowledge about the importance of keeping track of their money. Then, they’ve never been educated about how to balance their checkbooks, let alone all other complexities.
The only possible solution is get back to basic financial education on all levels from grade school up.
Remember Genesis 47:22: “They received an income and lived on that income.” Yet, Acts 21:24: “All expenses were paid in full.”

Kansas Republican Party chairman featured speaker at local Republicans’ meeting

Osage County Republicans are invited to attend a meeting of Republicans to be held Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan. The event begins with a potluck supper. Drinks and table service will be provided. Bring a dish to share and join in the meal which will start serving at 5:30 p.m. and run through the supper hour.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. with featured speaker, Kelly Arnold, chairman of the Kansas Republican Party.  He will be giving an overview of the National Republican Party and Kansas Republican Party going into the 2018 Election. Arnold will also comment on his own campaign for secretary of state.

Love kids? Want to help them learn?

We need YOU to join our team of educators at Three Lakes Educational Cooperative. PARAEDUCATORS (Full Time & Subs) needed to provide classroom support for students in all Osage and West Franklin County schools at all grade levels. Full time paraeducator application available online ( or pick one up at Three Lakes Educational Cooperative, 1318 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS. Para subs must complete employment paperwork in person at our central office. Starting salary: $10.10 per hr. / $10.85 per hr. with BA degree. Paid Sick & Discretionary Leave.

Future nurses, hygienists, medical ancillary personnel encouraged to apply for award

The Friends of Flint Hills Community Health Center have announced they are accepting applicants for the 2018 Arlene Eichorn Scholarship.

The Friends of FHCHC offer the $500 scholarship annually to an outstanding student enrolled in a program offering a degree in dental hygiene, licensed practical nursing, or other medical ancillary program.

According to the Friends of FHCHC, Arlene Eichorn was a beloved employee of the health center, so the group established a scholarship fund in her name for students in these health fields.

Vernon L. Weimer, 84, Topeka: July 6, 1933 – Nov. 16, 2017

Topeka – Vernon L. Weimer, 84, passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. He was born on July 6, 1933, in Olivet, Kansas, the son of Louis and Dorothy Taylor Weimer.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 7 – Nov. 9, 2017

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

Altar society plans afternoon of bingo at Osage City

The St. Patrick Altar Society is inviting everyone to enjoy playing bingo and eating chili on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at St. Brigid Hall, 309 S. Sixth St., Osage City.

Bingo begins at 2 p.m. and chili will be served at 5 p.m.

The first bingo card is $5 and additional cards are $2. Prizes will be awarded every round. Chili is available for a free will donation, with all proceeds benefitting ECAT. There will also be a pie auction.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Two certainties with reprieve

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Nothing is certain, but death and taxes.”

A famous quote often heard and repeated with frequency.

Benjamin Franklin generally gets credit for the comment in 1789. Yet, others claim earlier variations.

Politician Daniel Defoe, supposedly in 1776, said: “Things as certain as death and taxes can be more firmly believed.”

Author Christopher Bullock was credited in 1718: “Tis impossible to be sure of anything but death and taxes.”|

Well, taxes are definite, and essential. Many of today’s services would not exist without the government taking a pinch out of every transaction. The amount they grab is what hurts.

Fuel costs are high, still added taxes are what take them to extreme. Those with oil wells certainly aren’t getting rich in most cases anymore.

Real stinger is extremeness of sales taxes. There’s federal nip, plus state, then local add-ons, county, township, city, really just can’t keep track of them all.

Whatever they’re tacking on the equation, it’s very high percentage of cost for anything. Anybody who sells something has to get their markup to pay overhead and make a living, tariff causes the pain.

Cold water safety and hunter safety go hand-in-hand

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With cooler weather upon us, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District emphasizes safety while enjoying seasonal recreation opportunities.

“Fall and winter months provide additional opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy our lakes,” said Zach Wallace, park ranger at Pomme de Terre Lake, near Hermitage, Mo. “It’s important to remember the dangers associated with colder seasons like hypothermia and hunting related activities. Accidents can happen and it’s vital all visitors take the appropriate steps to ensure a safe experience.”

Low water temperatures pose risks such as hypothermia. The human body cools 25 times faster in cold water than it does in air.

“You should expect the unexpected, dress for the weather and always wear a life jacket in or around water,” Wallace said.

With thousands of acres of public hunting land at 18 lakes throughout Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska, the Corps also encourages hunters to take precautions this winter.

“Public hunting can present a challenge,” said Wallace. “There is a chance others are hunting in the same location and could be camouflaged in a tree stand, blind or behind brush. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and follow state and federal rules.”

The Corps urges outdoor enthusiasts to consider these additional tips.

OCHS theater to present comedy farce “Noises Off” (or “Nothing On”)

Actors in “Noises Off” or “Nothing On”, front from left, Claire Crawford, Adam Delekta, middle, Jolson Robert, Olivia Camarena, Colton Williams, Georgia Hutton, Karley Reece; back, Jade Potter, Wyatt Orender.

The Osage City High School theater department will be presenting the comedy “Noises Off”, by Michael Frayn, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in the OCHS auditorium.

“Noises Off” is a farce play about a group of actors putting on the play “Nothing On.” Unfortunately, the drama is not confined to the stage. The love triangles, miscommunications, door slamming, and missed cues will leave the audience rolling with laughter.

Act One features a rehearsal of the play “Nothing On”, a British comedy, where things are not going well as they are rapidly approaching opening night. Act Two features a completely revolving set, which gives the audience a rare glimpse into what is going on backstage during a performance of a play. Act Three is a performance of “Nothing On” that goes terribly wrong.

The play cast includes junior Colton Williams as Lloyd the director of “Nothing On”; senior Georgia Hutton as Poppy, a stage manager for the show; and freshman Wyatt Orender as Tim, another stage manager. Junior Claire Crawford portrays both Dotty, an actress, and Mrs. Clackett, her British character in “Nothing On.” Other actors in dual roles include junior Jolson Robert as Frederick and Philip; sophomore Karley Reece as Belinda and Flavia; sophomore Adam Delekta as Garry and Roger; sophomore Olivia Camarena as Brooke and Vicki; and sophomore Jade Potter as Selsdon and the Burglar.

The crew for “Noises Off” includes junior Aliks Serna, stage manager; senior Dalton Shaffer, sophomore Dylan Shaffer, sophomore Lucy Martin, junior Kevin Lauber, stage crew; sophomore Ryan Lauber, sound board operator; and freshman Dani Kerns, light board operator. The play is directed by Kathy Camarena and Jaime McCoy. Bryan Sage built the set.

Admission for the play is $5 per person. If OCHS is playing football on either Nov. 17 or 18, there will not be a performance that night and the troupe will have its second performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19.

Donald Cullen Bryant, 40, Overbrook: Sept. 4, 1977 – Nov. 7, 2017

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Donald Cullen Bryant, 40, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. He was born Sept. 4, 1977, in Lawrence, Kan.

Donald graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1996, and attended Kaw Area Vocational School and Allen County Community College. He served in the Kansas National Guard. He was employed as the maintenance superintendent for the city of Overbrook. Donald “Ratchet” was a member of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club and served as a sergeant at arms.

Anonymous Melvern farmer can quit day job; claims $742,354 lottery jackpot

TOPEKA, Kan. – An anonymous Melvern resident has claimed a $742,354 jackpot from one of Kansas’ lottery games in Monday night’s drawing. Kansas Lottery announced an unnamed winner matched all numbers on a $5 quick pick ticket in the Nov. 6, 2017, Super Kansas Cash game. The winning numbers were 05, 09, 13, 15, 31 with a bonus number of 07.

“I didn’t realize I had the winning ticket until yesterday,” said the winner, who wished to remain anonymous. “I scanned the ticket myself, but the machine didn’t show the amount I won, so I asked one of the store clerks I know to check the ticket for me. When she told me I had won the Super Kansas Cash jackpot, I couldn’t believe it.”

The lucky winner said he buys lottery tickets for every drawing and will continue doing so.

“People give me a hard time for playing so much, but if you don’t play you can’t win,” the winner said. “I work hard and I try to help people as much as I can. I’m a firm believer of what comes around goes round. My wife even said she knew something good was going to happen. Maybe I’ll get lucky and win again?”

The Melvern resident said winning a jackpot prize will allow him to take time off work until the first of the year, so he can concentrate on his farm.

“I’ve got a lot of things to do on the farm,” said the winner. “Now I won’t have to worry about my day job. I have a lot of fences to build and fix, plus I’d like to buy a new tractor.”

The jackpot-winning ticket was purchased at Circle L Convenience Store, in Melvern. The store is eligible for a $1,000 selling bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Boil water advisory rescinded for city of Ottawa

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the city of Ottawa in Franklin County, Kan.

KDHE officials issued the advisory because compressed air entered the distribution during maintenance on the irrigation system at the high school, which put the system at risk for contamination. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Laboratory testing samples collected from the system indicate no evidence of contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

4th Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for district judge vacancy

TOPEKA, Kan. – The 4th Judicial Nominating Commission will convene at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in the Coffey County Courthouse, Burlington, Kan., to interview nominees to fill a district judge vacancy in Coffey County created by the Nov. 30 retirement of Judge Phillip M. Fromme.

The nominees are Samuel R. Feather, Topeka; Meghan K. Morgan, Burlington; Darrel L. Smith, Emporia; and Taylor J. Wine, Lyndon. Interviews are open to the public. The 4th Judicial District is composed of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties.

The commission will select at least three nominees whose names will be submitted to the governor to fill the position according to statutory qualification and residency requirements. If there are not two nominees who reside in the district who are deemed qualified by the commission, the commission may consider nominees who reside outside the judicial district. The governor has 60 days after receiving the names to decide whom to appoint.

Nominees for district judge must be at least 30 years old, a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas and engaged in the practice of law for at least five years, whether as a lawyer, judge, or full-time teacher at an accredited law school, and a resident of Coffey County at the time of taking office and while holding office.

The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission consists of Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen as the nonvoting chair, James R. Campbell and Jim H. Dale, both of Burlington, Craig E. Cole, Garnett, Janet C. Walsh, Lyndon, Thomas B. DeBaun, Osage City, Forrest A. Lowry, Ottawa, and Eugene E. Highberger, Westphalia. 

Ellis L. Swarts, 95, Osage City: May 11, 1922 – Nov. 2, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Ellis L. Swarts, 95, passed away Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Osage City, Kan. Ellis was born May 11, 1922, the son of Harry and Jessie Benton Swarts.

Ellis graduated from Osage City High School in 1940. Upon graduation, he went to work at the Citizens State Bank, in Osage City. In 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the LSM-459 ship through 1946. Upon completion of his service, he returned to Osage City and married Belva Jane Shafer, on Feb. 7, 1946. He continued his employment with the Citizens State Bank until 1984, when he retired with 43 dedicated years.

Overbrook Overlook: Be mindful of holiday crime precautions

Overbrook Police Department is reminding everyone that the upcoming holidays bring increased opportunities for scams and crime. Everyone is advised to remain mindful regarding phone calls received, and conceal holiday gifts and personal property in your vehicle, or those which might be in view from outside your home windows. Always report crime to 911. If you see something; say something!

Overbrook Betterment Committee

Overbrook Betterment Committee has mailed its annual Overbrook Community Chest donation request. This annual program assists in funding many programs that Overbrook citizens rely on. Please be considerate when determining how much you donate. Helping creates a very satisfying feeling!

Overbrook Community Foundation

A $10,000 Healthy Lifestyles grant from the Topeka Community Foundation will be given to Overbrook PRIDE with the Overbrook Community Foundation as a project partner. PRIDE will use this money to continue the walkway around the east side of the Kids Pond in City Park. Overbrook Community Foundation information and banner are displayed in the window of the former Overbrook Floral Shop on Maple Street, or contact a member of the OCF board.

Veterans Day events

On Friday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m., is the annual Veterans Day Assembly at Carbondale Attendance Center, honoring all who have served. Master Sgt. Summer Walters, 190th Air Refueling Wing, will be the guest speaker for the assembly that is open to all.

Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 a.m. is the annual veterans breakfast and program hosted by the Overbrook Veterans Memorial Committee at the American Legion Post. It is open to everyone. Veterans and family are encouraged to attend.

City Lake algae watch rescinded

Blue-green algae test results taken the week of Oct. 30, 2017, allowed Kansas Department of Health and Environment to remove City Lake from the watch status. Blue-green algae numbers are now below the watch limit.

Overbrook Park and Recreation is reporting the Canadian goose population at City Lake has become a major concern, especially since they contribute to the presence and growth of blue-green algae. OPR and the city are currently considering a plan to remove or reduce the number of geese living on the lake. More information will be posted as plans are finalized.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Oct. 30 through Nov. 3, 2017.

Lyndon library offers warm place to enjoy cool happenings

Lyndon Carnegie Library holds Rebecca’s story time and Lego play 4-5:30 p.m. every Thursday for ages pre-school through fourth grade.

The library also has some other events planned for November:

  • 2-3 p.m. Nov. 19 – Adult book club; bring the book you are reading and discuss; adults only.
  • 2:30-5 p.m. Nov. 22 – Come chill and play at the library; school age.
  • 1-2 p.m. Nov. 25 – “How to Write A Novel In 30 days” presented by Ms. Sonsteng; junior high age to adult.
  • 10-11 a.m. Nov. 29 – “Coffee at the Library” with Angels Health Care; topic is conquering diabetes.

Unofficial results of 2017 Osage County school board, Extension council elections

The following unofficial results of the Nov. 7, 2017, school board and Frontier Extension Council member elections in Osage County were announced by the Osage County Clerk’s Office. Write-in votes were not tabulated as of the time of this report; projected winners are listed in bold:

Unofficial results of the 2017 city elections in Osage County

The following are unofficial results of the municipal general elections conducted Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Osage County, Kan. Write-in votes remain to be tabulated Tuesday evening; projected winners are listed in bold:

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 1 – Nov. 5, 2017

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

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