Gov. Kelly signs executive order mandating masks in public spaces

Simple, proactive way to keep Kansans safe, and keep Kansas businesses open TOPEKA, Kan. – Gov. Laura Kelly today issued Executive Order No. 20-52 requiring that most Kansans must More »

Hidden History: Young doctor’s ‘upward’ attitude brings hospital to Osage City

The Star Block, at 520 Market Street, Osage City, center of photo, was once an early day medical center (or doctor’s office), operated by Dr. Roup for a year More »

Roadside sales not permitted on Kansas highway right of way

The Kansas Department of Transportation is reminding the public that according to state law, all rights of way on state highways are to be used exclusively for highway purposes. More »

Human bone found near rural Osage County fishing spot; identity, age unknown

The location a human bone was found Tuesday was near 205th Street and Lewelling Road near the west end of Pomona Lake. Image from Google Maps. Osage County Sheriff More »

Help Wanted: Help House seeks Director

Opening for Director position for Help House in Lyndon.

Help House is a nonprofit Christian organization providing emergency assistance for individuals and families in Osage County.

To request an application and additional information, you may call 785-828-4888 or e-mail [email protected] Deadline for applications to be received is July 31, 2020.

Peggy J. Tupou, 70, Burlingame: Dec. 4, 1949 – July 1, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Peggy J. Tupou, 70, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Midland Hospice Care, Topeka, Kan. Peggy was born Dec. 4, 1949, in Topeka, the daughter of Robert and Virginia (Brazzle) Shannon.

She married Daryl Strohm Sr.; they later divorced.

Donna Jean Meyersick, 66, Burlingame: Feb. 13, 1954 – July 3, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Donna Jean (Holstrom) Meyersick, 66, passed away at her home Friday, July 3, 2020. She was born Feb. 13, 1954, to Horace and Norma Jean Holstrom, at the St. Mary Hospital, Emporia, Kan.

She lived most of her life in Osage County, and attended school in Burlingame, Kan.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Bulls have important job

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Cows can’t have calves unless they’ve made love with a bull.”

The comment might sound snide or perhaps a not-so-funny joke to livestock people. Still it is a fact that those unfamiliar with animal agriculture sometimes don’t know or understand.

That’s off the subject, but there’s much more to it than male bovines having romantic occasions with female bovines.

The point-in-fact has been coming apparent to many cow-calf herd managers in recent weeks. Their bulls aren’t getting done what’s expected of them. From basic animal science, cows have estrus cycles when they become bred to have a calf after a bull’s lovemaking.

For a cow to have a calf, first off all of her reproduction system must be working right. Her bull friend must want to do a little proper hanky-panky and make a fertile insemination to start calf growth.

Before bulls are turned out with cows, today’s operators generally insist on a fertility check. An infertile bull is no different than a steer really; he enjoys romance but nothing will ever come of it.

However, a lot can happen from the day the pasture gate opens, turning a bull out with a cowherd. Generally nowadays more than one bull is with a herd to serve as backup breeding insurance.

Opinions vary as with most of agriculture, but usually it’s figured that one bull can successfully breed about 25 cows. So mathematically there’d be two bulls out with 50 cows.

Summer’s here along with Osage County’s first fair of the season

Starting next week, it’s officially fair season in Osage County. The Osage County Fair, hosted at Osage City, Kan., will get underway Monday with the fair horse show at Lyndon Saddle Club Arena.

Tuesday, fair volunteers will be finishing getting the grounds ready, and then early Wednesday, exhibit entry begins.

Highlights of the fair this year include the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s fish tank; a family night of fun challenges, hatchet throw, demolition derby, Friday night parade, Saturday night fireworks, and the ever popular Lions Club foodstand.

Here is the schedule:

Commissioners exempt Osage County from governor’s emergency order

The Osage County Commissioners held a special meeting this afternoon, July 2, 2020, and exempted Osage County from the governor’s executive order regarding wearing of masks and other safety measures to combat the COVID-19.

The following is the resolution signed by the commissioners to exempt the county from the governor’s order:



WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 33, paragraph (h) of House Bill No. 2016, the Board of County Commissioners may issue an order relating to public health that includes provisions that are less stringent than the provisions of an executive order effective statewide issued by the Governor.

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners has consulted with the Osage County Health officer regarding the Governor’s July 2, 2020 executive order and makes the following findings:

a.) Covid-19 cases remain low in Osage County with little if any evidence of community spread.

b.) Enforcement of the Governor’s executive order mandating masks would be difficult, if not impossible and would be an unreasonable strain on county resources such as PPE and local law enforcement.

c.) Broad ranging recommendations on safety precautions to fight the potential spread of Covid-19 better serve the public’s overall interests than Governmental mandates.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED by the Board of County Commissioners of Osage County, Kansas, that Osage County is hereby exempt from the requirements set forth in Executive Order No. 20-52 issued by the Governor of the State of Kansas.

IT IS SO ORDERED this 2nd day of July, 2020.


Lyndon to celebrate Fourth with afternoon and evening of fun

Lyndon is planning another of its grand Fourth of July celebrations this Saturday, July 4, 2020. The day begins with a hearty breakfast at the Lions Club pancake feed 7-9 a.m., at Lyndon Community Center. In the afternoon, 1-6 p.m., swim for free at Lyndon City Pool.

For horseshoe pitchers, a competition will begin around 5:30 p.m. with contestant signup; pitching begins at 6 p.m. Questions, call Kevin, 785-215-3318. Lions Club and B’s Thirsty Pig will serve up hot dogs 6-8 p.m., and about that same time, the local fire department will put on its interactive experience. Also 6-8 p.m., homemade ice cream sales will benefit for Lyndon United Methodist Church). Free yard games will be available all evening, and then at 7 p.m., a patriotic parade gets underway. Parade entries welcome, including bicycles, wagons, floats, cars, tractors, horses and more. At 7:30-8:30 p.m. a free watermelon feed will be hosted by Lyndon State Bank. From 8-9:30 p.m. will be live music featuring Nick Walsh, hosted by Liberty Real Estate. All activities will be held on or around the courthouse lawn. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Overbrook invites friends and family for Independence Day

Overbrook will be celebrating Independence Day 2020 the old fashioned way, with friends, family and fun.

The children’s bike parade and hotdog lunch begins at 10:30 a.m. at old middle school. In the afternoon, 1-5 p.m., swim for free at the city pool.

At dark, a fireworks display will shoot off at the city lake.

No alcohol permitted on park grounds. Spectators are asked to park at the ball diamonds and walk down or sit in bleachers. Chairs and blankets can be set up on city lake grounds. Everyone is encouraged to practice safe social distancing.

The event is hosted by Overbrook PRIDE.

Supreme Court requires face coverings in district, appellate court proceedings

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Supreme Court today issued an administrative order requiring district and appellate courts to comply with the governor’s order requiring people to wear face coverings in public areas to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Administrative Order 2020-PR-090, effective July 3, 2020, requires district and appellate courts to comply with Gov. Laura Kelly’s Executive Order No. 20-52, requiring the use of face coverings in public, even though the governor’s order exempts court proceedings.

The Supreme Court order requires all court employees, judicial officers, and members of the public to wear a face covering in any courtroom, court office, or other facility used for a court proceeding. Face coverings must also be worn in any nonpublic court office unless physical shields are in place.

Courts are required to comply even if local county commissions opt out of the governor’s executive order.

“We must protect the health and safety of court users, staff, and judicial officers during this pandemic,” Chief Justice Marla Luckert said. “The use of face coverings, hygiene practices, protective shielding, and social distancing will allow us to do that as we conduct court proceedings across the state.”

The Supreme Court order allows a judge to waive the face covering requirement under certain circumstances set out in the order.

Gov. Kelly signs executive order mandating masks in public spaces

Simple, proactive way to keep Kansans safe, and keep Kansas businesses open

TOPEKA, Kan. – Gov. Laura Kelly today issued Executive Order No. 20-52 requiring that most Kansans must wear a mask while in public spaces, and in places where individuals are unable to maintain social distancing of six feet.

The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2020, and will remain in place until rescinded or until the current statewide state of disaster emergency expires – whichever is earlier.

“The last few months have presented many new challenges for Kansans, and all of us want to return to our normal lives and routines,” Kelly said. “Unfortunately, we have seen a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across our state and our country. We must act.

‘Viruses don’t stop at county lines. This order doesn’t change where you can go or what you can do. But wearing a mask is a simple and effective way to keep Kansans healthy and keep Kansas open for business.”

Under the order, Kansans are required to wear masks when inside any public space – including their workplace – or in situations where social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained. Guidance regarding specific places or situations in which masks are required is outlined within the order.

Kansans under five years of age, those with medical conditions, and others specifically outlined in the order are exempt from these requirements.

Burlingame USD 454 welcomes new school superintendent

Burlingame Schools are welcoming a new superintendent of schools with a meet and greet reception. Dr. Marcy Cassidy has been named as USD 454’s superintendent. The informal reception, 5-7 p.m. July 9, 2020, at The Hideout, 137 W. Santa Fe Ave., Burlingame, will give everyone a chance to talk to Cassidy, to find out the direction she would like to take the schools, and to share new ideas. Refreshments will be served.

Precautions will be taken to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

Osage County Community Foundation: Your community, your foundation

Click to download an OCCF grant application.The Osage County Community Foundation serves the Osage County area by helping donors make a lasting difference and improve the lives of people in the local community. Through its grant making opportunities, the Osage County Community Foundation works to bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support nonprofit organizations and others in our community.

As OCCF’s mission statement says: “The Osage County Community Foundation provides a method of giving that represents the ideas and interest of people who want to increase the impact of philanthropy.”

OCCF makes grants for innovative and creative projects and programs that are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation, and cultural affairs.

The foundation offers grants through its general fund, which is made up of unrestricted donations to the foundation, and donor advised funds, which are designated for a specific purpose by the donor. As a donor supported foundation, OCCF also continues to seek donations to continue its work in supporting Osage County organizations.

The foundation typically offers two rounds of grants annually. Any organization or group based in Osage County can apply, but preference is given to those that are not directly tax supported or agencies that have taxing authority. General operational expenses are not funded. Following the application deadlines as set each year, the foundation’s board meets to review applications and select recipients.

For more information about donating to the Osage County Community Foundation or the grant application process, contact Perry Thompson at 785-528-3006 or contact one of the foundation’s board members, Joe Humerickhouse, Casey Mussatto, Janet Steinle, Jodi Stark, or Mike Pitts. A grant application is available here. Completed applications should be mailed to the Osage County Community Foundation, PO Box 24, Osage City, KS 66523.

Osage County Jail Log, June 22 – June 27, 2020

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

KDHE adds states to travel quarantine list, removes others

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has added two states to the COVID-19 quarantine list, South Carolina and Florida, and removed Maryland. This is in effect for persons arriving in or returning to Kansas today, June 29, 2020, and moving forward. The state will review/update this list every two weeks.

A comprehensive list of those individuals needing to quarantine for 14 days includes visitors and Kansans who have:

  • Traveled to South Carolina and Florida on or after June 29.
  • Traveled to Alabama, Arizona and Arkansas on or after June 17.
  • Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.
  • Traveled internationally on or after March 15.

Others who need to continue quarantining include those who have received notification from public health officials, state or local, that they have been in close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.

States added to this list are determined by evaluating new cases in states over a two-week period, then adjusting for population size, giving a case per 100,000 population, which can then be compared to the rate in Kansas. States with significantly higher rates (approximately three times higher) are added to the list.

Travel quarantines do not prohibit travel through Kansas. People from these locations may still travel through Kansas. If this is done, KDHE recommends limited stops, wearing a mask at rest stops or when getting gas and being six feet from others when doing so. If the destination is Kansas, they would be required to quarantine upon arrival to their destination.

Critical infrastructure sector employees who have traveled to these destinations should contact their employers regarding instructions for application of these quarantine orders. Critical infrastructure employees need to have the staffing resources to continue serving Kansans. KDHE strongly recommends these quarantine restrictions for everyone, but recognizes that services need to continue.

Gov. Kelly announces masks must be worn statewide

TOPEKA, Kan. – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that she will sign an executive order requiring that most Kansans in public spaces must wear a mask, beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2020.

“This is a simple, proactive step we can take to keep Kansans at work, get our kids back to school, and keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy,” Governor Kelly said. “Wearing a mask is not only safe – but it is necessary to avoid another shut down.

“Remember, my mask protects you, and your mask protects me,” Kelly said. “We’re all in this together.”

Under the order, most Kansans must wear masks in stores and shops, restaurants, and in any situation in which social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained, including outside. The executive order will be released on Thursday, and will provide specific guidance regarding under what circumstances masks must be worn.

“I know Kansans will have many questions about this order – and we will answer them when it is released later this week,” Kelly said. “But by announcing the requirement today, people in our state will have the appropriate time to acquire the masks.”

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office will work with officials in Kelly’s administration to ensure that the order complies with Kansas law.

For more information on COVID-19 in Kansas, visit

Osage County confirms 2 more COVID-19 cases; 3 currently infected, 10 recovered

In a social media post Sunday, the Osage County Health Department announced it had confirmed two new positive cases of COVID-19 in the county, making a total of 13 known cases since the pandemic reached Osage County. Ten people are reported as recovered from the disease, and there are three current active cases and 30 reported as in quarantine, as of today, June 29, 2020.

The new cases are reported to be a 48-year-old female who resides in central Osage County, and a 16-year-old male who lives in the northern part of the county.

The social media post said that close contacts of the individuals have been notified. OCHD reported today that 805 tests have had negative results in the county.

Osage County’s new cases come as Kansas is showing a spike in confirmed cases, having recorded 428 cases Friday, and 238 Saturday. Total, as of today, Kansas has 14,443 positive cases, with 270 deaths. More than 162,000 negative test results have been recorded in the state.

As records levels of COVID-19 cases were being set across the U.S. over the last week, two more states have been added to Kansas’ quarantine list, South Carolina and Florida.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced today that she will issue an executive order requiring people to wear masks in all public spaces, effective July 3, 2020.

Chasity Ivey Provost, 34, Burlingame: Aug. 6, 1985 – June 26, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Chasity Ivey Provost, 34, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020, at the Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kansas. She was born on Aug. 6, 1985, in Oklahoma City, Okla., the daughter of Terry Ferguson and Dottie Ivey.

Chasity had lived most of her life in Oklahoma City until moving to Burlingame, Kan., three years ago.

ECKAN Head Start: We are still here for you!

ECKAN Head Start
We are still here for your family through this tough time!

We offer FREE home-based services
(weekly home visits for prenatal to age 5).
Enrolling year round!

Please contact us via phone or email to complete an application!

ECKAN Head Start
530 Holliday Street, Osage City
Andrea: 620-803-2041, [email protected]
Dillon: 620-803-2040, [email protected]


A Cowboy’s Faith: Grass makes good hay

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Make hay when the sun shines.”

That’s a lot easier than when it’s raining. There are less problems, it’s more efficient and most importantly the hay is higher quality, more valuable.

The ranch manager and a couple of custom operators plus a hay hauler put up headquarters’ brome faster than ever.

In just three days, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, about 60 acres were swathed down, baled and moved into storage.

While tonnage wasn’t as high as a year earlier, quality appears excellent without scientific analysis. Certainly, there wasn’t any spoilage in the field or dampness in the bales.

Efficiency of the hay harvest this year brought back not so pleasant memories of putting up hay for five decades.

It was a Dad and son task in the beginning. A five-foot sickle bar mower, rattle trap rake, John Deere twine baler and pickup truck were the implements.

No hay wagon, small square bales dropped on the ground to be picked up by hand to load the pickup. It was easier if one was driving the truck and the other loading the 36 bales. That often wasn’t the case as the baler had to keep going because rain was in the forecast.

The then-younger cowboy loaded one bale then drove the truck ahead to pick up the next bale. A small open-sided shed was used for some storage with each bale piled one at a time.

Osage County confirms 11th COVID-19 case

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the United States and yesterday Osage County confirmed its 11th positive COVID-19 case since the pandemic began.

The Osage County Health Department reported in a social media post yesterday, June 25, 2020, that the infected person is a 36-year-old male who lives in the northern part of Osage County. He was reported as being in isolation and doing well.

The health department post said it had been in contact with close contacts of the infected person and they are also quarantined. The department’s COVID-19 counter shows nine people are currently under quarantine in the county.

Osage County currently has one positive case and 10 recovered cases, and 760 people tested have had negative results.

Hidden History: Young doctor’s ‘upward’ attitude brings hospital to Osage City

The Star Block, at 520 Market Street, Osage City, center of photo, was once an early day medical center (or doctor’s office), operated by Dr. Roup for a year or so sometime around the early 1890s. Photo thanks to the Osage County Historical Society.

At one time, Osage County was home to not one but two hospitals. Both were located in Osage City and served the surrounding area. Barnes Hospital was owned by Miles W. Barnes, a young Tennessee doctor who operated his hospital in the 1920s and into the 1930s. His building was located at 110 S. Sixth Street. Brown Hospital was established in 1917 on Main Street and operated by Thomas O. Brown, a former Osage County schoolteacher.

Thomas Brown grew up in Lyndon, the son of farming parents. He excelled in school and after graduation became a local teacher at No. 68 (or Jack Rabbit) and Vassar schools. In 1892, Tom married Jessie Jones, of Arvonia, a sister of his good friend. Those that knew Tom Brown knew him to be “a competent and thorough teacher and his motto was ‘Onward and Upward’.” Not only did Tom encourage his students with those words, he followed them himself. It was in Arvonia that Tom crossed paths with Dr. William R. Roup, town physician, and likely decided upon a new career path.

Dr. Roup, like Tom Brown, had a thirst for knowledge that had led him to the pursuit of the expanding field of medicine. Dr. Roup received his medical degree in 1869 from the University of Iowa at a time when the medical profession was largely unregulated. Doctors during this time were generally classified according to those receiving formal medical training, such as Dr. Roup, and eclectic medicine, which utilized botanical remedies and physical therapy. In the early 1870s, Dr. Roup established a practice in Reading. He also practiced in Osage City for a year in the newly built Star Block, and in 1892-94 moved to Arvonia, where he influenced Tom Brown to follow a career in medicine.

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