Land and water stewards sought for annual conservation awards

Tallgrass prairie in the Kansas Flint Hills. Photo USFWS. The Kansas Conservation Awards Program, sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association, will once again be held in Osage County. The More »

Local clubs count on a little help from their 4-H friends

DeWayne Schoepflin, back right, is surrounded by his friends, the Willing Workers 4-H Club, after receiving his Friend of the 4-H Award for his continued support of the Osage More »

Osage County crowns 4-H King and Queen at final summer fair

2018-19 Osage County 4-H Royalty, front from left, Gage Cannon, Cloverbud, North Osage, Braxtyn Sturgeon, Cloverbud, Lyndon Leaders, back, Garrett Croucher, Willing Workers, Grace Croucher, Willing Workers, queen Josie More »

It’s autumn, watch for deer on roadways

TOPEKA – Mating season and the quest for more secure habitat have deer on the move this time of year, increasing the chances of vehicle collisions. Typically, the greatest More »

Vacancy: Applicants sought for Osage County Attorney

Applicants for the office of Osage County Attorney are currently being sought due to the October 11, 2018, resignation of the current Osage County Attorney, Brandon L. Jones. A cover letter, resume’ and references may be sent to Dana Webber, Osage County Republican Central Committee Chairman, 307 S. Boyle Street, Scranton, KS 66537 or email: [email protected]. The unexpired term will be filled prior to December 1, 2018, with an election to the office determined by the Osage County Republican Precinct People. Deadline to apply is November 2, 2018, for submission of resume’ and references by candidates who desire to be considered for the elected position of Osage County Attorney.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Only remembering those days

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Sure glad didn’t have to get horses ready and the place cleaned up for a sale and field day.”

For three decades, the second Saturday of October was that annual ranch affair, but thankfully not any more.

Oh, it was an undeniable success and heartfelt romance creating year around excitement, planning and anticipation.

Although there hasn’t been such a special ranch event since 2009, people still wonder: “When’s the sale?”

They even call, email and write for sale catalogs. “Sorry no sale,” but sure happy there wasn’t one this year, and none planned ever again.

Best part about it however is all of the most congenial remembrances so many others have.

Frequently, now a middle-age adult will comment: “I came to your judging contest every year. It was so much fun. I placed first one year.”

Perhaps more significant are the appreciative and fond memories of the sale horses. Last week, a buyer from years ago related, “I bought a gray colt by that Zane stallion. He sure made a good all-around horse. He’s retired now, but will always have a home with us; we call him Zane, too.”

Likewise, questions often are, “Do you still have your mares? Do you have that Hackberry Star mare? I’d sure like to have another colt out of her.”

In reality, it all began as a livestock judging field day following format of the one neighbor-friend Albert Morgan had.

Two area lakes remain under health warning for blue-green algae

TOPEKA, Kan. – All except two Osage County lakes that were previously under a blue-green algae warning or watch have now been released from the public health advisories. Carbondale West Lake and Melvern Outlet Pond remain under a warning status for the algae, with activities at those lakes still restricted.

Toward the end of the summer, several area lakes were under either warning or watch status for blue-green algae. The warning or watch status has now been lifted for Melvern Outlet Swim Pond, Overbrook City Lake, Overbrook City Kids Pond, and Pomona Lake.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism issue the public health warnings for Kansas lakes.

If a lake is under a public health warning for blue-green algae, activities such as boating and fishing may be safe. However, direct contact with water, such as wading, skiing and swimming, is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock.

Lakes under a warning are not closed. If swim beaches are closed, it will be specifically noted. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms. Boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a warning but contact with the water should be avoided. Hands should also be washed with clean water after handling fish taken from an affected lake.

Help Wanted: Cattle/Farm worker for Osage City operation

Cattle/Farm worker wanted for Osage City operation. Must have a valid driver’s license. Call 785-528-3006. 

Daryl Leroy Strohm Sr., 69, Scranton: Sept. 24, 1949 – Oct. 15, 2018

SCRANTON, Kan. – Daryl Leroy Strohm Sr., 69, of Scranton, Kan., passed away Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at a Topeka hospital. He was born Sept. 24, 1949, at Topeka, Kan., the son of Lester Leroy and Emily Lois George Strohm.

Daryl graduated from Dover High School in 1967. He worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and later owned and operated Kansas Sewing Machine Company, from 1985 until he retired in 2012. He attended the Burlingame Federated Church since 1982, was a Boy Scout leader in Scranton for several years, and in his younger years was an avid outdoors man.

Kevin Ray Good, 64, Vassar: Feb. 17, 1954 – Oct. 16, 2018

VASSAR, Kan. – Kevin Ray Good, 64, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at his home in Vassar, Kan. He was born on Feb. 17, 1954, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Raymond and Betty Musick Good.

Kevin grew up in LaCygne, Kan., and had lived in Ottawa, Kan., for many years before moving to Vassar in 2005. He worked for Haven Steel, which became Schuff Steel, in Ottawa, until his retirement after 34 years of service.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 8 – Oct. 12, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 8 through Oct. 12, 2018.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 1 – Oct. 5, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Oct. 1 through Oct. 5, 2018.

Can YOU help? Do you have unneeded equipment taking up space?

Equipment Donation Drive

Did you know that your lightly used durable medical equipment can help a Kansan with disabilities who needs Assistive Technology, but can’t afford it?

The ATK-KEE Reuse Program accepts donated equipment that can be refurbished to high quality standards and then given, free of charge, to Kansans with disabilities and health conditions who need them.

ATK-KEE accepts donations such as:

Manual and powered wheelchairs * Scooters and power operated vehicles
Communication devices * Home care beds * Patient lifts * Shower chairs
Standers and gait trainers * Walkers with seats and handbrakes.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018
Address: Resource Center for Independent Living, 1137 Laing St., Osage City
Time: 8 a.m. -4 p.m.

Call for information or to arrange pick up:
785-267-1717


Sponsored by: The Resource Center for Independent Living
Assistive Technology for Kansans
Kansas Equipment Exchange.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 6 – Oct. 13, 2018

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

Public Notice: Burning Dates, Osage City, Kansas, Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018

The City of Osage City will allow the burning of grass, weeds, leaves, waterways, yards, gardens, and fence lines, and shall be permitted between the days of Thursday, November 1, 2018, through Monday, December 31, 2018, provided conditions are favorable; the County does not have a burn ban in place; wind speed is not more than 10 MPH; a water hose is securely fastened to an operable water faucet and the length of the hose available is sufficient to reach the area where the controlled burn is occurring; no fire is left unattended; and no burning is to be performed on or intersect the sidewalks, streets or gutters of City streets.

For more information, call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Help Wanted: Lyndon State Bank is taking applications for Loan Administrator

Lyndon State Bank, Lyndon, Kan., is taking applications for a loan administrator. This position requires the ability to process loans and perform secretarial duties to provide administrative and organizational support for the bank. This position is expected to provide superior customer service in all work aspects. You will perform a variety of tasks to assist processing loan files, including ordering appraisals, title and tax transcripts to prepare the file for processing. High school diploma or equivalent. Prior work related experience is preferred. You can e-mail your resume to [email protected]. EOE

Land and water stewards sought for annual conservation awards

Tallgrass prairie in the Kansas Flint Hills. Photo USFWS.

The Kansas Conservation Awards Program, sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association, will once again be held in Osage County. The KBA, K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Tourism have established six award categories, including energy conservation, water quality, water conservation, soil conservation, windbreaks and wildlife habitat.

The purpose of the program is to stimulate a greater interest in the conservation of agricultural and natural resources of Kansas. Each year more than 200 Kansas producers and landowners are recognized through this program. Nominations for these awards can be made by any person in the county. Information about these awards can be picked up at the local Extension office or by visiting the K-State Research and Extension website: www.agronomy.kstate.edu/extension.

Nomination forms are available at the Osage County Conservation District office or the Frontier Extension District office in Lyndon, the Bank of Burlingame or the Bank of Osage City. Or contact the Extension office at 785-828-4438 for a nomination form to be mailed to you. Nomination forms should be completed and returned to the Frontier Extension District, PO Box 400, Lyndon, KS 66451, by Oct. 31, 2018.

Upon receipt of the nomination forms, a committee chaired by Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent, will select this year’s winners. Winners will be recognized at the Osage County Conservation District’s annual meeting.

Osage City Kiwanis family of clubs to install new officers

At 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, the Osage City Kiwanis family of clubs will install its new officers for the 2018-19 year. The installation will be at the Osage City Santa Fe Depot, 504 Market St.

The Kiwanis family is made up of Osage City Kiwanis, Kiwanis Key Club, Kiwanis Builders Club and Kiwanis K-Kids. Kansas Kiwanis Division XI Lt. Governor Paul Swanson will conduct the installation.

Families of the new officers and guests are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served afterward.

Focus Workforce Management: Now hiring seasonal help!


A Cowboy’s Faith: Statement settlement is essential

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Nobody likes to pay their bills.”

That’s not completely true, because the majority of people who buy something expect to remunerate for it.

Sadly there are exceptions when there is never intention to reimburse for what is purchased. In those cases, the buyer still ends up having to compensate. Even if it goes into drawn out proceedings, ultimately lockup.

Quite the opposite realm is those who eagerly pay whatever debt is claimed. Mom was that way; the second a bill arrived, she made payment. There were certain grocery store customers who were slow paying charge accounts, and she didn’t want to be like that.

Immediate reimbursement for statements is commendable, but it may not always be the smartest thing either. One must make certain what has been invoiced was actually ordered.

It’s of more concern now than earlier times with unlawful shenanigans increasingly prevalent in today’s mobile social communications.

Still, bills must be paid or somebody is stealing and another is losing. Plain and simple economics whatever the right definition that’s definitely the way it is.

Overbrook 4-Her shares Osage County 4-H pet project, assists fair organizers

Wylie Young, of the North Osage 4-H Club, hosted a countywide pet project workshop July 14, 2018, at his residence in Overbrook, Kan. The event focused on encouraging project participation and how to prepare for a show.

Wylie, along with Lynnea Nelson, also of the North Osage 4-H Club, gave project talks, demonstrations, and answered questions about their project experiences. Guest speaker Amy Miner gave a presentation about the TNR Program (trap, neuter, release) and her efforts to help control the feral cat population in Scranton. Other activities included a brief project meeting and a tour of Wylie’s backyard pets. Lynnea Nelson provided refreshments that were enjoyed by all.

Pet project workshop participants, from left, Lynnea Nelson, Choloe Cannon, Jocie White, Wylie Young and his dog, Scooby. Courtesy photo.

Wylie also enjoyed participating in leadership activities this year during the Osage County Fair.  He attended board meetings before and after the fair, served as the junior superintendent at the 4-H and open animal costume contest, and helped serve customers at the fair board’s concessions stand. He plans to assist in the planning and operations of the fair again next year.

OCFD No. 2 to host open house for Fire Prevention Week finale

Osage County Fire District No. 2 will hold an open house in recognition of Fire Prevention Week, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, at the fire station, 911 Laing St., Osage City, Kan.

Osage County EMS will be giving instructions on hands-only CPR, doing blood pressure checks, and providing stroke awareness information. There will be fire safety presentations and child safety seat inspections, and LifeSave (previously LifeTeam) will have its helicopter on display (it will land at OCFD No. 2 at approximately 12 p.m.) Firefighters will serve up food and door prizes while supplies last.

DeForeests recognized as Osage County 4-H Family of the Year

Gary and Peggy DeForeest, 4-H Family of the Year.

The 4-H Family of the Year Award recognizes a family’s support for local 4-H members and programs. Presented the award last 4-H year, Gary and Peggy DeForeest, of rural Scranton, were recognized for the love and guidance they have given to Osage County 4-H over the years.

Peggy began her employment with the Extension office in July 1986. She fell in love with the 4-H program and Extension that summer and continued to work here for 30 years. Everyone knows they would be greeted with a warm smile when they walk through the door at the Extension office. But, Peggy also handled many things for the 4-H program, such as typing the fair book every year, putting 4-Hers’ information into the computer year after year, newsletters for 4-H clubs. She was recognized as the glue that holds the Extension office and 4-H program together. Peggy retired from her job at the Extension District this summer.

Gary was recognized for his support for Peggy and the 4-H program in his own way. Gary is a gifted carpenter, and judges projects at local county fairs around the state. For the last three years he has been a woodworking project leader for the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club. The woodworking project has grown in number of participants every year, and when other youth in the county have asked for help with woodworking, Gary has always been happy to help.

The 4-H Family of the Year Award recognizes the DeForeest family for their care of the community and the families that live here.

4-H alumni recognized for their dedication to local clubs

Local club leaders Jodi and Keith Bergkamp were recipients of the Alumni of the Year award, along with Carolyn Lowry, not pictured.

The 4-H Alumni of the Year Award is awarded to past 4-H members who continue to make significant contributions to the 4-H program. This past 4-H year, local club leaders Jodi and Keith Bergkamp and Carolyn Lowry were nominated for the award.

Jodi and Keith Bergkamp were nominated for the Alumni of the Year Award by Vassar Blue Ribbon 4-H Club. Jodi and Keith were both 10-year 4-H members and are now active in 4-H with their children. Their favorite projects in 4-H were swine, sheep, cattle, foods and photography. They are club leaders of Vassar Blue Ribbon.

Carolyn Lowry was nominated for the Alumni of the Year Award by the Burlingame 4-H Club. She was in several projects during her 12 years as a 4-H member, including sewing, cooking, junior leaders, and of course, horses. She attended CWF (Citizenship Washington Focus) with Osage County 4-H. In her best year at the Kansas State Fair, she was in the top five in pole bending and top 10 in barrel racing. She is a club leader for Burlingame 4-H Club.

Local clubs count on a little help from their 4-H friends

DeWayne Schoepflin, back right, is surrounded by his friends, the Willing Workers 4-H Club, after receiving his Friend of the 4-H Award for his continued support of the Osage City area club.

Friend of 4-H Award is presented annually to those that have made significant contributions to the 4-H program but may not have been involved in 4-H as a member. For the past 4-H year, local 4-H groups designated the award for DeWayne Schoepflin, sponsored by Willing Workers 4-H Club, Vintage Park Assisted Living, sponsored by Vassar Blue Ribbon 4-H Club, and Larry and Kay Salisbury, nominated by the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club.

Schoepflin is a longtime 4-H supporter, and Osage County 4-H members can always rely on him to help out where needed. During setup of Osage County Fair, Schoepflin dumps rock screenings in and around the arena without charge. He has been very supportive of the tractor restoration group. He donates funds to Osage County Fair for trophies and the list goes on. Local 4-Hers thank him for his continual support.

Vintage Park is an assisted living facility in Osage City, Kan. They are always willing to have 4-H clubs visit and enjoy fellowship with residents. Some of the residents were once in 4-H and were volunteers. Several local 4-H clubs interact with Vintage Park residents.

Larry and Kay Salisbury supply award plaques for several top entries at the annual Sunflower Days 4-H Fair. If they are at any gathering or public event where the subject of 4-H comes up, they always offer positive support for the 4-H program. Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H can always count on their support of the local 4-H club.

The Friends of 4-H awards are presented during the Osage County 4-H Council’s annual achievement night.

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