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Chicken Scratchin’s: Isn’t our world worth a little bit of effort?

Gifted freezer containers were perfect for preserving this year’s sweet corn crop. It is sometimes said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. But in today’s world we should strive to More »

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Enjoy the outdoors: Take a nighttime hike in Osage County … if you dare

Burlingame Chamber’s Terror on the Trail will haunt brave visitors for two terrifying weekends. Halloween is a week away, but the haunting begins this weekend with delightfully scary and horrifyingly fun haunted More »

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Health officials prepare for off chance of local Ebola Virus infection

LYNDON-No cases of Ebola Virus Disease have been diagnosed in Kansas, but the Osage County Health Department and Osage County Emergency Management continue to actively monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) More »

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Disaster hits Burlingame, but everyone OK

Osage County Fire District No. 6 Chief Jim Strohm and Lt. Jim Welch consult on a search and rescue plan during Saturday’s emergency exercise in Burlingame. Four dead, 12 critically injured and More »

K-State expert explains best water management under limited irrigation

By Katie Allen

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Getting the most value out of irrigation water is likely on the minds of many Kansas farmers. As groundwater supplies diminish, pumping rates decline and talk of local water conservation policies surface in the state, these farmers face even more difficulty in determining how to best manage limited water.

Nathan Hendricks, assistant professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, recently examined how the value of agricultural production declines as water availability decreases. He specifically looked at two general management methods to determine which is more effective: deficit irrigation on a larger number of acres versus more intense irrigation on a smaller number of acres.

Chicken Scratchin’s: Isn’t our world worth a little bit of effort?

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Gifted freezer containers were perfect for preserving this year’s sweet corn crop.

It is sometimes said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. But in today’s world we should strive to no longer produce any trash. At our house for example, we make every attempt to reuse, repurpose and recycle what we can to minimize the amount of trash we send to the landfill. And thanks to the successful recycling program in Osage County we are able to recycle most of our trash.

I remember when I was in junior high we had a young, enthusiastic science teacher that tried very hard to get the school and community involved in recycling. This was a new concept for all of us and I remember volunteering at the recycle center thinking we were saving the world. On Saturdays we unloaded sacks of newspapers and bags of aluminum cans as people drove through the center. This was pretty progressive thinking for central Kansas in the early 70s, or so we thought.

OCPR Update: Signup for youth basketball, wrestling club

OCPR-logo-redBasketball and wrestling seasons are almost here at Osage City Parks and Recreation, with upcoming signup deadlines announced for youth dribblers and grapplers.

OCN Sports Night Updates

See Osage County area sports updates as provided by local schools and fans below. If you know a score that’s not listed, you can log in to MaxPreps to report it. Scroll under each school listed to see recent or upcoming games.

Colorado man faces multiple charges after police pursuit and crash near Lyndon

The Osage County Attorney has filed multiple charges against a Colorado man who was injured in a crash following a pursuit by Osage County deputies Oct. 11.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Osage County deputies pursued a 1998 Volvo station wagon southbound on U.S. Highway 75, north of Lyndon, when the Volvo traveled onto the curb to pass and then struck a 2009 GMC Acadia. Both vehicles came to rest south of 15th Street, after the Volvo struck two road signs. The driver of the Volvo was later identified as William D. Gross, 59, Golden, Colo.

Everyone invited to Vassar’s fall day of fun

vassarfunfest2014_bigThe Vassar community has a day full of old-fashioned fun planned for this year’s FunFest, and everyone is invited. The annual FunFest is on Saturday, Oct. 25, and begins with a Halloween costume parade at 11 a.m. (lineup at 10:45 at the town pump). The parade ends at the historical Vassar schoolhouse for costume judging and prizes for kids of all ages.

Other fun family events include pony rides, kids crafts and games, outdoor bingo, pie-baking contest, free entertainment by Prospect Bluegrass, and face painting. In addition, the spacious school grounds will once again be the site of a car show that is becoming popular among car enthusiasts.

The Lyndon Lions Club will host the Kansas Lions’ mobile screening unit, which will provide free health screenings.

Summer weather, daylong fun predicted for Melvern’s fall festival

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Friendly horrors are waiting to scare the daylights out of you during a nighttime walk along Melvern’s Riverfront Trail.

A perfect fall day is forecast for the Melvern Fall Festival Saturday, with temps in the 80s after noon for the costume parade, cooling down to the mid to upper 60s for the evening’s hayrack ride and Riverfront Haunted Trail.

There’s plenty to do all day long, starting with biscuits and gravy at 7 a.m. at city hall served up by the True Grace Church for a free will donation. A craft fair and flea market will be at the Melvern Community Center most of the day, along with games and a basketball turkey shoot. And of course the fall festival is not complete without a long tour of Melvern’s boondocks in the moonlight, followed by a terrifying hike in the woods along the Marais des Cygnes River. See related story here.

Overbrook gospel music concert to feature local performers

The Overbrook Performing Arts Series will hold the second concert of the 2014-2015 series at 3 p.m. Nov. 2, in the Overbrook Public Library community room, in downtown Overbrook.

The concert will feature five local musicians performing favorite gospel selections. The performers include Hurst Coffman, piano; John Jewell, spoken word; Sue Martin, vocal; and Dan Rukes, guitar and vocal.  Mary Gates will provide piano accompaniment for the solo performances.  Kevin Stone is the concert host.

Overbrook man charged with aggravated indecent liberties, exploitation, solicitation

An Overbrook man has been charged in Osage County District Court for aggravated indecent liberties with a child, sexual exploitation of a child, and indecent solicitation of a child. William W. Foster, 19, of Overbrook, was arrested Oct. 10 by the Osage County Sheriff’s Office and held in the Osage County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Two Osage City men sentenced to prison

Two Osage City men were sentenced to prison Monday on unrelated cases in Osage County District Court by Chief Judge Phillip Fromme.

Rural two-vehicle accident claims life of Burlingame woman

A rural Burlingame woman has been identified as the victim of a fatal accident that happened Monday evening north of Burlingame. The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported that Jeanne Kinnett, 35, died from injuries sustained in the accident.

According to a sheriff’s office news release and report, Kinnett and 9-month-old Thomas Kinnett were both injured when a 2003 Chrysler van Kinnett was driving struck a trailer being pulled by a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Perry Kinnett, 31, Burlingame. The report said both vehicles were northbound on Burlingame Road north of 157th Street around 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20, when Perry Kinnett attempted stop the pickup to secure the load on the trailer and the van struck the trailer from behind.

Enjoy the outdoors: Take a nighttime hike in Osage County … if you dare

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Burlingame Chamber’s Terror on the Trail will haunt brave visitors for two terrifying weekends.

Halloween is a week away, but the haunting begins this weekend with delightfully scary and horrifyingly fun haunted trails around Osage County.

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 25, the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce will present the third annual Terror on the Trail, this year traveling back in time to Demon Creek, long known for odd sounds and sights. The veils of time will thin and the past seeps through along the terror trail Oct. 25 and 26, Halloween, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Nutrition site offers friendly reminder that it’s chili season

102214-chili-soupPlease consider this your two-week notice. The nutrition site will be putting on a chili soup feed the evening of Nov. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Osage County Senior Center. The meal will be classic, and so good, including chili, crackers, coleslaw, and cinnamon rolls. This is an important fundraiser for the nutrition program and we hope to have a good turnout.

NRCS announces deadline for EQIP funding in Kansas

SALINA – Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Eric B. Banks has announced an application evaluation cutoff date of Nov. 21, 2014, for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of 10 years. These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and provide opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, and related resources on agricultural land, such as cropland, rangeland, non-industrial private forestland, as well as for animal feeding operations.

Mary Lou Brown, 83, Baldwin City: Feb. 16, 1931 – Oct. 19, 2014

102214-Mary-BrownBALDWIN CITY – Mary Lou (Stuke) Brown, 83, of Baldwin City, Kan., passed away on Oct. 19, 2014, at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kan. Mary Lou was born in Sabetha, Kan., on Feb. 16, 1931, to Bernard Stuke and Mary (Haverkampf) Stuke.

Mary Lou graduated from Wetmore High School in 1948. A lifelong homemaker, Mary Lou was a member of the Annunciation Catholic Church, of Baldwin City, as well as the Altar Society of the church, and the Kansas Association for Family and Consumer Education.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Oct. 13 – Oct. 17

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Oct. 13 to Oct. 17, 2014.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 15 – Oct. 19

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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