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Vintage plane crash lands after takeoff at Osage City

A biplane sits on its belly in an open field in Osage City after losing its landing gear during a crash landing. A pilot and his passenger walked away from a crash More »

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State senator honors Osage City championship basketball team

State Sen. Anthony Hensley reads a resolution on the Senate floor honoring the OCHS basketball team. The Kansas Legislature reconvened Wednesday for the 2016 veto session, but before work began, state Sen. Anthony Hensley More »

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April showers overflow Osage County

Salt Creek flowed out of it banks Wednesday, and lapped at the front door of the Lyndon Community Center and closed Second Street. Photo by Neva Smith. Osage County streams are full More »

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Drug Take Back Day: Sheriff’s office to collect unused medications

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office will be joining law enforcement officers at locations across the state in collecting unused or leftover medications for safe disposal this week. The collection events are part More »

Let your quilt tell a story during Rodeo Days

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An example of a quilt with a story.

Do you have a quilt that means something special to you? The Burlingame Community Library is offering quilt owners and makers an opportunity to share the stories of their quilts at special show as part of Burlingame’s upcoming Rodeo Days.

The “Quilts That Tell a Story” show at the library will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Quilts can be dropped off at the library 1-6 p.m. Friday, May 20.

The “Quilts That Tell a Story” show will also feature longtime quilter Delores Rieck. Rieck’s quilting career began under a shade tree while waiting on her husband and a hog. Fifty-one years and more than 900 quilts later Rieck is still stitching, and will share stories and equip others to do the same during her presentation at Great Plains Quilt Company, 119 W. Santa Fe Ave., Burlingame, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21.

For more information about the show, contact the library at 785-654-3400 or director@burlingame.lib.ks.us, or stop in at 122 W. Santa Fe Ave., Burlingame.

Consumer Alert: Recent storm damage could attract illegal contractors

TOPEKA – The Kansas Attorney General is reminding Kansas homeowners in areas damaged by recent severe weather to use caution during the cleanup and rebuilding to avoid scams by transient contractors.

“The recent hail and wind damage in several areas of the state means many homeowners will be seeking contractors for roof repairs,” Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. “When considering roofing work on a home or business, it is important that consumers make sure their roofing contractor is properly registered before signing any contract or having any work done. Consumers should request a copy of their roofer’s registration certificate and then should check our consumer protection website to confirm that the registration remains active.”

The requirement to register with the attorney general’s office is in addition to any other local requirements that may be imposed by cities or counties. The online directory of registrations is available at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.

Vintage plane crash lands after takeoff at Osage City

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A biplane sits on its belly in an open field in Osage City after losing its landing gear during a crash landing.

A pilot and his passenger walked away from a crash landing of a vintage bi-wing airplane near Osage City Thursday.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, pilot Nathaniel H. Perlman, 38, Ft. Worth, Texas, had just taken off from Osage City Airport in the 1942 Boeing single-engine fixed-wing biplane around 3:30 p.m. April 28, 2016, when the plane lost power. The pilot made an emergency landing in an open field near 1626 Brant St., inside the city limits of Osage City. KHP reported that when the plane landed, the ground was muddy, causing landing gear to become stuck and break off. The plane came to rest facing north.

Perlman and the plane’s passenger, Raymond J. Lallo Jr., 52, Ft. Carson, Colo., were both reported as uninjured by KHP, although the Osage City Police Department reported the Perlman and Lallo received minor scrapes. Both were reported to be wearing safety restraints at the time of the accident.

KHP reported damage to the plane consisted of landing gear broken off of the fuselage. The plane was removed by the National Transportation Safety Board.

William Henry Morgan, 29, Osage City: Jan. 23, 1987 – April 25, 2016

OSAGE CITY – William Henry Morgan, 29, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016, at his home in Osage City, Kan. He was born Jan. 23, 1987, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Henry Thomas and Garthanna Elizabeth (Punches) Morgan.

William attended Osage City schools. He worked in the concrete business as a finisher.

William was preceded in death by his father, Henry; and a sister, Cassie Morgan.

State senator honors Osage City championship basketball team

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State Sen. Anthony Hensley reads a resolution on the Senate floor honoring the OCHS basketball team.

The Kansas Legislature reconvened Wednesday for the 2016 veto session, but before work began, state Sen. Anthony Hensley honored the Osage City High School boys’ basketball team’s 2016 KSHSAA Class 3A State Basketball Championship. Hensley introduced a resolution on the floor, congratulating and commending the team and coach Dennis Fort for winning the championship.

The resolution noted the team won the championship with a 56-49 victory over Sabetha High School in the state championship game at the Hutchinson Sports Arena on March 12, 2016, and to get to the championship game, the number one-seeded Osage City Indians defeated Wellsville 60-44 in the quarterfinal game and Gypsum-Southeast of Saline 74-45 in the semifinal game. Also noted was the Indians’ season record of 25 wins and 1 loss, and that it was the third time in the school’s history the team had won the state title. The school had previously won the 3A state title in 2000 and the Class B state title in 1965.

The resolution listed the championship team members as Derrick Cooley, Jason Cooley, Duncan Fort, Ryan Haskins, Kaleb Irvin, Zach Irvin, Tucker Kimball, Peyton Pearson, Trenton Plinsky, Brett Sage, Joe Schemm, Carter Swindale and Tyson Wilkins; head coach Duncan Fort, and assistant coaches James Bellinger and Jordan Tice.

Culprit attempts break-in at Osage County gun store

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about two attempted break-ins at a gun store near Lyndon.

At approximately 11:23 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2016, the sheriff’s office received a report of a business alarm at Sports Mart at 24131 S. US 75 Highway, Lyndon. Upon arrival to the location, officers discovered damage to exterior glass.

Early today, April 27, around 3:16 a.m., the sheriff’s office received another alarm at Sports Mart. Officers again found damage to an exterior glass door, but the culprit was unable to gain access to the building.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about the incidents to call the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121 or Osage County Crime Stoppers at 877-OSCRIME. Callers can remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a reward.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse April 18 – April 22, 2016

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse April 18 through April 22, 2016.

April showers overflow Osage County

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Salt Creek flowed out of it banks Wednesday, and lapped at the front door of the Lyndon Community Center and closed Second Street. Photo by Neva Smith.

Osage County streams are full to the brim after overnight thunderstorms moved through dropping four or more inches of rain across the area. The National Weather Service of Topeka has issued a flood warning in effect until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016, for most of the county. Flooding has been reported at Lyndon, where Salt Creek was out of its banks at noon today, and Quenemo, where the Marais des Cygnes River was above flood stage this morning. In addition, several highways in the county were closed this morning due to water across the roadways.

At 12:45 p.m., Salt Creek’s stage was 14.9 feet; flood stage is 10 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and expected to continue throughout today. As forecast, the creek will continue to fall below flood stage by tonight. Impact from flooding includes water overflows of the north bank of the creek and into fields just east of the U.S. Highway 75 bridge. Salt Creek flows under the highway at the south edge of Lyndon.

At Quenemo, the Marais des Cygnes River was reported above flood stage around 9 a.m. today. Flood stage is 17 feet, and the river was at 26.1 feet this morning. The river is forecast to rise to near 28.2 feet by late this afternoon, and expected to fall below flood stage Thursday morning. NWS reports that at 26.1 feet, farm fields along the river just north and east of South Stubbs Road bridge floods. South Stubbs Road remains flooded this afternoon about 2 miles south of Quenemo.

Drug Take Back Day: Sheriff’s office to collect unused medications

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The Osage County Sheriff’s Office will be joining law enforcement officers at locations across the state in collecting unused or leftover medications for safe disposal this week.

The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse.

The sheriff’s office will have two collection sites, with the first one 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City. Another collection will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on National Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, 131 W. 14th St., in Lyndon.

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn advises that medication can be dropped off in its original bottle without concern of privacy issues.

High water closes several Osage County roads

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is reporting several roads are closed around the county this morning due to high water from the overnight rains.

The sheriff’s office reported that around 6 a.m. April 27, U.S. Highway 56 east and south of Burlingame and Burlingame Road north of the city were closed due to water over the roadway. State Highway 31 west of the city remained open. Around 8 a.m., the sheriff’s office reported Burlingame Road was open and U.S. 56 east of town had one lane open, while the highway south of town was still closed.

Also reported around 8 a.m. was the closure of Stubbs Road south of Quenemo, due to rising water from the rains.

Most parts of the county received rain throughout the night; one reader reported 4 inches was collected in a rain gauge north of Lyndon.

NWS issues thunderstorm warning, tornado watch for Osage County, east central Kansas

The National Weather Service at Topeka has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Osage County and other portions of east central Kansas in conjunction with an ongoing tornado watch.

AT 3:48 p.m. today, April 26, 2016, the NWS issued the severe thunderstorm warning for Osage County, Shawnee County, western Franklin County and southwestern Douglas County, warning of a severe thunderstorm spotted over Melvern moving north at 40 mph.

Hazards of the storm could include ping pong ball size hail and 60 mph wind gusts as indicated on radar. NWS advises that hail can injure people and animals outdoors. Hail damage to roofs, siding, windows and vehicles can be expected from this storm, along with possible wind damage to roofs, siding and trees.

Locations impacted in this warning include southern Topeka, Osage City, Carbondale, Richland, Overbrook, Lyndon, Pomona, Scranton, Clinton, Williamsburg, Quenemo, Melvern, Olivet, Berryton, Clinton Lake and Pomona Lake.

The severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 4:30 p.m. A tornado watch remains in effect until 9 p.m. for east central Kansas.

Osage County District Court criminal cases April 15 – April 22, 2016

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court April 15, 2016, to April 22, 2016, with disposition, fines, sentencing and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court traffic cases April 15 – April 22, 2016

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court April 15, 2016, to April 22, 2016, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Help Wanted: City of Lyndon seeks Full-time Utility Clerk/Office Assistant

The City Clerk’s office in Lyndon is seeking a full-time (40 hours per week) Utility Billing Clerk/Office Assistant. Primary duties include answering and directing incoming phone calls, administering the utility and trash billing process, receiving payments, collections, assisting with community events and daily office operations. Must be able to interact positively with the public, possess good communication skills and be able to work independently. Computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint are required. Employee must reside within 20 minutes drive time to Lyndon. The City offers a compensation package including paid leave, health, dental, and vision insurance, and KPERS. Salary based on qualifications. Applications and full job description are available at City Hall, 730 Topeka or on the City’s website at www.lyndonks.gov. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and completed application by Friday, April 29, 2016, to P.O. Box 287, Lyndon, KS 66451. Position will remain open until filled. The City of Lyndon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Osage County Jail Log, April 17 – April 24, 2016

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

Sheriff offers safety reminders for storm season

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By Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn

A reminder with severe weather season upon us.

A tornado siren is an outdoor warning device only.  It is not meant to be heard inside your home or structure.

A reminder if you are camping at Pomona Lake, Melvern Lake or Osage County State Fishing Lake, they do not have a tornado siren.

The tornado siren will sound for 3 minutes and then will shut off. There is NOT an all clear siren. If you hear another siren you need to take cover again, as a threat of another tornado has been reported.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office 911 center sounds the tornado sirens. To determine when to sound a tornado siren it’s based on information from the National Weather Service and trained observers.

The area of the tornado warning is based on the direction of travel the tornado is moving.

Please keep informed of the severe weather by listening to the TV, radio or a weather radio.  Osage County also offers emergency notifications and alerts.  You may sign up at https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085612434# or contact Bryce Romine, with Osage County Emergency Management, at 785-828-3323.

Hensley: New school finance plan substantially raises property taxes, subsidizes private schools

By Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka

While the Legislature worked quickly in the final days of the regular session to pass a questionable plan to equalize school funding, Sen. Steve Abrams (R-Arkansas City) and Rep. Ron Highland (R-Wamego) introduced a school finance plan to replace the block grant system in the House Education Committee. It is the cause of much concern.

House Bill 2741 raises the statewide mill levy from 20 mills to 35 mills, resulting in a $450 million property tax increase, according to the Kansas Department of Education. The bill would also give school boards unlimited authority to raise local property taxes subject to a public vote.

Allowing this to happen will cause greater inequity due to disparities in wealth as related to a district’s tax base. For example, one mill of property tax in USD 499 Galena raises $17,338, or $24 per student, while one mill in USD 244 Burlington raises $449,704, or $550 per student. This is just another lawsuit waiting to happen.

Funding would be determined by the number of students in the district as determined by the previous year’s enrollment. None of the money provided by the state could be spent on extracurricular activities, including athletics, or food service. School districts would have the option to fund these programs themselves through fees, levy additional property taxes with approval of a public vote, or eliminate the programs all together.

The plan also permits the use of taxpayer dollars to subsidize private schools. Parents of students who have yet to start school or are currently enrolled in public schools, but choose to leave, could receive up to 70 percent of the per-pupil aid in their school district to use towards private or home school expenses.

To put that into perspective, that means that the parents of a student attending a school in a district of less than 400 students could get nearly $6,000 each year. For home school parents, that would be a real money maker.

In short, House Bill 2741 would be a heavy burden for property taxpayers, result in a more inequitable school finance system, and adversely impact the future of public education in Kansas.

Carbondale attorney successfully completes bar examination

TOPEKA – Thomas Joseph Connors, of Carbondale, was one of 36 successful applicants to the February 2016 Kansas bar examination sworn in as Kansas attorneys during ceremonies April 22, 2016, at the Kansas Judicial Center, in Topeka.

Chief Justice Lawton Nuss presided over the Supreme Court and Judge Daniel Crabtree represented the U.S. District Court during the swearing in ceremonies. Doug Shima, clerk of the Kansas Supreme Court, administered the state oath, and Megan Garrett, deputy clerk for the U.S. District Court, administered the federal oath. Kevin F. Mitchelson and Kenneth L. Cole, the chair and vice chair of the Kansas Board of Law Examiners, presented the new attorneys to the court.

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