Melvern celebrates community Thanksgiving

Melvern community members enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at the community center. Photo by Natalie Melton. The Melvern community celebrated Thanksgiving early with its annual free community dinner on Saturday, More »

MdCV FFA members attend national convention in Indianapolis

MdCV FFA members at Churchill Downs, front from left, Tristen Duncan, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Braden Reed, Sadie McGowin, Brice Marsh, back, Chisolm Woodson, Frank Warner, Bayleigh Lacey, Kaelin Criqui, Koby More »

Bixby School students reunite, reminisce about the day the school burned down

Bixby School students and teacher, 1949-1950. Courtesy photo. By Ardis Ann Diehl Twelve students comprised the student body of the one-room Bixby School during the term of 1949-1950, along More »

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club dedicates picnic table in memory of Casten-Downing

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H members dedicated this picnic table, created in memory of Jill Casten-Downing, located in Melvern City Park; front from left, Joycelynn, Chelsea Green, Harper Melton, Bella More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Biggest hearted little mare

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“The fastest pole bending horse has gone to the Great Beyond.”

There are many ways to interpret that statement depending on which angle is discussed.

Certainly nobody can ever argue: “Missy was one of the biggest hearted horses ever.”

Likewise undeniably, “Missy just loved to run.”

When preparing for a horseshow, Missy perked up and dived into the trailer. She was obviously quite disappointed whenever left at home.

The nicely made cow bred 14-hands, 28-year-old Appaloosa mare passed away last week in retirement native pasture behind the ranch house. Her sidekick, the spotted gelding Hot Diggity, was deeply saddened.

As a known breeder of Quarter Horses who likes all horses, a number have questioned, “Riding an Appaloosa?” It’s what they can do that counts.

Missy’s acquisition must be considered “His Plan.” A disc jockey friend heard efforts to locate a shodeo running horse and exclaimed: “I have the perfect one.”

Never knowing where a good horse is to be found, a trial ride was set up the next morning.

Besides being an “Appie,” first thing noticed was the split in her ear and a big right knee. The ear is a long ways from her heart and several previous horses with leg issues have been top riders.

Burlington woman dies in head on crash on U.S. 75 Thursday evening

LYNDON, Kan. – A Burlington woman was killed in a two-car crash Thursday evening about 2 miles north of Lyndon on U.S. Highway 75.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that Jennarene S. Hawkins, 24, Burlington, was a passenger in a northbound 2003 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Darian A. Hess, 20, Topeka, at about 7:50 p.m. Dec. 5, 2019, on U.S. 75 at milepost 129, or about 1/4 mile north of 229th St. The KHP report said Hess had attempted to pass a commercial motor vehicle with insufficient clearance and collided head on with an oncoming southbound 2008 Dodge Durango driven by Amber M. Walters, 33, Lyndon, on the west shoulder of the highway.

Hawkins was transported to Stormont Vail Hospital, but died from her injuries. Hess was transported to KU Medical Center with suspected serious injuries. Walters and one of three children in her vehicle, Daymian M. Walters, 9, were transported to Stormont Vail with suspected serious injuries. Two other passengers in the Durango, Cherish P. Roney, 1, and Serenity R. Qujnonez, 2, were reported as possibly injured and also were transported to Stormont Vail.

The report said that Hawkins was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, but Hess was. In the Walters’ vehicle, all occupants were using safety restraints except for Daymian.

During the investigation and clearing of the accident, U.S. 75 was closed from the roundabout at state Highway 268 to the interchange at U.S. Highway 56. The highway was reopened about 1 a.m. Friday, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Editor’s note: Revised Dec. 6, 2019, to show Jennarene S. Hawkins’ hometown as Burlington as corrected in the Kansas Highway Patrol crash log.

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club: Celebrating achievements

By Garrett Shoup, Club Reporter

Club members at Achievement Night, from left, Kristin Kneisler, Morgan Young, Kinsey VandeVelde, Leanne Shoup, Lauren VandeVelde, Kendall Young, Allie Kneisler, Ethan Kneisler, Natalie Simpson, Garrett Shoup, Brendan Simpson, Kale Gebhardt, Lara Shoup, and Paige Gebhardt. Courtesy photo.

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had their monthly meeting on Nov. 9, 2019. The majority of the meeting consisted of the election of new officers for the upcoming 2018-2019 4-H year. The newly elected officers are as follows: President Allie Kneisler, vice president, Kendall Young, secretary, Leanne Shoup, treasurer, Ethan Kneisler, reporter, Garrett Shoup, and 4-H Council representatives, Ethan and Allie Kneisler.

New business included voting to adopt a family for Christmas, buying candy for the Christmas parade float on Dec. 7, doing a $5 gift exchange for the December meeting recreation activity and bringing two dozen cookies for a cookie exchange. Following the meeting, club members attended Achievement Night, in the Lyndon High School auditorium.

The next meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 2019.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club stays busy during fall

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Nov. 3, 2019, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly meeting at the Melvern Community Center. At 5:06 p.m. the meeting was called to order by President Tara Green. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge led by Tara Green.

Secretary Allie Reeser called roll, members and parents were to answer with “What they are thankful for”; there were 10 members and eight adults present.

Allie then read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read. Treasurer’s report was read by Vice-President Braelyn McNally; it was approved as read.

Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted two articles last month.

In leader’s report, Lisa Reeser reminded members that Achievement Night will be coming up on Nov. 9, 2019, at Lyndon High School. Lisa reminded members enrollment needs to be completed by Dec. 1. The Melvern Pride is hosting a Community Thanksgiving on Nov. 16, if anyone is available to help serve. Lastly, Lisa reminded all club members to please sign the thank you to the newspaper for all their coverage of our club. In new business, club members discussed and approved at their December meeting to go caroling to homes in the community and create care packages to send to service men and women who are unable to be home for the holidays.

Club officer elections were also held. The 2019-2020 club officers are as follows: President, Braelyn McNally, vice-president, Justin Brinkley, treasurer, Harper Melton, reporter, Bella Reeser, secretary, Allie Reeser, historian, Levi Arb, songs, Ellie Sowers and Amelia Arb, recreation, Colt Sowers, Landon Roy and Gradey McNally.

For a program, Justin Brinkley presented a sideshow of historical sites to visit in Osage County. At 5:52 p.m., it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The next Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club meeting will be 4 p.m. Dec. 8, at the Melvern Community Center.

It’s Christmas in Carbondale, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019

Excitement is jingling in the area for the 9th annual Christmas in Carbondale, a day full of holiday activities this Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019.

Activities will begin at 11 a.m. with a craft and small business fair until 3 p.m. in the ELM Community Building, where Girl Scout leaders will serve a chili lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The ELM building will be overflowing with the business and craft fair, providing one-stop shopping for all of your needs from many home business company items to a wide variety of homemade crafts and baked goodies.

There will be family-friendly activities in Carbondale City Hall and in the fire station 1-3 p.m. Santa arrives at 1 p.m. and will be available for photos inside city hall. The Santa Fe Trail High School LEO, FBLA, and KAY Club members will assist with activities, such as helping children write Santa letters and with the ELM vendor market.

The library also is sponsoring a cookie baking contest that will be judged at 3 p.m. Those wanting to enter cookies should contact the city library. The fire department and Carbondale Police Department will have a variety of activities 1-3 p.m. inside the fire station. Main Street will be closed at 3 p.m. from Second Street to Third Street until 4:30 p.m. to provide a safe gathering of those wishing to sing and light the community tree. Individuals who for health reasons should not be exposed to cold temperatures will be allowed to park in the area to enjoy the tree lighting, and caroling from their vehicles.

The Carbondale Lions will have cocoa available under the ELM porch at 3 p.m. until when everyone is invited to gather for singing and lighting of the community Christmas tree at 3:30 p.m. Donations for cocoa will go towards community projects.

The Santa Fe Trail Choraliers will lead community singing and the Santa Fe Trail Band will play holiday selections.

Paul Francis Lawson Jr., 87, Topeka: April 18, 1932 – Dec. 3, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. – Paul Francis Lawson Jr., 87, of Topeka, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Paul was born April 18, 1932, and raised by Russell “Chubb” and Pauline (Delano) Evertson.

Paul graduated from Melvern High School, Melvern, Kan. He served in the U.S. Air Force and fought in the Korean War. He worked at Goodyear for more than 30 years. He enjoyed driving for 1-70 Auto Auction after retirement.

Lyndon celebrates coming of winter

Lyndon will be celebrating the coming of winter with its annual winter festival Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. The day will be highlighted with a Christmas parade at 10:30 a.m., which heads to the high school, where some of the day’s festivities will be. Also at the school will be the annual Christmas bazaar, featuring crafts, vendor products and unique Christmas gift ideas. Here is Saturday’s schedule:

Lyndon Winter Festival, Dec. 7, 2019

7:30 a.m. – Ugly Sweater Run
7:30-9:30 a.m. – Holiday breakfast and A Christmas Story, Lyndon Community Center
9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Christmas bazaar, Lyndon High School
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Hot cocoa and cookies, Lyndon Carnegie Library
10:30 a.m. – Christmas parade, downtown to high school
11-11:45 a.m. – Gingerbread house building, Lyndon High School
11:30 a.m. – Santa baby contest, Lyndon High School
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Pictures with Santa
1-3 p.m. – Candy Cane Lane, child seat check
5 p.m. – Christmas tree lighting and caroling, Sixth and Topeka streets.
6-6:45 p.m. – Live nativity scene, Osage County Courthouse lawn.

Also during the day will be “sip and shop” events at several local stores, along with live music downtown 4-8 p.m.

Help House News: Generous grants support Help House’s mission

By Raylene Quaney

Help House was the recent recipient of two grants. The Topeka Community Foundation Healthy Lifestyle Grant will award $4,800 in January to support our Healthy Pantry program. The money will be used to buy specific foods for those with special dietary needs, such as for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart issues, gluten allergies, kidney disease, or lactose intolerance. The Sunderland Foundation, in Overland Park, has awarded the Help House $50,000 to pave the parking lot. Money from this grant and funds raised over the last two years will allow us to pave the parking lot in early 2020. Our sincere thanks to both of these charitable foundations.

Osage City invites all to holiday tour of Christmas-decorated homes

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Osage City Holiday Tour of Homes, 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. The tour participants will have the opportunity to enjoy visiting four homes that reflect the festive holiday season.

Tickets are $5, available prior to the tour at Ramblin’ Rose and available at each of the homes the day of the tour.  All proceeds from the sale of tickets will be used toward the maintaining and improvements at Santa Fe Park.

The four featured homes are those of: Pat Gundy, 913 Schenk St.; Charlie and Donna Martin, 1344 Brant St.; Marc and Janet McFarland, 604 S. Sixth St.; and Bill and Lorraine Renner, 735 Lakin St. (SW corner of Eighth and Lakin).

Melvin L. Croucher, 92, Osage City: March 28, 1927 – Nov. 23, 2019

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Melvin L. Croucher, 92, passed away Nov. 23, 2019, at Clarehouse Hospice, Tulsa, Okla. He was born March 28, 1927, in Osage City, Kan., the son of Fred and Mabel (Plackett) Croucher.

Melvin graduated from Osage City High School. After high school, he proudly served with United States Navy.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 18 – Nov. 22, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 18 through Nov. 22, 2019.

Lowell D. Billbe, 68, Topeka: Nov. 29, 1951 – Dec. 1, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. – Lowell D. Billbe, 68, passed away Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at his home in Topeka, Kan. Lowell was born Nov. 29, 1951, in Topeka, the son of Wallace and Myrtle (Hamilton) Billbe.

Lowell graduated from Carbondale High School, Carbondale, Kan., in 1969.

Statewide Silver Alert issued for missing Salina man

SALINE COUNTY – The Salina Police Department requested the Kansas Bureau of Investigation issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing Salina man. The whereabouts of Kenneth “Kenny” Reitcheck, 69, are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate him. Reitcheck is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches, 175 pounds, blue eyes, and gray hair.

Reitcheck has not been seen since Nov. 4, 2019. He is known to suffer from diminished mental health capabilities and is on disability assistance, but has not attempted to access funds since before he was last seen. He is known to frequent the Salina area, but may have family in northwest Kansas, near Colby. He does not have a phone, vehicle, or any identification.

If anyone locates him or has information about his whereabouts, they are asked to contact the Salina Police Department at 785-826-7210.

Richard Charles Lindbloom, 81, Osage City: April 7, 1938 – Nov. 30, 2019

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Richard Charles “Dick” Lindbloom, 81, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at his home southwest of Osage City, Kan. He was born April 7, 1938, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Wilford C. and Eileen Pearson Lindbloom.

Dick attended Osage City High School and graduated with the class of 1956. Following high school he worked on the family farm west of Osage City.

Dick married the love of his life, Nancy Sue Evans, on June 6, 1965, in Lebo, Kan. During the early years of their marriage they made their home in the Stotler Community, until moving to their current home in 1984.

Gary Oliver Summers, 82, Topeka: June 9, 1937 – Dec. 1, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. – Gary Oliver Summers, 82, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at Midland Hospice House, in Topeka, Kan. He was born on June 9, 1937, in Royal Oak, Mich., the fifth child of Leslie Levi Summers and Edith Gibson Summers.

His parents divorced and Leslie married Anne Eggermont. The family moved to a farm near Poplar Bluff, Mo. Gary graduated from Campbell High School and served a short time with the Army Reserves.

He moved with friends to Kansas City, Mo., and worked in the die making and case making printing departments at Hallmark Cards. There, he met Frances Lea Ritchie, of Lawrence, Kan. They married Jan. 9, 1960, and settled in Warren, Mich.

Statewide Silver Alert: Inman man found safe in Rice County

Update Dec. 3, 2019: The Inman Police Department reported that Richard W. Andrus was located safely overnight in Rice County. This statewide Silver Alert has been canceled.


MCPHERSON COUNTY, Kan. – The Inman, Kan., Police Department has requested that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing Inman man.

The whereabouts of Richard W. Andrus, 70, are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate him.

Inman Police Department reports Andrus is a white male, 5 ft. 11 in., 193 pounds, bald, and has blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a green jacket and jeans, and was last known to be driving a red 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, with Vietnam Veteran tag 5123, heading in an unknown direction.

Last point of contact with Andrus was at his home in Inman, at approximately 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. Andrus possibly used his credit card at a Casey’s convenience store in Ellsworth, Kan. on Sunday evening. He is reported as suffering from dementia.

Anyone who sees Andrus or his vehicle or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact McPherson County Dispatch at 620-245-1266.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 24 – Nov. 30, 2019

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

Marilyn Elaine Hall, 84, Topeka: June 16, 1935 – Nov. 28, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. – Marilyn Elaine Hall, 84, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born on June 16, 1935, in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of John and Mary George Hoon.

Marilyn was raised in Springfield, Mass., until moving to Kansas City, Kan. She graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1953, and then she received a Bachelor’s in Education, Home Economics and Clothing from Kansas State University. She taught school in St. Louis and Webster Grove, Mo., and in Berkley, Calif.

Burn ban in Osage County: Dec. 1, 2019

A burn ban has been issued for Osage County today, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. No outside burning is allowed today and all burn permits are suspended. The ban will be in effect until 8 a.m. Dec. 2, 2019, and may be extended.

The ban was issued due to a wind advisory, with wind 20 to 30 mph and gusts to 50 mph forecast for today, and high fire danger.

The rangeland fire danger index will be in the high category today. High fire danger means fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

For more information about the burn ban, contact Osage County Emergency Management at 785-828-3323 or the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cowgirl’s generosity heartfelt appreciated

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“The expression on your face was the best thanks and appreciation I would ever want or even imagine.”

Her comment wasn’t exactly like that, but close semblance after the horseshow friend showed off a new “quilt.”

Occasion was the horseshow circuit yearend banquet when the cowgirl displayed the blue, red and yellow compilation.

Room filled with horseshow riders from youngest to oldest all smiling radiantly rose in applause.

Obviously considerable hard work had gone into the unique brilliantly bright four-foot-by-five-foot quilt made with rosette ribbons won at horseshows.

How many isn’t known, but the blues for first, reds for second and yellow for third are artistically designed together. Larger rosettes with longer ribbon streamers for championships and gold yearend award medallions highlight the delicate piece.

No telling how many hours and hours of tedious heartfelt thinking, harmonizing, sewing went into the most appreciated gift. The humble seamstress cowgirl a champion in her own right wouldn’t give a hint as her grin expanded.

Making the lovely “bedspread” most cherished is the personalized embroidered Maggie and Cody. They are the horses entirely responsible for the collection. Undoubtedly to those great horses’ smirking scowls their wannabe-cowboy rider’s moniker is stenciled in too.

Burn ban Saturday: High winds spark very high fire danger

A burn ban has been issued for Osage County today, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. No outside burning is allowed today and all burn permits are suspended. The ban will be in effect until 8 a.m. Dec. 1, 2019, and may be extended.

The ban was issued due to a National Weather Service wind advisory in effect from 6 p.m. today until 9 a.m. Sunday. Strong to damaging winds are expected to develop this afternoon and persist into the night. West to northwest winds gusting anywhere from 45 to as high as 60 mph will be possible. The strongest wind gusts are expected across parts of central Kansas.

The rangeland fire danger index will be in the very high category this afternoon. Very high fire danger means fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort. Outdoor burning is prohibited.

For more information about the burn ban, contact Osage County Emergency Management at 785-828-3323 or the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121.

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