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Chamber awards banquet recognizes local businesses, employees, non-profits

Winners at the 2024 Osage City Chamber of Commerce awards banquet, from left, Stephanie and Jaryl Seth, TwoCousins weeSale, new business of the year; Angie, Kevin, and Joshua Payne, Payne Financial Strategies, More »

Quenemo eclipsed by another boil water advisory

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the city of Quenemo public water supply system as of April 8, 2024, due to More »

MdCV High School juniors, seniors don formal wear for ‘Casino Nights’ prom

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School held its junior senior prom Saturday, April 6, 2024. The theme for the evening was “Casino Nights”. MdCV seniors attending the event included, front from left, More »

Osage City’s Got It: Osage City Library is more than just books

Osage City Public Library, 2024. Courtesy photo. Submitted by Jeanette Swarts Along with the town itself, the Osage City Library has a very historic past. The Sorosis Club, a women’s literary group, More »

Local library presentations to discuss human trafficking in Kansas and U.S.

Human trafficking happens here in Kansas. The Osage City Library will host the first of four presentations at local libraries that will describe human trafficking in the United States and Kansas, and how communities can reduce the vulnerabilities that allow people to be exploited. Dr. Sharon L. Sullivan’s first presentation will be 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2024, at Osage City Library, and she will discuss how human trafficking is happening in rural and urban communities to neighbors and families.

Following presentations will be 6 p.m. April 19, at Lyndon Carnegie Library, 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon; 6 p.m. April 23, at Burlingame Public Library, 122 W. Santa Fe, Burlingame; and 11:30 a.m. April 24 at Carbondale City Library, 234 Main St., Carbondale.

Sullivan is executive director of the International Public Policy Institute and professor emerita at Washburn University, and has provided education and training to communities and professionals for over 20 years. Her research and activism focus on violence against women and children, including sexual and domestic violence, and human trafficking.

The federal government estimates 1.5 million U.S. citizens are exploited by sex and labor trafficking.

This event is cosponsored by Osage County Drug Free and the host libraries. For more information, contact the Osage City Library at 785-528-3727, or any of the host libraries.

Help Wanted: RCIL seeks Full-Time Office Assistant/Packet Clerk

Now Hiring – Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. in Osage City – Full-Time Office Assistant/Packet Clerk – Answer and re-direct phone calls, greet visitors, proof hiring packets and be an important part of the RCIL team. Must be a great communicator with solid computer skills, plus be detail oriented, organized and enjoy a fast-paced environment. Competitive pay, private offices, excellent health, dental and vision insurance, 401 K retirement plan with a 5% company match, bonus plans, company-funded life insurance, generous Paid Time Off, ten paid holidays, flex time scheduling within a Monday-Friday (no evenings) work schedule and more! Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Request an application or email resume to hr@rcilinc.org or call Janene Fry or Mike Pitts at 785-528-3105.

Larry Gene Keim, 86, Harveyville: Sept. 29, 1937 – April 12, 2024

HARVEYVILLE, Kan. – Larry Gene Keim, 86, passed away peacefully with family around him Friday, April 12, 2024, at Harveyville, Kan. He was born Sept. 29, 1937, in Abilene, Kan., the son of Lester and Mary (Fells) Keim.

Larry spent his childhood years in Enterprise, Kan., and graduated from Chapman High School in 1955. After his father’s death, the family moved to Burlingame, Kan. It was at this time that Larry began farming, and it was to be a career that would span 69 years, from 1955 to 2024.

On Aug. 19, 1973, Larry was united in marriage to Roezetta Hammond, in Humboldt, Kan. Larry and Roezetta created Funny Face Farms and worked together for 49 years until her passing.

Osage County Jail Log, April 8 – April 14, 2024

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

Apartments For Rent in Osage City: Dogwood Glen

Now Leasing! 2 and 3 bedroom ground level apartments at Dogwood Glen Apartments, located at 519 N. 12th St, Osage City. Rent is based off of household’s income. Central heating and cooling. Partial utilities paid. Maintenance provided. Laundry on site. Contact Heather today for an application at 785-528-3626. This establishment is an equal opportunity provider.

Public Auction: Saturday, April 27, 2024, 9:30 a.m., 7039 SE 89th St., Berryton, KS

Public Auction: Saturday, April 27, 2024, 9:30 a.m.
Address: 7039 SE 89th St., Berryton, KS

Directions from Overbrook: North on Maple St./South Shawnee Hgts. Rd. 10 miles to SE 89 and take a left on 89th St., first property on the left.

Trailers: TravAlong 16ft stock trailer, Hillsboro 24ft flatbed trailer, 6ft utility trailer.

Trucks: 1998 Dodge Ram extended cab 4×4 24 valve Cummins Diesel flatbed with 228,876 miles.

Tractors: 1992 Belarus 90 horse Deisel with 2,340 hrs, 1972 John Deere1520 gas tractor.

Guns: Winchester 1886 Rifle .45-70 lever action, Winchester 94 .30-30, Taurus Millennium 9mm semi auto, Taurus stainless PT 738 .380 ACP.

Farm: Grain bin, diesel barrel on stilts, sorting sticks, rubber and metal stock tanks, portable panels, 5 plus feed bunks (good condition), squeeze shoot, vet supplies, calf pullers, creep feeder, 3-point bale feeder, T-posts, sickle bar mower, 4-5 bale ring feeders, 7’ pull type John Deere mower, mineral feeders, garden trailer, 50 gallon transfer tank with 2-way pump (in good shape), post auger for 3 pt, B&W turn over ball, 6’ 3pt IMCO mower, revolving saddle rack(homemade), sheep Head cattle clippers, Flat Head cattle clippers, garden tiller, 50 gallon barrels, tractor wheel weights, electric fence supplies, horse bridles, large portable dog crates, lariats, tiller.

Tools/Shop items: Benches, lathe, oil barrels, push mowers, old light poles out of Hiawatha, 3” PVC 10ft sticks approx10, band saw, carousel bolt bins (3), Garden and yard tools, welding table, chain saw sharpener, Lincoln AC/DC 220 welder, propane bottles, extension cords.

Scrap iron: Various scrap.

Antiques/Crocks: Approx. 18 Crocks ranging from #1’s to #15’s brands are read wing, blue band, Diamond, Western Stoneware, and others, old fireplace mantel, Stromberg Garlson telephone, old tins, 1982 Pee Wee Herman talking doll in original box, old wooden butter churn, Daisy butter churn, horse hames, 1930’s Calanders from Richland ks, old cookbooks, old schoolbooks, old clocks and old tins.

Toys: Peddle tractor, misc. kid’s toys, Sea horse and Dolphin old metal spring toys for playground (made by Mexico forge, Reedville, PA). Tractors! Approximately 70. John deer, IHC, Massy Haris, Minneapolis Moline, Case, CO-OP, International KB-5 Fire truck, wagons, and more!

Household: Milk cans, picnic table, misc. household, Christmas decorations, porch swing, rounded glass China hutch, camping supplies, cast-iron cookware.

Auctioneers Note: Other items not listed. There will be something for everyone!


SELLERS: Mark and Connie Lynch


Auctioneers- Brady Altic, Lester Edgecomb.

Pictures online at: www.kansasauctions.net/altic

A Cowboy’s Faith: Greener grass is possible

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”

That is not true, but evidently seems so to cattle pushing under the fence for more this spring.

Heavy pressure exerted by the cattle reaching for more grass is why many fence posts slope from the pasture itself.

They go under, over, and through the fence in hopes of finding additional tender lush green grass.

Eventually the pasture will have sufficient growth to satisfy the cattle’s greedy appetites. They will graze at ease and not continually search for an extra green sprig.

Until that time, it is cattlemen’s continued battle to keep cattle in pastures, as they often push through the fence. Calves are an additional menace getting under fences to the greener other side.

Despite quality of the fence, cattlemen typically spend considerable time each spring mending fence.

It is a required effort to keep cattle in and a regular maintenance task year around. All pasture fences are typically checked regularly with a thorough going over before turning herds out for summer grazing.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, March 29 – April 4, 2024

The following information was compiled March 29 to April 4, 2024, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Erven Walter ‘Butch’ Weiss Jr., 62, Lyndon: Jan. 16, 1962 – April 5, 2024

LYNDON, Kan. – Erven Walter “Butch” Weiss Jr., 62, passed away Friday, April 5, 2024, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born Jan. 16, 1962, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Erven “Bud” and Erma (Adkins) Weiss Sr.

Butch grew up and had lived near the Vassar and Lyndon, Kan., communities most of his life. He graduated from Lyndon High School in 1980.

Butch worked as a pipefitter for the Goodyear Tire Company in Topeka for nearly 30 years. He was a member of the Steelworkers Union No. 307, and the Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar.

On April 21, 1984, Butch was united in marriage to LuNelle “Nellie” Cox, in Reading, Kan. To this union two children were born, LouAnn and Tyler.

Philip S. Wiederholt Sr., 89, Osage City: Dec. 31, 1934 – April 9, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Philip S. Wiederholt Sr. was born Dec. 31, 1934, in rural Clyde, Mo., and passed away peacefully with family at his side last Tuesday. On that sunny day, April 9, 2024, he joined his beloved wife, Kay, and their youngest son, John.

Born on New Year’s Eve, he seemed born to celebrate life and loved to dance. After graduating from Princeton High School in 1952, he helped his father on their family farm while working for Ottawa Steel Company. Knowing his love of dancing, his mother encouraged him to follow his dream of becoming a dance teacher. Phil taught ballroom dancing at the Arthur Murray dance studio on the Kansas City Country Club Plaza until 1957, when the draft board took him from the dance floor. He spent two years in the Army, serving 1958 to 1959 in Germany.

After the Army, he attended Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., graduating with a degree in accounting. He was employed in that capacity by Hallmark Cards, in Kansas City, Mo.

In 1960, he married his high school sweetheart, Kay Cannady. In 1970, they built their dream home in Osage City, Kan., where they raised three boys, Phil, Paul and John. Also in 1970 he helped open and manage the Hallmark Cards plant in Osage City. He worked for Hallmark Cards until he retired in 1997.

He was always interested in learning, building something, and helping others. His hobbies included woodworking, welding, music, opera, dancing, learning German, and traveling to Germany to visit his German cousins. He built grandfather clocks, circular staircases for friends and family members, gun cases for his brothers, and beautiful walnut desks for sons, Paul and John. He cured his own lumber after selecting and cutting down the perfect tree. His last woodworking project was during the last year of his life when he borrowed and duplicated a walking cane he particularly liked.

Young Democrat to speak at Osage City

The Osage County Democrats is hosting Raiden Gonzalez, of the Kansas Young Democrats Caucus, at its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City. Gonzalez will speak on what the Young Democrats Caucus has been doing, and how the party can better appeal to younger Democrats in Osage County. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Chamber Chatter: Scholarship deadline next week

The deadline date is drawing near for the Osage City Chamber of Commerce 2024 scholarship applications.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce offers a scholarship to one senior girl and one senior boy graduating from Osage City High School. High school graduation will soon be here and the Chamber would like to encourage any senior girl and boy that are furthering their education to get with Shana Smith, the high school counselor and ask for application information.

Specifically for the Osage City Chamber of Commerce application, data needed is a transcript, two letters of reference, and an essay from the student on importance of owning and operating a business in a small town.

Applications should be submitted to the address listed on the application. Applications must be postmarked by April 17, 2024.

Chamber to gather after hours at TwoCousins weeSale

TwoCousins weeSale LLC will be hosting a Chamber After Hours Mixer 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 413 Market St., Osage City. The event will be a Chamber After Hours Mixer, a ribbon cutting and open house. Chamber members and the public are invited to come and meet owners Stephanie and Jaryl Seth, and enjoy refreshments and visit with fellow community members. The store furnishes a wide variety of items to complete a home with a new baby, through ages newborn to teen years.

Plans for fair events include carnival, parade, fireworks, demo derby, Lions Club food

This year Osage City will be hosting two fair events. A community event July 10-13, 2024, will include a carnival, a variety of entertainment every night, live band, parade, fireworks, and Touch-A-Truck, among other entertainment. The fair parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, July 12. The parade theme has not been decided yet.

Adam Burnett, parade chairman, is creating some new and innovative concepts for the parade for this year. He will provide information regarding the parade, and a parade form will be available soon to submit an entry for the parade. The Chamber of Commerce offers cash prizes for float entries and golf cart and ATV entries. For more information about the parade, contact Burnett at 785-760-0621.

Community fireworks celebration

The date for the annual community fireworks show hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce will be Friday, July 12, starting at 10 p.m.

Osage County 4-H Fair, July 24-27, 2024

July 24-27, 2024 will mark the dates for the Osage County Fair, at Osage City. The fair will feature exhibits including poultry, livestock, fruit, vegetables, produce, and other representations of the best of Osage County.

TwoCousins weeSale named as new business of the year

New Business of the Year Award was presented to TwoCousins weeSale LLC and owners, Stephanie and Jaryl Seth. Chamber photo.

A new award for the Osage City Chamber of Commerce this year, the New Business of the Year Award, was presented to TwoCousins weeSale LLC, and owners, Stephanie and Jaryl Seth, at the recent Chamber awards banquet.

During 2023, Osage City was fortunate to be chosen as the home for TwoCousins weeSale LLC. The Seths have settled in the building that was formerly Henry’s Coffee House, and are filling their store with a variety of clothing from new born to maternity wear. They also house a nice variety of toys, bedding, and furniture to outfit a home for a new addition to the family.

They have become involved with the various events that the Chamber has to offer throughout the year and look forward to becoming more involved as the time passes. They regularly partner and donate merchandise to the local non-profit organizations in the county, support the schools with shoes and clothing for families in need and emergency support of families upon a disaster.

Information thanks to Osage City Chamber Executive Director Jeanette Swarts.

Lira recognized as Osage City employee of the year for helpful, friendly attitude

Louise Lira, of White’s Foodliner, is Osage City’s employee of the year. Chamber photo.

Louise Lira, of White’s Foodliner, formerly Jerry’s Thriftway, was announced as the recipient of the Osage City Chamber’s Employee of the Year award during the organization’s recent awards banquet.

Louise has been an employee since 2012, with 12 years with Jerry’s Thriftway and now with White’s Foodliner.

Lira was recognized for how she always greets customers with a smile, and is always helpful answering customers’ questions. Louise has worked through the grocery store’s recent owner change and made the transition with ease. Throughout her years of gaining experience, she has taken on a leadership role with the other checkers, and always takes care of their problems that they may encounter.

Osage City Public Library earns Chamber’s non-profit of the year award

The Osage City Public Library was named as the recipient for the Osage City Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit of the Year Award, at the Osage City Chamber of Commerce’s annual award banquet held March 22, 2024. The library’s mission statement is “More than just books”. The library is committed to supporting a lifelong enjoyment of reading and learning.

The library is dedicated and provides more than books to all ages of citizens of Osage City and Osage County. They have partnered with AARP to provide tax assistance to the elderly. Catholic Charities brings a resource bus to the library, providing food, hygiene and baby items. The Osage County Sheriff’s Office uses the library as a toy drop off station during the Christmas season.

Jeanette Stromgren and her staff and volunteers are always known for being friendly, professional and willing to help visitors find books and movies of interest. The staff consists of two fulltime and five part-time employees.

The library provides snacks to students after school, meals for children during the summer, story time twice a week for those five and younger.

The staff visits local daycares, assisted living, nursing homes, and homebound individuals.

Osage City Chamber names Payne Financial as business of the year

Osage City Business of the Year: Kevin, Angie, and Joshua Payne, Payne Financial Strategies. Chamber photo.

During the Osage City Chamber of Commerce’s annual award banquet, held March 22, 2024, the Business of the Year Award was presented to Payne Financial Strategies, and owners Kevin, Angie, and Joshua Payne.

In the last year, Payne Financial Strategies has been involved and engaged with the community by establishing a business of financial professionals that are dedicated to professionally serving the Osage and surrounding area communities. They have gained remarkable growth, community involvement and passion in educating and serving the community. Josh Payne, a member of this team, is a recipient of the Kansas NextGen Under 30 award for young professionals, a very prestigious honor.

Payne Financial Strategies has experienced growth in staff or other development as they have achieved milestones and set new standards of success by serving others. Their commitment to the local community is to provide quality, customer satisfaction and proper financial planning that will assist their clients in achieving short-term and long term financial goals.

Information thanks to Osage City Chamber Executive Director Jeanette Swarts.

Chamber awards banquet recognizes local businesses, employees, non-profits

Winners at the 2024 Osage City Chamber of Commerce awards banquet, from left, Stephanie and Jaryl Seth, TwoCousins weeSale, new business of the year; Angie, Kevin, and Joshua Payne, Payne Financial Strategies, business of the year; Louise Lira, of White’s Foodliner, employee of the year, and Jeanette Stromgren, Osage City Library, non-profit of the year. Osage City Chamber photo.

Friday, March 22, 2024, marked the second annual Osage City Chamber of Commerce awards banquet, which was held at St. Brigid Hall. There were approximately 100 in attendance at the evening event, which was filled with a variety of entertainment, good food and visiting with friends from the community. C.J. Adkins, of Flinthills Catering, catered a delicious meal topped off with a triple chocolate torte dessert that melted in your mouth.

Gavin Robert, a talented junior at Osage City High School, provided a nice medley of soft dinner music on his keyboard and guitar. Following the meal, the first segment of the evening program included two OCHS forensics students presenting their award winning presentations. Dustin Stucky, forensics instructor, introduced Gavin Ericson and Emily Whalen. Both students gave very entertaining presentations and kept the attention of everyone.

Following the students was guest speaker, Casey Woods, executive director of Emporia Main Street. He shared with the group some of the keys to a strong community. Emporia Main Street is an economic and community development agency that operates within the city of Emporia and Lyon County. Their mission is to sustain and grow Emporia’s local economy by applying a four-point approach to create jobs, encourage tourism, and support entrepreneurs and business owners.

Highlighting the remainder of the program was the presentation of awards for four categories. Nominations for the four categories were submitted to the Chamber of Commerce throughout the months of February and March. See related stories.

Information thanks to Osage City Chamber Executive Director Jeanette Swarts.

Quenemo eclipsed by another boil water advisory

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the city of Quenemo public water supply system as of April 8, 2024, due to a utility contractor accidentally breaking a water line, resulting in low pressure in the distribution system. KDHE officials issued the advisory because failure to maintain adequate pressure may put the system at risk for bacterial contamination. The advisory will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

  • Water users should observe the following precautions until further notice:
  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.

Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.

KDHE will rescind the order following testing at a certified laboratory.

For more information, contact the water system at 785-759-3315 or KDHE at 785-296-5514. For consumer information see kdhe.ks.gov/waterdisruption.

Impacted businesses can contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety and lodging program at kda.fsl@ks.gov or call 785-564-6767 for more information.

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