Working together to learn

By Bella Reeser Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club The Melvern Jr. Highline and Lyndon Leaders 4-H clubs teamed up for a joint cooking class on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, More »

Annual Frontier Extension awards recognize dedication of local volunteers

Peggy and Gary DeForeest, Frontier Extension District Appreciation Award winners of Osage County. Courtesy photo. The Frontier Extension District gives awards annually to show appreciation to persons in Franklin, Anderson, More »

Hidden History: Legislating the dogs of Dogtown

Founded in 1869, Osage City built its foundation on the industry of mining veins of coal that ran under the earth. As the town grew, small communities of people More »

Lyndon High School 2019-2020 first semester honor roll

Lyndon High School released its first semester honor roll for the 2019-2020 school year. Honor roll designees are listed by name, grade level, honor, and grade point average.

Osage County students earn degrees, certificates from Flint Hills Technical College

EMPORIA, Kan. – Flint Hills Technical College conferred more than 60 students at its 2019 Winter Commencement ceremony, held Dec. 20, 2019, at the Humanitarian Center, Emporia, Kan., including three students from Osage County.

Graduates from Osage County were: Christian Scott Orear, Osage City, with a Division of Arts Technical Certificate in interactive multimedia design; Anna Nichole Quaney-Murphy, Burlingame, Division of Health and Human Services Technical Certificate in practical nursing; and Kathryn Joanne Welch, Burlingame, Division of Health and Human Services, Associate of Applied Science Degree in healthcare administration and management.

Information thanks to Flint Hills Technical College.

Lyndon Leaders enjoy the holidays, get ready for the New Year

By Garrett Shoup, Club Reporter

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had its monthly meeting on Dec. 8, 2019. Roll call was “What do you want for Christmas?”

The leaders’ report included thanking the club for a great turnout for the Lyndon winter parade and for the Simpson family for taking charge of the float. There was no unfinished or new business.

For the program, Morgan Young did a talk on how to wrap a present and Kendall Young did a talk comparing two different types of icing. Recreation included a group of the club members going to the Dollar General Store and purchasing stocking items for the club’s adopted family.

Upon returning to the meeting, the club wrapped presents for the adopted family and packed cookie gift boxes for our local 4-H supporters. The club did a quick gift exchange and had snacks provided by the Kilgores.

The next meeting is Jan. 12, 2020.

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club members ride their float in the Lyndon Winter Festival Parade Dec. 7, 2019. Courtesy photo.

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School 2019-2020 first semester honor roll

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School has released its honor roll for the 2019-2020 first semester, as follows:

Trojan Honor Roll: 4.0

Ninth grade: Madison Cormode, Lindsey Johnson, Kyla Vogeler

12th grade: Tristen Duncan, Carson Jones, Sadie McGowin, Haylee Miles, Koby Vanderpool

Blue and Orange Honor Roll: 3.4-3.99

Ninth grade: Kyler Anschutz, Hailey Ingle, Alyssa McCurdy, Wyatt Melton, Alysa Miller, Jace Stucker

10th grade: Madison Flatin, Mary Ingle, Cole Lacey, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Jacob McGowin, Braden Reed, Hailie Rose, Riley Spillman

11th grade: Brice Marsh

12th grade: Alexa Gordon, Garrett Halloway, Bayleigh Lacey, Frank Warner

Honorable Mention: 3.00-3.39

Ninth grade: Kaitlyn Lage, Anna Moore, Tristyn Weber

10th grade: Mika Bartley, Maximus Davis, Cameron Duncan

12th grade: Jasper Sypher

Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High School 2019-2020 first semester honor roll

Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High School has released its honor roll for the 2019-2020 first semester, as follows:

Trojan Honor Roll: 4.0

Sixth grade: Colbie Cormode, Kadence Masenthin, Kathleen Patterson, Catayah Thompson, Alexandra Totty, Akyra Traver

Seventh grade: Montana McCurdy, Evelyn Stephens

Eighth grade: Olivia Lacey, Kelsey Rice

Blue and Orange Honor Roll: 3.4-3.99

Sixth grade: Trista DeCavele, Carter Graves, Jasmine Moore, Ella Reed, Anna Rogers, Grace Spillman

Seventh grade: Dallen Flatin, Clare Hockett, Allison Reeser, Colten Woodson

Eighth grade: Brianna Huffman, Emma Marsh, Mason Rose, Hunter Treinen, Destiny Weldon

Honorable Mention: 3.00-3.39

Sixth grade: Nicholas Barb, Taytum Gellhaus, Eden Hockett, Hunter Masenthin, Isabella Romi, Sully Simpson, Maekaila Traver

Seventh grade: Trey DeCavele, Sampson Goddard, Destiny Moore, Eduardo Mora-Acevedo, Charles Simpson

Eighth grade: Chloe Barb, Haylea Bethell, Corey Criss, Dalton Johnson, Melody Mora-Acevedo, Kristopher Ruth, Brooke Spillman

Help Wanted: ORBIS seeks Press Operators, Day and Night Shifts

ORBIS Corporation, at Osage City, Kan., currently has openings for Press Operators. Positions are available for day and night shifts.

ORBIS Corporation is the industry leader in returnable packaging with a plant located in Osage City, Kan. ORBIS is a worldwide company offering competitive pay and benefits.

For more information or to apply, contact ORBIS at 515 S. Fourth St., Osage City, Kan., call 785-528-4875, or visit

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 6 – Jan. 4, 2020

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

“What Happens if You Ride Astride? It’s a Calamity!” A two-part play at the library

It’s 1894 and even in progressive Kansas a woman speaking in public is a dancing bear, a woman wearing pants is a man, and a woman wearing pants and riding astride on horseback is lord of all creation. “Ride into History” brings to Osage City Public Library one human dancing bear and one lord who although a woman is certainly no lady.

The Marshall Club and Osage City Public Library invite all to “What Happens if you ride Astride? It’s a Calamity” a two-act play presented by Ann Birney and Joyce Thierer from Ride into History, 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at the library.

The historical reenactors will portray teacher-turned-suffragist Elizabeth Hampstead, who will do anything to get the right to vote, including riding across the prairie on a side saddle and becoming a spectacle for men who welcome entertainment, and Calamity Jane, who disappears for whole years at a time when she disguises herself as a man to earn a man’s wages.

Women in the U.S. did not get the right to vote until 1919, one hundred years ago. Ann Birney began her portrayal of composite character Hampstead by reading suffragists’ letters at the Kansas Historical Society archives.

Joyce  Thierer’s Calamity is a delightful frontierswoman who has spun a good many yarns about her life, and does not mind letting her audience know how she has helped create her own myth.

Ride into History calls what they do, “sneaky history” – engaging people with the past through drama.

For more information, contact the Osage City Public Library at 785-528-3727, or stop by 515 Main St., Osage City.

Working together to learn

By Bella Reeser
Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club

The Melvern Jr. Highline and Lyndon Leaders 4-H clubs teamed up for a joint cooking class on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at the Frontier District Office, in Lyndon. In this class members from both clubs not only worked on their cooking skills, but also on their team building and life skills. 4-Hers created bread bowls with broccoli cheddar soup inside. Thank you to the Extension office for providing our 4-Hers this great opportunity.

Participants of a recent joint 4-H club cooking class were, front from left, Bella Reeser, Gradey McNally, Amelia Arb, Charley Bean, Ellie Sowers, Colt Sowers, and Levi Arb, back, Ella Reed, Paige Gebhardt, Morgan Young, Braelyn McNally, Allie Reeser, Kendall Young Allie Kneisler, Savannah Davis, and Extension agent Chelsea Richmond. Courtesy photo.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-Hers celebrate the spirit of giving

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Dec. 8, 2019, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly club meeting at the Melvern Community Center. At 4 p.m., members and parents met and assembled six care packages that the 4-Hers wanted to send to servicemen and women who would not be able to come home for the holiday season. The club also created six plates of treats for later in the evening.

At 4:45 p.m., the meeting was called to order by President Braelyn McNally. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge, led by Ellie Sowers. Acting Secretary Harper Melton called the roll; members and parents were to answer with “What are your favorite cookies to make for Santa?” There were 10 members and five adults present.  Harper then read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read. As treasurer, Harper read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read.

Marianne Haag, 89, Topeka: Sept. 4, 1930 – Jan. 9, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Marianne Haag, 89, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Health Care Resort, Topeka, Kan. Marianne Waterman was born Sept. 4, 1930, in Washington, Kan., the daughter of George William and Laura Ellen (Day) Waterman.

She graduated from Washington High School.

Loren W. Gray, 81, Quenemo: March 1, 1938 – Jan. 10, 2020

QUENEMO, Kan. – Loren W. Gray, 81, passed away on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at Morning Star, Ottawa, Kan. He was born on March 1, 1938, in Quenemo, Kan., the son of John and Lillian (Williams) Gray.

Loren had lived all of his life in the Quenemo community until moving to assisted living in Osage City and then Ottawa.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Generous Mom remembered at century mark

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Mommas are the most important person in the entire universe.”

No debate about the comment, other than recognizing The Almighty God who created everything.

Nobody would be around now or before or into the future without a mother, mom, momma, ma, whatever moniker preference.

Mom, affectionately remembered by most as Laura Mae, passed away nearly 38 years ago at age 62. Do the math, Laurie, as sometimes referred to with orneriness by her only child, would have been 100 years old on Jan. 7.

Without prejudice, Mom was the most interested congenial generous person always giving others helping hand.

Laurie’s heartfelt way was related in a phone call Saturday afternoon.

A smiling farm boy was paid $7.50 every two weeks for milking cows twice daily on the family farm dairy. It cost a dollar a day to eat at the high school cafeteria, a total of $10, for two weeks. That was $2.50 more than the farm boy earned.

Never shy most congenial, the boy went into Laura Mae’s (what many called Buchman’s Grocery). He explained his financial situation to Mom always at the cash register in the front of the store.

Chase County buck surpasses state record non-typical whitetail

Brian Butcher, center, shows the rack of a whitetail buck he took in Chase County, now the Kansas record non-typical whitetail deer.

WICHITA, Kan. – Kansas bowhunter Brian Butcher, 38, harvested a whitetail buck in Chase County last October that he knew was something special. It wasn’t until the buck’s rack was measured by Boone and Crockett Club certified measurers on Jan. 3, 2020, that Butcher confirmed just how special the deer was. Butcher’s whitetail earned an unofficial net non-typical score of 321 3/8 inches. If accepted and verified by the Boone and Crockett Club – an internationally recognized non-profit conservation organization that maintains native North American big game records – the deer Butcher harvested would rank fourth in the world for non-typical whitetail deer. As for the Kansas record books, Butcher’s buck will be the largest non-typical whitetail ever taken, surpassing the current state record for a non-typical whitetail harvested with archery equipment by 57 2/8 inches.

“When I first saw it, I thought it had some branches or grass tangled up in its antlers,” said Butcher. “But when I looked at him with binoculars, I realized it was all antlers.”

Butcher released his arrow when the giant buck was just 25 yards from his treestand and the shot was true. After waiting only 5-10 minutes, Butcher tracked the deer to a spot 50 yards away.

“I had the most opposite feeling of ‘ground shrinkage’ possible,” Butcher said of the big whitetail with 67 scorable points. “I was in complete shock.”

After sharing photos of the buck with friend Brian Crowe, the duo got together and attempted to score the deer.

“We added it up five times because it didn’t make sense,” Butcher laughed. “We had it at 341 inches gross, and 316 inches net.”

According to Boone and Crockett guidelines, the rack could not be officially measured until it had dried for at least 60 days.

Red Cross offers winter weather safety tips

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As winter weather approaches our area this weekend, the American Red Cross offers 10 steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather.

“As winter weather enters our area throughout this weekend, we want to make sure that families are safe,” said Jeremie Ballinger, executive director of Red Cross of Greater Kansas City and Northwest Missouri.

  1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
  2. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
  3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
  4. Requires supervision – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  5. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
  7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.
  8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
  9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
  10. Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

Calving school offers profitable education for beef producers

The Marais des Cygnes Extension District, Frontier Extension District, Johnson County and Douglas County Extension will be hosting a calving school Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The program will be held at Celebration Hall, 220 W. 17th St., Ottawa, Kan. (at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.) The meeting will kick off with a sponsored meal at 6 p.m. (RSVP) followed by presentations starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend but interested persons are asked to RSVP for the meal by contacting the Marais des Cygnes District Paola office at 913-294-4306 or [email protected].

In anticipation of calving season, K-State’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, and K-State Research and Extension faculty and staff are planning a series of events to help boost producers’ chances of a successful calving season.

The program will outline overall calving management that includes stages of the normal calving process and tips to handle difficult calving situations. K-State Research and Extension beef veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff said the event will increase knowledge, practical skills and the number of live calves born.  Tarpoff will demonstrate proper use of calving equipment on a life-size cow and calf model.

Storm warning: Winter blast to cover area Friday and Saturday

TOPEKA, Kan. – The National Weather Service at Topeka has issued a winter storm warning today through Saturday evening for Osage, Douglas, Franklin, Coffey, and Anderson counties, and including the cities of Lawrence, Osage City, Carbondale, Lyndon, Burlingame, Overbrook, Ottawa, Burlington, Lebo, and Garnett

The winter storm warning will be in effect from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.

A heavy mix of precipitation is expected, with total snow accumulations of up to 3 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of up to one-tenth of an inch. Winds are expected to gust as high as 40 mph.

Drivers should plan on slippery road conditions and drive slower. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

Two waves of the storm are expected from this system. The first is expected to bring a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain this afternoon and evening. There may be a lull overnight before the second wave brings more snow to the area Saturday morning and afternoon.

Anyone who must travel is advised to keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in their vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 511.

Burn ban continues across Osage County, Jan. 9, 2020

With a National Weather Service wind advisory in effect, Osage County Emergency Management has extended a burn ban for the third day due to continuing high fire danger conditions across the Osage County, Kan., area. No outside burning is allowed today, Jan. 9, 2020, and all burn permits are suspended. The ban will be in effect until 8 a.m. Jan. 10, and could be extended at that time depending on weather conditions.

The rangeland fire danger continues due to the forecast windy conditions. Southwest winds at 20-30 mph are expected today with gusts up to 50 mph.

Very high fire danger means fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort.

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.

Osage County Senior Center: All invited to monthly potluck dinner

On Jan. 17, 2020, the Osage County Senior Center will have its January potluck lunch. It was decided to try a themed potluck and this month will be Mexican food. This doesn’t mean diners must bring a Mexican dish; all are invited and can bring anything they like.

On Jan. 31 will be another blood drive at the center, and Jan. 25 will be Quartermania for meals on wheels. More information on these events will be available soon.

Commodities are distributed at the center on the second Wednesday of every month. Participants must be at least 60 years old to qualify, with an income of $1,354 or less for one person or $1,832 or less for two people in the same household. Income verification and a one-month waiting period are required. Anyone in Osage County is eligible if they meet the above qualifications. For those with more people in the household, contact the center for help with determining if you qualify.

Anyone who is unable to come to Osage City to pick up commodities is asked to contact the center. We would like to know if there are people that qualify that can’t get here.

Max Edward Heberling, 85, Topeka: Oct. 5, 1934 – Jan. 8, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Max E. Heberling, 85, of Topeka, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. He was born Oct. 5, 1934, in Topeka, the son of Eli and Lenora Heberling.

Max graduated from Carbondale High School, Carbondale, Kan. He served in the U.S Navy.

Edward James King, 88, Osage City: March 29, 1931 – Jan. 5, 2020

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Edward James King, 88, of Osage City, Kan., passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. He was born March 29, 1931, in Peterton, Kan., the son of David Thomas and Elizabeth Gasser King.

Ed attended Peterton Grade School and later graduated from Osage City High School with the class of 1948.

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