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2015 Osage City High School graduates ready to ‘go wreak havoc on this crazy planet’

The 2015 graduating class of Osage City High School. Photo by Heidi Koger. The Osage City High School class of 2015 might not be remembered for great things, but they will be More »

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Burlingame High School sends 27 graduates off to ‘take the higher road’

Burlingame High School graduating class of 2015. Photo by Keri Welch. “When the opportunity presents itself, take that higher road and push yourself to succeed,” Burlingame High School valedictorian Jordan Herrick told More »

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encourages visitors to be safe this Memorial Day weekend

Be safe on the water. Wear a life jacket. KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Memorial Day weekend is going to be busy this year. With large crowds of people gathering at lakes, the More »

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Eat Well to Be Well: Is it time to go gluten-free?

Years ago, celiac disease was viewed primarily as a medical curiosity, as few physicians knew much about it or correctly identified the symptoms. Fortunately, there has been an explosion of information obtained More »

e.b.Sprouts and Flowers: New garden center takes root in Lyndon

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e.b.Sprouts and Flowers is now open for spring planting with plants, flowers and garden supplies at 520 Topeka Ave., Lyndon.

Erika Bradshaw learned years ago that she likes to grow things. House plants, yard ornamentals, flowers and vegetables became her pastime. With the addition of a small greenhouse at her home, her green thumb led to sharing of plants with friends and relatives, which eventually sprouted into a home business and selling at farmers markets.

But now that business, e.b.Sprouts and Flowers, has outgrown its space, and with the help of Erika’s husband and business partner, David Middleton, the enterprise has been repotted and has blossomed into a full service garden center, greenhouse and floral shop in downtown Lyndon.

Though the store is just now officially opening, there’s been a lot of activity there during the past few months. Since January, Erika and David have been remodeling the former flower store, which has housed other businesses in the past.

Federated Church plans vacation Bible school

The Burlingame Federated Church, 322 S. Topeka Ave., will be having a weekend Vacation Bible School, Friday, May 29, through Sunday, May 30, for kids from age four through those who were in sixth grade this year.

Friday evening, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., will be the kick off for the weekend. The whole family is invited to join for food, fun, fellowship, crafts, games and inflatables. At this time students will be registered who haven’t previously registered. Saturday morning kids will experience rock-solid Bible adventures, music, outback games, and projects with a purpose. They will be dismissed at 3 p.m. and lunch will be provided. The kids will be invited to share what they learned at VBS during morning worship on Sunday, May 30.

Osage County District Court traffic cases May 8 – May 15, 15

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court May 8 to May 15, 2015, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

2015 Osage City High School graduates ready to ‘go wreak havoc on this crazy planet’

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The 2015 graduating class of Osage City High School. Photo by Heidi Koger.

The Osage City High School class of 2015 might not be remembered for great things, but they will be remembered, OCHS honor students Aundrea Koger and Jacob Butterfield told their fellow classmates during Sunday’s graduation ceremony.

Echoing their class motto of “We have come a long way, but not half as far as we will go,” Butterfield and Koger talked about their class’ mischievous reputation, successes and their different destinations.

“I could talk about our mischief in being the ‘cheating class’ or the class that failed to show up to pick up the mess we all made the day after prom,” Butterfield said, experiences which Koger also remembered.

Opal May Bryson, 92, Overbrook: Nov. 2, 1922 – Dec. 12, 2014

052115-Opal-BrysonOVERBROOK – Opal May Bryson, 92, passed away Dec. 12, 2014. Opal was born to Herschel and Dorothy Pearle Talley on Nov. 2, 1922, in Overbrook, Kan.

She was a teacher for over 25 years in the Atchison school district, Atchison, Kan. She enjoyed playing the organ, camping, and crafts, and was a member of the Eastern Star, Kiwanis and National Camping Travelers. Opal was a longtime resident of Overbrook.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Pomona Lake and Osage County Fishing Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Burlingame High School sends 27 graduates off to ‘take the higher road’

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Burlingame High School graduating class of 2015. Photo by Keri Welch.

“When the opportunity presents itself, take that higher road and push yourself to succeed,” Burlingame High School valedictorian Jordan Herrick told fellow graduates during the graduation ceremony of the BHS class of 2015 on Saturday, May 16.

BHS salutatorian Karli Zabokrtsky said it seemed like the class had completed “an insurmountable task,” but thanked teachers, parents, and classmates for helping in the class’ accomplishments.

“We cannot succeed without the help of others,” Herrick agreed. “A great support system is what has gotten us here today.”

Herrick, who also addressed the audience as class president, encouraged classmates to measure their time at BHS through the friendships they’ve made.

“Wherever we go and whatever we do, may we always be friends when we meet again,” Herrick said.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encourages visitors to be safe this Memorial Day weekend

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Be safe on the water. Wear a life jacket.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Memorial Day weekend is going to be busy this year. With large crowds of people gathering at lakes, the potential for drowning and accidents increase. Before you head out for a day on or near the water, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encourages visitors to expect the unexpected and think about these four safety tips for Memorial Day and the summer season.

Baxter Springs man sentenced to 6 years for possession of drug precursors, fleeing, eluding

In Osage County District Court Monday, Charles L. Miller, 24, Baxter Springs, was sentenced to serve 77 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections for convictions of possession of drug precursors intended to be used to manufacture methamphetamine and fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement.

Miller entered pleas to those charges on April 6, 2015. The charges stemmed from a high speed chase on Jan. 17, which was initiated by the Kansas Highway Patrol and later involved the Osage County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Bureau of Investigations.

The chase ended with Miller and a female passenger, Cynthia Evans, abandoning the vehicle at a rural residence just north of Melvern Lake and fleeing on foot. A manhunt that involved all three agencies resulted in their apprehension and arrest. During the chase, the suspects threw items from the vehicle, including chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Some of the chemicals struck the pursuing patrol car.

Back When: Remembering the original Carbondale stockyards

By Glen D. Norton

When I was a young boy livestock was driven to the stockyards to be shipped by rail, and the route chosen for farmers from south of Carbondale, was right past our house. For that reason my Grandfather kept his residential property fenced so that strays that the cowboys could not control would not get into his yard and trample Grandmother’s flowers or tear up the chicken yard fence. My parents lived in the house immediately north of the Norton home, and we were not fenced, but since our house was located on the steep declining road, the drovers seldom had one of their charges escape into our yard on the way to the stockyards.

The stockyards were located about 1/5th of a mile or about 1,000 feet north of the intersection of First and Main streets or in other words, north of the old elevator. Small lots of hogs may have been taken to the stockyards by team and wagon, bur cattle were driven, and it was common practice to drive hogs as well early in this time period. There may have been a few 1 1/2-ton trucks with stock racks, but I only remember one and that was owned by Andy Finlay (no relation to the other Finlays).

Extension district schedules tractor safety class for 14-15-year-olds; registration deadline Friday

The Frontier Extension District will be sponsoring a Hazardous Occupation Training (HOT) class on June 3. This class is required for 14 and 15-year-old youth who want to operate farm tractors on farms other than for their parents. The only time 14 to 15-year-olds are exempt from this training is if they work for their parents on the family farm. This training is required however, if the family’s farm is a partnership, incorporated, or the youth is working on a grandparent’s farm. This training is also required if youth are planning to use lawn mowers or tractors larger than 20 horsepower.

The class will meet 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 3 at the Pomona Community Center, in Pomona. The driving and written test will be given off site at a local producer’s farm. Youth will be transported by the instructors to the farm and back to the Pomona Community Center. There will be a registration fee of $6 to cover class materials. Pre-registration is required by calling one of the Frontier District Extension offices, Lyndon, 785-828-4438, Ottawa, 785-229-3520, or Garnett, 785-448-6826, or by emailing the agents: Rod Schaub, rschaub@ksu.edu, Darren Hibdon, dhibdon@ksu.edu, or Shannon Blocker, sblocker@ksu.edu by Friday, May 22.

Eat Well to Be Well: Is it time to go gluten-free?

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Years ago, celiac disease was viewed primarily as a medical curiosity, as few physicians knew much about it or correctly identified the symptoms. Fortunately, there has been an explosion of information obtained on celiac disease over recent years, recognizing it as one of the more common autoimmune disorders as better diagnostic methods have been implemented.

May is Celiac Awareness Month, bringing attention to celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, the reasons for a gluten-free diet, and organizations that help support people living with these conditions.

“When it comes to celiac disease, the number of people that remain undiagnosed is highly concerning,” said Dr. David Samadi, chairman of urology and chief of robotic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “We have to do more to educate everyone around this disease because it affects nutrition. For those who are unaware and have this disease, long-term issues can also arise. Because the symptoms overlap with other diseases, physicians often mistake it for another condition. This disease is genetic, therefore if parents go undiagnosed, their children may never know they’re at risk.”

By becoming better informed about this disease and the damage it can do to the intestinal tract, it can help thousands of people who have been diagnosed and help identify those who are not yet diagnosed to lead healthier, symptom-free lives.

Senior center’s craft corner offers unique gifts and decorations

If you are looking for unique re-useable graveside decorations you might consider some of the wood crafted planters and flowers now available at the Osage County Senior Center’s craft corner. These items are all very reasonably priced, and also make great gifts.

Osage County Jail Log, May 11 – May 16, 2015

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

Osage County Ag Wire: Program eligibility requires timely crop certification reports

2015 Acreage Reporting Dates

To comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline. Acreage reporting dates vary by crop and by county; contact the FSA for a list of county-specific deadlines.

The following exceptions apply to acreage reporting dates:

  • If the crop has not been planted by the applicable acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.
  • If a producer acquires additional acreage after the applicable acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.
  • If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15.
  • Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the applicable dates or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.

For information about crop certification and crop loss reports, contact the Osage County FSA office at 115 W. 17th St., Lyndon, or call 785-828-4631

Filings in Osage County Courthouse May 11 – May 15, 2015

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse May 11 through May 15, 2015.

Arvonia may be gone, but its community spirit lives on

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“Arvonia?”

“Yes, the town itself is no longer there, but the spirit of that community will never die.”

These words were quoted by Maggie Henry and Bertha Jones in a newspaper article in the 1950s.

The Arvonia Historic Preservation Society, founded in 2014, is making this statement a reality not only in spirit but in keeping the history and story of the Welsh founded community alive. The society is doing this through many avenues.

The AHPS was established to promote the Arvonia community and its Welsh heritage. The society’s mission is to provide guidance in the preservation and restoration of the Welsh settlement of Arvonia. A part of this mission is to raise awareness of the community and to share the history of the school, church and community as a whole. This includes the Welsh heritage that was once a very important part of this community.

AHPS is in the process of restoring the school and church buildings still at the former town site. The organization is raising funds for the upkeep, preservation, and restorations of the buildings through private donations, fundraising and grants.

Real Estate & Property Auction: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, Burlingame

Real Estate & Property Auction: Saturday, May 30, 2015

Real estate sells at 10:30 a.m., followed by personal property
Located 2 miles east of Burlingame, KS on Hwy. 56, then 1 mile south on South Indian Hills Road.
4801 W. 181st St. – Burlingame

Property Description: Two bedroom one bath ranch style home on 10 acres.  Home has family room, dining room, sun room, sewing room, good size kitchen & roomy entry hall.  Large deck and partial basement.  24 x 30’ detached garage, 2 storage  sheds & 24 x 30/ workshop.

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