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Depart on a healthy adventure at Pomona State Park

Pomona State Park is inviting you on a Saturday afternoon adventure, as the park joins other state parks in celebration of Healthy Trails Adventure Day, on Saturday, Oct. 1. That day, free More »

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Sunflower photo contest spotlights Osage County talent

Chelsi Simpson’s portrait of two children sitting on a hay bale in the sunflower field was the second place winner in the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club’s recent sunflower photo contest. More »

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Lyndon Leaders’ sunflowers spread sunshine across the county

Chenoa Casebier’s photo of a girl holding a flag in front of sunflowers was the first place winner in the Lyndon Leader 4-H Club’s recent sunflower photo contest. The Lyndon Leader 4-H More »

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Hidden History: The poor, the undesirable and the forgotten

Now a private residence, the Osage County Poor Farm once housed the county’s less fortunate. By Wendi Bevitt In 1973, Osage County closed an era on how it cared for those unable More »

Be informed: Candidates to meet constituents at Osage City Public Library

Anyone wanting to be better informed for the Nov. 8, 2016, general election will have a chance to meet candidates for statewide races that affect Osage County.

Ann Mah, candidate for the State Board of Education, Teresa Briggs, candidate for the Kansas House of Representatives, and State Sen. Anthony Hensley, currently seeking re-election in the 19th Senate District, will be at the Osage City Public Library, 515 Main St., on Thursday, September 29 from 6:30-8 p.m. The “come and go” event will be held in the large meeting room.

Voters can ask questions of each candidate about issues and concerns, and pick up informational material. Light refreshments will be served.

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Paid for by Ann Mah for Kansas, Nancy Griffin, Treasurer. Paid for by Senator Anthony Hensley, Hensley for Senate, Tim Graham, Treasurer. Paid for by Briggs for Kansas House, John M. Briggs, Treasurer.

Public Notice: Osage City Council meeting location change

For the next regularly scheduled Osage City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2016, the location has been changed to 1401 S. 4th Street, Osage City Golf & Country Club. For more information contact Osage City Clerk Terri Fultz at 785-528-3714.

Osage County Health Department: Get the shot, not the flu

093015-Seasonal_Flu_Logo-LGCome get your flu shot at the Osage County Health Department! We accept KanCare, Medicare, Medicaid, and most Blue Cross plans. For 65 and over we have the recommended high dose, and for under 65 we have the 4 dose shot. Monday to Wednesday 8-6. Questions? Call 785-828-3117, or stop by at 103 E. Ninth St., Lyndon.

Osage County Jail Log, Sept. 19 – Sept. 23, 2016

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

ACT Ottawa: Community theater gets spooky during “Night of One Acts”

092616-oneacts_350For those who are ready to start the Halloween season with something spooky and fun, here’s an invitation to spend the evening with Franklin County’s community theater group.

ACT Ottawa will present the tale of “The Monkey’s Paw” by Jacobs and Parker, “The Red Lamp” by Hilliard Booth, and Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8; doors open at 6:30 p.m. for seating. There will also be a dinner theater offered Saturday, Oct. 8, with doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a 6 p.m. meal; reservations required.

The run will close with a matinee show at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, with doors open at 2:30 p.m.

The play will be presented at Ottawa Municipal Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St.

Contact ACT Ottawa at actottawaks@gmail.com for ticket information and dinner reservation availability, or see www.actottawa.org for more information.

Goldsmith celebrates 90th birthday with friends and family

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With friends and family watching, Raymond Goldsmith blows out candles on his cake during his 90th birthday party at Green Acres Restaurant.

Friends from all over Osage County gathered on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, for a surprise party for Raymond Goldsmith, of Quenemo, Kan., for his 90th birthday.

Goldsmith, like his father and grandfather before him, has spent most of his nine decades farming, with his wife, Ann, at his side for the past 67 years.

Friends were treated to a video about Goldsmith’s life, and then they shared their own stories of touching, funny and profound moments with him.

A niece, Laura DeBruiler, of Augusta, Kan., told of childhood visits to the Goldsmith farm. “I thought he was Evel Knievel!” she said as she told of her uncle taking time from farming to take her on motorcycle rides.  

A Cowboy’s Faith: Comrades there through everything

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Mentor Mr. Morrison analyzed life and prophesized at his 88th birthday party Friday night.

A simple comment yet so very true and essential to everything living.

An even two handfuls of friends and family, insisted by honoree as friends, too, gathered in celebration of the life with seemingly countless friendships.

As reflection of lifetime dedicated service work, not infrequently burdened by loss and discouragement, friends made light always show through. Unceasing faith essential, friends there in the hardest, darkest, heaviest losses, and also most glorious times to keep moving forward.

Friendship is a relationship of affection, compassion, empathy, honesty, mutual understanding, responsiveness, sympathy, trust, unselfishness. Ability to be oneself, express one’s feeling and make mistakes without fear of judgment make true friends. Enjoying each other’s company, friends come in many forms, varying from place to place.

There is no practical limit on what types can form a friendship. Yet, friends tend to share common backgrounds, occupations, often similar interests. This expands to horses, dogs, other inhumane friends, too.

Importantly, people with close friends are happier.

As fall arrives, ECAT prepares for winter with offer of free coats

091714-COAT-05With fall just arriving, some might have started thinking about keeping warm during the coming winter. For anyone needing a winter coat, the Ecumenical Christian Action Team is offering a deal that can’t be beat.

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 1, anyone who needs a coat is invited to ECAT to pick one out for winter. All sizes are available from infant to adult, and there are no requirements or qualifications to receive a coat.

Ecumenical Christian Action Team is at 306 S. Martin St., Osage City.

Family Day, Sept. 26: Celebrate being a parent, connect with your kids

Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, has been designated as Family Day by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. Family Day is a movement to celebrate parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free. Family Day reflects how important it is to connect with your kids at various times throughout the day, including while driving your kids to soccer practice, tucking little ones into bed, or having frequent family dinners. These everyday activities have a lasting effect on your children. Each of these moments offers an opportunity to communicate with your kids and to really listen to what’s on their mind.

America’s drug problem is not going to be solved in courtrooms or legislative hearing rooms by judges and politicians. It will be solved in living rooms and dining rooms and across kitchen tables – by parents and families.” – Joseph A. Califano, Jr., The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Founder and Chairman Emeritus

As children age, it is vital to keep those lines of communication open, especially during adolescence when they are at risk of engaging in risky behavior including smoking, drinking or using other drugs.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse tells us:

  • Adolescence is the critical period for the initiation of risky substance use and its consequences.
  • Nine out of 10 Americans who meet the medical criteria for addiction started smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18.
  • Addiction is a disease that in most cases begins in adolescence so preventing or delaying teens from using nicotine, alcohol or other drugs for as long as possible is crucial to their health and safety.

While there are no silver bullets – addiction can strike any family regardless of ethnicity, affluence, age or gender – parental engagement can be a simple, effective tool to help you prevent substance use in your kids.

Depart on a healthy adventure at Pomona State Park

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Pomona State Park is inviting you on a Saturday afternoon adventure, as the park joins other state parks in celebration of Healthy Trails Adventure Day, on Saturday, Oct. 1. That day, free admission will be offered at any of Kansas’ 26 state parks, where you can unwind from the work week and make some new family memories.

Pomona State Park will celebrate with a guided hike at 1 p.m. Oct. 1, on the nearby Flint Hills Nature Trail. Hikers should meet at the park’s entrance before departure.

The hike on the Flint Hills Nature Trail will be from state Highway 368 to Vassar, approximately two miles round trip. The trail also offers options for longer hikes.

Healthy Trails Adventure Day, as promoted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, encourages everyone to explore Kansas state parks by foot, bike, horse, canoe or kayak, and to make outdoor exercise a healthy habit.

Senior center hosts leaf contest

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While our abilities, even our faculties, may diminish with age, our need to enjoy the best of what it means to be human still remains. That’s why I strongly believe the importance of activities and fellowship is so crucial to a healthy lifestyle. Join in at 11 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Osage County Senior Center for arthritis friendly exercise.

Starting Sept. 21 through Oct. 3, the center will have a leaf contest – bring in your most vibrant hand-selected leaves and we will judge three categories, the most unique, largest intact leaf, and most vibrant.  And while you’re here, join in other activities.

The center is at 604 Market St., Osage City. Call 785-528-4906 for more information.

Osage County District Court traffic cases Sept. 2 to Sept. 16, 2016

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court Sept. 2, 2016, to Sept. 16, 2016, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court criminal cases Sept. 2 – Sept. 16, 2016

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court Sept. 2, 2016, to Sept. 16, 2016, with disposition, fines, sentencing and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court criminal cases Aug. 26 – Sept. 2, 2016

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court Aug. 26, 2016, to Sept. 2, 2016, with disposition, fines, sentencing and costs as listed.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Sept. 12 – Sept. 16, 2016

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Sept. 12 through Sept. 16, 2016.

Tired of politics? Concentrate on more important things in life: Beer

091516-2016-festivalofbeerBeer, beer and more beer. Sounds like a great time for people who like beer, doesn’t it? Well, if you are one of those types of people, you should know the Osage City Chamber of Commerce will be presenting its fourth annual beer tasting festival on the last Saturday of this month on Sept. 24, 2016. The festival is expected to offer dozens of varieties of craft and imported beers, including some Kansas brews, for beer aficionados to sample, consider and evaluate.

The ale fest event will be at Osage City Community Building, 517 S. First St., Osage City; the first suds samples will be poured at 3 p.m. with taps flowing, bottles uncapping, and can tabs popping until 6 p.m. Every beer taster will get a sample glass to take home.

A food vendor will also be available, and the afternoon beerfest will include live entertainment featuring the Bryton Stoll Band.

There will be a raffle table with drawings for craft beer related items and donated merchandise.

Tickets are $20 each in advance and a limited amount will be sold due to the building’s capacity; at the door, tickets are $25. Attendees must be 21 to enter. Tickets can be purchased at several area businesses, including Stark Car Wash, Jerry’s Thriftway and Bank of Osage City, all at Osage City, and Mulready’s at Emporia, and can be obtained at brownpaperticket.com. Ticket information is also available from Jim Lohmeyer, 785-217-7615, and Becky Siljenberg, 785-217-7342.

Man dies in crash during early morning police pursuit

QUENEMO, Kan. – A Roeland Park man was killed early this morning after being ejected from a pickup that crashed in Pomona during a vehicle pursuit that started in Quenemo.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that Mario Calderon-Orozco, 29, of Roeland Park, Kan., was killed after being ejected from the 2003 Ford F150 that was being pursued by the Quenemo Police Department around 1 a.m. Sept. 22, 2016. KHP reported that Calderon-Orozco was one of four occupants in the pickup, with identity of the vehicle’s driver still under investigation.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reported the pursuit began in Quenemo, traveled eastbound on state Highway 68 into Franklin County, and then into the Pomona city limit near Hoover Street, where the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled.

Deputies with the FCSO and the Osage County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to assist, and two occupants were detained, according the FCSO report. KHP lists the other vehicle occupants as Rigoberto Valdovinos-Orozco, 32, of Kansas, who was disabled in the accident and transported to Overland Park Regional Hospital, Edwin Velarde-Estrada, 21, unknown hometown, uninjured, and Pedro Conde, 19, Kansas City, Kan., uninjured. None of the vehicle occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident, KHP reported.

K-68 was closed for the investigation with traffic detoured around the scene. KHP is investigating the case.

Ladies: Free fitness training helps you tone up, be stronger, build endurance

A Carbondale fitness trainer is offering other women 18 years and older an opportunity to participate in a free exercise program at Carbondale and Overbrook.

Newly retired in Osage County in 2013, Loretta Harder decided she wanted to give back to her community by offering an exercise program to encourage and support a healthier lifestyle in this area.

Harder presented her idea to the Carbondale City Council, which approved use of city hall for her iTone fitness program. Now in the third season, Harder has extended the program to Overbrook, also.

The classes include toning through use of hand-held weights and resistance bands, cardio, stretch and flex, and chair exercise. Participants are asked to bring a bottle of water, an exercise mat, and a set of lightweight hand weights.

Harder’s iTone classes meet 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Carbondale City Hall, and 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Grace Community Church, Overbrook.

Sunflower photo contest spotlights Osage County talent

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Chelsi Simpson’s portrait of two children sitting on a hay bale in the sunflower field was the second place winner in the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club’s recent sunflower photo contest.

Lyndon Leaders’ sunflowers spread sunshine across the county

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Chenoa Casebier’s photo of a girl holding a flag in front of sunflowers was the first place winner in the Lyndon Leader 4-H Club’s recent sunflower photo contest.

The Lyndon Leader 4-H Club’s recent community sunflower project proved to be popular, attracting many people from Osage County and beyond to a sunflower field north of Lyndon. Showing their rural hospitality, the 4-H club had invited everyone to view the field along U.S. Highway 75, stop to take photos for a photo contest, walk among the sunflowers and pick some if they wished.

Winners of the photo contest have been announced: First-place winner was Chenoa Casebier, of Osage City, with a photo of a girl holding a flag in front of  sunflowers at sunset; second-place winner was Chelsi Simpson, Chelsi Simpson Photography, Osage City, with a portrait of two children sitting on a hay bale in the sunflower field.

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