Seat belt enforcement campaign to focus on Kansas high schools

Beginning Feb. 20, 2017, and running through March 5, 2017, the Kansas Highway Patrol and area law enforcement agencies will participate in the annual “High Visibility Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign” around area More »


Missouri man arrested, charged in Osage City bank robbery

Bank surveillance photo of robbery suspect at Landmark National Bank, Osage City. WICHITA, Kan. – A Missouri man has been arrested and charged in connection with the bank robbery that happened Jan. More »


Hidden History: The crazy things those Osage County bachelors do for love

By Wendi Bevitt In 1912, some eligible bachelors of Olivet found themselves frustrated. They were too long single and growing weary of their status. These men decided to join their efforts in More »


January precipitation in Kansas ranked No. 7 in 123 years of records, but state still dry

Abnormally dry to severe drought conditions prevail in many counties MANHATTAN, Kan. – A winter storm that brought ice and snow to parts of Kansas in mid-January pushed the statewide average precipitation More »

Smoke across highway causes multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 56

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Smoke from a controlled burn obscured the roadway and caused two multi-vehicle accidents in western Osage County Saturday afternoon, resulting in multiple injuries to vehicle occupants and pedestrians who stopped to help at the accident scene.

According to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, a call came in about 5 p.m. Saturday reporting an accident at milepost 384 on U.S. Highway 56, which is about two miles east of the Osage-Lyon county line. The caller also reported heavy smoke across the highway. When emergency responders arrived they found two accidents involving five vehicles.

The first accident happened when a 2008 GMC truck, driven by Craig Matthews II, of Carbondale, Kan., was slowing down because of the smoke and a slower vehicle in front of him. Matthew’s vehicle was then struck from behind by a 2000 Chevy Impala driven by Robert Berry, Admire, Kan.

The second accident happened when vehicles stopped in the smoke to render aid for the first accident. A 2004 Ford F250 driven by Tressia Mosiman, Valley Falls, Kan., was parked partially in the roadway when her vehicle was struck by a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Clarke Wenger, Osage City, Kan. The Jeep continued on and struck two pedestrians, Jarod Mosiman, Valley Falls, and Shaun Tevis, Admire. Mosiman and Tevis were rendering aid to Berry. Wenger’s Jeep then struck a 2006 Ford Taurus, driven by Daniel Carpenter , Great Bend, Kan.

Shaun Tevis was transported to KU Medical Center by Life Team; Jarod Mosiman was transported to Stormont Vail by Life Star; and Robert Berry was transported to Stormont Vail by a second Life Star air ambulance; all with condition unknown.

The fire was reported as a controlled burn. The accident and fire are still under investigation.

Agencies assisting at the accident scene included Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Osage County Fire District No. 2, Osage County Fire District No. 6, Osage EMS, Life Team and Life Star.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Good old times remain

buchmanhead“Those really were the good ole days.”

Good times then and just as good reflecting half century later.

Naïve forever, a skinny small town wannabe cowboy was even wetter behind the ears going to uptown cow college. Dorm living freshman requirement, and no choice of where, as remember, although one was same as another with little knowing.

Paperwork assigned the second floor room with a New York hippy, just fine. But, the hatted obviously cowboy bunch in the lobby drew immediate conversation.

Interesting how likes attract likes. Of all the places possible, assigned the “cowboy floor” couldn’t have been any better.

Immediate friendships were formed, remaining always. Only see or hear about or from them seldom, yet fond memories always lighten.

One’s room became regular hangout for cowboy talk, orneriness, dreams and plans to become rodeo winners. There was a piggin’ string and somebody always practicing tying the calf dummy on the floor.

Grody porcelain spittoon had constant use for drools from snuff cuds. “Come on take a dip,” the teenage cowboys chanted. One time try – nauseated, green inside out, never since.

‘Neutral spring’ weather forecast for planting

Above normal summer moisture possible

Six more weeks of winter were forecast to come after the groundhog saw his shadow on Feb. 2, 2017.

“Will that be winter weather like we had in December, or winter weather like in January?” asked Mary Knapp, assistant state climatologist from Kansas State University.

“I’m not certain, but my accuracy will probably be about as accurate as Phil Sowerby in Pennsylvania,” Knapp said in opening her weather update at a Farm Profit Conference in Hillsboro.

Current drought monitor indicates the state is abnormally dry in southeast Kansas, with moderate drought in southwest Kansas. Eastern Oklahoma is in severe to extreme drought.

Information is gathered from several sources including the National Weather Service, United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It is an American scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere

January precipitation was higher than normal in south central Kansas, but only slightly above normal in the eastern one-third of the state.

There was only a small amount of moisture in the southern one-third of the state, with northeast Kansas receiving about two inches of precipitation. Snow produced between four and eight inches of precipitation in the western one fourth of Kansas.

January temperatures for the south one-third of the state averaged 35 to 40 degrees, while the northwest two-thirds of Kansas were 28 to 34 degrees.

Statewide average January temperatures brought four-inch soil temperatures up to average about 36 degrees, with warmest temperatures in the southeast corner of the state at 43 degrees.

Extension service schedules grazing risk management workshop

Availability of forage and the risk of drought are always in the back of producers’ minds as they consider their grazing and forage plans for the coming year. With 18 million acres devoted to pasture and perennial forages across Kansas, livestock producers take plenty of risks as they aim for both profitability and for maintaining the long‐term productivity of their grazing and haying lands.

In preparation for the 2017 grazing season, K‐State Research and Extension is providing a series of workshops across Kansas to discuss range management concepts and risk management strategies. These events are supported through grant funding provided by USDA’s Risk Management Agency and its Risk Management Education Partnerships Program.

One of these workshops will be held at 7 p.m. March 8, 2017, at the Williamsburg Community Building, 126 W. Williams, Williamsburg, Kan. The program should run about 2 1/2 hours.

Speaking at the program will be Dr. Walter Fick, professor in Kansas State University Department of Agronomy, and specialist in range management. Fick will discuss stocking rates, a variety of grazing configurations, and monitoring rainfall and forage productivity. Understanding the relationships between timing of rainfall, pasture composition (warm‐season vs. cool‐season), and forage output are keys to making grazing management decisions through the season. Fick will also discuss development of a drought plan, culling and stocking adjustments, and other management practices that alleviate the impact of drought on pasture’s long‐run productivity.

Help songbird conservation just by watching

092113-birding-kdwptPRATT – Anyone who enjoys feeding and watching birds can help with conservation by just doing what they already do. On Feb. 17-20, 2017, bird lovers are asked to watch and record the kinds and numbers of birds seen during the Great Backyard Bird Count. The annual four-day event engages bird watchers of all skill levels in counting birds from any location for as little as 15 minutes on one or more days of the event.

Last year, participants in more than 130 countries counted 5,689 species of birds on more than 160,000 checklists. But the event could be much bigger. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, more than 70 million Americans watch birds, 450,000 in Kansas. Bird watchers can learn more about GBBC and report their sightings online at www.birdcount.org.

It’s free, fun and participants can feel good about playing an important role in the management and conservation of numerous bird species. Each submitted checklist provides valuable data to researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, as well as experts in other conservation organizations, who interpret those results to learn more about how birds are doing and how we can better protect them and their habitats.

Prom boutique promises pretty dresses for all

ECKAN’s prom boutique will be returning to Ottawa for its 10th year, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017. The boutique provides formal dresses to local girls, with no income information required. The event is held at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, Kan.

Local vendors have been generous with door prizes, services, and donations. Prom boutique started in 2007 with 25 dresses and has grown tremendously, serving hundreds of young ladies over the past nine years.

For more information, or anyone who would like to donate a dress to become part of another girl’s dream prom or volunteer during the event, contact Valerie Tindill, director of community engagement for East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation, at 785-242-7450 ext. 7205.

Seat belt enforcement campaign to focus on Kansas high schools


Beginning Feb. 20, 2017, and running through March 5, 2017, the Kansas Highway Patrol and area law enforcement agencies will participate in the annual “High Visibility Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign” around area high schools. This initiative is coupled with the Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) program in Kansas high schools. SAFE is a locally sustained program, administered by the students of the high school they attend, and focuses on reducing deaths and injuries on Kansas roadways. Currently, 152 high schools from 66 Kansas counties participate in the SAFE program statewide.

In 2015, according to Kansas Department of Transportation statistics, Kansas lost 13 high school teens in motor vehicle crashes. Of those teens, nearly 40 percent were not properly restrained.  The KDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety and Technology is spearheading this two-week awareness campaign in hope of decreasing serious injuries and fatalities to teens by increasing seat belt usage. KDOT and law enforcement partners across the state have spent more than 20 years educating Kansas teens on the dangers of driving or riding without a seat belt.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Feb. 6 – Feb. 10, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Feb. 6 through Feb. 10, 2017.

Help Wanted: Flint Hills Beverage – Entry Level Sales Position

021617-bud-lt.-logoArea Budweiser wholesaler Flint Hills Beverage is now accepting applications, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 132 W. Market St., Osage City, for an entry level sales position. Selling and customer relationship experience preferred. Ability to lift 20 to 165 lbs. repetitively and obtain a CDL permit required. APPLY IN PERSON.

Osage County District Court traffic cases Jan. 27, 2017 – Feb. 10, 2017

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court Jan. 27, 2017, to Feb. 10, 2017, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Missouri man arrested, charged in Osage City bank robbery


Bank surveillance photo of robbery suspect at Landmark National Bank, Osage City.

WICHITA, Kan. – A Missouri man has been arrested and charged in connection with the bank robbery that happened Jan. 25, 2017, at Landmark National Bank in Osage City, Kan.

Hunter Lee Prewitt, 28, Mountain Grove, Mo., was charged with one count of bank robbery yesterday in U.S. District in Kansas City, Kan. He was arrested outside of Springfield, Mo, yesterday afternoon after investigators identified him.

It is alleged that Prewitt robbed the Landmark National Bank, 106 S. Sixth St., Osage City, by giving a teller a note saying: “This a robbery. Give me all one hundreds, fifties and twenties.” He left the bank with cash and drove away in a white pickup truck.

Starting with a description of the truck, investigators obtained video surveillance photos and followed Prewitt’s movements including a stop at a gas station in Osage City before the robbery, and a store in Lyndon, Kan.

The Missouri Highway Patrol used that information to identify a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup registered to Prewitt. A crime intelligence analyst with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation conducted a search of law enforcement tag readers and he found more information on Prewitt and the truck, resulting in Prewitt’s arrest.

After the robbery, local law enforcement and the KBI released surveillance photos of the suspect in the bank and the suspect’s vehicle as he drove down Market Street in Osage City. See related story: Man robs Landmark Bank at Osage City Wednesday morning

If convicted, Prewitt faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Investigating agencies included the FBI, KBI, Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Osage City Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Heart of America Computer Forensics Laboratory. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag is prosecuting.

Osage County Republicans schedule legislative forum

The public is invited to attend a legislative coffee hosted by the Osage County Republican Central Committee. The public forum is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at Scranton Tavern, 301 S. Brownie Boulevard, Scranton. State Rep. Ken Corbet has been invited to provide a legislative update during the informational meeting.

Osage County Jail Log, Feb. 5 – Feb. 11, 2017

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

Harveyville church plans fun events for all

The Harveyville United Methodist Church is having a family fun night 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Planned are playing board games and activities for children. Everyone is invited to bring a snack to share and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship.

On Monday, Feb. 20, the church will host a Kid’s Day Out at the church for children of Harveyville from 1-3 p.m. Fun activities for children are planned. Children four years of age to fifth grade are welcome to attend. Snacks will be served.

Learn current outlook for agriculture at Overbrook farm profit conference

It’s the Holaday and Holiday Show.

Readily that could be the most accurate synopsis for the program at the WIBW Radio Farm Profit Conference set Thursday evening, Feb. 23, at Overbrook. Coordinated by Kelly Lenz, longtime WIBW farm director, the fun educational evening is free to farmers and ranchers throughout the Midwest. In cooperation with the Frontier Extension District, the seminar is set for the Grace Community Church, 310 E. Eighth St., Overbrook.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., so farmers and ranchers can view the nearly two dozen displays of WIBW advertising sponsors for the evening’s sessions.

The complimentary supper serving begins at 6 p.m., and speakers take the podium with their educational presentations at 6:45.

Yep, two of the speakers are quite well-known to WIBW listeners, and difficult to keep spelling of their names straight and accurate. Darrell Holaday is a regular market analyst on the morning Ag Roundup Show, and weatherman Dan Holiday is on the air all day long with the most updated weather forecast.

Finances are essential for agriculture productivity today, and that’ll be the presentation for the third panelist, Clarke Jackman.

A Cowboy’s Faith: People differences unimportant

buchmanhead“Just watching the people go by.”

That’s always been good time of attending horse sales, rodeos, any events, perhaps more so than initial objective for being there. Such it was manning the radio booth at the boat show, a job obligation that took away from weekend ranch catch-up.

Rather not have been there, yet fun visiting folks. Is interesting seeing how rest of the world lives. Of course, chance to get something free attracts many to smile and sign their name on a slip of paper put into the boot box for a giveaway.

Yet, some given the opportunity contend: “No. I never win anything. It wouldn’t do any good.” That might be, but failing to signup certainly guarantees never being a winner.

However, hardly anybody was willing to take the fill-in-the-blanks sheet to complete with country artists names when located while touring booths. Possibility of winning free concert tickets in another drawing wasn’t worth additional effort.

Neatest thing was the girl with roller skates built right into her tennis shoes. Now blinking-lighted shoes are common, but first time had ever seen skate-walking shoes. She’d skate across the room, and then just walk away. Reminded of five decades plus ago at the skating rank, but with skates on walking wasn’t easy. Falling down always was.

Hidden History: The crazy things those Osage County bachelors do for love


By Wendi Bevitt

In 1912, some eligible bachelors of Olivet found themselves frustrated. They were too long single and growing weary of their status. These men decided to join their efforts in association with their local YMCA group and created a bachelor’s club in hopes of finding a significant other.

The Topeka Daily Capitol noted the following officers and members of the Olivet Bachelor’s Club in March 1912: President, E. S. Mann, vice president, Berton Yeager, recording secretary, Benton McCauley, treasurer, J. P. Wilson, corresponding secretary, E. A. Thomas, and other members, E. A. Thomas, Ivan Calkins, L.L. Johnson, Jess Lovell, Clarence Lytle, William Elo, Oscar Schidlin, H. Mossburger, Frank George and W.W. Kitchen. The men ranged in age from 22 to 50 years old, and varied in status and description.

Ads were posted in local newspapers describing the matrimonial club members: their age, physical description, and admirable qualities. The newspaper ads encouraged interested young ladies to submit letters for their favored gentleman. A cookstove was promised to the first bachelor to secure a bride.

Osage County District Court criminal cases Dec. 23, 2016 – Feb. 10, 2017

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court Dec. 23, 2016, to Feb. 10, 2017 with disposition, fines, sentencing and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court traffic cases Dec. 23, 2016 – Jan. 27, 2017

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court Dec. 23, 2016, to Jan. 27, 2017, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Jan. 30, 2017, through Feb. 3, 2017.

Osage County District Court traffic cases Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, 2016

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court Nov. 25, to Dec. 23, 2016, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

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