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Willing Workers’ nominees Jason and Amy Gilliland honored as Friends of 4-H

Jason and Amy Gilliland, Osage County Friends of 4-H. By Avery Thielen Willing Workers Club Reporter Jason and Amy Gilliland, owners of JAG Trucking, have always been a friend More »

Hidden History: Superior townsite fades away with founder’s Kansas dreams

Superior School, Osage County, Kan. Photo by Wendi Bevitt. The very first attempt at a settlement in what is now Osage County was called Council City. But Council City More »

Qualifiers represent Osage County at Kansas 4-H State Shotgun Match

From left, Osage County 4-Hers Kiera McNellis, Austin Eichem, and Dylon Harris competed at state sporting clays shoot Oct 9. Three members of the Osage County shooting sports program More »

Willing Workers 4-H Club starts off new 4-H year willingly working

Sweeping the playground at Osage City Elementary School are Willing Workers, from left, Lelia Wilcoxson, Kassie Thielen, Claire Newman, Lena Stucky, and Paige Thielen. Courtesy photo. By Avery Thielen More »

Willing Workers’ nominees Jason and Amy Gilliland honored as Friends of 4-H

Jason and Amy Gilliland, Osage County Friends of 4-H.

By Avery Thielen
Willing Workers Club Reporter

Jason and Amy Gilliland, owners of JAG Trucking, have always been a friend of 4-H. This year they won the Osage County Friend of 4-H Award, announced Oct. 26, 2022, at the Osage County 4-H Achievement Night, held at Lyndon High School.

The Gillilands were recognized for their contributions to local 4-H. Every year he has been involved, Jason has donated his time to prepare the pit for the Osage County Fair demolition derby, and helped at the Overbrook Osage County Fair by trucking in lime screenings. Jason is also one of the main organizers of the Touch-A-Truck event at the Osage County Fair, at Osage City. Jason and Amy, who is a 4-H alumni, donate add-on money of $20 to each 4-H member who sells an animal at the Osage County Livestock Sale, in Osage City.

Because of their help, the Willing Workers 4-H Club nominated them for this award to say thanks for helping our community and 4-H! Congratulations Jason and Amy and JAG Trucking!

Dustin Stucky recognized with 4-H Alumni Award

Dustin Stucky

The 2022 4-H Alumni Award was presented to Dustin Stucky, Osage City High School English teacher. As a former 4-H member, mainly in Saline County, he served two years as a 4-H ambassador, held almost every officer role for his club, and was the county council president while serving on the council. He also served as a 4-H camp counselor and attended two 4-H hiking trips, to Mount Rushmore, and to Philmont Ranch, New Mexico. He won grand champion swine two years, won top in state for team demo at Horse Panorama (team demo involves competitions such as quiz bowl, public speaking, and presentations. He won fourth place in the nation for team demo with his sister, Tiffany.

Today, Dustin helps the community by being the debate and forensics sponsor, and high school play director. He is involved in the Willing Workers 4-H Club, and serves as the rocketry project leader. Congratulations Dustin for winning the 4-H Alumni Award.

Willing Workers members’ achievements win awards

The Willing Workers 4-H Club received numerous awards at the Osage County 4-H Achievement Night, held Oct. 26, 2022, at Lyndon High School.

Several members received achievement awards. Receiving the Clover Pin was Ruby Stucky, Leila Wilcoxson, Reece Wilcoxson, Hadley Bosse, and Claire Newman. Paige Thielen earned an Emerald Pin, Kaiden Bosse earned a Silver Pin, and Lena Stucky earned the Silver Guard Pin. The members who received their First-Year Guard Leadership Pins were Kevin Whitmer and Jaiton Bosse. Many members were recognized as record book winners.

In the junior division, Leila Wilcoxson won entomology; and Claire Newman won foods, pets, photography, plant science, poultry, rabbits and visual arts. In the intermediate division, Reese Wilcoxson won pets and visual arts; and Kevin Whitmer won plant science, poultry and sheep. Kevin Whitmer received the treasurer officer book award; and Brody Thompson received the historian officer book award. Jaiton Bosse and Brody Thompson will be joining the Ambassador Team. Congratulations to all award winners!

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club: Members plan to share Christmas spirit in December

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly club meeting at the Melvern Community Center. At 5:01 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 Braelyn. Historian Allie Reeser called roll, and members and parents answered with, “What is your favorite food at Thanksgiving Dinner?” There were eight members and five adults present. Allie read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read.

Treasurer Gradey McNally read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read. Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted one article to the newspaper. In historian report, Allie shared “4-H Fun Facts” about how 4-H got its name. In leader’s report, leaders Caleb McNally and Lisa Reeser thanked members for attending Achievement Night and Trunk or Treat. They also reminded members to write thank yous to the Lions Club, and that officer training will be Dec. 22 at Lyndon High School.

In old business, club members voted and approved a new club T-shirt design (Please let Lisa know your sizes as soon as possible). In new business, it was moved and seconded to adopt the residents of the Mays House in Melvern, Christmas carol at homes, and deliver fruit baskets for December’s meeting.

Officer elections were also held: President, Gradey McNally; vice-president, Braelyn McNally; secretary, Allie Reeser; treasurer, Landon Roy; reporter, Bella Reeser; historian, Levi Arb and Harper Melton, council reps, Braelyn McNally and Allie Reeser; song leaders, Khloe Rice and Gentry McNally; and recreation, Nathan Ferris.

For the program, each member shared which project they are looking forward to this upcoming 4-H year. In songs, the club sang “We Will Rock You” by Queen. At 5:39 p.m. the meeting adjourned.

Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, at Melvern Community Center.

Members enjoyed snacks brought by the Roy family and played tag for recreation.

Help Wanted: RCIL seeks Case Manager

Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (Osage City) is seeking an energetic, positive, organized team member to fill our Case Manager position. Welcome and on-board new consumer customers while supporting them as they self-direct their home care services including the hiring, training and managing their home care workers plus other duties as assigned. Must have great customer service skills and be an excellent communicator especially by the telephone. This is a full-time, Monday-Friday position with competitive pay, health, dental and vision benefits, employer funded life insurance, 401 K Retirement Plan with generous match and bonus programs. Paid Time Off, ten paid holidays, private office, company vehicles and more. Driver’s License required. RCIL is a non-profit organization that provides programs and services for people with disabilities. Request an application or submit cover letter, resume and references to hr@rcilinc.org. Questions? Please call Becky Brewer or Deone Wilson at 785-528-3105. Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Mid-States Materials receives national award for mined land conservation efforts

TOPEKA, Kan. – A Topeka company was honored for sustainable mining practices and conservation efforts at Plummer Creek Quarry, near Scranton, Kan.

Nick Jackson, Mid-States Materials, with the 2022 NASLR award. Courtesy photo.

In an awards presentation Sept. 26, 2022, the National Association of State Land Reclamationists awarded Mid-States Materials, LLC, Topeka, Kan., with the association’s 2022 Outstanding Mined Land Reclamation Award (Non-Coal). The award recognized Mid-States Materials’ efforts to protect the environment and preserve Kansas’ natural landscapes with reclamation practices at the Osage County quarry.

Plummer Creek Quarry reclamation efforts included erosion control, gradual grading of slopes, and final vegetation to turn the 100-acre piece of the quarry into a productive agricultural asset. Calling it a true testament to the long-term reclamation and stewardship efforts at Plummer Creek Quarry, the NASLR Board of Officers gave special commendation to the construction of the wetland that intercepts the agricultural runoff from adjacent fields.

“We continuously strive to be the model for the industry,” said Nick Jackson, Mid-States Materials environmental specialist. “Extracting the resources for growth here in the present, to provide a thriving future when we leave.”

Online Auction: Greenhouses on 10 Acres, Overbrook, Kan.

Auction: Greenhouses on 10 Acres, Overbrook, Kan.
Online-Only Auction

Greenhouses Plumbed for Hydroponic on 10 Acres in Osage County, Kansas
Bidding Ends: December 8, 2022 • 6 PM
Property Location: The SE Corner of East 109th St. and SE Croco Rd., Overbrook, KS
Property Inspection: December 1 • 1:00 PM

Attention Horticulturists and Growers, take a look at this business investment parcel opportunity. This 10± acre property in Osage County, KS, has been developed into a manageable greenhouse that is plumbed for a hydroponic growing operation. Set up to grow hemp, plants or vegetables – take advantage of this opportunity and bid today to start or expand your business!


  • (7) 100’x20’ greenhouses
  • Each has an outdoor hydrant & electric panel
  • (1) 8’x 40’ Steel Storage Container
  • Rural Water
  • 2 – 400 AMP meters
  • 1” & 2” water lines
  • 1” geothermal lines
  • 1” hydroponics lines

Less than 30 minutes to Topeka, 40 Minutes to Lawrence, and just over an hour to Kansas City

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A Cowboy’s Faith:Healing for limping horses

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“A horse is generally unusable if it is lame.”

Throughout decades, many horses have become lame. With numerous reasons for such issues, generally there is recovery and horses become rideable again. Often, resting a limping horse is all that’s required, because it has been overused in adverse conditions.

Riding Cody the ranch-raised speed horse on concrete at the sale barn several hours made him stiff and ouchy. Within a couple days, he walked normal and even won four horseshow races later that week.

The gray ranch-raised yearling filly, ZaneEtta, was lame in her right rear foot. Swelled such she wouldn’t put any weight on it, the filly was limping around the corral. Without treatment, in a few days she was completely sound. Evidently, ZaneEtta, caught the foot under the fence causing slight injury.

New shoes can cause horse severe lameness if the farrier does not properly place a nail. Generally, the shoe can be pulled, or just one nail removed. Most horses become completely sound even though it might take a little time for soreness to leave.

Laminitis, scientific name for founder, is a common cause of horse lameness. It has various causes, typically overconsumption of feed or water, speaking from personal experience.

The black stallion Dennis Good was foundered after drinking excess water following a show but recovered. Often foundered horses will be sound enough for use, although some remain permanently lame. Once a horse has foundered, it is easy for it to founder again.

Help Wanted: Ottawa Coop seeks full-time ag tech at Overbrook

We are looking for an individual with Agriculture experience to join our Overbrook location. The Ottawa Coop is a full-service organization supporting the local farmer’s operations which includes but not limited to: Feed, Fertilizer, Chemicals, Fuel, Grain, and Seed. This is a full-time position with full benefits which are listed below. Typical work schedule is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with weekends and extended hours during peak times of the year with overtime opportunities.

Job Type: Full-Time
Salary: $15-$20 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) Matching
  • Dental Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Health savings account options
  • Paid Time off
  • Retirement Plan


  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)


  • Agriculture: 1 Year (Preferred)


  • Driver’s License (Required)

Complete application via online at ottawacoop.com or submit resume to ottawacoop@ottawacoop.com.

Osage County Historical Society to document personal histories of Melvern Lake

Local residents encouraged to send photos, documents

TOPEKA, Kan. – Humanities Kansas recently awarded $3,006 to the Osage County Historical Society, Lyndon, Kan. The grant will support “Melvern Lake: Citizens’ Stories,” a community-wide oral history and photo collection project that will explore the impact of Melvern Lake and dam, which was completed in 1975. OCHS Director Lynsay Flory will serve as project director.

The society is asking the public for the submission of photos and documents that relate to the construction and early use of Melvern Lake. All items will be digitally scanned, and the originals kept by the owner.

The society will also be collecting oral histories from several Osage County residents who lived in Osage County during the 1970s and were impacted in various ways by the building of the lake.

Anyone interested in participating or volunteering for this project in any way is asked to contact Flory at 785-828-3477, osagecohistory@gmail.com, or at the Osage County Historical Society, 631 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451.

Travis Alan Ragan, 49, Bowling Green, Ky.: Nov. 8, 1973 – Nov. 16, 2022

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Travis Alan Ragan, 49, of Bowling Green, Ky., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, at Nashville, Tennessee. He was born Nov. 8, 1973, in Ottawa, Kan., the son of William Lee and Brenda Rae (Hohlbauch) Ragan.

He spent most of his youth in Quenemo, Kan., with stops in Winchester, Kan., Clay City, Ill., Hutchinson, Kan., and Columbus, Miss.

Travis was a hard worker, trying his hand at concrete and pavement work, welding, roofing and construction. He was a loving friend and a loving father, son and brother. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Nov .11 – Nov. 17, 2022

The following information was compiled Nov. 11 to Nov. 17, 2022, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 14 – Nov. 19, 2022

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

Howard Orville Thompson, 91, Osage City: Oct. 4, 1931 – Nov. 19, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Howard Orville Thompson, 91, passed away Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. He was born Oct. 4, 1931, in Barclay, Kan., the son of Louis C. and Gladys M. Walker Thompson.

He attended Osage City High School and graduated with the class of 1949.

As a teenager he began driving a Lime Truck, which he continued until entering the United States Army at the age of 21. He proudly served during the Korean War from Nov. 6, 1952, until receiving his honorable discharge Aug. 20, 1954, as a corporal.

Howard returned home and took up driving again, spending a majority of his time hauling fuel. He would later take a position as the rural mail carrier for Burlingame. He continued to deliver mail until his retirement at age 67.

Lisa Soukup, 41, Lyndon: June 3, 1981 – Nov. 19, 2022

LYNDON, Kan. – Lisa Soukup would rather you remember her as someone who adored Mister Rogers, Doctor Who, Llamas, Marvel superheroes, her family, friends and co-workers than a woman who went 1-1 in a battle with breast cancer.

Lisa Soukup, 41, died Nov. 19, 2022, at her home in Lyndon, Kan. Lisa was born June 3, 1981, in Topeka, Kan., to Karl and Mary (Sorrels) Glatt.

She graduated from Marais des Cygnes Valley High School in 1999, Butler County Community College in 2001, and Wichita State University in 2003 with a degree in strategic communications.

Lisa married Tim Soukup on Aug. 4, 2001. They have a daughter, Meredith, who provided them with more than enough challenges and joys.

Hidden History: Superior townsite fades away with founder’s Kansas dreams

Superior School, Osage County, Kan. Photo by Wendi Bevitt.

The very first attempt at a settlement in what is now Osage County was called Council City. But Council City had a problem. The settlement company that funded and planned it was disorganized, and no one could quite decide where the best location should be – or even if it should be called Council City! After multiple attempts at establishing a location, in an area that covered nearly half a township between Switzler and Dragoon creeks, principal settlement seemed to find a resting place at approximately where Burlingame is today. At the head of the Council City enterprise in the earliest days was James Winchell.

Winchell had been with the settlement company since its arrival in Kansas in the fall of 1854. Shortly after their arrival, the members of the company each selected their preferred tracts of land. Winchell chose a large, wooded parcel located near the confluence of the two creeks. It was not only beautiful but contained significant advantages for building. He was eager to start organizing the town and became its first postmaster.

But when Philip C. Schuyler arrived in Council City in the spring of 1855, he had his own ideas for Council City. Both Winchell and Schuyler were very driven individuals, and it soon became evident that their ambitions would not be able to be combined.

Winchell abandoned Council City at the Switzler location and instead decided to put the resources available on the southern end of the proposed Council City tract for his own town.

His first attempt would be in 1856 with a town named Fremont in honor of General John C. Fremont. In the spring of that year, Winchell served as a delegate to the first national Republican convention. It was at that convention that Fremont was declared the Republican nominee for the presidency. Winchell’s support for Gen. Fremont prompted him to use that name for his town. However, John C. Fremont did not win the presidency, and likewise his namesake town also lost momentum.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Helping others with horses

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Rosie was most influential directing a wannabe cowboy’s involvement with horses.”

Induction of Rosie Rezac Clymer into Dodge City’s Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame as a rancher/cattlewoman brought memories.

The first person met at the first show ever participated in was Rosie Rezac. Smiling, she proudly rode her sorrel mare Cindy in every class often taking the prize.

Young riders watched Rosie closely, anticipating her “good job” acknowledgement. Thereafter, Rosie was at all area horseshows, helping, encouraging everybody.

Rosie Clymer, Kansas Cowboy Hall of Famer

Wherever Rosie was riding so was her best friend Faye Peck. They rode in the pair race and invited young riders to be on their relay team. At an Emporia show, the cowgirls asked a wannabe to ride with their team. The foursome won and the young team member received his first blue ribbon.

Trade learned from her dad; Rosie was a skilled farrier, shoeing horses over a wide area for years.

Fate in action, Rosie started teaching in local schools. Everybody knew Miss Rezac, usually just “Rosie,” who met area rancher-farmer, Earl. Soon after, she became Mrs. Clymer, still typically “Rosie.”

Rosie and Earl were in the cattle business, farmers, known as “toughs” in the rodeo wild cow milking. Athletic Rosie roped, big Earl mugged, Rosie milked, ran, and they usually won.

Arabian horses appealed to Rosie’s giddy-up-go, although she took jovial flak from certain cowboys. Still, Rosie on her homebred Arabians beat them whatever the competition.

An excellent marketer, Rosie sold her own horses, helped others sell horses, and located suitable horses for friends to buy.

Melville ‘Hotch’ Hanna, 89, Lyndon: Dec. 23, 1932 – Nov. 15, 2022

LYNDON, Kan. – Melville “Hotch” Hanna, 89, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, at his home in Lyndon, Kan. He was born Dec. 23, 1932, in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of Mel and Emma (Stutz) Hanna.

Hotch’s parents moved to Lyndon, Kan., in 1934, when he was 17 months old, and he has lived most of his life in Lyndon.

Hotch graduated from Lyndon High School in 1951, and started working for the Supply Depot at Forbes Field, Topeka. Kan. He then served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955 with the 4th Infantry Division, in Germany. After his discharge, he came back to the Supply Depot for three years until he went to welding trade school. He worked as a welder for Ornamental Iron and Step Company for 11 years; then with Martin Tractor, Topeka, in 1969, until he retired in 1994.

Hotch was a member of the Lyndon American Legion Post 125 and the VFW 6406.

Michael ‘Tad’ Good, 58, Overbrook: Nov. 19, 1962 – Jan. 3, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Michael “Tad” Good, 58, was born Nov. 19, 1962, in Salina, Kan., to Floyd and Carolyn Good. He returned to his heavenly home Jan. 3, 2021, due to COVID19.

Tad graduated from Rossville High School in 1981. On July 31, 1982, he married his high school sweetheart, Deb (Carathers) Good.

In 1985, Tad enlisted in the U.S. Army. He joined to be a military police officer and progressed up to a special agent in the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID). After 11.5 years of service, he departed with an honorable discharge in December 1996. He then began a new journey working for the Social Security Administration, Topeka, Kan., where he made his way from a field service specialist to a group supervisor to the facilities project manager and claims authorizer. During the beginning years of working with Social Security Tad also took classes at DeVry University (1998-2001) where he got his Bachelor of Science in business information systems, and graduated with honors Magna Cum Laude. After almost 16 years of working Social Security, he retired. After retiring Tad decided to work as an insurance agent at Integrity Insurance Agency, Topeka, where he worked for 5.5 years.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Nov. 4 – Nov. 10, 2022

The following information was compiled Nov. 4, 2022 to Nov. 10, 2022 from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

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