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5th-6th grade Lady Indians head to state championship tournament

Osage City’s 5th-6th grade Lady Indians finished 3-0 at Wamego, Jan. 15, 2022. The wins qualified the team for the Kansas State Basketball Championship, a state tournament for youth town teams, which will be March 4-6, at Wichita, Kan.

At the Wamego tournament, the Lady Indians beat Concordia (61-2), Nemaha Central (37-17), and Clay Center (43-8). The team includes, from left, Brynlee Harmon , 5th; Jayla Jenkins, 5th; Kaelyn Boss, 6th; Cheyenne Wiley, 6th; Sawyer Serna, 5th; Kenzie Bellinger, 6th; and Harmony Linton, 5th.

Courtesy photo.

Letter to the Editor: Children pay the price for privatization of Kansas child services

Dear Editor:

I am writing this in hopes to find someone who cares about Kansas. We have given Young Williams, a foreign for profit entity from Mississippi, the powers and control over Kansas child support. Over the last six years they have been paid $153 million, in which none stayed in Kansas to enforce child support.

Not only are they in control of enforcing child support, they have monopolized our child support system, including controlling Kansas Payment Center and now with Maximus, they are Child Support Services.

We should be asking ourselves why would we in Kansas privatize child support, giving another state the right to make millions of dollars a day, taking away from families and children in Kansas. We have allowed Young Williams to collect, decide, and distribute child support. Without any check and balance to keep them from the power they have taken. There is no one to know exactly how much money they are really making, as they are in control of our whole child support system.

We all should be concerned as we all expect to one day draw Social Security. The Title IV D program is matched dollar for dollar by Kansas Social Security – sending more monies to Mississippi and those within the Young Williams entity. A foreign for profit company in which the stockholders take no responsibility if legal issues arise, instead it is the employees that face these damages.

An entity in which the corporate office at 112 SE Seventh St. has 250 other foreign for profit companies that share that same address. This should be red flags.

In September 2013, more than 200 Topeka employees from the Kansas Department for Children and Families were laid off by the takeover of Young Williams, giving these jobs to Young William’s people. Although they claimed to keep people in their jobs, but we don’t know for sure how many people really lost their jobs, as we have given all power to Young Williams with no position to oversee.

At the payment Center alone at least $ 1.6 million a day is processed through. Young Williams has the attitude to pay themselves back before any money is given to children and their families. This money comes from Kansas funding and instead of being regenerated in Kansas, it goes to Mississippi stockholders.

As Kansans we should be furious. As children and families in Kansas, right here in your hometown, are going hungry, families are losing their homes, while stockbrokers from Young Williams are profiting off Kansas child support.

Do we have to wonder why single parent families are left behind in the low income poverty. Are we giving our own children the support they need to overcome? I would bet that if spoken to, parents of these children who receive a small portion of what is paid into child support, you would see that we are failing our children.

Why would we not keep jobs and revenue in Kansas? Why would we not protect and provide for our children, instead let a foreign for profit company profit?

Topeka is the capital of Kansas, what do we have for children that live in poverty? What are we expecting when we have thrown our children to the wolves?

We need to start asking our people in the Kansas House and Senate why they are allowing another state to profit on our children, as our children pay the price.

Kim Amack, Topeka, Kan.

ECAT thanks all for Christmas giving

As we go into 2022, ECAT would like to say thank you to the many organizations, clubs, churches and individuals who called and asked, “how can we help?” and “what can we do?”

Because of the overwhelming support we received from all of you, we were able to adopt every individual and family that applied for our holiday program. Even some who were turned down from other organizations, we were able to adopt.

Once signed up for the holiday program they received a full Thanksgiving and Christmas meal box along with breakfast items for Christmas morning. All kids under 18 received Christmas gifts from their adopted family along with a Christmas stocking filled with goodies. ECAT does not turn down anyone regardless of circumstances or date they called.

All of this was made possible because of your generosity. Everyone enjoyed wonderful holiday meals and every child had Christmas presents. No one went without Christmas.

Thank you,

ECAT (Ecumenical Christian Action Team), Osage City

Help House enjoys blessed Christmas season

Everyone who visits Help House or volunteers has been so blessed this Christmas season by all of the generous donations dropped off for the food pantry and Christmas store.

We would like to give special recognition to the Girl Scouts of Troop 30158, in Lyndon, for the food and non-food items they collected, as well as toys for other children in the area. Thank you to troop leaders Diana Forkenbrock and Kayla Rose, and Girl Scouts, Alexandra, Cassidy, Ellie, Maizy, Destinee, Dariana, and Lilly.

Also, special thanks to Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells, first responders and law enforcement officers from all of the Osage County agencies, the Kansas State Highway Patrol, the businesses in Osage County that had collection boxes for the toy drive, and everyone who bought and donated the hundreds of new toys. Many families were able to give their children and grandchildren a wonderful Christmas because of your generosity.

Prom shop

The prom shop will be Jan. 14 to Jan. 16, at Burlingame. We have over 90 beautiful gowns for girls to shop from. All have been cleaned free of charge by Ted and Shirl Ammerman, of Royal Cleaners, Ottawa. This was such a generous donation from them. So if you are looking for cleaners, they do a great job.

The prom shop will be located in the building just west of the Burlingame Library. Hours will be 3:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15; and 1:30-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16. All dresses are free to any girls living in the Osage County area. (See related story: Help House schedules prom shop dates for new year).

Help House open after holiday break

Help House will be open after the holidays on Jan. 4, 2022.

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

Submitted by Raylene Quaney

Local Republican women share book to inspire hope in humanity

Judy Marten, president Osage County Republican Women, presents the group’s book donation of “Better Angels” to Overbrook Library Director Kyle Sederstrom. Courtesy photo.

The Osage County Republican Women recently delivered the group’s annual book selection to several public libraries in Osage County. The reading selection this year is “Better Angels: You Can Change the World. You Are Not Alone.” by Sadie Keller. This inspiring story stirs the soul of anyone who wants to find hope in humanity.

Author Sadie Keller was diagnosed with leukemia at age seven. By age eight, Sadie had lost all her hair from chemotherapy treatments. She started a crusade by creating a video about herself, her cancer and her chemotherapy. When Sadie posted it on the internet, the video went viral, paving the way for Sadie to tell her story on national television. Sadie also told her story to members of Congress, who passed legislation to provide for more specific research and better medicines for childhood cancer.

“Our Leaders are Readers initiative is a partnership with the National Federation of Republican Women to promote literacy,” said Judy Marten, OCRW president.

On behalf of the group, Marten made the presentations to library directors Brandi Shaffer, at Burlingame Library; Genea Reynolds, Lyndon Carnegie Library; Jeanette Stromgren, Osage City Library; and Kyle Sederstrom, Overbrook Public Library.

Books were also donated to Carbondale and Melvern libraries. The group plans to distribute the book to area doctors’ offices and local wellness clinics in 2022.

Extension districts partner with producers to fight brome problems

Roundtable meetings scheduled for January

The Frontier Extension District will partner with Marais Des Cygnes Extension District to host a series of meetings dealing with stand loss of smooth brome this past fall. The meetings will be held on the following times and dates: 7 p.m. Jan. 13, 2022, at the Overbrook Livestock Commission; 9:30 a.m. Jan. 20, at the Marais des Cygnes Extension office; and 7 p.m. Jan. 20, at the Anderson County Community Building.

The meetings will be in roundtable fashion and everyone is encouraged to discuss their thoughts and ideas. Extension agents and KSU Forage Specialist Bruno Pedreira will be on hand to discuss brome concerns, have suggestions for forage crop alternatives, and present ideas. The meeting will also look at fertilizer expenses and seed costs.

Fall armyworm damage of brome fields varied greatly throughout eastern Kansas. The majority of the hay meadows that were damaged were those fields that were harvested late, in this case mid-July and after. The armyworm moths sought those late harvest fields as sites to lay their eggs. These fields had regrowth that was just a few inches tall when the worms began feeding and within a couple of days those fields turned brown.

Many producers weren’t concerned about the brome browning, as we were experiencing hot days and dry weather; they assumed the brome was going dormant. Questions started arising after rain in early September, and the brome wasn’t greening up. And the questions haven’t stopped. Discussion will center on what to do now? All area brome growers are encouraged to attend one of the roundtable meetings.

For more information, contact Frontier Extension District, 1418 S. Main, Suite 2​, Ottawa, Kan., or call 785-229-3520.

Letters to Santa from Lyndon second graders

Students in Mrs. Hurt’s second grade class at Lyndon Elementary School wrote letters to Santa this year and Santa shared their Christmas spirit with us.

Dear Santa,

Why do reindeer pull your sleigh? Is Mrs. Claus magic? Where does snow come from? Where do reindeer come from? Does the mailman deliver our cards or do you just know what we want for Christmas? I want magic tracks and Spiderman powers and a servant robot. Please and Thank you.

Love, Ryker

Dear Santa,

How do you get your reindeer to fly? Do you have night vision? How much snow do you have? I will give Rudolph carrots.  What time do you get at my home? I want a remote control Santa and KU stuff.

Love, Jaxson

Local historophiles launch coalition to share ideas, information and resources

Osage County’s history buffs meet to discuss formation of a coalition to share information about the history of the county. Courtesy photo.

The first meeting of a coalition of Osage County historical societies and other interested people was held Wednesday Nov. 10, 2021, at the Lyndon Community Center. The group was created to begin a collaborative union among groups in Osage County interested in preserving the history of our county. Representatives from Osage County Historical Society, Bailey House at Lyndon, Overbrook Historical Society, Overbrook Library, Arvonia Preservation Society, and Osage City were in attendance.

The bringing together of these entities interested in the history of the county is anticipated to foster the exchange ideas, information, and resources. Topics discussed at the meeting were various avenues of support, including shared promotion of events, volunteerism, joint events, and traveling community displays. Also discussed were various avenues of funding and support. The group plans to meet regularly and a February date is being considered.

For more information, contact the Osage County Historical Society at [email protected].

Governor issues state of disaster emergency for potential wildland fires

TOPEKA, Kan. – Gov. Laura Kelly made a verbal declaration of a State of Disaster Emergency at 9:25 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, due to weather conditions that elevate the danger of wildland fires. The conditions for fires in south central and southwest Kansas are extreme today. There are 26 counties in red flag warning throughout Kansas today.

The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a fire weather watch for extreme grassland fire danger, which is in effect from Friday morning through Friday evening. Winds are projected to be westerly from 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph; relative humidity may be as low as 25 percent.

The governor’s declaration will allow the state to preposition firefighting assets in key areas.

“Getting ahead of any potential fires is key in containing them,’ said Kelly. “Prepositioning firefighting personnel and equipment will allow us to do that and keep Kansans safe.”

“Much of Kansas is primed for wildfire due to the lack of precipitation, dried out fuels, and warm windy conditions,” said Mark Neely, state fire management officer, Kansas Forest Service. “We urge Kansans to be careful outdoors and report any fire immediately.”

SOS offers victims assistance day or night with 24-hour help line

Did you know every 92 seconds an American is sexually assaulted? Are you aware that more than 90 percent of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows?

SOS Inc., which provides services in Chase, Coffey, Lyon, Morris, and Osage counties, is reminding everyone that SOS advocates are here to support victims with free and confidential services. SOS Crisis Services has 14 advocates who work in the five-county area, serving adult and child victims of sexual assault and domestic violence by offering emotional support, presenting them with options, and assisting victims with access to community resources, such as therapy. Advocacy services can also include help navigating the processes and systems within medical services, law enforcement, and prosecution. SOS services are available regardless of the circumstances of the assault, whether the victim chooses to involve law enforcement or not, and at any time following the assault – even years after. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), sexual violence can be any unwanted sexual act done by one person to another, including unwanted touching of a sexual nature such as kissing, fondling, oral sex, or intercourse.

Advocates can respond to aid victims immediately after a sexual assault and help those who are experiencing past trauma.

“Those feelings can only be masked for so long before they come back in other ways,” said Jen Ogleby, Sexual Assault Advocate with SOS. “Healing is a very personal thing. There is no correct way or timeline.”

“The only things that need to be said to someone disclosing that they have been assaulted are, ‘I believe you,’ ‘I am sorry this happened to you,’ and ‘This was not your fault,’” Ogleby said. “Those statements can be the difference between a survivor trying to numb those feelings in potentially destructive ways or finding the strength and power within themselves to not allow that horrific moment to define the rest of their lives.”

Victims of sexual assault are more likely to experience emotional challenges than non-victims, according to RAINN. Sexual assault victims are nearly four times more likely to experience PTSD as adults. Victims of sexual assault are about three times more likely to experience a major depressive episode as adults.

Additionally, only about two percent of all sexual assault accusations reported to the police turn out to be false; only 230 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to the police. That means about three out of four go unreported; 93 percent of sexual assaults are committed by somebody the victim knows.

SOS services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through the SOS 24-hour helpline 620-342-1870 or 800-825-1295.

Help House opens Christmas store; sets hours for holiday shopping

Help House has set out the Christmas decorations complete with a few Christmas trees and lights. These will be out and available for shoppers to choose from until Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021.

The sign-up list for the Christmas shop began Monday, Nov. 15. Christmas shopping days have been set. Children’s shopping day will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4.  Santa’s elves will be there to help kids shop for their parents or guardians. Wrapping and gift tags are available so the gifts are ready to be set under the tree.

Dec. 14-17 will be the opportunity for parents and guardians to shop for children 17 years old and younger, on the following Monday, grandparents will be allowed to shop for children 17 and younger.

Help House and other agencies work together to make the Christmas shopping go as far as we can. Participants will not be able to sign up for the shopping at multiple locations. Please respect this rule as we try to meet the needs of many here in Osage County.

Donations for the Christmas store are requested by Dec. 1.

All of us at Help House are thankful for our communities that we serve for your faithfulness in giving! We wish you a very merry Christmas, too!

Governor congratulates Carbondale for award of sidewalk improvement funds

Project to provide pedestrian access to school, library, downtown  

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Today, Gov. Laura Kelly congratulated the city of Carbondale for receiving $167,287 in cost share funds as administered through the Kansas Department of Transportation. The recently funded project will provide sidewalk improvements near critical public buildings in Carbondale.

“Congratulations to the City of Carbondale for receiving $167,287 in the latest round of Cost Share funding,” Kelly said. “By working with our local partners to invest in our communities, our Cost Share program is improving road safety, mobility, and helping recruit new families and businesses to our state. This project is proof that when we work together to make smart investments in our foundation, all Kansans see results.”

A component of the Kelly Administration’s 10-year, bipartisan Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program, or IKE, the Cost Share program is designed to help rural and urban areas advance transportation projects to improve safety, support job retention and growth, relieve congestion, and improve access and mobility. The city of Carbondale was among 20 transportation construction projects selected for the fall 2021 Cost Share recipients.

“This will improve the entrance into the community and the foot traffic, said Carbondale Mayor John Ryan. “We anticipate additional biking and walking, as well as safer access for our students.”

The project will provide sidewalks on Third Street from Carbondale Attendance Center, which serves fourth through eighth grade students, to the Carbondale City Library, and on the north side of Main Street, giving safer pedestrian access to adjacent businesses, including the local grocery store.

“Currently, kids walk in the street,” said Ryan. “This will connect our downtown district to the school and other sidewalks in the area.”

Pedestrians cannot safely access the public library at the northeast corner of Third Street and Main Street in Carbondale, as North Third Street does not currently have a usable sidewalk, nor does the north side of Main Street. There are sections on these streets that have no sidewalk and sections with cobblestone or brick have become overgrown and unusable over time.

Frontier Extension agents take on new jobs within district

The Frontier Extension District has announced three agents have taken over new positions and responsibilities within the district. Ryan Schaub is now serving as the new crop production and farm management Extension agent; Janae McNally is the new adult development and aging and family resource management Extension agent; and Jessica Flory is the new 4-H youth development Extension agent.

Ryan Schaub – Crop Production and Farm Management

Ryan Schaub is now serving as the new crop production and farm management Extension agent for the Frontier Extension District. Schaub officially began his new position Sept. 1, 2021, and has been with the Frontier Extension District for four years.

This position consists of research-based programs for crop production farm management issues, including but not limited to, tillage methods, irrigation, sustainable production techniques, agriculture law issues, land management and ownership, weed and insect control, fertilization practices, and more. For assistance with any of these issues, contact Schaub at the Garnett Extension office at 785-448-6826 or [email protected].

Janae McNally – Adult Development and Aging, Family Resource Management

Frontier Extension District has announced that Janae McNally is the new adult development and aging and family resource management Extension agent. McNally officially began her new position Sept. 1, 2021, and has been with the Frontier District for seven years.

This position will consist of providing primary leadership in the development, dissemination and implementation of research-based educational programs to support successful families and the systems that serve them in communities. Programs include chronic disease management, caregiving, long-term care and end of life issues, family budgeting and more.

To contact McNally at the Lyndon Extension office, call 785-828-4438 or email [email protected].

Jessica Flory – 4-H Youth Development Agent

Jessica Flory is the new 4-H youth development Extension agent. Flory officially began her new position Nov. 1, 2021, and has been with the Frontier Extension District as the 4-H program assistant/manager for the last 10 years. She has a great passion for youth development and the 4-H program. While attending Kansas State University, she worked at Rock Spring 4-H Camp during summer breaks. Since graduation in 2009, she started working for the Frontier District in May 2011. Jessica took a break from Extension in 2013 to work for her church as preschool, children ministry, and youth director. She returned to Frontier Extension District in 2015.

Her position will consist of leading the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive 4-H youth development program for school-aged youth in cooperation with residents and Extension colleagues. Programs include supporting community clubs, out-of-school programs, school enrichment, volunteer management, and more. She will work with families and volunteers in Anderson, Franklin and Osage counties’ communities. Contact Flory at the Ottawa Extension office at 785-229-3520 or email [email protected].

It was a Candyland Christmas at Osage City: Winners of events

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has announced the names of winners of various events and activities during last Saturday’s Christmas on Market Street. The lighted Christmas parade was the finale event of the day, with floats and parade entries celebrating this year’s theme of “Candyland Christmas”. Winners are below:

Christmas on Market Parade Winners


  • First place, Osage City Nursing Center, $125
  • Second place, Willing Workers 4H Club, $100
  • Third place, Osage City Public Library, $75
  • Fourth place, Branine Chevrolet-Buick, $50

Golf Carts/ATVs

  • First place, Gladys and Boyd Woodyard, $30
  • Second place, April Peet, $20
  • Third place, United Methodist Church-Lyndon, $10

Retail Poker Run, 78 Participants

  • First place, Penny Staufenburg, $20
  • Second place, Karen Hinck, $15
  • Third place, Nettie Jordan,  $10

Window Decorating

  • First place, McCoy’s RadioShack
  • Second place, Ramblin’ Rose
  • Third place, Osage Hardware

Chili Cook-Off – 11 Entries

  • First place, Kim Thompson, $50 Chamber Bucks
  • Second place, Jan Ogleby, $30 Chamber Bucks (Donated to senior center)
  • Third place, Stevie Penn, $20 Chamber Bucks

Business Window Decorating

  • First place, McCoy RadioShack, $50
  • Second place, Ramblin’ Rose, $40
  • Third place, Osage Hardware, $30

Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk

Jenny Wilcoxson won the Best Costume/Sweater – received a $10 Chamber Buck Certificate.

Adult first overall were Chris Wecker (male); Angie Speece (female); they received Michelob coolers. Youth first overall were Tate Smith (male); Jaiton Bosse (female); they received sparkling ice water. Prizes were courtesy of Flint Hills Beverage.

Kansas state parks offering free entrance on Black Friday

PRATT, Kan. – There’s no better deal than free and this Friday, there’s no better place to snag that deal than at a Kansas state park. This Black Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, entrance fees will be waived at all Kansas state parks as part of the nationwide #OptOutside initiative.

Those who visit any of Kansas’ 28 state parks on Nov. 26 will also have a chance to win a free night’s stay in a Kansas state park cabin of their choice. To enter, visitors must simply take a “selfie” within any Kansas state park and share it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the tags #OptOutside and #MyKsStatePark.

#OptOutside began after outdoor retail giant REI closed all 150-plus stores for a day in 2015 and paid more than 13,000 employees to instead spend the day outside. It’s since become an annual event for REI, state parks across America, and the millions of people who opt to spend the day outside and enjoy nature.

“We couldn’t be more excited to once again offer free entrance to Kansas’ state parks on Black Friday,” said Linda Lanterman, director of Kansas State Parks. “Being outside in nature does wonders for our physical and mental health, so I hope everyone opts to go outside this year and enjoy a Kansas state park as part of their holiday experience.”

The road to Santa Fe featured on KTWU

Spotlighting the Santa Fe Trail during its bicentennial, The Road to Santa Fe airs at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, on KTWU/Channel 11, in Topeka. Produced by Dave Kendall, a former host of the “Sunflower Journeys” series, the documentary explores the forces that spawned the trail and shaped its development. Jennie Chinn, executive director of the Kansas Historical Society, joins a number of knowledgeable historians who tell the story.

In 1821, a group of traders from Missouri ventured to Santa Fe, then governed by Mexico.Trade soon grew in what became a seasonal movement of covered freight wagons rolling back and forth. In 1846, the “Army of the West” marched down the trail after Congress declared war with Mexico. The Americans took control of Santa Fe, and by war’s end, most of northern Mexico was ceded to the United States.

As the military presence along the trail increased, so did tensions with Native Americans, which eventually led to their forced removal from the plains. Conflicts that escalated into civil war also occurred along the trail beginning in the 1850s. In 1880, when the rails reached Santa Fe, commerce on the trail came to an end, closing a pivotal chapter in American history.

“As our nation continues to grapple with issues surrounding our relationship with Mexico as well as our relations with Native peoples, we might benefit from a better understanding of how these relationships evolved,” said producer Kendall. “Those who seek to clarify our notions of who we are as Americans will find it helpful to place this into an historical context that spotlights the forces and philosophies that guided the westward expansion of the United States.”

Community foundation announces 4th quarter deadline for grant applications

Click to download an OCCF grant application.Osage County Community Foundation has announced its fourth quarter deadline for grant applications is Dec. 15, 2021. Through its grant making opportunities, the foundation works to bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support nonprofit organizations and others in our community.

Any organization or group based in Osage County can apply for grants, but preference is given to those that are not directly tax supported or agencies that have taxing authority. The foundation is currently in its October to December grant period, and applications will be accepted for this round until Dec. 15.

For more information about the grant application process or donating to the Osage County Community Foundation, contact Perry Thompson at 785-528-3006, or contact one of the foundation’s board members, Joe Humerickhouse, Casey Mussatto, Janet Steinle, Jodi Stark, or Mike Pitts. A grant application is available here. Completed applications should be mailed to the Osage County Community Foundation, PO Box 24, Osage City, KS 66523.

For more information about the Osage County Community Foundation, see Osage County Community Foundation: Your community, your foundation.

Statewide Silver Alert cancelled; Liberal woman located safe

Update, Nov. 16, 2021: The Liberal Police Department reported Ida Knight, the subject of the statewide Silver Alert, has been located safe. The statewide Silver Alert is canceled.

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