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Grace Community Church hosts Freedom Festival Sunday at Overbrook

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Freedom Festival 2022 will be this Sunday, July 3, 2022, at Grace Community Church, 810 E. Eighth St., Overbrook. The event is open to the public, and all free. Activities begin at 6:30 p.m.

“It’s a great opportunity for patriotic Americans to have fellowship in a fun, family-friendly environment,” said Brian Spencer, Freedom Festival chairman.

New this year is a “Most Patriotic Look” contest. The contest is open to all ages. Gift cards of $25 each will be awarded for most festive, most historic and most creative winners. Participants should be in front of the stage by 7:15 p.m. There is no fee to enter the contest.

A car show kicks off the event, with participants requested to show up at 4:30 p.m. There is no entry fee. This car show is all for fun.

Free food, drink, and a dessert will be available while they last, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Serving will take place just inside the west entrance. Live music featuring local talent will begin at 7:30 p.m., and at 8 p.m. will be featured performer Alan Cunningham. A special ceremony will honor veterans and our flag. Balloon Animal Ministry will be donating balloon animals to event goers.

The grand finale will be a spectacular fireworks show set to music at dark. Everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.

This is an alcohol and tobacco free event, and is presented by the Men’s Ministry of Grace Community Church, in Overbrook. For more information, see

Work on U.S. 75 through Lyndon to begin July 5

LYNDON, Kan. – A milling and overlay project on U.S. Highway 75 in Osage County is scheduled to begin Tuesday, July 5, weather permitting. The project will cover approximately three miles, from state Highway 68, through Lyndon, to the south end of the state Highway 31 roundabout.

Kansas Department of Transportation reports traffic will be restricted to one lane in the work zone and will be directed by a pilot car, flaggers, signs, and cones. Drivers should plan for delays of up to 15 minutes.

Work will occur Monday through Friday during daylight hours. The project is expected to be completed by mid-August.

Killough Construction Inc., of Ottawa, Kan., is the contractor on the $1.4 million project.

KDOT urges all motorists to be alert and obey warning signs when approaching and driving through a highway work zone. For more information about road construction projects across Kansas, see or call 511.

RCIL to host two learning sessions for those with vision loss

RCIL will host a two-part seminar to help people who have vision loss. Attendees will learn about topics such as self-care, and using technology to help with every day needs. The seminar will be 12-2 p.m. on two days, July 6 and July 13, 2022, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

The first session will cover self care, shopping, and cooking; second session will include reading, writing, and using technology.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Amanda Smith, of Resource Center for Independent Living, at 785-528-3105, or [email protected].

Kansas Forest Service: Community should ready defenses against emerald ash borer

Osage County, prepare for emerald ash borer

Emerald ash borer was confirmed in Osage County in 2022, presenting new challenges for communities and residents as they care for their community forest resources.

The Kansas Forest Service is presenting a seminar 12:30-4 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Carbondale City Building, 234 W. Main St., Carbondale, Kan., focusing on the identification of emerald ash borer and how to prepare for its arrival in the area. An open forum for participant networking will follow the program.

Registration for the free seminar is requested; registration is available through this link: Prepare for EAB.

Traveling exhibit tells story of Osage County’s county seats

Ann Rogers and Lynsay Flory show the historical exhibit “Individuals of Influence,” which is on display now at the Lyndon Library.

The Osage County Historical Society has a new, civics-minded exhibit. “Individuals of Influence,” led by an Osage County archivist, Ann Rogers, gives current Osage County citizens a connection with those who came before them.

The display contains photos and artifacts related to the county seat at Lyndon, but it is important to note the county had several county seats prior to when Lyndon became county seat. Rogers and Lynsay Flory, OCHS director, have written a short history tracing the county seats, and it is available in a free pamphlet at the display. The exhibit is currently on display at the Lyndon Carnegie Library, 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, Kan.

“The society would welcome donations of artifacts directly relating to the past county seats,” Rogers said.

Flory noted the exhibit highlights the important history of citizen involvement in local government.

“As we approach a two-year election year, it can be tempting to neglect local and county concerns,” Flory said, “but our exhibit demonstrates the value citizens place on county affairs. To Osage County residents past and present, local and county issues are important.”

The historical society plans to move the exhibit around the county, enabling more people to see it.

Political signs not allowed on highway right of way

TOPEKA, Kan. – It’s a sign of the season – political campaigning and the posting of campaign signs. The Kansas Department of Transportation is reminding the public that all political campaign signs or billboards are prohibited on state rights of way.

By law, all state highway rights of way are exclusively for public highway purposes. Only regulatory, guide signs and warning signs placed by KDOT are allowed on the 9,500-mile state highway system. KDOT has jurisdiction over all interstate, Kansas and U.S. routes.

When KDOT maintenance crews find political or business advertising on state right of way, the signs will be removed immediately and without notice. All such signs will then be taken to the closest KDOT sub-area office. Political campaign signs not retrieved from the sub-area offices will be disposed of after the election.

Political campaign advertising is allowed on private property bordering state right of way. However, people placing or erecting signs on private property must first obtain permission from the property owner.

A state law passed in 2015 related to placement of campaign signs on city or county owned rights of way does not apply to state highway right of way. Persons placing signs along city streets or county roads should consult local jurisdiction rules.

United Way mails 150,000th Imagination Library book for Flint Hills’ kids

EMPORIA, Kan. – United Way of the Flint Hills has announced it has mailed its 150,000th Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library book. As a local affiliate of the Imagination Library since 2014, the United Way of the Flint Hills delivers free books to children aged birth to five. Imagination Library books are hand-selected, age-appropriate, and high quality. United Way’s partnership with the Imagination Library ensures Flint Hills area children can have a great selection of books at home, fostering early literacy skills and a love of reading.

United Way CEO Mickey Edwards said local funds support the Imagination Library in the Flint Hills, and there is no cost to the families of children receiving books. Local contributions help fund the program that has benefited thousands of children across the Flint Hills.

Flint Hills area children ages birth to five who live in Chase, Coffey, Lyon, Morris, Osage and Woodson counties, and in zip codes 66423, 66431, and 66507 in Wabaunsee Counties are eligible to enroll. For more information about United Way of the Flint Hills’ Imagination Library, or for an enrollment form, see

Flint Hills Technical College bestows certificates, degrees on 2022 spring graduates

Flint Hills Technical College conferred nearly 250 students at its 2022 Spring Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15, at William Lindsay White Civic Auditorium, Emporia, Kan. Earlier in the day, the dental hygiene program held its pinning, with 15 dental hygiene students recognized for their achievements.

Graduating students from Osage County, Kan., this spring included:

  • Gavin Robert DeBaun, Osage City; Division of Arts, technical certificate, multimedia design, graduating with honors.
  • Madison Louise Schubert, Osage City; Division of Health and Human Services, technical certificate, dental assisting.
  • Kira Paige Marsh, Vassar; Division of Health and Human Services, technical certificate, health occupations technology.
  • Rachel Dawn Bronson, Lyndon; Division of Health and Human Services, technical certificate, practical nursing, graduating with honors.
  • Carl Duane Merrifield, Osage City; Division of Technology, technical certificate, automotive technology.
  • Luke William Neary, Osage City; Division of Technology, technical certificate, automotive technology.
  • Joseph Brian Willard, Vassar; Division of Technology, industrial engineering technology, technical certificate, graduating with highest honors.
  • Jared Isaac Stutler, Osage City; Division of Technology, technical certificate, welding technology.
  • Mea Jenkins, Osage City; Division of Health and Human Services, Associate of Applied Science Degree, healthcare administration and management.
  • Riley Thomas Payne, Lyndon; Division of Information Technology, Associate of Applied Science Degree, network technology.

Lyndon Library schedules weeks of fun for summer reading program

Lyndon Carnegie Library is planning a fun summer reading program that will run from June 6 – July 14, 2022. This year’s program will include activities and events for readers of all ages, from young children to adults.

Participants can sign up at the library or at the library’s website. The planned schedule is full in the mornings every day, and includes something for all ages.

The tentative weekly schedule is as follows:

  • Mondays – Pre-kindergarten, 10-10:45 a.m.; kindergarten to first grades, 11-11:45 a.m.
  • Tuesdays – 5-7th grades, 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wednesdays – All ages and family program, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays – 2nd-4th grades, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Adults programs are scheduled as follows:

  • June 16, 2:30 p.m., Keys to Embracing Aging 101 presented by Frontier District Extension.
  • June 20, 6 p.m., “Intro into Genealogy” presented by Osage County Historical Society.
  • June 23, 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., chalk painting (must sign up).
  • June 30, 6-8 p.m., 4th of July crafts.
  • July 21, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Alzheimer’s 101; presented by Frontier District Extension.

For more information, contact the Lyndon Carnegie Library, 127 E. Sixth St., PO Box 563, Lyndon, KS 66451, 785-828-4520, or see

Farmers market to open for growing season at Carbondale

Carbondale Farmers Market will open for the spring growing season Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The market is located at City Park 4-6 p.m. every Wednesday, running through
August or September depending on the growing season, and vendors’ and shoppers’ interest.

Along with locally produced crafts, produce, and homemade foods, The Feed Bunk is the featured food truck on May 25. They will have their meal and a la carte menu available.

Everyone is invited to visit, chat, eat, and shop the local homegrown and home-produced food and craft items.

Thank you from the family of Janat Coleen Rice

The family of Janat Coleen Rice would like to say a heartfelt thanks to all the kind folks who helped make the loss of this special, beloved woman a little easier. The staff of Sunset Manor provided compassionate and loving care not only to our mother, but also to our family during the difficult last days of her life. Our hospice nurse, Stephany, was invaluable in helping Mom feel more comfortable and supporting all of us. We also thank Pastor Joshua McCrarey for his visits and prayers.

There are many people who assisted in the memorial services. Reverend Terry Bullock listened to our memories and put together a touching and personal tribute to Mom’s life. The church community women of Melvern served a delicious meal and the opportunity for our family to be together. It was comforting to see all those who attended her services. This meant so much to us, and Mom would have been pleased. We received many warm condolences, cards, flowers, and memorial contributions. Last, but not least, Marty Feltner, of Feltner’s Funeral Home, was with us throughout this process, responding to our every request with patience and compassion. This kindness from all of you will be remembered by our family and we are forever thankful.

We will miss this wonderful woman more than we can say, but know that she smiles down upon us and is humbly grateful to all the friends and family that blessed her life.

Steve and Debbie Rice and family
Rhonda and Bob Knoernschild and family
Nancy and Bruce Carselowey and family
Jerry and Pam Rice and family
Danny and Terry Rice and family

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program to begin

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is an eight-week exercise program presented by K-State Research and Extension and geared toward older adults and sedentary middle-aged adults. The goal of the evidence-based program is to improve health, quality of life, and maintain independence through strength training.

Adults can begin to lose muscle mass, even in their early 30s. And, in their 50s, adults can see the decline in muscle mass really begin to accelerate. Older adults, however, are sometimes reluctant to start strengthening activities to counter the effects of aging on their bodies. The idea of going to the gym or not knowing the proper exercises to do at home can keep people from starting.

The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program addresses these concerns by providing an environment where older adults can learn how to strengthen their muscles from certified instructors. Participants in the program meet for one hour, twice a week for eight weeks. Each session includes warm-up exercises, simple strengthening exercises with and without weights, and cool-down stretches. Class members are also encouraged to do the exercises on their own once more per week. Over the eight weeks, participants learn the exercises and begin to improve strength and balance. After eight weeks, participants are encouraged to continue the program at home or with a community group.

The potential benefits of strength training include a decrease in arthritis pain, weight maintenance, and a reduction in the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and depression. Stress management and improvement in sleep quality are other potential benefits.

The program will be offered in the Frontier Extension District from June 1-July 22, 2022, in Lyndon. The class will meet weekly 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, at the Lyndon Community Center, 204 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan.

Registration is requested by May 31 and the cost to participate is $20. For those 60 and older, the cost to participate is free of charge due to a grant through the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging.

Overbrook Rural High School students to host all school reunion

OVERBROOK, Kan. – All students who attended classes at the Overbrook Rural High School are invited to an all school reunion 2-4 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2022. The reunion includes the classes of the early 1970s that attended ORHS but graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School. All past faculty and support personnel are also welcome. The event will be held in the Overbrook Public Library community room.

The reunion is the result of an announcement on social media that a formal ORHS Alumni Banquet would not be held this year. As a result, several former students decided to host an informal gathering so ORHS classmates would still have a time and place to gather. The organizers emphasize that this is an informal event. It is not intended to be an alumni banquet. There will be no business meeting or meal; however, light refreshments will be served.

Those attending the reunion are encouraged to bring photos and other school memory items they may have from their former ORHS school days. Members of the Overbrook Historical Society and museum will be at the event to scan ORHS related items for preservation and for later display at the Overbrook Historical Museum. Suggested memorabilia and photos include team rosters from sporting events, invitations for prom nights, theater productions and other school events, graduation announcements and programs, and informal pictures of friends’ gatherings.

Advance registration is requested to assure seating and refreshments for all attendees. Registrations can be made by phone or text to 913-972-0974. The fee is $5 per person, payable at the event.

Euclid Lodge donation helps Osage County’s past to be remembered

L.D. Nicolay and fellow Euclid Masonic Lodge members Charles Hanna and Paul Oldham present a grant to Osage County Historical Society members Eileen Davis and Ann Rogers; member Bunny Givens, right. Courtesy photo.

The Osage County Historical Society received a $1,000 grant from the Euclid Masonic Lodge, Lyndon, Kan. Representatives presented the check to members of the historical society, Eileen Davis and Ann Rodgers. The grant will be used to help develop and execute new educational programming for children and families.

Registration for Boys State of Kansas 2022 session continues

The American Legion Boys State of Kansas has announced that registration for its 2022 session will continue through the end of May, pending space availability. The 84th edition of the program is scheduled to be held Sunday, June 5, through Saturday, June 11, at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.

Traditionally, Kansas Boys State is for individuals who complete their junior year of high school in the spring just prior to the start of each session. However, the ALBSK program has expanded the pool of registrants for this year’s session to include those who will complete their sophomore year of high school this spring.

The American Legion Boys State of Kansas program provides a relevant, interactive, problem-solving experience in leadership and teamwork that develops self-identity, promotes mutual respect, and instills civic responsibility to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to community, state and nation. Boys State is a “learning by doing” political exercise that simulates elections, political parties and government at the state, county and local levels, providing opportunities to lead under pressure, showcasing character and working effectively within a team. It’s also an opportunity to gain pride and respect for government, and the price paid by members of the military to preserve democracy.

DEA hosts 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2022. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office, 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, Kan., will serve as a drop off point on Drug Take Back Day, but Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells reminds citizens that medications are also accepted at the sheriff’s office any time during business hours.

More than 230 law enforcement agencies within DEA St. Louis Division are hosting collection sites this April.

“Disposing of unneeded medications can help prevent drugs from being misused,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “Overdose deaths continue to hit tragic record highs. I encourage everyone to dispose of unneeded prescription medications now.”

DEA’s St. Louis Division, which includes the states of Missouri and Kansas, as well as southern Illinois, collected a total of 37,189 pounds during the Oct. 23 Drug Take Back Day, in 2021.

According to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a majority of people who misused a prescription medication obtained the medicine from a family member or friend.

Overlay project resumes in Osage, Shawnee counties

An overlay project on southbound U.S. Highway 75 is scheduled to resume today, April 28, 2022, in Osage and Shawnee counties.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reported that southbound U.S. 75 will be restricted to one lane from Southwest Topeka Boulevard to just south of the U.S. 75 and U.S. Highway 56 intersection in Osage County.

On and off ramps along the route are included in the project. Ramp closures will be one day or less, and information will be posted on message boards. Drivers should prepare for slow-moving traffic through the area.

Work will take place Monday through Saturday, during daylight hours, and is expected to be completed by early June, weather permitting. Bettis Asphalt & Construction Inc., of Topeka, is the prime contractor.

KDOT urges all motorists to be alert and obey warning signs when approaching and driving through a highway work zone. To stay aware of all road construction projects in Kansas, see or call 511.

Willing Workers welcome spring with community service

Willing workers work to clean up Jones Park in Osage City after the annual Smoke in the Spring barbecue contest, front from left, Kassie Thielen,Clara Thielen, Hadley Bosse, and Paige Thielen, back, Reece Wilcoxson, Lelia Wilcoxson, Elisa Wagner, Kaiden Bosse, Avery Thielen, Grace Croucher, Jaiton Bosse, Kevin Whitmer, and Adalynn Wagner. Courtesy photo.

The Willing Workers 4-H Club had a busy April serving the Osage City community. On April 10, 2022, club members cleaned up Jones Park following the Smoke in the Spring event. This is something the club does every year.

The club also met several times to prepare for their first Easter egg hunt. They stuffed more than 3,000 eggs with candy and gifts. On April 16, a large crowd of kids showed up to hunt for the eggs. The club looks forward to making this an annual event, as there is a lot of opportunity to grow the event.

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