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Grab your bait and pole: It’s time for fishing at Pomona State Park!

Fishing friends at a fishing derby. File photo.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Wildlife and Parks, and the Douglas County chapter of Fishing’s Future will host a fishing derby at Pomona Lake, Saturday, June 1, 2024. The derby will be at the Kansa Campground, at Pomona State Park.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the fishing derby, lawn games, and a hot dog lunch. Prizes will be awarded for most fish caught in different age ranges, and a drawing will be held for raffle prizes.

The fishing derby is a free event, and it’s a free fishing weekend across Kansas, so no fishing license is required to participate. Additionally, during the fishing derby hours no vehicle permit fee is required to participate.

Information thanks to Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

Land management experts offer prescribed burn classes

The Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are hosting prescribed burn plan trainings across Kansas this month, with a training May 30, 2024, at Burlington as the closest to Osage County.

The burn trainings are offered to landowners, ranchers, producers, burn contractors and others involved in the use of prescribed burns as a land management tool.

Attendees will learn how to optimize land management practices with prescribed burns and properly create burn plans. Access to financial assistance will also be discussed. The sessions, led by KGLC and NRCS experts, will provide opportunity to network with industry professionals and fellow practitioners.

Registration for the trainings is requested at

All of the sessions will run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Training dates and locations are May 28 at Russell; May 29 at Marquette; May 30 at Burlington; and May 31 at Manhattan.

OCHS presentation: Learn how to research your Osage County property

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Osage County Historical Society will host a presentation and discussion about researching the history of property and its former owners, at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2024, at the Schuyler Community Center, 218 W. Fremont St., Burlingame, Kan.

Diana Staresinic-Deane will present “Researching Your Home and the People Who Lived There.” Staresinic-Deane is executive director of Franklin County Historical Society and Old Depot Museum, Ottawa, Kan., and is passionate about collecting, interpreting, and recording local histories.

Members of the community are invited to attend the free program.

Researching a property, such as an old home, new business, or section of pastureland, can do more than tell the history of a space. It can also build a human connection to the people who came before us and the times in which they lived.

Staresinic-Deane’s presentation will be customized to highlight Osage County resources, and will share creative ways to study documents and assemble relevant narratives from maps, deeds, newspapers, and often unsought or unknown resources. The program will be helpful for anyone seeking historical stories of their family and community.

Overbrook Overlook: OPD advises to beware, springtime brings car burglaries

The Overbrook Police Department is reminding citizens that the number of vehicle burglaries traditionally rise in the spring and summer. Citizens are advised to always be sure to remove valuables from your vehicle and lock it. Did you know the Overbrook Police Department has certified child car seat safety technicians? If you need your children’s safety seats inspected or installed, call 785-665-7230 to make an appointment.

The date and time of Overbrook Municipal Court is changing. Court will now be held at 10:30 a.m. the third Friday of each month, with the change taking effect in May.

Feral cat program underway in community

The Overbrook community trap, neuter, and release program has complete training for trapping and care of feral cats in the community. For more information, or anybody who would like to be a part of the program, call 785-665-7230.

Overbrook Historical Society speakers

The Overbrook Historical Society 2024 speaker series continues with Jim Coffman sharing the story of the painting he created that depicts an early scene of downtown Overbrook, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2024, at the Overbrook Public Library.

Beginning the series last month, George Blackwood was scheduled to speak about his heritage and bead work.

Mike O’Bryhim will finish the series at 6:30 p.m. June 27, when he will speak about his new book, “Once Upon a Time in the Land of Overbrook”.

Marketing service announces soybean producer’s opportunity for a referendum

Opportunity to request a referendum: Soybean Promotion, Research, and Information Program

Dates to Request Referendum: May 6, 2024, and ending May 31, 2024.


The Agricultural Marketing Service announced that soybean producers may request a referendum to determine whether producers want the Secretary to conduct a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order), as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act). Participation in the request for referendum is voluntary. Producers should participate only if they wish to request a referendum on the program.

If at least 10 percent, not to exceed 1/5 of producers from any one state, of the 515,008 eligible producers determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) participate in the request for referendum, a referendum will be held within one year from that determination. If results of the request for referendum indicate that a referendum is not supported, a referendum will not be conducted. The results of the request for referendum will be published in a notice in the Federal Register.

To Request Referendum:

Soybean producers may request a referendum during the 4-week period beginning May 6, 2024, and ending May 31, 2024. To be eligible to participate in the request for referendum, producers must certify that they or the producer entity they are authorized to represent paid an assessment at any time between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2023.

Form LS-51-1, Soybean Promotion and Research Order Request for Referendum, can be obtained from May 6, 2024, to May 31, 2024, by mail, FAX, or in person from Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices, or can be downloaded from Completed forms and supporting documentation must be returned to the appropriate FSA County Office: By FAX or in person no later than COB on May 31, 2024.

By mail postmarked by midnight on May 31, 2024, and must be received in the FSA County Office by COB on June 7, 2024.


Notice of the Request for Referendum was published in the Feb. 2, 2024, Federal Register. For more information, contact Jeana Harbison, Research and Promotion Division; Livestock and Poultry Program, AMS, USDA; STOP 0249 – Room 2092-S; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, D.C. 20250-0249; tel. (202) 720-5705; or via the Internet at

Submitted by Osage County FSA Executive Director Rachel Parker. For more information, contact Osage County FSA at 785-828-4631.

Registration opens for youth tractor safety courses

Young tractor driver in a past Lyndon Fourth of July parade. File photo.

Registration is now open until May 20, 2024, for an upcoming Hazardous Occupation Training class. The class, hosted by the Marias des Cygnes and Frontier Extension districts, is required for 14 and 15-year-old youth who want to operate farm tractors on farms other than for their parents.

Only 14 to 15-year-olds who work for their parents on the family farm are exempt from the HOT training requirement. The training is still required, however, if the family farm is a partnership, incorporated, or the youth is working on a grandparent’s farm. This training is also required for youth planning to use a lawn mower or tractor larger than 20 horsepower.

This year’s training will be different than in the past, as participants are required to complete an online course from Penn State University called the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. The online course costs $10, and covers the book portion of the tractor and machinery safety material, and accounts for about 16 hours of training.

Participants are also asked to watch five safety videos and write three to four sentences about what they learned from the videos. Once the book portion has been completed with a passing grade, Penn State provides a printable certificate, which is submitted with the video descriptions to the Extension office by June 12.

Saturday, June 15, will be an eight-hour day of in-person safety training that will end with a tractor driving test. Participants that pass the driving test will earn a certificate of training. The in-person training will be at the Pomona Community Building, 219 Jefferson St., Pomona, Kan., before traveling to a farm for the driving test.

To register for the hazardous occupation class, contact the local Extension office or sign up at Once registered, a confirmation email will be sent with the Tractor Safety Manual, a website address to create an account and sign up for the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program, a list of videos to choose to watch, and a consent form for use on June 15.

Participants will be transported by instructors to a local farm and back to the Pomona Community Center for the driving portion of the day on June 15. Lunch and snacks for the day will be provided.

For more information, contact Extension agents Rod Schaub, 785-828-4438, Ryan Schaub, 785-448-6826, or Katelyn Barthol, 913-294-4306.

Braun selected as Franklin County magistrate judge

TOPEKA, Kan. – The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission has announced its selection of David Braun to fill a district magistrate judge vacancy in Franklin County.

Braun’s new position will be effective on his swearing-in. He currently is in private practice at Braun Law. He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of district magistrate Judge Kevin Kimball on March 1.

The 4th Judicial District includes Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties.

Willing Workers celebrate spring with a picnic

By Lena Stucky, Club Reporter

Willing Workers 4-H Club, 2024

On April 28, 2024, the Willing Workers 4-H Club met for our foods meeting. The Willing Workers decided to have a picnic-themed meeting to celebrate the spring weather. We made PB&J sushi kabobs and Orange Julius. We had a great time and really enjoyed the food. We also had a record number of members attend.

Happy spring!

Osage City Police to present scam prevention tips

The Osage City Library is hosting a scam prevention presentation by the Osage City Police Department, at 6 p.m. May 7, 2024.

The presentation will cover different types of scams and provide tips to avoid falling victim, and provide a valuable opportunity for the community to learn how to protect themselves from fraudulent schemes.

The program will be held in the Osage City Library community room, 515 Main St., Osage City.

For more information, contact Osage City Librarian Jeanette Stromgren, 785-528-3727.

Overbrook Rural High School alumni schedule annual reunion for May 25

Alumni of Overbrook Rural High School have announced the school’s annual reunion will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2024, at the Overbrook Public Library. ORHS alumni, students, former teachers and spouses are invited to attend. The informal gathering will be a time to visit and reminisce. Attendees are encouraged to bring old ORHS Annuals, pictures, and memorabilia. Light refreshments will be served.

To register or for more information, call or text Mary Ann (Vanderslice) Leslie at 214-773-5246. Registration is $5 per person, payable at the event.

MdCV students go to spring signup for fall semester at Washburn Tech

On Thursday, April 18, 2024, ten Marais des Cygnes Valley High School sophomores and juniors traveled to Washburn Technology Institute, in Topeka, for WTI’s 11th Annual Signing Day for the fall of 2024 semester. MdCV students attending include, back from left, Hunter Masenthin, Sully Simpson, and Serenity Meade, middle, Issy Romi, Taytum Gellhaus, Kelsie Benjamin, Kadence Masenthin, and Xanthe Hattok, and front, Akyra Traver.

Photo thanks to MdCVHS.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club: April meeting

By Allie Reeser, Club Reporter

At 5:05 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2024, at the Melvern Community Center, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club meeting was called to order by President Gradey McNally. The club began the meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge, led by Gradey.

Gentry McNally demonstrates how to make Bubble Bread.

Gentry McNally demonstrates how to make Bubble Bread at the 4-H club’s April meeting.

Secretary Bella Reeser called the roll; members and parents were to answer with, ‘Would you rather have candy or chocolate?’ There were 10 members and eight adults present. Bella read the minutes from the previous meeting; they were approved as read. There was no correspondence. Treasurer Braelyn McNally read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read. Reporter Allie Reeser stated that she had submitted one article to the newspaper. There was no historian’s report.

In the leader’s report, Leader Caleb McNally reminded club members that May 1 is the deadline to enroll in new projects. Leader Lisa Reeser asked each club member who participated in Animal Adventure Camp or Sheep Producers Day to please stand and share what they did and learned there. Lisa also reminded club members and parents to read the club meeting notes. There was no old or new business.

In the program, Gentry McNally did a demonstration on how to make Bubble Bread. In songs, Addy Doviak led the club in singing “Better Place.” At 5:34 p.m., it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2024, at the Melvern Community Center.

Members enjoyed snacks provided by the McNally family. For recreation, members enjoyed playing at Melvern Park.

KDOT to start mudjacking project in late April

The week of April 22, 2024, the Kansas Department of Transportation expects to start a mudjacking project that includes various locations in Allen, Bourbon, Coffey, Franklin, Greenwood, Labette, Miami, Neosho, Osage and Wilson counties.

Mudjacking improves road-to-bridge transitions by using polyurethane foam to raise and level concrete bridge approach slabs and highway and shoulder panels. Traffic will be reduced to one lane through the work zones; expect brief delays.

Weather permitting, the work should be completed by July.

KDOT awarded the $135,000 construction contract to Nortex Concrete Lift & Stabilization Inc., Fort Worth, Texas.

Young Democrat to speak at Osage City

The Osage County Democrats is hosting Raiden Gonzalez, of the Kansas Young Democrats Caucus, at its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City. Gonzalez will speak on what the Young Democrats Caucus has been doing, and how the party can better appeal to younger Democrats in Osage County. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Chamber Chatter: Scholarship deadline next week

The deadline date is drawing near for the Osage City Chamber of Commerce 2024 scholarship applications.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce offers a scholarship to one senior girl and one senior boy graduating from Osage City High School. High school graduation will soon be here and the Chamber would like to encourage any senior girl and boy that are furthering their education to get with Shana Smith, the high school counselor and ask for application information.

Specifically for the Osage City Chamber of Commerce application, data needed is a transcript, two letters of reference, and an essay from the student on importance of owning and operating a business in a small town.

Applications should be submitted to the address listed on the application. Applications must be postmarked by April 17, 2024.

Chamber to gather after hours at TwoCousins weeSale

TwoCousins weeSale LLC will be hosting a Chamber After Hours Mixer 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 413 Market St., Osage City. The event will be a Chamber After Hours Mixer, a ribbon cutting and open house. Chamber members and the public are invited to come and meet owners Stephanie and Jaryl Seth, and enjoy refreshments and visit with fellow community members. The store furnishes a wide variety of items to complete a home with a new baby, through ages newborn to teen years.

Plans for fair events include carnival, parade, fireworks, demo derby, Lions Club food

This year Osage City will be hosting two fair events. A community event July 10-13, 2024, will include a carnival, a variety of entertainment every night, live band, parade, fireworks, and Touch-A-Truck, among other entertainment. The fair parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, July 12. The parade theme has not been decided yet.

Adam Burnett, parade chairman, is creating some new and innovative concepts for the parade for this year. He will provide information regarding the parade, and a parade form will be available soon to submit an entry for the parade. The Chamber of Commerce offers cash prizes for float entries and golf cart and ATV entries. For more information about the parade, contact Burnett at 785-760-0621.

Community fireworks celebration

The date for the annual community fireworks show hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce will be Friday, July 12, starting at 10 p.m.

Osage County 4-H Fair, July 24-27, 2024

July 24-27, 2024 will mark the dates for the Osage County Fair, at Osage City. The fair will feature exhibits including poultry, livestock, fruit, vegetables, produce, and other representations of the best of Osage County.

TwoCousins weeSale named as new business of the year

New Business of the Year Award was presented to TwoCousins weeSale LLC and owners, Stephanie and Jaryl Seth. Chamber photo.

A new award for the Osage City Chamber of Commerce this year, the New Business of the Year Award, was presented to TwoCousins weeSale LLC, and owners, Stephanie and Jaryl Seth, at the recent Chamber awards banquet.

During 2023, Osage City was fortunate to be chosen as the home for TwoCousins weeSale LLC. The Seths have settled in the building that was formerly Henry’s Coffee House, and are filling their store with a variety of clothing from new born to maternity wear. They also house a nice variety of toys, bedding, and furniture to outfit a home for a new addition to the family.

They have become involved with the various events that the Chamber has to offer throughout the year and look forward to becoming more involved as the time passes. They regularly partner and donate merchandise to the local non-profit organizations in the county, support the schools with shoes and clothing for families in need and emergency support of families upon a disaster.

Information thanks to Osage City Chamber Executive Director Jeanette Swarts.

Lira recognized as Osage City employee of the year for helpful, friendly attitude

Louise Lira, of White’s Foodliner, is Osage City’s employee of the year. Chamber photo.

Louise Lira, of White’s Foodliner, formerly Jerry’s Thriftway, was announced as the recipient of the Osage City Chamber’s Employee of the Year award during the organization’s recent awards banquet.

Louise has been an employee since 2012, with 12 years with Jerry’s Thriftway and now with White’s Foodliner.

Lira was recognized for how she always greets customers with a smile, and is always helpful answering customers’ questions. Louise has worked through the grocery store’s recent owner change and made the transition with ease. Throughout her years of gaining experience, she has taken on a leadership role with the other checkers, and always takes care of their problems that they may encounter.

Osage City Public Library earns Chamber’s non-profit of the year award

The Osage City Public Library was named as the recipient for the Osage City Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit of the Year Award, at the Osage City Chamber of Commerce’s annual award banquet held March 22, 2024. The library’s mission statement is “More than just books”. The library is committed to supporting a lifelong enjoyment of reading and learning.

The library is dedicated and provides more than books to all ages of citizens of Osage City and Osage County. They have partnered with AARP to provide tax assistance to the elderly. Catholic Charities brings a resource bus to the library, providing food, hygiene and baby items. The Osage County Sheriff’s Office uses the library as a toy drop off station during the Christmas season.

Jeanette Stromgren and her staff and volunteers are always known for being friendly, professional and willing to help visitors find books and movies of interest. The staff consists of two fulltime and five part-time employees.

The library provides snacks to students after school, meals for children during the summer, story time twice a week for those five and younger.

The staff visits local daycares, assisted living, nursing homes, and homebound individuals.

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