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Local library presentations to discuss human trafficking in Kansas and U.S.

Human trafficking happens here in Kansas. The Osage City Library will host the first of four presentations at local libraries that will describe human trafficking in the United States and Kansas, and how communities can reduce the vulnerabilities that allow people to be exploited. Dr. Sharon L. Sullivan’s first presentation will be 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2024, at Osage City Library, and she will discuss how human trafficking is happening in rural and urban communities to neighbors and families.

Following presentations will be 6 p.m. April 19, at Lyndon Carnegie Library, 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon; 6 p.m. April 23, at Burlingame Public Library, 122 W. Santa Fe, Burlingame; and 11:30 a.m. April 24 at Carbondale City Library, 234 Main St., Carbondale.

Sullivan is executive director of the International Public Policy Institute and professor emerita at Washburn University, and has provided education and training to communities and professionals for over 20 years. Her research and activism focus on violence against women and children, including sexual and domestic violence, and human trafficking.

The federal government estimates 1.5 million U.S. citizens are exploited by sex and labor trafficking.

This event is cosponsored by Osage County Drug Free and the host libraries. For more information, contact the Osage City Library at 785-528-3727, or any of the host libraries.

Larry Gene Keim, 86, Harveyville: Sept. 29, 1937 – April 12, 2024

HARVEYVILLE, Kan. – Larry Gene Keim, 86, passed away peacefully with family around him Friday, April 12, 2024, at Harveyville, Kan. He was born Sept. 29, 1937, in Abilene, Kan., the son of Lester and Mary (Fells) Keim.

Larry spent his childhood years in Enterprise, Kan., and graduated from Chapman High School in 1955. After his father’s death, the family moved to Burlingame, Kan. It was at this time that Larry began farming, and it was to be a career that would span 69 years, from 1955 to 2024.

On Aug. 19, 1973, Larry was united in marriage to Roezetta Hammond, in Humboldt, Kan. Larry and Roezetta created Funny Face Farms and worked together for 49 years until her passing.

Osage County Jail Log, April 8 – April 14, 2024

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

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, March 29 – April 4, 2024

The following information was compiled March 29 to April 4, 2024, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Erven Walter ‘Butch’ Weiss Jr., 62, Lyndon: Jan. 16, 1962 – April 5, 2024

LYNDON, Kan. – Erven Walter “Butch” Weiss Jr., 62, passed away Friday, April 5, 2024, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born Jan. 16, 1962, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Erven “Bud” and Erma (Adkins) Weiss Sr.

Butch grew up and had lived near the Vassar and Lyndon, Kan., communities most of his life. He graduated from Lyndon High School in 1980.

Butch worked as a pipefitter for the Goodyear Tire Company in Topeka for nearly 30 years. He was a member of the Steelworkers Union No. 307, and the Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar.

On April 21, 1984, Butch was united in marriage to LuNelle “Nellie” Cox, in Reading, Kan. To this union two children were born, LouAnn and Tyler.

Philip S. Wiederholt Sr., 89, Osage City: Dec. 31, 1934 – April 9, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Philip S. Wiederholt Sr. was born Dec. 31, 1934, in rural Clyde, Mo., and passed away peacefully with family at his side last Tuesday. On that sunny day, April 9, 2024, he joined his beloved wife, Kay, and their youngest son, John.

Born on New Year’s Eve, he seemed born to celebrate life and loved to dance. After graduating from Princeton High School in 1952, he helped his father on their family farm while working for Ottawa Steel Company. Knowing his love of dancing, his mother encouraged him to follow his dream of becoming a dance teacher. Phil taught ballroom dancing at the Arthur Murray dance studio on the Kansas City Country Club Plaza until 1957, when the draft board took him from the dance floor. He spent two years in the Army, serving 1958 to 1959 in Germany.

After the Army, he attended Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., graduating with a degree in accounting. He was employed in that capacity by Hallmark Cards, in Kansas City, Mo.

In 1960, he married his high school sweetheart, Kay Cannady. In 1970, they built their dream home in Osage City, Kan., where they raised three boys, Phil, Paul and John. Also in 1970 he helped open and manage the Hallmark Cards plant in Osage City. He worked for Hallmark Cards until he retired in 1997.

He was always interested in learning, building something, and helping others. His hobbies included woodworking, welding, music, opera, dancing, learning German, and traveling to Germany to visit his German cousins. He built grandfather clocks, circular staircases for friends and family members, gun cases for his brothers, and beautiful walnut desks for sons, Paul and John. He cured his own lumber after selecting and cutting down the perfect tree. His last woodworking project was during the last year of his life when he borrowed and duplicated a walking cane he particularly liked.

Quenemo eclipsed by another boil water advisory

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the city of Quenemo public water supply system as of April 8, 2024, due to a utility contractor accidentally breaking a water line, resulting in low pressure in the distribution system. KDHE officials issued the advisory because failure to maintain adequate pressure may put the system at risk for bacterial contamination. The advisory will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

  • Water users should observe the following precautions until further notice:
  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.

Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.

KDHE will rescind the order following testing at a certified laboratory.

For more information, contact the water system at 785-759-3315 or KDHE at 785-296-5514. For consumer information see kdhe.ks.gov/waterdisruption.

Impacted businesses can contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety and lodging program at kda.fsl@ks.gov or call 785-564-6767 for more information.

Roy Wayne McIver, 65, Carbondale: Feb. 9, 1959 – April 7, 2024

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Roy W. McIver, 65, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away April 7, 2024, at his home. He was born Feb. 9, 1959, at Hutchinson, Kan., to Richard and Lona McIver, who both preceded him in death in 2011 and 2020, respectively.

Roy graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1977. During his time there, he was active in JROTC and enjoyed playing the drums; both of which he pursued in adulthood. He played drums for various musical groups. He proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1977 to 1982 and the Air National Guard from 1986 to 2003, participating in the Persian Gulf Wars and Desert Storm, before retiring as master sergeant. He also worked as a private contractor for the United States Postal Service for 25 years.

Roy married his wife, Toni, on May 25, 1985. Toni precedes Roy in death, passing away in 2018. Roy and Toni had one child, who passed away at birth Feb. 19, 1995. The love that they weren’t able to share with their child was spread amongst 13 nieces and nephews, 20 great-nieces and great-nephews, and a great-great nephew.

He also had a love for animals, but none more than Midnight, the cat he and Toni shared, who passed away in 2021, and his dog, Bear, who passed away in 2020. During the winter months, Roy followed in his parents’ footsteps, vacationing in Port Aransas, Texas, always with his younger sister, Tina, as his traveling companion.

Osage County Jail Log, April 4 – April 7, 2024

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

Richard Allen Gardner, 64, Osage City: Dec. 4, 1959 – April 7, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Richard Allen “Rick” Gardner, 64, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2024, at his home near Osage City, Kan. He was born Dec. 4, 1959, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Joseph and Eunice (Redenbaugh) Gardner.

Rick grew up in Osage City and had lived in Dogtown for most of his life, until moving to the country six years ago. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1977.

Rick served in the United States Marine Corps from 1978 to 1983 as a sergeant. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Martin-Marietta and Hamms from 1984 to 1990. He was then an engineering technician for KDOT for 33 years.

He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Konza Prairie Chapter, and was an active skydiver, having more than 1,000 jumps.

On April 10, 1992, Rick was united in marriage to Dena Marie Brown, in Lyndon, Kan.

Raymond Terry Cummings, 82, Osage City: Oct. 17, 1941 – April 1, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Raymond Terry Cummings, 82, passed away Monday, April 1, 2024, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. He was born Oct. 17, 1941, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Francis and Lucile (Rich) Cummings.

Ray grew up near Lyndon, Kan., and graduated from Lyndon High School. He had lived in the Ft. Lupton, Colo., area for 35 years, and then moved back to Osage City, Kan., where he has lived since.

Ray was a truck driver most of his career, driving for several companies and then owning his own trucking business. He also served as a sheriff’s deputy in Osage County, Kansas. Ray served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1964 to 1970. He was a member of the Eagles and the American Legion. Growing up on a farm, Ray kept his passion and love for tractors.

Ray was united in marriage to Nancy Williamson, Aug. 15, 1968, in Osage City.

Missing Carbondale man located and arrested

The Carbondale Police Department posted Sunday on social media that Joshua D. Crosland, who was reported as a missing person April 4, has been located and is safe. The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported in this week’s jail log that Carbondale Police Chief Shannon Seals arrested Crosland Sunday evening on an outstanding Osage County warrant.

Court records indicate Crosland was previously arrested on March 6 for violation of a protection order or abuse order, and had been released on a $2,500 surety bond. On April 5, Osage County Attorney Tonya R. Vignery filed a motion to revoke Crosland’s bond, saying he had committed violations of the conditions of bond, including tampering with and removing a court ordered GPS tracking unit.

Vignery told the court that around noon April 4, she had received an alert for a “strap tamper” on Crosland. She said she spoke with Seals, who had heard from a neighbor who reportedly witnessed Crosland remove the device. At the time, Vignery said it was believed Crosland might be heading to Colorado.

Osage County Magistrate Judge Lori Breshears issued a bond revocation arrest warrant April 5. Seals’ return of service of arrest warrant indicates Crosland was arrested around 8 p.m. Sunday. Crosland was set to have a custody hearing at 1:15 p.m. today, April 9, and bond hearing on April 18, in Osage County District Court.

Ralph Eugene Eissler, 70, Melvern: March 22, 1954 – March 30, 2024

MELVERN, Kan. – Ralph Eugene Eissler, 70, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2024, in Lecompton, Kan. He was born March 22, 1954, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Howard and Gwen (Clark) Eissler.

Ralph had lived in Osage County, Kansas, most all of his life.

Ralph owned his own truck and was a truck driver for most of his career. He had been a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar, Kan.

On August 28, 1989, Ralph was united in marriage to Debbie Allen, in Miami, Okla.

Spring has sprung and Osage City is smokin’

Spring is here and that means it’s time for Osage City to start the coals for the town’s annual barbecue party. The 21st annual Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship fires up Friday evening at Jones Park with the “Taste of Osage City”, where food lovers can get their fill from menus featuring BBQ favorites or eclectic side dishes.

This year’s “Taste” gets underway at 5 p.m. Friday, and will feature 19 barbecue teams offering their favorite outdoor cooked fare in exchange for BBQ Bucks. BBQ Bucks can be used to purchase food, drinks, and other items at the event. BBQ Bucks will be sold on site, 1-7 p.m. April 5, at the Osage City Community Building concession windows. BBQ Bucks have no expiration date and can be used at future events. Ahead of time, BBQ Bucks can be purchased at Osage City Hall.

While the party focuses on fine smoked meats, cooks serve up a menu not likely offered anywhere else with Jones Park is transformed into a giant outdoor smorgasbord. A map of vendors and their menus is available here.

As the party starts cooking, around 7 p.m., the band Chance Encounter will heat up the amps for an evening of classic and modern rock ‘n’ roll in the OCPR building; the show is open to all ages. The recreation building is also the spot for cooling off your palate with the Ridge Iron Grill, a local bar that is tending a beer garden and offering beverages of all types.

A variety of other local vendors and charities will have booths offering beverages, baked goods, and other items that can be purchased with BBQ Bucks.

For the kids, bounce houses and inflatables will be available 4-8 p.m. Friday near the recreation building, weather permitting.

Really sparking the Friday event will be a fireworks show ignited by local pyrotechnician Scott Farmer, with fireworks provided by Garret Fireworks. The show will begin after dark, and will be fired off from open area south of OCPR building. Spectators will be able to see the show from about anywhere in Jones Park or the surrounding area.

“Bring a friend, have a beverage, eat some BBQ, stay for the music and fireworks,” said Corey Linton, the contest’s organizer for 18 of its 21 years.

Parking is crowded around the park, but Osage County Public Transportation will offer rides from the Osage City school parking lot 4-9:30 p.m. Friday. Freewill donations will be accepted for the shuttle. Parking is also available on the west side of the road west of the football stadium, weather permitting.

While the party simmers, competition chefs will get serious about tending their smokers overnight and in the morning for the annual Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned state championship. More than 100 competitors are signed up to cook the KCBS required categories, chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket. Cooks can also compete in the category of turkey as part of the nationwide Turkey Smoke competition sanctioned by the National Turkey Federation. This is the fifth year Smoke in the Spring has hosted a Turkey Smoke.

Janice Elizabeth Masters, 76, Council Grove: Nov. 23, 1947 – April 2, 2024

COUNCIL GROVE, Kan. – Janice Elizabeth (Christiason) Masters, 76, of Council Grove, Kan., died Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at Ascension Via Christi Hospital, Manhattan, Kan. She was born Nov. 23, 1947, in Barclay, Kan., the daughter of Homer Allen Christiason and Lucille Irene (Davis) Christiason.

Janice grew up in Osage City, Kan., graduating from Osage City High School with the class of 1965.

On Dec. 5, 1975, Janice was united in marriage to Jimmie Marshall Masters, in Council Grove. They enjoyed 45 years of loving marriage, and travelling to places like Colorado, Alaska on a cruise, Coolidge, Ariz., and Germany, until Jimmie’s passing March 27, 2021. They loved being snow birds and being in Arizona or out west during the winter months.

Janice worked as a brake press operator for Kansas Instruments in Council Grove for many years. She also was a generous volunteer at the Council Grove Senior Center.

Janice was an avid reader, especially murder mysteries. Along with her sister Phyllis, she enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune, and they would text each other to see who could guess the puzzle first. Janice also liked bowling. She loved teacup poodles, and enjoyed putting up bird feeders to attract hummingbirds. Janice was always on Facebook.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, March 22 – March 28, 2024

The following information was compiled March 22 to March 28, 2024, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, March 29 – March 31, 2024

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

Gloria Elaine Bachman, 81, Burlingame: Feb. 28, 1943 – March 29, 2024

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Gloria Elaine Bachman, 81, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away March 29, 2024. She was born Feb. 28, 1943, in Burlingame, to Winlow and Margaret Johnson.

Gloria was a trailblazer as a woman studying physics in the 1960s. She graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Washburn University, where she met her husband, David R. Bachman. They were married at the Federated Church, Burlingame, Kan.

She had a very successful career, ultimately becoming a program manager supporting the Navy in the design of defense systems and submarine communications. As an entrepreneur, she created her own contracting company in support of the Navy and Army before retiring.

Gloria was a dedicated mother and enjoyed cheering and supporting her boys. She was often a “team mom” and would rarely miss a game despite her career responsibilities. Gloria could often be heard ringing a bell in the stands in support of her kids’ teams.

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