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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.

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.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 5 – Nov. 13, 2022

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

Ellsworth Floyd Good, 84, Scranton: Sept. 13, 1938 – Nov. 6, 2022

SCRANTON, Kan. – Ellsworth “Floyd” Good, 84, of Scranton, Kan., passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, at his home. He was born Sept. 13, 1938, in Herrick, S.D., the son of John Robert Good and Velma (Bell) Good.

The family moved to Fort Scott, Kan., where Floyd attended school and worked on the family farm.

On Nov. 19, 1959, Floyd was united in marriage to Dorothy “Carolyn” Geter, in Wichita, Kan. They shared more than 52 years of marriage before the death of Carolyn on Oct. 5, 2013. They lived in Burlingame, Kan., for 20 years prior to moving to Scranton in 2006.

Floyd was a heavy equipment operator, who owned and operated Good Excavating from 1975 to 1982, in Topeka, Kan. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 101 Topeka since Nov. 1, 1957.

Theresa Kay Turner, 58, Quenemo: Dec. 23, 1963 – Nov. 9, 2022

QUENEMO, Kan. – Theresa Kay Turner, 58, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at her home in Quenemo, Kan. She was born Dec. 23, 1963, in Garnett, Kan., the daughter of John and Mary (Mann) Orton.

Theresa had lived in Parker, Centerville, Blue Mound, and Duncan, Neb., and then Quenemo. She graduated from Prairie View High School in 1982.

Theresa worked in home health and was the Quenemo city clerk. She was a volunteer on the Quenemo Fire Department and was also an EMT.

State transportation project invests $1.85 million into Osage City’s Flint Hills Trail

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Osage City’s portion of the Flint Hills Nature Trail will be paved or surfaced after the Kansas Department of Transportation accepted a bid for constructing 2.5 miles of pedestrian and bicycle paths through town.

KDOT announced approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects from the Oct. 19, 2022, letting in Topeka, which included the Osage City rail-trail project.

The pedestrian and bicycle paths will mostly follow the Missouri Pacific Railroad right of way through town, with a detour to city streets at Fifth Street and Ninth Street. The route is along the old railway right of way from Osage City’s west city limit to Fifth Street, south to Holliday Street, east to Eighth Street, north to Lakin Street, east to Ninth Street, north to Missouri Pacific Railroad right of way, and east to the east city limit.

Bettis Asphalt & Construction Inc., Topeka, bid $1,847,358.60 for constructing the pedestrian and bicycle paths. KDOT’s project number is Osage‑70 TE‑0481‑01.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 28 – Nov. 3, 2022

The following information was compiled Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, 2022, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 31 – Nov. 5, 2022

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

Osage County’s unofficial results of the Nov. 8, 2022, General Election

Tuesday night, the Osage County Clerk’s Office announced the unofficial results of the general election held Nov. 8, 2022. Turnout was high across the county with about 54 percent of active registered voters heading to the polls and 6,237 ballots cast.

In USD 421, voters approved two piggy-backed bond issues for school improvements, for $4,980,000 and $3,650,000, respectively.

These results represent Osage County’s totals as of Tuesday night, without provisional ballots counted. Results will be official after canvassing by the Osage County Board of Commissioners.

United States Senator

  • Mark R. Holland (D)………………………………………. 1,299
  • Jerry Moran (R)……………………………………………. 4,659
  • David C. Graham (L)…………………………………………. 211

United States House of Representatives District 2

  • Patrick Schmidt (D)……………………………………….. 1,894
  • Jake LaTurner (R)………………………………………….. 4,239

State Offices

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

  • Laura Kelly and David Toland (D)……………………… 2,409
  • Derek Schmidt and Katie Sawyer (R)…………………. 3,545
  • Seth Cordell and Evan Laudick-Gains (L)………………… 84
  • Dennis Pyle and Kathleen E. Garrison (I)………………. 166

Secretary of State

  • Jeanna Repass (D)………………………………………… 1,502
  • Scott J. Schwab (R)……………………………………….. 4,361
  • Cullene Lang (L)………………………………………………. 253

Attorney General

  • Chris Mann (D)…………………………………………….. 2,270
  • Kris Kobach (R)…………………………………………….. 3,854

State Treasurer

  • Lynn W. Rogers (D)……………………………………….. 1,804
  • Steven Johnson (R)……………………………………….. 4,060
  • Steve Roberts (L)…………………………………………….. 265

Commissioner of Insurance

  • Kiel Corkran (D)……………………………………………. 1,297
  • Vicki Schmidt (R)………………………………………….. 4,795

State Representative 54th District

  • Lyndon Johnson (D)…………………………………………. 872
  • Ken Corbet (R)……………………………………………… 2,268

State Representative 76th District

  • Chuck Torres (D)…………………………………………….. 828
  • Eric L. Smith (R)……………………………………………. 2,153

County Offices

County Commissioner, 1st District

  • Leslie D. Holman (R)……………………………………… 1,663
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 65

County Treasurer (unexpired term)

  • Christine L. Foster (R)……………………………………. 4,930
  • Write-in………………………………………………………… 304

Township Offices

Agency Township Clerk

  • Randy Chenoweth (R)………………………………………. 111
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 5

Arvonia Township Clerk

  • Donald Rogers (R)…………………………………………….. 27
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 21

Barclay Township Clerk

  • Rodney Bergquist (R)………………………………………… 72

Burlingame Township Clerk

  • Christina M. Corbett (R)…………………………………….. 72

Dragoon Township Clerk

  • Dillon Quaney (R)……………………………………………… 97
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 1

Elk Township Clerk

  • Stanley Hart (R)………………………………………………. 657
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 20

Fairfax Township Clerk

  • Keith Badger (R)……………………………………………… 256
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 8

Grant Township Clerk

  • Larry Colstrom (R)…………………………………………… 115
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 4

Junction Township Clerk

  • Raymond Kampsen (D)…………………………………….. 315
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 31

Lincoln Township Clerk

  • Philip “Rusty” Spencer (R)………………………………….. 53
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 5

Melvern Township Clerk

  • Raylen  Phelon (R)…………………………………………… 229
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 8

Olivet Township Clerk

  • Robert K. Crawford (R)………………………………………. 86

Ridgeway Township Clerk

  • Jim Shively (R)………………………………………………… 703
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 73

Scranton Township Clerk

  • Kevin Holthaus (R)…………………………………………… 289
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 14

Superior Township Clerk

  • Emilee Burkett (R)…………………………………………….. 86
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 8

Valley Brook Township Clerk

  • Donald E. Hook (R)………………………………………….. 540
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 23

Reading Fire District 1 Board Member (two positions)

  • Chris Keith………………………………………………………. 18
  • Kevin Sorenson………………………………………………… 19

USD 421 Proposition 1

  • Yes………………………………………………………………. 758
  • No……………………………………………………………….. 402

USD 421 Proposition 2

  • Yes………………………………………………………………. 647
  • No……………………………………………………………….. 519

Constitutional Amendment 1

  • Yes……………………………………………………………. 2,966
  • No…………………………………………………………….. 2,667

Constitutional Amendment 2

  • Yes……………………………………………………………. 3,927
  • No…………………………………………………………….. 1,843

Magistrate Court Judge

4th Judicial District Position No. 1 …………………….. Yes                No

  • Lori D. Breshears………………………………………….. 3,866                1,666

Supreme Court Justices……………………………………. Yes                No

  • Position No. 1 – Melissa Taylor Standridge…………. 3,378                2,240
  • Position No. 2 – Dan Biles……………………………….. 3,230                2,332
  • Position No. 3 – K.J. Wall………………………………… 3,200                2,385
  • Position No. 5 – Marla Luckert…………………………. 3,311                2,242
  • Position No. 6 – Evelyn Z. Wilson……………………… 3,325                2,255
  • Position No. 7 – Caleb Stegall…………………………… 3,594                1,933

Kansas Court Of Appeals Judges

  • Position No. 1 – Stephen D. Hill………………………… 3,469                2,048
  • Position No. 2 – Lesley Ann Isherwood………………. 3,329                2,156
  • Position No. 3 – Amy Fellows Cline……………………. 3,415                2,099
  • Position No. 5 – Kim R. Schroeder…………………….. 3,521                1,971
  • Position No. 7 – Henry W. Green Jr…………………… 3,355                2,099
  • Position No. 11 – Tom Malone…………………………. 3,311                2,131
  • Position No. 13 – Jacy J. Hurst………………………….. 3,220                2,222

Timoteo Lira, 101, Osage City: Feb. 23, 1921 – Nov. 5, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Timoteo Lira, 101, passed away, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at his daughter’s home in Kansas City, Mo. Timoteo was born Feb. 23, 1921, in Osage City, Kan., the son of Nicolas and Gabriela (Moreno) Lira.

He graduated from Osage City High School in 1942. After high school, he served in the United States Army during World War II.

He was joined in marriage to Gladys Romero; she preceded him in death in 1971.

Timoteo worked in maintenance for the Santa Fe Railroad, and retired in 1981. He was an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and American Legion Post 198, in Osage City.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 21 – Oct. 27, 2022

The following information was compiled Oct. 21 to Oct. 27, 2022, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage City has new highway: K-31 opens after monthslong closure

Kansas Department of Transportation announced yesterday through social media that state Highway 31, between Osage City and U.S. Highway 75, has been reopened, as of Nov. 2, 2022.

KDOT reports work will continue along the sides of the highway, with the project expected to be completed in January. Drivers are asked to use caution in the construction zone.

That section of K-31 had been closed since July 25, as part of the highway’s realignment project. KDOT’s only official marked detour for the project was on U.S. Highway 56, and routed drivers more than 15 miles out of their way through Scranton and Burlingame to reach Osage City. Several local gravel roads were heavily used as detour routes during the closure.

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