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Officials search for disabled man in Lyndon area

Update: The missing person has been located and is safe back with his family, as reported by the NKRNS at 9:49 p.m. July 19, 2024.

Truck on fire near Melvern Lake temporarily closes U.S. 75

A truck on fire July 19, 2024, on U.S. 75. Photo by Rachel Price.

Update: The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported further details about this morning’s truck fire that closed U.S. Highway 75. A sheriff’s office press release said that at 7:02 a.m., a 911 call reported a fuel truck on fire at the 120.5 milepost on U.S. 75.

The release said a 2017 Peterbilt fuel truck was completely engulfed upon arrival of emergency responders. The truck had been hauling 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel. A tire blow out ruptured the tank, causing the fire. No injuries have been reported.

The highway was closed for the fire suppression efforts, and is expected to reopen around 11:30 a.m., the sheriff’s office reported.


A truck on fire has temporarily closed U.S. Highway 75 this morning, July 19, 2024. Around 8 a.m. the Kansas Department of Transportation advised drivers to use alternate routes to avoid the location between state Highway 278 and state Highway 31, near Melvern Lake.

The closure duration is unknown and KDOT provided no other details on the fire. There is no posted detour.

While on her way to work this morning, local reader Rachel Price captured these photos of the truck on fire before emergency services reached the site.

A truck on fire July 19, 2024, on U.S. 75. Photo by Rachel Price.

KDOT advised drivers to check KanDrive.gov for updates on the road closure.

Osage County Fair 2 to begin this weekend with horse show

Osage County Fair cattle exhibitors. File photo.

Part 2 of the 2024 Osage County Fair is about to get underway, with the horse show scheduled for this Saturday, July 20, at Burns Skyview Horse Farm. After four days of fair fun last week, the 4-H, FFA and open exhibition portion of the fair will start up next Wednesday, July 24, when the fair officially opens.

In the meantime, exhibitors and fair volunteers will start setting up the fairgrounds Sunday at Jones Park in Osage City; Tuesday, exhibitors will set up tack and equipment; animals will be unloaded beginning Wednesday morning.

In addition to exhibits and livestock of all kinds, fair goers will be able enjoy the pie baking contest Thursday. Friday evening at the fair will feature an ice cream social, bingo, and live entertainment. Saturday’s fun includes an “ultimate foam experience” and a touch-a-truck exhibit.

Here is the week’s schedule:

Charles F. Campbell, 93, Topeka: June 6, 1931 – July 13, 2024

TOPEKA, Kan. – Charles F. Campbell, 93, of Topeka, Kan., passed away Saturday, July 13, 2024. He was born June 6, 1931, at Michigan Valley, Kan., the son of Frank and Helen (Cearfoss) Campbell.

Charles graduated from high school at Michigan Valley, received his BS in Education at Emporia State, and also attended graduate school in Georgia.

He was a science teacher at East Topeka Junior High, and Jardine Junior High. He was a city street commissioner in Topeka from 1969 until 1977. He later moved to Salina, Kan., and worked for Ballou Construction as manager and foreman. In Salina he later owned and operated a sports card shop for a number of years.

After his retirement he returned to Topeka. He loved to fish at Lake Sherwood and in the Delaware River near Lake Perry. He also enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas to play in keno tournaments.

Mary A. Keller, 94, Osage City: Nov. 4, 1929 – July 12, 2024

LINDSBORG, Kan. – Mary A. Keller, 94, formerly of Osage City, Kan., passed away Friday, July 12, 2024, at Bethany Home, Lindsborg, Kan. Mary A. Nowlin was born Nov. 4, 1929, in Harveyville, Kan., the daughter of Alvia W. and Helen M. (Bartram) Nowlin.

Mary graduated from Osage City High School in 1947.

Mary was joined in marriage to John G. Keller, June 24, 1950, in Osage City. To this union, three children were born, Vicki, Sheri and Johnnie.

She worked as a daycare provider for 42 years in Osage City, and was a homemaker for her family.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, July 5 – July 11, 2024

The following information was compiled July 5 to July 11, 2024, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, July 9 – July 13, 2024

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

Chip seal project to begin on K-170

KDOT map shows the chip and seal project on state Highway 170, to begin next week.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has announced a chip seal project that will begin next week in Lyon and Osage counties. The project covers approximately 21 miles of state Highway 170, from the state Highway 99 junction, west of Reading, to the southern city limit of Osage City.

Work is expected to begin around Monday, July 15, and to be completed by early August, conditions permitting. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in the active work area and directed by a pilot car and flaggers. Drivers should plan for delays of up to 15 minutes.

Vance Brothers Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., is the prime contractor on the $1 million project.

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

OCES administrative assistants to be honored as Osage County Fair Parade marshals

Osage County Fair Parade marshals Michelle Martin, left, and Jessica Lickteig. Chamber photo.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has selected two well-known local honorees to serve as parade marshals for the 2024 Osage County Fair Parade, to be held July 12, in downtown Osage City.

Parade marshals Michelle Martin and Jessica Lickteig, both secretaries at Osage Elementary School, were recognized for their willingness to go above and beyond to help families who may be struggling financially or otherwise. They make sure every child that walks through the doors of the school feel welcomed and loved, as well as making sure they have access to everything they need to be safe and successful.

Martin has lived in Osage City since 1978, and graduated from Osage City High School with the class of 1980. She has been employed as a secretary at the OCES for the last 26 years. She is married to Rick Martin, and they have two sons, Dylan and his wife Katie and three grandchildren, Khloe, Layne and Paislee, all of Osage City, and David, of Lawrence.

Lickteig was born and raised in Osage City, and graduated from OCHS in 2006. In 2009, she married Ryan Lickteig, also of Osage City, and they built their family home. They have two daughters, Jordyn, who will be an eighth grader, and Taylor, who will be in sixth grade this year. Jessica has been an administrative assistant at OCES since 2016.

The Osage County Fair Parade gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2024, in downtown Osage City.

Colstroms honored as Mr. and Mrs. Osage City

Larry and Jeannine Colstrom have been selected as the 2024 Mr. and Mrs. Osage City, and will be honored in the Osage County Fair Parade, Friday evening, in downtown Osage City.

Larry and Jeannine said they are very honored to be selected as this year’s Mr. and Mrs. Osage City. They both grew up in the Osage City community, attending Osage Rural Elementary School and Osage City High School.

They both worked 30-plus years with Hallmark Cards, and during this time they were active in their churches and the community.

After retiring from Hallmark, both remained in the community. Larry went into full time farming. He endeavored to use conservation practices and new farming techniques to maintain the soil and enhance productivity while reducing labor and costs.

Jeannine became a professional seamstress working for J. Higgins LLC from home, making Scottish kilts that are distributed all over the United States. She also volunteers at ECAT and serves on the Osage County Senior Center board.

While being retired, Larry and Jeannine still remain very active in their churches and community, volunteering their time and talents. They enjoy the rural life, making their home west of Osage City in the Rapp Community where Larry grew up, and spending a lot of time with family and friends.

The Osage County Fair Parade gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2024, in downtown Osage City.

Osage City to be a ‘vacation destination’ during Friday’s fair celebration

The Osage County Fair Parade, underway at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2024, in downtown Osage City, will be a “Vacation Destination” with floats, golf cart entries, school groups, Shriners, and others. Leading the parade will be the Boy Scouts carrying the flag, followed by law enforcement, fire department, and Osage County EMS. The fair parade is hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. and Mrs. Osage City, Larry and Jeannine Colstrom, and parade marshals, Michelle Martin and Jessica Lickteig, Osage City Elementary School secretaries, will be recognized as parade dignitaries. Rod Willis and his wife, Anne, will be recognized as he begins his retirement after 10 years as Osage City manager.

Parade line-up starts at the west end of Market Street, with parade entry judging beginning at 5:15 p.m.

In a message to parade participants, parade chairman Adam Burnett said, “Thank you in advance for your participation in our ‘Vacation Destination’ parade. It is you, the community, that makes it a success by participating.”

For more information about the parade or entries, contact Burnett at osagecityparade@gmail.com.

In conjunction with the fair parade, the Chamber and Osage County Fire District No. 2 offer the opportunity for students kindergarten through the fifth grade to color a theme picture with the anticipation of getting selected to ride on a fire truck in the parade. There were a lot of entries this year and the selection process was a very difficult task. The selected students that will ride on the fire truck are Jordyn Turner, Olivia Robert, Ayva Capoun, Mia Watson, Nova Smith and Taylor Lickteig.

Following the parade, the attention goes to the Jones Park area where there will be a full evening of entertainment. The Lions Club will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade pies, and other treats. The continuation of the carnival will be in full swing with a variety of rides for all ages. The Atomic Alert historical display continues in the recreation building. The Osage County Fair Association will host an ice cream social, outside of the community building. Bingo will begin at 7 p.m. in the community building. The band Delta Haze will present a show, starting at 8 p.m., east of the community building. Friday evening’s finale will be a fireworks show around 10 p.m., which can be viewed from about anywhere around Jones Park.

Fair time means great times for all: Osage County Fair begins

It’s summer and time for the Osage County Fair, at Osage City, presented this year in two parts: community events will be July 10-13, 2024, and 4-H, FFA, and open livestock shows and exhibits will be July 24-27.

Community events get underway Wednesday, July 10, as the carnival sets up in Jones Park at Osage City. Carnival rides will be offered Wednesday through Saturday, and ride wristbands can be purchased in advance at many businesses in Osage County

The rest of the week will be highlighted with live entertainment, downtown fair parade, fireworks display and other entertainment. Here’s this week’s schedule:

Osage County Fair Community Events Schedule

Wednesday – July 10

9 a.m. – Booths and vendors open at the Osage City Recreation Building, Jones Park; Atomic Alert! display.
6 p.m. – Carnival rides until 10 p.m.

Thursday – July 11

6 a.m. – Lions Club food stand at Osage City Community Building.
9 a.m. – Booths and vendors at the Osage City Recreation Building; Atomic Alert! display.
6 p.m. – Carnival rides until 10 p.m.
7 p.m. – Keith Leff Patriotic Magic Show – main stage
9 p.m. – Keith Leff Patriotic Magic Show – main stage

Friday – July 12

6 a.m. – Lions Club food stand at Osage City Community Building.
9 a.m. – Booths and vendors at the Osage City Recreation Building; Atomic Alert! display.
6 p.m. – Carnival rides until 10 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – Osage County Fair Parade, downtown Osage City; theme “vacation destination.”
7 p.m. – Bingo
7:30 p.m. – Homemade ice cream and brownie social
8 p.m. – Live band “Delta Haze”
10 p.m. – Fireworks display, Jones Park

Saturday – July 13

6 a.m. – Lions Club food stand at Osage City Community Building. Serving “all you can eat” breakfast 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
9 a.m. – Booths and vendors at the Osage City Recreation Building; Atomic Alert! display.
6 p.m. – Carnival rides until 10 p.m.
7 p.m. – Demolition derby – west of football field

Most Osage County Fair activities and entertainment will be in Jones Park, 527 S. First St., the Osage City Community Building, or the Osage City Recreation Building, unless otherwise noted. For more information, see osagecountyfair.org/comm-events.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, June 28 – July 4, 2024

The following information was compiled June 28 to July 4, 2024, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, July 1 – July 6, 2024

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

Lyndon to ‘get fired up for freedom’ during Saturday celebration

A past fireworks show at Lyndon’s annual celebration. File photo.

Lyndon will “get fired up for freedom” Saturday at its annual Fourth of July celebration. Hosted by Lyndon Pride, the Independence Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2024, in downtown Lyndon. Cash prizes will be offered for first, second and third places. The theme of the parade is “Get fired up for freedom!”

White’s Foodliner, Osage City, is sponsoring free watermelon; kids races will be after the parade. Lyndon State Bank is sponsoring 3-leg, sack, and foot races, and a tug of war competition.

A fireworks show is planned at dusk at Lamont Hill, near Vassar; with a live band at 6 p.m.

For more information or parade entries, contact Lyndon State Bank, Lyndon Carnegie Library, or Sharon Culley at sharonculley@gmail.com.

Enjoy Fourth of July with the Overbrook community

Overbrook Fourth of July fireworks at City Lake. File photo.

Overbrook Pride is hosting a communitywide Fourth of July celebration that will include pickleball, a children’s bike parade, free swimming at the pool, and fireworks finale.

The day starts out at 8 a.m. with open play pickleball at the new courts. Everyone age 16 and older and all skill levels are invited; rackets and balls will be available for those who don’t have their own.

At 10 a.m., the kids bicycle parade gets underway and ends with hotdogs and root beer floats at the shelter house at the Kids Fishing Pond.

The Overbrook Pool will open at 1 p.m. for free swimming until 5 p.m.

Festivities and activities will get underway at Overbrook City Lake. Planned are a DJ, craft vendors, kayak rides and races, sidewalk chalk art, face painting, free waterslide, and watermelon.

The fireworks show will begin around 9:30 p.m. The show was made possible by donations from the community; all donations are appreciated.

State law prohibits political signs 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 reminds the public that all political campaign signs or billboards are prohibited from being placed on state highway right of way.

By law, all right of way on state highways is 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 signs on state highway 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 right of way does not apply to state highway right of way. Persons placing signs on city street or county road right of way should consult the local jurisdiction on any rules.

Osage County Jail Log, June 24 – June 30, 2024

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

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