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Help Wanted: City of Osage City seeks Electric Distribution Supervisor

The City of Osage City, a community of 2,943 located in Northeast Kansas, desires to fill the position of Electric Distribution Supervisor. This non-exempt position is responsible for, but not limited, to a variety of supervisory, administrative, skilled, technical, and maintenance work in the planning, construction, operation, repair, maintenance, and replacement of the City electric distribution facilities and systems.

Minimum qualifications include completion of a two-year line school program or equivalent-type of training program, seven years of experience related to the construction, operation, repair, and maintenance of electrical distribution systems, a high school degree or GED, and Kansas CDL driver’s license with an insurable driving record. Previous supervisory experience is preferred, but not required for the position.

Salary will be commensurate with individual’s qualifications and experience. The City offers an excellent benefits package. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, application for employment, resume, list of five professional references, and salary history to the following:

City Clerk Terri Fultz
City of Osage City
201 S 5th Street, PO Box 250
Osage City, KS 66523-0250

Application for Employment forms may be downloaded at

Applications may be submitted electronically to [email protected] . Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 24, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Questions can be directed to Joey Lamond, Director of Utilities, at 785-528-3714 or [email protected].

The full position description and benefit profile is available upon request. The City of Osage City, Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Help Wanted: City of Osage City seeks City Utility Clerk

The City of Osage City, a community of 2,940 located in Northeast Kansas, desires to fill the position of City Utility Clerk. This non-exempt position is responsible for but not limited to clerical work which includes maintenance of utility accounts, collection of payments, and providing information utilizing a high level of customer service both in person and by phone. Receives and records monetary transactions for city utilities and other services and fees. Posts payment to accounts, balances daily revenue to daily transactions. Experience should include a minimum of six months customer service experience, minimum of one year of experience working with cash transactions, experience with data entry and proficient with computer software and other office machines, must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, professional interaction with customers in person and via telephone. A high school degree or GED is required. Salary will be commensurate with individual’s qualifications and experience. The City offers an excellent benefits package. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, list of five professional references, and salary history to the following: City Utility Clerk Search, City of Osage City, 201 S. 5th Street, PO Box 250, Osage City KS 66523-0250. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2018. Questions can be directed to Terri Fultz, City Clerk at 785-528-3714 or [email protected]. A full position description and benefit profile is available upon request. The City of Osage City, Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Public Notice: Intersection closed, 4th and Ellinwood, Osage City, until August 20

The City of Osage City is notifying citizens and drivers that the intersection of 4th and Ellinwood streets will be closed from Monday, August 6 to Monday, August 20, 2018. Please use Safford Street for school access. Thank you!

For more information, contact Osage City Hall at 201 S. Fifth St., Osage City, Kan., 785-528-3714.

Help Wanted: Three Lakes Educational Cooperative seeks interpreter for deaf

Three Lakes Educational Cooperative is seeking full-time interpreter services for an elementary student in the West Franklin School District. The interpreter will work closely with the education team serving deaf and hard of hearing children. Contact Three Lakes Educational Cooperative for more information at 785-828-3113.

OCPR Update: Summer pours on the heat, but the cool pool is still full


Summer’s not over yet but the Osage City Aquatic Center is open until Labor Day, which is just around the corner. Osage City Parks and Recreation is also gearing up for fall sports, with signup dates announced for youth soccer and youth football.

Blaine Finch: Let’s talk straight

We’ve seen it all before. The past few years, dark money special interest groups have brought negative campaigning to our community. Their tactics are the same again this year. My opponent – and the special interests backing her – waited until the last minute to launch a smear campaign against me. Why? Because by waiting, they hope I won’t have time to respond to their attacks and give you the truth.

So, let’s talk straight.

My campaign is supported by people in our community, businesses, ag groups and health care organizations. When my opponent says I am funded by “lobbyists,” she’s talking about Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Hospitals and other community groups that represent our families, our values and our jobs. The people backing my campaign are fully disclosed on campaign finance reports, meanwhile the special interest groups that like to throw mud in these campaigns get to hide in the shadows. They don’t live here, work here or raise their families here like you and I do.

I voted to fund our schools without a tax increase. That’s a fact. The legislature passed Senate Bill 423 this year, a plan to fund our schools within the existing budget and get the Supreme Court out of our classrooms. There were special interest groups pushing for a $1 billion plan, which would have required a tax hike. I opposed that plan – and I opposed any plan that would have required a tax increase – from the very beginning. My opponent isn’t telling you the truth.

I voted to override Brownback and put a stop to his tax favors. My opponent took a special favor appointment from Brownback, so it’s not a surprise that she would support his tax favors too. I don’t think it’s fair that certain corporations get to skirt their taxes while our families and businesses pick up their tab. That’s why I voted to override Brownback. What my opponent fails to mention is that overriding Brownback meant reinstating the ability for our farmers to write off loss carryover, for our families to deduct medical expenses when facing a catastrophic illness or injury, and for homeowners in our community to deduct their property taxes and mortgage interest. Don’t be fooled by her rhetoric.

I am pro-life with the voting record to prove it. I have voted for every pro-life bill that has come before the Legislature, including banning dismemberment abortions, defunding Planned Parenthood, and establishing that life begins at conception. I have never wavered on this issue and I never will. My opponent knows that. What she and the special interests backing her take issue with is the fact that I voted for a provision that would not give your doctor permission to lie to you. I don’t think it’s right to give anyone free license to lie.

Shari Weber: Correction of the record – the rest of the story

Ah, the primary season is upon us. Robocalls, survey calls, mailers, and print ads. It’s all “part of the game” we play to elect officials to various offices. I am sure many people tune out the bombardment of information thrown at us, but it would serve us well if we stopped and did some checking on the candidates in various races.

In the race for State Representative, District 59, which pits the incumbent Blaine Finch against me, Shari Weber, the Finch ads and mailers state, “I answer to you not the lobbyists that keep trying to call the shots for our families.” His 2017 Campaign Finance Report, filed with the Kansas Secretary of State and Ethics Commission, may leave you scratching your head regarding his statement. He has a campaign war chest totaling over $65,000, quite a large amount for a three-term representative. Where did the funds come from? In 2017 he reported contributions totaling $13,225 from 45 entities. ONE contribution of $250.00 came from a resident of the 59th District, the remainder from “lobbyists.” Finch’s July 30, 2018 Campaign Fund report touts another $20,000 plus in campaign contributions; again, mostly from special interests and lobbyists. The reports can be accessed online at the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission website under the “Campaign Finance heading” and the subhead “View Submitted Forms & Reports.” Here is the link. Also, see here for more information.

Finch also states he “funded schools without raising taxes,” yet he voted for the largest tax increase in the history of the state and also retroactively raised taxes on the residents of the 59th District. Instead of enacting legislation to curb spending, he left us all on the hook for increased taxes. Have you felt it?

Shari Weber: I ask for your vote to serve the 59th House District

Dear Friends,

I decided to become involved in Kansas government because I care about the quality of life our children inherit. The strength of communities, agriculture, small business, public education and public safety must be addressed by state government.

I am an advocate for children, born and unborn. I stand up for the right to bear arms and I resist tax increases which threaten fiscal responsibility.

As a staunch conservative, I align with the values of the 59th District. I know the truth and how to tell it. For too long we have been told one thing when something else is actually happening in our state government.

I have a clear legislative record of putting people first, standing strong on principle, and working to make sure government is smart, lean and responsive to the real needs of its citizens.

I ask for your vote and trust to serve the 59th House District.

Thank you,
Shari Weber

Political ad paid for by Shari Weber.

Tradition of resident care continues at Osage City’s Peterson Assisted Living

Many have heard about the closing of longtime Osage City business, Peterson Health Care, Inc., which has been a central fixture in Osage City since 1976. Maybe not as well understood, though, is that one family’s legacy of caring for people will continue just across the street at Peterson Assisted Living.

Crystal Peterson owns both businesses, with Peterson Health Care offering nursing home services since 1976, and a sister business, Peterson Assisted Living, beginning in 1996. The recent sale of the nursing home was part of Peterson’s plan for retirement.

“When all of my children graduated from college was when I planned to retire,” Peterson said recently. “The last one graduated in May.”

She explained the sale of the nursing home was the first step for reducing her business involvements, but retirement plans still include continuing her family’s business of caring for people. Peterson noted she first began in the nursing home business when she was a child. Her grandparents offered rooms in their home, caring for the elderly and infirm, starting in the 1950s.

“It started as a little house with four rooms for the people my grandparents took in,” she said.

As Peterson grew up, it was common for her to spend time reading with residents at her grandparents’ home or cranking the player piano for their daily entertainment.

“It was part of my life, going there every day after school,” she remembered.

As an adult, Peterson continued that tradition of caring, eventually operating the nursing center and neighboring assisted living facility in the 600 block of Holliday Street.

“We were dedicated to providing the best experience, whether at the assisted living or across the street,” she said. “And throughout the years, we were committed to this community.”

With the assisted living facility continuing, Peterson said the business will continue to provide the best experience for residents.

Peterson noted that a dedicated staff is in place at the facility, with Tricia Gundy serving as director.

“I’ve worked side by side with Tricia for the last five years,” Peterson said. “I feel very confident in trusting her in that job.”

Gundy previously served as rehabilitation director at Peterson Health Care.

The staff at 20-apartment facility provides the best homelike atmosphere as possible. As an assisted living facility, such things as medication management and meal preparation are included in the cost of living there. While the level of care is different than a nursing home, residents at the assisted living also have access to outside agency assistance, such as for speech therapy or other rehabilitation therapies.

Help Wanted: Part time evening dishwasher

Marilynn’s Restaurant is seeking a part-time evening dishwasher. Apply at 1216 Laing St., Osage City, or for more information, call 785-528-3769.

OCPR Update: Summer is here, cool off at Osage City Aquatic Center

OCPR-logo-redWhere better to be on a hot summer day than the Osage City Aquatic Center? Osage City Parks and Recreation makes it easy to find a reason to come cool off at the pool. In addition to swim lessons and water aerobics, OCPR is also getting ready for gymnastics camp through the month of July.

OCPR Update: Summer fun officially underway

OCPR-logo-redOsage City Parks and Recreation has a full schedule of summer fun planned, starting with swimming lessons, water aerobics, summer art camps, and gymnastics camp.

OCPR Update: Aquatic center is warming up for summer fun

OCPR-logo-redWith June here, the water is warming up and swim lessons are about to begin at Osage City Aquatic Center. Here are the latest lessons schedules and summer fun activities offered by Osage City Parks and Recreation.

Help wanted? Osage County News can help you

Osage County News can help you with “help wanted”. We reach thousands of people in the local area weekly, and hopefully can help you find the perfect candidate for your job.

Here is a comment we recently received about the results of one of our customer’s help wanted ads:

“We have had a very good response and have been happy with the quality of applicants the ad has brought to us.”

Our rates are affordable, and all ads come with unmatched friendly, efficient service. Contact us today to find out how you can connect to the Osage County area online community and let prospective employees know about your job openings. Call 785-828-4994 or email [email protected].

OCPR Update: Swimming season is almost here

OCPR-logo-redSpring is here and summer is right around the corner as Osage City Parks and Recreation gets the pool ready for swimming, swimming lessons, and having fun. Also in the works are STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, music) camps, art camps and tackle football. Here is OCPR’s latest update:

Congratulate your favorite senior on Osage County News!

Osage County News offers parents, grandparents and friends a new way to congratulate their graduating seniors – with a personalized message online where everyone can see it.

Personalized senior congratulations on Osage County News can include a photo and information about the senior or a congratulatory message (up to 200 words). Sponsors’ names will be noted per their wishes. Congratulations will also be shared through our social media outlets.

Senior congratulations are $25, with no extra charge for a photo. They are published among stories in the news feed and will be archived in OCN’s “People” section. (Remember parents and grandparents deserve congratulations for their efforts, too.)

Be the first to congratulate your senior – email your special message or senior’s bio along with your favorite photo of the graduate to [email protected]. Congratulations and photos also can be sent along with payment to Osage County News, PO Box 62, Lyndon, KS 66451.

Call 785-828-4994 for more information or payment arrangements.

OCPR Update: Lifeguard training, swim lessons, tee-ball, summer camps

OCPR-logo-redSpring is here and Osage City Parks and Recreation is working on getting the Osage City Aquatic Center ready for summer fun. Signups for lifeguard and CPR training are due soon, along with tee-ball, S.T.E.A.M. camps, and summer art camp.

OCPR Update: When there’s barbecue smoke, it’s spring at Osage City

OCPR-logo-redSpring arrives this week and there is one thing on a lot of people’s minds – BBQ! The Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship is planned for April 6-7, 2018, and includes a community barbecue party, A Taste of Osage City, Friday, April 6. While some are focused on barbecue, Osage City Parks and Recreation is ready for Flint Hills League youth baseball and softball, with an upcoming signup deadline of March 30.

OCPR Update: BBQ season heats up just in time for baseball, softball

OCPR-logo-redIt’s almost spring and that means Smoke in the Spring is right around the corner, April 6-7, 2018. In addition to barbecue, Osage City Parks and Recreation is gearing up for youth baseball and softball, along with planning for the summer swimming season.

OCPR Update: You, too, can be a championship barbecue chef

OCPR-logo-redThe weekend after Smoke in the Spring, Osage City Parks and Recreation will host the University of Que BBQ cooking class, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 14, 2018, at the Osage City Community Building.

The class is taught by Richard Fergola and Jeremy Williams, of Fergolicious BBQ, an award winning competition barbecue team. Over the past two seasons, the team had 25 top 5 finishes, 9 grand championships, multiple perfect 700 and 180 scores, including the 2017 Smoke in the Spring Ribs Class Champion. Everyone can come out to visit them at this year’s Smoke in the Spring.

The class fee is $399 per person and $200 for spouses.

The class will cover: Meat Selection, Trimming, Rubs and Sauces, Injections and Brines, Full KCBS Box Building, Timelines, Temps, Woods, Hot Holding, Flavor Profiles, Presentation, Equipment, and much more. There also will be complimentary goodie bags, and prize drawings

Participants get to eat everything they cook in class!

To register for the class online, see, or for more information, contact Fergolicious BBQ LLC, at 913-787-3803, or [email protected].

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