Category Archives: Business

Osage County Community Foundation: Your community, your foundation

Click to download an OCCF grant application.The Osage County Community Foundation serves the Osage County area by helping donors make a lasting difference and improve the lives of people in the local community. Through its grant making opportunities, the Osage County Community Foundation works to bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support nonprofit organizations and others in our community.

As OCCF’s mission statement says: “The Osage County Community Foundation provides a method of giving that represents the ideas and interest of people who want to increase the impact of philanthropy.”

OCCF makes grants for innovative and creative projects and programs that are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation, and cultural affairs.

The foundation offers grants through its general fund, which is made up of unrestricted donations to the foundation, and donor advised funds, which are designated for a specific purpose by the donor. As a donor supported foundation, OCCF also continues to seek donations to continue its work in supporting Osage County organizations.

The foundation typically offers two rounds of grants annually. Any organization or group based in Osage County can apply, but preference is given to those that are not directly tax supported or agencies that have taxing authority. General operational expenses are not funded. Following the application deadlines as set each year, the foundation’s board meets to review applications and select recipients.

For more information about donating to the Osage County Community Foundation or the grant application process, contact Perry Thompson at 785-528-3006 or contact one of the foundation’s board members, Joe Humerickhouse, Casey Mussatto, Janet Steinle, Jodi Stark, or Mike Pitts. A grant application is available here. Completed applications should be mailed to the Osage County Community Foundation, PO Box 24, Osage City, KS 66523.

Roadside sales not permitted on Kansas highway right of way

The Kansas Department of Transportation is reminding the public that according to state law, all rights of way on state highways are to be used exclusively for highway purposes. KDOT has jurisdiction over all interstate, Kansas and U.S. routes on the state’s 9,500-mile system.

The violation that occurs frequently is the placement of various signs that are removed and taken to local KDOT offices. However, it is also unlawful for any persons to display on highway right of way outside the city limits any goods, wares or merchandise for sale.

One exception to this is the sale of farm or garden products, but these type of sales must be made exclusively at the entrance to the farm or garden where they were produced, as long as the sales are conducted a safe distance from the traveled way.

Any other location of these sales violates state law and will be removed by KDOT or law enforcement.

Kansans encouraged to “Call-a-Lawyer” for once-a-month free legal advice

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Bar Association and the Topeka Bar Association joined forces in 2017 to  launch a new public service – Call-a-Lawyer – designed to help persons in need of legal advice and information.

The next Call-a-Lawyer will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2020. Anyone seeking legal advice is encouraged to call 800-928-3111. Callers have the opportunity to speak to volunteer lawyers who donate their time and expertise to answer questions, and provide legal advice and information.

“There is no charge to talk to one of the lawyers during the Call-a-Lawyer event,” said Pat Byers, director of the KBA Lawyer Referral Service. “The COVID-19 quarantine and restrictions have led to questions in so many areas – evictions, workplace safety, domestic abuse, child welfare, substance abuse – to name but a few. Lower income Kansans and many rural Kansans may not have access to affordable legal assistance.”

The volunteers are members of the KBA or the TBA and are able to provide information on many legal issues, including probate, family law (such as child custody, divorce, and adoption), landlord-tenant issues and other matters involving real property and employment (such as wrongful termination, workplace conflicts and employment rights).

Call-a-Lawyer takes place on the second Thursday of each month.

Home Town Health Care: You can still rely on us to be there for you

During a time of your greatest need, Home Town Health Care’s home health and hospice staff is trained and equipped with the most up-to-date information and recommendations from the CDC and KDHE. As Covid-19 continues to spread through counties in Kansas, you can still rely on Home Town Health Care for your home health and hospice needs.

Our nurses and aides are trained on the proper precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and protect the health of our patients and communities. As others cancel or reduce visits, Home Town Health Care is able to help qualifying patients with lab testing, critical therapy, and medical needs in the safety of your home. We are continuing to help people who have medical needs, are unsafe to leave their homes, or can’t leave.

In this time of uncertainty, you can rest assured that Home Town Health Care will be there to care for you.

Call us at Lyndon 785-310-0000, or Emporia 620-342-2600.

Home Town Home Health and Hospice. There to Care.

Flint Hills Technical College plans for upcoming summer, fall semesters

EMPORIA, Kan. – Flint Hills Technical College President Dean Hollenbeck has outlined the college’s plans for upcoming summer and fall semesters during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our primary goal is to continue to provide quality hands-on education while keeping all of our students and employees safe,” Dr. Hollenbeck said. “We are communicating regularly with the Lyon County Health Department and working collaboratively with them to determine best practices moving forward.”

The majority of Flint Hills Technical College summer courses will be moved to an online format, beginning May 26, 2020. Some programs will be meeting in a face-to-face format to complete hands-on components and certifications for these programs. Students will receive notification from their program instructor with additional information.

All those on the FHTC campus will be adhering to the social distancing guidelines from the Lyon County Health Department including six-feet spacing, wearing masks, and frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer.

Marilynn’s reopens for dine-in or carry out service

Marilynn’s Restaurant, a family-owned business on east Highway 31, 1216 Laing St., in Osage City,  has reopened for dine-in or carry out service on Monday, May 4, 2020. Our new hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

We will be offering your favorite burgers, sandwiches, fryer items, and salads, and of course Naomi’s pies! We’ll also be serving up our daily lunch specials Monday through Friday.

Don’t sit at home wondering what’s for breakfast, lunch or supper. Let Marilynn’s fix it for you – DINE IN or come pick it up! Call 785-528-3769 for carry out.

Now OPEN for DINE-IN or CARRY OUT
New hours 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Call 785-528-3769 for carryout or curbside service

Marilynn’s Restaurant, on east Highway 31, 1216 Laing St., in Osage City, Kan., is here to serve you good food and homestyle hospitality Monday through Saturday, plus daily lunch specials Monday through Friday. Call 785-528-3769 for carry out and curbside service.

Check out Marilynn’s daily specials and full menu here: Marilynn’s menu


Thank you signs help fund local pandemic relief efforts

An ongoing fundraiser for the The Greater Emporia Disaster Relief Fund is the sales of “thank you” signs for windows and yards.

The Greater Emporia Disaster Relief Fund was recently organized to support the needs of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, Wabaunsee, and Woodson counties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Promoting the fund as a donation hub is one way all organizations and individuals in the multi-county region can support local disaster relief efforts during the pandemic. The goal of the collaboration is to provide conduits for donations and for support of nonprofit organizations or businesses, and to collectively help the region weather the impacts of the pandemic.

An ongoing fundraiser, by Emporia Main Street and KVOE, is selling yard and window signs to help raise money for the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund.

The signs say thank you to “Hometown Heroes” and are 24 inches by 18 inches and printed in full color on both sides. Proceeds from sign sales will go to the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund for COVID-19 support. In Osage County, orders placed by noon May 4, 2020, will be available for pickup at Osage Garden and Produce, Osage City, on May 8.

To order signs online, see emporiamainstreet.com. Indicate your pickup location when ordering.

The fund is also accepting donations and donors can designate their donation to be used only in Osage County. Donors are also reminded that if they make a $300 or less charitable donation, the CARES Act allows for up to $300 per taxpayer ($600 for a married couple) in an above-the-line deduction for charitable gifts made in 2020 and claimed on taxes in 2021.

e.b. Sprouts and Flowers: Now open with adjusted hours; it’s time to garden!

At e.b. Sprouts and Flowers, we are now open with adjusted hours:

Monday-Friday 1-5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Call 785-828-4116

We are practicing social distancing as much as possible. Open air market in the back or call in for curbside. It’s time to garden!

We have new pottery, annuals, hanging baskets, herbs and veggie starts, as well as soil amendments, mulch and much more! And as always cool home and yard decor for you and your bird friends.

Call or come by! Thank you for your business!

e.b. Sprouts and Flowers is at 520 Topeka Ave., Lyndon. Call 785-828-4116, email [email protected], or visit www.ebsprouts.com.

Osage City Golf Course to reopen clubhouse

The Osage City Golf Course will reopen its clubhouse for business on Saturday, April 18, 2020, after having closed in response to the pandemic.

From golf course management: “We will adhere to the restrictions set forth to keep everyone safe. You may not come into the clubhouse. Come to the west side door and we will serve your needs from there. The driving range will continue to be closed. Restrooms will be available but only one at a time may come in. You may rent a cart, but only one to a cart unless you are from the same family.”

Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting.

Call ahead for a tee time or if you have questions. Call clubhouse manager Janis Campbell at 785-219-2245 or the course at 785-528-3329.

Let’s all stay safe and play some golf.

Dance Spot offers free online dancing adventures

The Dance Spot, of Alma and Burlingame, is offering all dancers young and old free online dance classes.

“During this crazy time we want our families to save their money for life’s essentials – so we are not charging anything to our dance families, no monthly fees, no hidden costs. We are also giving our competition families refunds or credits to future dance competitions as the events let us know.

“We use our online dance classes for more about fun unique and funny moments we can still share with our dancers. We love them so much and miss them terribly so our goal is to stay connected even if it’s just for a day of stretching hilarious stuff, laughter is the best medicine during this crazy time, so enjoy the fun and join us.”

Higher Power Health & Yoga schedules online classes

Higher Power Health & Yoga is now holding yoga classes online, either via Zoom or Facebook Live. Everyone is welcome to join.

Our Facebook page is Higher Power Health & Yoga. You can also visit our website for the schedule and other information: www.higherpowerhealth.net

Wishing everyone health and safety,

Michelle Robert, Owner
Higher Power Health & Yoga, Osage City, KS

Cotton-O’Neil Clinic-Osage City encourages telemedicine, call before you come in

Cotton-O’Neil Clinic-Osage City continues to meet the health care needs of our community. We now have two available telemedicine options to continue the care you need while staying safe at home.

  1. You will need a phone with video capabilities (Apple or Android), iPad, or computer with video ability.
  2. Please update your Apple device. Or, for Windows or Android device, have current versions of either Google Chrome or Firefox internet.
  3. Ideally, try also downloading the MyChart app from the app store on your phone (this way we have another form of communicating with you during this health crisis).
  4. Call our clinic at 785-528-3161 and select option #3 to speak with one of our nurses.
  5. Nurse will walk you through the process and can register you for your appointment.

Please also note that we are not having anyone with sick symptoms enter the clinic at this time. Please call ahead if you are sick.

We are seeing sick patients in their vehicles at the rear of the building.

We want to keep the inside of our clinic a safe place to visit, should you need something.

We are having patients schedule lab draws at this time, please call ahead at the number above if you need lab done.

Thank you,

Cotton O’Neil-Osage City
785-528-3161

Edward Jones, Osage City: We’re here for you, but call us

Edward Jones, at Osage City, Kan., is open for business but has been closed to public access. We are still here to answer your questions.  You may reach us at 785-528-8177.  Our office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  If we are unavailable, leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Integrity Insurance Agency: Working and ready to serve you – just call

At Integrity Insurance Agency, our offices will be closed to the public until further notice. The entire team of Integrity Insurance Agency is working and ready to serve you. Please stay safe during these unprecedented times in our world today. We very much appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you when all this clears.

To contact us, please call 785-233-5401, and we can help you.

You can also make payments over the phone via e-check, debit card, credit card, or pre-pay card. To make a payment, call 785-233-5401. Customers are also encouraged to add the Integrity Insurance Agency Agentero app to your Smartphone.

Integrity Insurance Agency, 2047 SW Topeka Blvd Suite C, Topeka, 785-233-5401; Lyndon, 785-756-4055; Burlington, 620-364-1300.

Kathy’s Kitchen, Melvern, serves up down home cooking to go

This is a very challenging time we are all facing, but everyone still has to eat!

In an effort to continue flattening the corona virus curve, beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, Kathy’s Kitchen, at Melvern, Kan., will be temporarily closing the dining room, and switching to take-out and call-in orders only, curbside pick-up Monday- Saturday 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 785-549-3535 to place your order. Find their menu on Facebook.

To help make this process go as smoothly as possible for everyone, they encourage paying with a credit card over the phone. When placing your order, they will take your name, phone number, and brief description of your vehicle. When you arrive, simply pull into a parking space in front of the restaurant, a friendly, hand-sanitized, staff member will bring your order out to you as quickly as possible.

From everyone at Kathy’s Kitchen, “We look forward to returning to normalcy and having all of you gathered around our tables again very soon! In the meantime, make the best of it, wash your hands, and stay healthy! Thank you for your continued support during these troubling times!”

For more information, call Kathy’s Kitchen, 785-549-3535, 117 SW Main St., Melvern.

Jerry’s Thriftway changes hours for pandemic response

Jerry’s Thriftway, Osage City, will not have a weekly flyer for the next two weeks beginning March 25, 2020. This is due to the fact that we are unable to get product to do so.

We hope everyone will be patient with us during this epidemic. We are trying our best to keep the shelves stocked with the products we are able to get. We understand that many of you are frustrated with the situation and believe me we are just as frustrated.

Due to the Corona outbreak, we are changing our store hours so that we are able to clean and restock our shelves.

New store hours:
Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monday through Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but we are trying to keep our customers safe. Thank you for shopping your hometown first.

Your friends at Jerry’s

Marilynn’s closes temporarily

NOTICE: As Osage County has closed all restaurants in the county except for take out service, Marilynn’s will be closed until the order is lifted or until further notice.

We’d like to be still open for business at Marilynn’s Restaurant, but we’re taking precautions to avoid COVID-19 and following the guidelines set by county officials.

We will be closed until further notice, but please remember that once we’re open again, Marilynn’s Restaurant, on east Highway 31, 1216 Laing St., in Osage City, Kan., is here to serve you good food and homestyle hospitality for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday, plus daily lunch specials Monday through Friday. Dine in or call 785-528-3769 for carry out. Check out our menu here: Marilynn’s menu

Has your business developed a pandemic response?

As a public service, Osage County News will publish announcements from Osage County businesses, organizations and churches regarding any changes in their procedures, business practices, or hours of operation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be no charge for this service, but if it is appreciated, we ask that you thank one of our current sponsors.

To publish your business announcement, just email it to [email protected]. We will publish the announcements as Ad Blogs as soon as we can. (One free announcement per business, please.) For more information, call 785-828-4994.

If we can help you further connect to our local online audience, please let us know.

Osage County News: On duty during pandemic response

Dear Osage County neighbors,

Osage County News plans to stay open and keep reporting news and information for the local online community as much as possible during the ongoing pandemic response and recovery.

We plan to limit our face to face meetings with clients and sources and will attempt to do as much work as we can over the telephone, and through email and the internet.

We intend to continue to serve the public and our readers and advertisers during this difficult time however we can.

If anyone needs to reach me for any reason, please call 785-828-4994, email [email protected], or mail to PO Box 62, Lyndon, KS 66451.

Sincerely,

Wayne White
Osage County News

Osage City Chamber cancels Tuesday members meeting for March

Due to current health concerns, the Osage City Chamber of Commerce has canceled its third Tuesday of the month members meeting, which was scheduled for noon Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Flint Hills Beverage hospitality room.

Two Chamber ribbon cuttings for local businesses, COF and Lakefront Insurance, scheduled for after the meeting, have also been canceled.

For more information, contact the Osage City Chamber of Commerce at [email protected] or call 785-219-2510.

Grant provides upgrades to RCIL’s Braille services

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – The Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) recently received a grant from the Topeka Community Foundation’s Greater Topeka Fund for the purchase of a new Braille embosser and updated software.  The embosser translates text into Braille and embosses graphics for individuals who read using Braille.

Mike Goupil, RCIL, demonstrates the new Braille translation embosser. Courtesy photo.

RCIL has provided Braille translation services for local individuals, churches, organizations and businesses for several years.  The new embosser replaces an aged machine that was no longer working properly and was too expensive to repair.

Mike Goupil, RCIL staff person charged with providing the Braille translation service, has set up the new embosser and said, “Wow! The new embosser is fast and produces a high quality translation.”

RCIL translates items such as church bulletins, bus routes, restaurant menus, meeting materials and other items.

People interested in the Braille translation service may contact Goupil directly by calling 785-267-1717 or by email to [email protected].

RCIL provides the service from its office in Topeka, which is located at 1507 SW 21st St., Suite 203.

“Making communities accessible to all is a critical component of our work,” said Deone Wilson, RCIL executive director. “Providing documents in Braille is just one of the ways we do that.”

RCIL performs other accessibility work such as medical office surveys, voter registration site access studies, ADA compliance checks for public buildings and areas and private businesses, plus individual and systems advocacy services. 

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