Category Archives: Business

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

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

e.b.Sprouts: Dormant for 2 weeks, then start thinking about growing!

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, we will be closed until April 6.

It has been with careful consideration that we have decided to close e.b Sprouts for two weeks in our effort to help prevent and/or reduce the spread of COVID 19.

If the situation improves we will open sooner. We hope that our customers understand and will also heed the warnings of social distancing in order to stop the spread of this virus and help keep our community and families safe.

In the event of a funeral service, we will take phone orders and deliver to the funeral home, please call and leave a message if no answer and we will get back to you.

It is our goal to stay healthy during this time in order to be ready for when the busy growing season does arrive. Which now more than ever is the perfect time for growing our own food! We intend on having a full greenhouse with veggie starts, annuals and perennials, and as always lots of cool decorating ideas when we reopen and the weather is ready.

Thank you to our customers, we so appreciate your business over the last six years and hope you all stay healthy through all these unknowns. See you soon!

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.


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. 

Increase productivity by keeping beef cattle healthy

Frontier Extension District will host “Beef Cattle Health Night” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the Overbrook Livestock Commission Company, 305 W. First St., Overbrook, Kan.

Dr. A.J. Tarpoff, Kansas State University Extension beef veterinarian, will be the speaker for the evening. Tarpoff will discuss lameness and the fact that not all lameness is a foot rot problem.

Tarpoff will also speak about parasites and their control options.

Jones Trust presents 3-year grant to RCIL for youth disability services

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Resource Center for Independent Living Inc. has been awarded a three-year grant of more than $190,000 from the Walter S. and Evan C. Jones Testamentary Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. The grant will fund services for youth with disabilities between the ages of 14-24 as they transition into adulthood. The grant will be used in part to hire a youth specialist to serve Lyon County during the first year and then Osage and Coffey counties in subsequent years.

The youth specialist will assist participants in defining their living goals and with completing the processes necessary to achieve those goals.

“RCIL is excited and grateful for the opportunity to provide individualized services to our local youth and support them to reach their education, employment and independent living goals,” said Deone Wilson, RCIL executive director. “The Jones Testamentary Trust grant is a godsend.”

In addition to educational and employment services, RCIL will also provide its core independent living services to participants and their families, such as information and referral services, advocacy services, peer counseling, and independent living skills training.

The youth specialist will be stationed in RCIL’s Emporia office, which is located in the Emporia Humanitarian Center.

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.

National trucking company honors Quenemo driver for dedication to job

Billy Gilbert, of Quenemo, Kan., is NCI’s driver of the month for January 2020.

National Carriers Inc. has named Billy Gilbert, of Quenemo, Kan., as the company’s driver of the month for January 2020. Gilbert has run with NCI’s Hide division for six years and has shown himself to be a mainstay in all aspects of his work.

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States and Gilbert hired on to run a dedicated route.

Gilbert said at first he wasn’t sure he’d be able to stick with the job.

“I thought a dedicated route would be boring,” said Gilbert. “But a friend of mine in the Hide division had recommended the job, and I figured I’d give it a try. As time went by, I got to know the people on my route and the folks I worked with. The scenery constantly changes, and frequently, I notice new landscapes for the first time. It’s not boring at all.”

Outside of NCI, Gilbert serves as a staff sergeant in the Kansas Army Reserve, from which he’s scheduled to retire this summer. But he said he has no plans to leave trucking anytime soon.

Renowned livestock auctioneer Verlin Green closes bidding on record breaking career

After nearly six decades working the auction barn, Col. Verlin Green, Perry, has become a most familiar sight in the auction box selling cattle.

It’s a livestock auctioneering career likely qualifying for the Guinness Book of World Records.

When Col. Verlin Green dropped the gavel July 24, 2019, it was culminating climax of 57 years serving the auction block.

Claiming he’s completed his lifetime profession, the nearly 84 years old Perry, Kan., auctioneer’s official last day of work was at Overbrook Livestock, at Overbrook, Kan.

“I’d worked there 26 years, but I’ve also sold at a couple handfuls of auction barns through the years. Several longer than that, plus a lot of farm sales and other auctions,” Green reflected.

“It was time to stop while I was still satisfying the sellers, buyers and auction barn owners. This’ll give me more time to run the hounds,” Green added.

In apparent sound health, good voice, hearing and eyesight recovering nicely from cataract work. “I’m doing quite well,” he assured.

“It’s been a good day. A friend and I just ran seven hounds for five hours or so. I just love their music when they pick up a scent,” Green claimed.

Brief clarification, Green takes his beagles out three or four times a week, usually four female dogs of his own. “They’ll get on a rabbit, start howling and get that rabbit circling until he goes into cover,” Green explained.

It’s all for the sport of the chase watching and listening to the hounds, not bagging the prey. “I’d never shoot a rabbit, and then there wouldn’t be any more excitement for the chase,” he smiled.

Growing up at Perry, Green said, “My dad handled cattle, did some buying and selling, I’d go to the sales with him. The auctioneers fascinated me, and I’d practice auctioneering on my own, act like I was selling cattle.”

He’d also sometimes get to ride around with Johnny Ross, a local trucker who heard him practicing the auction chant.

“Johnny said, ‘Verlin you’re really good for a kid. You ought to take up the auction profession.’ And by gosh that’s what I decided to do,” Green reflected.

Farm profit seminars set​ in four towns​

Advice for farmers and livestock producers to increase profitability is set in four locations.​

“The 580 WIBW Farm Profit Seminars are planned during February and March with all agriculture producers invited,” announced Greg Akagi.​

For the past decade the complimentary supper programs have been coordinated by the 580 WIBW Farm Department, explained Akagi, farm director.​

All seminars are Wednesday evenings including Feb. 5 at St. Marys; Feb. 19, Emporia; March 4, Holton; and March 18, Garnett.​

Each session will kick off with supper provided by seminar sponsors who will have displays for attendees to visit.

Calving school offers profitable education for beef producers

The Marais des Cygnes Extension District, Frontier Extension District, Johnson County and Douglas County Extension will be hosting a calving school Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The program will be held at Celebration Hall, 220 W. 17th St., Ottawa, Kan. (at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.) The meeting will kick off with a sponsored meal at 6 p.m. (RSVP) followed by presentations starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend but interested persons are asked to RSVP for the meal by contacting the Marais des Cygnes District Paola office at 913-294-4306 or [email protected].

In anticipation of calving season, K-State’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, and K-State Research and Extension faculty and staff are planning a series of events to help boost producers’ chances of a successful calving season.

The program will outline overall calving management that includes stages of the normal calving process and tips to handle difficult calving situations. K-State Research and Extension beef veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff said the event will increase knowledge, practical skills and the number of live calves born.  Tarpoff will demonstrate proper use of calving equipment on a life-size cow and calf model.

Osage City designated as opportunity zone; opens tax incentives for investors

Osage City, Kan., has been designated as an opportunity zone after being one of 74 census tracts across Kansas nominated for the designation in April 2018. The opportunity zone designation by the U.S. Department of Treasury allows communities to be eligible to receive investments through Qualified Opportunity Funds to spur local economic growth.

Opportunity zones are an economic development tool enacted by the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and offers investors preferential tax treatment for capital gains invested in designated low income communities. The program is designed to encourage long term investment in economically distressed areas and promote economic growth. The investments are to provide support to projects focused on a wide array of issues including downtown revitalizations, improvements to workforce housing, and expansions of industrial parks and innovation districts.

For the investor, the opportunity zone program offers tax incentives, including deferral and reduction of capital gains taxes when the gain is invested in a Qualified Opportunity Fund and maintained for a period of at least five years.

Osage City and its census tract was the only opportunity zone designated in Osage County, and the city’s industrial committee is working with the Kansas Department of Commerce to maximize the impact of this development tool. The committee is currently trying to identify housing and commercial projects that are well suited to take advantage of this designation.

Anyone who has a proposal for housing or commercial projects and would like to learn more about how the local opportunity zone can benefit investors is asked to contact Casey Mussatto, Osage City Industrial Committee chairman, or Rod Willis, Osage City manager.

Keep the cows grazing

Frontier Extension District and the Anderson County Conservation District will host a public meeting to “Keep the Cows Grazing.” The meeting will be Dec. 10, 2019, at the Community Building, North Lake Road, Garnett, Kan. It will begin at 10 a.m. and run through mid-afternoon. RSVPs are required for a free lunch; call Debbie at 785-448-6323 ext.101 if you plan to attend.

The goal of the meeting is to help producers improve grazing management, farm profitability, water quality, and soil health. This can be done by changing stocking rates, improved grazing management, and by changing winter feeding habits.

Dr. Bob Weaber, state Extension cow/calf specialist at Kansas State University, will present “Reducing Cow Size without Sacrificing Calf Performance” and “Stocking Rate Adjustments to Reduce Hay Costs.”

Dale Strickler, agronomist with Green Cover Seeds, will discuss “Using Cover Crops to Fill our Forage Gaps-What Should We Plant and When Should it be Grazed.” Stickler will also talk about, “Grazing and Soil Fertility.”

John Jennings, University of Arkansas Extension forage specialist and featured speaker, will talk over “Can we Graze for 300 Days a Year?” and “How Grazing Reduces Costs.” He will also bring all the discussions of the day together and get producers thinking what they can do to “Keep the Cows Grazing.”

Aspen Institute names Flint Hills Technical College as a top 150 U.S. community college

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Flint Hills Technical College as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. Based on strong and improving in student outcomes – including in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity – 15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize.

“We are excited to be included again on the Aspen Institute’s top 150 list. It shows the good work our programs are doing and how important our institution is for our community and the state of Kansas,” said Dean Hollenbeck, president of Flint Hills Technical College.

The 150 community colleges named Nov. 5, 2019, were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide, using publicly available data on student outcomes. Located in 39 states in urban, rural, and suburban areas, serving as few as 500 students and as many as 75,000 students, these colleges represent the diversity and depth of the community college sector.

Data show that over the last two years, student retention, graduation rates, and degree completion have improved at the top tier of 150 Aspen Prize-eligible colleges.

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