Category Archives: Business

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. 

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.

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.

AgWire: Farm Service Agency schedules information meeting for farmer relief programs

The Coffey, Douglas, Franklin, Osage and Shawnee County Farm Service Agency offices are holding an Agricultural Risk Coverage/Price Loss Coverage informational meeting on at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at the Grace Community Church in Overbrook, Kan.

Producers in attendance will be given an explanation of the revisions to the ARC and PLC Programs and several programs available.  All producers, operators and landowners, are invited and encouraged to attend this informative meeting.

Conservation award nominations sought

The Conservation Awards Program will once again be held in Osage County. The program is sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association, K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Tourism, and presents awards in six categories: Energy conservation, water quality, water conservation, soil conservation, windbreaks and wildlife habitat. This year’s local sponsoring bank is Citizens State Bank, Lyndon.

The purpose of the program is to stimulate a greater interest in the conservation of agricultural and natural resources of Kansas. Each year more than 200 Kansas producers and landowners are recognized through this program. Nominations for these awards can be made by any person in the county.

Nomination forms are available at the Frontier Extension District, Osage County Conservation District, or Citizens State Bank, all in Lyndon. For more information, contact the Frontier Extension District at 785-828-4438. Nominations are due by Friday, Oct. 18.

Upon receipt of the nomination forms, a committee chaired by Rod Schaub, Frontier District Extension, will select this year’s winners. Winners will be recognized at the Osage County Conservation District’s annual meeting next year.

Hoop dreams: Hone your skills at Reading basketball headquarters

If your young athletes are sitting around dreaming about hoops, they will be happy to know that it is now basketball season year round at Reading, Kan.

Lucas and Kate Boss had a dream of their own and have made it come true with the recent acquisition of the former school and gymnasium at Reading.

The Boss’ new company, Performance Sports, has begun its first basketball workshops at the gymnasium. Future plans of the Osage City couple, who are both teacher and coaches at Osage City, include adding volleyball and other sports clinics to help athletes work on their abilities.

“We are truly excited to help you prepare and improve your skills so you can go back to your schools and teams and perform at a high level,” Lucas said.

At the basketball academy that began Sunday, participants will receive specialized skills training and practice in small group settings. Focus will be on ball handling, shooting, scoring and free throws.

In addition to Lucas and Kate, coaching staff at the upcoming clinics includes some well-known basketball talent – serving as coaches will be Lindsay Conklin, of Division I Western Illinois and a Mid America Nazarene alum; Brittany Kramer, Emporia State Hornet women’s basketball alum; Duncan Fort, ESU basketball player; and Ryan Haskins, Ottawa Brave basketball player.

“With our experience as skill coaches, participants will love the focus we put on functional training and skill development,” Kate said.

The 10-week academies are currently open for two age groups, first through sixth grade, and seventh through 12th grade. The younger players will meet on Wednesday nights beginning Aug. 21, 2019, and the older group will meet Sunday afternoons beginning Sunday, Aug. 11.

Check the Hoops Skills Academy schedule and use the registration link at www.performance-sports.net to reserve your spot.

“We are very excited about the purchase of the facility and the space it provides us,” Lucas said. “What a beautiful gym and great location for us to serve many student athletes in their quest to perform at a higher level.”

But sports aren’t the only plans in the works for the Reading school and gymnasium. The Bosses also plan to rent out the facility, which has 800 seats in the full court gymnasium, a stage, kitchen, large commons area, and playground. The facility will be available for practices, tournaments, concerts, reunions, birthday parties and other events.

For more information on the Boss’ Hoops Skills Academy, or pricing and availability for the facility, see www.performance-sports.net or contact Lucas Boss at 785-633-8413.

Loyal, humble entrepreneur, Lyon County cattleman to present Prairie Talk

First impression from a distance or even passing conversation, one gets little inkling of Rich Porter’s diverse generous life. Certainly the humble cattleman from Reading won’t readily reveal all he’s done and continues to do for so many.

Yet, listeners will be all ears when always soft spoken Porter presents a Prairie Talk at Pioneer Bluffs July 6.

“We’re pleased Rich Porter will share his most unique life’s story Saturday afternoon at 1:30,” said Lynn Smith.

Gentleman cattleman Rich Porter.

Executive director of the historic ranch near Matfield Green, Kan., Smith welcomed everyone to the free educational, entertaining program.

“Rich Porter is loyal to his workers, suppliers, alliances, and especially, to the community,” Smith acknowledged.

“An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness,” Porter said. “Do unto others better than you would have them do unto you. If they don’t respond in kind, merely walk away, but don’t retaliate.”

Porter’s education began with a 1972 bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Kansas State University, in Manhattan. He then pursued a law degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

While in law school, Porter worked for the Environmental Protection Agency enforcement division. After graduating from law school in 1975, he was employed by Bethlehem Steel in air pollution control four years.

With diverse career opportunities, Porter returned to his family’s cattle backgrounding and farming operations near Miller, in Lyon County.

Forever eager to learn, Porter was in the inaugural class of the K-State Agricultural Economics’ Master in Agribusiness program in 1998. His thesis on economies of scale in finishing cattle is now put to use at Porter Cattle Company.

Each year, Porter purchases about 7,000 high-risk calves, and grows them from 350 pounds to 850 pounds. The operation also includes 2,600 acres of corn and soybeans.

Successful business must be credited to Porter’s strong values of loyalty and simple lessons learned in life.

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