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Ready for winter? It’s here

The National Weather Service at Topeka is advising another round of wintry precipitation is expected today into Thursday morning with the worst conditions this evening and overnight. Snow and ice amounts are expected to remain light with only minor impacts mainly to roads, especially on bridges and other elevated surfaces.

Drivers are advised to be prepared for slick driving conditions especially during the latter portions of the day today.

A winter weather advisory is in effect from noon today to 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, and covers Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Lyon and Osage counties.

A winter weather advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state can be obtained by calling 511.

NWS is also warning that a bitterly cold air mass is forecast to move into the region this weekend. As temperatures drop and winds increase, very cold wind chill readings will likely result. The coldest periods will be from Saturday evening through Sunday night. Wind chill values are expected to fall as low as -20 degrees F over portions of the area.

Everyone is advised to be weather aware and remember cold weather safety.

Help House News: Start stocking up now for Souper Bowl Sunday

By Raylene Quaney

Now that we are into a new year it is time for Help House’s annual Souper Bowl Soup-A-Thon. We encourage churches, school organizations, youth groups, civic organizations, businesses to get involved. See which group can collect the most number of items to be donated to the Help House Food Pantry. We suggest organizations collect cans of soup and boxes of crackers, each counts as one item. Set a basket or tub out in your entryway, by your front door, or ask members to bring an item or two when they attend a game or a meeting. Send your members out into their neighborhoods to collect.

The winners will receive one of three awards, a silver, bronze or gold ladle, which is returned the next year to be passed along to the next winners, along with recognition in Help House’s newsletter. So start collecting now, and the contest will end on Feb. 3, 2019, Super Bowl Sunday. Soup and crackers collections can be brought to Help House the following week to be counted and entered into the contest.

Volunteers make the difference

During the Help House annual board meeting in November a number of volunteers were recognized for their dedication. John Neill received volunteer of the year award after giving 340.75 hours of his time to serve others at Help House in 2018. Additional awards were given to those donating over 200 hours, including Lance Jones, with 220.5 hours, and Raylene Quaney, 286 hours. Those with more than 100 hours were Joetta Asbury, Patty Colson, Carolyn Hamman, Joan Hazelton, Ted Hazelton, Ann Hladky, Lisa May, and Bev Russo-Willard. As we have said many times we could not open our doors without our amazing volunteers. Collectively, 6,128 hours were given during 2018 by more than 115 volunteers.

Boutique offers prom dresses for all

All area girls are invited to the 12th annual Prom Boutique, hosted by ECKAN Osage City, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at the Santa Fe Depot, 504 Market St., Osage City. The free event offers a prom dress to any girl who needs one. So far, more than 300 dresses have been donated to “make dreams come true” for prom night. The beautiful new and gently used formal dresses are offered at no cost.

The event includes refreshments, fun, music, door prizes, and free samples, such as makeup, hair styles and nail services.

Organizers are currently looking for volunteers to help with makeup and quick alterations. Also needed are shoes and jewelry accessories.

Hosts for the annual event are Ecumenical Christian Action Team, Osage City, and ECKAN. For more information or to donate items, contact ECKAN Osage City at 530 Holliday St., Osage City, Kan., or call 785-528-5184.

Hidden History: The Kid, The Pimp, and the Osage City lawman

By Wendi Bevitt

Osage County had a crime problem. It was the summer of 1883, and hardly a town in the county was untouched by some sort of criminal activity. The economic and population boom brought by the railroads and the coal mines had also brought a surge of individuals looking to make a profit via unsavory means.

Burglars, also known as “sneak thieves”, frequently broke into residences, and horse thieves were plentiful. Citizens were encouraged to protect themselves, which led to the formation of vigilance committees or posses to protect towns and retrieve stolen goods.

Town streets at night were hazardous for pedestrians. The dark was cover for those who wanted to disappear into its shadow. People of questionable character would gather on both sides of the sidewalk, singing, whistling and swearing at passersby. Street walkers and prostitutes were common. Respectable women, in particular, were afraid to walk on the streets at night for fear of being harassed.

Frequent lawbreakers became infamous in the county papers. Johnson, “The Pimp”, and his one woman employee wandered from town to town searching for clients, frequenting the streets and local establishments to the point of annoyance. He and others of the same profession would also take up residences at vacated properties for seclusion.

When Pimp Johnson set up a tent along Salt Creek as his headquarters, a public outcry went out to push them into the creek, promising the support of the community for the people following through with disposing of the couple.

Another character known as “The Kid” was a gentleman gambler that dressed in the highest style, from his matching clothes to his fine gloves. The Kid, like Pimp Johnson, would patronize the saloons and other establishments that allowed gambling. The Kid’s amiable nature gave him a certain leeway with the authorities, and when he and his friends were locked up, they would sing, dance and cause such a commotion that houses neighboring the jail would be kept awake until the wee hours of the night.

While most of the county’s towns were affected by this crime wave and used their best attempts at law enforcement, Osage City’s law officer stood out as an example of the quintessential lawman of the time. Marshal Jack Williams worked hard to control the undesirable element within the Osage City limits.

Marshal Williams assumed the office of Osage City marshal in 1880. He was fair, just, and a strict enforcer of the law. Williams wasn’t frightened by angry mobs or other men of money and influence that tried to affect his pursuit of enforcing the law and keeping the peace.

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

All of us at Osage County News wish you a Merry Christmas and happy and healthy New Year! May you spend the holidays filled with the spirit of the season, and share goodwill with all those in your life.

Osage County Community Foundation opens grant application window

The Osage County Community Foundation is accepting applications for its next round of grants until Jan. 31, 2019. The foundation 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.

“Any organization based in Osage County can apply, but preference is given to those that are not directly tax supported or have taxing authority,” said Perry Thompson, the foundation’s president.

Grants do not exceed $1,000, and operational expenses are not funded.

The foundation also continues to seek donations to continue its charitable work in supporting Osage County organizations.

“For the foundation to continue on this path, we must continue to raise money,” Thompson said.

He asked that Osage County citizens consider the foundation during financial planning, noting contributions are tax-exempt.

For a copy of the grant application, visit the document center on Osage City’s website, www.osagecity.org, and click on Osage County Community Foundation, or contact Thompson at 785-528-3006. Completed applications should be mailed to Osage County Community Foundation, PO Box 24, Osage City, KS 66523.

Corps cautions against hazards of winter recreation on the water

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District is urging caution for those recreating on or near water during cold weather. No matter the season, water safety is a year-round concern.

“We urge you to consider your safety and that of others when recreating at a lake or river this winter,” said Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander of the Kansas City District. “Weather conditions in the heartland are unpredictable and directly affect the condition of ice on the water. Don’t risk it.”

Before heading outdoors, make a plan, pack accordingly and know the risks. Dress appropriately for the water temperature not the air temperature, because you could find yourself capsized, or thrown from a boat. Life jackets save lives and should be worn at all times by anyone in a boat, including those waterfowl hunting or fishing.

State asks residents to help safeguard antibiotics

Kansas ranked among the highest nationally, total number of antibiotic prescriptions

TOPEKA – Since 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized a threat to antibiotic resistance and has begun working with many partners across the state and nation to safeguard the effectiveness of antibiotics.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Chief Health Officer, Dr. Greg Lakin, says health professionals, patients and their loved ones need to be informed and only prescribe or use antibiotics when appropriate.

“The general public, health care providers, health care facility administrators, veterinarians, food producers and policy makers can all play a part in ensuring that antibiotics are only used when truly needed and likely to be effective,” Lakin said.

In Kansas, a broad range of individuals, professionals and organizations are working together to adopt best practices to help stem the inappropriate use of antibiotics. A statewide advisory group is assisting KDHE in spearheading this effort.

According to data from the CDC, the total number of antibiotic prescriptions written in Kansas ranked among the highest nationally. In 2015, more than 900 antibiotic prescriptions were written per 1,000 individuals statewide.

Antibiotic awareness does not mean stopping the use of antibiotics; it means changing the way antibiotics are prescribed and used today – when necessary and appropriate.

Since the 1940s, antibiotics have been used to treat patients who have bacterial infections, greatly reducing the number of related illnesses and deaths. But now, more than 75 years later, antibiotics have been overused and misused to the point that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective, according to the CDC.

Governor issues state of disaster emergency declaration following winter storm

The National Weather Service’s snowfall total map shows Osage County received as much as six inches of snow north of Burlingame, and as little as 1.2 inches near Melvern Lake, during Sunday’s storm.

As Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a statewide disaster emergency declaration, Kansans began to work on recovery efforts in the wake of the winter storm that blew through Kansas Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. The governor’s declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties.

While crews continued to clean roads and streets Monday, the governor and state officials advised holiday travelers to be prepared for conditions they might encounter.

“Here in Kansas we make it a priority to take care of our neighbors,” said Colyer. “We strongly recommend that you postpone travel plans, if possible, however, if you must be on the road, make sure your vehicle’s emergency kit is stocked, your gas tank is full and your cell phone and charger are with you and someone knows your travel plans. Also, be mindful of all emergency response personnel out on Kansas roadways and give them space to do their jobs to ensure their safety and that of our citizens.”

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations center in Topeka to a partial level, to monitor the weather and coordinate any state emergency response operations that might be requested.

During the storm, the Kansas Department of Transportation reported multiple road closures due to visibility including I-70 eastbound and westbound from Salina to WaKeeney. For an updated list of road conditions go to the Kansas Department of Transportation web site at kandrive.org. Winter road conditions are accessible by dialing 511 from your mobile phone anywhere in Kansas; outside Kansas call 866-511-5368 (KDOT).

KDEM received reports of vehicles getting stuck in the snow and those individuals leaving their vehicles and walking in the storm. KDEM advises that the safest place for travelers is to remain in their vehicle. Road crews may not see pedestrians due to visibility issues. If stuck, KDEM advises to stay in your vehicle, but make sure your exhaust pipe is clear and not clogged with snow or ice debris or you run the risk of filling your vehicle is carbon monoxide. Run your car sparingly while you are waiting on help, and keep a window cracked. If stuck in the snow call the Kansas Highway Patrol by dialing *HP (47), or *KTA (582) while on the Kansas Turnpike.

The Kansas National Guard has Stranded Motorists Assistance Response Teams in nine locations throughout the state. The SMART teams, which consist of two High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWVs) and four Guardsmen, are assisting local law enforcement with patrolling impacted roads and assisting with stranded motorists.

Following the storm, with the brunt moving through Kansas by Sunday evening, Westar Energy and Midwest Energy reported power outages across multiple counties in the western and northeastern portions of the state.  

Hidden History: Young man in early Bleeding Kansas turmoil finds final rest at Quenemo

By Wendi Bevitt

Civil War veteran Charles Howard Dickson is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery outside of Quenemo. If given a chance, no doubt Charles could tell you many different stories of the experiences in his life. However, the one he’d probably tell you first is the exciting tale of his involvement in the rescue of a man and mark the beginning of what was known as the Wakarusa War in Kansas.

Charles’ family moved to Kansas Territory in March 1855 with an immigrant aid company, intent on making Kansas a state free from slavery. The Dicksons settled on a claim in Douglas County, south of Lawrence.

While Charles and his father worked on making the claim ready for their homestead, they stayed in a tent on the claim. Charles’ mother and three siblings resided in Lawrence until the homestead was suitable. Charles’ father would be gone occasionally overnight, leaving the 16-year-old Charles to watch the claim. Threatening storms were the only thing that would make young Charles leave his post, when he would take refuge at the neighboring home of James Abbott and his family.

It was because of this situation that Charles was one of the few people involved in what was known as the “Branson Rescue” from beginning to end. Jacob Branson was a nearby free-state settler. Branson’s friend, Charles Dow, had been shot in mid-November over a land claim by Franklin Coleman, who was a pro-slavery advocate. Coleman fled to Westport, Missouri, seeking to secure an arrest warrant for Jacob Branson. The reason for the warrant was that Branson sought to kill Coleman for murdering his friend. However, it is more likely that the arrest was to silence Branson, the principal witness for the murder of Dow.

Not long after the murder, the local residents attended the Dow murder investigation, James Abbott among the attendees. While the older men were at the investigation, Charles Dickson was a guest at the Abbott home when a knock was heard at the door. A neighbor had arrived, announcing that Sheriff Jones of Westport was on his way with a group of men under cover of darkness to arrest Jacob Branson for the attempted murder of Franklin Coleman.

Mr. Abbott and some of the men who had attended the Dow murder investigation arrived at the Abbott home not long after and rushed to the Branson house to intercept the sheriff and his posse. They were unsuccessful and found themselves instead in hot pursuit with an attempt to rescue their friend.

The free-state group of about 10 or 11 men eventually met up with the posse and demanded that since Jones could not produce the warrant that he claimed to have, the sheriff release their friend. A long period of threats and “impressive language” was exchanged between the two parties, with the free-state group doubling in number by the end. Branson was reluctantly freed, with Sheriff Jones vowing to return to Kansas Territory with a mass of men in retaliation for this act.

KDHE advises food safety for happy holidays

Hotline open for calls of suspected foodborne illnesses

TOPEKA, Kan. – As we enter the busy holiday season, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is sharing important food safety practices by encouraging Kansans to follow some simple tips to avoid foodborne illnesses.

Clean your hands for 20 seconds with soapy water before touching any food. Wash hands and surfaces often during food preparation. Always serve food on clean plates and avoid reusing plates that previously held raw meat and poultry.

Separate raw and cooked foods to avoid cross contamination. Use a separate cutting board for cooked foods and raw foods and always wash them after use. Do not cut raw vegetables on the same cutting board as raw meat. Wash any utensil after preparing one food item before going on to the next item.

Cook using a food thermometer to make sure all food reaches a safe minimum internal temperature; turkey, stuffing, and casseroles should be 165 degrees F; veal, beef and lamb roasts should reach 145 F; and ham, pork, ground beef and egg dishes should be 160 F. When reheating, leftovers should be thoroughly heated to 165 F.

Chill leftovers within two hours of cooking. Keep track of how long items have been sitting on the table and discard anything that has been out longer than two hours. Keep hot foods hot at 140 F or hotter, and cold foods cold at 40 F or below. Never defrost food at room temperature. Thaw food in the refrigerator, in a cold-water bath or in the microwave.

Report suspected foodborne illnesses to KDHE by calling 877-427-7317. Often, calls from concerned citizens are how outbreaks are first detected.

Kansas Winter Weather Awareness: Know the dangers

Wintertime poses a wide range of threats to the American public. Whether it be vehicle accidents caused by slick roads, exposure to the cold, or fires resulting from the improper use of heaters, hundreds of people are injured or killed each year as a direct result of winter weather. Kansas is no exception.

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow or freezing rain over a few hours to a massive blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states while others affect only a single community. Conditions can change in an instant.

High winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall, and dangerously cold temperatures are the main hazards associated with winter storms. Damage from ice storms or snowstorms can maroon people at home without utilities or other services for days after an event. Slick roads from ice or snow buildup can result in large numbers of vehicle accidents. Severely cold temperatures and wind chills during and after a winter storm can lead to hypothermia and kill anyone caught outside for too long. The aftermath of a winter storm can impact a community or region for days, weeks, or even months, incurring steep economic costs.

Unofficial Osage County general election results, Nov. 6, 2018

Following are the unofficial election results for Osage County in the Nov. 6, 2018, general election, as released by the Osage County election officer. Write-in votes and 181 provisional ballots are not included in totals. Results become official after canvassing by the Osage County Commission on Nov. 13.

According to election officials, 6,202 ballots were cast out of 10,758 registered voters in the county, for a 58 percent turnout.

Osage County Clerk Rhonda Beets reported there were no problems with the election, with few minor problems reported at polling places. Beets said many voters utilized early voting opportunities, including two evenings during which the county clerk’s office was open to voters. The election report shows 1,000 advanced ballots were cast.

National Offices

United States Representative, 2nd District

Paul Davis………………… 2,160
Steve Watkins…………… 3,600
Kelly Standley…………….. 374

State Offices

Governor/Lieutenant Governor

Laura Kelly………………. 2,479
Kris Kobach……………… 2,903
Jeff Caldwell………………. 128
Rick Kloos……………………. 62
Greg Orman………………… 606

Secretary of State

Brian McClendon……… 2,253
Scott Schwab……………. 3,571
Rob Hodgkinson………….. 289

Attorney General

Sarah G. Swain…………. 1,682
Derek Schmidt………….. 4,454

State Treasurer

Marci Francisco…………. 1,704
Jake LaTurner…………… 4,356

Commissioner of Insurance

Nathaniel McLaughlin.. 1,342
Vicki Schmidt…………… 4,720

State Representative 54th District

Sarah Coats………………. 1,003
Ken Corbet………………. 1,785

State Representative 59th District

John Hall…………………….. 360
Blaine Finch………………… 989

State Representative 76th District

Eric L. Smith…………….. 1,650

County Offices

County Commissioner, 1st District

Fred L. Diver……………. 1,643

Township Offices

Agency Township Clerk

Randy Chenoweth……….. 115

Arvonia Township Clerk

Robert Atchison…………….. 42

Barclay Township Clerk

Rodney Bergquist………….. 76

Burlingame Township Clerk

Tim Quaney………………… 628

Dragoon Township Clerk

Joseph E. Quaney………….. 97

Elk Township Clerk

Gary Wray………………….. 731

Fairfax Township Clerk

Keith E. Badger…………… 235

Grant Township Clerk

Larry E. Colstrom………… 109

Junction Township Clerk

Anthony D. Horne……….. 442

Melvern Township Clerk

Raylen E. Phelon…………. 228

Olivet Township Clerk

Richard Mickelson…………. 97

Scranton Township Clerk

Jeff Wells……………………. 242

Superior Township Clerk

Emilee Christine Burkett. 101

Valley Brook Township Clerk

Donald H. Garrett………… 498

Fire Benefit District No. 1 Board Member (vote for 2)

Kevin Sorenson……………… 27
Chris Keith……………………. 25

Hidden History: Toe-tappin’ leads Lyndon’s cobbler to his career choice

By Wendi Bevitt

In an era when a favorite pair of shoes was meant to last past the time when they lost their sole, the Royal Shoe Shop served the community of Lyndon. Previously owned by a Mr. Leslie L. Barnes, it was purchased in 1923 by Clyde Morand, a fresh graduate of the Kansas School for the Deaf.

Clyde was the son of Elmer and Gertrude Morand, and was born in Kansas in 1903. Elmer hosted barn dances throughout the summer, entertaining the community with music and laughter. However, after a time, Elmer and Gertrude noticed that Clyde was not able to hear the joyous sounds and share in them.

The Morands heard of Dr. William H. Cook, a recent immigrant to the area who specialized in eyes, ears, nose and throat, and drove to Beloit to see what could be done for their son.

The family shortly thereafter moved south of Topeka, which undoubtedly offered more resources for their deaf son. In 1913, Clyde started attending the Kansas School for the Deaf, in Olathe. This boarding school had been created in 1866 and was the first of its kind in the state. In addition to teaching the students sign language and typical school subjects, they were also taught a trade that would help them after they graduated. Vocational training included baking, sewing, printmaking, and shoemaking – which is the trade that Clyde would learn.

The shoemaking department was established early on in the school’s history, its lead teacher being Charles “C. H.” Hyer. Mr. Hyer moved to Olathe in 1872 and began teaching the students how to make and mend shoes. C. H. opened a cobbling shop on the side and was assisted by his brother Edward. In 1875, a cowboy stomped into Hyer’s boot shop complaining about his boots and petitioning Hyer to create a better boot. C. H. determined that the best style had a pointed toe, higher and sloped heel, and stitching up the leg. The style was a hit and propelled Hyer’s boots to a favorite among cowboys and those keeping the Wild West alive in film. Hyer’s prosperity in boot making did not sever his relationship with the school, however. Hyer boots continued to be involved in vocational education in the industrial department.

Reader cautions against crossing bridges closed for maintenance

Pranksters or vandals caused danger to themselves and others by removal and destruction of bridge barriers in rural Osage County late Friday or early Saturday.

Dear Editor:

Yesterday, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, we had an incident involving the destruction of some county “bridge closed” barriers that blocked the bridge on Hoch Road (where it crosses the South Branch Wakarusa River in northwest Osage County). The Osage County Sheriff was contacted by my father, Ed Franklin, and county maintenance arrived soon afterwards.

My main reason for writing is to warn motorists to not to attempt to cross closed bridges.

Sinkhole at the edge of the bridge abutment shows erosion under the road surface. Photos by Cheryl Franklin.

This bridge is extremely unsound due to sinkholes that have undercut the dirt road due to the rains and the age of this bridge. In fact, one of the maintenance crew informed my father that the sinkhole on the north side of the bridge was caused by him just walking on it to assess the concrete. Luckily he caught himself before he fell completely through the hole and was only scratched.

The signs and barriers are back up and thankfully this time no one was injured. Even though my parents live near the bridge, no one heard anything – so the damage could’ve happened anytime between late Friday night to when it was discovered around 5 p.m. Saturday.

Thank you,
Cheryl Franklin

Construction delays postpone St. Patrick’s new church opening at Scranton

View from the balcony of St. Patrick’s Church, at Scranton, Kan., which served its parish for more than 100 years.

Update: Due to delays in construction on the new church for the parish of St. Patrick’s of Scranton, the planned Nov. 4, 2018, dedication and open house will be postponed. The new opening date or dedication plans have not been determined at this time.

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One year ago, in October 2017, parishioners of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Scranton celebrated the 100th anniversary of the current church building and 150 years of the parish being in the Scranton community.

Now one year later, the parish is anxiously awaiting the completion of a new church building. If the finishing construction goes as planned, the final Sunday mass in the current church building and the new church building dedication will be soon. Parishioners plan to host a lunch after the dedication and give tours of the new church. Lunch reservations may be emailed to [email protected] or call 785-640-4503.

Land and water stewards sought for annual conservation awards

Tallgrass prairie in the Kansas Flint Hills. Photo USFWS.

The Kansas Conservation Awards Program, sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association, will once again be held in Osage County. The KBA, K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Tourism have established six award categories, including energy conservation, water quality, water conservation, soil conservation, windbreaks and wildlife habitat.

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. Information about these awards can be picked up at the local Extension office or by visiting the K-State Research and Extension website: www.agronomy.kstate.edu/extension.

Nomination forms are available at the Osage County Conservation District office or the Frontier Extension District office in Lyndon, the Bank of Burlingame or the Bank of Osage City. Or contact the Extension office at 785-828-4438 for a nomination form to be mailed to you. Nomination forms should be completed and returned to the Frontier Extension District, PO Box 400, Lyndon, KS 66451, by Oct. 31, 2018.

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

Local clubs count on a little help from their 4-H friends

DeWayne Schoepflin, back right, is surrounded by his friends, the Willing Workers 4-H Club, after receiving his Friend of the 4-H Award for his continued support of the Osage City area club.

Friend of 4-H Award is presented annually to those that have made significant contributions to the 4-H program but may not have been involved in 4-H as a member. For the past 4-H year, local 4-H groups designated the award for DeWayne Schoepflin, sponsored by Willing Workers 4-H Club, Vintage Park Assisted Living, sponsored by Vassar Blue Ribbon 4-H Club, and Larry and Kay Salisbury, nominated by the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club.

Schoepflin is a longtime 4-H supporter, and Osage County 4-H members can always rely on him to help out where needed. During setup of Osage County Fair, Schoepflin dumps rock screenings in and around the arena without charge. He has been very supportive of the tractor restoration group. He donates funds to Osage County Fair for trophies and the list goes on. Local 4-Hers thank him for his continual support.

Vintage Park is an assisted living facility in Osage City, Kan. They are always willing to have 4-H clubs visit and enjoy fellowship with residents. Some of the residents were once in 4-H and were volunteers. Several local 4-H clubs interact with Vintage Park residents.

Larry and Kay Salisbury supply award plaques for several top entries at the annual Sunflower Days 4-H Fair. If they are at any gathering or public event where the subject of 4-H comes up, they always offer positive support for the 4-H program. Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H can always count on their support of the local 4-H club.

The Friends of 4-H awards are presented during the Osage County 4-H Council’s annual achievement night.

Osage County crowns 4-H King and Queen at final summer fair

2018-19 Osage County 4-H Royalty, front from left, Gage Cannon, Cloverbud, North Osage, Braxtyn Sturgeon, Cloverbud, Lyndon Leaders, back, Garrett Croucher, Willing Workers, Grace Croucher, Willing Workers, queen Josie Thompson, Willing Workers, king Isaac Shultz, Clover Wranglers, Solomon Shultz, Clover Wrangler, and Kieren Shultz, Clover Wranglers. Courtesy photo.

By Jessica Flory, 4-H Program Assistant
Frontier Extension District

In a ceremony held Aug. 8, 2018, at the Overbrook Osage County Fair, Isaac Shultz, of Clover Wranglers 4-H Club, Burlingame, and Josie Thompson, of Willing Workers 4-H Club, Osage City, were crowned as the 2018-2019 Osage County 4-H King and Queen.

Attendants Braxtyn Sturgeon and Gage Cannon helped with the ceremony, along with the past 4-H king and queen, Royce Cowan and Lily Shultz. The competition was organized by the Osage County 4-H Council.

Rules to be a candidate require that the 4-Her be between the ages of 14 and 18, submit an application, and participate in a personal interview. The local 4-H king and queen will serve one year and have a variety of responsibilities, including promoting 4-H, being visible at the county fairs to hand out ribbons, helping host other county-wide 4-H events and participate in next year’s crowning ceremony to pass on their titles.

Get to know your new 4-H king and queen:

Josie Thompson, Osage County 4-H Queen, was escorted by Garrett and Grace Croucher and attendant Gage Cannon. Josie has been a member of the Willing Workers 4-H Club for eight years. She plays many roles in the club such as club historian, foods junior leader, and photography junior superintendent at the Osage County Fair. Some of the projects she is involved in include foods, photography, leadership, buymanship, beef, and the swine project. She says that buymanship and showing her steer are her favorites. Josie also enjoys helping her club in various community service projects, such as cleaning the Rapp School House and collecting items for soldiers overseas. She was a county council representative for two years, is a member of the district livestock judging team and has been selected as a 2020 CWF delegate. Josie also is an active member in her church and participates in various activities at her school, such as the debate and forensics team and playing on the golf and basketball teams. Even though she stays very busy, Josie loves being an active member in 4-H and her community.

Isaac Shultz, Osage County 4-H King, was escorted by Kerian and Solomon Shultz and attendant Braxtyn Sturgeon. Isaac joined 4-H when he was 7 years old. His 4-H club, Clover Wranglers 4-H Club, is like an extension of his family. They work on projects, skits, service, fundraisers, and whatever else together. 4-H is a piece of his life that he can’t imagine not having. As king, he will try to promote 4-H to kids of all ages because he thinks 4-H has so much to offer. Isaac is a shy youth and he knows that about himself. He wants to work hard as 4-H king to work on his shyness and promote a program he loves and holds dear

It’s autumn, watch for deer on roadways

TOPEKA – Mating season and the quest for more secure habitat have deer on the move this time of year, increasing the chances of vehicle collisions.

Typically, the greatest number of deer-vehicle crashes are in mid-November when the rut, or mating season, peaks. In addition to the rut, deer are also on the move in mid-fall seeking new food sources and shelter as crops are harvested and leaves fall from trees and shrubs, leaving them less secure than in their summer habitats.

“The deer population has stabilized over the last six years, so areas that have had deer likely still have them,” said Levi Jaster, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism big game biologist. “This time of year, young animals are dispersing to find new places to live and breeding season is approaching. More animals on the move means more of them will be crossing roads, so be extra cautious in areas with good deer habitat.”

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, 10,226 (17 percent) of the 58,834 vehicle crashes reported in 2017 were deer-related (crashes in which a deer and vehicle actually collided or the presence of a deer was a contributing circumstance). Crashes involving deer occur in every part of the state throughout the year. In 2017, Butler County had 438 vehicle-deer crashes, the most of any county, while Sedgwick County followed with 385 vehicle-deer crashes.

“In addition to potentially causing human injuries and loss of life, deer collisions often cause significant vehicle damage that can lead to large expenses for the vehicle owner if not properly insured,” said Jennifer Haugh, public and government affairs manager for AAA Kansas. “Of the animal strikes reported by AAA insurance policy holders in 2017, the average cost per claim was more than $4,500.”

A spokesman for the Kansas Highway Patrol cautions drivers to refrain from making exaggerated maneuvers to avoid a deer in the road, which can make the situation worse.

“If you are unfortunate enough to have a deer enter the highway in front of your car, it is best to hit the animal and not swerve to avoid it,” said the KHP Lt. Adam Winters. “Often, we find more serious crashes occur when you swerve to miss the deer, potentially losing control of your vehicle, leaving the road or veering into oncoming traffic.”

St Patrick’s of Scranton celebrates old and new

View from the balcony of St. Patrick’s Church, at Scranton, Kan., which served its parish for more than 100 years.

One year ago, in October 2017, parishioners of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Scranton celebrated the 100th anniversary of the current church building and 150 years of the parish being in the Scranton community.

Now one year later, the parish is anxiously awaiting the completion of a new church building. If the finishing construction goes as planned, the final Sunday mass in the current church building will be Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. On Nov. 4, the new church building will be dedicated at the 10 a.m. mass. Parishioners will host a lunch after the mass in the Scranton school. Lunch reservations may be emailed to [email protected] or call 785-640-4503 by Oct. 14.

Parishioners will host open house tours in the new church building 2:30-3 p.m. Nov. 4.

St. Patrick’s parishioners are proud to share their Scranton roots and are dedicated to continued participation in the Scranton community.

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