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Rains pester area farmers trying to bring in the sheaves

Two prodigious and plentiful products of Kansas: wheat and beautiful sunsets. This close-up photo of heads of wheat ready for harvest in Osage County was taken by Paul Schmidt right before the 2016 harvest. Between rains over the last week, area farmers have begun cutting while hoping for a few dry days to finish it off.

Photo by Paul Schmidt.

Lyndon Methodists ‘rev up’ for sixth annual engine-powered show

Old met older as vintage vehicles parked all around the historic Bailey House at Lyndon City Park last Saturday.

By Rebecca Thill

Despite the extreme weather and power outages early Saturday morning, the sixth annual “Get Rev’d Up” Car Show at Lyndon went on without a hitch.

There were close to 100 entries, including cars, motorcycles, steam engines, and 18-wheelers. Twenty awards were given out along with several specialty awards and several memorial awards.

Live music was provided by Mike Cline and the Constance Praise Band, and a DJ. There were also activities, with goody bags provided for all the children that attended. Face painting, tattoos, and Hot Wheels racing were a hit with all the kids.

The church’s preschool served biscuits with sausage gravy and breakfast burritos, the Mothers of Preschoolers had homemade cinnamon rolls for sale, and lunch was served by the United Methodist Church finance team. The United Methodist Women had a variety of 13 flavors of homemade ice cream.

Proceeds from the event support Youth Ministries, MOPS, Lyndon United Methodist Preschool, and the Lyndon United Methodist Women.

Here’s some views of the park jammed with motorized vehicles.

Melvern kicks off Osage County’s fair season with Sunflower Days

June is here and that means fair season is about to heat up in Osage County, with Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair kicking off on June 22, 2017.

A family event, Melvern welcomes all to Sunflower Days, which offers three days of fun, including a baby show on Thursday, a bluegrass concert Friday, and the always popular finale parade Saturday evening. And don’t forget homemade ice cream, old fashioned games and kids races, a carnival, and the longtime tradition of 4-H and livestock exhibition.

Sunflower Days runs June 22-24, 2017; the Osage County Fair will be June 24-July 2, 2017, at Osage City; and the Overbrook Osage County Fair is Aug. 9-12, 2017.

Here’s the Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair schedule:

Osage County State Fishing Lake among available bathymetric maps for anglers

PRATT – What’s a bathymetric map, you ask? Bathymetry is the study of underwater depth of lake or ocean floors. So, it’s really a topographical map of the lake’s floor, and those maps have traditionally only been available for our larger reservoirs. However, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism fisheries biologists have been working on a project for the past year to build bathymetric maps of many of our smaller lakes. Anglers can use these maps to help locate fishing hotspots.

Lucky for Osage County State Fishing Lake fishermen, a map is now available of that lake, too.

Biologists created bathymetric maps of these smaller lakes for two reasons: they help biologists manage fisheries more efficiently and they help anglers find more fish. These new maps will help anglers identify creek channels, depth changes, and in some cases, habitat cubes placed in the last few years. In other words, a little bit of studying can help anglers navigate new water quickly and efficiently. And maps that show depth and contours of the lake floors can help anglers locate spots that hold fish or are fish highways.

To be successful, anglers rely on using an assortment of tools, including specialized rods and reels, different colors and sizes of lures, the newest electronics, and cell phone apps that give up-to-the-minute weather reports.

A printable version of the Osage County State Fishing Lake map can be downloaded or viewed here, or see the 46 bathymetric maps available for small impoundments across Kansas here:

Veterans, students make their ‘connections’ for trip to nation’s capital

Area veterans and their teenage guardians from Lyndon and Central Heights high schools take a moment at the World War II Memorial during their tour last week of Washington memorials as part of Honor Flight 17.

By Cleon Rickel

On Merle Marsh’s last flight to Washington, D.C., he was in the back of a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress.

“I was there once during the war,” Marsh, of Carbondale, Kan., said. “We were the crew of the week, so we got to fly into Washington.”

His return to Washington occurred June 5, when he flew in the front of another Boeing aircraft, this time a commercial 737 jetliner.

Marsh was one of three World War II veterans who were flown to Washington by Honor Flight 17, organized by high school students at Lyndon High School and Central Heights High School.

Marsh’s son-in-law, Don Forbes, also of Carbondale, and a Vietnam-era veteran, accompanied him on the flight.

Marsh went into the U.S. Army Air Force in 1944 and was trained to be a tailgunner in the large four-engine bombers in Florida. The war in Germany ended before he was assigned combat missions.

“We flew four hours every other day,” he recalled.

Being a tailgunner was just a shade less dangerous than being in the ball turret in the belly of the big bombers. To get to the two 50-caliber machines in the tail of the bomber, the tailgunner had to crawl into a tight, cold and drafty space and sit on what amounted to a bicycle-type seat in a kneeling position and leaning forward on his chest parachute.

“It was a little scary but after the first time back there, it isn’t bad,” Marsh said.

The tailgunners had to be alert for fast, nimble enemy airplanes roaring up behind their bombers.

To prepare them for the speedy German Messerschmitt and Focke-Wulf fighters, the tailgunners would train on Jeeps with shotguns attached at the back. As the Jeeps bounced along at 20 miles as hour or so, clay pigeons would be launched at or behind them.

Though it was Marsh’s second trip to Washington, it was the first for his son-in-law Forbes.

“The whole trip is awesome,” Forbes said. “It’s geared for the veterans but it’s nice to see a lot of young people. It’s heartening to see young people take such an interest.”

Hidden History: ‘Kiss the flag’ – Mobs enforce patriotism in Osage County

By Wendi Bevitt

The Great War may have just ended, but in November of 1918 emotions still ran high in Osage County regarding the duty to one’s country. Osage County made newspaper headlines all over Kansas for patriotism gone wild. The newspaper headlines read, “Osage County No Place for A Pro-German” and “Ben Kissed Old Glory”. Within those articles were the stories of two men that within a week had both been publicly corrected for their believed pro-German sentiment.

The “Ben” of the headlines was Ben Tucker, a farmer living three miles east of Scranton. Tucker was fed up with the government and had become so anti-government as to see no good in any of it. His frustrations led him to spout off to some Carbondale locals that he did not believe the reports of the German atrocities and he “would rather have his children taken care of by Germans than by these sons of … here”.

These men were aware that Tucker had neither participated in the recent Liberty Bond drive, buying war bonds to support the Allied effort, nor had he followed through on his contract to buy a $50 war bond previously, and they were incensed. So after the men parted ways, they resolved to teach Tucker a lesson.

The next time he came to town and the argument arose once again, one of the Carbondale men punched him. The fight was on, but Tucker came out on the losing end. With Ben bloody and battered, the winners encouraged him to retract his former statements and to kneel and kiss the flag. The promise made and the bloody flag as a testament, he was allowed to retreat home with the pledge by the patriots to not press charges against Tucker for disloyalty unless his lesson did not have the desired effect.

Rapp School, a legacy of Osage County learning

Photo by Paul Schmidt

Rapp School is an Osage County treasure. This brick school house built in 1929 includes original furnishings, curriculum materials, and playground equipment. The solid, brick structure not only served the community well until 1959, but also lives today as an active historical resource and repository of our local educational and social history. Rapp School is located at 10324 U.S. Highway 56, about four miles west of Osage City, Kan.

Extra caution needed on Kansas roads during harvest

Harvest season is underway, and the Kansas Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to use more caution and patience when traveling around farm trucks, tractors, combines, and other implements.

“As harvest is underway, each traveler in Kansas needs to be more aware of increased farm implement and truck traffic,” said Lieutenant Adam Winters, KHP public information officer. “In Kansas we have many trucks exiting and entering the roadways at any given time. Traveling around these vehicles requires extra caution.”

Most farm equipment is not designed to travel at highway speeds, and may only travel 15-25 mph. Farm equipment is often wider than other vehicles, and is sometimes wider than the lane of traffic, so extra room should be allowed when traveling near an implement on the road. Extra caution should be practiced on all roads, but especially on the busy rural roads with unmarked intersections.

Preliminary numbers indicate that statewide in 2016, there were 110 crashes involving farm equipment. In those 110 crashes, one person was killed, and 29 people were injured. Already this year, preliminary statistics indicate there have been 22 crashes, with seven people injured.

It is important to share the road safely, for the sake of the farmers, and for the motoring public. Tips to keep in mind when sharing Kansas roads with farmers:

Memorial colors

American and Kansas flags flying over the Scranton Cemetery, May 26, 2017. Photo by Paul Schmidt.

Osage County Places Quenemo railroad bridge stands test of time

Strength and longevity are exemplified by this BNSF truss bridge. Beautifully tucked away just east of Quenemo, this one erected in 1905 (updated in 1945) still serves its purpose: getting trains across the Marias des Cygnes River.

Photo by Paul Schmidt.

Historical society and Osage County News publish online cemetery list

No Name No. 8 Cemetery, near Lamont Hill. Photo by Jan Williams.

In cooperation with the Osage County Historical Society, Osage County News has published online a list of Osage County cemeteries and their locations. The historical society had previously published similar information in a brochure. Volunteers of the society recently updated and corrected the list.

Osage County News has also created a map that shows the general locations of the cemeteries, which are listed with directions on the reverse side of the map. A printable version of the two-page map and cemetery list is available here.

When visiting the cemeteries listed, visitors are advised that some are on private property and property owners’ privacy should be respected. Not all cemeteries are located on all-weather roads, and some are in remote locations in Osage County; visitors should watch weather conditions and be aware of possible road hazards. Use of a highway map or GPS device to assist with navigation when trying to locate cemeteries is also advised.

Hidden History: ‘Marble man’ chiseled his legacy in Osage County cemeteries

Matthew Waddle special-ordered stone from Vermont in 1902 for John and Margaret Sowell’s monument, now located at Vassar Cemetery.

By Wendi Bevitt

Matthew Waddle’s name has been relegated to Osage County’s history, but as you venture to most cemeteries within the county this Memorial Day, you’ll see evidences of his work everywhere.

Matthew Waddle owned and operated a successful monument business in Lyndon, Kan., from the 1880s until his death in 1907. The Ohio native first lived in Ottawa, Kan., where he got his start as a salesman for Hanway Brothers Monuments in 1876.  Hanway Brothers, owned by John Hanway, executed fine monuments and employed highly skilled workmen with the most up to date tools. They were the oldest marble company in the state and highly regarded for their monuments and fair dealings.  John Hanway’s father, James, was a stone cutter and had been an associate of John Brown. The Hanway Brothers firm created the John Brown statue that now stands in Osawatomie.

Matthew Waddle made Hiram Ward's stone that is in the Burlingame Cemetery. Osage County history tidbit: Ward was a staunch opponent of the gambling and horse races at the Burlingame Fair. Apparently he got that nixed, but when he died in 1895, it didn't take long for them to get reinstated.

Matthew Waddle made Hiram Ward’s stone that is in the Burlingame Cemetery. Osage County history tidbit: Ward was a staunch opponent of the gambling and horse races at the Burlingame Fair. Apparently he got that nixed, but when he died in 1895, it didn’t take long for them to get reinstated.

Before 1883, Waddle had left Hanway and was working for Fernald Brothers, of Topeka, Kan. Fernald Brothers also created grand monuments and holds the distinction of creating the Kansas memorial tablet in 1882 for the interior of the Washington Monument in the nation’s capitol.

By 1885, Waddle settled in Lyndon and struck out on his own utilizing the knowledge gleaned with Hanway and Fernald. His business grew rapidly and he was creating monuments across Osage County of “the highest class of work”. Because of his excellent craftsmanship, he also sold monuments throughout the state and held the distinction of creating “the finest monument in Franklin County”, although that monument has not been identified at the time of this article. Business was going so well, that in June of 1895, he delivered 25 monuments to Burlingame Cemetery alone.

Waddle’s marble came not only from local suppliers, but he could special order quality stone from elsewhere. One such stone was that of John and Margaret Sowell’s monument located at Vassar. The marble was ordered after Mr. Sowell’s death in 1902 from Rutland, Vermont, at a cost of $200. Transit for the stone proved disastrous however, and flooding that year led to its disappearance en route.

Tag team speakers give 2017 Lyndon High School graduates vision of past, present, future

Lyndon High School Class of 2017. Photo by Bill Patterson.

With two valedictorians and a salutatorian in Lyndon High School’s 2017 graduating class, spectators at last Sunday’s graduation ceremony were treated to a three-man tag team of graduation speeches. Tagged as second speaker, Salutatorian Trystan Pringle said planning the speeches with valedictorians Cody Anschutz and Daniel Pine included consultation with LHS Principal Brad Marcotte.

“Mr. Marcotte must have watched ‘A Christmas Carol’ because Cody was assigned the past, I the present, and Daniel the future,” Pringle said.

As first up to the podium and true to his part, Anschutz reflected on 13 years at Lyndon schools and “spoke about all of the awesome memories our class has made,” as Pringle later said.

Anschutz also reflected on how the class’ school experiences helped form them as students.

“Entering high school hit us like a ton of bricks,” Anschutz said. “We had this really mean guy bossing us around and trying to scare us. Yes, Mr. Marcotte, that was you, but I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done for us over the past four years.”

Anschutz also thanked “the great group of teachers that helped keep us in line,” and all of his 26 fellow classmates.

“Although I may not be the most qualified person in this group to give advice, my final piece of wisdom for you is this,” he said, “regardless of your past experiences at Lyndon High School over the past few years we have shaped each other, for better or for worse, into strong, capable individuals. Try to remember each other for how they are now.”

When tagged, Pringle talked about working to come up with a speech about the present “that would really stick with you. I wanted it to be special to each individual person.” Then he admitted to his secret passion for poetry, and showed his poetic talent with a rap song about each of his classmates.

Pringle’s rapping ended with a thank you to “pretty much anyone who showed up to bid the class of 2017 a farewell.”

“There’s like a thousand of you here … in essence you are what shaped our graduating class of 2017 and gave us the keys to our own success,” he said.

Tagged to talk about the future, Pine offered that regardless of the students’ successes or failures in the past, as graduates they were embarking on a new beginning.

“The opportunities are unlimited, so don’t let your performance in high school affect your future,” Pine said. “At this point, we all have a clean slate, and our decisions will determine our future.”

He advised classmates that only they can measure their own success, and it doesn’t matter what someone else thinks.

“At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the person in the mirror, so don’t let yourself down. Congratulations Class of 2017. It’s been real,” Pine said, tagging Marcotte to present the class for graduation.

Members of the USD 421 Board of Education presented diplomas to the following 2017 graduates of Lyndon High School: Cody Don Anschutz, Kyle James Baker, Marissa Kay Beutel, Lainey Nicole Beyer, Beau David Brecheisen, Dalton Reid Brooker, Rylan Mitchell Burns, Haily Michele Chenoweth, Joseph Payton Dow, Ellie Rae Fischer, Bethanie Genae Gilliland, Morgan Scott Heit, Joseph Edward Heltzel, Taylor Lee House, Serena Lynn Hufford, Colton Garrett Hutchcroft, Jasmine Brooke Kempel, Roger Lee Lane, Kimberly Kathleen Lynn Lister, Chase Alexander Newberry, Rachel Elizabeth Owens, Marina Kathleen Payne, Daniel Louis Pine, Trystan Chance Pringle, Dalas Nichole Roberts, Grace Anne Spencer, Jillian Grace Stanley.

Senior class sponsors are Lori Catron and Teresa Fitch. USD 421 Board of Education members include Robert Knoernschild, president, Lisa Baker, David Brecheisen, Melissa Herdman, Joe Isch, Eric Ratzloff, and Lori Sturdy. Cheryl Cook is superintendent of schools.

Life speeds onward as 2017 Burlingame High School graduates accept diplomas

2017 BHS graduates throw their hats in the air in celebration. Photo by Keri Welch.

For Burlingame High School valedictorian Alissa Jaynes, graduation from high school served as a signal that life moves fast.

Jaynes told her fellow classmates during the BHS graduation Saturday, May 13, 2017, that as the end of school came near, time had been on her mind: “About how it flies by and how there’s never enough of it. Life comes at us so fast that we don’t always get to appreciate the time that we have, and the people we share our time with,” she said. “So how do we slow down the rush of time, so that we can get some measure of control? The unfortunate answer to that question is, we simply can’t. All we can do is live in the present, look forward to the future, and always remember the fond memories
of the past.”

“We have always dreamed of this day,” Jaynes said, noting all the hard work, effort and help from others it had taken to get to graduation day. To those who helped the students achieve their successes – parents, teachers, school staff, “You’ve supported us on our journey,” she said. “The best way we graduates can show gratitude is to make the most of the opportunity we’ve been given and go forward with the intention of making our community and world a better place for the generations that follow us.”

Alexyss Hamner receiving hug from Bonnie Reavis.

Alexyss Hamner receiving hug from Bonnie Reavis.

BHS salutatorian James Daniel Quaney also told the graduates they should have gratitude for the reason they were all gathered at the school gymnasium – success.

“Every single one of us that is about to walk across this stage has been successful,” Quaney said. “Through hard work and dedication we have achieved a spectacular accomplishment, making it through high school and graduating. This accomplishment is just one of many we all have obtained thus far in our lives. However, this one is different. When we walk across this stage today and receive our diplomas, we are opening the door to be able to achieve even greater successes.”

But those successes didn’t come without help from others, he said, thanking parents, teachers, school staff and his fellow classmates.

“We have been set up to have success in the future,” Quaney said. “We learned the necessary skills that will allow us to succeed … You equipped us with the knowledge to have success in our futures.”

“High school taught each of us that it doesn’t matter what your vision of success is, that if you work hard enough, and you put forth the effort, you can accomplish anything,” he said. “We are equipped and I am confident that we can go anywhere and do anything in this world.”

With BHS Principal Tammy Baird presenting the class, USD 454 President Kris Kline accepted the class for graduation. USD 454 Board of Education members presented diplomas to Dyllan Peyton Brake, Mason Thomas Brown, Katelyn Beth Droegemeier, Timothy Alan Dunn, Raven Ash Franzen, Quinn Noble Garrett, Alexyss Dawn Marie Hamner, Kylie Marie Hill, Anthony James Hovestadt, Alissa Lanae Jaynes, Kacie Marie Jones, Shannon Gayle Kirwan, Sierra Kay Kirwan, Regan Danielle Lindbloom, Katelynn Marie Linder, Irish Sean Masters, Shaylea Elizabeth Nicole Masters, Harper Calvin Neu, James Daniel Quaney, Darian Kay Summers, Rachael Lynne Swogger, Margaret Elizabeth West, Sabrina Ila-Mae Wright.

Senior class sponsors were Haley Tyson and Linda White.

Ready or not, ‘it’s true life’ for 2017 Santa Fe Trail High School graduates

Family and friends gathered to wish well for the 2017 graduating class of Santa Fe Trail High School. Photo by Brad Shaffer and

Santa Fe Trail High School valedictorian Nash Muckey told his 61 fellow graduates that though they’d been encouraged to plan for the future all through their high school career, they’d better be ready for it.

“Well, here it is,” Muckey said during the Saturday, May 13, 2017, graduation ceremony at Santa Fe Trail High School. “This is the end of planning phase for most of us. It’s time to head off into one of the greatest character defining times in a young student’s life, whether you’re headed to a tech school, a big college, a small college, out of state, the military, or any other pathway.”

He said the faculty had given them guidance and their teaching had provided tools to shape the graduates’ future.

“The truth of it is this next step is a great one … It’s true life for the first time in most of our lives and it really helps define us,” Muckey said. “The ability to choose, and to learn who you are is an invaluable gift presented to us after typical schooling, and one that will continue to mold us throughout our lives. And as we make our way into the future we must not forget those chosen few who gave us the tools to choose wisely.”

Noting the finality of graduation, Santa Fe Trail High School salutatorian Grace Herren described the class’ high school experiences as an enjoyable, but sometimes wild journey.

“High school is a roller coaster,” Herren said. “You wait forever to get there, and try your hardest to get to the front. There are twists and turns, high highs and low lows. It takes your breath away, makes you throw your hands up and scream and is best when you are with a friend. And then it is over. Just like that.”

“This ride has been great, but as it comes to an end never forget to be thankful for your past because it has prepared you for the future that is to come,” Herren said. “So join me in the next sprint, to our next ride and always remember – hands up.”

SFTHS administrative assistant Keith Johnson presented the SFTHS Class of 2017 for recognition by USD 434 Board of Education President Randy Boudeman. SFTHS Principal Patrick Graham announced the graduates as USD 434 Board of Education members presented diplomas.

Receiving diplomas as 2017 graduates of Santa Fe Trail High School were: Taylor Mechelk Ball, Taylin Lorraine Berckefeldt, Jaden Michael Noah Bone, Hanna Kayleen Burlew, Jesse David Busby, Connor Lee Caskey, Marcel Angel Creswell, Druanna Isabell Crouch, Alyssia Elaine Davis, Christian Ryan Davis, Joshua Roy Elley, Bryce Conner Erickson, MacKmzie Brianne Foster, Cheyenne May Gassman, Christina Michelle German, Gage Wellington Greenfield, Jordon Daniel Guyle, Trevor Dean Hall, Dakota Lee Hargett , Jacob Micheal Hastings, Jodi Elizabeth Hastings, Grace Olivia Herren, Savannah LeAnn Hinck, Jo Anna Paige Hoff, Kristopher Charles Howard, Ian Blaize Zavier Jamison, Erick D’orr Kelley, Dacoda Allen Kincaid, Noah Patrick Ostrander Knight, Brooke Nichol Kuermaier, Venessa Dyle Kunkel, Spencer Allen Lane, Madeline Grace Logsdon, Derrick Todd Martinek, Jordan Thomas Massey, T.J. Masters, Jeremy Adam Mayfield, Raynor Walker McClendon, Takoda David McClendon, Trenton Jacob Moore, Andrew Nash Muckey, Apryl Nicole Mulford, Joshua John Musick, DyIan Michael Myrick, Peyton Lee Newton, Kiara Jewel Padilla, Messina Anne Pagan, Dominic Christian Schrempp, Michaella Monae Seastrom, Alec Elijah Shook, Kelsey SueAnn Silver, Justice Nicole Simons, Alyx Makenna Smith, Scott Austin Spoonemore, Bailey Anne Rose Springer, Dakota James Thorne Thompson, Jordan Christian Tinch, Ian Matheau Trego, Shane Michael West, Mary Elizabeth Willige, Sonya Louise Winsler, and Matthew Ray Wurm.

The SFTHS senior class was sponsored by Connie Lindell and Heather Garrison.

OCHS Class of 2017 takes the best from the past and heads toward the future

Citing the Osage City High School Class of 2017’s class motto, a Bob Dylan quote, “You should always take the best from the past, leave the worst back there and go forward into the future,” honor student Amanda Pritchard reminded her fellow graduates during Sunday’s commencement, May 14, 2017, that their years of learning were now memories.

“All of you have had some wonderful memories, and though each of us may go our own direction, I hope that these times are something that you treasure and remember for years to come,” said Pritchard, noting her memories were of the family formed by the class.

“As I look out here, Class of 2017, know that I see future engineers, nurses, businessmen and women, and many other careers,” she said. “But more importantly, I see hard workers, achievers, smiling faces, good friends, and better, a family.”

OCHS honor student Trey Tomlinson echoed Pritchard’s comments, saying, “These memories, no matter how minute, all serve as an adhesive that inexplicably binds us all to one another.”

Tomlinson encouraged his 34 fellow classmates “to take a moment in order to reflect upon everything that we have accomplished in our short time as Indians. Take the time to truly appreciate all of the opportunities and the memories that we have all been granted and shared.”

He advised that with their memories and knowledge, they can help shape the future of their choosing.

“Wherever our path may diverge, I urge you all to remember and to stay true to who you are,” Tomlinson said. “And don’t be afraid of dreaming too big for any dream can be made a reality with enough innovation and faith. So don’t lose hope or your path, in doing so, success is within our reach.”

OCHS Principal Tony Heward presented the class for graduation, and USD 420 Board Member Dianne Scott presented diplomas to the 2017 OCHS graduates: Marissa Kay Adkins, Bailey Jo Barranco, Jonathan Allen Blaylock, Joseph Allen Blaylock, Claire Danielle Boyce, Acelynn Cheyanne Brooks, Larry Wayne Burcham, Jason Kyle Cooley, Richard Brian Corley, Shelby Renee Davidson, Connor Joseph Fagan, Abigail Carol Gibbons, Shaelyn Mae Gifford, Baeh Courtney Gill, Alexzander Timothy Greene, Casey Alexander Linebarger, Genevieve Dawn Lowery, Travis John Carey Martin, Jaime Ross McKenzie, Justin Evans Melgren, Hannah Moriah Mondragon, Makaela Louise Nicholson, Brady Aaron-Lee Ogle, Kelsy Ann Orender, Kodie Ann Otterness, Amanda Lyn Pritchard, Brett Reo Sage, Jarod Michael Stevens, Susan Gene Stromgren, Sarah Anne Thompson, Trey Douglas Tomlinson, Paris Renee Vigil, David J. Wells, Cattani Aletha Whalen, and Tracy Ellen Wilk.

Timeless literacy – Lyndon Carnegie Library

The Lyndon Carnegie Library is a beautiful little library that clearly shows the importance placed upon literacy at the time it was founded, 1910. Believed to be the smallest of Carnegie libraries in the country, it stands classically solid and enduring with its rock walls and red tile roof.

For more information about the library, call 785-828-4520, or stop by 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon.

Photo thanks to Paul Schmidt,

Osage City shows its hometown hospitality at Kansas Sampler Festival

By Dave Azwell

The 28th and final Kansas Sampler Festival was held May 6-7, 2017, in Winfield, Kan. The festival was held in Island Park which was a beautiful setting with lots of big trees, green grass, a huge children’s playground, geese and nice paved roads around the park. The island is like a castle surrounded by a moat except it’s a river that flows around it.

Osage City was in the Northeast Kansas tent along with a dozen other booths set up by representatives from cities and counties in the northeast Kansas area.

Early on Saturday morning, flags from participating groups were paraded to the main meeting area for the traditional opening ceremony. The festival opened to the public at 10 a.m. and the first of many attendees began filing through the tents.

Osage City was represented by Julie Carlson, Jan Williams, Wayne White, and Dave and Tara Azwell. Folks from many areas of the state were provided information about Osage City by a display of banners, informational signs, person-to-person contact, brochures, flyers and county guides. Red and blue Osage City tote bags were handed out and could be seen all over the park as the day went on.

2017 graduating Trojans march toward the future

2017 graduates of Marais des Cygnes Valley High School. Photo by Jerry Kramer, Kramer Photos.

“Remember that you owe it to those here today to be the best at that which you choose to do,” Leon Sluder, 2017 Marais des Cygnes Valley High School valedictorian, reminded his fellow graduates during the school’s commencement Sunday at Melvern.

Sluder told 11 other MdCVHS graduates that he and they were a product of the crowd gathered May 7 at the school gymnasium – including “parents, teachers, mentors, coaches, and community members who have worked together to get us here. They have all invested in a future that we will ultimately choose for ourselves.”

2017 Marais des Cygnes Valley High School valedictorian Leon Sluder.

2017 Marais des Cygnes Valley High School valedictorian Leon Sluder.

Following the introduction of 2017 MdCV salutatorian Peyton Johnson and valedictorian Sluder, school counselor Laurel Ladewig introduced the MdCV graduating class of 2017: Whitney Marie Arb, Sanya Marie Day, Kayden August Dickey, Addison David Hall, Samantha Lynn Harris, Dakota Austin Jackson, Peyton Alan Johnson, Hatch Erin Lott, Kelsey Jean Lowe, Valoree Coleen Lynn, Leon Paul Sluder, and Allison Nicole Smith.

Greg McCurdy, USD 456 Board of Education president, and Jamie Sowers, vice president, presented diplomas to the graduates. MdCV High School principal is Michelle Schulze; USD 456 superintendent is Ted Hessong.

As is tradition at MdCVHS, the graduates formed a receiving line following the ceremony to greet all who gathered to send off the Trojans as they march toward future endeavors.

Truck rollover closes K-31 for 4 hours Friday

A sheriff’s office drone photo shows a wrecker removing a crashed truck and trailer from the ditch after its load had been removed.

A truck rollover accident early Friday morning caused state Highway 31, east of Osage City, to be closed for several hours. According to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, around 4:52 a.m. May 5, 2017, emergency dispatch received a 911 call about a semi-trailer roll-over accident at K-31 and Wanamaker Road, about two miles east of Osage City.

Deputies found the 2001 Kenworth truck and trailer driven by Gerard Lowrance, 56,  Osage City, had turned too wide while turning west onto the highway from Wanamaker, and the truck went onto the shoulder. While on the shoulder the trailer, loaded with fly ash, rolled over to its side. The load had to be removed before the truck and trailer could be recovered from the ditch.

Lowrance was not hurt in the accident. The highway was opened to regular traffic around 9:30 a.m.

Burglars hit Lyndon gun store early Sunday

Security camera photos show burglars at Sports Mart early Sunday morning.

Sunday, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported on social media that a gun store at Lyndon had been burglarized and firearms had been stolen earlier that morning.

According to the report, at about 3:55 a.m. May 7, 2017, deputies responded to an alarm call at Sports Mart, at 24131 S US 75 Highway, just north of Lyndon. Deputies arrived at 3:57 a.m. to find the business had been burglarized.

Security camera footage revealed that three masked subjects entered the business and removed firearms.

The sheriff’s office is asking the public’s assistance in solving this crime. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 877-OSCRIME or the sheriff’s office at 785-828-3121.

The gun store was also a burglary target last year, with attempted burglaries on April 24 and April 27, 2016. A Shawnee man was later convicted of two of nine charges filed against him related to the attempted break-ins and shooting at three Lyndon businesses.

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