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Poisonings and medicine mishaps can happen anywhere, anytime

March 17-23 is National Poison Prevention Week

TOPEKA, Kan. – Nearly 60 percent of the human poison exposures reported to the Kansas Poison Control Center involved medications or pharmaceuticals. While most over-the-counter and prescription medicines can be helpful when taken as directed, when not taken properly, medicines can be harmful, and in some cases deadly. Medication errors can occur at any age, which is why during the March 17-23 National Poison Prevention Week, Safe Kids Kansas asks everyone to be aware of proper medicine safety.

“Any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, can be poisonous when used in the wrong way, by the wrong person, or in the wrong amount,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas state director. “Be sure to read labels carefully and follow directions. If you have questions, contact your doctor, pharmacist or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 for information.”

It’s important for everyone to save the Poison Help line in your phone, said Stefanie Baines, education coordinator for the Poison Control Center at the University of Kansas Health System. “Calling 1-800-222-1222 is the fastest way to get an answer from an expert. It is far better than going online to find help, and you can call any time with questions, not just during emergencies,” Baines said.

By taking a few precautions, you can help keep your loved ones and yourself safe from poison emergencies.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Kahler death penalty appeal

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office reported today that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of James Kraig Kahler. An Osage County jury convicted Kahler of killing his two teenage daughters, his wife, and her grandmother at Burlingame, Kan., in 2009, and recommended he be sentenced to death.

The Kansas Supreme Court affirmed Kahler’s conviction and death sentence in February 2018. Today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Kahler’s appeal from the Kansas Supreme Court decision.

In his appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court, Kahler raised 10 issues, including allegations of misconduct by the prosecutor and trial judge, challenges to the instructions given to the jury, and an argument the death penalty is unconstitutional when applied to a person who has a severe mental illness at the time he or she committed a crime.

Spring to bring swine showdown to Osage City

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – A spring swine show at Osage City is being planned by local organizers, who recently welcomed a donation from a Baldwin City based farm credit provider. The Osage County Showdown Spring Show is scheduled for May 26, 2019, at the Osage County Fairgrounds, at Osage City. The event will include a one-day swine show and learning opportunities for students, including “Livestock Workdays” during which exhibitors bring their livestock projects and older showman and parents help them to learn more about the animals.

“Providing learning opportunities such as workshops will be a fun way to get more kids involved in animal agriculture, creating advocates for the industry,” said Josie Bosse, who is co-coordinator of the show with Amanda Croucher.

As part of organizing a livestock show, donations are welcomed, including the recent $500 grant gained through Frontier Farm Credit’s Working Here Fund. Osage County Showdown was one of nine organizations to receive Working Here Fund grants in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Officials advise drivers to be cautious on local wet, sloppy roads

Local officials are asking everyone traveling on non-paved roads to slow down and use extreme caution. Non-
paved roads have become hazardous with the recent wet and rainy conditions in the Osage County area. With the wet weather expected to continue for the next couple of days, emergency management officials are asking drivers to please slow down, closely watch road conditions, don’t drive through flooded areas, and avoid non-paved roads whenever possible.

More moderate to heavy rain is expected to continue Tuesday evening and Wednesday.

For more information about this local travel advisory, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323, or 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, Kan.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cold night healthcare rewarded

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Could you please come help a heifer with a prolapse from birthing her calf?”
It was 2 o’clock in the morning, below freezing, winter moisture, herdsman calling the veterinarian 25 miles away.
Less than an hour, not smiling but ready for her job, the bundled-up animal health doctor arrived.
Heifer and wet but alive newborn were in protection of the barn. That is a major deal compared to the wet, cold, snowy mud dim shadowy corral.
Or, in the middle of the half section pasture miles from civilization with pickup headlights and low-battery flashlights. Through the decades there have been all of those scenarios thankfully with understanding yet inner-grudgingly cooperating veterinarians.
Such medical assistance is difficult in the best of environment softened some being inside despite tightness of confinement. Sanitation is of obvious importance with barn straw bedding considerably better than sloppy germ-ridden barnyard conditions.
Sure not knowing much about the physical aspects of it all, for the even less informed, simple explanation seems appropriate. Mr. Webster said, “Prolapse is to slip or fall out of its proper place in the body.”
What comes out must go back in, stay there, combat any infections which might arise, and heal up. The very good doctor adjusted, manipulated, pushed, medicated and got everything in place again sewed up tight.

Annual NWS severe weather talk scheduled at Burlingame

Remnants of the Harveyville United Methodist Church were all that remained after a tornado ripped through the small Wabaunsee County town on Feb. 28, 2012.

The National Weather Service and Osage County Emergency Management will present a severe weather safety and information talk at 7 p.m. March 14, 2019, at Schuyler Community Center, 218 W. Fremont St., Burlingame, Kan.

Every year, the National Weather Service in Topeka presents severe weather safety and information talks which are open to the general public. Presentations are typically around 90 minutes long and given by a meteorologist from the Topeka NWS office, focusing on severe storm safety, preparedness, and accurate identification of storm features.

In addition to attending a talk, anyone interested in becoming a weather spotter is encouraged to complete an online training class focused on the basics of convective weather and storm structure. See www.weather.gov/top/spottertalks for more information about the NWS weather talks and spotter training.

For more information about the weather talk in Burlingame, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at [email protected] or 785-828-3323.

Strengthening communities: K-State Extension plans grant writing workshop at Garnett

GARNETT, Kan. – Do you know how that playground equipment at the park down the street was purchased? Or the new sign leading visitors to a local landmark? How about initial money for a festival? In any community, chances are that someone, or a group of individuals, wrote a grant proposal and received funding to help with the project.

Individuals and community groups can learn more about writing successful grant proposals at a workshop planned for March 28, 2019, at Garnett, Kan. The workshop will be presented by Nancy Daniels, a community vitality specialist with K-State Research and Extension and the author of many grant proposals. The training will be 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 200 S. Walnut, Garnett, and includes lunch. The cost to attend is $10. Attendees are asked to register by March 22. To register and pay online, see www.frontierdistrict.ksu.edu/community/

“This workshop is for everyone, whether they’ve never written a proposal before and have no idea where to start, to those who have experience but are looking for ways to improve their approach,” Daniels said. “The magic that happens in a local community when people find out they don’t have to wait to get something done, that they can do it themselves, is incredible.”

Participants also learn from each other, Daniels said, adding that even experienced grant writers pick up tips and are reenergized after coming together with peers in their communities. Participants are encouraged to bring their grants or grant ideas to share.

Workshop topics include:

  • Sources of data for community needs (where do you find the numbers to back up your request?)
  • Where to find grants.
  • The five common elements of a great grant proposal.
  • Practicing the grant writing elements.

For more information, contact Fran Richmond, [email protected], 785-828-4438, or Julie Turnipseed, [email protected], 785-448-5496.

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Prepare your family for severe weather

Safe Kids Kansas offers safety tips for severe weather

TOPEKA, Kan. – While the threat of severe weather in Kansas is year-round, March 3-9, 2019, is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas, and a good opportunity to discuss the importance of emergency preparedness with your family. In 2018, the National Weather Service reported about 45 tornadoes statewide. Kansas also experiences numerous other high impact weather events, including blizzards, severe thunderstorms, and floods.

“When severe weather strikes, you often have only a few minutes to respond and seek shelter,” said Cherie Sage, state director for Safe Kids Kansas. “It is essential for you and your family to be prepared in an emergency.”

Safe Kids Kansas recommends becoming familiar with the type of weather you could encounter, prepare an emergency disaster kit, and practice an emergency plan frequently with your entire family.

Many people do not understand the difference between a watch and a warning. When conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop, a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch is issued. Information from weather radar, spotters and other sources is used to issue severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings for areas where severe weather is imminent. Severe weather warnings are passed to local media and broadcast over weather alert radios. These warnings are also relayed to local emergency management and public safety officials, who then activate the local warning systems to alert communities.

Thunderstorms are very dangerous and can become tornadic quickly, so shelter is advised for those warnings as well. Getting to a safe shelter in advance of a storm is especially important for families with children or individuals with a disability.

Safe Kids Kansas recommends assembling an emergency disaster kit in advance. If you determine you need to take shelter, be sure every family member puts on hard-soled footwear and take your emergency disaster kit with you. An emergency disaster kit should contain:

  • non-perishable food items and water
  • manual can opener if your kit contains canned food
  • blankets or sleeping bags
  • change of clothing for each family member
  • first-aid kit
  • prescription medications
  • sun block
  • flashlight and batteries
  • NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio
  • set of car and house keys
  • whistle to signal for help
  • highway map that marks the counties to follow the storm
  • identification and a credit card or cash
  • any specific items needed for children such as diapers or formula

Statewide tornado drill 10 a.m. Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Topeka will conduct a tornado drill at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the drill by practicing seeking secure, safe shelter from a tornado. This test will be broadcast over NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio and other local media. Local officials may also sound their warning sirens. Area residents, businesses, and schools are urged to treat the drill as if it were an actual tornado warning.

KDHE issues health advisory, safety tips in preparation for Flint Hills burning season

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reminding Kansans that March and April are a time when large areas of the state’s Flint Hills rangeland are burned. These burns help preserve the tallgrass prairie, control invasive species such as Eastern Red Cedar and sumac, and provide better forage for cattle. Prescribed burning minimizes risk of wildfires and is effective in managing rangeland resources. Smoke from the burns can influence the air quality of downwind areas. The use of smoke management techniques is vital to reduce impacts.

KDHE will activate the Kansas smoke modeling tool on March 1, 2019, prior to widespread burning in the Flint Hills. The computer models use fire data and current weather conditions to predict the potential contribution of smoke to downwind air quality problems. On average there are approximately 2.3 million acres burned in the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma each year.

“We encourage ranchers and land managers to take advantage of this smoke modeling resource to spread out their burns more effectively and mitigate potential air quality impacts,” said Douglas Watson, meteorologist at the KDHE Bureau of Air. “For burns to be safe and effective, weather and rangeland conditions must be ideal. Many landowners will burn at the same time when such conditions are met. Air pollutants from the burns can affect persons in the Flint Hills and can be carried long distances to more populated areas.”

Prescribed burns release large amounts of particulate matter and substances that can form ozone. Particulate matter and ozone can cause health problems, even in healthy individuals. Common health problems include burning eyes, runny nose, coughing and illnesses such as bronchitis. Individuals with respiratory issues, pre-existing heart or lung diseases, children and elderly may experience worse symptoms.

Steps to protect your health on days when smoke is present in your community include:

  • Healthy people should limit or avoid strenuous outdoor exercise.
  • People with respiratory or heart related illnesses should remain indoors.
  • Help keep indoor air clean by closing doors and windows and running air conditioners with air filters.
  • Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  • Contact your doctor if you have symptoms such as chest pain, chest tightness, shortness of breath or severe fatigue.

For more information about burning in the Flint Hills, the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan, the April burn restrictions, and the smoke modeling tool, see www.ksfire.org.

Updates upcoming on Osage County News

The Osage County News website, www.osagecountyonline.com, will be undergoing some updates and changes over the next few months, which could cause some occasional outages such as we experienced in the last few days. We appreciate our readers and expect these updates will help us to continue to be your best local online news source.

Anyone who might still be experiencing issues from Tuesday’s outage, please refresh your internet browser. Anyone who has any questions about our services or if you are experiencing problems accessing our site, feel free to contact us at 785-828-4994 or [email protected].

Snowstorm shuts down meals on wheels, local meal sites Wednesday

SNOW-SHOVELING-11Due to the weather, the ECKAAA Nutrition Program kitchen will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. All nutrition sites in Osage County at Burlingame, Carbondale and Osage City will be closed and meal delivery is cancelled for the day.

The closures also affects sites in Lane, Ottawa, Pomona, Lane, Richmond, Sunflower Plaza, Wellsville and Williamsburg, in Franklin County; Colony, Garnett and Kincaid, in Anderson County;  Burlington, Lebo and Waverly, in Coffey County; Louisburg, Osawatomie, and Paola, in Miami County; and Blue Mound, Centerville, Mound City, Parker and Pleasanton, in Linn County.

Postponing an event, cancelling services for the day? Email [email protected], or post your cancellation in the comment section below where everybody in Osage County can see it.  Keep warm and safe, Osage County.

Remember to check the County Calendar for up to date event listings.

St. David’s Society invites all to enjoy afternoon of Welsh music

Welsh music will fill the air as the St. David’s Chorus brings it to life at the 131st St. David’s Concert at 2:30 p.m. March 3, 2019. The free event, held at the Presbyterian Church West Campus, 1702 W. 15th Ave., Emporia, Kan., is sponsored by the St. David’s Society of the State of Kansas.

The St. David’s Society welcomes back Eluned Jones to direct the concert for the sixth year. Born and raised in Wales to a musical family, Eluned injects Welsh spirit from her homeland into the conducting of the Welsh hymns Eluned is professor and head of economics at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.

Honoring our country and the country of our Welsh ancestry, the concert will open with the singing of our national anthems. The invocation and benediction will be given by the Rev. Gary Gooszen and the Rev. Phyllis Stutzman, respectively. St. David’s Society President Brian Rees will give opening remarks and introductions.

The St. David’s Chorus will open the concert with the nostalgic “We’ll Keep a Welcome”. Many towns are represented in the St. David’s Choir including Emporia, Hartford, Reading, Lebo, Arvonia, and Kansas City.

Joining the St. David’s Chorus again this year are members of ESU choirs led by Dr. Robert Ward. The chorus sets will include the jubilant “Sanctus”, the soulful, harmonious “Pen Park”, the melodic “Gwahoddiad”, and “Crimond”, (“The Lord’s My Shepherd”). Accompanists for the concert are Mary Melhorn, organist and Travis Carmichael, pianist. The concert will close as all join together to sing “God Be With You”.

Everyone is invited to a reception of bara brith and tea in the Fellowship Hall following the concert.

Area Welsh to host annual tea at Lebo

The 32nd Welsh Tea will be 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, in Lebo, Kan. The tea is a free informal event hosted by cousins Paula Evans, Norma Jones and Jean Rowley.

Daffodils welcome guests as warm Welsh cakes, tea, coffee and spiced apple juice are served with the assistance of family and friends.

The tea honors the Welsh who settled in Arvonia, Lebo, Emporia, Reading, Osage City and surrounding Kansas communities. All are welcome to attend.

Lyndon 7th-grader Cole claims countywide spelling championship

Osage County’s top spellers for 2019 show their certificates as participants in the countywide spelling bee held at Melvern on Feb. 12, 2019.

MELVERN, Kan. – While many people are waiting for spring flowers, a “daffodil” tripped up the runner-up winner of the Osage County Spelling Bee, held Feb. 12, 2019, at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School gymnasium.

Samantha Cole, student at Lyndon Middle School, became the county’s champion speller for 2019, after remembering the “Alamo” in the 13th and championship round.

The bee turned suspenseful in the ninth round as two seventh-graders remained – Samantha and Osage City Middle Schooler Emery Camarena took turns at correct spellings: apricot, diagnosis; adios, popularity. Then with Samantha correctly spelling “boutique”, Emery stumbled on “daffodil”. The misspelling set up Samantha to correctly spell one final word to claim the championship: Alamo.

Osage County’s spelling champion for 2019 is Samantha Cole, right, with Emery Camarena, runner-up. Photo by Lisa Reeser, MdCVMS.

With her win, Samantha will represent Osage County and runner-up Emery will serve as alternate at the upcoming statewide spelling bee.

Other participants in the countywide bee included Taneal Stevenson, Rowan Humphreys, and Codi Meyers, alternate, from Burlingame Middle School; Tristan Spangler, Elisabeth Molt, and Owen Lattimer, alternate, Carbondale Attendance Center; Madison Boley, Lyndon Middle School; Levi Hill, Evie Stephens, and Kate Wilt, alternate, Marais des Cygnes Valley Middle School; and Bryce Linebarger and Jeffrey Snodgress, alternate, Osage City Middle School. All were championship spellers or runners-up at their respective school spelling bees.

Words misspelled at the county bee were garage, hundredth, errand, tattle, protein, rehearse, stucco, bevel, daffodil.

The statewide spelling bee, organized by the Kansas Press Association, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019, at De Mattias Fine Arts Center, Newman University, 3100 McCormick, Wichita, Kan. The first-place winner of the state spelling bee and an escort will be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee May 26-June 1, 2019.

Local weather cancellations and closures

SNOW-SHOVELING-11Osage County News shares information about closures and cancellations due to winter weather. The following are confirmed closures for Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, due to forecast of icy weather condtions:

  • Drug Free Osage County coalition meeting scheduled for Feb. 7 has been postponed to March 7.
  • Marais des Cygnes Valley Schools will be closed Feb. 7.
  • Osage City Schools – There will be no school or activities Feb. 7, due to hazardous road conditions.
  • Lyndon Schools – No school tomorrow, Feb. 7. Stay safe and stay warm.
  • ECKAAA Nutrition Program will be closed Feb. 7 due to the weather and road conditions. No meals on wheels will be delivered in Osage County and no meals will be served at nutrition sites in Burlingame, Carbondale and Osage City.
  • State of Kansas – Gov. Laura Kelly has declared Inclement Weather from 12:01 a.m.through 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, for benefits eligible non-essential State of Kansas Executive Branch employees, who work in Shawnee County.  

Postponing an event, cancelling services for the day? Email [email protected], or post your cancellation in the comment section below where everybody in Osage County can see it.  Keep warm and safe, Osage County.

Remember to check the County Calendar for up to date event listings.

KBI cancels Silver Alert; missing Nebraska man found deceased

Update, Feb. 6, 2019: The statewide Silver Alert issued for Rick Kubes has been canceled. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation reported that he was located deceased this evening.


Rick L. Kubes

CLAY COUNTY, Kan. – The Clay County Sheriff’s Department requested the Kansas Bureau of Investigation issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing 66-year-old Nebraska man, Rick L. Kubes, who was last seen in Clay Center.

The whereabouts of Kubes is unknown and the Clay County Sheriff’s Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating him. Kubes was last seen wearing a dark long sleeve shirt, dark green windbreaker, blue jeans, red and white ball cap, red in the front with mesh in the back. He also wears glasses and has a large mustache. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 175 pounds, with white hair and white mustache.

Kubes was last seen between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 3, 2019, in Clay Center, Kan., before he left to return to his home in Auburn, Neb. Auburn is about a 2.5 hour drive from Clay Center.

With the help of friends, Lyndon Leaders create place for friends

Euclid Lodge 101 and Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club members welcome all to sit and enjoy the new bench on Lyndon’s main street. Courtesy photo.

By Lara Shoup

A couple years after establishing their club, the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club wanted to help their community in a big way. They set out to improve an area of Lyndon, and were able to secure an empty lot, near the corner of Sixth and Topeka Avenue.

Improvements began in the summer of 2016, which included trimming overgrown bushes. They could see the project was going to require a lot more time, materials, and work, so they recruited help from a local Catholic Youth Missions Program, in the summer of 2017, to work alongside the club.

The site dramatically changed in the matter of weeks, as they tore out existing grass, installed pavers donated by Lyndon State Bank and Doug Shoup, dirt donated by Wildcat Feeds, landscape rock for the flowerbeds donated by T-Bones Trucking, and a fresh coat of paint to match the restored Phillips 66 stripes across the street.

The next phase of the venture included filling the flowerbeds with plants and a bench for people to come sit and enjoy. To club members’ surprise, they were contacted by the Euclid Lodge 101, of Lyndon, as they asked how they could help contribute. The Masons agreed to donate the bench, which was installed in Dec. 31, 2018. Club members were thrilled with the lodge members’ willingness to help, along with all the other people who gave their time and donations to make the project a reality.

The club hopes to install new landscaping to complete the endeavor this spring. Club members are excited for accommodating weather so they can finally see the completion of their mission, which started from a small goal almost three years ago.

Thank you: The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club would like to sincerely thank everyone, again, who helped make the project possible, and they hope it will be an enjoyable new place for all passersby.

Weather cancellation: Meal delivery, nutrition sites closed Wednesday due to cold

Due to the weather the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging nutrition program kitchen will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, which also closes all the nutrition sites. Nutrition sites will not be open today at Burlingame, Carbondale, and Osage City and meal delivery is cancelled in Osage County. Also closed will be  sites at Lane, Ottawa, Pomona, Richmond, Sunflower Plaza, Wellsville and Williamsburg, in Franklin County; Colony, Garnett and Kincaid in Anderson County;  Burlington, Lebo and Waverly in Coffey County; Louisburg, Osawatomie, and Paola in Miami County; and Blue Mound, Centerville, Mound City, Parker and Pleasanton in Linn County. For more information, contact ECKAAA at 785-242-7200 or 1-800-633-5621.

Osage County News will share weather cancellations, postponements and closures. Report your weather closure to [email protected].

Carbondale gains $600,000 federal grant to assist library construction

TOPEKA, Kan. – The city of Carbondale is among 23 Kansas communities that will share more than $11 million in federal grants for a variety of community improvement projects.

Carbondale will receive $600,000 in community development block grant funds for constructing a public library. The city will contribute $901,754 in matching funds to obtain the grant.

Through the Community Development Block Grant program, 12 Kansas communities will share a total of $6,806,637 in federal grants for water and sewer projects, two Kansas communities will share $600,000 for housing rehabilitation and nine communities will share $3,612,828 for community facility projects.

Speaker Pro Tem Finch announces staff for 2019 session

TOPEKA, Kan. – Speaker Pro Tem of the Kansas House Blaine Finch announced his staff for the upcoming legislative session. They include a newcomer to the statehouse and a veteran of several sessions.

Emily Graves, of Franklin County, will serve as chief of staff to the Speaker Pro Tem. Graves is new to the statehouse but not to politics. She is a former city commissioner in Ottawa, Kan., and has worked professionally in health care and most recently at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Graves is a graduate of Emporia State University and holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Baker University.

“Emily is going to be an outstanding addition to the leadership team,” said Finch, “As a former elected official she understands the demands placed on our caucus to have access to good information, to communicate clearly back home, and deliver outstanding service to the people of Kansas. Her skill set and work ethic will make her an invaluable resource to help our members meet those demands.”

Finch has tapped his veteran office assistant, Jane Clouse, to serve as the office manager for the Pro Tem’s Office. Clouse is a former Federal Department of Transportation employee, who has worked with Finch for the last three years.

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