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Osage County American Legion posts will lead local honors for Memorial Day weekend

In remembrance of those who have given their sacrifices, local American Legion posts will lead ceremonies and honor guards at cemeteries around Osage County this weekend.

Lyndon American Legion Post 125 will hold honor guard ceremonies at the following times and cemeteries on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018: 10 a.m. at Lyndon Cemetery; 10:30 a.m. at Vassar Cemetery; 11 a.m. at Pomona Lake Dam; and 11:30 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery, Quenemo.

The Pomona Dam ceremony is conducted by posts from Osage City, Melvern and Lyndon.

Osage City American Legion Post 198 will host the Memorial Weekend Pancake Feed 6:30-10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Legion hall in Osage City.

In addition, the post will man the Avenue of Flags at the Osage City Cemetery Sunday and Monday. The flags will be raised and lowered as follows: Sunday, May 27, flags up at 7 a.m., flags down at 7 p.m.; Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, flags up at 7 a.m., flags down at 5 p.m. Flags are folded at the Legion hall after taking them down on Monday. Volunteers are always welcome and needed.

The post will conduct memorial services at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the Osage City Cemetery, and then travel to Pomona Dam for the ceremony there at 11 a.m.

At Overbrook, Memorial Day weekend includes family fun and traditions.

The Overbrook Rural High School Alumni Reunion banquet is Saturday, May 26, at the Overbrook United Methodist Church; 10:30 a.m. – registration and social gathering; 11:15 a.m., meeting, awards; 12 p.m. lunch (meal reservations requested in advance.)

At Overbrook Cemetery, friends and neighbors will help set up the Avenue of Flags, starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 26.

At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27, the Overbrook American Legionnaires pay honor to departed and fallen veterans with the annual “Laying of the Wreath” service.

The public is invited to any of the ceremonies.

Flint Hills Technical College confers 200 with degrees, technical certificates

EMPORIA, Kan. – Flint Hills Technical College conferred more than 200 students at its 2018 spring commencement ceremony that was held on Saturday, May 19, at William Lindsay White Auditorium in Emporia, Kan. Graduating students from Osage County were:

Division of Health and Human Services, Technical Certificate

  • Dental assisting – Cattani Aletha Whalen, Osage City
  • Health occupations technology – Natalie Michelle Hughes, Vassar, graduating with highest honors, National Technical Honor Society
  • Practical nursing – Amber Nikole Moore, Overbrook

Division of Technology, Technical Certificate

  • Power plant technology – Corey Alexander McGregor, Carbondale

Division of Health and Human Services, Associate of Applied Science Degree

  • Dental hygiene – Kiersten Laine Hamit, Overbrook, graduating with honors
  • Healthcare administration and management – Amber Nikole Moore, Overbrook

Lyndon High School graduates roar off to live their dreams, ‘be what they want to be’

Wearing Lyndon Tigers’ traditional colors, the LHS class of 2018 said their goodbyes to high school life. Photo by Bill Patterson.

Graduation season highlights the efforts of young students to learn all they could in 13 years of school, and the expectation they will use those lessons learned to confront the world as adults. Lyndon High School science and math teacher Anne Bichel addressed the graduates and their family and friends gathered in the gymnasium for the LHS commencement on May 13, 2018, telling them about watching the students grow into young adults.

“I’ve loved watching you make your plans for the future,” Bichel said. “Getting text messages from you about receiving a full ride scholarship is very exciting. Getting wedding invitations in the mail is also very exciting. No matter what you plan to do, whether you are going to the military, tech school, a four-year college, or joining the work force, we teachers are proud of you and all that you’ve accomplished. It gives me great joy to be here with you on this
day, as you close one chapter of your life and begin a new chapter. This is why we adults get so excited about graduation. You are at a point in your life that we have all passed. You are young and fresh and get to choose any path you want.”

Lyndon High School’s two valedictorians and the salutatorian reminded this year’s 35 graduates of their years of hard work and accomplishments, and encouraged them to take their gained knowledge and determine their own successes.

Salutatorian Michaela Forkenburg spoke about all of the lessons learned at Lyndon schools.

“We have made most of our decisions here and each one of those decisions has come with a consequence,” Forkenburg said. “Some were bad decisions resulting in bad consequences, while others were great decisions resulting in great consequences. Each one of those decisions that came with a consequence resulted in a lesson learned.

“Through sports, clubs, extracurriculars, and attending classes every day, we have been exposed to an abundance of opportunities to make decisions, which all led to consequences, and then to a life lesson,” she said.

“Whether we look at the positive aspect of the lesson, or the negative, each one benefitted us in some way. Every single lesson we have learned has shaped our class into who we are today,” Forkenburg said.

Forkenburg encouraged her classmates to keep learning. “Continue to make decisions and gain knowledge from their consequences,” she said, “but remember – always stay humble and kind.”

Valedictorian Lauren Volkman urged her classmates to use their learned lessons and personal growth to fulfill their dreams.

Pavement resurfacing on I-335/KTA to begin May 21

EMPORIA, Kan. – A pavement resurfacing project on Interstate 335 and Kansas Turnpike between Emporia and Topeka and mile markers 133.2 and 167.8, is set to begin Monday, May 21, 2018, and will be completed in late October, weather permitting.

The project includes milling and inlaying the driving lanes and sealing the shoulders of I-335. The Admire Interchange located at mile marker 147 will also be resurfaced.

Drivers can expect single lane closures between mile markers 133 and 168, with a 12-foot width restriction and speed reduced to 65 mph. They are encouraged to follow directions on posted signs and to use caution within the work zone.

2018 graduates leave Burlingame High School headed toward great things

The 2018 graduates of Burlingame High School toss their hats in celebration. Photo by Keri Welch.

Attending graduation ceremonies at Burlingame High School is almost like hanging out with your family, as pointed out by the 2018 salutatorian Fallon Tyson.

Tyson joined with her two fellow valedictorians, Dalton Sporing and Tristan Lee, in good conversation and good company as they gathered with graduates and their families and well wishers, Saturday afternoon, May 12, 2018, at the elementary school gymnasium.

In her salutatorian speech, Tyson pointed out how her school family and good memories developed over the years.

“For most of us, we have grown up here in this building together,” Tyson said. “This has been like a second home to us, and my classmates have become like my family.”

“I would never wish these years away, and honestly my only wish is that they wouldn’t have went by so fast,” she said. “However, I am beyond grateful that we made the most out of our time together, and created memories that will last a lifetime.”

She spoke about the fun and enjoyment of school, along with personal stories that each student collected over the years.

“[E]veryone has their own unique story to tell,” she said. “I’m excited to see how each of you experience the rest of your journeys, and how amazing your stories will end.”

She advised her classmates to continue their lives by creating “new friendships, and experience new adventures and opportunities. Make the most of these moments, and face them head on. My advice to you is to make an impact in everything that you do. Be a voice, make a change, always persevere.”

In his speech, Lee warned about the struggles his classmates would face as they reached for success.

“Going through life is not easy, it is not fair, it never was and it never will be,” Lee said. “Accept it and get on with it, we are going to go through struggles. Whether it is going to college, your job, in anything you do, there will be a struggle, but that is why succeeding is worth it, you have finally accomplished something. The harder the road was to get there, the better you feel about achieving it – it is that simple.”

County extends expiration date of burn permits for 4 years

The Osage County Board of Commissioners recently passed a resolution that extends all burn permit expiration dates to Dec. 31, 2022. This will ensure that there is a uniform date for expiration of burn permits. All newly issued and current permits are now valid until that date.

The resolution also authorizes Osage County Emergency Management to issue a burn ban when fire districts or fire resources are overwhelmed by a large fire or multiple fire incidents.

2018 Santa Fe Trail graduates charge down new paths, ‘reach out to greatness’

Throwing their caps, SFTHS grads celebrate their accomplishment. Photos by Brad Shaffer,

In what might have been the most concise valedictorian speech delivered at Santa Fe Trail High School, 2018 valedictorian Xavier Ard bid his classmates farewell and encouraged them to reach for their potential in life.

During the commencement ceremony Saturday, May 12, 2018, Ard thanked the staff at SFTHS “from our big scary principal to the friendly custodians,” and noted the class’ appreciation for them helping to make “the past four years of our lives great, but they have also helped develop us into who we are today.”

“I look out and I do not see just people,” Ard said. “I do not see only peers. I do not see matchless friends. I see much more than that. I see unlimited potential and I am beyond excited to see all of the amazing things it accomplishes.”

Ard’s speech echoed SFTHS salutatorian Madelyn Foster’s sentiments as she noted her classmates were “an extremely competitive group” that will impact the future.

“It is time for us to aspire beyond the cement walls of our high school, and reach out to greatness,” Foster said.

“I know our class, our entire generation, can do incredible things,” she said. “Now is the time when we are supposed to make waves and transform the ways of the world, and we are doing exactly that.

“We have raised the bar for those here at SFT, we have shown the community that we are not just rebellious teens, but we are powerful, impactful young people,” Foster said. “While our time here at Santa Fe Trail may be coming to an end, the revolution is only just beginning.”

The class of 76 graduates ended their high school years with SFTHS Assistant Principal Keith Johnson presenting the class of 2018 for graduation; USD 434 Board of Education President Randy Boudeman recognizing the class; and SFTHS Principal Patrick Graham announcing graduates as they accepted diplomas from members of the USD 434 Board of Education.

Burlingame Rodeo Days Schedule, May 18 to May 20, 2018

Burlingame has scheduled a weekend of fun during its annual Rodeo Days. Action kicks off Friday night with the rodeo at the Burlingame Saddle Club arena. Here’s the schedule of events as provided by the local chamber:

Burlingame has packed entertainment lineup for annual Rodeo Days

By Frank Buchman

A mounted color guard leads the annual Rodeo Days parade. Courtesy photo.

A saddle’s not even required, yet there’ll be plenty of Western action for all.

It’s the annual Rodeo Days at Burlingame, “where the rail crosses the trail,” right on Highway 56, Saturday, May 19, 2018.

“We have a packed line-up of activities set this year for our community celebration planned to draw attention to the 48th annual Santa Fe Trail Rodeo sponsored by the Burlingame Saddle Club, with performances both Friday and Saturday evenings,” said Mark Hecht, local businessman.

About everything imaginable will be available when more than 60 vendors and craftsmen from throughout the Midwest open their displays at 9 a.m. Saturday, filling the entire wide brick street of the west end of Santa Fe Street, the original trail.

Local nonprofits invited to apply for emerging needs grants

EMPORIA, Kan. – The United Way of the Flint Hills is inviting nonprofits located in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, and Woodson counties to apply for the organization’s emerging needs grants. Launched in 2015, the funding allows organizations to apply for grants up to $1,000 for new projects and new programs.

“The emerging needs grant program has been an exciting way for the United Way of the Flint Hills to learn about new programs and develop new partnerships in all of the communities we serve,” said Jami Reever, executive director. “We’ve loved the diversity of the applications we’ve received in the past and know that for many organizations, this grant opportunity makes new ideas possible. We encourage any nonprofit in our community to apply.”

Volunteers sought for library’s summer eating program

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is seeking volunteers to assist with a childrens’ summer food program at the Osage City Public Library and an Osage City apartment complex.

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has partnered with the Osage City Library to combat childhood hunger, and through the Kids Summer Food Program they will offer free meals to all kids between the ages of 1-18.

Lunch will be provided 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 1-Aug. 3, 2018, at two sites in Osage City, the library and Dogwood Glen Apartments.

Volunteers are needed for the program, and all volunteers are required to attend training, which will be held at a later date.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the program is asked to contact Camille Pickhinke at [email protected] or 913-433-2083. 

Old bull rider to get down in chutes one more time at Burlingame rodeo

Most cowboys, especially bull riders, have long stopped competing when they pass 70 years of age. Ron Snoddy just can’t get the adrenalin out and proved it a few years ago when he entered the bull riding at Club Rodeo in Wichita. Snoddy, 76, will mount another bucking bull at the 48th annual Burlingame Rodeo, May 18-19, in honor and memory of Burlingame Saddle Club members.

By Frank J. Buchman

It’s just impossible to take the boy out of a cowboy.

Living proof is lifetime cowboy Ron Snoddy, active member of the Burlingame Saddle Club.

He’ll be 77 years old in just a few weeks, but age is no detriment for a real cowboy.

Snoddy is entered in the bull riding in the first performance of the 48th annual Burlingame Rodeo Friday evening, May 18, 2018, at Burlingame.

“I’m doing it in memory and honor of the Burlingame Saddle Club members who started and have continued sponsoring the rodeo,” Snoddy said.

“Ron was one of the saddle club members when the Burlingame Rodeo began,” said Pat Rusher, active club leader now.

“I can’t begin to name everybody who has helped through the years,” Rusher admitted. “Ron along with Pete Stout and John Pickett are the only ones left from when the rodeo started. Paul Lang had been heavily involved from the beginning, but he passed away about a year ago.”

“I competed in lots of rodeos in the late ’50s and early ‘60s,” Snoddy reflected. “Just the bull riding, no other events, always loved the bull riding.”

Collecting a number of payback checks, Snoddy claimed, “I paid for lots of gas for the other cowboys, but I had as much fun as anybody going up and down the road. There’s nothing like being a rodeo bull rider.”

Like many, after getting married and starting a family, Snoddy was forced to step away from rodeo. “I had to make a living and wasn’t able to do that with rodeo. I became a carpenter as my profession,” Snoddy said.

Living in Topeka, Snoddy was always in the bleachers at rodeos in driving distance throughout the years. “Watching those other cowboys ride just doesn’t compare to getting down on the bull and nodding for the gate yourself,” he insisted.

19 Trojans march into the future at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School graduation

The 2018 graduating class of Marais des Cygnes Valley High School. Photo by Jerry Kramer, Kramer Photos.

Springtime marks the beginning of new life, but also the end of another school year. With graduation season here, 19 Trojans led the way in collecting their hard-earned diplomas May 6, 2018, at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, at Melvern, Kan.

In his address to family, friends and well-wishers at the ceremony Sunday, MdCV  salutatorian Kaden Armbrister noted the finality of graduating, but also the promise of the future.

“High school graduation finds itself among a very short list of life milestones that serve to mark both an end and a beginning,” Armbrister said. “This way-point is the end of our official childhood, and the beginning to our years as adults.”

The salutatorian recognized everyone present at the graduation and their roles in the graduates’ childhoods and “paving the way to make us better, more prepared adults.”

He noted that memories will remain but the graduates will face new paths toward the future.

“What is important is not what exactly each of us is going to do, but the knowledge that there are so many possibilities within our reach,” he said. “My sincere wish is that each of us
chooses the path that is best for us, and a great future waits.”

MdCV valedictorian Kali Holt encouraged her classmates to take a break and pause before jumping off into the future.

“Graduation is one of those awkward times in our lives when we are torn between the joy of our memories and the excitement of our future,” Holt said. “Should we look back on what were the greatest four years of our lives, or instead, should we focus on the next stage in our journey?”

Holt noted the graduates’ lives had been forever altered from their time at MdCV and “after we toss our caps into the air.”

“This town being where we made all of our memories together, we can’t forget where we come from,” she said.

“Here is my advice: I believe this isn’t the time to make hard, fast decisions,” she said. “The moment you cross this stage, be a little reckless and carefree. Go make mistakes … do something out of your comfort zone.

“Admit what your dreams are,” she said. “Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t know what you’re going to do.”

Holt told the graduates that only they could determine their future success.

“I cannot emphasize enough that success is not defined by how much money you make, how big your home is, or how many likes your social media posts arc getting. It is about the amazing people that are a part of your life, the memories you will make along the way, the way that you impact the lives of the ones around you, and the genuine happiness that you will feel when all these attributes come together. That is success,” she said.

After the salutatorian and valedictorian recognition, MdCV counselor Abby Robertson introduced the senior class of 2018, which was then presented for graduation by MdCV Superintendent Ted Hessong.

Members of the USD 456 Board of Education presented diplomas to the following graduates: Kaden Lee Armbrister, William Harrison Booth, Savannah Diann Cannon, Dakota Joe Chapman, Noah James Oren Criqui, Dominik Dylan Crowell, Jevan Scott Gregg, Amya Nicole Hidalgo, Kendra Sue Holloway, Kali Nicole Holt, Dalton Jones Hook, Kylie Jordann Hughes, Brennan Wayne Irey, Garrett Paul Scott Johnson, Samuel Chase Jones, Daniel Adams Siroky, Richard Allen Vest, Makaya Jaquin Weber, Josey Rene Weimer.

Corps closes 110 Mile Park campground at Pomona Lake

VASSAR, Kan. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced the permanent closure of 110 Mile Campground at Pomona Lake effective May 1, 2018.

The closure was blamed on underutilization and projected budget restrictions. According to a statement from the Corps, the camping area, equestrian area, and nature trail will close in an effort to improve other park operating efficiencies and provide quality recreation opportunities for the public.

The day-use boat ramp facility at 110 Mile Park will remain open with no operational changes. Equestrian camping and a day use parking lot has been moved to Cedar Park, positioning the equestrian area in the middle of Black Hawk Trail.

Along with Cedar Park, 110 Mile Park was one of the last two free federal campgrounds located in Osage County.

For more information, contact the Pomona Lake Project Office at 785-453-2201. 

Help House News: Volunteer organization helps you help yourself

By Raylene Quaney

The next “Good Sense” budget class is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2018.  It will be a one-day class. Participants must call to register and stop by and pick up pre-course work. Participants are to bring a sack lunch and beverage. The class is free and once complete the participant is eligible to receive assistance with heating or cooling bills.

Mobile food pantries across Osage County

Upcoming mobile food pantry dates:

  • Carbondale, 12-1 p.m. on first Tuesday, Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship.
  • Osage City, 10-11 a.m., third Thursday, May 17, Osage City Community Center.
  • Melvern, 12:30-1:30 p.m., third Thursday, May 17, Melvern Community Center.
  • Burlingame, 10-11 a.m. third Thursday, May 17, Burlingame Federated Church.
  • Lyndon, 12-1 p.m. third Friday, May 18, Jones Park on East Sixth Street.

If you can be in line 15 to 20 minutes before starting time you will be in the counted numbers when it is decided how much of each item each family will receive.

Volunteers trained

Volunteer training was held on April 28; nine volunteers attended. Our goal is to have all volunteers complete the training at least one time.

New hours

A reminder of our new hours since the first of the year. We are now open 4-7 p.m. Monday evening for all services. Tuesday through Friday the hours remain 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help House is no longer open on Saturday.

Nutritious lentils

On April 27, Anita Sobba, the SNAP nutrition educator with the Frontier Extension Garnett office, was at Help House handing out samples and recipes for baked lentils casserole to everyone that was in the center that day. The lentils are often part of the Harvester temporary emergency food assistance program given out in the healthy pantry. This was a way to show those who receive lentils a good, easy and nutritious ways of preparing them.

Osage City Girl Scouts donate comfort products for fellow students

Girls in Osage City Girl Scout Troop 30149 voted to take some of the proceeds from their nuts and candy and cookie sales, and purchase hygiene items to donate to Lisa Crettol, nurse for USD 420. The scouts purchased shampoo and conditioner, body wash and deodorant for Mrs. Crettol to have on hand for USD 420 students that need them. The local girl scouts range in ages from kindergarten through third grade.  

Kansas Kiwanis schedule leadership conference at Rock Springs

The 2018 Kansas Kiwanis Key Leader Conference for high school age students will be held on June 1-3, 2018, at the Rock Springs 4-H Center located south of Junction City, Kan.

Sponsored by the Kansas Kiwanis District, it’s the 14th year of Kiwanis International bringing service leadership to the students of Kansas and the world. Kiwanis Key Leader has served almost 30,000 participants in nearly 600 events in 40 states, Canada and countries around the world.

Key Leader is a weekend leadership experience for today’s youth leaders and future leaders. It’s designed to open doors to all student leaders and those with leadership potential. The main focus is to serve students from 14-17 years of age.

Focusing on service leadership, five key principles are explored during the weekend: integrity, respect, growth, community and excellence. The mission is to provide a life-changing experience that inspires young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership.

Key Leader is led by a professional facilitator who is experienced and has successfully completed a training course on the curriculum plus trained volunteers who coordinate the logistics and supervision of the youth attendees. All adults have completed a limited criminal history background check.

At Rock Springs last year, 65 students from around Kansas participated in the leadership weekend. Participation is open to Key Club members and other students.

Financial assistance is available from the Osage City Kiwanis and the Kansas Kiwanis District. For further information, interested participants should contact the Osage City Kiwanis at 785-528-2891 or 785-217-4586.

Consumer Alert: Storm damage could attract illegal contractors

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging Kansas residents to use caution to avoid scams by transient contractors following this week’s severe weather across the state.

“After storm damage, our instinct is to clean up and make repairs as quickly as possible,” Schmidt said. “When considering roofing work on a home or business, it is important that consumers make sure their roofing contractor is properly registered before signing any contract or having any work done. Consumers should request a copy of their roofer’s registration certificate and then should check our consumer protection website to confirm that the registration remains active.”

Staff from the attorney general’s Roofing Registration Unit have been in contact with many local officials affected by this week’s storms to assist in responding to contractors and consumers.

Overbrook Overlook: Community shelters available during tornado season

Holiday changes recycling pickup dates

Please note that recycling will not be picked up on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018. Instead recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, May 29. Also, it is very important that trash not be placed in recycling bins. The trash causes contamination of the bins which negates the recycling process. Trash placed in recycling bins will not be picked up.

Planning and zoning

Anyone planning new homes, new remodeling projects, home addition, new fences, or new storage sheds, etc. this spring or summer, is asked to check with Overbrook City Hall at 785-665-7328 to ensure that the project is in compliance with the current city zoning ordinance. Most projects of this kind require a building permit before construction or renovation begins. The city clerk or the city zoning administrator can answer or find an answer to any question related to zoning requirements.

SFTHS electronic waste recycling Saturday

On Saturday, May 5, from l0 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until the truck is full), electronic components can be dropped off at the high school east parking lot. This is a free service except there will be a $15 charge for any TV that is not a flat screen. For more information, contact Shelly Robinson at [email protected]

Swim free on pool’s opening day

The Overbrook Swimming Pool will open 1-7 p.m. Saturday, May 26, with free swimming for all. After opening day, children 15 and under swim for $2 and adults swim for $3. The pool will be open from 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, swim hours are from 1-7 p.m. Pool passes can be purchased at the pool or city hall. Check out the water aerobics, too.

Senior duplexes

Construction will begin very soon on two duplexes located at the corner of Market and Elm streets. The apartments will be handicapped accessible/adaptable for income qualifying seniors age 55 and older. Anyone who has in interest in getting on a list to pre-qualify should contact Stephanie Watson at 785-528-4906. More information is available at city hall.

Storm shelter options

From the Overbrook Police Department: We are now in the spring severe storm and tornado season. Are you prepared? Do you have a shelter you can go to? This year with the cooperation and generosity of the Kansas State Bank, Grace Community Church, and the Overbrook Bible Church, there are three places you can go for shelter.

Time is the crucial factor when seeking shelter from the storm. If we are in a tornado watch, be aware that conditions are favorable for the development of severe storms or tornados. A tornado warning is when a tornado is imminent or seen by trained tornado spotters or if indicated by radar. Do not wait until the sirens go off to look for your shoes, medicines or other personal items you would need in the event of a tornado. Have these items ready to go so you can seek shelter rapidly. The most important of these items are shoes. Have a good pair of shoes on due to debris that may be on the ground. Go to the nearest shelter and follow instructions there. At Grace Community Church, enter through the west doors. At the Overbrook Bible Church, enter through the southwest doors. At the Kansas State Bank, just go in through the front door and go downstairs.

Governor issues order to ‘ban the box’ on executive branch employment applications

TOPEKA, Kan. – Thursday, Gov. Jeff Colyer issued Executive Order 18-12 regarding state employment practices. The order instructs all executive branch departments, agencies, boards, and commissions under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Governor to ensure that job applicants are not asked about their criminal record during the initial stage of a state employment application.

“Studies have shown that gainful employment is a major factor in reducing recidivism rate among former offenders,” Colyer said. “This is simply about treating people as individuals and allowing them to explain their circumstances at a later point in the process”.

The executive order notes that individuals with criminal records often experience obstacles when trying to rejoin society, such as the practice of automatically disqualifying those with criminal records from consideration. The “ban the box” initiative, which has been adopted in numerous other states, allows applicants to explain their unique facts and circumstances to potential employers while still allowing employers to enquire about criminal background in later stages of the process.

Osage City Kiwanis announce end to curbside paper recycling project

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – As of June 1, 2018, a 30-year paper recycling program operated by the Osage City Kiwanis will come to an end. Over the years, the club has regularly picked up papers, magazines and shredded paper citywide on the last Saturday of each month. However, the club will continue its paper recycling program, but has decided to concentrate efforts on the recycling bins located at Osage City’s maintenance yard at Ninth and Main streets.

With the advent of the city’s recycling program, the club has had two collection bins as part of that program. The bins will still be available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Miscellaneous papers, magazines and shredded paper in a plastic bag remain the same acceptable paper items. An Osage City Kiwanis sign is on the maintenance yard fence identifying our recycling program. The two bins are marked papers, newspapers, etc. and are located immediately behind the sign.

The Kiwanis encourage people to use this method of paper recycling, but realizes some older citizens and disabled persons might find it difficult to get to the bins. Anyone with an inability to access the recycle bins is encouraged to contact the Kiwanis at 785-528-2891 or 785-217-4586 whenever you have need for papers to be picked up.

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