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Osage City invites all for fall fun – bingo, disc golf, and beer

Osage City will celebrate its fall festival Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, with activities centered at Jones Park. Disc golf tees off first at 10 a.m., followed by an afternoon of bingo, live music, beer garden and beer fest, and cornhole games.

Disc golf tournament, 10 a.m. registration; 11 a.m. play time, at Jones Park, Osage City

Bingo, 1-3 p.m., Osage City Community Building.

Osage City fairgrounds: Live music and beer garden, 3-9 p.m. corn hole, Lion’s Club food, food trucks. Presell tickets $25 at Osage City Hall, or some local businesses; 21 and over tickets $30 at the gate; under 21 tickets $10 at the gate.

Beer Festival, 3-6 p.m. at Osage City 4-H pavilion.

2022 Fall Festival Disc Golf Tournament, disc golf course, Jones Park; check-in and registration at 10 a.m.; start 11 a.m. Pre-registration $30 per person; day of registration, $35 per person or $120 for team of four. To register in advance, contact Shanda Koett at 620-560-5132, shandakoettatyahoo.com, or Travis Bilyeu at 785-409-7151.


As fall arrives Lyndon celebrates change of season

Lyndon will celebrate the coming of fall Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, with its annual fall festival that includes fun activities for all ages. The celebration begins with a diabetes walk and disc golf tournament, and ends in the afternoon with free activities such as aclimbing wall, bounce inflatable, pumpkin painting, and a money hunt.

Here’s the day’s schedule:

Rural Carbondale man injured in house explosion Saturday

The victim of a rural house explosion Saturday near Carbondale, Kan., has been identified as Timothy L. Howey, 62, of the residence. He was reported as remaining in critical condition Sunday at University of Kansas Medical Center.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported that at 6:56 p.m. Sept. 24, 2022, 911 calls were received about a possible house explosion at 11600 S. Indian Hills Road, about seven miles northwest of Carbondale. Sheriff’s deputies, Osage County fire districts No. 1, Carbondale, and No. 6, Burlingame, Auburn Fire, and Osage County EMS were dispatched to the scene.

Deputies first on the scene reported the house was destroyed and was on fire. Howey was transported from the scene by a Lifesave Air Ambulance to University of Kansas Medical Center in critical condition.

The cause of the explosion remained under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The sheriff’s office asks that anyone with information contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121, or to remain anonymous, contact Osage County Crime Stoppers at 877-OSCRIME, or email tips@oscosheriff.org.

Agenda: Osage County Board of Commissioners, Sept. 26, 2022

Agenda for the Sept. 26, 2022, meeting of the Osage County Board of Commissioners:

8:30 a.m. CALL MEETING TO ORDER – PUBLIC COMMENT
MISSY KRAUSE, LAND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR – SP EVENT PERMIT

9 a.m. BUDGET HEARING

9:30 a.m. RYAN FINE, PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR – WEEKLY REPORT
KATELYN MINER, HEALTH DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR – MEDCAL CON.

10 a.m. CHRISTINE FOSTER, TREASURER-PERSONNEL

10:30 a.m. APPOINTED DEPARTMENT HEAD MEETING

11 a.m. COMMISSIONERS COMMENTS AND REPORTS

4:30 p.m. ADJOURN (MEETING WILL ADJOURN EARLIER IF THERE IS NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO CONDUCT)


County commission meetings are held at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Federal grand jury indicts Carbondale man in alleged COVID relief funds scheme

TOPEKA, Kan. – A federal grand jury in Topeka returned an indictment Friday against Todd James Lewis, 54, of Carbondale, Kan., on seven counts of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, and one count of theft of government funds.

Todd James Lewis, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office photo.

The indictment says Lewis engaged in a scheme to defraud the government by fraudulently obtaining funds from Colorado’s unemployment system and a Kansas program that provided rental assistance for landlords and tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alleged in the indictment is that Lewis submitted a fraudulent application and weekly certifications to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment for the purpose of obtaining unemployment insurance benefits paid through the CARES Act and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits program, which had been authorized in all 50 states. The indictment says Lewis created a CDLE account in April 2020, and submitted 67 weekly claims, with $57,987 total disbursed to Lewis’ bank account. The government alleged Lewis filed the claims knowing he was not entitled to the benefits because he had never been employed in Colorado.

The indictment also alleges Lewis submitted three false claims in October and November 2020 to the Kansas Eviction Protection Program, which was authorized by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly to assist landlords and tenants who had missed rental payments due to the pandemic. The indictment says Lewis filed the claims in the names of three tenants, and received three deposits totaling $12,400 into his bank account in November and December 2020.

Of the seven counts of wire fraud, three were connected to the electronic transfer of funds for the KEPP claims; the other four were for submission of weekly claims to CDLE over a time period of June 22-August 15, 2021.

Count 8 accused Lewis of aggravated identity theft for using the social security number of one of the tenants during and in relation to a felony violation.

The ninth count in the indictment, theft of government funds, alleged Lewis knowingly embezzled or stole money from the KEPP by fraudulently submitting landlord certification forms, and collecting reimbursement payments of more than $1,000 in value.

If convicted of the allegations in the indictment, Lewis could face up to 20 years in prison for each wire fraud count; up to two years for aggravated identity theft; and not more than 10 years for theft of government funds. In addition, all of counts include penalties of up to a $250,000 fine, along with restitution or forfeiture of property.

MdCV High School to crown royalty Sept. 30; Trojans face Lebo for homecoming

MdCV homecoming queen candidates Avary Simmons and Chiara Guerini, and king candidates Ryan Baker and Kyler Anschutz. Lisa Reeser photo.

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School will have its homecoming Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Crowning ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by the high school football game vs. Lebo at 7 p.m. Wrapping up the night will be the dance from 10 p.m.-midnight.

MdCV homecoming royalty includes queen candidates Avary Simmons and Chiara Guerini, and king candidates Ryan Baker and Kyler Anschutz. Underclass attendants are Michael Goddard, freshman, Ella Reed, freshman, Allie Reeser, sophomore, Sam Goddard, sophomore, Carol Garcia-Fernandez, junior, and Deken Colyer, junior.

Relax on the river: Quenemo celebrates life along the Marais des Cygnes

Quenemo will be celebrating the town’s riverbank heritage with the Marais des Cygnes River Valley Festival, scheduled for 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. The day full of fun and entertainment features historical reenactors, live music, vendors, parade, dancers, and touch-a-truck. Quenemo historical items will be on display at the community center, presented by curator Mike Ragan. A Quenemo alumni gathering and open house is scheduled 2-5 p.m.. Everyone is invited to come to Quenemo Saturday and enjoy the day. Here is the schedule:

Scranton celebrates 150 years with community birthday party

Scranton’s celebration of its 150th anniversary this Saturday will feature fireworks, a live band in the park, car show on Main Street, and the Scranton History Museum on display at the school. The city’s sesquicentennial celebration also includes free family activities at City Park and Scranton Attendance Center.

Scranton was founded in 1872 as a coal mining town. By the early 1880s, the population had grown to almost 2,000 people; it now numbers 653, as reported by the 2020 census.

Here’s the sesquicentennial celebration schedule:

Osage City opens up garages and yards for fall citywide sales

Osage City is opening its garage doors, driveways and yards to shoppers Friday and Saturday. The town’s citywide garage sales are this weekend, Sept. 16 and 17, 2022, hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber has produced at map that lists sales all over town and designates which section of town and the types of goods for sale. Maps will be available Friday and Saturday at Casey’s, BP, Jerry’s Thriftway, Osage City Hall, and Osage City Library, and on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Donations received for listing sales and for advertising on the map are used for a scholarship for a graduating senior from Osage City High School.

For more information, contact Tricia Gundy, Osage City Chamber garage sale committee chairperson, at 785-528-3301, or Peterson Assisted Living, 629 Holliday St., Osage City.

Also remember you can post your own garage sale for free on Osage County News at www.osagecountyonline.com/place-your-own-garage-yard-sale-ad.

Zion Lutherans celebrate church’s German heritage

Members of Zion Lutheran Church prepare for Germanfest in authentic German attire, from left, Donna Silver, Burlingame, and Toni and Larry Wendling, Lyndon.

VASSAR, Kan. – In the late 1880s, several Lutheran families in the area of present day village of Vassar, which was platted in 1886, requested that a Lutheran pastor from the Topeka area come to preach God’s Word and baptize their children.

The first divine service was held March 30, 1884, almost 140 years ago, in the home of Fred Matthias. Zion Lutheran Church was formally organized in 1893 as “Die deutsche evangelische lutherische Germeinde ungeaenderter Augsburgischer Konfession zu Vassar, Osage County, Kansas”.

Zion Lutheran Church will feature its German heritage and history with a celebration in the Vassar community 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, outdoors in the block just west of the church. The event will include German food, a polka band, beer garden, children’s activities, and local craftsmen featuring their handiwork for sale. The event is open to the public. For more information, see www.facebook.com/zionlutheranvassar.

Lyndon Lions ‘stride’ to help others manage diabetes

LYNDON, Kan. – The Lyndon Lions Club will host a Strides Community Walk Event, Oct. 1, 2022, at Lyndon Jones Park, Lyndon, Kan. The local Lions are inviting community residents of all ages to participate in this event, which will benefit Camp Discovery Youth Diabetes Summer Camp.  Registration for the event is $5 per person. All participants will receive a “participation bag”.

The Strides Walk starts at 8 a.m. that Saturday, with participant on-site registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. for those not pre-registered. The registration station will be set up at the Lyndon Lions Shelter House in Jones Park by the baseball diamonds.

“Gather your family, friends, and neighbors to register and join the Lyndon Lions Club for this exciting event,” said club president Ferne Evans. “Strides is an enjoyable way for the community to get together to promote healthy exercise in the fight against diabetes.”

During the Strides event, participants can visit stations along the way to participate in activities and learn more about the prevention and management of diabetes. Lions and Leos around the world organize Strides community events to heighten awareness about diabetes and to emphasize the importance of healthy exercise to prevent and manage this disease.

Broadband, phone discounts available for students and families

TOPEKA – The start of a new school year is an expensive time for families. For anyone struggling to pay for phone and internet services while navigating back to school costs, help is available to stay connected.

During Lifeline Awareness Week, the Kansas Corporation Commission encourages Kansans in need of assistance to apply for Lifeline and the Affordable Connectivity Plan. Both programs help low-income individuals and families stay connected so they can access healthcare, attend classes, keep up with homework, find jobs and call for help in an emergency.

Anyone who qualifies for Lifeline is automatically eligible to participate in both programs. Due to higher income maximums, ACP also has the potential to help many families with internet costs that may not qualify for other types of assistance. For example, the maximum income for a family of four on the ACP program is $55,500 per year. The maximum annual income for a family of four on the Lifeline program is $37,463.

Lifeline provides federal and state discounts up to $17.02 per month on phone service (wireless or residential) and broadband. The Affordable Connectivity Plan provides a service discount of up to $30 per month for broadband service and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer or tablet purchased through a participating provider. Both programs offer additional discounts for subscribers living on tribal lands.

Eligibility is based on income at or below 135 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for Lifeline or at or below 200 percent for ACP, or participation in certain assistance programs such as:

Overbook Overlook: Water project continues with contractor extensions

The Overbrook City Council has received requests for project extensions from both contractors working on the ongoing water project. A request for an extension from Central Tank to complete repairs at the West Tower was approved at a Sept. 26, 2022, special council meeting. The company’s substantial completion date is set for mid-October 2022. The council will review Carstensen’s request to extend their substantial completion date to December 21, 2022, at the Sept. 14 council meeting.

Overbrook Police Department

Overbrook Police Department reminds drivers and citizens that school is in session, and remember to be aware of school zones. Zones are from 7-8 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.

The department also advised citizens of recent instances of fraud coming through phone calls, text, and social media, and to never give out any personal information over the phone.

The department has hired a part time officer, Justin Wagstaff, who will start patrolling this month.

Police officers will soon have a lock out kit. They will be able to help you if you lock your keys in your car.

Overbrook Parks and Rec

Overbrook Parks and Rec reports the pool is officially closed for the season, with thanks given to Ann Fawl and the lifeguards for a great and safe summer. A kickball tournament is set for Sept. 24. Sign up deadline for teams is Sept. 16; $100 per team. The tournament benefits Overbrook Parks and Rec youth sports and activities. Youth flag football registrations are due Aug. 31. Overbrook soccer registration deadline is also Aug. 31, 2022. Registration forms are at city hall or www.overbrookks.com.

Overbrook Farmers Market

Overbrook Farmers Market only has a few dates left. It was scheduled 4-6 p.m. every Monday from Memorial Day through Labor Day, depending on growing season. Jaimie Needham, her team, and vendors, have made the farmers market a contribution to Overbrook.

Overbrook Historical Society

Overbrook Historical Society is selling “Don’t Overcook Overbrook” cookbooks to help raise funds for their future museum. They are available to purchase at Kansas State Bank and Overbrook City Hall. The books are $20 each. For more information, contact overbrookhistory@gmail.com. Members of the society invite community members to monthly meetings held at 6:30 p.m. every third Thursday at the Overbrook Library community room.

Overbrook Garden Club

The Overbrook Garden Club was created by Stephanie Wessel in 2022 to connect those in the Overbrook area that shared a love for all things plants, gardening, and homesteading. The OGC meets once a month, taking turns at different member houses. Members help each other plan their gardens, give advice, share plants and seeds, help each other put up food, identify plants in their yard, and just have community with one another. The Overbrook Garden Club is very casual and unstructured, except for once-a-month meetings. Anyone wanting to share their love of gardening in a friendly space, is invited to join the public Facebook group “The Overbrook Garden Club”. Meeting dates and topics are posted online. The OGC is open to everyone of all ages.

Agenda of the Osage County Commission for Sept. 12, 2022

Agenda of the Osage County Commission for Sept. 12, 2022

8:30 a.m. Call meeting to order-public comment

8:30 a.m. Amanda Kohlman-OCED-Grant

8:45 a.m. Matt Booker appraiser-contract

9 a.m. Discussion of Land Development Director Position and Executive Session

J Ryan Fine – public works director – weekly report

10 a.m. Daresa Prescott-road concerns; 10:15-Tammyra Swift-Fager-senior center flooring

11 a.m. CONSIDERATION BY THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF MATTERS AND DECISIONS PERTAINING TO THE FINANCING. DESIGN [… of jail facility].

COMMISSIONERS COMMENTS AND REPORTS

1 p.m. JOINT MEETING WITH THE PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD

4 p.m. ADJOURN (MEETING WILL ADJOURN EARLIER IF THERE IS NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO CONDUCT).

Archeologist to speak on investigations along Santa Fe Trail in Osage County

Celebrating Scranton’s sesquicentennial

The Osage County Historical Society will present “An Evening with Dr. Shannon R. Ryan Ph.D” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at the Scranton Attendance Center, 104 S. Burlingame Ave., Scranton, KS. This event is taking place as part of Scranton’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Dr. Ryan is a noted registered professional archeologist with R. Christopher Goodwin and Associate, Lawrence, Kan. She will speak about her recent archaeological investigations into four Osage County sites along the Santa Fe Trail.

During the main speaker, a children’s program will be presented by Lynsay Flory, OCHS program director. Light refreshments will be served, and a silent auction will be held to benefit the historical society.

This event is free of charge, but freewill donations will be accepted. For more information, contact the Osage County Historical Society at 785-828-3477 or researchosagechs@embarqmail.com.

Three Osage County lakes affected by blue-green algae for holiday weekend

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks have issued public health advisories for Kansas lakes due to blue-green algae, including three lakes in Osage County.

For the Labor Day weekend, Osage County lakes under a warning advisory are Carbondale City Lake (Strowbridge) and Melvern Outlet (River) Pond. Overbrook City Lake remains on a watch status.

A warning status indicates that conditions are unsafe for human and pet exposure. Contact with the waterbody should be avoided. A watch status means that blue-green algae have been detected and a harmful algal bloom is present or likely to develop. People are encouraged to avoid areas of algae accumulation and keep pets and livestock away from the water.

Harmful algal blooms can look like foam, scum or paint floating on the water and be colored blue, bright green, brown or red. Toxins from the algae can be absorbed by ingestion, inhalation of aerosols, and skin contact. Symptoms vary depending upon the type of exposure, but can include rash, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, sore throat, and headache.

Blooms can develop rapidly; if the water appears suspicious or there is decaying algae on the shore, avoid contact and keep dogs away. If people or dogs come into contact with algae, rinse the area with clean, fresh water.

Osage City’s citywide garage sales Sept. 16-17

Osage City’s fall citywide garage sales are Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17, 2022. Hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, a map is made of sales around town. For those wishing to have their sale listed on the map, now is the time to sign up. To sign up, contact Tricia Gundy, chairman of the Osage City Chamber garage sale committee, at 785-219-9727, or stop by Peterson’s Assisted Living, Osage City.

The map notes addresses of sales and provides a chart of the types of items offered at the sales.

A $5 donation fee for a spot on the map goes towards a scholarship awarded every year to two Osage City High School graduates for furthering their education. The 2022 scholarships were awarded to Jerra Butterfield and Gavin DeBaun. The deadline for adding a sale to the map is 5 p.m. Sept. 13.

Lap the Lake ride features beauty of Melvern Lake and Osage Cuestas

Registration is open for the second annual Lap the Lake bicycle event that starts and ends at the Melvern Lake Marina and set for Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.

This year’s event includes a 51-mile and 6-mile ride, along with the original 27.5-mile course. The course options challenge all level riders, and allow riders to enjoy the beautiful Osage County backdrop and views of Melvern Lake along the way.

Prizes will be presented for overall male and female winners; there will also be a bib number raffle. Participants and volunteers receive a T-shirt. Sign up to ride or volunteer here https://register.chronotrack.com/r/66716.

Registration table opens at 7 a.m. Oct. 1, with the ride’s start and finish at Melvern Lake Marina; register by Sept. 7 to receive swag.

The courses include the Challenger Deep, 51 miles, $55, start 9 a.m.; Mariana Trench, 27.5 miles, $45, 9:30 a.m.; and Stayin’ Shallow, bike, run or walk, 6 miles, $25, 10 a.m. Participants must complete entire course to be eligible for a first-place prize.

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