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Grace Community Church to present drive-in Christmas story

Grace Community Church, Overbrook, will present a drive-in style telling of the traditional Christmas story Wednesday, Dec. 16, through Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. The presentation will be shown at 6:30 and 7:30 each evening on large movie screens in the parking lot of the church. Admission will be free and the event will comply with social distancing guidelines. People will remain in or near their vehicles and the sound will be broadcast using an FM radio signal.

This telling of the story of the birth of Jesus will be through shadow puppetry and story theater. The show was created by Grace Spencer, who used a combination of scripture, music and puppetry to tell the traditional story. To make the preparation and rehearsal and the presentation of the production as safe as possible during the pandemic, a small cast and crew was utilized, and the final production is a movie of the story told by narrators and illustrated by shadow puppets.

Frank Rhodes, chairman of the congregation, said he is excited the church developed a creative way to share the Christmas story this year, when traditional presentations and events are not being held.

“On behalf of Grace Community Church, I invite everyone to come and find the real joy of Christmas while seated in your car,” Rhodes said.

Spencer is a senior theater major at Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa. She has experience with puppetry and traditional musical theater performances. Last year she used shadow puppetry, song, and scripture when she provided a program for the women’s Christmas tea at Grace Community Church. She was encouraged by the response, and this year she pitched the idea to a group of elders when they were looking for a way to present the Christmas story to the community.

Grace Community Church is located at 310 E. 8th St., Overbrook. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary. Large vehicles such as buses and campers are discouraged. There will be attendants stationed at the entrances to the church parking lots at 6 p.m. to direct traffic for the first showing.

For more information, or special assistance is needed, call 785-670-6456.

Friends of Osage City Library provide easy way to Christmas shop

The Friends of the Osage City Public Library are selling gift cards again for this holiday season as a fundraising program that works while you shop. How does it work? Participating retailers agree to sell gift cards to the Friends at a discount. Individuals purchase the cards for full face value; redeem them for full face value, and the Friends keep the difference as revenue.

They are the same type of gift cards that you can buy at the store, and gift cards are available from national and local retailers; including restaurants, gas stations and retail and department stores. Gift cards can be used for regular household shopping or can be purchased for gift giving.

For more information, contact the Osage City Library at 785-528-3727. Order forms are available at the library, 515 Main St., Osage City. Orders will be taken until Dec. 4, 2020.

Commissioners exempt Osage County from governor’s statewide mask mandate

County health department reports 120 active cases

LYNDON, Kan. – In a social media post this afternoon, the Osage County Health Department announced that Osage County commissioners had exempted the county from Gov. Laura Kelly’s statewide emergency order issued last week requiring Kansans to wear face masks in most public situations. Kelly had issued the order due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases statewide, saying Kansas is facing a crisis with recent “worrying” spikes in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, and stretching the healthcare system’s ability to handle the influx of patients.

Kelly’s order noted that “wearing a face covering in public is the easiest and most effective way to protect each other, ease the burden on our overburdened healthcare system, and help keep our businesses open and our economy running …”

Kelly’s order gave county commissioners until this week to decide to comply with the order, adopt their own order, or exempt the county from the order.

In a resolution approved at today’s meeting of the Osage County Commission, and posted on Osage County’s website, county commissioners ordered Osage County exempt from the governor’s order, citing three reasons:

“Enforcement of the governor’s executive order mandating masks would be difficult, if not impossible and would be an unreasonable strain on county resources such as PPE and local law enforcement.

“Broad ranging recommendations on safety precautions to fight the potential spread of COVID-19 better serve the public’s overall interests than governmental mandates.

“Opting out of the governor’s statewide executive order gives Osage County flexibility going forward to make recommendations or mandates, if necessary, that best protect the health and safety of Osage County, Kansas.”

While opting out of the governor’s mask order, the commissioners adopted a mask protocol for the county, signed by Osage County Health Director Jackie Patterson, and Fred Diver, commissioner and county board of health chairman.

The county’s mask protocol does not mandate the use of masks, “but recognizes the significance of utilizing them in order to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in the population. Therefore, masks are not mandated, but are strongly recommended in Osage County whenever in any public space indoors, or outside when at least six feet social distancing cannot be maintained.”

The Osage County Board of Health’s protocol also echoes the commissioners’ reluctance to enforce a mask mandate. “While we recognize the significance of face coverings in mitigating the transmission of COVID-19, we find a mandate inherently unenforceable at the county level,” the health board protocol says.

Help House News: Osage County ministry welcomes new director

Pam Bilyeu hands over the reins of Help House to Scott Perkins, who has been named as Help House’s new director.

Scott Perkins has become the new director of the Help House Inc. Perkins follows Pam Bilyeu, who faithfully served in that position for the past six and a half years.

Perkins is pastor of Heritage Country Cowboy Church, and is also known as The Country Parson, currently heard on Sunday mornings on The Bull, 92.9. Perkins will lead the Help House ministry that has been effective in serving the Osage county population for nearly 20 years.

New website

Help House has a new website www.helphouse.online. You will find a lot of new content there – the ability to email us for an appointment time and eventually be able to set an appointment, fill out an application for assistance, to become a volunteer or make a cash donation. So check out the new site and let us know what you think and share your suggestions for any additional information you would like to see or other suggestions.

Volunteers needed

Help House is looking for new volunteers. If you have been thinking that you would like to be a part of the Help House family and would like more information, please give us a call.

Thanksgiving baskets

Help House will be distributing 94 Thanksgiving food baskets this year, with each receiving either a chicken or turkey determined by family size, along with all the makings of a full Thanksgiving dinner.

Holiday response: Operation Christmas for Osage County kids

Emergency responders in Osage County are partnering up to collect new and unwrapped toys for Osage County children in need. Toy collection began last weekend and will continue until Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. Toys collected will be donated to Osage County Help House for distribution.

Participating businesses, agencies and toy drop off locations across Osage County include:

  • Carbondale: Carbondale Police Department and Carbondale Fire Station.
  • Osage City: Osage City Police Department, Osage City Fire Station, Osage Hardware, McCoy’s Radio Shack.
  • Melvern: Melvern Police Department, Melvern Fire Station.
  • Overbrook: Overbrook Police Department, Overbrook Fire Station, Overbrook Dollar General Store.
  • Lyndon: Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Lyndon Police Department, Lyndon Fire Station, Anne’s Diner.
  • Burlingame: Burlingame Police Department, Burlingame Fire Station, Aunt B’s.
  • Quenemo: Quenemo City Hall.
  • Scranton: Scranton Police Department, Scranton Fire Station, Four Corners Restaurant.
  • Vassar: Estore Sales & Auction Service.

For more information, contact Osage County’s Operation Christmas For Kids at [email protected].

Thank you to Estore Sales & Auction Service for the donation of the drop boxes.

Thanksgiving holiday traffic watch: Choose to arrive safely

For the next week, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office will join many other law enforcement agencies across the state, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, in the Kansas Thanksgiving Safe Arrival traffic enforcement campaign. A grant from Kansas Department of Transportation supports overtime enforcement efforts during the campaign.

While all Kansas traffic laws will be enforced, this extra provision will aggressively target impaired drivers. The campaign begins today, Nov. 20, 2020, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 29.

According to KDOT, the day before Thanksgiving sees more impairment-related crashes than any other day of the year. Those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs are a danger to all they share the road with, including their passengers, other motorists and passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Impaired driving crashes tend to be more severe. On average, across Kansas, three persons are injured every day, and one person is killed every four days in alcohol or drug-related crashes. Vehicle occupants in alcohol or other drug-related crashes are over 2.5 times more likely to be injured or killed than those involved in crashes when alcohol or other drugs were not a factor.

Each week across Kansas, more than 250 drivers are arrested for choosing to drive impaired or driving under the influence. A DUI conviction will result in jail time, the suspension or revocation of driver’s license, a fine of $500 to $2,500, participation in an alcohol or other drug treatment program and, where alcohol is cited as a contributing factor, the purchase and installation of an ignition interlock device by the offender. This device prevents the vehicle from starting if alcohol is present in the driver’s breath. All of this is in addition to thousands of dollars more for bail, court costs, and attorney fees.

Keep in mind that if you are going to be drinking, any amount at all, don’t take the risk and try to drive. Take the safe route and arrange to ride with a non-drinking acquaintance before you go out.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both is a choice you make. Make the choice for safe arrival during Thanksgiving holiday week.

Railroad crossing repair to close K-68 west of Ottawa for several days

K-68 closure shown in yellow

Next week, the BNSF Railway plans to close and repair its crossing on state Highway 68, about 5.5 miles west of Ottawa.

The crossing, located between Idaho and Georgia roads, will be closed to through traffic from approximately 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.

For more information, contact Shawn Denny at 785-433-6112, or Priscilla Petersen, 620-902-6433.

Osage County issues burn ban; county under fire weather watch

Update:  This burn ban expired at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.

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Osage County Emergency Management has issued a burn ban for the entire county, as the National Weather Service in Topeka has implemented a fire weather watch in effect this afternoon, Nov. 17, 2020, through Wednesday afternoon for most of northeast Kansas.

Osage County’s burn ban went into effect at 1:20 p.m. today and is in place until 8 a.m. tomorrow, Nov. 18, but may be extended. During the burn ban, no outside burning is allowed and all county burn permits are suspended.

The ban was put in place due to very high fire danger this afternoon. Very high fire danger and a possible red flag warning are forecast for tomorrow.

NWS’s fire weather watch was implemented at 2:32 p.m. today and will be in effect through Wednesday afternoon due to strong winds and critical fuels. The fire weather watch covers Osage, Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties.

South winds sustained at 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph are forecast for tomorrow, with relative humidity values in the 25 to 35 percent range. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended. Most vegetation has transitioned into a dormant state and is extremely susceptible to rapid fire spread.

A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Citizens are advised that issuance of red flag warnings is possible Wednesday.

For more information about the burn ban, contact Osage County Emergency Management at 785-828-3323 or the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121.

Sheriff’s office announces promotions, honors employees for longevity

Recognized for promotions and length of service by Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells and undersheriff Scott Brenner were from left, Brett Lewis, Robert Brenner, John Knapp, Brenner, Wells, Derrick Feliciano, and Gerry Nitcher, and not pictured, Jeff Johnson. Osage County News photo.

Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells announced the promotion of several longtime employees and also recognized two employees for their years of service, last Thursday at the sheriff’s office, in Lyndon.

The following were promoted or recognized:

Bret Lewis has been promoted to the rank of communications director. Lewis will oversee the Osage County Sheriff’s Office communications center. He has been employed with the Osage County Sheriff’s Office since 1998 and has held the rank of communications officer.

Robert Brenner has been promoted to investigator and will be assigned to the criminal investigations unit and will oversee the registered offender unit. Brenner has been employed by the Osage County Sheriff’s Office since 2006 and has served as correctional officer and patrol deputy.

John Knapp has been promoted to the rank of sergeant and will oversee the patrol division of the sheriff’s office. Knapp has been employed with the Osage County Sheriff’s Office since 2005 and has held the ranks of lake patrol deputy and patrol deputy.

Derrick Feliciano has been promoted to sergeant and will oversee the patrol division and the school resource officer program of the sheriff’s office. Feliciano has been employed with the Osage County Sheriff’s Office since 2001 and has served as patrol deputy, school resource officer and investigator. Prior to joining the sheriff’s office, he was employed by the Mulvane Police Department and Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority, and is a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Former undersheriff Jeff Johnson has been promoted to the rank of sergeant and will oversee the criminal and narcotic investigation units. Having been employed with the Osage County Sheriff’s Office since 1995, in addition to undersheriff, Johnson has served as patrol deputy, patrol sergeant and investigator. Johnson is also a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He was also recognized for his 25 years of service to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

Sergeant Gerry Nitcher was recognized for 30 years of service to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office. Nitcher currently oversees the Osage County Jail operations.

Sheriff Wells wished the promotees the best in their new positions.

“These employees show a great amount of confidence and leadership to assist in leading the sheriff’s office into a new era of respect, integrity, and professionalism,” Wells said.

Wells also congratulated Johnson and Nitcher on the milestones in their service careers.

“We applaud the determination and effort that you both have demonstrated during your time with the sheriff’s office,” Wells said. “We look forward to seeing all the great things we know you both will accomplish in the upcoming years.”

Safe housing options available for those impacted by COVID-19

To help Kansans protect their families and household members, the state is working to provide safe housing options for those affected by COVID-19. Non-congregate sheltering is an option for individuals in multiple communities in the state. Sheltering is available for those who cannot safely isolate or quarantine in their homes and have tested positive for COVID-19, those who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, and those living and working in at-risk or congregate settings.

“The most effective way to slow the spread of the virus is to isolate or quarantine yourself away from others in your household,” said Devan Tucking, human services branch director, Kansas Division of Emergency Management. “These non-congregate shelter options are being provided because we know it is not always possible to isolate or quarantine someone in a single-family residence where people must share a kitchen, a bathroom, laundry room and other spaces.”

Non-congregate shelters are provided in coordination with the Kansas Department of Children and Families, Kansas Division of Emergency Management and local emergency management and public health departments.

At this time shelters are located in the following locations:

  • Ford County, Dodge City
  • Johnson County, Gardner
  • Leavenworth County, Lansing
  • Lyon County, Emporia
  • Saline County, Saline
  • Seward County, Liberal
  • Wyandotte County, Kansas City

The shelter provides free housing, three meals a day and snacks, laundry service, and a cleaning service to provide a safe shelter to avoid exposing households to the COVID-19 virus and help stop the spread of the virus.

Osage City’s Market Street enjoys a ‘Holly Jolly Celebration’

Happy raffle winners gathered for a group photo in front of Osage County Senior Center Saturday. Not pictured, other raffle winners who didn’t need to be present to win in this year’s raffle. Courtesy photo.

Osage City didn’t let the COVID-19 pandemic dampen its holiday spirit, as the town celebrated in “holly jolly” style to open the holiday season Saturday during Christmas on Market Street 2020.

Santa rode into town on a fire truck for his annual visit, and kids were able to have virtual visits with him to share their Christmas wishes. The downtown decorations and lights were switched on and the nighttime parade featured some “holly jolly” decked floats.

Organized by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, the Christmas on Market Street was deemed a success, despite cancellation of some of the annual event’s popular activities due to COVID-19. Everyone hopes next year’s event will be back with normalcy.

The 2020 Christmas on Market Street parade winners, retail poker run, window decorating, and gun raffle are listed below, along with individual placings in the annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk.

Kansas Horse Council serves equine industry with leadership, education, policy

Annual meeting set at Osage City

Time is now to become involved in the future of everything involved with horses in Kansas and the nation.

“The annual meeting of the Kansas Horse Council is scheduled Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Osage City Fairgrounds,” announced Justine Staten, KHC executive director.

In the community building, activities are set to begin with musical entertainment by Steve Boyce Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

“We’re especially pleased to have Ernie Rodina of Better Horses Worldwide as our featured speaker,” Staten said.

Rodina is a longtime advocate for all matters horses throughout the world. He is prominently recognized for his syndicated weekly Better Horses radio and television programs and quarterly newspaper.

“Certainly, Ernie is most enthusiastic for betterment of horses and their owners. He’ll have a very educational and always enjoyable presentation,” Staten assured.

Additional features of the KHC session will be updates on issues relating horses including legislation, trails, events, health and wellness.  

COVID-19 infects more than 100 in Osage County in one week

Around 100 new cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Osage County in the last week, as Kansas reports record numbers of confirmed cases daily across the state.

As reported by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment today, Nov. 13, 2020, Osage County now has had 306 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. The Osage County Health Department confirmed that five people in Osage County have died from the virus as of Nov. 5, and that day marked 182 cases tallied in the county, including 25 active positive cases and 157 recovered cases. KDHE reported Osage County’s total cases at 206 on Nov. 5, with 100 new cases diagnosed in the last week.

OCHD reported Nov. 10 that the department would not be issuing case counts for the county this week due to being “very busy and short staffed,” while KDHE reported 25 new cases that day – the highest number of diagnosed cases in one day for the county since the pandemic began in March. Last month, the most new cases recorded in a day were six on Oct. 17; the record was broken on Nov. 3 with seven cases recorded; then Nov. 5, 10 cases; Nov. 10, 25 cases; Nov. 11, 16 cases; and yesterday recorded a dozen more.

Osage County is under no health orders regarding COVID-19, as the Osage County commissioners took action in July to reject Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to mandate mask wearing in public spaces statewide and other measures. The Osage County Board of Health’s reasoning for rejecting the governor’s mandates was the few COVID-19 cases in Osage County at the time and little evidence of community spread of the disease, and that enforcement of the mandate would be difficult.

According to state data, Osage County’s coronavirus infection rate remains lower than the state average, with Osage County at 19.19 cases per thousand people, and the state at 39.65 cases per thousand.

When the pandemic began, county officials implemented temperature screening of visitors and employees at the Osage County Courthouse, but that precaution was later abandoned. Several schools or activities have been shut down for extended periods for quarantine purposes since the school year began. In July, the Osage County Senior Center was closed due to being a possible cluster site, but it has since reopened. No clusters have been publicly reported in Osage County. In October, the Osage County Jail reported that a person in custody had tested positive for the virus, but no other jail residents or staff were reported as infected.

Oct. 13, the health department reported the first death in the county from the virus; the person had died in September. Since then four more Osage County deaths have been attributed to COVID-19. One month ago, OCHD reported there had been a total of 124 positive cases recorded in the county since the pandemic began. As of Nov. 5 in Osage County, 2,633 negative tests results had been recorded.

Osage City celebrates 150th anniversary with special pictorial postmark

A special and unique souvenir commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Osage City, Kan, will be available at Christmas on Market Street, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.

Local postal service will be available 9-11 a.m. at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., to provide the special postmark. This location will be set up as the temporary postal retail station.

For holiday greeting cards, bring sufficient first-class mail postage envelopes to have the commemorative Osage City 150th anniversary pictorial postmark applied on the envelope. Individuals can also personally present an addressed or unaddressed envelope, postal card or other items with sufficient first-class mail postage to the postal clerk at the temporary retail station. Stamped envelopes will be available for purchase either by cash or check. The clerk will apply the commemorative pictorial postmark and hand the item back to the individual.

If an individual is unable to attend Saturday, the Postal Service provides mail-back service. The individual can mail pre-stamped envelopes and cards to the Osage City Post Office, 123 S. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523, and they will apply the pictorial postmark. To qualify for this service, mail-in requests must be postmarked no later than 30 days following the actual pictorial postmark date.

Information thanks to the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

Senior center continues as monthly commodities distribution point

Commodities are distributed at the Osage County Senior Center on the second Wednesday of every month.

To qualify for the commodities, recipients must be at least 60 years old with an income of $1,354 or less for one person, or $1,832 for two people in the same household. Income verification and a one-month waiting period are required. The waiting period is due to ordering a month in advance. Anyone in Osage County is eligible if they meet the above qualifications.

Anyone unable to come to Osage City and pick up commodities is asked to contact the senior center, as the center would like to know if there are people in Osage County that qualify but cannot travel to Osage City to pick up commodities. Anyone with more people in their household is also asked to contact the center to determine eligibility.

The Sewing Chicks are raffling off a Christmas quilt; tickets are one for $1 or six for $5. It would make a very nice Christmas present. The Sewing Chicks also have assorted items for sale at the senior center that would also make nice Christmas gifts.

Ceramics ladies are raffling off a lighted Christmas church; tickets are one for $1 or six for $5. There are also some ceramic items for sale at the center for Christmas gifts.

For more information, stop by the Osage County Senior Center at 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan., or call 785-528-1170.

Christmas is here: Osage City opens holiday season with ‘Holly Jolly Celebration’

It seems like it was just Halloween, but this Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, it will be Christmas at Osage City, as the town celebrates Christmas on Market Street. Social distancing and masks will be encouraged for the fun and festive holiday event with this year’s theme of “Holly Jolly Celebration.”

In addition to shopping for gifts, activities will be held throughout the day including biscuits and gravy to go at the senior center, lunch, virtual visits with Santa, 10th Annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk, 150th Anniversary Pictorial Postmark, senior center sewing projects, in-store activities, local stores’ gift exhibition, gingerbread house building, barn quilt ornaments, photo booth, farm fun time, bake sale, non-perishable food, gloves, coats, hats and blankets collection drive, raffle drawings, Kansas City Chief’s Wolf mascot, free retail poker run, axe throw, emergency services showcase, child passenger seat check, story time, quarter bingo, and the traditional lighted Christmas parade.

Santa will arrive on a fire truck, but with the need of social distancing, he regrets that he will not get to have the children sit beside him and give him their wish list this year; however, he will have virtual visits 10 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m. at the senior center. Children can plan to come to the senior center for a virtual visit with Santa in his workshop and tell him what they want for Christmas. Santa will leave his workshop to ride in the parade and wave to the children along the parade route.

A toy expo at McCoy’s will feature some of the season’s hot toys and electronics with demos and giveaways.

The Christmas on Market Street raffle will have nice items to be given away, and raffle tickets are available up to the time of the drawing. The tickets are being sold at many Osage City businesses including AuBurn Pharmacy, Branded Designs, Canine Country Clips, Furniture Loft, Hair Designs by Diane, Harmon Dental, Marilynn’s Restaurant, McCoy’s RadioShack, Osage City Public Library, Osage Hardware, Ramblin’ Rose, Ridge Iron Grill, Subway, and the senior center the day of the event. The raffle drawing will be held at Sixth and Market. The Chamber encourages everyone to attend the drawing but winners do not need to be present to win.

There will be an additional raffle this year in conjunction with the regular raffle, with Peterson Assisted Living donating a Ruger 10/22 rifle to be given away at the same time as the regular raffle drawing. Gun raffle tickets may be purchased at AG Choice, Bank of Osage City, Barber John, Haskins Oil, NAPA, ORBIS, Osage Hardware, Salt Creek Fitness, and at the senior center on Saturday.

See the schedule of events below:

Burlingame, famous for its annual Christmas tree, plants Angel Tree at city hall for holidays

This year the city of Burlingame will be putting up an angel tree at city hall as a way for everyone to remember someone special during the holiday season. Angel ornaments are $5 each, with the proceeds going to local adopted families. People can purchase as many angel ornaments as they would like until Dec. 14, 2020.

In addition to the angel ornaments, the city will also be assisting adopted families from the Burlingame area through ECKAN (East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation). The Christmas tree at city hall will have tags on the tree with the adopted families’ Christmas wishes.  Anyone who would like to help with the adopted families’ wishes, is asked to do the following before Dec. 14: Choose your ornament from the tree located at city hall starting Friday, Nov. 20. Hand the ornament to Amy, Anne or Patty, who will record your name and phone number along with the number on the ornament. Go purchase a gift and return to city hall by Dec. 14 with the ornament from the tree.

Donors can either wrap the gift or bring it back unwrapped, but are asked to bring the tag back with the gift. Once gift and tag are returned, donors will be given two angel ornaments, to either write the names of the loved ones on or their name for being the giving angel.

Anyone who would not want to purchase the gift or an angel ornament, but still would like to help, can leave a monetary gift with city staff. Monetary gifts along with the money from the memory angels will be used to purchase items on the adopted families’ wish list for Christmas.

For more information, contact Burlingame City Hall at 785-654-2414.

Thank you for your help during the 2020 holiday season and for being our angels.

Sure it’s fall, but Smoke in the Spring finally got here

Tebo Creek BBQ, of Belton, Mo., accepts their grand championship award from Smoke in the Spring organizer Corey Linton. Courtesy photo.

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – It took its sweet time, but spring finally arrived in Osage City – on Halloween. For 93 barbecue teams from 10 states and Canada, and in despite of an ongoing worldwide pandemic, last Saturday’s spring-like weather provided the perfect atmosphere for cooking up some championship smoked meats.

Many of the teams closed out their season this year with Osage City’s Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship, which was postponed from the spring due to COVID-19 conditions at that time.

Facing the fierce year-end competition, Tebo Creek BBQ, of Belton, Mo., relied on a 180-scored chicken entry to give the team the Smoke in the Spring Grand Championship and $5,000 prize that went along with it. Tebo Creek, with head cook Greg Hastie, also placed second in pork, 10th in ribs, and 20th in brisket to tally their winning score of 706.2744 for the four main categories.

A score of 180 represents a perfect score given by a table of six judges, who score each entry based on appearance, taste and tenderness. A score of 180 indicates the judges scored a nine or excellent, the highest score that can be given, in each of the judging criteria.

In a social media post, Hastie noted it had been his first ever 180 in chicken. “We credit the REAL Man Meat BBQ sweet and smoky and Kansas City style for the win,” Hastie said.

He also praised Smoke in the Spring and organizer Corey Linton for holding the contest this year.

“We always love going to Smoke In The Spring,” Hastie said. “This contest year in and year out attracts 100 plus of the best teams in the country to this small town, Osage City, Kan., and is always the best run contest we attend. Corey Linton has such a passion for competition BBQ and the pride and effort he puts in to organizing is second to none. Thanks to Corey, his family and staff for what you do.”

Other overall top-five prize winners were: Triple H BBQ, Bill Heyen, Gillespie, Ill., second place; BYO Grill, Mark Cooper, St. Louis, Mo., third; High I Que, Randy Vanslyke, Gardner, Kan., fourth; and Boom Chicka Cow Cow, Justin McCabe, Overland Park, Kan., fifth.

Next year’s Smoke in the Spring has been scheduled for April 9-10, 2021.

Santa Fe Trail girls golf qualifies as team to compete in state tournament

Freshman Buessing claims state medal

Santa Fe Trail Girls Golf Team placed 3rd the KSHSAA 3-2-1A Regional Divisional Tournament Oct. 12, 2020, qualifying the team for the 3-2-1A State Golf Tournament, held Oct. 19-20, at Cheney, Kan.

Santa Fe Trail High School freshman Braean Buessing claimed the title of Regional 1st Place Individual Medalist. While SFTHS has had other girls qualify for state golf as individuals over the years, this was the first year the school had a regional individual medalist.

Osage County unofficial results of the Nov. 3, 2020, general election

The following results represent tallies reported by the Osage County Election Office on election evening, Nov. 3, 2020, and are unofficial until canvassed by the Osage County Commissioners on Monday, Nov. 9. These results represent Osage County votes only and do not include all write-in votes and provisional ballots.

There’s smoke! It’s spring! Or fall, or Halloween? What’s going on here?

It seems like we’ve waited all year for spring, but it has finally arrived – it’s Smoke in the Spring this weekend at Osage City. The annual state championship barbecue contest was postponed in April due to the first COVID shutdown of 2020, and eventually rescheduled for Oct. 30-31, 2020.

Due to current COVID conditions, all public portions of the city’s annual celebration of BBQ have been cancelled. But the popular contest will go on, and as the last weekend of the year Kansas City Barbeque Society records team points for the coveted KCBS Team of the Year award, contestants are not only fiercely competing for championship prizes, but also their last points of the season.

Teams are arriving today and getting set up to start cooking. Tonight’s events include a fireworks display around 9 p.m., weather permitting, and the Kids-Q contest, which has a turn-in time of 8 p.m. Also, Robyn Williams is sponsoring the Smoke Spooktacular, a team space decorating contest; judging will be 6-8 p.m. by a mystery group of judges.

Saturday, the contest gets underway with the check-in of judges beginning at 9 a.m. at the Osage City recreation building, followed by the first turn-in in the cook’s choice category at 11:30 a.m. Following at 30-minute intervals, judges taste chicken, ribs, pork butt, brisket, and dessert.

Close to 100 teams are expected for this year’s contest, and about that many certified barbecue judges have been recruited to determine the champion barbecue cookers at Osage City.

Due to COVID, KCBS has put safeguards in place to facilitate social distancing and increase sanitary conditions of the contest. Smoke in the Spring will follow KCBS protocols for meat inspection, team interaction, turn-in, and judging. Masks are required for all who enter the judging area.

The contest is in Jones Park at Osage City. While the public portions of the contest have been cancelled, visitors can observe the cookers at work, but are advised to not bother anyone involved in the competition. All visitors are asked to observe social distancing and wear masks.

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