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Celebrating after school programs: OAC to keep ‘Lights on Afterschool’

Community members are invited to Overbrook Attendance Center for an open house at 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, to see students in the Kansas Reading Roadmap “Lights on Afterschool” program.

The event is one of more than an expected 8,000 Lights on Afterschool events across America, an annual nationwide celebration of afterschool programs organized by the Afterschool Alliance.

Osage City fire department to host open firehouse

Kids lived their dreams of being firefighters during OCFD No. 2’s open house last year.

To wind up Fire Prevention Week, Osage County Fire District No. 2, based at Osage City, will host an open house Sunday and transport fire prevention poster winners to school in fire trucks Friday.

On Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, the fire district will host its annual open house, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the fire station. Local firefighters will offer fire prevention safety tips and fire truck rides. A LifeStar helicopter is scheduled to land and be available for inspection. Child safety seat technicians will be available to check child safety seats, and there will be door prizes, smoke detector batteries and food (while available).

Fire district personnel will meet poster winners early Friday morning at the station, from where they will head to school in fire trucks. During the day, firefighters will give fire prevention presentations to students at Osage City Elementary School, Three Lakes Pre-School, Osage City, and Osage City preschool.

The Osage County Fire District No. 2 station is at 911 Laing St., Osage City.

Student art show adds autumn colors to Lyndon Fall Fest

Hailey Houser’s fall apples painting won best of show.

The Lyndon student art show has become a traditional feature of the community’s annual Fall Fest, highlighting the talents of local young artists. Students in Hannah Wilson’s art classes at Lyndon schools entered fall-themed media in this year’s exhibition on display at city hall. Awards were given in three places and honorable mention in five class categories. Hailey Houser’s painting of fall apples was recognized as best of show.

Art 2 – First place, Cheyenne Campbell

Winners from the Fall Fest Art Show were:

  • 7th grade – First place, Aubrie Edington; second place, Brayden Marcotte; third place, Tara Green; honorable mention, Ethan Kneisler and Sarah Burrell.
  • 8th grade – First place, Mia Fischer; second place, Jada Seyler-Harting; third place, Darian Massey; honorable mention, Addyson Easter.
  • Art 1 – First place, Abby Criqui; second place, Katelyn McCoy; third place, Ethan Edington; honorable mention, Audrey Womack.
  • Art 2 – First place, Cheyenne Campbell; second place, Sydney Gross; third place, Nicole Hughes; honorable mention, Shayla Huffmeier.
  • Art 3/4 – First place, Gretchen Newberry; second place, Emma Kate Unruh; third place, David Moore; honorable mention, Noah Lozano.
  • Best of Show, Hailey Houser.

Longtime Osage County judge to retire in November

4th Judicial District Chief Judge Phillip Fromme

TOPEKA, Kan. – Chief Judge Phillip M. Fromme, who has served in the 4th Judicial District for 34 years, will retire Nov. 30, 2017.

Fromme was named a district judge in 1996 and since 2003 has been chief judge of the 4th Judicial District, which is composed of Osage, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties. He has overseen criminal and domestic cases primarily in Coffey and Osage counties.

“I’ve enjoyed working with staff, attorneys, and court personnel and will miss the judge work, but I plan to stay active with hobbies such as hunting, fishing, gardening and travel,” Fromme said.

A native of Hoxie, Kan., Fromme earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from Washburn University. He served in the Kansas National Guard from 1970 to 1977. He was Coffey County attorney from 1973 to 1983, when he was appointed a district magistrate judge.

He and his wife, Kathy, live in Burlington and have three children and two grandchildren.

Judges in the 4th Judicial District are appointed through a nonpartisan, merit-based selection system. The district’s judicial nominating commission will announce when it is accepting applications for Fromme’s successor. After interviewing candidates, the commission will forward the names of three to five finalists to the governor, who will appoint the next judge.

Each of Kansas’ 31 judicial districts has a chief judge who, in addition to his or her judicial responsibilities, has general control over case assignments within the district, as well as general supervisory authority over the administrative and clerical functions of the court. They are appointed to two-year terms. The Kansas Supreme Court will name a new chief judge to serve Fromme’s remaining term, which ends Dec. 31, 2017.

National 4-H Week: Stylin’ 4-Hers show off fashion sense, sewing abilities

Participants in the 4-H Style Revue held at the 2017 Osage County Fair, front from left, Amanda Malone, North Osage; Allie Kneisler, Lyndon Leaders; Chloe Cannon, North Osage; Brealyn McNally, Melvern Jr. Highline; Cole Thompson, Willing Workers; Soloman Shultz, Clover Wrangler, back, Josie Thompson, Willing Workers; Jerra Butterfield, Willing Workers; Trista Anderson, Willing Workers; Lily Shultz, Clover Wrangler; Keira Shultz, Clover Wrangler; Addyson Easter, Vassar Blue Ribbon; Isaac Shultz, Clover Wrangler.

Participants in the local 4-H clothing project hosted a public fashion revue July 1, 2017, at the Osage County Fair.

The clothing project is made up of two areas: clothing construction, in which the 4-H member sew their own clothes, and clothing buymanship, in which the 4-H member purchases an outfit.  With a theme of “4-H Clover Review”, 15 4-H members participated.

Grand and reserve champions were: Senior boys buymanship, grand, Isaac Shultz, Clover Wrangler, reserve, Isaac Shultz, Clover Wrangler; junior boys buymanship – grand, Solomon Shultz, Clover Wrangler, reserve,  Brody Thompson, Clover Wrangler; senior girls buymanship, grand, Lily Shultz, Clover Wrangler, reserve, Josie Thompson; junior girls buymanship, grand, Addyson Easter, Vasser Blue Ribbon, reserve, Jerra Butterfield, Willing Workers; construction, grand, Jerra Butterfield, Willing Workers, reserve, Chloe Cannon, North Osage.

National 4-H Week: Former 4-Her honored as Osage County’s 4-H Alumni

Presenting the 4-H Alumni Award to Devin Ramsey, holding award, are, from left, Savannah Bean, Morgan Woodbury, Maddy Montgomery, Devin Ramsey, Casten Wirth, and Dalton Hook.

Osage County 4-H has recognized former 4-Her Devin Ramsey as the 4-H Alumni of the Year.

Devin, who was nominated by Vassar Blue Ribbon 4-H Club, was a member of the Carbondale Rustler 4-H Club for 12 years. Devin’s favorite project was the dog project, and since she has been out of 4-H she has been a dog project leader for Osage County, and helps the superintendent at the fairs.

The 4-H Alumni award is given as a way to thank former 4-Hers for giving back to their home county’s 4-H clubs. Ramsey was recognized for the award during the 2016 Osage County 4-H’s achievement night.

National 4-H Week: Club reviews exhibits during walking tour of county fair

North Osage 4-H Club on its annual tour of exhibits, from left: Wylie Young, Brock Robert, Alex Strother, Amanda Malone, Lynnea Nelson, John Sand, Gabe Butel, Dylon Harris, Gage Cannon and Chloe Cannon.

The North Osage 4-H Club held its annual club tour during the Overbrook Osage County Fair, Aug. 12, 2017. The tour, which consists of walking through the Coffman building and livestock barns, gives club members an opportunity to share and talk about their projects exhibited during the fair.

National 4-H Week: 4-H clubs rely on a little help from their friends

Awarding a Friend of the 4-H Award to Robyn Williams, right, are local 4-H members, from left, Garret Croucher, Dalton Hook, Morgan Woodbury, Gracie Croucher and Tracy Wilk.

4-H members and clubs are supported throughout the year by numerous individuals and businesses. Without such support, the 4-H program would cease to continue helping young people make a difference in the communities, learn life skills and develop leadership skills. To recognize the individuals who provide support, the organization annually gives out Friend of 4-H awards. Three people from Osage County were honored by Frontier Extension District 4-H clubs as Friends of 4-H, Chris Reno, Kelly Vandruff, and Robyn Williams.

Reno was nominated by Vassar Blue Ribbon 4-H Club, due to his graciousness in allowing the club to use his store front window for the past year and half. This has given the club the opportunity to promote Osage County 4-H and the club’s projects.

Vandruff was nominated by Burlingame 4-H Club, because she is always willing to help out with the club’s activities and community service projects. She also has offered fun and new ideas for the club to try.

Williams, of Edward Jones Investments, was nominated by Willing Workers 4-H Club. She has provided a generous cash award to the top two showmen in both age divisions of the Osage County Fair round robin showmanship contest since 2002. Whenever possible, Williams has attended the contest to personally present the award to the winners.

Attorney general accepts public comment on St. Francis Hospital sale

TOPEKA, Kan. – The attorney general’s office will accept public comments starting this week on the proposed sale of St. Francis Hospital, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has announced. Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System Inc. has announced plans to sell the hospital to Topeka Health System LLC, a joint venture between the University of Kansas Hospital Authority and Ardent Health Partners LLC.

The public comment period is the next step in the attorney general’s review of the terms of the proposed sale. Under Kansas law, the attorney general reviews conversions of not-for-profit entities, such as St. Francis, to for-profit entities to ensure compliance with state laws protecting charitable assets. The public comment period is intended to allow members of the public and affected consumers to provide information to the attorney general on the proposed sale and the impact on health care services in northeast Kansas – whether favorable, unfavorable, or neutral.

“Since SCL announced its intent first to close, and later to sell, St. Francis, we have been engaged in a thorough review of the proposed transaction to ensure compliance with Kansas law,” Schmidt said. “I anticipate the public comment period to be the final step necessary for our review, and I encourage anyone with information about the proposed sale and asset conversion to file comments and bring that information to our attention. The purpose is to ensure our review is complete and does not miss any pertinent issues.”

National 4-H Week: Hook family continues support for 4-H through generations

Osage County’s 4-H Family of the Year, the Don and Jenise Hook family, front from left, Melissa Bean, Charleigh Bean, Jenise Hook, Savannah Bean, Savannah Bean, back, Tyler Bean, Dalton Hook, Don Hook, and Adam Bean.

Don and Jenise Hook and their family were named as Osage County’s 4-H Family of the Year for 2017, continuing a rich tradition of 4-H in their family. Don’s and Jenise’s mothers were active members of 4-H in the 1950s, they both were active in 4-H as youth, and their four children, Adam, Tyler, Jamie, and Dalton, also continued in 4-H. The Hooks now have two daughters-in-law, one who was also a 4-H member.

Vassar Blue Ribbon 4-H Club recognized the family’s continuous support to the local club, Frontier Extension District and the Kansas 4-H organization.

It was less than 10 years ago that the Vassar Blue Ribbon membership was surviving on a mere handful of members. The Hooks maintained a positive presence and leadership, kept their children engaged, and plugged forward. Today the club stands strong with 25-plus members and a slew of supportive parents. Fast forward to today, you will see the Hooks hosting meetings, leading committees, assisting families, and consistently supporting the greater 4-H community.

The Hook and Bean family’s combined years of 4-H participation totals 62 years. The Hooks’ granddaughter, Savannah Bean, represents the family’s fourth generation to participate in 4-H.

National 4-H Week: Frontier Extension District youth to celebrate

For the 75th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week during the first full week of October. Frontier Extension District 4-H will leverage National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

Be looking for the 4-H members in your community this week.  They will be highlighting some of their 4-H projects and experience this week.

“The 4-H program has shaped me into the person I am today,” said Jessica Flory, Frontier Extension 4-H program assistant, “teaching me vital life skills that have helped me achieve success in my adult life.”

4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact 4-H had on them as young people. The opportunities and experiences that 4-H provides youth empowers them to become true leaders. Research has shown that young people in 4-H are almost four times as likely to contribute to their communities, and are twice as likely to engage in science, technology, engineering and math programs in their free time.

In Frontier Extension District, more than 604 youth and 162 volunteers from the community are involved in 4‑H.

Runners, bikers to ‘Rush the Rails’ Saturday

FLINT HILLS NATURE TRAIL, Kan. – Where locomotives once chugged across the eastern-Kansas prairie, hikers, joggers and bicyclists can trek the same route today along the currently completed 95 miles of the Flint Hills Nature Trail. On Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, the first Rush the Rails event will fill the trail with riders and bikers, with a planned relay race, bike rides and festivities along the completed portions of trail.

Starting at Osawatomie in the east to Council Grove in the west, four and eight-person relay teams will set out at 7:30 a.m. from John Brown Park, in Osawatomie, and run the entire 96-mile route (a short detour adds an extra mile to the 95-mile trail). Bikers can choose from three distances: the full 96 miles starting at Osawatomie (7 a.m.), 54 miles from Pomona State Park (8:30 a.m.), or 25 from Admire (10:30 a.m.), with all running and cycling events ending in Council Grove.

KBI requests assistance in identifying remains of woman found at Melvern Lake

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Osage County Sheriff’s Office are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the remains of a woman found Aug. 25, 2017, at Melvern Lake. It is believed the woman was the victim of a homicide.

Forensic anthropology experts from the Washburn University Anthropology Department assisted law enforcement in studying the remains. They reported that the deceased individual is female, and likely Hispanic, however, white cannot be ruled out.

They provided a likely age range between 35 and 50 years of age, but also offered a broader range of 30 to 65 years of age.

She was believed to have been 5 feet, 2 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches, but could potentially also be between 5 feet, 1 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches.

The report suggested that she was killed and has been at the scene since sometime between late fall 2016 and July 2017, with a narrower estimate of April 2017 to July 2017.

KBI agents and Osage County Sheriff’s Office are also releasing information about the woman’s clothing and jewelry to hopefully aid in identifying the victim. Her shirt size was small, and the brand was “No Boundaries.” Her pants size was 32×30, and the brand “Helix.” Her bra size was 44 and the brand “Fruit of the Loom.”

She was wearing several items of jewelry which include a silver ring that spells “love” in cursive writing, a gold or bronze ring with a red stone, a silver bangle bracelet, and gold or bronze framed eyeglasses.

MdCV FFA members keep busy as fall arrives

MdCV Adopt-A-Highway crew, front, Ethan Cannon, Gannon Schimmel, Tristen Duncan, Grace Bradely, Isabella Toman, Makayla Baker, Alaina Marsh, Chloe Volkman, Josey Weimer, Sadie McGowin, Koby Vanderpool, Alexis Hidalgo, back, Colby Vogeler, Dalton Hook, Frank Warner, Kaelin Criqui, H.B. Booth, Jevan Gregg, Kali Holt, Noah Criqui, Steven Clower, Haylee Miles, Bayleigh Lacey, Brice Marsh, Sarah Green.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA members have been active as the new school year gets underway, with some attending the Greenhand Conference at Ottawa, joining a large group that cleaned the highway south of Melvern, and attending the Kansas State Fair. Here’s an update on the busy group’s recent activities:

Greenhand Conference

On Sept. 13, 2017, Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA members Tony Cannon, Brice Marsh, Sadie McGowin, Izzy Toman, and Colby Vogeler attended the annual Greenhand Conference, at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium, Ottawa, Kan.

The conference is for first-year FFA members. Students participate in workshops that are presented by the East Central District officers, along with help from two Kansas State officers. Greenhands took a test over FFA history and information they learned in class. They participated in activities that included leadership building, official dress, career development events, and supervised agricultural experience programs.

Missouri man pleads guilty to Osage City bank robbery

Bank surveillance photo shows Hunter Prewitt as he was robbing Landmark National Bank, Osage City.

WICHITA, Kan. – A Missouri man pleaded guilty Monday to robbing a bank in Osage City, Kan., according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Hunter Lee Prewitt, 28, of Mountain Grove, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. He admitted he robbed the Landmark National Bank at 106 S. Sixth St., in Osage City, on Jan. 25, 2017.

Prewitt gave a teller a note saying: “This a robbery. Give me all one hundreds, fifties and twenties.”

He left the bank with cash and drove away in a white pickup truck.

Starting with a description of the truck, investigators obtained video surveillance photos and followed Prewitt’s movements including a stop at a gas station in Osage City before the robbery and a pawn shop in Lyndon, Kan.

The Missouri Highway Patrol used that information to identify a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup registered to Prewitt. A crime intelligence analyst with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation conducted a search of law enforcement tag readers and he found more information on Prewitt and the truck. Prewitt was arrested Feb. 14, 2017, outside of Springfield, Mo.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 18. Bank robbery carries a penalty of up to 20 years in a federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Annual awards recognize protectors of land, water and wildlife

Nominees from Osage County are being sought for the annual conservation awards program, sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association. The program recognizes stewards of land and natural resources in Kansas, with more than 200 of the state’s producers and landowners honored statewide each year. This year’s Osage County sponsor is Lyndon State Bank, Lyndon, Kan.

Honorees are named in six award categories: energy conservation, water quality, water conservation, soil conservation, windbreaks and wildlife habitat. Nominations for the awards can be made by any person in the county.

Nomination forms are available at the Osage County Conservation District Office, 115 W. 17th St., Frontier Extension District, 128 W. 15th St., or the Lyndon State Bank, 817 Topeka Ave., all in Lyndon, or call the Extension office at 785-828-4438 for a nomination form to be mailed to you. Nomination forms should be completed and returned to the Frontier Extension District, PO Box 400, Lyndon, KS 66451, by Oct. 16, 2017.

A committee chaired by Rod Schaub, Frontier District Extension agent, will select this year’s winners from the nominations received by the deadline. Winners will be recognized at the Osage County Conservation District’s annual meeting next year.

Osage County Republicans schedule legislative update, candidate meet and greet

The Osage County Republican Central Committee is offering two upcoming opportunities for the public to meet elected officials and candidates.

A legislative update featuring state representatives Ken Corbet and Eric Smith is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at LaMont Hill Restaurant, 22975 Highway 368, Vassar, Kan.

Then at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at the Scranton Tavern, downtown Scranton, the committee has scheduled a meet and greet event for 2nd Congressional District candidates Sen. Caryn Tyson, Rep. Kevin Jones, Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, and Vernon J. Fields.

Both meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

SOS to lead domestic violence summit Oct. 5

SOS has announced Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, director of We End Violence, as the presenter for the 15th Annual Domestic Violence Summit on Oct. 5, 2017, at Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia, Kan.

Bucholtz is an award-winning instructor at Southwestern College, where he teaches communications. Bucholtz is also a public speaking consultant with Speak for Success and teaches courses on Violence Against Women and Popular Culture and Identity at San Diego State University.

Sheriff asks Osage City area residents to check vehicles for missing property, break-ins

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Following a raid on a home in Osage City during which numerous stolen items were recovered, the Osage County Sheriff has issued a notice to area residents to check their vehicles for missing items or possible break-ins.

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said a search warrant was served on Sept. 12, 2017, at 214 S. Sixth St., Osage City, in connection to several car burglaries that occurred in the Osage City area on the night of Sept. 7, or early morning hours of Sept. 8.

The sheriff said numerous stolen items were recovered including handguns. She said some of the suspected vehicle burglaries have not yet been reported to the Osage City Police Department or the sheriff’s office.

Contacted by Osage County News Thursday, Dunn declined to identify the residents of the home and would not say whether the residents of the home were suspects in the auto burglaries. She said the case will be forwarded to the Osage County Attorney’s Office for prosecution when the investigation is completed.

Anyone who believes that items are missing from their vehicle or their vehicle has been broken into is encouraged to report it to the sheriff’s office or Osage City police.

Snapchat post caused school district closure; Carbondale teen enters plea

LYNDON, Kan. – Just 15 words, two sentences, possibly a joke, posted on a popular social media network caused the entire Santa Fe Trail school district to close for the day on April 20, 2017, and resulted in a charge of criminal threat being brought against a 15-year-old Santa Fe Trail High School student.

Devin M. Culbertson, 15, of Carbondale, appeared in Osage County District Court today and entered a plea of no contest to a reduced charge of felony criminal threat.

Culbertson was originally charged with aggravated criminal threat in a May 4, 2017, criminal complaint. His attorney, Jack Hobbs, told the court the charge had been amended as result of plea negotiations with Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones.

In a press release about the arrest of Culbertson on the evening of April 19, Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said the threat that caused the closure of the school was made verbally. “This was a verbal threat, no weapons or explosives were involved,” the sheriff said in the release.

An arrest affidavit filed by Osage County Sheriff Deputy Derrick Feliciano said that SFTHS Principal Patrick Graham notified him around 6 p.m. April 19, 2017, of a post on Snapchat he had received anonymously from a concerned parent.

According to Feliciano, Culbertson said in the Snapchat post, “[redacted] and [redacted] just dared me to columbine this place. Don’t come to school tomorrow.”

The deputy reported the statement was followed by four emoji smiley faces.

Feliciano also noted in his report that the next day, April 20, was the anniversary of the Columbine school shootings that happened in 1999 in Colorado.

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