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Firefighter, deputy extinguish bedroom blaze in Osage City

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Local fire crews were called to a structure fire at 1421 Laing St. Osage City, Kan., Wednesday, extinguishing a blaze in a bedroom.

At approximately 4:42 p.m., July 18, 2018, Osage County fire districts No. 2, Osage City, No. 5, Lyndon Vassar, and No. 6, Burlingame, were dispatched to the location. An Osage County Sheriff’s deputy and an OCFD No. 2 firefighter arrived on scene approximately five minutes later, and extinguished the electrical fire with a dry chemical fire extinguisher before apparatus arrived. The fire was contained to a bedroom in the residence.

Damage estimates are not available at the time of this release, but the Osage County Appraiser’s Office appraised the residential structure at $58,070. According to county land records, the property is owned by Ernest and Michelle Ehrhart Jr. and Sharon Kinsley.

Other agencies on scene or assisting included the Osage City Police Department and Osage County EMS. OCFD No. 2 members were at the scene for approximately 35 minutes, with no injuries reported.

OCFD No. 2 reminded everyone to have working smoke detectors in their home and check them frequently. Also have an escape plan, practice it, and be prepared to use it in the event of a fire.

Overbrook puts City Lake on warning status as blue-green algae bloom expected

Algae has begun to collect along the shoreline on the northwest side of Overbrook City Lake.

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Overbrook city officials have notified citizens that early signs of blue-green algae were discovered in the northwest corner of City Lake on Wednesday. According to the notification, Kansas Department of Health and Environment will be at the lake on Monday for testing. In the meantime, KDHE has recommended the lake be under watch status for this weekend, as there is a potential for a blue-green algae bloom.

During an algae bloom watch, people are advised to keep livestock and pets away from the water; use caution when contacting lake water and wash with clean water afterward; avoid areas of algae accumulation; don’t let people or pets eat dried algae or drink untreated lake water; and clean fish well and discard guts.

In case of harmful algae contact, it is advised to call a doctor or veterinarian if people or animals have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, irritated eyes, seizures, breathing problems or other unexplained illness.

Overbrook Overlook: Library friends stock up for annual book sale

Friends of Overbrook Library book sale

The Friends of the Library book sale will be July 25-28, 2018, during library hours. On July 27 and 28 will be bag sales. All proceeds are used to support the library. Everyone is invited to come, help the library, and pick up some good books and puzzles.

Overbrook tree dump

Overbrook City Hall is reminding citizens that the city’s tree dump is not for commercial use. Citizens may dump tree limbs, unbagged grass, and unbagged leaves. Items that cannot be left at the tree dump includes sofas, shingles, tires, rims, plastic jugs, brick and mortar, concrete and other debris. If items other than tree limbs, grass, or leaves are left at the tree dump, violators are subject to citations and fines.

Planning and zoning

Anyone planning new homes, new remodeling projects, home addition, new fences, or new storage sheds, this spring or summer, is advised to check with Overbrook City Hall, 785-665-7328, to ensure your project is in compliance with city zoning ordinances. Most projects 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.

Overbrook PRIDE

Overbrook PRIDE needs your support. All citizens are welcome to attend monthly meetings at 8 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the American Legion Hall, 102 Maple St.

4-H exhibitor results for the Osage County Fair, June 27-30, 2018

4-H clubs’ barn quilt contest placings: North Osage, 1st; Willing Workers, 2nd; Vassar Blue Ribbon, 3rd; Lyndon Leaders, 4th; Burlingame, 5th; Clover Wranglers, 6th; Melvern Jr. Highline, 7th. Photo thanks to Osage County Fair Association.

The Osage County Fair Association has released the 4-H exhibitors’ results of the 2018 Osage County Fair, held June 27-30, 2018. Keys for placing and 4-H clubs is at the bottom.

Open class results for the Osage County Fair, June 27-30, 2018

Canned goods, jams and jellies not only earned ribbons, they also will be used to stock the shelves of home pantries.

Placings of open class exhibitors at the Osage County Fair, held June 27-30, 2018, at Osage City, were released by the Osage County Fair Association as follows.

2018 Osage County Fair livestock exhibition results

Round robin winners and participants, from left, judge Lauren Prill, KSU Meat Science, Josie Thompson, swine division, Ainsley Corwine, goat division, Morgan Woodbury, beef division, Grace Croucher, swine division, Kinsley Garrison, goat division, Garrett Croucher, beef division, Addyson Easter, sheep division, and Shayne Miles, horse division. Photo thanks to Osage County Fair.

Winners of livestock exhibitions and the round robin showmanship competition have been released by the Osage County Fair Association, for the fair held June 27-30, 2018, as follows. (Ribbon key and 4-H club key are at the bottom.)

Two injured in rollover accident near Scranton Sunday

SCRANTON, Kan. – A single-car rollover accident near Scranton, Kan., sent two people to the hospital with injuries Sunday.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Brian Kenneth Penn, 36, Emporia, Kan., was driving a 2000 Toyota Tundra eastbound on U.S. Highway 56 south of Scranton at 12 p.m. July 8, 2018, when the vehicle hit debris in the roadway. Penn lost control and the vehicle went off the roadway to the left, rolling one and a half times.

Penn and a passenger in the vehicle, Jennifer Lea Lindsey, 26, Emporia, were both disabled in the accident and transported by ambulance to Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Another passenger, James Lee McBroom, 24, Emporia, was not injured in the crash.

Topeka woman killed in pickup-train accident near Quenemo Saturday

QUENEMO, Kan. – A 54-year-old Topeka woman was killed in a train-pickup accident Saturday afternoon about a mile east of Quenemo, Kan.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office daily report, Linda Henderson, 54, Topeka, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet 1500 pickup at about 12:10 p.m. July 7, 2018, when she failed to yield to a flashing railroad crossing at 2800 Alabama Terrace, Quenemo, and was struck by a westbound BNSF train. Henderson was pronounced dead at the scene.

The case is under investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. 

Two killed near Melvern in rollover during police pursuit

MELVERN, Kan. – Two people were killed in a rollover accident on Interstate 35 in Osage County Saturday evening, following a pursuit by a Lyon County sheriff’s officer.

According to a Lyon County Sheriff’s Office press release, about 8 p.m. July 7, 2018, a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle at mile marker 142 on I-35. The driver of the 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser, later identified as Sharnicca D. Cannon, 23, of Tucson, Ariz., refused to stop and a pursuit ensued, heading northbound on the interstate. During the pursuit, it was learned the vehicle had recently been reported stolen during a robbery in Emporia, Kan.

The sheriff’s office reported the driver attempted to exit at a high rate of speed at the Melvern, Kan., exit, at mile marker 160, when the driver lost control, and the vehicle left the roadway and rolled several times.

Coffey County EMS, Osage County EMS, and a Life Team helicopter responded to the scene, but lifesaving measures were unsuccessful. Cannon and the passenger in the car, Anthony E. Krawczyk, 20, Mesa, Ariz., were pronounced dead at the scene. Both victims were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

The crash is under investigation by the Kansas Highway Patrol.

KBI issues Amber Alert for 13-year-old Lenexa girl

Update: At approximately 5:15 pm., July 6, 2018, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension located Amber Lynn Rewerts-Schavoni, 13, and detained Deshon D. White, 23, in St. Paul, Minn. The Kansas Amber Alert has been cancelled.

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has issued an Amber Alert for a 13-year-old girl from Lenexa, Kan.

Lenexa police are looking for Amber Lynn Rewerts-Schavoni, 13, who is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, 140 pounds, with dyed black hair and blue eyes. She was last seen around 1 p.m. July 4, 2018, wearing black T-shirt with “Sons of Anarchy” logo, black jeans, and carrying a shiny blue billfold, at the Greyhound bus station in Kansas City, Mo. It is thought she may have left on a bus to the greater Minneapolis area or may still be in the Kansas City metro area.

Amber is thought to be with Deshon D. White, 23, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 200 pounds, with black hair.

According to Lenexa police, at approximately 2 p.m. July 4, Rewerts-Schiavoni was seen leaving her residence in Lenexa, near 77th and Quivira, with White. Rewerts-Schiavoni told a parent that she was walking to Oak Park Mall at 95th and Quivira, in Overland Park.

At approximatley 7:50 p.m. that evening, White and Rewerts-Schiavoni were seen on video at the Greyhound bus station in Kansas City, Mo. The pair may have headed to the greater Minneapolis area or may still be in the Kansas City metro area.

The Lenexa Police Department believes that Rewerts-Schiavoni, who was 12 years old at the time of her disappearance, had been coerced by White.  Law enforcement is in fear for her safety and considers her to be in imminent danger.

Anyone who sees Rewerts-Schiavoni or White is asked to call 911. Anyone with other information about Rewerts-Schiavoni’s disappearance or her whereabouts is asked to call the Lenexa Police Department at 913-477-7301 or the KC CrimeStoppers hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Red, white, blue and hot for the Osage County Fair Parade

Conklin Plumbing’s first place float was red, white and blue from top hat to bottom.

By Jeanette Swarts
Osage City Chamber of Commerce

The annual Osage County Fair Parade, sponsored by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, was Thursday evening, June 28, 2018. The theme for the parade this year was “Hats Off to Red, White and Blue”.

Diane Michael, parade chairman, did a fantastic job coordinating a variety of entries including the Boy Scouts of Osage City starting the parade as flag bearers, emergency vehicles, including city and county law enforcement, ambulance and fire department, parade marshal Mary Lou Estes, Mr. and Mrs. Osage City Jerry and Marilyn Giesy, floats, golf carts and ATVs, band, politicians, antique tractors, and horses. Even though the heat index was very extreme at parade time, participants were eager to have a great time and the spectators seemed to enjoy the entries.

Safety stressed for Independence Day holiday and summer travel

In the midst of the summer travel season, the Kansas Turnpike Authority and Kansas Highway Patrol are partnering to remind motorists to travel safely during Independence Day, and throughout the rest of the summer.

Over the 2017 Independence Day Holiday weekend, statewide there were seven fatal crashes, which killed seven people. Additionally, 159 people were injured in the 547 total crashes from Friday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 4, 2017. None of the fatal crashes were alcohol-related.

“We can’t stress enough how important it is to be prepared for any summer travel,” said Steve Hewitt, KTA CEO. “We hope you don’t need that emergency kit in your vehicle, but you’ll be glad that you have it if you do.”

From July 3 through July 4, KHP personnel will be working in support of the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) enforcement, along with personnel from other states. CARE focuses on occupant protection, impaired driving laws, and other crash-causing traffic violations. CARE’s goal is increased safety and ease of travel on our nation’s roadways.

The agencies wish all of those traveling during the upcoming holiday, safe travels. Anyone in need of help on a Kansas highway can call KHP for assistance at *47 (*HP) or *KTA (*582) for the Kansas Turnpike.

As you enjoy your summer travels and celebrate Independence Day, the agencies offer some tips:

Osage County has a blast during Independence Day celebrations

Fireworks at Lyndon Saddle Club arena. File photo.

Americans will be celebrating their independence across Osage County over the next few days until the Fourth of July. Here are some celebrations around the area:

Osage Nursing Center, Tuesday, July 3

Osage Nursing Center will have a celebration on July 3 to celebrate Independence Day. The public and residents are invited to enjoy activities, food, games, music, and fun for the whole family. The celebration will be 6-10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Osage Nursing Center, 1017 Main St., Osage City.

Lyndon Fourth of July Celebration, Wednesday, July 4

Lyndon Fourth of July Celebration features a day of fun activities, with a spectacular fireworks show as the finale. The day begins with a pancake feed 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Lyndon Community Center; hosted by Lyndon Lions Club. At 10:30 a.m., a patriotic parade will travel down Topeka Avenue to City Park. The parade is open to all, including bicycles, horse-drawn wagons, cars, tractors and others.

At 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. will be a community picnic. Lunch is available for purchase from the Masons, or bring your own family’s picnic lunch. Free watermelon will be available 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., while it lasts. Games with prizes will be held 11:45 a.m-2 p.m., while free swimming will be available at the Lyndon Pool 1-6 p.m. At sundown, a fireworks show hosted by Osage County Fire District No. 5 will be at the Lyndon Saddle Club arena on the north side of town. Plenty of parking is available at the arena, or the show can be seen from the surrounding area. Bring lawn chairs and have a tailgate party.

Overbrook 4th of July Celebration, Wednesday, July 4

Annual Overbrook 4th of July Celebration, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at City Lake. The celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. with the children’s bike parade; participants should meet at the old middle school. The city pool will be open for free swimming at 1 p.m. Free hot dogs and drinks begins at 6 p.m. at City Lake; everyone is asked to bring a plate of treats to share.

At dusk will be the fireworks display; everyone is encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, friends, and family for one of the best fireworks displays around. Handicap parking and accessibility is available by the tennis courts. All others are asked to park at the ball diamonds, the old middle school parking lot, or along city streets.

Arvonia 4th of July Ice Cream Social, Wednesday, July 4

At historic Arvonia, everyone is invited to bring a picnic for their family before gathering at 7 p.m. to enjoy ice cream provided by the Arvonia Historical Preservation Society. Following ice cream will be family games and other fun, and at dark will be a family-sized backyard fireworks show by AHPS. (No other fireworks allowed.) Grab your family, neighbors and friends and make sure everyone has a lawn chair, and join in some free, old-fashioned Fourth of July fun at Arvonia.

SOS ‘shares success’ through bank’s grant program

SOS recently accepted a $6,000 donation from CoBank and Lyon Coffey Electric Cooperative from a matching fund program through the bank.

CoBank started accepted applications for its Sharing Success program on April 1, 2018. Sharing Success is an annual $3 million fund designed to match the contributions of CoBank customers to the charitable groups they support throughout rural America. Eligible CoBank customers were able to submit an application for the matching grants.

Giesys honored for dedication to Osage City

Mr. and Mrs. Osage City, Marilyn and Jerry Giesy.

Jerry and Marilyn Giesy will represent Osage City as the 2018 Mr. and Mrs. Osage City. They said they feel very honored and appreciative for being selected. Jerry and Marilyn have been residents of Osage City since 1968. They moved from Kansas City, when they purchased the Larson Food Market that was located in the downtown business district.

They are very active and supportive in the community. Jerry has always been very involved with the business, and in his retirement still assists some of the family members that have come aboard, as they are taking over the responsibility of the business.

Along with taking care of three children, Marilyn also worked at the store taking care of payroll until computers took over.

Marilyn belongs to many social clubs and enjoys playing pitch, bridge, Mexican dominoes and traveling. They are members of the Methodist church, and Marilyn is a member of the UMC.

The Giesys will ride in the Osage County Fair Parade, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. June 28. For more information about the parade, contact Diane Michael at 785-608-2277 or [email protected].

Estes to lead Osage County Fair Parade as marshal

Osage City Fair Parade Marshal Mary Lou Estes.

Mary Lou Estes has been chosen as the 2018 Osage County Fair Parade marshal.

Estes has been a long-time resident of Osage City. She has been on the fair board, heads up the voting area for Barclay Township during each election, assists with check-ins for fair exhibits, and is a member of Red Hats and participates in numerous other activities in town. She is always available and willing to assist when someone needs help at the school, church or other activities.

Estes said she is very excited and pleased to have been chosen as this year’s parade marshal.

The fair parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. June 28. For more information about the parade, contact Diane Michael at 785-608-2277 or [email protected].

Lyndon Leaders find fun on the farm

By Garrett Shoup, Club Reporter

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club works on a mini-farm during a recent meeting.

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had its monthly meeting on June 10, 2018, at the Kneisler farm, for a farm tour and potluck meal. Announcements included the upcoming fair dates, preview of 4-H camp, and a decision on selling mums in the fall.

For the program, each member showed one project they planned to take to the fair. Some of the projects included woodworking, visual arts, cooking, recycled lawn furniture, and goats.

Following the meeting the club had a potluck meal. They ended their time together with fun games of Barnyard Olympics, which included throwing cow patties and water race competitions.

Osage County Fair: Hats off to the red, white and blue

Summer’s heating up just like Osage County’s fair season. With Melvern’s Sunflower Days completed last week, things are starting to sizzle at the Osage City fairgrounds for the Osage County Fair, starting Wednesday, June 27, and running to Saturday, June 30, 2018.

Thursday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., will be the annual fair parade, hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, with a patriotic theme of “Hats Off to Red, White and Blue.” While the fair officially ends Saturday, the chamber is also providing an explosive finale on Sunday in the form of a community celebration and fireworks display. Other fun during the fair week includes a pie-baking contest, cooking demonstration, backyard basketball tournament, kids’ games, pedal tractor pull, barnyard Olympics, antique tractor show, and finishing up with an ice cream social before the fireworks on Sunday. See the complete schedule below.

2018 Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair exhibition winners

Stockman competition buckle winners, front from left, Grady McNally , Braelyn McNally, Allie Kneisler, back, Dalton Hook, Hailey Gillespie, Tyler Gillespie, Ethan Kneisler. Photo thanks to Frontier Extension District.

Exhibitors at the Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair, held June 21-23, 2018, won ribbons and awards as follows.

Project, Area Exhibitor, Placing

Arts and Crafts

Help House prepares for 15th anniversary celebration

It’s Help House’s 15th anniversary of being a helping hand to those in need in Osage County. The organization is also kicking off a big fundraiser to raise $15,000 to resurface its gravel parking area with blacktop and make its front door handicap accessible.

The events will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15, with Scott Dickenson performing magic. Set to perform and entertain at different times throughout the day will be Dr. Pat Murray; Abound at 4-4:45 p.m.; Community Covenant Worship Band 5:15-6 p.m.; WindStrings 6:15-7 p.m.; and Salt Creek Bluegrass Band, 7:15-8 p.m.  Food, games, and special recognition of guests and some previous Help House directors is planned.

Other fun includes the National Guard, with the Joust, so bring your game on. The Kansas Highway Patrol will have the “Convincer” if you need any more convincing. Osage County Sherriff’s officers will be providing children’s DNA identification records, which take the place of “Ident-a-Kid” and provide a better record. Thrills Kettle Corn will be offering their kettle corn with a portion of their proceeds being donated to Help House. Grandpa Pokey will create some amazing balloon characters, along with Mother Goose reading some of her favorite stories.

Food and drinks will be available all day, so bring your lawn chairs and join the fun. Help House will be open for tours. Everyone is invited to gather on the lawn between Lyndon First Baptist Church and Help House on the north edge of Lyndon.

There is no charge to attend to see the stage performance, however free will offerings will be accepted to help with the fundraiser. Tickets will be sold for food, drinks and games. Raffle tickets for a $200 meat package from Santa Fe Trail Meats will also be sold and the drawing will be held on the day of the event.

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers attend state convention

MdCV FFA members work on a service project during the FFA convention, packing meals for hunger programs, from left, Bayleigh Lacey, Grace Bradley, Koby Vanderpool, Alaina Marsh, and Frank Warner. Courtesy photo.

By Grace Bradley
MdCV FFA Reporter

The Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officer team attended the 90th annual Kansas State FFA Convention in Manhattan, Kan., May 30 through June 1, 2018. This year’s convention theme was titled “I Can, We Will.” The Kansas FFA had around 2,000 members in attendance from 199 chapters for the convention.

The officer team attended leadership workshops, convention sessions, and a career fair to help get them inspired and motivated for the coming school year. MdCV FFA President Chloe Volkman and Vice-President Brookelyn Janssen also served as delegates at the convention.

State delegates Chloe Volkman and Brookelyn Janssen represent MdCV FFA.

The members were able to speak with each other and bounce around ideas for things their chapter can do to grow their membership numbers. There were many speakers at the convention sessions including the state officers and motivational speakers from across the country including Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas Education Commissioner, and past state officer Melissa Hildebrand-Reed, of Hildebrand Farms Dairy.

MdCV FFA members also participated in the national program “Something to Eat-Food Packaging Event” which members packed healthy, easy-to-prepare meals to be given out to hunger relief groups across Kansas.  

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