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Carbondale Brownies donate $250 to city’s library building fund

Presenting a donation to the Carbondale library building fund were, front from left, Kynlee Ard, Claire Greenfield, Elizabeth Molt; middle, Tyler Shreve, Reese Black, Ainsley Johnson, Olivia Kennedy, Brynna Perry, Macy Jo Berkley; back, Katy Black, Doreen Weekley, Heather Garrison, Aimee Craig, Alice Smith.

The Girl Scout Way is “to leave a place better than you found it.” Santa Fe Trail Brownie Troop 30145 put this into practice recently by presenting the Carbondale City Library with a check for $250 to help fund the new library building. The girls raised the money by selling nuts and candies last fall and Girl Scout Cookies this spring.

Katy Black, troop leader, said the troop is earning a philanthropy badge and donating to the new library building fund was a good fit.

Members of the troop explained why they wanted the library to be the recipient of their donation.

“We chose the library because some people don’t have enough money to buy books, but they can borrow them from the library to get an education,” said Reece Black.

“People will have a place to learn about lots of things, even spiders!” said Kynlee Ard.

Macy Jo Berkley is looking forward to having access to more Harry Potter books.

Overbrook Rotarians invite you to sit down, relax and read

Overbrook Rotarians Don Schultz, Vic Robbins and Marian Massoth worked last weekend to install an Overbrook Rotary bench on the northwest side of the Overbrook Public Library. The Overbrook Rotary is donating three benches to the library this year, one at each entrance along with this beautiful stone bench. 

State Library of Kansas announces 2017 Kansas Notable Books

Books available for check out at Osage City library

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – The State Library of Kansas recently announced the 12th annual selection of Kansas Notable Books, and the Osage City Public Library has received a grant to purchase all 15 of the titles. The library has them on display and available for check out.

The books feature quality titles with wide public appeal, either written by Kansans or about a Kansas-related topic. The Kansas Notable Book List highlights our lively contemporary writing community and encourages readers to enjoy some of the best writing of the authors among us.

“Our list is intended to showcase Kansas’ unique talent and history while encouraging residents to visit their library and check out the celebrated titles,” said State Librarian Jo Budler.

2017 Kansas Notable Books

Fast-Food Sonnets: Poems by Dennis Etzel Jr.; Ghost Sign: Poems from White Buffalo by Al Ortolani, Melissa Fite Johnson, Adam Jameson, and J.T. Knoll; Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future by Allan Drummond; Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard; Hurt People: A Novel by Cote Smith; Ioway Life: Reservation and Reform, 1837-1860 by Greg Olson; The Last Wild Places of Kansas: Journeys into Hidden Landscapes by George Frazier; Lost and Gone Forever: A Novel of Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad by Alex Grecian; The Memory of Lemon: A Novel by Judith Fertig; Mike Torrez: A Baseball Biography by Jorge Iber; A Nest of Hornets by Robert Krenzel; Never Enough Flamingos by Janelle Diller; Phog: The Most Influential Man in Basketball by Scott Morrow Johnson; Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West by Candace Fleming; The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century by Julianne Couch.

Travelers encouraged to plan ahead and travel safely during solar eclipse

On Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur as the moon passes directly in front of the sun, darkening the sky. With increased traffic anticipated across the state as people travel to view the eclipse, the Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Turnpike Authority, and Kansas Highway Patrol advise travelers to plan ahead and enjoy the eclipse safely.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 200 million people live within driving distance of the eclipse’s path of totality. While only the northeast corner of the state will be in the path of totality for the solar eclipse, the rest of Kansas will still experience part of the astronomical event.

With an increase in traffic and travel time expected, travelers should be patient, avoid distractions, and practice safe driving habits.

“We understand the excitement around the solar eclipse, and we encourage Kansans and our travelers to enjoy this rare opportunity. We do, however, want you to remain safe as you take the opportunity to witness this occurrence,” said Lt. Adam Winters, KHP public information officer.

Travelers across the state are encouraged to follow these tips to drive safely on the day of the eclipse:

  • Allow plenty of travel time to reach a safe place for viewing, as roads may be congested due to increased traffic.
  • Do not take photos or wear the eclipse sunglasses when driving.
  • Do not pull over to the side of the highway to view the solar eclipse. Find a location off the highway and right-of-way to observe and/or take photos.
  • If you are driving during the eclipse, turn on your headlights and do not rely on your automatic headlights.
  • Expect the unexpected: watch out for other drivers and pedestrians.
  • Plan ahead for fuel needs and always remember to keep your gas tank full during long trips.

Local 4-Hers compete at 2017 4-H Western Heritage Nationals in Montana

All dressed up and ready for competition in the Old West, Montana, from left, Addison Smith, Isaac Durst, Nathan Livingston, Erin Livingston, Emily Livingston, Audrey Durst, Caleb Durst, and Bradley Livingston.

By Ken Wilk
4-H Kansas Shooting Sports Instructor

FORT BENTON, Mont. – The 2017 4-H Western Heritage Project National Competition was held Aug. 1-3, 2017, in Fort Benton, Mont. Nationals is a competitive event that culminates the year long work 4-H members put into the project. In Kansas, there currently is only one club that competes in Western Heritage. Members of this statewide project are currently made up of 4-Hers from the Frontier Extension District and Coffey County.

Eight of the 14 project members competed in this year’s nationals including Audrey Durst, Caleb Durst, and Isaac Durst, all of Coffey County, and Bradley Livingston, Emily Livingston, Erin Livingston, Nathan Livingston, and Addison Smith, of the Frontier Extension District. Members compete in three components of the project: Shooting, which includes learning the safe handling and firing of period specific firearms such as shotgun, lever or pump action rifles, and revolvers; clothing and persona, which includes creating a person from the period and accurately portraying that person in front of a panel of judges; and history – learning and taking a written test on the knowledge of West during the late 1800s.

This year 270 attendees represented 13 states at the nationals. Of those, 85 participants represented five states, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Montana, in the competition. Awards were given in three age groups, junior, intermediate, and senior, and six categories, girls clothing or persona, boys clothing or persona, history test, rimfire shooting, big bore shooting, and top hand.

‘Go retro’ Saturday at Pomona State Park

Campers enjoy a special kind of relaxation that could only be had yesteryear.

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like in “the old days” to go camping and enjoy time at the lake, this weekend is your chance to experience it. Pomona State Park is “going retro” Saturday Aug. 19, 2017, for the fourth annual Going Retro Car, Vintage Trailer and Antique Boat Show.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, vintage camping trailers will be open for touring. Many vintage campers will be new to the show this year. The trailers are original or restored to original, renovated or converted to “glampers”. For the first time, Going Retro will feature antique boats, along with many cars and trucks.

Lyndon Leaders invite sunflower lovers to enjoy the summer bloom

Photo of last year’s sunflowers by Darlene Bogren.

By Leanne Shoup, Club Reporter

Calling all sunflower lovers! The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club’s sunflower field is progressing faster than we thought. We think the flowers will be in full bloom by the second weekend in August.

As with the club’s sunflower project last year, everyone is invited to stop by the field and look at the sunflowers in bloom. To reach the field, from the junction of U.S. 56 and U.S. 75 (Four Corners), go four miles south on U.S. 75 to 189th Street; the field is northwest of the intersection. The sunflowers will be easily visible from U.S. 75, but do not park on the highway. Please pull off on the gravel road, 189th Street, and enjoy.

The club decided that all donations from the sunflower field will go to Garrett McCoy, a Lyndon high school senior who recently suffered from a brain aneurism. Club members thank all who support Garrett and the 4-H club.

Melvern Lake open for business despite blue-green algae warning at outlet ponds

Melvern Lake’s Coeur d’Alene swim beach awaits beach lovers even though the lake’s outlet ponds are under algae warning.

A blue-green algae warning continues for two popular ponds adjacent to Melvern Lake. A warning covering Melvern Outlet River Pond and Melvern Outlet Swim Pond was issued last week, along with an announcement of the closure of Outlet Swim Beach.

The presence of blue-green algae was confirmed in the ponds, with the warning based on cyanobacteria/toxin results from Aug. 3 and 8, 2017, testing conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

With the swim beach closed, those looking to swim are encouraged to go to Coeur d’Alene swim beach.

The Melvern outlet ponds are among five lakes in the state under warning for blue-green algae, including Central Park Lake, Shawnee County, Marion County Lake, Marion County, and Webster Lake, Rooks County.

Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. If swim beaches are closed, it will be specifically noted. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms. Boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a warning, but contact with the water should be avoided. It is safe to eat fish caught during a harmful blue-green algae outbreak, as long as the fish is rinsed with clean water. Only the fillet portion should be consumed, and all other parts should be discarded. Hands should also be washed with clean water after handling fish taken from an affected lake. Zoned lakes may have portions fully open for all recreation even if other portions are under a warning.

Another Osage County lake, Overbrook City Lake, remains under a blue-green algae watch. Also under watches are Milford Reservoir in all zones in Geary, Dickinson and Clay counties; Sam’s Pond, Syracuse, Hamilton County; South Lake, Johnson County and Villa High Lake, Thomas County.

Rip roarin’ fair fun at Overbrook

Photo by Tod Bevitt

An excited crowd enjoyed fire-breathing and smoke-bellowing farm implements during Thursday night’s tractor pull at the Overbrook Osage County Fair. The fair continues Friday and Saturday. Arena entertainment includes Friday night’s ATV races and Saturday night’s UTV races and demolition derby theatre. The fair parade, with the theme “Country Pride County Wide” begins at 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Overbrook; lineup by 5:30 p.m. See the full schedule here.

SOS announces Osage County “SOS Strong” men

While most men are not violent in their relationships, SOS believes a single aggressor is one too many. With this in mind, “SOS Strong” was established to build lasting relationships and improve community awareness.  “SOS Strong” is a team of 20 men dedicated to helping SOS stop domestic violence and child abuse by raising $1,000 each to support each of our four SOS programs.

Nominated as “SOS Strong” members for Osage County were Darrel Finch and Jeff King, who will strive to reach a $1,000 fundraising goal between now and August 24, 2017.

This all-male fundraiser was founded to highlight positive role models and to remind our youth men are far more than stereotypical abusers, controllers and runaway fathers. Because most learned behaviors are acquired during our most formative years, children need reassurance and guidance from compassionate, caring men. The community as a whole needs to see that abuse is not just a woman’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem.

Each “SOS Strong” member took a pledge to lead by example, to never blame victims, to be a positive up-stander rather than a willing bystander, to not engage in any acts of violence, to stand-up for someone in need, and to always use his voice to speak up for what is right. When men are strong in character and lead by conviction, so are our families, schools and streets. 

Overbrook Overlook: It’s county fair time at Overbrook

Update: Dog swim day has been cancelled due to a sudden change in water chemistry leading to discoloration. The pool is officially closed as of Aug. 11.


It’s fair time! The Overbrook Osage County Fair begins today, Wednesday, Aug. 9, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 12. The fair parade will be on Main Street at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Fire station open house

Osage County Fire District No. 4 will host an open house with games, food, fun and a blood drive 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12.

Dog and animal control ordinance update

After discussion by the city council discussion in July, it was decided to review similar ordinances from other cities with the possibility of creating a new ordinance that includes humane treatment and animal husbandry conditions along with the number of dogs allowed per residence. More discussion will be held at the August city council meeting.

2018 city budget

The 2018 budget has been drafted and will be presented to Overbrook residents at a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, before the monthly council meeting.

Overbrook swimming pool

Update: Pool closed Aug. 11. The swimming pool closes for the season Saturday, Aug. 12, with a free swim day. Then, it’s “Dog Day at the Pool” noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, for a dogs only swim; no humans allowed.

Overbrook Osage County Fair presents finale to county fair season

Summer is speeding by and Osage County’s last county fair of the season officially starts next Wednesday. The 2017 Overbrook Osage County Fair runs Aug. 9 to 12 at the Overbrook fairgrounds, along with a carnival and a variety of motor shows for evening entertainment.

While the fair and exhibit entry open on Wednesday, the associated horse show begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the fairgrounds arena. Here is the complete fair schedule:

Corps closes swimming beach and issues public health warning for Melvern Lake Outlet Ponds

MELVERN, Kan. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today the existence of a blue-green algae bloom at the Outlet Campground River Pond and Outlet Swim Beach/Fish Rearing Pond downstream of Melvern Lake, in Osage County, Kan.

These ponds are currently under a warning based on cyanobacteria and toxin results from Aug. 3, 2017, testing conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. As a result, the swim beach at Outlet Swim Beach/Fish Rearing Pond is closed until further notice.  All other facilities in Outlet Park and Melvern Lake remain open.

The present algae bloom is isolated to the Outlet Campground River Pond and Outlet Swim Beach/Fish Rearing Pond below Melvern Lake Dam. Lake visitors can still use the Coeur d’ Alene swim beach on the main lake. Boat ramps and main lake activities are not affected. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms.

Hot and sunny weather conditions combined with high nutrient levels create ideal conditions for harmful algae bloom growth. Blue-green algae blooms are unpredictable. They can develop rapidly and may float or drift around the lake, requiring visitors to exercise their best judgment. If there is scum, a paint-like surface or the water is bright green, avoid all water contact and keep pets away.

Primary election whittles Burlingame school board candidates to 3

The only primary election in Osage County on Aug. 1, 2017, determined three candidates for a seat on the USD 454 Board of Education in the November general election.

In Tuesday’s election, four candidates, Jackie Diver, Bruce W. Love, Kylee Simmons and Donna Young, vied for a majority of votes to be on the general election ballot.

Unofficial results of this week’s election were released by the Osage County election office last night as follows: Young, 60; Diver, 44; Love, 21; and Simmons, 17.

The names of Young, Diver, and Love will be on the Nov. 7, 2017, general election ballot, in a race for the USD 454 Board of Education position No. 7.

Osage County Emergency Management schedules annual planning workshop

Osage County Emergency Management and Local Emergency Planning Committee will host a training and exercise planning workshop at 7 p.m. Aug. 24, 2017, at the Meyer Conference Room, Osage County Sheriff’s Department, 141 W. 14th St., Lyndon, Kan.

The focus of the workshop will be to provide participants the opportunity to develop a coordinated and comprehensive exercise and training calendar using the capabilities-based planning process to support the priorities and needs of all response partners within Osage County.

The workshop is designed to assess capabilities and preparedness levels of participating agencies, identify a cycle of exercises that increase in complexity to improve capabilities, and prepare a multi-year training and exercise calendar for 2018, 2019 and 2020. A multi-year training and exercise calendar uses a combination of exercises to accomplish program goals and objectives.

The workshop’s goal is to gain a clear picture of local agencies’ capabilities, resources, and level of training. The workshop will help each agency and the county identify training and exercise needs for the upcoming three years.

Participating agencies should notify Bryce Romine, Osage County emergency management director, of the number of expected participants by Aug. 22, 2017. For more information, contact Romine at 785-828-3323.

Rumble strip installation to begin Aug. 7 on various routes

Work will begin on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, to install new edge line rumble strips on U.S. 50, I-70, U.S. 75, K-10, I-35 and U.S. 73 in Osage, Chase, Lyon, Shawnee, Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth and Brown counties.

During construction, flaggers will be used to slow and guide traffic through the work zones. Work is expected to be completed in early October. The contractor will be working on the project, weather permitting, during daylight hours on Mondays through Fridays. Motorists are asked to use extra caution in the work zone areas.

STF, LLC, DBA Traffic Control Company, of Valley Park, Mo., is the primary contractor on the $115,728.30 project.

County ambulance service to break ground on new facility in Osage City

Osage County EMS will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new facility in Osage City. The event will be at 8 a.m. Monday, July 31, 2017, at the future site of the facility at the  corner of Sixth and Main streets.

The 3,200-square-foot facility will house an on-duty ambulance, living quarters for a paramedic crew, a reserve ambulance, and administrative offices.

Osage County EMS provides emergency and non-emergency ambulance service in Osage County, with two paramedic ambulances and a reserve ambulance staffed at stations in Osage City and Carbondale.

For more information, contact Donna Connell, Osage County EMS service director, at 785-305-0873.

Boil water advisories rescinded for Lyon County water systems

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded boil water advisories for Lyon County Rural Water District No. 3 and Park Place Communities Management; both systems are in Lyon County.

The advisories were issued because of a line break that caused a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination. A boil water advisory remains in effect for Coffey County Rural Water District 2E.

Laboratory testing samples collected from Lyon County RWD No. 3 and Park Place Communities Management indicate no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the systems at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

Boil water advisories rescinded for Admire, Hartford, Olpe, Lyon County RWD No. 2, 4

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded boil water advisories for the cities of Admire, Hartford and Olpe, and Lyon County Rural Water District No. 2 and Lyon County RWD No. 4. All systems are located in Lyon County. The advisories were issued because of a line break that caused a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Laboratory testing samples collected from Admire, Hartford, Olpe, Lyon Co. RWD 2 and Lyon Co. RWD 4 indicate no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the systems at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

Boil water advisories remain in effect for the following public water supply systems in Lyon County: Coffey County Rural Water District 2E; Lyon County Rural Water District No. 3; and Park Place Communities Management.

Anti violence and abuse bills become law

TOPEKA, Kan. – On July 1, 2017, new domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking-related laws came into effect for Kansas.

Many of these laws have been enacted in other states offering the same or similar protections. One example is the Protection from Stalking or Sexual Assault Act amendment, which adds sexual assault to the definition of abuse and more clearly defines sexual assault for the purpose of getting a protection order. Sexual assault will now be defined as “engaging in any sexual contact or attempted sexual contact with another person without consent or when such person is incapable of giving consent.” Thirty-two states currently offer a protection order for a sexual assault victim, Kansas being the newest addition to this growing list.

“We are really excited this legislature has picked up these issues as being critical safety issues for victims and survivors,” said Joyce Grover, executive director of Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. “They will provide safety all over the state for years to come.”

Other amendment topics include strangulation, discussion of fatalities in closed meetings, mental health compensation, consideration of abuse in custody decisions, parental notification after assault, and infectious disease testing of offenders.

A list of the changes effective on July 1, 2017:

Boil water advisory rescinded for city of Allen

Multiple systems remain subject to boil water advisories

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the city of Allen located in Lyon County. The advisory was issued because of a line break that caused a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Laboratory testing samples collected from the City of Allen indicate no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

Boil water advisories remains in effect for the following public water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey counties: City of Admire; Coffey County Rural Water District 2E; city of Hartford; Lyon County Rural Water District 2; Lyon County Rural Water District 3; Lyon County Rural Water District 4; city of Olpe; Park Place Communities Management.

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