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Burn ban today: Outside burning prohibited in Osage County

All outdoor burning is prohibited in Osage County today, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, after the National Weather Service has predicted breezy and weather. Osage County Emergency Management has suspended all local burn permits.

The rangeland fire danger index will be in the very high category this afternoon. Very high fire danger means fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort.

NWS has forecast it will be sunny today with a high near 61, and breezy with a south wind 15 to so mph, with gusts as high as 3o mph.

The burn ban means no outside burning is allowed in Osage County today. The ban will be in effect until 8 a.m. Dec. 17, 2017, unless it is extended.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323.

Arvonia preservation society receives gift from Emporia foundation

The Arvonia Historic Preservation Society was a recipient of a generous gift – $9,914 – during the Emporia Area Match Day held last month.

Donations from 651 donors, $50,000 in matching funds, and $7,350 in sponsored prize grant support during the Nov. 13, 2017, event totaled $210,477.05. Distributions were made to 24 organizations on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28.

K-State Extension to offer training series for community committees, boards

K-State Research and Extension is conducting a series of community board leadership workshops designed to provide basic training for members of community-based boards across the state on Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2018.

Workshop participants will meet at host sites throughout the state to take part in web-based instruction and locally facilitated discussion. The Frontier Extension District will host a site at its district office at 411 S. Oak St., Garnett, Kan.

“Informed and committed board members are the key to healthy, effective boards and committees in our Kansas communities,” said Trudy Rice, Extension community development specialist. “K-State Research and Extension’s board leadership series will provide an opportunity for board members to learn the basics of being a good board member. Whether you are a member of a church board, a township board, a United Way agency board, or a rural water board, this training is appropriate for you.”

All sessions will be conducted from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The series will kick off on Feb. 6, with training on conducting effective meetings. During this session, participants will learn about their roles and responsibilities as a board member, basics of parliamentary procedure, and strategies to make meetings more productive and effective.

Ms. Wheelchair Kansas seeks nominations for Women Of Achievement and Little Miss

TOPEKA, Kan. – Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Inc. is currently searching for women of achievement who are wheelchair mobile, to serve as contestants in the 14th Annual Ms. Wheelchair Kansas event. Contestants can be nominated by a person or group or can choose to participate in the program. Organizations and companies are being encouraged to nominate women who are passionate, dynamic, articulate, and who have a message to share throughout the state. MWKS is also seeking nominations for the Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas program that celebrates young spirited girls, ages five to 12, who are wheelchair mobile.

The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Program is not a beauty contest, but rather a competition to select the most articulate, accomplished delegate to serve as a role model and spokesperson for people with disabilities in Kansas. She will successfully advocate, educate, and empower all people on a state level. Contestants will be scored based on their accomplishments, self-perception, communication, and projection skills. The crowned titleholder will have the opportunity to travel throughout the state of Kansas educating various groups about the issues of importance to people with disabilities. She will have the opportunity to share her chosen platform, interact with the media, and network with many people throughout Kansas. Her reign will lead up to the national competition where she will compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America.

Boil water advisory rescinded for city of Overbrook

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the public water supply located in the city of Overbrook.

The advisory affected all customers south of Santa Fe Trail Street between Maple Street and Sycamore Street. Laboratory testing samples collected from the city of Overbrook 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.

KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Burn ban today: All burn permits suspended in Osage County

All outdoor burning is prohibited in Osage County today, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, after the National Weather Service has predicted windy weather. Osage County Emergency Management has suspended all local burn permits.

The rangeland fire danger index will be in the very high category this afternoon. Very high fire danger means fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort.

NWS has forecast it will be sunny today with a high near 59, and breezy with a west wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

The burn ban means no outside burning is allowed in Osage County today. The ban will be in effect until 8 a.m. Dec. 14, 2017, unless it is extended.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323.

Boil water advisory issued in Overbrook due to water main break

Update, Dec. 12, 2017: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has limited the boil water advisory for the public water supply located in the city of Overbrook to all customers south of Santa Fe Trail Street between Maple Street and Sycamore Street.

KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

The advisory took effect on December 12, 2017, and will remain in effect until conditions which place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be adequately resolved.

Poinsettias present a yuletide challenge for plant enthusiasts

By Randall Kowalik

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The poinsettia can be found everywhere right now – florists, nurseries, grocery stores, large-scale retailers, even hardware stores. As common as they are, you might wonder how to choose plants with confidence and care for them so they won’t droop before Santa drops down the chimney.

The poinsettia is probably the most familiar form of a specialized leaf known as a bract. The bracts are bright red, and they surround the very small flowers, which are usually yellow. When shopping for a poinsettia, K-State Research and Extension horticulturist Ward Upham suggests looking for the brightest yellow flowers, as those tend to be fresher.

“Make sure that the green leaves are intact and straight, not drooping over,” Upham said. “The bracts should be brightly colored. Check the undersides of the leaves for insects. The soil in the pot should be moist, but not waterlogged.”

Poinsettias are extremely sensitive to cold temperatures. Transporting the plant from the retailer to your home really is a do-or-die mission.

“Any temperature below 50 degrees F for any length of time could damage the plant. Florists will often have a plastic sleeve over them – if you buy one from another retailer, it’s not a bad idea to put a bag over it. And then go from the store to your vehicle, and from your vehicle into the house.”

Place the plant where it can receive plenty of bright, indirect light. Avoid drafts – cold drafts, warm drafts, all of them.

“A place near an outside door is just as bad as a place near an air vent,” Upham said.

NWS issues red flag warning: All burn permits suspended in Osage County

All outdoor burning is prohibited in Osage County today, Dec. 11, 2017, after the National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for most of northeast and north central Kansas due to low humidity and expected gusty winds. Osage County Emergency Management suspended all local burn permits as the NWS issued the red flag warning that covers Osage, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Lyon and Coffey counties.

The red flag warning is in effect 10 a.m.-6 p.m., while the local burn ban will be in effect until 8 a.m. tomorrow unless extended.

NWS has forecast that it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Winds will shift to the northwest and strengthen by the early afternoon, with sustained speeds expected to be between 20 and 25 mph and gusts near 40 mph through the afternoon. Relative humidity will drop to between 20 and 25 percent just ahead of the wind shift during the late morning, but should gradually rise through the afternoon behind the wind shift.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will soon. The combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. Fires could start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323.

Osage City man killed in tractor rollover

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported an Osage City man has died after a tractor accident that occurred around 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, about a mile northeast of Osage City.

The sheriff’s office press release said Layton Long, 82, of Osage City, was a passenger on an overturned tractor driven by Hayden Croucher. Long was thrown from the tractor and was found unresponsive. He was transported to Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, where he was pronounced dead.

The sheriff’s office reported that a 911 call was received at 9:09 a.m. reporting a man was trapped under a tractor at 5280 W. 221st St., Osage City, Kan.

At the time of the call, Hayden Croucher was trapped under the rolled over tractor, but had been freed by the time responders arrived at the scene. Gary Croucher, another passenger on the tractor, was able to free Hayden Croucher.

Gary Croucher and Hayden Croucher had begun CPR on Long, who was transported to the hospital after emergency personnel arrived at the scene. Gary and Hayden Croucher declined medical treatment.

Overbrook Overlook: City elects new mayor

In the recent election, Jon Brady was elected as Overbrook mayor, Carol Baughman was reelected as a council member, and Cheryl Miller, a write-in candidate, was elected as a council member. They will be sworn in 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, during a special city council meeting. Don Schultz will be retiring from city government following two years as a Council member and more than eight years as mayor.

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club busy with fall activities; new members invited

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club members were recognized at Achievement Night, from left, Josye Hutchcroft, Brynna Whitton, Reanna Marcotte, Breckyn Whitton, Ethan Kneisler, Garrett Shoup, Leanne Shoup, Allie Kneisler, Ryan Bones, Brayden Marcotte, Cade Shoup, Lara Shoup.

By Garrett Shoup, Club Reporter
Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had its monthly meeting on Nov. 4, 2017. The majority of the meeting consisted of the election of new officers for the upcoming 2017-2018 4-H year. The newly elected officers are: President Ethan Kneisler, Vice President Brayden Marcotte, Secretary Ryan Bones, Treasurer Allie Kneisler, Reporter Garrett Shoup, and 4-H Council representatives Ethan and Allie Kneisler.

New business included voting to do a hog raffle at the Lyndon basketball games this winter, as well as doing a $5 gift exchange after the Winter Festival in December. For recreation, the club did a Christmas wrapping contest. The wrapped boxes will be used to decorate the float for the Winter Festival parade in December. Following the meeting, club members attended Achievement Night in the Lyndon High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The next meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 2, 2017, prior to participating in the Winter Festival parade at 10 a.m.

County foundation opens new grant round, encourages local organizations to apply

The Osage County Community Foundation is accepting applications for its next round of grants until Dec. 31, 2017.

“The board will meet to review the applications following the deadline,” said Perry Thompson, the foundation’s president. “Any organization based in Osage County can apply, but preference is given to those that are not directly tax supported or have taxing authority.”

The foundation makes grants for innovative and creative projects and programs that are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation and cultural affairs. Grants will not exceed $1,000, and operational expenses are not funded.

The foundation also continues to seek donations to continue its charitable work in supporting Osage County organizations.

“For the foundation to continue on this path, we must continue to raise money,” Thompson said.

He asked that Osage County citizens consider the foundation during financial planning, noting contributions are tax-exempt.

KBI requests the public’s help to solve Lyon County murder

LYON COUNTY, Kan. – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, and Lyon County Crime Stoppers are asking anyone with information related to the Sept. 6, 2017, murder of Emporia teenager, Jesus Avila-Galvin Jr., to come forward. Avila’s body was found in a vehicle near Road 160 and Road T in rural Lyon County.

The KBI, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, the Emporia Police Department, the Office of the State Fire Marshall, and the Emporia State University Police continue their efforts to resolve this case, and believe even the smallest detail could aid in bringing justice for Avila’s family.

Anyone with information about this crime or the persons responsible is asked to call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME or Lyon County Crime Stoppers at 620-342-2273. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers online at www.P3tips.com or through the P3Tips mobile application. Information which assists law enforcement in this investigation is eligible for a Crime Stoppers cash reward of up to $2,000.

Frontier Extension District to host listening session at Ottawa

Frontier Extension District is inviting everyone to attend a listening session, “Bridging The Gap In Extension” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in the Franklin County commissioner’s meeting room, Franklin County Annex, 1418 S. Main, Ottawa, Kan. Dr. Gregg Hadley, associate director of Extension and applied research, will be listening to guests as they share their experiences and asking thought-provoking questions about local extension programming.

Whether you are well versed in extension’s goals or know little about them, Wednesday’s “Bridging The Gap In Extension” is a chance to share ways to enhance local and statewide efforts to bring K-State’s resources to all of Kansas.

Your input can help make sure the needs of local residents are addressed today, tomorrow, and decades from now.

Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service is dedicated to a safe, sustainable, competitive food and fiber system and to strong, healthy communities, families, and youth through integrated research, analysis and education.

For more information, contact Fran Richmond, district director, Frontier Extension District, 785-828-4438.

Help House News: Annual quilt raffle builds funds

You could win this quilt and assist Help House at the same time.

By Raylene Quaney

Help House is holding another quilt raffle for a full-size quilt made by Vicky Lawrence, of Overbrook. Tickets are $5 for one ticket, or three tickets for $10. Ask any volunteer to purchase a ticket, or call the center at 785-828-4888 for information or to order tickets by phone.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign has begun, and kettles have been placed in area businesses throughout Osage County.

If you, your family, organization or group would like to volunteer to be a bell ringer this year, please call Help House at 785-828-4888 to leave your contact information. We will be in touch soon. The fundraising goal set last year for our county was $5,500 with more than $7,000 raised. We are hoping to exceed that amount this year. Remember when giving that 86 percent of your donation stays in Osage County to help with emergency assistance.

Amazon Smiles

Remember when shopping for Christmas, if you are ordering from Amazon, you may donate a percentage to Help House through Amazon Smiles; look for the link on Amazon’s website.

Christmas stores

Help House has begun collecting new toys, and gifts for men and women for the Christmas stores.  If you are dropping off items at Help House, please do not leave them in the shed, bring them into the center during business hours.

Arvonia society plans celebration and Christmas tour

Travel back in time and come to the Arvonia Celebration Christmas Tour hosted by the Arvonia Historic Preservation Society, beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. As the traditional Welsh Christmas carol says, we are “Decking the Halls”.

Restoration has been completed at the school and church. All buildings will be decorated for the Christmas season. The school has ornaments made by local students. The church has the altar rail returned and a couple of the pews restored. Christmas will be in the air at the town hall as groups and individuals perform.

Chili and cinnamon rolls will be available for a donation as will warm Welsh cakes. Piano music will greet you as you enter the Humphreys/Atchison home.

Funds raised from the event will go to the restoration of the town hall. Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children. A family pass for two adults and up to four children is available for a minimum donation of $30. Please keep in mind that children are welcome but must be closely supervised by an adult as there are fragile items on display.

Don’t be a Grinch; giving is a cinch

The stress of the holiday season can often bring additional pressure for families who have been torn apart by domestic violence, child abuse or neglect. To help make the holidays brighter for those troubled families, SOS offers the community the opportunity to “adopt” a family and provide basic needs and gifts. Families or individuals are eligible for adoption if they have worked with SOS consistently the last three months and do not qualify for assistance from the Salvation Army. Anyone is eligible to be matched with a family. With your community support, in 2016 SOS gave a little joy to more than families during the holidays within the six counties SOS serves: Osage, Chase, Lyon, Greenwood, Morris and Coffey.

When you adopt a family, you will receive a copy of the “wish list” they have filled out with the help of their SOS advocate. It will include genders and ages for all kids and parents in the household, sizes and some of their favorite items. Gifts should be left unwrapped and dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. anytime before Dec. 15, 2017, at the SOS administrative office, 618 Mechanic St., Emporia, Kan.

Anyone interested in adopting a family or individual or wish to donate money for gifts this holiday season can call SOS at 620­343­8799 or email [email protected] The deadline to adopt is Friday, Dec. 1.

Carbondale library steering committee reports encouraging fundraising event

CARBONDALE, Kan. – The weather was gray and overcast, but it did not dampen the spirits of the citizens and area residents who attended the Carbondale Library Quarter Mania fundraiser on Nov. 11, 2017. The event, hosted by the “Let’s Raise the Roof” library steering committee, created both an opportunity to visit with friends and have fun but also to bid auction style for a variety of products suitable for Christmas gifts or personal use.

“We had vendors and participants asking us when we were going to hold our next Quarter Mania” said Aimee Craig, who organized the event. She said it was affirming to hear this positive response from the participants. Craig is a volunteer member of the steering committee that is raising money for a new library in Carbondale.  She credits success of the event to others of the steering committee who helped her organize, promote and physically set-up for the event.

“This fundraiser and all of our efforts are done as a team. I’m grateful for their help and support,” said Craig. 

Osage City opens Christmas season with annual Market Street celebration

Sawyer Serna, daughter of Joe and Tammy Serna, was the honored guest at Osage City’s Christmas on Market Street parade on Saturday evening, Nov. 25, 2017. Sawyer, assisted by Santa Claus, switched on the downtown Christmas lights, signaling the start of the parade and Christmas season in Osage City.

Osage City Chamber of Commerce sponsored the the annual event that opens the Christmas shopping season, with numerous events and activities held downtown during the day.

Parade participants included: Color guard by Boy Scout Troop 106 Osage City; Osage City Police Department; Kansas Highway Patrol; Osage County Fire District No. 2, Osage City, with passengers on one truck including coloring contest winners; Osage County Emergency Medical Services; Twin Lakes Cruisers Car Club; Osage Family Care, second place float; Osage County Girl Scouts; Osage City High School band, cheerleaders and dance team; Flint Hills Beverage; State Farm Insurance; Osage City Public Library, fourth place; Osage City Golf Course; Osage City taxi service; Harmon Dental; Theel’s; Bunting Ranch; J.P. Tree Service, third place float; Willing Workers 4-H Club, first place float; Branded Graphics; Osage City Kiwanis Club; and Santa Claus with special reindeer.

Kansas Republican Party chairman featured speaker at local Republicans’ meeting

Osage County Republicans are invited to attend a meeting of Republicans to be held Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan. The event begins with a potluck supper. Drinks and table service will be provided. Bring a dish to share and join in the meal which will start serving at 5:30 p.m. and run through the supper hour.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. with featured speaker, Kelly Arnold, chairman of the Kansas Republican Party.  He will be giving an overview of the National Republican Party and Kansas Republican Party going into the 2018 Election. Arnold will also comment on his own campaign for secretary of state.

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