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USD 456 MdCV announces possible students’ exposure to COVID-19

MELVERN, Kan. – As Osage County enters the second week of  the final phase of its pandemic reopening plan, another school district in the county has temporarily halted summer sports activities after a group of students was possibly exposed to a COVID-19 infected individual.

USD 456 Marais des Cygnes Valley School District announced this afternoon, Saturday, July 11, 2020, administrators had been made aware today that a group of students was exposed to an individual outside the school district who later tested positive for COVID-19.

“Out of an abundance of caution, all summer conditioning/workouts have been postponed until Thursday, July 16, 2020. By that time, county health departments will have had the opportunity to perform contact tracing, fully inform the individuals involved and more conclusive information will be available to make potential further decisions. We appreciate your understanding and will continue to keep you updated as much as possible,” USD 456’s statement in a social media post said.

The district later noted drivers education and primary summer school will continue as scheduled.

Last week, USD 434 Santa Fe Trail announced activities at Santa Fe Trail High School, specifically summer weights and conditioning, would be postponed until Monday, July 13, due to possible exposure of student athletes to a person who was infected. The Osage County Health Department later reported a new positive case might have affected an athletic team in the county.

USD 434 provided guidelines for students who plan to resume activities Monday: Maintain six feet of separation, and masks and diligent handwashing encouraged. USD 434 students will undergo symptom and temperature checks by staff members.

USD 434’s latest update noted: “Your student should not attend if they have someone positive in the household, a pending COVID-19 test, have COVID-19 symptoms or fever in the last 72 hours, have known exposure, or have been quarantined.

“According to the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.”

At the time of this post, the health department had not yet publicly confirmed the possible contacts at Marais des Cygnes Valley schools.

Health department addresses recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Osage County

Editor’s note: The Osage County Health Department issued the following statement today in regard to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Osage County:

LYNDON, Kan. – The Osage County Health Department would like to make the community aware of a recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Osage County. There are currently 10 active positive cases in the county, with 77 people quarantined. To date, Osage County has had 25 positive COVID-19 cases, of which 15 have fully recovered. There are currently no patients hospitalized.

The recent increase has taken place over the last week, prompting the Health Department to issue this alert. (Note the number published by the Osage County Health Department may vary from that published by KDHE due to differences in publication times).

The positive cases and quarantines are mostly confined to the northern part of Osage County, that is, the area north of 205th Street, and including the towns of Carbondale, Burlingame, and Overbrook. In addition, many of the quarantines are a result of community gatherings in which an asymptomatic COVID-19 positive individual was in attendance.

Health Department staff recommends citizens take precautions to protect themselves and others from contracting the COVID-19 virus. Preventative measures include social distancing, wearing a mask when in public settings, washing hands frequently, and staying home if you are sick or have a weakened immune system. In addition, staying away from large public gatherings, larger cities, or travelling to areas that have a high rate of transmission (currently Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, cruise ships, or international travel) is advised.

Osage County residents can stay informed by visiting:
Osage County Health Department Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/osagecohealthdept/
Osage County COVID-19 Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/Osage-County-Covid-19-110249017270887/
KDHE: www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus
CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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For more information about COVID-19 in Osage County, contact the Osage County Health Department at 785-828-3117, [email protected], or 103 E. Ninth St., Lyndon, Kan.

More Osage Countians quarantined: 4 more COVID-19 cases confirmed

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – Osage County recorded four more COVID-19 cases overnight after the county health department announced yesterday a student athletic team in the northern part of the county has been affected by an infected individual.

Osage County Health Department announced this morning the county now has 10 active and 15 recovered cases in the county after announcing yesterday 7 active and 14 recovered. As of today, the health department reports 77 people in the county are under ordered quarantine.

The health department did not report personal details of the newly infected individuals.

The increases in the county come after county commissioners implemented the final phase of the county’s COVID-19 reopening plan and rejected Gov. Laura Kelly’s emergency restrictions order last week.

Osage County ‘reopens’ as COVID-19 cases rise

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – Coronavirus cases in Osage County continue to rise, as one school has announced it is closed this week due to the virus, and the Osage County Health Department reported a new positive case might have affected an athletic team in the county.

Today, Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s COVID-19 information page shows Osage County has had 22 total positive cases since the pandemic began.

Yesterday, July 7, OCHD reported that it was a rumor that a Santa Fe Trail USD 434 student had exposed other student athletes, but today the health department announced on social media, “We do now have a positive patient that has affected a county athletic team. This is a different case, in the north end of the county. If you are not contacted by the Health Department, you are not considered a close contact.”

A parent of a USD 434 student commented on the social media site that the school had contacted parents by email about the student COVID-19 case. USD 434 confirmed the school closure with this announcement yesterday on social media:

“The Osage County Health Department notified the district today that we have confirmed case(s) of COVID 19 in our school district. The individuals directly in contact with the positive case(s) will be notified by the Osage County Health Department to quarantine. The district was not informed of and will not disclose the names of those affected. The health and safety of our staff and students is our priority and the district has followed the cleaning guidelines provided by the CDC. A decision about weights, conditioning, and sports practices will be made towards the end of this week about the upcoming week. The decision on reopening will be based on the recommendation and guidance of the Osage County Health Department.”

The school district further announced that all athletic student activities at Santa Fe Trail High School are canceled this week.

“We will re-evaluate the situation at the end of the week and then announce the plans for the week of July 13-17, 2020,” the school notice said.

The health department did not confirm which school was affected by the positive case and would not identify where the infected or quarantined individuals lived other than the northern part of the county.

As of today’s count, OCHD shows there are 68 people quarantined in the county, 7 active cases, 14 recovered cases, and 922 negative test results. In other public statements, the health department said there has been one person from Osage County hospitalized due to the disease and no deaths.

Answering a social media poster, the health department said the new cases in the county are not yet considered community spread of the disease: “Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. So far, all of our positives (aside from household contacts) have been traced to sources outside our county. We do not currently have evidence of community spread within Osage County. However, the nature of a virus means it is just a matter of time before we do. We still strongly encourage social distancing, hand washing, staying home if sick, and wearing a mask when out in public.”

The new cases follow the Osage County commissioners’ action last week to reject Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to mandate mask wearing in public spaces statewide. The Osage County Board of Health cited the few COVID-19 cases in Osage County and little evidence of community spread of the disease, and that enforcement of the governor’s mandate to wear masks would be difficult as reasons for exempting the county.

Friday’s fair parade honors local community supporters, Lowman and Humerickhouses

The Osage County Fair is underway this week at Osage City, with exhibit entries coming in today and three more days of competition of the county’s best, fun activities for all, a Friday evening parade, and a fireworks finale Saturday night.

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 10, in downtown Osage City. Hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, the parade’s theme this year is “All American Country Livin”.

At the annual fair parade, the Chamber honors some local citizens as parade marshal and Mr. and Mrs. Osage City. This year’s parade marshal is Gary Lowman, and Joe and Thelma Humerickhouse have been named as the 2020 Mr. and Mrs. Osage City.

Mr. and Mrs. Osage City

Joe and Thelma Humerickhouse moved to Osage City in 1962 when Joe leased the then Quality Oil Service Station at Seventh and Market. They were both born and raised in Topeka and after getting used to small town life, they knew this was their forever home, the place where they wanted to raise their family.

Joe and Thelma Humerickhouse

After three years in the service station, Joe joined Thelma at Osage Products (Hallmark Cards). After 28 years, Joe retired from Hallmark Cards and started H&H Appraisal Service, which he continues to operate.

In 1994, Joe was elected to the Kansas Legislature and served in that office for 14 years. Joe was a volunteer fireman with the Osage City Rural Fire Department and he also served 10 years as city councilman for the Third Ward.

Joe was elected and served as President of the Kansas Jaycees 1973-74. He is a longtime member of the Lions Club.

Both he and Thelma are active members of the Osage City Chamber of Commerce. Thelma served as Chamber president in the 1990s. After leaving Hallmark Cards, Thelma worked for many years at Wick’s Flower Shop. She is a long time member of the Sorosis Club, volunteers with meals on wheels, and is active in her church, Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church.

They have four children, DeeAnna Simmonds, Topeka, Joe L., Denver, Colo., Christy, Overland Park, and Jerrad, McLouth. They enjoy spending time with their 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, with another coming in August.

“Joe and Thelma would like to take this opportunity to thank the Chamber for honoring them with the title of Mr. & Mrs. Osage City for 2020.”

Osage County Fair Parade Marshal

The Chamber announced Gary Lowman, of Osage City, was chosen as the 2020 Osage County Fair Parade marshal.

Gary Lowman

Gary was born in Emporia. He and his parents, Howard and Ruth, and older brother Monte lived on a farm in the Arvonia community. In 1960, the family moved to Osage City, where he attended middle and high schools, graduating from Osage City High School in 1968. He then attended Kansas State Teachers College for a couple years.

In 1971, he joined the United States Navy and served tours on board the U.S.S. Enterprise CVN-65, U.S.S. Halsey CG-23, and U.S.S. Truxtun CGN-35, and numerous shore duty tours, mostly in San Diego, Calif.

Gary married his wife Linda in 1990 in San Diego. He earned an MBA from National University, in San Diego, in 1991. He retired from the United States Navy in 1993. In 2003, both Gary and Linda retired and chose to make their home base back in Osage City.

Gary is a member of the Osage City First United Methodist Church and has led the adult Sunday school class for the past 10 years. He is a lifetime member of the American Legion Robert Heizer Post 198, where he served as adjutant for several years.

Gary’s hobbies include collecting local memorabilia and walking. He is also a very familiar face at almost all of the sporting events in Osage City, entertaining another one of his hobbies of sports photography, capturing many action photos of the youth in the community.

Osage County COVID-19 cases increase over holiday weekend

LYNDON, Kan. – With yesterday’s online posting of current COVID-19 cases, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Osage County gained four active cases over the weekend holiday and Monday. KDHE reported new cases were confirmed in the county with two on July 3, one on July 4, and one on July 6, and showed the county’s total cases since the pandemic began at 18.

In a social media post yesterday, the Osage County Health Department reported five active cases in the county, with 12 recovered and 60 people under quarantine. Today OCHD’s COVID-19 counter shows five active cases in the county with 14 recovered and 51 people quarantined.

An OCHD social media post today stated, “All new cases have been in the north end of the county. No community spread as of yet is indicated. There have been rumors of exposure to student athletes at Santa Fe Trail. Our investigation has indicated that there wasn’t any exposure to students during the patient’s contagious period, per KDHE protocol. Anyone who is considered a close contact has been notified on all positive cases.”

The new cases follow the Osage County commissioners’ action last week to reject Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to mandate mask wearing in public spaces statewide. The Osage County Board of Health cited the few COVID-19 cases in Osage County and little evidence of community spread of the disease, and that enforcement of the governor’s mandate to wear masks would be difficult, as reasons for exempting the county.

Kelly’s order went into effect July 3, and requires most Kansans to wear a mask while in public spaces and in places where individuals are unable to maintain social distancing of six feet. During a special meeting July 2, county commissioners made the order to exempt Osage County from the governor’s order, following recommendations from the county health board.

As of Monday, Kansas had recorded 16,901 cases, 1,235 hospitalizations, and 280 deaths from the disease since the pandemic began.

Osage County recorded its first case on March 26; so far the most cases recorded in a single day were three on June 27.

Summer’s here along with Osage County’s first fair of the season

Starting next week, it’s officially fair season in Osage County. The Osage County Fair, hosted at Osage City, Kan., will get underway Monday with the fair horse show at Lyndon Saddle Club Arena.

Tuesday, fair volunteers will be finishing getting the grounds ready, and then early Wednesday, exhibit entry begins.

Highlights of the fair this year include the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s fish tank; a family night of fun challenges, hatchet throw, demolition derby, Friday night parade, Saturday night fireworks, and the ever popular Lions Club foodstand.

Here is the schedule:

Commissioners exempt Osage County from governor’s emergency order

The Osage County Commissioners held a special meeting this afternoon, July 2, 2020, and exempted Osage County from the governor’s executive order regarding wearing of masks and other safety measures to combat the COVID-19.

The following is the resolution signed by the commissioners to exempt the county from the governor’s order:

RESOLUTION NO. 2020-05

AN ORDER EXEMPTING OSAGE COUNTY, KANSAS FROM EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 20-52

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 33, paragraph (h) of House Bill No. 2016, the Board of County Commissioners may issue an order relating to public health that includes provisions that are less stringent than the provisions of an executive order effective statewide issued by the Governor.

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners has consulted with the Osage County Health officer regarding the Governor’s July 2, 2020 executive order and makes the following findings:

a.) Covid-19 cases remain low in Osage County with little if any evidence of community spread.

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

c.) Broad ranging recommendations on safety precautions to fight the potential spread of Covid-19 better serve the public’s overall interests than Governmental mandates.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED by the Board of County Commissioners of Osage County, Kansas, that Osage County is hereby exempt from the requirements set forth in Executive Order No. 20-52 issued by the Governor of the State of Kansas.

IT IS SO ORDERED this 2nd day of July, 2020.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Lyndon to celebrate Fourth with afternoon and evening of fun

Lyndon is planning another of its grand Fourth of July celebrations this Saturday, July 4, 2020. The day begins with a hearty breakfast at the Lions Club pancake feed 7-9 a.m., at Lyndon Community Center. In the afternoon, 1-6 p.m., swim for free at Lyndon City Pool.

For horseshoe pitchers, a competition will begin around 5:30 p.m. with contestant signup; pitching begins at 6 p.m. Questions, call Kevin, 785-215-3318. Lions Club and B’s Thirsty Pig will serve up hot dogs 6-8 p.m., and about that same time, the local fire department will put on its interactive experience. Also 6-8 p.m., homemade ice cream sales will benefit for Lyndon United Methodist Church). Free yard games will be available all evening, and then at 7 p.m., a patriotic parade gets underway. Parade entries welcome, including bicycles, wagons, floats, cars, tractors, horses and more. At 7:30-8:30 p.m. a free watermelon feed will be hosted by Lyndon State Bank. From 8-9:30 p.m. will be live music featuring Nick Walsh, hosted by Liberty Real Estate. All activities will be held on or around the courthouse lawn. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Overbrook invites friends and family for Independence Day

Overbrook will be celebrating Independence Day 2020 the old fashioned way, with friends, family and fun.

The children’s bike parade and hotdog lunch begins at 10:30 a.m. at old middle school. In the afternoon, 1-5 p.m., swim for free at the city pool.

At dark, a fireworks display will shoot off at the city lake.

No alcohol permitted on park grounds. Spectators are asked to park at the ball diamonds and walk down or sit in bleachers. Chairs and blankets can be set up on city lake grounds. Everyone is encouraged to practice safe social distancing.

The event is hosted by Overbrook PRIDE.

Supreme Court requires face coverings in district, appellate court proceedings

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Supreme Court today issued an administrative order requiring district and appellate courts to comply with the governor’s order requiring people to wear face coverings in public areas to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Administrative Order 2020-PR-090, effective July 3, 2020, requires district and appellate courts to comply with Gov. Laura Kelly’s Executive Order No. 20-52, requiring the use of face coverings in public, even though the governor’s order exempts court proceedings.

The Supreme Court order requires all court employees, judicial officers, and members of the public to wear a face covering in any courtroom, court office, or other facility used for a court proceeding. Face coverings must also be worn in any nonpublic court office unless physical shields are in place.

Courts are required to comply even if local county commissions opt out of the governor’s executive order.

“We must protect the health and safety of court users, staff, and judicial officers during this pandemic,” Chief Justice Marla Luckert said. “The use of face coverings, hygiene practices, protective shielding, and social distancing will allow us to do that as we conduct court proceedings across the state.”

The Supreme Court order allows a judge to waive the face covering requirement under certain circumstances set out in the order.

Gov. Kelly signs executive order mandating masks in public spaces

Simple, proactive way to keep Kansans safe, and keep Kansas businesses open

TOPEKA, Kan. – Gov. Laura Kelly today issued Executive Order No. 20-52 requiring that most Kansans must wear a mask while in public spaces, and in places where individuals are unable to maintain social distancing of six feet.

The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2020, and will remain in place until rescinded or until the current statewide state of disaster emergency expires – whichever is earlier.

“The last few months have presented many new challenges for Kansans, and all of us want to return to our normal lives and routines,” Kelly said. “Unfortunately, we have seen a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across our state and our country. We must act.

‘Viruses don’t stop at county lines. This order doesn’t change where you can go or what you can do. But wearing a mask is a simple and effective way to keep Kansans healthy and keep Kansas open for business.”

Under the order, Kansans are required to wear masks when inside any public space – including their workplace – or in situations where social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained. Guidance regarding specific places or situations in which masks are required is outlined within the order.

Kansans under five years of age, those with medical conditions, and others specifically outlined in the order are exempt from these requirements.

Burlingame USD 454 welcomes new school superintendent

Burlingame Schools are welcoming a new superintendent of schools with a meet and greet reception. Dr. Marcy Cassidy has been named as USD 454’s superintendent. The informal reception, 5-7 p.m. July 9, 2020, at The Hideout, 137 W. Santa Fe Ave., Burlingame, will give everyone a chance to talk to Cassidy, to find out the direction she would like to take the schools, and to share new ideas. Refreshments will be served.

Precautions will be taken to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

KDHE adds states to travel quarantine list, removes others

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has added two states to the COVID-19 quarantine list, South Carolina and Florida, and removed Maryland. This is in effect for persons arriving in or returning to Kansas today, June 29, 2020, and moving forward. The state will review/update this list every two weeks.

A comprehensive list of those individuals needing to quarantine for 14 days includes visitors and Kansans who have:

  • Traveled to South Carolina and Florida on or after June 29.
  • Traveled to Alabama, Arizona and Arkansas on or after June 17.
  • Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.
  • Traveled internationally on or after March 15.

Others who need to continue quarantining include those who have received notification from public health officials, state or local, that they have been in close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.

States added to this list are determined by evaluating new cases in states over a two-week period, then adjusting for population size, giving a case per 100,000 population, which can then be compared to the rate in Kansas. States with significantly higher rates (approximately three times higher) are added to the list.

Travel quarantines do not prohibit travel through Kansas. People from these locations may still travel through Kansas. If this is done, KDHE recommends limited stops, wearing a mask at rest stops or when getting gas and being six feet from others when doing so. If the destination is Kansas, they would be required to quarantine upon arrival to their destination.

Critical infrastructure sector employees who have traveled to these destinations should contact their employers regarding instructions for application of these quarantine orders. Critical infrastructure employees need to have the staffing resources to continue serving Kansans. KDHE strongly recommends these quarantine restrictions for everyone, but recognizes that services need to continue.

Gov. Kelly announces masks must be worn statewide

TOPEKA, Kan. – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that she will sign an executive order requiring that most Kansans in public spaces must wear a mask, beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2020.

“This is a simple, proactive step we can take to keep Kansans at work, get our kids back to school, and keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy,” Governor Kelly said. “Wearing a mask is not only safe – but it is necessary to avoid another shut down.

“Remember, my mask protects you, and your mask protects me,” Kelly said. “We’re all in this together.”

Under the order, most Kansans must wear masks in stores and shops, restaurants, and in any situation in which social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained, including outside. The executive order will be released on Thursday, and will provide specific guidance regarding under what circumstances masks must be worn.

“I know Kansans will have many questions about this order – and we will answer them when it is released later this week,” Kelly said. “But by announcing the requirement today, people in our state will have the appropriate time to acquire the masks.”

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office will work with officials in Kelly’s administration to ensure that the order complies with Kansas law.

For more information on COVID-19 in Kansas, visit www.covid.ks.gov.

Osage County confirms 2 more COVID-19 cases; 3 currently infected, 10 recovered

In a social media post Sunday, the Osage County Health Department announced it had confirmed two new positive cases of COVID-19 in the county, making a total of 13 known cases since the pandemic reached Osage County. Ten people are reported as recovered from the disease, and there are three current active cases and 30 reported as in quarantine, as of today, June 29, 2020.

The new cases are reported to be a 48-year-old female who resides in central Osage County, and a 16-year-old male who lives in the northern part of the county.

The social media post said that close contacts of the individuals have been notified. OCHD reported today that 805 tests have had negative results in the county.

Osage County’s new cases come as Kansas is showing a spike in confirmed cases, having recorded 428 cases Friday, and 238 Saturday. Total, as of today, Kansas has 14,443 positive cases, with 270 deaths. More than 162,000 negative test results have been recorded in the state.

As records levels of COVID-19 cases were being set across the U.S. over the last week, two more states have been added to Kansas’ quarantine list, South Carolina and Florida.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced today that she will issue an executive order requiring people to wear masks in all public spaces, effective July 3, 2020.

Osage County confirms 11th COVID-19 case

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the United States and yesterday Osage County confirmed its 11th positive COVID-19 case since the pandemic began.

The Osage County Health Department reported in a social media post yesterday, June 25, 2020, that the infected person is a 36-year-old male who lives in the northern part of Osage County. He was reported as being in isolation and doing well.

The health department post said it had been in contact with close contacts of the infected person and they are also quarantined. The department’s COVID-19 counter shows nine people are currently under quarantine in the county.

Osage County currently has one positive case and 10 recovered cases, and 760 people tested have had negative results.

Roadside sales not permitted on Kansas highway right of way

The Kansas Department of Transportation is reminding the public that according to state law, all rights of way on state highways are to be used exclusively for highway purposes. KDOT has jurisdiction over all interstate, Kansas and U.S. routes on the state’s 9,500-mile system.

The violation that occurs frequently is the placement of various signs that are removed and taken to local KDOT offices. However, it is also unlawful for any persons to display on highway right of way outside the city limits any goods, wares or merchandise for sale.

One exception to this is the sale of farm or garden products, but these type of sales must be made exclusively at the entrance to the farm or garden where they were produced, as long as the sales are conducted a safe distance from the traveled way.

Any other location of these sales violates state law and will be removed by KDOT or law enforcement.

Ottawa man dies in motorcycle/pickup accident near Vassar

VASSAR, Kan. – An Ottawa man died and his passenger seriously injured Saturday afternoon when the motorcycle they were riding struck the back of a pickup truck stopped to turn at a junction of two Osage County highways, near Vassar, Kan.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported Bryan Thomas Holland, 49, Ottawa, was driving a 1993 Yamaha Venture Royale, westbound on state Highway 268, with Stacy L. Holland, 48, Ottawa, as a passenger, around 2:10 p.m. Saturday, June 20, 2020. A 1995 Ford F-150 driven by Arthur C. Hogelin, 72, Vassar, was stopped at the junction of K-268 and state Highway 368 waiting to turn south, when the motorcycle struck the back of the pickup for unknown reasons.

Bryan Holland died at the scene and Stacy Holland was transported to Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, with suspected serious injury. Both riders on the motorcycle were wearing helmets. Hogelin was listed in the KHP report as having no apparent injury and was wearing safety restraint.

Man killed in rock quarry accident near Melvern

Quarry at 32306 S. California Road, Melvern, Kan. Google Maps image.

MELVERN, Kan. – Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn has reported a man was killed in a rock quarry accident Friday afternoon near Melvern, Kan.

In a press release, Dunn said the sheriff’s office received a call at 2:29 p.m. June 19, 2020, reporting an accident at a Harshman Construction rock quarry at 32306 S. California Road, near Melvern.

Upon arrival at the scene, emergency crews found Frank J. Rockers Jr., 68, Emporia, Kan., had been taking samples at the base of a large chat pile when the pile gave way, burying him.

The accident was witnessed by two workers, who immediately began efforts to recover Rockers. Fire rescue units also began rescue efforts upon their arrival, and Rockers was eventually removed and pronounced deceased.

Responding at the scene were Osage County Sheriff’s deputies, Osage County Fire District No. 3, and Osage County EMS.

Leland Cloyce Kramer, 84, Lawrence: Nov. 6, 1935 – April 22, 2020

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Leland Cloyce Kramer, 84, passed away at his home on April 22, 2020, in Lawrence, Kan., surrounded by his family. Leland was born Nov. 6, 1935, to Cloyce Reed Kramer and Opal (Boyer) Kramer, in Melvern, Kan.

Leland graduated from Osage City High School in 1953, and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in teaching from Emporia State University.

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