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Rains and flooding bog down local state parks and Corps campgrounds

Earlier this week, Corps staff closed the main road just south of the Wolf Creek Park entrance, at Pomona Lake, and asked visitors to not drive around the barricade. USACE photo.

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has reported that recent frequent heavy rains are impacting some state parks in eastern Kansas. High water levels at area Corps reservoirs have flooded campgrounds, overtopped roads, closed boat ramps and beaches and dampened visitors’ enthusiasm for any outdoor activities.

In Osage County, campgrounds have been impacted at Pomona Lake and Melvern Lake due to high levels of retained water at those lakes. (See related story: Corps plans public meeting on high water conditions at Pomona and Melvern lakes) Recent rains have also affected the trail conditions on the Flint Hills Nature Trail.

Eisenhower State Park at Melvern Lake remains open as of May 22, 2019. The lake is 16.01 feet above conservation level, and outflow is 20 cubic feet per second minimum. The lake is projected to be 18.8 feet above conservation level by May 30. Park staff is shutting down all the electrical connections in Blackjack and Abilene campgrounds. Almost all primitive sites are underwater, and the beach and beach restroom are closed.

Corps of Engineers campgrounds closed at Melvern Lake include:

  • Arrow Rock: Sites 8-10, 12-15, 19 and 35-45 are closed through June 30, 2019; sites 6 and 7 are closed through June 20.
  • Coeur d’Alene: Sites 9-32 are closed through June 30.
  • Turkey Point: Sites 1-8 and 23 are closed through May 30; sites 9-22 are closed through June 30; site 30 is closed through May 28 (closure extension to come); Group Camp closed through June 30. More closures are expected in the Turkey Point Campground to come in the following days. Arrow Rock and Coeur d’Alene closure extensions possible. Should these sites come out from under water and be cleaned up before their closure end date, they will be opened up for reservations.
  • Outlet Park remains unaffected by this flood event.
  • All boat ramps have stopped charging fees and the courtesy docks have been pulled.

At Pomona Lake, Pomona State Park is open. The lake is 23.26 ft above conservation level, and outflow is 15 cfs minimum. The lake is about 9 feet from going over the spillway. The lake is projected to 26 feet above conservation level by May 31. The marina started moving all houseboats off the water as of Wednesday, and also shut down all electrical service to the marina area.

Big Bear Campground is closed. The Kansa shower building is closed. Staff is closing six sites on the marina side of Kansa Campground and all Kansa primitive sites. The park road to east side of the park is closed; the back gate is open on the county road.

Corps campgrounds closed at Pomona Lake include:

  • Wolf Creek Park – All sites remain closed and will be through the weekend. All reservations for Memorial weekend have been cancelled and fully refunded.
  • Michigan Valley Park – Loops A, B, C, D, E, F and G are closed, and will remain closed through the weekend.
  • Adams Grove and Cedar Park remain closed. Coon Creek crossing is still closed and will likely be through the weekend. All Corps boat ramps remain closed.

The Flint Hills Trail remains open with the surface firm in most locations.

Corps plans public meeting on high water conditions at Pomona and Melvern lakes

LYNDON, Kan. – Due to above average water levels being held in Melvern Lake and Pomona Lake, both in Osage County, Kan., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District and lake project personnel will hold a public meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Lyndon High School auditorium, 421 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, Kan.

District personnel will present a brief summary of current conditions, a description of how the Corps manages the system, the impacts on recreation and stakeholders, expected releases and overall outlook. Attendees will be invited to ask questions.

Osage County Cemeteries: Map and list updated 2019

No Name No. 8 Cemetery, near Lamont Hill. Photo by Jan Williams.

In cooperation with the Osage County Historical Society, Osage County News has published online a list of Osage County cemeteries and their locations. The historical society had previously published similar information in a brochure, and volunteers of the society updated the list.

Osage County News has also created a map that shows the general locations of the cemeteries, which are listed with directions on the reverse side of the map. A printable version of the two-page map and cemetery list is available here.

When visiting the cemeteries listed, visitors are advised that some are on private property and property owners’ privacy should be respected. Not all cemeteries are located on all-weather roads, and some are in remote locations in Osage County; visitors should watch weather conditions and be aware of possible road hazards. Use of a highway map or GPS device to assist with navigation when trying to locate cemeteries is also advised.

Girl Scouts invited to sleep under the stars at Double E

Girl Scouts prepare their meal over a campfire at Camp Double E. Courtesy photo.

Girl Scouts in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to come enjoy all the wonderful things to love about camping, including friends, archery, hiking, outdoor cooking, fishing and canoeing. A campout is planned for 6 p.m. June 6 to 3 p.m. June 8, 2019, at Camp Double E, 794 Rd 200, Emporia, Kan. Scouts are invited to come as a troop or individuals and have a great time at Double E.

Deadline to register is May 23. Contact Gwen Harris at 620-342-3609 or [email protected].

Life changes abruptly for 2019 Burlingame High School graduates

In a final farewell to Burlingame High School, class of 2019 graduates throw their hats in the air. Photo by Keri Welch.

Life is the result of changes, the Burlingame High School class of 2019 heard from their valedictorian and salutatorian during graduation ceremonies on May 11, 2019.

In the elementary school gymnasium filled with friends and family, 2019 BHS salutatorian Seth Greenwood talked about his last-minute realization that graduation was going to change his life significantly.

“I realized that we are about to go into a whole new environment,” Greenwood said, “with new people, and stepping into another level of responsibility and stress.

“But I also realized the potentials of moving on. You get a whole new setting to change what you want to change,” he said. “You have countless opportunities that are begging for you to give them a shot.”

He offered a challenge to his classmates, “I challenge you to change the parts of you that you don’t like for this fresh start.I challenge you to take the leap of faith and pursue the opportunity that you feel strongly pulled towards.”

The 2019 BHS valedictorian Kelsie Quaney asked her classmates to consider how words alone can change them.

“It’s funny how words affect people,” Quaney said. “We never think that the things we say could completely change someone’s life but I know they can, because they changed me.”

KDHE waste tire program provides picnic tables, benches for Osage City parks

A convenient bench awaits resting tennis players and walkers, or just provides a place in Jones Park to sit and watch the world go by. Courtesy photo.

The city of Osage City recently learned it is a recipient of a Kansas Department of Health and Environment Waste Tire Grant. The city has used the $2,376 grant to purchase four picnic tables and four benches placed at the Jones Park ball fields, Osage City Aquatic Center, Lincoln Park and Huffman Park to increase public seating.

This is the second time Osage City has received the waste tire grant, in which recipients share 50 percent of the cost. A previous grant in 2015 provided picnic tables, benches and trail benches in the same areas as those recently placed.

New picnic tables provide extra seating at Huffman Park’s picnic shelter.

As a part of the grant stipulations, the city was required to install signage on the tables recognizing they were purchased through the KDHE Waste Tire Grant program.

The city purchased the tables and benches from Champlin Tire Recycling Inc., Concordia, Kan. The tables and benches are 100 percent recycled plastic and rubber composition. Those purchased in 2015 have proved to be durable, withstood the weather, and required minimal maintenance.

KRTC gains grant for Landon Trail near Overbrook

Landon Trail trailhead at Overbrook, Kan.

TOPEKA, Kan. – The operators of the 38-mile Landon Trail have received a $14,745 grant from the Walter S. & Evan C. Jones Trust, Emporia, Kan. The grant will be used to develop another one-mile section of the trail south of Overbrook, Kan.

Developed by Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy, the scenic recreational trail’s right of way stretches from the Shunga Trail, in Topeka, Kan., to Clinton Wildlife Area, Pomona Lake, and the 117-mile Flint Hills Nature Trail, near Quenemo, Kan.

“We appreciate the support the Jones Trust has shown for developing outdoor recreational opportunities,” said KRTC President Doug Walker. “Kanza is working to create a remarkable recreational trail, which will provide a safe place for families to walk or bicycle away from traffic.”

Currently, the trail is completed for 13 miles from the trailhead at 17th and Monroe streets in Topeka to the Clinton Wildlife Area, and two miles at Overbrook, Kan.

When completed, the trail will be the only recreational trail in the U.S. to link the Oregon National Historic Trail to the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. The trail crosses the Santa Fe Trail north of Overbrook.

Rodeo attractions to highlight weekend at Burlingame

There’s not a bad seat in the arena, with spectators guaranteed an up close view of wild rodeo action at Burlingame this weekend. Courtesy photo.

BURLINGAME, Kan. – It’s rodeo time at Burlingame. And a weekend of rodeo related attractions promises to make the town come to life well beyond the arena action.

“It’s time for the 49th annual Santa Fe Trail Rodeo,” announced Ethan Quaney, Burlingame Saddle Club official, who noted the rodeo will be Friday and Saturday evenings, May 17-18, in the arena on South Rodeo Drive.

Les Holman, of the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce, reminded that the town’s Rodeo Days activities will take place on Saturday.

What could be more appropriate for a rural community than a rodeo activity weekend? After all, Burlingame is right on the famed original Santa Fe Trail “where rail crosses trail.” In the mid-1800s, trains originally hauled freight right through what’s now Burlingame, Kansas, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Then oxen and equine power was replaced by big iron horses, steam engine powered trains. The railroad tracks cross right over the original Santa Fe Trail, according to the weekend coordinators.

“Those performances featuring livestock from High States Rodeo Company begin at 7 o’clock,” Quaney said.

Another highlight for the rodeo weekend is Sunday afternoon, May 19, with youth rodeo beginning at noon.

The amateur rodeo Friday and Saturday evenings is double sanctioned by the United Rodeo Association and the Missouri Rodeo Cowboys Association. Sunday’s rodeo is an event of the Missouri-Kansas Rodeo Association with entries from both states competing.

A wide array of activities is planned in Burlingame for the annual Rodeo Days celebration. “It’ll sure be a fun packed entertaining Saturday for everybody,” Holman said.

A running kickoff for the action is the Bucking 5K Fun Run at 9 a.m. There’ll be a craft show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., attracting exhibitors from a wide area. Tractor and car shows are planned also.

A peddle pull for youth four to 12 opens with registration at 9 a.m. Of course, everybody’s anticipating the cutest baby contest at 10 a.m., and the pie eating contest at 1 p.m.

Sissy and Earl are lined up to entertain with live music on Stage 56, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A chuck wagon will be serving free samples of authentic cowboy beans and coffee. amd there’s going to be homemade ice cream dipped up at the library. Such a Saturday event is most exciting for the children and all young at heart. On tap are a carnival, inflatables, petting zoo, pony rides and a kids’ dance at The Hideout.

MdCV grads head into world bolstered by firm friendships, strong dreams

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School Class of 2019. Photo by Kramer Photos.

Spring showers brought May flowers and also sprouted a new crop of graduates at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School. At the first graduation honors in Osage County for 2019, friends, family, faculty, administrators, and the USD 456 Board of Education gathered May 4 at the MdCV High School gymnasium to wish well to this year’s dozen MdCV High School graduates.

MdCV’s 2019 salutatorian Chloe Volkman recognized the crowd gathered for the ceremony.

“Thank you all again for coming to help us celebrate this special day in our lives,” Volkman said. “We are very grateful to have such an amazing community who supports us. I would just like to make one last thank you to all of the staff at school, because none of this would be possible without you guys.”

To her classmates, Volkman noted they would be going forward, but remembering their high school years not by class periods and school days they spent at MdCV.

“We only arrived here four short years ago, and its already time for us to leave,” Volkman said. “I know that as I look out to all of you that I will measure my time much differently. I will measure it in the friendships that I have created with all of you and when many of our high school memories will begin to fade, that’s how we will ultimately measure the time we spent here. It won’t be in periods or semesters, but the friendships we made and the times that we all spent together. So congratulations to the class of 2019, and wherever we go and whatever we do, may we always be friends when we meet again.”

MdCV 2019 valedictorian Kathryn Vaught echoed Volkman’s appreciation of their parents’ sacrifices, and the impressions left upon students by teachers and school staff.

“[You] can’t be thanked enough,” Vaught said. “You had an impact in our lives and left lasting impressions … we learned many things from you guys – to be ourselves, be kind, follow our dreams, and not be afraid of failure.”

“Well guys, we made it,” Vaught told her fellow graduates. “It’s been one heck of journey – one we won’t be forgetting anytime soon.”

But, she said, “Today is a milestone, it tells you how far you have come, we aren’t the kids we used to be, even though we sure don’t feel like adults.”

She offered advice she had received from a mentor: “Keep playing the game.”

“There’s a feeling all of you should have – pride, accomplishment, happiness – whatever it is, take it and use it. Years from now when we look back we’ll be more disappointed by the things we didn’t do rather than the ones we did. So have that courage, find your dream, chase after it with all you got, you won’t get another chance. Go out there believing in your dreams, believe in yourself.”

With Principal Ben Gordon presenting the Marais des Cygnes Valley High School Class of 2019, board of education members presented diplomas to the following graduates: Nocona Renae Brinkley, Ethan Alexander Cannon, Kayla Louise Garber, Brookelyn Shae Janssen, Alaina Hollyann Marsh, Destiny Hope Massey, Gannon Austin Isiah Schimmel, Tannar Ray Smith, Aniyah Marie Sypher, Kathryn Elizabeth Vaught, Cloe Elizabeth Volkman, and Morgan Sue Williams.

Help House News: Melvern food pantry reopens; spring garage sale planned

By Raylene Quaney

If anyone is looking for a special dress for graduation, Help House has some out on the rack now. Stop by and check them out before they are all gone.

Budget class openings

The next “Good Sense” budget class will be 3-9 p.m. Wednesday, May  15, 2019, at Help House. Once completed the participant is eligible for assistance with heating and or cooling cost on utilities, gas, electric or wood. This is a one-day class. Call 785-828-4888 for more information and to register

Thank a volunteer

Help House’s annual volunteer training was held Monday, May 29, with 14 volunteers attending. All volunteers are asked to participate in this training. Sharing and learning from each other is a great way to continue to improve our services. Thank you to everyone for your participation.

Mobile pantries

Mobile food pantry dates:

  • Carbondale – Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship on the second Tuesday, 12 p.m. May 14.
  • Osage City – Osage City Community Building, third Thursday, 10-11 a.m. May 16.
  • Melvern – Melvern mobile pantry is back open and will be 12:30 p.m. May 16, at the Melvern Community Center.
  • Burlingame – Burlingame Federated Church on the third Thursday, 10 a.m. May 16.
  • Lyndon – Jones Park on East Sixth Street, third Friday, 12 p.m. May 17.

Participants in the mobile pantry are asked to be in line 15 to 20 minutes before starting time to be included in the count to determine quantities of items each family will receive. Help House sponsors the Lyndon and Carbondale mobile pantries.

Farmers or individuals wishing to donate farm raised beef, pork or chicken: All donations must be processed and packaged in a plant that has been USDA inspected, and packaging must have the USDA seal. Any donations such as this are a great help, as we do not have to purchase these items to provide the protein that is such an important part of a good diet. Donors can also make cash donations designated for the purchase of meat for the pantry instead.

Make a difference – adopt a highway

Make a difference in your community and help the environment at the same time – join the Adopt-A-Highway program in Kansas.

The goal of the program is to clean along the roadways throughout the state to increase safety for motorists and pedestrians as well as improve the beauty of Kansas. This helps to raise awareness on the negative effects of pollution and the positive aspects of a clean community.

Any non-profit group that does not discriminate upon the basis of race, religion or gender can join and there is no cost to the group. Members must be at least 11 years old and have adequate adult supervision. Groups have clean-ups three times a year and are recognized for their efforts with signs marking their sections of highway.

Groups clean their sections of roadway three times a year at their convenience. Most choose to schedule a clean-up time in the spring, summer and fall.

For more information, contact the Kansas Department of Transportation office in your area and ask for the Adopt-A-Highway coordinator. In northeast Kansas, contact the Topeka office at 785-296-2291.

Osage City Elementary School accepts the challenge; honored as ‘great school’

Accepting the Challenge Award from Kansas State Board of Education Member Ann Mah, left, are Osage City Elementary School teachers Jessi Kirkpatrick, Amie Parsons, and Brian Stromgren.

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Kansas State Board of Education Member Ann Mah recognized students and teachers at Osage City Elementary School for making differences in student achievement over the past year, during a presentation April 30, 2019, at the school.

“I’m here today to present your school an award called the Challenge Award,” Mah told students gathered in the school gymnasium for the early morning assembly. “Last year you scored great on tests in reading and in math, and in coming to school – in your attendance.”

The Challenge Awards program, administered by the Confidence in Education Task Force, recognizes Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their school population.

“We believe in you,” Mah said. “Confidence in Public Education believes in Osage City Elementary School.”

“How many of you try to come to school every day? And why do you do that? Because it’s so important to be in school every day, you can’t learn if you’re not here. You also study and you do well and you excel, and you met the challenge last year of being one of the top schools in Kansas.

“How many knew Osage City Elementary School was a great school?” Mah asked the crowd. “Now the rest of the state of Kansas knows that as well.”

NWS issues flash flood warning for east central Kansas

The National Weather Service, Topeka, Kan., has issued a flash flood warning for Osage County, northern Franklin County, southern Douglas County, northwestern Coffey County, and central Lyon County until 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

At 4:07 p.m. today, Osage County Emergency Management reported state Highway 31 was closed west of the roundabout at U.S. Highway 75 due to water over the road.

Thunderstorms with heavy rain have already produced to three inches of rain and another round of heavy rainfall is expected through the early evening. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

The flood warning includes Emporia, Ottawa, Baldwin City, Osage City, Eudora, Wellsville, Overbrook, Lyndon, Centropolis, Lebo, Americus, Pomona, Olpe, Quenemo, Melvern, Lone Star, Neosho Rapids, Reading, Olivet and Pleasant Grove.

Additional rainfall amounts of one to two inches are possible in the warned area. The warning area includes Interstate 35 between mile markers 128 and 198, and the Kansas Turnpike between mile markers 117 and 144.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

NWS warns of flooding along Salt Creek

The National Weather Service in Topeka, Kan., has issued a flood warning for Salt Creek near Lyndon, Kan. The warning is in effect today, April 30, 2019, until Wednesday morning.

At 1:01 p.m. today, Salt Creek’s stage was 6.4 feet. Flood stage is 10.0 feet. Minor flooding is forecast with a rise above flood stage by late afternoon. The creek is expected to continue to rise to near 10.5 feet by early this evening. The creek will fall below flood stage by late evening. At the 10-foot stage, minor low land flooding begins in farm field just west of the U.S. Highway 75 bridge at the south edge of Lyndon.

Learn to manage your pond

As warmer weather moves in, it’s now time to start thinking about our ponds that we have neglected for the last several months. Whether you’re a fisherman who loves baking in the hot summer sun casting out line after line, or you have grandkids that love going swimming in your pond. Of course you could be a livestock owner that utilizes your ponds as a water source when we inevitably dry up this summer. Whatever the reason might be, we need to make sure that we manage our ponds for whatever activities we might enjoy.

The Frontier Extension District will be hosting a public meeting on farm pond management. The meeting will be 7 p.m. May 9, 2019, at the Anderson County Community Building, North Lake Road, Garnett, Kan.

The guest speaker will be Charlie Lee, K-State wildlife management specialist. Lee will discuss pond management, aquatic weed identification, herbicides and their application timing, and how to manage your pond for trophy fish. This meeting will be packed full of information. But don’t just come to listen, bring your questions with you, too.

If this sounds interesting to you, you are invited to learn how to manage your farm ponds. For more information, contact Ryan Schaub, Frontier Extension District, at 785-448-6826 or [email protected].

Spring delivers beautiful day for a hunt

By Bella Reeser
Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club

Warm sunshine, a gentle cool breeze – what better conditions could you ask for? Especially, if you are hosting an Easter egg hunt! These were the perfect conditions the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club was blessed with on April 20, 2019, when they hosted the annual Melvern Easter Egg Hunt. More than one hundred egg hunters and their families came out to enjoy the beautiful weather and fellowship of their local townsmen.  

Drug Take-Back Day: Turn-in unused medications Saturday at Lyndon, Overbrook

LYNDON, Kan. – Local law enforcement officers will join others across the state in collecting unused medications for safe disposal 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019. The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse.

In Osage County, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, and Overbrook Police Department, 102 W. Santa Fe Trail, Overbrook, will be collection points for the national Drug Take-Back Day.

Since the Drug Take-Back Day program began in 2010, more than 81 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas.

“Unused medications are dangerous for kids, pets and the environment,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. “Diversion of opioid painkillers, in particular, can contribute to the misuse of these drugs that has become a serious nationwide problem. Getting leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets and safely destroyed keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer.”

The National Drug Take-Back Day is coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which collects and safely destroys the medications.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates opioid overdoses kill 130 Americans every day. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, pharmaceutical opioids are a leading cause of drug poisoning deaths in Kansas.

Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that traditional methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards and should be avoided.

Unused prescriptions can be turned in year-round at many local law enforcement locations. For more information about local collections of unused medications, contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121.

MdCV FFA hosts family and friends for annual chapter banquet

MdCV officers, new and retiring, front from left, Chloe Volkman, Alaina Marsh, State FFA Sentinel Garrett Craig, Kaelin Criqui, Kathryn Vaught, back, Danny Rice, MdCV FFA advisor, Bayleigh Lacey, Sadie McGowin, Koby Vanderpool, Wyatt Lingenfelter, and Frank Warner. MdCV FFA photo.

The annual Marias des Cygnes Valley FFA Chapter Banquet was held on Friday April 11, 2019. Approximately 100 people, including members, families, and friends, gathered in the Melvern Community Center for pork chops and a potluck meal, awards and the installation of the 2019-2020 chapter officers.

An invocation from Frank Warner was followed by the dinner consisting of pork chops, sponsored by Don and Janise Hook, and side dishes and desserts brought by our members and their families. Following the dinner and chapter scrapbook video produced by Kathryn Vaught, the chapter officers president Chloe Volkman, vice-president Brookelyn Janssen, secretary Kathryn Vaught, treasurer Bayleigh Lacey, reporter Frank Warner, sentinel Alaina Marsh, and advisor and KSU student intern Cassandra Ebert began with opening ceremonies. KobyVanderpool, chapter student-council representative, introduced special guest speaker Garrett Craig, Kansas FFA Sentinel, with his speech “Focusing and Committing to Your Talents and Passion”.

Other guests included members of the USD 456 Board of Education, Marais des Cygnes Valley High School Principal Ben Gordon, members of the MdCV Ag Education Advisory Board, Joe and Shirley Litchtenauer, Dale and Peggy McCurdy, Jeff and Merrilyn Casten, Jennifer and Peter Roy, Janae and Caleb McNally, Jarah and Mike Hauger, and Joe and Shirley Lichtenauer.

How would you like that cooked? Auto show well done in downtown Osage City

Vintage and classic cars lined Market Street April 13, 2019, as the Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show cooked up a good time in downtown Osage City. Photo by Sam Gomez.

Approximately 270 entrants participated in the 15th Annual Cruis’n & Cook’n Auto Show, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in downtown Osage City. Results of the show, hosted by the Twin Lakes Cruisers, are as follows:

Osage City welcomes shoppers for citywide garage sales, April 19-20, 2019

Free garage sale ads on Osage County News!

Osage City is opening its garage doors, driveways and yards to shoppers Friday and Saturday. The town’s citywide garage sales will be April 19 and 20, 2019, hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber has produced at map that lists sales all over town and designates which section of town and the types of goods for sale. Maps will be available at Casey’s and other local businesses Friday and Saturday.

Donations received for listing sales and for advertising on the map are used for a scholarship for a graduating senior from Osage City High School.

For more information, contact Tricia Gundy, Osage City Chamber garage sale committee chairperson, at 785-528-3301, or Peterson Assisted Living, 629 Holliday St., Osage City.

Remember you can post your own garage sale for free on Osage County News at

Kid cooks heat up the competition at Smoke in the Spring Kids-Q

A young chef carefully turns in her entry for Kids-Q to KCBS reps, from left, Dave and Peg Rogers, Linda and Dennis Polson, Mark Collier, and not pictured, Kim Collier, as local judges wait in anticipation. Jan Williams photo.

It’s a part of Smoke in the Spring that most folks don’t know is going on Friday evening, but you can bet there are some young cooks that have a watchful eye on their smokers for about three hours while everyone else is out enjoying the community barbecue party.

In the annual Kids-Q Competition, kid chefs compete in two age divisions, 10 and younger, and 11 and older. The cooks must be sponsored by one of the competition teams and cook their entries on site. At the cook’s meeting, the cooks are each given one pound of ground beef, donated this year by Allen Meat Processing, Allen, Kan., to cook however they choose.

Others who make Kids-Q possible are 24 local celebrity judges, who are instructed on the Kansas City Barbeque Society judging process before the kids’ turn-in time of 8 p.m. The kids contest is not a KCBS sanctioned part of Smoke in the Spring, but it is conducted according to KCBS rules and scoring. Judges are sequestered in the community building during the judging process.

At turn-in, the chefs bring their samples to the turn-in window at the community building, where the judging is conducted. The samples go to one of four tables of six judges each, where they are scored according to appearance, taste, and texture or tenderness. The judging process is the same as the sanctioned contest the next day.

Here are placing and payout results for the Smoke in the Spring Kids-Q held April 12, 2019:

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