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Sheriff’s office begins delivery patrol for homebound

Deputies, volunteers to deliver necessities to those in isolation

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is implementing a new program to assist those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sheriff’s office staff and pre-approved volunteers will pick up prescription medications, necessary groceries, and other items within Osage County for those that are unable to leave their homes. Assistance will be available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We, like many others, want to help our community the best way possible, especially for those who can’t get out,” said Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn.

When calling in for this service, callers are asked to use the sheriff’s office administrative line, 785-828-4657.

The sheriff asks that prescriptions have been prepaid. For groceries, provide a list – such as bread, milk, eggs – and be willing to accept alternate brands. A deputy or volunteer will come to your house and pick up a list, cash, or a check. They ask that you fill out and sign the check other than the amount. Put the cash or check in an envelope or zip-lock type bag. They will not use debit or credit cards. Receipts will be returned with your order. If you need assistance from Help House, call them and schedule a time and they will pick it up for you.

The volunteers or deputies will not be able to pick up at Harvesters due to the time in line for pickup.

When calling in, provide your name, address, phone number, and what you need assistance with. The sheriff’s office will schedule a time and a deputy or volunteer and let you know who it will be.

If you’re ill or in isolation, let them know when you call. They will ask questions about your health for safety reasons. If you’re ill or in isolation, deputies or volunteers will be wearing protective clothing and equipment. They will meet you outside of your house and return your items outside your house unless you need assistance carrying items.

Everyone is asked to pass this information on to neighbors or those who might not see this announcement in other places.

For more information, contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office on its administrative phone line, 785-828-4657. (This administrative non-emergency line does not ring into dispatch.)

MdCV Junior High Quiz Bowl heads into league competition undefeated

MdCVJH’s Quiz Bowl team members, from left, Chaz Simpson, Brianna Huffman, Olivia Lacey, Clare Hockett and Allison Reeser. Courtesy photo.

Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High School Quiz Bowl team has gone undefeated so far this season, but goes up against league opponents at the Lyon County League Quiz Bowl on March 4, 2020.

The MdCVJH team claimed first place at the school’s own invitational Quiz Bowl on Feb. 26, defeating teams from Hamilton, Lebo, Waverly and Burlingame. The win was the team’s third first-place finish this season.

MdCVJH’s Quiz Bowl team members are Chaz Simpson, Brianna Huffman, Olivia Lacey, Clare Hockett, and Allison Reeser, and the team’s coach is Maureen Warner.

Teams competing at the LCL Quiz Bowl next week will be Olpe, Waverly, Lebo, Hamilton, Hartford, MdCV and Burlingame.

Osage City 3rd grade boys win league tournament

The Osage City Indian 3rd grade boys basketball team won their league tournament, finishing 8-1 for the season. From left, Coach Clint Silver, Chase Silver, Braxton Kooser, Noah Wood, Lincoln Senft, Kacen Keeffe, Devyn Theel, Layne Martin, Grady Bellinger, and Coach Jimmy Bellinger.

Osage City 3rd grade girls finish undefeated

The Osage City Lady Indian 3rd grade basketball team finished their season 10-0, tallying 7-0 in league play and 3-0 in their tournament. From left, Brynlee Harmon, Kaiden Bosse, Amelia Stark, Reece Wilcoxson, Harmony Linton, Hayden Lieber, Kaylee Theel, Lena Stucky, Taber Gantenbein, Jayla Jenkins, and Sawyer Serna. Coaches were Corey Linton and Natosha Jenkins.

Osage County sends its best grapplers to state competition this week

BHS’s Culbert to compete in first girls state wrestling tournament

Osage County will send its best wrestlers to state wrestling competitions this week, including a competitor in Kansas’ first girls state wrestling championship.

Gianna Culbert, of Burlingame High School, will have a public send off today at the school, and is slated to wrestle Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Salina, at the girls state wrestling competition.

Everyone is invited to join BHS faculty, staff, and students around 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 26, as they send state qualifying wrestler Culbert to the state wrestling tournament. Everyone will line the hallway of the school from the high school office down to the elementary gym to wish her good luck. The band will lead her through the hall starting at about 3:10 p.m.

From Osage City High School, Dane Whalen, Noah Smith, Elijah Collins, and Connor Collins will be wrestling Friday and Saturday in Hays at the boys state wrestling championships.

Everyone is invited to help send off the four state qualifying wrestlers at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, when they will be leaving from Osage City High School. First, the school’s drum line will escort them down the main student hallway, and everyone will line the halls to cheer them on. The Osage City Police Department is to escort them from the school parking lot east from the school to Sixth Street, then north to Market Street, from where they will head west out of town. Everyone is invited to line the streets and send off the wrestlers and their coaches as they work this weekend to bring home state titles.

At Santa Fe Trail High School, qualifying for the state wrestling championship were Christian Rowe, Stephan Roberts, Dakota Garrison, and Evan Dean.

National trucking company honors Quenemo driver for dedication to job

Billy Gilbert, of Quenemo, Kan., is NCI’s driver of the month for January 2020.

National Carriers Inc. has named Billy Gilbert, of Quenemo, Kan., as the company’s driver of the month for January 2020. Gilbert has run with NCI’s Hide division for six years and has shown himself to be a mainstay in all aspects of his work.

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States and Gilbert hired on to run a dedicated route.

Gilbert said at first he wasn’t sure he’d be able to stick with the job.

“I thought a dedicated route would be boring,” said Gilbert. “But a friend of mine in the Hide division had recommended the job, and I figured I’d give it a try. As time went by, I got to know the people on my route and the folks I worked with. The scenery constantly changes, and frequently, I notice new landscapes for the first time. It’s not boring at all.”

Outside of NCI, Gilbert serves as a staff sergeant in the Kansas Army Reserve, from which he’s scheduled to retire this summer. But he said he has no plans to leave trucking anytime soon.

Renowned livestock auctioneer Verlin Green closes bidding on record breaking career

After nearly six decades working the auction barn, Col. Verlin Green, Perry, has become a most familiar sight in the auction box selling cattle.

It’s a livestock auctioneering career likely qualifying for the Guinness Book of World Records.

When Col. Verlin Green dropped the gavel July 24, 2019, it was culminating climax of 57 years serving the auction block.

Claiming he’s completed his lifetime profession, the nearly 84 years old Perry, Kan., auctioneer’s official last day of work was at Overbrook Livestock, at Overbrook, Kan.

“I’d worked there 26 years, but I’ve also sold at a couple handfuls of auction barns through the years. Several longer than that, plus a lot of farm sales and other auctions,” Green reflected.

“It was time to stop while I was still satisfying the sellers, buyers and auction barn owners. This’ll give me more time to run the hounds,” Green added.

In apparent sound health, good voice, hearing and eyesight recovering nicely from cataract work. “I’m doing quite well,” he assured.

“It’s been a good day. A friend and I just ran seven hounds for five hours or so. I just love their music when they pick up a scent,” Green claimed.

Brief clarification, Green takes his beagles out three or four times a week, usually four female dogs of his own. “They’ll get on a rabbit, start howling and get that rabbit circling until he goes into cover,” Green explained.

It’s all for the sport of the chase watching and listening to the hounds, not bagging the prey. “I’d never shoot a rabbit, and then there wouldn’t be any more excitement for the chase,” he smiled.

Growing up at Perry, Green said, “My dad handled cattle, did some buying and selling, I’d go to the sales with him. The auctioneers fascinated me, and I’d practice auctioneering on my own, act like I was selling cattle.”

He’d also sometimes get to ride around with Johnny Ross, a local trucker who heard him practicing the auction chant.

“Johnny said, ‘Verlin you’re really good for a kid. You ought to take up the auction profession.’ And by gosh that’s what I decided to do,” Green reflected.

Zion youth participate in annual catechesis retreat

On Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, the youth from Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar, Kan., attended St. John’s 12th annual Catechesis Retreat, in Topeka, Kans. The Retreat was titled Dying and Living in Your Baptism and ran from 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. During the evening, youth participated in Ice-breakers, a pizza dinner, speakers, and group games.

Zion youth in attendance included, from left, Caleb Anschutz, Keifer Haney, Dylan Haney, Allie Reeser, Bella Reeser, Lyndall Whitten, and Wyatt Whitten.

Information and photo thanks to Lisa Reeser.

A Cowboy’s Faith: ‘The Cowgirl’ everybody’s friend

Faye Heath rode Waldo to win the rodeo barrel race sponsored by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association at Longford.

“Certain people have a definite lifetime positive impact on others.”

Faye “Peck” Heath was one of those who had such an influence on so many through the decades. Her recent passing created a heart drenching void as fond reflections of Faye for nearly 60 years flowed freely.

A true heroine, Faye was a very real cowgirl who did more horseback than any cowboy then or now.

At the first “shodeo” ever attended, horseshow like rodeo, no broncs but pleasure riding and racing events, Faye was entered.

With her best friend Rosie “Rezac” Clymer, they won all of the team events. Faye personally won every individual performance class and speed competition that day and for years to come.

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.At a Saturday night Emporia yokel shodeo a year later, Faye and Rosie were shy a relay team member. As they often did before and after, the smiling cowgirls would ask any young person wanting to ride to join their team.

Osage County Republican Women install new officers

Dana Webber, Osage County Republican Central Committee chair, installed new officers for the Osage County Republican Women at its meeting Jan. 21, 2020. From left, Webber swears in Lois Butel as vice president, Shari Weber, secretary, Judy Marten, president, and Donna Silver, treasurer.

Spangler claims Osage County spelling championship for 2020

After 16 rounds of fierce competition, eighth-grader Tristan Spangler, representing Carbondale Attendance Center, claimed the title of Osage County’s championship speller for 2020, during the countywide spelling bee held Feb. 5, at the Osage City school auditorium.

Tristan competed against nine other champion spellers chosen from five school districts in Osage County at their own school bees. Tristan and the Osage County runner-up, Dylan Theel, sixth-grader from Osage City Middle School, will represent the county at the statewide Sunflower Spelling Bee, March 21, 2020, at Newman University, Wichita, Kan.

Tristan Spangler, left, is Osage County’s champion speller for 2020; Dylan Theel is runner-up.

Competing Wednesday at Osage City were Lyla Sterbenz, fifth grade, Burlingame Elementary School; Taneal Stevenson, seventh grade, Burlingame Junior High School; Tristan Spangler, eighth grade, CAC; Colt Jones, fifth grade, CAC; Samantha Cole, eighth grade, Lyndon Middle School; Nathan Roll, seventh grade, LMS; Olivia Lacey, eighth grade, Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High School; Emily Criqui, fourth grade, MdCV Elementary School; Sawyer Dorsey, fifth grade, OCMS; and Dylan Theel, sixth grade, OCMS.

The first round of Wednesday’s bee was successful for all competitors, but the second round started the steady drop off of contestants with incorrect spellings – “savvy” and “boycott” stymied two competitors. Round three “whisked” away another. In round four, seven competitors were whittled down to four with incorrect spellings of “dawdle”, “squirm”, and “treadmill”.

Hidden History: Osage County settlers planted churches, seeds of abolitionism

The making of Osage County’s history was not limited solely to those individuals who maintained permanent residence here. Such is the case of John Rankin, an Ohio resident and the man who established the Presbyterian church in Lyndon, Kansas.

John Rankin was originally from Tennessee. Rankin was influenced by the period called the Second Great Enlightenment, which was a revival of the Christian faith that led many to realize slavery was incompatible with their beliefs.

Rankin became ordained as a pastor in 1814, and soon after joined a local Anti-Slavery Society, a branch of a nationwide group that believed prejudice in any form was offensive and that African Americans were entitled to the same rights and privileges as the white man. Rankin’s involvement in the Anti-Slavery Society was influential to famous abolitionist radicals such as William Lloyd Garrison.

Garrison is quoted as saying, “It was reading the productions of [Rankin’s] pen that awakened my mind to the enormity of the crime of slavery.”

Rankin’s opinions on slavery and his outreach to those that were oppressed caused his neighbors to create an environment that was increasingly dangerous for him and his family. Local mobs beat him and shaved his horse’s tail and mane, in addition to other instances of cruelty. Elders in his church encouraged him to move safely north if he was to continue to preach against slavery.

He moved his family first to Kentucky, where he organized an Anti-Slavery Society, and then across the river into Ripley, Ohio. The house at Ripley sat on a bluff 300 feet above the Ohio River and served as a beacon and refuge for those seeking freedom.

One such freedom seeker, a woman named Eliza, crossed the river one winter, jumping from one block of ice to another with her baby boy on her back. Her pursuers watched amazed at her every leap, expecting her to slip and succumb to the icy current, but Rankin’s awaiting hand reached down on the other side to assist her off the riverbed. Rankin later secured her passage with others to Toronto, Canada, and safety of freedom.

Orthography season: MdCV picks spelling champs to vie for title at county bee

MdCV champion spellers for 2020 are Olivia Lacey, eighth grade, and runner-up Emily Criqui, fourth grade.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, Marais des Cygnes Valley Schools held its annual local spelling bee. Each class from fourth to eighth grades was represented by four of their best spellers. It was a hard battle, but after six rounds, it was down to two final spellers, Olivia Lacey, eighth grade, and Emily Criqui, fourth grade. After three rounds of head to head competition, Olivia ended victorious spelling the word “design” correctly. Both Olivia and Emily will represent MdCV at the Osage County Spelling Bee, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Osage City.

Franklin County’s Civil Conservation Corps topic of historical society annual meeting

Four enrollees at a C.C.C. camp northwest of Ottawa. Photo thanks to Franklin County Historical Society.

OTTAWA, Kan. – From 1933 until 1942, the Civilian Conservation Corps employed millions of young, unmarried men in jobs related to conservation and natural resource development as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Tod Bevitt, of Oskaloosa and formerly of Overbrook, will explore how the C.C.C. impacted Kansas and Franklin County during a presentation at the 83rd annual meeting of the members of the Franklin County Historical Society, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at Neosho County Community College, at Ottawa, Kansas.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was arguably one of Roosevelt’s most successful New Deal programs. The C.C.C. was a program of conservation and construction that changed the lives of more than three million men and their families by offering employment opportunities during the Great Depression. For the past 10 years, Bevitt has been studying the C.C.C. in Kansas, researching the men, their camps and the projects they completed. In 2018, he and his wife, Wendi, contracted with the Kansas Historical Society to document what remains of the C.C.C. camps in Kansas. His presentation will give an overview of the C.C.C. and specifically its impact in the Ottawa area.

Tod Bevitt is the owner and principal investigator for Buried Past Consulting LLC, performing cultural resource investigations throughout the state of Kansas and the Great Plains. Wendi Bevitt has more than 20 years of experience conducting historical research and genealogy and is the author of “Hidden History of Osage County,” a monthly column in the Osage County News.

The Jan. 26 program will begin at 2 p.m. with a review of 2019 FCHS activities. Tod Bevitt’s presentation will begin at approximately 2:45 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 2. The Old Depot Museum will be closed on Jan. 26 so that all staff members and volunteers can participate in the annual meeting.

For more information, contact the Franklin County Historical Society, 785-242-1250.

Lion Joann Pouch named as Melvin Jones Fellow

Lion JoAnne Pouch receives the Melvin Jones Fellowship from Past District Governor (2018-2019) Patrick Laham, at a surprise gathering. Courtesy photo.

Lion JoAnne Pouch, of Lyndon, Kan., has been named a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Clubs International Foundation in recognition of her commitment to serving the world and her community. Named for the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones, the fellowship is one of the foundation’s highest recognitions, honoring the commitment to humanitarian service.

Pouch is a member of the Lyndon Lions Club. She recently received a commemorative plaque and lapel pin acknowledging her dedication to the foundation’s humanitarian goals. As a Melvin Jones Fellow, Pouch becomes a part of the growing network of individuals who are committed to improving the quality of life for people locally and in communities around the world. The Lyndon Lions club has been in operation since chartered in 1953.

Pouch received the award from the district’s most recent Past District Governor (2018-2019) Patrick Laham, of the Augusta Lions Club. Pouch was joined at her surprise celebration by local Lyndon Lions and many district and state Lions dignitaries.

The Melvin Jones Fellowship is a recognition presented to those who donate $1,000 to Lions Clubs International Foundation or to people for whom a donation was made by others. It is the backbone of the foundation, providing 75 percent of its revenue. Contributions can be made by individuals, including non-Lions, clubs or districts.

This award was given to Pouch for her years of service to her community and years of dedication and hard work. She has been the club secretary continuously since 2005 and sometimes acted as club president or treasurer at the same time. She has spearheaded many community events, including pancake breakfasts, teacher luncheons at the high school, chili suppers, spaghetti suppers, taking tickets at the high school football games, and many other activities.

Lyndon High School 2019-2020 first semester honor roll

Lyndon High School released its first semester honor roll for the 2019-2020 school year. Honor roll designees are listed by name, grade level, honor, and grade point average.

Osage County students earn degrees, certificates from Flint Hills Technical College

EMPORIA, Kan. – Flint Hills Technical College conferred more than 60 students at its 2019 Winter Commencement ceremony, held Dec. 20, 2019, at the Humanitarian Center, Emporia, Kan., including three students from Osage County.

Graduates from Osage County were: Christian Scott Orear, Osage City, with a Division of Arts Technical Certificate in interactive multimedia design; Anna Nichole Quaney-Murphy, Burlingame, Division of Health and Human Services Technical Certificate in practical nursing; and Kathryn Joanne Welch, Burlingame, Division of Health and Human Services, Associate of Applied Science Degree in healthcare administration and management.

Information thanks to Flint Hills Technical College.

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School 2019-2020 first semester honor roll

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School has released its honor roll for the 2019-2020 first semester, as follows:

Trojan Honor Roll: 4.0

Ninth grade: Madison Cormode, Lindsey Johnson, Kyla Vogeler

12th grade: Tristen Duncan, Carson Jones, Sadie McGowin, Haylee Miles, Koby Vanderpool

Blue and Orange Honor Roll: 3.4-3.99

Ninth grade: Kyler Anschutz, Hailey Ingle, Alyssa McCurdy, Wyatt Melton, Alysa Miller, Jace Stucker

10th grade: Madison Flatin, Mary Ingle, Cole Lacey, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Jacob McGowin, Braden Reed, Hailie Rose, Riley Spillman

11th grade: Brice Marsh

12th grade: Alexa Gordon, Garrett Halloway, Bayleigh Lacey, Frank Warner

Honorable Mention: 3.00-3.39

Ninth grade: Kaitlyn Lage, Anna Moore, Tristyn Weber

10th grade: Mika Bartley, Maximus Davis, Cameron Duncan

12th grade: Jasper Sypher

Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High School 2019-2020 first semester honor roll

Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High School has released its honor roll for the 2019-2020 first semester, as follows:

Trojan Honor Roll: 4.0

Sixth grade: Colbie Cormode, Kadence Masenthin, Kathleen Patterson, Catayah Thompson, Alexandra Totty, Akyra Traver

Seventh grade: Montana McCurdy, Evelyn Stephens

Eighth grade: Olivia Lacey, Kelsey Rice

Blue and Orange Honor Roll: 3.4-3.99

Sixth grade: Trista DeCavele, Carter Graves, Jasmine Moore, Ella Reed, Anna Rogers, Grace Spillman

Seventh grade: Dallen Flatin, Clare Hockett, Allison Reeser, Colten Woodson

Eighth grade: Brianna Huffman, Emma Marsh, Mason Rose, Hunter Treinen, Destiny Weldon

Honorable Mention: 3.00-3.39

Sixth grade: Nicholas Barb, Taytum Gellhaus, Eden Hockett, Hunter Masenthin, Isabella Romi, Sully Simpson, Maekaila Traver

Seventh grade: Trey DeCavele, Sampson Goddard, Destiny Moore, Eduardo Mora-Acevedo, Charles Simpson

Eighth grade: Chloe Barb, Haylea Bethell, Corey Criss, Dalton Johnson, Melody Mora-Acevedo, Kristopher Ruth, Brooke Spillman

Annual Frontier Extension awards recognize dedication of local volunteers

Peggy and Gary DeForeest, Frontier Extension District Appreciation Award winners of Osage County. Courtesy photo.

The Frontier Extension District gives awards annually to show appreciation to persons in Franklin, Anderson, and Osage counties who have made important contributions to the district’s programs. The 2019 Frontier Extension District Appreciation Awards were presented in November at the district’s annual board dinner, at Princeton, Kan.

Recognized as the 2019 Frontier Extension District Appreciation Award winners of Osage County were Peggy and Gary DeForeest, of rural Scranton.

In 1986, Peggy began working as the office professional in the Osage County Extension Office. She became a district office professional when the Frontier Extension District was created in 2010, and she specialized as the district’s bookkeeper.

As the first impression of the local Extension, Peggy was always quick to welcome everyone who called or entered the office in Lyndon with a friendly greeting. Customers soon found that she was very knowledgeable and would go the extra mile to help respond to their needs. Peggy was a jack of all trades and master of them all. Her strengths included her initiative and creativity, ability to problem solve, her attention to customer requests, and willingness to try something new. She always supported 4-Hers and over her career worked with nearly 100 fairs in Osage County.

Peggy retired in June 2018, having served 32 years as an office professional with Osage County and the Frontier Extension District.

Gary was always there to support Extension in many ways. As an industrial arts teacher and gifted carpenter, he used his skills to build several shelving units and publication racks for the local offices, and frequently judged woodworking and electricity at local fairs. He always donated his judging fee back to the 4-Hers. Gary is currently a registered 4-H volunteer and a 4-H woodworking project leader for the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club. Through his leadership, the woodworking project continues to grow, and the woodworking projects that the 4-Hers complete are remarkable.

Baloch to represent Kansas students at medical leaders congress in 2020

SCRANTON, Kan. – Farzana Baloch, a sophmore at Santa Fe Trail High School, has been named as a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, to be held June 24-26, 2020, at Lowell, Mass.

The congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country interested in these careers, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Baloch’s nomination was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine, and the science director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. Baloch will represent Kansas based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

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