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4-H club goes ‘whole hog’ for raffle

By Garrett Shoup, Club Reporter

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club draws for hog raffle winners at center court. Shoup photo.

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H club has been selling hog raffle tickets at all the Lyndon home basketball games over the last few months. On Tuesday, Feb. 13, they drew the tickets during halftime of the Lyndon-Waverly boys basketball game and announced the lucky winners: Zach Matheny, Topeka, and Scott Jones, Lyndon.

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club would like to thank the Lyndon Community and the surrounding areas for supporting 4-H and the raffle.

Lyndon Leaders and Melvern Jr. Highline hold joint 4-H exchange meeting

Lyndon Leaders and Melvern Jr. Highline gather at Melvern community building for an exchange meeting. Shoup photo.

By Garrett Shoup
Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club Reporter

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had their monthly meeting on Feb. 11, 2018, as part of an exchange meeting with the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club. The meeting was held in the Melvern community building. The meeting started with roll call of “What’s your favorite Olympic sport?”

Before the officer reports, clubs presented a plaque to Larry and Kay Salisbury for the Friend of 4-H award, since they could not attend Achievement Night in November.  Next were announcements of District Club Days on Feb. 24, availability of scholarship applications for 4-H camp and Discovery Days, and 4-H camp, and barn quilt workshops in February.

The program for the evening was Braelyn McNally giving a talk on getting her steer ready for the fair; Ethan Kneisler giving a demonstration on how to wire an outlet; and Allie Kneisler explaining how to show a hog at the fair.

The meeting ended with a song from 4-H camp, a fun game of sucking Jell-O out of a straw, and lastly refreshments. The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club will have their next meeting at 4:30 p.m. March 11, in the Lyndon High School cafeteria.

Hidden History: Early trekkers cross Kansas, pulling cart, pushing for better U.S. roads

Smith and Miller were photographed with their cart, the “Fordlet”, and featured in the Hoisington Distpatch, Nov. 25, 1915.

By Wendi Bevitt

With the invention of the automobile, America needed roads, good roads – which created a push for the creation of highways, namely a highway that would cross the entire country east to west. To draw attention to this need, and following a movement created by the government to See America First, people started taking up the challenge of traveling the completed and proposed parts of this highway. Two men that took up this challenge were Edward J. Smith, age 20, and Carl A. Miller, age 19, both of New York state.

The pair left New York City in July of 1915 and headed for California with $5 in their pockets, 250 pounds of gear, and a mandolin in their cart, which they called a “Fordlet”. America was to be their school, nature their books, and the people they met along the way their teachers. Their goal was to make the trip from NYC to California in seven months. By comparison, a motorist would expect to make the journey in 30 days, which would be at a rate of 18 miles per hour and six hours per day, costing $5 per day per person.

Smith and Miller as pictured in the Palladium Item, Richmond, Ind., Sept. 13, 1915.

Ed and Carl made up for their lack of funds for the trip by lecturing about their travels and selling photographs of themselves along the route, all while promoting their hope for a book on their travels. They kept an extensive scrapbook, tucking away the letters of recommendation from various government officials or people they encountered, as well as mementos of sights along the way. They stayed at local YMCAs, gracious individuals’ houses, or just slept under the stars.

In Ohio, they befriended a dog that joined the caravan and whom they named Frisco. It was also in this area of the country that the roads became less travel worthy. Ruts and mud were a foot deep. Ed Miller commented that “you could not take a step without lifting an abnormal portion of the county with you.”

Once the pair finally reached Kansas City, they shifted their travel from the proposed route of the Lincoln Highway to that of following the Santa Fe Trail. The old Santa Fe Trail closely follows modern day Highway 56 in Osage County. Some of the points that would have been seen at that time and can still be viewed today are Simmons Point Station in extreme western Douglas County, and McGee-Harris Station near Scranton.

Ed and Carl arrived in northeast Kansas right after Arthur Capper had declared Good Road Days for Kansas, so he was glad to meet with them when they made a detour from their Santa Fe Trail route to visit the capital city.

Osage County’s top spellers compete at Lyndon

Schools from across the county sent their best spellers to Lyndon to compete in the countywide spelling bee Feb. 2, 2018. Competitors, from left, were Riley Patterson, Madison Cormode, Olivia Lacey, Sadie Shoemaker, Kendalan VanCamp, Kaelee Washington, Graham Newberry, Marlen Long, Serray Shinn, and Mason Flickinger.

Hopefully sixth-grader Kaelee Washington won’t ever be incarcerated, but she knows how to spell it. “Incarcerated” was the final word in a seven-round match that gave Kaelee the championship at the 2018 Osage County Spelling Bee, held Friday morning at Lyndon High School.

Osage County’s champion spellers, from left, Kaelee Washington, first place, and Serray Shinn, second place.

Kaelee, who attends Carbondale Attendance Center, competed against nine other top spellers from schools around the county. With Heather Green as pronouncer and Peggy Morstorf as judge, the quick match dropped five competitors in the first round with words such as cordial, reservoir, quantum, calamine and jauntily. Round two had two more misses with “azalea” and “sophomore”, leaving three competitors, Serray Shinn, Burlingame eighth-grader, Mason Flickinger, Burlingame seventh-grader, and Kaelee for round three.

The word “impeccable” took out Mason, leaving two final competitors to spell “repugnance” and “strenuous” in round four, and “sherpa” and “crematoria” in round five. In round six, Serray had a “voluminous” error, giving Kaelee a “proviso” that sent her to the final one-word round. Correctly spelling “incarcerated”, Kaelee became the countywide champion.

Kaelee and second-place winner Serray will compete at the regional spelling bee to be held March 10 at Topeka.

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School to crown Queen of Courts 2018

The 2018 Marais des Cygnes Valley High School Queen of Courts ceremony will be tonight, Feb. 2, 2018, during the home basketball games against Cornerstone.

Assisting with the ceremony will be the 2017 Queen of Courts King Dakota Jackson and Queen Kelsey Lowe.

The freshman attendants will be Isabella Toman and Donovan Holloway. Isabella is the daughter of Andrea and Keith Schattak. Izzy has participated in FFA, volleyball, and basketball; and plans on playing softball this year. Donovan is the son of Jason and Tracie Holloway. He has participated in band this year, and plans to play basketball next year.

The sophomore attendants will be Bayleigh Lacey and Koby Vanderpool. Bayleigh is the daughter of Mark and Judy Lacey. She is a member of MdCV volleyball, basketball and scholars bowl. She has also participated in Stuco, FBLA, FFA, and has been on the Trojan Honor Roll for two years. She plans on being on the softball team this year. Bayleigh has been a representative for multiple organizations; she is also a member of the Osage County Fire for three years, and is an active member at True Grace Community Church and the Mt. Pleasant youth group. Koby is the son of Re and Tammy Vanderpool. Koby has participated in football, basketball, FFA, FBLA, and FCCLA for two years, and he plans on participating on the baseball team this year.

The junior attendants are Destiny Massey and Gannon Schimmel. Destiny is the daughter of Bill and Tamara Massey. Destiny is a member of FBLA (secretary), FFA (Stuco rep), FCCLA  (president), and Stuco. She has participated in volleyball and basketball for two years, and track for three years. She has been on the scholars bowl and cheerleading team for one year, and named to the National Honor Society. She plans to continue with these activities through their high school years. On her free time, Destiny is also an Awana church leader. Gannon is the son of Jon and Jenny Schimmel. Gannon has been a member of the MdCV football team for three years, basketball team for two years, track for one year, and plans on playing baseball this year. He has also been a member of FFA for three years, FCCLA for one year, and has been on the honor roll for two years. He plans to go to Berkley College of Music to get a master’s degree in music production.

The senior attendants are Kali Holt, Mya Hidalgo, Brennan Irey and Noah Criqui.

Students show appreciation for watersheds in poster, essay and limerick contest

By Lori Kuykendall
Osage County Conservation District

Each year the Osage County Conservation District sponsors a poster, essay and limerick contest. Information is given to the schools in late October, and entries are due before Christmas break. The theme each year is determined by the National Association of Conservation Districts. This year’s theme was “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home”. A total of 342 entries were received.

This year’s winners are:

  • Essays: Lexi Boss, purple, Osage City Elementary School.
  • Limericks: Emory Speece, purple; Lexi Boss, blue; Luke Orender, red; Emily Whalen, white. All limerick winners are from Osage City Elementary School.
  • Posters fourth, fifth and sixth grade: Carolina White, purple, Osage City; Jacie Koch, blue, Osage City; Allison Sloop, red, Osage City; Ashton Rowsey, white, Osage City.
  • Posters second and third grade: Landon Reed, purple, Marais des Cygnes Valley Elementary School; Roslyn Atchison, blue, Burlingame Elementary School; Braelyn McNally, red, MdCV; Shae Greene, white, Overbrook Attendance Center.
  • Posters kindergarten and first grade: Teighlynn Olson, purple; Meka Rogers, blue; Greyson Stephens, red; Graci Williams, white. All winners are in first grade at MdCV.

The top winner in each poster and essay division and the top two winners in the limerick division are sent to the state competition, which is held in the fall.

This year there were three students that received state honors: Riley Jo Petitjean, honorable mention for her poster in the fourth through sixth grade division; Colby Hokanson, honorable mention for his limerick; and Allyson Sage, second place for her limerick. All three students attend Osage City schools.

Cains earn wildlife habitat award for longtime conservation practices

By Lori Kuykendall
Osage County Conservation District

Gayle Cain and his son, Russell, will receive the 2017 Wildlife Habitat Award at the upcoming Osage County Conservation District annual meeting. This award recognizes individuals who have excelled in improving wildlife habitat on their land in addition to conserving soil and water resources. The award is sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Gayle enrolled some of his ground into the Conservation Reserve Program when it first became available in 1987. The long-term goal of CRP is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. Gayle continued to reenroll his land into CRP for as long as it was eligible. Some of his land has been in CRP for 30 years.

Gayle is enrolled in a variety of CRP practices including CP25, the restoration of rare and declining habitat, CP21, filter strips, and CP33, habitat buffers for upland game birds. All his CRP acreage is planted to native grass with forbs and is managed to help improve wildlife habitat.   

Stromgren’s hard work recognized with Young Farmer Award

Young Farm Award winner Austin Stromgren.

By Lori Kuykendall
Osage County Conservation District

This year’s Osage County Young Farmer Award will be presented to Austin Stromgren, of rural Scranton. Austin has farming in his blood and in his background. He is a fourth generation farmer on both his mom’s side of the family (Bryson) and his dad’s side. Austin has worked alongside his dad for as long as he can remember.

The first job Austin remembers doing is working cattle. Austin was quick to learn and eager to help. He started raking hay when he was 8 or 9 years old, and since he could run the tractor he also did field cultivating and disking. He was driving the semi and running the combine when he was 10 years old.

Austin’s dad gave him his first cow when he was in the second grade. Austin kept back heifers from that cow and when he was 10 he purchased a couple of cows with his own money. After he graduated from high school he bought 20 cows and his first bull. Austin’s herd has grown to 40.

“I take a lot of pride in my cattle,” Austin said.

Austin began farming full-time when he was 13 years old, after his father and he were in a wreck that left his dad paralyzed. Austin’s knowledge and strong work ethic helped him take care of everything on the farm and attend high school. During his senior year he went to a half day of high school and attended Flint Hills Technical College for a half day. He graduated from high school in 2015 and vo-tech in 2016 as a certified automotive mechanic. While at Flint Hills, his team went to Pittsburg to compete in the Ford AAA state competition.

Austin now takes care of 130 head of cattle. He manages the grazing to prevent overgrazing or undergrazing. He has a tree saw and works to keep the trees out of his pastures. He also does some tree removal work for his neighbors. He also manages 600 acres of farm ground south of Burlingame. He does a corn-bean rotation with some wheat. He keeps his waterways and terraces in good shape and has started trying no-till farming practices.

Soil Conservation Award: Sturdy Farms honored as stewards of the land

Honored for preserving soil on their Osage County family farm are the Sturdys, from left, Candi, Clint, Sandy, Darrell, Lori and Rod.

By Rod Schaub
Frontier Extension District

On Jan. 22, 2018, Sturdy Farms will receive the Kansas Bankers Award for Soil Conservation at the Osage County Conservation District’s annual meeting.

The Sturdy family being honored includes Darrell and Sandy, who have owned and operated the farm for nearly 50 years, and two of their sons and their families. Their son Rod and his wife Lori have five children, Kelsey, Kandace, Megan, Shawna and Cheyenne. Son Clint and his wife Candi have two children, Teagan and Jensen. Darrell and Sandy have another son not involved in the farm, Jeff and his family, who live near Wamego.

The Sturdy homestead was founded in 1900 when Frank Wolfe brought his family to Osage County. Upon Mr. Wolfe’s death, he left the farm to his daughter Maggie and son-in-law Ray Sturdy. Today, Sturdy Farm is owned and operated by the fourth and fifth generations of that family.

The operation has evolved over the years to include a commercial cow herd, a stocker summer grazing program, fall development program for replacement heifers, haying, and growing crops, mostly corn and soybeans with a few acres of wheat.

When asked how the family divided up the work load when they have both crops and livestock, Clint responded, “For the most part we do the chores we enjoy the most.”

Rod prefers to do the field work, Clint and Darrell prefer the livestock chores, but for many of the jobs the family works together to get the job done.

“When we work cattle the whole family works together,” Darrell said.

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club makes plans to host Club Days

Reanna Marcotte and Breckyn Whitton-Peterson talk about Golden Retrievers during Lyndon Leaders’ January meeting. Courtesy photo.

By Garrett Shoup
Club Reporter 

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had its monthly meeting on Jan. 14, 2018. The meeting started with roll call of “What’s your favorite thing you received for Christmas?”

The officers gave their reports and then Leader Lara Shoup made the following announcements:

  • We will have an exchange meeting with the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club next month at 5 p.m. Feb. 4.
  • Club Days is on Feb. 24 and we will need many volunteers to help us host the event.
  • March 24 is the Kansas Junior Beef Producer Day.

Old business was the announcement that we still have time to sell hog raffle tickets because we won’t draw a winner until February. We will continue to set up a ticket booth at the Lyndon High School home basketball games.

Hidden History: Family builds fence wire empire from Melvern headquarters

By Wendi Bevitt

If only for a moment in time, Melvern was famous, made that way by the ingenuity of the Warner family and the farm equipment empire they began there.

Priscilla Warner and her husband Emery began their married life in Tazewell County, Illinois. When the Civil War began, Emery signed up to fight for the Union and served as a drum major with an Illinois regiment. Tragedy struck the family and Emery perished from fever in New Orleans in 1863.

Not long after the war ended, newly widowed Priscilla Warner was looking for a place to start over. Flat broke; she packed up her possessions and her five boys and headed from Illinois to the newly opened Indian lands in Kansas. In 1870, she settled on Sand Creek near Waverly. She spent the last of her limited funds on a cook stove, sack of flour and strip of meat for her family.

Osage County Conservation District schedules annual meeting

The Osage County Conservation District’s annual meeting will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 22, 2018, at the Osage City school cafeteria.

The district will present the Kansas Banker Award for soil conservation to Sturdy Farms, the Wildlife Habitat Award to Gayle and Russell Cain, and the Young Farmer Award to Austin Stromgren. Also presented will be the poster, essay and limerick contest awards. There will also be a short business meeting.

Anyone who would like to attend is asked to call 785-828-3458 to make a reservation.

Osage County students graduate from Flint Hills Technical College

Two students from Osage County were among more than 60 students conferred with degrees at the Flint Hills Technical College winter commencement ceremony held Wednesday, Dec. 20. 2017, at the Humanitarian Center, Emporia, Kan.

Graduating from the Division of Information Technology with associate of applied science degrees in network technology were Tanner Lee Dunham, Osage City, Kan., who graduated with honors, and Zachary Alan Hogan, Vassar, Kan.

Hidden History: Temperance crusaders attempt to axe the evils of liquor in early Burlingame

A strange twist of fate connected a Burlingame man’s patent to the town’s early temperance movement.

By Wendi Bevitt

Carry Nation, the hatchet bearing opponent of saloons and liquor, made her first raid on an establishment selling liquor in 1894. It was 20 years earlier in Burlingame, Kan., however, that two hatchet-wielding women with the same goal of protecting their homes from the abuses of drink, marched up Santa Fe Avenue and took out their aggressions on the local saloon.

By 1830, the average American over 15 years old consumed seven gallons of pure alcohol a year (three times of what is consumed today). This led to the beginnings of a push on restrictions of intoxicating drink. The momentum was stunted by the Civil War, but resurged afterward.

The town of Burlingame passed an ordinance in 1871 to “restrain dram shops and taverns and to regulate the sale of intoxicating liquors”. There was only one saloon, owned by Samuel H. Schuyler, which was licensed to sell liquor in the city, and for this privilege the city charged $300.

A group of concerned women began meeting in Burlingame in 1873 to bring about the end of liquor sales in the city. This had been spawned by the Women’s Crusade began that same year as an effort to give women, who had no direct political or social power, a chance for direct action with prayer vigils, petition campaigns and demonstrations. The women sought to persuade saloon keepers to destroy their beverages and close their doors and thereby protect their homes from the evils of liquor.

Mr. Schuyler was put on notice for his liquor sales by the ladies of Burlingame in August of 1873. Similar notices had gone out to all the establishments in Topeka which read like this: “Sir, you are hereby notified and warned that unless you desist from your present nefarious and soul-destroying business of selling whiskey, to the ruin of businesses and souls of this community, we shall visit your place of crime in a body … and invoke the aid and blessing of Almighty God to so enlighten your mind that you may be enabled to realize the great sin you are committing and forever abandon your present wicked business.”

Schuyler ignored their pleas, and in March of 1874, after the women’s group held a prayer vigil, two of the women greatly affected by the problem of excessive liquor use by their husbands decided to take action. Kate Wortz and Lizzie Allison, armed with hatchets, headed down Santa Fe Avenue towards Schuyler’s Saloon.

When the women arrived, they proceeded to smash the saloon’s front windows, Schuyler and staff watching the attack in shock from the inside. When the housewives finished their work outside, they continued inside, with Kate Wortz leading the charge. She determinedly headed next to the bar with its decanters and mirrors declaring, “I came down here to show you how my husband acts when he comes home drunk from your whiskey!”

Local heroes honored for saving Osage County man’s life

With many of their family members present, responders who saved the life of Osage County resident Wayne White show the Phoenix Awards presented to them Friday. Photo by Bob Connor.

In a ceremony Friday morning, Dec. 22, 2017, the EMS Phoenix Award was presented to Osage County Sheriff’s deputies and dispatchers, Osage County EMS personnel, and first responders for saving the life of an Osage County resident in November.

The Phoenix Awards recognizes individuals who, through their skills and knowledge, have successfully revived another person known to have been in cardiac arrest.

Phoenix Award certificates recognized the responders for successfully reviving a person known to have been in cardiac arrest. Photo by Bob Connor.

The awards were presented for the response to a 911 call on Nov. 11, 2017, in rural Scranton, during which local resident Wayne White, 59, had suffered from sudden cardiac arrest.

Following the 911 call from his wife, Jan Williams, who had immediately begun CPR assisted by a dispatcher, emergency responders including deputies and volunteers from Osage County Fire District No. 1, Carbondale, continued CPR until Osage County EMS personnel arrived and used a defibrillator to start his heart beating again. White was transported to Stormont Vail Hospital, in Topeka, and has since recovered from the incident.

White and his family and many family members of the honored responders were present for the ceremony Friday morning at Osage County EMS’s new ambulance station in Osage City.

“Today we had one of the most humbling experiences one can have in EMS,” said Con Olson, regional director of TECHS Inc., the parent company of Osage County EMS. “One of our cardiac arrest survivors and family met with the entire team that was a part of his pre-hospital care.”

Frontier Extension District honors local supporters with annual appreciation awards

The Frontier Extension District recently presented its annual appreciation awards to five people who have made outstanding contributions to Extension programs. Honored were Mike and Sharon Kilet, of Anderson County, Ken and Lori Kuykendall, Osage County, and Jo Ellen Arnold, Franklin County. The honorees were selected by the Frontier District governing board and awards were presented Nov. 28, 2017. Meet this year’s award winners:

4th Judicial District nominating commission submits three candidates for district judge

TOPEKA – The 4th Judicial District nominating commission has sent the names of three candidates for district judge to Gov. Sam Brownback, who has 60 days to decide who will fill the vacancy created by the Nov. 30, 2017, retirement of Osage/Coffey County District Judge Phillip M. Fromme.

The three candidates are: Meghan K. Morgan, Burlington, Kan., assistant county attorney, Lyon County; Darrel L. Smith, Emporia, Kan., assistant county attorney, Lyon County; and Judge Taylor J. Wine, Lyndon, Kan., district magistrate judge, Osage County.

Hidden History: Photographs and photo car make Lyndon’s Ford famous

By Wendi Bevitt

You might not recognize his name, but if your family lived in Osage County more than 100 years ago, you might have Harry Ford to thank for capturing your ancestors’ likenesses, or just glimpses into Osage County’s past.

Harrison “Harry” Ford came from the small town of Wright, Mich., which is near Grand Rapids. He served his country during the Civil War with Michigan cavalry and infantry units. He mustered out at the end of the war, having been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant.

Ford’s photo of a local family possibly includes the sister of Wyatt Earp (anyone who can verify this is asked to contact the author); photo published with permission of Paul Butler.

Harry’s arrival in Kansas was first noted in 1880 when he stayed at Patton’s boarding house in Burlington, Kan. Residents of boarding houses at this time would expect to pay from about $2.50 to $3.50 per week. While in Burlington, Harry made a name for himself as an exceptional artist and photographer, prompting some to declare him the best artist in the state.

By 1882, Harry was making trips north into Topeka with his photo car. Photo cars could be quite large at 10 by 28 feet and eight feet high on the inside, but lightweight enough to make travel easy on the mules that would be pulling the car. Sometimes photo cars were rented railroad cars converted for this purpose. Photo cars would be furnished with props, fashioning a portable studio. Skylights allowed for natural light and dark curtains were used to block light coming in from the sides. One side would be the location of the photographer’s sleeping quarters and the other a photo lab.

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.

OCHS theater to present comedy farce “Noises Off” (or “Nothing On”)

Actors in “Noises Off” or “Nothing On”, front from left, Claire Crawford, Adam Delekta, middle, Jolson Robert, Olivia Camarena, Colton Williams, Georgia Hutton, Karley Reece; back, Jade Potter, Wyatt Orender.

The Osage City High School theater department will be presenting the comedy “Noises Off”, by Michael Frayn, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in the OCHS auditorium.

“Noises Off” is a farce play about a group of actors putting on the play “Nothing On.” Unfortunately, the drama is not confined to the stage. The love triangles, miscommunications, door slamming, and missed cues will leave the audience rolling with laughter.

Act One features a rehearsal of the play “Nothing On”, a British comedy, where things are not going well as they are rapidly approaching opening night. Act Two features a completely revolving set, which gives the audience a rare glimpse into what is going on backstage during a performance of a play. Act Three is a performance of “Nothing On” that goes terribly wrong.

The play cast includes junior Colton Williams as Lloyd the director of “Nothing On”; senior Georgia Hutton as Poppy, a stage manager for the show; and freshman Wyatt Orender as Tim, another stage manager. Junior Claire Crawford portrays both Dotty, an actress, and Mrs. Clackett, her British character in “Nothing On.” Other actors in dual roles include junior Jolson Robert as Frederick and Philip; sophomore Karley Reece as Belinda and Flavia; sophomore Adam Delekta as Garry and Roger; sophomore Olivia Camarena as Brooke and Vicki; and sophomore Jade Potter as Selsdon and the Burglar.

The crew for “Noises Off” includes junior Aliks Serna, stage manager; senior Dalton Shaffer, sophomore Dylan Shaffer, sophomore Lucy Martin, junior Kevin Lauber, stage crew; sophomore Ryan Lauber, sound board operator; and freshman Dani Kerns, light board operator. The play is directed by Kathy Camarena and Jaime McCoy. Bryan Sage built the set.

Admission for the play is $5 per person. If OCHS is playing football on either Nov. 17 or 18, there will not be a performance that night and the troupe will have its second performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19.

4th Judicial District Nominating Commission to interview nominees for district judge vacancy

TOPEKA, Kan. – The 4th Judicial Nominating Commission will convene at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in the Coffey County Courthouse, Burlington, Kan., to interview nominees to fill a district judge vacancy in Coffey County created by the Nov. 30 retirement of Judge Phillip M. Fromme.

The nominees are Samuel R. Feather, Topeka; Meghan K. Morgan, Burlington; Darrel L. Smith, Emporia; and Taylor J. Wine, Lyndon. Interviews are open to the public. The 4th Judicial District is composed of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties.

The commission will select at least three nominees whose names will be submitted to the governor to fill the position according to statutory qualification and residency requirements. If there are not two nominees who reside in the district who are deemed qualified by the commission, the commission may consider nominees who reside outside the judicial district. The governor has 60 days after receiving the names to decide whom to appoint.

Nominees for district judge must be at least 30 years old, a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas and engaged in the practice of law for at least five years, whether as a lawyer, judge, or full-time teacher at an accredited law school, and a resident of Coffey County at the time of taking office and while holding office.

The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission consists of Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen as the nonvoting chair, James R. Campbell and Jim H. Dale, both of Burlington, Craig E. Cole, Garnett, Janet C. Walsh, Lyndon, Thomas B. DeBaun, Osage City, Forrest A. Lowry, Ottawa, and Eugene E. Highberger, Westphalia. 

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