Overbrook Osage County Fair, Aug. 7-10, 2019, exhibition results

The Overbrook Osage County Fair Board has released the results of 4-H and open class exhibitions at the fair that was held Aug. 7-10, 2019, at Overbrook, Kan. Results More »

Chamber hosts Culpepper & Merriweather Circus at Osage City

An Osage City crowd was wowed by the circus acts under the big top at the early show. The Osage City Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Culpepper & Merriweather More »

Livestock show results, Osage County Fair, July 10-13, 2019, Osage City, Kan.

Exhibitors in the beef show line up to enter the show ring. Photo by Toby and Lisa Crettol. The Osage County Fair Association has released the following results of More »

Hidden History: No memorial for Civil War medic, Burlingame schoolchildren’s caretaker

An undated postcard view of Lincoln School, Burlingame, Kan. From the collection of Gary Lowman. Christopher Columbus Ragin, or “Crit” as his friends called him, was born into slavery More »

Osage County Senior Center: Health and resource fair coming Sept. 14

Company’s coming, and the Osage County Senior Center is getting ready for the Osage County Resource and Health Fair, coming up on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. The event, open to all ages, will showcase local services, programs, and products that can help lead to a healthy life.

The fair opens at 8 a.m. at the senior center, which will be hosting a fundraiser chicken noodle dinner starting at 11 a.m. Proceeds will go to the senior center.

The center is still taking donations for a thrift sale on Sept. 21 and 22; bring donations to the center. If after 4 p.m., call 785-528-1170 or 785-219-2440 to make arrangements. If you can’t get the items to the center, pick up can possibly be arranged.

Come on into the senior center for regular activities:

  • Mondays: Sewing, exercise, cribbage and evening pitch.
  • Tuesdays: Ceramics, 9 a.m.; and Mexican Train games and snacks 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: Sewing and exercise, Threads Around the Table; maybe a movie.
  • Thursdays: Art and painting and then pool at 1 p.m. More pool players needed.
  • Fridays: Bingo with gift bag of $5; cribbage at 12:15 p.m. More cribbage players needed.

Have a great week! Come visit the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, or call 785-528-1170.

Help House News: Goodbye summer, hello fall

By Raylene Quaney

Saying goodbye to summer, Help House thanks everyone that has contributed in one way or another to help make this another successful summer. Beginning with our huge garage sale in June, the Summer Fan Club, the school supplies give away and our very popular silent auctions, we have been very busy. The Summer Fan Club gave out 49 fans. School supplies were given out to 85 children who did not have an opportunity to sign up with ECKAN or receive supplies from Grace Community Church or other school supply resources for the upcoming school year.

The silent auction donors and winning bidders raised $1,205.51 at Melvern Sunflower Days, and $2,788.18 on Aug. 10, during the Overbrook Osage County Fair. These are our two largest fundraisers of the year and will help provide food for about three months for the more than 200 families that depend on the Help House food pantry to supplement their nutritional needs each month.

The crocheted flag, made and donated by Peggy Kampsen, was raffled off and the winner drawn during the Overbrook fair. The winner was Louise Michael, of Topeka. A total of $884.00 was raised through this very gracious gift. We thank you for helping your Osage County neighbors.

Clean, gently worn coats needed

Help House’s next effort for assistance is the sixth annual coat drive and giveaway. We began taking donations for clean and gently worn coats on Sept. 3. Infants and children’s coats are always in short supply, so if your children have coats they have outgrown but are still in good condition, please consider sharing with another child who may not have a coat for this winter. We also need men’s and women’s coats in all sizes. Also coveralls or overalls for those who have to work outside in the weather, and hats and gloves for everyone. The coat closet will be open Oct. 1-31, during regular business hours.

Ronald Dwain Presley, 70, Madison: June 26, 1949 – Aug. 30, 2019

MADISON, Kan. – Ronald Dwain Presley, 70, of Madison, Kan., passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at a Wichita, Kan., hospital. He was born June 26, 1949, in Rickman, Tenn., the son of A.P. and Beulah Copeland Presley.

He moved with his family to northeast Kansas when he was 14 years old. Ron developed a strong lifelong work ethic as a young man. At the age of 16 he went out on his own and took a job at a local apple orchard and later at a local cheese factory.

Judge Godderz to hear case with Kansas Supreme Court, Sept. 10

District Judge Eric Godderz

TOPEKA, Kan. – District Judge Eric Godderz of the 4th Judicial District has been appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear one case on the court’s docket on Sept. 10, 2019.

After hearing oral arguments, Godderz will join Supreme Court justices in their deliberations and decision drafting.

“I am pleased that District Judge Godderz is taking time from his duties in the 4th Judicial District to sit with the Supreme Court,” said Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. “It’s a great help to our court, and we look forward to his contributions in deliberating and eventually deciding this case.”

Since 2007, Godderz has been a judge in the 4th Judicial District, which is composed of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties. He hears all civil matters in the 4th Judicial District and domestic, criminal, and probate cases in Anderson County.

Osage County Jail Log, Aug. 27 – Aug. 31, 2019

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Loyal F. Seifert, 83, Osage City: April 1, 1936 – Aug. 30, 2019

Loyal F. Seifert, 83, passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at Midland Hospice Care, Topeka, Kan. He was born April 1, 1936, in Aline, Okla., the son of John F. and Maggie (Prisk) Seifert.

He graduated from Labette County High School, Altamont, Kan.

Loyal was joined in marriage to Margaret A. Terril, Aug. 1, 1954, on a family farm near Altamont.

Roger K. Frakes, 77, Valley Falls: Dec. 20, 1941 – Aug. 27, 2019

VALLEY FALLS, Kan. – Roger K. Frakes, 77, Valley Falls, Kan., died unexpectedly Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at his home. He was born Dec. 20, 1941, at Valley Falls, the son of Raymond C. and Ruth Smith Frakes.

He graduated from Effingham High School in 1960. He served in the U.S. Navy, and attained the rank of second class petty officer. Roger retired in 1991 from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company after 27 years of service.

Frances V. Kunard, 91, Overbrook: April 25, 1928 – Aug. 29, 2019

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Frances V. Kunard, 91, formerly of Overbrook and Topeka, Kan., passed into eternal life on Aug. 29, 2019, at Horizons Care Center, Eckert, Colo. Frances was born on April 25, 1928, in Augusta, Iowa, the daughter of Edward L and Biddy Lou Nina (Richardson) Kentch.

She was a member of Carbondale Baptist Church, Carbondale, Kan., and later an active member of Northland Christian Church, in Topeka.

Tigers kickoff football season Friday with homecoming celebration

Lyndon High School’s 2019 football homecoming is this Friday, Sept. 6. Kickoff against Central Heights High School is at 7 p.m. at Lyndon’s home field. Homecoming queen and king will be chosen this week, with the following as candidates, front from left, Brooke Addleman, Aubrey Beyer and Teagan Sturdy, back, Mathew Anschutz, Shawn Hinck and Tate Wells. Photo by Bill Patterson.

125th Street reopened after early morning sinkhole diverts traffic

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – A hole in the road closed 125th Street in Osage County between Auburn Road and Burlingame Road Tuesday morning, Sept. 3, 2019. Osage County Emergency Management and the Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning on social media the road closure was due to a sinkhole that formed overnight and the county highway department was working on it.

This afternoon, Glen Tyson, of Osage County Road and Bridge Department, said the road was reopened about noon today after a highway crew repaired a hole in the pavement.

Tyson said it was determined that heavy rains on Friday had undermined dirt alongside a culvert, which allowed the pavement to give way and form the hole in the road surface.

“The rains washed it away Friday, but it lasted until about 5 o’clock this morning,” Tyson said.

Tyson said the hole was backfilled with dirt and topped over with road rock for now. The culvert will be replaced soon and the pavement will be patched at that time, he said.

The county road route is used regularly by travelers and commuters between Burlingame and Auburn.

Tyson said there are other roads in the county that have been impacted by the recent heavy rains. One closure is township road 133rd Street between Valencia and Docking, also due to a culvert washout. Several minimum maintenance roads in the county have also been affected by culvert washouts, he said.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Early start to longevity

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Passing his farmhouse nearly every morning Monday through Friday, 6:30 to 7:15, for 48 years, he was always up working.

“Returning home, each of those days he was still going strong every afternoon 5:15 to 5:45.”

In the past month, his car wasn’t always in the garage, morning lights weren’t on, he wasn’t apparent at work.

Then the story was printed in the hometown weekly, personal hero Leroy Fechner passed away at 95 years of age.

At such admirable maturity passing probably shouldn’t be too unexpected but the news sent cringing recoil.

The lifelong bachelor cattleman, former renowned quality seed stock breeder merchandizer, conservation-minded crop grower, most ambitious, twinkling-eyed farmer seemed insurmountable.

One felt he’d surely live forever, and probably Leroy’s opinion was likewise such – whenever visiting conversation centered on future plans.

There’d been a couple setbacks in the past decade or so with body injury from farm-ranch work. Seriously out of commission at times forced to live away from his lifetime home some, Leroy always returned.

Back full force ahead, Leroy was checking cows, feeding backgrounders, operating farm equipment, driving slowly down the highway ranchland gazing.

Flood warning issued for Salt Creek near Lyndon to begin Labor Day holiday

Labor Day weather forecast graphic from NWS Topeka.

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a flood warning for Salt Creek near Lyndon. The warning is in effect this morning, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, until late tonight.

At 9:31 a.m. Friday, the stage was 7.4 feet; flood stage is 10 feet. Minor flooding is forecast, with the creek expected to rise above flood stage by this afternoon and continue to rise to near 10.2 feet late this afternoon. The river is forecast to fall below flood stage by this evening.

At flood stage, minor low land flooding begins in farm field just west of the U.S. Highway 75 bridge at the south edge of Lyndon.

Statewide Silver Alert canceled for missing Goddard man

Update, Aug. 30, 2019: The Goddard Police Department reported that John Hughes was located by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and is now safe.


SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. – The Goddard Police Department requested that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing Goddard, Kan., man.

The whereabouts of John Hughes, 88, are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate him.

Hughes has been missing since 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, when he left for a medical appointment in west Wichita but never arrived. John was driving a white 1999 Buick Century with the Kansas personalized tag of KSU5454.

Glenn L. Moon, 80, Topeka: July 29, 1939 – Aug. 28, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. – Glenn L. Moon, 80, of Topeka, Kan., passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka. He was born July 29, 1939, in Topeka. He was raised by his parents, Glenn W. and Olive Moon, in North Topeka.

Glenn spent some years of his life in California and Texas before returning to Topeka.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Aug. 12 – Aug. 16, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Aug. 12 through Aug. 16, 2019.

Osage County Jail Log, Aug. 18 – Aug. 25, 2019

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Congenial service is appreciated

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Greenbacks are the best way to do business.”

The old boss insisted that paper money is the safest and most accurate way to handle payment and receipt transactions.

That was probably 40 years ago the comment was made. Certainly, the truly smart man always had a billfold seeming full of folding bills to buy our Monday dinner.

Have remembered the statement occasionally through time, it definitely came back after a recent horseshow. Headed out of town, the gas gauge was below half as pulled into the filling station. Sure didn’t want to run out and have to ride one horse and lead the other to the ranch.

Heart sank when pulled the billfold out of the glovebox and there was no credit card. Of course, the first thing running through the mind was “What happened to it?”

Couldn’t remember last time it was used or where could have lost it. But, realization soon dawned the biggest immediate concern was paying for pickup gasoline.

Unlike the former employer, cash hasn’t been a form of paying for much of anything for several decades. Seems like if there happens to be any real hard dough readily available it’s usually spent for something unnecessary.

However, oddly and coincidently this time a twenty dollar bill was folded up in the hideaway.

Actually paying for gasoline with cash isn’t even that easy to do anymore. Most clerks get a concerned look whenever currency is brought out to pay for anything.

Learn the ins and outs of tree planting

Have you ever wondered when the best time to plant a tree is? Or how to properly prune a tree, but didn’t know who to ask? Frontier Extension District and Lyndon Library will host a public meeting on tree planting and maintenance at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17, 2019, at the library.

The presentation will cover when to plant trees and selecting trees from the nursery. Selection is all about planting the right tree in the right place. With the tough growing conditions that Kansas offers, selecting the right tree is often one of our biggest challenges.

Also covered will be mulching and its purpose, and the importance of pruning and how and when to do it.

The meeting will be at the Lyndon Library, 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, Kan.

Dale Melvin Davies, 93, Reading: Nov. 24, 1925 – Aug. 20, 2019

READING, Kan. – Dale Melvin Davies, 93, passed away Tuesday morning, Aug. 20, 2019, at his home in Reading, Kan. He was born on Nov. 24, 1925, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Jacob Charles and Olive Jernigan Davies.

He began attending the Reading United Methodist Church as a child and continued throughout his life. Dale attended Reading High School and graduated with the class of 1943.

Yvonne Petrechko, 65, Melvern: Aug. 11, 1954 – Aug. 21, 2019

MELVERN, Kan. – Yvonne Petrechko, 65, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, Mo. She was born on Aug. 11, 1954, in Olathe, Kan., the daughter of Herbert and Sarah Poe Grimes.

Yvonne had lived near Bonner Springs, Kan., and graduated from DeSoto High School. She lived in Lebo, Kan., for a number of years and had been in Melvern, Kan., for the last year and a half. She had worked for Southwestern Bell and AT&T as an operator.

SOS campaign highlights organization’s strengths and successes

Statement from SOS:

As a nonprofit organization, we are so very grateful to have the support of our community and friends. Another successful SOS Strong campaign has come and gone, all made possible by the selfless efforts of these distinguished men. SOS is excited to announce these amazing individuals collected over $23,000 for our organization, in addition to raising an invaluable amount of public awareness for the clients we serve. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported this initiative.

The spotlight has felt bright for SOS recently, showcasing all the hard work our staff does behind the scenes, as we received some great recognition at the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence 16th Annual Awards Ceremony. Over 160 people from across Kansas and eight other states gathered together for this event and SOS was honored to receive two of the four awards presented. SOS Strong was awarded Project of the Year, and Osage County Advocate Teresa Oliver was awarded Advocate of the Year. Teresa and her team do amazing work for our clients. For over a decade, Teresa has helped thousands of domestic violence and sexual assault victims learn how to heal in the aftermath of abuse. These awards reflect countless hours of dedication, for which we are immensely proud of their teamwork.

In addition to being recognized by our peers in the industry, we are equally humbled to be respected by our local communities as well. SOS was voted Best Nonprofit Group for the third consecutive year by the Emporia Gazette Readers’ Choice Awards. This is one of our favorite awards to receive because it speaks to the partnership that has formed between SOS and the numerous lives our organization interacts with on a daily basis. We sincerely cherish this relationship.

It is always hard to share survivor stories because of the emotional nature of our work; personal struggles which are heartbreaking, yet so inspiring to so many in need. We thank you for recognizing the sacrifices our staff make to serve others, as well as the leadership and commitment necessary for supporting the mission we so passionately strive to fulfill. What can often be a pretty dark world becomes brighter knowing we have a community full of survivors, thrivers, donors, volunteers and ambassadors. Your recognition of our efforts truly brings a refreshing light we all need from time to time.

From all of us at SOS, thank you for your continued support and heartfelt appreciation. We couldn’t do this without you.

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