A Cowboy’s Faith: Fun neighbors on Halloween

“Trick or treat give me something good to eat.” That’s the threat of ghosts, goblins and every other imaginable getup on Halloween. But it sends them for a whirl More »

Unofficial Osage County general election results, Nov. 6, 2018

Following are the unofficial election results for Osage County in the Nov. 6, 2018, general election, as released by the Osage County election officer. Write-in votes and 181 provisional More »

Hidden History: Toe-tappin’ leads Lyndon’s cobbler to his career choice

By Wendi Bevitt In an era when a favorite pair of shoes was meant to last past the time when they lost their sole, the Royal Shoe Shop served More »

Reader cautions against crossing bridges closed for maintenance

Pranksters or vandals caused danger to themselves and others by removal and destruction of bridge barriers in rural Osage County late Friday or early Saturday. Dear Editor: Yesterday, Saturday, More »

OCEM schedules table top exercise; all emergency personnel invited to participate

Osage County Emergency Management and Osage County Local Emergency Planning Committee will host a table top exercise at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 2018, at Lyndon Community Center, 204 S. Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan.

Target participants of the exercise are Osage County fire districts, Scranton Fire Department, Osage County Sheriff’s Office and dispatch center, Osage County Health Department, Osage County Road and Bridge, Osage County EMS, Osage County Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Osage County government officials.

Sign-in and registration will be at 6:30 p.m., with the exercise beginning at 6:45. Following the exercise, the Osage County Local Emergency Planning Committee will review federal Emergency Support Function No. 10, which deals with hazardous materials. At 9:15 p.m., the exercise concludes with hot wash, after action review, and check out.

Those planning to attend are asked to notify Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323, or 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, Kan., to obtain a count for handouts and refreshments.

Theodore Crook, 72, Overbrook: Sept. 18, 1946 – Oct. 25, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Theodore W. “Ted” Crook, 72, of Overbrook, Kan., was delivered unto eternal life, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. Ted was born Sept. 18, 1946, in Topeka, the son of Lawrence Leslie Crook and Sarah (Benton) Crook.

Ted graduated from Shawnee Heights High School. He served our country during the Vietnam Conflict in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Korea.

He was united in marriage to Helen Earlene Bledsoe on May 6, 1966, in Topeka. They shared nearly 48 years of marriage before her death on Feb. 21, 2014.

Arthur William Atchison, 90, Osage City: April 18, 1928 – Oct. 30, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Arthur William (Bill) Atchison, 90, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. He was born on April 18, 1928, in Arvonia, Kan. He was the son of John Henry and Florence (Gunterman) Atchison.

Bill was a lifelong resident of Osage City, Kan. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

On Dec. 24, 1951, he married Helen Schnoor.

Bill worked in farming and was a mechanic at Nordling Motors. Later he drove a truck for Thompson Truck Line. From 1978 to 1993, Bill and Helen owned and operated the Dew Drop Inn, in Osage City. 

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 15 – Oct. 19, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Oct. 15 through Oct. 19, 2018.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 21 to Oct. 25, 2018

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

Can YOU help? Do you have unneeded equipment taking up space?

Equipment Donation Drive

Did you know that your lightly used durable medical equipment can help a Kansan with disabilities who needs Assistive Technology, but can’t afford it?

The ATK-KEE Reuse Program accepts donated equipment that can be refurbished to high quality standards and then given, free of charge, to Kansans with disabilities and health conditions who need them.

ATK-KEE accepts donations such as:

Manual and powered wheelchairs * Scooters and power operated vehicles
Communication devices * Home care beds * Patient lifts * Shower chairs
Standers and gait trainers * Walkers with seats and handbrakes.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018
Address: Resource Center for Independent Living, 1137 Laing St., Osage City
Time: 8 a.m. -4 p.m.

Call for information or to arrange pick up:

Sponsored by: The Resource Center for Independent Living
Assistive Technology for Kansans
Kansas Equipment Exchange.

Courthouse open until 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday for early voters

Osage County Elections Clerk Dena McMahon has announced that the Osage County Courthouse will be open two evenings this week for early voting. In addition to regular hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week and until noon on Nov.5, the courthouse will be open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Nov. 1, for early voters.

For more information about voting in Osage County, contact McMahon at 785-828-4812 or visit the county clerk’s office at the courthouse at 717 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan.

Reader cautions against crossing bridges closed for maintenance

Pranksters or vandals caused danger to themselves and others by removal and destruction of bridge barriers in rural Osage County late Friday or early Saturday.

Dear Editor:

Yesterday, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, we had an incident involving the destruction of some county “bridge closed” barriers that blocked the bridge on Hoch Road (where it crosses the South Branch Wakarusa River in northwest Osage County). The Osage County Sheriff was contacted by my father, Ed Franklin, and county maintenance arrived soon afterwards.

My main reason for writing is to warn motorists to not to attempt to cross closed bridges.

Sinkhole at the edge of the bridge abutment shows erosion under the road surface. Photos by Cheryl Franklin.

This bridge is extremely unsound due to sinkholes that have undercut the dirt road due to the rains and the age of this bridge. In fact, one of the maintenance crew informed my father that the sinkhole on the north side of the bridge was caused by him just walking on it to assess the concrete. Luckily he caught himself before he fell completely through the hole and was only scratched.

The signs and barriers are back up and thankfully this time no one was injured. Even though my parents live near the bridge, no one heard anything – so the damage could’ve happened anytime between late Friday night to when it was discovered around 5 p.m. Saturday.

Thank you,
Cheryl Franklin

Construction delays postpone St. Patrick’s new church opening at Scranton

View from the balcony of St. Patrick’s Church, at Scranton, Kan., which served its parish for more than 100 years.

Update: Due to delays in construction on the new church for the parish of St. Patrick’s of Scranton, the planned Nov. 4, 2018, dedication and open house will be postponed. The new opening date or dedication plans have not been determined at this time.


One year ago, in October 2017, parishioners of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Scranton celebrated the 100th anniversary of the current church building and 150 years of the parish being in the Scranton community.

Now one year later, the parish is anxiously awaiting the completion of a new church building. If the finishing construction goes as planned, the final Sunday mass in the current church building and the new church building dedication will be soon. Parishioners plan to host a lunch after the dedication and give tours of the new church. Lunch reservations may be emailed to [email protected] or call 785-640-4503.

Carbondale ELM to bring live theater group Nov. 11

Grace Cathedral’s Readers Theater company will present two short live performances at the Carbondale ELM Community Building on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11, 2018.

Grace Readers Theater members are a group of individuals who enjoy sharing stories before a live audience. The first set is an original script and a humorous excerpt from Joe Depetrios “Over the River and Through the Woods”. The other set will focus on Veterans Day. This original performance is based on authentic letters between service men and their families during World War I.

ELM volunteers will have cookies and beverages available at the opening and during intermission. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. for socializing and refreshments, with the performance beginning at 3 p.m. There is no admission charge, but freewill donations are appreciated and will support the ELM Building with maintenance expenses.

Everyone is invited to come view the parade of flags by Carbondale Lions Club on Main Street, socialize, and enjoy some live theater in Carbondale, at 3 p.m. on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11.

Jeanne Louise Bond, 81, Overbrook: June 23, 1937 – Oct. 28, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Jeanne Louise (Kingery) Bond, 81, went home to the Lord on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, surrounded by her family. Jeanne was born on June 23, 1937, near Lone Star, Kan., to Everett William Kingery and Mary Elizabeth (Sanders) Kingery.

Jeanne was married to Roland Arthur Bond on Oct. 23, 1953. Jeanne and Roland brought seven children into this world, Michael, Steven, Pamela, Cynthia, Stanley, Jeffrey and Brenda. Jeanne loved her family greatly and enjoyed loving on 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Jeanne attended a one-room school near Globe until the eighth grade and then attended Overbrook High School, Overbrook, Kan. Jeanne and Bus were high school sweethearts. She started working at O’Bryhim’s Grocery Store, in Overbrook, in 1967. She worked there in various positions, but for most of those years, she worked behind the meat counter with her loving smile until she retired in 2011.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Safety always comes first

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“There’s just nothing to ride.”

How can that be with two dozen horses always anxious to get their noses in the feed bucket?

Of course, excitement adrenalin flowed when the nice lady asked for another outrider in the community historical pageant. Initial smiling consensual agreement then turned into concerned caution. Maybe that wouldn’t really be such a good idea all things considered.

Magnified voices, background sounds, extensive props, live bonfires, other animals, and costumed people create an atypical environment. Especially when dark and chill of the night are added to the equation.

An outsider looking in wouldn’t give second thoughts of what all actually could happen. Especially when seeing other participating horses very relaxed nonchalant to the unique circumstances.

Yet, easily there could be a real catastrophe if a horse decided those were the bogeyman out to get him. Even if a horse just sashayed a little bit with the tight scene layout unthinkable damage could occur.

Yes, the whole play would be caput with serious destruction to the extensively coordinated staging area.

That’s bad, but the horse, other horses and animals, could be readily hurt, too. Much worse is high possibility of injury to so many people, those in the cast and the spectators.

Several of the horses are considered well broke, while some have collected innumerable championships in a wide array of competitions.

Yet, none were considered safe to be a part of the program. Horsemanship abilities of handler can come into play, but that just doesn’t matter with certain horses.

Based on experience, perhaps horse sense, it just wouldn’t be sensible to take the high risks involved.

KDOR reminds voters of free ID services

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansans who need a photo ID before the Nov. 6, 2018, general election can visit any Kansas driver’s license office, jump to the front of the line, and get one for free, according to the Kansas Department of Revenue.

To ensure the ID is free, Kansans should specifically state they need it for voting. The cost for ID cards normally is $22.

“This service is always available and it’s important for us to remind voters that it’s an option ahead of the November 6th general election,” Kansas Director of Vehicles David Harper said.

Blue-green algae warnings lifted for all Osage County lakes

TOPEKA – All lakes in Osage County that were previously under watch or warning status for blue-green algae have been cleared by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

The two agencies lifted the warning and watch for Melvern Outlet Pond and Carbondale West Lake this week; they were the two remaining lakes in Osage County under the algae alert.

In northeast Kansas, the agencies have issued a public health warning for Frazier Lake in Grant County for the upcoming weekend and week, and South Lake Park, Johnson County, remains under a watch status.

Several lakes in Osage County experienced blue-green algae blooms over the summer, including Carbondale West Lake, Melvern Outlet Pond, Melvern Outlet Swim Pond, Overbrook City Lake, Overbrook City Kids Pond, and Pomona Lake.

If a lake is under a public health warning for blue-green algae, activities such as boating and fishing may be safe. However, direct contact with water, such as wading, skiing and swimming, is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock.

Roush to be inducted into Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame

Ret. Chief Master Sgt. Danny M. Roush

A retired Kansas National Guardsman from Lyndon, Kan., will soon join the ranks of those honored in the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame.

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Danny M. Roush, of Lyndon, will be added to the roster of distinguished Guardsmen along with retired Col. Wayne L. Cline, of Topeka, and the late retired Col. James E. Trafton.

The induction of the three Guardsmen into the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame will be during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Nov. 4, 2018, at the Ramada Hotel, 420 E. Sixth St., Topeka.

“These nominees are stellar examples of what it means to be a member of the Kansas National Guard,” said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general. “Throughout their careers, they exemplified the kind of dedication and leadership that makes the Kansas National Guard the proud and honorable organization it is.”

Chief Master Sgt. Roush joined the Kansas Air National Guard in 1973, enlisting into the 190th Civil Engineer Squadron. During a career that spanned almost 40 years, Roush served the Kansas National Guard in many capacities, including journeyman electrician, interior electric shop noncommissioned officer in charge, exterior electric shop supervisor, squadron first sergeant, electrical superintendent, facility manager and civil engineer manager. Roush deployed twice in his career, first to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 1990, and to Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2005.

Cold weather rule to take effect Nov. 1

TOPEKA – The Cold Weather Rule, designed to help Kansans who are behind on their utility payments avoid disconnection during the winter months, will begin on Nov. 1, 2018, and remain in effect through March 31, 2019.

“The Kansas Corporation Commission encourages Kansans who are past-due on their utility bills and at risk for disconnection to prepare now for the colder weather by contacting their utility company to make the necessary payment arrangements,” said KCC Chairman Shari Feist Albrecht.

The Cold Weather Rule was first enacted by the KCC in 1983 to prevent utility companies from disconnecting a customer’s natural gas or electric service during periods of extreme cold. Utility companies are prohibited from disconnecting a customer’s service when temperatures are forecast to be at or below 35 degrees over the following 24 hours.

Utility companies are also required to offer a 12-month payment plan to allow consumers to maintain or re-establish utility service. Any residential customer with a past due balance will qualify for payment arrangements under the rule. However, it is the customer’s responsibility to contact the gas or electric company to make those arrangements.

Payment plan terms to maintain or restore service require that customers agree to pay 1/12th of the total amount owed, 1/12th of the current bill, the full amount of any disconnection or reconnection fee, plus any applicable deposit to the utility. The remaining balance must be paid in equal payments over the next 11 months, in addition to the current monthly bill.

The Cold Weather Rule applies only to residential customers of electric and natural gas utility companies under the KCC’s jurisdiction. More information about the Cold Weather Rule may be found at http://kcc.ks.gov/consumer-information/cold-weather-rule. Kansans may also contact their local utility company or the KCC’s Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection at 800-662-0027.

Lyndon Leaders teach new members about exhibiting at county fairs

By Garrett Shoup, Club Reporter

The monthly meeting of the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club was held on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. It began with a game called “wax museum” for roll call.

Ethan Kneisler, standing in back, gives a presentation on the past 4-H year. A “mini fair” is also shown on the tables, displaying different categories and examples 4-Hers can enter at the fair.

President Ethan Kneisler gave the 4-H council report, which led to discussion on ways to make 4-H Achievement Night better. The club will be hosting this district event for the next two years. Leader’s report included an overview to new families on what to expect when being enrolled in 4-H.

In new business, the club discussed if they wanted to provide a meal at our next meeting. They voted to have pizza. Another topic in new business was adopting a family for the holidays. The club agreed to this activity and that the expense would be covered by the club.

The program for the meeting included activities to help our new members get a taste of what 4-H is all about. Ethan gave a visual presentation on all the activities the club does throughout the year. Next, older members shared why they like 4-H. To get the kids up and moving, a scavenger hunt was the next activity. The members broke into groups and found clues throughout the school that were geared toward 4-H projects.

Last, members broke into stations to experience “mini project meetings”. The kids rotated from the following areas: Foods, woodworking, photography, 3D construction-Legos, and mini fair display. In each station they did hands-on activities to experience what a 4-H project meeting and 4-H fair is like.

Ethan announced the next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3, 2018, followed by Achievement Night.

OCHS Band Boosters invite you to feast before GREASE!

OCHS Band Boosters are sponsoring a “dinner and a musical” combo before the evening performance of GREASE! at Osage City High School, on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.

Guests will enjoy a three course dinner of salad, spaghetti with meat sauce, seasoned green beans, bread sticks, and dessert. Featured will be live entertainment by The Fabulous Tweed Tones.

Seating begins at 5:15 p.m. in the Osage City School Cafeteria, and the musical begins at 7 p.m. Following dinner, everyone will go to the auditorium to enjoy GREASE!

Dinner and show combo ticket prices are $20 adult, $18 student. Contact Michelle Robert at 785-231-9344 or the Osage City High School office at 785-528-3172 to reserve a seat.

OCPR Update: Get off the bench and get on the ball!

OCPR-logo-redThere’s no doubt about which season it is – basketball! It might be cool outside, but Osage City Parks and Recreation is getting ready for basketball players to start warming up the local gyms. Here’s information about OCPR’s upcoming youth basketball season.

Local Republican women to host movie about women’s suffrage movement

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – The Osage County Republican Women will host a free movie at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at the Osage City Public Library Annex, 515 Main St. The movie, originally shown on the HBO television network, highlights the conflict that occurred when women sought to gain the right to vote in America.

This historical account of women’s suffrage is rated ’14’ and stars Hillary Swank (portraying Alice Paul, a leader of the women’s suffrage movement), Angelica Huston and Patrick Dempsey. The movie vividly recounts the struggle in the early 1900s of the brave women who single-handedly fought to secure U.S. constitutional voting rights for future generations of women. Up until that time, women had no vote, no political clout, and few rights as American citizens. It features the inspirational story of women who were determined to make a stand for women’s rights and were successful in changing the voting status of women in America.

Movie concessions at the site will be sold by 4-H members participating in the Citizenship Washington Focus Program. Area high school government class students will be assisting with the program.

Admission is free with a complimentary ticket. Youth ages 14 and older and adults are welcome to attend. Complimentary tickets are available in Burlingame, Carbondale, Lyndon, Osage City and Overbrook. For ticket location information, call Sue Anderson, OCRW secretary, at 785-836-7621.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 14 to Oct. 19, 2018

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

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