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5th-6th grade Lady Indians head to state championship tournament

Osage City’s 5th-6th grade Lady Indians finished 3-0 at Wamego, Jan. 15, 2022. The wins qualified the team for the Kansas State Basketball Championship, a state tournament for youth More »

Eat Well to Be Well: 22 simple ways to be healthier in 2022

Say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022! Father Time keeps ticking away with the arrival of another New Year with new possibilities affecting your life and health. Speaking More »

Willing Workers 4-H Club celebrates holidays by giving back to community

Caroling at a local nursing home, front from left, Charlotte Ferrer, Clara Thielen, Kassie Thielen, Jack Ferrer, Ruby Stucky, Hadley Bosse, Lelia Wilcoxson; middle row, Paige Thielen, Reece Wilcoxson, More »

Local Republican women share book to inspire hope in humanity

Judy Marten, president Osage County Republican Women, presents the group’s book donation of “Better Angels” to Overbrook Library Director Kyle Sederstrom. Courtesy photo. The Osage County Republican Women recently More »

Roger Seth Gurtler, 86, Osage City: Oct. 1, 1935 – Jan. 17, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Roger Seth Gurtler, 86, of Osage City, Kan., passed away Jan. 17, 2022, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Roger was born Oct. 1, 1935, in Maple Hill, Kan., to Seth Loren Gurtler and Fannie Lillian (Winsor) Gurtler.

He grew up with sisters, Carol Kurtz (Don), of Burlingame, Kan., and Sharon Holland (Virgil), Seattle, Wash.; and brother Wendell “Pete” Gurtler (Shirley), Sheldon, Iowa.

As a teen, he loved spending his time helping with haying and dairy cows on the farm. He loved rebuilding anything mechanical, especially tractors and old Chevrolets. He graduated in 1953 from Dickinson County High School. After high school, he joined the US Army and he completed boot camp at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He was proud to serve his country; he received the Good Conduct and Sharpshooter (Rifle) awards. He received training as an auto repairman and this sparked his passion for his career.

Wayne L. Knight, 75, Ottawa: April 3, 1946 – Jan. 15, 2022

OTTAWA, Kan. – Wayne L. Knight, 75, passed away Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at Advent Health, Shawnee Mission, Kan. He was born April 3, 1946, in Bradford, Kan., the son of Bill and Anna May (Newton) Knight.

Wayne attended No. 10 School on Buttermilk Lane, southwest of Harveyville, Kan. He graduated from Harveyville High School in 1964.

Wayne worked as an industrial electrician with Boise Hilburn Electric and ECKC Electric. He loved riding motorcycles, camping, and at one time he owned his own airplane. He loved being with his family and friends.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Saying easier than doing

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Can’t is over in the ditch.”

Mrs. Gibson, first grade teacher at Garfield Grade School in 1957, emphasized that to her students. “There isn’t anything impossible when one has the determination.”

It’s a lesson never forgotten always coming to mind when something seems unachievable.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” another teacher presented that advice to his class.

Both comments are encouragement relative to getting accomplished what needs to be done.

Frequently, “can’t” is used as an excuse for not doing a necessary task one just doesn’t like doing. However, the challenge whatever it is can often be completed with dedicated effort.

Still, certain people have more natural abilities in different areas than others. One which is an increasingly burdening factor today is modern technology.

This includes all aspects of cell phone, computer and other social media operations. Most young to middle age adults and even grade school children have no issues with such advanced conveniences. Yet that’s not the case with many of those born a half century ago or before. While they may have been forced into use of the “convenient” devices, their knowledge remains quite limited.

A number of “senior” citizens with cell phones and computers can make a call or look up certain information. Nevertheless, there are still quite a lot of older folks who don’t have the apparatuses.

Susie (Totman) Peimann, 64, Vassar: Sept. 17, 1957 – Jan. 14, 2022

VASSAR, Kan. – Susie (Totman) Peimann was born Sept. 17, 1957, in Fort Scott, Kan., and passed from this earthly life Jan. 14, 2022, at her home near Lyndon, Kan.

She accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior when she was young, and attended Countryside Baptist Church.

Many of her working years were as a secretary and with her husband, David, at Peimann Title & Escrow Inc. She loved decorating for each season and planning and hosting family get-togethers, especially July 4th and Christmas. She also enjoyed trips, visiting antique stores, fishing, all things KU, and planning and decorating for church events.

Susan Jane McDonald, 64, Vassar: Sept. 1, 1957 – Dec. 31, 2021

VASSAR, Kan. – Susan Jane McDonald, 64, passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, in Topeka, Kan. She was born Sept. 1, 1957, in Independence, Kan., the daughter of Jack Stratton and Catherine Bullock.

Susan grew up in Independence and had lived near Vassar, Kan., with her husband for the last 22 years.

Susan was a wife, mother of three children, six grandkids, three stepchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Susan was a registered nurse, having worked for the Osage County Health Department, and also previously working as a traveling nurse in several states.

Alice Georgie Davis, 97, Osage City: Sept. 23, 1924 – Jan. 12, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Alice Georgie Davis, 97, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at her home. Alice Georgie McCullough was born Sept. 23, 1924, in Portsmouth, Va., to James H. and Cora (Overman) McCullough.

Shortly after her birth, they moved to Norfolk, Va., where she went to school and graduated. After graduation, she worked at Chesapeake Potomac Telephone Company.

She was joined in marriage to Acie W. Davis Sr., June 1945. They moved to Osage City, Kan., in 1948. He passed away in 1975.

Alice was a lifetime member of United Methodist Church. She was a member of gadabouts, American Legion Auxiliary, and UMW. She worked for Hallmark Cards for 13 years in Osage City.

Jane Mills, 81, Osage City: April 22, 1940 – Jan. 8, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Jane E. Mills, 81, passed away Jan. 8, 2022, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born April 22, 1940, in Osage City, Kan., the daughter of Carl Colstrom and Vivian (Daniels) Colstrom.

She was a lifelong Osage City resident, graduating from Osage City High School with the class of 1958.

On Jan. 10, 1959, Jane was united in marriage to Alton Mills, at the Osage City First Presbyterian Church. They celebrated more than 62 years of loving marriage.

Jane and Alton owned and operated the Riverside Supper Club just outside of Osage City from 1964 to 1975. Jane then owned C.J. Gifts and Sportswear, Osage City, for many years. When she closed C.J.’s she began managing the local Dollar General in Osage City until the early 2000s.

Eat Well to Be Well: 22 simple ways to be healthier in 2022

Say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022! Father Time keeps ticking away with the arrival of another New Year with new possibilities affecting your life and health. Speaking of health, what plans do you have for restoring or maintaining your health this coming year and what steps will you take to reach your goals?

One thing we learned over the past two years is good health matters. COVID-19 continues to take a toll, especially on individuals with chronic health conditions, a blunt reminder that getting and staying healthy has always had distinct advantages. However, gaining good health doesn’t just happen. It takes daily dedication of practicing regular healthy habits with a lot of self-discipline added to this mix.

To start your New Year with good health in mind, here’s a list of 22 simple ways to get healthier with minimal effort:

1. Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables. High in nutrients, low in calories and carbohydrates, these valuable veggies include asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, peppers, radishes, squash, spinach, Swiss chard, tomatoes, and zucchini.

2. Drink more water. Water is calorie and sugar-free and essential for good health. A good guide for daily water intake is to divide your weight in half and aim for that number in fluid ounces. For example, someone who weighs 150 pounds should aim for at least 75 ounces or about nine, 8-ounce glasses a day.

3. Stay flexible. Every day, do some sort of stretching routine to keep your body and joints flexible and strong.

4. Dedicate at least 5 minutes of your lunch break to walking. This will keep you more active and is a great stress reliever and mood enhancer.

5. Drink green tea. One of the healthiest beverages you can drink, green tea is packed with antioxidants helping you fight free radicals shown to increase disease and speed aging.

6. Brush and floss your teeth. Get in the habit of brushing and flossing twice a day.

7. Avoid sugar beverages. Sugary sodas are bad for your health and loaded with added sugar. If you drink a lot of soda, opt for healthier beverages such as water, unsweetened tea, coffee, or green tea.

8. Go to bed 10 minutes earlier. By the end of the week, you’ll add an extra 70 minutes of sleep. Keep it up all year and you’ll have slept 60 hours more. Imagine how well-rested you’ll feel.

9. Make a grocery list before you shop. This can help you make healthier decisions when shopping and prevent impulse buying. Studies have also shown that grocery lists can help you eat healthier.

10. Limit screen time. This includes screen usage from cell phones, TV, computers, laptops, and other devices. Estimate your average screen time per day and aim to reduce it by half.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 31, 2021 to Jan. 6, 2022

The following information was compiled Dec. 31, 2021, to Jan. 6, 2022, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 3 to Jan. 6, 2022

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

Gary Max Hoffsommer, 83, Topeka: Feb. 28, 1938 – Jan. 6, 2022

TOPEKA, Kan. – Gary Max Hoffsommer, Topeka, Kan., went to be with our Lord and Savior on Jan. 6, 2022.

Gary’s family included his beloved wife, Karen, of 39 years, and daughters Michelle Hollenbeck, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Debra Young (Shane), Overbrook, Kan., and Lori Means (Mike), Berryton, Kan. He will also be missed by stepchildren, Brenda Flanagan (Gary), Topeka, Brad Berckefeldt, Grove, Okla., Heather Thomas, Bartlesville, Okla., and Erick Berckefeldt (Heather), Topeka. In addition, Gary was blessed with 23 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. 

Gary was born Feb. 28, 1938, in Topeka, to Paul K. and Irene V. (Roller) Hoffsommer.

Roy Lee Jenkins, 85, Admire: Jan. 24, 1936 – Dec. 18, 2021

ADMIRE, Kan. – Roy Lee Jenkins, 85, passed away Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at his home near Admire, Kan. Roy Lee was born Jan. 24, 1936 in Reading, Kan., the son of David and Elnora (Wright) Jenkins.

Roy was joined in marriage to Mary Apps on Nov. 22, 1960, in Osage City, Kan. She preceded him in death in 1986. Roy later married Neva Deskins, she also preceded him in death.

He served in the United States Army, and was a long-time farmer around the Admire and Reading area.

Marilynn Ann Benton, 71, Osage City: July 11, 1950 – Jan. 5, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Marilynn Ann (Claypole) Benton, 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at her home in Osage City, Kansas. She was born on July 11, 1950, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Charles (Red) and RoseMary (Braun) Claypole.

Marilynn grew up in Topeka, Kan., and eventually moved to Scranton, Kan., graduating from high school in 1968.

She was married to Robert Holmes and later divorced. She married Robert Benton, March 20, 1989.

Over the course of her life, Marilynn worked at various places. She managed Collins Carryout and Collins Drive, Topeka. She also worked for Daylight Donuts, Frito Lay, and Pizza Hut. Marilynn and Bob opened Marilynn’s Place, in Osage City, Kan., on June 21, 1991, and later sold the business. She then provided home cleaning and home care for various people in the Osage City area.

Veronica L. Johnson, 61, Osage City: May 6, 1960 – Jan. 1, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Veronica L. Johnson, 61, passed away Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, at Newman Regional Health, Emporia, Kan. Veronica Lee Miller was born May 6, 1960, in Neubruecke, Germany, the daughter of Quincy Melvon and Margaret Sue (Hamner) Miller.

She graduated from Mission Valley High School. She received a degree in horticulture from Kaw Area Vocational Technical School, Topeka, Kan.

She was joined in marriage to Miles Hayden Johnson, May 19, 1979, in Topeka, Kansas. To this union, three sons were born, Lyle, Spencer and Kingham.

Veronica was a school cook at USD 420, Osage City, for the past 11 years.

Juanita ‘Nita’ Anstaett, 95, Carbondale: March 25, 1926 – Jan. 8, 2022

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Juanita “Nita” Anstaett, 95, passed away Jan. 8, 2022, at Brookside Nursing Facility, Overbrook, Kan. She was born Juanita Joan Divine, March 25, 1926, in Brown County, Kansas. She was the daughter of Fannie Marie Hassey Divine and William Mason Divine.

She attended high school at Hamlin High School and then graduated from Topeka High School in 1944.

She married Robert Anstaett, June 16, 1946; he preceded her in death in 1993. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; and a son-in-law.

She is survived by six children, Vicki (JR) Janneck, Wasilla, Alaska, Robert (Jan) Anstaett Jr., Aurora, Colo., John (Evelyn) Anstaett, Harveyville, Kan., Sherry Small, Carbondale, Penny Buek, Topeka, Kan., Paula (Mike) Lucas, Carbondale; a sister, Pat Campbell, Wellsville, Kan.; and 23 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, nine step-great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Nita was very community oriented. She played organ at Carbondale UCC Church for many years, served on several of its boards, and taught Sunday School. Nita was secretary of the UCC Kansas Oklahoma conference. She was a 60-year member of Carbondale Grange and was matron of the Junior Grange for more than 20 years.

Berniece Wise, 102, Melvern: Nov. 23, 1919 – Jan. 9, 2022

MELVERN, Kan. – Berniece Wise, 102, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, at Sunset Manor Waverly, Kan. She was born Nov. 23, 1919, in Stanberry, Mo., the only child of Ernest and Mamie O’Bannion Stuart.

They moved to a farm near Waverly, Kan., when she was eight years old. She graduated from Waverly High School in 1937. Berniece was a homemaker.

Berniece was married to Glen Wise, April 24, 1943. They had lived in the Olivet, Kan., community until they moved with their family to Melvern, Kan., in 1963.

Help Wanted: Marilynn’s seeks day shift cook, server

Marilynn’s Restaurant in Osage City is seeking a day shift cook and a server. For more information, call 785-528-3769, or apply in person at 1216 Laing St. (east Highway 31) in Osage City.

Help Wanted: Flint Hills Beverage seeks Sales & Service Rep

Flint Hills Beverage, the area Budweiser wholesaler, is now accepting applications Monday-Friday, 8-5, at 132 W Market St., Osage City, Kan., or online at www.flinthillsbeverage.com , for the Sales and Service Rep position. This position requires lifting 20-165 lbs. repetitively and obtaining a CDL license with our assistance. Pre-employment drug screen, driving record review and physical will also be required. Selling, customer relationship skills and truck driving experience preferred.  Includes full benefits and competitive pay. Must be 18 to apply.

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