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Hidden History: Superior townsite fades away with founder’s Kansas dreams

Superior School, Osage County, Kan. Photo by Wendi Bevitt. The very first attempt at a settlement in what is now Osage County was called Council City. But Council City More »

Qualifiers represent Osage County at Kansas 4-H State Shotgun Match

From left, Osage County 4-Hers Kiera McNellis, Austin Eichem, and Dylon Harris competed at state sporting clays shoot Oct 9. Three members of the Osage County shooting sports program More »

Willing Workers 4-H Club starts off new 4-H year willingly working

Sweeping the playground at Osage City Elementary School are Willing Workers, from left, Lelia Wilcoxson, Kassie Thielen, Claire Newman, Lena Stucky, and Paige Thielen. Courtesy photo. By Avery Thielen More »

Fun-loving Windom cowgirl leads diversified, competitive life

Halloween is a special time for TallyAnn Klitzke who enjoys costuming her horse and herself. Elvis and TallyAnn are dressed here as Minnie and Mickey Mouse. Courtesy photo. Halloween More »

Nominating commission chooses Reynolds as new Coffey County magistrate judge

TOPEKA, Kan. – The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission has selected Kara Reynolds to fill a magistrate judge position in Coffey County. Reynolds’ new position will be effective on her swearing-in. She currently is the executive director of Coffey County Transportation.

The 4th Judicial District is composed of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties. The position was among several recently certified after the Kansas Legislature passed legislation to fund them.

To be considered for this position, nominee were required to be a resident of Coffey County while holding office; a graduate of a high school, a secondary school, or the equivalent; and either a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas or able to pass an examination to become certified within 18 months.

After serving one year in office, the new magistrate judge must stand for a retention vote in the next general election to remain in the position. If retained, the incumbent will serve a four-year term.

LTE: Road disrepair causes hazard at U.S. 75 ingress

Dear Editor:

Heading north on U.S. Highway 75 and turning on 205th Street is an accident waiting to happen. The asphalt from the old road formed a large hole, making it dangerously bad for both on and off Highway 75. It’s the same for turning on 213th Street.

A lot of taxes are paid by people living on these roads. There is one entrance in and out. Why can’t 205th Street’s entrance be fixed?

Thank you,

Jean House

Qualifiers represent Osage County at Kansas 4-H State Shotgun Match

From left, Osage County 4-Hers Kiera McNellis, Austin Eichem, and Dylon Harris competed at state sporting clays shoot Oct 9.

Three members of the Osage County shooting sports program participated in the Kansas 4-H State Shotgun Match, Oct. 8-9, 2022. Participants were Kiera McNellis, of the Clover Wranglers 4-H Club, and Dylon Harris and Austin Eichem, both of the North Osage 4-H Club. All three members qualified for the state shoot by shooting and scoring high enough at a regional trap and skeet shoot held in August.

Nearly 200 4-Hers from across the state shot trap and skeet Saturday, Oct. 8, at Ark Valley Gun Club in Sedgwick, Kan., and then many returned to shoot sporting clays the next day at Shady Creek Sporting Clays, in Belle Plaine, Kan.

Eichem placed 29th overall for the weekend in the junior, 10-13-year-old division. McNellis placed 96th in the senior, 14-18-year-old division, for skeet. Harris placed 16th in senior trap, 20th in senior skeet, 12th in senior sporting clays, and 13th overall in the senior division for the weekend.

Following the event, Harris was invited to apply to be a member of the 2023 Kansas Shotgun Team at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition, in Grand Island Neb., next summer. Team selection will be announced in November.

Dylon Harris to retire from 4-H archery with 6th-place finish at state match

Harris also qualified and participated in the state 4-H archery match, which was held Sept. 24, at Smoky Valley Shooting Sports facility, Lindsborg, Kan. He competes in the senior, open/compound bow division.  He finished in 6th place overall at the event.

This sixth place finish wrapped up Harris’ 4-H archery career as he prepares to age out of the program.  He joined 4-H in 2011, started the shooting sports project in 2012, and made his first appearance at the state archery match in 2015. Harris finished 5th, 10th, 4th, 4th respectively from 2018-2021 at the state matches, earning an invitation to be part of the Kansas National archery team each year. In 2021, only being able to attend nationals once per discipline, Harris finally accepted the team invite. In June 2022 he was one of four compound archery team members for Kansas who brought home the national championship title with their impressive scores for the week.  Harris placed 9th at the national shoot in the individual scoring.  

Ellsworth Floyd Good, 84, Scranton: Sept. 13, 1938 – Nov. 6, 2022

SCRANTON, Kan. – Ellsworth “Floyd” Good, 84, of Scranton, Kan., passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, at his home. He was born Sept. 13, 1938, in Herrick, S.D., the son of John Robert Good and Velma (Bell) Good.

The family moved to Fort Scott, Kan., where Floyd attended school and worked on the family farm.

On Nov. 19, 1959, Floyd was united in marriage to Dorothy “Carolyn” Geter, in Wichita, Kan. They shared more than 52 years of marriage before the death of Carolyn on Oct. 5, 2013. They lived in Burlingame, Kan., for 20 years prior to moving to Scranton in 2006.

Floyd was a heavy equipment operator, who owned and operated Good Excavating from 1975 to 1982, in Topeka, Kan. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 101 Topeka since Nov. 1, 1957.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Calf sale economically important

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Not more than five minutes at one evening’s cattle auction determines the total ranch income.”

For many years, calves produced annually are sold in a special fall calf sale at an area auction barn. With exception of retaining replacement heifers, all calves born in one year are sold at the same time.

Grain is pretty much essential when keeping calves for other forms of merchandizing. None is produced in this operation, and it’s quite high priced to buy.

Fortunately, the marketing method has worked out satisfactorily all things considered. Yes, there are weekly and even daily fluctuations that can influence the amount of the check received.

Of course, there’s never enough, but year in year out, money received for the calf crop has balanced out. It’s easy to get used to “high priced” calves which help pay debt principal faster.

When the market drops like the past several years, there’s hardly enough to keep up. Market rebounds in more recent times have been beneficial to black side of the ledger, creating more cattle business optimism.

It is a complicated equation when evaluating calf crop income. Of course, objective is always for the calf crop to weigh an average of more than the previous year. Likewise, goal is to always top the market in weight category.

Theresa Kay Turner, 58, Quenemo: Dec. 23, 1963 – Nov. 9, 2022

QUENEMO, Kan. – Theresa Kay Turner, 58, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at her home in Quenemo, Kan. She was born Dec. 23, 1963, in Garnett, Kan., the daughter of John and Mary (Mann) Orton.

Theresa had lived in Parker, Centerville, Blue Mound, and Duncan, Neb., and then Quenemo. She graduated from Prairie View High School in 1982.

Theresa worked in home health and was the Quenemo city clerk. She was a volunteer on the Quenemo Fire Department and was also an EMT.

State transportation project invests $1.85 million into Osage City’s Flint Hills Trail

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Osage City’s portion of the Flint Hills Nature Trail will be paved or surfaced after the Kansas Department of Transportation accepted a bid for constructing 2.5 miles of pedestrian and bicycle paths through town.

KDOT announced approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects from the Oct. 19, 2022, letting in Topeka, which included the Osage City rail-trail project.

The pedestrian and bicycle paths will mostly follow the Missouri Pacific Railroad right of way through town, with a detour to city streets at Fifth Street and Ninth Street. The route is along the old railway right of way from Osage City’s west city limit to Fifth Street, south to Holliday Street, east to Eighth Street, north to Lakin Street, east to Ninth Street, north to Missouri Pacific Railroad right of way, and east to the east city limit.

Bettis Asphalt & Construction Inc., Topeka, bid $1,847,358.60 for constructing the pedestrian and bicycle paths. KDOT’s project number is Osage‑70 TE‑0481‑01.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 28 – Nov. 3, 2022

The following information was compiled Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, 2022, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 31 – Nov. 5, 2022

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

Osage County’s unofficial results of the Nov. 8, 2022, General Election

Tuesday night, the Osage County Clerk’s Office announced the unofficial results of the general election held Nov. 8, 2022. Turnout was high across the county with about 54 percent of active registered voters heading to the polls and 6,237 ballots cast.

In USD 421, voters approved two piggy-backed bond issues for school improvements, for $4,980,000 and $3,650,000, respectively.

These results represent Osage County’s totals as of Tuesday night, without provisional ballots counted. Results will be official after canvassing by the Osage County Board of Commissioners.

United States Senator

  • Mark R. Holland (D)………………………………………. 1,299
  • Jerry Moran (R)……………………………………………. 4,659
  • David C. Graham (L)…………………………………………. 211

United States House of Representatives District 2

  • Patrick Schmidt (D)……………………………………….. 1,894
  • Jake LaTurner (R)………………………………………….. 4,239

State Offices

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

  • Laura Kelly and David Toland (D)……………………… 2,409
  • Derek Schmidt and Katie Sawyer (R)…………………. 3,545
  • Seth Cordell and Evan Laudick-Gains (L)………………… 84
  • Dennis Pyle and Kathleen E. Garrison (I)………………. 166

Secretary of State

  • Jeanna Repass (D)………………………………………… 1,502
  • Scott J. Schwab (R)……………………………………….. 4,361
  • Cullene Lang (L)………………………………………………. 253

Attorney General

  • Chris Mann (D)…………………………………………….. 2,270
  • Kris Kobach (R)…………………………………………….. 3,854

State Treasurer

  • Lynn W. Rogers (D)……………………………………….. 1,804
  • Steven Johnson (R)……………………………………….. 4,060
  • Steve Roberts (L)…………………………………………….. 265

Commissioner of Insurance

  • Kiel Corkran (D)……………………………………………. 1,297
  • Vicki Schmidt (R)………………………………………….. 4,795

State Representative 54th District

  • Lyndon Johnson (D)…………………………………………. 872
  • Ken Corbet (R)……………………………………………… 2,268

State Representative 76th District

  • Chuck Torres (D)…………………………………………….. 828
  • Eric L. Smith (R)……………………………………………. 2,153

County Offices

County Commissioner, 1st District

  • Leslie D. Holman (R)……………………………………… 1,663
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 65

County Treasurer (unexpired term)

  • Christine L. Foster (R)……………………………………. 4,930
  • Write-in………………………………………………………… 304

Township Offices

Agency Township Clerk

  • Randy Chenoweth (R)………………………………………. 111
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 5

Arvonia Township Clerk

  • Donald Rogers (R)…………………………………………….. 27
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 21

Barclay Township Clerk

  • Rodney Bergquist (R)………………………………………… 72

Burlingame Township Clerk

  • Christina M. Corbett (R)…………………………………….. 72

Dragoon Township Clerk

  • Dillon Quaney (R)……………………………………………… 97
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 1

Elk Township Clerk

  • Stanley Hart (R)………………………………………………. 657
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 20

Fairfax Township Clerk

  • Keith Badger (R)……………………………………………… 256
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 8

Grant Township Clerk

  • Larry Colstrom (R)…………………………………………… 115
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 4

Junction Township Clerk

  • Raymond Kampsen (D)…………………………………….. 315
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 31

Lincoln Township Clerk

  • Philip “Rusty” Spencer (R)………………………………….. 53
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 5

Melvern Township Clerk

  • Raylen  Phelon (R)…………………………………………… 229
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 8

Olivet Township Clerk

  • Robert K. Crawford (R)………………………………………. 86

Ridgeway Township Clerk

  • Jim Shively (R)………………………………………………… 703
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 73

Scranton Township Clerk

  • Kevin Holthaus (R)…………………………………………… 289
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 14

Superior Township Clerk

  • Emilee Burkett (R)…………………………………………….. 86
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 8

Valley Brook Township Clerk

  • Donald E. Hook (R)………………………………………….. 540
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 23

Reading Fire District 1 Board Member (two positions)

  • Chris Keith………………………………………………………. 18
  • Kevin Sorenson………………………………………………… 19

USD 421 Proposition 1

  • Yes………………………………………………………………. 758
  • No……………………………………………………………….. 402

USD 421 Proposition 2

  • Yes………………………………………………………………. 647
  • No……………………………………………………………….. 519

Constitutional Amendment 1

  • Yes……………………………………………………………. 2,966
  • No…………………………………………………………….. 2,667

Constitutional Amendment 2

  • Yes……………………………………………………………. 3,927
  • No…………………………………………………………….. 1,843

Magistrate Court Judge

4th Judicial District Position No. 1 …………………….. Yes                No

  • Lori D. Breshears………………………………………….. 3,866                1,666

Supreme Court Justices……………………………………. Yes                No

  • Position No. 1 – Melissa Taylor Standridge…………. 3,378                2,240
  • Position No. 2 – Dan Biles……………………………….. 3,230                2,332
  • Position No. 3 – K.J. Wall………………………………… 3,200                2,385
  • Position No. 5 – Marla Luckert…………………………. 3,311                2,242
  • Position No. 6 – Evelyn Z. Wilson……………………… 3,325                2,255
  • Position No. 7 – Caleb Stegall…………………………… 3,594                1,933

Kansas Court Of Appeals Judges

  • Position No. 1 – Stephen D. Hill………………………… 3,469                2,048
  • Position No. 2 – Lesley Ann Isherwood………………. 3,329                2,156
  • Position No. 3 – Amy Fellows Cline……………………. 3,415                2,099
  • Position No. 5 – Kim R. Schroeder…………………….. 3,521                1,971
  • Position No. 7 – Henry W. Green Jr…………………… 3,355                2,099
  • Position No. 11 – Tom Malone…………………………. 3,311                2,131
  • Position No. 13 – Jacy J. Hurst………………………….. 3,220                2,222

Timoteo Lira, 101, Osage City: Feb. 23, 1921 – Nov. 5, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Timoteo Lira, 101, passed away, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at his daughter’s home in Kansas City, Mo. Timoteo was born Feb. 23, 1921, in Osage City, Kan., the son of Nicolas and Gabriela (Moreno) Lira.

He graduated from Osage City High School in 1942. After high school, he served in the United States Army during World War II.

He was joined in marriage to Gladys Romero; she preceded him in death in 1971.

Timoteo worked in maintenance for the Santa Fe Railroad, and retired in 1981. He was an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and American Legion Post 198, in Osage City.

Help Wanted: Marilynn’s seeks fulltime day shift cook; evening server

Marilynn’s Restaurant in Osage City is seeking a fulltime day shift cook and an evening server. Apply in person at 1216 Laing St. (east Highway 31) in Osage City.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Tax dollars at work

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It’s all supposed to be done by mid-November.”

That’s what the highway construction foreman has again promised. Work will not be finished any too soon for ranchers putting up with the roadblocks that have continued for months.

Just when it seems there’s going to be reprieve different projects cut loose all at the same time.

Not mechanically minded, everything is a “bulldozer” in a wannabe cowboy’s intelligence. There are all kinds of machinery on the go. Big trucks with bigger wheels, every shape imaginable dirt mover, giant bulldozers, huge dirt haulers of every sort.

Every one going lickity-cut, must be 60 miles an hour, so it seems. Give them the right of way, even though sometimes the mind would like to dare one to see who gives first.

“No way, let ’em have the road, they’re 100 times as big and likely 1,000 times as powerful.”

To make it worse and most nerving of all is the loud always roaring engines. Never one to own or want to have a hot rod, rides with friends who had them five decades-plus ago were instantly refused.

Those agitating big screeching motors are accompanied by very loud horns of every decimal God has created. Not just one but seemingly two dozen all at the same time. Then there are backup caution whistles, sirens, beeps, whatever else they might be called.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 21 – Oct. 27, 2022

The following information was compiled Oct. 21 to Oct. 27, 2022, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club fall update

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly meeting at the Melvern Community Center; the meeting was called to order by President Braelyn McNally. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge, led by Braelyn. Braelyn called roll, and members and parents were to answer with “Would you rather slide down a rainbow or jump on clouds?” There were eight members and five adults present.

Vice-President Gradey McNally read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read. Gradey read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read. Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted one article to the newspaper.

In historian report, Historian Allie Reeser shared “4-H Fun Facts” about the emblem of 4-H.

In leaders’ reports, leaders Caleb McNally and Lisa Reeser reminded club members of Achievement Night Oc. 26, and this week is 4-H Week. There was no old business.

In new business, it was moved and seconded to have a Trunk at the Melvern Trunk or Treat 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31.

It was moved and seconded to order new club shirts; Lisa will inquire for designs and bring it back next month.

In program, MJH members created posters to hang up at the Melvern and Quenemo buildings to promote and advertise 4-H.

In songs, the club sang Happy Birthday to Jennifer Roy.

At 5:24 p.n. it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, at the Melvern Community Center.

Members enjoyed snacks brought by the Reeser family and played at the park for recreation.

Grace Community Church hosts a ladies night out at Overbrook

A “Ladies Night Out” is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, at Grace Community Church, Overbrook, Kan. The event is free and open to the public. A potluck dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a special presentation at 7 p.m. with Christian author Beverly A. Brown.

Brown worked in deaf ministries for several years, and has served in various other roles within her church. She is a wife of 54 years, mother, grandmother, and also a great grandmother.

Her book, The Joy of Letting Go, is said to show our joy in the Lord, not in the circumstances or in other people, and is described as a story with no condemnation or judgment, and a soul-searching work.

Grace Community Church, 310 E. Eighth St., Overbrook, will also serve as an Osage County election site that day. The “Ladies Night Out” event will be held in the church’s walkout basement; enter through the doors on the west side of the building. Pull into the west side parking lot and park anywhere in the gravel lot and enter through the lower door.

Willing Workers 4-H Club starts off new 4-H year willingly working

Sweeping the playground at Osage City Elementary School are Willing Workers, from left, Lelia Wilcoxson, Kassie Thielen, Claire Newman, Lena Stucky, and Paige Thielen. Courtesy photo.

By Avery Thielen
Club Reporter

The Willing Workers 4-H Club jumpstarted its 4-H year by celebrating National 4-H Week and 48 Hours of 4-H, and initiating the officers who will serve in a leadership role this year. The club has always been open to help their community. On Oct. 2, 2022, the Willing Workers 4-H club journeyed out to clean the school playground and paint windows. After asking for ideas for National 4-H week, the club thought that cleaning the Osage City Elementary School playground would be a great way to help the community.

The club used brooms and leaf blowers to clean up mulch, dirt and trash, making the playground look much cleaner. After cleaning, the club went to Market Street to paint windows and glass doors, saying “Join 4-H.”

Willing Workers 4-H Club thanks the businesses that allowed us to paint their windows.

Osage City has new highway: K-31 opens after monthslong closure

Kansas Department of Transportation announced yesterday through social media that state Highway 31, between Osage City and U.S. Highway 75, has been reopened, as of Nov. 2, 2022.

KDOT reports work will continue along the sides of the highway, with the project expected to be completed in January. Drivers are asked to use caution in the construction zone.

That section of K-31 had been closed since July 25, as part of the highway’s realignment project. KDOT’s only official marked detour for the project was on U.S. Highway 56, and routed drivers more than 15 miles out of their way through Scranton and Burlingame to reach Osage City. Several local gravel roads were heavily used as detour routes during the closure.

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