Hidden History: Kansas county named in honor of Civil War private, Osage County native

Rev. Josiah McAfee, inset, as a Kansas legislator, honored the sacrifice of one of his recruits by naming Rooks County after him. By Wendi Bevitt Fifty-six Kansas counties honor More »

Cemetery map inquiry clears up foggy history of old Prairie Center Church

The remains of Old Prairie Center Church, now being used as a barn. OCHS photo. By Eileen Davis, Osage County Historical Society Usually I title these discussions as “day” More »

Lions and Tigers share Lyndon pride

This spring Lyndon High School students participated in the first Tiger Action Day. One of the activities was to help paint the Lyndon Lions Club picnic tables at Jones Park. More »

Lyndon High School graduates roar off to live their dreams, ‘be what they want to be’

Wearing Lyndon Tigers’ traditional colors, the LHS class of 2018 said their goodbyes to high school life. Photo by Bill Patterson. Graduation season highlights the efforts of young students to learn More »

Local nonprofits invited to apply for emerging needs grants

EMPORIA, Kan. – The United Way of the Flint Hills is inviting nonprofits located in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, and Woodson counties to apply for the organization’s emerging needs grants. Launched in 2015, the funding allows organizations to apply for grants up to $1,000 for new projects and new programs.

“The emerging needs grant program has been an exciting way for the United Way of the Flint Hills to learn about new programs and develop new partnerships in all of the communities we serve,” said Jami Reever, executive director. “We’ve loved the diversity of the applications we’ve received in the past and know that for many organizations, this grant opportunity makes new ideas possible. We encourage any nonprofit in our community to apply.”

Volunteers sought for library’s summer eating program

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is seeking volunteers to assist with a childrens’ summer food program at the Osage City Public Library and an Osage City apartment complex.

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has partnered with the Osage City Library to combat childhood hunger, and through the Kids Summer Food Program they will offer free meals to all kids between the ages of 1-18.

Lunch will be provided 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 1-Aug. 3, 2018, at two sites in Osage City, the library and Dogwood Glen Apartments.

Volunteers are needed for the program, and all volunteers are required to attend training, which will be held at a later date.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the program is asked to contact Camille Pickhinke at [email protected] or 913-433-2083. 

RCIL to host free employment skills class

Resource Center for Independent Living is hosting a class on job preparation, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Emporia.

Topics will include job search, resumes, interviewing, and more. The class is free and open to all persons; those with disabilities who are interested in working are especially encouraged to attend.

The class will be held at RCIL, 215 W. Sixth Ave., Suite 202, Emporia. The morning session will cover job searches, resumes, and the interview process. The afternoon session will feature presentations by Working Healthy and Kansas Works, and vocational rehabilitation.

For more information, accommodation requests, or to RSVP, contact Adam Burnett at RCIL at 800-580-7245 or [email protected]. Snacks and drinks will be provided; RSVP by May 21.

Shirley Ann McDaniel, 80, Lyndon: Dec. 25, 1937 – May 14, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – Shirley Ann McDaniel, 80, passed away Monday, May 14, 2018, at her home of 54 years in Lyndon, Kan., after a brave three-year battle against cancer. She was born on Dec. 25, 1937, in Vassar, Kan., the daughter of John and Hazel Beatty Christesen.

Shirley graduated from Towanda (Kan.) High School in 1957, and attended Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan. She spent her time supporting her family, being a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.

Nola Jean Cox, 84, Overbrook: Dec. 12, 1933 – May 11, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Nola Jean Cox, 84, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born on Dec. 12, 1933, in Galt, Mo., the daughter of John and Della Hess Molloy.

Nola had lived in Dover, Kan., before moving to Lyndon, Kan., in 1973. She worked for SRS in Osage County for 22 years.

OCPR Update: Swimming season is almost here

OCPR-logo-redSpring is here and summer is right around the corner as Osage City Parks and Recreation gets the pool ready for swimming, swimming lessons, and having fun. Also in the works are STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, music) camps, art camps and tackle football. Here is OCPR’s latest update:

Gladys Pearl Streeter, 82, Vassar: June 27, 1935 – May 13, 2018

VASSAR, Kan. – Gladys Pearl Streeter, 82, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born on June 27, 1935, in Topeka, the daughter Arthur and Lola Worford Ham.

Gladys had lived around Pomona Lake and Vassar for more than 40 years. She worked as an office manager for Pomona State Park for 29 years. Gladys received her associate degree from Allen County Community College, and was the first to graduate from Allen County Outreach. She was a member of the Vassar United Methodist Church, where she was treasurer for many years, a member of the United Methodist Women, and a delegate for two national conferences. She was a lay leader with Osage County Ministerial Association, was instrumental in the formation of Help House and Osage County Mental Health Association, and was a member of the Kansas Prairie Pickers Association, Vassar Polecats, Red Hat Ladies, and the Panic and Anxiety Connection.

Old bull rider to get down in chutes one more time at Burlingame rodeo

Most cowboys, especially bull riders, have long stopped competing when they pass 70 years of age. Ron Snoddy just can’t get the adrenalin out and proved it a few years ago when he entered the bull riding at Club Rodeo in Wichita. Snoddy, 76, will mount another bucking bull at the 48th annual Burlingame Rodeo, May 18-19, in honor and memory of Burlingame Saddle Club members.

By Frank J. Buchman

It’s just impossible to take the boy out of a cowboy.

Living proof is lifetime cowboy Ron Snoddy, active member of the Burlingame Saddle Club.

He’ll be 77 years old in just a few weeks, but age is no detriment for a real cowboy.

Snoddy is entered in the bull riding in the first performance of the 48th annual Burlingame Rodeo Friday evening, May 18, 2018, at Burlingame.

“I’m doing it in memory and honor of the Burlingame Saddle Club members who started and have continued sponsoring the rodeo,” Snoddy said.

“Ron was one of the saddle club members when the Burlingame Rodeo began,” said Pat Rusher, active club leader now.

“I can’t begin to name everybody who has helped through the years,” Rusher admitted. “Ron along with Pete Stout and John Pickett are the only ones left from when the rodeo started. Paul Lang had been heavily involved from the beginning, but he passed away about a year ago.”

“I competed in lots of rodeos in the late ’50s and early ‘60s,” Snoddy reflected. “Just the bull riding, no other events, always loved the bull riding.”

Collecting a number of payback checks, Snoddy claimed, “I paid for lots of gas for the other cowboys, but I had as much fun as anybody going up and down the road. There’s nothing like being a rodeo bull rider.”

Like many, after getting married and starting a family, Snoddy was forced to step away from rodeo. “I had to make a living and wasn’t able to do that with rodeo. I became a carpenter as my profession,” Snoddy said.

Living in Topeka, Snoddy was always in the bleachers at rodeos in driving distance throughout the years. “Watching those other cowboys ride just doesn’t compare to getting down on the bull and nodding for the gate yourself,” he insisted.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, April 30 – May 4, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse April 30, 2018, through May 4, 2018.

Osage County Jail Log, May 7 – May 12, 2018

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: All those important mothers

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.There’s nothing more important than a mother.

Of course, everybody has a mother. They come in all sizes, shapes, forms, dispositions, peculiarities, each a unique distinct mother.

Everyone is the very best in their own way. None better possible regardless who wants to debate or argue.

There are always plenty of justifiable personal prejudices, and they’re all correct.

Many times personal reflections have been made about Mom who passed long ago at just 62 years old. Never a day goes by without thinking about her.

Mom always had a toothy grin for whoever it was because of her true happiness, with sweetness overflowing. Talkative to the extent of frequently being loud, she was. One can’t be too honest, and Mom was the most trustworthy ever known.

Not views through rose-colored-glasses, but readily verified by those who really knew her. She was authentic with the biggest heart possible. Nobody was a stranger to Mom, and she helped everyone in every way possible. That’s a fact.

While there is only one true flesh-and-blood mother, many others throughout a lifetime step in to provide motherly instincts. Think about it, what could really get done without so many in their vastly generous, motherly ways?

It’d be countless when reflecting all those who’ve stepped in to guide, help, been a “substitute mother,” when Mom wasn’t there.

Growing up, of course grandmas took on the role, equaled and often surpassed by aunts. On occasion perhaps even misidentified as “Mom.”

19 Trojans march into the future at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School graduation

The 2018 graduating class of Marais des Cygnes Valley High School. Photo by Jerry Kramer, Kramer Photos.

Springtime marks the beginning of new life, but also the end of another school year. With graduation season here, 19 Trojans led the way in collecting their hard-earned diplomas May 6, 2018, at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, at Melvern, Kan.

In his address to family, friends and well-wishers at the ceremony Sunday, MdCV  salutatorian Kaden Armbrister noted the finality of graduating, but also the promise of the future.

“High school graduation finds itself among a very short list of life milestones that serve to mark both an end and a beginning,” Armbrister said. “This way-point is the end of our official childhood, and the beginning to our years as adults.”

The salutatorian recognized everyone present at the graduation and their roles in the graduates’ childhoods and “paving the way to make us better, more prepared adults.”

He noted that memories will remain but the graduates will face new paths toward the future.

“What is important is not what exactly each of us is going to do, but the knowledge that there are so many possibilities within our reach,” he said. “My sincere wish is that each of us
chooses the path that is best for us, and a great future waits.”

MdCV valedictorian Kali Holt encouraged her classmates to take a break and pause before jumping off into the future.

“Graduation is one of those awkward times in our lives when we are torn between the joy of our memories and the excitement of our future,” Holt said. “Should we look back on what were the greatest four years of our lives, or instead, should we focus on the next stage in our journey?”

Holt noted the graduates’ lives had been forever altered from their time at MdCV and “after we toss our caps into the air.”

“This town being where we made all of our memories together, we can’t forget where we come from,” she said.

“Here is my advice: I believe this isn’t the time to make hard, fast decisions,” she said. “The moment you cross this stage, be a little reckless and carefree. Go make mistakes … do something out of your comfort zone.

“Admit what your dreams are,” she said. “Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t know what you’re going to do.”

Holt told the graduates that only they could determine their future success.

“I cannot emphasize enough that success is not defined by how much money you make, how big your home is, or how many likes your social media posts arc getting. It is about the amazing people that are a part of your life, the memories you will make along the way, the way that you impact the lives of the ones around you, and the genuine happiness that you will feel when all these attributes come together. That is success,” she said.

After the salutatorian and valedictorian recognition, MdCV counselor Abby Robertson introduced the senior class of 2018, which was then presented for graduation by MdCV Superintendent Ted Hessong.

Members of the USD 456 Board of Education presented diplomas to the following graduates: Kaden Lee Armbrister, William Harrison Booth, Savannah Diann Cannon, Dakota Joe Chapman, Noah James Oren Criqui, Dominik Dylan Crowell, Jevan Scott Gregg, Amya Nicole Hidalgo, Kendra Sue Holloway, Kali Nicole Holt, Dalton Jones Hook, Kylie Jordann Hughes, Brennan Wayne Irey, Garrett Paul Scott Johnson, Samuel Chase Jones, Daniel Adams Siroky, Richard Allen Vest, Makaya Jaquin Weber, Josey Rene Weimer.

Corps closes 110 Mile Park campground at Pomona Lake

VASSAR, Kan. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced the permanent closure of 110 Mile Campground at Pomona Lake effective May 1, 2018.

The closure was blamed on underutilization and projected budget restrictions. According to a statement from the Corps, the camping area, equestrian area, and nature trail will close in an effort to improve other park operating efficiencies and provide quality recreation opportunities for the public.

The day-use boat ramp facility at 110 Mile Park will remain open with no operational changes. Equestrian camping and a day use parking lot has been moved to Cedar Park, positioning the equestrian area in the middle of Black Hawk Trail.

Along with Cedar Park, 110 Mile Park was one of the last two free federal campgrounds located in Osage County.

For more information, contact the Pomona Lake Project Office at 785-453-2201. 

Osage City lawyer selected as district magistrate judge in Osage County

LYNDON, Kan. – The 4th Judicial District nominating commission has selected Osage City lawyer Shannon Rush to fill a magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County, Kan.

The commission conducted public interviews of nominees for the position May 9 in Lyndon. Five people had applied for the opening.

Rush’s new position will be effective upon her swearing-in. She was in private practice with Coffman & Campbell, Burlington.

The 4th Judicial District is composed of Osage, Anderson, Franklin and Coffey counties. The vacancy was created when former magistrate judge Taylor Wine was appointed district judge and chief judge of the 4th Judicial District.

Help House News: Volunteer organization helps you help yourself

By Raylene Quaney

The next “Good Sense” budget class is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2018.  It will be a one-day class. Participants must call to register and stop by and pick up pre-course work. Participants are to bring a sack lunch and beverage. The class is free and once complete the participant is eligible to receive assistance with heating or cooling bills.

Mobile food pantries across Osage County

Upcoming mobile food pantry dates:

  • Carbondale, 12-1 p.m. on first Tuesday, Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship.
  • Osage City, 10-11 a.m., third Thursday, May 17, Osage City Community Center.
  • Melvern, 12:30-1:30 p.m., third Thursday, May 17, Melvern Community Center.
  • Burlingame, 10-11 a.m. third Thursday, May 17, Burlingame Federated Church.
  • Lyndon, 12-1 p.m. third Friday, May 18, Jones Park on East Sixth Street.

If you can be in line 15 to 20 minutes before starting time you will be in the counted numbers when it is decided how much of each item each family will receive.

Volunteers trained

Volunteer training was held on April 28; nine volunteers attended. Our goal is to have all volunteers complete the training at least one time.

New hours

A reminder of our new hours since the first of the year. We are now open 4-7 p.m. Monday evening for all services. Tuesday through Friday the hours remain 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help House is no longer open on Saturday.

Nutritious lentils

On April 27, Anita Sobba, the SNAP nutrition educator with the Frontier Extension Garnett office, was at Help House handing out samples and recipes for baked lentils casserole to everyone that was in the center that day. The lentils are often part of the Harvester temporary emergency food assistance program given out in the healthy pantry. This was a way to show those who receive lentils a good, easy and nutritious ways of preparing them.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, April 23 – April 27, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse April 23 through April 27, 2018.

Osage County Jail Log, April 30 – May 5, 2018

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

Osage City Girl Scouts donate comfort products for fellow students

Girls in Osage City Girl Scout Troop 30149 voted to take some of the proceeds from their nuts and candy and cookie sales, and purchase hygiene items to donate to Lisa Crettol, nurse for USD 420. The scouts purchased shampoo and conditioner, body wash and deodorant for Mrs. Crettol to have on hand for USD 420 students that need them. The local girl scouts range in ages from kindergarten through third grade.  

Teeing off: Osage City Golf Course remembers Gladdie

By Richard Burkdoll, Golf Board President

At the April 26, 2018, Osage City Golf Course board meeting we learned we are behind in the number of memberships from last year. We blamed it on the weather and hope that many that haven’t joined this year will join when we start having good golf weather.

The other main discussion was about “Gladdie” Girsch. Gladdie had been a member of the golf course since around the time she and Russ moved to Osage City in 1978.

Gladdie and Russ were very good to the course. They donated money to put the curtains in the clubhouse. A week before she died, one of Gladdie’s biggest concerns was that she hadn’t paid her “golf dues”. Gladdie paid her single membership dues of $475 and paid for the use of a golf cart all year for an additional $300. Gladdie knew she wouldn’t play this year, but wanted to be sure she was still supporting the course.

The board voted to use part of Gladdie’s dues this year to put a small plaque up by the putting green. I’m sure Gladdie will be shaking her finger at us for this recognition. We loved you Gladdie and will miss you at the golf course.

Kansas Kiwanis schedule leadership conference at Rock Springs

The 2018 Kansas Kiwanis Key Leader Conference for high school age students will be held on June 1-3, 2018, at the Rock Springs 4-H Center located south of Junction City, Kan.

Sponsored by the Kansas Kiwanis District, it’s the 14th year of Kiwanis International bringing service leadership to the students of Kansas and the world. Kiwanis Key Leader has served almost 30,000 participants in nearly 600 events in 40 states, Canada and countries around the world.

Key Leader is a weekend leadership experience for today’s youth leaders and future leaders. It’s designed to open doors to all student leaders and those with leadership potential. The main focus is to serve students from 14-17 years of age.

Focusing on service leadership, five key principles are explored during the weekend: integrity, respect, growth, community and excellence. The mission is to provide a life-changing experience that inspires young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership.

Key Leader is led by a professional facilitator who is experienced and has successfully completed a training course on the curriculum plus trained volunteers who coordinate the logistics and supervision of the youth attendees. All adults have completed a limited criminal history background check.

At Rock Springs last year, 65 students from around Kansas participated in the leadership weekend. Participation is open to Key Club members and other students.

Financial assistance is available from the Osage City Kiwanis and the Kansas Kiwanis District. For further information, interested participants should contact the Osage City Kiwanis at 785-528-2891 or 785-217-4586.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Replacements for poor service

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“That bull is bad.”

Such comment might be said defining a rodeo bull. It could be the bull is a bad bucker almost impossible to score on. Other times it might mean a bull is anxious to “hook the ‘W’ right off a cowboy’s Wranglers.”

Such dispositions of bulls used for breeding purposes on farms and ranches have not been uncommon in days gone by. However, with conscientious seed stock producers most are now producing bulls that are typically not fighters or troublemakers.

Still most ranchers with a dozen or more breeding bulls will often have one to “keep an eye on.” Now, that’s not to say they’re really mean, but not the friendliest things either.

One bull might have an ornery twinkle in his eyes, or sometimes snort when the herdsman or another bull walks by. Maybe shake his big head just a little to get first and extra at hay time.

Certainly a bull deserves caution when in his whereabouts. One push, even if considered friendly, by a ton-plus bovine can certainly be hazardous to one’s health.

Nope, it’s wasn’t an attitude problem with this particular “bad bull.” During the annual spring bull check, he came up “unsound for breeding,” the veterinarian said. Uncertain exactly what the problem was, but the bull wasn’t likely to get cows bred to have calves next spring.

Well now, the writing was already on the wall. Those cows he was supposedly serving last summer started “cycling” during the winter. They wouldn’t be gaunt, flat sided, tail in the air, riding each other if going to have a calf.

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