Despite life’s abnormal situation, Melvern remembers the fallen for Memorial Day

Volunteers place flags on veterans’ graves Saturday. Photo thanks to Lisa Reeser. 2020 has not been as normal as most people would have hoped due to COVID-19.  Yet in More »

Osage County confirms 7th COVID-19 case; 6 recovered

The Osage County Health Department has reported that a seventh positive COVID-19 case has been confirmed in the county. In a social media post May 18, 2020, the health More »

Help House News: Community cooperation completes parking project

By Raylene Quaney We are thrilled to have the parking area paved, as well as two parking lot lights and a security system that has views of all four More »

Cook’n’ show cancelled, so car buffs cruise Osage County

Local auto enthusiasts lined up cars of all makes and models, Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Jones Park, Osage City,  where they departed on a cruise around Osage County.  By Jeanette More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Work continues through decades

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Going to grass sure takes a lot more help and time than it used to.”

Eighteen mounted cowboys and cowgirls were ready shortly after daylight. It sure seemed like an awfully big crew to gather a cowherd off winter pasture for distribution to summer grazing.

“Better to have too many than not enough and have some get away,” the herdsman insisted.

Like always, that conscientious younger stockman was sure right. Not too much later, the cows with their babies tailing meandered into the corral with horseback riders prodding forward.

Mommas were separated into different lots from the calves as tally was made on the number trapped.

Despite the calm roundup, there were still a half dozen mommas and maybe that many young’uns unaccounted for. Several riders verified certain ones had been seen in deep timber and others had gotten back without upsetting the herd.

Less than half the original horseback bunch headed out to locate the missing cattle. Fortunately, everyone was found and soon penned with herd mates.

Several trailers with horses loaded headed back to their homes while the remaining crew went to the tasks at hand. Calves had to be worked and paired back to mommas with identification recorded as to which pasture was summer destination.

Dinner time didn’t require a bell when cattle workers eagerly took a break while restless cow-calf pairs rattled nearby pens. In short order, ranch hands were back at it vaccinating, castrating, tagging, applying cattle insecticide and penning as directed.

Earl Lee Haigh Jr., 70, Burlingame: June 2, 1949 – May 10, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Earl L. Haigh Jr., 70, of Burlingame, Kan., died Sunday, May 10, 2020, at a Topeka Hospice House. He was born June 2, 1949, in Morgantown, W.V., the son of Earl and Dorothy Darr Haigh.

His family moved to Topeka, Kan., in 1961, and settled in Carbondale, Kan. He was a member of the Carbondale senior class of 1968. Earl enlisted in the United States Navy in 1969 and served for 9 1/2 years.

Osage City Aquatic Center to open according to state’s pandemic phase

OCPR-logo-redOSAGE CITY, Kan. – The city of Osage City and Osage City Parks and Recreation have announced the Osage City Aquatic Center will open for the 2020 summer season June 15 and be open until Aug. 9. These dates are contingent upon the state of Kansas pandemic phasing plan status.

Swim team has been cancelled for this summer. Swim lesson information will be posted in early June, based upon the state’s phase status.

Water aerobic information will be posted when determined.

Osage City 2020 seniors honored in virtual awards ceremony

The following awards were presented to Osage City High School seniors during a virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

  • American Legion Post 198 Scholarship – Leslie Hultgren
  • American Legion Post 198 Honor Awards – Runner up, Leslie Hultgren; runner up, Dylan Shaffer; award winner, Kenna Butterfield; award winner, Ryan Lauber
  • Osage City High School Alumni Association Scholarship – Kenna Butterfield, Olivia Camarena, Jade Potter, Jordan Sage, Britney Wilkins
  • Conrad Carlson Memorial Scholarship – Taylor Lamb, Walker Stromgren
  • Chapter IQ PEO Scholarship – recipient not yet named
  • Sorosis Club Scholarship – Kenna Butterfield
  • Osage City Kiwanis Club Scholarship – Kenna Butterfield, Taylor Lamb
  • Osage City Kiwanis Club Richard Dick Lindbloom Memorial Scholarship – Britney Wilkins
  • Osage City Booster Club Scholarship – Kenna Butterfield, Jade Potter
  • Lions Club Scholarship – Leslie Hultgren
  • R.E. French Family Educational Foundation Scholarship – Kate Heiserman, Elizabeth Lowery, Dylan Shaffer
  • Osage City Chamber of Commerce Scholarship – Kate Heiserman, Dylan Shaffer
  • Osage City High School Spanish Club Scholarship – Kate Heiserman
  • Osage City Band Boosters Scholarship – Jade Potter
  • Rudd Foundation Scholarship – Blake Murphy
  • International Thespian Society Members: Olivia Camarena, Adam Delekta, Elizabeth Lowery, Jade Potter
  • National Honor Society Members: Kenna Butterfield, Olivia Camarena, Kate Heiserman, Leslie Hultgren, Daylia Kautzman, Ryan Lauber, Elizabeth Lowery, Tyler Medlen, Blake Murphy, Jade Potter, Jordan Sage, Dylan Shaffer, Tayler Wessel, Britney Wilkins
  • Technical College Students: Devon Lincoln, Power Plant Technology, Flint Hills Technical College; Britton Hamman and Ostin Howland, Diesel Technology, Matthew Barranco, Tyler Medlen, Caden Reed, and Sam Wamser, Welding, Washburn Tech
  • Kansas Scholars Curriculum Completers: Kenna Butterfield, Carleigh Gardner, Kate Heiserman, Lucy Martin, Elizabeth Lowery, Blake Murph, Britney Wilkins, Dylan Shaffer, Ryan Lauber
  • Community Service Awards: Kenna Butterfield, Kate Heiserman, Lucy Martin, Dylan Shaffer, Jade Potter, Britney Wilkins, Dawson Butter, Olivia Camarena, Elizabeth Lowery, Skyler Karns, Taylor Lamb, Devon Lincoln, Walker Stromgren
  • Citizenship Awards: Olivia Camarena, Ryan Lauber
  • Honor Student Awards: Cum Laude – Dylan Shaffer, Britney Wilkins; Magna Cum Laude – Kate Heiserman; Summa Cum Laude – Kenna Butterfield, Ryan Lauber, Elizabeth Lowery, and Blake Murphy

Cook’n’ show cancelled, so car buffs cruise Osage County

Local auto enthusiasts lined up cars of all makes and models, Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Jones Park, Osage City,  where they departed on a cruise around Osage County. 

By Jeanette Swartz

Since the Cruis’n & Cook’n Car Show was cancelled in April due to the pandemic, this past Saturday afternoon, May 9, 2020, brought a group of approximately 40 auto enthusiasts to Osage City, Kan. Friends from Osage City, Reading, Wakarusa, Burlington, Ottawa, Pomona, Emporia, Topeka, Carbondale and Lyndon lined up at the football stadium parking lot and cruised through downtown Osage City, then traveled on to Melvern and Pomona lakes through the state parks.

We are not sure who had more fun, the cruisers or the campers. The campers enjoyed seeing the participants cruise through the campsites at both lakes. There were smiles on everyone’s faces and it was nice to get out and enjoy the afternoon.

The cruise continued through Overbook, Scranton, Burlingame and back to Osage City.

We are not sure how many miles we actually cruised going through the lakes, a few small towns and the countryside, but it was an enjoyable three-hour tour (and nobody broke down or ran out of gas!)

The generous monetary donations, canned and packaged food items from the cruisers were greatly appreciated, and which will be given back to the community through ECKAN, ECAT and the Warmth Fund.

Osage County reports 6th COVID-19 case

17-year-old female, family members quarantined

The Osage County Health Department reported in a social media post yesterday, May 11, 2020, that Osage County has identified a new positive COVID-19 case, the sixth case for the county.

The post said health department staff is currently in contact with the patient, a 17-year-old female. She is in quarantine, along with close family contacts, the department reported.

The post said investigation of contacts with the individual continues, and anyone who has been in close contact with the person will be contacted by the health department.

The current case brings the total to six for Osage County, with five individuals reported to have recovered from the virus.

The health department also reported 41 new negative tests and two individuals quarantined over the weekend.

Osage County Jail Log, April 25 – May 10, 2020

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

Thelma Fern Mullinix, 81, Burlingame: Sept. 1, 1938 – May 9, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Thelma Fern Mullinix, 81, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away at her home on May 9, 2020. She was born Sept. 1, 1938, in Lawrence, Kan., the daughter of Maude Mowder, and was raised by Harry and Clara Norman.

Thelma was a 1955 graduate of Overbrook High School, Overbrook, Kan.

Attorney general to review state’s use of criminal law to enforce emergency orders

TOPEKA – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today said his office has been asked for its formal legal opinion on whether a state law that authorizes criminal prosecution of Kansans who violate emergency orders issued by the governor is constitutional and enforceable. The attorney general issued the following statement:

“I continue to encourage all Kansans to follow the recommendations of public health professionals to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as our economy and communities reopen. At the same time, a local prosecuting attorney has requested our office review whether violations of emergency orders issued by the governor may lawfully be enforced and punished as crimes. We have agreed to conduct that legal review.

“An unprecedented 27 statewide emergency executive orders have been issued in the past eight weeks on subjects ranging widely from stay-home, mass gatherings and business closures to alcohol sales, evictions and trash collection. The Kansas constitution grants the legislature, not the governor, power to define what behavior may subject Kansans to potential arrest, criminal prosecution, fines or imprisonment. No appellate court has determined whether the legislature, through provisions of the Kansas Emergency Management Act, has lawfully delegated that power to the governor. Even if delegation is generally permissible, we have been asked specific legal questions that could affect the ability of law enforcement and prosecutors to criminally enforce emergency orders under authority of K.S.A. 48-939. We are working diligently and will issue our formal legal opinion on these important questions as soon as possible.”

Flint Hills Technical College plans for upcoming summer, fall semesters

EMPORIA, Kan. – Flint Hills Technical College President Dean Hollenbeck has outlined the college’s plans for upcoming summer and fall semesters during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our primary goal is to continue to provide quality hands-on education while keeping all of our students and employees safe,” Dr. Hollenbeck said. “We are communicating regularly with the Lyon County Health Department and working collaboratively with them to determine best practices moving forward.”

The majority of Flint Hills Technical College summer courses will be moved to an online format, beginning May 26, 2020. Some programs will be meeting in a face-to-face format to complete hands-on components and certifications for these programs. Students will receive notification from their program instructor with additional information.

All those on the FHTC campus will be adhering to the social distancing guidelines from the Lyon County Health Department including six-feet spacing, wearing masks, and frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Harmful lightning accompanies rainfall

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Lightning is always dangerous and can be costly to personal property.”

Abundance of rainfall during April was appreciated by farmers and ranchers throughout the Midwest. It’s always good to have ample spring watering when livelihood depends on crop production and green pastures.

Thunder could be heard many days last month and lightning flashes frequently brightened the skylines sometimes making daytime at midnight.

Studies on lightning in history reveal a number of interesting phenomena only definable as uncontrollable, unpredictable acts of Mother Nature.

Verification of lightning strikes remains in trees for decades after as limbs are gone and burn marks remain. Structures even with lightning rods have burned to the ground when fire is started by sharp bolts from the sky.

Dry grass fires including several section pasture blazes are the result of lightning igniting.

Personal caution is essential whenever lightning threatens. Everyone must get inside even to extent of canceling public activities.

Through the decades there has been a sizeable number of ranch livestock lost to lightning. Of course when a horse is taken, especially one with significant history, it remains a sad memory forever.

Courthouse reopens for business; citizens subject to COVID-19 screening at doorway

The Osage County Clerk’s Office has issued a press release announcing the county’s health department, noxious weed department, transfer station and recycling center are now open regular hours.

The release said the Osage County Courthouse will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. as of May 4, 2020. Courthouse visitors will have their temperature taken and be asked a series of travel questions. Two visitors per office will be allowed into the offices to conduct business. Driver’s license services are currently not available but tags can be renewed by appointment only. Some county services may be limited due to state support being unavailable.

The release said all offices and departments are following COVID-19 protocol and practicing social distancing.

Senior center plans for reopening; thrift sale items sought

The Osage County Senior Center is looking forward to reopening to the public, likely by June 1, 2020, if not before, center director Tammy Fager reports.

Reopening has begun with scheduling of some events, including a tentative date set for the center’s thrift sale on July 17.

The center is currently accepting donations of items for the sale, and staff is available at the center 8 a.m. to noon weekdays. For afternoon donations, contact the center and arrangements can be made to have someone available to accept the items.

The thrift sale will depend on whether enough donated items are received to hold a sale.

For more information, contact Fager at the senior center, 785-528-1170, or 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.


ECAT opens food pantry for drive-up service

ECAT’s food pantry will be open for drive-up service 1-3:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the month of May.

Clients are asked to pull up to the front door and honk; someone will come out and take their information. Food boxes will be made depending on family size and delivered at recipient’s vehicle.

Recipients must live in USD 420. ECAT’s pantry service is available only for food at this time.

Ecumenical Christian Action Team is at 306 S. Martin St., Osage City, Kan.

Lyndon Library implements reopening plan; limited services begin May 11

Lyndon Carnegie Library is implementing a plan to reopen in phases, with this week being phase one and the library remaining closed for preparations.

In phase two, beginning Monday, May 11, 2020, the library building will remain closed, but librarians Genea Reynolds and Sharon Culley will provide curbside service 1- 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Items may be requested by phone at 785-828-4520, or placed on hold through the NEXT system, available at www.lyndonlibrary.org. Holds can only be for local holdings only, as the courier service will not be running until June 1.

At the library bagged returns will be accepted at the book drop after hours, or in the tub on the table at the top of the ramp. Anyone needing someone to come to your vehicle or house for pick up or delivery is asked to call 785-828-4520. All returns will have a 72-hour hold for cleaning before returning to the catalog. There will be no fines on returns. For other services, call the library for information.

Phase two is set to last until June 1, the tentative start date for phase three of the reopening plan. Phase three is expected to open the library on a limited basis, with a limit on the number of patrons in the library at one time and computer use requiring scheduling.

John Nichols, 84, Carbondale: July 25, 1935 – May 4, 2020

CARBONDALE, Kan. – John Nichols, 84, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan., following a battle against cancer. He was born July 25, 1935, on the family farm near Carbondale, Kan., the son of Louis and Cora Peterson Nichols.

John had lived all of his life on the farm near Carbondale, and graduated from Carbondale High School.

John served in the Kansas Army National Guard for 36 years, owned and operated a mowing service for 30 years, assisted his wife reading meters, and farmed. He was a member of the Overbrook American Legion Post 239, and Grace Chapel Church, Carbondale.

Tommy Lee Ferris, 58, Topeka: April 1, 1962 – May 2, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. – Tommy Lee Ferris, 58, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020, at his home in Topeka, Kan., after a lengthy illness. Tommy was born April 1, 1962, in Topeka, the son of Eldon and Mary (Schooler) Ferris.

He grew up in the Scranton, Kan., area, and attended school there. Tommy worked throughout Topeka as a carpenter and roofer. He was known as a fixer of many things. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Carbondale spring plant sale brings out May gardeners

Larry and Susan Raby, honored Carbondale supporters.

The 9th annual Carbondale flower and plant sale benefited a local equine rescue organization and the fire department, and also recognized a couple of longtime community supporters.

The sale was held at the Carbondale fire station Sunday, May 3, 2020. There were many choices of annual flowers, vegetables, hanging baskets, planters, and succulents, along with a truck full of compost from B&C Equine Rescue for gardens.

The event also recognized local volunteers Susan and Larry Raby. Susan organizes the Carbondale Community Garden, and she supports Carbondale in many ways with several organizations. Susan and Larry were recognized for their commitment to making Carbondale the best it can be.

ECKAN hosts free diaper, wipes, formula distribution

ECKAN Osage County Center will be a distribution point for free diapers, wipes and formula 9-11 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2020. The free event is hosted by ECKAN in cooperation with Lifecare Center, which will have a bus in front of the ECKAN office at 530 Holliday St., Osage City, Kan. For more information, contact ECKAN at 785-528-5184 or [email protected].

Osage City reopens recycling collection station

Osage City’s recycling station is back in operation as of Monday, May 4, 2020. The recycling collection point is at Osage City’s street department at 216 S. Ninth St.

Marilynn’s reopens for dine-in or carry out service

Marilynn’s Restaurant, a family-owned business on east Highway 31, 1216 Laing St., in Osage City,  has reopened for dine-in or carry out service on Monday, May 4, 2020. Our new hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

We will be offering your favorite burgers, sandwiches, fryer items, and salads, and of course Naomi’s pies! We’ll also be serving up our daily lunch specials Monday through Friday.

Don’t sit at home wondering what’s for breakfast, lunch or supper. Let Marilynn’s fix it for you – DINE IN or come pick it up! Call 785-528-3769 for carry out.

Now OPEN for DINE-IN or CARRY OUT
New hours 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Call 785-528-3769 for carryout or curbside service

Marilynn’s Restaurant, on east Highway 31, 1216 Laing St., in Osage City, Kan., is here to serve you good food and homestyle hospitality Monday through Saturday, plus daily lunch specials Monday through Friday. Call 785-528-3769 for carry out and curbside service.

Check out Marilynn’s daily specials and full menu here: Marilynn’s menu


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