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Melvern abloom this weekend during annual Sunflower Days

Photo by Jeff Burkdoll. Sunflowers will be blooming in “the great outdoors” in Melvern this weekend. The Osage County community will be celebrating its annual Sunflower Days Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June More »

Relish the memories, do your best in the future, 2024 Burlingame High School graduates told

Burlingame High School class of 2024. BHS photo. Seniors addressing their fellow  graduates urged the Burlingame High School class of 2024 to keep their memories but rely on themselves to face the More »

Life’s lessons lead 2024 Lyndon High School graduates toward bright future

The 2024 graduating class of Lyndon High School. Photo by Chelsi Simpson Photography. Lyndon High School’s valedictorian Samanth Cole and salutatorian Caleb Anschutz encouraged their fellow graduates of the class of 2024 More »

Osage City High School 2024 graduates rely on courage to face next chapters in life

Osage City High School class of 2024. OCHS photo. Expressing sentiment of their class motto, Osage City High School’s four senior honor students encouraged their fellow 2024 graduates to remember “It takes More »

Osage County Jail Log, May 28 – June 2, 2024

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

Two suspects arrested after interstate pursuit with kids in car

Chase ends with tire deflating devices in Franklin County

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – Around 10:22 p.m. May 29, 2024, an Osage County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to make a traffic stop for a traffic violation near milepost 165 on Interstate 35. The vehicle refused to stop, and a pursuit was initiated.

The sheriff’s office reported the pursuit exited I-35 and went through Williamsburg and into rural Franklin County, where Franklin County deputies assisted. Tire deflating devices were utilized, and the vehicle came to a stop near Rock Creek Road and Delaware Road, in Franklin County.

Two suspects were arrested following the pursuit, including the driver, Carlos M. Gonzalez, 42, Wichita, Kan., who was booked into the Osage County Jail on charges of flee or attempt to elude law enforcement by engaging in reckless driving, three counts of aggravated endangering a child, driving while suspended third or subsequent conviction, several traffic violations, and an arrest warrant.

Passenger Mary I. Walker, 43, Wichita, was arrested on suspicion of interference with a law enforcement officer, and an arrest warrant.

Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells thanked Franklin County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the arrests and pursuit.

Now Leasing: Apartments in Osage City, Morningside Plaza

Now Leasing! 1 bedroom ground level apartments at Morningside Plaza Apartments, located at 1000 Main St., Osage City. All utilities paid. Central heating. Newer remodeled apartments have central cooling. Older models are window unit air conditioning. Maintenance provided. Laundry on site. Leasing located at Dogwood Glen Apartments at 519 N. 12th St., Osage City. Contact Heather today for an application at 785-528-3626. This establishment is an equal opportunity provider.

Zion Lutheran Church invites community families to upcoming vacation Bible school

Zion Lutheran Church, in Vassar, Kan., has announced an upcoming vacation Bible school, to be held the week of June 17-21, with school each day 9-11:30 a.m. This year’s theme, “Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Wild Life VBS,” promises a week filled with fun, learning, and spiritual growth for children ages pre-K and 12.

Daily, kids will engage in interactive Bible stories, creative crafts, uplifting music, and exciting games designed to deepen their understanding of God’s love and teachings. The church’s dedicated team of volunteers is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment, where children can explore their faith and build lasting friendships.

Zion Lutheran Church is welcoming all community families to join in the vacation Bible school. Registration is open, and attendees are encouraged to sign up soon as spaces are limited. For more information or to register, see zionvassar.org, call 785-828-4482, or email office@zionvassar.org.

Everyone is invited to be a part of the joyful journey and embark on a week of discovery and inspiration at Zion Lutheran Church, 23167 Topeka St., Vassar.

A Cowboy’s Faith: More training than miracles

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Surely all of the highly trained horses used in Western movies aren’t fed those very expensive drugs and supplements.”

No offense to the owners-management of large veterinary suppliers from which major ranch purchases are made. They are very professional, congenial, helpful, and cooperative in every regard.

However, it is interesting that their fancy four-color slick equine supplies catalogs have so many pages of horse “drugs.” The word “drug” is used loosely because the pages are all dedicated to supposedly health-improving equine medications of sort.

Remainder of the catalog offers every kind imaginable of additives, enrichments, just name it, products “to make horses better.”

Again, “better” is said cautiously, because the “costly stuff” causes customers to generalize healthier, fitter horses with these “miracle products.”

The catalogs also feature extensive equipment indicating to prospective buyers that it’ll readily enhance their horse performance, whoever the handler.

Seemingly many viewers take for granted the high caliber of acting ability that horses used in many movies must have.

The horses are trained to fall, lay down, act lame, play dead, buck, rear, and much more, all on command. Their trainers are very knowledgeable with an extreme horse sense.

Admittedly, movie stars riding the horses in general are poor horsemen. Yet, not many fell off, and that must often be credited to the horses taking care of their riders.

Today’s most elite “horse whisperers” and bigtime showring champion trainers are excellent. But what rope horses, cutting horses, reining horses, jumping horses do is incomparable to that of movie stunt horses.

Life’s lessons lead 2024 Lyndon High School graduates toward bright future

The 2024 graduating class of Lyndon High School. Photo by Chelsi Simpson Photography.

Lyndon High School’s valedictorian Samanth Cole and salutatorian Caleb Anschutz encouraged their fellow graduates of the class of 2024 to remember the lessons they have learned and use those lessons to make their own successes in the future.

Following a welcome from LHS Senior Class President Brooklynne Morrison, the honor students addressed the crowd of friends, family, classmates and well-wishers gathered for the Lyndon High School commencement exercises Sunday, May 5, 2024, in the Nick Dawson Gymnasium.

Salutatorian Anschutz reminded classmates they should not forget their past, but their future lies ahead of them.

“I can’t help but feel a sense of nostalgia for the memories we’ve made over the last four years and a sense of excitement for the future ahead of us,” Anschutz said. “Today, we’re ready to take on the next chapter of our lives.

“In the past four years, we’ve experienced moments of triumph and moments of defeat. This is what allows us to grow together and mature as adults.”

Anschutz said one of the highlights of high school was being involved in sports, which taught him lessons not covered in the classroom.

“Every sport teaches discipline, commitment, competitiveness, and determination, which are important lessons to learn as we go forward in life,” he said.

He said the LHS class of 2024 had already achieved greatness. “From athletics to academics, there is a lot of talent. This is what makes our class so special: we are successful in diverse ways.”

“I can’t wait to see where our journeys take us,” Anschutz said. “Whatever path we choose, I’m confident that we can all achieve greatness, as we have in the past. There will always be victories and defeats. It’s how we react in those moments that will define us. Whatever we do, I hope we never forget the lessons we have learned here at Lyndon, and continue to grow from our experiences.”

“Let’s make the future bright!” he encouraged the graduates.

Valedictorian Cole told of her own journey through high school and a lesson she learned from her experiences “that’s far more valuable than any math equation or history fact.”

“Going into high school, I thought I had to be amazing at everything,” Cole said. “I thought that in order to prove my worth, I had to excel in as many things as humanly possible. I was putting so much pressure on myself to be everything to everyone, to be the best at everything. I was making myself miserable.”

She said her volleyball coach helped her realize “you don’t have to be the best at everything to still have a meaningful life!”

“[The coach] helped me to see that I didn’t need to be a varsity starter in order to have a fulfilling season,” Cole said. “I realized that because I had been so focused on trying to be the best, I was missing the camaraderie of my teammates. I learned that true success doesn’t come from being the best. It comes from giving your best to those around you.

“When we give others our full attention and are truly present with them in the moment, we discover one of the best gifts that God has given humanity: the gift of relationship,” she said. “Don’t be so consumed with the future that you miss the gift of the people right next to you. I challenge everybody in this room, starting now, to slow down and enjoy each other.”

Barrett announces run for 76th District state representative

My fellow Kansans of the 76th District,

My name is Brad Barrett, I am honored to announce my candidacy for state representative of the 76th District of Kansas. This position is currently held by state Rep. Eric Smith, who has announced that he is retiring, and I’m honored to say has endorsed my campaign.

I’m running for this position because I want to serve you in Topeka and fight for what’s best for our community. With a career focused on protecting the innocent, I’ve dedicated my life to serving others. Guided by our Christian faith and family values, my wife, Sarah, and I believe in the importance of integrity, hard work, and conservative principles. I am committed to representing our district with honesty, transparency, and unwavering dedication.

If elected, my priorities will be clear: protect our constitutional rights, fight for lower taxes, preserve family values, keep government growth in check, and ensure the safety and security of our communities from criminals. With my experience as a special investigator, I have seen firsthand the challenges facing our communities, and I am committed to taking action to address them. I believe in standing up for what is right and working tirelessly to make a positive difference in the lives of the people I serve. I humbly ask for your support and the support of our fellow residents as we work together to build a brighter future for the 76th District and all of Kansas.

Contact me at Brad@Vote4Barrett.com.

Brad Barrett

Osage County News publishes candidate announcements as editorial content. This is not a paid political advertisement. Contact Osage County News at 785-828-4994 or news@osagecountyonline.com for information about candidate announcements or political advertising.

Valee Lynn Brown, 60, Osage City: Oct. 6, 1963 – May 26, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Valee Lynn Brown, 60, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2024, at her home in Osage City, Kan., surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 6, 1963, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of Theodore and Una Prost Bronson.

Valee grew up in Osage City and graduated from Osage City High School with the class of 1982. Following high school, Valee attended cosmetology school in Topeka.

Valee’s father passed away when she was a young woman. Her stepfather, Mike Bronson adopted Valee and was always considered Grandpa Bronson by her children.

She was forever joined in marriage to Steve Brown, Sept. 6, 1985, in Topeka, Kan. Valee and Steve briefly lived in Illinois and Arizona before moving back to Osage City in 1988. After a few months they bought a home just south of town and raised their family. They have remained there ever since.

Valee spent several years as a para for the Osage City school district. She later owned and operated Country Clipper Salon. In recent years, Valee worked as a clerk in the Osage County Treasurer’s Office.

Marguerite (Schnoor) Atchison, 93, Osage City: Oct. 15, 1930 – May 10, 2024

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Marguerite (Schnoor) Atchison, 93, long-time resident of Osage City, Kan., passed away May 10, 2024, at Downs Care & Rehab, where she had been a resident for a short time. She moved to Beloit, Kan., in January 2020 to be closer to her daughter Vanessa, just before the COVID pandemic. Marguerite was born Oct. 15, 1930, in Burden, Kan. The daughter of Theodore G. and Sarah Elizabeth (Gray) Schnoor, she was the first born of four children.

Marguerite married Andrew Elias Ashby, to which two children were born, Sarah and Richard. They divorced. She later married John Atchison, to which two more children were born, John and Vanessa. They later divorced, eventually remained friends, and looked out for one another in their later years.

Sewing had always been something Marguerite loved to do, and often made clothes for Vanessa when she was little. Marguerite worked at the sewing factory in Burlingame, Kan., for a few years alongside her sister, Helen. Later, she worked at Luce Press Clipping, in Topeka, Kan. When she applied for the job, she was told that she was overqualified, but that didn’t stop her from applying again, to which she was hired! After several years of employment, when Marguerite was more than old enough to retire, they bribed her with a new office chair, as she had often complained of hers being uncomfortable. The new chair was enough that she continued to work for Luce another year or two, until it was time the company was downsizing, and she took a small buy-out.

After retirement, Marguerite began going to the senior citizen center, in Osage City, which she quite enjoyed. While there, she played cards and dominoes, helped make quilts, put together puzzles, and made new friends. Marguerite also helped with the collection and counting of money for Meals on Wheels. In addition to all of her activities at the senior center, Marguerite was a member of the F.O.E. 3890 Auxiliary, in Osage City.

Osage City High School 2024 graduates rely on courage to face next chapters in life

Osage City High School class of 2024. OCHS photo.

Expressing sentiment of their class motto, Osage City High School’s four senior honor students encouraged their fellow 2024 graduates to remember “It takes courage to be who you really are.” Honor students Jorjia Kitselman, Riley Petitjean, Madyson Bourne, and Colby Hokanson spoke of facing the future but not forgetting the past, during the OCHS class of 2024’s commencement ceremony, May 12, at the Richard Homewood Gymnasium.

Honor student Jorjia Kitselman said she hadn’t heeded “cheesy quotes” such as “High school is the best years of your life.” But, “When you’re younger you don’t really grasp how much truth there is to them. While I sure hope these weren’t my best years, I know that the memories made will stick with me for a long time.”

Kitsleman told younger classmates to not dwell on getting to the end of high school, and instead “get involved and make those memories while you can. Don’t spend your time wishing it were over, because when the time comes you’ll wish you’d done more.”

“Make the most of the time you have left,” Kitselman said. “To the class of 2024, this isn’t the book’s close. There are still plenty more memories to be made and pages to be written. I wish each of you the best in wherever your next chapter takes you.”

Honor student Riley Petitjean reminded graduates of how their world had grown and changed over the past school years. As children, “We learn that actions have consequences and bike rides can cause scars. We start learning how to read and write. From there, our world continues to change.”

Graduating from grade to grade, the students’ world continues to grow, Petitjean said. Then as the pandemic hit in 2020 – “our world stops. School switches to virtual and Zoom has become our new classroom. It’s funny how quickly our world can change. How masks become normal … how we can sit down with our friends at lunch one day and all be quarantined the next. As the next two years go by, our world slowly creeps back to normal or some weird version of it.”

But change continues, she said, and “Then, all of a sudden, you’re a senior. Our worlds are going on different paths, and although it’s sad, there is also something special about it. Our world has changed since the beginning and is now taking on a new dimension. Our memories are nothing short of remarkable. Our time is now. So congratulations, class of 2024, we made it. It’s our turn to change the world.”

Osage County Jail Log, May 20 – May 27, 2024

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: Cowboy Code Of Conduct, The Lone Ranger

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.Today, the West continues to celebrate the “cowboy spirit” of adventure and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Some of the politest and most modest individuals have made their living horseback or in the livestock business. Their principled behavior became codes of conduct that many of America’s cowboy heroes of the past promoted and illustrated for viewers back in the early days of Western movies.

Fourth in a four-part series, the inspirational philosophies of movie cowboys, unknown to many today, are being shared.

The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked former Texas Ranger who fought outlaws in the Old West with his Native American friend, Tonto.

Cynthia R. Schierling, 81, Lebo: April 23, 1943 – May 21, 2024

LEBO, Kan. – Cynthia R. “Cindy” Schierling (81), of Lebo, Kan., died at home on May 21, 2024. She was born April 23, 1943, in Kingman, Kan., to Frederick Henry Tolar and Alma Louise Schoeneman.

Cindy’s father, Fred, was killed in the European theater in WWII. She had no siblings. Cindy and her mother and stepfather, Jerrell Q. Russell, lived in Abilene, Kan., and Rankin, Texas, then settled in Tulsa, Okla.

Cindy spent her senior year of high school living abroad in Frankenberg-Eder, Germany, as an exchange student. She became fluent in the German language. In the years following, she graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Arkansas in 1964, a master’s degree from Kansas State University in 1966, and finally a Master’s in Library Science from Emporia State University in 1984.

Cindy met her loving husband, John Schierling, on a blind date while attending Kansas State University. They were married Dec. 27, 1965, in Tulsa. Cindy and John began their married life in Denver, Colo. They returned to Williamsburg, Kan., in 1968, later moving to Elmdale, Kan. in 1973. They moved to their current home in the Melvern, Kan., area in 1999. They celebrated 58 years of marriage together.

Sunday storm drops EF-0 tornado on northern Osage County

Results of a National Weather Service survey found evidence that an EF-0 tornado touched down briefly Sunday evening, May 19, 2024, north of Burlingame, Kan., as thunderstorms blew through the area. Extensive straight line wind damage from the storm has been reported in the northern Osage County and southwestern Shawnee County, and another tornado reportedly touched down briefly near Dover a short time later.

The Osage County tornado was reported to have touched down around 9:44 p.m. about 5.5 miles north of Burlingame, near 125th Road between Burlingame Road and Hoch Road. The NWS survey said the tornado primarily caused tree damage along the farm ground and pastureland in the area. The tornado had a path of about 40 feet wide and traveled along the ground for about one mile, with wind speeds estimated as high as 85 mph. It ended around 9:48 p.m. about one mile southeast of the Kansas Turnpike.

Another EF-0 tornado touched down around 10:08 p.m. near Dover, in Shawnee County, and lifted about 10:10 p.m., leaving a path about one-tenth of a mile long and 30 feet wide. The NWS survey said this tornado might have started further east, where there was no access to the surveyors. Only tree damage was noted and winds were estimated at 80 mph. NWS said this tornado had been indicated on radar, which showed a small debris signature in the area around that time.

Senior Center: Orphan Train exhibit continues until June 1

Hello from the Osage County Senior Center and Osage County Public Transportation.

The Orphan Train exhibit is here until June 1.

A K-State nutritionist will be here May 29 with great information – come and join us in this wonderful presentation for our health.

The Prairie Band Casino trip will be May 28, leaving at 9 a.m. and return at 3 p.m.

Mahjong players, stop in at 2:30 on Tuesday afternoons. Ceramics class is $5 per class, all supplies are furnished with lots of bisque to choose from. Sewing group now has walker bags for sale – stop in and look around at the wonderful things they make. Sewers meet Wednesday mornings. High Rollers is 2 o’clock Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons. Maria from Home Town Health Care is here to call quarter bingo at 10 a.m. Tuesdays; come and enjoy.

Shopping trips are on the first and third Thursdays of the month, going to Topeka Walmart, Sam’s and Aldi’s; call the transportation office to make your reservations.

I am open to all suggestions for activities and or outings. Reminder: Senior center will be closed Memorial Day, May 27.

Come and enjoy the fun and activities with us!

For more information, contact the senior center office at 785-528-1170, or Osage County Public Transportation at 785-528-4906, or stop by the center at 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

Come and enjoy the fun and activities with us!

Thanks, Franny
Franny Deters, Osage County Senior Center director

Grab your bait and pole: It’s time for fishing at Pomona State Park!

Fishing friends at a fishing derby. File photo.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Wildlife and Parks, and the Douglas County chapter of Fishing’s Future will host a fishing derby at Pomona Lake, Saturday, June 1, 2024. The derby will be at the Kansa Campground, at Pomona State Park.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the fishing derby, lawn games, and a hot dog lunch. Prizes will be awarded for most fish caught in different age ranges, and a drawing will be held for raffle prizes.

The fishing derby is a free event, and it’s a free fishing weekend across Kansas, so no fishing license is required to participate. Additionally, during the fishing derby hours no vehicle permit fee is required to participate.

Information thanks to Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

Cody Larry Christenson, 36, Quenemo: Sept. 18, 1987 – May 14, 2024

QUENEMO, Kan. – Cody Larry Christenson, 36, of Quenemo, Kan., passed away unexpectedly May 14, 2024. He was greeted in Heaven by his father, Larry Christenson. Cody was born Sept. 18, 1987, in Billings, Mont.

Cody loved his family and cherished his friends. He was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, a true animal lover who enjoyed fishing, trapping, and hunting while helping out on the family farm. Cody had a keen interest in bodybuilding and nutrition.

He was also a huge baseball and football fan who enjoyed watching the Chiefs, Packers and Cowboys.  Cody always took extreme pride in what he did. He was very meticulous and detail oriented.

Cody loved being around his nieces and nephews, always enjoying family gatherings.  He looked up to his five older sisters as well. Cody wore his heart on his sleeve. He was a sweet, kind man who lit up the room with his charismatic personality and contagious laugh. He always dreamed of getting married and having a family of his own.

Local Legions to observe Memorial Day with honors ceremonies

Memorial Day ceremony at Pomona Lake Dam. File photo.

In observance of Memorial Day,  American Legion Post 125, Lyndon, will perform honors ceremonies at the following locations and times on May 27, 2024: Lyndon Cemetery, 10 a.m.; Vassar Cemetery, 10:30 a.m.; Pomona Lake Dam, 11 a.m., with other area posts; and Quenemo, Oak Hill Cemetery, 11:30 a.m.

American Legion Post 198, Osage City, will host a pancake feed 7-10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at the post, 115 N. Sixth St. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, and sausage, and coffee or juice. Free will donations greatly appreciated. Donations are used to support community and youth activities.

The American Legion Auxiliary will have poppies available.

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