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KDOT schedules more blasting for K-31 realignment project

Update: The schedule for blasting along state Highway 31 has been revised to occur daily for up to three weeks. Beginning Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, one blast will occur More »

From your closet to the Prom Closet

The 2021 Prom Closet was held in Burlingame and featured more than 75 dresses. Dress donations are welcomed for the next prom store in 2022. Courtesy photo. Help House More »

Eat Well to Be Well: Follow sensible weight loss tips that actually work

Build long-term habits with practical lifestyle changes for weight loss success It’s challenging to eat a healthy diet when living in a drive-thru, ultra-processed food world. Food temptations seem More »

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers learn about agriculture, grow leadership skills

MdCV FFA officers Cole Lace, Lindsey Johnson, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Jace Stucker, Olivia Lacey, and Braden Reed learn about the milling process of different wheat varieties from KSU Milling Instructor More »

Betty Ann King, 86, Vassar: Dec. 13, 1934 – July 25, 2021

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Betty Ann King, 86, formerly of Vassar, Kan., passed away Sunday, July 25, 2021, at Prairie House Assisted Living, Broken Arrow, Okla. She was born Dec. 13, 1934, in Washington, Kan., the daughter of Fred and Nora (Foster) Peterson.

Betty had lived in Pomona Heights on Lake Pomona, near Vassar, for more than 40 years before moving to Oklahoma in 2020.

Betty had done clerical work for Cappers Insurance Services, Topeka, Kan., for more than 30 years until her retirement. She had been a member of the Vassar United Methodist Church.

Deadline near for Osage County Community Foundation fall quarter grants

Osage County Community Foundation is currently in its June to September grant period, and applications are accepted for this round until Sept. 30, 2021.

Click to download an OCCF grant application.The foundation awards grants for long term projects that allow communities to benefit for many years to come. Through its grant making opportunities, the foundation works to bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support nonprofit organizations and others in our community. Any organization or group based in Osage County can apply for grants, but preference is given to those that are not directly tax supported or agencies that have taxing authority.

For more information about the grant application process or donating to the Osage County Community Foundation, contact Perry Thompson at 785-528-3006, or contact one of the foundation’s board members, Joe Humerickhouse, Casey Mussatto, Janet Steinle, Jodi Stark, or Mike Pitts. A grant application is available here. Completed applications can be mailed to Osage County Community Foundation, PO Box 24, Osage City, KS 66523.

Larry Ray Yockey, 74, Melvern: Aug. 21, 1947 – Sept. 10, 2021

MELVERN, Kan. – Larry Ray Yockey, 74, passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kan. He was born Aug. 21, 1947, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Charles and Frances (Groff) Yockey.

Larry had grown up in Cambridge, Kan., and moved to the Melvern, Kan., area when he was a junior in high school. He graduated from Melvern High School in 1965.

Larry worked for Santa Fe Railroad as a motor car operator, and then worked as a maintenance supervisor for IBP, Ohse Meats, LaSiesta, and Tyson Foods. Larry served as treasurer for eight years on the Agency Township, had been very active with his kids in 4-H, and was a member of the True Grace Community Church, Melvern.

Community Covenant Church celebrates fall with fun for entire family

Community Covenant Church will host a fall festival 4-8 p.m. Sept. 18, 2021, at the church at 334 N. Topeka St., Osage City, Kan. The event promises something for everyone, and families are invited to enjoy vendors and booths set up with crafts, baked goods, and more. There will be games including cornhole and basketball shootout tournaments, and bounces houses will be available for kids, along with face painting and pumpkin painting.

The day concludes with a chili cookoff and chili feed. Contact the church for chili cookoff information, or see www.facebook.com/occomcov. Send entry form to: Community Covenant Church, PO Box 126, Osage City, KS 66523.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Striving for returned health

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“If you don’t have your health you don’t have anything.”

The prominent saying goes in one ear and out the other for many.

However, anybody who has had a major health setback knows how precious every second is.

Money buys mansions, big cars, delicacy, land and more, but it cannot guarantee health. Those with high financial assets often want more and more and because of their wealth can readily acquire more.

Still, all of that net worth despite continually amazing medical discoveries will not always save a life.

Several longtime acquaintances have been stricken with physical complications in recent years.

Thanks to attentive action with proper treatment and effective medicine most feel as having been cured. Yet, others who initially anticipated recovery have been unable to conquer incomprehensible setbacks and been taken to the Great Beyond.

Saturday night calls to five friends who have faced severe physical challenges were pleasantly answered with optimistic responses. While each situation was different there was a definite semblance.

One day everything seemed perfect as possible but without warning in an instant their world turned completely the opposite. Each was hospitalized some even unconscious with the bleakest diagnosis possible.

Family and friends were notified with tender bedside handholding and stroking while everybody there and beyond partook in solace prayer.

Derald Stromgren to celebrate 80th birthday

Derald Stromgren, of Osage City, Kan., will celebrate his 80th birthday Sept. 13, 2021.

Derald was born Sep. 13, 1941, in Osage City, the eldest child of Fred and Frances Stromgren.

He grew up in the Osage City area and graduated from Osage City High School. He worked for Osage Products (Hallmark) as a napkin printing supervisor. After his retirement, he opened Stromgren Greenhouse with his wife, Mary Lou. Derald continues to enjoy gardening, and he is involved with the Osage City Meals on Wheels and the Osage City Kiwanis paper pickup.

Derald will celebrate his special day with a family dinner. Cards can be sent to him at 401 Forrest Gragg Dr., Osage City, KS 66523.

For Sale by Sealed Bid: Case Backhoe 580K

For sale by sealed bid: Case Backhoe 580K. Older machine. Selling as is.

Send bid to:
Lincoln Township
3931 E. 325th St.
Melvern, KS 66510

Call to schedule viewing, 785-383-4983.
Deadline: September 27, 2021
(Lincoln Township reserves the right to refuse any and all bids.)

Everett ‘Pete’ Neill, 81, Burlingame: July 14, 1940 – Sept. 5, 2021

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Everett “Pete” Neill, 81, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born July 14, 1940, in Quenemo, Kan., the son of Marvin and Dorothy (Sterrett) Neill.

Pete grew up in Quenemo and Olivet, Kan. He later moved to Maple Hill, Kan., where he lived for several years before moving to the Burlingame, Kan., community in 1996.

From 1960 to 1968, Pete served in the United States Air Force in missile maintenance and was discharged as an airman first class. He was involved in the construction of the dam at John Redmond Reservoir. Pete also farmed and ranched most of his life. He later worked at a rock quarry as an equipment operator. He was a member of the American Legion and attended the Overbrook Bible Church.

Vassar woman dies in two-car collision on K-268 Friday

VASSAR, Kan. – A Vassar woman was killed and another driver was seriously injured in a two-car accident Friday afternoon on state Highway 268, two miles east of U.S. Highway 75.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported Patti J. Croy, 65, Vassar, Kan., was driving a 2013 Kia Sorento westbound on K-268 about 12:40 p.m. Sept. 10, 2021, when her vehicle left the roadway for an unknown reason. Croy overcorrected and the vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a 2010 GMC Acadia driven by Trisha M. Ellis, 52, Superior, Wis.

Croy died at the accident scene, and Ellis was transported with suspected serious injuries to Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Both drivers were the sole occupants in their vehicles and both were wearing seatbelts during the accident that occurred near Berryton Road, about two miles east of the U.S. Highway 75 roundabout.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office announced on social media K-268 was closed between Berryton Road and California Road from about 1 to 3:30 p.m. while the accident scene was cleared.

Sheriff reports on local narcotics arrests

Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells has released the following reports regarding recent drug related arrests in Osage County.

At 2:45 p.m. Sept. 7, 2021, an Osage County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop at East 245th Street and state Highway 268 for a traffic violation. During the stop, a K-9 was deployed, and narcotics were located. The driver of the vehicle, Tammy M. Petersen, 40, Vassar, Kan., was arrested on charges of suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At 2:24 p.m. Sept. 6, 2021, an Osage County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on K-268 for a traffic violation. The vehicle failed to stop, and a pursuit was initiated. During the pursuit, drug paraphernalia was thrown from the vehicle. The vehicle came to a stop at K-268 and South Croco Road. The driver of the vehicle, Samantha E. Dunbar, 41, of Osage City, Kan., was arrested on charges of suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, interference with law enforcement, fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, driving while license is revoked, and registration violation.

At 10:49 a.m. Sept. 6, 2021, an Osage County Sheriff’s Deputy patrolling Turkey Point Campground, at Melvern Lake, was notified by a citizen of suspicious activity occurring within the campground. The deputy responded to the area and contacted two individuals. Both subjects were found to be in possession of illegal narcotics and had warrants for their arrests.

Jessica S. Down, 41, Lebo, Kan., was arrested on charges of suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony interference with law enforcement, and a warrant.

Ryan C. Pinks, 45, Bonner Springs, Kan., was arrested on charges of suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a warrant.

At 3:43 p.m. Sept. 2, 2021, an Osage County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop at Third Street and Maple Street, in Quenemo, Kan., for a traffic violation. During the stop, narcotics were located. The driver, Richard W. Traver, 58, Quenemo, was arrested on charges of suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

At 5:02 p.m. Aug. 24, 2021, an Osage County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop near Martin and Lakin Streets, in Osage City, Kan. During the stop, illegal narcotics were located. The driver of the vehicle, Cole D. Zimmerman, 37, Alta Vista, Kan., was arrested on charges of suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At 1:44 p.m. Aug. 23, 2021, an Osage County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop at milepost 158 on Interstate 35 for a traffic violation. During the stop, illegal narcotics were located in the possession of a passenger in the vehicle. The passenger, Stephanie D. Bell, 48, El Dorado, Kan., was arrested on charges of suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Glenn I. Atwood, 80, Harveyville: Dec. 17, 1940 – Sept. 5, 2021

HARVEYVILLE, Kan. – Glenn I. Atwood, 80, of Harveyville, Kan., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was born Dec. 17, 1940, in Harveyville, the son of Irvin Jesse Atwood and Lenora May (Behner) Atwood.

Glenn graduated from Harveyville High School with the class of 1958. Following graduation, Glenn worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Topeka, and on the family farm with his father. Eventually Glenn took over the family farm from his dad and for the rest of his life Glenn was a full-time rancher and farmer.

On Nov. 24, 1963, Glenn was united in marriage to Sharon Fry, at the United Methodist Church, Topeka. They celebrated 57 years of loving marriage this past year.

Bradley Padilla, 33, Carbondale: Oct. 17, 1987 – Sept. 6, 2021

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Bradley Joseph Padilla, 33, of Carbondale, Kan., died Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 at his home. He was born Oct. 12, 1987, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Louis Padilla and Tammy Harrison.

Brad graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School with the class of 2006. Brad worked as a salesman at Famous Footwear and a farmhand for Clint Lispcomb.

Brad enjoyed being outside, and he loved being a coach of either wrestling or baseball. He was also part of the Santa Fe Trail wresting club, the Trail Hands. He was a talented painter. He loved travelling and being with his family. He will be remembered by everyone as someone who always knew how to enjoy life.

Carbondale plans grand opening ceremony for new library

Members of the Carbondale community form a human chain on Aug. 29, 2021, to move books and materials from the old library to the new one, in preparation for the library’s grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 11. Courtesy photo.

The Carbondale City Library will hold a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the new building’s construction. The ceremony will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at 302 Main St., Carbondale.

The new 6,000-square-feet building features seating for more than 100 people, study areas, group meeting rooms, and a multi-purpose room, including a kitchen for future classes.

The ceremony will include remarks from Board of Trustees President Lonnie Hinck, Library Director Heather Garrison, and elected officials. Refreshments will follow with a craft activity for children.

Additionally, the library will be closed Aug. 28-Sept. 10, 2021, to migrate the collection into the new building and install all new technology.

Eat Well to Be Well Recipe: Salmon With Pomegranate Salsa

A sensory sensation bursting with zesty sweet and savory flavors everyone will love

There was a time in my life I would never have imagined eating fish regularly, especially salmon. Growing up on a Kansas farm, it was fields of wheat, oats, and soybeans that dominated alongside pastures overflowing with cattle peacefully grazing on big bluestem and switchgrass flourishing in the Flint Hills. Let’s just say, the meat department at my small town grocery store was filled with various cuts of beef, pork, and poultry without a fresh salmon in sight.

But thankfully many years ago, my taste buds were introduced to the savory appeal of perfectly baked or grilled, tender fresh salmon. And if you love salmon as much as I do now, this is a recipe you must try. This dish is a great option, especially if you’re looking for different ways to prepare this heart healthy fish, or unique toppings to serve it with. And yes, salmon is now a regular on my menu rotation, along with beef, pork, and poultry.

Salmon with pomegranate salsa is a “fit for a king” treat and a feast for your eyes. From the peachy color of the salmon, to the bright, ruby-red pomegranate seeds, to the vibrant green of fresh dill, it’s a refreshing and beautiful blend energizing all your senses.

Speaking of the “vibrant green of fresh dill,” be sure to choose bunches that are aromatic, bright green, and firm. Store fresh dill in the refrigerator wrapped in a paper towel for two to three days and just before you’re ready to use it, wash and dry it well.

And let’s not forget what a superior food both salmon and pomegranates are. Here’s a look at several key nutritional advantages each have to offer:


  • A powerhouse of high quality protein helping maintain muscle mass.
  • Abundant in omega-3 fatty acids promoting healthy joints and skin while reducing risk of heart disease.
  • An impressive source of selenium, a mineral important for cognitive function, a healthy immune system, and supporting thyroid health.

Pomegranate seeds:

  • High levels of antioxidants helping reduce inflammation.
  • Contains phytochemicals protecting against heart disease.
  • Has anti-tumor potential of preventing development and progression of prostate cancer.

If you’re ready to include more heart healthy eating, starting with an appealing, flavorful and ready-to-eat meal within 15-20 minutes (salmon takes almost no time to cook), let’s take a look at how to put together this exceptional recipe:

Help Wanted: Marilynn’s seeks wait staff; apply in person

Marilynn’s Restaurant in Osage City is hiring for wait staff. For more information, call 785-528-3769, or apply in person at 1216 Laing St. (east Highway 31) in Osage City.

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