Poinsettias present a yuletide challenge for plant enthusiasts

By Randall Kowalik MANHATTAN, Kan. – The poinsettia can be found everywhere right now – florists, nurseries, grocery stores, large-scale retailers, even hardware stores. As common as they are, More »

Frontier Extension District honors local supporters with annual appreciation awards

The Frontier Extension District recently presented its annual appreciation awards to five people who have made outstanding contributions to Extension programs. Honored were Mike and Sharon Kilet, of Anderson More »

Hidden History: Photographs and photo car make Lyndon’s Ford famous

By Wendi Bevitt You might not recognize his name, but if your family lived in Osage County more than 100 years ago, you might have Harry Ford to thank More »

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club busy with fall activities; new members invited

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club members were recognized at Achievement Night, from left, Josye Hutchcroft, Brynna Whitton, Reanna Marcotte, Breckyn Whitton, Ethan Kneisler, Garrett Shoup, Leanne Shoup, Allie Kneisler, Ryan More »

Notice: Osage County District Court closing at noon Dec. 15, 2017

NOTICE: Osage County District Court will close at 12:00 PM on Friday, December 15, 2017.

A drop box is available on the third floor for payments and filings.

For more information, contact Charna L.Williams, Clerk of District Court, PO Box 549, Lyndon, KS 66451, or 785-828-4514.

NWS issues red flag warning: All burn permits suspended in Osage County

All outdoor burning is prohibited in Osage County today, Dec. 11, 2017, after the National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for most of northeast and north central Kansas due to low humidity and expected gusty winds. Osage County Emergency Management suspended all local burn permits as the NWS issued the red flag warning that covers Osage, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Lyon and Coffey counties.

The red flag warning is in effect 10 a.m.-6 p.m., while the local burn ban will be in effect until 8 a.m. tomorrow unless extended.

NWS has forecast that it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Winds will shift to the northwest and strengthen by the early afternoon, with sustained speeds expected to be between 20 and 25 mph and gusts near 40 mph through the afternoon. Relative humidity will drop to between 20 and 25 percent just ahead of the wind shift during the late morning, but should gradually rise through the afternoon behind the wind shift.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will soon. The combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. Fires could start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323.

No outside burning allowed Sunday in Osage County

All Osage County burn permits have been suspended for today, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, per Osage County Emergency Management. The agency has declared this as a “no burn day”, during which no outside burning is allowed.

The National Weather Service has predicted a sunny day, with a high near 59 and northwest wind 10 to 15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph, causing very high fire danger. Very high fire danger means fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort.

The burn ban will expire at 8 a.m. Dec. 11, 2017, unless extended.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management director, at 785-828-3323.

Osage City man killed in tractor rollover

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported an Osage City man has died after a tractor accident that occurred around 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, about a mile northeast of Osage City.

The sheriff’s office press release said Layton Long, 82, of Osage City, was a passenger on an overturned tractor driven by Hayden Croucher. Long was thrown from the tractor and was found unresponsive. He was transported to Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, where he was pronounced dead.

The sheriff’s office reported that a 911 call was received at 9:09 a.m. reporting a man was trapped under a tractor at 5280 W. 221st St., Osage City, Kan.

At the time of the call, Hayden Croucher was trapped under the rolled over tractor, but had been freed by the time responders arrived at the scene. Gary Croucher, another passenger on the tractor, was able to free Hayden Croucher.

Gary Croucher and Hayden Croucher had begun CPR on Long, who was transported to the hospital after emergency personnel arrived at the scene. Gary and Hayden Croucher declined medical treatment.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Plenty of jobs available

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Many people really just don’t want to work.”

Unemployment figures are tabulated regularly, often reporting decline in people with jobs. Of course, with exceptions, most people do work. Yet, they too expect some time off for relaxation, and then are ready to get back to useful employment.

Truth is there are bunches of occupations available. Just look at the want ads, help needed categories on the computer.

Admittedly majority of the tasks require certain skills that are not readily available. Always there are jobs requiring minimal abilities be able to walk, lift, talk, show up, and that’s about it. Oh, there’s a drug test requirement nowadays putting handicap on a certain number, too.

So getting work may not be as easy as it seems. Some folks can’t walk; more others can’t lift; increasing numbers can’t speak so others understand. And, there’s that illegal medication dilemma.

Still, the biggest problem, according to many employers talked to, workers showing up. New personnel come the first day, maybe even regularly for a couple of weeks. Then the worker doesn’t come in or even report in. Sometimes they’ll come in the next day and except to work, and get fired.

Others are forgiven again and again but keep testing the employer until they’re forced to be let go, too.

Even those who are dedicated employees, good workers, seem to have incomprehensible number of conflicts. They have a snotty nose; their children are sick; there’s a ballgame to see; parents are incapacitated; something else.

Soon all vacation time and sick leave are used up. The employee still expects time off. And usually gets it, or quits the job.

Filings in Osage County District Court, Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Nov. 27, 2017, through Dec. 1, 2017.

4th Judicial District nominating commission submits three candidates for district judge

TOPEKA – The 4th Judicial District nominating commission has sent the names of three candidates for district judge to Gov. Sam Brownback, who has 60 days to decide who will fill the vacancy created by the Nov. 30, 2017, retirement of Osage/Coffey County District Judge Phillip M. Fromme.

The three candidates are: Meghan K. Morgan, Burlington, Kan., assistant county attorney, Lyon County; Darrel L. Smith, Emporia, Kan., assistant county attorney, Lyon County; and Judge Taylor J. Wine, Lyndon, Kan., district magistrate judge, Osage County.

Hidden History: Photographs and photo car make Lyndon’s Ford famous

By Wendi Bevitt

You might not recognize his name, but if your family lived in Osage County more than 100 years ago, you might have Harry Ford to thank for capturing your ancestors’ likenesses, or just glimpses into Osage County’s past.

Harrison “Harry” Ford came from the small town of Wright, Mich., which is near Grand Rapids. He served his country during the Civil War with Michigan cavalry and infantry units. He mustered out at the end of the war, having been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant.

Ford’s photo of a local family possibly includes the sister of Wyatt Earp (anyone who can verify this is asked to contact the author); photo published with permission of Paul Butler.

Harry’s arrival in Kansas was first noted in 1880 when he stayed at Patton’s boarding house in Burlington, Kan. Residents of boarding houses at this time would expect to pay from about $2.50 to $3.50 per week. While in Burlington, Harry made a name for himself as an exceptional artist and photographer, prompting some to declare him the best artist in the state.

By 1882, Harry was making trips north into Topeka with his photo car. Photo cars could be quite large at 10 by 28 feet and eight feet high on the inside, but lightweight enough to make travel easy on the mules that would be pulling the car. Sometimes photo cars were rented railroad cars converted for this purpose. Photo cars would be furnished with props, fashioning a portable studio. Skylights allowed for natural light and dark curtains were used to block light coming in from the sides. One side would be the location of the photographer’s sleeping quarters and the other a photo lab.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 2017

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

Leona Grace Warren, 101, Lyndon: May 4, 1916 – Dec. 3, 2017

LYNDON, Kan. – Leona Grace Warren, 101, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born on May 4, 1916, in Hamilton, Kan., the daughter of Eugene and Jessie Badsky Butterfield.

Leona had lived in Lyndon, Kan., since 1960, and had been a resident of Brookside since 2005. Leona worked as a sales clerk at Pelletier’s Department Store and Roach Hardware, in Topeka, Kan., and at McDaniel Hardware and Marv’s Variety Store, in Lyndon. She was a member of the Lyndon United Methodist Church and past member of the Fairfax HDU.

On Windy Hill: A band of angels came for me

As Thanksgiving rolled around this year, it turned out that I had a lot to be thankful for in addition to getting an early Christmas gift – the gift of life.

On a Saturday night a few weeks ago, things got a little hectic up here on Windy Hill. Sheriff’s cars, ambulance and fire trucks gathered in our driveway, with flashing lights and sirens causing our nearest neighbors to wonder what was happening in our usually quiet neighborhood. What had happened, while my wife Jan and I were getting ready for bed that night, was that I suffered from cardiac arrest – or sudden death as the doctor diagnosed it.

Even though I wasn’t aware of what was going on, a band of angels, starting with my wife, worked together to make sure I lived through it. Seeing that something had happened to me as I went limp in bed, my sensible Jan had the clear state of mind and wherewithal to immediately call 911 and begin administering CPR on me.

Although it didn’t seem like my lucky day with my heart stopping and all, in reality it was. The dispatcher contacted a deputy who was on patrol out on the highway about a half mile from our house, and who was the first responder to arrive. She immediately worked with Jan giving me CPR, and after more deputies arrived, started them in a routine switching places and giving me continuous CPR until the emergency medical team and fire fighter responders arrived from Carbondale (only 12 minutes after the 911 call I later learned.)

Those guys had the equipment to zap me and get my heart beating again, while the others were trying to determine if a helicopter could land in our front yard. Fortunately, I didn’t need to wait on a helicopter ride as Osage County EMS quickly transported me to Topeka in stable condition.

Ten days later, still with no memory of all that had occurred, I was discharged from the hospital and told to go home and start recovering from the impact on my body and brain that occurs with cardiac arrest. Also going home with me, implanted in my upper chest, was a defibrillator device that is supposed to keep this from ever happening to me again.

No burn day: No outside burning allowed

All Osage County burn permits have been suspended for today, Dec. 4, 2017, per Osage County Emergency Management. The agency has declared this as a “no burn day”, during which no outside burning is allowed.

The National Weather Service has predicted very high fire danger today, and set the rangeland fire danger index in the very high category for this afternoon. Very high fire danger means fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort.

NWS has forecast that it will be cloudy today through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 70. It will be breezy with south wind around 25 mph, becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

The burn ban will be in effect for the next 24 hours.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Helping others most efficiently

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Everybody has their hand out asking for a hand out.”

That’s not true, but when ‘tis the season of giving, more than ever come solicitations for good doing.

Being on both sides of this equation, it becomes very complicated.

For many years having served on foundation boards seeking assistance, there are obvious needs.

From the opposite side, working with efforts to receive stipends from foundations that assist others, there are those obvious needs as well.

Two key elements come into play in both situations.

Accumulated funds must be distributed to the set effort at hand. It’s not easy knowing who or what has the most need and will put stipends to best use.

Biggest concern though is that all of the generously donated dollars go to the cause for which they were requested.

Most people think if they give a dollar to any worthwhile effort, those needing it receive every penny.

In certain foundations, trusts, and Good Samaritan groups, that’s the way it is. Unpaid volunteers manage funds and are conscientious in wisest distribution of hard-earned stipends donated to help others.

Margaret L. DeBaun, 94, Osage City: Dec. 25, 1922 – Nov. 28, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Margaret L. DeBaun, 94, formerly of Osage City, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at The Arboretum, in Menomonee Falls, Wis., where she had received exceptional care over the past eight years. She previously resided in Osage City for more than 40 years. Margaret L. Allison was born Dec. 25, 1922, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Lacy) Allison.

Margaret graduated from Washburn Rural High School in 1940 as salutatorian of her class, and attended Dodd’s secretarial school.

Cynthia Lou Herr Booth, 66, Carbondale: Feb. 3, 1951 – Nov. 30, 2017

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Cynthia Lou Herr Booth, 66, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at her home in Carbondale, Kan. She was born on Feb. 3, 1951, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Rosabelle Herr.

Cindy grew up in Scranton, Kan., and Topeka and had lived in Carbondale for the last 49 years. Cindy worked for Essex Wire, in Topeka, for 24 years and had then worked for Party America.

Overbrook Overlook: City elects new mayor

In the recent election, Jon Brady was elected as Overbrook mayor, Carol Baughman was reelected as a council member, and Cheryl Miller, a write-in candidate, was elected as a council member. They will be sworn in 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, during a special city council meeting. Don Schultz will be retiring from city government following two years as a Council member and more than eight years as mayor.

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club busy with fall activities; new members invited

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club members were recognized at Achievement Night, from left, Josye Hutchcroft, Brynna Whitton, Reanna Marcotte, Breckyn Whitton, Ethan Kneisler, Garrett Shoup, Leanne Shoup, Allie Kneisler, Ryan Bones, Brayden Marcotte, Cade Shoup, Lara Shoup.

By Garrett Shoup, Club Reporter
Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had its monthly meeting on Nov. 4, 2017. The majority of the meeting consisted of the election of new officers for the upcoming 2017-2018 4-H year. The newly elected officers are: President Ethan Kneisler, Vice President Brayden Marcotte, Secretary Ryan Bones, Treasurer Allie Kneisler, Reporter Garrett Shoup, and 4-H Council representatives Ethan and Allie Kneisler.

New business included voting to do a hog raffle at the Lyndon basketball games this winter, as well as doing a $5 gift exchange after the Winter Festival in December. For recreation, the club did a Christmas wrapping contest. The wrapped boxes will be used to decorate the float for the Winter Festival parade in December. Following the meeting, club members attended Achievement Night in the Lyndon High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The next meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 2, 2017, prior to participating in the Winter Festival parade at 10 a.m.

Filings in Osage County District Court, Nov. 20 – Nov. 24, 2017

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Nov. 20 through Nov. 24, 2017.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 19 – Nov. 25, 2017

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

County foundation opens new grant round, encourages local organizations to apply

The Osage County Community Foundation is accepting applications for its next round of grants until Dec. 31, 2017.

“The board will meet to review the applications following the deadline,” said Perry Thompson, the foundation’s president. “Any organization based in Osage County can apply, but preference is given to those that are not directly tax supported or have taxing authority.”

The foundation makes grants for innovative and creative projects and programs that are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation and cultural affairs. Grants will not exceed $1,000, and operational expenses are not funded.

The foundation also continues to seek donations to continue its charitable work in supporting Osage County organizations.

“For the foundation to continue on this path, we must continue to raise money,” Thompson said.

He asked that Osage County citizens consider the foundation during financial planning, noting contributions are tax-exempt.

KBI requests the public’s help to solve Lyon County murder

LYON COUNTY, Kan. – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, and Lyon County Crime Stoppers are asking anyone with information related to the Sept. 6, 2017, murder of Emporia teenager, Jesus Avila-Galvin Jr., to come forward. Avila’s body was found in a vehicle near Road 160 and Road T in rural Lyon County.

The KBI, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, the Emporia Police Department, the Office of the State Fire Marshall, and the Emporia State University Police continue their efforts to resolve this case, and believe even the smallest detail could aid in bringing justice for Avila’s family.

Anyone with information about this crime or the persons responsible is asked to call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME or Lyon County Crime Stoppers at 620-342-2273. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers online at www.P3tips.com or through the P3Tips mobile application. Information which assists law enforcement in this investigation is eligible for a Crime Stoppers cash reward of up to $2,000.

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