Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club dedicates picnic table in memory of Casten-Downing

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H members dedicated this picnic table, created in memory of Jill Casten-Downing, located in Melvern City Park; front from left, Joycelynn, Chelsea Green, Harper Melton, Bella More »

Osage City third-grader’s artwork to be featured in KDHE calendar

KDHE Secretary Lee Norman, Bureau Director Julie Coleman, and Deputy Secretary Leo Henning, present a framed copy of Sawyer Serna’s winning artwork to her. TOPEKA, Kan. – An Osage More »

Osage County’s unofficial election results, Nov. 5, 2019

Unofficial election results Tuesday in Osage County showed several races decided, while many city council seats and school board positions remained to be determined by write-in ballots. Write-in ballots More »

Agencies warn of seasonal increase in vehicle-deer crashes

TOPEKA – Mating season and the quest for more secure habitat have deer on the move this time of year, increasing the chances of deer-vehicle collisions. Typically, the greatest More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Inspirational service to others

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Life is so precious very short making friends and family such importance only completely realized when one is lost.”

A crushing blow has been passing of the best friend true inspirational guiding confidant brother in spirit.

Call came that Ron Wilson had a stroke perhaps followed by a heart attack and he’d requested presence.

Upon arrival, his children, two siblings and an uncle were bedside verifying Ron’s serious condition. Time was spent pacifying praying for the dearest yet unaware comrade.

Realizing the treasured life was only in God’s hands, trust was given Him and His medical servants. Ron passed the following morning.

Complete heart sinking depressed sadness overcame, reflecting inspiration and services provided in 56 years.

Two beanpole third-string seventh grade basketball players, Ron, a farm boy, and the grocery store town kid wannabe cowboy met. On the cold armory floor lifetime friendship was born.

In high school highly intellectual yet country common Ron inspired as district star farmer and state public speaking finalist. Family farm was offered location for a rewarding vo-ag hog cooperative.

With a powerful noisy classic Ford, Ron was transportation for the girl watching pair. When wannabe’s small cowherd became short of feed, opportunity was presented to harvest hay on shares with farm family assistance.

Off to college Ron attended the cow college insistent the southbound friend follow trail for the second semester. Positive in many ways first day for wannabe on the campus, bride-to-be became acquaintance.

As sophomore dormitory roommate, Ron served as wedding groomsman that summer on his 20th birthday.

Friendship enhanced while Ron went many avenues, farming, drag racing, oilfield, trucker, feed-equipment distributor, insurance-investments, always fishing.

Unofficial results of write-in races, Osage County elections, Nov. 5, 2019

Several of the school board and municipal races in the Nov. 5, 2019, general election in Osage County had no candidates filing for the position, leaving those races to be decided by write-in votes.

In the Quenemo City Council race, two candidates were on the ballot for two seats on the council, but there were enough write-in votes to affect the results. In the Carbondale City Council race, one candidate appeared on the ballot and won one of two open seats; the other seat is to be decided by write-in votes.

The Osage County election office has released the unofficial tally of write-in votes in local races in Tuesday’s election. The results will be unofficial until canvassed by members of the Osage County Commission on Nov. 15.

Positions and tallies of write-in races as of Nov. 8, 2019:

Adopt a family, share the season of giving

The stress of the holiday season can often bring additional challenges for families and individuals who have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse or neglect. SOS hopes to help make the holidays brighter for these families by partnering with community members willing to “adopt” a family by providing basic needs and gifts.

Families or individuals are eligible for adoption if they have worked with SOS consistently the last three months and do not qualify for assistance from the Salvation Army. Anyone is eligible to be matched with a family. SOS traditionally has between 50-100 family members or individuals for adoption within the six counties it serves: Chase, Coffey, Lyon, Greenwood, Morris and Osage.

Cowboys come out hot as winners against bulls at Devin Hutchinson Invitational Chute Out

Jeston Meade, of Holcomb, was crowned champion at the second annual Devin Hutchinson Invitational Sunflower State Chute Out, in Burlingame. Miss Rodeo Kansas 2020 Tiffany McCaffrey and Hutchinson presented Meade his awards.

“It was a great night.”

Devin Hutchinson was emphatic in talking about his second annual Invitational Sunflower State Chute Out bull riding competition, held at Burlingame, Kan., Oct. 26, 2019.

“It took a lot to put all of this on,” admitted the event coordinator PBR Professional Bull Rider, from Emporia, Kan. “But once it all came together it was well worth it.”

“Family, friends, fellow competitors and contractors came together to have a night doing what we love,” Hutchinson verified.

“Despite the cold conditions, the crowd was hot and so were the bulls and the riders,” Hutchinson exclaimed.

Results verify just that as Jeston Meade, of Holcomb, Kan., “took it all home,” Hutchinson acknowledged.

“Jeston marked 79 points in the long go-round,” Hutchinson said. “Then his ‘huge’ 90 points on 427 Mob Life from Griffith Bucking Bulls in the short-go clinched the championship.”

Meade took home $1,251 in payback, a custom buckle from Molly’s Silversmiths and a new 10X Bailey from Hatman Jacks.

Second place went to Kevin Hall with 86 points on his draw from J.R Stratford Bucking Bulls. Kyle Jones was third with 85.5 points on Grave Digger, also of Griffith Bucking Bulls.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club dedicates picnic table in memory of Casten-Downing

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H members dedicated this picnic table, created in memory of Jill Casten-Downing, located in Melvern City Park; front from left, Joycelynn, Chelsea Green, Harper Melton, Bella Reeser, Gentry McNally, Gradey McNally, Tanner Totty, and Landon Roy; back, Anna Arb, Amelia Arb, Allie Reeser, Justin Brinkley, Levi Arb, Ella Reed, Tara Green, Natalie Green, and Braelyn McNally.

By Bella Reeser, Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club Reporter

In June 2019, it was proposed at a Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H club meeting to create a memorial to Jill Casten-Downing, a former club member. 4-H parent Eric Melton volunteered his time in undertaking the task of creating a picnic table in memory of Jill. With generous support from Lyndon Building Materials in supplying materials, Hastings Awards for supplying the plaque, and Eric Melton his time and talents, the project was completed in just a few short months.

It all came together on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, when the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club met with the Casten family at the Melvern City Park. Here they dedicated this picnic table in memory of Jill Casten-Downing and all her involvement in the Melvern community.

All this wouldn’t have been made possible without Lyndon Building Materials, Hastings Awards, and Eric Melton.

Corps waives day use fees at recreation areas on Veterans Day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced it will waive day use fees at its more than 2,850 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in observance of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2019.

The waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps and swimming beaches. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities, such as group picnic shelters, and events. Other agencies that manage recreation areas on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the waiver in the areas that they manage.

USACE began the Veterans Day fee waiver in 2006 as a way to honor the men and women who have served our nation and the armed forces.

Aspen Institute names Flint Hills Technical College as a top 150 U.S. community college

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Flint Hills Technical College as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. Based on strong and improving in student outcomes – including in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity – 15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize.

“We are excited to be included again on the Aspen Institute’s top 150 list. It shows the good work our programs are doing and how important our institution is for our community and the state of Kansas,” said Dean Hollenbeck, president of Flint Hills Technical College.

The 150 community colleges named Nov. 5, 2019, were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide, using publicly available data on student outcomes. Located in 39 states in urban, rural, and suburban areas, serving as few as 500 students and as many as 75,000 students, these colleges represent the diversity and depth of the community college sector.

Data show that over the last two years, student retention, graduation rates, and degree completion have improved at the top tier of 150 Aspen Prize-eligible colleges.

USD 420 to honor local veterans with free meal on Veterans Day

The Osage City school district is honoring local veterans on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Area veterans are invited to eat lunch free of charge in the school lunchroom from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

USD 420, the lunchroom staff, and K-Kids are hosts for the meal. Tammi Brabb, the schools’ director of food services, said the menu will be chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls, peaches, and water, tea, milk, or coffee. Veterans who would like to attend are asked to call Osage City Elementary School at 785-528-3171 by Friday, Nov. 8, to reserve a meal.

Osage City third-grader’s artwork to be featured in KDHE calendar

KDHE Secretary Lee Norman, Bureau Director Julie Coleman, and Deputy Secretary Leo Henning, present a framed copy of Sawyer Serna’s winning artwork to her.

TOPEKA, Kan. – An Osage City Elementary School third-grader was among 13 winners of the 2020 Keep It Clean Kansas Calendar competition named at a reception Nov. 6, 2019, in Topeka. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman and the Bureau of Waste Management team recognized Sawyer Serna, Osage City Elementary School, Osage City, as one of the winners of this year’s contest, the 21st anniversary of the Keep It Clean Kansas calendar.

Sawyer’s artwork depicted wildlife enjoying a Kansas sunrise over a green pasture, and urged fellow Kansans to “Keep Kansas Clean”.

MdCV Junior High celebrates with Halloween dance

On Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, the Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High School STUCO held its annual Halloween dance. Members spent the afternoon decorating for the big event, followed by the junior high students enjoying an evening of dancing, food and fun.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 21 – Oct. 25, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Oct. 21 through Oct. 25, 2019.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 28 – Nov. 2, 2019

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

OCHS thespians to present two evening Christmas plays Nov. 15-16

Osage City High School will be presenting two Christmas plays for their fall school play. On Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, audience members can watch the hilarious spoof of Hallmark Christmas movies, “The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie Wonderthon.”

The play features six couples trying to find love in the town of Hopewood Falls during the holiday season. The cast includes Owen Bailey as a TSA Agent, Tyler Sage as Laertes, Alex Boner as Vixen, Jayce Brenner as Kris, Liz Devoll as Girl 2, Aleese Courtney as Merry, Greta Crawford as Girl 1, Keaton Curley as Prancer, Gavin DeBaun as Paul, Adam Delekta as Jackson, Wyatt Littrell as PSven, Elizabeth Lowery as Joy, Blake Murphy as Blake, Lucy Martin as Narrator 2, William Martin as Narrator 1, Ashlyn McCoy as Carol, Wyatt Orender as Brett, Bryson Murphy as the Ghost of Santa, Jade Potter as Bridgette, Karley Reece as Holly, Ellie Shoemaker as Noelle, Britney Wilkins as Rita, and Ryan Smith as Jimmy. Audiences can enjoy this show at 7 p.m. Nov. 15, in the Osage City High School Auditorium.

On Saturday, Nov. 16, following the Christmas on Market parade, the play “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be performed. This pageant goes terribly wrong after the horrible Herdman children show up at church and join the cast. Despite the chaos, the pageant eventually reminds everyone of the true meaning of Christmas.

The cast includes Owen Bailey as Hobie, Breckin Bowin as Charlie Bradley, Jerra Butterfield as Beth Bradley, Emery Camarena as Maxine, Olivia Camarena as Grace Bradley, Greta Crawford as Imogene Herdman, Gunnar Fort as Reverend Hopkins, Lucas Gantenbein as David, Kate Heiserman as Mrs. Armstrong, Dani Kerns as Alice, Brody Littrell as Ralph Herdman, August Lohmeyer as Ollie Herdman, Lillian Lohmeyer as Claudia Herdman, Aurora Lowery as Mrs. McCarthy, Tyler Sage as Leroy Herdman, Allison Sloop as Beverly, McKenna Stump as Mrs. Slocum, Dane Whalen as Bob Bradley, Kiersten White as Mrs. Clark. The cast also includes the Angels, Brynlee Harmon, Sadie Harmon, Jordyn Lickteig, Sawyer Serna, Amelia Stark, Ruby Stucky, Leila Wilcoxson, Reece Wilcoxson; and sheperds, Isaac McCoy, Brady Bowin, and Gavin Robert. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, in the Osage City High School Auditorium.

Help House News: Giving thanks for the blessings of community

By Raylene Quaney

Signup for Thanksgiving food baskets has been completed at Help House. Those who received pick-up slips will need to come on the date on the slip due to the delivery schedule of the poultry. Delivery will be either 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, or 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26. Help House will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday Nov. 29.

Help House still needs donations for the Thanksgiving food boxes. Items needed are cake mixes, frosting, complete pumpkin pie filling mix, Jiffy brand pie crust mixes for the desserts, Jell-O and canned fruit for salad makings, and rolls. If you prefer we accept cash donations that can be used to purchase these items as well. Just designate on your check that it is for the “Thanksgiving Food Baskets”.

Christmas Stores

Help House Christmas Stores are on the following dates for families who have not been adopted by ECAT, ECKAN, or other Christmas programs. There is a change in how the parent and grandparent shopping will occur this year. The Children’s Shopping Day will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Santa’s elves will assist children in selecting one gift per parent per child. Then they will wrap them to take home.

Parents and caregivers will need to sign up to schedule their shopping time this year. Times available will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Wednesday, Dec. 11, Thursday, Dec. 12, and Friday, Dec. 13.

Grandparents and others will need to sign up for their shopping times as well. Those dates will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17th, Wednesday, Dec. 18, Thursday, Dec. 19, and Friday, Dec. 20.

Shop local, help local

Remember while shopping at  Jerry’s Thriftway in Osage City, and Overbrook Thriftway and Carbondale Thriftway, you will see at the register a card that reads, “You may now make a donation to Help House for the Food Pantry by asking the clerk to add either $1 or $5 to the total of your bill.” It is that easy and we thank everyone for your continued support and donation. We are very grateful to Jim O’Neill and Jerry Geisy for their continued support of Help House.

Osage County’s unofficial election results, Nov. 5, 2019

Unofficial election results Tuesday in Osage County showed several races decided, while many city council seats and school board positions remained to be determined by write-in ballots. Write-in ballots were to be tallied late Tuesday night.

In Osage City, Becky Brewer will be the city’s mayor with 371 votes, running unopposed. Also running unopposed, all of Osage City’s city council candidates won in their respective wards, Denise Lauber, 85 votes, Sharon Larson, 37 votes, Cathryn Houghton, 125 votes, and Dale Schwieger, 115 votes.

Mayor races in Carbondale, Melvern, Olivet, and Quenemo will be decided by write-in votes. In Overbrook, all three open council seats will be decided by write-in votes.

Tallies for two city council seats in Quenemo are setting with Fred Sweetwood at 51 votes, and John Wilson, 28 votes, and 60 write-ins outstanding.

In Scranton, a four-way race for three seats on the Scranton City Council showed Tim Nedeau with 93 votes, Amy Jo Miner, 90, Michael J. Meenen, 87, and Brenda Lester, 54.

Here are results of other highlighted races in the county:

Burlingame City Council
(two seats)

  • Sheila Curtis, 126
  • Leslie D. Holman, 125
  • Amanda Kohlman, 137
  • Larry Robinson, 55

Burlingame Mayor

  • Vikki DeMars, 147

Carbondale City Council

  • Larry L. Hinck, 114

Lyndon Mayor

  • Gene Hirt, 34
  • Steve Morrison, 178

Lyndon City Council
(two seats)

  • Lyn Atchison, 135
  • Doug Harty, 100
  • Bill Patterson, 98

Melvern City Council

  • Russ Vest, 17
  • Write-in, 83

School board races were also decided across the county:

USD 420 Position 1A

  • Tyler Parsons, 240
  • David L. Williams, 297

USD 420 2B

  • Kelli Bowin, 396
  • Brian E. Poertner, 151

USD 420 3C

  • PJ Heptinstall, 268
  • Brent A. Johnson, 269

USD 420 7

  • Kat Bellinger, 347
  • Robert Shaffer, 184

USD 421 1A

  • Eric Ratzloff, 294

USD 421 2A

  • David Brecheisen, 186
  • Doug Shoup, 171

USD 421 3A

  • Chris Cole, 313

USD 421 4A

  • Joe Isch, 287

USD 434 1

  • Jason Supple, 579

USD 434 2

  • Justin Ramsdell, 578

USD 434 3

  • Liz Maisberger-Clark, 554

USD 434

  • Madison Swisher Sowers, 583

USD 454 1

  • Melissa Droege, 245

USD 454 7

  • Donna Young, 205

USD 456 1

  • Gregory D. McCurdy, 196

USD 456 2

  • Beth Weimer, 194

USD 456 3

  • Michael R. Ragan, 210

USD 456 7

  • Joe Arb, 196

Extension Council Member

  • Nina J. Flax, 1,468
  • Brett A. Karr, 1,334

City of Burlingame Question

  • Yes, 104
  • No, 64

Constitutional Amendment

  • Yes, 1,043
  • No, 1,003

Osage County Commission will canvass the votes Nov. 15, 2019, at the commissioner’s meeting room at the Osage County Courthouse. Results are unofficial until canvassed.

Shaffer convicted of animal cruelty, animals at large charges

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn has issued a press release reporting the disposition of a recent animal cruelty and animals at large case. The sheriff reported that Christi L. Shaffer, 53, Lyndon, Kan., entered pleas of no contest to two counts of animal cruelty and one count of allowing a dangerous animal to be at large, during a hearing Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Osage County District Court.

Dunn reported that Osage County Magistrate Judge Shannon Rush sentenced Shaffer to the maximum sentence allowed for the convictions and ordered the sentences to run consecutive for a controlling sentence of 30 months in the Osage County Jail. The judge ordered Shaffer to serve 45 days in jail and suspended the balance of the sentence. Rush also ordered Shaffer to serve 36 months of probation.

Shaffer agreed to relinquish ownership of the dogs and the judge severed her ownership interest. Rush ordered that Shaffer was not to own or possess animals of any kind during the term of her probation.

Shaffer was also fined $1,100 and was ordered to pay restitution to the Osage County Sheriff in the amount of $1,222.39 for veterinary care that had been provided for the dogs.

As part of the plea agreement, Shaffer was ordered to provide information concerning the location of the dogs, because she had moved the dogs from Osage County.

Dunn reported she has been in contact with the individual in possession of the dogs.

“Fortunately, this individual appears to have provided excellent care for the dogs whose condition has greatly improved,” Dunn said in the release. “Some of the dogs have already been adopted and the remaining dogs will receive appropriate care until permanent adoptive homes are located.”

Shaffer was arrested on the charges on Oct. 16, after the sheriff’s office received complaints about wild dogs running loose in rural Lyndon.

Mary Edna Lacey, 98, Waverly: Oct. 2, 1921 – Nov. 4, 2019

WAVERLY, Kan. – Mary Edna (Burnett) Lacey, 98, passed away at her home Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. Mary Edna was born Oct. 2, 1921, to William Albert Burnett and Trilby Jane (Bell) Burnett, in Ha Ha Tonka, Mo.

She married Clarence Lacey, April 23, 1940. They shared 66 years of marriage.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Continued efforts yield results

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

An old saying going back centuries has several meanings depending on the subject at hand.

Of course most agree to the mechanical aspect of the statement. When there’s friction in wheel rotation grease does at least stop the irritating noise until further attention can be given.

That’s led to common reference that the most noticeable problems are the most likely to get attention needed.

Others take advantage of such attitude to continue complaining about certain issues just to get their own way. Sometimes perhaps too often their demands are met in order to stop the argumentation and badgering.

Yet there is additional positive truth in the saying when it comes to getting action done on anything.

As a professional media marketing consultant, entire objective is to help others. That generally takes many avenues in order to completely spread the word about what they have to offer.

Of course paid advertising is one way. Yet which form is best to return the highest investment response?

The answer is not one but several. To get the word out about any matter requires marbles in a jar. A combination of efforts will work together to yield maximum results.

While helping promote a recent community attraction, the event coordinator became distressed in lack of mutual interest and response.

Agencies warn of seasonal increase in vehicle-deer crashes

TOPEKA – Mating season and the quest for more secure habitat have deer on the move this time of year, increasing the chances of deer-vehicle collisions.

Typically, the greatest number of deer-vehicle crashes are in mid-November when the rut, or mating season, peaks. In addition to the rut, deer are also on the move in mid-fall seeking new food sources and shelter as crops are harvested and leaves fall from trees and shrubs, leaving them less secure than in their summer habitats.

“Wet weather this year may cause some deer to cross roads in new places and the additional vegetation growth could make deer harder to see until they are in the road,” said Levi Jaster, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism big game coordinator. “The approaching breeding season increases deer movement, and the cooler weather, along with young deer dispersing to find new home ranges, mean more deer may be crossing the roads.”

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, 10,734 (16.5 percent) of the 64,933 vehicle crashes reported in 2018 were deer-related (crashes in which a deer and vehicle actually collided, or the presence of a deer was a contributing circumstance). Although crashes involving deer occur throughout the year in every Kansas county, the highest number of crashes typically occur where there are the most vehicles. Sedgwick County had 418 deer-vehicle crashes reported in 2018, the most of any county, while Butler County followed with 384 reported deer-vehicle crashes.

“In addition to potentially causing human injuries and loss of life, deer collisions often cause significant vehicle damage that can lead to large expenses for the vehicle owner if not properly insured,” said Shawn Steward, Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA Kansas. “Of the animal strikes reported by AAA Insurance policy holders during the five year period between 2014 and 2018, the average cost per claim was nearly $4,300.”

Osage County Emergency Management schedules table top exercise at Melvern

Osage County Emergency Management and Osage County Local Emergency Planning Committee will host a table top exercise at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 21, 2019, at the Melvern Community Center, 102 NE Main St., Melvern, Kan.

Target participants for this exercise are Osage County fire districts, Scranton Fire Department, Osage County Sheriff’s Office and dispatch center; Osage County Health Department, Osage County Road and Bridge, Osage County EMS, Osage County Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Osage County government officials.

Wanda Louise Fendley, 84, Osage City: June 13, 1935 – Nov. 1, 2019

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Wanda Louise Fendley, 84, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Atria Hearthstone, Topeka, Kan. She was born on June 13, 1935, in Dennard, Ark., the daughter of Ralph and Glonah (Nunley) Miller.

Wanda had lived in Osage City, Kan., for almost 30 years.

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