Hidden History: Nation reaps rewards of local public service corps

At the Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Burlington, Kan., recruits end their duty day with a retreat ceremony. Photo from Bevitt collection. By Wendi and Tod Bevitt The outlook More »

Late summer rain eased drought in parts of Kansas, but northeast counties still dry

By Mary Lou Peter K-State Research and Extension MANHATTAN, Kan. – A shift in weather patterns that began in early August brought welcome rain to drought-stricken Kansas, but even More »

Adam Burnett, active at work and on the boccia court

Adam Burnett, Osage City Chamber of Commerce member and employee of Resource Center for Independent Living, is not only busy at work, he also is active participating in the More »

ICYMI: Pomona State Park celebrates great weekend of ‘going retro’

Happiest campers award went to these greeters welcoming visitors to their camper, “Roseanne”, a 1963 Mobile Scout that belongs to Eric Marx. If time slipped by and you missed More »

Chamber selects Shaffers’ lawn as Osage City yard of the month for September

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has selected Robert and Cheryl Shaffer’s yard as the Osage City’s Yard of the Month for the month of September. With the assistance of Mother Nature providing the area some much needed rain, Robert and Cheryl’s yard in Osage City became green again along with their beautiful and intriguing landscape areas. Their home is located at 849 Romine Ridge, Osage City.

September marks the fourth and final month of the Osage City Chamber of Commerce’s recognition of the “Yard of the Month” for 2018. Recognition is given during the period of June through September.

Adam Burnett, active at work and on the boccia court

Adam Burnett, Osage City Chamber of Commerce member and employee of Resource Center for Independent Living, is not only busy at work, he also is active participating in the sport of boccia. He has been very successful in recent competitions at the national level.

Burnett, originally of Melvern and now Osage City, has worked at RCIL, in Osage City, since 2002. He was introduced to the Paralympic sport of boccia in 2016. Boccia is a throwing sport that tests an athlete’s coordination, accuracy, concentration, and ability to strategize. It can be played in a team or pair or individual competition.

What started out for Burnett as playing “just for fun” became more serious following a third place finish at the U.S. national tournament in 2016. He was then selected to Team USA in 2017 and represented the United States in two international tournaments that year, first in Montreal, Quebec, and then in Cali, Colombia.

Burnett won gold at the US National Tournament in 2017, but he is most proud of being a member of the first BC4 pair to ever win an international match for the United States, when he and his partner defeated Argentina last summer in Colombia.

“It’s really exciting and an honor to wear the Team USA gear and represent my local communities when we travel and compete,” Burnett said.

Bruce Duane Rieck, 69, Burlingame: Sept. 21, 1948 – Sept. 3, 2018

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Bruce Duane Rieck, 69, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away at the home on Sept. 3, 2018. Bruce was born Sept. 21, 1948, in Topeka, Kan., to Leonard and Elsie Rieck.

Bruce graduated from Burlingame High School in 1966, and attended Kansas State University for a short time before joining the Army Reserves. There he trained as a medic.

He was married to Donna on April 4, 1968, in Burlingame.

OCPR Update: Singing, kicking and tackling into fall

OCPR-logo-redOsage City Parks and Recreation has scheduled a new musical program for three to six-year-olds, and tae kwon do classes are gearing up for the fall session. In addition, youth tackle games have been scheduled for the evening of Sept. 19 at the OCHS football field. Details below.


Osage County Jail Log, Sept. 3 to Sept. 7, 2018

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

Teeing off: Osage City Golf Course hosts nighttime tournament Saturday

By Richard Burkdoll
Osage City Golf Course President

As the golf year winds down we want to thank everyone that has supported the golf course and helped us improve your course. Extra play and an increase in memberships has helped us out of some of the financial trouble we were in two years ago.  We have 98 members this year, up from 72 just two years ago.

Currently, we need money for fertilizer, seed, and new parts for the irrigation. We are having a fundraiser “Night Golf Tournament” Sept. 15, 2018. The tournament will be a 4-person scramble. Call out to the golf course to reserve your team. (Limited to the first 18 teams).

We have had problems with the irrigation all summer. The fairways have really greened up with the recent rains. Hopefully, we will get the irrigation fixed so we can have green fairways all of next summer.

In the clubhouse, Randy, pro-shop manager, is selling raffle tickets for a free golf membership for next year, to help raise money.

For more information about the upcoming night tournament or the Osage City Golf Course, call 785-528-3329, or stop by at 1401 S. Fourth St., Osage City, Kan.

Remember how good it used to taste? It still does at Hill’s Drive-up Diner

John and Leita Hill have fond memories of enjoying meals at local diners. Now they’re hoping to share that happy, old time experience with their customers at Hill’s Drive-Up Diner, located at 1106 N. Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan.

“Serving diner food the way we remember it,” is John and Leita’s motto for their mobile “drive up” diner. On the menu, of course, are hamburgers and cheeseburgers, along with their own specially prepared fresh cut fries, pulled pork sandwiches and brats, and fried cheesecake or ice cream treats for dessert.

Also planned is a unique daily special every day in addition to the regular menu items. Some specials you might find there include stuffed peppers, fajitas, burritos, kabobs, baked potatoes, and Sloppy Joes. Follow Hill’s Drive-up Diner on Facebook to see which daily specials they are offering.

Look for the Hills’ mobile diner in Lyndon, where they’re ready to serve you a memorable lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. (Closed Thursday and Sunday. Also, see them Sept. 7-8 at the Ottawa Tractor show and Sept. 14-15 at the Ottawa Car Show.)

For more information, contact Leita at 785-219-9307, [email protected] or visit hills-drive-up-diner.business.site/.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Go fast then slow

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It’s a whole lot easier to speed them up than slow one down.”

Real cowboys have insisted that forever about horses seeming lazy until they learn to move out.

Not true of all, but for many once they’ve found out they can run, it’s really fun.

Now, that’s probably not true for the majority of human populations, as most prefer a relaxed attitude.

Again, there are exceptions. A co-op manager friend used to get up at 4 o’clock and run 10 miles before work. As he matured, getup times the same, but Bobby “only” walks seven-and-a-half miles.

That takes about an hour-and-a-half, and he heads for the office to get a head start on staff. The fellow only gets six hours of sleep a night. “Can’t sleep any more than that,” he claims.

Obviously, the ambitious guy is fit, ordering and eating half what everybody else had for dinner when we got together. Yep, he’s hard to get slowed down like many horses once given liberty to go for it.

Some all-around performance horses will gas up, run their heart out and then come back down calm and collected. Percentage-wise that’s not a great number.

Many riders of pleasure horses, those competing walk, jog, lope in the arena, would never let their mounts run. They’re afraid the horses will like it better than the easy going life. It extends so far as not entering classes with any extensive maneuvers where advance speed is expected.

Most trail riders, those going out for leisure Sunday afternoon walks in the park, are the same way.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Aug. 27 – Aug. 31, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Aug. 27 through Aug. 31, 2018.

Attorney general, Sunshine Coalition to offer free training on open government laws

TOPEKA, Kan. – Free training sessions on Kansas open government laws will be offered next month in Topeka and Johnson County, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office and the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government have announced.

“Open access to the functions of government is important to self-government,” said Attorney General Derrick Schmidt said. “As our office investigates complaints of violations of open government laws, most often we find the violations were inadvertent and can be avoided through better education. I encourage public officials, candidates for public office, staff, members of the media and the public to participate in these training sessions to learn more about how these laws work.”

The sessions will be held at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Johnson County Public Library, Monticello Library, 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee, Kan.; and 9 a.m-12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Memorial Hall Auditorium, 120 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, Kan.

Leitha Farwell, 82, Lyndon: May 13, 1936 – Sept. 7, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – Leitha Farwell, 82, passed away on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. She was born on May 13, 1936, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Wilbur and Clara Tunis Light.

Leitha grew up in Dunlap, Ill., and lived in Peoria, Ill., and Topeka and Lyndon, Kan. The last four years she has wintered in Venice, Fla., and summered in Lyndon.

Leitha had worked for UPS in Ottawa for 24 years in the accounting department; she then worked for Neosho County Community College in Ottawa. She was a member of the Lakeside Lutheran Church, in Florida, and the Lutheran Women’s Guild.

ICYMI: Pomona State Park celebrates great weekend of ‘going retro’

Happiest campers award went to these greeters welcoming visitors to their camper, “Roseanne”, a 1963 Mobile Scout that belongs to Eric Marx.

If time slipped by and you missed it, Pomona State Park celebrated another great weekend of “going retro” during the annual Going Retro Car, Vintage Trailer And Antique Boat Show, on Aug. 17-19, 2018. In addition to the car show, spectators had the opportunity to step back in time and view the many vintage campers, inside and out, that filled the campsites of two campgrounds in the park.

Hosts of the event, Friends of Pomona State Park, have announced the winners of the shows as follows:

The best old Melvern pickup award winner enjoys a shade tree during the Pomona State Park ‘Going Retro’ Show.

Education protects against opioid misuse and addiction

By Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research and Extension

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Perhaps you know someone who was prescribed a powerful pain medication after knee surgery. Perhaps it helped in those first days out of the hospital. Perhaps your friend or relative healed well and quit taking the medication – or not.

“Without a doubt, Kansas has been adversely affected by the opioid epidemic,” said Erin Yelland, Kansas State University assistant professor and extension specialist in adult development and aging. “Although we are not experiencing as many deaths due to heroin as in other states, we are flooded with an exorbitantly high number of prescription opioids.”

Approximately 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose and more are at risk, Yelland said. Like many of us, some were prescribed opioids initially as a pain management tool. Because of the risk of misuse and addiction, K-State Research and Extension educators are providing Kansans and others information about opioids.

Opioids are a class of drugs that include powerful legal prescription pain relievers that can be an important part of medical treatment, but carry the risk of addiction and overdose. The illegal drug heroin is also an opioid. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 1999 to 2015, the amount of prescription opioids dispensed in the United States nearly quadrupled, although there has been no verifiable change in the amount of pain Americans report.

“Many people are not aware that the medication they’ve been prescribed for knee pain or back pain is a highly addictive opioid,” said Yelland. She’s written a fact sheet and is featured in a video on the topic.

Kansas is ranked No. 18 in opioid prescriptions in the U.S., with 2,579,058 opioid prescriptions dispensed in 2017, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. That amounted to 88.5 prescriptions per 100 Kansans, compared with the national average of 66.5 per 100 people.

ECKAN partners with Topeka credit counselors to offer financial class

ECKAN Osage County has partnered with Housing and Credit Counseling Inc. to offer a free informative class on budgeting, emergency funds, savings, handling debt, credit scores, impacts to financial security, and dealing with collections.

This program is open to individuals whose income is under 125 percent of the federal poverty level and space is limited to 25 people, who must qualify to attend. Proof of income prior to attending class is required.

The class will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at the Osage City Public Library, 515 Main St., Osage City.

Attendees will receive a light meal and Osage City Chamber Bucks for attending.

For more information or to qualify for the program, contact the ECKAN office at 785-528-5184, 530 Holliday St., Osage City, or [email protected].

Osage County Jail Log, Aug. 27 – Sept. 1, 2018

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

Festival of Beer: Osage City celebrates fine brews

What’s more fun on a fall Saturday afternoon than drinking samples of fine brewed beer? The Osage City Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Festival of Beer on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. The festival is expected to offer dozens of varieties of craft and imported beers, including some Kansas brews, for local beer aficionados to sample.

The ale fest event will be at the Jones Park pavilion, 517 S. First St., Osage City, with the first suds samples to be poured at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Food vendors will also be available. The event will also feature the Bryton Stoll Band for the evening’s live entertainment.

Advance tickets are $25 if purchased by Sept. 26; $30 at the gate. Tickets are available at Jerry’s Thriftway, Osage City, and Mulready’s, Emporia, or online at brownpaperticket.com. Must be 21 to attend.

Proceeds benefit the Osage City Chamber of Commerce and its community projects.

Master Gardener program now taking applications; apply by Nov. 2

The Frontier Extension District is taking applications for upcoming Master Gardener training. In the Master Gardener program, participants learn about plant biology, soils, flowers, trees and shrubs, lawn care, fruits, vegetables, indoor plants, insects, diseases and pesticides. The educational information received can benefit participants and their neighborhood.

The Master Gardener training will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every other Saturday starting Jan. 5, 2019, and running until March 2, 2019.

If you aren’t sure if the Master Gardener program is for you, ask yourself these questions. Do you enjoy working in the garden, flower bed or your lawn? Do you enjoy people, learning new things, and helping out in your community? If you answered yes to these questions, the Master Gardner Program might be for you.

Rebecca Jane Brown, 67, Baldwin City: Aug. 31, 2018

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Rebecca Jane (Kerr) Brown, 67, of Baldwin City, Kan., passed away unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Rebecca “Becky” was born in Ohio, where she and her brother Bobby were adopted by Dr. Samuel Earl and Josephine Kerr.

Becky went on to attend Baker University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Becky was introduced to Jesse “Bud” Brown while attending Baker University and they fell in love. They were married Aug. 15, 1970, and enjoyed 43 years together.

Osage City Fall Citywide Garage Sale, Sept. 14-15, 2018: List your sale on the map

It is that time of the year again to sign up for the fall Osage City citywide garage sale. This is a great opportunity to get rid of some of that stuff you never use and free up some space. The citywide garage sale is set for Sept. 14 and 15, 2018.

To sign up, stop by Peterson’s Assisted Living (Tricia Gundy), the Bank of Osage City (Kaitlin Swindale), or the First National Bank (Kathy Ayers). We need your name – as you want it listed on the map, address, a phone number in case of questions about the sale, if you are having the sale Friday and Saturday or Saturday only, what area you are on the map, and a $5 donation fee. The proceeds go towards a scholarship awarded every year to an Osage City High School graduate that is going to college. This year’s scholarships were awarded to two seniors- Carter Swindale and Georgia Hutton. The deadline for adding a sale to the garage sale map is Sept. 10 at 5 p.m.

For more information, call Tricia Gundy, chairperson, Osage City Chamber Garage Sale Committee, at 785-528-3301.

Important: Please list your address on the map, $5 donation goes to the Chamber of Commerce High School Scholarship. Don’t forget the deadline to sign up is Sept. 10 at 5 p.m.

Ottawa police sergeant arrested

OTTAWA, Kan. – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation arrested an Ottawa Police Department sergeant Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, on charges of battery and criminal threat.

Tuesday morning an incident was reported to the OPD involving a sergeant of the department, Steven E. Burkhart, 38, of Ottawa, Kan. OPD requested the KBI investigate the allegation, which reportedly occurred at the sergeant’s home on Monday, Sept. 3.

At approximately 5:18 p.m. Sept. 4, Burkhart was arrested in the vicinity of Eighth Street and Ash Street in Ottawa. He was transported to the Franklin County Jail, where he was booked for battery and criminal threat.

A KBI press release said the investigation is ongoing, and no more information will be released about the case at this time.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Aug. 20 – Aug. 24, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Aug. 20 through Aug. 24, 2018.

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