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Nancy Rae Thurston, 61, Osage City: Nov. 12, 1955 – June 15, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Nancy R. Thurston, 61, of Osage City, Kan., ended her journey here on earth and gained her wings, June 15, 2017, at Osage City Nursing Center, Osage City, Kansas. She was born Nov. 12, 1955, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of Raymond and Bonnie (Gardner) Lohmeyer.

Nancy attended Osage City Schools. She married Lynn Thurston in 1972. They later divorced. She worked hard to make a home for her two children, Michelle and Travis. Nancy was known for her quick wit, independence, her smile, and sense of humor.

Governor recognizes Home Town Health Care as regional Award of Excellence winner

LYNDON, Kan. – The governor has recognized a southeast Kansas business that serves Osage County for helping to keep the state strong.

Home Town Health Care, which has an office in Lyndon, Kan., was recognized by Governor Brownback as one 68 businesses statewide nominated for the 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence. Companies are nominated in one of four categories, including manufacturing/distribution, service, retail and hospital/non-profit.

Home Town Health Care’s home office is at Fredonia, Kan., with locations in Lyndon, Emporia, Sedan, Oswego and Independence, Kan., serving 27 counties. The company is an in-home service provider offering home care, homemaker services, home health services, and hospice services.

The Governor’s Award of Excellence honors Kansas companies that have positively impacted their communities and local workforce, and recognizes that Kansas businesses continue to be the foundation of the economy, communities, and overall quality of life.

Winners are selected by reviewing employee training and retention programs, expansion projects and capital investments, economic development in the state, woman or minority ownership, leadership program participation, and school and community involvement through volunteer efforts and sponsorship.

Home Town Health Care was one of 19 regional winners, representing southeast Kansas along with Coffey Health System and Systech Environmental Corp.

Local nonprofit organizations invited to apply for United Way grants

EMPORIA, Kan. – The United Way of the Flint Hills is inviting nonprofit organizations in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage and Woodson counties to apply for emerging needs grants. Launched in 2015, the funding allows organizations to apply for grants up to $2,000 for new projects and new programs.

“This funding stream provides us with even more opportunities to engage with the community and ensure that organizations are able to have access to United Way funding for their work,” said Jami Reever, executive director, United Way Of The Flint Hills. “We have developed many new partnerships due to this grant program and believe that a little bit of funding can help an organization do great things.”

Over the past two years, the United Way has funded a wide array of programs and projects with the emerging needs grants including a disc golf course for Madison-Virgil Schools; KU Alzheimer’s Project that provided fitness programs for local residents; and Flint Hills Rebuilders, Council Grove, making home repairs for low income seniors.

Organizations interested in applying for a grant can download an application at www.unitedwayoftheflinthills.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, call Reever at 620-342-7564.

Sheriff reports Centurylink problems affecting Osage County emergency dispatch, 911 calls

Update, 11:14 a.m. April 10, 2017 – From Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn: All 911 phones and long distance service with Melvern, Lyndon, Burlingame and Quenemo have been restored.

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Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn reported at 10:20 a.m. today that Centurylink telephone service in the Osage County area is experiencing issues that have affected all 911 incoming calls to the sheriff’s office dispatch center.

Dunn reported that local 911 calls are being routed to either Franklin County Sheriff’s Office or Coffey County Sheriff’s Office.  Citizens calling 911 should be prepared to provide more details to those agencies assisting Osage County.

The sheriff said long distance service in Burlingame, Quenemo, Lyndon and Melvern and areas of the county have been disrupted.

At this time, the sheriff said the issues have not been identified and it is not known how long the problems will last.

Three-county K-31 resurfacing project starts next week

Next week, April 3, 2017, weather permitting, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) expects to begin a highway resurfacing project on state Highway 31 through Anderson, Coffey and Osage counties. The road work will begin at the north junction of U.S. Highway 59 and K-31 at Garnett, and continue northwest for 30 miles, ending at the east Interstate 35 and K-31 junction. The project also includes resurfacing on K-31 through the cities of Harris and Waverly.

This project had been delayed from the original starting date of November 2016. Project activity includes a 2-inch mill and 1 1/2-inch asphalt overlay from Garnett to Waverly, and a 3 1/2-inch mill and 1 1/2-inch overlay from Waverly north to I-35. A pilot car and flaggers will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone, with delays of 15 minutes or less expected during daylight hours Monday through Friday. The work should be completed in approximately one month, weather permitting.

No burn day: High winds, dry conditions cause very high fire danger

RED-FLAGUpdate: The National Weather Service at Topeka has issued a red flag warning for today through 11 p.m. tonight due to gusty winds and dry fuels considered as fire weather. The warning covers Osage, Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey, and Anderson counties.

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Due to very high fire danger today, Thursday, March 23, 2017, all burn permits for Osage County are suspended. A “no burn” day means no outside burning is allowed in the unincorporated areas of Osage County as declared by Osage County Emergency Management. Very high fire danger means that fire control will be difficult and require extended effort.

The National Weather Service at Topeka has forecast that southeast winds will become southerly and increase through the day. Sustained speeds near 30 mph with gusts around 40 mph are anticipated in the coverage area this afternoon and may not decrease much tonight. Humidity is expected to fall into the 30 percent range in the southern area.

This burn ban is in effect until 8 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, but could be extended depending on weather conditions.

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

I-35 concrete patching begins Monday

Monday, March 20, 2017, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin a concrete patching project on a 41-mile section of Interstate 35 in Osage, Coffey and Franklin counties.

Work will start approximately one mile west of the Beto Junction exit and continue northeast through Coffey, Osage and Franklin counties, ending at Wellsville. Initially the contractor plans to patch only on the northbound lanes of I-35, moving to the southbound lanes later in the year. Northbound traffic will be restricted to one lane at the work zones with a reduced speed limit of 60 miles per hour.

KDOT awarded the $2.4 million construction contract to Realm Construction, Inc., of Blue Springs, Mo. The project will be active during daylight hours Monday through Friday. KDOT expects the I-35 roadwork to be finished by late summer, weather permitting.

Osage County Jail Log, Feb. 12 – Feb. 19, 2017

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

Osage County Jail Log, Feb. 5 – Feb. 11, 2017

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

NWS warns winter precipitation, ice storm through weekend

A wintry blast of rain and ice is expected to affect most of Kansas beginning Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 and lasting until late Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Locally, the National Weather Service at Topeka has issued an ice storm warning in effect beginning at 9 a.m. Friday and lasting until midnight Sunday, and covering Osage County and much of northeast Kansas.

Freezing rain is expected to begin with light ice accumulations late Friday morning and Friday afternoon across the entire area, with the intensity expected to increase through Sunday. Ice accumulation of 1/2 inch to one inch of ice is possible by Sunday afternoon, with locally higher amounts possible.

The storm’s main impact will be light accumulations Friday night into early Saturday that make roadways, bridges and elevated surfaces slick. Additional significant accumulations Saturday afternoon into Sunday are expected to cause damage to tree limbs, power lines, and cause significant impacts to travel.

The ice storm warning includes Osage, Jefferson, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Anderson and Coffey counties.

An ice storm warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged. Commerce will likely be severely impacted.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Ice accumulations and winds will likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches that add to the danger.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 11 – Dec. 17, 2016

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

Earn your livestock degree at ‘Cattlemen’s College’

Coffey County Extension and Frontier District Extension are teaming up to bring producers another educational event called “The Cattlemen’s College”. The Cattlemen’s College will be held Dec. 8, 2016, at the 4-H building on the Coffey County Fairgrounds, in Burlington. The meeting will run 3-8:30 p.m. A meal will be served at 5:45 p.m. Call 620-364-5313 or 785-828-4438 by Dec. 5 to RSVP for the meal.

Shawnee man sentenced to probation for Lyndon shooting spree

LYNDON, Kan. – A Shawnee man accused of shooting at three businesses at Lyndon was sentenced to 12 months of probation with an underlying eight-month prison sentence Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, after entering pleas Oct. 3 to two of nine charges filed against him in May.

Randy Moore, 66, Shawnee, was arrested April 29, 2016, in connection with attempted burglaries that happened April 24 and April 27 at Sports Mart, 24131 S. US 75 Highway, Lyndon. In both incidents, officers responded to a business alarm at that location and discovered damage to exterior glass. During the investigation it was learned two other Lyndon businesses, Bailey and Sons, 929 Topeka Ave., and Harrison Shooter Supply, 405 Topeka Ave., also had damage cause by gunfire around the same time.

On May 2, Moore was charged in Osage County District Court with felony criminal damage, three counts of misdemeanor criminal discharge of a firearm, three counts of criminal damage to property, felony attempted non-residential burglary, and felony criminal threat.

The charges accused Moore of the shootings that happened April 24, including windshields of a Suburban and two RVs at Bailey and Sons and a window at Sports Mart. He was also accused of shooting the front door of Harrison Shooter Supply, and attempting to break into Sports Mart on April 27, and threatening Sports Mart’s owner, C.D. Olsen.

Moore was scheduled for arraignment on the charges on Oct. 3, when his attorney, Jacqueline Reid Peterson, announced a plea agreement had been reached with Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones. Moore entered no contest pleas to one count of felony criminal damage to property for shooting three windshields in vehicles at Bailey and Sons, and a misdemeanor count of criminal discharge of a firearm.

According to investigation reports filed by Osage County investigators Jeff Bunker and Bryan Johnson, the damage at the used car lot was caused by a BB gun, but damage at Sports Mart and Harrison Shooter Supply were caused by shots from a .380 caliber firearm. The investigators listed estimated damage to the windshields as $3,700.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Oct. 24 – Oct. 28, 2016

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Oct. 24 through Oct. 28, 2016.

Stockmen to learn benefits of low stress handling at Willliamsburg seminar

090116-cattle-handling2“Cattle caregivers have exciting obligations, responsibilities, and opportunities to contribute to cattle well being. Shifting priorities from disease detection to performance enhancement results in new levels of cattle welfare,” said Tom Noffisinger, DVM.

Noffsinger will be one of the guest speakers at the “Low Stress Cattle Handling Workshop” hosted by Frontier Extension District and Coffey County Extension on Sept. 26, 2016. Presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Williamsburg community building, Williamsburg, Kan. (Pre-registration is required and will be limited to the first 225 participants. Call 785-828-4438 or 620-364-5313 to register by Sept. 19.)

Noffsinger, a nationally recognized low stress livestock handling advocate and presenter, will serve as keynote presenter for the day. After an introductory presentation on “Animal Welfare Concerns and Consumer Perceptions of Livestock Production,” by Dr. Dan Thomson, of Kansas State University, Noffsinger will continue the morning session with seminar-style indoor presentations, including videos that cover the basic concepts, and introduce the techniques of low stress livestock handling with cattle.

In the afternoon, attendees will move to a nearby ranch with facilities and cattle that will enable Noffsinger to conduct actual live demonstrations and further elaborate on the techniques of low stress livestock handling while sorting in pens and working through facilities. Interspersed throughout the day will be presentations on “Livestock Working Facility Design with Safety in Mind,” and “Weaning Practices to Reduce Stress on Calves.”

Presenters for the day include: Dr. Dave Rethorst, Dr. Dan Thomson, Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Kelley Lenz, WIBW, and Joe Bichlemeyer, owner of Silkville Ranch.

Osage County Jail Log, Aug. 21 – Aug. 27, 2016

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

Osage County Jail Log, Aug. 14 – Aug. 18, 2016

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

House candidate Briggs wins Democrat primary by 1 vote

A discrepancy in the election night tally discovered during a recount yesterday has resulted in Teresa Briggs winning the Democrat race for candidacy for Kansas House District 76 by one vote.

According to election night tallies, Kelly Atherton was ahead of Briggs in the race by six votes, 395-389, with provisional votes expected to decide the race during canvassing in Osage, Lyon and Coffey counties. Following canvassing, the race was declared a tie, with Briggs gaining eight votes and Atherton gaining two.

Following the tie vote, Atherton’s campaign requested a recount, which was done in Osage County on Wednesday afternoon, in Coffey County Thursday morning, and in Lyon County Thursday afternoon.

While Osage County’s and Coffey County’s original tallies were confirmed during the recount, Lyon County’s recount added one vote for Briggs, with the total for the district standing at 398 to 397, making Briggs the unofficial winner.

Vote canvass leaves Democratic House candidates in tie race

A Democratic race for state representative that was expected to be decided Monday instead ended in a tie race. After the Aug. 2, 2016, primary election, the race for Kansas House District 76 stood at 395 votes for Kelly Atherton and 389 votes for Teresa Briggs. With election officials canvassing the votes in Coffey, Osage and Lyon counties Monday morning, including provisional ballots that had not been counted in last week’s unofficial totals, it was expected that a winner would be unofficially determined. Instead, both candidates received enough provisional votes to tie at 397 each.

Tallies from county election officers show that Briggs gained 2 votes in Osage County, for a total of 151 votes for Briggs and 68 for Atherton; in Coffey County, Briggs gained 2 votes, with a total of 120 for Briggs and 131 for Atherton; and in Lyon County, Briggs gained 4 votes for a total of 126, and Atherton gained 2 votes for a total of 198.

Election officials in all three counties said they were unsure of the procedure for breaking the tie, but said the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office would make the determination after county election abstracts are officially reported to the state. An inquiry to the Secretary of State’s Office by Osage County News about the tie-breaking procedure has not been answered today.

The two Democrat candidates for the district that covers all of Coffey County and portions of Lyon and Osage counties spent a “nail-biting” election evening as ballots were counted. The evening ended in the closest race in the state’s House primary contests, with Atherton at 6 votes ahead.

On election night, Briggs noted the race would likely be decided by county officials during canvassing due to the candidates’ close tallies.

“This process will give us the final count … as we are currently 6 votes apart,” Briggs said. “Kelly and I have already agreed that this was a race run without petty remarks or backbiting. We women know how to do it right. Whatever the final outcome, we will be ever closer to having a fresh and reasonable perspective in Topeka and a commitment to serve the residents of the 76th District.”

Democrat state representative candidates await official results to determine winner

A Democratic race for state representative is hinged on provisional ballots cast in the Aug. 2, 2016, primary election in Coffey, Osage and Lyon counties. This morning, in the Democratic race for Kansas House District 76, the vote count stood at 395 votes for Kelly Atherton and 389 votes for Teresa Briggs. Election officials in the district that includes all of Coffey County and portions of Osage and Lyon counties were determining today the number of provisional ballots yet to be counted. The winner of the Democratic race will compete against Republican Eric Smith for the House seat in the November election.

In other statewide and national races, Osage County voters tended to vote with the majority of the state.

Here are Osage County’s unofficial election results (and statewide unofficial results if available) for national and state offices on the primary election ballot:

Osage County Jail Log, July 17 – July 22, 2016

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

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