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Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 17 – Dec. 22, 2018

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

Carrol (Ramsey) Niles Henderson, 92, Lyndon: June 12, 1926 – Nov. 5, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – Carrol (Ramsey) Niles Henderson, 92, passed away on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at Via Christi Hospital, Wichita, Kan. She was born on June 12, 1926, in Ft. Scott, Kan., the daughter of Dr. Arch and Nellie (Kelly) Ramsey.

Carrol grew up in Uniontown, Kan., and had lived near Lyndon, Kan., from 1950 to 2015, when she moved to Wichita.

Carrol attended Ft. Scott Junior College and then transferred to Kansas State University where she earned a BS in General Home Economics in 1948.

Carrol worked as an Extension home agent for Leavenworth County, and in 1950 was the first Extension home economist for Coffey County. She was the first female school board member for Lyndon Schools in the early 1960s. In 1974, she received her MS in Institutional Management from K-State. She served on the Kansas Dietetic Associations Committee for licensure of dieticians in 1988, became the first licensed dietitian in the state of Kansas in 1991, and was the Distinguished Kansas Dietitian. As a dietitian, Carrol planned meals for several nursing homes over the years, the first of which were in Lyndon and Overbrook.

Old World Bluestem: What is it? Why be concerned?

Osage and Coffey County conservation districts with local Kansas State Research and Extension units have teamed up to inform the public about the hazards of old world bluestem. A public meeting on the topic will be held 10:30 a.m.-noon, Oct. 8, 2018, at a pasture site in southern Osage County.

Producers will have an opportunity to identify old world bluestem, see areas where old world bluestem was controlled by recommended herbicides, ask questions to specialists about the recovery of the native grass species or the need to reseed. A free hotdog and chip lunch will be available.

Two local producers will discuss their control applications. Walt Fick, KSU range management specialist, will talk about the origin of old world bluestem, why we should be concerned, help with plant identification, and outline control options. Scott Marsh, of Kansas Department of Agriculture Plant Protection and Weed Control, will give the state’s current view of old world bluestem as a possible noxious weed. Robert Harkrader, with Quail Unlimited, will discuss how it negatively affects the quail population.

While these grasses are called bluestem they are not closely related to big bluestem or little bluestem. Old world bluestems are a group of introduced grasses from southeast Soviet Union, Turkey and surrounding areas. The old world bluestems are survivors of centuries of overgrazing. They are drought tolerant, aggressive, prolific seed producers, and are unpalatable compared to our native species. When pastures are overgrazed or stressed by drought, the old world bluestem invade into our native range and reduce the productivity of our pastures. Once old world bluestem invades a pasture the control currently used is herbicide.

Emporia Community Foundation opens grant application period, deadline Oct. 1

The Emporia Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications for the 2019 grant cycle. The ECF grants committee makes grants for innovative projects and programs that are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation, and cultural affairs.

The 2019 grant period will begin with applications being accepted during the month of September. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. Recipients will be announced in December and disbursements will be made in January 2019.

Gwen Spencer, 79, Melvern: Feb. 27, 1939 – Sept. 1, 2018

MELVERN, Kan. – Gwen Spencer, 79, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at Coffey County Hospital, Burlington, Kan. She was born on Feb. 27, 1939, in Bethesda, Md., the daughter of Harold and Carolyn Crum Duvall.

Gwen had lived near Melvern, Kan., since 1972, having lived in the Stull, Kan., area before that. Gwen was a homemaker, had worked for the H.G. Lee Co., Ottawa, Kan., for several years, worked at Casey’s General Store, Lyndon, Kan., for 19 years, and always helped on the family farm. She was a member of the Section Church of Christ, Osage City, Kan., and the EHU at Stull.

Boil water advisory rescinded for Melvern

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment rescinded a boil water advisory today, Aug. 24, 2018, for the city of Melvern, in Osage County.

Laboratory testing samples collected from the city of Melvern indicate no evidence of contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

The advisory was issued Aug. 20 because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

The order was lifted yesterday for the cities of Lyndon and Quenemo in Osage County, along with Osage County Rural Water District No. 4, Anderson County RWD No. 4, Coffey County RWD No. 3, Melvern Lake Arrow Rock Campground, and the cities of Lebo, Waverly, Williamsburg and Pomona.

Jones Trust grants ECKAN funds for local assistance programs

The trustee for the Walter S. and Evan C. Jones Testamentary Trust has presented a grant to the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN) in the amount of $170,000 for the Stepping Stones to Success case management program in Osage, Lyon and Coffey counties, and the agency’s Head Start program.

The funds, awarded on June 25, 2018, will provide new CPR mannequins and new hearing and vision screening equipment for the Head Start program. Funds will also be used by ECKAN to support the Stepping Stones to Success case management program with individual client goals and a pilot cash match savings plan.

“ECKAN is appreciative of this award and would like to thank U.S. Trust and the Jones family for their continued support of community initiatives,” said Crystal Anderson, ECKAN assistant CEO.

Area boil water advisory rescinded except for city of Melvern

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment rescinded a boil water advisory today, Aug. 23, 2018, for 10 of the purchasing systems of Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 12. The advisory was issued Monday because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

The order has been lifted for the cities of Lyndon and Quenemo in Osage County, along with Osage County Rural Water District No. 4, Anderson County RWD No. 4, Coffey County RWD No. 3, Melvern Lake Arrow Rock Campground, and the cities of Lebo, Waverly, Williamsburg and Pomona.

The boil water advisory remains in effect for the city of Melvern, in Osage County, because of a positive bacteriological sample. Additional sampling must be conducted.

Laboratory testing samples collected from Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 12 and the purchasing systems listed above indicate no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved. 

KDHE issues boil water advisory for Lyndon, Melvern, Quenemo after line breaks

12 area water systems under advisory

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a boil water advisory today for 12 water systems in northeast Kansas, including the Osage County communities of Lyndon, Quenemo and Melvern. The water systems obtain water from Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 12, which was put under the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system.

The water systems affected include those of the city of Lebo, city of Quenemo, Coffey County Rural Water District No. 3, city of Lyndon, city of Waverly, Osage Co. RWD No. 4, city of Melvern, city of Williamsburg, Osage Co. RWD No. 6, city of Pomona, Anderson Co. RWD No. 4, and Melvern Lake Arrow Rock campground.

Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.

Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians. If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.

The advisory took effect Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

Osage County Jail Log, Aug. 6 – Aug. 12, 2018

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

Osage County sizzles in drought with scant rainfall, high temperatures

With Osage County and portions of Kansas under a state-issued drought emergency declaration, the federal government has authorized emergency grazing of some of the state’s Conservation Reserve Program acres. The governor had earlier authorized use of state lakes for water sources for counties designated in a drought emergency.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced today additional authorization of Conservation Reserve Program acres for emergency grazing for 44 counties in Kansas, including Osage County.

Earlier in the month, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer issued a drought declaration for the state, which included all 105 counties in drought emergency, warning or watch status; 50 counties are in emergency status.

The declaration allows individuals and communities in counties in emergency stage to be eligible for use of water from certain state fishing lakes and some federal reservoirs. Anyone needing water from the designated lakes must contact Kansas Water Office for a water supply request prior to any withdrawals.

Likewise, eligible producers interested in emergency grazing of CRP must request approval through their local FSA before grazing eligible acreage, and obtain a modified conservation plan from the NRCS that includes grazing provisions.

The governor’s declaration is in effect until rescinded by executive order; emergency grazing of CRP is authorized through Sept. 30, 2018.

Officials cited livestock water shortages, low flows at some reservoirs, and outlook of persistent drought as reasons for the statewide drought declaration. Some areas of Kansas are behind more than 15 inches in moisture for the year, and outlooks indicate continuing above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

Two killed near Melvern in rollover during police pursuit

MELVERN, Kan. – Two people were killed in a rollover accident on Interstate 35 in Osage County Saturday evening, following a pursuit by a Lyon County sheriff’s officer.

According to a Lyon County Sheriff’s Office press release, about 8 p.m. July 7, 2018, a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle at mile marker 142 on I-35. The driver of the 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser, later identified as Sharnicca D. Cannon, 23, of Tucson, Ariz., refused to stop and a pursuit ensued, heading northbound on the interstate. During the pursuit, it was learned the vehicle had recently been reported stolen during a robbery in Emporia, Kan.

The sheriff’s office reported the driver attempted to exit at a high rate of speed at the Melvern, Kan., exit, at mile marker 160, when the driver lost control, and the vehicle left the roadway and rolled several times.

Coffey County EMS, Osage County EMS, and a Life Team helicopter responded to the scene, but lifesaving measures were unsuccessful. Cannon and the passenger in the car, Anthony E. Krawczyk, 20, Mesa, Ariz., were pronounced dead at the scene. Both victims were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

The crash is under investigation by the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Hidden History: Former Lyndon mayor, fire marshal orders sanity in Fourth celebrations

By Wendi Bevitt

In the early 1910s, commissioners at Kansas City, Kansas, started pushing for a sane Fourth of July celebration. Up to this time regulations were very limited. Fire related deaths had been reported as 4,500 in 1903, but with increasing fire awareness had dropped to 1,500 in 1914. Kansas City’s “Sane Fourth” model proposed limiting usage of fireworks as well as a cleanup day on the eve of the celebrations to remove trash and other fire hazards in urban areas. At this time, most buildings in Kansas were wood frame, and the chance of accidental fires was a real threat.

In 1915, newly appointed fire marshal Lewis T. Hussey adopted the Kansas City plan and started promoting its benefits in time for the July 4th holiday.

Lewis Hussey grew up in Coffey County, Kansas, graduating from Burlington High School in 1888. His family moved to Osage County, where his father, Jerry, became register of deeds and Lewis served as deputy until 1893.

Lewis eventually became city clerk and later mayor of Lyndon. As mayor, he led the way to the installation of a city water and sewer system, which had mixed reviews among the citizens of the town. He was also elected to serve as state representative from Osage County and also served as state oil inspector.

During his civil service, Lewis pursued a career in insurance, establishing the Metropolitan Accident Association. He then joined others in organizing the Osage Fire Insurance Company in 1908. His experiences as a civil servant and in the fire insurance field made Lewis a perfect choice for Governor Arthur Capper to appoint him as state fire marshal in 1915. Capper had already started instituting portions of the safety measures of the Kansas City fire prevention plan, such as a statewide clean-up day in April, but Lewis was the perfect person to enforce what had begun.

In his new job, Lewis took protecting Kansas citizens very seriously. He admonished that a “safe and sane” 4th of July celebration was the most consistent way for Kansas to observe the day and that it might be “too much to expect a complete return to sanity after the free range that has been indulged in the celebration in years past, but an effort needs to be made in most cities and towns for a more moderate and intelligent form of celebration.”

SOS ‘shares success’ through bank’s grant program

SOS recently accepted a $6,000 donation from CoBank and Lyon Coffey Electric Cooperative from a matching fund program through the bank.

CoBank started accepted applications for its Sharing Success program on April 1, 2018. Sharing Success is an annual $3 million fund designed to match the contributions of CoBank customers to the charitable groups they support throughout rural America. Eligible CoBank customers were able to submit an application for the matching grants.

Osage County Jail Log, June 3 – June 9, 2018

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

SOS safe bars offer stress free socializing

Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault – how a person dresses, how much they drink or who they kiss does not matter. However, many times these are questions asked of survivors of sexual assault. SOS believes that any kind of abuse is unacceptable and that everyone deserves to feel safe wherever they are, including at bars. SOS collaborates with community partners to educate and reduce violence in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Morris, Lyon and Osage counties.

SOS’s newest partnership is “SOS Safe Bar” – working with local bars to help them know what to do when they witness alarming behaviors in their establishment, and help to keep their staff and customers safer from predatory behavior, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Most people are told to watch out for date rape drugs like GHB and rohypnol while out and about, but alcohol is most often the substance used to perpetrate sexual violence. SOS hopes that Safe Bars will allow people to socialize in bars without the stress of predators bothering them, and with the relief of knowing their bartender has been trained by SOS to help prevent sexual assault.

Kids can show off their water safety knowledge, win prizes in lake poster contest

The Melvern Lake Corps of Engineers is inviting kids to show what they know about water safety in this year’s water safety poster contest. Kids ages 6 to 13 are welcome to join the fun and create a poster promoting water safety.

Posters can be entered into any of these categories:

  • Wear your life jacket: Why is it important to wear your life jacket or personal flotation device?
  • Swim with a buddy: Why should you never swim alone?
  • Boat safety: What can you do or what should you bring to be safe on a boat?
  • Open division: What does water safety mean to you?

Artists can enter more than one category, but only one poster per category. Posters can be created using pens, pencils, markers, colored pencils, paint, or crayons. Include name, age, category entering, and contact phone number on back of each poster.

An 11 by 17-inch poster paper to use will be provided at the following locations – these locations are also the drop off areas of finished posters. If an 11 by 17-inch paper (preferably poster or cardstock type) is already available to youth, they are welcome to use that. Entries not on 11 by 17-inch paper will be excluded from the contest. Pick-up and drop-off locations: Lyndon Carnegie Library, Melvern City Hall, Osage City Public Library,  Coffey County Library, Waverly and Lebo branches, and Reading City Hall. Finished posters are due by July 20.

The entries will be judged on displaying correct water safety practices and reasons why, creativity, and clarity of the safety message being conveyed.

USDA designates 10 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 10 counties in Kansas, including Osage County, as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. The designated counties include Clay, Geary, Lyon, Pottawatomie, Shawnee, Coffey, Jackson, Osage, Riley, and Wabaunsee.

Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Kansas also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are: Allen, Cloud, Greenwood, Nemaha, Anderson, Dickinson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Atchison, Douglas, Marshall, Washington, Brown, Franklin, Morris, Woodson, and Chase.

Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s emergency loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration of May 10, 2018, to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster.

Local nonprofits invited to apply for emerging needs grants

EMPORIA, Kan. – The United Way of the Flint Hills is inviting nonprofits located in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, and Woodson counties to apply for the organization’s emerging needs grants. Launched in 2015, the funding allows organizations to apply for grants up to $1,000 for new projects and new programs.

“The emerging needs grant program has been an exciting way for the United Way of the Flint Hills to learn about new programs and develop new partnerships in all of the communities we serve,” said Jami Reever, executive director. “We’ve loved the diversity of the applications we’ve received in the past and know that for many organizations, this grant opportunity makes new ideas possible. We encourage any nonprofit in our community to apply.”

Osage City lawyer selected as district magistrate judge in Osage County

LYNDON, Kan. – The 4th Judicial District nominating commission has selected Osage City lawyer Shannon Rush to fill a magistrate judge vacancy in Osage County, Kan.

The commission conducted public interviews of nominees for the position May 9 in Lyndon. Five people had applied for the opening.

Rush’s new position will be effective upon her swearing-in. She was in private practice with Coffman & Campbell, Burlington.

The 4th Judicial District is composed of Osage, Anderson, Franklin and Coffey counties. The vacancy was created when former magistrate judge Taylor Wine was appointed district judge and chief judge of the 4th Judicial District.

Area fire departments fight house fire in rural Osage County

Multiple local fire departments worked to extinguish a house fire in rural Osage City Saturday morning.

Around 10:28 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018, Osage County Fire District No. 2, Osage City, OCFD No. 3, Melvern-Olivet, and OCFD No. 5, Lyndon-Vassar, were dispatched to 4204 W. 277th St., Osage City, for a structure fire. County land records list the owners as Janet and Patrick Walsh.

A press release from OCFD No. 2 said that due to the rural location and nearest water refill site several miles away, additional departments were paged to assist with water shuttles. Fire department personnel were on the scene approximately five hours.

The department reported there were no injuries, and fire and smoke damage was contained to the residential structure. The Osage County Appraiser’s Office values the home at $246,690; value of damaged contents was unknown.

In the press release, OCFD No. 2 reminds everyone to have working smoke detectors in their home and check them frequently. Also have an escape plan, practice it, and be prepared to use it in the event of a fire.

Agencies and departments on scene or assisting with the fire also included OCFD No. 6, Burlingame, OCFD No. 7, Quenemo, Coffey County Fire District 1 Station 6, Lebo, and Station 7, Waverly, Reading Benefit Fire District, Osage County Emergency Management, Osage County EMS, Osage County Sheriff’s Office, and Red Cross.

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