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Gurney ‘Jerry’ Gerald Bartley, 67, Lebo: July 29, 1951 – Feb. 4, 2019

LEBO, Kan. – Gurney “Jerry” G. Bartley, 67, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at the University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan. He was born July 29, 1951, in Rock Springs, Wyo., the son of Robert and Madgel Knight Bartley.

He attended Lebo High School, Lebo, Kan., and graduated with the class of 1969. Following high school, Jerry worked at IBP, in Emporia, Kan. In the early 1970s he enlisted in the Kansas Air National Guard, serving with the 190th Air Refueling Wing at Forbes Field. In the mid 1980s he began a career as a truck driver.

New 2019-2020 Kansas transportation maps available

Whether you want to find the closest airport, discover new places of interest or travel along a scenic byway, the new 2019-2020 Kansas Official State Transportation Map has it all.

The map, published by the Kansas Department of Transportation, highlights numerous tourist and scenic locations, including state parks and lakes, as well as the recreation areas across the state.

City and county indexes and a distance map allow motorists to pick the best route to their destination. Visitor resources, helpful phone numbers and websites, and locations of museums and hospitals are also provided.

On the back of the map are inset maps of Kansas City, Wichita, Topeka and 13 other cities. There is also road condition information and details on how to get roadside assistance.

USACE urges safety when hunting in public areas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges all hunters to be safe this fall when hunting at the 18 lakes throughout Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska and the Missouri River.

Whether your hunting season started Labor Day weekend or you are still awaiting your first opportunity to venture out, hunter safety is a must. First, before you put on your hunting gear here are five safety musts to ensure many return visits to that favorite spot:

Follow firearms safety practices

Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Never point a gun at anything you’re not willing to shoot, Ever! Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

Know your surroundings

Learn the location of the property boundaries, homes, building, trails, and other recreation areas where you are hunting. Know where to hunt and know where other people and places are located.

Wear safety equipment

State laws require specific safety equipment or attire to be wore while hunting. It is also important to remember to wear your life jacket while hunting from a boat or a safety harness while hunting high up in a tree.

Respect other public land users

Public land allows for multiple different uses. Hikers, bikers, and wildlife watchers have just as much privilege to use public land as hunters. Respect their use too.

Non-hunters near hunting areas

Non-hunters and their pets should wear bright, noticeable clothing and make enough noise for adjacent hunters to know your presence. If you want to avoid hunting altogether many public use areas around the lake are restricted to hunting.

Jeanne Louise Bond, 81, Overbrook: June 23, 1937 – Oct. 28, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Jeanne Louise (Kingery) Bond, 81, went home to the Lord on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, surrounded by her family. Jeanne was born on June 23, 1937, near Lone Star, Kan., to Everett William Kingery and Mary Elizabeth (Sanders) Kingery.

Jeanne was married to Roland Arthur Bond on Oct. 23, 1953. Jeanne and Roland brought seven children into this world, Michael, Steven, Pamela, Cynthia, Stanley, Jeffrey and Brenda. Jeanne loved her family greatly and enjoyed loving on 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Jeanne attended a one-room school near Globe until the eighth grade and then attended Overbrook High School, Overbrook, Kan. Jeanne and Bus were high school sweethearts. She started working at O’Bryhim’s Grocery Store, in Overbrook, in 1967. She worked there in various positions, but for most of those years, she worked behind the meat counter with her loving smile until she retired in 2011.

Frontier Extension District youth to celebrate National 4-H Week, Oct. 7-13

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 7-13, 2018. This year’s theme, Inspire Kids to Do, is a campaign that will give kids more opportunities to do, empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in life and career.

Throughout National 4-H Week, Osage County 4-H members will showcase the many ways 4-H inspires kids to do through hands-on learning experiences, and highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

4-H was founded on the belief that when kids are empowered to pursue their passions and chart their own course, their unique skills grow and take shape, helping them to become true leaders in their lives, careers and communities.

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.

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.

USACE encourages lake visitors to be safe on the water during Labor Day holiday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, which manages 18 lakes throughout Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, is encouraging everyone to not be a statistic this Labor Day weekend and to wear a life jacket while in, on, or around the water.

“Since March of this year, eight water-related fatalities have occurred at our lakes,” said Kyle Ruona, Kansas City District public safety program manager. “None of these individuals were wearing a life jacket.”

The Kansas City District urges visitors to be prepared, understand the importance of water safety and to be alert to expect the unexpected.

“Whether kayaking, swimming or fishing, we want all our visitors to exercise good judgment when on or around the water,” said Angelia Lentz, Tuttle Creek Lake natural resource specialist. “We encourage everyone to wear a life jacket and to remember that boating and alcohol are a bad combination. We want all our visitors to have a great time, but the most important thing is their safety.”

Blue-green algae closes Michigan Valley swim beach at Pomona Lake

VASSAR, Kan. – The U.S Army Corps of Engineers at Pomona Lake has announced the existence of a blue-green algae bloom at the Michigan Valley swim beach at Pomona Lake.

According to project operations manager Scott Rice, yesterday, Aug. 16, 2018, what appeared to be blue-green algae was noticed in the beach area and around the dam.

“Preliminary tests show the presence of blue green algae,” Rice said. “The beach will be tested Monday by KDHE but for safety reasons the beach has been closed.”

According to an announcement from the Corps, swimming will not be allowed at the Michigan Valley Swim Beach, and all wading and contact with algae is highly discouraged. Visitors are encouraged to use the beach located in Pomona State Park on the south side of the lake.

The Corps reported the most recent tests showed the presence of the toxin microcystin, but noted levels can increase or decrease on a daily basis. Hot and sunny weather conditions combined with high nutrient levels create ideal conditions for harmful algae bloom growth.

Pet owners need to be particularly mindful of the presence of blue-green algae. Dogs are highly susceptible to algae toxins and frequently ingest concentrated toxins from shoreline areas. Pets that swim in or drink water affected by a harmful algal bloom or those that eat dried algae along the shore, may become seriously ill.

Boat ramps and lake activities are not affected at this time. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms.

All invited to Osage City Library’s community health fair

The Osage City Public Library is hosting a community health fair for all ages 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. The health fair will feature numerous local organizations, agencies and businesses that encourage everyone to be healthy in mind, spirit and body. Everyone is invited to stop by the library at 515 Main St., Osage City, for the health fair, or call the library at 785-528-3727 for more information.

The following organizations, agencies and businesses have signed up to be at the health fair:

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.

Heather Dianne Bartlett, 48, Emporia: Dec. 2, 1969 – June 12, 2018

EMPORIA, Kan. – Heather Dianne Bartlett, 48, passed away on June 12, 2018, at her home in Emporia, Kan. She was born on Dec. 2, 1969 in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Marvin and Linda Meyer Bartlett.

Heather graduated from Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, Melvern, Kan., in 1988. She then attended Emporia State University, where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She had worked in several hospitals in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. She played guitar and would go to area nursing homes to play for the residents. She was a fisherwoman and enjoyed fishing at the area lakes.

Corps issues public health warning for Melvern Lake’s Outlet Park campground, swim beach

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday the existence of a blue-green algae bloom at the Outlet Park campground (River Pond) and swim beach downstream of Melvern Lake. Blue-green algae identification tests have confirmed the presence of the algae.

The most recent tests showed the presence of the toxin microcystin, but levels can increase or decrease on a daily basis. Hot and sunny weather conditions combined with high nutrient levels create ideal conditions for harmful algae bloom growth. Swimming is now prohibited at the Outlet Park swim beach, and all wading and contact with algae is highly discouraged.

Pet owners should be particularly mindful of the presence of blue-green algae. Dogs are highly susceptible to algae toxins and frequently ingest concentrated toxins from shoreline areas. Pets that swim in or drink water affected by a harmful algal bloom, or that eat dried algae along the shore may become seriously ill.

The present algae bloom is isolated to the Outlet Park River Pond and swim beach area below Melvern Lake. Boat ramps and lake activities are not affected. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment will continue to monitor these public waters and will update the status as conditions warrant. For more information contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Melvern Lake at 785-549-3318.

Rev. Suellen G. Wood, 74, Topeka: March 4, 1944 – May 29, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Reverend Suellen G. Wood, 74, passed away early Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Brewster Place, Topeka, Kan. She was born Suellen Georgann Hoffmeister on March 4, 1944, to Helen Euson Hoffmeister and Walter William Hoffmeister, in Barrington, Ill.

Suellen’s parents divorced in 1949. Suellen and her mother went to live with Helen’s mother, Kathleen. Her mom found love again in Robert Nixon Gray, and they were married on Dec. 23, 1955.

Suellen graduated from Senn High School, Chicago, Ill., in 1962. She met John F. Wood in church and they were married in1967. Soon after getting married, John was transferred to Kansas City, Mo., to take a chemist position at Cook Paint & Varnish Company. Their first daughter was born in September 1969, their second in December 1972. John was transferred to Detroit in 1972 and the family settled in Troy, Mich. The family stayed in Troy until 1983 when John and Suellen parted ways.

William ‘Bill’ Fischer, 77, Lyndon: March 11, 1941 – May 11, 2018

LYNDON, Kan. – William “Bill” Fischer, 77, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, in Osage City, Kan. He was born on March 11, 1941, in Hunter, Kan., the youngest of seven children of Henry and Elizabeth Schneider Fischer.

Bill graduated from Hunter High School. He served in the U.S. Army with the 25th Engineering Division and was stationed in Hawaii and South Asia. Bill was a heavy equipment operator, working on the construction of Melvern Lake Dam. He then worked at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Plant, in Topeka, for 35 years until his retirement in 2004.  Bill enjoyed fishing at the local lakes and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Chamber Chatter: Spring brings ‘busy-ness’ to businesses

Mother Nature did not deliver favorable weather for city’s BBQ weekend

Attendance at the Friday night, April 6, 2018, Taste of Osage City event was diminished due to the colder temperatures. The participating teams still furnished their favorite meals; however, a lot of the spectators ended up making their purchase and taking it home to eat. Corey Linton reported that 104 teams competed in the sanctioned barbecue contest on Saturday. He did have a few teams that canceled due to the weather.

Car show cancelled

Due to inclement weather, The Twin Lakes Cruisers canceled the Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show that was to have been held in downtown Osage City on Saturday, April 7. Predicted snow and low temperatures are not conducive conditions for car show participants or spectators. Orgnanizers had received 91 pre-registrations. They were given the option to have their fee refunded or apply toward next year’s event. The huge majority chose to apply toward next year. They had very positive comments regarding the decision to cancel and also compliments on the quality of shows as they look forward to coming back each year. The participation has been approximately 300 for the past several years. The Twin Lakes Cruisers are looking forward to next year’s event which will mark their 15th year.

Chamber after hours

Lusk Properties hosted a Chamber of Commerce After Hours on Sunday April 15, at 8411 W. 273rd St., in Barclay, at a large house that has recently been renovated by James Lusk and is now available to rent. Also celebrated was Ann Lusk’s 90th birthday. Approximately 70 people attended. Guests enjoyed touring the house, visiting and refreshments. The house has five bedrooms and is located on six acres.

Osage City Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce offers a $250 scholarship to one senior girl and one senior boy graduating from Osage City High School. Application deadline was April 20, 2018. The revenue from the $5 that residents pay to be listed on the maps for the spring and fall garage sales goes directly for these two scholarships. The recipients of the 2018 scholarship were to be announced at the May 2 high school awards ceremony.

Congratulations to Osage City graduates

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2018. Best wishes to each of you in continuing your future endeavors of college, technical school, employment, or where ever your interests may lead you.

2018 Osage County Fair plans are in progress – theme “Hats Off to Red, White and Blue”

In the near future, the fairgrounds, Lions Club food stand, 4-H barns and pavilion, parade route will be in full swing with a lot of activity going on. June 27-30, 2018, are the dates for the Osage County Fair, in Osage City. Diane Michael is in charge of the parade which will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 28. She is working diligently getting information out to the businesses and organizations to plan to participate in the parade this year. She is hoping to make it a fun filled event this year. If you have any questions or would like information regarding an entry in the parade contact Diane Michael at [email protected] or 785-608-2277.

Ada Lorene Bourne, 92, Osage City: Feb. 9, 1926 – April 22, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Ada L. Bourne, 92, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018, at the Brookside Manor, Overbrook, Kan. Ada Lorene Allison was born Feb. 9, 1926, near Lyndon, Kan., the daughter of George E. And Gertrude (Gordon) Allison.

She graduated from Lyndon High School.

Ada was joined in marriage to Robert Bourne. Ada was a farmer’s wife and homemaker. She had volunteered for the election board and the census. She lived in Osage City, Kan., since her husband’s death in 2010.

Letter: Osage City Cruis’n & Cook’n Auto Show officially canceled for this year

Dear Editor:

Past Cook’n & Cruis’n car show. Twin Lakes Cruisers’ photo.

The Twin Lakes Cruisers would like to confirm that the auto show that was to have been held on April 7, 2018, was officially canceled, and we will look forward to next year on April 13, 2019, to try again with Mother Nature’s assistance with some nicer weather.

The Twin Lakes Cruisers car group was very disappointed that they had to cancel the show due to inclement weather. With much discussion, the group decided that it was the best decision with regards to safety and participation.

We appreciate all of the spectators’ and participants’ enthusiasm and support for the event. The event continues to grow each year with approximately 300 participants attending last year. Everyone’s support contributes to the growth of our community.

Jeanette Swarts, Twin Lakes Cruisers

Opal Louise Patton, 88, Osage City: Nov. 27, 1929 – March 29, 2018

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Opal Louise (Head) Patton, 88, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Vintage Park, Osage City, Kan. She was born on Nov. 27, 1929, at home on a farm in rural Paxico, Kan., the daughter of Glen Bryan and Sara Augusta Ida Buchmeier Head.

Opal attended one-room rural schools near Wamego, Kan., and Tulsa and Inola, Okla. She graduated from Wellsville (Kan.) High School in 1947.

Opal belonged to several women’s clubs and card clubs over the years. She was a member of the Wellsville Methodist Church, was a Worthy Matron of the Wellsville Chapter 409 of the Order of the Eastern Star, then transferred to the Ruth Chapter in Osage City, and the Union Chapter 15 in Ottawa, Kan.

Mary L. Buchholz, 78, Carbondale: Nov. 19, 1939 – March 26, 2018

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Mary L (Mellies) Buchholz, 78, passed away March 26, 2018, at the Fields of Brookside, Overbrook, Kan. She was born Nov. 19, 1939, to Ernest and Ethel (Cyr) Mellies, in Clay Center, Kan. She was a graduate of Topeka High School with the class of 1957.

Mary was joined in marriage on Nov. 2, 1956, to James L. Buchholz, in Topeka; he predeceased her March 17, 2014. To this marriage three children were born, Debbie, Linda and Kenneth. They moved to Carbondale, Kan., in 1959, where they lived the rest of their lives. Mary enjoyed being a stay at home mom and volunteered as a Sunday School teacher, scout leader, 4-H leader, and room mother at the school.

Governor declares drought emergency, warnings, watches for all Kansas counties

TOPEKA, Kan. – Today Gov. Jeff Colyer issued drought declarations for Kansas counties with an executive order at a press conference with Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey and Kansas Water Office Director Tracy Streeter. The declaration includes all 105 counties either in an emergency, warning or watch status.

“The entire state of Kansas has been considered in drought or abnormally dry conditions for the past several weeks,” Colyer said. “This has led to an extremely high risk of fire hazards and many have already occurred.”

The drought declaration placed 28 counties in emergency status, 29 into a warning status and 48 into a watch status. This action was recommended by Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office and chair of the Governor’s Drought Response Team. Over the past six months the state-wide average precipitation was only 66 percent of normal and in January and February the state-wide average precipitation was even less, at 43 percent of normal.

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