Wells selected as Republican committee’s nominee for Osage County Sheriff

Osage County Republican Central Committee met Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, to select a nominee for interim sheriff to fill the unexpired term of the current sheriff, Laurie Dunn, who More »

Celebrate your family during Family Day

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OCHS golfers take 2nd at West Franklin tournament at Lamont Hill

OCHS Lady Indians golf team 2020 with medals from the West Franklin tournament, courtesy photo. Osage City High School Lady Indian golfers competed Sept. 8, 2020, in the West More »

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officer team attends retreat in Oklahoma

McCV FFA officers, from left, Lindsey Johnson, Izzy Toman, Braden Reed, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Brice Marsh, Cole Lacey, and Kyler Anschutz. By Braden Reed, MdCV FFA Reporter The 2020-2021 Marais More »

Osage County Jail Log, Aug. 30 – Sept. 5, 2020

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

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officer team attends retreat in Oklahoma

McCV FFA officers, from left, Lindsey Johnson, Izzy Toman, Braden Reed, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Brice Marsh, Cole Lacey, and Kyler Anschutz.

By Braden Reed, MdCV FFA Reporter

The 2020-2021 Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officer team went out of state for their annual retreat this year, exploring Sand Springs State Park, in Oklahoma. The team included Isabella Toman, president, Cole Lacey, vice president, Brice Marsh, secretary, Wyatt Lingenfeler, treasurer, Braden Reed, reporter, Kyler Anschutz, sentinel, and Lindsey Johnson, student council.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the team did not tour anywhere on the way to and back from Oklahoma. After arriving in Oklahoma, the team spent the next three days, July 22-24, 2020, swimming, cruising, eating, working on leadership activities and their program of activities, and Cornhole, lots of Cornhole.

There were a lot of new activities as well as adjustments to previous activities – a few of the activities planned for this year are Farmageddon, organizational movie night, and Ag Awareness Day.

On the way back home they stopped at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, in Pawhuska, Okla. They looked around town where there were a lot of shops and restaurants, and went to Charlie’s Sweet Ice Cream Shop, where the ice cream cones and sundaes were huge.

The officers and members are looking forward to an exciting FFA experience and successful school year.

Ryah Marie Brown, 19, Burlingame: Nov. 3, 2000 – Sept. 7, 2020

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Ryah Marie Brown, 19, Burlingame, Kan., passed away on Sept. 7, 2020, at her home. She was born in Topeka, Kan., on Nov. 3, 2000, the daughter of Darren Brown and Heather (Bright) Norton.

She was a student in the Mission Valley school district, from where she graduated in 2019. Ryah loved her school. She had a contagious smile and laughter which would brighten your day. She also enjoyed watching cop shows on TV, and loved her pets, Sadie, Noelle and Sonny.

Maxine Warren, 95, Lyndon: March 28, 1925 – Sept. 4, 2020

LYNDON, Kan. – Maxine Warren, 95, passed away Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, surrounded by loved ones at Aldersgate Village, Topeka, Kan. She was born March 28, 1925, near Vassar, Kan., the daughter of John and Eldora Storbeck Middleton.

Maxine grew up in the Overbrook and Lyndon, Kan., communities, had lived in the Highland Park area of Topeka from 1945 to 1963, and then lived north of Lyndon until moving into town in 1975.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Luxury horse rigs unimportant

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Who can spend the most money to have the biggest and fanciest horse trailer with living quarters?”

Questions similar to that are heard frequently from those driving by rodeo arenas.

It is legitimate observation considering how many big, shiny, obviously very expensive rigs are at most shows nowadays.

The family horse trailer investment is multiplied considerably when cost of the vehicle pulling it is added on.

“There must be more than $4-million worth of trailers at this junior rodeo,” one old school cowboy tallied. Not up on ritzy things, that calculation was likely quite close having seen horse trailer advertisements in freebie magazines.

In reality the trailer in which the horse and rider arrive and living luxuries of the family are of little importance. What counts is how well the horse and the rider can perform together at the optimum level.

Cost of the horse or its proven ability don’t matter either if the horse and rider aren’t working together. Champion horses often are not champions when the rider and horse are unable to understand each other’s expectations.

However, horses many times take care of their riders, especially notable with children on well trained old horses. Not all good horses are high priced. Many well broke horses can be purchased for little investment compared to their ability.

Even today horses coming in expensive rigs often get beat by the local cowboys hauling their horses in stock trailers.

In earlier decades, horses generally arrived in pickups or farm trucks with stock racks, maybe no sides at all. Occasionally makeshift panels were tacked on flatbed trailers to haul horses. When trailers became more common method of horse transportation they were often homemade or one used for hauling other livestock.

The family generally slept on the ground with a blanket under their trucks. When name was called, those cowboys and cowgirls on country horses still took home the top prizes.

John Flynn Jr., 89, Vassar: June 3, 1931 – Aug. 30, 2020

VASSAR, Kan. – John Flynn Jr., 89, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, at his home on Pomona Lake, near Vassar, Kan. He was born on June 3, 1931, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of John and Gertrude (Huffman) Flynn Sr.

John had lived most of his life in the Kansas City area until moving to Lake Pomona in 1993. He worked for the Board of Public Utilities in Kansas City as a supervisor. He was a member of the Greenwood Baptist Church, near Pomona, Kan.

Overbrook Overlook: City plans annual fishing derby for Saturday, Sept. 12

Plans are underway for the Steve Cross Memorial Kids’ Fishing Derby at Overbrook. The Overbrook’s Park and Rec Committee, Overbrook Rotary, Overbrook Community Foundation, and Overbrook PRIDE are again sponsoring the annual fishing derby for kids, toddlers to fisherkids up to age 16, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at the Kid’s Fishing Pond. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for age groups l (pre-K and younger), 2 (kindergarten and first grade), and 3 (second and third grade) and they will fish 9-9:45 a.m.; age groups 4 (fourth-sixth grade) and 5 (seventh grade through age 16) will fish 10:15-11:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 10 a.m. An adult should accompany all children ages 10 and under.

OPR is grateful for the support our local and national businesses give to this event and for the Rotary Club volunteers who run the derby. Additional volunteers are needed this year. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact Overbrook City Hall.

Overbrook Police Department

Overbrook Police Department is reminding everyone that Santa Fe School District is back in session. In Overbrook, the school zone times are 7-8 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. , and school zone speed limits are strictly enforced. Drivers are also reminded that near Overbrook Attendance Center, Oak Street between Seventh and Eighth streets is permanently closed to through traffic, except for authorized vehicles. Everyone is asked to help keep Overbrook children safe as they travel to and from school.

Ella Estelle Hoover, 92, Lyndon: Nov. 5, 1927 – Aug. 31, 2020

LYNDON, Kan. – Ella Estelle Hoover, 92, passed away on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at Vintage Park, Osage City, Kan. She was born on Nov. 5, 1927, on the family farm south of Lyndon, Kan., the daughter of Earl and Erma Frazier Mickelson.

Ella had lived most of her life in the Lyndon area, graduating from Lyndon High School in 1945.

Harry (Bus) Stromgren, 86, Michigan Valley: May 12, 1934 – Aug. 31, 2020

MICHIGAN VALLEY, Kan. – Harry (Bus) Stromgren passed away peacefully Aug. 31, 2020, after a short but mighty battle with cancer. Harry was born May 12, 1934, in Michigan Valley, Kan., to Harry and Corene Stromgren.

Bus was married to Betty Jo Cattani, Aug. 22, 1954; she preceded him in death in 1997. Bus married Carol Lindsay in 2006; she passed away in 2016.

County seeks committee members to review local businesses’ CARES Act applications

Osage County Commissioners are seeking interested citizens to serve on a committee to review and make recommendations on applications for Osage County’s CARES Act Economic Development Relief Program. The county’s federal CARES Act budget of around $3 million includes $1,050,000 for the economic development relief fund.

Commissioners announced last week that applications were being accepted from businesses for the local relief fund, with grant limitations, conditions, and total grant funds to be announced. See related story here.

Commissioners announced this week in a notice in a local newspaper they would be considering letters of interest from persons interested in serving on the committee, with a deadline of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, for the letters to be submitted to the county clerk’s office.

Citizens interested in serving on the committee are asked to submit a letter to the commissioners in care of the Osage County Clerk’s Office, by mail to PO Box 226, Lyndon, KS 66451 or delivering it in person.

Applicants must be Osage County residents to be eligible to serve on the committee, and preference will be given to individuals who are not applying for the CARES Act Economic Development Relief Program.

For more information, contact the Osage County Clerk’s Office at 785-828-4812.

Santa Fe Trail golfers start season; Buessing claims two championships

Santa Fe Trail High School Girls Golf competition has begun with a standout freshman taking first place at the team’s first two away tournaments. The first tournament of the season was Aug. 26, at Lake Perry.

“The girls did great and brought home the first 2020 awards for Trail,” SFT Girls Golf Coach Mary Vawter Burgett said.

SFT golfer Braegan Buessing claimed first place and the tournament medal, shooting 6 over par with a 41 for the course. Buessing’s placing put SFTHS in the second place with a team score of 212 for the silver medals. Individual medals were also earned by Courtney Stone, 10th, 53, and Carley Cox, 15th, 56. Seven teams and 34 golfers competed in the tournament.

SFTHS’s girls golf team includes freshman Buessing; Stone, senior, second year golf; Cox, junior, third year; Kierra Lira, senior, first year; Caitlyn Myrick, senior, second year; Marissa Lossen, junior, first year.

The team continued a second place streak at the Ottawa tournament Monday, Aug. 31, with Buessing again taking the championship spot in the seven-school, 40-golfer tournament.

Braegan shot 2 over par for a 38, and sealed first place by 3 strokes over the second place finishers – two 2 competitors shot a 41. Also medaling at Ottawa was Lira in 5th place; Stone placed 15th.

SFTHS golfers earned second place team medals, and the team scored 3 strokes under third-place finisher Osage City High School.

Eat Well to Be Well: Be kind to your kidneys; extra TLC pays off in a lifetime of good health

Let’s face it, countless articles have been written on safeguarding the health of your heart and brain. While heart and brain health are absolutely crucial for overall well-being, what about your kidneys? Kidney health is just as vital and yet is often underappreciated or ignored.

Roughly the size of a large fist, your kidneys are the workhorse of your body’s filtration system, responsible for getting rid of waste products, drugs, and toxins through the urine. Besides the buildup of wastes, extra fluid in the body is also prevented thanks to the kidneys. Each day, healthy kidneys filter about a half cup of blood every minute, removing wastes and extra water to make urine. They also maintain a healthy balance of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, and phosphate) in addition to making red blood cells, producing hormones regulating blood pressure, and keeping bones strong.

Are you at risk for chronic kidney disease?

Good kidney functioning is important. But neglect their health and you could develop a condition called chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD is when kidneys become damaged and struggle to filter blood, leading to wastes building up in your body and causing other health problems. Damaged kidneys may cause swollen ankles, weakness, poor sleep and shortness of breath. If left untreated, kidney health will worsen and can be life-threatening.

CKD is often progressive over time, possibly leading to kidney failure with the only treatment options being dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes of CKD. More than 35 percent of people over the age of 20 with diabetes and more than 20 percent of people age 20 and older with hypertension have CKD. Other causes may include a family history of kidney failure, being older than 60, kidney stones, lupus and other autoimmune diseases.

Larry Thurston, 80, Ottawa: July 1, 1940 – Aug. 30, 2020

OTTAWA, Kan. – Larry Thurston, 80, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, Merriam, Kan. He was born July 1, 1940, near Lyndon, Kan., the son of Floyd and Jessie Davis Thurston.

Larry had lived in Osage County for the first 50 years of his life and has been in Franklin County for the last 17 years.

Kathryn ‘Kathy’ Stauffer, 61, Fordland, Mo.: Dec. 8, 1958 – Aug. 27, 2020

FORDLAND, Mo. – Kathryn “Kathy” Stauffer, 61, passed away peacefully at her home in Fordland, Mo., on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Kathy was born Dec. 8, 1958, the daughter of Duane Edward Wills and Patricia “Pat” Ann (Abraham) Wills, in Emporia, Kan. Her father, Duane, passed away on November 27, 1965. At the age of 7 she gained her second dad when her mom remarried to Joseph Robert “Bob” Nelson, April 29, 1967.

Kathy was raised in Osage City, Kan., and graduated from Osage City High School in 1976. She remained in contact with many of her classmates and was extremely grateful for their support these past months.

Notice: City of Osage City Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule

Notice: City of Osage City Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule

The City of Osage City offices will be closed Monday, September 7, 2020, for the Labor Day Holiday. Customers whose trash is normally picked up on Monday, September 7, will be picked up on Tuesday, September 8. For more information call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Osage County Jail Log, Aug. 23 – Aug. 28, 2020

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

A Cowboy’s Faith: Actions today influence tomorrow

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Youth are the future of the world.”

What children learn during their growing years is foundation for coming generations.

First responsibility goes to parents. It is so obvious to see and hear how young people grow up to be like Dad and Mom. Their home life goes far beyond immediate family.

Having been well acquainted with a number of families for several generations, their heritage becomes very apparent. Besides resemblance in looks, boys and girls most often walk, talk and have mannerisms making it obvious their family background.

Even second and third generations can frequently be recognized as members of certain families. If pedigrees of livestock production are as important to selection as proclaimed, family heritage is no different. Good characteristics carry from one generation to the next along with the undesirable traits.

An opinion or philosophy of a grandparent, some even long gone, many times continues in their distant relatives.

Beyond close family relatives, everybody around youth today has an influence on what they become and can often be traced decades later. Of course, this includes school teachers, family acquaintances and everybody they meet on the street.

Cowboys have always been personal heroes and mental pictures of many come readily to mind in a very positive reflection.

While name of every horse in the pasture can’t be remembered, those ridden by cowboy friends of years ago are easily recalled. The cowboys and their horses left a positive impact that has remained for a lifetime.

Chamber challenges disc golfers in second annual tournament on Osage City course

About 25 disc golfers enjoyed a beautiful morning of sunshine and nice temperatures Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, during the 2nd annual Osage City Chamber Challenge Disc Golf Tournament, held at Jones Park disc golf course.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce hosted the tournament, presenting prizes for the winners. Everyone went home with a raffle item donated by Flint Hills Beverage.

The winners for the three levels of participants were:

Advance Male

  • First, Troy Smart; second, Travis Bilyeu; third, Jacob Wade

Intermediate Male

  • First, David Hastings; second, Steve Morrison; third, Ben Corbett

Intermediate Female

  • First, Kelli Orender

Beginner Male

  • First, Kurt Kitselman; second, Jared Kitselman; third, Jim Lohmeyer

Beginner Female

  • First, Dani Kerns; second, Becky Siljenberg; third, Jodi Lohmeyer

Winners of the select events were:

  • Female Longest Drive, Kelli Orender
  • Male Longest Drive, Troy Smart
  • Closest to the hole, Kurt Kitselman
  • Putting Contest, Troy Smart

Hidden History: Burlingame veteran’s fight for honor continued in civilian life

Burlingame Cemetery holds more than 250 veterans of the Civil War. Approximately 10 of those soldiers served in the United States Colored Troops. While that number seems relatively small, the ratio in comparison to other area cemeteries is quite high. Those that served in the Colored Troops fought for their freedom and had to overcome many obstacles including changing perceptions of how people felt about differences in race. One of these Burlingame Colored Troops veterans is Isaac Williams.

Isaac’s origins are uncertain, as is often the case with those formerly enslaved. The first evidence of Isaac is when he enlisted for the war effort at Benton Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri, with the 4th Missouri Colored Troops in December of 1863, which later became the 68th USCT. Some men serving in this regiment are noted to have been from eight central Missouri counties, however St. Louis was also a way station for the fugitive slaves coming in from the South on their way to free territory to the north or west. Isaac was transferred to the 67th USCT and mustered out at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the end of the war.

After his service, Isaac found work and assistance from abolitionists in Osage and Lyon counties, in Kansas.

In 1865, Isaac was living near Waveland (near Wakarusa) with Charles C. Gardiner. Gardiner was a civil engineer, receiving training at Alfred University in New York, one of the few schools at the time that was integrated. Gardiner came to Kansas in 1859 and settled north of Burlingame. He removed to Missouri just before the war and served with two units of the loyalist Missouri home guards. At the end of the war, Gardiner was stationed at St. Louis, where he likely met Isaac.

While in Missouri, Gardiner married Lydia Buffington, a Quaker woman whose family assisted fugitives on the Underground Railroad. The Gardiners returned to Kansas in 1865, settling at Waveland, where they opened their home to Isaac and at least two other refugees.

From the Gardiner household, Isaac went to work in Lyon County for Nicholas Lockerman, around 1870. Lockerman supported the free state cause and was a wealthy stockman with a ferry that crossed the river on his property.

Isaac’s time in Lyon County was short – in the late 1870s he returned to the area north of Burlingame and rented land from O.H. Sheldon, a businessman who helped shape early Osage County.

Former Kansas governor Charles Robinson said of Sheldon, “When the wave of corruption swept over our young state, more blighting in its effects, if possible, than the curse of human slavery, against which successful war had been waged, no smell of fire was found upon his garments.”

Hazel M. Hochstedler, 75, Tecumseh: Sept. 26, 1944 – Aug. 24, 2020

TECUMSEH, Kan. – Hazel M. Hochstedler, 75, of Tecumseh, Kan., passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Hazel was born Sept. 26, 1944, in Topeka, the daughter of Harley and Ludie (Suggs) Hendrickson.

She attended Highland Park High School. She married Allen Hochstedler, June 10, 1962, in Topeka.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Aug. 10 – Aug. 14, 2020

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Aug. 10 to Aug. 14, 2020.

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