Spring is coming: NWS weather safety class scheduled at Overbrook

Every year in preparation for storm season, the National Weather Service in Topeka presents severe weather safety and information talks that are open to the general public. In Osage County, Overbrook PRIDE has More »


Patrol to work seatbelt enforcement near high schools across Kansas

 SAFE initiative helps increase teen seatbelt usage Beginning today and running through March 6, the Kansas Highway Patrol will work on an annual seatbelt enforcement campaign around area high schools. The campaign More »


Study finds climate change may dramatically reduce wheat production

A recent study finds that in the coming decades, wheat yields are projected to decrease by 6 percent for each degree Celsius the temperature rises, if no measures to adapt to extreme More »


Osage City Area Arts Council exposition to feature local artists

Kareen King’s photography will be among local artists’ work on display during the Feb. 28 Art Expo at Osage City. King shot this sunset photo west of the Osage/Lyon county line along More »

Back to school safety stressed as school resumes

With students getting back to school, there are important safety reminders the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Highway Patrol would like to point out to students, parents and motorists in Kansas.

Eat Well to Be Well: The ABCs of after school snacks


“I’m hungry!”

In the coming weeks, school-age children will be saying this phrase a lot as they step through the door coming home from school. After school snacks provide about one-third of a child’s daily calories so this is a perfect opportunity to provide healthy food your child needs to support their growth and activity. Your job as a parent is to understand the importance of snacking and what types of food to offer to meet their nutritional needs. Here is where the ABCs of after-school snacks come in.

Osage County EMS: 911 dispatchers guide you to be the first first responder

By Con Olson, MICT, Regional Executive Director, Osage County EMS

This month Osage County EMS starts a three-part series on what happens during a medical emergency and before a patient arrives at the hospital.

071114-Osagecounty-EMSWhy call an ambulance when you could put someone in your car and go to the hospital? Often times that decision can be very dangerous for you, your patient and the public. If it’s a serious emergency your anxiety is up and you drive faster. The extra anxiety may lead to a ticket from a police officer, or worse yet you could injure the patient more or get in a serious crash. Several times a year we are called by law enforcement officers to care for a patient because the driver taking them to the hospital was stopped for speeding or driving recklessly. Numerous times in my career I’ve responded to a car crash to find it was caused by someone driving recklessly while taking a minor injury to the hospital.

Donald M. Langley Sr., 91, Carbondale: March 2, 1923 – Aug. 6, 2014

CARBONDALE – Donald M. Langley Sr., 91, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at a Topeka nursing home. He was born on March 2, 1923, in Eskridge, Kan., the son of Late and Pearl Rowley Langley.

Don grew up in Eskridge and lived there until moving to Carbondale in 1965.

He graduated from Burlingame High School, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II and Korea. He had worked in construction for many years, and retired from USD 501, where he had worked in maintenance. He had attended the Grace Assembly Church, in Burlingame.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Providentially generations do improve

buchmanhead“Sometimes it’s just about as important how an animal is presented as what kind of quality it has.”

That’s called fitting and showing, or showmanship, as we were reminded during the county fair. There were several entries that looked of ample conformation, type and style to place much higher in class than they did, had they been clean and presented by their owners, so the evaluator could better see their attributes.

Overbrook’s abuzz with preparations for final county fair of 2014


This year’s Overbrook Osage County Fair parade will again feature a “battle of the bands” with competition open to any high school bands. Santa Fe Trail High School’s band took third place and won $500 in prize money for their performance last year.

Summer is zipping by, it’s August, and that means you should be getting your exhibits ready for next week’s Overbrook Osage County Fair, the county’s last fair of the year.

Hot dog: Rising temperatures can be dangerous to dog’s life

By Lindsey Elliott, K-State Communications and Marketing 


Remember to keep your best friend cool.

MANHATTAN – The “dog days of summer” are here, but don’t let the phrase fool you. This hot time of year can be dangerous for your pup, says a Kansas State University veterinarian.

“As it starts to get hot, the risk of heat exhaustion or death from heat stroke increases,” said Susan Nelson, clinical associate professor in the department of clinical sciences at the university’s veterinary health center.

Leaving your dog unattended in a hot car can be deadly. Nelson says if temperatures are around 80 degrees Fahrenheit or above, your pets shouldn’t be left in the car. Cracking the windows doesn’t let in enough cool air and the temperature inside the car can soar to more than 100 degrees in just a matter of minutes.

Facts for Living: Put yourself in their shoes

By Rebecca McFarland, Frontier Extension Agent

080714-facts-for-living1All healthy relationships require one to have the ability to look at another’s point of view or perspective. This applies to your relationship with your teen as well. Most parenting challenges can be viewed from multiple perspectives. One of the most significant points of view belongs to our child. Whether we agree or not, it’s important that we try to understand where our kids are coming from. By putting ourselves in their shoes, we can gain insight into the reasons for their behavior and the feelings that motivate it.

The Garden Patch: Fall gardening begins in the heat of summer

Whew! It’s summer! Can I start vegetables in this heat? You bet! And it’s called FALL GARDENING! Let’s get to work …

Fall gardeners will find that establishing a garden during the summer when soil temperatures are extremely high is difficult. One way to avoid seeding in extremely adverse conditions is to establish plants in containers or pots for transplanting to the garden later in the season as the weather begins to cool. Crops such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage and collards can be grown in a cooler protected area or under lights in a basement growing area for two to four weeks prior to setting in the garden.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Pomona Lake and Osage County Fishing Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

New bus joins public transportation fleet; all riders welcome

Thanks to all who donated towards, and attended the nutrition site’s ice cream social at the Osage County Senior Center. We also want to express our appreciation to those folks who regularly ride our public transportation buses. Of course, without your patronage this service would eventually disappear.

Speaking of transportation, the new bus acquired just recently is now on the road. It is a white mini-bus with a dark red stripe and the words “General Public Transportation” on the sides. The phone number to contact for reservations or information, 785-528-4906, is also printed on the sides.

Osage County primary election unofficial results announced


Osage County election officer and county clerk Rhonda Beets reported 22.7 percent of Osage County’s registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary election. Unofficial results showed 2,178 ballots were received, including 24 provisional and one blank ballot; 147 advance ballots were cast.

Beets said none of the provisional ballots were the result of voter identification problems, which she is required to report to the Kansas Secretary of State’s office. No other problems were reported in the election, which ran smoothly, she said.

Osage County’s unofficial results in the Aug. 5, 2014 primary election are:

Lyndon farmers market now on Wednesday mornings

lyndonfarmersmarketwednesdaThe Lyndon Farmers Market will now be on Wednesday mornings, starting Aug. 6, after the Lyndon City Council decided a change was needed to increase vendor and customer access.

Lebo recruit sets sights for Navy Seals


Levi Hampton is sworn into the U.S. Navy by Captain Kessler. Courtesy photo.

Levi Hampton, 18, Lebo, has enlisted in the U.S. Navy and left for basic training on July 29, 2014. His family and friends gave him a send off with a family picnic July 26, at Lebo.

He is to complete eight weeks of basic training at the Navy’s only boot camp, Recruit Training Command, at Great Lakes, Ill, before being shipped out to Coronado, Calif, where he will go through the BUDS/Navy Seal training program.

In Osage County: Superior School, a school without a town

Superior School, Osage County, Kansas

Two miles south of Burlingame on U.S. Highway 56, at the northwest corner of the intersection with 189th Street resides the Superior school house. While this was not the first or only school to serve the community of Superior, it was the last. It’s been her home for the last 119 years. It was in spring of 1950, 64 years ago, the last students left the building.

The school site was deeded to School District No. 2 on August 1, 1868, from D.B. Burdick, first sheriff of Osage County. By August of 1894 the school at that location needed many repairs and some thought was in an unsafe condition. A bond election was held and it was decided to build a new school. Work commenced and the second week of December that year the new building greeted it first students.

Topeka traffic alert: Ramp closures at I-470 and SW Gage Boulevard Interchange

Drivers are warned to expect major delays due to round the clock ramp closures, beginning Wednesday, Aug. 6, near the Interstate 470 and Gage Boulevard interchange in south Topeka.

Eastbound I-470 to Gage Boulevard exit ramp and Gage Boulevard to westbound I-470 entrance ramp will be closed, 24/7, for ramp approach pavement replacement work for a city of Topeka project beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, and will reopen to unrestricted traffic on Tuesday, Aug. 19, weather permitting.

Help House raffle spreads summer warmth

080414-help-house-quilt4The third and final quilt in Help House’s summer fundraiser has been donated by Kathy Smith, of Great Plains Quilt Co., Burlingame.

The quilt measures 52 1/2 inches by 67 1/2 inches. It will be on display at Overbrook at Kansas State Bank, 400 Maple St., then at First Security Bank, 312 Maple St., until the drawing date on August 22. Displaying the third quilt is Help House director Pam Bilyeu.

As part of Help House’s summer fundraising efforts, three quilts have been donated as prizes for a raffle. To highlight the donated quilts, Help House is displaying them at local businesses until the drawing date of Aug. 22.

Osage County Jail Log, July 28 – August 2, 2014

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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