On-the-farm grain storage enhances profits for Berryton farmer, U.S. soybean chairman

Turn of the operation wheel by Bob Haselwood starts auger systems moving soybeans from storage bins to a semi-trailer at Haselwood Farms Inc., near Berryton. The beans are sent to processing facilities More »


Talented artists, writers tell about the importance of pollinators

Annabelle Potratz, kindergartener at Burlingame Elementary School, won purple for her poster of bees, butterflies and flowers. Winners of the Osage County Conservation District’s poster, essay and limerick contest were chosen from More »


Burlingame says ‘Happy Birthday, Kansas!’

Burlingame Schuyler Museum and the Burlingame Historical Preservation Society will celebrate Kansas’154th birthday on Kansas Day, Thursday, Jan. 29, with presentations portraying how things were done in the past. The activities will More »


Silver family honored as stewards of Osage County land and soil

By Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension Agent The 2014 Kansas Bankers Award winner for soil conservation in Osage County is Silver Farms LLC. Silver Farms is operated by Lynn and Donna Silver, of More »

Clyde Richard Files, 84, Lyndon: Sept. 3, 1929 – July 7, 2014

LYNDON-Clyde Richard Files, 84, passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014, at Olathe Medical Center. He was born on Sept. 3, 1929, in Dennison, Ill., the son of Clyde and Juanita Snedeker Files.

Dick, as he was known to most, had lived in Augusta, Ga., for 39 years before moving to Lyndon.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1974. He was a pilot, flying the KC-135 Tanker. He served in Vietnam for several tours. He retired at the rank of major. After retirement he became a vo-ag and shop teacher in Augusta, Ga.

Osage County’s champion livestock featured at annual fair sale

During the annual 4-H livestock sale on the last night of the Osage County Fair, premiums were sold for grand champion and reserve grand champion market animals in each species.

Pictured with each grand champion exhibitor is the buyer who purchased the premium on the animal in the livestock auction.

Weird animals to help children learn to look for evidence of God

SCRANTON – A fun and memorable evening event, called Weird Animals Vacation Bible School, will be hosted by the Cross Road Community Church Sunday, July 20 to Friday, July 25. At Weird Animals VBS, kids will learn about some of God’s most creative creations and be reminded that they are one of a kind.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse June 30 – July 4

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse June 30 through July 4, 2014.

Eventful July planned at Osage County Senior Center

There are some very special events at the Osage County Senior Center in July, with the ice cream social the evening of July 31; senior commodities distribution on the 22nd; and the various health care related services on the 16th and 18th. But, our biggest announcement has to be the senior center visit by Bob Dole the night of July 15.

Osage County Jail Log, June 29 – July 4

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

Senator Dole to stop in Osage City on tasting tour of Kansas baked goods

Retired U.S. Sen. Bob Dole has added Osage City as a location to visit during the sixth of several trips to Kansas this year.

Dole will visit Osage City at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Osage County Senior Center. All visits are open to the public. Dole will speak and then take questions from the audience, followed by a time for meeting with him.

“I’m looking forward to continuing my tour of Kansas,” said Dole, who served as U.S. Senator from Kansas from 1969 to 1996. “I hope to see friends and former supporters of mine, and I’ll plan to enjoy lots of brownies, oatmeal raisin cookies and pies along the way.”

Bridge on 221st to be closed for replacement

As part of the ongoing bridge repair projects in Osage County, a bridge located on 221st Street, between Fairlawn and Lewelling roads, will be closed Wednesday, July 9, for bridge replacement.

2014 Osage County Fair 4-H, scouts and open class results

Results from the open and 4-H exhibits at the Osage County Fair, Osage City, held June 25-29, 2014, have been released as follows:

2014 Osage County Fair Association livestock show results

Livestock, poultry, rabbits, dogs and cats from across Osage County were exhibited at the Osage County Fair June 26-29. The Osage County Fair Association has released the results of the exhibition as follows:

Experts at free workshop to explain how better soil produces better yields

Douglas County and Osage County conservation districts will host a workshop to help producers improve the health of their soil. “Better Soils = Better Yields” will be held 8 a.m.-3 p.m. July 15, 2014, at the Worden United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall.

USDA reminds producers of 2014 acreage reporting requirement

MANHATTAN, Kan. – U.S. Department of Agriculture Kansas Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Adrian J. Polansky is reminding agriculture producers that July 15, 2014, is the deadline to file an acreage report for spring seeded crops.  Planted acres must be reported to FSA by July 15, 2014. The Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) requires producers on a farm to submit annual acreage reports on all cropland.

Chicken Scratchin’s: Modern technology connects us to the past


A fun part of operating a local news website is the interesting and unique connections that can happen. We take for granted nowadays how easy it is to find information on the Internet, but it also makes connecting with others, near or far, as close as your fingertips.

A recent connection, for instance, started with a request from a reader to find someone that would treasure a wonderfully preserved 1937 photo of an Osage City second-grade class.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Devotion after church closes

buchmanhead“Oh, come, come, come. Come to the church by the wildwood.”

That line’s from our favorite Sunday School hymn when we got to pick one. While we can’t sing, it still “gets us in the spirit.”

Reflection came Saturday night when we sadly gathered for the last summer picnic of the church where Mom, our grandparents and family attended eight decades ago.

School lunch program findings indicate success

Harvard study suggests the new school lunch program is doing its job

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A waiver could allow some schools to opt out of increased nutrition standards for the upcoming school year. Proposal of the waiver prompted first lady Michelle Obama to generate an appeal and led to the development a U.S. Department of Agriculture fact sheet (http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/NSLPFactSheet.pdf) outlining the benefits of the new nutrition standards.

It’s an Overbrook kind of Fourth


On the east side of Overbrook Friday around dark, side streets and parking lots filled with spectators in lawn chairs and blankets, enjoying a spectacular fireworks display on the cool July evening. The day’s celebration began with a bicycle and non-motorized parade that lined up at the city water tower and ended at the park, followed by free swimming and evening fun in the park. 

Lyndon community celebrates USA


Fourth of July morning had the Lyndon community lining Topeka Avenue and showing their patriotism during the annual red, white and blue parade. Lifetime Osage Countians Nellie Martin, 105, Elizabeth Ramshaw, 98, and Elizabeth Dickerhoof, 94, celebrated Independence Day as honored guests in the parade.

Statewide texting enforcement under way during Fourth of July holiday

dont-text-and-driveThe July 4th holiday is here, and the Kansas Highway Patrol has some important enforcement initiatives that motorists should be aware of.

On July 1, KHP began conducting a texting enforcement initiative that will run through July 10. Troopers will be out looking for drivers who are violating Kansas’ texting law, and will be citing those observed in violation. The Kansas law states on a wireless device, drivers may not manually type, send, or read a written communication, including, but not limited to, a text message, instant message or electronic mail.

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