Strike while the fishing is hot – land a bass

Tie on a topwater bait just for fun. PRATT – It’s hard to think about fishing on a sweltering summer day, but when the sun sinks toward the western horizon, everything changes. More »


Expand catfishing horizons at Pomona Lake as floatline season opens

PRATT – Want to expand your catfishing horizons? Floatline fishing, sometimes called jugline fishing, is a fun and effective method for catching catfish in reservoirs. If you remember the excitement of watching More »


Food for Thought: ‘Mom always did it this way’ or “better safe than sorry’

Home supervisor showing a Farm Security Administration borrower how to use a pressure cooker in 1941. Photo by John Vachon. By Nancy Schuster Frontier Extension District “My grandma and my mom always More »


Lyndon Leaders become radio stars

Lyndon Leaders ready to judge at Osage City Fair, front from left, Owen Driver, Tara Green, Garrett Shoup, Leanne Shoup, Allie Kneisler, back, Ryan Addleman, Ethan Kneisler, Brayden Marcotte, Reanna Marcotte, James Marcotte, More »

Beginning with new year, KDHE to determine KanCare eligibility

TOPEKA – On Jan. 16, 2015, Governor Sam Brownback signed Executive Reorganization Order (ERO) 43. Part of that ERO moves KanCare (Medicaid) eligibility determination for the elderly and people with disabilities from the Kansas Department for Children and Families to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment). This move will take effect Jan. 1, 2016.

Everyone will still be able to fill out an application for KanCare online at ApplyForKancare.ks.gov. For assistance or paper applications, people with disabilities and the elderly can call 800-792-4884. KDHE is deploying an additional 18 out-stationed workers in Liberal, Hays, Great Bend, Salina, Wichita, Arkansas City, Emporia, Chanute, Pittsburg, Topeka, Manhattan, Hiawatha, Lawrence, Ottawa, Olathe, Kansas City, Garden City and Dodge City. These out-stationed workers will be available by appointment only whenever a face to face visit is required. People with disabilities or the elderly who need to fax in applications or any supporting documentation will now need to use the fax number 844-264-6285.

Families and children applying for KanCare can fill out an application online at ApplyForKancare.ks.gov, call 800-792-4884, and fax applications to 800-498-1255.

Finish up your last minute Christmas at Osage City

sidewalksaturday_Dec_19_250Black Friday has come and gone, but you’re not out of luck for finding special deals with the last Sidewalk Saturday of the year at Osage City. While the frenzied are packing into the big box stores this weekend, Sidewalk Saturday shoppers will be able to finish up their last minute shopping, avoid the elbow-to-elbow crowds, and remain stress-free. In addition, the hometown stores at Osage City have just the right gifts for those special people in your life.

So to finish up your Christmas gifts quest, Sidewalk Saturday merchants offer everything you need for the holidays: unique gifts, electronic must haves, fashionable styles, home décor – and don’t forget to stock up on holiday meals and treats.

Why fight the crowds one more time? You can enjoy the easy-going Christmas shopping experience offered in Osage City on Sidewalk Saturday, Dec. 19.

Community Christmas tree planted at Osage County Courthouse


Osage County and the city of Lyndon now share a 14-foot-tall live blue Spruce Christmas tree, which was planted in the southwest corner of the lawn of the Osage County Courthouse.

The purchase, hauling, planting, lighting, and maintenance of the tree is a collaboration led by the local Masonic Lodge of Lyndon; other participants include Osage County, city of Lyndon, Citizens State Bank, Lyndon State Bank, Lyndon Pride, and Rockin Z Enterprises.

The tree was purchased and dug at Double Bar Pine Farms, in Alta Vista, and delivered and planted for all to enjoy on Dec. 17, 2015, reported Steve Zerr, of Lyndon, who organized the placement of the tree.

“May many generations enjoy and celebrate around it!” Zerr said. “Thank you and Merry Christmas, everyone!”

As kids make holiday wish lists, check it twice for safety


TOPEKA, Kan. – As children write their holiday wish lists, it’s important for adults to know that most toys are not one-size-fits-all. Catalogs, television commercials, store displays and online advertising inundate us with images of the latest toys and gadgets, but not every toy is right for every child. Make sure you and other gift-givers are safety smart before you hit the stores this holiday season.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Dec. 7 – Dec. 11, 2015

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Dec. 7 through Dec. 11, 2015.

Osage County District Court criminal cases Dec. 4 – Dec. 11, 2015

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court Dec. 4 to Dec. 11, 2015, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court traffic cases Dec. 4 – Dec. 11, 2015

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court Dec. 4 to Dec. 11, 2015, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Goninion to celebrate 80th birthday

121615-goninionMarilyn Goninion’s family is inviting everyone to honor her with a card shower in celebration of her 80th birthday. In addition, the family is hosting a birthday celebration with refreshments and friendship, 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City. All friends and family are invited.

Cards can be mailed to Marilyn at 1017 Main St., 12-W, Osage City, KS 66523.

Senior Center Update: Whad’ya expect?

A couple in their 90s are both having problems remembering things. During a checkup, the doctor tells them that they’re physically okay but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember.

Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair.

“Want anything while I’m in the kitchen?” he asks. “Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?” “Sure.” “Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?” she asks. “No I can remember it.” “Well I’d like some strawberries on top, too. Maybe you should write it down, so as not to forget it.”

Irritated he says, “I can remember that, I do not need to write it down.”

Then he toddles into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes, the old man returns and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs. She stares at the plate for a moment, and asks, “Where is my toast?”

The Garden Patch: Pruning trees and shrubs; improve songbirds’ habitat

052514-garden-excericiseI have been asked (many times) why I studied horticulture in college. The answer is simple – I didn’t – at least not at first. I completed a Master’s Degree in Economics in 1971 (after I’d been out of college for 10 years) and got interested in the Master Gardner program 13 years ago – and it’s been a natural for me! I’ve always gardened, but now I get to help others – what a blessing! ‘Nuf of that! Let’s get on with the business at hand…growing trees and shrubs. Ready? Set. Go!

When do we prune trees? (Depends on why you’re pruning). Winter or early spring can see structural problems. In the spring and summer we can locate dieback. Fall is only to repair storm damage. Wounds heal slowly and a lot of fungal spores are created.

Where to prune is more important! Cuts should be back to a vigorous side shoot or…cut back to just outside the branch collar. NEVER allow topping, stubbing or heading back. DO NOT leave stubs – they heal very slowly or result in abundant sprouting. Also, flush cuts make overly large wounds and expose trunk to decay.

Young shade tree pruning. Prune little if any at time of planting. Remove a few of the lowest branches beginning in year 1 or 2. Take off largest non-permanent branches first. Remove double leaders, taking out the weaker side or fork leaning north.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 6 – Dec. 11, 2015

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

Chamber Chat: Christmas on Market successful despite Mother Nature

By Jeanette Swarts, Executive Director
Osage City Chamber of Commerce

Christmas on Market 2015 was a very successful event despite the inclement weather that Mother Nature provided. The response by everyone that came out despite the cold and ice and the participation of the businesses for the day was tremendous.

The events including Kiwanis pancake breakfast, library concession stand, Pride Committee auction and cookie sale, Friends of the Library table settings and Christmas collections, retail poker run, craft show, cancer benefit luncheon, gingerbread building/Santa visit, chili cook off, chili feed, were very well received and attended. Due to the weather, the 5K run/walk and lighted parade were rescheduled for the following weekend (Dec. 5).

Christmas on Market 2015 honors hometown heroes

By Jeanette Swarts, Executive Director
Osage City Chamber of Commerce

111815-christmas-on-market2Osage City’s Hometown Heroes nominees were showcased in a display downtown in the former Duckwall’s store window during Christmas on Market 2015. The honored nominees and their nominators were:

A Cowboy’s Faith: Trees still survive storm

buchmanhead“The barnyard looks like an icy jungle.”

Several made that evaluation driving past the ranch during recent winter weather, weeks before the season officially began.

The many barnyard trees, admittedly “weak” elms, although Dad always had another unrepeatable adjective description for those trees, were covered by thick layers of ice.

A couple passersby contended all the glistening icicles of every dimension imaginable forcing the heavy iceberg limbs into deep sagging were “such a beautiful sight.” But, we’ve been there before, and know all the long-after negative aspects.

ECF announces 2016 grant recipients

The Emporia Community Foundation’s Grants Committee has selected five Emporia area non-profit organizations to receive $16,381.98 in grant funds in January 2016 for special projects as part of the foundation’s 2016 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.

Grant recipients, along with their planned activities and award amounts are as follows:

Consumer alert: Check your insurance coverage before winter hits full force

TOPEKA, Kan. — Howling winds, blowing snow, ice and colder temperatures have already hit most of Kansas, and the calendar says it’s not even winter yet. If Kansans have not checked their homeowners and vehicle insurance policies to be sure they are protected against winter hazards, they should now, according to Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance.

“The first step is to check with your local insurance agents about what’s covered in your policies,” Selzer said. “Overall, homeowners and vehicle policies provide basic protection, but some policies provide a broader range of coverages than others. It is best to know what your individual policy contains.”

Shirley (Ogle) Bronson, 79, Lyndon: Feb. 23, 1936 – Dec. 11, 2015

LYNDON – Shirley (Ogle) Bronson, 79, passed away on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka, Kan. She was born on Feb. 23, 1936, in Osage County, Kansas, the daughter of Lewis and Merle Myrick Ogle.

Shirley had lived in the Michigan Valley, Vassar and Lyndon communities all of her life.  She graduated from Lyndon High School in 1954. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, and an Avon representative.

On March 6, 1955, Shirley was married to Jack Bronson, in Lyndon. To this union five children were born.

County foundation accepting grant applications

The Osage County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for its next round of grants until Jan. 15, 2016.

The board will meet to review the applications following the deadline. Any organization based in Osage County can apply, but preference is given to those that are not directly tax supported or agencies that have taxing authority.

The foundation will make grants for innovative and creative projects and programs that are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation and cultural affairs. Grants will not exceed $500 and operational expenses are not funded. 

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