Eat Well to Be Well: It’s okay to ‘go nuts’ a little each day

If you feel a little nutty some days, go ahead be that way – as in terms of adding them to your diet. In the past, nuts were often considered taboo – More »


How do you get there from here? Go to the roundabout and turn right

Drivers are becoming accustomed to the roundabout at the junction of U.S. Highway 75 and state highways 31 and 268, since it was fully opened to traffic last year on Nov. 17. More »


Drive defensively during deer season

TOPEKA – Driving defensively during the deer mating season is a must for Kansas drivers. The reality of driving on Kansas roads and highways this time of year is the possible encounter More »


Artifact hunters display local finds at Appanoose Museum’s annual show

Appanoose Museum officially closed for the season after Sunday’s annual artifact show. The gymnasium of the old school turned into a museum was filled with local collectors’ displays, with many of the More »

Simple country wedding actually miraculous, most inspirational affair


A wedding carriage ride down the main street of Reading, Kan., had even more special significance for Stephanie and Kevin Bachert, due to Stephanie’s ongoing recovery from a near fatal fall from a five-story building last year.


The bride-to-be walked down the aisle at her father’s side.

Sounds quite common on the forefront, but actually it’s a “miracle,” most would readily admit.

In a simple, less than 15-minute ceremony, Stephanie Smith became Mrs. Kevin Bachert.

Again not unusual, a maid becomes a bride. Except that nine months ago Stephanie was in a coma, and her family was told she might not live, and would never walk.

When Stephanie Smith fell five stories from a Kansas City balcony in July, she suffered a broken back, broken arms, legs, ribs, collapsed lung, being in a coma for 12 days.

Planning under way for 10th annual senior fair

We would like to invite interested citizens, our patrons and local vendors, who provide related services and products, to our 10th Annual Senior Resource Fair here at the Osage County Senior Center on Thursday, April 23.

You can call 785-528-4906 for a vendor registration or other details, or stop by at 604 Market St, Osage City. There’s always plenty of important information shared at the fair, plenty of door prizes and freebies, and other fun stuff. We hope this is our biggest senior fair ever.

Harveyville UMC invites all to Easter worship

The Harveyville United Methodist Church is planning special activities for Easter weekend, beginning with an Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the church. All ages of children are invited to attend and decorate and hunt for Easter eggs and prizes.

Easter morning, April 5, a Sunrise Service will be at 7:30 a.m., followed by a brunch.  Regular church services begin at 9:30 a.m. and will feature Nick and Lucyah Della Vella, from Breath of Christ Ministry, performing the service. All are invited to join the congregation for worship.

Cleo Hitt, 88, Overbrook: Jan. 13, 1927 – March 23, 2015

032515-hitt-web-photoTOPEKA – Cleo Byron Hitt, 88, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at Stormont Vail hospital, following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 13, 1927 in Severy, Kan., to Floyd E. and Lucy (Binns) Hitt. When Cleo was 2 years old, they moved to a farm in Howard where he grew up.

In 1945, Cleo joined the Army and spent his service years in Belgium and Germany working with WWII prisoners of war.

On a rainy Easter Sunday, following his return from service, Cleo offered Ruby Mae Wunderlich and her girlfriends a ride in his car to the movies, so that they would not get their Easter bonnets wet. That was the beginning of a wonderful 67-year romance with his beloved wife Ruby. Following their marriage on October 7, 1948, they moved to Topeka and then to their farm in Overbrook where they were blessed with a son and a daughter that were a delight to both of them.

Cleo had various jobs at Morrell Meat Packing and Santa Fe Railroad, and had a 25-year career with DuPont.

Kiwanis Club helps Osage City schools prepare for emergencies


Accepting emergency preparedness buckets on behalf of Osage City Elementary School Monday was the second grade class of Collene Stucky, back right. Making the presentation were, back from left, Kiwanis District Governor David Hurrelbrink and Kiwanis members Ken Kern, Dave Azwell and Kathi Webster.

As a part of Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary celebration during the 2015 year, local Kiwanis clubs were encouraged to come up with a special service project for their communities. Osage City Kiwanis decided to provide emergency preparedness buckets for the Osage City Elementary School. With the completion of the new storm shelter at the school, it seemed an appropriate project to undertake.

The idea was presented to the club by member Kathi Webster and she has been an integral part of its completion. The project involved the purchase of 30 white plastic 5-gallon buckets. The buckets have been filled with a variety of items such as flashlights, non-perishable food items, toilet paper, tissues, trash bags, wet wipes, cups and other useful things. The Kiwanis International 100th anniversary logo was attached to the buckets by OC elementary staff members. The buckets will be distributed to the classrooms as well as other pertinent locations throughout the school.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse March 16 – March 20, 2015

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, March 16 to March 20, 2015.

Osage County Jail Log, March 15 – March 21, 2015

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

Finch: Some quiet, but good bills pass out of committee


State Rep. Blaine Finch sponsored three students from Osage County and Douglas County to work as pages for the Kansas House of Representatives on March 19. Visiting the Governor’s office are from left, Henry Parks, Baldwin City, Mackenzie Hoss, Overbrook, Grace Bradley, Melvern, and Rep. Finch.

By State Rep. Blaine Finch, 59th District, Franklin and Osage Counties

Greetings from a very spring like Kansas Statehouse. As this week draws to a close (March 20, 2015) we are wrapping up the second round of our committee work for this session. This time we saw House committees primarily working on Senate bills and vice versa.

Next week we will begin working on the House floor on many of those bills that have made it out of committee. In addition we are likely to take up the House proposed budget which is substitute for HB 2370. House members received the summary and explainer for the bill this morning and will have the weekend to digest the nearly inch thick stack of papers.

Many times there are a few bills that steal the headlines but there are many good pieces of legislation that quietly make their way through the process.

Questionable ethics? Sleazy campaigns? Watch ‘The Election’ at SFTHS

Are you a teacher, a student, or a parent of a student? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this year’s Santa Fe Trail High School production “The Election” is for you!

The play focuses on an embattled student body president who resigns in disgrace – Mark Davenport figures he will cruise to victory in the special election. After all, his only opponent is nerdy Christy Martin, who wants to eliminate football. But when a mysterious Super PAC gives her an unlimited budget, things start to get very ugly. Mark must face total annihilation or accept the services of a slick professional campaign manager with questionable ethics and a million-dollar Super PAC of his own.

The show is a hilarious and timely satire on the contemporary political scene, full of uninformed voters, sleazy campaign managers and crazy, ratings-driven TV programming.

SFTHS theater department has announced show times for this irreverent, political satire are 7 p.m. Friday, March 27; 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the high school. 

Florence Marian Stout, 95, Lyndon: Nov. 29, 1919 – March 19, 2015

LYNDON – Florence Marian Stout, 95, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at her home in Lyndon. She was born on Nov. 29, 1919 in Edgerton, Kan., the daughter of L.A. and Jettie Engel Green.

Florence graduated from Park College in Parkville, Mo., where she met her future husband, Niles Stout. Florence and Niles were married on May 27, 1942, in Tullahoma, Tenn., where Niles was stationed in the Army.

She taught a variety of high school subjects in Elmdale, Carbondale, Reading and Williamsburg, Kan. Florence was a member of the Lyndon United Methodist Church. She was a Brownie leader, a 4-H project leader, a Lyndon Carnegie Library Friend and was active in the Osage County Historical Society and the American Cancer Society.

Sold out crowds ‘shiver’ at Melvern melodrama


On March 20 and 21, the Melvern Would-Be Players presented their fourth annual dinner theater directed by George Alexander.

“The Treasure of Shiver River” melodrama was presented at the Melvern Community Center to a sold-out audience both nights. The meals were excellent, and the melodrama with much audience participation was given rave reviews by all who attended.

Cast members included, front from left, Madden Balcacer, prompter; Chevelle Balcacer as Dr. Ophelia Payne; Louis Madden as Scoop O’Mally; Bonnie Berry as Gail Nail; and Samantha Volkman as Heidi Claire Sanders; back, Alex Bowers as Colonel Ticonderoga Sanders; Jenny Roger as Lotta Luck; Sydney Parker as Paige Turner; Mitch Saffle as Marshal Marshall Law; Dwayne Throneberry as Rod Enreel; George Alexander, director; Jackie Mercer as Burlap Bonnie; Robert T. Nance as Orin Gold; and Cameron Bialak as Rusty Nail.

Photo and information thanks to Larry and Kay Salisbury.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Mature wisdom retains ‘heart’

buchmanhead“Getting old’s not what it’s put up to be.”

Truth’s becoming more obvious each day of our maturity. All those things we were planning to do when we reached this stage in life, we can’t do any more than we could when we said we were scheming to four decades ago.

Worse part is then our body despite all clumsiness might have been able to, if we’d set our mind and effort to it.

Now, still uncoordinated, feeble, unfit and mostly scared, doing much of what we dreamed has become impossible.

Horses are no different, except that some of our mounts have had vast ability, doing what they did best, better than most others. But, their bodies wear out.

To be a winner, whatever the endeavor, requires “heart.” Research has proven that the fastest horses have the biggest hearts. Fortunately, we’ve had several horses with incomprehensible heart, desire to always do their best, no matter what.

A world champion horse, winner in every event, came to our place well into maturity, and obviously lame. But, he had heart. Roanie would limp to the arena; perform soundly with such finesse to win every time. Back outside, it’d make one’s tears roll, he hurt so badly.

Osage County Ag Wire: New program tech hired; CRP rules require land management

New program technician on the job in Osage County


Andrea Hoelting

Osage County FSA welcomed a new program technician, Andrea Hoelting, this month. Andrea has joined the Osage County FSA team as a permanent employee.

Originally from Chanute, Kan., Andrea moved to Osage County with her husband Brent and family. Brent is the history teacher at Lyndon High School, as well as the football coach. Andrea and Brent have a daughter, Kamryn, 7, and a son, Kannon, 8 months old. In Andrea’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, as well as her extended family. The Hoelting household is very active in sports, and a look forward to joining the community.

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

Are you mowing your CRP? Did you know mowing is a violation to your contract? Mowing is not authorized on CRP acres. Any activity on CRP must be pre-approved by the FSA. CRP’s objective is to cost-effectively assist owners and operators in conserving and improving the nation’s natural resource base.

CRP is a natural resource program that protects the nation’s soil, water and wildlife resources. As well as improves and preserves water quality and enhances fish and wildlife habitat. CRP is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners. Through CRP, you can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland.

Spring arrives right on time for Osage City’s Sidewalk Saturday

sidewalksaturdayMARCH201512Update: Next Sidewalk Saturday is April 18, 2015. Thanks for stopping by in March!


Friday is the first day of spring. Guess what the day after is? The first Sidewalk Saturday of spring! That’s right, it’s the third Saturday of the month again on March 21, and Osage City’s merchants are inviting you for a fun day of specials along with their hometown hospitality.

The soon-to-be traditional third Saturday shopping extravaganza began with downtown merchants, but this month shoppers will be greeted at stores from one end of Osage City to the other. The following participating businesses extend an invitation for you to join them for Sidewalk Saturday on March 21 in Osage City. (Sidewalk specials will be determined by the weather and each merchant.)

Spring has sprung, garage sale season nears

Osage City citywide garage sales have been scheduled for April 17-18.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce creates a map for the town’s citywide sales, with donations for listings on the map going toward the Chamber’s scholarship program.

Anyone who wants a sale listed on the map is asked to contact Casey’s General Store in Osage City, or Jodi Smith at Vintage Park at Osage City. There is a $5 donation requested for a listing, with a deadline of April 10 to be listed. For more information about Osage City’s garage sales, contact Smith at 785-528-5095.

Pianists duel to help domestic violence agency

There’s nothing better than laughing with your friends, until you throw in some music! At the SOS “Hope-A-Palooza” you will have a great time doing both. Featured at the event are dueling pianos. The professional pianists provide a sing-along form of humorous entertainment primarily by request. They play rock and roll, classic rock, Top 40, R&B and country. The concert is 8 p.m. March 28 at the Emporia Granada Theatre.  Concert tickets are $15.

Facts for Living: Raising America

By Rebecca McFarland, Frontier Extension Agent

080714-facts-for-living1One out of four children five years old and younger live in poverty in Kansas (Kids Count Data Book); $3 billion is paid by businesses annually due to employee absenteeism as a result of child care breakdowns (Child Care Aware of America); and despite being one of the richest nations in the world, the U.S. is 26th in overall child well-being (UNICEF). These are startling statistics, but they describe the state of the youngest members of our society, across the country, in Kansas and across the counties in the Frontier Extension District (Anderson, Franklin and Osage counties).

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend a free preview of the PBS Documentary signature episode, “The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation”. The episode shows the result of the growing stress on many young families and caregivers – the squeeze for time, money and resources – and the effects on their infants and young children, literally altering the wiring of their developing brains with potential life-long consequences for their physical, intellectual and socio-emotional health and development. The documentary takes us inside the brain and brings to life recent scientific research that shows how early experiences, beginning in the womb, can alter brain architecture and developmental trajectories. Through the stories of families from different walks of life (middle-class, single-parent, etc.), we learn how the lack of paid parental leave and high-quality affordable childcare, stagnant wages, overcrowded housing, depression, social exclusion and perhaps most of all the time crunch (work/life balance/imbalance), often undermine the efforts of parents and caregivers struggling to provide the nurturing environments all children need to thrive.

State fire marshal offers tips and best practices to prevent wildfires in Kansas

With the nice weather Kansas has experienced over the past few days, fire departments across the state are already experiencing an increase in grass burning incidents – some of which have already gotten out of control. The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) provides tips and resources for helping farmers and ranchers to have safe and successful prescribed burns of their fields and pastures.

“By following these proven steps for safely burning fields or brush, Kansans will not be as likely to produce fires that burn out of control and put lives and property at risk,” said Doug Jorgensen, State Fire Marshal.

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