U.S. 75, K-268 traffic shifts onto new roundabout

The U.S. 75 roundabout project shifted into its fourth phase Wednesday; construction is expected to be completed next month. The ongoing U.S. 75 roundabout project at state highways 31 and 268 has More »


In Osage County: Huffman Park to become public arboretum

Huffman Park, in Osage City, will someday have a tree-lined, shaded walkway according to a plan to create an arboretum at the park. Osage City’s Huffman Park is well on its way More »


Chicken Scratchin’s: Isn’t our world worth a little bit of effort?

Gifted freezer containers were perfect for preserving this year’s sweet corn crop. It is sometimes said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. But in today’s world we should strive to More »


Enjoy the outdoors: Take a nighttime hike in Osage County … if you dare

Burlingame Chamber’s Terror on the Trail will haunt brave visitors for two terrifying weekends. Halloween is a week away, but the haunting begins this weekend with delightfully scary and horrifyingly fun haunted More »

Help wanted: Pickers, packers, warehouse associates

Focus Workforces is currently seeking pickers/packers, order selectors and warehouse associates for an Ottawa, KS Distribution Center! We are looking to interview and hire motivated candidates that possess the desire to work. If you are driven for a new challenge we want to interview YOU!

Rent, utility assistance available

Rental and utilities assistance is available for eligible individuals through Catholic Charities.

A Catholic Charities representative will be at ECKAN, 530 Holliday St., Osage City, on Monday, May 5, to offer assistance. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are assisted first come, first serve. 

OCHS Band chosen to perform in mass halftime show at Alamo Bowl


The Osage City High School’s last concert of the school year will be Thursday. The band members’ skills and talents have led to them being selected to perform in the halftime show of the Alamo Bowl in December.

With their last performance of the school year this Thursday, the Osage City High School Band’s year of achievements is coming to an end with another exciting honor – being invited to perform at the Alamo Bowl, in San Antonio, Texas, in December.

Charles L. Woodmas, 88, Lyndon: Nov. 1, 1925 – April 28, 2014

043014-CharlesWoodmasLYNDON – Charles L. Woodmas, 88, passed away on Monday, April 28, 2014, at a Topeka hospital. He was born on Nov. 1, 1925, on the family farm near Melvern, the son of Chester and Emma McDonald Woodmas.

Charles had lived most of his life on the family farm until moving to Lyndon several years ago. He had farmed all of his life and also worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for a time and for Albert Swallow Construction, in Pomona. He had been a member of the board for Rural Water District No. 6 and had been chairperson.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse April 21 – April 25

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse April 21 through April 25, 2014.

Ride the bus to sample all Kansas has to offer

By Osage County Senior Center Director Byron Jordan

042914-festivallogo2This is the last call for our special general public transportation bus trip to Wamego for the Kansas Sampler Festival on Saturday, May 3. This really is a big event, featuring products manufactured or grown only in Kansas. Besides the displays there are historical re-enactments, entertainment, fun games for all ages, and a variety of food tasting opportunities. Contact the senior center at 604 Market St., Osage City, or 785-528-4906, by Friday, May 2, for more information or to reserve a seat on the bus.

Eat Well to Be Well: Five ways to minimize food risk at farmers markets


In the coming weeks, farmers markets will once again reopen for local farmers and gardeners to display the fruits of their labor. It’s always a treat to walk by the array of vendors, deciding among the various produce, baked goods and other edible foods to choose from. What is not a treat is being exposed to a foodborne illness.

Buying locally grown and organic foods has become one of the hottest food trends in recent years. But don’t think that they are impervious to any type of food safety hazards. No matter where you buy your food, always be mindful of the potential for biological, physical or chemical contamination that can cause you harm.

Osage County Jail Log, April 19-April 26

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

Osage City Middle School track meet results: April 25, 2014

Results of the Osage City Middle School track meet held April 25, 2014:

Osage County extends burn restrictions another 30 days


A range fire in northern Lyon County along the Osage County line on March 20 sets the sky aglow with flames and smoke. Photo by Matthew Fowler, Emporia Gazette.


The Osage County commissioners extended a month-long countywide burn ban Monday for another 30 days.

Bryce Romine, Osage County emergency management coordinator, asked the commissioners to extend the burn restrictions, noting a March 31 resolution expired April 28 if not acted upon by the commissioners.

The original resolution was issued due to recent dry weather and high winds that had fanned numerous fires, and resulted in numerous fire suppression runs by area volunteer fire departments.

Leonard William Wray, 80, Pomona: July 17, 1933 – April 26, 2014

Leonard William Wray, 80, of Pomona, Kan., died April 26, 2014, at Brookside Retirement Community, in Overbrook, Kan. He was born July 17, 1933, in rural Franklin County, the son of Covy and Edna (Flory) Wray.

He was a lifelong Franklin County resident, attending the Kaub School when he was young. He was a long time self-employed dairy farmer until his retirement. After retirement Leonard kept busy by helping his son on the farm. He especially loved to run the disc. 

A special rainy, spring day – just for Osage County seniors and their families


Susan McDonald, of the Osage County Health Department, and Byron Jordan, of the Osage County Senior Center, draw names and present prizes during the annual senior resource fair last week.

Last Thursday the Osage County Senior Center and the Osage County Health Department co-hosted the annual senior resource fair. With 30 organizations, businesses and service providers outside and inside the center, and around 70 visiting patrons, it was deemed a successful day by senior center director Byron Jordan.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Getaway blazes deepen indebtedness

buchmanhead“Firemen are the most important servicemen.”

And, yet often some of the least appreciated, until called into action.

Then, everyone involved is so very thankful for firemen’s dedicated, knowledgeable, unyielding efforts, putting all else to the point of life and limb aside, to do what they obviously feel is their heartfelt duty.

Be on the lookout for brown recluse spiders

042514-brownrecluseKansas State University scientists recently completed a study on the brown recluse spider, which can be found indoors and outside throughout the Midwest, including Kansas and Missouri. The photo shows its size in relation to a quarter. – Photo courtesy of K-State Research and Extension.

Be prepared for severe weather, spring storms to march through Kansas

With the potential for severe weather this weekend, officials with the Kansas Division of Emergency Management are urging Kansans to be alert and be prepared.

“There is a potential this weekend for some severe thunderstorms accompanied by large hail, damaging winds and even tornadoes,” said Angee Morgan, deputy director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

Morgan said people should stay informed on changing weather conditions by listening to weather radio or checking local media.

Also important, before the storms arrive, “Review your home emergency plan and check your emergency supplies,” Morgan said. “If the sirens sound in your area, head to your storm shelter and listen to weather broadcasts.”

Seeking someone to demolish or salvage fairgrounds buildings at Osage City

Fair Board in Osage City has three 24′x96′ open sided sheds to be removed. Some lumber and metal roofing salvageable. Call 785-528-4216785-528-4352 or 785-528-3963 by May 15 for details. Osage County Fair Association, P.O. Box 60, Osage City, KS 66523.

Widely varied opinions as rancher reclaims cattle confiscated from Nevada rangelands

The modern day rangeland war saga continues.

Media on all levels have been covering the highly controversial roundup of a Nevada rancher’s cattle on Bureau of Land Management as tension between cattlemen, and the landowners, this time the federal government, intensified, not completely unlike range wars of the late 1800s, though no shooting or deaths were reported.

It is certainly a two sided issue, and either’s innocence or guilt, most likely a division of each, will be longtime in determining.

Paving project on I-70/Turnpike to begin April 28

An overlay paving project between the east Topeka and Lecompton/Lawrence exits on the Turnpike/I-70 (mile markers 183 to 198) will begin Monday, April 28, weather permitting.

This 15-mile section of 6-lane roadway is the Turnpike’s heaviest traveled so motorists are urged to check for construction updates at www.kandrive.org, follow the Kansas Turnpike on Twitter, and watch for information on the KTA’s digital message boards.

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