The Garden Patch: Eat your ‘fresh’ vegetables all winter long with proper storage

Proper storage can ensure ‘fresh’ vegetables all winter, such as these dried serrano peppers, and clean and dry onions and potatoes ready for storage. Storage. Storage? I thought we were supposed to More »


You can help disaster survivors: Learn about early response teams at Harveyville

The rebuilt Harveyville United Methodist Church, shown here the day after it was destroyed in a Feb. 28, 2012, tornado, will be the site of early response team training Sept. 20. Have More »


Lake community celebrates 50 years of Pomona Reservoir during Corps’ open house

Former 1964 Miss Lake Pomona Queen candidates Nancy Failor, Phyllis Neilson and Sandra Thornbrugh, this year’s Little Miss Pomona Remington Dewey and Miss Pomona Brittany Larson, and retired Pomona Lake operations manager More »


Saturday night’s alright for fighting cancer

Relay For Life participants trek around Lyndon High School’s track during last year’s event. This year’s event, next Saturday, will be at Osage City. One hundred years ago, the American Cancer Society More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Powerful demons uncontrollable

buchmanhead“Fire and wind are the two most dangerous things there are.”

Individually each is frightful, but put them together, and it’s difficult to comprehend anything more hazardous to man, beast or property.

Damage from wind can be alarming when just a few miles per hour, but increase it to driving speed, add circular movement, and it’s devastating.

Mansions have become ashes in minutes when blaze ignites, and seems to build wind intensity within itself.

KDWPT tracks 2014 legislation

Variety of bills could impact outdoor recreation

TOPEKA – On April 6, the 2014 session of the Kansas Legislature adjourned until April 30. While school funding was a focus of debate prior to adjournment, throughout the session the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism followed a variety of bills that could impact wildlife and outdoor recreation. The following includes brief summaries of bills tracked closely by KDWPT:

‘Osage City’s Got It!’ at the Kansas Sampler Festival

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce, city of Osage City, USD 420, and Osage County are working cooperatively to prepare for the Osage City booth at the May 3-4 Kansas Sampler Festival, in Wamego, Kan.

Local Sampler Festival committee co-chairs Tara and David Azwell, and committee members Vida Lewis, Jim Lohmeyer and Cathryn Houghton have reported receiving much community support for the event. For example, Kyleigh Lohmeyer’s fifth-grade class at Osage City Elementary School has integrated research of Osage City into their curriculum. Their findings, skills and knowledge will be used to create a continuous feed video that will be played at the Osage City Sampler Festival booth.

Work begins on Overbrook fairgrounds arena

041114-overbrook-fair-fenceFair board members and supporters of the Overbrook Osage County Fair have begun work to remove the old fence around the fairgrounds arena, in preparation of building a new fence and larger arena, with the first work day last Saturday. April 12 is scheduled to be another work day at the arena, with plans to begin fundraising soon for the new fence.

Possible stabbing victim in Osage City transported to hospital with injuries

041114-stabbing-potterCrime scene tape and police cars line the yard of a residence on south Ninth Street in Osage City, where a possible stabbing victim was reported early this morning. Photo by Rick Potter.

The Garden Patch: Let’s grow! Optimize space, choose proven varieties, provide nutrients

Well, we know what we want to plant, but where are we gonna put all this stuff? We need to move to a farm – or – optimize our garden space. The latter sounds the most cost effective and the least work – let’s try it!

We’ll optimize garden space! Watch your planting times – that has a big effect on what to plant where and when! But let’s start with spinach, lettuce, radishes, peas and green onions. These can all be harvested early in the season. Then we can use that same space for the later-season crops like beans, eggplant, tomatoes or potatoes. Plant your lettuce, radishes or spinach between potatoes, cabbage or other cole crops. Before the potatoes or cole crops get very large, the other vegetables will have been harvested.

Got BBQ Bucks? Get in line for good eatin’


The Reckin-Crue Bar B Que team, Osage City, applies special rub to ribs they entered in last year’s Smoke in the Spring barbecue competition.


Just ask the judges. In a barbecue contest, it’s all about the food.

And in most barbecue contests, the judges are the lucky few that get to enjoy the mouth-watering fare cooked up by competition barbecue teams. But in Osage City, during its now famous Smoke in Spring State BBQ Championship, everyone gets the chance to sample the world class barbecue that is usually reserved for competition barbecue judges’ taste buds.

Deadline near for Osage City Chamber scholarships for OCHS seniors

Osage City High School seniors have an opportunity to earn scholarships from the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, just by having good grades and writing a 500-word essay. Two $250 Chamber scholarship recipients will be selected from among those who write a 500-word essay on the topic of business in a small community; document a 3.5 point grade average; include two letters of reference; and submit work and volunteer history.

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

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

Corps reminds lake users to consider water conditions this spring

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reminding lake users to consider the risks of cold water conditions such as hypothermia during spring weather.

Water temperatures are reaching the low 50s at most of the Kansas City District’s 18 lakes throughout Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, and that means the crappie, white bass and walleye will be in a frenzy. Even though the air temperature outside might climb into the 80s, the cold water temperature still poses a threat of hypothermia.

Multi-mode transportation brings visitors to Smoke in the Spring


Walk, ride, drive or fly – there’s more than one way to get to Osage City’s annual barbecue celebration. The Smoke in the Spring competition heats up at Jones Park on Saturday, but the weekend celebration really starts cooking in Osage City’s downtown, where this year the 10th annual Cruis’n & Cook’n Auto Show will be staged between Fourth and Seventh streets along Market Street, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, with much focus on the city’s airport earlier this year, the Wings in the Spring fly-in has been scheduled in conjunction with the weekend celebration.

New tire and lube shop opens in Scranton

041014-carl-tireA grand opening celebration was held April 5 for Carl’s Tire and Lube Shop, along with a ribbon cutting ceremony, from left, Larry Schmitendorf, Marcina Wall, Stephanie Watson, Roxanna Finch, Carl Wall, Scranton Mayor Robert Sims and Merlin Wall.

Barbecue again the highlight for Osage City’s Smoke in the Spring

041014-SITS-2013-GrandChampCorey Linton, Osage City Parks and Recreation director, is organizer for the Smoke in the Spring state championship barbecue competition and related activities Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, at Osage City. Linton, right, is with last year’s state grand champion, John Beavers, of Grillin’ Beavers barbecue team, Thornton, Colo., the grand champion of the 2013 Smoke in the Spring, receiving his award from Kandy Anderson, of Orbis Corp., sponsor of the grand champion prize.

Eat Well to Be Well: Eggs – an exceptional source of nutrition

Eat Well to Be Well

Looking for a food that packs high quality protein, antioxidants, essential nutrients for eye health, muscle strength, brain function, is affordable and provides only 70 calories? Look no further than your egg carton. Unless you are allergic to eggs, most people can eat eggs and reap the nutritional benefits they provide. Let’s “eggs-plore” what this oval wonder all has to offer.

NWS warns of fire danger; issues red flag warning

RED-FLAGWith warm and windy weather returning today, the National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a red flag warning for north central northeast and east central Kansas. Due to forecast low relative humidity and strong winds, the red flag warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.

Breezy conditions with drier air, combined with continued dry and cured vegetation across the area, make conditions favorable for extreme fire behavior.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse March 31 – April 4

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse March 31 through April 4, 2014.

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