Electric cooperative plants trees in Osage City park for Arbor Day

The Lyon-Coffey Electric Cooperative donated two red maple trees for Osage City’s Lincoln Park, and helped plant them Friday in recognition of Arbor Day. The electric cooperative provided equipment for a tree More »


Vintage plane crash lands after takeoff at Osage City

A biplane sits on its belly in an open field in Osage City after losing its landing gear during a crash landing. A pilot and his passenger walked away from a crash More »


State senator honors Osage City championship basketball team

State Sen. Anthony Hensley reads a resolution on the Senate floor honoring the OCHS basketball team. The Kansas Legislature reconvened Wednesday for the 2016 veto session, but before work began, state Sen. Anthony Hensley More »


April showers overflow Osage County

Salt Creek flowed out of it banks Wednesday, and lapped at the front door of the Lyndon Community Center and closed Second Street. Photo by Neva Smith. Osage County streams are full 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 with a deer. That can happen whether you live in Johnson County in eastern Kansas or Johnson City in the southwestern part of the state.

A 2015 report from State Farm Insurance says that Kansas has the 18th-highest frequency in deer-vehicle mishaps in the United States. The chance of a driver having a vehicle collision with a deer in Kansas this fall is 1 in 125. The national rate is 1 in 169.

The average property damage from a deer-vehicle collision jumped 6 percent this year to $4,135, according to the current nationwide study.

Mid-fall and mid-spring are likely times of the year for deer to be seen on Kansas roadways, because of breeding habits during the fall and growth of vegetation during the spring. And, sunrise and sunset are the times that deer are most active.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Kinfolk follow in belief

buchmanhead“Family tradition continues for generations.”

Songs have been written about such, and when another family member follows in boot steps, so to speak, of their dad or mom, certainly there’s specialness to it.

If that profession, trait, unique ability continues on to a grandchild, there becomes even added meaningfulness.

However, more often than not, one’s dedicated interests and talents do not extend into continuing generations, sure not into the third and beyond.

A staunch breeder, of be it horses, cattle, dogs, whatever livestock or animal, works heart and soul for a lifetime fully expecting their successors to continue such dedicated pursuit. Sometimes that second generation does follow in effort, though typically not with intenseness of the first.

Celebrate fall! Lyndon invites all to a day of family fun

Lyndonfallfest480x260Days are getting noticeably shorter; leaves are beginning to turn colors. With the coming of fall, the Lyndon community is gearing up for its annual celebration, FallFest 2015, which over the past few years has become known locally as the premier, family fun, fall community celebration.

Early Saturday, Oct. 3, fall begins in earnest at Lyndon, with the Methodist church serving breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. Shortly afterward, the craft fair begins at 9 a.m., and the bounces houses will be inflated, providing hours of bounce time for all sizes of kids (weather permitting). Local students will have their artwork on display, in conjunction with a student-organized cake walk. The afternoon will be filled with games of skill, dance performances, touch-a-truck and firefighting demonstrations, and pumpkin painting and bowling. The American Legion post will man the beer garden, and fall food of all types will be available in the food court.

Here’s the latest schedule to help you plan your fun fall day in Lyndon on Saturday:

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 artifacts found in Osage and Franklin counties.

Eat Well to Be Well: Food fallacies – separate fact from fiction on diabetes


Diabetes is becoming more of an epidemic than ever. The number of individuals diagnosed and undiagnosed with diabetes is estimated to be at 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the population in the United States. We all know of someone with this disease and how hard it can be to follow the pattern of eating meant to keep diabetes in control. Diet, or the way a person eats, is the cornerstone of treating this condition but sometimes there is conflicting advice on how to go about that. Let’s dispel some of those myths regarding diabetes:

Enjoy Osage County on horseback while helping to raise funds for Eisenhower State Park


MELVERN LAKE ­- October can offer ideal weather for just about any outdoor activity, but especially horseback riding. That’s why staff at Eisenhower State Park are inviting equestrian enthusiasts from around the state to participate in a special benefit trail ride on Oct. 10-11, in an effort to raise money for the park’s West Point Equestrian Camp.

Pre-registration costs (prior to Oct. 2) will be $30 for ages 13 and older, and $15 for riders 12 and younger. After Oct. 2, costs for riders ages 13 and older will increase to $40.

The schedule of events for the two-day ride is as follows:

Happy birthday! Everyone’s invited to senior center’s monthly birthday party

It’s a busy place around the Osage County Senior Center! We are having lots of fun, laughter, fellowship, exercise and good food. Speaking of food, please note our birthday luncheon will be held the second Wednesday in October instead of the third Wednesday. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Oct. 14, for the birthday luncheon; blood pressure checks will follow the luncheon.

Also, we have set up a time to have experts assist you in Medicare Part D enrollment: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. If you need help or have questions, come on down and we can help you. We are also having our costume Halloween party that same morning from 10 a.m. to noon.

Our new activity of balloon volleyball has been a big hit. I would like to add it to the itinerary for Friday starting at 9 a.m. It is great low-impact exercise and lots of fun. It is our version of beach volleyball without the sand and sun. Swimsuits are optional. Then stay for our arthritis friendly yoga session at 11 a.m. every Friday. Both the balloon volleyball and yoga activities are designed to be good exercise and stretching which can help improve your physical and mental health. Plus it is fun!

Pamela Ann Parker, 40, Wamego: Feb. 24, 1975 – Sept. 24, 2015

WAMEGO – Pamela Ann Parker, 40, of Wamego, Kan., passed away Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Pam was born Feb. 24, 1975, in Wamego, Kan., the daughter of George and Carolyn (Ough) Stutzman.

She graduated from Wamego High School in 1993, followed by attaining an associate degree from Highland Community College, in Wamego. Pam worked for 13 years at the Topeka and Manhattan Wal-Mart stores as a department manager. She had recently started a new job at Dick Edwards Ford, in Manhattan.

Kids invited to explore their creativity at Burlingame library

Parents as Teachers and the Burlingame Community Library will present a creative art program and story time at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the library.

Everyone is invited to join in as the Burlingame Library kick-starts story time for this year. Local Parents as Teachers will present the creative art activity. Kids should come ready to get messy and make their very own masterpiece. Refreshments and a snack will be provided.

For more information, contact Tosha Bien, parent educator at 785-230-6398 or email Sara Worcester, library director, at director@burlingame.lib.ks.us.

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School crowns homecoming royalty


MdCV homecoming royalty King Christian Cannon and Queen Bonni Beery.

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School crowned its football homecoming royalty at last Friday’s home game against Hartford.

Crowned as queen was senior Bonni Beery, and as king was senior Christian Cannon. Senior attendants were Louis Madden and Chevelle Balcacer; junior attendant was Ploy Chanchaleaw; sophomore attendants were Brennan Irey and Josey Weimer; and freshman attendants were Johnny Goddard and Chloe Volkman.

Hartford defeated the Marais des Cygnes Valley Trojans in the conference game by a score of 68-52.

Local Edward Jones team participates in advanced training

Robyn Williams, a financial advisor with the financial services firm Edward Jones in Osage City, and Mandi Potter, a branch office administrator, recently attended a training opportunity at the firm’s headquarters in St. Louis.

The three-day Advanced Practice Management Forum is offered to branch teams throughout the country who rank among the top third most successful in the firm in helping clients work toward their long-term financial goals.

Donald D. Watson, 86, Topeka: May 17, 1929 – Sept. 28, 2015

TOPEKA – Donald D. “Don” Watson, 86, of Topeka, died Sept. 28, 2015, at Stormont-Vail Hospital. He was born May 17, 1929, in Hillsdale, Kan., the son of Harry and Jessie (Massey) Watson.

Don attended and played football at Washburn University where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. After serving his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict he returned to college graduating from the University of Kansas.

His career included serving as the director of claims for the Pan-American Life Insurance Company in New Orleans. He was a business partner for 20 years at the Buchman Seed and Feed Company in Paola, Kan., where he later became president.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Sept. 21 – Sept. 25, 2015

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Sept. 21 through Sept. 25, 2015.

Osage County Jail Log, Sept. 20 – Sept. 26, 2015

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

Bankers’ awards recognize land stewards; nominations sought

The Conservation Awards Program will once again be held in Osage County. The program is sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association, and this year’s sponsoring bank is First National Bank of Osage City. The KBA, K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, and Tourism have announced six award categories for this year’s awards, including energy conservation, water quality, water conservation, soil conservation, windbreaks and wildlife habitat.

The purpose of the program is to stimulate a greater interest in the conservation of agricultural land and natural resources of Kansas. Each year more than 200 Kansas producers and landowners are recognized through this program. Nominations for the awards can be made by any person in the county.

Jensen Emery Hicks, 8 months, Pomona: Jan. 15, 2015 – Sept, 26, 2015

POMONA – Jensen Emery Hicks, age 8 months, died Sept, 26, 2015, at his home in Pomona, Kan. He was born on Jan. 15, 2015, in Ottawa, Kan., the son of David Hicks and Melissa Bakken. They survive, of Pomona.

He is also survived by a half-sister, Avery Hicks, Ottawa; half-brother, Landon Hicks, Ottawa; grandparents, Willard Hicks, Topeka, Cindy and Dan Keith, Pomona, and Vicki Markham, Garnett; great grandparents, Roberts Bakken, Wichita, and Jim and Jane Anderson, Overbrook; aunts and uncles, Renee Hajney, Brian Schmidt, Michelle Ferguson, April Hunt, Megan Bakken, and Peyton Markham; and various great aunts and uncles and several cousins.

Cory James Sprecker, 26, Lyndon: Feb. 7, 1989 – Sept. 26, 2015

LYNDON – Cory James Sprecker, 26, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, near Olivet, Kan. He was born on Feb. 7, 1989, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Devin and Kim Michael Sprecker.

Cory had lived all of his life in the Lyndon community. He graduated from Lyndon High School in 2007. Cory was an aircraft structural mechanic with the Kansas Air National Guard and the United States Air Force, and held the rank of staff sergeant. He attended the Olivet United Methodist Church.

Cory is survived by his parents, Devin and Kim, of Lyndon; three sisters, Chelsea Sprecker, Lyndon, Kate Sprecker, Topeka, and Caroline Sprecker, Lyndon; maternal grandmother, Carol Michael, Osage City; and paternal grandparents, Jayde and Billie Sprecker, Olathe.

Janice Clabaugh, 68, Burlingame: Sept. 26, 2015

BURLINGAME – Janice Clabaugh, 68, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at her home in Burlingame. Memorial services are pending for Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, with Feltner Funeral Home, Lyndon, assisting in the arrangements. A full obituary will be available soon.

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