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Wildlife officers pull stolen vehicle from Osage State Fishing Lake, discover zebra mussels

When state wildlife officials pulled a decades-old stolen vehicle out of Osage County State Fishing Lake last Thursday, they also made a grim discovery: Zebra mussels. “We got it out of the More »

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Washburn Rural eighth-graders dig up dirt on famous Carbondale dinosaur hunter

Teacher Cynthia Wilson and eighth-grader Madison Blanchette explain an exhibit to visitors to the science room museum. The minute you walk into Cynthia Wilson’s eighth-grade science room at Washburn Rural Middle School, More »

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Farmwife’s heartfelt era climaxing with sale of Burlingame bridal shop

After 46 years, Audra Wilson is closing her Audra’s Country Bridal, now in Burlingame, after being in three Topeka locations. This farmer’s wife has fashioned, stitched and sold wedding gowns around the More »

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Carbondale citizens begin to ‘raise the roof’ for new city library

Steering committee members of the “Let’s Raise the Roof” capital campaign for a new city library in Carbondale have launched an initiative to raise a total of $250,000 in private funds to match More »

ECKAN Osage County receives contribution for dental assistance program

The Lewis H. Humphreys Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, has announced it awarded a grant of $8,000 to East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN). This one-year grant was made to support the Osage County ECKAN Dental Assistance Program.

The dental assistance program provides exams, x-rays, simple tooth extractions, fillings and cleanings for qualified applicants 18 years of age or older without dental insurance.

ECKAN provides case management services, including dental programs, in Anderson, Douglas, Coffey, Franklin, Lyon, Osage, Miami, and Morris counties in Kansas.

For more information about the Osage County Dental Assistance Program, or to apply for services, contact Kenna Burns, ECKAN Osage County human services coordinator, at 785-528-5184.

Fireworks shows rescheduled

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Osage County Fair fireworks show has been rescheduled to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Osage City Jones Park. An ice cream social, kids games and local entertainment are planned at the fairgrounds, starting at 8 p.m.

The fireworks show at Pomona State Park has been rescheduled to Saturday, July 30.

Osage City man dies after rollover accident

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A LifeStar helicopter ambulance parks on state Highway 31 as emergency personnel prepare to transport accident victim Richard Williams. Photo by Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – An Osage City man died from injuries he sustained during a single-vehicle accident that happened Friday afternoon west of Osage City.

According to an Osage County Sheriff’s Office report, Richard Michael Williams, 68, of Osage City, was driving a 1999 Chrysler Sebring westbound on state Highway 31, around 1:34 p.m. July 1, when the car crossed the center line, entered the south ditch, impacted a culvert, became airborne and rolled at least two times.

An eastbound driver, who saw dust and debris ahead of her on the highway, came upon the accident and reported it.

Williams, who was wearing a seatbelt, was trapped in the vehicle before being extricated by Osage County EMS personnel. He was transported by helicopter ambulance to Stormont Vail Hospital, in Topeka, where he died from multiple injuries July 3.

The sheriff’s office reported Williams’ vehicle had heavy damage to its front, sides and roof. K-31 was closed for about two hours while the accident scene was cleared.

Climb out of the summer slump, eat lunch at Osage City library

The United Way of the Flint Hills is in the third year of its Summer Climbin’ program that helps combat summer learning loss. Studies have shown that children can lose two months of math and reading skills, and gain weight three times faster during the summer, highlighting the importance of keeping children active and engaged in the summer.

Summer Climbin’ will visit the Osage City Public Library summer meal site 12-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, to engage kids in literacy, science and personal health. As a summer meal site, children younger than 18 can eat for free at the library.

Summer Climbin’ will also visit summer meal sites in Emporia, Council Grove, White City and Lebo.

Osage County Jail Log, June 27 – July 2, 2016

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

A Cowboy’s Faith: Accountability in short supply

buchmanhead“You aren’t going to be able to work here anymore. You’re late this morning, and we haven’t heard from you the last two days.”

The message wasn’t precisely like that. Yet, it was straight forward, as congenial as possible.

Still in early grade school when Dad fired a grocery store employee, it left a permanent mark.

At 8 o’clock Saturday morning, the teenage farm-raised boy walked in the backdoor anticipating going to work.

But, Johnny (not his real name) was supposed to have been there at 7:30. He was to bring the produce out of the cooler to the front of the store for display. With Dad’s help, it was already done, and we’d also washed windows, which was typically the worker’s next assigned task.

Moreover, Johnny was expected to work every day immediately after school for two or three hours. He’d frequently be late, and sometimes not come or even call.

This was the time that Dad and Mom put their feet down.

Fireworks shows set to blast off across Osage County

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Update, July 2, 2016: Osage County Fair fireworks show scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. Pomona State Park fireworks show scheduled for July 2 has been cancelled due to forecast of heavy rain.

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The sky above Osage County is about to explode with bright colors, blinding flashes and thundering booms, with fireworks shows planned for every night of the Fourth of July holiday across the area. Here are shows we’ve confirmed; all shows begin after dusk or at approximate times listed.

Friday, July 1

  • Osage County Fire District No. 5’s fifth annual fireworks show at the Lyndon Saddle Club arena north of Lyndon.

Saturday, July 2

  • Cancelled: Osage County Fair, Osage City; annual fair fireworks show at Osage City’s Jones Park, 10:30 p.m.
  • Burlingame fireworks show at the Burlingame ball diamonds (rain date Sunday, July 3).
  • Cancelled: Pomona State Park fireworks show, near the Kansa Campground.

Sunday, July 3

  • Grace Community Church, Overbrook, annual community supper and fireworks show.
  • Lamont Hill Restaurant, public fireworks show at the Lamont Hill driving range.

Monday, July 4

  • Overbrook’s annual Fourth of July celebration, fireworks at dark; food and music prior to show at the city park pavilion.

Frontier Extension District offers kids summer cooking camps

Frontier Extension District will be offering a Mexican cookery camp and a yeast bread baking camp for youth in Osage County this summer. The basics of cooking or baking will be taught with new recipes.

Mexican cookery camps will be at the Lyndon Extension office at 128 W. 15th St. on July 27, 28 and 29, with a morning class and an afternoon class offered. The morning class will be 9 a.m. to noon, and the afternoon class will be 1-4 p.m.

The making yeast bread class will be held at the Osage City Methodist Church kitchen, 219 S. Sixth St., Osage City. Class time will be 1-4 p.m. on July 11, 12 and 13.

Youth who are in third through fifth grade can pre-register for the summer camps by calling the Extension office in Lyndon at 785-828-4438. A consent form for parents or guardians can be found online at: www.frontierextensiondistrict.ksu.edu ; bring completed form and fee to the Lyndon Extension office.

The fees for each camp are $10 per single child; in families with more than one child, the first child is $10, second is $7, and the third child is $5. Special arrangements are available for youth who receive free and reduced lunches during the school year.

Cancer screening helps Sunflower Days visitors

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Medical professionals from KU Medical Center and local Masons who helped during the event included, from left, Dale Lilly, Roger Montgomery, Gary Allen, George Cop, Willard L Johnson, Brea Prindaville, MD, Mark Russell, Ryan Tubre, MD, Lauri Christensen, MD, Brooke Groneman, Ashley Adorante, Victor Perez, Tasha Hill, Ali Noyes, Bill Haddock and Jerry Lawhorn.

MELVERN, Kan. – The free cancer screening hosted by local Masons June 25, during Melvern’s Sunflower Days was attended by almost 80 community members. The cancer screening was one of 26 free cancer awareness events the Kansas Masonic Foundation is sponsoring across the state in 2016.

The event in Osage County included skin and prostate cancer screenings and derma scans. Eleven of those who attended were advised by the medical staff to see their local physician to address a potential health concern that was spotted during the screening.

KMF conducts the screenings in partnership with the Midwest Cancer Alliance, the outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, and KU Medical Center staff.

“We hope this event helps prevent some problems that may not otherwise have been caught early on,” said local Masonic volunteer, George Cop.

Topeka man arrested as suspect in stolen truck pursuit

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported that a Topeka man was arrested yesterday morning after two law enforcement vehicles were rammed by a stolen communications company truck.

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn reported today that Micale Joseph Wayn Manganiello, 27, Topeka, was taken into custody at 9:49 a.m. June 30 as a suspect in the vehicle pursuit and crash that happened early Thursday morning.

According to a press release from the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, an Osage County Sheriff’s Office vehicle and a Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office vehicle were damaged after a pursuit of a stolen Cox Communications truck early Thursday morning. A search for the suspected driver of the truck began after the truck was found near Scranton, in Osage County.

The release said that at around 4:05 a.m. Thursday, a Shawnee County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop the utility truck on U.S. Highway 75 near SW 77th Street. The vehicle matched the description of one that had been called in by a citizen as suspicious near SW 57th Street and Topeka Boulevard, and had been seen leaving that area. The driver of the truck did not stop, initiating a pursuit. The vehicle continued south into Osage County, where Osage County Sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit near West 165th Street and South Lewelling Road.

Celebrate Fourth of July the old fashioned way at Lyndon

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A roving smoke bomb parades down Topeka Avenue during last year’s July 4 celebration at Lyndon.

It’s happening again this year at Lyndon – a good old-fashioned Independence Day celebration. On July 4, 2016, the Lyndon community is again inviting all to spend the day in town celebrating their freedom, with a patriotic parade, town picnic in the park, games and prizes, and free cold watermelon. Then cool off a sizzling Fourth of July with a free swim at the Lyndon swimming pool.

The day of celebration begins at 7 a.m. with a pancake feed at the Lyndon Community Center, sponsored by the Lyndon Lions Club. After everyone gets filled up at breakfast, the Firecracker 5K starts at 7:30 a.m., beginning at the community center. The 5K run or walk is open to all skill levels, with proceeds benefitting the Lyndon High School cross country team and Lyndon Pride.

At 10:30 a.m. the annual patriotic parade begins, with awards given for best musical act or band, best overall float or group, best walking entry, best business entry, best equestrian entry, best bicycle or wagon entry, best antique or classic car, best tractor, best police or fire vehicle, and mayor’s choice-most spirited.

Anyone who wants to be in the parade should gather at the Lyndon High School parking lot at 9:45 a.m. To register, contact Lyndon City Hall at 785-828-3146. The intersection of Sixth Street and Topeka Avenue is suggested as the best viewing spot for the parade.

Starting at 11:30 a.m. will be the old-fashioned picnic in City Park. Free watermelon will be available while it lasts, and the Masons will be selling picnic lunches 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. From 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be games for all ages, such as nail driving and more, along with prizes.

Then in the afternoon until evening, everyone is invited to cool off at the city swimming pool, with free swimming offered to all.

The celebration is hosted by Lyndon Pride and the city of Lyndon. For more information, contact Lyndon City Hall at 785-828-3146.

Stolen communications truck recovered in Osage County early Thursday after pursuit

An Osage County Sheriff’s Office vehicle and a Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office vehicle were both damaged after a pursuit of a stolen Cox Communications truck early Thursday morning. A search for the suspected driver of the truck continues after the truck was found near Scranton, in Osage County.

According to a press release from the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, at around 4:05 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016, a Shawnee County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop the utility truck on U.S. Highway 75 near SW 77th Street. The vehicle matched the description of one that had been called in by a citizen as suspicious near SW 57th Street and Topeka Boulevard, and had been seen leaving that area.

Shawnee County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but it failed to yield, initiating a pursuit. The vehicle continued south into Osage County, where Osage County Sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit near West 165th Street and South Lewelling Road.

The pursued truck came to an abrupt stop before reversing and ramming a Shawnee County Sheriff vehicle. The Shawnee County vehicle was pushed back into the Osage County vehicle that had responded to assist, disabling both. The truck then fled the area.

The vehicle was located a short time later near West 173rd Street and South Scranton Road. The truck was identified as the Cox Communications truck stolen in Topeka on June 28. Sheriff’s deputies and the Kansas Highway Patrol searched the area for the suspect, who had not been located at the time of this report.

County’s public transportation service offers rides for all citizens

Osage County General Public Transportation offers rides to any resident of Osage County.  The requested donation per ride is $3 in county and $5 out of county, however no one is refused service for lack of payment.  We have standard fixed routes, which stops at popular retail, educational, and service locations throughout the county. In addition, anyone can call to schedule a trip or ride to almost anywhere or any place. For more information, call the Osage County Senior Center at 785-528-4906, or stop by at 604 Market St., Osage City.

Join us for scheduled trips on: Wednesday, July 6, to Topeka movie matinee, leaving the center at 12:30 p.m.; Thursday, July 7, to Emporia for shopping, leaving the center at 9 a.m.; Friday, July 8, call for a ride to come play bingo; Monday, July 11, to Lawrence for shopping at antique store and thrift shop, leaving the center at 9 a.m.; Tuesday, July 12, to Council Grove antique stores and lunch, leaving the center at 9 a.m.

Osage County District Court criminal cases June 3 – June 17, 2016

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court June 3 to June 17, 2016, with disposition, fines, sentencing and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court criminal cases June 17 – June 24, 2016

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court June 17 to June 24, 2016, with disposition, fines, sentencing and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court traffic cases June 17 – June 24, 2016

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court June 17 to June 24, 2016, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse June 20 – June 24, 2016

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse June 20 through June 24, 2016.

Osage County Jail Log, June 20 – June 25, 2016

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

Kansas Supreme Court says constitutional requirement for school-funding equity is met

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Supreme Court today held that the Legislature has equitably funded Kansas schools in compliance with the state Constitution. The order was issued this afternoon, one day after Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the plaintiffs in the school finance litigation jointly asked the court to approve the Legislature’s work on equity from the recent special legislative session.

“It’s official,” Schmidt said. “The Legislature has satisfied the Constitution’s requirement for equitable school funding, and Kansas public schools will remain open and operating.”

A copy of the Supreme Court’s order is available at http://bit.ly/2975R4l.

John Wayne Samples, 65, Topeka: Dec. 30, 1950 – June 23, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. – John Wayne Samples, of Topeka, Kan., was born on Dec. 30, 1950, and died Thursday, June 23, 2016. He was the son and only child of John W. and Naomi “Oma” Elizabeth Parscale Samples, of Matfield Green, Kan. John was preceded in death by his father in 1973 and his mother in 2011.

John grew up in Matfield Green and attended school in Cottonwood Falls, Kan., graduating from high school there in 1969. He later attended Emporia State University. He was married to Carol Samples, they later divorced. He married Debbie Samples; they later divorced.

John began his housing career at Broadmore Homes of Kansas, in Emporia, Kan., continued with MTI in Texas, and then returned to the area to be the general manager of the new housing plant in Osage City, Kan., constructed as a joint venture between J.C. Nichols and Marley Continental Homes. John later led a local group that purchased the facility and reopened the closed plant as Kan Build Inc., which operated successfully, garnered many awards, and expanded with two additional plants in Colorado.

Family fair fun scheduled for Osage County Fair, June 29 – July 2, 2016

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Exhibitors show their calves in the first show held in the newly constructed Fredrickson Arena during last year’s Osage County Fair.

The Osage County Fair officially began last Saturday with a horse show at Lyndon Saddle Club, but the activity will really begin buzzing today as the fair sets up at the Jones Park fairgrounds in Osage City. While everyone can expect their old favorites at the fair this year, the fair board has planned some different types of activities focused on family fun.

Of course as the fair gets underway Wednesday morning, exhibitors have one thing on their mind – getting registered to put their exhibits on display. Shows kick off that evening with the bucket calf, dairy and beef show in the newly constructed Fredrickson Arena, which was dedicated at the start of exhibitions at last year’s fair. (See related story here.)

An old time favorite of the crowd, the Osage City Chamber of Commerce’s fair parade begins the entertainment as it rolls along Market Street starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Around 7 p.m. Thursday, the entertainment continues at the fairgrounds with “Family Fun Night”. In addition to the opening of the carnival, magician Eric Vaughn will do street-side magic for fair-goers, and then will put on a magic show at 8 p.m. near the Osage City Community Building.

Friday night, the fair will really start rocking as the 35th Infantry Division Rock Band fires up the fun beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the community building. By the time the band takes the stage, Chef Allie will already have the place cooking with a demonstration at 5 p.m. in the community building. Teams will also start suiting up around 6 p.m. to compete in the Barnyard Olympics. Around 9:30 that evening, an outdoor movie “Sandlot” will be shown near the community building.

Saturday, the fair won’t wind down until dark, with a street dance starting at 8 p.m. featuring the band Just Passin Thru, and fireworks beginning around 10:30 p.m. Daytime fun will include a kids fun tractor pull at the Fredrickson Arena at 11 a.m. The Willing Workers 4-H Club will show off its latest tractor project along with past projects and other antique tractors beginning around 9 a.m. west of the football field. An antique tractor parade will follow the show at 1 p.m. in downtown Osage City.

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