Eat Well to Be Well: Don’t suffer in silence with binge eating disorder

Eating disorders, often not discussed, really should warrant more attention and research into the causes, complications, and appropriate treatment, but ideally, prevention before they can begin. These serious, potentially life-threatening conditions affect More »


Take a short flight around Rapp School

Local videographer Rick Potter has been using a camera-equipped drone to document local landmarks from a bird’s-eye view. His latest video features Rapp School, west of Osage City. Watch the video below More »


Flint Hills Nature Trail design workshops allow public input on proposed signature bridges

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism and Kanza Rails to Trails Conservancy are inviting interested persons to share their thoughts on the design of four signature bridges More »


Volunteers repairing old schoolhouse near Burlingame

Carolyn Strohm, president of the Burlingame Historical Preservation Society, is coordinating efforts to repair years of damage to Superior School, a one-room schoolhouse two miles south of Burlingame. The school was built More »

New York man charged with incest

A New York man is being held in the Osage County Jail on $150,000 bond after being charged with aggravated incest.

Austin T. Lighthall, 23, New York, N.Y., was arrested New Year’s Day on charges of indecent liberties with a child and criminal sodomy, but Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones filed the single count of aggravated incest on Jan. 5 in Osage County District Court.

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 5 – Jan. 10, 2015

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

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Jan. 5 – Jan. 9, 2015

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Jan. 5 through Jan. 9, 2015.

Is that spring on the horizon? Or smoke?

SITS_logo_artWith an arctic blast sending a freezing chill over Osage County to welcome the new year, it’s no wonder that people are thinking of spring, even if it is still 10 weeks away. But in Osage City, when they start thinking of spring, they also think of smoke – Smoke in the Spring, that is.

Smoke in the Spring is the city’s annual barbecue contest that draws in hundreds of meat-lovers either as cooks, judges, or eager eaters. Add in a community party, barbecue smorgasbord, live music, and a downtown car show, who isn’t wishing for spring?

This year, the 12th anniversary of the state championship barbecue contest, Smoke in the Spring falls on Saturday, April 11, with the ever popular Taste of Osage City and party on the Friday night before. At the Taste of Osage City, barbecue lovers can exchange official BBQ Bucks for food or drink prepared by a select group of barbecue contestants.

Darlene A. Baumann, 78, Osage City: Jan. 11, 2015

OSAGE CITY – Darlene A. Baumann, 78,  of Osage City, passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Newman Regional Health, in Emporia.

Cremation is planned and family will plan a service at a later date.

Nellie R. Martin, 105, of Osage City: Feb. 25, 1909 – Jan. 10, 2015

Nellie R. Martin, 105, of Osage City, passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at Osage Nursing Center.

Nellie was born Feb. 25, 1909, on the farm near Vassar, the daughter of John and Lula Thompson Dickerhoof.

On April 7, 1928, Nellie married Archie “Gus” Martin in Topeka. They farmed in the Vassar area until Pomona Lake moved them, when they relocated in the Lyndon area and continued farming. In 1971, they retired from the farm and moved into Lyndon. Nellie moved to Vintage Park Assisted Living a few years ago.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Hands require freeze protection

buchmanhead“Gloves are about as important winter wear as there is.”

Certainly, that was the conclusion last week while doing a story in subfreezing conditions.

Oh, we had gloves this time, but it was impossible to keep notes with a pen and pad, and take photographs with them on.

Conscious not to wimp out, we insisted on making the ranch tour in short order to get inside, where our cold fingers tingled for minutes.

That’s good, because when fingers don’t throb, they’re really frozen. Although, we’ve often had cold hands, possibly some frostbite, but fortunately no permanent damage.

Area students earn degrees at KSU

MANHATTAN – Nearly 1,500 students have completed degree requirements from Kansas State University. The graduates hail from 86 Kansas counties, 45 states and 27 countries.

Degrees earned include more than 1,125 bachelor’s, more than 320 master’s, more than 50 doctorates and eight associate degrees. Some students earned multiple degrees.

The following area students earned degrees from Kansas State University:

Carol Sue Fritz, 68, Overbrook: July 22, 1946 – Jan. 7, 2015

010915-Carol-FritzOVERBROOK – Carol Sue (Viets) Fritz, 68, Overbrook, Kan., passed away Jan. 7, 2015, at Brookside Retirement Community. Carol was born July 22, 1946, in Ravenna, Ohio, the daughter of Hamilton Viets and Isabella (Krueger) Viets.

Carol graduated from Fond du Lac, Wis., High School with the class of 1964. Carol loved the outdoors, enjoying hiking, and fishing. A nature lover, she was always at the lake, often at Cedar Lake and Hillsdale Lake. Carol also loved cats.

Food for Thought: It’s just a tiny taste!

Nancy Schuster, Frontier Extension Agent

Food for ThoughtIt really is amazing how fast the holidays and winter can add some pounds! Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, an Extension educator from Nebraska, has done some figuring about all those little tastes. I want to share her story with you:

A tiny oops starts it out! I broke that cookie removing it from the baking sheet. I’ll just eat the half that didn’t get crumbled up; after all I deserve it for getting up so early before heading to work. (Approximately 30 calories.)

Someone brought holiday candy to work. I’ll just have one small piece of the peanut brittle. (Approximately 80 calories.)

Julia Ruth Kitt, 94, Overbrook: Nov. 22, 1920 – Jan. 8, 2015

OVERBROOK – Julia Ruth Kitt, 94, of Overbrook, passed away Jan. 8, 2015, at Midland Hospice House, in Topeka.

Julia was born Nov. 22, 1920, southeast of Melvern, the daughter of Charles and Viola Meyersick Lane. The family moved to Osage City when she was 11 years of age. She had lived in Osage City, Cottonwood, Ariz., and Wichita, Kan. She owned and operated the R&L Bakery, in Burlingame.

On Jan. 5, 1938, Julia was united in marriage to Fred F. Carlson Jr., in Ottawa, Kan. He preceded her in death in February 1983.

The Garden Patch: Not all bugs are bad


What’s buggin’ ya? In the garden, that’s sometimes a rough question! Just remember, all bugs are not bad! So let’s do some thinking about …

Beneficial Bugs

One of the easiest ways to control pests in your garden is to let nature take its course. As you know, within the food chain small creatures fall prey to large creatures. The same principle can be applied to your garden. Let the good bug eat the bad bugs and you won’t have to spend time picking and squashing the bad bugs. The following list describes beneficial – good – bugs that you can invite into your garden to help control insect damage:

Equipment upgrades to disrupt state websites Saturday

TOPEKA – Visitors to state of Kansas websites may experience brief disruptions in service this weekend. The Office of Information Technology Services will be performing equipment upgrades that will result in services being completely unavailable between 8-9 a.m. and which may cause brief disruptions in service from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10.

The work will affect all state agency websites, including www.ksdot.org, www.kandrive.org and the 511 phone system.

The Department of Labor unemployment insurance benefit site, www.getkansasbenefits.gov, will be affected. Claimants may file weekly claims by calling the following numbers: Kansas City, 913-287-6913; Topeka, 785-296-4337; and Wichita 316-269-0633.

The KSWebFile site, which allows people to file their taxes online, also will be affected by Saturday’s outage.

All websites should be operating normally by Sunday, Jan. 11. The upgrades should provide more reliable Internet service for state employees and Kansas residents.

Facts for Living: Unload your baggage

By Rebecca McFarland, Frontier Extension Agent

080714-facts-for-living1Our emotions and childhood experiences influence our health and personal finance behaviors. As adults, we develop beliefs about health, eating, and money from our family and surrounding culture (media, advertising, friends, community, etc.) We may eat the same foods or tithe the same amount to our church as our parents did. Even if our behavior is exactly the opposite of our parents’ (such as not smoking in a family of smokers), our parents and family  probably still had an influence.

Once people understand and realize the origins of their beliefs about health and money and unload the “baggage” that has been inhibiting them, it is often easier to make behavior changes. Insight into your underlying emotions can be helpful in making changes to improve your health or increase wealth.

Daniel Noble, 61, Osage City: Oct. 23, 1953 – Jan. 7, 2015

010815-nobleOSAGE CITY – Daniel Noble, 61, of Osage City, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, in Topeka.

Daniel J. Noble was born on Oct. 23, 1953, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Charles Berton and Rose Kathryn (Getsinger) Noble Sr. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1971.

Danny had worked for Mussatto Brothers as a sales manager. He was a member of the Eagles in Osage City. He raced and owned a drag car and belonged to the National Hot Rod Association. He received many awards for his racing.

Osage County News offers one more way to read your news for free – OCN e-edition

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First of statewide farm bill informational meetings to begin mid-January

MANHATTAN, Kan. – U.S. crop producers have until the end of March to make big decisions under the new farm bill. To help with those decisions, Kansas State University is teaming with several sponsors to host 15 half-day educational meetings in January and February. For Osage County producers, the nearest meetings are Jan. 14 at Emporia and Jan. 15 at Ottawa.

The crop prices used in the commodity program (farm bill) are the same for the entire United States. K-State has developed a data file with all county yields in every state across the country.

“We’ve had interest from farmers, insurance agents, landlords and others from out of state,” said Art Barnaby, agricultural economist with K-State Research and Extension.

For the meetings, Barnaby and K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor will travel the state to provide information on commodity programs and the economic tradeoffs between the options, as well as major changes to crop insurance. Representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency also will discuss commodity program procedures.

Frontier Extension District plans professional development workshop for childhood caregivers

Frontier Extension District has scheduled a professional development workshop for anyone who provides care for children.

Noting that research has found that people thrive when they use their greatest strengths, the workshop will help childcare givers identify character strengths of children they care for, and give them opportunities to apply them. This makes children feel good about themselves and their lives.

The professional development workshop will help early childhood/school-age professionals learn qualities of a caring community, how to analyze the youth in their care to determine character strengths, and how to bring out nurturing, caring behaviors in children to create a community where children support each other.

The workshop is 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Garnett office of the Frontier Extension District, 411 S. Oak St. Registration fee is $5 and can be paid at the workshop.

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