Osage City lights up with Festival of Trees

Willing Workers 4-H Club members ride on their first-place float.  Celebrating a Festival of Trees, Osage City was lighted with holiday cheer Saturday for the 13th annual Christmas on Market Street. Adorned More »


U.S. 75 and K-31/K-268 roundabout now open from all directions

As of 11:30 a.m. Nov. 17, the new roundabout at the junction of U.S. Highway 75 and state highways 31 and 268 is fully open to unrestricted traffic in Osage County. While the roundabout is More »


Eat Well to Be Well: Show thanks by wasting less food

I confess: I have wasted food in my lifetime. And, so have you. Admit it. Remember the moldy cheese you found lurking in the back of the fridge or the limp lettuce More »


Braving the icy waters? Arm yourself with tools and knowledge to survive

PRATT – Boating can be a fun and safe activity just about year round, especially when the proper procedures are in place, but high winds, icy waters, and freezing temperatures can pose More »

Visit some oddities of the Topeka area

Submitted by Osage County Senior Center Director Byron Jordan

Amazingly there are still several seats available on the May 29 trip to the Topeka area to see Truckhenge and Beer Bottle City, the Airport Antiques Store, and to have lunch at the Billard Airport Café. We are quite sure that most people can’t say they have ever seen these attractions, making it all the more special. There is a $5 donation requested to cover transit and entry fees. And, remember, this is a general public transportation trip, so all ages are welcome.

Burlingame High School sends 2014 graduates out into the world


Burlingame High School graduates throw their caps in the air in celebration of their education milestone on Saturday. Photo by Keri Welch.


With a perfect weekend for graduations across the county, Burlingame High School graduated its 2014 seniors Saturday evening, May 17.

USD 454 Superintendent Allen Konicek welcomed the crowd of well-wishers gathered at Burlingame Elementary School gymnasium, and Burlingame High School Principal Tammy Baird presented the school’s salutatorian, Maggie Clem, and valedictorian, Jessica Lewis. (See speeches below.) Following their addresses, a class slide show, and a farewell by Lewis as senior class president, Baird presented the class for graduation.

Margaret Ordonez, 63, Osage City: May 18, 2014

OSAGE CITY – Margaret Ordonez, 63, of Osage City, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014, at Osage Nursing Center in Osage City.

Mrs. Ordonez will be cremated. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

Pomona State Park friends to host campers’ breakfast Saturday

The Friends of Pomona State Park is hosting a biscuits and gravy breakfast 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24,  at the Southwind Shelter House, for campers and park visitors.

Proceeds from donations will go toward improvements in Pomona State Park.

Osage County Ag Wire: Report acreage, signup for livestock disaster assistance

Acreage reporting deadline approaches

After spring planting, producers should certify their 2014 acreage. Filing an accurate acreage report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage and prevented planting acreage, can prevent the loss of benefits for a variety of programs.

Acreage reports are required for many Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs. For crops enrolled in programs other than NAP (Noninsured Crop Disaster Program), acreage reports are to be certified by the July 15 deadline on all spring-seeded crops.

Lois Jean “Jeanie” Kendall, 63, Osage City: Nov. 6, 1950 – May 17, 2014

OSAGE CITY – Lois Jean “Jeanie” Kendall, 63, of Osage City, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Lois Jean Hoffman was born on Nov. 6, 1950, the daughter of the late Bernard Marvin and Alice Mae (Salmon) Hoffman of Fowler, Kan. After graduating from Fowler High School she attended Emporia State University and earned a degree in education. 

KDOT to reopen two rest areas May 19

By mid-morning on Monday, May 19, the Kansas Department of Transportation plans to reopen two rest areas in southeastern Kansas to the traveling public.

The rest areas are located on U.S. 75 north of Yates Center and on U.S.54 in the Toronto vicinity.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Everybody has special qualities

buchmanhead“It was a life lived to the fullest.”

Recent passing of our favorite third cousin brought home just how mortal we are.

Maurice always held a strong place in our heart, despite forefront actions not appearing admirable.

Telling it like it is, we grew up fairly close to Maurice as his dad was our dad’s cousin, with frequent family involvements.

Leona Shaffer, 90, Burlingame: Sept. 1, 1923 – May 15, 2014

051714-Leona-Shaffer-Pic001BURLINGAME- Leona Mae Shaffer, 90, She departed this life May 15, 2014, at Wichita, with her sons at her side.

Leona Mae Shaffer, daughter of Edward and Annie Knight, was born Sept. 1, 1923, at Melvern, Kan. Leona attended Melvern public schools and graduated in 1941 as an honor student.

Leona married Ray W. Shaffer on Nov. 29, 1940, at Burlington, Kan. This marriage was blessed with three sons, Ronald, Robert and Leland. Leona and Ray enjoyed sports and were faithful followers of their sons and grandchildren.

Extra enforcement of state seatbelt laws planned as vacation season begins

Two years ago Shelby Feugate was a 20-year-old who never wore her seat belt.

“I thought they were uncomfortable and I just didn’t like them,” Feugate said. “I never thought I’d get into a crash.”

Click-it-or-Ticket-Its-KansFeugate spoke from a wheel chair Wednesday at a Kansas Department of Transportation news conference at the Shawnee Police Department. Feugate says she never wore a seat belt until after the crash that cost the use of her legs. In 2012, a car she was driving was struck by another vehicle on the passenger side. The other driver was wearing a seatbelt and walked away; Feugate suffered a spinal cord injury that made her a paraplegic.

K-State produces youth livestock safety video; available free

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A video to help young people who work around livestock is now available at no cost.

Youth Livestock Safety was produced by K-State Research and Extension, and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The information is intended to increase safety for youth who raise and show livestock competitively, and the adults who guide them.

Featured Business: Dan’s Heating & Air, Vassar

041714-dans-truckWinter’s over and spring is here, and believe it or not it’s time to start thinking about making sure your air conditioner is in proper working order. Luckily for local homeowners, there’s an experienced and certified heating, air conditioning and ventilation technician who has based his business in Osage County.

Dan Horne, who operates Dan’s Heating & Air with his wife, Carolyn, recently relocated his business to the Vassar area, moving from Branson, Mo., where they had resided for the past 10 years.

Bernice L. Price, 93, Melvern: Jan. 1, 1921 – May 16, 2014

MELVERN – Bernice L. Price, 93, passed away on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Midland Hospice House, in Topeka, Kan. She was born on Jan. 1, 1921, in Elenton, Ga., the daughter of William and Mabel Clifton Chafin.

Bernice had lived in Melvern since 1951. She worked at different jobs through the years, but had always considered being a homemaker the most important. She was a very active member of the Melvern Church of God.

Metzger appointed as Overbrook council member

051614-overbrook-metzgerAt its regular monthly meeting on May 14, the Overbrook City Council appointed Tammy Metzger, left, as a council member, and she was sworn in by Overbrook City Clerk Jim Koger, right. Metzger fills the seat previously held by Jim Gates, who passed away in February. Metzger will serve the remainder of the term, which will be up for election in April 2015. Photo thanks to city of Overbrook.

Lyndon community garden kicks off Saturday; all area gardeners invited

The Lyndon community garden will kick off again this year at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Lyndon Community Center, with an informational meeting on the benefits of joining the garden.

Anyone can be involved in the garden, and this year memberships are being offered to allow members to harvest any vegetables they need.

Job Fair! Job Fair! Job Fair!

Come join us at our Job Fair on Tuesday, May 20th from 11am to 2pm at the Emporia Workforce Center!

Focus Workforces is currently seeking pickers/packers, order selectors and warehouse associates for an Ottawa, KS Distribution Center! 

Mind your health during Mental Health Month

By Bill D. Persinger Jr.
Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas

For 65 years, May has been known as “Mental Health Month”. Mental Health America and its affiliates have done much to promote awareness. The theme this year is “Mind Your Health”, with goals being to:

  • Build awareness about the relationship between good mental health and overall health and wellness.
  • Inform people about how one’s mind and body interact.
  • Offer tips on protecting one’s mental health.
  • Promote health of the whole person.

It’s time for Rodeo Days in Burlingame


The Kansas Pride and Glory Riders, shown in last year’s Rodeo Days parade, will open both nights of the Santa Fe Trail Rodeo Friday and Saturday at Burlingame.


The Burlingame Rodeo Days committee has announced a schedule of fun things to do in Burlingame Saturday before heading out to the rodeo grounds for the final night of the annual Burlingame Saddle Club rodeo.

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