Chicken Scratchin’s: Isn’t our world worth a little bit of effort?

Gifted freezer containers were perfect for preserving this year’s sweet corn crop. It is sometimes said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. But in today’s world we should strive to More »


Enjoy the outdoors: Take a nighttime hike in Osage County … if you dare

Burlingame Chamber’s Terror on the Trail will haunt brave visitors for two terrifying weekends. Halloween is a week away, but the haunting begins this weekend with delightfully scary and horrifyingly fun haunted More »


Health officials prepare for off chance of local Ebola Virus infection

LYNDON-No cases of Ebola Virus Disease have been diagnosed in Kansas, but the Osage County Health Department and Osage County Emergency Management continue to actively monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) More »


Disaster hits Burlingame, but everyone OK

Osage County Fire District No. 6 Chief Jim Strohm and Lt. Jim Welch consult on a search and rescue plan during Saturday’s emergency exercise in Burlingame. Four dead, 12 critically injured and More »

Paving project on I-70/Turnpike to begin April 28

An overlay paving project between the east Topeka and Lecompton/Lawrence exits on the Turnpike/I-70 (mile markers 183 to 198) will begin Monday, April 28, weather permitting.

This 15-mile section of 6-lane roadway is the Turnpike’s heaviest traveled so motorists are urged to check for construction updates at www.kandrive.org, follow the Kansas Turnpike on Twitter, and watch for information on the KTA’s digital message boards.

Kansas attorney general seeks partial dismissal of school funding lawsuit

TOPEKA – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today asked a three-judge panel to dismiss part of a school funding lawsuit because additional funds appropriated by the Legislature and signed into law this week by Governor Brownback satisfy the requirements of the Kansas Supreme Court.

Late freeze kills fruit buds

By Lindsey Elliott, K-State News

MANHATTAN – The recent late cold snap could mean less fruit this year in Kansas.

“If we had a tree or even some sort of small fruit bush that was in flower, it very likely could have killed the fruit buds,” said Ward Upham, Kansas State University extension agent in horticulture.

Shopping and giving gifts helps Osage City library

The Friends of the Osage City Public Library will be selling gift certificates again this spring as a fundraising program that works while you shop.

The gift certificates are the same as those available for purchase at national and local retailers, including restaurants, gas stations, and retail and department stores.

Troy D. Lewis, 44, Ottawa: June 28, 1969 – April 16, 2014

042414-obit-troy-lewisOTTAWA – Troy D. Lewis, 44, of Ottawa, Kan., died April 16, 2014, at Pomona, Kan. He was born June 28, 1969, in Lakenheath, England, the son of Ben Lewis and Diane (Munro) Seymour.

Troy graduated from Marais des Cygnes Valley High School in 1987 and then attended Emporia State University and Ottawa University where in played football, graduating in 1992.

Attorney general says new law will protect Kansas senior citizens

TOPEKA – A new law signed last week by Governor Sam Brownback will better protect Kansas senior citizens against fraud and financial abuse, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Schmidt praised Brownback and legislators who have created the new crime of mistreatment of an elder person.

“This new measure significantly strengthens the ability of law enforcement and prosecutors to protect Kansas senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse,” Schmidt said. “It has tougher penalties, better investigative tools and clearer boundaries to protect seniors from having their life savings stolen or wrongfully misused.”

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern 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.

Carbondale horse rescue unit to host help-a-horse day Saturday

042314-grimmetBrenda and Cecil Grimmett operate B&C Equine Rescue, Inc., at Carbondale, and will host an open house Saturday afternoon.


Help a horse, lend a hand.

That’s the ultimate objective, and there’ll be considerable more for anyone interested in horses.

Learn about local resources at annual senior fair

Thursday, local senior citizens and others will be able to learn about resources available to them in Osage County and the surrounding area during the eighth annual Osage County Senior Resource Fair.

The annual fair, held at the Osage County Senior Center, is open to everyone, and numerous free health screenings are offered along with information about local senior care businesses and organizations.

The Lions Club Mobile Screening Unit, hosted by the Osage City Lions, will be parked in front of senior center, at 604 Market St., Osage City, and will be conducting vision and hearing screens, and blood sugar and blood pressure checks.

Osage City workshop allows citizen input on Flint Hills Nature Trail development


Interested Osage City citizens and others from the Flint Hills Nature Trail region discuss plans for development of the trail with design team members of CFS Engineers and RDG Planning and Design.

A workshop Monday evening at Osage City’s community building was the last of four held recently to learn public opinions about development of the Flint Hills Nature Trail, which is being supported with $2.4 million in state and federal grants. Attendees were able to learn about trail design and talk with members of the design team of CFS Engineers and RDG Planning and Design.

Goodbye, city life: Author transitions from suits to boots


June and Bill Hilbert, and dog Cricket, enjoy life on their 160-acre farm northeast of Topeka. Courtesy photo.

Everyone is invited to attend the annual meeting of the Friends of the Burlingame Community Library on Friday, May 2, at Schuyler Community Center, and hear special speaker and Burlingame native June Michaels Hilbert, author of From High Heels to Gumboots: One Cow Pie at a Time.

The Garden Patch: How does it grow? Fertilizing, transplanting, watering, weeding …

SEEDS-&-TOMATOES-01How do I know if I’m getting what I need in the garden from my fertilizer and other efforts? Well, here’s what K-State sez …

Getting the most from your fertilizer

Select sites with soil well adapted to crop growth because fertilizer will prove more profitable on good soil than on poor soil. Well-adapted soil is well drained, deep and free from rocks and other debris. It should be fairly level – especially for vegetables.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse April 14 – April 18

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse April 14 through April 18, 2014.

Osage County Jail Log, April 13 – April 19

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

Two sentenced after probation violations

Nikki L. Schmitz, 35, Emporia, was sentenced April 21 in Osage County District Court to serve an 11-month prison sentence in the custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections after her probation was revoked for failure to comply. She was originally convicted of possession of methamphetamine in July 2013, for an incident that occurred in February 2013.

Also sentenced Monday was Caleb Wessel, 21, Burlingame, who will serve a 12-month prison sentence after his probation was revoked for several violations. He was convicted in March 2011, of non-residential burglary, and driving under the influence in February 2012.

Kansas Denim Day, April 23: Health department works to prevent sexual violence

TOPEKA – April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month and one way the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is recognizing the month is by participating in Denim Day on April 23.

Denim Day is a response to a 1999 Italian Supreme Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has been a symbol of support for victims of sexual violence and protest against the idea that a victim could cause their own rape.

Senior Center: Sewers, quilters needed for community service projects

By Osage County Senior Center Director Byron Jordan

The senior center sewing ladies have done some unbelievable quilt work over the years, providing wonderful lap, baby and bed quilts for a number of charitable organizations, such as the veterans at the VA, and the those in need through Help House and the Osage County Health Department. The sewers are committed to putting out a quality product, yet are dollar-wise and efficient using mostly donated materials. The only problem: the number of sewers has dwindled the last couple of years almost to a desperate level.

Melvern man enters plea, found guilty of rape

A Melvern man charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent liberties with a child entered a no contest plea in Osage County District Court Monday to one count of rape. In a plea agreement, Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones agreed to dismiss the two other charges against Ronald L. Hartpence Jr., 38, Melvern.

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