Fireworks shows set to blast off across Osage County

Update, June 30, 2016: Pomona State Park fireworks show scheduled for July 2 has been cancelled due to forecast of heavy rain. ***** The sky above Osage County is about to explode More »


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

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 More »


County fair book available only online for 2016

While Osage County won’t have a hard copy of the annual fair book this year for its three county fairs, the fair book is easily accessible online. The fair book is located on More »


Hidden History: Circus entertainer chose Osage City for zoological garden, castle

By Wendi Bevitt Just after 1900, Osage City was the home to its own zoological garden complete with its own castle for a headquarters. In this garden, however, the lions didn’t roar, More »

New student enrollment opens at Flint Hills Technical College

Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia is currently enrolling new students for classes beginning in January. The college has 11 programs that accept new students at mid-year, with nine of those programs accepting high school students. High school juniors and seniors have the option of enrolling in online, hybrid or face-to-face courses, with the potential of earning dual credit through their high school. Through Kansas Senate Bill 155, all technical education courses are provided to students free of tuition charges; students are only responsible for student fees, textbooks and supplies.

Programs accepting new students include automotive technology, business administrative technology, computer program development and design, emergency services technology, graphic arts technology, hospitality and culinary arts, interactive multimedia design, network technology, practical nursing and power plant technology. Three programs offer their entire curriculum online: Business administrative technology, interactive multimedia design and power plant technology. Most programs at FHTC offer a one-year technical certificate or a two-year associate of applied science degree option.

The spring semester, which begins Jan. 11, also marks the time to begin completing scholarship applications.

Christmas on Market 2015 schedule of events

111815-christmas-on-market2Events during Osage City Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas on Market, Nov. 28, 2015, will make for a fun day of holiday celebration in Osage City. Here is the schedule for the day as currently planned:

Ms. Wheelchair Kansas seeking nominations for women of achievement

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Program is currently searching for women of achievement  who are wheelchair mobile to serve as contestants in the 12th annual Ms. Wheelchair Kansas event. Contestants can be nominated by a person or group or can choose to participate in the program. Organizations and companies are being encouraged to nominate women who are passionate, dynamic, articulate, and who have a message to share throughout the state.

MWKS is also launching the Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas program and is searching for young, spirited girls, ages 5-12 who are wheelchair mobile.

The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Program is not a beauty contest, but rather a competition to select the most articulate, accomplished delegate to serve as a role model and spokesperson for people with disabilities in Kansas. She will successfully advocate, educate, and empower all people on a state level. Contestants will be scored based on their accomplishments, self-perception, communication, and projection skills. The crowned titleholder will have the opportunity to travel throughout the state of Kansas educating various groups about the issues of importance to people with disabilities. She will have the opportunity to share her chosen platform, interact with the media, and network with many people throughout Kansas. Her reign will lead up to the national competition where she will compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America.

ECF to announce match day results on Giving Tuesday

Emporia area donors united to support 20 nonprofit organizations during the second annual Emporia Area Match Day on Nov. 16, at the Flinthills Mall. The event exceeded 2014 contributions of approximately $36,000 within three and a half hours of its start time. Donations ranged from small amounts of change to several thousand dollars. Final results will be announced about 11:45 a.m. on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, in a special ceremony at the Flinthills Mall. The public is invited to the presentation ceremony and Shirley Antes, executive director for the Emporia Community Foundation, has said the totals will be “astonishing.”

The Emporia Community Foundation (ECF) began working on this year’s Match Day, held in conjunction with Community Foundation Week (Nov. 12-18) early in the year to seek funding partners and open up the application process for organizations to be considered for five additional spots in this year’s event. Matching funds for this year’s Match Day event included two new funders, Clint Bowyer’s 79 Fund and the W.S. & E.C. Jones Testamentary Trust, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee, along with the three original funders – the Hopkins, Reeble and Trusler Foundations.

More than 1,000 Kansas students to receive loan forgiveness

TOPEKA – More than 1,000 Kansas students will receive more than $1 million in student loan forgiveness under the terms of a settlement reached last week with Education Management Corporation (EDMC), Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced in a press release.

EDMC, based in Pittsburgh, Pa., operates 110 schools in 32 states and Canada, including Brown Mackie College in Salina and Lenexa, and The Art Institute in Kansas City, Kan.

The agreement with attorneys general in 39 states plus the District of Columbia mandates added disclosures to students, including a new interactive online financial disclosure tool; bars misrepresentations to prospective students; prohibits enrollment in unaccredited programs; and institutes an extended period when new students can withdraw with no financial obligation.

Nationwide, the agreement requires the for-profit college company to forgive $102.8 million in outstanding loan debt held by more than 80,000 former students.

After receiving numerous complaints from current and former EDMC students, state attorneys general initiated a multistate investigation in January 2014. Attorneys and investigators reviewed consumer complaints, reviewed company documents, and interviewed former EDMC employees.

Spend some time outdoors on Black Friday

PRATT – Hiking, biking, or just relaxing and enjoying the fall weather at a Kansas state park is the perfect way to spend time with family over the holidays or decompress after an intense Black Friday shopping spree. REI, a Seattle-based outdoor recreation and sporting goods giant, is going to close on Black Friday and pay its 12,000 employees to spend the time outdoors. You can join this movement to spend time outdoors by visiting a Kansas state park on Black Friday or any other day, and while you may not get paid, you could win a pretty neat prize.

Anyone who visits a Kansas state park on Nov. 27 this year will have the opportunity to win a free night’s stay in a Kansas state park cabin. Simply post a picture of you or your family at one of the 26 Kansas state parks on Black Friday and post it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag: #myksstatepark. You’ll be automatically entered into a drawing for the free cabin stay.

Food for Thought: ‘Tis the season to be jolly!


By Nancy Schuster
Frontier Extension District Agent

It’s the season to be jolly, with the holidays coming up, but not everyone has a reason to be happy. Families with children who rely on local food pantries to help them through the month, for whatever reason, certainly can lose holiday joy.

Hunger hurts everyone, but it is especially devastating to children. Having enough nutritious, healthy food is critical to a child’s physical and emotional development and their ability to achieve academically. Children facing hunger may perform worse in school and struggle with social and behavioral problems that impact their ability to learn.

Topeka artist’s exhibit features scenes along the Santa Fe Trail

Almost 200 years after William Bicknell made his way from Franklin, Mo., to Santa Fe, N.M., Topeka artist Cally Krallman set out on a Santa Fe Trail adventure of her own. She paralleled the 868 mile route with camera in hand to document her own version of the remnants of the famous trail, and upon her return created more than 25 paintings to capture her experience.

The exhibit, titled “Along the Santa Fe Trail”, is showing at Beauchamp’s gallery in Topeka, beginning mid November and running to mid January 2016.

“I had written a song about the Santa Fe Trail, and I wanted to get a better sense of what people might have experienced centuries ago by traveling it myself and really try to take in the visual experience of it all,” Krallman said. “Of course riding in a Dodge Caravan was no comparison to riding in the real covered wagon caravan, but I certainly tried to wrap my head around what their experience must have been like.”

Facts for Living: Have an attitude of gratitude


By Rebecca McFarland, Frontier Extension District Agent

“Of all the attitude we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life changing.” – Zig Ziglar

It is the “season of thanksgiving (gratitude)” and over the past decade, research has identified the social, psychological and physical health benefits that come from giving thanks. One study found that grateful people are more likely to help others, exercise and complete their personal goals. They also tend to be more determined, optimistic, more alert, and have energy and enthusiasm.

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin work gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

Christmas arrives Saturday on Market Street

110615-COM-2015-250x180_bThursday is Thanksgiving, and two days later it’s Christmas – Christmas on Market at Osage City, that is.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce is inviting everyone to join in a celebration of our hometown heroes, and spend the day, Saturday, Nov. 28, having fun and shopping during the annual Christmas on Market.

Events will be held all day including the 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk,  a toy show, gingerbread building, chili cook off, 20 events in local businesses, a lighted parade and Santa, who will be flying into the Osage City Airport to greet the kids and start the holiday events.

Santa will fly in to Osage City, weather permitting, all the way from the North Pole for an exclusive visit with Osage City kids. All children and their families are invited to come out to the airport at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and watch his plane land. He will then be given a police escort into town riding on top of a fire truck. (Parking is limited at the airport; carpooling is advised.) The Osage City Police Department will direct traffic, and all spectators are asked to proceed to the designated viewing area upon arrival at the airport.

An early event of the day, the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk, will give runners and walkers a chance to work off all that turkey. The 5K run/walk benefits the Warmth Fund, ECAT, ECKAN and the Osage City Chamber of Commerce. A prize will be presented to the person who has the best Christmas costume or ugliest Christmas sweater, as well as a prize for the top male/female finisher. For more information, contact Jodi Stark at 785-528-5141.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 15 – Nov. 20, 2015

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

Osage County District Court criminal cases Nov. 13 – Nov. 20, 2015

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court Nov. 13 to Nov. 20, 2015, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court traffic cases Nov. 13 – Nov. 20, 2015

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court Nov. 13 to Nov. 20, 2015, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Nov. 16 – Nov. 20, 2015

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Nov. 16 through Nov. 20, 2015.

Start building your legacy today

By Stephanie Watson

Before the dawn of civilization, man has been trying to defy an absolute truth that applies to all of us universally. Many early civilizations spent tremendous amounts of resources in denial of this absolute truth. Even today, many refuse to accept this truth. Do you know what it is? Are you ready? You can’t take it with you! The great pyramids of Egypt are the most notable examples how man has attempted to take worldly goods and prized possessions into the afterlife.

So, instead of trying to figure out what to take with you, why not spend your time and energy trying to leave something behind? I am talking about leaving a legacy. Few of us are able to build a legacy of fame, immense fortune or have a lasting impact on humanity. But every one of us can leave a legacy that has just as much value as Andrew Carnegie, or Thomas Edison, or other famous people.

For most of us, there is a simple measuring stick that can quantify the best legacy we can leave behind. I pose this to you; how many people will say of you, “He or she has made a positive and lasting impact on my life?” That truly is the best legacy one can leave. Friendship, fellowship, service and sharing builds legacies.

Come join us this week and work on building your legacy here at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, or call 785-528-4906 for more information.

Kiwanis International makes history: First female president

By Dave Azwell

Kiwanis International has elected its first female president, Sue Petrisin, who will head up one of the world’s most prestigious service organizations. Delegates to the KI convention last June elected not only Petrisin as president, but also Jane Erickson as president-elect. Petrisin is a member of the East Lansing, Mich., club and Ericson belongs to the Bellevue-Offutt, Neb., club. KI opened its membership to females more than 25 years ago.

Petrisin is the first female to lead an international organization. As president of KI, she’ll represent more than 630,000 members who make a difference in the lives of children in their communities and around the world. The Osage City Kiwanis has had a number of women, not only as members but also as officers of its organization.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Checks and balances essential

buchmanhead“Recordkeeping is the hardest part of business.”

Consequently, that’s the reason so many commercial enterprises fail, small, large, in-between, whatever the industry.

While there are exceptions, few people enjoy keeping accurate tabs of their financial matters.

Everybody is worried about the money coming in, smiling when it does, but problems arise when dollars go out, and nobody can remember where. The bank account becomes red, and trouble begins.

Those who keep accurate accounts of operations always have greater opportunity to succeed than those who have no clue where they are, where they’ve been, or where they’re going.

While on a small scale, comparatively, the importance of recording information became apparent to us again at the recent 4-H achievement banquet.

A printed program listed winners of county awards for youth work with 4-H projects throughout the year, from horses to sewing, cooking, and on and on.

Watch out for charity scams during the holiday giving season

The season of giving is upon us. Whether it is selecting the perfect gifts for your loved ones or supporting a favorite cause, the holiday season often has Kansans feeling particularly generous. Unfortunately, scammers also take advantage of this giving spirit by impersonating charitable causes.

The best way to make sure your donations go to a worthy cause is to make a plan ahead of the busiest times of the holiday season. Here are some tips to help you make those plans:

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