The Garden Patch: Save it for a rainy day

It’s that time of year – let’s talk about water conservation around home (in the lawn and garden). Here goes … It has been estimated that nearly 50 percent of the water More »


Get on the stick and win tickets to Kansas State Fair shows

Four lucky Osage County News viewers to win tickets to state fair entertainment As fair season winds down, Osage County News is urging local viewers to “Get on a Stick” and enter More »


U.S. 75 roundabout construction progresses toward fall completion

Work is progressing on the roundabout being constructed at the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and state highways 31 and 268. The main driving lanes of the roundabout have been poured, with More »


Hay driver! You lost something

Osage City became a hay loading center Monday evening, as one of four tractor-trailers traveling through town lost a large round bale of hay. Police were called to the scene in the More »

Special meetings set to explain proposed USD 421 bond issue

LYNDON – The USD 421 Board of Education has scheduled three more community meetings to explain a proposed bond issue and answer questions, with the first one tonight at 7 p.m. in the Lyndon High School auditorium. The meeting is scheduled as a special board meeting.

Two other public meetings have been set for 7 p.m. April 2 at the Vassar Community Center, and 7 p.m. April 23 at Lyndon High School.

Osage County Jail Log, March 17-March 22

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

FSA celebrates American agriculture producers on National Ag Day – March 25

Ag Day 2014 ButtonMANHATTAN, Kan. – USDA Kansas Farm Service Agency Executive Director Adrian J. Polansky encourages everyone to take a moment to appreciate the hard working farmers and ranchers in Kansas on March 25, National Ag Day 2014. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”

USDA is proud to stand behind the producers who rise before dawn 365 days a year in order to put food on the table for seven billion people, Polansky said.

County commissioners proclaim 2014 as year of celebration for Pomona Lake’s 50th


Gathering for the signing of a proclamation declaring Pomona Lake’s 50th anniversary as a countywide celebration were, from left, Osage County commissioners Carl Meyer, Gaylord Anderson and Ken Kuykendall (seated), David Green, Pomona and Melvern lakes operations manager, Stephanie Watson, Osage County Economic Development director, and Pomona Lake Park Ranger William Bolt.

Eat Well to Be Well: Choice foods aid in fight against Alzheimer’s


My mother’s life was overtaken by this disease which eventually ended it. Alzheimer’s – the dreaded word no family wants to hear. And now a new study indicates this disease may actually be the third leading cause of death in the United States, placing it just below heart disease and cancer.

Originally the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) attributed 84,000 deaths in 2010 to Alzheimer’s but now the number is believed to be 503,400 among people 75 and older. The study from the American Academy of Neurology suggests death certificates underestimate the impact of Alzheimer’s on death in older people.

Vernon George Clark, 78, Pomona: Jan. 8, 1936 – March 21, 2014

032413-obit-vernon-clarkPOMONA – Vernon George Clark, 78, of Pomona, Kan., passed away March 21, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 8, 1936, in Tecumseh, Kan., the son of Lester and Rosa (Snyder) Clark.

Family will receive friends from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Ottawa, Kan. Services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home. Burial will follow the service at Dean Cemetery.

Ag Wire: CRP’s purpose is to protect soil, water and wildlife

Ag Day 2014 ButtonIn this month’s Ag Wire, Osage County FSA reminds landowners that the Conservation Reserve Program is not a retirement program for land, and all activities on CRP land are subject to approval of the Farm Service Agency.

One deer’s trash can be one hunter’s trophy after a successful shed hunt

031814deerantlers2PRATT – No one really knows why deer evolved to shed their antlers every year, but for hunters looking for a way to connect with the world of big game outside of hunting season, knowing “why” isn’t nearly as important as “where” deer shed their antlers.

OCFB president visits Washington, D.C.

032413-OFB-at-DCWASHINGTON, D.C. – Osage County Farm Bureau President David Prescott, left, Kansas Farm Bureau President Steve Baccus, and Patricia Rusher, OCFB member, toured Washington, D.C., during the Kansas Farm Bureau’s annual County Presidents Trip March 10-12, 2014.

More than 100 Kansas farmers and ranchers took time away from their operations to connect with lawmakers.

“Officials in Washington tend to pay a little closer attention when they’re visiting directly with someone who has gone to the trouble to leave the farm with the express purpose of sharing their story,” Baccus said.

Wellness center opens in historic Overbrook home

OVERBROOK – A home built in 1875 by one of Overbrook’s founders has now become a center of wellness for the town.

The Fairchild Wellness Center, named after J.B Fairchild, co-founder of Overbrook, will celebrate its grand opening with an open house 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 30.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Business meeting procedures critical

buchmanhead“The meeting will come to order. We are now conducting a meeting of the Council Grove FFA Chapter.”

It’s been close to a half century since we last made that announcement, but strong reflections came to us Saturday morning during the Morris County 4-H Club Day.

Our grandson was serving as vice president in the Gavel Games competitions now featured as a part of the day’s diverse activities. While we grinned several times during the quick-paced, mock business meeting demonstrated by a group of four Dwight Sunflower’s 4-H Club members, it was actually quite professionally done.

Osage City Council to decide fate of federal funding for airport

Voters approved the airport expansion project 25 years ago

By Jan Biles, The Topeka Capital-Journal

Osage City Airport

A $4.1 million airport capital improvement program in Osage City that was approved 25 years ago by its residents and is mostly financed by Federal Aviation Administration funds may be in jeopardy.

Some members of the current Osage City Council seem to be questioning whether the city should continue with the program, going as far as to suggest the measure should go before residents for a revote. Yet, they have declined to talk publicly about their reasons for taking those stances.

The lack of transparency by the city council and the possibility of losing federal money to help pay for airport improvements and maintenance have created tension in the town of 2,900 people.

The Garden Patch: Gardeners grow nervously excited as spring arrives

Here’s a spring to-do list for all of us … ready for this?

  • Prepare your garden soil once it has dried out and crumbles easily in your hand. I turn mine in the fall when the growing season is over and all crops have been harvested.
  • Turn under winter killed cover crops. Incorporate green cover crops such as winter rye into the soil at least two weeks before your transplant date.
  • Add compost!

New liquor store targets Osage City

032314-bullseyeliquor-ChambThe Osage City Chamber of Commerce, Osage County Economic Development, local officials and friends welcomed Bill Hoover, center with scissors, and his new business Bull’s Eye Liquor to Osage City on March 14. The crowd of well-wishers gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the new liquor store located at 124 Market St. Hoover participated in the Osage County E-Community, utilizing the gap financing program administered by Osage County Economic Development. The store offers wine, spirits and beer and is open seven days a week; call 785-528-1111 for more information.

Photo thanks to Cathryn Houghton.

In Osage County: Rapp School, District No. 50, 1871-1962


The old Rapp schoolhouse is one of the few if not the only one-room eight-grade schoolhouses in Kansas that still has its original desk and textbooks. Because of its uniqueness, its location on the Santa Fe Trail, and the special place it has in the hearts of its neighbors and former students, it has been made a National and State Historic Site to be used as an education center where urban and suburban elementary classes can come to spend a day, where families can hold reunions, and where visitors can go beyond the nostalgia of the period 1929-1959 to experience the contributions made by one-room schools in our rural communities and to our society as a whole.

Long-time extension wheat specialist to retire

By Steve Watson

032014-shroyerMANHATTAN, Kan. – For more than 30 years, the face of wheat in Kansas has been Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist. He has informed and entertained his “family” of producers in the state at wheat tours, field days, and meetings since he started at K-State in 1980. Shroyer will retire on July 3, 2014.

To Shroyer, being the extension wheat specialist in Kansas has been more than just a job. It’s been a professional and personal relationship with thousands of producers and co-workers in the agricultural industry and the university.

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