What’s the forecast? Slightly warm and fair – Osage County Fair that is

The Osage City Lions keep the grill fired up at the ever-popular Lions Club burger stand at the Osage County Fair. File photo. Summer’s here and that means it’s fair season in Osage County. More »

Rains pester area farmers trying to bring in the sheaves

Two prodigious and plentiful products of Kansas: wheat and beautiful sunsets. This close-up photo of heads of wheat ready for harvest in Osage County was taken by Paul Schmidt right before the More »

Lyndon Methodists ‘rev up’ for sixth annual engine-powered show

Old met older as vintage vehicles parked all around the historic Bailey House at Lyndon City Park last Saturday. By Rebecca Thill Despite the extreme weather and power outages early Saturday morning, the More »

Melvern kicks off Osage County’s fair season with Sunflower Days

June is here and that means fair season is about to heat up in Osage County, with Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair kicking off on June 22, 2017. A family event, Melvern More »

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Aug. 22 – Aug. 26, 2016

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Aug. 22, 2016, through Aug. 26, 2016.

Osage County District Court criminal cases Aug. 19 – Aug. 26, 2016

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court Aug. 19, 2016, to Aug. 26, 2016, with disposition, fines, sentencing and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court traffic cases Aug. 19 to Aug. 26, 2016

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court Aug. 19, 2016, to Aug. 26, 2016, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Emporia Community Foundation opens grant application window

The Emporia Community Foundation will be accepting grant applications for the 2017 grant cycle. The ECF grants committee makes grants for innovative projects and programs that are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation, and cultural affairs.

During the July 15, 2016, quarterly meeting, Cynthia Kraft announced that the foundation is increasing the 2017 grant awards to $25,000. This is an increase of $5,000 due to the positive response to the ongoing Fund for the Future campaign. As the fund continues to increase more dollars will become available to meet community needs.

The 2017 grant period will begin with applications being accepted during the month of September. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Recipients will be announced in December and disbursements will be made in January 2017. The foundation serves communities in Lyon County and its six contiguous counties through charitable acts from a variety of established funds.

In January 2016, ECF awarded $16,381.98 to five area organizations. Grant recipients, along with their planned activities and award amounts were as follows:

Galen T. Watts, 63, Emporia: July 26, 1953 – Aug. 16, 2016

EMPORIA, Kan. – Galen Tecumpseh Watts, 63, of Emporia, Kan., died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at Newman Regional Health Center, Emporia. Galen was born July 26, 1953, in Eureka, Kan., the son of Norman P. and Mary Pauline Grider Watts.

He is survived by his wife, Daine L. McCaleb-Watts, of Emporia; daughters, Hope Watts-Garber, Iola, Kan., and Misty Kemmerer and Heather Kinzle, both of Neosho Rapids, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Devon, Andrew, Jayden, Justice, Kevin, Shailee and Keith; siblings, Patricia Hays, Clovis, N.M., Leta Harrel and her husband William, Topeka, Kan., Tony Watts, Eureka, and Jacqulin Pierce and husband Dayton of Sublette, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, Aug. 21 – Aug. 27, 2016

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

Best of Osage County on exhibit at 2016 Overbrook fair

The Overbrook Osage County Fair Board has released the results of exhibitions during this year’s fair, Aug. 6-13, 2016. (See 4-H club designation and ribbon key below.)

Vona Rice, 85, Melvern: Nov. 13, 1930 – Aug. 27, 2016

MELVERN, Kan. – Vona Rice, 85, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at the Sunset Manor, Waverly, Kan. She was born on Nov. 13, 1930, in Ottawa, Kan., the only child of Claude and Ida Randel Rea.

Vona grew up in Williamsburg, Kan., and graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1947. She had lived in Melvern, Kan., for many years and had been in Waverly for the last five years.

Vona became a licensed practical nurse in 1976, and worked at Hilltop Nursing Home, in Lyndon, Kan., for many years. She was a member of the Melvern United Methodist Church and the Entre Nous Club in Melvern.

On Jan. 31, 1948, Vona was married to Dean Rice, in Lyndon.

Gerald ‘Gary’ Brown, 60, Lyndon: May 9, 1956 – Aug. 29, 2016

LYNDON, Kan. – Gerald “Gary” Brown, 60, passed away on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at his home in Lyndon, Kan. He was born on May 9, 1956, in Fairfax, Mo., the son of Norman Leon Brown Sr. and Betty Lawson Brown.

Gary had lived in Lyndon for the last five years and had lived in Melvern before that. He had worked most of his life as an over-the-road truck driver.

On Feb. 25, 2000, Gary was married to Darla Baker in Wichita.

Jolly enters plea in aggravated burglary case, cancels jury trial

LYNDON, Kan. – An Overbrook man cancelled his jury trial Monday morning by entering a “no contest” plea to a charge of aggravated burglary, as 39 potential jurors waited in another room for the trial to begin.

Bruce A. Jolly, 49, of Overbrook, was charged with aggravated burglary and other crimes in October last year after an Oct. 8, 2015, incident during which Overbrook resident Ashley Mundy shot Jolly after she found him inside her home. Emergency personnel found Jolly lying in the street bleeding after responding to 911 calls from him and Mundy.

Appearing before Osage County District Judge Phillip Fromme on Aug. 29, 2016, prior to the start of his scheduled jury trial, Jolly and his attorney Bryan Hastert told the court that a plea agreement had been reached with Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones.

As outlined by Jones, the agreement allowed Jolly to plead no contest to aggravated burglary in exchange for dismissal of all other charges against him, including two charges of felony vehicle burglary, and misdemeanor charges for theft and criminal damage to property. The agreement also provided that Jones would recommend a sentence of 40 months in prison, which would depart from a sentence of 57 months as designated by state sentencing guidelines. Jones also noted that Jolly would receive credit for the time served in the Osage County Jail since he was arrested last year, and would be eligible for good time credit, which would require Jolly to serve about 24 months total in custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections.

During the hearing, Jones said that a plea agreement had previously been offered to Jolly, but Jolly had not accepted it. In January, Jolly fired his court-appointed attorney William Bayne, with one complaint lodged against Bayne that he had encouraged Jolly to accept a plea agreement. Hastert confirmed that his client had decided only that morning to accept the plea deal.

As requested by Fromme, Jones offered a statement of facts to support the charge against Jolly, saying that on Oct. 8, 2015, Jolly had unlawfully entered the home of Ashley Mundy at her residence in Overbrook, when Mundy and her 4-year-old child were in the home, with the intent to commit theft or other felony. Jones said evidence showed Jolly had entered the basement of the home, and Mundy shot him when she encountered him near the home’s front door.

Stromgrens to celebrate 50th anniversary


Mr. and Mrs. Derald Stromgren on their wedding day, Sept. 18, 1966.

Derald and MaryLou Stromgren will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 11, 2016, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City.

Mary Lou Jones, daughter of Glenn W. and Bernice Jones, Lebo, and Derald Stromgren, son of Fred and Frances Stromgren, Osage City, were married Sept. 18, 1966, at Lebo United Methodist Church, Lebo.

They have two sons, Brian and wife Jeanette, and Kevin and wife Lisa, all of Osage City, and three grandchildren, Christian, Amy, and Sydney.

Derald and MaryLou established Stromgren Greenhouse in Osage City. After 35 years, they retired in December 2015. Derald retired from Hallmark Cards (Osage Products) after 27 years in 1991.

The couple requests no gifts. Cards may be sent to 401 Forrest Gragg Drive, Osage City, KS 66523.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Longer life resisting repose

buchmanhead“Rest and relaxation are over rated.”

Sometimes, it seems there’s nothing better than a long night’s sleep.

That is than a nap after dinner in front of the fan when the sun’s boiling down outside.

Or, when there’s a whole barnyard of work to do, snow drifts hip high and thermometer’s zero for days.

Admittedly, cowboys deserve a break from hard work sometimes.

In reality, sleeping in, on Sunday morning to 6:30, seldom hurts much of anything. That is unless that first-calf heifer had problems, the 5 o’clock check would’ve been made; there’d be a new born baby.

However, the problem with us, and seemingly more of the population, relaxation is taking priority over the essential work.

Doves beware: Hunting season almost here

PRATT – The opening day of dove season, Sept. 1, is one of the most anticipated opening days of the year because it’s been a long layoff since last year’s hunting seasons closed. Dove season signals the beginning of fall, and it gets hunters back in the field.

The Kansas hunting season for mourning, white-winged, Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves is Sept. 1-Nov. 29, 2016. This is a change from previous years when there was a split in the regular dove season. The exotic dove season, Eurasian collared and ringed turtle, opens Nov. 30, 2016, and ends Feb. 28, 2017.

The daily bag limit during the regular season is 15 mourning and white-winged doves, single species or in combination. There is no daily bag limit on Eurasian collared and ringed turtle doves, but any taken in addition to the daily limit of mourning and white-winged doves during the regular season must have a fully-feathered wing attached during transport. Doves may only be taken while in flight.

Resident hunters age 16 to 74 must have a Kansas hunting license, unless exempt by law, and a HIP permit to hunt doves. Anyone born on or after July 1, 1957, must have completed a certified hunter education course except those 15 and younger hunting under adult supervision or those hunting on their own land.

Kansas typically ranks very high among states for breeding dove populations through the summer, so by September, the Sunflower State is literally teeming with doves. And speaking of sunflowers, doves love to eat sunflower seeds, so sunflower fields are great places to hunt them. In fact, some wildlife area managers plant fields to sunflowers or other grain crops and manage them specifically to attract doves.

Buckle up: Earn $1 and save your life

082614-seatbeltThousands of vehicles will be traveling the Kansas roadways during the Labor Day weekend. Many families will head out on one last camping trip or getaway as the school year begins. Safety advocates statewide are encouraging families to buckle up and drive safely to protect their most valuable asset, their families.

This year, Aug. 28 through Sept. 10, a safety belt awareness campaign called “Bucks for Buckles” is being held in 49 cities across Kansas. One dollar bills are being distributed by local volunteers to drivers who have all occupants buckled up securely in their vehicle. Those riding unrestrained will receive educational materials about the effectiveness of seat belts and child safety seats in saving lives and reducing injuries.

“No one can predict when they will be involved in a motor vehicle crash, yet almost all of us will be involved in an automobile crash in our lifetime,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas state director. “In 2014, 384 people lost their lives on Kansas roadways and 54 percent of them were unbuckled. The single most effective means of protecting the lives of you and your passengers is wearing seat belts and using appropriate child restraints every time you ride in the vehicle – even short distances.”

According to the 2015 KDOT Seat Belt Survey, 82 percent of those surveyed were wearing their seat belts. This compares to the national average of 89 percent. Kansas ranked 39th in belt use in 2015, among 50 states and the District of Columbia. An average of 90 people die each day in motor vehicle crashes nationally – that’s an average of one death every 16 minutes.

KHP responds to court decision

The Kansas Highway Patrol issued the following statement Aug. 25, 2016. It is attributed to KHP Superintendent Mark Bruce.

In light of, and with respect to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals recent decision on a case (14-3278) involving the Kansas Highway Patrol, the agency would like to clarify the work we do, and how traffic stops are conducted.

Media reports related to this case have indicated, after conducting a lawful stop, Kansas Highway Patrol officers detained and furthered the investigation of a subject because the driver was a resident of Colorado. The KHP does not conduct traffic stops based on a vehicle’s state of registration. Officers conduct traffic stops based on reasonable suspicion which is normally the result of traffic violations or criminal activity. Furthermore, members of the Patrol do not detain citizens based exclusively on the driver’s home state, or state of vehicle registration.

Officers consider many factors when determining the reasonable suspicion necessary to detain a vehicle or its occupants for the purpose of furthering an investigation. It is the Patrol’s practicing philosophy that neither vehicle registration plates, nor the home state of the driver are indicative of criminal activity in and of itself.

Zebra mussels found in Cedar Bluff Reservoir

Invasive, sharp-shelled mollusks are among the state’s most unwanted species

Aquatic-Nuisance-Species_coTOPEKA, Kan. – The spread of invasive zebra mussels continues to lakes across Kansas, with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism now confirming the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Cedar Bluff Reservoir, in Trego County. There is no known method to completely rid a lake of this invasive species.

In Osage County, zebra mussels are present in Pomona Lake and Melvern Lake.

Cedar Bluff is owned and operated by the federal Bureau of Reclamation. In July, the BOR conducted its annual plankton sampling survey which revealed zebra mussel veligers. The results were reported to KDWPT aquatic nuisance species staff on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Department fisheries staff began a search on August 25 and found a population of adult zebra mussels near the Muley Boat Ramp on the south side of the reservoir.

Cedar Bluff Reservoir is the western-most reservoir in Kansas confirmed to have zebra mussels. While the reservoir is managed by the BOR, KDWPT manages the fishery. The lake consists of about 6,869 surface acres at conservation level and has a maximum depth of 42 feet. Cedar Bluff State Park and the lake are popular destinations and offer a variety of recreational activities such as boating, skiing, swimming, fishing, camping and hiking.

Lake enthusiasts play the primary role in stemming the spread of zebra mussels to uninfested lakes.

Next stop: Florence Harvey House Museum

Get on board! Woo hoo! We are off to the Harvey House Museum on Sept. 22, 2016. Osage County General Public Transportation is headed to Florence, Kan. The bus will leave the center at 9:30 a.m.

The trip to Florence is $5 for the bus ride. Lunch cost is $20, and it will be served at the Harvey House Museum by period-dressed Harvey Girls. The menu for the day is a relish plate, French coleslaw, roast sirloin of beef au jus, Fred Harvey whipped potatoes, beef gravy, asparagus, fresh baked rolls, raspberry preserves, Charlotte of peaches, sweet whipped cream, assorted cheese and fruit tray, coffee, tea, and milk. The meal cost must be paid in advance by Sept. 12, 2016, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City. Don’t forget to make reservations soon, call 785-528-4906.

Also remember to join in other upcoming events and activities us at the senior center.

Looking for your church home? Osage County News can help you open the right door

Visit the Churches of Osage CountyOsage County has many houses of worship in which to share your faith, meet fellow worshipers and move into your church home. Osage County News, with assistance from Help House, has published a list of churches in the Osage County area as courtesy to our readers.

For corrections or additions, contact Osage County News at 785-828-4994, email [email protected], or leave a comment below. Click here to see the Churches of Osage County.

Gayle Eugene Cook, 89, Baldwin City: May 21, 1927 – Aug. 20, 2016

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Gayle Eugene Cook, 89, of Baldwin City, Kan., died Aug. 20, 2016. He was born May 21, 1927, at home in Baldwin City, to Murlin Lewis Cook and Orpha Phyllis (Cunningham) Cook.

He attended school in and around Baldwin City, and graduated from Baker University after serving in the Army in Europe from 1945-1947.

Gayle married Rose Marie Newland at 7 a.m. on Feb. 14, 1948, at Ives Chapel Church, Baldwin City. Their children include Gaylene Rose Tunison, Austin, Texas; Charles Robert (Deborah) Cook, Wellsville, Kan.; Theodore Ray Cook MD (Karolyn MD), Newton, Kan.; and Fred Samuel (Amy) Cook, Olathe, Kan. He has 14 grandchildren, five foster grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He has several others he considered his own, as well – including Timothy James Olson, Las Vegas, Nev.; M. Eugene Tunison (Sheryl), Oakton, Va.; and others too many to name.

Gayle was a principal and a teacher at Edgerton, Kan., an accountant for Great Lakes Pipeline Company, and later graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College, in Kansas City, Kan. He practiced as a chiropractor in Osage City, Kan., from 1956 until 1980, when he became a clinical instructor at Palmer College of Chiropractic until he retired in 1992.

Ramona rancher tells fellow cattlemen national efforts for industry betterment

Consumer misunderstanding, swayed media reporting, government regulations, low agriculture representation in lawmaking, exports and market fluctuation. That’s a long list, and each aspect has impact on cattle ranchers’ bottom line.

They’re all on top of the rancher’s main profession: breeding, birthing, raising from calves to slaughter plant, cattle that are tasty and nutritious demanded by housewives and their families. The professional side, the management of raising cattle, ranchers know how to do. That long list is not their forte, so to speak.

Fortunately, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association helps the industry with those often difficult dilemmas.

Tracy Brunner serves as president of the most influential assisting organization. What better leader for the cattle industry than one who lives it from every perspective? Headquartered near Ramona in Dickinson County, Brunner is a fourth-generation cattleman while his children, nieces and nephews are the fifth generation of the family operation.

With his immediate family, plus his brothers and their families, the Brunners’ Cow Camp Ranches includes every aspect of the business. That’s cow-calf, seed stock, backgrounding, grazing, feedlot finishing, grid marketing, much more, and well beyond. On horseback ready for work on the ranch, a slide picture show included the speaker with his partner-brothers, and another of his wife, children and grandchildren, all key elements of their successful beef production.

Brunner verified his background emphatic of working for all betterment of all cattlemen when reviewing “What the NCBA is Keeping its Eye On” at the Beef producers Information Seminar in Emporia. He was featured speaker for the breakfast program hosted by WIBW through coordination of the longtime farm director Kelly Lenz and kickoff for the 30th annual Flint Hills Beef Fest.

National FFA recognizes MdCV’s Rice with honorary FFA degree

INDIANAPOLIS – Danny Rice, of Melvern, Kan., was recently selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree. This award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. Rice is the longtime FFA adviser at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, at Melvern.

The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education. Without the efforts of highly dedicated individuals, thousands of young people would not be able to achieve success that in turn contributes directly to the overall well-being of the nation. The Honorary American FFA Degree is an opportunity to recognize those who have gone beyond valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists.

The National FFA Organization’s board of directors approved Rice’s nomination. He will receive the award at the 2016 National FFA Convention and Expo Oct. 19-22, 2016, in Indianapolis, Ind. All recipients receive a certificate and medal, and their names will be permanently recorded.

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