2015 Lyndon High School graduates: ‘You will be all right’

“Everything will be okay,” the 2015 graduating Lyndon High School seniors were assured by LHS valedictorian Autumn Weir during last Sunday’s commencement ceremony. Weir reminded the crowd gathered at Lyndon High School More »


2015 Osage City High School graduates ready to ‘go wreak havoc on this crazy planet’

The 2015 graduating class of Osage City High School. Photo by Heidi Koger. The Osage City High School class of 2015 might not be remembered for great things, but they will be More »


Burlingame High School sends 27 graduates off to ‘take the higher road’

Burlingame High School graduating class of 2015. Photo by Keri Welch. “When the opportunity presents itself, take that higher road and push yourself to succeed,” Burlingame High School valedictorian Jordan Herrick told More »


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encourages visitors to be safe this Memorial Day weekend

Be safe on the water. Wear a life jacket. KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Memorial Day weekend is going to be busy this year. With large crowds of people gathering at lakes, the More »

Watch out for Medicare Part D, Advantage fraud during the open-enrollment period


TOPEKA, Kan. – During the ongoing open-enrollment period for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans, Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, is urging Kansas Medicare beneficiaries to be alert to any potential scams surrounding sign-up activity.

“Unfortunately, not everyone who contacts Medicare-age Kansans about switching to a Medicare Advantage or drug plan has the best intentions,” Praeger said. “Educating yourselves is very important in fighting potential fraud and illegal sales.”

The open-enrollment period for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and Medicare Advantage plans began Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7, 2014.

Extension district offers workshop on making secure childhood attachments

If you make a list of qualities of successful adults it will likely include confidence, strong social skills, cooperation and independence. The foundation for these traits is built on relationships that infants and toddlers form with the adults in their world.

The Frontier Extension District will be offering a workshop next week to help participants understand the impact of such relationships throughout life, learn ways to build secure attachments, and analyze their own ideas and caregiving practices to create ideas for building secure attachments with children.  

Mountain lion photographed with game cam in southeast Kansas

102814--mountain-lion-LabetPRATT – A deer hunter from Labette County got a surprise recently when he checked his game camera he had set up for deer. He found a single image of a mountain lion walking away, down the trail, the characteristic long tail prominently displayed.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) staff visited the site last week and verified the photo’s authenticity. This is the 10th mountain lion verified by KDWPT since 2007, but the first in almost two years.

Food for Thought: Trick ghouls and goblins with healthy treats

By Nancy Schuster, Frontier Extension Agent

Food for ThoughtOctober is the month where things go bump in the dark!  Ghouls and goblins, witches and princesses, pirates and monsters are out and about.  Have you given a thought to what you will give those trick-or-treaters?  Why not choose something good for the kids this year?

Many health and nutrition professionals are concerned that our young children are becoming obese.  There is concern when a food holiday like Halloween comes along.  Who wouldn’t be concerned?  Halloween is the get-all-the-candy-you-can-get holiday for kids of all ages!

Bus rides regularly available to Topeka, Emporia and Osage County destinations

At the Osage County Senior Center, we are glad we can serve the Osage County citizens for a variety of their transportation needs, and we thank our riders for their patronage. However, we also may need to apologize once in a while when a bus is not available for a particular day or time. We only have two buses that we are putting on the road almost continuously. And sometimes we even use our personal vehicles to get people to their appointments.

In Osage County: Huffman Park to become public arboretum


Huffman Park, in Osage City, will someday have a tree-lined, shaded walkway according to a plan to create an arboretum at the park.

Osage City’s Huffman Park is well on its way to being the first public arboretum in the county, after the Osage Tree Board began planting trees on Oct. 18, in recognition of Arbor day and also honoring a former tree board member.

The proposal to create the Huffman Park Memorial Tree Walk and Arboretum was in the works this summer, with the Osage City Council officially signing off on the tree planting program in September.

Tree board chairman Cheryl Mussatto said the board has wanted to create a memorial tree walk and arboretum for years, and the city council’s approval of using Huffman Park with its eight-foot wide walking trail around the perimeter has made the plan a reality.

K-TAG and PikePass agreement begins Nov. 1

WICHITA – This coming Saturday, Nov. 1, will be the first day travelers can use a K-TAG or an Oklahoma PikePass to electronically pay for tolls when driving on the Kansas Turnpike or any of the 10 toll roads in Oklahoma.

The move by the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority makes regional travel easier. K-TAG customers will be able to use the PikePass lanes in Oklahoma and PikePass will be accepted in the K-TAG lanes in Kansas.

Edith “Lorena” Croucher, 93, Peterton: Feb. 18, 1921 – Oct. 24, 2014

PETERTON, Kan. - Edith “Lorena” Croucher, 93, of the Peterton area north of Osage City, passed away at her home, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

Edith was born Feb. 18, 1921, northeast of Burlingame, Kan., the daughter of Gillio and Edith Vandevord Succi. As a young girl she attended school at Pleasant Valley School No. 37.

She was joined in marriage to Dannie M. Croucher on Aug. 7, 1940, in Lyndon. To this union were born two daughters, Charlotte (Carl) Manning, of Lyndon, and Elvoria (Franklin) Heck, Osage City; and a son, Hayden (Linda) Croucher, Osage City.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Lifestyle examples lead forward

buchmanhead“Our heroes have always been cowboys.”

It’s been repeated many times in conversation, song and heartfelt comment.

Ever since we can remember, our greatest admiration has been of cowboys, and desire to be one.

Definitions of cowboy sadly are very widespread these days. Still, a real cowboy wears a hat and boots, and rides a horse with a saddle to latch onto a cow need be.

Just how the lifestyle of cowboy has affected everything we’ve done was reflected on two recent Saturdays.

For some reason, we were asked to talk about cowboys and stories at a ranch gathering. Fortunately, we’ve been acquainted with a lot of cowboys, and everyone has a story, many which we’ve written about, or plan to write about and definitely want to.

K-State expert explains best water management under limited irrigation

By Katie Allen

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Getting the most value out of irrigation water is likely on the minds of many Kansas farmers. As groundwater supplies diminish, pumping rates decline and talk of local water conservation policies surface in the state, these farmers face even more difficulty in determining how to best manage limited water.

Nathan Hendricks, assistant professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, recently examined how the value of agricultural production declines as water availability decreases. He specifically looked at two general management methods to determine which is more effective: deficit irrigation on a larger number of acres versus more intense irrigation on a smaller number of acres.

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 no longer produce any trash. At our house for example, we make every attempt to reuse, repurpose and recycle what we can to minimize the amount of trash we send to the landfill. And thanks to the successful recycling program in Osage County we are able to recycle most of our trash.

I remember when I was in junior high we had a young, enthusiastic science teacher that tried very hard to get the school and community involved in recycling. This was a new concept for all of us and I remember volunteering at the recycle center thinking we were saving the world. On Saturdays we unloaded sacks of newspapers and bags of aluminum cans as people drove through the center. This was pretty progressive thinking for central Kansas in the early 70s, or so we thought.

OCPR Update: Signup for youth basketball, wrestling club

OCPR-logo-redBasketball and wrestling seasons are almost here at Osage City Parks and Recreation, with upcoming signup deadlines announced for youth dribblers and grapplers.

Colorado man faces multiple charges after police pursuit and crash near Lyndon

The Osage County Attorney has filed multiple charges against a Colorado man who was injured in a crash following a pursuit by Osage County deputies Oct. 11.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Osage County deputies pursued a 1998 Volvo station wagon southbound on U.S. Highway 75, north of Lyndon, when the Volvo traveled onto the curb to pass and then struck a 2009 GMC Acadia. Both vehicles came to rest south of 15th Street, after the Volvo struck two road signs. The driver of the Volvo was later identified as William D. Gross, 59, Golden, Colo.

Everyone invited to Vassar’s fall day of fun

vassarfunfest2014_bigThe Vassar community has a day full of old-fashioned fun planned for this year’s FunFest, and everyone is invited. The annual FunFest is on Saturday, Oct. 25, and begins with a Halloween costume parade at 11 a.m. (lineup at 10:45 at the town pump). The parade ends at the historical Vassar schoolhouse for costume judging and prizes for kids of all ages.

Other fun family events include pony rides, kids crafts and games, outdoor bingo, pie-baking contest, free entertainment by Prospect Bluegrass, and face painting. In addition, the spacious school grounds will once again be the site of a car show that is becoming popular among car enthusiasts.

The Lyndon Lions Club will host the Kansas Lions’ mobile screening unit, which will provide free health screenings.

Summer weather, daylong fun predicted for Melvern’s fall festival


Friendly horrors are waiting to scare the daylights out of you during a nighttime walk along Melvern’s Riverfront Trail.

A perfect fall day is forecast for the Melvern Fall Festival Saturday, with temps in the 80s after noon for the costume parade, cooling down to the mid to upper 60s for the evening’s hayrack ride and Riverfront Haunted Trail.

There’s plenty to do all day long, starting with biscuits and gravy at 7 a.m. at city hall served up by the True Grace Church for a free will donation. A craft fair and flea market will be at the Melvern Community Center most of the day, along with games and a basketball turkey shoot. And of course the fall festival is not complete without a long tour of Melvern’s boondocks in the moonlight, followed by a terrifying hike in the woods along the Marais des Cygnes River. See related story here.

Overbrook gospel music concert to feature local performers

The Overbrook Performing Arts Series will hold the second concert of the 2014-2015 series at 3 p.m. Nov. 2, in the Overbrook Public Library community room, in downtown Overbrook.

The concert will feature five local musicians performing favorite gospel selections. The performers include Hurst Coffman, piano; John Jewell, spoken word; Sue Martin, vocal; and Dan Rukes, guitar and vocal.  Mary Gates will provide piano accompaniment for the solo performances.  Kevin Stone is the concert host.

Overbrook man charged with aggravated indecent liberties, exploitation, solicitation

An Overbrook man has been charged in Osage County District Court for aggravated indecent liberties with a child, sexual exploitation of a child, and indecent solicitation of a child. William W. Foster, 19, of Overbrook, was arrested Oct. 10 by the Osage County Sheriff’s Office and held in the Osage County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Two Osage City men sentenced to prison

Two Osage City men were sentenced to prison Monday on unrelated cases in Osage County District Court by Chief Judge Phillip Fromme.

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