Depart on a healthy adventure at Pomona State Park

Pomona State Park is inviting you on a Saturday afternoon adventure, as the park joins other state parks in celebration of Healthy Trails Adventure Day, on Saturday, Oct. 1. That day, free More »


Sunflower photo contest spotlights Osage County talent

Chelsi Simpson’s portrait of two children sitting on a hay bale in the sunflower field was the second place winner in the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club’s recent sunflower photo contest. More »


Lyndon Leaders’ sunflowers spread sunshine across the county

Chenoa Casebier’s photo of a girl holding a flag in front of sunflowers was the first place winner in the Lyndon Leader 4-H Club’s recent sunflower photo contest. The Lyndon Leader 4-H More »


Hidden History: The poor, the undesirable and the forgotten

Now a private residence, the Osage County Poor Farm once housed the county’s less fortunate. By Wendi Bevitt In 1973, Osage County closed an era on how it cared for those unable More »

Soybean growers get higher returns from high quality, high yielding crops

Quality increases profits for soybean farmers. While most Kansas producers don’t typically think about the oil and protein content of their soybeans having much impact on their bottom line, that’s certainly a misunderstanding.

Proof is verified with the premiums received by winners in the Kansas Soybean Oil and Protein Value Contest conducted by the Kansas Soybean Commission, the Kansas Soybean Association and K-State Research & Extension. Honored during awards presentations at the Kansas Soybean Expo in Topeka, Kansas JAG Ltd., Saline County, ranked first with a premium of 65.7 cents, making their soybeans valued at $9.31 a bushel. Kansas JAG Ltd. is operated by Mark Pettijohn and Dustin Conrad.

According to Raylen Phelon, Melvern, president of the Kansas Soybean Association, who presented the awards, “Their Pioneer 93Y72 entry had the highest oil score of 21.405 out of the 26 entries, making the soybeans also having the highest cash product oil value of $3.52,” Phelon said.

January is Radon Month: Take action to learn about radon danger


By Nancy Schuster
Frontier Extension District Agent

While giving a program on radon to a local men’s group, one of the men said, “Oh brother, what’s the government doing now? When they (government) get tired of radon there will be something else they want us to worry about.”

It’s easy to be confused about radon. Let’s learn of some Kansas Radon Action Month resources.

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is caused from the natural radioactive decay of radium and uranium found in the soil beneath a house or building. The amount of radon in the soil depends on soil chemistry, which varies from one house to the next. Radon levels in the soil range from a few hundred to several thousands of pCi/L (picocuries per liter). The amount of radon that escapes from the soil to enter the house depends on the weather, soil porosity, soil moisture, and the suction within the house.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Jan. 4 – Jan. 8 2016

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Jan. 4 through Jan. 8, 2016.

Sheriff seeks information about rural Osage County burglaries

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating suspects in a string of burglaries located west of Osage City, in rural Osage County. The burglaries happened within a seven mile radius of Osage City, in an area from Auburn Road to Carlson Road and from 277th Street to 197th Street.

Anyone with information about these crimes or others is asked to call Osage County Crime Stoppers at 877-OS-CRIME (877-672-7463). Callers can remain anonymous, and could possibly receive a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects involved in crimes.

Have a profound effect on your community – speak positively

By Stephanie Watson 

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Unfortunately, that old saying is only literally true. We all know that words can be very hurtful emotionally. Too often, we learn that one of our precious, but impressionable, children end up taking their own life after being verbally bullied. And you don’t have to tell the person at the wrong end of a firing squad what those three little words “ready, aim, fire” will result in. The definition of gossip is “casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.” We all know how hurtful and damaging gossip can be.

The point is – words are very powerful, both in positive and negative ways. And we all have control and are responsible for the words that come out of our mouths. But we cannot control what the direct or indirect effect our words have on other people. A simple untrue rumor can have a profound effect on an entire community.

So I challenge all, including myself, to choose to always speak positively. Avoid making or participating in gossip. The way we speak says more about ourselves than what we say about other people. There’s another old wise saying that weighs in on this topic of words. If you don’t have anything good to say – don’t say any anything at all! And consider this: the Bible reports that Sampson killed ten thousand Philistines with the jawbone of an ass. Is there a subtle lesson and parody here about the power of speech? If not, it sure was an odd weapon of choice.

Lyndon Elementary-Middle School spreads kindness throughout the community


During Monday’s assembly, students of Lyndon Elementary-Middle School released balloons with random acts of kindness cards attached.

Monday, Jan. 11, Lyndon Elementary-Middle School had a kickoff assembly for the Tigers Pay It Forward Kindess Project. The entire student body released balloons with random acts of kindness cards attached to them.

Some of the kindness activities planned at the school for the project include:

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 3, 2016 – Jan. 9, 2016

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

Extension meeting cancelled: ‘Calling all coyotes’


Update from Frontier Extension District, Jan. 12, 2016: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the “Calling All Coyotes” meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at Celebration Hall has been cancelled.


Frontier Extension District will host a public meeting, “Calling All Coyotes,” Jan. 13, 2016, at Celebration Hall on the Franklin County Fairgrounds, at Ottawa.

Charlie Lee, K-State wildlife damage control specialist, will discuss coyote behavior and biology, give tips on calling coyotes, and will discuss how to trap coyotes.

Native American folklore describes the coyote as being a savvy and clever beast. Today coyotes show that savvy as they have adapted to the changing American landscape. Coyotes once lived primarily in the open prairies and deserts, but now roam all of North America, including in many cities. Coyotes have adapted so well that their population is believed to be at an all time high.

These members of the dog family will eat almost anything. They hunt rabbits, mice, frogs and even deer. They also will eat insects, snakes, watermelon, tomatoes, and other dead animals.

Osage County District Court traffic cases Dec. 24, 2015 – Jan. 8, 2016

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court Dec. 24, 2015, to Jan. 8, 2016, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Hensley: Fiscal mismanagement jeopardizes public safety

By Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka

As of November 2015, Osage County is one of 36 counties in the state without an assigned Kansas Highway Patrol officer. This is unacceptable. There should never be a shortage of law enforcement officers or within any area of public safety.

To address the shortage, the Highway Patrol’s superintendent is proposing an increase to vehicle title fees from $10 to $17.50. He says the fee increase would allow the patrol to hire an additional 75 troopers.

This may seem like a nominal fee for an investment in public safety, but it should not be necessary. The shortage is a direct result of poor fiscal management by Governor Brownback and his rubber stamping allies in the Kansas Legislature.

Despite the largest tax increase in the history of our state, Kansas still faces a shortfall of nearly $200 million for the current and next fiscal year combined. The steady decline of revenue available in the state general fund has resulted in staffing shortages in other state agencies responsible for providing public safety services, including the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Corrections.

We cannot afford to continue on the current path. We cannot continue to rely on taxes and fees on average Kansans for the sake of tax breaks for the wealthy in order to provide services that keep all Kansans safe. It is time for Kansas to move in a new direction with responsible fiscal management of the state general fund that provides for proper staffing of essential public safety services.

Osage County District Court criminal cases Dec. 18, 2015 – Jan. 8, 2016

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court Dec. 18, 2015, to Jan. 8, 2016, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

KHP asking for public input on tattoos

The Kansas Highway Patrol is short in manpower statewide. In addressing this shortage, the agency is exploring ways of attracting more applicants for its trooper and other vacant positions. With a background of history and tradition, the agency has a tattoo policy, and KHP is interested in what the public has to say or their thoughts on tattoos in law enforcement.

Currently KHP’s tattoo policy automatically disqualifies law enforcement officer candidates from the application process for having any offensive tattoo, scarification or brand, regardless of location on the body; any tattoo, scarification or brand that would be visible when wearing an agency provided uniform or required work attire; any such markings appearing on the head, face, neck, hands, or arms (below the bottom of the bicep); and as a general rule, any markings visible when wearing a short-sleeved v-neck shirt.

There is a brief online survey that KHP is asking members of the public to fill out. The survey is short, but will provide the agency with valuable information. The survey opened Jan. 8, and will be available through Jan. 29, 2016, at this link: http://goo.gl/forms/vyf3JAkwDL.

Richard ‘Jesse’ Masterson, 55, Melvern: Jan. 3, 1961 – Jan. 7, 2016

MELVERN, Kan. – Richard “Jesse” Masterson was born on Jan. 3, 1961, and passed away on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Richard was a resident of Melvern, Kan., at the time of his passing. He was formerly from Boulder, Colo., and San Diego, Calif. He graduated from Melvern High School in 1979. He graduated from Emporia State University in 1986 with a master’s degree. Later in life, he completed his master’s in religious studies from Naropa University, Boulder, Colo. At the time of his death, he was working on his doctorate from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Curtis Cason, 82, Osage City: May 15, 1933 – Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Curtis Cason, 82, passed away on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at Peterson Nursing Home, in Osage City, Kan. He was born on May 15, 1933, in Lamesa, Texas, the son of John and Lila Duke Cason.

Curtis had lived in Copperas Cove, Texas, until moving to Osage City. He had worked as an oil field hot shot driver, owned service stations, and drilled water wells. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1954, in Korea. He attended the Countryside Baptist Church, in Osage City.

On Jan. 1, 1981, Curtis married Mary D. Bocquin, in Alice, Texas.

Irene Scruggs, 88, Manhattan: April 6, 1927 – Jan. 8, 2016

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Irene Scruggs, 88, passed away on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at the Meadowlark Hills Nursing Home, in Manhattan, Kan. She was born on April 6, 1927, the daughter of Frank and Rosa (Hertel) Dinkel, in Victoria, Kan.

Irene graduated from Victoria High School and then attended Marymount College in Salina, where she received her nursing degree. She was in the Air Force Reserve and was activated to the Air Force from 1951 to 1952, serving at McConnell Air Force Base, in Wichita. She worked as a registered nurse for more than 30 years, retiring from the KU Medical Center, in Kansas City. She had been a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and was committed to her husband Gene and her boys. She was also a member of several camping clubs and went camping or fishing almost every weekend with her family. In retirement she enjoyed gardening and caring for others at LaMont Hill, at Vassar, Kan. She even learned how to play golf and was awarded the most improved golfer of her league.

On November 19, 1952, Irene was married to Gene T. Scruggs, in Victoria.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Inspirational hero for all

buchmanhead“Nobody is guaranteed tomorrow, so live a better today.”

Sound advice from back cover of the book, “Captured By The Enemy,” we read after receiving as a desired and most appreciated Christmas gift.

It’s a creative nonfiction story about our hero Carl Good, who we’d known since early childhood. But, we never really knew him, or certainly not all the “life” he’d seen and endured.

Thanks to one of his granddaughters, Crystal Aceves, the story has been told.

To us, Carl Good was the dad of a best friend, a hardworking man attending every rodeo, farm meeting or auction we did, husband of vivacious bride, six children, always smiling, cowboy hat, caringly acknowledging us by name.

What else could be expected?

Eagles Day scheduled for Clinton Lake

012214-eagle-dayLAWRENCE, Kan.—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Clinton Lake, the Jayhawk Audubon Society and other local organizations will host the 20th annual Kaw Valley Eagles Day on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at the Lawrence Free State High School.

The popular family event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free of charge. It will include nature exhibits and hands-on activities. Presentations throughout the day will provide information on nesting bald eagles in Kansas and a live bald eagle will be present.

In addition, two free eagle-viewing field trips will be provided on a first come, first served basis. The buses will depart at 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. from the north entrance of the school. A park ranger or wildlife biologist will be on each trip to provide educational information.

For additional information regarding Eagles Day, visit www.KawValleyEaglesDay.com or contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Clinton Lake at 785-843-7665.

Information thanks to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club makes snowmen during December meeting

By Leanne Shoup, Club Reporter

The December meeting of the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club was held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, at the Lyndon School Cafeteria. President Kaelin Bones called the meeting to order and led the 4-H pledge and flag salute. Secretary Ryan Bones did roll call which was answered by “What is one gift you want for Christmas?”

Officer reports were given by reporter Leanne Shoup and treasurer Ethan Kneisler. Leader Lara Shoup reminded everyone that Club Days will be February 27, 2016; 4-H camp dates are June 12-15; and radio spots are available at KOFO if anyone is interested.

Parent Darby Kneisler has a friend, Scott Redding, who made a big metal sign for our 4-H club to put along the highway. The members signed a thank you note to send to Scott for his generous donation to our club and a picture will be taken to send to him as well once the sign is painted.

Alvin Raymond Kitt, 73, Lebo: Sept. 20, 1942 – Jan. 5, 2016

LEBO, Kan. – Alvin Raymond Kitt, 73, passed away Jan. 5, 2016, at his home in Lebo, Kan. He was born Sept. 20, 1942, on the family farm near Quenemo, Kan.

Alvin had lived in Lyndon and Osage City before moving to Lebo five years ago. He graduated from Lyndon High School in 1960, and had been a member of the Lyndon Presbyterian Church. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968 with the 1st Air Cavalry.

He retired in 1997 from Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Topeka, where he had worked as an inspector and earthmover tire repairman.

Victim testifies she shot intruder in her home

LYNDON, Kan. – A burglary suspect that was shot by a resident Oct. 8 at Overbrook was bound over for arraignment Thursday after preliminary hearings were held in Osage County District Court for three felony charges against him. Bruce Jolly, 49, Overbrook, appeared in court Jan. 7, 2016, with his attorney William Bayne for the preliminary hearings on charges of aggravated burglary and two counts of vehicle burglary.

Jolly was identified as a suspect in the burglary of Ashley Mundy’s home in Overbrook after he was shot by Mundy and called 911 for help.

During Thursday’s preliminary hearing, Mundy testified that she and her 4-year-old son were in her home and were sleeping about 12:30 a.m. Oct. 8, 2015, when she awoke to the sound of “glass breaking and shuffling around.”

“I sat up listening,” she said. “Then I jumped up and grabbed my phone and my gun.”

Questioned by Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones, Mundy said she had a concealed carry license and had been trained to shoot the 9mm pistol she owned.

She said she loaded the gun and “went down the hallway to see if I could see anything.”

“I got my gun ready to shoot and then saw a stranger walking from the dining room to the living room,” Mundy said.

She said the stranger, which she later identified as Jolly, had his back to her as he was reaching above the front door of the home. She said she thought he was trying to disable the home’s security system. She said she couldn’t remember if she said anything, but the man turned toward her.

“When he turned toward me, he turned at me and at that time I fired my weapon,” Mundy said. She said she thought she was about four feet away from the man when she fired and she knew she had hit him.

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