Primary election Tuesday, Aug. 5: Where do you vote?

Don’t forget to get your sticker; primary election next Tuesday. The Kansas primary election will be held on August 5, 2014, with the hours of voting from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. More »


Eat Well to Be Well: How magnesium may help minimize your risk of diabetes

Magnesium, the fourth most abundant mineral in our body, may not be the most talked about nutrient, but don’t let its humbleness fool you. Decades of research have demonstrated the mighty power More »


Heavy equipment begins removing years of silt from Osage City Lake

Dredging of Osage City Lake has begun, with heavy equipment and trucks first building a haul trail into and out of the lake bed. Dredging activity is shown here as viewed from More »


$1.9 million federal grant plots route for Flint Hills Nature Trail’s completion

Near Rantoul, the Flint Hills Nature Trail follows the former rail bed along a wooded hillside beside the Marais des Cygnes River. A federal grant will plow another $1.9 million into completion More »

Community foundation announces grant recipients


Osage County Community Foundation awarded grants Thursday evening to, from left, Derald Stromgren, Osage County Fair Association, Corey Linton, Osage City Parks and Recreation director, and Linda Carson and Darrel Finch, representing Marais des Cygnes Valley Elementary School.

American Legion post organizes ‘Sons’ group at Lyndon

American Legion Post 125, Lyndon, nominated new officers for the upcoming year Wednesday night, and has announced plans to form a Sons of the American Legion Squadron.

The new community service organization doesn’t require service in the military, but its members help the American Legion fulfill its mission.

“Now is your time to take part in a new community organization in Lyndon,” said Jayson Massey, who was nominated to serve as post commander for 2014. “If you are a male (of any age), whose parents or grandparents served during certain periods, you are eligible.”

Walking school bus programs reduce traffic danger and transportation costs

030614-walking-school-busTOPEKA – Safe Kids Kansas and PedNet have teamed up to develop Walking school bus programs at 15 Kansas elementary schools. The project is funded by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

A walking school bus is a program in which trained volunteers walk children to school. The children are supervised and the routes predetermined for safety to eliminate two main concerns with children walking to school: traffic danger and crime. The children register for the walking school bus and the program becomes an official source of transportation for the children, all the while improving their health through exercise. In addition, it can reduce transportation costs for the school district.

Suspect makes first appearance on Osage County murder charge


James P. Harris, right, is escorted to court Thursday by Osage County Sheriff’s deputies.

LYNDON – An inmate in a federal prison was transported to Osage County Tuesday and made a first appearance this morning in Osage County District Court on a first degree murder charge.

Today, James P. Harris, 29, appeared before Osage County Magistrate Judge Taylor Wine to hear the murder charge that was filed by Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones and Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor in October.

The complaint accuses Harris of killing 50-year-old James E. Gerety between March 3, 2011, and April 20, 2011.

Facts for Living: Enjoy the taste of eating right

By Rebecca McFarland
Frontier Extension Agent

“Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” is the theme for National Nutrition Month 2014. National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Research confirms that taste is the number one reason why food is purchased over another. But, once we find nutritious foods that we like, we can fall in to a rut of eating those same foods over and over again. There are so many foods available to us, so we should continue to try new foods. That is one thing I highlight when I provide nutrition education in the schools in the Frontier District. I encourage the students to continue to try new foods and try the foods they thought they didn’t like, in different ways (cooking methods, with other foods, etc.).

Osage County U.S. 75 bridge approach project suspended due to weather forecast

UPDATE: Due to ongoing forecasts for winter weather this month, the U.S. 75 bridge approach pavement replacement project in Osage County has been suspended until further notice.  There is no confirmed project start date at this time. Kansas Department of Transportation will provide advance notice of the rescheduled project start date as soon as it becomes available. (See original release below.)


Weather permitting, on Monday, March 10, a pavement approach replacement project will begin on a total of eight bridges along an 8-mile stretch of the two-lane portion of U.S. 75 from the Marais des Cygnes River Bridge to the south Osage County line. Project work includes the replacement of approximately 30-40 ft. of the concrete bridge approach pavement and all new pavement markings. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturday work.

Kansas law enforcement: What you do in Colorado better stay in Colorado

030514-marijuanaleafTOPEKA – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and leaders of Kansas law enforcement organizations today reminded Kansans that marijuana possession remains illegal in Kansas. Schmidt was joined in the statement by Kansas Highway Patrol Superintendant Col. Ernest Garcia; Kansas Sheriffs Association President and Gray County Sheriff Jim Kramer; and Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police President and Wamego Police Chief Mike Baker. The group issued the following statement:

Lyndon Legion seeks candidates for post elections

Want to make a difference in your local American Legion Post? Want to have a role of leadership? American Legion Post 125, Lyndon, will be having post elections at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Leroy’s BBQ, 609 Topeka Ave.

“We are in need of strong leadership and active people that want to revitalize this post for your community and the future of Lyndon,” said Jayson Massey, post member. “This is the time to use what the military gave you to make a difference.”

Outdoors: Melvern Wildlife Area to host 2nd annual spring turkey hunt for youth

030414-turkey-leg-tagREADING – The thundering gobble of a turkey in its roost, the spit and drum of a strutting tom, and the sight of a long-beard in full fan are experiences that fuel the passion in Kansas turkey hunters. However, for many Kansas youth, the journey to becoming a turkey hunter has yet to begin.

A perfect start to the journey could be the Second Annual Spring Turkey Hunt at Melvern Wildlife Area. In an effort to share the spring turkey hunting experience with youngsters age 11 to 16, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, in cooperation with Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), will host the hunt on Saturday, April 5.

Osage County Jail Log, Feb. 24 – Feb. 27

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

Legislature pauses after ‘turnaround’ deadline

State Rep. Blaine Finch, 59th District, Franklin and Osage Counties

rep_finch_blaine_MGreetings from the now quiet Kansas Statehouse. As I write to you we have just finished our work in front of the first large deadline of the session, turnaround. Turnaround is the deadline when bills must be passed out of their house of origin. Both the House and the Senate were busy this week passing bills and trying to get them across the rotunda to the other chamber. Most of those bills that were not considered are now dead bills, but if they were referred to one of the so called exempt committees they are “blessed” and may still be considered after turnaround.

Kelsey Rae Gordon, 19, Osage City: Oct. 27, 1994 – March 1, 2014

OSAGE CITY – Kelsey Rae Gordon, 19, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Coffey County, Kan. She was born on October 27, 1994, in Ottawa, Kansas.

Kelsey graduated from Osage City High School in 2013 and was a member of the Osage City Baptist Temple. She had attended Ft. Scott Community College for a semester to be a beautician.

Emma Ruth Shultz, 8, Burlingame: August 20, 2005 – March 2, 2014

BURLINGAME – Emma Ruth Shultz, 8, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at her home in Burlingame. She was born on August 20, 2005, in Topeka, the daughter of Brett and Gina Ames Shultz.

Emma had lived in Burlingame all of her life and she was a member of the Burlingame Federated Church.

Statewide tornado safety drill Tuesday


A statewide tornado safety drill will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4. Every school, citizen and business is encouraged to participate in the drill by practicing seeking secure, safe shelter as if this were a real warning.

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management will be posting preparedness information and hosting challenges on its Facebook page throughout the week.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Feb. 17 – Feb. 21

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Feb. 17 through Feb. 21, 2014.

Greenhouse destination for first spring rider appreciation trip

By Osage County Senior Center Director Byron Jordan

A rider appreciation trip is planned for March 27 to the COF Training Services workshop in Burlington, the Dairy Queen for lunch, and Arnold’s Greenhouse, in LeRoy, for their spectacular spring displays. A $5 donation is requested per person to cover transit and entry fees. Everyone is on their own for lunch. Call 785-528-4906 or stop by the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, to reserve your seat on the bus.

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