Pomona welcomes spring with annual Easter egg hunt

KDWPT game wardens and the Easter Bunny are ready for visitors  at Pomona State Park for Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunt. Pomona State Park’s annual Easter egg hunt is at 1 p.m. Saturday, More »


Simple country wedding actually miraculous, most inspirational affair

A wedding carriage ride down the main street of Reading, Kan., had even more special significance for Stephanie and Kevin Bachert, due to Stephanie’s ongoing recovery from a near fatal fall from More »


Kiwanis Club helps Osage City schools prepare for emergencies

Accepting emergency preparedness buckets on behalf of Osage City Elementary School Monday was the second grade class of Collene Stucky, back right. Making the presentation were, back from left, Kiwanis District Governor David More »


Finch: Some quiet, but good bills pass out of committee

State Rep. Blaine Finch sponsored three students from Osage County and Douglas County to work as pages for the Kansas House of Representatives on March 19. Visiting the Governor’s office are from More »

All invited to commemoration of 50th anniversary of Pomona Lake’s dedication


A correspondent’s photo appeared in the Sept. 5, 1964, Ottawa Herald with the caption: QUEEN CANDIDATES – One of these 10 girls will be named Miss Pomona Dam today. The winner will be announced at dedication ceremonies at the dam site. The candidates are Gloria Johnson, Burlingame; Joan Walker, Ottawa; Kay Ingersoll, Michigan Valley; Judy Mason, Osage City; Kathy Jones, Overbrook; Mary Tesar, Pomona; Sandra Thornbrugh, Quenemo; Janice Caudle, Melvern; Nancy Failor, Lyndon; and Phyllis Neilson, Vassar.

Accuracy in the field requires practice

Now is the time to practice shooting skills for upcoming hunting seasons


PRATT ­- When hunting season kicks off, nothing can be more frustrating than a bad shot. Contrary to a popular notion, good shooters aren’t born that way. Good shooters get that way through pre-season practice, and those shooters will have more successful hunts this fall.

Three major seasons are on the cusp of arriving in Kansas, including dove, teal, and deer. Whether your quarry flies in the sky or trots on the ground, here are a few suggestions for better accuracy in the field. And remember, always handle firearms safely.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Being on time important

buchmanhead“What time is it?”

Mrs. Groom, our second grade teacher, asked when we were in the fourth grade during an all school assembly, as we were seated with our legs crossed in the chair. We quickly unfolded our legs and sat up square, feet on the floor.

She repeated the question: “What time is it?” Originally thinking we were being reprimanded for typical poor habits, we then quickly looked at our wristwatch and responded.

Auditions open for second concert of Overbrook Performing Arts’ series

The second concert for the Overbrook Performing Arts Series will be held on Nov. 2, 2014. The concert will be a celebration of gospel music.

Artists must audition in advance by performing the concert selection.  Auditions will be held 9–11 a.m. Sept. 6, and 3–5 p.m. Sept. 7, at the Overbrook Public Library community room.

Courtroom drama takes center stage in Ottawa’s sesquicentennial celebration

083014-witness_250OTTAWA, Kan. – As Ottawa celebrates its 150th birthday, ACT Ottawa is bringing the Franklin County Courthouse alive once more with courtroom drama.

ACT Ottawa, Ottawa’s community theater, is staging Agatha Christie’s Witness For the Prosecution in the historic courtroom in the original courthouse at 315 S. Main St.

The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

Lucky winners to get something on a stick at the Kansas State Fair


Four lucky Osage County News viewers will have fun at the Kansas State Fair this year, as winners of Osage County News’ “Get on a Stick” ticket package giveaway. In the giveaway, four winners were randomly selected today from among eligible entrants who met yesterday’s entry deadline.

4th Judicial District Nominating Commission sends candidate names to governor

TOPEKA – The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission sent the names of two candidates for district court judge to Gov. Sam Brownback, who has 60 days to decide who will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of District Court Judge Thomas H. Sachse.

Outdoors: Fishing reports for Melvern Lake, Pomona Lake and Osage County Fishing Lake

The following fishing and lake reports for Osage County lakes were provided by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Garnett publisher urges campaign against county attorney’s appointment as judge

Dear Editor,

As you know, Anderson County Attorney Brandon Jones (also Osage County Attorney) and Coffey County Attorney Doug Witteman’s names have been forwarded to Governor Sam Brownback as possible appointments to fill the vacancy in a Fourth Judicial District judge’s seat. One of the two will be appointed within the next few weeks.

You may not, however, be familiar with as yet unresolved open government/character issues surrounding one of the nominees. As Anderson County Attorney, Brandon Jones investigated and determined a suspect after persons unknown pursued an illegal and unethical anonymous campaign against a spring 2013 bond issue for a new hospital facility in Anderson County.

Timothy J. Kemble, 19, Carbondale: Dec. 29, 1994 – Aug. 24, 2014

CARBONDALE – Timothy “T.J.” J. Kemble, 19, Carbondale, Kan., passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. He was born Dec. 29, 1994, at Topeka, Kan., the son of Eric and Barbara Werner Kemble.

Timothy graduated in 2013 from Santa Fe Trail High School, where he enjoyed playing football and track. He also enjoyed fishing and camping, and loved animals.

James Elliott Pollom, 81, Topeka: Feb. 10, 1933 – Aug. 28, 2014

TOPEKA – James Elliott Pollom, 81, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at The House at Midland Care, in Topeka. He was born on Feb. 10, 1933, in Manhattan, the son of Fred and Maud Humiston Pollom.

Jim graduated from Kansas State University in 1956. He played on the Wildcat baseball team for four years. He joined the United States Air Force where he attended navigator’s school. He served as a first lieutenant in the 11th Air Refueling Service until 1959. Upon his return, he received a master’s degree in education and physical education at KSU.

He taught science and physical education in various schools in Kansas, where he also served as a basketball, baseball and track coach.

KHP requests assistance in investigation of U.S. 56 pedestrian fatality

The manner in which a Carbondale man died Sunday is still under investigation, with the Kansas Highway Patrol issuing a request this afternoon for the public’s assistance in the case.

Osage County deputies found Timothy J. Kemble, 19, Carbondale, on U.S. Highway 56  about two miles west of Overbrook early the morning of Aug. 24, after a caller reported a body lying in the road. An autopsy determined Kemble had been struck by a vehicle.

KHP reported that it is believed that a vehicle struck and killed Kemble, who was walking on the highway, with the collision occurring at approximately 5:05 a.m. Sunday.

Brody “Brodster” Robert Johnston, 4 months, Scranton: Aug. 25, 2014

082814-brody-robert-johnstoSCRANTON – Brody “Brodster” Robert Johnston, infant son of Brad and Raychel (Boling) of Scranton, Kan., died on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.

Brody is survived by his loving parents; grandparents, Sam and Rhonda Boling and Rob and Beth Johnston, all of Topeka; uncle, Matt (Alana) Boling; great-grandparents, Rex and Mary Wiseman; great-grandfather, Bob Johnston; and his canine playmate, Sissy (Adidas).

Child dies while en route to Topeka hospital

Infant reported as not breathing at day care facility

A funeral will be held Friday for a child who died during an emergency transport from a day care facility in Lyndon on Monday.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported that at 12:08 p.m. Aug. 25, Osage County EMS responded to a call of a child not breathing at a day care facility at 1020 Monroe St., Lyndon. The child, Brody Johnston, 4 months old, of Scranton, died while en route to a Topeka hospital.

In a press release today, the sheriff’s office reported the coroner’s office has yet to determine the cause of Brody’s death.

Be safe on the water during Labor Day holiday


No matter the size of watercraft, a life jacket is necessary for every passenger.

TULSA, Okla. – It’s almost time to say goodbye to summer. For everyone who will be spending the weekend on or around the water this Labor Day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is offering these safety tips.

Summer is growing season for area businesses

August was a month of business expansion in Osage County, with two area companies opening new locations.

Win prizes, help put the brakes on fatalities

If you’re a Kansas kid age 5 to 13, you could win some great prizes in the Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day poster contest. In the contest, kids are asked to enter artwork representing their thoughts on “Put the Brakes on Fatalities.”

Three statewide winners will receive family packages at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City and $50 gift cards from Dillon’s.

Seats fill fast for bus trips to interesting destinations

The reduction in the Osage County General Public Transportation bus capacity from 40 to 27 may have made a bigger difference than we thought. Very seldom do we fill up all our trips, but the trips to Lecompton, Ottawa and Olpe are now full. We appreciate those riders who take advantage of these trips. However, we always have room on our regularly scheduled shopping trips to Topeka and Emporia.

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