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Commuters advised of delays during K-68 chip seal project

Resurfacing project begins July 7 Drivers are advised to expect delays during weekday lane closures on state Highway 68 east from the U.S. Highway 75 junction and north to the state Highway More »

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2015 Osage County Fair results for 4-H and open class exhibitions

While vegetables were scarce for exhibits in this year’s Osage County Fair, 4-Hers claimed best of show with their bounty of Osage County produce. Local gardeners’ next opportunity to vie for ribbons More »

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Celebrate Fourth of July the old-fashioned way at Lyndon

Who doesn’t like to celebrate Independence Day the good old-fashioned way? And where better to celebrate Fourth of July than the middle of Osage County – right here in Lyndon, the county More »

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Eat Well to Be Well: Fast food and eating healthy? It’s possible with a little help

Fast food and eating healthy – seems like such a dichotomy doesn’t it? Yet when you realize that every day, 1 in 4 Americans eats at a fast food restaurant and that More »

Health insurance in Kansas: Are premiums increasing?

By Roberta Riportella
Professor of Community Health, K-State Research and Extension

Recent reports have circulated that the Affordable Care Act has not treated Kansas well. Some point to the rise in premiums, or the fixed monthly costs you pay for health insurance, and that in Kansas, the rise in these premiums is more compared to the rest of the country. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the political nature of evaluating the success of the ACA, there is disagreement by analysts over the accuracy and the relevance of the numbers.

According to the Kansas Health Institute (http://www.khi.org/news/2014/nov/15/kansas-marketplace-opens-year-two/), the average premium for all plans offered in the Kansas Health Insurance Marketplace increased just 0.1 percent from 2014 to 2015, but the KHI acknowledges that individual Kansans could see a wide range of price changes for specific level plans.

The Garden Patch: Holidays arrive with longing for spring gardens

121214-tgp-sweet-potatoWell, today we’re going to tackle a couple of questions frequently asked relating to gardening and the “can I do this or that” thinking mode. Let’s start off with a frequently asked question about …

Sweet Potatoes

Can I grow ‘em? Yep! How? You can grow ‘em! This old gardener does almost every season! BUT – you gotta have lotsa room and a long, hot summer. Buy slips (young, rooted plants) from a reliable source to avoid transmission of diseases and set them out 18 inches apart and 4 feet between rows in the light soil they prefer.

KFB members represent Osage County at annual meeting

121214-KFB-Annual-MeetingDelegates and members from Osage County were among more than 1,000 people who attended Kansas Farm Bureau’s annual meeting Dec. 1-2, in Manhattan. Pictured are, front from left, Willie Prescott, Sheila Hollar, Jackie Diver, Daresa Prescott, back, Fred Diver, Rex Hollar, Teresa Sly, David Prescott, Jan Koehler, and Charles Hutchison.

Students selected as Phi Kappa Phi members at KSU

MANHATTAN – Two local students have joined more than 80 students at Kansas State University who are new members of one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor societies.

Evan Woodbury, a junior in agricultural education, of Quenemo, and Jenna Ferguson, a senior in accounting, of Reading, have been named as new members of Phi Kappa Phi at Kansas State University.

Outdoors: Share your harvest this season

A hunter can gift as many as 200 meals at a local food pantry with a donated deer

PRATT –- A mature white-tailed deer, even field dressed, can often outweigh the very hunter lucky enough to make the harvest. Combine that with generous permit allocations in some areas of the state, and some hunters may find they are quickly filling their freezers with venison. It’s meat that was obtained with hard work, time and perseverance, so it’s no surprise that hunters hold their harvests dear. But it’s this very reason that hunters should consider sharing such a meaningful meal with others this season.

Venison is a lean and healthy protein that most food pantries wouldn’t be able to offer their customers if it weren’t for organizations like Kansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry. KSHFH is a nonprofit organization that is the conduit for generous hunters to donate deer and provide food for thousands of hungry Kansans. Last year alone, hunters donated 991 deer and 18 elk, providing 245,000 meals across the state.

Community foundation opens new grant application period

Orbis recognized for generous donations

Area groups and organizations once again have an opportunity to be awarded funds through a local community foundation.

The Osage County Community Foundation is accepting applications for grants for innovative and creative projects and programs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation and cultural affairs. The application period for the current round of grants is open until Jan. 15, with grant recipients expected to be announced in February.

The foundation makes grants up to $500 for each recipient, and typically offers two rounds of grants annually. Any organization based in Osage County can apply, but preference is given to those that are not directly tax supported or agencies that have taxing authority. General operational expenses are not funded.

Eat Well to Be Well: Enjoy the sinful pleasure of healthy cocoa

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Take a break from holiday decorating and enjoy a warm cup of cocoa – you deserve it and it’s good for you.

When the snow begins to fall and the temperatures take a dip, a hot cup of cocoa does more than just warm you up. This ancient drink traces its history 2,000 years ago to the Mayans.

The taste back then would have been significantly different as it was a mixture of cocoa seed paste, water, cornmeal, and chili peppers, and was served cold. It wasn’t until it was introduced in Europe that sugar replaced the chili pepper to sweeten it up. Today, most of us think we’re simply drinking a sinfully rich, chocolaty beverage that tastes good. But, don’t be fooled. That cup of cocoa also has surprising health perks that can have an important role in your overall wellness.

Facts for Living: One bite at a time

By Rebecca McFarland, Frontier Extension Agent

080714-facts-for-living1How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. We all know the saying, but we often fail to apply this to various situations and problems we face in life. Whether it’s tackling an enormous project, losing weight to become healthier, or spending less to get out of debt, the best way to approach it is in smaller pieces.

As you hurry to buy just the right gift for those special people in your life, put the finishing touches on your holiday décor, and prepare your family’s favorite holiday dishes, remember this famous quote. I’m sure it will be the last thing on your mind, but in January when you are trying to pay off your credit cards and pay for your monthly expenses, and get back in to your favorite designer jeans, you’ll wish you had.

OCPR, KU Athletics offer a night at Allen Fieldhouse

Osage City Parks and Recreation is partnering with KU Athletics and the KU ticket office to offer “OCPR Night at Allen Fieldhouse”, in Lawrence. OCPR Night will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 14, at the KU women’s basketball game against the Texas Longhorns.

General admission tickets are $3, and there is no limit. Tickets can be purchased at the Osage City utility office, 201 S. Fifth St., or from Corey Linton, at the OCPR office. Payment methods accepted include cash or check. Ticket sales deadline is Jan. 23.

New countywide burning regulations to begin New Year’s Day

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A range fire in northern Lyon County along the Osage County line on March 20, 2014, sets the sky aglow with flames and smoke. Photo by Matthew Fowler, Emporia Gazette.

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Osage County will join other counties across the state that require a burn permit for open burning of materials, pastures, vegetation or crop residue.

In August, Osage County commissioners signed a resolution requiring the permits, with the new regulations to be in effect the first day of the new year.

The resolution regulates open burning in all unincorporated areas of Osage County, and specifically covers “waste material, material from salvage operations, structures, vegetation such as grass, woody species, crop residue, and other dry plant growth for the purpose of crop, range, pasture, wildlife or watershed management, household trash, careless discharging of smoking materials, or other combustible materials.”

Burlingame’s 25th Country Christmas has town ringing with Christmas cheer

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People and cars line Santa Fe Avenue in downtown Burlingame Saturday in anticipation of the annual Country Christmas lighted parade.

The silver bells were ringing in the 25th anniversary of Burlingame’s Country Christmas Saturday as the community gathered on Santa Fe Avenue for the town’s traditional lighted parade and lighting of the tree. Burlingame’s 2014 Country Christmas Couple Bill and Mitzi Patterson shared the celebrity spotlight with Santa Claus as honored guests in the parade.

Food for Thought: Holiday potatoes made the easy way

By Nancy Schuster, Frontier Extension Agent

Food for ThoughtPotatoes get a bad rap. Everyone knows they are fattening! Here’s the skinny on potatoes. The following claims can be made for the potato; it’s an excellent source of vitamin C, a great source of potassium, a good source of vitamin B6, is low in sodium, and is low in fat.

A medium potato weights 5.3 ounces and is about the size of a computer’s mouse. While citrus fruits offer more vitamin C, a 5.3 ounce potato with skin provides 27 mg of vitamin C, 45 percent of the daily value. A 5.3 ounce potato with skin has 620 mg of potassium compared to one medium stalk of broccoli at 420 mg, or a medium banana at 450 mg. Potatoes also contain a complex carbohydrate – starch, and two grams of fiber. A 5.3 ounce potato with skin has 110 calories.

Bus schedule dependent upon whims of winter weather

In one week, on Dec. 17, during the Osage County Senior Center’s birthday lunch, we will have the raffle drawing for the “Hole in the Barn Door” queen size-quilt, hand-sewn by the senior sewing ladies.  There will be several other prizes raffled, including a Sponge Bob-character baby wrapper. Overall, prizes valued over $300 will be given away that day. To make your lunch reservations, call 528-4170 at least 24 hours before the meal is to be served. Raffle tickets are available at the senior center.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Dec. 1 – Dec. 5

The following information was taken from the records at the Osage County Courthouse Dec. 1 through Dec. 5, 2014.

Osage County Jail Log, Nov. 30 – Dec. 6, 2014

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

A night of notable achievements for Osage County 4-H

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2014 Osage County Kansas Award Portfolio winners: Front, from left, Wylie Young, Chad Robert, Lexi Studebaker; middle, Bonnie Young, Kilene Tate, Alexandra Sluder, Akaylee Prunty, Kiera McNellis, J.D. Schoepflin, Breanna Strohm, Will Kerns, Osage City Lions Club president, Morgan Woodbury; back, Ethan Quaney, Leon Sluder, Cody Atchison. Other KAP winners not pictured include Dylon Harris, Avery Mead, Marrit Mead, Allison Railsback, Brandon Stahel, Derek Stahel, Lakin Stahel, Tracy Wilk, Calvin Young.

2014 Frontier Extension District-Osage County 4-H Achievement Night

LYNDON, Kan. – Osage County 4-H Achievement Night was held Nov. 15, 2014, at the Lyndon High School Auditorium. Achievement Night is an annual event in which 4-H clubs, past and present members, and volunteers are recognized for their accomplishments throughout the previous year.

Santa makes annual pre-Christmas trip to Lyndon during winter festival

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With Christmas less than three weeks away, Santa Claus made his annual reconnaissance mission to Lyndon Saturday, when he met with all of the town’s good kids and listened to their wish lists. Santa first made an appearance in Lyndon’s Winter Festival parade, chauffeured to the high school in the back of a pickup decorated with holiday cheer – Lyndon State Bank’s parade entry that won as the best business group float.

Charlene M. Johnson, 61, Reading: May 14, 1953 – Dec. 5, 2014

Charlene M. Johnson, 61, passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at her home in Reading.

She was born May 14, 1953, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Albert Sr. and Dorothy Wamser Bowers. Charlene was raised in the Kansas City area.

She went on to graduate from Basic High School, Henderson, Nev., where she lived and raised her family. She worked at the Flamingo Hilton, in Las Vegas, Nev., as a shift supervisor of cashiers. She retired with over 30 years of service in 2007. After her retirement she moved to Reading.

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