On Windy Hill: Commissioners plot litigation against derelict trail volunteers

Monday, I sat through a discussion at a meeting of the Osage County commissioners that was similar to that I’ve probably heard at least a dozen times over the last eight years More »


Plea deal cancels murder trial; Harris enters plea to involuntary manslaughter

Attorney James Campbell, center, hands James Harris’ plea documents to Osage County Chief Judge Phillip Fromme during an impromptu plea hearing Monday. A Carbondale man accused of first degree murder in Osage More »


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

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 More »


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

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 More »

Jean L. Ingersoll, 94, Overbrook: Jan. 3, 1920 – June 4, 2014

Jean Lois Ingersoll, 94, died June 4, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. She was born Jan. 3, 1920, in Topeka, to John Daneke and Genevieve Petereck Daneke.

She taught school at Cargy School in Douglas County and Overbrook Grade School before her marriage to Phillip Ingersoll in 1942, in Topeka. He preceded her in death in 1952.

For 12 years following the death of her husband, Mrs. Ingersoll continued to operate the Ingersoll Turkey Farm, at Michigan Valley, Kan., selling fresh dressed turkeys both commercially and to the public. Her turkeys won many state and national awards. 

Measles cases confirmed in Johnson County

OLATHE, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment have confirmed two cases of measles in Johnson County, Kan. All those at risk for the disease are being contacted and the investigation is ongoing.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. With the creation of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine, measles cases are rare in the United States; however, it still sickens approximately 20 million and kills 164,000 people worldwide each year.

Kids: Catch fish, win prizes at Pomona State Park fishing derby


Kids who like fishing, and their parents, will want to get up early to wet some worms this Saturday at Pomona State Park, during the annual Kids Fishing Derby. All children under 15 years old are eligible for the derby which begins at 8 a.m. at Boat Ramp No. 2 in the state park. Prizes will be awarded.

Eat Well to Be Well: Quench your thirst to avoid dehydration dangers

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As summer temperatures rise, so do your chances of becoming dehydrated. Dehydration is when water loss exceeds water intake. If the percentage of water loss escalates too much, you can be in serious danger of major health effects and even death. Water is that critical and is your most important ally in avoiding dehydration. Understanding dehydration and becoming knowledgeable about how to protect yourself against this avoidable consequence can help you enjoy your summer to its fullest.

K-170 double bridge replacement project to begin in Osage County


Update, June 11, 2014: The project start date has been rescheduled from Thursday, June 19, to Monday, June 23. On Monday-Tuesday, June 23-24, crews will install traffic control for the project. Then sometime during the day, Wednesday, June 25, eastbound and westbound K-170 will be closed to all through traffic on either side of the two bridges throughout the project duration. A marked detour will be provided.


On Thursday, June 19, a project will begin to replace two bridges on state Highway 170, approximately 3.5 miles east of Reading, in Osage County.

The project includes the removal of two existing bridge structures that will be replaced with a haunched slab span bridge and a reinforced concrete box. New guard fence and flatter side slopes will provide an extra measure of safety to the traveling public. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturday work.

OCPR Update: Aquatic center is open for swimming, lessons, water aerobics

Osage City Parks and Recreation has opened the Osage City Aquatic Center for the season, and is offering summer swim lessons and water aerobics. Other upcoming activities include summer art camps and football camps.

Give a gift of hope for Father’s Day

Unsure what to get your father for Father’s Day? How about making a donation in their honor to SOS?

By making a donation, you select a handcrafted Father’s Day card to send your special person letting them know you made a donation in their name to SOS to help stop sexual and domestic abuse, child abuse and neglect.

Birth: Michael Noble, March 26, 2014

060414-birth-michael-nobleEvan and Jessica Noble, Osage City, Kan., have announced the birth of their son, Michael Joseph Daniel Noble, born at 11:12 p.m. March 26, 2014, at Stormont-Vail Healthcare, Topeka.

Farmers market vouchers available for eligible seniors

By Osage County Senior Center Director Byron Jordan

The Area Agency on Aging’s Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program applications are now available at the Osage County Senior Center. Qualified applicants receive six $5 vouchers that can be used for fresh produce at the Lyndon, Garnett, or Ottawa farmers markets throughout the summer. 

Heartfelt love for milk cows keeps Lebo dairy going strong as neighbors disperse


Despite typical setbacks, Jim and Kathy Barr operate the only dairy left in Osage County, and one of a decreasing number across Kansas. It’s the family’s love of the cows and the dairy business that keeps Barr Dairy bucking the trend of dairy farm dispersals.


She is no fool.

Never has been; through thick, thin, ups, downs, children, fire, just about name it, whatever, where there’s a desire, there’s a way.

Really much more complicated, but most simply, she just plain “loves to milk” cows.

“Your heart has to be in it. I’ve been the full circle. I’m a survivor. Those cows depend on us, and we depend on them. And now, it’s paying off with the highest milk prices ever,” Kathy Barr hurried the “visit at work” to conclusion.

“I have to get home to milk,” she insisted with no grudge, but ample enthusiasm.

Pros challenge Wolf Creek Park disc golf course during Pomona 50th Anniversary Open


A disc golfer putts one toward the hole during Sunday’s Pomona Open at Wolf Creek Park, Pomona Lake. USACE photo.

The Dynamic Discs Pomona Lake 50th Anniversary Open drew 28 disc golf players to Wolf Creek Park’s disc golf course Sunday morning. Spectators, organizers and players gathered June 1, enjoying a cool and cloudy but slightly breezy morning for disc golf.

Osage County Jail Log, May 26-May 31

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

Probation revoked for Scranton man; Topeka man convicted of intent to distribute marijuana

A Scranton man had his probation revoked today and was ordered to serve a 27-month prison sentence.

Robert Baker II, 25, Scranton, appeared in Osage County District Court June 2 on a motion to revoke his probation due to his conviction of another crime in Shawnee County.

Osage City Library: Summer readers or mad scientists?

Chemistry-237x300On Wednesday, June 4, the Osage City Public Library will kick off its “Fizz Boom Read” summer reading program 1:30-2:30 p.m., with Mad Science providing unique, hands-on science experiences. Afterward, a refreshing treat will be enjoyed by summer readers who attend the program.

On Friday, June 6, popcorn will be served during a movie that begins at 1:30 p.m.

Next week, Eisenhower State Park will present the program 1:30-2:30 p.m. June 11, with bingo scheduled for 1:30-2:30 p.m. June 13.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse May 19 – May 30

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse May 19 through May 30, 2014.

Severe thunderstorm warning for Osage County Sunday night

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Lyon County, Osage County, southern Shawnee County, southeastern Wabaunsee County until 10:45 p.m.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Burger and fries best

buchmanhead“Cowboys are ‘beef-and-taters-itarians.’”

That’s a made-up word the computer won’t accept our spelling on, and of course Dan Webster never heard of such a thing either.

But, we came up with the “fjbism” after the birthday party planners at work included vegetarian hot dogs in the picnic last week, because the two newest employees don’t eat meat.

Cross Country Chaos incites pasture pandemonium at Osage City

Mud pit and barbed wire.

Man vs. Mud: Cross Country Chaos competitors face barbed wire and muck at the finish line.

Springtime in Osage County usually means putting cattle out to graze the lush pastures. But in a pasture southwest of Osage City, it means total chaos is about to happen again. Cross Country Chaos, which is scheduled for June 14, 2014, southwest of Osage City, could be the dangedest spectacle you have ever seen in the Kansas grasslands.

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