Health advisory, safety tips issued during Flint Hills burning season

Smoke modeling tool active March 1 TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reminding Kansans that March and April are a time when large areas of the state’s rangeland is burned. More »


Seat belt enforcement campaign to focus on Kansas high schools

Beginning Feb. 20, 2017, and running through March 5, 2017, the Kansas Highway Patrol and area law enforcement agencies will participate in the annual “High Visibility Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign” around area More »


Missouri man arrested, charged in Osage City bank robbery

Bank surveillance photo of robbery suspect at Landmark National Bank, Osage City. WICHITA, Kan. – A Missouri man has been arrested and charged in connection with the bank robbery that happened Jan. More »


Hidden History: The crazy things those Osage County bachelors do for love

By Wendi Bevitt In 1912, some eligible bachelors of Olivet found themselves frustrated. They were too long single and growing weary of their status. These men decided to join their efforts in More »

Berneice E. Cline, 92, Burlingame: May 2, 2016

BURLINGAME – Bernice Evelyn Cline, 92, passed away, Monday, May 2, 2016, at Peterson Nursing Home, in Osage City.

Mrs. Cline will be cremated and a private inurnment will take place at a later date.

VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, Osage City, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at vanarsdalefs.com.

Margaret (Peggy) E. Simmons, 96, Colorado Springs: Jan. 13, 1920 – April 13, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Margaret E. (Peggy) Simmons passed away in Colorado Springs, Colo., on April 13, 2016, at the age of 96.

She was born Jan. 13, 1920, in Overbrook, Kan., the daughter of Arthur and Marcelene (Smith) Clark.

She graduated from Overbrook High School in 1938. She worked as a switch board operator at Fort Riley, Kan.

Peggy married Paul Simmons on Feb. 5, 1949, in Overbrook.

Sheriff’s office arrests suspect for attempted break-ins at Lyndon gun store

Randy Moore

Randy Moore

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported the arrest of a suspect in last week’s two attempted burglaries of a gun store near Lyndon.

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn reported today that Randy Moore, 66, Shawnee, was arrested on charges in connection with the attempted burglaries on April 24 and April 27 at Sports Mart, 24131 S. US 75 Highway, Lyndon. During both incidents, officers responded to a business alarm at that location and discovered damage to exterior glass.

The sheriff reported in a press release today that during the investigation it was learned two other Lyndon businesses, Bailey and Sons and Harrison Shooter Supply, were also damaged, and Moore is a suspect in those incidents.

Moore was arrested Friday on charges of criminal damage to property, criminal discharge of a firearm, attempted burglary and criminal threat, and was held on $250,000 cash or surety bond. He appeared in Osage County District Court Monday to face formal charges and his bond was reduced to $100,000.

Osage County Jail Log, April 26 – April 30, 2016

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

Overbrook Overlook: News from the city

Here’s a glance at what’s happening in Overbrook from the city’s monthly newsletter:

Overbrook swimming pool opens for the season at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28, with a free swim until 6 p.m. Buy season passes now at city hall. Sign up for swim lessons, swim team, pool parties, and other new and exciting events to be held at the pool this summer. For more information, contact park and recreation supervisor Melissa Jenneret at 785-640-2422.

Overbrook summer baseball – teams have been formed and games schedules will be available soon. This year Overbrook will host two Flint Hills League tournaments; the PeeWee Boys and Little League Boys.

Overbrook Park and Rec will host a fishing clinic, May 23-27, 9 a.m. to noon at the Kids Pond in City Park, for kids 10 and older. Cost is $15 for all five sessions. Space is limited to 20 kids. Sign up at city hall.

From the Overbrook Police Department – Please join us at the First Responder Showcase May 14 at City Park. This event is to help educate and assure residents that our partner agencies and we are dedicated to doing all we can do in case of an emergency. This year’s event includes a “Drug Take-Back”- safe disposal for all unused and/or unwanted prescription drugs. As school ends (last day at OAC is May 12) please watch out for kids on our streets. Also, you may have noticed a new piece of equipment on our streets; a mobile radar trailer was purchased at auction and is being used as a “reminder” of city street speed limits. New – if you see or suspect a crime, report it immediately to 911, not our local police department number. By calling 911 first, both our department and the county are notified and can respond. – Terry Hollingsworth, Chief of Police

From the Osage County Fire District No. 4 (Overbrook fire and EMT) – This past month resulted in an abundance of grass fire calls. Now, with rain and seasonal changes that threat is low. But, anytime you burn you should keep an eye on surrounds and have water and tools ready to extinguish the fire if needed. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings the first and third Monday evenings of each month at 7 p.m. at the fire station. Volunteers are now being accepted for the next training series. – Russell Mitchell, Fire Chief

Overbrook Code Compliance – (City Ordinance #353) spring rains make puddles, which create breeding areas for mosquitoes. Old tires and other such items that hold water should be properly disposed of. Both residential and business properties should be mindful of tall grass, weeds, trash, and other materials that may create health, safety, or nuisance concerns. – Tyler Torneden, Code Compliance Officer

Improve your well-being at the senior center

By Stephanie Watson

SEEDS-&-TOMATOES-01May is here! For many, it is the time to plant the summer vegetables: squash, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon and, of course, tomatoes to name a few. I want to concentrate on the tomato, classified as both a fruit and a vegetable. They are very easy to grow, easy to care for, delicious and pack a nutritional wallop that few other foods have. Almost every cuisine from around the world includes tomatoes for nutrition and taste.

The health benefits of tomatoes include improved eye sight, good stomach health, and reduced blood pressure, as well as relief from diabetes, skin problems and urinary tract infections. Furthermore, tomatoes can increase digestion, stimulate blood circulation, reduce cholesterol levels, improve fluid balance, protect the kidneys, detoxify the body, prevent premature aging, and reduce inflammation and related conditions. Tomatoes consist of a large number of antioxidants that have been proven to fight different forms of cancer. They are a rich source of vitamins and minerals and exert a protective effect against cardiovascular diseases. They have impressive amounts of vitamins A, C and K, as well as significant amounts of vitamin B6, folate and thiamin. Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous and copper. The old saying “an apple a day …” could have just as easily been “a tomato a day …”

A Cowboy’s Faith: Voice reveals true expression

buchmanhead“That cowboy sure has a face for radio.”

“That cowboy sure doesn’t have a voice to announce rodeos.”

No argument to either, and we’ve heard both evaluations said honestly without offense intended.

Thoughts of being on the radio crossed our imagination for decades as certain cowboy music jocks appealed our fancy.

Upon becoming a radio station worker, opportunity to voice commercials has arisen.

Right, wrong, or coincidental, comments of listener recognition have sometimes been noted.

Being on the radio is harder for a cowboy than it might seem. There are all of those recording gadgets that must be pushed, pulled, coordinated before words go across airways.

Consumer Alert: Recent storm damage could attract illegal contractors

TOPEKA – The Kansas Attorney General is reminding Kansas homeowners in areas damaged by recent severe weather to use caution during the cleanup and rebuilding to avoid scams by transient contractors.

“The recent hail and wind damage in several areas of the state means many homeowners will be seeking contractors for roof repairs,” Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. “When considering roofing work on a home or business, it is important that consumers make sure their roofing contractor is properly registered before signing any contract or having any work done. Consumers should request a copy of their roofer’s registration certificate and then should check our consumer protection website to confirm that the registration remains active.”

The requirement to register with the attorney general’s office is in addition to any other local requirements that may be imposed by cities or counties. The online directory of registrations is available at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.

Vintage plane crash lands after takeoff at Osage City


A biplane sits on its belly in an open field in Osage City after losing its landing gear during a crash landing.

A pilot and his passenger walked away from a crash landing of a vintage bi-wing airplane near Osage City Thursday.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, pilot Nathaniel H. Perlman, 38, Ft. Worth, Texas, had just taken off from Osage City Airport in the 1942 Boeing single-engine fixed-wing biplane around 3:30 p.m. April 28, 2016, when the plane lost power. The pilot made an emergency landing in an open field near 1626 Brant St., inside the city limits of Osage City. KHP reported that when the plane landed, the ground was muddy, causing landing gear to become stuck and break off. The plane came to rest facing north.

Perlman and the plane’s passenger, Raymond J. Lallo Jr., 52, Ft. Carson, Colo., were both reported as uninjured by KHP, although the Osage City Police Department reported the Perlman and Lallo received minor scrapes. Both were reported to be wearing safety restraints at the time of the accident.

KHP reported damage to the plane consisted of landing gear broken off of the fuselage. The plane was removed by the National Transportation Safety Board.

William Henry Morgan, 29, Osage City: Jan. 23, 1987 – April 25, 2016

OSAGE CITY – William Henry Morgan, 29, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016, at his home in Osage City, Kan. He was born Jan. 23, 1987, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Henry Thomas and Garthanna Elizabeth (Punches) Morgan.

William attended Osage City schools. He worked in the concrete business as a finisher.

William was preceded in death by his father, Henry; and a sister, Cassie Morgan.

State senator honors Osage City championship basketball team


State Sen. Anthony Hensley reads a resolution on the Senate floor honoring the OCHS basketball team.

The Kansas Legislature reconvened Wednesday for the 2016 veto session, but before work began, state Sen. Anthony Hensley honored the Osage City High School boys’ basketball team’s 2016 KSHSAA Class 3A State Basketball Championship. Hensley introduced a resolution on the floor, congratulating and commending the team and coach Dennis Fort for winning the championship.

The resolution noted the team won the championship with a 56-49 victory over Sabetha High School in the state championship game at the Hutchinson Sports Arena on March 12, 2016, and to get to the championship game, the number one-seeded Osage City Indians defeated Wellsville 60-44 in the quarterfinal game and Gypsum-Southeast of Saline 74-45 in the semifinal game. Also noted was the Indians’ season record of 25 wins and 1 loss, and that it was the third time in the school’s history the team had won the state title. The school had previously won the 3A state title in 2000 and the Class B state title in 1965.

The resolution listed the championship team members as Derrick Cooley, Jason Cooley, Duncan Fort, Ryan Haskins, Kaleb Irvin, Zach Irvin, Tucker Kimball, Peyton Pearson, Trenton Plinsky, Brett Sage, Joe Schemm, Carter Swindale and Tyson Wilkins; head coach Duncan Fort, and assistant coaches James Bellinger and Jordan Tice.

Culprit attempts break-in at Osage County gun store

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about two attempted break-ins at a gun store near Lyndon.

At approximately 11:23 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2016, the sheriff’s office received a report of a business alarm at Sports Mart at 24131 S. US 75 Highway, Lyndon. Upon arrival to the location, officers discovered damage to exterior glass.

Early today, April 27, around 3:16 a.m., the sheriff’s office received another alarm at Sports Mart. Officers again found damage to an exterior glass door, but the culprit was unable to gain access to the building.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about the incidents to call the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121 or Osage County Crime Stoppers at 877-OSCRIME. Callers can remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a reward.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse April 18 – April 22, 2016

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse April 18 through April 22, 2016.

April showers overflow Osage County


Salt Creek flowed out of it banks Wednesday, and lapped at the front door of the Lyndon Community Center and closed Second Street. Photo by Neva Smith.

Osage County streams are full to the brim after overnight thunderstorms moved through dropping four or more inches of rain across the area. The National Weather Service of Topeka has issued a flood warning in effect until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016, for most of the county. Flooding has been reported at Lyndon, where Salt Creek was out of its banks at noon today, and Quenemo, where the Marais des Cygnes River was above flood stage this morning. In addition, several highways in the county were closed this morning due to water across the roadways.

At 12:45 p.m., Salt Creek’s stage was 14.9 feet; flood stage is 10 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and expected to continue throughout today. As forecast, the creek will continue to fall below flood stage by tonight. Impact from flooding includes water overflows of the north bank of the creek and into fields just east of the U.S. Highway 75 bridge. Salt Creek flows under the highway at the south edge of Lyndon.

At Quenemo, the Marais des Cygnes River was reported above flood stage around 9 a.m. today. Flood stage is 17 feet, and the river was at 26.1 feet this morning. The river is forecast to rise to near 28.2 feet by late this afternoon, and expected to fall below flood stage Thursday morning. NWS reports that at 26.1 feet, farm fields along the river just north and east of South Stubbs Road bridge floods. South Stubbs Road remains flooded this afternoon about 2 miles south of Quenemo.

Drug Take Back Day: Sheriff’s office to collect unused medications

  1. The Osage County Sheriff’s Office will be joining law enforcement officers at locations across the state in collecting unused or leftover medications for safe disposal this week.

The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse.

The sheriff’s office will have two collection sites, with the first one 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City. Another collection will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on National Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, 131 W. 14th St., in Lyndon.

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn advises that medication can be dropped off in its original bottle without concern of privacy issues.

High water closes several Osage County roads

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is reporting several roads are closed around the county this morning due to high water from the overnight rains.

The sheriff’s office reported that around 6 a.m. April 27, U.S. Highway 56 east and south of Burlingame and Burlingame Road north of the city were closed due to water over the roadway. State Highway 31 west of the city remained open. Around 8 a.m., the sheriff’s office reported Burlingame Road was open and U.S. 56 east of town had one lane open, while the highway south of town was still closed.

Also reported around 8 a.m. was the closure of Stubbs Road south of Quenemo, due to rising water from the rains.

Most parts of the county received rain throughout the night; one reader reported 4 inches was collected in a rain gauge north of Lyndon.

NWS issues thunderstorm warning, tornado watch for Osage County, east central Kansas

The National Weather Service at Topeka has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Osage County and other portions of east central Kansas in conjunction with an ongoing tornado watch.

AT 3:48 p.m. today, April 26, 2016, the NWS issued the severe thunderstorm warning for Osage County, Shawnee County, western Franklin County and southwestern Douglas County, warning of a severe thunderstorm spotted over Melvern moving north at 40 mph.

Hazards of the storm could include ping pong ball size hail and 60 mph wind gusts as indicated on radar. NWS advises that hail can injure people and animals outdoors. Hail damage to roofs, siding, windows and vehicles can be expected from this storm, along with possible wind damage to roofs, siding and trees.

Locations impacted in this warning include southern Topeka, Osage City, Carbondale, Richland, Overbrook, Lyndon, Pomona, Scranton, Clinton, Williamsburg, Quenemo, Melvern, Olivet, Berryton, Clinton Lake and Pomona Lake.

The severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 4:30 p.m. A tornado watch remains in effect until 9 p.m. for east central Kansas.

Osage County District Court criminal cases April 15 – April 22, 2016

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court April 15, 2016, to April 22, 2016, with disposition, fines, sentencing and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court traffic cases April 15 – April 22, 2016

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court April 15, 2016, to April 22, 2016, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Osage County Jail Log, April 17 – April 24, 2016

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

Sheriff offers safety reminders for storm season


By Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn

A reminder with severe weather season upon us.

A tornado siren is an outdoor warning device only.  It is not meant to be heard inside your home or structure.

A reminder if you are camping at Pomona Lake, Melvern Lake or Osage County State Fishing Lake, they do not have a tornado siren.

The tornado siren will sound for 3 minutes and then will shut off. There is NOT an all clear siren. If you hear another siren you need to take cover again, as a threat of another tornado has been reported.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office 911 center sounds the tornado sirens. To determine when to sound a tornado siren it’s based on information from the National Weather Service and trained observers.

The area of the tornado warning is based on the direction of travel the tornado is moving.

Please keep informed of the severe weather by listening to the TV, radio or a weather radio.  Osage County also offers emergency notifications and alerts.  You may sign up at https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085612434# or contact Bryce Romine, with Osage County Emergency Management, at 785-828-3323.

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