Doves beware: Hunting season almost here

PRATT – The opening day of dove season, Sept. 1, is one of the most anticipated opening days of the year because it’s been a long layoff since last year’s hunting seasons closed. More »


Overbrook reins in summer fair season with fun horse show

Victoria Bryan and Allison Swisher compete in the egg and spoon race at the Overbrook Fair Horse Fun Show. The Overbrook fair hosted a new event with the Overbrook Fair Horse Fun More »


Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club invites all to enjoy sunflowers; sponsors photo contest

By Leanne Shoup, Club Reporter Be sure to stop by the Lyndon Leader 4-H sunflower field located eight miles north of Lyndon on U.S. Highway 75. The flowers will be in full More »


Vandals damage signs and mailboxes southwest of Osage City; citizens’ help requested

Update 6 p.m. Aug. 19, 2016: The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported a suspect has been identified in this case and a report has been forwarded to the county attorney’s office for prosecution. More »

Facts for Living: What to take, what to change?

By Rebecca McFarland, Frontier Extension District Agent

I’ve recently completed a series of sessions on healthy relationships with teens in the Frontier Extension District. A couple of the lessons that I think are really important are on communication challenges and conflict management skills.

080714-facts-for-living1The teens have a workbook that helps them apply the concepts we talk about to their own lives. One workbook activity I find particularly helpful is, Communication Patterns: What to Take, What to Change. The teens reflect upon the communication patterns in their families of origin and identify the patterns they want to work toward for their own lives. You see, without this kind of conscious examination, we all have a tendency to repeat the same patterns we grew up with. Or, we tend to react in totally opposite ways, which can be just as problematic. However, we can develop skills to communicate effectively and to manage conflict in healthy ways.

Negative communication patterns and interaction are what starts to erode relationships. Danger signs include put-downs or invalidation, withdrawal or avoidance, negative interpretation and escalation.

Patricia Esther Longfellow, 71, Ottawa: Nov. 9, 1944 – Dec. 22, 2015

OTTAWA – Patricia Esther Uitts Longfellow, 71, of Ottawa, Kan., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, Mo.

She was born Nov. 9, 1944, in LaHarpe, Kan., the daughter of William and Lena (Madison) Uitts.

She grew up and attended school in LaHarpe. 

Kansas lifts ban on poultry exhibitions

061015-backyard-rooster-barMANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced on Dec. 4, 2015, that it will be lifting the ban placed on poultry exhibitions and other events where birds are gathered or co-mingled.

The order, signed by Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey on June 9, 2015, was implemented in an effort to prevent the spread of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) and protect poultry health in Kansas. Kansas experienced a positive case of HPAI in Leavenworth County in 2015. Secretary McClaskey, in consultation with Kansas Animal Health Commissioner Dr. Bill Brown, lifted the ban as a result of no new cases of HPAI in Kansas since March 2015.

While the ban is lifted, Brown continues to encourage all poultry owners to monitor their flocks and maintain good biosecurity practices.

‘Twas the night before Christmas

By Rod Haxton, Editor
The Scott County Record

‘Twas the night before Christmas, under the capitol dome, not a creature was stirring, they’d long since gone home.

The doors were unlocked, and why, you might wonder, when you’re busted, flat broke, there’s nothing to plunder.

Kris Kobach in his PJs was home in his bed, as visions of voter fraud danced in his head;

While Sam was at Cedar Crest wondering why, he shouldn’t give the presidency one final try.

When out on the lawn was a crash like no other, Sam thought to himself, “I hope it’s not my brother.”

Osage County District Court criminal cases Dec. 11 – Dec. 18, 2015

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court Dec. 11 to Dec. 18, 2015, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court traffic cases Dec. 11 – Dec. 18, 2015

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court Dec. 11 to Dec. 18, 2015, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Buzz into the senior center for coffee and cookies

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas as well as a safe and Happy New Year! If you haven’t been to visit us at the Osage County Senior Center you must pop in. Don’t forget we provide a yummy and nutritious lunch Monday through Friday. Please call ahead for reservations at 785-528-4906.

The center is buzzing with grand ideas and lots of fun. Join us on Fridays for bingo and Wheel of Fortune. Find your inner creativity in our art and sewing room. Exercise Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You will always find a warm cup of coffee and a cookie waiting for you. Happy holidays!

The Osage County Senior Center is at 604 Market St., Osage City.

Linda Alice Walters, 65, Overbrook: March 25, 1950 – Dec. 15, 2015

OVERBROOK – Linda Alice Walters, 65, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Dec. 15, 2015, at her home. She was born March 25, 1950, in Parsons, Kan., the daughter of Richard H. Shepard and Bea (Bohannon) Shepard.

Linda was a retail manager most of her adult life at various retail businesses in the area.

Survivors include three daughters, Leigh Hagstrom, of Alaska, and Summer Walter and Bari Kuhlmann, both of Overbrook; and seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Iowa man accused of manipulating lottery numbers, wins 2 top prizes with Kansas tickets

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Iowa Attorney General’s Office filed a criminal case update Monday against an Iowa man for allegedly manipulating Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) random number generator (RNG) equipment in Iowa and then purchasing two tickets in Kansas that ended up winning top prizes.

The Iowa agency on Monday informed the Kansas Lottery that charges involving a December 2010 incident would be added this week in Iowa to an ongoing criminal conduct and money laundering case against Eddie Tipton.

“No issue is more important to the Kansas Lottery than the security of our games and gaming systems,” Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta said. “Neither Mr. Tipton nor MUSL have direct access to the Kansas Lottery’s internal gaming systems.

“However, when we became aware of Mr. Tipton’s actions while employed by MUSL, like most lottery jurisdictions that work with MUSL, the Kansas Lottery began an in-depth internal analysis and investigation into whether his activities affected the Kansas Lottery or its players. Those investigations have so far not revealed any indications that Mr. Tipton affected the Lottery’s internal systems, security of its games, or manipulated any internal drawings performed by the Kansas Lottery.

The Garden Patch: Growing succulents

052514-garden-excericiseA little change of pace this week – some information on succulents (or cacti to us that are more basic gardeners).

Succulents are plants that have become adapted to the shortage of water by developing water storage tissues, which make the leaves or stems juicy or fleshy and produce bizarre and weirdly beautiful plant shapes. Since these camel-like plants have the ability to hold water in the driest atmosphere, our modern homes with artificial heat and dry air provide a good environment. Most succulents, including the cacti which are a special family, require full sun. Others, strangely enough, grow best in shade.

Succulent plants have such varied shapes and forms, and so many dwarfed varieties that they are ideal houseplants for the most unusual containers. Planting and care are easy when you understand their special heat, light, soil and water requirements.

The cactus family numbers over 2,000 species all of which (except the most primitive members) are devoid of leaves, having swollen stems and spines. Their vividly colored flowers are composed of many petals and sepals with numerous stamens and a single pistil.

Osage County treasurer sues commissioners; seeks full pay, back pay, damages

Osage County taxpayers could end up paying lawyers’ fees and damages for Osage County commissioners’ actions and statements made against Osage County Treasurer Shari Weber, if the court rules the commissioners’ actions were unlawful.

Thursday, Weber filed a petition for mandamus in Osage County District Court against the commissioners, saying their action to reduce her salary during a Nov. 16, 2015, commission meeting was in violation of state law, and that she has suffered damages from emotional distress due to the commissioners’ defamatory statements.

The petition notes that during the meeting, Osage County Commissioner Ken Kuykendall told Weber she was incompetent and he questioned her ability to perform the duties of county treasurer. Weber has served as treasurer since August, when she was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to fill the unexpired term of retiring treasurer Jo Ann Hamilton.

At the Nov. 16 commission meeting, Kuykendall listed his concerns about Weber’s job performance, citing her request for a Homeland Security inspection of her office that included other parts of the courthouse; delay of a transfer of $148,000 in federal funds to the road and bridge department; hiring a private company to shred documents; and having Theel Plumbing employees move a refrigerator in the courthouse.

Make safety a tradition in your holiday kitchen

122215-Holiday-290_foodTOPEKA, Kan. – For many families, the holiday season includes cooking or baking traditional foods in the kitchen. With a few simple safety steps, children can join in the fun and make memories for a lifetime.

“When kids are in the kitchen, supervision is key,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. “Whether helping an adult cook or simply watching, children should always be in sight and in reach at all times.”

If you will be busy with preparations, ask another adult or teenager to watch the children as they perform age-appropriate tasks.

Burns – from spills, steam, hot surfaces and flame – can be especially devastating injuries. Because young children have thinner skin than adults, they burn more severely and at lower temperatures. Scald burns from hot liquid or steam are the most common type of burns among children ages 4 and under. A child will suffer a full-thickness burn (third-degree burn) after just three seconds of exposure to 140-degree water.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Dec. 14 – Dec. 18, 2015

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse Dec. 14 through Dec. 18, 2015.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 13 – Dec. 19, 2015

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

Deck the halls safely this holiday season


TOPEKA – For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few of us consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires and other injuries. The State Fire Marshal’s Office and Safe Kids Kansas reminds parents and caregivers to take a few precautions when decorating for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other winter festivities.

Christmas trees, candles and holiday decorations significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires. Add to that the hectic nature of the holidays, when people are trying to accomplish multiple tasks at one time, and the chance for home fires grows even more.

“As everyone gets busier during the holidays, we often become rushed, distracted or tired,” said Doug Jorgensen, State Fire Marshal. “That’s when home fires are more likely to occur.”

A Cowboy’s Faith: Sharing with the needy

buchmanhead“Waiting in Your Welfare Line.”

That’s the song by Buck Owens, one of our favorite “cowboy” singers during high school. And, we haven’t been able to forget the title since going to check out retirement.

Of course, when we called, the computer answered: “You can do it on online.”

“No,” we responded loudly, and another recording: “Wait.” Well, we waited, waited, waited, and then the machine: “Wait.”

Finally, 26-minute wait, a woman answered: “Social Security.” Cowboy nice, we asked to “set up a retirement appointment.” Instantly: “You can do it online.” After four times repeating question, the phone answerer consented to meeting in two months: “This is a busy office.”

Police seek leads in residential burglary and theft of locally well-known antique car


Update Dec. 19, 2015: The Osage City Police Department has reported the vehicle has been recovered, but released no other details.


The Osage City Police Department is still seeking leads on a residential burglary and theft of an antique automobile, despite obtaining surveillance photos of a suspect with the vehicle at a Topeka Walgreen’s on Wednesday.

According to the police department, on Dec. 15 officers responded to the report of the burglary of a home in the 400 block of north Fifth Street in Osage City, and theft of a 1954 Ford Customline 4-door sedan from the home’s garage. Also stolen were as yet undetermined household and personal items from the home. The thefts are believed to have occurred between Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. No one was at the home at the time the thefts occurred.

The antique car, which belongs to Osage City resident Lorraine Smiley, is well-known around Osage County, as Smiley has driven it in many local parades over the years.

Holiday season means travel; make yours safe

TOPEKA – Winter holidays often include travel to see family and friends. Whether your travels are short or the distance of a plane trip, plan ahead to ensure safe travels.

“With the dramatic increase of travelers over the holiday season, getting to your holiday destination can be a harried experience,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. “A little advance planning can go a long way into making your holiday a safe one.”

Beginning with new year, KDHE to determine KanCare eligibility

TOPEKA – On Jan. 16, 2015, Governor Sam Brownback signed Executive Reorganization Order (ERO) 43. Part of that ERO moves KanCare (Medicaid) eligibility determination for the elderly and people with disabilities from the Kansas Department for Children and Families to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment). This move will take effect Jan. 1, 2016.

Everyone will still be able to fill out an application for KanCare online at ApplyForKancare.ks.gov. For assistance or paper applications, people with disabilities and the elderly can call 800-792-4884. KDHE is deploying an additional 18 out-stationed workers in Liberal, Hays, Great Bend, Salina, Wichita, Arkansas City, Emporia, Chanute, Pittsburg, Topeka, Manhattan, Hiawatha, Lawrence, Ottawa, Olathe, Kansas City, Garden City and Dodge City. These out-stationed workers will be available by appointment only whenever a face to face visit is required. People with disabilities or the elderly who need to fax in applications or any supporting documentation will now need to use the fax number 844-264-6285.

Families and children applying for KanCare can fill out an application online at ApplyForKancare.ks.gov, call 800-792-4884, and fax applications to 800-498-1255.

Finish up your last minute Christmas at Osage City

sidewalksaturday_Dec_19_250Black Friday has come and gone, but you’re not out of luck for finding special deals with the last Sidewalk Saturday of the year at Osage City. While the frenzied are packing into the big box stores this weekend, Sidewalk Saturday shoppers will be able to finish up their last minute shopping, avoid the elbow-to-elbow crowds, and remain stress-free. In addition, the hometown stores at Osage City have just the right gifts for those special people in your life.

So to finish up your Christmas gifts quest, Sidewalk Saturday merchants offer everything you need for the holidays: unique gifts, electronic must haves, fashionable styles, home décor – and don’t forget to stock up on holiday meals and treats.

Why fight the crowds one more time? You can enjoy the easy-going Christmas shopping experience offered in Osage City on Sidewalk Saturday, Dec. 19.

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