Entries now accepted for 2017 Wild About Kansas photo contest

First place photo in the recreation category of the 2016 Wild About Kansas photo contest was submitted by Chenoa Casebier, Osage City. PRATT – Don’t let Facebook and Instagram be the only More »


Winning the war: How to persuade children to eat more veggies

By Tiffany Roney MANHATTAN – Getting children to eat their vegetables might not be an endless battle if parents follow some research-based advice from a nutrition expert at Kansas State University. Getting More »


Hummingbirds will like new list of recommended flowers as much as Kansans

Cuphea Vermillionaire is a hummingbird and pollinator attractor. It’s on the 2017 Prairie Star Flower list of plants that performed well during a two-year trial at Kansas State University. By Mary Lou More »


Hidden History: Osage City businessman’s ‘can do’ attitude produces bountiful success

J.E. Gardner, grower of fancy tomatoes, Osage City, is shown with a wagon load of his produce in this ca. 1912 photograph from the collection of Gary Lowman. By Wendi Bevitt In More »

Marjorie M. Dlugosh, 86, Lyndon: Jan. 19, 1930 – June 3, 2016

LYNDON – Marjorie M. Dlugosh, 86, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2016, in Sugar Land, Texas. Marge was born Jan. 19, 1930, the daughter of Charles Dewy and Bertha Malinda Bartz Glenn.

Marge graduated from Lyndon High School with the class of 1948.

On May 25, 1951, Marge was married to Fredrick P. Dlugosh, in Topeka, Kan. To this union two sons were born, Terry and Troy.

Marge worked at Hallmark Cards in Topeka, Spring’s Drugstore in Lyndon while the boys were in school, and then worked in the Osage County Clerk’s office.

Loretta D. Deskins, 78, Bloomington, Ind.: March 29, 1938 – May 25, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Loretta D. Deskins, 78, formerly of Melvern, Kan., passed away on May 25, 2016, at Monroe Hospital, Bloomington, Ind. She was born on March 29, 1938, in Tonganoxie, Kan., the daughter of Frank and Ethel Walker Unfred.

Loretta lived in the Lawrence, Kan., area until marrying Henry Frost in 1954. They had five children. They later divorced, and she lived in Lecompton, Kan., and then Lawrence while raising her children.

Loretta worked at Bendix King, in Ottawa, Kan., for several years. After her children were grown, she married Gary Deskins. They settled in Melvern, where they owned and operated the Sunflower Inn for several years.

‘Surf’s up’ for Melvern Methodist Church’s vacation Bible school

Melvern United Methodist Church is having vacation Bible school this summer, June 27-July 1. This year the theme is “Surf Shack – Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love”. The students will become “surfers” and explore how to serve God and experience God’s amazing presence in their lives.

Vacation Bible school is open to students in kindergarten through 6th grade, and will be held 6-8 p.m. June 27-July 1, at Melvern United Methodist Church. Participants are asked to arrive by 5:45 p.m. for check in.

To pre-register, or for a registration form or more information, contact Audrey Cop at 785-549-3255, or email cop1021@embarqmail.com. Anyone who will be registering on the first night is asked to arrive by 5:15 pm.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Friendships draw reflections

buchmanhead“Do you remember this horse you trained 15 years ago?”

“Oh, I always came to your sale; remember this horse I bought 10 years ago.”

“Can you remember this horse you placed first 12 years ago as a baby at the county fair?”

“Remember when you helped load my horse after that training session 20 years ago.”

“You wrote that story about me, remember?”

“I won the all-around at the rodeo you announced 18 years ago, remember that?”

Those remarks and more were most congenially made at a recent horseshow outside the regular locale.

Our cowboy position, to those inquisitors, had transitioned to contestant, rather than trainer, official, merchandiser, writer, announcer or horse assistant-advisor.

William Ralph Thompson, 89, Pomona: Sept. 24, 1926 – June 1, 2016

POMONA, Kan. – William Ralph Thompson, 89, of Pomona, Kan., passed away peacefully surrounded by family Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at his home. He was born Sept. 24, 1926, in Burlingame, Kan., the son of Ralph and Ruby (Tindell) Thompson.

Bill grew up and attended Burlingame and Scranton, Kan., schools. He served our country from 1944 to 1946 in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.

He married Eva Herrill on June 19, 1947, in Topeka, Kan. They shared over 54 wonderful years together before her passing in 2011. 

Filings in Osage County Courthouse May 23 – May 27, 2016

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse May 23, 2016, through May 27, 2016.

Use of synthetic opioid U-47700 poses risk to Kansas citizens

TOPEKA – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is warning the public of a rapidly emerging drug threat that is believed to have contributed to a number of accidental drug overdose deaths in Kansas within the past month. This drug, U-47700, has no accepted medical use and poses a risk to Kansas citizens.

Across the country, opioids, including prescription pain relievers and heroin, remain the driving factor behind the drug overdose epidemic. U-47700 is a synthetic opioid analgesic drug that is reportedly nearly eight times more potent than morphine. It may cause eye, skin or respiratory system irritation and is harmful if inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin. U-47700 produces strong effects including sedation and respiratory depression which could be harmful or fatal.

Finch: Kansas legislators should roll up their sleeves and work to keep schools open

By State Rep. Blaine Finch, 59th District, Franklin and Osage Counties

Recently you may have heard conversations about schools closing this summer and not reopening this fall. I have heard from many parents and educators who are concerned about this possibility. So what is going on and why are people talking about schools closing?

The Kansas Constitution requires the legislature to make “suitable provision for the educational interests of the state.” As you may recall from civics or government class, in our system of government when there is a dispute about whether something is constitutional that dispute gets taken to court. In 2010 a group of plaintiffs did just that and sued the state. They said the legislature had failed to do its job and had not made suitable provision for the state’s educational interests.

The state lost that case at the lower level and it appealed the case to the state supreme court. That court put the brakes on the district court ruling and said there were two parts to making suitable provision. First adequacy, or is there enough money to properly fund education? And second, equity, are kids in different parts of the state able to have the same type of education even though they may come from areas of different wealth?

The court recently ruled that the block grant funding formula passed by the legislature in the middle of the court case was not equitable. It allowed districts with more property value to raise a lot more money for their schools, while those with less value couldn’t possibly keep up without taxing their people into the poor house. The court kicked it back to the legislature and said to fix this inequity before the end of the state’s fiscal year, June 30. If it didn’t, the state would be without a constitutionally equitable funding formula and the new school year could not start without one.

At this point the legislature could have returned to the old formula (pre block grants) which had already been held to be constitutional, or make a new solution that would be equitable. They chose the second and passed a bill that routed both pots of the state’s equalization dollars through only one of the formulas. Last week the court completed its review and found that the rerouting of those dollars was not equitable. In its decision it again deferred to the legislature and gave it an opportunity to fix the inequity before the end of the current fiscal year.

Now we find ourselves in the first week of June and the regular legislative session has ended. The governor may call the legislature back for a special session to address the equity issue and I call upon him to do so. Ten days after his call the legislature can be assembled and begin using its processes to work toward a consensus solution in the best interests of our children.

There are those who believe the court is out of line and the legislature should ignore their orders. I have made my career as a lawyer, serving clients throughout our area. I can tell you when the courts of this state order my clients to do something, they have two options: follow the order or appeal. Once we reach the court of last resort, the supreme court, there is only one option, follow the order of the court. We are a nation of laws and the law of this nation has been the same for over 200 years. “’It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is.” Marbury v. Madison (1803). It is time to follow the law.

The legislature can and should pass the legislation needed to address this issue. I stand ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work to keep our school doors open and continue making our state the best possible place for our families.

Spanish guitar virtuoso Claude Bourbon to return to Osage City

By Dave Azwell

091114-CLAUDE.bourbonThe Osage City Area Arts Council will present Claude Bourbon, Spanish guitar virtuoso, in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Santa Fe Depot, Fifth and Market streets, Osage City. It’s a return engagement for Bourbon who wowed the audience the last time with his Medieval guitar sound and one-of-a-kind voice.

Born in France, educated in Switzerland, and now based in England, Bourbon returns to Osage City for a second concert which offers a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions. His first performance was outstanding and had the audience in awe of his talent and skill. He is known throughout Europe and the U.S. for amazing guitar performances. Each year he performs over 100 shows featuring the blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern and Russian stylings.

“It’s not a same ol’ same ol’ gig …” as Bourbon performs an acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar. His combination of haunting Spanish moods and lyrical romantic jazz provides “…a rich evening of music for lovers and a real treat for music lovers.”

Admission for the evening’s event is by free-will donation.

Longest running professional rodeo has special attractions set for Strong City

Bright lights will again be shining at the oldest consecutive rodeo in Kansas.

Likewise, this is one of the longest running professional rodeos in the world, and, as importantly, has the most unique heritage in the sport of rodeo.

“Continuing the tradition of rodeo at its best, the 79th annual Flint Hills Rodeo is set Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 2, 3 and 4, each evening at 8 o’clock, in the historic arena at the north edge of Strong City, Kansas,” announced Buck Bailey, Chase County rancher and president of the Flint Hills Rodeo Association.

The richest rodeo legacy surrounding the Flint Hills Rodeo was started 79 years ago by E.C. Roberts at his home west of Strong City.

Patrol reports Memorial Day weekend holiday activity

The Kansas Highway Patrol has released preliminary data from its Memorial Day weekend holiday activity. The reporting period for the holiday weekend ran from 6 p.m. May 27, 2016, through 11:59 p.m. May 30, 2016. During that time, KHP worked one fatal crash that was alcohol-related. KHP personnel assisted 1,079 motorists over the holiday reporting period.

Memorial Day holiday statistics

  • Total non-alcohol related fatal crashes – 0
  • Total non-alcohol related fatalities – 0
  • DUI related fatal crashes – 1
  • DUI related fatalities – 1
  • DUI arrests – 25
  • Speed citations – 1,009
  • Speed warnings – 693
  • Adult seatbelt citations – 230
  • Teen seatbelt citations – 6
  • Child restraint citations – 24
  • Motorists assisted – 1,079

Senate Democrats vote against bathroom resolution

TOPEKA – Wednesday, Senate Democrats voted unanimously against a resolution in the Kansas Senate regarding the use of school bathrooms by transgender students.

“Senate Democrats believe taxpayer dollars have just been wasted on an election year charade over which bathroom students should use,” said Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley. “Instead, we should have used Sine Die to appropriate the required amount of money – in this case $38 million – to address the school funding equity ruling issued by the Kansas Supreme Court.”

The Kansas Supreme Court issued a ruling last week indicating the law passed back in March is unconstitutional. The Kansas Legislature has until June 30 to respond to the ruling or public schools will be closed.

“We needed to bring the gavel down on the 2016 session having responded to the equity part of the Gannon case,” said Hensley. “If schools are closed, there won’t be any students using the bathrooms.”

Rep. Mast not seeking re-election to the 76th district

TOPEKA – State Rep. Peggy Mast announced Wednesday she will not seek re-election to the 76th district. Mast has served in the Kansas House of Representatives for 20 years, serving as Speaker Pro Tem the last four years. The 76th district includes a portion of Osage County.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Kansas House,” said Mast. “The relationships and experiences I have gained are invaluable. I plan to stay involved in the community and I look forward to spending quality time with my family while enjoying our great state.”

According to a press release from Mast’s office, Eric Smith, a Coffey County sheriff’s deputy, has filed for election to the 76th district.

Primary elections will be held Aug. 2, 2016.

Field set for competitive legislative races in Kansas

By Jim McLean, KHI News Service


Rep. Tom Moxley, a moderate Republican from Council Grove, is among Kansas legislators who are not seeking re-election. Moxley said Wednesday that he thinks many of his conservative colleagues aren’t returning because they know the state’s budget problems will be difficult to solve. Photo by Jim McLean/KHI News Service.

The stage is set for what many believe could be a pivotal 2016 election in Kansas.

All 165 seats in the Legislature are up for grabs in an electoral climate that favors candidates not tied to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his budget and tax policies, said Patrick Miller, a University of Kansas political scientist who has studied voting patterns across the state.

“It’s no secret, we have multiple polls this year that show – despite what anyone says to refute it – that Brownback is pretty unpopular,” Miller said. “And the headlines coming out of Topeka are not positive. So, if you’re a Democrat or a moderate Republican, you might be able to take advantage of that.”

That opportunity is reflected in the roster of candidates certified by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach after Wednesday’s filing deadline. For the first time in decades, Democrats, who currently hold only eight seats in the Kansas Senate, have fielded candidates in all 40 Senate districts. In addition, several moderate House Republicans who survived stiff challenges from conservatives in the 2014 primary are running unopposed this year.

“Democrats and moderate Republicans, at least in terms of candidate recruitments, are certainly on offense and not defense this year,” Miller said.

The state’s continuing budget mess, compounded by Wednesday’s news that May tax receipts were nearly $74 million short of revised estimates, has created opportunities for Democrats and moderate Republicans to regain ground lost to conservative Republicans who seized control of the Legislature in 2012 and solidified it in 2014, Miller said.

“Whether that happens will be determined on a race-by-race basis,” he said.

Boil water advisory rescinded for Scranton

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the city of Scranton public water supply. The advisory was issued because of a loss of pressure. Inadequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

Laboratory testing samples collected from the Scranton water supply indicated no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

Osage County Jail Log, May 23 – May 28, 2016

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

Senior center: Don’t forget

Important things to remember at the Osage County Senior Center:

Beginning June 3 and every following Friday, a volunteer representative from the Area Agency on Aging will be present to help with Medicare Prescription Part D 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Please call 785-528-4906 to make an appointment. Saturday, June 4, will be a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels “Quarter Mania” beginning with biscuits and gravy 8 -9:30 a.m., shopping 9:30-10 a.m., and quarter auction at 10 a.m.

Memorial Day 2016: Lyndon Legion continues tradition of remembrance


American Legion Post No. 125 members, from left, Lou Wohletz, Grant Dalrymple, Patrick Thomas and Danny Roush put up flags in Lyndon Cemetery’s Avenue of Flags.

By Geri Schuler

To most Memorial Day is the start of summer. But it is meant to be a day of remembrance. Originally back at the end of the Civil War it was known as Decoration Day. It was established as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers, and it was originally celebrated on May 30. Years later, when made a national holiday, it was moved to the last Monday in May.

On this May 30, the original day of celebration and remembrance, American Legion Post No. 125, Lyndon, and other local posts continued the true meaning of Memorial Day.

The post was prepared for bad weather and to be shorthanded this year. Unfortunately, over the last few years the post has lost some of the members who helped start the Avenue of Flags at Lyndon Cemetery. But despite pending deployments, work, and family activities, post members were able to get the cemeteries ready for the families.

The post started planning like normal at the June meeting last year. They had to repair the flag poles at the cemetery, order new tags and gather volunteers.

There were some familiar faces and some new faces starting Saturday morning when gathering the flags at the post. There was a young man who is preparing for his first deployment, but for him there was no doubt in his mind that he was going to help with the flags. He was there bright and early each morning, helping with the flags, and was there for all four ceremonies.

St. Patrick Catholic Church to host benefit trail ride

St. Patrick Catholic Church, Scranton, is hosting a benefit trail ride on Saturday, June 4, 2015 at Eisenhower State Park at Melvern Lake.

The cost for the day is $35 for adult riders & $10 for children riders. The evening meal is included in this price. Non-riders are welcome to join at 6 p.m. for a delicious meal of pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, cookies ($10 for adults & $5 for kids 6-12) and entertainment provided by Country Music Maker.

Registration times are 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 3, 7-8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4. Pre-register by May 31 and get a free hot breakfast. For registration, benefit T-shirt and raffle ticket contact Rhonda Stark at 785-633-3046, or Lori Mock at  785-640-7262.

Boil water advisory issued for city of Scranton

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the city of Scranton public water supply located in Osage County. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure. Inadequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

The advisory took effect on May 29 and will remain in effect until conditions which place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be adequately resolved.

Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
  • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.

Public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure. Regardless of whether it’s the supplier or KDHE that announces a boil water advisory, KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Some problems really insignificant

buchmanhead“Blessings occasionally have a price tag, yet small compared to what’s received.”

Show was set for mid-morning, an hour-and-a-half northeast of the ranch, so we had to leave before breakfast, when the neighbor was starting to milk.

Essential to get on the show grounds well before start time to situate for the day, get mounts acquainted and warmed up.

Performance judging went well, as “Number 17” was announced in every class entered for merit of Maggie and her hang-on.

When there’s that much distance, time and expense involved, entry is made in every division we can get in, tiring us before even saddling Missy to start running in late afternoon. Thoughts of leaving early crossed our mind, but didn’t, knowing regret there’d be.

Incomprehensible the heart that truly-old Missy had in the dark of the night, handily beating on-takers, even speeding up as evening progressed.

Close to midnight when we unsaddled, loaded everything, headed out, with gas-up stop, and attempt to call ranch with verification of whereabouts, but no phone service.

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