Hidden History: Homesteaders lay foundation for Osage County’s future

A cornerstone carved by William S. White reminds of the connection of the home’s past owners to its current inhabitants. By Wendi Bevitt Every home has a story. It More »

Lyndon Leaders invite sunflower lovers to enjoy the summer bloom

Photo of last year’s sunflowers by Darlene Bogren. By Leanne Shoup, Club Reporter Calling all sunflower lovers! The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club’s sunflower field is progressing faster than we More »

Melvern Lake open for business despite blue-green algae warning at outlet ponds

Melvern Lake’s Coeur d’Alene swim beach awaits beach lovers even though the lake’s outlet ponds are under algae warning. A blue-green algae warning continues for two popular ponds adjacent More »

Rip roarin’ fair fun at Overbrook

Photo by Tod Bevitt An excited crowd enjoyed fire-breathing and smoke-bellowing farm implements during Thursday night’s tractor pull at the Overbrook Osage County Fair. The fair continues Friday and More »

Lyndon Community and Business Women: Ladies’ Night Out packs school gym

By Heather Fuller

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Lyndon High School gymnasium was packed with about 170 ladies from the area who came together not only for a fun evening of food and entertainment but also for a worthy cause. The mission of Lyndon Community and Business Women is to encourage, educate and empower young women in the community, and Ladies’ Night Out is the biggest fundraiser of the year that helps accomplish this purpose. Funds gathered from the silent auction, ticket sales and donations will help fund scholarships that are given out to Lyndon senior girls.

The theme for the evening was “A Night at the Movies,” and each of the tables was decorated by CBW members around a movie theme.

National Drug Take-Back Day: Safely dispose of old or unneeded medications

Sheriff’s office to collect unused drugs Saturday

LYNDON, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is joining other law enforcement officials across the state in collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. The Osage County collection will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the sheriff’s office, 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon.

The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse. Since the program began in 2010, more than 45 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas alone. The National Drug Take-Back Day is coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which collects and safely destroys the medications.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that traditional methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards and should be avoided.

Unused prescriptions can be turned in year-round at many local law enforcement locations. Kansans should contact their local sheriff’s office or police department for more information. For more information about National Drug Take-Back Day or to search for a collection site near you, click here.

Jolly sentenced to 57 months in prison for aggravated burglary

OVERBROOK, Kan. – An Overbrook man who was shot by a woman as he burglarized her home in October 2015 was sentenced to almost five years in prison Monday by Osage County Chief Judge Phillip Fromme.

Bruce A. Jolly, 49, Overbrook, was charged with aggravated burglary and other crimes after an Oct. 8, 2015, incident during which Overbrook resident Ashley Mundy shot Jolly after she found him inside her home. Emergency personnel found Jolly lying in the street bleeding when responding to 911 calls from him and Mundy.

Jolly was in court Oct. 17, 2016, for sentencing after entering a no contest plea to felony aggravated burglary in August as part of stated a plea agreement with Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones

As outlined by Jones at the Aug. 29 plea hearing, which had been originally scheduled as a jury trial for Jolly, the agreement allowed Jolly to plead no contest to aggravated burglary in exchange for dismissal of other charges against him, including two charges of felony vehicle burglary, and misdemeanor charges for theft and criminal damage to property. The agreement also provided that Jones would recommend a sentence of 40 months in prison, which would depart from a sentence of 57 months as designated by state sentencing guidelines.

At Monday’s sentencing, Fromme said he wasn’t happy with the plea agreement.

“I’ve given thought to this case and I don’t know if I can accept this as a decision of the court,” Fromme said.

The judge asked Jolly’s court-appointed attorney, Bryan Hastert, to argue the reasons he should consider a duration departure from the sentencing guidelines.

Hastert noted that Jolly had lived in the Overbrook area for many years, had previously served time in prison and was trying to get his life back on track, and entered into the plea agreement with hopes of lessening his sentence. He also said his client had suffered from his injuries from being shot.

“He is a changed person,” Hastert said.

Missouri authorities issue Amber Alert for abducted 13-year-old girl

Update: At 12:33 p.m., Oct. 17, 2016, the KBI was notified that Liberty Police Department has cancelled their Amber Alert – the child has been located and the suspect is in custody. The alert is now deactivated.


At 11:36 a.m. today, Oct. 17, 2016, the Missouri State Highway Patrol requested that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation launch a Kansas AMBER Alert. It is believed that the suspect may be en-route to Kansas, and the child victim is in imminent danger. The MSHP shared the following information:

The Liberty Police Department has issued an Amber Alert for a child abduction that occurred at 530 Sarah Lane, in Liberty, Mo. Abducted was Amiya Morris, a 13-year-old black female. The suspect vehicle is a blue 2012 Toyota Camry bearing Missouri license number DS17X, last seen leaving the location of the abduction.

The suspect is believed to be Nicholas Bejarano, a 38-year-old Hispanic male, height 6 feet, weight 160 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and brown complexion. Suspect has tattoos on his neck and NAB on his fingers and was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, red shorts, and multi-colored women’s slippers.

The victim, Amiya Morris, 13, is 5 feet 3 inches tall, 105 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, light complexion, last seen wearing a tan tank top, dark blue leggings, and black and pink Nike flip-flops.

Anyone seeing the victim, suspect, or vehicle, or anyone having any information related to the abduction should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Liberty Police Department at 816-439-4701.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Chance of lifetime overlooked

buchmanhead“Busyness takes away from many opportunities.”

The point hit home again during an interview session with a dozen 4-H club members last week.

While being busy is important, getting something worthwhile accomplished is what counts.

There’s seldom any free time in our schedule, but that doesn’t mean we’re getting much done. Seemingly that’s the case with many.

Mr. Webster knows what we mean. He says: “Busyness is lively, but meaningless activity. It’s cluttered with detail to the point of being distracting.”

Concern is that young people are running around to so many school, sports and busybody demands, they’re missing benefits of 4-H club work.

Conscientious essential to recognize another pet peeve: young people and many others constant looking at and punching cell phones. Whatever they’re doing, mostly we don’t understand.

Now, best to qualify that 4-H is a program to help young people become productive citizens by instructing them in useful skills, community service, and personal development.

From the fourfold aim of improving the head, heart, hands, and health, 4-H is a national organization started in 1926, spread down to states, counties and communities.

Help someone be warm this winter: Coat giveaway underway

Winter coats, hats and gloves are ready for those who need them at Help House, but more cold weather clothes are needed for the annual giveaway.

By Raylene Quaney

Help House’s third annual coat giveaway is in progress. We are still in need of toddler and children’s coats and men’s and women’s 2xx and 3xx. New and gently used coats are needed for this outreach. Used coats must be clean and in good condition. Please bring donations to Help House during regular hours of 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or the first and third Saturdays of the month (excluding holidays).

Board meeting and soup supper

The annual Help House board meeting and soup supper will be held one week early at 6 p.m. Nov. 1, at the First Baptist Church, in Lyndon.

Keyboarding classes, computer access coming soon

When Help House was first being organized one of the board’s long term goals was to one day be able to provide computer keyboarding and other classes and to help individuals search for and apply for jobs on line as well as learn interviewing skills etc. During the planning of the new building, one room was designed with 12 ports for future computer stations.  After the first of the year these opportunities will be available through Help House.

Help fill the pantry

Pantry needs: Cereal, crackers, soup, pasta, diapers (all sizes), canned beans, chili and stews, canned chicken or tuna, fresh eggs, canola oil, vegetable oils, dry package seasonings such as for chili, taco and gravy. There is a tub located at Jerry’s Thriftway in Osage City for non-perishable foods, or bring donations to Help House during hours it is open. (Please do not leave food items in the shed.)

Home Fire Drill Day, Saturday, Oct. 15: Create fire escape plan for home

take-the-pledgeTOPEKA, Kan. – Home fires have proven to be one of the largest disaster threats facing American families today, resulting more than 8 in 10 fire-related deaths. To raise awareness about this issue and encourage families to be prepared, Safe Kids Kansas and the State Fire Marshal’s Office will be joining other experts for Home Fire Drill Day on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in coordination with National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15).

“We practice fire drills at work and children practice at school, but many families don’t practice fire drills at home,” said Cherie Sage, of Safe Kids Kansas. “Creating a home fire escape plan with your family and practicing it is a smart thing for every family to do. In the event of an emergency, a child could feel overwhelmed or scared. Practicing on Home Fire Drill Day can help teach your children what to do in case of a home fire.”

Some simple tips and tools for families to use on Home Fire Drill Day include:

Agencies respond to suspicious device on Capitol grounds Friday morning

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Highway Patrol Capitol Police, Topeka Police Department Bomb Squad, and multiple other agencies are on the Capitol grounds this morning as a suspicious device is investigated.

Earlier this morning, a man entered the Topeka Police Department to tell them someone had left a barrel with a hazardous material label on it, somewhere near the Capitol. He did not believe there were explosives in it.

Capitol police officers were able to locate the barrel on the southwest side of the statehouse grounds, near a statue. The bomb squad has responded and is investigating the item.

There are street closures at this time, and they will remain closed until authorities are finished at the scene. Street closures include: Harrison Street, closed from Eighth to 10th streets, and 10th Street, closed from Harrison to Jackson streets.

It is not believed there is any threat to the public at this time.

Osage County District Court criminal cases Sept. 23 – Oct. 7, 2016

The following criminal cases were completed in Osage County District Court Sept. 23, 2016, to Oct. 7, 2016, with disposition, fines, sentencing and costs as listed.

Osage County District Court traffic cases Sept. 23 – Oct. 7, 2016

The following traffic cases were completed in Osage County District Court Sept. 23, 2016, to Oct. 7, 2016, with disposition, fines and costs as listed.

Hidden History: The quack of Quenemo

By Wendi Bevitt

At the turn of the 20th century, Quenemo was on the rise. The Missouri Pacific and Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroads were constructed through town not long before, and the population and businesses started growing. And then someone arrived in town that propelled this little town’s fame throughout the Midwest – Orrin Robertson.

Orrin Robertson, along with his twin sister, Ann, was born in Missouri in 1858 to parents Jefferson and Martha. The family moved to Texas where he became a local newspaper editor. His sister died in 1885 of tuberculosis and this no doubt influenced the turn that his life took shortly thereafter.


Orrin pursued healing through medicine, but not just mainstream medical practices. He supposedly collected more than 31 diplomas from institutions in America and Europe in subjects such as psychic therapeutics, personal magnetism, psychology, metaphysics, oriental mystics, spiritual science and philosophy. He became the self-proclaimed “old reliable specialist, discoverer, originator and founder of Anthropology, the Pneumo (respiration)-Psycho(spirit)-Manas (mind)-Soma (body) System”.

Using these credentials, Orrin began setting up health-oriented institutions known as “Anthropological Non-Surgical Sanitariums” in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. He established his sanitarium at Quenemo in 1901. This campus consisted of three main buildings, with the primary building being constructed for a cost of $10,000.

During the patient’s stay at the sanitarium, qualified staff would cater to their needs, free from worries of home. The patients would benefit from state of the art technology and techniques and healthy meals. The sanitarium’s buildings could provide services for up to 300 patients.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 2 – Oct. 8, 2016

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

Kids win ride to school in fire truck for fire prevention posters

Winners in Osage County Fire District No. 2’s fire prevention poster contest gathered at Osage County Fire District No. 2 fire station Tuesday to display their posters and get ready for a ride to school in a fire truck.

Students at Osage City Elementary School were asked to enter a poster contest for Fire Prevention Week, with winners treated to breakfast yesterday at the Osage County Fire District No. 2 firehouse and a ride to school in fire trucks.

Posters were to be designed around the theme “Don’t wait – check the date! Replace smoke alarms every 10 years,” which is this year’s Fire Prevention Week slogan.

Three winners chosen in each grade were: First grade, Waylon Buchman, Kenzie Bellinger, Kimberly Knauber; second grade, Zach Green Viktoria Dorman, Kyla Guadalupe; third grade, Adyson Couch, Peyton Pitts, Tate Smith; fourth grade, Payton Roelker, Noah Couch, Harmony Dorsey; fifth grade, Cooper Stokes, Campbell Stark, Logan Poertner.

After delivering the poster winners to school, in observance of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15, 2016, OCFD No. 2 firefighters gave fire prevention presentations to students at OCES.

Also as part of Fire Prevention Week, OCFD No. 2 has scheduled an open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Everyone is invited to the fire station at 911 Laing St., Osage City, where there will be free car seat inspections, door prizes, fire truck rides, and food (while it lasts).

Filings in Osage County Courthouse Oct. 3 – Oct. 7, 2016

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Oct. 3 through Oct. 7, 2016.

Topeka Symphony orchestrates fundraising loft tour

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Topeka Symphony Orchestra and Jackson Street Lofts are partnering on a unique fundraising event to benefit the orchestra. Frugal House at Jackson Street Lofts, to be held Oct. 15-16, at 735 Jackson St., in downtown Topeka, will showcase creative interior decorating ideas. Patrons will have the opportunity to tour several of the new lofts decorated by local boutique owners, and can purchase re-purposed and up-cycled home furnishings on display.

“This is design meets re-purposing on a budget,” said Trella Anderson, Topeka Symphony Society board member. “We have many local boutique owners who are providing some of their merchandise to decorate the lofts, as well as donations from the community the decorators can incorporate into the design of the room they’ve been assigned.”

Two lofts are being staged by five designers. Almost every item showcased in the lofts during the weekend will be for sale at affordable prices and available for pick up Sunday afternoon and on Monday.

A Friday night patron party will allow guests to explore the lofts and have opportunity to purchase items while enjoying wine, appetizers and background music provided by pianist Kristi Baker. The lofts will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance at locations in Topeka, and $10 at the door.

Have an interest in Pinterest? Osage City library offers beginners class

Ever wonder what all that talk is about “pinning” and Pinterest? The Osage City Public Library is offering a class just for you. “Pinterest for Beginners” will be held at 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the library community room.

Everyone is invited to come learn about Pinterest, a simple, online way to organize images, projects, ideas and favorites. Attendees will be able to open an account, create boards and begin pinning. Those who have Pinterest accounts already should remember to bring their Pinterest password. Those without Pinterest accounts should bring their email address and email password.

For more information, contact the library at 785-528-3727, or stop by 515 Main St., Osage City.

Child dies at Osage City residence; cause of death undetermined

The Osage City Police reported in a Facebook post that a child died Sunday morning at a residence in Osage City. The post issued by Osage City Police Chief Fred Nech said that at 11:37 a.m. Oct. 9, 2016, emergency personnel were dispatched to the 1100 block of Laing Street in Osage City, on a report of a 2-month-old girl who was not breathing.

Nech posted that efforts by Osage County EMS to revive the infant were unsuccessful, and the child was transported to Frontier Forensics, in Kansas City, to determine the cause of death.

The police chief provided no other details of the circumstances of the child’s death.

Todd Lee Lane, 61, Osage City: Aug. 17, 1955 – Oct. 7, 2016

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Todd Lee Lane, 61, passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at his home in Osage City, Kan. Todd was born on Aug. 17, 1955, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Clarence James and Anna Carlson Lane.

He lived all his life in Osage City, graduating from Osage City High School in 1973.

Todd worked for Jerry’s Thriftway as a meat cutter for several years. He later went to work at KanBuild for 21 years, working his way up to line supervisor.

He loved fishing, gardening, hunting, stock car racing, and looking for flea market treasures.

Proctor to perform community concert

Freda Peterson Proctor, a native of Osage City, is inviting the community to a free musical event at 4 p.m. Sunday Oct. 23. Proctor will play a variety of classical and popular pieces on the organ and piano, accompanied by First City Flute Choir, of Leavenworth. The concert will be at the Osage City United Methodist Church, 219 S. Sixth St., Osage City.

For more information, contact Alice Purvis at 785-528-4443.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Congenial acknowledgements always returned

buchmanhead“Hi Frank. Good to see you.”

Probably a couple dozen greeted us similarly early Saturday morning at the horse show.

Always acknowledging their cordial kindness with an appreciative smiling response, interestingly those nice gestures come from across the show grounds.

Of course, we senior riders tend to have certain camaraderie helping each other, sympathizing with feebleness and lack of coordination. An understanding of all things going wrong, while especially pleased when efforts come together.

Yet, the show officials, prime-age contestants who seldom take a backseat, arena crew, timers, and concessionaires express same congeniality.

Then there are those who’ve been around as long or longer than us. Judged some four decades ago, done training for several, had horse transactions through time, while competing against for decades.

Others quite mature who we’ve become acquainted through mutual friends somehow typically have like or similar philosophies and appreciations for each other’s unique ways.

What’s most pleasing is the large number of kids who speak to us, comment about our horse or ride. With them, of course, immediate recognition is returned for their successful efforts.

Know an outstanding land steward? Conservation nominations sought countywide

The Conservation Awards program will once again be held in Osage County. The annual program is sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association; this year’s local sponsoring bank is Kansas State Bank, Overbrook. The awards program, organized by KBA, K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Tourism, has six award categories: Energy conservation, water quality, water conservation, soil conservation, windbreaks and wildlife habitat.

The purpose of the program is to stimulate a greater interest in the conservation of agricultural and natural resources of Kansas. Each year over 200 Kansas producers and landowners are recognized through this program. Nominations for these awards can be made by any person in the county. Information about these awards can be picked up at the local extension office or by visiting the K-State Research and Extension website: www.agronomy.kstate.edu/extension.

Nomination forms are available at the Osage County Conservation District Office or the Frontier Extension District Office, both in Lyndon, or the Kansas State Bank, in Overbrook. Nomination forms can also be mailed; contact the Extension office at 785-828-4438.

Nomination forms should be completed and returned to the Frontier Extension District, PO Box 400, Lyndon, KS 66451, by Oct. 19, 2016. Upon receipt of the nomination forms, a committee chaired by Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent, will select this year’s winners. Winners will be recognized at the Osage County Conservation District’s annual meeting.

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