Enjoy the outdoors: Take a nighttime hike in Osage County … if you dare

Burlingame Chamber’s Terror on the Trail will haunt brave visitors for two terrifying weekends. Halloween is a week away, but the haunting begins this weekend with delightfully scary and horrifyingly fun haunted More »


Health officials prepare for off chance of local Ebola Virus infection

LYNDON-No cases of Ebola Virus Disease have been diagnosed in Kansas, but the Osage County Health Department and Osage County Emergency Management continue to actively monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) More »


Disaster hits Burlingame, but everyone OK

Osage County Fire District No. 6 Chief Jim Strohm and Lt. Jim Welch consult on a search and rescue plan during Saturday’s emergency exercise in Burlingame. Four dead, 12 critically injured and More »


Eat Well to Be Well: Enjoy fall’s cornucopia of healthy colors

Autumn is in full swing and is beginning to show off her fall colors in the landscape around us – red, orange and yellow. This is a perfect time of year to More »

Carbondale horse rescue unit to host help-a-horse day Saturday

042314-grimmetBrenda and Cecil Grimmett operate B&C Equine Rescue, Inc., at Carbondale, and will host an open house Saturday afternoon.


Help a horse, lend a hand.

That’s the ultimate objective, and there’ll be considerable more for anyone interested in horses.

Learn about local resources at annual senior fair

Thursday, local senior citizens and others will be able to learn about resources available to them in Osage County and the surrounding area during the eighth annual Osage County Senior Resource Fair.

The annual fair, held at the Osage County Senior Center, is open to everyone, and numerous free health screenings are offered along with information about local senior care businesses and organizations.

The Lions Club Mobile Screening Unit, hosted by the Osage City Lions, will be parked in front of senior center, at 604 Market St., Osage City, and will be conducting vision and hearing screens, and blood sugar and blood pressure checks.

Osage City workshop allows citizen input on Flint Hills Nature Trail development


Interested Osage City citizens and others from the Flint Hills Nature Trail region discuss plans for development of the trail with design team members of CFS Engineers and RDG Planning and Design.

A workshop Monday evening at Osage City’s community building was the last of four held recently to learn public opinions about development of the Flint Hills Nature Trail, which is being supported with $2.4 million in state and federal grants. Attendees were able to learn about trail design and talk with members of the design team of CFS Engineers and RDG Planning and Design.

Goodbye, city life: Author transitions from suits to boots


June and Bill Hilbert, and dog Cricket, enjoy life on their 160-acre farm northeast of Topeka. Courtesy photo.

Everyone is invited to attend the annual meeting of the Friends of the Burlingame Community Library on Friday, May 2, at Schuyler Community Center, and hear special speaker and Burlingame native June Michaels Hilbert, author of From High Heels to Gumboots: One Cow Pie at a Time.

The Garden Patch: How does it grow? Fertilizing, transplanting, watering, weeding …

SEEDS-&-TOMATOES-01How do I know if I’m getting what I need in the garden from my fertilizer and other efforts? Well, here’s what K-State sez …

Getting the most from your fertilizer

Select sites with soil well adapted to crop growth because fertilizer will prove more profitable on good soil than on poor soil. Well-adapted soil is well drained, deep and free from rocks and other debris. It should be fairly level – especially for vegetables.

Filings in Osage County Courthouse April 14 – April 18

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse April 14 through April 18, 2014.

Osage County Jail Log, April 13 – April 19

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

Two sentenced after probation violations

Nikki L. Schmitz, 35, Emporia, was sentenced April 21 in Osage County District Court to serve an 11-month prison sentence in the custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections after her probation was revoked for failure to comply. She was originally convicted of possession of methamphetamine in July 2013, for an incident that occurred in February 2013.

Also sentenced Monday was Caleb Wessel, 21, Burlingame, who will serve a 12-month prison sentence after his probation was revoked for several violations. He was convicted in March 2011, of non-residential burglary, and driving under the influence in February 2012.

Kansas Denim Day, April 23: Health department works to prevent sexual violence

TOPEKA – April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month and one way the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is recognizing the month is by participating in Denim Day on April 23.

Denim Day is a response to a 1999 Italian Supreme Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has been a symbol of support for victims of sexual violence and protest against the idea that a victim could cause their own rape.

Senior Center: Sewers, quilters needed for community service projects

By Osage County Senior Center Director Byron Jordan

The senior center sewing ladies have done some unbelievable quilt work over the years, providing wonderful lap, baby and bed quilts for a number of charitable organizations, such as the veterans at the VA, and the those in need through Help House and the Osage County Health Department. The sewers are committed to putting out a quality product, yet are dollar-wise and efficient using mostly donated materials. The only problem: the number of sewers has dwindled the last couple of years almost to a desperate level.

Melvern man enters plea, found guilty of rape

A Melvern man charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent liberties with a child entered a no contest plea in Osage County District Court Monday to one count of rape. In a plea agreement, Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones agreed to dismiss the two other charges against Ronald L. Hartpence Jr., 38, Melvern.

Irene Tucker, 87, Topeka: Jan. 18, 1927 – April 20, 2014

TOPEKA – Irene Tucker, 87, passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Aldersgate Village, Topeka, Kan. She was born on Jan. 18, 1927, in Vassar, Kan., the daughter of Lewis and Merle Myrick Ogle.

Irene had been in Topeka since 1995, but had lived in the Vassar and Lyndon communities before that.

Lane closures begin on I-35 for bridge work in Lyon County

Kansas Department of Transportation has announced there will be 24/7 lane closures on northbound and southbound Interstate 35 over the Neosho River and the U.S. Highway 50 bridges. The one mile between the bridges in Lyon County will be reduced to one open lane for both directions beginning Tuesday, April 22, throughout the project duration.

This bridge repair and resurfacing project is resuming work after the winter shutdown period. Project work includes expansion joint replacement followed by a polymer overlay application across both bridge decks. Work will take primarily during daylight hours, Monday through Friday.

Signup begins for USDA disaster assistance programs restored by Farm Bill

WASHINGTON  – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that starting April 15, eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.

“We implemented these programs in record time and kept our commitment to begin sign-up,” said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. 

With requirements among strictest in the nation, few poor Kansans qualify for Medicaid

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Health Institute is reporting it’s a common misconception that all poor Kansans are eligible for Medicaid. In reality, only a few are actually eligible, the nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy and research organization reports on its website www.khi.org.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Generations’ different appeal

buchmanhead“It smells like money to me.”

That was the opening line to our sophomore vo-ag speech that rated the booby prize in FFA competition. There was only one other entry, it about paper mache dolls, at 4-H club days, and we both got blue ribbons, likely because the judge didn’t want to hurt either one’s feelings.

Our son and grandson are much better talkers about the hog industry than we ever were; perhaps their heartfelt fondness for the business is stronger than ours ever was.

Governor signs bills: ‘Punishes’ Kansas Supreme Court, approves sale of state offices

By Trevor Graff, KHI News Service

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed 19 bills into law Friday, including measures dealing with medical malpractice and the prompt payment of Medicaid claims by managed care companies.

The signings brought the total number of bills signed from this year’s legislative session to 76.

Flint Hills Nature Trail design workshop at Osage City


TOPEKA – The last of four workshops held to allow citizens to offer input and ideas on the development of the Flint Hills Nature Trails will be held Monday evening at Osage City.

The meeting, scheduled by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy, will be 5-7:30 p.m. April 21, at the Osage City community building, 517 S. First St.

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