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Multi-mode transportation brings visitors to Smoke in the Spring

Walk, ride, drive or fly – there’s more than one way to get to Osage City’s annual barbecue celebration. The Smoke in the Spring competition heats up at Jones Park on Saturday, but the weekend celebration really starts cooking in Osage City’s downtown, where this year the 10th annual Cruis’n & Cook’n Auto Show will be staged between Fourth and Seventh streets along Market Street, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, with much focus on the city’s airport earlier this year, the Wings in the Spring fly-in has been scheduled in conjunction with the weekend celebration.

On Windy Hill: Let’s celebrate 50 years of Pomona Lake hospitality

Last week, a few folks sat down at Breck’s Green Acres, near Pomona Dam, for a cinnamon roll and coffee, and to discuss a milestone of a local landmark that has had notable impact on Osage County and its inhabitants for more than 50 years.

The topic of discussion was how to celebrate Pomona Lake’s 50th anniversary. The lake was dedicated in September 1964.

The gathering of local government employees, business people and interested citizens agreed the lake’s 50th birthday is something to celebrate. But also agreed was that funds are scarce for promoting and hosting a grand celebration, excepting possible grass-roots fundraising efforts. Federal, state and county governments are more strapped for cash now than any time in the lake’s 50 years, it seems.

Woman killed after being bucked off mule

Update: Victim identified

A Kinsley woman was killed Sunday near Pomona State Park after being bucked off of a mule, according to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office reported that Faye Ann Dye, 57, of Kinsley, and another person were riding mules in the 23000 block of state Highway 368, when a loud vehicle caused one mule to buck and throw Dye, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident was reported about 6 p.m. Dec. 15.

Mule rider bucked off, killed Sunday

A woman was killed Sunday after being bucked off of a mule, according to a press release issued this afternoon by the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

The release says that two people were riding mules in the 23000 block of state Highway 368, when a loud vehicle caused one mule to buck and throw the rider, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident was reported about 6 p.m. Dec. 15.

The female victim was not identified pending notification of next of kin. The sheriff’s office said the victim was not an Osage County resident.

K-268 bridge replacement completed; highway reopens to unrestricted traffic

A new box culvert bridge allows hikers, bikers and horse riders on the Flint Hills Nature Trail to travel under K-268 near Vassar. The bridge project was completed and K-268 was reopened to unrestricted traffic this morning.

On Windy Hill: Kansas highways follow the pull of money

Kansas Department of Transportation is hosting a public open house for the K-31 improvement project and the U.S. 75 and K-31/K-268 roundabout project in Osage County 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Osage City Schools lunchroom, 420 S. Fourth St., Osage City.

Thursday night will be the second public open house KDOT has hosted to announce construction of the roundabout at the intersection of U.S. 75 and K-31/K-268. The first one was held in October 2011 when KDOT announced bids would be let for the project in spring of 2012.

When the roundabout was announced and during the planning stages to make the intersection safer, I supported the project because I have driven through that intersection twice a day practically every week day for about five years, and have seen many near misses and the aftermath of several collisions.

K-268 bridge project to detour traffic through Lyndon, Quenemo

Motorists should expect heavier traffic through Lyndon and Quenemo during the next few months as a bridge replacement project will shut down a section of state Highway 268 and detour traffic on state Highway 68.

On Monday, Aug. 5, weather permitting, a replacement project will begin on the K-268 bridge over the former Missouri Pacific Railroad right of way, now the Flint Hills Nature Trail, in Osage County. The bridge is located just east of the state Highway 368 and K-268 intersection, approximately 4.77 miles east of the U.S. Highway 75 and K-268 intersection.

Burlingame resident seeks county’s help to save historical buildings

The “Burl” of Burlingame stands guard over two buildings on Santa Fe Avenue slated for demolition, in this 2010 photo.

Monday, a Burlingame resident made two simple requests to the Osage County commissioners – stop the planned demolition of two historical buildings in downtown Burlingame, and become leaders in the state for developing local plans for preservation of historical structures.

Jan and Wayne

Osagecountyonline.com and Osage County News provide news and information about Osage County, Kansas, and the surrounding area. The news site is delivered by Wayne White and Jan Williams.

Wayne and Jan have lived in Osage County for about 11 years. After living a year in downtown Vassar, they later found a home on a wind-swept hill overlooking the Dragoon Creek Valley, where they enjoy country life with their dog, Zeke, a cat, Dink, and a enough chickens to provide a steady supply of farm-fresh eggs.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Powers of floodwaters devastating

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It’s better to have too much rain than the opposite.”

That’s the comment heard reflecting dry conditions of a year ago compared to now.

Obviously local opinion is legitimately countered with disagreement from those suffering irreplaceable, financially devastating flood damages.

Deepest heartfelt condolences are expressed to those experiencing terribly dramatic forever life altering acts of nature.

Vastness of loss remains incomprehensible to outsiders despite vivid news coverage of extensive flooding horridness.

Worst loss is human lives taken by uncontrollable, no escaping raging high waters.

Everybody in the nearby flooding region has been lifetime diversely harmed. Farms of generations destroyed, never to be replaced. Richest soils of the world were stolen by rampant overflowing.

Entire livestock operations morbidly were taken with no reprieve despite distinct natural instinct and owner-operator management assisting tactics.

Even with government programs and broadest generous financial assistance, life as was never again, no matter how evaluated.

Money cannot buy what has been lost. No way to start over, begin again. Life goes on in an entirely different direction, never expected or imagined in the scariest dream.

No actual semblance, yet cowboys are experiencing dilemmas with local flooding now, too.

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