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Melvern Jr. Highline meets in February to share love and compassion

By Allie Reeser Club Reporter At 4:54 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, at the Melvern Community Center, the February Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club meeting was called to order by Treasurer Braelyn More »

KDOT to start work on new section of the Flint Hills Trail in Franklin County

The week of March 4, 2024, the Kansas Department of Transportation expects to start work on a Transportation Alternatives project that will add a new section to the Flint Hills Trail State More »

Willing Workers roll out the dough learning to make homemade tortillas

By Lena Stucky Club Reporter On Jan. 27, 2024, some of the Willing Workers 4-H’ers got together for their monthly food meeting. This month we were taught by the Ford family how More »

MdCV names 2024 Queen of Courts royalty at home game against Cair Paravel

2024 Marais des Cygnes Valley High School Queen of Courts royalty and attendants were, front from left, kindergarten attendants Kilynn Nettleton and Aydan Rea, middle, Skye Wade, Aydin Deeter, Queen Kelsey Rice, More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cows are having calves

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.Spring calving time has arrived, and workload has sharply intensified for Flint Hills ranchers with cow-calf operations.

A cow’s gestation is the period between conception and birth. During this time, the baby grows and develops inside the mother’s womb. The cycle is around nine months, about 285 days, but it can vary depending on several factors.

Some cattle breeds take longer to have a calf, and boys are often born later than girls. Of course, inclement weather conditions can delay when smart momma cows decide to have their calf.

Research indicates that feeding cows later in the day and evening increases the number of calves born during daylight hours. It is typically easier to keep a close eye on them.

Bulls are generally turned out with cows about May 1, so some cows could have calves as early as February 1.

However, most cows don’t mate with a bull the first day due to several reasons. She might not be ready for romance yet and the bull is busy breeding other cows.

Typically, a couple bulls are with a certain number of cows to help ensure mating when the cow is ready.

Ranch managers must keep a close eye on their cows once calving season is underway. Most mature cows can take care of themselves when it’s time to calve.

However, there are instances when even the very best producer can have problems. A calf can be too large, or come backwards and require assistance. There are extreme cases when a veterinarian must be called to get a live calf.

Those cow-calf producers with lots of experience can generally tell when a cow is thinking about having her calf. He will keep a more watchful eye on her to provide help if needed.

Melvern Jr. Highline meets in February to share love and compassion

By Allie Reeser
Club Reporter

At 4:54 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, at the Melvern Community Center, the February Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club meeting was called to order by Treasurer Braelyn McNally. The club began the meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge led by Braelyn. Secretary Bella Reeser called the roll; members and parents were to answer with, “Would you rather have chocolates or flowers for Valentine’s Day?” There were six members, three adults, and one Extension agent present.

Bella read the minutes from the previous meeting; they were approved as read. There was no correspondence. Braelyn read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read. Reporter Allie Reeser stated she submitted one article to the newspaper. There was no historian’s report. There was no council report.

In leader’s report, leader Caleb McNally reminded club members about the Blue & Gold sales that start immediately and will need to be turned in to the Extension office by Feb. 26. Caleb also reminded club members about District Club Days that will be Feb. 24, at West Franklin-Pomona school; registration will be open until Feb. 9. Leader Lisa Reeser reminded club members and parents to please read their club meeting notes paper. There was no old business.  In new business, a motion was made and seconded to purchase varnish to varnish the picnic tables at the Melvern Fairgrounds at the March club meeting.

In program, club members created Valentine’s cards for the Mayes House. In songs, song leader Koral Bruening led the club in singing “Bear Hunt.” At 5:11 p.m., it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Melvern Community Center. Members enjoyed snacks provided by the Bruening family. For recreation, members and parents enjoyed finishing their pictures for the Mayes House.

Photo: Melvern Jr. Highline’s Valentine’s Day cards for the Mayes House.

LTE: February is for love … and discussions about healthy relationships

Dear Editor,

February. For many it’s the month of love; a remembrance and celebration of that someone special in our life. However, for the sake of our youth, perhaps we first should start discussing how we define love, respect and personal boundaries. Even better, what if February served as a yearly reminder to educate children about the dynamics of healthy relationships and how they can get help when someone is being mistreated?

The silent and unacceptable truth is one in three U.S. teens will experience some form of physical, sexual, or emotional harm in a relationship before turning 18, while one in 10 high school students have already suffered physical abuse over the past year.  In response to such alarming facts, SOS continues to initiate meaningful dialogue with local schools, and the communities we serve, to better understand the fears and challenges our constituents face. These conversations give our advocates a welcome opportunity to help teens understand the most common triggers and red flags of abusive partners, as well as how to formulate strategies to protect themselves.

Because domestic and dating behaviors are often passed down from generation to generation, impressionable youth are more likely to engage in healthy or abusive relationships based on their home life or daily environment. When there is an absence of positive influences and strong role models, the vicious cycle of interpersonal violence is far more likely to repeat.

Before the advent of smart phones and the internet, signs of personal abuse were primarily relegated to physical harm. But now in this post-tech world where social interactions are increasingly conducted over electronic devices and digital applications, traces of emotional and psychological abuse are much more prevalent, if not devastating, by giving abusers far greater access to their victims than ever before. In this light, one of the most important discussions parents can have with their children is regarding the risks of being online. Unfortunately, the generational gap in technology usage has allowed many unhealthy relationships or behaviors to remain hidden from adults.

And while these mediums can be extremely educational and beneficial to society when used properly, the digital world is also full of devious schemes, perverse material, and hateful exchanges that can wreak havoc on an adolescent’s privacy, self-esteem, and sense of well-being. The ugly side of social media can take teens down a path that leads to emotional trauma, criminal charges, and suicidal thoughts, especially when there is a lack of oversight and resources to help them navigate these numerous dangers to fully comprehend the consequences of their actions.

Even something as simple as sharing pictures, locations, and text messages with a dating partner or a group of friends can jeopardize an individual’s safety or reputation; whether unknowingly obtained by online predators, or spitefully used against them after a relationship or friendship ends. While many of these ploys and pitfalls are unlikely to cease anytime soon, together we can empower teens to make the right choices for the sake of their future.

Healthy relationships aren’t limited to being honest, trustworthy, respectful, compassionate, and fun. They’re a reflection and testament to who we are as individuals and a community as a whole.  Only by continuously having open conversations about these critical issues, our experiences and expectations, can we give our youth the best opportunity to succeed and remain safe from avoidable harm.

Here are a few more disturbing statistics* to not only remind everyone about the importance of having these critical discussions every February, but every time we’re with those we care about:

  • 80 percent of teens say they know someone who has been controlled by a partner.
  • 29 percent of teens say they have been physically abused by a partner and 54 percent report other forms of abuse.
  • Only 37 percent of parents are aware their child is being abused.
  • 27 percent of teenagers report that they have had a partner track them by using social media.


Danielle Armitage
SOS Outreach Prevention Coordinator, Emporia

*Statistics from:New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, https://opdv.ny.gov/february-teen-dating-violence-awareness-month; and Love is Respect, https://www.loveisrespect.org

Help Wanted: RCIL seeks Hiring Clerk

RCIL continues to grow! New Position – Hiring Clerk – Full-time, Osage City –  Be an important part of the RCIL team that processes weekly payroll for 1,000 home care givers. Experience with W-4, K-4, I-9 and Direct Deposit processing preferred. Must be a great communicator over the telephone and by email with solid computer skills, be detail oriented, organized and enjoy a fast-paced environment. Competitive pay, private offices, excellent health, dental and vision insurance, great 401 K retirement plan with employer match, bonus plans, company-funded life insurance, generous Paid Time Off, ten paid holidays, flex time scheduling within a Monday-Friday (no evenings) work schedule, and more! Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Email resume and three references to hr@rcilinc.org or call Deone Wilson at 785-528-3105. Learn more about RCIL at www.rcilinc.org.


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Linda Jane Osborn, 67, Carbondale: Sept. 5, 1956 – Feb. 2, 2024

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Linda Jane Osborn, 67, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Feb. 2, 2024, at Rossville Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Rossville, Kan. She was born Sept. 5, 1956, in El Paso, Texas, the daughter of Lee and Iraleta (Taylor) Tevis.

Linda worked as a machine operator in the mailroom at Blue Cross and Blue Shield for many years.

She is survived by two daughters, Laci (Carlos) Mena and April (Joshua) Peterson; a brother, Jim Tevis; and five grandchildren, Jaylin Hall, Corinthia Hall, Jacobe Mena, Liam Mena, and Ezra Mena.

St. David’s concert highlights Emporia Welsh celebration

The 136th St. David’s Concert will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2024, at the Emporia Presbyterian Church West Campus, 1702 W. 15th Ave. Being one of the oldest continuous celebrations in Kansas, the free Welsh concert is sponsored by the St. David’s Society of Kansas.

Always the heart of the concert, the St. David’s Chorus will open with the traditional song “We’ll Keep a Welcome”. Several other numbers will include songs with choruses sung in Welsh.

Eluned Jones will return to direct the St. David’s Choir and concert. Being originally from Wales, “The Land of Song,” her musical talent comes naturally. Eluned will be one of the special solo numbers.

The St. David’s Society is excited to include a variety of artists sharing their talents.

Opening remarks will be given by the St. David’s President Linda Orear. Rev. Gary Goozen and Rev. Phyllis Stutzman will give the invocation and benediction, respectively. The concert will close with the singing of “God Be With You”.

St. David’s Society officers for 2024-25 year are President Mi’Chielle Cooper, Vice President Jennifer Baldwin, Secretary Deb Childears, and Treasurer Rhonda Gordon.

Following the concert, a reception featuring bara brith and tea will be served in the fellowship hall. An elevator is available in the vestibule.

For anyone interested in singing with the choir, rehearsal will be Saturday, March 2. For more information, contact Susan at 620-794-3917.

Celebrate area’s Welsh heritage with tea at Lebo

All are invited to attend a Welsh tea at 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, at the Lebo United Methodist Church  fellowship hall, 201 W. Fourth St., Lebo, Kan.

For 35 years, the Welsh Tea has celebrated the Welsh who came to Lebo, Arvonia, Reading, Emporia, Osage City, and surrounding towns.

Norma Jones, Jean Rowley, and Paula Evans host this free informal tea so others may celebrate and enjoy Welsh cakes, tea, spiced apple juice, or coffee in a setting of daffodils and Welsh memorabilia. The Arvonia Preservation Society provides Welsh cakes and assists with the event. All are invited to attend this fun event.

KDOT to start work on new section of the Flint Hills Trail in Franklin County

The week of March 4, 2024, the Kansas Department of Transportation expects to start work on a Transportation Alternatives project that will add a new section to the Flint Hills Trail State Park, in Franklin County. The new 2.3-mile section, located west of Ottawa, Kan., extends west from Louisiana Terrace to Iowa Road.

Project activity includes constructing the 10-foot-wide multi-use trail and a pedestrian bridge over the BNSF Railway and improving three existing bridges. The 3.4-mile signed county road detour will be deactivated when work on the new section is finished.

The Transportation Alternatives Program covers on and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, and Safe Routes to School sidewalk improvements. Upon completion of the Franklin County project, the Flint Hills Trail will have 93 miles of continuous traversable trail for bicyclists and pedestrians from Osawatomie to Council Grove.

KDOT awarded the construction contract of $4.9 million to Dondlinger & Sons Construction Co. Inc., of Wichita, Kan. Persons with questions may contact construction manager Ian Stringham at 785-433-6116 or public affairs manager Priscilla Petersen at 620-902-6433.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Feb. 9 – Feb. 15, 2024

The following information was compiled Feb. 9 to Feb. 15, 2024, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Shirley M. Lawson, 87, Lyndon: March 19, 1936 – Feb. 12, 2024

LYNDON, Kan. – Shirley M. (Vanderslice) Lawson passed away surrounded by her family on Feb. 12, 2024. She was born March 19, 1936, the first of four daughters, to Wm. Alfred and Evelyn Mardell (Goldsmith) Vanderslice.

Shirley graduated from Melvern High School, Melvern, Kan., in 1953 and was valedictorian of her class.

Shirley was married to John H. Lawson in 1958, and together they had five children. They later divorced. She spent nearly 30 years with her companion, Marvin R. Sellers. He preceded her in death in 2007.

Shirley had a life-long passion for bingo. If there was a bingo game going on, including every night of the week, that’s where you would find her. She loved thrifting as well. She didn’t pass up anything she thought was a great deal. She was an avid doll collector and had multiple rooms in her home dedicated to displaying them.

Senior Center: Tax preparers coming in March; craft show and health fair in April

Hello from the Osage County Senior Center and Osage County Public Transportation.

We have some things to look forward to in the upcoming months: The AARP tax preparers will be here on Friday, March 1, 2024; please call and get on the list as it is filling up fast. Quarter bingo to benefit the CASA program will be April 2; spring craft show April 13; and the health fair April 25.

We are having classes to learn how to play bridge every Tuesday and Friday mornings at 10 – come down and check it out. Don’t forget that we always have our pot luck on the first Wednesday of the month.

Anyone interested in learning how to play Mahjong, we are playing on Tuesday afternoons at 2:30 and the lessons are going great. We are trying to learn to line dance every Friday at 2. Ceramics class is $5 per class, most supplies are furnished. High Rollers is at 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Maria from Home Town Health Care is here to call quarter bingo every Tuesday at 10 a.m.

We are going to the Pizza Ranch on Friday, Feb. 23. We are going to the casino at 9 a.m. Feb. 27; call now for your reservation.

Shopping trips are on the first and third Thursdays of the month, going to Topeka Walmart, Sam’s and Aldi’s. Call the transportation department to make reservations

Our make-n-take craft will be a rabbit to hang on a door- 2 p.m. Feb. 21; cost will be $12.

I am open to all suggestions for activities and or outings. Reminder: The senior center can be rented for events for $75 a day.

For more information, contact the Osage County Senior Center at 785-528-1170, or stop by at 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

Come and enjoy the fun and activities with us!

Thanks, Franny
Franny Deters, Osage County Senior Center director

Apartments For Rent in Osage City: Dogwood Glen

Now Leasing! 2 and 3 bedroom ground level apartments at Dogwood Glen Apartments, located at 519 N. 12th St, Osage City. Rent is based off of household’s income. Central heating and cooling. Partial utilities paid. Maintenance provided. Laundry on site. Contact Heather today for an application at 785-528-3626. This establishment is an equal opportunity provider.

James ‘Jamey’ Robert Schallock, 51, Overbrook: Nov. 10, 1972 – Feb. 9, 2024

OVERBROOK, Kan. – James “Jamey” Robert Schallock, 51, of Overbrook, Kan., died Friday, Feb., 9, 2024, at his home. He was born Nov. 10, 1972, in Frankfort, Germany, the son of Terry Schallock and Sondra (Hayes) Gustin.

He attended Overbook Grade School, and graduated from the Santa Fe Trail High School with the class of 1991.

Jamey was united in marriage to Amy Gunnells, September 2002. They later divorced.

Jamey loved to cheer on his favorite team, the Raiders. He also loved his puppy, Diamond.

John Wayne ‘Johnny’ Barr, 77, Carbondale: Oct. 16, 1946 – Feb. 8, 2024

CARBONDALE, Kan. – John Wayne “Johnny” Barr, 77, passed away Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born Oct. 16, 1946, in Garnett, Kan., the son of Virgil and Imogene (Eyman) Barr.

Johnny had grown up in Burlingame, Kan., and had lived in Carbondale, Kan., for several years.

Johnny had worked in the construction trade. He loved Chiefs football, fishing, and all of the dogs that he had throughout the years. He also loved spending time with his grandkids.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Imogene; two brothers, Danny Barr and Terry Barr; and sister, Sandra Stewart.

Jerry Wayne Kendall, 79, Topeka: Jan. 25, 1945 – Feb. 7, 2024

TOPEKA, Kan. – Jerry Wayne Kendall, 79, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, at The Gardens at Aldersgate, Topeka, Kan. He was born Jan. 25, 1945, in Dodge City, Kan., the son of Jean and Ellen (Rose) Kendall.

Jerry was raised in Agricola and Williamsburg, Kan. He graduated from Williamsburg High School. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served his country for 20 years. While in the Air Force, Jerry earned several degrees from various colleges. He was stationed in many places in the United States, including Alaska, and also served in Vietnam while being stationed in Thailand. After retiring from the Air Force, Jerry worked as a security guard and substitute teacher.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Jean Kendall and Ellen (Rose) Kendall.

Jerry is survived by brothers, Barry Kendall and Larry Kendall; sisters, Connie Kendall Tate, Karon Kendall Davis, and Pam Kendall Davis; and several nieces and nephews.

Robert William Farwell, 67, Lyndon: Oct. 4, 1956 – Feb. 14, 2024

LYNDON, Kan. – Robert William Farwell, 67, peacefully passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, surrounded by loved ones at his home near Lyndon, Kan., after his hard fought battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 4, 1956, the son of Ronald and Leitha (Light) Farwell, at Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kan.

Rob spent most of his life in the Lyndon community. He graduated in 1974 from Lyndon High School. After graduation, he worked for Norm’s Plumbing and Heating and then Curley’s Plumbing and Heating until he was hired on with the Santa Fe Railroad in May 1977. One of his proudest accomplishments during his career with the railroad was being one of the team members that helped create the one and only hydrogen fuel powered Locomotive. He retired from the railroad in October 2016.

In 1976, Rob was married to Ruth Gourley, they later divorced. On Oct. 31, 1984, Rob married Lynda Frances Sloop, in Miami, Okla.

During his lifetime in the Lyndon community, Rob was very involved with his children’s activities, spending countless hours helping with baseball and softball in recreational leagues and tournaments. He helped begin Lyndon’s first recreational soccer team, and was a coach and a true loud voice supporter of our Lyndon athletes. Rob was a member of the Lyndon United Methodist Church. He loved to hunt and especially loved to spend time on the water fishing.

Osage County Jail Log, Feb. 12 – Feb. 15, 2024

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

A Cowboy’s Faith: Highway construction finally completed

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Is the highway open yet?”

That question has been asked and responded to dozens of times in the past several months.

“Yes.” After more than a year, the ranch front highway to cities north and south has traffic going by. Official opening was weeks ago, but painting and signage construction has continued in recent days.

While the project seemed like it would never get done, talk about the renovation has been ongoing for years. Each time a schedule was announced, another highway or bridge took priority, moving the date back.

The project was deemed necessary to make the highway safer, which included widening, straightening, and reducing blind spots. It was a two-phase effort, so detours were not as long as rebuilding 30-plus miles all at one time.

As with any construction, the “new” highway is far from perfect, but nobody has denied “much better than before.” If one accident let alone a fatality is prevented, it’s worth the cost and time-consuming hassle.

The south half of the project was the most frustrating because drivers were forced to drive on gravel. Detour signs were either nonexistent or confusing, so many commuters became lost in the countryside.

Regardless of what the destination was, it took twice as long to get there, not considering all the flat tires.

The north half of the construction required more time because a large bridge was replaced to meet railroad specifications. Additionally, straightening the highway required tearing out some pasture hills.

Large modern bulldozers and land moving equipment with knowledgeable operators made the major project possible. One wonders how the original highway construction through prairieland was even possible decades ago.

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