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Kahler files motion in Osage County District Court to overturn death sentence

James Kraig Kahler is led out of the Osage County Courthouse to the county jail after his sentencing, Oct. 11, 2011. File photo. LYNDON, Kan. – A man condemned More »

Help House kicks off annual Soup-a-Thon; Prom Shop scheduled for February

The competition will be fierce for Help House’s Soup-a-Thon ’23! Area churches and organizations are urged to begin collecting cans of soup and sleeves of crackers for Help House’s More »

Eat Well to Be Well: Why crash diets capsize your weight loss efforts and what to do instead

Crash diets rarely last for the long term. The best diet plan is one that stresses realistic long-term expectations. One of the worst things you can do when attempting More »

Blake Treinen, 2020 World Series Champion, hometown hero, comes home for Christmas

Blake Treinen, Osage City hero and World Series Champion pitcher, talks to the crowd gathered Dec. 23, 2022, at Osage County Senior Center, Osage City. Osage City Chamber of More »

Boys State of Kansas taking registrations for 2023 session

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The American Legion Boys State of Kansas is taking registrations for its 2023 session. The event is scheduled to be held Sunday, June 4, through Saturday, June 10, at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan. This will be the program’s 31st consecutive session at KSU and 85th overall.

Traditionally, Kansas Boys State is for individuals who will complete their junior year of high school in the spring just prior to the start of each session. However, the ALBSK program will again expand the pool of registrants for this year’s session to include those who will complete their sophomore year of high school this spring.

The American Legion Boys State of Kansas program provides a relevant, interactive, problem-solving experience in leadership and teamwork that develops self-identity, promotes mutual respect and instills civic responsibility to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to community, state and nation. Boys State is a “learning by doing” political exercise that simulates elections, political parties and government at the state, county and local levels, providing opportunities to lead under pressure, showcasing character and working effectively within a team. It’s also an opportunity to gain pride and respect for government, and the price paid by members of the military to preserve democracy.

The cost to attend the Boys State of Kansas program is $350; however, in many instances, sponsors pay the majority of the fees, with the delegate or his family paying $50. Those wishing to attend the program should visit ksbstate.org to register. The deadline to register to guarantee a spot in the 2023 program is Sunday, April 30; registrations are accepted after that date on a space-available basis.

Potential sponsors, such as American Legion posts, civic organizations, businesses, clubs and interested individuals can visit ksbstate.org/sponsor-a-delegate. For more information, contact ALBSK at info@ksbstate.org or 785-550-6492.

Human Trafficking Prevention Month: SOS advises vigilance, report suspicious behavior

EMPORIA, Kan. – January is Human Trafficking Prevention month – during this month SOS, Emporia, Kan., is joining the Department of Homeland Security and other organizations and government agencies to educate the public and give them the knowledge to help prevent trafficking. Human trafficking is defined by Kansas Law, KSA 21-5426(a) in part as, “The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjecting the person to involuntary servitude or forced labor.” Trafficking can include sex trafficking, forced labor, and domestic servitude.

Misconceptions about trafficking are common, and people often think about kidnapping and complex sex trafficking schemes when they think of trafficking, but the reality is that it is more common for a victim to be trafficked by someone they know and trust. According to data by Polaris, an organization that works to prevent trafficking, of the cases of trafficking reported in 2020, 58 percent of trafficking recruiters were someone close to the victim. This is particularly true for sex trafficking, where in 2020 42 percent of recruiters were a member of the victim’s family and 39 percent an intimate partner or marriage proposition. Together that is 81 percent of the recruiters for sex trafficking being close to the victim.

However, friends and family are also the most likely way for a victim of trafficking to connect to help. There are behaviors to watch for in teens , such as withdrawing from family and friends, receiving pornography or inappropriate photos or messages, being overly obsessed with being online, hiding their device screens from others, receiving expensive gifts from a friend that the parents or family doesn’t know, or becoming upset when they don’t have wi-fi access or cell service. It’s important to create a safe and non-judgmental space, and to work on building strong supportive relationships with teens.

SOS works with schools and parents to try to help kids stay safer online, and friends and family play an important role in keeping teens safe from trafficking. Parents can help keep their kids safe from trafficking by building and maintaining healthy relationships, talking to children early and often about relationships and healthy sexual development, knowing the signs of trafficking and staying educated on trafficking, and especially by being vigilant about online safety.

Agencies have learned that the pandemic did not decrease trafficking, but rather pushed it even further online. Numbers for trafficking stayed steady overall in 2020, for example, but online recruitment increased a significant 22 percent according to Polaris. Trafficking recruitment transferred from places like schools and foster homes to make the internet the top recruiting location for all forms of trafficking. Facebook and Instagram alone saw a 120 percent increase as points of recruitment, so it’s important to help children and teens know how to stay safe online.

SOS encourages everyone to remain vigilant of their surroundings, to engage in open, honest conversations with their children, and to report any suspicious behavior to authorities. Anyone who suspects human trafficking should contact law enforcement immediately.

For more information, contact SOS at 620-343-8799 or 24 hours a day at 800-825-1295, or see www.soskansas.com.

Help Wanted: Osage County Health Department seeks Fulltime RN

Osage County Health Department is seeking a FT RN to work Monday-Thursday from 8am-6:30pm. More information and applications can be found on the Osage County Website: osageco.org.

Kahler files motion in Osage County District Court to overturn death sentence

James Kraig Kahler is led out of the Osage County Courthouse to the county jail after his sentencing, Oct. 11, 2011. File photo.

LYNDON, Kan. – A man condemned to death for murdering his wife, two daughters, and grandmother-in-law at a Burlingame, Kan., home in 2009, has made a possible last ditch effort to reduce or overturn his sentence.

James Kraig Kahler, convicted of the quadruple capital murder and sentenced by an Osage County jury in 2011, filed a civil lawsuit Jan. 19, 2023, against the state of Kansas in Osage County District Court. In the filing, Kahler and his attorney, Julia S. Spainhour, of the Kansas Capital Habeas Office, Topeka, Kan., seek a motion for the court receive evidence on his claims for relief and vacate and set aside his convictions and death sentence.

The motion relies on a state law that allows a prisoner to claim the right to be released on grounds that a sentence was imposed in violation of the constitution or laws of the United States or Kansas, or the court was without jurisdiction to impose such sentence, or other grounds. KSA 60-1507 provides prisoners a filing time limit of one year from the last time an appellate court exercised jurisdiction.

Kahler has previously appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court, which affirmed his conviction and sentence. March 23, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its judgement affirming the Kansas court’s decision. The Kansas Supreme Court subsequently mandated Osage County District Court to execute judgment of the court, with that filing made May 5, 2022, and which set the one-year clock for Kahler to file the current motion.

The motion outlines 14 grounds that allege substantial violations of Kahler’s constitutional and statutory rights to receive effective assistance of counsel and due process of the law, to enjoy equal protection of the laws, to demand witnesses to testify on his behalf and to effectively confront the witnesses against him, to receive a fair trial conducted by an unbiased judge, and to have his evidence heard and decided by an impartial jury. Kahler also alleges the state of Kansas has violated his constitutional right to be free from cruel or unusual punishment.

In a separate motion to appoint counsel and set a status conference, Kahler, who is currently incarcerated under special management status in El Dorado Correctional Facility, El Dorado, Kan., asks for a one-year period to investigate and gather evidence to support his motion.

Following a two-week trial in August 2011, an Osage County jury convicted Kahler, then 48, of killing his wife, Karen Kahler, 44, his daughters, Emily, 18, and Lauren, 16; and Karen’s grandmother, Dorothy Wight, 89, on Nov. 28, 2009, in Wight’s Burlingame home. In addition to capital murder, Kahler was convicted of four counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated burglary. During the Oct. 11, 2011, sentencing hearing, then-Osage County Chief Judge Phillip Fromme affirmed the jury’s verdict of the death sentence.

After an almost 12-hour manhunt following the killings, a Shawnee County deputy found Kahler the next morning sitting in a roadside ditch along Auburn Road. The murder weapon was never found.

The current motion might not be Kahler’s last chance to attempt to overturn his death sentence. Although he has exhausted his direct appeals, and his capital murder convictions and death sentence have been affirmed, further appeals are possible. If Kahler’s motion is granted, he will also retain the right to appeal the court’s final decision.

Sheriff locates person of interest in Santa Fe Trail High School burglary

Update: Jan. 24, 2023, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported Dalton R. Quimby has been located, and charges against him for the burglary of Santa Fe Trail High School have been submitted to the county attorney’s office.

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Marais des Cygnes Valley High School names Queen of Courts candidates

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School will crown the Queen of Courts in a ceremony during half-time of the varsity boys game Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, when the Trojans take on Cair Paravel. Varsity game time is 7 p.m. Senior candidates for the court are, from left, Joe Del Percio, Madison Cormode, Kyla Vogeler, and Isaac Hockett. Freshman attendants are Jayden McClintic and Gracen Clower, sophomore attendants are Dallen Flatin and Evie Stephens, and junior attendants are Mason Rose and Olivia Lacey. Photo by Lisa Reeser.


Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 17, 2022 – Jan. 19, 2023

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

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Jan. 13 – Jan. 19, 2023

The following information was compiled Jan. 13 to Jan. 19, 2023, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Help Wanted: Osage County seeks Economic Development Director

Osage County, Kansas, is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Economic Development Director. This position serves under the Board of County Commissioners. Primary duties include working to attract new businesses and industries to Osage County, assist developers with proposed projects, working with existing businesses looking to expand or provide additional employment opportunities, and promoting all that Osage County has to offer a business or industry including the wonderful place to live and raise a family. Interested individuals may find more information and can apply on the Osage County Website at: osageco.org, or may contact the Osage County Human Resources Dept., 1st floor of the Osage County Courthouse (785) 828-1357. Applications will be accepted until January 13, 2023, or until position is filled.

Help Wanted: Marilynn’s – part-time day shift server needed

Marilynn’s Restaurant in Osage City is seeking a part-time day shift server. Apply in person at 1216 Laing St. (east Highway 31) in Osage City.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Older just gets better

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Time flies whenever one is busy and having fun.”

It’s a familiar comment with truthfulness. Yet, even more strikingly in maturity is the question: “Where has all the time gone.”

With another candle on the cake, thoughts of days and now years gone by are revisited.

Years one to four are unmemorable other than photos, but times forward are joyfully reflected.

What’s so amazing is how incomprehensibly great the seven decades plus have been.

Earliest childhood fascinations without exception have come to reality and far beyond. Being a cowboy was always the most important objective.

Of course, cowboy has various meanings, and not “the best,” whatever that means, personal goal has been most satisfyingly met.

Wearing boots, jeans, hat, and riding a horse every day qualifies this definition of being a cowboy.

Along the way there’s been carrying groceries, education, friendships, career, ranching, writing stories, and most importantly family.

With maturity the one thing that stands out above anything else is how little can be completely understood.

When a teenager, everything was known about everything. Today nothing is really known about anything.

Help Wanted: Frontier District seeks 4-H Program Manager

Are you someone with a passion for 4-H?

The K-State Research and Extension Frontier District is searching for a 4-H Program Manager. This position will be housed in the Garnett office. The position is full-time with KPERS, paid leave, paid holidays, and health insurance.

We are looking for someone with a positive, professional, and inviting impression of the Frontier District and K-State Research and Extension. The ideal applicant would have experience in a youth development organization (as a member, volunteer, leader, paid staff member, or some combination) and a passion for working with 4-H, including co-workers, program participants and community partners!

Screening will continue until the position is filled. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and application to Rebecca McFarland, District Director, at rmcfarla@ksu.edu. Email subject: “4-H Program Manager Application”.

Osage City Library plans Valentine’s Day surprises for local seniors

The Osage City Library will be delivering some love to all the senior living centers for Valentine’s Day. Those who would like to participate can purchase or make homemade valentines, write a note, and sign them. The library’s goal is to make sure each resident receives at least five or six valentines each. Between 750 to 900 valentines are needed.

AARP will be back at the Osage City Library in March to provide tax assistance to anyone free of charge, with a focus on taxpayers who are older than 50 and have low to moderate income. Sign up will begin Feb. 13, 2023.

Of interest to adult patrons: The library has monthly adult bingo and adult book club.

During the library’s after school program, 1,892 snacks were given to children, 18 years and younger, in the first semester of the school year. This is an increase of almost 480 from the same time span in 2021. Each snack is individually wrapped and the library provides a variety of choices. This program is supported from monetary donations as well as snack donations, and has been providing snacks after school for over four years. The library has also received a grant from Catholic Charities to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables to offer the youths who attend an after school program. After school activities are on Tuesdays and Thursdays for local youth. Lego Club is the second Wednesday of each month.

Help House kicks off annual Soup-a-Thon; Prom Shop scheduled for February

The competition will be fierce for Help House’s Soup-a-Thon ’23! Area churches and organizations are urged to begin collecting cans of soup and sleeves of crackers for Help House’s food pantry. The goal line will be reached on Feb. 15, 2023, by when competitors must deliver soup and crackers to Help House.

The church or organization that brings in the most cans of soup and sleeves of crackers will win the gold award. Silver and bronze winners will also be named.

Help House has also announced its upcoming Prom Shop, which will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Feb. 18, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday Feb. 19, at 104 W. Santa Fe Ave., Burlingame. Many beautiful gowns have been donated and are available for any high school age girls living in Osage County, and all are free.

Help House offers a big thank you to Ted and Shirl Ammerman, of Royal Cleaners, Ottawa, who donated professional cleaning of all gowns.

For more information about either of these events, stop by Help House at 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan., see www.helphouse.online, call 785-828-4888, or email osagecountyhh@gmail.com.

Jeffery Lynn Brunner, 55, Melvern: Sept. 13, 1967 – Dec. 11, 2022

MELVERN, Kan. – Jeffery Lynn Brunner, 55, passed away Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, at his home near Melvern, Kan. He was born Sept. 13, 1967, in Midwest City, Okla., the son of Bobby and Dot (Schultze) Brunner.

Jeff had grown up in Oklahoma and had lived near Melvern for the last several years.

Jeff attended the Community Church of God, Melvern. He loved sharing his love for Southern Gospel music by singing at church.

Dorothy Lee ‘Dot’ Brunner, 86, Melvern: Nov. 6, 1936 – Jan. 6, 2023

MELVERN, Kan. – Dorothy Lee “Dot” Brunner, 86, passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at her home near Melvern, Kan. She was born Nov. 6, 1936, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Richard and Evelyn (Sumner) Schultze.

Dot had grown up in Melvern and graduated from Melvern High School in 1954. She had lived in Midwest City, Okla., for many years before moving back to Melvern.

Dot had been a housewife and military wife. She was a member of the Midwest City Church of God and the Melvern Church of God.

Frontier Extension to host beef cattle update at Overbrook for the New Year

The Frontier Extension District will host public meeting to provide a beef cattle update, at 6 p.m. Jan. 19, 2023, at the Overbrook Livestock Commission Company, 305 First St., Overbrook, Kan. The evening will begin with a chili supper at 6 p.m. with presentations following.

Jaymelynn Farney, Southeast Area Extension beef systems specialist, will discuss making cost efficient selection of mineral for a cowherd and the importance of vitamin A, especially with droughty forages.

Cassandra Olds, K-State livestock entomologist, will update on ticks and the diseases they carry, including those that affect cattle and humans. If you like to eat red meat, knowing how to protect yourself from tick bites is important.

Bruno Pedreira, Southeast Area forage specialist, will talk about pasture management and how drought influences next year’s forage growth.

For more information, contact Rod Schaub, Frontier District Extension agent, at 785-828-4438 or rschaub@ksu.edu.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Jan. 6 – Jan. 12, 2023

The following information was compiled Jan. 6 to Jan. 12, 2023, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

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