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Melvern abloom this weekend during annual Sunflower Days

Photo by Jeff Burkdoll. Sunflowers will be blooming in “the great outdoors” in Melvern this weekend. The Osage County community will be celebrating its annual Sunflower Days Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June More »

Relish the memories, do your best in the future, 2024 Burlingame High School graduates told

Burlingame High School class of 2024. BHS photo. Seniors addressing their fellow  graduates urged the Burlingame High School class of 2024 to keep their memories but rely on themselves to face the More »

Life’s lessons lead 2024 Lyndon High School graduates toward bright future

The 2024 graduating class of Lyndon High School. Photo by Chelsi Simpson Photography. Lyndon High School’s valedictorian Samanth Cole and salutatorian Caleb Anschutz encouraged their fellow graduates of the class of 2024 More »

Osage City High School 2024 graduates rely on courage to face next chapters in life

Osage City High School class of 2024. OCHS photo. Expressing sentiment of their class motto, Osage City High School’s four senior honor students encouraged their fellow 2024 graduates to remember “It takes More »

Public Auction: Saturday, June 22, 2024, 9:30 a.m., 836 West 5th St. Ottawa KS 66067

Public Auction
Darold and Linda Cain Estate
Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.
Address: 836 West 5th St. Ottawa KS 66067

Tools/Shop items: Stand up craftsman toolbox, bench top toolboxes, sockets all sizes, bench grinder, power tools, pole saw, jig saw, power drills, Stihl 021 chainsaw, Rigid table saw, plyers, vice grips, adjustable wrenches, JD-TEK 8000 generator electric start, air compressor, craftsman belt/disk sander, screwdrivers, punches and chisels, craftsman T handles, hammer, pluming tools, pipe cutters, jumper cables, tow rope, battery charger, hand tools, garden tools, Makita miter saw, planers, shop vacs, work benches, cabinets, craftsman miter saw 8”, router and bits, whole saw set, drill press, craftsman edger, saw horses, floor jacks, quick grip clamps, squares, levels, Rigid power tool set, Milwaukee reseparating saw,  drill bits, nail gun.

Household: Couches, longan burger baskets, lamps, oak table and chairs, home decorations, recliners, dishes, bowls, coffee cups, Keurig, flat ware, pots, and pans, 5 oak bar stools, bookshelf, file cabinet, desk, oak bench with table and chairs, child’s bench, rocking chair, coffee table, sleds, pictures, vacuums.

Scooter/moped: 2003 Honda Reflex (in good condition).

Guns (Consignment)

  • Long Guns: Ruger Ranch Rifle mini-14 stainless .223/(.556), Remington Model 760Game master pump .30-06 with Weaver K-3 scope, Mossberg Patriot Walnut .243with sig buck master scope LNIB, Winchester model 1897 12-gauge (1942 year) Hamer, take down with slamfire32 in barrel with full choke, Winchester model 94 30-30USA state collector Edition-Illinois 1968 (unfired in box), 1948Winchester model 94 flat band.
  • Hand Guns: Kimber Mico 9mm stainless and rose wood NIB (unfired), Smith & Wesson Model CSX 9mm shooters case edition and 2-mags 12rd &10rd, Ruger Super black hawk model 0811 .44 mag stainless steel 5.5 in barrel LNIB, Sig Sauer model p65XL (9-BXR3-RXZ) 9mm Night sites PLUS Romeo zero Elite Red Dot site and 2x12rd mags LNIB, Taurus G2S 9mm LIMB, Taurus Model 651 CIA Titanium Protector .357 mag LNIB.

Auctioneers Note: Other items not listed. Guns sell last.


Seller: Family
Consignor: Kevin Shaw

Auctioneers- Brady Altic, Lester Edgecomb and Jessy Altic

Pictures online at: www.kansasauctions.net/altic

Now Leasing: Apartments in Osage City, Morningside Plaza

Now Leasing! 1 bedroom ground level apartments at Morningside Plaza Apartments, located at 1000 Main St., Osage City. All utilities paid. Central heating. Newer remodeled apartments have central cooling. Older models are window unit air conditioning. Maintenance provided. Laundry on site. Leasing located at Dogwood Glen Apartments at 519 N. 12th St., Osage City. Contact Heather today for an application at 785-528-3626. This establishment is an equal opportunity provider.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Tame grass for feed

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“The brome is smoking which means it’s time for harvest.”

There’s a foggy haze moving across an increasing number of brome grass fields throughout Kansas. That’s nature’s alert that the tame grass has headed, is ripe, and should be harvested the sooner the better.

Time will tell, but it looks like this year’s brome crop will have an abundant yield.

Contrasting native Flint Hills pastures, brome grass requires considerably more management with weather always being a major factor in production.

According to college agronomist definition, “Brome grass is a common forage grass grown in North America. It may be used for hay, pasture, silage, or stockpiling. It is compatible with alfalfa or other adapted legumes.

“Brome grass is very palatable, high in protein, and relatively low in crude-fiber content. It has a massive root system and is a sod former, which can be used effectively for critical area planting and waterways.”

Not always the best student in crop science, knowledge about brome grass has generally come by learning from doing.

Nitrogen fertilizer is essential for brome grass production. Experience proves there is always poor yield without fertilizer. Soil testing increases fertilizer effectiveness when recommendations are followed.

Date of fertilizer application affects production, with some producers preferring fall treatment. However, more farmers fertilize brome in the spring, delaying expenses as long as possible.

Osage County Senior Center: Melvern game day planned

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

We are going to have pie and coffee to celebrate Father’s Day at 2 p.m. June 14.

Our breakfast club will be going to Saddlerock at 8:30 a.m. June 14. The Lunch Bunch will be going to the Jumpin Catfish, in Olathe, leaving at 10 a.m. June 28. The casino trip is June 25, leaving at 9 a.m.

Our Melvern game day will be 1 p.m. June 21 at the Melvern Community Building; come join in the fun.

Play Mahjong Tuesday afternoons at 2:30. Ceramics class is going to change the time to 9:30 a.m.; all supplies are furnished and we have lots of bisque to choose from.  We have a sewing group that now has walker bags for sale; stop in and look around at the wonderful things they make.

High Rollers is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. Maria from Home Town Health Care is here to call quarter bingo at 10 a.m. every Tuesday. 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.

The Meals on Wheels program is collecting prescription bottle caps from Auburn Pharmacy, which donates .25 cents per cap to the nutrition program. Drop off  caps at the senior center.

For more information, contact the senior center office at 785-528-1170, or Osage County Public Transportation at 785-528-4906, or stop by the center 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

Garage sale ads are free on Osage County News

Remember it’s easy and free to let everyone in Osage County know you’re having a yard or garage sale.

To place your free garage sale or yard sale ad, visit the Place Your Own Garage Sale Ad Page: www.osagecountyonline.com/place-your-own-garage-yard-sale-ad. Just sign-in to the comment section.

Eat Well to Be Well: Trade eating perfection for eating smarter

Unlock the potential for your best health by redefining the menu: Ditch perfect plates, embrace smart eating

Nutrition isn’t just about eating the perfect diet (boring); it’s about eating smarter. Navigating the world of healthy eating can feel like a daunting task, but fear not! Here’s your guide to eating smart without sacrificing the joy of food – because, let’s face it, perfection is overrated anyway!

A smart shopper takes time to read the label before putting an item in their cart.

Understanding and implementing smart eating sounds easy and should be intuitive for everyone, right?  Unfortunately, not.  For some, eating a healthy diet means all or nothing. You’re either diving in headfirst into following an overly restrictive dietary plan that demands perfection or you may have thrown your hands up in frustration deciding to throw in the towel and blissfully ignore any sort of nutrition advice by educated professionals like myself.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. To help you wade through what may feel like a dietary quagmire, let me help you focus on the basics to a healthy way of eating that will support your overall well-being.  Nutrition is a big wide world of eating options of a delightfully delicious array of amazingly healthy foods. Entire books have been written of the multitude of healthy dietary advice you can choose from. What I’m providing you in this article, is a good start to begin your journey to make those “smart” food choices that will sustain you long-term in reaching your nutrition goals – one bite at a time.

Let’s take a look:

Melvern abloom this weekend during annual Sunflower Days

Photo by Jeff Burkdoll.

Sunflowers will be blooming in “the great outdoors” in Melvern this weekend. The Osage County community will be celebrating its annual Sunflower Days Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 14-16, 2024. This year’s parade theme will be “The Great Outdoors”; the parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, with line-up at the school grounds.

The communitywide celebration will include a baby show, bingo games, live music, kids’ races, homemade ice cream, funnel cakes, watermelon and the grand parade finale.

Here’s the weekend’s schedule:

Melvern Sunflower Fair Days – June 14-16, 2024

Friday, June 14

  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m.-Senior food stand in the park
  • 4:45-8:30 p.m.-Wristband sales In the park ($5 bands per person)
  • 5-9 p.m. – Funtastic Inflatables in the park
  • 5-7 p.m. – Stream Trailer and Soil Tunnel Presented by Osage County Conservation District
  • 6 p.m. – Baby Show in Melvern Community Center
  • 6 p.m. – Homemade Ice Cream In Melvern Community Center (until Ice cream Is gone)
  • 6 p.m. – Funnel Cakes in the park (while supplies last)
  • 7-9 p.m. – Bob Bradley Show (Karaoke) in the park
  • 8-10 p.m. – Bingo in the park

Saturday, June 15

  • 9 a.m. – Kids Races at the baseball fields
  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Senior food stand In the park
  • 11 a.m. – Alumni Banquet in Melvern Community Center; doors open at 11, dinner at noon.
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Cornhole tournament registration in the park.
  • 1 p.m. – Cornhole tournament begins in the park
  • 3-4 p.m. – Spray & Play on Main Street provided by Melvern Fire Department.
  • 4:45-8:30 p.m. – Wristband sates in the park ($5 bands per person)
  • 5-9 p.m. – Funtastic Inflatables in the park
  • 7 p.m. – Parade; theme “The Great Outdoors”. Line up at 6:30. Prizes for top three floats.
  • 7:30 p.m. – Funnel cakes in the park (while supplies last)
  • 7:30-9 p.m. – Stream trailer and soil tunnel presented by Osage County Conservation District
  • 7:30 p.m. – Homemade ice cream in Melvern Community Center (until ice cream is gone)
  • 8 -10 p.m. – Bingo in the park
  • 8:30 -10:30 p.m. – Classic Country Inc. band in the park

Sunday, June 16

  • 10:30 a.m. Community church service in Melvern Community Center

Lyndon plans for citywide garage sales, June 14-15, 2024

Lyndon citywide garage sales will be June 14-15, 2024. Lyndon Carnegie Library will serve as the garage sales headquarters and will have maps available listing the sales around town.

The library has also weeded out its collection and will have a giant book sale those days at the library. Books will be offered for freewill donations. There are books for all ages and interests. No book donations are requested at this time.

For more information about the citywide sales or the book sale, contact the library at 785-828-4520, or stop by 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, Kan.

Remember: Osage County News offers free yard and garage sale ads on County Comment. As always, there is no charge for place-your-own ads on County Comment. Click here to place your free ad.

Osage County Jail Log, June 4 – June 10, 2024

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

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.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Rotation increases grazing capacity

“Rain has made ample grass for the time being.”

However, that’s not all optimistic, according to a number of outlooks for months ahead as presented by several weather forecasters. Of course, it’s common knowledge weathermen and women are wrong as often as right. So, anybody’s guess is as good as the next about what the conditions will be for the next 12 weeks.

A frequent topic of conversation for the past couple of years has been pasture rotation. The idea is to stretch out grazing capacity when there are short supplies.

Rotation is a relatively new term that wasn’t related much, if any, that’s memorable from the four-hour range management class. Of course, that was more than half a century ago and likely the still teenage college student wasn’t all that attentive. However, looking back through the old, yellow report cards in the stuffed filing cabinet verifies a top passing grade.

There are different philosophies on rotational grazing and what works well for one doesn’t fit another. Weather conditions continue to always have a major impact on what needs to be done.

If it continues raining and the temperature isn’t too high, grass will generally grow. Livestock won’t need to be rotated as frequently when the pasture is not grubbed in the ground.

Fencing and water supplies are major ingredients for rotational grazing and again what fits one operation doesn’t work for others.

Barbed wire fence with gates from one pasture to another is easiest to use, but typically does not work well. Usually, a rotation program involves small pastures with clean water, so a hot electric wire fence is typically the best.

There are plenty of problems with electric fences which require consistent power. If cattle get out one time, it can become a habit that sometimes seems uncontrollable.

Relish the memories, do your best in the future, 2024 Burlingame High School graduates told

Burlingame High School class of 2024. BHS photo.

Seniors addressing their fellow  graduates urged the Burlingame High School class of 2024 to keep their memories but rely on themselves to face the future. During the school’s commencement exercises May 11, 2024, at Burlingame High School, 22 graduates received diplomas from members of the USD 454 Board of Education.

2024 BHS Senior Class President Brandon Punches told of some personal memories he made with his class, “some that are embarrassing and some that I’ll never forget, and a lot that are both.” With those memories, he noted, he and his classmates were now ready to face the future.

“I know [my classmates] can’t wait to get out of here and spread their wings, or just can’t wait to get out of here,” he said. “Today is about the class of 2024.”

Talking about being one of the classes to go through the pandemic, Punches said the class was now “the kids who aren’t really kids anymore. Nope not at all, now it’s time for us to grow up, or just grow old, because some of us (myself included) will never grow up.”

He concluded by leaving his classmates with a quote, “’The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.’ So go out there and be crazy!”

The 2024 BHS valedictorian, Kaylin Noonan, thanked teachers, coaches, family and her classmates for their success in reaching graduation.

To teachers: “You’re always being willing to listen to our silly issues or drama and just making sure we had what we need to succeed,” Noonan said.

To coaches: “For making school about more than just class work. For always pushing us to be our best and for teaching us so many valuable lessons!”

Parents and family: “You listened to our complaints, supported us through everything we did and were always there as someone to lean on when we were struggling.”

Thanking her classmates, she urged them to not forget the lessons they learned together. “While we didn’t always get along we have grown together and made so many memories. We always seem to find a way to laugh.”

“All of the lessons we have learned both in and outside the class,” she said, “all lead to this moment.”

But even with those lessons learned, “graduating is about accepting uncertainty – that we don’t have all the answers and that we are going to screw up sometimes – that doesn’t mean that we should be afraid to keep going and to take big bold steps … today we take the first step together.”

“We stand here today on the precipice of the future,” Noonan said. “It’s not a distant reality anymore. It begins here. It begins today. Congratulations class of 2024 we did it!”

Following senior addresses by 2024 BHS Salutatorian Senior Isabelle Masters, Punches, and Noonan, USD 454 Superintendent Marcy Cassidy gave remarks to the crowd, followed by BHS Principal Geoff Markos presenting a video and profile of the class.

USD 454 Board of Education President Melissa Droege accepted the class for graduation, and board members presented diplomas to the 2024 Burlingame High School graduates: José Arevalo Jr., Starla Bennett, Evan Bowman, Cooper Burns, Jarrek Clark, Chloe Havens, Colby Heckman, Madison Hovestadt, Asiah Jeaudoin, Korden Kinney, Haylee Kosek, Maliyah Lopez, Isabelle Masters, Jenna Moon, Desiree Mundy, Calvin Noonan, Kaylin Noonan, Brandon Punches, Seth Quaney, Juliunna Shinn, Savannah Short, and April Woods.

USDA announces June 2024 lending rates for agricultural producers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced loan interest rates for June 2024, which are effective June 3, 2024. USDA Farm Service Agency loans provide access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures or meet cash flow needs.

“I encourage our lenders and borrowers alike to work with our local offices and our cooperators to capitalize fully on the existing flexibilities in these important programs,” said FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux.

Operating, Ownership and Emergency Loans     

FSA offers farm ownership, operating and emergency loans with favorable interest rates and terms to help eligible agricultural producers, whether multi-generational, long-time, or new to the industry, obtain financing needed to start, expand or maintain a family agricultural operation. For many loan options, FSA sets aside funding for underserved producers, including, beginning, women, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and Hispanic farmers and ranchers.

Interest rates for Operating and Ownership loans for June 2024 are as follows: 

Lyndon Library starts up summer reading program for all ages

The Lyndon Carnegie Library’s summer reading program began this week and has activities going on daily Monday through Thursday.

Children’s reading room at Lyndon Carnegie Library.

The reading program schedule is:

  • 10-11 a.m. Monday – Pre-K
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday – 1st-3rd grade
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday – Family program
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday – 4th-7th grades
  • 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday – 8th grade to adult programs.

For more information, contact librarian Genea Reynolds at 785-828-4520, or stop by the library at 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, Kan.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, May 17 – May 30, 2024

The following information was compiled May 17 to May 30, 2024, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Carol Ohse, 87, Carbondale: Jan. 24, 1937 – May 31, 2024

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Carol L. Ohse, 87, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Friday, May 31, 2024, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born Jan. 24, 1937, in Lebo, Kan., the daughter of Lloyd and Margaret Anona (Elmore) Stevens.

Carol graduated with the Carbondale High School class of 1955.

She was united in marriage to Henry Ohse, Aug. 7, 1956, in New Mexico. From this union two sons were born, William and Michael Ohse. Carol and Henry shared more than 67 years of marriage.

Carol was a secretary at Forbes Filed Air Force Base, Topeka. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing. She enjoyed fishing and boating at Pomona Lake, Pomona, Kan.

Albert Lewis Sr., 78, Topeka: Aug. 4, 1945 – May 24, 2024

TOPEKA, Kan. – Albert Lewis Sr., 78, of Osage City, Kan., passed away May 24, 2024, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Albert was born Aug. 4, 1945, in Enid, Okla.

Albert was a lifelong resident of Topeka until moving to Osage Nursing Center, Osage City. He grew up attending school in Topeka and at East Topeka High School. Growing up, Albert enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cutting wood. He also worked on racecars at Dreasher Speedway, in East Topeka. Albert loved archery and was a member of the Topeka Bow Hunter’s Club, claiming a personal best of a 215 lb. draw on his bow. Albert worked for many years at Petros in Topeka, then at Kansas Orthotics and Prosthetics until his retirement in the mid 1990s.

Albert’s interest in ham radio operation was a hobby he shared with his wife, Sonia (Irish) Lewis. They were united in marriage Sept. 7, 1965, in Topeka. She preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death are his parents, Lyle and Ruby (Bowers) Clark.

His outgoing personality and ornery nature are lovingly remembered by his daughters, Ruby Tate (Gary) and Terri Fields, all of Topeka; son, Albert Lewis Jr. (Angie), Osage City; three brothers, Henry Clark (Debbi), Emporia, Kan., David Clark (Nola), Topeka, and Bobby Lewis (Ruth), Topeka; and 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Virginia Ruth Downs, 90, Topeka: Feb. 17, 1934 – May 29, 2024

TOPEKA, Kan. – Virginia Ruth Downs, 90, passed away May 29, 2024, at Kelly House, Topeka, Kan. She was born, the daughter of Alfred Edward and Emma Julia (Purdy) Waetzig.

She married Delbert L. Downs, June 8, 1952. She was born and raised in Carbondale, Kan., and moved to Topeka after her marriage.

Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Uhl, of Topeka; son, Darren (Jonna) Downs, Topeka; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; four sisters, June Onnen and Peggy Owens, both of Topeka, and Alice Bernhardt and Carol Ashwill, both of Carbondale; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Delbert Dean Downs; her parents, three brothers, and seven sisters.

The family will greet friends during visitation 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Parker-Price and Davidson Funeral Home, 245 NW Independence Ave., Topeka, KS 66608. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, at Carbondale Cemetery, Carbondale.

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