Ready for winter? It’s here

The National Weather Service at Topeka is advising another round of wintry precipitation is expected today into Thursday morning with the worst conditions this evening and overnight. Snow and More »

Help House News: Start stocking up now for Souper Bowl Sunday

By Raylene Quaney Now that we are into a new year it is time for Help House’s annual Souper Bowl Soup-A-Thon. We encourage churches, school organizations, youth groups, civic More »

Boutique offers prom dresses for all

All area girls are invited to the 12th annual Prom Boutique, hosted by ECKAN Osage City, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at the Santa Fe Depot, 504 Market More »

Hidden History: The Kid, The Pimp, and the Osage City lawman

By Wendi Bevitt Osage County had a crime problem. It was the summer of 1883, and hardly a town in the county was untouched by some sort of criminal More »

A Missions Project Story: Through the hearts of children

By Audrey Cop

How does a small group of children at a little church in a little town called Melvern, Kansas, serve God in a really big way in the world? In this instance it happened through a missions project that started in the hearts and minds of a handful of children in a small Sunday school class, in a small local church.

Around the first part of August 2018, several children at the Melvern United Methodist Church Sunday school class came up with an idea to help people in Africa have safe drinking water for their families. The children had learned that many of the young children in these countries were dying from diseases caused by contaminated water. The parents have no source of water to provide for their children – other than the contaminated rivers and streams around them. So, the children started giving their Sunday school donations to a designated clean water project just for this purpose.

Then, the idea expanded to include the children, age kindergarten through fifth grade, at that church’s weekly after-school ministry, called “The ROCK”. The program’s name stands for Reaching Out to Christ’s Kids. This program is available to all children in the area, regardless of whether they attend that church; it meets after school on Wednesday evenings. Then there were about 20 total children involved in the missions’ project.

The children’s group decided to expand their clean water project to include sustainable food sources for people in Africa. The children had also learned how so many other children are hungry and malnourished because there is not enough food for these families. They expanded the mission project to include purchasing chickens for eggs and dairy animals for milk and cheese to provide to the families. The families could consume the eggs, milk and cheese and sell any excess food to provide much needed additional income for their families.

As a group, we prayed for God to bless this project and help us raise the money to help those in need. The children set a goal of $500 to be reached by April 2019.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cowboy never slept in

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“I’ve always liked to get up early, there was always lots of work that I needed and wanted to do.”

Generally the day started way before daylight, horse waiting at the gate to be saddled and off to pasture work.

Cowboy has always been his first profession, although Kenny Muller certainly has been successful in many agriculture endeavors.

Slowed down a bit the cowboy still rises at dawn anxious to pursue plans in his sharp forever active mind.

Family was joined by friends of a lifetime for Kenneth Muller’s 90th birthday celebration. Most know him as Kenny.

Moved from the ranch to town residence, it’s been awhile since horseback, but the pickup gets daily use. Conversation always centers on heartfelt cowboy life in the Flint Hills.

Kenny was a grocery store carryout boy’s first and always hero-idol-mentor; wanted to be a cowboy just like him.

Perfect image always properly shaped hat, clean cut, sharp dressed, friendly, outgoing with saddled horse in the trailer.

In high demand for day work, Kenny assisted cattle owners over a wide area with roundup, branding, whatever needed.

Horsepower is essential for top cowboys and Kenny always rode the best. Whether cutting a stray from the herd or roping a sick one for doctoring, his horse knew the job. They were ranch raised result of Kenny’s horse breeding program headed by top stallion power.

Proof of quality came first with local winnings followed by recognition nationwide. Kenny’s horses claimed halter championships then as pleasure riders soon earning reining and cow work awards. Collecting trophy saddles, Kenny put them to good use in his life’s trade.

Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism welcomes Loveless as new leader

TOPEKA, Kan. – Gov. Laura Kelly has named Brad Loveless to be secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. His appointment was effective Jan. 14, 2019.

Loveless is familiar to many Kansans and to KDWPT staff as a leader in conservation and environmental programs. He comes to the department from a 34-year career with Westar Energy where he was most recently the senior director of environmental conservation and sustainability. Prior to that position, he was director of biology and conservation programs and earlier held environmental management positions at Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation. He is perhaps most well-known as one of the leaders of Westar’s Green Team, an active volunteer group of employees and retirees that has been helping with habitat improvement, environmental access and education, and enhancement of sensitive species for 30 years.

“During my career, I have had the pleasure of working closely with KDWPT staff on many occasions,” Loveless said. “They are dedicated and hard-working, and I look forward to helping them manage the state’s natural resources and promote all the wonderful outdoor and travel experiences that Kansas offers.”

In 2013, Loveless was awarded the Kansas State Forester’s Award for Community Forestry. In 2009, he was recognized by the Kansas Wildlife Federation as Wildlife Conservationist of the Year and by the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education as their Strickler Award winner for Environmental Education. He is an avid hunter, angler and beekeeper.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Jan. 4 – Jan. 11, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Jan. 4 through Jan. 11, 2019.

Ready for winter? It’s here

The National Weather Service at Topeka is advising another round of wintry precipitation is expected today into Thursday morning with the worst conditions this evening and overnight. Snow and ice amounts are expected to remain light with only minor impacts mainly to roads, especially on bridges and other elevated surfaces.

Drivers are advised to be prepared for slick driving conditions especially during the latter portions of the day today.

A winter weather advisory is in effect from noon today to 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, and covers Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Lyon and Osage counties.

A winter weather advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state can be obtained by calling 511.

NWS is also warning that a bitterly cold air mass is forecast to move into the region this weekend. As temperatures drop and winds increase, very cold wind chill readings will likely result. The coldest periods will be from Saturday evening through Sunday night. Wind chill values are expected to fall as low as -20 degrees F over portions of the area.

Everyone is advised to be weather aware and remember cold weather safety.

Help House News: Start stocking up now for Souper Bowl Sunday

By Raylene Quaney

Now that we are into a new year it is time for Help House’s annual Souper Bowl Soup-A-Thon. We encourage churches, school organizations, youth groups, civic organizations, businesses to get involved. See which group can collect the most number of items to be donated to the Help House Food Pantry. We suggest organizations collect cans of soup and boxes of crackers, each counts as one item. Set a basket or tub out in your entryway, by your front door, or ask members to bring an item or two when they attend a game or a meeting. Send your members out into their neighborhoods to collect.

The winners will receive one of three awards, a silver, bronze or gold ladle, which is returned the next year to be passed along to the next winners, along with recognition in Help House’s newsletter. So start collecting now, and the contest will end on Feb. 3, 2019, Super Bowl Sunday. Soup and crackers collections can be brought to Help House the following week to be counted and entered into the contest.

Volunteers make the difference

During the Help House annual board meeting in November a number of volunteers were recognized for their dedication. John Neill received volunteer of the year award after giving 340.75 hours of his time to serve others at Help House in 2018. Additional awards were given to those donating over 200 hours, including Lance Jones, with 220.5 hours, and Raylene Quaney, 286 hours. Those with more than 100 hours were Joetta Asbury, Patty Colson, Carolyn Hamman, Joan Hazelton, Ted Hazelton, Ann Hladky, Lisa May, and Bev Russo-Willard. As we have said many times we could not open our doors without our amazing volunteers. Collectively, 6,128 hours were given during 2018 by more than 115 volunteers.

KDHE receives additional funds to keep WIC going during federal shutdown

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has received additional federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) operational into March, during the federal government shutdown. KDHE received an additional $1,421,255 for food purchases and $889,645 for nutrition services and administration. These funds now allow Kansas to purchase foods until Mar. 4, 2019 and keep staff operational until Mar. 13.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 31, 2018 – Jan. 4, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 31, 2018 through Jan. 4, 2019.

NWS issues dense fog advisory for Tuesday night through Wednesday morning

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a dense fog advisory for eastern central Kansas, in effect from midnight tonight to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan.16, 2019. Widespread fog producing visibility of one-quarter mile or less is forecast to develop tonight and persist into Wednesday morning.

The advisory area includes Morris, Lyon, Osage, Franklin, Coffey, Anderson counties and the cities of Council Grove, Emporia, Osage City, Carbondale, Lyndon, Burlingame, Overbrook, Ottawa, Burlington, Lebo, and Garnett.

Poor visibility will create hazardous driving conditions. With temperatures falling below 32 degrees, slick surfaces may also exist, especially on area bridges and overpasses. This will also have the potential to result in hazardous travel conditions.

A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 7 – Jan. 10, 2019

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

Jerry Dean Arb, 65, Melvern: Feb. 17, 1953 – Jan. 12, 2019

MELVERN, Kan. – Jerry Dean Arb, 65, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Lincoln, Neb. Jerry was born on Feb. 17, 1953, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Orville and Lois Kramer Arb.

Jerry graduated from Melvern High School in 1971 and lived the majority of his life in the Melvern, Kan., community.

Jerry was a member of the Operators Union Local 101 as a heavy equipment operator for many years. During Jerry’s years as a heavy equipment operator he worked several jobs across the country, including the building of Melvern Lake and as a crane operator at Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant. He retired from McAnany Construction in 2018. 

A Cowboy’s Faith: Jake dedicated to rodeo

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Roll ’em. Come on. Get down on that bull. Put your legs down.”

Jake must have said that a jillion times in his lifelong loving career as a rodeo stock contractor.

The show must go on, no wannabe cowboy wimping around. Chutegate could just open ready or not.

“The Rodeo and Sale Barn World has lost a great man. John B. “Jake” Jacobsen, 89, rural Delia, passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at his home.”

Obituary opening is the most accurate description one could ever make.

Many have wanted to be rodeo contractors, but none had the business closer to their heart than Jake.

He lived, literally, to produce rodeos with the best livestock for a quality family show.

It’s been more than four decades, but like right now. Rodeo announcer Max Stowell introducing, Jake always rode in the grand entry.

When the national anthem concluded, Jake headed to the bucking chutes, unmounted, bareback riders better be ready.

Jake always opened the chutegate for the rough stock events, no cowboy piddling, rodeo spectators wanted action.

A family business, Jacobsen Rodeo Company contracted rodeos in Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Their small trailer house was home as they’d arrive with livestock two days ahead of rodeo time.

Welcome smile drooling lip of snuff, always a bit round, Jake with Pearl, Dale and Sis were friends of everybody.

Nothing makes a rodeo producer grin wider than his livestock bettering cowboys.

Jake beamed to one champion bronc rider, “I don’t know how many you’ve ridden. But, I can tell you every one that bucked you off.”

Winter weather moves in for weekend

National Weather Service in Topeka has issued an urgent winter weather message warning of a winter weather advisory that remains in effect from 6 p.m. this evening Jan. 11, 2019, to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.

Snow with accumulations of 2 to 6 inches are expected to begin this evening across east central, north central and northeast Kansas.

The advisory covers Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley,  Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Osage, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties.

A winter weather advisory means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties.  Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state can be obtained by calling 511.

Lyndon High School Honor Roll, first semester 2018-2019

Lyndon High School has released the honor roll for the first semester of the 2018-2019  school year as follows:         

Boutique offers prom dresses for all

All area girls are invited to the 12th annual Prom Boutique, hosted by ECKAN Osage City, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at the Santa Fe Depot, 504 Market St., Osage City. The free event offers a prom dress to any girl who needs one. So far, more than 300 dresses have been donated to “make dreams come true” for prom night. The beautiful new and gently used formal dresses are offered at no cost.

The event includes refreshments, fun, music, door prizes, and free samples, such as makeup, hair styles and nail services.

Organizers are currently looking for volunteers to help with makeup and quick alterations. Also needed are shoes and jewelry accessories.

Hosts for the annual event are Ecumenical Christian Action Team, Osage City, and ECKAN. For more information or to donate items, contact ECKAN Osage City at 530 Holliday St., Osage City, Kan., or call 785-528-5184.

Charles Beatty, 87, Lyndon: Dec. 5, 1931 – Jan. 7, 2019

LYNDON, Kan. – Charles Beatty, 87, passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at his home in Lyndon, Kan. He was born on Dec. 5, 1931, in Lyndon, the son of David Carl and Vesta Burkdoll Beatty.

Charles had lived most of his life in Lyndon, except for two years in Lawton, Okla. He graduated from Lyndon High School in 1951, and then served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 at Ft. Sill. On June 6, 1953, Charles was married to Viola Mickelson, in Garnett, Kan.

Charles was an auctioneer from 1959 to 2013, co-founding Beatty-Wischropp Auctions in 1967. For many years, he ran horse auctions in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. He owned Beatty Western Wear in Lyndon for 33 years.

Daniel Robert Towle, 56, Topeka: June 12, 1962 – Jan. 7, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. – Daniel R. Towle, 56, passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at Rolling Hills Assisted Living, Topeka, Kan. Daniel Robert Towle was born June 12, 1962, in Topeka, the son of James A. and Roberta A. (Sparks) Towle.

Daniel grew up in Osage City, Kan. Daniel was disabled and had lived in Hartford, Kan., under the care of Quest Services for many years. He was living at Rolling Hills Assisted Living for a few months.

Shirley Nadine Parks, 87, Miller: April 5, 1931 – Jan. 5, 2019

MILLER, Kan. – Shirley Nadine Parks, beloved wife of Lawrence E. Parks, Miller, Kan., passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan., surrounded by her family. Shirley was born April 5, 1931, to Ed and Fern Johnson, at Miller, Kan.

She graduated from Miller High School in 1949. She worked as a nurse aide before marrying her high school sweetheart, Lawrence, on March 26, 1950. They were married in the house where she lived until her passing.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 17 – Dec. 21, 2018

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 17 through Dec. 21, 2018.

Osage County Jail Log, Dec. 30, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019

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

Edward “Ed” D. DeForest, 83, Mexico, Mo.: May 17, 1935 – Dec. 6, 2018

MEXICO, Mo. – Edward David DeForest, 83, died Dec. 6, 2018, at the Veteran’s Home in Mexico, Mo. He was born May 17, 1935, near Melvern, Kan., the son of Francis Lee Veal DeForest and Bertha Goldie DeForest.

Edward graduated from Lebo High School in 1953. He was an army veteran, and served in Korea. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education were granted to him from Emporia State University. Teaching, and secondary art, was his great passion. Ed taught in Cleveland, Ohio, and Marysville, Kan. Later he was employed as a graphic designer at Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant, near Burlington, Kan., and worked as a creel census taker for the Kansas Department of Parks, Wildlife and Tourism at Melvern Reservoir. He was a longtime member of the VFW Post 2699, Marysville, and Post 0323, Lebo, Kan.

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