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KDOT schedules more blasting for K-31 realignment project

Update: The schedule for blasting along state Highway 31 has been revised to occur daily for up to three weeks. Beginning Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, one blast will occur More »

From your closet to the Prom Closet

The 2021 Prom Closet was held in Burlingame and featured more than 75 dresses. Dress donations are welcomed for the next prom store in 2022. Courtesy photo. Help House More »

Eat Well to Be Well: Follow sensible weight loss tips that actually work

Build long-term habits with practical lifestyle changes for weight loss success It’s challenging to eat a healthy diet when living in a drive-thru, ultra-processed food world. Food temptations seem More »

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers learn about agriculture, grow leadership skills

MdCV FFA officers Cole Lace, Lindsey Johnson, Wyatt Lingenfelter, Jace Stucker, Olivia Lacey, and Braden Reed learn about the milling process of different wheat varieties from KSU Milling Instructor More »

A Cowboy’s Faith: Trees provide cooling shade

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“I know which shade tree I want.”

A horseshow parent made that comment while unfolding three lawn chairs under the biggest tree around the arena. Soon chairs were placed under every one of the nine trees on the show grounds.

Actually it is one of a few if not the only arena with such convenient shade for show spectators. However, trees in parking areas anywhere near an arena are first to have trucks and trailers parked beside them. Often exhibitors arrive at a show early in order to get their favorite shaded parking location.

When the show gets underway, and the sun is bearing down between events, horseback riders are found under shade trees. Fortunately a number of eastern and central Kansas horse event arenas do have some trees for shade nearby.

Still many arenas have been constructed in fields far from trees and have no shade. That’s why many modern day exhibitors have portable tents and trailer awnings quickly setup on arrival at show grounds.

Shade from trees really does make a big difference in the outside temperature. Thermometers have proven it can be more than 30 degrees cooler under a shade tree than out in the sun.

Obviously that’s the case or people wouldn’t be so anxious to find the first tree they can for the shade. All one has to do is be out in the sun, go under a shade tree and immediately feel cooler.

Notice: Osage City Fall Citywide Cleanup Week, Sept. 20 – Sept. 24, 2021

NOTICE: City of Osage City
Fall Citywide Cleanup Week
Sept. 20 through Sept. 24, 2021

Cleanup will be for the one week only – all items should be placed at curbside by 7:00 a.m. on your regular scheduled trash pickup day.

Special pickup service can be scheduled for an additional fee. To schedule a special pickup or inquire about the fee, call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Acceptable items include:

  • Boxes
  • Junk Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Small appliances and other metal items
  • Other bulky items

All smaller items must be bagged or boxed. Metal and brush must be separated.

Items that will not be picked up:

  • Tires
  • Vehicles and/or major auto parts
  • Buildings, major building parts, or large piles of building material
  • Construction materials – no lumber
  • Plaster or drywall
  • Roofing materials
  • Concrete chunks
  • Loose piles of trash
  • Animal carcasses
  • Refrigerators with Freon

City employees will not enter your property to pick up trash and the City reserves the right to not pick up selected items that are not a part of this list.

The next City Wide Cleanup will be scheduled Spring 2022. No limbs or brush will be picked up until that time, unless a severe storm occurs.

Compost Site

The City of Osage City has a compost site located at Fourth and Superior streets (behind the old sewer plant) for dumping of tree limbs, grass clippings and leaves. For more information contact Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

KDOT schedules more blasting for K-31 realignment project

Update: The schedule for blasting along state Highway 31 has been revised to occur daily for up to three weeks. Beginning Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, one blast will occur between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, Monday to Friday, weather permitting. Blasting is not scheduled to happen on weekends. Drivers should expect up to a 15-minute delay.

Additional blasting work along the state Highway 31 reconstruction project in Osage County has been scheduled. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, through Friday, Sept. 24, one blast will occur every other day between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., weather permitting. No blasting will take place on weekends. Drivers should expect up to a 15-minute delay.

The controlled blasts are scheduled to be conducted as part of the realignment of the section of K-31 east of Osage City. KDOT previously announced blasting areas will be closed for up to 15 minutes at a time while blasts take place. Flaggers will stop traffic around the blasting area three minutes prior to a blast. Traffic will be released as soon as the all clear signal is given. Audible sirens will also be sounded before and after the blast: three short sirens one minute prior to the blast and one long siren after the area is all clear.

K-68 eastbound traffic detoured at Ottawa this weekend

Starting Friday afternoon, Sept. 17, 2021, and continuing through next Monday morning, the eastbound lanes of state Highway 68 will be closed from Eisenhower Road to Main Street at Ottawa. The closure coincides with a local event and bridge construction work on K-68.

Eastbound traffic only will be detoured on Eisenhower Road and Interstate 35. Westbound traffic will remain on K-68 with a width restriction of 11.6 feet.

For more information, contact KDOT Area Engineer Donna Schmit at 785-433-6107 or Public Affairs Manager Priscilla Petersen at 620-902-6433.

Elizabeth Mae Barnes, 73, Lawrence: Oct. 5, 1947 – Sept. 13, 2021

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Elizabeth Mae Barnes, 73, passed away Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, Kan. She was born Oct. 5, 1947, in Columbia, Mo., the daughter of Roy and Mary (Cunningham) Burton.

Elizabeth had been in the Lawrence community most of her life and had lived in Baldwin City, Kan., for the last few years.

Elizabeth was a cook at the Wagon Wheel Café, Lawrence, for 22 years. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Lawrence.

Frances Jean Granger, 97, Burlingame: May 15, 1924 – Sept. 15, 2021

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Frances Jean Granger, 97, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at Brookside Retirement, Overbrook, Kan. She was born May 15, 1924, in Saffordville, Kan., the daughter of Charles and Jennie (Jones) Crook.

Jean, as she was known by all, grew up in the Saffordville and Toledo communities in Lyon and Chase counties. She had lived in Burlingame, Kan., for many years.

Jean graduated in 1942 from Toledo Township High School. She was a homemaker and had worked as an Avon Lady for more than 20 years. Jean was a member of the Burlingame Federated Church, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Carbondale, Kan.

Osage County to receive funds for off-system bridge reconstruction

TOPEKA – Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz have announced that Osage County is one of 13 counties that will receive a combined total of $7.5 million through the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Off-System Bridge Improvement Program.

State funding for the 13 projects will be supplemented by a minimum 20 percent match from each recipient. KDOT received 87 applications requesting $46.4 million as part of the Off-System Bridge Improvement Program.

Osage County’s awarded amount will be $857,021.60, for bridge construction located 1/2 mile south and 4.3 miles east of Vassar.

In Kansas, there are more than 19,300 locally owned bridges, of which 1,230 are in “poor” condition and an additional 3,844 are either unable to carry legal loads or accommodate modern truck sizes. Off-system bridges are located on roadways not otherwise eligible for federal aid.

Osage City Fall Citywide Garage Sale Sept. 17-18, 2021

Update: See map below.

The Osage City Citywide Garage Sale will be Sept. 17-18, 2021. Hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, the citywide sale offers a great opportunity to get rid of some of that “stuff” you never use and free up some space.

The Chamber will have a map showing area sales, and sellers can sign up to be listed on the map by contacting Tricia Gundy at 785-528-3301 or 785-219-9727. The user friendly map provides a chart for the type of items at the garage sales. The map will be available at area business during the garage sale weekend, and online on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook and website, www.osagcitychamber.com.

To sign up your sale to be on the map, information needed will be your name as you want it listed, address, phone number in case of questions about the sale, if you are having the sale Friday and Saturday or Saturday only, what area you are on the map, type of items that you will be selling, for example: children clothing, adult clothing, furniture, collectibles, kitchen items, household items, craft items, miscellaneous. Sellers’ $5 donation goes towards a scholarship awarded every year to two Osage City High School graduates that are furthering their education. (The 2021 scholarships were awarded to Wyatt Orender and Laci Davenport.) The deadline for adding a sale to the garage sale map is 5 p.m. Sept. 14.

Osage County Jail Log, Sept. 6 – Sept. 11, 2021

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

Sheriff investigates hazing incidents at Burlingame High School

Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells has announced his office is investigating multiple accusations of hazing incidents involving students at Burlingame High School, and the public’s assistance is sought in the investigation.

The sheriff has requested any members of the public who have information about the ongoing investigation to contact the sheriff’s office at 785-828-3121, 877-OSCRIME, or email [email protected].

From your closet to the Prom Closet

The 2021 Prom Closet was held in Burlingame and featured more than 75 dresses. Dress donations are welcomed for the next prom store in 2022. Courtesy photo.

Help House welcomes dresses for next year’s prom store

Help House’s Prom Closet was a success for about 20 girls who went home with free prom dresses. Due to the benefit the event provides local prom goers, Help House has tentatively scheduled another Prom Closet for February 2022.

The prom store works with donations of women’s and girls’ dresses, especially those suitable for prom or formal celebrations. Perhaps someone moving out and going to college might find they have prom dresses they don’t plan to wear again hanging in the closet? Help House would welcome them to add to the collection for the Prom Shop next year. They must be clean with no stains and in good shape.

For more information, contact Help House at 785-828-4888.

Cheryl L. Young, 74, Overbrook: May 9, 1947 – Sept. 3, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Cheryl L. Young, 74, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at her home surrounded by family. She was born May 9, 1947, in Beloit, Kan., the daughter of Keith Eugene Halstead and Dorthy Alice (Booher) Halstead.

She graduated from Mankato High School, Mankato, Kan. Cheryl attended The University of Kansas, earning a Master’s Degree in Music.

Cheryl worked for the state of Kansas as an ombudsman for the Workers Compensation Division.

She was united in marriage to Charles H. Young, May 12, 1989, in Overbrook. They shared more than 32 years of marriage.

Patti Jane Croy, 65, Vassar: Oct. 21, 1955 – Sept. 10, 2021

VASSAR, Kan. – Patti Jane Croy, 65, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, near Vassar, Kan., in an automobile accident. Patti Jane Jackson was born Oct. 21, 1955, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of John Henry and Jane Estella Christiason.

She graduated from Osage City High School in 1973, and Brown Mackie College with associate degree in business.

She was joined in marriage to Don Croy Jr., June 21, 2001.

After graduating from college, Patti began working for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in water management, where she would work for the next 46 years.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Sept. 3 – Sept. 9, 2021

The following information was compiled Sept.3 to Sept. 9, 2021, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Help Wanted: Flint Hills Beverage seeks Route Relief/Merchandising and Sales & Service Rep

Flint Hills Beverage, the area Budweiser wholesaler, is now accepting applications 8-5 Monday-Friday at 132 W. Market St., Osage City, Kan., or online at www.flinthillsbeverage.com for Route Relief/Merchandising and Sales & Service Rep positions. These positions requires lifting 20-165 lbs. repetitively and obtaining a CDL license with our training. Pre-employment drug screen, driving record review and physical will also be required. Selling, customer relationship skills and truck driving experience preferred. Includes full benefits and competitive pay. Must be 18 to apply.

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