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MdCV High School to crown royalty Sept. 30; Trojans face Lebo for homecoming

MdCV homecoming queen candidates Avary Simmons and Chiara Guerini, and king candidates Ryan Baker and Kyler Anschutz. Lisa Reeser photo. Marais des Cygnes Valley High School will have its More »

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officers hone leadership skills at annual retreat

MdCV FFA officers visit Omaha, Neb., for a leadership retreat, from left, Kyler Vogeler, Alyssa McCurdy, Olivia Lacey, Kelsey Rice, and Lindsey Johnson. Courtesy photo. By Alyssa McCurdy, MdCV More »

Eat Well to Be Well: Save money and have fun with meal prepping ideas

Freshen up meals, add nutrition, save time Envision coming home after a long day to a meal already prepped and ready for you to enjoy. You don’t have to More »

Anshutz claims top medal at West Franklin golf tournament

SFTHS girls golf team, from left, Shelby Garrison,  Addison Alvarez, Taylor Long, and Bailey Anshutz, at Lamont Hill Golf Course. Photo by Mary Burgett. LAMONT HILL, Kan. – “We More »

Osage City seeks Expression of Interest for Ward 1 City Council vacancy

Osage City Council Ward 1 Vacancy

The Osage City Council is accepting Expression of Interest Applications for the appointment of Ward 1 City Council position due to the resignation of Mayor Jim Peterson resulting in Ward 1 City Council Member Mike Gilliland as Board President, becoming the Mayor. Ward 1 is the northeast quarter of the City located: East of 7th Street & North of Main Street, and East of 13th Street & North of California Street. Applicants must be qualified electors (K.S.A. 14-205) of the City of Osage City, i.e. a resident of Ward 1, a registered voter of Ward 1, and 18 years of age and older. The applicant selected will serve the balance of the unexpired term from date of appointment until January 8, 2024 following the November 7, 2023 elections. Please submit Expression of Interest Applications to City Clerk Terri Fultz by Friday October 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. The Osage City Council will review the applications and select a new City Council Member. The Osage City Council has the right to reject any and all applications submitted. Applications may be obtained at City Hall at 201 South 5th Street, or online at www.osagecity.com. Please contact Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714 with any questions.

Tanner James Banks, 32, Osage City: Dec. 21, 1989 – Sept. 23, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Tanner James Banks, 32, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at Olathe Hospice House, Olathe, Kan. Tanner was born Dec. 21, 1989, in Emporia, Kan., the son of James Richard Banks Jr. and Shirley (Tabares) Banks.

He attended school in Osage City, Kan. After high school, he served four years in the Army National Guard and was stationed in Djibouti, Africa, for one year.

Tanner lived most of his life in Osage City except during his active duty with the Army National Guard and time on the road for work. He worked as a tower maintenance technician before becoming a crane operator later in life.

Tanner loved motorcycles and became a proud member of the Boozefighters Club Chapter 49, in Osage County. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and coaching baseball for kids. Tanner was also a member of the Boy Scouts for several years.

Kay Frances Wiederholt, 86, Osage City: March 28, 1936 – Sept. 27, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Kay Frances Wiederholt, 86, of Osage City, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was born March 28, 1936, in Ottawa, Kan., to Harlan and Frances (Talley) Cannady.

Kay graduated from Princeton High School in 1954, and attended St. Mary College, where she obtained her degree in nursing.

On Aug. 6, 1960, Kay was united in marriage to Phil Wiederholt, in Richmond, Kan. To this union, three sons were born, Phil Jr., Paul and John.

Kay continued her career in nursing while lovingly raising her three sons.

Osage City invites all for fall fun – bingo, disc golf, and beer

Osage City will celebrate its fall festival Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, with activities centered at Jones Park. Disc golf tees off first at 10 a.m., followed by an afternoon of bingo, live music, beer garden and beer fest, and cornhole games.

Disc golf tournament, 10 a.m. registration; 11 a.m. play time, at Jones Park, Osage City

Bingo, 1-3 p.m., Osage City Community Building.

Osage City fairgrounds: Live music and beer garden, 3-9 p.m. corn hole, Lion’s Club food, food trucks. Presell tickets $25 at Osage City Hall, or some local businesses; 21 and over tickets $30 at the gate; under 21 tickets $10 at the gate.

Beer Festival, 3-6 p.m. at Osage City 4-H pavilion.

2022 Fall Festival Disc Golf Tournament, disc golf course, Jones Park; check-in and registration at 10 a.m.; start 11 a.m. Pre-registration $30 per person; day of registration, $35 per person or $120 for team of four. To register in advance, contact Shanda Koett at 620-560-5132, shandakoettatyahoo.com, or Travis Bilyeu at 785-409-7151.


As fall arrives Lyndon celebrates change of season

Lyndon will celebrate the coming of fall Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, with its annual fall festival that includes fun activities for all ages. The celebration begins with a diabetes walk and disc golf tournament, and ends in the afternoon with free activities such as aclimbing wall, bounce inflatable, pumpkin painting, and a money hunt.

Here’s the day’s schedule:

Auburn Harvest Wind: New opportunities, economic benefits for Osage County

Approving the Auburn Harvest Wind project in Osage County will bring economic benefits and new opportunities for farmers, businesses, and everyone in our community. This project represents an estimated $330 million in local investment including over 150 new construction jobs, several long-term jobs, and an estimated $50 million in property taxes.

We need your support to make this level of local impact possible. Please join us for a public hearing taking place on Thursday, October 6th at 7pm on the 3rd floor of the Osage County Courthouse or call your Commissioners to express your support of the project.


 

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Sept. 16 – Sept. 22, 2022

The following information was compiled Sept. 16 to Sept. 22, 2022, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, Sept. 20 – Sept. 26, 2022

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


Help Wanted: Osage County District Court, Trial Court Clerk II

Notice of Employment Opportunity, Osage County District Court

Position number: K0068897

Location of Employment: 4th Judicial District, Osage County, Kansas 66413

Classification and Grade: Trial Court Clerk II, Grade 18, $16.43 hourly

Kansas Judicial Branch Benefits State Employment Center – Benefits (ks.gov)

Job Duties: This is a clerical position responsible for processing various types of case filings within the office. Other duties include utilizing the computer to document case activity, issue summons, notices, receiving and recording fees, answering inquiries and furnishing information to the public and attorneys and performing other related work as required.

Required education and experience: Graduation from high school and six months clerical experience. Knowledge of modern office procedures and practices. Skills with computers and operation of standard office equipment.

Preferred qualifications: Experience working in a computerized office, knowledge of computers and financial transactions. Excellent customer service skills. Knowledge of court procedures and policies desirable.

Application deadline: Open until filled. For application or to apply visit www.kscourts.org/public/court-careers. Job location is Osage County District Court.

The Americans with Disability Act ensures your right to reasonable accommodations during the employment process. A request for an accommodation will not affect your opportunity for employment with the Judicial Branch. It is your responsibility to make your needs known to the Judicial Branch at ada@kscourts.org. TDD users may call through the Kansas Relay Center at 800-766-3777 or 711.

The Kansas judicial branch does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability. THE KANSAS JUDICIAL BRANCH IS AN EEO/AA EMPLOYER

Rural Carbondale man injured in house explosion Saturday

The victim of a rural house explosion Saturday near Carbondale, Kan., has been identified as Timothy L. Howey, 62, of the residence. He was reported as remaining in critical condition Sunday at University of Kansas Medical Center.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported that at 6:56 p.m. Sept. 24, 2022, 911 calls were received about a possible house explosion at 11600 S. Indian Hills Road, about seven miles northwest of Carbondale. Sheriff’s deputies, Osage County fire districts No. 1, Carbondale, and No. 6, Burlingame, Auburn Fire, and Osage County EMS were dispatched to the scene.

Deputies first on the scene reported the house was destroyed and was on fire. Howey was transported from the scene by a Lifesave Air Ambulance to University of Kansas Medical Center in critical condition.

The cause of the explosion remained under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The sheriff’s office asks that anyone with information contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121, or to remain anonymous, contact Osage County Crime Stoppers at 877-OSCRIME, or email tips@oscosheriff.org.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Too many rotten tomatoes

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Yes, we have no bananas.” “Yes, we have tomatoes.”

For some peculiar reason whenever arms and hands are overloaded with “stuff” to carry, those two comments come to mind.

“Yes, We Have No Bananas” was a major novelty song hit in 1923. It became the bestselling sheet music in American history.

The tune inspired a follow-up 1930s song “I’ve Got the Yes! We Have No Bananas Blues,” that was not so popular.

Anyway, the grocery store carryout boy’s Mom gave him a brown paper sack to take to the bank every morning. Longtime bank clerk Buddy Prater always said “Yes we have no bananas” when he opened the sack to do the bank work.

It didn’t make much sense to the grocery boy who nodded and grinned. The grocery bag with no bananas only paperwork reminded the banker of the popular song from his younger days.

Now tomatoes are very prolific on the vine in certain highly tended gardens. Feed tubs next to the tack room have tomatoes doing quite well, growing up through wire cages, too. The red fruits taste good on daily cheeseburgers.

There’s really no correlation between no bananas and lots of tomatoes. Still, it comes to mind when remembering picking tomatoes 60 years ago.

Uncle Don and Aunt Luvella always had a large garden with high production due to Luvella’s green thumb. Every October, Don and Lu went deer hunting in Wyoming. Dad and nephew were assigned their monthlong chores feeding nine staghound coyote dogs, birddog Rusty, and Snowball the mutt.

One year their garden was still producing abundantly, and nephew was assigned to “go pick the tomatoes.” A half dozen medium sized sacks were taken along to carry the tomato harvest to the grocery store.

Agenda: Osage County Board of Commissioners, Sept. 26, 2022

Agenda for the Sept. 26, 2022, meeting of the Osage County Board of Commissioners:

8:30 a.m. CALL MEETING TO ORDER – PUBLIC COMMENT
MISSY KRAUSE, LAND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR – SP EVENT PERMIT

9 a.m. BUDGET HEARING

9:30 a.m. RYAN FINE, PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR – WEEKLY REPORT
KATELYN MINER, HEALTH DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR – MEDCAL CON.

10 a.m. CHRISTINE FOSTER, TREASURER-PERSONNEL

10:30 a.m. APPOINTED DEPARTMENT HEAD MEETING

11 a.m. COMMISSIONERS COMMENTS AND REPORTS

4:30 p.m. ADJOURN (MEETING WILL ADJOURN EARLIER IF THERE IS NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO CONDUCT)


County commission meetings are held at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Federal grand jury indicts Carbondale man in alleged COVID relief funds scheme

TOPEKA, Kan. – A federal grand jury in Topeka returned an indictment Friday against Todd James Lewis, 54, of Carbondale, Kan., on seven counts of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, and one count of theft of government funds.

Todd James Lewis, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office photo.

The indictment says Lewis engaged in a scheme to defraud the government by fraudulently obtaining funds from Colorado’s unemployment system and a Kansas program that provided rental assistance for landlords and tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alleged in the indictment is that Lewis submitted a fraudulent application and weekly certifications to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment for the purpose of obtaining unemployment insurance benefits paid through the CARES Act and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits program, which had been authorized in all 50 states. The indictment says Lewis created a CDLE account in April 2020, and submitted 67 weekly claims, with $57,987 total disbursed to Lewis’ bank account. The government alleged Lewis filed the claims knowing he was not entitled to the benefits because he had never been employed in Colorado.

The indictment also alleges Lewis submitted three false claims in October and November 2020 to the Kansas Eviction Protection Program, which was authorized by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly to assist landlords and tenants who had missed rental payments due to the pandemic. The indictment says Lewis filed the claims in the names of three tenants, and received three deposits totaling $12,400 into his bank account in November and December 2020.

Of the seven counts of wire fraud, three were connected to the electronic transfer of funds for the KEPP claims; the other four were for submission of weekly claims to CDLE over a time period of June 22-August 15, 2021.

Count 8 accused Lewis of aggravated identity theft for using the social security number of one of the tenants during and in relation to a felony violation.

The ninth count in the indictment, theft of government funds, alleged Lewis knowingly embezzled or stole money from the KEPP by fraudulently submitting landlord certification forms, and collecting reimbursement payments of more than $1,000 in value.

If convicted of the allegations in the indictment, Lewis could face up to 20 years in prison for each wire fraud count; up to two years for aggravated identity theft; and not more than 10 years for theft of government funds. In addition, all of counts include penalties of up to a $250,000 fine, along with restitution or forfeiture of property.

MdCV High School to crown royalty Sept. 30; Trojans face Lebo for homecoming

MdCV homecoming queen candidates Avary Simmons and Chiara Guerini, and king candidates Ryan Baker and Kyler Anschutz. Lisa Reeser photo.

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School will have its homecoming Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Crowning ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by the high school football game vs. Lebo at 7 p.m. Wrapping up the night will be the dance from 10 p.m.-midnight.

MdCV homecoming royalty includes queen candidates Avary Simmons and Chiara Guerini, and king candidates Ryan Baker and Kyler Anschutz. Underclass attendants are Michael Goddard, freshman, Ella Reed, freshman, Allie Reeser, sophomore, Sam Goddard, sophomore, Carol Garcia-Fernandez, junior, and Deken Colyer, junior.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Sept. 9 – Sept. 15, 2022

The following information was compiled Sept. 9 to Sept. 15, 2022, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, Sept. 11 – Sept. 18, 2022

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

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