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Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club: April meeting makes May flowers

Making May Day baskets at the April meeting of the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club are Morgan Young, Allie Kneisler, and Kendall Young. Courtesy photo. By Morgan Young, Club Reporter More »

MdCV Stuco members continue tradition for Melvern’s annual Easter egg hunt

The Melvern community was able to enjoy the annual Easter egg hunt this year due to the efforts of the local junior high school student council. For many years, More »

Eat Well to Be Well:Learn the truth about 5 food myths

Discerning between food truths and food myths is really hard sometimes. From excellent nutrition advice to extremely bad to downright dangerous nutrition advice, what’s a consumer to do? Since More »

Kansas City man charged with intent to distribute cocaine after traffic stop on I-35

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – A Kansas City, Mo., man was charged with possessing more than two pounds of cocaine last week after being stopped for speeding along Interstate 35 More »

KDOT to repair K-68 bridge at Ottawa

The Kansas Department of Transportation plans to start a repair project on the state Highway 68 bridge spanning the Marais des Cygnes River at Ottawa. Work is expected to begin Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Project activity includes patching and an overlay on the bridge deck, replacing the expansion joints, and resetting the bearings.

Traffic on the bridge will be reduced to one lane controlled by signals; expect brief delays. A driving lane width restriction of 11 feet, 6 inches will be in effect. KDOT awarded the construction contract of $1.2 million to PCI Roads, Topeka. Weather permitting, the project should be finished by late November.

Check KDOT’s traveler information website, www.Kandrive.org, for more road condition and construction details. For more information about this KDOT project, call Area Engineer Donna Schmit at 785-433-6107 or public affairs manager Priscilla Petersen at 620-902-6433.

Elaine Badger, 76, Scranton: March 11, 1944 – Oct. 23, 2020

SCRANTON, Kan. – Laura Elaine Badger, 76, formerly of Scranton, Kan., departed this life on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, at the Healthcare Resort, Topeka, Kan. She was born March 11, 1944, in Topeka, the daughter of Walter and Eleanor (Phelon) Smith.

Elaine, as she was known to all, had worked as a registered nurse in hospitals across Kansas. She was a member of the Stormont-Vail Retired Nurses Association, Sunflower Lions Club, Stull United Methodist Church, and a volunteer and on the board of directors of the Schuyler Museum, Burlingame, Kan.

Foundation announces distribution of grants to Osage County area recipients

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – Osage County Community Foundation recently announced that $6,550 was awarded to six non-profit entities in the Osage County area for the first quarter grant period of 2021. All grants issued will be used to benefit youth and senior citizens in Osage County. Grants issued are for long term projects communities will be able to enjoy and benefit for many years to come.

The foundation has also announced that a second grant period is now open for applications through May 31, 2021.

OCCF makes grants for innovative and creative projects and programs that are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of health, social service, education, recreation, and cultural affairs.

The foundation offers grants through its general fund, which is made up of unrestricted donations to the foundation, and donor advised funds, which are designated for a specific purpose by the donor. As a donor supported foundation, OCCF also continues to seek donations to continue its work in supporting Osage County organizations.

The foundation typically offers two rounds of grants annually. Any organization or group based in Osage County can apply, but preference is given to those that are not directly tax supported or agencies that have taxing authority. General operational expenses are not funded. Following the application deadlines as set each year, the foundation’s board meets to review applications and select recipients.

For more information about donating to the Osage County Community Foundation or the grant application process, contact Perry Thompson at 785-528-3006 or contact one of the foundation’s board members, Joe Humerickhouse, Casey Mussatto, Janet Steinle, Jodi Stark, or Mike Pitts. A grant application is available here or on the Osage City website. Completed applications should be mailed to the Osage County Community Foundation, PO Box 24, Osage City, KS 66523.

OCPR Update: Aquatic center activities on schedule for springtime

OCPR-logo-redMay is here and Osage City Parks and Recreation is getting ready for spring activities, with lifeguard training, water safety instructor certification and swim lessons signups coming soon. The Osage City Aquatic Center is scheduled to open May 29, 2021. Also, signup deadline for Tee-ball for young players is coming up on May 10. See details below:

Help Wanted: ORBIS seeks Operators and Shipping Clerk

ORBIS Corp., Osage City, Kan., currently has openings for Operator positions, and is seeking a Shipping Clerk for the 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. shift.

For full job descriptions, see www.orbiscorporation.com and click on the Careers tab. Positions come with a great benefits package and 401(k) match.

ORBIS Corporation is the industry leader in returnable packaging with a plant located at 515 S. Fourth St., Osage City, Kan.

Sheriff’s Reports: Burlingame man arrested for domestic battery after injured woman calls 911

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported that a 911 call from near Burlingame, Kan., led to a man’s arrest for domestic battery and other charges after a woman was found injured at the call location last Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office reported in a press release that at 4:36 p.m. April 28, 2021, a 911 call came in from a female asking for help. The call was disconnected before a location was given, but was mapped to near an address in the 19600 block of South U.S. Highway 56, Burlingame. Deputies, first responders, and EMS were dispatched and upon arrival, deputies found a female subject, who appeared to be injured.

During the investigation, Jamie L. Chenoweth, 34, of Burlingame, was taken into custody on suspicion of aggravated domestic battery, criminal threat, attempted aggravated robbery, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Osage County Fire District No. 6 and Osage County EMS at the scene.


K-9 sniffs out drug arrest in Osage County

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported that a Vassar, Kan., man was arrested on drug charges and an outstanding warrant after a traffic stop and check by the sheriff’s K-9 dog Thursday.

The sheriff’s office reported in a press release that at 3:39 p.m. April 29, 2021, near state Highway 268 and South Stanley Road, a deputy conducted a traffic stop of a driver believed to be subject of an Osage County warrant, identified as Bradley E. Tevis, 42, of Vassar.

During the stop, a K-9 was deployed and narcotics were located within the vehicle. Tevis was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, interference with a law enforcement officer, transporting an open container of alcohol or liquor, driving while suspended, and an Osage County warrant.

Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club: April meeting makes May flowers

Making May Day baskets at the April meeting of the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club are Morgan Young, Allie Kneisler, and Kendall Young. Courtesy photo.

By Morgan Young, Club Reporter

The Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club had a fantastic meeting at 4:30 p.m. April 11, 2021. The 4-Hers made May Day baskets for the care home facility in Osage City. They used their creativity to make flowers out of paper.

There were three project talks presented at the meeting. Grayson Wine showed us how to make peppermint candy ornaments. He even ate some afterwards. Gage Kilgore told us how to rig a fishing pole. Kendall Wine demonstrated how to make a paper airplane. It was flying around for the rest of the meeting.

Members who participated in district club days were recognized, including Ethan Kneisler (blue), Tyler Williams (purple), Grayson Wine (purple), Allie Kneisler (purple), and Kendall Wine (blue). Some of them got to move on to regionals, too, including Ethan Kneisler (red), Tyler Williams (blue), Grayson Wine (blue), and Allie Kneisler (blue). Good job guys!

There will not be a meeting in May. We will be doing a project showcase for the June 13 meeting. There will be a farm tour with potluck following.

Osage City Shred Day Event, 9-11 a.m., May 22, 2021, Osage City Street Department

Osage City Shred Day Event

Location: City of Osage City Street Department, 216 S. 9th Street
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Subject to change due to the COVID-19 Virus

Each year individuals and households accumulate many personal financial and health documents which require secure disposal to prevent identity theft.

City of Osage City, in connection with Document Resources, a Division of Underground Vaults & Storage, is having a FREE Shred Day to dispose of the general public’s personal documents and files at NO CHARGE.

This year will be a little different as stated per Document Resources: “We are no longer going to have a mobile truck located at our Manhattan location so we are offering shred events with our offsite shred trucks. We would bring secure containers to collect material and then take it to our facility to be shred. It is a secure process and we are NAID certified for offsite destruction.”

Individuals and households can bring their items to the Osage City Shred Day Event at the Street Department, 216 S. 9th Street, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on May 22, 2021, so they can be gathered for destruction. The public need not worry about removing staples or paper clips, or burning up their personal shredder. Professional shredding equipment will take care of them. For compliance reasons, only personal and household materials will be accepted the day of the event. Limit of five (5) boxes or bags maximum per household please.

This is our way of helping our community combat identity theft and say thank you for the many years of community support we have received. Call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714 with any questions.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, April 23 – April 29, 2021.

The following information compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan., April 23 to April 29, 2021.

Spring Burning Dates, Osage City, Kansas

Spring Burning Dates, Osage City, Kansas

The City of Osage City will allow the burning of grass, weeds, leaves, small limbs and small branches in waterways, yards, gardens, and fence lines shall be permitted, between the days of Thursday April 1, 2021, through Monday, May 31, 2021, provided conditions are favorable; the County does not have a burn ban in place; wind speed is not more than 10 MPH; a water hose is securely fastened to an operable water faucet, and the length of the hose available is sufficient to reach the area where the controlled burn is occurring; no fire is left unattended; and no burning is to be performed on or intersect the sidewalks, streets or gutters of City streets. For more information call Osage City Hall at 785-528-3714.

Jennifer Anessia Simons, 50, Osage City: Sept. 19, 1970 – April 29, 2021

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Jennifer Anessia Simons, 50, of Osage City, Kan., went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 29, 2021. She was born Sept. 19, 1970, in Wellington, Kan.

She graduated from Belle Plaine High School, Belle Plaine, Kan., then attended Friends University and Newman University.

She attended New Spring Church, Wichita, Kan. Jennifer was a faithful follower of Jesus;

Osage County Jail Log, April 26 – May 1, 2021

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

June Branson, 95, Carbondale: June 1, 1925 – May 2, 2021

CARBONDALE, Kan. – June (Earl) Branson, 95, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021, at the Brookside Manor, Overbrook, Kan. She was born June 1, 1925, in Fall River, Kan., the daughter of Edgar D. and Zella (Johnson) Earl.

On Jan. 5, 1944, June was united in marriage to Frank Dale Branson. They shared more than 71 years of marriage before Frank passed away Oct. 17, 2015. To this union, three sons were born, Jack Dean, Frank James and Richard Allen.

June was a devoted wife and mother and spent most of her early life taking care of her family. In her later years she worked at Skip’s Thriftway, Carbondale, for many years, and she would also help with odd job home repairs with her husband Frank.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Snake unappreciated rancho visitor

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“There’s a snake eating the sliced apple on the kitchen cabinet.”

Don’t think that doesn’t make hair on the neck cringe. Charging toward the varmint not really knowing what was going to happen, it almost instantly slithered behind the refrigerator.

Snakes are friends of very few, yet not that uncommon on ranches. Still it’s the first time in half-century one came into the home.

Actually a day earlier, the three-quarter-inch diameter, more-less 18-inches long reptile showed up in the mudroom. As show halter with shank was hung on the doorknob, that scaly creature appeared similar to the leather lead. Attempted stomp at the swishing-tongued head missed as bright-eyed serpent squirmed under the storage shelf. Closely watching for reappearance nothing was seen again with hopeful assumption basement was invisibly-moved destination.

Then vermin reappeared the next day in the kitchen only to disappear, despite flashlight and yardstick prods to locate. Hardware store snake deterrent was spread around outside perimeter of the ranch house.

Restless sleep visions were that the snake might wiggle into bed for coziness. That didn’t happen unless curling was unnoticeable. Next midday, the snake slinked from the office down the hallway to “demise” from the mate’s hard striking barn stick. It was thrown outside the back step, so rainfall washed away smashed head blood while barn cats kept their distance. Better there than crawling inside a wannabe cowboy’s jean leg when doing office work.

Dorothy Evelyn Tucker, 92, Osage City: April 1, 1929 – April 29, 2021

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Dorothy Evelyn Tucker, 92, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at the Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan. She was born on April 1, 1929, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the daughter of William and Lela (Reed) Davis.

Dorothy grew up in Tennessee, where she graduated from high school in 1947. She had lived in Osage City for more than 50 years. Dorothy had worked at Osage Manor as a housekeeper for 21 years. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Osage City.

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