Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officer team holds retreat in Missouri

Danny Rice, advisor, Koby Vanderpool, treasurer, Tristen Duncan, student advisor, Kaelin Criqui, secretary, Frank Warner, vice president, Sadie McGowin, reporter, Braden Reed, student council, and Wyatt Lingenfelter, sentinel, get More »

Chip seal work begins Aug. 15 on Osage County highways

Highway construction underway. KDOT photo. Chip seal work on three highways in Osage County will begin on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, weather permitting, the Kansas Department of Transportation has More »

Blast back to the past at Going Retro vintage car and camper show

“Lil Dot,” a vintage Scotty camper owned by Dave and Julie McBee, was named the best renovated at the 2018 Going Retro show. Photo thanks to Friends of Pomona More »

Free workshops help parents, caregivers understand effects of childhood trauma

Practically everyone has experienced ACES whether they realize it or not. Adverse childhood experiences are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress that can harm a child’s brain. More »

Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officer team holds retreat in Missouri

Danny Rice, advisor, Koby Vanderpool, treasurer, Tristen Duncan, student advisor, Kaelin Criqui, secretary, Frank Warner, vice president, Sadie McGowin, reporter, Braden Reed, student council, and Wyatt Lingenfelter, sentinel, get ready to leave for MdCV FFA’s annual officer retreat. Courtesy photo.

This year the 2019-2020 Marais des Cygnes Valley FFA officer team took a retreat out of state July 29-31, 2019, venturing to Bennett Springs, Mo. The team included Braden Reed, Frank Warner, Tristen Duncan, Kaelin Criqui, Koby Vanderpool, Wyatt Lingenfelter, and Sadie McGowin.

On their way to Missouri the team made a few pit stops. Stop one was at Epler Farms, where the team learned about how to run a crop operation, its modern equipment and also the new technology in the production agriculture field.

Stop two was at Hiland Dairy Foods Company, in Springfield, Mo. Officers learned more of the dairy processing side of agriculture. Thousands of gallons of fluid milk and gallons of ice cream are processed at this facility, as well as Red Diamond Tea.

After arriving in Bennett Springs, the team spent the next three days bonding, enhancing their leadership skills, and planning activities for the next school year. Some time was spent fishing, cruising around enjoying the scenery, and playing a game of ultimate football.

The team is very excited for the new activities they have planned but also improving previous ones. A few activities planned are the organizational luau, Ag Awareness Day, and possibly a cornhole tournament.

Hoop dreams: Hone your skills at Reading basketball headquarters

If your young athletes are sitting around dreaming about hoops, they will be happy to know that it is now basketball season year round at Reading, Kan.

Lucas and Kate Boss had a dream of their own and have made it come true with the recent acquisition of the former school and gymnasium at Reading.

This week, the Boss’ new company, Performance Sports, is hosting its first basketball workshops at the gymnasium. Future plans of the Osage City couple, who are both teacher and coaches at Osage City, include adding volleyball and other sports clinics to help athletes work on their abilities.

“We are truly excited to help you prepare and improve your skills so you can go back to your schools and teams and perform at a high level,” Lucas said.

At the basketball academy that began Sunday, participants will receive specialized skills training and practice in small group settings. Focus will be on ball handling, shooting, scoring and free throws.

In addition to Lucas and Kate, coaching staff at the upcoming clinics includes some well-known basketball talent – serving as coaches will be Lindsay Conklin, of Division I Western Illinois and a Mid America Nazarene alum; Brittany Kramer, Emporia State Hornet women’s basketball alum; Duncan Fort, ESU basketball player; and Ryan Haskins, Ottawa Brave basketball player.

“With our experience as skill coaches, participants will love the focus we put on functional training and skill development,” Kate said.

The 10-week academies are currently open for two age groups, first through sixth grade, and seventh through 12th grade. The younger players will meet on Wednesday nights beginning Aug. 21, 2019, and the older group will meet Sunday afternoons beginning Sunday, Aug. 11.

Check the Hoops Skills Academy schedule and use the registration link at www.performance-sports.net to reserve your spot.

“We are very excited about the purchase of the facility and the space it provides us,” Lucas said. “What a beautiful gym and great location for us to serve many student athletes in their quest to perform at a higher level.”

But sports aren’t the only plans in the works for the Reading school and gymnasium. The Bosses also plan to rent out the facility, which has 800 seats in the full court gymnasium, a stage, kitchen, large commons area, and playground. The facility will be available for practices, tournaments, concerts, reunions, birthday parties and other events.

For more information on the Boss’ Hoops Skills Academy, or pricing and availability for the facility, see www.performance-sports.net or contact Lucas Boss at 785-633-8413.

Association announces Osage County Fair results, July 10-13, 2019, Osage City

The Osage County Fair Association has released the 4-H and open class exhibition results for the Osage County Fair held July 10-13, 2019, at Osage City, Kan. Award and ribbon winners were:

Help Wanted: Osage City Library seeks part-time library clerk

Part-time library clerk position at Osage City Library. Customer service, computer skills and library experience preferred. Resume required. Position open until filled. For more information or to apply, contact the Osage City Public Library, 515 Main St., Osage City, KS 66523, 785-528-3727.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, July 29 – Aug. 2, 2019

The following information was compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, July 29, 2019 through Aug. 2, 2019.

Henry Keith Murphy, 57, Osage City: May 9, 1962 – Aug. 10, 2019

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Henry Keith Murphy, 57, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at his home in Osage City, Kan. He was born May 9, 1962, in Prescott, Ariz., the son of James Wesley Murphy and Lorie Havlick.

He was an iron worker and finish carpenter.

Osage County Jail Log, Aug. 4 – Aug. 10, 2019

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

Chip seal work begins Aug. 15 on Osage County highways

Highway construction underway. KDOT photo.

Chip seal work on three highways in Osage County will begin on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, weather permitting, the Kansas Department of Transportation has announced.

Work will start on a one-mile stretch of state Highway 276 from Olivet to the ramps on U.S. Highway 75, and on a stretch of state Highway 278 from U.S. 75 west three miles. Then work will take place on U.S. 75 from just south of K-278 and extend north five miles to the state Highway 68 junction.

Traffic will be controlled by a pilot car operation on each of these project areas as work progresses. Motorists should expect delays of up to 15 minutes and add extra time to their travel schedules.

The work on the three highways is expected to be completed by Wednesday, Aug. 21, weather permitting.

KDOT asks all motorists to use extra caution in the work zone areas.

Help Wanted: Openings at ORBIS for Shipping Coordinator and Cycle Counter

ORBIS Corporation, at Osage City, Kan., currently has openings for a Shipping Coordinator and a Cycle Counter.

The Shipping Coordinator is responsible for timely and accurate domestic and export shipments to our customers. The Cycle Counter is responsible for providing support for the inventory control systems at the plant.

ORBIS Corporation is the industry leader in returnable packaging with a plant located in Osage City, Kan. ORBIS is a worldwide company offering competitive pay and benefits.

For more information or to apply, contact ORBIS at 515 S. Fourth St., Osage City, Kan., call 785-528-4875, or visit www.orbiscorporation.com.

Help Wanted: RCIL seeks part-time file clerk

Part-time File Clerk – RCIL is seeking a file clerk to work approximately 20 hours per week. Flexible schedule in a comfortable work environment. Discretion, good judgment, organizational ability, initiative, and the ability to work independently are essential qualities. The File Clerk is required to stand; walk; sit; bend, and reach with hands and arms plus occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. The use of a step stool may be necessary. Applications available at RCIL, 1137 Laing St., Osage City, Kan., between 8-4, Monday-Friday. Email [email protected] to request an application or submit a resume. Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Home Town Health Care seeks RNs, LPNs

Home Town Health Care is seeking applicants for two Registered Nurse positions for our Lyndon office to cover the Osage County service area. We are seeking home health nurses to manage patient care of assigned patients.

This award winning, growing home health agency is adding positions as we grow. Local people caring for local people (friends and family) is what our company was founded on – we focus on patients and their care.

Home health experience is a plus, but not a requirement. Home Town supplies company vehicles for work travel, and offers a competitive benefits package and pay rates. Nurses may apply online at www.hometownhealthcare.net, email: [email protected], or call 785-310-0000 for information.

Home Town Health Care is also looking for both RNs and LPNs for contract work in PRN positions. Interested applicants can use the above contact information.

Blast back to the past at Going Retro vintage car and camper show

“Lil Dot,” a vintage Scotty camper owned by Dave and Julie McBee, was named the best renovated at the 2018 Going Retro show. Photo thanks to Friends of Pomona State Park.

Coming this weekend, it’ll be a blast from the past at Pomona State Park during the sixth annual Going Retro Car, Motorcycle and Vintage Trailer Show. The annual show, which is free except for the cost a park permit, features vintage campers, recreational vehicles, and all types of motorized vehicles.

The show gets underway 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, with 55 campers already signed up for exhibit. In addition, the car show attracted about 125 exhibitors last year, and a good weather forecast for Saturday is expected to bring out a fleet of classics. Motorcycles were added to the show this year. Visitors can walk around and inside of many of the travel trailers to see how campers in yesteryear “roughed it” in the great outdoors. Spectators can cast their ballot for favorites in each category, cars, motorcycles and campers.

The show is a family-friendly event in the great outdoors. Visitors are invited to dress in their favorite vintage outfits for the car and camper show, and the 7 p.m. sock hop.

The event is on the east side of Pomona State Park at the Osage, Four Winds and Cedar Winds campgrounds. Signs will guide to all activities. Food vendors and concessions will be on site. The state park charges a $5 vehicle fee for a day permit, $3.75 for seniors, for those who don’t have a vehicle permit.

The show is hosted by Friends of Pomona State Park, which uses the funds from the show and concessions to make improvements in the park.

Kathryn Coffman, 61, Overbrook: April 12, 1958 – Aug. 12, 2019

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Kathryn “Kathy” Coffman, 61, passed away on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. She was born on April 12, 1958, in Wichita, Kan., the daughter of Rex and Leona Orindgreff Fanning.

Kathy grew up in Melvern, lived in Osage City, and had been in Overbrook, Kan., for more than 30 years. Kathy was an insurance agent for many years in Osage City and Overbrook. She was co-owner of the Scranton Tavern for the last several years.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Fast horse just excited

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“How come your horse is so wild?”

The teenage cowgirl operating the entrance gate at the horseshow asked seriously, perhaps as a courtesy, with concern.

Taken back by the question, initially offended, second thoughts realized it was legitimate query.

Still as the quite mature palomino gelding Cody of Trigger-semblance high stepped eagerly through the gate, response likely seemed rude.

“He’s not wild. He’s a great horse who knows his job. He is trained to run barrel races, loves doing it and is anxious to get started.”

That was an accurate reply said with heartfelt belief and most appreciation.

Yet, none of the other perhaps 100 different horses entering the gate had the enthusiasm of the old cowboy’s horse. So the golden horse with white mane and tail is a “little wild.”

However, put the pleasure horse bridle and martingale on the speedster and ride in the arena before the show. He’s pretty calm, collected, might even get an eight or nine out of 10 given a score.

Always entered in the stock horse pleasure division to help keep his jitters down, ole Cody’s adrenalin still builds. Actually, the horse is just too doggone smart, maybe smart-alecky would be more accurate.

Anyway prancing through the typically slow moving pleasure riders attracts the judge’s attention. Certainly enough bad notice to never get the rider’s Number 17 on the placing card.

Take the big homebred gelding to the pasture for rancher’s work he just doesn’t understand what it’s all about. That’s despite geneticists evaluating his pedigree above average cow horse lineage.

Free workshops help parents, caregivers understand effects of childhood trauma

Practically everyone has experienced ACES whether they realize it or not. Adverse childhood experiences are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress that can harm a child’s brain. This toxic stress may prevent a child from learning or playing in a healthy way with other children, and can result in long-term mental and physical health problems into adulthood. ACEs can result in problems in school, increased difficulty making friends or maintaining relationships, and can result in risky behaviors like drug use, aggression, or suicide attempts.

Drug Free Osage County and Greenbush Educational Service Center are partnering to help Osage County learn more about ACES at workshops around the area next week.

The workshops will cover basic understanding of ACEs and how they can relate to overall emotional and physical health. Also discussed will be how to respond to the challenge by becoming sensitive to trauma and focusing on building resilience and helping relationships in our communities.

ACEs can include emotional, physical, or sexual abuse; physical or emotional neglect; or exposure to household dysfunction. Possible health risk outcomes into adulthood include drug use such as alcoholism or smoking, diabetes, depression, heart disease, cancer, COPD, stroke and obesity.

Attendees will also learn how resilience can help reverse the effect of ACEs. Resilience is the ability to return to being healthy and hopeful after bad things happen. Parents, teachers, and other caregivers can help by understanding ACEs, helping children identify feelings and manage their emotions, and by creating safe physical and emotional environments at home, in school, and in neighborhoods.

All interested people are invited to the free ACES workshops. Here is the schedule for workshops around Osage County:

  • 1-4 p.m. Aug. 12, 2019, Lyndon High School, 421 E. 6th St., Lyndon
  • 1-4 p.m. Aug. 13, 2019, Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, 508 S. Main St., Melvern
  • 1-4 p.m. Aug. 14, 2019, Burlingame High School, 417 N. Dacotah St., Burlingame
  • 1-4 p.m. Aug. 14, 2019, Osage City High School, 515 Ellinwood St., Osage City
  • 1-4 p.m. Aug. 19, 2019, Santa Fe Trail High School, 15701 S. California Rd., Carbondale.

Wilma Schwemmer, 96, Lyndon: Oct. 27, 1922 – Aug. 8, 2019

LYNDON, Kan. – Wilma Schwemmer, 96, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. She was born on Oct. 27, 1922, in Lawrence, Kan., the daughter of W.C. and Lydia Hildenbrand Wulfkuhle.

Wilma had lived in Stull, Kan., for many years before moving to rural Lyndon, Kan., in 1969. Wilma worked for Gibb’s Clothing as a sales clerk and bookkeeper. Most of her life was spent as a farmer’s wife.

Champions named at youth rodeo in Council Grove

Nearly 50 young cowboys and cowgirls from throughout eastern Kansas competed in the youth rodeo Saturday evening, Aug. 3, 2019, at Council Grove, Kan.

Sponsored by the Morris County Youth Rodeo Association, the top four placing entries in each of the 17 events received working awards, reported Lisa Wainwright, rodeo secretary.

Special plaques were presented to the age division winners. Chloe Arndt, Emporia, was recognized as the all-around junior cowgirl, and Drew Richie, Olpe, was honored as the all-around junior cowboy.

All-around intermediate cowgirl was Emma Arndt, Emporia, and Mason Gibson, Reading, received the all-around intermediate cowboy token.

Morgan Goodwin, Milford, collected the all-around senior cowgirl title. No senior division cowboys participated.

Carleen H. ‘Carla’ Bach, 98, Topeka: Sept. 7, 1920 – Aug. 4, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. – Carleen H. “Carla” Bach, 98, was lovingly supported by family and friends until she passed away Aug. 4, 2019, in Topeka, Kan. She was born in Dwight, Kan., on Sept. 7, 1920, on the family farm, a child of the Great Depression, Prohibition and Dust Bowl era. She was the daughter of John Harrison “Harry” and Birdie Lynn Crute Swartz.

Carla graduated from Dwight Rural High School in 1938 and attended nursing school in Salina, Kan.

2019 Overbrook fair opens under cloudy skies

Overbrook fairgrounds, file photo.

The Overbrook Osage County Fair opened today, Aug. 7, 2019, amid stormy weather and rainy forecast for the four-day fair. Despite the weather, Osage County’s third and final fair of the season promises fun for the whole family, including nightly entertainment, a carnival, and livestock and other exhibits.

Thursday night brings action-packed All Star Wrestling to the fairgrounds; Friday will be an evening of country music featuring three bands; and Saturday night will be for the motor sports fans, who can watch crashing and banging at the team demolition derby.

One of fair fans’ favorite events, the annual fair parade, gets underway around 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Overbrook. This year’s theme celebrates “Christmas in August” and creative float makers will vie for cash prizes. Overbrook’s parade also features the annual “Battle of the Bands”, with winners also rewarded with cash for their high school band.

Though the weathercast predicts possible rain for the next few days, grab your umbrella and rain coat just in case and check out all the 2019 Overbrook Osage County Fair has to offer.

Here’s the fair schedule:

Eat Well to Be Well: A+ after-school snacks enhance kids’ health

Summer is almost over with a new school year about to begin. You’ve bought new book bags, shoes, and school supplies to start your child’s school year off right.  But there’s one other important component enhancing your child’s school success and health – healthy after-school snacks.

The importance of after-school snacks

Who doesn’t remember coming home from school hungry and looking for something to eat? Children of today are no different. Keeping nutritious after-school snacks on hand allows kids of all ages the perfect opportunity to enrich their growth and nutritional needs.

As parents, we are responsible for forming our kids’ snack habits.  Think of the after-school snack as a mini-meal.  Healthy, nutritious snacks are a far smarter way to fill them up instead of offering overly-refined foods such as chips or Cheetos. Smart snack choices can provide key nutrients like fiber, iron, and protein that may otherwise be lacking in some kids’ diets.

The idea is to fuel your kids’ brains providing an energy boost while satisfying their hunger cravings helping them achieve academic success. For those participating in sports, busy student athletes will be wise to choose nutritious snacks supporting energy for growth and athletic performance. When smart snack choices are frequently made, this not only develops good eating habits, but also enjoyment of wholesome foods.

Todd E. Lewis, 53, Eskridge: April 12, 1966 – Aug. 4, 2019

ESKRIDGE, Kan. – Todd E. Lewis, 53, of Eskridge, Kan., died on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, from injuries suffered in an accident south of Eskridge on July 31. He was born April 12, 1966, in Topeka, Kan.

Todd was a generous and loving man who enjoyed the outdoors and working with his hands. He graduated from Lyndon High School, Lyndon, Kan., in 1984, joined the Army, and fought in Desert Storm. He was honorably discharged in 1997.     

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