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COVID-19 cases on rise in Osage County; Delta variant appears to drive new surge in U.S.

Wear a mask, social distance, get vaccinated LYNDON, Kan. – The Osage County Health Department reported yesterday the number of COVID-19 cases has been increasing steadily in the county More »

Overbrook Bombers set sights on state tournament

Overbrook Bombers, front from left, Brodie Gleason, Breylan Gleason, Talan Long, Luke Edwards, Chad Robert, Bryce Torkelson, back, Coach Patrick Graham, Coach Jason Long, Colton Warthen, Jalen Smith, Kyle More »

Round Robin Showmanship results, Osage County Fair, July 10, 2021

Round robin showman competition participants are presented awards by show sponsors. Osage County Fair Association photo. The Osage County Fair’s final day, July 10, 2021, featured some of Osage More »

Overlay projects to begin on U.S. 75 in Shawnee and Osage counties

The Kansas Department of Transportation announced two overlay projects on U.S. Highway 75 are scheduled to begin in Shawnee and Osage counties on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, weather permitting. More »

COVID-19 cases on rise in Osage County; Delta variant appears to drive new surge in U.S.

Wear a mask, social distance, get vaccinated

LYNDON, Kan. – The Osage County Health Department reported yesterday the number of COVID-19 cases has been increasing steadily in the county during July.

On July 28, 2021, OCHD reported there were 38 active positive cases in Osage County, and five of those cases were found to be of the Delta variant through sequencing testing. A health department social media post reported that up to 80 percent of new positive cases in the Midwest are thought to be caused by the Delta variant. On July 26, the health department reported 42 active cases in the county, but none were known to be of the Delta variant, which requires special testing to detect.

OCHD has warned of an increase of cases since the first week of July, with 15 active cases reported July 15, and 26 active cases reported July 20. Kansas Department of Health and Environment data shows Osage County gained 68 positive cases from July 2 to July 27.

With the increased presence of the Delta variant in Kansas, free COVID-19 vaccine and testing clinics are scheduled to continue across the state. The CDC has issued new mask advisories, once again recommending people indoors wear masks, especially unvaccinated people. CDC reports the Delta variant is twice as infectious as the B.117 variant, which was previously a dominant strain.

KDHE reports the new variant appears to be spreading most quickly in communities that have the lowest vaccination rates. KDHE said nearly all patients who died of COVID-19 in the last few weeks were unvaccinated.

“It’s essential for Kansans to stay safe by continuing to social distance, wear masks while around unvaccinated people, and get tested if you have symptoms or have possibly been exposed to someone with COVID-19,” a KDHE advisory said.

OCHD recommended that everyone observe safety practices including hand washing, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, getting vaccinated, and wearing a mask when unable to social distance.

OCHD notes that everyone of age is encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and although there are breakthrough cases, mostly due to new variants, vaccinated people who become ill with COVID-19 report less severe symptoms.

OCHD offers Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, but does not have Pfizer, which is the only one currently available for children 12-17 years old. To make an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, call the Osage County Health Department at 785-828-3117.

One year ago today, the OCHD announced the temporary closure of the Osage County Senior Center due to it being considered as a possible cluster site for COVID-19, with three cases associated with attendance at the center. During the month of July 2020, Osage County gained 24 cases, going from 15 to 39 known cases since the pandemic began. At the time, Osage County was in its fourth week of “reopening” after the initial pandemic had surged throughout the U.S. since early in 2020.

Update: Statewide Silver Alert canceled for missing Leroy man

Update 1:42 p.m. July 29, 2021: The Coffey County Sheriff’s Office reported that Rickie Sluder returned home this afternoon and was unharmed. The statewide Silver Alert has been canceled.

Help Wanted: Melvern Township seeks equipment operator

Melvern Township is taking applications for an equipment operator. Recent experience and CDL preferred. Hours and pay are dependent on applicant. Send resume to [email protected] or call Blake Jones at 620-341-2036.

James L. Abendroth, 76, Carbondale: Dec. 4, 1944 – July 26, 2021

CARBONDALE, Kan. – James L. “Jim” Abendroth, 76, passed away Monday, July 26, 2021, at the University of Kansas Health-St. Francis Hospital, Topeka, Kan. James Louis Abendroth was born Dec. 4, 1944, in Larned, Kan., the son of Melvern and Laurene Agnus (Peters) Abendroth.

He graduated from Gridley Rural High School in 1963.

Jim was joined in marriage to Norma Jean Hursh on May 22, 1966, in Gridley, Kan. To this union two sons were born, Jared and Justin.

Jim was owner of Abendroth Construction until he retired.

Osage County Fair livestock exhibition results, July 7-10, 2021

The Osage County Fair Association has released the results of this year’s Osage County Fair livestock exhibitions and judging for 4-H and open classes. The fair was held July 7 to July 10, 2021, at Osage City, Kan. Participants’ 4-H clubs abbreviation key is below.

Overbrook Bombers set sights on state tournament

Overbrook Bombers, front from left, Brodie Gleason, Breylan Gleason, Talan Long, Luke Edwards, Chad Robert, Bryce Torkelson, back, Coach Patrick Graham, Coach Jason Long, Colton Warthen, Jalen Smith, Kyle Strother, Trent Sleichter, Head Coach Quinton Sleichter, Drake Graham; not pictured, Theron Berckefeldt and Coach Daniel Robert. Courtesy photo.

The Overbrook American Legion Baseball Team finished in second place in the American Legion Zone Tournament hosted July 18-23, in Chanute, Kan., to qualify to compete in the 2021 Kansas Junior Legion State Tournament, which begins today, July 28, at Salina, Kan.

The Overbrook American Legion Baseball Team, the Overbrook Bombers, is made up of players who attend Santa Fe Trail High School.

The team is scheduled to play the opening game of the Kansas Junior Legion State Tournament against the Junction City Blues at 1 p.m. today; and 8:30 p.m. July 29 against the Salina Hawks; and 12:30 p.m. July 30 against Central-Burton. The top two teams in each pool will advance to a single elimination tournament, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The tournament will be played at Dean Evans Stadium, 841 Markley Rd., Salina.

The Overbrook Bombers are sponsored by Overbrook American Legion Post 239.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, July 16 – July 22, 2021

The following information was compiled July 16 to July 22, 2021, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, July 19 – July 24, 2021

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

KC Child Care, Osage City: 2 openings for full-time child care

KC Child Care, Osage City, has two openings for full-time child care (no infants). Contact Katherine Christiason, 136 Lakin St., Osage City, Kansas, or call 785-260-4227 for more information.

Carl E. Rice, 86, Burlingame: July 22, 2021 – May 16, 1935

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Carl E. Rice, 86, of Burlingame, Kan., went to be with the Lord July 22, 2021, at a local hospital surrounded by his three daughters. He was born May 16, 1935, on a farm south of Overbrook, Kan., to Jefferson B. and Stella Marie Riley Rice, the seventh of nine children. He lived his entire 86 years in Osage County.

He attended Valley Brook and Overbrook Grade Schools. He graduated from Overbrook Rural High School in 1953.

Carl worked at Goodyear for 35 years before retiring.

He met his wife, Marilyn, at the roller rink in Burlingame. They were married Aug. 26, 1956, at the Federated Church, in Burlingame, and then settled in hometown of Carl’s hometown of Overbrook.

William ‘Bill’ Eugene Porter, 77, Carbondale: Oct. 2, 1943 – July 21, 2021

CARBONDALE, Kan. – William “Bill” Eugene Porter, 77, of Carbondale, Kan., died Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at the University of Kansas Health System, St. Francis Campus, Topeka, Kan. He was born Oct. 2, 1943, in Long Beach, Calif., the son of Vernie Arthur Porter and Mary Margaret (Whitcraft) Porter.

He was raised in Kansas and graduated from Highland Park High School, Topeka, with the class of 1961. Unable to join the United States Army for health reasons, Bill went to culinary school. He later began a career at Goodyear Tire & Rubber that would span 30 years before his retirement in 2001.

Statewide Silver Alert issued for missing Lawrence couple

Update: 10:14 p.m. July 26 – The Silver Alert has been cancelled after Russel and Mina Stevens were located in North Platte, Neb., by North Platte Police Department.  Their family has been notified and is on their way to assist them with getting back to Lawrence.

Lucas James Baseley, 32, Marietta, Ga.: May 8, 1989 – July 19, 2021

MARIETTA, Ga. – Lucas “Luke” James Baseley, 32, of Marietta, Ga., passed away Monday, July 19, 2021, at home, following a short illness. He was born May 8, 1989, in Maryland, to Jim and Eva Baseley.

Luke grew up in Thurmont, Md., surrounded by family and friends. Luke spent 10 years as an active 4-H member, showing cattle, woodworking, and completing other projects, and was 4-H King in 2006-07. Luke was in “It’s Academic” throughout high school and he loved learning, and earning AP college credits for six different subjects at Catoctin High School, where he graduated in 2007. His true love was reading, and he always carried a book on him so that he could read any free moment he had.

He was an active volunteer for Glade UCC, in Walkersville, Md., helping with oyster dinners, a Habitat for Humanity project, and a Honduras Partnership trip to build a home in 2007.

Kansas Judicial Branch: Notice of Employment Opportunity, 4th Judicial District

Kansas Judicial Branch
Notice of Employment Opportunity
Fourth Judicial District

Position number: K0061761

Location of Employment: 4th Judicial District, Osage County, 66067

Classification and Grade: Clerk of the Court II, Grade 34, $48,112 ($52,992 at one year with satisfactory performance, Kansas Judicial Branch Benefits State Employment Center – Benefits (ks.gov))

Job Duties: This is a highly responsible supervisory, administrative, and participatory position as Clerk of the District Court. Work involves the overall management of the civil, criminal, probate, juvenile, traffic, fish and game, and delinquent personal property tax functions in a trial level Kansas District Court. Work involves the coordination of various activities and subordinate personnel to ensure that case processing systems and procedures are efficient, effective, and compatible throughout the court. Performs related work as required, including maintaining the jury program. Work is performed under the supervision of the court administrator of the district and the chief judge.

Required education and experience: Graduation from high school or equivalency, and three years of clerical experience, including at least one year of court clerical or other legal experience. Course work at an accredited two-or four-year college or university may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of the required experience, except that at least one year of court clerical or comparable experience is required in addition to any college work substituted.

Desired qualifications: Experience in accounting, personnel supervision, records management and other court related duties. Experience with personal computer technology, software applications (including Odyssey and Eflex), and local area network systems.

Application procedure: Submit a current resume which states your qualifications, education, and experience as it relates to this position.


The Kansas Judicial Branch is an EEO/AA employer.

The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures your right to reasonable accommodations during the employment process. Arrangements will be made if you have a disability that requires an accommodation in completing an application form, in taking an examination, or in interviewing. A request for an accommodation will not affect your opportunities for employment with the Judicial Branch.

Linda Lee Robinson, 74, Lyndon: Sept. 2, 1946 – June 18, 2021

LYNDON, Kan. – Linda Lee Robinson, 74, of Lyndon, Kan., passed away June 18, 2021, with her daughter beside her and her son on the phone. In true “Linda style” she left this world peacefully but only after defying many odds over the past few years of health struggles. No matter the struggle, Linda was always more worried about others. She was a pillar of strength and love to the very end. Linda was born Sept. 2, 1946, in McPherson, Kan.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Gertrude Miller.

She is survived by her children, JD Robinson (Susie), Meriden, Kan., and Dianna Hutchcroft (Robert), Lyndon Kan.; beloved grandchildren, Nathaniel Robinson, Colton Hutchcroft and Josye Hutchcroft; siblings, Rick Miller (Boua), Monmouth, Ill., Judy Mohr (Gary), Indianapolis, Ind., Dena Barclay, Mountain Home, Idaho, Cliff Miller (Melissa), Ellis, Kan.; uncle, Arthur Dubus (Kathy), Denver, Colo.; and many wonderful nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly from afar.

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