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Conference speaker encourages Stuco members to keep ‘eyes up’ while driving

Marais des Cygnes Valley Stuco members at the regional conference at Silver Lake High School, front from left, Bill Romi, Meka Freeman, Haylie Fine, Braylee Patterson, and Greyson Stephens, More »

Eat Well to Be Well: Jump-start weight loss with a protein-packed breakfast

Adding more protein to your diet is one of the most effective ways to lose weight. And the best time to begin starts in the morning by eating breakfast. More »

MdCV crowns 2023 royalty at Melvern homecoming celebration

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School 2023 Homecoming Royalty. Photo by Lisa Reeser. MELVERN, Kan. – While Marais des Cygnes Valley High School couldn’t claim victory at Friday’s football More »

Fall turkey season suspended in Kansas due to population declines

PRATT, Kan. – Beginning this fall, Kansas will have no fall turkey hunting season due to declining populations at state and regional levels. The decision was arrived at by More »

Medicare open enrollment begins soon; ECKAA offers counseling

The East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging is reminding Medicare beneficiaries that the Medicare open enroll period begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec, 7, 2023 . The enrollment period is to enroll in prescription drugs plans or Medicare Advantage Plans for 2024.

The East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging provides free, unbiased Medicare counseling and can assist with your Medicare needs. Prior to an appointment, complete and return a prescription drug worksheet form. The form can be emailed or mailed, or can be picked up at the ECKAAA office at 117 S. Main, Ottawa, Kan. Walk-in appointments cannot be accommodated.

Appointments will be available in Ottawa at ECKAAA, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Extended hours will be available 5-7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and Nov. 20, upon request.

Open enrollment outreach dates will also be available at the following locations:

  • Frontier Extension office, 411 S Oak St., Garnett, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Nov. 2 and Nov. 21.
  • Coffey County Library, 410 Juniatta St., Burlington, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 28.
  • Osage City Library, 515 Main St., Osage City, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Nov. 30.

For assistance with Medicare, to schedule an appointment with ECKAAA or one of the open enrollment outreach dates, or to obtain a prescription drug plan worksheet, contact ECKAAA, 117 S. Main St., Ottawa, call 785-242-7200, email donalds@eckaaa.org, or see www.eckaaa.org.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Payoff will eliminate debt

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.Incomprehensible the volume of scam calls received in one day, let alone a week and month.

They are all aggravating with most promising something that is too good to be true.

Most upsetting and biggest rip-off to the economy is when the caller touts an opportunity to “eliminate your credit card debt.”

The only way to do that or abolish any financial obligation is to pay it off with hard earned money.

When a commitment is made to buy anything, it is the purchaser’s responsibility to pay for the acquisition.

Never have forgotten the message of a field day speaker: “You can’t eat your cake and have it too.” That applies to everything in life of material value.

The nation’s economy cannot continue to operate positively if people don’t meet their personal financial obligations.

Everything has a cost, and somebody is taking a loss when it is not paid for. It is impossible to operate any business without positive revenue for continued economic cash flow.

Credit accounts are a generous way for owners to assist buyers in extending time for payment. But, when payment is not immediate, interest on the purchase continues to mount, decreasing profits for the sales firm.

Seemingly, many people don’t understand that debts must be paid and jump on promises of eliminating monetary responsibility without payment. It sounds good on the forefront frequently even creating optimism for a person to “be out of debt.”

Most people do not want to be in debt, but the only honest way out is to pay the bill. Generally, that is far from easy and requires lots of time and dedication to do what’s right.

Osage County Senior Center: Breakfast, lunch and shopping trips scheduled

Hello from the Osage County Senior Center and the Osage County Public Transportation. I am sad to say that we did not place in the Sunflower and Scarecrow Contest at the Kansas State Fair.

The Sewing Chicks have a beautiful fall quilt up for a raffle, so stop in and get your tickets. Don’t forget the potluck lunch on Oct. 4; we eat at noon. A blood drive is 2-6 p.m. Oct. 5; donors are encouraged to stop in a sign up.

The Breakfast Club is going to Lamont Hill at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 13. The Lunch Bunch is going to Smoked Creations, in Ottawa, at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27. We are taking a bus to the senior fair in Emporia on Oct. 18. Anyone interested in going should give us a call to get your name on the list. Shopping trips to Topeka are on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Call to make reservations.

On Oct. 26, John McGrath will be here to help with choosing the right Medicare Supplement plan. He will be available 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; stop in and make the right plan for you. Herms Foot care is here Oct. 19 and 24.

We are going to try and learn to Line Dance every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Come join us, it will be interesting. The ceramics class is up and going it is $4 per class, with most supplies furnished.

High Rollers is 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday. Home Town Health Care is here to call quarter Bingo at 10 a.m. every Tuesday; all invited to come and enjoy.

The senior center is in need of donations of buttons and lace. If anyone has any they would like to donate, we would love to have them.

I am open to all suggestions for activities and or outings. Don’t forget that we rent out the center for events that need larger accommodations. Come and enjoy the fun and activities with us!

Thanks, Franny!
Franny Deters, Osage County Senior Center director

Conference speaker encourages Stuco members to keep ‘eyes up’ while driving

Marais des Cygnes Valley Stuco members at the regional conference at Silver Lake High School, front from left, Bill Romi, Meka Freeman, Haylie Fine, Braylee Patterson, and Greyson Stephens, middle, Kelsey Rice, Akyra Traver, Kaylynn Todd, Taytum Gellhaus, Ella Reed, and Aubrey Vogeler, back, Olivia Lacey, Emily Criqui, Bella Reeser, Kate Patterson, Colbie Cormode, and Gracen Stahl. Not pictured are Montana McCurdy, Allie Reeser, and sponsor Lisa Reeser.

On Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, the Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High and High School StuCo traveled to Silver Lake High School for the regional Stuco conference.

Keynote speaker was Ben Grannis, who shared with the students his message of ‘Eyes Up’; his mission of encouraging everyone to be a safe driver and keep their eyes on the road while driving.

After this, students broke up into groups for a general session and advisors had their own meeting. Following the conference, MdCV Stuco members enjoyed lunch at Red Robin before returning to school.

Emporia State to host cybersecurity conference

EMPORIA, Kan. – Emporia State University’s School of Business and Technology is preparing to host several of the nation’s leading cybersecurity experts next week at CYBERCON, an on-campus event that will highlight ESU’s expanding cybersecurity academic programs and the job opportunities for graduates trained in the protection of online data and computer systems.

CYBERCON will be 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 2023, in Webb Hall in the Memorial Union. The event is free to the public and designed particularly for students, business owners and those interested in cybersecurity-related topics.

John Bryant, a former U.S. Naval Intelligence officer with 11 years of experience with the U.S. Army, will deliver the event’s keynote speech, “Social Engineering.” He most recently served as the chief information officer for Army University and the Command General Staff College, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Bryant is now a regional cybersecurity advisor for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency office in Kansas City, Mo.

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stan Richister, manager of Missile Defense Agency’s Cybersecurity Service Provider Computer Emergency Response Team at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, will also deliver remarks on “Social Engineering and Operations Security,” or OPSEC.

Jerry Horton, technology and cybersecurity director for two Kansas-based companies, Networks Plus and Blue Valley Technologies, will deliver CYBERCON’s third presentation, “Tales From The Darkside – Lessons Learned While Becoming An Ethical Hacker.” Horton has more than four decades of experience in internet technology, cybersecurity and telecommunications.

Besides hearing from the featured presenters, CYBERCON attendees will also attend a panel discussion from ESU students and have access to vendor displays, an opportunity for students to have their resumes reviewed, a raffle and prize giveaways, and a video-gaming area that includes virtual reality games. A taco bar lunch will be provided.

For information, call 620-341-5106 or email cyroc@emporia.edu.

Ronald Roy Fike, 66, Carbondale: June 27, 1957 – Sept. 26, 2023

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Ronald Roy Fike, 66, Carbondale, Kan., passed away Sept. 26, 2023, at his residence in Carbondale. Ron was born June 27, 1957, the son of Ralph T. Fike and Katherine L. Shepard in Topeka, Kan.

Ron grew up in numerous parts of the world as a military child until moving with his family to Carbondale as a sophomore in high school. He graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in the class of 1975.

Ron was a retired construction worker. He held numerous positions over his life, working most of his professional career as a drywall finisher.

Ron was a dedicated man to his family and his community. He was a super fan of the Santa Fe Trail High School Chargers and his passion was the children of the Carbondale community. He volunteered over 40 years of his life as a member of the Carbondale Recreation Commission. He dedicated so much time that the baseball fields are named Fike Field, after Ron and family. He spent hours preparing every year for the annual Easter egg hunt, and was well known throughout Osage County for his various appearances as Santa Claus in parades and events throughout the county.

KDOT to repair I-35 bridge over U.S. 75

BETO JUNCTION, Kan. – Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, the Kansas Department of Transportation expects to start a repair project on the northbound Interstate 35 bridge over U.S. Highway 75.

I-35 northbound traffic will be restricted to one lane on the bridge with a speed limit of 60 miles per hour. Weather permitting, the project should be finished late this fall. Drivers are reminded to slow down and use extra caution in the work zone.

KDOT awarded the construction contract of $83,609 to PCI Roads LLC, Saint Michael, Minn.

For more information, contact construction manager Ian Stringham at 785-433-6116 or public affairs manager Priscilla Petersen at 620-902-6433.

Darlene Lea Buelke, 82, Michigan Valley: April 3, 1941 – Sept. 26, 2023

MICHIGAN VALLEY, Kan. – Darlene Lea Buelke, 82, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, at her home near Michigan Valley, Kan. She was born April 3, 1941, in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of James and Hazel (Syverson) Phipps.

Darlene had lived in Claremore, Okla., for many years before moving to Kansas in 2010.

Darlene was a high school math teacher and then became a school counselor. She had been a member of the Red Hat Society and the Overbrook Friends of the Library.

Donald Harry Martin, 82, Burlingame: June 5, 1941 – Sept. 25, 2023

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Donald Harry Martin, 82, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. Don was born June 5, 1941, in Rock Creek, Kan., the son of Harry A. and Zora C. (Garner) Martin.

He graduated from Meriden High School in Meriden, Kan.

Don was retired from the United States Postal Service. He was a member of the Army National Guard from 1963 to 1969; and a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Topeka, Kan., since 1977.

Eat Well to Be Well: Jump-start weight loss with a protein-packed breakfast

Adding more protein to your diet is one of the most effective ways to lose weight. And the best time to begin starts in the morning by eating breakfast.

Starting your day with a protein-rich breakfast can be an effective strategy if you’re looking to lose weight. Research has demonstrated that a high-protein breakfast can assist in achieving weight loss objectives and preventing weight gain in both teenagers and adults.

Often touted as “the most important meal of the day,” breakfast is already well-known for improving concentration, memory, and energy levels. A high-protein breakfast’s effectiveness for weight loss is becoming increasingly apparent. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggested that a high-protein breakfast can be valuable for weight loss, particularly in teenagers. So, what defines how much protein should be in a high-protein breakfast? The magic numbers appear to be 25-35 grams. Unfortunately, the average American consumes far short of that, with approximately only 10 to 15 grams at breakfast, and the protein source often coming from high-sugar breakfast cereals.

Skipping breakfast is directly linked to weight gain, higher BMI, and obesity. It is imperative to acknowledge the significance of a balanced breakfast and not overlook its impact on overall health and wellness. Therefore, it is highly recommended to make sure that breakfast is an essential part of our daily routine.

LTE: Help House needs help stocking winter food pantry

Dear Editor:

Help House is experiencing the rise in food cost as everyone is. Harvesters, where we purchase most of the food for the emergency food pantry is not receiving the quantity of donated foods that they were just a couple of years ago, leading to a “trickle down” effect.

The foods Harvesters was receiving from their suppliers that Help House could order for “free” is down by about two thirds. This helped to fill the shelves without breaking our monthly food budget of approximately $2,500 a month.

We ordered from those options as much as possible. We started seeing a decline in those options a couple of years ago. That coupled with the increase in families needing assistance to put food on their tables is creating a need to make the public aware of the situation. Your monthly financial support and donations of non-perishable shelf stable foods are even more important at this time.

For the deer hunters, there is a program called “Hunters Feeding the Hungry”. If you harvest a deer or two and your family is not able to use all the meat, Lazy J Custom Meats at 1039 Laing St., Osage City, will help facilitate your donation of what you can’t use to Help House. The deer must be processed in a locker plant, but through this program USDA does not require it to receive the USDA inspection stamp. If anyone has beef, pork, chicken, or turkey, they would like to donate it must be processed in a plant that does receive the USDA stamp, such as Santa Fe Trail Meats, Overbrook.

Other pantry needs would be for any shelf stable nonperishable foods, such as canned meats, fruits, veggies, cereals, peanut butter, crackers, pancake mix, soups, canned fruits, vegetables, pastas, instant potatoes, toilet paper, laundry and bath soap, toiletries, diapers (size  4 and 5).

If your church or organization would like to collect food items to be donated, it would be welcomed.

We also have a volunteer, Ted Hazelton, who is available to present a short 20 minute program on Help House to any club, church, or civic organization in Osage County. Just call the office during our business hours to schedule: 4-7 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

For more information, call 785-828-4994, email osagecountyhh@gmail.com, or visit www.helphouse.online. Secure donations may be made on the “Donate” link there.

Thank you for your financial support and prayers for this ministry.

Raylene Quaney

Lyndon Lions to stride for diabetes awareness

LYNDON, Kan. – Members of the Lyndon Lions Club, along with their friends and families, will walk in the 5k Strides: Lions for Diabetes Awareness event, scheduled during Lyndon’s annual fall festival, Oct. 7, 2023.

The walk will begin at 10 a.m. on the Osage County Courthouse lawn and travel to the finish line at the same place the walk started. Total distance covered will be three miles. Health screenings and information from local companies will be available to the public free of charge along the walk.

“There’s still time to gather your family, friends and neighbors to walk in the Strides event,” said Lyndon Lions Club President Barb Schattak. “This is an enjoyable way for the community to join together in the fight against diabetes.”

Lyndon Mayor Steve Morrison recently proclaimed the day of the walk as Lyndon Lions Club Community Event Day for Diabetes. See proclamation here.

Registration will be at the Lions booth on the courthouse lawn starting at 9:30 a.m.: entry is $5, payable on the day of the event.

Lions all over the world organize Strides events in their communities to heighten awareness of diabetes and its complications and to provide information on preventing and managing the disease. These events promote regular, healthy exercise and include participants of all ages.

For more information about the walk and run, contact Schattak at 785-221-7994 or ksyorkies@gmail.com. For more information about Lions Clubs International, see www.lionsclubs.org.

Barbara A. Sandridge, 82, Overbrook: June 8, 1941 – Sept. 23, 2023

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Barbara Ann Sandridge, 82, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was born June 8, 1941, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Francis Gray Sr. and Marie (Space) Gray.

Barbara attended schools in Kansas City, Kan.

She enjoyed crafts, watching the KC Chiefs, and her Pepsi.

Osage County Jail Log, Sept. 18 – Sept. 25, 2023

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

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Sept. 15 – Sept. 21, 2023

The following information was compiled Sept. 15 to Sept. 21, 2023, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

MdCV crowns 2023 royalty at Melvern homecoming celebration

Marais des Cygnes Valley High School 2023 Homecoming Royalty. Photo by Lisa Reeser.

MELVERN, Kan. – While Marais des Cygnes Valley High School couldn’t claim victory at Friday’s football game, Melvern still had plenty to celebrate during its 2023 Homecoming. Crowned as this year’s MdCV Homecoming Queen and King were Haylea Bethell and Corey Criss. In the crowning ceremony prior to the kickoff for the home game against Marmaton Valley, 2022 Homecoming King and Queen, Kyler Anschutz and Kyla Vogeler, presented the crowns to the new king and queen. During the homecoming game, the Wildcats claimed a win over the Trojans with a 60-0 score.

MdCV 2023 Homecoming Queen Haylea Bethell is the daughter of Jeff and Jo Bethell and Curt and Christi Allen. In high school, Haylea has been involved in volleyball, basketball, softball, class treasurer, track, band, and FFA. In her free time, Haylea enjoys hanging out with friends, helping her dad on the farm, and reading books.

MdCV 2023 Homecoming King Corey Criss is the son of Matt and Angie Criss. In high school, Corey has been involved in football, basketball, FFA, and Washburn Tech-Auto Service Technician. In his free time, Corey enjoys working at the Melvern Lake Marina, and fishing, hunting, and hanging out with friends.

Also serving as senior homecoming candidates were Olivia Lacey and Deken Colyer. Olivia is the daughter of Matt and Amy Lacey. In high school, Olivia has been involved in volleyball, basketball, softball, StuCo, FFA, FCCLA, FBLA, Band, Choir, class president, and NHS. In her free time, Olivia enjoys being a volunteer firefighter for Osage County Fire District No. 3, and “The Loft” youth group member at Mount Pleasant.

Deken is the son of Amanda and Carl Colyer. In high school, Deken has been involved in football, basketball, baseball, and in Washburn Tech-Electrical Technology. In his free time, Deken enjoys riding four-wheelers, hanging out with friends, and going to church.

Tonya (Irey) Clark, 49, Melvern: Aug. 23, 1974 – Aug. 23, 2023

MELVERN, Kan. – Tonya (Irey) Clark, 49, lost her life in southern California as she was celebrating her birthday on Aug. 23, 2023. She was born Aug. 23, 1974, in Topeka, Kan., the daughter of Ron and Diana (Weiler) Irey.

Tonya grew up in Melvern, Kan., and graduated from Marias des Cygnes High School in 1992. She had lived in Arizona, and had just moved to California to start her dream job as a real estate agent.

Tonya was preceded in death by an infant brother, Jon Irey; and her paternal grandparents, John and Cora Irey, and maternal grandfather, Jon Weiler.

Now Leasing: Apartments in Osage City, Morningside Plaza

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