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Reesers celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

James and Judy (Fitzhugh) Reeser, Lyndon, Kan., were united in marriage Jan. 27, 1973, in Little Rock, Ark.

Jim and Judy Reeser

Jim is the son of the late Jack and Genevieve Reeser. He grew up in the Olivet and Melvern communities and graduated from Melvern High School in 1967. He attended Emporia State University and then joined the United States Air Force, which took him worldwide and brought him to Little Rock, where he met his future wife. They were wed and moved back to Lyndon to be near his parents.

After 38 years of working at the Goodyear Tire plant, in 2007, Jim retired. Jim now spends his time fiddling with his antique gas engines, hunting and fishing with his son Tim, and spending time with his grandkids.

Judy is the daughter of the late Walter and Ellie Mae Fitzhugh. She grew up in Lonoke, Ark., and graduated from Lonoke High School in 1966.

Judy was a homemaker for several years until deciding to return to school and become an LPN. In 2011, after 17 years of working as an LPN, she joined Jim in retirement. Judy now spends her time working in her flowerbeds and garden and helping care for her grandkids.

After 50 amazing years of marriage, they reside in Lyndon. Their daughter Kristie, her spouse, Katie Schmidt, and their children, Bethanie and Dawson; son, Tim and his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Allison and Isabella, wish them all the happiness on their anniversary and many more.

Anniversary wishes can be sent to Jim and Judy Reeser, 603 E. Eighth St. Lyndon, KS 66451.

KHS virtual program features Osage County’s famous paleontologist Barnum Brown

T. Rex portrayed at the Journey Museum and Learning Center, Rapid City, S.D. File photo.

In the dust of the Gilded Age Bone Wars, two men emerged with a mission to fill the empty halls of the American Museum of Natural History. Kansas-born paleontologist Barnum Brown was one of these men. Brown helped bring dinosaurs into popular culture through a life of fossil hunting, and, when he unearthed the first T. Rex fossil, he forever changed the world of paleontology.

The Kansas Historical Society’s Virtual Museum After Hours program for this month, which will be online 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, has a unique connection to Osage County, centering on the contributions of paleontologist Brown. Brown first became interested in fossils as a child growing up outside of Carbondale, Kan.

In the program “In The Monster’s Bones: How the Discovery of T. Rex Changed Our Culture,” David K. Randall reveals how a monster of a bygone era ignited a new understanding of our planet and our place within it.

KHS is offering two ways to view the program, through You Tube or Zoom.

Young Lyndon auctioneer wins auctioneers association newcomer scholarship

An up and coming auctioneer from Lyndon was named as the recipient of the Kansas Auctioneers Association’s New Auctioneer Scholarship. Cole Pitts, Lyndon, Kan., was presented the award at the association’s annual winter convention, held Jan. 20-22, 2023, at Salina, Kan. Pitts also competed in the association’s rookie contest, in which he took second place.

Pitts received a $175 scholarship toward auctioneer school. He is a junior at Osage City High School, and started in the auction business with Wischropp Auctions and continues to work with them.

Elvan Schrock, of Haven, Kan., was named as champion of the rookie competition. The association also held its first ringman championship competition during this year’s convention, with JB Robison Jr., Owasso, Okla., winning the championship.

The Kansas Auctioneers Association is a trade association whose members abide by its constitution and strict code of ethics. The association is dedicated to the promotion, advancement, protection of the auction profession.

Lacey named to President’s Honor Roll at Butler

EL DORADO, KAN. – Cole Lacey, Melvern, Kan., joined more than 900 students to receive academic honors for the Fall 2022 semester at Butler Community College. Lacey was named to the President’s Honor Roll, which lists students who have earned a 4.0 GPA.

Butler Community College is at El Dorado, Kan. Lacey was a 2022 graduate of Marais des Cygnes Valley High School.

MdCV spellers compete for school title; Mady Rose heads to county bee

MdCV Schools’ spelling bee contestants, front from left, Brayden Traver, Mady Todd, Abi Hines, and Koltyn Sturgeon, middle, Meka Freeman, Greyson Stephens, Landon Roy, Sammi Spillman, Carolyn Penner, Ryne Cormode, and runner-up Hailey Fine, back, Chase Vogeler, Josh Ulupano, MdCV’s 2023 spelling champion Mady Rose, Jordyn Duncan, alternate Emily Criqui, Harper Melton, Landon Traver, and Bella Anderson. Lisa Reeser photo.

On Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, Marais des Cygnes Valley Schools held its annual local spelling bee. Each class from grades fourth to eighth was represented by four of their best spellers. It was a hard battle, but after 10 rounds, it was down to three final spellers, Emily Criqui, seventh grade, Hailey Fine, fifth grade, and Mady Rose, eighth grade. After four additional rounds of head to head competition of these remarkable spellers, Mady Rose ended victorious spelling the word “Chicago” correctly.

Mady and Hailey will represent MdCV, with Emily as the alternate, at the Osage County Spelling Bee, which will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, at Lyndon High School.

On Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, Marais des Cygnes Valley Schools held its annual local spelling bee. Each class from grades fourth to eighth was represented by four of the best spellers. It was a hard battle, but after 10 rounds, it was down to three final spellers, Emily Criqui, seventh grade, Hailey Fine, fifth grade, and Mady Rose, eighth grade. After four additional rounds of head to head competition of these remarkable spellers, Mady Rose ended victorious spelling the word “Chicago” correctly.

Mady and Hailey will represent MdCV, with Emily as the alternate, at the Osage County Spelling Bee, which will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, at Lyndon High School.

Community Condolences: Mourning Deputy Hollingsworth

With permission of the family, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office shared the following:

Terry Hollingsworth, former Overbrook Chief of Police. Courtesy photo.

With great sadness and a heavy heart, I announce Deputy Terry Hollingsworth passed away early this morning in an area hospital of natural causes. He was 62 years old.

Deputy Hollingsworth joined the Osage County Sheriff’s Office in August 2022 after retiring from his chief of police duties with the Overbrook Police Department. Deputy Hollingsworth had also previously worked for the Lyndon Police Department part-time and held the rank of sergeant.

A true professional and devoted public servant, Deputy Hollingsworth is remembered for his heroism, bravery, and the oath of office he honorably upheld in his commitment to duty.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office shares its deepest condolences to Deputy Hollingsworth’s family, friends, and loved ones. I want to also express my care and support for all members of the Osage County Sheriff’s Office who are mourning the passing of their friend and colleague.

Chris Wells, Osage County Sheriff
Osage County Sheriff’s Office

John Brown and early town of Lane topic of Franklin County Historical Society meeting

John Brown, ca. 1856-1858. Photo courtesy Franklin County Historical Society.

OTTAWA, Kan. -The Pottawatomie Massacre was over in a matter of hours, but its effects rippled throughout the world long after. Grady Atwater, site administrator for the John Brown State Historic Site, will present “John Brown and Lane, Kansas,” as part of the 86th annual meeting of the members of the Franklin County Historical Society, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023. This year’s meeting will be available both in person at the FCHS Archives and Research Center, 2011 E. Logan St., Ottawa, Kan., and online via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Atwater holds a Master of Arts in History from Emporia State University and wrote his master’s thesis on John Brown, titled “John Brown, Religion and Violence, Motivation in American History.” Atwater also writes “History and Heritage,” a weekly column in the Miami County Republic. During his program, Atwater will present the story of John Brown’s raid against proslavery settlers near present-day Lane and establish the event’s national and international historic importance.

The Jan. 29 meeting will open at 2 p.m. with a review of 2022 and preview of 2023, with a short intermission before Atwater’s presentation, which will begin at 2:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Online attendees may participate via Zoom (registration required) or watch via Facebook Live (no registration required). For more information, see www.olddepotmuseum.org, call 785-242-1232 or e-mail director@olddepotmuseum.org.

Boys State of Kansas taking registrations for 2023 session

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The American Legion Boys State of Kansas is taking registrations for its 2023 session. The event is scheduled to be held Sunday, June 4, through Saturday, June 10, at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan. This will be the program’s 31st consecutive session at KSU and 85th overall.

Traditionally, Kansas Boys State is for individuals who will complete their junior year of high school in the spring just prior to the start of each session. However, the ALBSK program will again expand the pool of registrants for this year’s session to include those who will complete their sophomore year of high school this spring.

The American Legion Boys State of Kansas program provides a relevant, interactive, problem-solving experience in leadership and teamwork that develops self-identity, promotes mutual respect and instills civic responsibility to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to community, state and nation. Boys State is a “learning by doing” political exercise that simulates elections, political parties and government at the state, county and local levels, providing opportunities to lead under pressure, showcasing character and working effectively within a team. It’s also an opportunity to gain pride and respect for government, and the price paid by members of the military to preserve democracy.

The cost to attend the Boys State of Kansas program is $350; however, in many instances, sponsors pay the majority of the fees, with the delegate or his family paying $50. Those wishing to attend the program should visit ksbstate.org to register. The deadline to register to guarantee a spot in the 2023 program is Sunday, April 30; registrations are accepted after that date on a space-available basis.

Potential sponsors, such as American Legion posts, civic organizations, businesses, clubs and interested individuals can visit ksbstate.org/sponsor-a-delegate. For more information, contact ALBSK at info@ksbstate.org or 785-550-6492.

Human Trafficking Prevention Month: SOS advises vigilance, report suspicious behavior

EMPORIA, Kan. – January is Human Trafficking Prevention month – during this month SOS, Emporia, Kan., is joining the Department of Homeland Security and other organizations and government agencies to educate the public and give them the knowledge to help prevent trafficking. Human trafficking is defined by Kansas Law, KSA 21-5426(a) in part as, “The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjecting the person to involuntary servitude or forced labor.” Trafficking can include sex trafficking, forced labor, and domestic servitude.

Misconceptions about trafficking are common, and people often think about kidnapping and complex sex trafficking schemes when they think of trafficking, but the reality is that it is more common for a victim to be trafficked by someone they know and trust. According to data by Polaris, an organization that works to prevent trafficking, of the cases of trafficking reported in 2020, 58 percent of trafficking recruiters were someone close to the victim. This is particularly true for sex trafficking, where in 2020 42 percent of recruiters were a member of the victim’s family and 39 percent an intimate partner or marriage proposition. Together that is 81 percent of the recruiters for sex trafficking being close to the victim.

However, friends and family are also the most likely way for a victim of trafficking to connect to help. There are behaviors to watch for in teens , such as withdrawing from family and friends, receiving pornography or inappropriate photos or messages, being overly obsessed with being online, hiding their device screens from others, receiving expensive gifts from a friend that the parents or family doesn’t know, or becoming upset when they don’t have wi-fi access or cell service. It’s important to create a safe and non-judgmental space, and to work on building strong supportive relationships with teens.

SOS works with schools and parents to try to help kids stay safer online, and friends and family play an important role in keeping teens safe from trafficking. Parents can help keep their kids safe from trafficking by building and maintaining healthy relationships, talking to children early and often about relationships and healthy sexual development, knowing the signs of trafficking and staying educated on trafficking, and especially by being vigilant about online safety.

Agencies have learned that the pandemic did not decrease trafficking, but rather pushed it even further online. Numbers for trafficking stayed steady overall in 2020, for example, but online recruitment increased a significant 22 percent according to Polaris. Trafficking recruitment transferred from places like schools and foster homes to make the internet the top recruiting location for all forms of trafficking. Facebook and Instagram alone saw a 120 percent increase as points of recruitment, so it’s important to help children and teens know how to stay safe online.

SOS encourages everyone to remain vigilant of their surroundings, to engage in open, honest conversations with their children, and to report any suspicious behavior to authorities. Anyone who suspects human trafficking should contact law enforcement immediately.

For more information, contact SOS at 620-343-8799 or 24 hours a day at 800-825-1295, or see www.soskansas.com.

Osage City Library plans Valentine’s Day surprises for local seniors

The Osage City Library will be delivering some love to all the senior living centers for Valentine’s Day. Those who would like to participate can purchase or make homemade valentines, write a note, and sign them. The library’s goal is to make sure each resident receives at least five or six valentines each. Between 750 to 900 valentines are needed.

AARP will be back at the Osage City Library in March to provide tax assistance to anyone free of charge, with a focus on taxpayers who are older than 50 and have low to moderate income. Sign up will begin Feb. 13, 2023.

Of interest to adult patrons: The library has monthly adult bingo and adult book club.

During the library’s after school program, 1,892 snacks were given to children, 18 years and younger, in the first semester of the school year. This is an increase of almost 480 from the same time span in 2021. Each snack is individually wrapped and the library provides a variety of choices. This program is supported from monetary donations as well as snack donations, and has been providing snacks after school for over four years. The library has also received a grant from Catholic Charities to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables to offer the youths who attend an after school program. After school activities are on Tuesdays and Thursdays for local youth. Lego Club is the second Wednesday of each month.

Help House kicks off annual Soup-a-Thon; Prom Shop scheduled for February

The competition will be fierce for Help House’s Soup-a-Thon ’23! Area churches and organizations are urged to begin collecting cans of soup and sleeves of crackers for Help House’s food pantry. The goal line will be reached on Feb. 15, 2023, by when competitors must deliver soup and crackers to Help House.

The church or organization that brings in the most cans of soup and sleeves of crackers will win the gold award. Silver and bronze winners will also be named.

Help House has also announced its upcoming Prom Shop, which will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Feb. 18, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday Feb. 19, at 104 W. Santa Fe Ave., Burlingame. Many beautiful gowns have been donated and are available for any high school age girls living in Osage County, and all are free.

Help House offers a big thank you to Ted and Shirl Ammerman, of Royal Cleaners, Ottawa, who donated professional cleaning of all gowns.

For more information about either of these events, stop by Help House at 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan., see www.helphouse.online, call 785-828-4888, or email osagecountyhh@gmail.com.

Frontier Extension to host beef cattle update at Overbrook for the New Year

The Frontier Extension District will host public meeting to provide a beef cattle update, at 6 p.m. Jan. 19, 2023, at the Overbrook Livestock Commission Company, 305 First St., Overbrook, Kan. The evening will begin with a chili supper at 6 p.m. with presentations following.

Jaymelynn Farney, Southeast Area Extension beef systems specialist, will discuss making cost efficient selection of mineral for a cowherd and the importance of vitamin A, especially with droughty forages.

Cassandra Olds, K-State livestock entomologist, will update on ticks and the diseases they carry, including those that affect cattle and humans. If you like to eat red meat, knowing how to protect yourself from tick bites is important.

Bruno Pedreira, Southeast Area forage specialist, will talk about pasture management and how drought influences next year’s forage growth.

For more information, contact Rod Schaub, Frontier District Extension agent, at 785-828-4438 or rschaub@ksu.edu.

Punches earns spot on president’s honor roll at CCCC

Cloud County Community College has announced that Emily Punches, Burlingame, Kan., is among students on the college’s fall 2022 President’s Honor Roll. To be named to this honor roll, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours of college coursework and earned a semester grade point average of 3.9-4.0.

Blake Treinen, 2020 World Series Champion, hometown hero, comes home for Christmas

Blake Treinen, Osage City hero and World Series Champion pitcher, talks to the crowd gathered Dec. 23, 2022, at Osage County Senior Center, Osage City. Osage City Chamber of Commerce photo.

World Series Champion Blake Treinen and his family came back to the Osage City, Kan., area to be with family for the Christmas holiday, and the Osage City Chamber of Commerce hosted an open house in Blake’s honor. Everyone in the area was invited to the meet and greet and question and answer session, Dec. 23, 2022, at the Osage County Senior Center. A group of all ages braved the bitter cold to come listen to Blake’s experience as an Major League Baseball pitcher.

Along with question and answers, Blake gave a very informative journey of his trials and tribulations to reach his ultimate goal to play baseball with a major league team. His motivational speech reflecting upon his Christian faith and perseverance inspired everyone in the room.

Signs are installed on state Highway 31 on the north side, state Highway 170 on the south side, and  K-31 on the east side recognizing Osage City as Blake’s hometown.

Treinen, No. 49, pitches for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Osage City hero was American League Reliever of the Month and AL All Star when playing for the Oakland Athletics in 2018, then became a World Series Champion with the Dodgers in 2020, after having signed on as a pitcher with the team in 2019.

Vignery sworn in as Osage County Attorney

Osage County is starting the New Year with a new county attorney, following the resignation of former Osage County Attorney Jack Hobbs. Jan. 3, 2023, Osage County Chief Judge Taylor Wine gave the oath of office to Tonya Vignery as the new Osage County Attorney. Vignery was selected by the Osage County Republican Central Committee to replace Hobbs. Photo, from left, Osage County Attorney Tonya Vignery and Dana Webber, OCRCC chairman.

 

 

Information and photo thanks to OCRCC.


Happy holidays from the Willing Workers

Willing Workers’ Christmas parade float celebrated the theme of “Songs of Christmas” as they “jingled all the way” along Market Street in Osage City, front, Jaiton Bosse, Brody Thompson, and Kevin Whitmer, middle, Adalynn Wagner, Leila Wilcoxson, Kaiden Bosse, Clara Thielen, Hadley Bosse, Lena Stucky, Claire Newman, Mason Newman, and Jack Ferrer, back, Reece Wilcoxson, Avery Thielen, Paige Thielen, Elisa Wagner, and Kassie Thielen. Courtesy photo.

Club Reporter Avery Thielen

This holiday season the Willing Workers 4-H Club showed its holiday spirit in many ways to the community. During the Osage City winter parade on Nov. 12, 2022, the 4-Hers brought a colorful sled float to the street. Upon their arrival they won first place in the judging of the floats. The red sleigh was built from pallets and decorated with beautiful homemade snowflakes. On Dec. 11, the Willing Workers made sugar cookies and planned to go caroling to assisted living facilities to deliver the cookies. Due to the Osage City Schools closing, the 4-H club was unable to go caroling, but the cookies were still delivered for the residents to enjoy.

Willing Workers 4-H Club would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

LTE: Republican legislators put politics and party over people

Dear Editor,

Governor Kelly, with support from Democratic legislators, attempted to pass a bill in 2022 to lower the tax on food to zero starting in January 2023. Kansas has one of the highest state sales tax rates on food in the country.

Since recovering from the failed Brownback experiment, the state of Kansas has recovered and exceeded revenue expectations for 26 straight months. The rainy day fund in the Kansas budget had nearly a billion dollars of balance at the time the bill was introduced, and is growing. It was time to figure out a way to help the people of Kansas with the new found budget surplus. Governor Kelly proposed lowering the state sales tax to zero as a way of helping Kansans with the rising cost of food.

Because it was an election year, the Republican supermajority in the legislature did not want to give this win to Governor Kelly. Yet, they knew it would be very unpopular to block this bill that would help Kansans, especially in an election year. They knew the state could afford to do it. They knew the people could use this help. Despite this, they blocked the bill and proposed an incremental decrease beginning in 2023 starting with 2.5 percent, finally arriving to zero in 2025, two years later.

Republican legislators put politics and party over the needs of the people. Axing the food tax to zero has strong public support. The governor promised while running for re-election to put the zero tax rate back on the agenda and she has made good on her promise.

It is time to hold our Republican legislators accountable to We The People. Contact your local representatives, Mark Schreiber, 60th District, at 785-296-2721 or Mark.Schreiber@house.ks.gov, Eric Smith, 76th District, at 785-296-7557 or Eric.Smith@house.ks.gov, and Jeff Longbine at 785-296-7367 or Jeff.Longbine@senate.ks.gov.

Republican legislators are disconnected from the will and needs of the people. It is going to take pressure from their constituents to remind them who is in charge.

Chuck Torres
Olpe, Kan.

ECAT offers heartfelt thanks to community for holiday generosity

With heartfelt thanks ECAT once again has been humbled by the generous outpouring of support we received from the community, businesses, clubs, USD 420, churches and individuals. Individuals not just from Osage City – some who grew up here and now make their home in other states yet still claim Osage City as their home, and others who have no connection to Osage City other than knowing about ECAT programs and want to be a part of helping those less fortunate.

Thank you to the churches, clubs, individuals from Osage City and other cities who called to adopt children. Adopting a family requires finding time to shop, wrap the gifts and meet the ECAT timeframe for distribution, all done while taking care of their own busy lives. It is a huge commitment during the busiest time of the year. Thank you to everyone who adopted children. There were many happy children on Christmas Day.

ECAT is blessed with the wonderful support we continue to receive from the community and outside supporters. Schools, churches, and businesses have food drives throughout the year, and many churches and businesses have food drives for our Thanksgiving and Christmas special food boxes.

ECAT is looking forward to 2023 knowing that our food pantry will be well stocked with no one going without food thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

Ecumenical Christian Action Team volunteers and board

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