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Tanner James Banks, 32, Osage City: Dec. 21, 1989 – Sept. 23, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Tanner James Banks, 32, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at Olathe Hospice House, Olathe, Kan. Tanner was born Dec. 21, 1989, in Emporia, Kan., the son of James Richard Banks Jr. and Shirley (Tabares) Banks.

He attended school in Osage City, Kan. After high school, he served four years in the Army National Guard and was stationed in Djibouti, Africa, for one year.

Tanner lived most of his life in Osage City except during his active duty with the Army National Guard and time on the road for work. He worked as a tower maintenance technician before becoming a crane operator later in life.

Tanner loved motorcycles and became a proud member of the Boozefighters Club Chapter 49, in Osage County. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and coaching baseball for kids. Tanner was also a member of the Boy Scouts for several years.

Kay Frances Wiederholt, 86, Osage City: March 28, 1936 – Sept. 27, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Kay Frances Wiederholt, 86, of Osage City, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was born March 28, 1936, in Ottawa, Kan., to Harlan and Frances (Talley) Cannady.

Kay graduated from Princeton High School in 1954, and attended St. Mary College, where she obtained her degree in nursing.

On Aug. 6, 1960, Kay was united in marriage to Phil Wiederholt, in Richmond, Kan. To this union, three sons were born, Phil Jr., Paul and John.

Kay continued her career in nursing while lovingly raising her three sons.

Osage City invites all for fall fun – bingo, disc golf, and beer

Osage City will celebrate its fall festival Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, with activities centered at Jones Park. Disc golf tees off first at 10 a.m., followed by an afternoon of bingo, live music, beer garden and beer fest, and cornhole games.

Disc golf tournament, 10 a.m. registration; 11 a.m. play time, at Jones Park, Osage City

Bingo, 1-3 p.m., Osage City Community Building.

Osage City fairgrounds: Live music and beer garden, 3-9 p.m. corn hole, Lion’s Club food, food trucks. Presell tickets $25 at Osage City Hall, or some local businesses; 21 and over tickets $30 at the gate; under 21 tickets $10 at the gate.

Beer Festival, 3-6 p.m. at Osage City 4-H pavilion.

2022 Fall Festival Disc Golf Tournament, disc golf course, Jones Park; check-in and registration at 10 a.m.; start 11 a.m. Pre-registration $30 per person; day of registration, $35 per person or $120 for team of four. To register in advance, contact Shanda Koett at 620-560-5132, shandakoettatyahoo.com, or Travis Bilyeu at 785-409-7151.


As fall arrives Lyndon celebrates change of season

Lyndon will celebrate the coming of fall Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, with its annual fall festival that includes fun activities for all ages. The celebration begins with a diabetes walk and disc golf tournament, and ends in the afternoon with free activities such as aclimbing wall, bounce inflatable, pumpkin painting, and a money hunt.

Here’s the day’s schedule:

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Sept. 16 – Sept. 22, 2022

The following information was compiled Sept. 16 to Sept. 22, 2022, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, Sept. 20 – Sept. 26, 2022

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

Rural Carbondale man injured in house explosion Saturday

The victim of a rural house explosion Saturday near Carbondale, Kan., has been identified as Timothy L. Howey, 62, of the residence. He was reported as remaining in critical condition Sunday at University of Kansas Medical Center.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported that at 6:56 p.m. Sept. 24, 2022, 911 calls were received about a possible house explosion at 11600 S. Indian Hills Road, about seven miles northwest of Carbondale. Sheriff’s deputies, Osage County fire districts No. 1, Carbondale, and No. 6, Burlingame, Auburn Fire, and Osage County EMS were dispatched to the scene.

Deputies first on the scene reported the house was destroyed and was on fire. Howey was transported from the scene by a Lifesave Air Ambulance to University of Kansas Medical Center in critical condition.

The cause of the explosion remained under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The sheriff’s office asks that anyone with information contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121, or to remain anonymous, contact Osage County Crime Stoppers at 877-OSCRIME, or email tips@oscosheriff.org.

Agenda: Osage County Board of Commissioners, Sept. 26, 2022

Agenda for the Sept. 26, 2022, meeting of the Osage County Board of Commissioners:

8:30 a.m. CALL MEETING TO ORDER – PUBLIC COMMENT
MISSY KRAUSE, LAND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR – SP EVENT PERMIT

9 a.m. BUDGET HEARING

9:30 a.m. RYAN FINE, PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR – WEEKLY REPORT
KATELYN MINER, HEALTH DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR – MEDCAL CON.

10 a.m. CHRISTINE FOSTER, TREASURER-PERSONNEL

10:30 a.m. APPOINTED DEPARTMENT HEAD MEETING

11 a.m. COMMISSIONERS COMMENTS AND REPORTS

4:30 p.m. ADJOURN (MEETING WILL ADJOURN EARLIER IF THERE IS NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO CONDUCT)


County commission meetings are held at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Federal grand jury indicts Carbondale man in alleged COVID relief funds scheme

TOPEKA, Kan. – A federal grand jury in Topeka returned an indictment Friday against Todd James Lewis, 54, of Carbondale, Kan., on seven counts of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, and one count of theft of government funds.

Todd James Lewis, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office photo.

The indictment says Lewis engaged in a scheme to defraud the government by fraudulently obtaining funds from Colorado’s unemployment system and a Kansas program that provided rental assistance for landlords and tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alleged in the indictment is that Lewis submitted a fraudulent application and weekly certifications to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment for the purpose of obtaining unemployment insurance benefits paid through the CARES Act and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits program, which had been authorized in all 50 states. The indictment says Lewis created a CDLE account in April 2020, and submitted 67 weekly claims, with $57,987 total disbursed to Lewis’ bank account. The government alleged Lewis filed the claims knowing he was not entitled to the benefits because he had never been employed in Colorado.

The indictment also alleges Lewis submitted three false claims in October and November 2020 to the Kansas Eviction Protection Program, which was authorized by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly to assist landlords and tenants who had missed rental payments due to the pandemic. The indictment says Lewis filed the claims in the names of three tenants, and received three deposits totaling $12,400 into his bank account in November and December 2020.

Of the seven counts of wire fraud, three were connected to the electronic transfer of funds for the KEPP claims; the other four were for submission of weekly claims to CDLE over a time period of June 22-August 15, 2021.

Count 8 accused Lewis of aggravated identity theft for using the social security number of one of the tenants during and in relation to a felony violation.

The ninth count in the indictment, theft of government funds, alleged Lewis knowingly embezzled or stole money from the KEPP by fraudulently submitting landlord certification forms, and collecting reimbursement payments of more than $1,000 in value.

If convicted of the allegations in the indictment, Lewis could face up to 20 years in prison for each wire fraud count; up to two years for aggravated identity theft; and not more than 10 years for theft of government funds. In addition, all of counts include penalties of up to a $250,000 fine, along with restitution or forfeiture of property.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Sept. 9 – Sept. 15, 2022

The following information was compiled Sept. 9 to Sept. 15, 2022, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, Sept. 11 – Sept. 18, 2022

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

Relax on the river: Quenemo celebrates life along the Marais des Cygnes

Quenemo will be celebrating the town’s riverbank heritage with the Marais des Cygnes River Valley Festival, scheduled for 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. The day full of fun and entertainment features historical reenactors, live music, vendors, parade, dancers, and touch-a-truck. Quenemo historical items will be on display at the community center, presented by curator Mike Ragan. A Quenemo alumni gathering and open house is scheduled 2-5 p.m.. Everyone is invited to come to Quenemo Saturday and enjoy the day. Here is the schedule:

Jaime McCoy, 45, Osage City: April 19, 1977 – Sept. 13, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Jaime McCoy, 45, of Osage City, Kan., passed away early Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. Jaime was born April 19, 1977, in Garnett, Kan., to John R. Wechsler and Pat R. Schoenberger.

She graduated from Osage City High School in 1995, and continued on to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

On June 22, 2002, Jaime married her high school sweetheart, TJ McCoy, in Michigan Valley, Kan.

Jaime loved kids, which she brought to everything she did. She started her career in social work at TFI Inc., in Emporia and Lyndon, Kan. When TJ and Jaime welcomed their first child, Ashlyn, Jaime decided to stay home to focus her attention on their family. Jaime’s kids were her No. 1 priority. She was always putting her family first.

James ‘Jim’ Donald Bryan, 92, Overbrook: May 16, 1930 – Sept. 16, 2022

OVERBROOK, Kan. – James Donald “Jim” Bryan, 92, passed away on Sept. 16, 2022, at the Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. Jim was born May 16, 1930, in Melvern, Kan., to William Jennings Bryan Sr. and Sylvia Faye (Sell) Bryan. He was the youngest of four children.

Jim graduated in 1948 from Scranton High School, Scranton, Kan., and owned and operated the family farm for more than 50 years. Jim was a long-time member of Young Farmers and the National Farmers organizations.

On Jan. 27, 1951, Jim was united in marriage to Laurel Johnson. They shared more than 71 years of loving marriage.

Marilyn Hockenberry, 66, Carbondale: Nov. 23, 1955 – Sept. 11, 2022

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Marilyn Mae Hockenberry, 66, of Carbondale, Kan., passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022 at University of Kansas Medical Center St. Francis Campus, Topeka, Kan. She was born Nov. 23, 1955, at Topeka, the daughter of Thomas Allen Garner Jr. and Norma Jean (Black) Garner.

Marilyn grew up in Carbondale area and lived there most of her life. She attended Santa Fe Trail Schools in her youth.

She was an account specialist for 35 years for the Kansas Department of Revenue.

Marilyn loved cooking for her family. She spent hours watching the Food Network to find just the right meal for them, and then loved experimenting on them with her new dishes. It was really just a loving way to get them all over to be together. Being together with her family was her favorite thing in the world.

Scranton celebrates 150 years with community birthday party

Scranton’s celebration of its 150th anniversary this Saturday will feature fireworks, a live band in the park, car show on Main Street, and the Scranton History Museum on display at the school. The city’s sesquicentennial celebration also includes free family activities at City Park and Scranton Attendance Center.

Scranton was founded in 1872 as a coal mining town. By the early 1880s, the population had grown to almost 2,000 people; it now numbers 653, as reported by the 2020 census.

Here’s the sesquicentennial celebration schedule:

Osage City opens up garages and yards for fall citywide sales

Osage City is opening its garage doors, driveways and yards to shoppers Friday and Saturday. The town’s citywide garage sales are this weekend, Sept. 16 and 17, 2022, hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber has produced at map that lists sales all over town and designates which section of town and the types of goods for sale. Maps will be available Friday and Saturday at Casey’s, BP, Jerry’s Thriftway, Osage City Hall, and Osage City Library, and on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Donations received for listing sales and for advertising on the map are used for a scholarship for a graduating senior from Osage City High School.

For more information, contact Tricia Gundy, Osage City Chamber garage sale committee chairperson, at 785-528-3301, or Peterson Assisted Living, 629 Holliday St., Osage City.

Also remember you can post your own garage sale for free on Osage County News at www.osagecountyonline.com/place-your-own-garage-yard-sale-ad.

Lynda Lee Prost, 62, Osage City: April 25, 1960 – Sept. 14, 2022

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Lynda Lee Prost, 62, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born April 25, 1960, in Escondido, Calif., the daughter of William and Martha (Jacobs) Gilchrist.

Lynda had lived in California and Topeka, Kan., for a time, but had spent most of her life in the Osage City, Kan., community.

Lynda was the Burlingame Rodeo Queen in 1975, and graduated from Osage City High School in 1978. She moved to Topeka and worked at Ohse Meats for several years. She worked at Pizza Hut, in Osage City, ran her own daycare, was an assistant to Dr. Murray, in Lyndon, Kan., and then worked as a clerk at the Lyndon City Hall.

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