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Osage City opens holiday season with annual Christmas on Market Street

KC Wolf helps chorus director, Dr. Clinton Johnson, direct the Osage City School Chorus, which gave an entertaining performance prior to the parade. Chamber photo.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2022 Christmas on Market Street, the city’s annual Christmas season opener, was a success, with various activities entertaining participants throughout the day and evening of Nov. 12. Christmas on Market Street’s fun included a ping pong drop, food court, lighted parade, quarter bingo, craft show, retail poker, face painting, emergency services showcase, raffle drawing, chili feed, and retail store events.

Parade entries included the Boy Scouts, city police, county law enforcement, fire trucks, Osage County EMS, Twin Lakes Car Club, the KC Wolf,  and around eight floats and three golf carts decorated with lights, horses.

This year’s theme was “Songs Of Christmas.”

Santa poses for Christmas photos with some of his gleeful admirers.

Christmas on Market Parade winners

Floats

  • First place, Willing Workers 4-H Club, $125
  • Second place, Garretts Fireworks, $100
  • Third place, Blackston family, $75
  • Fourth place, A Place Called There Church, $50

Golf Carts/ATVs

  • First place, April Peet, $30
  • Second place, Osage City Public Library, $20
  • Third place, Chris Mullins-Washburn Tech, $10

Retail Poker Run, 63 Participants

  • First place, Shawn McKinney, $20
  • Second place, Sarah Weaver, $15
  • Third place, MacKenzie Curley, $10

Downtown Lighting Ceremony

Carter Burkdoll is ready to flip the switch to turn on Osage City’s downtown holiday lights.

Carter Burkdoll’s name was drawn at the Gingerbread House Making event to turn on the downtown lights prior to the parade.

Chili Cook-Off, 12 Entries

  • First place, Diane Rogala, $50 Chamber Bucks
  • Second place, Kim Thompson, $30 Chamber Bucks
  • Third place, Becky Brewer, $20 Chamber Bucks

Business Window Decorating

  • First place, Osage Hardware, $50
  • Second place, Osage County Senior Center, $40
  • Third place, ECKAN, $30

Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk

Lisa Bulante won the Best Costume/Sweater, and received a $10 Chamber Buck Certificate.

Adult, first overall, Jeff Lohmeyer (male); Amie Lohmeyer (female). They received Michelob coolers. Youth, first overall, Riley Jay (male); Emory Speece (female). They received Sparkling Ice Water. Both prizes were courtesy of Flint Hills Beverage.

Willing Workers’ nominees Jason and Amy Gilliland honored as Friends of 4-H

Jason and Amy Gilliland, Osage County Friends of 4-H.

By Avery Thielen
Willing Workers Club Reporter

Jason and Amy Gilliland, owners of JAG Trucking, have always been a friend of 4-H. This year they won the Osage County Friend of 4-H Award, announced Oct. 26, 2022, at the Osage County 4-H Achievement Night, held at Lyndon High School.

The Gillilands were recognized for their contributions to local 4-H. Every year he has been involved, Jason has donated his time to prepare the pit for the Osage County Fair demolition derby, and helped at the Overbrook Osage County Fair by trucking in lime screenings. Jason is also one of the main organizers of the Touch-A-Truck event at the Osage County Fair, at Osage City. Jason and Amy, who is a 4-H alumni, donate add-on money of $20 to each 4-H member who sells an animal at the Osage County Livestock Sale, in Osage City.

Because of their help, the Willing Workers 4-H Club nominated them for this award to say thanks for helping our community and 4-H! Congratulations Jason and Amy and JAG Trucking!

Dustin Stucky recognized with 4-H Alumni Award

Dustin Stucky

The 2022 4-H Alumni Award was presented to Dustin Stucky, Osage City High School English teacher. As a former 4-H member, mainly in Saline County, he served two years as a 4-H ambassador, held almost every officer role for his club, and was the county council president while serving on the council. He also served as a 4-H camp counselor and attended two 4-H hiking trips, to Mount Rushmore, and to Philmont Ranch, New Mexico. He won grand champion swine two years, won top in state for team demo at Horse Panorama (team demo involves competitions such as quiz bowl, public speaking, and presentations. He won fourth place in the nation for team demo with his sister, Tiffany.

Today, Dustin helps the community by being the debate and forensics sponsor, and high school play director. He is involved in the Willing Workers 4-H Club, and serves as the rocketry project leader. Congratulations Dustin for winning the 4-H Alumni Award.

Willing Workers members’ achievements win awards

The Willing Workers 4-H Club received numerous awards at the Osage County 4-H Achievement Night, held Oct. 26, 2022, at Lyndon High School.

Several members received achievement awards. Receiving the Clover Pin was Ruby Stucky, Leila Wilcoxson, Reece Wilcoxson, Hadley Bosse, and Claire Newman. Paige Thielen earned an Emerald Pin, Kaiden Bosse earned a Silver Pin, and Lena Stucky earned the Silver Guard Pin. The members who received their First-Year Guard Leadership Pins were Kevin Whitmer and Jaiton Bosse. Many members were recognized as record book winners.

In the junior division, Leila Wilcoxson won entomology; and Claire Newman won foods, pets, photography, plant science, poultry, rabbits and visual arts. In the intermediate division, Reese Wilcoxson won pets and visual arts; and Kevin Whitmer won plant science, poultry and sheep. Kevin Whitmer received the treasurer officer book award; and Brody Thompson received the historian officer book award. Jaiton Bosse and Brody Thompson will be joining the Ambassador Team. Congratulations to all award winners!

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club: Members plan to share Christmas spirit in December

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly club meeting at the Melvern Community Center. At 5:01 p.m., the meeting was called to order by President Braelyn McNally. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge, led by Braelyn. Historian Allie Reeser called roll, and members and parents answered with, “What is your favorite food at Thanksgiving Dinner?” There were eight members and five adults present. Allie read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read.

Treasurer Gradey McNally read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read. Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted one article to the newspaper. In historian report, Allie shared “4-H Fun Facts” about how 4-H got its name. In leader’s report, leaders Caleb McNally and Lisa Reeser thanked members for attending Achievement Night and Trunk or Treat. They also reminded members to write thank yous to the Lions Club, and that officer training will be Dec. 22 at Lyndon High School.

In old business, club members voted and approved a new club T-shirt design (Please let Lisa know your sizes as soon as possible). In new business, it was moved and seconded to adopt the residents of the Mays House in Melvern, Christmas carol at homes, and deliver fruit baskets for December’s meeting.

Officer elections were also held: President, Gradey McNally; vice-president, Braelyn McNally; secretary, Allie Reeser; treasurer, Landon Roy; reporter, Bella Reeser; historian, Levi Arb and Harper Melton, council reps, Braelyn McNally and Allie Reeser; song leaders, Khloe Rice and Gentry McNally; and recreation, Nathan Ferris.

For the program, each member shared which project they are looking forward to this upcoming 4-H year. In songs, the club sang “We Will Rock You” by Queen. At 5:39 p.m. the meeting adjourned.

Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, at Melvern Community Center.

Members enjoyed snacks brought by the Roy family and played tag for recreation.

Osage County Historical Society to document personal histories of Melvern Lake

Local residents encouraged to send photos, documents

TOPEKA, Kan. – Humanities Kansas recently awarded $3,006 to the Osage County Historical Society, Lyndon, Kan. The grant will support “Melvern Lake: Citizens’ Stories,” a community-wide oral history and photo collection project that will explore the impact of Melvern Lake and dam, which was completed in 1975. OCHS Director Lynsay Flory will serve as project director.

The society is asking the public for the submission of photos and documents that relate to the construction and early use of Melvern Lake. All items will be digitally scanned, and the originals kept by the owner.

The society will also be collecting oral histories from several Osage County residents who lived in Osage County during the 1970s and were impacted in various ways by the building of the lake.

Anyone interested in participating or volunteering for this project in any way is asked to contact Flory at 785-828-3477, osagecohistory@gmail.com, or at the Osage County Historical Society, 631 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451.

Nominating commission chooses Reynolds as new Coffey County magistrate judge

TOPEKA, Kan. – The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission has selected Kara Reynolds to fill a magistrate judge position in Coffey County. Reynolds’ new position will be effective on her swearing-in. She currently is the executive director of Coffey County Transportation.

The 4th Judicial District is composed of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties. The position was among several recently certified after the Kansas Legislature passed legislation to fund them.

To be considered for this position, nominee were required to be a resident of Coffey County while holding office; a graduate of a high school, a secondary school, or the equivalent; and either a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas or able to pass an examination to become certified within 18 months.

After serving one year in office, the new magistrate judge must stand for a retention vote in the next general election to remain in the position. If retained, the incumbent will serve a four-year term.

Qualifiers represent Osage County at Kansas 4-H State Shotgun Match

From left, Osage County 4-Hers Kiera McNellis, Austin Eichem, and Dylon Harris competed at state sporting clays shoot Oct 9.

Three members of the Osage County shooting sports program participated in the Kansas 4-H State Shotgun Match, Oct. 8-9, 2022. Participants were Kiera McNellis, of the Clover Wranglers 4-H Club, and Dylon Harris and Austin Eichem, both of the North Osage 4-H Club. All three members qualified for the state shoot by shooting and scoring high enough at a regional trap and skeet shoot held in August.

Nearly 200 4-Hers from across the state shot trap and skeet Saturday, Oct. 8, at Ark Valley Gun Club in Sedgwick, Kan., and then many returned to shoot sporting clays the next day at Shady Creek Sporting Clays, in Belle Plaine, Kan.

Eichem placed 29th overall for the weekend in the junior, 10-13-year-old division. McNellis placed 96th in the senior, 14-18-year-old division, for skeet. Harris placed 16th in senior trap, 20th in senior skeet, 12th in senior sporting clays, and 13th overall in the senior division for the weekend.

Following the event, Harris was invited to apply to be a member of the 2023 Kansas Shotgun Team at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition, in Grand Island Neb., next summer. Team selection will be announced in November.

Dylon Harris to retire from 4-H archery with 6th-place finish at state match

Harris also qualified and participated in the state 4-H archery match, which was held Sept. 24, at Smoky Valley Shooting Sports facility, Lindsborg, Kan. He competes in the senior, open/compound bow division.  He finished in 6th place overall at the event.

This sixth place finish wrapped up Harris’ 4-H archery career as he prepares to age out of the program.  He joined 4-H in 2011, started the shooting sports project in 2012, and made his first appearance at the state archery match in 2015. Harris finished 5th, 10th, 4th, 4th respectively from 2018-2021 at the state matches, earning an invitation to be part of the Kansas National archery team each year. In 2021, only being able to attend nationals once per discipline, Harris finally accepted the team invite. In June 2022 he was one of four compound archery team members for Kansas who brought home the national championship title with their impressive scores for the week.  Harris placed 9th at the national shoot in the individual scoring.  

State transportation project invests $1.85 million into Osage City’s Flint Hills Trail

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Osage City’s portion of the Flint Hills Nature Trail will be paved or surfaced after the Kansas Department of Transportation accepted a bid for constructing 2.5 miles of pedestrian and bicycle paths through town.

KDOT announced approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects from the Oct. 19, 2022, letting in Topeka, which included the Osage City rail-trail project.

The pedestrian and bicycle paths will mostly follow the Missouri Pacific Railroad right of way through town, with a detour to city streets at Fifth Street and Ninth Street. The route is along the old railway right of way from Osage City’s west city limit to Fifth Street, south to Holliday Street, east to Eighth Street, north to Lakin Street, east to Ninth Street, north to Missouri Pacific Railroad right of way, and east to the east city limit.

Bettis Asphalt & Construction Inc., Topeka, bid $1,847,358.60 for constructing the pedestrian and bicycle paths. KDOT’s project number is Osage‑70 TE‑0481‑01.

Osage County’s unofficial results of the Nov. 8, 2022, General Election

Tuesday night, the Osage County Clerk’s Office announced the unofficial results of the general election held Nov. 8, 2022. Turnout was high across the county with about 54 percent of active registered voters heading to the polls and 6,237 ballots cast.

In USD 421, voters approved two piggy-backed bond issues for school improvements, for $4,980,000 and $3,650,000, respectively.

These results represent Osage County’s totals as of Tuesday night, without provisional ballots counted. Results will be official after canvassing by the Osage County Board of Commissioners.

United States Senator

  • Mark R. Holland (D)………………………………………. 1,299
  • Jerry Moran (R)……………………………………………. 4,659
  • David C. Graham (L)…………………………………………. 211

United States House of Representatives District 2

  • Patrick Schmidt (D)……………………………………….. 1,894
  • Jake LaTurner (R)………………………………………….. 4,239

State Offices

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

  • Laura Kelly and David Toland (D)……………………… 2,409
  • Derek Schmidt and Katie Sawyer (R)…………………. 3,545
  • Seth Cordell and Evan Laudick-Gains (L)………………… 84
  • Dennis Pyle and Kathleen E. Garrison (I)………………. 166

Secretary of State

  • Jeanna Repass (D)………………………………………… 1,502
  • Scott J. Schwab (R)……………………………………….. 4,361
  • Cullene Lang (L)………………………………………………. 253

Attorney General

  • Chris Mann (D)…………………………………………….. 2,270
  • Kris Kobach (R)…………………………………………….. 3,854

State Treasurer

  • Lynn W. Rogers (D)……………………………………….. 1,804
  • Steven Johnson (R)……………………………………….. 4,060
  • Steve Roberts (L)…………………………………………….. 265

Commissioner of Insurance

  • Kiel Corkran (D)……………………………………………. 1,297
  • Vicki Schmidt (R)………………………………………….. 4,795

State Representative 54th District

  • Lyndon Johnson (D)…………………………………………. 872
  • Ken Corbet (R)……………………………………………… 2,268

State Representative 76th District

  • Chuck Torres (D)…………………………………………….. 828
  • Eric L. Smith (R)……………………………………………. 2,153

County Offices

County Commissioner, 1st District

  • Leslie D. Holman (R)……………………………………… 1,663
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 65

County Treasurer (unexpired term)

  • Christine L. Foster (R)……………………………………. 4,930
  • Write-in………………………………………………………… 304

Township Offices

Agency Township Clerk

  • Randy Chenoweth (R)………………………………………. 111
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 5

Arvonia Township Clerk

  • Donald Rogers (R)…………………………………………….. 27
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 21

Barclay Township Clerk

  • Rodney Bergquist (R)………………………………………… 72

Burlingame Township Clerk

  • Christina M. Corbett (R)…………………………………….. 72

Dragoon Township Clerk

  • Dillon Quaney (R)……………………………………………… 97
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 1

Elk Township Clerk

  • Stanley Hart (R)………………………………………………. 657
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 20

Fairfax Township Clerk

  • Keith Badger (R)……………………………………………… 256
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 8

Grant Township Clerk

  • Larry Colstrom (R)…………………………………………… 115
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 4

Junction Township Clerk

  • Raymond Kampsen (D)…………………………………….. 315
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 31

Lincoln Township Clerk

  • Philip “Rusty” Spencer (R)………………………………….. 53
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 5

Melvern Township Clerk

  • Raylen  Phelon (R)…………………………………………… 229
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 8

Olivet Township Clerk

  • Robert K. Crawford (R)………………………………………. 86

Ridgeway Township Clerk

  • Jim Shively (R)………………………………………………… 703
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 73

Scranton Township Clerk

  • Kevin Holthaus (R)…………………………………………… 289
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 14

Superior Township Clerk

  • Emilee Burkett (R)…………………………………………….. 86
  • Write-in…………………………………………………………… 8

Valley Brook Township Clerk

  • Donald E. Hook (R)………………………………………….. 540
  • Write-in………………………………………………………….. 23

Reading Fire District 1 Board Member (two positions)

  • Chris Keith………………………………………………………. 18
  • Kevin Sorenson………………………………………………… 19

USD 421 Proposition 1

  • Yes………………………………………………………………. 758
  • No……………………………………………………………….. 402

USD 421 Proposition 2

  • Yes………………………………………………………………. 647
  • No……………………………………………………………….. 519

Constitutional Amendment 1

  • Yes……………………………………………………………. 2,966
  • No…………………………………………………………….. 2,667

Constitutional Amendment 2

  • Yes……………………………………………………………. 3,927
  • No…………………………………………………………….. 1,843

Magistrate Court Judge

4th Judicial District Position No. 1 …………………….. Yes                No

  • Lori D. Breshears………………………………………….. 3,866                1,666

Supreme Court Justices……………………………………. Yes                No

  • Position No. 1 – Melissa Taylor Standridge…………. 3,378                2,240
  • Position No. 2 – Dan Biles……………………………….. 3,230                2,332
  • Position No. 3 – K.J. Wall………………………………… 3,200                2,385
  • Position No. 5 – Marla Luckert…………………………. 3,311                2,242
  • Position No. 6 – Evelyn Z. Wilson……………………… 3,325                2,255
  • Position No. 7 – Caleb Stegall…………………………… 3,594                1,933

Kansas Court Of Appeals Judges

  • Position No. 1 – Stephen D. Hill………………………… 3,469                2,048
  • Position No. 2 – Lesley Ann Isherwood………………. 3,329                2,156
  • Position No. 3 – Amy Fellows Cline……………………. 3,415                2,099
  • Position No. 5 – Kim R. Schroeder…………………….. 3,521                1,971
  • Position No. 7 – Henry W. Green Jr…………………… 3,355                2,099
  • Position No. 11 – Tom Malone…………………………. 3,311                2,131
  • Position No. 13 – Jacy J. Hurst………………………….. 3,220                2,222

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club fall update

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly meeting at the Melvern Community Center; the meeting was called to order by President Braelyn McNally. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge, led by Braelyn. Braelyn called roll, and members and parents were to answer with “Would you rather slide down a rainbow or jump on clouds?” There were eight members and five adults present.

Vice-President Gradey McNally read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read. Gradey read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read. Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted one article to the newspaper.

In historian report, Historian Allie Reeser shared “4-H Fun Facts” about the emblem of 4-H.

In leaders’ reports, leaders Caleb McNally and Lisa Reeser reminded club members of Achievement Night Oc. 26, and this week is 4-H Week. There was no old business.

In new business, it was moved and seconded to have a Trunk at the Melvern Trunk or Treat 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31.

It was moved and seconded to order new club shirts; Lisa will inquire for designs and bring it back next month.

In program, MJH members created posters to hang up at the Melvern and Quenemo buildings to promote and advertise 4-H.

In songs, the club sang Happy Birthday to Jennifer Roy.

At 5:24 p.n. it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, at the Melvern Community Center.

Members enjoyed snacks brought by the Reeser family and played at the park for recreation.

Willing Workers 4-H Club starts off new 4-H year willingly working

Sweeping the playground at Osage City Elementary School are Willing Workers, from left, Lelia Wilcoxson, Kassie Thielen, Claire Newman, Lena Stucky, and Paige Thielen. Courtesy photo.

By Avery Thielen
Club Reporter

The Willing Workers 4-H Club jumpstarted its 4-H year by celebrating National 4-H Week and 48 Hours of 4-H, and initiating the officers who will serve in a leadership role this year. The club has always been open to help their community. On Oct. 2, 2022, the Willing Workers 4-H club journeyed out to clean the school playground and paint windows. After asking for ideas for National 4-H week, the club thought that cleaning the Osage City Elementary School playground would be a great way to help the community.

The club used brooms and leaf blowers to clean up mulch, dirt and trash, making the playground look much cleaner. After cleaning, the club went to Market Street to paint windows and glass doors, saying “Join 4-H.”

Willing Workers 4-H Club thanks the businesses that allowed us to paint their windows.

Osage City has new highway: K-31 opens after monthslong closure

Kansas Department of Transportation announced yesterday through social media that state Highway 31, between Osage City and U.S. Highway 75, has been reopened, as of Nov. 2, 2022.

KDOT reports work will continue along the sides of the highway, with the project expected to be completed in January. Drivers are asked to use caution in the construction zone.

That section of K-31 had been closed since July 25, as part of the highway’s realignment project. KDOT’s only official marked detour for the project was on U.S. Highway 56, and routed drivers more than 15 miles out of their way through Scranton and Burlingame to reach Osage City. Several local gravel roads were heavily used as detour routes during the closure.

USD 421 voters to decide bond issue questions in Nov. 8, 2022, general election

Osage County Election Officer Rhonda Beets has made public notice that voters in USD 421 will have two bond questions on their ballot in the Nov. 8, 2022, general election. The bonds are proposed for school improvements, renovations, and additions. Following are the questions as they will appear on the ballot.

Proposition No. 1:

Shall the following be adopted?

Shall Unified School District No. 421, Osage County, Kansas (Lyndon), issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $4,980,000, to pay the costs to (a) acquire, construct, equip and install renovations and improvements to the district high school, middle school and elementary school buildings, including (i) new upgrades to HVAC and boiler systems and related electrical improvements, (ii) replacement of old single-pane windows with new double-pane windows, and (iii) electrical system upgrades, (b) construct and equip a new district greenhouse, and (c) make all other necessary and related improvements (collectively, “Project No. 1”); all pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 10- 101 et seq., K.S.A. 25-2018(f), K.S.A. 72-5457, and K.S.A. 72-5458 et seq.?

Proposition No. 2:

Shall the following be adopted?

Shall Unified School District No. 421, Osage County, Kansas (Lyndon), issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $3,650,000, to pay the costs to (a) construct, furnish and equip a new collaborative learning center addition at the elementary school and middle school for cafeteria, STEM lab and storm shelter, and (b) construct secure entry vestibules at the south high school entrance and north elementary school and middle school entrance, and (c) make parking improvements at District facilities, and (d) make all other necessary and related improvements (collectively, “Project No. 2”); all pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 10-101 et seq., K.S.A. 25-2018(f), K.S.A. 72-5457, and K.S.A. 72-5458 et seq.?

Vote: General Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022

Osage County Election Officer Rhonda Beets has given notice that Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, will be the general election in Osage County, Kan. Listed in the notice were polling places in each city, township and voting precinct in the county as follows:

  • Agency Precinct – Melvern Community Building
  • Arvonia Precinct – Community Building, Osage City
  • Barclay Precinct – Community Building, Osage City
  • North Burlingame Precinct Schuyler Museum Annex
  • South Burlingame Precinct – Schuyler Museum Annex
  • Dragoon Precinct – Schuyler Museum Annex, Burlingame
  • Elk Precinct – Grace Community Church, Overbrook
  • Fairfax Precinct – Grace Community Church, Overbrook
  • Grant Precinct – Community Building, Osage City
  • Michigan Valley Precinct – Grace Community Church, Overbrook
  • Vassar Precinct – Lyndon Community Center, Lyndon
  • Lincoln Precinct – Melvern Community Center, Melvern
  • Melvern Precinct – Melvern Community Center, Melvern
  • Olivet Precinct – Melvern Community Center, Melvern
  • North Ridgeway Precinct – Elms Community Center, Carbondale
  • South Ridgeway Precinct – Elms Community Center, Carbondale
  • Scranton Precinct- Scranton Community Building
  • Superior Precinct – Community Building, Osage City
  • North Valley Brook Precinct – Lyndon Community Center, Lyndon
  • South Valley Brook Precinct – Lyndon Community Center, Lyndon
  • Osage City First Ward – Community Building, Osage City
  • Osage City Second Ward – Community Building, Osage City
  • Osage City Third Ward – Community Building, Osage City
  • Osage City Fourth Ward – Community Building, Osage City

Osage County’s election notice named the persons nominated for any public office and whose names will appear on the ballot:

DEA hosts Halloween weekend National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. This bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office, 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, Kan., will serve as a drop off point on Drug Take Back Day. Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells reminds citizens that medications are also accepted at the sheriff’s office any time during business hours.

“Disposing of unneeded medications can help prevent drugs from being misused,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “Overdose deaths continue to hit tragic record highs. I encourage everyone to dispose of unneeded prescription medications now.”

A report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says a majority of people who misused a prescription medication obtained the medicine from a family member or friend. For more than a decade, DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has helped Americans easily rid their homes of unneeded medications – those that are old, unwanted, or no longer needed – that too often become a gateway to addiction. Working in close partnership with local law enforcement, Take Back Day has removed more than 15 million pounds of medication from circulation since its inception. These efforts are directly in line with DEA’s priority to combat the overdose epidemic in the United States.

DEA and its law enforcement partners collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illicit drugs will not be accepted. DEA will accept vaping devices and cartridges provided lithium batteries are removed.

Missing Clay Center man found safe at Norton

Update: The Silver Alert was cancelled at 9:06 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2022, after Bobby Bulk was located by law enforcement officers in Norton, Kan. Bulk was assessed and was to be reunited with his family.

State health officer encourages public to get flu shots

TOPEKA, Kan. – Influenza season is here in Kansas. While activity remains low, influenza cases have already been seen in Kansas.

The flu vaccine remains the best way to prevent flu illness and serious flu complications, including those that can result in hospitalization and death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends receiving the vaccine before influenza activity begins in your community, ideally by the end of October.

“Early indications say the flu may hit a little harder this year, so it’s very important to start thinking about getting the vaccine,” said Dr. Joan Duwve, State Health Officer. “The good news is you don’t need two separate appointments; you can get your flu and COVID vaccines at the same time.”

KDHE monitors flu activity, including the percentage of emergency department visits and deaths attributable to influenza. During the 2021-2022 flu season, influenza was a contributing or direct cause of death in 44 deaths. Pneumonia, which often develops with influenza infections, was a contributing or direct cause of death in 1,200 deaths. Severe influenza infection and symptoms may be avoided with vaccination.

Melvern church invites all to community fall festival

Melvern Community Church of God is hosting a communitywide fall festival 4- 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, outside on the church and parsonage grounds. There will be fun for children and their families.  Everyone is invited.

Games for all ages, guessing contests, prizes, face painting, plus coloring contests little ones.  Each child will receive a goodie bag of Halloween candy. Also, hot dogs with buns and condiments along with chips and a drink will be served, along with music and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows. 

Children don’t need a costume for this event.

Melvern Community Church of God is at 133 NW Mayes St., Melvern, Kan., and thee parsonage is across the street.

In case of bad weather, festivities will be inside the church fellowship hall. For more information, call or text Donna Fincher at 785-219-1490  or Audrey Cop at 913-215-0107.


Gov. Kelly issues emergency declaration for risk of wildland fires

TOPEKA, Kan. – Gov. Laura Kelly issued a declaration of a State of Disaster Emergency starting at 8 a.m. today, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, due to a high risk of wildland fires over the weekend with the primary threat being on Sunday.

The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria. There is a threat for fires for the majority of the state with dry conditions with low relative humidity, gusting winds, and an abundance of dry grass and other flammable vegetation.

“As we have seen in past years, wildland fires can cause widespread destruction and present a very real threat to life and property,” Kelly said. “Outdoor burning of any kind is strongly discouraged, whether getting rid of unwanted brush or enjoying a backyard barbecue. It only takes a spark to start a fire that can quickly get out of control.”

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management State Emergency Operations Center will be staffed on Saturday and Sunday to monitor the situation and assist counties with requests for state assistance.

Kansas Forest Service will have aviation assets on standby along with ground resources.

“Critical fire weather returns to Kansas earlier than normal this year,” Rodney Redinger, Kansas Forest Service Assistant Fire Management Officer said. “With harvest and hunting in full swing, there is an increased chance for human caused ignition sources. On Sunday, fires will ignite easily and be extremely hard to contain, especially in the western portions of the state. Vegetation barriers that normally slow or stop fires will carry fire easily due to the drought and low humidity. Please be aware of the conditions and take every precaution necessary to prevent any fires this weekend.”

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