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

Round robin showman competition participants are presented awards by show sponsors. Osage County Fair Association photo.

The Osage County Fair’s final day, July 10, 2021, featured some of Osage County’s best livestock showmen competing in the round robin showman event. The Osage County Fair Association has announced the results of the competition as follows:

Senior division winners

  • Sheep, Addyson Easter, Lyndon Leaders
  • Goat, Ethan Kneisler, Lyndon Leaders
  • Beef, Grace Croucher, Willing Workers
  • Swine, Kinsley Garrison, North Osage

Champion senior division showman was Grace Croucher, and reserve senior division showman was Ethan Kneisler.

Intermediate Division Winners                                                                       

  • Horse, Katie Lowry, Burlingame
  • Sheep, Chloe Cannon, North Osage
  • Goat, Allie Kneisler, Lyndon Leaders
  • Beef, Braelyn McNally, Melvern Jr. Highline
  • Swine, Jaiton Bosse, Willing Workers

Champion intermediate division showman was Allie Kneisler; reserve intermediate division showman was Braelyn McNally.

The annual round robin showman event is sponsored by Edward Jones Investments-Robyn Williams, and the buckle awards are sponsored by Black Crest Cattle, The Corwine Family.

KDHE, KDWPT issue public health advisories for blue-green algae for 2 Osage County lakes

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks have included two Osage County lakes in public health advisories for Kansas lakes due to blue-green algae.

Melvern Outlet Pond, below Melvern Dam, was upgraded July 22, 2021, to a warning advisory for blue-green algae, while Overbook City Lake, at Overbrook, remains under a watch status.

When a warning is issued, water is not safe to drink for pets, livestock, or people (humans should never consume lake water regardless of blue-green algae status), and all water contact should be avoided. If lake water contacts skin, wash with clean water as soon as possible. During a blue-green algae warning, fish may be eaten if they are rinsed with clean water and only the fillet portion is consumed; all other parts should be discarded. Pets should not be allowed to eat dried algae. People are advised to avoid all areas of visible algae accumulation.

A watch status means that blue-green algae have been detected and a harmful algal bloom is present or likely to develop. People are encouraged to avoid areas of algae accumulation and keep pets and livestock away from the water. During a watch, swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing are discouraged near visible blooms. Areas of algae accumulation, including dried algae, should be avoided and pets and humans should not consume the water. Clean fish well with potable water and eat fillet portion only.

Signs of a possible bloom include scum, a paint-like surface, or bright green water. These are indications that a harmful bloom might be present. If these conditions are present, avoid contact and keep pets away. Pet owners should be aware animals that swim in or drink water affected by a harmful algal bloom or eat dried algae along the shore may become seriously ill or die.

KDHE investigates publicly-accessible bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency receives reports of potential algae blooms in Kansas lakes. Based on credible field observation and sampling results, KDHE reports potentially harmful conditions.

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

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

KDOT reported approximately 16 miles of southbound U.S. 75 will be restricted to one lane from Southwest 42nd Street in Topeka to just south of the U.S. 75/U.S. 56 intersection in Osage county.

Approximately 9 miles of northbound U.S. 75 will also be restricted to one lane from Southwest Topeka Boulevard to just south of the U.S. 75/U.S. 56 intersection in Osage county.

All on and off ramps on both routes are included in the projects. Ramp closures will be one day or less, and information will be posted on message boards three days in advance.

Traffic on either route will be directed through the work zone by a pilot car, flaggers, signs and cones. Drivers should plan for possible delays of up to 15 minutes.

Work will take place during light hours Monday through Saturday. Both projects are expected to be complete by November.

Hamm Inc., Perry, Kan., is the contractor on the combined $6.6 million dollar projects.

RCIL program loans medical equipment for short or long-term disabilities

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Resource Center for Independent Living Inc. works with individuals, families, and communities to promote independent living and individual choice to persons with disabilities. As a service to the community, RCIL has durable medical equipment available for loan, free of charge, through the Anita Casey Loaner Equipment Program. The equipment is provided as a service not only to RCIL’s consumers but also to any member of the community who is experiencing a short-term or long-term disability due to illness, injury or rehabilitation after surgery.

Items RCIL has available include wheelchairs, bath benches, commodes, transfer benches, walkers, grab bars, canes, and other equipment.

The Anita Casey Loaner Equipment Program is funded by Osage County and other donations. RCIL accepts monetary donations and gently used equipment for the program inventory. For more information about the program or to borrow equipment, contact RCIL at 785-528-3105.

Lyndon Methodist Church celebrates 150th anniversary by getting all ‘Rev’d Up’

Lyndon United Methodist Church’s ninth annual Get Rev’d Up All Motor Show, held June 19, 2021, also served as a celebration for the church’s 150th anniversary, which was observed a year late due to the pandemic.

This year’s event, Lyndon resident Gene Hirt handed out 172 American Flags as the cars, trucks and motorcycles entered the city park in Lyndon, which was filled to the brim with cars as the show got underway.

The church served homemade biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos and cinnamon rolls inside the shelter house, and later homemade ice cream and lunch. The American Legion came around 9:30 a.m. and Michael Kaufman, Lyndon High School band teacher, played the Star Spangled Banner solo on the saxophone. Music played throughout the morning with DJ Pat Reyle, Rock Star Entertainment, and Mike Cline and the Constant Praise Band, from Atchison, and who have performed at the car show since its beginning.

At the awards ceremony in the afternoon, 32 prizes were awarded, with a special guest, David Wolfe from the Street Rodding American Style PBS program, who presented a “PIZZAZZ” award to Bruce Mishler,of Lyndon. Show participants also were presented door prizes and monetary awards, which were made possible with donations from local businesses and organizations.

LUMC’s memorial picks for 2021 were (award honoree, motor vehicle, owner name):

Melvern blooms for Sunflower Days, Friday and Saturday, July 16-17, 2021

Melvern will be celebrating Melvern Sunflower Days Friday and Saturday, July 16-17, 2021. This year’s parade theme will celebrate “150 Years of Melvern Memories”; the parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, with line-up at the school grounds.

The two-day celebration will include a baby show, bingo games, live music both nights, kids’ races, homemade ice cream, funnel cakes, watermelon and the grand parade finale.

Here is the schedule of events:

Friday, July 16

6 p.m. – Baby show at Melvern Community Center; ages 0-6 months and 7-12 months.
– Ice cream at Melvern Community Center (FFA).
– Cornhole tournament at the City Park; $20 a team, double elimination, contact Carrie Lingenfelter to register at 785-817-1848.

6-9 p.m. – Inflatables and kids activities in City Park; wristbands will be available to purchase at the City Park that evening. $5 per person per night.

7-10 p.m. – Bingo in City Park.
– Live music with HB Drover Dance Band at City Park.
– Funnel cakes and watermelon at City Park.

Saturday, July 17

9 a.m. – Kids games and races at ball diamond.

12 p.m. –  Melvern Alumni and MdCV Luncheon at Melvern Community Center.

4 p.m. – Osage County Fire District No. 3 spray and play on Main Street.
– Cornhole tournament at the City Park; $20 a team, double elimination.

5 p.m. – Inflatables for kids – 5- 9 p.m. Wristbands will be available to purchase at City Park that evening. $5 per person.

7 p.m. – Parade; entrants meet at schoolhouse; parade theme “150 years of Melvern.” Prizes for floats: first, second and third.

7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Bingo begins after parade.
– Watermelon and funnel cakes in City Park.

8 p.m. – Live music with the Dirtgrass Canyon Band.

9:30 p.m. – Live music with the Highway 75 Band.

Community foundation awards $3,000 to local organizations in first quarter 2021 grants

Osage County Community Foundation has announced that it awarded $3,000 to three area non-profit entities for the first quarter grant period of 2021. All grants issued will be used to benefit youth and senior citizens in the area.

The foundation awards grants for long term projects that allow communities to benefit for many years to come. Through its grant making opportunities, the foundation works to bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support nonprofit organizations and others in our community. Any organization or group based in Osage County can apply for grants, but preference is given to those that are not directly tax supported or agencies that have taxing authority.

The foundation is currently in its June to September grant period, and applications will be accepted for this round until Sept. 30, 2021.

For more information about the grant application process or donating to the Osage County Community Foundation, contact Perry Thompson at 785-528-3006, or contact one of the foundation’s board members, Joe Humerickhouse, Casey Mussatto, Janet Steinle, Jodi Stark, or Mike Pitts. A grant application is available here. Completed applications should be mailed to the Osage County Community Foundation, PO Box 24, Osage City, KS 66523.

For more information about the Osage County Community Foundation, see Osage County Community Foundation: Your community, your foundation.

Sheriff’s Reports: Investigators recover motorcycle stolen from Scranton

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported that a Scranton man was arrested Wednesday on charges in connection with a stolen motorcycle. Sheriff’s office investigators and the Scranton Police Department have been conducting an investigation into the theft of the motorcycle from Scranton. On July 7, 2021, investigators located the motorcycle at a residence near Scranton. Scott L. Kemble, 50, of Scranton, was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Osage County Jail on charges of suspicion of burglary, theft and forgery.

Passenger arrested on drug charges

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported that around 3:19 p.m. July 2, 2021, an Osage County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a car stop at Fifth and Walnut streets, in Quenemo, for a traffic violation. During the stop narcotics were located. A passenger in the vehicle, Charles J. Whitacre, 31, of Princeton, was taken into custody on charges of suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a depressant, and possession of paraphernalia.

Man arrested in sheriff’s online solicitation sting

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported that a Kansas City, Mo., man has been arrested as the result of investigators’ ongoing investigation into the online solicitation of a child by an adult. In a press release, the sheriff’s office said that Thursday, July 1, 2021, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office’s criminal investigation unit arrested Steven E. Spradley, 56, of Kansas City, Mo., on charges alleging he had made plans to meet with someone he believed to be a minor. Spradley was taken into custody on charges of suspicion of aggravated human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of a child, and unlawful use of a communication facility.

Coming to a county fair near you! The Peterson Farm Brothers

What better place to have fun down on the farm with the Peterson Farm Brothers than at the Osage County Fair? The opening act of the Osage County Fair, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2021, the Peterson Farm Brothers will share their special brand of agriculture humor and inspiration at the Osage City fairgrounds.

The Peterson Farm Brothers are Greg, 29, Nathan, 26, and Kendal, 24. They are are brothers who farm together with their families near Assaria, Kan., but have become spokespersons for American agriculture through their entertaining and educational videos they have posted online since 2012. In addition to their social media fame, the brothers speak around the country, advocating for agriculture, confronting misunderstood topics in agriculture and educating people on where their food comes from.

The brothers started their YouTube channel in March 2012 with a video featuring their family called “Wheat Harvest on a Real Family Farm in Kansas.” That year they also made a parody music video to help educate their city friends about farming. “I’m Farming and I Grow It,” a parody of the song “I’m Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO, was a viral hit and received more than 5 million views in over 200 countries in two weeks. Since then, they continued to make videos and have now had more than 65 million views on YouTube!

The brothers farm a fifth generation family farm located near Assaria, homesteaded in 1882 by their ancestors from Sweden. Today they live on three farmsteads where they raise beef cattle in a backgrounding feeder operation and a small cow/calf herd, and grow corn, alfalfa, forage sorghum wheat, milo, soybeans, and sunflowers on about 2,000 acres.

Everyone is invited to come join the Peterson Farm Brothers for an entertaining and educational evening as they share their special perspective on the future of agriculture in America.

Freewill donations will be accepted.

Happy Fourth of July! Where are the fireworks?

Wondering where to watch fireworks this Fourth of July in Osage County?

Consider Pomona State Park, where Friends of Pomona State Park have scheduled a fireworks watch party at the front entrance to the park.

The fireworks will begin at dark, and will be shot from Lamont Hill Resort, across the road from the state park entrance. Spectators can park on the nearby roads, or join the watch party in the park. The Friends will pass out glow in the dark goodies and offer refreshments for sale, beginning at 5 p.m. All visitors are advised that no fireworks are allowed in the state park.

The park’s marina will also host activities during the weekend, with live bands playing 8-10 p.m. July 2, and 7:30-10:30 p.m. July 3, at the marina. Sunday afternoon, beginning at 4:45 p.m. will be the annual Fourth of July patriotic boat parade. In addition, a variety of food trucks is scheduled to be at the marina during the weekend. Boaters on the lake and anyone near Pomona’s north shore might also be able to see a scheduled fireworks show at Royal Pines subdivision on the Fourth.

Overbrook is another place to watch fireworks on the Fourth. The city is holding its annual Independence Day celebration, starting with a kids bike parade in the morning and ending with the fireworks finale at the City Lake at dark. Parking is available at the ball diamonds. Everyone is invited to walk down, sit in bleachers, or bring chairs or blankets to sit on, and to remember to practice safe social distancing. No alcohol is permitted on park grounds.

And for those who can’t get enough fireworks, next weekend, Saturday, July 10, the Osage City Chamber of Commerce is hosting a fireworks display as part of the Osage County Fair. The display will be at the Osage City fairgrounds at Jones Park, where spectators can watch from lawn chairs, their cars or the football stadium.

Overbrook to celebrate Fourth of July with kids bike parade, fireworks display

Overbrook will celebrate Fourth of July with a community fireworks display Sunday, July 4, 2021. Overbrook fireworks file photo.

The annual Overbrook Independence Day Celebration will be Sunday, July 4, 2021. The fun starts at 11:30 a.m. with the 16th annual children’s bike parade. Children can decorate their bikes and meet at the old middle school parking lot (below the water tower by the ball diamonds). Everyone is invited to watch the parade on Main Street and cheer the kids on. Decorated bikes, wagons, scooters, pets and kids are welcomed, but not gas-powered or large motorized vehicles. The parade will go to Main Street, back through the ballpark parking lot, stop at the Veterans Memorial to say the Pledge of Allegiance, and end at the shelter house at the City Lake Park. Free hotdogs, snow cones and drinks will be provided for participants. Parents and friends are asked to bring treats to share.

The day’s celebration continues at the city swimming pool, where from 1-5 p.m., kids and adults swim for free. In the evening, the City Lake will be the place to be for the fireworks display beginning at dark. Parking is available at the ball diamonds. Walk down, sit in bleachers, or bring chairs or blankets to sit on. Remember to practice safe social distancing. No alcohol is permitted on park grounds.

Police Department: Be safe when shooting fireworks

The Overbrook Police Department is reminding citizens and visitors that fireworks can be discharged in the city10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. July 1 through July 5, except on July 4, when fireworks can be discharged until midnight. Fireworks cannot be shot off from vehicles or at vehicles. Fireworks cannot be discharged in the business district at any time. When shooting fireworks, a water source should be available nearby. Children should always have an adult supervising.

Lyndon to celebrate Independence Day with a Saturday full of fun

Lyndon will continue its tradition of family fun for celebrating Independence Day this Saturday, July 3, 2021, with an afternoon on the courthouse lawn followed by a patriotic parade.

Lyndon Lions will start off the day serving a hearty breakfast at the Lyndon Community Center. Pancakes, biscuits and gravy, sausage and eggs, coffee, milk, orange juice and tomato juice are on the menu for free will donations, with proceeds benefitting local Lions’ projects. Breakfast will be served 7-9:30 a.m.

Early morning walkers, runners and bikers will want to show up in Jones Park by 7:30 a.m. to register for the Big Boom 5K. The race starts at 8 a.m., and is open to runners, walkers, or kids with decorated bikes; registration fees benefit the Elsie Stout Memorial Scholarship Fund. Contact Lyndon City Hall for more information.

Two contests of skill and talent will be part of this year’s celebration.

First is an Independence Day poster contest for all ages. Posters are to have a patriotic theme, and must be submitted to the Lyndon Carnegie Library by July 1. Poster paper is provided and can be picked up at the library. Categories to be judged include ages 4 and under, 5-9, 10-13; 14 and older. All entries will be on display downtown.

The pie contest will be a hit among its judges and local pie lovers. Judging of the pie baking contest will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday; all entries are due to the Lyndon City Park pavilion by 5:30 p.m. The contest is open to all pie makers, with a limit of one pie per contestant. Any pies that do not require refrigeration are eligible. Pies will be judged on appearance and taste, with prizes awarded for first, second and third places. After the contest, slices of the pies will be offered for free will donations that will benefit Lyndon Pride. Entrants should include the recipe, and name and phone number. For more information, contact the Lyndon Carnegie Library, 785-828-4520.

Saturday afternoon the fun gets underway from 2:30 until parade time. Everyone is invited to the Osage County Courthouse lawn to get in on the fun. Kids can decorate their bikes for the parade, and there will be chalk for sidewalk artists, fun with bubbles, and patriotic face painting. Local firefighters will let kids spray fire hoses at the house fire suppression demonstrator. In addition, a balloon artist will be making free balloon items.

The Lyndon Independence Parade will be the finale of the day’s events, getting underway at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Hosted by Lyndon Pride, the parade will take a different route this year, beginning on West 10th Street, turning south on Topeka Avenue, and continuing to Fifth Street, with music, announcer, and parade judges along the way.

Encouraged parade entries include individuals, businesses, organizations, ATVs or golf carts, kids, marching bands, horses, and others. Cash and prizes will be awarded to winners. Entrants should meet 3:45-4 p.m. on West 10th Street.

Scranton woman injured in rollover accident on U.S. 56

SCRANTON, Kan. – A Scranton woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover accident yesterday near Scranton.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that around 12:12 p.m., June 29, 2021, Merle N. Parsons, 81, of Scranton, Kan., was driving a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup westbound on U.S. Highway 56, about a mile east of Scranton, when for unknown reasons the vehicle left the roadway to north. The truck rolled several times and came to rest in the ditch.

Parsons was found to be seriously injured in the crash, and she was transported to Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka. She was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

KHP was assisted at the scene by the Osage County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Department of Transportation.

K-170 bridge replacement near Reading to close highway for approximately 1 year

A bridge replacement project scheduled to begin this week in Osage County will close a portion of state Highway 170 near Reading, Kan.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has announced the bridge that spans the Marais Des Cygnes River approximately 1.5 miles east of Reading will be replaced in the project that is expected to be completed by July 2022.

During the project, K-170 will be closed at the worksite and posted detours will direct traffic to use state Highway 99 and U.S. Highway 56. Drivers should expect delays of up to 40 minutes by following the detour. Work will take place Monday through Saturday, during daylight hours.

A.M. Cohron & Sons Inc., of Atlantic, Iowa, is the contractor on the $3.5 million project.

KDOT urges all motorists to be alert and obey the warning signs when approaching and driving through a highway work zone. For more information about Kansas road construction projects, see or call 5-1-1.

Osage County Fair to honor heroes among us

This year’s Osage County Fair will honor those among us who are the heroes in our lives. The theme of this year’s fair and fair parade, “Honoring Hometown Heroes”, was set by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce and the Osage County Fair Association to offer the opportunity for local citizens to recognize their heroes.

All honorees are invited to attend the 2021 Osage County Fair Parade and fireworks display, July 9 and 10, respectively, in recognition of their services. (Nominators are asked to advise their nominees prior to the event.)

The following categories and qualifications are to be considered for this nomination: Osage County residents who served in the United States Armed Forces; law enforcement officers in Osage County; Osage County fire fighters or first responders; Osage County EMS; individuals who have saved the life of another under heroic circumstances; individuals who lost their lives in the line of duty; individuals who have made significant contributions to Osage County.

Nominations should be submitted by June 25 to [email protected] or mail to PO Box 56, Osage City, KS 66523. A Hometown Heroes nomination form is available here. For more information, contact Jeanette Swarts, Osage City Chamber of Commerce director, at 785-249-5451, or see

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