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Chamber hosts disc golfers for fall tournament at Osage City

Players get ready to tee off at the fall Chamber disc golf tournament. Osage City Chamber photo.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has announced its Fall Fling Fest Disc Golf Tournament was a success. Approximately 20 participants enjoyed a beautiful but windy day, Oct. 9, 2021, for the tournament at the Jones Park Disc Golf Course, at Osage City, Kan.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce hosted the tournament with many prizes for winners, and everyone went home with a raffle item donated by Flint Hills Beverage.

Winners were determined for three levels of participants.

Men’s advanced: Jacob Wade, first place; Wyatt Orender, second place; David Hastings, third place.

Men’s intermediate: Todd Hensley, first place; Luke Orender, second place; Kurt Kitselman, third place.

Women’s intermediate: Kelli Orender, first place.

Men’s novice: Jason Butterfield, first place; Devin Trout, second place; Noah Powell, third place.

Women’s novice: Marisa Zimmerman, first place.

Closest to the pin winner: Noah Powell.

Men longest drive: Jason Butterfield.

Women longest drive: Kelli Orender.

The Osage City Chamber would like to thank the sponsors that supported the tournament and are looking forward to a larger participation for 2022.

Carbondale celebrates autumn with splash of colors

Santa Fe Trail High School KAY Club hosted a color dash and walk and a separate color throw at the Carbondale Fall Festival, held last weekend. As shown, a good time was had by all participants. Photo by Mary Burgett, SFTHS KAY Club sponsor.

Carbondale says farewell to summer with fall festival Saturday

Carbondale is welcoming the end of another Kansas summer with the town’s fall festival this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. The day of fun features a carnival sponsored by USD 434, concert in City Park, cornhole tournament, car show, color dash, and a community parade.

In addition, the new Carbondale City Library will be the site of a fundraiser book sale in the morning; and other vendors and food trucks will be available downtown. Evening events are highlighted by a “Little Pumpkin” pageant, kids’ games, a street dance featuring Departure, and a beer garden.

See the day’s schedule of events below:

Community Covenant Church celebrates fall with fun for entire family

Community Covenant Church will host a fall festival 4-8 p.m. Sept. 18, 2021, at the church at 334 N. Topeka St., Osage City, Kan. The event promises something for everyone, and families are invited to enjoy vendors and booths set up with crafts, baked goods, and more. There will be games including cornhole and basketball shootout tournaments, and bounces houses will be available for kids, along with face painting and pumpkin painting.

The day concludes with a chili cookoff and chili feed. Contact the church for chili cookoff information, or see www.facebook.com/occomcov. Send entry form to: Community Covenant Church, PO Box 126, Osage City, KS 66523.

Overbrook celebrates fair week, Aug. 11-14, 2021

Parade Saturday evening

The Overbrook Osage County Fair gets underway today, Aug. 11, 2021, at the Overbrook Fairgrounds, with exhibitor check-in starting this morning. The fair features a carnival this year, with wristband nights Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This afternoon, judging of exhibits, dog show, and sheep and goat show are scheduled. On Thursday, Aug. 12, will be the rabbit show, poultry show, and swine show. Friday, Aug. 13, will be the bucket calf show and beef show, with evening events starting at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 14, will be the pet show, kids contests at the soccer field, round robin showmanship contest, and kids pedal tractor pull. A parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, in downtown Overbrook, and at 7:15 p.m. the livestock parade of champions will be at the fairgrounds.

Here is the schedule for the remainder of the week:

Overbrook Osage County Fair, Aug. 11-14, 2021

Wednesday, Aug. 11

  • 8-11 a.m. – 4-H exhibitor check-in
  • 10-11 a.m. – 4-H exhibitor and open class exhibitor check-in
  • 11 a.m. – Mandatory meeting for all livestock exhibitors in the show arena
  • 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. – Meal for all exhibitors and volunteers (concession stand area)
  • 12 p.m – Weigh-in beef, sheep, swine and goats
  • 1 p.m. – Judging of all exhibits will begin; food for sale after judging.
  • 3 p.m. – Dog show (location to be announced at a later date)
  • 7 p.m. – Sheep show followed by dairy and goat show
  • 9 p.m. – Coffman Building will close

Thursday, Aug. 12

  • 8:30 a.m. – Rabbit show
  • 9:30 a.m. – Poultry show
  • 7 p.m. – Swine show
  • 7 p.m. – Event TBD
  • 6-10 p.m. – Wrist band night – Jones Carnival
  • 9 p.m. – Coffman Building closes.

Friday, Aug. 13

  • 6-10 p.m. – Wrist band night – Jones Carnival
  • 6:30 p.m. – Bucket calf show
  • 7 p.m. – Beef show
  • 7 p.m. – Event TBD
  • 9 p.m. – Coffman Building closes.

Saturday, Aug. 14

  • 8:30 a.m. – Pet show (Pet entries due 30 minutes before shows)
  • 10 a.m. – Kid Kontests at soccer field
  • 10 a.m. – Round robin
  • 12 p.m. – Kids pedal tractor pull
  • 5:30 p.m. – Parade with theme, “Straight out of quarantine. What now?”
  • 7:15 p.m. – Livestock parade of champions
  • 7:30 p.m. – Livestock sale
  • 6-10 p.m. – Wrist band night – Jones Carnival
  • 7-11 p.m. – Dueling Pianos, on the midway

Three Osage County lakes under advisories due to blue-green algae

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – Three water bodies in Osage County are now under public health advisories by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks due to blue-green algae. Currently, Melvern Outlet Pond and Melvern Outlet Swim Pond are under warning advisories due to algae blooms, and Overbrook City Lake remains under watch status for algae.

A public advisory warning means blue green algae is present and lake water is not safe for consumption by people, pets or livestock, and all water contact should be avoided. A watch means blue-green algae have been detected and harmful algal bloom is present or likely to develop; people are advised to avoid areas of algae accumulation and keep pets and livestock away from the water.

For information on blue-green algae and reporting potential harmful algal blooms, see www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/index.htm.

Overbrook baseball team finishes season in top 4 of Kansas

The Overbrook Bombers and coaches prepare for their semi-finals game Saturday in the Kansas Junior Legion State Tournament, at the Dean Evans Stadium, Salina, Kan. Courtesy photo.

The Overbrook American Legion Baseball Team, the Overbrook Bombers, made an impact at the 2021 Kansas Junior Legion State Tournament, placing among the top four junior league teams in the state.

The Overbrook team battled through the pool play to score a win against Junction City in the opening game of the tournament July 28; the Bombers beat the Blues 5-4 in that game. The next day at Dean Evans Stadium, Salina, Kan., the Salina Hawks knocked down the Bombers with 16 runs to Overbrook’s 5. Salina’s win helped propel them to the runner-up spot in the finals on Saturday.

Friday, Overbrook took off on another run, taking down Central-Burden, 9-4. That win sent the Bombers to the semi-finals on Saturday, where they faced McPherson’s destructive campaign, and lost after seven innings 11-1. Bomber Trenton Sleichter made Overbrook’s only run in the game in the first inning, batted in by Kyle Strother’s double to left field. McPherson later claimed the tournament title in the championship game against Salina.

“Top 4 in the state was a pretty good run for the Bombers this year,” said Patrick Graham, one of the team’s coaches. “The team battled through pool play to qualify for the semi-finals but fell to McPherson in that round. Then McPherson went on and won the state final game.

“The Bombers’ only losses at the state tournament were to the state champs and the runner-ups,” Graham said.

Graham said after the tournament, the team was notified it was the recipient of Floyd J. Rogers Sportsmanship Award 2021, Junior Division, which is presented by Kansas American Legion Baseball and determined by umpires of the tournament.

Graham said the team was notified of the Sportsman Award by the Legion director.

“He said the award is voted on by the umpires and they thought the boys were class act kids,” Graham said. The team was presented a plaque designating the honor.

The team includes Talan Long, Luke Edwards, Chad Robert, Bryce Torkelson, Colton Warthen, Jalen Smith, Kyle Strother, Trent Sleichter, Drake Graham, Theron Berckefeldt, Brodie Gleason, and Breylan Gleason; and coaches, Head Coach Quinton Sleichter, Coach Patrick Graham, Coach Jason Long, and Coach Daniel Robert.

Overbrook Bombers set sights on state tournament

Overbrook Bombers, front from left, Brodie Gleason, Breylan Gleason, Talan Long, Luke Edwards, Chad Robert, Bryce Torkelson, back, Coach Patrick Graham, Coach Jason Long, Colton Warthen, Jalen Smith, Kyle Strother, Trent Sleichter, Head Coach Quinton Sleichter, Drake Graham; not pictured, Theron Berckefeldt and Coach Daniel Robert. Courtesy photo.

The Overbrook American Legion Baseball Team finished in second place in the American Legion Zone Tournament hosted July 18-23, in Chanute, Kan., to qualify to compete in the 2021 Kansas Junior Legion State Tournament, which begins today, July 28, at Salina, Kan.

The Overbrook American Legion Baseball Team, the Overbrook Bombers, is made up of players who attend Santa Fe Trail High School.

The team is scheduled to play the opening game of the Kansas Junior Legion State Tournament against the Junction City Blues at 1 p.m. today; and 8:30 p.m. July 29 against the Salina Hawks; and 12:30 p.m. July 30 against Central-Burton. The top two teams in each pool will advance to a single elimination tournament, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The tournament will be played at Dean Evans Stadium, 841 Markley Rd., Salina.

The Overbrook Bombers are sponsored by Overbrook American Legion Post 239.

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.

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):

Frontier Extension recruits Master Gardeners for fall training

Frontier Extension District is taking applications for Master Gardener training scheduled for fall. Do you enjoy working in the garden, flower bed or your lawn? Do you enjoy people, learning new things, and helping out in your community? If you answered “yes” to these questions, the Master Gardner Program could be for you.

In the Master Gardener program, participants learn about plant biology, soils, flowers, trees and shrubs, lawn care, fruits, vegetables, indoor plants, insects, diseases and pesticides. Master Gardeners are asked to give back 40 hours of service and education after completing the training.

The classes will be Thursday afternoons via Zoom, Sept. 2 through Dec. 16, except Nov. 25. For participants who can’t log in at the scheduled times, meetings will be recorded and be available to watch afterward. In addition to the Zoom meetings, there will be three in-class meetings, Oct. 4, Nov. 8 and Dec. 20, in locations around the district, with times and locations to be determined.

EPA, Coffey County landowner, company reach settlement in alleged clean water act violations

USACE enlists EPA for enforcement action over Neosho River bank stabilization project near Burlington

COFFEY COUNTY, Kan. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Thomas Robrahn, Burlington, Kan., and Skillman Construction LLC, New Strawn, Kan., to resolve alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act that occurred on property along the Neosho River. Under the settlement, the parties will pay a $60,000 civil penalty.

The EPA alleged Robrahn and Skillman Construction violated the CWA by placing approximately 400 cubic yards of broken concrete into the river adjacent to Robrahn’s property in an attempt to stabilize the riverbank. The EPA alleged the work impacted about 240 feet of the river and was completed without first obtaining a required CWA permit. The site was on a section of the river that has known populations of Neosho Madtom, a federally listed threatened fish species.

As part of the settlement with EPA, the parties agreed to remove the concrete and restore the impacted site to comply with the CWA.

Under the CWA, parties are prohibited from discharging fill material into water bodies unless they first obtain a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. If parties place fill material into water bodies without a permit, the Corps can refer an enforcement case to EPA.

The penalty settlement is subject to a 30-day public notice and comment period. Anyone interested in reviewing the settlement or making a comment about the settlement, can do so here: www.epa.gov/ks/region-7-table-clean-water-act-public-notices.

The Neosho River traverses Coffey County from the northwest to southeast, entering the county near Hartford and the Flint Hills National Wildlife Preserve; it feeds John Redmond Reservoir, which outlets above Burlington, and flows past LeRoy before entering Woodson County near Neosho Falls.

Governor declares state of emergency for flooding; urges residents to be safe

TOPEKA, Kan. – Gov. Laura Kelly issued a state of disaster emergency declaration today, May 17, 2021, for flooding that occurred in counties throughout Kansas. The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria.

‘We urge residents to be aware of their safety. Flood waters can be deceptive,” Kelly said. “Although people often think of tornadoes as the big destructive force of nature in Kansas, floods can be just as damaging, if not more so. Floods affect many, many square miles, destroying or damaging roads, bridges, power lines and other vital infrastructure. I am signing this declaration to help these county governments quickly restore infrastructure and get things back to normal for their citizens.”

Some campsites temporarily closed at Perry Lake due to nesting bald eagles

KANSAS CITY, MO – Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, announced that some campsites at Slough Creek Park at Perry Lake will be closed due to the recent discovery of a pair of nesting bald eagles. All campsites and activity on Locust Loop will remain closed until at least July 15, 2021. All other areas in Slough Creek Park are unaffected and remain open.

Bald eagles, previously on the Endangered Species List, have increased in population significantly, but are still protected by multiple laws and regulations. Corps natural resource staff have coordinated with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and taken actions for compliance with the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

MdCV Stuco members continue tradition for Melvern’s annual Easter egg hunt

The Melvern community was able to enjoy the annual Easter egg hunt this year due to the efforts of the local junior high school student council.

For many years, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club has held the Melvern Easter Egg Hunt, but when the Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High Stuco found out this year the 4-H club couldn’t do it, they didn’t let their community down.

The StuCo spent a week putting eggs together and stuffing them with candy (with most of the candy donated by community member Lori Walker) in preparation for the big day. Stuco members felt blessed with a beautiful day and a huge crowd of people who showed up on Saturday, April 3, 2021, to celebrate the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Friends of Pomona State Park gear up for camping season; elect 2021 officers

The Friends of Pomona State Park is getting ready for the 2021 camping season, having recently electing new officers: Darren White is chairman; Susan Jacob, secretary-treasurer; and Robert Stachowski is vice chair.

The Friends’ first meeting of the year will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the Southwind Shelter House, Pomona State Park. Other meetings scheduled for the year will be July 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, and Oct. 9.

FOPSP is a volunteer based non-profit organization that helps coordinate activities, educational opportunities, and conveniences for campers and visitors at Pomona State Park. Annual dues are $5 for individuals, $10 for family, or $25 for businesses. Anyone interested in joining the Friends can contact Stachowski at [email protected], or for more information, contact the park office at 785-828-4994.

Spring car show brings relief from year of pandemic

The Osage City Police Department and Osage County Sheriff Office selected Taurance Roberson, left front, of Platte City, Mo., to receive the “Thin Blue Line Award”. The thin blue line flag stands for the sacrifice law enforcement officers of the nation make each day. The Twin Lakes Cruisers used the opportunity to express appreciation, respect and thanks for law enforcement for their service to Osage City and Osage County. Twin Lakes Cruisers photo.

Approximately 210 entrants participated in the 17th Annual Cruis’n & Cook’n Auto  Show, Saturday, April 10, 2021, in downtown Osage City along Market Street. The show was deemed a success, though the morning started out somewhat concerning regarding the weather. Mother Nature kept the rain away, and even though the temperature was a bit cool, the sun was able to break through the clouds and gave us a nice day. Everyone seemed to be ready to get out and enjoy an event after a year of uncertainty with the pandemic. The Twin Lakes Cruisers had to cancel the car show last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of the participants were pleased when they learned the car club had made the decision to go ahead and have the show this year.

Thank you
Twin Lakes Cruisers appreciate the downtown business district’s support and participation with the event. They also appreciate the spectator enthusiasm and attendance and are proud to organize an event that all ages can enjoy.

The Twin Lakes Cruisers announced the following entrants as winners of the show:

KDHE issues air quality health advisory due to prescribed burns

TOPEKA, Kan. – Prescribed burning within the Flint Hills region yesterday has contributed to elevated air pollutant levels for parts of Kansas this morning, April 14, 2021. Additional burning today will continue to impact air quality for the southern Flint Hills westward, including Wichita, the Red Hills region, and perhaps as far west as Liberal.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) will likely range from moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups, and even unhealthy at times for localized areas today through Thursday. The most significant impacts will occur during the evening, overnight and mornings hours. View the current air quality and AQI for specific areas on www.airnow.gov.

Burning within the Flint Hills occurs annually to help preserve the tallgrass prairie, control invasive species such as eastern red cedar and sumac, and provide better forage for cattle. Prescribed burning minimizes risk of wildfires and is used in managing rangeland resources. Smoke from the burns can influence the air quality of downwind areas and can be carried long distances.

Prescribed burns release large amounts of particulate matter and substances that can form ozone. Particulate matter and ozone can cause health problems, even in healthy individuals. Common health problems include burning eyes, runny nose, coughing, and illnesses such as bronchitis. Individuals with respiratory issues, pre-existing heart or lung diseases, children, and elderly may experience worse symptoms.

Steps to protect your health on days when smoke is present:

  • Healthy people should limit or avoid strenuous outdoor exercise.
  • People with respiratory or heart related illnesses should remain indoors.
  • Help keep indoor air clean by closing doors and windows and running air conditioners with air filters.
  • Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  • Contact a doctor if showing symptoms such as chest pain, chest tightness, shortness of breath or severe fatigue.

KDHE and partners continue to implement the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan to help mitigate air quality impacts that result from burning. The plan includes recommendations to minimize and disperse the smoke produced by burning. For more information about the burning in the Flint Hills and the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan, see www.ksfire.org.

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