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Crowd gathers for Overbrook Rural High School annual reunion

Overbrook Rural High School alumni students from classes of the 1950s, who gathered at the ORHS reunion May 25, included, Seated from left, Joyce (Garst) Dillon, Mary (Rappard) Anderson, Gary Anderson, Jim Goodyear, Marsha (Garst) McKee, Judy (Moeller) Martin, and Dale Fox, back, Mike Rose, Major Simmons, Carol (Cooper) Goodyear, Jim Anderson, Gale Warren and Gary Goff. Photo by Cliff O’Bryhim.

More than 80 people attended the 2024 Overbrook Rural High School All-School Reunion held May 25, 2024, at the Overbrook Public Library. This is the third year for the event.

The oldest alumni present were Calvin Caniff, age 101, class of 1940, and Ruth Ann (Ruddick) Hackler, age 100, class of 1941. The ORHS graduate who traveled the farthest was Neva (Vann) Van Valkenburg, class of 1950, from Virginia.

The reunion was planned and hosted by three members of the ORHS class of 1964. The Kansas State Bank in Overbrook sponsored the event room.

Information thanks to Sue Anderson.

Melvern abloom this weekend during annual Sunflower Days

Photo by Jeff Burkdoll.

Sunflowers will be blooming in “the great outdoors” in Melvern this weekend. The Osage County community will be celebrating its annual Sunflower Days Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 14-16, 2024. This year’s parade theme will be “The Great Outdoors”; the parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, with line-up at the school grounds.

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

Here’s the weekend’s schedule:

Melvern Sunflower Fair Days – June 14-16, 2024

Friday, June 14

  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m.-Senior food stand in the park
  • 4:45-8:30 p.m.-Wristband sales In the park ($5 bands per person)
  • 5-9 p.m. – Funtastic Inflatables in the park
  • 5-7 p.m. – Stream Trailer and Soil Tunnel Presented by Osage County Conservation District
  • 6 p.m. – Baby Show in Melvern Community Center
  • 6 p.m. – Homemade Ice Cream In Melvern Community Center (until Ice cream Is gone)
  • 6 p.m. – Funnel Cakes in the park (while supplies last)
  • 7-9 p.m. – Bob Bradley Show (Karaoke) in the park
  • 8-10 p.m. – Bingo in the park

Saturday, June 15

  • 9 a.m. – Kids Races at the baseball fields
  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Senior food stand In the park
  • 11 a.m. – Alumni Banquet in Melvern Community Center; doors open at 11, dinner at noon.
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Cornhole tournament registration in the park.
  • 1 p.m. – Cornhole tournament begins in the park
  • 3-4 p.m. – Spray & Play on Main Street provided by Melvern Fire Department.
  • 4:45-8:30 p.m. – Wristband sates in the park ($5 bands per person)
  • 5-9 p.m. – Funtastic Inflatables in the park
  • 7 p.m. – Parade; theme “The Great Outdoors”. Line up at 6:30. Prizes for top three floats.
  • 7:30 p.m. – Funnel cakes in the park (while supplies last)
  • 7:30-9 p.m. – Stream trailer and soil tunnel presented by Osage County Conservation District
  • 7:30 p.m. – Homemade ice cream in Melvern Community Center (until ice cream is gone)
  • 8 -10 p.m. – Bingo in the park
  • 8:30 -10:30 p.m. – Classic Country Inc. band in the park

Sunday, June 16

  • 10:30 a.m. Community church service in Melvern Community Center

Lyndon Library starts up summer reading program for all ages

The Lyndon Carnegie Library’s summer reading program began this week and has activities going on daily Monday through Thursday.

Children’s reading room at Lyndon Carnegie Library.

The reading program schedule is:

  • 10-11 a.m. Monday – Pre-K
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday – 1st-3rd grade
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday – Family program
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday – 4th-7th grades
  • 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday – 8th grade to adult programs.

For more information, contact librarian Genea Reynolds at 785-828-4520, or stop by the library at 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, Kan.

Overbrook Overlook: OPD advises to beware, springtime brings car burglaries

The Overbrook Police Department is reminding citizens that the number of vehicle burglaries traditionally rise in the spring and summer. Citizens are advised to always be sure to remove valuables from your vehicle and lock it. Did you know the Overbrook Police Department has certified child car seat safety technicians? If you need your children’s safety seats inspected or installed, call 785-665-7230 to make an appointment.

The date and time of Overbrook Municipal Court is changing. Court will now be held at 10:30 a.m. the third Friday of each month, with the change taking effect in May.

Feral cat program underway in community

The Overbrook community trap, neuter, and release program has complete training for trapping and care of feral cats in the community. For more information, or anybody who would like to be a part of the program, call 785-665-7230.

Overbrook Historical Society speakers

The Overbrook Historical Society 2024 speaker series continues with Jim Coffman sharing the story of the painting he created that depicts an early scene of downtown Overbrook, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2024, at the Overbrook Public Library.

Beginning the series last month, George Blackwood was scheduled to speak about his heritage and bead work.

Mike O’Bryhim will finish the series at 6:30 p.m. June 27, when he will speak about his new book, “Once Upon a Time in the Land of Overbrook”.

Osage County Cemeteries: Map and list

No Name No. 8 Cemetery, near Lamont Hill. Photo by Jan Williams.

In cooperation with the Osage County Historical Society, Osage County News has published online a list of Osage County cemeteries and their locations. The historical society had previously published similar information in a brochure, and volunteers of the society updated the list.

Osage County News has also created a map that shows the general locations of the cemeteries, which are listed with directions on the reverse side of the map. A printable version of the two-page map and cemetery list is available here.

When visiting the cemeteries listed, visitors are advised that some are on private property and property owners’ privacy should be respected. Not all cemeteries are located on all-weather roads, and some are in remote locations in Osage County; visitors should watch weather conditions and be aware of possible road hazards. Use of a highway map or GPS device to assist with navigation when trying to locate cemeteries is also advised.

Osage City’s Got It: Osage City Library is more than just books

Osage City Public Library, 2024. Courtesy photo.

Submitted by Jeanette Swarts

Along with the town itself, the Osage City Library has a very historic past. The Sorosis Club, a women’s literary group, established the library in 1922. They developed a collection by pushing baby buggies around town to gather books.

In the mid 1920s, Edward Lieber donated money to build the first library at 214 S. Sixth St. The Sorosis Club consisted of 26 members; each member volunteered two weeks of their time to operate the library up until 1969. The library had outgrown their club and it became a public supported library in 1970.

With community support, a new library was built in 2000 and the Lieber Library became the Osage City Public Library. A community room, which can be rented, was added in 2016. A plaque honoring the Sorosis Club’s years of service was put on display in the library.

The library’s motto is “More than just books” and is very fitting. The library has a collection that loans out not only books, but a variety of items including audiobooks, cake pans, magazines, movies and television shows, music CDs, puzzles, and video games. The audiobook collection includes CDs, but also Playaways and Wonderbooks. Customers of the library also have access to Flipster, Hoopla and Libby; all are digital borrowing services that provide access to ebooks, digital audiobooks, music, movies, tv shows and magazines for users to enjoy free.

The library provides a variety of programs and services for all ages. During the school year, story time is held twice a week for those five and younger; programs for school age children are held after school on Tuesday and Thursday each week; and Lego Club meets each month. When school is not in session, additional programs are held. A teen group meets to work on projects for themselves and for the library, and the adult book club and bingo are held monthly. Art classes for adults and youths are also held at the library.

During the summer, the library provides library programs and incentives to promote reading, as well as providing summer meals to those 18 years and younger. Anyone needing to laminate, fax, scan or make color or black and white copies, the library provides those services. Also available is wi-fi and computers to use. The library’s genealogy collection includes local newspapers dating back to the 1800s, and Osage City High School yearbooks starting with the 1913 yearbook.

Lyndon Library celebrates gift of books and updated children’s area

Lyndon Library patron Cora Jordan checks out the new collection of children’s books donated by the Brownstone Book Fund. Courtesy photo.

Librarian Genea Reynolds has announced that Lyndon Carnegie Library is the recipient of a gift of 100 new children’s books, ranging from pre-kindergarten through early readers. The books were a donation from the Brownstone Book Fund, a private foundation in New York City that fosters early reading and a love of books, and encourages parents and children to read together.

“Come to the library to explore and enjoy our new collection,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds said the library and patrons are also celebrating its newly updated children’s area. The library received memorials from Hotch Hanna’s and Janis Mickelson’s families that were used to purchase carpet squares to put over the concrete floor, an expandable children’s table, and rolling shelves to display books and toys. She said patron Levi Garber donated his time to install the flooring.

“We are so blessed to have awesome patrons who love the library as much as we do,” Reynolds said.

To check out the new collection, stop by the library at 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, or for more information, call 785-828-4520 or see www.lyndonlibrary.org.

Osage County Senior Center: Play bridge in the morning, mahjong in the afternoon

Hello from the Osage County Senior Center and the Osage County Public Transportation!

We have some things to look forward to in the spring: Quarter bingo to benefit the CASA program on April 2; the spring craft show April 13, and the health fair April 25.

We are having classes to learn how to play bridge at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday; come down and check it out. Don’t forget that we always have our potluck lunch on the first Wednesday of the month.

I am still looking for anyone that might be interested in learning how to play mahjong, 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays – the lessons are going great.

Line dance class is every Friday at 2 p.m. The ceramics class is $5 per class with most supplies furnished. High Rollers is 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Maria from Home Town Health Care is here to call quarter Bingo at 10 a.m. every Tuesday – come and enjoy.

We are doing our shopping trips on the first and third Thursdays of the month to Topeka Walmart, Sam’s and Aldi’s. Call the transportation office to make reservations. I am open to all suggestions for activities and or outings.

See the center’s March calendar of events here (pdf).

For more information, contact the senior center office at 785-528-1170, or Osage County Public Transportation at 785-528-4906, or stop by the center at 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

Come and enjoy the fun and activities with us!

Thanks, Franny
Franny Deters, Osage County Senior Center director

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club celebrates Christmas season with community

On Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023, the Melvern community held its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club shared their Christmas caroling with all in attendance for the evening that included Santa Claus arriving on a fire truck, cookie decorating, and community unity.


To help make the Christmas bright for children in Osage County, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club purchased an assortment of children’s gifts and donated them to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office’s Toys for Tots toy drive.

Information and photos thanks to Lisa Reeser.


Burlingame invites all to Country Christmas for holiday fun

At a past Country Christmas, the Burlingame Bearcat Band joins the parade after performing during the downtown Christmas tree lighting. File photo.

The Burlingame Schuyler Museum will be open to the public during the annual Burlingame Country Christmas celebration 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023. The Burlingame Historical Society along with Burlingame Elementary School will host a Festival of Trees for the celebration. The school will be open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. that day. The museum will have its trees up throughout December. The Christmas room will feature an area for photo ops. Everyone is invited to hunt the snowmen in the museum and win a prize.

The historical society is providing a lunch counter with a seating area in the Schuyler Community Center. The menu will be a choice of Sloppy Joe, hot dog, Mac and cheese, baked beans, chips, and beverages. Serving will start at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast burritos and cinnamon rolls. The community center will be full of crafters and vendors for a great variety of Christmas shopping. A beautiful queen size quilt will be raffled at the community center. The fire department will be hosting an open house with refreshments, prizes, tours of the station, and “meet your fireman” 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The lighted Country Christmas parade begins around 6 p.m. in downtown Burlingame. The annual Christmas celebration features a full day of fun, and everyone is invited.

Burlingame spreads Christmas cheer with holiday home tour

 John and Audrey Ross’ home at 141 W. Fremont St., Burlingame, is one of the homes featured on Burlingame Historical Society’s annual Christmas home tour.

The Burlingame Historical Society will host a holiday home tour, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, during Burlingame’s Country Christmas celebration. Tickets will be available at Schuyler Museum and each home on the tour.

John and Audrey Ross and daughters Gabby, Karah, Maelee, and Reagan have lived in their 1889 Queen Anne Victorian home at 141 W. Fremont St. for four years. The family is rounded out with Annie the dog and Thor the cat.

John works as chief of police at Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority and is in the Kansas Army National Guard. Audrey is a therapist at Christ First Counseling center.

The family enjoys spending time together and watching the girls play sports and dance.

The study and den is decorated formally with a classical tree; The living room tree is a “fun” tree done with the kids collected and homemade ornaments. The master bedroom is displayed as a “Cozy Christmas”, and the foyer is done in Santa Clauses.

Happy Thanksgiving from Osage County Senior Center

Hello from the Osage County Senior Center and the Osage County Public Transportation – where things are happening.

We will be closed Nov. 23 and 24 for Thanksgiving, so we want to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Our potluck will be at noon Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023. It will be the center’s Christmas meal with turkey and ham furnished. Everyone is encouraged to bring a side dish and join us for food, music and good company.

We are trying to learn line dancing every Tuesday at 2 p.m.; come join us, it will be interesting. The ceramics class is up and going it is $5 per class, most supplies are furnished. High Rollers is on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 2 p.m. Maria, from Home Town Health Care, is here to call quarter bingo every Tuesday at 10 a.m.

We are going to the casino on Nov. 28, leaving at 9 a.m. Call now for reservations.

We are doing our shopping trips on the first and third Thursdays of the month, going to Topeka Walmart, Sam’s and Aldi’s. Riders need to call public transportation to make reservations.

Anyone who is in need of walkers or wheel chairs should check with the center, as we do have quite a few to give out.

I am open to all suggestions for activities and or outings.

The center can be rented for events. The rental price will be going up the first of January to $75 a day.

Come and enjoy the fun and activities with us!

For more information, contact the center at 604 Market St., Osage City, or call the office at 785-528-1170, or public transportation at 785-528-4906.

Thanks, Franny
Franny Deters, Osage County Senior Center director

St. Patrick’s to celebrate its Scranton history by opening 106-year-old time capsule

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church will celebrate its 168 years of history in Scranton, Kan., with the opening of a 106-year-old time capsule that was placed when the congregation’s second church was built in 1917. St. Patrick’s is inviting the public to the opening of the time capsule, which had been sealed in the cornerstone of the church at 302 S. Boyle St., Scranton. The public is invited to the time capsule opening, which will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, at Scranton Attendance Center, 104 S. Burlingame Ave., Scranton.

Opening of the 106-year-old time capsule will also be part of the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the dedication of the new and current church building at 400 E. Bracken St.

Beginning in 1855, Mass was held in various homes in Scranton, the courthouse in Burlingame, and homes in Carbondale, before a small wooden church was built in Scranton in 1877. This church was torn down and replaced with a larger brick building in 1917. When the brick church was built, parishioners place a sealed copper box that contained the history of Scranton and St. Patrick’s Church, daily newspapers from Scranton and other areas, and various other items and hallmarks, beneath the cornerstone.

In 2018, due to the former church’s foundational problems, a new church was built. When the old church building was torn down, the time capsule was removed and placed in storage.

The time capsule opening ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, but doors will be open 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Scranton Attendance Center for browsing and reminiscing on St Patrick’s Catholic Church’s 168 years of history in the Scranton area. The sharing of memories, generational stories, and photos will be appreciated.

For more information, contact St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 785-793-2735, or 400 E. Bracken St., Scranton, KS 66537.

Osage County Senior Center: Breakfast, lunch and shopping trips scheduled

Hello from the Osage County Senior Center and the Osage County Public Transportation. I am sad to say that we did not place in the Sunflower and Scarecrow Contest at the Kansas State Fair.

The Sewing Chicks have a beautiful fall quilt up for a raffle, so stop in and get your tickets. Don’t forget the potluck lunch on Oct. 4; we eat at noon. A blood drive is 2-6 p.m. Oct. 5; donors are encouraged to stop in a sign up.

The Breakfast Club is going to Lamont Hill at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 13. The Lunch Bunch is going to Smoked Creations, in Ottawa, at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27. We are taking a bus to the senior fair in Emporia on Oct. 18. Anyone interested in going should give us a call to get your name on the list. Shopping trips to Topeka are on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Call to make reservations.

On Oct. 26, John McGrath will be here to help with choosing the right Medicare Supplement plan. He will be available 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; stop in and make the right plan for you. Herms Foot care is here Oct. 19 and 24.

We are going to try and learn to Line Dance every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Come join us, it will be interesting. The ceramics class is up and going it is $4 per class, with most supplies furnished.

High Rollers is 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday. Home Town Health Care is here to call quarter Bingo at 10 a.m. every Tuesday; all invited to come and enjoy.

The senior center is in need of donations of buttons and lace. If anyone has any they would like to donate, we would love to have them.

I am open to all suggestions for activities and or outings. Don’t forget that we rent out the center for events that need larger accommodations. Come and enjoy the fun and activities with us!

Thanks, Franny!
Franny Deters, Osage County Senior Center director

Bow-angler breaks 40-year state record for spotted gar

BIG HILL RESERVOIR, Kan. – A lucky bow-angler from Parsons, Kan., has officially broken a 40-year state record for spotted gar in Kansas. Michael Starr Jr. was fishing at Big Hill Reservoir, Labette County, in late July when he successfully reeled in a 34.5-inch spotted gar weighing 7.98 pounds.

Michael Starr Jr. shows his state record catch, a 34.5-inch, 7.98-pound spotted gar. KDWP photo.

The previous Kansas state record for spotted gar was held by bow-angler Charles Harbert, of Arma, when he caught a 33.5-inch, 7.75-lb spotted gar from the Chetopa Dam in 1983.

Spotted gar derive the name from trademark dark, round spots on the top and sides of its head. Most are less than 30 inches long, but like other gar species, it’s covered with a tough armor of thick, heavy scales. There are three native species of gar in Kansas. The spotted gar is the smallest and can be found in the southeastern part of the state.

How state records are set

Trophy catches such as these end up as a Kansas State Record if:

  • The fish is a species recognized on the current list of Kansas state record fish.
  • The fish is caught by a licensed angler using legal means.
  • The fish is identified by a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks district fisheries biologist or regional fisheries supervisor.
  • The fish is weighed on a certified scale prior to being frozen.
  • The fish is photographed, in color, and a state record application is filled out.
  • The mandatory 30-day waiting period has passed.

Zion Lutheran Church celebrates its heritage with annual Germanfest

Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar, Kan., will celebrate its German heritage with a special event planned by members 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023. The community event is open to the public.

Members of Zion Lutheran Church from left to right, Toni Wendling, Donna Silver and Larry Wendling dressed in authentic German attire for the church’s Germanfest celebration. Courtesy photo.

German bierocks, potato salad and strudel will be featured menu items during the event. Live polka music by “The Alpen Spielers” will be provided during the day with a beer garden touting authentic German beer. Hand-crafted items will be offered for sale by local vendors. Also, a children’s area with German themed activities will be available.

There is no admission charge at the celebration, which is held on the square block area to the west of Zion Lutheran Church in Vassar.

The church was formally organized almost 130 years ago in 1893 as “Die deutsche evangelishche lutherische Germeinde ungeaenderter Augsburgischer Knfession zu Vassar, Osage County, Kansas,” translated to English, “The German Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of the unaltered Augsburg Confession.”

However, the beginnings of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church were in 1884. Several Lutheran families in the area of the not yet organized town of Vassar, which was platted in 1886, requested that the Lutheran minister Rev. F. Pennekamp from St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Topeka, Kan., come to preach God’s Word and baptize their children.

Chamber Chatter: Crouchers earn yard of month award for July

Even with the lack of rain and the hot days, many of the homes landscaping have been kept up with many hours of attention. Each month, the Chamber selects a yard to show appreciation of the beauty and hard work by the homeowners. The honorees receive $25 in Chamber Bucks to be used at an Osage City participating business. Announced as July’s winner was Gregg and Cheryl Croucher’s yard, at 834 Main St., Osage City. The beauty of their floral arrangements extends from the front of their home around to their back yard. The back yard includes a neatly kept garden, floral arrangements surrounding the house and out building. Gregg and Cheryl have lived in their home for 18 years.

Ribbon cuttings mark progress in area business community

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has been busy in the last month with ribbon cuttings celebrating new business ownership, renovations and reopenings.

June 28, 2023, COF Training Services held a grand opening of its newly renovated facility, which updated accommodations for individuals served. Renovations included a kitchen, alternative day programing area, updated restrooms, laundry facility, arts and crafts, exercise areas and contract work area.

New owners Kent and Erin Schaper cut the ribbon at Osage Building Materials.

Under new ownership, Osage Building Materials held a grand reopening and ribbon cutting on June 29, 2023. Kent and Erin Schaper are new owners of the Osage City hardware store and lumber yard. They also own Arrowhead Hardware, in Baldwin City. Kent and Erin said they are excited to be a part of the community and look forward to serving customers throughout Osage County for years to come. The event included a discount off all in stock, in store merchandise, participants enjoyed ice cream, give aways, refreshments, special offers and balloons.

Henry’s Coffee House: Owner Nathan Willis, center, with Chamber members Roger Mersmann and Joe Humerickhouse.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting July 6, 2023, for its newest member, Henry’s Coffee House. Henry’s is not a brand new business, having been open at 413 Market St. for a little more than two years. Joining the Chamber marks a milestone in Henry’s efforts to expand its business and make itself a central gathering spot for the community. Henry’s has added more food items to its lineup and has expanded its hours to be open seven days a week, and has future plans to expand to a larger space.


From the director: ‘You’re never too old to learn something new’

I invited Chamber members to submit an interesting fact about their business for me to include in my “Did You Know” article for this month. I had several responses and look forward to sharing them with you.

KDHE lifts blue green algae health advisory for Pomona Lake

POMONA LAKE, Kan. – A blue green algae public health advisory for Pomona Lake has been lifted after the Osage County lake had been under a warning status since June 8, 2023. Blue green algae advisories are lifted when cell densities and toxin concentrations dissipate to levels below watch thresholds.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks usually update public health advisories weekly. Pomona Lake’s warning advisory was lifted June 22.

Harmful algal blooms can look like foam, scum or paint floating on the water and be colored blue, bright green, brown or red. Blooms can develop rapidly. If the water appears suspicious or there is decaying algae on the shore, avoid contact and keep dogs away. These toxins can be absorbed by ingestion, inhalation of aerosols and even skin contact. Symptoms vary depending upon the type of exposure (such as direct contact, ingestion, inhalation) but can include rash, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, sore throat, and headache. Anyone or dogs that come into contact with algae should rinse the area with clean, fresh water. Suspected HAB-related health incidents, whether human or animal, regardless of season, should be reported at kdhe.ks.gov/1163.

Kansas lakes listed on the warning list this week are Cedar Lake, Johnson County, Harvey County East Lake, Harvey County, Lake Afton, Sedgwick County, Marion Lake (Reservoir), Marion County, Lovewell Lake (Reservoir), Jewell County, Webster Lake (Reservoir), Rooks County, and Wellington Lake, Sumner County. Under watch status are Augusta Santa Fe Lake, Butler County, Dorner Park Lake, Sedgwick County, and Lake Parsons, Neosho County.

A hazard status indicates that a harmful algal bloom is present, and extreme conditions exist. A warning status indicates that conditions are unsafe for human and pet exposure; contact with the water should be avoided. A watch status means that blue-green algae have been detected and a harmful algal bloom is present or likely to develop.

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