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Kahler files motion in Osage County District Court to overturn death sentence

James Kraig Kahler is led out of the Osage County Courthouse to the county jail after his sentencing, Oct. 11, 2011. File photo. LYNDON, Kan. – A man condemned More »

Help House kicks off annual Soup-a-Thon; Prom Shop scheduled for February

The competition will be fierce for Help House’s Soup-a-Thon ’23! Area churches and organizations are urged to begin collecting cans of soup and sleeves of crackers for Help House’s More »

Eat Well to Be Well: Why crash diets capsize your weight loss efforts and what to do instead

Crash diets rarely last for the long term. The best diet plan is one that stresses realistic long-term expectations. One of the worst things you can do when attempting More »

Blake Treinen, 2020 World Series Champion, hometown hero, comes home for Christmas

Blake Treinen, Osage City hero and World Series Champion pitcher, talks to the crowd gathered Dec. 23, 2022, at Osage County Senior Center, Osage City. Osage City Chamber of More »

Marsha Anne Gomez, 79, Osage City: Feb. 25, 1943 – Jan. 13, 2023

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Marsha Anne Gomez, 79, of Osage City, Kan., passed away Jan. 13, 2023, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Marsha was born Feb. 25, 1943, in Fairmont, Minn., to parents Charles and Mildred (Hames) Best.

Marsha spent her childhood in Minnesota, graduating from Richfield High School.

She was united in marriage to Michael Gomez, Dec. 17, 1967.

Marsha worked as a statistician for General Mills until having children; she then stepped back from working life to focus on her family. When the children became older, she began driving the Headstart bus and later instructed math courses at Dodge City Community College, Dodge City, Kan., where they lived. Marsha and Michael later relocated to Osage City to be near their children.

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 9, 2022 – Jan. 15, 2023

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

A Cowboy’s Faith: Dispersing that unneeded ‘stuff’

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“A lot of stuff can pile up in more than seven decades.”

That’s true for many, probably most, yet others just “throw away” whatever they aren’t using regularly. They don’t have anything around that doesn’t have a present necessary use.

“If something hasn’t been used in the past five years, it’s not needed so just get rid of it.” Such philosophy is also common, yet definitely not always the case.

Financial records are important to keep for years as reference for management, taxation, assistance programs, and other purposes. Impossible to prove much of anything by word of mouth.

While there is generally no economic worth, photos and scrapbooks often have considerable sentimental value. It’s fun to remember and see how people and life change through time.

“I don’t want to throw anything away, because I might want it sometime.” Those most conservative who’ve never had much feel that way about certain possessions. A favorite worn out shirt, coat, boots, or hat might be kept for no reason except “I like them.”

Still there are hoarders who keep absolutely everything. Every building is overflowing with what is really “junk,” absolutely worthless to them or anybody else.

Still, what seems worthless to one can have certain value to somebody else. That might be as small as a pair of pliers to as major as an old car or tractor.

Ruben Marvin Bauck, 91, Vassar: Jan. 19, 1931 – Jan. 11, 2023

VASSAR, Kan. – Ruben Marvin Bauck, 91, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, at his home near Vassar, Kan. He was born Jan. 19, 1931, the son of Richard and Elsa (Peimann) Bauck, on the family farm that was homesteaded by the Henry Peimann family in 1902.

Ruben lived on the family farm all of his life. He graduated from Lyndon High School in 1949. He served in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1956 at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, serving as an aircraft and engine mechanic and instructor. After the service, he farmed from 1956 to 1966, then worked as a builder with Swallow Construction, Pomona, Kan., from 1966 to 1980, and then worked as park maintenance supervisor at Pomona State Park from 1980 until his retirement in 1996. In his retirement, he was a part-time farmer and woodworker. Ruben was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar, where he was baptized Feb. 1, 1931, and confirmed in August 1945.

On June 13, 1954, Ruben was united in marriage to Hedy Marion Romeyk, in Islip, New York. To this union four children were born, Debra, Donald, James and Laurie.

John Fremont Pickett, 88, Topeka: Jan. 24, 1934 – Jan. 11, 2023

TOPEKA, Kan. – John Fremont Pickett, 88, passed away on Wednesday, Jan, 11, 2023, at his home in Topeka, Kan., after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born Jan. 24, 1934, near Emporia, Kan., the son of William Allen and Sophia (Pantle) Pickett.

John had lived in the Burlingame, Kan., community for more than 50 years and had lived in Topeka for the last year.

John served as a signalman in the United States Army from 1957 to 1958. He worked for the US Postal Service in the Material Distribution Center, in Topeka, as a supervisor and manager and then as an inventory specialist until his retirement in 1992. Throughout this time, he also farmed and ranched.

He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church at Vassar, was involved in establishing the Burlingame Saddle Club, and loved helping at the rodeo each year. During retirement, he also volunteered at the Burlingame Schuyler Museum.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club hits the lanes to bowl in the New Year

By Bella Reeser
Club Reporter

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club met at Fusion Alley, in Ottawa, Kan., and enjoyed an hour of bowling. At 4:01 p.m., the meeting was called to order by President Gradey McNally. The club began the meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge led by Gradey. Secretary Allie Reeser called the roll; members and parents were to answer with, ‘Would you rather have butterfly wings or a horses tail?’ There were eight members and six adults present. Allie read the minutes from the previous meeting; they were approved as read.

In correspondence, Allie shared two letters; one from Extension agent Jo Hetrick-Anstaett wishing the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club a Merry Christmas. The second letter was from Don and Ann Becker, thanking the club for coming to their house to Christmas carol.

Treasurer Landon Roy read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read. Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted one article to the newspaper. There was no historian’s report.

In council report, council representative Braelyn McNally said re-enrollment is past due, please renew ASAP.  4-H Day with Wildcat Women’s Basketball is Feb. 12. District Club Days is Feb. 18, at Central Heights High School. Regional Club Days is March 25, at Gardner. Blue & Gold Sales have begun; return to Extension office by Feb. 27. Livestock camp will be March 4-5 at Camp Chipawa. Beef weigh-in will be at Overbrook fairgrounds 4-6 p.m. March 29. Small animal weigh-in at Osage City fairgrounds will be 4-6 p.m. May 2. Osage City Fair will be July 18-22. Overbrook Fair will be Aug. 2-5.

In leaders’ report, leaders Caleb McNally and Lisa Reeser reminded club members to enroll in the new 4-H year by Dec. 1. Also, we received a letter from the Extension Office, all our 2021-2022 financial reports were in order. There was no old business and no new business. In program and for recreation, members and parents bowled before the meeting.

At 4:09 p.m., it was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The Melvern Jr. Highline’s next club meeting will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, at Melvern Community Center. Members enjoyed snacks of nachos and pop while they were bowling.

Photo shows person of interest in Thursday Santa Fe Trail school burglary

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that occurred during the early morning hours of Jan. 12, 2023, at Santa Fe Trail High School, 15701 S. California Road, Carbondale. A surveillance camera captured a photo of a person of interest in this case.

Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells is asking anyone with information to contact the sheriff’s office at 785-828-3121 or tips@oscosheriff.org, or to remain anonymous, contact Osage County Crime Stoppers at 877-OSCRIME.


Linda Sue Droegemeier, 59, Lyndon: Aug. 21, 1963 – Jan. 9, 2023

LYNDON, Kan. – Linda Sue Droegemeier, 59, of Lyndon, Kan., passed away Jan. 9, 2023, at her home. She was born Aug. 21, 1963, in Emporia, Kan., the daughter of Jimmy Leroy Droegemeier and Janet Sue (Carlson) Droegemeier.

After attending high school in Olathe, Kan., she graduated from University of Missouri-Kansas City with a bachelor’s degree. Linda was an electrical engineer at Puritan Bennett, and worked for a time at KanBuild, Osage City, Kans.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and going to concerts.

Eat Well to Be Well: Why crash diets capsize your weight loss efforts and what to do instead

Crash diets rarely last for the long term. The best diet plan is one that stresses realistic long-term expectations.

One of the worst things you can do when attempting to reach a healthier body weight is to follow a “crash” diet.  Crash dieting takes on many forms – fasting, detox programs, yo-yo diets, cleanses, Keto, or perhaps extremely low-calorie liquid diets. Unfortunately, each one is unsustainable and an example of radical calorie or macronutrient deprivation, all in the name of losing weight quickly.

My take on crash dieting

I’m not a fan of crash dieting. Plain and simple. Yet, many people will still rely on these weight loss methods. And when people ask my opinion of the latest crazy crash diet circulating on social media, this is what I tell them and what I am telling you: If the diet is followed as written, there’s no doubt you will lose some weight fairly rapidly – but at a cost to your health, metabolism, muscle mass, and ability to sustain weight loss long-term.

Nutrition and health professionals know keeping weight loss off long-term after following a crash diet rarely works. Once you go off the diet, weight regain begins. You end up feeling like a failure until the next trending crash diet comes along, promising yet another “easy” solution setting you up, once again, for frustration and defeat.

Crash diets depend on selling you “quick” weight loss. They’re designed that way for a reason. Immediate gratification is motivating. You experience speedy success with a quick drop in weight, a thrilling and intoxicating influence. But, the rapid drop in pounds is most likely water weight loss. In addition, shedding weight too fast can lead to muscle mass loss, eventually slowing down your metabolism and weakening strength and endurance.

Achieving and maintaining optimal body weight is challenging. Wanting to succeed at improving your health and well-being is admirable and should be encouraged.  When the goal is to lose a few pounds, it requires understanding the physiology and psychology of how to lose weight successfully and sustainably.

However, if you follow a crash diet lacking competence and a realistic strategy, your prospect of long-term success in keeping whatever weight you lose off for good will likely be thwarted.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, Dec. 30, 2022 – Jan. 5, 2023

The following information was compiled Dec. 30, 2022, to Jan. 5, 2023, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Punches earns spot on president’s honor roll at CCCC

Cloud County Community College has announced that Emily Punches, Burlingame, Kan., is among students on the college’s fall 2022 President’s Honor Roll. To be named to this honor roll, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours of college coursework and earned a semester grade point average of 3.9-4.0.

Matthew Scott Sweetman, 54, Lyndon: Feb. 21, 1968 – Jan. 8, 2023

LYNDON, Kan. – Matthew Scott Sweetman, 54, passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, at his home in Lyndon, Kan. He was born Feb. 21, 1968, in Moline, Ill., the son of Arlo and Carol (Calhoun) Sweetman Sr.

Matthew had grown up in Cordova, Ill., had lived in Topeka, Kan., for six years and in Lyndon, Kan., for the last two years. Matthew worked as a welder and in assembly for Ernest-Spencer Metals Inc., Topeka.

On April 4, 2008, Matthew was married to Gladys Annette Ditto, in Rock Island, Ill.

Eugenia Berger, 97, Burlingame: Jan. 30, 1925 – Jan. 1, 2023

LITTLETON, Colo. – Eugenia Hepworth Berger died peacefully at her Littleton, Colo., home on Jan. 1, 2023, at the age of 97. She passed away surrounded by her loving daughter, son-in-law and long time caregiver and friend. Eugenia was born Jan. 30, 1925, in Lawrence, Kan., and grew up in Burlingame, Kan., one of four Hepworth sisters.

She graduated from Burlingame High School, and acquired her bachelor’s degree at the University of Kansas. She held two master’s degrees and a PhD from the University of Denver. Besides raising a family, she had a career as a full professor and chair of the at Metropolitan State College Department of Education, Denver, Colo. Eugenia authored the textbook, Parents as Partners in Education, that is still in use today, with revised editions added over the years.

Having been raised on a Kansas farm, Eugenia loved horses, music, hiking and the outdoors. She never avoided hard work, except on Mother’s Day.

Linda Hummel, 67, Overbrook: May 28, 1955 – Jan. 3, 2023

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Linda Y. Hummel, Overbrook, Kan., died on Jan. 3, 2023, at her home. She was 67 and died from ALS. She was born May 28, 1955, in Phillipsburg, Kan., the daughter of Bill Taylor and Delores (Wheeler) Taylor.

Linda graduated from Jewell High School with the class of 1973.

In her early years she was in local country bands around Jewell. She and her siblings formed “The Ranchhands.” She also sang in the gospel choir “The Challengers.” She later sang in the Band “Sweet Water.” Linda was also involved with horses her entire life and enjoyed the rodeo.

She attended Colby Community College and later the University of South Dakota, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She also attended Emporia State University for her master’s degree and obtained her teaching certificate.

Blake Treinen, 2020 World Series Champion, hometown hero, comes home for Christmas

Blake Treinen, Osage City hero and World Series Champion pitcher, talks to the crowd gathered Dec. 23, 2022, at Osage County Senior Center, Osage City. Osage City Chamber of Commerce photo.

World Series Champion Blake Treinen and his family came back to the Osage City, Kan., area to be with family for the Christmas holiday, and the Osage City Chamber of Commerce hosted an open house in Blake’s honor. Everyone in the area was invited to the meet and greet and question and answer session, Dec. 23, 2022, at the Osage County Senior Center. A group of all ages braved the bitter cold to come listen to Blake’s experience as an Major League Baseball pitcher.

Along with question and answers, Blake gave a very informative journey of his trials and tribulations to reach his ultimate goal to play baseball with a major league team. His motivational speech reflecting upon his Christian faith and perseverance inspired everyone in the room.

Signs are installed on state Highway 31 on the north side, state Highway 170 on the south side, and  K-31 on the east side recognizing Osage City as Blake’s hometown.

Treinen, No. 49, pitches for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Osage City hero was American League Reliever of the Month and AL All Star when playing for the Oakland Athletics in 2018, then became a World Series Champion with the Dodgers in 2020, after having signed on as a pitcher with the team in 2019.

Osage County Jail Log, Jan. 4, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023

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

Earlene K. Bockus, 84, Osage City: Nov. 19, 1938 – Jan. 5, 2023

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Earlene K. Bockus, 84, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, Kan.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Interim Home Care and Hospice or the First Presbyterian Church, and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Real cowboys wear boots

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear.”

Merle Haggard sang it in his 1969 country music chart topper.

“Cowboy boots are still in style for cowboys to wear.”

Early day and present cowboy pictures verify that’s the way it is.

Styles have changed throughout the decades, with old-fashioned cowboy boots hard to find and cost a whole bunch. This is according to a lifetime wearer of cowboy boots for seven decades with only a few exceptions.

Fortunately, Mom insisted her son wear cowboy boots all the time, which he did without choice or rebuttal. Boots were readily purchasable at local stores with a new pair at least once a year. Regular polishing was required and one set of new heels, sometimes soles too, before boots were completely worn out.

There were square toes, pointed toes, round toes, steep heels, straight heels, stovepipe square tops, short round tops, and more. Black in color for ease of care, with brown or tan preferred, but unallowed by Mom.

Still, there was always one pair of Sunday School shoes for special occasions. Plus, tennis shoes for physical education and to play in sports, which was tried very few times.

During high school, cowboy boots seemed inappropriate for a teenager coming up in the world. Slip-on shoes were purchased and worn intermittently publicly hoping to “make an impression.” That didn’t work, so back to cowboy boots ever since, except when knee replacement swelling only permitted wearing shoes.

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