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Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club: April meeting makes May flowers

Making May Day baskets at the April meeting of the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club are Morgan Young, Allie Kneisler, and Kendall Young. Courtesy photo. By Morgan Young, Club Reporter More »

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, More »

Eat Well to Be Well:Learn the truth about 5 food myths

Discerning between food truths and food myths is really hard sometimes. From excellent nutrition advice to extremely bad to downright dangerous nutrition advice, what’s a consumer to do? Since More »

Kansas City man charged with intent to distribute cocaine after traffic stop on I-35

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – A Kansas City, Mo., man was charged with possessing more than two pounds of cocaine last week after being stopped for speeding along Interstate 35 More »

Steven Brian Mounkes, 68, Lyndon: Feb. 14, 1953 – April 28, 2021

LYNDON, Kan. – Steven Brian Mounkes, 68, passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka, Kan. He was born on Feb. 14, 1953, in San Diego, Calif., the son of Eldon and Donnalee (Gilman) Mounkes.

Steve grew up near Olivet, Kan., and attended Olivet schools for his first seven years. He had lived most of his life in or near Lyndon, Kan., and graduated from Lyndon High School in 1971.

Steve had worked most of his life as a heavy equipment operator in construction. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 101, and Bikers Against Child Abuse.

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.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club shows their know-how at district club days

By Bella Reeser
MJH 4-H Club Reporter

Like everything in our current world, District 4-H Club Days were modified due to COVID-19. Participants were to video their presentation and have it submitted to the district office via YouTube by March 1, 2021. On March 15, Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club members found out how astonishing their skills were. Presenting demonstrations were:

  • Allie Reeser presented a demonstration on making Cinnamon Applesauce Delight; she received a top purple.
  • Bella Reeser presented Rub-A-Dub Dub, Who’s Duck is in the Tub; she received an alternate top purple.
  • Braelyn McNally demonstrated how to make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins; she received a top purple.
  • Gradey McNally presented a demonstration on making Bubble Bread; he received a top purple.
  • Justin Brinkley gave a speech on private property; he received a top purple.

All top purple participants were to resubmit their presentations to the 4-H district office by March 19 to compete at Regional Club Days.

Help Wanted: City of Osage City Utilities Department job openings

City of Osage City is accepting applications for Electric Distribution Lineman position. The Electric Distribution Lineman performs duties involved in the city’s electrical distribution lines. The employee in this position is responsible for performing a variety of skilled, technical, and maintenance work in the planning, construction, operation, repairing the city’s electric distribution facilities and systems. Experience recommended but not required.


The City of Osage City is taking applications for a Power Plant Operator position. The Power Plant Operator performs duties involved in the city’s electrical generation in the plant. The employee in this position is responsible for maintaining continuous operation of the generators in the plant and delivering the necessary electrical power to Osage City. The job responsibilities of the power plant operator include monitoring equipment operations for any possible malfunctions and to take corrective action should a malfunction occur. This employee is responsible for putting generating units and related auxiliary equipment online to produce electrical energy. With the development of the 1.7 MW solar farm, duties will include maintaining and operating the photovoltaic generating facility in conjunction with the electrical distribution department. Experience recommended but not required.


Applicant must meet minimum qualifications per job description, safety procedures, willing to contribute to a team environment, and can clearly and concisely express ideas both orally and in writing to maintain effective working relationships with other city employees and elected public officials. To apply, applicants must submit application for employment, resume, five professional references, and salary history.

Application for Employment can be obtained at www.osagecity.com/Jobs. Applications may be submitted electronically to [email protected], mailed to City of Osage City, PO Box 250, Osage City, KS 66523 or in person. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Questions can be directed to Kris Kline, Director of Utilities, at 785-528-3714 or [email protected]. Full position description and benefits summary available upon request.

The City of Osage City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Help Wanted: Edward Jones Osage City seeks Full-Time Branch Office Administrator-Trainee

Edward Jones is a financial services firm focused on meeting the needs of individual investor. Our Osage City branch office has an opening for an entry-level administrative assistant. Excellent organization, communication skills, and the ability to work independently are required to perform administrative, marketing, and client service responsibilities. We offer competitive benefits and a comprehensive on-line training program. To be considered for this position apply online at www.edwardjones.com/careers.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club updates: Springtime brings renewed activities

By Bella Reeser, Club Reporter

On Saturday, March 13, 2021, the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club held its monthly club meeting at Fusion Bowling Alley, Ottawa, Kan., in conjunction with the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club.

At 3:05 p.m. the MJH meeting was called to order by President Braelyn McNally. The club began their meeting with The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge, led by Braelyn. Secretary Amelia Arb called roll; members and parents were to answer with, “If you could be any Disney character, which would you be?” There were 20 members and 11 adults present. Amelia then read the minutes from the last meeting; they were approved as read.

Vice-President Justin Brinkley read the treasurer’s report; it was approved as read.

Reporter Bella Reeser stated she submitted one article to the newspaper. In historian report, Historian Allie Reeser shared 4-H memories from John Harsh and Lara Combes-Shoup, both former MJH members.

In council report, council representative Braelyn reported the council was looking for ideas for community service projects.

In leader’s report, Lisa Reeser reminded members to read over the meeting notes sheet, and asked all members (MJH and Lyndon Leaders) to stand and share what they did for District Club Days. Lastly Lisa reminded members Blue & Gold orders would be in on Tuesday, please remember to pick them up.

Janae McNally then shared with the clubs there will be in-person 4-H camp, with details still to come.

In unfinished business, it was moved and seconded to table the farmers market until next month. In new business; it was discussed then moved and seconded to have an alternative Easter egg hunt for the students in the district. Details will be determined after speaking to school administrators. At 3:36 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, April 11, 2021, at the Melvern Community Center. Club members then together enjoyed refreshments and bowling provided by the clubs.

Lillian Rose ‘Billie’ Heilman, 92, Osage City: March 6, 1929 – April 27, 2021

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Lillian Rose “Billie” Heilman, 92, passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at Peterson Assisted Living, Osage City, Kan. She was born March 6, 1929, in Lyndon, Kan., the daughter of Maurice and Lillian (Rose) Hobbs.

Lillian grew up in Lyndon and graduated from Lyndon High School in 1947. She had lived in Lyndon and Melvern, Kan., for most of her life and lived in Osage City for the last several years.

Lillian worked at Jostens, Topeka, Kan., as a purchasing agent until her retirement. She was a member of the Melvern United Methodist Church, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Eat Well to Be Well:Learn the truth about 5 food myths

Discerning between food truths and food myths is really hard sometimes. From excellent nutrition advice to extremely bad to downright dangerous nutrition advice, what’s a consumer to do? Since all of us have to eat and all of us are consumers of food, knowing the truth of how to follow a healthy, nutritious diet can get lost in the shuffle of nutrition myths – which have grown exponentially over the years.

Unfortunately, there will be those who, without any nutrition degrees or backing of science, feel compelled to enlighten us on their opinion on what a healthy diet should be. But don’t be swayed. Here are some common diet and food myths you deserve to know the truth behind the tale:

Kansas City man charged with intent to distribute cocaine after traffic stop on I-35

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – A Kansas City, Mo., man was charged with possessing more than two pounds of cocaine last week after being stopped for speeding along Interstate 35 in southeast Osage County,Kan.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported in a press release that Hector A. Corona-Torres, 23, of Kansas City, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana, after he was stopped around 10:56 a.m., April 21, 2021, near milepost 165 on I-35.

The sheriff’s report said narcotics were detected during the stop and a search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana and 2.08 pounds of cocaine. Court documents indicate sheriff’s deputy Christian Moran was the arresting officer, and the sheriff’s office K-9 handler, deputy James Cason, was listed as a witness.

The second count in the complaint filed by Osage County Attorney Jack Hobbs in Osage County District Court last week indicates Corona-Torres was pulled over for driving 78 mph in the 75 mph speed zone. Count 1 of the complaint charges Corona-Torres with felony possession with intent to distribute more than 100 grams but less than a kilogram of cocaine.

Corona-Torres was released from the Osage County Jail on $50,000 bond, with the bond posted Saturday by ABC Bonding, Oskaloosa, Kan. In an affidavit filed by Corona-Torres requesting a court appointed attorney, he stated he has been unemployed for more than a year. The court declared Corona-Torres indigent, and appointed attorney Bryan Hastert to represent him in court proceedings.

The bond requires Corona-Torres to appear at a hearing set for 9 a.m. May 13, 2021, in Osage County District Court, Lyndon, Kan.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, April 16 April 22, 2021.

The following information compiled from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan., April 16 to April 22, 2021.

Osage County Jail Log, April 19 – April 23, 2021

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

Larry Dean Lesperance, 58, Burlingame: June 9, 1962 – April 22, 2021

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Larry Dean Lesperance, 58, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away April 22, 2021, at his home. He was born June 9, 1962, in Concordia, Kan., the son of Darrell Roger Lesperance and Catherine Ann (Carroll) Thompson.

He grew up and attended schools in Concordia, graduating from Concordia High School in 1980. After high school, Larry worked for the Eldorado Motor Company, McPherson, Kan. He began a life-long career in construction engineering at Mid-Continent Engineers, Salina, Kan., and later for PEC Engineering, Topeka, Kan. He currently worked for Benesch Engineering, Topeka, as a certified inspector for road construction.

Sharon Kay Hutchcroft, 73, Emporia: Jan. 14, 1948 – April 20, 2021

EMPORIA, Kan. – Sharon Kay Hutchcroft, 73, passed away on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Emporia, Kan. She was born Jan. 14, 1948, in Emporia, the daughter of Lorne and Audrey (Speaks) Pearson.

Sharon had lived in Reading, Kan., and Emporia for many years. She graduated from Neosho Rapids High School, and attended Flint Hills Technical School, where she received her LPN license. She worked at Newman Hospital, in Emporia, for more than 34 years. She enjoyed shopping at antique stores and flea markets. Most important to her was her family and grandkids, Colton and Josye.

Marla Tucker-Lavin, 58, Topeka: Sept. 8, 1962 – April 20, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. – Marla Tucker-Lavin, 58, passed away on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at her home in Topeka, Kan. She was born on Sept. 8, 1962, in Lyndon, Kan., the daughter of Marlin and Irene (Ogle) Tucker.

Marla grew up in Lyndon, where she graduated from Lyndon High School in 1980. She had lived in Topeka for the last 25 years.

Marla received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in 1984, and she was the director of human resources for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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