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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 More »

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. More »

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 More »

Eat Well to Be Well:Letting go of the ‘all or nothing’ approach to nutrition

An “all or nothing” mindset about nutrition may sabotage your health goals We all have that friend who’s always making comments about their food intake such as, “I really More »

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, July 9 – July 15, 2021

The following information was compiled July 9 to July 15, 2021, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, July 11 – July 16, 2021

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

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):

Help Wanted: Marilynn’s seeks evening dishwasher and wait staff

Marilynn’s Restaurant in Osage City is hiring for evening dishwasher and wait staff. For more information, call 785-528-3769, or apply in person at 1216 Laing St. (east Highway 31) in Osage City.

Paul Allen Lines, 86, Topeka: Sept. 24, 1934 – July 10, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. – Paul Allen Lines, 86, beloved husband and father, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at his home in Topeka, Kan. He was born on Sept. 24, 1934, in Malad, Idaho, the son of Paul Wesley and Ora “Louise” Estenson Lines.

Paul grew up as a child living in Idaho during WWII. He delivered newspapers to help support his family, and picked potatoes, along with his classmates, to support the war effort.

As a young man he met and married Gay Stillwagon in 1953, they later divorced. On Dec. 30, 1961, Paul married Verna Page, in Alliance, Neb., and together they raised seven children, moving to Carbondale, Kan., in 1968.

One of the most important things to Paul was providing for and raising his family. Paul worked as a manager at Katz Drug Store and Woolworth’s as a young man, and then worked for the Topeka Capital Journal for 23 years in display advertising, eventually becoming credit manager until his retirement in 1991.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Best supper at home

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“In most cases the world would be much better off if everybody would eat their meals at home.”

That’s in preference to the seemingly increasingly popular enjoyment of “going out to eat.” Now this is speaking from experience, because there aren’t too many people who’ve spent more youthful days “eating out.”

One thing certain the kid never was hungry growing up. First off being son of grocery store operators, there was always plenty to eat, apple, grapes, candy bar, wiener, whatever.

Secondly, Mom, who’d once owned a café, always made sure her carryout boy never went anywhere on an empty stomach. Often there was an evening activity to attend and Mom would grab a dollar bill from the cash register. “Go get your supper” at the café.

Well, everybody whatever age has usually liked the idea of picking out restaurant food from the menu. More often than not, the grocery store boy’s supper was at the Hays Tavern, or Café as sometimes known. Today completely restored, that’s the apparently world-renowned Hays House.

Hamburgers were a quarter, cheeseburgers 30 cents; French fries another quarter, and iced tea a dime. Typically splurging for the “richer” burger, supper with tax, seems it was 3-percent those days, cost a total of 67 cents. That left change in the kid’s jeans pocket, which generally wasn’t returned to Mom.

Eat Well to Be Well:Letting go of the ‘all or nothing’ approach to nutrition

An “all or nothing” mindset about nutrition may sabotage your health goals

We all have that friend who’s always making comments about their food intake such as, “I really shouldn’t be eating this,” or “I’ve been so good on my diet lately,” or maybe they might say, “I’ll get back on track Monday after my ‘cheat’ weekend.”

Comments like these are often a way for people to rationalize eating certain foods they deem as “bad” by saying how “good” they’ve been, vowing to get back on schedule soon. These same individuals often live by an “all or nothing” attitude in regards to dieting or losing weight. They will tell themselves they can never eat cake, candy, fried food, or any favorite foods again, hence a set-up for an all or nothing way of thinking.

Unfortunately, pledging to give up certain foods is problematic and unrealistic to follow. There is always going to be somebody’s birthday party where cake is served, or a festive holiday buffet decked out with sweets and treats tempting you away from your all or nothing eating plan. Do you have a plan on how to handle those situations?

However, all or nothing nutrition is a surefire plan for excessively obsessing over what you should be eating and how much, which rarely ends well. That’s because the “all or nothing” voice in your head will deceptively tell you “You’ve already had a piece of cake, so you might as well have the entire cake,” or “You’ve skipped breakfast and lunch, so go ahead and binge at dinner and all evening long.”

The good news is none of us need to follow an “all or nothing” mindset to succeed at meeting health goals. When common sense reigns and food restrictions are liberated allowing you freedom to eat what you want without judgment, all foods can be part of a healthy diet. Keep your focus on healthy eating the majority of time while permitting yourself a small and guilt-free indulgence on most days of the week, if not every day.

Brenda Lou Groff, 80, Lyndon: Jan. 19, 1941 – July 12, 2021

LYNDON, Kan. – Brenda Lou (Swanson) Groff, 80, of Lyndon, Kan., departed this life Monday, July 12, 2021, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born Jan. 19, 1941, in Lyndon, the daughter of Harry Ray and Thelma Gertrude (Allison) Swanson.

Brenda graduated from Lyndon High School in 1959.

On June 24, 1959, Brenda was united in marriage to Ronald R. Groff, in Ottawa, Kan. They shared more than 62 years of marriage. To this union they shared a daughter, Rhonda.

Brenda worked for many years as a receptionist for Dr. Hill’s chiropractor practice in Lyndon. Brenda also had  served as an Osage County commissioner.

Hidden History: Fostoria musician goes to Nashville, becomes a country ‘Starr’

Burlingame area native Kenny Starr, center, sings with Loretta Lynn during a 1970s era performance. Photographer unknown.

Osage County has long been the home to a strong working class responsible for building the industry in the county. These hard workers and small-town life are the inspiration for the themes of many country music songs. Kenny Trebbe, Osage County native, used his blue-collar roots and his love of music to become a shining “Starr” of the Country Western scene.

Kenny Trebbe grew up in what had been the little mining community of Fostoria, two miles east of Burlingame. His father, William, was a coal miner, construction worker, and vegetable farmer before a back injury limited him to cutting wood for his family.

Kenny got his start in music in elementary school, singing 1950s rock and soul at local venues for nickels and dimes. Some of his first bands were Kenny and the Rebels and later Kenny and the Imperials. His songs were so well received that on one New Year’s Day, he made $13.

His parents, fans of Guy Lombardo’s big band style were not as interested in Kenny’s earliest choice of music but appreciated his switch to country music when he reached his teens. By that time, he had chosen the stage name of Kenny Starr – surname borrowed from a Texas cousin – and created the band Kenny Starr and the Country Showmen.

In 1971, a 17-year-old Kenny entered a talent contest sponsored by a Wichita Radio Station. Ninety-eight contestants participated, but Kenny’s rendition of Ray Price’s “I Won’t Mention It Again” stole the show. His performance caught the eye of Harry “Hap” Peebles, a local promoter. Peebles was able to get him an audience with Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, who were in town for a show. Kenny was then invited to perform with Lynn and Twitty in both Wichita and Kansas City. Loretta Lynn took a personal interest in the young singer and told him to look her up if he ever got to Nashville, and she would help him get started.

As soon as Kenny got home, he and his mother, Kathleen, prepared to leave immediately to pursue his dreams. A neighbor drove them to Nashville because the Trebbe’s car would not have made the trip, and the group arrived two days later, beating Loretta Lynn home.

Loretta Lynn, true to her word, helped establish Kenny in the country music business. Lynn gave him the opportunity to tour with her band the Coal Miners. When they weren’t touring, she let him live in her mansion. After four and a half years of learning his way in country music, Kenny struck out on his own.

At 150, Melvern proudly represents Kansas Spirit!

Dear Editor:

Congratulations to the town of Melvern, Kansas, for achieving 150 years of township!

Since its formation, Melvern has remained a place of hospitality for all Kansans to enjoy. Whether it’s to experience Melvern Lake, prosper as a small business owner, or be a historical part of the expansion of Kansas with the BNSF railroad, Melvern’s welcoming people and community embody the heart of Kansas.

Melvern offers incredible, photogenic views, and when you’re not celebrating a new fishing season, you’re celebrating the success of the USD 456 Trojans at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School.

As Kansas State Treasurer, one of my favorite things is traveling the state to visit communities like Melvern. While a busy schedule educating our citizens about unclaimed property, Learning Quest 529 accounts, and more keeps me from being able to attend Melvern’s Sunflower Days in person, I hope to visit soon to honor your wonderful achievement of 150 years!

May you celebrate many more and take pride in being a true representation of the Kansas Spirit!

Lynn Rogers
Kansas State Treasurer

Dr. Loren Dale Tompkins, 82, Topeka: Aug. 30, 1938 – July 12, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. – Dr. Loren Dale Tompkins, 82, formerly of Vassar, Kan., died Monday, July 12, 2021, at his home in Topeka, Kan. Dr. Tompkins, known as Dale to his friends in Osage County and his family, was born Aug. 30, 1938, in Salina, Kan. He moved as a child to Kansas City, Kan., with his parents Jesse Benton and Martha Belle (Lake) Tompkins, and older brother and sister.

He met Rebecca “Becky” Lane during their time at Wyandotte High School, in Kansas City. They married July 11, 1958, in Miami, Okla., and moved to Lawrence, where Dale was pursuing his bachelor of education degree at the University of Kansas; he earned that first degree in 1963. He, Becky, and their first daughter moved to Topeka, where he began teaching at Northern Hills Junior High in the Seaman school district, known as Loren or L.D. He earned a master’s of education degree from KU in 1967.

In 1971, the family, Dale, Becky, and two daughters, started building a house in Pomona Heights, at Vassar. They contracted with Louie Hull for the building. As an avid woodworker, Dale economized by doing much of the finish work with Becky. The family moved into the house in early January 1972. In 1976, Dale left Seaman as vice principal at Northern Hills Junior High to become principal at Lyndon High School.

Ruth Ann Towne, 87, Carbondale: July 23, 1933 – July 9, 2021

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Ruth Ann (Nichols) Towne, 87, of Carbondale, Kan., departed this life on Friday, July 9, 2021, at Midland Hospice, Topeka, Kan. She was born July 23, 1933, on the family homestead at 636 SE 117th St., Carbondale, the daughter of Louis George and Cora Linia (Peterson) Nichols.

She attended Elliott Grade School, and graduated from Carbondale High School in 1951.

On Dec. 21, 1951, Ruth was united in marriage to Harry Robert Towne Jr., in Carbondale. From this union they had a daughter Nancy. They later divorced.

Ruth was a member of the VFW Post 1660 and Kooties, in Topeka. She was the president of the Carbondale Senior Citizens Fellowship Group for many years. Ruth was on the Carbondale City Council for five years and was mayor of Carbondale for eight years.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, July 2 – July 8, 2021

The following information was compiled July 2 to July 8, 2021, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, July 5 – July 10, 2021

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

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.

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