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Truck on fire near Melvern Lake temporarily closes U.S. 75

A truck on fire July 19, 2024, on U.S. 75. Photo by Rachel Price. Update: The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported further details about this morning’s truck fire that closed U.S. More »

Osage County Fair 2 to begin this weekend with horse show

Osage County Fair cattle exhibitors. File photo. Part 2 of the 2024 Osage County Fair is about to get underway, with the horse show scheduled for this Saturday, July 20, at Burns More »

Osage City is ‘vacation destination’ for summertime parade, fireworks and fun

Osage City Boy Scout Troop 106 present the colors as leaders of the 2024 Osage County Fair Parade. By Jeanette Swartz Osage City Chamber of Commerce Mother Nature provided an extra warm More »

Chip seal project to begin on K-170

KDOT map shows the chip and seal project on state Highway 170, to begin next week. The Kansas Department of Transportation has announced a chip seal project that will begin next week More »

OCPR Update: Summer recreation is in full swing

OCPR-logo-redOsage City Parks and Recreation has a summer full of activities underway, and schedules are being made for upcoming fall sports.

Osage City Aquatic Center

OCAC Pool Hours: May 25-August 11; Monday-Friday, 1-6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 1-6pm

Daily admission: $4 (age 4 & above); age 3 & below free; age 55 & over free

OCAC Swim Pass Booklets

Swim booklets can be purchased at Osage City Hall or OCAC. 50 Swim Card Booklet, $75

Water Aerobics
Instructor Marcy Zerr

  • Tuesday & Thursday, 6-7pm. Week of June 3 through the Week of July 29
  • $3 per class or One Swim Card

Youth Football Camp
K-6th Grade

  • Grade is based on the 2024-2025 School Year
  • August 6-8: 7-8pm, K, 1st & 2nd Grade; 7-8:30pm (3rd-6th Tackle Players)
  • $20 per player
  • Campers receive a T-shirt

Chip seal project to begin on K-170

KDOT map shows the chip and seal project on state Highway 170, to begin next week.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has announced a chip seal project that will begin next week in Lyon and Osage counties. The project covers approximately 21 miles of state Highway 170, from the state Highway 99 junction, west of Reading, to the southern city limit of Osage City.

Work is expected to begin around Monday, July 15, and to be completed by early August, conditions permitting. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in the active work area and directed by a pilot car and flaggers. Drivers should plan for delays of up to 15 minutes.

Vance Brothers Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., is the prime contractor on the $1 million project.

KDOT urges all motorists to be alert and obey the warning signs when approaching and driving through a highway work zone. For more information about highway construction projects and road conditions across Kansas, see www.KanDrive.gov or call 511.

OCES administrative assistants to be honored as Osage County Fair Parade marshals

Osage County Fair Parade marshals Michelle Martin, left, and Jessica Lickteig. Chamber photo.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce has selected two well-known local honorees to serve as parade marshals for the 2024 Osage County Fair Parade, to be held July 12, in downtown Osage City.

Parade marshals Michelle Martin and Jessica Lickteig, both secretaries at Osage Elementary School, were recognized for their willingness to go above and beyond to help families who may be struggling financially or otherwise. They make sure every child that walks through the doors of the school feel welcomed and loved, as well as making sure they have access to everything they need to be safe and successful.

Martin has lived in Osage City since 1978, and graduated from Osage City High School with the class of 1980. She has been employed as a secretary at the OCES for the last 26 years. She is married to Rick Martin, and they have two sons, Dylan and his wife Katie and three grandchildren, Khloe, Layne and Paislee, all of Osage City, and David, of Lawrence.

Lickteig was born and raised in Osage City, and graduated from OCHS in 2006. In 2009, she married Ryan Lickteig, also of Osage City, and they built their family home. They have two daughters, Jordyn, who will be an eighth grader, and Taylor, who will be in sixth grade this year. Jessica has been an administrative assistant at OCES since 2016.

The Osage County Fair Parade gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2024, in downtown Osage City.

Colstroms honored as Mr. and Mrs. Osage City

Larry and Jeannine Colstrom have been selected as the 2024 Mr. and Mrs. Osage City, and will be honored in the Osage County Fair Parade, Friday evening, in downtown Osage City.

Larry and Jeannine said they are very honored to be selected as this year’s Mr. and Mrs. Osage City. They both grew up in the Osage City community, attending Osage Rural Elementary School and Osage City High School.

They both worked 30-plus years with Hallmark Cards, and during this time they were active in their churches and the community.

After retiring from Hallmark, both remained in the community. Larry went into full time farming. He endeavored to use conservation practices and new farming techniques to maintain the soil and enhance productivity while reducing labor and costs.

Jeannine became a professional seamstress working for J. Higgins LLC from home, making Scottish kilts that are distributed all over the United States. She also volunteers at ECAT and serves on the Osage County Senior Center board.

While being retired, Larry and Jeannine still remain very active in their churches and community, volunteering their time and talents. They enjoy the rural life, making their home west of Osage City in the Rapp Community where Larry grew up, and spending a lot of time with family and friends.

The Osage County Fair Parade gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2024, in downtown Osage City.

Osage City to be a ‘vacation destination’ during Friday’s fair celebration

The Osage County Fair Parade, underway at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2024, in downtown Osage City, will be a “Vacation Destination” with floats, golf cart entries, school groups, Shriners, and others. Leading the parade will be the Boy Scouts carrying the flag, followed by law enforcement, fire department, and Osage County EMS. The fair parade is hosted by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. and Mrs. Osage City, Larry and Jeannine Colstrom, and parade marshals, Michelle Martin and Jessica Lickteig, Osage City Elementary School secretaries, will be recognized as parade dignitaries. Rod Willis and his wife, Anne, will be recognized as he begins his retirement after 10 years as Osage City manager.

Parade line-up starts at the west end of Market Street, with parade entry judging beginning at 5:15 p.m.

In a message to parade participants, parade chairman Adam Burnett said, “Thank you in advance for your participation in our ‘Vacation Destination’ parade. It is you, the community, that makes it a success by participating.”

For more information about the parade or entries, contact Burnett at osagecityparade@gmail.com.

In conjunction with the fair parade, the Chamber and Osage County Fire District No. 2 offer the opportunity for students kindergarten through the fifth grade to color a theme picture with the anticipation of getting selected to ride on a fire truck in the parade. There were a lot of entries this year and the selection process was a very difficult task. The selected students that will ride on the fire truck are Jordyn Turner, Olivia Robert, Ayva Capoun, Mia Watson, Nova Smith and Taylor Lickteig.

Following the parade, the attention goes to the Jones Park area where there will be a full evening of entertainment. The Lions Club will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade pies, and other treats. The continuation of the carnival will be in full swing with a variety of rides for all ages. The Atomic Alert historical display continues in the recreation building. The Osage County Fair Association will host an ice cream social, outside of the community building. Bingo will begin at 7 p.m. in the community building. The band Delta Haze will present a show, starting at 8 p.m., east of the community building. Friday evening’s finale will be a fireworks show around 10 p.m., which can be viewed from about anywhere around Jones Park.

Osage County Senior Center: Enjoy root beer floats before the parade

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

The Breakfast Club will be going to Cracker Barrel on July 12, 2024. Our Lunch Bunch will be at Red Lobster on July 26.  Herms Foot Care will be here July 16.  The senior center will be serving root beer floats at 5:30 p.m. July 12, before the Osage City parade. Then on July 20, riders will go to the Lone Star Jubilee, in Ottawa. On July 24, we are doing a Build-a-Bear. We have 25 seats so please sign your child or grandchild as soon as possible.

We are playing Mahjong at 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The ceramics class is going to change the time to 9:30 a.m.; all supplies are furnished and we have lots of bisque to choose from.  We have a sewing group that now has walker bags for sale; stop in and look around at the wonderful things they make.  High Rollers is on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons at 2 p.m.  Maria from Home Town Health Care is here to call quarter Bingo at 10 a.m. every Tuesday; come and enjoy.

Shopping trips are on the first and third Thursdays of the month; we will be going to Topeka Walmart, Sam’s and Aldi’s. Call the transportation department to make reservations.

Our Meals on Wheels program is collecting prescription bottle caps from Auburn Pharmacy, which donates .25 cents per cap to the Meals on Wheels program. Just drop them off at the senior center.

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

Eat Well to Be Well: Top beverages for heart health; which to consume and to avoid

When counseling patients who have been referred to the cardiac rehabilitation facility I work at, I get a lot of questions about what foods to eat to keep their heart healthy. Depending on their specific dietary needs, some of the more common suggestions I provide include: Load up on fruit and veggies, get plenty of fiber, keep sodium in moderation, and stay away from saturated and trans fats.

But, one question I’m rarely asked is, “What beverages should I be drinking – or not drinking? What impact do beverage choices have on either harming or hurting my heart health?”

These questions are crucial to ponder, especially considering that heart disease has been the leading cause of death in Americans for the past century. Just like food choices, it’s just as essential to gain an understanding of which beverages are best for supporting heart health and which ones to avoid, to make informed choices that promote overall cardiovascular well-being.

Fair time means great times for all: Osage County Fair begins

It’s summer and time for the Osage County Fair, at Osage City, presented this year in two parts: community events will be July 10-13, 2024, and 4-H, FFA, and open livestock shows and exhibits will be July 24-27.

Community events get underway Wednesday, July 10, as the carnival sets up in Jones Park at Osage City. Carnival rides will be offered Wednesday through Saturday, and ride wristbands can be purchased in advance at many businesses in Osage County

The rest of the week will be highlighted with live entertainment, downtown fair parade, fireworks display and other entertainment. Here’s this week’s schedule:

Osage County Fair Community Events Schedule

Wednesday – July 10

9 a.m. – Booths and vendors open at the Osage City Recreation Building, Jones Park; Atomic Alert! display.
6 p.m. – Carnival rides until 10 p.m.

Thursday – July 11

6 a.m. – Lions Club food stand at Osage City Community Building.
9 a.m. – Booths and vendors at the Osage City Recreation Building; Atomic Alert! display.
6 p.m. – Carnival rides until 10 p.m.
7 p.m. – Keith Leff Patriotic Magic Show – main stage
9 p.m. – Keith Leff Patriotic Magic Show – main stage

Friday – July 12

6 a.m. – Lions Club food stand at Osage City Community Building.
9 a.m. – Booths and vendors at the Osage City Recreation Building; Atomic Alert! display.
6 p.m. – Carnival rides until 10 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – Osage County Fair Parade, downtown Osage City; theme “vacation destination.”
7 p.m. – Bingo
7:30 p.m. – Homemade ice cream and brownie social
8 p.m. – Live band “Delta Haze”
10 p.m. – Fireworks display, Jones Park

Saturday – July 13

6 a.m. – Lions Club food stand at Osage City Community Building. Serving “all you can eat” breakfast 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
9 a.m. – Booths and vendors at the Osage City Recreation Building; Atomic Alert! display.
6 p.m. – Carnival rides until 10 p.m.
7 p.m. – Demolition derby – west of football field

Most Osage County Fair activities and entertainment will be in Jones Park, 527 S. First St., the Osage City Community Building, or the Osage City Recreation Building, unless otherwise noted. For more information, see osagecountyfair.org/comm-events.

Filings in the Osage County Courthouse, June 28 – July 4, 2024

The following information was compiled June 28 to July 4, 2024, from records at the Osage County Courthouse, Lyndon, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, July 1 – July 6, 2024

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

Public Notice: Request for Bid on the Audit for East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging


The East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging (ECKAAA) is seeking bid proposals for an annual audit of the ECKAAA, 117 S. Main, Ottawa, KS. 66067, for each of four (4) fiscal years; 2024, 2025, 2026, and 2027.

Bid packets are due by 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 9, 2024. To request a bid packet email sherryh@eckaaa.org, or call 785-893-6200.

Specific audit questions and guideline requirements can be emailed to the ECKAAA Fiscal Manager at sherryh@eckaaa.org.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Hay harvest has changed

In his greatest imagination, Dad would have never believed how ranch hay processing could change in half a century.

Back then, Dad left his grocery store butcher job about noon and headed to the hay field. A fairly-new John Deere 1020 tractor was hooked to a seven-foot sickle mower for cutting the grass field. By the next afternoon, the grass had dried enough for hay, so Dad raked it into windrows with the fairly-new side-delivery rake.

The well-used John Deere 15T twine square baler was hooked to the only tractor on the ranch. When Dad started baling the hay, something always went wrong. Either the baler knotter didn’t work, or the tying was so tight the bale twine broke; for sure something.

It was a one-man operation up to this point. There wasn’t a hay trailer, so the small bales were dropped on the ground behind the baler. At about 5 o’clock, his son arrived at the ranch from a town job and started picking up the hay bales.

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.The half-ton pickup was driven from bale to bale, and the then-younger worker got out at each bale and threw it into the truck bed. About 39 bales would make a load when properly stacked.

Practice grill safety this Fourth of July

TOPEKA, Kan. – With the Fourth of July holiday here, the Kansas Department of Insurance reminds Kansans to prioritize safety when grilling outdoors. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 5,700 grill fires cause an average of $37 million in damage annually.

“A grill fire can quickly turn into a devastating house fire, so taking a few precautions can help ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for everyone,” said Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt.

The Department suggests the following safety tips to help Kansans prevent grill fires:

  • Maintain your grill. Before each use, check your grill for leaks or loose connections in the propane hose. Clean any grease buildup from the grill and surrounding areas.
  • Choose a safe location. Place your grill on a level, stable surface away from your home, siding, deck railings or overhanging eaves. Never grill indoors or in an enclosed space.
  • Keep an extinguisher nearby. Having a fire extinguisher readily available is crucial for extinguishing small fires quickly. Never leave a grill unattended.

Lyndon to ‘get fired up for freedom’ during Saturday celebration

A past fireworks show at Lyndon’s annual celebration. File photo.

Lyndon will “get fired up for freedom” Saturday at its annual Fourth of July celebration. Hosted by Lyndon Pride, the Independence Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2024, in downtown Lyndon. Cash prizes will be offered for first, second and third places. The theme of the parade is “Get fired up for freedom!”

White’s Foodliner, Osage City, is sponsoring free watermelon; kids races will be after the parade. Lyndon State Bank is sponsoring 3-leg, sack, and foot races, and a tug of war competition.

A fireworks show is planned at dusk at Lamont Hill, near Vassar; with a live band at 6 p.m.

For more information or parade entries, contact Lyndon State Bank, Lyndon Carnegie Library, or Sharon Culley at sharonculley@gmail.com.

Enjoy Fourth of July with the Overbrook community

Overbrook Fourth of July fireworks at City Lake. File photo.

Overbrook Pride is hosting a communitywide Fourth of July celebration that will include pickleball, a children’s bike parade, free swimming at the pool, and fireworks finale.

The day starts out at 8 a.m. with open play pickleball at the new courts. Everyone age 16 and older and all skill levels are invited; rackets and balls will be available for those who don’t have their own.

At 10 a.m., the kids bicycle parade gets underway and ends with hotdogs and root beer floats at the shelter house at the Kids Fishing Pond.

The Overbrook Pool will open at 1 p.m. for free swimming until 5 p.m.

Festivities and activities will get underway at Overbrook City Lake. Planned are a DJ, craft vendors, kayak rides and races, sidewalk chalk art, face painting, free waterslide, and watermelon.

The fireworks show will begin around 9:30 p.m. The show was made possible by donations from the community; all donations are appreciated.

State law prohibits political signs on highway right of way

TOPEKA, Kan. – It’s a sign of the season – political campaigning and the posting of campaign signs. The Kansas Department of Transportation reminds the public that all political campaign signs or billboards are prohibited from being placed on state highway right of way.

By law, all right of way on state highways is exclusively for public highway purposes. Only regulatory, guide signs and warning signs placed by KDOT are allowed on the 9,500-mile state highway system. KDOT has jurisdiction over all interstate, Kansas and U.S. routes.

When KDOT maintenance crews find political signs on state highway right of way, the signs will be removed immediately and without notice. All such signs will then be taken to the closest KDOT sub-area office. Political campaign signs not retrieved from the sub-area offices will be disposed of after the election.

Political campaign advertising is allowed on private property bordering state right of way. However, people placing or erecting signs on private property must first obtain permission from the property owner.

A state law passed in 2015 related to placement of campaign signs on city or county-owned right of way does not apply to state highway right of way. Persons placing signs on city street or county road right of way should consult the local jurisdiction on any rules.

Osage County Jail Log, June 24 – June 30, 2024

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

KDHE revises stream advisory: Now includes only Hill Creek, 142-Mile Creek in Lyon County

Update: July 2, 2024

HILL CREEK, Kan. – Today, Kansas Department of Health and Environment revised a stream advisory issued yesterday that included the northwest portion of Melvern Lake. The advisory was originally issued due to potential elevated bacteria and contaminants that could result from raw sewage released from the city of Allen’s wastewater treatment plant during flooding over the past two days. The original advisory, which included Hill Creek, 142-Mile Creek, Elm Creek, Marais des Cygnes River, and the northwestern confluence of Melvern Lake, advised that people and pets and animals should not enter the water in the affected area. The revised advisory includes only Hill Creek and 142-Mile Creek southeast of Allen, in Lyon County, and has excluded Elm Creek, Marais des Cygnes River, and Melvern Lake.

KDHE reported that in coordination with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers it has rescinded the advisory for Melvern Lake because of the distance from the lake to Allen’s wastewater treatment plant, and prevailing high flow conditions into the lake disperse and dilute any impact from the release.

The city of Allen is working to address the source problem. KDHE will rescind the advisory once plant operations are repaired and subsequent bacteria testing on the streams indicates contact has been deemed safe.

Anyone who lives  or has activities near these streams is advised not to enter the water or allow children or pets to enter the water.

People and animals should not enter the water at this time

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