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Brooke R. Kendall

Oct. 8, 1945 – March 29, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Brooke R. Kendall, Osage City, died March 29, 2017. He was 71.

He was born Oct 8, 1945, at Kansas City, Mo., the son of Rev. Robert B. and Marian L. Kendall.

He graduated from Baker University and served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War on the aircraft carrier USS KittyHawk.

Price Wilson Speece

March 1, 1946 – April 3, 2017

TOPEKA — Price Wilson Speece, Reading, died April 3, 2017, at St. Francis Health Center, Topeka. He was 71.

He was born March 1, 1946, in Lyon County, the son of Wilson Speece and Helen Jane Christesen. He graduated from the University of Kansas.

He was a member of the U.S. Army. He served with the 101st Airborne. He was a decorated Vietnam War veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Marsha Speece Small.

Donald W. Kurtz

Donald W. Kurtz
Feb. 16, 1931 – April 2, 2017

AUBURN — Donald W. Kurtz, Auburn, formerly of Burlingame, died April 2, 2017, at Homestead Assisted Living. Auburn. He was 86.

He was born Feb. 16, 1931, at Downs, the son of Howard E. and Mabel H. Carey Kurtz. He graduated from Dickinson County Community High School in 1949.

He had a variety of careers including farmer, taxi driver, stone cutter, meat cutter and cooperative truck driver. He most recently retired from Hallmark Cards after 14 years in security and maintenance.

Phone outage effects 911, long distance

According to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, a telephone outage is affected part of Osage County Monday morning, including the county’s 911 system.

“This is affected all 911 incoming calls to Osage County Sheriff’s Office,” said Laurie Dunn, sheriff. “Those 911 calls are being routed to either Franklin County Sheriff’s Office or Coffey County Sheriff’s Office. Citizens need to be prepared to provide more details to those agencies assisting us.”

The department said the outage additionally effect long-distance service for Burlingame, Lyndon, Melvern and Quenemo.

Auditor suggests water rate hike in Burlingame

BURLINGAME — John R. Welch, certified public accountant, presented the findings from his audit April 3 to the Burlingame city council.

Under the significant findings of the audit Welch said that the council had the fiduciary duty to raise sufficient funds to cover the expenses of the water utility.

“In the case of the water department, you are short about $60,000 a year in order to fund the water improvement bonds,” said Welch. “The bonds come due in March, at that part of time you don’t have money to pay the bonds.”

Lyndon City Council works on wastewater treatment project

LYNDON — The Lyndon City Council continued discussion and planning for a new wastewater treatment plant at its April 3 meeting.

Rick Ensz, Cooper Malone McClain Inc., provided the Lyndon City Council with a temporary note and Kansas Department of Health and Environment Loan Calls and Rural Development Bond Issuance Assistance agreement and the break down of the services.

Lucienne Harold

July 24, 1963 – April 6, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Lucienne Harold died April 6, 2017, at her home in Osage City. She was 53.

She was born July 24, 1963, at San Diego, Calif., and was adopted by Ed and Leah Bergquist. She lived most of her life in the Osage City community.

She graduated from Osage City High School and attended Emporia Nursing School where she became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked at a private medical practice, Hilltop Nursing Home in Lyndon, and the Osage Nursing Center, Osage City.

Alley dispute draws split vote by Osage City Council

OSAGE CITY — The March 28 Osage City Council meeting included updates on a multi-million dollar wastewater treatment project, but was dominated by discussion related to the proposed opening of an alleyway that runs parallel to Lakin and Holiday streets between Seventh and Eighth streets.

“Lorrain (Davis) approached us with concern about how that alley was used,” said Wes Brown. “It had a restrictive function, you could not drive through with motor vehicles and go out the west end. Lorraine’s request is that the west end of the alley be reopened to motor vehicle traffic.”

Letter: April is child abuse prevention month

Did you know Kids Count ranked Kansas 19th nationally for child well-being in 2016? While Kansas has worked hard to make our state a place where children and families thrive, the work is far from over.

April is Child Abuse Prevention month, and Kansas Children’s Service League, as the Kansas chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, reminds everyone that we all have a role to play in healthy child development. Make a commitment to take one simple step to improve Kansas’ Kids Count ranking.

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