Westar Energy schedules power outage for Saturday

TOPEKA—About 900 Westar Energy customers in Osage County will experience a brief power outage about 2 a.m. June 7 as maintenance is performed in the area.

“Power outages are inconvenient for our customers, but sometimes planned outages are needed to safely complete maintenance and system improvements,” said Gina Penzig, director of corporate communications.

“We try to schedule work to minimize the disruption for our customers.”

Juveniles arrested for felony theft

At approximately 7 a.m., May 29, Earl Ross, 82, Osage City, reported his 2001 Buick Lesabre stolen from his residence. At approximately 8 a.m., a deputy sheriff located Ross’ crashed vehicle on US-56 Hwy just north of Dragoon Creek. Upon investigation, two 14 year-old juveniles and one 16 year-old juvenile were arrested for felony theft at approximately 11 a.m. All subjects are males. The juveniles were processed by juvenile intake and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Franklin County. Osage Trucking LLC removed the crashed vehicle.

Osage City’s No. 2 pump fails at Melvern Lake

OSAGE CITY—Osage City Utilities Director updated the city council on a failure of one of the two pumps that supply water to Osage City and its water customers.

“Around the end of last week, we lost our No. 2 Melvern pump,” Gilliland told the council May 13. At that time, the failed pump was still being removed from the lake.

“They got it up out of there yesterday,” Gilliland said Thursday.

City maintenance workers loaded up the pump to be sent to Kansas City for inspection.

Interim financing approved for sewer

SCRANTON - The Scranton City Council, during its May 20 meeting, established temporary financing for the city’s Phase I Project to upgrade the water utility system.

“I’m here tonight to take care of some additional business related to temporary financing,” said Patrick Cox, P.E. and Senior Project Manager for BG Consultants, who introduced the issue. Cox then referred to City Attorney Todd Luckman.

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U.S. 56 Rollover delays traffic

As of 2:15 p.m. eastbound and westbound U.S. 56 from K-99 junction to Americus Road (Lyon County) is now open to unrestricted traffic. The traffic incident has been cleared and normal traffic conditions resume.

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As of 1:15 p.m., eastbound and westbound U.S. 56 from K-99 junction to Americus Road (Lyon County) opened to one lane of traffic following a single vehicle rollover.

Drivers should expect minor delays as the traffic incident is cleared.

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City, district examine hydrants issues, costs

QUENEMO—Osage County Fire District No. 7 representatives attended the Quenemo City Council meeting May 7 to discuss fire hydrant repairs and line out responsibilities for repairs or replacements.

At last month’s meeting, Gary Moore, District No. 7 fire chief, presented the council with a map detailing hydrants operating conditions. Several hydrants were in need of repair and a few were discovered to not be in working order at all.

Osage City shares airport plans with county

LYNDON—Glen Tyson, county road and bridge supervisor was happy to share a map outlining future plans for the Osage City airport with county commissioners Monday.

Tyson outstretched the map for commissioners and explained certain areas, including an extended runway and pre-purchased air space.

“I didn’t know you could buy just air space,” said Rhonda Beets, county clerk.

“You can’t build anything there that can fall down,” said Ken Kuykendall, commissioner.

Indians second at Flint Hill League meet

EMPORIA—Osage City and Lyndon golfers competed at the Flint Hills League meet Tuesday at Emporia Municipal Golf Course.

The Indians finished second as a team with a 386 four-man score, narrowly trailing Council Grove, who won with a 383.

“We were three strokes out of first place,” said Osage City coach Tracy Watkins. “I am proud of how we competed. With our inexperience returning from last year.”

Duncan Fort led Osage City, as well as the entire field, placing first with an 86. Ethan Thompson was third at 89.

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