Concealed carry legal in Osage City buildings

OSAGE CITY—The Osage City Council voted not to apply for an extension to stipulations of the new concealed carry law, effectively allowing legal carry within all municipal government buildings, effective July 1.

By opting out of the extension, the council separated itself from several area governments that took advantage of the six-month grace period.

Melvern Sunflower Days fair under way

The county fair season begins today with the annual Melvern 4-H Sunflower Days celebration. The fair offers 4-H judging and exhibits all three days, a baby show, alumni lunch, talent show, games, carnival, parade and fireworks display.

Commissioners hear additional budget requests

LYNDON—Osage County Soil Conservation District Manager Lori Kuykendall and Keith Badger met with the Osage County Commission to discuss their budget request for 2014 at its regular Monday meeting.

“We’re asking for $27,000 again,” Lori Kuykendall said. “We asked for that last year and we got $26,000. The state will match county funds, up to $25,000, so we would like at least $25,000.”

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Scranton celebrates Saturday in the Park this weekend

Scranton will be hosting its annual Saturday in the Park this Friday and Saturday. Festivities begin 4 p.m. Friday when vendors will begin their setup. The annual classic car cruise-in will run from 5-9 p.m. and prizes will be awarded.

A barbecue meal will be served 6 p.m. at Scranton City Community Building. Conclude a fun evening by attending the sand volleyball tournament at 7 p.m.

The fun continues beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday with breakfast served at United Methodist Church. The parade will begin lining up at Scranton Attendance Center.

Lyndon awards bid for Jones Park trail

LYNDON—The Lyndon City Council awarded a construction bid for the proposed Jones Park Trail to Dayhoff Underground, Osage City.

Lyndon City Administrator Kim Newman informed the council of the three bids the city received for construction of the trail. Engineers from BG Counsultants, Inc., Emporia, estimated the bid at $166,000, but all three bids came in above that. Dayhoff Underground was the lowest bid at $183,505.70. The bid is slightly over the total budget for the trail at $183,000, and the council discussed options to lower the bid.

Osage City Lake dredging bids resubmitted

OSAGE CITY—After receiving just two bids which greatly exceeded engineer’s estimates, the Osage City Council voted last week to send the lake restoration project “back to the drawing board.”

Bids reviewed during the May 28 meeting were 71 and 170 percent higher than the anticipated cost of the project. Nine contractors had requested plans, but only two submitted final bids.

Camps give children new perspectives

OSAGE CITY—Eleven area children participated in back-to-back weeklong camps through Three-Lakes Cooperative. Students took Karate lessons at the first camp, but got a chance to stretch their legs during therapeutic horse riding sessions last week.

“We’ve seen a big improvement in all of the kids’ attitude, focus and posture,” said organizer and Three Lake Cooperative physical therapist Sandy Smith. “Kids who don’t talk a lot are talking more and louder. It works on communication skills as well as the whole body, and it’s an activity most kids don’t get the chance to do.”

District, contractors push to overcome project delays

OSAGE CITY—Despite significant weather delays to the track and field project, project organizers still believe there’s time to have Osage City High School’s new football field ready for its first game Sept. 13.

“We’re right on track to get that done,” said Kenton Cox, of Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture. “We’ve had a lot of rain, but we’re still making good progress. We’re scheduled to start pouring ribbon around the track Monday and irrigation is scheduled to be run to the field and in the field, which is a critical piece in getting ready for sod.”

Deputy honored for commendable action

LYNDON—Osage County Sheriff’s Deputy Blake Reker was honored during Monday’s Osage County Commission meeting.

The meeting was moved the open area just outside the commission chambers to accommodate the crowd present to honor Reker, including Reker’s family, other deputies, Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards, Franklin County Administrator Lisa Johnson, Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn and Osage County Undersheriff Jeff Johnson. After welcoming everyone, commissioner Ken Kuykendall turned the meeting over to Dunn.

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