Year in Review: The most popular stories of 2014

Through online tracking, social media and newspaper sales, we’ve tracked the most popular stories of 2014.

New library opens

OVERBROOK— Doors opened to the new building and location of the Overbrook Public Library Jan. 6.
Major donations from the Claudie and Glen Norton Trust, $400,000 from a community block development grant and $100,000 from the Jones Foundation, helped make the move possible. The library board and foundation sought to raise another $400,000. What they actually received was around $450,000.

A grand opening event was held Feb. 8.

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All-Osage County Football Team

Coach of the Year

Jayson Duncan, Santa Fe Trail - Jayson Duncan put in the hours and hard work to turn one of the states biggest droughts into a surplus this year, as the Chargers won nine games en route to a Class 4A Div. II sub-state appearance. The Chargers defense only allowed 15 points in one of 12 games this year. Duncan’s leadership also earned him the All-Area Coach of the Year title in the Lawrence Journal-World.

Mildred B. Lester

July 20, 1944 – Dec. 27, 2014

TOPEKA—Mildred B. Lester, Scranton, died Dec. 27, 2014, at Aldersgate Village, Topeka. She was 70.

She was born July 20, 1944, at Lecompton, the daughter of George Chiles and Iva Gleen Chiles.

She married Lonnie Lester June 1, 1963, at Lyndon. He preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 1998, after 35 years.

She worked at Frito Lay in Topeka, for over 28 years. She was a member of the Scranton United Methodist Church. She was active with the Scranton Athletic Club and was an avid University of Kansas fan.

Doris Madeline Marshall

July 12,1919 – Dec. 23, 2014

OVERBROOK—Doris Madeline “Tommie” Coffman Marshall, Overbrook, died Dec. 23, 2014, after 95 years of sharing her smile with the world.

She was born July 12, 1919, Overbrook, the daughter of Ross A. and Maude Radcliff Coffman.

She married Fred V. Marshall July 10, 1940, at Kansas City, Mo. He preceded her in death on Aug. 14, 1961.

Marvin W. Allen

Nov. 19, 1925 – Dec. 23, 2014

MICHIGAN VALLEY—Marvin W. Allen, Michigan Valley, died Dec. 23, 2014. He was 89.

He was born Nov. 19, 1925, at Anisworth, Neb., the son of William Jackson and Ada L. DayWitt Allen. He attended schools in Brown County, Neb., graduating from Johnstown High in 1943.

Juliette Burnett

Aug. 21, 1918 – Dec. 21, 2014

TOPEKA—Juliette Burnett, Topeka, died Dec. 21, 2014, at Brewster Place Retirement Community, Topeka. She was 96.

She was born Aug. 21,1918, on a farm near Williamsburg, the oldest of five children to Jessie Dale and Kathryn May Ryan Green. Her childhood years were spent on the family farm located on the River Road east of Melvern, with the exception of one year when the family moved to Fairfield, Iowa.

Judy R. Williams

July 20, 1964 – Dec. 20, 2014

OVERLAND PARK—Judy R. Williams, Overland Park, peacefully passed away Dec. 20, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 50.

She was born July 20, 1964, the daughter of Corwin and Bonnie Shields, Ottawa. She graduated from Osage City High School in 1982, as salutatorian and was a member of the state championship debate team.

Lyndon reconsiders half-cent sales tax

LYNDON—Lyndon City Council met in regular session Dec. 15, following a lack of quorum for the Dec. 1 meeting.

The council considered a half-cent sales tax on the April ballot. City administrator Betty Thompson gave the council a timeline for enacting a resolution if the council chooses to do so.

The council will meet again Jan. 12, primarily for discussion of the sales tax issue. There will not be a quorum for the council to meet Jan. 5.

Closed for Christmas, New Years Day

The Osage County Herald-Chronicle will close at 1 p.m. Dec. 24 and be closed through Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday.

The newspaper office will also be closed on New Years Day, Jan. 1, 2015. Print subscribers may receive their newspaper a day later than usual, due to the postal holiday.

The deadline for the Jan. 1 edition will return to normal. All advertising, legal notices and news copy will be due by the regular deadline of 5 p.m. Monday for publication in that week's edition.

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