U.S. 75 resurfacing project to resume Saturday

CARBONDALE—The Kansas Department of Transportation will resume the project to resurface the four-lane portion of U.S. 75 in north Osage County "sometime during the day" on Saturday, March 15.

USD 434 Board of Education meeting change

The Santa Fe Trail USD 434 Board of Education meeting has been changed from March 12 to 6 p.m. March 13 at the district administrative center, 1663 E. U.S. Highway 56. The meeting has been changed to allow board members and administration to attend the memorial services for Mr. Dave Swaim.

The board apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Santa Fe Trail Board of Education makes all of its open meeting materials available at www.usd434.org.

State basketball brackets, pairings

Class IA Div. I State Tournament at White Arena, Emporia
Games Wednesday
1. Melvern-MDCV (23-0) vs. 8. Clifton-Clyde (9-13) at 3 p.m.
4. Caldwell (17-7) vs. 5. Spearville (16-7) at 4:45 p.m.
2. Hoxie (22-1) vs. 7. Hartford (10-13) at 6:30 p.m.
3. Blue Rapids-Valley Hts. (21-2) vs. 6. Macksville (16-7) at 8:45 p.m.

Santa Fe Trail High School principal dies Friday

CARBONDALE—A statement issued by the USD 434 Santa Fe Trail school district Friday announced that SFT High School Principal David Swaim had died.

“It is with great sadness that the district announces the passing of high school principal, David Swaim,” said the release. “Mr. Swaim’s family informed the district that he passed away Friday morning.

“Mr. Swaim worked in Santa Fe Trail for seventeen years as associate principal and high school principal. He was a knowledgeable leader in high school curriculum and his contributions to the district will be greatly missed.”

Osage City High School alum crafts jewelry for Capitol

TOPEKA—Britta McKee, formerly Tobias, is one of only five artists chosen for a special project involving Kansas’ Capitol.

McKee is a 2005 graduate of Osage City High School, as well as a 2009 graduate of Kansas University. McKee earned her bachelors degree in metalsmithing with an emphasis in jewelry.

After graduation, McKee took some time to stay home and care for her son. She attended arts and crafts shows “here and there” and kept busy with custom orders and designs from friends and family.

Preliminary hearing set for murder trial

LYNDON—James P. Harris had his first appearance in Osage County District Court today. Harris was charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the death of James E. Gerety in October.

Charges were formally filed against Harris Oct. 31, 2013 after DNA analysis confirmed human remains as Gerety's, located near Harris' residence. Harris previously took up residence at 3300 W. 118th in Carbondale. A woman hunting mushrooms found the remains March 24, 2012 near W. 118th Court.

Harris is alleged to have killed Gerety between March 3, 2011, and April 20, 2011.

City discusses recreation commission funding

LYNDON—With saving money for the people of Lyndon in mind, the Lyndon City Council invited Joint Recreation Commission representatives to attend Monday’s meeting.

“What we’re going to do, we’re going to send a letter to Rec for this month,” said Kim Newman, city administrator. “We're not going to fund swim lessons anymore.”

“Because we can’t,” said Laura Moore, council member.

“Right, we can’t afford to continue to,” said Newman. “Our pool budget alone was in deficit last year. We wanted you to know this information because you walked in the door.”

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EDITORIAL: Remember, we’re in this together

I expected to write an editorial, or at least a story, about the Osage City Airport this week, which could meet a fateful vote at the March 11 city council meeting.

The decision there is one that should be given much thought, and time to consider the issue – to be sure all facts relating to the funding and future of the city are taken into account before decisions are made.

Osage City’s airport upgrade drawn hundreds of online comments, and plenty of dispute – one of many issues drawing dispute around the county.

Sub-state basketball scores

Basketball scores and boxes for Osage County high school teams in this week's sub-state tournaments.

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