November 14, 2013 - PDF Edition

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Veterans Day events in Osage County

The communities of Osage County will host various events in and around the Veterans Day holiday.

Burlingame
Burlingame Elementary School will host a Veterans Day program 2 p.m. Nov. 11 in the high school gymnasium. Students will present essays. Veterans and the community are invited to attend the program.

Melvern to update antiquated alcohol ordinance

MELVERN—The Melvern City Council took care of light business in a short meeting Monday. During the hour-long meeting, the council discussed a 76-year old cereal malt beverage ordinance.

Nancy Miller, Melvern city clerk, said the wording should be changed to fit today’s world.

“I thought it really needed looked at,” she said. “The original ordinance is still on the books from 1937. It needs updating.”

Lyndon shows cautious support for senior housing, school bond

LYNDON—The actions of other entities that affect the city tied up much of the discussion of Monday’s Lyndon City Council meeting.

The council capitalized on the presence of Osage County Commissioner Ken Kuykendall to expand discussion on the possible closure of Sixth Street. USD 421 proposed the closure as part of a bond issue that could come to vote next year.

Community celebrates Lady Chargers' win

SALINA—With grit, determination, the support of three communities and a little bit of luck, the Santa Fe Trail Lady Chargers brought home the Class 4A Div. II State Volleyball Championship Friday and Saturday in Salina.

“I think the whole experience from Friday to Sunday was pretty magical. It was pretty incredible,” said SFT coach Joy Schmidt. “Everything around it fell into place.”

Koger conquers state meet

LAWRENCE—Osage City High School junior Aundrea Koger followed up back-to-back top 10 performances at the state cross country meet with a third this year, this time winning the Class 3A girls’ race in 15 minutes and 47.93 seconds.

“Saturday felt pretty surreal, that’s for sure,” said Osage City coach Darcy Keeffe. “She knew what her goal was and what she needed to do to accomplish it. To actually see her accomplish this and become the state champion was phenomenal to witness.”

Trojans advance on 48-18 win over South Haven

MELVERN—The Marais des Cygnes Valley Trojans football team’s entrance to the post season was the exact opposite of last year – the parts that matter anyway.

“They got us at their place last year,” said MdCV Coach Butch Jones. “We played a little better game this year.”

Last year, the Trojans played at South Haven, taking a 30-point loss in a 52-22 decision. This year, the Trojans commanded their home field at the helm of a 48-18 win, 30 points the other direction, to each the school’s first postseason win in decades.

Community contributes to Vassar FunFest

VASSAR—The Vassar community, the Lion’s Club, and people from surrounding areas came together Saturday for the Fun Fest. In addition to great food like homemade chili, there was a parade, horse and pony rides, a petting zoo and an antique car show.

Flag carriers Gentry May and Mathew Anshutz led the parade, followed by Grand Marshals Ben and Gladys Streeter. The Streeters were honored for their service to the community center in Vassar.

Health Department ready with flu shots

LYNDON—Anne Gray, Osage County Health Department administrator, strongly encouraged Osage County residents take advantage of the county’s flu vaccinations, available 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Health Dept., 9th and Topeka, Lyndon. There is a fee for the vaccine.

“It’s very important for pregnant women and family members with babies less than six months old,” said Gray. She added that babies cannot be vaccinated until they are six months old, so that creates an added health risk.

Osage City dam rehab approaching completion

OSAGE CITY—The Osage City Council laid plans to work out the final pieces of the city dam rehabilitation project, which is set to be completed in the coming months.

At the Oct. 22 meeting, the council met with Project Engineer Bob Koopman, of Professional Engineering Consultants, Topeka, who continued discussion on the status of the project in relation to budget figures supplied to the council. The original 2007 bond had gained .6 percent interest on $2,147,570, with $1,186,825 spent and $1,078,921 remaining in the construction balance, leaving a $118,175 deficit in the bond.

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