Storm spotter course focuses on knowledge, safety

CARBONDALE — Kevin Skow, meteorologist from Topeka National Weather Service, provided the storm spotter training class in Osage County on March 23 at Santa Fe Trail High School. The Topeka National Weather Service provides storm spotter training classes each year in the surrounding counties.

The storm spotter training class covered six topics, a review of the 2016 severe weather in Kansas, situational awareness while out spotting, the role of storm spotters, storm clouds, what the storm clouds mean to storm spotters, and spotting tips.

Scranton hires maintenance personnel

SCRANTON — The Scranton City Council interviewed and hired two maintenance personnel during its March 21 regular meeting.

The agenda listed time for maintenance position interviews.

“Have they filled out applications,” asked Randy Ming, council member leading the meeting in Gary Burkdoll’s absence.

“The supervisor has reviewed them and called these two in,” said Bobi Morris, city clerk.”

New senior meals site to open April 5 in Carbondale

CARBONDALE — Mid-America Nutrition Program will be opening a third meal distribution center and dinning site April 5 in Carbonale. The senior dining site will be located at the Carbondale Community Center, 228 Main St., also known as the ELM Foundation Building.

Mid-America Nutrition Program Executive Director Martha Hagedorn-Krass said they picked April 5 as the opening day because it is Friendship Day.

Cotton O’Neil clinics to host weight loss study

The University of Kansas is partnering with the Cotton O’Neil Clinic to deliver a no cost weight management program for patients 21 and older of the Cotton O’Neil Carbondale and Osage City clinics. The University of Kansas Weight Management Program has over 30 years of successful delivery of weight management to multiple populations.

Burlingame to host bluegrass event

BURLINGAME — Mark Hecht, owner of Trail Songs Music, plans on holding a grand opening 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 1 for his Stage 56 on Santa Fe Trail.

“At the Winfield Bluegrass Festival, all the stages are numbered,” said Hecht, “Stage 56 is a play off of that, I wanted to promote interest in traveling the Santa Fe Trail Highway 56.”

The event will hear bluegrass, folk and Americana artists. Seven bands will play, sponsored by Trail Songs Music and the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce. The event is timed to coincide with the Burlingame citywide garage sale day.

KDHE funds new public water supply system

TOPEKA — Construction of a new public water supply system, along the Kansas River east of Lawrence, is scheduled to begin in March 2017. Treated water will be utilized by Douglas County Rural Water District No. 5 and Osage County Rural Water District No. 5, which serve rural populations in southwest Douglas County and northeast Osage County. The new system will ensure a long-term water supply source for the district’s approximate 5,500 customers.

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R. Steven White

Jan. 15, 1950 – March 27, 2017

SHAWNEE MISSION — R. Steven “Steve” White, Osage City, passed away in his sleep March 27, 2017, at the Health Care Resort of Shawnee Mission. He was 67.

He was born Jan. 15, 1950, the son of Howard M. and Marcia M. White, Ulysses. After attending Washburn University, he made his home in Osage City.

Larry Keith Swanson

March 30, 1940 – March 23, 2017

OVERBROOK — Larry Keith Swanson died March 23, 2017, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. He was 76.

He was born March 30, 1940, on the family farm near Melvern, the son of Charles A. and Elizabeth E. Dillard Swanson.

Gary Lee Wilhite

July 3, 1939 – Feb. 7, 2017

READING — Gary Lee Wilhite died Feb. 7, 2017, at his Reading home. He was 77.

A Celebration of Life will be held 2 to 4 p.m. April 8 at Reading Community Center, Reading.

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