Sales tax increases July 1

Sales tax rates around the county increase July 1 following a .35 percent increase by the Kansas Legislature in the budget passed on June 12, and signed into law on June 16.

The City of Lyndon will see an additional half-cent increase, following a sales tax approved by voters in April.

Sales tax rates in county will be as follows:

Burlingame – 8.5%
Carbondale – 9.5%
Lyndon – 9%
Melvern – 8.5%
Olivet – 7.5%
Osage City – 9%
Overbrook – 8.5%
Quenemo – 7.5%
Scranton – 8.5%
Osage County – 7.5%

Swamp People descend on Sunflower Days Fair

MELVERN – It’s not every day you get to meet someone who is on television. It’s more rare when that someone not only appears on TV, but deals with alligators for a living.

But that’s exactly what happened for the residents of Melvern, who in this year’s edition of Sunflower Days got to meet Liz “Gator Queen” Cavalier and Justin “Gator King” Choate from the popular History Channel show – Swamp People.

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Post Office reopens four years after tornado

READING—The new Reading Post Office officially opened its doors to customers June 29. The building that formerly housed the Reading Post Office was destroyed in a tornado in May 2011.

“We had several customers in this morning,” said Julie Kemple, who will operate the Reading location.

Frank Joseph Loschke

Aug. 2, 1931 – June 24, 2015

BURLINGAME—Frank Joseph Loschke died June 24, 2015. He was 83.

He was born Aug. 2, 1931. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.

He spent his professional life in sales and management of meat packing companies such as Williams, Armor and Iowa Beef Packers. He later worked for Kaw Valley Produce. He enjoyed sports, announcing horseshows and going to the horse races. Most of all he loved being with his family for dinner and cards.

Lebo Fourth of July celebration spans three days

LEBO—Activities surrounding Lebo’s 26th annual Fourth of July Stars and Stripes Celebration will encompass three days of activities July 3-5.

Events begin 6 p.m. July 3 with Lebo Baptist Church annual picnic followed by music featuring Barry Ward. At 6:30 p.m., a “Try” athalon will begin and end at the fire station, with registration at the library.

Wanda Lu Burge

Sept. 28, 1960 – June 27, 2015

BURLINGAME—Wanda Lu Burge, died June 27, 2015, at her home in Burlingame. She was 54.

She was born Sept. 28, 1960, at Grand Junction, Colo., the daughter of Roy and Margie Ditzfield Rogers.

She lived in Harveyville before moving to Burlingame 10 years ago.

She worked as a C.M.A. for COF and had managed Granny’s Used Books in Burlingame and Topeka. She was a member of the Boozettes No. 49. She enjoyed riding motorcycles, camping and RVing

She married Chuck Chenoweth in 1979. They later divorced.

Lyndon to host July 4 celebration Saturday

Lyndon is hosting a July 4 celebration beginning at 7 a.m. with a pancake feed at Lyndon Community Center sponsored by the Lyndon Lions Club. The Firecracker 5K walk and run starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Lyndon Community Building with proceeds benefiting the Lyndon High School cross county team and Lyndon PRIDE.

Microburst causes wind damage in Overbrook

OVERBROOK—The National Weather Service in Topeka said a microburst was responsible for 60 to 80 mph winds that down several trees and power lines in northeast Osage County Friday morning.

"Winds between 50 mph and 70 mph were reported, with some localized areas seeing winds in excess of 70 mph,” the report said . “Overbrook was hit with damaging winds overnight and downed trees and power lines were reported.”

Quenemo council, attorney discuss ATV issues

QUENEMO—Disruptions in the neighborhood have led to lengthy discussions about enacting law and order for ATV and dirt bike use. At a special meeting June 18, Quenemo City Council met with the city attorney to see what legally could be done.

“My view is that it’s a solvable problem,” said Michael Coffman, city attorney. “But, it takes money. A lot of money.”

Coffman said the city must establish a city court, law enforcement, have someone to issue citations and then have accountability from there.

“That’s the option, but it’s not cheap,” he said.

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