February 11, 2016 – PDF Edition

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County burn ban extended into Wednesday

Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management Director, announced that all burning permits are suspended for today, Feb. 10. This is considered a no burn day.

Today is considered a very high fire danger today. The rangeland fire danger index will be in the very high category today.

Very high fire danger means, fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort. Outdoor burning in not recommended.

Carbondale interviews for chief, takes no action

CARBONDALE—The Carbondale City Council began its regular monthly meeting with an executive session to conduct the second interview for candidate Stephen Smith for the chief of police position.

The council asked for a 30-minute session, which began approximately at 7:15 p.m. Smith left the council chambers at 7:28 p.m. and shortly afterwards, council member Cheryl Lister asked for an additional 20 minutes.

Amanda Williams, police officer, was called into the chambers. Shortly after, the council requested Kevin Richardson, maintenance supervisor, join the session.

Lyndon City Council approves memorial flagpole

LYNDON — The Lyndon City Council initially approved the installation of a flagpole in memory of Corey Sprecker. The Lyndon Alumni Association asked for the installation and will cover associated costs.

“The Sprecker family donated to the alumni (association), but they had a request that we do some kind of memorial,” said Cathy Wilson, alumni association. “Since Corey was active in the military, I thought a flagpole would be a good idea.”

Corey Sprecker died in a car accident Sept. 26, 2015. He was a 2007 graduate of Lyndon High School.

Ruby Mae Wunderlich Hitt

June 11, 1927 – Feb. 2, 2016

TOPEKA—Ruby Mae Wunderlich Hitt died Feb. 2, 2016, at Midland House, Topeka. She had been residing at Osage City Nursing, Osage City. She was 88.

She was born June 11, 1927, the daughter of Carl and Emma Kater Wunderlich at Newton Memorial Hospital, Newton. She was the oldest of 15 siblings. She was raised on a dairy farm near Piedmont.

She met her future husband, Cleo B. Hitt, on Easter in 1947. They were married the following year on Oct. 7, 1948, at Fredonia courthouse. He preceded her in death on March 23, 2015.

Quenemo mayor, police officer resign

QUENEMO— The resignations of the mayor and city police officer were accepted Tuesday at the Quenemo City Council meeting. Adam Anderson, former mayor, cited several reasons for his resignation, submitted Jan. 21. Darrel Manning, former police officer, submitted his resignation Jan. 22.

"I do not feel that the efforts of one person will make any significant difference in the city of Quenemo, given the current circumstances that exist," Manning stated in his resignation letter.

Soil conservation celebrates 75 years in Osage County

OSAGE CITY—The state’s third-oldest conservation district held its annual meeting Monday evening at Osage City High School.

“This is the 75th annual meeting of the Osage County Conservation District,” said Keith Badger, district chairman.

Badger began the meeting with a history of the state’s conservation districts, which were created following the dust bowl, which he described as the greatest ecological disaster in American history.

Gene A. Hanner

Oct. 21, 1930 – Feb. 3, 2016

OVERBOOK—Gene A. Hanner died Feb. 3, 2016, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. He was 85.

He was born Oct. 21, 1930, at St. Joseph, Mo., the son of Earl and Alma Townsend Hanner. He grew up in St. Joseph, Mo., and lived on a farm near Overbrook for the last 45 years.

He was a truck drive for North American Van Lines, Ed Marlings, Topeka, Overbrook Cooperative and worked for the township as a road grader and dump truck driver. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

One-day class to teach mental health first-aid

A class in mental health first aid (MHFA) will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Grace Lutheran Church, 210 Holliday St., Osage City. The course is similar to a first aid course to help people who are physically sick or injured. MHFA will addresses mental health disorders.

Statistics state that a person is more likely to encounter a person in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental disorders are more common than heart disease and cancer combined.

Courthouse elevator repaired after nine weeks

LYNDON—The Osage County Commission meeting was held Monday morning in the Osage County Courthouse, which now features a working elevator.

“We were afraid it would be the end of March before it got fixed,” said Ken Kuykendall, commissioner. “They really did us a decent, fast job.”

Repairs on the elevator were completed last week. The hydraulic ram, which powers the elevator, ruptured on Nov. 24, 2015.

Quenemo issues

Ricky Hartley, Quenemo, addressed issues in the community with commissioners.

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