Alice Wilkins

Oct. 7, 1927 - July 28, 2014

Osage City—Alice Wilkins, 86, passed away July 28, 2014, at Peterson's Nursing Home in Osage City. She was born on Oct. 7, 1927, in Osage City, the daughter of Olin and Thersa Rice Oveson.

Alice had lived all of her life in the Osage City community.

She was a homemaker and had worked for Hallmark Cards as a Napkin Packager. She was a Girl Scout Leader and was an avid Bowler.

Alice was married to Clayton Wilkins April 14, 1945, in Ottawa.

Fred Bond, Jr.

June 14, 1953 – July 27, 2014

Overbrook—Fred Bond, Jr., 61, died July 27, 2014 at the Brookside Retirement Community in Overbrook. He was born on June 14, 1953 in Topeka, KS., the son of Fred and Edna Trendel Bond, Sr.

Fred had lived all of his life around the Overbrook community.

He had worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation in Topeka for many years. He graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1971, was an avid Coon Hunter and attended the Methodist Church.

Jimmie Stevenson Franey

March 10, 1934 – July 25, 2014

LAKE CITY—Jimmie Stevenson Franey, 80, Lake City, Fla., went to be with our Lord and Savior July 25, 2014, after an extended illness. He was 80.

He was born March 10, 1934, at Henderson, Ky. He worked as a union painter in Paducah, Ky., beginning in 1964 and then moved to Florida in 1971. He was employed by Walt Disney World, Gene Nelson Inc. and MCPA out of Texas.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Evelyn; and his parents, Benjamin and Evelyn Franey.

Edwin Earl Waller

August 18, 1934 – July 24, 2014

OVERBROOK—Edwin Earl Waller, 79, of Overbrook, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at his home. He was born August 18, 1934 in Garnett, Kansas the son of Chester Albert and Margaret Irene (Manspeaker) Waller. Edwin moved with his family in his youth to Overbrook and was a near lifelong resident graduating from Overbrook High School with the class of 1954.

He was a longtime propane gas truck driver for Toucher’s and eventually Heat Co. He was also a 46 year volunteer firefighter for the Osage County Fire District No., 4 retiring in 2006.

Wesley Martin Blacketer Sr.

Feb. 20, 2014 – July 26, 2014

VASSAR—Wesley “Boots” Martin Blacketer Sr., Vassar, died July 26, 2014, at home. He was 85.

He was born Feb. 20, 1929, at Deweese, Neb., the son of Henry and Ethel Blacketer.

He married Carol Mattson Nov. 19, 1950. She preceded him in death on July 27, 2003. They lived in Maryville, Mo., before moving to Osage City in 1960.

He married Charlene Shaw June 5, 2004. She survives of the home. They lived in Osage City before moving to Vassar.

LETTER: Tree to stay at golf course

Dear Editor:

We are informing the concerned citizens of Osage City about the possible removal of a tree at the Osage City Municipal Golf Course. At the July board meeting, it was brought to our attention that the tree had caused damage to the practice green and the Pro Shop. The Board made the decision to request the City remove the tree, if possible. At the time we did not know that we had to have Tree Board approval to remove a tree on City property. A request was made to the City to remove the tree.

Sadie J. Biggart

Aug. 4, 1923 – July 24, 2014

OVERLAND PARK—Sadie J. Biggart, formerly of Topeka, died July 24, 2014, at Delmar Gardens, Overland Park. She was 90.

She was born Aug. 4, 1923, at Wagner, Okla., the daughter of James F. and Minnie Edwards Stockwell. She graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1942.

She resided in Topeka, Wakarusa and Lyndon, prior to moving to Overland Park in December 2011.

She was employed by Crown Drug and Robbies Restaurant.

She married Carl L. Biggart Feb. 3, 1951, at Topeka. He preceded her in death in December 1989.

Dredging under way at Osage City Lake

OSAGE CITY—Updates from Osage City Utilities Director Mike Gilliland detailed progression of the long-term maintenance of the city’s water resources during the July 23 meeting of the Osage City Council.

Skillman Construction, LLC, of New Strawn, has because dirt work at the lake, preparing routes for excavation and beginning sediment removal.

Districts slash taxes in 2014-15 budgets

The results of a lawsuit against the State of Kansas are already reaching the pocket books of Osage County residents, as four of the county’s five districts post significant decreases to their mill rates.

The Gannon v. Kansas lawsuit, filed in 2010 and settled in March, found it’s the Legislature’s constitutional responsibility to fund the state’s schools.

New city administrator starts at Lyndon

LYNDON—Betty Thompson enjoys small towns because of the sense of community, closeness and fond memories of growing up in one. That’s one of the many reasons she believes she’ll enjoy her time as the city administrator at Lyndon.

Thompson started July 15, after interviewing for the position June 23 and accepting June 30, after special meetings held by the city council.

Thompson was previously a city administrator for Quinter, a town of similar size.

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