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Tax sale writes off around $100,000

LYNDON — The Osage County Commissioners received a request to consider a resolution finalizing the results of the last tax sale. The sale, which sold delinquent properties from tax years leading up to 2010, regained some money for the county, but left an estimated six figures on the table.

Smoke in the Spring maintains stature, success

OSAGE CITY — Over the past decade, the Smoke in the Spring State Barbecue Championships have slowly grown from a community event to a regionally, state and nationally recognized event.

“I don’t know how to pinpoint it,” said Corey Linton, who has organized the contest for 11 years. “It all comes together. It’s a showcase of Osage City. This is the event people come home for, the event people like to show off and tell people when they go places.”

Easter egg hunts to be held April 15

Osage County will host the following Easter egg hunts for children April 15 around the county.

• Scranton’s annual Easter egg hunt will be 10 a.m. at Scranton City Park.

• Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, will host its annual Easter egg hunt 10:30 a.m.

• Melvern Easter egg hunt will be 1 p.m. at Melvern City Park.

Cruis’n & Cook’n car show draws 300 vehicles

OSAGE CITY — Approximately 300 entrants participated in the 13th Annual Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show. The event was held April 8 in downtown Osage City. The 2017 award winners have been announced.

Club participation, Flatland Cruisers, Emporia; Mayor’s Choice, Lowell Seymour, Topeka; Tom Nordling Memorial, Trent Tyson, Burlingame; Dan Noble Memorial, John Matthews, Lawrence; Craig Ogleby Memorial, Enos Perez, Jr., Humboldt; and Kenny Martin Memorial, Larry and Jolene Hudson, Wamego.

Choice award, 29 and before, Frank Wiseman, Wellsville, and Jack Perry, Osage City.

Auditor suggests water rate hike in Burlingame

BURLINGAME — John R. Welch, certified public accountant, presented the findings from his audit April 3 to the Burlingame city council.

Under the significant findings of the audit Welch said that the council had the fiduciary duty to raise sufficient funds to cover the expenses of the water utility.

“In the case of the water department, you are short about $60,000 a year in order to fund the water improvement bonds,” said Welch. “The bonds come due in March, at that part of time you don’t have money to pay the bonds.”

Lyndon City Council works on wastewater treatment project

LYNDON — The Lyndon City Council continued discussion and planning for a new wastewater treatment plant at its April 3 meeting.

Rick Ensz, Cooper Malone McClain Inc., provided the Lyndon City Council with a temporary note and Kansas Department of Health and Environment Loan Calls and Rural Development Bond Issuance Assistance agreement and the break down of the services.

Alley dispute draws split vote by Osage City Council

OSAGE CITY — The March 28 Osage City Council meeting included updates on a multi-million dollar wastewater treatment project, but was dominated by discussion related to the proposed opening of an alleyway that runs parallel to Lakin and Holiday streets between Seventh and Eighth streets.

“Lorrain (Davis) approached us with concern about how that alley was used,” said Wes Brown. “It had a restrictive function, you could not drive through with motor vehicles and go out the west end. Lorraine’s request is that the west end of the alley be reopened to motor vehicle traffic.”

Youth rides at Wings in the Spring

Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1535 will be holding a Young Eagles Rally 9 a.m. to noon April 8 at the Osage City Airport, weather permitting. If you would like to look at airplanes close up and talk to aircraft minded people, come out and enjoy the camaraderie. Children ages eight to 17 will be able to participate in a free airplane ride.

Contest set for second 100-team season

OSAGE CITY — Osage City’s Smoke in the Spring State Barbecue Competition settles into its second 100-team event this year, sitting at 105 teams for the annual event, which begins Friday at Jones Park in Osage City.

“The hype that surrounds this contest is spreading,” said Corey Linton, organizer for the event. “Once March begins, it’s all people talk about in our area. The last couple years, is that the talk is spreading to Shawnee County, to Lyon County. We just have more and more people every year.”

Cars to cover downtown Osage City

OSAGE CITY — The 13th Annual Cruis’n and Cook’n Car Show will look to continue its third year of filling more than three blocks of Osage City’s central business district with over 300 vehicles this weekend.

“That’s what we’re hoping to get,” said Jeanette Swartz, member of Twin Lakes Cruisers, who organizes the event. “It’s sounding pretty good, mid 70s and sunny. We’ve got 90 some pre-entries so far, which is about what we had this time last year.”

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