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.”

Melvern marshal presents immediate resignation

MELVERN — The Melvern City Council heard the resignation of Kent Morrison, city marshal, following private discussion at the city’s April 3 meeting.

The council held back-to-back executive session, the first for 15 minutes to discuss attorney-client matters with Janet Walsh, city attorney, followed by 20 minutes for non-elected personnel with Walsh and Morrison present.

Following the second session, Morrison presented his resignation.

“Due to personal conflicts, I’m going to resign, right now,” Morrison said.

Trail Celebration event has musical beginning

BURLINGAME — Mark Hecht hosted the Trail Songs Celebration April 1 at The Hideout to promote travel along the Santa Fe Trail in Burlingame.

The event was catered and saw seven bands play with members spanning across Kansas. It was originally planned to be hosted at Hecht’s Stage 56, but had to be relocated indoors due to weather conditions.

Emergency management reports on mutual aid

LYNDON — Bryce Romine, Osage County emergency management director, spoke about the recent mutual aid offered by county fire departments and himself during his report March 27 to the Osage County Board of Commissioners.

“I went in support of the Kansas All-Hazards Management team to Reno County very early on Sunday morning,” Romine said. “ Quite an experience working the issues between Reno County, the city of Hutchinson and the incident management team. It was quite a learning experience, both on the team side and government side.”

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.

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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