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Grant sought to replace west Market Street

OSAGE CITY — The Osage City Council was presented options Feb. 28, during the regular meeting, for grants available through the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Connecting Links program.

“I wanted to speak to you, briefly, about a potential funding opportunity for street maintenance work,” said Jason Hoskinson, project engineer for BG Consultants, Kansas City. “Ultimately, we’d be looking for direction from council if you want to proceed with a project.”

New restrooms approved for Jones, Sumner parks

BULRINGAME — The Burlingame City Council approved bids for the construction of new bathrooms at Sumner and Jones parks at its Feb. 21 and Feb. 23 meetings.

“I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, especially Sumner Park,” said Doug Moon, council member.

Skydive Kansas closes doors

OSAGE CITY — Jen Sharp, owner of Skydive Kansas, made an emotional decision last October when she announced the business would be closing early this year.

Around the end of last year, Sharp’s part-time work with the United States Parachute Association began to turn into a full-time position. It became clear to Sharp that she would no longer have the time necessary to run the business.

“There’s no way I could have a full-time job, travel to do courses, and give this place the attention it needs,” Sharp said.

County to restrict traffic on Jordan Road

LYNDON — Glen Tyson, public works supervisor for Osage County, discussed the results of recent inspections on county bridges by the Kansas Department of Transportation during the Osage County Commission meeting Monday in Lyndon.

“KDOT has sent out, to other consultants, load ratings on certain bridges in the county,” Tyson said. “This was like a year ago, when they started searching out all the information.”

Tyson said they looked at five bridges in Osage County during the last year.

Permit approved for emergency services station

LYNDON—The Osage County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a condition land use permit for one or more emergency services to be placed on six acres of property located at 137th and Prost Road, just east of the U.S. 75 highway exit at Carbondale.

Darrel Sinclair, fire chief for Osage County Fire District No. 1, Carbondale, said the site was the department’s top selection following a two-year search.

“We’re looking for 50 years into the future,” Sinclair said. “The congestion is much less over at Prost Road. The reaction time to anywhere in the city is much better.”

Osage City approves contract with GreatLIFE golf

OSAGE CITY — Just two weeks after its start date, the Osage City Council unanimously approved a contract with GreatLIFE Golf to become an affiliate course during its Feb. 14 regular meeting.

Council, staff and course representatives discussed changes with Bryan Minnis, GreatLIFE Golf chief development officer. During a previous meeting, the council and golf board voiced concerns regarding fees on top of the monthly agreement for items, such as the company’s point of sale system.

Three air-lifted from five-vehicle accident

OSAGE CITY—Emergency responders worked a multiple-vehicle accident at 4:59 p.m. Feb. 18 around milepost 384 on U.S. 56 highway, approximately five miles west of Osage City.

“The reporting party advised that there was heavy smoke crossing the highway at the time of the accident,” said Laurie Dunn, Osage County sheriff. “When emergency responders arrived they found two accidents involving five vehicles.”

Senior house project seeking lots in Overbrook

OVERBROOK—Representatives of a six-community senior housing projects spoke with the Overbrook City Council during its Feb. 8 regular meeting.

“If you’ll remember, a couple years ago, Osage County Economic Development Corporation submitted an application to the Kansas Resource Housing Corporation,” said Bill Caton, project manager. “We were not able to secure an investor for the tax credits. We now have secured an investor for 26 units in various communities.”

MdCV schools brace for six-figure cuts

MELVERN — A five-percent cut to education statewide may be temporarily off the table, but there is more than one way Marais des Cygnes Valley schools could see a cut of $100,000 or more in the coming year.

“We’re going to talk about cuts for this year, school finance formula, and statewide,” Ted Hessong, USD 456 superintended said at the board of education meeting Monday in Melvern. “Don’t panic. We just want to put it out there, so we’re not overly surprised if something does happen.”

Missouri man arrested, charged with Osage City bank robbery

A Missouri man has been arrested and charged with robbing a bank in Osage City, Kan., U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said today.

Hunter Lee Prewitt, 28, Mountain Grove, Mo., was charged with one count of bank robbery. It is alleged that on Jan. 25, 2017, Prewitt robbed the Landmark National Bank at 106 South 6th Street in Osage City. According to court records, Prewitt gave a teller a note saying: “This a robbery. Give me all one hundreds, fifties and twenties.” He left the bank with cash and drove away in a white pickup truck.

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