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.

Senior housing project requests Burlingame's support

BURLINGAME—Bill Caton, project manager, and Fred Diver, Osage County commissioner, discussed a senior housing project with the Burlingame City Council at its Feb. 6 regular meeting.

The project, sponsored by Osage County Economic Development Corporation, would build four duplexes on the property at 412 Prospect Place, property occupied by the former nursing home in southwest Burlingame. The project would require raising the building.

Melvern discusses installing disc golf course

MELVERN—Marcia Patterson, member of the Melvern Visionary Committee, presented information on installing a disc golf course on the recreation grounds north of Marais des Cygnes High School.

“I think it’s something that would always be great to have in the community,” Patterson said, “for under $5,000 and some labor.”

County approves medical services contract for jail

LYNDON—The Osage County Board of Commissioners approved a request from Laurie Dunn, sheriff, to move forward with hiring Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Peoria, Ill., to perform medical services for the jail.

“We’ve got a lot of counties right around you we take care of,” said Art Rose, program consultant for ACH. He said services would start a few months after the contract was finalized.

“Usually 60-90 days,” Rose said. “I’ve got to hire a nurse, get the doctor set, and make sure my training team is available.”

Osage City Council approves wastewater bids

OSAGE CITY—The Osage City Council tentatively approved a $732,787 bring Greeley Excavating, LLC, for both divisions of the septic sewer system project for the city.

“This is the first construction project resulting from our order with the EPA to address deficiencies with the septic sewer system,” said Waldo Margheim, engineering manager for wastewater systems at Burns & McDonnell.

Waldo reviewed the opening of bids, which took place Jan. 23.

Soil conservation winners honored at meeting

OSAGE CITY—The Osage County Soil Conservation District held its annual meeting Monday at the Osage City schools cafeteria. Keith Badger, district president, followed up the dinner with a brief overview of the districts purpose.

“We do education, we do agriculture stewardship, we work at fairs and farm shows, and we’re in schools,” Bardger said. “We’re the terrace and waterway people. This is probably what we’re best known for.”

Badger also noted the district’s involvement in a tire collection project, which removed 20,000 old tires form the county.

Crosswinds counseling settles into regional office

LYNDON—The Osage County Board of Commissioners hosted an annual update from Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness, Emporia, which operates a regional office in Osage County, one of seven counties served by the organization.

Rod Runquist, chief executive officer, presented updates on the organization along with Lauren Rickner, Osage City office manager.

“This May, I will have been with the agency two years,” Rickner said. “I’ve been up here since Last April.”

Rickner said the office has been focused on regionalizing each of its satellite offices.

Sheriff discusses planned vehicle purchases

LYNDON—Laurie Dunn, Osage County sheriff, and Jeff Johnson, undersheriff, discussed several options for vehicle purchases with the Osage County Board of Commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday morning.

“How many vehicles are we talking about purchasing?” asked Gaylord Anderson, commissioner.

“Anywhere from six to eight,” said Johnson. “That doesn’t include jail or lake patrol. Two of those are supposed to go to investigators. We’re looking at options, whether we go state or brand new.”

City signs off on recreation project

CARBODNALE—The Carbondale City Council approved substantial completion and payment of final requests for the $314,000 recreation project for installation of playground equipment, bathrooms and sidewalk at City Park.

During its Jan. 16 meeting, the council hosted Patrick Cox, BG Consultants, and Garrett Nordstrom, Governmental Assistance Services, for discussion of the final checklist of items related to completion of the project.



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