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Carbondale council chastises police chief's actions

CARBONDALE—Carbondale Police Chief Marty Kane’s attempt to hire a new full time and a new part time officer met strong opposition from the council and several members of the public.

Kane opened the meeting with a hand-held radar report, showing the department’s schedule for January.

“This does look a lot better,” said council member Lee Curtis. “It looks like we’re more committed to the community. The other schedule just looked like we were writing down hours.”

Volunteers move into Overbrook Library

OVERBROOK—Seasons have come and gone throughout the planning, fundraising, constructing, moving and organizing of the Overbrook Public Library project. Come Jan. 6, the doors of the new library will officially open to the public.

“Most construction projects run into this, you get started and then you realize you need to change this or that and the price gets a little higher,” said Marni Penrod, president of the library board. “It’s been nice to handle that without too much panic.”

2013: The Year in Photos


Osage County saw storm-average snowfall as around 10 inches fell on much of the county in back-to-back snowstorms in late February, dubbed the Blizzard of Oz.

2013: The Year in Headlines

Headlines from more the 150 of the top stories in 2013, with links to the original articles. Certain articles may only be available to online subscribers.

County reviews IT proposal from Nex-Tech

LYNDON—The Osage County Commission heard a second presentation from Brian Meder, of Nex-Tech, for management and provision of computers and servers for the county agencies.

“We’re very pleased with what you’re offering,” said Ken Kuykendall, Osage County Commissioner. “We’re not going to pull the trigger on anything today. We’re still learning, examining and thinking.”

Skip’s Thriftway to sell after 43 years

Horton couple to assume ownership Dec. 30

CARBONDALE—After 43 years of service to the people of the Carbondale area, Skip and Carolyn Kleier are about to embark on a well-deserved retirement.

Kleiers purchased the Thriftway store Jan. 1, 1971, from Jim and Virginia Bradley. The original grocery store was located in downtown Carbondale. In 1976, Kleiers built a new store at its present location, 515 Main St., Carbondale. The store has 30 employees, including many part time high school students.

Possibly wolf sighting near Osage City

This a public advisory that a wolf believed to be a hybrid has been seen in the area north of Osage City near U.S. 56 Highway on Sunday, December 15, 2013. If you see this wolf, please contact the Osage County Sheriffs Office at 911 or (785) 828-3121 with the location of the wolf, as soon as possible. It is unknown whether this wolf will be aggressive and caution should be used with this animal.

"A hybrid wolf/wolf violates the county animal resolution," Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said. "So if someone locates it they may not keep it."

Potter, Wilbanks claim $1,000 prizes

OSAGE CITY—The Christmas on Us Grand Prize Drawing was held Dec. 18 at the Osage City High School Auditorium, where the final prizes in the $3,000 Christmas on Us Giveaway were awarded.

The contest collected 94,488 tickets, tracking $944,880 spent at participating businesses in Osage County during the holiday season.

The two $1,000 grand prizes were awarded two Roger Wilbanks and Mandi Potter, each of Osage City.

Freezing rain advisory, winter storm watch issued

Freezing Rain Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
159 PM CST THU DEC 19 2013

...WIDESPREAD FREEZING DRIZZLE TONIGHT FOLLOWED BY A POTENTIAL
WINTER STORM SATURDAY INTO SATURDAY NIGHT...

Mission Covenant Church razed

Demolition of the Mission Covenant Church at Lakin and Topeka streets in Osage City was carried out quickly around 6 p.m. Monday evening. Brian Davison, of Osage Salvage, razed the building with a bulldozer in about half an hour.

The building housed the Osage City Mission Covenant Church for over 100 years.

The church was one of two, Community Covenant Church being the other, founded in the early 1870s by Rev. C.P. Melgren, grandfather of Homer Melgren and a great-grandfather of Steve Melgren, both of Osage City.

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