Letter: April is child abuse prevention month

Did you know Kids Count ranked Kansas 19th nationally for child well-being in 2016? While Kansas has worked hard to make our state a place where children and families thrive, the work is far from over.

April is Child Abuse Prevention month, and Kansas Children’s Service League, as the Kansas chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, reminds everyone that we all have a role to play in healthy child development. Make a commitment to take one simple step to improve Kansas’ Kids Count ranking.

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.”

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.

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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.

Steven X. Cross

Dec. 27, 1953 – March 29, 207

OVERBROOK — Steven X. Cross died March 29, 2017, at his home in Overbrook. He was 63.

He was a construction foreman for Frisbie Construction and then Wolf Construction. He graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1972. He was a member of Grace Community Church, Crappie Master’s and Crappie Busters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, John Cross and Ronnie Wilkinson.

Anna Kay Schemm

Oct. 11, 1957 – March 30, 2017

OTTAWA — After battling sustained illnesses, Anna Kay Schemm moved on to a better place. She passed away March 30, 2017, at Ottawa. She was 59.

She was born Oct. 11, 1957, at Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Charles and Bonna Driver Heitman and was one of four siblings. She graduated from Park Hill High School on May 22, 1975.

Osage City celebrates Tree City USA’s 40th anniversary

OSAGE CITY — Osage City is celebrating 26 years as a Tree City USA, recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. This marks the 40th Anniversary of Tree City USA.

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