Tailgate Showdown adds to cookoff tradition

OSAGE CITY—Osage City Parks and Recreation and Osage City Chamber of Commerce hosted the first Osage County Tailgate Showdown Oct. 5 at Jones Park, Osage City. The competition was geared toward residents and natives of Osage County.

“Even with just a handful of contestants, this year was a success,” said Osage City Parks and Recreation director Corey Linton.

Football: Bearcats fall out of delayed game

HARTFORD—The Burlingame Bearcats opened Friday night’s game with a solid 12-0 lead before lightning ended the night with three minutes remaining in the second quarter.

Game play resumed three days later on Monday evening, but the Bearcats failed to pick up where they left off, losing 42-38.

“We had the ball in the red zone, threatening to score,” said Burlingame coach Doug Bingham. “Unfortunately, we came out extremely flat and not ready to play.”

Topeka couple donates caboose to Melvern park

MELVERN—After a decade search, one of the anchor components of Melvern’s Railroad Park has finally arrived in the form of a yellow Union Pacific No. 25836 caboose donated by Gary and Marcia Ross, of Topeka.

“We’d been looking for one for a long time,” said Melvern PRIDE member Larry Salisbury. “We didn’t expect someone to just give us one.”

Horton woman killed on K-268

QUENEMO—A Horton woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on State Highway 268, 8.7 miles east of U.S. 75 Highway, just north of Quenemo.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol report, at 1:34 p.m. Saturday, a 2002 Ford Explorer, driven by Rochelle Roach, 37, Horton, was eatbound on K-268 when it entered the south ditch, overcorrected across both lanes and rolled twice, landing upside down in the north ditch.

Lady Chargers to ‘Dig Pink’ in honor of coach

CARBONDALE—The Santa Fe Trail Lady Chargers volleyball team annual Dig Pink event hits closer to home with the honoring of head volleyball coach and SFTHS councilor Joy Schmidt.

“Wear your prink proudly, come out and cheer on the Chargers as we take on the Hiawatha Red Hawks,” states the event flyer. “Your support is greatly appreciated.”

The Oct. 8 event will include a Dig Pink Raffle with items donated from the community. Proceeds and funds from additional fundraisers will help support Schmidt’s fight with cancer.

Weather rearranges weekend football games

Lightning delayed and rescheduled several games last weekend, with some still in process. Here’s the latest:
• Burlingame leads 12-0 with 3 minutes remaining in the second quarter of a game that will resume at 5 p.m. tonight in Hartford.
• Lyndon squeezed past Olpe in a 27-25 win, in a game that didn’t start until 10:30 and was finished around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
• Osage City came up short in a 48-20 loss to Council Grove. The game was rescheduled and played Saturday in Osage City.

SFT volleyball ranked No. 1 following 4A split

TOPEKA—The Kansas Volleyball Association released their fourth-week rankings Oct. 2. The rankings reflect school reclassifications released Sept. 27 for 2013 enrollments, and for the first time acknowledge the Class 4A split approved by Kansas State High School Activities Association members last summer.

With the split, the Santa Fe Trail (16-2) volleyball team jumped from the sixth ranked team in Class 4A to the top-ranked team in Class 4A Division II.

KDOT awards bids for roundabout, county road

TOPEKA—The Kansas Department of Transportation announces approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. The letting took place Sept. 18 in Topeka.

KDOT awarded 22 bids, including 17 in northeast Kansas, two in Osage County.

The U.S. 75 and K-32/K-268 roundabout bid (75-70 KA 0047 01) was awarded to Smoky Hill LLC, of Salina, for $2,541,251.01.

A bridge-replacement project on 205th near Pomona Lake (70 C 4501 01) between Paulen and Ratner roads was awarded to Midwest Construction Company Inc., Holton, for $343,362.26.

Council discusses sewer overflow issues

OSAGE CITY—The Osage City Council continued discussion concerning peak overflow to the city sewer system, which has lead to health and environmental violations in previous years.

The council discussed challenges and progress with Jeff Barnard, Burns and McDonnell, the primarily focused on the northeast part of the city. Overflow in that area led the city being levied by the Environmental Protection Agency in May 2012, to which it followed up with smoke testing in September 2012 to address problems.

Resident posts unapproved speed limit signs

LYNDON—Two realistic, but illegal speed limit signs were found posted Sept. 27 north of 229th street on Surf Drive in Pomona Heights, in Vassar. The signs were removed by the county bridge office, and later reinstalled on private property.

“We tried to explain to him that you can’t post them. Well, he turned right around and put them back in the ground,” said Glen Tyson, Osage County bridge supervisor.

The two signs are four feet high, with a speed limit less than what was legally posted.

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