Gary Lee Wilhite

July 3, 1939 – Feb. 7, 2017

READING — Gary Lee Wilhite died Feb. 7, 2017, at his Reading home. He was 77.

A Celebration of Life will be held 2 to 4 p.m. April 8 at Reading Community Center, Reading.

Karen Jean Fiebiger

Aug. 2, 1940 – March 24, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Karen Jean Fiebiger died March 24, 2017, at Vintage Park of Osage City, Osage City. She was 76.

She was born Aug. 2, 1940, at Fort Dodge, Iowa, the daughter of Mervin Lester and Hazel LaVonne Hilton Oleson. She graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High in 1958.

She was a teacher’s aide. She was an member of Grace Lutheran Church, Osage City.

Mary Ann Warner

April 10, 1929 – March 24, 2017

TOPEKA — Mary Ann Warner, Topeka, died March 24, 2017. She was 87.

She was born April 10, 1929, at Osage City, the daughter of Andrew B. and Esther A. Rich Nelson.

She was a 1947 graduate of Lyndon High School, attended Washburn University, and Clark’s Business College.

She was blessed to be a homemaker that allowed her to care for her family. She was a longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, American Legion, and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an avid KU fan and enjoyed watching sports of all kinds.

Steve White

Jan. 15, 1950 – March 27, 2017

SHAWNEE MISSION — R. Steven “Steve” White, Osage City, passed away in his sleep March 27, 2017, at the Health Care Resort of Shawnee Mission. He was 67.

He was born Jan. 15, 1950, the son of Howard M. and Marcia M. White, Ulysses. After attending Washburn University, he made his home in Osage City.

USD 421 extends search for new superintendent

LYNDON — The USD 421 Board of Education interviewed three candidates during special meetings March 13-15 for the superintendent position that will be vacant after June 30. Cheryl Cook, superintendent, had submitted her resignation during the Oct. 12, 2016, board meeting, which the board accepted.

The three candidates who were interviewed were Troy Damman, superintendent of USD 272, Downs; Adam McDaniel, superintendent of USD 322, Onaga; and Jeff Jones, principal of West Palins High School, Ransom.

Lyndon wastewater treatment project hits a snag

LYNDON — The Lyndon City Council received an update on the wastewater treatment project from Brian Foster, BG Consultants, during Monday’s meeting. The project will replace the current wastewater treatment facility, which is one of the oldest facilities in the state.

The major project has been an ongoing for the council since August 2015. The current facility no longer meets the requirements set out in the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

Carbondale completes requirements for recreation grant

CARBONDALE — The Carbondale City County recessed during Monday’s regular meeting for a public hearing with Garrett Nordstrom, Governmental Assistance Services, to close out the Community Development Block Grant for the recreational improvements at City Park.

“We’re fixing to close out the project,” Nordstrom said. “I think we got our money. Is there anything else we need to cover?”

Council and staff noted some smaller issues.

Rosella E. Krautkremer Riesgraf

Jan. 22, 1922 – March 15, 2017

BELLE PLAINE, Minn. — Rosella E. Krautkremer Riesgraf, Belle Plaine, Minn., died March 15, 2017, at The Lutheran Home, Belle Plaine, Minn. She was 95.

She was born Jan. 22, 1922, in Helena Township, Scott County, Minn. the daughter of Nick and Christina Lambrecht Krautkremer. She attended school at St. Benedict, Minn., and was raised in the St. Benedict area.

She married Severin Riesgraf May 14, 1946, at St. Benedict, Minn. The couple farmed outside of Union Hill until the mid-1980’s. They latter moved to New Prague, Minn.

County considers internet-based phone systems

LYNDON—Commissioners continued ongoing discussion with Charna Williams, clerk of the Osage County District Court.

“Our phone system is 15 years old,” Williams said. “We can’t even get replacement parts.”

“We’re doing a whole phone system for the courthouse,” said Ken Kuykendall.

Williams said she had looked at two bids, and discussed reduced prices for running fiber to the courthouse through CenturyLink.

Dollar General requests city participate with Burlingame construction

BURLINGAME — The Burlingame City Council discussed construction of a Dollar General at 117 E. Santa Fe Avenue during its March 20 regular meeting.

Colby Capital, contractor for Dollar General, would like the city to help pave the alley that would lead up to the new store in Burlingame. The council discussed chip sealing, asphalt and concrete options for the alley.

The Dollar General contractors will be laying a concrete parking lot. Holman suggested contacting their sub contractors for reduced prices.

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