Ernestine “Erni” J. Muzzy

February 1, 1928 – February 27, 2017

GOTHENBURG, Neb. — Ernestine “Erni” J. Muzzy, age 89, formerly of Lawrence, died February 27, 2017 at Gothenburg, Nebraska.

Ella Loraine Bishop McNabb

July 24, 1924 — March, 18, 2017

TOPEKA — Ella Loraine Bishop McNabb passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Topeka. She was born in Coley’s Point, Newfoundland, Canada, July 24, 1924 the daughter of Isaac and Belle Bishop. On February 16, 1951, she was married to US Navy Chief Petty Officer, Lawrence Lester McNabb (originally of Melvern) in Norfolk, VA.

Ongoing drainage issues discussed in Scranton

SCRANTON — The Scranton City Council continued discussion of drainage issues with residents during its March 7 regular meeting.

Ladonna Lee, resident, attended the Feb. 21 meeting of the council, requesting the city address damage to her property, which she alleged took place during the water project. Council members and city staff were to meet Lee at her residence on Dogwood Avenue in the west part of the city.

USD 421 begins interviews for new superintendent

LYNDON — The USD 421 Board of Education held a special meeting March 7. No action was taken during the executive session; however, the board did narrow down the candidates 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.

Program considered for Burlingame brick restoration

BURLINGAME — Wesley Colson, Burlingame city superintendent, talked about the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) City Connecting Link Improvement Program (CCLIP) for Burlingame’s brick roads at the March 7 Burlingame City Council meeting. CCLIP provides funds up to $300,000 for surface preservation, $1 million for pavement restoration and $1 million for geometric improvement. Applications for CCLIP are due March 17.

Search begins for county health administrator

LYNDON — Anne Gray, Osage County Health Department administrator, spoke with the Osage County Commission Monday to begin the process of finding her successor.

“We said in March, we’d start talking about finding a replacement for me,” Gray said. “It’s March.”

Commissioners discussed the best person for the job, whether that someone have a nursing or administrative background.

I-35 concrete patching begins March 20

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin a concrete patching project on a 41-mile section of I-35 Monday, March 20.

Work will start approximately one mile west of the Beto Junction exit and continue northeast through Coffey, Osage and Franklin counties, ending at Wellsville. The contractor plans to patch only on the northbound lanes of I-35, moving to the southbound lanes later in the year. Northbound traffic will be restricted to one lane at the work zones with a reduced speed limit of 60 miles per hour.

Bearcats claim third in double overtime

HAYS — The Burlingame Bearcats took third place in Class 1A Division I State Basketball Championship, beating the St. Francis Indians with a final score of 59-56 March 11 at Butch Gross Coliseum in Hays.

“We were able to force overtime and then a second overtime,” said Creighton Winters, Bearcats head coach. “Zach Herrick came in and had seven points in the second overtime and hit the game winning three at the buzzer.”

Richard Dean Allison

May 30, 1946 – March 14, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Richard Dean Allison, 70, of Osage City, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Midland Hospice in Topeka. Dick grew up in Topeka and the surrounding area, graduating from Shawnee Heights High School in 1964. He served in the U.S. Marine Reserves Infantry Company as Gunnery Sergeant from 1966 to 1980. Dick received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 1980 and Associates in Legal Assistances in 1984 both from Washburn University.

USD 434 considers list of capital outlay projects

SCRANTON — The USD 434 Board of Education revisited a board survey of interest in a variety of capital outlay projects for the district during its March 8 regular meeting.

At the February meeting, Steve Pegram, superintendent, asked the board to vote on the projects they would like to see pursued by the district, as a gage of interest.

The voting saw the strongest support for two items – security cameras at Carbondale and hiring a full-time curriculum director. The curriculum director position was pitched at the January board meeting.

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