newspaper to collaborate
on visitor's guide
Wayne White | Managing Editor
LYNDON—Osage County will soon have a new information guide
for tourists and residents, and the Osage County Commission
has agreed to help pay printing costs.
Commissioners met Monday with Jan Ogleby and Barb Prost, of
The Osage County Herald-Chronicle, and Stephanie Watson, county
economic development director, to discuss the publication proposed
by the newspaper.
Watson explained that Osage County Economic Development Corporation
used to print a visitors’ guide, but the cost was prohibitive.
Ogleby said the newspaper will print the publication, but is
requesting assistance from government entities in the county
with the printing costs so that more of the guides can be printed;
9,000 copies is the goal. Ogleby said the guide will have a
two-year shelf life, after which it can be updated and reprinted.
Watson said she has wanted to produce an updated guide, but
budget constraints have prevented it.
Osage County Commissioner Carl Meyer said such a guide would
benefit businesses and cities in the county.
“It’s going to help sell the county, too,”
She said working with the newspaper would allow her to avoid
“all of the legwork” required for such a project.
“I truly think this is a good idea to partner with the
newspaper,” she said.
She recommended the commission approve investing $1,000 in the
“Pitching in $1,000 of the county’s money is a lot
less than I could do it myself,” Watson said.
She noted the county would receive extra copies for distribution
at visitors’ centers and events such as the Kansas Sampler
Festival held last weekend.
“This looks like better advertising for the county than
television,” Meyer said.
Osage County Commissioner Ken Kuykendall questioned whether
the county would also place an ad in the publication, but Watson
said the guide could serve as promotion for the county.
“I think we’re getting enough exposure, I don’t
think we need an ad,” Watson said.
Osage County Commissioner Mike Pruitt offered a motion to approve
the $1,000 expenditure to be paid from the county’s general
fund. Commissioners unanimously approved the motion.
In other business, the commission:
• met with health department director Anne Gray, who spoke
about the county’s involvement with SafeKids Kansas’
child car seat program. The health department is to assist in
• met with Byron Jordan, Osage County Senior Center director,
about staffing issues. Jordan said an employee had resigned
earlier that day. He met with the commissioners in executive
session for 10 minutes for personnel reasons, but no action
was taken afterwards.
• discussed two bridges in disrepair on 221st and 229th
streets near the eastern edge of the county. The bridges are
on former railroad right-of-way, but are now owned by the Rails
to Trails Conservancy. Commissioners indicated they could not
order the repair of the bridges because they are not on county
“We can’t even close the bridges because we don’t
own them,” Kuykendall said.
He suggested posting “Travel at your own risk” signs.
• heard from Glen Tyson, county road and bridge supervisor,
that roads in a housing subdivision in Junction Township were
in need of maintenance, especially after a school bus slid into
a ditch recently and became stuck. Tyson said in researching
the roads, no documentation could be found to indicate the roads
were ever put under the authority of the township or county.