Robert Kurtz

Aug. 1, 1939 – Sept. 17, 2016

MESA, Ariz.—Robert “Bob” Kurtz, Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Burlingame, died Sept. 17, 2016, of natural causes. He was 77.

He was born Aug. 1, 1939, at Woodston. He graduated from Chapman High School class of 1957 at Chapman.

He married Linda Krill Kurtz July 7, 1973. They were married 43 years. She survives of the home.

He was a volunteer firefighter for 15 years and worked in a variety of fields over the years including owning his own businesses until his retirement. He enjoyed the outdoors and woodworking.

Ronald L. Smith

Sept. 23, 1942 – Sept. 23, 2016

TOPEKA—Ronald L. Smith, Burlingame, died Sept. 23, 2016, at a Topeka hospital. He was 74.

He was born Sept. 23, 1942, at Burlingame, the son of Albert E. and Mary Betty Riggin Smith. He graduated from Burlingame High School in 1960 and lived his entire life in the Burlingame area.

He worked for Topeka Foundry and Iron, Goodyear Tire and farmed most of his life.

He married Judith F. Dunmire, January 20, 1962, at Osage City. She preceded him in death on Jan. 22, 2015.

Quenemo hires code officer, building inspector

Police chief moved to full time

QUENEMO—The Quenemo City Council addressed building code and municipal code enforcement during its Sept. 13 regular meeting.

“We’ve had it advertised,” said Ron Parker, mayor of Quenemo. “We’ve got two applicants.”

“We’ve been on this for quite some time. We’ve got to get something done. I’m tired of fooling with it,” Parker said. “This dragging stuff out is going to stop.”

“You want to do that in executive session or open meeting?” asked Marty Kane, Police Chief.

Kenneth Dean Martin

June 23, 1935 – Sept. 20, 2016

MESA, Ariz.—Kenneth Dean Martin, died Sept. 20 at Mesa, Ariz. from complications of Morquio Syndrome. He was 81.

He was a life-long resident of Osage City, until moving to Arizona 10 months ago to spend his final months with his daughter and family.

He was born June 23, 1935, at Topeka, the son of Butts Martin and Eula Mae Hawkins Martin, Topeka. He attended Osage City schools, and graduated from Osage City High School in 1953.

EDITORIAL: When our state loses, our county loses

This week marks the third time this year that county has lost out due to the administration of the state. The billion dollar mistakes eventually hit home, and they strike those of us with the least access and mobility the hardest.
The loss of the Lyndon clinic is one that takes away from all members of that community, but especially from the less able bodied there. Those that already rely on Medicaid, which was the primary reasoning Stormont Vail Health cited for the closing of the facility.

Carbondale town hall meeting

Carbondale to host town hall meeting

The City of Carbondale will host a town hall meeting 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Carbondale City Hall to determine the interest in a Meals on Wheels community meal to be served at a site in Carbondale. A representative from Meals on Wheels will be in attendance to answer questions.

If you feel that this would be a benefit to the community for yourself or someone you know, you are asked to attend the meeting.

Alvin E. Kraus

June 22, 1937 – Sept. 21, 2016

WEST PLAINS, Mo.—Alvin E. Kraus died Sept. 21, 2016 at West Plains, Mo. He was 79.

He was born June 22, 1937, at Milford, the son of the late Melvin Kraus and Pearl Roeser Kraus.

He married Sharon Hill Sept. 28, 1957, at Osage City. She survives of the home.

He was preceded in death by his parents Melvin Kraus and Pearl Roeser Kraus; a son, Monte Kraus; and a brother, William Kraus.

Chamber to host fourth annual brew event

OSAGE CITY—The Osage City Chamber’s fourth-annual Festival of Beer fundraiser will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Osage City Community Building, 307 S 1st St, Osage City.

“Come sample dozens of craft and import beers featuring several brewed right here in Kansas,” said Jeanette Swarts, chamber director. “There will be a raffle table with drawings for some awesome craft beer related items.”

The event will feature nearly 100 beers to sample, along with live music from The Bryton Stoll Band and food from Saucy Lady BBQ food truck.

Auditors discuss issues with county

LYNDON—Scot Loyd, of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC, reviewed the 2015 audit with commissioners during their Sept. 19 regular meeting.

The report included once significant deficiency, along with several other control deficiencies. Loyd said the primary issue revolved around preparation and review of receipts and financial statements, which would allow the firm greater autonomy in conducting the annual audit.

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