Osage City to host youth Olympics May 2

OSAGE CITY—The Osage City High School Track team will host the first Osage County Olympics Youth Track Meet on May 2 at the OCHS Track and Field.

The event will be open to third through sixth-grade students from Burlingame, Lyndon, Marais des Cygnes Valley, Osage City and Santa Fe Trail schools. Forms are available at each elementary school office.

Each student will participate in up to eight events, which include the shot put, softball throw, long jump, high jump, 50-meter dash, 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash and 4x100 relay.

Fort takes fifth at home meet

OSAGE CITY—A single stroke separated the top three golfers at the Osage City Invitational April 16 at Osage City Municipal Golf Course.

Osage City’s Dennis Fort finished at 79, one shot behind Paul Steinke, Rossville, who won the tournament at 78. Fort tied Connor Mickens, Jefferson West, at 79, losing a scorecard playoff to finish third.

Santa Fe Trail edged Osage City in the team results, leading county teams with a 379 four-man score. Osage City took sixth with a 296, and Lyndon was eight at 402.

Commission meets with ambulance service, progress continues on Hoch Road Bridge construction

LYNDON—Commissioners met with a representative from American Medical Response Monday, following the company receiving a bid proposal.

“We’d like to look at the direction you’d like to head,” said Ken Keller, Operations Manager, AMR. “Our program doesn’t try to come in and tell you what you need, we do our best to ask you what you want and need and provide the best possible service at the best possible price.”

Richard A. Riggin

Aug. 17, 1933 – April 13, 2015

TOPEKA—Richard A. “Dick” Riggin, Harveyville, died April 13, 2015, at a Topeka hospital. He was 81.

He was born Aug. 17, 1933, at Wilmington, the son of Linton M. and Muriel L. Denny Riggin. He attended Wilmington Grade School and graduated from Harveyville High School in 1951.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. As a member of the Strategic Air Command, he was a Crew Chief on B-47 bombers.

Car show, fly-in flank weekend of activities

OSAGE CITY—The Osage City community followed up a record-breaking night at the Taste of Osage City with the Cruis’n and Cook’n car show and Wings in the Spring events Saturday morning.

The car show approached 300 vehicles for the third straight year and the third year of holding the contest downtown. Vehicles lined Market Street for three blocks, extending onto the side roads in between.

“It was a very successful show,” said Jeanette Swarts, member of the Twin Lakes Car Club, which organizes the annual event.

Barbecue contest wraps up ‘near-flawless’ event

OSAGE CITY—The Smoke in the Spring State Barbecue Competition wrapped up its biggest year yet. The contest featured entertainment and record-breaking barbecue sales Friday night, followed by a top-notch competition from nearly 100 teams, which were turned in and judged Saturday morning.

The only thing the event lacked was problems.

“I don’t want to say flawless, but near flawless,” said Corey Linton, contest organizer.

The run-up to the Taste of Osage City helped boost the $16,252 in BBQ Buck sales, a big jump from last year.

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Fred H. Woodbury

June 8, 1932 – April 10, 2015

LAWRENCE—Fred H. Woodbury, Quenemo, died April 10, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was 82.

He was born June 8, 1932, on the family farm at Olivet, the son of Howard K. and Rachel Evans Woodbury. He grew up in the Olivet area and lived north of Quenemo since 1968.

He graduated from Olivet High School in 1949. He was on the livestock judging team and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega while at Kansas State University where he received a degree in agricultural administration.

Doreen Roberts

Feb. 19, 1925 – April 8, 2015

MELVERN—Doreen Roberts died April 8, 2015, at her home in Melvern. She was 90.

She was born Feb. 19, 1925, near Melvern, the daughter of John and Gladys Sutton Plowman. She lived near Osage City for several years before moving back to Melvern in 1963.

She was a homemaker all of her life.

She married Sidney Kitt May 24, 1943, at Kansas City, Mo. He preceded her in death on Dec. 31, 1962. She married Kenneth Roberts Dec. 9, 1967, at Osage City. He preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 2001.

Michael Lee Grove

May 18, 1947 – April 10, 2015

TOPEKA—Michael Lee Grove, Osage City, died April 10, 2015, at Stormont-Vail Healthcare, Topeka. He was 67.

He was born May 18, 1947, at Portland, Ore., the son of Omer Elza and Beatrice Rita Olson Grove. He graduated in 1965 from Gladwin High School, Gladwin, Mich. He attended college at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich.

He married Christine Mae Ewald Sept. 10, 1966, at Beaverton, Mich. She survives.

They moved to Osage City, in 2013, from Duchesne, Utah.

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