KDOT awards bids for three Osage County projects

TOPEKA—The Kansas Department of Transportation announces approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. The letting took place Dec. 18 in Topeka.

A bid of $1,968,202.33 was accepted from Dustrol Inc., Towanda, for 25.7 miles of U.S. Highway 56 from the south junction of U.S. 56 and K-31 north and east to the Douglas County line. The bid will be to recycle and overlay the stretch, except for the city of Burlingame. (Project 56-70 KA 3393 01)

Elton Vaughn

Died Dec. 27, 2013

Junction City—Elton G. Vaughn, 90, formerly of Osage City, passed away Friday, December 27, 2013 at Geary Community Hospital in Junction City.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at the VanArsdale Funeral Chapel in Osage City with burial to follow at Osage City Cemetery. Family will receive friends an hour before service at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to the American Legion Post 198 and sent in care of VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth, Osage City, KS 66523.

R.E. Phelps Jr.

Aug. 8, 1928 – Dec. 28, 2013

OVERBROOK—R.E. “Bud” Phelps Jr. died Dec. 28, 2013, at his home west of Overbrook. He was 85.

He was born Aug. 8, 1928, at Fredonia, the son of Robert and Marie McReynolds Phelps. He lived in California for many years before returning to the Overbrook area in 1994.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952. He worked as a lead man for TRW and Northrup-Grumman in California from 1957 to 1990.

He married Peggy Scott July 11, 1954, at Chanute. She survives.

Milton Carl Scheer

Feb. 10, 1930 – Dec. 23, 2013

LYNDON—Milton Carl Scheer died Dec. 23, 2013, at his home in Lyndon. He was 83.

He was born Feb. 10, 1930, at Maud, Okla., the son of David and Hazel Noe Scheer. He lived in McFarland before moving to Lyndon where he has lived for the past 36 years.

He graduated from Topeka High School in 1948 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1949 to 1950. He worked as a painter most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Eugene Scheer.

Harmison to retire as Overbrook Police Chief

OVERBROOK—With minimal announcement and fanfare, Overbrook Police Chief Ed Harmison has announced he will officially retire Jan. 15, 2014, after 40 years of service to the Overbrook community.

“I really planned to go quietly into the night,” Harmison said. “I am 63 and I felt it was the time to retire.”

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Focus committee provides recommendation to USD 421 board

LYNDON—The USD 421 Focus Committee continued development of plans that will likely result in a bond issue for the district at its third, and likely final, meting Dec. 18.

“Because this committee didn’t expand and develop exactly as we had planned, there remained a larger share of school employees on the committee than anticipated,” said USD 421 Superintendent Brian Spencer. “The final composition truly seems to represent the entire range of ideas in the community. The discussion on Dec. 18 was very beneficial to the process.”

Possibly wolf sighting near Osage City

This a public advisory that a wolf believed to be a hybrid has been seen in the area north of Osage City near U.S. 56 Highway on Sunday, December 15, 2013. If you see this wolf, please contact the Osage County Sheriffs Office at 911 or (785) 828-3121 with the location of the wolf, as soon as possible. It is unknown whether this wolf will be aggressive and caution should be used with this animal.

"A hybrid wolf/wolf violates the county animal resolution," Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said. "So if someone locates it they may not keep it."

Kinsley woman dies after falling from mule

VASSAR— Faye Ann Dye, 57, of Kinsley, was killed after falling from a mule Dec. 15 near Lamont Hill.

The Osage County Sheriff's Office was called around 6 p.m. that evening to a woman who had fallen from a mule. According to a press release issued by the department, two subjects had been riding mules near the 23000 block of State Highway 368, when a loud vehicle scared the mules into running, dislodging Kinsley.

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