Osage City Lake dredging bids resubmitted

OSAGE CITY—After receiving just two bids which greatly exceeded engineer’s estimates, the Osage City Council voted last week to send the lake restoration project “back to the drawing board.”

Bids reviewed during the May 28 meeting were 71 and 170 percent higher than the anticipated cost of the project. Nine contractors had requested plans, but only two submitted final bids.

Camps give children new perspectives

OSAGE CITY—Eleven area children participated in back-to-back weeklong camps through Three-Lakes Cooperative. Students took Karate lessons at the first camp, but got a chance to stretch their legs during therapeutic horse riding sessions last week.

“We’ve seen a big improvement in all of the kids’ attitude, focus and posture,” said organizer and Three Lake Cooperative physical therapist Sandy Smith. “Kids who don’t talk a lot are talking more and louder. It works on communication skills as well as the whole body, and it’s an activity most kids don’t get the chance to do.”

District, contractors push to overcome project delays

OSAGE CITY—Despite significant weather delays to the track and field project, project organizers still believe there’s time to have Osage City High School’s new football field ready for its first game Sept. 13.

“We’re right on track to get that done,” said Kenton Cox, of Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture. “We’ve had a lot of rain, but we’re still making good progress. We’re scheduled to start pouring ribbon around the track Monday and irrigation is scheduled to be run to the field and in the field, which is a critical piece in getting ready for sod.”

Deputy honored for commendable action

LYNDON—Osage County Sheriff’s Deputy Blake Reker was honored during Monday’s Osage County Commission meeting.

The meeting was moved the open area just outside the commission chambers to accommodate the crowd present to honor Reker, including Reker’s family, other deputies, Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards, Franklin County Administrator Lisa Johnson, Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn and Osage County Undersheriff Jeff Johnson. After welcoming everyone, commissioner Ken Kuykendall turned the meeting over to Dunn.

Honor Flights ferry vets to D.C.

Lyndon High School continued hosting Honor Flight this spring with two more trips by veterans and student chaperones to visit the WWII and Korean war memorials in Washington, D.C.

“Honor flight is such a unique experience,” said LHS junior Brenna Herdman. “It is an amazing feeling to give back to the veterans after they risked their lives for our freedom.”

Honor Flight Photos

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