Burlingame man indicted on postal theft charges

TOPEKA—The United State Attorney’s Office indicted a Topeka postal employee Nov. 19 on a federal charge of stealing prescription medications from the mail, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

Terry D. Ricley, 44, Burlingame, worked sorting mail at the Topeka Post Office North Station. Ricley was charged with one count of theft by a postal employee. According to a press release, Ricley allegedly stole Hydrocodone and Tramadol being delivered by mail.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Overbrook sewer debate sludges on

OVERBROOK—At the invitation from the city council, Overbrook BP Gas and Convenience Store owner Mike Fawl supplied documentation, supporting his claim that the city is responsible for the repairs made to a sewer line. The line had stopped working due to a mop head and a piece of silverware clogging the line.

Fawl presented the original easement paperwork given to him from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

“Unfortunately, this paperwork doesn’t designate ownership of the lines,” said Don Schultz, mayor.

Phyllis Marie Greenawalt

Oct. 23, 1928 – Nov. 9, 2014

BELLA VISTA, Ark.—Phyllis Marie Greenawalt, 86, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Nov. 9, 2014. She was 86.

She was born Oct. 23, 1928, at Quenemo. She was raised in Burlingame, by her parents, A.M. “Mac” and Avis Fine. She graduated from Kansas State University in 1950, with a degree in home economics and education.

She married Jack Greenawalt in 1949. They lived in Chicago, Ill., Des Moines, Iowa, and Columbus, Ohio, before relocating to Bartlesville, Okla., in 1955, where she took great pride in raising her family of four boys.

Free Chiefs T-shirt with blood donation

The Community Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at the the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St, in Osage City.

Hot dogs and long-sleeve Kansas City Chiefs T-shirts will be provided to all registered donors.

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Nella Ruth Hartley

July 26, 1935 – Nov. 14, 2014

OSAGE CITY—Nella Ruth Hartley, Osage City, died Nov. 14, 2014, at Osage Nursing Care. She was 79.

She was born July 26, 1935, at Arkansas City, the daughter of Brooks Cecil and Sarah Elizabeth Miller Bryan. She received her bachelor of arts from Southwestern College, Winfield.

She married J. Herbert Hartley Sept. 2, 1956, at Howard. He survives.

Bill Estes

May 29, 1928 – Nov. 15, 2014

OSAGE CITY— Billy Dale Estes died Nov. 15, 2014, at his home south of Osage City. He was 86.

He was born May 29, 1928, near Admire, the son of Frank and Florence Lewis Estes. He attended Admire High School and graduated with the class of 1945.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army on Nov. 28, 1950, and proudly served until being honorably discharged on Nov. 27, 1952. He attended the Veterans Honor Flight to Washington in the spring of 2013.

Claron Ray Yates

July 15, 1956 – Nov. 13, 2014

GARNETT—Claron Ray Yates, Garnett, died Nov. 13, 2014. He was 58.

He was born July 15, 1956, at Garnett, the son of John H. and Murriell Walter Yates. He grew up in the Greely area and graduated from Garnett High School.

He moved to Houston, Texas, working at Exxon Mobile. He then worked in law enforcement in Garnett and Osage City. He recently retired from Overbrook, USD 434 after 16 years of service.

KDOT crews ready for snow

TOPEKA—With one to four inches of snow in the forecast later this week in Osage County, the Kansas Department of Transportation is ready.

This year KDOT has implemented new snow fighter training courses to better educate new equipment operators on all aspects of roadway snow and ice control as well as how to maintain their equipment.

KDOT has a staff of 1,200 ready for winter weather, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; they have taken their dry runs and have stored 200,000 tons of salt in preparation for this Kansas winter.

County considers rural opportunity

LYNDON—Osage County Commissioners looked into further detail at the option of becoming a Rural Opportunity Zone at the weekly meeting Nov. 10. As a ROZ, the county could potentially offer incentives such as a state income tax waiver and/or student loan repayment for new residents to the county.

Stephanie Watson, Osage County economic director, was present at the meeting, along with Craig Vanwey, with the Kansas Department of Commerce.

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