Osage City High School alum crafts jewelry for Capitol

TOPEKA—Britta McKee, formerly Tobias, is one of only five artists chosen for a special project involving Kansas’ Capitol.

McKee is a 2005 graduate of Osage City High School, as well as a 2009 graduate of Kansas University. McKee earned her bachelors degree in metalsmithing with an emphasis in jewelry.

After graduation, McKee took some time to stay home and care for her son. She attended arts and crafts shows “here and there” and kept busy with custom orders and designs from friends and family.

Preliminary hearing set for murder trial

LYNDON—James P. Harris had his first appearance in Osage County District Court today. Harris was charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the death of James E. Gerety in October.

Charges were formally filed against Harris Oct. 31, 2013 after DNA analysis confirmed human remains as Gerety's, located near Harris' residence. Harris previously took up residence at 3300 W. 118th in Carbondale. A woman hunting mushrooms found the remains March 24, 2012 near W. 118th Court.

Harris is alleged to have killed Gerety between March 3, 2011, and April 20, 2011.

City discusses recreation commission funding

LYNDON—With saving money for the people of Lyndon in mind, the Lyndon City Council invited Joint Recreation Commission representatives to attend Monday’s meeting.

“What we’re going to do, we’re going to send a letter to Rec for this month,” said Kim Newman, city administrator. “We're not going to fund swim lessons anymore.”

“Because we can’t,” said Laura Moore, council member.

“Right, we can’t afford to continue to,” said Newman. “Our pool budget alone was in deficit last year. We wanted you to know this information because you walked in the door.”

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EDITORIAL: Remember, we’re in this together

I expected to write an editorial, or at least a story, about the Osage City Airport this week, which could meet a fateful vote at the March 11 city council meeting.

The decision there is one that should be given much thought, and time to consider the issue – to be sure all facts relating to the funding and future of the city are taken into account before decisions are made.

Osage City’s airport upgrade drawn hundreds of online comments, and plenty of dispute – one of many issues drawing dispute around the county.

Sub-state basketball scores

Basketball scores and boxes for Osage County high school teams in this week's sub-state tournaments.

KDOT approves February bids

TOPEKA—The Kansas Department of Transportation announces approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects. The letting took place Feb. 19 in Topeka.

Bids for two projects were awarded in Osage County.

On State Highway 170, Bridge No. 60 over Cherry Creek and Bridge No. 61, Cherry Creek drainage, located 3.52 and 3.62 miles east of the Osage and Lyon county line, will be replaced by Bryan-Ohlmeier Construction Company, Inc., Paola, at a cost of $1,189,151.60 (KA‑2076‑01).

Closings, cancellations and postponements for March 3

Due to the weather, the following closings and cancellations have been reported for Monday, March 3.

Osage City woman killed in one-vehicle accident

LeROY—An Osage City woman was killed Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident on State Highway 58, 1.2 miles east of U.S. Highway 75, four miles west of LeRoy.

Kelsey Rae Gordon, 19, Osage City, was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile, which left the roadway around 2:35 p.m. Saturday. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol report, the vehicle was eastbound and ran off the south side of the road. Gordon overcorrected, and the vehicle rolled two and a half times before coming to rest upside down in the south ditch. Gordon, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected.

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