Jiskra to play in Shrine Bowl Sunday

TOPEKA—It may be reaching 40, but unlike its human counterparts, the Kansas Shrine Bowl is showing no signs of slowing down. The state’s oldest annual all-star game of any sport may be picking up speed as it approaches the 40th renewal of the East vs. West Rivalry, marking the unofficial beginning of the football season in Kansas by showcasing the state’s outstanding recently-graduated football talent.

County seeking donations for state map

Donations for the Kansas Statehouse County Map Project are being sought at this time. Osage County is tasked with raising $1,000 to pay for its tile in a project that will include all 105 Kansas counties. The tile will include the county’s name etched into the map on the marble floor of the new visitor’s center at the Capitol.

Lyndon raises levy two mills, mayor resigns

LYNDON—Lyndon City Council members held a special meeting prior to the regularly scheduled Monday meeting to discuss the 2014 budget.

The council had to suspend the special meeting, but picked up the budget discussion during new business. The main topic of discussion was whether to raise the mill levy by two or three mills. One mill is equal to $5,700 in revenue to the city, which meant the council had to cull that amount from an already tight budget.

County turns down lake dirt

LYNDON—The Osage County Commission decided to decline dirt from the Osage City lake dredging project at their regular Monday meeting.

Commissioners met with road and bridge supervisor Glen Tyson for his weekly update and spent most of the meeting discussing the possibility of storing dirt from the lake dredging to use in future county projects. The dirt from the lake would be varying levels of silt, sand and clay and would have to dry out before it could be used. Osage City has estimated the amount of dirt to be removed could be up to 100,000 cubic yards.

Burlingame offers city clerk contract

BURLINGAME—After a short executive session Monday night, the Burlingame City Council took action to offer the city clerk position to Leann Smiley.

Smiley, who was not present at the meeting, was to be offered the position at $13.50 an hour, pending background check and drug test, with a 90 probation period. The position had been filled in interim by Janene Fry since the previous clerk resigned in May.

The city continued discussion of two nuisance properties, the neighboring building on Santa Fe Ave. and the former nursing home site.

USD 420 continues project supervision

OSAGE CITY—The USD 420 Board of Education continued its role of overseeing the facilities improvement projects at the July 10 regular meeting, which was preceded by a tour of the track and field site and the elementary remodeling.

McPherson Construction’s Eric Stueve, project superintendent, explained the field site and handed out a detailed layout of work items to be completed.

“If you look at the schedule, it looks tight, but it's going to happen,” Stueve said. “The sod is tentatively scheduled for July 23.”

SFTHS track problems worsen

CARBONDALE—Superintendent Dr. Steve Pegram informed the board of additional problems with the resurfacing of the high school track at the July 10 USD 434 Board of Education Meeting.

County moves forward with projects

LYNDON—The Osage County Commission met with Road and Bridge Supervisor Glen Tyson and Health Department Director Anne Gray at its regular meeting Monday.

Osage County Fair Events - July 10 - 13

The summer fair season continues with the Osage City Osage County Fair this week, which opened the fairgrounds at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. Carnival rides will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Wednesday
• Entry of all exhibits from 8 to 11 a.m.
• Judging of exhibits at 1 p.m.
• Bucket calf, dairy and beef show at 6:30 p.m. at the pavilion.

Carbondale council president, city clerk resign

CARBONDALE—The Carbondale City Council accepted the resignation of council president Alex Zerbe at the July 1 meeting. No reason was given for Zerbe’s immediate resignation. The council then approved the appointment of council member George Reed as the new president and council member John Ryan as the new incident commander for the Carbondale Disaster Recovery Plan.

Mayor Ruth Town recommended city resident Jenny Hudson be appointed to the council in Zerbe’s vacancy. The council approved and Hudson was sworn in and served as council member for the remainder of the meeting.

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