Lonnie Curtis Lester

Feb. 14, 1964 – Aug. 17, 2016

TOPEKA—Lonnie “Curtis” Curtis Lester, Scranton, died Aug. 17, 2016, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka. He was 52.

He was born Feb. 14, 1964, at Topeka, the son of Lonnie Lester and Mildred Chiles Lester.

He was a man of many trades, but cooking was his favorite. He was an avid Kansas City Chiefs, KU and Royals fan.

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Area teams start season with scrimmages

Several of Osage County’s junior high and high school teams will kick off their seasons with scrimmages Friday night on the home fields and courts.


Burlingame schools will host a full evening of activities with the Burlingame Night Lights event, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. The evening beginning with a third and fourth-grade football scrimmage from 6 to 6:20 p.m., followed by a fifth and sixth-grade scrimmage from 6:25 to 6:45 p.m. The junior high will scrimmage from 6:50 to 7:15 p.m. followed by the high school at 7:30 p.m.

Gayle Eugene Cook

May 21, 1927–Aug. 20, 2016

BALDWIN CITY—Gayle Eugene Cook died Aug. 20, 2016.

He was born May 21, 1927, at home in Baldwin City, the son of Murlin Lewis Cook and Orpha Phyllis Cunningham Cook. He attended school in and around Baldwin City, and graduated from Baker University after serving in the Army in Europe from 1945 to 1947.

He married Rose Marie Newland at 7 a.m. Feb. 14, 1948, at Ives Chapel Church, Baldwin City. She preceded him in death.

James E. Rodecap

Aug. 20, 2016

TOPEKA—James E. Rodecap, Pomona, died Aug. 20, 2016, at Topeka. He was 82.

Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at Meriden Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 26 at Barnett Family Funeral Home, Oskaloosa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or American Diabetes Association and sent in care of Barnett Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa, KS 66066.

For full obituary and online condolences, visit www.barnettfamilyfh@yahoo.com.

New superintendent hopes to build connections

MELVERN—Ted Hessong, the new superintendent for Marais des Cygnes Valley schools, expressed that while there has been a lot of transition with new administration this year, he wants the tempo of the district to continue with its present positive projection of moving forward.

Carol Michael

Dec. 17, 1935 – Aug. 18, 2016

OSAGE CITY—Carol Michael died Aug. 18, 2016, at Osage Nursing Center, Osage City. She was 80.

She was born Dec. 17, 1935, on the family farm southwest of Lyndon, the daughter of Floyd and Irene Griffith Peterson.

She grew up in rural Osage County where she attended the Pan Teg School until eighth grade. The family moved to Lyndon where she graduated from Lyndon High School in 1953. She lived on the family farm since 1960.

Burlingame council reviews bids, examples of storm shelters

BURLINGAME—The Burlingame City Council discussed bids from engineers related to an anticipated FEMA grant application for storm shelter at Sumner Park. Wesley Colson, superintendent, passed out pictures of examples of storm shelters.

“I’m not going to lie to you, I’m not really a fan of this”, said Vikki DeMars, mayor.

“It’s awful small”, said Doug Moon, council member.

“It’s almost too late for the FEMA grant at this point,” said Colson.

Leslie Holman, council member, expressed concerns with the delays.

Santa Fe Trail open houses scheduled for Aug. 24

SCRANTON—The USD 434 Board of Education held its first regular meeting in the new home of the district-wide preschool and administrative office Aug. 10, located at the Scranton Attendance Center, 104 S. Burlingame Ave, in Scranton.

During the meeting the board briefly discussed several items, including the budget as well as the upcoming open house, scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the three district buildings.

“Aug. 23 is come in drop off your stuff and meet the teacher,” said Steve Pegram, USD 434 superintendent. “Each building is doing something different.”

Mayor, council recognize Overbrook police force

OVERBROOK—Don Schultz, Overbrook mayor, presented a framed certificate to Terry Hollingsworth, chief of police, for declaring July 25 as “We Love Our Police” day.

“He and the police department were overwhelmed with the outpouring of good wishes from many people of Overbrook,” Hollingsworth said. “From young to old, we felt the love on that day. Thank you everyone.”

Hollingsworth also told the county about the self-defense class that was recently held.



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