Districts slash taxes in 2014-15 budgets

The results of a lawsuit against the State of Kansas are already reaching the pocket books of Osage County residents, as four of the county’s five districts post significant decreases to their mill rates.

The Gannon v. Kansas lawsuit, filed in 2010 and settled in March, found it’s the Legislature’s constitutional responsibility to fund the state’s schools.

New city administrator starts at Lyndon

LYNDON—Betty Thompson enjoys small towns because of the sense of community, closeness and fond memories of growing up in one. That’s one of the many reasons she believes she’ll enjoy her time as the city administrator at Lyndon.

Thompson started July 15, after interviewing for the position June 23 and accepting June 30, after special meetings held by the city council.

Thompson was previously a city administrator for Quinter, a town of similar size.

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Newman to remain open as Osage City Clinic

OSAGE CITY—Newman Regional Health is pleased to announce a tentative agreement to transfer ownership to Osage City Clinic, a Limited Liability Company formed by Tamara Patterson, Advance Practice Registered Nurse at the clinic since it opened in March 2013.

Newman Regional Health had announced the clinic was set to close July 31, due to legislation baring the hospital from operating clinics outside of Lyon County.

U.S. 75 four-lane resurfacing completed today

As of 2:23 p.m. today, July 22, all lanes of southbound U.S. 75 from the U.S. 56 junction, in Osage County, to Topeka Boulevard , in Shawnee County, are now open to unrestricted traffic.

"Crews spent the day removing all cones from the southbound lanes all project work has been completed on this 10-mile stretch of northbound U.S. 75.," said Kimberly Qualls, Kansas Department of Transportation. "No more lane closures will be needed, and all work on the northbound and southbound U.S. 75 resurfacing project is now completed."

Carbondale to honor fallen officer

CARBONDALE—The Carbondale City Council meeting was overflowing with public support for police officer Kevin Thoman, who died Sunday evening at his home.

“He passed away in his sleep, so no suffering, but it’s been a gloomy day among the department,” said Carbondale Police Chief Chris Edin. “We’d like to take the cars and have a presence at his funeral.”

The council unanimously approved the department take the city’s marked cars to Thoman’s funeral 10 a.m. July 26 in Concordia (see obituaries, page 2). The department had planned additional events to honor Thoman.

Woman sentenced for Medicaid fraud in Osage County

LYNDON—A Winfield woman was ordered yesterday to repay more than $5,000 to the Kansas Medicaid program after pleading no contest to Medicaid fraud charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Kevin W. Thoman

October 5, 1967 - July 20, 2014

Kevin W. Thoman, 46 years of age, of Topeka, formerly of Concordia, passed away unexpectedly at home in his sleep Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was born on October 5, 1967 in Concordia to Boyd and Linda (Mossburgh) Thoman. Kevin graduated from Concordia High School in 1987. He had a great joy for baseball.

Harveyville woman sentenced on meth conviction

LYNDON—Cassie M. (Roberts) Stookey, 25, Harveyville, was ordered to serve 34 months today in the Kansas Department of Corrections today by Osage County District Court Judge Phillip Fromme.

Stookey was convicted of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Residential Burglary April 2012, and was later sentenced in May 2012, but was given a chance on probation.

U.S. 56 Resurfacing Project Begins in Osage County

On Wednesday, July 16, a resurfacing project began on a 26-mile stretch of U.S. 56 from the K-31 junction in Osage County north and east to the Douglas County line. Project work includes a hot in place asphalt recycle followed by a chip seal application on all mainline lanes and shoulders. New pavement markings will be added to resurfaced roadway. The resurfacing project will smooth the road and fill surface defects that can shorten pavement life. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturday work.

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