Resurfacing project begins ahead of schedule

Highway to be reduced to one lane north of Lyndon during construction

UPDATE: A resurfacing project initially set to begin Sept. 8, started this morning. The project area includes a 9.53-mile stretch of U.S. 75 from the K-31/K-268 roundabout junction north to the U.S. 56 junction in Osage County, weather permitting.

Resurfacing project scheduled for U.S. 75

Highway to be reduced to one lane north of Lyndon during construction

A resurfacing project will begin Tuesday, September 8, on a 9.53-mile stretch of U.S. 75 from the K-31/K-268 roundabout junction north to the U.S. 56 junction in Osage County, weather permitting.

Nine year old killed in ATV accident

MILLER—Three Reading area boys were injured, one fatally, in an ATV accident three miles north of Miller Aug. 22.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol report, a 2009 Ranger ATV driven by Garett Fager, 11, Reading, was traveling westbound on Road 360 (Road X) around 7:30 p.m. The driver lost control of the vehicle, which fell onto the drivers side.

Ryan Lane, 9, of Reading, was fatally injured in the accident. According to The Emporia Gazette, Ryan received head injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Stormont Vail HealthCare in Topeka, where he died at 9:07 p.m.

Durango rams into Overbrook Caseys

OVERBROOK—The Overbrook Casey’s General Store was hit by a Dodge Durango shortly after noon today.

According to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, a 28-year-old female from Missouri drove into the storefront. The call was received at 12:27 p.m.

“We worked the incident because no Overbrook officers were available,” said Laurie Dunn, Osage County sheriff.

The store remained open after the incident, and there were no injuries in the accident.

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One-vehicle injury accident leaves youth in critical condition

LYNDON—An injury accident northwest of Lyndon this morning left three youth in critical condition.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Lyndon First Responders and Osage County EMS responded to the injury accident on Morrill Road, south of 245th St. at 10:17 a.m.

Upon arrival responders located a 1996 Pontiac vehicle that lost control and struck a tree.

K-31 highway detour scheduled for Aug. 18-19 in Osage City

The City of Osage City will close K-31 for 48 hours on Tuesday, Aug. 18, and Wednesday, Aug. 19, to remove and replace the sewer lift station pumps located between Holliday
Street and Lakin Street by the north Casey’s General Store entrance.

44,000 pounds of pork ruined in rollover

LYNDON—A semi and trailer carrying 44,000 pounds of pork loin lost control and tipped over at the U.S. 75 and K-31/K-268 roundabout at 12:38 p.m. Aug. 5, two miles north of Lyndon.

According to the accident report from the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, a 2010 Peterbilt semi and trailer driven by Medina Fidel, McAllen, Texas, was traveling southbound on U.S. 75 when it entered the roundabout.

Defendants receive prison time for drug, theft convictions

LYNDON—Two out of area defendants were sentenced Aug. 3 in Osage County District Court.

Shaun M. Stokoe, 43, Topeka, was sentenced to serve 30 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections for a possession of methamphetamine conviction from July 2014, after having his probation revoked in Osage County District Court. Stokoe failed to report to his probation officer, failed to comply with drug treatment, and continued to use drugs while on probation. Stokoe remains in the Osage County Jail awaiting transportation to the KDOC.

K-68 resurfacing set for next week

LYNDON—A resurfacing project on K-68 from the U.S. 75 junction east and north to the K-268 junction is scheduled to begin Tuesday, July 7, and continue through Friday, July 11.

K-68 will be reduced to one open lane in several mile increments at a time for chip seal work daily during daylight hours, weather permitting, in Osage County. Project work includes chip seal work through the city of Quenemo.

Sales tax increases July 1

Sales tax rates around the county increase July 1 following a .35 percent increase by the Kansas Legislature in the budget passed on June 12, and signed into law on June 16.

The City of Lyndon will see an additional half-cent increase, following a sales tax approved by voters in April.

Sales tax rates in county will be as follows:

Burlingame – 8.5%
Carbondale – 9.5%
Lyndon – 9%
Melvern – 8.5%
Olivet – 7.5%
Osage City – 9%
Overbrook – 8.5%
Quenemo – 7.5%
Scranton – 8.5%
Osage County – 7.5%


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