LETTER: Kansas house actions troubling

Feb. 13, 2014, was an unfortunate milestone in our state, for on that day 72 members of the Kansas House of Representatives sought to appease their personal righteous concerns about the lifestyles of their constituents in the LGBTQ community with the passage of House Bill 2453.

EDITORIAL: Representatives should be mindful of all Kansans

For someone who has spent most of his life in Kansas’ small towns, I consider myself to be a fairly worldly person. I have friends all over the country and all over the world, many who grew up as Kansans and have branched out in all directions.

They, as I, are proud to represent the Sunflower State.

That is unless saddened and disenfranchised by the bigoted actions of its elected representatives who chose to side with discrimination over civil rights.

Overbrook council reassess utility connections, lake legacy

OVERBROOK—Resident Rosemary Topping approached Overbrook Mayor Don Schultz and city council members with just one question on her mind at the February city council meeting.

“I have been an Overbrook resident over 45 years and recently I purchased another piece of property in which I had to pay $50 to have city utilities connected to this particular property,” Topping said. “My question to the council is why?”

Sisters become donors to Locks of Love

BURLINGAME—Sisters Emmie and Savannah Short, of Burlingame, have already been affected by cancer in their seven and eight years, respectively. In that time, the girls decided to do something to fight back. That something was to donate their long locks to be made into wigs for other youth, under the age of 21.

“There’s a lot of cancer on both sides of the family and they heard about children who have cancer,” said Misty Short, mother of the girls. “They wanted to do something to help so they wanted to do Locks of Love.”

Fair dates set, carnival booked

OSAGE CITY—The Osage City Fair Board has contracted with a carnival and set dates for the Osage City Fair, which will begin June 25 with 4-H events. The carnival will run from Thursday, June 26, through Saturday, June 28.

“This is an earlier date than the board would like, however carnivals are hard to find,” said Ken Foth, Osage City Fair Board president. “The calendar will be favorable for the next few years for the way carnivals schedule, so hopefully in the future the board can find a carnival that will be available after the Fourth of July.”

Children's advocacy group seeks volunteers

Children are in and out of court systems every day, without a stable adult in their life. There are people out there who are willing to be that adult. Anyone can take a chance to be a court-appointed special advocate.

“We are always looking for volunteers,” said Shelly Lojka, executive director for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), fourth judicial district. “We are always looking for quality people who want to volunteer and give their time to work with children who are in the court system due to abuse, neglect and other reasons, as well.”

Water main break announced in Overbrook

As of approximately 12:40 p.m., the water main break has been fixed and service is being restored in the area. Residents experiencing low water pressure or colored water may contact City Hall at (785) 665-7328.

Overbrook city clerk, Jim Koger, announced a water main break at 4th and Locust streets. Koger said Dig Safe had been called and service would be impacted in the surrounding area.

Commissioners weigh bridge, bond concerns

LYNDON—Commissioners still have their minds on money and bridges this week, as phase four bids came in and talk continued for the fracture critical list.

Bob Chambers, engineer, attended the meeting Monday and was able to answer questions commissioners had regarding the list and the upcoming inspections.

“This fracture critical list, can we get ourselves off of it if we do a fix on a bridge or is it just because it’s the style of bridge you’re on?” asked commissioner Ken Kuykendall.

“It depends, some you can, some you can’t,” said Chambers.

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