Program considered for Burlingame brick restoration

BURLINGAME — Wesley Colson, Burlingame city superintendent, talked about the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) City Connecting Link Improvement Program (CCLIP) for Burlingame’s brick roads at the March 7 Burlingame City Council meeting. CCLIP provides funds up to $300,000 for surface preservation, $1 million for pavement restoration and $1 million for geometric improvement. Applications for CCLIP are due March 17.

Search begins for county health administrator

LYNDON — Anne Gray, Osage County Health Department administrator, spoke with the Osage County Commission Monday to begin the process of finding her successor.

“We said in March, we’d start talking about finding a replacement for me,” Gray said. “It’s March.”

Commissioners discussed the best person for the job, whether that someone have a nursing or administrative background.

I-35 concrete patching begins March 20

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin a concrete patching project on a 41-mile section of I-35 Monday, March 20.

Work will start approximately one mile west of the Beto Junction exit and continue northeast through Coffey, Osage and Franklin counties, ending at Wellsville. The contractor plans to patch only on the northbound lanes of I-35, moving to the southbound lanes later in the year. Northbound traffic will be restricted to one lane at the work zones with a reduced speed limit of 60 miles per hour.

Bearcats claim third in double overtime

HAYS — The Burlingame Bearcats took third place in Class 1A Division I State Basketball Championship, beating the St. Francis Indians with a final score of 59-56 March 11 at Butch Gross Coliseum in Hays.

“We were able to force overtime and then a second overtime,” said Creighton Winters, Bearcats head coach. “Zach Herrick came in and had seven points in the second overtime and hit the game winning three at the buzzer.”

Richard Dean Allison

May 30, 1946 – March 14, 2017

OSAGE CITY — Richard Dean Allison, 70, of Osage City, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Midland Hospice in Topeka. Dick grew up in Topeka and the surrounding area, graduating from Shawnee Heights High School in 1964. He served in the U.S. Marine Reserves Infantry Company as Gunnery Sergeant from 1966 to 1980. Dick received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 1980 and Associates in Legal Assistances in 1984 both from Washburn University.

USD 434 considers list of capital outlay projects

SCRANTON — The USD 434 Board of Education revisited a board survey of interest in a variety of capital outlay projects for the district during its March 8 regular meeting.

At the February meeting, Steve Pegram, superintendent, asked the board to vote on the projects they would like to see pursued by the district, as a gage of interest.

The voting saw the strongest support for two items – security cameras at Carbondale and hiring a full-time curriculum director. The curriculum director position was pitched at the January board meeting.

USD 456 board member submits resignation

MELVERN — The USD 456 Board of Education accepted the resignation of board member Scott McCollom at the end of its board meeting Monday.

“It’s been a great honor, and I have worked with the best school board I could ever work with,” McCollom said. “Thank you all.”

“On behalf of the board and the district, we do appreciate your service to the students and staff of USD 456,” said Ted Hessong, superintendent. “We know you always had the best interest of the kids at heart.”

Carbondale considers reconditioning of lift stations

CARBONDALE —Sam Johnson, project manager for BG Consultants, told the Carbondale City Council two lift stations in Carbondale need $56,000 in improvements.

“We’re working with low dollars, trying to contribute as much as possible,” said Johnson.

Area departments assisted with fires

HUTCHINSON — Several Osage County agencies and fire departments responded to grass and wildfires in central Kansas last week.

Area units from Osage County Fire District No. 1 Carbondale, Osage County Fire District No. 4 Overbrook and Osage County Fire District No. 5 Lyndon/Vassar each sent units to assist with a grassfires that burned 7,200 acres in Reno County in a populated area north of Hutchinson.

Tyler James Baker

August 2, 1993 – March 7, 2017

Tyler James Baker, 23, formerly of Carbondale passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Lakewood, WA.

Tyler was born to Brent Baker and Barbara (Hill) Baker on August 2, 1993, in Topeka.

He attended Santa Fe Trail High School and Washburn Rural High School and received his General Education Degree from Washburn Institute of Technology in 2011.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 11, 2015 and was currently assigned to the “A” Company, 610 Engineer Support BN, 555th Engineer Group, Ft. Lewis, WA.

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