E. coli at Melvern Lake

Outlet Park Beach closed at Melvern Lake

MELVERN — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Melvern Lake announce the immediate closure of Outlet Park Beach due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria, which could cause health risks.

The beach will be closed until further notice and will re-open as soon as E. coli have returned to safe levels. Corps officials will have the water at the beach tested again Sunday, June 30, to determine whether the beach can be opened for the holiday weekend.

Camping and other activities will not be affected.

William Bobby Gunnells

April 12, 1943 – June 27, 2019

CARBONDALE — William Bobby Gunnells, Carbondale, passed away peacefully at his home Thursday, June 27, 2019, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 76.

He was born April 12, 1943, at Olar, S.C., the son of Shelley Gunnells and Judith Hair Gunnells.

He married his high school sweetheart Margaret “Maggie” Sheddan, Aug. 21, 1965, in a church at Forbes Field, Topeka. She survives.

Donna LaRue Shaw

Dec. 10, 1943 – June 12, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. — Donna LaRue Shaw, Reading, died Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Omaha, Neb. She was 75.

Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at Reading United Methodist Church, 25 Franklin St., Reading. Visitation will be 3 p.m. until service time.

Roger D. Love Sr.

Aug. 11, 1933 – June 24, 2019

TOPEKA — Roger D. Love Sr., Burlingame, died Monday, June 24, 2019, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was 85.

He was born Aug. 11, 1933, at Burlingame on the family farm, the son of David and Reva Rogers Love. He graduated from Burlingame High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1962.

Mary Lou Jones Stromgren

April 6, 1946 – June 24, 2019

TOPEKA — Mary Lou Jones Stromgren, Osage City, died Monday, June 24, 2019, at Stormont Vail Health, Topeka. She was 73.

She was born April 6, 1946, at Emporia, the daughter of Glenn Wayne and Bernice Standiferd Jones. She graduated from Lebo High School in 1964.

She married Derald Wayne Stromgren, Sept. 18, 1966, Lebo. He survives. To this union, two sons were born, Brian and Kevin. For 40 years,

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Fireworks displays throughout county

Multiple public fireworks celebrations will be sponsored throughout Osage County in coming days.

Roger D. Love Sr.

Died – June 24, 2019

TOPEKA — Roger D. Love Sr., Burlingame, died Monday, June 24, 2019, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka. He was 85.

A funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29 at Burlingame Federated Church, Burlingame. Burial will follow at Burlingame Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Carey Funeral Home, where the family will greet friends and relatives from 5 to 7 p.m.

Ila Smoot

Aug. 8, 1948 – June 23, 2019

LYNDON — Ila Smoot died Sunday, June 23, 2019, at her home in Lyndon. She was 70.

She was born Aug. 8, 1948, at Topeka, the daughter of Clayton Ray and Beulah Basel. She was later adopted by Harry Anderson.

She was raised in Topeka, until the family moved to Berryton in 1959. She attended grade school and middle school in Berryton.

Vernon Tharp High

July 19, 1948 – June 20, 2019

CARBONDALE — Vernon Tharp High, Carbondale, died Thursdy, June 20, 2019, at his home. He was 70.

He was born July 19, 1948, at Admire, the son of Charley High and Emily Tharp High. He graduated from Overbrook High School with the class of 1966. During his military service he also attained several degrees.

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