Letter: Legislators must fix our KPERS

Dear Editor:

One of the focus areas for the Kansas National Education Association-Retired (KNEA-R) is financial stability in retirement. Over 90,000 Kansans, including public-school staff, firefighters, law-enforcement officers, judges, state employees, and city and county employees, receive KPERS benefits. In 2015, Kansas retirees received a total of $1,376,872,982 from KPERS.

New restrooms approved for Jones, Sumner parks

BULRINGAME — The Burlingame City Council approved bids for the construction of new bathrooms at Sumner and Jones parks at its Feb. 21 and Feb. 23 meetings.

“I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, especially Sumner Park,” said Doug Moon, council member.

Skydive Kansas closes doors

OSAGE CITY — Jen Sharp, owner of Skydive Kansas, made an emotional decision last October when she announced the business would be closing early this year.

Around the end of last year, Sharp’s part-time work with the United States Parachute Association began to turn into a full-time position. It became clear to Sharp that she would no longer have the time necessary to run the business.

“There’s no way I could have a full-time job, travel to do courses, and give this place the attention it needs,” Sharp said.

Burn permits suspended

All burn permits suspended for today

Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management Director, has announced that all burn permits are suspended for today. This is a no burn day. No outside burning allowed.

Today is a very high fire danger day. The rangeland fire danger index will be in the very high category this afternoon.

Very high fire danger means, fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

County to restrict traffic on Jordan Road

LYNDON — Glen Tyson, public works supervisor for Osage County, discussed the results of recent inspections on county bridges by the Kansas Department of Transportation during the Osage County Commission meeting Monday in Lyndon.

“KDOT has sent out, to other consultants, load ratings on certain bridges in the county,” Tyson said. “This was like a year ago, when they started searching out all the information.”

Tyson said they looked at five bridges in Osage County during the last year.

Robert R. Brozovich

Jan. 28, 1957 – Feb. 24, 2017

CARBONDALE—Robert R. Brozovich, Carbondale, died Feb. 24, 2017. He was 60.

He was born Jan. 28, 1957, at San Bernardino, Calif., the son of Raymond and Arilla Chris Hensley Brozovich.

He graduated from high school in 1975, at Dadeville, Mo. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served nearly seven years.

He was a self-employed horticulturist. He enjoyed playing pool and darts, karaoke, fishing, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dolores Wanda Richman Winans

June 30, 1937 – Feb. 28, 2017

SCRANTON—Dolores Wanda Richman Winans peacefully passed away on Feb. 28, 2017, at her home near Scranton. She was 79.

She was born June 30, 1937, in Waterford Township, Mich., the daughter of Malinda Martin Richman and Harold Richman.

She attended Milford Schools and later obtained her GED. She worked as a medical assistant and receptionist for Dr. Robert Durst in Topeka for over 30 years. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 2709.

Burn ban in effect today

No burn day

Bryce Romine, Osage County Emergency Management Director, has announced that all burn permits are suspended for today. This is a no burn day. No outside burning allowed.

Very high fire danger today. The rangeland fire danger index will be in the very high category. Very high fire danger means, fire control will be very difficult and require extended effort. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Corbet speaks with residents at listening session

CRANTON — Ken Corbet, 54th District member of the Kansas House of Representatives, spoke with constituents Saturday at the Scranton Tavern. The event was hosted by the Osage County Republican Central Committee.

Corbet opened the meeting by distributing information related to the budget passed in House Bill 2178, which was later vetoed by the governor. The document touted HB 2178 as “the largest tax increase in state history.” The House voted to override the veto, but the Senate came three votes shy of clearing the governor.

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