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Connie Diamond

December 7, 1942 – February 21, 2017

COLUMBUS, Neb. — Connie Jo Diamond died Feb. 21 at the Cottonwood House in Columbus. She was 74.

Calvin E. Pegram

February 10, 1937 - February 19, 2017

WAVERLY — Calvin E. Pegram died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka. He was 80.

He was born Feb. 10, 1937, in Eldred, Ill., the son of Clinton and Bessie Bushnell Pegram.

Elizabeth Jane Meek

February 1, 1922 – February 17, 2017

OVERBROOK — Elizabeth Jane Meek, 95, formerly of Carbondale, passed away on Feb 17 at Brookside Manor in Overbrook.

She was born February 1, 1922, at Bogard, Missouri the daughter of Bertrand F. and Mary L. (Redding) Isaacs.

She was a charter member of Grace Bible Church in Topeka. Elizabeth was a baker, working in food service at the VA Hospital in Topeka.

Elizabeth was married to R. L. “Jake” Meek on Oct. 21, 1953 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Jake died March 2, 1993.

Three air-lifted from five-vehicle accident

OSAGE CITY—Emergency responders worked a multiple-vehicle accident at 4:59 p.m. Feb. 18 around milepost 384 on U.S. 56 highway, approximately five miles west of Osage City.

“The reporting party advised that there was heavy smoke crossing the highway at the time of the accident,” said Laurie Dunn, Osage County sheriff. “When emergency responders arrived they found two accidents involving five vehicles.”

Hensley: Tax plan a step in the right direction

TOPEKA — While I believe the tax plan offered by Senate Democrats was more structurally sound, the next best option passed last week with bi-partisan support. Since it was not amended, the tax plan goes to the governor's desk. The question is whether he will veto it or let it go into law without his signature.

I voted for this tax plan because I believe it is the first step in ending the governor's reckless policies and putting Kansas on the long road back to fiscal responsibility.

Explorers, state officers make presentations

SCRANTON—The USD 434 Board of Education hosted presentations from fifth and 11th grade students during its Feb. 8 regular meeting.

Students in Cindy Moulin’s fifth grade class spoke on top of PowerPoint slideshows with questions they asked and answered through a weekly research project called Explorers.

“Every Friday we spend exploring some profound question,” said Moulin. “They’re fantastic, they love doing it. I brought them along to show you some of the things they come up with.”

Ida Mae Carlson Weltha

Ida Mae Carlson Weltha passed away after a long battle from the effects of dementia. She was with her family and staff at her home, Hillside Village Skilled Care Facility in DeSoto.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at First Baptist Church, Reading. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Burial will follow services at the Reading Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at vanarsdalefs.com.

Senior house project seeking lots in Overbrook

OVERBROOK—Representatives of a six-community senior housing projects spoke with the Overbrook City Council during its Feb. 8 regular meeting.

“If you’ll remember, a couple years ago, Osage County Economic Development Corporation submitted an application to the Kansas Resource Housing Corporation,” said Bill Caton, project manager. “We were not able to secure an investor for the tax credits. We now have secured an investor for 26 units in various communities.”

Burn ban today Feb. 17

Bryce Romine, KCEM, Osage County Emergency Management Director released the following:

All burn permits are suspended for today, Feb. 17, 2017.

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 this afternoon.

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

This is in effect until 8 a.m. Feb. 18 and may be extended.

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