Osage City apartment damaged in fire

OSAGE CITY—Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 11:27 a.m. Thursday morning at Morningside Apartments.

The fire was contained to Apartment A-1, located at 1000 Main St., in Osage City. There was no damage to the three adjacent apartments in the unit.

According to the Osage City Police Department, the fire was accidentally started in a vacant apartment by maintenance workers. No one was injured in the fire.

A resident that lived in the building was not home at the time of the fire and will be moved to another apartment in the complex.

King to perform at outdoor concert

Two groups will perform at an outdoor concert 7:30 p.m. July 31 at Community Covenant Church parking lot, Osage City. Bring lawn chairs and bug spray. Soda and water will be available for a donation.

To Be a MAN, a punk rock band from Minnesota, will open the evening’s entertainment, followed by Kathryn King and band, including Danny Ruegsegger, Kolby Thompson, and her brother Jonathan King.

Jones, Walsh represent county in all-star game

PITTSBURG—The 41st Annual Kansas East-West Shrine Bowl was played Saturday at Pittsburg State University. The West improved to 26-14-1 after topping the East team 21-6 last weekend.

The East team’s effort was fueled by two Osage County representatives – Lyndon High School graduate Joe Walsh and Marais des Cygnes Valley graduate Matt Jones.

“We didn’t play the best,” Jones said of the game. “We had a few good plays. Overall, we just couldn’t get it done.”

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Commissioners meet with department heads

LYNDON—County officials and department heads met with commissioners Monday to bring commissioners up to speed on projects, progress and happenings within each department.

Kuykendall told department heads after consideration from various employees and the insurance committee, commissioners agreed to stay with the same health insurance plan that is offered through the state, entering an agreement for three years.

“I think this pleases everybody,” said Kuykendall.

Anne Gray, health department director, said staff is getting geared up for school vaccinations.

Alice Wilkins

Oct. 7, 1927 - July 28, 2014

Osage City—Alice Wilkins, 86, passed away July 28, 2014, at Peterson's Nursing Home in Osage City. She was born on Oct. 7, 1927, in Osage City, the daughter of Olin and Thersa Rice Oveson.

Alice had lived all of her life in the Osage City community.

She was a homemaker and had worked for Hallmark Cards as a Napkin Packager. She was a Girl Scout Leader and was an avid Bowler.

Alice was married to Clayton Wilkins April 14, 1945, in Ottawa.

Fred Bond, Jr.

June 14, 1953 – July 27, 2014

Overbrook—Fred Bond, Jr., 61, died July 27, 2014 at the Brookside Retirement Community in Overbrook. He was born on June 14, 1953 in Topeka, KS., the son of Fred and Edna Trendel Bond, Sr.

Fred had lived all of his life around the Overbrook community.

He had worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation in Topeka for many years. He graduated from Santa Fe Trail High School in 1971, was an avid Coon Hunter and attended the Methodist Church.

Jimmie Stevenson Franey

March 10, 1934 – July 25, 2014

LAKE CITY—Jimmie Stevenson Franey, 80, Lake City, Fla., went to be with our Lord and Savior July 25, 2014, after an extended illness. He was 80.

He was born March 10, 1934, at Henderson, Ky. He worked as a union painter in Paducah, Ky., beginning in 1964 and then moved to Florida in 1971. He was employed by Walt Disney World, Gene Nelson Inc. and MCPA out of Texas.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Evelyn; and his parents, Benjamin and Evelyn Franey.

Edwin Earl Waller

August 18, 1934 – July 24, 2014

OVERBROOK—Edwin Earl Waller, 79, of Overbrook, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at his home. He was born August 18, 1934 in Garnett, Kansas the son of Chester Albert and Margaret Irene (Manspeaker) Waller. Edwin moved with his family in his youth to Overbrook and was a near lifelong resident graduating from Overbrook High School with the class of 1954.

He was a longtime propane gas truck driver for Toucher’s and eventually Heat Co. He was also a 46 year volunteer firefighter for the Osage County Fire District No., 4 retiring in 2006.

Wesley Martin Blacketer Sr.

Feb. 20, 2014 – July 26, 2014

VASSAR—Wesley “Boots” Martin Blacketer Sr., Vassar, died July 26, 2014, at home. He was 85.

He was born Feb. 20, 1929, at Deweese, Neb., the son of Henry and Ethel Blacketer.

He married Carol Mattson Nov. 19, 1950. She preceded him in death on July 27, 2003. They lived in Maryville, Mo., before moving to Osage City in 1960.

He married Charlene Shaw June 5, 2004. She survives of the home. They lived in Osage City before moving to Vassar.

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