Ralph Fine

April 24, 2015

JUNCTION CITY—Ralph Fine, Junction City, died April 24, 2015, at Sterling House, Junction City. He was 86.

He was born on the family home near Quenemo, the son of Everett F. and Ola O. Failor Fine. He graduated from Lyndon High School in 1946, and immediately entered the U.S. Army.

Wanda Lee Marlatt Chmidling

July 2, 1936 – April 25, 2015

OSAGE CITY—Wanda Lee Marlatt Chmidling went to be with the Lord on April 25, 2015. She was 78.

She was born Jul 2, 1936, at Nortonville, the daughter of Raphel and Barbara Stillman Marlatt and the stepdaughter of Willard Clinkenbeard. She graduated from Nortonville High School.

She met the love of her life and married Eldon Chmidling Feb. 16, 1955. He preceded her in death on May 4, 2005.

Scranton residents offer ideas for recreational grant

SCRANTON—Residents of Scranton and members of the Scranton City Council met to discuss strategies and options for development of a park improvement grant proposal during the April 17 special council meeting. A motion by Council Member Gary Burkdoll stated, “Let’s invite the community to come up to the (council) table and discuss what we want.”

The motion was adopted. Council and community members gathered around an aerial color photo for the discussion. The photo, supplied by Patrick Cox, BG Consultants, focused on the park and adjacent area.

County clarifies potential permanent road closure

LYNDON—Following a request in writing from Ridgeway Township, commissioners considered the closure of 141st Street between California Street and Berryton Road.

The only problem was, commissioners thought they had heard about the issue before, but were unclear of action taken.

“I remember closing a road one time that went through the lake, but I thought it was there,” said Gaylord Anderson, commissioner.

“This issue was discussed since I’ve been here,” said Caleb Crook, county counselor. “But, I don’t remember if it was that road.”

Park equipment receives priority for block grant application

CARBONDALE—The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) ideas generated at the April 13 Carbondale City Council special meeting were narrowed down to a tentative agenda for the CDBG project at the April 20 council meeting. While there were a few disagreements on finalized items selected, most citizens appeared to be satisfied with the improvements the grant will provide.

Lyndon City Council weighs water treatment options

LYNDON—The city of Lyndon will take a hit in upcoming years, either way, following KDHE and EPA regulations on wastewater treatment plants.

The plant at Lyndon is one of the last of its kind in the area, of mechanical operation, which requires some adjustments or an entirely new plant.

Jerry Grant, Fort Scott Community College, visited Monday with the Lyndon City Council, talking about the city’s options for wastewater treatment.

Alice Schaecher

March 25, 1921 – April 22, 2015

OVERBROOK—Alice Schaecher died April 22, 2015, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was 94.

She was born March 25, 1921, at Lindsay Neb.

She was preceded in death by her husband Roland.

She is survived by six children, Robert Schaecher, New York, N.Y., Mary Anderson, Overbrook, Thomas Schaecher, Kansas City, Mo., Dave Schaecher, Olathe, Kathy Scholl, Lincoln, Neb., and Dan Schaecher, Omaha, Neb.; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Burlingame City Council returns to full strength

BURLINGAME—The Burlingame City Council was fully staffed for the first time since the March 2 resignation of former mayor Mike Dorr.

The meeting began with acting mayor Carolyn Lee and council member Carolyn Strohm stepping down as members of the council, each leaving the meeting at the point of sine die.

Lee Ann Smiley, city clerk, swore in Vikki DeMars as mayor, who welcomed new council members Sheila Curtis, Leslie Holman and Douglass Moon.

“Sit where you’re comfortable, you’ve three spots to sit in,” DeMars said.

Osage City Council takes on airport, ATV races, sewer project

OSAGE CITY—The four outgoing members of the Osage City Council approved the agenda and minutes from the previous meeting, ending their four-year tenure with the city April 14.

“With that, I will thank everyone up here and stepping down,” said Quintin Robert, mayor. “With that, we will move on to the installation of the newly elected officials. Come on up.”

Lyndon garden helps bring community together

With the help of grants from Kansas State University, the city of Lyndon was able to start a community garden three years ago, which grows bigger each year.

“We took a city lot, purchased and cleaned it all up, and made this garden out of it,” said Julie Stutzman, Lyndon city clerk. “Right now we have everything from sweet corn, rhubarb to an herb garden.”

Not only does the garden give back to members who use it, but also items in overabundance are donated to organizations and individuals in need.

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