Darlene L. Headlee Ewing

April 15, 1948 – Aug. 24, 2016

JOPLIN, Mo.— Darlene L. Headlee Ewing, Carbondale, died Aug. 24, 2016, at Joplin Mo. She was 68.

She was born April 15, 1948, at Carbondale, the daughter of Milton and Helen Headlee.

She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Ewing; a sister, Delores Headlee; and a brother, Steven Headlee.

Campers go retro at Pomona State Park event

VASSAR—The Third Annual Going Retro Car and Vintage Trailer Show drew a large crowd of participants and observers last weekend at Pomona State Park.

“Saturday was a beautiful day in all ways,” said Zo Torrey, event organizer. “The weather was perfect, the cars were shining and the vintage trailers were just amazing.”

The Friends of Pomona State Park and Pomona State Park sponsor the event that began in 2014, the year the 50th anniversary of the Pomona Lake was celebrated. This year, the event hosted 43 vintage trailers, up from 12 the first year and 32 last year.

Osage County approves 3-mill increase

LYNDON—The Osage County Board of Commissioners conducted the 2017 budget hearing Monday morning, making final approve of a $19.4 million county budget.

The budget included an increase of 3.121 mills.

“Everybody had taken a mill levy increase because of the tax lid,” said Ken Kuykendall, commissioner.

Kuykendall referred to recent legislation limiting the ability for local governments to raise budget rates without a public vote, beginning next year.

USD 421 Board approves 2016-17 budget

LYNDON—The USD 421 Board of Education held a special public hearing for the 2016-17 budget on Aug. 16. No citizens from the public were present. The board held a discussion about the proposed 2016-17 budget.

Cheryl Cook, superintendent, pointed out a few changes to the budget compared to the 2015-16 budget. One change that Cook mentioned was the difference in the expenditure for KPER. Cook explained that the difference was because of the State legislature rulings.

Lonnie Curtis Lester

Feb. 14, 1964 – Aug. 17, 2016

TOPEKA—Lonnie “Curtis” Curtis Lester, Scranton, died Aug. 17, 2016, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka. He was 52.

He was born Feb. 14, 1964, at Topeka, the son of Lonnie Lester and Mildred Chiles Lester.

He was a man of many trades, but cooking was his favorite. He was an avid Kansas City Chiefs, KU and Royals fan.

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Area teams start season with scrimmages

Several of Osage County’s junior high and high school teams will kick off their seasons with scrimmages Friday night on the home fields and courts.


Burlingame schools will host a full evening of activities with the Burlingame Night Lights event, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. The evening beginning with a third and fourth-grade football scrimmage from 6 to 6:20 p.m., followed by a fifth and sixth-grade scrimmage from 6:25 to 6:45 p.m. The junior high will scrimmage from 6:50 to 7:15 p.m. followed by the high school at 7:30 p.m.

Gayle Eugene Cook

May 21, 1927–Aug. 20, 2016

BALDWIN CITY—Gayle Eugene Cook died Aug. 20, 2016.

He was born May 21, 1927, at home in Baldwin City, the son of Murlin Lewis Cook and Orpha Phyllis Cunningham Cook. He attended school in and around Baldwin City, and graduated from Baker University after serving in the Army in Europe from 1945 to 1947.

He married Rose Marie Newland at 7 a.m. Feb. 14, 1948, at Ives Chapel Church, Baldwin City. She preceded him in death.

James E. Rodecap

Aug. 20, 2016

TOPEKA—James E. Rodecap, Pomona, died Aug. 20, 2016, at Topeka. He was 82.

Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at Meriden Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 26 at Barnett Family Funeral Home, Oskaloosa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or American Diabetes Association and sent in care of Barnett Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa, KS 66066.

For full obituary and online condolences, visit www.barnettfamilyfh@yahoo.com.

New superintendent hopes to build connections

MELVERN—Ted Hessong, the new superintendent for Marais des Cygnes Valley schools, expressed that while there has been a lot of transition with new administration this year, he wants the tempo of the district to continue with its present positive projection of moving forward.



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