Alert systems used during AMBER Alerts to be tested today

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), who administers the AMBER Alert program for the state of Kansas, wants the public to be aware that the alert systems utilized during child abductions will be tested early this afternoon.

Today, Oct. 3, at 1:18 p.m. the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). Immediately following the WEA test, at 1:20 p.m., the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will also be tested.

These emergency communications systems are the technologies used during AMBER alerts, as well as in national emergencies, or in instances of extreme hazardous weather. In the past in Kansas, they have been activated most commonly at the time of a child abduction.

Most cell phone users will receive the alert tone along with the message, "Presidential Alert: THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System, No action is needed.” Radio, TV, cable, and other broadcasters, will test EAS systems with the message, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System."

No action will be required by the public for either test today. However, we would like to remind Kansans that while there is no actual emergency today, when they receive these alerts in the future, to remain vigilant. These technologies, and the input of the public, are often critical to the successful outcome of an AMBER Alert activation.

To learn more about today’s nationwide test go to: To subscribe to email notifications during an AMBER alert go to:, or follow on Twitter @ksamberalert.

Sept. 28, 2018 Homecomings

USD 420 Osage City, USD 421 Lyndon, USD 434 Santa Fe Trail and USD 454 Burlingame all held their homecoming this year of Friday, Sept. 28. See the Oct. 4 edition of the Osage County Herald-Chronicle to learn more about the homecomings.

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Rosemary Kay Atwood

Aug. 31, 1966 – Sept. 30, 2018

OSAGE CITY — Rosemary Kay Atwood, Osage City, passed away peacefully Sept. 30, 2018, at French House, a group home, in Osage City. She was 52.

She was born Aug. 31, 1966, at Topeka, the daughter of Ralph Edward and Nadine Bisel Atwood. She graduated from Topeka High School. She was cared for by a group home, French House, sponsored by COF Training Services.

Survivors include her mother, Nadine Atwood, Topeka; a brother, Ralph Vernon Atwood, Auburn; a sister, Viola Serrano, and husband, Ralph, Topeka; and 15 nieces and nephews.

Peggy Lou Riggin

Oct. 3, 1929 – Sept. 26, 2018

OVERBROOK — Peggy Lou Riggin died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was 88.

She was born Oct. 3, 1929, at Topeka, the daughter of LeeRoy and Fern Prater Denton. She grew up in Burlingame and went attended school there.

She married Dwain Saffle July 4, 1945. They had five children and lived most of their married life in Wichita. They were later divorced. She married Jack Riggin. Their marriage was brief.

Birgitta Maria Meisner

Aug. 18, 1943 – Sept. 26, 2018

ADMIRE — Birgitta Maria Meisner died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at her home in Admire. She was 75.

She was born Aug. 18,1943, at Orebro, Sweden, the daughter of Sven and Margit Zaring. She graduated high school and received a degree in accounting in Sweden.

She came to the United States in 1965 to be a nanny. She married George L. Meisner Aug. 30, 1966, at New London, Connect. He preceded her in death on March 26, 1992.

Ali Mohn and Kim Doman Living Their Dreams

Two local women, Ali Mohn, Osage City, and Kim Doman, formerly of Lyndon, are living their dreams at the Topeka Zoo. Read more about it in this week's edition of The Osage County Herald-Chronicle.

2018-19 Hunting Guide

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Theta Elizabeth Vorse

May 9, 1927 – Sept. 20, 2018

TOPEKA — Theta Elizabeth Vorse, Topeka, died the evening of Sept. 20, 2018, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka. She was 91.

She was born May 9, 1927, on the family farm in Harveyville, the daughter of Edd and Annie Davis. She attended Harveyville High School and after graduation attended Clark's Business College.

She held several jobs including Santa Fe Railway, Sunny Elevation School and Wilson's Turkey Farm where she worked for 37 years.



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