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Honoring A True American Hero

When I drove over to the Miami County Veterans Memorial site to cover the dedication of the new Miami Combat Veterans monument on Memorial Day, I kept wondering if I would find anyone representing Osawatomie’s home-grown heroes. As it was, three men who grew up in Osawatomie and had gone off to war – Ray [...]

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Florella Adair, Rebellious Youth

Florella Brown Adair was John Brown’s half sister, and was as strong willed as John Brown was. Florella attended Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, which today would not raise any eyebrows, but in 1835, women rarely went to high school, much less college. Doctors predicted that women who attended college would become insane or become [...]

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Assassination Vacation Kansas Style

  As I exited the free bathroom finally able to concentrate on things other than getting to the bathroom, I noticed I was between a plastic version of the world’s tallest man and the world’s fattest woman.  This is not what I expected to see at The Alamo.  Of course, one of the great things [...]

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Chamber Plans Coffee With Red Cross

By Jeff Gulley The Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce will host a coffee Tuesday at the Chamber office with a presentation from the American Red Cross. Director Shelagh Wright said the organization will have three emergency management vehicles on display with parking blocked on the north side of Main Street in front of the museum. The [...]

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County Memorial Honors Decorated Veterans

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By Kevin Gray Under a cloudy sky and strong winds, a large crowd of about 300 people came together on Memorial Day for the dedication of a new monument to Miami County’s combat heroes at the Miami County Veterans Memorial site in Paola. The monument  includes the names of Osawatomie’s own Ray F. Conklin, Ernest [...]

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Father, Fighter Pilot Hero

By Kevin Gray Judy Conklin of rural Osawatomie was already wired for her Osawatomie High School 50-year class reunion when Pete Bell, commander of Paola’s VFW Post 3712 called her on a hunch four days before the unveiling of a monument devoted to Miami County combat veterans. “Is your father Ray F. Conklin?” Bell asked [...]

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PIE Garage Sales Set For Saturday

Osawatomie will be full of bargain hunters Saturday for the Partners In Education Communitywide Garage Sale. More than 40 sales had been registered by Tuesday morning and organizers said late registrations will be taken all week. The annual sale brings crowds of shoppers to town, making it a good time to have a more successful [...]

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Train Derails, Closes 347th Street

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By Jeff Gulley Sixteen railroad cars derailed Saturday afternoon blocking the tracks on 347th Street near Lookout Road. The Osawatomie Police and Fire Departments and the Miami County Sheriffs Department were called to the scene about 12:30 Saturday afternoon in response to calls about a loud explosion.. The last 22 cars on the 167-car train [...]

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