Recycling programs set to begin in Meriden and Valley Falls

by Clarke Davis

The communities of Meriden and Valley Falls will soon have recycling programs available.

S.M. Ball Waste Disposal Inc. will provide containers in a central location in each of these towns.

Recycling proograms for Valley Falls and Meriden

The communities of Meriden and Valley Falls will soon have recycling programs available.

The program will begin Feb. 1 in Valley Falls and either March or April in Meriden, according to Shawn Ball, company owner.

The city council in Valley Falls agreed to start a program a month ago and Meriden officials approved the program at a meeting last week. The residents in these communities will be charged $1 a month for the program.

The collection site in Valley Falls will be next to city hall off Walnut Street. Locations in Meriden are still under consideration.

Two large containers will be provided by the trash firm and each of them has 13 compartments that will be labeled to describe the type of material they accept.

One bin is for all plastic with one exception: No plastic bags.

“Plastic is the biggest item,” Ball said. “Everyone has a milk jug along with pop and water bottles.”

The bottles and jugs do not have to be rinsed, but Ball said they should be empty.

“We don’t want someone to throw half a gallon of milk in the container,” he said.

One bin will have three compartments for glass divided by color; One each for browns, clears, and greens.

“We do not accept broken glass, such as a broken window or mirror,” he said. “Nothing sharp.”

Shawn Ball

Shawn Ball

There will be a compartment for tin cans, one for newspapers, one for catalogues and magazines, and one for phone books.

Residents will not be able to discard any kind of cardboard ranging from corrigated boxes to a cereal box. To accept cardboard would cost residents another dollar a month and both councils have decided not to do that at this time.

There is also no compartment for aluminum. “We don’t want a scavenger problem,” Ball said. He said there are a number of charities who will accept aluminum.

“We can always upgrade the service,” Ball said.

He has submitted prices that range on up to $3 and $5 a month for residential curbside depending on the level of service and frequency of pickup people want.

S.M. Ball contracts waste disposal in all eight Jefferson County cities along with Lecompton. The company presently has centralized recycling in Perry, Oskaloosa, and Lecompton.

Ball said they have all worked out real well with no mess and he and his workers keep close tabs on them.

Shawn Ball is a Perry native and has been in business since 1990. He and his wife, Tiffany, have five employees and eight trucks. The company headquarters is located east of Perry on what was formerly known as the Gottstein property.


Courthouse records: Jan. 19, 2012

Cases filed—

Limited civil:

Midland Funding LLC vs. John Frye Jr., recovery of money.

Midwest Checkrite Inc. vs. Andy Harris, recovery of money; vs. Kendle Beecham, recovery of money; vs. Ruth A. Streeter, recovery of money.

Capital One Bank vs. Marilyn K. Burge, recovery of money.

Kansas Foot Care Associates PA vs. Karen Rhodd, recovery of money.

Pulmonary & Sleep Associates PA vs. Steven Eckstein, recovery of money.

Jefferson County Memorial Hospital vs. Terry L. Gift, recovery of money.

Valley Falls Medical Clinic vs. Terry D. Robertson, recovery of money.

Domestic relations:

Richard C. Christiansen vs. Sonya A. Christiansen, divorce.

Jamie Petitt vs. Shantel Simmons, order of protection.

Nicole Taylor vs. Rory Maul, order of protection.

Brandy Williams vs. Melinda Young, order of protection.

State SRS vs. Darren E. Kizziah, child support.

Mikayla A. Lowe vs. Adam Engelken, order of protection.


The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company vs. Eugene A. Petrie, mortgage foreclosure.

Discover Bank vs. Jeff W. Schupp, recovery of money.

Ruth A. Jones vs. Matthew S. Doud and Renee L. Sayler, recovery of property.

Register of deeds—

WD, Bradley T. Hamm et ux. to Windy Hill Management Company LLC, SW 1/4 14-11-17, SE 1/4 14-11-17, NE 1/4 2-11-17, SW 1/4 11-11-17, NW 1/4 11-11-17 and NE 1/4 14-11-17.

WD, Arthur W. Keefer to Todd D. Newell and Alice L. Jeffers, NE 1/4 5-10-19.

QC, Timothy A. Broxterman et ux. to Rodney D. Lacy and Kathy A. Lacy, lot 1, blk. A, Rosewood Subdivision.

WD, GNB Mortgage Company Inc. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, SW 1/4 and SE 1/4 7-9-17.

WD, Thomas A. Schweda et ux. to Neal E. Barkley and Nancy Y. Barkley, lot 11 and part of lot 12, blk. J, Westshore Estates Subdivision.

WD, Dana Rooney to Shirley Wyatt, N 1/2 of Kaw Half Breed Survey No. 9.

WD, Donald B. Hicks et ux. to David L. Hummell, lot 56, Park Woods Section of Lakeside Village.

WD, Neil W. Westphal et ux. to Alma C. Rhodes and Christopher Rhodes, lots 18 and 19, blk. 24, Oskaloosa.

WD, Clifford W. Reusch et ux. to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, E 1/2 36-10-19.

WD, Phyllis A. Edmonds to Galen Wagler and Mary E. Wagler, SW 1/4 36-9-18.

WD, Joe D. Newell et ux. to Larry D. Newell, NW 1/4 9-10-19.

WD, Max E. Dick et ux. to Gene E. Dick, S 1/2 22-11-18.

WD, OWB REO LLC to Stephen B. Kroll et ux., lot 2, blk. A, Denneler Heights Subdivision.

WD, CitiMortgage Inc. to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, lot 3, Johnson Subdivision.

WD, U.S. Bank NA to Anthony Brungardt, lots 4 and 5, blk. 2, McLouth.

WD, Meier’s Ready Mix Inc. to Concrete Supply of Topeka Inc., SW 1/4 27-9-17.

WD, Margaret C. Haynes to Don L. Haynes, lot 5, blk. 33, Oskaloosa.

Sheriff’s reports—

The following offense and traffic reports are the latest released by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. The date of offense is often approximate and sometimes long before the reporting date.

Jan. 3, David G. Higgins, Oskaloosa, reported criminal damage to property.

Jan. 3: Hamm’s Landfill reported a burglary.

Jan. 3: John L. Quinlan, Lawrence, reported a theft.

Jan. 4: John Bryson, Oskaloosa, reported criminal damage to property.

Jan. 4: Kendra Knight, Winchester, reported telephone harassment.

Jan. 4: Nichole Hulsether, rural Oskaloosa, reported a burglary.

Jan. 4: Officers responded to a report of a disturbance on the 10900 block of Seminole Lane, rural Ozawkie.

Jan. 4: Anita J. Ray, Valley Falls, reported a burglary.

Jan. 4: Michael E. Kooser, Ozawkie, reported a theft.

Jan. 5: Janet L. Erickson, Meriden, reported a burglary.

Jan. 5: Arthur E. Palmer, Topeka, reported a theft.

Jan. 5: Keith L. Seely, Ozawkie, reported threats.

Jan. 5: Officers responded to a report of a disturbance on the 10900 block of Seminole Lane, Ozawkie.

Jan. 5: Steve Mosely, rural Ozawkie, reported trespassing.

Jan. 5: Officers responded to a report of a lost or stolen tag in Oskaloosa.

Jan. 6: Rosslyn J. Gross, Ozawkie, reported an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Jan. 6: Kenji Zweygardt, rural Oskaloosa, reported criminal damage to property.

Jan 6: Michael Wentz, rural Perry, reported a burglary and theft.

Jan. 6: Officers responded to a report of a fight in progress on the 2100 block of Ferguson Road, Perry.

Jan. 6: Officers responded to a report of a fight in progress on the 300 block of North Owen Street, Meriden.

Jan 7: Pat McGarity, rural Meriden, reported trespassing.

Jan. 7: Officers responded to a report of a prowler on the 800 block of Walnut Street, Oskaloosa.

Jan. 7: Michael L. Copp, Lawrence, reported a theft.

Jan. 8: Officers responded to a report of a shooting on the 13000 block of Blue Mountain Drive, rural Valley Falls.

Jan. 9: Richard White, rural Meriden, reported a theft.

Jan. 9: Officers responded to a report of a prowler on the 10500 block of Fox Lane, rural Ozawkie.

Officers also responded to the following calls for service:

  • abandoned vehicle 1
  • alarm 4
  • animal call 9
  • check welfare 5
  • citizen assist 17
  • domestic disturbance 4
  • felony warrant 1
  • funeral escort 1
  • juvenile call 2
  • keep peace 1
  • misdemeanor arrest 1
  • restraining order violation 2
  • suspicious activity 6
  • traffic problem 6
  • unsecured building 2
  • vehicle check 7
  • 911 hangup 25
  • DUI 4

The following accidents were recently reported:

Dec. 30, 10:46 a.m.: Victor E. Perry, 67, Lawrence, was traveling west on K-16 Highway and was making a right hand turn onto 82nd Street. A vehicle also traveling westbound driven by Gail L. Coleman-Pease, 56, Kansas City, Mo., did not see Perry’s vehicle slowing in time and swerved into the path of Perry’s vehicle.

Jan. 3, 10:45 a.m.: Leanna G. Hickman, 52, Oskaloosa, was at Marion Road and the intersection of Ferguson Road. Hickman began to roll out onto Ferguson Road when a vehicle heading northbound on Ferguson Road driven by Dennis Kempe, 64, Ozawkie, struck Hickman’s vehicle.

Jan. 5, 5:36 p.m.: Jean K. Phillips, 46, Perry, was stopped in the northbound lane of U.S. 59 Highway waiting to turn left onto 21st Street. A vehicle traveling northbound on U.S. 59 Highway driven by Kerry L. Navinskey, 40, Nortonville, did not see Phillips’ vehicle. Phillips pulled into the southbound lane and Navinskey’s vehicle sideswiped her vehicle.

Jan. 7, 7:57 p.m.: Jimmy D. Reed, 51, Winchester, was traveling on U.S. 59 Highway near Buckcreek Road when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the ditch.

Jan. 9, 8:43 a.m.: George R. Pentlin, 63, Oskaloosa, was driving a county owned vehicle that was towing a culvert on U.S. 59 Highway near 110th Street. A strap holding the culvert snapped causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

The following driver recently struck wildlife on county roadways:

Janice E. Merritt, 64, Oskaloosa.


District FBLA conference held at Valley Falls

by Holly Davis

The Future Business Leaders of America District II “Preliminary Testing” Conference was held at the Valley Falls middle and high schools Jan. 14.

Nine schools and 158 students attended the conference consisting of Valley Falls, Jefferson County North, Oskaloosa, Jefferson West, Perry-Lecompton, Troy, Holton, Leavenworth, and Jackson Heights.

Valley Falls junior Amanda Sales, the District II vice president, led the district conference, which was attended by state president Kymee Noll and state treasurer Katie Twenhafel, both of JCN.

The purpose of the conference was to prepare students for the state competition. Students took tests to show their knowledge on business related skills. Testing ranged from health care to technology procedures.

Presentations were also given and judged as a preparation for state. Events included Entrepreneurship, Business Presentation, Emerging Business Issues, Public Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Parliamentary Procedures, Client Service, and many more.

Assisting with the conference was Sharon Porter, Valley Falls FBLA adviser, and the Valley Falls FBLA members.

“FBLA is highly beneficial because students have the opportunity to expand their leadership and business skills to be better prepared for the real world,” Sales said.


Oskaloosa man killed in 1-vehicle accident

A 42-year-old Oskaloosa man was killed in a one-vehicle accident just after midnight Jan. 16.

Marty L. Warriner, 42, was southbound on US-59 highway about 3 miles south of Oskaloosa when his 1999 Dodge pickup left the roadway for an unknown reason.

The Highway Patrol report states Warriner over-corrected causing the pickup to slide sideways into the east ditch and went end over end one time coming to rest on its wheels.

He was not wearing a safety restraint.


Food distribution dates set for county this week

Food collection fighting hunger

The Emergency Food Assistance Program commodities distribution for Jefferson County residents will be distributed Jan. 24 and 25.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program commodities distribution for Jefferson County residents will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Jefferson County Service Organization office, 410 Liberty, Oskaloosa, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Sunset Haven Apartments, 940 Frazier, Valley Falls.

The remainder will be available at the JCSO office until they are gone. Distribution is based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Eligibility is based on income that ranges from a household of one with a maximum gross monthly income of $1,180 to a household of eight with a monthly income of $4,077.

For more information, contact Lynn Luck at 785-863-2637 or


Louis Hayes

Louis A. Hayes, 90, Centralia, died Jan. 12, 2012, at the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital in Seneca.

He was born June 6, 1921, in Linn, the son of Floyd Hayes and Ethel Atwood Hayes. He attended Linn High School and graduated in 1939.

He continued his education at Washburn University studying pre-medicine. While studying at Washburn he worked at the Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Topeka. While working there he began his interest in funeral service.

Following Washburn Louis entered the service for four years. He served in the Ascension Islands during World War II.

Upon his discharge, he enrolled in the St. Louis School of Embalming in St. Louis, Mo., and later purchased the funeral home in Centralia in 1948. He also opened a jewelry store and later a furniture store in Centralia all the while operating the funeral home until he sold the business to Roger Popkess in 1986.

He met Jeanne Virginia Bell in Linn and they were married April 5, 1943. She preceded him in death April 25, 2011.

He was a former city council member, president of the Lions Club, a member of the Centralia Booster Club, NeMar Shrine, the Arab Shrine of Topeka, and Armstrong Moyer American Legion Post of Centralia.

He attended the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Centralia.

He is survived by his three sons, Mike Hayes, Oskaloosa, Jim Hayes, Topeka, and Dr. Kris Hayes, Moab Utah; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were Jan.16 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Centralia. Burial was in the Centralia Cemetery with military honors.

Memorials contributions can be made to the First Congregational Church and can be sent in care of the Hayes-Popkess Funeral Home, 814 Castle, Seneca, 66538.


William “Bill” Anderson

William “Bill” Anderson, 77, Topeka, formerly of Valley Falls, died Jan. 7, 2012.

He resided in Joplin, Mo., until moving to Valley Falls in 1983. He operated The Last Straw and a furniture store for several years before moving to Topeka.

He married Hazel Aleen Lykins March 10, 1956. She died June 1, 2011.

Survivors include a daughter, Teresa Rivera; two sons, Douglas Anderson and Michael Anderson; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were Jan. 12 at Mission Towers, 2929 SE Minnesota, Topeka.


LaFurn Colhouer

LaFurn Ellen Colhouer, 91, Valley Falls, died Jan. 14, 2012, at Linnwood Home Plus care facility in Valley Falls.

She was born Sept. 17, 1920, at Meriden, the daughter of John and Ethel May Seever Knowlton. She graduated from Rock Creek High School.

LaFurn Ellen Colhouer

LaFurn Ellen Colhouer

She had been the operations manager at the Kendall State Bank, Valley Falls, and prior to that at the former Citizens State Bank of Valley Falls. She had been a substitute school teacher and a bookkeeper for the McBride Hatchery in Rock Creek.

She was a member of the Valley Falls United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, Rebekah Lodge No. 652, Blue Mound Grange, Blue Mound Sunshine Club, a Blue Mound 4-H Club leader, and the Kanza Club.

She married Raymond H. Colhouer Oct. 15, 1938, at Oskaloosa. He died Nov. 12, 2003. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Roy Knowlton, and a grandson, Alan Huston.

Survivors include two daughters, June Huston and Geraldine Metzger and her husband, Terry; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was Jan. 17 at the Valley Falls United Methodist Church. Burial was at the Valley Falls Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Valley Falls United Methodist Church or Jefferson County Friends of Hospice and sent in care of the Mercer Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Valley Falls, 66088. Online condolences are at


Arlan Thompson

Arlan Myers Thompson, 85, Meriden, died Jan. 10, 2012, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka.

He was born July 4, 1926, at Thompsonville, the son of Clarence Henry and Myrtle Eva Myers Thompson. He graduated from Perry Rural High School in 1943.

He was a farmer, landowner and cattleman. He owned Thompson Oil Company from 1958 to 1966 and owned and operated Thompson Sawmill from 1968 to the present. He was a member of Perry United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Lawrence Flying Club.

He married Esther Elizabeth May July 23, 1946, at Topeka. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Phil Thompson, Ozawkie; daughter, Pamela A. Pauley, Woodinville, Wash.; two brothers, Victor Thompson, Heston, and Leonard Thompson, Thousand Palms, Calif.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Thompson.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice and sent in care of Barnett Family Funeral Home, PO Box 602, Oskaloosa, 66066.


Joshua Montgomery

Joshua Eugene Montgomery, 23, Valley Falls, died Jan. 12, 2012, at a Topeka hospital.

He was born April 12, 1988, at Winchester, the son of James Roland and Teresa Church Montgomery.

Joshua Eugene Montgomery

Joshua Eugene Montgomery

He graduated from Valley Falls High School in 2006 where he participated in football, basketball and baseball. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and played co-rec softball.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served for four years. He attained the rank of corporal serving in Okinawa and Iraq.

Survivors include his parents; three sisters, Brenda, Haley and Alyssa Montgomery; grandparents, Barbara Montgomery and Wayne and Carol Church, all of Valley Falls; and great-grandmother, Velma Church, Oskaloosa.

The funeral service was Jan. 16 at the Valley Falls Schools’ east gymnasium. Burial, with full military honors, was at the Valley Falls Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Josh Montgomery Memorial Fund or to the Marine Graduation Foundation and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Valley Falls, 66088. Online condolences are at