Energy cooperatives team for $1.8M loan for Hoxie project

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HOXIE — Midwest Energy and Western Cooperative Electric this week announced the award of a $1.816 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Loan and Grant Program, which will be used by BJKLM Development Co. to fund the site development and building construction of a large implement dealership in Hoxie. The dealership […]

KAMS schedules information sessions around state in April, May

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FHSU University Relations Staff from the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science at Fort Hays State University will make nine trips in a series of informational and recruitment tours in April and May. A postcard from KAMS recently went out to Kansas high school students inviting them to attend one of the sessions. KAMS students […]

Next season is the last for ‘Downton Abbey’


PBS Carnival Films and MASTERPIECE on PBS announced on March 26 that Season 6 will be the final season of the hit drama series Downton Abbey. Carnival’s Managing Director and Executive Producer of Downton Abbey, Gareth Neame said, “Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who […]

Prairie fire

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

The smell and sight of spring burning on the Flint Hills evoked this childhood memory. It started with a spark on a rail that jumped into the dry, spring prairie and ignited. Within seconds the southerly wind whipped the fire across the pasture toward our small, rural school. The culprit was an old black steam […]

Transfer of personal belongings can create celebration or challenge

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Almost everyone has personal belongings such as wedding photographs, a baseball glove, holiday ornaments, a beloved doll or a yellow pie plate that contain meaning for them and for other members of their family. These heirlooms and personal possessions are known as non-titled property because they do not have a legal title which establishes rules […]

HAWVER: Turnaround day past, many questions remain for Legislature


The Legislature has made it past “Turnaround Day” and that’s a relatively big deal. Turnaround is the process of getting bills from most House and Senate committees approved and sent across the Statehouse rotunda to the opposite chamber. The first month and a half of the session has been…distracting comes to mind. We’ve seen the […]

Marilyn June Minkler

Phillipsburg resident Marilyn June Minkler passed away Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Phillips County Retirement Center in Phillipsburg at the age of 86.  She was born June 19, 1928 in Courtland, KS, the daughter of Melvin & Fern (Sojandler) Kellogg. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband Milburn of Phillipsburg; 4 sons, Terry of Tyro, […]

Curtis Dean Mong

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Curtis Dean Mong (81) departed this world to stand before his heavenly Father on Sunday, January 11th, 2015.  Curtis was born March 8th, 1933 unto John A. Mong & Barbara (Weaver) Mong.  He was the 4th of 8 loving children born & raised on the family’s farm south of Ogallah, on Big Creek. Curtis proudly […]

Lang Diesel announces winner of Facebook charity contest


  Lang Diesel Inc. presented a $1,000 check Monday to representatives of Hillsboro Elementary School after the school won its “Win $1,000 For Your Favorite Charity” Facebook contest with the goal of replacing the school’s deteriorating playground equipment and adding safety surfacing. “We are thrilled to make our donation to a project with such a […]

Geraldine Wittman


Geraldine Wittman, age 59, of Hays passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. She was born June 21, 1955 in Hays to Fidelis and Ileen (Wacker) Ruder. She attended Hays High. Geraldine was a CNA. She had attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. She enjoyed playing cards, watching TV and having conversations […]

2014: The discouraging year in K-12 education


Kansas became the second state to take away tenure from K-12 teachers. Previously teachers had to work three years at a school to prove their effectiveness. During this probationary time, they could be “let go” without explanation. After tenure, they could only be dismissed for cause. Kansas teachers lost this due process in April when […]