Written by Frank J. Buchman Tuesday, 18 June 2013 13:59Days of a Bossy in every farm barnyard are long gone.
Milking cows was part of being a farmer a century ago, and as recent as a half century later, still most farming operations had a few cows to milk.
Dairies specializing in milk production as the main agriculture enterprise expanded with most counties having several dozen dairy farmers.
That is no more.
Today, a number of counties have no dairies, and some that do are typically small operations, with just a handful of cows for...
Written by Aleen Ratzlaff Tuesday, 18 June 2013 13:59Board of Education for Unified School District 410 approved the 2013-14 budget and master contract at its regular meeting June 10.
The master contract includes the following:
• 1.65 percent wage increases for current employees hired on or before Oct. 1, 2012;
• 1.45 percent salary increases for administrators, plus elimination of personal leave beginning fiscal year 2014;
• 1.65 percent salary increases for FACT director and PAT coordinator contracts, plus elimination of personal leave beginning fiscal year 2014;
• a health insurance contribution equivalent to a $1,000 deductible single coverage premium for eligible employees.
The board met in executive session twice—once to discuss negotiations and then to discuss...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 18 June 2013 13:58It’s true that disaster is pronounced for the Kansas wheat crop every few months, and the crop seems to resurrect anyway.
But with Marion County wheat farmers poised to harvest a good to excellent wheat crop the end of this month, they really didn’t need to hear any hints that wheat prices could be down, thanks to the discovery of genetically altered wheat developed by Monsanto in an Oregon spring wheat field.
It’s been far better to be able to count this as an especially blessed area with rainfall adequate for the crop when the wheat crop is shrunken by lack of moisture in areas further west.
Monsanto originally genetically altered the wheat to resist the contact herbicide Roundup in tests. The company never released the new...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:41Several area students were awarded honors and scholarships during the 85th Kansas FFA Convention May 29-31 in Manhattan.
State FFA Degrees
Thirteen area FFA members were among the 36 from the South Central District to be awarded their State FFA Degree May 31.
The State Degree is the highest honor the Kansas FFA Association can bestow upon its members.
Three area schools were represented. Receiving the degree from the Centre chapter were Justin Deines, Kyle Methvin, Chad Mueller, Tom Oborny, Tanner Peterson, Karl Riffel and Ty Simmons;
Members from the Hillsboro chapter were Lauren Geis, Bryce Roberts and Nathan Unruh.
Recipients from the Marion-Florence chapter were Jacob Cope, Aaron Molleker and Montana Percell.
In order to...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:40Hillsboro customers who depend on Eagle Communications for cable television, Internet and phone service were cut off for about 19 hours last week because of a severed underground fiber-optics cable about a mile outside of Marion.
Travis Kohlrus, general manager of the Hays-based company, said a contractor he did not identify was laying cable east of Marion when it cut the cable Eagle leases from the Technology Excellence in Education Network.
TEEN provides interactive distance learning opportunities for the Centre, Herington, Hillsboro, Marion and Peabody-Burns school districts.
“The TEEN group is responsible for locating that fiber, which they did,” Kohlrus said. “This other underground contractor apparently either...
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