Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:42
Lauren Geis, Durham, was among four Kansas 4-H members who represented the state in the youth events held Feb. 6-8 in conjunction with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Tampa, Fla.
Geis, daughter of Wayne and Debbie Geis, joined with Grace Hammer of Wallace, Callahan Grund of Sharon Springs and Taylor Ohlde of Easton to bring home several thousand dollars in prize money and awards.
The team took part in livestock judging, team marketing, public speaking and quiz bowl...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:41After a three-year absence, the Harvey County Biz Expo is back. The day-long small-business energizer is coming to Newton Thursday, Feb. 28, this time at the new Meridian Center.
And Marion County businesses are invited to participate.
Billed as “south central Kansas’s premiere business-to-business event,” the intent of the Biz Expo is to bring business owners, managers and team members together to receive the tools they need to make their enterprise survive and prosper in a challenging economy.
Free to participants, the Biz Expo is supported by the Newton Chamber of Commerce and underwritten by the Meridian Center and the Buyer’s Edge of South Central Kansas.
The investment of time—whether for half a day or the entire...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 February 2013 14:49
Hillsboro Farmers' Market is encouraging those interested in growing for market to attend the Central Kansas Market Vegetable Growers Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Sedgwick County Extension Center, Wichita.
This year's workshop features a variety of successful fruit and vegetable producers as well as updates from Kansas State's fruit and vegetable research program.
Hillsboro Farmers' Market is also offering partial scholarships for the workshop to those who sell at the Hillsboro market.
For more information call Joni Calam at 620-947-0270. Early registration ends this Friday, Feb. 8.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 05 February 2013 14:49The Marion City Council approved moving ahead on a $1 million beautification project at its Monday meeting, agreeing to commit 25 percent of the cost with the state contributing the other 75 percent.
City Administrator Doug Kjellin said, if the grant application is approved, the city’s cost would be $258,739, plus an additional $57,765 for design engineering costs, which the grant will not participate in, for a total of $316,504.
KDOT’s Transportation Enhancement contribution would be $776,217.
When the project was first discussed about three months ago at a council meeting, council members agreed to commit 20 percent with the state at 80 percent.
However, Darin Neufeld, engineer with EBH & Associates...
Written by John Schlageck Tuesday, 29 January 2013 14:13While food safety will always be the cornerstone of our food production process, allegiance is making inroads into why and where consumers buy their products.
Sure, the majority of today’s shoppers enjoys and often takes for granted the expanded menu in supermarkets. They look forward to shopping in a meat case filled with dozens of new cuts, pre-packaged, oven-ready, custom portioned, “natural” and pre-cooked products. They can’t wait to get their mitts on the marinades, dry rubs, cooking bags and other specialty items designed for time strapped, two-income families.
There’s also another growing group of consumers who are purchasing products based on trust and nostalgia. This notion of nostalgia harkens back to the good old...
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