Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 12 October 2010 14:42While the 2010 election season has been a marathon for candidates and voters alike, the unexpected race to fill the District 17 seat vacated by Jim Barnett in the Kansas Senate has become a 100-meter dash for the two candidates involved.
Barnett, a longtime Emporia resident, announced Sept. 8 that he would resign the seat Oct. 1 to pursue a medical position in Topeka. By the middle of September, the central committees for Republicans and Democrats in the district picked two Emporia...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 12 October 2010 14:01After 131 years, Sunday, Oct. 10, marked the end of Summit United Methodist Church with more than 50 members and guests attending the final worship service.
Richard Saylor, Hutchinson District superintendent, was charged with overseeing the deconsecration of the building as a place of worship and disbanding the congregation.
“This is a moment of closure,” he said, “but knowing who we are, the journey of United Methodist and being connectional people, it is great so many are here this day to remember our roots and heritage.”
During the service, Saylor spoke about the building as “God’s gift for a season.”
Among the final acts to complete the decommissioning, Saylor removed symbolic objects that gave the church its...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 October 2010 15:12Ron Schroeder, Goessel, turns the crank on the blower that feeds the fire of his iron forge, with which he heats the iron until it is red hot and formable on the anvil with a hammer. Schroeder was one of several craftsmen and artisans who plied their pioneer trades for the interest of onlookers who made the trek to Maxwell Wildlife Refuge north of Canton to take in the annual Prairie Rendevous. Schroeder calls himself a beginner in the field of blacksmithing, which he picked up about four to five years ago. “I should quit calling myself that,” he said. “I could fool a lot of people if I didn’t tell them, and those I can’t probably don’t care.” With a scarecrow serving as host, Prairie Rendevous visitors gather...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 05 October 2010 15:10Though technically not a county employee, Nancy Pihl has been working for the betterment of Marion County residents for 12 years as a local agent with K-State Research and Extension.
“We are actually employees of K-State,” Pihl said. “Part of our budget comes from K-State, but the bulk of it comes from county appropriations.
The Cooperative Extension Service was created in 1914 when the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Lever
“Cooperative Extension was formed with the land grant university in each state to provide educational programs to extend from the university out to the people,” Pihl said.
She and fellow agent Rickey Roberts share duties in Marion County. Pihl covers family and consumer sciences while Roberts oversees...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 05 October 2010 15:09The state’s new seat-belt law that went into effect July 1 is making a difference, according to law enforcement officials.
The law allows officers to stop motorists simply for not wearing a safety restraint. At the same time, the fine for failing to wear a seat belt dropped from $30 to $5.
Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper J.L. Riedel, public information officer from Salina, said the law is about safety.
“First and foremost,” he said, “the seat-belt law is not money-driven, it’s about saving lives.”
He said KHP has seen a general increase in the number of motorists using seat belts since the law was enacted.
Riedel said two possible reasons could explain the increase.
“The average law-abiding citizen may not agree with...
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