Articles By: Hillsboro Free Press

Commentary- Crops in full failure in SE Kansas

Beans the color of mud. Gray?not a hint of green.

That?s how soybeans in much of Allen County look today. Standing only a few inches tall, this fall crop is distinguishable from the soil only by its leafy shape. The color mirrors the ground.

On the other hand, corn looks like other fields across Kansas this summer?8-foot tall, green, lush?like a million dollars. But step into these fields and grab an ear. Pull back the husks. The kernels on the cob are rotting and oozing with juice. The corn reeks of decay.

That?s how many of the crops looks throughout Allen County after more than 20 inches of rain fell during a four-day period beginning June 28 through July 1. In some fields west of Iola, next to the Neosho River, the corn was toppled by fast-moving flood water.

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FSA county offices to conduct spot checks

As part of the 2007 National Compliance Review, the Farm Service Agency is requiring local FSA county offices to conduct compliance reviews and spot checks of certain producers selected by the national office through a statistical sampling method. A statistical sample of FSA employees, county committee and state committee members also has been selected for review using this same process. […]

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Goal Getters review projects as county fair nears

Roll call for the July 6 Goessel Goal Getters meeting was to name a safety tip. This month was the club tour, a meeting held in the park where 4-Hers bring projects that they will exhibit at the fair. For new business Aileen Esau reminded us that Olivia Regier was running for Tri-County Fair queen. (She is first attendant). She […]

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Miller joins The Spritz as new hair stylist Sara-Jane N. Miller has accepted a hair-styling position at The Spritz in Hillsboro. Miller, a 2005 graduate of Hillsboro High School, graduated June 29 from Xenon Interna?tional Hair Academy in Wichita. She attended Kansas State University for a year.

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New Goessel principal at home in small-town environment
New Goessel principal at home in small-town environment

New Goessel principal at home in small-town environment

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Mark Grout. Click image to enlarge

This fall at Goessel Junior-Senior High School, Marc Grout is entering his 10th year as a professional educator and first as a head principal.

?I think the Goessel job is unique for several reasons, one of which is that it?s a small school in a small community,? Grout said. ?That fits with my background, because I grew up in Mankato, Kan., which is a town of similar size. And I taught for eight years at Centre, so I?m used to the small-town aspect.?

Beyond demographic distinctions, Grout pointed to the school?s location near the top of Kansas academics.

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Goessel board welcomes new principal and board member

The Goessel school board welcomed Marc Grout as the district?s new grades six through 12 principal at its July 9 meeting.

Grout grew up on a farm near Mankato and received both his bachelor?s and master?s degrees from the University of Kansas.

taught junior high and high school English at Centre for eight years
and last year served as the assistant principal at Lakewood Middle
School in Salina.

Grout has made numerous educational presentations at the state and national levels. He has also coached track and basketball.

and his wife were married at Alexanderwohl Menno?nite Church near
Goessel last summer. His wife is a social worker in Newton and has
relatives in the Goessel community.

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Nine classmates gather for DHS 60-year reunion

Nine of the 12 members of Durham High School Class of 1947 met June 23 at Durham for their 60th class reunion. The group enjoyed dinner together at Main Street Cafe, followed by a time of reminiscing and 60-year updates at the Durham Senior Center. On display were pictures, school annuals and publications of the ?Durham Dope,? the school newspaper. […]

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Marion seeking up to $250,000 through KDOT?s ?Safe Routes to School?

The City of Marion may receive notice of up to $250,000 in grant funding by January to encourage more children to walk to school, a consultant told the city council Monday.

David Johnson said that under Phase 1 of a companion grant for $15,000 already received, he discovered from a survey that only 10 percent of Marion children walk to school.

He said the Kansas Depart?ment of Transportation hopes to raise such percentages under its Safe Routes to Schools program to combat such issues as child obesity. Among other things, the grant might fund construction of new sidewalks on North Cedar and from Cedar to Lawrence.

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Letters to the Editor (Week of July 18, 2007)

Farm bill holds key to algae solution The death of three dogs after contact with Marion Reservoir water (July 11 issue) may be linked to an algae bloom after all of the evidence is examined. But the event once again reminds us the problem of water quality still exists with siltation and nitrogen/phosphorus loading. This season?s heavier than usual rainfall […]

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Points of light

Our front-page stories about two women renovating a garden in Peabody and a cadre of mostly senior citizens in Hillsboro selling used clothing in a thrift shop carry a theme worth noting: volunteers can and do make a difference. Karen Benbrook and Ann Slocombe, in an effort to thank other volunteers, brought a bit of beauty and flair to their […]

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