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Author Archives: Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".

Registration Deadline Extended

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The registration deadline for a workshop entitled Keeping the Family Farming” has been extended. The two-day workshop, which is hosted by Kansas State University Research and Extension, is planned for January in two Kansas locations, Beloit and Hiawatha. Former Kansas State University Agricultural Economist Rodney Jones will conduct the workshops which are designed to help farm families work through any ... Read More »

Democrat Bows out of Governor’s Race

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Not to leave Kansas Democrats out, one more political note. Although “left out” is how Many Kansas Democrats probably feel with yesterday’s announcement that their leading candidate for Governor has dropped out of the race. Tom Wiggans, a former pharmaceutical executive, has formally ended his campaign. His campaign organization acknowledged that they would have a great deal of difficulty defeating ... Read More »

Moran Opposes Plan for Terrorist Prisons in U.S.

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Speaking of Congressman Moran, he has come out against President Obama’s plan to move detainees at Guantanamo Bay to prisons in the U.S. in a speech Wednesday. Moran said, “Not only does this decision threaten the safety of Americans, but the President is asking taxpayers to foot the bill. The cost to acquire and upgrade the facility in Illinois will ... Read More »

Kansas Gets Federal Grant for Map Project

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Kansas has been awarded a $2-million matching grant by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration to fund broadband mapping and planning through the Connect Kansas initiative. The award will help Kansas collect data and develop a detailed map of the state’s existing broadband infrastructure. Connect Kansas is a Kansas Department of Commerce initiative to increase high-speed ... Read More »

Cuts at State Ag Department

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State budget cuts have forced Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Josh Svaty to temporarily suspend inspections in hotels across the State of Kansas. In a press conference yesterday Svaty said, the suspensions are a result of Governor Mark Parkinson’s cutting $303,000 from the Agriculture Department’s budget. The Agency licenses 825 hotels, motels, lodges and bed and breakfast locations in Kansas. Svaty, ... Read More »

Local Reaction to President’s Afghan Speech

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First District Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran has given Barack Obama a mixed review in regard to the President’s speech Tuesday evening about the War in Afghanistan. Congressman Moran agrees with the need to send in more troops saying, “The mission in Afghanistan must succeed. It remains central to our county’s security that the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorists be defeated.” The ... Read More »

Holiday Displays

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If you’re having trouble getting into the Christmas Spirit, here’s a suggestion to get your Ho, Ho, Ho in high gear. Take in one of the two community Christmas displays available in the area. This year is the 10th year for the Isle of Lights at Chautauqua Park in Beloit. Ten new lighted displays, most with a military theme, are ... Read More »

KHP Thanksgiving Accident Report

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With the Thanksgiving Holiday Accident Reporting Period completed, The Kansas Highway patrol has released the state accident figures fro that time frame. According to the KHP, there were 6-fatalities in Kansas, none however, occurred in North Central Kansas. The high volume travel time produced some interesting statistics: • 8-DUI related crashes • 46-DUI arrests • Nearly 1,700 speeding citations • ... Read More »

Economy Continues to Lag in Rural Areas

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When the recession first hit, states with economies largely dependent upon agriculture seemed to be only marginally affected as opposed to states with large urban populations. Nearly two years into the recession though, rural areas in middle America are being hit particularly hard by what is expected to be a deeper dip into the recession for the region. This information ... Read More »

KHP Ties on Red Ribbons

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Every November, the Kansas Highway Patrol ties red ribbons to agency-owned vehicles to show the agency’s zero tolerance toward impaired driving. The Patrol will again display the red ribbons throughout the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays. These ribbons memorialize the lives lost due to alcohol-related tragedies. KHP Superintendent Terry Maple says, “Crashes involving drug and alcohol impaired drivers impacts ... Read More »