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Washington County Commissioners Minutes 9/26/11

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COMMISSION MINUTES, September 26, 2011 The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, September 26, 2011 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse. Present: Alison Mueller, 1st District Commissioner; Roger Otott, 2nd District Commissioner, Chairman; Gene Helms, 3rd District Commissioner, Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney and Lou Kern, County Clerk. Chairman Otott called the meeting ... Read More »

Unclaimed Property Return’s Tour in Seneca

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State Treasurer Ron Estes and staff members will be in Seneca on Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 4:30 in the community room at the Seneca Public Library as part of the State Treasurer‘s ” Unclaimed Property Returns” tour. Anyone can visit the Library and have their name checked for free. In addition, the staff from the Treasurer’s Office will check ... Read More »

Farmers Waiting for Crops to Dry

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Area farmers are still waiting for corn to dry out. Lyle Brooks, Branch Manager for Beattie Co-op in Beattie reports that only a few corn and soybean deliveries have been made to the Co-op. Brooks said that farmers are waiting for crops to dry out before harvesting. He expects to see many farmers harvesting soybeans in the next few days. ... Read More »

Over $100,000 Stolen From Co-op

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A Beatrice woman is facing felony theft charges after police say she misappropriated more than $100,000 from a local business. Jodi R. Dewey of Beatrice is charged with unauthorized use of a financial transaction device ($1,500 or more) and theft by unlawful taking ($1,500 or more), both of which are Class IV felonies. Dewey allegedly misappropriated over $100,000 from previous ... Read More »

Partnership for Growth to Discuss SRS Agreement

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Marshall County Partnership for Growth will meet Tuesday 5:35 at the Marshall County Courthouse. The agenda for the meeting includes several items related to the agreement between the city of Marysville and the state of Kansas SRS Department. The Partnership for Growth would provide funding to SRS through the city of Marysville. George McCune will report on the current fund ... Read More »

SRS Reforms Take Effect October 1st

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The Kansas Secretary of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Rob (said-leck-ee) Siedlecki, addressed reforms for rules for applicants and recipients of several state welfare programs. According to Siedlecki the changes affect Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Child Care Assistance The changes will go into effect October 1st. and include: • Persons must start searching for ... Read More »

Kansas Selected to Help Write Science Standards

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Kansas has been selected to be one of 20 lead states that will help write new national science standards. The announcement Tuesday gives Kansas influence in writing a common set of standards for public schools. Other states on the lead team include California, Maryland, New York and Vermont. The project is a collaboration assembled by the National Research Council and ... Read More »

Beatrice City Council Agrees to Help Playground

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Beatrice City Council added $25,000 to the city budget for the Prairie Playground that will be located at the YMCA. Funding will be provided with equal matches of $12,500 coming from keno funds and the occupation tax. The city also agreed to contribute in-kind services for the park’s construction and be responsible for the park maintenance. The Beatrice City budget was ... Read More »

U.S. Geological Survey Admits to Release Algae Into Kansas River

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The U.S. Geological Survey admits the release of water from a federal reservoir in northeastern Kansas last month sent algal toxins into the Kansas River. The agency says the controlled release from Milford Lake occurred Aug. 31, two days after the lake was closed for recreation because of a large bloom of blue-green algae. The release sent the tainted water ... Read More »

SRS Not Required to Keep Eleven Positions in Marysville

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Economic Development Director George McCune and Community Development Coordinator Juanita McCune met with the Board to give them a weekly update of the Economic Development office. Economic Development Director George McCune informed the Board that $16,050.00 had been received verbally and around $9,000.00 has been actually received to help fund the SRS office rent and expenses in Marysville. He informed ... Read More »