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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 »

SCC Offering Evening Welding Classes in Deshler

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Southeast Community College is offering welding classes in Deshler beginning in January 2010. Two classes of Gas Metal Arc Welding, more commonly called MIG welding, will be taught in the Deshler Public School’s Industrial Arts Building. GMAW I Basic Welding (steel) meets 12 Wednesdays beginning Jan. 13 and ending March 21. GMAW II Advanced Welding (aluminum) meets 12 Thursdays beginning ... 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 »

Kansas Highway Patrol STEP Program

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The Kansas Highway Patrol, along with local law enforcement agencies throughout the state, will be participating in the Kansas Thanksgiving Enforcement Campaign starting today. This special Traffic Enforcement Program – STEP is funded by the Kansas Department of Transportation and is intended to minimize traffic-related injuries and fatalities. The program runs through Saturday, November 29th. The KHP and other agencies ... Read More »

Is Wiggins a Serious Candidate for Governor

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Do Kansas Democrats have a candidate who can go the distance with Sam Brownback in next years’ Governor’s race? Political observers in the state are beginning to look at Tom Wiggins who emerged as a candidate last week after appointing a treasurer for a 2010 bid. Wiggins is a former pharmaceutical company executive who returned to Kansas from California early ... Read More »

Effort to Restore Power Nearly Complete

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Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative is reporting that it should complete the effort to restore power to the residents of Republic, Washington and Cloud Counties shortly. Rolling Hills Manager Doug Johnson said, “It’s a very slow process, we have put a lot of poles in the ground and we are moving through a lot of mud.” It has been a week ... Read More »

Christmas Open House at Hollenberg Station

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HANOVER, KS— One of Santa’s first scheduled visits to Washington County will be at the Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site near Hanover on Saturday, December 5. Plans are in full swing for the annual old-fashioned Christmas open house at the station, a free event. The wood burning stoves will be fired up and kerosene lamps will light the ... Read More »

Extension Programs On Going Green To Be Presented

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On Tuesday, December 1, River Valley Extension FCS Agents Gina Aurand and Patricia Gerhardt will be presenting two programs focused on becoming more environmentally conscious. The first program will be in the River Valley Extension Meeting room in Clay Center (322 Grant Ave.) from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The afternoon program, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., will be in the First National ... Read More »