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See Eagles soar at Tuttle Creek Reservoir

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The eagles are landing around Manhattan. With the arrival of winter, migratory bald eagles have been working their way south and passing through Kansas. To offer the opportunity to see our national bird in its native habitat, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake has scheduled its annual Eagle Day 2010 for Saturday, Jan. ... 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 »

Southeast CC and Nebraska-Lincoln Sign Transfer Agreement

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Southeast Community College students taking selected courses in Human Services and psychology will be able to transfer those credits to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, thanks to the signing of a transfer agreement between the two schools. Representatives from UNL’s Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies joined personnel from SCC to sign the transfer agreement, which will allow SCC students ... 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 »

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 »