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Mountain Lion Roaming Nemaha County

Kansas officials have verified another mountain lion. It‘s the state‘s fifth confirmed sighting since 2007. Before that, the last official verification of a mountain lion in the state occurred in 1904. Officials with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks learned about the Nemaha County photos last week. Matt Peek of the department says a staff biologist inspected the area ... Read More »

Unemployment Rises!

Unemployment rose during the month November in all but one Kansas County.  Kansas Department of Labor released the unemployment figures Friday.  Atchison County was the only county to see a decrease from 8.3 percent down to 8.0 percent. Marshall County unemployment was 4.8 percent up from 4.4 percent in October, Washington County increased from 3.8 percent in October to 4.2 ... Read More »

Input sought on Kansas freight/rail plan

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is seeking input on the draft of the 2010 Statewide Freight and Passenger Rail Plan. The plan outlines efforts to provide a more efficient and cost-effective movement of people and goods to assist the state in future economic initiatives through rail transportation.       The plan also will: Establish the state’s role in the freight rail ... Read More »

Aid To Kansas Schools May Cause Staff Reductions

Kansas school districts might have to cut their budgets for the current year as state revenues slowly recover. Kansas education officials say more funds are needed to cover increasing numbers of students, and more of those students need assistance because of the economy.  State revenues are improving in part because of a new 1 cent increase in the state sales ... Read More »

Unemployment figures released

Unemployment rates in September were down in most area northeast Kansas counties compared to August. The Kansas Department of Labor released the latest jobless rates Friday Nemaha, 3.7 percent; Washington, 4.3 percent and Marshall, 4.7 percent.  Beatrice reported an unemployment rate of 5.6 percent Leavenworth and Jefferson counties were the only two area counties to see an increase in their ... Read More »

Kansas Historical Society offers Pawnee Indian program

by Bruce Dierking THE KANSAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL COORDINATE A PROGRAM SUNDAY EVENING AT THE PAWNEE INDIAN STATE HISTORIC SITE IN REPUBLIC COUNTY.  AMERICAN TRAILS THROUGH PAWNEE COUNTRY WILL EXPLORE THE IMPACT OF THE SANTE FE AND OREGON TRAILS ON THE CENTRAL PLAINS.  THE TRAILS RAN THROUGH PAWNEE INDIAN TERRITORY.  THE PROGRAM IS SUNDAY EVENING, 7 PM AT THE PAWNEE ... Read More »

Elevated Island becomes a speed bump

by Bruce Dierking KDOT OFFICIALS, WASHINGTON CITY AND COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES, AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE SHARON SCHWARZ MET LAST WEEK ALONG WITH PATRONS OF THE SHORT STOP CONVENIENCE STORE IN WASHINGTON, KANSAS.  ACCESS AT THAT LOCATION AT THE HIGHWAY INTERSECTION IN WAS CHANGED DURING RECENT CONSTRUCTION WORK.  AN ELEVATED ISLAND NOW MAKES TURNS DIFFICULT FOR TRUCKS NEEDING DIESEL FUEL, AND HAS REDUCED ... Read More »

Kansas Farmers Can Grow Their Communities One Donation at a Time

I am writing you on behalf of Monsanto Fund and wanted to share a great opportunity for your state with you.  Below you will find information on the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program, which wants to donate $2,500 to 81 counties in Kansas, which adds up to $202,500 to the state in February 2011.  We would love it ... Read More »

Apply now for state’s grain commodity commissions

Grain growers in central Kansas who plan to campaign for a seat on one of the  state’s five grain commodity commissions—corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, wheat or sunflowers—should be gathering petition signatures now to meet the Nov. 30, 2010, filing deadline. The 2011 election will cover districts four, five and six, or the central third of Kansas.  District four includes Clay, ... Read More »

Southern Teacher awarded P.E. Teacher of the Year

Southern Elementary physical education teacher Beth Willet was recently awarded the Elementary P.E. Teacher of the Year in the state of Nebraska.  Willet, in her 31st year of teaching at Southern Elementary thanked students, teachers and administration for their support during a rally in her honor on Wednesday.  Willet was named the Elementary P.E. Teacher of the Year by the ... Read More »