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Giving blood saves lives

The next Sabetha Community Blood Drive is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Sabetha City Hall gym. The Community Blood Center (CBC) and its donors are an essential part of community services. They are a life-saving team that is here to meet the needs of local patients. Our volunteers give without hesitation. To make an appointment online, visit savealifenow.org,... Read More

High levels of blue-green algae found in local lakes

Sabetha City Lake is under a blue-green algae warning. Blue-green algae is toxic and can be harmful to people, pets and livestock.

Blue-green algae is present at Sabetha City Lake Monday, August 24. High levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected. A Public Health Warning indicates that activities like boating and fishing may be safe; however, direct contact with water is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock. Blue-green algae contamination has infected the public waters in Brown and... Read More

The Hunt begins September 18

Treasure Hunt Across Kansas will celebrate its 10th Anniversary treasure hunt this year. The treasure hunt will again make its impact on Kansas Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 20. In Aug. 2006, the Washington County News predicted, “This could be huge!” Ten years later, it is huge. Participation mushroomed from a handful to 39 towns in 13 counties across Kansas, along... Read More

Rensenhouse Electric Supply opens in Sabetha

Rensenhouse Electric Supply opened in Sabetha on Thursday, August 20. Employees pictured are (L-R) Brian Homard (general manager), Levi Henery, Jayk Betson, Ron Wonderlich and Dan McCormick.

  General Manager looks forward to growing and expanding business in the community. Sabetha industry gained a local electrical distributor Thursday, Aug. 20. Rensenhouse Electric Supply set up an office at 851 Old K 246 Highway. The company has been a part of the Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri area since 1954, and is a leading supplier of automation and commercial electrical... Read More

Wastewater improvements coming down the pipeline

Although the price tag could be $850,000, the improvements to Sabetha’s wastewater sewer piping are much needed. The repairs will be made by sleeving the existing leaky pipes. At its meeting Monday, Aug. 10, the City Commission approved the Wastewater Improvement contract with Schwab Eaton, a professional engineering and design firm out of Manhattan. Schwab Eaton will prepare... Read More

USD No. 113 School Board approves $17.1 million budget

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Approval of a $17.1 million budget means a tax increase for property owners in USD No. 113. Following a budget hearing and discussion at its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 10, the Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education unanimously approved its Fiscal Year 2016 budget, with the budget authority of $17,094,595. Board Members present and voting included Kathy Lippert, Kent Kuckelman,... Read More

1113 School Board reinstates fourth kindergarten section

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New Sabetha Elementary School Principal Jennifer Gatz was scrambling Tuesday, Aug. 11, following Monday evening’s decision by the Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education to reinstate a fourth section of kindergarten. Gatz had posted class lists Monday morning, with enrolled kindergarten students separated into three classes, per an April 2015 decision by the board to reduce... Read More

Heather Stewart joins Sabetha Herald staff

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The Sabetha Herald welcomes new employee Heather Stewart to its staff. Stewart has been working as a reporter at The Herald since June. Stewart, 26, is originally from Liberal. Her parents are Alan and Janet Freeman, and she has one brother Preston, who lives in Denver, Colo., with his wife Cherie. She graduated from Liberal High School in 2007. During high school, she played volleyball... Read More

City gives preliminary ‘okay’ for walking trail

The Sabetha City Commission was awarded a round of applause after the approval of Resolution No. 2015-18 at its meeting Monday, Aug. 10. The resolution states that the commission will provide support and administration for the walking and biking trail proposed by the Grow Sabetha group. Grow Sabetha is working on a grant application for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).... Read More

Longtime Herald editor, writer, photographer retires

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Patty Locher A second career that began in February 2002 when retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Patty Locher took a part-time job as a word processor at the local newspaper has officially come to an end. Locher — who has served Sabetha and the surrounding communities through her work at The Herald — retired on July 21, after 13-1/2 years. She began her work at The Herald... Read More

Sabetha Head Start preschool closes its doors

Approximately 20 3- to 5-year-old students are looking for a preschool, as NEK-CAP, Inc., announced Sabetha Head Start will not open its doors this fall. The preschool held part-day classes Monday through Thursday. The closing of Sabetha’s Head Start is due to several factors said NEK-CAP Associate Director of Program Operations Jeanette Sperfslage, LMSW, CCAP. These factors... Read More

Bern City Council meets

Bern City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, July 14. Present were council members Tim Miller, Dallas Wood, Norman Kroemer, Carla Meyer, Dan Stallbaumer, treasurer Bill Sheik, clerk Yvonne Krehbiel and guest Brian Kingsley. Vic Krainbill and Laurie Wilson, representatives from the Cafe Committee, asked if the city would waive the utility fees for a year. The council decided... Read More

Lift station improvements could cost $850,000, if approved

The City of Sabetha’s sewer system historically has had problems with inflow and infiltration of groundwater and rainwater as a result of an antiquated collection system. Chris Cox with Schwab Eaton presented a report at the Sabetha City Commission meeting Monday evening, July 27, discussing the city’s Inflow and Infiltration (I & I) Assessment and Reduction Plan. “Inflow... Read More

Celebrate Morrill Days August 8 and 9

The annual Morrill Days celebration is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 and 9. Many activities will be taking place in City Park, including “Crafters in the Park,” which offers local artisans and crafters a place to sell their wares. For more information please contact Bob Baumgartner at 785-285-2738. The Saturday festivities will include kids’ games in City Park... Read More

New substation in the works for Sabetha

Westar Energy is working on plans for a new substation closer to Sabetha. The project will take a few years to complete. Sabetha citizens can hold onto the hope that they will be strangers to unexplained power outages after the installation of a new substation closer to the city. Westar Energy has approved a major upgrade, moving Sabetha’s serving substation from Seneca to somewhere... Read More

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