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The Nemaha County Sheriff’s Department is now utilizing a new communications service that makes it possible to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology. The Nixle Community Information Service allows the department to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message... Read More

School Board: At least half a million still to go

Enrollment Projections

Based on calculations by District Auditor Ken Kickhaefer, USD No. 113 is projected to face at least a $584,724.02 shortage for the 2015-16 school year. Quick figuring by Board Member Brent Lortscher following Kickhaefer’s presentation indicated that inflation could kick that number up as high as $1.25 million. This information was presented during the regular meeting of the Prairie... Read More

Santa’s Workshop shopping event to feature many local, area vendors

Don’t want to let the holidays sneak up on you? Attend the Santa’s Workshop shopping event between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Sabetha Country Club. There is no admission to enter, and many local and area vendors will have booths with products available. Vendors include the following: Origami Owl, Mary Kay, Thirty-One, Jamberry Nails, Say It With Sparkle, Norwex,... Read More

Fall burn dates set

Sabetha City Commission The Sabetha City Commission met at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in regular session. Mayor Doug Clark began the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioners set fall burn dates effective from Oct. 13 through Dec. 1. Commissioner Maridel Wittmer expressed concerns regarding recreational vehicles (RVs) and asked if there was an ordinance regarding these... Read More

Election: Additional Information on Capital Outlay

This information is in addition to the Capital Outlay infographic published in this week’s Voter Guide section. Mill Levy – In Depth The Capital Outlay mill rate for USD No. 113 has never been above 6 mills, which used to be the state maximum. In 2005, the state raised the maximum mill rate for capital outlay to 8 mills. However, from the 2007-08 school year through... Read More

Round and round the Mulberry Bush…

Steve Lukert Randy Garber Only the candidates — not their campaign teams or debate managers — will decide whether voters go to the polls with the palpable feeling that candidates for the Kansas House of Representatives, District 62, are merely chasing each other’s tails. If Republican incumbent Randy Garber and Democratic challenger Steve Lukert cannot put the game-playing... Read More

Senator Jerry Moran will host Listening Tour Stop in Sabetha

TOWN HALL MEETING U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) has announced that he will visit Sabetha on Thursday, Oct. 16, as part of his Kansas Listening Tour. He will be at Sabetha Middle School Auditorium from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday. SMS is located at 751 Bluejay Boulevard. Area residents are encouraged to attend and share feedback with Sen. Moran on the critical issues facing Kansas and... Read More

‘The Tie That Bound’ to feature women in John Brown’s family

Not often were any of the women in abolitionist John Brown’s family ever mentioned in the history books. We knew a lot about Brown and his sons, but rarely, if at all about the Brown family women. Come listen and learn, as Brown County Genealogical Society member Anne Cash reviews The Tie That Bound by author Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. The program will... Read More

Free suicide prevention workshop to be held in Seneca

An free educational workshop, “Understanding Suicide: Why we lost Robin Williams,” will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the Community Building in Seneca. The program is designed to help participants increase knowledge of patterns and trends of suicide in the Midwest and United States; aid in recognizing suicidal behaviors, assessing lethality and intervening... Read More

Historic resort Sycamore Springs up for auction

The roller skating rink at Sycamore Springs is a popular location for youth group, 4-H and Scouts, and birthday parties.
Patty Locher | Herald

This sign at the gated entrance welcomes visitors to the Sycamore Springs resort.Patty Locher | Herald Sycamore Springs, the historic resort that has played an important part in the lives of many local residents, is scheduled to be sold at public auction on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the resort site. Owners Dale and Betty Aue and their family members have kept the multi-faceted business... Read More

Brownville’s Old Time Autumn starts Saturday

The Brownville Historical Society’s Annual Old Time Autumn weekend festival will be Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12. This family fun event is filled with activities. Kicking off this year’s activities is a new feature. A Turkey Trot Fun Run starts the day on Saturday. Runners, walkers, strollers are welcome. For safety reasons, no dogs, please. Children 12 and under will... Read More

CAPS to host fourth annual 5K to support animal shelter

The Community Animal Protection Society’s (CAPS) fourth annual Race for the Rescue 5K is right around the corner. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11. It was started four years ago to raise funds to build a local animal shelter. The run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. at the location of the new Dog Park, which is at the corner of Washington and Jefferson streets. It is one... Read More

School Board discusses trip policy

The Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education met in special session at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, to discuss possible changes to the district trip policy and to review the district strategic plan. Board members Ed Reznicek, Brent Lortscher, Tim Aberle, Cheryl Wenger, Julia Alfers, Kent Kuckelman and Jeff DeMint were present, as well as Superintendent Todd Evans and Board Clerk Carol... Read More

Will local candidates debate?

Things are heating up in the local race for Kansas House of Representatives, District 62. Since democratic challenger Steve Lukert announced that he would be running for the seat, he has been campaigning on the platform that he wants to give voters a clear choice, and the differences between he and republican incumbent Randy Garber are clear. It appears that Garber agrees, because... Read More

Tornado, strong winds cause damage at Lierz farm

This 80-foot tall grain elevator and grain bins, which face east, at the Marvin and Roberta Lierz farm at 1575 U Road just south of Woodlawn received significant damage from a small tornado or strong winds Thursday morning, Oct. 2.
Patty Locher | Herald

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