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Be Prepared as new winter storm heads for Kansas

With a new round of winter storms set to enter the state late Thursday, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management is again urging Kansans to make sure they are prepared. “The National Weather Service is forecasting, widespread accumulating snow likely by late Sunday,” said Angee Morgan, deputy director of KDEM. Morgan said snowfall accumulation will vary from 1-3 inches in... Read More

Sabetha Has Talent to showcases diverse acts

Chamber of Commerce’s annual talent show and dessert bar raise money for a local scholarship fund. The seventh annual Sabetha Has Talent show, sponsored by the Sabetha Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for next Friday evening, Feb. 27. The evening of entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. at the Sabetha Middle School auditorium. This annual show offers a wide variety of talents, with... Read More

Committee proposes privately funded Health and Wellness Center

Proposed Health and Wellness Center

Proposed Health and Wellness Center Health and Wellness Committee members say they will make a decision this July whether or not to continue the campaign for a privately owned and funded Health and Wellness Center. The proposed center would include an indoor six-lane lap pool, indoor zero entry therapy pool, cardio exercise room, multi-purpose room, weight room and walking/jogging... Read More

Federal lawsuit filed in 2013 death of 4-year-old Hiawatha child abused by father, father’s live-in girlfriend

Mekhi Patrick Dean Boone, 4, of Hiawatha, died March 5, 2013, after suffering from child abuse. The abuse was described in documents as the “worst case of child abuse they have seen.” The 4-year-old Hiawatha boy lay on a Children’s Mercy Hospital bed in Kansas City, Mo., hooked up to a ventilator. A visiting social worker scrawled an observation on a case activity log, noting... Read More

Block grant will help fund Bern Main Street repair

The City of Bern has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $390,000 to assist with street repairs. This announcement came Monday, Feb. 9, from the Kansas Department of Commerce. Bern will kick in an additional $120,000, a 30.8 percent match for the $510,000 project, said Bern City Clerk Yvonne Krehbiel. The proposed project will resurface with concrete the western... Read More

‘Blue Collar Blues’ performances are February 20-22

The ladies of "Blue Collar Blues" are FRONT ROW (L-R) Ashley Olson and Denise Wolney; BACK ROW (L-R) Annie Ceniza, Brook Brubeck, Cindy Bicker and Sarah Kleopfer.

The ladies of “Blue Collar Blues” are FRONT ROW (L-R) Ashley Olson and Denise Wolney; BACK ROW (L-R) Annie Ceniza, Brook Brubeck, Cindy Bicker and Sarah Kleopfer. The Hiawatha Area Arts and Theater Society is excited to bring you a new production this weekend. Directed by Patty Davis, “Blue Collar Blues” by Denise Kay Dillard tells a story that many small towns will... Read More

Baileyville Benefit Tournament: February 21-22 event will benefit members of local families

The annual Baileyville Benefit Tournament is upon us again and is scheduled for Feb. 21-22 at Nemaha Central High School in Seneca. This year we are having a few extra events during the weekend. At 6 p.m. Saturday, Wade Talley with Wade Talley Music of Wetmore, will perform at the high school. All proceeds from the sale of his CD will be donated to the benefit. During the championship... Read More

Senator Moran accepting internship applications for D.C. and Kansas offices

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) is accepting applications for paid congressional internships in his Washington, D.C., and Kansas offices for summer 2015. “Congressional internships offer Kansas students a great opportunity to learn about Congress and the legislative process,” Sen. Moran said. “I hope to give Kansans an opportunity similar to the one I had serving in a Congressional... Read More

Sabetha City Commission: Improving city’s image, enforcing codes among topics of discussion

The image of Sabetha homes and properties, as well as stricter enforcement of city codes were the highlights of discussion at the Sabetha City Commission meeting Monday, Feb. 9. Present were Mayor Doug Clark, City Clerk Steve Compo and Commissioners Rick Koch, Nick Aberle, Julie Burenheide and Maridel Wittmer. City Administrator Doug Allen and Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer... Read More

Orscheln to buy ALCO building

Orscheln Farm and Home, LLC, has signed a contract to purchase the building that currently houses ALCO. Orscheln, which already operates retail stores in Falls City, Neb., and Marysville, is a Midwestern chain retailer offering farm and ranch supplies, livestock supplies and feed, and other various items. ALCO announced in November that all stores would be closing, due to the company’s... Read More

Sabetha library to host ‘The Things They Carried Home’ workshop

PRESERVING VETERANS’ MEMORABILIA A grant from the Kansas Humanities Council allows the Mary Cotton Public Library to host a preservation workshop on February 19 to provide advice to veterans and their families about preserving uniforms, military memorabilia and correspondence. The Mary Cotton Public Library is hosting a workshop, “The Things They Carried Home,” to assist veterans... Read More

USD No. 113: Schools boast stable enrollments

Members of the Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education continued financial discussion during the regular meeting Monday, Feb. 9, at Wetmore Academic Center. Board members present included Ed Reznicek, Brent Lortscher, Tim Aberle, Cheryl Wenger, Julia Alfers, Kent Kuckelman and Jeff DeMint. Superintendent Todd Evans presented additional information gathered per the request of... Read More

Sabetha Health and Wellness public presentation to be held

The Sabetha Health and Wellness Center Board of Directors would like to invite the Sabetha community to hear and discuss presentations regarding the status and progress of the proposed fitness center and indoor swimming pool facility. The board, project architects and professional consultant will be on hand to provide updates and answer questions. The first meeting will be held... Read More

Local business owners brainstorm

A group of concerned business owners sat down Friday, Feb. 6, to discuss how to bring new employees to Sabetha, and how to get these employees to choose to be residents, as well. Discussion was open and honest, and many of those present seemed to leave with excitement about future possibilities. The mantra that Sabetha has “more jobs than people” is likely true. A recently published... Read More

Morrill City Council

The Morrill City Council met in regular session on Jan. 19, with members Todd Gruber, Miles Ploeger, and Tiffany Baumgartner present. Mayor Roger Price presided. Superintendent Lee Wymer was present. Minutes and vouchers were approved. Larry Stover asked if anything is being done concerning derelict vehicles. It was stated no action has been taken yet. The Clerk stated she had completed... Read More

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