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Ottawa County Health Improvement Bond to Address Healthcare Challenges

Healthcare affects everyone. Local access to quality healthcare for Ottawa County residents has always been a priority as evidenced by the support given throughout the years. On Tuesday, August 5, voters in Ottawa County will go to the polls to decide if healthcare will remain a priority. The election question requests the authority by the […]

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Special Meetings and Projects Dominate Local Government

Special Meetings and Projects Dominate Local Government

The City Council convened on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the City Pool to discuss the possible extension of the Southeast entry of the pool. The council had received several concerns from citizens regarding the area, and sought to address the issue at hand. The council discussed the possibility of extending the […]

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Outlook Not Good for 2014 Wheat Crop

Outlook Not Good for 2014 Wheat Crop

Though the verdict is still out on the 2014 wheat crop, it appears the consensus at this point is that the crop will be disappointing at best. Whether it is winterkill or drought conditions the entire state has suffered. West of Ottawa County appears to have been hit the worst as the wheat crop looks […]

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School News

USD Board 240 Meets

The USD 240 Board of Education met on June 16. Present were board members Phil Aumick, Jeremiah Van Doren, Sara Hodges, Robert Miller, Kathy Laflen, Shari Diedrick and Warren McDougal; Administrators, Becky Cheney, Steve Rivers, and Craig Gantenbein; Superintendent Jan Neufeld, Clerk Cindy Regnier; and five visitors. Motion carried 6-1 with McDougal opposed to reject […]

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USD 239 Board Meets

The USD 239 Board of Education met July 7, 2014. The meeting was the first for new Superintendent Chris Vignery. The board appointed Kim Shafer as board clerk, and approved David Pounds as Board President on a 4-1 vote. MJSHS Principal Jay Macy reported that summer school is about to wrap up, and that several […]

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Making the Game Safe and Fun

Making the Game Safe and Fun

The reputation of the game of football, American style, has taken some lumps the last several years. Whether it be paralysis or head injuries, the media has been flush with headlines raising concern over health related issues tied to the sport. Recently USA Football and the NFL have teamed to up to address those concerns […]

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Sports

The Challenge Has Been Issued

A challenge has been issued in the name of community service. Sugar & Spikes, a 14-and-under fast pitch softball team has decided to issue a “Pay-It-Forward Community Service Challenge” to the lads of Scott Ausherman’s 14-and-under baseball team. As part of the challenge, the girls have adopted the ladies restroom in the concession building at […]

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Sports Potpourri by Mac Stevenson

Charlie Weis became head coach of the Kansas football team in December of 2011 and this fall will be his third KU team. It’s vital for all concerned that the Jayhawks show significant improvement this coming fall. If KU stumbles again, it’s going to be – once again – time to hire a new coach. […]

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Sports Potpourri by Mac Stevenson

Kansas State’s iconic football coach, Bill Snyder, turns 75 on October 7. That’s old for a college football coach; nevertheless, Snyder’s coaching ability is as sound as it was in 1989. Snyder’s winning records and championships and bowl games and coaching awards have already been well-chronicled by the media. What he has done at Kansas […]

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Opinion

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Congressman Tim Huelskamp has proven himself over the last 3½ years to be an extremely honorable and competent representative. That’s no easy task. After all, we Americans can be a fickle bunch. On the one hand, we demand – rightly, I believe – that our representatives in Congress exercise fiscal sanity for […]

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I have been a resident of this community for 63 years and my husband and I reared five children here. We were both strangers when we arrived here, but were greeted with warmth and respect. It has been a good community for us. My purpose in writing this letter is to encourage everyone […]

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: In 1961 when the talk of possibly building a hospital in Minneapolis began, I thought “What for? No major surgeries, no baby deliveries. People will continue to use the Salina hospitals.” Little did I realize the scope of “hospital care.” It is much more than critical care specialties. The hospital opened in May […]

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Our Community

Miss Apple Pie – 2014

Miss Apple Pie – 2014

Want to know how to bake an awesome apple pie? Just ask Barbara Crosson who won the apple pie baking contest at the Ottawa County Fair last week sponsored by Prairie Chicks FCE. Eight entries were judged by Sue Laubhan of Salina who has over 30 years experience in pie judging. She judged the pies […]

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2014 Open Class Champions

Several entries were received in the open class division at the Ottawa County Fair. Winners were: Art: age 5-under, Brooklynn Hendrick, champion; Hayley Parks, reserve champion; age 6-10 Lacie Wilson, champion; Heidi Middleton, reserve; age 11-18 Amanda McCosh, champion, Jade Price, reserve; age 19-79 Sandy Clanton, champion and reserve; Best of Show Amanda McCosh, painting. […]

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Parade Winners

Parade Winners

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Area News

BSB Awarded Highest Ranking

The Bennington State Bank has earned another 5-Star Superior rating for the 2nd quarter of 2014, which makes six consecutive years (24 consecutive quarters) that BSB has been rated Superior, according to Bauer Financial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank rating firm, announced Burke Matthews, president. “To be recognized as a 5-Star Superior bank for […]

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Around the County

By Karen Brumbaugh I am a very visual person and like to see how things and projects are done from start to finish. On July 14, I met an Ottawa County Highway Dept. employee to ride in the dump truck to haul chip sealing rock to the project on the Ada road. It was a […]

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Ada News

By Hazel Van Meter Fair time stirs memories of our kids getting projects ready, cookies baked, and animals ready to go. The animals were often overwhelmed by other animals, lots of people, and lots of new noises. There were lots of great exhibits this year. I have been unable to attend the parade or the […]

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