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Live Webinars – National Small Business Week

Register Now for the National Small Business Week Virtual Conference hosted by the SBA and SCORE. This online conference will offer 12 educational webinars, mentoring sessions, networking opportunities and resources in a 3-day event. You will hear from industry experts, such as Visa, Google, Chase, Constant Contact, Square and more. The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association will host a free, …

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Two Pike Valley Teams Qualify for State Entrepreneurship Challenge

This is the second year Republic County Economic Development has hosted a county-wide business plan competition. Growing the event from 2017 with 11 teams and 29 students to 2018 with 30 teams and 68 students. And for the second year, Republic County will have two teams qualify for the State Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. In 2017 …

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Narka Featured on Roadtrip Roulette

Roadtrip Roulette Ep. 14 – Dear Hearts and Baseball Diamonds in Narka KS Episode 14! Time to take a trip to the lil midwestern town of Narka, KS. We’ve got baseball, we’ve got potlucks, it’s some wholesome stuff. Enjoy! http://roadtriproulette.libsyn.com/roadtrip-roulette-ep-14-dear-hearts-and-baseball-diamonds-in-narka-ks

Belleville residents urged to ‘clean-up’

  www.thebellevilletelescope.com The City of Belleville Council has approved moving forward with the Nuisance Abatement Program this spring and residents are encouraged to clean up nuisance areas in the City Limits. “In the next few days an assessment will be conducted and those residents requiring property clean up will be notified by a certified courtesy …

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Lasting impact

Foundation hopes to inspire projects that strengthen county communities By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Think big. That’s what Republic County Community Foundation members want to impress on county citizens as they prepare to review another round of grant applications. Deadline for applications for this distribution is April 15. Foundation members know that’s not enough …

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Set in Stone: Ericson House – Jamestown Wildlife Area

  Families raised pigs, Brown Swiss dairy cows on remote southern Republic County farmstead By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com Dan Kuhn and his friend, Robert Nutsch, set off on foot through a deer hunter’s paradise on a warm, sunny February afternoon. They climbed over downed trees here and ducked under low hanging branches there. …

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Do you love the idea of restoring an old building?

At the recent WeKan Conference hosted by the Kansas Sampler Foundation, there was a session on restoring old buildings. The session was hosted by Kelly Larson a Scandia native, now Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation director and board member of the Kansas Preservation Alliance and  Western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance. Kelly provided this great …

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Cuba Rock-A-Thon raises nearly $38,000 in one week

Continued success 2018 Rock-A-Thon grosses nearly $38,000 Cuba residents are taking a breather this week, after last week’s 43rd Rock-A-Thon. The event grossed nearly $38,000, which will translate into around $20,000 for community improvement projects. This year’s total was less than $500 shy of last year’s event. Above, Ella Pachta and Lindsey Gieber perform a …

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Launch & Grow: Business Resources / Networking

Facebook event – www.facebook.com/events/103490720483076/ Republic County Economic Development and Belleville Chamber & Main Street will host, Launch & Grow, Monday, April 2nd at the Blair Theater in Belleville starting at 6:30 pm. This is free of charge and open to current and future entrepreneurs. We will feature a short episode of Small Business Revolution, talk …

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A full house

Our Towns is a periodic Telescope feature that spotlights the people, businesses, and organizations who are innovators in their Republic County communities Scandia fills every building on Main Street By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor Subscribe to the e-edition at www.thebellevilletelescope.com For the first time in 37 years, every business building on Scandia’s main street is …

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Business growth

BRB Services begins construction on new M Street office Visit their website – http://www.brbservices.net/ Construction began last week on a building at the corner of M and 24th ST that will become the new home of BRB Services. Owner Brad Boyer said he hopes the new 2,500 sq. ft. building will be ready by summer. “We …

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2018 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Winners

Scandia, KS – Republic County Economic Development, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, hosted the 2nd Annual Republic County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Monday, March 5th at the Pike Valley High School.  Thirty teams made up of 68 students competed from Pike Valley and Republic County Junior/Senior High schools.  Nearly two hundred people were in attendance for …

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Giving back

FFA Alumni contribute to success of local program By Lasondra Aurand Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com National FFA Week is February 17-24 While this week celebrates the achievements and goals of the National FFA Association, it also provides the opportunity to recognize those who support the FFA and its members as well. In 2009, the Republic County …

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Yes!

USD 109 voters approve historic $16 million school bond by 60-40 margin www.thebellevilletelescope.com The first major improvement to school buildings in Belleville in more than 50 years was approved by voters in a mail ballot election counted Tuesday, February 20. The unofficial tally was 960 yes, 684 no. Two-thirds of the Republic County/USD 109 eligible …

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No emergency, but …

Ambulance department hopes class will train more EMTs for transfers By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com The Republic County Emergency Medical Service has enough emergency medical technicians to fill shifts. But director Dave Holloway and assistant director Jeff Beikmann hope to train more qualifi ed staff to serve as backups and to help transfer patients …

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Specialty Crop Workshop – Scandia

KRC’s 2018 Specialty Crop Workshops The Kansas Rural Center (KRC) will host five specialty crop workshops during March to provide information and education necessary for beginning specialty crop growers to establish a successful specialty crop enterprise in Kansas. The workshops will focus on conservation, production and marketing practices for specialty crop growers, and will provide an excellent …

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County – High School & College Internships

From the Classroom to a Career The Nex-Generation Student Internship Program offers area youth with paid, summer internships with a variety of local and area businesses and organizations.  Our interns gain instructive and hands-on experiences in a variety of technical and non-technical fields as they work alongside skilled professionals.  Upon completion of the program, students …

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More than a meal

Friendship Meals program serves up 18,000 plates a year By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com You could call it comfort food. Every week day, year around, Vicki Henderson, head cook at the Golden Bell Haven in Belleville, prepares some 60 healthy, balanced meals to serve to people at the senior center, or to be delivered …

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Nuisance to neighbor

Viewpoint Nuisance to neighbor  Deb Hadachek Editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com I have hope that a nuisance abatement plan being tested in Belleville this year might help many cities with a problem that has long been a blemish on their landscapes. North Central Regional Planning, Beloit is using Belleville as a pilot project to see if outside enforcement …

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We do a great job or promoting everyone…except ourselves

Commentary We do a great job or promoting everyone…except ourselves www.thebellevilletelescope.com Dan Thalmann at the neighboring Washington County News is a darned good newspaper publisher. And he regularly puts out one of the best printed products in the state of Kansas and is probably my best friend in the newspaper business. In reading his paper …

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Vote Now

School bond ballots must be returned by February 20 www.thebellevilletelescope.com Several hundred ballots for the USD 109/Republic County school bond election have already been returned to the Republic County Clerk’s office early this week. Voters are being asked to decide on a $16 million bond issue to make improvements to the school buildings. The clerk …

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Boosting services

Hospital considers walk-in clinic, more outpatient providers www.thebellevilletelescope.com Potential new services were on the agenda when the Republic County Hospital board met January 22. Hospital administrator David-Paul Cavazos said he is researching the addition of an after-hours walk-in clinic that would allow patients to be seen for non-emergency care. “One option would be to use …

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Panther Producers

Introducing Panther Producers https://sites.google.com/pikevalley.com/panther-producers/home Appears in the Courtland Journal – February 1, 2018 Panther Producers is a partnership of Pike Valley FFA, Pike Valley Foundation and local producers to supply our school district with locally produced beef, pork and produce. In early 2017, local producer, Mark Reed, initiated the idea of donating beef to our district for school lunches. Mark …

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Kansas Day – Republic County

Help us celebrate Kansas Day by submitting your favorite Republic County photos for our Facebook album. Submit to our Facebook page, email rced@nckcn.com, or tag it with #RepCoKs on social media. Please list who took the photo and where in the county, the photo was taken.  

How I Started – Republic County

Republic County – How I Started   Republic County has 189 employer establishments and 420 non-employer establishments across eight communities. It’s impossible to know every entrepreneur in the county and their personal story. I feel fortunate through my position I get to assist start-up and succession businesses and hear their entrepreneurial stories. I would like to …

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Back to nature

Agencies, landowners work together to create public outdoor recreation space at Talmo Marsh By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Most conservation work is about improving on Mother Nature. But the goal of an ambitious project in Republic County the last five years has been to return the Talmo Marsh to the way it looked centuries ago. …

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Nuisances no more

Belleville part of pilot program of outside enforcers of nuisance ordinances By Deb Hadachek – Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com It doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter where you live. If you live in Belleville, someone from the outside is going to be looking at your property soon to make sure your property is not …

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Contractors needed – NCRP

Contact Us North Central Regional Planning Commission – http://www.ncrpc.org/services/housing/contractor-opportunities/ If you are interested in learning more about contractor opportunities, please contact us at 785-738-2218 or 800-432-0303. For Housing Rehabilitation, contact Carol Torkelson, NCRPC Housing Director. For the Weatherization Assistance Program, contact Amanda Peterson, NCRPC Weatherization Director.

$4,000 Hansen Community or Technical College Transfer Scholarship

Apply here – https://danehansenfoundation.org/?page_id=1465 Are you attending a community or technical college and planning to matriculate to a four-year school? Please remember that you can apply for a $4,000 Hansen Community or Technical College Transfer Scholarship. Community College students must have completed a minimum of 32 hours of college credit and Technical College students must …

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Five scholarships available for New-Media Marketing Bootcamp

The Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement is hosting the second annual New-Media Marketing Boot Camp on February 27 and 28 at the Bluemont Hotel in Manhattan. The Boot Camp is designed to provide agricultural and rural business owners and service-oriented individuals, such as extension agents, with the tactics necessary to combat the ever-changing, new-media technology …

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Nesika plant nears end of tax-exempt status

By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com The 10-year-tax exemption on the Nesika ethanol plant at Scandia expires the end of 2018, but no one is sure what that might mean for the county’s property valuation, Republic County Appraiser Barry Porter told county commissioners Monday. “The state just throws their hands up and says it’s up …

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Kansas Explorers to highlight WPA, local projects Sunday

RSVP on Facebook – www.facebook.com/events/2079725685593397/ Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe of the Kansas Sampler Foundation spent four years going to every 626 incorporated cities in Kansas. The result or their research journey is The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers. On Sunday, January 21 at 2 p.m., Penner and Rowe will present a program called, “Exploring …

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Student Loan Repayment – Rural Opportunity Zone

Kansas Gov. Brownback: Repaying student loans as rural recruitment from CNBC. Learn more and apply here www.kansascommerce.com/rural. Republic County funds fifteen people in the program and Republic County Hospital sponsors two employees. For questions, if you qualify contact Luke Mahin, RCED Director, 785-374-3047 or rced@nckcn.com.

RCED in 2017

Click the arrows to navigate through the slides, click expand to go fullscreen. Thanks to the Belleville Telescope for use of images and screenshots www.thebellevilletelescope.com.   2017 Neighborhood Revitalization Program – 11 new projects approved $2,676,580 added in incremental value Rural Opportunity Zone – Student Loan Repayment Program $43,516.68 back to applicants rather than student loan …

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Back on track

New high-purse national race to debut on High Banks in August By Deb Hadachek Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com An opening act will get its chance to become the star when the Belleville 305 Nationals debuts on the Belleville High Banks August 3 and 4. The winged sprints with 305 engines have run on the High Banks …

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Population Estimates 2016

Population Estimates  Source – https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF 2010 Population: 4,980 2011 Pop. Estimate: 4,901 (-1.58% / 79) 2012 Pop. Estimate: 4,847(-1.10% / 54) 2013 Pop. Estimate: 4,794 (-1.09% / 53) 2014 Pop. Estimate: 4,776 (-0.37% / 18) 2015 Pop. Estimate: 4,722  (-1.13% / 54) 2016 Pop. Estimate: 4,699 (-0.48% / 23) Statistics from Kansas Department of Health & Environment Source – http://www.kdheks.gov/phi/AS_Tables/AS_2016.htm?panel=9#undefined Births 2012: …

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2017 a year of change for businesses, communities

Read the online edition each week in full at www.thebellevilletelescope.com January Outstanding Marching, Outstanding Drum Major. Outstanding Music. Outstanding Percussion. Outstanding General Effect. First Place in Class AA And the Special Award to the Program that Most Embodies the Fiesta Bowl. The Republic County Marching Buffs had to make room for some metal on their …

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USD 109 Bond Information

RCED shares community information on our blog when requested. This post is not an endorsement either way for the bond issue, but to provide the public with information and meeting dates. USD 109 School Improvement Bond Information from www.usd109.org For immediate questions contact Board President Clay Siemsen  (785) 243-4962 or Superintendent Mike Couch (785) 955-0950. Please view this video and …

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Groundwork begins to add physician, services

Hospital continues to gauge region’s health needs Work to recruit another physician, bring specialists to the community, and add services to Republic County Hospital was discussed November 27 at the regular meeting of the hospital board of trustees. Administrator David-Paul Cavazos said he and members of the NCK Health Care Foundation continue to reach out …

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The cost of economics

Investment adds growth in past seven years By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com A focus on economic development costs $12.64 every year for every man, woman and child living in Republic County. For that investment, county citizens get fulltime attention on a wide range of subjects from business recruitment and expansion to quality of life …

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A farmer with class

Online Kansas accredited high school lets Freitag combine farm, teaching careers By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Nate Freitag will teach 150 Kansas high school students US History this year–and never leave his home in Belleville. Unless he needs to work from his tractor cab. Or a hospital waiting room. Or his in-laws home in …

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Local Match Month

The Republic County Community Foundation announces the Dane G. Hansen $50,000 December Match Program All donations to the Republic County Community Foundation during the Month of December will be 150% matched by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation Limited only by the maximum of $5,000 per family. Donation checks should be payable to the Republic County …

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Anvil Alpacas

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Republic County Ag Impact 2017

Estimated Economic Impact of Agriculture, Food, and Food Processing Sectors – http://agriculture.ks.gov/docs/default-source/ag-marketing/county-ag-stats/county-stats-2017/republic-ag-contribution-2017.pdf http://agriculture.ks.gov/economic-development-statistics/county-ag-statistics-%28j-z%29/republic-county Republic County 575 farms accounting for 361,076 acres $197.3 million in crop and livestock sales in 2012 Data according to the USDA 2012 Census of Agriculture CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE OVERVIEW OF REPUBLIC COUNTY 17 Republic County Agriculture, Food, and Food Processing Sectors: Oilseed …

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Talking chicken

More information for potential Tyson poultry growers next week in Belleville www.thebellevilletelescope.com A grower meeting for producers interested in raising chickens if Tyson Foods locates in North Central Kansas is scheduled for next Thursday, December 14 at 10 a.m. at the Blair Theater in Belleville. Presenter will be K-State Research and Extension poultry specialist Scott …

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Economic development is key to any community’s survival

Economic development is key to any community’s survival  Commentary Fred Arnold – Telescope Publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com To say that last week’s story in the Telescope regarding economic development caused a stir is an understatement. Though appearing on “inside pages” the story line was that Belleville councilman Dr. Roger McCartney questioned if the city was getting (basically) …

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‘Gut check’ for businesses

Small business expert to bring principles of Destination BootCamp to Belleville By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Building communities is a bottom-up process, says small business strategist Jon Schallert. “I’ve been in extremely small towns where businesses pull customers from literally hundreds of miles away,” says Schallert. Some people expect organizations like Chambers of Commerce …

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Grower Meeting

Grower Meeting – Thursday, December 14 Grower Information Meeting, hosted by CloudCorp and 81 Corridor Partners, 10 .am., Blair Theater, Belleville. Presented by Dr. Beyer of Kansas State University on the basics of joining a poultry grower network. Tyson representatives will not be present. Sponsored by Citizens National Bank, Cloud County, Republic County and Ottawa …

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Will people move back to a community they didn’t enjoy?

Will people move back to a community they didn’t enjoy? Lasondra Aurand Belleville Telescope www.thebellevilletelescope.com October 28th, 2017 A couple of weeks ago in my editorial, I asked the public for any questions that they may have for me to answer as a very young adult. Surprisingly to me, the only questions I received pertained …

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Holiday Events 2017

  BELLEVILLE Nov. 24 – Dec. 31st– Rocky Pond Christmas Lights – Open nightly Thanksgiving through New Years. Like their Facebook page to see updates below. Facebook –www.facebook.com/rockypondchristmas/ Dec. 9th – Friends of the Belleville Public Library Cookie Walk – 9:00 am – till cookies are gone! – www.facebook.com/LibraryBelleville/ Dec. 17th – Carols and Candles – …

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Small Business Needs

Small Business Needs Republic County Economic Development (RCED) has expanded resources for entrepreneurs in many ways since becoming an Entrepreneur (E-) Community in 2014. We raised over $300,000 for our county revolving loan fund through the sale of tax credits and grants. Additionally, a percentage of those funds can be used for marketing and programs …

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A Growing Classroom

Donors help make ag lab a reality at Republic County By Lasondra Aurand – Telescope intern www.thebellevilletelesope.com On October 20 at the Republic County home football game, the Republic County FFA Chapter will unveil the newly built greenhouse located to the east of the vocational ag building. There will be an open house from 5 …

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A place to call home

Viewpoint Deb Hadachek – Editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com We know Republic County is a great place to call home. Great citizens. Quality lifestyles. Good schools, and communities that love to support young people’s activities. Employers who are ready to hire workers immediately. We can’t understand why everyone wouldn’t want to live here. Except, possibly, because there’s a …

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Local Businesses attend Destination Bootcamp

Local businesses and director return from “Destination Bootcamp” with tools to change business, attract new customers Republic County, KS, October 2017 – Belleville’s Monica Douglas, Jeanette Sheets and Scandia’s Megan Melby, owners of Belleville Hometown Lumber, Dairy Queen, and Melby’s Home Center returned this month from a Colorado-based business improvement “Destination BootCamp”, where they learned …

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Poultry plant proposed

US81 corridor, including Republic County lends support to Tyson bid By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com A chance that egg money could once again provide an economic boost for local farm families is being pursued by CloudCorp, the Cloud County economic development agency. CloudCorp announced plans last week to compete for the Tyson chicken project, …

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Full force

Council votes to increase size of local police department By Fred Arnold – Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com The “what’s next” has finally been answered. For more than a few Belleville city council meetings, city manager Neal Lewis has been asking what the next step is going to be as far as either keeping a local police department, …

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Business opportunity

City sells former TIC to pharmacy; will move in 2018 By Deb Hadachek – Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com A longtime downtown business has purchased the former Travel Information Center on US81 Highway at 12th ST and plans to move in early 2018. Tony Bombardier and Kevin Couture, Belleville, owners of Arbuthnot Drug Company, entered an agreement …

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Mental health assistance

Hospital considers addition of outpatient service for Medicare-eligible residents in region The possibility of adding an outpatient mental health service for Medicare-eligible residents of North Central Kansas was presented to the Republic County Hospital board at their meeting Monday Called Senior Life Solutions, the service is a hospital-based outpatient psychiatry program designed to diagnose and treat …

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2018 Student and Business Internship Opportunities

BUSINESSES CAN APPLY TO HOST AN INTERN Republic County businesses who might consider an intern for their business and/or want to start considering trying someone out for their retirement replacement can apply now through December 31st for Nex-Gen Round Up for Youth Interns. STUDENTS CAN APPLY FOR AN INTERNSHIP Additionally, do you know a student who would …

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Republic County welcomes nine new teachers this fall

By Cynthia Scheer – Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com There will be quite a few new faces in the halls of Republic County Schools this year with the addition of new teachers and staff. The elementary has new teachers for kindergarten, fourth grade and music. There is also a new school psychologist. In the junior/senior high In …

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City cracks down on commercial property

By Fred Arnold Telescope Publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com The City of Belleville began work on a series of widesweeping changes Monday that would crack down on owners of commercial properties who are in violation of local ordinances. Council members voted in separate motions to contract with the North Central Regional Planning authority, who will inspect local commercial …

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ROZ – Kansas Income Tax Credit

Information below from www.ksrevenue.org/prtaxcredits-roz.htmlhttps://www.ksrevenue.org/prtaxcredits-roz.html This incentive has different requirements than the ROZ – Student Loan Repayment Program, which does not require you to move from out-of-state. More information here – www.kansascommerce.com/rural. Income Taxpayer-Effective for all taxable years commencing after Dec. 31, 2011 and before Jan. 1, 2022. A resident income taxpayer that establishes a domicile in a Kansas rural opportunity …

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KHC offers free speakers for non-profits

  KHC’s new Kansas Stories catalog showcases lectures and discussions available free to Kansas nonprofits, as funding allows. These stories examine our shared human experience — our innovations, culture, heritage, and conflicts. KHC Speakers Bureau presentations are intended for  out-of-school adults. Click here to view the Kansas Stories catalog.     “Kansas Humanities Council programs are awesome and a real benefit to rural …

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Bond vote a go

USD 109 board wrestles four hours on what scope of project to recommend to patrons By Fred Arnold – Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com Republic County Superintendent Mike Couch openly said he was hoping for a 7-0 consensus among board members at Thursday night’s special meeting. After nearly four hours of discussion what he got was a …

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Courtland benefits from expanding adult recreation.

Courtland benefits from expanding adult recreation. Thanks to the Courtland Fun Day committee, Bryan VanMeter with the City of Courtland, Alsop Sand Co. with the sand donation, Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District for hauling the sand, and other volunteers we added a second volleyball court in 2016 to the City Park. This helped start our adult …

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Nuisance Abatement Program to Begin

North Central Regional Planning July Newsletter www.ncrpc.org Nuisance Abatement Program to Begin Every community desires to be an inviting place to live. The NCRPC is rolling out a new pilot Nuisance Abatement Program that will assist communities struggling to deal with “nuisance” properties that are unsafe or not in compliance with ordinances. Common nuisances may …

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Reconsider bathhouse?

Councilman asks for bathhouse issue to be re-visited By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com You can hear crickets on a quiet summer night. You could almost hear them Monday at the regular meeting of the Belleville city council. Belleville city council. Councilman Doane Sells said, during the old business portion of the agenda, that he …

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Racing ahead

Republic County first in state in increase of registered organ donors Republic County has gone from last. That news this week from the Midwest Transplant Network, who said Republic County had the highest percentage of adults who registered as organ donors last year.o first. “Previously Republic had the lowest percentage of adults in the registry …

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Past its usefulness?

Commission starts considering future of downtown health department building By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Republic County joins a list of other area counties that have abandoned, renovated or built new health department facilities, commissioners were told June 26. Doug McKinney and Emily Benedict of the North Central Regional Planning Commission said grants are available …

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New regional fixed route bus service in the works for North Central Kansas

A new regional fixed route bus service will be in operation in early September 2017 for north central Kansas. The Kansas Rides 81 Connection will serve Highway 81 locations from Belleville to Salina with a tentative start date of September 5, according to a press release from OCCK, Inc. OCCK is an agency that provides …

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Strategic Doing

County residents start visioning for Hansen $500,000 gift By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com “You have something everyone else wants.” Those were the words of consultant Betty Johnson as she led 75 county residents through a “Strategic Doing” exercise June 20 at Republic County High School. What everyone else wants is money to make their …

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Police force stays

Council to interview four of 11 applicants for new chief By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com Despite a vote to retain the Belleville police department, the future of the local law enforcement agency is still somewhat murky. Meeting in special session last Thursday members of the Belleville City Council voted 5-1 to retain the department. …

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Digging into the past

–Telescope photo by Deb Hadachek www.thebellevilletelescope.com Two groups of archealogy and anthropology students from the University of Kansas and other volunteer amateur archeolgoists spent 10 days each at the Pawnee Indian Village State Historic Site south of Republic in June to continue excavation of a Pawnee Indian lodge first opened in 2008. Professor Jack Hofman …

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Hospital makes switch

LTC to become Intermediate Swing Bed Unit July 1 www.thebellevilletelescope.com With only nine residents remaining, Republic County Hospital has asked the state to officially license the former long-term care unit as an Intermediate Swing Bed Unit effective this Friday, June 30. “We will maintain a waiting listing,” said hospital administrator Blaine Miller of the eight …

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Tire grant a go

County plans to offer three chances to citizens to get rid of old tires By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Republic County has been approved for up to $11,000 in expenses from the Dane Hansen Foundation to conduct a countywide tire cleanup. In addition three communities: Courtland, Narka and Cuba, will receive funds for additioinal …

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A Rocky Retreat

By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com Mike and Sara Samples have always liked adventure and camping, they said, and she has dreamed of one day having a bed and breakfast. The couple didn’t think they’d be combining the two anytime soon. But then the Cabins at Rocky Pond became reality. When land just west of …

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Bye Bye Bathhouse

Council votes 3-2 to replace old bathhouse with memorial  June 15, 2017 By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com Local historical preservationist Nancy Holt implored the city council to “make a decision.” The Belleville woman who has spear-headed the effort to save the WPA-era bath house in the city park says she has collected pledges totaling …

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Area College Students

The following area students have completed their degree requirements at Cloud County Community College: Amanda Beam of Narka; Kimberly Harig of Belleville; Brady Lowell of Scandia,; Kayla Sly of Belleville; Andrew Seifert of Clyde; Rebecca LeBlanc of Clyde; Adam Templeman of Belleville; Ty Amanda Beam of Narka; Kimberly Harig of Belleville; Brady Lowell of Scandia,; …

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Tire Clean Up

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management partnered with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in an effort to combat mosquito population this summer by providing grants to counties to hold waste tire amnesty events. Eight counties participated in holding tire amnesty events. Tires can be breeding grounds for mosquitos …

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Sudden move

County leases Rolling Hills building for health department By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor The Republic County Health Department hopes to be back seeing clients late this week in a new location after a quick decision to rent the former Rolling Hills Electric facility on US81 Highway. Republic County Commissioners said the decision was spurred by …

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July Festivals

Republic County’s biggest month of the year for small-town festivals, the fair, and fun! AMERICAN AG HERITAGE FESTIVAL JULY 1ST Facebook – www.facebook.com/AmericanAgHeritageFestival/ American Ag Heritage Festival SCANDIA RIVERFEST  JULY 7-9TH Facebook Event  – www.facebook.com/events/1068817423251320/ Scandia Community Club CUBA HARVEST FESTIVAL JULY 14-15TH Facebook – www.facebook.com/CubaHarvestFestival/ CUBA Harvest Festival COURTLAND FUN DAY JULY 28-30TH Facebook – …

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Time management

Republic County student gets up early to put cattle business before school By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com By the time the school bell rings at 8:11 each morning, 15-year-old Anna Pachta has already milked and fed cows, bottle fed 12 calves and done a variety of other chores before getting ready for school. The …

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$62,000 benefit

RCCF distributes grants to a dozen county projects Nearly $62,000 in grants were awarded through the Republic County Community Foundation in the May grant cycle. $54,000 was distributed through funds the RCCF receives from the Dane Hansen Foundation at Logan. Counties in the Hansen area were recently notified they will receive another $150,000 to distribute, …

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Pawnee Indian Village – Field School

2017 Archaeological Field School University of Kansas Department of Anthropology The 2017 field school will be at the late 1700s Pawnee earth lodge village site (14RP1), located in Republic County, north-central Kansas. The site represents a dynamic period of cultural contacts and changes. Significant technological and social changes are expressed through the Native and introduced …

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Long Term Care changes affect residents, staff

Residents notified LTC service will end by July 10 www.thebellevilletelescope.com Long Term Care occupancy stands at 21 Monday, three weeks after the Republic County Hospital board decided to reduce the number of residents to eight intermediate swing bed patients. The LTC was home to 32 residents at the end of April. Hospital administrator Blaine Miller …

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Bring them home (ROZ)

ROZ scholarship recipients ‘repay’ county through tax obligations By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com It’s a scholarship program that seems to be paying for itself. Republic County Economic Development director Luke Mahin said the recipients of the 15 Rural Opportunity Zone scholarships funded by Republic County pay an average of $1,357 in property taxes–just $143 …

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City-School General Election Filing Deadline June 1st

  A City-School General Election will be held in Republic County on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The filing deadline for all candidates is 12:00 noon on Thursday, June 1, 2017. School board candidates and candidates for Mayor and City Council must file in the County Clerk’s Office. The following positions are up for election in 2017: • …

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Hospital names new CEO

Cavazos is only 4th administrator in hospital’s 57 years Great Plains Health Alliance and Republic County Hospital announced that David-Paul Cavazos has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (hospital administrator) for Republic County Hospital. Cavazos brings more than 10 years of healthcare experience to RCH with strengths in strategic leadership, physician relationships, and …

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Learning by the Book

Students learn grant writing, finance, tech skills on quest to make books accessible By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com It all started with a question. If Pike Valley High School was serious about improving English and reading test scores, why didn’t it have a library? That question set in motion a series of events for …

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Considering the future

109 board sees first draft of updates proposed for district buildings By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com The full USD 109 school board got a peek Thursday night at what building updates could make Republic County High School and East Elementary ready for students in future decades. Architect Kelly McMurphy of Landmark Architects, Hutchinson, walked …

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Hospital board votes to shut down Long Term Care

Hospital board votes to shut down Long Term Care May 10, 2017 By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com The message last week was very simple and pointed. “We can close one or possibly close both,” Republic County Hospital board member Dr. Cayle Goertzen told a crowd of approximately 25 people last week, referencing if Long …

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A little foresight would have been better than trying to save the debris

Commentary Fred Arnold Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com It’s very interesting to me how when it comes to the “Republic Hotel Block” that the experts are now coming out of the woodwork. With the series of building that once were: The Republic Hotel, The Print Shop, JC Penney and Coast To Coast now nothing more than a …

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The money is there for the taking

Viewpoint By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Money doesn’t grow on trees, but there’s an awful lot of it available right now for those willing to provide a little time or talent. Local organizations have until May 1 to apply for the latest round of Republic County Community Foundation (http://republiccountycf.org/) grants. $35,000 is available, including …

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PV 8th Grade to test out ag, industrial arts, business and art

Pike Valley to add rotation of tech classes for 8th grade students By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Eighth graders will get a taste of high school next year at Pike Valley. Principals Jeremy Luedke and Mike Gritten told the USD 426 school board April 10 that they plan to give the junior high students an …

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Students Qualify for State Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

By Toby Nosker KNCK News Director Halle Hartner and Natalie Wise, 7th graders from Republic County Junior High School, won $500 this week at the 2017 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) State Championship. Thirty-three businesses consisting of 48 students presented their entrepreneurship concepts on Monday, April 24th. Student teams submitted a written executive summary and presented …

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Telescope tops categories in KPA Awards of Excellence

The Telescope staff earned three first place awards in Division II for weekly newspapers at the Kansas Press Association Better Newspaper contest. Awards were announced at the annual convention April 7-8 in Topeka. The Telescope’s editorial page was judged first in the division. 7he editorial page is a joint effort of staff Fred Arnold, publisher, …

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Running out of patience

Council studies ‘problem’ of compliance by both home-based businesses and vacant building owners By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com Belleville city leaders describe it as a problem that’s been allowed to go on entirely too long. On Monday members of the local city council discussed two hot-button issues: people who operate businesses from within a …

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Butamax buys Nesika

Butamax buys Nesika, says it will bring jobs, demand for grain By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com “It’s a win-win for everyone.” Those were the sentiments of Stuart Thomas, CEO for Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, following Monday’s announcement announcing the sales of Nesika Energy LLC of Scandia to Butamax in a 50/50 joint venture with …

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Countywide clean-up sites available through Sunday

Final collection date for the Republic County Countywide Cleanup is this Sunday, April 2. County crews will pick up items for disposal next week. Collection points have been established in Cuba, Narka, Munden, Scandia, Courtland and Republic. Areas are marked for different types of material to be sorted and placed in appropriate piles: wood construction/furniture; …

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Help for the long haul

Local citizens send hay, money for fencing supplies to southwest Kansas By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com The people of Republic County are showing their support for ranchers who lost cattle, hay, fences, and grass in the southwest Kansas fires earlier this month. Local farmers are donating hay, fuel costs and the use of semi …

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A Look at the Past – Medical Arts Center

25 Years The Belleville Telescope March 19, 1992 Contractors’ Bids For Medical Arts Center $100,000 Below Estimates The bid opening Tuesday afternoon, March 17, for the North Central Kansas Medical Arts Center in Belleville revealed a low bid nearly $100,000 below the architect’s estimates. Oetinger-Lloyd Construction of Clay Center was apparent low bidder with a …

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It’s not really over – Telescope Editorial

Viewpoint Deb Hadachek – Telescope Editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com While the destruction of the Republic Hotel block in Belleville Monday was cause for great interest and comment, it’s likely that the demolition of downtown buildings is not over in Belleville, or other communities like it. In Belleville, city fathers are worried about a half dozen other vacant …

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Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Winners

Belleville, KS – Republic County Economic Development, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, hosted the 1st Annual Republic County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Monday, March 6th at the RCHS Library. Eleven teams competed from Pike Valley and Republic County schools.  Students were judged on three items: three-page executive summary, two-minute elevator pitch, and tradeshow booths. Shannon …

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NCK Farm and Food Policy Council Formed

NCK Farm and Food Policy Council Formed    A NCK Farm and Food Policy Council has been formed that encompasses all 12 counties in the North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC) primary service area. Council members who bring a variety of expertise to the table, met for the first time on February 24. Members include Ellen Barber, Deana Betts, Aaron Floresch, Brenda Guitierez, Kelsey Hateshol, Chris Janssen (of C&C High Tunnel Farms in Scandia), Lance Nobert, Greg Renter, Julie Roller, Jennifer Simmelink, Ashley Svaty, and Gaylene Zier‐Ryan. The Council will help bolster connections between producers and customers, vendors and marketers; and will be positioned to take advantage of various funding programs and partnerships/collaborations. Project Summary  Project Description: Form a NCK Farm  and Food Policy Council Partners: NCRPC, LiveWell Saline  County. These partners also wish to  recognize the support of the Greater  Salina Area Community Foundation and  the Kansas Health Foundation. Goal: Add value to the agricultural  sector of the region while bettering the  health of consumers. Some issues that  may be addressed include increased  local food availability, healthy food  habits, and market access. Project Contacts: Doug McKinney  NCRPC Executive Director | dmckinney@nckcn.com  Emily Benedick  Community Development Representative | ebenedick@nckcn.com North Central   Regional Planning Commission  P.O. Box 565 | 109 N. Mill  Beloit, KS 67420 | 785‐738‐2218 Our Mission  Advancing rural Kansas through comprehensive planning and  development services.  www.ncrpc.org “Noteworthy in Your Neighborhood” is brought to you by the North Central Regional Planning Commission. It intended to inform Executive Board members, local governing bodies and stakeholders of local successes and noteworthy activities in their areas.

Deadlocked

Mayor’s tiebreaker gives Chamber & TIC new start By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com It took a tie-breaking vote from Mayor Blaine Miller on Monday to end a stalemate from a sharply divided Belleville city council, but for now, at least, the long embattled Travel Information Center will be morphing into a new use. Miller’s …

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‘What can we do to help?’ – Editorial

Viewpoint Deb Hadachek – Telescope Editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com At the end of an hour-plus presentation of all the activities Republic County Economic Development was involved with in 2016, director Luke Mahin commented that he has been approached by commissioners from other counties with the question “How do we set up an economic development program like yours?” …

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Daycare to add pre-school this spring

Daycare to add pre-school this spring By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com USD 109 board members gave preliminary approval on Monday night to provide a soon-to-expand child care facility with food service. Little Sprouts Daycare owner Ashley Nutsch told school board members that she plans to open a 26-child daycare and pre-school facility on May …

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‘It all sounds positive’ – Wind Farm

Wind developer says it may lease more land here than first planned By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com County commissioners learned a tantalizing piece of information in a phone call Monday morning with the development manager of a proposed wind farm in Republic and Washington counties. Sam Massey, development manager in Kansas for NextEra Energy, …

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White Rock area barn recipient of Heritage Trust Fund grant

White Rock area barn recipient of Heritage Trust Fund grant By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com A historic barn in extreme northwest Republic County came a step closer to salvation and new life this week. The barn on the Woodland Place Stock Farm will receive a $44,448 grant from the Kansas Heritage Trust Fund for …

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Set in Stone: Trecek House / Cuba Cash Store

Siblings childhood home shares limestone DNA with Cuba Cash By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com Bob Trecek and his sister, Joan Holmberg, don’t know when their family home was built. Much of the early history surrounding the two-story, flat-roofed stone home is a mystery, the pair said. The Treceks do know that the house was …

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Small Business Courses February 4th or March 4th

Cloud Corp is hosting two dates for small business courses coming up in Concordia.  Saturday, February 4 or Saturday March 4. 8:00am- 10:00am:           Meeting the 3Ms- Learning the Basics of Money, Marketing & Management 10:30am- 12:30pm:         Cash Flow Made Easy 2:00pm-4:00pm:              The Right Start Using a Business Plan After completion, you will …

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Set in Stone: Stone Cellars

Underground mysteries Arched-ceiling cellars are tribute to early masons By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com It’s the architecture underground that draws Jack Hofman to Republic County. The archaeology professor at the University of Kansas digs regularly into the soil at the Pawnee Indian Village State Historic Site at Republic to undercover the round earth lodges …

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Worth its Salt

Belleville Telescope Wed, 10/23/2013 – 10:50am www.thebellevilletelescope.com   Photo caption: https://anthropology.ku.edu/jack-l-hofman The University of Kansas, Department of Anthropologys archaeological field school spent six weeks working in Republic County this summer, led by Dr. Jack Hofman (back row, left). –Submitted photo During the three 10-day work sessions students camped at Rocky Pond in Belleville, at Republic working …

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Set in Stone: Scotch Castle / French Chateau – Minersville

‘Scotch Castle’ built by elite Minersville family By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com Minersville was once home to two stone castles: The French Chateau of Charles Murray, and the 1878-built Scotch Castle of Alexander Henderson. The Hendersons, who came from Scotland, were prominent miners lived in a still-visible dugout until Alexander Henderson built the family a …

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Welded to the past

Early mentors inspire Ritterling to continue machining skills as sideline By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com At the age of 12, Jason Ritterling was straightening aluminum irrigation pipe in exchange for cans of pop, candy bars and stories of Leon “Hank” Krause’s fishing trips and days in the Navy. “These are memories that I cherish …

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Marching a step above

Buffs sweep Fiesta Bowl parade awards By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Outstanding Marching, Outstanding Drum Major. Outstanding Music. Outstanding Percussion. Outstanding General Effect. First Place in Class AA And the Special Award to the Program that Most Embodies the Fiesta Bowl. The Republic County Marching Buffs had to make room for some metal on …

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A look back at 2016 – The Belleville Telescope

A look back at 2016 – The Belleville Telescope  www.thebellevilletelescope.com January No one in the community of Belleville has stepped up to inquire about filling the vacant council seat created when Blaine Miller ascended to the position of Mayor following the resignation of mayor Tatum Couture. The previous opening garnered 4-5 inquiries. A dispute between …

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End in sight

City Manager Pleased With Demo Bids, Wrecking Ball To Swing Soon By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com Belleville City Manager Neal Lewis said it has been a long time coming but “the train is definitely pulling in the station.” On Thursday city officials opened bids for the On Thursday city officials opened bids for the …

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‘Keep the window open’ – Wind Farm

County, wind farm company agree to permit, but not financial details By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletlescope.com Timing is everything. And for Republic and Washington counties, the timing of a proposed wind farm maybe a little too late to gain the windfall of tax revenues that some other counties have received from wind development. Republic …

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The Rural Digital Divide | Roberto Gallardo | TEDxJackson

The Rural Digital Divide In rural Mississippi, the digital divide is still a relevant barrier to economic advancement. Overcoming that obstacle is an idea that is long overdue. Roberto Gallardo explains the impact that high-speed connectivity could make on a struggling population and the extension service model he is using. Roberto Gallardo is an Associate …

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Racing the calendar

County commission works to negotiate a payment in lieu of tax agreement with wind farm company before December 31 By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Republic County Commissioners met in a closed door session with officials from NextEra Energy Monday to hammer out terms of a conditional use agreement for a proposed wind farm in …

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Manufacturing Soil

Scandia farmers hope to replace commercial fertilizers with compost By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com The Robisons are in the composting business. Brothers Delton and Doyle Robison began the composting project this spring and said they plan to have the compost available for purchase by Spring 2017. The brothers, who farm with their children and …

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Website coordinates transportation

The North Central Kansas Coordinated Transit District has launched www.ksrides. org, a website devoted to improving public transportation in north central Kansas. Www.ksrides.org will provide consumers in north central Kansas easy access to all the public transportation providers in the eight county region of Saline, Ellsworth, Lincoln, Ottawa, Mitchell, Cloud, Jewell and Republic. The transit …

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Pierson to leave job at Chamber/Main Street

By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Melinda Pierson has left her mark on Main Street. Pierson became the first executive director of the Belleville Main Street program 14 years ago soon after the program was established in Belleville. Later she also took on the duties of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce, and the two programs …

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County support? – Travel Information Center

By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor Belleville council member lobbies county for financial support, help with oversight of TIC The work to promote tourism should be a county effort, believes Belleville City Council member Doane Sells. On Monday, he pitched that idea to Republic County Commissioners, asking for funding and members to serve on an expanded …

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NCRPC/NCKCN Hosted Bi-Annual Banquet in Abilene

From North Central Regional Planning’s monthly newsletter – http://www.ncrpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/1611.pdf NCRPC/NCKCN Hosted Bi-Annual Banquet in Abilene National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, Liaison, Dr. Ron Trewyn, was the featured speaker at the NCRPC Bi-Annual Banquet on November 3 in Abilene. The NCRPC also hosted the banquet on behalf of its not-for-profit affiliate, North Central Kansas Community …

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New Economic Innovation Center Begins Work in Northwest Kansas

From North Central Regional Plannings monthly newsletter – http://www.ncrpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/1611.pdf New Economic Innovation Center Begins Work in Northwest Kansas Increasing economic opportunities, enhancing the quality of life, and reversing the population decline within Northwest Kansas are the primary long-term goals of the newly formed Northwest Kansas Economic Innovation Center, Inc. (NWKEICI). The NWKEICI, headquartered in Norton, Kansas, …

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Republic County to Host Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Monday, March 6th, 2017 Public Welcome – 6:30 pm / Awards – 7:30 pm Republic County HS Library 2405 P St, Belleville, KS 66935 Republic County to Host Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in March Belleville, KS – Republic County E-Community, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, announces the Republic County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge will take …

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What is the Neighborhood Revitalization Program?

The Republic County Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) began January 2011 – 2015 and was renewed for another five years extending into 2016-2020. In the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, the eligible property owner receives a 5-Year tax rebate of 95%, 90%, 70%, 40%, & 20%, respectively – for those who are current on taxes and whose investment …

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Revolving Loan Fund – $233,000+ Available for Local Business

NOTICE The Republic County RCD Committee will meet Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm to consider business development applications that have been received in a timely fashion. Applications must be received in the Republic County Clerk’s office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016. Applications are available at the Republic County Clerk’s office. …

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Getting personal

Oxygen company serves patients within an hour radius By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News www.thebellevilletlescope.com Business is personal for Central Plains Respiratory and Medical’s Deanna Morris. The Republic County native opened her own business in downtown Belleville last December and said she now takes care of people she’s known her whole life. The registered respiratory therapist …

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A gentle touch

Massage therapy offers techniques to improve lives of all ages By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com Business is good for Deidre Banahan. The massage therapist said her number of clients has grown since she moved her business Relax Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks into her downtown Belleville location from her home in Cuba about 10 months …

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Small Business Revolution – #2 HARRY’S OLD KETTLE PUB & GRILL

RCED is going to share a new episode from the Wabash, IN Small Business Revolution – Main Street Series each week. If you missed the first episode click here. Republic County businesses deal with similar issues like the owners of Harry’s Old Kettle Pub & Grill. My biggest take-away has been that our local businesses can …

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Nominate Belleville for the Small Business Revolution

I recently came across the online series Small Business Revolution. Amanda Brinkman, chief brand and communications officer at Deluxe, along with Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec, employed their marketing and business expertise to help six small businesses learn more about what it takes to compete in their local and regional markets. I encourage you to …

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Dan Kuhn grows Punkin’ Chunkin’ world records.

Wednesday I had chance today to visit with Corey Winesburg and his students from Oklahoma’s Northeast Technology Center, a high school in Afton, Oklahoma. They made the trip to Courtland’s Depot Market to pick specialty estrella pumpkins for their annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ competition. A few years ago a Tusla produce retailer lead Corey to Dan Kuhn’s farm to source more estrella pumpkins. Dan happens …

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Daycare Dilemmas

‘The need is huge’ for child care, preschool, providers say By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com The need for daycare and pre-school providers is great, local childcare providers said. Both Chris Kirkpatrick and Ashley Nutsch opened new facilities in Belleville this fall and said their daycares are already full, and they have a waiting list. …

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$289,581.88 in Revolving Loan Funds Available

NOTICE The Republic County RCD Committee will meet Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm to consider business development applications that have been received in a timely fashion. Applications must be received in the Republic County Clerk’s office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016. Applications are available at the Republic County Clerk’s office …

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Final Decision

Belleville Travel Center will close this time… for good By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com Mayor Blaine Miller broke a 3-3 tie on Monday casting the final vote which will close the Kansas Travel Information Center located in Belleville permanently. Following nearly 40 minutes of testimony and debate members of the local city council unanimously …

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Specialty Crop Producer Survey Due Oct. 1st

KDA Seeks Participants for Statewide Survey of Specialty Crops The Kansas Department of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension are seeking specialty crop producers to participate in the Statewide Survey of Specialty Crop Production. A specialty crop is defined by the USDA as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and dried fruits, as well as horticulture and …

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How Rural Communities Are Working To Bring Young People Back

Luke Mahin, RCED Director, had the opportunity this week to visit with NPR affiliate KCUR 89.3 in Kansas City. The program talks about young people returning to rural Kansas and state wide efforts to bring more young people back. Listen to the full program online here – www.kcur.org/post/how-rural-communities-are-working-bring-young-people-back#stream/0 Learn more about Marci Penner and the Kansas …

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‘Steady Waves’

Vendors see new faces, demand for smaller items at Treasure Hunt By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com Fewer buyers turned out for last week’s Treasure Hunt. Vendors said people who have been coming for years didn’t stop this year, and many of the shoppers were new. There were far fewer people traveling with trailers, vendors …

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Small Business Courses Oct. 12th & 19th

  Republic County Economic Development  in partnership with LRS Consulting, will be offering free small business courses to Republic County and Cloud County residents. The first two will be Wednesday October 12th and the third course is Wednesday October 19th. All courses will be held at the Belleville City Office 1819L Street Belleville, Ks. RSVP by calling Luke Mahin …

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Waste not, want not

Waste not, want not VIEWPOINT Editor, Deb Hadachek www.thebellevilletelescope.com Probably most of us wouldn’t drive down the highway and toss dollar bills out the window. But I feel like we might be doing something just as wasteful if we don’t come up with some creative ideas to use more than $80,000 the Republic County Community …

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Shop Talk

Shop Talk Coffee time keeps sense of community, relationships in small towns By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com It’s not about the coffee. It’s about seeing friends. And checking in. And hearing the local news. And sharing goodies. And, okay, it might be a little bit about the coffee, especially if it’s free. People don’t …

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11th Annual – HWY 36 Treasure Hunt – Sept. 16-18th

“IT WILL NEVER WORK”. This is the statement made to me by a good friend when he heard about our plans to create a 400 mile garage sale from Missouri to Colorado along US 36 Highway. The idea originally came about by three Scandia individuals, Jim Erickson, Jane Ann Carlgren and Paul Kallman wanting to generate interest for our …

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Kansas Global Signs Export Promotion Contracts

Kansas Global Signs Export Promotion Contracts With Kansas Department of Commerce and City of Wichita www.kansasglobal.org The Kansas Department of Commerce, along with the City of Wichita, has signed contracts with Kansas Global Trade Services. This will give Kansas businesses direction on the road to the international marketplace. The contracts provide funding for two separate …

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Fast Friendships

Fast friendships Motel guests, race fans celebrate 25 year friendships in Belleville They thought they were just booking a motel room for race weekend. But somewhere along the way people from Iowa and Nebraska and Arizona and Indiana and California and points in between became friends, mostly centered around their support of Midget driver Jerry …

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Community Foundation has $80,000+ to distribute

The Republic County Community Foundation (apply here www.republiccountycf.org) has distributed $102,000 to local projects since 2008. The next round of grant applications is due October 1, and the RCCF has more than $80,000 to distribute. Projects funded in the Spring 2016 disbursement include: Narka Volunteer Fire Department, $5,000 to purchase five large doors for the openings …

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RP Co. Historical Society Museum: Log Cabin Presentation & Tours Sept. 6th

  Karen Cheney is our FEATURED speaker, and here is her lineage to her family. *Karen Cheney / Edna Mitchell- Karen’s mom / Rosa Bowen; Karen’s grandmother / Andrew and Sara Stromberg; Rosa’s parents / and then  Anders Jansson & Anna; Karen’s great great grandparents/THE people who homesteaded in/and at the log cabin/site. *The Log …

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Statewide Job Fair – Concordia

The 2016 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair, taking place on Tuesday, September 27th, will provide employers the unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with highly-qualified veterans and job seekers. This event will take place in nine different locations throughout the state, allowing employers to choose the most convenient site. Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Time: 2:30-3:00 p.m. …

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County businesses may qualify for business assistance grants.

Grand Funds Announced for Business Assistance Program   Wichita, Kan. July 19, 2016 – The Kauffman Foundation recently awarded NetWork Kansas a grant to facilitate business assistance projects in Kansas. A portion of the grant funds will be utilized to send a select number of second-stage Kansas businesses through the Kansas Economic Gardening program. Economic gardening …

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You either want to serve others or you don’t

www.thebellevilletelescope.com The City of Belleville has a problem that really isn’t unique to our community. Belleville has problems finding people who want to serve on its city council. Local council member Tiffany Hansen Monday unknowingly brought up one of those things that tends to raise my hackles. So did her fellow council mate Steve Scofield. …

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What about wind?

Informational meeting at Cuba draws several hundred listeners By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com What’s happening at eye-level can be deceiving. But at 200 and 250’ in the air there are “good drafts” in Republic County, and that’s why a wind energy developer wants to explore the potential for a farm here, says Doug McKinney, …

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Day Trip Destination

Feathered Nest creates urban loft environment for customers across the region By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com The Feathered Nest in Belleville is a shopping destination for some who travel US 81. Website: www.featherednestshopping.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/The-Feathered-Nest-115819008448189/ Business manager Lynette Beam said she has been amazed by the number of travelers who see the store’s billboards along the …

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Love’s Travel Stop to Open Thursday June 30th

via  www.ncktoday.com Love’s Travel Stop & Country Store in Belleville is scheduled to open Thursday, June 30th. The 24/7 store, built on the northwest corner of 7th Street and US Highway 81 in Belleville, is to include a Subway restaurant, showers for professional drivers and approximately 66 truck parking spaces and 36 motorist spaces will also …

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Winds of change?

By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com A Florida-based wind energy company is visiting with landowners in Republic and Washington counties about the potential development of a wind farm. A representative of NextEra Energy Resources LLC plans to meet with Republic County Commissioners at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 27, and with Washington County Commissioners at …

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Prairie Land Food Announces Updates to Monthly Menus

Prairie Land Food Announces Updates to Monthly Menus Prairie Land Food Announces Updates to Monthly Menus New Package, New Prices Visit them online at www.prairielandfood.com Prairie Land Food announced the upcoming updates to their monthly menus which will include the new “Mega Box” as well as new pricing on popular Prairie Pak, Meat Only and the …

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Welcome Them Back

Student loan program reaps tax benefits for Republic County By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com It’s the gift that keeps giving back. Republic County’s investment in the Rural Opportunity Zone scholarship program has attracted the interest of some 45 applicants, Republic County Economic Development Director Luke Mahin told Republic County Commissioners Monday. A snapshot of …

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Private Daycare Workshop

Private Daycare Workshop Monday, June 13 (7:00-8:30 p.m.) Astra Bank meeting room, Belleville “Private daycare providers are in demand in north-central Kansas! To help solve this shortage, the Republic Co. Economic Dev. office along with RVD Extension is sponsoring an ‘informational & recruitment’ program for persons interested in starting a home-based child care business. Health Department …

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NCRP – May Newsletter

Luke Mahin is a new board member representing Republic County on the North Central Regional Planning Commission board. The North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC) is committed to advancing rural Kansas through comprehensive planning and development services. We provide multiple services to our core planning area in North Central Kansas in addition to contracted administration …

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Destination Bootcamp Workshop – Hutchinson

Republic County can send up to ten businesses to this workshop for free if you sign up before May 16th. Contact Luke Mahin RCED 785-374-3047 or email rced@nckcn.com. This public workshop is helpful to anyone and can be beneficial to those interested in attending his bootcamp in Colorado. Learn more at http://jonschallert.com/bootcamp/ WHAT CLIENTS AND SESSION ATTENDEES …

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New resident impressed with response to Munden tornado

From The Belleville Telescope – www.thebellevilletelescope.com April 26, 2016 Dear editor: Small town living is wonderful. Living in Munden KS is so enjoyable. It was so unbelievable how the community came together and helped each other after the tornado Sunday night. To all our friends and neighbors in Cuba, Narka, Haddam, Mahaska, Clyde– thank you …

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Testing the Markets (Telescope)

Read the full Telescope weekly online www.thebellevilletelescope.com. By Deb Hadachek Belleville Telescope editor There’s a difference between affordable housing and low income housing. But most people aren’t aware they aren’t one in the same, says Craig Reed of Perry Reed Properties, Lincoln NE, which manages the new Buffalo Apartments in Belleville. That confusion has led some people …

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Small Business Development Courses May 11th & 18th

Republic County Economic Development  in partnership with LRS Consulting, will be offering free small business development courses to Republic County and Cloud County residents on Wednesday May 11th and Wednesday May 18th at the Belleville City Office 1819L Street Belleville, KS. If you have questions or would like to RSVP call Luke Mahin at (785) – …

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Kansas State University seeks innovative startup ideas for Launch a Business program

Monday, March 7, 2016 Applications are being accepted now from Kansas-based startups for Kansas State University’s third annual Launch a Business program, which provides the building blocks to turn a concept into a successful venture. | Download this photo.   MANHATTAN — Kansas State University is seeking applications from Kansas-based startups to participate in its third annual K-State …

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Small Business Development Courses – April 2nd

Republic County Economic Development and Cloud Corp, in partnership with LRS Consulting, will be offering Small Business Development Courses to Cloud County and Republic County business owners Saturday, April 2nd at Elk’s State Bank beginning at 8:00 am. To sign-up for the Small Business Development Courses, contact Cloud Corp at (785) 243-2010.   Meeting the 3Ms – …

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$56,000+ in grants available for Republic County projects

More than $56,000 in grant dollars are available to local projects in this spring’s distribution by the Republic County Community Foundation. Applications are due April 15 and can be made online at www. republiccountycf.org. $50,000 of the funds come from the Dane Hansen Foundation, which makes money available for community projects in 26 northwest Kansas …

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Making a way

By Deb Hadachek Telescope Editor Republic County Commissioners and members of the NCK Industrial Development group met Monday to agree on an easement for a public access road at the Love’s Travel Stop property on US81 Highway. “The county just wants to make sure that we always have access to our property,” said County Commissioner …

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New automotive shop opens on US 36 west of Belleville

By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News A young man walked through the door of Shane Throckmorton’s newly opened automotive business, EST Automotive. He introduced himself and asked Throckmorton if he’d donate $20 for his eight man all-star sponsorship. Without hesitation Throckmorton pulled his checkbook from his chest pocket and wrote a check. “I’m all about helping …

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KDOT Approves Bid for US HWY 81 Improvements

The Kansas Department of Transportation announced Tuesday, March 1st approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. The letting took place Feb. 17 in Topeka. In North Central Kansas, Pavers, Inc. of Salina, Kansas received the bid for 3.7-miles of a pavement reconstruction project to US Highway 81 in Republic County, beginning …

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Entertainment Value

Discount ticket sales help push Blair Theater attendance over 11,000 in 2015 By Deb Hadachek Belleville Telescope editor Read the entire paper online each week here – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Few businesses can slash their prices to end up in the black. But for the Blair Theater in Belleville, $2 Tuesdays and $3 Thursdays is a strategy …

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Republic County Unclaimed Property List – Kansas Treasurer’s Office

Republic County current and former residents have over 1,572 unclaimed properties on file with the Kansas State Treasurer. You can find the full list for Republic County here – www.kansascash.com/prodweb/up/ownrlist.php?start=0#proplist Below are other features and resources listed on the site: Search for Property Just For Holders For Veterans For Business and Organizations Status of Claim Search …

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‘Keeping rural hospitals healthy is an urgent matter’

New Study Reports on the Vulnerability of Rural Kansas Hospitals 1 in 3 rural hospitals in Kansas are classified as vulnerable and “at risk” of closure. (February 5, 2016) – iVantage® Health Analytics, a leading national provider of health care analytics and decision support tools, released its 2016 Hospital Strength INDEX Study this week, which …

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Kansas Population Forecast 2014-2064

Wichita State University – Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CEDBR) posted: Where will Kansas be in ~50 years? Check out the ‪#‎Kansas‬ ‪#‎Population‬Forecast released today! https://youtu.be/PDUvEvB1nm4 See detailed data at www.population.cedbr.org.

Belleville to host regional KDA Agribusiness Workshop.

KDA to Host Six Regional Agribusiness Development Workshops The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) will host six Regional Agribusiness Development Workshops in 2016. The workshops will provide Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses with resources, and current business development and organizational contacts to assist with startups or expansions. The KDA Division of Agriculture Marketing received a …

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Republic County featured in Kansas Leadership Journal

Republic County was recently featured in the Fall 2015 edition of The Journal, by the Kansas Leadership Center. You can read the embedded article below or on their website. Homeward Bound By: PAUL SUELLENTROP YOUNG PROFESSIONALS WITH AN AFFINITY FOR RURAL LIFE HAVE BECOME A SECRET WEAPON IN AN EMERGING MOVEMENT TO REINVIGORATE SMALL TOWNS IN PLACES SUCH AS REPUBLIC …

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Tax Credits Available for Kansas Income Tax

12/7/15 UPDATE: $9,000 left in tax credits. 12/1/15 UPDATE: Deadline extended to December 14th. 11/22/15 UPDATE: Only $15,833.33 left in tax credits. Tax credit offering will help provide business development loans in county  The popularity of previous tax credit offerings in Republic County, coupled with a demand for loan funds from the Republic County revolving …

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Halloween in Republic County

Belleville – www.bellevilleks.org  Courtland – Scandia Trunk or Treat starts at 5:30pm. Games are from 5:30-6:30. Costume Parade is at 6:30 with prizes directly after. Hot Dogs on the grill. “Toy Story of Terror” at 5:30pm and “Ichabod and Mr. Toad after the costume parade. Be there or be scared!   https://www.facebook.com/courtlandprideclub

Three businesses coming to the “Old Locker Plant Property”

New business times three – The Belleville Telescope Office building under construction downtown will house three different therapy services By Deb Hadachek Telescope News A new building that will house three new enterprises in Belleville is under construction on the northeast corner of the downtown square. Central States Respiratory and Medical, owned by Deanna and …

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Republic Co. offers student loan relief to graduates.

Student debt squeezing parents and children simultaneously BY JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer [excerpt] …”Data analyzed exclusively by The Associated Press, along with surveys about families and rising student debt loads, show that: – School loans increasingly belong to Americans over 40. This group accounts for 35 percent of education debt, up from 25 percent …

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USDA funding restarts Kansas Main Street program

The Kansas Main Street, Inc. (KMSI) was officially relaunched September 25 in Emporia, with funds from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) through their Rural Development Grant Program. The Belleville Chamber and Main Street program has continued to operate locally despite the de-funding of the state program in 2012. Following the dissolution of the …

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Sanitation Service in North Central Kansas has New Owners

From the North Central Regional Planning newsletter.  When Oscar and Regina Sheetz purchased Bel-Con Sanitation, Inc. in September 2014 and renamed it BellCon Sanitation, Inc., the slight name change was likely the only difference customers may have noticed. BellCon Sanitation, Inc. provides residential and business curbside trash removal in the communities of Belleville, Scandia, Courtland, …

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County Health Promotion Task Force needs input for grant!

  The Republic County Health Promotion Task Force needs your input for their grant application. Everyone is encouraged to take the Physical Activity Opportunities survey and employers in Republic County are encouraged to take the Worksite Wellness survey. DEADLINE: Sept 30, 2015 Everyone fill this one out – Physical Activity Opportunities Employers fill this one out – Worksite …

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Business tradition continues in Republic (Belleville Telescope)

New shop rises to replace decades-old service By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News Jon Stenson said he is finally living his dream. Stenson and his wife, Beverly, opened in July Stenson Repair, which is a mechanic shop and welding business in Republic. The new business occupies the former Republic Feed and Fertilizer Welding Shop building, which …

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Love’s Travel Stop Begins Construction in Belleville

(BELLEVILLE, Kan. – August 31, 2015) Republic County Economic Development (RCED) announced that Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores (www.loves.com) have selected a general contractor, Darland Construction Company of Omaha, Nebraska, to develop the 24/7 Love’s Travel Stop. The project is located on the northwest corner of 7th Street and Highway 81 in Belleville, Kansas. …

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25 Years Ago: Belleville Telescope – HWY 81

From this week’s Belleville Telescope looking back 25 years ago. Read more – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Highway Officials Reluctant To Establish US-81 Four-Lane Route Through Republic County Local requests to complete a survey on the location for a four-lane US81 highway through Republic County are largely being ignored by the Kansas Department of Transportation, which says it lacks …

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10th Annual HWY 36 Treasure Hunt September 18-20th

Only Kansas highway with four distinct geological regions Join us for the 10th Annual HWY 36 Treasure Hunt in Republic County and across Kansas. Visit our community tabs or business directory for more local information. Visit www.ushwy36.com  for statewide information in September to local maps, sponsors, and community information. Discover US 36 Hwy and find out why …

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Why are the Midget Nationals held in Belleville, Kansas?

Thank you Paul for this article, I have always wondered why Belleville hosted the Midget Nationals and this answered a lot of questions I had. – Luke Mahin Ya’ Lift – Ya’ Lose. – The Belleville Telescope By Paul Haase – Belleville Telescope photos The new Belleville High Banks t-shirts say that motto. That’s not only …

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RCED looks to increase funding, 40 hours per week (Telescope)

No decision made Belleville council ponders increasing contribution to economic development By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher When the Republic County Economic Development corporation was founded in 1999 the City of Belleville contributed $26,000 toward their annual budget of $52,000. City leaders seeking to save money an feeling they could do their own economic development cut …

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A tool to attract youth. (Belleville Telescope)

Commission commits $52,500 to fund ROZ scholarships for new residents By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor Republic County Commissioners decided Monday to put out the welcome mat to new county residents with student loan debt. Commissioners agreed Monday to commit $10,500 per year for the next five years to match student loan repayment for seven qualified …

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Building a new chapter in life (Belleville Telescope)

40th year in operation good time to turn business over to another young family, say Scandia lumberyard owners By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News Richard and Soni Raney recently accomplished two goals: They worked to “full retirement” age and they passed the 40-year milestone of ownership in their Scandia lumberyard and hardware store, Raney’s Home Center. …

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Loss of businesses can create opportunities.

Smith Center Economic Development Director Garoleen Wilson wrote in the April 2,2015 edition of the Smith County Pioneer. A community can survive anything. Communities have lost factories, businesses, schools, and grocery stores. Towns have been physically damaged by fires, floods, and tornadoes. The people who lived through each crisis could tell you just how hard …

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Republic County Population Estimate – 2014

By Luke Mahin RCED Director This week I read an article  in The Daily Yonder titled Smallest Counties Lose Population — Again By Tim Marema. The map above shows change in rural county population 2013-2014 nationally. The only counties near us to show growth were Smith, Cloud, Lincoln, and Thayer (NE). From this map it looked like Republic County is …

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Love’s closes on land for future 24/7 Travel Stop

(BELLEVILLE, Kan. – March 24, 2015) – Republic County Economic Development has announced that Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores (www.loves.com) has closed on the land purchase agreement with the North Central Kansas Industrial Development Inc. for a 12 acre parcel located near the northwest corner of of 7th Street and Highway 81 in Belleville, Kansas. (Google …

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Republic Co. schools featured in series about rural Kansas education

Jenny Russell and Luke Mahin with RCED were interviewed recently by Topeka Capital Journal reporter Celia Llopis-Jepsen on rural school consolidation the third article in the six part series about rural Kansas education. ABOUT THE SERIES Sunday: Overview of rural education Monday: Difficulty in recruiting teachers Tuesday: Consolidation controversies Wednesday: Alternative education Thursday: Technical education Friday: Rural legislative priorities Rural Majority: School consolidation …

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40 years of rockin’, raisin’ money and building community

By Deb Hadachek  The Belleville Telescope editor Forty years. More than 12,000 volunteer hours of rocking, meals, and entertainment.Community improvements totalling in the hundreds of thousands of donated dollars. Welcome to Cuba, Kansas– population 156 according to the 2010 Census–and its annual Rock-a-Thon, set to kick off this Sunday, March 15. A full week of …

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Kenny Nelson, KBID Manager, Featured in Irrigation Leader

Ken Nelson, Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District (2), Courtland, Kansas was recently featured in Irrigation Leader  on page 22. View the full version –www.waterandpowerreport.com/newsletters/January%20_2015.pdf The Kansas-Bostwick Irrigation District No. 2 (KBID) delivers water to soybean and corn growers over 43,000 acres in north-central Kansas. Ken Nelson leads a crew of 14 to oversee operations and maintenance on the …

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Events in March

Send us your county fliers and we will add them!   Sunday, March 1 Narka Sausage Gravy & Biscuit Dinner – 11:00am Thursday, March 5 Belleville Community Coffee – 8:00 am Saturday, March 7 Belleville Downtown Market 9:00 am Monday, March 9 Belleville City Council Meeting – 7:00 pm Tuesday & Wednesday, March 11 – …

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Zenger named Republic County Highway Administrator

By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor Dustin Zenger, Haddam, was named new director of the Republic County Highway Department Tuesday by Republic County Commissioners. Zenger is a graduate of North Central High School, Morrowville, and received a bachelors degree in construction science and management with a minor in business from Kansas State University in 2009. He …

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Rural Housing Shortage, Catch-22

Rural America’s Silent Housing Crisis Accounting for only 20 percent of the population, residents of more isolated areas struggle to find a safe, affordable place to live—and to make anyone else care. – http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/01/rural-americas-silent-housing-crisis/384885/  I wrote about the lack of quality, affordable housing in rural areas. A problem most of us don’t really think about http://t.co/4Yj067piDx …

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RCED Highlights of 2014

January Kansas Department of Transportation officials made changes to plans to improve US36 through Belleville after citizens asked that entrances be designed to accommodate semis, and that a turning lane be built at S Street, which leads to Republic County Jr./Sr. High School. RCED hosted the Republic County Housing Meeting Luke Mahin RCED, Carol Torkelson North Central …

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Tax Credit deadline extended to 12.22.14

The deadline for tax credits has been extended to Monday December 22nd, 2014. Currently $25,000+ in tax credits available. Kansas Entrepreneurship Tax Credits Economic Sense, Targeted Delivery NetWork Kansas was created as a key component of the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 to lead collaborative efforts between education, research and outreach services—as well as …

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Alumni Spotlight: County alumni receive KSU Scholarships

Donors support K-State scholarships More than 12,000 academic scholarships have been awarded to Kansas State University students for the 2014-2015 school year. Overall, students have earned more than $25.6 million in scholarships for the current academic year — $6.4 million more than the previous year. Most of the scholarships are made possible through donations and …

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Duclos Foundation grants $31,350.00 to county projects

11/26/2014 – Leva and Frank Duclos Foundation Awards Over $52,000 in Grants to Area Organizations – Click here to print this information Click here to view the NCKToday.com article listing other area awards. The Advisory Board of the Leva and Frank Duclos Foundation met November 25, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. at The Citizens National Bank in Concordia, …

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RP Co. Hospital Contributes $8 million in payroll to local economy

Closing the books on 2014 Hospital contributes $8 million in payroll to economy The news wasn’t good, but it was better than expected. Republic County Hospital ended the year with a $950,000 loss—but had budgeted for a $1.4 million loss, hospital trustees learned at their annual meeting October 27. Of that $950,000, $710,000 is depreciation, …

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KanStarter Launches, Supports Rural Kansas

Press Release from the Kansas Sampler Foundation:  Dirt, planets, owls, and fire all come together for the launch of Kanstarter, an online crowd-funding site that will match Kansas community projects with people who wish to support with donations or volunteerism. The Kansas Sampler Foundation announced that their newest project is now live atwww.kanstarter.com. Foundation director Marci …

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$100,000 in tax credits available to support county businesses

Tax credit offering will help provide business development loans in county  The Belleville Telescope The popularity of previous tax credit offerings in Republic County, coupled with a demand for loan funds from the Republic County revolving loan fund, has netted Republic County an additional $100,000 in tax credits to exchange for donations to loan to …

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Buffalo Apartments (Old Middle School) Open House

Buffalo Apartments 915 W. 18t Street Belleville, Kansas 66935 (785) 527-8225 This development project involves the acquisition and renovation of the historic school to accommodate 56 apartments to serve the growing housing needs in and around Belleville. Three-fourths of the apartments will be “affordable” (income restricted) apartments, and the remaining one-fourth will be market-rate housing. …

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The treasure continues to grow (Belleville Telescope)

As US36 Treasure Hunt gains in popularity, promoters look for even more ways to entice travelers By Deb Hadachek the Belleville Telescope editor Journey through the guestbook on the US36 Highway Association website, and you start to get the idea that finding a bargain or a one-of-a-kind collector’s item isn’t the only reason people return …

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Volunteers needed to expand housing in Scandia & Courtland.

Scandia & Courtland Housing Assessment Meetings Scheduled  Volunteers needed for windshield housing survey for Scandia at 6:00 p.m. September 24th at the Scandia City Office and October 8th at the Courtland City Office. Meetings should last only a few hours. Both meetings will be facilitated by Luke Mahin of Republic County Economic Development and the …

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College Has Gotten 12 Times More Expensive in One Generation

This article is from www.motherjones.com and supports why the ROZ – Student Loan Repayment program is pivotal for some college graduates trying to return to Republic County after earning a college degree. Local farmers can also donate to the Republic County ROZ Fund through the Grain for Graduates program. Click here for more info on …

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Taking grain from field to table (Belleville Telescope)

RCED assisted the Hansen’s with their initial USDA grant application, if your business would like to look into additional resources for a business idea or start-up contact Luke Mahin at 785-374-3047 or rcedc@nckcn.com. Belleville native gets USDA grant to study feasibility of locally-grown flour production By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor – www.thebellevilletelescope.com A Belleville company …

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Grain for Graduates: Farmers Can Donate Crops to Save on Taxes

RCED was sent this article from Farm Futures magazine  recently and we feel it shows the added benefit of grain donation vs. cash/check for charitable gifts. The Grain for Graduates program is a perfect opportunity to give back to a worthy cause helping returning college graduates with student loan debt relief. Read more about the …

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US81 development is a dream long time in coming (Belleville Telescope)

US81 development is a dream long time in coming Deb Hadachek – The Belleville Telescope Often something will happen and Fred and I will say to each other “I wish Merle Miller were here to see this.” or “I wonder what Merle would think about this.” No stronger have I felt that pang this week …

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Alumni group contributes to ROZ scholarship fund

The Belleville High School/Republic County High School alumni association presented a $1,000 check to Republic County this week to be used to fund a scholarship through the Rural Opportunity Zone program. Alumni officers Jacob Wilber, Retha Blecha and Deanna Morris (right) presented the check to Republic County Economic Development director Luke Mahin. Blecha said alumni …

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Proposed 24/7 Love’s Travel Stop Moves Forward on HWY 81

(BELLEVILLE, Kan. – August 12, 2014) – Republic County Economic Development has announced that Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores (www.loves.com) have entered into a land purchase agreement with the North Central Kansas Industrial Development Inc. for a 12 acre parcel of land located near the northwest corner of the intersection of 7th Street and Highway 81 …

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Know the facts on the hospital mill levy vote (Belleville Telescope)

Know the facts on the hospital mill levy vote Deb Hadachek, Editor The Belleville Telescope Here’s a math/business quiz for you: If a business has to pay $1,000 wholesale cost for a product–but then only collects $900 for the product from their customers, how long will they be in business? It doesn’t take a lot …

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Republic Co. Historical Society – Ice Cream Social

Now REVEALED…..! Here ARE THE ICE CREAM FLAVORS the MAYORS and OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS will have ‘up for’ a vote: *Cuba Mayor Dale Huncovsky: is bringing: Czech Kolache Ice Cream. *Courtland Mayor Tim Garman: “Auntie Char’s Berry Blast. *Munden Mayor Jimmie Blecha: “He’s Already Sweet so It’s Sugar-Free.” *Scandia Mayor Gary Cline: “Double Chocolate/Really Chocolate.” …

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Taking stock

Volunteers needed to make house-by-house assessment of community’s property inventory By Deb Hadachek Belleville Telescope editor You don’t know what you have or what you need until you actually go look. That’s the point behind a Housing Assessment Tool windshield survey volunteers will undertake in Belleville Thursday night, July 10, as they drive the community, …

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Republic County Attractions – Kansas Explorers Club

Republic County was paid a visit by Marci Penner and Wendee LePlant with the Kansas Sampler Foundation and the Explorer Research Vogage (ERV) vehicle. You can follow their blog here www.kansassampler.org/erv/. They have posts about Courtland, Agenda, Ada Lutheran Church, and Jim Elliot’s covered bridge. From the Explorer website www.kansassampler.org/kansasexplorersclub/ it states: The purpose of …

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On track to grow / Making room for History (Belleville Telescope)

On track to grow Museum gets second county loan to preserve High Banks heritage – 6/19/2014 By Freddie Arnold Belleville Telescope Sports Don McChesney and the High Banks Hall of Fame are at the pole position of preservation. With a recent announcement of a $200,000 expansion to the High Banks Hall of Fame museum on …

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Alumni Spotlight: 2014 Graduates

Cloud County Community College awarded over 280 degrees during its 2014 Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 16. The following students were awarded degrees. Amber Davis, of Belleville, business; Christian Lambert, of Belleville, general studies; Damon Rice, of Belleville, business; Nena Robison, of Belleville, nursing; Danielle White, of Belleville, nursing; Crystal Dunstan, of Courtland, nursing; Jardyn …

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Little things matter (The Belleville Telescope)

Deb Hadachek Editor – The Belleville Telescope Recent stories in the Telescope underscore how little things matter. Last week, Cynthia Scheer wrote about Dustin and Karla Rippe, new residents to Belleville involved in the cattle business. And though Rippe is a Nebraska native, the couple chose to locate their residence and business in Belleville—because of …

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Belleville couple featured in national Google TV ad

Look for them between 0:47 – 0:52 on the video at the bottom of the page. Belleville couple featured in national Google television ad The Belleville Telescope Two Belleville natives will get their 1.5 seconds of fame in a nationally televised advertisement for Google. Bryce Pachta and Michelle Cottenmyre, graduates of Republic County High School, …

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From classrooms to living rooms (Belleville Telescope)

Local and state officials were on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony at the future home of the Buffalo Apartments, formerly the Republic County Middle School at 18th and K. From left are Michael Couch, USD 109 superintendent; Melinda Pierson, director Belleville Chamber and Main Street, Belleville City Manager Neal Lewis, Belleville Mayor Tatum Couture, Fred …

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Two RCHS students earn national welding certification (The Belleville Telescope)

The Belleville Telescope On April 29, Cortny Purvis became the first Republic County High School student to qualify for theAmerican Welding Society (AWS) D1.2 aluminum welding certification. Purvis, a senior who plans to study welding at NCK Technical College, Beloit next year, had previously qualified for his AWS D1.1 steel certification in 2012 as a …

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Alumni Spotlight: Manhattan magazine features Doubek

Manhattan magazine features Doubek The Belleville Telescope Debra Doubek MD, is featured in the Spring 2014 of Manhattan KS Magazine (read the article online here story starts on page 43) as part of the Flint Hills Community Clinic. Serving residents who lack health care, the physicians volunteer their time at the clinic, which provides a …

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Alumni Spotlight: Belleville grad chosen for National Teachers Hall of Fame

Belleville grad chosen for National Teachers Hall of Fame The Belleville Telescope Cindy Couchman, an upperlevel math instructor at Buhler High School, will be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in June in Emporia. Couchman is the daughter of Ed and Janice Slavik of Belleville. Couchman is one of five teachers in the …

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More than $515,000 available in county loan fund

Article from The Belleville Telescope 100 businesses benefit since 1985 The Republic County Development Revolving Loan fund has more than $515,000 available to loan to eligible businesses. “With the addition of the E-Community Fund, we have more flexibility in helping businesses than we have had in the past,” says Mikel Hadachek, a member of the …

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Strnad Family Donates Antique Tractor to Support Munden Community

A future built by the past – The Belleville Telescope Families’ donation of antique tractor will provide support for Munden community center, church. Old iron will make a strong foundation for building Munden’s future. The new Munden Community Center and the Zion Evangelical Church in Munden will benefit from the proceeds of an upcoming internet-only …

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Social Media Recap: Rural Opportunities Conference

Social Media Recap Below is a rough timeline from the recent Rural Opportunities Conference in Dodge City, Kansas April 9-10th. You may have seen our Facebook or Twitter posts using the hashtag #KsROC so people could join the conversation the last two days. The people posting are Kansas resource partners, economic development officials, entrepreneurs, and …

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Grants available from NCK Health Care Foundation

Do you have a great idea that promotes healthy living in Republic County? We are now accepting applications for the 2014 Public Health Grant. The funds must be used to protect and/or promote the health and well-being of individuals or communities by encouraging healthy lifestyles, behaviors, and environments. Along with our foundation, this grant is …

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Cuba Rock-A-Thon raises over $35,000 in week long event.

The article below is from The Belleville Telescope: By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News The Cuba community raised more than $35,000 last week during the 39th-annual Cuba Rock-A-Thon. The eight-day event featured a variety of speakers and entertainment, an auction, 317.5 hours of continuous rocking, and daily lunch and dinner. Cuba City Clerk Marilyn Junek said …

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Tax incentive for new construction (Belleville Telescope)

Tax incentive for new construction (Belleville Telescope) County changes Neighborhood Revitalization to make participation easier By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor Republic County Commissioners passed a resolution Monday to make two significant changes to the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. Projects that qualify for NRP receive a property tax rebate on a sliding scale over the next five …

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RCED in 2013

Republic County Economic Development hosted their 2013 Annual Meeting at Pinky’s Bar & Grill on Wednesday February 19th in Courtland, Kansas. The meeting started with and update from the E-Community partners on RCED’s progress in the E-Accelerator program the annual meeting presentation and then the monthly board meeting. Below is the presentation on RCED’s activities …

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Places to call home (The Belleville Telescope)

Places to call home Cities urged to help themselves to improve houses, attract new residents to communities By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor The first step in housing development for Republic County: notice your own neighborhood. The official name of the process is a Housing Assessment Tool. But Luke Mahin, Republic County Economic Development director, said …

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Wanted: Contractors (The Belleville Telescope)

Ded Hadachek, Belleville Telescope Editor Last week’s housing meeting in Republic County (see 1A of February 6th, 2014 edition) was exciting for the sheer number of citizens who attended interested in the problem, as well as wealth of information presented. Communities that haven’t completed a Housing Needs Assessment should get one post haste from the …

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Real Maple Syrup Spreading All Over Republic County

Google Here’s a great story from the Courtland Journal this week about a couple of entrepreneurs utilizing a natural resource. Makes you wonder what other creative ways we can create local added-value products here in Republic County?!? Maple Syrup production in Republic County? Are you kidding? Well, Jim Elliott, Ryan and Brandon Schraeder aren’t kidding. …

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Republic County might be too modest.

Republic County might be too modest. Often when speaking with outsiders about Republic County they refer to it as some hidden secret when they discover what we have here. They learn about our uniquely-active small towns, vast natural beauty, supportive communities, high caliber schools, LOCAL healthcare, exceptional churches, the absence of major crime, outstanding infrastructure, …

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Coles’ Appliance receives funding from NetWork Kansas

Post by Coles’ Appliance Center. Below is a post from NetWork Kansas – www.networkkansas.com. Visit their Facebook page here –www.facebook.com/networkkansas. 9 Businesses Receive Funding from NetWork Kansas in November During the month of November, 9 new businesses received NetWork Kansas funding through the E-Community partnership, Kansas Capital Multiplier Funds, and StartUp Kansas program. Four different …

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E-Community Tax Credit Deadline Approaching 12/27/13

Donations are due at the Belleville City Office or mail to the RCED mailbox by December 27th, 2013!  There is only $60,000 worth of credits left to purchase. Call 785-374-3047 today to reserve your allocation. Kansas Entrepreneurship Tax Credits Economic Sense, Targeted Delivery NetWork Kansas was created as a key component of the Kansas Economic …

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‘Generous’

Post by Republic County Economic Development.   Many local, public projects possible because of private support By Cynthia Scheer – Belleville Telescope News Generous. That’s the word used frequently by local organization spokespeople to describe the donors of Republic County. Donors have given hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past year to organizations ranging …

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Republic County Named as a NetWork Kansas 2013 Entrepreneurship (E-) Community

Republic County Named as a NetWork Kansas 2013 Entrepreneurship (E-) Community; Awarded $75,000 in Tax Credits to Create Local Loan Fund for Entrepreneurs – Deadline is December 27, 2013 – Call 785-374-3047 for availability! Interested in purchasing tax credits? Download the flyer here for more information – Kansas Entrepreneurship Tax Credits Belleville, Kansas, November 5, …

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Advertising Pays

Marci Penner, director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, made a great point once that small towns need to have positive and informative gatekeepers. For example cashiers, waitresses, etc., are a town’s best asset and most important tourist guides. The first point of contact is often the most important to converting a highway traveler into a …

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Neighborhood Revitalization Program / ROZ Program Updates

Republic County Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) By Luke Mahin­­­­ Read our monthly articles in The Belleville Telescope and The Courtland Journal. RCED helped establish the Republic County Neighborhood Revitalization Program that began January 2011 and enrollment goes until 2016. The program encourages renovations, additions, and new construction of commercial, residential, agricultural and industrial property in …

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North Central Kansas Free Fair in Belleville

Belleville High Banks – http://www.highbanks.org/ Schedule – www.nckfreefair.net – Thursday, August 1st – 8:30 am All Open Class Beef in Place 9 am-10 pm 4-H Building Open 9 am Kolache Sale – Entertainment Center 11 am-10 pm Floral Hall Open 11 am Kolache Contest – Entertainment Center Noon-3 pm Live Entertainment – Entertainment Center 10 …

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Landlord / Tenant Educational Housing Meeting

Republic County Economic Development is hosting a Landlord / Tenant Educational Meeting for renters, landlords, and prospective property owners. The meeting will be held at the Belleville City Office tentatively scheduled for Wednesday July 24th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by Realty Associates and Roger Novak – Real Estate. Meeting Agenda: Screening …

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Reinke Ribbon Cutting

Learn more about Reinke Manufacturing and their products at their website www.reinke.com. This excerpt is from The Belleville Telescope‘s recent online post: Reinke Ribbon Cutting  By Freddie Arnold Today was a big day economically for the community of Belleville and for Reinke Manufacturing. What started out in Deshler, Nebraska as a family farm in 1954, …

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The Belleville Middle School closer to becoming Buffalo Apartments.

*Updated May 15th, 2014 at the Buffalo Apartment ground breaking ceremony.* Post by Republic County Economic Development. The Belleville Telescope reported this week (May 29th, 2013) on the progress of the Buffalo Apartment Project undertaken by former Belleville resident Ross Freeman. From classrooms to bedrooms By Deb Hadachek – Editor The Belleville Telescope School property …

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Belleville Middle School named to historic registers.

Great news today from The Belleville Telescope. The Pioneer Group Inc’s project will provide Belleville with a much needed housing resource if tax credits are awarded. Middle School named to historic registers Public meeting May 23 will explain senior apartment project On May 4, the Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review approved the nomination of …

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First Impressions of Republic County – Cheyenne Erichsen

My name is Cheyenne Erichsen and I am a new employee at JenRus Freelance located in Courtland. Originally from Council Grove, I relocated to the area after graduating from Washburn University in December. Recently at the WeKan! Conference in Salina, I listened to Marci Penner from the Kansas Sampler Foundation speak about amazing places all …

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Belleville Chamber & Main St. names RCED 2012 Volunteer of the Year

Photo from The Belleville Telescope Belleville Chamber and Main Street Award Recipients 2012 Volunteers of the Year were Luke Mahin and Jenny Russell of Republic County Economic Development, Doane Sells, Jodi Ball, Jacob Wilber (on behalf of his grandparents, Don and Katherine Wilber), Kathy Calkins, David Pachta, Vonda Cooper, Dawn Surber. Awards were presented by …

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RCCF partners with RCED on the new Republic County ROZ Fund!

Republic County Economic Development has partnered with the Republic County Community Foundation to accept tax deductible donations for the Republic County ROZ Fund. Click HERE to donate to the RCCF online. Checks can be made out to the Republic County Community Foundation with a memo/note designating the intent is for the Republic County ROZ Fund …

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Long time Courtland business, Garman & Sons Appliance, sells to younger owners.

Wiezoreks Purchase Garman & Sons Inc. in Courtland Courtland Journal Robert Mainquist January 1, 2013, will be the date a change in the business community in Courtland occurs. On that day, Mitch and Tami Wiezorek will become owners of the long-time Courtland business known as Garman and Sons Inc. The change brings to close a …

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TED Talks – Videos

Have you seen or heard about TED? Which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, it is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.” All of these videos (http://www.ted.com) provide a great insight into world wide issues, ideas, and topics. Here are a few that …

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Revolving Loan Fund – Republic County Development Association

Republic County Development Association (http://www.ncrpc.org/services/business_fin_01republic.html) Loan amount available: $35,000 per job being created/retained up to two-thirds of project cost; minimum of $5,000 (subject to availability of funds) Interest rate: Prime – 3.5% (floor of 4%)Term: 3-7 years for working capital, inventory, equipment, 15 years for real estatePrimary eligibility requirements:Bank request for assistance Creation or retention …

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6th Street Fashions & Footwear Opens in Belleville

From The Belleville Telescope: Shari Haug (above), and her husband Shane opened 6th Street Fashions and Footwear in downtown Belleville this week. The new business is an expansion of their eight-year-old retail store in Concordia. Along with offering women’s clothing and accessories, the business retains the men’s and women’s work, casual and athletic shoes formerly …

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