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New partnership makes it easier for developers to find attractive building sites in Kansas

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced an exciting new partnership between the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Certified Sites program and Kansas-based Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, which will increase the number of shovel-ready development sites Kansas can showcase to developers nationwide. Commerce’s Certified Sites Program, originally created and administered by the Kansas Economic Development Alliance (KEDA), …

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Community foundation accepting applications for fall grants

BELLEVILLE, Kan.—The Republic County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications are due Wednesday, September 15, 2021. This fall, over $75,000 is available to charitable projects in Republic County. This cycle will fund local community projects that meet one or more of the following criteria: Projects that improve the quality of …

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Anvil Alpacas Allows Visitors To Experience
Animals And Products Made From Alpaca Wool

The Belleville Telescope – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Anvil Alpacas started 17 years ago by Ray and Brenda Danielson. “Ray pointed out an ad in a farm magazine selling alpacas, and I said what are alpacas?” Brenda says. “Alpacas are cousins of llamas and camels, and they are really cute,” she says. “There are short- haired and longhaired …

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2021 Kansas Wage Survey

The Kansas Department of Labor has published the 2021 Kansas Wage Survey which includes updated County Median Wage (CMW) information.  The 2021 Kansas Wage Survey is attached and can also be accessed at klic.dol.ks.gov.   The median wages increased for most Kansas counties, including the metro counties (Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth, Sedgwick, Shawnee, and Wyandotte).  The median wages increased in 79 counties …

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Belleville Businesses can apply for CDBG-CV3 funds

City of Belleville CDBG CV GrantBusiness Criteria The Kansas Department of Commerce CDBG Program has awarded CV business grant funds to support the working capital needs of businesses in Belleville. Applications are available from the City office. Terms: Businesses in Belleville who are facing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to receive …

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces $4 Million in Community Development Block Grants to Promote Job Retention for Small Businesses

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today the third round of Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response Supplement (CDBG-CV) awards, distributing nearly $4 million to 25 Kansas communities to promote business retention for small businesses affected by the pandemic. “Kansas continues to experience record economic success, bringing in jobs and business investment at historic levels,” Governor Kelly …

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Launch & Grow hosted at Kallman Office Suites

The Belleville Telescope – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Economic Development Republic County Economic Development’s recurring Launch and Grow Events landed at the Kallman Office Suites in Belleville on June 30. Belleville native Ashley Kallman and her husband, Clay Close, East Brunswick, NJ acted on a dream to invest in Belleville by purchasing a former drug store and remodeling …

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NCK Free Fair signs

RCED is working with the Belleville Chamber & Main Street to offer NCK Free Fair signage at entrances to the fair. DEADLINE IS JULY 23RD

Heartland Lodge Provides Guests Small-Town Amenities Within Walking Distance

The Belleville Telescopewww.thebellevilletelesccope.com Clay Wallin, Nathan Lindberg, and Kyle Anderson, owners of Heartland Game Birds, have remodeled an old bank in Courtland, Kansas to start Heartland Lodge. The lodge is primarily lodging for patrons of Heartland Game Birds, a guided pheasant hunt service. The building features two levels with multiple bedrooms, bathrooms and two full …

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Rural & Remote Summit – Hays

SAVE THE DATE!RURAL & REMOTE SUMMIT 2021THURSDAY / SEPTEMBER 23 A message from Rural & Remote Director, Kade Wilcox. We are excited to invite you to our 2nd Annual Rural & Remote Summit, it will be all about the future of remote work and its evolution. Because of the Pandemic, Remote work and its knowledge really accelerated, therefore our summit will unpack and focus on what the future of remote work …

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Abatement Official: We’re Making Headway

By Fred Arnold Telescope Publisherwww.thebellevilletelescope.com It took months for city of Belleville officials to get a nuisance abatement officer hired. Now it has taken just weeks to see noticeable progress. On Monday Scott McGee, told members of the Belleville city council that he has seen significant progress in people cleaning up their properties. The nuisance …

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Presentation Explores Rural Entrepreneurs

Belleville, KS – Republic County Historical Society & Museum in Belleville, Kansas will host “Ruralpreneurs: Tumbleweeds and Talents in Kansas Communities,” a presentation and discussion by Ron Wilson on Tuesday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the Republic County Historical Museum, 615 28th Street (Highway 36), Belleville, Kansas.  Members of the community are invited to …

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RP County Foundation Awards Over $68,000

During its spring grant cycle, the Republic County Community Foundation awarded over $68,000 to 17 projects throughout Republic County. The following organizations received funding: City of Narka, $5,000 to replace playground equipment. City of Courtland, $4,000 to fund additional basketball goals for Courtland Mini Park. USD 426, $2,568.52 to add landscaping to the Pike Valley …

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High Banks Wind Makes Progress On Land Agreements

By Deb Hadachek Telescope Newshttp://www.thebellevilletelescopecom The developer of a proposed wind farm in eastern Republic County and western Washington County said response to the project from landowners has been “very positive”. Billy Wilkins, project director for renewable development for NextEra Energy told Republic County Commissioners June 2 that options have been signed on about a …

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Our Future Looks Bright

The Write Stuff – Deb HadachekBelleville Telescope – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Kids these days. I was thinking that the other day at the county commission meeting as I listened to Drew and Blake Erkenbrack talk about their dreams for the Belleville High Banks. The Fair Amusements Committee is pretty much all new, and pretty much all young …

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Local Leaders Grapple With Housing Shortage

By Deb Hadachek Telescope Newshttp://www.thebellevilletelescope.com “We really need houses here. It’s a problem countywide we need to figure out.” That statement by Belleville mayor Adam Robertson to Republic County Commissioners is a drum beat that has sounded faster and faster in recent years. It’s a hot market,” says realtor David Blecha of Blecha Realty of …

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Salina Area United Way Awards Make A Difference Grants for 2021

Salina, KS – Salina Area United Way awards $105,000 in Make A Difference Grants to 13 community partners.  Grant recipients are organizations Strengthening Our Community through Health, Education, and Financial Stability. “We are thrilled to be able to fund 13 agencies in our communities working to Make A Difference.  These agencies are working tirelessly to …

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If There’s A Need, Attempt To Fill It

The Write Stuff – Editorialwww.thebellevilletelescope.com There’s no place like home. That is the 2021 theme of the Republic County Community Foundation. That phrase has double meaning. It both spotlights the positive things going on in Republic County, and is a reminder that investments we make at home, in our communities, make lasting impact for our …

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E-Community Students Compete in the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge State Championship

Manhattan, KS – The Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge (KEC) State Championship, hosted by the Kansas State University Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship, and sponsored by the Kansas Masonic Foundation, took place virtually on April 27th and awarded high school entrepreneurs with over $20,000 in prize money. This statewide competition featured high school and middle school students …

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Grant Program Aims To ‘Paint The County’

By Deb Hadachek Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com Republic County Commissioners approved the first five Paint the County grants of $500 each at their regular meeting Monday. One of three housing incentives programs developed for Republic County by Republic County Economic Development, Paint the County is designed primarily for home improvement. Recipients must purchase paint and supplies from …

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A New Look At The Past

Sneak peek of Cuba Heritage Center set for May 1st by Deb Hadachek – Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com A place where many Cuba area residents got their start in life is now an educational center that documents what it meant to live in Cuba, and the Midwest, in eras past. A sneak peek of the Cuba Heritage …

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NOTICE OF GRANT REQUEST DEADLINE THE LEVA AND FRANK DUCLOS FOUNDATION

The semi-annual meeting of the Advisory Board of the Leva and Frank Duclos Foundation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at The Citizens National Bank in Concordia, KS. Special requirements must be met when applying for a grant: 1. Requests will only be accepted from Cloud, Republic and adjacent counties. 2. Requests should be …

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Feasibility study to assess nationally significant heritage of NCK and SCN

Feasibility study to assess nationally significant heritage of NCK and SCN. The Kansas Nebraska Heritage Area Partnership (KNHAP), a diverse, bi-state partnership of cultural, historical, economic development and tourism organizations and individuals, has formed in hopes of establishing a National Heritage Area within 49 counties between North Central Kansas and South Central Nebraska. The mission …

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Bi-State Partnership Seeks National Heritage Area Designation in North Central Kansas and South Central Nebraska

NCK Today Mar 26, 2021 – Toby Noskerhttps://www.ncktoday.com/local/bi-state-partnership-seeks-national-heritage-area-designation-north-central-kansas-and-south The Kansas Nebraska Heritage Area Partnership, a diverse, bi-state partnership of environmental, cultural, and historical organizations and individuals, has formed to establish a National Heritage Area within 49 counties between North Central Kansas and South Central Nebraska. The mission of the Kansas Nebraska Heritage Area Partnership is …

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If Only It Was As Easy To Do The Work Of Others As It Is To Criticize Their Performance – Editorial

The Write Stuff – Deb Hadachekwww.thebellevilletelescope.com I followed the story of the cargo ship stuck in the Suez Canal with great interest and sympathy last week. Anyone who has ever worked themselves into a difficult position trying to parallel park a modest-size sedan on a busy city street with their husband in the passenger seat …

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Tending To People’s Well-Being, Through Nursing And Food

DISHING UP INNOVATION By Laura Leite Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com (Ninth in a series. The pandemic has been a challenge for Republic county restaurants. Many found innovative ways to serve and support the community they call home. Over the next few weeks, the Telescope will take a closer look at local restaurants and how they have persevered.) …

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Detractors Accuse Regional Tourism Proposal Of Darker Land Grab Motives

By Deb Hadachek Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com A heritage tourism project that volunteers in dozens of counties in Kansas and Nebraska have worked to put together for more than three years has recently come under fire from people afraid it’s a way for the federal government to grab land. Luke Mahin, Republic County Economic Development director and …

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Quick Thinking Helped Dairy Queen Continue To Provide A ‘Happy Place’ For Customers During Pandemic

By Laura Leite Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com DISHING UP INNOVATION (Eighth in a series. The pandemic has been a challenge for Republic county restaurants. Many found innovative ways to serve and support the community they call home. Over the next few weeks, the Telescope will take a closer look at local restaurants and how they have persevered.) …

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From Furniture To Pizza

By Laura Leite Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com DISHING UP INNOVATION (Seventh in a series. The pandemic has been a challenge for Republic county restaurants. Many found innovative ways to serve and support the community they call home. Over the next few weeks, the Telescope will take a closer look at local restaurants and how they have persevered.) …

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Salina Area United Way Announces Make A Difference Grant Opening

Salina, KS – The Salina Area United Way announces the 2021 Make A Difference Grant funding process.  We are excited to announce we will be awarding $140,000 in Make A Difference Grants this year.  The purpose of the Make A Difference grant is to be responsive to community needs.  Consideration will be given to programs which make a …

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More Than Just A Business – Rip City Inn

Dishing up Innovation By Laura Leite Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com (Sixth in a series. The pandemic has been a challenge for Republic county restaurants. Many found innovative ways to serve and support the community they call home. Over the next few weeks, the Telescope will take a closer look at local restaurants and how they have persevered.) …

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Making A ‘Steak’ In The Community – Bel-Villa

DISHING UP INNOVATION By Laura Leite Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com (Fifth in a series. The pandemic has been a challenge for Republic county restaurants. Many found innovative ways to serve and support the community they call home. Over the next few weeks, the Telescope will take a closer look at local restaurants and how they have persevered.) …

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2021 Republic County YEC Awards

Republic County, KS – Republic County Economic Development, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, hosted the 5th annual Republic County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Tuesday, March 2nd virtually.  Thirteen teams made up of twenty-three students competed from Republic County and Pike Valley High schools.  Eighteen judges from the county and region volunteered to score the projected digitally. Student business ideas …

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People’s Choice Voting – Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

VOTE for the best HS business presentation for the 2021 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (3/2). New this year, we’ve added a people’s choice vote In addition to our normal YEC prizes. Anyone from the public can watch the videos and vote once for their top three choices. Voting ends tonight at midnight! Tune in Tuesday night …

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Generations Of Garman Family Work Together To Cook Up Business Success In Scandia

DISHING UP INNOVATION By Laura Leite Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com (Fourth in a series. The pandemic has been a challenge for Republic county restaurants. Many found innovative ways to serve and support the community they call home. Over the next few weeks, the Telescope will take a closer look at local restaurants and how they have persevered.) …

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Community foundation accepting applications for spring grants

BELLEVILLE, Kan. — The Republic County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications are due Thursday, April 15, 2021. Last spring, the Blair Center for the Arts Foundation identified a need to offer high-quality entertainment to people in the area through a mobile outdoor cinema package to utilize while their main …

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Economic Development Group Helps Businesses Gather Information; Celebrates 10th Anniversary In 2020

By Deb Hadachek Telescope NewsSubscribe at www.thebellevilletelescope.com David Pachta didn’t know if it was a good idea to start a business in the middle of a pandemic. That’s why he turned to Republic County Economic Development to guide him to resources to crunch the numbers, find a location, and suggest sources of financing. Turns out, …

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Cuba Restaurant Owners Decide To Stay After Czeching Out Local Hospitality – Dishing Up Innovation

Dishing Up Innovation Series– Laura Leite – Belleville Telescope News Three in a series. The pandemic has been a challenge for Republic county restaurants. Many found innovative ways to serve and support the community they call home. Over the next few weeks, the Telescope will take a closer look at local restaurants and how they …

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Advertise at the Blair Theater!

“We want to offer you the opportunity to advertise your business at the Blair! Attached are the current advertising opportunities. There are some new options, so if you have any questions or would like to purchase an ad, please email manager@theblairtheater.com. The funds raised through the advertising sales help cover a portion of the Blair’s yearly …

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Pinky’s Bar and Grill – Dishing Up Innovation

Dishing Up Innovation Series– Laura Leite – Belleville Telescope News Two in a series. The pandemic has been a challenge for Republic county restaurants. Many found innovative ways to serve and support the community they call home. Over the next few weeks, the Telescope will take a closer look at local restaurants and how they …

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Chris Coffman – Pinky’s Bar & Grill – Destination Creation Course

Scholarship recipient, Chris Coffman – Pinky’s Bar & Grill, talks about his DCC experience Introduce yourself, your business, when you started. Howdy! I’m Chris Coffman, Executive Chef and Co-Owner of the new Pinky’s in Courtland, KS with my wife Adri. Both of us spent most of our professional careers in the hospitality industry and found …

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Blair Theater Reopening This Weekend

By Deb Hadachek Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com In an industry limited only by imagination, the Blair Center for the Arts in Belleville is reimagining its services for the future. The Blair will return to in-theater movies on the big screen starting Friday, January 29 with the Tom Hanks movie, “News of the World”. New hours will be …

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2020 RCED Annual Report

2020 RCED Annual Report BUSINESS ASSISTANCE Republic County Economic Development with Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas Small Business Development Center assists with business planning, incentives, and program information and updates. Other assistance may begin at local workshops or small business training and continue from there as the business starts, expands, or is looking for …

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Home Ownership Pilot Program Benefits Republic County

BELOIT, KS, January 19, 2021 — Financial incentives offered through the Republic County Home Ownership Pilot Program assisted in the purchase of 11 homes in the county last year. The program, which provided home buyers with down payment and closing cost assistance, officially launched in April 2020. The total investment in the 11 homes was …

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Council Member: “This Sidewalk Project Is Going To Get Done!”

By Fred Arnold Telescope Publisherwww.thebellevilletelescope.com Belleville city council member Mike Palmquist is passionate about progress. He says one way or another 2021 is going to be a year of progress for Belleville. And that includes infrastructure. Specifically, Palmquist said one project that needs to be moved up the city’s priority list is the extension of …

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Four Entities Hope To Create Ethanol Blending Site In Republic County

By Deb Hadachek Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com A proposal to expand retail and wholesale opportunities for ethanol production in Republic County was presented Monday to Republic County Commissioners. Tony Strnad, Scandia, told the board that Hoard Oil Co./ Scott and Brenda Howard, Courtland, Nesika Energy, Premium Feeders and the Kansas Corn Commission are cooperating in an effort …

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Looming Business Expansion Projects Tied To “What To Do With Water”

By Fred Arnold Telescope Publisherwww.thebellevilletelescope.com When the rubber meets the road it’s all about the water. What to do with it when it rains and where to send it. On Monday members of the Belleville city council heard a report from Ken Johnson of the engineering firm Campbell and Johnson of Concordia. Council members had …

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NextEra Renews Interest In Eastern Republic County Wind Farm

By Deb Hadachek – Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com A wind farm project first proposed in Republic County four years ago has picked up speed. Dan Scheffler, lead project manager for NextEra Energy Resources in Kansas and Missouri, told Republic County Commissioners Monday that the company has representatives in eastern Republic County gauging landowner interest in a 600-megawatt …

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Rep. Urges People To Serve Dear Editor:

Printed in the Belleville Telescopewww.thebellevilletelescope.com After seeing a list of appointments to Kansas boards and commissions during harvest, it struck me again that most appointees were from urban areas. I wrote Gov. Laura Kelly politely reminding her that capable people live in rural Kansas and their input has value in making state government responsive to …

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New Sawmill Capitalizes On Demand For Live Edge Lumber, Building Crafts

By Deb Hadachek Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com Rich Schintler keeps moving closer to his roots. He grew up learning carpentry skills from his dad. He pursued a degree and a career in engineering and steel fabrication. “I like to do all sorts of building,” Schinter says. But now the Belleville man is going clear back to the …

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Republic County Internships – Nex-Gen Roundup for Youth

Attention HS and College Students (ages 16+) We have more than 140 PAID internship positions available in NW and NC Kansas! WOW!!The Summer Internship Application portal is now OPEN for you to apply! www.nex-generation.org/internships REPUBLIC COUNTY INTERNSHIPS Learn more and apply at – www.nex-generation.org/internships 2021 Nex-Gen Internship Application Step 1 of 3 High School & College …

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Dan’s Auto Body Relocates To Downtown Building

By Laura Leite Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com If you are looking for Dan’s Autobody, they have moved to the old Sankey building Northwest of the square in Belleville, Kansas on the first of November. Even though Dan Wilber had a great relationship with the owners of the building that he rented for his shop, he had been …

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December is Match Month for Republic County Community Foundation

Your support makes a meaningful difference in Republic County both now and in the future! Throughout the month of December, your dollars are worth more! Every dollar donated to the foundation is matched $1.50 by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. In 2020 RCCF granted $170,000 to 24 projects across the county and this year granted …

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Couple Plans To Convert Former Drug Store Into Co-Working Space

By Deb Hadachek Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com Belleville native Ashley Kallman and her husband Clay Close believe there’s two lessons from the pandemic. One, people learned they can be productive workers from remote locations. Two, people still yearn to interact and share ideas with other people. That’s the target audience for Kallman Office Suites, a co-working space …

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October 2020 Unemployment

Kansas Department of Labor Monthly Labor ReportsOctober 2020 https://klic.dol.ks.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx Civilian Labor Force1,517,304 Nonfarm Jobs1,368,900 Private Sector Jobs1,120,500 Unemployment Rate5.3% Unemployment Rate (not seasonally adjusted)4.9% Initial Claims (Regular UI)90,568  View Entire ReportCounty Unemployment MapInteractive Unemployment Rate Map 

Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week With Art

Republic County Economic Development in partnership with NetWork Kansas is celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week with a $250 grant to our local high school art classes. Participating students from Republic County and Pike Valley HS worked with their teachers to focus on a local entrepreneur. They used a variety of mediums to feature their businesses and the …

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‘We Need To Work Together To Stop The Spread’

Hospital, School Officials Plead With The Public To Take Covid Risk Seriously By Deb Hadachek Telescope News Subscribe or read online www.thebellevilletelescope.com Republic County officials confirmed more positive Covid-19 cases in the first 15 days of November–98–as the entire preceding nine-month period. The sense of anxiety from local health and school officials about the need …

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Return to ruralism – La Vanguardia (Spain)

Luke Mahin heads the economic development office for the Republic County of Kansas, where there are many families who come from the city (Francesc Peirón) FRANCESC PEIRÓN | COURTLAND (KANSAS) , CORRESPONDENT  10/26/2020 01:33 | Updated 10/26/2020 07:20 There’s a closet installed in the middle of a sidewalk on Main Street in Courtland . A poster specifies the only rule of use. “Take …

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Property tax rebates, holiday shopping, destination creation, and… burgers

Neighborhood Revitalization Program renewed Republic County Economic Development has been busy this fall working with eleven taxing entities including the cities, schools, and county to renew the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. The program provides a five-year tax rebate for new construction that increases the appraised value of your property by $25,000 or more. Eligible for residential, …

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Republic County Community Foundation awards over $111,000 in fall grants

BELLEVILLE, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Republic County Community Foundation awarded over $111,000 to 17 projects throughout Republic County. The following organizations received funding: City of Cuba, $15,000 for handicap accessibility, landscaping and display cabinets for the Cuba Heritage Center. Belleville Main Street, $13,000 to install a wireless sound system downtown. USD 426 …

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#ShopSmall Republic County

Whether you are shopping early or looking to celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 28th. To help you prepare, here is a list of places to keep your dollars local with products, gift cards, or pre-paid services. Republic County Holiday Shopping Lists Submit your business with a link by emailing us at rced@nckcn.com. 🛍️ = …

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Northwest Kansas Learn and Live Scholarship

The Northwest Kansas Learn and Live Scholarship has been established to provide educational assistance to Fort Hays State University students who aspire to work and live in Northwest Kansas, specifically the 26-county Hansen Foundation service area (particularly the rural communities outside of Hays and Salina). Recipients can be undergraduate or graduate students, on-campus or virtual …

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BCMS Weekly News 10/13/20

Did you know that Republic County is becoming an entrepreneurial hub for both local people and new people coming to the area? Just in the past six months we have seen over four new businesses pop up in Belleville from a pharmacy, small engine repair shop, flower shop, and a laundromat. There are also several …

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New CEO Announced For Republic County Hospital

The Belleville Telescope www.thebellevilletelescope.com The trustees at Republic County Hospital, Belleville, and Great Plains Health Alliance announce the hiring of a new chief executive officer. Dan Kelly comes to Republic County from Nebraska City, NE. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Kearney, NE and a masters from the University of Missouri. He held positions at …

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KSBDC Tax Workshops – Nov. 4/5th

November 4, 2020 #201: Small Business Tax Workshop—9:00am—12noon Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NmMaRUE_Q_6XEfNOHS0v0w Kansas Retailers’ Sales Tax and Compensating Use Tax Goods and Services subject to Sales Tax Record Keeping and Filing Requirements Form Preparation Exemption Certificate Withholding Requirements #211 Labor: Understanding Regulations, Forms & Reports—12:15pm-1:15pm Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bgW-UFxsRZapYanXF0WXng Unemployment Insurance Tax Liabilities Steps for Filing Tax …

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County To Extend Tax Rebate Program On New Construction

By Deb Hadachek – Belleville TelescopeSubscribe and read online www.thebellevilletelescope.com . Republic County Commissioners plan to extend a program that offers property owners a five year tax rebate on qualifying new construction. The Neighborhood Revitalization Program will be extended through 2025. Beginning January 1, 2021, the market value of new construction to qualify for the …

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Entrepreneurship Tax Credit Now Available for Individuals, Businesses, and Banks

Republic County joined the Entrepreneurship (E-) Community partnership with NetWork Kansas in 2014. This provided Republic County Economic Development (RCED) access to additional revolving loan funds, small business training, workshops, and the annual Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) with Republic County and Pike Valley students. RCED is promoting the 2020 tax credit opportunity to help raise …

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A Weighty Recognition

FIsher Rocks in running for “Coolest Thing Made In Kansas” By Deb Hadachek Telescope NewsRead online – www.thebellevilletelecope.com The products made at Fisher Rocks in Belleville are a labor of love, says Julie Hartner. Emphasize the word “labor”. And a finished product that displays customers’ special loves. In a sector where manufacturing is connected with …

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Courtland Businesses Improve Streetscape

By Deb Hadachek Telescope NewsRead online and subscribe – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Seven years ago, Courtland won a Community Development Block Grant to replace sidewalks, gutters and curbs. But once the new sidewalks were poured, business owners began to notice their storefronts could use attention. In the ensuing seven years, more than 25 projects have been completed …

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Set in Stone: Clark Place

Built to last ‘Clark Place’ standing since 1876 By Cynthia ScheerTelescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com Paul Clark was born on the kitchen table of a two-story stone house in rural Courtland. The stone house was his home for the next 19 years. “It was a real good life,” Clark says of growing up on the farm about two …

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Upcoming Business Events in September

RCED hosts these quarterly events connect entrepreneurs to each other, local business resources, and provide tours hosted in a different town across Republic County each time. Funding provided thanks to the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership. There will be plenty of room to social distance at the tours and park shelter. Please be aware of social …

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Reinke and CropX Announce Partnership

Companies Combine Strengths To Provide The Most Advanced Water Prescriptions In The Industry The Belleville Telescope – www.thebellevilletelscope.com Reinke Manufacturing, a global leader in irrigation systems and technology, and CropX, a leading global agricultural analytics and soil sensing company, today announced a partnership to empower growers with the world’s finest irrigation scheduling tools. By integrating …

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FHSU/DANE G. HANSEN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Fort Hays State University invites employers interested in hosting a student intern to apply for the FHSU/Dane G. Hansen Internship Program. Through a generous grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, 25 internships are available for the 2020-21 academic year (spring or summer). FHSU will partner with an employer in the Hansen Foundation’s 26-county service …

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Virtual Meeting – Office of Rural Prosperity

ORP Virtual Meeting: North-Central KansasJoin the Lt. Governor and State Agencies to learn how the Office of Rural Prosperity is working to improve the lives of Kansans.There will be live Q&A and regionally focused examples during the meeting.Closed captioning and Spanish interpreter available.Aug 6, 2020 05:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

Business Applications to Host NexGen Intern Due August 15th

High school and college students are matched with local businesses throughout northwest and north central Kansas for both work study opportunities during the school year and paid, summer internships. Students gain professional skills and broaden their perspectives on career options. Local businesses benefit by networking with youth, bringing fresh ideas to the workplace, and “interviewing” students for potential future …

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RCED Launches Home Expo

The Republic County Economic Development has officially launched its Home Expo. With this countywide real estate marketing campaign, RCED hopes to help stimulate the home sales in the county. This program will allow for realtors and homeowners to have increased coverage across multiple media platforms and gives potential buyers greater access to available real estate …

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Local Producers See Uptick In Interest Of Farm-To-Table Sales

By Deb Hadachek – Telescope NewsSubscribe or read online www.thebellevilletelescope.com Education. Relationships. Local producers say those may be the two biggest benefits to the surge of interest in consumers who want to buy food directly from the farm. “This year has been a lesson to a lot of consumers on how food production works,” says …

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2020 NCK Free Fair Signs

Deadline July 21, 2020 New signs need to be turned in to us along with information/logo and $45.00 per sign. If you would like for us to place your previous years sign out, $10.00 per sign. Republic County Economic Development and Belleville Chamber & Main Street are once again giving you the opportunity to display …

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Housing Survey Preliminary Results

RCED’s Housing Survey has already seen promising results so far. With 63 responses from 5 different states, the results are providing helpful data about the housing needs in Republic County for both in and out-of-county residents. About half of respondents are from Belleville, while out-out-county responses make up about 22%, with the remaining responses being …

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Commission Says Individual Businesses And Offices Can Require Face Coverings

By Deb Hadachek Telescope NewsSubscribe or read online – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Republic County Commissioners stopped short of mandating masks in public spaces in Republic County, but recommended people wear masks as outlined by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s order that went into effect at midnight July 3. Businesses and government offices can require that customers wear masks. …

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COVID-19 Money Available To County, Cities

Ideas Needed To Spend $922,000 Allotted To RepCo By Deb Hadachek Telescope NewsSubscribe or read online – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Any local unit of government with expenses related to COVID19–or ideas on ways to protect citizens from virus outbreaks in the future–needs to contact Republic County Clerk Kathleen Marsicek, pronto. At least for now, county commissioners agreed …

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Short-Line Railroad Gets $2.3 Million, Transportation Grant

By Fred Arnold Telescope PublisherSubscribe or read online – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Things are definitely on the upswing for the KYLE Railroad. The short-line railroad, which runs through Belleville and Republic County, is seeing improvements to trackage and infrastructure in the millions of dollars. According to Jeffery Van Schaick, vice-president for government affairs for the KYLE, the …

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Community foundation accepting applications for fall grants

BELLEVILLE, Kan.—The Republic County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications are due Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Last fall, a windstorm in Belleville blew a tree over in City Park and destroyed one of the biggest slides. This was one of the more popular components of the park, that hundreds of …

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Now That’s Rural: Shanna Lindberg, Soul Sister Ceramics

By Ron Wilson COURTLAND – “Soul sister.” The term implies a kinship, a virtual sisterhood, a deep connection. Today we’ll learn about two young women who have formed a creative business together and are now connecting with customers across the nation. Shanna Lindberg and Michelle Lindberg are co-founders of this remarkable business known as Soul …

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NEK-CAP, Inc. Announces the Availability of Funding for Direct Services to Assist Eligible Low-Income Households

Hiawatha, Kansas — NEK-CAP, Inc. announced immediate availability of direct services funding to assist up to 300 households in Northeast and North Central Kansas. To apply for assistance, visit our website www.nekcap.org. On the homepage scroll down to the Apply Online section and click on the Emergency Services Online Application button. The purpose of these …

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Main Street Program Receives State Accredited Status

By Fred Arnold Telescope PublisherSubscribe online – www.thebellevilletelescope.com A step has been taken toward the revitalization of Belleville’s downtown. A big step. According to Belleville Chamber & Main Street director Waylon Sheetz, it’s a huge step. Sheetz said his office was notified last week that Belleville has been designated a 2020 Accredited Main Street America …

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We want to hear from: alumni, newcomers, and current residents!

RCED is conducting a housing survey to assess the housing demand in Republic County. The survey results will also help RCED promote opportunities to remodel existing housing stock for sale or rent, develop new housing, and better connect housing information to those seeking it. This survey comes as the NCK Homeownership Program, an assistance program for home buyers, …

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Ft. Riley to Ft. Kearney Road led country’s first settlers through western Republic County

By Deb Hadachek Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com (Editor’s note: The road through Republic County is located on private property. People who would like to retrace the trail should do so on nearby public roads and not enter any private properties without the owners’ permission.) Where other people see streets, highways, houses and a golf course, Duane Gile …

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2021 Official Kansas Travel Guide Listing Information (Republic County)

The following information is required for the purchase of a listing in the 2021 Official Kansas Travel Guide. THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL ORDER FORM – the intent is to help you prepare for your listing order(s). Final listing information will need to be entered into the TravelKS.com Extranet (by the Belleville Chamber & Main …

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RCED Hosts Dane Hansen Community Intern

  Republic County Economic Development is once again hosting a summer intern and would like to introduce this year’s intern, Kyra Lampe. Kyra’s position is graciously funded by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation Community Internship Program which has partnered with RCED in the past. The program places interns across northwest Kansas communities every summer, and …

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Kansas Youth Virtual Entrepreneurship Challenge

Wichita, Kansas— May 22, 2020 — Camp Destination Innovation partnered with Network Kansas for the first-ever Kansas Youth Virtual Entrepreneurship Challenge, an event designed to engage currently quarantined youth and spark innovation and creativity for a chance to win cash prizes and the youth of Kansas showed up. Over 140 young people across the state …

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County Sales Tax Revenues Continue To Rise

Collections Up Seven Percent From Last Year By Deb Hadachek Telescope NewsSubscribe – www.thebellevilletelescope.com The latest sales tax distributions show that revenues continue to climb in Republic County compared to last year. The April report shows a seven percent increase in sales tax collections in the county for the period July through April compared to …

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Home Ownership Program Announced for Republic County

NEWS RELEASE Contact: Debra Peters, Program Manager 785-738-2218, dpeters@nckcn.com BELOIT, KS, April 30, 2020 — A new program that seeks to make home ownership more affordable is now available to eligible buyers purchasing a home in Ottawa and Republic counties. The two-county pilot project of the NCK Home Ownership Program is designed to boost home …

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Phase 1 Opening Orders for Republic County

For specific questions contact the Republic County Health Department – (785) 527-5671 4/30 – REOPEN KANSAS FRAMEWORK View the full document here – https://covid.ks.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Reopen-Kansas-Framework-043020.pdf?

Business Impact Survey

All Republic County businesses are asked to complete the following anonymous survey. The survey will help Republic County Economic Development and our resource partners assess the economic outlook of businesses. The survey is very easy and will only take a few minutes at most. Thank you for your time! Take the survey here or in …

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Kansas Youth Virtual Entrepreneurship Challenge

Website – https://beta.goventuredash.com/competitions/6 Kansas State Wide Virtual Pitch Competition1. Register as an entrepreneur2. Register your business3. Upload  3-5 minute Video Link with your business registration4.  Have Fun! This event is about innovation, creativity and just having a good time while doing it. Can only submit 1 business and 1 video Can submit videos from April 27th-May …

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Small Business Courses (ONLINE)

The spring session of the small business class will be hosted over Zoom video conferencing. The courses are free and each student will receive instructional documents via email before the courses. The instructor is Linda Sutton-Nutsch from LRS Consulting Inc. Courses are available for Republic County or Cloud County residents. Register here – https://forms.gle/hLxd7Tiwtxf6ZrSu9. Wednesday, …

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Sewing Up A Hole

By Fred Arnold Telescope Publisher Subscribe and read at www.thebellevilletelescope.com. It’s not the first time Scott Specialties has pitched in to help during a crisis. But for company president Jim McDonald, this time around there’s a lot more on the line. The global manufacturer of orthopedic related medical products, founded in 1962, recently started manufacturing …

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A Business In Creation

Lifelong Floral Designer To Open Belleville Store By Deb Hadachek Telescope News Subscribe – www.thebellevilletelescope.com It’s the biggest birthday present he’s ever bought himself, laughs David Pachta. The Belleville man, who celebrated his birthday April 4, plans to purchase a building on the south side of the square in Belleville to open David’s Creations, a …

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County Health Department Orders Quarantines After Positive COVID Diagnoses

By Deb Hadachek Telescope News Subscribe – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Things just got real. The first two positive COVID 19 cases in Republic County were confirmed early this week, and Republic County Health Department director Danielle Swanson said more than 50 people are under mandatory quarantine orders who may have had contact with the individuals. “Right now …

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County Loan Money ‘Gone With The Wind’

By Fred Arnold Telescope Publisher Subscribe online – www.thebellevilletelescope.com It took less than a week. On March 23 Republic County Commissioners announced that local businesses struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for up to $20,000 in no-interest loans. By April 1 the money available for a loan was completely exhausted, according to …

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Director Says Social Media, Rumors Hinder COVID-19 Education Efforts

By Fred Arnold Telescope Publisher Subscribe and read online – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Social media can be a good way to get a message out quickly. Unfortunately, it can also be a hindrance to getting the proper message to people. Republic County Health Department director Danielle Swanson says her office has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on …

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Cleaning Up The Downtown

Belleville Man Gets Funds To Open Laundromat By Deb Hadachek Telescope News Read and subscribe www.thebellevilletelescope.com A vacant building on the south side of the downtown square that’s become a bit of Belleville’s dirty laundry will soon get a clean start. On Monday, Republic County Commissioners approved a $65,000 loan from the Republic County revolving …

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State Praises Republic County For Quick Loans To Help County Businesses

By Deb Hadachek Telescope NewsRead or subscribe online – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Republic County has been praised by state officials for its quick work to distribute no-interest loans to businesses affected by CV19. Republic County Development secretary Kay Shoemaker said 11 businesses have already qualified for $20,000 no-interest loans to help meet payroll and other vital functions. …

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3/26 RCHD COVID-19 Press Release

For Immediate Release March 26, 2020 While there are currently no known cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Republic County, we are working closely with state and local medical personnel to ensure preparedness. Due to the recent recommendations from the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE), concerning COVID-19, Republic County Health Department is on restricted …

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No Interest Loans To Businesses

By Deb Hadachek Telescope News Subscribe today – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Local businesses struggling due to COVID-19 may qualify for an economic shot in the bank account to keep employees working thanks to the Republic County Revolving Loan Fund. The Kansas Department of Commerce has released some $411,000 of RCD funds to provide no-interest loans so local …

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COVID-19: Business Programs and Resources

RCED is working with local and state agencies to provide an updated list on programs and resources regarding COVID-19. Please email rced@nckcn.com or call 785-374-3047 for questions. REPUBLIC COUNTY #ALL CDBG FUNDS HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED# COVID-19 Republic County CDBG Loan Program – – Up to $20,000 The funds will be used for working capital such …

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Business Conference Call Times

To assist with COVID-19 impacts in the county, Republic County Economic Development is scheduling video calls for businesses and county/city officials. These will be reoccurring after the first call(s). RCED will continue weekly conference calls for businesses and county officials in regard to COVID-19. They are scheduled for the following Mondays at 12:00 pm on March …

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RCHD: COVID-19 Business Press Releases

QUESTIONS CALL – 785-527-5671 Employee Health Screening Guidelines It is recommended that employers take all possible preventative measures to ensure health and safety in the workplace. The employee should not enter the workplace and the Republic County Health Department should be notified immediately if any of the following is true for said employee. Temperature of …

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County Businesses Asked to Hang Posters

The Republic County Health Department is strongly encouraging all county businesses to post these posters in plain view immediately. For specific questions contact Danielle Swanson. For general information visit the links below. If you are not able to print them contact their office or RCED (785) 374-3047 to receive physical copies. Danielle Swanson, R.N./AdministratorRepublic County Health Department2316 G StreetBelleville, KS 66935Phone: …

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Nominate a Republic County Business / Non-Profit!

GOVERNOR’S AWARDS FOR BUSINESS EXCELLENCE Nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Business Excellence are now open! We invite you to join us in recognizing businesses in your community by nominating them today. Businesses can be nominated by an individual or an organization, and you may nominate as many companies as you wish. Nominations close Friday, …

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2020 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Winners

Scandia, KS – Republic County Economic Development, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, hosted the 4th Annual Republic County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Monday, March 2nd at the Pike Valley High School.  Eleven teams made up of twenty-three students competed from Republic County and Pike Valley Junior/Senior High schools.  Over one hundred people were in attendance for …

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Faulkner Challenge

INSPIRING ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN WESTERN KANSAS The FHSU Center for Entrepreneurship and Grow Hays invite you to submit your business plan idea and compete in the 2020 Faulkner Challenge! Submit your written plan and compete for a place in the Faulkner Challenge Finals where you’ll present your business to a panel of judges and compete for …

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Hospital Staff Underscores Need For Daycare

Several staff members attended the Republic County Hospital board meeting February 24 to encourage the board to move forward on a proposed child care center. “We hear all the time about the struggles staff members have with child care,” said Audrey Carlson, Social Services director. Jillian Tuma, dietary director, said some staff members say they …

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Students Christian and Caroline Tipton experience the K-State family while building one of their own

From KSU Polytechnic’s website – https://polytechnic.k-state.edu/news/2020/tipton.html? At a young age, Christian Tipton knew the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus would be a part of his future. From a family of farmers in Munden, Kansas, who also enjoy working on old cars and attending drag races, Christian was excited to follow in his older brother’s footsteps …

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Census Participation Important To Area Representation

In March, mailboxes across the country will bring an opportunity that only comes around once in a decade – the chance to be counted during the U.S. Census. Getting a complete and accurate count of all the people who live in Northwest Kansas on Census Day, April 1, is important for many reasons. Census results …

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Paul Boyer’s Life’s Work Brought Joy To Others

By Deb Hadachek Telescope News Read online – www.thebellevilletelescope.com A Belleville icon died last week, but the legacy of laughter and wonder he brought to thousands of people around the world lives on. Paul Boyer, 89, died February 10 at home with his daughters by his side. They said his last thoughts were of “smiles …

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RCED 2019 Annual Report

Scandia, KS – The Republic County Economic Development Corporation hosted its 2019 Annual Meeting at the Scandia Community Building Monday, February 17th. The meal was catered locally by T.A.G.’s and the 2019 RCED Annual Report was presented by Director, Luke Mahin. The RCED committee held annual board and officer elections. Officers elected were Jim Blecha …

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What is the role of Local Economic Development Organizations?

This article was published in a series by Nick Poels the Phillips County Economic Development director just west of us down Highway 36. His description was a great way explain RCED’s role when it comes to developing the entrepreneurship ecosystem of the county. Published on February 11, 2020 Nick Poels – Entrepreneurial ecosystem builder with …

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RCED to host Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge March 2nd

6:00 pm – Tradeshow / Art Projects Open7:00 pm – Speaker – Shanna Lindberg – Soul Sister Ceramics7:30 pm – YEC Awards: 1st $750, 2nd $500, 3rd $250, 4th $50 Belleville Chamber Bucks, Nex-Gen Best Marketing Award Pike Valley High School Gym100 School StreetScandia, Kansas 66966 Scandia, KS – Republic County E-Community, in association with the Network …

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Planting Seeds of Expansion

Polansky Seed Grows Presence in Existing Markets While Looking to New Opportunities By Deb Hadachek Telescope News Subscribe – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Sometimes something old becomes cutting edge. And one local longtime business has opened up a brand new market for itself by recognizing the potential in lessons of the past. That’s the case for the Polansky …

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Commission Hopes State Student Loan Repayment Program Continues

By Deb Hadachek Telescope News Read online – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Republic County Commissioners passed a resolution January 21 that will be forwarded to the Kansas Department of Commerce of the county’s intent to continue to participate in the Rural Opportunity Zone scholarship program. Republic County commits $22,500 a year to match the state’s contribution of up …

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County Internships – Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth

C & C High Tunnel FarmsCity: ScandiaCounty: RepublicCategory: Agriculture We are looking for an intern with one of these two interests:  1) Interested in specialty crop farming or adding value to the family farm.  This person would be involved in all aspects of planning, planting, tending, & harvesting produce.  Tasks would include planting, hoeing, tying, …

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City Council / Board Member Training

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LOCAL GRANTS RP Economic Development / Local Grants Slides by Luke Mahin on Scribd COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Promotional video for NCRPC Community Development – North Central Regional Planning Slides by Luke Mahin on Scribd

‘Belleville Kansas….Open For Business’

By Fred Arnold Telescope Publisher SUBSCRIBE ONLINE – www.thebellevilletelescope.com “There’s nothing in Belleville anymore, the town is dying.” No words strike more fear into promoters and supporters of Belleville. And according to Waylon Sheetz, nothing could be further from the truth. The Chamber & Main Street director says that the business district in Belleville is …

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December Donations to RCCF Matched by Dane Hansen

“Capital, in all of it’s forms (human and financial), flows to certainty and optimism.” – Jeff Yost BELLEVILLE, Kan.— Republic County could earn additional dollars for charitable grants in the community through a county-wide Match Month gift matching campaign. In December, the Dane G. Hansen Foundation will match all public gifts to the Republic County …

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Ridership Up

Use Of County Transportation System On The Increase By Deb Hadachek Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com A jump in the number of citizens who use the Republic County Transportation Service on a weekly basis keeps drivers on a tight schedule to meet riders’ needs. “It’s still difficult to justify more than one bus,” Dusty Zenger, administrator of …

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FREE computer classes Jan. 22nd

These classes are free to the public.   Call the library 785-527-5305 to sign up for 1 or all!  10:30 am – Basic Computer Skills 1:00 pm – Excel 3:00 pm – Google Katrina Sorell, DirectorBelleville Public Library1327 19th StreetBelleville, Kansas 66935Phone or Fax: 785-527-5305E-mail: belleville.director@gmail.comVisit us on the web at bellevillelibrary.orgLike us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/librarybelleville Bring the …

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Gifts to the community foundation are worth more in December

BELLEVILLE, Kan.— Republic County could earn additional dollars for charitable grants in the community through a county-wide Match Month gift matching campaign. In December, the Dane G. Hansen Foundation will match all public gifts to the Republic County Community Action Fund at the Republic County Community Foundation, up to $50,000. Every dollar donated will be …

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Marketing Internship hosted by RCED Available

TITLERepublic County Housing Community Intern LOCATIONCourtland, Ks (Republic County) PROJECT DESCRIPTION In 2019 an architecture intern started the process of assessing the housing needs and issues in Republic County. The 2020 intern will continue the work and dive deeper into the housing market demand, promote existing housing stock and programs available to home buyers and …

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Entrepreneurship Tax Credit Now Available for Individuals, Businesses, and Banks

NetWork Kansas Announces First Group of Banks Supporting Small Business Wichita, Kansas, — Today NetWork Kansas announced the first round of banks who made a commitment to be Anchor Supporters of NetWork Kansas in an effort to provide small businesses with additional support. Anchor Supporters are banks contributing from $50,000 – $133,333 each through participation …

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BCMS: Weekly News

Research, research, research! As promised last week I have some interesting figures that will hopefully turn some heads and paint a new picture of our beautiful downtown. Due diligence and keeping your wits about you are crucial during any conversation, especially those conversations that involve possible gossip and rumors. When information is questioned is when …

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Why millennials are moving away from large urban centers

For years, rural areas and small towns consistently lost some of their most talented young people, who moved to urban centers. But recent census data indicates that this “brain drain” phenomenon is subsiding as both millennials and more Americans of all ages are increasingly choosing to live in suburbs and smaller cities. Jeffrey Brown travels …

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The Write Stuff/ No Free Lunch

Belleville Telescope Editorial – Deb Hadachek www.thebellevilletelescope.com I sit writing this morning sipping a cup of coffee (which I bought at the grocery store), in a warm office (because I pay my propane bill), using electricity and internet (both services I am grateful are delivered for a fee to my rural home). Then a headline …

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Local art classes celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week

Republic County, KS – Global Entrepreneurship Week is November 18-24th, 2019. Network Kansas and Republic County Economic Development are celebrating along with 170+ countries, 10 million people, through 35,000 events. NetWork Kansas provided RCED with a $250 grant for a creative project to celebrate entrepreneurship in the county which was awarded to the Republic County and …

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Farmers’ Market Regional Workshops

Farmers’ markets are growing across the state and continue to be an important source of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and other value added agricultural products from small towns to large metropolitan areas. In 2019, 57 farmers’ markets were registered with the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Central Registration of Farmers’ Markets. To support Kansas’ farmer’s markets, we …

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Read Northwest Kansas Today magazine online!

Read Northwest Kansas Today magazine online! Click on an issue below to read the magazine online, read bonus stories and view videos. ABOUT THE MAGAZINE READ FALL 2019 ONLINE BONUS STORY: ANNIE AND ALEC BONUS STORY: MUDCLOTH BONUS STORY: INTERNS FALL 2019 VIDEOS READ SUMMER 2019 ONLINE BONUS STORY: WORKING FOR CHANGE BONUS STORY: FOUND IN SPACE …

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Youth Community Perceptions

Want to involve youth in your community?  Youth Community Perceptions can help youth learn how to identify needs and opportunities that exist for your community’s future, and work with community leaders to make a difference! Forms and Templates: Youth Community Perceptions Handout Youth Community Perceptions Leader’s Guide Youth Community Perceptions Application Youth Community Perceptions School …

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Republic County Community foundation awards over $40,000 in fall grants

Thursday, November 14th, 2019 BELLEVILLE, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Republic County Community Foundation awarded over $40,000 to eight projects throughout Republic County. The following organizations received funding: • City of Cuba, $25,000 for the construction of the Cuba Heritage Center. • City of Belleville, $6,600 to replace the City Park slide. • USD 426, $2,800 …

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New Curator/Director Hired

Republic County Historical Society and Museum615 28th Street Belleville, Kansas 66935 Phone 1-785-527-5971 Email – repcomuse@nckcn.comwww.republiccountyhistoricalmuseum.org November 14, 2019 BELLEVILLE – The Republic County Historical Society and Museum is pleased to announce that Ed Glenn of Belleville has been selected to be the next Curator/Director of the Republic County Historical Society and Museum. He will …

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NextEra looking for customer for local wind farm project

Article shared with permission from Washington County NewsSubscribe online here The Washington-Republic Wind Farm is still an important development project for NextEra Energy, a wind development company based out of Juno Beach, Fla. But Dan Scheffler, Lead Project Manager for the proposed wind farm that would straddle the north part of the border of Washington …

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#ShopSmall Republic County

Many of our local businesses are busy planning events to celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 30th. We realize, being in rural Kansas, not all of your favorite businesses may be open on that date and customers may shop before then. To help prepare you, here is a list of places for your dollars local …

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How far do you commute?

Housing: It’s About More Than Money When economists and others talk about the housing market, they often focus on the cost of housing. But this market is about a lot more than money. Commuting, density, the size of the homes, whether they’re in rural or urban areas, all these factors play into how our choice …

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Blair Monster Bash To Support Community Movie Theater

Board Envisions Second Screen To Increase Offerings By Deb Hadachek – Telescope NewsSubscribe online – www.thebellevilletelescope.com It will be an evening of treats and no tricks–for party-goers and the community alike–when the Blair Center for the Arts stages the Blair Monster Bash Saturday, November 2 starting at 6 p.m. in the Commercial Building on the …

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BCMS Weekly News

From The Belleville TelescopeRead weekly online or in print – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Buildings, structures, vast opportunity! Belleville Chamber & Main Street and Republic County Economic Development have partnered to host a downtown Buildings Tour on Thursday, October 31st from 5:00- 6:30 p.m. This toured is being put on with the intentions of sparking interest to investors …

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Pinky’s Bar & Grill Survey

Pinky’s new owners would like your feedback if you can take one minute to fill out their survey – http://pinkyscourtland.com/ “Hello friends…We’re the Coffman’s, and we’re coming soon to Pinky’s. We’re very excited to meet you all and join the community, you can learn more about us below. But right now we want to talk about you …

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Kansas has more jobs than unemployed.

Statewide, employers reported 56,000 unfilled positions in the second quarter — the highest number since a survey began 15 years ago. If every unemployed person in Kansas took an open job, there still would be unfilled positions, according to a new Kansas Department of Labor report. 11,000 unfilled jobs in the Western half of our State. There’s …

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Internships Available for Local Businesses

Deadline for businesses to apply for a Summer Intern: December 31st, 2019 Republic County, KS – High school and college students are matched with local businesses throughout northwest and north central Kansas for both work study opportunities during the school year and paid, summer internships. Students gain professional skills and broaden their perspectives on career options. …

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Radiothon & Health Fair

2019 Health Fair at the Crossroads A Spooktacular Event! Thursday, October 31st from 6:30AM – 1:00PMISB Dining Room at Republic County Hospital In cooperation with the North Central Kansas Health Care Foundation Radiothon Sponsored by KREP-FM, KR-92 Everyone is welcome! Health education, service availability and health screenings will be provided. Dr. Kurtis Klecan will also …

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Northwest Kansas Today Magazine

ABOUT THE MAGAZINE – https://danehansenfoundation.org/?page_id=6305 Northwest Kansas Today is published quarterly by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation and distributed to all residents of the foundation’s 26-county service area in Northwest Kansas. Each issue will feature the area’s businesses, arts, lifestyle, communities and people. The Hansen Trustees believe that this publication, highlighting the many positive attributes of …

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For These Guys It’s Bow Tie Or Nothing

‘Melton Motors Celebrates 75 Years In The World Of Chevrolet’ By Fred Arnold Telescope PublisherRead online at www.thebellevilletelescope.com Growing up in the Melton household in the 1950s and 60s, there was only one word and one vehicle……Chevy. Fast forward three-quarters of a century and it’s still that way. “In our house, it was either Chevy …

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They Could And Wood

Wood Shop Pizza To Celebrate Grand Opening Saturday By Deb Hadachek Telescope News Read online at www.thebellevilletelescope.com Life is full of surprises. Kelly Sells Collard is surprised to find herself living in her hometown nearly 20 years after she graduated from Belleville High School. She’s surprised that her lifelong love of baking has become her …

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Downtown Buildings Tour

Belleville Chamber & Main Street (BCMS) and Republic County Economic Development (RCED) are collaborating to host tours of available buildings in downtown Belleville this fall. Our goal is to assist future building owners or renters with local resources for new or expanding business. There will be multiple buildings on the downtown tour with more details …

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RCED Host​s​ Fall Round of Small Business Courses

​​ On Wednesday, October 30th from 6:00-9:00 pm ​RCED presents: ​​​Meeting the 3Ms- Learning the Basics of Money, Marketing & Management and ​​The Right Start Using a Business Plan at the Belleville City Office. Then Wednesday, November 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm will be ​​Cash Flow Made Easy. Both dates​ are free to attend …

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Growing Agritourism In Kansas

Check out the new guide put together by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. More information here – https://www.travelks.com/industry/agritourism/ Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism Sue Stringer1020 S. Kansas Ave, Suite 200Topeka, KS 66612 (785) 296-1847 sue.stringer@ks.gov View the guide on ISSU here – https://issuu.com/ksagritourism/docs/reduced_kansas_agritourism_manual_2019

Local Food Important to NCK

RCED Director Luke Mahin was able to attend the Harvesting Opportunity Conference in 2018 through his work on the North Central Kansas Food Council. Mahin was quoted in the article ‘Building Local Food Systems Through Conversations’ below by Sarah Green for the Kansas Rural Center. Click below to read the full article. … Luke Mahin, …

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River Valley Extension District – Events

Making a difference in your life In North Central Kansas, we cover Clay, Cloud, Republic and Washington Counties. The Republican River runs through the heart of the district affecting the nature of many of our agricultural practices. The Little Blue River runs through the eastern part of the District, and the Solomon River just clips …

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US 36 Treasure Hunt Attracts Thousands

By Jennifer McDaniel For the Belleville Telescope www.thebellevilletelescope.com Scandia resident Paul Kallman knew there were doubts when word for a 400-mile garage sale along US Highway 36 started to spread. Even his closest friends told him there way no way he could pull it off – it simply wouldn’t work. Originally sparked in 2005 among …

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Lunch & Learn: Hooking Your Grantmakers Through Your Stories

Registration now open: Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Register for October 2: Hooking Your Grantmakers Hooking Your Grantmakers Through Your Stories Diane H. Leonard, GPC | While grant applications often feel void of the opportunity to share stories given their character counted structure or limited online format, successfully funded grant applications are FULL of …

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RURAL & INDEPENDENT INNOVATORS CONFERENCE

The Kansas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) developed the Rural & Independent Innovators Conference (RIIC) model to cultivate innovators and entrepreneurs in rural areas of Kansas and to assist independent innovators and businesses anywhere in the state who lack the support of a developed research program.  By providing information, education, connections to resources and experienced entrepreneurs, this series of conferences across Kansas can help innovators start and …

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2020 – Republic County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Students can create their account and register for the 2020 Republic County YEC here – https://yecapp.knack.com/yec-version-20#welcome Links: Belleville Telescope – Young Entrepreneurs – an article featuring Bomb Creations and Otter Creek Farms 2019 State KEC – (3 teams from RP Co.) 2019 RP YEC – (29 teams / 66 students)  2018 State KEC – (2 teams from …

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Jon Schallert Workshop: New Rules of Business Success – Abilene

Capturing Today’s Consumers as a Destination Business October 7-8, 20198:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Greyhound Hall of Fame407 S. Buckeye, Abilene, KS 67410 On October 7-8 in Abilene, Kansas, Jon Schallert will present his 2-day workshop on the “New Rules of Business Success: Capturing Today’s Consumers as a Destination Business”. Attendees of this workshop will not …

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Monday Night Blaze In Belleville Destroys South Side Of Square Buildings

By Fred Arnold Telescope Publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com Belleville fire chief Duffy Strnad was very dire in his assessment of a fire Monday night on Belleville’s south side of the downtown square. “We could have easily lost the entire block,” he said. “If there had been any wind at all I think we would have been looking …

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RCED helps to retain and grow local businesses

Business owners who plan to transition their business to a family member, employee, or future buyer – Republic County has been selected for a pilot-program for succession planning and business valuation assistance from KS SBDC. Please share this with anyone who may need this assistance immediately or for long-term planning.  RSVP on the Facebook event here. Linda Sutton-Nutsch …

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Cuba Can Do

Community Rallies To Keep Grocery Store In Business Thursday, August 29, 2019 By Deb Hadachek – Telescope News It’s not going down without a fight. That was the consensus after community members brainstormed in Cuba last week on ways to help the Cuba Cash Store’s cash flow. Store owner Cheri Cardi, who has owned the …

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What does it mean to be a community in Rural Kansas?

The Belleville TelescopeSubscribe online today! – www.thebellevilletelescope.com What does it mean to be a community in Rural Kansas? Dictionary.com states that community is “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” When I read this, I think just how true this really is in Republic County. Being …

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Rural Areas Turn To Student Debt Repayment To Curb Population Decline

Video is from Newsy – https://www.newsy.com/stories/rural-areas-offer-incentives-to-draw-young-people-back/ RURAL OPPORTUNITY ZONES There’s something special about life in rural Kansas. It is an ideal place to live, work and raise a family. Kansas is the best choice to lower your cost of living, improve your quality of life and get help repaying your student loans. The Kansas Rural …

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EMPLOYER APPLICATION OPEN FOR HANSEN INTERNS FROM FHSU

INTERNS MUST BE FHSU STUDENTS 07/30/19 HAYS, Kan. – Businesses and organizations in northwest Kansas can now apply for a fall, spring or summer intern from Fort Hays State University through the FHSU/Dane G. Hansen Internship program. FHSU students may apply for a fall internship beginning Sept. 9. A grant from the Dane G. Hansen …

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Small Business Energy Program

Attention small business owners and agricultural producers!Save Energy, Save Money! If you live in a town with a population of less than 50 thousand, you may be eligible for: NO COST energy audits Renewable energy site assessments Federal assistance programs Contact us today to find out how you can receive a written report of energy …

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Housing Intern Presentation Summary

RCED has invested time, funding, and provided research in efforts such as adopting the Republic County Neighborhood Revitalization Program (2011 / 2016), FHSU Housing Study (2012), Countywide housing/landlord meetings (2014), assisted four cities with Housing Assessment Tool work (2014-2015), KU MBA Jayhawk Consulting research (2016), North Central Regional Planning – Nuisance Abatement Pilot Program in …

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Local Awards from KDOC

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is proud to announce the beginning of Business Appreciation Month by announcing several award winners, including the finalists for the Governor’s Award of Excellence. The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Business Appreciation Month program has been in place since 1995 and serves as a statewide tribute to Kansas …

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Gifts of grain are a unique way to make a charitable gift.

Grain farmers have a vital role in moving lives forward; growing food that nourishes our community and the world. The community foundation, too, is committed to improving quality of life in the areas we serve, both today and in the future. Giving a gift of grain is a simple way to make a lasting difference. …

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Rural Single-Family Housing Programs

Single Family Housing Programs Well built, affordable housing is essential to the vitality of communities in rural America. Housing Programs give families and individuals the opportunity to buy, build, repair, or own safe and affordable homes located in rural America. Eligibility for these loans, loan guarantees, and grants is based on income and varies according to the average median income …

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Young Entrepreneurs

By Deb Hadachek The Belleville Telescope They are the new faces of Republic County small business owners. Three 17-year-olds who have gone a step beyond “What do I want to be when I grow up?” and decided they could start businesses now. Cassie Strickler, produces The Bomb lip balm from the basement of her home …

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Dr. Kurtis Klecan to start family medical practice in September 2020

June 13, 2019The Belleville Telescope The North Central Kansas Health Care Foundation announced this week that Dr. Kurtis Klecan, a Topeka native, will open a family medicine practice in Republic County next year. Dr. Klecan, 29, is a resident at the Texas A&M Family Medicine Residency where he is receiving training for a full scope …

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NCK Fair Livestock and Floral Hall Entries

If you need to submit entry forms for the North Central Kansas Free Fair below are the forms to download. Livestock Entry Form – http://www.nckfreefair.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/LivestockEntryForm.pdf Floral Hall Entry Form – http://www.nckfreefair.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FloralHallEntryForm.pdf Find more information on the fair here – http://www.nckfreefair.net/

Kansas Official Travel Guide Listings

The guide provides inspiration and planning tools for those with an interest in traveling in Kansas. 400,000 guides are distributed annually to people who request them and at rest stops, visitor centers, and events, in and out of Kansas. Additionally, an online guide is available for download on TravelKS.com. Submissions generally open mid-April. Display advertising …

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OCCK Transportation Launches KANcycle Bike Sharing for Rural Kansas

OCCK Transportation is pleased to announce a ribbon cutting for KANcycle, bike sharing for rural Kansas, will take place Thursday, June 20 at 2:00 pm at the corner of 19th & M Street in Downtown Belleville. KANcycle, a program of OCCK, Inc. Transportation, and Zagster, Inc. will be launching a new bike-share program for eight …

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Office of Rural Prosperity Listening Tour – Concordia

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers announced at a press conference today details on the upcoming Office of Rural Prosperity Listening Tour. The tour is intended to foster new ways to help rural Kansas communities by hearing from the residents themselves. “Rural Kansas has been overlooked and unheard for far too long,” …

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Election Juggling

Filing Deadline Looms For City, School Boards; Belleville Alcohol Vote Underway The Republic County Clerk’s office is juggling to keep voters informed about two separate election deadlines underway in the next three weeks. Advanced voting began Wednesday, May 15, for Belleville city residents only to decide whether Sunday alcohol sales should be allowed in Belleville. …

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Local teams win at state Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge

MANHATTAN — A student entrepreneurship competition featuring 56 high school and 10 collegiate teams from across Kansas has awarded entrepreneurial-minded students with $77,000 in prize money. The Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge gave students experience in the process of making a business proposal. The sixth annual event was organized by the Kansas State University Center for the Advancement of …

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Four Years Coming

Delinquent Tax Sale Set For June By Deb Hadachek Telescope NewsSubscribe online – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Republic County will conduct its first delinquent tax sale in almost exactly four years on Tuesday, June 11 at 10 a.m. at the Republic County District Courtroom. A dozen properties with three years back taxes due on September 30, 2016, will …

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Rural Kansas Counts

The Census count in 2020 will set population data for our state for many years to come. Population data, and more importantly, correctly counting all members of a community is crucial to providing necessary funding for community services which cities rely on for their residents’ daily lives. We’re excited to announce the Kansas Health Foundation …

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‘Rewriting the Rural Narrative’ showing at Business Networking Event

Belleville – Republic County Economic Development will host the latest edition of “Launch and Grow”, a business networking event, April 29th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Blair Theatre on the Belleville downtown square. Launch and grow provides an opportunity for education, collaboration, and networking for county businesses and potential startups.  Luke Mahin, RCED Director said, …

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County Health Rankings in a Changing Kansas

Program To Explain County Health Rankings And Changing Demographics The Belleville Telescope – Subscribe at www.thebellevilletelescope.com A free program “County Health Rankings in a Changing Kansas” will be held at Republic County Hospital in Belleville Wednesday, May 8,10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.Seating is limited. Online reservations are requested by May 3 to …

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Three Youth Entrepreneurship teams qualify for State.

Congratulations to Republic County’s three qualifying teams for the state Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge at Kansas State University April 30th! This event combines Each team automatically wins $250 for qualifying with the chance to win up to $4,000 competing in the Existing, Agriculture, Technology, or the Open division. This is the third year in a row …

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Firing Up Development

Assistance To Coffee, Pizza Venture Is 112th County Loan Made In 35 Years By Deb Hadachek – Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com The Belleville Telescope A new business planned by Josh andKelly Collard, Belleville, became the recipient of the 112th loan granted from the Republic County Revolving Loan Fund on Monday. The Collards plan to open Wood Shop …

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Property tax rebate for new construction continues to add value.

The Republic County Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) began January 2011 – 2015 and was renewed for another five years extending into 2016-2020. RCED worked with eleven taxing entities in the adoption of the program. Those were all eight city councils, the county commission, USD 109, and USD 426 about the NRP program to provide the …

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Kansas Tourism Signage

Many businesses and non-profits in Republic County may not be aware they could qualify for various signage programs. Below is from Travel Kansas website:www.travelks.com/industry/signage/ The Tourism Signage Program was developed to increase awareness for travelers and residents of tourism operations and attractions. It ensures that road signage for tourism attractions is consistent with road safety …

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Food Insecurity

Several Local Resources Help Elderly, Families Make Ends Meet By Deb Hadachek Telescope News The face of a regular client at the Republic County Food Bank may look different than many people imagine. “Right now we have 100 families in our Caring Neighbors program,” says Carol Rauch, director of the Food Bank, located at the …

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Inching Closer

Attorney Predicts DelinquentTax Sale Will Be Held This Spring By Deb Hadachek Telescope News If all goes according to schedule, Republic County may have a delinquent tax sale in time to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the last one. Republic County Attorney Justin Ferrell told commissioners March 11 that the required court proceedings are drawing …

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Teacher Shortage

USD 109 Recruiting For Five Vacant High School Positions Republic County USD 109 Superintendent Mike Couch came face to face with the reality of the teacher shortage in Kansas this month. At a recruitment fair at Kansas State University, there were 74 education majors attending—80 schools recruiting. At a similar event at Lindsborg: 20 education …

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Tech Help Lab

Need a little help figuring out the new tech devices you have?  Or want to sign up for audiobooks & Hoopla.  Or just have questions about your phone and apps.  Bring your devices with a short list of tasks/questions. The Tech Help Lab will take place on April 16th from 5-7 pm. Call the library to …

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New Director At Pawnee

Bouray Fills The Position Of Director Special To The Telescope By Maggie Kuhn / www.thebellevilletelescope.com  Haunting chants echo from the earthen-domed ceiling of the Pawnee Indian Village in Republic, Kansas, as Betty Bouray, the new director of the Pawnee Indian Village, greets visitors. The position of director, formerly held by Richard Gould, who worked and …

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It’s Always Better To Break Bread Together

The Write Stuff / Deb Hadachek – Telescope www.thebellevilletelescope.com The problem with trying to control your weight in the winter in Kansas is not the fact that we’re cooped up in our homes and offices all day, every day. It’s all those darned community pancake fund-raisers, which help keep very good causes going: fire departments …

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County Loan Funds To Help Business Expansion Project In Courtland

By Deb Hadachek Telescope Newswww.thebellevilletelescope.com Two Courtland businesses have joined forces to restore a historic downtown building to provide more space for their companies, and others. Courtland Building Venture, LLC was approved for a$30,000 loans from the RepublicCounty Revolving Loan FundMonday by Republic County Commissioners. The business will also receive a loan from the E-Community …

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$17 Million Payback

Regional Planning Recaps Work Since 2005; Develops New Strategic Goals For Future By Deb Hadachek Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com It’s a “resource in our own backyard” that’s the envy of other economic development agencies around the state. That’s how Republic County Economic Development director Luke Mahin describes the North Central Regional Planning Commission, an organization formed in 1972 …

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2019 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Winners

Belleville, KS – Republic County Economic Development, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, hosted the 3rd Annual Republic County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Monday, March 5th at the Republic County Junior/Senior High School.  Twenty-nine teams made up of 66 students competed from Republic County and Pike Valley Junior/Senior High schools.  Over one hundred fifty people were in …

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Republic County to Host Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge March 5th

Belleville, KS – Republic County E-Community, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, announces the Republic County Youth EntrepreneurshipChallenge will take place in Belleville this March, as part of the 2018-2019 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) series. The competition will be held on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at Republic County High School Gym. The event is open …

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Jon Schallert Workshop in Hays

Website – https://jonschallert.com/ JON SCHALLERT President, The Schallert Group, Inc. Jon Schallert is the only consultant and professional speaker who teaches businesses and communities how to turn themselves into Consumer Destinations. Schallert speaks to thousands annually on his proprietary 14-step “Destination Business” process, which he developed over the course of thirty-one (31) years by studying …

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First Athletic Hall Of Fame Class To Be Inducted This Year

By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher – www.thebellevilletelescope.com For well over a year efforts have been heating up on exactly what the best way is to honor the finest athletes who have ever competed in Republic County. Not from just one school or from one area of the county, but from all schools and all corners. …

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Spring RCCF Grant Applications Open

Community foundation accepting applications for spring grants BELLEVILLE, Kan.— The Republic County Community Foundation is accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications open Friday, February 15 and are due Monday, April 15, 2019. Over $100,000 in grants is available through the following funds: Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund – available for programs and projects …

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Housing – KS Rural Revitalization Committee

Rural housing is a challenge for many counties in Kansas who have the potential to realize any population growth.  Republic County has seen growth in manufacturing, small business ventures, expansion in healthcare services, and investment in local school districts. In that same time many towns have done great work in removing blight and clearing lots …

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Faulkner Challenge – Business Plan Competition

THE FHSU CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP TO HOST $10,000 BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION 02/01/19HAYS, Kan. – The Center for Entrepreneurship at Fort Hays State University will host the Faulkner Challenge on March 30 at the W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Fort Hays State students and residents of a 26-county area of Northwest Kansas are …

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A Story About White Rock

The Write Stuff / Deb Hadachek In 2000 I interviewed the late Henry and Mary Smies,who at that time were the only residents in the townsite ofWhite Rock, in extreme northwest Republic County. This particular story has always stuck with me. White Rock was a boom town inRepublic County in the mid1800s, with some 250 …

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Kansas Healthy Food Initiative

https://kansashealthyfood.org/apply/index.html Apply Financing Parameters  The financing program provides funding costs associated with land acquisition, predevelopment, construction, equipment, infrastructure and related expenses. Financing can be used for projects that expand access to affordable, healthy food.  Amounts up to $2.5 million  Terms: One to 15 years at 5 to 6.5 percent interest  No prepayment penalty  No appraisals …

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Red Cross Blood Drive

 RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE                                                          Belleville Area                                             WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019                                                        12 noon to 6 p.m. Republic County 4-H Bldg., 901 O St. Belleville, Kansas                                                    WALK-INS ARE WELCOME                                    Or make an appointment    redcrossblood.org                                                         Or 1-800-REDCROSS

Next Steps

USD 109 To Continue To Study Possibility Of Pre-school In 2019-20 By Deb Hadachek Telescope News Superintendent Mike Couchpredicts he is “90 percent certain” USD 109 will offer pre-school services during the the2019-2020 school year Monday night, the USD 109board authorized Couch andelementary principal KatieStruebing to move forward todevelop a plan for staffing. “It will …

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Panther Producers program featured in news.

Read more about the Panther Producers program and how it started here. KSNT article – https://www.ksnt.com/news/local-news/community-members-helping-improve-school-s-lunches/1755265660? SCANDIA, (Kan.) – For many students when they go home from Pike Valley High School they know where the food on their dinner table came from. Thanks to some generous neighbors in the community, they know at school as well. …

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Individual Development Accounts

Invest in yourself, others and Kansas through the Individual Development Account Program. Program Purpose and Overview – Visit their website here –https://www.kansascommerce.gov/119/Indiv-Development-Account-Tax-Credit-Pro The Individual Development Account (IDA) Program allows qualified Kansans of low income levels the opportunity to achieve financial self-sufficiency through education and asset development via special savings accounts. Application The IDA program allows qualified Kansans …

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Republic County Community Foundation Scholarships

The Republic County Community Foundation is home to many scholarship funds that support area students in their pursuit of higher education. These scholarship funds have been established by many generous donors who value education and leave a lasting legacy.  Learn more about these donors and the criteria of their scholarships here. When to Apply: Online applications are …

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Republic County Summer Internships

High School & College Internship Program  application https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4820395/2019-Nex-Gen-Internship-Application Internship Dates: May 29 – August 2, 2019**Some positions may begin prior to or extend beyond these dates. Application Deadline: March 15, 2019**Some positions may remain open until filled. From the Classroom to a Career The Nex-Generation Student Internship Program offers area youth with paid, summer internships with a variety …

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Sociologist provides testimony to Kansas House Committee on Rural Revitalization

LISTEN TO AUDIO OF THEIR TESTIMONY HERE – http://sg001-harmony.sliq.net/00287/Harmony/en/PowerBrowser/PowerBrowserV2/20190117/-1/5248#info_ Matthew R. Sanderson, Randall C. Hill distinguished professor of sociology, anthropology, and social work and professor of sociology, provided testimony on demographic trends in rural Kansas to the new House Committee on Rural Revitalization in a public session on Thursday, Jan. 17. Sanderson’s presentation highlighted trends in …

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Ripple Effect

Health Care Services Generate Another 23-Cents In Retail Sales In Local Economy By Deb Hadachek Telescope News – www.thebellevilletelescope.com Health care services continue to be an economic driver inRepublic County. In both Kansas and Republic County, the health care sector ranks fifth among all economic sectors behind agriculture, government and other trade services. Health services …

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How can we improve Republic County? [SURVEY]

Two minutes of your time can help identify Republic County strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This will help guide our future strategies with economic development projects. Please add a new response in the “Other” if an option is not listed. Loading…

Mahin speaks to KS House Ag Committee

January 29th, 2019 – Topeka – Republic County Economic Development Director, Luke Mahin, was asked to join KSU Research & Extension Director, Marlin Bates, in presenting to the Kansas House Agriculture Committee. The presentation was on Harvesting Opportunities conference from last May an speciatly crop resources in rural Kansas. Audio of the presentation – http://sg001-harmony.sliq.net/00287/Harmony/en/PowerBrowser/PowerBrowserV2/20190124/-1/5695#info_ Testimony House …

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“Sunday Morning” at 40: Stories with heart – Cuba, KS

The first anchor of “Sunday Morning,” Charles Kuralt, was also the show’s storyteller-in-chief. In 1983 he met with photographer Jim Richardson, who was revisiting the town of Cuba, Kansas, population 300. “When you hear Jim Richardson talk about the people in Cuba, Kansas, about the children they raised here, you understand why he comes back year …

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Kansas Hospitals Keep Kansans Healthy and Economically Strong

KHA Media Release: Hospitals and health care systems are a powerful economic force in Kansas. The state’s health care sector generated $16.6 billion in income and $28.5 billion in sales last year, ranking it fifth among all economic sectors in the state. Hospitals were the biggest contributor in the health sector, generating $7.9 billion in …

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Controling the neighborhoods

Some communities use Land Bank program proposed here to spur growth, prevent eyesores By Jennifer McDaniel Special to The Telescope It’s a problem plaguing most cities and small towns across Kansas. In rural communities,vacant storefronts dot downtown shopping districts, andin the state’s more urban areas, abandoned homes and vacant lots stand in place ofonce thriving …

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Homegrown success

Diversity outside of agriculture lies in nurturing entrepreneurs, says RCED director By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor Small business is big business for Republic County. Between 2001 and 2016 the number of jobs in Republic County provided by businesses that employ two to nine people grew by 526 jobs, according to information compiled by Republic County …

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Pre-school proposal for USD 109 might include a daycare facility

A proposal under study to add a pre-school program to USD 109services might extend to a daycare facility. Superintendent Michael Couch offered few details at the regular board meeting January 14, other than the plan might involve moving a modular unit to property across the street and offering the facility to a private daycare provider. …

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Council discusses ‘next phase’ nuisance abatement, falls short of okaying project

By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher  By all accounts the first phase of the City of Belleville’s nuisance abatement program was a resounding success. Despite a lot of grousing from local citizens, a lot got done.  Members of the Belleville city council were told Monday that, in all, 441 properties were initially identified as being in violation of …

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Free Webinar – Federal Opportunity Zones

There will be a free webinar from the National Main Street organization January 17th 2-3:30 pm. Belleville’s census tract was approved as a Federal Opportunity Zone in 2018. Learn more about FOZ in Kansas here – http://www.republiccountykansas.com/page/kansas-federal-opportunity-zone.html Register for the webinar here https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/862646431500212482 Learn about the “opportunities” and potential issues for preservation presented by the new …

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We’re still here: a discussion on the future of rural Kansas

By TOM PARKERKansas Rural Center “That’s the thing about rural Kansas,” Corie Brown wrote. “No one lives there, not anymore.” The Los Angeles author’s assessment on rural Kansas in particular and Kansans in general was the outcome of an odyssey across the state for an online article published in April 2018. Its title, “Rural Kansas …

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RCED Annual Presentation

Republic County Economic Development invites the public to our annual presentation Monday, January 21st, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Belleville City Office. The presentation will cover: Programs and incentives available to businesses Resources offered by local, county, and state partners Recent business and quality of life projects Seek input for 2019 projects Beneficial for …

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Local businesses featured on KSN Main St. Kansas

KSN News has covered four local businesses since December click each video below to check them out! PROHOE TOOLS Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/RogueTools/ Online store – www.prohoe.com https://www.ksn.com/news/local/main-street-kansas/main-street-kansas-munden-man-turns-plow-blades-into-practical-garden-tools/1724549425? C & C HIGH TUNNEL FARMS Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/CCHighTunnelFarms/ www.ksn.com/news/local/main-street-kansas/-high-tunnels-and-hoop-houses-allow-for-year-round-harvesting-in-scandia/1685753146 THE FEATHERED NEST  Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/featherednestshopping/ Website – www.featherednestshopping.com/ www.ksn.com/news/local/main-street-kansas/shoppers-from-near-and-far-are-hooked-on-belleville-store/1644199466 SOUL SISTER CERAMICS Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/soulsisterceramics …

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A hand up

USD 109 to offer discussion on challenges of poverty to the public Belleville Telescope – www.thebellevilletelescope.com  Teachers in the Republic County USD 109 school district will experience what it’s like to live in poverty during an in-service on Wednesday, January 2. “Most of our educators come from middle-class backgrounds,” says school counselor Gina Aurand. “It …

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KRC: Tunnel to Table -Features two county businesses

Depot Market – Courtland Depot Market: Scaling to Wholesale with Specialty Crops in North Central Kansas Fourth in a series of five farmer feature profiles distributed by the Kansas Rural Center By Jennifer Kongs Most specialty crop operations in Kansas rely heavily on direct-to-consumer sales. While several farmers are specializing and scaling to provide to …

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My favorite podcasts

These are some of my favorite podcasts that cover random topics from entrepreneurship, new ideas, and rural places. Some I found my self others were recommendations from Lea Anne Sieler, Hodgeman County Economic Development, and Simone Elder, Network Kansas.   If you have other podcasts that we should mention please email us at rced@nckcn.com. KSU Research & …

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You snooze, you lose

You keep bending the rules and bending and bending until you bend backward. ”That was the comment of RepublicCounty Appraiser Barry Porter in recommending to Republic County Commissioners Monday that people who want tax rebates from the Neighborhood Revitalization Program must complete all necessary paperwork–on time. Commissioners agreed. “I think we’re dealing with adults here,” …

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Match Month for RCCF

DECEMBER IS MATCH MONTH! In December donations to Republic County Community Foundation will be matched at $1.50 for every $1 donated thanks to Dane G. Hansen Foundation. ☎️Call – 785-527-5631📧 Email – republiccounty@gscf.org 📫Mail checks to – RCCF, PO Box, 541 Belleville, KS 66935💳Donate online – http://republiccountycf.org/donate-online 💻Learn more – http://republiccountycf.org/give-now/ Over the next 50 years, Republic County, Kansas will …

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Summer Internship

Republic County Economic Development has been awarded a Dane G. Hansen Community Intern position to be funded this summer to assist with Housing. Full details below. Student Intern – Republic County Housing Click here to apply now Department: 3670035130 Ag Natural Res & Comm VitalityJob no: 505264Work type: InternshipLocation: OtherCategories: Architecture / Construction, Business / Accounting / Finance, Community Development …

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Deadline to host a free intern for businesses Dec. 31st

Student Internships  High School and college students are matched with local businesses throughout northwest and north central Kansas for paid summer internships. Students gain professional skills and broaden their perspectives on career options. Local businesses benefit by networking with youth, bringing fresh ideas to the workplace, and “interviewing” students for potential future jobs – all …

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Courtland Nex-Tech Open House

Nex-Tech is pleased to introduce our new Courtland Customer Solutions Specialist, Lindsay Brinker. Lindsay joined the Nex-Tech team in October and will be available for all your customer services needs in Courtland each Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 – 11:30 am and 12:30 – 3:30 pm. Lindsay is a graduate of Fort Hays State University. She calls …

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Anvil Alpaca Farm Store

“Our store employees work for Hay !”   Store hours from December 8 -24th is 10 AM to 5 PM daily.  MOST OF OUR GIFTS ARE PRICED UNDER $25.00.  ANVIL ALPACASRay & Brenda Danielson1880 130 Road Belleville, KS66935Home Phone (785)361-4853Cell Phone (785)955-0009

Hungry Heartland: Rural food deserts in Kansas

Luke Mahin, RCED Director: Not everything is black and white in rural, especially food access. The videos and blogs below were produced by students in Art, English, and Journalism departments at KSU. They worked to expand on the story of food deserts in rural Kansas. RCED assisted in connecting the KSU students and instructor Dr. …

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Hospital to study adding daycare program for employees’ children

Republic County Hospital administrator David-Paul Cavazos was authorized by the board of trustees Monday to begin a serious study of adding a daycare for hospital employees only to the hospital campus. “Just counting informally we think there would be at least 12 children of hospital staff members that could use the service,” he said. “I …

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Annual Report – RP CO Community Foundation

The Republic County Community Foundation was founded in 2007 to benefit the communities of Republic County. The foundation is a permanent source of charitable funds used to meet both the current and future needs of our county. The Republic County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation in Salina, Kansas. SCROLL …

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Soul Sister Ceramics mentioned in Kansas Top 10 Shopping List

Read the entire blog here – https://www.travelks.com/blog/post/top-10-kansas-items-to-put-on-your-shopping-list/ Kansas Blog Top 10 Kansas items to put on your shopping list Kansas has some serious shops to celebrate. Not quite finished with holiday shopping? Explore unique Kansas gifts and charming stories – in person or online. Give someone you love something special from Kansas …. 4.  PRAIRIE TREASURES …

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Soul Sister Ceramics featured on KSN News

    Courtland, Kansas – KSN Channel 3 News out of Wichita recently featured Soul Sister Ceramics, owned by Shanna and Michelle Lindberg of rural Courtland. The sister-in-law duo renovated a  1920’s downtown gas station for their unique paint your own pottery / retail boutique business. They opened this summer and you can read more about …

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Twenty-Two Applications Approved for Dane G. Hansen Community Intern Program

  Twenty-Two Applications Approved for Dane G. Hansen Community Intern Program November 26, 208 Twenty-two NW Kansas communities, including cities, towns, school districts or other qualified organizations located in the 26 counties served by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, were approved to host one or two summer interns for 2019. The 22 host communities will …

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Shop Republic County Online

SHOP REPUBLIC COUNTY ONLINE If you have an online store and would like to be included in this list send us your logo, website, and description to Luke Mahin, RCED Director, rced@nckcn.com.   Belleville Hometown Lumber https://www.truevalue.com/shop/sale/black-friday-sale?cid=fbshopping_112318_blackfriday   Belleville Telescope www.thebellevilletelescope.com Subscribe to the print and online version. Bringing you Republic County News since 1870. Fisher Rocks …

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Holiday Events

  HOLIDAY EVENTS   November 16-30th Professional Computer Systems – https://www.facebook.com/events/270410403613591/ November 22nd  Republic Turkey Trot – https://www.facebook.com/events/2220471681298583/ November 23rd – December 31st Rocky Pond Christmas Lights Park – https://www.facebook.com/rockypondchristmas/ November 23rd Belleville Chamber / Main Street Christmas on the Square – https://www.facebook.com/events/2204118859834960/? November 24th – SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Cuba Hometown Christmas – https://www.facebook.com/events/178830173063858/ Soul Sisters Small Business …

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Republic County – Global Entrepreneurship Week

Republic County Economic Development in partnership with NetWork Kansas is celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week with a $250 grant to our local high school art classes. Participating high school students from Republic County HS and Pike Valley HS worked with their teachers to focus on a local entrepreneur. They used a variety of mediums to feature their …

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Early education

USD 109 to study in-house pre-school By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com A plan always proposed as “someday” may become “next year” if the Republic County USD 109 board agrees. Superintendent Mike Couch told the board Monday night that he and elementary principal Katie Struebing will begin serious study of whether to add a school-based …

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Radiothon raises $34,000

More than $33,000 in pledges was collected by the North Central Kansas Health Care Foundation Radiothon on KR-92, 92.1 FM, Belleville on Thursday, November 8. Funds raised are used to recruit physicians in Republic County. Money goes toward salary guarantees, student loan repayment, moving expenses and other expenses associated with recruiting. Chairman Brent Scott said …

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RCCF awards $80,000 in fall grants

Congratulations to local Republic County Community Foundation grant recipients!   The Republic County Community Foundation awarded $80,000 to area organizations during its fall grant cycle. Projects were funded through the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Republic County, North Central Kansas Health Care Foundation Fund and Republic County Health Fund. Recipients include: …

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We, the people

www.thebellevilletelescope.com I spent last Friday in Wichita at a meeting designed to help rural communities “think out of the box” to recruit family practice physicians. It was a good meeting, for two reasons. First, we made several contacts among family practice staff and residents which will be invaluable in the future. We have always found …

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Holiday Shopping Lists – Kansas Sampler Foundation

Holiday Shopping List #1 Kansas products you can buy online 11.04.18 The annual shopping list of Kansas products is a courtesy of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation. Our mission is to preserve and sustain rural culture. You can support our work here. Want to be included in this e-blast? 2,000 people open these shopping list e-blasts each …

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Channel 8: Food deserts prevalent in rural Kansas

RCED provided contacts for KSU faculty in planning part of the documentary on food deserts in rural Kansas for their October 5-6th visit. www.kstatecollegian.com/2018/10/26/channel-8-food-deserts-prevalent-in-rural-kansas/ The issue of food deserts plagues many small town communities in the Kansas area. To raise awareness on this issue K-State journalism students are hard at work producing a documentary that covers …

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Network Kansas Announces New National E2 Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative

Network Kansas Announces New National E2 Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative Contact:  Steve Radley                                                                                     316-425-7572 sradley@networkkansas.com Wichita, …

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From 400 to 22

Mayor prods council to move forward with nuisance abatement By Fred Arnold – Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com It took some prodding from Belleville Mayor Kim Lapo to get the city council off of dead center on the final steps of the nuisance abatement ordinance. But once council got moving things got done fairly quickly. Carol Torkelson …

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Hospital financial position improves in first year after LTC closing

But property, sales tax make difference in break-even year Belleville Telescope www.thebellevilletelescope.com A choice nobody wanted to make a year ago is starting to pay off in terms of the financial position of Republic County Hospital. JH Seitz, regional vice president of the Great Plains Health Alliance which manages the hospital, told the board Monday, October 22 …

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More than a movie theater

More than a movie theater Visit by real service dogs to highlight Blair showing of ‘Pick of the Litter’ By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com The Blair Theater is going to the dogs. But that’s exactly what Blair manager Danielle Smith hopes will draw a crowd next Thursday evening, October 11, beginning at 6 p.m. …

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Health aware

Local services can help people take charge of their health, disease prevention Hospital offers breast, low-cost vascular screenings By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Screenings are fast, inexpensive, don’t require a doctor’s orders- -and save lives. Radiology technicians at Republic County Hospital plan to broadcast that message frequently in October and November as they encourage …

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Student enrollment stays steady

www.thebellevilletlelescope.com County schools report more than 700 students in class Enrollments for Republic County USD 109 and Pike Valley USD 426 remain steady, according to official counts taken in September. Republic County Superintendent Michael Couch said the head count taken September 20 shows 505 students in the district, not counting pre-school students enrolled in the …

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Jon Schallert Workshop: MARION, KS

EVENT SIGN UP – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-rules-of-business-success-marion-county-tickets-50662485859? JON SCHALLERT BIO Jon Schallert is the only business consultant in the world teaching businesses and communities how to reinvent themselves into Consumer Destinations. Jon speaks to thousands annually on his trademarked 14-step “Destination Business” process, which he developed over the course of 31 years after interviewing over 10,000 independent business …

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Kansas Trails Council – Presentation Oct. 3rd

You’re Invited to an Evening of TRAIL TALK Wednesday, October 3 6:00 – 8:00 pm at TAGS 319 Cloud Street ~ Scandia Facebook even – www.facebook.com/events/425585894633576/ Appetizers & Beverages will be provided We hope you’ll join us to talk about your favorite trails and we’ll share our photos of some of the coolest trails in …

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Students gain practical experience through internships  

The Belleville Telescope www.thebellevilletelescope.com  Fifty-six businesses across northwest and north central Kansas hosted 68 high school and college interns through this summer’s Nex-Generation Student Internship Program. Participating students received an opportunity to prepare them for future career paths. “Each summer, our interns receive hands-on instruction from local, business professionals in their hometowns or nearby communities,” …

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 Eating our way to local destruction?

Viewpoint Deb Hadachek – Editor The Belleville Telescope – www.thebellevilletelescope.com I’ve been following news stories out of a nearby county that should keep us all awake at night. In the past few months, the independent grocery stores in Marysville and Blue Rapids both closed. That means for a wide swath of Marshall County citizens, the …

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Cooking up a reason to return home

Owners of Cuba restaurant to open second location in Belleville By Deb Hadachek www.thebellevilletelescope.com Telescope editor In a community known for cooking up its own entertainment, Betty’s Cafe filled a hole on Cuba’s main street for a restaurant and gathering place. Now owners Jeff and Cheryl Hoard, and daughter/manager Amanda Huff plan to bring that …

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2017 IPSR Statistics

Here are some basic takeaways from Republic County in this year’s Kansas Statistical Abstract. For a deeper dive into our county’s growth in entrepreneurship and a better look at 30-35 year olds coming back to the county read this blog – www.republiccountykansas.com/opportunity-in-rural/.     The Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR) at the University of Kansas …

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Think Like an Entrepreneur

Think Like an Entrepreneur Five-week workshop Belleville, Kansas 6:00 – 8:30 pm Week #1 – Tuesday, October 16th – Orientation & Introduction Week #2 – Tuesday, October 23rd – Choice, Recognizing Opportunities & Ideas into Action Week #3 – Tuesday, October 30th – Ideas into Action, Pursuit of Knowledge & Creating Wealth Week #4 – …

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Nex-Generation intern program impacts 68 students

Contact RCED for questions on how to apply or host a work-study student during the school year. Polansky Seed – Allayna Hanson, daughter of Kirk and Rhonda Hanson of Concordia, interned with Polansky Seed, Inc., in Belleville. “During my internship, I learned various aspects of the seed business and industry. I shadowed sales, seed technicians, …

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Leaving a legacy

Knowledge, skills in electricity launched school benefactor in career with General Electric By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor Subscribe to the e-edition www.thebellevilletelescope.com You never know when a skill is going to spark a career. But that’s what happened for John Heller, says his longtime hunting companion, Ken Naysmith of Belleville. USD 109/Republic County was notified by …

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Utah man is new city manager

By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher Subscribe to their E-edition – www.thebellevilletelescope.com A Utah man was hired on Monday as Belleville’s newest city manager. Adam Anderson of Sandy City Utah was officially announced as the city manager at Monday’s meeting of the Belleville City Council. City leaders were unanimous in their hiring of Anderson. No details …

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Opportunity in Rural

This spring RCED was provided a report on our county by Don Macke and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, this report was presented in June. Our presentation on Opportunity in Rural is at the bottom of the page Here are some of the more intriguing statistics on how our county is constantly changing. Adapting to these …

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Why Keep 5 in Kansas?

This Nebraska Community Foundation example resonates with the same purpose of the Republic County Community Foundation and our affiliate Greater Salina Community Foundation. Why Keep 5 in Kansas By the year 2020, $79 billion will be transferred from one Kansas generation to the next. Think about what matters to you. Perhaps it’s the schools your children attend, or the …

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Couple having a ‘blast’ with new business, home in Munden

Couple having a ‘blast’ with new business, home in Munden They came to Munden banking on a simpler life. What Shari and Doug Cornelson found in the former Munden State Bank building was space for a home, space for workshops, space for a new retail business aptly named Blasted Moments, and space to enjoy their …

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Tech Opportunity in Rural Kansas

NWKEICI is a private operating foundation that provides economic and entrepreneurial assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs in rural Northwest Kansas. NWKEICI has a 26 county coverage area. With its current and future programs, NWKEICI hopes to reverse the outflow of people and businesses from Northwest Kansas, as well as work with existing businesses or entrepreneurs …

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Kelly Larson to speak at Business Networking Event

What: Launch & Grow – a Republic County business networking event. When: October 9th, 2018 – Time: 6:30 pm Where: Scandia Library Conference Room – meal by T.A.G.’s / Panther Pause hosted by RCED, business networking, and downtown tours Facebook event:  www.facebook.com/events/247394549396674/ RSVP Required: Call (785) 374-3047 email rced@nckcn.com Launch & Grow is a business networking …

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Senior Life Solutions

Republic County Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program, an intensive outpatient group counseling program, is designed to meet the unique needs of older adults over the age of 65 struggling with depression and anxiety often related to aging. If you or someone you know has recently experienced any of the following, this program might be right …

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KRC Voting for the Future Dinner & Dialogue Forum – Concordia

Full details – https://kansasruralcenter.org/calendar/krc-voting-for-the-future-dinner-dialogue-forum-concordia/ Voting for our Future: Dinner & Dialogue AGENDA Concordia, Thursday, August 30 Valley Venue, 803 Valley St. Dinner by: Marla’s Joy 5:00 p.m. Registration & Dinner Begins 5:30 p.m. Program begins with welcome and introductions KRC 5:40 p.m. National & State Legislative Overview Presentation – Overview of recent national and state legislation and …

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Photo Album – Thinking Outside the Box NCK Ag Tour

Click below to cycle through photos.   Dale Strickler Grazing Operation Cattle, Grass and Forages for Grazing, S of Courtland – https://www.storey.com/books/drought-resilient-farm/ Depot Market Specialty Crop Grower and Retail Market, N of Courtland – https://www.facebook.com/Depot-Market-322223234566671/ C & C High Tunnel Farms Specialty Crop Grower with CSA and Retail marketing, Scandia – https://www.facebook.com/CCHighTunnelFarms/ T.A.G.’s – lunch location – https://www.facebook.com/tagsgrill/  Freeday Popcorn – Lunch …

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Why Do You Do What You Do?

ESHIP 2018 – Why Do You Do What You Do? from Wellington on Vimeo. Read Simone Elder’s full blog post here about the work Network Kansas does to help counties like ours build our entrepreneurial ecosystem. – www.networkkansas.com/ecommunities/news/ntks-blog/2018/08/02/ecosystem-builders-unite-2018-eship-summit-takeaways The Kauffman Foundation has identified Seven Design Principles for building entrepreneurial ecosystems, which should be top of mind …

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Dentist sells practice; chiropractor to move downtown

By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com He came for five years and ended up staying 28. This week, as John Bleecker, DDS, prepares to move to Georgia, he says he is grateful for the friendships he’s made in North Central Kansas. “Practicing here has been really nice,” he says. “I appreciate everything that has been …

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Anvil Alpacas Farm Days

ANVIL ALPACAS FARM DAYS ********************************* OPEN HOUSE Hours 10 AM to 6 PM, daily August 10, 11, 12 – 2018 1880 130 Road, Belleville, KS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Meet our soft Alpacas Learn about Alpacas Pet an Alpaca Hug a Baby Alpaca Shop the little Farm Store See items made from Alpaca Fleece Free Refreshments for all …

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Cuba, Kansas: A Place for Life

New photo exhibit to document ‘tenacity’ of town at 150th celebration It’s the town that refused to die. That was photographer Jim Richardson’s goal some 40 years ago–to document the demise of a rural community in Kansas. He picked Cuba  -just down the road from his hometown of Belleville. Richardson photographed the everyday life of …

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Making Courtland a home (base)

  Acquisitions at Star House Designs opens in remodeled vet clinic By Maggie Kuhn Special to The Telescope www.thebellevilletelescope.com Brightly painted chairs stand in the entrance of Brian Griffiths new business, Acquisitions at Star House Designs, opening in Courtland on July 19. Griffiths and his mother, Coralee, have remodeled a former Courtland vet clinic into …

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The New Rules of Business Success – August 8th

Jon Schallert – Destination Business Expert August 8th, 2018 8:00 – 9:30 am Blair Theatre Belleville, Kansas 66935 Facebook event link – https://www.facebook.com/events/219569438859583/ ADMISSION $5 for out-of-county FREE for Republic County residents/businesses Please RSVP by August 1st call (785) 374-3047 or email rced@nckcn.com. Republic County Economic Development and Belleville Chamber and Main Street are proud to …

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Courtland Photo Contest

The Courtland Pride Club is hosting a photography contest to produce a unique calendar for 2019 highlighting our slice of Kansas. Photos can be from in-town but will be allowed in the rural areas around Courtland but not beyond surrounding cities. Submissions are due September 31st. PHOTOS WILL NOT BE JUDGED ON QUALITY ALONE BUT …

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Community Food Survey Ends Soon

A Community Food Survey sponsored by the North Central Kansas Food Council will end July 31. There is still time for those currently living in the 12-county region (including the counties of Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline, and Washington) to participate. The survey is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCKFCSurvey. Paper copies …

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NCK Fair Signs

Deadline July 20, 2018 New signs need to be turned in to us along with information/logo and $45.00 per sign. If you would like for us to place your previous years sign out, $10.00 per sign. Republic County Economic Development and Belleville Chamber & Main Street are once again giving you the opportunity to display …

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#CONNECTINGKANSAS

FCC Mobility Fund II Initial Eligible Areas Map: non-blue area indicates coverage Although phone carriers say Kansas is covered with reliable, fast cell phone coverage, we know that isn’t true. Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) was recently granted a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to challenge the legitimacy of coverage maps from various major …

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We’ve got to sell ourselves

Viewpoint Deb Hadachek – Editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com One of the things my family enjoys most about vacations is the food. We intentionally look for restaurants when we’re traveling that serve well-prepared local food in a place with local flavor. For instance, I recently ate lunch in a restaurant in a remodeled hay mow in a dairy …

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All American Pickers

The All-America Selections display garden is looking for a small donation to help offset the cost of hotdogs and complimentary food for our Open-house on July 15th at 6:00 pm. The display is located at 12th & R Street near Rocky Pond. Master Gardeners introduce new crop of old favorites to local growers By Deb …

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Is Entrepreneurship a Pathway to Greater Wealth Equality?

  by Don Macke The Great Recession hit America hard. The recovery at times has seemed slow and weak. But household wealth formation has once again set new records and is growing faster when compared to the boom years of the 1990s. However, this good news is undermined with the reality that wealth inequality in …

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T.A.G.’s History

History T.A.G.’s Grill and Bar is family owned and operated, T.A.G.’s was originally a grocery store. Garman’s moved to Scandia in 1979, purchased the grocery store and ran Garman’s Grocery for many years. The building was leased for some years and used as a construction site for a time. The family and John Davis began …

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Opportunity in Rural – Report

If you missed this meeting you can see the entire report below in PDF. Download the PDF here –  https://www.dropbox.com/s/qxp1z9jbb4vledl/Republic%20County%20KS%20DOP.PDF?dl=0      Recommendation 1 – Population Recommendation 2 – Agriculture Recommendation 3 – Retirees Recommendation 4 – Commuters Recommendation 5 – Spending Capture Recommendation 6 – Local Entrepreneurs Recommendation 7 – Regional Development