COVID-19: Republic County Business Updates

To assist our local businesses RCED will be updating a list of changes due to COVID-19 as we receive them. Send to rced@nckcn.com or leave a message with (785) 374-3047.   5/18 – REOPEN KANSAS FRAMEWORK View the full document here – https://covid.ks.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Reopen-Kansas-Framework-043020.pdf? COUNTY / CITY / NON-PROFITS Belleville Public Library – Check Facebook for updates. …

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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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Set in Stone: Erickson House – Scandia

Erickson house was one of first built in the Scandia area By Cynthia Scheer www.thebellevilletelescope.com Special to the Telescope One of the first homes built in the Scandia area belonged to Andrew and Marie Erickson. The couple, who amassed a significant amount of land, according to historical reports, hired stonemasons from overseas to built their …

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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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A place with Soul

  Courtland women turn love of craft into a place of community connection By Deb Hadachek – Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com It’s a story of entrepreneurship that’s really about relationships and community. Shanna (Larson) Lindberg and Michelle (Strait) Lindberg are not sisters, or even sisters-in-law, but cousins-in-law by marriage. But their common interests formed a bond that made …

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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

Soul Sisters Ceramics – Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening

COURTLAND, KS, Soul Sister Ceramics is pleased to announce the ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of its new business on Main Street on July 7, 2018. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the grand opening to follow at 10:00 a.m. Soul Sister Ceramics will offer walk-in paint your own pottery …

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Help the economy

Meeting to address local opportunities for growth Entrepreneurship is a Team Effort is the theme of a public meeting Monday night, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Blair Theater in Belleville, hosted by Republic County Economic Development and Network Kansas. The meeting will discuss results of a study conducted by the Center for Rural …

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Public should weigh in on wants vs needs

Viewpoint Deb Hadachek Editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Elected officials and government employees don’t have an easy job to balance the wants and needs of the public against the reality of what it costs to operate. But there’s the important phrase: the wants and needs of the public. Not necessarily the wants and needs of a government employee …

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How I Started – Bethany Swafford

How I Started is a series of interviews with Republic County entrepreneurs.  Businesses don’t “just happen” and we aim to shed light on our local entrepreneur stories. Submit your story here https://goo.gl/forms/CoxglfngEcw69m6z2 or nominate an entrepreneur by emailing rced@nckcn.com. Name Bethany Swafford Business Name Farm Bureau Financial Services – Bethany Swafford Agent When did you …

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Free Small Business Courses

REPUBLIC COUNTY RESIDENTS CAN ATTEND CLOUD COUNTY BUSINESS CLASSES FREE This is a partnership between both county economic development groups to provide better course coverage in the region. Sign up by calling 785-243-2010 or email info@cloudcorp.net.

Community Food Survey – North Central Kansas Food Council

  Do you live in one of these 12 NCK counties: Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline, or Washington? SCROLL DOWN IN THE SURVEY WINDOW TO BEGIN THE SURVEY OR CLICK HERE www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCKFCSurvey Create your own user feedback survey “The NCKFC wants to help increase support for local growers,” Benedick …

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Getting the word out

Individuals, families can contact agencies directly to ask about availability of home health services   May 24, 2018 By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Adequate home health care options for the elderly and disabled appear to be available at the present time in Republic County. All people need to do is ask. That was the …

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Early immigrants

  Some Orphan Train riders made lasting mark on Republic County It was a pathetic scene at the courthouse last Friday to look into the inquisitive and anxious faces of the sixteen homeless little ones as they sat there awaiting their inevitable fate. Tears were brought to the eyes of many sympathetic souls as the …

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Fighting for Farmers in the Bostwick Irrigation District

View the newsletter online – https://www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=newsletter&id=6F5BEF17-364C-44DF-88C3-E603408B0DD4/  Fighting for Farmers in the Bostwick Irrigation District As a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, I had the opportunity to raise an important issue with the top official of the Army Corps of Engineers, R.D. James, during a hearing on water infrastructure legislation. I questioned …

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Nuisance Abatement Questions?

Questions about the Belleville Nuisance Abatement Program? Call North Central Regional Planning Commission 785-738-2218. NCRPC Quote – “The City is trying to portray a positive image of the community.  They passed the Ordinance in order to get areas cleaned up and hired NCRPC as a third party to inspect and enforce the Ordinance.  The pictures …

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Growing into the community: Munden Garden Mart

Retirement short-lived after couple returns to her Munden roots and start new business By Lance Rundus Special to The Telescope www.thebellevilletelescope.com After working and living abroad and then in the Kansas City area, Barb Newcomb (Sterba) and Gary Lightfoot decided to retire from the “big city” and return to Barb’s roots. Despite many wonderful friends …

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Republic County Hospital Establishing Patient and Family Engagement Practices

Belleville, Kan. – Republic County Hospital is taking steps to provide better-quality health care, more-efficient care, better patient and employee satisfaction, and improved population health. Through their participation in the Patient Satisfaction Learning Community 2018 Project, Republic County Hospital is working to better engage patients and families as part of the care team. During this …

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‘There will be tradeoffs’

Wages, health insurance priorities for commission By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com What’s old news is new again. Republic County Commission chairman displayed a headline from a 1995 Telescope Clerk Kathleen Marsicek found while cleaning out old papers: Commission puts county on short financial leash for remainder of year. The article warns that in that …

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County begins grant search for health building

Commission doesn’t want to be caught ‘flat-footed’ if Rolling Hills building sells By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Potential funding sources to renovate or build a new health department building were outlined for Republic County Commissioners Monday. The health department is currently located in space leased from Rolling Hills Electric on US81 Highway, and the …

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Filing deadline June 1

  City council, county elections share ballot with state o­ffices By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com With the deadline to file just days away, few new faces appear interested in elected offices in Republic County. Filing deadline is Friday, June 1 at noon to be listed on the August 7 primary election ballot. The general …

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Courtland Park Work Day – Healthy Republic County

Courtland Mini Park Improvements – On Saturday, April 28th Healthy Republic County and Courtland Pride hosted a community work day in the mini park. Sixteen adults and seven kids spent the day making improvements. Volunteers stained the pool house and pergola at the swimming pool. The pool tarp was stored away, and the pool shell …

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Scandia growers help other farm-to-table businesses find markets

  Janssens invite others growers to join Community Supported Agriculture venture By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com It’s a business that keeps growing into more of a hybrid. When Chris and Christi Jannsen, Scandia, started C&C High Tunnels nine years ago, their vision was to sell locally-grown fruits and vegetables wholesale to grocery stores and …

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Home health

County health department ends Medicare services but says other in-home care available for elderly By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Whether home health services for Medicare patients is available in Republic County seems to be a question with a vague answer. Republic County Commissioners decided by consensus last week that the Republic County Health Department …

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Courtland farm provides asparagus for Eastern Kansas market

By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Come rain or come shine, harvest will be in full swing on one Republic County farm over the next month. That’s because the asparagus crop is ready, and asparaguCourtland farm provides asparagus for Eastern Kansas markets doesn’t keep, says Dan Kuhn, owner of Depot Market. “Chefs love asparagus,” Kuhn …

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Live Webinars – National Small Business Week

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

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Two Pike Valley Teams Qualify for State Entrepreneurship Challenge

This is the second year Republic County Economic Development has hosted a county-wide business plan competition. Growing the event from 2017 with 11 teams and 19 students to 2018 with 30 teams and 68 students. And for the second year, Republic County will have two teams qualify for the State Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. In 2017 …

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Narka Featured on Roadtrip Roulette

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

Belleville residents urged to ‘clean-up’

  April 4, 2018 www.thebellevilletelescope.com The City of Belleville Council has approved moving forward with the Nuisance Abatement Program this spring and residents are encouraged to clean up nuisance areas in the City Limits. “In the next few days an assessment will be conducted and those residents requiring property clean up will be notified by …

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Lasting impact

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

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Set in Stone: Ericson House – Jamestown Wildlife Area

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

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Do you love the idea of restoring an old building?

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

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

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

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Launch & Grow: Business Resources / Networking

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

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A full house

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

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How I Started – Nate & Stacey Freitag

How I Started is a series of interviews with Republic County entrepreneurs.  Businesses don’t “just happen” and we aim to shed light on our local entrepreneur stories.  Submit your story here https://goo.gl/forms/CoxglfngEcw69m6z2 or nominate an entrepreneur by emailing rced@nckcn.com. Name Nate & Stacey Freitag Business Name Free Day Popcorn Company When did you start your …

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Business growth

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

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2018 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Winners

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

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Giving back

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

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Yes!

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

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WeKan! Conference 2018

We Kan! Conference 2018 What should Kansas look like? Let’s start shaping it! Wed., March 7, Meridian Center, Newton 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $75 (fee includes lunch and snacks) with option for March 6 evening 5:30 p.m. $15 REGISTER See who has already signed up as sponsors and attendees. The We Kan! Conference will mix elements of …

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No emergency, but …

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

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Specialty Crop Workshop – Scandia

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

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County – High School & College Internships

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

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More than a meal

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

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Nuisance to neighbor

Viewpoint Nuisance to neighbor  February 7th, 2018 Deb Hadachek Editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com I have hope that a nuisance abatement plan being tested in Belleville this year might help many cities with a problem that has long been a blemish on their landscapes. North Central Regional Planning, Beloit is using Belleville as a pilot project to see …

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We do a great job or promoting everyone…except ourselves

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

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Vote Now

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

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How I Started – Caleb Mahin

How I Started is a series of interviews with Republic County entrepreneurs.  Businesses don’t “just happen” and we aim to shed light on our local entrepreneur stories.  Submit your story here https://goo.gl/forms/CoxglfngEcw69m6z2 or nominate an entrepreneur by emailing rced@nckcn.com. Name Caleb Mahin Business Name Jelinek Insurance Agency, Inc. What is your product/service? Insurance What are …

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How I Started – Jenny Russell

How I Started is a series of interviews with Republic County entrepreneurs.  Businesses don’t “just happen” and we aim to shed light on our local entrepreneur stories.  Submit your story here https://goo.gl/forms/CoxglfngEcw69m6z2 or nominate an entrepreneur by emailing rced@nckcn.com. Name Jenny Russell Business Name JenRus Freelance What is your product/service? Marketing What are important attributes …

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Boosting services

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

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Panther Producers

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

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Kansas Day – Republic County

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

How I Started – Republic County

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

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Back to nature

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

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Questioning the old ways

By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Tabled. Tabled. Tabled. That was the decision on many Belleville City Council agenda items Monday night as a new council and mayor tried to sort out old procedures and new ways of doing business. “It’s going to be a long agenda at the next meeting,” joked Belleville City Clerk …

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I am voting yes – Editorial

For information on the bond please visit the USD 109 website – www.usd109.org Viewpoint Deb Hadacheck     Editorial www.thebellevilletelescope.com There are people passionately in favor of the proposed USD 109 school bond at any cost. There are people adamantly opposed, no matter the cost. Then there are the rest of us. The Republic County Clerk’s office will …

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Nuisances no more

Belleville part of pilot program of outside enforcers of nuisance ordinances January 24, 2018 By Deb Hadachek – Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com It doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter where you live. If you live in Belleville, someone from the outside is going to be looking at your property soon to make sure your …

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Contractors needed – NCRP

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

$4,000 Hansen Community or Technical College Transfer Scholarship

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

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Five scholarships available for New-Media Marketing Bootcamp

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

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Nesika plant nears end of tax-exempt status

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

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Kansas Explorers to highlight WPA, local projects Sunday

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

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Student Loan Repayment – Rural Opportunity Zone

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

RCED in 2017

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

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Back on track

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

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Population Estimates 2016

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

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2017 a year of change for businesses, communities

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

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USD 109 Bond Information

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

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Groundwork begins to add physician, services

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

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$12.64 is a darned good bargain

Viewpoint Deb Hadachek www.thebellevilletelescope.com When I look at really, great, out-of-the-box thinking that originated in Republic County the last few years, the first and best example that comes to mind is Republic County Economic Development. Economic development– what to do and how to pay for it–is a subject I see played out often in newspapers …

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The cost of economics

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

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Set in Stone: Cuba Cash Store

135-year old Cuba Cash nearly unchanged since it was built By Cynthia Scheer Special to The Telescope www.thebellevilletelescope.com For 135 years the people of Cuba have been going to the same building for groceries. The building has seen a few owners through the years, and the interior has seen a little remodeling, but the outside …

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A farmer with class

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

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Local Match Month

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

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No more Midget Nationals?

USAC pulls plug on 41st race; Fair Amusements Committee caught off guard By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com Midget racing in Belleville is likely dead–at least for 2018. A somber fair amusements committee broke the news to the Belleville Chamber & Main Street board of directors Thursday that the United States Auto Club is no …

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Anvil Alpacas

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Republic County Ag Impact 2017

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

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Talking chicken

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

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Whooping cranes at Talmo

Wildlife and Parks closes hunting area until whoopers leave www.thebellevilletelescope.com Thursday, November 30th, 2017 The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has announced that the Talmo Marsh located in southern Republic County is closed to all activity because of the presence of whooping cranes. “The area will reopen when the whooping cranes leave,” says a …

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Economic development is key to any community’s survival

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

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‘Gut check’ for businesses

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

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Is value worth the cost? (RCED)

Councilman puts economic development under the microscope By Fred Arnold Belleville Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com Are the funds the city of Belleville spends on economic development worth the investment? That was the question asked by one member of the city council on Monday. During the portion of this week’s agenda relegated for paying the bills, Dr. …

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Grower Meeting

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

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Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 25, 2017 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. The Saturday following Thanksgiving plays hide and seek between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but easily stands on its own as one of the most important shopping days of the year. Founded seven …

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

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

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Holiday Events 2017

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

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Watching the Weather

Native turns childhood interest into watchful eye WEATHER on the sky By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com If some people follow whichever way the wind blows, it might not be a compliment. But it was a strong wind that pushed Regina Bird into her career, a job where she spends her days warning friends about …

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County attorney search begins

James accepts state job regulating amusement parks By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com The search is on for a new Republic County Attorney. Marlea James, who has served as county attorney nine years, submitted her official resignation Monday to Republic County Commissioners. November 12 is her last day at work. James has been hired by …

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Small Business Needs

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

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A Growing Classroom

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

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A place to call home

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

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Local Businesses attend Destination Bootcamp

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

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$28,900 in tax credits available in county

Republic County Economic Development has been awarded $28,900 in tax credits from a state program to add to the revolving loan fund pool. RCED has raised over $300,000 for the revolving loan fund through tax credits and grants from NetWork Kansas while approving six loans totaling $219,145 since 2014, says RCED director Luke Mahin. Republic …

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Poultry plant proposed

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

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Full force

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

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Set in Stone: Arch – Anderson Farm

Remnants of Courtland farm preserved for history By Cynthia Scheer – Special to the Telescope www.thebellevilletelescope.com The Anderson farm near Courtland may be gone, but several buildings from it have been saved, including a stone smokehouse moved to Belleville and part of a stone barn that serves as a main street gateway in Courtland. The …

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Business opportunity

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

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Things I ponder about the school bond

Viewpoint Deb Hadachek Editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com Twenty years ago, Republic County Hospital started to plan for renovations needed to a 50-year old building When all the wants and needs were tallied, the total came to $12 to $14 million. Too much, said the hospital board. So everyone got their heads together and whittled and pared and …

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FREE Small Business Courses

Republic County Economic Development in partnership with LRS Consulting, will be offering free small business courses to Republic County and Cloud County residents. The first two courses will be Wednesday, October 11th and the third course is Wednesday, October 18th. October 11th 5:30 – 9:30 pm Meeting the 3Ms – Learning the Basics of Money, Marketing & …

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Rural Voices Youth Contest Announced

Announcing the 2017-2018 Rural Voices Contest The Rural Voices contest is sponsored by the North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC), Beloit, Kansas, to engage the youth of North Central Kansas in thoughtful reflection on rural Kansas and to promote a discussion among citizens based on their insights. The contest, which launched in 2006, has now …

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HWY 36 Treasure Hunt – Sept. 15-17th

Doubters proved wrong 12th year of Treasure Hunt brings new travelers to US36 By Deb Hadachek Belleville Telescope editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com “It will never work.” That’s what a friend told Paul Kallman a dozen years ago when local members of the US36 Highway Association proposed a 400-mile long flea market along the route from state border …

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We should value in-home care

Viewpoint Deb Hadachek Editor www.thebellevilletelescope.com It was good news/bad news to learn the Republic County Health Department is once again certified to offer home health care to Medicare clients–but is having trouble finding registered nurses to staff the service. Home health has become an issue as nursing home costs skyrocket. Medicare continually tightens the screws …

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Mental health assistance

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

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‘Where do we go from here?’

Belleville council wants to sell empty downtown lots, but not too quickly By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com Proceed. But proceed cautiously. That was the message members of the Belleville city council put forth Monday following discussion on what the next step is in developing a viable project for the open block of downtown lots. …

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2018 Student and Business Internship Opportunities

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

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G. L. Huyett Project Drive Grant

Grants are awarded in increments of $500 or greater, up to $35,000* for one project, to individuals, institutions or organizations within a 50-mile radius of Minneapolis, KS, to help fund projects that improve our communities. A maximum of $35,000 will be awarded in any one year. G.L. Huyett reserves the right to award less than $35,000 in a single …

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DYK? Anvil Alpacas

Did you know that Brenda and Ray Danielson raise and sell alpaca products at their farm north of Belleville? They are located between Republic and Belleville and not far off the “Republic black top”. It would be a great stop between the Pawnee Indian Village Museum and HWY 81. Raymond & Brenda Danielson 1880 130 …

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Republic County welcomes nine new teachers this fall

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

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Set in Stone: Lachman house

Mystery surrounds Cuba-area’s old Lachman house By Cynthia Scheer – Telescope News www.thebellevilletelescope.com The history of several of Republic County’s stone houses is unknown, and many locals say the people who would know anything about them are gone. Such is the case with the stone house Margaret Lachman refers to as “the original homestead.” The rural …

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City cracks down on commercial property

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

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ROZ – Kansas Income Tax Credit

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

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KHC offers free speakers for non-profits

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

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Aerial view of Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site

Click to see video- https://www.facebook.com/pawneeindianmuseum/videos/1092572727539583/ This drone footage of the Pawnee Indian Museum clearly shows the depressions where the earth lodges were located, and if you look even closer you can make out a fortification wall and storage pit depressions! We would like to extend a huge thank you to Dylan Howard who took this great …

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81 Connection – Belleville to Salina Bus Route

Service Characteristics The bus service has three bi-directional trips each day, Monday through Friday, with stops along Highway 81/135 in Belleville, Concordia, Beloit (at the Highway 24/Highway 81 junction), Minneapolis, and Salina.  There are two identifiable buses with three drivers along the route each day.   An additional 4th route could be added if needed. Transportation …

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City to sell TIC, downtown lots

By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher www.thebellevilletelescope.com On Monday Belleville city leaders voted to officially sell the closed Travel Information Center building on US81 and 12th ST, and the downtown lots are commonly known as the Republic Hotel block. On a 5-1 vote, with councilman Doane Sells casting the only dissenting ballot, the TIC will be …

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Bond vote a go

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