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The February, 2020



The Newsleaf

Vol. 17  Issue 2












JOB TITLE:           Temporary Program Technician – CO

DEPARTMENT:   United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

AGENCY:              Farm Service Agency (FSA)

SALARY RANGE:               $28,083 to $40,981


DUTY LOCATION:              Effingham, Kansas (Atchison County)

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Atchison County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a temporary full-time Program Technician position beginning at a Grade 3 or Grade 4, Grade 7 potential.  Salary range is $28,083 to $40,981 depending on knowledge and experience.  Depending on the duration of the temporary appointment, health benefits may be offered.  An agricultural background and general computer knowledge is not required, but could be helpful.  Applications (FSA-675, Application for FSA County Employment and KSAs - Knowledge, Skills & Abilities) may be picked up at the Atchison County FSA Office, Effingham, KS between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Applications and KSAs must be returned to the office no later than 4:30 pm, Thursday, February 20th, 2020.  USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer, and Lender.


There are no special forms for the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities statements:

(1)  Ability to communicate orally.

(2)  Ability to communicate in writing.

(3)  Ability to identify and resolve problems.

(4)  Knowledge of FSA Farm Programs and practices.

(5)  Skill in using computers.




February 4, 2020

Candidates Named

Atchison County Community Junior Senior High School is pleased to announce the candidates for 2020 King and Queen of Mats. Queen candidates are Jayden McNerny, daughter of Joel McNerny and Leann McNerny; Graci Postma, daughter of Michael Postma and Kelli Parkey; and Liberty Sterling, daughter of Ta-Talinda Bain and granddaughter of Lynn and Darlene Moore. King candidates are Brayden Brull, son of Jeff and Tracy Brull; Colton Scholz, son of Trevor and Kristie Scholz; and Jacob Wood, son of Kelly and Gail Wood. The crowning ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 6, 2020, in the ACCES Gym, at 5:30 p.m., prior to the home wrestling dinner dual.

In the banner they are L-R: Brayden Brull, Graci Postma, Colton Scholz, Jayden McNerny, Jacob Wood, and Liberty Sterling.













Navinskey Signs With Ottawa

Levi Navinskey signed a letter of intent to play football for the Ottawa University Braves in the fall of 2020 after his graduation from ACCHS.  Congratulations to Levi and his family.






New Chamber Leadership ~ Chamber Press Release

We would like to welcome our new additions to the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce, Jim Rowland and Andrea Clements. Jim will take over leadership of the Chamber on a consulting basis.

Jim brings a wealth of business and public service experience to the Chamber consulting in rural communities across Kansas on a variety of topics and issues. Jim has led efforts in communities on a host of issues including: economic development, business recruitment, business retention, entrepreneurial development, economic development incentives policy, community development, strategic assessment and recommendations for the path forward of organizations including chambers. 

Jim and his wife Denise moved to Atchison just over three years ago to assist with grandchildren. They have three adult children (two Benedictine graduates) and seven grandchildren. Jim has quickly immersed himself into the Atchison community serving on the Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Atchison Hospital Board.

The Chamber will begin a self-assessment to determine what’s working and what needs to be refined, as well as reaching out to a variety of stakeholders to address their specific issues with the goal to build a long-term sustainable plan for the Chamber. 

Andrea will serve in a leadership role working on strategic planning, business outreach, tourism, event planning and internal management.

Andrea’s professional background includes management roles in the social service and health-related nonprofit sector.

Most recently, Andrea has served as Director of Live Well Live Atchison. Andrea was responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the mission and strategic direction set by the board. Principal duties included: managing the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services; provide leadership for day-to-day operations and short-term and long-term objectives; oversee financial planning, development, and management, including grant writing, budget preparation and securing adequate funding for the operation of the organization; and plan and implement community relations and government advocacy initiatives.

Andrea spent her childhood visiting grandparents and family in Atchison while Andrea’s husband, Chris was born and raised in Atchison. Andrea and Chris moved to Atchison six years ago and have committed to raising their two young children in Atchison. Andrea is very involved in community boards and organizations such as the Economic Development Advisory Group, Atchison Rotary Club, Tourism Council of the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce, P.E.O. Sisterhood, Atchison Family YMCA Advisory Board and Leadership Atchison.



From Pastor Al

walk confidently

between behind & before

darkness left & right

knowing that our unseen Guide

accompanies & directs

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalms 23:4


Christian friend, 

One often hears Christians talking about tithing, giving 10%.  

That works, one can support church & helping ministries from that percentage.

But here is the center of the New Testament teaching on giving:

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NIV

In other words, not so much a percentage, as a voluntary life attitude leading to action, leading to blessing.

Be blessed, friends.

Al Schirmacher


Unapproved Minutes of the January 28 Meeting of the Atchison Co. Commission

Pursuant to the law, the Atchison County Commission Board met in Regular Session at 1:00 PM on the 1st floor of the courthouse, 423 N 5th St. Atchison, KS. Chairman Jack Bower called the meeting to order with Commissioner Henry W. Pohl, Commissioner Eric Noll, and County Counselor Patrick Henderson present for the meeting. Deputy County Election Officer, Kalee Vanderweide recorded the minutes.

The Board recited the pledge of allegiance to start the meeting.

*Public Comment:

There were no Public Comments.

Minutes of the January 21, 2020 meeting were reviewed with no corrections noted.

Commissioner Pohl made the motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Noll seconded the motion. Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

*Commissioner Comments and Committee Reports:

Chairman Bower stated he attended a Solid Waste meeting on January 22, 2020.

They had an election of officers and Ted Graf was elected President and Mike Wilson was elected Vice-President. A joint resolution was passed in 2014 between the City and the County. The City and the County should both approve the budget for the Joint Communications Board. This is funded through the 911 taxes and fees in a separate interlocal agreement, dealing with Solid Waste and Joint Communications. No interlocal agreement has been made with the City since 2014.

*New Business Before the Board:

Chairman Bower presented the Annual Noxious Weed Eradication Progress Report.

Commissioner Pohl made a motion to approve the report as presented. Commissioner Noll seconded the motion. Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

Chairman Bower presented a purchase order to Converge One, for Cisco Smartnet Maintenance/Licensing for County Routers, Switches, Firewall, and ECMU for Phone System, in the amount of $11,649.60. Commissioner Noll made a motion to approve the purchase order to Converge One, in the amount of $11,649.60. Commissioner Pohl seconded the motion. Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

*County Counselor Updates:

County Counselor Patrick Henderson shared with the Board that Kelly Fuemmeler gave notice that she does not want to remain on the panel of appointed attorneys for Misdemeanor and Juvenile cases. Counselor Henderson stated that Robert Steffen has agreed to come onto the panel and Counselor Henderson has a contract for attorney services. Commissioner Pohl made a motion to enter into contract for attorney services with Robert Steffen, on the panel for Misdemeanor and Juvenile cases. Commissioner Noll seconded the motion. Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

Counselor Henderson shared with the Board that he reached out to Julia Clem about being on the Judicial Nominating Commission. Ms. Clem is willing to be on the panel for another 4-year term. This will be discussed at the February 18, 2020 meeting. Counselor Henderson recommends appointing Julia Clem to the panel again.

Add, abate, escapes for real estate and personal property taxes were presented to be approved.

Bills were presented to be signed.

Commissioner Noll made the motion to adjourn at 1:14 pm. Commissioner Pohl seconded the motion. Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

*Note: Once approved these minutes will be the official minutes of the Board of County Commissioners. Regular meetings of the Board of County Commissioners are video-recorded. The video of these meeting is generally available for supplementation of the minutes. The videos can be located under the Government tab at

Attest: Kalee Vanderweide, Deputy County Election Officer


February 1, 2020


Rose Mary (Tuley) Barnett, 95, died Thursday, January 30th, 2020 at the Mission Village Care Center, Horton, KS.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, Feb. 6th, 2020 at the Becker Chapel, 402 3rd St. Effingham, KS with Rev. Jeff Cochran officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery, Effingham, KS.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Freedom Hospice or the Effingham Library and may be sent in care of the funeral home.  Condolences to the family may be left online at

Rose Mary Tuley was born on June 13, 1924 in Muscotah, KS the daughter of Frank C. and Bertha B. (Delfelder) Tuley. She graduated from Atchison County Community High School in 1942.  Rose Mary was the first cook for the hot lunch program at the Effingham Elementary School, beginning in the 1955-56 school year. In 1966 the school district unified all elementary schools and she prepared meals for all of them at Effingham Grade School. In 1976 she moved to the high school as the kitchen manager.  In 1977 she became the supervisor for the district and retired in 1986.  Rose Mary was made an Honorary Member of the ACCHS Future Farmers Association.  She was a member of the Effingham Union Church, was an active member of Areme Chapter#231 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Effingham. She served several times as Worthy Matron and was District Aid of District # 2, in 1968-69. Rose Mary was very involved with the growth of the Effingham Library through the Effingham Community Club. She served on the Library Board and worked at the library when needed. She and her husband Bob enjoyed camping and after their retirement, they traveled with their dog Tiger to Arizona for a warmer winter for several years.

She was married to Robert A. Barnett on Feb. 19, 1944 in Atchison Kansas. He preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 2014.  Survivors include two daughters; Lana Jo (Berry) Snyder, Deland, FL and Sherry (Jake) Vanderslice, Horton, KS , five grandchildren; Rachael, Kelli, Lucas, Sara and Emily,  and eight great grandchildren.  Her parents, husband Robert, a son Robert W. Barnett, and daughter, Mary Lou Barnett and a sister, Peggy Dryden preceded her in death.


MUSCOTAH NEWS ~ Susan Higley

Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl! It was an exciting game with a great come back for the Chiefs. I imagine a lot of TVs were turned to the big game with a lot of snacks being devoured. The half time program was not my favorite but sure that many enjoyed it. Congratulations Chiefs! Quarterback Patrick Mahomes said in the postgame interview to always have faith, look forward and not behind. We can all relate to that. Looking forward to next year to see if the Chiefs can return to the Super Bowl two years in a row.

Wow what a great sight on Saturday and Sunday – the SUN!. We have more than our share of cloudy, dreary days. The city streets and country roads are sure muddy. We didn’t have that much moisture but when it melted there was water everywhere.  Sounds like another storm moving in the middle of the week. Spring is getting closer and the days are getting longer.

There are still a few 2020 calendars from the Muscotah Cancer Support Group. They are still available in several locations for $7.00 with proceeds going to help local cancer patients with extra expenses. The calendars will also be available from Renee George, Deanna Higley, Helen Ashton, and Susan Higley, Cancer Group members. We would like to thank everyone in advance for helping us to provide assistance to local cancer patients in Brown, Atchison and Jackson Counties.


Just Sit Right Back and You'll Hear a Tale

~ Kim Baldwin, McPherson County farmer and rancher

I recently overheard a deep breakfast conversation between my husband and kids regarding the TV show they were viewing. It was such a good conversation I didn’t want to interrupt the thought process, so I remained sitting in the living room, eavesdropping and trying to control my giggles. Plus, I wanted to see how my husband would handle our daughter’s questions. 

We’ve been without cable or satellite television for a few years now, so generally during breakfast the kids get to watch something we’ve recorded on our TiVo. While we have quite a diverse collection of recordings, we generally select a program from PBS like “Odd Squad,” “Molly of Denali” or “Peg Plus Cat” before school. The kids are really into science, math and adventures, so these three shows are a pretty regular morning rotation in our home.

However, on this particular morning the conversation centered around these people who got lost and ended up being stranded on a tropical island after a three-hour tour. Yes, my kids also love watching “Gilligan’s Island” which airs on a local television channel. We have maintained a steady viewing of the 1960s sitcom for the last few years. In fact, our son requested to have a “Gilligan’s Island” themed birthday party once. There are many days I question my parenting tactics and decisions but allowing the kids to watch “Gilligan’s Island” has never caused me to fret.

During this breakfast conversation, my 4-year-old daughter was trying to make sense of the overall storyline.

“Let me tell you, Daddy,” she began. “I’d be working on fixing the holes in that boat if I got stuck on an island. Why didn’t they try to fix the holes?”

My 7-year-old would chime in to try to defend the plot and to help her better understand.

“Isannah, they’re stranded on an island, they don’t have the tools,” Banks would point out. 

“If they don’t have tools, then why do they live in nice huts made from bamboo and trees?” she countered. 

Silence. She did have a good point.

Isannah then moved on to her next item, “And let me tell you something else,” she said. “I wouldn’t take the boat at night — that’s when there’s waves!” I think she was referencing the opening scene of the show when the S.S. Minnow was tossed about by waves when the weather started getting rough. It was dark.

“Isannah, there’s always waves day and night,” Banks pointed out. “It’s in the ocean.”

Silence. He had a good point.

Clearly, as they continued this back-and-forth dialogue, both children had different perspectives related to the tale of the seven castaways. 

All the while, my husband, Adam, would nod his head and make random sounds to ensure the kids knew he was listening to them both. But ultimately, the kids led the conversation and Adam was not needed to referee the chat. 

Not once did either of them get upset or belittle the other’s argument. Not once did either of them start screaming at the other or call the other names. Not once did either of them get frustrated and end the conversation.  

While I think “Gilligan’s Island” provides entertainment for my family, it also is clearly causing my kids to think and verbalize their thoughts with one another in a civil conversation.

Perhaps we all need some little ones discussing “Gilligan’s Island” over breakfast from time to time to help remind us as adults how to interact with others who might have differing views.

After all, if the kids can model civil discourse, surely the rest of us can, too.

"Insight" is a weekly column published by Kansas Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm organization whose mission is to strengthen agriculture and the lives of Kansans through advocacy, education and service. 


HISTORY IS FUN by Robert D. Caplinger

Old news from the 1942 Issues of Effingham New Leaf

          WEDDING OF JEANETTE GIBSON TO RALPH HUDSON.  "On July 2, 1942, Miss Jeanette Gibson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gibson of Arrington, and Ralph Hudson of Dallas, Texas were married at the home of the bride's aunt, Mrs. Henry Ford, in Kansas City, Kansas.  Miss Joan Blair, her cousin was the only attendant.  Mrs. Hudson, after graduating from Atchison High School completed the Commercial course at ACCHS and had a year's employment of office work in Kansas City.

          "It was while she and Mr. Hudson were attending high school that their romance began.  At the time, his father was manager of Ramsay store in Atchison.

          "Mr. Hudson is employed in the North American bomber plant, 15 miles from Dallas."

          LOST AT SEA.  "Gilmore J. Gigstad, 42 year old sailor, with the nations merchant marine and a Navy veteran of World War I, has been reported missing by the U. S. Coast Guard, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Gigstad of Everest learned last week.

          "A chief mate on a merchant ship which had been in service between the United States and West Indies and South American ports, he presumably was lost when his ship was torpedoed.

          PRISONER OF WAR?  "Chas Underwood, who attended ACCHS when the family lived on a farm near Effingham, has been reported as missing or a Japanese prisoner since the fall of Bataan, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Underwood of Topeka.  Nothing will be definitely known until Japan sends a list of her prisoners through Geneva.  His younger brother Ernest is working as engineer on the bomber base at Pauline .  He and his wife live in Topeka.

          NEW ARRIVAL NAMED.  "Rebecca Ann is the name given to the little daughter who recently arrived at the Wm Hinz home."


          "Leo Diebolt of Ft. Leavenworth spent the week end with home folks.  Leo had his first plane ride last week and really likes it.  His only objection was that the trip didn't last long enough."

          "John Gerety has had another promotion.  He is now a Staff Sergeant at Ft. Leavenworth."

          "Everest Proctor, pharmacist at the Stutz Drug Store left today for Leavenworth to be inducted into the army.  He hopes to be put in the medical corps."

          "Bob Miller has been transferred to Venice, Calif., where he is in charge of anti-aircraft guns.  Bob's mother was formerly Amy Taliaferro."

          "Ted Winzer, son of Mrs. Gladys Winzer, county superintendent, is on his way overseas in a United States bomber.  He is a co-pilot in the aviation corps."

          "Carl Weinmann is in the navy at Ft. Harrison, near Indianapolis Ind."

          "Dale Gechter, near Everest, who is in camp at El Paso, Texas, was recently taken to the hospital after breaking two bones in his leg when he jumped from a ten foot wall during maneuvers.  Dale's leg was injured last fall when his motorcycle collided with a car.  Dale is the young man who stayed at the Earl Johnson home and graduated from ACCHS."

          "Barnett Bales of Muscotah was graduated last week from the Officers Candidate school at Ft. Sill, Okla., and commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the field artillery.  He is a non-commissioned officer from the former Horton Battery F. Kansas National Guard.  The son of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Bales, Lt. Bales now will be stationed at Camp Campbell, Ky."

          "Reginald Sloman is in the quartermasters corps at Camp Warren, Cheyenne, Wyo."


          "Melvin Besancon of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, is home on a 12 day furlough."

          "Roy Smith, son of Thos Smith off Arrington has completed his preliminary training in the U. S. Marine Corps and has been assigned to the naval training school at Toledo, Ohio, for a 16  week specialized intensive training course."

          "JUNK RALLY,  Effingham and all of Atchison County expects to get their junk rally under way so it can be culminated by Sept. 12.  Everyone is asked to help the defense problem by bringing in all old metal, scrap iron and steel, copper and brass, aluminum, zinc, lead, also rubber.  Committees over the county have been named for the purpose of collecting all salvage, that is to be turned in at certain places."

          "Roy Roloff, 1st class private of Lancaster was home on a furlough and enjoyed the Fair.  He is located at Salt Lake City.  Roy is a fine looking soldier and a brother of Miss Cora Roloff of the Farm Bureau office."

          HURON STATE BANK SELLS.  "The Huron State Bank has sold its assets to the State Bank of Lancaster.  J. S. Grimes, the assistant cashier at Huron, will take a position in the Lancaster bank and Tom Smith, cashier, will retire because of ill health."

          HISTORY FROM OBITUARY OF MRS. JACOB SMITH.  "Mrs. Jacob Smith, 65, passed away at her home near Monrovia, Saturday, Aug. 1,1942. 

          "Theresa Rumminiger was born in Germany, Oct. 1, 1877.  She was left homeless at the age of six months.  Her father and grandfather cared for her until she was 14 years old when an uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Chas Dean, of Leona, Kan. sent a ticket and invited her to visit them.  She made the trip alone, but after arriving here, the dread of a return trip across the Atlantic caused her to remain and she became one of the United States' worthy and loyal citizens.

          "January 29, at the age of 17, she became the bride of Jacob Smith of Highland, Kan.  To them was born one son, Henry Smith.

          "Until ten years ago, the family resided near Highland when they moved to Winchester.  A year ago, they removed to a home near Monrovia to be near their son and his family.

          "Surviving beside her husband, the son and his wife are three grandchildren, Laura, 20 years old, a beautiful young woman and senior at Highland college; Leslie, 11 years old, a nice looking boy, and pretty little Joan, 4 years old."

          CUNNINGHAM BIRTHDAY PARTY.  "Ellen Marie, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Cunningham was a year old last Sunday.  The event was celebrated with a dinner, when her grandpa Cunningham, aunt Nora Cunningham and Grandma Novinski were guests.  A feature of the dinner was a birthday cake and ice cream.

          HISTORY FROM OBITUARY OF MRS. H. A. McLENON.  "Mrs. H. A. McLenon, 57, died at her home northwest of Effingham on August 24, 1942.

          "Helen Grace Tuley, daughter of Helen and John Tuley, was born on a farm six miles northeast of Effingham, April 2, 1885.

          "When a girl, she attended the Old Huron school and graduated at the Everest high school, after which she taught five years at Madison and Crane, now known as Pleasant Ridge.

          "She was united in marriage to H. A. McLenon, Sept. 23, 1908.  The young couple went to housekeeping on what is now the Chas Nyhart farm.  After the death of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo McLenon, they then moved to the McLenon farm home.  Later they built their present modern home that the family enjoyed to the utmost.

          "She leaves her husband, two daughters, Mary, a teacher, and Jeanette, both of the home; two sons, George, employed by the Blish, Mize & Silliman Hardware in Atchison, and Corp. Lester McLenon of Ft. Leavenworth; a brother, Frank Tuley, Effingham; and a little grandson, Larry McLenon."




Vol. 17  Issue 1




 As some of you may noticed, I took a vacation from the Newsleaf after the Dec. 10, 2019 Edition.  (Two emails and two comments asking me where I had been)  Kind of makes me wonder if there was anyone there for a while.

Anyway, the plan for now is to post news as it comes in and not make a big all at once effort to put out a weekly edition.  Items will be posted under separate heading for the date of the posting.  The newest items will appear on the top and if you want to catch up on old news you will just scroll down the page.  At the end of each month, the news for that month will be archived and appear in our "Past Editions" link at the top left of this page.  If you would like to make comments or suggestions, feel free to email me at

January 31, 2019

Today is the 60th Anniversary of James and Olive Higley of Nortonville.  Congratulations to them.

USD 377 News

Brayden Brull, Colton Scholz, Jacob Wood, and Jayden McNerny, Graci Postma, and Liberty Sterling have been named as candidates for the ACCJSHS King and Queen of Mats.



The Atchison County Spelling Bee is scheduled to begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.   Parents and other interested visitors are welcome to attend the spelling bee. If in the event that a snow date must be scheduled, Wednesday, February 5th will be that date. 

Participating schools include Atchison Elementary and Atchison Middle School, Atchison County Elementary and Junior High, Trinity Lutheran, and St. Benedicts Catholic Elementary/Middle. One participant  from the county spelling bee will then progress to the Regional Spelling Bee to be held at Newman University in Wichita on March 21st.


The Talking Tigers Forensics team competed January 25, 2020 at the Sabetha HS tournament. Congratulations to Victoria Caplinger, who placed 2nd in Impromptu Speaking! This qualifies Victoria for the 3A State Championships in May. The Talking Tigers will compete Nemaha Central on Feb. 1, and Riverside on Feb. 8. High School students interested in joining the forensics team should speak with Mrs. Walters for more information. We'd love for our team to grow, and there are still plenty of tournaments to go this season.

The team will be hosting the Talking Tigers Invitational Tournament at the JSH on Feb. 29, 2020. We are looking for adults interested in serving as judges, as well as students helpers (this is an excellent way to earn service hours or Hero points). Please contact Mrs. Walters at the JSH if you're available to help.


Signing Letters of Intent

Tues Feb 4th at 1:30 Pm ACCHS Library Levi Navinsky will sign with Ottawa university for Football.

Thurs Feb 6th at 2:30 Pm ACCHS Library Tucker Smith will sign with Bethel for Football.




Sarah Kimmi, a graduating senior at Atchison County Community High School, has been named one of more than 4,500 candidates in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2020.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields. Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among that year’s senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. All Scholars are invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House sponsored ceremony.

A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select approximately 600 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.

Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.

Sarah is the daughter of Gene and Angie Kimmi.

For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, parents and students can call the U.S. Presidential Scholars Office at 507.931.8345, or send an e-mail to



Gals of Grace is a coffee shop/boutique opened in May by Penny Linscott and Marcy Noll. The buildings on Main St. in Nortonville were purchased by Marcy and her husband Tony Noll.  Gals of Grace has women’s and children’s clothing, purses and accessories as well as gift items. The Farmerettes, Ravishing Ritzy Effy Ladies and the Union Church gals are some of the locals who have supported the new venture.  Effingham residents as well as many Atchison county folks have frequented the beautiful 1805 restored building.  Many say the cinnamon rolls and pasteries paired with the Gals of Grace blend coffee are the best around!  



The Effie Ladies enjoyed lunching at the Young Dragon in Atchison January 21.  Those attending were Elaine Oakleaf, Sue Dahl, Nancy Fasse, Ruth Beal, Nancy Keith and Alice Johnson and one guest Elizabeth Beal, Pennsylvania.   Elizabeth was in Kansas to help her mother-in-law Ruth Beal recuperate after knee surgery.  Everyone enjoyed the buffet. After dining, Sue carried out the Chinese theme by giving everyone a Fortune Card for 2020 Year of the Rat. She said that the Chinese New Year is January 25.  She also shared everyone’s Chinese Horoscope.  It depended on the year you were born.  

Sue and Nancy Keith planned the event.  Janie Moser and Crystal Potts are planning the February event.  The Effie Ladies have been invited to the February 8th Fellowship Dinner hosted by the Nite Circle at the Union Church Christian Education Building.  Several of the ladies plan to go.



The Mary Martha Circle is hosting its annual soup dinner Sunday, February 9 from 11:00 a.m to 12:30 at the Effingham Union Church Christian Ed Bldg.  They will be serving Chicken Noodle Soup, Vegetable Beef Soup and Chili plus home bake pies.  There will be a free will offering.  Everyone is welcome to attend.



Despite the cold misty rain threatening to turn to snow more than 150 people turned out for the 76th Annual Meeting of the Atchison County Conservation District, on January 23 at the Atchison County Community High School and it was worth it.  The smoked pork chops prepared by Jack Noll was the best you ever ate. The delicious meal was prepared by Debbie Schneider and provided by and served by the area bankers.   Before the meal Harvey Fasse gave the blessing and after the meal everyone gathered in the auditorium for the meeting.  Chairman Keith Taliaferro presided over the meeting and introduced Brian Handke from the Exchange National Bank as the key banker. He also thanked the bankers for their support by sponsoring the meal.  The meeting was call to order by ACCHS FFA.

 Abby Goins, Kansas State FFA Vice President, was the keynote speaker.  She is a sophomore at K State.  The topic of her message was “How to Change our Actions to Preserve Future Resources”.  She said that the honey bee population has been declining since 1950, but people are working to save the bees because they are absolutely necessary for sustaining our food supply.  People see the challenge and seek to be part of the solution, and they are making a difference.  The bee needs three things—right treatment, safe environment and treated for infestation of insects that seek to destroy them.  She liken the survival of the bee to sustaining young leaders in agriculture.  There are three aspects for them to flourish.  Diverse opportunities, a safe place to fail and encouragement and support from the community.

Election of officers was held with Jeff Hall being re-elected and Curtis Wiedmaier elected.  Chairman Keith Taliaferro is resigning after eleven years. He received a plaque for his many years’ of service. 

The poster winners were announced.  The theme was “What Would We Do Without the Pollinators?”.  One hundred and ninety-eight students submitted posters.  The winners are: Kindergarten: 1st—Brinley Bodenhausen, 2nd—Anna Goodpasture, 3rd—Emmett Handke;  First Grade: 1st--Lynlee Drimmel, 2nd—Jeremiah Bratton, 3rd--Blake Chew; Second Grade—1st Ben Oom, 2nd Saranda Mckee, 3rd Maisie Gilliland; Third Grade—1st Lexi Bilderback, 2nd Allison Drimmel,3rd MaKenna Grace; Fourth Grade,---1st Aubrey Wiedmaier, 2nd Austin Vanderpool, 3rd Addison Wilbourn;   Fifth Grade—1st Evan Falk, 2nd Christian Simmers, 3rd Ava Handke; Sixth Grade—1st Aaron Fassnacht, 2nd Tessa McAlexander, 3rd Amaya Caylor.  Lexi Bilderback received the grand prize award of a bicycle. 

Ray Ladd assisted by Brian Handke presented the 2019 Conservation Awards to Steve and Melissa Fuhrman and Fowler Farms II LLC Brian and Darren Fowler. Ray remarked that the decision maker decided to be a difference maker.  By utilizing protection of soil with the new technology of today they are preserving the land for future generations. That is what Fowlers and Fuhrmans did. 

 Tyler Warner presented the Wildlife Award to Rick Vanderweide Family.

The meeting was closed by the FFA members. 

A collection was taken for the Atchison Food Bank at the door.  Last year they collected 248. 



Traveling with the K-State Wildcats en route to Antarctica for an expedition.  Atchison County is well represented with Joe Paul Miller and wife, Louise, Tim and Janet Hargrove.  

Shown in the picture at the Half Moon Island in the South Shetlands are the traveling Cats.   The Antartica landing was later that day.   Temperature was about 37 degrees.  They were about 10,000+ miles away from home.



The Effingham Community Club met January 27 in the City Council Room with 16 members and four guests including Jan Falk, Debbie Falk, Ray and Cindy Ladd.  Jan was the guest speaker.  First she gave some fun facts about Kansas in honor of Kansas Day, January 29. She also said the honey bee was named the official Kansas State Insect in 1976. Seventeen other states has named the honey bee as their state insect because they deemed the bee to be a valued asset. 

Jan is a bee keeper and honey bees was the subject of her program. She says bees are interesting little critters and she convinced club members that bees are truly fascinating little critters. She emphasized the importance of bees.  She said “One out of three bites of food is due to honey>”

Bees are not native to America.  It is thought that the bees were brought to American shores in 1620s when the second ship of pilgrims arrived.    Then when the pioneers spread across the nation they took bees to pollinate their crops and orchards.  The bees love red clover but white clover is their favorite. 

 All the bees have their jobs.  The queen bee lays 20,000 eggs a day.  The drones’, who has no stinger, job is to mate with the queen bee.  The female workers bees, who does have stingers, do various jobs depending on their age.  The tasks range from taking care of the larvae to when the worker bee is fully mature to collect pollen. Their lifespan is very short from 28 to 35 days. Making honey is hard work for the workers.  It takes 8 ounces of honey to produce an ounce wax. 

Jan brought a bee hive absent the bees, which the club members appreciated, to illustrate how to care for the bees.  She also brought her tools to show how to collect the honey.   Last year she collected 25 lbs of honey.

It was very interesting and the members enjoyed hearing about the bees. 

Between the program and business meeting, the hostess Beverly Jeffrey served refreshments.   Co-chairperson Sue Richenburg presided over the meeting.  The meeting was opened with the flag salute, the club song, America, and the club collect.  Lorraine Strine gave devotions and concluded with a prayer.  The members answered roll call by telling something that Kansas produces.  The club received a thank you from the veterans’ hospital for the monetary gift and thank yous from Sally Ellerman and Cindy Ladd for the donation to the Farmerette Flag Project.  Debbie Falk gave the annual library report. 

 The members voted to have the book discussion on The Atlas of Happiness  by Helen Russell February 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the library. They also voted to give a donation to After Prom Committee and to the Library’s Summer Reading Program for the youth. 

The next meeting is February 24. The hostesses are Debbie Coder, Elaine Stuck, and Denny Cunningham.  The program will be on Area Agency on Aging.  Nancy Fasse will give devotions.



The Chamber of Commerce Board is excited to announce that Jim Rowland will be the new Executive Director of the Atchison Chamber of Commerce. He replaces Jacque Pregont, who is retiring today after 11 years of dedicated service as the President of the Chamber. 

Jim Rowland is currently the Executive Director of the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority (Kaufmann and Arrowhead Stadiums). He has served as a City Councilman for the City of Kansas City. He has a background in teaching, IT consulting, and as an economic development consultant for small Kansas communities throughout the state. 

During this transition, the Chamber of Commerce will continue to deliver quality services to all of its members without interruption.

Please welcome Jim to his new role as Executive Director of the Atchison Chamber of Commerce!


Farmer meeting – Nitrogen Management

The annual educational program for Atchison and Jefferson county farmers will be held on Tuesday, February 11 in Nortonville. This mid-morning to noon program will be hosted at the Knights of Columbus Hall with gathering at 9:45.

Nitrogen management will be the main theme as K-States’ Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz gives an update to growers on best use of this key nutrient for plant growth. We will talk about sources, timing, crop needs, stabilizers, and tissue and soil testing. Corn and grass have the greatest response to proper nitrogen use as growers match the needs of crop.

Additionally, new weed specialist, Sara Lancaster, will be attending to meet producers of the area and to gather first-hand information on our local weed issues.

With farmers needing to complete their risk management plan with the Farm Service Agency by March 15, a brief review of those options will be shared by David Hallauer of Meadowlark Extension District.

We will conclude with lunch.

There is no cost to attend but we would appreciate a reservation to the Atchison County Extension Office by noon of Monday, February 10 by calling 913-833-5450 or email to

Kansas State University is committed to making its service, activities and programs accessible to all participants. If you have special physical needs, please contact the Extension Office. K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer.




Marjorie Ruth (Kling) Doyen, 85, of Bartlesville, Ok. passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020.  Marj was born to the late Henry and Marie (Clark) Kling.  Marj was the youngest of 6 children and spent the first part of her childhood on a farm outside of Howard, Kansas.  She attended a one room school, where she was combined with the class above her, effectively skipping the 2nd grade.  She graduated from Howard High School before turning 17 and started college at Emporia State Teachers College shortly after turning 17.  She obtained an Education degree, with emphasis on business education.

Her first teaching job was in Mulvane, Kansas where she met her husband Mark through a blind date arranged by Mark's brother, who taught with Marj.  Mark and Marj were married on Marj's 22nd birthday and celebrated 63 years of marriage on their last anniversary.  Marj later obtained a Masters degree in Learning Disabilities.  She taught in this area for many years, striving to adapt her teaching approach to ensure each student could learn in a manner most effective for them.  Marj retired from teaching in 1994 from Kingman High School.  Mark and Marj, over their teaching careers, lived in Circleville, Barnes, Effingham, Cuba, and Norwich, Kansas.  They moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 2011.

Marj enjoyed playing card games and was an avid bridge player.  She played internet bridge and formed some close friendships with players around the world that she met online.  Marj was also an avid reader and you could often find her with her nose stuck in a book.  She was a history buff and liked reading books related to historical events.  In part due to all of Mark’s coaching activities, she became an avid sports fan.  She would cheer on the local teams, the Kansas State Wildcats, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals.  She was also very musically inclined and had a lovely singing voice.  She sang at many weddings and funerals, sang or led various church choirs over the years, was church pianist at Barnes and also played the organ. 

She is survived by her husband, Mark, of the home, her daughter Marla (Wayne) Benyshek of Bartlesville, Ok., her son Timothy (Terri) Doyen of Rocklin, California, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  She is also survived by sisters-in-law Peggy Doyen, Katherine Doyen, Anne Kling, and Elizabeth Kling.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Harold Kling, sister Alice Schwartzkopf, brother Loren Kling, sister Lavina Harper, and brother Verne Kling.  She will be forever remembered and missed by her family and friends.

Memorial donations in her name can be made to the Norwich Methodist Church, 623 E. Burns, Norwich, Ks.  67118 or can be sent to Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home, 710 Southeast Dewey, Bartlesville, Ok.  74003.   


“....For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 NIV

Read that verse again.

He suffered the cross, the shame & pain, for joy.


Yes, joy.

What joy?

Not present circumstances, but....

His church & His coming kingdom.

The millions who would come to know & love the Father & Him both.

And, maybe, you, part of that joy.

But serious joy.

No chuckling on the cross.

But future joy got Him through.

Do you have that serious, that future joy?

The verse before & the verse after give us the practical applications:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV

His example teaches us perseverance, brings us through the toughest times, enables us to see that deep joy is in our future, despite the now.

Be blessed, brothers & sisters.

Al Schirmacher


MUSCOTAH NEWS ~ Susan Higley

Way to go KC Chiefs! Great win on Sunday and now it is on the way to the Super Bowl in two weeks. Many were glued to their TVs Sunday afternoon to watch their victory.

Sunday afternoon about 1:05 several people felt their houses shake and strange noises. Later a news report came in that there had been a 4.4 earthquake southwest of Hutchinson. We must have felt some of the earthquake.

 Our sympathy goes out to the Judy Brown family. She passed away last week. She was a long time citizen of town. The service was held Saturday, the 18th at Dishon-Maple Funeral Home with burial in Muscotah. The Outreach group served the lunch for the family at the Community Building.

Another storm hit the area last Friday with freezing rain, sleet and a few flakes of snow. It wasn’t as bad as the one the week before but streets, sidewalks and driveways were very slick and treacherous. Sunday morning the temperature had dropped to single digits. The weather forecast is for cold temps for a couple of days and then followed by more rain or snow later in the week.

Cancer Support Bingo was cancelled this last Saturday due to the weather. The next Bingo will be Saturday, February 22nd at 2 p.m. a week later than usual.

It’s not too late to buy a 2020 calendar from the Muscotah Cancer Support Group. Mrs. Wood’s class at the high school have been busy printing and assembling more. They will be available at Grandma’s Depot, The Hair Den and Susan’s  in Horton Everest Café and The Bake Shop in Everest, and The Muscotah Mercantile. The price is $7.00 each with proceeds going to help local cancer patients. The calendars will also be available from Renee George, Deanna Higley, Helen Ashton, and Susan Higley, Cancer Group members. We would like to thank everyone in advance for helping us to provide assistance to local cancer patients in Brown, Atchison and Jackson Counties.



Unapproved Minutes of the January 21 Atchison County Commission

Pursuant to the law, the Atchison County Commission Board met in Regular Session at 1:00 PM on the 1st floor of the courthouse, 423 N 5th St. Atchison, KS. Chairman Jack Bower called the meeting to order with Commissioner Henry W. Pohl, Commissioner Eric Noll, and County Counselor Patrick Henderson present for the meeting. County Clerk, Michelle Phillips recorded the minutes.

The Board recited the pledge of allegiance to start the meeting.

*Public Comment:

There were no Public Comments.

Minutes of the January 13, 2020 meeting were reviewed with no corrections noted.

Commissioner Noll made the motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Pohl seconded the motion. Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

*Commissioner Comments and Committee Reports:

Commissioner Noll mentioned that he had meetings with Northeast Kansas Environmental Services (NEKES) and NEK-CAP on Thursday, January 16, 2020. There was nothing new to report.

Commissioner Bower reported that he would like the board to add items for the special workshop to be held at a later date with Jay Harbour, Public Works Director.

Commission Bower reported that he has an Atchison County Communication Board meeting on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

*New Business Before the Board:

Chairman Bower stated that the monthly EMS Commission Report along with the yearly report for 2019 are attached to the agenda on the website.

The Board was presented with a purchase order for the Solid Waste department for a new motor and installation for the south door, payable to Weaver Overhead Door in the amount of $2,900.00. Commissioner Pohl made a motion to approve the payment to Weaver Door. Commissioner Noll seconded the motion. Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

Wes Lanter, Emergency Management/IT Director, presented the Board with a purchase order payable to RICOH in the amount of $28,247.45. Director Lanter told the Board that the previous maintenance contracts expired on the copier machines throughout the County and many of the machines are old and needing updated. This purchase order is the complete listing of all the copiers that will be replaced, and that each copier on the list will be paid out of the individual departments budget. All but two departments are replacing their copiers this year. Commissioner Noll moved to approve the purchase order to RICOH in the amount of $28,247.45. Commissioner Pohl seconded the motion.

Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

Director Lanter also presented the Board with a purchase order payable to Computer Information Concepts, Inc. (CIC) in the amount of $60,460.00 for the annual Peopleware Maintenance Agreement for the CIC software system that is widely used by the County in all the departments. Director Lanter mentioned that this included all the software updates. Commissioner Noll moved to approve the purchase order to Computer Information Concepts in the amount of $60,460.00. Commissioner Pohl seconded the motion. Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

Ron Olinger, Benedictine College, and Scott Crist, UMB Bank appeared before the Board to discuss refinancing some of the educational revenue bonds for Benedictine College, as had been previously done with the County.

Jay Harbour, Public Works Director, appeared before the Board asking for an executive session for personnel matters.

*Executive Session:

Commissioner Noll moved that the Board of County Commissioners recess into executive session at 1:17 pm to discuss personnel matters of nonelected personnel, as allowed by K.S.A. 75-4319(b) (1), and that the purpose of the closed session is to protect the privacy rights of the employee, and that the Board come out of the executive session at 1:37 pm, in the commission room, 1st floor, courthouse. Those present will be: The Board of Commissioners, County Counselor Patrick Henderson, HR Director Jamie Madison, and Public Works Director, James (Jay) Harbour. Commissioner Pohl second the motion.

Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye, motion carried, 3-0.

There was no action taken during the executive session.

*County Counselor Updates:

County Counselor Patrick Henderson told the Board that he has sent the proposed engagement letter from Sean Gordon, of Gordon CPA to the County Clerk, Treasurer, and HR Director per the Boards request. He did not receive any feedback and had the letter of engagement for the Board to approve and sign. Commissioner Noll moved to approve the engagement letter for Gordon CPA and to have the Chairman sign. Commissioner Pohl seconded the motion. Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

Counselor Henderson shared with the Board that he received a letter from the Clerk of the Supreme Court, notifying the board that the non-lawyer member of the Judicial Nominating Commission, currently filled by Julia Clem, will be expiring March 5, 2020. County Counselor Patrick Henderson, told the board that when a district judge position comes open this commission will meet to nominate someone to fill the vacancy. The commission is made up of 2 lawyers and 2 non-lawyers from each county in the district. We are in District #1 with Leavenworth County. Counselor Henderson told the Board that he will reach out to see if she is still wanting to be on the commission.

Add, abate, escapes for real estate and personal property taxes were presented to be approved.

Bills were presented to be signed.

Commissioner Pohl made the motion to adjourn at 1:44 pm. Commissioner Noll seconded the motion. Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

*Note: Once approved these minutes will be the official minutes of the Board of County Commissioners. Regular meetings of the Board of County Commissioners are video-recorded. The video of these meeting is generally available for supplementation of the minutes. The videos can be located under the Government tab at

Attest: Michelle Phillips, County Clerk


Finding Your Voice ~Jackie Mundt, Pratt County farmer and rancher

A civics teacher once simplified the idea of politics for me to the action of deciding whom gets what and how much. This fundamental idea of dividing resources should be a concern to everyone but politics has become a subject many people avoid. The average citizen could probably provide a dozen reasons why they are not interested or involved in the political process.

However, legislators need to hear our voices to make the right choices. I occasionally have the opportunity to bring new people to the statehouse for legislative visits. It always makes me happy to see the look of surprise and a bit of panic on their faces when a legislator asks their opinion about an important issue. The surprise usually turns to respect when they realize that the lawmaker genuinely values their input.

Politicians have an obligation to represent their constituents, and it is difficult to do well if citizens do not share their thoughts and opinions. The saying, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” reflects a fundamental truth of the ability of every member of our society to engage in the political process. Your contribution can be as simple and powerful as making elected officials aware of important issues so they can take action.

So why don’t people speak up more? The power politicians possess can be intimidating, and people often feel insignificant on their own. Remembering politicians are citizens just like you and finding strength in a group or organization can help to make engaging in the political process more comfortable.

Growing up, my friend’s mom was a state representative who balanced her career with all kinds of mom duties like being a 4-H leader and attending local basketball games. At the time, I had no comprehension of the prestige or power of her job. My first-hand experience, that elected officials are real people with families, personal lives and everyday concerns, is a source connection and confidence during my interactions with legislators.

The other source of my political confidence has grown out of involvement in Kansas Farm Bureau. When I moved here a decade ago, I was starting from scratch without a network of contacts or political connections. Joining Farm Bureau gave me expert resources to explain the process, gain background knowledge and sharpen my communication skills. Farm Bureau also provided contacts to build my network and the ability to stand together with others who cared about the same issues. Joining an organization that shares your values and concerns is a great way to start engaging in advocacy.

The Kansas Legislature is in session now, and it is a great time to visit with your representatives. If you can’t make the trip to Topeka, plan to attend a town hall in your area or send a note about an issue that matters to you. You might be surprised by how quickly a legislator learns your name if you get involved or reach out to share your opinions.

Politicians control the resources of our state and nation. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that your opinion doesn’t matter. Legislatures are real people who want to represent you well. Help them by letting them know what issue matter to you and your community. 

Your voice matters, use it.

"Insight" is a weekly column published by Kansas Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm organization whose mission is to strengthen agriculture and the lives of Kansans through advocacy, education and service. 


start of new work week

so prayers arise

brothers, sisters, friends in need

so prayers arise

national leaders struggling

so prayers arise

always personal weaknesses

so prayers arise

awareness of presence & blessings

so praise arises

Al Schirmacher


neither yesterday

nor tomorrow have business

invading today

 “....But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 NIV

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 NIV

Al Schirmacher


Kansas Bankers Conservation Recognition -2020

Two Atchison county farms received special recognition for their efforts over the years to protect the land resources from erosion. Being honored in the annual Kansas Bankers Soil Conservation recognition are Fowler Farms (Brian and Darren Fowler) and Steve and Melissa Fuhrman. The testimonies of each would have a personal appreciation for the soil resource of their farms and the desire to care for this farm acreage in such ways now that it is preserved for future agriculturalist. Each gives words of praise for the assistance from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and the technical assistance and expertise they receive. The central theme of these farm managers is to improve the soil protection so this valuable resource is better preserved for the future. These fourth generation Atchison county farmers have gone about caring for their farm acreage in different ways and methods to lessen erosion and to improve the land for those of following generations.

Steve Fuhrman has fond memories and close ties because of his farm roots in Atchison county while growing up as child. He and wife, Melissa, and two sons live on the farmstead where Fuhrman was raised. Both view the importance of caring for the land as part of their responsibility as landowners. They have worked over the past years to improve upon the soil protecting work began by his father, Wyatt Fuhrman.

While farming methods have changed greatly from ways that his father protected the land resources; that caring example taught Steve the importance to do all one can to prevent soil erosion.

Fuhrman’s family farm is in Center township and today there are grass waterways and many miles of gradient terraces with tile outlets that have been built and installed to protect the rolling and sloping fields to lessen erosion. Today’s farming practices utilize high amounts of residue left on the soil surface and reduced tillage and no-til methods. Fields have been grid sampled and nutrients applied with variable rates to feed the growing crop and to protect the environment. Precision farming practices and technology continue to be key management tools for Fuhrman.

Steve can remember the earlier days watching his father correcting ditches on the sloping fields and seeing the loss of soil after big rainfall events and those impressions have caused Steve to adopt and implement methods that lessened erosion. The farm plan met the requirements for a multi-year conservation plan with the USDA to better protect the farm resources through Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the State Water Resources Program. 

Annual crop production of corn and soybeans in rotation are the preferred choices of Fuhrman. Some grass acreage has been converted to cropland by adding conservation structures and high residue practices. More than fifty thousand of feet of terraces, eight acres of grassed waterways and multiple sediment basins are maintained over the years help to slow water and to improve soil health.

Fuhrman is quick to point out the cooperation of adjourning landowners to implement soil protecting methods that are beneficial to multiple farms and protecting more than his farm acres.

Melissa has an education in accounting and Steve in agronomy.  They are involved in Trinity Lutheran Church, school activities and the community.

Brian and Darren Fowler grew up on the farmstead of their parents Charles and LaVerne Fowler near Cummings. As they grew, they were entrusted to do more of the chores and work of the dairy and crop production. They have shared management of today’s family farm and are the product of prior agriculturalist of the Fowler and Fuhrman families in the neighborhood. A responsibility to care for the land was shown and taught by their father and their grandfathers as both grew into the operation of growing food for the world as their livelihood.

The brothers have cared for farm ground with existing conservation structures of terraces, waterways, diversions and sediment basins and do maintenance as needed to extend the useful life. This idea of protecting farms from erosion continues over to land they have acquired and that they manage for landlords.  Progress with conservation structures and residue management have transformed the acreage to be better protected from heavy rainfall and to lessen soil loss. Farm practices of conservation cropping sequence, conservation tillage and no-til planting and contour farming are part of the Environmental Quality Improvement Plan and the Water Resources Program they previously committed to these methods with the USDA Conservation District.

Precision farming techniques are vital parts of the farm with applying crop nutrients according to soil tests and variable rates that change with soil types and crop needs. Farm maps help them in their management decisions. But, even with technology, they continue to keep an “eye” on areas of a field that need conservation attention to try and prevent bigger erosion issues from developing.

“The conservation work has made a big difference and have been very beneficial to lessen lost soil and ditching,” says Brian. By building and maintaining structures and utilizing no-til planting, the number of small erosion ditches has been lessened and many tons of soil saved. Both comment that the conservation work has improved the productivity of the fields and improves the farmability.

The Fowler families are involved with their children in school events, church and community.

“On behalf of the Kansas Bankers Association that sponsors these recognitions, we compliment each farm owner and the managers for the great investment they have made over the years to protect the land and water resources,” says Key Banker, Brian Handke. “We, bankers, are proud of the effort to protect our natural resources by many farmers and landowners of Atchison county.”


2020 Fishing Regulations Available Online

PRATT – Anglers, respool your lines and stock up those tackle boxes, because the online version of the 2020 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary is now available on! To download the free PDF document, visit and click “Download Fishing Regulations Summary.”

New this year is a sneak peek of the 2020 Kansas Fishing Forecast, highlighting Kansas’ Top 10 Fishing Locations, and an updated directory with phone numbers for your local game warden, fisheries biologist and more. Printed copies of this full-color, 54-page publication will soon be available wherever licenses are sold.

In the 2020 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary, anglers will find license and permit pricing, current regulations, length and creel limits, and more.

Several regulations new for 2020 are listed as well, including:

Reduced duplicate license fees to $2.50 if printed from a license vendor, or free if printed from home at

The option to store licenses and permits on a mobile device

The use of text messages to report illegal activity to local game wardens

The ability to electronically tag paddlefish using the department’s electronic carcass tag system

Apart from helpful information, anglers will also get to enjoy illustrations of Kansas’ most popular game fish by world-renowned Kansas artist Joseph Tomelleri.

Download a copy of the 2020 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary today, and start wetting those lines.

To purchase a fishing license online, visit


KAFCE Awards

The Kansas family and community education KAFCE (farmerettes unit) sponsored the "character counts essay and poster contest on "respect" to the 4th grades at Atchison county community elementary school. Member sally banks presented the program to the classes and the 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Natalie Brammer, followed through with the students on completion of the project.

The first place winner in Mrs. Brammer's class was Houston Schletzbaum and honorable mention was awarded to Ashleigh Trichel.

In Mr. Hodgson's 4th grade Aubrey Wiedmaier won first place and Madison Mount was awarded honorable mention. Houston Schletzbaum was chosen as the Atchison county winner and his essay and poster will be forwarded to state competition which takes place at the KAFCE convention next fall.

KAFCE thanks Mrs. Natalie Brammer for her hard work and dedication. Almost all of the 4th grade students participated in the contest and received participation certificates.

Congratulations to all!

Left to right: Sally Banks, Ashleigh Trichel, Houston Schletzbaum, Madison Mount, Aubrey Wiedmaier.


January 16, 2020

Donald Milton Cowley, 94, of Nortonville, KS died Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the Atchison Medicalodge.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Saturday, Jan. 18th, 2020 at the Nortonville Pleasant Grove Christian Church with Rev. Jim Cormode officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Effingham, KS. The family will receive friends from 12:30-2:00 pm on Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Atchison County 4 H Scholarship Fund or the Nortonville Pleasant Grove Christian Church and may be sent in care of the Becker-Dyer-Stanton & O’Trimble Funeral Homes who is handling the arrangements. Condolences to the family may be left online at

Don was born on December 1, 1925 in Nortonville, KS the son of John Robert and Lois Laura (Leighton) Cowley. He was proud of his family heritage and especially his lineage with the Isle of Man. He attended the Clingon Grade School and Atchison County Community High School. He worked his entire life as a farmer and was born, raised and still lived on the place he was born. He was a member and former Deacon of the Nortonville Pleasant Grove Christian Church and enjoyed collecting antiques, working on old hit & miss gas engines, old cars, tractors, he enjoyed boston terriers, raising cattle and hogs and in his younger years sheep in 4-H. He was a member of 4-H until he was 21 years old and was one of the first recipients of the set of silverware given by Blair Milling for the Outstanding 4-H member. Don had driven the “Friend of 4-H” in the Atchison County Fair for 17 years. He served on the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association for over 65 years.

Don was married to Pearl N. Locklin on Aug. 1, 1948 at the Nortonville Pleasant Grove Christian Church, they have been married for 71 years. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include a special nephew, Jack Jarratt, Kansas City, KS, numerous other nieces and nephews. His parents, a brother, Robert Cowley, and a sister, Eileen Jarratt, preceded him in death.



Christian friend,

I am concerned about our use of the Bible.

We say foolish things like, “Jesus never said anything about it”, when God clearly has spoken elsewhere (often multiple times).

We quote a small piece, without considering the whole, as if scripture was a buffet one could pick & choose from.

We proof text to justify ourselves, without reading other passages that round out the whole (example, “Judge not”, without looking at scriptures like I Corinthians 5 & 6 that do call us to judge in certain situations).

We treat the Old Testament like an ugly stepsister, rather than as a necessary part of the whole.

We ignore passages that talk about punishment, wrath, or other unpleasant issues.

Enough, brothers & sisters!

Let us treat the scriptures, all of them, as God’s word, to be followed.

Jesus did.  Early believers did.  We should.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalms 119:105 NIV

“For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18 NIV

Al Schirmacher



January 14, 2020

Cynthia “Cindy” Lea (Navinskey) Dooley

1956 – 2020

Cynthia “Cindy” Lea (Navinskey) Dooley, 63, Atchison, Kansas died Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, KS after a courageous five year cancer battle surrounded by her children.  The qualities in her that will be most missed will be her compassion, generosity, thoughtfulness, and selflessness, plus her beautiful smile. 

A rosary will be recited on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. in the chapel of Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home. A visitation with the family will follow until 8pm. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at St Benedict’s Catholic Church.  Burial will be at Corpus Christi Cemetery, Winchester, Kansas. Memorials are suggested to St. Benedict’s Abbey, American Cancer Society, St Benedict’s Catholic School, or Maur Hill-Mount Academy.  Online condolences may be left at

Cindy was born November 16, 1956, in Atchison, Kansas, the daughter of Ed and Joan (Schrick) Navinskey. She attended Corpus Christi (Mooney Creek) Catholic School, JU-4 Elementary School, and graduated from Atchison County Community High School.  She attended her first year of college at Emporia State University, then transferred to Kansas State University.

She and Michael Edward Dooley were united in marriage on July 24, 1976, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.  They had three amazing children—Ashley, Ryan, and Cody.

Cindy enjoyed many adventures in her years after leaving the Navinskey family farm.  She loved living in the mountains of Montana, in Eden, NY, on Birch Lane in Kansas City, then eventually back to Atchison. 

She was a devoted and loving stay at-home-mom for many years.  After the children were in school, Cindy worked in various jobs in Atchison before finding her passion.  Prior to her recent retirement, she spent 14 years working full-time for Atchison County as a 911 dispatcher and as a CNA at St Benedict’s Abbey caring for the beloved monks. 

Cindy’s most favorite role was that of grandma.  Her beloved grandchildren—Kinley, Rylan and Kieran—called her Mamo.  She loved supporting them in their activities, watching them play soccer, and attending various concerts and school functions. 

Cindy was an active member of St Benedict’s Catholic Church.  She loved crafting and sewing.  She was a talented quilt maker who constantly had several new quilts she was working on.  She enjoyed gardening and donating the fruits of her labor to family, friends, neighbors and Catholic Charities.  She loved cooking and baking for others.  She was known to deliver hot fresh meals to the farmers in the fields and baked children’s birthday cakes for a local shelter.

Cindy is survived by a daughter, Ashley Elizabeth Dooley (Shawnee, KS) and two sons, Ryan Michael Dooley and favorite daughter-in-law Kelly Sue, Lee’s Summit, MO and Cody Thomas Dooley, Stockholm, Sweden; three grandchildren, Kinley Wohlgemuth, Rylan Wohlgemuth and Kieran Dooley.  She is also survived by her father Ed Navinskey, formerly of Cummings, KS; four sisters, Terry (Ross) Montgomery, Effingham, KS, Shelly Ludwig, Denham Springs, LA, Connie Watkins, Arlington, TX, Brenda (Randy) Dvorak, Weston, MO; three brothers Mike Navinskey, Atchison, KS, Mark Navinskey, Effingham, KS, Scott (Lori) Navinskey, Atchison, KS and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and countless extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Joan Navinskey, paternal grandparents William and Dorothy Navinskey, and maternal grandparents Otto and Agatha Schrick.


Judith Anne Brown, 80, of Muscotah, Kansas, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at her home in Muscotah, Kansas. She was born on November 24, 1939 in Atchison, Kansas the daughter of John and Mary Finch LaJoie. Judy graduated from Atchison High School and worked for Walmart in Atchison, Kansas before retiring. On July 13, 1957 she married John Brown in Atchison, Kansas. He preceded her in death on September 21, 1996. Survivors include four sons, John Brown of Muscotah, Kansas, James Brown of Seneca, Kansas, Jeff Brown of Muscotah, Kansas and Daniel Brown of Oswego, Kansas; two brothers, John "Butch" LaJoie of Divine, Texas and Raymond "Ike" LaJoie of Overland Park, Kansas; nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Tamara Boatright, grandson, Kelly Brown, two brothers, Steven "Mike" LaJoie and Martin LaJoie. The family will greet friends on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the Dishon-Maple-Chaney Mortuary in Horton, Kansas and then go in procession for a graveside service at the Muscotah Cemetery. A special message may be sent to the family at


Effingham Lions Club 2020

Effingham Lions Club President Lora Royer welcomed club members to the January 8th, 2020, meeting and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Lion Secretary Chuck Hawk gave the Minutes of the last meeting.  Lion Treasurer Paul Lundgren presented the treasurer’s report.  The Club talked about last month donating $100.00 to the ACCHS After Prom,  donating $1000.00 to the Effingham Library and donating $500 to the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, First Judicial District Atchison & Leavenworth Counties.  Also, time was spent talking about the five basketball and wrestling games the Club served meals and the upcoming February 4th and 14th meals to serve.  In addition, the Club provides personnel for entrance admission at the games. Discussion centered around the upcoming Gun Show, Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th.  In spite of the Ice & Snow storm Friday night, total attendance at both days event was approximately 345 adults  and numerous children.  Twenty three vendors were present to display and sell their guns along with other related items.  And as always, the Club served Breakfast and Lunch meals which were appreciated by all in attendance and this also provided funds for the fundraiser.  This was the first time the Club presented a Gun Show Fundraiser and all felt it was a great success.  Thanks goes to Lion Adam Diebolt for his direction and leadership for this project.   During a break in the Gun Show, Lion President Lora called a short meeting and the Club voted to donate $1200.00 divided between two area persons in need of medical expenses.  The next meeting will be January 22nd, Wednesday, 7:30pm in the City Building. 

For more information about the Effingham Lions Club, contact President Lora Royer or any Effingham Lions Club member.  Lions Club motto:    “We Serve”. 

The Effingham Lions club appreciates all the community support received at club projects and in turn donates financially and provides labor to other community events.


January 13, 2020

Congratulations to Dwight and Neola Shrader, Denton, KS who just celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on January 3, 2020.

Kansas Soybean Expo '20 Roars Into Topeka

More than 200 soybean enthusiasts gathered Jan. 8 in Topeka for Kansas Soybean Expo 2020. The Kansas Soybean Association (KSA) organized the annual event, with checkoff funding from the Kansas Soybean Commission (KSC), to coincide with the Topeka Farm Show at the Stormont Vail Events Center (formerly the Kansas Expocentre).

"In agriculture, we are always trying to learn and improve, and this year's Expo provided an excellent opportunity to learn from leading researchers, industry partners and other farmers," said KSA First Vice President Teresa Brandenburg, Osborne, who chaired the Expo planning committee. "That made for a wonderful day."

KSA President Dwight Meyer, Hiawatha, and KSC Chairman Bob Haselwood, Berryton, welcomed the attendees. The opening session featured updates from checkoff-partner organizations. The presenters were Shelby Watson, allied-industry relations manager for the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council, and Hannah Thompson-Weeman, vice president of communications for the Animal Agriculture Alliance.

The keynote speaker, comedienne Leslie Norris Townsend, entertained the audience with a classic fish-out-of-water tale.

"Leslie moved from Hollywood to rural Ohio to live and work on her husband's 100-year-old family farm," Brandenburg said. "Her agricultural humor from a decidedly different perspective was like Green Acres brought to life.

"Her outlook and humor about farming, married life and motherhood reminded us that, no matter the situation, there is always something to laugh about. It was such a treat to have an entertainer who regularly appears on multiple TV programs join us for a day of fun, learning and fellowship."

Steve Scott, the farm and ranch news director for KKOW-AM 860 in Pittsburg, was the master of ceremonies at the luncheon. The featured speaker was Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam. He discussed the Kansas Department of Agriculture's role; growth strategies for the soybean sector; his recent trade mission to Taiwan with the U.S. Soybean Export Council; and some of the state government's rural-focused, "front burner" topics and projects.

During the awards and recognitions, Marvin Wahl, Oswego, was recognized for six years of service on the KSA board of directors; Ron Ohlde, Palmer, for nine years on the United Soybean Board; and Kurt Maurath, Oakley, for three years as KSC chairman. Jeremy Olson, Everest, was introduced as this year's ASA Corteva Agriscience Young Leader.

Chris Fisher with WIBW-TV 13 in Topeka received the Friend of Soy award. He arrived at the station in October 2011 and now is anchor for the morning and midday shows. He has provided his viewers with information about the soybean industry by scheduling KSC Consumer Media Specialist Charlene Patton's cooking programs, involving her in weekend teasers, sharing video for the Kansas Soybean website and YouTube channel, offering Facebook Live opportunities, and promoting the Expo every year.

"Chris has made a difference," Patton said, "and we are fortunate to get to work with him."

Awards for meritorious service were presented in absentia to Dallas Peterson, Manhattan, and Jim Zwonitzer, Horton. Peterson was a weed scientist in the Kansas State University Department of Agronomy and for K-State Research and Extension for 30 years, retiring in October 2019. Zwonitzer represented the Kansas soybean sector nationally and internationally for more than 40 years in numerous roles with both KSA and KSC.

Charles Atkinson, Great Bend, who represents KSA on the American Soybean Association board of directors, outlined the national organization's 2019 policy successes and 2020 priorities then shared its centennial celebration plans for the coming year.

Next, Meyer (Hiawatha) presided over the KSA annual meeting. Andy Winsor, Grantville, who chairs KSA's policy committee, presented the guiding resolutions for 2020, which the voting members present accepted. The board elections returned directors Brice Bunck, Topeka, for District 2; Gail Kueser, Garnett, District 3; and Kim Kohls, Moundridge, District 6. Jared Nash, Parsons, became the second director at large.

The KSA directors gathered afterward and re-elected their officers for continued service in 2020: Meyer (Hiawatha), president; Brandenburg (Osborne), first vice president; Scott Gigstad, Everest, second vice president; Kueser (Garnett), secretary; and Gary Robbins, Emmett, treasurer. As the most recent past president, Lucas Heinen, Everest, will remain chairman.

Kohls (Moundridge) announced the district and overall winners in the Kansas Soybean Yield and Value Contests. LarMar Inc., Robinson, led the dryland division with a no-till entry of 94.01 bushels per acre. Love & Love Farms, Montezuma, topped the statewide irrigated division with a no-till entry that made 88.82 bushels per acre. Longenecker Farm, Abilene, won the value contest with 66.4 cents per bushel of increased value (7.2% over the cash price). This year, for the first time, the highest protein content also earned special recognition, and that went to Chris Bodenhausen, Muscotah, whose entry was 37.3% protein. Complete results and award photos are available via on the web.

Participants then heard three K-State Research and Extension updates.


Local & Regional Food Systems Can Offer Economic Benefits for Farmers and Communities

  ~ Veronica Coons

Wichita, KS - Energy and interest in local and regional food systems runs high across the country for both producers and consumers, but what do we really know about the economic impact for farmers and ranchers and communities? What works and what does not? And what about opportunities or need for urban-rural linkages?

As beginning farmers look to develop economically viable operations and existing traditional commodity producers look for ways to diversify their operations or expand into new markets, and as consumers demand more local products, answers to these questions are important.

Dr. Becca Jablonski, Assistant Professor and Extension Food Systems Specialist at the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University, addressed some of these questions at the Kansas Rural Center’s November 2019 Food and Farm Conference in Wichita, Ks. In a keynote address and a follow up workshop, she shared findings and conclusions drawn from her work at USDA, Cornell University and Colorado State over the past two decades.

Jablonski, who was a contributor to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ October 2017 report, “Harvesting Opportunities: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities,” pointed to two indicators of the interest in local food. First, there has been a proliferation of federal and state programs to incentivize local food production and for healthier food.  The last two federal farm bills have introduced and provided support for a number of programs to put in place local food production and marketing efforts. This is an important shift from the commodity program focus of the past and is due to the rise of farmer interest and consumer demand.

Second, there has been a proliferation of local food policy councils nationwide. Since 2010, 300 such councils have emerged across the country and 52 of them have published food plans for their state or community. Jablonski stated that only two of those food plans actually addressed the need for urban-rural linkages or partnerships.  These linkages, it turns out, are focused on something very simple but essential to ensuring success for the community their councils serve: procurement. Procurement represents opportunities to support surrounding rural areas and farmers and ranchers. But to get from Point A to Point B, all parties must be represented on local food councils including rural stakeholders and farmers.

It is important to clarify that urban farms of scale are virtually non-existent in major metropolitan areas. Denver County, Colorado, serving the Denver Metropolitan area, for example has 12 farms and all are fairly small scale. While there are many benefits to encouraging urban agriculture, these farms will not be able to handle the demand for all the food an urban area needs. Jablonski pointed to a survey she did a few years ago of the Union Square Farmer’s Market in New York City, probably the largest in the country, where 400,000 attendees is not unusual. Most of the farms that supplied the market came not from within the city itself, but from a nine-state region surrounding the market. 

Jablonski emphasized that the end goal of local food councils is not to simply establish a local and/or regional food system.  Rather, it is to create opportunities, not only to support food needs, but to support farmers and the next generation of farmers. To do that, we need to understand the economic impacts to farms and ranches and to community economic development—and the opportunities. 

Farmers and ranchers need to be able to make a living, she stated. “Even those that are making a living off the farm are not earning what I think most people would call the sort of income that people aspire to,” she said. Scaling up to meet the procurement demands of the market is critical but can’t be done in a vacuum.

There is good evidence that consumers are willing to pay a premium for products that are marked “local,” Jablonski said. Not only that, consumers are willing to pay for organic, free-range, grass-fed, and other differentiation strategies. Farmers and ranchers selling in these markets also do more of their own marketing, processing, and distribution of their products.

By analyzing the annual USDA Agricultural Resource Management Survey results, Jablonski strives to understand the variable expenses of farmers and ranchers who participate in local and regional food markets, broken down by market channel. These assessments start with harvest and track through marketing. 

For small and medium sized farms represented in this survey, labor is unsurprisingly the highest expense. As they grow, the cost of labor continues to go up.  Digging deeper, about half of the sample loses money at any scale, but half either breaks even or makes money. This is encouraging, Jablonski says.

 “We’ve seen that some of our direct market producers, because they’re trying to think about labor efficiency, have now started to have their CSA customers (community supported agriculture) pick up at the farmers’ market, so they’re not expending time waiting for people to come to the farm to pick up,” Jablonski said.  This begins to get at the labor efficiency question because it is not simply the need to add more laborers, but that the relationship marketing that is part of direct marketing and intermediate marketing takes time. Figuring out how to be more efficient with labor is critical.

Communities need a way to evaluate what the economic impact of an initiative to strengthen a local food system will be. It is important to keep in mind that resources are finite. “It’s not like there’s extra land sitting around waiting for someone to farm it,” she said. Organizers also need to take into consideration impacts on both the supply side and the demand side. Some of the demands from consumers or urban councils in terms of certifications or criteria can have other ramifications for producers or the resource base.

One study by Iowa State University found that if the Midwest grew enough fruits and vegetables to feed all the people in its cities, land would need to be pulled out of the commodity crop production, such as corn and soybeans.  There was a positive effect, but not as big as many imagined, because the study accounted for the fact that growing corn and soy also had a positive economic impact on the community, and that had to be subtracted from the change to vegetable production. 

However, all in all, impacts of local initiatives tend to be positive, she assured, because farmers markets and food hubs act essentially as small business incubators providing opportunity to build skills and gain business experience. Also, the regular interactions with buyers and consumers may help circulate knowledge and ideas about new products and creative marketing.

Local and regional food policy councils are finding success, and Jablonski shared examples, starting with the aforementioned Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council. Through reciprocal arrangements with area schools, distributors who have gone through the city’s bid process are then qualified to bid for schools. 

Through the 2014 Farm Bill, Colorado State University received a grant from the USDA Foundation for Food and Ag Research, which was matched by several commodity groups including the Colorado Wheat and Colorado Potato administrative committees. They are currently building a model that helps them understand the trade-offs along the supply chain for the benefit of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council. 

Through the model, Jablonski was surprised to learn that many of the decisions made were not based on maximizing profit.  Sometimes, shifts are based on how they impact dietary quality or the environment, and are driven primarily by urban council members.

 “We’re really trying to look at how we can get some of our urban partners to understand that some of these certifications aren’t so black and white,” she said.  Councils serving these areas should consider including rural members that are farmers and ranchers, Jablonski said.  They could inform the council what impacts these policies might have for farmers and along the supply chain.  

“It’s important to understand that urban people aren’t doing what they do because they don’t like farmers and they don’t like rural places,” Jablonski said.  “They have good intentions, but they don’t understand what they don’t understand.” 

Similarly, rural producers are not as engaged in with urban communities and their challenges, challenges. For these reasons, Jablonski urges local food policy councils to make room at the table for both urban and rural interests, and perhaps from organizations they’ve never considered. 

Veronica Coons is a Great Bend based journalist who covered the Kansas Rural Center Farm & Food Conference for KRC.


Stronger Together ~ Glenn Brunkow, Pottawatomie County farmer and rancher

We have flipped the calendar to a new year, and that also means the “silly season” of politics is starting in earnest. This year promises to be an even sillier year than most because of state and national elections. More than just about any year I can remember, there is more at stake for our nation, state and, most importantly, for rural Kansas.

Increasingly we are seeing our population drop in most of rural Kansas, which means our political influence also is shrinking. We are seeing a shift of political power swing to more populated portions of the state. This could spell trouble for agriculture as many of those in more urban areas are more removed from agriculture and often don’t fully understand our point of view or how issues affect us.

That is why it is so important for us to tell our side of the story, for us to let our views and stances on critical issues be known. If we don’t advocate for ourselves no one else will, and our interests will be forgotten.

I know many of you are like me. I feel like I am so bogged down in my day-to-day activities and work that I don’t have time to get involved. It is hard to know how to make your opinion heard and even harder to know how to make your vote count. It seems awfully lonely out here in rural Kansas and in agriculture.

I agree — it is hard to make your voice heard as a lone citizen. It is possible, and it is something we should not ignore. But often a lone voice is not very effective. That is why being a member of Kansas Farm Bureau is so critical for all of us in agriculture. It is a way for us to combine our voices and make them louder.

When we come together as a group, we magnify our power and influence. However, this does not lessen the importance of each one of us or our individual influence over our own elected officials. That is why it is also important to not only join Kansas Farm Bureau but to be an active member. In the coming weeks and months we will have an opportunity to voice our opinion and to help educate and influence our elected officials. Through the elections we will also have the chance to decide who many of those officials are.

I ask that you take the time to find out how you can be an active part in the efforts of our Kansas Farm Bureau. Sign up for alerts and contact your elected officials. Kansas Farm Bureau is the most influential farm organization in our state, and that is because we are a grassroots organization of farmers and ranchers who band together for a stronger, louder voice.

"Insight" is a weekly column published by Kansas Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm organization whose mission is to strengthen agriculture and the lives of Kansans through advocacy, education and service. 


Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Unapproved Minutes of the Atchison Co Commission

Pursuant to the law, the Atchison County Commission Board met in Regular Session at 1:00 PM on the 1st floor of the courthouse, 423 N 5th St. Atchison, KS. Chairman Jack Bower called the meeting to order with Commissioner Henry W. Pohl, Commissioner Eric Noll, and County Counselor Patrick Henderson present for the meeting. County Clerk, Michelle Phillips recorded the minutes.

The Board recited the pledge of allegiance to start the meeting.

*Public Comment:

There were no Public Comments.

Minutes of the December 31, 2019 meeting were reviewed with no corrections noted. Commissioner Pohl made the motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Noll seconded the motion. Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

*Commissioner Comments and Committee Reports:

Commissioner Noll stated that he had a meeting with the Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging Thursday, January 9, 2020.

Commissioner Noll also stated that the Northeast Kansas Environmental Services (NEKES) meeting that was scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2020 has been rescheduled for later this month.

Commissioner Noll mentioned that he has special meeting with NEK Multi County Health Department on Monday, January 13, 2020.

*New Business Before the Board:

Chairman Bower stated that for the 2020 year the county salaries would be increasing approximately 3% across the board with some exceptions. Commissioner Noll moved to approve the salaries as presented. Commissioner Pohl seconded the motion.

Chairman Bower read the proposed department head salaries per the schedule below.

Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

Department Head Salaries 2020 Total               Department Splits

Commissioner District 2 $ 20,000.00

Commissioner District 1 $ 21,424.00

Commissioner District 3 $ 21,424.00

County Clerk                $ 52,500.00                    $ 45,250.86

Election Officer                                                   $ 7,249.14

County Treasurer              $ 53,692.00               $ 43,500.00

Motor Vehicle                                                   $ 10,192.00

County Sheriff               $ 71,021.00

County Attorney            $ 83,586.00

Register of Deeds          $ 45,000.00

County Appraiser          $ 66,950.00

HR Director                 $ 51,900.00

Maintenance Supervisor $ 41,519.00

Emergency Management Director $ 55,068.00      $ 39,499.00

IT Director                                                         $ 15,569.00

County Counselor          $ 71,239.00                   $ 40,099.00

Assist. County Attorney $ 31,140.00

Public Works Director   $ 63,000.00

EMS Director                $ 67,753.00

Atchison Senior Village Administrator $ 70,400.00

Solid Waste Manager     $ 38,242.00

Joint Communications Director $ 46,437.00

Community Corrections Director $ 55,927.20

The Board was presented a purchase order from the Emergency Management/IT Department payable to Kearney Construction in the amount of $6,938.00. This would be for materials and labor for an 18’ X 12’ overhead door that would be installed at the EMS Station at 10443 US Hwy 59, by Kearney Construction. Commissioner Pohl moved to approve the purchase order for Kearney Construction in the amount of $6,938.00.

Commissioner Noll seconded the motion. Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye.

The motion passed 3-0.

Sheriff Jack Laurie appeared before the Board and requested that the Board adopt a proposed resolution entitled: A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE COLLECTION AND DISBURSEMENT OF A BOOKING AND PROCESSING FEE AS COURT COSTS, AND REPEALING RESOLUTION NO. 2003-1228. This resolution also repeals Atchison County Resolution No. 2003-1228. K.S.A. 12-16,119 authorizes the governing body of a municipality that operates a detention facility to adopt a booking or processing fee to be paid as Court Costs through the District Court. The Resolution states as follows:

Atchison County Resolution No. 2020-1459


WHEREAS, K.S.A. 12-16,119 authorizes local authorities that operate a detention facility to provide for a booking and processing fee not to exceed $45.00 to be collected as court costs from any person convicted, adjudicated, or diverted under a pre-adjudication program pursuant to K.S.A. 22-2906 et seq., K.S.A. 38-2346 et seq., or K.S.A. 12-4414 et seq., and amendments thereto, of a misdemeanor or felony contained in Chapters 8, 41, or 65 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, or the Kansas criminal code, and amendments thereto, where fingerprints are required pursuant to K.S.A. 21-2501, and amendments thereto; and

WHEREAS, the Atchison County Sheriff maintains the only detention facility in Atchison County, Kansas; and

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Atchison County is the governing body responsible for the funding of the office of the Atchison County Sheriff, that obtains the fingerprints; and

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Atchison County, Kansas previously adopted Resolution No. 2003-1228 concerning the booking fee; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Atchison County, Kansas, as follows:

1. A booking and processing fee of $45.00 shall be collected as court costs from any person convicted, adjudicated, or diverted under a preadjudication program pursuant to K.S.A. 22-2906 et seq., K.S.A. 38-2346 et seq., or K.S.A. 12-4414 et seq., and amendments thereto, of a misdemeanor or felony contained in Chapters 8, 41, or 65 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, or the Kansas criminal code, and amendments thereto, where fingerprints are required pursuant to K.S.A. 21-2501, and amendments thereto.

2. Such fees shall be disbursed by the Court to the general fund of Atchison County, Kansas.

3. Atchison County Resolution No. 2003-1228 is repealed.

4. This resolution shall become effective upon publication in the official county newspaper.

ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS of Atchison County, Kansas, this 7th day of January, 2020.

Commissioner Noll moved that Atchison County Resolution No. 2020-1459 be adopted.

The motion was seconded by Commissioner Pohl. Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0. Chairman Bower declared the Resolution duly adopted and the Resolution was then duly numbered Resolution No. 2020-1459 and was signed by the Commissioners and attested by the County Clerk.

Jay Harbour, Public Works Director, appeared before the Board to let them know he was working on a construction agreement for Bridge Number F.0 – 12.4, and will present this to the Board for approval when he gets the updated numbers.

*County Counselor Updates:

County Counselor Patrick Henderson told the Board that he has been in contact with Sean Gordon, of Gordon CPA in regards to an engagement letter for the 2019 audit services for the county. Counselor Henderson wanted to make a couple of changes as far as adding some of the deadline dates that are important for the county. He looks to have the final engagement letter soon. Mr. Gordon was pleased to be selected and looks forward to working with the county.

*Executive Session

Commissioner Noll moved that the Board of County Commissioners recess into executive session at 1:16 pm to discuss personnel matters of nonelected personnel, as allowed by K.S.A. 75-4319(b) (1), and that the purpose of the closed session is to protect the privacy rights of the employee, and that the Board come out of the executive session at 1:46 pm, in the commission room, 1st floor, courthouse. Those present will be: The Board of Commissioners, County Counselor Patrick Henderson, and HR Director Jamie Madison.

Commissioner Pohl second the motion. Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye, motion carried, 3-0.

There was no action taken during the executive session.

Add, abate, escapes for real estate and personal property taxes were presented to be approved.

Bills were presented to be signed.

Commissioner Pohl made the motion to adjourn at 1:48 pm. Commissioner Noll seconded the motion. Chairman Bower called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

*Note: Once approved these minutes will be the official minutes of the Board of County Commissioners. Regular meetings of the Board of County Commissioners are video-recorded. The video of these meeting is generally available for supplementation of the minutes. The videos can be located under the Government tab at

Attest: Michelle Phillips, County Clerk


  • "Getting to the Root of the Problem: Managing Sudden Death Syndrome in Kansas" by Chris Little, Ph.D., associate professor of plant pathology
  • "Cover Crops for Integrated Weed Management" by Sarah Lancaster, Ph.D., weed-science specialist
  • "Kansas Farm Financial Situation" by Allen Featherstone, Ph.D., head of agricultural economics





By Jason Pizzarello, adapted from Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass"
Directed by Amanda Hauman

February 14th - 7 pm
February 15th - 2 pm, 7 pm
February 16th - 2 pm


HISTORY IS FUN by Robert D. Caplinger

Old news from the 1942 Issues of Effingham New Leaf


          "Howard Cooper wrote his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Cooper, that the soldiers were packed and ready to leave Ft. Lewis, Wash., but they had no idea where they were going.  Howard was recently promoted to Sergeant with an increase in salary.  His brother Donald who is working in a defense plant in California recently heard Jimmie Doolittle make a speech at the plant."

          "Mrs. Lulu Conroy Neill announces the marriage of her son Curtis to Miss Esther Bodenhausen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Bodenhausen.  Esther went to Camp Polk, La., to visit Curtis but they sprung a surprise on their relatives and were married."

          "Joe Blocker who is stationed at Los Angeles, has been promoted to a Corporal.  Joe is a brother of Mrs. Geo Madden."

          "Leslie Hubbard was inducted into the army recently and is stationed at Jefferson Barracks near St. Louis.  He is in the medical corps.  His wife who is a trained nurse, and children are at Brookfield, Mo."

          "Youths 18 to 19 will register for service June 30.  They cannot be drafted for military service under the existing law, but there is nothing to prevent a lightning change in the law after the registration is completed.  The number of this age in the states is 3,000,000."

          "Clayton Henry is home on a ten day furlough from Camp Bowie, Texas.  He belongs to the Dixie Division.  They expect to go on maneuvers about July 15.  Clayton is in the Engineering Corps."

          "Ernest Bales reported missing on Corregidor attended the Muscotah school when a boy."

          "Donald Amend, who graduated at ACCHS in '39 has enlisted in the navy."

          "Max Donaldson, a graduate of ACCHS, has enlisted in the marines and will be located for the present in San Francisco."

          "Jimmie Jackson is in the Coast Guard Artillery at Dutch Harbor, Alaska.  The last letter they had from him was written six weeks ago."

          "Karl Root was appointed Atchison County Attorney by Dist. Judge Lawrence Day to complete the term of John Buehler, who recently was drafted into the army."

          "J. R. Foster left Thursday for Ft. Knox, Ky.  He is a 2nd Lt. in the army."

          "Darwin Acheson of Camp Bowie, Texas, spent his furlough with home folks."

          "John Gerety of Ft. Leavenworth has voluntarily signed for overseas service.  John is the son of Mr. and Mr. Dick Gerety."

          "Mr. and Mrs. Joe Eck received word that their son Matt, has been transferred from the canal zone to a camp in Georgia, but he expects to be sent overseas soon."

          "Corporal Albert McNeil arrived yesterday from Ft. Benning, Ga., on a 10 days furlough."

WEDDING OF BETTY JACKSON AND PAUL McLENON.  "Miss Elizabeth Jane Jackson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rob't Jackson exchanged marriage vows with Paul H. McLenon, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry McLenon, at the Community church.

          "The bride's sister, Miss Becky Jackson was the bride's maid; Walter Francis Sutter was the Best Man.

          "Mrs. McLenon, a graduate of ACCHS, taught the past two years at Hollister.  In addition to her high school training and musical training, she is an adept with the needle.  She made not only her entire trousseau but also the dresses worn by her sisters.

          "Mr. McLenon is also a graduate of ACCHS, a young man of exemplary habits, one who knows the rudiments of good farming and practices his knowledge on the farm he purchased a few years ago.

          "For the present the young couple will reside with his parents west of Effingham."

WEDDING OF KATHRYN ANDERSON AND JESSE CLEM.  "Kathryn Alice Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Anderson of Lancaster, married Jesse Ray Clem of Atchison in the home of the bride's parents on Sunday, June 14, 1942.  The matron of honor was the sister of the bride, Mrs. Karl Scholz.  The best man was Raymond Demel of Omaha.

          "The bride graduated at ACCHS in 1932.  She taught the Fairview school three years and for the past seven years has been the primary teacher in the Lancaster school.  Mr. Clem is employed at the Locomotive Finished Material Co., in Atchison."

HISTORY FROM THE OBITUARY OF HENRY KLOEPPER.  "Mr. Kloepper died Friday, June 19, 1942.

          "Mr. Kloepper was born Sept. 19, 1875 at Petersagen, Province of Westfalen, Germany.  At the age of 16 years, he came to the United States.

          "On April 15, 1903, he married Miss Marie Wehking and they went to housekeeping on the Stever farm northwest of Effingham.  In 1904, they purchased the Geo Hawk farm northeast of Effingham.

          "To Mr. and Mrs. Kloepper were born five children.  The oldest, Herman, passed away in 1908 and the mother in 1932.  The surviving children are Julius, who is with the John Deere Implement Company in Moline, Ill.; Ralph, who is in the navy in Norfolk, Va.; Elmer of Melrose Park, Ill, who has been called to army service, and daughter, Mrs. Alice Ludwig of Ruskin, Nebr."

HISTORY FROM OBITUARY OF MARK SNYDER.  "One of Monrovia's oldest citizens, Mark D. Snyder, died Saturday night at the home of his son, James, at Pharr, Texas.

          "Born Nov. 2, 1858, near Monrovia.  In 1881, he married Miss Helen Maxfield, also of Monrovia.  Mr. and Mrs. Snyder were the parents of eight children.  Mrs. Snyder died in 1909 and was preceded in death by her daughters, Elsie, Minnie, Mildred, Marguerite and Margaret.

          "Surviving the deceased are 3 sons, John, who is farming the home estate, Mark, assistant freight agent for the Missouri Pacific at Omaha and Capt. James Snyder, who is now stationed at Albuquerque, New Mexico, and five grandchildren.

          "The deceased's father, Solomon Snyder was the first postmaster in Monrovia, that was in 1860 and the post office was in the home.

          "Mark Snyder left the farm 33 years ago and has lived in Monrovia ever since.  The past two winters, he went south to live at the home of his son to avoid the rigors of the winter.

          "Pall bearers were Percy Hoffman, C. F. Stutz, Wm Stutz, J. R. Foster, Ralph Olson and Wm Sharp.

HISTORY FROM THE OBITUARY OF JANE BEYER.  "Miss Jane Beyer was born at Madera, Pa., Nov. 29, 1867, and departed this life, July 3, 1942, at age 74.  When only a babe, she with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Asa Beyer moved to Arrington, Kan., where she spent her entire life.

          "She was one of Atchison county's very successful school teachers and gave up the work to care for her mother in her declining years and after her passing made her home with her sister Mrs. Boyd Royer and family.  Although she never had a home and children of her own, her niece and nephew, Maxine and Willard Royer, filled that vacancy.

          "She leaves four sisters and three brothers.  They are Mrs. Christina High and John, Holton; Mrs. Mabel Royer, Mrs. Lucretia Dodson, and David, Arrington; Mrs. Mattie Schiffbauer, Belle Plaine; Albert, McPherson.

          "Edward Gerety, Raymond Dodson, Willard Royer, Asa, Roscoe and Hubert Beyer, all nephews of the deceased were pall bearers."



January 10, 2020

Looks like there is a chance of weather today.  A report was received from our county emergency management office.  Wesley Lanter sent these slides to us this AM early.

 Tomorrow the Effingham Lions Club is having a Gun Show at the Effingham Blue Building.  So far regardless of the weather, it will be open.












K-State Soybean Schools scheduled for January 22, 2020

A K-State Soybean Production School will be offered locally on January 22 to provide in-depth training targeted for soybean producers and key-stakeholders. The schools are sponsored by the Kansas Soybean Commission and Kansas State University Agronomy.

Soybeans are a major commodity for our area and we are delighted the Kansas Soybean Commission is bringing this special program to the most productive soybean growing area of Kansas. Plus growers of Nebraska and Missouri are welcome to attend.

The schools will cover a number of issues facing soybean growers including: weed control, crop production practices, nutrient management and soil fertility, insects, disease management, and market outlook.

Soybean growers of Northeast Kansas should plan to attend this regional meeting hosted in Atchison County at Cedar Ridge Resturant -17028 on 318th Road which is north and west of Atchison off K-7 highway. This morning seminar begins with refreshments at 9 a.m. and speakers sharing at 9:30 and throughout the morning.

Contact: Ray Ladd, Atchison County Extension agent at 913-833-5450 or for details. Please register by Friday, January 17 either online or by contacting your Extension Office. Brown county growers can contact Matt Young at 785-742-7871 or Doniphan producers can call Margaret Chamas at 785-985-3623 to get signed up.

A meal will be provided courtesy of our sponsors. There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to pre-register, if possible, for the school they plan to attend. Online registration is available at K-State Soybean Schools ( or by emailing/calling the nearest local K-State Research and Extension office.  CCA and CEU credits have been applied for.


Christian friend,
“Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.” Romans 11:22‬

We like to pick & choose.
We like being consumers, including scripture, God’s actions, God’s character.
Give us His love, grace, mercy, compassion.
Go light on His anger, wrath, justice, judgment.
Don’t bring up sin, particularly the current, socially acceptable ones.
But God is still God. Attempting to remake Him in a culturally or personally acceptable image does not change Him.
May the real you, the real me, meet the real God, with all comfortable deception cast aside.
Al Schirmacher

January 8, 2020

Kaitlyn Irene Schmalstieg, age 23, of Effingham, Kansas, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Atchison Hospital.

A Celebration of Kaitlyn’s Life has been changed due to the forecasted weather and will be at 6:00 p.m. TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2020, at the Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Cremation care has been entrusted to the Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Ronald McDonald House and may be left in care of the funeral home.

Kaitlyn was born November 13, 1996, in Lawrence, Kansas, the daughter of Randolph S. “Randy” Schmalstieg and Jennifer M. “Jenny” Forge.

Kaitlyn had an amazing laugh that went perfect with her beautiful crooked smile. Her personality and character were great. She loved being home, but when she had to go somewhere she loved the bumpy car rides! She cherished every head rub she received and she had a priceless sparkle always in her eyes.

Left to cherish her memory include her parents, Jenny (Kevin) Wendt, Randy (Joelen) Schmalstieg; sister, Jessica (Ray) Runge; brother, William Schmalstieg; grandparents, Robert Forge, Sandra Schmalstieg, Buddy Schmalstieg; niece, Raven Runge; nephew, Jason Runge; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Karan Foster

Unapproved Minutes of the December 31, 2019 Meeting of the Atchison Co Commission

Pursuant to the law, the Atchison County Commission Board met in Regular Session at 1:00 PM on the 1st floor of the courthouse, 423 N 5th St. Atchison, KS. Vice-Chairman Eric Noll called the meeting to order with Commissioner Henry W. Pohl, and County Counselor Patrick Henderson present for the meeting. Chairman Jack Bower attended via speaker phone. County Clerk, Michelle Phillips recorded the minutes.
The Board recited the pledge of allegiance to start the meeting.
*Public Comment:
There were no Public Comments.
Minutes of the December 24, 2019 meeting were reviewed with no corrections noted. Commissioner Bower made the motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Pohl seconded the motion. Vice-Chairman Noll called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.
*Commissioner Comments and Committee Reports:
Vice Chairman Noll noted that the 2020 organizational meeting of the Atchison County Board of Commissioners will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 during the open meeting starting at 1:00 PM. There will not be a meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
*New Business Before the Board:
Donna Oswald, District Court Clerk, previously appeared before the Board in regards to her 2019 budget. She was expressing concern that she could potentially be over budget due to the passing of Resolution 2019-1456 Establishing Fees and Mileage Reimbursement for Jurors in the District Court of Atchison County, Kansas.
*County Counselor Updates:
County Counselor Patrick Henderson told the Board that he has been in contact with a representative from GNBank in regards to the lease-purchase documents being prepared for the 2018 John Deere 672G Motor Grader. Chairman Bower signed the documents needed; therefore, the agreement should be finalized soon.
Counselor Henderson told the Board he has received word from O’Keefe Wilson Abstracting that the abstracting for the tax sale properties has been completed. Counselor Henderson noted that he will be sending the list to the GID department for further processing, and should be able to file the documents in late January. To date there are 106 properties on the list.
Add, abate, escapes for real estate and personal property taxes were presented to be approved. Bills were presented to be signed.

Commissioner Pohl made the motion to adjourn at 1:10 pm. Chairman Bower seconded the motion. Vice-Chairman Noll called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

*Note: Once approved these minutes will be the official minutes of the Board of County Commissioners. Regular meetings of the Board of County Commissioners are video-recorded. The video of these meeting is generally available for supplementation of the minutes. The videos can be located under the Government tab at
Attest: Michelle Phillips, County Clerk


Kansas Bowhunter Takes World-Class Whitetail

WICHITA – Kansas bowhunter, Brian Butcher, 38, harvested a whitetail buck in Chase County last October that he knew was something special. It wasn’t until the buck’s rack was measured by Boone and Crockett Club certified measurers on Friday, Jan. 3 that Butcher confirmed just how special the deer was. Butcher’s whitetail earned an unofficial net non-typical score of 321 3/8 inches. If accepted and verified by the Boone and Crockett Club – an internationally recognized non-profit conservation organization that maintains native North American big game records – the deer Butcher harvested would rank fourth in the world for non-typical whitetail deer. As for the Kansas record books, Butcher’s buck will be the largest non-typical whitetail ever taken, surpassing the current state record for a non-typical whitetail harvested with archery equipment by 57 2/8 inches.
“When I first saw it, I thought it had some branches or grass tangled up in its antlers,” said Butcher. “But when I looked at him with binoculars, I realized it was all antlers.”
Butcher released his arrow when the giant buck was just 25 yards from his treestand and the shot was true. After waiting only 5-10 minutes, Butcher tracked the deer to a spot 50 yards away.
“I had the most opposite feeling of ‘ground shrinkage’ possible,” Butcher said of the big whitetail with 67 scorable points. “I was in complete shock.”
After sharing photos of the buck with friend Brian Crowe, the duo got together and attempted to score the deer.
“We added it up five times because it didn’t make sense,” Butcher laughed. “We had it at 341 inches gross, and 316 inches net.”
According to Boone and Crockett guidelines, the rack could not be officially measured until it had dried for at least 60 days. On January 3, Boone and Crockett measurers Marc Murrell, Newton, and Ken Witt, Burleson, Tex., took on what would become a nearly five-hour-long task of scoring the deer. Murrell and Witt came up with a pending net non-typical score of 321 3/8 inches.
The score sheet and entry materials on Butcher’s buck have been mailed to the Boone and Crockett Club headquarters for verification and acceptance. Because of its high ranking, the rack will be scored again by a panel of measurers at the Boone and Crockett Club’s next awards ceremony in 2022.
If it stands, Butcher’s buck will rank fourth in the world of non-typical whitetails. Boone and Crockett’s top two non-typical whitetails were found dead in Missouri and Ohio and scored 333 7/8 inches and 328 2/8 inches, respectively.
The largest hunter-harvested non-typical whitetail was taken by bowhunter Luke Brewster in Illinois in 2018 and scored 327 7/8 inches.
The current Kansas state record firearm non-typical whitetail was taken in 1987 by Joseph Waters in Shawnee County and scored 280 4/8 inches. The current Kansas state record archery non-typical whitetail was shot by Dale Larson in 1998 in Pottawatomie County and scored 264 1/8 inches.
For more on Kansas big game records, visit
For more on the Boone and Crockett Club, visit

HISTORY IS FUN by Robert D. Caplinger

Old news from the 1942 Issues of Effingham New Leaf

LARGE ATTENDANCE AT ST. ANN'S CHURCH.  "A large crowd gathered at St. Ann's Church Wednesday evening April 22, 1942 to welcome Bishop Paul C. Schulte and witness the administration of the sacrament of Confirmation to a class of fifteen.  Those confirmed were Gerald Benjamin, Claire Kuckelman, Robert Lemke, Joseph Wessel, Leander Wessel, Gertrude Berg, Alice Chmidling, Eugene Hegarty, John Richard Coupe, Alice Ann Haverkamp, Cecelia Hegarty, Kathleen McNeill, Mrs. Ralph Banks, Mrs. Fred Good and Mrs. Lawrence Lemke."


          "Two hundred sixteen men ranging in age from 45 to 64 registered at the Farm Bureau office Monday for war service.  This is the fourth enrollment."

          "John Burg was the first Effingham young man to register for the World War and was classed in 1-A but never called.  He recalls that registration day was as rainy as Monday when he registered for the second World War."

          "Jack Kraettli is now stationed at Ft. Lewis, Wash.  Mrs. Kraettli, formerly Isabelle Cox, and eight other army officers' wives are enroute to Washington to join their husbands."

          "Dr. O. O. Barker ran off and joined the army during the Spanish-American war.  He was not old enough to enlist but he had a friend who maneuvered to get him into the army."

          "Ralph Candreia of Camp Crowder spent the weekend with home folks."

          "Applicants for sugar rationing books are to register May 4, 5, 6, and 7.  An application must be made for every person for whom a ration book is issued but only one member of each family unit is to appear at the nearest elementary school to apply for all members of the family.

          "Within four days, the nation, 130,000.000 men, women and children will be registered and receive their ration books.

          "Applicants should come prepared with a list of the members of their families, giving the exact name of each.

          "An exact description of each member of the family unit, giving the height, weight, color of eyes, color of hair, age and sex of each one.

          "It is necessary to know to the pound just how much sugar is in possession of the household.  The amount of sugar will be divided by the number of people in the family units and stamps will be torn out of the book by the registrar for all sugar in excess of two pounds per person.  If more than four stamps have to be removed, issuance of the book will be withheld until later."

          "John Gerety who is stationed at Ft. Leavenworth is spending his furlough with relatives in Colorado.  He had a real thrill in making the trip by airplane."

          "Joe Hegarty was inducted into army service at Ft. Leavenworth last week."

          "The number of sugar stamps printed was 44,800,000,000.  Over 300 car loads, around 12 million pounds of paper were required."

          "Orren Snyder is in the army at Sheperd Field, Texas."

          "Harold Buddenbohm passed the examination with flying colors at Kansas City and expects to be called soon for a 10 month training as a navy air corps cadet."

          "Mark Snyder has been selected for special training as an instructor in the Kessler Field expanding Air Corps Technical School at Biloxi, Mississippi."

          "Tex Winzer, son of Mrs. Gladys Winzer, Atchison county superintendent, will be at Shreveport, La., another six weeks.  Ted is a co-pilot in a bombardment squadron."

          "Prin. Frank Hunn has been notified to report for an Air Raid Warden school in Lawrence June 5 to 7."

          "Pvt. Marvel Graves was given a furlough and spent it visiting relatives and friends in this section.  He is stationed at a camp in Michigan close to Canada."

          "Jimmie Snyder of Pharr, Texas has renewed his commission to enter the army.  Jimmie took the ROTC course in Manhattan and he spent one summer on the Eastern coast.  He expects to be called in 60 days."

HISTORY FROM OBITUARY OF ED THORNE.  "Ed Thorne, 77, passed away at his home south of Lancaster, Tuesday morning, May 3, 1942.

          "He was only 23 years old when he left Somerset, England, his birthplace, for the United States.  Coming directly to Atchison county, he worked three years for Chas Bunnell near Monrovia and then began farming for himself on what is now the Harry Schrader farm near Lancaster.

          "Jan. 24, 1894, he married Annie Needham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Needham of Atchison County.

          "They established their home on the old Blair farm south of Lancaster and after a year bought the present home place.  At the time of his death he owned 425 acres.

          "Surviving beside his wife are three children, Mrs. Rob't McCullough, Oskaloosa; William Thorne, Lancaster; John Thorne, Overland Park; a sister, Mrs. Rosa Gold, of Canada; two brothers, Walker and Fred Thorne, both of England.  A brother Henry Thorne, Lancaster, died four years ago."


          "The track team found room for only seniors: Milton Handke, John Schurman, John Sells, Brutus Sewell, Arthur Zabel, Leslie Nottingham, Glen Hargrove, Raymond Foster, John Hegarty, Bob Besancon and Junior Armstrong."

          "Coach Vernal Duncan presented letters in football to Junior Armstrong, Bob Besancon, Bob Bilderback, Junior Cameron, Raymond Foster, Glen Hargrove, John Schurman, Arthur Zabel and James Turner.

          "Vacancies in the girls sextet and the boys octet will be left by Janice Murray, Dorothy Jean McClanahan, Ruth Marie Hegarty, John Sells, Duane Allen, Bill Heffelfinger, Brutus Sewell and Thomas Kreider.

HISTORY FROM THE OBITUARY OF CHARLES BECKMAN.  "Chas L. Beckman, 81, passed away May 22, 1942 at the Atchison Hospital.

          "He was born near Burlington, Iowa, April 2, 1861.  He came to Kansas when he was 20 years old.

          "Oct. 10, 1894 he was united in marriage to Miss Lebeldine Gersbach.  Soon after they bought a 35 acre tract of land one mile west of Effingham.  They lived there for three years and then moved to the Gersbach farm southwest of Effingham until they moved to town in 1908 and he became a livestock buyer.  After 8 years in this business he moved to Atchison where he lived two years and the family then returned to the farm.  He retired in 1928 and moved to Effingham where the home has been since.

          "Mrs. Beckman passed away Feb. 15, 1935.

          "Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Pearl Hawks, Effingham; Mrs. Howard Weinmann, Topeka."




L-R is Clarence Todd, David Bodenhausen, Gene Hegarty and Jerry Vaughan, Pastor of Effingham Union Church at the ground breaking ceremony of the 1976 Education Building.


Last week’s photo was a photo Ellen Cunningham and her new husband, Charlie Drew, on their wedding day.

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