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The January, 2020
Vol. 17 Issue 1
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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 email@example.com.
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 www.beckerdyer.com.
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.
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
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 www.arensbergpruett.com.
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 www.dishon-maple-chaney.com
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 https://KansasSoybeans.org/contests 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.
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
A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE COLLECTION AND DISBURSEMENT OF A BOOKING AND PROCESSING FEE AS COURT COSTS, AND REPEALING RESOLUTION NO. 2003-1228
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.
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 www.atchisoncountyks.org.
Attest: Michelle Phillips, County Clerk
THE AFTER SCHOOL PLAYERS PRESENT:
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
HISTORY IS FUN by Robert D. Caplinger
Old news from the 1942 Issues of Effingham New Leaf
ARTICLES RELATIVE TO THE WAR AND THE COMMUNITY.
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (http://bit.ly/KSUSoybean) or by emailing/calling the nearest local K-State Research and Extension office. CCA and CEU credits have been applied for.
We like to pick & choose.
January 8, 2020
Kaitlyn Irene Schmalstieg, age 23, of Effingham, Kansas, passed away Saturday,
January 4, 2020 at the Atchison Hospital.
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.
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 www.atchisoncountyks.org.
Kansas Bowhunter Takes World-Class Whitetail
– 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.
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."
ARTICLES RELATING TO THE WAR EFFORT.
"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."
NOTES FROM THE COMMENCEMENT OF 1942.
"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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