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SquARe DeAl “A Voice for New Frontiers”
VOL. 20, NO. 47
ATWOOD, KS 67730
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2012
Primary set for Tuesday
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Registered voters are encouraged to participate in the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 7. The hours of voting in each county precinct are 7 a.m., to 7 p.m., on election day. Polling places are as follows: Columbian Hall in Atwood — Atwood City, Atwood Township, Achilles Township, Center Township,
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Driftwood Township, Herl (the former Clinton Township), Jefferson TownLudell ship, Township and Union Township. McDonald Schoolhouse — McDonald City, Rocewood and Mirage Townships. Herndon Senior Center — Herndon City and Herl Township (including the former Elk Township).
News at a Glance Public test set for voting machine According to Wayne Lanning, Rawlins County clerk, a public test of the voting machine will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 3 at the Rawlins County Clerk’s office at the courthouse.
State candidates speak up
News at a Glance Hospice to meet Hospice volunteers will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 6 at the Rawlins County Health Center conference room in the basement. The topic will be “What Volunteers need to Know about Pain.” Visitors are always welcome.
Atwood Swim Team to celebrate The Atwood Swim Club will celebrate the end of the season with a potluck meal and swim party at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Kelley Park. Following the meal, medals and ribbons will be given to those swimmers who placed at the League meet. There will also be a parents’ meeting to elect officers for the 2013 season. Everyone who participated on swim team is invited.
Among the candidates registered Republican voters will choose between at the Aug. 7 primary election are Ward Cassidy of St. Francis and Rick Billinger of Goodland. Both are incumbents in the Kansas House of Representatives. Redistricting has made them opponents for the 120th District seat. Another race of importance to local Republicans is between John Miller of Norton and incumbent Ralph Ostmeyer of Grinnell for the 40th district senate position. The winner of this primary contest Aug. 7 will face Democrat Allen Schmidt from Hays in November. Each of the four was asked the same questions. Here are their an-
Rick Billinger swers order.
1. What do you consider the most critical issues facing Kansas today? Rep. Billinger: I feel the most critical issues are the budget, taxes, health care and school funding.
Rep. Cassidy: KanCare is going to be a huge issue. Health care for Kansans, services for our disabled people, maintaining our schools — all are going to be tied to our new tax plan. We have to continue to work on KPERS so the state can fulfill its obligation to its retired and future re-
tirees. I am worried that Western Kansas will have to fund more and more of its counties and cities without much help from the state.
schools, transportation and social services is adequate. Our young people need access to quality schools and our communities need the flexibility to grow and maintain vibrant businesses. The method of taxation is very important. Topeka often doesn’t look at how
Mr. Miller: The budget is most critical. Leaders have to sit down together and communicate so funding for our See ‘Candidates,’ Page 12
Beaver Valley Supply Co. Inc. —
Business expands to 10 states By Mike McVay The highly successful Beaver Valley Supply Co. Inc., in Atwood has continued to grow and expand its distributorship network in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Utah, New Mexico and Idaho. The company operates its own freight line to service the 1,100member dealer network from its warehouses, which are located in Denver, Colo.; Clinton, Okla.; and Atwood. The company currently employs 42 people from its Atwood location and 10 people from its Colorado location. “We have suppliers providing products from Japan, Canada, Spain, Italy, England and China.” Frankie Chvatal, president of Beaver Valley Supply Co. Inc., remarked. “Our facilities have doubled in the past eight years and we are constantly expanding new lines to keep up with today’s farming industry.” In the past few years, retail sales have become more important, with some non-farm product lines hav-
ing been incorporated into the company’s product mix. The company opened two retail stores in recent years. In 1999, "The Great Outdoors," located on US Highway 36, began operations. In 2008, "The Great Outdoors Gunshop" added a full line of firearms and related accessories, in addition to a gun repair service. The Chvatal family and their employees look forward to the challenges and opportunities as they prepare the company to continue its growth and personalized customer service. The long-term Atwood presence of Beaver Valley Supply Co. Inc., started in 1956, when Melvin Vap and Frank Chvatal began developing a dealer network, making sales calls and delivering farm equipment products. In 1971, Chvatal and Vap purchased the company from Joseph Vap. In 1974, the business moved to the sprawling complex located east of Atwood on US Highway 36. After Melvin Vap’s death in 1983, the Chvatal family became involved
See ‘Beaver Valley,’ Page 12
Tuesday Markets Courtesy of Decatur Co-op, Herndon Branch
Photo by Mike McVay
The Atwood distribution center of Beaver Valley Supply Co., Inc., has greatly expanded over the years.