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THE BELLEVILLE The Telescope office will not be open July 4-6

“At The Crossroads Of America”


One Hundred Forty-Second Year

Belleville, KS

Thursday, July 5, 2012

1 Section, Vol. No. 41

Competing with Olympians

Hot, Dry Fourth Predicted

Narka native, javelin standout, makes finals in Olympic trials

County residents urged to use ‘common sense’ when using fireworks

By Cynthia Scheer Telescope staff Kayla Wilkinson Colgrove's dream of becoming an Olympic athlete will have to wait four more years. The 2003 Belleville High School graduate qualified on Friday for the final round of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in Eugene, Ore. But after her final javelin throw on Sunday afternoon, she was about 30 feet short of qualifying for the 2012 Olympic games held in London later this month. “I was just so happy to compete against girls who train full time,” Colgrove said. “My goal coming out here was to make it to the finals.” The 27-year-old was ranked 17th going into last week's trials after throwing her season best at a meet in Nebraska three weeks ago. Only the top 24 female throwers in the nation were eligible to compete at last week's event. Colgrove was in eighth place after the preliminary round of competition on June 29. She threw 171' 6” on her first attempt and fouled the remaining two attempts. The top 12 competitors advanced to the final round on Sunday where Colgrove placed 11th with a throw of 168'4”. The winning throw at the trials was 201'9”. The top three throwers advanced to the Olympic games. “I've been able to still pursue my dream of being an athlete,” Colgrove said of last week's competition. “I'm not training full time, so to have the ability to throw four years after college and make it to the Olympic trials again is amazing.”

By Amy G. Hadachek Special to the Telescope

Photo courtesy Karla Colgrove

Belleville High School graduate Kayla Wilkinson Colgrove qualified for the finals in the women’s javelin in the US Olympic Trials held last weekend in Eugene OR. Although she didn’t qualify to make the trip to London for the 2012 Olympics, the 27-year-old University of Nebraska standout battled back to make the finals after a 2007 shoulder surgery that nearly ended her career, and the loss of her longtime coach. Colgrove was on the outdoor track and field team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and holds the school record for the women's javelin with a distance of 182'10”. She is also a three-time Big 12 champion and a two-time NCAA All-American. She sat out the 2007 season after having shoulder surgery, and doctors weren't sure if her arm would fully recover. A year later she competed in the 2008 Olympic Trials where she placed seventh with a throw of 173'.

The Narka native spent most of her school years at North Central. She transferred to Belleville High School for her junior and senior year after the family moved to Deshler, Neb. She placed second in javelin at state her junior year in high school. “I went from throwing 110' when I first started throwing to throwing 137' at state,” Colgrove said, “and someone said, 'Did you know you threw far enough to go to a Division 1 school?'”. She was the state champion her

senior year with a throw of 144'. Colgrove graduated in 2008 from UNL with a degree in nutrition and health education. She is a registered dietician for the University of Nebraska Extension through Gage County and lives in Lincoln, Neb., with her husband, Nic. She continued to throw the javelin competitively after her college career ended but took the 2011 season off to focus on an internship to become a registered See JAVELIN Page 12A

Suddenly short changed County gets less than half of federal highway money promised in January By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor Notice this week that Republic County will receive less than half of the federal allocation for highway work that was promised will have a “big impact” on the road and bridge department budget, Highway Administrator Scott Finkbiner told Republic County Commissioners Monday. “The work is already done and we’ve already spent the money,” Finkbiner said. “Hopefully we will get more if it comes available.” The county had planned to receive $700,000 this year, its share of federal highway funds funneled back to counties. Finkbiner said this week the state will only guarantee the county a $290,000 payment in 2012. Under the program, the county pays for the work upfront, and is then reimbursed. The reimbursement from last year’s work allowed the county to make several equipment purchases this year. “It’s possible we might get another $260,000 at the end of the year, but it’s not a guarantee,” he said. “It will have a big impact on the


asphalt and road and bridge work we can accomplish.” Republic County earns more than $150,000 a year in federal funds, which formerly could only be used on projects that met federal design requirements. As a result, the county hadn’t asked for its federal funds for several years, because many projects could be built cheaper in-house than meeting federal requirements. Often the county applied for federal funds to build bridges. Last year, the state announced a new program that allows counties to use the federal money for less expensive projects if they remit 10 percent of their federal allocation to the state. The county sends a schedule of planned work to the state for approval at the beginning of the year. “We based our projects off what the state said we would get at the beginning of the year,” Finkbiner said. “Now, they’re not going to stand behind it.”

New transportation bill Congress passed a new transportation bill last week, but said funds from traditional fuel taxes were $20 billion short of what was needed. For decades, revenue from federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel paid for the nation’s highway projects. But since 2008, lawmakers have transferred $35 billion in general funds into the Highway Trust Fund to keep it from going bankrupt. The Highway Trust Fund was designed to pay for roads with fees from their users, in the form of a tax on every gallon of motor fuel. But the current tax of 18.4 cents took effect in 1993 and has lost a third of its spending power since then, according to a report last year by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Nix asphalt plant During Monday’s conversation with Finkbiner, the commissioner nixed the idea of purchasing an asphalt plant for $685,000.

Finkbiner said the private company the county currently pays to mix asphalt plans to discontinue the service, and the cost per ton may raise from $10 to $13 or more. “5,000 ton is not enough to keep the county going a year,” he said. Commissioners said they didn’t think the asphalt plant was a good investment for the county. “It’s like buying a combine,” said commissioner Frank Rytych. “You use it just a short time, and then it sits the rest of the year. We’d rather pay someone else to maintain the equipment and bring trained personnel to run it.” Commissioners also directed Finkbiner to assist cities in sealing side streets that are not on the county’s road system. Finkbiner said Narka made a request for help on two side streets, one of which is the city’s main street.

High and dry on the 4th of July. America’s holiday is not a day off for the unseasonably hot weather pattern gripping North Central Kansas for over a week. Hamburgers won’t be the only thing cooking on our Independence Day, with a persistent summertime high pressure system forecast to continue taking up residence on the High Plains most of this week. “We’re in a stagnant weather pattern, which means our temperatures will stay fairly similar,” National Weather Service Meteorologist John Woynick told The Telescope. “On the 4th of July, we’ll still be under the dome of high pressure. Independence Day will start about 77-degrees and get close to 100, with winds out of the south/southwest around 10 mph in the daytime.” That’s expected to take a bite out of some barbecues and the Kansas fireworks industry, not to mention stress on local crops. Republic County Commissioners on Monday briefly discussed the possibility of putting a burn ban into place. They decided to have emergency officials continue to monitor conditions, and call a special meeting to enact a ban if recommended. “We’ve had more rain than other counties,” said commissioner Frank Rytych. “We’ve had dry years before,” said commissioner Linda Holl. “Anytime you have fireworks you have a chance of fire. “I would just hope people would use some common sense.” Area bans Both Mitchell and Jewell counties have issued bans on the sale of fireworks this week. At Hiatt Fireworks in the Town and Country Feed Store parking lot in Belleville, owner Tim Hiatt said a huge chunk of his business is based on 4th of July fireworks. “It will affect business, not only if it doesn’t rain soon, but if it doesn’t cool down period,” Hiatt declared. “It would just be too hot, and nobody would have picnics outside.” By late March, Hiatt’s fireworks order had already been placed, and then confirmed by May, in order to get his discount. “You’re rolling the dice when you do that,” Hiatt acknowledged. “It’s easy money in the summertime, because you can roll your money quickly, and make all your profits in 10 days. But if I don’t sell them, I’m stuck with them,” he admitted. At Crazy Ed Fireworks, 1314 See FIREWORKS Page 12A

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Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again By Deb Hadachek Telescope editor I’ve decided who I want to vote for president this year. Unfortunately, I want to vote for Herbert Hoover. For decades, Hoover carried the title of one of the worst presidents in our nation’s history. He took office in 1928-just eight months before the stock market crashed. Then the Great Depression hit, and the drought in the Midwest known as the Dirty Thirties. Hoover was blamed for it all. Much of that blame was misplaced: he tried to stop the speculation on Wall Street, but was ignored. He promoted ideals of volunteerism and charity instead of government handouts, which wasn’t embraced in years of 25 percent unemployment rates. As for the drought? Well, even the President doesn’t have much control over the weather. What impresses me about Hoover is his track record before and after the small window of time he served as president. During World War I, he helped organize food relief to millions of people in Russia and Belgium. When people complained he was aiding our enemies, Hoover replied “Twenty million people are starving. Whatever their politics, they should be fed.” He convinced Americans to cut back on their consumption of food by 15 percent by promoting ideas like “Meatless Mondays”, to avoid rationing and provide food through private efforts for troops and citizens of war-torn countries. Prior to becoming president, Hoover was Secretary of Commerce. During those years, he promoted programs like home ownership, health education, the importance of immunizations and milk and hot lunches for children. He was a master at rooting out bloat and inefficiencies in business and government. Both the Democrat and Republican parties wanted him to be their candidate in 1928. He refused a salary for any of his years of public service. When his more radical supporters in the 1928 election tried to make an issue of the Catholic religion of his opponent, Alfred Smith, Hoover declared at the Republican national convention: “By blood and conviction, I stand for religious tolerance both in act and spirit,” and denounced anti-Catholic agitation within his own party. In the latter part of his life, he gave over 25 years of service to Boys’ Clubs, and during and following World War II, helped address famine relief efforts in Europe. He was tapped by later presidents to conduct studies to improve the economy and efficiency of federal agencies. As our country celebrates Independence Day this week, I yearn for leaders who promote work and industry, volunteerism and public service among our citizens. In the words of Archie Bunker: Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.


Unsigned Letter Mystery May Be Partially Solved When you're looking for answers to questions oftentimes pose that question to as many people as possible. Chances are someone will know the answer. Several weeks ago I wrote about an anonymous letter to the editor dated 1970 that former publisher Merle Miller saved in his files. It seemed to have to do with what we would now refer to as bullying and how popular "shorthaired" kids would beat up less popular long-hairs." Enter former Belleville High School teachers and longtime residents Ken Mulch and Jerry Stump. Ken told me one day at coffee who the incident involved and explained the incident. "The Vietnam War was a very tumultuous time in Belleville," Mulch explained to me. "There were two distinct factions, those who supported the war and those who didn't. There was a lot of emotion." Stump stopped me at Belleville Farm & Home some days later and backed that up. He too named the same people as did Ken. "My country love it or leave it was the sentiment by some in Belleville," Stump said. "Those people who flashed the peace sign might very well get punched." Personally I am one of those people who think that peace never goes out of style. War is seldom the answer, World War II probably the most notable exception I can think of. Truth is if I meet you on the road and pass you by, chances are I will flash you the peace sign rather than the one-finger salute we are most accustom to. As for some of the people involved in this incident, I won't share those names., At this point there is no purpose in digging up emotions that were rampant and results that were just plain silly. The only question that remains for me is why Merle saved this letter to begin with. Perhaps Merle’s son Monte might know the answer. At any rate my thanks to both Ken and Jerry. This was an interesting query with an even more interesting response. Who knew that in our community of Belleville, KS the Vietnam War was as divided as it was for our entire nation.

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Playing with explosives I have probably mentioned before I’m not a big fan of Wednesday holidays. In the weekly newspaper business, the only good holiday falls on a Friday. No matter how we try to prepare our press schedule and our advertisers and our readers for a short week, it’s a challenge to mostly put the paper out on Monday. I think I had better enjoy this Fourth of July Wednesday holiday, though. My co-workers pointed out to me that Christmas and New Year’s fall on Tuesdays this year. --For the first time ever in my memory, wheat harvest was over long before the Fourth of July. The bane of all farm kids is that with wheat still standing in the fields, no

amount of pleading or begging was going to budge any farmer to let us light even one tiny sparkler on the Fourth. If I was lucky, sometimes we could have fireworks on July 18, which is my birthday. --My other favorite childhood memory is about some of my more adventurous relatives who spent the holiday with us one year. Let’s see: are you supposed to light the fire cracker and throw the punk? Or is it the other way around? Yes, everyone survived into adulthood with 10 fingers. --Today I’m happy with the impressive pyrotechnic displays like the ones my friend Raymond Raney of

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Scandia produces. A few weeks ago, we were sitting in our living room wondering what the rumbling we could hear outside was. We momentarily got our hopes up that it was thunder, but no such luck that night, anyway. No, we realized that from our house in rural Cuba, we could see part of a fireworks display being launched 20 miles away at Scandia. We were on hand for a “Fireworks Friday” at Royals Stadium in Kansas City a few weeks ago. While that was the highlight of the night (the Royals are pretty much hit-or-miss--literally-this year) I didn’t want to tell my Kansas City friends that we are used to just as spectacular fireworks displays in Republic County.

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Reality is better than the dreams My first class as a college student in the fall of 2004 was Journalism 104. At the end of that first 8:30 a.m. class, we were given an assignment: Write an essay titled, “Why I chose this major.” I wrote about how I was inspired by female sideline reporters during the college and NFL football games. I wrote about dreaming of one day standing on the sidelines of a Nebraska Cornhuskers game and reporting for ABC Sports I was certain of my major and wrote the essay with confidence and excitement. I knew since I was in the seventh grade that I was going to study journalism at the University of NebraskaLincoln. I had interned at Channel 8 in Lincoln and loved every minute of it. I had put a lot of thought into my future, and everything was going as planned. But only a few weeks into my first fall semester, I really began to miss the Washington County community and life on the farm.

I even spoke with an advisor on UNL’s East Campus about adding a veterinary technician major because I sensed a career back on the farm. The large math and science course load kept me out of the vet college, though, but my passion for reporting kept me from ever thinking about dropping my journalism major. By Christmas, I knew I wasn’t meant to live the city life, and though I still dreamed of being a sideline reporter I knew that it wasn’t my destiny. I began to work toward a career in television and radio reporting with the intention of living within an hour or two of my hometown. I also added a news editorial major to give myself more career options, though I never thought I would actually have a career at a newspaper. During the summer of 2007 I took my final broadcasting courses, which involved television reporting. I was certain after that summer that I would have


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a career in television reporting. But there is nothing like a man to ruin a plan. That winter, I met the man I would marry: a farmer who lived in rural Washington County. I knew right away that my television career was out the window and began to focus on a career in radio. But I was really enjoying my newspaper reporting classes. As exciting as broadcasting was, I was really enjoying meeting everyday people and telling their stories. An internship at the Washington County News led to a full-time job opportunity after graduation, and two years of reporting for that community solidified my love for writing. And so, nearly eight years after I wrote the essay that professed my dream of becoming a sideline reporter, life hasn’t turned out the way I had planned. My dream didn’t come true, but my reality is much better.

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Economic development assists 75 businesses in 2011 By Luke Mahin Republic County Economic Development In 2011, the Republic County Economic Development office assisted over 75 current businesses in Republic County with local and state resources from business planning, employment incentives, job training resources, and site location assistance. We also assisted over 20 potential businesses that have an interest in expansions, relocations, and creating new businesses here. Working in economic development is both public and private line of work. We are constantly promoting programs, jobs, and opportunities in county; while we also work privately with many businesses as a liaison between local and state resources. Due to the sensitive nature of the business and financial activity of these prospects, it makes it difficult to show the public all the leg work we put in to each project. Many times these projects do not come to fruition for a number of years. It takes many hours of careful planning with a variety of local resources and stake holders. And other times it requires taking swift action when an opportunity comes knocking on the door. To assess the value of economic development based upon the revenue it has brought to our communities does not do any economic development group justice. At the core of RCED is the goal of building healthy economies in order to have healthy communities. These are just a few ways that economic development helps Republic County: Increased Tax Base – The additional revenue provided by new and expanding businesses that economic development supports, maintains, and improves local infrastructure, such as roads, parks, libraries, emergency medical services. Job Development - Economic development helps to provide better wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement. Business Retention – Economic development effots help businesses feel appreciated by the community and, in turn, these businesses more likely to stay in town, contributing to the local economy. Economic Diversification - A diversified economic base helps expand the

local economy and reduces a community's vulnerability to a single business sector. Self-sufficiency - A stronger economic base means public services are less dependent on intergovernmental influences and alliances, which can change with each election. Productive Use of Property - Property used for its "highest and best use" maximizes the value of that property. Quality of Life - More local tax dollars and jobs raise the economic tide for the entire community, including the overall standard of living of the residents. Housing is one of our main concerns right now. The more people we can retain and employ in Republic County the better it is for our local economy. Recognition of Local Product - Successful economic development often occurs when locally produced goods are consumed in the local market to a greater degree. We are constantly promoting our local businesses and everything that they have to offer. It seems more people are spending locally as Republic County saw a 12% increase in sales tax revenue from May 2011 to May 2012. Keep up the good support! RCEDC is directed by a board made up of volunteer community and business leaders from across Republic County. Our budget is funded by 60 percent by Republic County and 40 percent by the City of Belleville. It is difficult to count how many active businesses are actually in the county with at home, seasonal, and other private operations in the area. But, by basing our figures off our updated RCED Business Directory (, 60% of the businesses are located in Belleville and the other 40% are located in other towns across the County. In the last year, Economic Development has helped businesses in almost every town in the County. If you have questions about how you can explore your business ideas please contact Jenny Russell or Luke Mahin at rcedc@nckcn. com or 785-527-2310. Visit our new website at www. . Also, “Like” our Facebook page by searching Republic County Economic Development, now at 613 people strong.

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Reader enjoys Narka ball team photo June 28, 2012 Thanks for the picture of the Narka ball team. Good to see dad and grandad. Also knew al the others--also were great men. Thanks again. Evan Joy via website

Belleville resident questions city ordinance

July 1, 2012

Dear Editor: I feel I must call upon the

Telescope to openly present my side of issues, as presented to me in the form of “Do or Else” demands from the City of Belleville. My name is Wayne Nielander and I reside at one of the two addresses cited in the minutes of the June 25 council meeting for property blight conditions. I am 70 years of age, have been on full disability since 1997 when I suffered a disabling heart attack which required a quadruple by-pass operation. Prior to this I suffered a severe industrial back injury which limited my mobility, but I tried to maintain and upgrade my property as my former neighbors (some now deceased) would attest to. Immediately prior to my heart attack I invested in

THE BELLEVILLE TELESCOPE several hundreds of dollars in premium Sears house paint, along with other supplies and a power washer. The paint and other supplies are still sitting unused in my basement. In addition to my previously mentioned medical deficiencies, I now have advanced diabetes and two arterial blockages on both legs, severely limiting the amount of walking I am able to do, and I am no longer able to navigate a ladder. Surgery to correct this condition is not an option. The operation is more serious than a heart by-pass and I have been given little chance for survival by the medical staff in Omaha at the VMAC, which would be a last ditch effort. I first relocated to Kansas in August 1973, following my occupation as a railroader on the Rock Island. I found Kansas a welcomed relief from the high-crime area of Chicago and some of its suburbs. When I first moved to Belleville in 1975 I found it to be a relaxed setting of hard working people and retirees. It was a bustling small community back in those days, a great place for raising children. Sadly, however, time has changed as shown by the governing of the city fathers over the past two decades, especially in the past few years. Some are trying to transform this small rural community into a “Snob Hill” which affects the poverty stricken and less fortunate citizens of the community, including many seniors. Since I have been outspoken both publicly and privately against the current governing body, I know I am being singled out. They are trying to make my life so miserable, hoping that I will pack up a few belongings, vacate the property and leave town. It’s not going to happen. I plan on dying here if God so wills. I have never lodged a complaint against any of my neighbors, even though the opportunity presented itself, in the interest of being a good neighbor. A sad fact in these small rural communities is there is far too much of the good ole’ boy treatment. I would like make it known what I am up against. I have been given 10 days from the receipt of the complaint letter hand delivered by a city of Belleville police officer at 5:10 June 29, presumably after they opened and read my letter of reply to their original letter. Apparently time must be a critical factor. I do concur with the city on two piles of items that remain from a severe storm that also required replacement of my roof. Insurance did not cover my contents loss estimated at between five and six thousand dollars due to a technicality. Although I have been slow at removing these piles as I attempt to salvage many items, I have been making a concerted effort as my physical conditions warrant me to do so. Numerous other items are mentioned that represent no blight threat, but simply a case of violating my constitutional and civil rights. By de facto ordinance, they are prohibiting my legal ownership and rights to assets that can be kept on ones property. Also, I have been given 45 days to upgrade structures on my property to their specifications (specifications not given) or face fines of $50 to $100 on each offense and/or 30 days in jail upon conviction of each offense. Communism is not dead. It is well and thriving in this mini Snob Hill of rural Kansas AKA Belleville. Warning neighbor, disagree with the mayor or council and you could be their next victim. Submitted by Wayne Nielander Belleville


Deaths Elmer L. Scott Elmer Lee Scott, son of Oscar L. Scott and Lorene (Brooks) Scott was born October 28, 1931 in Kansas City , MO and died on June 28, 2012 at Republic County Hospital, Belleville, Kansas at the age of 80 years and eight months. He served with the U.S. Army for 25 years, serving in the Korean War, Germany, Taiwan, until his retirement in 1976. He was united in marriage to Lily King on February 14, 1977. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Lorene Scott, grandson, James Andrew Scott, sister, Freida Mae Scott, brother, Richard Eugene Scott, niece, Joni Lee Youmans He is survived by his wife, Lily Scott of Belleville, two sons, Ronald L. Scott of Hannibal MO, Donald R. Scott of Hannibal MO; three daughters, Brenda K. Poet of Westminster, CO, Sharon D. Scott of Belleville, Tammie L. Bracamontes of Belleville, 11 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one sister, Vivian Thompson and her husband William of Belleville. Funeral services were held June 30, BachelorSurber Memorial Chapel, Belleville, conducted by, Pastor Dennis Carey. Interment in Belleville Cemetery Military graveside services by Fort Riley Honor Guard. Online condolences and information at

Symmes, died June 27, 2012 in Temecula CA after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born July 5, 1924 in Kearney NE. He graduated in 1942 from Republic High School, served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II and pursued a 40 year career in teaching and coaching high school sports. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 65 years, Maxine. He is survived by his brother, Gene (Joyce) Glandon of Crete IL; five children: Kyle Symmes, Temecula CA; Kathryn Symmes, Fort Collins CO; Kristine Willoughby, Reno NV; Kevin Symmes, Huntington Beach CA and Kolleen Symmes, San Diego CA, and nine grandchildren. A rosary will be held Thursday, July 5 at Loma Vista Cemetery, Fullerton CA, and Mass Celebration

Friday, July 6, 9:30 a.m. at St. Angela Merici, 585 S. Walnut, Brea CA, followed by internment at Loma Vista. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 17771 Cowan, Ste. 200, Irvine CA 92614, or to the Don Symmes Brea Little League Baseball Scholarship Fund, PO Box 462, Brea CA 92822. 41/nc


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Milestones Ophel Chapter recognizes 50, 25 year members

Members of the Scandia High School Class of 1972 who recently met for their 40th reunion are: front row: Mary Ann Waite Austin, Tonganoxie; Sharen Sweat Appleby, Concordia; Karen Sweat Leon, Topeka; Lois Nondorf Walkenhorst, Kansas City MO; David Scrivner, Scandia. Second row: Peggy Hallgren Dubuque, Canyon Lake TX; Jane Ann Aspregren Carlgren, Scandia; Carla Kallman Thoman, Concordia. Back row: Leroy Herrman, Scandia; Thayne Larson, Belleville; Anne Perry Grace, Lincoln.

College Butler Community College, El Dorado, KS freshman Brady Jensen, Courtland, was named to the President’s Honor Roll in the fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters. He received the Presidential Academic Scholarship for 2011-2012 and for the 2012-2013 school year. Jensen competed as freshman at numerous livestock judging contests throughout the year and will begin his eligibility at the major National contests this fall on the 2012 - 2013 Butler Livestock Judging Team. His 2011-2012 individual contest results were: •Flint Hills Classic, El Dorado - High Individual Overall, 1st Beef, 5th Oral Reasons, Champion Overall Freshman Team •Mid American Classic, Wichita - 5th Sheep, 2nd oral reasons, Reserve Champion Team Overall •Tulsa State Fair, Tulsa, OK - 5th Beef, 6th Oral Reasons, 4th High Team Overall •Iowa Beef Expo, Des Moines, IA – 4th Overall, 3rd Overall Placings, Reserve Champion Team Overall •Sioux Empire Stock Show, Sioux Falls, SD - 8th Overall, 1st Beef, 6th Oral Reasons, Champion Team Overall •Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic, Kearney, NE – 4th Overall, 8th Placings, 3rd Oral Reasons, Champion Team Overall •NACTA Judging Conference, Coffeyville, KS - 3rd Overall, 1st Beef, 9th Oral Reasons, Champion Team Overall --Hunter Duensing was named to the Deans List for the spring semester at Hast-

ings College, Hastings NE. Students must achieve a GPA of at least 3.7 to qualify. She is a 2011 graduate of Republic County High school. --Emily Richardson has accepted the dean’s achievement scholarship, and will attend Montana State University in Bozeman, MT beginning this fall. She plans to major in History and minor in German. Richardson, who graduated in the top 25% of her high school class from Franklin High School, El Paso, TX in June, was a two year member of the Academic Decathlon Team, a three year member of National Honor Society, and active in Franklin Dance. She

Members of P.E.O. Chapter BM met at the home of Jewelda Scofield for a brunch on June 13. The table was covered with a white damask cloth and centered with a bouquet of spring flowers matching the colors of the English tapestry china. Breakfast casserole, biscuits, and yogurt parfaits were served to 17 members. President Lela Knedlik reported on the PEO State Convention which she and Carol Levendofsky had attended in Wichita earlier in June. Co-hostesses for the event were Kim Bombardier, Phyllis Jensik, and Lela Knedlik.

Narka News

by Estel Edwards

Families meet for Riggle reunion

was voted Franklin High School’s Outstanding Senior German Language Student 2012. She is a recipient of the El Paso Independent School District Foundation Scholarship. Richardson is the daughter of MSG (US ARMY Ret) Peter and Beverly (Strnad) Richardson and the granddaughter of Henry and Anita Strnad of Munden.

Republic News by Virginia Petersen

Masons honor patron saints June 29--The MNO Bridge Club met at Pinky’s in Courtland Wednesday and celebrated the birthdays of Shirley Gunn, Jodi File and Virginia Petersen. Marge Baxa served cake. Vida Boman visited Jan Davis. Jim Gunn and Chick Gunn were guests of Bob and Shirley Gunn. Jim and Evelyn Hurley visited Jean Farlee in the hospital and Maurine Kesl in Long Term Care. Dean and Deanna Hobelmann went to Thief River Falls to attend the AFLC 50th anniversary conference. The Hobelmanns visited Brian and Lisbeth Hobelmann in Lincoln and attended Austin Hobel-

Brunch for Chapter BM of PEO

mann’s ballgame. Jamie Woolley, Osborne, was a guest of Glenn and Phyllis Hofts and was guest organist at the Republic UM church Sunday. Virginia Petersen visited Carol Levendofsky and Grace, Daniel and Olivia Rieke. The Republic UM church hosted the Holy Saint John’s Day on June 24. Masons from the Belleville Lodge and officers of the Grand Lodge of Kansas attended worship to celebrate the patron saints of Masonry. A dinner was catered by Mike Charles and Charlie Dietz. Jan Eitzen was a guest of Greg and Joan Birrell.

July 2--The Simmons and Edwards families of Narka were part of 15 grandchildren of David and Floy Riggle and their families gathered at the Endicott community hall for the annual Riggle Picnic. Over 80 attended the reunion. Following the dinner, the Riggle family was joined by over 150 family and friends for an open house honoring Ken and Nancy Riggle on their 50 years of married life. The open house was hosted by their Children, Kevin and Kris Riggle, Kolby and Kara; and Brenda Riggle, Kolt, Kody, and Kaycee. Tom Crowder of Snaqualime, WS; Lloyd and Sharon Scarrow, Harold and Marge Lane and Leo Huffman; Betty Edwards; and Melvin and Estel Edwards enjoyed supper at the Simmons farm by Mahaska on Sunday evening.

Ophel Chapter No. 115, Order of the Eastern Star held an open meeting June 24 for the purpose of presenting 50 and 25 year membership pins. Fifty year members Roberta Klima and Max Scofield were escorted to the altar. Robert Hess, Worthy Grand Patron, presided at the ceremony and told information about each. They were presented pins. Gwen Campbell and Lee Campbell were introduced and given 25 year pins. Entertainment was by Ten Pieces, Narka. Out of town visitors included Hess, Kim Dellinger, Worthy Grand Matron; and Past Grand Matrons Marcie Holloway, Karen Clark, Kathy Johnson, also Grand Trustee, and Nancy Zook. Ophel Chapter met for a regular meeting June 26 at Masonic Hall. Kathy Johnson and Karl Fry presided. Patricia Walker, District Aide of District 8, told of Grand Chapter’s theme and goals for the year. She closed her presentation with a history of the hymn by Fanny Crosby, “To God be the Glory”. Mrs. Johnson presented her a gift from the chapter. Following the meeting, Phyllis Jensik presented a program about coffee. She gave a history of the coffee bean and samples of containers through the years. Members were offered samples of brewed coffee, dunking cookies, and chocolate covered coffee beans.

FCE News EXCELSIOR EHU Excelsior Family and Community Education met at the home of Diane Heiman with eight members present June 12. Huetta Derowitsch opened the meeting with a poem of citizenship. She led the song “America”. Roll call was answered by the question “Are you registered to vote and do you intend to vote”. Mrs. Heiman gave the lesson on citizenship. She gave ideas to encourage others to vote and to help obtain an absentee ballot. She discussed the importance of attending public hearings, volunteerism, and becoming informed of discrimination against religious liberties. Leora Rundus reported on Walk Kansas. The club will do a fair booth with citizenship as the theme and voting as primary emphasis. Mrs. Rundus told about the redistricting in Kansas. Evelyn Larkins thanked the club for the memorial in honor of her husband. The next meeting will be at the Huetta Derowitsch home August 21. Mrs. Heiman served.




Larsons to observe 50th anniversary Rodger and Betty (Hammer) Larson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday, July 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Central Christian Church, 2329 O ST, Belleville. The couple was married July 15, 1962 at the Amana Lutheran Church in Scandia. They have two children, Libby and Bob Vathauer of Manhattan and Jody and Kevin Cromwell

of Haddam. They have five grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren and 10 step great-grandchildren. The couple plans a trip to the East Coast this fall. Please join their children in this celebration. The couple requests your presence only, please no gifts. Cards may be sent to Rodger and Betty Larson, 1776 Lincoln RD, Belleville KS 66935 41-42/pd

Engagements Couple plans wedding in Belleville Rod and Janice Dusek of Belleville announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin, to Zachary Hamm, son of Rob and Sue Hamm of Hillsdale KS. The bride-elect is a graduate of Belleville High School and has a bachelor of science in social work from Kansas State University. She is employed as a social worker for the State of Kansas. Her fiance is a graduate of Paola High School and has a bqacehlor of arts degree in musical literature from Kansas State University. He is employed at JW Pepper Inc. as a customer service representative. The couple plans a September 8 wedding at the Presbyterian Church in Belleville followed by a reception at the Munden Community Hall. They will reside in Overland Park.


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One of Frank Krob’s first and earliest “photographic memories”, which has graced our bureau since 1958. The Gleue’s of Belleville. Thank you Frank and Bessie for good work, good friendship, and good memories.



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Josh Knaub Pastor, Landmark Church, Belleville Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 24-25 (ESV)

A piece of Belleville’s history was unconcovered when the new Main Street Tabernacle Baptist church at 1610 M ST removed the metal siding from the building that was formerly a grocery store. Underneath was ornate brickwork and transom windows, including one displaying a “Rambler” advertisement from the former Jim Lewis Motor Company.

Telescope plans to expand coverage The Telescope will be expanding its coverage area with the addition of three staff members Telescope editor Deb Hadachek said the newspaper staff is working to make the paper a more regional voice for North Central Kansas. “We are hoping to expand our coverage in all the communities in Republic County but also Cloud, Washington and Jewell counties as well as Thayer and Nuckolls County in Nebraska,” Hadachek said. “We also want to continue to grow our web presence and get information to local residents faster.” Mandi Valek will manage in-house advertising and regional promotions as well as calling on customers in counties across North Central Kansas. She works with advertising, commercial printing and specialty advertising products. She attended Hutchinson Community College and graduated from Kansas State University in May with a bachelor's degree in chemical science and a minor in business administration. The Agenda native and Republic County High School graduate grew up

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showing purebred polled Hereford cattle as part of the family business Valek Herefords. She helped plan the 2011 Hereford Junior National Show in Kansas City. She is engaged to Eddie Sandberg, of Courtland, and is planning a June 2013 wedding in Belleville. Cynthia Scheer will report news and features for the Telescope and Fairbury JournalNews. She graduated from the University of NebraskaLincoln in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in both broadcasting and news editorial journalism. She worked for the Washington County News as a reporter and has worked the past two years in the business office at Republic County Hospital. She lives on a farm near

lic County R ep u b Hospital Out-Patient Services Offered

Bone Density Analysis.................................... Belleville Medical Clinic Cardiac Rehabilitation .............................................Monday thru Friday CT Scanning............................................................................. Everyday Echocardiogram .......................................................Monday thru Friday Laboratory Services ................................................................. Everyday MRI .............................................................. Every Tuesday & Saturday Mammogram ............................................................Monday thru Friday Mobile Vascular ...........................................Every Monday & Thursday Nuclear Medicine (Inhouse) ....................................Monday thru Friday Nuclear Medicine (Specialties) .....................Every 2nd & 4th Thursday Occupational Therapy ..............................................Monday thru Friday Physical Therapy......................................................Monday thru Friday Respiratory Therapy................................................................. Everyday Sonograms................................................................Monday thru Friday Speech Therapy..............................Monday thru Friday by appointment Surgical Services......................................................Everyday as needed Vascular Studies........................................ Every Monday and Thursday

For more information on any of the above specialty clinics contact Republic County Hospital at 527-2254.

Out-Patient Specialty Clinics ENT ........................................................................Every Other Monday Orthopedics-David Samani, MD ................................... Every Thursday Cardiology, Scott Coatsworth, MD .......... 1st & 3rd Mon. of the Month Cardiolite Stress Test ............................... 2nd & 4th Wed. of the Month Urology, Ryan Payne, MD.......................2nd & 4th Tues. of the Month Cataract Surgical Services, Thomas Graul, MD .............Every 4th Wed. Podiatry, M. Shane Frederiksen, MD .................3rd Tues. of the Month

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Haddam with her husband, Michael, and their sons Kane, 22 months, and Reid, two months. Amy G. Hadachek will do freelance writing for both the Telescope and Fairbury Journal-News. Hadachek is a two-time Emmy award-winning journalist and is also a freelance meteorologist for Channel 5 in Hastings, Neb. She also writes for a national rodeo magazine and is a reporter for KNCK Radio. She was an on-air meteorologist in Dallas TX and was a contributing meteorologist for CNN. Hadachek has also received three TV medical news reporting awards from the American Heart Association. Hadachek lives on a farm near Cuba with her husband, Larry.

Nolan Beavers, MD Cayle Goertzen, MD Andy Walker, MD Dianne Krammer, ARNP Micki Zenger, ARNP


Republic County Family Physicians Robert Holt, MD Lori Rhine, ARNP


The book of Jude is a great little letter. Besides being a good candidate to memorize if you want to be able to claim to have memorized an entire book of the Bible (it's only 25 verses), Jude has a couple of the most difficult to understand verses in the New Testament. Most of the book is dedicated to the idea that God will indeed judge those who oppose him - even if those opponents present themselves as true Christians

and even if those opponents become teachers and leaders in the church. In the face of such strong warnings, Jude's reminder to hold tightly to our salvation and to correct those who go astray falls heavily on us as readers. If even leaders in the church may not be immune to God's judgment, what hope do us ordinary folk have of ever keeping ourselves in the love of God or waiting for the mercy of Jesus that leads to eternal life (verse 21)? Every hope, it turns out. Because Jude won't let us believe even for a moment that our own effort is the final word in our salvation. And at the end of the letter, Jude points us back once again to God's grace. The final two verses (the ones at the top of this column) are certainly the reason Jude gets quoted so often in church. Because Jude leaves his readers with this thought:

God will hold us up. God knows we're prone to stumble, God knows we're prone to sin, God knows that - left to ourselves - we run away from his presence. And God is big enough to deal with it. He promises to hold us up, to change our sinful hearts and to turn us into people whose joy is in his presence. In short, our confidence that we will hold on to God comes from the truth that when we're holding God's hand, God is holding our hand. And his grip won't let go. If this is beginning to sound like a cause for celebration, you're tracking with Jude's thoughts. Because a God like this is worth all worship from all creatures for all time. And our first act of worship should be to simply trust God to take care of our salvation. It was his idea in the first place and he will provide everything we need.


cHRiSTiAN belleville Central Christian Church 24th and O (785) 527-2066 Sunday School 9:30 Worship Service 10:45 Wednesday Night Live 6 pm Pastor Mark Imel Food for Thought on KR-92 FM 7:08 M-F

evANGeLicAL Munden Zion Evangelical Church PO Box 42 785-987-5510 Harvey (Chip) Farnsworth, Pastor Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. Evening service 6 p.m. Prayer Meeting Wed., 8 p.m. AWANA 6-8 p.m. Wed. MeTHoDiST Agenda United Methodist Church 4th and Delmar Pastor Sandra Jellison-Knock 785-325-2314 Worship May through Aug. 9 a.m. Sept. through Dec. 11 a.m Jan. through April 9 a.m. belleville First United Methodist Church 2013 M St, 785-527-5608 (w) 785-955-0322 (c) Pastor Lennie Maxwell Worship 10:45 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 AM Web: Email: Republic United Methodist Church 501 Pawnee AV 785-361-2664 Roger L. Walls, Pastor Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. Bible Study every Tues. 9 a.m. courtland United Methodist Church 308 Main St. 785-374-4520 Pastor Kathy Aeillo Worship 9:15 a.m. Wednesday school 3:45 pm Junior High Youth group Wednesdays, 7 pm Scandia United Methodist Church 5th & Cloud Sts. 785-335-2612 Pastor Kathy Aeillo Worship 10:45 a.m. Wednesday school 3:45 pm High school youth group Sundays, 7:30 pm WeSLeYAN belleville Belleville Wesleyan Church Pastor Mark McGregor 909 Wesleyan DR Office 785-527-5509 Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:50 a.m. Stepping Stones Preschool Director Traci Dahl 785-527-5315 cATHoLic parish office: 785-527-5559 belleville

St. Edward 1827 Q. Street 1st, 3rd, 5th Saturday Mass: 6:30 p.m. Sunday Mass: 11:00 a.m. Munden St. George 105 W. Myrza Mass 2nd Saturday 6:30 p.m. cuba St. Isidore 603 Linden Mass 4th Saturday 6:30 p.m. ASSeMbLY oF GoD belleville Crossroads Assembly of God Pastor Dennis L. Carey 17th & Q ST Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. 785-527-2780 (office) 785-527-3076 (cell)

coveNANT courtland Courtland Covenant Church 505 Republic 785-374-4370 Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Charles Peters, pastor 620-245-2138 Jake Englebert, assoc. pastor 785-374-4247 Curt Lindberg, chairman ‘785-374-4239 pReSbYTeRiAN Little blue River cooperative parish Dial-a-Concern 785-729-3838 or 1-800-557-3808 Pastor Phil Goombi Narka/Mahaska 405 Cottonwood/Narka 200 N Maple/Mahaska Joint Worship: 10:30 a.m. Worship in Mahaska in july

cuba First Presbyterian Church 218 Beach ST Worship: 9 .am. belleville United Presbyterian Church 1713 N ST 785-527-2565 Pastor Denise Group Sunday School/Fellowship 9:30 a.m. (Sept.-Dec.) Worship 11 a.m. Quilting Circle 1:30 p.m. T-Th. Women’s Bible Study 2nd Thursday 2 p.m. LUTHeRAN belleville American Lutheran Church 2304 M ST 785-527-5841 Pastor Judith Wascher Pastor Art Bliese Worship 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. bApTiST belleville First Baptist Church Pastor John Lewis 527-2511 20th and J Street Worship 10:30am NoN DeNoMiNATioNAL courtland Living Waters Family Church 303 Centennial Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m. Dwight Garman, Head Elder 785-374-4337 evANGeLicAL FRee

belleville Landmark Church Meeting at the Blair Theater 1310 19th Street, Belleville Sunday School 9:30 Worship Service 10:30 Pastor Josh Knaub 527-2683

The weekly devotion is a ministry of the Republic County Ministerial Alliance To list your church in the directory, call 785-527-2244 for more information.

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County News Deeds Filed Quit Claim: Farmway Co-op to City of Cuba. Tract in SW 1/4 8-3-1, formerly known as Burlington Northern Railroad Company right-of-way and station in Cuba. Warranty Deed: Anita Marie Anderson Rogge to Jay T. Reynolds and Kimberly Reynolds. Parcel in SE 1/4 28-4-3.

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A “cash mob” of a dozen shoppers converged on Belleville Farm and Home owner Todd Frye (center) Saturday morning, in the first of what organizer Keith Sells and the Belleville Chamber and Main Street program hopes becomes a monthly event. Sells, a city council member, said the purpose of the event is to encourage a group of shoppers to choose one store and spent at least $10 in order to boost the local economy and make citizens familiar with the goods and services available locally.

David A. Marck, Wichita, pled to two counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor on May 18, placed on probation, ordered to pay $200 fine, $160 court costs. LIMITED CIVIL

Continuing commerce Economic group works to keep diversified services, jobs in county By Deb Hadachek Telescope Editor Finding a buyer for a building is not the same as promoting economic growth in the county, Republic County Economic Development staff told Republic County Commissioners Monday. “We want to find the right people for the right properties,” said Jenny Russell, director of the local economic development group. “We want a variety of different jobs available in the county and different kinds of people to fill those needs.” Russell and assistant director Luke Mahin said they have worked with 75 businesses in the last year, 20 of which are businesses looking to expand, relocate, or are new start-ups. Their office has also been working to connect business owners thinking about retirement with people interested in owning businesses. “We’ve been a third party contact for many of these businesses,” said Mahin. “We are working with several key businesses in our county with retirement transitions.” Mahin said the University of Kansas has started a new program designed to help new graduates find business opportunities. He said he hopes the program expands to other Regents schools. “The colleges have broader connections than we do in letting these students know about the opportunities that are available.” Republic County Economic Development has a newly designed website at www. Mahin said the site will offer job listings, and a searchable database of properties and businesses that are for sale in the county. The organization continues to encourage the development of houses that can be purchased for $50,000 to $100,000, likely through


the renovations of existing properties, Russell said. “Our housing survey showed that was the price range that most people needed,” she said. “And the people who responded wanted to purchase homes, not rent.” Republic County Economic Development is an organization directed by a volunteer committee. Activities are funded by Republic County and the City of Belleville. The committee contracts with Russell’s business, JenRus Freelance, Courtland on an hourly basis, to help facilitate development services. Mahin said a disadvantage of the economic development business is that confidentiality prevents many of the possibilities the group works on from being discussed publicly. Not all of those possibilities become realities, he said, but having representatives in place allows a community to react quickly to make contacts when business opportunities arise. “There are some things that Jen worked on six years ago that may be coming to fruition now,” he said. New ambulance Republic County EMS director Don Lieb and Randy Ainsworth discussed the possible purchase of a new ambulance with commissioners Monday. The board made no decision to approve the purchase. Lieb said the newest ambulance in the county’s fleet is 12 years old. The department would like to trade its oldest model, a 1997 version. A new ambulance lists for $155,000, said Matthias Hohn, a representative of Rocky Mountain Emergency Vehicle company. All the company’s ambulances are custom-built to meet each individual department’s needs, he said. Lieb said in the future, the county will be able to continue to use the “box” of the ambulance for many years, replacing the chassis as needed. “This ambulance needs to last 25 to 30 years,” Hohn said of the body, which houses the patient care area. Lieb said the department makes about 500 runs each

year, which includes emergency calls in-county, and patient transfers to specialty centers. The department has been saving $30,000 a year for the past two years towards the purchase of a new ambulance, he said. The ambulance service faces a fixed-payment from insurance or Medicare regardless of the extent of care a patient needs, he said. The service is reimburse per-loaded mile for transfers, which helps support the budget, he said. “We’re going to do everything we need to do for the patient in our care,” he said. “But we get paid the same whether we do nothing or many things.

Community Chronicle Methodists welcome new pastor An ice cream social will be held Sunday, July 8 at teh Belleville City Park to welcome Pastor Emily Meckley to the First United Methodist Church in Belleville. She assumed her appointment in Belleville July 1. She previously served the Hunter-Pleasant View United Methodist Church. The public is invited to the 6:30 p.m. event. ---

Annual Poker Run in Scandia 9th Annual Brandon Melby Memorial Poker Run will be held Saturday, July 14, downtown Scandia. Registration will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Poker run will leave town as one big group at 2 p.m. Last bike in by 7 p.m. $1000 first place, $200 second place, $100 Worst Hand Questions call Brent Melby 527-3374.

Next-Tech Wireless LLC versus Arleen Huber, Belleville, case filed. Credit Management Services Inc. versus Robert Kasl, Belleville. Case filed. TRAFFIC Dispositions: Patrick Buttman, Belleville, driving under the influence, ordered to serve 48 hours in Republic County Jail, $750 fine, $248 in fees, $381.56 court appointed attorney fees, perform 20 hours community service. Elliott Huryta, Beatrice NE, no seat belt $10. Brian L. Nogg, Omaha, 94/70 $389 diversion. Todd Cox, Lincoln NE, 61/50 $149. Mark Worley, Honaker, VA, overweight $143. Michael Miller, Hastings NE, no seat belt $10. Lonnie Bell, Deshler NE, no seat belt $10. David Hurst, McGregor TX, 80/70 $143. Jared C. Breitenbach, Wichita, minor in consumption, $298. Charles Newman, Iron Station NC, 76/65 $299 diversion. Todd Filipi, Munden, no seat belt $10. Wade L. Fields, Wichita, driving while suspended, no registration, no liability insurance: first two counts dismissed, defendant pleads no contest to no proof of insurance, fined $398. Dylan Cross, Superior, minor in consumption, diversion, fined $498, ordered to perform 30 hours community service, and provide written statement indicating how the defendant obtained alcohol. Barbara Todd-Dreuke, O’Neill NE, 80/70 $143. Benjamin Brown, Omaha, 80/70 $143. Michael Peplinski, Lincoln NE, improper lane change$143. Jennifer Knoll, Belleville, 78/70 and no seat belt $284. Benjamin Baker, Scandia, minor in consumption, diversion, fined $498, perform 30 hours community service, provide written statement indicating how the defendant obtained alcohol.

Sheriff’s Log The Republic County Sher-

iff’s Department responded to the following incidents from June 23 through June 30: June 231:41 pm responded to the 200 Block of Washington Avenue in Republic for criminal deprivation and criminal damage to property. Nick and Heather Robison reported their 1998 Ford Escort had been stolen, damaged and returned to the residence during the overnight hours. The value of the damage was listed at $800.00. June 2410:48 am responded to Courtland for information regarding a domestic disturbance, which occurred earlier in the week. A report was forwarded to the County Attorney and an arrest warrant issued for the suspect. 9:18 pm received a driving complaint involving two vehicles speeding around in Scandia. 10:08 pm responded to a residential alarm in the 1100 Block of 170 Road. June 259:23 am responded to the 300 Block of Bristol Street in Cuba for a dog tangled up on it’s chain. Contact was made with the owner and the dog was removed from the chain. 9:37 pm responded to the area of 310 Road and Granite Road for a suspicious vehicle. 10:08 pm responded to a motorist assist on US-81 Highway near the Port of Entry. June 263:37 pm completed a report for a stolen stop sign at 170 Road and Ash Road. 4:49 pm received a report of county road signs damaged at 250 Road and Diamond Road, 250 Road and Fir Road, and 220 Road and Lincoln Road. 5:56 pm received a report of debris in the roadway on US-81 Highway near Union Road. 6:03 pm responded to the Republic County Museum for a cannon ball, which was discovered in a display and thought to be a live round. As a precaution, the U.S. Army E.O.D. Bomb Squad from Fort

Riley was contacted. The Bomb Squad responded and deemed the cannon ball safe. 7:30 pm located a pickup in Narka, which was involved with the damage to the county signs. A report will be forwarded to the County Attorney. 8:20 pm completed a report for criminal damage to a stop sign post located at 220 Road and Lincoln Road. The tire marks indicated a different vehicle involved from the previous reported damaged signs. June 271:40 am checked on a vehicle parked at a Courtland business. 8:21 am received a report of log chains stolen from a residence in the 300 Block of Cottonwood Street in Narka. A call was received later in the day, advising the log chains had been returned to the owner. 10:12 am assisted with traffic control for utility work at US-81 Highway and Birch Road. June 2812:26 am responded to a fire on 50 Road and Xavier Road. 6:20 am received a report of cattle out on 90 Road near Marble Road. 10:46 am received a driving complaint on a semi all over the roadway on US-81 Highway near mile marker 215. June 299:38 am received a report of suspicious items near Young Road and 70 Road. 1:05 pm received a report of a suspicious subject near the Depot Market on US-36 Highway. 9:51 pm responded to a car/ deer accident eight-tenths of a mile east of 40 Road on Fir Road. William D. Hiatt, Superior, was westbound in a 2006 Dodge, when a deer came out of the south ditch and struck the vehicle. June 309:31 am received a report of tire debris on US-81 Highway near K-148 Highway. During the reporting period, 15 traffic stops conducted and 13 court papers served.

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Dr. Herb & Lou Doubek Home 2408 Fairway Court $279,000


PRIME LOCATION on 2 lots off the RCRA Golf Course and walking distance to the High School. SPACIOUS - 4,000 + sq. feet - 4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, hobby rooms, walk in closets, large finished walkout basement and 2 car garage.

Contact Jim & Diane Reed at 785-335-2308

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