Sheriff Herrig files for re-election

Sheriff Jeff Herrig is the latest one to file for elective office in Jefferson County.

Herrig, Ozawkie, is seeking his second term on the Republican ticket.

Those having filed previously are Wayne Ledbetter, Perry, a Republican running for 2nd District county commissioner, and Linda Buttron, Nortonville, also a Republican, seeking re-election to the office of county clerk.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/sheriff-herrig-files-for-re-election/

Workshop on starting a food-based business Feb. 29 in Horton

Have you always wanted to start your own food business but didn’t know where to start? Glacial Hills Food Center is organizing a free “Starting a Food Business Workshop” from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Horton Community Center, 716 1st Avenue West, Horton.

Starting a Food Business WorkshopTopics and speakers include:

  • Simply Kansas Program and Other Marketing Ideas, presented by Becky Sullivan, Kansas Department of Agriculture;
  • Food Ingredient, Processing, Labeling, and Packaging Resources, presented by Dr. Fadi Aramouni, Kansas State University Value Added Foods Lab, and Kathryn Deschenes, Foods Lab manager;
  • Food Safety and Good Manufacturing Practices, Dr. Fadi Aramouni;
  • Insurance Needs of a Food Business, Paul McLenon, Shelter Insurance, and
  • Assistance Available for Starting a Business, Mary Ann Riederer, Washburn Small Business Development Center.

For more information or to RSVP for the workshop, contact Gary Satter, executive director of Glacial Hills Resource Conservation & Development, at 785-608-8801 or Connie Pantle, Glacial Hills Food Center manager, at 913-370-3940.

The workshop is sponsored by Glacial Hills Food Center, Kansas Value Added Foods Lab at K-State, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Washburn Small Business Development Center, and Northeast Kansas Rural Business Development Program.

The Glacial Hills Food Center, which is a program of the Glacial Hills RC&D, is a shared-use, commercial kitchen for food entrepreneurs who want to start or expand a food-based business.

The food center provides a commercially licensed kitchen and an assortment of shared commercial equipment which allow for food preparation, packaging and distribution of finished products in a food safe environment. The Food Center is the only kitchen incubator in northeast Kansas that supports food entrepreneurs in the production of fresh and preserved high value specialty foods.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/workshop-on-starting-a-food-based-business-feb-29-in-horton/

Perry man to stand trial in choking case

Trevor J. Benedict, 19, Perry, has been charged with aggravated child endangerment after being accused of choking his former girlfriend dozens of times.

He was ordered to stand trial in a Douglas County District Court last week.

Benedict’s defense argued that the case should be dropped after testimony by the 17-year-old girlfriend that the choking incidents were consensual. There is also evidence that he cut her with a razor blade.

The girls’ parents made the initial report to police.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/perry-man-to-stand-trial-in-choking-case/

Champion spellers

Kaitlyn Schneider Hunter TerrellJefferson County North’s Kaitlyn Schneider, left, won the Jefferson County Spelling Bee held in McLouth Saturday morning. The runnerup was Hunter Terrell, McLouth, who will accompany Kaitlyn to the Regional Spelling Bee March 3 in Topeka.

The county bee lasted only a few minutes with the winner declared after five rounds. Five contestants fell in the first round, three in the second, and one in the third. The third-place contestant, Jesse Messer, of Perry-Lecompton, was brought back on stage to compete for second place, won by Hunter Terrell. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Jeff and Jennie Schneider, Winchester, and Hunter is the son of Carmen Mestagh, McLouth.

Photo by Clarke Davis

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/champion-spellers/

It’s a Dragon thing

Valley Falls sixth-grader Lacey Eisermann Valley Falls sixth-grader Lacey Eisermann gets a congratulatory high-five from a line of 25 elementary teachers and aides during an academic awards assembly at the school Friday morning. Lacey was among the 43 students cited for receiving an “exemplary” on last year’s state assessment tests. Principal Susan Grey recognized each class and its accomplishments that resulted in a building-wide Standard of Excellence in reading and math. The children wore T-shirts that said, “It’s a Dragon Thing.” This year’s testing will get under way later this month.

Photo by Clarke Davis

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/its-a-dragon-thing/

USDA announces CRP general sign-up in March

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program general signup, beginning March 12 and ending April 6.

CRP has a 25-year legacy of successfully protecting the nation’s natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States.

CRP is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. In return, USDA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years.

Currently, about 30 million acres are enrolled in CRP; and contracts on an estimated 6.5 million acres will expire Sept. 30, 2012.

Offers for CRP contracts are ranked according to the Environmental Benefits Index. FSA uses the following EBI factors to assess the environmental benefits for the land offered:

  • Wildlife habitat benefits resulting from covers on contract acreage
  • Water quality benefits from reduced erosion, runoff and leaching
  • On-farm benefits from reduced erosion
  • Benefits that will likely endure beyond the contract period
  • Air quality benefits from reduced wind erosio
  • Cost.

CRP continues to make major contributions to national efforts to improve water and air quality, prevent soil erosion by protecting the most sensitive areas including those prone to flash flooding and runoff. At the same time, CRP has helped increase populations of pheasants, quail, ducks, and other rare species, like the sage grouse, the lesser prairie chicken, and others.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/usda-announces-crp-general-sign-up-in-march/

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 12 at 3:43AM CST until February 13 at 6:00PM CST by NWS

.AN UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE OUT OF THE ROCKIES AND INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS TONIGHT AND MONDAY. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ACROSS THE AREA TONIGHT BEFORE MIXING WITH DRIZZLE OR LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE ON MONDAY. PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO TO DIMINISH MONDAY AFTERNOON. …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO

from JF-KS Situation Room http://jf-ks.com

No injuries in rollover; patrol car damaged

PERRY — No injuries occurred in a single vehicle rollover crash in which a sheriff’s office patrol car was struck on US-24 highway east of Topeka on Saturday evening, authorities said.

The incident occurred on westbound US-24 on the Delaware bridge near mile marker 382, which is just east of Casey’s General Store in Perry.

Jefferson County Undersheriff Bob Chartier said a stranded vehicle was parked facing east on the south shoulder of eastbound US-24. A person was standing near the vehicle.

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from News http://cjonline.com/news/2012-02-11/no-injuries-rollover-patrol-car-damaged

No injuries in rollover; patrol car damaged

PERRY — No injuries occurred in a single vehicle rollover crash in which a sheriff’s office patrol car was struck on US-24 highway east of Topeka on Saturday evening, authorities said.

The incident occurred on westbound US-24 on the Delaware bridge near mile marker 382, which is just east of Casey’s General Store in Perry.

Jefferson County Undersheriff Bob Chartier said a stranded vehicle was parked facing east on the south shoulder of eastbound US-24. A person was standing near the vehicle.

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from News http://cjonline.com/news/2012-02-11/no-injuries-rollover-patrol-car-damaged

KDHE publishes guidelines in voter ID process

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Office of Vital Statistics has published the guidelines and the affidavit required for Kansas residents requesting a free birth certificate for the purposes of obtaining free photographic identification necessary to vote in government elections.

Starting this year, Kansans must present photo ID at the polls before voting in local and state government elections in accordance with the voter identification provision of the Kansas Secure and Fair Elections Act. A birth certificate is among the documents the Kansas Department of Revenue Division of Vehicles will accept from Kansans applying for a free non-driver identification card.

To qualify for the free birth certificate from KDHE for purposes of acquiring a free photo ID from the Division of Vehicles, a person must:

  1. Not possess any documents listed as valid photographic identification documents under Kansas law
  2. Lack any of the documents necessary to prove identity
  3. Sign an affidavit attesting to items #1 and #2
  4. Be registered to vote in Kansas
  5. Have been born in Kansas

Kansans requesting a birth certificate for the purpose of obtaining a free non-driver identification card:

  • Will not be able to get a free driver’s license, just a non-driver identification card
  • Cannot simultaneously hold a Kansas driver’s license and a Kansas non-driver identification card
  • Will only be issued one birth certificate under this program
  • Can share the forms submitted under this program with other agencies

The state of Kansas guidelines and affidavit for obtaining a free birth certificate to be used in acquiring free voter identification can be found here: kdheks.gov/vital/birth_cert_voter_ID_guidance.htm.

For more on Voter ID and Voter Registration requirements, visit the Secretary of State’s “Got Voter ID” website at gotvoterid.com.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/02/kdhe-publishes-guidelines-in-voter-id-process/