Jackson Co. sheriff arrests two in burglary case

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on Friday announced the arrest of two men on warrants for burglary and theft.

Robert J. Miller, 53, of Oskaloosa, was arrested on a Jackson County District Court warrant for burglary and theft. Sheriff Tim Morse said Miller was wanted in connection with a Jan. 20 burglary to a rural Jackson County farm where tools and chainsaws had been reported stolen.

Ryan James Cook, 33, of Meriden, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for burglary and theft in the same case.

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Jackson Co. sheriff arrests two in burglary case

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on Friday announced the arrest of two men on warrants for burglary and theft.

Robert J. Miller, 53, of Oskaloosa, was arrested on a Jackson County District Court warrant for burglary and theft. Sheriff Tim Morse said Miller was wanted in connection with a Jan. 20 burglary to a rural Jackson County farm where tools and chainsaws had been reported stolen.

Ryan James Cook, 33, of Meriden, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for burglary and theft in the same case.

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SRS applications for low-income energy assistance program

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services will be accepting applications for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program from Jan. 18 through March 30.

LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay winter heating bills. Individuals with disabilities, elderly persons, and families with children are the primary groups assisted.

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The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services will be accepting applications for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program from Jan. 18 through March 30.

An average benefit of $262.88 was provided to 62,000 households in 2011.

To qualify, applicants must be responsible for direct payment of their heating bills. Income eligibility guidelines are set at 130 percent of the federal poverty level.

The level of benefit varies according to household income, number of persons living at the address, type of dwelling, type of heating fuel, and utility rates. Applicants must demonstrate they have made payments on their heating utility bill two out of the last three months and those payments must be equal to or exceed $80 or the total balance due on their energy bills whichever is less.

Applications for the program have been mailed to households who received energy assistance last year, along with other targeted low-income families, including those who received food, cash or medical assistance in December.

LIEAP applications are available at local SRS offices or can be requested by calling toll-free 800-432-0043.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/01/srs-applications-for-low-income-energy-assistance-program/

Panetta outlines possible defense cuts

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon outlined a plan Thursday for slowing the growth of military spending, including cutting the size of the Army and Marine Corps, retiring older planes and trimming war costs. It drew quick criticism from Republicans, signaling the difficulty of scaling back defense budgets in an election year.

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from News http://cjonline.com/news/2012-01-26/panetta-outlines-possible-defense-cuts

Perry headlines Kansas GOP convention

Former presidential candidate Rick Perry will anchor the Kansas Republican Party’s convention in February.

The GOP gathering in Overland Park will feature a fund-raising reception and speech with Perry, the Texas governor who dropped out of the 2012 Republican primary.

He was endorsed by Gov. Sam Brownback, who ran himself for president in 2007 while serving in the U.S. Senate.

Perry will be at the state convention Feb. 16. A rally Feb. 17 will be led by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who also has been mentioned as a future presidential candidate.

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from News http://cjonline.com/news/2012-01-26/perry-headlines-kansas-gop-convention

Register open for the 2012 Women Managing the Farm Conference

In an industry traditionally dominated by men, women have a strong and growing presence in U.S. agriculture. In fact, more and more women are choosing to own and manage their own farms. The 2012 Women Managing the Farm Conference is a comprehensive program designed to give women the insight to manage their farm investment.

The eighth annual Women Managing the Farm Conference will be held Feb. 10-11 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita.

“Farm women who are helping to grow the nation’s food supply are being recognized more and more for their contribution to agriculture,” says Janet Barrows, Conference Coordinator and Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Frontier Farm Credit. “The conference provides a unique situation to participate with women who see the value and importance of learning ways they can impact issues affecting today’s agriculture.”

Over the 2-day conference, presentations regarding business planning, health, managing employees and more will be interspersed with opportunities for networking and learning from others attending the conference. The WMF conference has been developed for all women involved in an operation from the fulltime manager to the absentee landowner needing a bit of insight about managing their investment.

Keynote speakers include Dana Peterson, National Association of Wheat Growers; Dan Thomson, Veterinarian, K-State Research & Extension; Cheryl Tevis, Successful Farming Magazine; Ed O’Malley, Kansas Leadership Center; and Cheryl Unruh, Author, Flyover People.

Whether a farm owner, partner, or rookie, women involved in agriculture are encouraged to attend this conference. Registration and other details can be obtained at togpartners.com/wmf. The registration fee is $145, if paid by Jan. 27. The price will increase to $170 after that date.

The Soybean Commission has provided funding for 25 scholarships of $150 each to cover registration, hotel or travel expenses for farm women with limited resources – the scholarship form can be obtained on the website. If you do not have web access, contact The Odyssey Group at 320-224-0154.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Wichita, at 316-293-1234. Make reservations by Jan. 23.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/01/register-open-for-the-2012-women-managing-the-farm-conference/

Jackson Co. arrests suspected burglar

A 33-year-old Meriden man was arrested in connection with a recent Jackson County burglary after authorities had asked for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday morning issued a news release seeking information on the whereabouts of Ryan James Cook.

Authorities believed he was in the Meriden or Topeka areas.

Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse issued a second news release at 2:11 p.m. declaring Cook had been found and arrested.

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from News http://cjonline.com/news/2012-01-25/jackson-co-arrests-suspected-burglar

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran: ‘Congress is dysfunctional’

Story and photo by Clarke Davis

The Valley Falls Rotary Club served as the host for a visit from Senator Jerry Moran with about 25 in attendance.

Moran was greeted by Rotarians and a number of guests that included Mayor Charles Stutesman and his wife, Anita.

Valley Falls school board member Sharon Sweeney and her son, Lance, attended the Rotary meeting last week to hear and meet with Sen. Jerry Moran.

Valley Falls school board member Sharon Sweeney and her son, Lance, attended the Rotary meeting last week to hear and meet with Sen. Jerry Moran.

The senator described the country as financially broke and led by a dysfunctional Congress whose members are often too embarrassed to admit what they do for a living.

“Too often we look like children having a fight without any results any of us would be very proud of,” he said.

He said every city, county, and school district in the nation can create and pass a budget, but Congress can’t.

“Congress has failed and the president has failed,” he said.

Moran did not vote to increase the debt ceiling the last time because, he said, he thought it would serve as leverage to force Congress to do something it did not want to do. He wrote to the president to encourage him to change the way the country does business, but to no avail.

“If we care about Kansans and the next generation, we have to get spending under control,” he said.

The debt now equals the Gross National Product, the senator said, and things could change very quickly if the people who loan us money decide one day to stop.

“The psychology of those who lend us money could change and we could become another Greece or Italy in a moment,” he warned. “Forty-two percent of the money we spend is borrowed money.”

Moran was raised in a small town and said his interest in public service—what motivates him—is not the big broad issues but rather “what can I do to make sure the way we live our lives in communities across Kansas is around for awhile longer.”

Too many members of Congress have no idea about the fixed costs of running a small business and how they are impacted by actions from Washington, he said.

In a small town, he said, there aren’t any more customers to sell more products to grow a business, so survival means holding down costs.

Moran represented the big first district in the House for 12 years before being elected to the Senate. He said his district ran from the Colorado line to the Shawnee County line and the only community that was growing was Junction City.

“So many towns were just holding their own, dwindling . . . trying to make ends meet,” he said.

The state has 126 hospitals, some of them hanging on by a thread, he said.

“People have to have access to health care,” he said, noting that if a community loses its hospital, it loses its physicians, its pharmacies, and the people, who leave to be where they can get health care.

“We have eight counties that don’t have a pharmacy,” he said. “How do we keep a viable main street is a main concern of mine.”

“Economic development depends on whether or not there is a grocery store in town and most members of Congress don’t understand that,” he said. “The decisions we make too often determine whether these businesses are there.”

On the educational front he said he cannot believe there is anything done in the Department of Education that benefits a child in Kansas.

“The best thing we can do is try to keep government from ruining education, which is best decided locally,” he said.

He said he voted against the current “No Child Left Behind” Act which did nothing but take the children away from the teacher to do more testing.

Moran supports the enhancement of vocational education and believes students should be taught to work with their hands as well as their heads. He decried the loss of so many FFA programs that teach these vocations.

The senator said he did not support efforts by the Department of Labor to regulate children’s work on farms. He believes the Environmental Protection Agency has overstepped its bounds with too many regulations in some affairs, and he fears for the small community banks whose regulatory compliance has become too costly for most of them to handle.

In working to save the postal system, he said there is a Moran amendment to a bill working its way through Congress that says the U.S. Postal Service cannot close any post office without sound reasons. The USPS must establish criteria based on demographics, age of the facility, distance to the next post office, and a whole set of things they have to review before they decide it should be closed.

“We want some standard by which we can judge their merit,” he said.

The USPS has a list of 134 post offices in Kansas that are facing possible closure.

“I’m not giving up on any community that hasn’t given up on itself. If it’s willing to fight for its future, i’ll be its ally,” he said.

While he knows the Internet has had a great impact on the postal service he still believes in the importance of universal service and noted that closing post offices doesn’t make much sense. Historically it has always been the big offices that offset the cost of the smaller ones. He said of the 10,000 post offices marked to close in the United States it would only save 7/10th of 1 percent of the revenue the USPS generates.

As for fixing government, he said terms limits was not as great a problem as former senators and representatives working as lobbyists.

“Taking a job as a lobbyist is lucrative and it changes the focus while in office,” he said. “One cannot offend the leadership who you will be asking for favors and you can’t offend the special interests because they might be your employer.”

Senate President Harry Reid asked Moran how he liked serving in the Senate and Moran said he replied by saying he liked it except “We’re not doing anything.”

Reid replied that there was little use until after the election and this was six months ago.

“The country’s problems are so great we don’t have that long to wait,” Moran said.

“What I’m about is the survival of rural America,” he said. “My goal has been to help create an environment in which opportunities exist for our communities — the places we call home — to be around for awhile longer and pass on the qualities we have to the next generation.”

The introductions were made by Rotarian Gary Coleman in the absence of President June Huston.

from JeffCountynews.com http://www.jeffcountynews.com/2012/01/kansas-senator-jerry-moran-congress-is-dysfunctional/

Lake levels

Reservoir Pool Elev. Dis.

Milford 1,144.4 1,144.38 300

Tuttle Creek 1,075 1,074.98 400

Perry 891.5 891.68 25

Clinton 875.5 873.58 9

Pomona 974 973.06 15

Melvern 1,036 1,033.53 20

from News http://cjonline.com/news/2012-01-24/lake-levels

Births

St. Francis

Bryan and Mindi Caskey, Topeka, boy, Jan. 24.

Brian and Rachelle Nienhuis, Topeka, girl, Jan. 24.

Stormont-Vail

Matthew and Corey Everett, Topeka, girl, Jan. 23.

Jacob and Melissa Boyette, Ozawkie, boy, Jan. 24.

Michael and Amanda Cox, Grantville, girl, Jan. 24.

from News http://cjonline.com/news/2012-01-24/births