Salina, KS – U.S. Representative Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) announced today that Sara Prendergast has completed an internship in his district office in Salina. Sara grew up in Salina and attended Sacred Heart High School and graduated in 2013. She is currently attending the University of Kansas and majoring in Journalism (Strategic Communications Emphasis) and Political Science and is expected to graduate in Spring 2017.

Study finds benefits to burning Flint Hills prairie in fall and winter

MANHATTAN — Kansas State University researchers have completed a 20-year study that looks at the consequences of burning Flint Hills prairie at different times of the year. It finds that burning outside of the current late spring time frame has no measurable negative consequences for the prairie and, in fact, may have multiple benefits.

TOPEKA – Washburn University graduate student Jennifer K. Moore, of Westmoreland, 
has been chosen for induction into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Moore is a member of the Eta Kappa Chapter-at-Large of
 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and has served
 as an adjunct instructor with the Washburn School of Nursing.  
She received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from
 Wichita State University and is pursuing a master of science in nursing degree,
 with a concentration in clinical nurse leader, at Washburn.
The 45 Washburn students elected to membership in Phi Kappa Phi include juniors
 in the top 7.5 percent of their class and seniors in the top 10 percent of their class,
 along with outstanding graduate students, faculty, professional staff and alumni.
Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1897, is the nation's oldest all-discipline honor society. 
The mission of the organization is to recognize and promote academic excellence
 in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service
 to others.


Minnesota roofer to pay $80,000 penalty, remains banned from doing business in Kansas


TOPEKA – (April 15, 2014) – A Minnesota roofing company was ordered to pay an $80,000 penalty and remains barred from doing business in Kansas for violating Kansas consumer protection laws, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.


Kansas Advocates for Better Care (KABC) today joined AARP, the Kansas Health Consumers Coalition and Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger in calling for Gov. Brownback to veto the “Health Care Compact Bill.” The bill, pending the governor’s signature, allows Kansas to opt out Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health programs.

KABC released the following statement during a joint press conference at the Kansas statehouse:


Topeka, KS, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — The most common disaster threat to families in this country is a home fire. Every year, the Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters across the country – and more than 90 percent are fire-related.


When a fire hits someone’s home, it can be dangerous and devastating. The family involved may lose everything they own. At any time of day or night, Disaster Action Teams of trained Red Cross volunteers are activated to respond to fires and provide emergency assistance with temporary lodging, food, clothing, and emotional support to help those affected. (more…)

RCVHS News/ James and Marian Bradley

Wamego is a child of the Kansas Pacific railroad.  Back in the early days of 1866, the railroad’s surveyors had reached the red vermillion.  The chief engineer, when looking west through his powerful telescope at what is now Wamego, said,  “What a wonderful site for a town.”  Others in the party also viewed the “wonderful site”.  Several of them went into a huddle, quit their jobs and headed west.  Reaching the present Wamego, they found the land belonged mostly to Samuel Spencer.  They made a deal and purchased from him the land for the original townsite for Wamego.  Later Uhlrich’s first and second addition were laid out and also  Read’s Addition.  These additions are south of the railroad right-of-way.   Later St. John’s additions to the north were platted and then the Hutchinson’s Addition.  Recently there have been added the North Addition, and the Garansson’s Addition. (more…)

Dear Editor

I am concerned with what the future of Westmoreland is. I attended Thurs. April 10th’s City Council meeting as a concerned citizen and previous councilmember and was given information from USD 323’s Superintendent Dr. Darrel Stufflebeam and Jon Srna, President of the school board. They provided the enrollment history for USD 323 Rock Creek for the years of 2005 to present which breaks down Westmoreland Elementary and St. George Elementary and the numbers don’t lie, Westmoreland is on a slippery slope with declining numbers nearly every year. In 2005 there was 39 more children enrolled in Westmoreland Elementary than there was in 2013 and they are projecting an additional decline in 2014 enrollment of approx. 11 students to put the 2014 enrollment at 125 children. Not to go into too much detail and its obvious St. George has done a complete opposite but I understand with the increasing growth on and around the Highway 24 Corridor we can’t compete and we shouldn’t try. I am just worried that if there is a continued decrease in the numbers of enrollment at Westmoreland Elementary the school board will look at the possibility of closing the school and if that happens the town of Westmoreland will dwindle and eventually die off.
I feel strongly the Westmoreland councilmembers, Planning and Zoning, and the chamber need to work together to make sure this town grows and expands. It’s also up to us the citizens of Westmoreland to push and encourage growth in your community.  There is a confrontational idea in mind that would allow for this town to grow with new housing but there are individuals that don’t want to see it happen,  or don’t want the work involved in proceeding but if you love this town and want to see it succeed then it is time to move forward instead of living in the past. I would suggest that the city pursue any and all avenues to encourage growth, let’s put our money, and time where it needs to be right now and be proactive in getting growth in our community before it is too late.
The town needs growth in all areas not just in housing but also business in order to attract young people to our town. I know that by bringing in new people and new business it can create difficulties and bumps in the road but we can overcome those and be a better community for all of us. Thank for allowing me to vent my frustrations and please as a community lets work together to build a stronger and better town for future generations to enjoy. I encourage each and everyone to attend meetings, talk to your councilmembers and do your part today for a better future!

Jeff Overbey

Legislative Report 4-6-2014

Last week on Sunday evening the legislature finished work for the regular session. We will be off for three weeks, reconvening on April 30 for several days to wrap up the 2014 legislative session. We worked over the weekend putting together the school finance plan as directed by the Kansas Supreme Court.

The final bill was HB 2506 which was passed in somewhat different versions by the House and Senate was finally agreed upon by the conference committee and then passed both Houses on Sunday. I voted for the bill as it fully complies with the equity additional funding of 126 million dollars and meet or exceeds the court directive and included important policy changes to the school system. The bill provides for the most tax relief for school districts with lower valuations and the additional LOB allowed was a tradeoff for the wealthier districts and to obtain the necessary coalition of votes to pass the bill. (more…)

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