Archive for Wednesday, February 14, 2001

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February 14, 2001

Tailgate Ranch head selected to lead the Royal

The president of Tailgate Ranch Co. south of Tonganoxie has been named the new president of the American Royal Rodeo, Livestock and Horse Show.

Paul S. McKie has been elected to a two-year term. In addition to his presidency of the Tailgate commercial beef cattle operation, McKie also is a cattle feeder and Missouri grain farm operator. He has been chairman of the Royal livestock show for 15 years.

"This oldest show of its kind in America is a platform for agriculture," said McKie. "The beautiful horses, the livestock and rodeo call together the diversity of our country. It's a celebration, and fun to be a part of."

Sessions at Providence to help widows, widowers

Providence Medical Center again will offer Skillbuilders, a 12-week education and support series for widows, widowers and caregivers.

This series begins Tuesdays, and runs March 6 through May 22. The sessions are free. For more information or to register call (913) 596-4948.

Producers with crop losses eligible for federal program

Producers who have suffered severe crop losses because of natural disasters can sign up for benefits, according to Adrian Polansky, state executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency.

To be eligible, producers must have suffered a 35 percent loss of expected production of their 2000 crops because of natural disaster. Crops, which were insured by crop insurance or are considered noninsurable, will earn payments at 65 percent of the established payment rate. Crops, which were insurable but not insured, will earn payments at 60 percent of the established payment rate.

For additional information, producers can contact their local USDA Service Center or the local Farm Service Agency office.

SBA loans offered

Businesses in Leavenworth County now can apply for low-interest economic injury disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The loans are available to help businesses meet normal operating expenses that cannot be met because of the effects of a disaster.

Drought and excessive heat that occurred starting in January 2000 have reduced incomes for many farmers and ranchers, which in turn may have an adverse economic effect on businesses depending on these producers.

Farmers and ranchers are not eligible for this loan program.

For additional information, call the SBA at (800) 366-6303.

Applicants sought for job

The Leavenworth County Commission is seeking applicants to fill the Reno Township clerk's job.

The term will expire in January 2003.

Burke Anderson resigned from the clerk's job, citing time constraints.

Applications must be submitted to the Leavenworth County clerk's office at the courthouse in Leavenworth by 5 p.m. Feb. 23.

Applicants must be a registered voter and must live in Reno Township. Linda Scheer, county clerk, said anyone interested in the position should simply send her a letter indicating his or her interest. County commissioners will make the final decision on filling the vacancy.

"They will probably make it soon after that date, probably the next meeting date after the deadline," Scheer said.

For additional information, call Scheer, (800) 250-2057.

LAWS offers program

Through March 31, the Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society is sponsoring a springtime spay and neuter program.

Guidelines are:

The owner and pet must live in Leavenworth County.

The owner must call (913) 651-4780 or (913) 651-5297 (leave message) before making appointment with a vet for surgery.

Basic information must be provided, including the owner's phone number, gender and species of animal, name of veterinarian and date of surgery.

LAWS will pay the veterinarian directly at $20 per dog or $15 per cat. The remainder of the bill is to be paid by the pet's owner.

LAWS has a limit of four animals per household.

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