Linda A. Ellis, executive director for Cowley County Farm Service Agency, is encouraging producers to call the FSA office and schedule an appointment to submit their annual report of acreage to meet FSA program-eligibility requirements. Producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits. July 15 is the certification deadline for spring-seeded crops including oats, corn, soybean, grain sorghum, cotton, sunflowers and hay grazer. The county office will not call producers to set up appointments. Producers are urged to call (620) 221-2060 to set up an appointment as soon as they have completed planting. Failure to certify by July 15 will result in a $46 late file fee per farm being assessed.
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In an effort to bring Cowley County musicians together, along with providing a place to play, the Arkansas City Arts Council, a.k.a. Ark City Arts, is hosting Community Jam, a public jam-session from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. The first Community Jam is this Friday at 116 S. Summit St. The jam session is open to the public for a $5 cover charge. All styles of music and instruments are welcome, as well as vocalists. Event organizers said they hope to promote the local music scene by bringing musicians together to network, share ideas, information and play together.
Kansas is on track to spend less than a third of what it did six years ago on cash assistance and to serve a third as many low-income people, according to a state budget office memo. Those numbers have been falling steadily since Gov. Sam Brownback took office in 2011, when Kansas began incorporating work requirements for programs like cash assistance and food stamps in an effort to break what the governor described as “cycles of dependency.”
Law enforcement authorities in Sedgwick County are investigating an injury accident. Just after 4:30p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to the intersection of Kellogg and Woodlawn in Wichita, according to Tuesday’s media briefing. The investigation determined a motorcycle driven by a 59-year-old man was westbound on Kellogg. A large archery target fell out of the bed of a westbound pickup. The motorcycle rider swerved and hit the retaining wall. He was transported to local hospital in serious condition, according to police. Officers eventually were able to speak to the pickup driver. There is no word of possible charges in the accident. Police reminded drivers to make certain they tie down items they are transporting to avoid similar accidents. Name of the driver and victim were not released.
A preliminary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. July 7 in Arkansas City District Court for 29 year old Salvador Venegas Jr., of Arkansas City who is charged with second-degree murder stemming from a fatal traffic accident in November. Venegas was formally charged in April for the death of 19-year-old Garrett L. Misora, of Winfield. The fatal accident occurred about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 20 on U.S. Highway 77 near Strother Field. Reports from the Kansas Highway Patrol stated that the car driven by Venegas struck Misora’s vehicle head-on, when Venegas crossed the center line, traveling southbound in the northbound lane. The report also stated that Venegas’ car was being operated without headlights from an earlier collision. Misora was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Cowley County donut lovers will have to look elsewhere for that morning donut and coffee. Main Street Donuts & Deli, located at 609 Main St. in Winfield, closed Saturday after less than a year in operation. The closure was announced Friday on the business’ Facebook page. The announcement stated there would be a sale on remaining food items. The donut shop struggled from the get-go and the closure was because of a lack of business, according to a comment left by restaurant staff. A follow-up post made Saturday said more than 4,000 breakfast items had been made for the shop’s last day, and all sold out. Main Street Donuts & Deli opened in fall 2016.
Grain elevators across Kansas are working hard to move last year’s grain out to make room for the new winter wheat crop as another harvest nears. Kansas Grain and Feed Association executive director Tom Tunnell says there is still a storage issue, particularly in southwest Kansas. The activity at elevators comes amid a wheat crop that has begun ripening. The Kansas harvest typically begins in the state’s southernmost counties and moves northward as the wheat ripens. Cutting could begin late next week in south-central Kansas with harvest expected to be in full swing by the second week of June. Farmers are grappling with damp weather, crop diseases and low prices. Cash prices that are $1 to $1.50 a bushel below break-even cost.
Another small earthquake hit Kansas Monday. The quake at 11:45p.m. measured a magnitude 2.5 and was centered approximately 10 miles west of Belle Plaine in Sumner County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. This is the ninth quake in Kansas this month and the third in Sumner County in the past five days. An earthquake on Sunday afternoon and Thursday night measured 2.6, according to the USGS.
The H.L. Snyder Medical Foundation continues to promote the good health of the community by supporting organizations that contribute to that health. On Wednesday, Foundation president Bob Bourdette and board members Jim Snyder and Jim Buterbaugh visited the Winfield Fire/EMS Department to present funds to cover the purchase of a new state-of-the-art transport ventilator. It’s equipment that helicopter medics already carry. According to Fire/EMS chief Alan Stoll, the cost of one is $17,371.
Law enforcement authorities in Wichita reported the arrest of 38-year-old Steven Harris. He is wanted in connection with a shooting death in Manhattan. On Thursday, Wichita Police Department (WPD) received information that a vehicle matching the description in connection with the crime was at a Motel 6 on E. Kellogg Dr. in Wichita. WPD responded to the scene and were able to determine the vehicle was a match. WPD officers then made contact with Steven Harris. Harris and Cora Brown, who was also at the Motel 6, were arrested without incident.