Stockton Sentinel 06 30 2016 E Edition Page 1A

Coming To You From The Heartland Of America Serving Rooks County Since 1989 THURSDAY WEDNESDAY Car Show Winners (6A) RCH welcomes new Occupa- tional Therapist (6A) Beougher is Nex-Generation Student Intern (8A) 100 Years After the May 20, 1916 Codell Tornado (conclusion on 9A) Pieces coming together at new MRI Unit at RCH (8A) Area kids enjoy Fishing Clinic (10A) One section Ten pages One supplement P.M. thunderstorms with winds from the ENE at 9 m.p.h. High: 84; Low: 63. A.M. thunderstorms with winds from the SE at 14 m.p.h. High: 86; Low: 63. Notice to Readers: The deadline for submitting news and ads for next week's edition of the Senti- nel is this Friday at noon. Your cooperation is ap- preciated REMINDER THURSDAY REACHING US JUNE 30, 2016 Volume 28, No. 22 SENTINEL HEADLINES THIS WEEK'S ISSUE PER COPY 75 Sentinel Stockton Briefly Call (785) 425-6354, FAX (785)425-7292, e-mail: stkpaper@ruraltel.net, stop by 414 Main, or mail to P.O. Box 521, Stockton, KS 67669 Web: stock- tonsentinel.com INSIDE THE SENTINEL And So They Say ........................... Births ......................................... 7A Business Directory .................... 4A Cards of Thanks ............................. Card Showers ............................ 8A Classifieds ................................. 3A Court News ............................... 4A Deaths ....................................... 5A Hospital Notes ................................ Kansas Klips ............................. 7A Letters To The Editor ................. 2A Markets...................................... 4A Nova Newsreel .......................... 5A Public Notices ............................ 7A Readers Write ................................. School Lunch Menu ....................... Sports ............................................. Weather ..................................... 4A Woodston News ........................ 5A Yesteryear ................................. 8A SUPPLEMENTS THIS WEEK: Mr. K's Foodtown in Plainville See the pictures in full-color with an online subscription Sentinel closing Monday, July 4th Early deadline The Stockton Sentinel will be closed Monday, July 4th. Please note that our deadline for the July 7 is- sue is this Friday, July 1st, at noon . Thank you for your cooperation, and have a fun and safe Fourth. Ordinance for fireworks in Woodston in this issue Our readers will find on Page 7A of this issue, Ordinance No. 248 for the City of Woodston, detailing the schedule for the discharge of fireworks within the city limits. If you are a Woodston resident, please read this ordinance. Have A Happy & Safe Fourth! 2016 tax valuations lose nearly $7.2 million By DEB DIX Stockton Sentinel After dropping nearly $22.5 million in value last year, Rooks County tax valuations have decreased another nearly $7.2 million this year. The tax values have been dropping consistently since 2013. Information taken from the chart that accompanies this article reveals that the main culprit is, again, oil valuations which are down $10.7 million from 2015. Recoveries in most other categories have helped balance the lower oil values: real estate is up $3.34 mil- lion; the utilities column is up $674,000; and severed miner- als is up minimally $46,626. Personal property lost nearly $540,000 in tax value. The chart shows the biggest losers in value are Townships 10, 11 and 9. The cities of Palco (down $282,000) and Stock- ton (down $101,000) show the biggest losses for the munici- palities. Entities gaining tax value for 2016 are: Townships 1, 3 and 7, and the cities of Woodston and Damar. Our readers may have noticed that in last week's legal publication on page 7A, listing the slate of candidates to be on the August 2nd primary ballot, a name was missing on the Re- publican list of candidates for Rooks County Commissioner. According to the county clerk's office, Tim Berland, Damar, submitted the paperwork to file as a candidate for county commissioner, and run against incumbent Corky Hagan. But county election officer Clara Strutt disquali- fied Berland after examining the paperwork. In order for Berland to run now, he would have to launch a write-in campaign. After speaking to Berland last week, the Sentinel was informed that he has no intention to do so. Hagan will run unopposed now, as well as all other local candidates on the August 2nd primary ballot. But don't let that dissuade you from visiting the polls! Other races need to be decided, including the sales tax issue for a new pool complex in Stockton. Berland no longer on primary ballot City to allow fireworks on Fourth of July By VIRGI LASKA Stockton Sentinel SEE CITY, 2A VFW Post 8873 and Auxiliary receive several awards at state convention SEE PEONY PROJECT, 2A The Kansas wheat harvest continues to impress for this area of the state as well as many other parts, as we near the half- way point in Rooks County. Kansas saw 58 percent har- vest completion at the end of last week, a statistic that was well ahead of the 37 percent seen at this time last year. However, for Rooks County, it is being estimated the har- vest is nearing a 45% comple- tion. As of Sunday evening, June 26th, the Farmers Union El- evator in Stockton has taken in 347,000 bushels of wheat. The Woodston Coop has taken in 308,000 bushels of wheat. Though wheat prices are low, the test weights are running good, and elevator manager Deb Miller is hearing reports of phenomenal yields. Some significant rain (in excess of an inch) was received in neighboring counties this past weekend, and at this writ- ing late Tuesday morning, it is pouring rain here in Stockton. Rooks County's 2016 wheat harvest continues to impress It's good for the growing fall crops, but throws a wrench in the wheat harvest works! At the present time, this season's harvest is at 101% of last year's harvest, noting that last year's crop was poor. It is at 78% of a five-year average with approximately 40% completed at this time. USDA has reported the wheat at 62% good to excellent, which is up one point from last week's quote. Custom harvesters report By VIRGI LASKA Stockton Sentinel SEE WHEAT, 2A SEE VFW, 4A By DEB DIX Stockton Sentinel Poppy display places first in the State Peony Project & Festival taking root in Stockton By VIRGI LASKA Stockton Sentinel The Stockton City Commission noted that the city ordinance allows the shooting of fireworks within the city limits on the Fourth of July if conditions are not dry. With the oc- casional rains the area has received lately, and also after checking with fire chief Jon Voss, it was the con- sensus of the commissioners that fireworks within the city limits will be allowed to celebrate the holiday this year. Also at their regular meeting, the commissioners met with Solomon Valley Manor administrator Steve Griffin. Griffin presented the com- missioners with a no smoking policy for the facility. At this time the resi- dents are not allowed to smoke un- less they are offthe property, while the employees can smoke outside the building on their breaks. Grif- fin would like to make the facility smoke free across the board. He has visited with city attorney Ed Hage- man and wrote a policy for the com- missioners to review. They will vote on the policy at their next meeting. Griffin also noted that he would like to set up a point system plan which allows the Manor to hold the Stockton is "A Great Place To Grow" and to showcase our wonderful little town, the Stockton Area Chamber of Commerce has formed a committee to start organizing the Stockton Peony Project & Festival. The objective is the beautification of public areas in town and engaging the community in the process while attracting tourism by hosting an annual festival. The project and fundraising portion of this endeavor has already begun with commit- tee members Gail Peterson, Michelle Stithem, Cheryl Hrabe, August Ochoa, Anna Muir, Sally Lowry and Steven Mongeau. The committee has applied for, and received, grant money from the Heart- land Foundation to purchase The Atrium Hotel in Hutchinson was where the 89th Department of Kansas VFW & Auxiliary Convention was held on June 17th through June 19th. Those attending from Stockton VFW Post 8873 were Post and District 6 Com- mander David Calvin, Post Quartermaster John Berkley, Auxiliary President Deb Nier- meier, Department Banner Carrier Judy Sander, Auxiliary voting delegate Vera Niermei- er, as well as new Department Chief of StaffJ. T. Plummer. During the three-day convention Deb Niermeier and Judy Sander attended a seminar on hospital volun- teers, where they were given the opportunity to brag about Stockton's generosity when it comes to giving back to the

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