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July 5, 2009

By: Jessica Crawford - Daily Leader

With the yellow slide, the final slide, taking shape at Adventure Bay Family Water Park and water filling the pools, a tentative opening date has been set for this afternoon. If obstacles no longer get in the way of Project Contractor Cap Kelly and Public Works Director Joe Sealey, Sunday, they say, is the day.

Special to the Leader and Times

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The executive director of a program that helps rural business owners manage new media says that the rush to using online marketing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic does not have to be complicated.

Cheryl Boyer, co-founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement at Kansas State University, talked recently to more than 60 small business owners during a First Friday webinar hosted by the university.

Boyer said she understands the anxiety among some to transform their brick-and-mortar, Main Street businesses into an online sales format. Yet, parts of society continue to be locked down or limited, and it’s not yet clear that consumers are ready to get back to shopping the way they once did.

Kansas Ag Connection:

Family farmers in Kansas and Missouri can now access much-needed relief from the economic impacts of COVID-19. Farm Aid has partnered with the Kansas Farmers Union Foundation and Missouri Farmers Union to distribute emergency relief grants to help farmers meet household expenses. Families who rely on farming for their income, live in Kansas or Missouri, and are experiencing hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are encouraged to complete an application.

There is an initial June 15 deadline to apply for a Farm Aid COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative Grant and limited funding is available. The application process may reopen if funding remains following the June grant review meeting. Applications will be reviewed by a team of representatives from Kansas Farmers Union, Missouri Farmers Union, Common Ground Producers and Growers, Inc., Cultivate KC, Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Kansas Rural Center.

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turpin garage salesROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, like many people across the country, Turpin, Okla., residents have had to stay at home for periods of time.

With the pandemic coming during the spring season, a time typically known for cleaning, people in the Panhandle town have spent much time cleaning and organizing their homes.

Amidst all of that, some items in home are found that are little used, if at all, so the question for many what to do with things they do not what. Turpin resident Tara Kirkhart said the answer is easy.

Kirkhart is inviting everyone to participate in the annual Community Yard Sale starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 13. Yard sales are not just in Turpin, but they can also be found in the Ponderosa and Pheasant Run housing community.

Kirkhart emphasized all sales are on a cash only basis.

Special to the Leader and Times

Texas County health officials confirmed nine positive COVID-19 tests Saturday. The results were for five Guymon residents, two Hooker residents, one Hardesty resident and one Optima resident. County officials confirmed Texas County’s COVID-19 count is now at 920 total cases with 817 total recoveries and five deaths. Health officials advised that the local curve was starting to flatten with only 103 current active cases. Texas County was third in the state for total coronavirus cases behind Oklahoma County and Tulsa County, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The OSDH reported 80 new COVID-19 cases across the state Saturday, bringing the total number of the state’s positive cases to 6,418 with 334 deaths and 95 new recoveries bringing the state's total recoveries to 5,435.

Kansas net farm income rose in 2019; government support again a big factor

May 21, 2020

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas net farm income rose again in 2019, largely owing to government support payments meant to buffer the effect of trade disputes amid lackluster commodity prices, according to the annual summary by the Kansas Farm Management Association.

Net farm income among KFMA members averaged $110,380 in 2019, up from $101,274 a year earlier and well above the five-year average of $66,336. Net farm income has risen every year since 2015 when income plummeted to a historically low $6,744.

The data were compiled for the 2019 KFMA Executive Summary. Although not all farms are KFMA members, the numbers serve as a barometer of Kansas agriculture in any given year.

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Local man who found 3 missing kids wants to remain anonymous


By Victoria Calderon

  • Leader & Times


Yesterday morning was an exciting one for deputies from the Seward County Sheriff Department and other emergency responders. Three young children, aged 3 to 7, were found outside of Weatherford  International building on General Welch Boulevard after being presumed missing for approximately 15 hours. 

USDA announces rules for farm assistance

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details May 19 of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Farmers who suffered a 5% or greater price loss will be eligible for direct payments of up to $250,000 per person.

The aid program will include dairy farmers, livestock producers, fruit and vegetable growers and farmers of traditional row crops such as grains, soybeans and cotton.

Farmers will receive 80% of the payment upon approval of their application, which they can submit as soon as May 26.

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