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October 30th, 2020

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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.

Texas County health officials confirmed 38 more positive COVID-19 tests Sunday. The new positive results were  for 36 Guymon residents and two listed out of the county. No other details in confirmed cases were released. Guymon’s 568 confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeded Tulsa’s 543, making the city of Guymon number two in Oklahoma for total COVID-19 cases.  Officials in Texas County reported 237 recovered in Guymon.

Texas County health officials confirmed 65 new positive COVID-19 test results Friday. The new positive results were for 54 Guymon residents, five Hooker residents, two Goodwell residents, two Tyrone residents, one Optima resident, and one Hardesty resident. No other details in confirmed cases were released. County totals were 606 positive cases with 281 recoveries and four deaths. Texas County remained the COVID-19 “hot spot” in the State of Oklahoma and various local, state, and federal agencies are working to strategically manage the ongoing community outbreak.

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kcsl logoROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


For people and businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the disappearance of much of the economy.

This has been the case for most non-profit agencies as well, as it is for Kansas Children’s Service League, but the pandemic does not seem to be hitting that agency as hard as it has others.

KCSL Grant Developer Cecilia Douglass said in Liberal itself, fundraising efforts have been slow.

“We’ve really tried to amp things up across the state,” she said. “Our communications department in Wichita has been working on campaigns tied into the Giving Tuesday.”

Douglass said KCSL pushed the one-day campaign this week to raise some funds to help with program expenses across the state.

“The Red Stocking Breakfast is our focus right now because the funds we raise through that will end up helping next year when we are trying to recover from the crisis,” she said.

Governor Laura Kelly announced her plan to begin opening Kansas back up from the pandemic, and Douglass said the plan going forward for KCSL is a simple one.

“We’re taking it one day at a time,” she said. “We are hoping to reopen by May 26. We’re going to have stuff back in the office on the 18th, and we will start reopening, but I do not think we are going to be able to open our classrooms until the fall unless we’re able to secure a grant for the summer program.”

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