Focus on Stafford County – May 2024

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This is the audio from our monthly radio show Focus on Stafford County. This show aired live in May 202nd. Topics include housing updates; childcare; the creation of a historic preservation district in Stafford, the Kansas Main Street Program; Pickleball courts coming to Stafford County; the Farmers Market and events surrounding the first time it opens on June 13; the Commercial Kitchen, job openings, grant writing projects and the possibility of showing outdoor movies in the park.

For Immediate Release — Leadership League of South Central Kansas Community Leadership Program 2023-2024 Graduates

May 11, 2024 The final class session for the Leadership League of South Central Kansas program for the year 2023-2024, was held on May 8th. The event included a celebratory luncheon for the class members and their respective business sponsors.…

Commerce Updates ROZ Student Loan Repayment Program

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 TOPEKA –  Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced significant changes to the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) program that could increase participation in student loan repayments for people moving…

Focus on Stafford County – March 2024

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This is the audio from our monthly radio show: Focus on Stafford County. The show aired liven March.Topics discussed include construction updates on Gray Photo, a museum room at the studio and apartment.Other topics include new housing projects, downtown historic district ini Stafford, book discussion on "`13 ways to kill your community" and update on potential future of Stafford Depot.

At last, putting the finishing touches on St. John’s Gray Photo Studio

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By Beccy Tanner For 124 years, the Gray Photo Studio has overseen developments in downtown St. John. Named after William R. Gray, the photographer who took photos in Stafford County for more than three-quarters of a century, the building…

Focus on Stafford County February 2024 Radio Show

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This is the audio from our monthly radio show: Focus on Stafford County. The show aired in February, 2024. Topics include an upcoming Lunch & Learn book discussion of "Thirteen Ways to Kill your Community;" updates on Stafford County's commercial kitchen, childcare; Gray Photo Studio grant, art auction and renovation; EPIC grant projects in Stafford County and the Sttafford train depot.

Jams may have come about through necessity; but creativity flavorfully fuels the business

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By Beccy Tanner Four years ago, Glora Batten started her journey into canning. A friend asked her to come over to their house and help can pickles. “We got started and made a batch of pickles and I just thought it was very fun,”…

Stafford county youth entrepreneurs advance to state final

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By Beccy Tanner Two teams and four St. John High School students are the county winners in this year’s Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. Ryer Ward, placed first in the contest, which was held Feb. 7 at the Stafford County Annex. He…

New director’s vision brings additional partnerships and programs to St. John library

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By Beccy Tanner After being involved in education for nearly 30 years as both a teacher and principal, Jo McFadden decided to take a new direction in her life. “I retired and this is my retirement gig,” McFadden said. “I was looking…