Author: Michael Blanchard

Residents respond to cold storage construction

There are now 840 area residents signed on in objection to the planned construction of a cold storage facility in New Century. The numerous signs along Moonlight Road are easily noticed, and many more have been planted all around the area over the past week. Property owners nearest the site have joined together and filed suit against the county in district court, hoping to halt the construction. Around 40 local homeowners attended the Aug. 17 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting to express disapproval of the planned construction of a 400,000+ square foot cold storage facility at New Century. Lineage Logistics, LLC, plans to build a 400,000 sq. ft. cold storage food distribution facility just east of Moonlight Road on 159th Street. It will be directly west of the UniLever facility and directly north, across the road from the Johnson County Sheriff’s facility. The primary objection is the storage of a large amount of anhydrous ammonia, used as a refrigerant to cool the warehouse to sub zero temperatures. It’s not the use that is of concern to residents, but the mass amount that will be needed to cool that much space. A fact sheet prepared by Lineage for commissioners says that amount will be 40,000...

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Extension hires agriculture, natural resources agent

Johnson County K-State Research and Extension has hired Belleville, Kan., native Jessica Barnett as their new agriculture and natural resources extension agent. Jessica replaces long-time agent Rick Miller who retired July 24. Barnett will be responsible for the development and delivery of educational programming relative to agriculture-related information including small acreage management, pasture and forage management, pond management and water quality, home pest control, crop and livestock production, environmental stewardship, farm and ranch management and agriculture public policy. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Agronomy and Biological Systems Engineering, both from Kansas State University. After graduation, Barnett most recently worked as an agronomist and agricultural engineer for Agro Engineering in Alamosa, Colo. “My passions revolve around agriculture and the environment, and more specifically around soil and water. This is what guided my education at K-State,” Barnett said. ”I hope that you all will take a moment to introduce yourselves as we cross paths. I look forward to getting to know you and working to serve you as best I can.” Local extension faculty are jointly employed in a partnership between K-State Research and Extension, headquartered on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, and the local extension board. The role of K-State Research and Extension is to encourage the adoption of research-based information to improve the quality of life for Kansans. K-State Research and Extension is the short name for...

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GE schools prepare for solar eclipse

According to NASA, the Gardner-Edgerton area is in the path of a partial eclipse. This partial eclipse will reach its maximum impact at 1:08 p.m. GE staff members are preparing for the Aug. 21, solar eclipse with an emphasis on both learning and safety. Principals and teachers will determine the level of eclipse participation for their students based on grade level. Students viewing the eclipse will be provided special eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. More information about the eclipse is available on a NASA website at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/. The web site provides general information as well as facts and misconceptions regarding eclipses; printable pinhole viewers; plans for an eclipse party; and sharing eclipse images on Flickr. JCPRD hosts eclipse viewing events Total Eclipse in the Parks is being hosted by Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department Aug. 21 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at three county parks: Antioch, Heritage and Shawnee Mission. JCPRD invites residents to bring a blanket or lawn chair, water, and settle in to visit a near 100 percent eclipse. Lunch will be available from local food trucks. The first 200 people at each park will receive a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses. Viewers are cautioned to wear protective eclipse viewing glasses to avoid damage to the eyes. Only 200 glasses will be handed out per park, so please be prepared to provide your...

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Free cancer screening to the public during Wellsville Car Show

Local Masons will host a free cancer screening on Friday, Aug. 25, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at Family Life Chiropractic, 430 Main Street, in Wellsville. Held during the Wellsville Car Show, the screenings are open to the public and are one of 28 free cancer prevention events the Kansas Masonic Foundation (KMF) is sponsoring across the state in 2017. KMF conducts the screenings in partnership with the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), the outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, and KU Medical Center staff. According to Brooke Groneman, the outreach director for MCA, nearly 7,000...

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