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USD 333 board approves filling new positions

The hiring of staff members to fill two newly created positions was approved by the Unified School District 333 board of education during its regular meeting on Monday night. Kevin Muff, a former Cloud County Community College head men’s basketball coach, was hired as the school district’s dean of student improvement and will also teach criminal justice at Concordia High School.
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James E. Haskins

James E. Haskins, 64 years of age, entered into rest on Monday, August 8, 2022, at the Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, Kansas. He was born on May 1, 1958, in Concordia, Kansas, to Eugene and Lois June (Young) Haskins. On November 14, 1987, he married Michelle M. Sanders in...

Bunger retires from Fire District #3

By Terry Bailey One of the more noteworthy announcement of the Mitchell County Commissioners meeting occurred during budget hearing of the Solomon Rapids Fire District #3. Bill Bunger announced his retirement at the end of his current term. Nobody could recall the Fire District operating without Bunger being present. The ...
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Ann Templin

Ann Templin was born on September 25, 1935 in Concordia, Kansas to Vola and Homer Templin of Clyde, Kansas. She passed away on July 23, 2022 in Overland Park, Kansas. She was named Annette Templin but early on declared that she was “just Ann.” She attended schools in Clyde and St. John, Kansas, graduating from St. John High School in 1953.
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Joyce S. Eakins

Joyce S. Eakins, age 92, entered into rest on Friday, August 5, 2022, at Sunset Nursing Home, Concordia, Kansas. She was born on April 29, 1930, in Wolf Point, Mont., to Amos & Blanche (Vanderhoof) Shrader. She graduated from Wolf Point High School. Joyce met John Eakins at a USO...
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Phyllis A. Kearn

Phyllis A. Kearn, age 69, entered into rest on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at the Cloud County Health Center, Concordia, Kansas. She was born on January 7, 1953, in Concordia, Kansas, to Byron and Neva (Owens) Vignery. Phyllis was a 1971 graduate of Concordia High School. On January 9, 1971,...
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Sister Rose Beatrice Dreiling

Sister Rose Beatrice Dreiling died August 8, 2022, at Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia, Kansas. She was 92 years old and a Sister of St. Joseph for 77 years. She was born in Victoria, Kan., on May 26, 1930, to Peter and Clara Bollig Dreiling, the seventh of ten children, and was baptized Cecelia Bernita. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Concordia, Kan., on February 10, 1945. On August 15, 1945, Cecelia received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister Rose Beatrice. She pronounced first vows on August 15, 1946, and final vows on May 26, 1950.
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Larry Dale (Birddog) Martin,

Larry Dale (Birddog) Martin, age 70, died July 25, 2022, in Clay Center, KS. He was born in Anthony, KS on December 2, 1951, to Loren H. and Elizabeth “Janie” (Heckethorn) Martin. Larry grew up on a dairy and wheat farm near Caldwell, KS. He raised prize winning chickens for his 4-H projects and out cooked the girls in his 4-H cooking class. While on the farm, his favorite pet was his bird dog, Sandy. Larry attended school in Caldwell and graduated from Caldwell High School in 1970. He also went to junior college in Arkansas City. After a traumatic accident in Arkansas City, he spent several years living in a rehab facility in Kansas City and then moved to Clay Center to be closer to family. While in Clay Center, he worked for Gilmore-Tatge and Big Lakes. Larry also participated in a couple chili cook offs and won. His chili was appropriately name “Dragons Breath”. According to his sister, he made the best chocolate chip cookies but refused to give out his recipe. He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Donald Martin. Larry is survived by his sisters, Sharon (Paul) Houston of Manhattan, KS, Merrie Martin of Wichita, KS, Joan Martin of Topeka, KS and Loretta (David) Kordyak of Manhattan, KS. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A time of remembrance will be held at the Neill- Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home in Clay Center, KS on Saturday, August 6, 2022, from 9-11 AM. The family requests that you bring an item that reminds you of Larry along with its story. Memorials can be made to CCARE c/o the funeral home Online condolences may be made at
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City commission adopts 2023 budget

The adoption of the 2023 City budget, and a housing study and market analysis by Five Rule Rural Planning were among the presentation and action items at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Concordia city commission on Wednesday. Following a budget hearing, the commission approved the 2023 budget which calls...
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Royanne Louise Tatro (Brownell)

Royanne Louise Tatro (Brownell), 73, Glasco, Kansas, passed away on August 2nd, 2022, at The Nicol Home in Glasco. She was born on Oct. 18th, 1948, in Concordia, Kansas. Royanne was the daughter of Roy Brownell and Dorothy (Hurley) Brownell. Royanne was a 1966 graduate of Glasco High School. She...