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County Commissioner Loomis Enjoying His Years Of Service

Posted 8/5/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Ron Loomis, of rural Inman, said he has enjoyed his time on the McPherson County Commission.

A Republican, Loomis is running unopposed to keep his District 3 seat. Loomis said he was surprised no one else wanted to run for a commission seat.

Loomis’ district includes the southern two rows of townships in the county, including the cities of Inman and Moundridge. He also represents the city of Windom, McPherson Township and the southeast quadrant of the city of McPherson.

Prior to joining the commission, Loomis served on the McPherson County Planning and Zoning Commission.

“I’d been involved in county happenings a few years before I ran for county commission,” Loomis said. “You have people calling you up with different ideas and you have to visit with them.

“You’re dealing with everybody’s roads as a county commissioner,” he continued. “Everybody has something to say to you.

“You meet a lot of people,” Loomis added. “It’s quite exciting. You’re on a lot of committees.”

Besides Loomis, the other commissioners are Linus Linaweaver and Keith Becker. Linaweaver is also running for re-election this year.

“I have two other excellent commissioners,” he said. “The commissioners respect each other and work well together.

“McPherson is a good county to be a commissioner in,” Loomis continued. “We’re a progressive county. We have good community cohesiveness.”

He noted he enjoyed going to the annual festivals in his district – Black Kettle Festival in Moundridge and Santa Fe Days in Inman.

Since he retired from Chemstar Corporation, in McPherson, in 2012, Loomis said he could devote more time to public service.

“I have the time and the will to serve,” he noted.

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Goss: Foundation Closing In On Matching Grant

Posted 8/5/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – When first formed in 2010, the Moundridge Community Foundation received a challenge grant from the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF).

KHF officials offered to match 50 cents for each dollar the Moundridge foundation raised. The challenge was if the Moundridge foundation raised $600,000, the health foundation would match it with $300,000.

Becky Goss, president and chief executive office for the McPherson County Community Foundation, said the Moundridge foundation has already received $225,000 from the challenge grant.

“We’re on a final push,” Goss said.

The foundation would like to be able to raise $150,000 by the end of the year to reach the maximum amount from the KHF challenge grant.

Goss spoke with members of the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce about the local foundation during the Chamber meeting Thursday, July 21, at Quincy’s Bar and Grill, in downtown Moundridge.

Goss, who has been with the county foundation for 15 years, said the Moundridge foundation is considered an affiliate of the county organization. The county foundation provides administrative services for the Moundridge foundation as well as the Inman Community Foundation.

Fred Schrag has been serving as chairman of the Moundridge foundation since it started with Rick Krehbiel as vice chairman and Joyce Vogts as secretary. The other members of the Moundridge foundation Board of Directors are Ken Stucky, Carol Hueske and Kirk Stucky.

“You have plenty of options for giving,” Goss said.

She noted donors could give the foundation cash, include Moundridge foundation in their will or estate, as well as provide stocks, annuities, life insurance or real estate.

Goss said farmers have given them a portion of the grain they harvested as a donation to the foundation.

Donors can give to specific funds within the foundation or add to the unrestricted fund, which could benefit any group within the community, Goss said.

She noted the foundation board has set a goal of building a $1 million endowment.

Currently, the Moundridge foundation has an $875,000 endowment, Goss said.

With $1 million, the Moundridge foundation would be able to award grants totaling $50,000 to organizations within the community.

Goss said the local foundation usually receives grant proposals totaling $30,000 to $35,000.

“Since 2010, the foundation has done well,” she said. “The best thing you can do is talk about it.”

The local foundation has built its unrestricted fund to $700,000, Goss said.

“It’s going in the right direction,” Goss said. “It’s exciting to see it grow.”

The county foundation has an endowment totaling $17 million, Goss said.

She noted the county foundation is working on getting another community foundation started to serve the Canton-Galva School District.

• Krehbiel To Retire From Credit Union – The Mid-Kansas Credit Union is planning an open house from 1-4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12, for Managing Director Rick Krehbiel, who is retiring after working at MKCU for 42 years.

• New Member – The Moundridge Telephone Company is the newest Chamber member.

• Next Meeting – The Chamber’s next meeting will be at noon, Thursday, Aug. 18, at Quincy’s Bar and Grill.

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USD 423 Offers Parents Online Enrollment Option

Posted 8/5/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Parents with students attending USD 423 will have the option of enrolling their students online for the 2016-17 school year.

“I think it’ll give parents a lot of options,” Moundridge Superintendent George Leary said. “I think it will help parents to be able to enroll their children online at a time that’s convenient for them.”

Parents will need their PowerSchool password to complete online enrollment. In addition, parents will be able to pay enrollment fees online as well, Leary said.

He said parents should have already received enrollment packets for their children. The district mailed out the packets a couple weeks ago.

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