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Ribbon Cutting: Final Homes Available In Meadow View Addition

Posted 1/26/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – The final 10 houses are now available in the Meadow View Housing Addition on the north end of Moundridge.

Prairie Fire Management has a total of 42 homes available as part of the federal Section 42 Housing Program. Thirty of the homes are in the affordable program, while the other 10 are in the moderate income program, Meadow View owner and developer Kelley Hrabe said.

Prairie Fire hosted an open house Friday, Jan. 20, for the housing addition. The Moundridge Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the end of the open house.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place for the housing addition in November of 2015. At that time, it was expected to take 14 to 16 months to complete the project. Construction crews needed 12 to 13 months to get it built.

“I think we had a mild winter, which helped,” Hrabe said. “We got a head start on the infrastructure.

“The city has been great to us,” he added.

Hrabe said the project was a $9 million investment into the community.

Prairie Fire worked with the Kansas Housing Resource Corporation (KHRC) to receive tax credits to help finance the project. Hrabe noted Intrust Bank also helped with financing.

Hrabe said the units in the affordable program were already two-thirds occupied. All renters must qualify under income guidelines. The income for a one-person household must be less than $24,450, two-person household $27,950 and a three-person household $31,450.

In the moderate-income program, income for a one-person household must be less than $29,3450, two-person household $33,540 and a three-person household $37,740.

Hrabe said interest was good from potential renters during the open house. Floor plans were available, as well as applications for renting a home.

The two-bedroom homes covered 951 square feet, while the three-bedroom homes had 1,409 square feet. Each home has a one-car garage and new, energy efficient, appliances – stove, dishwasher, microwave and refrigerator.

Hrabe said he was expecting the addition to be fully occupied within the next couple of months.

 “We’re going to be in this community for a long time,” Hrabe said. “We’re happy to be here.”

Moundridge Mayor Gary Fisher said eight to 10 city representatives went to the KHRC in Topeka and talked to Fred Bentley, director of rental housing allocation, about the community’s needs for more housing.

Bentley suggested the city visit with Hrabe about the situation.

“We’re proud of this project,” Fisher said.

Bentley said 75 percent of proposed projects do not get funding.

“It’s a very competitive resource we have,” Bentley said.

He noted the Moundridge representatives did their homework in getting their application sent to the housing corporation.

“It made it easier for us to approve your project,” Bentley said.

Bentley noted Moundridge was in an “ideal situation” to take part in the affordable and moderate-income programs.

“It’s going to be a good example for other communities to look at,” Bentley said.

City Administrator Randy Frazer said, “It’s a good investment in our community.”

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Murder Suspects Caught In Rosarito

Posted 1/26/2017

By BLAKE SPURNEY

Hesston Record Staff

NEWTON — Murder suspects Jereme Lee Nelson and Myrta Rangel were arrested Jan. 12 in Rosarito, a resort city 19 miles south of the Mexican border.

Harvey County Attorney David Yoder said Mexican authorities arrested the two suspects wanted in connection with a triple homicide Oct. 30 at 8603 N. Spring Lake Road.

“The Mexican authorities were very cooperative with us,” Yoder said at a news conference Friday.

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Inman Board Takes Look At Technology Used In Classroom

Posted 1/26/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Members of the Inman Board of Education talked about the technology students use in the district’s classrooms during their meeting Monday, Jan. 16, at the USD 448 Central Office.

Board President Janell Harman noted it has been five years since the board last took a look at the technology issue.

“We’re not going to change our entire technology program,” Harman said. “We’re not going to eliminate the iPad.

“We want to know what’s best for our students,” she continued. “There may be a need for different devices to be used at different grade levels.”

The Inman School District has students using iPads. Students start in the second grade using the device and continue to use them through high school.

“As technology changes, we want to make sure we have the best available for our students,” Harman said.

Superintendent Scott Friesen said the board has directed the district’s seven-member Technology Committee to take a look at the issue.

“Older students in high school need a device that they can use to do research and type papers,” Friesen said.

He noted Inman High School has a limited number of laptops for students to use.

Friesen said board members want an accurate inventory of the devices available for students to use.

“We want to try and use as many of our resources as we can,” Friesen said.

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