Serving the community since 1867
109 W. Fourth St. - P.O. Box 311 - Holton, Kansas 66436 - 785-364-3141
The line at Jackson Farmers, Inc. Coop in Holton was four trucks deep Tuesday afternoon as many area farmers are busy with this season’s harvest. Jackson County farmers are finishing up this year’s fall harvest, and yields for both corn and soybeans are said to be average or above, according to David Hallauer, Meadowlark Extension District crops and soils specialist. (Photo by Ali Holcomb)
Royal Valley High School FFA officers (left to right) Wyatt Winter, Jordan Cox, Janelle Marney, Jenna Thurman, Patrick Broxterman and Anna Johnson recently broke ground on the school’s new greenhouse. The district received a $10,000 grant from American’s Farmers Grow Rural Education to help fund a portion of the new building. (Photo by Ali Holcomb)
Anthony Schuetz of the City of Holton’s electrical distribution department spent a windy Tues¬day afternoon taking a chainsaw to the old shade tree that overlooks the old Jackson County Fair¬grounds livestock arena in preparation for the placement of utility lines that will connect to the new Casey’s General Store, which is currently under construction at the former fairgrounds site. Schuetz was assisted that afternoon by fellow city employees Andrew Hinman, who did some chainsaw work of his own, and Corey Schuetz, who fed smaller branches from the tree into a woodchipper. (Photo by Brian Sanders)
Donna Kuti of Holton used a loom to put together a shawl out of alpaca yarn during Saturday morning’s “sheep to shawl” demonstration hosted by Sarah’s Enchanted Cottage on the west side of the Jackson County Courtyard during Saturday’s Fall Fest event. The loom-crafted shawl was later put up for a drawing with proceeds to benefit the palliative care room at Holton Com¬munity Hospital. A sizable turnout was noted for Saturday’s event, put on by the Holton/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Brian Sanders)
A military veteran who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to take care of his fellow veterans.
A former Holton High School teacher who has taken his love of science not only to the stars, but also to the community.
A Soldier couple who turned a working ranch into an opportunity to promote agricultural tourism in Kansas and across the country.
A Prairie Band Potawatomi tribal official who worked tirelessly to bridge relations between Jackson County and his fellow Potawatomis.
These five people — respectively, Brad Stauffer, Mike Ford, Bill and Debra Brown and the late Jim Potter — have been selected as the 10th round of inductees into the Holton/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame, it was announced earlier this week. They will be honored at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.
Stauffer, a 1964 graduate of Holton High School and Purple Heart recipient, is being honored for his work as a veterans’ rights advocate, not only in Jackson County but for the state of Kansas. He has helped with Memorial Day services at the county’s cemeteries, serves as Holton’s VFW post commander and owns and operates Jackson County Locksmith.
After retiring from HHS in 2008 after teaching science for 15 years, Ford continued in earnest the work he began with the Elk Creek Observatory and worked to expand it into the Banner Creek Observatory and Science Center southwest of Holton. He continues to be involved in education as a member of the Holton USD 336 school board.
The Browns own and operate Red Rock Guest Ranch, a bed and breakfast lodge east of Soldier that has drawn visitors from across the nation and hosted popular country entertainment shows for nearly five years. They have also been active proponents of “agri-tourism” and raised purebred Limousin cattle, but they are also well-known as community servants in the Soldier area.
Potter served the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation for 18 years on the Nation’s Tribal Council, the last eight years as secretary, working to bring the Prairie Band Casino and Resort (formerly Harrah’s) into the county and acting as a link between county and tribal officials. Potter, who was killed in a traffic accident this past June, is also recognized as a contributor to Banner Creek Science Center and an organizer of the tribe’s annual powwow.
Previous years’ Hall of Fame inductees have included:
• 2006: John Chiles, Homer Clark (deceased), Bud Geis (deceased) and Frank Gilliland.
• 2007: Jim Birkbeck, Scott Foster, Harold Ireland (deceased) and Vestina Nonken (deceased).
• 2008: Ron Anderson, Tom Davies (Volunteer of the Year), Ross (deceased) and Betty Moser, and Marlin White (deceased).
• 2009: Warren E. Bottenberg (deceased), Robert Brown, Carolyn Koger and the Jackson County Friends of Hospice (Volunteer of the Year).
• 2010: Neva Heiselman, Roger and Cindy Hower, Pat McClintock (deceased) and Dan Mehringer (Volunteer of the Year).
• 2011: Gary Bell, Dr. Joel Hutchins, Anna Wilhelm and Freda Galer (Volunteer of the Year).
• 2012: George Gantz (deceased), Francis Jensen, Judy Olson, Janet Zwonitzer and Joannie Dannenberg and Betty Flemming (Volunteers of the Year).
• 2013: J. Richard Lake, Wayne and Gladys Ogilvie, Cathleen Reed and Gloria Stavropoulos.
• 2014: Dr. Carlos Chavez (deceased), Roy Hale and Rich and Lynne Mulroy.
Feature stories on this year’s inductees are planned for upcoming editions of The Holton Recorder.