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Monday, August 10, 2020

Area Political Races Take Shape; Filing Deadline Passes

Sports Headlines

NCAA Division III Presidents Council Cancels Fall Championships

NCAA Division III championships in fall sports for 2020-21 are canceled. With the health and safety of the division’s student-athletes, coaches, athletics administrators and communities...

NCAA DII Presidents Council Cancels Fall 2020 Championships

Division II’s seven fall 2020 championships are canceled, the Division II Presidents Council decided Wednesday due to the operational, logistical and financial challenges presented...

Kansas Men’s Basketball to Host Stephen F. Austin Dec. 29

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas men’s basketball will host Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 29, 2020, inside historic Allen Fieldhouse, replacing KU’s previously scheduled Dec....

Big 12 Conference Adopts 9+1 Football Schedule

The Big 12 Board of Directors announced that Conference football programs will play a “9+1” schedule for the 2020 season consisting of nine conference...

Big 12 Virtual Football Media Day Cancelled for August 3

The Big 12 Conference is cancelling its Virtual Football Media Day presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. It is yet to be determined if...

Undersheriff Tim Ackerman was nominated for Marshall County Sheriff, to fill the unexpired term of Dan Hargrave, who had earlier resigned effective June 1st. A Marysville native, Ackerman has been with the department the past 17 years and was the only candidate who submitted interest. 26 Republican precinct committee members met via Zoom meeting Monday evening to confirm the nomination, which goes to Kansas Governor Laura Kelly for approval. Ackerman has filed for election this fall, and is only candidate filed for Sheriff. Monday was the filing deadline, and other county positions filed include a three-way primary run off for second district county commissioner, with incumbent Tom Holle of Bremen, challenged by Fritz Blaske of Blue Rapids, and Don King of Waterville. Holle was chosen to fill unexpired term of David Baier, who resigned.

That Republican race will be the only contested primary, with a General Election runoff for County Clerk as Democratic incumbent Sandy Wilson is challenged by Republican Crystal Busey of Blue Rapids. Wilson was chosen to fill the unexpired term of Sonya Stohs who also had resigned, in connection with her charge, and conviction of misuse of public funds. Yet another midterm appointee, Megan Voracek has filed for election as Marshall County Attorney. She was also a midterm appointee. Third district county commissioner Keith Bramhall of Vermillion has filed for reelection, he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Lynn Feldhausen, who passed away. Also filing for reelection are County Treasurer Jami Ellenbecker, and County Appraiser Martha Roesch.

In Washington County, Joanne Dague will challenge David Willbrandt for second district county commissioner, in the only contested race. Raleigh Ordyne filed for reelection as third district commissioner, with Diane Svanda County Clerk, Danae Jueneman Treasurer, Sonya Hiltgen Register of Deeds, Elizabeth Baskerville Hiltgen County Attorney, and Sheriff Justin Cordrey.

First term legislator Bill Pannbacker of Washington did not file for reelection in the 106th District. Republicans Lisa Moser and Jon Ungerer will face off in the primary, and the winner will then move on to the General Election versus Democratic candidate Jim Swim, Jr.

In the Kansas Senate, first district, incumbent Dennis Pyle of Hiawatha will be challenged in the General Election by Kirk Miller of Havensville. Pyle has held the seat since 2005, and he previously served as a House member. District 36 Senator Elaine Bowers of Concordia has filed for reelection in the 36th Kansas Senate District.

The Kansas Primary Election is August 4th, and the General Election November 3rd.

Kansas Headlines

What A Pending Football Game Says About COVID-19, The Fate Of Small Colleges And The Towns They Keep Alive

By Frank Morris - Kansas News Service There’s a lot riding on a Kickoff set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. The Sterling College Warriors are...

Governor Laura Kelly Visits Kansas State University Biosecurity Research Institute

Governor Laura Kelly today toured the Kansas State University Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) to learn more about its work fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, including...

Kansas’ U.S. Senate Race Is Set As Marshall Beats Kobach For GOP Nod; Watkins Out In 2nd District

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas’ biggest race of the evening was one of the first to be decided: U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall secured the Republican...

Kansas Total Tax Collections $484.6 Million Ahead of July of Last Fiscal Year

TOPEKA—The State of Kansas starts Fiscal Year 2021 by surpassing its total tax-only collections by $484.6 million compared to July of last fiscal year....

AG Derek Schmidt Urges Federal Action To Increase Access, Affordability For Remdesivir

TOPEKA – (August 4, 2020) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today urged federal agencies to exercise special legal authority to increase the availability...

Kansas News Service

What A Pending Football Game Says About COVID-19, The Fate Of Small Colleges And The Towns They Keep Alive

By Frank Morris - Kansas News Service There’s a lot riding on a Kickoff set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. The Sterling College Warriors are...

Kansas’ U.S. Senate Race Is Set As Marshall Beats Kobach For GOP Nod; Watkins Out In 2nd District

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas’ biggest race of the evening was one of the first to be decided: U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall secured the Republican...

Feds Say Filth, Hazards At Kansas Group Homes Put Foster Care Children At Risk

By Celia Llopis-Jepsen - Kansas News Service Kansas let foster care children live in group homes with broken windows, mold, exposed electrical wiring, trashed porches...

Kansas K-12 Districts Can Start Class On Time After State Board Rejects Governor’s Order To Delay

By Stephan Bisaha - Kansas News Service WICHITA, Kansas — Kansas’ elementary, middle and high schools will reopen for in-person instruction in August, despite Gov. Laura...

Kansas Governor Says Masks Are Non-Negotiable In Schools And Pleads For Delaying Classes

By Brian Grimmett - Kansas News Service WICHITA, Kansas — Students, teachers and staff members at K-12 schools in Kansas will wear masks, use hand sanitizer...