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Month: August 2022

Macksville native hired as Great Bend Co-op Branch Manager

The Great Bend Co-op recently announced Macksville Native Ned Oak has been selected to serve as branch manager in their Seward location.

The announcement, made via Facebook can be seen below.

We are excited to introduce Ned Oak, our new Seward Branch Manager. Ned is a Macksville native who has an impressive history of working in grain handling and location management. Ned and his wife, Lynn, reside in Macksville and enjoy spending time with their kids and grandkids! Ned also enjoys hunting, fishing, and metal detecting when he’s not running an elevator!

When asked why Ned made the move to Great Bend Co-op, he said “I am excited to work here because of how the co-op is structured. I have great help at Seward and great support from the Main Office. I also know several producers, so that is nice too!”

Stop by and meet Ned next time you are traveling to the big city of Seward, KS!

Macksville City Library expansion underway

After a ten year journey, the Macksville City Library expansion project is underway.

“In 2011 this journey began, and our motto was “Dreaming Bigger!” according to an announcement from the library. “With help from the South Central Kansas Library System, we consulted an architect and drew up preliminary plans. We then approached the City Council and were told, ‘If you can raise the funds, you can build it…'”

And so they did.

“Now, 11 years down the road, and hundreds of memorials, many fundraisers, numerous grants, multiple gifts, raffles, and donations later, we are breaking ground for the new addition,” the announcement said. “On August 8th construction workers are planning to begin groundwork on the addition to the library.  B&R Builders, LLC will be in charge of the project, using plans from William Morris Associates, Architects.”

“The new addition will extend east of the existing building and will offer a programming space, children’s book area, a handicap accessible restroom/storm shelter, central heat and air, hot water, and much needed elbow room for patrons and visitors of the Macksville City Library,” the announcement continued.

KBI reports death of Macksville police officer after search warrant ordered

Kansas Bureau of Investigation

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation High Risk Warrant Team, supported by the Kansas Highway Patrol Special Response Team, were requested to assist in the execution of a search warrant in Macksville.

On Monday, August 1, at approximately 12:15 p.m., KBI agents arrived at 410 N. Sheaffer to execute a search warrant for Michael Lee, 41, of Macksville, Kansas. Lee was a City of Macksville employee, serving as a part-time police officer. He was being investigated for the Crime of Sexual Exploitation of a Child.

When law enforcement attempted to execute the search warrant, Lee barricaded himself in his residence and refused to comply with law enforcement orders to come out. An arrest warrant was then obtained for Interference with Law Enforcement.

Shortly before 6:35 p.m., Lee opened the door and stepped into the threshold with a gun in hand. Law enforcement attempted to subdue him with less lethal techniques. At approximately 6:35 p.m., Lee shot himself to death.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.