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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.

Macksville Public Library features new memorial books

The Macksville Public Library this week announced they are honored to share recent memorial books with patrons young and old.

“In memory of Bob Buckman, the first ten Hank the Cowdog books, by John Erickson, were donated, as well as the book, Sit. Stay. Love. Life Lessons from a Doggie, written by Chalaine Kilduff,” according to the announcement.

Bob loved dogs, the announcement said, adding “it is on good authority that he was once quoted as saying‘How can you raise kids without dogs?'”

“This librarian agrees, and goes one further,” the announcement continued. “How can you have a library without lots of books about dogs?!  So thankful to add to our collection. And, this past weekend a grandmother brought in four grandkids, with one specifically looking for a Hank the Cowdog book.”

Another recent memorial book was given in memory of Twylla Suiter.

“Twylla loved books, including those by Debbie Macomber,” the announcement said. “The author’s latest, The Best Is Yet to Come was given in Twylla’s name, and has already been read and recommended by two patrons.”

“Memorials were also given to the building fund in memory of Twylla,” it continued. “We are thankful to remember this avid reader and beloved community member and friend in this special way.”

The final memorial book spotlighted here was given in memory of Mark Zwink.

“Mark was a graduate of Macksville High School, a pitcher for the Mustangs, and a lifelong sports fan,” the announcement said. “The book given in his memory is Right Down the Middle: The Ralph Terry Story.

For more information about these and other memorials, visit the library’s thanks and memorials page.

Work on Macksville Road planned

Pawnee County

Highway Administrator Kurt Demel reminds us that the time has arrived for road construction to begin on Pawnee County blacktops.

This year Heft & Sons has mixed 7,500 tons of cold mix asphalt which is 2,000 tons less than last year due to the rising cost of oil.

The asphalt will be used for spot overlays and repairs on our blacktop.

Road work will begin in the mid part of this week beginning on the Macksville Road (40th Ave) and moving over to the John Lewis Road (L Road).

After repairs are made in those areas the road crews will be moving out west to the North and South Rozel Roads, North Burdett & Burdett Cemetery Roads.

Keep an eye out for the guys out on the road and give’em a brake!

Application Period Open for Fall, Winter Special Hunting Opportunities

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) is currently accepting applications for 2022-2023 “Special Hunts” – hunts conducted on lands not normally open to unrestricted hunting, which include select KDWP-managed properties, refuges, Walk-in Hunting Access areas (WIHA), city and county properties, and other locations. KDWP’s Special Hunts also limit the number of participants to ensure a quality experience or to achieve specific management goals, such as herd reduction.

This fall and winter, more than 370 special hunting opportunities will be held on the following properties:

  • 21 – KDWP Wildlife Areas
  • 6 – Kansas State Parks
  • 3 – State Fishing Lakes
  • 3 – County-owned Properties
  • 2 – Private Lands
  • 2 – National Wildlife Refuges
  • 1 – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake

Hunters have the option to apply in four categories, including youth, mentor, disabled, and open hunts. Youth hunts require parties to include at least one youth who must be accompanied by an adult mentor, and the adult(s) may not hunt. Mentor hunts are open to both youth and/or inexperienced (novice) hunters who are each supervised by a licensed adult mentor, during which time both the novice and mentor may hunt. Disabled hunts are designed for individuals with disabilities. And lastly, open hunts are available to all persons, with no age or experience restrictions.

Hunters should note, prior to applying, that KDWP’s Special Hunts program only provides access to properties; Licenses, permits, tags, stamps, and Hunter Education are still required, unless exempt. 

KDWP’s Licensing staff will draw applications for fall and winter special hunts on August 8 (for hunts taking place in September/October 2022), September 26 (for hunts taking place in November/December 2022) and again on December 12 (for hunts taking place in January/February 2023).

For a complete list of available Special Hunts, eligibility requirements and instructions for applying, visit