Butler County Farm Bureau Association (BCFBA) in partnership with the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce held their 2022 Primary Election Candidate Forum at the El Dorado Civic Center on Wednesday, July 27th. The event was free and open to the public.
In attendance were:
Doug Blex, State House Rep., District 12
Will Carpenter, State House Rep., District 75
Patrick Penn, State House Rep., District 85
Chuck Schmidt, State House Rep., District 88
Steve Fellers, Butler County, District 4
Vince Haines, Butler County, District 4
Darren Jackson, Butler County, District 4
Sasha Islam, Butler County, District 5
Dan Woydziak, Butler County, District 5
Following the welcome and introductions, State House Representatives were given 5 minutes each to provide a public statement.
Candidates for County Commissioner were given 3 minutes each to make a prepared statement and 2 minutes each to answer questions after which each candidate was allowed 2 minutes each to make closing statements.
Following the Forum, candidates were available for 30 minutes to answer questions from the public.
A “Vote No” rally to oppose the proposed amendment known as “Value Them Both” was held along North Main Street at North Main Park in El Dorado, on Sunday, June 26th following the recent Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.
The rally was organized by Suzanne Scribner and was attended by both men and women, and counted registered Democrats, Republicans and Independents in their number. They all stood together in bipartisan unison to have their voices heard and called for a “NO” vote against the “Value Them Both” proposition that will be on Kansas ballots on August 2nd.
The proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitutionwill be decided by Kansas voters during the primary election held on that date.
“We need to show that there are people in Butler County, Kansas, who are upset and we’re not going to be quiet,” said Scribner.
Women’s healthcare and access to health care in the state of Kansas is top of mind for a group of young women who attended the rally.
“We’re here supporting women’s reproductive rights,” said one person who asked to remain anonymous. “My boss is avidly “vote yes” and I don’t want to risk losing my job.”
“I’m here to protect the right and fight for the right for myself, my daughter, for every woman,” said Hali Stevenson. She attended the rally with her husband and their new born son.
“It’s unbelievable that it’s 2022 and we haven’t progressed to a state of equality,” said Stevenson. “For me it’s about removing beliefs from the equation. “
“Not everyone in the United States in Christian. Not everyone believes the propaganda that is being pushed,” she said. “It’s important to raise my voice for choice and make it about the beliefs of everyone and not a select few.”
“Pro-choice is an important thing to keep as a human right,” said Linda Swan. She was joined at the rally by her husband Mike Swan.
“I think the repercussions of this are dangerous,” said Mike Swan. “It was a hard-fought for right. The makeup of the court now was convoluted and it’s dangerous going forward with some other issues. I’m very upset about that,” he said.
Rally attendee, Debbie Hill shared her own personal story. “I had a miscarriage once and it was the most extreme pain I’ve ever been through,” she said.
“I almost had to force the doctor to perform the D&C,” said Hill. “Without a “No” vote, we will not have access to that procedure. We have to vote no.”
Set against the backdrop of a bright sunny, blue sky, the Augusta Historical Society held their annual Spring Tea fundraiser on Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th inside the historic C.N. James cabin.
This was the first time the event has been held since the pandemic began in 2020.
Tables were decorated by volunteers with their own personal china, linens and handkerchiefs to accompany the theme of “Grandmother’s Handkerchief.”
The guests were dressed in florals and many wore hats for the festive occasion dined on finger sandwiches, and an array of desserts along with tea from the Spice Merchant.
“We’ve been doing this for 25 years and we’re so excited to be back again,” said Priscilla Templin, Executive Director of the Augusta Historical Society and Museum.
The Haas family has been attending the tea party for 20 years and was glad for the event to return.
“We first came when my daughters were 4 and 6,” said Chris Haas, mother to Abby, 24 and Ashley, 26.
They, along with Chris’ mother-in-law, sister-in-law and niece have made the tea party an annual girls’ day ever since.
Funds raised through the Spring Tea will contribute to the overall goal of $40,000 needed to restore the C.N. James Cabin.
The cabin was built in 1868 by Chester (C.N.) James and his wife Augusta. The cabin was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 and is one of only two log cabins on its original site in the State of Kansas. It is the oldest building in Augusta and one of the oldest landmarks in Butler County.
Bracing against the windy, forty degree weather with colorful baskets in hand, families arrived at Walters’ Pumpkin Patch for breakfast with the Easter Bunny.
Walters’ annual Egg-splosion was held on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at the farm located 10 minutes north of El Dorado on Highway 77.
After breakfast with the Easter Bunny, individual egg hunts were held divided by age groups. Kim came all the way from Maize to join her granddaughter, Talia for the egg-splosion. They were in the 0-3 egg hunt age group.
“We had a blast,” said Kim with Talia echoing her sentiment.
“The drive was worth it to see the bunny,” she said.
Following the egg hunts, families gathered along the fence line of the large open field to watch the airplane egg drop and scramble to collect the eggs filled with candy and toys.
While Walters’ Pumpkin Patch is known for their fall festival which provides visitors with the opportunity to pick their own pumpkin, navigate a corn maze, and enjoy many activities, the farm transitions with the seasons to offer unique experiences for their guests. Now, they are continuing the fun and changing perceptions with unique offerings throughout the year.
“Memories are the one thing we all have in common,” said Angie Day, the Events and Marketing Coordinator for Walters’ Pumpkin Patch.
“We harvest memories,” she said. “We are blessed to have multiple generations of families passing on the tradition of visiting Walters’ Farm numerous times throughout each year.”
“Each event hosted at Walters’ Pumpkin Patch allows memories to be shared, remembered, harvested, and created,” said Day.
“Walters’ Farm looks forward to creating additional events while honoring the traditions that have blessed many generations,” she said.
Located at Butler County Historical Society Home of the Kansas Oil Museum
Board members of the Butler County Historical Society Home of the Kansas Oil Museum picked up shovels and hard hats for an on-site groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
A crowd of supporters gathered to witness Phil Benedict, Executive Director of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, the emcee for the event with Brad Nightengale, Senior Vice President of Vintage Bank, Caiden Bump, Sales Manager of El Dorado Building Systems, Bill Young, Mayor of El Dorado, and Loren Jack speak during the groundbreaking event.
“We are excited to share that it is for our new Energy Education Center,” said Jack.
The Energy Education Center, a new facility spearheaded by Loren Jack, Owner of Albert Hogoboom Oilfield Trucking and President of the Board of Trustees, will be an indoor event center equipped with exhibit showcases, tables, seating, a stage, technology for presentations, a kitchen with a service window, and a 14ft access door for special equipment.
“This building will allow for interactive STEM activities that look to the future while honoring the museum’s mission to preserve the history of the oil industry,” said Jack.
The addition of the Energy Education Center will free up space in the Large Exhibit Hall to expand displays and add exhibit features from the Museum’s extensive historic collections. The combination of these new features is estimated to bring 15,000 additional visitors per year to the Museum and El Dorado.