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Rooks County Commissioners opt out of governor's face mask mandate

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During a conference call on Thursday, July 2, at 5:15 p.m., Rooks County Commissioners John Ruder, Greg Balthazor and Corky Hagan discussed Kansas Governor Laura Kelly's face mask mandate.

Included in the conference call along with the commissioners were local health officer Dr. Jen Brull, Rooks County Health Nurse Lori Eichman, and Rooks County Attorney Danielle Muir.

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Historic Nova Theatre to RE-OPEN this weekend, July 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th!

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It’s been a long wait, but so worth it, since the historic Nova Theatre will RE-OPEN this weekend, Friday, July 3rd with the movie, “TROLLS: WORLD TOUR!” (Please make note that the Nova’s show times will be Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings with all movies to start at 7:00 p.m.!)
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Stockton Sentinel asking for candidate questions

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With some local contested races during this year’s election, the Stockton Sentinel is asking the public for questions they would like to ask the candidates. If you have a question you would like the candidates to answer, please email your questions to HYPERLINK "mailto:stkpaper@ruraltel.net" stkpaper@ruraltel.net before July 10th for consideration. The Sentinel will then send out a questionnaire to the candidates, which will include some or all of the questions it receives from the public for an article that will appear in the July 30th edition before the primary election, which is set for Tuesday, August 4th.
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County discussing a 36-hour work week for employees

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While working on the 2021 county budget over the past month, and due to economic reasons because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rooks County Commissioners have started discussing moving to a 36-hour workweek for the employees. If implemented, the start date will probably begin with the September pay period. The plans are still evolving with the com missioners looking at closing the county-run offices in the courthouse at noon on Fridays. The commissioners stated at the June 23rd regular meeting that some details are still being worked out at this time, and nothing has been decided.
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Sigma Phi ESA celebrates 40 years

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SIGMA PHI ESA celebrated its 40th year as an organization in Stockton on Wednesday, June 17th, at the VFW Dining Hall. Twenty-four members enjoyed a potluck meal and gift exchange between Secret Sisters. The group continues to serve and support the community by sponsoring activities to carry out their mission, “Be of service to others.” The four charter members who started Sigma Phi received their 40-year service pin awards. They included, pictured from left: Judy Sander, Pam Wilson, Award Chairman Denise Murchie, Linda LaRue and Kathy Stice. Other service awards were presented to: Reesa Brown, 35 years; Jayne Prockish, 25 years; and Kyleigh Stice, 5 years.