June 26, 2020

Latest events, news and specials in North Central Kansas!


Saturday, June 27th… at 6 pm… Nicky Lopez debut and 1st major league hit .. Whit Merrifield 500th hit … May 14, 2019

Sunday, June 28th… at 12 pm… Jorge Soler breaks Royals Home Run Record … September 3, 2019

Tuesday, June 30th… at 7 pm… Final Win for Ned Yost and Glass Family… Jorge Soler claims AL Home Run Crown

The Beloit Senior Center (220 N. Hersey) has re-opened for in-house activities and dining. Seating is still limited at this time; so, call (738-5802) to reserve your spot. Activities begin at 11 a.m. and dinner at 11:30 a.m.

June 24, 2020

Salina, Kansas –OCCK Transportation will continue free fares for all public transit services, including CityGo, 81 Connection, Paratransit and City of Abilene through the month of July.

“2020 has been a year of unprecedented times for everyone,” said Michelle Griffin, Mobility Manager.  “We hope by doing this one small thing that we can help make peoples’ days a little bit brighter and a little bit easier.”

Counties served include:  Saline, Ottawa, Cloud, Republic, Jewell, Mitchell, Lincoln, Ellsworth, Osborne, Smith, McPherson, Marion, Dickinson, Clay.

OCCK, Inc. provides services in north central Kansas to anyone with any type of long or short-term disability, starting as early as birth and following people through their whole lives.  OCCK provides an array of supports for success at home and in the community, including independent living skills and supports, employment and career training, Alzheimer’s supports, autism services, assistive technology, children’s services, transportation, specialized therapies, and home health care.

OCCK is committed to providing transportation services to the general public, seniors, and persons with disabilities, through a variety of programs, including a fixed route service in Salina, CityGo, a regional paratransit service that serves fourteen counties, non emergency medical transportation for people with Medicaid, as well as non emergency medical transportation for clients of Salina Regional Health Center, a regional fixed route service, 81 Connection, KANcycle – the regional bike sharing program, City of Abilene public transportation and the newest program, KanConnect.

For more information about OCCK, Inc., visit www.occk.com.  For more information about CityGo and OCCK Transportation, visit www.salinacitygo.com. Or, contact the OCCK Transportation Center at 785-826-1583.

Mitchell County and the City of Beloit are now accepting grant applications for the Community Development Block Grant program. Mitchell County and the City of Beloit received $132,000 each to help our local businesses with payroll and inventory expenses.

Grant funds are from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce. As sub-recipients, we must comply with all state and federal reporting requirements.

In order to qualify, each employee of a business must complete a Job Certification Form. Because this is a HUD program, 51% of a business’s employees must be at 80% low-moderate income or lower. E.g.) 80% LMI for a family of 4 is $53,450.

Applications are due by noon on Thursday, July 23rd, 2020. The Grant Review Team will then review all applications and determine a formula to fulfill as many requests as possible.

Once notified of awards, businesses will then be required to provide proof of how the funds are spent. E.g.) copy of an invoice and check to purchase inventory to restock or copy of payroll from before and after a determined COVID19 time period to show expenses and jobs retained.

We acknowledge the complexities of this program but remind businesses this is a grant and not a loan.

Grant application for businesses within the City of Beloit:  https://www.beloitks.org/263/CDBG-CV-Grants

Grant application for Mitchell County businesses:  https://www.mitchellcountykansas.com/grant-opportunity.html

The application must be submitted by July 23rd at noon to:

            Heather Hartman

            Solomon Valley Economic Development

209 East Main Street, #104

Beloit, KS  67420

Questions please contact:

            Heather Hartman at hhartman@beloitks.org 785.738.3000

            Keegan Bailey, NCRPC at kbailey@nckcn.com 785.738.2218

Grilled Cheese of the Week: “The Rock” Ham, Pineapple Chutney with Smoked Provolone

Drink: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, $3.50

Let’s Celebrate on Saturday, July 4th, 2020 at the Lake!

Thank you to the Waconda Lake Association, the Waconda Cultural Association, Becker Autos & Trailers, Doug’s Auto Service, Glen Elder Lions Club, Guaranty State Bank and Trust, Ringneck Ranch, Inc., Winkel Manufacturing, Cassiopeia Club, Linton Insurance Agency, the City of Beloit, the City of Glen Elder, Farmway Credit Union, Frasier, Johnson & Martin LLC, Solomon Valley Bank, Owen Chiropractic PA, S & S Drug, KVSV Radio, Ost Family, Allen Kee/ American Family Insurance, Beloit Buick GMC, Brush Art Corp, First Bank of Beloit, Eilert Family, Schroeder Family, Klema Family, Whitlow Family, Jay and Rita Rowh, Pestinger Family, and Wholesale Liquor for your support of the Annual Fireworks display at Glen Elder State Park.

OUR hope and plans are to have Millapalooza this year on September 5th, Labor Day weekend. We will make the final determination on or before July 1st. Stay Tuned for more exciting Announcements!

Calendar of Events

  • June 29 – July 5 – Heart Choices Fireworks stand, Old Shopko Parking Lot
  • July 4 – Fireworks at Glen Elder State Park
  • July 11 – Chamber Golf Classic, email beloitchamber@nckcn.com to get registered.
  • July 23 – 25 Mitchell County Fair

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