September 18, 2020

Latest events, news and specials in North Central Kansas!

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Friday, September 18th
5:40 p.m. Football Express 
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6:30 p.m. Concordia at Beloit
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6:30 p.m. Lakeside at Osborne
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10:05 p.m. KD Country 94 Local Scoreboard Show 
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Tuesday, September 19th
9 a..m Beloit HS Volleyball at Republic County Tourney
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Monday, September 21st  
5 p.m. Beloit at Concordia JV Football
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Tuesday, September 22nd 
5 p.m. Sacred Heart at Beloit HS Volleyball
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Thursday, September 24th  
5 p.m. Beloit at Republic County Junior High Football
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Football Locker-Room Chats on Wednesday and Thursdays at 5:10 p.m. covering:

Wednesdays: Beloit, Osborne, Smith Center, & Thunder Ridge

Thursdays: St. John’s-Tipton, Lakeside, Rock Hills, Sylvan-Lucas

Grilled Cheese of the Week: “Loosey Goosey” Loose beef sandwich with cheddar and Thousand Island dressing

Drink: Goose Island Next Coast IPA, $4


     The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature is busy preparing for their 38th Annual Session, but with a decidedly different format than normal due to the COVID-19 situation.  Normally, the KSHL meets for three days in early October each year, with the second and third days spent at the State Capitol in Topeka.  While at the Capitol, the delegates debate and discuss the Issues that have been presented to them by their Executive Board from the July Executive Board meeting.  Those Issues passed out of the various committees on Wednesday morning are then again debated and discussed Wednesday afternoon.  Any Issue that passes the Wednesday afternoon vote is then voted on yet again, with no discussion or debate, on Thursday morning for final passage.

     However, this year due to the COVID-19 situation, the Annual Session will be reduced to just one day – Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at both the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging in Topeka for those who choose to attend in person, or by Zoom for those who prefer to attend virtually.  The KSHL will become a “Committee of the Whole” on Wednesday morning, where the three Issues brought to the full SHL body will be discussed and debated, with a preliminary vote taken at that time.  Any Issue that favorably passes that vote will then be brought back to the afternoon session, where the Issue will be voted on for final passage.  If an Issue is favorably passed by both votes, that Issue will then be presented to the Kansas Legislature at their 2021 Legislative Session beginning in January of 2021.

     The three Issues that will be presented to the KSHL at the Annual Session are as follows:

  1.  Expansion of Medicaid in Kansas
  2. Full funding of the Senior Care Act (which provides limited funding for those Seniors who qualify, allowing them to receive services in their own home instead of having to move into a nursing home).  The bill was passed by the 2020 Kansas Legislature, but was subsequently removed due to the state’s financial situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, reducing funding back to previous levels.
  3. Continued support for the KDOT community based public transportation program, and giving our backing to KDOT in their proposed expansion of that program throughout Kansas.

Every county in Kansas plus 20 additional members from the four most-populous counties have a voice in the KSHL.  Kansas presently has over 650,000 Seniors with more joining senior ranks daily.  The KSHL’s purpose is to inform Kansas Legislators of senior concerns and priorities.  The KSHL works with the Kansas Legislature to make sure legislators understand the importance of these issues to Kansas’ seniors.  Visit to learn more about the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature.

The 2020-21 Mitchell County Directories have arrived! They are a great resource for visitors and those relocating to the area! We will have these available in the Beloit Area Chamber Office!
AGCO is hiring. Check out the opportunities:

Salina, KS – OCCK Transportation is pleased to announce the upcoming re-launching of KANcycle, the regional bike sharing program that serves north central Kansas.  KANcycle has been closed since the end of March because of COVID.  The relaunch is planned for September 11th.

KANcycle, a program of OCCK Transportation, was started in June of 2019 with 80 bikes spread across 16 stations in eight counties with the following locations:

  1. 9th & Hamilton, Salina
  2. 7th & Walnut, Salina
  3. Sunset Plaza, Salina
  4. Bill Burke Park, Salina
  5. Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina
  6. 2nd & Rock Street, Minneapolis
  7. Cloud County Community College, Concordia
  8. 7th & Washington, Concordia
  9. 19th & M, Belleville
  10. 28th & N, Belleville
  11. City Building, Mankato
  12. 8th & Hersey, Beloit
  13. Thierolf Park, Beloit
  14. Courthouse Square, Lincoln
  15. Krizek Park, Ellsworth
  16. Douglas & Main, Ellsworth

All locations will still be in existence.  Customers will now need to use the Movatic app to access the bikes. 

“We are so excited to bring the bikes back online.  We know that people across all of the communities have been missing riding the bikes.  2020 has been an interesting year for all of us,” says Michelle Griffin, Director of Mobility Management for north central Kansas.  “We are looking forward to many years of a great partnership with Movatic and north central Kansas with KANcycle.”

Riders join the program by signing up for annual memberships or pay-as-you-go.  Annual memberships will be $30 with trips under 1 hour being free, student annual memberships will be $20 with trips under 1 hour being free, and pay-as-you-go will be $1.50 every 30 minutes.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the state’s largest health insurer, is making another contribution to provide bikes and marketing support for the second year of the KANcycle program, with the intention of helping the program grow in coming years.

“For over 75 years, we’ve made helping Kansans lead healthier lives one of our top priorities,” said Virginia Barnes, Director, Blue Health Initiatives. “Bike share encourages both active living and provides a means for community members to access resources they need to stay healthy. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is proud to serve as primary sponsor for KANcycle and we look forward to helping grow the program in the next few years. “

Movatic manages all aspects of its bike-share programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and fleet rebalancing. Riding KANcycle bike share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Movatic Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android.  Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to unlock the bike.  After the rider returns the bike to a designated Movatic bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

For additional information on the program, such as launch dates, visit our Facebook page KANcycle or contact Michelle Griffin at (785) 826-1583.  Keep an eye out for our website coming soon

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

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