Sunday, March 20, 2016
NEWS ROUNDUP: Ron Velder Named Ag-Business Man Of The Year
Velder Named Agri-Business Man Of The Year: Congratulations to Ron Velder of Farmers Cooperative. Velder, an alumnus of DHS (Class of 1972) was recognized at the 48th annual Seward County Ag Recognition Banquet last week during National Ag Week. For his vision and leadership, Velder was named the agri-businessman of the year before roughly 500 people. Velder has been employed by Farmers Cooperative since 1973 and became CEO in 1994. The Seward newspaper writes: "Velder has always put the farmer’s interest first and has made sound business decisions that have served Farmer’s Cooperative well. Velder has provided that unique blend of leadership and vision needed to consolidate and grow a farmer owned cooperative organization that serves the needs of more than 6,500 member producers." Congratulations, Ron.
Sponsors Of Dorchester Alumni Basketball Tournament: This weekend's DHS Alumni Tournament once again brought together alumni and old friends from far and near. (UPDATE: An e-mail received late Sunday afternoon reports that Drew Denker's team won the tournament, taking the championship contest 56-51.) It also provided an important to our main street, the Dorchester Foundation, the UMC, and the DHS athletic program. The tournament was sponsored by: Heath Sports and Tees (Crete), Stutzman Digging, Farmers Cooperative, First State Bank, The Well, Spring Creek Repair and Farm Supply, Runza (Crete), BZ Construction, Clark's Lawn Service, City Slickers Bar and Grill, Papik Seeds, Holly Well Drilling, Barley's Specialties, Rains Simmentals, Weber Feedyards LLC, JR's Stor-All, Complete Ag, Tyser Auto Sales, and Novak Auction Service.
Dorchester Siren Testing On Monday Night: Dorchester will be testing its community siren emergency communication system on Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. When you hear the sirens, remember it is only a test.
Did The County Clerk's Office Send Confusing Signals?: Regarding the filing deadline for Dorchester school board and village board seats, it seems mixed information came from the county clerk's office. In a recent Times story, one reader wrote: "It's unfortunate that the individuals posting their great ideas didn't put their name on the ballot for election." That remark drew this response: "When you have misinformation coming from the county clerk's office, I don't think you can blame people for not putting their name on the ballot. I know of at least three people who called the clerk's office and were told they had until August." A Times staffer was given a similar story by an individual who called the county clerk's office himself. Taxpayers count on government (local, county, state and federal) to have correct information available at all times. We hope this situation isn't repeated.