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Clay County

Acts of faith – keeping it local in Clay Center

Clay County editor

Recently, the husband of the mayor of Clay Center wrote a scathing letter to the Clay Center Dispatch. In it, he questioned many of the facts reported by the staff journalist about a rancorous city council meeting, and, at the end, swore at the writer.

Ned Valentine, owner and editor of the Dispatch, still gets a chuckle out of it.

“It would be fun if it weren’t so depressing,” he says.

Old Car Ingenuity Generates Royal Thanks

randy rundallWhen Randy Rundle first learned to drive in a 1948 Chevrolet pickup, he had no idea that would eventually lead to his current livelihood.

From his early driving days, he gained firsthand knowledge of 6-volt electrical systems and the problems associated with them such as hard starting, yellowish dim headlights and dead batteries.

Make it a Kiowata on the Rocks, Please

Origin of Bottled WaterWater in the southwestern Clay County town of Longford has long been boasted as some of the best in Kansas. Now it is helping sustain this community of 89 people.

The Longford Water Company, established for the purpose of bottling and selling the local water, opened in May 2005. The water is bottled and marketed as Kiowata, a name taken from the Kiowa Formation of underground rocks that naturally filter the product. The business purchases the water from the city.


The only thing we have to do is remove the chlorine from the water supply and then it goes into a 1,000 gallon holding tank,” Manager Kim Kramer explains. “All we add back to the water is the ozonation, which takes out bacteria.”

The Clay Gourmet: A Special Place

The Clay Gourmet is located at 432 Lincoln Street in downtown Clay Center. For more information, call 785-632-5534.

If it is used on the Food Network, it can probably be purchased in Clay Center, Kansas.

Jason and Annette Smith opened The Clay Gourmet in October 2001 to carry cookware, bakeware, cookbooks, cutlery, tabletop items, seasonal items and more kitchen gadgets than one could ever imagine. Clay Center, population 4,564, may seem an unlikely location for such a specialized store, but the store’s customer base continues to grow. They also receive plenty of advice from Jason’s family. His mother has operated a successful gourmet kitchen shop in McPherson, Kansas, called The Cook’s Nook for the past 19 years. Customers who have been to the McPherson store will notice many similarities including the products carried, the checkerboard logo, and the attention to customer service.

“Cecil” is Born In Kansas                  

Imagine that you are the Marketing Director of a local hospital?  Okay, if that does not seem possible, how about being the CEO of a hospital? Or how about Director of Nursing? None of those fit? Okay, how about just working for a hospital that is a fun place to work, where everybody is encouraged to share ideas and work towards a common goal.  Okay so far?

Seeing Kansas By Rail                     

With literally dozens of ways to tour Kansas, to see and experience all of the diverse beauty the state has to offer, most people go by car or truck, fewer by bus. But for a select, and lucky, few there is the Fairmont Motorcar.

 

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Last Updated September 13, 2010
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