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Nov. 20, 2014 issue

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Register of Deeds launches electronic recording

White's gift helps ensure viability of natatorium

Cold temperatures may damage wheat

Teapots on display at Jewell Library

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Register of Deeds launches electronic recording

Anna Morgan-Standley, the Jewell County Register of Deeds has launched electronic recording (erecording) of land documents through Simplifile, a national e-recording service, providing customers with a document recording method online.
"Even though we are a small county, there's no reason why we can't be at the forefront of technology," said Morgan-Standley. "E-recording will expedite our turnaround time and allow us to be more efficient. For instance, it gives us the ability to put the clerk's transfer stamp on the document, eliminating the time to physically take the document over to the county clerk's office and waiting for them to return it back to us."
Morgan-Standley also said e-recording will be more convenient for customers and any rejected documents can be sent back immediately through Simplifile, corrected, and returned electronically for recording within a few minutes.
The cost-savings on mail and paper expenses is another benefit of e-recording for both the county and its customers, which include title companies, banks, attorneys, and other organizations that submit documents to the register of deeds' office.
"E-recording streamlines the document recording process for counties of all sizes. Plus, it's easy for customers to use and implement in their individual office workflows," said Paul Clifford, president of Simplifile.
Increased document security and fewer check-writing expenses are also some of the benefits of e-recording, as recording fees and payments can be processed securely through Simplifile via electronic funds transfer.
"Simplifile is wonderful to work with. They worked extremely hard to make their program work with our office recording labels, especially our scanning bar code labels," Morgan-Standley added.
Jewell County joins 32 other Kansas e-recording counties that have also implemented Simplifile's e-recording service as well as more than 1,165 e-recording counties across the nation.
High-speed Internet access, a computer and a scanner are the minimum requirements for customers to begin e-recording with Simplifile.


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White's gift helps ensure viability of natatorium
The NCK Wellness Center, a non-profit fitness center and indoor pool in North Central Kansas, has received a bequest in excess of $20,000 from the estate of John A. White, long time resident of Jewell. John died Dec. 7, 2013.
"It is my desire to make this devise and bequeath because I have enjoyed swimming all of my life and have used the NCK Wellness Center Natatorium extensively. I want as many people as possible to have the same experience I did." White as stated in his last will and testament.
"We are grateful for John's generous gift. It is such an honor that he considered the NCK Wellness Center in this estate planning," said Lori May, Director of the NCK Wellness Center. "I think the donation said a lot about this man and his passions. It is rare to see an indoor pool survive in a community of this size and John recognized that," May said.
The John A. White Natatorium fund has been established with the Solomon Valley Community Foundation. The income from the investment in the endowment will be utilized to support the natatorium, particularly in the area of developing qualified staff to ensure patron safety. "We're dedicated to carrying out and honoring John's specific wishes," said Curt Fraiser, NCK Wellness Center board president. "This is indicative of the importance of wellness as recognized by our citizens whose interests have been stimulated by AWARE, the center, and other community causes," Frasier said.
"It said a lot about North Central Kansas to have community members willing to build and support a facility of this caliber. John's generosity will help ensure the viability of the natatorium for our region for years to come," May said.

Cold temperatures may damage wheat

Last week's sudden sharp drop in temperatures across caused the winter wheat crop to go into dormancy. Whether it will injure the wheat to any degree depends on several factors, said Jim Shroyer, K-State crop production specialist.
"The moisture level in the topsoil will be important. Soil moisture was generally good in most of Kansas going into October. But the warm temperatures in October caused some of the wheat in the state to put on excessive amounts of topgrowth, which dried out the soil," Shroyer said.
The cold weather will be more likely to cause injury to wheat if the plants were showing drought stress symptoms, he said. Also, dry soils will get colder more easily than wet soils.
Another important factor in wheat's response to the cold is whether the wheat had time to become properly cold hardened, he added.
"Although the weather was warm overall in October and early November, there may have been enough cold nights to have allowed the wheat to develop cold hardiness," Shroyer said.
The extent of the unusually large and rapid drop in temperatures from well above normal to well below normal is a concern, he added. If the wheat did not develop sufficient cold hardiness, it would become more susceptible to injury from the recent cold snap.
"We likely won't know for sure about cold injury until next spring as the wheat comes out of dormancy," he said.
The first thing producers will be seeing is a lot of burndown of the wheat from these cold temperatures, Shroyer explained. If the wheat was bigger than normal, the plants may look "rough" with a lot of brown dead-looking foliage on the soil surface, he said.
"That doesn't mean the plants are dead, however. The important factor will be whether the crown below the soil surface remains alive. Having a well-developed secondary root system will help the plants survive," Shroyer said.

Teapots on display at Jewell Library

The November display at the Jewell Public Library is a collection of antique teapots owned by Karen Matteson. There are a total of 17 teapots in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. There is even one teapot in the shape of a cat. All are distinct and beautiful. The public is invited to view the collection.
Others with collections of items of interest they would be willing to display are asked to contact the library.
Story Hour was held Nov. 8 and will be held again on Saturday with a Thanksgiving party.
New DVDs in the library include: 12 Years a Slave, Rust, American Hustle, The Help, Captain Philips, Titanic, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, The Fault of Our Stars, Fried Green Tomatoes. New books include: Her Montana Christmas by Arlene James, An Amish Christmas Journey by Patricia Davids, A Rancher for Christmas by Brenda Minton, Her Cowboy Hero by Carolyne Aarsen, Second Chance Reunion by Merrillee Whren, and Small Town Fireman by Allie Pleiter.
The Jewell Public Library continues to collect Coke rewards points to go towards magazine purchases for the library.

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