A former Parsons resident was among the key members of U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts’ staff to receive awards for their leadership on issues important to wheat producers from the National Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers.

Members of Roberts’ staff received the Friend of Wheat award given annually to  congressional staff for demonstrated support for the wheat industry above and beyond the norm. The 2017 recipients include James Glueck, Janae Brady, Wayne Stoskopf and Will Stafford.

Roberts, R-Kansas, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, also was honored by the two associations.

Roberts was presented with the Wheat Leader of the Year award, the much-coveted Wheaties box, which is given annually to one member of Congress based on his or her demonstrated commitment to the well being and goals of the wheat industry. This is the second time Roberts has received this award.

“I am proud of the work of my staff on behalf of Kansas wheat producers and those around the country,” Roberts said. “We have a hard-working and knowledgeable staff who put in long hours to ensure American farmers and ranchers are protected and promoted in the U.S. Senate.”

Former Parsonian Janae Brady is a senior professional staff member who handles international trade and agricultural research for the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Brady is a fifth-generation Kansas born and raised in Parsons and grew up working on her family’s wheat and sorghum farm located in Deerfield. Brady has worked for Roberts in several capacities for four years and holds a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University as well as a master’s degree from George Washington University.


Deb’s Corner closes

Deb’s Corner Cafe, 1827 Crawford, has closed, and the state has seized property inside the building.

The Kansas Department of Revenue placed two signs on the front doors of the business recently that read that the property has been seized for nonpayment of taxes and is now in the possession of the state of Kansas. It warns that anyone attempting to tamper with the property will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

KDOR most recently received a state tax warrant for past-due sales taxes totaling $5,330.19.

Deb’s Corner Cafe opened in February 2014 at 2930 Main. The business moved to 1827 Crawford in May 2016.

KDOR also received state tax warrants recently for AK-C Stores and Sunshine Store No. 14, 2301 Main for $3,425.28 in withholding taxes and $11,330.52 for sales taxes. The Sunshine store has been closed for several weeks.


Labette Insurance is a Farmers agent

The Farmers Alliance Cos., McPherson, have named Labette Insurance, Parsons, a Farmers Alliance Advantage Agent for 2017.

To qualify as an advantage agent, an agency must exhibit superior professionalism and profitability over five consecutive years. The honored agents are recognized by Farmers Alliance as the “best of the best.” To reach this level of distinction is a reflection of Labette Insurance’s commitment to its customers and community, according to a statement from Farmers Alliance. 

The Farmers Alliance Cos. are represented by independent agents and serve eight states. Farmers Alliance was established in 1888 and writes a full range of property and liability insurance for homes, farms and commercial businesses.

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