Zaleski wins KWF award

Zaleski wins KWF award

Jim Zaleski, the city of Parsons economic development director and the director of Labette County tourism, has been honored by the Kansas Wildlife Federation.

Zaleski received the Conservation Communicator of the Year award from KWF.

Zaleski said: “This award is the culmination of years of working with dozens of great people in the industry and I share this with everyone of you and thank you for your help in everything we’ve been able to accomplish in promoting the great outdoors here in the state of Kansas.”

He said this award was probably the high point in his communication career. The award culminated years of work in promoting the Southeast Kansas region, including the Mined Land areas, for its offerings and hosting outdoor writers. He also has a radio show that’s won awards and served as president of the Great Lakes Outdoor Writers group.

“It’s the whole scope of work,” Zaleski said Monday.

“That award represents a ton of people,” he said, naming Richard and Sandy Babcock for hosting outdoor writers on their land, Carl Hoskins for organizing meals and events for writers and Rob Riggin for his work in tours.


February home sales figures steady

Home sales in Labette and Neosho counties were essentially unchanged in February 2017 compared to the same period last year. Sales totaled 21 units in February 2017. The average sale price was $67,162. This represents a decrease of 16.5 percent from the February 2016 average price of $80,466, according to the Parsons Council of the Southeast Kansas Association of REALTORS.

A total of 24 contracts for sale were written in February 2017, up from 23 in February 2016. This is an increase of 4.3 percent. Contracts written during the month reflect, in part, sales that will close in the near future. 

The inventory of active listings in Labette and Neosho counties stood at 181 units at the end of February, which is up from 179 homes that were on the market at the end of February last year. At the current rate of sales, this figure represents 8.6 months’ supply of homes on the market.

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