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County employees honored

By Maura Wery

Riley County commissioners took time out of their meeting Monday to recognize county employees who were honored by the Kansas County Government Institute last week. Former assistant public works director/parks director Rod Meredith was recognized for his 32 years of service to the county. Danny Williams, an assistant appraiser, gained a certificate in effective supervisory skills. Betty Henning, Lisa McAdams, Brent Sigman and Catherine Willard all gained their certificate in customer service. Rhonda Lund from public works gained a certificate in the level two advanced Kansas road scholar, supervisory skills program.

New Driver’s License Location

Riley County Treasurer Eileen King told commissioners about a new location for the area’s Driver’s License office, which will be opening Tuesday. King said the office is being moved from its previous location near Westloop to 8200 Southport Dr. Suite 105, next to Rambler’s Steakhouse and near Dick Edwards Ford. King said the move provides the licensing agency more room for staff, and adds the ability to issue motorcycle licenses.

“I think this new space will work well for them,” King said.

The hours for the new driver’s license office will be Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Turkey Day Prep

Riley County extension agent Ginny Bernard offered some tips for those who are cooking a turkey dinner this week, advising them to allow one to one and a half pounds of turkey or other prepared meat per person served.

If you are interested in buying a fresh turkey, Bernard suggests going one to two days in advance in order to preserve the flavor of the turkey. If someone does buy a frozen turkey the day before, they can still thaw it out. Bernard suggests putting the turkey in a water bath, either in a sink or bucket, and changing the water every 30 minutes for eight to 10 hours.

As for cooking the bird, her advice is to invest in a good meat thermometer. Bernard said the plastic turkey timers placed within the bird aren’t very reliable, and getting a thermometer that can read internal temperature is key. She said the magic number to look for is around 165 degrees.

For more information on Thanksgiving food safety you can call the Riley County Extension Agency or visit

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