Updates from Monday’s Riley County commission meeting:
• Capt. Kurt Moldrup of the Riley County Police Department said year-to-date crime in the county is continuing to trend downward.
Overall crime has dropped for the department despite two recent armed robberies, one at a Dara’s gas station and another at a Kansas State Bank. RCPD made an arrest in the Dara’s robbery and is still investigating the bank robbery.
Moldrup also provided tips to students traveling over the upcoming holiday season. He recommended that they not pack their cars until they are ready to leave – lowering the chance of break-ins.
• Riley County Extension Director Jennifer Wilson introduced the county’s new 4-H agent, John Jobe, who started in the position Monday.
Jobe is originally from Dodge City and graduated from K-State. He previously worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan, mostly at Lee Elementary.
“I’m pleased to be able to continue my work with youth,” Jobe said.
• The Ryan White Food Pantry is continuing its canned food drive and has partnered with the Riley County Thrivent Action Team on the drive.
Kelly Williamson, the Ryan White Food Pantry case manager, said members of the team have taken action by distributing fliers, and have collected almost 100 canned items.
She said the team also would donate food and hygiene kits to Ryan White clients. Canned food items can be dropped of at the Riley County Health Department until Dec. 23.
• Applications for Riley County advisory boards are available at the county clerk’s office as well as on the county website, www.rileycountyks.gov.
Anyone interested also can call the clerk’s office for an application. Positions are open on several boards.
“It’s very important to get citizen participation on boards,” said county clerk Rich Vargo.