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Thursday evening the city hosted a meet and greet for two candidates seeking the office of City Manager. Joe Warren the current Assistant City Manager for Atchison and Amy Finch, City Manager from Cookston, Minnesota were on hand to greet members of the public.

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Scooters are coming to Atchison but it is not the eating establishment. Bird scooters are a micro-mobility company with a focus on shared electric vehicles. The city commissioners heard a report from Justin Pregont, interim city manager.

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The dispute between the city of Atchison and the County of Atchison over the 1% sales tax has been going on for decades. We are the only city and county with such a dispute in the entire state.

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In these last days of the season, we continue to ponder the meaning of Christmas. In Luke’s gospel, the stage is set for the coming of God into world history: “In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Jo…

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The City of Atchison’s E-Community Program is pleased to announce a new loan to the Subiaco Wine Bar. The startup business, which is owned by Shannon Pennington, is to be located at 515 Commercial Street in downtown Atchison. The company plans to bring wines from across the vineyard landscape of Kansas to Atchison, offered as tastings, by the glass, or cork-n-go. The business also plans to offer charcuterie and cheese boards as well as high-end whiskeys, a small rotating selection of Kansas craft beers, as well as special event space. The $45,000 in E-Community Loan proceeds will be coupled with financing from Exchange Bank and Trust to fund equipment, furnishings, and inventory purchases.

“Subiaco is the name of the village in Italy where St. Benedict wrote many of his teachings,” said owner Shannon Pennington. “Since Atchison has such deep ties to the Benedictine Community, we found it a fitting namesake. Most folks don’t know the history of wine in Kansas and we want to change that. In the 1800’s, Kansas produced more wine than people realize. We thought highlighting Kansas wines in combination with featuring wines from other areas around the country would be a great addition to the Downtown Atchison scene!  Opening Subiaco Wine Bar has really been a labor of love. The City of Atchison and the surrounding businesses have been instrumental in allowing us to provide a new gathering place to relax and enjoy great wine with friends and family!”

Since January of 2017, the Atchison E-Community Program has been offering gap financing loans for small business startups, expansions, and acquisitions. Everyday businesses like restaurants, retail stores, and hair salons can use this locally controlled, revolving loan fund as gap financing to make their small business dreams come true.

Subiaco Wine Bar is the twenty seventh E-community loan processed by the City of Atchison. Those 27 loans total over $1.35 million in gap financing that has supported small business development in the Atchison community.

The funding for the E-Community Program is created through the sale of entrepreneurship tax credits, which are allocated to NetWork Kansas by the Kansas State Legislature. To learn more about the E-Community Program, contact Justin Pregont with the City of Atchison at justinp@cityofatchison.com or 913-367-5506.

More information about the Subiaco Wine Bar can be found on their website and social media links below:

URL: www.subiacowinebar.com

 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SubiacoWineBar

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City Commissioners approved the purchase of a new trash truck and upgrades to the City’s audio/video equipment in the commission room during Monday’s regular meeting – the final of 2021. The new side-loader truck was quoted at $256,950 and will replace one that was bought in 2015 and is near…

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Main Street Kansas personnel paid a visit to Atchison for a working session and a look at the progress on the downtown area. The improvements are substantial with the canopy coming down and store fronts beginning to take on a life of their own.

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A large group from Trinity Lutheran gathered to start a project of putting up new playground equipment. A December Saturday morning was chilly with wind making it uncomfortable so the group was bundled up for the venture. Sarah Becker, chairwoman of the project, explained the fundraising for…

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The Atchison Zonta Club, chartered 11/12/1957, received a proclamation Monday evening at the city commission meeting. The club was recognized for 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence and joins other clubs in saying “NO” to violence against women and girls. On hand to receive the…

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The City of Atchison is conducting a survey of residents to gather information about city priorities and the quality of city programs and services. The survey is part of our ongoing efforts to provide residents with the best services possible.

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Mayor Abby Bartlett was voted in for a second year by fellow city commissioners during Monday’s regular meeting, which also included the swearing in of three commissioners for another term. Bartlett is going into the third year of a four-year term, her second as the mayor. In Atchison the ma…

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On Monday at approximately 9 a.m. the fire department received a call about a fire at 1426 1st AVE. On arrival there was heavy smoke and flames coming from a single-family home. Bystanders stated that the home was unoccupied and was being used for storage. Due to the amount of storage inside…

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At 11:55 a.m. on December 7, 1941, America was attacked by Japan. Most people will remember the bombing of Pearl Harbor because there have been many movies and articles written about the attack. The Japanese were deadly with their bombing of the USS Arizona killing 1175 naval personnel. In t…

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Habitat for Humanity was started in 1976 but our Atchison area Riverbend Habitat for Humanity was chartered in 1994. Since that time Habitat has helped over 82 families. Many people misunderstand the program thinking that volunteers build houses and give the houses away to needy families. On…

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In 1941 Cloud L. Cray Sr. purchased a business to produce industrial alcohol for use during WWII. That business was based in Atchison, Kansas. Through the years the business thrived with Cloud Cray Sr. at the helm. In 1962 Cray Sr. welcomed his son Cloud “Bud” Cray as his successor as presid…

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The Atchison Community Educational Foundation hosted a wine tasting fundraiser on November 19, 2021 to provide scholarships for at-risk students in the Atchison community.

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Left to right bottom: Sarah Mata, Brandi Oom (Atchison Community Health Clinic), Kim Bartlett, Rita Hartman, Jacque Slingsby, Wilma Nelson Row 2: Kris Bryant, (Atchison Community Public Library) Heather Roesch (Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum  Row 3: Barbara Higgins, Mike Higgins (Atchison …