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April 06th, 2020
Liberal Local News

Colvin Center becomes drive-through for students

sccc logo 2017Seward County Community College


Most of the students who attend adult basic education courses at Seward County Community College have experienced disruption before. It comes in the form of political unrest, immigration, or other forms of upheaval. Now, coronavirus has interrupted daily life, including ESL and GED classes that were intended to help students chart a new course. 

“We know the social distancing is important, and having classroom sessions works against that,” SCCC Director of Adult Basic Education Dr. Maria Fe Laguitan said. “But our students need to keep learning English and thinking of their futures. We asked, ‘What can we do?’”

The answer? Drive-through school packets, designed to keep ABE students connected to their instructors, their studies, and their dreams. 

Colvin Center instructors worked to create individualized study packets for every student enrolled in the courses offered at the adult learning center. Then they created a pop-up educational station in the parking lot, where students could drive up, say hello from a distance, and receive materials. 

“It was wonderful,” ESL instructor Vicky Bangs said. “They were excited because we were out class on spring break and then it was delayed another week. They wished to have a class, and we wished to have a class. When we explained why there were no more classes, they understood, but they were totally happy we could still work together.”   


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Hatcher earns 2nd team All WAC, All State HM

leehatchershotgreatbendhmLee Hatcher puts up a shot against Great Bend earlier this season. Hatcher was named to the Al WAC Second Team as was an honorable mention All State by Sports in Kansas. L&T photo/Earl WattAll-WAC Boys Basketball

First Team

Player School Class

Alex Schremmer Great Bend Sr

Dalyn Schwartz Hays Jr

Azavier Williams Garden City Sr

John Johnson Dodge City Sr

Dylan Ruder Hays Sr


Player of the Year: Alex Schremmer, Great Bend

Coach of the Year: Tim Brooks, Great Bend

Second Team

Player School Class

Lee Hatcher Liberal Sr

Peyton Duvall Great Bend Sr

Tae Rosales Garden City So

TJ Nunnery Hays Jr.

Alex Olivas Great Bend Sr


First Team (Top 10)

Sterling Chapman, Campus Jr. (6A SIK POY) click for capsule

Shawn Warrior, Campus Sr.

Jackie Johnson, Wichita Southeast Jr.

Joe Berry, Washburn Rural Jr.

Aidan Shaw, Blue Valley Soph.

Cougar Downing, Olathe West Jr.

Alston Mason, BV Northwest Jr.

Lonell Lane, JC Harmon Jr.

Jack Chapman, BV Northwest Jr.

Brandon Eckles, Olathe South Sr.

Walzel Evans, JC Harmon, Sr.

Jack Sheplak, BV North Sr.

Zeke Mayo, Lawrence Jr.

6A Coach of Year: 

Chris Davis, Campus (click here for capsule)

Second Team (Top 20)

King Sutton, Topeka, Sr.

Thomas King, Campus Jr.

Braeden Wilste, Mill Valley Sr.

Steele Chapman, Campus Sr.

Markell Hood, BV Northwest Sr.

Mayson Quartlebaum, Lawrence, Sr.

Nick Arensburg, SM East, Sr.

D.K. Middleton, Free State Sr.

Owen Braxmeyer, Manhattan Jr.

Mike Carson, JC Harmon, Sr.

Honorable Mention All-State 

Bryce Johnson – Lawrence, D’Vonshai Harden – Topeka, Micah Jacques – Wichita SE, Noah Krueger – Washburn Rural, Isaac Patterson – BV North, Andrew Orr – BV North, K.T. Ramey – Olathe North, Daylan Jones – Wichita East, Keither Florence – Campus, Nick Bonner – Derby, Tre Washington – Derby, Nick Bonner – Derby, Omar Stanley – BV West, John Johnson – Dodge City, Fontaine Williams – Wichita East, Jaylin Henderson – Wichita West, Lamon Payne – Heights, Alex Norris – Heights, Eastyn Ruffin – Wichita Northwest, Weston Kraus – Hutchinson, Jacob Karsak – Derby, Tai Johnson – Campus, Treyton Peterson – Hutchinson, Isaac Ray – Derby, Miles Blandi – Blue Valley, Jabari Brickshouse – BV West, Isaac Patterson – BV North, Ben Fritz – BV Northwest, Joey Robinson – BV Northwest, Luke Adams – BV North, Shawn Hendershot – BV North, Omarion Johnson – Olathe South, Kamari Armstromg – Olathe East, Dam’are Smith – SM Northwest, Zach Nelson – SM North, Blake Pothoff – SM South, Carter Licthsinn – Olathe West, Mozae Downing – Free State, Koi Jackson – Olathe North, D.J. Stubblefield – Olathe South, Jalen Smith – Topeka, Qua’vez Humphries – Junction City, Raeshon Riddick – Manhattan, Chandler Marks – Manhattan, Brady Patterson – Washburn Rural, Howard Johnson – Junction City, Chris Dixon – Junction City, Desmond Harrison – Wichita Heights, Azavier Williams – Garden City, Tae Rosales – Garden City, Lee Hatcher – Liberal, Weston Kraus – Hutchinson, Mozae Rivers- Free State, Nikko Taylor - BV North 

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Impossible to have all needed equipment in a pandemic

L&T Publisher Earl Watt


Out of curiosity, I decided to see if I could buy an invasive ventilator machine.

As it turns out I found one. Actually, I found more than 10 for sale online.

I’m not talking about the small home non-invasive ventilators for those with asthma or chronic breathing issues.

I’m talking about the big boy industrial hospital strength kind, the kind America will be short by a projected 31,782 by the height of the coronavirus pandemic in about 10 days.

There it was — a refurbished Puritan Bennett Respiratory Ventilator. According to its product description, “It is responsive to patients and offers superior comfort, delivering sensitive, precise breaths to critically ill neonatal through adult patients. For use in providing neonate through adult patients with ventilatory support in the hospital environment.”

This refurbished model was on sale for a steal, a mere $19,635. According to the listing, there were more than 10 available at

If we as  a nation could get this price for the 31,782 we need, it would come at a cost of $624 million.

That’s if there were 31,782 available.

Of course, there aren’t that many waiting in warehouses because there was never a need for that many before we were hit with a pandemic.