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April 01st, 2020
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Red Cross in need of more blood donations to help during COVID-19 situation

covid 19 blood donationThe need for blood donations is constant throughout the world and with the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the need for donations for patients is steadily increasing. Courtesy photoROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


The need for blood donations is ever present, and even during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, emergencies don’t stop.

Neither does the Red Cross, as hospital patients still need life-saving blood. Since its inception earlier this year, the coronavirus has spread to many parts of the world, including many parts of America, and Red Cross External Communications Manager Jan Hale said while any time is a good time to give blood, the need for it is currently quite urgent. 

While the urgency to give blood may seem to be heightened with COVID-19, Hale said donations were needed before coronavirus, and they will be needed afterwards.

“I think it is as important as it has always been,” she said. “These times are so uncertain and difficult.”

Hale said when COVID-19 first became a problem, many people did not realize how it would affect blood donation.

“We’ve been very grateful for people who have continued to come out and donate because the reality is regardless of what’s going on, regardless of the pandemic, every two seconds, we know someone in our country needs blood,” she said. “Unfortunately, the only way we’ve got it available to give to patients is for someone to roll up their sleeve and donate.”

As expected, Hale said coronavirus has put an additional strain on an already low blood supply.


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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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City should not close meetings to the public

LETTER TO THE EDITOR, Reita Isaacs, Liberal


Decisions, decisions!

When I attended the City Council meeting on March 10th, I told them I had seven items to discuss, but would only do two of what I considered the most important now, and the others later.

Saundra Koochel and I have both approached the council, both passed and present, with the same results. That, in itself, shows where their interests lie. Beyond that, my contribution to the meeting wasn’t even mentioned in the write up in our newspaper.  Okay, if you subscribe to the paper, you read what was said, and can form your own opinion.

Now, because I usually try to talk and act like a lady, I will tone down my verbiage, and hope Earl says I’ve not exceeded my allotted 300 words.

Again, for over the past three years or so, I’ve voiced the concerns over video portion of the Council meetings: poor, grainy  reception, low volume, no volume, picture without sound, sound without picture, and best of all, NO SOUND, NO PICTURES.  Just lovely. 

They have called their tech up there with me, and it’s always about a hard-to-get part. Maybe he should get with the person that keeps the country functioning.

During the City’s meetings, all the department heads sit along the back wall, and except when there are presentations to be given, I am usually the only spectator in the audience, unless the Garcias stay for a while. There is plenty of safe space for all.