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May 09th, 2021

shelter house article 2====FROM: May 9, 2007====


BY: RACHEL COLEMAN, Southwest Daily Times

Thanks to quick action by Liberal and Seward County emergency management, firefighters from Liberal and Seward County arrived at Greensburg just a couple hours after the tornado hit the small town Friday night. When the truck he rode in arrived, said Seward County volunteer firefighter Pete Wright, "it was incredible to see how many first responders were already there." The temporary command center was set up at the John Deere tractor dealership at the west end of town, "and it was packed with firemen, buses, cops, EMTs from all over," Wright recalled. "I was totally amazed."

Although the circumstances were chaotic, the rescue efforts were well-organized, Wright said; workers had clear orders and a good understanding of the chain of command within 10 to 15 minutes. He attributed the organizational structure to changes prompted by Homeland Security measures.

Following 9/11, fire departments that receive federal funding participate in NIMS (National Instant Management System) training, which teaches emergency responders to "speak the same language" in their coding system and command structure. The program is designed to eliminate misunderstanding and confusion so all responders understand the directives and work in a unified way. Wright said in Greensburg, the system worked: "It was just absolutely phenomenal."

County fire chief Mike Rice had put together the Seward County crew. Greg Standard and John Steckle of Seward County's Fire Department and Emergency Management were already in Greensburg as well, and Liberal Rescue 1, the city truck, was just 30 minutes behind the county crew. When it arrived, Liberal firefighter Skeety Poulton assisted Greensburg's fire chief, who had taken on the position in January.


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henbitSpecial to the Leader & Times


Purple and white flowers growing in the garden could be a good thing. Those same colors growing in your lawn…well, that’s not so good.

“The plant with the little purple flowers that have been showing up in home lawns is called henbit,” said Ward Upham, a horticulture expert at Kansas State University. “The plant that is also low growing but has round stems and white flowers is chickweed.”

Henbit and chickweed are winter annuals that begin growing in the fall, but detract from the beauty of a lush, green lawn. By the time they flower in the spring, it’s likely too late to kill either with a herbicide.

“Though the plants may be burned back, they will rarely be killed,” Upham said. “However, remember that these are winter annuals, so they will die as soon as the weather turns hot. Keep the lawn mowed until nature takes its course.”

For now, the best course of action for eliminating henbit and chickweed is to mark the calendar for October when you can spray with such products as 2,4-D, Weed-B-Gon, Weed Free Zone, Weed out or Trimec.

shelter article new 2 sept=====FROM: April 4, 2004=====

By: KEISHA SMITH, Southwest Daily Times 


Education has changed.

Students endure rigorous tests. Teachers are accountable for results and lack of satisfactory results. School populations are increasing.

"We have 452 students with individual education plans who have some type of handicap or disabling position," USD No. 480's Director of Support Services Linda Grote said.

"In addition to that, we have 38 gifted children identified and being served."

That is 40 more students than last year. The year before that, there was an increase of 12 students.

As state and federal official seek methods to provide equal education to all, local educators must do their best to assure that the status quo provides the best opportunities for all students to acquire education regardless of their disaggregate group. It's federally mandated.

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walk kansas 2020Sharolyn Jackson says there’s no need to be deceived by the name of one of K-State Research and Extension’s most popular statewide programs; there are a lot of avenues to physical health.

Jackson is the coordinator of Walk Kansas, which begins its 21st year on March 28. The eight-week program, which will run through May 22, annually draws about 7,000 participants.

While the basis of the program is to form teams of co-workers, friends, family or others to walk an equivalent distance of the state of Kansas, many other forms of physical activity also count.

“The best kind of physical activity is one that you will actually do,” Jackson said. “So if you don’t enjoy it, you’re not going to continue to do it. You need to find something you like to do that’s enjoyable and that you can work into your lifestyle.”

shelter article new 2 sept====From March 25, 2004====

By: KEISHA SMITH, Southwest Daily Times 


There are no weight rooms, strength building exercises, or crowds of screaming fans. There is no big budget or flashy uniforms. In fact, this team can only spend $135.

However, there are teammates, countless hours of practice, and a challenge. The challenge is to build a human-powered Envirover vehicle that will collect trash and deliver it to a factory, where it will be used to manufacture a product of the team's design.

This is the challenge that Cottonwood Intermediate School and Liberal High School were given in the Odyssey of the Mind competition. This year, all of the participating teams are limited to budgets under $150. This is a major part of the competition. The students must captivate the judges using their minds.

Monday evening, an LHS team coached by Barbara Little was practicing to compete in the state competition that will take place Saturday at Kansas State University.

The students said that this event is helping them to learn to work with people and it is also challenging them to use their minds.

Odyssey of the Mind is a unique competition for students, because it is international.

According to Odyssey of the Mind, at least 25 other countries participate in the competition. Liberal schools will make their attempt to be a part of world history this Saturday.

One of the LHS team's most eye-catching props is their camel-themed Envirover. They created it using cotton, cardboard, an old bicycle, and other old items that are probably found wasting away in the garage.

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