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November 23rd, 2020

kruger coyLiberal Coach Carter Kruger greets Lady Redskin fans before boarding the bus for the Class 6A State Basketball Tournament earlier this month. Kruger was named the Class 6A Girls Coach of the Year by Sports in Kansas. L&T photo/Earl WattSports in Kansas

Coach Carter Kruger continued his excellent success with the Liberal girls’ program. Liberal posted back-to-back perfect regular seasons and finished 23-0 this winter. The Redskins held off Olathe South, 41-33, in the first round of the state tournament. South featured Missouri State signee Dani Winslow. Kruger was 52-41 as the Barton CC women’s coach, and is 96-18 with Liberal. In the last four years, the Redskins are 85-8 with four straight league crowns, including a 68-3 record in the last three.

Kruger collected Western Athletic Conference coach of the year honors and had three players on the first team. Point guard Katie Horyna was league player of the year, and posts Machia Mullens and Aubrey Warden were first team picks.

ELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

The Liberal Area Coalition for Families (LACF) is always looking for ways to help the Liberal community, and a current activity will help with that goal. 

The LACF currently has a survey live online for people to take so the coalition can gain ideas of how to better serve the community’s needs. 

“This survey is through our Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways grant and this is the third year we've done this survey, and it's to get a measure of some health things in Liberal and gaining some ideas of what our priorities in Liberal should be as far as helping people's health,” LACF Director Sarah Foreman said. “We use this survey as a guide as far as what we should be focusing on with those things as we plan out the work we want to do throughout the community. We actually launched this year's survey in February and it'll be live until April 17. We like this survey because it really is a great guide for us as far as how we can help the community's health needs.”

The survey is available in English at the Web site https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6RMLH3V, and is also available in Spanish at the Web site https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6TRG3H3

“One of the major things we want to know is the overall health of the community and see what level we're at with that,” Foreman said. “Then from there we look for certain things we can focus on to improve those numbers, whether it's something to help people quit smoking or something to get people outside and moving more. And especially now is a great time for a survey like this because since there are so many agencies closing their doors temporarily, we want to know how we can help fill those gaps and help the community. We use the data from the surveys to figure out how we can do that, and it's a great resource for us.”


 

With the coronavirus situation going on throughout the U.S., Foreman said now is a good time to gain such information. 

“Surveys like this are good any time, but especially now with a major health crisis going on throughout the U.S., we really want to know what people think about how things like that are handled and we want to know how we can help fill those gaps in the community when other agencies aren't able to do so,” Foreman said. 

“We are very aware of crisis around us, and want to help. With this, people can share what they feel the biggest needs are, which we will take into account, and that way we know what people are thinking.”

Foreman added there are many things the LACF will look for once all the information is gathered together.

“In the future we'll be able to get the numbers from all three years together and do a comparison and see how far we've come on some things, and we're excited to see that because we do want to know where we've improved and also where we can still improve,” Foreman said. “One big thing we want to know is how familiar people in the area are with the LACF and what we do and how we work. We're also wanting to know how many people have taken the survey each year, that's another number we're very interested in seeing because that's another way of figuring out how many people we reach. Like I said earlier, we want to also get an idea of how many people know about the LACF and what we do, and we want to be able to increase that number so we can connect with more people in the community, which is a big goal of the LACF. We also want to know what people's health priorities are, whether it's physical health or mental health – we want to know because we do want to help people. The survey itself takes less than three minutes, so it's a very quick survey, and the questions are very easy to answer, and it's an anonymous way to let the LACF know what they think about the work we do.”

Overall. Foreman said, she is looking forward to seeing what the gathered data shows. 

“The Blue Cross Blue Shield will be a great partner helping us compile all the data into ways everyone can understand and when everything is said and done, that will be our way into seeing how we've  been doing the past few years and we'll also probably find some things we can improve on, which is great,” Foreman said. “And with the overall survey itself, the questions will probably remain mostly the same each year since those are decided by Blue Cross Blue Shield, but we are looking forward to doing this survey again next year because again, it's a great way for us to plan out things we can do to help the community, which is what the LACF is all about. We encourage everyone to take this survey, it's very quick and easy and non-invasive, and you'll be helping us help the community in a bunch of ways. If anyone has any questions or concerns with anything either about this survey or something else the LACF can help with, they can contact us and we'll be more than happy to help.”

Special to the Leader & Times

 

It is the desire of LARC/DVS to provide all essential services to victim/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

LARC/DVS is still available for all services; however they have suspended walk-in services in all of their locations until April 6, at 8 a.m. Please use the following numbers to access services, they will be answered 24 hours a day by a trained advocate. 

Those in need of a Protection from Abuse or Protection for Stalking Order LARC/DVS will be handling those via the phone. District Courts are still accepting and processing these orders. Call 620-624-8818 or 888-417-7273 with any questions. 

Special to the Leader & Times

 

Topeka — Kansas NEA fully supported the results of the Continuous Learning Taskforce as it is a reflection of how the state’s teachers rise to any challenge. Given the unprecedented circumstances Kansans are facing, members of the task force worked voluntarily, around the clock for three days to structure a practical plan that Kansas districts can use to inform their local planning and priorities.

At the district level, honoring the work completed by the task force will happen as district work teams progress through a teacher-led process to transform the framework into a continuous learning plan. District plans will reflect the unique circumstances and needs identified by district leaders and in the best interest of the learning and safety of students.

ELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

As concerns continue with the coronavirus, the City of Liberal has taken further precautions for the health and safety of the community.

In effect starting March 18, the city passed Resolution No. 2328, which limits gatherings in the community.

“WHEREAS, mandates and recommendations have been issued on a federal, state and local level to address this emergency through the Center for Disease Control as well as mandates from the Governor of the State of Kansas issued as recently as March 17,” the resolution noted. ““That any and all events hosted by or held in conjunction with the City of Liberal are hereby suspended. All meeting places typically available for reservation through the City are hereby closed. All City-owned or maintained recreational facilities and events and the recreational center is hereby closed. City parks are still open, but care should be taken to ensure social distancing occurs and persons shall remain compliant with mandates regarding number of individuals allowed to be in one area. That the City highly recommends the residents of Liberal refrain from gathering in meeting places in excess of the number of people recommended and/or required by the CDC, federal regulations and state mandates. The Governor of the State of Kansas has issued a mandate prohibiting meetings of more than 50 people, and recommendations from the federal government limit that number to 10 people.”

FLASHBACK FRIDAY, March 2, 2017

jadaputishotJada Mickens scores two fo her 15 points with a shot in the firts half Tuesday in a Sub State layoff game against Ark City. Liberal took a 16-point lead, but Ark City cut it to three beofre the Lady Redskins put the game away, 36-28. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT
Leader & Times

With a 16-point lead late in the third quarter, the Lady Redskins appeared to be cruising to the second round of the Class 5A Sub State playoffs, but Liberal went nine minutes without scoring, and Ark City cut the lead to three before the Lady Redskins made five of seven free throws in the final 42 seconds to secure a 36-28 win.

For a moment, the game eerily resembled last year’s Sub State match-up with Maize. The Lady Redskins had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but lost.

Not this time.

Liberal led 29-13 with 3:35 to play in the third quarter when Ark City put together an 11-0 run to cut the lead to 29-24.

Jada Mickens finally broke the drought with a basket with 2:56 to play, and it was only Liberal’s fourth field goal of the entire second half, and it would be the last.

Ark City’s Destiny Steward scored the next four points for the Lady Bulldogs, and with 1:18 to go, Liberal’s lead was down to 31-28.

covid countyCommissioners Jim Rice, left, and Nathan McCaffrey listen to presentations from local emergency leaders and Human Resources Director Maria Aguilar last Monday about the local coronavirus situation. L&T photo/Robert PierceROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times

 

After getting updates on the local coronavirus situation last Monday, Seward County commissioners would later adopt an emergency resolution and a paid leave policy for those affected by the virus.

Emergency Management Director Greg Standard said the reasons for approving the emergency resolution were to allow decisions to be made quickly and to ensure the county is eligible for reimbursement from the state and federal government.

“Some of that’s already passed, but there’ll probably be some more things that pass that are still in front of the Congress of what the federal government’s going to do to support counties in this incident,” he said.

Commission Chairman Nathan McCaffrey said similar resolutions were being passed in anticipation of Governor Laura Kelly’s executive order limiting gatherings of 50 or more, which she issued last Monday.

McCaffrey added the resolution passed by commissioners is a little more public than previous ones, but it is similar to those.

“Usually, they just run for a seven-day period,” he said. “We’ve used them, for example, with the ice storm we had a few years ago, perhaps with tornado events, perhaps with certain fire events or snow or flood events.”

“I suspect we’ve had somewhere around 15 of them in the last 20 years,” Standard said.

“This isn’t specifically just because of COVID, but it’s because it’s an emergency and we’ve used these emergency resolutions in the past for different things,” McCaffrey said.

city of liberal logoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

As concerns continue with the coronavirus, the City of Liberal has taken further precautions for the health and safety of the community.

In effect starting March 18, the city passed Resolution No. 2328, which limits gatherings in the community.

“WHEREAS, mandates and recommendations have been issued on a federal, state and local level to address this emergency through the Center for Disease Control as well as mandates from the Governor of the State of Kansas issued as recently as March 17,” the resolution noted. ““That any and all events hosted by or held in conjunction with the City of Liberal are hereby suspended. All meeting places typically available for reservation through the City are hereby closed. All City-owned or maintained recreational facilities and events and the recreational center is hereby closed. City parks are still open, but care should be taken to ensure social distancing occurs and persons shall remain compliant with mandates regarding number of individuals allowed to be in one area. That the City highly recommends the residents of Liberal refrain from gathering in meeting places in excess of the number of people recommended and/or required by the CDC, federal regulations and state mandates. The Governor of the State of Kansas has issued a mandate prohibiting meetings of more than 50 people, and recommendations from the federal government limit that number to 10 people.”

 agfarmingThough it’s easy to look at the tech industry and think this increasingly influential sector is what makes the world go round, something closer to the very core of the Earth may be what’s driving your economy. 

The agricultural sector plays a strategic role in a nation’s economic development and prosperity. From the earliest days, agriculture has been heralded as playing a crucial role in North American culture. Farmers who grow produce and raise livestock for meats and other products have long exemplified what it means to work hard and take initiatives to be self-sufficient. 

southern pioneer logoSpecial to the Leader & Times

 

Southern Pioneer Electric staff and board announce the temporary closure of its Liberal and Medicine Lodge offices to non-employees, until further notice. Consumers will be asked to conduct business over the phone (800-670-4381) or use the drive-up windows. Under the closure, Southern Pioneer Electric will no longer accept walk-up payments and will be adjusting office hours.

Customer service representatives will be available to assist with calls and payments from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. During this time, consumers will be encouraged to use one of the out-of-office payment methods outlined on Southern Pioneer’s Web site southernpioneer.net. 

“Consumers will have the option to make payments by phone, online, through SmartHub, traditional mail or more,” said Wendt. 

Implementation of the closure began March 18 and will continue until further notice.

Southern Pioneer Electric also announced it will temporarily suspend disconnections until May for non-payment as communities take mitigation steps for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The procedure has been set for immediate implementation and will affect all Southern Pioneer Electric consumers. 

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