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December 07th, 2021

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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ipad and laptopSpecial to the Leader & Times


Many parents already know that to protect their children from danger, they need to monitor their activities and remain in close communication with them.

But when it comes to social media applications – better known as apps – it’s a constantly moving target.

John Calvert, director of the Safe and Secure Schools unit of the Kansas Department of Education, was the featured speaker recently on the K-State Research and Extension series, Living Well Together. His talk was titled, A Parent’s Guide to Social Media.

“I tell people in my presentation that I’m not going to get political, but I am going to tell you the facts,” Calvert said. “The facts are that right now TikTok is the No. 1 most downloaded app since January 2020, and it’s the most dangerous. It’s the app that is most used by child sex traffickers out there.”


lhs5====From March 17, 2000====



Southwest Daily Times


Four Liberal High School students will be heading to the Land Down Under this summer.

Brian Nickerson, Justin Alexander and Terry McGuire will be participating in the International Down Under games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Keats, a Liberal track standout, was selected by People to People Sports Ambassadors to compete with the U.S. team in Sydney, Australia.

Nickerson, Alexander, and McGuire, three LHS cross-country runners, will be part of a team from Kansas. Each of the 50 states will be represented with a team and compete against each other and against teams from Australia.

According to Nickerson, a runner has to be nominated by a coach to attend the competition.

"I don't know who nominated us," Nickerson said. "We got a letter in November. It was completely a surprise."

Nickerson believes he can gain valuable experience.

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