Regional briefs (Aug. 27, 2013)
Members graduate from Leadership Kansas
TOPEKA -- On Friday, 40 members of the 2013 Leadership Kansas Class celebrated the completion of the 2013 program at a reception and dinner hosted by the Kansas Chamber and the Leadership Kansas Board of Trustees at Topeka Country Club. Throughout the course of the six-month program, the 2013 class engaged in discussions and debates with top experts on the key issues facing Kansas while visiting Topeka, Pittsburg, the Kansas City Metro area, Colby, Goodland, Wichita and Garden City.
Leadership Kansas is a nationally recognized program that aims to develop and motivate future leaders in the state. An affiliated program of the Kansas Chamber, Leadership Kansas is one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership programs in the country. Leadership Kansas is celebrating its 35th year of educating and motivating leaders from all four corners of the state. The program remains committed to its original mission to inspire persons to maintain involvement in the social, business and political fabric of Kansas communities.
Area graduates included Joseph Bain, Goodland; Dave Engel, Phillipsburg; Douglas Gerber, Goodland; and Mark Lowry, Stockton.
USD 489 board meeting Monday
The Hays USD 489 Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Toepfer Board Room in Rockwell Administration Center, 323 W. 12th.
Items on the agenda include:
* An update on enrollment numbers and the budget.
* Considering a turn-around area accessed from Victory Road near O'Loughlin Elementary School.
* Considering repair or replacement of Roosevelt Elementary School chiller.
* First and second reading of board policy updates.
* A review of an example of superintendent search documents and to develop personal qualifications for a prospective superintendent.
Presentation Thursday at Boot Hill
Ellis County Historical Society and Hays Public Library will present "Haunted Boot Hill: Dowsing for the Dead" at 6 p.m. Thursday at Boot Hill Cemetery, at the corner of 18th and Fort. It is free to the public.
Vince Marshall, Valley Center, uses homemade instruments to locate unmarked graves and will give a demonstration Halloween night.
Boot Hill Cemetery ceased operation in 1874, and the bodies buried there were moved to Mount Allen Cemetery. However, according to a news release from the Ellis County Historical Society, additional remains were unearthed well into the 1900s.
Two arrested in Hays for counterfeit bills
The Hays Police Department arrested two people linked to a local surge in counterfeit bills.
Sarah Leiker, 24, Hays, was apprehended Monday after she allegedly tried to get change for a counterfeit bill, according to a report issued by Chief Don Scheibler. The police's investigation led to the arrest of Michael Hawkins, 25, Hays, according to the report.
The main bills being counterfeited are $5, $10 and $20 denominations, according to the report.
The Hays Police Department wants anyone who suspects they have encountered a counterfeit bill to call (785) 625-1030.
WSU says budget cuts hurting tech plans
WICHITA (AP) -- Recent state budget cuts are hurting Wichita State University's plans to become a technology center for south-central Kansas, WSU President John Bardo said.
"I had put together a $1.8 million innovation fund," Bardo told members of the House and Senate budget committees.
Bardo said he had to choose between the innovation fund and making deep cuts in existing departments' budgets or steep hikes in tuition, the Wichita Eagle reported.
"I couldn't see how I could cut the academic departments and ask them for any more, given the level of funding that they have right now compared to our peers," he said.
Bardo made his remarks to lawmakers during a bus tour of state colleges, universities and technical schools. They were joined at the WSU stop by several local legislators. In June, lawmakers chopped $33 million for higher education from this year's budget and $32.8 million from next year's budget.
Throughout the tour, presentations focused on the university's cooperation with and research support for local industry, especially aircraft.