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Regional briefs (April 21, 2013)

4/20/2013

Tire amnesty event starts April 29

Ellis County will conduct a waste tire amnesty event, waiving the tire disposal fee at Ellis County landfill and transfer station, 1515 W. 55th.

The event will begin April 29 and continue through May 18 to allow Ellis County residents a short-term option to dispose of stockpiled waste tires at no cost.

For more information, contact landfill manager Richard Grizzle at (785) 628-9460.

American Girl author making trip to Hays

A Fort Hays State University Leadership 310 team, Change for Literacy, will host a meet and greet with American Girl author Jane Kurtz to bring awareness to an international and nonprofit organization, Ethiopia Reads.

The presentation will mark the first "Ethiopia Reads" event in Hays and will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the FHSU Robbins Center. It will feature children's learning activities and drawings for prizes. Attendance is free, and donations are welcome.

Kurtz is the author of the American Girl "Lanie" Books. Tickets for the drawings are available and can be purchased at the event for a recommended donation of $1 each. Prizes include Jane Kurtz's autographed American Girl Doll, "Lanie" and an autographed FHSU sports package.

Donation jars are located throughout the community at local restaurants and businesses and will remain throughout the month of April.

Ethiopia Reads assists Ethiopian communities by building schools and libraries, providing books to enhance education and training librarians. Literacy rates in Ethiopia average less than 50 percent. Ethiopia is ranked 195 out of 196 countries for adult literacy.

FYI

* There will be book signings by authors Mary Ann Thompson and Sandy Barnard on Sunday at the Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. Seventh. Thompson will discuss her book "Winners of the West" at 1:30 p.m., followed by a discussion by Barnard at 3 p.m. on his two books, "A Hoosier Quaker Goes to War" and "Ten Years with Custer." Admission is free.

* The Ellis County Commission will have a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at the Ellis County Courthouse. Purpose of the meeting is to consider approving sale of general obligation bonds.

* TOPEKA -- Gov. Sam Brownback announced Friday he has added three more stops to his visits of Kansas colleges to discuss his proposed budgets with state university and students leaders. He will visit Fort Hays State University on May 7.