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Regional briefs (April 19, 2013)

5/18/2013

Gallery in Lucas hosts Virginia artist's work

LUCAS -- The Flying Pig Studio and Gallery in Lucas will host an exhibit of work by Richard J. Bay, Radford, Va.

The exhibit will be May 25 to July 15. A reception is planned for 1 to 5 p.m. May 25.

Bay is chairman of the art department at Radford University.

While he was teaching in Kansas City, Mo., Bay discovered James Perucca, an outsider artist who covered his large lot in Overland Park with colorful bottles, ribbons, stuffed animals, and all kinds of bright and wonderful things.

The Grassroots Art Center in Lucas has a display of a small part of the environment. Bay has made presentations to the Grassroots Art Center and writes about outsider artists for the Grassroots Art Center newsletter.

USD 489 board meets Monday night

The Hays USD 489 Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Toepfer Board Room in Rockwell Administration Center, 323 W. 12th.

Items on the agenda include:

* A special education presentation.

* A public hearing to amend the bilingual fund.

* The second reading of Kansas Association of School Board policy updates.

* Discussion and possible action on an increase of 2013-14 school meal prices.

* Consider bids for Bermuda sod on the Hays High School practice field.

* Consider bids for the Hays Middle School construction bids.

KanCare meetings Wednesday at FHSU

Another round of informational meetings about Kansas' new Medicaid program, KanCare, is set for next week.

The meetings are geared toward consumers who receive long-term services and support through KanCare. Meetings will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Fort Hays State University's Robbins Center.

Attendees and their families do not have to stay the full two hours. KanCare officials will be asking what consumers like most about KanCare; what they like least about the program; and what was important in selecting a Medicaid health plan.

Transportation will not be provided. For information, call (866) 305-5147.

Victoria to consider sales tax revenue

VICTORIA -- The Victoria City Council will discuss the county sales tax at its 5:30 p.m. meeting Monday at City Hall.

In a previous meeting, the council tabled whether the city would keep its share of a proposed 0.5-percent county sales tax until results were in.

The sales tax passed in Tuesday's special election, with 82 percent of the vote.

City leaders have the option to keep all or a portion of their share of revenue generated from the sales tax, or give all or some of it to the county in an interlocal agreement.

The city of Hays has agreed to give all of its share of revenue to the county, while Ellis and Schoenchen have decided to keep all of their share of tax revenue.

The county will build an EMS/rural fire station and make improvements to the courthouse and jail with income from the sales tax.

HHS students national finalists again

Hays High School seniors kept up the tradition of finishing in the top 16 in their events at the national DECA competition earlier this month.

Shelby Dinkel was called on stage as one of the finalists in the international business plan event to lead HHS' contingent at the 2013 International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Ten finalists are called on stage for each event, with the top five being recognized from first through fifth places. Dinkel wasn't one of the top five finishers but still received a medal for her top-10 finish.

Also placing in the top 16 of their event were seniors Arin Straub and Courtney Storer, who teamed up to participate in the community service project competition.

In addition, five of their classmates also were honored for meeting minimum competency in the project by finishing in the 20 percent (or top 32) at nationals.

Jessica Carriera and Caitlyn Miller were recognized for their financial literacy promotion plan, and the trio of Millie Copper, Nick Glassman and Darian Leiker, entrepreneurship promotion plan.

Canvassing of votes on county agenda

The Ellis County Commission will hear a report on the county sales tax and bond issue at its regular meeting at 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Ellis County Courthouse.

There also will be the official canvass of Tuesday's special election for a 0.5-percent county sales tax.

Also, there will be discussion of a budget planning session with commissioners in June.

Commissioners also are scheduled to go into executive session to discuss union negotiations.

There also be will be discussion and consideration of establishing rules for fireworks.

NCKTC students earn national honors

Area students in the information technology department at North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit recently were recognized nationally.

They finished in the top 10 of the National Leadership Conference for Business Professionals of America earlier this month in Orlando, Fla.

Michael Aspedon, Hays, and Drew Pfannenstiel, Ness City, were members of the sixth-place administrative support team, along with Douglas Clinman, Beloit.

In addition, Michael Gledhill, Downs, placed in the top 10 individually, finishing ninth in the PC servicing and troubleshooting competition.

Bison ready to celebrate 125th anniversary

The city of Bison will celebrate its 125th anniversary Saturday.

The festivities will begin by officials digging up the time capsule at 2 p.m., It was buried near the old City Hall on Main Street during the town's centennial.

That will be followed by a firefighters' water battle between the Bison and Timken volunteer firefighters.

The Bison Museum, located in the Community Building, the Bison United Methodist Church and the Lone Star Schoolhouse, located a mile west of Bison, will be open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m. Mike Stephens will have a collection of military memorabilia on display in the Community Building during the day.

A meal of burgers, hot dogs and brats will be served in the north city park beginning at 6 p.m. -- for a freewill donation. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to insure adequate seating for everyone.

A basket raffle will take place following the meal, and T-shirts will be available for purchase.

The Bison Rescue Squad will have a beer garden from noon to midnight at Bison City Park. A safe ride home will be provided if needed at $5 per person to anywhere within Rush County.

There also will be a 50/50 raffle, a basket of goodies to be raffled off.

The Tropical Breeze stand will be set up, with a percentage of the proceeds to be donated to Bison Rescue.

For more information, contact Dee Romeiser (785) 356-4514.

Planning commission meets Monday

The Hays Area Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at city hall.

Agenda items include:

* A public hearing for request of zoning classification from agricultural to single family dwelling unit on proposed Golden Belt Estates Fifth Addition.

* Consideration of preliminary plat of RAG addition, east of VFW Hall, 2106 Vine.

* Consideration of final plat of Luecke Addition, east of 41st.

FHSU ranks ninth for veterans' degrees

In a nationwide survey by U.S. News & World Report on best online programs for veterans, Fort Hays State University ranked ninth for the best bachelor's degree programs.

The 153 bachelor's and master's degree programs surveyed were in education, nursing, engineering and business and are certified for two federal initiatives that help veterans reduce the cost of school -- the GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

These institutions also have pledged to consider granting academic credit for military training and offer flexibility for distance learners taking courses at several schools.

In order to qualify for the rankings, the programs had to be 100-percent online and numerically ranked in the broader U.S. News 2013 Best Online Education Programs rankings.

For a complete listing of the rankings, visit www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/veteran-rankings?int=ec58cd.

Fireworks, water on Ellis City Council agenda

ELLIS -- The Ellis City Council will consider a resolution from the water advisory committee and discuss watering restrictions at its 7:30 p.m. meeting Monday at City Hall.

The council also will give consideration of fireworks permit.