Spring Storms Can Mean Treacherous Roads

 Kansas spring rain showers and frequent heavy downpours, like we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, can result in treacherous driving conditions. Nearly 1 million traffic crashes occur each year on wet pavement with more than 350,000 persons injured and nearly 4,500 killed nationwide, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. AAA Kansas reminds drivers to brush up on their wet-weather driving techniques to avoid dangerous situations. “It’s very easy for drivers to lose control of their vehicles during rainy conditions,” says AAA Kansas spokesman Shawn Steward. “Roadways are the most dangerous during the first 10 minutes of a heavy downpour as existing oil and debris first rise to the road’s surface, then wash away. Knowing...

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Dodge City Brewing Supports Veterans’ Art Therapy Project

When Paula Sellens was elected American Legion Auxiliary District Eight President in 2016, she was charged with developing a President’s Project to benefit veterans. She launched an art therapy program for veterans at Ft. Dodge Soldier’s Home for her project. She obtained funding from an art auction the first year, then received two grants from the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas to keep pace with the growing popularity of the project. The initiative received continued support with additional funding from American Legion Department Commander Dan Wiley and the Dodge City Chapter of the Retired Teachers Association. Sellens also received a grant from The American Legion Auxiliary Foundation to purchase additional art equipment. The art therapy program continues to gain recognition...

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AAA: Nearly 100 Million Americans Will Embark on Family Vacations this Year

WICHITA, Kan. – March 21, 2019 – From coast to coast, families are gearing up for another year of exciting travel adventures with their loved ones. According to a recent AAA Travel survey, nearly 100 million Americans – 4 in 10 U.S. adults – are planning to take a family vacation in 2019, slightly more than last year. Spring and summer road trips will top many of these families’ vacation plans. Two-thirds of all family travelers (68 percent) will embark on a summer getaway, while just under half (45 percent) are making plans to travel as a family this spring. Regardless of the season, the great American road trip remains a major draw for these families; about half of traveling...

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Be a lifesaver: Give blood with the Red Cross this spring

Eligible blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to give blood through the American Red Cross now to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients this spring. By giving blood, donors may be helping someone like 5-year-old Emery Twehues, who was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia last spring. During her intense cancer treatments, Emery has needed both blood and platelets. Cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma, and certain types of chemotherapy drugs and radiation can damage the bone marrow, where red blood cells and platelets are produced. “Emery would not be able to recover from chemotherapy without lifesaving transfusions,” said her mom, Morgan Twehues. “Every time they hang a bag of platelets or...

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Return to Daylight Saving Time Means Increased Driving Danger, Warns AAA Kansas

One of the most anticipated “signs of spring” arrives this weekend when the clocks “spring forward” (Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10), and we lose an hour of sleep in exchange for extended daylight hours throughout the summer. However, come next Monday morning, the commute will look very different for school students waiting for buses and motorists driving to work – in the dark. “Most people will see a dramatic difference during their morning commute on Monday, as roadways remain darker longer, causing concern for pedestrians,” said Shawn Steward, spokesman for AAA Kansas. “Motorists need to be aware of these dangers, remain alert, and minimize distractions to reduce the risk of motor vehicle crashes, and pedestrians, including...

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  Governor Proclaims Kansas American Legion Day

On March 15, 1919, The American Legion was founded in Paris France by members of the American Expeditionary Force. Over the past 100 years, The Kansas American Legion has become a preeminent community-service organization in Kansas. It has more than 40,000 family members in over 500 Kansas American Legion posts, units, and squadrons. These Legion entities promote a variety of programs that support the goals of The American Legion. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly recognized the special role that Kansas American Legion members play in supporting Kansas veterans. Governor Kelly recently signed a proclamation designating March 15, 2019 as Kansas American Legion Day. “We appreciate the Governor recognizing the significant contributions made by American Legion Posts as pillars in Kansas communities...

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Letters from Home Show at Pratt Co Fairgrounds to Support Veterans

PRATT, KS. In 2010, Erinn Dearth founded Letters From Home in Winston-Salem, NC with a mission to tour the country honoring our nation’s veterans, active military heroes and their families, by reviving patriotism through music. Since that time it has become one of the fastest growing musical movements in the nation, touring over 40 states. The incredible singing, charming personalities and phenomenally energized tap dancing will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter and reviving your patriotic passion! Erinn produced the show at the suggestion of her late father, Pat Dearth, a Coast Guard veteran. She is currently touring several versions of Letters From Home, and is also the founding artistic director of Spring Theatre in Winston-Salem, a published...

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Landowner/Tenant Relations Meeting

Leasing land for farming and ranching has become a necessity to grow and stay competitive in today’s commercial agriculture. Determining an equitable crop share lease for agricultural land is important for good business relations between landowners and producers, but maintaining a good working relationship between landowners and tenants is crucial to retaining leases long-term. The Extension Councils of: Barber, Kingman, Kiowa, Stafford, and Pratt counties will be hosting a landowner/tenant relations program at noon on March 26, 2019 at the Pratt Area 4-H center. All landowners, tenants, and interested parties are welcome to attend to learn how producers and landowners can approach common issues and improve working relationships. The guest speaker for this event will be Dr. Mykel Taylor from...

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Circles of Hope 10 for $10

Circles of Hope, Pratt County, announces “10 for $10,” a month-long fundraiser to support this community–based anti-poverty program.  Circles has “Heart Specialists” in the community for the entire month of February.  No, these are not cardiologists. They are folks who believe in both Circles and the folks who are working their way out of poverty. Circles changes lives through financial education, goal setting, support, and more. Our Heart Specialists are seeking ten people willing to donate ten dollars to Circles of Hope. If a Circles Heart Specialist does not find you this month, donations may be sent to the Hope Center, 314 S. Main, Pratt, KS 67124.  Please note “Circles” on the memo line of checks. For more information call Suzan...

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