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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FIVE EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN WILL BE HONORED IN NEW YORK AT THE T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION 7th ANNUAL WOMEN OF INFLUENCE AWARDS

Annual Awards Recognizes Powerful Women Leadership The T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research has announced the 2019 Women of Influence Awards which will be held Friday, May 10, 2019 at The Plaza Hotel, Grand Ballroom located at 768 5th Avenue in New York.  The reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a luncheon and awards to follow from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The awards celebration will honor five outstanding women who have achieved tremendous goals in business and inspire other women around the globe to live their dreams while balancing work, family, home and health. The 2019 Women of Influence honorees include Tracey Jordan, Vice-President, Board of Governors,  New York Chapter of the National Recording Academy and Senior Director, Talent...

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Two Wichita Teens Earn Girl Scouts’ Highest Honor, the Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland will honor two new Gold Award Girl Scouts, Alicia Thurston and Caitlyn V. of Wichita, Kan., for creating sustainable projects to benefit their communities. At the council’s Recognition Breakfast and Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 30, the two Wichita Gold Award Girl Scouts and another from Osborne, Kan. will be celebrated by fellow Girl Scouts, volunteers and alumnae. Earning the Gold Award is one of the most challenging, exciting and rewarding experiences a Girl Scout can have and one of the most prestigious recognitions she’ll accomplish. The Girl Scout Gold Award stands as the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn, comparable to the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts. The award recognizes girls in...

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KDOT aims to stop texting and driving with social awareness campaign

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Transportation is launching the Red Thumb Challenge to raise awareness of the risks of distracted driving. Throughout April, everyone is invited to participate by simply painting a thumbnail red and sharing their support of the initiative on their favorite social media platform using #RedThumbChallenge. “Every single day, you see it on the roads. You notice someone veering into your lane or driving slower than everyone else, only to see that driver looking at their phone and not focusing on the road,” said Chris Bortz, KDOT Traffic Safety Program Manager. “Distracted driving has no place on our roadways. Not only are you putting you and your passengers in jeopardy, but you’re endangering others as...

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KDOT aims to stop texting and driving with social awareness campaign

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Transportation is launching the Red Thumb Challenge to raise awareness of the risks of distracted driving. Throughout April, everyone is invited to participate by simply painting a thumbnail red and sharing their support of the initiative on their favorite social media platform using #RedThumbChallenge. “Every single day, you see it on the roads. You notice someone veering into your lane or driving slower than everyone else, only to see that driver looking at their phone and not focusing on the road,” said Chris Bortz, KDOT Traffic Safety Program Manager. “Distracted driving has no place on our roadways. Not only are you putting you and your passengers in jeopardy, but you’re endangering others as...

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What’s Happening in Pratt

Happy Friday! Customer Service Awards!We often hear about bad service, well it’s time to start rewarding good service! If you have received great customer service please let us know at the Chamber. We would like to start giving a monthly award to a person and their business for great customer service but we need YOU to tell us about your experience. Please send us an email [email protected] and tell us so we can start rewarding our customer service rock stars! ~HOT DEALS~ Check out our new Hot Deals page at http://www.prattkansas.org/hot-deals/. Chamber members can post for free as often as you need! Remember to shop local when possible! April is National Safe Digging Month! Kansas Gas Service would like to have this opportunity to...

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What’s Happening in Pratt

Happy Friday! Customer Service Awards!We often hear about bad service, well it’s time to start rewarding good service! If you have received great customer service please let us know at the Chamber. We would like to start giving a monthly award to a person and their business for great customer service but we need YOU to tell us about your experience. Please send us an email [email protected] and tell us so we can start rewarding our customer service rock stars! ~HOT DEALS~ Check out our new Hot Deals page at http://www.prattkansas.org/hot-deals/. Chamber members can post for free as often as you need! Remember to shop local when possible! April is National Safe Digging Month! Kansas Gas Service would like to have this opportunity to...

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Kingman Woman Celebrates $75,000 Win

Ruth Wright was already feeling lucky before she scratched off her $75,000 top prize on a $10 Tiger Pride instant scratch ticket. The first two tickets she scratched were winners as well! “I bought three tickets, and the first one was a $15 win. So I moved on to the third ticket I bought, since I never have two winners in a row!” Wright said. “The third ticket I bought turned out to be a $10 winner, so I just assumed the one in the middle wasn’t going to win anything.” As it turns out, her assumptions were incorrect, and the middle ticket was a $75,000 top prize winner! “I couldn’t believe it when I scratched it off. I checked...

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Kingman Woman Celebrates $75,000 Win

Ruth Wright was already feeling lucky before she scratched off her $75,000 top prize on a $10 Tiger Pride instant scratch ticket. The first two tickets she scratched were winners as well! “I bought three tickets, and the first one was a $15 win. So I moved on to the third ticket I bought, since I never have two winners in a row!” Wright said. “The third ticket I bought turned out to be a $10 winner, so I just assumed the one in the middle wasn’t going to win anything.” As it turns out, her assumptions were incorrect, and the middle ticket was a $75,000 top prize winner! “I couldn’t believe it when I scratched it off. I checked...

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