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September 19th, 2019
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Seward County Clerk’s office preparing for November election

voting 2018 primaryL&T file photoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


This year’s state and local elections will be upon Liberal in only a few short weeks and with that in mind, the Seward County Election Office is making the proper preparations to make sure everything will run smoothly for the entire process. 

“We’re currently working on voter registrations and ballot programming,” Seward County Clerk Stacia Long said. “We have a lot of voter registrations coming in daily that we’re working to get in, and we’re also getting all the necessary information together for local publications and our programmer so we can get our local ballots and have them ready. It’s always a busy time in the office during and after election time, we all enjoy doing it since we’ve all worked with several elections in the past. We’ve all be doing this for so long, election season is actually rather a fun time for us and everyone in the office is trained to handle all election issues, making everything go smoothly and rather comfortably.”

The voter registration deadline is Oct. 15; advance voting by mail begins Oct. 16; in-person advance voting will go from Monday, Oct. 21 (during regular hours) through Nov. 4 (ending at noon); and the deadline to request advance ballots by mail is Oct. 29, and Election Day is Nov. 5. 

“Something else to note is individuals who will be 18 years old on or before this year’s election can register to vote, but they must do so by the registration deadline Oct. 15,” Long said. “Any registered voters may apply for an Advance Ballot by Mail by simply completing that application and returning it to our offices by Oct. 29, and those can be obtained by our office or online. All registered voters may vote on Election Day at their designated polling place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and a photo ID is required.”

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Liberal completes football sweep of North

kwamirunKwami Williams catches a pass and runs down the sideline to set up an early touchdown for the Liberal Redskin junior varsity against Wichita North Monday at Redskin?Field. The Redskins won 46-6. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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The Redskin freshmen and junior varsity teams followed up Friday’s varsity win against Wichita North with two more victories to complete the sweep.

The freshmen were lead by quarterback Tristen Juarez who had a strong game running, passing, and he picked up a fumble for an 85-yard return for a touchdown.

The Redskins came away with a 50-20 victory.

The junior varsity had a slow start but turned on the jets after the first possession ended on downs to come away with a 46-6 win.

Liberal advanced the ball deep into North territory before the opening drive stalled.

But North couldn’t sustain a drive, either, and after a punt, the Redskins offense, led by sophomore quarterback Shay Kerr, marched down the field to take a 6-0 lead.

The Redskin offense continued to move the ball with ease, and by halftime the Redskins had a 24-0 lead.

The Redskins opened the second half with a scoring drive to take a 30-0 lead, and after North broke free on a sideline run for a touchdown, the Redskins answered with two more for a 46-6 advantage. With the running clock in effect the Redskins coasted to the win to move to 2-0.

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We’ve been back in the States more than two months, and now I’m looking at photos of other historical places in the world – hoping to convince my wife to start planning another trip. Two thousand years ago there was a Greek city named Corinth, fifty miles from Athens. A picturesque canal nearby now connects the Gulf of Corinth with part of the Aegean Sea. Ruins at Corinth reveal a hippodrome, amphitheater, and homes where close to 100,000 inhabitants lived. 

The apostle Paul traveled from the Middle East to visit the thriving metropolis and other cities in that key area of the world. In letters written afterward, he summarized in one statement his philosophy of living and the purpose behind his ministry. 

“I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:20). 

The cross today is a symbol of Christianity, but during the time of the cross’ use as an instrument of execution, it was ugly and abhorrent. When Paul preached, the idea of crucifixion – God hanging on a cross – seemed absurd. Jewish leaders studied and debated all the facts they could about a coming Messiah and the new kingdom he would establish. Greek philosophers of that time discussed theories of life and happiness. After the crucifixion, when Christians began proclaiming “the basics” that God came to earth, brought Good News and died on a cross, they were ridiculed to scorn. In Corinth, the Greeks described it as “moria” which means idiocy. 

Paul began his letter to those living at Corinth, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:3). Then the scholar laid out his case for proclaiming the Gospel. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). Blood sacrifices had been offered for centuries, but the blood of this one Man satisfied the law of justice and mercy.