January 15th, 2019
Liberal Local News

Arizona couple killed on U.S. Hwy. 54

ks highway patrol badgeROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


A man and woman, both from Arizona, died in a crash Monday morning in Meade between a semi and a passenger van.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported around 10:40 a.m. Monday, a 2014 Toyota Sienna was westbound in the outside lane of U.S. Highway 54 in Meade near the intersection with Kansas Highway 23.

For an unknown reason, KHP said that vehicle crossed into the inside lane and then the inside eastbound lane where it collided a 2016 Peterbilt.

The Sienna then spun counter-clockwise, coming to a stop facing south southeast, and the semi came to a stop facing east.

Dana W. House, 73, of Goodyear, Ariz., the driver of the Toyota, and Cynthia J. House, 72, also of Goodyear, both died as a result of the wreck.

A second passenger in the Sienna, whose age and name were not given by KHP, did not suffer any apparent injuries, nor did the driver of the semi, 44-year-old Ben E. Kelly of Granfield.

All drivers and passengers were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, according to the report.

• Seward County Community College


The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees will [ ... ]


125th District Representative Shannon Francis talks about some of the projects facing the Kansas Legislature [ ... ]


ROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


A Liberal resident and a Nevada man both escaped injury [ ... ]


Dr. Bill Mitchell, the CEO of a subsidiary of the parent company FoxCom shares his personal views on economic [ ... ]


Pick your language/Elige su idioma

Liberal Weather Now

Liberal Area Sports

OP-ED — Dear Mom and Dad: Cool it

By Karissa Niehoff

Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations 

and Bill Faflick

Executive Director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association.

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Kansas, this message is primarily for you. 

When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes to verbally criticizing game officials or coaches, cool it.  

Make no mistake about it. Your passion is admired, and your support of the hometown team is needed. But so is your self-control. Yelling, screaming and berating the officials humiliates your child, annoys those sitting around you, embarrasses your child’s school and is the primary reason Kansas has an alarming shortage of high school officials.  

It’s true. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Sports Officials, more than 75 percent of all high school officials say “adult behavior” is the primary reason they quit. And 80 percent of all young officials hang up their stripes after just two years of whistle blowing. Why? They don’t need your abuse.

Plus, there’s a ripple effect. There are more officials over 60 than under 30 in many areas. And as older, experienced officials retire, there aren’t enough younger ones to replace them. If there are no officials, there are no games. The shortage of licensed high school officials is severe enough in some areas that athletic events are being postponed or cancelled—especially at the freshman and junior varsity levels.  

Research confirms that participation in high school sports and activities instills a sense of pride in school and community, teaches lifelong lessons like the value of teamwork and self-discipline and facilitates the physical and emotional development of those who participate. So, if the games go away because there aren’t enough men and women to officiate them, the loss will be infinitely greater than just an “L” on the scoreboard. It will be putting a dent in your community’s future.

If you would like to be a part of the solution to the shortage of high school officials, you can sign up to become a licensed official at Otherwise, adult role models at high school athletic events here in Kansas are always welcome. 

L&T staff report

Brent Evans took the title of best football prognosticator during the college bowl [ ... ]


Special to the Leader & Times

Liberal competed in the Kapaun Mount Carmel Duals this past weekend. [ ... ]

Other Interests

Can Kelly work with Republicans to accomplish state goals?

A SECOND OPINION, The Kansa City Star


Congratulations, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly. Are you ready to work with Republicans?

For now, it’s clear the new Democratic governor will be more focused on specific problems than on a sweeping long-term game plan for the state. During The Star Editorial Board’s recent meeting with her, we asked Kelly to explain her vision for Kansas.

“I would like Kansas be a place that future generations feel comfortable staying here,” she said.

That seems fairly modest, as visions go. It sounds like the new governor will be more pragmatic and transactional than inspirational.

But OK: Kansans will need to judge the new governor on her specific policy accomplishments, not on soaring rhetoric.

To make that approach work, she will have to deliver real solutions. And to do that, she must work with Republicans in the Legislature.