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December 05th, 2019
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County approves communications project

12 2 19 county meetingSeward County Counsel Nathan Foreman, left, explains the agreements commissioners approved at Monday’s meeting to move forward with updating communication equipment for emergency workers. L&T photo/Robert PierceROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


Seward County commissioners unanimously approved three agreements and a resolution Monday in an effort to move forward with a cooperative project with the City of Liberal with a new radio system.

A memo from the Joint 911 Communications Board to the commission said the county and the city have worked together to bring this project together in the most cost effective means possible.

“This new system will allow us an effective and interoperable radio system for our community into the future,” the memo said.

The memo added Monday’s vote came after work by the communications board, a heroic effort from Liberal City Counselor Lynn Koehn and Seward County Counselor Nathan Foreman and support of both the city and county commissions, which made a complete proposal to the county commission possible at Monday’s meeting.

“The City of Liberal has already taken action and approved parts of the agreement,” the memo said. “County approval will allow us to receive the $410,545 discount for accepting the contract by Dec. 4.”

The project replaces all existing emergency radio equipment from the dispatch center to the tower and includes new radios for all emergency vehicles as well as handheld radios.

Seward County Emergency Management Director Greg Standard said Monday, this has been a multi-year work in progress to get to this point, adding the old system is failing and there are no longer reliable communications with emergency responders.

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Bobcats dominate second half to take down Turpin

tyrone turpin bousTyrone's Roberto Hernandez (5) lofts a shot over Turpin defenders Carson Buller (5) and Javier Talamantes (33). Hernandez led the Bobcats to victory with a game-high 18 points. L&T photo/Jason EppBy JASON EPP 

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TYRONE, Okla.— The Turpin Cardinals had an upset on their mind after a hard fought first half with the No.15 Tyrone Bobcats. But after taking a lead early in the third, the lid closed shut on their basket and Tyrone went on a 20-0 run on their way to a 44-34 victory. 

Turpin’s Aaron Resendiz stepped to the line and sank both free throws to give the Cardinals a 24-22 lead with 6:23 left in the third quarter. It would be the last points Turpin would score for over eleven minutes of game time. 

“We couldn’t make a shot there in the third,” Cardinals coach Gary Wallace said. “Their press bothered us a little and we got a little tired. We got the shots we wanted, just couldn’t make a shot. They started wearing us out on the boards and shoving us under. It got physical underneath, which is not to our advantage. We’re playing hard and getting better, that’s our main thing.” 

Tyrone’s Kobie WIlliams got the Bobcats offense going by getting to the foul line and sinking four straight, followed by a score at the rim. By the end of the third, the Bobcats had extended their lead to 36-24. The drought continued into the fourth and Tyrone extended their lead to 18 (42-24). Finally, with 2:50 to play, Carson Buller nailed a three to end the scoreless streak.  

“Good end to the third and start of the fourth,” Bobcat coach Clay Witt said. “Went to some pressure. We had more opportunities that what we converted on. Got several turnovers out of the press that got us going. Some of it was us, some of it was they just missed open shots.” 

In the first half, the two teams traded baskets with seven lead changes and four ties. The largest lead of the half was five. Tyrone twice led by five in the first period, but Turpin cut it back to two by the end, 14-12. Tyrone’s Roberto Hernandez was big in the quarter, scoring 10. Turpin’s Aldo Espino hit a pair of threes and scored eight in the first. 

“It’s our second game, we’re throwing freshmen and sophomores out there, so I like where we’re heading,” Wallace said. “First half, we played great and even had a lead at the start of the third. Our point guard was out and had a freshman is his spot, and he did well. We’re going to have growing pains, but we have to keep pushing forward, and hopefully make some of those shots. I like our competiveness.” 

 A three by Resendiz tied the game at 16 with 7:18 left in the half, then a steal and score byCesar Anchondo put Turpin up by two. Baskets by Hernandez and Matthew Clancy helped the Bobcats regain a 22-20 halftime lead. 

“Turpin did a good job of slowing the game down and taking the air out of the ball and making it an ugly game,” Witt said.  

Turpin hit five threes as a team, Tyrone had none. Tyrone was 8 of 12 at the line, while Turpin was 3 of 4. 

Tyrone’s Roberto Hernandez led all scorers with 18. Kobie WIlliams added 12. Turpin was led by Aldo Espino with 10. Carson Buller added 7 as Turpin spread their scoring among eight players. 

No.15 Tyrone (2-0) will take on Taloga, Thursday, at OPSU in the first round of the HIgh Plains League Tournament. Turpin (0-2) will travel to Fargo this Friday.

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Before, government or private screening seemed a reasonable way to limit terrorist recruiting, fundraising and proselytizing. The prospect of ISIS openly calling for jihad and collecting volunteer terrorists online seemed a bit frightening.

Then, I began to get regulated. Several times each week, back then — in 2016-17, I sent out a video on Facebook commenting on political affairs. It was just like the emailed videos it is my free-speech joy and pleasure to send out to 300,000 people each day, except that the distribution was not by email but via Facebook postings. I called the series “Deep Six The Deep State.”

It was wildly successful. I had tapped into a vein! My very first video was a rebuttal of Bill Clinton’s highly selective biography of Hillary delivered at the 2016 Democratic convention. I explained what he had left out of his worshipful presentation. The video received 11.6 million views.

Week after week, I packed them in, reaching a quarter of a million people each time.

When the internet censor’s hammer came down, I didn’t even notice. I certainly never received any notification. Suddenly, my average number of viewers dropped from 90,000 to 25,000 and I never again broke the 100,000 mark with a single video.

How did the folks who control Facebook do it? I have no idea. They must have manipulated their algorithms to screen out my readers. Hundreds of thousands of those who had signed on to be “friends” never got my videos again on their Facebook pages.

Why they did it was obvious: They wanted to muzzle conservative commentary and limit its distribution. Others, like The Western Journal and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, reported identical experiences. Facebook denied any acts of censorship.