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April 25th, 2018
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MOPS reorganizes to help mothers, toddlers

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mopsSandra Hirt, middle, plays with her grandson, Hudson Ponder, left, and his friend, Ellie Ramos, 7 months, Tuesday afternoon. After an absence of several years, a Mothers of Preschoolers group is back in Liberal. L&T photo/Robert PierceROBERT PIERCE
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In Wheat Ridge, Colo., in 1973, a group of eight mothers began meeting for two hours while their children received care.

In the meetings, the women talked, laughed, ate, passed a basket for child care expenses, had a craft demonstration and began to understand that “mothering matters.”

From these meetings came the Mothers of Preschoolers group, and from the beginning, the women of MOPS were not content to be spectators.

Through MOPS, they found an opportunity to discover and cultivate their leadership gifts. As women moved around the country, they took the concept of the group with them, and new groups were formed.

For many years, Liberal had a MOPS group.

“The person that was running it had moved away, and they just never found anybody to pick it back up,” Liberal resident Andrea Ponder said. “It had dissipated for a while.”

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Redskins move to 4-0 in WAC

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cesar rounds secondCesar Burciaga rounds second during a double header against Dodge City Tuesday. The Reskins won both games and moved to 4-0 in the Western Athletic Conference. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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Liberal coach Eric Olmstead had to worry about the Dode City Red Demons Tuesday, but he also had to plan ahead for the Hays Indians Thursday. Olmstead juggled his pitching staff and was still able to get the sweep over the Red Demons while saving his pitching for Thursday.

Liberal own the first game 7-4 before taking the nightcap 8-2.

Tucker Deaton had a strong start, only allowing one run in the first three innings, and Liberal had an early 3-1 lead.

But with two outs in the third inning and two strikes on the Dodge City batter, Olmstead pulled Deaton at his 45th pitch, saving him for Thursday, and Alex Yanez came in to toss one pitch, a strike, to end the inning.

Dodge City ties the game in the top of the fourth, but the eighth ranked Redskins came back for two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame to take a 5-3 lead.

Liberal added another run in the fifth, and the Red Demons were able to score a run in the sixth off of Max Valles, but Liberal added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, and Braxton Hyde came on for the seventh to shut down the Red Demons, and Liberal won 7-4.

With a strong wind blowing in, the Redskins had to manufacture runs with solid line drive singles. Cesar Burciaga, Dylan Thompson and Ethan Green each had two hits in the win.

Olmstead continued to juggle the pitchers in the second game, and the Redskins won 8-2.

Javier Bojorquez pitched the lion’s share, throwing four-and-third innings, allowing two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out two.

Dodge City took a 1-0 lead in the first and doubled it to 2-0 in the top of the third before the Redskins broke through for four runs in the bottom of the inning, and the Redskins added two more runs in the fifth and another two in the sixth.

Despite the strong wind, Francisco Terrazas had a triple.

Hyde tossed two-and-a-third innings, only allowing one hit and a walk while striking out one, and Brodie Warren came in to record the final out.

The win moved Liberal to 12-2 overall, 4-0 in the WAC.

The Redskins will host Hays Thursday with an early 2 p.m. start to the double header.

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Chasing off gay teacher bad for Kansas

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A SECOND OPINION, The Kansas City Star


When an excellent, deeply committed visual arts and theater teacher in rural Kansas, where recruitment is especially challenging, feels he has no choice but to leave the state after receiving a series of threatening letters about his sexual orientation, that's hurtful 

Anti-gay threats convinced a teacher to quit. Is this the kind of state Kansas wants to be?

There are 1,603 unfilled teaching jobs in Kansas right now, according to the website that posts them, out of some 34,000 such positions in the state. The site also says, "Kansas, a great place to teach and live!"