April 18th, 2019
Liberal Local News

Raises could be coming for county employees

warden 4 15 19 county commissionL&T photo/Robert PierceROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


Raises for employees at Seward County could soon become reality after an agreement was approved at Monday’s commission meeting.

Administrator April Warden first talked about the agreement with the Arnold Group, a human resource firm, and she first reviewed where talks of employees’ salaries being increased have gone thus far for this year.

“As you are aware, we’ve been talking about the wage and compensation plan,” she said. “Our wage and compensation plan has not been updated since 2009. At budget preparation time last year, we talked about setting aside funds for raises.”

Warden said since raises haven’t been given in a few years, commissioners and other county leaders made the topic a highlight of last year’s budget talks.

“We also talked about how those raises were going to come about since we haven’t done in them in a while,” she said. “Were we going to do something across the board? Were we going to tie it to the cost of living index again? Were we going to give an hourly rate? Were we going to pay in line with the market for our area?”

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Lady Redskins rally for 2-1 WAC victory

14shotinfirsthalfGisselle Melendez takes a shot at the Great Bend goal in the first half Thursday at Redskin Field. Melendez scored a go ahead score in the second half, and the Lady Redskins rallied for a 2-1 win to move to 3-1-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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After playing the first eight games of the season on the road, the Lady Redskins finally had a chance to play on their own field Thursday in a Western Athletic Conference contest against Great Bend, and the Lady Redskins rallied in the second half for a 2-1 win to complete the season sweep over the Lady Panthers.

With temperatures hovering in the 40s and a strong north wind howling across the field, the Lady Redskins played into the wind in the first half and had several shots on goal but could not find the net.

Great Bend, despite having the wind at their backs, had few opportunities inside the box against the Lady Redskin defense.

Twice in the first half Lady Redskins went down on the turf inside the Lady Panther box, but neither of them were called fouls.

But in the 37th minute of the first half, the Lady Redskins were called for a foul just outside their own box, and Great Bend was able to convert the long kick high into the far side of the goal to take a 1-0 lead.

But in the second half, with the wind behind the Lady Redskins, the ball rarely made its way to the Liberal goal, and the Lady Redskins took shot after shot at the Lady Panther goal only to have them sail wide or right to the Lady Panther goal keeper.

The Lady Redskins had a scare when midfielder Aileen Moreno collided with another Lady Redskin and had to come out of the game for several minutes, but she was able to return about 15 minute later.

After the injury, the Lady Redskins continued to keep the pressure in the Lady Panthers box, and in the ninth minute of the second half Kim Alarcon took a corner kick and dribbled it closer to the goal before sending a centering pass to Jasmine Hernandez who was able to kick the ball into the goal and tie the game 1-1.

Moreno returned and was able to dominate the right sideline, moving the ball upfield at will and push for shots in the middle.

But the Lady Panthers continued to defend the goal until the 29th minute of the second half when Gisselle Melendez dribbled the ball down the left sideline, moved into the box and took a shot across the goal to the far right side to give the Lady Redskins a 2-1 lead.

Liberal had chances to add to the lead but couldn’t convert, but the Lady Redskins defense along with a strong wind prevented Great Bend form posing any serious threat in the final 10 minutes, and the Lady Redskins earned the 2-1 win.

Liberal moved to 4-4-1 overall, 3-1-1 in WAC play.

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It’s time to debate Medicaid expansion in the Senate

GUEST COLUMN, Anthony Hensley, Democratic leader in the Kansas Senate


Just prior to the 2019 Legislature’s first adjournment on April 5, I made a motion to withdraw House Bill 2066 from the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee and place it on the Senate calendar for debate when we return on May 1.

This bill establishes the KanCare bridge to a healthy Kansas program.

The Kansas House of Representatives responded to their constituents by having a vigorous debate and passing this bill on March 21, 2019.  The time has come for the Kansas Senate to debate and vote on Medicaid expansion prior to final adjournment of the 2019 Session.

Senate Republican leaders, President Susan Wagle and Majority Leader Jim Denning, control the debate calendar in the Senate.  However, Senate rules allow for overriding leadership if 24 of 40 members agree to withdraw a bill from committee.

Such action will allow for debate and vote on Medicaid expansion in the Kansas Senate this legislative session.

There are several reasons for having this debate: