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February 20th, 2020
Liberal Local News

SunPorch invites public to meet director of nursing, brunch, open house

sunporch nursing directorTosha Fields, new director of nursing services at SunPorch of Dodge City, enjoys time with Patsy Burnett, center, and Joyce Rand, SunPorch elders. Courtesy photoSpecial to the Leader & Times


The Dodge City community will have a chance to meet the new director of nursing services at SunPorch of Dodge City during an upcoming event at the long-term-care residence, 501 W. Beeson. It is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Families may join their loved ones for brunch; tours of the residence will be available.

Tosha Fields, a native of Cimarron, brings 36 years of experience to her new position.

“I was attracted to SunPorch because of its mission and philosophy of person-centered care,” Fields said. “The atmosphere and the staff are most welcoming.

“That is the neat thing about living in smaller communities,” she continued. “You are familiar with many of the elders and staff members. This makes it more personal.”

Fields also is impressed with the many services SunPorch has to offer. These include professional help with making the transition to long-term care easier for elders and families; round-the-clock nursing care; and on-site physical, occupational and speech therapies.

“Many people are apprehensive about the transition to long-term care,” Fields elaborated. “Our Social Services staff guides the elders and their families through the process, including the Medicaid application when appropriate.

“Licensed nurses also are available 24/7 and the full-service therapy department allows elders to maintain or re-gain their independence for as long as possible.”


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Redskins take 3rd in WAC bowling

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Liberal finished with 3484 pinfall earning 7 WAC points and 26 for the season after Tuesday’s WAC tournament at Billy’s/Ayr Lanes to finish the season in third place. 

James Hammel finished with the best series of the day for Liberal teams with a 533 series. 

Josh King finished with WAC Honorable Mention  with a season avg. of 168.5. 

The varsity girls finished the day with a 2,994 pinfall earning 2 WAC points and finishing the season in fourth overall with a total of 3 WAC points. 

Caitlyn Carlile finished the day with a 456 series. 

The junior varsity travels to Great Bend Thursday for WAC finals. 

Liberal will host the Class 6A State Regionals at 9 a.m. Monday.

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Lady Redskins roll, 62-31 over Cimarron

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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) created a reporting mechanism for trains blocking roadways. The blocked crossing incident reporter is available to the public where they can post information about trains blocking crossings for long periods of time. FRA said that blocked crossings are more than an inconvenience—they present a safety issue as frustrated drivers may try to beat a train in fear that the crossing could be blocked for a long time and pedestrians may be tempted to cross between stopped rail cars. No federal regulation exists on blocked crossings, and several state statutes have been struck down in court.”


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Last week the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) proposed a new transportation program called “FORWARD” as part of the Transportation Day activities at the State Capitol.

A major change in this transportation plan is major projects would be selected every two years rather than only at the beginning of the 10-year program.  It also calls for the completion of delayed T-WORKS projects like our Highway 54 projects. It has components for transit, aviation, rail, bike, and pedestrian transportation modes.

FORWARD  provides more resources to communities through new initiatives such as the Cost-Share, Local Bridge Improvement, and Strategic Safety programs.