December 14th, 2018
Liberal Local News

City recognizes long-term employees

city employee awardsThe 10-year employees and 25-year employees are honored by the Liberal City Commission at the beginning of the commission’s most recent meeting Tuesday evening. All the employees honored that evening were praised by the commissioners. L&T photo/Elly GrimmELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


The City of Liberal has many excellent employees in its employ and Tuesday night, many long-term employees were honored by the Liberal City Commission. 

The 10-year and 25-year employees were honored at the beginning of the commission’s most recent meeting Tuesday and came from many different departments including the Liberal Police Department, the I.T. department, the Liberal Fire Department, the Municipal Court, the Water Department and the Streets Department. 10-year employees were Dena Allen (LPD), Alison Clark (LPD), Juan Diaz de Leon (LPD), Hiram Gutierrez (LPD), Warren Headrick (LFD), Tim Lunceford (I.T.), Elivorio Navarrete (Streets), Franka Post, (LPD), Jeremiah Potter (Streets), Tyson Rice (LFD), Jose Rosales (Water) and Kati Voeller (Municipal Court.) 25-year employees honored were Kim Clinkinbeard (Municipal Court), Frank Holman (Solid Waste) and Glenn Poulton (LFD). All the honorees were praised by the commission at the end of the meeting. 

“I want to congratulate the 12 employees who were recognized for their 10 years of service and the three who were recognized for their 25 years of service,” Liberal Mayor Connie Seigrist said. “You all are amazing.”

“I want to congratulate everyone who was recognized this evening,” Liberal Vice Mayor Taylor Harden added. “One of my favorite things about going up to Topeka for the League meetings or things like that is they always have in the back of the pamphlets all the different employees from around the state who have been with their cities 10, 25, 40 years and that’s just amazing and it’s great to see so many from Liberal. Thank all of you staff for everything you do.”

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Lady Redskins stay perfect, defeat Trinity, Scott City

katie03Katie Horyna gets above the Wichita Trinity defense Friday for a shot in Garden City Community College’s gym. Horyna had a hot hand throughout the Clarion Inn Roundball Classic, scoring 56 points in three games to lead Liberal to a sweep. Horyna was named to the All Tournament team along with Machia Mullens. Liberal was the only team to place two players on the All Tournament team. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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GARDEN CITY — Katie Horyna was an unstoppable force in the final two games of the Clarion Classic in Garden City. She scored 24 points against Wichita Trinity in a 51-36 win, and then she put up 21 against Scott City in the finale to lead the Lady Redskins to a 60-26 blowout victory.

Liberal’s closest challenge of the season came form Trinity. Libral built a 26-13 lead with 2:39 to play in the first half, but the Knights put together a 7-0 run to cut Liberal’s lead to 26-20.

The Lady Redskins struggled in the third quarter, only scoring seven points including a basket from Aubrey Warden and Horyna and then a three pointer from warden, and the Lady Redskins lead was down to three, 33-30, to start the fourth quarter.

But Horyna took over, scoring 12 of Liberal’s 18 points in the fourth quarter, and the defense only allowed Trinity to score six points to secure the 51-36 win.

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