December 12th, 2018
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Board discusses school security issues

12 10 18 usd 480 recap photoUSD 480 Director of Secondary Education Sheri King discusses an upcoming project at LHS with the USD 480 school board during the board’s most recent meeting Monday night. L&T photos/Elly GrimmELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


Some project requests for Liberal High School were the top topics for the USD 480 school board during its most recent meeting Monday evening. 

The first of these came up during USD 480 Director of Secondary Education Sheri King’s report near the beginning of the meeting. 

“A project LHS would like to begin this coming spring is something we call the leaving lot and what it is meant to help with is help increase knowledge of which students shouldn’t be leaving campus and which ones have the authorization to leave,” King said. “This is really looking at creating a safe parking lot. I’ve been in contact with Mr. Mease and Mr. Tuman and if this is successful we’ll be implementing a more permanent solution. But what we’re looking at starting with is making the north parking lot a secure parking area so no one can come on campus or leave campus during the school day and the south parking lot would be more for the students who have authorization to leave with passes from the office or if they have classes at the college. The hope is we’ll get a handle on how many students should be leaving and how many shouldn’t be during the school day.”

After showing some rough sketches to the board, King then took questions from the board members. 

“So what brought this discussion on?” board member Travis Combs asked. 

“We saw we were having a lot of traffic coming on and off campus and who was allowed and wasn’t allowed to be there,” King said. “We wanted to get a handle on that situation, so we sat down as a team and laid out a few different scenarios and what they would look like. We know this spring would be really temporary in the sense that we’re just looking at some of the simple orange and white barricades. While we know that isn’t going to stop anyone from leaving, our hope is it will be a deterrent for a period of time until word got out more of that being a secured area. We estimate approximately 12 of the 8-ft barricades, that’s what Mr. Mease and I had guessed we would need.”

“We just spent like $2 million on the card systems, is there any way it could be built into that system of who is allowed to leave and not allowed to leave?” USD 480 President Steve Helm asked. 

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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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An open letter to Santa Claus

LETTER TO THE EDITOR, Mid-America Air Museum


Dear Santa,

We here at the Mid-America Air Museum want to wish you and Mrs. Claus a very Merry Christmas. This year instead of leaving out milk and cookies for you we thought we would see if we could offer you some assistance or share our real life-size toys with you. We have 105 aircraft on display that, with the help of some elfin magic, would serve you well if you have any problems with your sleigh on Christmas Eve, or if your reindeer get tired and need a rest.

You could fly your sleigh into our airport and park inside our nice warm and cozy hangar. I am sure some of our farmer friends could even find some hay for your reindeer. Don’t worry about anyone sneaking up on you while you’re here. We don’t have guard dogs, but we have something more suited to an air museum. We have two guard owls on duty who would keep a sharp lookout for you all night long.