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December 09th, 2019

A group of students joined forces with Early Risers Kiwanis to prepare coats for distribution to shildren in the community who would have had to face the cold temperatures without the proper protection.

New coats are removed from their packaging in preparation to be distributed by the Early Risers Kiwanis and local volunteer students. L&T photos/Elly Grimm


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With winter coming, many children will be in need of warm winter coats. Thanks to Liberal’s Early Risers Kiwanis Club, many children have received those coats for the upcoming winter weather. 

“For this year, I ordered the coats really at the end of last winter because I'd looked through our inventory and how many we'd given away and then we got that number together,” Kiwanis member Ed Poley said. “Then I talked to our distributor in April or May and then everything's rather been static until the end of summer and then the were boxed up and sent here – a lot of these coats are from New York and we got the coats about a week ago, so that gave us a week to confirm we had all the coats we needed, which was great. We separated them Monday and bagged them up and we distributed them Tuesday at the different schools. Since we haven't had any really cold weather yet, it's a little harder to figure out if we've covered everyone who needs it. Last year we gave away about 400 coats, and that's actually about the average of how many coats we've given away for the past several years and we've been doing this a long time. And right now, we don't have as many requests since there hasn't been any really cold weather that's come through, but as the winter goes on, I anticipate we'll get a lot more requests.”

Overall, Poley said, he is proud that the group is able to do such a program. 

“We gave out a lot of coats Tuesday, which was awesome since it was right before Thanksgiving break. We'll keep the remaining coats here in storage and as more students are discovered to need a big coat, we'll come and get as many as are needed and then the schools will distribute them,” Poley said. “In our population, there are a lot of children who are living rather on the edge and having a nice warm winter coat becomes a luxury and not necessarily a necessity. Our ability to give coats to those children and allowing them to have a warm coat is a great thing, and the Farmer's Almanac is predicting we'll have a rather harsh winter this year with several snowfalls. Even though today might be nice, the weather could turn around on a dime tomorrow and it plunges down to below freezing temperatures. So I think we'll get many more requests as the winter goes on.”

Poley also praised the work of the Liberal High School Key Club, who was on hand Monday to help sort the coats. 

“The group is all about community service, which is a requirement in order to graduate from the high school, and these students will do the required amount many times over throughout their high school career including throughout the summer,” Poley said. “And they're all volunteering to learn the importance of what volunteerism does for the community, and they’re just a great group to work with.”

Overall, Poley said, he is proud of the campaign for this year and said anyone with questions may contact him. 

“If someone wants to donate a new coat – that's all we're taking, we're not taking used coats – they can call me at 620-482-3431 and we'll get you sorted out and take your donation,” Poley said. “We typically take donations of coats for children from Bright Start Early Learning Center up to the elementary school level, about 3rd grade. But if there happen to be other needs in the community, we'll work to take care of those too. We enjoyed distributing those jackets, it's always great those students will get them and be warm this winter. In a perfect world, there would be no need for us to do this, but that's not our world right now. We sell peaches in the summer to help raise the money to pay for the coats and ultimately, it's about a $600-$700 expense, so it's a decent chunk of money. But it's great we're able to do this for the community because the community understands what we do and they want to help. When we do our fruit sales, we typically sell out in only a few days because people not only want the fruit, but they understand what we do for the community.”

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School board preparing for new members in 2020

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The USD 480 school board will be taking on its last meeting of 2019 Monday evening starting at 6:30 at MacArthur Elementary School. 

Up first for the board will be discussion of the board’s first meeting of 2020. 

“According to State Statute 25-2023 Oath of office; commencement of terms; length of terms. The term of office of each board member shall commence on the second Monday in January following the election,” the agenda information noted. “Each member elected shall qualify by filing an oath of office with the county election office. Each member elected to a board of education shall hold office until a successor is elected or appointed and qualified and shall serve for a term of four years. The first board meeting in January is on the first Monday not the second Monday.  USD 480 has two options: existing board members will continue service through Jan. 6; or move the meeting from Jan. 6 to Jan. 13.”

The board will also be discussing the health insurance consultant for the district.

“USD 480 has used IMA for the health insurance consultant for the past five years.  It was requested by the Board of Education to submit an RFP for this service for the next year,” the agenda information noted. “USD 480 submitted an RFP and received the following: IMA; Gallagher; CBiz - declined to bid; and McInness Group - declined to bid. With pricing, Pricing, IMA is a flat fee $50,000 per year; Gallagher is 2 percent of medical claims – the estimated medical claims for the current year is $3,700,000, so their cost would be $74,000.”


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No. 5 Lady Redskins open with 59-27 win over Holcomb

lady redskin teamThe Lady Redskins opened the season Friday in Holcomb and came away with a 59-27 win. Courtesy photoBy EARL WATT

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When in doubt, go with what you know. That’s what Liberal coach Carter Kruger did in Holcomb to spark his team to a 59-27 win after a slow start.

“When you try new things offensively, you don’t know how it looks until you are in the game,” Kruger said. “It started slow. Once we got into a rhythm, the defense was good enough to hold them and increase our lead. I feel good about the effort and performance.”

While trying some new wrinkles to the offense, the Lady Redskins struggled to score and only led 7-6 after the first quarter.

“We were working on some new actions, we thought looked good at practice,” Kruger said. “In the second quarter we went back to stuff with high ball screen action, got our rhythm going, took off and played team basketball.”

Liberal erupted for 21 points in the second quarter with 10 of those from Katie Horyna and seven from Machia Mullens.

The Lady Redskins built a 28-12 lead by halftime.

Horyna led the Lady Redskins with 24 points. Mullens had 13. Nine Lady Redskins scored in the win.

“Katie did a great job letting the game come to her,” Kruger said. “She had a couple assists and made nice plays for her teammates. It was good to see.”

For the Lady Redskins, Friday was also a chance to play someone wearing a different jersey for the first time since summer camps ended.

“It was good to stop beating on each other and get out and get some rhythm,” Kruger said. “We really do have a pretty new team with a solid foundation, We have to continue to play together and keep getting better. There’s quite a few stepping in to big roles, we have a core six — Katie, Machia, Audrey (Gilmore), Reagan (Watt), Aubrey (Warden), Reece (Hay) — everyone knows them. But Ashley (Carrillo), Bri Horyna and Halle Payton played big minutes. Our kids are stepping up and playing more meaningful minutes.”

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“I feel like we showed enough on defensive end,” Kruger said. “I feel good about what we can be. Offensively we have to play at a high level. We only had nine turnovers and shot 65 percent from two and 50 percent from three. If we are that efficient we will be hard to beat.”

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I want what they have



Since last week we’ve shifted gears from a national observance of giving thanks, to the dash toward an annual celebration of consumption. At the end of a year spent downsizing, my wife and I have a keen sense that we don’t deserve everything we’ve been given. We were blessed to be born in America, our marriage and health have remained intact, people have been good to us, and we’ve had educational and career opportunities. 

But what if none of those things were true? Lee Strobel was a journalist assigned by the Chicago Tribune to interview some of the city’s most impoverished residents. He met a family whose quiet faith stunned him, and he wrote, “They had peace despite poverty, while I had anxiety despite plenty; they knew the joy of generosity, while I only knew the loneliness of ambition; they looked heavenward for hope, while I only looked out for myself; they experienced the wonder of the spiritual while I was shackled to the shallowness of the material – and something made me long for what they had” (from The Case for Christmas). 

As a youngster growing up with seven siblings, I’d found a church where people were so different, I came home and voiced the same words to my parents, “I want what they have!” In that fledgling congregation were three men who’d mortgaged their homes as collateral for the new church. After we moved to the country, someone picked up us kids each Sunday, two 20-mile round trips, because our parents didn’t go. One lady greeted attendees in the doorway every week, and she noticed if anyone had been missing from church services the Sunday before. Later, when I was leaving to attend a Christian college, she told me kindly, “Your clothes don’t have to be new, but you should always keep them clean, and patched.” 

By then I’d found the source of the Something they had. It was Someone, Jesus. 

As a historian, I see the birth of Jesus’ arrival at a pivotal point in time. Humankind changed direction with his coming. Judaism as an institution and ethical system was soon to be crushed and dispersed. The Roman Empire was spreading throughout the known world, and part of what they were disseminating were Greek philosophical frameworks. The coupling of Judeo-Christian ethics with Greek philosophy and Roman structure created the perfect setting for Jesus, as Paul called it, “in the fulness of time” (Galatians 4:4).