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Barton Community College offering gas measurement certificate class
Barton Community College will be offering a certificate program in gas measurement certification, a 30-hour course beginning in late February. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 540 Grant Ave. in Junction City. The first classes begin Feb. 24-28 and will continue through late May. The cost is $2,730 for non-Barton County residents. For more information, contact Tina Grillot at (620) 792-9325, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fort Riley soldiers to benefit from Manhattan Town Center event
Manhattan Town Center will be providing a donation of Girl Scout Cookies to soldiers at Fort Riley. Members of the community are invited to purchase boxes of cook-ies to be included in the delivery. Girl Scouts will be in the center court of the Mnahattan Town Cen-ter on Feb. 8.All cookie donations will be dis-tributed to Fort Riley soldiers over-seas within the USO and the War-rior Transition Battalion.
Geary County Central Committee meeting
A meeting of the Geary County Central Committee will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Tyme Out Lounge in Grandview Plaza.Those interested in dinner can meet at 6 p.m.The purpose of the meeting is to elect a new Chair and Vice Chair, and to discuss the Kansas Demo-cratic Party Field Plan.All Democrats are invited to attend. Call Melody Saxton with questions at (785) 375-1425.
Healing Geary County
The Geary County Historical Soci-ety has announced a new exhibit, Healing Geary County, which will open Feb. 4. The exhibit features local doctors and objects from their practices. For example, did you know that if a doctor had to use forceps during a delivery, it would cost nearly dou-ble what a natural delivery cost? The exhibit will run through 2014, and is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Diabetes support group meeting
The Geary County Hospital dia-betes support group will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Fegan A meeting room, next to the Thomas B. Fegan Dining Room. Laurel Peterson, RN, certified diabetes educator at Geary Com-munity Hospital, will present a pro-gram on “fad diets.” The support group is free and open to all people with diabetes, and their support families.For more information, or to sign up for diabetes counseling, contact Peterson at (785) 210-3344.
Aglow fellowship meeting
Pastor Mary Somrak will be speaking at the next Aglow Fellow-ship meeting Feb. 6 at the Hampton Inn, located at 1039 S. Washington St. Fellowship begins at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. All are welcome.
Cootie sweetheart dance
Military Order of the Cooties/Military Order of the Cooties Auxil-iary Scratch Me No. 6 will host a cootie sweetheart dance from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Veter-ans of Foreign Wars Post 8773, located on South Washington Street.Tickets (donations) are $15 per person, and $25 per couple. There will be door prizes, drawings and snacks.
The Board of Directors of the Geary County Food Pantry recently held a volunteer appreciation dinner to honor the many individuals who make the operation of the food pantry possible. Anyone wanting to help feed the hungry can call (785) 762-8830 for more infor-mation.
The Flint Hills Regional Council is in favor of a wel-come center for travelers and tourists to learn more about the region, but it’s not about to give an opin-ion where that center should go.During its monthly meeting Friday, the coun-cil unanimously approved a resolution to support a welcome center. However, that support came without a favored location, and ded-icated no council staff time to be spent on the center.In general, the council appeared to believe the center would be a good idea to help promote the region. “It would point to the Flint Hills,” said Deb Schwerdt-feger, Morris County Com-missioner and regional council member. “It would make (travelers) aware of the Flint Hills.” For the last five years, a committee not associated with the regional council has been working to devel-op the welcome center idea. The committee mem-bers included representa-tives from Riley, Pottawat-omie, Geary, Wabaunsee and Morris counties, as well as Fort Riley. The committee commissioned a study that looked at six possible sites for the cen-ter. The study concluded the best site would be along Interstate 70 in Geary County near the K-177 and I-70 intersection, about 20 minutes south of Manhat-tan. The proposed site has created some controversy as to whether it’s the best location.“I know that this has been in the works for a long time,” said Ben Ben-nett, regional council chair and Geary County Com-missioner. “There’s been a lot of emotion on the deci-sions that have been made.”But the committee had requested the council’s support; otherwise, it would appear as though the council was against the welcome center entirely.“This is just, are we in support of having a wel-come center within the confines of our regional council’s footprint,” said Rick Jankovich, Manhat-tan City Commissioner and council member.The council now will draft a letter supporting the general concept of the welcome center.
FHRC supports welcome center
Volunteer appreciation dinner
With a smile, City Manager Gerald Smith came up with a catchy name to replace East Street — Big Red One Boulevard. “It seems like a golden opportuni-ty,” Smith said about a possible expansion project stretching from Interstate 70 to Grant Avenue.The idea is to expand East Street to Grant Avenue, with the hopes of alle-viating Fort Riley traffic and provid-ing another major street in town. It came up several times during meetings, but no official action has been taken.During a recent joint meeting between Junction City and Geary County officials, it resurfaced. But those improvements may depend on the federal MAP-21 grant, which is short for Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century. One of the goals of the Federal Transit Administration program is to strengthen transportation safety. There’s many aspects to the grant, but Smith said the East Street idea may qualify because of the area’s relationship with Fort Riley and its traffic. MAP-21 includes an 80/20 local split in funding.Federal and state governments would pay for the 80 percent and the remaining 20 percent would be paid locally. “We’ll have to look over the grant and see what the details are,” Smith said. “It’s really going to be in the state’s hands to finalize that process.”Applications are due in June. An offi-cial cost and time-frame has not been established. Ben Bennett, commission chair, said some downtown businesses are concerned about less traffic on the busy Washington Street. “But there’s a lot more people in favor of it than those opposed,” Ben-nett said. “At certain times during the day, downtown traffic is a detri-ment in downtown.” Commission Chair Larry Hicks said people have to open up and have dialogue about the benefits and issues such as Washington Street. “Those are all things that need to be discussed and talked about in a forum so we can make a determina-tion in what’s going to best to repre-sent the biggest benefit to the general public,” Hicks said. “This is not to dismiss any of our businesses because they’re a part of the general public. But when it’s all said and done, you’re in business to cater to the general public and we have to do what’s best for them.” Bill Clark, executive director of the Flint Hills Regional Coun-cil, said it can help improve safety. “If you try to take 10,000 people out of one access point, it’s a problem,” Clark said. “If you have multiple ways to get out, you decrease the safety concerns. You also increase the speed to where people can come out or go into the post.” He also said it’s an opportunity to build a needed corridor for the city. “It will help alleviate some conges-tion on the post by diverting traffic to another area,” Clark said. “Whenev-er you look at alleviating traffic con-gestion, it’s good for everybody.”
Officials still looking at expanding East Street
“It seems like a golden opportunity.”
Junction City Manager
Ashley Heuton (far right), winner of the Kansas Lions Club’s Peace Poster Contest is shown with (from left) Al Urich, District Governor of Kansas Lions from Belleville and “MO” and Bev Greenwood of the Milford Lions Club, who sponsored Ashley in the contest.
Rural Water District meeting
The 33rd annual meeting of Rural Water District No. 1 of Mor-ris County is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Dwight Com-munity Building. Members present will be brought up to date on the business of the water district. Also, there will be election of three board members.
The Chapman American Legion Riders Chapter 240 will host a spaghetti feed from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 14. All proceeds will support the children and youth, veterans, and the community projects. Admission is $7 per per-son or $12 per couple. There will be spaghetti, salad, bread, des-sert, water and coffee available with meals. At 7 p.m., there will be Lone Wolf Karaoke in the can-tine. The ALR will also be offering drawing tickets at $5 each, or five for $20, for a patriotic quilt that will be drawn after dinner. To make advance reservations, call Barb Smith at (785) 307-2075. Reservations are not necessary, but are encouraged.Special to The Daily Union
Ashley Heuton, a seventh-grade student at Junction City Middle School, has been named the Peace Poster Contest Winner for the state of Kansas. The contest is a program offered each year by the Kansas Lions Clubs, of which the Mil-ford Lions are a part.Ashley’s original poster has been sent to the International Association of Lions Clubs head-quarters in Oakbrook, Ill. where her entry will be judged in com-petition with 2,500 other winners from around the world. The grand prize winner will be announced at the Lions International Convention in Toronto, Canada, scheduled for early July. Her winning poster carried a message and described her thoughts as it related to the theme of “Our World — Our Future.” “The hand in my poster is not colored to represent that the color of your skin doesn’t mat-ter,” Ashley stated in a news release. “The lion represents strength and respect for all ani-mals. The peace sign is between the hand and the lion because it shows that humans and animals should be peace. The world in the lion’s eye represents that ani-mals are important on our world, our future.” Ashley is the 12-year-old daughter of Andrew and Jamie Heuton. Her father is in the mili-tary and is stationed at Fort Riley. She has lived in two different countries and four different states. Her hobbies include draw-ing, running cross country, com-puters, her cat Garfield and her dog Carla. Ashley’s goals are to be a vet-erinarian and to own a pet store.
JCMS student wins state poster contest
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