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JCHS Key Club fundraiser
The Junction City High School Key Club will be holding a smoked barbecue rib fundraiser from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Larry Dixon Center, located at 920 W. Sixth St. in Junction City. Smoked barbecue rib slabs are $20, and a rib plate, including two sides, a dessert, roll and drink, are $10. Side choices will include baked beans, smoked cabbage, potato salad, and macaroni and cheese. Orders can be eaten in the cafeteria or made to-go. Please prepay. For more informa-tion, contact T. Palmer at (785) 717-4244.
College Goal Sunday
Manhattan High School will host College Goal Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Manhattan High School’s West Campus, at 2100 Poyntz Ave. in Manhattan. Financial aid professionals will be on hand to provide help with the Free Application for Federal Stu-dent Aid (FAFSA). There will be a drawing for a $500 scholarship. For more information, visit www.collegegoal.org.
Junction City Quarter Mania
Junction City Quarter Mania will be held March 7 at the Court-yard by Marriott, located at 310 Hammons Drive in Junction City. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the event begins at 7 p.m.; all pro-ceeds will benefit the Friends of Animals. Donations from the Friends of Animals wish list are encouraged; guests who bring a wish list dona-tion will have the opportunity to win prize baskets. There will also be vendor booths, shopping spe-cials, and attendance drawings. Paddles will also be available; the first paddle is $5, and additional paddles are $3. For more information, contact Janell Stanfield at (785) 761-1573.
Chapman School District driver education meeting
The Chapman School District will have a driver education meet-ing for students and parents from 7-8 p.m. March 3 at the Chapman Middle School Commons Area. Students must either live in the district or be attending Chap-man schools. The meeting is for informational purposes, student sign-up, payment of fee and fill-ing out of an application for the Kansas Driver Education Permit. Students must have completed eighth grade. All parents of stu-dents and students who are inter-ested in taking drivers education in the summer of 2014 are encouraged to attend the meet-ing. For more information, call Betty Ryan, Derek Berns or Andy Fewin, all of Chapman Middle School.
VITA site tax prep appointments available
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides free tax preparation for individuals and families with a gross income less than $52,000. Volunteer tax assistors prepare federal and Kan-sas state returns. Volunteers will be scheduling appointments for the service every Monday and Wednesday evening through April 14. To schedule an appointment, call the United Way of Junction City-Geary County at (785) 238-2117.
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Exotic exhibits at Ware Elementary
Melissa Fugit, of Wildlife Wonders, displays an exotic animal as part of a presentation at Ware Elementary School Fri-day. Wildlife Wonders officials say their programs are aimed to promote awareness and enthusiasm for wildlife conser-vation education, both at the grass roots community level and on a national scale.
Evidence discovery is ongoing in a case against a Kansas City man accused of murdering and robbing a Junction City man last year.A status hearing held Tuesday in Geary County District Court was con-tinued to April 22 after Jeffrey Wicks, the attorney for Anthony Nichols, told District Judge Charles Zimmerman he recently received additional discovery.Nichols, 33, has been confined in Geary County since Sept. 11 for the alleged murder of Anthony Nixon, 37, of Junction City. Nixon was discovered early Sept. 7 by a Geary County Sher-iff’s Department deputy at the intersec-tion of 10th and Webster streets in Junction City.The deputy was responding to a report of a shot having been fired in the area. After arriving on scene, Junction City Fire Department and EMS person-nel declared Nixon dead of a gunshot wound. Police were told an altercation had occurred earlier in the morning, though officers weren’t called to respond. Nichols faces charges of first degree murder, aggravated robbery and pos-session of a firearm by a convicted felon.Nichols also faces charges in a sepa-rate case in Riley County.Riley County police arrested Nichols Sept. 13 for his alleged role in the mur-der of 68-year-old John Burroughs of Manhattan.Riley County police found Burroughs dead in his Manhattan home on Sept. 8 after conducting a welfare check.Police also arrested Manhattan resi-dents Christina Love, 49, and her son, James McKenith, 33, on Sept. 11 for their alleged roles in Burroughs’s death. Both Love and McKenith plead-ed not guilty to aiding and abetting first degree murder Jan. 27 in Riley County District Court.Prosecutors allege the two helped Nichols kill Burroughs at his Manhat-tan home last September, the same night Geary County prosecutors state Nixon was killed. Jury trials have been scheduled for McKenith and Love. McKenith’s trial is scheduled for May 5, while Love’s is scheduled for June 2.
Murder suspect receives more discovery
Junction City Commissioners signed an agreement Tuesday that would establish the Flint Hills Regional Transit Adminis-tration, a body that could allow ATA Bus to tap into more federal funds. The Flint Hills Regional Council has taken the lead on forming the administration so it can become the fiscal agent, par-tially resolving the council’s cur-rent funding woes.The agreement would be between six members — Geary, Pottawatomie and Riley coun-ties; Junction City, Manhattan and Kansas State University. ATA Bus provides services in those areas and Fort Riley.Each member would appoint one representative to sit on a governing board. Fort Riley would have a nonvoting repre-sentative. ATA Bus already is eligible for federal rural transit funds. The urban transit funds now are available because of the establishment of the Manhattan Urban Area, which includes Junction City and Geary County. Kansas State University would cover the 20 percent local match required with urban transit funds.“This requires no financial commitment by the city,” assis-tant city manager Cheryl Beatty said.The second source of funds could help the service meet the increased demand and allow the region more options in deter-mining how to spend funds. ATA bus currently serves about 250,000 users per year.The agreement to form the administration will be submitted to the Kansas Attorney Gener-al’s office once signed by all pari-ties.
Junction City signs agreement bringing Milford into planning fold
After months of meetings and discussions, Milford now will be the third party involved in an interlocal agreement for plan-ning, zoning and code enforce-ment. Tuesday, the Junction City Commission signed an updated agreement that includes Milford with Junction City and Geary County, the agreement’s original parties. Commissioner Mick McCallis-ter said bringing Milford into the agreement will further help the planning and zoning department — a joint city and county depart-ment — utilize efficiencies.“That’s going to make things easier for our code enforcement,” he said.Milford now will need to appoint a member to the Metro-politan Planning Commission.
Commissioners approve training agreement
City officials hope an agree-ment signed Tuesday by the Junction City Commission will help it benefit from cooperative training opportunities with neighboring communities.Commissioners approved an agreement that, once signed by each party, would allow Junc-tion City, Geary County, Man-hattan, Riley County and Fort Riley to work together to provide mutual training.“Mainly it would be for police and fire cross-training, is the hope,” Beatty said. “They already do some of that.” The agreement would be for five years, but would allow any party to withdraw at any time.The parties could provide “training opportunities on a ‘space available basis’” but wouldn’t be required to do so, a memo from city attorney Katie Logan to city commissioners stated.
Junction City signs regional transit agreement
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Norman and Gaylynn Childs celebrated 50 years of marriage last year, and both are recently retired.But neither is planning to stay home to enjoy it. The couple has accepted a mission call to serve in the Rochester New York Mission as Visitor Center Missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.As such, they will jointly host visitors to any of sev-eral LDS Church historical locations in New York, including the boyhood home of the church’s first president and latter-day prophet, Joseph Smith, the Hill Cumorah, where the young prophet was tem-porarily entrusted with the metal plates’ source of the present day Book of Mormon, and more. Beginning March 10, 2014, the couple will receive two weeks of orientation and training in the Provo, Utah Missionary Training Center prior to their 18 months of service in west-ern New York.Both are well known in the Junction City area. After a 22-year career as an officer in the Army, which included multiple tours in Vietnam where he earned a Silver and two Bronze Stars for gallantry, Norm retired in Junction City in 1982. Immediately he assumed the position of Director for the Geary County Conven-tion and Visitors Bureau, which he filled from 1982 to March of 1990. For the next two years he repeated this labor in Pueb-lo, Colo.After returning to Junc-tion City, he took the admin-istrator position of the Geary County Campus, Cloud County Community College and served in that position until the end of 2000. During his tenure with CCCC, he facilitated the planning and construction of the present campus on Caroline Avenue.Shortly after the fami-ly settled in Junction City, Gaylynn joined the staff at the Geary County Historical Society Muse-um. A year later she became the museum director and was employed with the society for more than 28 years, retiring as the GCHS Executive Director in March 2013. During her tenure with the historical society, Gaylynn became well-known in the area for week-ly articles and columns she wrote for the Junction City Daily Union. To mark Junction City’s Sesquicentennial in 2008, a book was published con-taining a comprehensive selection of these historical articles.The couple has taken time for family too. The have a present pos-terity of two sons, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all liv-ing in the Junction City area.
Junction City couple planning to serve mission
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