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Regional briefs (July 14, 2013)


Backpacks for Kids campaign Aug. 1

Backpacks for Kids campaign Aug. 1

First Call for Help of Ellis County will have its annual Backpacks for Kids campaign Aug. 1.

Backpacks containing school supplies for students in preschool through high school will be available free to Ellis County families needing assistance.

Families wanting backpacks for their children must pre-register by calling First Call for Help at (785) 623-2800. The deadline to register is July 26.

The Aug. 1 pickup location will be a first-floor conference room in the Hadley Center, 205 E. Seventh.

A supply drive to benefit the local program is planned for Friday. Drop-off boxes will be available at Walmart, Walgreens, Dollar General and The Mall in Hays for those wanting to donate school supplies or money.

Fireworks on county commission agenda

Ellis County commissioners will consider a resolution that would outlaw the sale and discharge of fireworks in rural areas of Ellis County until such time the commissioners decide to change the policy in their regular 6:45 p.m. meeting Monday at the Ellis County Courthouse.

Commissioners also will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the meeting room at 601 Main to discuss the 2014 budget and a new jailer position.

In other business in their regular meeting:

* Commissioners will hear a request from Sheriff Ed Harbin for the immediate addition of one jailer position for 2013. The estimated cost is $39,445.

* Adams Brown Beran and Ball will present the 2012 audit report.

* Commissioners will consider approval of a lease with AFLAC, which has an office on the second floor at 718 Main.

* Commissioners will consider authorization of County Administrator Greg Sund to sign a contract with Seminole Energy Services to purchase 50 percent of the county's estimated natural gas needs for the 2013-14 heating season.

* Commissioners will consider setting a date for an additional special meeting later this month to discuss the 2014 budget.

Commissioners will discuss the six-month exemption for county buildings from the concealed carry law, which went into effect July 1.

Two taken to hospital after accident

Two Hugoton men were taken to Logan County Hospital in Oakley with injuries following a one-vehicle incident early Saturday morning.

A Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Melgarego Ramiro, 41, was northbound on Kansas High 25 approximately 17 miles south of Colby at 5:50 a.m. when it traveled off the roadway into the west ditch and rolled. Ramiro and a passenger, Armando Tinoco, 35, both were wearing seat belts.

Ellis City Council meeting Monday night

The regular meeting of the Ellis City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the council meeting room of City Hall, following a work session to review bills at 7.

New business will include consideration of event requests, cleanup of Big Creek and the 2013 street rehabilitation project. Unfinished business includes an update on the grant process for the waterline improvement project.

There also will be updates on the determination of a hotel request and on placement of a cemetery memorial.

2 Kansas license offices offering Monday hours

WICHITA (AP) -- The busiest driver's license office in Kansas is one of two that will be open Mondays through late August to handle the traditional onslaught of new drivers who get their permits and licenses during the summer.

It's the second year the Wichita license office has added Monday hours to handle the annual summer crunch, the Wichita Eagle reported. That office and one in Mission are the only two in the state offering the additional day.

Last summer, offices in Wichita and Olathe were open eight Mondays for the first time since the state went to a four-day work week in 1984. According to the state Department of Revenue, the Wichita office handled 2,229 transactions on those Mondays, or an average of nearly 280 transactions each day.