Avenue of Pinwheels set for May 23

Healing Hearts Support Group for parents who have lost a child will display its annual Avenue of Pinwheels at 6:30 p.m. May 23 in the children’s area of Mount Allen Cemetery, 27th and Vine streets. The public is invited.

Parents can bring their own pinwheels. A limited number are available from the support group for a $3.50 donation.

Call Anne at 785-625-6078 to reserve one. A child’s name and a message can be included.

Refreshments and fellowship will follow at the Center for Life Experiences, 205 E. 7th St., Suite 257.

Supervised childcare is available by reservation at 785-259-6859.


Traffic control on 43rd Street west of Vine Street changing

Starting today, traffic control on 43rd Street west of Vine Street will change to allow further reconstruction of 43rd Street, according to the City of Hays.

Traffic will be moved onto the new pavement along the north side of 43rd Street to allow for the reconstruction of the south side of 43rd Street.

The intersection of 43rd and Roth Avenue, the east entrance to Walmart, will remain closed.

The west entrance will remain open to northbound entering traffic only. Traffic leaving the Walmart parking lot must still go north via 45th Street.

This construction is expected to be complete in three weeks, depending on weather conditions.

Signs are in place to direct the traveling public. Any questions, call 785-628-7350 or the contractor, Vogts-Parga Construction, at 316-217-1961.


K-State undergraduate researcher from Ellis named Goldwater scholar

MANHATTAN — An Ellis native is among three Kansas State University undergraduate student researchers named 2019 national Barry M. Goldwater scholars.  Erianna Basgall, a junior in biochemistry, has received the prestigious Goldwater scholarship. Established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry M. Goldwater from Arizona, the scholarship is the premier undergraduate scholarship for students interested in research careers in engineering, mathematics or the natural sciences.

Awardees receive up to $7,500 annually for college-related expenses. For the 2019-2020 academic year, it was awarded to nearly 500 students across the nation.

With 77 Goldwater scholars to date, K-State ranks among the nation's top 10 universities for producing Goldwater scholars. Mentored by Greg Finnigan, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, Basgall is working with CRISPR gene editing and developing applications to work with the technology. She has co-authored two peer-reviewed publications about CRISPR technology.  She is a member of the University Honors Program, a master alchemist for the Beta Rho chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma co-ed professional chemistry fraternity, and is a student affiliate of the American Chemical Society.

Basgall, a 2016 graduate of Ellis High School, is the daughter of Jason Basgall, Ransom, and Noël Servais-Leach, Ellis.


American Red Cross has critical shortage of Type O blood

The American Red Cross is facing a critical shortage of Type O blood, the blood group most needed by hospitals. With less than a two-day supply of blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical, medical treatments and patient care can be directly impacted.

The Red Cross is asking eligible Type O donors to make an appointment to give now. As a special thank you, all those who come to donate blood now through June 10 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email.

With such a low supply, just six units of Type O blood are available for every 100,000 people, but at least 14 are needed every day.

While just 7 percent of the U.S. population has Type O-negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type.

Type O-positive blood is the most transfused blood type and is also critical in trauma situations.

The Red Cross collected about 11,500 fewer Type O blood donations than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. Spring break schedules are known to decrease blood donations, and schools, including high schools and colleges, begin to host fewer blood drives in late spring as the school year ends. Because these drives account for about 20 percent of blood donations during the school year, fewer drives can also greatly affect the blood supply.