Skolout named D of I Daughter of the Year

Jacqeulin “Jackie” Skolout was chosen as 2019 Daughter of the Year by the Daughters of Isabella No. 254. She will be honored at the Isabella annual breakfast following 10 a.m. Mass on June 2 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Skolut has been an active IHM parishioner for many years, according to a news release from D of I 254 Regent JudyFlax. Her involvement with the D of I for 22 years includes serving as a Second Guide at the months meeting. She volunteers as an honorary pall bearer and participates in the rosary upon the death of a group member.

She has served as Custodian of the Circle and volunteers at the annual memorial services, annual fundraiser breakfast and bingo games. She participates in World Day of Prayer, Queen Isabella Day and other anniversaries. She has represented Isabella Circle at state conferences and conventions.

She is active in fundraising for Divine Mercy Radio, is president of the Association of the Northwest Area Visually Impaired and is a board member of Living Independently in Northwest Kansas.


Salvation Army gearing up for summer camp

The Salvation Army is accepting registrations for its summer camp through Saturday.

The camp, for youngsters ages 8 through 12, will take place June 25-28 at Three Trails Camp in Kansas City, Mo. The 40-acre camp will offer activities involving arts and crafts, nature, the Bible and recreation.

“All activities are Christian-centered,” said Julie Smith, the Salvation Army’s Ellis County coordinator.

Cost of the camp is $20, which includes round-trip transportation, lodging, activities and meals for all four days, Smith said. Scholarships are available. More information about the camp is available at

Registration is available by contacting her at 785-621-2794 or


‘Project Suitcase’ seeking donations for foster kids

The Salvation Army is asking Ellis County residents to donate items for “Project Suitcase,” which helps foster children in the community.

“We rely on donations only — basically what we get through the red kettles at Christmas time. All the funds we get in Ellis County stay in Ellis County,” said Julie Smith, Ellis County Salvation Army coordinator. “Donations were way down this year.”

That means Project Suitcase, along with the Salvation Army’s other services in the county, are suffering.

Each month, Smith said, she likes to give eight suitcases each to the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center, 135 W. Eighth, and the KVC Wheatland Hospital in the Hadley Center.

Each of these suitcases is stuffed full of hygiene items, school supplies, clothing and toys for the children in these agencies’ care.

Haley Rutherford, child and family advocate for WKCAC, said often when children are removed from their homes by authorities, the children are able to take few, if any, of their personal belongings with them.

The suitcases the children receive through the Salvation Army change that. The bags provide the children with the basics, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and socks, as well as small games and coloring books.

The children take these bags of items with them when they leave WKCAC. It serves children ages 2 through 18 who are suspected victims of abuse.

Smith said placing the items in a small suitcase or backpack is preferable to the children having to carry their items in a trash bag.

 “We try to give the child some dignity, so they don’t have to carry their items in a trash bag," she said.

The problem is more people are using debit cards instead of cash to make their holiday purchases, Smith said, so the cash that went into the red kettles in Ellis County this year was way below the normal amount.

That is why Smith is appealing for donations now. Items needed for Project Suitcase are 22-inch sports duffle bags, backpacks, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, hair brushes, combs, hair ties, crayons, markers, pencils, coloring books, playing cards, small games, lap blankets, socks and twin-size blankets. Gently used bags and backpacks are acceptable, Smith said.

In addition to this project, the Salvation Army assists with rent, utility bills, clothing, prescriptions, school supplies and transportation to individuals, based on need. The agency also partners with the Lions Club for vision screenings for children and adults, again based on need.

Individuals may drop off any of the items listed above at the Salvation Army office, 203 E. Seventh, but Smith asks that donors call 785-621-2794 first to make sure someone is available to accept delivery.

Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated, Smith said. She may be reached at


FHSU to offer class on World Religions

The Department of Philosophy at Fort Hays State University will offer a class on world religions in the fall.

The on-campus class, Phil 179, will focus on Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism. It will meet from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Aug. 20 and running through Dec. 12.

Rob Byer, assistant professor, will be the instructor. He said the class will focus on such questions as what is a religion, what are different religious doctrines and what are the historical beginnings of religion?

The class may be taken for three hours of college credit, at a cost of about $515. Or, Byer said, he is willing to allow people to audit the class for free.

“If someone is interested in attending, doing the reading and joining in on the discussion, but doesn't need or want credit and doesn't need or want to do assessments related to the course, then auditing would be a fine option,” he said. The book costs about $15.

The registration deadline is Aug. 7.