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The Ledger July 14, 2016The Ledger July 14, 2016

MHS FCCLA Students Attend Leadership Conference

Posted 7/21/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Brooke January and Kayla Frazer, officers for the Moundridge FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) chapter, helped to put the red in the red, white and blue at the 2016 National Leadership Conference, July 3-7, in San Diego, Calif.

January said there was a sea of red during the conference as many attendees were wearing their red FCCLA shirts.

“It was a really good learning experience,” January said. “I met a lot of new people from all across the U.S.”

January and Frazer were among the 8,500 students who attended the event. MHS FCCLA chapter adviser Connie Kaufman also went to the conference.

January attended the conference as the District G president. She said there are 12 districts in the state and District G includes McPherson, Canton-Galva, Goessel, Southeast of Saline and Burrton.

“The district presidents were able to get together three times,” January said. “We talked about how we could improve our memberships, grow our numbers.

“It was nice to see everybody,” she added.

January is also president of the Moundridge chapter. She will continue in the role in the upcoming school year.

The conference theme was “Empower Mepower.” January and Frazer earned their certificate of achievement for completing the leadership academy.

Kaufman said the workshops focused on developing leadership, employability, 21st century skill and helped students to recognize their personal growth efforts.

“Each session focused on specific skills needed for different environments where leadership is vital, from the home to the workplace,” Kaufman said. “They participated in sessions focusing on critical thinking and problem solving, decision making and risk taking, project management and vision and revision.”

January said the risk-taking workshop was “really entertaining.” Students were given a piece of candy and had an option of flipping a coin to determine whether they got another piece of candy or give back all the candy they had.

“I think people went out of their comfort zones to try it,” January said.

January said  she was “cautious,” but did some risk taking.

“In the final decision, you need to risk what you have in order to move forward,” she said.

January also liked the critical thinking and problem-solving workshop. Students were given problems they had to work through.

“I felt it was good for me,” January said. “I can believe in myself.”

Kaufman volunteered as a room consultant for the STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Event- Recycle and Redesign.

“It was a great learning experience and a good opportunity to see the projects that students have worked on through the year from across the United States,” Kaufman said.

Students were able to experience the San Diego area. The Moundridge teens were able to participate in a city tour, learning about the history of the area from Old Town to the beaches of Coronado.

Students were able to tour the U.S. warship – USS Midway.

“It was nice,” January said. “It was cool to see where  they slept and ate and lived for a while.”

For the Fourth of July, January and Frazer joined 300 other Kansas delegates to tour the San Diego Bay.

January said they watched fireworks shot from four barges in the bay.

“The sky was lit up all around you,” she said. “It’s a lot different than what I do with my family every year.”

Kaufman said the trip went well.

“It was a great location to hold a conference with lots of educational sights and fun in the sun at the beaches,” Kaufman said. “I look forward to seeing how my students will use their ‘Mepower’  to empower other students in this upcoming school year.”

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Moundridge Children Learn About Caves, Jesus At Bible School

Posted 7/21/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Jacob Schwartz said he enjoyed “the activities and the stories about Jesus” during Moundridge’s Vacation Bible School (VBS), which was July 11-15, at West Zion Mennonite Church, in Moundridge.

“We made this cave snot at the Imagination Station,” Schwartz said. “It was kind of like Play Doh, but squishier.”

Schwartz said they were able to take the cave snot home.

He noted one of the activities he liked was trying to pull the socks off of each other.

“It was fun and kind of tough,” Schwartz said.

Schwartz added he was able to get the socks off another child, but he was able to keep both of his on his feet.

Schwartz said he also enjoyed the deep Bible quest, where they listened to Bible stories.

“We talked about how Jesus died on the cross for our sins,” Schwartz said.

Kristine Schrag, director for VBS, said the highest number of children attending VBS on one night was 89. VBS was opened to children from preschool to seventh graders.

“The kids had fun,” Schrag said. “They had a good time.”

There were 37 adults and teenagers, who taught and assisted with the program. The curriculum used was “Cave Quest: Following Jesus, The Light of the World.”

The Associated Churches of Moundridge sponsored VBS.

“Several churches in Moundridge helped with the program,” Schrag said.

Trinity Huhn, who will be starting the fifth grade in the fall, said this was the second time for her to attend VBS.

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Inman Council To Consider Mill Levy Increase

Posted 7/21/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – While originally wanting to keep the mill levy the same,  members of the Inman City Council will be considering a plan to increase of two mills in the city’s property taxes for the 2017 budget.

Jan Nolde, a certified public accountant with Swindoll, Jantz, Hawk and Loyd, talked with council members about the proposed budget during the council meeting Monday, July 11, at the city office.

Nolde said their state government sources are recommending cities raise their mill levies “three to four mills, maybe five” for the upcoming budget year.

“It will be much more difficult to raise mills next year,” Nolde said.

She added cities needed to have a “good base” before the property tax lid begins.

The Kansas Legislature approved a bill requiring a property tax lid for cities and counties to begin January of 2017. The lid requires voters to approve a property tax increase above the rate of inflation.

“I’m not sure if we have a choice but to increase the mill levy,” Councilman Don Froese said.

The Inman council will have a public hearing for its proposed 2017 budget at 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8, at the city office.

Last year, Inman’s mill levy was 67.049. The proposed mill levy is 69.049.

Nolde  noted Inman’s assessed valuation increased by almost $229,000 to $7,684,411.

“You’re assessed valuation has gone up nicely,” Nolde said.

With the proposed mill levy, Nolde said the owner of a $100,000 home will be pay $23 more in property taxes per year.

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