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Local Painter Opens Artfully Creative Studio

Posted 11/23/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Inman artist Sue Krehbiel has opened Artfully Creative Studio at 110 S. Main, in downtown Inman.

The studio will open this weekend, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26. On the first night, Krehbiel is having an ugly Christmas sweater contest. The winner will get to paint for free

Krehbiel said she would have painting and craft parties at the business.

“We’ll walk them through the painting step by step,” she said.

Krehbiel would like to have a minimum of eight people to have an event. She figured there is enough room for up to 20 people to work on projects.

Her two daughters, Sarah and Katie, will assist her. Sarah is attending Kansas State University, while Katie is a junior at Inman High School.

“I’m an artist and my daughters both love it too,” Krehbiel said.

Krehbiel said painting parties are becoming extremely popular.

“They’re doing them a lot in Wichita,” Krehbiel said. “I think there’s one of two in Hutchinson.”

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Board Takes Another Look At K-12 Campus

Posted 11/23/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – The USD 423 Board of Education reached a consensus to direct PBA Architects to continue developing plans for a new kindergarten to 12th-grade campus for the Moundridge School District.

Board members talked about improving the district’s facilities during their meeting Monday, Nov. 14, at the boardroom.

This latest proposal has a $20.9 million price tag. Last spring, voters in the school district rejected a $23.9 million bond issue.

Superintendent George Leary said the district’s construction managers, Nabholz Construction, would work with the architect to find ways to trim additional costs from the project.

Superintendent George Leary said district leaders took into consideration the responses they received from patrons who voted against the first bond issue.

The main reason people gave for voting against the bond issue was it cost too much money and was too focused on athletics.

Some of the items taken out of the project were replacing the lights on the football field, renovating the bleachers and repairing and resurfacing the track.

Leary said there were items originally part of the bond issue the district has already done. Using capital outlay money, the district replaced two overhead doors that were part of the agriculture shop.

In addition, the district planned to install an irrigation system at the football practice field. Leary said the district decided to purchase a water wheel – a type of sprinkler – to take care of the field.

A new task force was formed to give input on the district’s plans. There were 12 people on the task force. Nine members had served on the first task force and there were three newcomers.

Originally, the task force looked at a proposed $19.995 million bond. However, the task force ended up recommending a $20.9 million bond. At first district leaders wanted the bond to be less than $20 million, but there were concerns about the new competition gymnasium.

The lower cost would allow for a 600-seat gym, while the higher cost one would seat 1,200.

“I think the bigger gym is more of a need than a want,” Board member Michael Beasley, who also served on the task force, said. “We’ll have students spending more time in the new gym than athletes.”

Board member James Ratzlafff, who was also on the task force, was also in support of a bigger gym.

Leary said using pre-engineered construction – not all brick and mortar – would save the district money on the new gym.

Board President Paul Ullom-Minnich said he would to have two-thirds of the community behind the project.

“If it was to pass with a 51 percent margin, it’s not good for the community,” Ullom-Minnich said. “You want most of the community behind it.”

Board members noted all classrooms in the building would be improved with new flooring, ceilings and lighting.

Board members will continue to discuss a potential bond issue at their December meeting. The public is invited to attend an information meeting about the district’s plans, from 6-6:45 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12, at the boardroom.

Floor plans for the proposed building will be available, as well as information on how much this proposed bond would cost home, business and agricultural property owners in the district.

Patrons are encouraged to ask questions and give input on the plans.

The next regular board meeting will start at 7 p.m., Dec. 12, at the boardroom.

• Also at the meeting, board members talked about the proposed crosswalk from the high school parking lot to Wildcat Drive.

The Kansas Department of Transportation wants the district to close the eastern entrance to its parking lot, if the crosswalk is added.

The City of Moundridge has agreed to widen the district’s other two entrances to the parking lot to 40 feet each.

Leary said temporary barriers would be placed at the eastern entrance. If the bond were passed, construction workers only would use the entrance.

No timetable has been set for the changes, Leary said.

He added the city is considering putting in a sidewalk on the north side of Cole Street, leading up to Wildcat Drive.

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Jones New Inman Community Development Director

Posted 11/23/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Terry Jones was hired as Inman’s Community Development Director, said Lucas Sawyer, chair for Inman Community Development Inc. (ICDI) Jones will begin his new duties Thursday, Dec. 1.

“We had interviewed a lot of other people who didn’t have the experience we wanted,” Sawyer said. “He did.”

Jones will have an office in the Raleigh Insurance office in downtown Inman.

“It’s been a long, drawn out process,” Sawyer said. “We wanted to find someone who is a good fit and has a long-term interest in community development. We felt we found it with Terry.”

“I had previously worked in economic development,” Jones said. “I loved it.”

Jones had done economic development for the City of Marion, starting in 2014. He left in October of 2015 to become Community Development Director for the City of McPherson. Jones was involved in planning and zoning at McPherson.

“I wanted to get back into that realm (of economic development),” Jones said. “I missed economic development. That’s my passion.”

Jones said he found out about the job from Marci Penner, a member of ICDI.

“She brought it up to me and I said, ‘I’d like to look at it,’” Jones added.

Jones said he was impressed to find all the community members he visited with all have a common goal of improving Inman.

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