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October 27, 2016
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Cisneros Will Lead Sedgwick EMS

Posted 10/27/2016

JENNIFER Cisneros is the new Emergency Services Director for Sedgwick. JENNIFER Cisneros is the new Emergency Services Director for Sedgwick. By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – The new Sedgwick Emergency Services Director, Jennifer Cisneros, officially started her new position last week. She was introduced during a city council meeting Oct. 17.

Cisneros will face challenges from the start as the Sedgwick EMS department has grappled with a lack of staff and the city’s financial problems. There has been talk this year of building a new fire and EMS station but there have not been votes on the city council to approve a new station.

Cisneros grew up in Downs and her interest in Emergency Service began when she was just 14. “I grew up in a house where my mom was not very healthy. At one point the ambulance came, and I was fascinated by the way they worked. They were so calm, kind, and such a tremendous help,” she said.

As she followed behind the ambulance to the emergency room in Hays, she said she felt that was something she wanted to do.

After graduating from high school, she went to Cloud County Community College, then on to Fort Hays State University, majoring in Elementary Education.  “I was almost done with my bachelors degree, when knew I was in the wrong profession,” she said.

She married, moved to Texas and then California, before moving back home to help care for her ailing mother. “I wanted my three children to know their grandmother before she was gone,” Cisneros said.

She was working at a convenience store and the EMS guys stopped by regularly for gas and coffee.  “They asked if I wanted to help out by driving the ambulance, and that’s how I got back into it,” she added.  “ I figured there was never a better opportunity.”

In 2008, Cisneros took her first class, a first responder class. She realized after the third call she was not going to do it anymore or learn a lot more.

She decided to learn more, driving back and forth to Hays, she finished her EMT class. “Once I was certified, I started working for Osborne County and did that for several years,” she said. Cisneros, at that same time, also worked as a full time EMT for Smith County.

She heard Russell County wanted to hire a new director. “Russell County had a hospital- based EMS service. They wanted to change and become a county operation, separate of the hospital,” Cisneros said.  She was hired and began the transition to a county EMS service.

Here new position was contingent upon her certifying as a paramedic. That was the next logical step in her education to fulfill her dreams that started at the young age of 14. 

Cisneros worked to build that county department. She said it took her about a year to get a full staff on board and everything in place. “By the time I left, the EMS department was a full service department. All of the burned bridges were rebuilt and professionalism was back.”

She was happy in her job, but wanted to move closer to Wichita. She heard about the opening in Sedgwick and applied.

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Veteran's Day Appreciation Meal Scheduled

Posted 10/27/2016

BENTLEY—The congregation of the Bentley United Methodist Church would like to invite any veteran in the Bentley community to a free appreciation meal at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.

A short program with special speaker is also planned. The event will be held at the Education Building of BUMC, which is located at 128 N. Wichita Ave. The occasion is to honor all veterans currently living in the Bentley community for the service they gave to insure our freedoms and opportunities we enjoy while living in the United States. 

The public is also invited to attend and price of the meal for non-veterans will be $9.00.   Meal price for children under 12 years will be $4.50 per person.

The evening buffet-style meal will again be catered by Bernard Catering and Concessions from Hutchinson. The meal will be the second annual event to honor veterans.

Reservations are requested by Wed. Nov. 9.  Please call Debbie Parks at 755-2757 or Peggy at 796-0937, with the number of people, indicating veterans and non-veterans who will attend.

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Students Take Charge Of Sedgwick's School District Newsletter

Posted 10/27/2016

BAILEY Pohlman, Macie McGinn, and Sydney Hilliard work to create the district’s newsletter at Sedgwick High School. BAILEY Pohlman, Macie McGinn, and Sydney Hilliard work to create the district’s newsletter at Sedgwick High School. By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – The USD 439 monthly newsletter, The Informer, has a new look this year. 

English teacher Sara Harjo said, “There was a survey of community members, site team, and staff. They all wanted a more in-depth student created newsletter.”

The six-member journalism team puts the newsletter together once a month. Editor Sydney Hilliard, junior,  said, “We only had one week to complete the first newsletter. It’s a little easier now with more time.”

Macie McGinn, junior, Bailey Pohlman, junior, Dodger Giffin, senior, Alyssa Dawson, senior, and Zane Smalley, junior, make up the rest of the staff.

The team created a list of items they wanted to put in each newsletter. Each edition features a story from the grade school, a story from the junior high, a story from the high school, sports information, a teacher feature, Principal’s letter, Counselor’s corner, a calendar of events and announcements.

The newsletter has also increased to an eight-page publication.

Each member of the team takes one or two assignments each month. The group brainstorms all the activities at the district and then decides on stories for that issue. Each staff member takes their assignment and sets up interviews, and takes pictures to complete their assignments.

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Halstead To Switch Trash Collection Services

Posted 10/27/2016

By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—After 23 years of partnering with Waste Connections for trash services, the city of Halstead made the decision to switch to Nisly Brothers during Monday night’s city council meeting.

Halstead’s current contract with Waste Connections expires Dec.31 of this year. In September, the city had contacted 10 area companies that handled solid waste disposal. Waste Connections and Nisly Brothers were the only ones to submit bids.

Waste Connections’ bid consisted of $13.50 for trash and recycling per resident on a monthly basis compared to the $12.39 that they currently charge the city. Nisly Brothers’ bid was for $12.30 for the same services.

This totals an estimated annual cost of $119,500 for Waste Connections’ bid compared to $109,000 for Nisly Brothers’ bid. The city currently is paying $110,000 each year.

Nisly Brothers is a family-owned company that currently services 17 cities, including Hesston and Haven.

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