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June 29, 2020


Prowers County Election

Tuesday, June 30, 2020: ELECTION DAY (Prowers County Clerk and Recorder’s Office will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents may also use the ballot Drop Box located in the parking lot east of the Prowers County Courthouse building. Mailing in ballots is not recommended at this time as the election is tomorrow. Election Polls will close Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.Postmarks dates do not count. Your ballot must be in the possession

of the Prowers County Clerk & Recorder by 7:00 P.M., June 30, 2020. For more information please call 336-8011.

High Plains Community Health Center

High Plains community Health Center CEO Erik Nemiyer gives residents information on what to do if a hospital visit is needed.. A temperature check will be given to all entering patients, along with questions about recent travel to keep others in the waiting area safe; and Masks should be worn when entering the Health Center.

Prowers County Funding

The City of Lamar and other Prowers County communities will receive financial funding through the federally originated Cares Act, designed to aid communities impacted by COVID-19. Funding is allowed by way of population with Prowers County set to receive $1,044,201 which will be divided among the six local governmental entities. Lamar’s population, at 63% of the county, entitles the city to receive $592,062. Prowers County will receive $216,150 based on 23% population in an unincorporated area. Wiley will receive $28,193; Granada will receive $37,591; Hartman will receive $9,398 and Holly will receive $56,387. City Administrator, Steve Kil, said the city will return the agreement for action well before the July 7th deadline.

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COVID Vaccine

A 700-thousand-dollar federal grant could help researchers at Colorado State University develop a vaccine for COVID-19. The funds will go into research on "SolaVAX," which is a process that uses UV light and a vitamin called Riboflavin to inactivate a virus.(18 Sec) Ray Goodrich for CSU's Infectious Disease Research Center says the SolaVAX process has already proven it can inactivate MERS, which is another type of coronavirus. If the process works, researchers believe SolaVAX could be used to help generate more vaccines in the future.


Garden City Schools and Online Enrollment

Garden City Public Schools has launched an online enrollment portal to assist families in registering first-time students and those new to the district.Due to the pandemic and social distancing protocols, the district has had to turn to online enrollment. The online enrollment tool is available to all those enrolling in Garden City Public Schools for the first time, whether they’ve recently relocated to the community and need to enroll in school, or they’re a toddler preparing for school in the fall. Parents with questions or problems related to online enrollment can contact the Technology Help Hotline at 620-805-7178.


Scandals and Scams

The Better Business Bureau officials said they’ve seen a major increase since the Pandemic. BBB state director Denise Groene says “Experts have said that phishing attempts are over 600% since March,” The scammers attack with phone calls and emails, but Groene said the crooks have caught on. Since people are home, those searching for a furry friend are turning into easy targets. Individuals in search of new pets may see red flags like being pushed to pay a deposit, sellers not answering phone calls, and not getting the chance to see the puppies in person… Some residents have lost $300. The Better Business Bureau said if you become a victim of a scam, you can call (316)263-3542 for help and resources.


COVID Vaccine

The Alliance for Multispecialty Research formerly Heartland Research Associates in Newton is playing a big role in finding what may possibly be a vaccine to COVID-19. The Alliance for Multispecialty Research needs volunteers for a coronavirus vaccine trial. You must be at least 18 years old, have no pre-existing medical issues, and meet additional study criteria. If accepted, volunteers will be compensated for time and travel. Usually, it takes at least two years to prepare a vaccine for the public, but the FDA is fast-tracking this process to make it available in just 12 to 18 months. To learn more about this trial or for volunteers to see if they qualify, call 316-283-0828.


Wichita Firework Safety

Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita issue safety and legal reminders to those planning to buy and shoot off fireworks during the 4th of July. In the City of Wichita, residents can buy fireworks from 10 a.m. to midnight from June 27 to July 5. The city says the only fireworks you're allowed to shoot within city limits are those tested and approved by the Wichita Fire Department. Restrictions in Wichita include no sparks higher than six feet, and no fireworks advertised to shoot flaming balls.


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