Letter from Chief Robert McClarty regarding dogs in the City of McPherson

By Robert McClarty
July 28, 2014

Recently, several citizens have reached out to me with the same concern for ‘Dogs running at large’ and I wanted to address the situation with the larger community. Unfortunately, lately both locally and regionally we have experienced an increase of negative human vs. dog interactions. I wanted to remind everyone about the responsibility of dog owners in the City of McPherson.

Per our City’s ordinance dogs may not run at large in the City of McPherson. "At large” means off the premises of the owner and not under the control of the owner or a member of the immediate family, either by leash, cord, chain, or otherwise. The owner of any dog found running at large shall be guilty of a Class C violation, which is punishable by a fine as determined by the Municipal Judge and/or jail time up to 30 days depending on the number of prior offenses by the dog owner –not the dog.

Additionally, while we are experiencing a break in the extreme temperatures this week, summer weather is a cause of concern for all who must be outside –pets too! Dogs running at large are at particular risk for dehydration and exposure on top of the increased likelihood of being struck by a vehicle or caught unaware by local wildlife –snakes, raccoons, coyotes, etc.

Please do what you can to make sure your animal doesn’t end up taking a ride with us to the shelter. McPherson Police Department and McPherson Animal Shelter do the utmost to make this transition a safe one. While it may be frustrating for you and traumatic for your dog, it is still our enforcement responsibility per the same ordinance and it’s one way of many we are charged with protecting and serving the community we live in. Help us protect our community and serve your neighborhoods by keeping your dog on its leash –where it’s safest!

Take care and stay safe,

Robert D. McClarty

Chief of Police

Poster contest aims to Put the Brakes on Fatalities

By KDOT
July 28, 2014

All Kansas kids ages 5 to 13 are encouraged to enter artwork in the 13th annual poster contest for Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day - a nationwide effort to increase roadway safety and reduce traffic fatalities.

Three statewide winners will receive family packages at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City and also $50 gift cards from Dillon’s of Kansas.

A total of 18 regional winners in the six regions and age groups (ages 5-7, ages 8-10 and ages 11-13) will each receive a bicycle and a helmet donated by Safe Kids Kansas.

All entries must be postmarked by Friday, Sept. 19, and should be mailed to: AAA Kansas, Public Affairs, 3545 SW 6th Street, Topeka, KS, 66606. On the back of the 8 ½ by 11-inch paper entry must be the child’s full name; age at time of entry; mailing address; county; a parent’s name; and contact phone number. Numerous transportation safety organizations in Kansas sponsor the contest.

For more information, go to KDOT’s website at www.ksdot.org.

Below are the Kansas kids who have won the contest in the past three years:

2013 Poster Contest Winners

Northeast Kansas – Laura Edelman, Sabetha; Reagan de Koning, Axtell; Heather Kahler, Meriden

North Central Kansas – Jada Eilert, Jewell; Ava Brunsell, McPherson; Hannah Wuertz, McPherson

Northwest Kansas – Dashiell Brown, Quinter; Jessica Schroeder, Victoria; Kallie Leiker, Hays

Southeast Kansas – Tucker Leck, Neodesha; Shelby Jones, Ottawa; Riley Brown, Humboldt

South Central Kansas – Chevy DeBusk, Haven; Kendall Schoenhals, Haven; Blaire Haley, Arkansas City

Southwest Kansas - Bristin Buttry, Plains; Bailey Scoggin, Garden City; Peter Hall, Garden City

2012 Poster Contest Winners

Northeast Kansas - Cresinda Bandel, Oskaloosa; Addison Mae Gehrt

Westmoreland; Jacque Stroud, Topeka

North Central Kansas - Kady Toole, Washington; Leah Feldman, Gypsum; Eleanor Wiles, Gypsum

Northwest Kansas - Hayden Gottstine, Logan; Haylee Tien, Logan

Southeast Kansas - Kasey Paige Smith, Cherryvale; Anna Ecoff, Parsons; Riley Brown, Humboldt

South Central Kansas - Von Woleslagel, Hutchinson; Lauren Mason, Benton; Heather Woleslagel, Hutchinson

Southwest Kansas - Serra Clarke, Jetmore; Carson Linenberger, Garden City; Clara Jackson, Garden City

2011 Poster Contest Winners

Northeast Kansas - Sierra de Koning, Axtell; Reagan de Koning, Axtell; Neeharika Kothapalli, Overland Park

North Central Kansas - Elijah Schmidt, Junction City; Breckyn Martens, McPherson; Zoey Rankin, Ottawa

Northwest Kansas - Aaron Moore, Oakley; Indigo Guise, WaKeeney; Donnovan Schroeder, Herndon

Southeast Kansas - Abigail Balson, Coffeyville; Macie Ables, Fredonia; Nathan Cunningham, Iola

South Central Kansas - Heath David Moeckel, Plevna; Britton Maclaughlin, Arkansas City; Jack Kelly Lynch, Wichita

Southwest Kansas - Emmi Lott, Rolla; Emily Allen, Garden City; John Dohogne, Garden City

McPherson County Attorney endorses Hobson for Senate

By David Page
July 28, 2014

I know Donald Hobson is committed to protecting life, preserving the family, and defending our 2nd Amendment rights.  More importantly, I know that Donald understands the meaning of these things and that he is not simply reciting campaign slogans.  Further, Donald has demonstrated his support of smaller, more efficient government by signing the Taxpayer’s Protection Pledge.  Finally, his twenty years of working to promote these conservative causes leaves little doubt as to his unwavering commitment to serve his fellow citizens.

I believe we need more citizens running for public office—we need honest citizens who are more concerned with serving others and less concerned with serving themselves; we need citizens with integrity who will work toward whatever is in the best interest of our communities and not for whatever is in the best interest of their friends.  Donald is exactly the type of citizen we need in public office; it is both my pleasure and my honor to endorse Donald Hobson for Kansas State Senate District #35.

David A. Page

McPherson County Attorney

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Announcements

Everyone is welcome to attend the Dodge Ball Tourney/Bake Sale/Open House at the McPherson Community Building on Saturday, August 9th. Registrations are still being accepted for dodgeball teams of six, all ages are welcome and the fee is only $25. All proceeds raised will benefit Shari Henson, local mom fighting cancer. Check out the facebook page "Shari Henson Fundraiser" for more information. --

For Sale

32" Toshiba color TV with remote, works great $40 -- 620-334-0805, call or text

Give Away

Five puppies, six weeks old and eating solid food -- 755-9004

Kittens, eating solid food, very cute and playful -- 241-3647

Lost

Blo0nd and orange female Pomeranian named "Lady", eleven years, wearing reddish-brown collar with blue and gold tags, recently groomed, LAST SEEN in Moundridge on Sunday $25 REWARD for her safe return -- 620-660-5344 in Moundridge

Wanted

German Shepherd puppy or young adult dog -- 620-877-7965

Quad Runner type ATV for use on farm, reasonably priced -- 245-8786

For Sale

'00 VW Bug, five speed 1.8L gas engine $4300 -- 245-5854

Four women's bicycles and three men's bicycles -- 755-7104 or see at 202 Lakeview Drive

Garage Sale

306 N 2nd in Canton Saturday 8am-? --

Give Away

Xerox Phaser 2135 color printer, larger commercial unit, includes cartridges and plenty of toner WILL DONATE to charity that can put it to use -- 242-8011

Lost

Blond-orange female Pomeranian, 11 years old, wearing a brownish red collar with blue and gold tags LOST Saturday in Moundridge -- 620-660-5344 in Moundridge

Wanted

Trailer tires--size 175 75 13 -- 245-5854

One 15" steel wheel with six bolt pattern that fits Ford or Chevy -- 755-3912

Announcements

Girl Scout Troop #50220 will be collecting school supplies at Wal-Mart on Sunday from 1-4pm for the school supply train for kids in need in McPherson County. --

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