Outstanding Teen raising awareness

January is national human trafficking awareness month and, in line with that, 2016 Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen Paige Kauffman of Hesston is trying to get her community involved. Kauffman is also a member of ICT H.O.P.E. (Helping Overcome and Prevent Exploitation) and asking her community (and the state) to get involved by donating items for fresh start bags to help drive out human trafficking. For a full list of items needed and drop off locations, visit ictsos.org/hope.


Meeting to benefit public information

To help local public information officers (PIOs) promote and carry out their roles, Harvey County is forming a PIO Working Group. The group will have its first meeting on Jan. 18, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, which is located in the basement of the Law Enforcement Center (120 E. 7th St., Newton).

Any person tasked with the role of Public Information Officer, or coordinating an agency's message to the media or community, is welcome and encouraged to attend. This includes staff that is dedicated to the PIO position full-time, or staff that have been tasked with the duties in addition to several other roles. If your agency has a person who would be tasked with fulfilling the role of a PIO, they are encouraged to attend.

For the inaugural meeting, topics of discussion will include meeting frequency, location, guiding principals, training, network sharing, etc. Attempts will be made to keep the meetings to one hour in length (or whatever the group desires).


Habitat to host open house

Habitat for Humanity will host an open house at the organizations most recently constructed home. 

The open house will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 15 at 312 E. 11.