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Wichita County Economic Development Announces Pinterest Contest

Are you addicted to Pinterest? Do you have multiple boards pinned with recipes, life hacks, DIY projects, and fashion tips and tricks? Wichita County Economic Development (WCED) has a contest for you! It’s time to put those Pinterest ideas to work. WCED is sponsoring a Pinterest contest called “Wichita County DIY”. The premise is simple: Find a Pinterest project, make it using items purchased from local retailers, take a picture of your Pinterest project and submit it to WCED.

The picture of your Pinterest project will be displayed on the WCED booth at the 2015 Wichita County Fair. Judging will take place during the fair. Attendees to the fair will have the opportunity to pick their favorite DIY and you could win! Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Food, Arts & Crafts, Life Hacks, Best Overall and People’s Choice.

One rule to keep in mind: 100% of the items used to create your Pinterest project must be purchased in Wichita County. Have a tasty dinner recipe you want to share? Or did you find the cutest thing to decorate your home office?  Do you have the best camping tip that makes every trip to the lake easy? Head to Leoti Foods, Western Hardware, Heartland Mill, Heritage Meats, Tierra Azteca or any of our excellent Wichita County retailers and get your supplies. After that, we want to see your projects!

Once you’ve completed your Wichita County DIY, take a clear photo of your item and send it to wced@wbsnet.org or drop it by our office at 106 W. Broadway. Fill out an entry form and you could win $100 in Wichita County Gift Certificates!

Pictures of your projects and entry forms are due to the Wichita County Economic Development Office by Monday, July 20 at 5pm. For more information, contact the Wichita County Economic Development Office at (620)375-2182 or email wced@wbsnet.org.

Wichita County Farmers’ & Artisan Market

Every Wednesday from the beginning of May through the end of October, the lawn of the Wichita County Courthouse will be the place to buy fresh produce and local art. The market begins each Wednesday at 5pm, weather permitting. If you’d like to be a vendor, fill out the Artisan Market Rules 2015 and return it to the Wichita County Economic Development Office located at 106 W. Broadway. For more information, call (620)375-2182.

Donate now to the WCHS Track Fund through Wichita County Community Foundation

The WCHS Track Fund reached $242,000 by December 31. Thanks to many great donors for making this possible! We are halfway to the goal. Don’t miss AIM for the Track 5K on April 18 and Flapjacks for the Track on June 6 to raise money to reach the finish line.

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  • Kansas income tax waivers for up to five years
  • Student loan repayments up to $15,000

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Wichita County Severe Weather Information

With the possibility of severe weather this upcoming weekend, please be prepared to take precautions should severe weather hit Wichita County. The three tornado shelters located in the City of Leoti are Leoti United Methodist Church (111 South Wyoming Street), Wichita County Courthouse (206 South 4th, enter through south doors) and The Museum of the Great Plains (201 North 4th).  If a tornado is sighted in Wichita County, the sirens in Leoti will sound long and continuously. An officer from the Sheriff’s Department will go to Marienthal and warn the citizens there. The signal for “all clear” is three short whistles from the tornado sirens. Be sure that your weather radio has fresh batteries in case the power goes out.

To protect yourself, follow these guidelines:

In a house with a basement: Avoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, etc.) and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor and crush you. Head protection, such as a helmet, can offer some protection also.

In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail. A helmet can offer some protection against head injury.

In an office building, hospital, nursing home or skyscraper:Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building — away from glass and on the lowest floor possible. Then, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly. Stay off the elevators; you could be trapped in them if the power is lost.

In a mobile home:Get out! Even if your home is tied down, it is not as safe as an underground shelter or permanent, sturdy building. Go to one of those shelters, or to a nearby permanent structure, using your tornado evacuation plan. Most tornadoes can destroy even tied-down mobile homes; and it is best not to play the low odds that yours will make it.

At school:Follow the drill! Go to the interior hall or windowless room in an orderly way as you are told. Crouch low, head down, and protect the back of your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large open rooms like gyms and auditoriums.

In a car or truck: Vehicles are extremely risky in a tornado. There is no safe option when caught in a tornado in a car, just slightly less-dangerous ones. If the tornado is visible, far away, and the traffic is light, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado. Seek shelter in a sturdy building, or underground if possible. If you are caught by extreme winds or flying debris, park the car as quickly and safely as possible — out of the traffic lanes. Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows; cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat, or other cushion if possible. If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway,leave your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris.

In the open outdoors: If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may be blown onto you in a tornado.

In a shopping mall or large store: Do not panic. Watch for others. Move as quickly as possible to an interior bathroom, storage room or other small enclosed area, away from windows.

In a church or theater: Do not panic. If possible, move quickly but orderly to an interior bathroom or hallway, away from windows. Crouch face-down and protect your head with your arms. If there is no time to do that, get under the seats or pews, protecting your head with your arms or hands.

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Wichita County residents enjoy a quality of life that is attractive to people seeking a simpler way of life. The citizens of Wichita County retain the hard-working, pioneering spirit that characterized their ancestors, and at the same time, look to the future with a progressive attitude and a vision for the future.