Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp hosted a town hall meeting Monday afternoon at the Broadhurst Student Center on the campus of Central Christian College in McPherson.
Huelskamp lamented his inability to accomplish much legislatively as he asserted that both Republicans and Democrats were not that interested in accomplishing much before the elections in November.
Huelskamp said, "Washington has decided the election's just around the corner. Both Republicans and Democrats are saying, hey, it's too close to the election to do anything."
Huelskamp also said, "I continue to hear again and again, it's not just in McPherson, this incredible frustration that Kansans have. They think Washington's not listening, and that they don't care for them and this administration is flagrantly violating the law."
Huelskamp told those assembled that he has signed on to Articles of Impeachment for Attorney General Eric Holder, as he believes that Holder is not doing his job as the nation's top law enforcement officer.
According to a release from Huelskamp's office in February, Huelskamp said,
“More lawlessness from a lawless administration; Attorney General Holder should not advise other attorneys general to violate their oaths of office. These elected officials have a duty and a solemn obligation to defend their states’ laws and Constitution - not allow ideology and politics to cloud their legal decisions. Whatever one’s personal opinions on the Second Amendment, the Internal Revenue Service, controlled substances, the freedom of the press, or even marriage, an Attorney General simply can’t pick and choose the laws or parts of the Constitution he or she would like to defend.
“In recent years, I have grown increasingly concerned by Holder’s actions – and those of others in the Obama Administration - to disregard the laws and the Constitution they have sworn to defend. I am not alone in these concerns. Dozens of my colleagues have called upon Holder to resign. Dozens have asked the President to remove Holder from office. Additionally, on June 28, 2012, 255 members of the U.S. House of Representatives held Mr. Holder in Contempt of Congress. It is the Attorney General’s job to uphold the Constitution and the law - not ignore it, nor rewrite it, nor encourage other attorneys general to thwart it."
LINDSBORG — Bethany College senior Kelli Traffas has been named the KCAC Softball Player of the Week.
"Kelli is having a great start to her senior season,” Bethany coach Janice Esses said. "She has learned to not just swing for the fence, but to focus more on putting the ball in play. She has come up clutch several times this season with a base hit or a key RBI. We are excited for her to have the honor of Player of the Week, and we are also proud to have our third Player of the Week honor this season."
In five games for the Swedes, Traffas hit .647 and slugged 1.176. Traffas finished the week with 11 hits in 17 at bats, six RBIs, five runs, two home runs and three stolen bases. She also totaled 11 putouts and 13 assists for a .923 fielding percentage.
Traffas' highlights of the week included a 4-for-4 performance against MidAmerica Nazarene University, tallying one run and two RBIs. In addition, she went 3-for-4 with three RBIs against Hastings College.
She was named to the 2014 Preseason All-KCAC Team as well as 2013 first-team All-KCAC, 2013 preseason team, 2012 second-team All-KCAC and 2011 first-team All-KCAC.
This is the third week that a Swede softball player has earned Player of the Week honors. Senior Ashley Nicolich, Modesto, Calif., was named Player of the Week in Week Two, Feb. 17-23, and sophomore Ashley Montoya, Bay City, Texas, was named Player of the Week in Week One, Feb. 10-16.
Traffas is the daughter of Rory and Jacque Traffas. She is majoring in accounting and minoring in Math.
It will be a battle of Kansas’ girls basketball gold standards Wednesday in the first round of the Class 4A Division I State Tournament at Salina’s Bicentennial Center.
McPherson High and Bishop Miege, which have combined for a staggering 24 state titles, meet in the day’s opening game at 3 p.m.
The Bullpups have won eight state championships and the Stags 16. They met in the Class 5A first round in 2002, 2006 and 2010, but this is their first-ever first-round meeting as Class 4A schools.
“They are a young team, with only one senior that plays,” said MHS coach Chris Strathman, whose Bullpups are the No. 7 seed with a 17-5 record that includes 15 wins in their last 16 games. “They are very talented and athletic though. Miege has players that can pressure full court, attack with penetration, and they have a good 6-2 girl inside. Their best guard transferred in at semester from Park Hill (Mo.), a pretty smooth lefty and is just a sophomore. We will have our hands full.”
Miege has had a tremendous year against quality competition.
“Miege comes in at 19-3 and very deserving of a No. 2 seed,” Strathman said. “Their only losses are to Blue Valley North (6A qualifier) and twice to Aquinas (5A qualifier). We have a great history of success between the two schools.”
This has been an improbable year for the Bullpups, who were second in 4A last year after winning the title in 2012. Having lost two-time Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year Katelyn Loecker and defensive ace Hailey Ruder, expectations weren’t generally as high as most years. Strathman was having to rebuild on the fly and the growing pains showed early with three losses in the first four games.
“Our girls have made tremendous strides this year and we are very proud of the improvement that they have made,” Strathman said.
The Bullpups’ blueprint for success has been uncanny foul shooting and defensive intensity. MHS made 49 of 63 free throws in its two sub-state games, including 26 of 35 in the 47-36 championship game victory over Buhler. Guards Abby Pedersen and Hannah Willems were a combined 16 of 18.
Defensively, the stars Saturday were Janae Barnes and Madison Hoffman. Barnes attacked everything in sight for 17 caroms, while Hoffman stepped in when Brooke Bate got into foul trouble and slowed Buhler star Jessica Steffen after she had started the game with five straight points. Hoffman also averaged 7.5 points in the sub-state, far above her season average.
Pedersen, Willems, Barnes and Bate are joined in the lineup by sophomore Ashtyn Schieferecke, whose insertion coincided with the Bullpups taking flight. She has been a physical presence on defense all year, but recently has had some big scoring games. She improved light-years, as she was bouncing back from missing last year with a torn ACL.
Strathman said the Bullpups definitely got the more difficult road to travel.
“In my opinion, our side is extremely difficult,” he said. “We have seen Paola and Andover Central as well. Both are very talented and well-coached. They would each present their own unique issues for us. Obviously, Miege is going to be tough for us, hopefully we get the chance to play one of them on Friday.”
The other side of the bracket is softer.
“I think everyone expects Wamego to advance out of their side of the bracket,” Strathman said. “I was glad to see Mulvane get in, another team from our division. I haven't seen KC Piper or Coffeyville yet, but have heard good things about both of them.”
If MHS topples Miege, it would play at 3 p.m. Friday against the winner of Paola and Andover Central.
• GIRLS SCHEDULE •
3:00 — McPherson (17-5) vs. Miege (19-3)
4:45 — Paola (19-3) vs. Andover Central (18-4)
6:30 — Wamego (22-0) vs. Mulvane (15-7)
8:15 — KC Piper (19-3) vs. Coffeyville (18-4)
3:00 — McPherson-Miege winner vs. Paola-Andover Central winner
6:30 — Wamego-Mulvane winner vs. KC Piper-Coffeyville winner
Noon — 3rd place
4:00 — 1st place
Pine Village will host its annual Anchors Banquet on Saturday March 22, 2014 at 6 p.m.,
When the McPherson High girls tennis team won the Class 4A state championship last fall, that
In preparation for the 2014 McPherson County All Schools Day Parade, the ASD Float Resources Committee
Pop-up camper in good condition, reasonably priced -- 785-227-4746
Everyone is welcome to the Zander Gorsuch fundraising events for the Childrens Organ Transplant Association--Soup Supper at First Mennonite Church in McPherson March 7th 4-7pm and fundraiser carnival at Calvary Baptist in McPherson March 8th from 1-4pm --
All steel three rail motorcycle trailer with dropped axle, leaf springs and adjustable hitch $500 -- 620-242-8744
Home For Sale By Owner--2 bedroom 1 1/2 bath in McPherson $30,000 -- 620-504-5064
Pair of ladies tall size 8 1/2 medium brown dress boots with 2" heel, brand new $25 firm -- 242-7522
Three kittens, one year old -- 620-504-5064
Group 58 style top post automotive battery, case size is 10" wide x7" across x6" tall -- 241-0268
Refrigerator, white or almond -- 620-480-1069
Moving boxes in good condition -- 241-7631
Front bumper for 1950 F-6 Ford truck -- 245-4790
McPherson Chamber of Commerce invites people new to McPherson to "McPherson Newcomers and Friends" meeting the first Thursday of every month at 306 N Main from 5:15pm to 6pm. -- 241-3303
Please attend the McPherson Community Blood Drive TODAY from 8am-1pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. Yesterday's donations were low so everyone is needed! --
Red Cross Community Blood Drive TODAY from 12noon to 6pm and Tuesday 3/4 8am-1pm at Trinity Lutheran Church-119 N Elm. --
29' Jayco 5th wheel camper -- 620-242-7218
Butler Community College jacket/sweatshirt FOUND Friday morning at roundabout on First St -- 242-6803
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