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Central offers auto course

Responding to an observed community need, Central Christian College is now offering a basic mechanics course. The class is open to the public and begins as soon as the class is full.

Dean Kroeker, dean of professional education at Central, said he hopes the class will build self-confidence and cultivate ownership.

The mechanics course is the first of several Central plans on offering the community. Other possibilities could include cooking or organizational behavior skills.

We applaud the college for using its resources to help drivers save money.

Campaign to aid arts launches in McPherson

The Supporting the Arts campaign launched its McPherson branch Wednesday. The campaign is communications-based and aims to rally support for arts organizations and their events.

A focal point of this support is through the campaign's website, It offers information about arts organizations in Wichita, Lawrence, Hutchinson and now McPherson.

We are pleased local residents and visitors will now have a one-stop location for arts information.

City workers address damage after ice storm

At least a half-inch of ice in the McPherson area contributed to tree damages and power outages Wednesday.

Dillard Webster, McPherson County Emergency Management director, said each city in McPherson County had power outages Tuesday or Wednesday.

Nick Gregory, McPherson city administrator, said workers spent Wednesday removing fallen tree limbs from roadways. By the late afternoon, workers had accumulated three dump truck loads.

We thank city workers for addressing these issues and quickly restoring operations to normal.

Kan. government seeking to address sex trafficking

Legislation that would heavily amend Kansas laws regarding human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of young women is expected to be signed by Gov. Sam Brownback in the coming weeks. It creates the crime of commercial sexual exploitation of a child, covering those ages 14 to 17, as well as making other modifications to Kansas human trafficking laws passed almost a decade earlier, according to the Associated Press.

Sex trafficking needs to be addressed, and we thank our government for taking another step toward ending it.

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Mac post office to change mail deadline

Starting sometime between April 24 and May 5, the McPherson U.S. Post Office will process all outgoing mail through Wichita instead of Salina.

Mark Kerschen, postmaster, said the change was to help streamline the outgoing process, as well as cut costs. Kerschen said any overnight shipping would need to get into the post office before 1:30 p.m.

Anything after would go into two-day shipping.

We are glad the post offices will be saving money, but we wish there wouldn’t be an earlier deadline for mail drop-off.

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Starbase funding in jeopardy

The future looks grim for one program in which McPherson students have participated.

DoD Starbase is a nationwide program that teaches science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities. It is run by certified teachers and operated out of military bases so the program can use the bases’ equipment.

For many years, it has been funded by the Department of Defense, but starting in October, this will no longer be the case. By removing the affiliation, the Starbase academies will have to vacate the military installations and find an alternative source of funding, which could terminate the program entirely.

We are sad the educational program might no longer be able to teach students valuable lessons not available in classroom settings.

— Jenae Pauls for the McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board