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Repeat offender rates down
A new community corrections system law has been attributed to the reduction in repeat offending in McPherson County.
In her yearly report, Janet Cagle, Community Corrections director, said the community corrections success rate went from 68.5 percent to 82 percent last year.
This is believed to be in part due to changes in the community correction system made by HB2170.
The law allows probationers to be sent to prison for 120 to 180 days on a prison sanction instead a full revocation.

City approves  repairs to streets
Thumbs up to the McPherson City Commission for approving two proposals for street repairs.
Multi-Community Diversified Services is almost finished with its Hickory Heights housing project at 225 S. Hickory St. Once complete, the complex will include new driveways into the complex. The McPherson Street department will spend $1,500 to replace 65 feet of curb and gutter, repair one ADA ramp and patch the street in order to ensure proper drainage.
Another project will repair the alley on North Main Street behind Callabresi Heating and Cooling. Whenever there is significant rain, sand and debris from the alley washes onto Main Street. The cost of the project will be $6,200.
Post 24 wins
A shoutout is in order to the McPherson Post 24 17 and under baseball team, who were the first team in 33 years to lose their first game in the Kansas American Legion Class A State Tournament and come back to win six straight games to become state champs.
Post 24 became the first McPherson team in almost 40 years to win an American Legion state championship.
They also became the first Class A McPherson Legion team since 1954 to win a state championship.

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Call to action to prevent underage tanning
Unfortunately in the U.S., the incidences of melanoma are on the rise in teens and young adults. This deadliest form of skin cancer is now the fourth most common cancer for individuals aged 15 to 29. Those under 18 are specifically at risk for the damage from with ultraviolet radiation, because their skin is not fully developed. Research shows that tanning before age 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 59 percent.
On a positive note, the U.S. Surgeon General released a national Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer planning to reduce the toll of skin cancer. In the 2015 legislative session, Kansas could pass legislation to prohibit children under 18 from accessing tanning beds.

— Teri L. Hansen for The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board.