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December 26, 2001

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Perfect score: State's GIS technology work earns national recognition

Kansas government officials have been named the top in the state for their use of geographic information systems (GIS) technology, according to the non-profit Center for Digital Government.

The state received a perfect score of 100 in a recent survey conducted by the center measuring how states use geographic information systems in their government operations.

The survey cited the state's use of GIS technology to monitor water levels in the state's largest aquifer as a national model. A Web site by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that uses GIS to provide information about potential groundwater contamination from the use of fertilizers was highlighted as particularly innovative by the center.

The state also fared well in a survey conducted by the center measuring online educational services. Kansas ranked seventh in the country in that category.

Community: Peoples Bank establishes fund to help local family

The importance of community took on a unique significance for a young family this Christmas.

Melissa Wingert, 27, Lecompton, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her sinus cavity and cheekbone the week after Thanksgiving. A week later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Wingert, who is the mother of two boys, underwent almost 12 hours of surgery to remove the tumors as well as her right cheekbone, right lower eye socket and six of her upper teeth. Her recovery will include chemotherapy beginning in January and prosthesis custom-molded to replace the cheekbone, teeth and upper palate.

Wingert said the support has been overwhelming but the medical costs would still be difficult to fund.

In order to aid the Wingert family, a fund has been set up at Peoples Bank with the medical bills. Those interested in contributing to the fund can contact Michelle Williams, 4831 West Sixth, P.O. Box 1795, Lawrence 66049.

Domestic disturbance: One dead, another wounded in Christmas Eve shooting

Cedar Vale One person was killed and another was wounded after an early morning shooting in southeast Kansas, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department said.

Officers arrived at a house in Cedar Vale, about 60 miles southeast of Wichita, about 4 a.m. Monday after someone reported a domestic disturbance involving a gun, the department said.

Officers found two people who had been shot. One had died, and the other was in stable condition Monday at a Wichita hospital, the department said.

The department said officers apprehended a suspect.

Obituary: Noted architect dies after bout of pneumonia

Wichita Noted Wichita architect Glenn E. Benedick, who designed many Kansas schools, churches and hospitals, has died.

Benedick also worked with Buckminster Fuller on the futuristic Dymaxion House, an assembly-line home that Beech Aircraft tried to develop after World War II. In a book inscription, Fuller called Benedick "the best draftsman I have ever worked with."

Benedick, 86, died Friday of pneumonia.

He designed the Brooks Intermediate School, University Methodist Church, Friends University Library and its Science Building, and the Shrine Temple in Wichita

Benedick received architecture and architectural engineering degrees at Kansas State University in 1938.

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