Snow makes travel tricky
Slick highways weren't a problem Friday if you had the right kind of transportation. Codi Owsten sleds down the Avenue A off-ramp on Kansas Highway 61 Friday afternoon in Hutchinson as her dog, Cookie, chases her. Drivers of motorized vehicles had significantly less fun navigating the snow-packed, icy roads across much of the state.
Pelathe Center expands hours for food pantry
The Pelathe Community Resource Center, 15th and Haskell, is expanding its pantry hours to include Saturdays.
The pantry is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. It now also will be open 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
"Welfare reform, high utility costs and increasing food prices are bringing more and more working poor families into the center for food assistance," Pelathe director Dave Cade said. "We felt bad for people who couldn't make it in here during the workday."
The center may soon expand the hours further, Cade said, to include a weeknight.
For more information about Pelathe Center food programs, call Terrence Savage or Madrta Yasa at 841-7202.
Darwin's birthday celebrated
A 192nd birthday celebration will be at 2 p.m. Monday in honor of British naturalist Charles Darwin.
The party will be at Dyche Hall on the Kansas University campus. Refreshments will be served, and attendees will be able to meet Darwin, portrayed by Ron Willis, KU professor of theater and film.
Willis has experience with the role, having performed a one-man Darwin show.
During the celebration, a few "friends of Darwin" will make remarks about his influence on science, after which Willis, in full Victorian costume, will comment.
Darwin wrote the book "The Origin of Species." The celebration is sponsored by Students for Science and Kansas Citizens for Science.
Voter registration deadline approaches
The deadline to register to vote in the city's primary election is Monday.
The deadline for advance voting is noon Monday, Feb. 26. Regular primary voting is Tuesday, Feb. 27. The field will be narrowed to six candidates for both the school board and city commission races. Three winners in each race will be chosen in the general election on Tuesday, April 3.
Advance voters may cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets. A special Saturday session will be from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 24.
Burn victim, 36, dies
A man who was severely burned in a fire at a Lawrence propane business in July 1999 died Thursday from complications during his recuperation.
Kim Groenhagen, 36, died at his home in rural McLouth about a year and a half after he was injured in a flash fire at Heetco Inc., 1853 E. 1450 Road.
Groenhagen told investigators that he was lighting a cigar as he walked by, which apparently ignited the explosion. He was burned on more than 90 percent of his body.