3-4 Newton in Briefs

Newton Medical Center expands home health services

Newton Medical Center (NMC) will now offer pediatric home health services through its home health agency, Newton Home Health.

The new pediatric services will provide medical assistance to children after an illness, injury or surgery who don’t require continuous care by a nurse. Home health nurses help bridge the gap between hospital care and home care by educating and training caregivers and/or providing skilled nursing services. As part of its pediatric services, Newton Home Health also provides speech, occupational and physical therapy.

University Women to meet on Saturday

For Newton Now

American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been advancing equity for women and girls since 1881.

The Newton Area AAUW Affiliate will meet from 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, KIPCOR, 2515 College Ave., North Newton.

The program is “Celebrating International Women’s Day.” Guest panelists are Angela Becker, USD 373 school board member, and Megan Kershner, director of career counseling at Bethel College. International Women’s Day is observed on March 8 every year. The theme for 2018 is “Press for Progress,” which calls attention to the gender pay gap. The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report says that gender parity may be more than 200 years away.

AAUW research indicates that the gender pay gap won’t close until 2119 at the current rate of change. AAUW is doing something about it. AAUW continues to advocate for strong pay equity legislation, regulation, and enforcement to protect employees and assist employers. AAUW also educates the public about this persistent problem and its effect on working families.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

New Talk 20 date announced for April 6

Newton Now rescheduled its Talk 20 event for 7 p.m., Friday, April 6, at the Meridian Center, 1420 E Broadway.

The event will feature 10 different speakers from Harvey County, using photos to illustrate a wide variety of short stories that shine light on the community we live in.

Speakers include Doug Schroeder, Ashley Klein, Angela Becker, Robert Palmer, Jason Miller and Melanie Krehbiel, Raymond Olais, John McCabe-Juhnke, Helen Collins, Adam and Jill Robb and Courtney Critchfield.

“Everybody in Harvey County has a story to tell,” organizer Shannin Rettig of Newton Now said. “This is just a way to get to know people in the community.”

The event was set for Feb. 22 before being postponed due to winter weather.

Harvey County student places at state spelling bee

Scott Recheck of Harvey County placed sixth at the state spelling bee held March 3 at Fort Hays State.

Ninety-five students from across the state qualified for the championship event put on by the Kansas Press Association.

The bee went for 31 rounds.

The winner, Sukesh Kamesh, a seventh grader from Kingman County, won the bee by correctly spelling the word carboniferous.

Schowalter Villa asking for local art

Schowalter Villa, a Bluestem community, is calling for local art to be considered for display in the retirement community’s new assisted living addition set to open in August of this year.

Submissions must be created by a local artist and/or the art piece must be symbolic of Hesston or south central Kansas.

Submissions must be made by Sunday, April 29. No late entries will be accepted. Visit svilla.org/news-and-stories for rules, specifications and how to enter. Please call 620-327- 3402 with any questions.

Prairie View Adds Clinical Staff

Prairie View Inc., has hired three people to its clinical staff.

New hires include Nancy Cervantes-Salas, Christopher Gahagan, and Marla Clouse

Cervantes-Salas will be director of integrated services, and will be developing and coordinating Prairie View’s Integrated Health Program at Prairie View’s Newton office, located at 1901 E. First Street.

Gahagan, a licensed master level psychologist, will provide individual and family therapy to children and adolescents ages 4 to 18 at Prairie View’s Newton office.

Gahagan specializes in treatment for trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, bipolar, depression and suicidal thoughts, anxiety, PTSD, disruptive and conduct disorders, personality disorders, relational problems, abuse and neglect, and generalized wellness. He will also provide psychological testing and cognitive behavior therapy.

Clouse, a licensed specialist clinical social worker, will provide individual, family and couple therapy to adolescents and adults ages 7 to 55 years and older at Prairie View’s Wichita East office, located at 9333 East 21st St. North.

To learn more about Prairie View or to schedule an appointment, phone 800-992-6292. For more information, visit www.prairieview.org.

Man gets away after running vehicle off road

Newton Now staff

Law enforcement is still searching for a suspect believed to have been involved in an altercation as well as a high speed chase, which forced a driver off the roadway.

Newton Police Lt. Scott Powell said on Friday night a woman in Newton called a female friend, reporting issues with her boyfriend.

The female friend drove up to Newton with a male friend, and a confrontation ensued at the South Park apartment complex at 1501 Old Main St.

“A confrontation ensued where the guy pulls a gun,” Powell said about the man who rode up to Newton.

The man drove away in the car he rode in on.

The confrontation was reported to the police who attempted to pull the vehicle over.

A chase began just after midnight on March 3. Powell said the Kansas Highway Patrol took over pursuit of the vehicle. The vehicle crashed near 21st and I-135 in Wichita. The driver fled the scene and is still missing.

Newton Police asked on social media for occupants of another vehicle that was run off the road during chase near the 4500 and 5500 Block of S. Kansas Avenue to come forward and give a statement.

A release on the department’s social media account stated that the occupants had come forward and that the suspect would be charged with two counts of aggravated assault for running the vehicle off the road.

Powell said that police have no reason to believe the suspect is in Newton.

Art is Ageless exhibit to open March 15

For Newton Now

Since the beginning of time, creative expression has brought joy to both its creators and those who experience their art. The Art is Ageless program offers senior artists the opportunity to share and display their artwork and reaffirms the agelessness of human creativity.

This month, their works are on display at Newton Presbyterian Manor.

“It’s inspiring to see the beautiful pieces these artists have created,” said Noelle Dickinson, director of marketing. “The joy it brings to them and others is wonderful, and that’s something we want to celebrate and share with the entire Newton area.”

The Art is Ageless exhibit will feature works from local artists who are 65 and older, including a few Presbyterian Manor residents. The public is welcome to visit the community to view the exhibit of acrylics, oils, photography and various other media, ranging from amateur to professional levels. The exhibit is open daily from March 15 to 30, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entry deadline is Friday, March 9, for senior artists who wish to participate.

In addition to the exhibit, Presbyterian Manor will honor local senior artists during a reception that will open the exhibit at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. An additional exhibit of Carriage Factory Gallery artists is also on display.