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Driver has short commute to jail

By Newton Now Staff

A jail pickup ended up a jail visit on Feb. 8 for a woman accused of driving a stolen vehicle.

According to Newton Police Lt. Scott Powell, around 3:40 p.m. that day the office received a call from OnStar, a vehicle security and navigation service, that it located a stolen vehicle around Eighth St. and Oak St. and turned the vehicle off.

There was a vehicle parked in front of the jail to pick up an inmate. Inside, the driver could not get the vehicle to start. Police investigated and found it to be the stolen vehicle OnStar reported to them.

The driver, Mikki Smith of Wichita, was arrested on charges of possession of stolen motor vehicle, as well as possession of methamphetamine, as police found the drug in the vehicle during the arrest.

Newton Medical Center launches pulmonary rehabilitation program

For Newton Now

Newton Medical Center (NMC) announced it will offer a pulmonary rehabilitation service and program.

The pulmonary rehabilitation program at NMC will provide a monitored and medically supervised environment to help manage the symptoms of respiratory diseases. Pulmonologist and Doctor John Flesher will serve as the medical director.

Overseen by Flesher, the team of registered nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and dieticians will design a comprehensive plan specific to each patient’s needs.

Patients in the program meet with their team twice a week, for nine to 18 weeks, as medically needed.

Flesher said the program should help patients with respiratory disorders improve symptoms, exercise ability and quality of life.

“It’s exciting that we’re able to give patients this resource to help them manage their respiratory issues closer to home,” Flesher said.

Physician referrals are necessary to participate in the program. Those who don’t see a pulmonologist or primary care provider can call (316) 804-6242, and the pulmonary rehabilitation team will assist in obtaining a referral. Pulmonary rehabilitation is covered in full or in part by Medicare and most private insurance carriers.

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Newton Rec Commission to meet Friday

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The Newton Recreation Commission will meet at noon Friday, Feb. 16, at the Newton Activity Center, 415 N. Poplar.

Agenda items include the consent agenda, superintendent’s report, Community Play Day on May 12, discussion of the restroom/concession at Centennial Park, and approval to submit bids to buy a pickup and utility vehicle.

Friends of Kidron Looks Forward to 2018

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Friends of Kidron, the auxiliary group of Kidron Bethel Village, a Bluestem community, raised $12,619 in 2017 for the Health Care Benevolent Fund. The fund assists Kidron residents who can no longer cover the full cost of their care.

The group looks forward to another successful year ahead, with hopes to have more Newton community members join them in their mission.

The purpose of Friends of Kidron is to improve the quality of life for Kidron residents through active fellowship, service and financial support of the Health Care Benevolent Fund,” said president of the group and North Newton resident Bill Kliewer. “This involves not only residents and volunteers at Kidron but also the broader Newton community.”

To raise funds for the Health Care Benevolent Fund and promote community involvement at Kidron Bethel Village, Friends of Kidron hosts several community events throughout the year. These events include the annual Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4, Country Breakfast on Oct. 6 and Holiday Marketplace on Dec. 1.

Thresher softball gets all-conference nod

The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its 2018 pre-season all conference softball team.

Bethel junior Rylie Scudder was the lone Thresher on the list, receiving an honorable mention nod at the pitching position. Scudder is from Little Elm, Texas.