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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - July 27, 2015, Garden City, KansasFollow us on twitter at @ a Telegram and @ go sports for the latest local and sports news. Monday july 27, 2015 75 cents volume 86, no. 179 2 sections 16 pages fair fun tractor pull Chalk Art contests offer up a contrast. Page a3 Best of West Holcomb is Richmeier named shrines map. Page b1 whats inside annies advice. A8 classified. B4 comics. A7 obituaries. A2 opinion. A4 state. A3 to listings. B3 weather. A8 Market prices weather forecast Grain prices at the Garden City Coop As of Friday wheat. 4.59 Corn. 4.03 Milo. 3.78 soybeans. 9.16 Schwieterman inc. Reported Chicago live cattle futures As of Friday aug. Oct. Dec. High. 143.95 145.35. 148.00 Low. 142.42 143.47. 146.45 stand. 142.97 144.05. 146.85 today sunny Breezy and hot. High 98, Low 72. Tuesday sunny with t storm in afternoon. High 92, Low 65. By James m. Dobson Dobson a Telegram. Com growing up in a town where less than 2 percent of the population was minorities Jessica Stephenson might not seem like the typical candidate to help displaced people from across the Globe. But her compassion and curiosity has helped overcome the cultural barriers and has led her to serve in Garden City. Stephenson is a refugee caseworker at the International Rescue committee Branch in Garden City. Her Job involves working with people coming from conflict and disaster zones in More than 40 countries. Knowing How to communicate through so Many cultural barriers can be difficult and for Stephenson exposure to different people did not happen while she grew up. I grew up in Arab a Small town in Alabama where there was no diversity Stephenson said. It was years later when i moved to Dallas for my masters degree and i moved into an apartment Complex where refugees were being resettled. It really blew up my world and opened my eyes. After Stephenson finished her studies and internship with the inc in Dallas she was sent to Garden City in june to help the new office grow. It was a big culture Shock for me Stephenson said. I would say that the people Here have been very Friendly welcoming and open to me and that has made transition so much easier. I know even for me coming from Dallas to Garden City Felt like a big transition and i imagine just How much More anxiety and bigger transition it is for someone coming from another country like our refugees. I just think that the refugees who come Here have so much courage. They Are very Strong resilient Stephenson helps refugees transition into Community James m. Dobson Telegram Jessica Stephenson is shown outside her office wednesday at the International Rescue committee. Stephenson recently moved to Garden City from Dallas to help refugees transition to life in America. By Justin Wingerter the Topeka capital journal Federal legislation being championed by u. S. Rep. Kevin Yoder could Cost Kansas most populous counties including Shawnee county and Yoders own Johnson county More than $ 100,000 apiece next year by Labelling them sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. Under the legislation any state county or City accused by the u. S. Department of Homeland Security of not fully enforcing Federal immigration Laws would be ineligible for Federal emergency management Agency Grants. Between 2010 and 2014, Shawnee county received an annual Grant from Fema for $ 91,904, which supports two salaries according to Scott Garcia with the Shawnee county department of emergency management. The county also has received Grants ranging from $ 8,000 to $ 20,000 for hazardous materials training. Johnson county received an emergency management performance Grant of $ 92,552 in 2014, according to figures provided by Sharon Watson the count yes director of Public affairs. Fema figures show Kansas counties received $ 8,256,477 in Fema Grants last year and More than $ 288 million dating Back to 2002. Under Yoders amendment Sanctuary counties be eligible for the Fema funds though the rest of the state would still be eligible. Definitions of Sanctuary counties Are murky however. Yoder has spent much of the last two weeks claiming there Are about 300 such cities in the country. When asked where the congressman came up with the figure his office pointed to a study by the anti immigration Center for immigration studies. According to Cis Many of the Sanctuary cities Are actually counties including six in Kansas Finney Sedgwick Harvey Butler Shawnee and Johnson counties. All six counties Are on the list for the same reason their refusal to Honor a request by u. S. Immigration and customs enforcement to hold people without probable cause or order from a judge. In june 2014, the Shawnee county department of corrections announced it would no longer Honor ice requests without first receiving a warrant or show of probable cause. That same month the Johnson county sheriffs office announced it automatically Honor the ice requests. Shawnee county Counselor Rick Eckert said Friday that he is fired up about the county being labelled a Sanctuary so called immigrant sanctuaries would lose Fema funding by Angie Haflich Haflich a Telegram. Com from its Humble beginnings in 1965 As a Community childcare provider to the services it presently provides to 19 area counties the legacy continues at Russell child development Center. On saturday the Agency celebrated its 50 year anniversary. Alex Guitron Lupita Morales and their three sons helped celebrate the Milestone at Stevens Park where Rcd provided activity Booths and cake and cookies to ring in its half Century of service to the area. Guitron and Morales say Rcd is parents As teachers program has helped their 2 year old son Ayden in a number of ways in particular with his speech. He used to be delayed on his wording and Ever since he started that its been helping him and hers been doing really Good now Morales said As Ayden and his 1 year old brother Ethan ran around playing. Ayden began in the program More than a year ago and in that time Guitron has seen a lot of improvement in his son. He used to be really delayed. When he talked you did not understand what he said but now hers speaking clearly and you can understand what hers saying Guitron said. The couple was so Happy with a Denis Progress they also enrolled Ethan who is now considered developmentally ahead of his age group. They said if he keeps up with his bigger brother that they re probably going to Start them at the same Grade Guitron said. Ayden and Ethan Are two of Many clients Rcd has served Over the years. Its about the people the people who work there the people we work with and All of the communities we serve that support us said Deanna Berry Rcd executive director. Berry said Rcd was started by a group of concerned parents and citizens who opened a daycare for children with disabilities. According to the Rcd website the first location was in the Optimist building. Then later Ruth Ball rented out the Home of her parents Vashti and Marion Russell for $ 1 a year asking that it Only be named in their Honor thus the name Russell child development Center. Berry said the organization served children of All Ages up until 1976, when reaching a Milestone photos by Brad Nading Telegram above Chloe Reimer 6, leaps into a Pool of coloured balls saturday As her brother Travis 3, Waits his turn at one of the activities for children in Stevens Park during Russell child development centers 50th anniversary Celebration. Left Olivia Negron 7, creates giant bubbles using Sticks and rope saturday at one of the activities for children during Russell child development centers 50th anniversary Celebration in Stevens Park. Russell child development Center celebrates 50 years of service in Southwest Kansas. See neighbors Page a5 see Milestone Page a5 see immigrants Page a5 save More than $ 164.50 with coupons inside

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