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Haflich named education reporter

Haflich named education reporter

Angie Haflich has been named education reporter at The Garden City Telegram, after having previously covered the law enforcement and courts beat.

Haflich, who has been with The Telegram since June 2011, officially began her duties as education reporter on Wednesday.

She started with The Telegram as a reporting intern in June 2011, then was hired full-time in August 2012 as the law enforcement and courts reporter.

Haflich, a 1988 graduate of Garden City High School, earned an associate's degree in journalism from Garden City Community College in May 2012.

Prior to her journalism career, Haflich worked in the fields of finance and loan processing. After earning a bachelor's in business administration from Wichita State University in 1994, she worked for eight years as an assistant manager in various rental companies in Wichita and Denver.

From 2002 to 2006, she worked in auto finance for Wells Fargo Financial in Denver, and then from 2006 to 2011, she held positions as a loan processor for Lehman Bros., Inc., Wells Fargo, Aegis and Bank of American, all in Denver.

Insurance classes offered at GCCC

Southwest Kansas agents and others who work in insurance can count on the Garden City Community College Business and Community Education Department for a three-day series of courses that provide industry-sanctioned continuing education credit.

Sessions have been scheduled for Oct. 29 through 31 in the designated credit areas of ethics, life and health, and property and casualty insurance. They include:

* Long-Term Care and Partnership Plans, 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 29, providing four hours of life and health credit, at a cost of $80 per person.

* Tools and Techniques of Basic Estate Planning, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 29, providing four hours of life and health credit, at a cost of $80 per person.

* Perpetuating the Small Business, 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 30, three hours of life and health credit, at a cost of $60 per person.

* Insurance Ethics Today, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30, two hours of ethics credit, at a cost of $40.

* The Personal Umbrella, 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30, three hours of property and casualty credit, at a cost of $60 per person.

* Personal Lines Review, 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 31, four hours of property and casualty credit, at a cost of $80 per person.

* The Business Owner Policy, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31, four hours of property and casualty credit, at a cost of $80 per person.

Each course will be taught by George Wyatt, a contractor associated with the Kansas Association of Life Underwriters. Wyatt has conducted continuing education classes in the insurance industry for more than 20 years.

Information and registration are available at 276-9647, on the web at or on the second floor of the GCCC Student and Community Services Center. Classes will take place only with sufficient enrollment. Please register at least one week prior to the start of class.

Perez joins Sunflower

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. has announced that Margaret Perez has joined the company as gas generation administrative assistant at Rubart Station in Ulysses.

Perez joined Sunflower on Sept. 23. She will provide administrative and clerical support to production supervisors, professionals, and staff at the station.

KDA awards local Organizations

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has awarded grant funds to organizations across the state to promote the state's specialty crop sector.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $239,566 to the Kansas Department of Agriculture through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The program is designed to improve the Kansas specialty crop industry, which includes various horticulture products, including fruits and vegetables, turf grass, tree nuts, dried fruits, nursery crops and flowers. The Kansas Department of Agriculture then passed the funds along to other groups.

The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant program is to promote and increase opportunities for specialty crops. According to USDA, the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which is administered by the Agricultural Marketing Services, has awarded more than $293 million since 2009.

The following is a list of projects that will be funded by the grant:

* Kansas Department of Agriculture GAP Auditor, $5,658.

* Using Technology to Connect Kansas Specialty Crops and Consumers, $54,507.

* Kansas Rural Center "From Tunnel to Table," $34,130.

* Highland Community College 2014 Viticulture and Encology Extension Project, $34,750.

* Shared Incubator Kitchen at K-State Olathe, $60,360.

*Education and Assistance to Expand Kansas Vineyards, $25,530.

* Grant Administration, $24,642.

Grants were available to projects involving research, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety and security, pest and disease, education, "buy local" programs, promotion, marketing, more efficient and cost-effective distribution systems, environmental and conservational concerns, product development and developing cooperatives.

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