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February 9, 2000

Help for veterans available on Thursday
A representative with the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be in three area towns on Thursday to help veterans and their dependents with veteran service work.

Here's the schedule for this free service: 9 a.m. at the Atchison Senior Center, 504 Kansas Avenue; Atchison; 1 p.m. at the Job Service Office, 600 S. Fifth Street in Leavenworth; 3 p.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Oskaloosa.

Anyone unable to contact the representative at those times may contact the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs, 745 Vermont St., Suite No. 2; Lawrence, 66044; (785) 843-5233.

Applications available for annual Boys' State
The American Legion Boys' State of Kansas will conduct its 63rd session of Boys' State June 4-10 at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

At Boys' State, delegates are assigned to a fictitious political party. Each delegate will be assigned to one of 10 counties and to one of three cities within that county. Delegates have latitude in conducting the business of each governmental body. The program is designed to teach young men about the actions of a democracy and the responsibilities that accompany freedom as a result of decision-making.

Delegates must be a junior in high school (1999-2000 term) with at least a B- grade-point average, be a self-starter and be involved in extra-curricular activities in their school and community.

Anyone meeting these requirements may attend the American Legion Boys' State of Kansas after being endorsed by their high school principal and approved by the local American Legion Post.

Applications must be submitted by March 31, or will be subjected to a late fee.

To receive an application and/or a brochure, call Cathy Stamps, executive secretary in the Boys' State office, (785) 232-9315, or toll-free, (877) 434-8765.

Lawmaker planning to seek re-election
State Rep. Ray Cox, R-Bonner Springs, has filed for re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives.

Cox, who is seeking his fourth two-year term, chairs the Financial Institutions Committee and serves on the committees for Federal and State Affairs and for Insurance.

Cox has served as representative of the 39th House District since 1993.

Murder trial delayed in Jefferson County
An Oskaloosa man's murder trial has been postponed until April because lab test results are not available yet from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Floyd Scott Bledsoe originally was scheduled to stand trial on Feb. 22.

But during a hearing last Thursday, the trial date was changed to April 24 because prosecutors still are waiting on test results from the KBI lab.

Bledsoe, 23, is charged in the murder of his sister-in-law, Camille Arfmann, 14.

Arfmann's body was discovered Nov. 8 in a ditch on Bledsoe property in Jefferson County. The girl was reported missing on Nov. 5.

Bledsoe is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

County Breast Cancer group sets meeting
The Leavenworth County Breast Cancer Support Group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Tonganoxie Library.

Paula Boyeau, master herbalist, will discuss alternative therapy.

Parents as Teachers sponsors program
The Basehor-Linwood Parents as Teachers program will host "Building the Sibling Bond: Practical solutions for teaching brothers and sisters how to get along."

The event will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at Basehor-Linwood High School. Free baby-sitting is available by calling Jacki Himpel, parent education, at 724-4614, by Feb. 21.

"It is not fair to ask children to work out their own problems until their parents have taught them how to get along by teaching negotiation, problem-solving and empathy," said Kim Wilson-Young, parent educator and speaker for the program.

"The social skills parents teach siblings are the building blocks for how children learn to get along in families, schools and community."

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