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1/26/2013

City commission to hold town hall Tuesday

City commission to hold town hall Tuesday

The Garden City Commission has scheduled a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the commission meeting room on the second floor of the City Administration Center, 301 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to bring comments and questions to the city commission's attention. No business will be conducted.

Electricity disconnect scam targets Kansans

Electric customers throughout western and central Kansas should be aware of a scam in which criminals call or show up to homes and businesses threatening to cut off service unless an immediate payment is made or transferred by wire.

During the week of Jan. 20, a business owner in Hays received a call from a man who said he was from "the electric company," saying the customer's account was past due and service would be disconnected if the owner didn't pay immediately by wire transfer. The owner said his wife handled bills and asked for a number to call back.

The owner's wife called and spoke to a female who repeated the request for a wire payment. Still suspicious, she called Midwest Energy, which verified the business owner's account was current and indicated the company does not accept wire transfers for payment. Midwest Energy advised the customer to file a police report.

Other electric cooperatives in western Kansas have noted similar scams recently.

"Pioneer Electric Cooperative in Ulysses has also had a scam, but in their version, their customers have had a person show up on the doorstep, demanding $100 or threatening disconnection," Shana Read, communications director for Kansas Electric Cooperatives in Topeka, said. "Victory Electric in Dodge City has had similar scams targeting Hispanic customers there."

Michael Sadeghi, Midwest Energy's customer service director, said the company never disconnects service over the phone or on weekends. He urged the public to contact their electric company directly whenever in doubt about a situation.

KSHL seeks candidates for new term

People interested in being elected to the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature have until 4 p.m. Feb. 14 to submit petitions, pay filing fees and provide other nominating papers to the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging office in Dodge City.

The KSHL is a unicameral legislature consisting of 125 representatives from across Kansas that meets annually in Topeka to discuss and propose legislation that impact Kansans of all ages. Measures passed by the KSHL are presented to the governor and state Legislature.

Individuals interested in becoming a candidate must be 60 or older, a resident in the county in which they are running, and a registered Kansas voter. Delegates are elected to serve two-year terms. There are no term limits. If only one candidate is running in a county, an election will not be conducted.

Elections for county delegates will be March 14 in southwest Kansas' 28 counties. Each county will elect one delegate. Current delegates must be re-elected or reappointed, and must submit the required filing forms.

Those with questions should call (800) 742-9531 or (620) 225-8230. Filing forms and nomination procedure information may be obtained from SWKAAA, P.O. Box 1636, Dodge City, KS 67801.

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