Event to shed light on ACA enrollment

If you are wanting to have your health care coverage begin Jan. 1, 2014, you must be enrolled by Dec. 15.

The Urban League of Kansas is sponsoring an event from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Finney County Public Library, 605 E. Walnut St., where experts will be onhand to help people understand the Affordable Care Act, see how they qualify for help paying the costs of health insurance and to get enrolled.

Please bring valid I.D. and proof of income, i.e., W-2s, current paycheck stubs or 2012 tax returns. Social security numbers are also required.

Services will be provided by Liberty Benefit Consultants, 714 S. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67211, 866-835-0778

Garden City YMCA presents two classes

TRX Training is a four-week class being presented by the Garden City Family YMCA that will help build lean muscle, boost metabolism, tighten the core and increase endurance. This suspension training exercise is using body weight that develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.

The class will be taught by Melissa Fulton, a NETA certified instructor and starts Tuesday. There will be another session to follow, starting in January. Classes will be held from 5:45 to 6:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The YMCA also presents a new spinning session in December. The YMCA offers five different classes: Cycle Jam, Lean & Mean, Sweating Buckets, Just Spin Plus and Begin to Spin.

All sessions are $10 for members and $20 for program participants.

Begin to Spin will teach the basics of spinning to improve cardio and core muscles. Classes are from 6 to 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Just Spin Plus will challenge you with 45 minutes of heart pumping action. Classes are from 9:15 to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Cycle Jam will have participants spinning to the beat of the music and is available from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sweating Buckets is perfect for improving spinning technique at a controlled and comfortable pace and is available from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

Lean & Mean will push participants to a level of high intensity to become and stay 'lean and mean.' Classes are from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Each class is only open to 10 participants, so sign-up today. For more information, contact Health & Fitness Director Sarah Tighe at 275-1199.

Former Senator Morris recognized for work

The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force has announced the presentation of the Task Force's 2013 ABC Friend of Education Award to former Kansas State Senator Steve Morris.

Morris formally was recognized at the 2013 Challenge Awards Banquet held at Junction City Middle School on Nov. 13.

The ABC award, part of the Task Force's annual Friends of Education program, represents the Task Force's highest honor in recognition of outstanding contributions and/or long-term service to public education in Kansas.

Senator Morris's history of service to his community and the state started with his election to the Hugoton School board in 1977, where he served until 1993. During two of those years he served on the Kansas Association of School Boards Legislative Committee.

In Nov. 1992, he was elected to service in the state Senate. He served five terms and was elected Senate president in 2005, after serving as chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and the Agriculture Committee. Senator Morris was also very active in the National Conference on State Legislatures as well, where he also served as president.

Senator Morris has been a key player in securing adequate funding for schools for many years, but his role increased measurable when a special legislative session was ordered in the summer of 2005 to deal with the Supreme Court's Montoy school finance decision. Under his leadership, the Senate addressed the court order swiftly, then waited for another 10 days for the House to address it. Under the plan, schools saw increased revenue for two years. When the Great Recession hit, Senator Morris's support for schools did not fade, as he worked tirelessly to protect school resources as best he could during the contentious 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions.