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Stonestreet helps trooper’s seat belt campaign

Actor Eric Stronestreet used his bank and Twitter accounts to back a seat belt campaign led by a trooper from the Kansas Highway Patrol. (Photo from Wikimedia)

by Kansas News Service

Celebrity, it seems, can be at least temporarily transferable.

Sit-com star and Kansas City, Kansas, native Eric Stonestreet has used social media and the sort of disposable income that comes from his TV work to direct cash and Twitter fame to a member of the Kansas Highway Patrol.

“Trooper Ben,” the nom de Twitter for Trooper Ben Gardner, began piling up new Twitter followers after the man who plays Cameron on “Modern Family” backed the law enforcement officer’s efforts to push the number of people following his tweets to 40,000.

Stonestreet, who is a Piper High School and Kansas State University graduate, late Monday afternoon pledged a buck to the Seatbelts Are For Everyone campaign for every person who jumped onto the @TrooperBenKHP account in the following 24 hours, up to $10,000.

SAFE is run by teenagers and aims to get them to buckle up.

By mid-day Tuesday, the trooper’s number of followers had zoomed from 39.800 to more than 48,600. And he appeared thrilled.

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Pirates over Golden Bears, 71-54

Piper junior Braijion Barnes (4) put down a slam dunk in the third quarter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Piper Pirates beat Turner 71-54 in Piper on Friday night to close out the final Kaw Valley League basketball season.

Points were hard to come by in the early going, with the first basket made four minutes into the game. Turner held the lead at the end of the first quarter, 11-6.

The Pirates opened up their offense in the second quarter, collecting 23 points from six different players in the quarter, including three-pointers from Trey Bates and Ty Shelley. Piper held the halftime lead 29-24.

The teams were evenly matched through the third quarter, but Turner wasn’t able to close the gap. In the fourth quarter, Piper’s Doc Covington and Tamar Bates combined for 20 points to pull away from the Golden Bears.

Doc Covington led Piper scoring with 20 points, and Tamar Bates added 14, all in the second half. Donald Rollen paced Turner with 11 points, and Fred Poe scored 10.

Both teams will be in substate action next weekend in the KSHSAA state tournament. Tournament brackets and schedules will be announced Saturday morning.

Young Piper fans were impressed by Trey Bates’ moves on a fast break. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Turner senior Donald Rollen (12) got a hand on a shot by Piper junior Braijion Barnes (4). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Turner senior Fred Poe (33) drove to the basket. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Turner senior Ricky Jackson (5) was challenged by Piper junior Cooper Beebe (00) on his shot. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Piper sophomore Ty Shelley (23) took a three-point shot. Shelley hit 3 of 5 shots from three-point range. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Cooper Beebe tried to get a shot past Fred Poe but was fouled. Beebe ended the game with 9 points and 6 rebounds. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

The Piper dance team performed an emotional dance routine honoring their senior members. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Fred Poe dribbled at the perimeter looking for an opening in the Piper defense. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Piper senior Bryce Yoder (30) pulled down one of his 13 rebounds in the game. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Turner senior Russell Reed III drove for a layup. Reed hit three 3-point shots to end the game with 9 points. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)


Piper voters overwhelmingly approve new $35 million school bond issue

The Piper School District will build a new third-through-fifth grade elementary building at 131st and Leavenworth Road after voters overwhelmingly approved a $35 million bond issue today. Piper Superintendent Tim Conrad held several informational meetings about the project throughout the past several months. (File photo from Nov. 22 by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert

Piper School District voters approved a new $35 million bond issue to build a new elementary school by nearly 70 percent Thursday.

The unofficial vote was 1,532 in favor of the bond issue to 676 against it.

“Major appreciation to the administration, Board of Education, staff and community committee and voters for supporting the bond issue,” Superintendent Tim Conrad said. “The bottom line is our kids win. It’s a big win for our kids and the future of our district tonight.”

It was a combination of everyone working together for the betterment and future of the kids, he said.

“I can’t express my appreciation enough for the efforts of everybody and the future of our district,” he said.

“To win by a 70 percent to 30 percent margin speaks for itself, there was tremendous support, and I think our community spoke to our need and invested in the future of our students,” Conrad said. “It’s not only just a win, but a huge statement of support for our district.”

“I’m just ecstatic and this is such a great win for our kids and their future,” said Ashley Biondi, Piper School Board vice president.

The new third-to-fifth grade elementary school will be built at 131st and Leavenworth Road, with plans for completion by 2020. The building will address overcrowding and growth in the district.

There was a 27 percent voter turnout in the district, a total of 2,209 votes counted. Election Day, Feb. 22, was marked by school cancellations with freezing rain during the day, although the weather cleared in the late afternoon.

On June 9, 2015, Piper voters defeated a $67 million bond issue for new schools. Fifty-five percent voted against it, and a total of 3,265 ballots were cast in 2015. With the passage of the $35 million bond issue, property taxes may go up about six mills, or about $15.07 a month on a $250,000 home.