May 19, 2020 9:00 PM

HCF announces Fund for Hutch grant recipients

Posted May 19, 2020 9:00 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Hutchinson Community Foundation awarded $40,200 to area nonprofit organizations Friday in its most recent round of Fund for Hutchinson grants.

Those receiving awards are Stage 9, who will get $10,000 to collaborate with the Hutchinson Art Center, Blue Barn Productions and Jillian's on “Hutchinson: The Pandemic!” an original script transformed into a live virtual performance accessible to ticket holders through YouTube.

The Reno County Historical Society will get $15,200 to help the Reno County Museum digitize the archival collection of Pat Mitchell. The images will be made available online at WSU's Special Collections page at no additional cost to patrons. This is a two-year grant of $15,200 per year.

And finally, the Hutchinson Historic Fox Theatre is receiving $15,000 for the purchase of a monitor mixer and stage monitors, equipment that is essential for all productions but is currently rented for each performance.

Established in 1990 by the foundation’s founding board of directors as a permanent resource for the changing needs of Reno County, more than $3.7 million have been awarded to more than 170 area organizations and agencies from this fund.

Proposals for Fund for Hutchinson grants are accepted year-round, with awards decided in March, May, July, September and November.

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May 19, 2020 9:00 PM
UPDATED: Injury accident closes portion of US-50 for several hours Tuesday

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — An accident on Highway 50 Tuesday morning sent two people to the hospital.

According to the Reno County Sheriff's Office, at 7:34 a.m. Tuesday, a deputy was dispatched to the 7600 block of East U.S. 50 where 22-year-old Chase Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer of Mayetta was driving a white 2013 Jeep Patriot and passed a 2017 black Honda Accord driven by 42-year-old Elizabeth Touzel of Hutchinson.

The Mayetta woman began driving erratically after passing, crossed the center line and continued into the westbound lane, where she collided head on with a semi. The 2011 semi was driven by 56-year-old Phillip Adams of Orrick, Mo.

Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer’s vehicle then collided with Touzel's vehicle. The semi exited the roadway and ended up in the north ditch. Touzel's vehicle exited the roadway and ended up in the south ditch. Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer's vehicle remained on the roadway.

Wahquahboshkuk-Kramer was wearing her seatbelt. The airbags deployed, and she was trapped in her vehicle. She was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Touzel was transported by Reno County EMS to the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. She was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident and airbags deployed.

Adams sustained minor injuries and declined treatment by EMS. He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

Both lanes of U.S. 50 were opened back up around 3 p.m. Tuesday. The accident is still under investigation.