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Coutts Kids Club

The public is invited to attend the Coutts Kid’s Club “Winter Wonderland” exhibit and reception which will be held on December 1st and open to the public during El Dorado Main Street’s Old Fashion Christmas.

The Coutts Kid’s Club is an after school program for children in 4th and 5th grades.  Students are bussed to the museum for the program which runs from 3:45pm-6pm on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and held in the Coutts Museum Classroom.


Students use critical thinking and design skills to plan the layout for their exhibit.


In addition to creating art, the members of this session of the Coutts Kid’s Club have been using critical thinking and design skills to learn how to best display their art.

Coutts Kid’s Club is staffed by volunteers, two of whom are retired art teachers and is funded in part from a matching grant through Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC).  

To learn more about the next session of Coutts Kid’s Club, or the “Winter Wonderland” Exhibition, contact Coutts Museum at (316) 321-1212.


Friends of the Library Dinner & Auction


Bradford Memorial Library, Friends of the Library’s Sloppy Jo Dinner and Dessert Auction was held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Civic Center and guests enjoyed fellowship with one another over a Sloppy Jo Dinner and then turned their attention to the evening’s entertainment, a Dessert Auction that included the auction of a handmade quilt that was made and donated by Friends of the Library member Marcella Schmidt.   



Celebrating 100 Years of American Legion History

Ninety-three year old, El Dorado native, Virginia Ball is an authentic “Rosie the Riveter” who went to work for Boeing in Wichita after graduating High School in 1943.  More than 75 years later, she is spending the year as “Rosie” at American Legion celebrations across the state.

This year marked the beginning of the centennial year for the American Legion which was founded in 1919. March 15-17, of that year, members of the American Expeditionary Force convened in Paris for the first American Legion caucus.  The American Legion was chartered by Congress as a patriotic veterans organization with a focus on serving veterans, servicemembers and their communities.

On Saturday, October 27, Virginia, dressed as “Rosie” joined American Legion Auxiliary Department of Kansas President, Karen Hasting for the Blue Mound American Legion Mooney-Long Post 279 for District 2 Homecoming.  In addition to enjoying the historic celebrations, Virginia is undertaking the task of compiling the history of the American Legion Captain Edgar Dale Post 81 and Auxiliary Unit located in El Dorado, Kansas.

Virginia has a good start with telling it’s history.  Her husband, George Ball was the Department of Kansas Commander 1991-1992, and had started collecting local Legion history during his time as a member of Post 81.

With the 100th Birthday to be celebrated in March 2019, and the Auxiliary’s 100th celebration in 2020, she plans to have a compilation of the their histories to be presented to Post 81 and the Unit.

If you would like to contribute to this project, please email your stories, memories or photos to


Government Day in Butler County


Through a cooperative effort by the Butler County Council’s American Legion and Butler County, students from schools throughout the county convened in front of the Butler County Courthouse on Tuesday, October 23rd to learn about the various functions of our county government and where tax dollars are invested.


“Rosie the Riveter” Virginia Ball, center, with Gary Rogers of the American Legion Butler County Council, left, volunteers from the Auxillary, and Dan Wiley, Department Commander of the American Legion Department of Kansas. 


Education is an important part of the mission of the American Legion because a democracy depends largely on its people being informed. The Government Day program is targeted towards informing high school students enrolled in Social Studies within Butler County.

Greeted by Vice Chair, Commissioner Marc Murphy, the students were told how the day would unfold.  They divided into several groups and rotated through stations throughout the day. Those stations were composed of the different administrative, executive and legal offices within Butler County.  

Students sat in the Butler Board of Commissioners meeting located on the fourth floor of the historic courthouse and heard from County Administrator Will Johnson.  He shared an abbreviated history of Butler County with the students in addition to quizzing them on some well-known, and some obscure, facts of the largest county in Kansas.  The students also heard from the GIS Mapping Department and learned of the upcoming tax sale in November.

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At another station, students heard from Butler County Clerk, Tatum Stafford and her office.  Students who were of voting age and unregistered, were given the opportunity to register to vote.

Travelling to the Butler County Judicial Center County Attorney, Darrin Devinney and District Court Judge, Jan Satterfield welcomed students into the Courtroom and gave insights into the judicial process.  Emergency Management Director, Keri Korthals shared why the need for emergency preparedness was the responsibility of all the people.


The students were treated to lunch at the Butler County Community Building. The lunch was hosted by the Butler County Council’s American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary.  While at lunch, the students met “Rosie the Riveter” as portrayed by Auxiliary member, Virginia Ball.  And heard from the American Legion Department of Kansas Commander Dan Wiley who gave the students the “keys” to success.  


After lunch, the students went to the Butler County Detention Facility to tour the facilities and rotate through more stations set up outside.  There they learned from our public safety employees as the Butler County Sheriff, El Dorado Fire Department and Butler County Emergency Medical Services were on hand.  
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Butler alum at Tallgrass Film Festival

Cole Campbell, a former Butler CC student and Co-Owner/Director with River City Visuals, a company specializing in wedding videography, can add another title to his list of credits; veteran of the Tallgrass Film Festival (TFF).  The Tallgrass Film Festival held its 16th annual event this past weekend in Wichita.


While acceptance of a submission eluded some filmmakers, this is Cole’s third film in three years to be accepted to the ‘stubbornly independent’ film festival.  

The first two years, his films were shown in a category alongside other local filmmakers but this year his short film, “Don’t Look” was shown in a different category and was included with filmmakers from all over the world.

He credits the Dr. West and the Mass Communications program at Butler with helping him get ready and be prepared.  

Be sure to look for more films in the future from “Don’t Look” Director, Cole Campbell.






New Activity Bus Unveiled

Students attending El Dorado Public Schools USD 490 were given something to cheer about on Monday afternoon, as the school district unveiled its new Activity Bus by holding a Rolling Pep Rally.  Superintendent Sue Givens, Executive Director of Fiscal and Support Services Kellen Adams, Executive Director of Technology Doug Jensen, Director of Information Services Kim Koop, Director of District Athletics/Activities Scott Vang, Board of Education President Norm Wilks, Board Member Sharon Waugh, El Dorado Sports Foundation board members, EHS Cheerleaders, and EHS Cheer Coach Kelly Ankrom rode the new bus from school to school.

Students waited outside the school building for the rolling pep rally to arrive.  The cheerleaders called a cheer from the windows as the bus arrived, then unloaded and performed a few cheers beside the bus.  Mr. Vang introduced the new activity bus and described some of its enhancements to the excited students before the rally moved to the next school.

The new activity bus was a joint project between USD 490 and the El Dorado Sports Foundation. When it was time to purchase a new activity bus, USD 490 paid the base bid for a bus without any customizations.  The El Dorado Sports Foundation paid for all of the special features and enhancements such as the artistic wrap featuring the EHS wildcat, school colors and district hashtag. The bus is also air-ride equipped, features chrome hubcaps, and red under-lighting.

Riders will enjoy individual air vents, USB charging ports at each seat, overhead storage bins, and an extra three inches of legroom in the captain-style seats.  Even the driver has extra perks which include the rear window magnification and LED lights. The activity bus seats 46 and will be available for EHS and EMS sports and activities.


Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead!

El Dorado Native, and current Miss Augusta, Sierra Marie Bonn is a biomedical engineering student at Wichita State University, and she believes young women should be empowered to accomplish whatever they dream. “I believe that they should be supported to become astronauts, artists, and even Miss America,” Sierra says. “By promoting STEAM education and engagement and showcasing their potential to thrive in STEAM careers, young women are empowered to achieve their dreams.”

The combination of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math is recognized as STEAM education. “Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead!” is the educational initiative Sierra has designed to share with classrooms, camps, and community partners to expose girls and young women to their potential in STEAM fields.

In America, only one in five workers in research, architecture, engineering, and high-tech careers are women, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. When Sierra shares this statistic, she asks, “How can young women aspire to reach their dreams if they have so few role models? How can they reach their dreams if they don’t know they are within their grasp?”

“Currently, there is a short supply of talented workers because the stereotypes of what make a good engineer, scientist, programmer, and architect exclude half of the population and half of the talent we desperately need.” Sierra states that by failing to empower our young women to pursue science, technology, engineering, arts, and math careers, our nation’s STEAM workforce will continue to decline. This results in a loss of the historical strength and competitive edge the American economy has in the fields of science and technology, according to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

As Miss Augusta, Sierra is raising awareness of the gender inequality in STEAM fields and promoting how young women can get involved. Her solution? Honoring influential women in STEAM fields in a week-long celebration, called Women in STEAM Week to be held annually in the third week of October.

The first computer programmer in the world was Augusta Ada Byron-King, Countess of Lovelace — Ada Lovelace, for short. Her story is remarkable not only because was she a woman, but also because she was coding for a computer that wouldn’t even be invented for another 100 years. Every year in October, she is recognized around the world for her contributions to innovation and for her inspiring impact on the world as a woman in STEAM. This proclamation aims to honor her, and other inspiring women like her, during Women in STEAM week. “By providing an avenue for influential women in STEAM to be publicly recognized, our young women will be exposed to numerous role models and will be empowered to pursue their interests.”

Find out more information about influential women in STEAM by visiting Miss Augusta’s website,