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Reno County Commissioners Honor 2 Local Businesses, Hire New Communications Person

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Two businesses were honored by Reno County Commissioners Tuesday for the assistance they provided during an April 14th incident at Tenewa Haven Midstream Gas Plant west of Haven.

When plant employees advised command personnel that a vessel containing liquid natural gas was in danger of explosion, ONEOK agreed to send one of their plant professionals to the scene to provide expertise on the potential dangers and allowed for the development of a mitigation strategy at the site.

Also recognized was Gambino’s Pizza in South Hutchinson, which stepped up that evening and provided food for some 70 emergency responders on the scene. Emergency Management Director Adam Weishaar noted Gambino’s has on many occasions stepped forward to feed workers and not charged the county for it.

Reno Count Communications Specialist

Long-time Hutchinson News photojournalist Sandra Milburn was introduced as Reno County’s new Communications Specialist during the meeting. Milburn, a graduate of the University of Kansas, spent 33 years with The News.

In her new position, Milburn will oversee the county’s social media platforms, coordinate information and educational communication activities to the media and community, and assist in community engagement and special projects. She succeeds Laurie Moody, who left her full-time status in July to become public information officer for Tulsa County, Oklahoma.