Tabatha Mills is a Bakersfield, California native. She spent most of her childhood on a farm, in a ballet studio or on the basketball court. All three still hold a very special place in her heart. Given her basketball background she's very excited to now live in Lawrence, the home of the University of Kansas Jayhawks.
Tabatha attended college at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. She majored in agribusiness and minored in agricultural communications, journalism, marketing, and theatre. After graduating she worked in the California rodeo system as a marketing and public relations manager. She then interned with the Tampa Bay Rays in Florida as an on-field in-game coordinator. After that, she found herself in front of the camera working as an anchor and reporter in east Tennessee. That was until that fateful day that she applied at 6News and knew from the first email she received from News Director Lindsey Slater that she wanted to join the 6News team!
Outside of work, Tabatha enjoys volunteering for various organizations whenever she can. She loves working with children and given her chipper attitude, they love working with her. She also enjoys the arts and all they encompass. From music, to movies, to art exhibits. There's a good chance you can find her enjoying something arts related.
Tabatha said it is her goal every day to bring a smile to someone's face. If you've ever spent 20 minutes with her, you'll probably leave with one.
In ending her bio, she had a few things to say. The first, something her father says to her nearly every day: "Gabba Gabba Hey."
The second, her favorite: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. You're playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - Marianne Williamson
You can find Tabatha on Facebook here and follow her on Twitter here.
A local preschool took the time to spread holiday cheer to men and women who serve our community every day, even during the holidays.
In the classic Christmas story, "The Grinch," it's written like this:
'Maybe Christmas,' he thought. 'Doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.'
The handmade cards from youngsters at La Petite Academy, that will soon head to officers at the Lawrence Police Department, did not come from a store, and in fact, they mean a little bit more.
Students made the cards to thank police officers for keeping the community safe year-round.
"It's very fulfilling as a police officer, being appreciated for what we do," said Officer Aaron Hachmeister of the Lawrence Police Department.
For the kids, it was an afternoon of fun, laughter, learning and admiration.
"Because when you're in trouble, they help you," explained student Brook Farthing.
Back to the story of "The Grinch"... it ends a little something like this:
The Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day. And then, the true meaning of Christmas came through.
Just like it did at a Lawrence preschool today.
The Wichita Eagle reports Jerika Francis thought she shot a 10-point buck on Saturday afternoon on land owned by her husband's family. She said that her husband, Russell Francis, realized the animal was a doe with antlers as he prepared to clean it.
Grant Woods, a Missouri-based biologist who researches whitetail deer, said antlered does are females with unusually high levels of testosterone.
Woods said that all does have testosterone, but some have enough to grow male-like antlers.
Keith Sexson with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism last year estimated he'd heard of fewer than 15 antlered does in the 50 years the state has had deer seasons.
The other six justices are not stepping aside, despite a request from Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
Nuss announced Monday in an order from the court that he is stepping aside even though the court does not think it's required by ethics rules. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments Thursday.
The lawsuit challenges a 2014 law stripping the Supreme Court of its power to appoint chief judges for district courts and giving it to the local judges. Legislators passed another law this year nullifying the judiciary's entire budget if the policy is struck down.
Nuss took responsibility for public statements criticizing the 2014 law.
Foundation officials announced Monday that it has received a $1 million gift from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation of Logan. The Hansen Foundation awards grants and scholarships to those who work toward community improvement.
The grant will help fund the renovation of the entrance gallery in the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka.
The Kansas Museum is operated by the Kansas Historical Society. More than 1.5 million people have visited the museum since it opened in 1984.
The Hutchinson News reports that Kingman County officials are meeting Wednesday to discuss requests for demolition bids for the side-by-side buildings. On Friday, a solid brick wall with a wrought-iron balcony came crumbling down. Some of the debris crashed through the glass door of Kingman Lumber and General Store, but no one was hurt.
Kingman County communications coordinator Nancy Borst says commissioners believe a recent ice storm was partially to blame, along with years of disrepair. Borst says the County Commission agreed to purchase the lots on June 15 with plans to demolish the buildings.
They are thought to have been built in the 1800s.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 39-year-old Floyd Bledsoe appears in court Tuesday afternoon. He was convicted of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated indecent liberties in the death of 14-year-old Camille Arfmann. He's been imprisoned for more than 16 years.
A new report finds that sperm from Arfmann's body likely belonged to Bledsoe's brother, Tom Bledsoe, who initially confessed before blaming Floyd Bledsoe. Tom Bledsoe was found dead of an apparent suicide soon after the DNA results were made public.
Arfmann disappeared from the mobile home she shared with Floyd Bledsoe, her sister and their two children after coming home from school.
The inmates, Russell Bucklew and Ernest L. Johnson, argue in court appeals that medical conditions they suffer from would cause painful reactions to the chemicals used in lethal injections.
The Kansas City Star reports the law requires the men's attorneys to offer an alternative method for execution. Their lawyers have proposed the gas chamber, even though the state no longer has a working gas chamber.
Bucklew's attorney has also raised a possible second alternative — the firing squad.
Bucklew is on death row for the 1996 killing of a man in southeast Missouri. Johnson was sentenced to death for killing three people during a 1994 store robbery in Columbia.
A holiday act of kindness in Lawrence is helping fix-up cars for those in need.
You may remember last year around this time, a local auto shop provided a little hope for the holidays for five deserving residents. Well they're looking to do it again. Bob's Imports on 6th Street will help fix-up cars for a few people in Lawrence free of charge and just like last year they're asking for a letter explaining why you or someone you know is deserving of the kind act.
This year, one of the recipients will be chosen with the help of 6News. If you or an incredible person you know needs a better ride, let us know!
Send a letter to:
644 New Hampshire
Lawrence, KS, 66044
Tell us about the car you or someone you know drives and explain why it's important to get the car tuned up and running. Tell us the impact it would have. You never know what could happen!
Letters will be accepted through Nov. 30.
More than a dozen people gathered at Willing Horse Farm on North 1550 Road to dig up sweet potatoes and help the families in need.
John Craft, the owner of the farmer, donated the sweet potatoes to Just Food to help provide a Thanksgiving meal for food insecure families in Douglas County. Before Craft could harvest the entire crop, he had to leave town. But that didn’t stop the harvest. A message was sent out online asking for volunteers and the community responded.
“The holidays are always really difficult for families, especially low income families or any family that's in crisis at this time. It's really great when the community rallies around us like this. It's so amazing to see all of the support we have. You know even on short notice, 24 to 48 hours, we had this crew come out so it's really helpful," said Aundrea Shafer, Program Coordinator at Just Food.
Just Food will serve more than 900 families this Thanksgiving and Shafer says donations are needed to help fulfill that need. To donate or find out more information, click here.
Nov. 10 is the official birthday of the United States Marine Corps. From it's founding during the Second Continental Congress in 1775 up to today, members of the Corps have banded together to protect America. More than 100 years later, that mission led to the adoption of Semper Fidelis, the motto they live and serve by. Latin for "Always Faithful," Semper Fidelis became the Marine Corps motto in 1883. It serves as a permanent reminder that "a Marine will forever live by the ethics and values of the Corps."
The Marine Corps celebrate every year with an annual Birthday Ball. It includes the reading of a birthday message from the Commandant and the cutting of a birthday cake. With the cutting of the cake, the oldest member of the Marine Corps takes the first bite of cake and then presents it to the youngest member of the Marine Corps present, who then also takes a bite. The celebration took place in Lawrence this year at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas. Below is a glimpse of the ceremony.
If you know a Marine or happen to see one on Nov. 10, according to the Marine Corps, the proper way to greet them is "Happy Birthday, Marine."