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Tabatha Mills

Tabatha Mills

Tabatha Mills, Anchor/Reporter

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.

If you'd like to hop in the car to look at Christmas lights with your family, there's a new website made just for Lawrence you might want to check out.  It's called CandyCaneLanes.com and it maps out housed decorated in the holiday spirit in town.  

Creator Eric Gruber works full-time as a web developer for the city of Olathe, Kansas.  Every year on Christmas Eve his family drives around town looking and Christmas lights.  A friend encouraged Gruber to build a website and share his family's Christmas tradition with others.  With that CandyCaneLanes.com was born. 

"My parents would take my sister and I to a place near Coffeyville, Kansas and it was called Candy Cane Lane.  It was this cul-de-sac that was just filled with lights just every single house," said Gruber, "Now my family does that.  Even though we may be traveling a lot during the holidays, we all stop and drive around together on Christmas Eve to see the lights."

Gruber's interactive website pinpoints decorated houses in Lawrence and allows others to input locations to checkout.  Gruber hopes the new site will create holiday memories for many.  He also hopes CandyCaneLanes.com will continue to grow for many years to come.  

"I know there are tons of other people like me who want to go do the same thing.  I would like to see it grow and I would like to maybe have the ability that people could upload pictures.  You know right now it's pretty basic.  It's just plotting points on a map so that way you could go check it out.  But there are tons of other features that could be built into it.  If it's desired I totally would move it forward," said Gruber.

Click here to go to CandyCaneLanes.com

 

Saturday, 20 December 2014 00:09

Bob's Imports surprises woman with car makeover

Bobs Imports Service on Sixth Street in Lawrence provided one local woman with a little hope for the holidays.

"We announced on Facebook to write a letter to nominate somebody and basically we've been receiving letters since about the middle of November," said Jamie Howard, Owner of Bobs Imports Service.

Debbie Hildebrandt sent in one of those letters.  She nominated her mother, Pat.

"I wrote in and I was just honest.  I said I couldn't think of anyone more deserving," said Debbie Hildebrandt. 

Debbie said her mother works the midnight shift at a local grocery store, she is 75-years-old, and her car is falling apart.  The heater doesn't work, the tires are bald and the driver's side window does not stay up, among other things.  


After a week of Debbie "borrowing" her mother's car.  Pat received a big surprise.  Tears gathered in her eyes as she walked into Bob's Imports to see her car completely renewed.

"Thank you.  I can't think of anything else to say but thank you.  I really appreciate you," said Pat Hildebrandt.

Next year Howard would like to help more people with a car tune-up during the holiday season. If you're interested in donating to the cause contact Howard at: 785-841-2123.

Howard would like to thank everyone in the community including Auto Zone, Sound Innovations, O'Reilly Auto Parts and others for their donations that made this project possible.

 

Lawrence residents will vote to fill three seats on the Lawrence City Commission in 2015. Matthew Herbert filed to run for a seat. Below is a little bit about why Herbert decided to run and what his priorities will be if elected.

WOW! 6 will continue to interview candidates as the file to run.

The primary election is set for March 3, 2015 with the general election following on April 7, 2015.

For those interested in running for city commission the filing deadline is noon on January 25, 2015.

Herbert can be reached through his website, click here to be directed to his page.

Lawrence residents will vote to fill three seats on the Lawrence City Commission in 2015. Matthew Herbert filed to run for a seat. Below is a little bit about why Herbert decided to run and what his priorities will be if elected.

WOW! 6 will continue to interview candidates as the file to run.

The primary election is set for March 3, 2015 with the general election following on April 7, 2015.

For those interested in running for city commission the filing deadline is noon on January 25, 2015.

Herbert can be reached through his website, click here to be directed to his page.
 
Lawrence residents will vote to fill three seats on the Lawrence City Commission in 2015. Leslie Soden is one of the first to file to run for a seat. Below listen to a little bit about why she's decided to run and what her priorities will be if elected.

WOW! 6 will continue to interview candidates as the file to run.

The primary election is set for March 3, 2015 with the general election following on April 7, 2015.

For those interested in running for city commission the filing deadline is noon on January 25, 2015.

Soden can be reached through her website, click here to be directed to her page.

At Bobs Imports Service on Sixth Street in Lawrence, they're checking breaks and replacing belts for a cause this holiday season. They're working free of charge to fix up cars for people in the community who could use a helping hand or just a big 'thank you' for all that they do.

"We're doing a hope for the holidays. We announced on Facebook to write a letter to nominate somebody and basically we've been receiving letters since about the middle of November," said Jamie Howard, Owner of Bobs Imports Service.

Howard said he's received more than 75 letters from people in the community. Five nominees will get their vehicles completely checked out and fixed.

"We try to take care of the above and beyond. We want them to be safe to drive," said Howard.

So far a Pinckney Elementary School teacher, a volunteer at the Ballard Community Services and a survivor at the Willow Domestic Violence Center have each been touched by these mechanic angels. On Monday, Howard announced the fourth person, Pat Hilderbrant.

Hilderbrant was nominated by her daughter who said her mother is 75 years old and works the early morning shift at a local grocery store with no plans or options to retire. Howard and his crew will pick up Hilderbrandt's car this week and hope to get it returned to her with all the bells and whistles by Friday.

Next year Howard would like to help more people with a car tune-up during the holiday season. If you're interested in donating to the cause contact Howard at: 785-841-2123.

Howard would like to thank everyone in the community including Auto Zone, Sound Innovations, O'Reilly Auto Parts and others for their donations that made this project possible.

It's Dental Health Month at the Lawrence Public Library and this weekend it was all about the importance of flossing.

"When we eat food the spaces in between our teeth, all that food just collects on top of our teeth on all the surfaces.  So our toothbrushes when we brush don't get all the way in between those surfaces.  So we really need to use the floss to get that bacteria and all of the particles out from in-between our teeth," said Kendra Davis, with the Douglas County Dental Clinic.

To encourage people to floss more and to show just how fun it can be the library held a "Floss Bar".  People could test out more than 12 different floss flavors including bacon, cupcake and salad.  Testing the flavors out was a little strange to most at first.

"There's a little bit of flossing bashfulness, but people are curious about the bacon," said Kristin Soper, an Events Coordinator at the Lawrence Public Library.

“I wouldn't pick bacon for my every day, maybe cupcake," said "Tooth Fairy" Christie Fangman after testing out a few.

"Who wouldn't want to wake up in the morning and stick some cupcake flavored floss in there to start your day," joked Davis.

The American Dental Association gives these tips to floss properly:

1.) Use 18 inches of floss. Wrap most of it around the middle finger of one hand, the rest around your other middle finger.

2.) Grasp the string tightly between your thumb and forefinger, and use a rubbing motion to guide it between teeth.

3.) When the floss reaches the gum line, form a C to follow the shape of the tooth.

4.) Hold the strand firmly against the tooth, and move it gently up and down.

5.) Repeat with the other tooth, and then repeat the entire process with the rest of your teeth.

Davis said flossing just one minute every day will prevent cavities and a trip to the dentist office.  Combine that with a little help from a tooth brush and you can be on your way to dental health.

Health events at the library are put on in partnership with Lawrence Memorial Hospital, United Way and AmeriCorps.

Friday, 12 December 2014 22:39

Kansas Nutcracker dances into town

6 News Producer Brian Powell captured video of the Kansas Nutcracker dress rehearsal at the Lawrence Arts Center.

This year's holiday classic is dancing to a new tune. Set in December 1856 following the sack of Lawrence and the Pottawatomie and Osawatomie Massacres, the performance also features characters based on John Brown, Charles Robinson and other famous Lawrencians. The story also recounts the Herald of Freedom Printing Press, destroyed by Sheriff Jones and melted into cannonballs by the abolitionists.

The production opened this weekend at the center and features professional dancers as well as students in the Lawrence Arts Center School of Dance. Also lending to the performance is the Free State Liberation Orchestra featuring members of the Uptown Mandolin Quartet. Orchestration and conducting is by Jeff Dearinger. New script and stage direction created by Ric Averill. New original choreography designed by Cynthia Crews and Hanan Misko.

Catch performances on December 12, 13 at 7:00 p.m. and December 14 at 2:00 p.m. The following weekend performances are set for December 19, 20 at 7:00 p.m. and December 20, 21 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $21 adults, $18 seniors, $15 students.

 

Friday, 12 December 2014 20:53

SantaCon to invade downtown Lawrence

SantaCon hits downtown Lawrence Saturday, December 13!

Not sure what SantaCon is? It's a mass gathering of people dressed up as Santa Claus, Elves, Reindeer and more! Word on the street is the real Mr. Claus will even make an appearance.

For the fifth year in a row, Santa's of all kinds will swarm downtown hopping from establishment to establishment. The event also benefits local non-profit organizations. This year Santa's are asked to bring a small cash donation for the Ballard Community Services and the Lawrence Humane Society.

 

This year marks the 27th year of the Lawrence Holiday Farmers Market.

From its first year at the South Park Rec Center with only 13 vendors, to its current location at the Holidome with more than 60 vendors, the holiday tradition has grown in size, popularity and in importance for local farmers and vendors.

The Lawrence Holiday Farmers Market opens Saturday, December 13 at 9:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Holidome on McDonald Drive. Things will shut down around 5:00 p.m.

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