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TEG Friday, February 22, 2013 V V V Nightly News PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING W i n t e r FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1895 S t o r m V V V Good Evening VVV More snow? Oh no ... WWW.EMPORIAGAZETTE.COM Truck becomes stuck on tracks, hit by train Cov e r a g e VVV The Emporia Gazette Sports Ahead of the curve — ESU freshmen play key rolls down the stretch. PAGE 9 THE NEWS, BRIEFLY Family time at the library Family Night at the Library, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, will be “Purr-fect Cats.” The library is at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Mechanic Street. For more information, call Children’s Services at 340-6466 or visit All programs are free and open to the public. US beef production up 7 percent in January A new government report shows that U.S. beef production and slaughter numbers were up in January in the wake of a widespread drought that drove ranchers to sell off livestock. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Thursday that commercial red meat production totaled 4.35 billion pounds in January. That is up 5 percent from the same month in 2012. Beef production totaled 2.26 billion pounds for a 7 percent jump from the same month a year ago. Some 2.83 million head of cattle were slaughtered in January. That is 4 percent more cattle than the previous January. Production of veal, pork, lamb and mutton also was up in January. Boy calls 911 to avoid bedtime Police in Massachusetts say a 10-year-old boy called 911 because he didn’t want to go to bed. Brockton police say the boy made the emergency call just after 8 p.m. Wednesday and told the dispatcher he was calling to report his mother because he did not want to go to bed. There was no emergency. The Enterprise reported that according to the police log, an officer went to the boy’s home and explained to him when it’s appropriate — and when it’s not — to call 911. No one was charged. WEATHER More cold weather. PAGE 2 Life Lane Hollern uses a snow blower to clear the sidewalks of the 600 block of Commercial Street Thursday morning. Emporia residents have been digging out of more than 9 inches of snow that fell between Wednesday and Thursday. Another wave of snow coming By Allen Twitchell As the Emporia area continues to dig out from under a foot of snow, forecasters are watching another storm system coming this way. But, when it arrives Sunday afternoon, it is not expected to hit with anywhere near the impact of its predecessor. “We don’t have a good handle on that one yet ... but we’re not anticipating a major storm event,” said Kris Sanders, meteorologist Page 9 Please see Snow, Page 3 By Chris Walker Editor’s Note: With the Daytona 500 kicking off the NASCAR season Sunday, The Gazette’s Chris Walker caught up with Emporia driver Clint Bowyer for a phone interview earlier this week. Q A How was the off season? Q A Did your team make many changes during the off season? I was home for 12 days and it was good. It was nice to get away and do something different for a while. I did some hunting. Jared Landers, who drives one of my dirt cars, came back with me and got a good deer. My neighbor got the one I was hoping to get. We had a lot of fun just getting out and enjoying the Flint Hills. We kept most of the team intact. We made some adjustments to get better. We just hope to pick up where we left off, and the way you do that is to keep everyone intact as much as possible. When you have good year like we had, we want to get people locked up under contract because other teams will try to nab them. We are fortunate that all of our people stayed. Sports A Page 6 emergency management coordinator, said a “snow disaster declaration” was issued for Lyon County on Thursday. Roads remain snow-packed and icy today, and with single-digit lows tonight (the wind chill could drop to as low as minus-3), travel continues to be hazardous in spots. After sunny skies and a high of 31 on Saturday, Sunday’s forecast calls for a 20-percent chance for rain after 1 p.m. with a high of 37. Sunday night, Monday and How long have you been at work preparing for the new season? Four wildlife groups set local events. for the National Weather Service in Topeka. Thursday’s snowfall measured from 9 to 11 inches in Emporia, Related forcing the cloPage 15 sure of schools, The Midwest government ofdigs out from fices and many businesses, and Thursday’s shut down trafstorm fic completely on Interstate 35 east of Burlingame Road for several hours. Rick Frevert, Lyon County Bowyer ready for new season Q Latest youthfriendly series engrossing. VOL. 122, NO. 374 Matthew Fowler/Gazette A vehicle was hit by a train Thursday evening after it became stuck on the tracks at the East Street crossing in Emporia. Emporia Police were dispatched to the area after receiving a call that a 2008 Chevy Equinox, driven by Lamar Rodriguez, 39, of Emporia, had been struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe engine making its way through town. Rodriguez was driving the vehicle southbound on East Street when he became stuck in the roadway ruts on the tracks because of snow and ice. He made several attempts to get the vehicle off of the railroad tracks, but he was unable to do so, according to the EPD. After Rodriguez noticed a train approaching from the west, he abandoned the vehicle, and it was struck by the train. The vehicle, owned by Sibyl A. Hammond of Emporia, was towed by Flint Hills Towing. While there was no damage done to the BNSF engine, a guardrail around the crossing arm base and light was damaged in the accident. No one was injured. My work started in January. We have good sponsors, so we have been cutting lots of commercials. I was ready to get back to the race track so things could calm down and get the schedule back to normal and focus on what we need to. I have been down here at Speedweek for two weeks now. We have been racing the dirt cars. We have two late-model dirt cars that we run in the Lucas Oil late-model series. Georgia Boot is on one of the car sponsors and Peak Motor Oil is the other. We have been having a lot fun. We have had decent runs, but haven’t won one yet. We The Associated Press Driver Clint Bowyer, from Emporia, meets reporters during NASCAR media day Thursday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. have been running second, thirds and fourth. We have been in the top five, we just haven’t sealed the deal yet. It is just fun to be down here during Speedweek and get in on all the action. Sprint Cup Stats Clint Bowyer Driver Career Stats Q Year Starts Avg. Start Avg. Finish 2012 36 12.8 10.9 A 2011 36 16.4 15.5 2010 36 14.9 14.4 2009 36 16.6 14.9 2008 36 20.8 14.1 2007 36 17.4 13.8 Were you surprised as a new Sprint Cup team at how well you finished last season? We were definitely surprised. There were so many good things on paper that looked well, but until you get out there and perform, you just didn’t know. But as soon as we got going, I knew all the stuff that we were projecting and talking about was going to come true. First and foremost, my crew chief Brian Pattie did such a great job leading such a young team to what we did last year. Our engiPlease see Bowyer, Page 3

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