The Scott County Record
SCHS fans support the Beavers during Saturday’s state championship game Page 27 34 Pages • Four Sections Volume 21 • Number 32 Thursday, March 20, 2014 Published in Scott City, Ks. $1 single copy Is it too late to save the Ogallala? Bill Mai doesn’t dispute the idea behind Gov. Sam Brownback’s 50-year plan for the future of water. And he’s certainly supportive of any effort by Groundwater Management District No. 1 to form a Local Enhanced Management Area (LEMA). But that doesn’t keep the Wallace County farmer from raising doubts about the success of these efforts. “I think we’re being overly 50-year plan may be ‘too optimistic’ optimistic about extending the life of the Ogallala,” Mai commented during the GWMD No. 1 annual meeting in Leoti on Tuesday. “There isn’t a 50 year supply of water - not at the rate we’re pumping,” he said. Greg Graff, president of the GWMD, agreed that efforts Pageant rehearsals begin Sun. The first of three rehearsals for the “Road to Redemption” Easter Pageant at Lake Scott State Park will be held on Sun., March 23, starting at 1:30 p.m. This will be a run-through of the first half of the pageant. Rehearsal for the second half is scheduled for Sun., March 30, with a full rehearsal to be held on April 6 at 1:30 p.m. Dress rehearsals will be held on Sun., April 13, and Wed., April 16, with the program to be presented during the evening of Good Friday, April 18. Participants are reminded they need to be in attendance at each rehearsal. All children 13-years and under must have a parent or other adult supervisor with them during rehearsals. Anyone wanting to participate or having questions can contact Gwen Huck (8723574) or Suzanne Griffith (872-7182). Survey begins on K96 Hwy. The Kansas Department of Transportation has begun a survey of K96 Highway through Scott City for possible improvements. Information is being gathered to design a proposed pavement reconstruction project. Curb and gutter and the storm sewer would also be replaced or repaired, as needed, under the proposal. KDOT currently has money only for the preliminary engineering work. No funding is currently available for construction. A member of the survey crew will contact property owners or tenants for permission to enter private property. to protect the Ogallala Aquifer from overpumping “should have been started years ago. We’re well behind the curve.” Mai said that a long-term conservation plan is too late for many rural residents who don’t have water for their homesteads or livestock. As the holder of the oldest appropriate water right in Wallace County, Mai has seen the impact of unchecked water use. That original senior water right was issued in 1948 and for the next 51 years that well served the Mai family. It has originally been rated at 1,000 gallons per minute and when the well was shut down after the 1999 pump- ing season and enrolled in the Water Rights Conservation Reserve Program it was down to 350 gallons per minute. “That well had lost over 60 percent of its capacity,” he said. Even though the well hasn’t been in use for nearly 15 years, Mai says it’s capacity has diminished even further as other irrigators continue tapping into what’s left of the groundwater. (See OGALLALA on page eight) backing the Beavers Scott Community High School cheerleaders get the student section warmed up prior to the start of the championship game in the Class 4A-Division II basketball tournament on Saturday at Hartman Arena near Wichita. Cheer and yell leaders are (from left) Amanda Kough, Andrew Brown and Jennie Erven. A complete wrap-up of Scott City’s tournament games begins on page 17. (Record Photo) Taking the personal agenda out of Secretary of State’s office Kansas Secretary of State candidate Jean Schodorf visits with a voter during a campaign stop in Scott City on Wednesday afternoon. (Record Photo) 406 Main, St. Scott City • 620-872-2090 www.scottcountyrecord.com Baker, WSU prepare for NCAA Tourney as a No. 1 seed Page 26 406 Main, St. Scott City • 620-872-2090 www.scottcountyrecord.com Opinion • Pages 4-5 Calendar • Page 7 LEC report • Page 10 Health • Pages 12-13 Deaths • Page 14-15 Sports • Pages 17-26 State hoops photos • Page 27 Farm section • Pages 28-29 Classified ads • Pages 31-33 The Kansas Secretary of State has more than 600 duties that are spelled out in Kansas statute. None of them involve making it more difficult for people to vote. That’s one reason why Jean Schodorf is hoping to replace Republican Kris Kobach in the November general election. Since being elected four years ago, Kobach has gained a lot of notoriety for his efforts to block immigration reform and rewriting voter registration guidelines. Schodorf, a former Republican state senator who switched to the Democratic Party, says the Secretary of State’s office is a “shambles,” in large part because Kobach has been “pursuing his own agenda” outside the state and “moonlighting” while on the payroll of Kansas taxpayers. “We need to fix the voter registration mess,” Schodorf said during a campaign stop in Scott City on Wednes(See SCHODORF on page two) SCHS boys are runner-up in Class 4A-DII state hoops tournament Page 27 Schodorf day which was part of a swing through Western Kansas. “This is voter suppression, pure and simple. When Kris took office he had a personal agenda and voter suppression was one of his goals. Now we’re left with trying to fix the problem he has created.” The voter registration “disaster” is a particular concern for Schodorf who was serving in the legislature at the time the current law was passed. At the time, she says legislators were promised a “safe, secure and seamless” registration process that involved requiring voters to show a driver’s license. “I’m not opposed to that, but the important thing is that we weren’t going to create roadblocks to voting,” Schodorf says. “(Kobach) either lied to us or he didn’t know how to implement the law he asked us to pass.” “This is government at its worst. The government promised the voters something and then it dropped the ball,” she says. Kobach’s voter registration “fix” pushed more than 20,000 voters off the rolls in the Wichita area. Voters on that “suspension” list are having a difficult time getting their The Scott County Record • Page 2 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 news briefs (continued from page one) voting rights restored. “The present Secretary of State said this wouldn’t happen - that the new voter registration law would be easy to implement,” Schodorf says. “Now we have all these people who are having difficulty getting registered. “The present Secretary is so immersed in his personal agenda that he’s not interested in fixing the problem. The law, as it’s on the books today, suppresses voting for our senior citizens, our veterans, women and minorities and it has to end. This is not the Kansas way.” The former lawmaker is equally frustrated with the legislature’s inaction. “The legislature isn’t showing any concern about this. There’s no bill in the legislature to do anything,” she says. “In fact, it’s gone the other direction. The legislature is wanting to do more to suppress voting.” Business Concerns Schodorf’s concern with the Secretary of State’s office also extends to the business community. New businesses are having a difficult time getting registered so they can begin operating in the Fish fry at St. Joseph Friday state. People who call the Secretary of State’s office can’t get questions answered and their website “needs a complete rewrite,” says Schodorf. “The delay in getting these businesses started means the state is losing money,” she notes. “During our trip through Western Kansas we’ve heard from minority business owners who aren’t getting the help they need in filing the proper paperwork so they can open their business.” If elected, Schodorf says she would make the Secretary of State’s office a “pro-business, one-stop shop where businesses can get the answers they need to begin operating within the state. One reason why so many problems are unresolved in the Secretary of State’s office is because he’s frequently on the road, providing legal assistance to other states who are trying to pass similar restrictive legislation. “And he’s doing that while getting paid by Kansas taxpayers,” Schodorf says. “It’s moonlighting or double-dipping. Call it what you will, but it’s wrong. If I’m elected my only interest will be in serving the people of Kansas as their full-time Secretary of State.” Schodorf feels the message is resonating with voters, regardless of political party. “People are getting more and more frustrated with the politics in Topeka. They feel that Kansas has been pushed too far to the right and that it’s hurting job creation, our state’s finances and education,” she says. “We hear more and more people who are looking for a change and are eager to hear what Democrats have to offer.” Other than being on the Democratic ticket, Schodorf says her biggest challenge is getting people familiar with the Secretary of State’s position and what the job duties are. “It seems we run into two kinds of voters. Either they know the Secretary of State and they are angry with him and want him out of office or they have no idea who he is,” Schodorf says. “Unfortunately, that’s fairly typical with the Secretary of State’s office.” The Knights of Columbus in Scott County will sponsor their annual fish fry on Fri., March 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at St. Joseph Parish Center, Scott City. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children (10-years and under). Carryout is available. Tag deadline is March 28 Persons whose last name begins with the letter B are reminded that license tags must be purchased by Fri., March 28, to avoid a penalty. Tags are due for autos, light trucks, motorcycles and motorized bikes. License tags can be purchased at the county treasurer’s office. Tags must be renewed during April for persons whose last name begins with C or D. Masonic ham and bean feed The Scott County Masonic Lodge will host its annual ham and bean feed on Sat., March 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Masonic Lodge Hall, 600 Cedar Street, Scott City. Cost is a free-will donation. There will drawings for an iPad and cash. Spaghetti benefit for Geists A spaghetti feed fundraiser will be held for Don and Garee Geist on Sun., March 30, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the commons area of Scott Community High School. Cost is a free-will donation. Those unable to attend can send donations to the First Christian Church (attn. Geist Benefit) 701 S. Main Scott City, Ks. 67871. The Scott County Record Community Living Page 3 - Thursday, March 20, 2014 Defending wheat from fad diet propaganda The Wheat Foods Council continued its battle on fad diets when it met recently in Phoenix. Cindy Falk, nutrition educator for Kansas Wheat and the Wheat Foods Council vice chair, represented Kansas farmers and their need to combat anti-wheat messages. A major addition to the 2014 Wheat Foods Council program will be a second “Wheat Safari” held in North Dakota to give insight to influential bloggers and health industry leaders. The “Wheat Safari,” set to be held in August, will arm influencers with the science and first-hand knowledge of how durum wheat is produced. The first “Wheat Safari” was held in Kansas in 2012. “This is not the first time the Wheat Foods Council has had to set the record straight about grain foods,” said Falk. “Fad diets have been around for a long time, and they don’t seem to be going away. “A question I often get is ‘What is the Wheat Foods Council doing to combat the anti-wheat messages being spread by consumer books, media, internet, and word of mouth?’” In order to help spread its message, the Wheat Foods Council selected three advisory board members to promote the consumption of wheat foods. Julie Miller Jones, PhD, CNS, LN, Professor Emeritus, Foods and Nutrition, St. Catherine University; Brett Carver, PhD, wheat breeding and genetics professor at Oklahoma State University; and Glen Gaesser, PhD, professor and director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University are the spokespersons who provide sound-science information on behalf of the Wheat Foods Council. At the 2013 Food and Nutrition Convention and Expo, the Wheat Foods Council interacted with an audience of more than 8,500 key influencers in the dietetic and nutrition profession. Sara Olsen, a wheat farmer from Colorado, and Dr. Carver were the featured experts available to answer questions and educate attendees. Dr. Miller Jones reached more than two million people this year when she conducted a media tour to combat fad diets and was interviewed across the U.S. on television and radio stations. Her message “Busting Fad Diets” provided counter messages to the anti-wheat claims in the wheat-free cookbooks on the market. The Wheat Foods Council educational outreach includes a variety of professionals and consumers communicating the facts about gluten and low-carb diets. This was accomplished at many events throughout the past year, primarily through presentations and exhibits at three of the largest state dietetic association meetings in Texas, North Carolina and New York. “The Wheat Foods Council members support an ongoing pro-active force of pro-wheat mes- saging. We have a good story to tell and wheat farmers, millers, bakers, researchers, food professionals and others in the industry have to keep telling it,” Falk said. “Science is in our favor.” Kansas wheat producers have had an active role in the Wheat Food Council since its formation in 1972. The council is an industry-wide partnership dedicated to increasing wheat and other grain foods consumption through nutrition information, education and research programs. The council is supported by wheat producers, millers, and related industries. Shortcuts to fake a clean living room When you’re short on time, here’s how to give your living spaces the illusion of cleanliness. In the living room, reserve one side of sofa cushions to be shown to guests. Before company Lauren Hoge and Carl Minnix Couple plans June 7 wedding Jim and Eilene Minnix, Scott City, along with Jeff and Oni Hoge, Bonner Springs, wish to announce the engagement of their children, Carl James Minnix and Lauren Ashley Hoge. Lauren is a 2010 graduate of Riding on Faith Academy and is currently a junior at Kansas State University, College of Agriculture. Carl is a 2011 graduate of Scott Community High School and is currently a junior at KSU studying history along with being in the Air Force ROTC program at K-State. The wedding will be June 7 at the Gallagher Barn in Bonner Springs. A wedding reception will be held in their honor on July 5 at the Wm. Carpenter 4-H Building in Scott City. Births PARENTS OF SON Garrett and Kelsey Baker, Scott City, announce the birth of their son, Dylan James, born Jan. 12, 2014, at the Scott County Hospital. He weighed 9 lbs., 1 oz. and was 19-1/2 in. long. Dylan was welcomed home by big brother, Corbin. Maternal grandparents are Oran and Brenda Tankersley, Scott City. Paternal grandparents are Kenneth and Sherri Baker, Scott City. Great-grandparents are Conrad and Betty Kough, Scott City, and Betty Baker, Marienthal. arrives, flip over the cushions to reveal good-asnew fabric. When guests are gone, flip them back. Rid the sofa of pet hair by wetting the fingertips of rubber gloves and gliding your hand over the sofa. The hair will stick to the rubber. Stack books, catalogs, and magazines in neat piles on the floor or arrange them in a deep decorative basket. To disguise windows in need of washing, pull curtain panels closed. Fold a clean blanket neatly and drape it over a stained sofa. Strategically placed throw pillows can also camouflage soiled upholstery. The Scott County Record Editorial/Opinion Page 4 - Thursday, March 20, 2014 editorially speaking Education spin: ‘Outcomes’ is a guise for GOP’s goal to cut funding The recent Supreme Court decision regarding the funding of public education has found some unexpected support in Kansas . . . from the Republican Party. Yes, the GOP is saying that the Supreme Court ruling reaffirms what they’ve been saying all along - that money alone doesn’t guarantee a good education. Not to shatter the GOP’s attempt to remake their image, but we aren’t aware of anyone declaring that one can measure the quality of education by the amount of money spent. But it can be said with certainty that without adequate money education suffers - either through larger class sizes, the loss of programs, fewer support staff to assist those in need or even the loss of remedial or after-school programs that are essential to some students. According to Kansas GOP Chairman Kelly Arnold, the Supreme Court reaffirmed what the Republican Party has been saying all along. Well, not exactly. What the court said in part of its ruling is that the legislature has failed to meet its constitutional obligation to provide an equitable education for all Kansas children. To close that gap will require an additional $129 million. No matter how Gov. Brownback and his party try to spin it, Kansas school children have been just one victim of their tax cut agenda. “The Court has given us a clean slate for education reform and we have the ability to seize the initiative, move promptly, and give our children a better education system,” says Arnold. That would be great if Republicans were as committed to education as they are to tax reform. In the minds of Republicans, however, “reform” is just another way of saying they will have to be more creative in how they cut spending for education in a way that won’t be struck down by the court. The GOP will attempt to redefine what elements of classroom instruction they are required to fund and what aspects of public education they can avoid funding. All of this will be done, of course, under the guise of improving outcomes. We welcome the GOP’s newfound desire for education reform. We can’t wait to see what ideas they put forth. But if history is any teacher, we imagine it will be more of the same; another attempt by the state to keep putting a squeeze on public education and pushing more responsibility to local taxpayers. We anxiously wait for the Republicans in the Kansas Legislature to prove us wrong. NRA attack: Surgeon General nominee blocked over gun safety At what point does a public health or safety issue become significant enough to warrant attention from the U.S. Surgeon General? We don’t think twice about the Surgeon General’s efforts to prevent smoking and tobacco use among the estimated 52,000 teenagers who begin the habit each year. We shouldn’t mind the Surgeon General’s efforts to reduce annual deaths from diabetes (69,000), teenage deaths from drunk driving accidents (2,700) or the number of teenagers who die each year in auto accidents caused by texting while driving (3,000). So what of something that claims 30,000 victims a year? That’s how many people die each year as a result of gun violence, including suicide - or about the same number as in car accidents. So when a Surgeon General nominee expresses support for limited gun safety measures such as a ban on assault weapons, mandatory safety training and limits on ammunition, that’s enough for the NRA to determine they are the wrong man for the job. The American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree with nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy, a graduate of Yale with medical and business degrees. But those endorsements aren’t enough to counter opposition from the NRA which has effectively blocked Murthy’s nomination in the U.S. Senate. It’s unfortunate - no, it’s criminal - that one lobbying organization can get so many members of Congress to cower. A Surgeon General can have an opinion on cigarettes and too much sugar, but any attempt to encourage gun safety is a threat to the Second Amendment. In the eyes of the NRA, 30,000 gun deaths a year is something we must all learn to live with. Our first ‘Father of Comedy’ Most people over the age of 40 probably don’t know what “Between 2 Ferns” is. In short, it’s a web show in which comedian and actor Zach Galifianakis interviews people, as the title suggest, between two ferns. President Obama was using the opportunity to pitch sign-up for Obamacare to the young audience that watches the show - a demographic that Fox News isn’t familiar with. It would appear the President was successful since the show has attracted about 15 million hits (that’s viewers to Fox News watchers). It’s understandable why Bill O’Reilly was upset. On a typical night he only has about 625,000 viewers in the 25-54-year demographic. While conservatives wouldn’t have known “Between 2 Ferns” from “Naked and Afraid” until a week ago, that didn’t prevent them from condemning the president for diminishing the dignity of the office in order to appear on a comedy web show. Of course, no U.S. president would ever do anything that would cast the office into a bad light, unless you count a drunken Andrew Johnson giving a speech to Congress on the day of his inauguration, or the corrupt administration of Ulysses Grant, or the resignation of President Richard “I Am Not a Crook” Nixon. The only thing that President Obama is guilty of is having something that conservative Republicans lack (no, it’s not a father born in Kenya) - a sense of humor. It’s not that the conservative wing of the party doesn’t try to be funny, but they keep missing the mark. Like the time that George W. Bush was speaking at the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner and he brought the house down with his search for weapons of mass destruction under a White House couch. The U.S. spent some $1.7 trillion on the war in Iraq, plus we’ll spend another estimated $490 billion providing benefits to veterans, in addition to nearly 4,500 American military personnel being killed in the war and an estimated 405,000 Iraqi deaths . . . and George’s search for non-existent WMDs under the White House furniture is material for a comedy skit. Apparently Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity got the joke because they weren’t critical of Bush, Jr. Then again, maybe it goes back to our Founding Fathers as most things Republican always do. “George, we need something that will rally the people behind our cause,” Benjamin Franklin tells George Washington. “I’ve been kicking around this skit that we can take around to all the pubs and town halls along the coast. I’d like to call it ‘Between 2 Cherry Trees.’” “I don’t get it,” says Washington. “Well, I’ll be the moderator and toss out some jokes and you’ll play along while telling people that we need more volunteers for the militia and more money.” “Why don’t I just give a couple of speeches?” asks Washington. “Because your speeches, if I may be honest, aren’t reaching the right demographic. We need younger men to volunteer to serve in our army. Those are the ones who frequent these pubs while the older people are at home reading King George III’s latest speech. This is the latest way to reach hundreds and even thousands of the people we need for our army.” “But why me? Why not Nathan Hale?” “It’s that ‘I regret I have but one life to give for my country’ thing that tends to turn off a lot of recruits. We’ve test marketed that and it doesn’t sell particularly well, which is why we need someone with a (See COMEDY on page six) The CIA is out of control We now have even more proof that our burgeoning intelligence agencies, which were given unprecedented latitude to wage war against terrorists, are dangerously out of control. Not that further evidence was needed: Months of stunning revelations about the National Security Agency’s massive domestic surveillance, thanks to fugitive whistle-blower Edward Snowden, should have been more than enough. But last week, one of the intelligence community’s staunchest defenders in Congress took to the Senate floor to announce that even she has had it up to here. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who heads the Senate intelligence committee, trained her fury on the CIA, which has waged Where to Write another view by Eugene Robinson a five-year campaign of bureaucratic guerrilla warfare to keep the committee from doing a crucial job: fully investigating the torture, secret detention and other appalling excesses committed under President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Feinstein accused the CIA of improperly searching computers that intelligence committee staff members were using to review CIA documents about “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as waterboarding - in plain language, torture. “The CIA just went and searched the committee’s computers,” Feinstein said. “I have grave concerns that the CIA’s Gov. Sam Brownback 2nd Floor - State Capitol Topeka, Ks. 66612-1501 (785) 296-3232 search may well have violated the separation-ofpowers principle embodied in the United States Constitution.” She said she believed the agency might also have violated the Fourth Amendment, a federal law and a presidential executive order. This is not just a bunch of rhetoric. It’s a very big deal. In our democracy, we have a right to know what our government is doing in our name. Agencies whose mandate is to operate in the shadows, such as the CIA and the NSA, obviously cannot announce or even acknowledge most of their actions. The only way we can be assured that the spooks are not running amok is through civilian oversight by our elected officials: the president and members of Congress. Sen. Pat Roberts 109 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-4774 roberts.senate.gov/email.htm President Obama, to his credit, took immediate measures at the beginning of his first term to outlaw torture, secret overseas detention and other outrageous practices sanctioned by Bush and Cheney. But Obama decided to take a forward-looking approach - and showed no enthusiasm, frankly, for a comprehensive public accounting of past excesses. Feinstein’s committee properly decided that the torture and harsh detention had been egregious enough to warrant “an expansive and full review.” The CIA had already destroyed the only video recordings of its waterboarding sessions, but there were “literally millions of pages” of cables, e-mails, memos and other documents that the committee wanted to examine, Feinstein said. (See CIA on page six) Sen. Jerry Moran 141 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-6521 www.house.gov/moranks01/ A silver anniversary for the worldwide web The Scott County Record • Page 5 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Sam Pizzigati Exactly 25 years ago, British computer scientist Tim BernersLee conceptually “invented” the World Wide Web - and set in motion a process that would rapidly make the online world an essential part of our daily lives. By 1995, 14 percent of Americans were surfing the web. The level today: 87 percent. And among young adults, the Pew Research Center notes, the Internet has reached “near saturation.” Some 97 percent of Americans 18 to 29 years are now going online. Tim Berners-Lee never saw this inequality coming. He didn’t invent the web to get rich. He released the code to his new system for free. But others certainly have become rich via the web. Some 123 billionaires today, Forbes calculates, owe their fortunes to high-tech. The top 15 of these high-tech billionaires hold a collective $382 billion in personal net worth. Numbers like these don’t particularly alarm many of today’s economists. Their conventional wisdom holds that grand new technologies always bring forth grand new personal fortunes for the entrepreneurs who lead the way. In the 19th century, the coming of the railroads created wildly-wealthy railroad tycoons. In the early 20th century, the dawn of the automobile age created huge piles of dollars for car makers like Henry Ford. Why should the Internet age, mainstream economists wonder, be any different? A new technology gives rise to a new cohort of rich people. The simple way of the world. In our deregulated U.S. economy, meanwhile, these Internet kingpins encounter precious few public-interest rules that keep them from charging whatever the market can bear - and rigging markets to squeeze out even more. But epochal new technology doesn’t always automatically generate grand new fortunes. The prime example: television. TV burst onto the scene even more rapidly - and thoroughly than the Internet. In 1948, only one percent of American households owned a TV. Within seven years, televisions graced 75 percent of American homes. These TV sets didn’t just drop down into those homes. They had to be designed, manufactured, packaged, distributed and marketed. Programming had to be produced. Imaginations had to be captured. All of this demanded an enor- mous outlay of entrepreneurial energy. But this outlay produced no jaw-dropping billionaire fortunes. That would be no accident. By the 1950s, the American people had put in place a set of economic rules that made the accumulation of grand, new private fortunes almost impossible. Taxes played a key role here. Income over $400,000 faced a 91 percent tax rate throughout the 1950s. Regulations played an important role as well. In television’s early heyday, for instance, government regulations limited how many commercials could run on children’s TV programming. TV’s original corporate execs could only squeeze so much out of their new medium. And television’s early kingpins couldn’t squeeze their workers all that much either. Most of their employees, from the workers who manufactured TV sets to the technicians who staffed broadcast studios, belonged to unions. TV’s early movers and shakers had to share the wealth their new medium was creating. Today’s Internet movers and shakers, by contrast, have to share nothing. In an America where less than seven percent of privatesector workers carry union cards, online corporate giants seldom ever need to bargain with their employees. In our deregulated U.S. economy, meanwhile, these Internet kingpins encounter precious few public-interest rules that keep them from charging whatever the market can bear - and rigging markets to squeeze out even more. (See WEB on page six) Do you like where this road could lead? by Chief Justice Lawton Nuss Be careful what you put in your head by H. Edward Flentje Mothers everywhere warn children not to put any food in their mouths unless they know where it came from. The same should apply to putting information in our heads. For instance, the Employment Policy Institute has recently run fullpage newspaper ads alerting the public and policymakers that an impressive group of some 650 economists who are supporting an increase in America’s minimum wage includes many who are “radical researchers.” The institute’s message is that no one should listen to, much less respect, this group of economists. But wait - “many” in the group are radical? How many? The ads only list eight and offer only innuendo as “proof” of their radicalism. And, by the way, what and who is the Employment Policy Institute? Sounds legit, but is it? Not at all. It’s a non-profit front group run by longtime corporate operative Richard Berman. It gets millions of dollars in tax-exempt donations from fast-food chains and other corporate interests trying to kill the wage increase, then funnels that money into Berman’s for-profit PR firm, which also represents the restaurant industry. To make its case, the institute has cited several “academic” reports that assail the wage increase on multiple fronts. But, just as Berman refuses to disclose the names of the corporate giants funding him, he also never mentions that more than half of the economists whose papers he cites are paid by him. One, Joseph Sabia, has been given a quarter-million dollars in eight grants from Berman’s institute. In addition, an independent analysis of one of Sabia’s reports found that the data was skewed to make it seem that a New York wage hike had a negative impact on employment, which simply was not true. This phony institute is a scam and a scandal - so momma says don’t put any of its stuff in your head. Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker and author A commitment to the needy Faith traditions can be so harsh that they drive away everyone but the self-righteous scolds. Or they can so indulge in therapeutic comfort and manufactured joy that they come to seem like a charlatan’s game. They can be so otherworldly that they offer no guidance to those living in this one on matters of justice, freedom and how we should live together. Or they are so captive to the here-and-now that it becomes hard to distinguish between a congregation and a party headquarters. And for many in the wealthy nations and among the young, religion has no relevance to their lives whatsoever. It’s seen by some as a charming throwback and by others as one more insidious force focused on power, money and self-preservation. When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope a year ago, only a few expected that the new Catholic leader would confront all of these challenges simultaneously. Yes, his choice of the name Francis was a promising sign that behind the headlines by E.J. Dionne, Jr. he would emulate a saint devoted to the poor and to simplicity. Yes, he was already on record with searing criticisms of the injustices of global capitalism. From the beginning, he stressed his more humble role as the “Bishop of Rome,” suggesting an anti-imperial papacy. And then it continued. He disdained the trappings of piety and might, including the ornate regalia that appeal to so many prelates. The Roman joke was that as priests got with his program, one could find many lacy surplices on sale at steep discounts on eBay. On his first Holy Thursday, Francis washed the feet not of the usual group of priests but rather of a dozen young people being held at a juvenile detention center, including two women and two Muslims. He has not altered church doctrine, but his shift in emphasis has been breathtaking. “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” he has said. “This is not possible.” He thus declared that the church’s main mission would no longer be as a lead combatant in the culture wars. It would stand primarily with and for the neediest. The most important aspect of a Pew survey released this month was not its finding that 68 percent of U.S. Catholics thought Francis was changing the church for the better, or that 76 percent said he was doing a good or excellent job of addressing the needs and concerns of the poor. No, the truly revealing fact about this study is that it did not even occur to Pew’s pollsters to ask in their benchmark poll a year ago whether poverty should be a priority of the new pope. This is no knock on Pew; the fact that its researchers had to include a new question about poverty this year shows how much Francis has transformed the church. (See NEEDY on page six) Last year several legislators crafted a proposal for changing the constitutional process chosen by the people of Kansas for selecting Supreme Court justices. These legislators sought endorsements by the Kansas Bar Association and the Kansas District Judges Association (KDJA). According to several sources, the endorsements would induce the Legislature to give judicial branch employees their first pay raise in more than four years. I told our 1,500 employees that while the justices supported the pay raises, we opposed the trade. Later one of the crafting legislators publicly denied any linkage between the overdue pay raises and selection of justices and demanded my apology. Recently one of these legislators advanced a new proposal. Linking money to other court issues can no longer be denied. Rather, it is glaring. Instead of pay raises, this time legislative money is being offered to keep all Kansas courts open after July 1 - in direct exchange for some important restructuring of the judicial branch. More specifically, the money would be given if the KDJA now endorsed the “package deal.” The package includes changing the statewide unified court system in two fundamental ways. First, it allows the chief judge in each of Kansas’ 31 judicial districts to submit and control his or her own budget. Second, it allows the judges in each judicial district to choose their own chief judge. The Supreme Court has exclusively exercised the authority for both actions since at least the late 1970s after a constitutional amendment. All 31 chief judges - the ones most directly affected by the decentralizing budget provision - oppose it. Additionally, many prefer the Supreme Court’s traditional chief judge selection process, where for almost 40 years the Court has sought input from all judges and employees working closely with them before making the appointment. Chief judges and justices alike ask, “What needs fixing?” One packaging legislator informed the KDJA that without a positive statement about the entire package, it would fail. The money for keeping the courts open would then be lost. And no other legislative revenue proposal for keeping courts open was planned. In other words, no endorsement means closed courts. So while disagreeing with a significant part of the package, the executive committee concluded, “The KDJA can accept (it), because the courts of Kansas will be allowed to remain open for business.” The Kansas Senate approved it a few hours later. The Supreme Court strongly opposes the package - for reasons that should be clear. Most objectionable is the diffusion of the unified court system’s centralized authority in exchange for money to keep Kansas courts open. Some argue this legislative action violates the people’s constitution. The 1968 Legislature’s “Citizens’ Committee” recommended all the various courts be unified, modernized and administered by one central authority. (See ROAD on page six) The Scott County Record • Page 6 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 Starving college students and the social contract by Michelle Goldberg If you want to know why millennials are far more economically liberal than other generations, consider the news that colleges have started opening on-campus food banks to keep their students from going hungry. Dozens of food pantries are “cropping up at colleges across the country in recent years as educators acknowledge the struggles many students face as the cost of getting a higher education continues to soar,” the Associated Press reports. Tuition alone, the article notes, “has become a growing burden, rising 27 percent at public colleges and 14 percent at private schools in the past five years, according to the College Board. Add in expenses for books, housing and other necessities of college life and some are left to choose between eating and learning.” College students, of course, have long been broke, and plenty members of today’s professional class nurture nostalgic memories of their ramen years. What we’re looking at here, though, isn’t picturesque slumming - it’s serious poverty. A recent paper in the “Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior,” Absence of info not hindering cable news by Andy Borowitz NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) - A total absence of actual information about the missing Malaysia flight is not in any way hindering twenty-four-hour coverage of the story, the major cable news networks confirmed today. “As a news network, we regard a lack of news as a worthy challenge,” the CNN chief Jeff Zucker said. “Our people are doing a heroic job of filling the void with rumor and hearsay.” A spokesperson for MSNBC, however, scoffed at Mr. Zucker’s assessment that there was no information about the missing plane. “We are receiving tons of erroneous and conflicting reports from authorities every hour, and the instant we get them we pass them on to our viewers,” he said. Over at Fox, host Sean Hannity expressed confidence in his network’s coverage. “When it comes to broadcasting twenty-four hours a day with no verifiable facts, I wouldn’t trade our experience and expertise for anybody’s,” he said. Promising that the network was working overtime to generate new unfounded conspiracy theories, Mr. Hannity said, “We’ve put our whole Benghazi team on this.” Andy Borowitz is a comedian and author Needy The pope said recently that he was uncomfortable with being seen as a “superman,” and indeed, he is not. Francis expressed his unease in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera during which he made the most troubling misstep of the year. Speaking of the pedophilia scandal that has shaken the faith of so many Catholics, particularly in the United States and in Ireland, Francis was uncharacteristically defensive and aggressive, insisting that the Catholic Church “is perhaps the only public institution that has moved with transparency and responsibility.” “No one has done more,” he added, “and yet the church is the only one that has been attacked.” In fact, the church is not “the only one that has been attacked.” Even if it were, a pope who has emphasized the urgency of seeing the world from the perspective of the vulnerable and the wounded (continued from page five) should have been the first to hear how his words might sound to the victims of abuse. A leader who has criticized a “psychology of princes” and the “spirit of careerism” should have known better. But the keen disappointment felt over this is a mark of how high Francis has lifted expectations. He has shown that the spiritual life is also a life of social commitment. He demands a lot while preaching about a God of mercy, confounding scolds and religious therapists alike. By engaging joyfully with nonbelievers and those who believe differently, he speaks to those skeptical that Christianity has anything left to say. He called for a church that is “bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets” and has proved that such a church is hard to ignore. E.J. Dionne, Jr., is a political commentator and longtime op-ed columnist for the Washington Post for example, found that 59 percent of students at one midsize rural university in Oregon had experienced food insecurity in the previous year, with the problem especially acute among students with jobs. “Over the last 30 years, the price of higher education has steadily outpaced inflation, cost of living and medical expenses,” the authors wrote. “Recent changes to federal loan policies regarding the amount and duration of federal aid received as well as how soon interest will begin to accrue after college may exacerbate the financial challenges students face. “Food insecurity, as a potential consequence of the increasing cost of higher education, and its likely impact on student health, learning and social outcomes should not be considered an accepted aspect of the impoverished student experience, but a major student health priority.” Meanwhile, it’s increasingly clear that the economic struggles students face during school follow them long past graduation. A major new report from the Pew Research Center, “Millennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked With Friends,” notes that people between Comedy slightly more upbeat message,” says Franklin. “Then why not get Benedict Arnold? He seems to be particularly popular with the young troops.” wonders Washington. “We thought about that. We even had him audition, but right in the middle of the script he goes his own direction. He’s not a team player,” says Franklin. “When we take this show on the road we need someone we can count on to get it right.” Road This recommendation was followed by a 1972 statewide election in which Kansans voted to add this language to their constitution: “The supreme court shall have general administrative authority over all courts in this state.” Acknowledging this mandate for unification and modernization, a later committee chaired by Edward Arn - former Attorney General, Supreme Court justice, CIA Obama’s first CIA director, Leon Panetta, insisted that the committee’s staff examine the documents - after they had been redacted - at a secure location in Virginia. Feinstein alleges that the CIA improperly searched the committee’s computers at this secure site. Files on those computers, she charges, have mysteriously disappeared. The CIA’s current director, John Brennan, flatly denied that the agency did anything improper. In an earlier letter to Feinstein, he alleged that it was the committee’s investigators who acted improperly Web And taxes? Today’s Internet billionaires face tax rates that run well less than half the rates that early TV kingpins faced. We can’t - and shouldn’t 18 and 33 are the first generation in the modern era to have “higher levels of student loan debt, poverty and unemployment, and lower levels of wealth and personal income than their two immediate predecessor generations (Gen Xers and Boomers) had at the same stage of their life cycles.” This, even though they are the “best-educated cohort of young adults in American history.” For these young people, the meritocratic social contract - the idea that hard work and academic achievement will be rewarded with economic security - is breaking down. No wonder the Pew report finds that they’re the only generation to favor a bigger, more activist federal government. A 2011 Pew poll even found that people between 18 and 29 had a more favorable view of socialism (49 percent) than capitalism (46 percent). So while everyone should worry that our college students are in such desperate straits, conservatives have special reason for anxiety. Thanks to their economic policies, a whole generation is getting an education in the need for a robust welfare state. Michelle Goldberg is a senior contributing writer at The Nation (continued from page four) “I’ve read the script and I feel a little foolish,” notes Washington. “That’s what’s great about this. It makes you look more human - like one of the guys,” Franklin explains. “That’s only going to make people love and respect you even more.” “So what do I have to do?” “It’s simple, George. We put two cherry trees on the stage and I’ll ask questions that make the people laugh and you are the straight man. You tell people how much we need them to support our cause and to join the militia and fight for the right to be independent of British rule,” Franklin says. “It sounds okay, but don’t you think this is going to make any Tories in the audience angry?” “Of course, it will. We saw that during the Boston Tea Party. Dressing up as Indians and whooping it up was funny stuff. Dumping tea into the harbor was a riot. And not one Tory laughed. It doesn’t matter how good the material is if the audience doesn’t have a sense of humor,” Franklin said. “So, you think the people will like this?” asks George. “If they don’t call you the Father of Comedy after this tour then forming these colonies into a nation is a lost cause,” replied Franklin. Rod Haxton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org (continued from page five) and two-term Republican Governor - specifically recommended one budget for the entire judicial branch. I express no opinion on the constitutionality of the package. Because if it is challenged in a lawsuit, the Supreme Court may need to answer that question. But as the package moves through the House of Representatives, all Kansans should ask them- selves at least two questions: First, is this package true to the will of the people when they voted to change their constitution and place all administrative authority under the Supreme Court and to eventually unify all Kansas courts? Second, if Kansans start down the road where judges feel compelled to help bargain away the Court’s authority, where does that road end? Will otherwise fair and impartial judges be asked to decide court cases the way some legislators want them to be decided - in exchange for money to keep the courts open for the people of Kansas they all are supposed to be serving? Lawton R. Nuss is a Salina native and a fourth-generation Kansan. He has served on the Kansas Supreme Court since 2002 and as chief justice since 2010 (continued from page four) by somehow obtaining a file that the agency never intended to surrender - a kind of detailed index, intended for internal CIA use, highlighting documents that cast the agency in a particularly bad light. Don’t get lost in the “he-said, she-said” minutiae. Step back and take a wider view. A committee of the U.S. Senate, working on your behalf and mine, has been trying for five years to perform its duty of civilian oversight of the intelligence agencies. Despite the CIA’s best efforts, the committee has put together a 6,000-page draft report - but the CIA is fighting its release tooth and nail. The top-secret document that the CIA seems most determined to hide is not some dossier on al-Qaeda but rather an index of the agency’s own excesses and failures. Now take another step back. Look at how the CIA’s role has expanded to include what most of us would consider military operations, including flying and firing armed drones. Look at the breathtaking revelations about the NSA’s collection of phone-call data. Look at how the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, in a series of secret rulings, has stretched the Fourth Amendment and the Patriot Act beyond all recognition. We should want the CIA to be capable of ruthlessness when necessary. We should want the NSA to be overly ambitious rather than overly modest. But then it is our duty, as custodians of this democracy, to haul the spooks back into line when they go too far. Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and former assistant managing editor for The Washington Post (continued from page five) - fault Tim Berners-Lee for any of this. He freely shared, after all, his invention with the world. “I wanted to build a creative space,” Berners- Lee observed in an interview a few years ago, “something like a sandpit where everyone could play together.” Some people didn’t play nice. Sam Pizzigati is an Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow and a co-author of the new report ‘Fix the Debt’ CEOs Enjoy TaxpayerSubsidized Pay” VIP Center’s annual potato bar • Sat. March 22 • starting at 5:00 p.m. • free-will donation The Scott County Record • Page 7 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 What do you think? Who do you think will do best in the NCAA basketball tournament? Kansas State University ______ Wichita State University ______ University of Kansas ______ Submit this form and your comments to The Record office, or log onto the website: scottcountyrecord.com Keep comments brief so they can be published in the newspaper. The numbers represent totals as of noon Thursday. For updated totals visit The Record website. HUK 872-2090 March We’re here for you 872-5328 Sunday Monday 23 HS FFA Meat Contest @ Clarendon, Tex. Turner Sheet Metal 1851 S. Hwy 83 Scott City, Ks 67871 (620) 872-2954 • 800-201-2954 Tuesday 24 Wednesday 25 Thursday 26 Friday 27 Pack 66/Troop 149, 7:00 p.m. School Resumes , No charge for community events Saturday 28 Ham and Bean Feed @ Masonic Lodge Hall, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Moonshiners @ VIP Center, 7:30-10:00 p.m. SCMS Start track practice 29 HS GWAC Forensics @ SCHS, 12:00 p.m. Al-Anon meeting @ Community Christian Church, 6:30 p.m. Attend the church of your choice. 30 31 1 SCHS Baseball HS FFA meats/poultry 2 St. Joseph Parish Center 7:00 p.m. GWAC Art Festival 3 SCHS Track 4 HS Regional Solo 4 Billy Allen Products, Inc. The complete HORSE FEED 207 E. Bellevue Scott City 872-2111 with quality ingredients and consistency guaranteed with every sack. Box 460 • Scott City 872-2778 Ogallala “Today, that well has lost 76 percent of its pumping capability,” Mai says. “We’re continuing to use water faster than we ever imagined.” Another farmer expressed similar concerns. “We had 13 wells and we had to shut them all down,” he told those gathered at the GWMD meeting, including Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey. “I had neighbors say, ‘Thanks for shutting down. Now that means I can pump more.’ That’s the thinking that we’re dealing with.” McClaskey said there is no quick solution and that the state isn’t going to come down with a heavy hand on producers and demand an immediate reduction in water usage. “I think there are people who want us to say this is what we will do as a state,” McClaskey told the approximately 50 people in attendance. “That’s not our direction. We’d rather see this happen at the local level.” (continued from page one) MOTOR COMPANY, INC. 13 Friendship ‘Meals to Go’ Good for special diets • only $3.25/meal • Call 872-3501 0 20 she said “everything is on governor’s 50-year vithe table.” sion,” Streeter told those at the GWMD meeting. Drought’s Impact However, GWMD No. Each year the Kansas 3 in southwest Kansas has Geological Survey mea- begun holding meetings sures about 1,400 wa- about a possible LEMA ter wells, including 140 and GWMD No. 4 recentwithin GWMD No. 1. The ly held its first meeting on average decline across the the topic. groundwater district was “Producers in GWMD 9-1/2 inches, which was No. 3 are beginning to about half the rate as 2012 realize they have a probwhen the drought was lem,” Streeter said. “They more severe. had wells that were sitting These annual well re- on 200 feet of saturated ports are essential to long- thickness which have beterm water planning, says gun to tank over the last Jim Butler with the Kan- couple of years.” sas Geological Survey. He said there was a se“If we don’t have a nior water rights holder in good understanding of the Haskell County who filed aquifer we can’t plan,” he a lawsuit, and won, to assaid. sure their access to water These reports are part over a junior rights holder. of a model that the KGS “We don’t think that’s is preparing which will the future of water in show the impact of water Western Kansas,” Streeter consumption at its current said. “We can’t win with a pace or the impact of con- last-man-standing mindservation efforts, such as set.” a proposed LEMA in the groundwater district that would reduce usage by 20 percent. That model is expected to be completed by the end of the year. When completed, the KGS can project the life of the aquifer with various rates of usage reduction. Weather is always a variable, Butler says. The study uses weather pat2000 Mercedes Benz terns from past years as part of the long-term pro69K, super clean jection for water usage. was $12,999 “We are always looking for more wells as observaNOW $10,999 tion sites,” Butler said. “We can gain a lot of in2013 Ford Focus formation about the aquiHatchback, 31K fer by studying this data.” great school car As to the long-term impact of a 20 percent rewas $18,999 duction in water usage in a proposed LEMA - and NOW $16,999 whether that will be adequate - Butler was re2013 Chrysler luctant to speculate at this Town&Country time. 16K, fully loaded “I can’t comment on the ultimate impact unwas $33,999 til we do this modeling Now $31,499 study. But certainly it will buy some time,” he says. A key to developing 2011 Chevy Suburban a long-range plan is to 4x4, leather interior provide a balance bewas $37,999 tween economics and conservation, emphasized Now $32,700 McClaskey. It was also emphasized that water 2007 Mazda CX7 conservation is a statewide navigation issue - affecting reservoirs in eastern Kansas as well was $14,999 as the Ogallala Aquifer in Western Kansas. Now $12,999 “You’re ahead of the game with respect to the 2010 F250 1913 Been Here Before Mai worries that he’s seen this scenario play out before. He was a member of the a Vision 2000 committee appointed by former Gov. Bill Graves which was tasked with looking at ideas for water conservation and protecting the Ogallala. “We came up with the idea of sustainability (of the aquifer) by 2020 and nothing ever came of it,” says Mai. Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office, said he was around at the time the Vision 2000 recommendations were adopted. While he says the intent was good the process was flawed because it was a “top-down effort to address the problem. There was pushback.” “I’m much more optimistic about how this is being put together,” he said of the governor’s 50year water plan. McClaskey said the final document isn’t intended to be put on a shelf where it can collect dust. “This will be a document that tells us where we want to go and identify strategies for getting us there,” she said. In looking at solutions, The Scott County Record • Page 8 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 “Big City Pricing, Small Town Service!” 601 W. Kansas Ave., Garden City, Ks 67846 601 W. Kansas Ave., Garden City, Ks 67846 • 800-545-1039 • www.burtismotor.com 800-545-1039 s a www.burtismotor.com W 99 4 , 6 1 $ NOW ONLY $14,3 99 or payments as low as Sale Price $30,599 $199 per month* 2011 Ford Fusion SE 41K miles 12 different vehicles to choose from 2012 Ford F150 Ecoboost XLT Certified Pre-Owned 100K Mile Warranty 3600A 3423A crew cab, 4x4 was $24,999 Sale Price $21,999 2011 Nissan Maxima SV Now $21,999 Premium • Loaded! 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4, auto start was $19,999 Now $16,999 Sale Price 29,299 2008 GMC Sierra 2500 4x4 was $20,999 2011 Cadillac DTS Loaded • Only 27K Miles Now $17,999 Jack 3429A *With $3,200 down for 72 months W.A.C. Ryan Brian Casey Jim Bobby Gwen Brett Sales Department Available • Monday-Friday • 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. • Saturday • 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Service Department Available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Call for appointment after hours The Scott County Record Youth/Education Page 9 - Thursday, March 20, 2014 Monsanto, Kahl donate $2,500 to Breadbasket The Scott Community Breadbasket has been awarded $2,500 through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program sponsored by Monsanto. Through AFGC, farmers in rural communities have an opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local, non-profit organization. Sandy Kahl, Scott City, was a winner in the program and selected the Breadbasket to receive the donation. While appreciative of the donation, Breadbasket/Thrift Store Director Kris Fetty noted that it only meets their food costs for one month. “We spend about $3,000 a month on food,” says Fetty, who said there is nearly always a shortage of hamburger. “In the fall we are usually well-stocked with canned goods. Organizations and clubs help us a lot with food drives during Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Fetty says. “But that food has been given out. We are pretty much getting by from monthto-month with the money that’s generated from the Thrift Store.” AFGC works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations doing important work in rural communities. Launched nationally in 2011, the program has grown to include 1,289 eligible counties in 39 states. America’s Farmers Monsanto area representative Chris Irvin (second from right) his son, Cooper, and Sandy Kahl (second from left) present a $2,500 check to representative of the Scott County Ministerial Alliance and Community Breadbasket. Accepting the donation are Rev. Dennis Carter and Breadbasket director Kris Fetty. (Record Photo) Grow Communities is part make every day. of the America’s Farmers Monsanto has also initiative which highlights made donations to Scott the contributions farmers County schools through KSU scholarship recipient the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program. Farmers nominate school districts who compete for a $10,000 or $25,000 merit-based grant to enhance math and science education. KSU expands scholarships for distance education students Kansas State University degrees are within closer financial reach for distance education students thanks to new scholarships offered through the Division of Continuing Education in partnership with university colleges and departments. Seven new scholarships for students in degreeseeking online programs are available for summer, fall and spring semesters. The university is offering distance education students $1,000 scholarships for those who enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences; College of Human Ecology; College of Technology and Aviation; and the College of Education. Scholarships in the amounts of $600 (undergraduate) and $900 (grad- uate) are available to students in the College of Agriculture. Dave Stewart, associate dean of the Division of Continuing Education, has offered to match up to $5,000 in scholarships from each college. The application deadline for summer and fall semester scholarships is April 1. School Calendar Brayden Strine, a senior at Scott Community High School, was awarded Kansas State University’s Putnam Scholarship during ceremonies on February 28 at K-State. Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students, presented the award. During K-State’s annual Scholarship Day, students and their parents were guests of the university at a banquet. Throughout the day, they attended meetings with academic deans and student life officials. House page Sat., March 22: Scott City FFA in West Texas State judging contest at Canyon, Tex. Sun., March 23: Scott City FFA in meats judging contest at Clarendon, Tex. Mon., March 24: GWAC forensics contest in Scott City, high school classes dismiss at 11:55 a.m.; SCMS track practices begin; state FBLA contest in Topeka; SCHS cheerleading tryout practice, 6:00 p.m. Tues., March 25: State FBLA contest in Topeka; SCHS cheerleading tryout practice in high school gym. Wed., March 26: State FBLA contest in Topeka; SCMS site council meeting, 5:30 p.m.; SCHS Project Graduation meeting in commons area, 7:00 p.m. Thurs., March 27: SCHS band/choir trip to Branson, Mo.; SCHS cheerleading tryouts, 7:00 p.m. Fri., March 28: SCHS band/choir trip to Branson, Mo.; SCMS StuCo donut sales, 7:30 a.m.; SCHS StuCo senior citizens dance in commons area, 7:30 p.m. s d e n n o g m a a p i m D Cha and 4th Annual Live Auction Diamond Giveaways Jackson Lewis, a fifth grader at Scott City Middle School, recently served as a page in the Kansas House of Representatives for Rep. Rich Proehl. Both are pictured with Gov. Sam Brownback. USD 466 Lunch Menu Week of March 24-28 Lunch Monday: Enchiladas, *egg rolls, chips and salsa, capri blend vegetables, pears. Tuesday: Oven fried chicken, *salisbury steak, potatoes and gravy, corn, dinner roll, peaches. Wednesday: Hot ham and cheese pockets, *mini corndogs, potato salad, green peas, strawberries. Thursday: Beef taco supreme, *beef stew, green beans, watermelon, snickerdoodle cookie. Friday: Cheese quesadilla, *fish nuggets, oven fries, winter blend, tropical fruit. *second choice at SCMS and SCHS Friendship ‘Meals to Go’ available from the VIP Center Individual frozen/sealed trays • Good for special diets only $3.00/meal • Call 872-3501 Saturday, April 5 6:00 p.m. - Cocktails 6:30 p.m. - Dinner Majestic Theatre 420 S. Main, Scott City 50 $ per ticket Limited seating, call now! 620-872-3706 for tickets or email email@example.com for more information Fundraiser for Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center For the Record New mortgage rules protect against risky loans The Scott County Record Jason Alderman Good news for people shopping for a mortgage - and for current homeowners facing foreclosure because they can no longer afford their home loan: New mortgage regulations drafted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently took effect and they provide a slew of new rights and protections for consumers. One of the corner- The Scott County Record Page 10 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 stones of the new mortgage rules is that lenders now are required to evaluate whether borrowers can afford to repay a mortgage over the long term - that is, after the initial teaser rate has expired. Otherwise, the loan won’t be considered what’s now referred to as a “qualified mortgage.” Qualified mortgages are designed to help protect consumers from the kinds of risky loans that brought the housing mar- USD 466 Board of Education Agenda Tues., March 25 • 12:05 p.m. Administration Building • 704 College •Adopt agenda •Comments from public •Executive session (if needed) •Recommendations for hire •Adjournment Public Notice (First published in The Scott County Record Thurs., March 20, 2014; last published Thurs., April 3, 2014)3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF SCOTT COUNTY, KANSAS Cheryl K. France, Plaintiff v. Lester D. Martin, and his known heirs, Dallas S. Martin and Justin T. Martin, and the Defendants- unknown heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, creditors and assigns of such of the Defendants as may deceased; the unknown spouses of the Defendants; the unknown officers, successors, trustees, creditors and assigns of such Defendants as are existent, dissolved, or dormant corporations; the unknown executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, creditors, successors, and assigns as such Defendants as are or were partners or in partnership; the unknown guardians, conservators, and trustees of such Defendants as are minors are in any way under legal disability; and the unknown heirs, executors, administrators, personal representatives, devisees, trustees, credits, and assigns of any person alleged to be deceased, and made Defendants as such, Defendants Case No. 14 CV 5 Proceedings pursuant to K.S.A. Chapter 60 NOTICE OF SUIT THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS WHO ARE OR MAY BE CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that a Petition has been filed in the District Court of Scott County, Kansas by Cheryl K. France praying to quiet title to real property, to wit: The East Half (E/2) of Section One (1), Township Sixteen (16) South, Range Thirty-Four (34) West of the 6th P.M., in Scott County, Kansas. And you are hereby required to plead to the Petition on or before April 30, 2014, in the District Court of Scott County, Kansas. If you fail to plead, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon the Petition. /s/Nathanael Berg Nathanael Berg, #22204, of HAMPTON & ROYCE, L.C. 119 West Iron, Ninth Floor P. O. Box 1247 Salina, Kansas 67402-1247 (785) 827-7251 (785) 827-2815 - Facsimile Attorneys for Plaintiff Cheryl K. France Public Notice (First published in The Scott County Record Thurs., Feb. 27, 2014; last published Thurs., March 20, 2014)4t IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff v. LINDSEY N. TRESNER and SCOTT COUNTY HOSPITAL, INC., Defendants Case No. 13-4090-SAC-KGS Notice of United States Marshal’s Sale of Real Estate By virtue of an Order Of Sale Of Real Estate issued out of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, at Topeka, Kansas, in the above entitled case, I will, on Tuesday, the 1st day of April, 2014 at 11:00 o’clock a.m., at the front door of the Scott County Courthouse, Scott City, Kansas, offer for sale at public auction and sell to the highest bidder for cash in hand, all of the right, title and interest of Defendants abovenamed in and to the following described real estate, commonly known as 105 Elizabeth Street, Scott City, Kansas, and located in Scott County, Kansas, to-wit: Lot Five (5) in Block Eight (8) in the Original Town of Scott City, Kansas. Payment must be in the form of Cash, Cashier’s Check, Money Order or Certified Check made payable to the United States District Court and will be accepted as follows: •Less than $25,000: Entire amount due at conclusion of sale; •$25,000-$100,000: 10% down with the remainder delivered to the United States Marshal’s Service Office by close of business day; •More than $100,000: 10% down with the remainder delivered to the United States Marshal’s Service Office within five (5) working days. The contact person regarding inquiries about the above property is Kent Colwell, United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, (785) 628-3081. Said real property is levied on as the property of Defendant Lindsey N. Tresner and will be sold without appraisal, subject to any unpaid real property taxes or special assessments and with a three (3) month right of redemption, to satisfy said Order of Sale. United States Marshal’s Office, Topeka, Kansas, this 10th day of February, 2014. CRAIG BEAM, acting United States Marshal District of Kansas ket to its knees back in 2008. But obtaining that designation is also important to lenders because it will help protect them from lawsuits by borrowers who later prove unable to pay off their loans. Under the new abilityto-pay rules, lenders now must assess - and document - multiple components of the borrower’s financial state before offering a mortgage, including the borrower’s income, savings and other assets, debt, employment status and credit history, as well as other anticipated mortgage-related costs. Qualified mortgages must meet the following guidelines: •The term can’t be longer than 30 years. •Interest-only, negative amortization and balloonpayment loans aren’t allowed. •Loans over $100,000 can’t have upfront points and fees that exceed three Scott Co. LEC Report Scott City Police Department March 9: Jose Acosta-Gonzalez was arrested for driving under the influence, transporting an open container and failure to give a proper signal. He was transported to the LEC. March 12: Curtiss Chambless, Jr., was arrested for criminal damage to property and transported to the LEC. March 14: Glenda Rupp was approaching a parking stall in the 1300 block of South Main, could not stop and struck a soda machine. Scott County Sheriff’s Department March 14: Daniel Turner was arrested on a Scott County warrant and transported to the LEC. March 14: Ray Hays was served an out-of-county warrant while in jail. Public Notice (First published in The Scott County Record Thurs., March 20, 2014; last published Thurs., April 3, 2014.)3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF SCOTT COUNTY, KANSAS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF NADINE MARIE GIES a/k/a NEVA NADINE GIES, deceased Case No. 2014-PR-20 NOTICE OF HEARING THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that a Petition has been filed in this Court by Kathleen Hoeme and Elizabeth Hess, duly appointed, qualified and acting executor of the Estate of Nadine Marie Gies, deceased, praying that their acts be approved; that the Will be construed and the Estate be assigned to the persons entitled thereto; that fees and expenses be allowed; that the costs be de- termined and ordered paid; that the administration of the Estate be closed; that the Co-Executors be discharged and that they be released from further liability. You are required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 16th day of April, 2014, at 2:00 o’clock p.m., of said day, in said Court, in the City of Scott City, in Scott County, Kansas, at which time and place said cause will be heard. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon the Petition. Kathleen Hoeme and Elizabeth Hess Petitioners WALLACE, BRANTLEY & SHIRLEY 325 Main - P. O. Box 605 Scott City, Kansas 67871 (620) 872-2161 Attorneys for Petitioner percent of the total loan amount. •If the loan has an adjustable interest rate, the lender must ensure that the borrower qualifies at the fully indexed rate (the highest rate to which it might climb), versus the initial teaser rate. •Generally, borrowers must have a total monthly debt-to-income ratio of 43 percent or less. •Loans that are eligible to be bought, guaranteed or insured by gov- ernment agencies like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration are considered qualified mortgages until at least 2021, even if they don’t meet all QM requirements. Lenders may still issue mortgages that aren’t qualified, provided they reasonably believe borrowers can repay – and have documentation to back up that assessment. (See RISKY on page 11) Register of Deeds Kent Howell to Pete and Victoria Steffens, south 5 ft. of Lot 6 and north 65 ft. of Lot 9, Blk. 13, Webster’s Addition. Melvin Kirk to Thomasiana Brown, Lot 8, Blk. 43, Original Town. Santos and Margarita Prieto to Alan and Maria Bruner, Lot 7, Blk. 23, Original Town. ALFCO, Inc., to Great Plains Resources, Inc., W2 of NE4 of 21-18-34, all of section 31-20-34 and all of section 32-20-34. Clifford and Patricia Morrison to Matthew and Callie Crist, a tract in NE4 of 26-18-33. Carey Wilken to Randall and Maranda Cersovsky, west 70 ft. of Lot 2 and 3, Blk. 10, McLain, Swan and Sangster Addition. Rex and Caren Watson to Timothy and Tyra Streck, Lot 9, Blk. 10, Fairlawn Addition. Timothy and Tyra Streck to Harold and Shannon Berry, Lot 9, Blk. 10, Fairlawn Addition. Janis Blakey to Galen and Virginia Decker, undivided SW4 of 28-16-34. Karyn and Matthew Hendrix to Jaime Navarete, Lot 8, Blk. 9, Original Town. Public Notice (First published in The Scott County Record Thurs., March 20, 2014; last published Thurs., April 3, 2014)3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF SCOTT COUNTY, KANSAS Gail Cathcart, Plaintiff and Kansas Department of Revenue, Unknown persons, Defendants Case No. 14-CV-6 Pursuant to Chapter 60 of Kansas Statutes Annotated NOTICE OF SUIT TO ALL UNKNOWN DEFENDANTS AND ALL OTHER CONCERNED PERSONS: You are notified that a Petition has been filed in the District Court of Scott County by Gail Cathcart Plaintiff praying that title to property listed as stated in the Petition as a 1977, 20foot Coachman travel trailer with vehicle identification number: 5172-01-0505 be awarded to the Plaintiff and you are hereby required to plead to the Petition on or before May 1, 2014. If you fail to plead, judgment will be entered upon the Petition. Gail Cathcart Petitioner 405 Evans Garden City, Kansas 67846 The Scott County Record • Page 11 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 MADD opposes sunset of ignition interlock law Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) urges lawmakers to advance HB 2479 calling for the removal of a sunset clause that was included in the state’s all-offender ignition interlock law when it went into effect in July 2011. On March 14 the House passed a version of HB 2479 that extends the sun- set date of the interlock law in Kansas to 2020. While the addition of five years will protect the public, MADD is asking the Senate to pass HB 2479 and for House to concur. Kansas is among 20 states that have passed all-offender ignition interlock legislation. Since the passage of its all-offender interlock law, Kansas has Public Notice (Published in The Scott County Record Thurs., March 20, 2014) 1t SCOTT COUNTY COMMISSIONER’S PROCEEDINGS FEBRUARY 2014 GENERAL FUND SALARIES ............................................ $ 84,769.09 COMMODITIES .................................... 12,244.63 CONTRACTUAL SERVICES ................. 53,250.24 CAPITAL OUTLAY.................................. 114.99 OTHER................................................... 0.00 COUNTY HEALTH FUND SALARIES ............................................. COMMODITIES ..................................... CONTRACTUAL SERVICES ................. CAPITAL OUTLAY ................................. OTHER................................................... 11,411.64 2,597.92 3,765.75 47.94 79.96 NOXIOUS WEED FUND SALARIES............................................... COMMODITIES ...................................... CONTRACTUAL SERVICES................... OTHER ................................................... 4,304.75 56.71 400.00 0.00 ROAD AND BRIDGE FUND SALARIES .............................................. COMMODITIES....................................... CONTRACTUAL SERVICES.................... CAPITAL OUTLAY.................................... 32,611.05 19,586.97 6,117.54 31,225.00 FIRE DISTRICT FUND SALARIES .............................................. COMMODITIES ...................................... CONTRACTUAL SERVICES.................... CAPITAL OUTLAY .................................. 389.28 66.95 115.53 0.00 TREASURER’S SPECIAL FUND SALARIES ............................................... COMMODITIES ....................................... CONTRACTUAL SERVICES .................... CAPITAL OUTLAY..................................... OTHER ..................................................... JAMES M. MINNIX Chairman 4,108.60 125.37 8.74 0.00 339.82 ALICE BROKOFSKY Scott County Clerk seen a reduction in the number of drunk driving deaths by over 30 percent (138 in 2010 to 94 in 2012). Research indicates that requiring an ignition interlock for all drunk driving offenders reduces repeat offenses by two-thirds and significantly cuts the number of drunk driving deaths. The law requires a DUI Risky offender to install an ignition interlock, or in-car breathalyzer device. The driver must blow into the device to prove he/she is sober before the car will start. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ignition interlocks laws are found to reduce repeat offenses by 67 percent. (continued from page 10) New, tougher regulations also apply to mortgage servicers - the companies responsible for collecting payments and managing customer service for the loan owners. For example, they now must: •Send borrowers clear monthly statements that show how payments are being credited, including a breakdown of payments by principal, interest, fees and escrow. •Fix mistakes and respond to borrower inquiries promptly. •Credit payments on the date received. •Provide early notice to borrowers with adjustablerate mortgages when their rate is about to change. •Contact most borrowers by the time they are 36 days late with their payment. •Inform borrowers who fall behind on mortgage payments of all available alternatives to foreclosure (e.g., payment deferment or loan modification). With limited exceptions, mortgage servicers now cannot: initiate foreclosures until borrowers are more than 120 days delinquent (allowing time to apply for a loan modification or other alternative); start foreclosure proceedings while also working with a homeowner who has already submitted a complete application for help; or hold a foreclosure sale until all other alternatives have been considered. For more details on the new mortgage rules, visit www.consumerfinance.gov/mortgage. Bottom line: You should never enter into a mortgage (or other loan) you can’t understand or afford. But it’s nice to know that stronger regulations are now in place to help prevent another housing meltdown. States with similar laws have reduced drunk driving fatalities by 38 percent in New Mexico, 35 percent in Louisiana, 43 percent in Arizona and 42 percent in Oregon. MADD is also asking lawmakers to vote against HB 2662 that will decrease expungement periods for DUIs. Lawmakers have argued the decrease in expungement periods will keep minor indiscretions from harming future job prospects. “What legislators do not realize is that due to the liberal use of diversion for first time offenders, an expungement is typically required only after an offender’s second conviction,” said Chris Mann, MADD Kansas Advisory Board Chair. The Scott County Record • Page 12 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 Push is on in Kansas for final days of Obamacare enrollment Mike Sherry KHI News Service With the deadline fast approaching to get health coverage this year through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace plans, a final push is on across Kansas and other states to get people signed up. “We have stepped up efforts with our outreach activities. Our navigators have jam-packed their schedules, getting appointments made to get people enrolled,” said Katrina McGivern, communications coordinator for the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, one of the Kansas groups given federal grant dollars to help get people enrolled. The association represents Kansas’ various safety net clinics. The last day of open enrollment is March 31 and most involved with it report that the pace has picked up considerably since the marketplace’s slow start in October 2013. Starting this year, most people who don’t have health insurance but can afford it will face penalties. ‘Starting to realize’ “I think people are starting to realize the deadline is coming. We’re seeing a lot of people who have never had insurance before. They don’t know about co-pays and deductibles. We’re really working with them from square one,” said Misty Kruger of the Shawnee County Health Agency in Topeka. The agency hired certified navigators and counselors to help people get enrolled and stationed the workers at the public library, a popular community gathering spot, with hours that extend into the evenings and weekends. Earlier this month in Kansas City, Kan., organizers held a twoday health fair as part of efforts to get the word out. Salvador Lopez, an Excelsior Springs, Mo. farm worker, was among those who attended the event. He came with his wife and two daughters. He said he would like health insurance so he could afford diabetes medicine. Lopez said Medicaid already covers his daughters and he was optimistic he would be able to find a plan he could afford through the new marketplace. “It’s going to help me a lot,” he said. “I would say the majority of people that we see have no idea what health insurance is, have (See PUSH on page 13) Mercury monitoring causes committee rift Trevor Graff • KHI News Service The Kansas Legislature is considering a bill that would let the Kansas Department of Health and Environment scale back one of its testing programs for mercury pollution by closing two of the state’s six rain monitoring stations. The Senate Committee on Natural Resources recommended the bill favorably. House Bill 2551 removes the requirement for KDHE to maintain the monitoring system that was built to comply with the Mercury Deposition Network, a program coordinated through the National Atmospheric Deposition Program. KDHE officials said they would continue monitoring with a scaled-back program, if the bill becomes law. But the revision would give them authority to stop doing it completely. “We do plan on continuing to monitor for mercury in the state of Kansas,” said Tom Gross, air monitoring and planning chief for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. (See MERCURY on page 13) Ks. Senate committee considers pharmacy bills Mike Shields KHI News Service A Kansas Senate committee is considering three proposed bills that could affect pharmacy operations across the state, including one that would require that the state’s 6,422 pharmacy technicians be required to pass an examination. Currently, the technicians are allowed to work counting pills, labeling bottles and other “entrylevel” type tasks with no minimum age or education requirements. According to Debra Billingsley, executive secretary of the Kansas Board of Pharmacy, there are at least 22 of them working that are under the Testing anxiety can be overcome by the American Counseling Association Even very good students can sometimes suffer from test anxiety. That’s the name given to poor performance in testing situations which results from the student seeming to mentally freeze up, despite having really studied the subject matter. It can happen from early elementary years through college and even in work situations. Most students suffering from severe test anxiety are very aware of it and eager to make it disappear. A starting point in overcoming test anxiety is accepting that some nervousness is natural. Blame it on our ancestors. In any tension-filled situation - whether it’s a snarling bear at the cave entrance or test questions about polynomials - our blood pressure goes up and other physiological and psychological reactions take place. This is good when the threat is a bear but overkill when it’s just a snarling math problem. Try these tips to reduce that level of natural anxiety: •Prepare, but don’t cram, trying to cover the whole subject the night before a test. Instead, take an organized, rational approach and focus on the key points of the subject being tested. •Anticipate test questions. There may be small surprises, but most tests focus on core concepts and materials. Concentrate your studying and preparation in those main areas and you’ll feel more confident about handling the test. •Be physically prepared. Get a good night’s sleep and eat smart. Don’t skip breakfast or consume foods high in caffeine, sugar or artificial sweeteners. Fresh fruits and vegetables are often recommended to reduce stress. •Change your attitude. Tell yourself, repeatedly, that you’ve studied well, that you’re ready to do your best and that you’re feeling confident. A positive attitude makes a big difference. Relax at test time, taking several deep breaths and thinking pleasant thoughts. Take that same relaxation break during the test if you feel yourself tensing up. •Remind yourself it’s only a test, not an “all or nothing” situation. Don’t worry about the whole test, just focus on the current question. •Tell yourself you’re doing your best. Being nervous about a test is natural. Being so anxious that it repeatedly affects performance is a problem that should be dealt with. If simple changes, such as those above, don’t seem to help, talk to your school counselor, or consider meeting with a professional counselor outside your school. There are treatments and strategies that can effectively help manage severe test anxiety. “Counseling Corner” is provided by the American Counseling Association. Comments and questions to ACAcorner@counseling.org or visit the ACA website at counseling.org age of 18 and two that are younger than 16. They may or may not have finished high school, she said. “You learn something every day,” said Sen. Laura Kelly of Topeka, ranking Democrat on the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee. “I had no idea these people weren’t licensed.” House Bill 2510 would not require they be licensed, but it would require them to pass a standardized test in order to be certified to work in the state. “There’s a national movement to require standardized training,” Billingsley told panel members. “This is sort of a trend.” She said there were two “recognized” national tests that could be models for Kansas and that eight states already are requiring the technicians to be certified. The bill would let the pharmacy board determine the examination standards. According to those who testified to the committee, most training for the tech- nicians is provided by the pharmacists or companies that hire them. Those that hire them must affirm that they have learned what they need to know in order to handle drugs safely. More than a third of the technicians are employed by chain drugstores, according to information given to the committee by the pharmacy board. Senate Committee refuses to fund med center building The chairman of the Kansas Senate’s budget writing committee is defending the panel’s recent decision to withhold state funding for a new classroom building at the University of Kansas Medical School. Sen. Ty Masterson (R-Andover) said he’s not convinced the university needs additional state funding to construct the building on its medical school campus in Kansas City. Masterson said KU has the resources to complete the project if it’s the priority that university officials say that it is. “KU’s dropped eight percent, almost nine percent, in its enrollment and we’re still giving them as much money as we’ve given them in the past,” Masterson said. “We’re just looking at what’s the proper allocation of the funds we have available.” Earlier in the session, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said the university couldn’t move forward on the project unless lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback agreed to cover approximately $40 million of the $75 million cost. University officials are requesting an ongoing annual appropriation of $1.4 million starting in 2015 to help retire construction bonds. The Ways and Means Committee gave the university permission to issue the bonds but the panel’s Republican majority declined to appropriate any money to help pay for them. Sen. Laura Kelly, from Topeka, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said lawmakers should take seriously the warnings of university officials who have said the building is needed to maintain the medical school’s accreditation. “I have a daughter who just graduated from KU Med and I can attest to the state of their facilities. They will not pass muster,” Kelly said. “Lots and lots of states have really upgraded their facilities to be able to teach students the way that medical students need to be taught now, which is much more hands on and a lot less lecture.” The medical school has been put on notice that its facilities will be an issue in its next accreditation review, according to KU officials. Masterson said he’s not convinced the accreditation issue turns on the question of state funding for the new building. “This body (Legislature) is not going to allow the school to become unaccredited,” he said. University officials have said the new building also is needed to help address a doctor shortage in the state. The KU medical school, which trains approximately half the doctors that practice in Kansas, currently accepts 211 new students a year. The new building would increase enrollment by 50 starting in 2017. Commonly asked Push questions about ACA Roberta Riportella, the Kansas Health Foundation professor of community health at Kansas State University, has spent much of the past six months helping consumers understand how the Affordable Care Act - also called ObamaCare - affects them. Following are answers to commonly asked questions from consumers: Q) What is the ‘Health Insurance Marketplace’ and where do I find it? A) The Health Insurance Marketplace is a place for people to go to shop for health insurance. Applying and enrolling through the marketplace, by phone at 1-800-318-2596 or at www.healthcare.gov, consumers also can find out if they qualify for a premium tax credit or cost sharing reduction. The tax credits help pay the health insurance premiums for a plan purchased through the marketplace. The cost sharing reductions help to lower out-of-pocket costs. All new plans offered, including those in the marketplace, cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions, and preventive care. No one can be denied coverage by any insurance plan due to a pre-existing condition. * * * Q) What if I refuse to buy insurance? A) Unless their income is too low, most people must have health coverage in 2014 or pay a fee. You will need to provide proof of health insurance in your 2014 tax return. If you don’t have coverage in 2014, and don’t qualify for an exemption, you’ll have to pay a penalty of $95 per adult, $47.50 per child, or one percent of your income, whichever is higher. There is a family maximum of $275. Exemptions from the individual responsibility payment are available in certain situations. * * * Q) I have Medicare. Am I already covered? A) Yes. You’re already covered if you have Medicare, Kan-Care (formerly Medicaid and Healthwave for children), any job-based health plan, COBRA, retiree coverage, Tri-Care, VA health coverage, or some other types of health coverage. It is especially important for those on Medicare to understand the marketplace will have no effect on their Medicare coverage. In fact, it is illegal for someone to sell you a marketplace policy if they know you have Medicare. Life and Disability Insurance Offer a complete group insurance package with these products: • Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment • Short-Term & Long-Term Disability • Voluntary Life, AD&D and Disability • Employee Assistance Program • Dependent Life Se habla Español. Adrian Caro Kelly Bliemeister Group Enrollment Rep Dodge City – 620.227.2312 Garden City – 620.276.3981 Group Consultant Dodge City – 620.227.2312 Garden City – 620.276.3981 620.276.3981 • 1620 E Kansas Ave., Suite C • Garden City KS 67846 N.1402.RSC Independent Licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Filename: 114BCBS002-AICK_Scott_N1402_1_0_jg Client: Blue Cross Blue Shield Paper: Scott County Record never had it,” said Pam Seymour, executive director of Shepherd’s Center Central. Surge Expected The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that five million people nationwide had purchased exchange plans through The Scott County Record • Page 13 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 (continued from page 12) the end of February. The Congressional Budget Office had originally projected that seven million people would enroll in private plans in the first year of the marketplace. Last month it revised that downward to 6 million. The latest numbers from HHS included about 104,000 people who were Mercury (continued from page 12) “We are not going to use this statute, if it is repealed, as an opportunity to shut down all of our monitors.” Gross said the agency wanted to scale back the operations to save money. Two failed amendments to the bill caused a partisan rift in the committee, which has nine Republicans and two Democrats. The first would have allowed KDHE to reduce the monitoring to four sites but also require a study of the sources of mercury in Kansas’ atmosphere. “We heard testimony that said we still have a problem with mercury in fish and mercury seems to be more dependent on the weather and moisture than what we thought before,” said Sen. Tom Hawk (D-Manhattan). Gross estimated the savings from closing the two sites at between $30,000 and $40,000, but said he wasn’t confident of those numbers. And he said he wasn’t sure the agency could do a good study with that amount of money. “My concern would be how comprehensive and how good of a study the department can accomplish for $30,000 to $40,000,” Gross said. The department’s Water Bureau and the EPA already monitor mercury levels in the states fish populations. Sen. Larry Powell, (R-Garden City) who chairs the committee, said KDHE should have flexibility in making its monitoring decisions. “In my opinion, we’re trying to repeal some things that we have done,” Powell said. “I think that if we want less government, which I’m in favor of, then we need to give them the flexibility and repeal these things.” Mercury pollution in Kansas is most often caused by electrical generators, cement kilns and mining operations. The EPA says too much mercury exposure can harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and immune system in people of all ages. signed up in Missouri and Kansas. According to federal estimates, about 1.1 million people in the two states are uninsured and eligible to participate in the exchange. Nationally, the number of uninsured people in 2012 was estimated at about 47 million. Officials are expecting there will be a flurry of enrollments at or near the deadline. “What we are finding,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said with the release of the new enrollment numbers, “is that as more Americans learn just how affordable marketplace insurance can be, more are signing up.” The Scott County Record • Page 14 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 Park Place People Deaths Ruth E. Holland Ruth E. Holland, 97, died on March 19, 2014, at Park Lane Nursing Home, Scott City. S h e w a s born on Aug. 1, 1916, in Clayton, N.M., the daughter Ruth Holland of Ivan and Nina (Gardner) Weaver. She was raised by her parents, Walter and Nina Woodall, in Hutchinson. She married Francis (F.D.) Holland on May 9, 1939, in Hutchinson. He died June 26, 1997. They moved to Scott City on Aug. 1, 1950. She was a homemaker, kept books for F.D. Holland Trucking and sold Avon until her children were grown. She worked at Spangler Liquor Store, Mr. Jack Boutique, Lee’s Card and Party, all of Scott City; Self Service Drug, Huthinson; and retired as a baker at Denny’s IGA, Scott City. She loved to dance, embroidery, bake and play cards. She was a devoted wife and mother and loved to gather with friends after Mass on Saturday evenings at the Scott City Dairy Queen for a hamburger and fellowship. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and Altar Society, Scott City. Survivors include three daughters, Monica Rowton, Ulysses, Frankie (Jim) Rowton, Leoti, and Debbie (Lance) Bush, Garden City; three grandchildren, Kendra (John) Euliss, Ulysses, Stefanie (Jeff) Perry, Leoti, and Rita (Jeff) Wallin, Grant, Nebr.; six great-grandchildren, Starla and Keith Euliss, Morgan and Justin Perry, and Mackayla and Jentry Wallin; a brotherin-law and sisters-in-law, Jack and Pat Holland, Oklahoma City, and Monica Dick, Hutchinson; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Ivan Weaver, and her parents Walter and Nina Woodall; infant twin boys, Walter and Daniel; a son-in-law, Keith Rowton; grandson, Roy Rowton; her Aunt Clara Summerall, four sisters, Donna Marie Henry, Margaret Lowe, Dorothy Ratzlaff and Martha Fair; and two brothers, Woody and Lloyd Woodall. Vigil service will be Friday at 6:00 p.m. at Price and Sons Funeral Home, Scott City. Funeral service will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Scott City, with Fr. Bernard Felix presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Park Lane Nursing Home in care of the funeral home, 401 S. Washington St., Scott City, Ks. 67871. Sr. Citizen Lunch Menu Week of March 24-28 Monday: Creamy noodles and ham, beets, whole wheat bread, orange slices. Tuesday: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, cau- liflower and peas, whole wheat roll, angel food cake with strawberries. Wednesday: Chicken and stuffing, broccoli, whole wheat bread, strawberry yogurt parfait. Thursday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, green beans, tossed salad, French bread, peach pie cake. Friday: Tuna salad sandwich, potato soup, diced chilled tomatoes, apricots. meals are $3.25 • call 872-3501 by Doris Riner Say! Park Place is a good place to live, especially on St. Patrick’s Day. Wanda Wright brought a large tray full of St. Patrick’s Day cookies and candies she had baked. Thank you, Wanda. Lou’s son, Phil Pfanenstiel, Elk City, Okla., visited for a week and he even brought treats. Bill and Bob Novack visited Arlene Cauthon on Thursday morning. Arlene and Jean Rowton visited at Garden Acres on Friday afternoon. Yours Truly went to church Sunday with Ron and Sue. We enjoyed having lunch together in Garden City, then spending two hours just driving through the countryside on our way back home. Margaret Lee’s daughter, Mary, is here every day to see her. We have a new resident to welcome to Park Place. She is Nita Ashcraft of Limon, Colo. Welcome Nita! Archaeology Day at Colby on April 5 The Kansas Anthropological Association and the Prairie Museum of Art and History are co-sponsoring this year’s Archaeology Day at the Prairie Museum in Colby on Sat., April 5. The program will feature three talks on historical and prehistorical topics. 1:00 p.m.: Steven and Kathleen Holen of the Center for American Paleolithic Research in Ft. Collins, Colo., will present “Early Humans in the Central Great Plains: Where Did They Come From and When Did They Arrive?” 2:00 p.m.: local his- torian Mike Baughn will discuss the Cheyenne Hole massacre on Sappa Creek in 1875. 2:45 p.m.: archaeologist and former Cottonwood Ranch curator Don Rowlison will give an overview of northwest Kansas archaeology. The program is free and open to the public at the Prairie Museum located at 1905 S. Franklin Avenue in Colby. Anyone needing more information can contact Rob Aiken at 462-6399. The Scott County Record • Page 15 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 Deaths Shawn M. Clinton Shawn M. Clinton, 53, died Feb. 23, 2014, at the UF Health Center, Jacksonville, Fla. H e was born on Jan. 25, 1961, in Scott City, the son of R. Ward Shawn Clinton and Charlotte Ann (Evers) Clinton. Shawn was a resident of Scott City until 1980 when he enlisted in the US Navy. In December of 2000 he retired from the US Navy and worked as a civilian contractor for LSI, Jacksonville. His most recent contract had him residing in Taiwan for the last five months. He was a 1979 graduate from Scott Community High School and a lifetime member of the VFW. Survivors include: his father; three brothers, Ward A., Darryl and David, all of Scott City; three sisters, Cheryl Rillinger, Goodland, Karen Anderson, Slaton, Tex., and Judith Wright, Scott City; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother. Memorial service will be held Sat., March 22, 10:30 a.m., at the Church of the Nazarene, Scott City, with Rev. Ward A. Clinton and Pastor Don Williams officiating. Inurnment will be at the Scott County Cemetery. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be give to Wounded Warriors, the VFW or Church of the Nazarene in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Scott City, Ks. 67871. Vernice Maurine Degnan Leslie Vernice Maurine Degnan Leslie, 90, died March 14, 2014, at Hillcrest Nursing Home, McCook, Nebr. She was born on July 25, 1923, in Scott City, the daughter of Jesse and Olga (Schmitt) Gowin. She grew up in Scott City and graduated in 1941 from Scott City High School. In 1945, she graduated from Wesley Hospital School of Nursing, Wichita. Upon graduation she joined the Army Nurse Corps and served until the end of 1946. Following her tour of duty and later a stint of private nursing in Kansas City, she accepted a nursing position at Boothroy Memorial Hospital, Goodland. An “angel in white,” Vernice devoted 37 years to caring for the sick and serving her community. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, the American Red Cross, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Wesley School of Nursing Alumni Association, American Legion and various other local organizations. In 1950, she married George William “Bill” Degnan and they raised two daughters. Several years after Bill’s death, she and U.H. “Doc” Leslie were married and they continued to make their home in Goodland. Doc died in 1987. Survivors includes: two daughters, Charmiann Townsend, McCook, Nebr., and Yvonne Norby, Derby; one step-son, Ron Leslie, and wife, Jolene, Hutchinson; seven grandchildren, seven greatgrandchildren and nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husbands; her parents; one brother, Royce Gowin; two sisters, Lorenn Elrod and her husband, Warren; and Glennis Pittman and her husband, William. Funeral was held March 18 at the First United Methodist Church, Goodland, with Rev. Shelly Petz officiating. Burial with military honors followed in the Goodland Cemetery. Memorials may be designated to the Northwest Kansas Area Medical Foundation or First United Methodist Church and may be mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, Ks. 67735-1555. Twila M. Head Twila M. Head, 75, died March 13, 2013, at Lane County Long Term Care, Dighton. S h e was born on July 1, 1938, in Lane County, the Twila Head daughter of Bert U. and Vera N. (Richards) Nichols. On July 30, 1955, she married Clyde Head in Dighton. He died on March 12, 1983. Twila was a member of the United Methodist Church, Dighton, a past president of United Methodist Women and a Sunday school teacher. She lived in Dighton, Scott City and Dodge City throughout her life. She worked as a truck driver with her husband, later had a daycare in Scott City and was a cook at the Dighton American Legion and The Majestic, Scott City. Survivors include three daughters, Therese Bouck, and husband, Bob, Olathe, Marletta Betzold and husband, Mike, Liberal, and Melinda Borell and husband, Tory, Dighton; one son, Gary Head, and wife, Melody, Dodge City; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held March 17 at the United Methodist Church, Dighton. Rev. Berniece Ludlum officiated. Burial was at the Dighton Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Sterling House in care of Boomhower Funeral Home, 145 N. Wichita, Box 891, Dighton, Ks. 67839. Condolences may be e-mailed to garnandfh@ sbcglobal.net. Fish Fry at St. Joseph Parish Center • Scott City Friday, March 21 • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Planning for a secure financial future April is National Financial Literacy Month - a perfect time to spring into action when it comes to planning your financial future. If you already have a plan, this is a great opportunity to take another look at it and make sure you’re still on track to reach your financial goals. According to a 2013 survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, the past few years have seen a sharp decline in Americans’ confidence about their retirement savings. Only 13 percent of workers feel very confident about having enough for a comfortable retirement and 28 percent are not at all confident. More than half of all workers have less than $25,000 in total savings Social Security Becky Ewy Assistant District Mgr. and investments. Twentyeight percent of workers have saved less than $1,000. If you haven’t begun saving for retirement, now is a good time to start - no matter what your age. If retirement is near, you’ll want to jump into the fast lane right away. If you’re younger and retirement seems a lifetime away, it’s still in your best interest to begin saving now. Here’s how much the magic of compound interest will work to your advantage. For example, a 25-year old who begins saving $100 a month and earns a modest five percent interest will have more than $150,000 at age 65. Save $200 a month and you’re looking at more than $300,000. Experts agree that saving when you’re young will make a world of difference when the time comes to draw on your retirement savings. You can check out the numbers yourself. A great way to start figuring out how much you will need for retirement is to use Social Security’s online Retirement Estimator, which offers an instant and personalized estimate of your future Social Security retirement benefits based on your earnings record. Try it today at www. socialsecurity.gov/estimator. There are reasons to save for every stage of life. A great place to go for help is www.mymoney.gov (the official U.S. government’s website dedicated to teaching Americans the basics of finances.) Whether you are looking for information about buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k) plan, the resources on www.mymoney.gov can help you. The Ballpark Estimator at www.choosetosave.org/ ballpark is another excellent online tool. It makes complicated issues, like projected Social Security benefits and earnings assumptions on savings, easy to understand. Get started on planning your future at www. socialsecurity.gov. Attend the Church of Your Choice Our Defense (1 John 2: 1-6) In 1st John, John often refers to believers as my dear children. It’s a term of endearment, actually all believers are dear children to God. He wants us to be obedient and follow Him with all we have! John wrote this so we will not sin. But everyone has sinned and will sin again. John gives us great hope because “we have One who speaks to the Father in our defense.” The King James Version calls the One who speaks an Advocate with the Father. Think about that. Who can be an advocate with the Father for your sins? Absolutely no one can be an advocate for our sins. Except Jesus Christ, the Righteous One! No one else is righteous, only Jesus! Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins. And also for the sins of the whole entire world! Can we really grasp the atoning sacrifice that only Jesus was able to do for us? If we do then why don’t we spend more time thanking and praising Him for His sacrifice? Do we really grasp what Jesus did for us? We need to accept the fact that only Jesus can do that for us! No other religion will save us. Nothing we do will save us. Only Jesus is our Defense and Advocate! If we know Him we will keep His commands! Do we love Jesus enough to keep His commands? If we claim to know Him but don’t do what He commands we are liars and the truth isn’t in us. But if we obey His word, God’s love is truly made complete in us. If we claim to live in Him we must walk as Jesus walked! As believers it should be second nature for us to obey God’s word and keep God’s commands. But it takes work! We have to go against what the world says is good and follow Jesus! The world tries to make us believers look like fools if we do as Jesus commands us to do. And if we obey His word and walk as Jesus walked. The only way God’s love will be complete in us is if we obey the Word of God! So, is God’s love truly complete in you? Do you, personally, claim to live in Jesus? Then you have to walk as Jesus walked! I thank God we don’t have to fight in our own defense because Jesus is our Advocate! Jesus is truly the only Way, the only Truth and the only Life! No one can go to the Father except through His Son, Jesus Christ! Aren’t you glad you have One to stand in your defense? Living in an exciting world serving an exciting God! John 14:6 - Jesus is only the Way! Pastor Larry Taylor Gospel Fellowship Church, Scott City • Scott City Teens for Christ director Scott City Assembly of God 1615 South Main - Scott City - 872-2200 Ed Sanderson, Senior Pastor 9:00 a.m. - Pre-Service Prayer 10:00 a.m. - Sunday Worship Service and Children’s Church Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. - Bible Study and Prayer St. Joseph Catholic Church A Catholic Christian Community 1002 S. Main Street - Scott City Fr. Bernard Felix, pastor • 872-7388 Secretary • 872-3644 Masses: 1st Sunday of month - 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Other weekends: Sat., 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. Spanish Mass - 2nd and 4th Sundays, 1:30 p.m. Pence Community Church Prairie View Church of the Brethren 4855 Finney-Scott Rd. - Scott City - 276-6481 Pastor Jon Tuttle Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m. Men’s Fellowship • Wednesday mornings Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Held at Precision Ag Bldg. west of Shallow Water Holy Cross Lutheran Church 1102 Court • Box 283 • Scott City 620-872-2294 • 620-872-3796 Pastor Warren Prochnow firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday School/Bible Class, 9:00 a.m. Worship every Sunday, 10:15 a.m. Wed.: Mid-Week School, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Community Christian Church 8911 W. Road 270 10 miles north on US83; 2 miles north on K95; 9 miles west on Rd. 270 Don Williams, pastor • 874-2031 Wednesdays: supper (6:30 p.m.) • Kid’s Group and Adult Bible Study (7:00 p.m.) • Youth Group (8:00 p.m.) Sunday School: 9:30 • Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m. 12th & Jackson • Scott City • 872-3219 Shelby Crawford, pastor Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7:00 p.m. Wednesday: God’s High School Cru, 7:30 p.m. First Baptist Church Immanuel Southern Baptist Church 803 College - Scott City - 872-2339 Kyle Evans, Senior Pastor Bob Artz, Associate Pastor 1398 S. US83 - Scott City - 872-2264 Robert Nuckolls, pastor - 872-5041 Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. • Worship: 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning worship: 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study, 7:00 p.m. Gospel Fellowship Church 120 S. Lovers Lane - Shallow Water Larry Taylor, pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m. First Christian Church 1st United Methodist Church 5th Street and College - Scott City - 872-2401 Dennis Carter, pastor 1st Sunday: Communion and Fellowship Sunday Services at 9:00 a.m. • Sunday School, 10:30 a.m. All Other Sundays • Worship: 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday casual 6:30 p.m.: “The Way” contemporary gathering Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. • MYF (youth groups) on Wednesdays Jr. High: 6:30 p.m. • Sr. High: 7:00 p.m. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 701 Main - Scott City - 872-2937 Scotty Wagner, pastor Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Worship, 10:45 a.m. Wednesday is Family Night Meal: 5:45 p.m. • Study: 6:15 p.m. Website: www.fccscottcity.org Elizabeth/Epperson Drives • Scott City • 872-3666 Father Don Martin Holy Eucharist - 11:45 a.m. St. Luke’s - 872-5734 (recorded message) Senior Warden Bill Lewis • 872-3347 or Father Don Martin - (785) 462-3041 Scott Mennonite Church Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 12021 N. Eagle Rd. • Scott City Franklin Koehn: 872-2048 Charles Nightengale: 872-3056 Sunday School Worship Service: 10:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. 9th and Crescent - Scott City - 872-2334 Bishop Irvin Yeager • 620-397-2732 Sacrament, 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, 10:50 a.m. Relief Society and Priesthood, 11:20 a.m. YMYW Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. The Scott County Record • Page 16 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 Youngsters who have reached 200 to 1,000 book milestones in the Scott County Library’s “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” reading program are: Charlotte Frank 200 Grady Vance 200 Rafe Vallejo 300 Original Copy of Topeka Constitution available on Memory The Kansas Historical Society announced that an original copy of the 1855 Topeka Constitution recently discovered by the National Archives is now available on Kansas Memory. The Topeka Constitution is most notable as the first of three free-state constitutions to prohibit slavery in the territory. At the time it was drafted, the original was to have been filed in the office of the executive committee of Kansas Territory, but it was never in the holdings of the State Archives. The location of the original is unknown, and it was only recently discovered that an 1855 handwritten copy was found in the records of the United States Congress. The National Archives placed the first page online and the Friends of the Free State Capitol from Constitution Hall Topeka discovered its existence and notified the Historical Society. The Friends of the Free State Capitol made a presentation about the document’s discovery at the Kansas Historical Foundation annual meeting in November 2013. The National Archives provided images of the 26-page document to the Historical Society, which are available at kansasmemory.org/item/221061. The State Archives holds original documents for the other three constitutions written for Kansas: proslavery Lecompton (1857) and free-state Leavenworth (1858) and Wyandotte (1859), which became the state constitution. Kansas Memory is the Historical Society’s online digital archives. The Friends of the Free State Capitol preserve the history of Constitution Hall Topeka where the original document was signed. Anesa Wells 400 Casen Wells 400 Porter Wells 400 Collier Livingstone 500 Emme Wishon 500 Brogan Dirks 1,000 Piper Jessup 1,000 Tame Your Yard We have just what you need! All the supplies you need: Rock, Mulch, Hose, Sprinklers, Hand Tools Available at Scott County Lumber “Helping You Get it Done with Excellence” 1510 S. Main, Scott City • 872-5334 www.scottcountylumber.com Like us on Facebook! facebook.com/scottcountylumberinc Wellness Connections Your resource for complementary and integrative services Public Forum Free Admission Sunday, April 13 • 1:00-6:00 p.m. St. Catherine’s Hospital, Meeting Room A 401 E. Spruce St., Garden City Attend one program or all 8. Learn how Wellness Connections connects mind, body and spirit, by offering education, training, support and comfort for those looking to improve their health and well-being. 1:15 p.m. •History of Reiki by Jerry Ellis - Jerry is a Reiki Master with over 25 years experience. He will lead you through the history, impact and benefits of the healing powers of Reiki. 1:45 p.m. •Cranial Sacral Therapy by Kriz Retsema - Kriz is a nationally certified therapeutic massage and bodywork professional with over 1,000 hours of training. She specializes in working with cancer survivors during or after treatment therapies. 2:15 p.m. •Unlocking the Door to the Soul by Lori Carter - Lori is a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master/Teacher, Seichim Reiki II practitioner and a certified Akashic Records practitioner. Have you ever wondered what your purpose is? Are you stuck in unproductive patterns in your life? We’ll discuss some of the tools available to unlock the door to your potential. 2:45 p.m. •Art Expression by AvNell Mayfield - Over a period of 40 years of teaching art to at-risk Head Starters, elementary, middle, high school, college, adults, senior citizens, and inmates in prison, she has observed the positive healing effects that art had on the lives of these individuals. 3:15 p.m. •Hydroponics Brings Nutrition to the Table by Larry Caldwell - With over 25 years experience in growing nutritious food through the hydroponic system Larry, has researched and discovered many practical ways anyone can grow their own food from anywhere. 3:45 p.m. •Chronic Pain Relief Through Massage by Amy Cain - Amy is a nationally certified massage therapist with over 1,000 hours of training, specializing in deep tissue/treatment work for chronic pain related issues. 4:15 p.m. •Massage and Lymphedema Care for Cancer Patients and Survivors by Kriz Retsema - With 135 hours specialty training and over 200 hours of practical work in all aspects of treatment, management and education she will present warning signs and approach to care. 4:45 p.m. •Using Your Intuition by Kat Haxton - Since childhood Kat has learned to appreciate and develop the gift of intuition and she will share with you how to recognize your gift through a group demonstration. 5:15 p.m. •Yoga by Katherine White - Kathy has completed all 5 levels of teacher training, plus additional training in prenatal yoga, yoga for seniors, yoga for back health, “hot” (Bikram) yoga, and “power” (Ashtanga) yoga as well as restorative and therapeutic yoga. She will share the benefits of yoga and how it can meet physical, mental and psychosocial needs. Please call or text for reservations 620-290-0507 or 620-214-3240 Your health, your decision Sports The Scott County Record www.scottcountyrecord.com A winning hand Lady Hornets top Red Aces for third place in 1A state • Pages 20-21 Thursday, March 20, 2014 streak ends Page 17 Eudora ends SC’s quest for fourth consecutive title When Scott City erased nearly all of an 18 point deficit in the third quarter of Saturday’s state championship game, the Beavers and their large following in Hartman Arena had the feeling that the SCHS boys had found enough magic to claim yet another basketball title. And when they cut the deficit to a single point, 52Scott City 58 51, on junior Eudora 71 guard Brett Meyer’s three-point basket with 6:22 remaining, the comeback against Eudora was nearly complete. But that was as close as Scott Community High School would get the rest of the night. Meyer would add one more basket that cut the lead to 55-53 and then the Beavers seemed to run out of gas. Eudora put together a 16-3 scoring run on their way to a 71-58 win that ended Scott City’s quest for a Class 4A-Division II title which would have been their fourth consecutive on the heels of three straight Class 3A state championships. When a team is accustomed to winning on the biggest stage, Saturday’s loss was particularly tough for a SCHS squad which had survived an overtime thriller the previous night. “Being in a fourth straight championship game is pretty cool, but we aren’t satisfied,” said junior center Sloan Baker following the loss. “We didn’t come here to take second.” It didn’t look like the Beavers (21-4) would have to when they jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead. This game may have been decided late in the first quarter when junior guard Brett Meyer went to the bench with 2:20 remaining after picking up his second foul. That occurred just seven seconds after junior guard Trey O’Neil had given SCHS an 11-8 lead. With Meyer out of the game it eliminated a major scoring threat and Eudora was able to put together a 12-3 scoring run for a 20-14 lead early in the second period. Senior forward Brayden Strine followed with a three-point play that made it a 20-17 game. Crucial Turning Point The most critical moment of the game for the Beavers may have come just over a minute later, with 5:13 left in the (See STREAK on page 18) (Above) Scott City junior Trey O’Neil drives around Eudora senior Andrew Ballock during Saturday’s championship game. (Right) Members of the SCHS bench get excited when a three-point basket by Brett Meyer early in the fourth quarter cuts the deficit to 52-51. (Record Photos) We must never forget to enjoy the journey When we go white water rafting the outfitters, of course, sell t-shirts and other gear so you’ll remember the experience. Actually, it’s so they’ll make more money and for you to prove to friends and neighbors that you can be a fearless couch potato. These shirts will often bear some phrase - some thoughtful, most humorous. Rod Haxton, sports editor One of our favorites proclaims: “The journey is the destination.” It’s a phrase that can apply to so many things in life. It’s a reminder that we shouldn’t be so fixated on the final destination that we overlook the joy of getting there. So it was with this year’s Scott Community High School basketball team. We’ve become accustomed to not only competing for state championships, but winning them. Spoiled? Maybe. It’s the product of great coaching, athletes who believe in their coaches and are committed to doing what it takes to succeed at the highest level, and an equally high level of expectation within this community. We’re fortunate that we’ve been able to bring all three of those elements together in order to have one of the most successful boy’s sports programs of any high school classification in the state. But, in building that high level of achievement and expectation there can be a tendency to think of success in terms of all or nothing. That’s not to say the Beavers shouldn’t feel disappointment following their loss in the finals of the Class 4A-DII state tournament on Saturday. Anyone who has made a total commitment to their career and their season should be disappointed in coming up short of their ultimate goal. If losing doesn’t hurt then something’s wrong . . . or it simply didn’t mean enough. We wouldn’t want our young people to feel any other way. That doesn’t mean we should forget about the journey. This year’s boy’s basketball team, as with the football team, exceeded (See JOURNEY on page 23) Outdoors in Kansas by Steve Gilliland Now it’s a state fossil? Ok, so Kansas has a state tree, state flower, state bird, etc., and as goofy as I think that is, every state has them. Heck, we even have a state grass, state insect, state reptile and a state amphibian. Well, just when I thought I’d heard it all (and you’d think by now I’d know not to even use that phrase anymore) now I learn that we could soon have not one, but two state fossils! Yes you read that correctly - state fossils. I’m going to use some pretty big $50 words here, which is really not my style, but telling the story correctly requires it this time. It seems that way back in the day during the time known scientifically as the Cretaceous Period, Kansas was actually covered by a vast body of water called the Western Inland Sea. During that time two huge critters ruled their respective domains. Ruling the air was a giant flying reptile with up to a 25-foot wingspan known as the pteranodon. Ruling the sea was an enormous marine predator called tylosaurus that resembled a cross between a fish and an alligator and could reach lengths of 45 feet. The Bonner family from near Scott City are experts on Kansas fossils and fossil hunting. I was fortunate enough to speak via phone with Chuck Bonner who offered some further explanations concerning fossils in Kansas. Chuck told me that at one time the same inland sea that covered most or all of Kansas stretched from the Gulf of Mexico clear to Alaska. Evidently the sea bottom in the western half of Kansas was soft and silty so any animals that died and fell to (See FOSSIL on page 22) The Scott County Record • Page 18 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 Members of the state runner-up SCHS squad are (front row, from left) Jess Drohman, Chantz Yager, Chris Pounds, Keigun Wells, Dylan Hutchins and Justin Faurot. (Back row) Assistant coach Jordan Carter, Trey O’Neil, Sloan Baker, Brayden Strine, Kyle Cure, Bo Hess, Brett Meyer, assistant coach Brian Gentry and head coach Glenn O’Neil. Streak half. The Cardinals had a two-on-two fastbreak opportunity when Meyer was able to step in front of a Eudora player who had just received a pass near the free throw line while driving to the basket. The Eudora player took three quick steps after receiving the pass for what should have been called a travel. Instead, Meyer was whistled for his third foul and spent the rest of the half on the bench. “There’s no doubt a travel should have been called prior to the third foul on Brett,” says head coach Glenn O’Neil. “Looking at it on film, the boy caught the pass and took three steps to the basket. It probably was a foul on Brett, but it was a foul after the travel. “That was a big key because it took one of our two main scorers out of the game and allowed them to iso on Trey with one guy and sometimes run a second or a third defender at him on penetration which caused some turnovers.” It forced guards Chantz Yager and Dylan Hutchins to assume a bigger role in the offense. “We had guys with some open shots who just weren’t ready to shoot. That hadn’t been their role throughout the year, but then we’d never run into that kind of foul trouble during the year with Brett or Trey,” says O’Neil. “They weren’t prepared to step into the role as a second scorer.” Eudora used the opportunity to stretch a five point lead into a 36-23 halftime cushion when Mitchell Ballock hit the second of his two treys with just four seconds left on the clock. “Brett is more than a key guy on our team and when he picked up his (continued from page 17) third foul they were able to box me in and I couldn’t get anything open for my teammates like I usually do,” noted T. O’Neil. With Meyer on the bench it allowed the Cardinals to focus their defensive attention on stopping O’Neil who was able to get just one field goal in the final 5:13 of the second period and had only six points by halftime. Scott City had no answer for the Ballock brothers - freshman guard Mitchell and his senior brother, Andrew - who finished the night with 20 and 19 points, respectively. The duo did most of their damage in the first half when they combined for 28 of Eudora’s 36 points. On the other hand, O’Neil was held to 15 points, including 0-of-6 from three-point range, after scorching Concordia for 31 points (8-of-15 3 pt. FG) in the previous night’s semi-final game. Turnovers - and fastbreak scoring opportunities for the Cardinals - also played a big role in the final outcome. Scott City committed an uncharacteristic 10 turnovers in the first half and 17 for the game. “I had way too many myself,” said O’Neil. “They did a pretty good job of denying our passes . . . and maybe it was the jitters,” added Meyer. “We forced some passes, too, when I was cutting across and they were able to get some deflections.” Beavers Rally The Beavers have shown they are a team that can overcome big deficits as they did earlier this year in wins over Holcomb (eight points), Liberal (eight points) and Goodland (nine points) in addition to a 10 point defi- Beavers raising their second place trophy are (from left) Chantz Yager, Chris Pounds, Brayden Strine and Keigun Wells. (Record Photo) cit in the previous night’s semi-final game against Concordia. However, when a 13 point halftime deficit stretched to 18 points, 45-27, with 5:51 remaining in the third period, the Beavers were in need of a major game-changer. They got two. The Eudora head coach was called for a technical foul at the 5:45 mark which contributed to five points - two free throws by Meyer and a threepoint play by Sloan Baker on the possession that followed. O’Neil followed with a three-point play and the large Scott City crowd began sensing a comeback. “The technical helped and we also got a couple of turnovers and capitalized on them,” said Baker about the third quarter scoring run. After being limited to a single basket in the first half, Meyer provided a needed offensive spark with 18 second half points. “Brett started being real aggressive and he brought us back,” O’Neil said. Meyer was anxious to make up for his time on the bench in the first half, but he also knew he had to be careful to avoid picking up a fourth foul. “The hard part was not being able to play hard defense,” Meyer said. “It seemed they’d call a foul on me every time I’d get up on someone so I had to back off. That’s not the way we like to play defense.” Despite the short scoring burst following the technical foul, SCHS still trailed by 11 points with less than three minutes left in the quarter when they put together their best scoring surge of the game. A pair of O’Neil free throws was followed by three-point baskets from sophomore guard Dylan Hutchins and Meyer that cut the lead to 5046. O’Neil then drove the left side of the lane and in midair switched the ball to his left hand and played it off the glass to make it a 50-48 game with 1:14 on the clock. Scott City had two opportunities to tie the game or take the lead in the final 1:14 but couldn’t capital- ize. The Scott City faithful believed their Beavers could pull off the comeback and win following Meyer’s three-pointer with 6:22 left in the game that cut the lead to 52-51, but then the huge rally sputtered. “If we could have gotten the lead again, maybe it would have changed things,” says O’Neil. “We just didn’t have quite enough at the end.” In addition to his game high 22 points (8-of-11 FG), Meyer added five rebounds. O’Neil’s 15 points was his lowest offensive night of the state tournament, though he led the team in both rebounds (8) and assists (9). Strine added eight points (3-of-3 FG) along with Hutchins (2-of-2 3 pt. FG). “It’s sad to end the season this way, but it was a great run. No one thought we’d be here, so that made it a pretty good season,” added Meyer. “We have several guys who gained a lot of experience. We’ll come back better and stronger next year.” The Scott County Record • Page 19 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 inside the numbers Outcome of state title game could have hinged on one call During the course of a game it’s almost impossible to make the case that a single play . . . a single call . . . can determine the outcome. Coaches, players and even the fans like to think that even when a questionable call is made things will balance out over the course of a game - and they usually do. Now that all the politically correct things have been said it’s time to elaborate more on how a single call had a huge impact on Saturday’s championship game and, most likely, the final outcome. The Beavers were trailing by five when Eudora had a 2-on-2 fastbreak opportunity. At the end of the play, a Eudora player was on the receiving end of a pass near the free throw line and took two, if not three, steps to the basket without dribbling. Instead of a travel, Scott City junior Brett Meyer was called for his third foul. Head coach Glenn O’Neil doesn’t dispute the foul . . . just the fact it never should have been a factor. With Meyer off the court the Eudora defense was able to focus its attention on guard Trey O’Neil. It’s no coincidence that O’Neil and Meyer were limited to a total of eight points in the first half or that Eudora put together a crucial 11-4 scoring run with Meyer on the bench. Want to know what a difference it makes having O’Neil and Meyer on the floor at the same time? Meyer scored 20 second half points after scoring a single bucket in the first half. Don’t think a single call can change the tide of a game? Saturday’s numbers speak for themselves. * * * There’s also no doubt that the Beavers didn’t take care of the ball in the championship game with 17 turnovers. Part of it was probably nerves since only T. O’Neil had any kind of previous state experience. Fatigue was also an unavoidable fac- .757 SCHS head coach Glenn O’Neil’s winning percentage in 18 seasons at Scott City. 327-105 17 total winning seasons during O’Neil’s head coaching tenure at SCHS. The only losing season was 2003-04 (9-12) that was followed by 3 straight 20-win seasons 11 tor when you consider the Beavers had the late game on Friday that went into overtime. Trey and Brett played all 37 minutes and Sloan, even with foul trouble, played 34:38. However, Coach O’Neil wasn’t looking for an excuse. “Eudora was also involved in an intense semi-final, too,” he notes. “That’s not an excuse. We can’t say we were any more fatigued than they were.” Though the game did provide one of the more bizarre turnover calls that O’Neil has seen. After Dylan Hutchins had made a pass he cut along the baseline and, in doing so, took two steps out of bounds. He was whistled for voluntarily leaving the floor and the ball went back to Eudora. “It’s been in the rule book for the last eight or nine years, but I’ve never seen the call made,” O’Neil says. “It also seemed that the calls were inconsistent on contact at both ends of the floor,” he says. “The kids didn’t know what to expect and that went both ways.” Bottom line, says O’Neil, is that after making the huge comeback in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter “we ran out of gas.” Andale the Favorite Despite the Beavers returning a great nucleus of players, O’Neil isn’t about to cast this team into the role of Class 4ADivision II favorites. First of all, there’s no guarantee the Beavers will remain in 4A. Secondly, O’Neil is willing to con- cede that Andale - this year’s third place team - is the early favorite. “Right now, Andale belongs by themselves. They have their top 12 players coming back along with a freshman starter who missed (this year) because of an injury. They are the favorite until someone else can step up,” O’Neil says. Concordia and Eudora figure to be good, but they also lose some key starters - and a lot of points. Plus, there are always the surprise teams. “There are always a couple of teams who are just a little ways away from getting to state who will close that gap,” O’Neil says. “When you look at the way kids are progressing, even as freshmen, you have to wonder if there aren’t some more Mitchell Ballocks out there who will make a difference. Ottawa has a freshman who is a similar player and you hear about others in some of these eastern Kansas programs.” And there are always transfers which can change a team overnight. The Beavers also figure to be better with freshman Kyle Cure and Bo Hess getting a lot more varsity time. Sloan Baker needs to stretch out his shooting range to the 10-foot mark and even to the three-point line, says O’Neil. “Chance Yager and Dylan Hutchins have to improve their ball handling and passing skills,” he says. “Both are very good set shooters, but they have to learn to get their shots off quicker. We saw during the tournament they had some (See OUTCOME on page 23) consecutive wins in state tournament games for the SCHS boys over the past four seasons. The streak ended with Saturday’s loss. 7 number of 20-win seasons in Glenn O’Neil’s 18 years at SCHS 11 number of lead changes in the fourth quarter of the state semi-final game against Concordia Slam Jam tourney March 29 The Scott Recreation Commission will sponsor its annual Slam Jam men’s basketball tournament on Sat., March 29, at the Scott City Elementary School gym. The format will include 5-on-5 teams with each allowed to have only one player over 6-foot-3, but not taller than 6-foot-6. Registration for each team is $200. Deadline to register is Mon., March 24. Players must be at least 16. Sanders fiasco fuels the fire between KC, Denver The biggest free agent news in Kansas City this past week is the deal that didn’t happen. Kansas City looked like they were going to give their receiving corps an upgrade with the signing of Emmanuel Sanders a free agent who has been with the Steelers. From all indications, the Chiefs and Sanders’ agent Steve Weinberg had reached a deal “in principle.” And this is where it supposedly gets interesting. Inside the Huddle with the X-Factor While no one is confirming exactly what happened, the general belief is that Weinberg began shopping around, reportedly taking KC’s offer to Tampa Bay, before getting the deal they were looking for from Denver. Along the way he also made team officials in San Francisco angry because he blew off a meeting that was to involve discussion about Sanders. Now, it’s okay for an agent and player to visit with different teams and hear their offers. There’s nothing wrong with telling a team, this is what I’ve been offered, “Can you do better?” But, it’s an accepted practice that once a team and a player have reached an agreement in principle - even if the signatures haven’t been put onto the actual contract - that all other teams are to stay out of the picture. Are the Broncos at fault? Sure. They had to be aware of the status of negotiations between KC and Sanders. Most of the fault rests with Weinberg whose reputation as an agent has been drug through the mud once. Weinberg was decertified as an agent with the NFL in 2003, at which time he had 42 clients. He’s been recertified and today has only a handful of players. While Weinberg may not have done anything illegal that the NFL can pursue, the bigger penalty for Weinberg may be the fact that teams won’t want to deal with any players that he represents. (See SANDERS on page 23) The Scott County Record • Page 20 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 WSU has the talent for deep run in tournament As expected, Wichita State gained the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Midwest Regional. The unbeaten Shockers (34-0) could win it all, but so can about 15 other teams. by The ShockMac ers will win Stevenson their opener against Cal Poly (14-19) on Friday in St. Louis. Their likely second round opponent will be Kentucky, which should get past Kansas State. Kentucky is about as tough a second round opponent as a No. 1 seed can draw. Wichita has exceptional balance and talented depth going into the tournament. Guards Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker form a dependable backcourt that’s stellar on offense and defense. VanVleet has been sensational at point guard with near-flawless ball handling and clutch outside shooting. Baker is an outstanding offensive threat both off the drive and with his threepoint shots. Cleanthony Early at power forward and Tekele Cotton at small forward have been consistent and highly effective. Both can move outside and shoot lights out from the three-point line. Wichita’s four starters at guard and forward can score from anywhere, which makes them a difficult match-up for any team. Coach Gregg Marshall also has size and defensive prowess at center with three players sharing time: Chadrack Lufile (6-9, 266), Darius Carter (6-7, 235) and Kadeem Coleby (6-9, 251). All have improved steadily during the season. WSU has remarkable poise; they haven’t let their unbeaten status distract them. And the Shockers have NCAA experience. They can go toe-to-toe with any team in the field. A Missed Opportunity Kansas University has several weaknesses, but the Jayhawks have one notable shortcoming: they lack a consistently effective threepoint shooter. The main reason for this liability is that KU’s best outside shooters have spent most of the season on the bench. (See TALENT on page 22) Baileyville rallies to end state title hopes Not all championship games are played in the final round of a tournament. The Dighton High School girls certainly felt that way after a heartbreaking 40-37 loss to top-seeded Baileyville B&B in Friday’s semi-finals. “It felt like a championship game,” says head coach Amy Felker. “You Baileyville 40 had a feel- Dighton 37 ing that this was the kind of game that could come down to a possession or two at the end and that’s what happened.” Even though the Lady Hornets (18-5) led throughout the game after jumping out to a 14-8 first quarter lead, they were unable to extend that advantage. It was still a six point game, 22-16, at the half before the Falcons were able to pull even, 28-28, entering the final period. “In the first half our defense was able to spread them out and keep their three-point shooters at a distance where they didn’t feel comfortable,” Felker says. “And we made some big defensive stops early in the game.” Felker feels they didn’t play Dighton head coach Amy Felker gives her team instructions during a timeout in the semifinal game against Baileyville B&B. (Below) Senior Shambrey Budd drives past a Baileyville defender during Friday’s state tournament action. (Photos by Larry Caldwell) nearly aggressive enough on defense in the second half. “We were getting sucked into the inside and that left their outside shooters open. We were late on rotations,” says the head coach. When Dighton began extending their defense to take away the outside shot that opened up the middle for 5-10 senior Laura Sudbeck. “We were fronting her and double-teaming her, but she still found a way to make big plays late in the game,” Felker says. Even with Sudbeck’s offensive presence, Dighton held a 35-34 lead with just over a minute to play following a basket by freshman center Jordan Speer. Baileyville answered with a basket from Sudbeck to regain the lead and then were able to take advantage of a couple of Dighton turnovers. “The ball wasn’t bouncing our way,” Felker says. “We had a few good looks at the basket, but nothing would fall.” Senior post Leslie Speer led the Lady Hornets with 12 point (5-of-11 FG) and nine rebounds while J. Speer added seven points and seven boards. Sophomore guard Kiara Budd chipped in six points while senior forward Shambrey Budd added five points and eight rebounds. “It was a slow game with both teams very patient on offense,” Felker notes. “You had to value each possession.” Finish Strong in Opener After struggling to find their offense throughout most of the night, Dighton exploded for 18 points in the final period and pulled away for a 47-35 win over Argonia in the tournament opener last Thursday. Both teams matched each other point-for-point during the first three quarters. They were tied, 14-14, after one quarter with Dighton owning a one point lead at the half (21-20) and trailing by one entering the final period (30-29). Argonia tried to pressure the Lady Hornets with a half-court trap in the fourth quarter and Dighton was able to break the press for a couple of breakaway baskets along with some free throws down the stretch. “We did a good job of reading what they gave us. The girls didn’t panic,” Felker says. Argonia was able to keep pace in the first half behind the play of a 5-9 guard/post who had a quick move to the basket along with being left-handed. “We couldn’t find a way of stopping her in the first half,” says Felker. “She was making me nervous.” The Lady Raider scored 13 of her game high 15 points in the first half. “In the second half we forced her to go to her right. Every time she tried to go left, we had a defender who took that away from her. She didn’t get any easy baskets and that started frustrating their team,” Felker says. It was a balanced Dighton offense that saw all seven varsity players making the scoring column. K. Budd, who drained a pair of treys, finished with a team high 11 points. Liz Heath, Shambrey Budd and Jordan Speer each finished with eight points. S. Budd had a huge game with 14 rebounds and three assists while J. Speer pulled down nine boards. “These girls do such a god job of spreading the ball around,” noted Felker. Lady Hornets 3rd in state The Scott County Record • Page 21 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 Dighton deals Aces a losing hand in consolation finals The Dighton High School sisters of Leslie and Jordan Speer have proven this season they can be an almost unstoppable scoring tandem even with Leslie slowed by an ACL injury that will require surgery now that basketball season is over. But that injury wasn’t enough to keep the Speer girls from combining for 25 points and dealing the Bucklin Aces a 4-33 losing hand in the consolation finals of the Class 1A-Division II state tournament in Hays on Saturday. It was a bounce-back win for the Lady Hornets (19-6) following a difficult three point loss in the previous day’s semi-final against Baileyville B&B in what many felt was the real state championship game. “It was very difficult to be ready emotionally for this game,” said L. Speer following Saturday’s win. “We were definitely down after last night, but when we woke up this morning we knew we had to get ready for another game and we wanted to end the season with a win.” Dighton owned a 15-9 second quarter lead in the consolation finals, including eight points from L. Speer and two more from her sister. But then the scoring started getting tougher with the Speer sisters held scoreless for the next eight minutes as Bucklin climbed back into the game. “They were definitely playing us tighter inside and denying passes to Jordan and me. We weren’t getting it inside as much as we probably should have,” says L. Speer. “They were double-teaming us in the post and that meant we had to work the ball around more on the outside in order to create opportunities to get the ball inside.” Bucklin opened up a 27-24 lead with just over four minutes left in the game when the Lady Hornets’ defense went into shutdown mode. At the same time they were able to once again find their inside offensive attack, Dighton was able to hold the Lady Aces scoreless for nearly 11 minutes while on a 14-0 scoring run. Leslie and Jordan combined for 11 points during that stretch while sophomore guard Kiara Budd contributed a three-point basket to open the fourth quarter. “With our team we just have to find who is hot and once they get shut- Dighton team members claiming third place in the Class 1A-Division II state tournament were (front row, from left) Liz Heath, Diamond Brown, Shambrey Budd and Leslie Speer. (Back row) Jenny Parker (mgr.), assistant coach Rene Roberts, Madison O’Brien, Dakota Hoffman, Sara Cramer, Kiara Budd, Regan Foos, Jordan Speer, Tristan Wilson, Kayla Borell, Alexis Peck (mgr.), Morgan Conine (mgr.) and head coach Amy Felker. (Record Photo) down we find someone else who’s hot,” noted J. Speer, a freshman. “With Leslie and me, teams have to decide who they’re going to guard. If they double-team Leslie then I’m open. If they double-team me then Leslie’s open.” That was certainly the case during the late scoring run and the Speer girls took turns scoring baskets or getting to the free throw line. By the time J. Speer hit a free throw to finish off the scoring blitz the Lady Hornets owned a 38-27 lead with just 1:36 remaining in the game. “We couldn’t just pass the ball and be passive,” says head coach Amy Felker. “Diamond (Brown) did a good job of attacking inside and getting the ball to girls who could score. And when Raising the third place trophy at the state tournament are DHS seniors (from left) Diamond Brown, Leslie Speer, Shambrey Budd and Liz Heath. (Record Photo) Kiara got the ball around the three-point line it extended their defense.” L. Speer closed out her high school career with 14 points and seven rebounds while J. Speer added 11 points and seven boards. The senior-dominated team also included Brown with six points, four assists and three steals; senior forward Liz Heath added five points, seven Daniel Cramer (above) shows his support for the Lady Hornets at the state tournament. (Right) Jordan Speer strips the ball away from a Bucklin player under the basket. (Below) Sophomore Kiara Budd grabs a rebound during the consolation finals on Saturday. (Record Photos) rebounds and three assists; while senior forward Shambrey Budd collected two points and five rebounds. Even with so many key players graduating from a team that made two consecutive trips to the state tournament, Felker is optimistic about her team’s future. She returns starters J. Speer and K. Budd, along with freshman guard Sara Cramer who saw considerable varsity time. “We have several juniors who didn’t play a lot of varsity ball but will be ready to step in next season,” says Felker. “We aren’t going to be as big, but we’ll have several girls who are shooters. And we have girls who are anxious to keep the tradition going.” Takedown Kids Club USAWKS District 4 Subdistrict March 15, 2014 • at Dodge City 7-8-Years-Old 64: Houston Frank maj. dec. William Hawkins (Sublette), 13-1; maj. dec. by Matthew Montoya (SW Grapplers), 10-0. Third place 64: Collin McDaniel maj. dec. Matthew Montoya (SW Grapplers), 10-0; pinned William Hawkins (Sublette), 0:17. First place 88: Izak Venegas pinned Bastian Higgins (Kinsley), 1:54; dec. by Dalton Slaughter (Pratt), 5-4; pinned Dylan Higgins (Kinsley), 0:57. Second place 9-10-Years-Old 67: Zachery Rohrbough dec. Avery Wolf (Great Bend), 8-6 OT; dec. by Steven Sellers (SW Grapplers), 6-0; maj. dec. Curtis Beam (Lakin), 15-2; pinned Colby Johnson (Gray Co.). Third place 73: Conner Armendariz dec. Koby Salas (Ulysses), 5-0; dec. Jace Woodrow (Lakin), 6-3; dec. by Fenton Brozek (Gray Co.), 2-0. Second place 82: Leightyn Heim dec. Joshua Janas (SW Grapplers), 2-0; dec. Hunter Davis (Meade Co.), 1-0; pinned Jace Bonsall (Liberal), 0:22; pinned by Koda Dipman (Pratt), 0:54. Second Place 85: Kale Wheeler pinned Xavier Diaz (Ulysses), 0:44; maj. dec. Chayse Gruber (Great Bend), 13-2; dec. Joaquin Castillo (Leoti), 4-2. First place 110: Ronnie Weathers pinned Madison Bergkamp (Meade Co.), 0:30; pinned Zachary Franco (Greater Gold GC), 1:27; pinned by Alberto Ramirez (Liberal), 1:31; dec. by Ethan Burns (Kinsley), 4-2. Third place 120: Lance Miller pinned Jackson Harris (Lakin), 2:00; dec. Izzak Hernandez (Hugoton) 5-3 OT. First place 11-12-Years-Old 88: Justus McDaniel tech. fall Derek Boxberger (Hoisington), 17-0; pinned Thain Bowman (Hoisington), 0:13; pinned George Weber (Great Bend), 2:13. First place 92: Theron Tucker pinned by Avey Arana (Greater Gold GC), 3:26; tech. fall Michael Stacy (Larned), 15-0; pinned by Kaden Wren (Scott City), 2:29; pinned by Trey Medina (SW Grapplers), 2:03. Fourth place 92: Kaden Wren pinned Michael Stacy (Larned), 0:07; pinned Trey Medina (SW Grapplers), 0:51; pinned Theron Tucker (Scott City), 2:29; maj. dec. Avey Arana (Greater Gold GC), 11-0. First place 96: Jordan Wagner pinned by Kayden Christiansen (Lakin), 0:54; dec. Madison Smith (Greater Gold GC), 10-8; pinned by Garrett Edwards (Dodge City), 3:38; pinned by Logan Douglas (Tribune), 3:51. Sixth place 115: Cale Goodman pinned Ki VanScyoc (Hoisington), 0:37; maj. dec. Jeffrey Spragis (Great Bend), 13-5. First place 13-14-Years-Old 125: Justin Hundertmark pinned by Rance Tucker (Pratt), 0:18; pinned by Robert Fichtner (Liberal), 1:39. 130: Wyatt Hayes pinned Bryce Lytle (Great Bend) 1:40; forfeited to Devon Asebedo (Gray Co.). Second place 205: Nic Cheney pinned Dylan Yott (Hoisington) 3:40; pinned Garrett Garcia (Dodge City), 3.33; pinned Juan Segovia (Greater Gold GC), 4:18. First place High School 100: Zachary Tucker tech. fall by Dylan Pelland (Pratt), 16-0; pinned Dylan Pelland (Pratt), 3:30. Second place Kansas Middle School State Championships March 15, 2014 85: Theron Tucker pinned by Darryl Rylant (Kansas Young Guns), 2:03; dec. Xavier Sisco (Derby), 5-0; dec. by Riley McDaniel (Frontenac), 5-0. 125: Justin Hundertmark pinned Ridge Freisling (Tailhands), 0:53; tech. fall by David Flores (Hutchinson), 18-3. 130: Wyatt Hayes pinned Caleb Reed (Hutchinson), 0:57; dec. Luke Stone (Emporia), 6-0; maj. dec. by Troy Fisher (Kansas Young Guns), 10-2; tech. fall Wyatt Hendrickson (Kansas Young Guns), 18-2. Fourth place 189: Nic Cheney pinned Chris Turner (Unattached), 1:20; pinned Tristan Geddes (Hutchinson), 1:26; pinned by Brent Beaumont (Con-Kids), 1:46; dec. Raiden Kohman (Pratt), 6-2; pinned by Calvin Smith (MOKWC), 0:23. Fourth place Fishing Report Scott State Lake Updated March 14 Channel cats: fair, up to 6.5 lbs. Cutbait fished off the bottom in sun-warmed shallows has produced a few fish. Crappie: good; most up to 9 inches. Jigs fished around the fish attractors have been best. Walleye/saugeye: saugeye, fair; up to 3.6 lbs.; walleye up to 6.1 lbs. Walleye and saugeye are beginning to spawn. They can be caught casting brightly colored floating or suspending jerkbait and jigs along the dam and rip-rapped shorelines at night. Largemouth bass: slow; up to 5.5 lbs. Slow retrieving soft plastics, suspending jerkbaits, and slow-rolling spinnerbaits around structure along sunny shorelines. Trout: good; 1/2 lb. average. The fourth stocking of the season occurred on February 3 with the release of about 1,000 trout in the lake and 1,000 trout in the Barrel Springs pond. Anglers report catching a few limits out of the lake, but success has been better at the pond. Still fishing salmon eggs, corn and powerbait have all been successful. Fish have typically been running in the 13-16 inch range. Sunfish: good; up to 8 inches. Vertically fishing small jig heads tipped with small pieces of nightcrawler or whole mealworms around the fish attractors. General comments: Release all walleye/saugeye and largemouth bass less than 15 inches. Talent Andrew White (6-6, 210), Brannen Greene (6-7, 215), and Conner Frankamp (6-0, 165) all came to KU with welldeserved reputations as deadly three-point shooters. Frankamp won a national three-point shooting contest for high school seniors. None of the three has played enough to determine whether or not they can get it done on the collegiate level. Early in the season, Kansas should have played a second team that combined the aforementioned three and Landen Lucas (6-10, 240) and Jamari Traylor (6-8, 220). This second team should have played every game for five to seven minutes in each half. Frankamp would have been the point guard, Greene the shooting guard, White the power forward, Lucas the center Fossil to the bottom there were quickly covered and fossilized. That sea bottom became softer cretaceous limestone known to us Kansans today as chalk. This chalk fossilized animal remains faster, and since it’s softer than normal limestone, it also erodes faster, constantly revealing new fossils. By the way, the limestone post rocks seen throughout the state also came from that same seabed, but are cut from harder limestone. Chuck says that the softer cretaceous limestone reaches only as far east as Salina, and that good places to look for fossils without having to get permission on private lands are rocky outcroppings along the Solomon and Smoky Hill rivers. House Bill 2595 is pretty short and straight The Scott County Record • Page 22 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 (continued from page 20) and Traylor the power forward. Frank Mason could have been the sub at point guard and Tarik Black at center. They could have filled that role for both the starters and second team. The offense for the second team would have been bombs away from three-point range with Lucas and Traylor doing the dirty work inside. If KU had done this during their nonconference schedule, it would have become clear how talented the three perimeter players were as outside shooters. As it stands, all three suffer from a lack of confidence. Players can’t go into games knowing they’re going to be jerked the minute they make a mistake or miss a shot. It’s not as if the starters - with the exception of Wiggins and Embiid - didn’t have their faults. It’s too late now. Kansas is in a state of disarray going into the NCAA Tournament. Tharpe and Mason have been ineffective at the point and the outside shooting has been substandard. Despite the many issues, Kansas will still be a dangerous team in the tournament if center Joel Embiid returns to form and can play without pain. But someone besides Wiggins has to make some three-point shots. KU (24-9) is the number-two seed in the South Regional and will play Eastern Kentucky (24-9) on Friday. If the Jayhawks win their opener, they will play the winner of the New Mexico-Stanford game on Sunday. Bruce Weber. The Wildcats are hurting for size and talent in the pivot, but Weber has gotten all he could from Thomas Gipson (6-7, 265) and D.J. Johnson (6-9, 250). K-State’s perimeter play is consistently efficient with Will Spradling, Marcus Foster, Nigel Johnson and Shane Southwell leading the way. Foster has been one of the surprise freshmen in the nation; he’s outstanding on offense and defense. Weber’s Wildcats lack an inside scoring threat, but they can play with anyone when the threepoint shots are going down. However, Kansas State couldn’t have drawn a more challenging first round game than Kentucky, who they will play KSU Overachievers Kansas State has over- Friday in St. Louis. Kentucky’s size will be achieved in no small part because of the coaching of a killer for K-State. (continued from page 18) forward in its wording, simply naming pteranodon our “official state flying fossil” and tylosaurus our “official state marine fossil.” I spoke with Rep. Don Schroeder who told me that HB 2595 easily passed the House and is now in the Senate awaiting action. It seems most opposition to this proposal really has little to do with having a state fossil, but rather opposes the time and effort spent on it in the state legislature given all the issues facing our legislagtors. To me it’s neither here nor there whether Kansas has a state anything, let alone a state fossil. But to people like the Bonner family to whom the discovery and preservation of Kansas fossils has been their life, it’s a passionate issue. No matter how you feel, you have to admit it’s astounding to think of Kansas at the bottom of a great sea with tylosaurus swimming in it and pteranodons flying overhead. Which only goes to show you never know what you’ll find when you Explore Kansas Outdoors. Steve can be contacted by email at email@example.com The Scott County Record • Page 23 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 Sanders It’s not as though Sanders was the missing piece to get KC into the Super Bowl. It’s not as though we can’t move on without him. What likely bothers KC’s front office even more than the loss of Sanders is that while they spent considerable time working out the details of a contract there were wide receiver prospects that have since signed with other teams. You can bet that the Sanders fiasco will only add to the KC-Denver rivalry when the two teams meet this fall. It’s doubtful that Kansas City is going to fill the wide receiver position through free agency at this point. General Manager John Dorsey will likely fill this need through a draft that is extremely deep with wide receivers. Sign Defensive End The only significant free agent signing by KC during the past week is Vance Walker from Oakland who will replace Tyson Jackson. He’s the same age as Jackson and the one criticism is that he’s not quite as stout against the run. However, he does provide an added element as a pass rusher. In about the same number of games as Jackson he had about 40 more quarterback pressures - and that’s without playing next to a beast like district qualifiers (continued from page 19) Dontari Poe. As an added bonus, we signed him for about half the salary as Jackson. Of the players we lost, this was the position that had concerned me the most. With Walker and a couple of other players who we can rotate in at defensive end, we should be in pretty good shape for next season. We have capable players we can rotate with him, so we’re in good position there. The Chiefs lost three offensive linemen through free agency and, so far, have only signed one free agent. We obviously lost some depth on the line which we can hopefully address during the draft. One of the big names still on the free agent market is Devin Hester who could fill roles as a return specialist and receiver. Kansas City has been given as a possible destination, though I haven’t seen anything happening between the two sides. It’s also been reported this week that the Chiefs are in negotiations with quarterback Alex Smith and linebacker Justin Houston on long-term contracts. If we get that done it will free up some salary cap space this year. The X Factor (Ty Rowton) is a former Scott City resident who has been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame as a Chiefs Superfan Outcome (continued from page 19) open shots until bigger kids were able to close pretty quickly. “When Brett wasn’t on the floor, that put a 6-2 or 6-4 kid on either Chantz or Dylan and if you don’t have a quick release you’re not going to get the shot off. That’s the difference between Brett making shots in the third and fourth quarters and Dylan or Chantz not shooting the ball.” Coach O’Neil says they need to develop another post, with Cure the likely candidate. “Maybe we can go with a little less size with Drake (McRae), but he’s got a lot to work on after missing most of the season with an injury. We don’t want to go through the season with only one post.” “We have a lot of work to do before we can think about going back to state,” O’Neil adds. But you can bet the wheels are already turning . . . and the expectations are high, as always. Takedown Wrestling Club members who were top four medalists in sub-district and advanced to the district tournament this Saturday at Goodland are (front row, from left) Zach Rohrbough, Izak Venegas, Collin McDaniel, Conner Armendraiz and Leightyn Heim. (Second row) Jarron Gregory, Theron Tucker, Kaden Wren, Justus McDaniel, Cale Goodman and Kale Wheeler. (Back row) Ronnie Weathers, Zach Tucker, Wyatt Hayes, Nic Cheney and Lance Miller. Not pictured is Houston Frank. (Record Photo) Journey all expectations. For three years, most of these boys were in the shadow of state championship classes ahead of them. Very few imagined that this group of athletes would come close to measuring up to that past success. Whereas some athletes might have resented comparisons to the past these athletes saw it as a challenge. We saw it during a football season that ended in the state semi-finals and we saw it again with a 21-4 basketball season that ended with a runnerup finish in the state tournament. That’s four straight 20-win seasons and four straight appearances in the finals of the state tournament. By any measure that’s a great accomplishment. “It’s sad to end the season this way, but it was a great run,” said junior guard Brett Meyer. “No one thought we’d be here.” The journey wasn’t lost on head coach Glenn O’Neil. (continued from page 17) “I’m not sure that I ever thought of measuring the success of this team in terms of getting back to the championship game,” says O’Neil. “Once we got our legs back and started playing like we were capable of during the last month of the season, I probably enjoyed coaching these boys as much as any team. These boys had refocused, their effort during practices was good, the way they played during the last six, seven or eight games was the way we had expected them to play.” Which also begged the question, is the coach able to enjoy the moment when his team is involved in a game with the intensity and excitement that everyone experienced during the semi-finals with Concordia? No problem. “I always enjoy games like that when your boys are playing well,” says O’Neil. “I enjoyed it as a spectator and a coach.” And that’s what made the past season so much fun - to have a great group of boys achieve what few thought was possible. It was even more fun to see these boys establish their own identity and step outside the shadow of the great teams before them . . . to establish themselves as a team capable of greatness. “I have no regrets about the way the season ended. You always hope for a championship, but only one team is going to get it,” reflected Coach O’Neil. “I enjoyed the heck out of coaching these guys.” He enjoyed the journey. unbelievable The Scott County Record • Page 24 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 O’Neil shreds Concordia for 31 points in, 8 treys, in semi-final OT thriller Following Friday’s 77-75 overtime win over Concordia in the Class 4A-Division II state tournament, Trey O’Neil had no idea how many points he’d just scored. It was 31. He had no idea how many three-pointers Concordia 75 Scott City 77 he’d made until informed that he was a blistering 8-of-15. “That’s a lot,” he commented, unfazed by the accomplishment. “I’ve never shot that many in a game before. (Concordia’s defenders) kept playing under the screen so I knew I was going to have that shot all night. I just had to knock them down.” The offensive numbers were nice, but that’s not what the junior Scott Community High School guard remembered. No, his thoughts were on the five assists - including three late in regulation that put SCHS on top (65-65 and 67-66) and tied the game (71-71). “If teams are going to play me tight then I’m going to find a way to get the ball to my teammates near the rim for the easy shot,” said O’Neil. And, of course, there’s the key to winning . . . defense. “Dad always says that defense wins championships,” O’Neil said of his father and head coach, Glenn O’Neil. The Beavers relied on two key defensive stops - one at the end of regulation and the other in overtime - to advance to their fourth straight state championship game. “It may not seem that you can talk about defense after giving up 75 points, but the boys played good defense at some key times,” says assistant coach Brian Gentry. “Give credit to Concordia. The Homes brothers are pretty tough to stop.” The Holmes brothers 6-foot-4 senior Grant and 6-foot-4 sophomore Cooper accounted for 30 and 27 points respectively. That was countered by Scott City’s junior guard combina- tion of O’Neil and Brett Meyer (18 points) who hit key baskets throughout the night and down the stretch to keep the Beavers’ title hopes alive. SCHS trailed by as many as 10 points in the opening period (23-13) and led by as many as eight points in the third quarter (54-46) following a basket by senior guard Brayden Strine with 3:21 on the clock. However, it was Concordia’s turn to climb back into the game with a 14-3 scoring run to open up a 60-57 lead with 6:16 remaining in the game. O’Neil seemingly had an answer for Concordia every time and he kept the Beavers in the game with back-to-back treys the last with 5:24 to play which turned out to be his final points of the night. That didn’t mean O’Neil was finished. His assist to Strine put SCHS on top (6564) and he found Strine open under the basket with another pinpoint pass that again put the Beavers back on top, 67-66. Moments later, Strine fouled out and Concordia regained the lead with a pair of free throws. Meyer put up a short jumper which hung on the rim for a short time before falling that gave SCHS another one point lead. C. Holmes scored following an offensive rebound and completed a three-point play with 1:30 on the clock that put the Panthers back on top, 7169, for the 11th lead change of the fourth quarter. Senior guard Chris Pounds tied the game for the third time in the quarter when he caught a pass from O’Neil under the basket with 1:13 to play. Concordia elected to play for the final shot, but C. Holmes’ three-point play at the buzzer bounced off the front of the rim. Coach O’Neil was a little surprised at how the final sequence played out. “Both Holmes brothers were at the top and it looked like the younger one (Cooper) was going to set a screen and then it (Above) SCHS junior Chantz Yager chases down a loose ball during semi-final action against Concordia. (Below, from left) Keigun Wells, Sloan Baker and Brayden Strine celebrate following the overtime win. (Bottom left) Junior Brett Meyer drives the baseline to the basket. (Record Photos) (See THRILLER on page 25) State Tournament Statistics Scott City Points Trey O’Neil 21 4 Brett Meyer Chantz Yager Brayden Strine Sloan Baker Keigun Wells Chris Pounds Dylan Hutchins Team Pratt 12 6 71 52 5 Chris Pounds Dylan Hutchins Team Concordia Reb. Asst. Steals 2-4 5-6 2-4 5 5 1 1-1 0-1 2-2 1 0 0 2-5 1-2 3-3 0 31 Sloan Baker FTs 6 Trey O’Neil Brayden Strine 3 Pt. FG 7-11 4 Points Chantz Yager 2 Pt. FG 18 Scott City Brett Meyer Scott City 71 - Pratt 58 18 8 11 4 0 77 75 1-1 0-0 17-27 19-37 2-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 7-11 2-9 2-2 4-4 4-6 2-2 0-1 0-0 16-21 8-14 Scott City 77 - Concordia 75 OT 2 Pt. FG 5 4 7 4 1 0 4 2 2 0 1 0 27 14 21 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 6 3 Pt. FG FTs Reb. Asst. Steals 2-2 8-15 3-4 6 8 1 1-1 0-1 3-4 1 1 1 5-6 4-5 4-5 2-5 0-0 18-24 19-31 1-5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-2 9-24 6-17 5-7 0-0 3-4 0-0 0-0 14-19 19-23 Scott City 58 - Eudora 71 2 Pt. FG 3 Pt. FG FTs 5 5 3 0 0 1 3 0 4 1 0 2 2 1 0 21 18 Reb. Asst. Steals 26 10 7 4 Scott City Points Trey O’Neil 15 4-9 0-6 7-8 9 9 2 0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 Brett Meyer Chantz Yager Brayden Strine Sloan Baker Chris Pounds Dylan Hutchins Team Eudora 22 8 4 0 9 58 71 5-6 3-3 2-7 0-0 1-1 15-26 22-34 3-6 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-2 5-15 4-8 3-5 2-2 0-1 0-0 0-0 12-16 15-21 5 2 5 1 1 25 18 0 0 1 1 0 11 10 1 2 1 0 0 6 8 The Scott County Record • Page 25 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 Thriller looked like his brother waived him away,” says O’Neil. “For as many free throws as they shot you’d have thought they might possibly go inside. Kids, at that point, will try to make a move and that move is stopped by the defense and all of a sudden they have to shoot a three.” The Beavers also expected the Panthers to challenge them inside because Strine had already fouled out of the game and Pounds and Baker were playing with four fouls each. “Fouls affected us bigtime,” said Meyer. “It limited our ability to deny their two big players, especially late in the game.” Defensively, Coach O’Neil said the team couldn’t afford to back off so he had to keep substituting in order to protect players in foul trouble. “Even then we still couldn’t stop (the Holmes brothers),” he said. “We’d get hands in their faces and they still made shots.” Beavers Lead in OT Meyer started the extra period with a three-point play and junior guard Chantz Yager followed by making one of two free throws to open up a 75-71 advantage. Concordia tied the game again with 1:27 and it was Scott City’s turn to play for the gamewinner. SCHS ran the clock down to less than 25 seconds when Meyer saw an open lane to the basket. The path was quickly closed off by a defender, but Meyer picked up the foul with :19 to play. While they had a green light to take the final shot if it was available, Meyer wasn’t happy with himself (continued from page 24) for driving to the basket with so much time remaining. “I was going to pass it back out, but then I got fouled,” he said. T. O’Neil didn’t blame his teammate for driving to the basket when he saw the opportunity. “Brett had a great drive into the lane. I would have taken that shot too if I had the opportunity,” he says. “It was a great play by him.” Meyer hit both free throws for a 77-75 lead and Concordia called a timeout after getting the ball across the mid-court line with :13 to play. Coming out of the timeout, Concordia got the ball into the hands of G. Holmes on the perimeter where he was closely guarded by O’Neil. He held onto the ball without squaring up to the basket and didn’t even turn around to attempt a shot until after the final second had ticked off the clock. “We were in man defense the final minute of regulation and for most of the overtime. You hope you can stop the penetration,” said Coach O’Neil. “But Concordia had shot so many free throws during the game that you wondered if they got the ball into the paint what kind of call you’d get from the officials.” Fortunately, it didn’t come down to that. Once the officials waived off the missed shot attempt that occurred after the buzzer and no foul was called, the Scott City bench and crowd erupted into celebration. “We just keep proving people wrong,” said Meyer. “No one expected us to be in the championship (Above) Junior Sloan Baker blocks a shot attempt by Concordia’s Cooper Holmes. (Bottom left) Head coach Glenn O’Neil (left) and assistant coach Brian Gentry “high five” each other as the coaching staff and players celebrate their overtime win over Concordia. (Bottom right) Senior Brayden Strine takes the ball along the baseline against Panther Grant Holmes. (Record Photos) game, but we’re there.” In addition to a game high 31 points (10-of-17 FG), O’Neil led the team with five rebounds. Junior center Sloan Baker was also in double figures with 11 points (4-of-5 FG) and four rebounds. As a team, SCHS was the field and held a 26-21 27-of-48 from the field, edge in rebounds. including 9-of-24 from three-point range. Concordia was 25-of-28 from no more Cinderella The Scott County Record • Page 26 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 Baker, Shocks adapt to national spotlight, new role in tourney A year ago Wichita State University was the Cinderella team that became nearly everyone’s favorite as they made an improbable run through the NCAA Tournament and into the Final Four. With the men’s tournament getting underway this week, the Shockers have exchanged their slipper for a bullseye. No longer is WSU the unknown team in this year’s 68team tournament field. It’s impossible to remain anonymous when you’re the first undefeated team to enter post-season play in 23 seasons. It’s an incredible turnaround in a year’s time for the Shockers and their starting guard Ron Baker. “This year has been a big step in my life,” says the Scott Community High School graduate who has become a favorite among WSU fans. “To be on the cover of Sports Illustrated and to see yourself on ESPN highlights every week is pretty amazing. It’s something you dream about as a kid but who really thinks it’s going to happen to them?” That’s even harder for someone to imagine who has made his way to WSU by way of Utica, Healy and Scott City. Assuming Bigger Role Because of an injury, Baker didn’t assume a large role with last year’s Shockers until late in the season. He had a great run through the NCAA Tournament which cemented his role as a key player this year. The only question was what that role would be. During a meeting with head coach Gregg Marshall at the end of last season Baker was informed that he would be playing more as a point guard. “That was going to be new to me,” says Baker, who had been used primarily as a No. 2 guard. “I knew I’d have to improve my ball handling.” When freshman point guard D.J. Bowles suffered a heart condition in September that ended his career at WSU before it began, that left little doubt about Baker’s role on the team. “I knew I’d have to play a larger role and that I’d be expected to shoot more. The coaches told me I’d have to shoot more and be a threat as the No. 2 guard,” says the redshirt sophomore. Baker didn’t waste any time responding to the challenge. He scored more than 20 points in four of his first eight games. “At the beginning of the year I was in attack mode,” he says. “The coaching staff wanted me to be aggressive and let the good things happen.” Baker is currently averaging 13.1 points per game, up from last year’s eight points. Every Game Winnable With such a strong nucleus returning from last season’s Final Four squad, the Shockers not only knew they had a team that could win the Missouri Valley Conference, but could possibly finish the regular season undefeated. “At the beginning of the year we knew that every game was winnable,” Baker says. “After we won the first 10, then we thought about the next five and before long you’re at the end of the season.” Once the Shockers got past their two toughest road games a week apart in February they knew that an undefeated regular season was possible. They stretched that unbeaten mark to 34 games following the conference tournament. Can’t Hide From It The national publicity surrounding the perfect regular season - the constant reminders on ESPN and other media outlets - has become a way of life. “It’s something you can’t hide from,” acknowledges Baker. “On the (NCAA Tournament) bracket it says 34-0. The best thing we can do is own it and accept it and play basketball the way we know how.” That’s not to say there isn’t pressure that comes with being a former Final Four team that’s in the midst of an unbeaten season. Part of that comes from the added exposure of having games appear regularly on ESPN. “And there’s pressure that comes from being a 20-yearold kid who’s playing night in and night out on a team that hasn’t lost,” Baker says. “As a team, I think we’ve handled it pretty well. We expected to be here, which helps, and we have refused to ease off the gas. We play with intensity every game.” Earning Respect Of course, the players also hear all the noise from critics who try to diminish the accomplishment because it occurred in the MVC and not one of the major conferences. “I think analysts who understand the game respect what we’ve done. To finish a season 34-0 is difficult no matter who you play,” Baker says. “As to whether we’re better than Florida, Louisville, KU or those types of teams, that’s where people start to question us. I still think we’ve earned respect for what we did during our non-conference and conference schedule.” Whatever criticism anyone has of the Shockers’ schedule they won’t be able to say of WSU’s path through the NCAA Tournament. WSU has the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Regional which most experts agree is the toughest of the four regionals, featuring three of the four teams in last year’s Final Four. “It motivates us to play even more angry,” says Baker, referring to the Shockers’ theme, “Play Angry.” “When you have tough teams ahead of you in the bracket it motivates you to play even better basketball and prove that you belong.” Celebrity Status Away from the basketball court, Baker’s life has also gone through a huge change as he is recognizable almost everywhere he goes. That means lots of autographs and photos with the growing legion of WSU fans. Wichita State University guard Ron Baker shows his emotions during their game against MVC rival Indiana State. (Below) Baker, head coach Gregg Marshall and teammate Cleanthony Early enjoy their MVC Tournament championship. (Photos courtesy of The Wichita Eagle) Even after a year of publicity and WSU’s rise to the top of the basketball world, Baker remains amazed at how well he and his teammates are known across Kansas and throughout the Midwest. This week, while junior college basketball teams are practicing in Koch Arena while getting ready for the national tournament in Hutchinson, he’s had numerous coaches approach him and comment about what a great job he and the Shockers are doing. Baker understands his added role as an ambassador for the Shockers, but he also says there are times when he would prefer less notoriety, such as the recent Class 4A state basketball tournament when he was watching his younger brother, Sloan, a junior, playing for the Beavers. “There are times like that when I’d just like to sit back and enjoy watching my brother play, but when people ask for an autograph or want to take a photo, I treat them with respect,” he emphasizes. “I understand how fortunate I am to be part of something this special at WSU. This is a lot better than being an eighth place team in the Valley and nobody caring about your team or who you are.” Baker took a lot of pride in watching Sloan play in the state tournament. He also had an opportunity to watch him in a couple of football games this past season while SCHS was making its deep run through the playoffs. “Sloan and I were four years apart, so it was very difficult for me as a brother to see him growing up while I was at WSU,” Baker says. “When I left for college he was 5-6, annoying and wouldn’t listen to me. Now he’s 6-2, 175 and a grown man. It’s great when I hear Coach (Glenn) O’Neil and others saying good things about him and how hard he works.” He doesn’t mind the occasional comparisons to himself. “I’ll hear people compare him to me when they talk about how much he’s grown. I hit a three-inch growth spurt between my junior and senior year of high school. Hopefully, he’s got that same kind of growth spurt in him this next year,” Baker says. He also likes what he sees from his brother on the basketball floor as a “good rim protector, his ability to box out and get rebounds. It got me excited as an older brother to see him doing so many good things as a player.” There’s no rivalry between the two on the basketball floor. In fact, they haven’t even had an opportunity to play against each other, though Baker says they did have fun teaming up for a dunk ball tournament in Dighton last year. “Playing together on the same team was a lot of fun,” he says. Despite all the pressure and fame that’s been a part of Baker’s life since last year’s NCAA Tournament, he tries to keep everything in perspective while maintaining a sense of humor . . . like the ESPN segment where he and fellow teammates had to show their angry faces. While the Shockers enjoy the “Play Angry” mantra, Baker doesn’t worry about projecting a certain image on the floor. “If I’m angry, I’m angry. If I’m happy, I’m happy. I don’t think about it,” he says. “I just love playing the game.” The Scott County Record scenes from the Class 4A state basketball tournament Page 27 - Thursday, March 20, 2014 Representing Every Man a Beaver were (from left) Wyatt Eitel, Cooper Griffith, Abe Wiebe and Austin Beaver. Playing the baritone saxophone in the SCHS pep band (above left) is freshman Christian Ramirez. SCHS cheerleaders and yell leaders getting the student section fired up before the state championship game were (from left) Taylor Fairleigh, Lizzy Eikenberry, Jennie Erven, Amanda Kough, Cayleigh Ramsey, Danean Metheney, Megan Smith, Addie Price and Alex Snyder. (Record Photos) The Scott County Record Farm Deadline in April for emergency loans to county producers The expiration date for filing applications for Emergency Disaster (EM) loans by farmers and ranchers in Logan, Scott and Wichita is April 21, according to Dwight Jurey, farm loan manager, for the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Those needing farm credit as a result of a freeze on April 1, 2013, through May 10, 2013 and who think they are eligible for FSA assistance, should make their applications at the FSA County Office, 1015 W 2nd, Oakley, Ks. “Loans covering physical and/or production losses are scheduled for repayment as rapidly as feasible, consistent with the applicant’s reasonable ability to pay,” said Jurey. The current interest rate is 3.25 percent but is subject to monthly changes until the loan is approved. FSA’s loan staff can refer customers to other public and commercial financing sources that can serve as a blend with FSA’s farm loan programs. FSA loans covering physical losses may be used to replace installations, equipment, livestock, or buildings (including homes), lost through this disaster. FSA loans covering production losses may be used to buy feed, seed, fertilizer, livestock, or to make payments on real estate and chattel debts. “Funds can also be used for other essential operating and living expenses,” Jurey said. Page 28 - Thursday, March 20, 2014 Farming and ranching is still a family business Factory farm. Corporate giant. Industrialized agriculture. Too big to care. That’s how modern agricultural is often described in the United States today. While it’s true, agricultural operations have grown in recent decades and many farms and ranches rely on at least some hired or contract labor to get the job done, the fact remains that most are family businesses, according to USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. According to USDA’s Economic Research Service, a family farm is one where the principal operator and people related to the principal operator by blood or marriage own most of the farming business. Further, according to ERS, the farm operator is the person who is responsible for the onsite, day-to-day decisions of the farm or ranch business. A family farm can be any size – from just a few acres to tens of thousands of acres. And a fact that some conveniently leave out when talking about today’s agricultural sector - 97.6 percent of all U.S. farms are family farms and are responsible for 85 percent of U.S. farm production. To take it one step further, 87.1 percent of U.S. farms, accounting for 57.6 percent of U.S. farm production, are family farms relying primarily on the principal operator and spouse. Or from a different angle, farms that require the principal operator and spouse to provide most of the labor and hire or contract some of the labor out to other workers (See FAMILY on page 29) EU trade: what’s in it for you? Trade between the United States and the European Union is not a new concept. In fact, it makes up nearly half of global GDP and results in about $1 trillion in trade of goods and services each year. According to President Obama, we invest nearly $4 trillion in each other’s economies annually, Wheat Scoop Bill Spiegel communications director Kansas Wheat which supports around 13 million jobs in America and the European Union. For agriculture specifically, U.S. exports of agricultural products to EU countries totaled $9.9 billion in 2012, ranking fifth among export markets for the United States, and U.S. imports of EU agricultural products totaled $16.6 billion that year. Beef exports to EU countries reached approximately $236 million in 2012, making it one of the top 10 export markets for beef. Yet, U.S. and EU negotiators are devoting a great deal of time and effort on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). The fourth round of negotiations took place last week in Brussels and is focused on aspects of the agreement, including services, labor, rules of origin, intellectual property and regulatory sectors. (See EU TRADE on page 34) ‘Nebraska advantage’ is growing livestock industry Nebraska’s cattle producers are focused on market and industry trends to take full advantage of livestock numbers already shifting in their favor. Recent weather conditions and advantages held by the state of Nebraska have helped move cattlefeeding numbers north. ag outlook Brett Wessler Drovers Cattlenetwork Although cattle supplies are in decline, the latest cattle on feed report shows Nebraska is now the No. 1 cattle-feeding state, edging the previous leader, Texas, by 20,000 head. As those in the industry look to expand their operations, a new report considers the industry’s economic potential in the state. “We all know that livestock is big business in Nebraska,” Ronnie Green, vice president of agriculture and natural resources for the Long-time Extension wheat specialist to retire For more than 30 years, the face of wheat in Kansas has been Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist. He has informed and entertained his “family” of producers in the state at wheat tours, field days, and meetings since he started at K-State in 1980. Shroyer will retire on July 3. To Shroyer, being the extension wheat specialist in Kansas has been more than just a job. It’s been a professional and personal relationship with thousands of producers and coworkers in the agricultural industry and the university. His co-workers, such as Tom Maxwell, K-State Central Kansas Extension district agent, agree with the value of the long-term relationships that have developed between Shroyer and other extension specialists and their audience. “Shroyer’s expertise and humor have been a long-standing hit with our farmers in this area, and he will be missed,” Maxwell said. “Everybody across the board knows who Jim Shroyer is.” The personal nature of Extension is the core of its strength and its greatest asset, Shroyer said. “Extension work involves a large human investment in the people of the state. It’s a people business,” he said. “That’s one of the things I’ll miss the most about this job - the bonding I’ve had with stakeholders and the county agents.” “Being out in wheat fields with farmers - that’s just heaven. It is always hard for me to believe they actually pay me for the pleasure of this work,” Shroyer said. “My absolute favorite thing is doing the wheat tours. That’s when I get to see the wheat as it’s approaching the finish line and discuss the growing season with farmers. I learn more from talking with farmers at the wheat tours than they learn from me.” “I’ve also enjoyed, and still enjoy, playing Sherlock Holmes and trying to figure out the cause of problems farmers are seeing in their wheat fields. “We have a really great network of county Extension agents in Kansas, maybe the best in the entire country. And you can’t ask for better university faculty to work with than what I’ve been lucky enough to have at KState,” he said. Shroyer has been the Extension specialist for more crops than just wheat during his tenure at K-State. He has also worked extensively with corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and grain sorghum. Some of his significant contributions, in conjunction with others, have been: •Introducing no-till alfalfa; •Pioneering work in the system of planting short-season corn early in the season; •Developing and testing of wheat blends as a viable practice; •Developing management practices for planting wheat after row crops; •Developing pre-plant wheat schools in the summer; •The “Diagnosing Wheat Production Problems” publication; •The Adopt-a-Wheat-Field website; •Promoting and strengthening the system of wheat tours at the county level. Well wishes can be sent to: Brittany Green, Administrative Specialist, Re: Jim Shroyer Retirement, Department of Agronomy, 2004 Throckmorton Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Ks. 66506. University of Nebraska, at the Governor’s Ag Conference in Kearney. “Clearly there are opportunities to expand the industry to ensure further economic success in our state.” The Lincoln Journal Star reports Nebraska feedlots have capitalized on calves brought in from Designation by landowner provision Producers are reminded of the importance of reporting to their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office any change to their farming operation that would affect the status of that farm so the change can be effective for the current fiscal year. A farm, as defined by FSA, is generally made up of tracts that have the same owner and the same operator. A sale of land in the farm or a tract of land within the farm would be an instance that requires notifying the local FSA office so a farm reconstitution can be initiated using the FSA-155, Request for Farm Reconstitution. These requests must be made by August 1. A special provision exists that would allow contract acres to be divided in a manner agreed to by all sellers and buyers. The method of division, known as the “Designation by Landowner” provision, must be requested. The designation by landowner method of division may be used more specifically when: •Part of the farm is sold or ownership is transferred. •An entire farm is sold to two or more persons. •Farm ownership is transferred to two or more persons. •Part of a tract is sold or ownership is transferred. •A tract is sold to two or more persons. other states and abundant supplies of corn and water which have improved profit margins. Additional biofuel plants in the state have made distillers grain widely available to livestock operators as well. The 24-page report highlights the “Nebraska advantage,” a collection of factors benefitting the state’s livestock industry that includes access to crop, livestock and biofuel production. While identifying areas where state livestock production has fallen, it also lists expansion scenarios for beef cattle, dairy cattle, pork and poultry. “As the state’s land(See LIVESTOCK on page 29) Market Report Closing prices on March 18, 2014 Winona Feed and Grain Bartlett Grain Wheat.................. White Wheat ....... Milo .................... Corn ................... Soybeans ........... $ 7.43 $ N/A $ 4.58 $ 4.81 $ 13.38 Scott City Cooperative Wheat.................. White Wheat ....... Milo (bu.)............. Corn.................... Soybeans ........... Sunflowers.......... ADM Grain $ 7.43 $ 4.58 Corn.................... $ N/A $ 4.81 Weather H L P 53 34 March 12 57 24 $ 4.81 March 13 70 22 March 14 67 35 March 15 68 28 March 16 50 30 March 17 72 $ 4.58 $ 13.38 $ 16.65 Corn.................... $ 4.79 Sunflowers.......... Milo (bu.)............. March 11 $ 7.29 Soybeans............ $ 7.43 $ 7.43 Wheat.................. Milo (bu.)............. Wheat.................. White Wheat ....... $ 4.54 $ 13.20 $ 17.05 25 Moisture Totals March 2014 Total .25 1.27 The Scott County Record • Page 29 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 Groups file court action to overturn ‘ag-gag’ law A diverse coalition filed a federal lawsuit this week to overturn Idaho’s recently enacted ‘ag-gag’ law - legislation critics say makes ‘documenting cruelty the crime, rather than the cruelty itself.’ Signed by Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter at the end of last month, the law criminalizes those who secretly document abuse of ani- mals at agricultural facilities. Following the law’s enactment, Matthew Dominguez of The Humane Society of the United States wrote: (W)itnessing and documenting cruelty is now the crime, rather than the cruelty itself. Even employees and journalists who document misconduct could face jail time, Ks. No. 1 in growth of milk production Family A report issued by the USDA shows Kansas’ milk production, at 7.3 percent in 2013, grew at the fastest rate in the United States. Kansas posted the third largest increase in total pounds of milk production in 2013, trailing dairy only giants Wisconsin and New York. According to Josh Roe, economist for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the value of milk produced in Kansas totaled nearly $592 million adding approximately $131 million to the Kansas economy and 482 jobs in 2013. “The remarkable growth we have seen in Kansas this year and in years past is an excellent testament to the quality of work Kansas dairymen and women conduct on a daily basis,” said Billy Brown, Kansas Department of Ag’s Dairy Agribusiness Development coordinator. “Our dairies are an economic engine for rural Kansas, and we thank our dairy farmers for their commitment to continuing to grow the industry and rural Kansas by producing a wholesome and nutritious product.” As the national demand for food and agricultural products continue to grow, Kansas is quickly rising to the top as the premier dairy frontier. Abundant farmland, feed supply, ideal climate and agriculturebased culture make it an ideal location to dairy. Kansas is home to more than 300 dairy farms and 137,000 dairy cows. County Plat Maps Scott Logan Ness Wichita Gove Wallace Lane Greeley Finney Kearney 406 Main • Scott City 620 872-2090 account for 86.1 percent of family farms and 47.4 percent of U.S. farm production. That’s not small potatoes and it sure isn’t what some would have the general public believe. USDA reports that family farms accounted for 96 percent of production of major field crops (corn, cotton, soybeans and wheat) and in hogs, poultry and eggs. They accounted for 62 percent of high-value crops (fruits, vegetables and nurseries) and 75 percent of dairy production. What about the 2.4 percent of U.S. farms, accounting for 15 percent of production, that are nonfamily farms? They, too, play an integral role in the overall agricultural sector. Some are large corporations. Many are whether it’s mistreatment of animals, food safety concerns, sexual harassment, embezzlement or environmental crimes. Needless to say, this law poses serious threats to constitutional freedoms of speech and the press. It also casts even further distrust in the minds of Americans about how animals are treated in our food system. (continued from page 28) small and have less than $35,000 in sales. Most nonfamily farm production, on the other hand, comes from those that have annual sales of at least $1 million. Nonfamily farms are typically organized as partnerships, sole proprietorships or corporations. According to USDA, most farms organized as corporations have no more than 10 shareholders and are likely tightly held partnerships that have incorporated for tax and management purposes. USDA highlights many of the reasons it believes family farms and ranches continue to dominate the landscape of U.S. agriculture - ranging from economics to generational transfer of knowledge about the land, nutrients, Livestock grant university,” Green said, “we are hoping to use this report as a way to start a statewide conversation about this potential, understanding that all Nebraska citizens have a stake in this matter.” Pete McClymont of the Nebraska Cattlemen told the Lincoln Journal Star The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which include the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, the Center for Food Safety and the journal CounterPunch, charge that the new law is unconstitutional because it criminalizes free speech and freedom of the press. “What concerns us is that when the government animal handling techniques and more. From my perspective, those are true and vital. To be successful in today’s agricultural sector, one has to have a savvy business mind and sharp technical skills. It takes a special knowledge to know when to sell a bin full of corn versus when to hold it or how to skillfully help a mama cow deliver a baby calf coming breach. It also a special sense of pride, commitment and tradition. It takes both. Family farms and ranches come in all shapes and sizes. They were built on years of sacrifice and hard work. They were maintained by making good business decisions. They live on, in part, because of the tradition. (continued from page 28) the distinction of becoming the top cattle-feeding state and a reputation of having great beef, great weather and great genetics will make Nebraska the top choice for export markets. Increased production in the state benefits rural communities but growth is dependent on assistance from community leaders and public policy makers. The report was prepared by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. It is available on the agricultural economics department’s website. Ham/bean feed • Scott City Masonic Hall • Sat., March 29, 5:30 p.m. tells us what we can do and can document, we lose not only freedom of speech but freedom of thought,” said Leo Morales of the ACLU of Idaho. Additionally, Morales continued, the problem is that the law gives preferential speech to the agricultural industry over the speech of those challenging that industry. The Center for Food Safety says the law also jeopardizes public health. “In the absence of effective government regulation, private, undercover investigations of the kind outlawed by Idaho’s ‘ag gag’ law fulfill the much-needed role of overseeing the safety of our food supply,” stated Paige Tomaselli, senior attorney with the Center. $ 7 The Scott County Record • Page 30 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 Call 872-2090 today! Per Week The Scott County Record Professional Directory There’s no better way to reach your potential customers in Scott County and the surrounding areas. Agriculture Preconditioning and Growing • 45 Years Experience • Managed and owned by full-time DVM • 2,000 Head capacity Oﬃce - 872-5150 • Scott City Stuart Doornbos Home - 872-2775 Cell - 874-0951 Construction/Home Repair CHAMBLESS ROOFING Residential All Types of Roofing Commercial Cedar Shake and Shingle Specialists Return to Craftsmanship Attention to Detail and Quality Guaranteed Walker Plumbing, Inc. 620-872-2679 • 1-800-401-2683 Sager’s Pump Service • Irrigation • Domestic • Windmills • Submersibles Cell: 874-4486 • Oﬃce 872-2101 Dirks Earthmoving Co. Precision Land Forming of terraces and waterways; feed lot pens and ponds; building site preparation; lazer equipped Richard Dirks • Scott City, Ks. (Home) 872-3057 • 877-872-3057 (Cell) 872-1793 Backhoe & Trenching services • Irrigation & gas leak repairs • Full-line irrigation parts T-L center pivot dealer Floor heat systems Pump & install septic systems Boring equipment 423 S. Mesquite Rd. • Scott City • 872-2130 Medical ELLIS AG SERVICES • Custom Manure Conditioning • Hauling and Spreading • Custom Swathing and Baling • Rounds-Net or Twine • Gyp and Sand Sales • Pickup or Delivery Call Brittan Ellis • 620-874-5160 Automotive Charles Purma II D.D.S. P.A. Willie’s Auto A/C Repair General Dentistry, Cosmetics, and Insurance Accepted Willie Augerot Complete A/C Service Mechanic Work and Diagnostics Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. We welcome new patients. 324 N. Main • Scott City • 872-2389 Residence 872-5933 404 Kingsley • Scott City • 874-1379 Horizon Health For your home medical supply and equipment needs! We service and repair all that we sell. 1602 S. Main • Scott City • 872-2232 Toll Free : 1-866-672-2232 Red Pro Health Chiropractic Wellness Center Specializing in all coatings t Paint i or any other color (Scott City Chiropractic) “TLC”... Technology Lead Chiropractic Paint inside and out residential, commercial, and industrial. Free estimates and 16 plus years of experience. Landscaping • Lawn/Trees Berning Tree Service David Berning • Marienthal 620-379-4430 Tree Trimming and Removal Hedge and Evergreen Trimming Stump Removal Fully Insured PC Painting, Inc. Dr. James Yager • Dr. Marlyn Swayne Dr. Robert Fritz Paul Cramer 620-290-2410 620-872-8910 www.pcpaintinginc.com 110 W. 4th St. • Scott City • 872-2310 Toll Free: 800-203-9606 Pro Ex II Over 20 Years Experience Professional Extermination Commercial & Residential • Termites • Rodents • Soil Sterilization • Pre Treats • Lawn Care • Fly Parasites John Kropp, Owner • Scott City 874-2023 (cell) • 872-3400 (office) • firstname.lastname@example.org Scott City Myofascial Release Sandy Cauthon RN 105 1/2 W. 11th St. Scott City 620-874-1813 Call me to schedule your Myofascial Release Call today for a Greener Healthier Lawn Owner, Chris Lebbin • 620-214-4469 SPENCER PEST CONTROL RESIDENTIAL – COMMERCIAL Dr. Jeffrey A. Heyd Optometrist 20/20 Optometry Termite Baiting Systems • Rodents Weed Control • Structural Insects Termite Control Treatment of Ocular Disease • Glaucoma Detection Children’s Vision • Glasses • Contact Lenses Box 258, Scott City • (620) 872-2870 106 W. 4th • Scott City • 872-2020 • Emergencies: 872-2736 Turner Sheet Metal Heating & Air Conditioning Heating & Cooling Systems Since 1904 Commercial & Residential 1851 S. Hwy. 83 • Scott City 872-2954 Shop • 1-800-201-2954 Ron Turner Owner Complete family eye center! 7 $ The Scott County Record • Page 31 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 Call 872-2090 today! Per Week Professional Directory Continued Scott City Clinic Daniel R. Dunn, MD Family Practice 872-2187 Fur-Fection Matthew Lightner, MD Family Practice Christian E. Cupp, MD William Slater, MD Family Practice Libby Hineman, MD Family Practice Josiah Brinkley, MD Family Practice General Surgeon Megan Dirks, AP, RN-BC Ryan Michels, PA Mindy Schrader, PA Retail Kansas Classifieds Ad Network The classified ads below are appearing in 147 Kansas newspapers with a total circulation of 500,000 the classified display ads appear in 142 Kansas newspapers with a total circulation of 457,000. KCAN line ad is $300 for up to 25 words and $12 each additional word. A 2x2 display ad is $800 per insertion and a 2x4 display ad is $1,650 per insertion. To find out more, contact The Scott County Record at 872-2090. Antiques Truck Driving ANTIQUE SHOW/ Vintage Market. Kansas Expocentre, Topeka. March 22-23. Saturday, 9:00-5:00; Sunday, 11:004:00. 50 dealers from four states. Free antique appraising. Adults $5. (816) 262-3061. www. TopekaAntiqueShow.com GREAT PLAINS TRUCKING, a subsidiary of privately owned Great Plains Manufacturing, Salina, is looking for experienced drivers or driving school graduates to deliver product to our dealer network. We offer excellent compensation, benefits and home time. Please contact Brett at email@example.com or 785-823-2261. ––––––––––––––––––––– PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE. OTR drivers. APU equipped PrePass EZ-pass passenger policy. 2012 and newer equipment. 100% notouch. Butler Transport, 1-800-528-7825. www. butlertransport.com ––––––––––––––––––––– EXPERIENCED FLATBED drivers. Regional opportunities now open with plenty of freight and great pay. 800-277-0212 or primeinc.com. ––––––––––––––––––––– TRAINING. Class ACDL. Train and work for us. Professional and focused CDL training available. Choose between company driver, owner/ operator, lease operator or lease trainer. (877) 3697885. www.centraltruckdrivingjobs.com. For Sale YAMAHA PIANOS. A dozen of them. Previously-enjoyed verticals and grands starting at $1,688! Mahogany, walnut, oak, ebony, cherry, more. Financing available. Mid-America Piano, Manhattan. 1-800-9503774. www.piano4u.com. ––––––––––––––––––––– HAPPY JACK SKIN BALM. Stops scratching and gnawing. Promotes healing and hair growth on dogs and cats suffering from grass and flea allergies without steroids. Orscheln Farm and Home. www.happyjackinc.com. Gene’s Appliance Over 200 appliances in stock! COMPARE OUR PRICES! We have Reverse Osmosis units in stock. Remember us for parts in stock for all brands of all appliances. Sales and Service Days • Mon. - Sat. Deliveries • Mon.-Sat. Largest Frigidaire appliance dealer in Western Ks. 508 Madison • Scott City • 872-3686 Networktronic, Inc. Computer Sales, Service and Repair Custom computers! Networking solutions! Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 402 S. Main, Scott City • 872-1300 Brent Rogers Sales Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org Northend Disposal Agriculture A garbologist company. Scott City • 872-1223 • 1-800-303-3371 PC Cleaning Services, Inc. We'll clean your home, business or do remodeling clean-up Available seven days a week! Paul Cramer, Owner 620-290-2410 Office (620) 276-3131 Toll Free 1-800-794-9052 Cell (620) 874-0014 Fax (620) 276-8876 1007 N. 8th, Garden City, KS 67846 www.officesolutionsinc.biz KANSAS BULL Test’s Performance Tested Bull Sale. Wed., April 2, 12:30 p.m., Beloit, Ks. Selling 100 bulls and 15 heifers. Brian Hagedorn: 785458-2137. KansasBulls@ gmail.com; or www. KansasBullTest.com Real Estate YOUR LAND is your down payment. And we’ll match your tax refund up to $8,000. Singles starting at $39,900. Doubles starting at $59,900. Less than perfect credit OK. 866858-6862. Education Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CAN YOU DIG IT? Bulldozers, backhoes and excavators. Three weeks hands-on program. Local job placement assistance. Become nationally certified. GI Bill eligible. 1-866-362-6497. www.reganjewelers.com 412 N. Main • Garden City • 620-275-5142 All Under One Roof Revcom Electronics Help Wanted A S S I S T A N T PROGRAM director for Valley Hope Association, Moundridge, Ks. Requires KS LMLP, LCP or LPC License w/ability to secure LAC credential. Relocation assistance. Resume to employment@ valleyhope.org. ––––––––––––––––––––– COORDINATOR P/T. Provide support and activities for high school exchange students. Volunteer hosts also needed. Apply online: www. aspectfoundation.org Your RadioShack Dealer Two-way Radio Sales & Service Locally owned and operated since 1990 1104 Main • Scott City • 872-2625 Find us on Facebook SharpsShootingSupply.com • (620)398-2395 • Healy, Kansas Services Dining District 11 AA Meetings Berning Auction Scott City “Don’t Trust Your Auction to Just Anyone” Unity and Hope Mon., Wed. and Fri. • 8:00 p.m. For all your auction needs call: (620) 375-4130 Russell Berning Box Q • Leoti C-Mor-Butz BBQ Barbecue, the only sport where a fat bald man is a GOD... & Catering Kyle Lausch 620-872-4209 Bryan Mulligan & Chris Price 620-874-8301 & 620-874-1285 www.cmorbutzbbq.com • email@example.com 807 Kingsley Last Sat., Birthday Night, 6:30 p.m. All open meetings, 874-8207 • 874-8118 Dighton Thursday • 8:30 p.m. 535 Wichita St. All open meetings, 397-5679 • 397-2647 The Scott County Record • Page 32 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 Classifieds Buy, sell, trade, one call does it all 872-2090 ot fax 872-0009 Classified Ad Deadline: Monday at 5:00 p.m. Classified Ad Rate: 20¢ per word. Minimum charge, $5. Blind ad: $2.50 per week extra. Card of thanks: 10¢ per word. Minimum charge, $3. Classified Display Ad rate: $5.50 per column inch. Classified advertising must be paid in advance unless business account is established. If not paid in advance, there will be a $1 billing charge. Tear sheet for classified ad will be $1 extra. Pine Village Apartments 300 E. Nonnamaker Apartments available for qualifying tenants 62+ or disabled with rental assistance available. Hours: Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. by appointment Call Steve 872-2535 or (620) 255-4824. 19tfc AFFORDABLE Brick home in a GREAT AREA! 3 + 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, full basement with family room, low maintenance, newer FA-CA, nice yard, several other updates. ONLY $129,500. Lawrence and Associates Deb Lawrence, GRI Broker Shorty Lawrence, Sales Assoc. 513 Main • Scott City 872-5267 ofc. 872-7184 hm. lawrenceandassocrealty.com Sheila Ellis, Broker Assoc. 872-2056 Kerry Gough, Sales Assoc. 872-7337 Russell Berning, 874-4405 www.berningauction.com PERSONAL CARE/ HOMEMAKER ATTENDANT Scott County Health Department has a full-time position available for a personal care/homemaker attendant. C.N.A. is recommended but not required. Must be compassionate, responsible, reliable, highly motivated, attentive to detail and be able to work independently. Applications available at: 608 S. Main, Scott City 32t2c ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, that’s ours. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Tuesday nights at 8:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church basement (use west door). 412 College, Scott City. Al-Anon at same time and location. Contact: 874-0472 or 872-3137. 30t52 NOTICE Upcoming storage unit auction. Friday, April 11 at 5:00 p.m. Location: 507 Court St. Garage Sales Saturday, March 22 Downsizing 602 E. 6th St., Scott City Sat. 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Everything must go! Couch, loveseat, chair set, end tables, lamp, dishes, nursing school books, Xbox, Wii and PlayStation games (not consoles), dvd movies, antique dresser, teen boy clothes, Precious Moment dolls, lots more! Agriculture Real Estate Help Wanted WANTED TO BUY. Stored corn. Call for basis and contract information. 1-800-579-3645. Lane County Feeders, Inc. 32tfc ––––––––––––––––––––– WANTED TO BUY. Wheat straw delivered. Call for contracting information. Lane County Feeders. 397-5341. 44tfc RENOVATED 4 BEDROOM HOUSE for sale. Brand new kitchen, new wood and tile floors, beautiful lighting throughout, french doors leading to a spacious backyard and patio, DA garage, main floor laundry, partial downstairs with half bath. Serious inquires call Dale Holterman, 620-8741100. 15tfc –––––––––––––––––––– FOR SALE BY OWNER 5 bedroom, finished basement, SA garage, 3000+ sq.ft. living space. 402 S. College, Scott City. Call for appointment, 620-2143103 or after 5:00 p.m. 620-874-1005. 11tfc ––––––––––––––––––––– 903 MYRTLE, GREAT FIRST HOME 2+2 bedrooms, 2 baths. Just remodeled with a new kitchen and stainless steel appliances. All new windows, doors, flooring, insulation, plumbing and roof. Close to elementary school, which is a plus. Call for appointment: Clinton Constuction (Darryl or Virginia) 620-8725494 or cell 620-2141456. 24tfc ––––––––––––––––––––– NEWLY REFURBISHED HOME. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, walk-in closets, open kitchen/dining/living area. New carport, kitchen appliances are included. Can also sell furnished or unfurnished, nice yard space, large corner lot, quiet area. Call Fred Brittan 620-2141434 or 620-872-2957. PART-TIME COOK wanted. Apply in person at The Broiler, 102 Main. Business 25tfc ––––––––––––––––––––– NEWS PAPER CARRIER needed. Approximately 130 papers. Must have reliable vehicle. Seven days a week for Hutchinson paper and six days a week for Garden City paper. Contact Artie 620-655-1197. 28t6c ––––––––––––––––––––– PART-TIME maid service needed at the Lazy R Motel. 30tfc ––––––––––––––––––––– INDIVIDUAL NEEDED in farrowing division. Candidate will be caring for the needs of newborn piglets and their mothers. We will train a person with a sincere desire to learn. The position has opportunities for advancement for a career minded individual. Send resume to: Poky Feeders, Inc., 600 E. Road 30, Scott City, Ks. 67871, apply at the office, or call Connor at 620-872-7046. INDIVIDUAL OFFICE SUITES from one to four rooms available for lease. Leases starting at $250/month including utilities. Common areas available for use including reception and break rooms. Perfect for quiet small business or climate controlled storage. Former location of Scott Services City Chiropractic, 1101 S. WANTED: Yards to mow Main. Call 214-3040 for 27tfc and clean up, etc. Trim information. smaller trees and bushes too. Call Dean Riedl, Rentals (620) 872-5112 or 874AND SEEK 34tfc HIDE 4135. 31t2c ––––––––––––––––––––– STORAGE SYSTEMS. ––––––––––––––––––––– FURNITURE REPAIR Various sizes available. ATTENDANT CAREand refinishing. Lawn Virgil and LeAnn Kuntz, GIVER to provide part41tfc mower tune-up and blade (620)874-2120. time in-home care for elsharpening. Call Vern ––––––––––––––––––––– derly women. For more Soodsma, 872-2277 or 1, 2 AND 3 BEDROOM information contact Carohouses available and stor36tfc 874-1412. lyn West 620-872-3583 or ––––––––––––––––––––– age units. Come fill out an 31t2p 620-872-2506. MOWER REPAIR, tune- application at PlainJans or 30tfc ––––––––––––––––––––– up and blade sharpening. call 620-872-5777. ––––––––––––––––––––– LA FIESTA RESTAUCall Rob Vsetecka at 6202 BEDROOM trailer. RANT is looking for help. 36tfc 214-1730. $400 per month, $350 Apply in person at 109 ––––––––––––––––––––– Dep. No indoor Pets. 214Park Place. METAL ROOFING, 32t1c 2677. 31t2p SIDING and TRIMS at ––––––––––––––––––––– direct-to-the-public pricNORSE ELECTRIC has COMPLETELY es. Call Metal King Mfg., a clerical position open. REMODELED Experience with Word and 620-872-5464. Our prices Excel a must. Please call 37tfc will not be beat! 30tfc 620-872-7123 for an ap––––––––––––––––––––– The Scott County Record plication or fax a resume “JEN’S GROOMING” can work for you! to 877-583-1166. 32t2c Jennifer Milner groom5 bedrooms, ready to ing at Fur-Fection. Please move into, insulated and call for an appointment SEEKING BIDS stucco exterior. 1+1 baths, 620-214-0097. Hours are office, fenced yard Monday-Thursday 7:00 and 1 1/2 garage. The City of Scott City is accepting bids for 700 32tfc a.m.- 4:00 p.m. tons of clean oversized rock. All bids need to be in COME VIEW ––––––––––––––––––––– a sealed envelope marked “oversized rock”. OUR BERRY LAWN MOWING now accepting new NEW HOME Bids will be accepted at City Hall until: customers. Evenings and Monday, April 7, 5:00 p.m. weekends. Call for estimate 214-1135. Leave a The City reserves the right 30tfc message. County Plat Maps Scott Logan Ness Wichita Gove Wallace Lane Greeley Finney Kearney 3 bedrooms with 1 3/4 baths up. Full basement open floor plan (1,642 sq. ft.), on corner lot with new streets and 24’ x 24’ garage. 5 Lots in Webster addition $ 35,000 for all 5 lots. Thomas Real Estate to reject any and all bids. 32t1c SEEKING BIDS The City of Scott City Police Department is accepting bids for the purchase of a new pickup with trade in of 2007 Chevrolet pickup. Specifications may be obtained at City Hall. Sealed bids will be accepted at City Hall until: Monday, April 7, 5:00 p.m. www.thomasreal-estate.com 406 Main • Scott City 620 872-2090 914 W. 12th Scott City, Ks. 67871 (620)-872-7396 Cell: (620)-874-1753 or Cell: (620)-874-5002 30tfc The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids. 32t2c BILINGUAL CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE/RECEPTIONIST Rodenbeek & Green Agency has a position open for a Customer Service Representative/ Receptionist. We Have Buyers! We Need Listings! Qualified Applicants Must: be able to read, write and speak both English and Spanish with equal proficiency; be friendly and outgoing with excellent communication skills, both in person and on the telephone; have office experience and computer skills; present a neat, professional appearance. Call us to get your home listed. Inquiries and applications wil be accepted in person only, at: 601 Main St., Scott City 32t2c The Scott County Record • Page 33 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 Employment Opportunities SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT MAINTENANCE WORKER Scott County Sheriff’s Department is accepting applications for: Jailor Corrections Officer Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent, a valid driver’s license, and must be 21 years of age. Special consideration for male-bilingual applicants. SEEKING BIDS The City of Scott City is accepting bids for five (5) computers and installation (separate bids). Specifacations can be obtained at City Hall. Scott County offers BCBS health insurances, retirement plan, vacation, sick leave and uniforms. Applications may be obtained at and returned to: Law Enforcement Center 602 W. 5th • (620)872-5805 All bids must be sealed in an envelope marked “computer bid”, and will be opened after 7:30 p.m. during the council meeting on April 7, 2014. Bid needs to include sales tax and delivery. Delivery needs to be made by May 7, 2014. Bids will be accepted at City Hall until: Monday, April 7, 5:00 p.m. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids. 32t2c PARK LANE NURSING HOME Has openings for the following positions: Part-time CNA (night shift) Part-time CMA (evening shift) Part-time Nursing-LPN/RN Dietary Aide/Cook Shift differential pay offered for evening and night shifts! Please apply in person at: Park Lane Nursing Home 210 E. Parklane Scott City, KS 67871 Or visit us at our website: www.parklanenursinghome.org “Quality Care Because We Care” 32t2c 31t2c PARTS COUNTER SALES REPRESENTATIVE American Implement, Inc., in Scott City, Ks., currently has a full-time position open for Parts Counter Sales Representative. Responsibilities of this position are to perform a variety of customer service duties related to the sale, delivery and inventory of agricultural equipment and irrigation parts and accessories. Qualified candidates must have excellent customer service skills and good communication and problem-solving skills. Computer knowledge and good interpersonal skills are important. American Implement offers completive wages and an excellent benefits package, which includes life, health and supplemental insurance, and a 401(k) plan. Interested individuals may complete an application or send a cover letter and resume to: Fred Kuntzsch, American Implement, Inc., PO BOX 20, Scott City, KS 67871. For questions regarding this position, please call: (800) 779-7244 or (620)872-7244 PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL STAFF Clinic Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner PATIENT CARE Acute Care RNs CLERICAL Clinic Insurance Billing Clerk Clinic Receptionist HIM Clerk HIM Transcriptionist Applicants for these positions are required to be able to read, speak and understand English. Pre-employment physical, drug/alcohol screening, immunization titer, physical assessment and TB skin test required. We are a tobacco free campus. We offer competitive pay and great benefits. Due to our recent expansion of services and rapid growth, we are in need of Acute Care RNs and are offering financial incentives. Applications are available through Human Resources at Scott County Hospital 201 Albert Ave. Scott City, Ks. 67871 620-872-7772 or online at www.scotthospital.net CLINIC RECEPTION POSITION Scott County Hospital is currently seeking a motivated, hard-working individual for our Clinic Reception position. This is a full-time position, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. This opportunity provides interaction with patients in the clinic setting. Scott County Hospital is looking for team oriented individuals who excel in Multi-tasking, written and oral communication skills, and customer service excellence. Medical background is a plus, but not required. Scott County Hospital offers competitive pay and benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance, paid time off and cafeteria plan. To apply, visit our website www.scotthospital.net and click on “careers” to find an online application or call 620-872-7772. 31t1c DISTRICT TREASURER The USD 466 Board of Education is seeking applications for the position of District Treasurer. 32tfc SCOTT COUNTY HOSPITAL HAS OPENINGS FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS The City of Scott City is accepting applications for a full-time maintenance worker in the Parks Department. Benefits include: BC/BS, vacation and sick leave. Applications may be obtained at: City Hall 221 W. 5th Applications will be accepted until postion is filled. EOE Employer. 32t2 SERVICE TECHNICIAN American Implement, Inc., a progressive John Deere agricultural dealership in Southwest Kansas, is experiencing significant growth and is currently seeking qualified individuals to fill the position of Service Technician in the Scott City location. Responsibilities are to analyze, troubleshoot and perform electrical and mechanical repairs on agricultural equipment. Experience in maintenance and repair of automotive, diesel or heavy equipment required. Qualified applicants must own a set of tools to perform the functions of the job. American Implement offers competitive wages and an excellent benefits package, which includes life, health and supplemental insurance, 401(k) plan and a quarterly incentive bonus program. Interested applicants may send a cover letter and resume to: Tyler Kough Location Manager PO Box 20, Scott City, KS, 67871 or Call: (800) 779-7244 or (620)872-7244. Position requires: The preferred candidate will be well-versed in basic accounting and be familiar with Microsoft Work, Microsoft XL spreadsheet and related experience with in-house accounting programs. The district uses the MAPP accounting system. Knowledge and skills with basic business machines is necessary. A business degree is preferred. Training: will begin at the earliest mutually agreeable date possible. Benefits: are a 12-month full-time position with vacation benefits, sick leave and personal leave. A paid full single BC/BS medical benefit is included in the package offer. Salary is to be commensurate with experience and training. To Apply: applicants shall complete the basic application, submit a letter of application, provide a complete resume’ with any letters of recommendation plus a listing of all work experiences and locations with correct phone listing and names of previous supervisors/employers. The application package should be completed in an expeditious manner as the position is “open until filled”. The completed application package can be mailed or delivered to: Susan Carter, Clerk, USD 466, Scott County Schools, 704 S. College, Scott City, Ks 67871. 32t2c 31t1c C.N.A.: Must have completed C.N.A. program and must be on the Kansas State registry. Completion of a CMA is preferred but not required. Applicant must have the ability to work as a member of a treatment team in providing continuum of services to consumers and their families. Candidates must pass background checks and be 21 years of age with a valid driver’s license. Applications are available at: 210 West 4th Street, Scott City Resume/Applications can be sent to: Fax: 620.272.0171 or firstname.lastname@example.org Or Mailed: Compass Behavioral Health Attn: HR PO Box 1905 Garden City, Ks. 67846 Duties include: Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable, electronic construction of budget, and production of monthly financial and state reports. 29tfc Engineering Technician Associate Position located in Garden City. Candidate must possess a High School Diploma/GED. Duties include construction inspection and material testing. For additional requirements and complete job duties see job requisition # 176894 at the website below. APPLY ONLINE NOW at www.jobs.ks.gov Or Contact Christine Belknap or Tamara Venturi at 620-276-3241 Applications accepted thru March 21, 2014 NOTE: This information is available in alternative accessible formats. To obtain an alternative format, contact Transportation Information, Eisenhower Building, 700 SW Harrison, 2nd Floor West, Topeka, KS 66603-3754, or (785) 296-3585 (voice)/ Hearing Impaired-711. 31t3c EEO/AA/VPE -Paid for by KDOT. 31t2c The Scott County Record • Page 34 • Thursday, March 20, 2014 ‘Rusty Pipes’ headlines Tumbleweed Chorus Senior Quartet Champions of the barbershop world “Rusty Pipes” will headline the Tumbleweed Chorus’s annual show to be held Sat., March 22, in Colby. The show, titled “Harmony in Conflict: Civil War,” commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. “Uncalled 4,” a local quartet, and “Prairie Rose Harmony,” a local ladies barbershop group, will join the chorus in the tribute to the music of the War Between the States. Show times are 3:30 matinee and 7:30 evening performance at the Frahm Theatre in the cultural arts complex on the Colby Community College campus. “Rusty Pipes” won the senior quartet championship in 2012 at the Midwinter convention held in Tucson. The quartet calls the Cincinnati area home. They performed in McCook, Nebr., in March of 2013, but were prevented from taking the stage in Colby that same weekend due to a spring blizzard that closed area highways. The Tumbleweed Chorus members come from all over northwest Kansas. They will EU Trade A lengthy list of objectives was released this week by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, ranging from issues related to textiles to trade of services and intellectual property rights, the environment and more. Specifically of interest to cattlemen and women should be the objectives to eliminate all tariffs and other duties and charges in agricultural trade and to eliminate or reduce all non-tariff barriers that decrease U.S. exports, including non-science based sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) restrictions. The EU has adhered to the “precautionary principle,” meaning food producers must be able to demonstrate that a food additive of production method is safe, even if there is no clear scientific evidence otherwise. This be joined on stage by some members of the “Prairie Statesmen” from McCook. Nearly thirty men will be performing. The chorus is directed by Peggy Cabrinha, Atwood. “Uncalled 4” is a quartet composed of members from the High Plains Barbershop from Hays as well as the Colby group. They have been singing together for six years. “Prairie Rose Harmony” began singing as High Plains Harmony in 1990. Members come from throughout the Northwest Kansas area. Dr. Phil Shuman directs the group. The Tumbleweed Chorus’s annual show is the group’s major fundraiser. The chorus is an affiliate of the Barbershop Harmony Society whose mission is to keep vocal music alive and healthy. The club uses funds to support their scholarship program in conjunction with Colby Community College as well as assisting music programs in local schools. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are available from Philip Stover, 785754-2342 (day) and 785754-2355 (evening). (continued from page 28) has resulted in restrictions over the years on U.S. beef exports to the EU and continues to be a challenge with regard to genetically modified agricultural products. In May 2009, the EU began allowing U.S. beef imports under strict guidelines and quotas. Currently, the U.S. is allowed to compete for a quota of 45,000 metric tons of non-hormone treated beef. In return, the United States lifted tariffs on certain EU goods. The only beef eligible for export to the EU has to have come from cattle raised according to USDA’s Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC) program. Agricultural groups have called for the T-TIP to eliminate tariffs and quotas on agricultural products and to base decisions related to SPS issues on internationallyrecognized, science-based standards established by the World Organization for Animal Health or the Codex Alimentarius. According to USTR, ensuring that rules governing food and agricultural trade are based on science is “as important” as eliminating tariffs and quotas. When negotiations were announced last June, President Obama said T-TIP will be a priority for his administration but that negotiators will be focused on the details of the agreement. “It is important that we get it right – and that means resisting the temptation to downsize our ambitions or avoid tough issues just for the sake of getting a deal,” said President Obama. While negotiations will be tough enough, anoth- er challenge to advancing U.S. trade interests revolves around Trade Promotion Authority pending in Congress. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told the National League of Cities this week that TPA is a must. “TPA is the mechanism by which Congress has worked with every President since 1974 to give the Executive its marching orders as to what to negotiate, how it should work with Congress before and during the negotiations and how Congress should take up and approve or disapprove a trade agreement once negotiated,” said Ambassador Froman. the latest in agricultural technology Thursday, March 27 6:00 p.m. Spencer Flight and Education Center We’ll offer an entire buffet of technology topics: • Pioneer’s new crop scouting and weather platform: ENCIRCA! • Utilizing soil moisture probes - new web inter-face/intuitive data! • Personal weather stations - benefit from a larger weather network! • Pivot monitoring systems - control well and pressure! • UAVs - unmanned aerial vehicles and their fit in your operation! • Update on Mapshot’s AgStudio - software brings it all together! Dinner provided • RSVP for dinner count 620-874-5076 1550 West Road 70, Scott City SERVICE AVAILABLE THE FIRST AND THIRD WEEK OF EACH MONTH.