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Volume 127, Number 6

Thursday, February 6, 2014

16 Pages, 70 Cents Plus Tax Per Copy

Propane Relief Program to deliver heat for impoverished Kansans Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore announced recently a new Emergency Propane Relief Program. This temporary program is designed to help individuals who rely on propane as their primary heating source and whose income falls between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level. “We know that as propane costs have dramatically increased, working poor families are unable to afford the expense of keeping their homes warm,” Governor Sam Brownback said. “I am excited to see DCF working quickly to help those in need in this emergency situation.” The Emergency Propane Relief Program will provide a one-time $511 benefit to eligible households. The payment will be issued as a twoparty check, so that only the propane vendor can deposit it. The application period is from Tuesday, February 4 through Tues-

day, March 4. Applications must be received prior to 5:00 p.m. March 4. The continued need for this temporary program will be monitored closely. Applications are available at all DCF service centers. The applications can also be downloaded from and faxed, emailed to or delivered directly to the nearest DCF service center. All supporting documentation must be provided before the application can be processed. Necessary documents include income verification and verification of propane usage and vendor. “This temporary program is designed to help low-income adults with children and older adults living on fixed incomes,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said. “We look forward to helping Kansas families receive the help they need during this unexpected propane price hike.” Families that qualify for the

Emergency Propane Relief Program must meet the following criteria: 1. Households must use propane as their primary heating source and provide verification of their current propane vendor and bill. 2. Applicants must provide verification of their household’s income for the past 30 days. 3. The combined monthly gross income of household members must be between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level according to the chart below: Household Size Monthly Income 1 above $1,211; below $1,771 2 above $1,640; below $2,391 3 above $2,069; below $3,011 4 above $2,498; below $3,631 Households below 130 percent of the federal poverty level may apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Those who list propane as their primary heating source will receive priority status for processing.

Above Craig Harper takes more biscuits from the oven for the annual Groundhog’s Day supper at the Lone Star Bethel Friends Church Friday evening. All the food was delicious! At right, “Squeaky” Hittle dons his Road Kill Apron. He swears they did not serve any roadkill at the supper.

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A long line of hungry people pile their plates high at the Moscow United Methodist Church GroundHog Supper Saturday evening. As usual there was lots and lots of wonderful food to choose from.

SCH Board meets The meeting of the hospital board was called to order Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Manor conference room. Present were board members Warren Willis, Joyce Baughman, Patty Lahey and Keith Rome. Board members absent were Milton Gillespie, Kirk Heger and Dean Van Horn. Others present were Linda Stalcup, hospital administrator; Jennifer Featherston, director of nursing at Pioneer Manor; Kathie Harbison, Pioneer Manor administrator; Dr. Samer Al-Hashmi “Dr. Sam”; Dawn Maas, director of nursing at the hospital; Stacy Helget, clinic director;

Diane Porter, human resources director; and Hermes reporter Wilma Bartel. The minutes of the last meeting and the current agenda were approved unanimously. Diane Porter presented the human resources report. She briefly outlined the various benefits available to employees, such as medical insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, retirement, etc. Regarding staffing, she said the number of positions currently open at the hospital and nursing home are the lowest they have been for some time. Continued to page 3

Baker files for Stevens County Commissioner in District I Filings for public office have already begun. Republican candidate Gary Baker has thrown his hat into the ring for Stevens County Commissioner. Voters of the first district will see Baker’s name on their ballots. Filing and withdrawal deadline will be June 2, 2014 at 12:00 noon. Prospective candidates for County Commissioner First District, Township Clerk, Precinct Committeeman and Precinct Committeewoman may file at the Stevens County Election Office at 200 E. Sixth in Hugoton. Primary elections

will be Tuesday, August 5, with the general election taking place November 4. Offices on the ballot will include United States Senator, United States Representative, Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Commissioner of Insurance, State Representatives - District 124, District Court Judge 26th District First Division, District Court Judge 26th District Third Division, County Commissioner - District 1, Township Clerk, Precinct Committeeman and Precinct Committeewoman.

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! If you haven’t got your special someone an amazing present yet, stop by participating Stevens County businesses to pick up the perfect gift and sign up for some awesome prizes while you’re at it! Let the grocery bill worry about itself by registering at White’s Foodliner, where you can win a $25 gift card. Janet’s, Creative Special-

ties, Dominoes and China are all offering $25 gift certificates to their businesses. First National Bank will be giving away $25 and Citizens State Bank will give away 20 Gas Capital Dollars. Alco is offering a $15 gift card, and Pizza Hut will give out a coupon for a free large pizza to their “sweethearts”. Antlers Sports Bar and Grill will take care of a romantic dinner for their win-

ners with two free steaks. Register at Bultman’s for a $20 gift certificate! Both Yardmaster and Country Garden plan to make very special Gift Baskets for their winners. Bultman Tire will present their winners with a $50 gift certificate. Give the gift that’s good all year by signing up at The Hermes for a free year’s subscription! Showplace Video has the perfect idea for a night in:

giving their winners two free video rentals, a large popcorn and two large drinks. Be sure when you’re looking for the perfect present, you take a minute to sign up for all these great prizes! The 2014 Sweetheart Sweepstakes winners will also get a $50 gift certificate from the Chamber. Winners will be drawn Friday, February 14. Couples participating must be 18 years or older.

Stevens County Commissioners appreciate a short meeting The Stevens County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, February 3, 2014 with all members, James Bell, Pat Hall and Dave Bozone present. Also present were County Counselor Robert Johnson, County Clerk Pam Bensel and RoGlenda Coulter from The Hugoton Hermes. The following is just an agenda for the morning with a few of the unofficial highlights. Official minutes will be published at a later date. The commissioners’ agenda was light. It included: 8:30 - Bills; 9:00 Rodney Kelling; 9:30 Tony Martin; 10:00 - Susan Schulte; 10:30 - Paula Rowden; and 12:00 - Lunch. When this reporter arrived at approximately 8:45 the commissioners were talking with Rodney Kelling about the generator tie-in for the Fire Department building. The people he asked to give another bid have not given him any. Davis Electric’s bid was really only good for a couple days. The commissioners told him to see what the other bids will be and take the cheapest. When asked if the new fire truck was done, Rodney said not yet. Pat asked about the grant being written. Rodney said the lady at Liberal will write the grant for free. She does that a lot for the Liberal Fire Department. It was agreed this sounds good. She thinks it sounds like Stevens County has a good chance. There may be some

other ones available also. The commissioners went upstairs to look at Betty’s cabinet tops that need to be replaced. They agreed they need to be changed. Bids need to be gathered. Tony Martin from Road and Bridge came in. He said KDOT is in a hurry for the detour agreement. They did agree to fix any damage, but expect none. Motion was made and passed to sign the agreement. The other party who needed to agree to access for the road to the Gibsons’ new house agreed when called by Bob Johnson. Tony said the asphalt plant is in the process of being changed over. He said they have been getting rock in from south of Dalhart, Tx. It is very clean and good for the asphalt plant. Tony told of the grader that was being repaired. He hopes to be ready to start on the streets by the Manor by March. Pat said he would like for them to watch how much they run the plant and not run it if not to be in use. Tony said they are watching oil prices, so they can get the cheapest. It was discussed that the county used to haul their own. Shipping costs are very high to receive the oil. But new tankers are very expensive also and they would have to have a certified driver. A list of safety checks and suggestions from a recent safety meeting was shown to the commissioners. They also discussed width and grading of the county roads.

The next meeting date was discussed. It will be Tuesday, February 18 because of Presidents’ Day. Betty Rosel was told to go ahead and get more bids for the counter tops. The Physical Therapy has now moved into their new location. It was asked if this would signal the last of the bills from there. Susan Schulte came in to touch base about the heat/air; an issue for Memorial Hall; some needed items for floor maintenance; a service agreement with Trane; and the filters for the heat/air system. Commissioners gave the okay for some items needed for floor maintenance. They also said it would be okay to start gathering some things to take to the Kiwanis Sale. The minutes were checked and okayed. Ted Heaton and TJ Steers came in to report for the Law Enforcement Center. They visited about recent arrests. They also talked about the fencing around the ponds. The new drug dog has arrived. Her name is Cleo. Paula Rowden and Cammie Heaton came in from the Health Department. Paula brought in her encumbrance letter. She gave the commissioners an outline for the money she is requesting. They still have a need for various tables and chairs. Also she talked about the van and the grant for the van for public transportation. They have a need for two new office vehicles. These ve-

hicles are beng driven all day every day. Kids are being taken and picked up from school. She was asked why. Parents are paying to have their children ride. She will get the two local car dealers to bring bids for these vehicles to the next meeting. Motion was made and passed to allow the encumbrance. Neal Gillespie brought in maps from KDOT for the plans of the passing lanes for in front of the KDI plant. Motion was made to accept the roofing bid from Aqua Shield. February 26 will be the finalization and confirming meeting for the recent tax sale. Official Minutes Commissioners Meeting January 20, 2014 The Stevens County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, January 20, 2014 with all members, James Bell, Pat Hall and Dave Bozone present. Also present were County Counselor Robert Johnson, County Clerk Pam Bensel and RoGlenda Coulter from The Hugoton Hermes. Meeting was called to order. Motion was made and passed to approve the minutes of the last meeting. The county vouchers were approved and the clerk was instructed to draw warrants on the Treasurer chargeable to the various funds of the county for the following amounts: General .. 103,605.56; Road & Bridge.. 52,233.75; Building Continued to page 3

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Obituaries Pioneer Manor residents play Bingo at 2:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Community members are invited to volunteer or play a game with the residents! AL-ANON Family Group meets at 1405 Cemetery Road Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Call 620544-2610 or 620-544-2854 for more information. HUGOTON LIONS CLUB meets every Second and Fourth Thursday of the month at Memorial Hall at 7:00 p.m. HUGOTON MASONIC LODGE #406 AF&AM meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday nights - Inside Out Kids at the Hugoton Assembly of God, 138 S. Main, beginning with dinner at 6:45 p.m. Program will be from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Rides are available by calling Pastor Ben Coats at 620428-1487 before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings. - Moscow United Methodist will host Kids Club, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Kids Club is available for children ages Kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information, contact the church at 620598-2426. ***SCHEDULE CHANGE*** Hugoton Aglow will meet on the fourth - NOT second - Thursdays of February and March. Meetings will be February 27 and March 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center, 624 S. Main in Hugoton.

Now through February 14 - Sign up at participating businesses for the fifteenth annual Sweetheart Sweepstakes drawing! Winners will be drawn Friday, February 14, so Shop Hugoton First! Now through March 1 - Dog taxes are due at the City of Hugoton with no penalty. February 6 - Liberal Hearing Aid Center will be at Pioneer Manor from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Come in for a free hearing test, free batteries, or a hearing aid cleaning. Walk-ins are welcome! Call 620-624-5216 for more information. February 7 - Hugoton High School will be hosting Power Prep with Carolyn Devane from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. in the old cafeteria. The course will include strategies to improve students’ ACT scores. For more information, contact the high school office at 544-4311. There is a fee to attend. Registrations must be turned in by Monday, February 3. February 7-14 - National Marriage Week February 8 - Sew All Day at the Senior Center, 624 S. Main in Hugoton. Call 620-544-2283 for more information. - First National Bank will sponsor the Valentine Dance and Bingo Party at the Hugoton Senior Center starting at 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. All ages are welcome to join in the fun. Oklahoma Cowboy and Texas Lady will play. February 10 - Hugoton City Council will meet at 5:15 p.m.

- Southwest of the Arts Society will have their Annual Business Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Manor coffee shop. Agenda will include year review and upcoming events, election of officers and new board members. February 11 - Stevens County Economic Development will meet at the Senior Center, Sixth and Main in Hugoton, at 12:00 noon. February 12 - Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet at 12:00 noon. - Early release for all USD 210 schools at 1:30 p.m. February 13 - Sons of Thunder Southwest Kansas Chapter will meet at the Grant County Civic Center, 1000 W. Patterson Ave. in Ulysses from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Bobby Massey of Wichita will speak. There will be a free meal, fellowship and worship. Remember February is “Bring Your Sweetheart” month! February 13-14 - No school for USD 210 students due to Parent/ Teacher Conferences. February 14 - Happy Valentine’s Day! - Hugoton High School will host a Winter Homecoming Pep Rally at 2:00 p.m. February 15 - Legislative update at the Stevens County Library Meeting Room at 4:00 p.m. Additional dates: March 15 and April 19. Senator Larry Powell and Representative Steve Alford plan to attend. February 16

- Fort Hays State University will host their Student Recognition Program at Garden City High School, 2720 Buffalo Way at 2:00 p.m. Scholarship winners will be recognized. For more information, visit admissions/srp. February 17 - USD 210 Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the HMS Library. February 18 - Stevens County Commissioners will meet in the Commissioners’ Room at the Stevens County Courthouse, beginning at 8:30 a.m. - Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce will host their monthly luncheon at 12:00 noon.

Stevens County Fire Department and Ambulance Report Stevens County Emergency Services run activity for January 27 through February 2. Fire Department Hugoton Station Wednesday, January 29 10:59 a.m. called to Road 18 between Road V and Road W for a grass fire. Fire Department Moscow Station No activity this period. Ambulance Activity Four medical runs and six transfers.

Commissioner’s Corner by Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger

We are in the peak time for couples to get engaged to be married. Trend watchers say that 39 percent of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Planning a wedding is exciting and time consuming. One notso-exciting - but just as important - factor to discuss is what to do about insurance needs. That may not be as fun as sampling cakes, but getting married can certainly have an impact on your insurance coverage. Our Kansas Insurance Department staff and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) have some insurance tips for couples who are about to say “I do”. Wedding insurance Insurance to protect against weather, illness or even “cold feet” has been around for a few years, and the market is increasing, according to insurance companies. Since the cost of an American wedding is now estimated at $26,000, and an estimated two million-plus weddings are conducted annually in the U.S., couples might want to check with an insurance agent to see if this could be useful for their situation. Homeowners and Renter’s Insurance There are several things to consider when deciding where you and your spouse will live. Location, size of the dwelling and construction type are all factors that determine your insurance premium. Combining households also means combining your belongings. Make a home inventory of all of your belongings to determine how much coverage you’ll need. It will also make filing a claim easier in the event of a loss or disaster. The NAIC offers a free home inventory app for iPhones and Android phones; you can also download a PDF version. Auto Insurance Married couples have the option of combining their auto insurance policies, but most newlyweds don’t discuss their spouse’s driving record before getting married. A poor driving record could increase the cost of your premiums, so you might want to have that conversation. As a newlywed, you may be eligible for discounts. Some insurance companies consider married couples a lower risk, which could result in lower rates. Also, if you combine your auto policies or buy auto coverage from the same company that carries your homeowners’ or renters’ policies, you may be eligible for additional discounts. Health Insurance When deciding what to do about your health insurance, evaluate your current and future health care needs. Review the provisions of your policies with those needs in mind. You will also want to compare the cost of adding your spouse to your policy against keeping your own health insurance. For individual plans, contact your insurance agent for specific enrollment requirements for spouses. Insurance companies are no longer allowed to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, nor can they charge more based on medical history. You will need your spouse’s Social Security Number and income information to add him or her to your plan. Life Insurance It’s not easy to talk about something like life insurance during such a happy time, but life insurance may help secure your family's financial future. To calculate your needs, consider future income, the cost of raising children and any large outstanding debts such as school loans or mortgage payments. If either or both of you have life insurance, check with your agent about updating your beneficiary information. Remember to check with your employer about any life insurance benefits offered

through work. Not Sure Where to Start? Talking about insurance and picking the right coverage for your new married life can be confusing, but the NAIC has some resources to make the process easier - and possibly more fun. To help couples get smart about insurance, the NAIC created the Insurance Survival Guide for Newlyweds, a guide encouraging couples to ask the tough questions early. Also, the NAIC's “I Do Adventures” interactive game uses lighthearted fun to drive home valuable insurance lessons. Go to http://www.InsureU As always, if you have questions, you can call the Kansas Insurance Department’s Consumer Assistance Hotline at 800-4322484. The Kansas Insurance Department, established in 1871, assists and educates consumers, regulates and reviews companies, and licenses agents selling insurance products in the state. More about the department is online at or at www.face

Frances “Fran” Littell Friends and family gathered Saturday afternoon to remember and honor Frances “Fran” Littell, 75, of Hugoton. Mrs. Littell passed from this life Thursday morning, January 30, 2014 at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. The daughter of Martin A. and Viola Mittie (Liles) Ille Jr., she was born December 23, 1938 in Sterling, Ok. Fran graduated from McGuiness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City, Ok. She attended college at Cameron University in Lawton, Ok., Central State in Edmond, Ok. and Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Ok.; graduating with a business degree. January 27, 1961 Fran and Allen Drew Littell were united in marriage in Guymon, Ok. They made their home in Elkhart, moving to the farm south of Rolla, in 1974. Following the death of Allen in January of 2001, Fran moved to Hugoton in 2002. Mrs. Littell was a secretary with State Farm Insurance in Elkhart for 40 years. She retired in 2000. Fran was a member of the St. Helen Catholic Church in

Hugoton and Altar Society. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Allen Littell. Survivors include her three children, Mark Littell and wife Jammi of Winfield, Anita Sutton and husband Todd of Hugoton and David Littell and wife Brandy also of Hugoton; and nine grandchildren, Hyatt and Yates Sutton, Zane, Zack, Zayden and Zevin Littell, and Carson, Chaney and Carley Littell. Rosary was recited Saturday afternoon, February 1 with Mass of Christian Burial following at 2:00 p.m. at St. Helen Catholic Church in Hugoton with Father Beeker officiating. Interment followed in the Rolla Cemetery. Services were under the care of the Bunch – Roberts Funeral Home of Guymon. The Littell family request memorials be given to the American Diabetes Association. Memorials will be accepted at the Bunch – Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1112, Guymon, Ok. 73942. Friends can sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.bunch

Earl “Tiny” Gourdin Moscow resident, Earl “Tiny” Gourdin, 66, passed away Monday, January 27, 2014 at his residence. The son of Julian Gourdin and Ruby (Robin) Reed, he was born February 8, 1947 in Trinidad, Co. He and Sharon Peretto were married January 9, 1976 at Raton, N.M. She preceded him in death May 28, 2006. Tiny was the owner of Gourdin By Products and was also a rancher. He loved his family and spending time with them. Survivors include one son, Mike Colantonio and wife Teresa of Moscow; three daughters, Janine Pearson and husband Chuck, Sherry Castillo and husband Ernie and Shelly Penrod and husband Wade, all of Moscow; his mother Ruby Reed; nine grandchildren, Kayla Colantonio, Codylee Colantonio, Christopher Pearson, Mathew Pearson, Tristan

Colantonio, Eli Penrod, Luke Penrod, Brek Colantonio and Terah Heard; two great grandchildren, Kodel Buckner and Macy Pearson; his four brothers, Lonnie Gourdin and wife Jean of Globe Az., Clifford Gourdin of Tucson, Az., Bill Gourdin and wife Louise of Hugoton and Ray Reed and wife Donna of Amarillo, Tx.; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. Mr. Gourdin was preceded in death by wife and son Roger Colantonio. Memorial services were attended Saturday morning, February 1, 2014 at the Moscow High School. Paul’s Funeral Home of Hugoton was in charge of arrangements. A memorial has been established for the Stevens County Fair. Memorials may be mailed to Paul’s Funeral Home-PO Box 236-Hugoton, Ks 67951.

Lloyd Parker Former Hugoton resident Lloyd G. Parker, 67, of Bel Air, Md., passed from this life Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

Born in Wichita, Lloyd was the son of the late Virgil R. Parker and Vina Parker Fellers. Lloyd graduated from Hugoton Rural High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served at the Norfolk Naval Base. While in the Navy he met and later married Sara K.

Greer of Bel Air in 1967. Mr. Parker worked for General Motors for 30 years before his retirement in 1993. He was a 20 year Veteran of the Bel Air Police Department Auxiliary, a contributing member of the Izaak Walton League, NRA and Wounded Warrior Outreach, as well as many other organizations. Lloyd is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sara K. Parker; sister Leta Black of Pompton Lakes, N.J.; his two daughters, Elizabeth Alpert of Denver, Co. and Patricia K. Parker of Bel Air; and four grandchildren, Alicia and Ian Alpert of Phoenix, Az. and Devin and Nathan Hott of Bel Air. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the Izaak Walton Preservation League of America, Harford County Chapter, P.O. Box 423, Bel Air, Md. 21014.

Helen Ausbun Word has been received of the death of Helen Louise Mrs. Ausbun Ausbun. passed from this life and went to be with her Lord Thursday, January 30, 2014 in Syracuse. She was 87. Helen was born May 14, 1926 in Bethany, Ok. to Howard Clifford Cooper and the former Margaret Cecile Garmon. October 12, 1947, Helen married Harold William Ausbun in Hugoton. This union produced two surviving children, Ronald Harold Ausbun and Margaret Susan Ausbun. Over the years, Helen and her family resided in different states including Kansas, Indiana, Texas, Colorado and Missouri. Helen and Harold were administrators of Bronnenburg Children’s Home in Anderson, In. in the past and pastored the Lamar First Church of God in Lamar, Co. for 14 years. At other times, Helen was a seamstress and homemaker. She very much loved life, family and friends. Mrs. Ausbun was known for her great faith in God and her dedication to her Christianity, husband, family and those she knew and loved. Those preceding Helen in

death were her parents Howard and Margaret Cooper; her husband of 61 years and five months, Harold William Ausbun who passed away March 13, 2009; and two daughters, Patricia Carol and Sandra Kay Ausbun. Survivors include her brother Bill Cooper and wife Shirley of Wichita; son Ronald Harold Ausbun and wife Sharon of Lafayette, In.; daughter Margaret Susan Ausbun of Lamar; three grandchildren, Amber Marie Yeagey and husband Brian of Lafayette, Marla Suzanne Hicks and husband David of Syracuse and Daniel Harold Ausbun and wife Megan of Lamar; four great grandchildren, Colten Joshua “CJ” and Andrew Yeagey of Lafayette and Nathan and Bethany Hicks of Syracuse; and her many other cousins, nieces, nephews and relatives. Services for Helen were attended Tuesday afternoon, February 4 at the Hugoton Church of God. Burial followed in the Hugoton Cemetery under the direction of Paul’s Funeral Home of Hugoton.


February 6, 1961 – December 4, 2013

This world is not conclusive A sequel stands beyond Invisible as music but Positive as sound. — Emily Dickenson Mother – Annette Father – C Warner Sister – Ann Kristin

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Currently they have 68 residents. She has received information for a class that addresses coping methods for working with alzheimer’s patients and other difficult situations. Administration will be recommending that staff view the class DVDs. She asked about setting up a wellness program for the staff. Stalcup said that Megan Sullivan from Physical Therapy was looking into options and suggested Harbison contact Sullivan to coordinate. Jennifer Featherston presented the Director of Nursing/Pioneer Manor report. She said they have several students coming in to work the 6-10 shifts as needed and they are

At the Bethel Friends Church, Terry Lay and Shawn Lay mix up biscuits before rolling them out for the Groundhog supper. Not shown is Calvin Lay.

Commissioners Continued from page 1 .. 3,730.78; Extension Council .. 75,000.00; Noxious Weed .. 250.98; Diversion .. 1,489.64; Community Health .. 5,328.01; Airport Grants .. 5,914.59; Employee’s P/R Misc W/H .. 3,216.22 Robert Rich brought in the 2013 encumbrance letter for the Stevens County Wellness Center in the amount of $15,819.91 for machine repairs, row machine, roof repair, cleaning supplies, weights and boxing bag. Motion was made to allow the 2013 encumbrance letter. Motion carried. Janice Morgan and Debbie Nordling asked for another commercial mixer for the Memorial Hall to replace the old one. Janice presented a bid in the amount of $3,460. plus shipping. Motion was made to buy the mixer, motion carried. Greg Wellbrock brought in the 2013 encumbrance letter for the Stevens County Appraiser in the amount of $7,700. for purchase of a new copier, pay out on the other copier; and remaining monies for postage. Motion was made and passed to allow the 2013 encumbrance letter. Gary Baker discussed the Appraisal law suit on the oil and gas. Tony Martin informed the commissioners Chuck Oldaker with KDOT came by. They are planning to start in 2015 on Highway 51 to do the turning lane east of town. KDOT needs a contract signed for repairs of any damages. Tony informed the commissioners the Road and Bridge Department received the Federal Highway Funding money back for the past three years. Tony asked about a road to be put in on Road M between Road 13 and Road 14. Justin and Gwen Gibson asked to have the road because they are building a house in that area. They will need the bus to pick up their child for school and a way in and out of the property. Bob will contact the other land owner and then figure out how to handle the situation. Tony informed the commissioners that Richard Claggett called about the approach into his land on NW 27-32-37. Roger Lynch informed the commissioners KDHE is in charge of the moving of dirt at Woods at the ADM Elevator. Roger Lynch and Karen Rich came in to discuss a bill of $500. for matching funds to Southwest Area Agency on Aging. Karen explained the Hugoton Senior Citizens Board pays this bill each year so the County doesn’t need to pay. Ted Heaton, sheriff, came in with a list of property to sell at the Sheriff’s Sale. Bob Johnson, county counselor, gave the property descriptions being sold. Several private citizens gathered for the sale of: Lot 1 Blk 5 township of Meadows a/k/a Feterita Lot 4 Blk 1 Washington

Square Addition Lot 1 Blk 4 Washington Square Addition Lot 2 Blk 2 Washington Square Addition Lot 3 Blk 2 Washington Square Addition Lot 4 Blk 2 Washington Square Addition Lot 5 Blk 2 Washington Square Addition Lot 6 Blk 2 Washington Square Addition Lot 4 Blk 91 Hugoton City Lot 1 Blk 5 Hugoton Second Industrial Subdivision Hugoton City Lot 16 Blk 22 Hugoton City Rodney Kelling brought in the 2013 encumbrance letter for the Stevens County EMS in the amount of $15,114. for miscellaneous equipment upgrades and $40,000. to transfer to County Equipment Fund and Stevens County Fire in the amount of $27,122. for upgrade of old fire tools and equipment. Motion was made and passed to allow the 2013 encumbrance letter. Rodney presented a bid to tie the remaining portion of the EMS building in with the Fire Department building onto the generator. Motion was made to have Rodney get more bids. Motion carried. Casey Settlemyer picked up the deed for Lot 4 Block 2 in the Stevens County Industrial Addition, west of town to take to Stevens County Title. Commissioners reappointed Ted Heaton to the Advisory Board for the Southwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Dave talked about having a sales tax question on the ballot this fall. Thea Schnittker talked about the Mortgage Registration tax resolution. Motion was made to adopt Resolution 2014-02 stating the Board of County Commissioners urging the Kansas Legislature and Governor Sam Brownback to retain the mortgage registration fee, as provided in KSA 79-3102, and reject any or all legislative proposals abolishing such fee. Motion carried. Chris Lund discussed funding for the program at City on a Hill which is a substance abuse program. Chris explained the services provided with the program. He explained the funding they get from the state and other counties. Motion was made and carried to approve funding of City on a Hill for 2014 in the amount of $4,000. Susan Schulte asked about getting another set of filters for the heat/air system. Commissioners moved to approve the purchase of another set of filters. Motion was made to go into executive session for pending litigation for 15 minutes with County Counselor Bob Johnson present. Meeting reconvened at 12:00 p.m. By motion the board adjourned.

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Dawn Maas gave the director of nursing/hospital report and said there had been no major significant changes since the last report. Stacy Helget presented the clinic report. The clinic treated approximately 11,000 patients last year. She said flu cases had slowed down for a week or so but numbers now were steady. The board reviewed the application for the medical staff appointment of Dr. Donald Human. Dr. Human assists in the emergency room as needed. Stalcup said he was not on the calendar in the near future, so the board decided to defer the decision till a later date. Kathie Harbison updated the board about Pioneer Manor.

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working out very well. Implementation of the system to address falls is going very well and the number of falls has decreased tremendously. She said administration is looking at switching to an electronic records system at the Manor sooner than expected. The current system is so old that updates are becoming difficult. Linda Stalcup gave the hospital report. The hospital has met all the meaningful use requirements. (The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Heath Records ((EHR)) Incentive Programs provide financial incentives for “meaningfully using”

their EHRs by meeting certain criteria.) Stalcup reported the pharmacy renovation had run into a bit of a snag when they were advised a permit had to be obtained for demolition as well as construction. They are working with the city to address this issue. There being no old or new business, the board voted unanimously to adjourn following an executive session. The next meeting of the hospital/nursing home board is scheduled for Monday, March 3, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the hospital community room.

Tips for managing heartburn (StatePoint) Heartburn is one of the most common reasons people visit their doctors. If you suffer from a burning feeling in your chest or throat, experts recommend preparing for your next doctor’s appointment by learning more about heartburn and what you can do to manage the condition. “Physicians often use upper endoscopy to diagnose and manage gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD,” says Dr. Molly Cooke, president of the American College of Physicians (ACP). “But this is not an appropriate first step for patients with typical heartburn.” The ACP advises against upper endoscopy for heartburn, unless other serious symptoms are present. According to the ACP’s recommendations, it can be an expensive test that doesn’t necessarily improve the health of patients, exposes patients to preventable harms, and can lead to unnecessary interventions down the line. “For those whose heartburn is accompanied by difficult or painful swallowing, bleeding, anemia, weight loss, solid food sticking in the esophagus, or recurrent vomiting, an upper endoscopy is appropriate,” advises Dr. Cooke. Sensible diagnosis is just part of the equation. Prevention and management of the condition is important too. The ACP recommends the following steps to help relieve occasional heartburn as well as GERD: • Make lifestyle changes. Lose excess weight, stop smoking, eat smaller meals, don’t lie down for several hours after wear loose-fitting eating, clothes, and limit how much alcohol you consume. Resist foods and beverages that can trigger your heartburn, such as chocolate, peppermint, coffee

(with or without caffeine), garlic, onions, and fried, spicy, fatty or tomato-rich food. • Raise head of your bed. Place wood blocks under your bedposts to raise the head of your bed six to eight inches. • Control acid. Over-thecounter antacids such as Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids, or Tums may ease heartburn. For a stronger acid-reducer, try an H2 blocker such as famotidine (Pepcid and generic) or ranitidine (Zantac and generic). • Consider proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Medicine to reduce gastric acid production is warranted in most patients with typical GERD symptoms such as heartburn or regurgitation. PPIs are a group of drugs that relieve symptoms and heal the lining of the esophagus in almost all sufferers. For best results, take them 30 to 60 minutes before a meal. Omeprazole and lansoprazole are sold over-the-counter as low-cost generics. If symptoms don’t improve after two to four weeks, ask your doctor about taking two doses daily. Free online resources can help you discover the best treatment for you. For example, you can visit www.CRBestBuy and click on “heartburn” for a free drug report on PPIs. Left untreated, GERD can inflame the lining of the esophagus, causing a condition known as esophagitis. A few GERD patients develop Barrett’s esophagus, a disorder that can, in rare cases, lead to cancer of the esophagus. Visit http://hvc.acp for more tips on managing your health care, including resources developed in collaboration with Consumer Reports.

Business Hours, Call 544-4959 After Hours, Call 544-2020 Tuesday, January 28, 2014 • Barking Dog, 200 Block of South Jefferson, Officer Hagman • Possible Domestic, 200 Block of West Eighth, Subject Didn’t Want to Leave, Officer Hagman • Vehicle Unlock, 800 Block of South Polk, Citizen Assist, Officer Lamatsch • Medical Assist, 1000 Block of South Main, Public Service, Officer Lamatsch Wednesday, January 29, 2014 • Vehicle Unlock, 900 Block of South Coulter, Citizen Assist, Officer Crane • Suspicious Person, 600 Block of South Main, Investigated, Sergeant Johnson • Vehicle Unlock, 1000 Block of South Jackson, Citizen Assist, Sergeant Johnson Thursday, January 30, 2014 • Cable Down, Washington/Trindle,

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Cloverleaf Cowboys 4-H Club hears project talks at January meeting The January meeting of the Cloverleaf Cowboys was called to order by President Elizabeth Johnson January 27, 2014. Flag Salute and Pledge were led by Sydney Beesley. Roll call was answered by “Did you bring a school picture with you?”. Claudia Clark read a devotion and Claire Clark led the club in singing “If You’re Happy and You Know It”. There was no old business. Under new business Rebecca Johnson moved the club purchase a belt buckle for the Stevens County Fair. Megan Newlon seconded the motion, and the motion passed. Project Talks: Faith Beesley talked about “How to make Knox Bloxs”, Riley Fann showed how to make a “Log

Cabin Quilt”, Montana Beesley showed how to make “Double Chocolate Chip Cookies”, Sydney Beesley did a talk about “The Tale of Two Tails”, Rebecca Johnson’s talk was “Hay Is For Horses”, Lacey Brecheisen talked about her Chinchillas, and Landon Brecheisen spoke about shotguns. Recreation was led by Zachary and Thomas Willis and the club played “What time is it, Mr. Fox?”. The meeting was then adjourned by Rebecca Johnson and Megan Newlon seconded, motion passed. The Fann and Willis families provided snacks. By Claire Clark, Cloverleaf Cowboys Reporter.

Landon Brecheisen presents his project talk about shotguns at the recent Cloverleaf Cowboys’ 4-H Club meeting.

Rylee Fann offers a talk about her quilting project at the Cloverleaf Cowboys meeting.

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409 East Ninth, Hugoton 453-2711 Pastor Bob Rich Sunday – 10:30 a.m.

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Martes 7:00 PM Jueves 7:00 PM Domingo 3:00 PM 138 S. Main Hugoton Pastores: Martinez 620-544-7096

ASSEMBLY OF GOD Main and Second Street 544-2773 Ben Coats, Pastor Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Life Groups Sunday Nights - 6:00 p.m. Inside Out Kids Wed. - 6:30 p.m. Student Ministry @ The Turnaround Wed. 7:00 p.m.

BETHEL FRIENDS CHURCH 11th & Jefferson - 544-8517 Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Morning Service - 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Evening Ministries - 6:30 p.m. (Children, Youth, & Adult)

CHURCH OF CHRIST 1045 S. Van Buren Church: 544-2825 Home: 453-0965 Lee Rottman 1041 S. Van Buren Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Evening Service - 6:00 p.m.

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 520 E. First 544-2125 Sacrament - 9:00 a.m. Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Priesthood - 11:00 a.m.

CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 500 S. Van Buren 544-2493 Pastor Dave Piper Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:45 a.m. Evening Services - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study - 7:00 p.m.

COWBOY CHURCH - HUGOTON Second & Fourth Tuesday of every month Stevens County Commercial Building at Fairgrounds 7:00 p.m.

FAITH CHAPEL CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST Tenth and Jefferson Lawrence Johnson, Pastor Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Bible Band (Tuesday) - 6:00 p.m. Home and Forn. Miss. (Friday) - 6:00 p.m. Youth - 6:00 p.m.

600 S. Van Buren - 544-2715 Pastor Heath Kelley Sunday School - 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Fellowship - 10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Worship Hour - 10:30 - 12:00 Children's Church, 10:30 a.m. Jr. High Youth Group, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sr. High Youth Group, 7:45-9:00 p.m. Information on small groups call 544-2715

FIRST CHURCH OF GOD 801 W. City Limits 544-2652 Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service - 7:00 p.m. Call 544-2652 for Church Bus

HUGOTON BAPTIST CHURCH Eighth and Main 544-2210 506 East Eighth - 544-2295 Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study - 6:30 p.m.

LIGHTHOUSE FELLOWSHIP 424 S. Jackson 544-4828 Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Church - 10:30 a.m. Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. Pre-Service Prayer - half hour before service

LONE STAR FRIENDS CHURCH 14 Miles East of Hugoton on Highway 51 Church 624-3784 Home 624-3104 Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship Celebration - 10:45 a.m. Jr. High & Sr. High Youth Group - Sunday 6:30 p.m. Sunday Evening Fellowship - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Adult Study - 6:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting Wednesday - 8:00 p.m. Christian Life Club (age 2 - 18) - 6:30 p.m.

MY FATHER’S HOUSE A Full Gospel Church 207 East 6th - Hugoton Pam Peachey, Pastor 544-2436 Services Sundays 10:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.

PRIMERO BAUTISTA IGLESIA HISPANO Congregación 618 Main sur - Hugoton 620-370-1003 Pastor Marcelino Auila Servicio de la Iglesia 11:00 a.m. - Domingo 7:00 p.m. - Miércoles

SOVEREIGN REDEEMER CHURCH Pastor - Eric Mason 620-544-6386

ST. HELEN CATHOLIC CHURCH 1011 South Jefferson Street 544-2551 Sunday - 11:00 a.m. English Mass - 1:00 p.m. - Spanish Mass

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH 516 N.E. Avenue 544-2355 Morning Worship - 9:00 a.m. Fellowship/Refreshments - 10:00 a.m. Sunday School - 10:30 a.m. Rev. Larry Bradford, Interim Pastor 544-9492 or 598-2400 YOU ARE WELCOME!

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 828 S. Main Hugoton 544-8715 Reverend Jo Mead, Pastor Monday Bible Study - 1:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Praise! Kids - 3:45 p.m. Wednesday Jr. High Youth Fellowship - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Sr. High Youth Fellowship - 7:00 p.m. Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m.

MOSCOW MOSCOW BAPTIST CHURCH 598-2455 Church - 598-2400 Home Rev. Larry Bradford, Pastor 1 mile S. of Moscow, 1/2 mile E. of Moscow/Hooker Rd. Morning Worship - 10:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study - 7:00 p.m. Team Kids (Wed.) - 3:30-5:00p.m. Sept.-May

MOSCOW UNITED METHODIST 598-2426 Tim McCrary, Pastor 598-2421 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Kid’s Club - Wednesday 3:30 p.m. UMYF Jr. High - 6:00 p.m. UMYF Sr. High - 5:00 p.m.

ROLLA EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH 202 Monroe St. - Rolla, Ks. 67954 Henry McGuire, Pastor 593-4693 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Service - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening, AWANA’s - 6:45 p.m.

ROLLA PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH Corner of Third and Adams, Rolla Marcus Light, Pastor Church - 593-4626, Parsonage - 593-4796 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Worship - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday night meal - 6:00 p.m.

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ROLLA - RICHFIELD 593-4596 or 593-4781 Sandy Ferguson, Pastor Rolla Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Youth Groups - 5:00 p.m. Richfield Morning Worship - 9:15 a.m. Sunday School - 10:30 a.m.

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Cloverleaf Cowboys 4-H member Rebecca Johnson educates other club members about horse hay.

Governor Brownback announces actions to minimize the effects of propane shortage Governor Sam Brownback announced last Wednesday actions taken to minimize the effects of a propane shortage on Kansans, particularly during cold winter weather. The shortage is believed to be caused by unusually cold winter temperatures across a large part of the United States, a wet fall that increased demand for propane to dry grain prior to shipment and a combination of weather issues across the country. “For those Kansans who rely on propane, particularly in our rural areas, a propane shortage and rising costs can put them at risk during cold weather,” said Governor Brownback. “While Kansas has been spared the worst of the cold weather, we must ensure they have continued access to propane at reasonable cost. This is an issue of safety and well-being for our citizens.” Propane levels in the Midwest are at record lows, posing a potential risk to the more than 1,400 Kansans who use propane as a primary energy and heating source. Propane costs have spiked in the past two months, rising by 28 percent nationally according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. “Our office is participating in a multi-state inquiry into the recent spike in propane prices,” said Attorney General Derek Schmidt. “We are also meeting with local industry representatives to determine the cause of these increases. Governor Brownback outlined key actions he has taken to protect Kansans: • Directed the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to provide priority status to applications for Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) for those

clients who use propane as a primary heating source. DCF will increase staffing to process applications and reach out to propane providers to continue to provide a propane delivery to LIEAP recipients, even if a client’s account is delinquent. • Directed DCF to reach out to low-income families using propane as a primary heating source and make them aware of available resources, including the LIEAP program. • Issued two Executive Orders granting temporary relief from motor carrier rules and regulations to ensure the continued delivery of propane to individuals and businesses across the state. The Executive Orders provided relief from January 9 through February 14, 2014. • Directed state agencies to give priority attention to the effects of this propane shortage and provide priority assistance to propane users throughout the state. • Encouraged representatives of the propane industry to ensure the continued supply of propane, particularly to residential users, for the duration of this shortage. “The health and safety of Kansans is my primary concern in taking these actions,” Governor Brownback said. “Bringing our state agencies and the propane industry together during this shortage should ensure that Kansans who rely on propane for heat and energy are not faced with losing this critical service.” For applications or questions about the LIEAP program, call DCF at 1-800-432-0043. You may also apply online, visit The application period began January 21 and runs through March 31. Submitted by the Office of Governor Sam Brownback.

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What’s Happenin with Hugoton Students? REMINDER to All Hugoton Elementary School and Heritage Christian Academy Students and Parents Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place next week (Thursday & Friday, February 13-14). There will be NO SCHOOL on those days. If you have not yet scheduled your conference, please call Hugoton Elementary at 620-544-4376 or Heritage Christian at 620-544-7005. (USD 210’s Early Childhood Development will also be out of school Wednesday, February 12 for conferences. USD 210 schools will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. February 12)

Heritage Christian Academy’s Junior Robotics team competes at Liberal. From left to right are Carol Piper, Ady Norton, Mikyn Hamlin, Carter McClure, Weston Johnson, Dax Allen, Rustin Pearcy and Holly Allen.

Hugoton Elementary School students gather to cheer on Hugoton High School’s seniors during the Pink Out Pep Rally Friday, January 31. HES second and fourth graders drowned out the

crowd to win the spirit sticks with their thundering cheers. Go Big Blue!

A few HHS seniors get together for a quick picture before encouraging the elementary students to attend the evening’s basketball games to cheer for the Eagles. Hugoton High School cheerleaders Leslie Miller, Magee Gifford, Elizabeth Johnson, Yessi Reyes, Marissa Shuck, Brittney Kolb and Erin Perry show off their pink socks and bows in honor of Pink Out night.

Heritage Christian Academy students enjoy a surprise tea party in honor of Ms. Tower’s birthday Friday, January 31. It looks like a very happy birthday indeed!

Stevens County Library was chock-full of first graders Friday, January 24. The HES students traveled to the SCL to read and learn about author, poet and educator Tomas Rivera.

Coming up at USD 210 HCA students celebrate the hundredth day of school with lots of fun activities! Seated left to right are Erynn Cantrell, Ella Beesley, Judith Fehr and Emerson Williams. Standing are Jet Crawford, Lily Martin and Clay Wacker.

Robert Terrill’s Hugoton Middle School art students display some of the art they have created during the past few months. Four students’

Hurry up and visit the Scholastic Book Fair at Hugoton Elementary’s library if you haven’t yet! The Book Fair will be open during school hours until Friday afternoon, February 7.

Hugoton High School will have an ACT test date Saturday, February 8 at 8:00 a.m. Also of note - all USD 210 students will be released early Wednesday, February 12 at 1:30 p.m. Parent/ Teacher Conferences will be taking place that Thursday and Friday - February 13-14 - throughout the day. Please call the school to set up your conference if you haven’t done so already. Homecoming will take place Friday, February 14, with a pep rally that afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Be sure to check your child’s backpack for information about special dress up days next week!

Hugoton High School’s dance team performs their routine at the Pink Out game against Holcomb last Friday, January 31. Left to right are Kiara Quillen, Jessica Harper, Abigail Crawford and Alyson Kiley.

Feeling smarter already? Hugoton Middle School students cram into the cafeteria to show off their scientific knowledge at the middle school Science Fair January 29.

works of art will be displayed at the Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma through February 23.

HMS students’ art heads to Stauth Museum The Twentieth Annual Western Kansas Scholastic Art (WKSA) Competition and Exhibition is displayed from January 26, 2014 through Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Stauth Memorial Museum of Montezuma. This exhibition will include almost 250 art works of all kinds; photography, sculpture, metals, glass, drawings, paintings, ceramics, graphics and much more. Five American Vision awards were given out for best of show; there are 46 Gold Key and 78 Silver Key winners plus over 117 Merit Award winners displayed. The exhibition will culminate with an Awards Ceremony/ Closing Reception for the winning students Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Stauth Memorial Museum Community Room. Please come enjoy the award win-

ning art work of these talented young people from Western Kansas. The Scholastic Art Awards and Stauth Memorial Museum are pleased to announce the award winning artists from Hugoton. They are Rickey Burrows, eighth grade, Gold award for sculpture “it”; JoHanna Rawlins, eighth grade, Silver award for painting “Purple Rawlins”; JoHanna Rawlins, Honorable Mention for sculpture “Rise To Victory”; Carlos Tinoco, seventh grade, Honorable Mention for printmaking “Colored Carlos”; and Abril Valencia, eighth grade, Honorble Mention, painting “Acrylic Abril”. The WKSA Awards contest is open to students in grades 7-12 from the following 31 counties: Cheyenne, Clark, Decatur, Finney, Ford, Gove,

Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Lane, Logan, Meade, Morton, Ness, Norton, Rawlings, Scott, Seward, Sheridan, Sherman, Stanton, Stevens, Thomas, Trego, Wallace and Wichita. Stauth Memorial Museum, 111 N. Aztec Street in Montezuma is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. Tours or groups are welcome by appointment, just call 620-846-2527 for more information or to set up a tour. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. Submitted by the Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma.

The Hugoton Middle School Science Fair took place Wednesday, January 29. Left to right, Grand Champions for seventh grade are Rebecca Johnson and Hannah Archuleta with “Shaping Your Thoughts”, seventh grade Sci-

ence teacher Bobbi Ferguson, eighth grade JoHanna Rawlins, eighth grade Science teacher Morey Mecklenburg and Rodrigo Sanchez with “Dirty Water to Drinking Water”. Photo courtesy of Morey Mecklenburg.

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Holcomb Longhorns outscore Hugoton Eagles It was a disappointing Friday night for Eagle fans when Hugoton hosted Holcomb for a game of basketball. The Longhorns brought their A game, scoring 79 points by the end of Friday’s battle. Hugoton struggled to hold their opponents while trying to score against them as well. The Eagles managed to add 47 points by the end of the game, but ended up giving the Longhorns another win. Ross Davis jumped high at the tip off but Holcomb’s six foot, three inch senior outjumped him giving the ball to the Longhorns. Hugoton trailed by five points before Ulises Armendariz put the Eagles on the score board with a running two point basket. Jeison Rodriguez put the home team within one of Holcomb with another basket early in the quarter. That was the last time the Eagles got close to tying the game. The first quarter ended with a score of 13 to 29. The Eagles added another 15 points in the second quarter but allowed the Longhorns to distance themselves by adding 18 points. Holcomb controlled the ball for the first three and a half minutes of the second quarter adding points while holding Hugoton at bay. Rodriguez managed to add a three-point shot before the Longhorns again took over control of the ball. Minutes later in the second quarter, Zack Leininger got his chance and added the next eight points followed by two each from Yates Sutton and Armendariz. Holcomb got the last shot before the

buzzer and the first half ended, 28 to 47. Hugoton added three baskets and six free throws in the third quarter while Holcomb added another 16 points. Holcomb had several good three-point shooters and they took advantage of their skills. The Eagles continued to take a pounding in the final quarter as well. Ross Davis got his only points of the game when he hit a threepoint field goal early in the fourth quarter. Kellen Watkins also added a basket, giving him four game points. The Eagles only had two players reach double digits while most of the other players were limited to four or five points. Rodriguez and Leininger each scored 12 points actually scoring a little more than half of the team’s total points. Hugoton will put this loss behind them and get ready for Tuesday’s away game against Scott City and Friday’s away game against Colby.

Nick Frederick is in full concentration mode during Friday’s home game. In this game every point was necessary in order to keep up with the Longhorns.

Yates Sutton and a Holcomb player battle over the ball in Friday’s game. Despite the effort, the Eagles could not get the win.

Two Holcomb players gang up on Kellen Watkins during the recent home game. Kellen was able to find a way out, preventing a turnover.

Lady Eagles defeat Holcomb Lady Longhorns in exciting game Estefani Armendariz is not allowing this Lady Longhorn near the goal. The Lady Eagles won the battle against Holcomb 52 to 48 in Friday’s game.

Sports Schedule Friday, February 7 High School Basketball @ Colby High School: - Boys JV; 4:45 p.m. - Girls JV; 4:45 p.m. - Girls V; 6:30 p.m. - Boys C-Team; 6:30 pm. - Girls V; 8:00 p.m. - Boys V; 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 8 Wrestling Varsity Tournament @ Goodland High School; 10:00 a.m. Wrestling JV Tournament @ Wichita County High School; 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 10 Eighth Grade Boys Basketball B-Team @ Liberal West Middle School; 4:00 p.m. Seventh Grade Boys Basketball B-Team vs Liberal West Middle School @ Home; 4:00 p.m. Eighth Grade Boys Basketball A-Team @ Liberal West Middle School; 5:00 p.m.


Seventh Grade Boys Basketball A-Team vs Liberal West Middle School @ Home; 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 11 Seventh Grade Boys Basketball B-Team @ Kenneth Henderson Middle School-Garden City; 4:00 p.m. Eighth Grade Boys Basketball B-Team vs Kenneth Henderson Middle School @ Home; 4:00 p.m. Seventh Grade Boys Basketball A-Team @ Kenneth Henderson Middle School-Garden City; 5:00 p.m. Eighth Grade Boys Basketball A-Team vs Kenneth Henderson Middle School @ Home; 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 13 Wrestling JV Dual @ Ulysses High School; 6:00 p.m. Wrestling Varsity Dual @ Ulysses High School; 6:00 p.m.

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If you watch basketball you will note the best played games are those that come right down to the final seconds to determine the winner. That would be a good description of the Lady Eagles versus the Holcomb Lady Longhorns Friday. It was a game of one team trailing for a few plays then the other overtaking that team. This seesaw game kept fans on their toes in Friday’s home game right to the very last basket. Hugoton trailed in the first quarter only to overtake the Holcomb girls by half time, 25 to 24. Back on the court, the Lady Longhorns led by four going into the final quarter but lost the game to the Lady Eagles at the end of the fourth quarter, 52 to 48. Ana Pena, a five-foot-five junior for the Lady Eagles went to the center circle jumping against Holcomb’s five-foot-nine senior Haley Heydman to start the game. The ball was tipped to Holcomb and they were quick to

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It’s another two points for the Lady Eagles Friday night as Katy Heger scores a layup.

attempt a shot. The shot resulted in a turnover and Riley Sosa quickly scored a twopoint shot for the Lady Eagles. Katy Heger soon followed with a three-point shot, giving the home girls a five point lead after one minute of play. Holcomb answered with six baskets of their own. By the end of the first quarter Hugoton was down, 7 to 12. Sofia Jimenez threw the ball in to Amy Scott to start the second quarter. It took two minutes of play before the first points of the game was scored. Jimenez scored her only basket of the game giving the Lady Eagles two more points. Pena and Heger were the only other players to score in the second quarter. Heger scored her second three-point shot in this quarter while Pena added four points. The quarter ended with Hugoton on top by one. Hugoton had control of the ball to start the third quarter. Sosa sent the ball in to Scott starting the second half but it was the Lady Longhorns scoring first with a threepoint basket. A little over six minutes remained in the quarter when Heger raced down court for a lay up. Heger was body checked and hit the floor hard, taking her out of the game for a short spell. The Lady Eagles lost the lead with three minutes left in the quarter and did not regain it before the fourth quarter. At the end of the third quarter Hugoton was trailing 39 to 43. Again the Lady Eagles had control of the ball to start the quarter and Sosa pitched the ball in to Scott. It took almost an entire minute of play before Heger scored another two points for Hugoton. For the next three minutes Holcomb continued to lead the home team until Heger tied the score up with two free throws. Estefani Armendariz pushed the Lady Eagles ahead with a tough-to-make lay up with three minutes left in the game. Hugoton continued to hold the lead with the game ending in a four point win over Holcomb. Two Lady Eagles scored double digits during the

Ana Pena makes this layup with no opposition from the Lady Longhorns during the recent home game. game. Heger had 17 points including two three-point field goals. Scott followed closely with 16 points. Pena scored six points but was a very valued defense player

against the Lady Longhorns. This was an exciting game to watch, one that kept all fans on both sides cheering. Hugoton will play Scott City this Tuesday, there.

Sports by Reece McDaniels

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Hugoton Wrestlers compete strongly at Garden City tourney Hugoton Wrestling Team traveled to Garden City last week to participate in the Rocky Welton Invitational. The team placed twentyeighth at the meet. Pedro Ordonez placed eighth at the meet. Warrior of the Week was Edgar Villa, a junior at 138 pounds. “The Rocky Welton Invitational at Garden City is by far the toughest tournament we go to all year. For example: Pedro had three state champs in his bracket alone. And to be quite honest as a team we were not quite ready for this level of competition,” said Coach Brent Mahan. Bradley Campbell and Pedro had by far the best tournament for Hugoton. Both of them should have been in the top six. They both lost matches very late in the third period. Bradley was tied zero to zero with Hayden Mock of Newton, when Hugoton got a second stalling call and a one point lead, but gave up a takedown shortly after that and lost 2 to 1. Pedro was up 1 to 0 against Jacob Wilgers of Maize with less than 20 seconds left and gave up a reversal to lose 2 to 1. Bradley won his next two matches to finish ninth. Pedro lost his next match to an old nemesis from Great Bend to finish eighth. “While they were both disappointed I think it is important to point out that had they pulled those matches out, they would have been upsets. Mock from Newton was 23 and 3 and ranked #5 in 5A, Wilgers from Maize is

currently ranked #2 in 6A,” continued Coach Mahan. Noel Camacho accounted for ten of Hugoton’s 37 points last weekend. He is currently 21- 14 on the season; a pretty good record for a sophomore 182 pounder. Also contributing points this week were Edgar Villa at 138 and Genesis Martinez at 145. Edgar wrestled well. This was just a little beyond where he is at right now. Genesis recorded a fall in the first round before dropping his next two matches. Also taking the mat for the Eagles’ Varsity last weekend were Israel Montoya, Reed Rome and Zane Littell. Results for Garden City: At 106 Israel Montoya, sixteenth place lost by fall 5:13 to Efrain Sanchez of Garden City; lost by fall 4:56 to Lance Shoulderblade of La Junta, Co.; lost by decision 2 - 6 to Miguel Nieves of Fountain-Ft. Carson, Co.; and lost by decision 7 - 10 to Zach Tucker of Scott City. At 120 Reed Rome lost by fall :25 to Logan Hammersite of Doherty, Co.; and lost by fall 3:34 to Tristan Knockel of Sand Creek, Co. At 126 Pedro Ordonez eighth place nine team points lost by fall 5:12 to Reese Cokely of St. James; won by tech fall 16 - 1 against Thomas Marquez of Garden City; won by major decision 14 - 5 against Trevor Pryor of Newton; won by decision 3 1 (ot) against Marco Perez of Ark City; lost by decision 1 2 to Jacob Wilgers of Maize; and lost by decision 2 - 3 (ot)

Zane Littell wrestles his opponent trying for the take down during recent varsity competition.

Bradley Campbell tries for the pin during a recent wrestling tournament. Bradley placed ninth at Garden City over the weekend.

HMS - not so good at Horace Good By Tom Hicks “We missed too many easy shots and made only three of sixteen free throws,” lamented Hugoton Middle School eighth grade boys’ basketball coach Lance Cornelsen, following Monday evening’s disappointing, 2623, loss to Horace Good at Garden City. Four single-digit scoring quarters of eight, three, four and eight simply weren’t enough. Hugoton led only twice in the contest at 6-4 and 8-6.

Scoring for the Eagles were Paden Cornelsen with eight points, Mitchell Hamlin with seven points, Luis Contreras with four points, Damyan Don Juan with two points, and Isaac Sanchez with two points. HMS was also defeated in the “B” game, 26-21. Five points by Ivan Villa; four points by Marcos Baeza, Angel Quezada, and Rodrigo Sanchez; and two points by Colton Swinney and Azarael Rodriguez provided the Hugoton offense.

Sports by Reece McDaniels

Genesis Martinez is setting up for the pin during a recent tournament. Genesis wrestles at the 145 pound level.

NOTICE Reed Rome lifts his opponent trying to take him down during a recent varsity wrestling tournament. to Cody Liles of Great Bend. At 132 Zane Littell lost by Fall 3:24 to Joey Defore of Ark City; and lost by fall 3:44 to Devon Asebedo of Dodge City. At 138 Edgar Villa two team points, won by decision 12 - 8 against Austin Dale of Hays; lost by decision 0 - 4 to Max Detwiler of Emporia; and lost by decision 13 10 to Danny Minck of La Junta. At 145 Genesis Martinez four team points, won by fall 5:33 againsts Richard Duran of Pueblo East, Co.; lost by fall 3:52 to Travis Myers of Pueblo West, Co.; and lost by fall 2:30 to Josh Wininger of Fountain-Ft. Carson, Co. At 182 Noel Camacho fifteenth place ten team points, won by fall 2:51 against Tye Hahn of Garden City; lost by fall 2:56 to Jhett Ostrom of Dodge City; won by fall :54 against Trevor Encinas of Pueblo West, Co.; lost by fall 2:04 to Tayler Clifton of Pine Creek, Co.; lost by decision 1 - 4 (ot) to Cameron Presher of Scottsbluff, Ne.; and won by injury default against Jonathan Bishop of Sand Creek, Co. At 195 Bradley Campbell ninth place, 12 team points, won by fall 4:43 against Justin Henry of Great Bend; lost by fall 1:03 to Jonny Loflin of Baca County, Co.; lost by decision 2 - 3 to Heydon Mock of Newton; won by decision 5 - 1 against Gray-

den Mondragon of La Junta, Co.; and won by fall :56 againsts Ryan Bollar of Pine Creek, Co. Team Leaders Team Points Bradley Campbell 154.5 Pedro Ordonez 140.5 Noel Camacho 110 Record 235 Wins Bradley Campbell 27 Pedro Ordonez 25 Noel Camacho 21 Record 38 Escapes Noel Camacho 29 Zane Littell 20 Bradley Campbell 17 Record 33 Falls Bradley Campbell 15 Noel Camacho 13 Ordonez, Martinez 9 Record 24 Reversals 14 Edgar Villa Martinez Campbell 11 Noel Camacho 8 Tech Falls 3 Ordonez, Villa Reed Rome 2 3 tied 1 6 Record Nearfalls Edgar Villa 40 Pedro Ordonez 24 Zane Littell 14 Record 62 Takedowns Pedro Ordonez 67 36 Genesis Martinez Zane Littell 30 Record 96

Big first half proves decisive By Tom Hicks By getting after it on defense and sharing the ball on offense, the Hugoton Middle school eighth grade boys made quick work of the Dodge City Cardinals in Monday’s game at Hugoton. The Eagles led by 13 points, 19-6, at the end of the first quarter and had put the game out of reach with a 21-point, 31-10, bulge at halftime. The final score was 47-25. In this game, the Eagles displayed a balanced scoring attack with six players scoring between six and eight points. Luis Contreras, Paden Cornelsen, Damyan Don Juan, and Nathan Leininger tied for high point honors with eight. Mitchell Hamlin provided seven points. Isaac Sanchez followed with six points. Isai Cabezas completed the scoring with two points. Six points by Cornelsen in the first quarter and six points by Leininger in the second quarter sparked the Eagles to the big half-time spread. HMS Coach Lance Cornelsen happily credited, “Our defense was much better. We go up and got into them. On offense, we passed the ball extremely well.” The Eagles came up just short in the “B” team game, falling 34-32. Marcos Baeza had a career day with ten points, including Sports Center highlight long shots to end the first and second quarters. Rodrigo Sanchez followed with seven points.

Angel Quezada tallied four points. Dawson Burnett scored three points. Colton Swinney, Azarael Rodriguez, Jalen Rosales and Ivan Villa recorded two points, apiece.

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Emergency Measures to Control Wind Erosion Cropland can be quite susceptible to wind erosion under some conditions. Marginally productive cropland may not produce sufficient residue to protect against wind erosion. In addition, overgrazed or poorly vegetated rangeland may also subject to wind erosion. It is important to monitor field conditions and identify fields that are in a condition to blow. Such conditions include low vegetation cover and a high proportion of erodiblesized clods (less than one mm in size, or about the thickness of a dime). It is better to be proactive and treat potential problems before they occur than to try to react and catch up once a field is actively eroding. Once soil movement has started, it is difficult to completely stop further damage. However, prompt action may prevent a small erodible spot from damaging an entire field or adjacent fields. Emergency Control Measures Mulching: If wind erosion has already started, it can be reduced by mulching with manure or other anchored plant materials such as straw or hay. To be effective, at least one and a half to two tons per acre of straw or grass or three to four tons per acre of corn or sorghum stover are needed to control areas of erosion, and the straw or hay must be anchored. Residue can be spread by hand, spreader or other mechanical equipment. A stubble puncher or disk set straight may be used to anchor residue and prevent it from being blown away. Wet manure application should be 15 to 20 tons/acre and not incorporated into the soil. Care should be taken to not add wheel paths parallel to the wind direction as the mulch is applied. Traffic areas and wheel paths can contribute to wind erosion. Generally, mulches are practical only for small areas, so mulching is most effective when applied before the soil starts to move. Producers should scout fields to identify areas that might be susceptible to wind erosion (low vegetation cover and a high proportion of erodible-sized clods less than the thickness of a dime) if they plan to use mulch or manure to controls. Emergency Tillage: Emergency tillage is a last-resort method that can be effective if done promptly and with the right equipment. The goal of emergency tillage is to make the soil surface rougher by producing resistant clods and surface ridges. A rough surface reduces wind speed. The larger clods and ridges resist movement and provide traps to catch the moving soil particles. Chisels with single or only a few tool ranks are frequently used to roughen the soil surface. The combination of chisel point size, speed, and depth that produces the roughest surface with the most firm, resistant clods

should be used for emergency tillage. Research has shown that a narrow chisel (two inches wide) on 24- to 54-inch spacing, operated three to sixinches deep will usually bring enough resistant clods to the surface to control erosion on fine-textured (claybased) soils. A medium shovel (four inches wide) can be effective for medium-textured soils (loamy soils). Spacings should typically be narrower where there is no cover and wider in areas of partial cover, such as a growing crop or plant residue. If the erosion conditions recur or persist, a second, deeper chiseling should split the first spacing. Tillage passes should be made perpendicular to the direction of the prevailing wind causing the erosion. If emergency tillage is to be used in growing crops that are covered by crop insurance, producers should check with their crop insurance providers regarding emergency tillage insurance rules. Emergency tillage does not significantly reduce wheat yields of an established crop. Studies in southwest Kansas and Manhattan demonstrate that the use of a chisel on 40-inch spacing reduced wheat yields by five and a half bushels per acre on the emergency tillage area, due to direct injury caused by the tillage action. Since the entire field is rarely tilled when performing emergency tillage, the overall yield reduction for the field will be less than five and a half bushels per acre. In fact, yields in the untilled portion of the field actually can be increased by the use of emergency tillage since that tillage will reduce the amount of damage to wheat caused by wind erosion. The overall reduction in yield for fields that have received emergency tillage has been as little as 1 bushel per acre in the studies mentioned above. Performing emergency, clodforming tillage across the field is effective in reducing wind erosion. The degree of success of emergency tillage is highly dependent on climatic, soil, and cover condition. It is often not necessary to till the entire field, but rather, it is very effective to perform emergency tillage passes across 50% of the field (till a pass, leave a pass, repeat). Narrow chisel spacing (20 to 24 inches) is best for this method. If 50% of the area has been tilled and wind erosion persists, the omitted strips can be emergency-tilled in a second operation to make result in full-cover tillage. If a second tillage pass is needed, it should be at a greater depth than the first pass. Wide chisel spacings are used in the full-field coverage method. The space between chisel grooves can be chiseled later should wind erosion persist. All tillage operations should be perpendicular or across the direction of the prevailing or eroding wind. For most of

Emergency tillage across 50 percent of the field. Photo courtesy of USDA-ARS Engineering and Wind Erosion Unit, Manhattan,.

Widely spaced shanks used for emergency tillage, making clods to roughen the soil surface. Photo courtesy of University of Nebraska. Kansas, this means that an eastwest direction of tillage is likely best. The best wind erosion control is created with maximum surface roughness when resistant clods cover a major portion of the surface. Research shows that lower travel speeds of two to three mph generally produce the largest and most resistant clods. However, speeds of five to seven mph produce the greatest roughness. Because clod resistance is usually reduced at higher speeds, the effect may not be as long-lasting as at lower speeds. Thus, higher speeds are recommended where erosion is already in progress, while lower speeds might be a better choice in anticipation of erosion. Depth of tillage usually affects clod stability more than travel speed, but optimum depth is highly dependent on soil conditions (such as moisture level) and compaction. Deeper tillage passes can produce more resistant clods than shallow passes. If the problem is severe and the wheat has already been destroyed or the ground is bare, chisels 4 to 6 inches wide on a 24- to 30-inch spacing will generally provide enough clods to control erosion. Operating depth should be four to six inches. Controlling Wind Erosion on Sandy Soils Loose sandy soils require a different tillage approach to effectively control erosion. Clods cannot be formed at the surface that will be sufficiently resistant to erosion on sandy soils. Erosion resistance is achieve through building ridges and furrows in the field to provide adequate protection. A 14-inch moldboard lister spaced 40 to 50 inches apart (or an eight-inch lister on 20- to 24-inch spacing) is needed to create sufficient surface roughness. The first listing pass should be shallow, not more than about four to five inches

deep. Then, when additional treatment is needed, the depth should become progressively deeper. Alternatively, for the second treatment the original ridge may be split. The addition of manure to the ridged surface may also be beneficial in these situations. Tips for Effective Emergency Tillage • Watch the weather forecast for periods of high winds, particularly when soils are dry. • Assess residue and plant cover prior to the wind blowing, and take preventive action with emergency tillage. It is much easier to prevent the problem from starting than to stop erosion after it begins. If you wait, the soil only gets drier and some moisture is needed to form clods. • Use the combination of tractor speed, tillage depth, and chisel point size that will produce the roughest surface with the most resistant clods. If wind erosion is anticipated, do some test tillage prior to an erosion event to see what tillage tool, depth, and speed will provide adequate clods and surface roughness. • Always start at the upwind location when the field is blowing. A sufficient area upwind of the eroding spot should be tilled, in addition to the area presently blowing. • Till in a direction perpendicular to the prevailing wind direction. For row crop areas it may be necessary to compromise direction and follow the row pattern. Maintain as much anchored stubble in the field as possible. For more information, see KState Research and Extension publication MF2206, Emergency Wind Erosion Control, at: store/pubs/MF2206.pdf Submitted by DeAnn Presley, Soil Management Specialist

Emergency loans are available from Farm Service Agency (FSA) “Farmers who suffered crop or livestock losses due to the ... disasters [shown in the graphic below right] may now apply for Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans,” FSA Farm Loan Manager Schnittker, said early this week. “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 Schnittker. The current interest rate is 3.00% percent but is subject to monthly changes until the loan is approved. FSA’s Farm Loan Programs staff is committed to new and existing customers, FSA customer goals and rural communities. FSA’s service extends beyond the typical loan, offering FSA customers ongoing consultation, advice and creative ways to make your farm business thrive. At the Farm Service Agency, agents want to be your lender of first opportunity to overcome these adverse weather condi-

tions and rebuild your operation to get back on track. FSA’s loan staff can refer customers to other public and commercial financing sources to 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,” Schnittker said. To be eligible for an emergency disaster loan, an applicant must be operating a family size farm or ranch, must be unable to get credit elsewhere, and must have suffered a qualifying physical and/or production loss from the disaster. Farmers who suffered at least a 30 percent reduction to at least one cropping enterprise, may have a qualifying production

loss. Emergency disaster production loss loans cover 100 percent of qualifying losses. Farmers and ranchers that think they may eligible should contact the FSA County Office in Hugoton, Kansas or call 620544-2261, Extension 1205 for additional information and how to apply. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a Eligible Date Counties Deadline

complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 6329992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

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Seven 4-H youth attend the State 4-H Horse Panarama. Pictured in back, left to right are Judy Parsons, Rebecca Johnson, Megan Newlon, Han-

nah Saxon, Claire Clark and Emma McClure; and on the front row are Frances Gaskill and Toby McClure. Photo courtesy of Judy Parsons.

Youth attend 2014 State 4-H Horse Panarama Six Stevens County and one Grant County youth attended the 2014 State 4-H Horse Panarama at Rock Springs 4-H Center January 25-26, 2014. All seven youth participated in the Open Horse Quiz Bowl and Open Hippology Contests. There were several other contests for the youth to participate in.

Frances Gaskill was on the first place Open Horse Quiz Bowl team and Toby McClure was on the second place team. In the Photography contest, Emma McClure placed second and third and Megan Newlon placed fourth. Hannah Saxon of Grant County placed first with her poster in the Poster Contest. Emma McClure placed sec-

ond in the Logo Contest and her logo will be printed on the t-shirts for the Kansas State Fair 4-H Horse Show. Rebecca Johnson placed first and Megan Newlon placed second in the Intermediate Project Talks. Hannah Saxon placed first in the Senior Demonstrations. The youth were coached by Judy Parsons.

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STEVENS COUNTY SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER Shila Moore, Director 544-2283 - Activities 544-8041 - Meals 624 S. Main, Hugoton Our Life Story Workshops started February 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The next one is February 19, then we’ll have two more March 5 and March 19. You can come to one or all of them and start writing your life story. Remember, you don’t have to be a writer to do this! We’re looking forward to our Valentine Dance and Bingo Party this Saturday evening. The festivities will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. First National Bank is our sponsor and they are furnishing the fun, prizes and food! This is open to all ages, so bring your family and friends! I published the wrong dates for Bridge Club for February. Here are the correct ones: February 11, 13, 20, 25 and 27 beginning at 12:30 p.m. My apologies! We are now on Facebook under Stevens County Senior Activity Center! Please “Like” us and you’ll receive updated news and events. Thank you to those of you who have already found us! If you have questions con-

cerning caregiving, legal matters, disability, health insurance, housing, etc., please call Michael Johnston who is our representative for Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging. His phone number is 620-225-8230. Menu Feb. 6 ......Grilled Chicken Patty Feb. 7..................................Fish Feb. 10 ...................Swiss Steak Feb. 11.......................Ham Loaf Feb. 12 ......Oven Fried Chicken Feb.13................................Stew Activities Friday, January 7 Bingo ..................12:30 p.m. Monday, February 10 Line Dancing ........7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 11 Bridge.................12:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 12 Paint.....................1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 13 Bridge.................12:30 p.m. Daily – Monday thru Friday Exercise ..............10:30 a.m. Saturdays Cards & Games.....6:00 p.m. 1st Saturday of the month Senior Social ........6:00 p.m. 2nd Saturday of the month Sew All Day

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Registration is now open for the 2014 Biking Across Kansas bicycle tour across the State of Kansas. The fortieth year of the largest bicycling event in Kansas history - a 550-mile ride across the state - begins Saturday, June 7, 2014. BIKING ACROSS KANSAS is an eight-day tour originating at the Kansas-Colorado line with a route of over 800 bicyclists and support staff. The bicyclists will start at the Kansas-Colorado line west of Elkhart. Their overnight stops will be Satanta, Spearville, Ellinwood, Salina, Wamego, Oskaloosa and Hiawatha. The cyclists’ final night together will be in Hiawatha Friday, June 13. The following morning they will cycle to the Missouri border near White Cloud and will enjoy a celebration picnic Saturday. BAK is also routed through Hugoton, Dodge City, Kinsley, Larned, Great Bend, Ellsworth, Abilene, Junction City, Manhattan, Rossville, Horton and many more Kansas towns. “We are all excited to celebrate the fortieth year of Biking Across Kansas by offering the highly requested ‘diagonal route’ that crosses every other previous BAK route since 1975. With this route, cyclists will have the opportunity to experience an amazing cross section of Kansas geography. Starting with the wide-open Cimarron Grasslands in the southwest, riders will pass through the farmlands of Central Kansas, cross the scenic Flint Hills, and pedal right up to the banks of the Missouri River in the far northeast corner.” said David Rohr, Chairman of Biking Across Kansas, Inc. Riders will range in age from eight to 85 years old. Families representing three generations are expected again this year. Many of the riders will be from Kansas, but entries are also expected from as many as 30 states, including some as far away as New York, Maryland, Maine, New Mexico and California. In addition, participants are anticipated from as far away as the United Kingdom. Participants will enjoy the state’s favorable early-June cycling conditions. The main goals of Biking Across Kansas are to promote wellness through bicycling, celebrate Kansas history and the beauty of its landscape, and enjoy the warm hospital-

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Kirk Spikes, Petitioner Scott Spikes, Petitioner

THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that on the 21st day of January 2014, a Petition for Probate of Will and Issuance of Letters Testamentary was filed in this court by Kirk Spikes and Scott Spikes, heirs, devisees, legatees, and

Martindell Swearer Shaffer Ridenour LLP Box 1028 Cimarron, Kansas 67835 (620) 855-7051 Lawyer for Petitioners

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) are partnering to host the first farmer’s market conference in five years. The conference will be in Topeka at the Downtown Ramada Hotel and Convention Center February 28 through March 1. The two-day conference is for market organizers, farmers, vendors and communities to come together for continuing education opportunities, collaboration and networking. Well-known professionals specializing in community economic development, public health policies and more will be keynote speakers at the conference and will share information about new federal and

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businesses the opportunity to cultivate relationships with their customers and keep money in local Kansas communities. “Farmers’ markets are economic engines for rural and urban communities,” said Hart. “KDA has already worked to provide tools to farmers’ markets through the Farmers’ Markets Promotion Act and the Central Registration of Kansas Farmers’ Market; the conference is just one more avenue to provide tools and tips for markets and vendors to grow and expand.” The conference will take place at the Downtown Ramada Hotel and Convention Center. There will be a small fee associated with attending, with a discount for “From the

Land of Kansas” members and to market managers who have registered their market with the Central Registration of Kansas Farmers’ Markets. Conference attendees may register online and pay with a credit card or the attendee registration form can be found at by clicking on “Discover Resources” and selecting “Attendee Application” under “Kansas Farmers Market Conference” or mailed in. Pre-registration by Friday, February 14 is preferred. For more information about the event, view the conference schedule and speakers, please visit Fromthe market conference. Submitted by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Black Hills Energy contributes funds to offset natural gas fuel costs Thousands of communities and businesses across the United States are saving tax payers money or increasing profits by converting fleet vehicles to run on natural gas, and the city of Lawrence has purchased a natural gas-powered sanitation truck as a step to determine if doing so here would be a wise move. After the city decided to purchase the truck, local natural gas utility Black Hills Energy pledged to support the study and during Tuesday’s city commission meeting presented the city with a check for $4,925 to offset natural gas fuel costs for the new truck. “Black Hills Energy is pro-

Gas prices Stevens County Hospital fall slightly Specialty Clinics this past week Scheduled for February 2014 Dr. Plomaritis Dr. Farhoud Michelle Gooch Dr. Frankum Dr. Brown Dr. Plomaritis Dr. Farhoud Dr. Hu Michelle Gooch Dr. Ansari Dr. Frankum

state initiatives available to farmers’ markets, nutrition programs and how policy changes in communities can help encourage farmers’ market growth. “We are very excited to partner with KDHE and reintroduce the Kansas Farmers’ Market Conference,” said Annarose Hart, From the Land of Kansas specialist. “The dynamic selection of workshops, interactive platforms and activities led by industry professionals are tailored to meet everyone’s specific needs – including market managers, farmers, vendors and community leaders.” The popularity of farmers’ markets continues to increase across the state. Farmers’ markets give growers and small

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.09 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.26 per gallon, according to gasoline price Web site Including the change in gas prices in Kansas during the past week, prices Sunday were 29.4 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 3.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 4.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 21.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. Submitted by

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moting the benefits of natural gas vehicles to fleet operators as a public service, in the same way we work closely with our local community and business partners to spur economic growth and help improve the quality of life for the people we serve,” said Tim Hess, Black Hills Energy’s NGV expert. Lawrence Mayor Michael Dever is enthusiastic about the prospects for using natural gas to fuel a variety of fleet vehicles. “We’re committed to achieving the city’s sustainability goals by making practical decisions,” he said. “We must balance concern for the environment, long-term benefits for taxpayers, and the needs of the Lawrence community.” Buses for schools and pub-

lic transportation currently are the largest category of natural gas vehicles, and almost 40 percent of the sanitation trucks purchased in 2011 were powered by natural gas. Converting to natural gas is helping all levels of government cut fleet operation budgets and putting the money they save into education and other projects. Businesses of all sizes have found them a way to increase profits through lower operating costs. Hess says those claims are backed by plenty of statistics. More than 1.2 million miles of natural gas pipeline with a 100-year history of safe, reliable service already blanket the nation. U.S. companies manufacture more than 100 models of light-, medium-,

Kansas bird watchers can participate in a study of winter bird populations by keeping a watchful eye on their feathered friends. The

and heavy-duty NGVs, and there are approximately 140,000 NGVs fueled by more than 1,000 natural gas fueling stations across the country. “From an economic and environmental standpoint,” Hess said, “the benefits of natural gas as a vehicle fuel grow more enticing every day.” Hess encourages municipal, county, state and private fleet operators throughout Black Hills Energy’s Kansas service territory to contact him, without obligation, to explore whether NGVs are the right solution for them. Contact Tim Hess at or 316-941-1653. Submitted by Black Hills Energy Corp.

Great Backyard Bird Count will be February 14-17. Participants will need to tally the numbers of each species seen.

Great Backyard Bird Count is scheduled for February 14-17 Bird watchers around the state can participate in an essential study on winter bird populations simply by keeping a watchful eye. The study will be the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) February 14–17. Birders can participate in the GBBC beginning February 14. The annual GBBC asks participants to watch birds at any location for a minimum of 15 minutes. This

effort aids in better defining bird ranges, populations, migration pathways, and habitat needs. Participants then tally the numbers of each species seen, and report their observations online at Global participation will be made possible by, a real-time online checklist program that the Cornell Lab and Audubon are integrating into the GBBC

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MUSEUM UPDATE from The Stevens County Gas & Historical Museum Gladys Renfro, Beulah Carter and Linda McCrary DOES IT HURT DOC? Sometimes getting people to go to the dentist is like pulling teeth! And if you think it is painful now, consider what it was like in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries! The instruments created to extract teeth pulled them out sideways, after they had been loosened by ‘gently’ hammering the painful tooth! Pulling the tooth perpendicular without damaging the surrounding teeth and gums was almost impossible even with a dentist who would put the patient on the floor and braced his head

between his knees for stability! “Now hold still, don’t move a muscle.” Of course this was all done without anesthesia! A Seventeenth century tool dentists used resembles an early Twentieth century bottle opener on one side and a three-prong bottle opener on the other side. The “Douglas Lever” was used to raise up and pry the tooth out. A Nineteenth century instrument used was a wind up drill invented to ‘fix’ a tooth rather than simply pulling it. The only problem with this instrument was it only ran for

about two minutes before you had to wind it up again! Again with nothing to deaden the pain and keep you still but a dentist sitting on top of you! At the Museum, which is open Monday through Friday between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.

and Saturday between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., we have many instruments displayed for you to see, including a Nineteenth century ‘pedal powered drill”. Did I happen to mention this was all done without Novocain?

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The antique dentist’s drill shown above was in use before electricity. The dentist had to pump the drill with his foot to make the drill rotate in order to drill the patient’s tooth. This was before painkillers.

Dental case and instruments belonging to the late Harry Parker, father of Ellinor Cox and Ila Bryan. Mr. Parker practiced dentistry about 1910 in the Maple Leaf Community. They were given to the museum by Ellinor and Ila in June of 1971.

History From The Hermes Compiled by Ruthie Winget Thursday, February 5, 2009 Local Boy Scouts enjoyed the winter campout at Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch near Walsenburg, Co., January 1618, 2009. The camp is at 8,300 feet elevation and has nice snow in the trees. Participating in the campout were Paul Downing, Stetson Haynes, Alex Pierson, Collin Thomas, Lucas Munson, Chris Lewis, Andrew Stevenson, Zack Pierson, Jacob Martin, guest Chase Hittle, Mason Lewis, Jim Martin and Terry Pierson. Matthew Weaver was recently named to the Dean’s List of Benedictine College at Atchison for the fall semester which ended December 15, 2008. Thursday, February 12, 2004 Dr. Shahzad Hasan turned in his resignation at the hospital

board meeting this week. He plans to move to Hutchinson. An interim doctor will be here to treat Dr. Hazan’s patients until Dr. Roderick Heger arrives to begin practice in September. Thursday, February 10, 1994 John Ertz was recently honored for winning first place in the dryland corn competition of the Southwest Kansas Corn Growers Association. Ertz had a dryland yield of 103.64 bushels planting Delta Pine 4393 corn for one field last fall. Thursday, February 9, 1984 Three Hugoton students served as pages in the House of Representatives January 30, 1984 as guests of Representative Keith Farrar. They were Janna Brewer, Greg Senseman and Stephanie Morris. Thursday, February 8, 1979

This picture was brought in for our enjoyment by Jack Moser several years ago. Thanks Jack. If anyone else has pictures to share, let us know. The 1944 Hugoton Rural High School football team is pictured here. On the back row, left to right are Allen Arnold, Kenneth Greenwood, Wade Greenwood, Fred Horton, Vernie

Carol Harmon and Keb Stoops were married January 20, 1979 at the First Christian Church. Both bride and groom are employed in Hugoton. Thursday, February 14, 1974 Stevens County has a new veterinarian. Dr. Bill Brown will replace Dr. Lucas who recently moved. Thursday, February 13, 1964 Hugoton High School band majorettes provided half time entertainment at the Ulysses basketball game. The girls were Cynthia Chamberlain, Kathy Ford, Sharon LeMasters, Connie Curtis, Julia Cheatum and Claudia Chamberlain. Thursday, February 13, 1959 Virgil Cox, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bur Cox, has enlisted in the U.S. Navy January 23, 1959.

He will take recruit training at San Diego, Ca. Thursday, February 11, 1954 Warren and Marion Spikes and Dale Trahern won this year’s Bankers Awards for conservation farming. The Spikes brothers farm in the northwest part of the county, Traherns southeast of Moscow. Friday, February 8, 1929 Clyde Darby of Woods was arrested by Undersheriff Jones and was charged with the unlawful possession of liquor. He pleaded guilty and Darby is now in jail. If any readers have pictures or memories for the history page of the Hermes, please bring them in to Ruthie Winget at The Hugoton Hermes.

Betsworth, Don (Bubba) Hardey, Ross Shirley, Otis Farmer, Jr., Charles Reser and Lewis J. Beavers. On the front row, left to right, are Coach Jack Vore, Marvin Bradfield, Alvin Beavers, Don Groves, Bill Warner, Jack Moser, Jack Barber, Roy Horton, Robert Sessler and Principal Kurt Seimens.

WSU launches business creation competition for all Kansas college students Wichita State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship is launching a statewide competition to encourage Kansas college students to create new businesses - especially in rapid growth sectors such as technology and health care - to fuel the Kansas economy. There will be a prize pool of more than $25,000 and an increased emphasis on students starting the businesses they create. All Kansas college students are eligible to compete. The first deadline is Friday, February 28. See all the rules online. For more information, con-

tact the WSU Center for Entrepreneurship at cfe@ “Our founder, Dean Fran Jabara, believed that the ingenuity of entrepreneurs was the key to building a thriving Kansas,” said Lou Heldman, interim director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. “We want to help energize economic growth in our city and state by getting college students deeply engaged in business innovation leading to startups.” David Mitchell, certified public accountant, a founder and chief judge of the Shocker New Venture Com-

petition, said, “The teams most likely to succeed will be those who show the best understanding of their potential customers and communicate most effectively about how they will finance and run their startup businesses.” The judges will select eight teams to continue into the final round taking place May 2 in Devlin Hall. Winners will be announced at 5:00 p.m. at a public reception and awards ceremony at Devlin Hall. The competition begins at the end of February with the online filing of an Intent-toCompete Form. Then teams

submit a two-page summary in early March. Up to 32 teams will be selected to submit ten-page business plans at the end of March. April 25, there will be a Trade Show in the concourse of Charles Koch Arena on the WSU campus. Sixteen teams reaching that stage of the competition will present their new venture idea to more than 200 businesspeople serving as judges. The Shocker New Venture Competition is the successor to the seven-year-old Shocker Business Plan Competition.

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Rolla News Thursday, February 6 High School Scholars’ Bowl Regionals @ Ashland; 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 7 Parent/Teacher Conferences; 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - NO SCHOOL Saturday, February 8 High School Basketball @ Greeley City; 4:30 p.m. High School Speech @ Scott City Monday, February 10 Junior High Scholars’ Bowl @

Elkhart; 4:00 p.m. Board of Education Meeting; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 11 Junior High Scholars’ Bowl @ Ulysses; 4:00 p.m. High School Basketball vs Ingalls @ Home; 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 12 Rolla Rec Board Meeting; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 13 High School Basketball vs Moscow @ Home; 4:30 p.m.

RHS plays at Greeley County at 4:00 The Rolla High School basketball games Saturday, February 8 at Greeley County will begin at 4:00 p.m. CST with no junior varsity games. This is a time change from

the originally scheduled time. Come and support the Rolla Pirates beginning with the girls at 4:00 p.m. and the boys at 5:30 p.m. CST.

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Parent-Teacher conferences are Friday Friday, February 7, will be the Rolla Parent-Teacher conferences. Conferences are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will be

no ARGH, and no school for students that day. Please contact your school to see what time your teacher is scheduled for visits.

RHS teams compete in Oklahoma Friday, January 31, the Rolla High School basketball teams traveled to Felt, Ok. The high school girls’ won their game by just two points.

The boys’ team wasn’t able to pull off the win this time. Great job, girls, and better luck next time, boys!

Does Rolla need a daycare? Shawn Schwindt and Jamie Mason are trying to find out if there is a need for a daycare in Rolla. These ambitious young ladies are thinking about taking over Ashley’s Daycare when Ashley quits this summer but

they need to have at least eight full-time children to make it feasible. Please contact Shawn Schwindt at 835-5060 or Jamie Mason at 835-5377 regarding interest or more information.

Scholar’s bowl team goes to semi-finals Saturday, February 1 were the semi finals for the Rolla High School scholars’ bowl team at QUEST in Topeka. Rolla was beaten by Washburn Rural 340270. It was a great run by a 1A school and with no graduating seniors; these boys will have a chance again next year. Team members are junior Chandler Huddleston, sophomores Garry Norton and Chandler Burrows and freshman

RJH teams win last two games The Rolla Junior High school basketball teams have finished their last games with wins! The boys’ and girls’ teams both won January 30 at Rolla against Tyrone, Ok. Then January 31, the teams traveled to Felt, Ok., where both teams were victorious once again! Congratulations to the teams and their coaches for their winning seasons!

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Artemio Villa. Congratulations to the team, parents and coaches!

Choyce Hays has the opportunity of a lifetime to train with world-renowned gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi, at center.

Choyce Hays trains for the Olympics Choyce Hays, daughter of Brent and Jan Hays of Bristow, Ok., granddaughter of Neill and Lila Hays of Rolla and niece of Rex and Becki Richardson of Elkhart, attended the Senior Elite Academy Olympic Training Camp in Huntsville, Tx., Janu-

The Rolla High School speech team travel to Southwestern Heights for an after school meet.

ary 29 to February 2. Choyce, along with many other Olympic hopefuls, trained with some of the best coaches in the country and was blessed to see Bela Karolyi. Good luck to Choyce in her endeavors to be an Olympian!

The team tied for fourth place overall. Congratulations speech team!

Speech team ties for fourth place overall The Rolla High School speech team is off and running with great results! January 30 the team took five members to Southwestern Heights for an after school meet and tied for fourth place overall. Junior Chandler Huddleston was the big winner, walking away with first place in both Extemporaneous and Informative

speaking, sealing his place in the State Champs competition. Senior Jessica Johns won fourth in both Original Oration and Extemporaneous. Sophomores Garry Norton and Chandler Burrows received fifth in Improvised Duet Acting (IDA) and Chandler Burrows also received sixth in Informative.

RJH scholars’ bowl team travels to Deerfield to walk away with first place. Left to right are

Freshman Artemio Villa attended but did not break finals in this meet but his judges were encouraging him to continue to grow and present. Congratulation to coaches Beverly Light and Katherine (Behan) Ulloa and their up and coming team! The next meet will be Saturday, February 8, at Scott City.

Allyson Norton, Paige Claassen, Vanessa Reza, Henry Wiebe and Carson Milburn.

RJH scholars’ bowl team wins first place The Rolla Junior High scholars' bowl team is beginning the season with a bang. Their first meet was in Deerfield Monday, February 3. The young scholars

walked away with first place, staying undefeated the entire day. Monday's team consisted of Allyson Norton, Paige Claassen,

Vanessa Reza, Henry Wiebe and Carson Milburn. The team is coached by Mary Courtney. Congratulations and keep up the good work!!

RHS scholars’ bowl team competes at Regionals Thursday February 6 the Rolla High School scholars' bowl team are traveling to Ashland for Regionals. The school and community will have a send off at 11:15 a.m. for anyone wishing to see the students off and wish them good luck.

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Jessica Johns wins first place in the public speaking division at the State 4-H Horse Panorama last month.

Jessica Johns wins first place Jessica Johns continues to make her communities proud. Jessica, a senior at Rolla High, who lives in Richfield with her parents, Norman and Geralynn, traveled with her mom to participate in the State 4-H Horse Panorama contest in Junction City January 26. Jessica competed in the public speaking division of the contest with her speech

titled “Life Lessons Learned from the Back of a Horse.” She won first place and will be competing at the American Quarter Horse congress in Ohio in the fall. She is currently serving on the Kansas State 4-H Horse Action committee. This group oversees and plans State 4-H horse events. Congratulations Jessica!

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Moscow News

Homecoming court in no particular order consists of Kendra Haines, Maria Cecenas, Paloma Moran, Kaitlyn Dobie, Queen Mandee Saucedo, Alexis Manruquez, Cuylor Cross,

Brock Brazeal, Brice Valdez and King Mathew Pearson. The court’s tiny attendants are Torree Beltz, Lupita Hermandez, Lexi Crawford and Jacob Friessen.

Moscow schools enjoy a pep rally Friday afternoon to get ready for Homecoming. Brock

Moscow school band performs during the Homecoming pep rally Friday afternoon.

Brazeal shows off his back flip to the crowd.

Moscow High School cheerleaders get the crowd fired up during the Homecoming pep rally Friday.

Moscow High School celebrates Homecoming with lots of excitement and antics from the students.

Moscow High School celebrates Homecoming Friday night. Homecoming King is Mathew Pearson and Homecoming Queen is Mandee Saucedo. The Moscow Wildcats defeated Fellowship Baptist for a Homecoming victory. Congratulations Wildcats! Torree Beltz, Lexi Crawford, Lupita Hernandez and Jacob Friessen help present the Homecoming court.

Coaches and players get time to be in the limelight at Moscow High School’s Homecoming pep rally Friday.

Bill Harvey watches the pots to make sure everything is cooking okay at Moscow’s UMC Groundhog supper. All the food was delicious and everyone ate too much.

The Hillbilly Praise Band entertains the crowds after the Groundhog supper Saturday evening

Thursday, February 6 High School Regional Scholars’ Bowl meet @ Ashland; 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 7 School starts at 10:15 a.m. due to teacher inservice. Stevens County Spelling Bee @ Hugoton Grade School; 1:00 p.m. High School Basketball vs Minneola @ Home. Little Cats cheerleaders will perform at halftime of the varsity boys’ game. Community Fifth quarter will be in the new gym and concessions area after the Basketball games. Join in the free food, fun and games for all ages! Saturday, February 8 Valentine’s dinner hosted by German exchange students @ MHS old gym; 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP by February 1. Call MHS, Anna Dobie or Velvet White for more info. Babysitting is available. Monday, March 3 Moscow Rec’s Biggest Loser weigh-in. For more information contact Rusty at 598-2995. Wednesdays Join one of the local churches for Team Kids or Kids Club.

at the Moscow United Methodist Church. The old religious songs were very inspirational.

MHS 2014 Winter Homecoming candidates show off their most stylish poses before the coronation Friday evening.

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PUBLIC NOTICE (First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, February 6, 2014) 3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT, STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS In the Matter of the Estate of Carl N. Brollier, Deceased. Case No. 12PR45 (Pursuant to Chapter 59 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated) NOTICE OF HEARING The State of Kansas to All Persons Concerned:

counts as Administrator, allowance of attorney’s fees and expenses, determination of the heirs, devisees and legatees entitled to the estate and assignment to them in accordance with laws of the State of Kansas for Carl N. Brollier, deceased. You are hereby required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 28th day of February, 2014, at 9:30 o'clock a.m. on said day, in said court, in the City of Hugoton, in Stevens 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 said Petition. Jeffrey Brollier, Petitioner

You are hereby notified that a Petition has been filed on the 3rd day of February, 2014, in said Court by Jeffrey Brollier, Administrator of the Will of Carl N. Brollier, deceased, praying for a final settlement of the estate, approval of his acts, proceedings and ac-

Frank J. Schwartz 2140 N. Kansas P.O. Box 948 Liberal, KS 67901 (620) 626-4545 Attorney for the Petitioner

PUBLIC NOTICE (First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, February 6, 2014) 3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT, STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS In the Matter of the Estate of DON O. CONCANNON, Deceased. No. 13 PR 8 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 Sharon L. Concannon and Craig A. Concannon, duly appointed, qualified, and acting as Co-Executors of the estate of Don O. Concannon, deceased, praying their acts be approved; their account be settled and allowed; the will be construed and the estate be

assigned to the persons entitled thereto; the administration of the estate be closed; and the Co-Executors be discharged. You are required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 28th day of February, 2014, at 10:00 o'clock a.m., in this court, in the City of Hugoton, in Stevens 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. Sharon L. Concannon, Petitioner Craig A. Concannon, Petitioner

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785-672-4319, Oakley, Ks. Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities encouraged to apply. (2c5) HPEC Special Education Paraprofessional position available at Rolla USD 217 2013-2014 school year Salary determined by education and experience Qualifications: High School Diploma or GED; can work well with children and peers Position open until filled.

Applications available at Please submit to: USD 217 District Office, 204 Van Buren, Rolla, Ks. 67954

620-593-4344 • Fax: 620-593-4250


Sunrise Oilfield Supply,

the largest oilfield supply company in Kansas, is now taking applications for an

Inside Sales/Inventory Control position


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Hiring HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS for work in the Hugoton area. To apply, call

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Martindell Swearer Shaffer Ridenour LLP Box 1028 Cimarron, Kansas 67835 (620) 855-7051 Lawyer for Executor

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Is your desk job too stifling? Construction not your “thing”?

at its Hugoton, Kansas store to perform the following duties: •Receive, store and issue materials and other items from warehouse or storage yard •Perform inventory verifications and cycle counts as directed •Operate forklifts and other material handling devices to load and unload materials •Order inventory from Vendors, Work with Manager on Customer Accounts Valid driver license with relatively clean motor vehicle report. (Applicants with a drug or alcohol driving offense in the last three years will not be considered.) We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. 

Please send your resume to Sunrise Oilfield Supply P.O. Box 446 Hugoton, KS 67951

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to find your new career! Your dream job is out there let us help you find it!

522 S. Main ~ Hugoton, Ks. 620-544-4321 Fax: 620-544-7321 •


We’re looking for top-notch RNs and LPNs to join our team. You’ll enjoy benefits such as: up to $3,000 sign-on bonus, competitive wages, $2 evening & $3 night & weekend differential, 401(k), continuing education reimbursement

Join us at Wheatridge Park Care Center if you are truly interested in others’ lives. Join to give the care you’ve wanted to give in a setting that fosters quality. Join to enjoy a warm, family-oriented workplace in an inviting home-like facility.

1501 S. Holly Drive, Liberal, Ks. 67901 620-624-0130 • 620-624-0144


CURRENT OPENINGS at Stevens County Healthcare Full-time, Part-time and PRN RNs and LPNs to work on the Med/Surg floor of the Stevens County Hospital or at Pioneer Manor. These positions are for all shifts. Qualified candidates must have Kansas RN/LPN licensure to be eligible. We offer an outstanding benefits package, competitive wages, sign-on bonus of $2000 with one year contract for FT RNs/LPNs; $1000 with one year contract for PT RNs/LPNs; and mileage reimbursement to RNs or LPNs living 15 miles or more outside of Stevens County. Radiographic Technologist to work PRN shifts. All eligible candidates must have a current Kansas license, be a registered ARRT, and be able to perform routine diagnostic X-rays and CT exams without supervision. Part-time employee in the Health Information Department of Stevens County Hospital. Applicants must be computer proficient, detail-oriented, and have a strong knowledge of medical terminology. This position is three days per week and includes a full benefits package. Full-time Homemaker to work in the Dietary Department at Pioneer Manor. Hours include day and evening, some weekends, and holidays. Cnadidates need to have an understanding of basic food preparation, food safety and sanitation. This Homemaker will be working in a household preparing breakfast to order as the residents arrive in the dining room, and also preparing salads, desserts and breads for the lunch and dinner meals.

620-544-6141 for more information regarding any openings. Applications may be obtained at Stevens County Hospital Information Desk,

Please contact

Human Resources


located next to the Medical Clinic.

Resumes may be emailed to

The Hugoton Hermes

FOR SALE FOR SALE: Two upright freezers: 5.0 cu. ft. and 7.5 cu. ft. Like new. 620-544-8442. (tfc3)

--------------FOR SALE: Livestock equipment: posts, wire, tanks, round bale feeder, truck & trailer, calf cradle, cattle chute, bail mailer. Larry Raney - 620-544-1814. (tfc51) --------------FOR SALE: Bermuda grass hay, rounds and small bales. Call 620-544-6652. (8p5) --------------HOME FOR SALE BY OWNER: 3 bedroom brick home in Elkhart. Call 620697-4081. (3c5) --------------HOME FOR SALE BY OWNER: 4 bedroom brick home, 2 bath, full basement, 2 car attached garage on double lot. 505 NE Ave. 620-428-2079. (4c5)


FOR SALE: Crosley Heavy Duty washer and Kenmore dryer. $100 for both. You pick up. 620-453-1076. (1c6) --------------FOR SALE: 2006 Chevy Silverado 1500, 4 wheel drive, regular cab long bed. 100K miles, used as work truck. Good shape. Asking $5,900 OBO. 620-428-1100. (1c6) --------------FOR SALE: 2000 Dodge Durango. 4 wheel drive, good tires. $3,500. Runs good. Buy as is. Dodge 4x4 pickup. 5 speed, 3/4 ton. Been sitting for last 5 years - good for parts. Call house after 5:00 p.m. 620-544-8413 or cell 620544-3960 noon and after 4:00 p.m. (1p6)


Oak, Piñon, Mesquite, Pecan & More Call DJ @ 620-430-1273 Days 620-428-6127 Evenings (tfc)

Consignments are due by March 14 to be included on the sale bill


Sunflower Plaza This institute is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer

1155 Road 25, Rolla - Beautiful Brick, 4 bed/3 bath, att garage, horse barn, equip shop, detach garage, feeding facility, all on 160 acres. Call today for your private showing!!

2322 Road 7 Ranch Style, 4 bed/2 bath, fpl, cover patio, fence, WIC, outbuildings, 10+/- acres. Much, much more!! Call to see this property!!

307 N. Kansas, Suite 101 Liberal, KS 67901

(620) 624-1212 531 S Main Street- New Reduced Price!! Commercial Property - Porter Building 5,886 SF, retail and office, central H/A. Prime Location!!! Call to view this property!!

901 S Trindle Ranch, 4 bed/3 bath, fpl, fence, sprinkler, att garage, beautiful oak detailing! Call to see this beauty!!

508 S. Van Buren SOLD


3 Bedroom House

104 Sid Avenue Elkhart- Ranch, 4 bed/2 bath, new windows, nice wood floors, appliances, att garage, basement, cen H/A, fence. Call today to see this home!!

131 S Madison- 2 bed/2 bath, 2 living areas, kitchen/dining combo, att garage, 30 x 40 metal bldg, 10 x 12 storage shed, fence, sprinkler, carport. Great neighborhood!!

711 East 5th Avenue- Beautiful ranch style, 3 bed/2 bath, Open Floor plan, Oak cabinets, finished bsmt, att garage,cen H/A. Much more... Call for your showing.

Feature Of The Week 708 Adams, Rolla - Beautiful, ranch style, brick home. 5 bed/3 bath, Oak cabinetry, finished basement, sprinkler, att garage, workshop, fence, dog run...and much more!! Call to view this lovely home!!

Chance Yoder - Salesperson Agricultural Land Residential & Commercial Specialist

Chance Yoder- Cellphone 544-1907

Chance Yoder

Equal Housing Opportunity

• Must be 62 or disabled to qualify • Rent based on adjusted income • All electric appliances • Coin-operated laundry facilities • Rental assistance available

(First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, February 6, 2014) 1t Before the State Commission of the State of Kansas Notice of Filing Application Re: Merit Energy Company- Application for the permit to authorize the commingling of zones in the Hanke ‘A’ #3, located in Stevens County, Kansas.

109 W. Seventh - Hugoton 544-4011 Call Selia Crawford at 544-2182 If no answer, leave message



PUBLIC NOTICE (First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, February 6, 2014) 1t

To: All Oil and Gas Producers, Unleased Mineral Interest Owners, Landowners and all persons whomever concerned. You, and each of you, are hereby notified that Merit Energy Company has filed an application to commingle the Dewey Limestone with the Marmaton and Chester zones in the Hanke ‘A’ #3, located approximately 3945’ NL and 4470’ W, from SE corner, Sec. 13, TWP 31S in Stevens County, Kansas.

this application shall be required to file their objections or protests with the Conservation Commission of the State of Kansas within (15 ) days from the date of this publication. These protests shall be filed pursuant to Commission regulations and must state specific reasons why the grant of the application may cause waste, violate correlative rights or pollute the natural resources of the State of Kansas. If no protests are received, this application may be granted through a summary proceeding. If valid protests are received, this matter will be set for hearing.

PREGNANT? NEED HELP? Call Birthright of Garden City, 620-276-3605 or Birthline of Liberal, 1404 N. Western, 620-626-6763. (tfc3) -------------ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS will help you if you sincerely want to stop drinking. Call 544-8633. (tfc1) ---------------

Call 620-544-4321 or email today!

All persons who object to or protest

PUBLIC NOTICE (First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, February 6, 2014) 3t IN THE TWENTY-SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT DISTRICT COURT, STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS PROBATE DEPARTMENT IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF MARY ELAINE DAWSON, Deceased. Case No. 2014-PR-6 Notice of Hearing The State of Kansas to All Persons Concerned: You are hereby notified that on the 27th day of January, 2014, a Petition has been filed in said Court by Harold V. Eason and Diann L. Eason praying for admission of foreign Will to probate and record without administration; and all of decedent's right, title and interest, including but not limited to all royalty, overriding royalty, mineral ownership and life estates, in and to the following described real property situated in Stevens County, Kansas: All minerals in and under or that may be produced from Section One

(1), Section Two (2), and Section Three (3), all in Township Thirtythree (33) South, Range Thirtyeight (38) West, Stevens County, Kansas; and All minerals in and under or that may be produced from Section Seven (7), Township Thirty-three (33) South, Range Thirty-seven (37) West, Stevens County, Kansas; be assigned in accordance with the terms of the Will. You are hereby required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 27th day of February, 2014, at 9:30 o'clock a.m. of said day, in said Court, in the City of Hugoton, in Stevens 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 said Petition. HAROLD V. EASON AND DIANN L. EASON, Petitioners Tamara L. Davis Davis & McCann, P.A. 107 Layton St., Suite A Dodge City, KS 67801 Ph. (620) 225-1674 Attorneys for Petitioners

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Project Hope Open Tues & Thurs 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. 1030 S. Main

(tfc37) (tfc15)

Pioneer Manor Family Support Group

3rd Tuesdays - 1:00 p.m. 3rd Thursdays - 5:15 p.m. Chapel at Pioneer Manor

AL-Anon Family Group Men & Women of alcoholic family & friends meet at 1405 Cemetery Rd. Mon. & Thurs. 8 pm 544-2610 or 544-2854 (tfc)

WANTED WANT TO PURCHASE: Minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557, Denver, Co. 80201. (150p49-12)


PUBLIC NOTICE (First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, February 6, 2014) 2t PUBLIC NOTICE The regularly scheduled meeting of the Stevens County Commissioners for Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8:30 a.m., has been rescheduled to take place Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Room at the Stevens County Courthouse, 200 E. Sixth Street in Hugoton.


All persons interested or concerned shall take notice of the foregoing and shall govern themselves accordingly. Merit Energy Company 13727 Noel Road Suite 1200 Dallas, TX 75240 972-628-1603 Attn: Matt Ogden

All electric, new kitchen, partial basement, new water well on 19 acres with 4 outbuildings including a bunk house, 2 garages and a large cement floor shed.


(Rental Assistance Available)

For more information call Dayna Folger at (tfc46) 620-492-3698.


If interested or for a showing, call 598-2416 or 598-2318


Karen Yoder- 544-4161 or Cellphone 544-3730

“Call Us For All Your Real Estate Needs”

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Mark Faulkner-Broker Karen Yoder - Associate/Broker Residential & Commercial Specialist

Karen Yoder

3 bedroom/2 bath Completely updated home 1900 sq ft living area, plus att. 865 sq ft 2 car garage Fenced yard, nice neighborhood Sprinkler system, covered patio Large lots provide extra parking

Call 620-428-1112 or 620-453-2493


813 S Washington Frame, 4 bed/2 bath, finished basement, nice kitchen w/appliances, att garage, fence. Much more!! Call for your showing!!






2 Senior Apartments Available


1111 S Jefferson- 3 bed/1 b, cen H/A, fence, carport, storage bldg. Call for details!!


FOR RENT: 3 travel trailers, $100/wk. each plus utilities. Call 620-544-9574. (1c6) --------------FOR RENT: 2 Bedroom Apt., Central H/A, 1 car garage, all appliances. Call 620-544-7990.

848 Road G. - This home has 2 new electric heat and A/C units. House formerly on free gas. The gas company pays for up to 20,000 KW of Electric usage in lieu of free gas. The seller has purchased a used updated fireplace insert, but it has not been installed. The site also contains a mobile home site with septic, water and electric available. Lots of built in storage and a 10' x 10' concrete storm shelter accessed from within the house. Additional adjacent acreage is available for purchase.

1003 S. Adams Street -This home is richly adorned with up to date modern color schemes and top grade wood trim and solid wood doors throughout. The kitchen cabinets and full wall of pantry has more than enough room for the most exotic chef's needs. Solid surface counter tops make cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms a snap. Enjoy that cup of coffee on the balcony/deck off the master bedroom on the upper level. The 45X24 morton garage contains a 24'X17.5' work shop which is insulated, heated & cooled and also has a sink.

Now see these and other SW. Kansas properties at

210 West 11th St- Over 4,000 sq ft brick, 4 bd, 3 ba, full finished basement, fenced yard, 3 fireplaces, formal dining, includes kitchen appliances, circle drive, lots of storage. Call to see this beauty!!


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1108 S Main Street- Beautiful Ranch, 4 bd/2 bath, fpl, open floor plan, 2 living areas, WIC. A MUST SEE!!


Turn in your consignments to: Walter McClure 544-4202, Ron Brewer 544-8985 or any other Hugoton Kiwanis Club Member


112 S. Main • 620-356-5808 • Ulysses Se Habla Espanol-356-5808


KIWA N IS AUC TION March 28 & 29, 2014

FOR RENT: 2 Bedroom trailer, partially furnished, uptown. Call 620-544-8202 or 620-428-5033. (2c6) --------------FOR RENT: 1 private RV lot available in Hugoton. Utilities included. Call Steve Benavidez for information at 612-280-0153. (4c6) ---------------


Delivery & stacking available


FOR RENT: 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments. Furnished or unfurnished. Bills included, washer and dryer, and cable. Call 544-2232. (tfc)


Thursday, February 6, 2014


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JONES MONUMENT WINTER SALE 1-800-833-4055 810 N. Kansas - Liberal, Ks. Prices start at $99 (6c4) (tfc46)

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Alan D. Higgins, Owner “Give Me A Sign”

Teri’s Signs

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Handy Haulers

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910 Van Buren 544-4403 or 453-9098 26p12

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1182 Road Q • Hugoton (tfc12) FDT ELECTRIC


Frankie Thomas, owner Licensed & Insured Over 30 years’ experience in Residential & Commercial Wiring

544-5915 or 544-7776

The Hugoton Hermes

Thursday, February 6, 2014

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PUBLIC NOTICE (First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, January 23, 2014) 3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JOSEPHINE C. SHERWOOD, (Petition Pursuant to K.S.A. Chapter 59) Case No. 14 PR 2 NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION TO ADMIT FOREIGN WILL TO PROBATE AND RECORD AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that Josephine Ann Peartree and Robert C. Sherwood, Co-Executors of the will and estate of Josephine C. Sherwood, deceased, also known as Josephine Cook Sherwood and Josephine Amanda Sherwood, have filed a petition in the above Court, together with an authenticated copy of the Last Will and Testament of Josephine C. Sherwood, deceased, dated September 8, 1980, and other probate proceedings admitting the same to probate in County Court of Hays County, Texas, in Cause No. 12265-P. The Petition alleges, among other things, that the decedent was the owner at the time of her death of certain real estate situated in Stevens, Seward and Pratt County, Kansas, as more fully described in the Petition filed in this proceeding. Petitioners pray the Court for an

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order admitting the authenticated copy of the decedent=s will and the proceedings had in the County Court of Hays County, Texas, Cause No. 12265-P to probate and record in the District Court of Stevens County, Kansas, and for an order determining and adjudging that administration of the estate within the State of Kansas is unnecessary and should not be required; that the real estate referred to in the Petition to Admit Foreign Will to Probate and Record, and all other real estate or interests therein, including mineral interests, and all personal property, or interests therein, owned by the decedent, Josephine C. Sherwood, within the State of Kansas at the time of her death, be assigned to the persons entitled thereto, pursuant to the terms of the decedent=s will and for further relief. You are required to file your written defenses to the Petition on or before February, 14 2014, at 9:30 a.m. of said day, in said Court, in the district courtroom at the county courthouse in Hugoton, Stevens County, Kansas, at which time and place the cause will be heard. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon the Petition.

Brookelynne Hinds, Raegan Hinds, McKenzie Hinds, Grace Dillinger and Garrette Hinds of the Wranglers 4-H Club represent Stevens County at the Haskell County Shooting Sports Competition this past weekend. Brooke, Rae-

gan, McKenzie and Garrette competed in the Air Rifle competition in their age group and won third place. Grace competed in the BB gun competition for her age group.

Wrangler 4-H’ers place third at shooting competition Saturday February 1, 2014 Wranglers 4-H Club members Grace Dillinger,

Brooke Hinds, Raegan Hinds, McKenzie Hinds and Garrette Hinds traveled to Sublette to

Local students earn semester honors at K-State University More than 3,500 Kansas State University students have earned semester honors for their academic performance in the fall 2013 semester. Students earning semester honors include Laton Heger, Keithan Martin, Katherine Omo, Aaron Seaman and Adam Seaman. Students earning a grade point average for the semester of 3.75 or above on at least 12 credit hours receive semester honors along with commendations from their deans. The honors also are recorded on their permanent academic records.

Capitol dome tours are now being offered

Josephine Ann Peartree Robert C. Sherwood Co-Petitioners KRAMER, NORDLING & NORDLING, LLC 209 East Sixth Street Hugoton, Kansas 67951 Telephone: (620) 544-4333 Attorneys for Petitioners

compete in the second annual Haskell County Shooting Sports Competition. Grace Dillinger competed in the BB gun competition in her age group. Grace shot ten shots in each of the four positions. Brooke, Raegan, McKenzie and Garrette Hinds competed in the Air Rifle competition in their age group. All four Hinds kids shot 20 shots in three different positions. After a long day of shooting the Stevens County Air Rifle team came home with a third place trophy. This is the second year the team has placed at the competition. Air Rifle team members are Brooke, Raegan, McKenzie and Garrette Hinds. Submitted by Wranglers Club Reporter Raegan Hinds.

Kansas residents can access information about state government, legislation, public policy issues and more by calling 1800-432-3924. Calls are answered by experienced reference/research librarians at the State Library of Kansas and kept confidential. Lines are open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Callers can also leave brief messages to be delivered to legislators as well as request copies of bills, calendars, journals, committee agendas, voting records and other legislative documents. In addition to calling the hotline, residents can also text questions to 785-256-0733 (standard text message rates may apply), instant message at, or visit the State Library. The State Library is located in the north wing, on the third floor of the Kansas Capitol Building.

Wranglers 4-H Club members Brookelynne, Garrette, Raegan and McKenzie Hinds proudly show off their trophy at the second annual Haskell County Shooting Sports Competition Saturday, February 1.

WANTED: TEACHERS WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Once again USD 210 Hugoton School District has the opportunity to recognize excellent teachers. As part of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education, we are invited to nominate one teacher to represent our district in the selection of 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year. USD 210 employs many worthy teachers. Please take a few moments from your busy schedule to write a brief letter describing the contributions a classroom teacher is making in your child’s life and/or in the life of our education community. (This teacher must be currently employed as a full-time classroom teacher at USD 210.) Each teacher nominated will be invited to complete an abbreviated application for Kansas Teacher of the Year. From these applications a local selection committee will name one teacher to represent our district in the competition for the 2014 Kansas Teacher of the year. Address your letter to: 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year USD 210 205 E. 6th St. Hugoton, KS 67951 You may email your letter to Deadline for receiving applications is February 21, 2014 Questions may be directed to Arlet Estrada at USD 210 Central Office 544-4397

Annual meeting of Southwest Friends of the Arts Southwest Friends of the Arts Society will have their Annual Business Meeting Monday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Manor coffee shop. The agenda will include year review, upcoming events, election of officers and new board members.

The Kansas Historical Society announced dome tours are now offered at the Kansas State Capitol. The elaborate architecture is highlighted with close up views of the inner and outer domes, and the climb to the top consists of 296 steps with no elevator. The summit provides a 360 degree view of Topeka. Tours are scheduled at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tours are free during scheduled times. The Kansas State Capitol is located at SW Eighth and SW Van Buren, Topeka. For more

Hugoton Legislative Updates have been scheduled for February 15, March 15 and April 19 at 4:00 p.m. at the Stevens County Library Meeting Room. Senator Larry Powell and Representative Stephen Alford are scheduled to be at all three of these updates. The public is invited to attend to find out what is happening this year in the Kansas Legislature. These events are sponsored by Stevens County Economic Development, Stevens County Farm Bureau Association and the Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce. American Karate Studios is offering a Women’s Self-Defense class Sunday, February 9, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at their studio at 614 South Main Street in Hugoton. Call 806-930-6614 or 580-461-5315 for price information and to reserve your spot. Don’t be a vulnerable Valentine; sign up today! The Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce and Stevens County Economic Development Web site is a great place to view a calendar of events going on in the County. We also try to keep the community informed of upcoming events on our Facebook pages Get Hugo-

information, call 785-2963966 or visit The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency operating the Kansas Museum of History, State Archives, Kansas State Capitol Visitor Center and 16 state historic sites. For more information, visit The Kansas Historical Society does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs. The Historical Society requests prior notification to accommodate individuals with special needs or disabilities.


ton! and Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce. Give us a “like” on Facebook. Chamber Gift Certificates are the perfect gift for anyone, anytime! Chamber Gift Certificates are the solution for all of your gift giving needs. Purchasing Chamber Gift Certificates ensures your money is staying in our local economy making our local

businesses strong. Stop by the Chamber Office and purchase a Chamber Gift Certificate. These certificates can be written for any amount and are redeemable at most Stevens County businesses. Shop Stevens County First! The Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce is here for YOU!

PUBLIC NOTICE (First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, January 23, 2014) 3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF PAULYNA JO WISE, DECEASED NO. 14 PR 3 NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION TO ADMIT WILL TO PROBATE AND RECORD AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Chapter 59) THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified a petition has been filed on January 15, 2014, in this Court by Robert E. Wise, as executor named in the will, praying for admission to probate of the Last Will and Testament, dated January 19, 2010, of Paulyna Jo Wise, deceased, which duly authenticated copy of such will is filed with the petition, and for his appointment as executor of said will and estate, to serve without

bond, and for the issuance of Letters Testamentary to him as executor. You are hereby required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 14th day of February, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. of said day, in the district courtroom at the county courthouse, in the City of Hugoton, Stevens County, Kansas, at which time and place the cause will be heard. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon the petition. All creditors of the decedent are notified to exhibit their demands against the estate within four (4) months from the date of the first publication of this notice as provided by law, and if their demands are not thus exhibited, they shall be forever barred. Robert E. Wise, Petitioner KRAMER, NORDLING & NORDLING, LLC 209 East Sixth Hugoton, Kansas 67951 Attorneys for Petitioner Telephone: (620) 544-4333

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