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Volume 125, Number 48

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Grab some “Cookies by the Pound” Tuesday, December 4

Learn about “Working Women of the West” Sara Richter, Dean of the School of Liberal Studies and professor of English at Panhandle State University in Goodwell, OK, will present a program on "Working Women of the West" Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stevens County Library. No registration is required and there is no admission fee.

Santa Claus has already come to town at 1200 South Adams. He seems to have come right down candy lane to alight at Travis Coulter and Christy Haar’s residence in the

east part of Hugoton. Hope those girls are being good. This is just one of many beautifully decorated homes in Hugoton and is definitely worth a drive-by.

PHC and ExxonMobil offer chance for chili and prizes

If the recent winter chill has been getting to you, don’t fret! Pheasant Heaven Charities and ExxonMobil are teaming up with some warm chili and hot raffle tickets at the Memorial Hall Wednesday, December 5 to benefit those of need in the area. Grab a bowl of chili at 11:00 a.m. and stick around until 12:15 p.m. to

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see if your name is drawn for the raffle prize of a 42 inch JVC flat screen TV or a large framed wildlife picture! Contact Wayne Titus at 620-544-5615 for more information or to buy tickets. All proceeds will benefit Pheasant Heaven Charities, Inc., PO Box 308, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.

Royce Tucker leads the caroling in front of the Chamber building Friday, the day after

PEO Chapter GC Hugoton will again host their “Cookies by the Pound: A Plethora of Extreme Oblectation” event at the Citizens State Bank annex at 600 S. Main. Don’t let those big words fool you! “Plethora” means “an overabundance” and “oblectation” is defined as “the state of being greatly pleased.” Essentially you’re going to be smiling if you stop by Tuesday, December 4 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.! Cookie lovers are instructed to use the north door to pick up their treats. According to PEOInter “PEO is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate

the advancement of women; educate women scholarships, through grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.” The organization was originally founded as a small seven - member friendship society January 21, 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Ia. PEO International now boasts almost 250,000 members in chapters across the United States and Canada. PEO International certainly stands behind their motto, “Women helping women reach for the stars.”

Santa comes to Hugoton Saturday

Eleventh Street in Hugoton is aglow with lighted Christmas decorations. Drive down the street and enjoy the beautiful lights.

Santa Claus is coming to town! He’ll be here Saturday, December 1 at Stevens County Activity Center at 624 S. Main from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Children will enter by the west door. Be sure to tell Santa what you want for Christmas during Santa Day December 1!

Kansas Highway Patrol releases holiday report

Thanksgiving. A nice crowd participates in the holiday singing.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is releasing its weekend Thanksgiving holiday activity. The reporting period for the holiday weekend ran from 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 25. During that time, the Patrol worked two fatal crashes, which resulted in two fatalities. One of the fatal crashes was alcoholrelated. Information in the table is compared to 2011’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend data, which is for the same reporting period,

6:00 p.m. the Wednesday before the holiday, until 11:59 p.m. the Sunday following the holiday. Activity 2012 2011 Total Fatal Crashes 2 0 Total Fatalities 2 0 DUI Related Crashes 5 3 DUI Related Fatalities 1 0 25 24 DUI Arrests Speed Citations1,568 1,400 Speed Warnings 1,352 1,245 Adult Seatbelt Citations 349 342 Adult Seatbelt Warnings 58 118

Teen Seatbelt Citations 12 9 Teen Seatbelt Warnings 1 2 Child Restraint Citations 39 39 Child Restraint Warnings 4 7 Motorists Assisted 1,307 1,426 During the holiday weekend, the Patrol and other local agencies participated in the Special Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). The Kansas Department of Transportation provided a grant for the additional enforcement.

BOE hears variety of subjects from State Medalists, insurance to early graduates

Kids of all ages enjoy the beautiful caroling. Afterward, hot chocolate and cookies are served to the participants.

Hunters are encouraged to donate hides for Vets Recently Charles Forward shared information about a service being offered by Elks National Veterans Service Commission. Deer hunters are encouraged to donate their deer hides to the Elks Club. The Elks use the hides to make leather gloves which will be freely handed out to handicapped Veterans. They also provide tanned leather to make occupational therapy kits to be distributed to Veterans’ homes and hospitals throughout the country at no cost to the Veterans. Mr. Forward advises that local hunters can just skin their harvested deer. Charles will clean and tan the hide and the Elks will pick the

hides up from him. This is such a beneficial program. The hide doesn’t get wasted and several disabled Veterans receive a valuable, much needed gift. So hunters, good luck with your hunting and be sure to help out some honorable Veterans that have given so much for all Americans. You can reach Charles Forward at 620-624-2339. The hides can be taken to Passmore Brothers at 828 East Eleventh in Hugoton where Mr. Forward will pick them up. Opening day for rifle season is Thursday, November 29.

The Hugoton USD 210 Board of Education met in a regular monthly session Monday, November 19, 2012 in the Hugoton Middle School Library. The board recognized the high school boys’ cross country State medalists. Congratulations and certificates were given to the team for their fourth place finish at State. The fiscal year 2012 audit report was given by Craig Hay of Hay and Rice Associates. Brad Musgrove of Musgrove Insurance Services discussed the district’s insurance renewal. The High Plains Education Cooperative report was given by Doug Martin. The Kansas Association of School Board Legislative Committee work was discussed. The board took a look at what the KASB delegate assembly will be voting on December 1. Nancy Honig and Mark Crawford are planning to attend the KASB Annual Convention in Topeka November 30 – December 2. There will be one voting representative

from USD 210. USD 210 Success Plan updates were discussed. This is a rubric clarifying expectations and tangible actions to define “effective instruction.” It challenges the administration and buildings with specifics to strive for. The District Leadership Team helped update the verbiage in this document in August of 2012. After two days of West Ed training in September, Elise Heger and Crawford updated 1.6 and shared this with the Admin Team. October 10, the last in-service day, Crawford went over 1.6 with all teachers in the MS auditorium. He would like to get BOE approval of this document in December. This is both a guide and a journey for everyone to ensure academic achievement for all students. A motion to approve EMC insurance proposal was approved. The financial report for fiscal year 2012 was approved. The motion to approve early graduation of HHS student request dated Sep-

tember 13 passed. David Kurt was approved to graduate one year early. He has met all the requirements for graduation. The BOE policy allows this consideration on an individual basis. Also approved was the long distance and out of state field trip requests. Teachers, please realize all field trips over 100 miles from Hugoton or out of state need BOE approval ahead of time. The motion to pre-approve the Capulin Volcano Employee Association Grant 4 Gas application to cover fuel expenses for a fifth grade field trip to Mt. Capulin was approved. Also approved was the participation for year two in the Food 4 Kids Program through the Kansas Food Bank at the Pre K – eighth grade levels. This will be the second year of participation in this program. When the counselor finds a student who is believed to be going hungry over weekends, a package of food is inconspicuously placed in their backpack Fridays. The motion to approve

funds to split the costs with the City of Hugoton and Stevens County for the original “Safe Routes to Schools” survey and design costs of $7,293.75 was approved and also the updated winter and spring coaches and activity sponsors for the 2012-2013 school year. The services from Utility Rebate Consultants, Inc. were approved. This motion will give the Central Office permission to approve this company to hunt for utility mistakes. They go back three years and look forward for the next two years. There is no charge as they get to keep 50% of the billing mistakes as their revenue. The motion to change Lisa LeNeve’s job position and job title to include part time work in the area of Public Relations was approved. The board approved the motion to terminate the employment of Melissa Taylor effective November 20, 2012. The meeting adjourned.

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WHAT’S HAPPENIN’ Project Hope needs food! Make your donation at Project Hope or First National Bank. Call Debbie Nordling at 544-8528 or Tammy Slocum at 544-8908 for more information. Don’t forget! Get your flu shot at the Stevens County Health Department. Call 544-7177 for more information. 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. CELEBRATE RECOVERY every Monday night 6:308:00 p.m. at Assembly of God Fellowship Hall, 138 S. Main in Hugoton. HUGOTON LIONS CLUB meets every Second and Fourth Thursday of the month at Memorial Hall at 7:00 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. November-December - Rolla Hope will have a Rolla Hope Tree traveling around Rolla businesses. Names of children in need will be on it,

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so you can buy Christmas presents for them. You can also add names to the tree. November 29 - Square Dance Day - Sara Richter will present a program about “Working Women of the West” at 7:00 p.m. at the Stevens County Library. No registration is required and admission is free. December 3 - Stevens County Commissioners will meet in the Commissioners’ Room at the Stevens County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. December 4 - PEO Chapter GC Hugoton will host “Cookies by the Pound: A Plethora of Extreme Oblectation” at Citizens State Bank Annex, 600 S. Main. Please use the north door. - Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic at the Stevens County Health Department, 1042 S. Jackson from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. December 5 - Elkhart Co-Op will host “Education for Profit” at the Morton County Civic Center, beginning at 10:00 a.m. - Pheasant Heaven Charities and ExxonMobil will host a raffle and chili feed at Memorial Hall. Chili Feed begins at 11:00 a.m. and the drawing will be at 12:15 p.m. Contact Wayne Titus at 620-5445615 for details or tickets. - Hugoton Municipal Airport will meet at the Airport

lounge at 7:00 p.m. December 6 - Stevens County Genealogical Society will meet at the Stevens County Library at 1:00 p.m. - Liberal Hearing Aid Center welcomes walk-ins at Pioneer Manor from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. A free hearing test, cleanings, batteries and checks for all hearing aids will be available. Call 620-624-5216 for more information. December 6-8 - Blue and Red Classic basketball tournament at Hugoton High School. December 7 - Pearl Harbor Day - Heritage Christian Academy will present their Christmas program at 6:30 p.m. - Seward County Community College/ Area Technical School will present their winter concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Showcase Theater. December 10 - Hugoton City Council will meet in the Council room at the City Office at 5:15 p.m. - The American Legion Auxiliary will host a covered dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Vets Hall. December 10-11 - Hugoton Rec Commission will host a first and second grade boys’ basketball clinic from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. at HRC’s gym. Sign up at the office, 211 S. Madison until

December 10. December 11 - Stevens County Economic Development will meet in the Craft Room at the Senior Center at 12:00 noon. December 12 - Moscow City Council will meet at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 125 Main Street. The public is invited to attend. December 13 - Stevens County Library will host their anual Recipe Swap from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the SCL Meeting Room. You may enter recipes at memail them to eunice@steven or you may take them to SCL at 500 S. Monroe. December 15 - Bill of Rights Day - Sixth annual Shop with a Cop at Alco. Donations are gratefully accepted by mail at PO Box 788, Hugoton, Ks. 67951 or drop off at the Hugoton Police Department at 405 E. Fifth Street. Contact the HPD for more information at 620-544-4959. - Sons of the American Revolution will host a meeting at Billy’s Blue Duck Barbecue in Liberal at 11:00 a.m. along with the Daughters of the American Revolution. If you are interested in joining either group you are invited to attend.

What’s In The Hugoton Hermes In-box? The Hugoton Hermes’ In-box includes emails currently making the rounds and landing in The Hermes’ email. We print them solely for the benefit of those without email. Facts are up to the reader to check out. The emails do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the crew at The Hermes.

Driving in the rain -- this may save your life How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour. We are not sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily. This method was given me by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it. It is useful

.... even driving at night. One method used by Canadian Military Drivers for years. Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still

ON YOUR PAYROLL U.S. President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500-0004 Phone: 202-456-1414 Web site: Governor Sam Brownback Office of the Governor Capitol Building 300 SW Tenth Ave., Suite 2415 Topeka, Ks. 66612-1590 Phone: 877-579-6757 785-296-3232 ---------Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer Officer of the Lt. Governor State Capitol, 2nd Floor 300 SW Tenth Ave. Topeka, Ks. 66612 Toll-free: 800-748-4408 785-296-5669 ---------U.S. Senator Jerry Moran Russell Senate Office Building, Room 354 Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: 202-224-6521 Fax: 202-228-6966 ---------U.S. Representative Tim Huelskamp District 1 US House of Representatives 126 Cannon HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone 202-225-2715 Fax 202-225-5124 ---------Kansas Representative Steve Alford District 124 4179 East Road 19 Ulysses, Ks 67880 Phone: 785-296-7696 Phone: 620-356-1361

Kansas Bureau of Investigation 1620 SW Tyler Topeka, Ks. 66612 Phone: 785-296-8200 Wichita Office: P.O. Box 6 Wichita, Ks. 67201 Phone: 316-337-6100 ---------Kansas Insurance Department 420 SW Ninth St. Topeka, Ks. 66612 Phone: 785-296-3071 Fax: 785-296-7805 Email: commissioner@ Web site: ---------Treasurer Ron Estes Kansas State Treasurer 900 SW Jackson, Suite 201 Topeka, Ks. 66612-1235 Phone: 785-296-3171 ---------Kansas Senate President Steve Morris District 39 State Capitol Room 333-E 300 SW Tenth Ave. Topeka, KS 66612 Phone: 785-296-2419 ----------

bad...... In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain. Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car, as you are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend's life by giving him this idea. Try it yourself and share it with your friends! Amazing, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling. You can see where the rain bounces off the road. It works to eliminate the "blindness" from passing semi's spraying you too. Or the "kickup" if you are following a semi or car in the rain. They ought to teach this little tip in driver's training. It really does work... This next warning is a another good one! I wonder how many people know about this: A 36 year old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her car. A resident of Kinburn, Ontario, was traveling between Kinburn and Ottawa. It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydro-plane and literally flew through the air. She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence! When she explained to the OPP Officer what had happened he told her something that every driver should know - NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON. She thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain. But the Officer told her that if the cruise control is on when your car begins to hydro-plane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane She told the OPP Officer that was exactly what had occurred.

The Officer said this warning should be listed, on the driver's seat Sun-visor NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive a safe speed - but we don't tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry. The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the officer), was a man who had a similar accident, totalled his car and sustained severe injuries. NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on. If you share this to any number of people and only one of them doesn't know about this, then it was all worth it. You might have saved a life.

Obituaries Rachel Anderson Lifelong Stevens County resident Rachel C. Anderson, 75, passed from this life Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart.

The youngest daughter of Fred Wells and the former Catherine Renshaw, Rachel was born September 28, 1937 in Hennessey, Ok. February 26, 1956, Rachel and Dwayne Anderson were united in marriage in Clayton, N.M. Rachel and Dwayne spent their lives in Hugoton. During that time she worked for Lamont Cleaners, Broaddus Chevrolet and Southwest Savings and Loan. Rachel was a loving woman who always put her family and friends before herself. Survivors include her hus-

band of 56 years, Dwayne Anderson of Hugoton; her son Rick Anderson and wife DeeLinda of Canton; two brothers, Patrick Wells and wife Ofelia of Memphis, Tn. and Jack Wells and wife Barbara of Tulsa, Ok.; her sister Nora Lee Mastropoieri of Los Angeles, Ca.; granddaughter Amanda Anderson of Salina; her one great granddaughter, Cynthia Lockhart of Salina; and many other relatives and friends. Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her parents; brother William “Bill” Wells; and two sisters, Margaret Polsley and Mary Hensley. Funeral services were attended Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2012 at First Christian Church in Hugoton with Larry Anderson and Vernon Anderson presiding. Burial followed in the Hugoton Cemetery. Paul’s Funeral Home of Hugoton was in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made for the American Cancer Society and mailed in care of Paul’s Funeral Home, PO Box 236, Hugoton, Ks 67951.

Richard “Dick” Leeper Word has been received of the death of former Hugoton resident, Richard E. “Dick” Leeper. Mr. Leeper passed away Saturday, Novmber 24, 2012 in Amarilo, Tx. at the age of 77.

Born September 19, 1935 in Hugoton, he was the son of Lee and Viola Leeper. Dick grew up in Hugoton where he graduated from high school. He worked for John Deere / Stevco Implement for 43 years as a parts manager. In September of 1978, Dick and Betty Wood were married. Mr. Leeper really loved to fish and to garden. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed. Those preceding Dick in death were his parents; his

first wife Karen Leeper; brother Edward Leeper; and his sisters, Phyllis LaCoursier and Margie Olsen. Survivors include his wife Betty Leeper of Amarillo; his daughters, Marcy McGinnis and husband Marty of Jefferson, Ga. and Kathy Leeper of Hutchinson; sons, Ron Wilson and wife Tina of Amarillo, Bill Leeper and fiancé Jen of Hutchinson and Roger Wilson and wife Carman of Amarillo; brothers, Marvin Leeper and Donnie Leeper both of Hugoton and Billy Leeper of Garden City; sisters, Anita Wright of Grand Junction, Co., Shirley Busby of Garden City and Evelyn Yardley of Hugoton; his several grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and his many nieces and nephews. Please leave online condolences at Funeral services were attended Tuesday morning, November 27, 2012 at Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Amarillo with Dale Bigham, pastor of Arden Road Baptist Church, officiating. Burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Memorial Park Funeral Home.

HUGOTON POLICE REPORT Business Hours, Call 544-4959 After Hours, Call 544-2020 Tuesday, November 20, 2012 • Vehicle Unlock, 1400 Block of Monroe, Citizen Assist, Officer Hagman • Missing Kid, 300 Block of East Sixth, Located and Returned to Parent • Medical Assist, 200 Block of East Sixth, Public Service, Officer Hagman • Mailbox Hit, 700 Block of Adams, Took Report, Officer Hagman • Vehicle Unlock, 1000 Block of South Washington, Citizen Assist, Officer Hagman Wednesday, November 21, 2012 • Vehicle Unlock, 400 Block of Fourth, Citizen Assist, Sergeant Johnson • Vehicle Unlock, 100 Block of South Jackson, Citizen Assist, Sergeant Johnson • Hit and Run, 600 Block of East Eleventh, Took Report, Officer Crane • Citizen Assist, 400 Block of Jefferson, Public Service, Officer Crane Thursday, November 22, 2012 • Vehicle Unlock, 700 Block of Van Buren, Citizen Assist, Sergeant Johnson Friday, November 23, 2012 • Vehicle Unlock, 700 Block of East Eleventh, Citizen Assist, Sergeant Johnson • Vehicle Unlock, 100 Block of North Main, Citizen Assist, Sergeant Johnson • Suspicious Activity, 1600 Block of

Washington, Investigated, Officer Lamatsch Saturday, November 24, 2012 • Dog at Large, 300 Block of Jefferson, Returned to Owner, Officer Hagman • Vehicle Unlock, 500 Block of West Eleventh, Citizen Assist, Officer Hagman • Funeral Escort, 600 Block of Van Buren, Public Service, Officer Hagman • Dog at Large, 400 Block of South Jefferson, Returned to Owner, Officer Lamatsch

• Suspicious Activity, 200 BLock of South Wilson, Investigated, Officder Lamatsch • Suspicious Activity, 1200 Block of South Adams, Investigated, Officer Lamatsch • Dog at Large, 400 Block of South Jefferson, Unable to Locate, Officer Lamatsch Sunday, November 25, 2012 • Loud Music, Alley of 200 Block of Van Buren, Advised to Turn It Down, Officer Hagman • Welfare Check, 500 Block of Copperstone, Officer Lamatsch

Stevens County Fire Department and Ambulance Report Stevens County Emergency Services run activity November 19 through November 25. Fire Department Hugoton Station Monday, November 19 8:12 p.m. called to First Street and Northwest Avenue for a power line sparking. Wednesday, November 21 3:22 p.m. called to Highway

56 and Highway 25 for a two vehicle accident. Fire Department Moscow Station No activity this period. Ambulance Activity One medical run and one motor vehicle accident with two transported to the hospital and one patient refusal.

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HCA blesses 104 children with Operation Christmas Child One hundred and four children around the world will receive a special gift this year due to the efforts of the 60 students - Preschool through sixth grade - of Heritage Christian Academy. For the past several years, HCA students have raised funds for missions and have used a portion of those funds and donations of gift items to fill shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse, has gathered shoeboxes full of gifts for needy children around the world each fall since 1993. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. When the final shoe box has been counted this year, they are trusting God will have provided the 100 millionth shoe box since OCC began. Every shoe box is an opportunity to share Jesus with a child. That equals 100 million children who will have heard about Jesus! What an amazing milestone! The students at HCA love partnering with OCC and packing shoe boxes full of toys and simple hygiene items for children less fortunate than themselves. It is a wonderful reminder of how blessed they really are and how they can share their blessings with others. Each student also includes a note about him/herself to share with the child who receives that shoebox. The funds they

raised helped pay for the shipping of the boxes they assembled. Four of the boxes

sent will be tracked so the HCA students can follow the box and see where it lands.

They are excited to see exactly where their gift will become a blessing!

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Heritage Christian Academy’s 60 students, from preschool through sixth grade, wish the 104 recipients of their shoeboxes a very Merry

Christmas! Operation Christmas Child hopes to bless their 100 millionth child this year.

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Volunteers stuffed 104 shoe boxes with small gifts and lots of heart to be shipped overseas for

my hope is that these grants will help achieve that,” said First Lady Brownback The two grants will pay for either technology improvements or to fund book purchases. Libraries may apply for both grants, but no library will be awarded both grants in the same calendar year and libraries are not eligible to receive grants in back-toback years. Applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2012 and grants will be awarded in March 2013. In conjunction with Governor Sam Brownback’s initiative to improve the percentage of fourth-grade students reading at or above

SCCC/ATS to present winter concert Friday, December 7 The Music Department at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will present its winter concert at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 in the SCCC/ATS Showcase Theater, featuring Concert Band, Sound Express Show Choir and Singing Saints Concert Choir. Tickets are available by calling 620-417-1451 or coming by the office in the Shank Humanities Building, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal. Courtesy card holders and students are free with a ID. However, due to limited seating, tickets must be picked up in advance. Concert Band members include Kevin Harmon, Kelsi Oyler, Yahaida Zubia, Juan Tiscareno, Hailey Wyer, Elida Escarcega, Matthew Adkins, Jessica Arinaga, Lydia Augustine, Janeth Rosales, Teresa Lindsley, Francisco Morales, Bryan Murillo, Daniel Valles and Zac Carpenter, all of Liberal; Blanca Richard and Nicole Winter both of Turpin, Ok.; Allen Semisch of Plains; Andrew Aragon and Junior Salas both of Satanta; Diana Askew of Hugoton; and Jasmine Howell of Elkhart.

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some fortunate children. HCA’s students enjoy blessing others with their time and effort.

Kansas Book Festival applications now available online Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback announced applications for Kansas Book Festival Grants can now be found online. Public libraries and school libraries located in Kansas are eligible to apply for the grants. Information and applications are available here: http://kansasbookfes grants/. “These grants will help libraries with resources to stay ahead of the technology curve and to keep the materials on their shelves as relevant as possible to the young patrons of the library. I want all Kansas children to have a rich and fulfilling experience with libraries and books, and

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The Concert Choir includes Zach Carpenter, Juan Carlos Contreras, Johnelle Jones, Sandro Juarez, Gio Macedo, Elmer Montes, Yahaida Zubia and Elena Devora all of Liberal; Tyconda Millsap, and Jasmine Howell both of Elkhart; Katrina Kraemer and Marivell Mendoza both of Ulysses; Genesis Luevano of Turpin, Ok.; Natalie Robinson of New Palestine, In.; Junior Salas and Allee Young both of Satanta; Sherelle Shuck of Hugoton; Derek Wilson of Fort Worth, Tx., Volunteers include Kali Killingsworth, Allen Semisch and Nolan Lobley. Members of the Show Choir are Telma Arredondo and Neli Cruz Don Juan, both of Hugoton; Keny Del Val, Elena Devora, Alex Norez and Kelsi Oyler all of Liberal; Mariela Gonzalez of Cherryvale; Leslie Marquez of Moscow; Nikolas Mihelic of Goodwell; and Derek Wilson of Fort Worth. Money raised will go the SCCC/ATS Foundation for scholarships. Article submitted by Seward County Community College/ Area Technical School.

grade level, the First Lady created an annual book festival for the state of Kansas. The Kansas Book Festival is a 501(c)3 organization through the Topeka Community Foundation, which makes all contributions tax deductible. For more information about

library grants, event information, or to contribute to the Kansas Book Festival, please visit This article was submitted by the office of Governor Sam Brownback.

Thanksgiving 2012 prices highest ever daily average for Turkey Day Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.20 per gallon Sunday. This compares with the national average that has not moved in the last week to $3.43 per gallon, according to gasoline price Web site Kansas Including the change in gas prices in Kansas during the past week, prices Sunday were 6.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 15.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 14.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 11.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. "While Thanksgiving 2012 is now behind us, the stigma of record high gasoline prices is not," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Thanksgiving Day 2012 featured the highest ever daily average for the holiday, beating out 2011 by over ten cents per gallon. The national average may continue to moderate slightly by Christmas, but I'm not expecting significant decreases or increases in the national average in the short term at this point. There are several factors putting both upward pressure and downward pressure on oil and gasoline, and I expect some fluctuation in prices, but overall, there will likely not be much change between today and Christmas," DeHaan said. About GasBuddy operates and over 250 similar Web sites that track gasoline prices at over 140,000 gasoline sta-

tions in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app which has been downloaded over 20 million times to help motorists find gasoline prices in their area. In Kansas, GasBuddy tracks price changes at 1,329 retail outlets.

Experience Christmas past at Fort Hays historical site The Kansas Historical Society announced Fort Hays State Historic Site will host “Christmas Past” 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, December 7 – 8. There is a small admission fee. Kansas Historical Foundation members and children 12 and under admitted free. Fort Hays is located at 1472 U.S. Highway 183 Alternate in Hays. Officers’ homes will be decorated in the Victorian style and buildings lit with candlelight. Visitors can listen to live music, take a wagon ride, and visit with Father Christmas. Holiday treats include hot apple cider and fried apples made over a campfire. For more information, call 785-625-6812, or visit Fort Hays State Historic Site is one of 16 state historic sites operated by the Kansas Historical Society, a state agency. Connect with Kansas Historical Society by visiting or on Facebook at society. Submitted by the Kansas Historical Society.

The family of Walter Young would like to express our appreciation to the staff of Pioneer Manor and the caregivers of Wheatfield Household for your loving care of our father/grandfather. He enjoyed you and the music and activities you shared with him. We are grateful for your kindness.

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Contributions to Heritage Christian Academy from now until January 16th, 2013 will be matched 100%

HCA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax deductible. “I would claim that Christian schooling is not about running or hiding from--rather it is about embracing and pursuing the mind of Christ. It is about pursuing the real understanding of what it means to be salt and light, about transformation by the renewing of the mind. It is about the development of fruitful bearers of the image of Christ in a world gone bland with its salt-less-ness; a world staggering in an abundance of darkness where the light has been all but snuffed out.” Ken Smitherman, President, Association of Christian School International

Christian Leadership Our goal is to create success-bound Christian leaders who follow God and influence society with a Christian worldview, character and integrity. Students will be culturally relevant without compromising Biblical truth and expand God’s kingdom by being bold, fearless leaders and witnesses of Christ. Our students will learn to share and defend their faith with others. Superior Academics Our school will provide academic excellence training in critical thinking, and good study habits Our students will be fully prepared for their next educational level. A Scriptural Worldview Our students will be taught that God is our sole provider, who created our universe. They will view God as the source of all academic subjects. A Personal & Sustained Relationship with Jesus Christ Our students will be taught the necessity of being born again in the Spirit of God by receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Students will be taught that growth in the Christian life depends upon fellowship with God through Bible study, Christian fellowship and prayer. We will lead our students to become disciples of Christ and seek His purpose and truth for their lives. Every student will be encouraged to embrace the Bible as the source of absolute truth, to maintain a biblical worldview rather than humanistic worldview.

It is a faith building experience to watch God care for His followers and ministries. . . It is a pleasure to be in partnership with those whom the Lord has given a vision for Christian education. You may send your contribution to: Heritage Christian Academy, PO Box 744, Hugoton KS 67951 OR come by to visit us at 505 E. 1st Street, Hugoton, KS.

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A journey to the far side of the planet Kirk Liu, owner of China Restaurant in Hugoton, and his wife Abby returned to the land of his birth in September and played the tourist in between visits with the family that remains in China. One of the sites they visited was the Great Wall of China. Pictured is just one of the 16 sections of the Wall open to visitors. Though on this day the Wall appears to be wall-to-wall people, Kirk says this is nothing compared to what it was ten days after his visit. October 1 is China’s Independence Day and from October 1 to October 8 China suspends tolls on their roads for travelers. During the best day, more than 65,000 people visited the site - which can make for some tremendous traffic jams. Kirk said at places it could take four to five hours to travel one mile. Just one of their amazing stops was the Forbidden City in Beijing, the imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. Built in 14061420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 7,800,000 square feet, a space so vast that only 20-30 percent may be explored in a day. The Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum since 1925. The Yungang Grottoes are ancient Chinese Buddhist temple grottoes near the city of Datong and are one of the three most famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China. They offer a fine view of stunning craftsmanship. Construction of the grottoes began around 471 AD.

The Yungang Grottoes feature some of the most famous examples of ancient Buddhist sculpture in China.

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December 2 Pastor Ben Coats Assembly of God

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ASAMBLEA DE DIOS LOS REDIMIDOS DEL REY 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. Sunday Evening - 6:00 p.m. Service Wed. Night - 7:00 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Every Monday at 7:00 p.m.

BETHEL FRIENDS CHURCH Eric Mason, Pastor Zac Johnson, Youth Pastor 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 544-2825 Matthew Russell, Minister 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. Bible Study - 7:00 p.m.



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531 S. Main 544-7077 Micahel Taylor, Pastor Monday Bible Q & A - 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Book Study- 6:30 p.m. Friday Prayer - 8:00-10:00 p.m. Saturday Bible Study - 6:30 p.m. Sunday Coffee & Fellowship - 10:00 a.m. Sunday Services - 10:30 a.m.

1011 South Jefferson Street 544-2551 Saturday - 1:00 p.m. - Spanish Mass Sunday - 11:00 a.m. English Mass


Tenth and Adams 544-2092 Christopher M. Fincher, Pastor Morning Worship - 9:00 a.m. Sunday School - 10:30 a.m. Bible Study, Wednesday - 7:30 p.m.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH 600 S. Van Buren - 544-2715 Pastor Randy Nash 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 800 S. Van Buren - 544-2763 Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Evening Service - 7:00 p.m. Call 544-2652 fIor Church Bus

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


TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH 544-2355 516 N.E. Avenue 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 Harry Cross, Pastor 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.

424 S. Jackson 544-4828 Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Church - 10:30 a.m. ROLLA Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. Pre-Service Prayer - half hour before service EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH 202 Monroe St. - Rolla, Ks. 67954 LONE STAR FRIENDS CHURCH Henry McGuire, Pastor 593-4693 14 Miles East of Hugoton on Highway 51 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Church 624-3784 Home 624-3104 Sunday Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. Sunday Evening Service - 6:00 p.m. Contemporary Worship Celebration - 10:45 a.m. Jr. High & Sr. High Youth Group - Sunday 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Evening, AWANA’s - 6:45 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


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.

Behind Kirk is the vast Forbidden City complex (7,800,000 square feet) in Beijing.

The Shanghai skyline at sunset rivals a Kansas sunset - almost...

December 9 Light House Fellowship December 16 Barbara Williams Hillbilly Band

Kirk Liu (inset), owner of China Restaurant, and his wife Abby visit the Great Wall of China during a holiday in September and October of this year.

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Drought affecting corn crops prompts ethanol debate A drought that plagued most of the United States in the summer of 2012 decimated soybean and corn crops across America's heartland. According to Reuters, during the drought ratings for corn and soybeans fell to their lowest since the major drought of 1988 and major farm states, such as Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas, were not able to produce enough crop necessary to meet food and feed demands. To further exacerbate the shortage, the United States government still mandates 42 percent of this year's crop be turned into ethanol as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard adopted in 2005, angering some farmers. Livestock producers who rely on corn for feed are angry the mandate has not been modified in lieu of the recordbreaking drought and shortages. Corn prices already are at all-time highs, and requiring 42 percent of the yield be relegated to fuel will considerably drive up the cost of the remaining corn. Not only will livestock farmers be affected but so will those who enjoy corn in everything from breads to cereals. Consumers on limited budgets may find corn is simply too expensive. Ranchers and farmers are not the only ones hurting as a result of the corn shortage. The ethanol plants themselves are also feeling the crunch. A lack of corn means that many plants are remaining idle or not working at ca-

pacity. Some plants are not breaking even in terms of operational costs, potentially costing individuals their jobs. However, supporters of the ethanol requirement are concerned that removing the allotted ethanol amounts from fuel will further drive up the cost of filling up at the pump. Drivers have already experienced high gas prices, and many are feeling the effect on their wallets. The result is a catch-22 where no one wins. Despite the talks, some economists say the ethanol mandate suspension may do little to lower the cost of corn. Agricultural economist Scott Irwin from the University of Illinois says because of the backlog of demand of corn for fuel, it would be a few months before any price change would reach the market. Plus, the change would be nominal because it would be hard to implement such widespread changes in corn for fuel consumption since the country has come to depend on a set amount. High summertime temperatures combined with historically low rainfall totals this past season devastated many corn crops that would be put to use as animal feed and ethanol fuel. The debate over whether or not ethanol mandates should be temporarily ceased is bound to continue until corn supplies are replenished. From Metro Editorial Services.

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SOCIAL SECURITY NEWS By Brandon Werth Social Security District Manager in Dodge City

Ruthie Winget brought her Thanksgiving guests down to the Chamber building for the

Christmas caroling. This is a custom that all the carolers enjoy every year.

Child poverty continues to climb Kansas families recovering from the recession could face challenges when it comes to accessing financial assistance programs. The 2012 Kansas KIDS COUNT report, released November 15 by Kansas Action for Children, shows that more children are enrolled in Medicaid and participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). However, the report also shows that fewer kids are benefitting from the Temporary Assistance for Families Program (TAF) and the Kansas Child Care Assistance Program – programs the state can influence the most. “Several policy changes that took effect November 1 might be making it harder for families to utilize TAF and child care subsidies,” said Shannon Cotsoradis, president and CEO of Kansas Action for Children. “Both of these programs strengthen the Kansas economy and allow more parents to enter and remain in the work force.” In 2011, the average monthly enrollment in Medicaid was 208,315 children. That’s a significant increase from 2007 when the average monthly enrollment was 159,368. Medicaid provides health care coverage for low-income children. For SNAP, the average

enrollment was monthly 136,110 children in 2011. In 2007, the average monthly enrollment was 87,489. SNAP, commonly known as food stamps, helps families pay for groceries and puts dollars into local economies. Those numbers starkly contrast with the numbers for TAF and child care assistance. In 2011, only 25,981 children directly benefitted from TAF and 19,735 kids received child care assistance. In 2007, the numbers were 26,633 and 21,025, respectively. Meanwhile, child poverty continues to climb. In 2011, about 21 percent of Kansas children lived in poverty, up from about 18 percent in 2007. In addition to the data about Medicaid, SNAP, TAF, child care subsidies and poverty, Kansas Action for annual KIDS Children’s COUNT report measures county-by-county how kids are doing across 20 additional indicators of health, education and economic success. This year’s KIDS COUNT report shows that Kansas has improved in several areas: • 46,345 Kansas children (6.43 percent) don’t have health insurance (2011). That’s a decrease from 59,783 (8.24 percent) in 2010. The one-time immunization rate has increased to 72.00 percent.

The infant mortality rate has shown a notable decrease from 7.01 to 6.26 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. Kansas has room for improvement in some areas: There are only 6.64 slots available in federally funded Early Head Start programs for every 100 eligible children. Close to half of all Kansas schoolchildren receive free or reduced price lunch (2012), an increase from 39.84 percent in 2008. Despite some progress, only 49.81 percent of elementary schools offer pre-kindergarten or a four-year-old at-risk program. KIDS COUNT data is available for every Kansas county. To download your county’s fact sheet, visit scount. For additional information, the online KIDS COUNT Data Center contains hundreds of measures of child well-being and allows users to create maps and graphs of the data at the national, state and county levels. Visit http://datacen Kansas KIDS COUNT is produced by Kansas Action for Children and funded, in part, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The findings and conclusions presented are those of KAC and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the foundation.

Hunting season is open. But rather than hunting for game, may we recommend setting your sights for the Part D Medicare prescription drug plan that’s best for you? You’ll have more time than usual this year, because open season is lasting longer than usual. If you currently are enrolled in Medicare and are considering changes to your Medicare Part D plan, act now. The “open season” runs through December 7. The Medicare Part D prescription drug program is available to all Medicare beneficiaries to help with the cost of medications. Joining a Medicare prescription drug plan is voluntary, and participants pay an additional monthly premium for the coverage. While all Medicare beneficiaries can participate in the prescription drug program, some people with limited income and resources also are eligible for Extra Help to pay for monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. Many people qualify for these big savings and don’t even know it. To figure out whether you are eligible for the Extra Help, Social Security needs to know your income and the value of any savings, investments, and real estate (other than the home you live in). To qualify, you must be receiving Medicare and have: • Income limited to $16,755 for an individual or $22,695 for a married couple living together. Even if your annual income is higher, you still may be able to get some help with monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. Some examples where your income may be higher include if you or your spouse:

—Support other family members who live with you; —Have earnings from work; or —Live in Alaska or Hawaii; and —Resources limited to $13,070 for an individual or $26,120 for a married couple living together. Resources include such things as bank accounts, stocks, and bonds. We do not count your house or car as resources. You can complete an easyto-use online application for Extra Help at www.socialse Click on Medicare on the top right side of the page. Then click on “Get Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs.” To apply by phone or have an application mailed to you, call Social Security at 1-

800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800325-0778) and ask for the Application for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (SSA-1020). Or go to your nearest Social Security office. And if you would like more information about the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, visit or call 1800-MEDICARE (1-800-6334227; TTY 1-877-486-2048). So this open season, hunt for something that could put an extra $4,000 in your pocket — bag the best Medicare prescription drug plan for you and see if you qualify for the Extra Help through Social Security. That’s a trophy worth displaying in your den.

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Whooping Cough or Pertussis makes a startling comeback Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highlycontagious and vaccine-preventable disease that has made a startling comeback across the country. It is currently responsible for causing the worst epidemic the United States has seen in 50 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including 13 deaths. “Immunization is still the best way to help prevent the spread of pertussis”, says Siobhan Dolan, MD, MPH, an obstetrician/gynecologist and medical advisor to March of Dimes. “It’s important for both children and adults to be up-to-date with their pertussis immunization.” Researchers have found that immunity from childhood pertussis vaccinations wears off over time, so the pertussis shots that most adults received as children may no longer fully protect them. The adult Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) booster vaccine is recommended for adults to help keep them healthy and help prevent

them from spreading diseases to others, especially children. The CDC recently updated its immunization guidelines, which now state that all adults aged 19 years and older who have not yet received a dose of Tdap should receive a single dose. “Research has shown that when the source of a baby’s pertussis can be identified, it’s traced back to family members in up to 80 percent of cases,” Dr. Dolan explained. “So it’s imperative for parents to know that everyone around their baby -- parents, friends, caregivers, grandparents -- needs to have an adult Tdap booster vaccine.” According to a survey conducted online in May 2012 by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Sounds of Pertussis Campaign, a joint initiative from Sanofi Pasteur and March of Dimes, more than four out of five parents with children ages two and younger (83 percent) believe adult vaccination is important to help protect against the spread of pertussis, but only 19 percent reported asking those in

regular contact with their child to get a Tdap booster shot. “The reason is probably because most parents -- 61 percent -- said they would feel awkward asking those in close contact with their infants to get an adult Tdap booster shot, according to the survey,” said Dr. Dolan. “Parents want to do all they can to keep their babies healthy and to protect them from danger,” she added. “Speak to your friends and family about getting a pertussis booster. That simple ‘ask’ will help protect them and your baby from this potentially fatal disease.” More information about pertussis and the Sounds of Pertussis Campaign can be found online at www.Sound And remember, although whooping cough may be on the rise nationwide, there are simple steps you can take to help protect your family: get your booster shot now and encourage those around you to do the same. From State Point Media.

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Eagles gear up for opening game Eagle high school basketball is upon us and the Hugoton boys are getting ready for their first game this coming Friday. After losing seven seniors from last year’s team, the Eagles will be led by four returning players. "We are a young team with only four players having varsity experience. However we are a hard working team that hangs our hat on playing good hard defense," said

Coach Craig Szymczak. AJ Scott is the Eagles’ returning senior. At 5'10" he is a guard for the team. Reid Davis is a 6'2" junior returning player and plays forward. Henry Vela is a guard for the team, standing at 5'7" and is also a junior. Jeison Rodriguez is the fourth returning player for the Eagles. Rodriguez is a 6'0" junior and plays forward. Newcomers to the Eagles’

Hugoton High School’s varsity boys’ basketball team gets in some practice after the Thanksgiving holiday in preparation for the upcoming game against Syracuse this Friday.

team consist of three seniors, three juniors and one sophomore. Senior Rene Rubio is a guard for the team and stands 5'11". Kolton Decker is a 6'2" senior and plays forward. Also standing 6'2" is senior Fisher Hewitt playing in the guard position. Junior Logan Frederick is a 5'10" guard. Yates Sutton, also a junior is a 6'0" guard. Ross Davis is the third junior to join the team, he is a 6'1" forward. The final newcomer to the Eagles team is a 6'1" sophomore, Kellen Watkins, who plays in the forward position. "We are excited and very hungry for the upcoming season," added Szymczak. "We are also looking forward to representing this school and community," he concluded. The team hopes everyone will come out and support them. Hugoton will play their first game Friday night at home against Syracuse. Varsity action will start at 8:00 p.m.

HMS A-team and B-team squash Liberal South Hugoton’s eighth grade Ateam took on the Liberal South eighth grade girls November 19 at home. Hugoton soundly defeated the visiting team 70-2. Hugoton racked up 28 points in the first quarter and followed that with 20 more in the second. By the end of the third quarter the Lady Eagles were up to 60 points and Liberal was still 0. In the fourth quarter Liberal finally got to score a basket but Hugoton added another ten points to make the final score 70-2. Girls scoring in the game were Katy Heger with 28 points, Amy Scott 18, Melissa Fabela ten and Brecklyn Stump and Wendy Vela with

six each. Hannah Rodriguez rounded out the scoring with two points. In the B-team game Hugoton defeated Liberal South 38-10. Hugoton took a fast lead with 12 points in the first quarter followed by another ten points by half time. The team only allowed Liberal three points by half time. In the second half of the game the B-team girls kept up the scoring and only allowed Liberal seven more points while adding 16 to their score. Top scorer on the night was Yaczeny Gastelum with 12 points. Nazareth Knox and Zeida Betance followed

with eight points each. Jackie Armendariz scored four points followed by Sarai Chavez, Jessica Maciel and Martha Rubio with two points each. “Things are going well so far. Both the A-teams and Bteams have made improvements in such a short season,” said Coach Nick Rodriguez. “We still have some things we could do much better, such as playing better side defense in the half court. I think we could do a better job shooting from the perimeter. We also need to be physically just stronger,” concluded Coach Rodriguez.

Sports Schedule

Jeison Rodriguez shoots during high school basketball practice. Jeison is a returning junior to the varsity basketball team. The team will play against Syracuse this Friday.

The 2012-2013 Hugoton Eagles girls basketball team includes, front row #11 Chastity Parsons, #14 Josie Mueller, #22 Nicole Kinser and #10 Baylee Hoskinson. Back row from the left are Kristen Crawford, Mariah Reynolds, Riley

Thursday, November 29 Middle School Girls Basketball: Seventh Grade at Home and Eighth Grade at Liberal West, 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 30 High School Basketball vs Syracuse at Home, 4:45 p.m. Saturday, December 1 High School Varsity Wrestling at Pratt, 10:00 a.m. High School JV Wrestling at Goodland, 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 3 Middle School Girls Basketball Seventh Grade at DC Comanche and Eighth Grade at Home, 4:00 p.m.

Sosa, Sofia Jimenez, Ferny Vera, #3 Sarah Johnson, Estefani Armendariz, Ana Pena, Taylor Fiss, Megan Cornelsen and Keely Hittle. Not present when picture was taken is Courtney Green.

Lady Eagles prepare for contest against Syracuse The Lady Eagles will once again return to the court this Friday when they take on Syracuse on the Hugoton home court. This year the team will be coached by Andy Gillen. He was an assistant to the Ladies team last year. Gillen was head coach for South Gray High School before coming to Hugoton. His experience and coach-

ing skills took the South Gray team to win state in 2010 and finished with a 28-0 record. He will be assisted by Melanie Gifford who is in her third year with this program. A newcomer to the program is Jeff Ramsey who will be assisting the team as well. The Lady Eagles will be returning to the court following

last years 15-6 record. This was the best year for the team in ten years. Eight of the ten players from last year will be returning making this team a tough team to contend with. "We would like to invite everyone to come out and watch. We really appreciate the support we get from the community," said coach Gillen.

HMS teams win one, lose one to Horace Goode The eighth grade A-team battled Horace Goode November 15 at Horace Goode. After four quarters Hugoton was 33 to Horace Goode’s 26. In the first quarter Hugoton put 11 points on the board to HG’s four. By half time Hugoton was up 20-12. In the third quarter Hugoton allowed HG to add ten points to their five. But Hugoton bounced back in the fourth to take the win. Scoring for the A-team were Amy Scott with 14 followed by Katy Heger with eight, Melissa

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Fabela with four and Brecklyn Stump with three. Hannah Rodriguez and Marisol Don Juan each scored two. Eighth grade B-team girls battled Horace Goode at home November 15. After some tough competition Hugoton lost the match 14 to 18. In the first quarter Hugoton was up 5-4 but by half time HG led 9-12. In the third quarter the Lady Eagles only added one point to HG’s four. In the fourth quarter Hugoton managed to hold HG to only two points while adding four, but

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the girls were still unable to get the points needed to defeat HG. Top scorer for the game was Zeida Betance with eight points followed by Jazmyn Monge with two. Other players scoring one point each were Jackie Armendariz, Sarai Chavez, Yaczeny Gastelum and Martha Rubio.

The Hugoton Lady Eagles seventh grade team slaps hands with the Kenneth Henderson team

Monday night after an exciting game. The Lady Eagles defeated the visiting team 32-20.

HMS Lady Eagles defeat Kenneth Henderson teams in both games The seventh grade A-team basketball girls won their battle against Kenneth Henderson Monday, November 26. The final score was 3220. Dallie Hoskinson was the top scorer with 20 points followed by Laney Hoskinson with nine and JoHanna Rawlins with three. “We didn’t do a very good job of getting everyone involved in our offense, we usually have close to everyone

score” said Coach Jill Nech. “Our man to man defense was better but is something we will continue to work on.” she continued. The B-team also won their match defeating Kenneth Henderson 30-21.

Dallie Hoskinson and Laney Hoskinson each scored seven points. Brooklyn Harper and JoHanna Rawlins each scored six points followed by Britta Beesley and Trinity McPhillips with two points each.

“An emphasis we will work on for our next game is making good passes and passing to our teammates earlier in our offense” concluded Coach Nech.

Seventh grade Lady Eagles trounce Liberal South 33-18 Monday, November 19 was a great day to play basketball for the seventh grade Lady Eagles against Liberal South. Getting an early start on the scoring, the Hugoton girls hit shot after shot while holding Liberal away from the basket. “The girls all did a good job playing together and trying to get everyone to score,” Coach Jill Nech commented after the fast paced game. The Lady Eagles worked

hard scoring and defending their basket. By the time the final buzzer sounded the Hugoton girls had added 33 points while holding Liberal to 18. Dallie Hoskinson was the top scorer in last Monday’s game with ten points. JoHanna Rawlins followed close with seven points and Laney Hoskinson scored six. Each girl on the team worked hard trying to add points to the Lady

Eagles side of the board. Caitlin Lewis and Jaysa Featherston each added four while Brooklyn Harper scored two. “We just played one game due to Liberal not having enough players to play a whole game. We played everyone throughout the game including some of the B-Team girls so it wasn’t a true A game. It was a good experience for all,” concluded Nech.

A-Team and B-Team win against Kenneth Henderson Hugoton’s eighth grade Ateam took on Kenneth Henderson at home Monday, November 26. After a fierce battle Hugoton took the win at 43-27. After the first quarter Hugoton and KH were tied at 6-6 but by the half the Lady Eagles had pulled ahead to take the lead at 16-12. The last two quarters were the same as Hugoton never lost the lead. Only four girls added points to the game against Kenneth Henderson. Top scorer was Katy Heger with 18 points, followed closely by Amy Scott with 15, Melissa Fabela scored eight and Wendy Vela had two points.

“Last Monday the girls were at the halfway point of their season. We only have about three weeks left,” said Coach Nick Rodriguez. Monday night Hugoton’s eighth grade B-team battled a very tough opponent in Kenneth Henderson. After the final buzzer sounded Hugoton had won by only a one point difference of 21-20. In the first quarter Hugoton was behind 4-6 and by half KH still held the lead at 13-14. It was in the third quarter that the Lady Eagle finally got the lead and held it into the fourth quarter. Scoring for the girls B-team

was Jackie Armendariz with seven points, Yaczeny Gastelum with three and Zeida Betance with five. Marisol Don Juan had four points on the night followed by Martha Rubio with two. “We have done some really great things. We share the ball well and get the ball up the floor well. We are starting to talk and communicate better with each other,” concluded Coach Rodriguez.

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Checkpoint planned in South Central Kansas

The recent natural gas vehicle workshop hosted by Black Hills, Chesapeake Energy, Great Plains Gas Compression, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and the

City of Liberal confirms growing interest in this proven technology from municipal and private fleet operators.

Natural gas is cost efficient alternative to gasoline Black Hills Energy continues to drive home the fact that clean, abundant, reliable natural gas is the greener, costcutting alternative to gasoline and diesel fuel for operating commercial fleet vehicles, from school buses to sanitation trucks. The success of a recent natural gas vehicle workshop hosted by Black Hills, Chesapeake Energy, Great Plains Gas Compression, Seward County Community College / Area Technical School, and the City of Liberal confirms growing interest in this proven technology from municipal and private fleet operators. The workshop highlighted the many benefits of natural gas vehicles, vehicle conversions and NGV fueling station development. “There are about 120,000 natural gas vehicles on U.S. roads today, and more than 14.8 million worldwide,” said Tim Hess, Black Hills Energy’s NGV expert. “From an economic and environmental standpoint, the benefits of natural gas as a vehicle fuel grow more enticing every day.” Municipal, county, state and private fleet operators

throughout Black Hills Energy’s service territories in Kansas are welcome to contact Hess, without obligation, for help in determining if NGVs are a good fit for their needs. Hess can be reached at tim.hess or 316941-1653. “The natural gas distribution system is already in place and ready to go,” Hess said. “More than 1.2 million miles of natural gas pipelines blanket the country, so supplies are readily available for new fueling stations. There are more than 1,000 private and public natural gas fueling stations across the country, and stations are being built at an increasing rate.” In the United States, about 30 different manufacturers produce 100 models of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles and engines. The majority of fleet vehicles are transit buses. The American Public Transit Association states that nearly one-fifth of all transit buses were fueled by compressed natural gas or liquid natural gas in 2011. Almost 40 percent of the trash trucks purchased in 2011 were natural gas powered.

In the United States alone, natural gas replaced nearly 360 million gallons of gasoline in 2011. About 90 percent of the natural gas used in the United States is from domestic sources, reducing our reliance on foreign oil for gasoline. And with stable natural gas prices at a ten year low, the price for natural gas is less than half that of the same amount of energy in a gallon of gasoline.

Tips to keep energy costs down

Ten Spiritual Tonics 1. Stop worrying. Worry kills life. 2. Begin each day with a prayer. It will arm your soul. 3. Control appetite. Over-indulgence clogs body and mind. 4. Accept your limitations. All of us can’t be great. 5. Don’t envy. It wastes time and energy. 6. Find a hobby. It will relax your nerves. 7. Have faith in people. Cynicism sours the disposition.

This winter, don’t let your windows keep you out in the cold. According to the American Institute of Architects, windows are the primary source of heat loss in houses. To keep your house warm and energy bills down, caulk around windows, door frames, and other trim, while using weather stripping to seal drafty doors. And don’t forget to close fireplace dampers. Planting trees and bushes

around your house will help block out cold winter winds. This will help keep energy costs down and make your yard look great too. Finally, don’t forget to fix leaky faucets. Even minor leaks increase energy consumption and electricity bills. To find an architect in your area that can help prepare your home for winter, visit From State Point Media.

MUSEUM UPDATE from The Stevens County Gas & Historical Museum Gladys Renfro and Beulah Carter Thanksgiving is over and we hope all of you could spend some time with your family. I went to Big Springs, Tx., with one daughter to see another daughter and we had a good time shopping Midland! One other daughter called and the other daughter was home taking care of “Oscar” the fish! Gladys spent time at home and Billy had family in for the day. Now – on to Christmas shopping!!!


125 years of the Hermes From the December 7, 1972, issue of The Hugoton Hermes New ComputerWriter Joins Hermes Staff not a foreign language, instead it’s “machine talk” for a new mechanized marvel warming up for work in the Hermes office. The 32 x 32 x 42 inch, 450 pound mechanical genius arrived crated and packed in foam complete with instruction booklet and a bold “HANDS OFF” sign imprinted on its posterior almost two weeks ago. Last Thursday, Mr. James Hargroves from Lubbock, Tx., arrived to “unmask” the situation, dislocate the sign, switch on the controls and convert the Hermes staff to computer use. Known officially as a CompuWriter, the machine is designed to accelerate the “composition” process for off-set print by providing a keyboard arrangement for alphabetic characters identical to a standard typewriter yet containing a phototypesetting system for composition. According to Mr. Hargroves, the machine will set type with the facility of a typewriter, the control of a linecaster, the speed of photography and the logic of a computer. (At the present time, the CompuWriter has replaced four typewriters, a dictionary, two typists, a box of blue pencils, and is well on its way to providing openings in the editorial staff and advertis-

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) and local law enforcement officials will conduct a joint checkpoint in southcentral Kansas in early December. The regular firearm deer season starts November 28, and upland game bird seasons are underway. The checkpoint is intended to help enforce state and federal wildlife laws, as well as the state’s driver’s licensing laws. Local law enforcement officers will operate the first stage of the checkpoint to be sure drivers are properly licensed to be driving. If a driver does not have a valid license, appropriate enforcement actions will be taken. Travelers should not expect major delays from this portion of the checkpoint. Occupants of vehicles in the first check lane will be asked if they are hunters or are transporting wildlife. If yes in either case, drivers will be directed to a nearby check lane where KDWPT natural

All uncrated and ready for the 49th issue of The Hugoton Hermes, the new CompuWriter waits for Pam Lewis to “feed in” copy for processing. ing department.) All joking aside, it is the hope of the Hermes Staff the addition of the machine will benefit Hermes readers by providing additional services and more attractive paper. The machine was used for the first time this week, and all concerned consider it a definite asset to the mechanical processes of the newspaper business. We encourage our patrons to drop in and view the machine in operation and to watch succeeding issues of the paper to determine the versatility of the CompuWriter.

8. Read a book a week to stimulate imagination and broaden your view. 9. Spend some time alone, for the peace of solitude and silence. 10. Try to want what you have instead of spending your strength trying to get what you want. We invite you to visit us at the Gas Museum, 905 South Adams. Our hours are 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

resource officers will check for required licenses and permits, count the game and gather biological, harvest, and hunter success information. This portion of the checkpoint should also cause minimal delay. Additional wildlife checkpoints will occur around the

state during the fall and winter hunting seasons. Ron Kaufman Director of Information Services/CIO, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, 1020 S. Kansas Ave., Suite 200, Topeka, KS 66612, phone 785-296-2870

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Call Me At 620-544-3000 To See Them! If You Place That Special Order Now, The Basement Store Can Get It Before X-MAS! FFA members convene at the Hugoton High School for the Leaders Development Event. Kansas State officers came out from

Hugoton Recreation Commission

1st & 2nd Grade Boys Basketball Clinic Clinic will meet

Monday, December 10thThursday, December 13th 3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

at Hugoton Recreation Gym Sign up @HRC offices, 211 S. Madison. November 26th through December 10th

Manhattan for the event. Some Elkhart FFA members joined the Hugoton members for the learning session.

@YourYOUR LIBRARY Information Source for 98 Years 500 Monroe Hugoton, Ks. 67951-2639 Phone: 620.544.2301 • Fax: 620.544.2322 Email:

Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. the library will host a presentation by Sara Jane Richter called "Working Women of the West." This program is in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibition "The Way We Worked." Dr. Richter is Dean of the School of Liberal Studies and professor of English at Oklahoma Panhandle State University at Goodwell, Ok. She is the recipient of the Oklahoma Humanities Council’s 2011 Public Humanities Award which honors an individual scholar for outstanding public humanities programming. Please join us for an educationally entertaining evening. THE WAY WE WORKED “The Way We Worked” Smithsonian exhibit and our local exhibit “Fueling the Way We Worked” are nearing the end of their time at the SCL. The exhibit is available during library hours and on evenings and weekends by appointment. The exhibit will remain in Hugoton through Saturday, December 8. It will then move to Goodland for a six-week period. RECIPE SWAP The Recipe Swap Lunch-

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ATTENTION!!! Due to Christmas being on a Tuesday this year, the Hugoton Hermes will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25.

All copy for ads and stories need to be in the office Thursday, December 20 for the December 27 newspaper. The paper will be finished and sent to the printers Friday evening, December 21.

Merry Christmas

eon is THURSDAY, December 13, 2012, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Stevens County Library Meeting Room. Make your recipe (enough to serve 1215 people), bring it to the luncheon, sample the other submitted recipes, and take home a booklet of all the recipes entered! We have more than 40 entries this year!!! Additional booklets will be available for $10 . FESTIVAL OF TREES The annual Festival of Trees is underway. Please vote for your favorite tree by placing non-perishable food items under that tree! Food items will go to Project Hope. ‘TIS THE SEASON TO SHARE Beginning Monday, November 26 and through Saturday, December 15, all money for fines, fees, faxes, copies, and new cards will be donated to Project Hope. This is an opportunity for our patrons to contribute to a worthy cause during this season of celebration. KIDS’ WINTER READING PROGRAM Read Like a Rock Star, the Kids' Winter Reading Program, will begin Monday, December 3. Sign-up forms and reading logs will be available on that date. This program is for Kindergarten to sixth grade. Attention sixth-twelfth Graders: If you would like to participate in a Winter Reading Program, please contact Stacey at

STEVENS COUNTY Activity Center - 544-2283 Nutrition Center - 544-8041 ~ Barbara Beeks ~ It’s a beautiful morning and November weather is here! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and all guests got safely home and most of the leftovers are gone. Menu Nov. 29 ...............Ham & Beans Nov. 30.............Pig in a Blanket Dec. 3.................................Chili Dec. 4.........................Pork Loin Dec. 5........Oven-Fried Chicken Dec. 6.............................Brisket Activities Schedule Thursday, November 29 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Friday, November 30 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Bingo........................12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 1 Santa Day.................................. Cards .........................6:00 p.m. Monday, December 3 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Line Dance.................7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 4 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 5 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Paint...........................1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 6 Exercise....................10:30 a.m.

By Amy McGrath, RCD Communications and Multimedia Specialist 714 Ballinger • Garden City 620-275-0291 Planned giving, what is it and why should I consider it? Planned giving… the words sound simple enough yet many of us are frightened by the expression when we start hearing terms being thrown about like “tax deductions”, “financial planning”, “assets” and even “death”. Planned Giving is just that, planning ahead to make a gift to a designated recipient. It is understandable that some of the language can be confusing and intimidating. However, if you have specific financial or philanthropic goals in mind when considering a planned gift, these scary terms are really just simplified ways of making sure that you achieve those objectives. Why should I consider a charitable organization in my estate planning? By including a not-for-profit like Russell Child Development in your planned giving, you leave a lasting legacy to your community. You have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping children in Southwest Kansas become better students, and thus, successful adults who are less likely to end up in the criminal justice system, reliant on public assistance or becoming teen parents. Your support helps us to make a difference in a cause that is meaningful to you, and at the same time there is a tax benefit to your estate if that is attractive to you. How does RCDC benefit from Planned Giving? No matter the source of funds, much of the planned gifts we receive are used to fund staff salaries, purchase specialized equipment, and pay for the overhead costs of providing services to children and their families in Southwest Kansas free of charge. The staff members at RCDC are highly trained in their areas of expertise, from physical, speech and occupational therapy, to case managers and teachers. Each gift we receive ensures that children ages birth to 36 months in

Southwest Kansas (nearly 450 children in 201) receive early intervention services to better prepare them for school and life, and to provide support for their families as they watch their children flourish into successful individuals. How can I give, even if I can only give a small sum? There are many ways to fund a gift. Cash is one of the simplest ways to give to a philanthropic entity. One can support a cause while considering their own cost of day-to-day living by giving cash according to their means. Any amount is a meaningful gift that will have an impact. What are the other ways to give beyond a one-time cash donation? Russell Child Development welcomes all kinds of planned gifts. We will even provide you with the resources to prepare your request for planned giving. Common examples include: • Bequest: You can name RCDC in your will or trust. • Stock: A gift of appreciated securities or other assets could avoid capital gains while providing a tax deduction. • Other options: Include life income gifts such as charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts, life insurance policies, gifts of retirement funds (IRAs), and gifts of real estate in which a life estate is retained. You don’t have to be wealthy to make a planned gift. In many cases donors may only be able to afford smaller sums. If 100,000 people each donate $10, that’s $1,000,000. No matter how much you leave, you want to be sure it goes to the people and causes you care about. Any amount is a meaningful gift that will have a significant impact on communities in Southwest Kansas. If you would like more information on making a planned gift please contact Deanna Berry, Executive Director at Russell Child Development at 620275-0291.

Snowmen are dancing merrily in front of the home of John Riddlesperger and Kelsee Burnett which is located at 1103 South Adams.

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Texting deemed a compulsion for younger generation

Reinke President Chris Roth awards Superior Irrigation Service’s Bryan Noyes, Linda Noyes and Allan Moodie a Gold Reinke Pride award recently for their 2011-2012 marketing success.

Reinke West Central Territory Manager Ken Goodall, at far right, was also on hand to present the award.

Superior Irrigation recognized with Gold award Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanized irrigation systems, is excited to announce that Superior Irrigation Service of Hugoton has received a Gold Reinke Pride award in recognition of the company’s 2011-2012 marketing year success. The Reinke dealership was honored during Reinke’s recent annual convention October 21-23, 2012, in Hershey, Pa. “Reinke congratulates Superior Irrigation Service on this recognition of their ongoing hard work and success,” said Reinke Vice President of Marketing Tim Goldhammer. “We are proud to have them as a dealer and appreciate their ongoing commitment to Reinke and to their community.” Reinke dealerships from across the United States and Canada gather each year to attend the company’s convention. The convention awards ceremony recognizes

select Reinke dealerships for their hard work and dedication to sales and marketing throughout the past year. During the recent convention, gold, silver and bronze Reinke Pride awards were given to a total of 107 dealerships. The Reinke Pride awards are determined as part of an incentive program that distinguishes superior achievement levels according to an evaluation based on a dealership’s exterior and interior housekeeping and maintenance, indoor and outdoor displays, safety, retail environment, merchandising, professionalism, promotions and event participation, and market share. “The number of Reinke dealers receiving sales and achievement awards continues to grow,” said Goldhammer. “Our annual convention is a fun event, and we enjoy being able to bring all of our dealers together each year to recognize and applaud one

Ben and Sherry Wood are showing their holiday cheer at 1407 Madison Street. Colorful lights and yard decorations certainly encourage a festive mood during the colder weather. Be

another’s efforts.” Headquartered in Deshler, Ne., Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc. is one of the world’s most recognized manufacturers of center pivot and lateral move irrigation systems. Since 1954, Reinke has developed products designed to increase agriculture production while providing labor savings and environmental efficiencies. Reinke is a continued leader in industry advancements as the first to incorporate GPS, satellitebased communications and touchscreen panel capabilities into mechanized  irrigation system management. Reinke also manufactures intermodal container chassis, over the road aluminum flatbeds and combination steel/aluminum drop deck trailers. For more information on Reinke or to locate a dealership, visit www.reinke. com or call 402-365-7251.

sure to take a drive with your family around the city to enjoy all the beautiful decorations as folks celebrate the Christmas season.

Stroll through any United States college campus today, and you’ll see a good percentage of students with noses buried in their smart phones. Many of them are texting. “They’re digital natives, meaning they’re really used to using technology first and foremost for communication - not as a second option,” said Paul Atchley, professor of psychology at the University of Kansas. But is all of this texting healthy? Does texting perhaps have an addictive hold on today’s young adults? Atchley recently sought to discover if habitually using a device like a smart phone could interfere with college students’ ability to make rational decisions - such as refraining from texting while driving a car. “We used a technique from behavioral economics called ‘delayed discounting,” said the KU researcher, whose findings appear in the current issue of the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. “We essentially assessed if somebody is willing to wait to engage in that behavior for a reward.” Typically, in such a study, subjects are given a choice between a smaller reward now, or a larger reward later. “If you think about being addicted to something, you’re not really willing to wait to engage in that behavior,” Atchley said. “If you’re addicted to alcohol, you’d rather have one beer now than two cases of beer in a week. So we simply did that within the context of texting to see what the decision-making profile looked like.” The researcher used KU students as subjects because they fall squarely in a demographic that has used cell phones for eight to ten years already. But are they addicted to texting? Atchley and KU undergraduate student Amelia Warden ran two separate studies to find out. “If they’re addicted to texting, they should want to just text right now,” said the KU researcher. First, the investigators offered subjects a purely monetary reward: an amount of money that increased if subjects were willing to wait to take it. Next, they offered subjects a hypothetical scenario where they could return an important text immediately for $50, or wait to send a text for a period

of time and get more money. “If they really were addicted to the idea of sending a text immediately, the monetary situation wouldn’t be that critical to them,” Atchley said. “They’d be willing to take the monetary hit in order to send that text as quickly as possible.” However, the experiment showed that the decision-making behind evaluating a purely monetary reward was the same as the decision-making driving subjects’ evaluation of monetary and informational (texting) reward situations. The researchers found the same rationalization at the heart of both. “The main finding was that if you looked at monetary decisions, or decisions which were monetary plus informational the opportunity to text - the shape of those curves is essentially the same. You’d predict a sharp decrease if someone was truly addicted to texting. They’d say, ‘I need to text now and if you’re making me wait too long there’s no point. So I’m going to give you all of your money back and just text right now.’” Atchley said that the timescale for a monetary decision was very long. For instance, monetary decisions lost half their perceived value in five

months. But a decision to text a boyfriend or girlfriend back lost half its value in just two hours. “The information lost value extremely quickly,” said Atchley. “If I wait four hours to text you back, I may have missed a window of opportunity. It may not even be useful to text back after four hours. So I think what we’re seeing is not evidence of addiction, but maybe of a compulsion — a need to respond quickly. Because if you don’t, there’s really no point.” A second experiment added texts from various kinds of people — a significant other, a friend and a casual acquaintance — to see if the subject would make choices based upon the idea of “social distance.” “If you’re talking about texting an acquaintance back, people are willing to wait almost indefinitely to get that monetary reward,” Atchley said. “But if it’s someone closer to them, that changes. People were willing to give us $25 back, to have the opportunity to text their girlfriend or boyfriend back within 20 minutes.” The investigation was funded by the KU Transportation Research Institute. Submitted by KU.

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Decorate safely this season with these useful tips Safe Kids Kansas reminds parents and caregivers to take a few precautions when decorating for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and other winter festivities. Holiday decorations, especially candles and electrical lighting, can be a fire hazard. During 2004-2008, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) estimated that decorations, excluding Christmas trees, were the item first ignited in an average of 1,170 reported home structure fires per year. Half of these fires occurred because the decoration was too close to a heat source. Forty-

five percent of these incidents were started by candles. The top five days for home candle fires were Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day, Halloween and December 23. Pay attention to labels when choosing your lighting. “Decorative lighting should be labeled with the seal of an independent testing lab,” says Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. “If it’s not labeled for outdoor use, don’t use it outdoors.” NFPA said Christmas trees, both natural and artificial, were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 240 report home structure

Weather Watch Weather data is taken from the Aviation Weather System at the Hugoton Municipal Airport.

Monday, November 19

Friday, November 23

Low - 33˚ High - 73˚ Wind speed - 18 Wind gust - 20

Low - 24˚ High - 53˚ Wind speed - 15 Wind gust - NA

Tuesday, November 20

Saturday, November 24

Low - 33˚ High - 73˚

Low - 27˚ High - 73˚

Wind speed - 15 Wind gust - 18

Wind speed - 17 Wind gust - 22

Wednesday, November 21

Sunday, November 25

Low - 41˚ High - 76˚ Wind speed - 33 Wind gust - 41

Low - 33˚ High - 71˚ Wind speed - 13 Wind gust - NA

Thursday, November 22

Monday, November 26

Low - 34˚ High - 73˚ Wind speed - 31 Wind gust - 39

Low - 18˚ High - 38˚ Wind speed - 22 Wind gust - 26 Wind speed is shown in MPH.

fires per year during 20052009. If you decorate a tree, Safe Kids Kansas recommends these precautions: • Never leave a lit Christmas tree or other decorative lighting display unattended. Inspect lights for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections and broken sockets. Do not overload extension cords or outlets and do not run an electrical cord under a rug. • Natural Christmas trees always involve some risk of fire. To minimize the risk, get a fresh tree and keep it watered at all times or consider an artificial tree. Do not put the tree within three feet of a fireplace, space heater, radiator or heat vent. LED lights burn cooler than incandescent lights and pose a lower risk of fire. • Decorate with children in mind. Do not put ornaments that have small parts or metal hooks, or look like food or candy, on the lower branches where small children can reach them. Trim protruding branches at or below a child’s eye level, and keep lights out of reach. • Do not burn Christmas tree branches, treated wood or wrapping paper in a home fireplace.

• Never leave burning candles unattended. Don’t put candles on a tree or a natural wreath, or near curtains or drapes. Keep matches and lighters locked out of reach. Battery-operated flameless candles are an alternative that does not have a fire risk. Safe Kids Kansas also offers these tips to prevent accidental poisoning: • Keep alcohol - including baking extracts - out of reach and do not leave alcoholic drinks unattended. Don’t forget to store all medications, including those for children, out of reach. • Color additives used in fireplace fires are a toxic product and should be stored out of reach. Artificial snow sprays are also harmful if inhaled. • Holly berries, mistletoe berries, poinsettias, amaryllis, boxwood, Christmas rose, Crown of Thorns, English ivy and Jerusalem cherry are all potentially harmful if eaten. If a child eats any part of a nonfood plant, call the Poison Control Center at 800-2221222. For more information, visit Visit Safe Kids Kansas at www.safekid and on Facebook.

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History From The Hermes Compiled by Ruthie Winget Thursday, December 6, 2007 Paula Rowden, Moscow school nurse, is the recipient of a $1,000 Healthy Habits for Life grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation. She is one of 35 school administrators from across the state who received grants to promote healthy life style choices to the school-aged children. Thursday, December 5, 2002 Congressman Jerry Moran toured the new Stevens County Hospital expansion of a new emergency entrance. Moran was a primary force in securing the 0% interest loan for the remodeling project. Thursday, December 3, 1992 Wayne and JoLynn Harrison’s residence at 1206 Adams is the first winner in the Hugoton Christmas

Lighting Competition this year. They will receive $25 in Gas Capital Bonus Bucks. The display was created by the Harrison’s two sons, Anson, aged 12 and Nathan, aged 11. Thursday, December 2, 1982 The murdered body of Lewis Oliver Price, 60, was found in a shallow grave 3 1/2 miles north and one mile west of Hugoton. Two gunshot wounds to the head were the apparent cause of death. The body had been covered by a foot of sand. Price had purchased the Argus Hotel in July of 1982. John Jones, a boarder at the hotel, has been arrested for the homicide. Thursday, December 7, 1972 David Conklin, Hugoton’s newest business man, is a native of Colorado. Conklin recently purchased the Had-

sell Accounting Firm at 604 South Monroe. He had previously served as a chief accountant for Lamar College in Lamar, Co. Thursday, December 6, 1962 Bill Larrabee has been named manager of the Star Lumber Company. He is filling the vacancy after the death of Lloyd Myers, who has been manager of the lumber yard for sixteen years. Thursday, December 4, 1952 The City of Hugoton approved the purchase of a 1600hp Fairbanks-Morse engine for the municipal light plant in the amount of $129,000. This makes a total of five engines owned by the city that are of the same make. Four Stevens County men have been called by Selective Service and have left for pre-

induction physicals in Kansas City, Mo. The men from Hugoton are Jimmy Monroe, Frank Brechbuhler and Charles Crane. Ralph White from Moscow also left for his physical. Friday, December 6, 1942 A recent check of the Hugoton Grade School’s program in the ‘Schools at War’ program shows 78 pupils have voluntarily purchased a total of $240 worth of War Savings Bonds and Stamps during the month of November. Lyle Sturdy is making a record for himself as a football star and is an honor student at the University of Wichita. Lyle is a senior this year. If any readers have pictures for the history page of the Hermes, please bring them in to Ruthie Winget at The Hugoton Hermes.

Rural schools helped by Monsanto Fund Elementary and high schools in 26 states currently receive less state funding in the 2012-13 school year in comparison to last year’s numbers. In 35 states, school funding now stands below 2008 levels, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. But thanks to the generosity of farmers through America’s Farmers Grow $555,000 CommunitiesSM, was donated to schools nationwide in 2012. For the third consecutive year, America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will give eligible farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their local school or favorite nonprofit organization. With limited resources available, community donations help schools upgrade necessary equipment that contributes to a progressive learning environment.

Last year, 16 farmers directed $40,000 to help improve Kansas education through Grow Communities. “Rural schools are the heart of America, and today’s farmers are partnering with the Monsanto Fund to invest in the next generation through education,” said Deborah Patterson, the Monsanto Fund president. “Budget cuts have put a strain on rural education, but a $2,500 Grow Communities donation can help schools reach fundraising goals, purchase new technology equipment and provide support where there is a need.” Additionally, the Monsanto Fund invested $2.3 million into education this year through America’s Farmers Grow Rural EducationSM. This program gives farmers the opportunity to nominate a public school district in their community to compete for a grant of either $10,000

or $25,000 to enhance education in the areas of math and/or science. Now through November 30, 2012, farmers can enter at www.growcommunities. com or by calling 1-877-2673332. The Monsanto Fund will select one winner at random from each of the eligible counties and announce winning farmers and recipient nonprofits in January 2013. America’s Farmers Grow Communities and Grow Rural Education highlights the important contributions farmers make every day to our society to help them positively impact their communities. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural America. The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm com-

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RoGlenda Coulter has a collection of horse figurines which she has collected since she was very young in her new home. She and her husband Rex will host Parade of Homes tour participants this Sunday. From the December 2, 1982, issue of The Hugoton Hermes.

Donors to SCCC/ATS receive tax credit The Kansas Higher Education Tax Credit is available to individuals and businesses as a means of benefiting Seward County Community College/Area Technical School for facility improvements and deferred maintenance. The Kansas Department of Revenue provides individual taxpayers as well as business and corporate entities that pay Kansas income tax to benefit by supporting Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The donors of these funds may be awarded a Kansas tax credit equal to 60 percent of their donation upon approval by the Kansas Department of Revenue. Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is able to

benefit by utilizing the contribution for identified deferred maintenance projects. Funds must be used for campus deferred maintenance items and cannot be used for the purchase of property, construction of student dormitories, or construction of athletic facilities. The college has a number of deferred maintenance projects eligible for the use of the funds. The contribution can be specified for use in a particular project or the donor can request the contribution to be applied toward a specific project, which is not on the deferred maintenance list. The specified project can be presented to the Board of Trustees for review and approval within the restrictions of the Department of Revenue guidelines. The Board of Trustees has established a minimum contribution of $500 to the college for deferred maintenance projects that would qualify for participation in the tax credit program. The legislation provides an opportunity for donors to participate through December 2012. Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, said the college is excited that the program to provide continued tax benefits to a donor has been extended. This program can provide additional incentives for the donor to support

SCCC/ATS. The tax credit can be a great opportunity at a time when everyone is looking for opportunities to reduce expenditures. “For over 40 years SCCC/ATS has offered a wide variety of classes and these tax credits can help the college continue to improve its facilities.“ Priority projects include expansion of the agriculture sciences facilities, improvements to the Adult Learning Center, improvements to the industrial technology facilities, and enhancements to the Humanities building. Dunn emphasized that this is the final year the tax credits may be available because the legislation authorizing the tax credits will expire effective December 31, 2012. With a $1,000 donation, the taxpayer would receive a $600 Kansas tax credit to be applied against his or her state tax liability, and the contribution would also be eligible as a contribution for federal tax reporting purposes as well. Individuals, corporations, and non-profit entities are encouraged to contact Dennis Sander, Dean of Finance and Operations at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, 620-4171018 or or their individual tax advisor for more information.

PSAs used to urge Medicaid beneficiaries to consider changes In an effort to encourage Medicaid beneficiaries and their families to keep a close eye on their mail for an important packet of information, the State has created several public service announcements (PSAs) to air on radio and television stations across Kansas. The messages urge Kansans to carefully review the contents of their KanCare pre-enrollment packets. KanCare will be the new health care system for Medicaid beneficiaries starting January 1, 2013. The first bundle of KanCare member pre-enrollment packets was mailed November 9, and mailings will continue through the end of the month. Members will be able to choose which of the three health plans is right for them. They will have 90 days starting January 1, 2013, to make a switch if that is their decision. “We hope the public service announcements will reach the approximately 380,000 current Medicaid recipients,” Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Secretary Shawn

Sullivan said. “We look forward to helping consumers get enrolled into KanCare and to help them decide which of the three health plans is right for them.” Robert Moser, M.D., Secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and State Health Officer, appears in two PSAs. The video shows some of the contents of the KanCare packet. The longer of the two versions shows what the packet looks like. The radio and video PSAs are available on the KanCare Web site at http://kancare. “We’re asking all of our radio and television news partners to help us spread the word about this important information,” said Robert Moser, M.D. “We believe the PSAs will help our current Medicaid recipients get familiar with KanCare - a new exciting change in the way their Medicaid services are delivered.” Submitted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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converted into ammonium. Getting the soil sealed properly above the injection slot can also be a problem in dry soils. The third issue is application depth. The deeper the ammonia is applied, the more likely the ammonia will have moisture to react with, and the easier the sealing. So, can anhydrous ammonia be applied to dry soils? Yes, as long as the ammonia is applied deep enough to get it in moisture and the soil is well sealed above the injection slot. Producers should be able to tell if anhydrous is escaping from the soil during application or if

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This November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has joined Americans across the country in recognizing Native American Heritage Month. We’ve taken time to honor the contributions of more than five million Native Americans across the United States. We’ve also reaffirmed our special relationship with those who live, work and raise their families in rural America. Rural America provides so much to all of us – abundant food, clean water, beautiful outdoor spaces, renewable energy and more. The positive impact of our rural areas is further strengthened by the diversity, knowledge and tradition of Tribal communities. Today, more than 55 million acres across America is Tribal land, much of it in rural areas. Agriculture is a leading employer in Tribal communities. The number of Native American producers is on the rise, up almost 90 percent. At USDA, we strive to support Tribal communities, businesses, and producers. Since 2009 USDA has stepped up Tribal consultation, holding more than 2,000 meetings with Tribes each year. We have consulted with Tribes on more than 100 new USDA rules and regulations. We’ve partnered with Tribes to tackle critical issues. For ex-

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Megan Newlon and Sheik Royal Deluxe, along with their trainer Channing Hawks, display their accomplishments at the 2012 State Fair. Megan and "Roy" were named Reserve Grand Champion in the Level III Horsemanship, third in Hunter Under Saddle, fourth in Pleasure Pairs (Jesslyn Lamont partner), seventh in Halter, ninth in Western Pleasure and Horsemanship, and Participant in Showmanship. Megan and "Roy" were also named South Central Stock Horse Association Reserve All Around Champion in the Novice 18 and Under Division, Intermediate Reserve All Around at the Stevens County Fair and Intermediate Champion at the Seward County Five-State Fair.

Estate taxes threaten family farms By John Schlageck Smart hard work combined with good planning increases the likelihood of a bright and prosperous future. This is considered the American way - the American dream. Part of this same American dream is the expectation that future generations will experience a better life than that of their parents. It's always been that way - parents want their children to have more opportunities than they did. The fondest wish of Kansas farmers, ranchers and small business owners is to pass these family ventures on to their children and grandchildren. They work years to leave a legacy of land or a business. Unfortunately, that shared dream is threatened by the return of the estate tax. The estate tax is slated to return with a vengeance January 1, 2013 to a top rate of 55 percent and a $1 million exemption. Estate taxes owed to the federal government by the farm or ranch owner's surviving family members can wallop them harder than other small business owners because 86 percent of farm and ranch assets are land based. The projected higher rate and lower exemption could result in as many as ten percent of farms and ranches owing estate taxes in 2013 and beyond, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. Contrast this with three short years ago when approximately 1.6 percent of agricultural op-

agreements this year with the Bureau of Indian Affairs that will improve access to USDA programs on Tribal lands. Going forward, we’ll explore even more new opportunities to work with Tribes. Working together we will further Tribal efforts in sustainable agriculture, natural resource conservation, economic development and more. We will always keep a focus on building strong, resilient economies and creating more good jobs in Tribal communities. As we celebrate Native American Heritage Month, I encourage all Americans to remember the tremendous contributions of Native Americans to our nation’s economy, to its culture, and to its values. At USDA, we’ll continue working hard on behalf of all Native Americans – especially those who live, work and raise their families in rural America.

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erations were subject to estate taxes and the exemption totaled $3.5 million. When Uncle Sam comes to pay his respects, surviving family members without enough cash may be forced to sell land, buildings or equipment they need to keep their operations running, just to pay the tax bill. Rural communities and businesses suffer when farms and ranches are dismantled and farmland is sold. When this occurs near urban centers farmland is often lost forever to development. The money farmers pay to the government in capital gains taxes is money that could be reinvested in the farm or ranch and indirectly into the rural community where the farm is located. Local machinery, fuel, herbicide, fertilizer and parts, dealers will suffer. Such businesses keep people employed and provide much-needed money to local governments in the form of county or city sales taxes. Estate taxes also threaten the transfer of farmland between farmers and ranchers. The average age of a farmer today is 57 years old. As farmers consider retirement, they set the selling price of land or other assets high enough to recover the cost of capital gains taxes. This increases the likelihood farmland will be developed for other uses because few young farmers can afford to buy from these retiring producers. A higher exemption and a

lower rate will give farmers and ranchers a better opportunity to transfer their family-owned businesses to the next generation. Farmers and ranchers believe Congress should provide an estate tax provision that would increase the exemption level to $5 million and adjust it for inflation while reducing the maximum rate to 35 percent. Taking such action is the right thing to do. It will be one way Congress can show it still believes in the American dream and it truly values small business, including families who farm and ranch. Congress can send a message that hard work is still rewarded in the United States. Estate tax relief will give future generations hope they can maintain the family legacy and keep the farm. Most importantly, estate tax relief will keep alive the American dream — if you work hard and plan ahead, you can pass the fruits of your labor to your children and grandchildren. John Schlageck is a Kansas agriculture commentator. Used by permission from KansasAgland - www.ks [The lame duck session of the 112th Congress opened the week of November 12 and will end January 3. Citizens wanting their voices heard should contact their representatives in Washington. See page 2 of this issue for contact information for public servants on your payroll.]


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City council discusses winter issues The regular meeting of the Moscow City Council was called to order Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Councilor Linda Shaddix. Council members Jim Rawlins, Denise Shoff and Bill Suddeth were present. Mayor Billy Bell and council member Jon Lund were absent. Others present were Janie Gaskill, Sandy Mitchell and Ted Heaton. Minutes for the regular meeting October 10 were presented and approved. November’s bills were presented. The council approved to pay the bills. Janie went over the treasurer’s reports. The council discussed which funds to use to pay for the Munson sheds and deliberated over whether to pay off the loan for the water rights before year’s end. There were no resident concerns.

Sheriff Ted Heaton reported about dangerous and unfit structures in Moscow. He hasn’t completed his inspection and photographing of several properties, but pledged to submit his report soon. Sandy reported the Security Deposit account would be changed to a checking account. While this was being set up, the bank decided to update all City paperwork. A new resolution will be presented at the next council meeting. A bid was read from Dan Jury Signs for reworking the Moscow signs on each end of town. The council thought some updated information was warranted. Sandy will get State titles information from the school and also call two more sign companies for bids. The question of whether the council wanted to pay off

the water rights’ loan balance was discussed. Council members agreed unanimously to pay off the balance in December 2012. The original plat for Moscow was filed at the courthouse December 7, 1912. The council discussed a plan for a hundred year celebration. A celebration coinciding with the Fourth of July festivities in 2013 was the popular idea. More discussion will follow. The council would like to have the Christmas lights up by Thanksgiving. A resident applied for a permit to build a fence out of metal sheeting. He will paint it upon completion. The council approved his request. Two bids were read for work on the boiler at the sheds. The council agreed to wait until Billy and Jon were back before making a decision.

There was some water loss this month. Sandy will ask Bryan about water use flushing hydrants and anywhere else. Ordinance 12-06 annexing certain lands to the City of Moscow was presented to the council. The ordinance addresses the annexation of Jeremy Ellsaesser’s property which adjoins the City. Council members approved the orunanimously. dinance Ordinance 12-06 will become effective January 1, 2013. Moscow City Superintendent Bryan was unavailable to make a report. The council would like the lids for the new cans to be a priority. Sandy had nothing to add in her City Clerk report. The council adjourned. The next regular meeting of the City Council will be December 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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RHS scholars win gold The Rolla High School invitational scholars' bowl meet was Tuesday before Thanksgiving and it indeed was a meet to be thankful for. The Rolla High School varsity and junior varsity teams both took top honors in the competition. The varsity team cruised

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through pool play with a perfect record. The junior varsity team lost one match, but finished the competition with the best record, so earned the gold medals in their division. Both teams have been successful this season and are looking forward to preparing for regional competition.

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Rolla High School Scholars’ Bowl varsity team proudly display their awards after taking top honors in a recent meet Tuesday, November 20.

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experience is helpful - or take tickets at the gates is encouraged to call the high school at 593-4345. Free entry to the games and a free meal are in store for all helpers.

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All-Arounders plan Christmas float Rolla Scholars’ Bowl junior varsity team members are Tori Ferrell, Meredith Light, Trevor McGuire and John Glave.

Several families gather for the Thanksgiving holiday We seemed to have a marathon for our Thanksgiving. The Dunn family gathered at the Richfield School house. The Milburn family used the Richfield Fellowship Hall and the Higgins family gathered at Dermot School house. Pete and Priscilla joined the Dunn family in the afternoon and reported there were 94 at the Dermot School. Gary Little enjoyed the Milburn group in the fellowship hall and then had coffee with the 58 Dunns. A good time was enjoyed by all. Much visiting and watching the babies’ play was worth much of their time. Of course, as always, there was plenty of food. The Dunns included Duane and Cindy Dunn of Liberal; Verda Mae Allen, Joe and Claudine Davidson, Jeff and Carry Jo; Larry and Martha Dunn of Elkhart; Crystal, David and Preston

Bashford; Sam, Rachel and Samantha; Lois Dunn, Andy, Mandy and Hannah Dunn of Richfield; Norman, Geralynn and Jessica Johns of rural Richfield, Helen Esther Johns of Johnson; Ryan, Jennifer and Rebekah Henrickson from northern Kansas, J.C. and Penny James from Osawatomie; Nathan, Alisha and Mary James, Deborah, Abigail, William and Joshua Scott from Haviland; Becky, Doug and Allison Stukey of Wichita; and Daniel Dunn, Tim, Jana and Adria Dunn of Rolla. Mike Owing and Brian Johns from Wichita, Karick, Phoebe, Kyri and Kylie Brummett; Pete, Priscilla, SaKya, Adynn and Cami Milburn from Dermot, Dick and Jane Jepson came from Topeka; David and Don Dunn from Richfield; and Leo Claassen enjoyed a short visit while Sue was not feeling well.

Junior record book winners are SaKya Milburn All-Around Rolla and Preston Sparkman from Watch Us Grow - Elkhart.

The meeting for the AllAround 4-H club was called to order by President Katy Murray November 4, 2012, at 2:56 p.m. at the Elkhart City Hall. Roll call was “What is Your Favorite Pie for Thanksgiving?” Flag salute and 4-H pledge were done. Treasurer’s report was given by Katy Howe. Last month’s meeting minutes were read by Kenzie Jones. New business included the Christmas parade Float. The club will do a bake sale for Santa Day in Rolla. Meeting was adjourned by President Katie Murray. The 2012 Achievement Banquet was also November 4 at the Elkhart City Hall building. The All-Around 4-H

club members did well with the books last year, winning quite a few awards! Most of the club won a lot of their project pins, earning Achievement Trip, and record book winners. Senior record book winners were Taylor Coen, from Watch Us Grow in Elkhart and McKenzey Hanna from Rolla. Intermediate record book winners were Kenzie Jones of Rolla and Artemio Villa, from Barbed Wire Club in Rolla. Junior record book winners were SaKya Milburn of the AllAround 4-H’ers in Rolla and Preston Sparkman, from Watch Us Grow in Elkhart. Written by SaKya Milburn.

Intermediate record book winners are Kenzie Jones All-Around and Artemio Villa from Barbed Wire Club.

Senior record book winners are Taylor Coen from Watch Us Grow - Elkhart and McKenzey Hanna All-Around - Rolla.

Higgins family convene at Dermot Community Center for Thanksgiving The Higgins family met Thanksgiving Day at the Dermot Community Center for food, fun and fellowship. Scott Williams gave the blessing for the meal. Ninety four people were in attendance to enjoy the visiting. After dinner entertainment was provided by Mariah Rome with a hula-hoop performance; followed by several of the younger set who tried their talents at keeping the hoop twirling. Jorge Mejia played a couple of his original compositions on the piano. Jorge is an executive for Latin American Sony Corporation. A very talented performer. Bill Higgins gave his rendition of "Life Gets Tedious Don't It?". A. J. Higgins played a melody on the piano. Little Adynn Milburn wanted to get in the act and marched right up to the piano and Jorge played a piano duet with her. Shalee Higgins took family pictures. Those in attendance were Norma Higgins of Liberal; Judy and Scott Williams; Ryan and Lindsey Shirley,

Jaidyn; Jordan and Amy Williams, all of Denver, Co.; Jack and Donna Taylor of Council Grove; Don and Paula Perry; Steve and Cynda Perry; Michael and Yared Kleffman, Chancellor, David, Brianna, Sophia and Fiowna; Yared's parents, Elva and Filberto Arias all of Hugoton. Jewell and George Burrows; Shirlene Hagler all of Pioneer Manor; David and Lori Rome, Matthew, Macayla and Mariah; Kenny and Michael Burrows; Brenda Burrows, Zachary and Aubree and Will Pate all of Hugoton; Travis and Rachel Roberts, Zipporah and Bear of Cheney; Ryan Hagler, Jackson of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and newlyweds, Jorge and Amanda Mejia of Miami, Fl. and Jorge's mother Nancy Puliecio of Chicago, Il. Bill Higgins of Elkhart; Billy and Mary Ann Higgins, A.J. of Shawnee, Ok.; Mike and Leslie Parkhurst of Guymon, Ok.; Megan and Cade Parkhurst of Oklahoma City; Matt Higgins, Damian Weatherman, Taylor Wares,

Elkhart; Joni Pierce, Heddy and Thomas of Eldorado; Kay Hameed of Lawrence. Gene and Corinne Higgins; Tim and Rene' Higgins; Christopher and Shalee, Tenlee; Lila and Rhonda Smith all of Elkhart; Jeremiah and Kristin Higgins of Kansas City. Jack and Helen Higgins; Cindy Howe and Katy of Rolla; Greg and Trena Higgins, Reagan and Rylee of Texhoma, Ok.; and exchange student, Arianne from Germany. Todd Steele and Dorothy Milburn of Scott City; Pete and Priscilla Milburn, SaKya, Adynn, and Cami of Rolla; Alan and Shurma Messenger, Garrett, Russ, Audra and Wyatt from Guymon, Ok. A reenactment of the October vows of Jorge Mejia and Amanda Hagler Parker was performed November 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hugoton Golf Club House. Amanda was given away by her father, Larry Hagler. Vows were repeated in the presence of Amanda's mother, Shirlene Hagler; grandparents, George

and Jewell Burrows being present to witness the event as they were unable to attend the October 27, 2012 wedding at Miami, Fl. Immediate family and friends were also present.

Pecans are here and ready for Christmas giving The Richfield Study and Social Club pecans have arrived and are ready for Christmas baking and gift giving. There are halves, pieces, milk chocolate and dark chocolate covered pecans, as well as, caramel and chocolate covered pecans. They are fresh and delicious. The candy covered nuts are great for Christmas gift giving. Call Beverly, Karen or Mary Frances Light, Mary Courtney, Sandy Ferguson, Patsy Floyd, Jani Anderson, Doroty Ediger or Helen Esther Johns so you can start baking and filling your gift list.

**Free Daily Hugoton Delivery** Same Day Delivery Even on Saturdays ***Independently owned and operated by Brett and Holli Horyna***

Phone 620-624-4065

Hours Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1033 N. Kansas Avenue in Liberal

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HERMES CLASSIFIEDS Deadline for all classified advertising is MONDAY at 5:00 p.m. All Garage, Yard and/or Moving Sale Ads MUST Be Pre-Paid.


(First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, November 29, 2012) 2t The City of Hugoton will be making an appointment to the Stevens County Economic Development Board. If interested

in serving, please send a letter of interest to PO Box 788, Hugoton, Ks. 67951 or an email to Expressions of interest must be received by December 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.


(First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, November 29, 2012) 3t

tors and assigns of any person alleged to be deceased:


YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Petition has been filed in the District Court of Stevens County, Kansas, by Frontier Fuels, L.P., praying for judgment against certain of the named Defendants and also asking for judgment foreclosing Plaintiff's Mortgage on the following described real estate, to-wit:


Lots One (1), Two (2), Three (3) and Four (4), Block Two (2), to the City of Moscow, Stevens County, Kansas, together with all building, improvements, fixtures and appurtenances located thereon or attached thereto,

Case No. 12-CV-30 NOTICE OF SUIT STATE OF KANSAS TO: FFCA ACQUISITION CORPORATION; LaSALLE NATIONAL BANK, TRUSTEE; and the unknown heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, creditors and assigns of any deceased Defendants; the unknown spouses of any Defendants; the unknown officers, successors, trustees, creditors and assigns of any Defendants that are existing, dissolved or dormant corporations; the unknown executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, creditors, successors and assigns of any Defendants that are or were partners or in partnership; and the unknown guardians, conservators and trustees of any Defendants that are minors or are under any legal disability; and the unknown heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, credi-

and praying that all Defendants set up any right, title, lien, claim or interest they may have in the above described real estate or that the same be forever barred, and you are hereby required to plead to said Petition on or before the 10th day of January, 2013, in said Court in Hugoton, Kansas. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon said Petition. Frontier Fuels, L.P., Plaintiff Richard R. Yoxall #9953 YOXALL, ANTRIM, FITZGERALD, McCAFFREY & FOREMAN, LLP 101 West Fourth Street Liberal, Kansas 67901 Phone: (620) 624-8444 (620) 624-8221 Fax: Attorney for Plaintiff

Solution to November 22, 2012 puzzle

1) Classified ad rate is $.20 per word per insertion. The weekly minimum is $3.35. 2) Classified display advertising rate is $5.00 per column inch. 3) All cards of thanks are charged at the display rate. 4) All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, children, or national origin or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination." This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis.

HELP WANTED JET DRIVE-IN (tfc44) Server Needed

Must be 18, Punctual, Responsible and Friendly. Apply in Person 401 S. Main - Hugoton

Find just the right person for the job with The Hermes Classifieds! Call today 544-4321

FARM OPERATIONS EMPLOYEE NEEDED to join the team at G&T Farms. Varying duties will encompass all aspects of farming. Must work well with others, have a valid drivers license, and be dependable with a self-starter attitude.

Call 620-428-6086 to set up an interview

(1c48) (tfc19)

CIRCULATION CLERK The Stevens County Library is seeking a Full-Time Circulation Clerk for the evening and weekend schedule. High school diploma or equivalent required. Library and/or public service experience preferred. Must have strong customer service, computer, oral and written communication skills. Benefits include retirement and health insurance. Salary commensurate with skills and education.

Applications and a full job description are available at the library. (2c48)

CURRENT OPENINGS AT STEVENS COUNTY HOSPITAL, MEDICAL CLINIC AND PIONEER MANOR NURSING HOME Stevens County Healthcare is searching for a Full-time Laundry Aide to work at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home. The shift for this position is 7 am - 3:30 pm and does include working some weekends. Full-time employees are offered an outstanding benefits package including sick and vacation pay, along with Blue Cross/Blue Shield Health Insurance. For an application please contact Human Resources 620-544-8511. (4c47) Stevens County Healthcare is searching for Full-time RNs, LPNs and CMAs to work at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home. These positions are for the night shift (6 pm - 6 am). Interested candidates must be certified with a Kansas license to be eligible for these positions. We offer excellent benefits and competitive wages. Please contact Robyn Medina in Human Resources for an application 620-544-8511. (5c48)


Spend 100% of your time doing what you do BEST! Ulysses AMHC is currently looking to fill positions for Children’s Case Managers. We work directly with children and their families in their homes, schools and community. These children are experiencing an emotional disturbance and need help to learn new skills and remain safe in their environment. Come be a part of our professional team as we work cooperatively within the agency and with outside providers to meet the needs of our children. This very rewarding position lets you see positive change take place in a child’s life. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related human service field or equivalently qualified by work experience is required. Base pay starting at $12.98/hr., also additional compensation is given for experience. Candidates must pass KBI, SRS, motor vehicle screens, and have a valid driver’s license. Benefits Include: Retirement: fully vested at time of employment Health/Dental Insurance - portion of premium paid by AMHC Life Insurance & Long-Term Disability - premium paid by AMHC Holiday, Bereavement and Vacation/Sick days

Applications are available Applications/Resumes can be sent to: E-mail or faxed to 620-272-0171 or

AMHC Attn: HR PO Box 1905 Garden City, Ks. 67846


(First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, November 29, 2012) 3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JAMES M. SPANGLER, (Petition Pursuant to K.S.A. Chapter 59) Case No. 12 PR43 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 Catherine L. Spangler, personal representative of the will and estate of James M. Spangler, deceased, has filed a petition in the above Court, together with an authenticated copy of the Last Will and Testament of James M. Spangler, deceased, dated August 12, 1987, and the proceedings admitting the same to probate in the Superior Court, State of Washington, County of Spokane, Case No. 12400599-2. The Petition alleges, among other things, that the decedent was the owner at the time of his death of certain real estate situated in Stevens County, Kansas, as more fully described in the Petition filed in this proceeding. Petitioner prays the Court for an order admitting the authenticated copy of the decedent’s will and the proceed-

ings had in the Superior Court, State of Washington, County of Spokane, Case No. 12400599-2 , 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, James M. Spangler, within the State of Kansas at the time of his 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 December 21, 2012, 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. Catherine L. Spangler Petitioner KRAMER, NORDLING & NORDLING, LLC 209 East Sixth Street Hugoton, Kansas 67951 Telephone: (620) 544-4333 Attorneys for Petitioner


is currently looking to fill an open seat on the Recreation Board. If you are interested in this position, please send a letter of interest to: PO Box 68, Moscow, Ks. 67952

APC INC. OF SUBLETTE, Ks. APC Inc. is hiring for a

Second Shift Maintenance Technician. We offer a competitive 401k, insurance, and vacation time. The position is hourly and wages will depend on experience. This individual will be expected to work daily, weekends and overtime if needed. This individual will also need to pass a drug test and a physical.

Apply at APC Inc., 1197 Highway 83 outside of Sublette, Ks. or call 620-675-8691, ext. 44 You can also apply at the Workforce Center, 107 E. Spruce Street in Garden City or call 620-276-2339 NOW HIRING!!!!!!!


“The Company That Works for You”

Animal Production Team Members $10.50 - $11.50 starting pay (depending upon location) 49 hours/week Plant Production Team Members $13.25 starting pay, plenty of hours Load Out and Truck Wash $500 sign on bonus, 50 hours/week Load Out - $10.00 per hour Truck Wash - $9.00/hr, overtime pay Maintenance Technicians $500 sign on bonus, $11-$16 per hour Class A CDL Drivers $1,500 sign on bonus, home daily SEABOARD OFFERS: GREAT Benefits, Opportunity to Advance !! Visit our employment offices: Guymon - 2801 Hurliman Road; Liberal - 111 Tucker Rd, Ste. E; Rolla - 301 Eight Street 877-JOB-PORK (2c47) eeo

Kansas Dairy Ingredients, L.L.C. is accepting applications for the following positions: Maintenance Technician: Responsibilities include knowledge of

all production lines and equipment and have the ability to troubleshoot and repair equipment throughout the facility (mechanical, refrigeration and electrical). Responsible for completing work orders, preventative maintenance schedules, safety programs and instillation of new equipment. Operators: Responsibilities include operating production sys-

tems and support equipment in accordance to the production plan. Must be knowledgeable of all production lines and equipment. Directly responsible for system efficiencies. Receiver/Loaders: Responsibilities include receiving raw milk

and shipping finished product while managing silo space and ensuring quality. Must be knowledgeable of all testing requirements and have the ability to troubleshoot and make minor repairs. All Positions must possess good oral and written communication skills. Must foster teamwork to accomplish production demands and ensure safe working environment. Must be computer literate, self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision. Must be organized, prioritize tasks and handle multiple tasks at one time. Salary based on position, education, qualifications and experience. These positions are full time with a benefit package that includes employer provided medical insurance, holidays and vacation. For an application or job descriptions, please contact Judy Parsons, Plant Administrator at 620-453-1034 Email resume to Or send resume/application to Kansas Dairy Ingredients PO Box 547 Kearney, MO 64060. (3c48)

Find the Classifieds online at PUBLIC NOTICE


changing her name from Abbi Dawn Wheeler to Abbi Dawn Lopez. The Petition will be heard in Stevens County District Court, 200 E. 6th, Hugoton, Kansas, on the 20th day of December, 2012 at 1:15 p.m. If you have any objection to the requested name change, you are required to file a responsive pleading on or before December 20, 2012 in this court or appear at the hearing and object to the requested name change. If you fail to act, judgment and order will be entered upon the Petition as requested by Petitioner.

NOTICE OF HEARING - PUBLICATION THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL WHO ARE OR MAY BE CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that Abbi Dawn Wheeler, filed a Petition in the above court on the 8th day of November, 2012, requesting a judgment and order

Abbi Dawn Wheeler Petitioner, Pro Se Abbi Dawn Wheeler 403 N. Wildcat Ct. Hugoton, KS 67951 620-453-0944 or 620-482-0329

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FOR SALE FOR SALE: 1997 Carri-Lite 5th Wheel. 32’ x 15’ with 1 slide. Excellent condition. Very clean, lots of options. Must see to appreciate. Call 620-697-2401. (4p46) --------------FOR SALE: York self-contained Heat/Air. 90,000 BTU furnace & 4 ton A/C. $2500. Call 428-1281. (tfc38)

FOR SALE: Shoodle - 1/2 Poodle & 1/2 Shih Tzu, 10 weeks old, white with beige on ear. Call 544-2459. (1c48) ---------------



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

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


CAMPER FOR SALE $11, $9,9495 OBO95

2003 Coleman Caravan 26 ft. pull camper 2 slideouts, electric jack, queen size bed, good condition, lg bathroom w/ tub & shower, microwave, refrigerator, stove, air conditioner, 2 new spare tires

20579 Road D, Moscow, KS - Reduced Price! Completely remodeled and renovated 2bd/1b home with 5 acres! $40,000!!


600 S. Harrison Street - CUTE!! Brick, 2 bed/1.5 b, att garage, cen H/A, and more!! Call for details!!

801 S. Main Street - Price Reduced!! 3 bed/2 bath, cen H/A, fence, oversized garage, fpl, lots of storage. Call for details!!

2340 Road 20, Moscow - Beautiful Arkansas stone home, 4 bd/3 b, cen H/A, fpl, fin bsmt, 40 x 70 shop, much, much more!! All on 6+ acres! Call today for appt!!

FOR RENT: 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments. Furnished or unfurnished. Bills included, washer and dryer, and cable. Call 5442232. (tfc) --------------FOR RENT: 3 Bedroom House in the Country. No Pets please, unsafe location for children. Call 620-624-1482. (tfc41) --------------FOR RENT: Two Bedroom Mobile Home. Newly remodeled, perfect for single person. If interested call 620-544-1957 for an appointment to view. If no answer leave your name and number and I will get back to you. (tfc) --------------FOR RENT: 4 bedroom/2 bath house south of Ulysses. Prefer work crew. $750/month. No pets. Call 356-4203. (3p48)


208 West 1st Street - Nice split level home, 3 bed/2bath, bonus room, 2 living areas, fpl, oversized single garage, fence, appliances, and much more!! Call today for your special showing!!

902 S. Harrison - Move in ready!!! 2 bed/1 b, beautiful kitchen, wood floors and carpet, deck, paved patio, fence, cen H/A!! Great starter home!! Call for appt!!

600 S. Jefferson - Price Reduced!! 3 bed/2 bath, cen H/A, fence, 30 x 40 building. Call for details!!

(620) 624-1212 BUSINESS Now see these and other SW. Kansas properties at

928 S. Jackson - Frame, 2 bed/2 b., lg family rm, basement, cen H/A. Call for details!

HUGE GARAGE SALE: Saturday, December 1, 8:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m., Commercial Building at Stevens County Fairgrounds, Bikes, Chairs, Pictures, Drafting Desk, File Cabinet, Kitchen Items, Miscellaneous. Benefits Freedom Road Bible Camp. (1p48)

615 - 623 S. Monroe- Commercial propertyformerly Ann's Port and Motel. Great Business opportunity with ample parking. Call to see this property today!!!



513 French Street 1400 sq. ft, 3 bed., 2 bath, heated 2 car garage with alley access, storage shed, fenced backyard. Call 620-482-4640 for appointment.

1105 S. Madison- 4 bed/2 b, cen H/A, fpl, fence, att garage, basement. Call for details.

1029 S. Van Buren- Ranch, 2 bed/1 b, fpl, att garage, storage shed. Call to set up a showing!!



Very well-built, beautiful brick home. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, office, bonus room, full finished basement with huge storeroom, fenced patio, oversized 2car garage, underground sprinkler.

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603 Fifth Street in Rolla

620-544-5499 or 620-428-2929

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


Karen Yoder- 544-4161 or Cellphone 544-3730 Chance Yoder - Salesperson Agricultural Land Residential & Commercial Specialist

OPEN HOUSE Karen Yoder



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

Forewinds Golf Board reserves the right to refuse any and all bids.

Chance Yoder- Cellphone 544-1907 “Call Us For All Your Real Estate Needs”

Chance Yoder

SERVICES OFFERED TO OUR VALUED KIRBY CUSTOMERS: For factory authorized sales, service, supplies and also available refurbished Kirbys: please call 800-821-5050. Same Day Shipping. (4p48)

-------------SATELLITE TV: Call JAY D’s Satellite for LOCAL service! New installs - upgrades - Dish Moves - Remotes. Dish and DirecTV 800-952-9634. (tfc48) ---------------

Need help with your Christmas light displays?

Sunday, December 2



1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

can assist you with the job of putting your Christmas lights up and taking them down.

712 Jefferson

Call 544-1517 and schedule your light display now!


Mable Roland & Families


and Administrator's attorneys' fees and expenses, are reasonable, should allowed and ordered paid; the Court costs be determined and ordered paid; the administration of the Estate be closed; upon the filing of receipts the Petitioner be finally discharged as the Administrator of the Estate of Ida Ellen Reynolds, deceased, and the Petitioner be released from further liability. You are required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 21st day of December, 2012, at 1:30 o'clock P.M. in the District Court, 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. BUDDY FLOYD JAMES REYNOLDS Administrator

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) ---------------

CELEBRATE RECOVERY every Monday night 6:30 08 p.m. at Assembly of God Fellowship Hall, 138 S. Main. (tfc25)

AL-Anon Family Group

Pioneer Manor Family Support Group

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

Project Hope Open Tues & Thurs 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Sunday 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. 1030 S. Main (tfc37) (tfc15)

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

WANTED WANT TO BUY: 1 young rabbit buck. No dwarfs or lopes. (tfc45) Will take any color but brown. Call 544-6915. -------------WANTED: Milo stalks or immature milo to bale. Call 620544-5949. (8c43) --------------WANT TO PURCHASE: Minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557, Denver, Co. 80201. (104p52) ---------------

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Thank you to everyone for helping make my birthday a really special one. I enjoyed seeing all of my friends and visiting during the afternoon. Thank you also to Pioneer Manor for their help with the arrangements.

Brollier, Wolf & Kuharic Box 39, Hugoton, KS 67951 (620) 544-8555 Attorney for Administrator

307 N. Kansas, Suite 101 Liberal, KS 67901


BIDS ARE DUE December 10, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at the Golf Course

THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that a petition has been filed in this Court by Buddy Floyd James Reynolds, duly appointed, qualified and acting Administrator of the Estate of Ida Ellen Reynolds, deceased, praying Petitioner's acts be approved; waivers of Petitioner's account be approved; the heirs be determined; the laws of intestate succession be applied and the estate be assigned to the person entitled thereto; the Court find the allowance requested for Administrator's compensation and expenses,

1501 Road 9 - Very well maintained brick home on 3.7 acres only 3 miles from town. 5 bed/4 bath. New roof 2010. Hardwood floors & new carpet on main level in 2009. A/C unit and Furnace replaced in 2011. Double oven & microwave new in 2011, refrigerator & dishwasher 2.5 years old.


Feature Of The Week

Phone: 620-544-8269


712 E. 5th St.

1505 S. Madison St. - Nice 4 bedroom/2 bath home on large corner lot. Very nice layout, 3 car garage with work shop attached to end garage. Bedroom 4 has access to garage. This is a must see.

(620) 428-1042 CELLULAR

101 S. Madison- $2,500 BUYER INCENTIVE!!! 3 bed/2 bath, central H/A, fence, attached garage. storage shed. Call for details!!!

Forewinds Golf Course - Hugoton, Ks. 67951 Now taking bids for a new or used Gator type vehicle See Rick or Brent at the course for specifications

CASE NO. 10-PR-11

504 S. Wildcat Ct. 617 E. 4th





Lots in Spikes Addition





PRICE REDUCED: 1109 S. Madison St. - All you could ever want in a home. Home has 8 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 2 Living areas. Basement family room is equipped with cabinets, sink, and cook top. Bathroom downstairs has a large whirlpool tub. Kitchen and upstairs bath recently remodeled. New appliances in kitchen. Back porch remodeled and enclosed and nice sitting patio next to porch.


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(First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, November 15, 2012) 3t

Gas company pays up to 20,000 KW of electric usage per year. 848 Road G. - This all electric 2 story home with 5 bedrooms comes with 6 acres of land and 2 new heating and air conditioning systems. $145,000.00 Additional acreage available. Call today!

621 S. Main St. - Downtown business location for sale. Equipment in building is negotiable. Call Darrin for details.



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Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer to be avoided With the arrival of the holiday season comes the arrival of colder weather, as well as an increase in the number of fuelburning appliances being used in the home. These appliances include furnaces, ovens, space

heaters, generators, indoor grills and fireplaces, and they can cause dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in the home. According to a study from 2004 to 2006, children younger

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Santa Letters to Santa Claus c/o The Hugoton Hermes 522 S. Main Hugoton,KS 67951 or bring them into the office.

Stevens County Hospital

Specialty Clinics Scheduled for December 2012 Dr. Ansari Orthopedics Mon. 12/3 Dr. Farhoud Cardiology Tue. 12/4 Michelle Gooch Dietician Thu. 12/6 Dr. Frankum General Surgeon Fri. 12/7 Dr. Brown Podiatry Thu. 12/13 Dr. Ansari Orthopedics Mon. 12/17 Dr. Farhoud Cardiology Tue. 12/18 Michelle Gooch Dietician Thu. 12/20 Dr. Frankum General Surgeon Fri. 12/21 Closing at noon on the 24th and Closed all day the 25th. Dr. Ansari Orthopedics Mon. 12/31

For appointments with: Dr. Ansari 624-6222; Dr. Brown 544-8339; Dri. DeCardenas 275-3070 Dr. Farhoud 1-877-449-1560; Michelle Lock-Gooch 544-8339; Dr.Frankum 544-8339 For all other appointments please call 544-8339 or 544-6160.

Flu shots are still available. Please bring your insurance card.

than five years old have the highest estimated rate of COrelated visits to the emergency room each year among all age groups in the United States. Nationally, more than 25 children die from CO poisoning every year. In Kansas, over 500 people have been hospitalized and four people have died from CO poisoning over the past ten years. “Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer that often strikes us where we feel most secure, in our homes,” says Tom Langer, Director of the Bureau of Environmental Health at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). “Faulty heating systems, water heaters, stoves and our cars are leading sources of combustion gases that can quickly overwhelm us and do us great harm.” Important safety tips to protect families from CO poisoning: • Prevent CO buildup in the first place - make sure heating appliances are in good working order and used only in wellventilated areas. • Don’t run a car engine in the garage, even with the garage doors open. If you need to warm up your vehicle, move it outside first. • Install a CO alarm outside every sleeping area, on every level of your home and at least

15 feet away from every fuelburning appliance. • When you check your smoke alarm batteries each month, check the batteries on your CO alarms at the same time – and replace the batteries twice a year. • Never use an oven for heating. • Portable generators must be used outside for proper ventilation. They cannot be used indoors or inside of a garage. • Have all gas, oil or coal burning appliances inspected by a technician every year to ensure they’re working correctly and are properly ventilated. If more than one person in

the home suddenly feels ill for no apparent reason, or if a CO alarm goes off, get everyone outside immediately and call 911 from a pre-arranged meeting place. “CO alarms are widely available at hardware and retail stores for about $20,” says Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. “Because the symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to that of the flu, it’s important to have early detection of this invisible danger in the home before it’s too late.” For more information about CO poisoning, visit arbon_monoxide.htm and, or call the

Christmas came early to the home of Frank and Kathy Furr at 1401 South Adams. The deer and the lights make a serene setting. The

Poison Control Hotline at (800) 222-1222. Visit us at and on Facebook. About Safe Kids: Safe Kids Kansas works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. We are a nonprofit Coalition with a membership of over 70 statewide organizations and businesses. Safe Kids Kansas is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Kansas was founded in 1991 and is led by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

United States flag makes the Christmas scene even more special.

“Notes From Nancy” by Stevens County FACS Agent Nancy Honig

Diabetes, Is it in Your Future? November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the United States. That's 8.3 percent of our population! Diabetes is a serious disease that can be dangerous to your health if not managed correctly. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, new cases of blindness, and non-traumatic lower-limb amputations of adults in the United States. It is also the seventh most common cause of death in the


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U.S., and a factor in many incidences of heart disease and stroke. So, how can you reduce your diabetes risk? Start by learning more about the disease. Diabetes is a metabolic disease that keeps your blood sugar high because your body either can't process or produce insulin correctly. Insulin is a chemical in your body that turns glucose into energy. Glucose is a simple sugar that your body needs in order to carry out its daily tasks. When you test blood sugar, you're testing the level of glucose in your blood. Types of diabetes. Type I diabetes happens when the body starts destroying pancreatic cells that make insulin. Type II diabetes happens when cells in fat, muscle, or liver tissue stop processing insulin correctly. Either way, the pancreas becomes overworked as it tries to keep up with increased demand. Pre-diabetes happens when your glucose levels are high, but not high enough to be full-blown diabetes. If you have pre-diabetes, you should check your blood glucose levels every year. Who is at risk of developing diabetes? Family and personal history can put you at risk, as can your lifestyle. Family history risks include ethnicity and relatives who have Type II diabetes. You may also have personal history risks. These may include being over the age of 45, high glucose levels, blood pressure of 140/90 or higher, HDL cholesterol of 35 or less, BMI of 25 or higher, and triglyceride level of 250 and higher. There can be some additional lifestyle risks including a lack of regular exercise and being obese. How do I know if I might have diabetes or am pre-diabetic? Typical symptoms include increased thirst, hunger, urination and fatigue. Additional symptoms may include blurred vision, weight loss, body sores and skin rashes. Pre-diabetes is a serious medical condition that can be treated. The good news is that the recently completed Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) study conclusively showed that people with prediabetes can prevent the development of Type II diabetes by making changes in their

diet and increasing their level of physical activity. They may even be able to return their blood glucose levels to the normal range. Just 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity, coupled with about a seven percent reduction in body weight, produced a 58% reduction in diabetes in the study participants. So how do you reduce your chances for developing diabetes through diet? Increase your consumption of fruits (1-1/2 cups daily), vegetables (three cups daily), whole Grains (at least 1/2 of your five-six ounces daily) and

beans (replace your meat with legumes three-four times per week). Increasing healthy foods is important, but so is decreasing your consumption of fats, sugars and sodium. Keep your fat consumption below 56 grams per day and your sodium consumption below 2,000 mg per day. And finally, try to be active in some way every single day. Start small, with walks or jogs and shoot for getting at least 30 minutes of exercise five days per week. Even small increases in physical activity can be very beneficial.

Smart sugar substitutes for diabetes Monitoring glucose levels in the blood to ensure they are at an acceptable level is a vital task in a diabetic's life. Unstable levels can mean the difference between living a healthy life or illness and even death. Eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated with plenty of water and possibly using medication or insulin injections are a few of the ways to maintain one's glucose levels. When a diabetic eats, the sugar in his or her food is digested into glucose. Sugar is normally used by cells for energy. Insulin is a hormone that is secreted by the pancreas and helps to regulate the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats while removing excess glucose from the blood, which could prove toxic. Individuals who have no insulin production (type 1 diabetes) and those whose insulin is inefficient at moving sugar out of the bloodstream (type 2 diabetes) may have to take insulin and regulate their sugar intake to keep the body in balance. Although having diabetes means a lifelong regimen of watching what you eat, it does not mean you can't enjoy your diet. Thanks to a wide variety of sugar substitutes, most diabetics can indulge in desserts and other foods in moderation. For those ready to satisfy their sweet tooth, here are some sweeteners that are approved by the American Diabetes Association. * Sucralose: This sweetener, which often goes by the brand name Splenda(R), is one of the more popular supplements. The body does not recognize sucralose as a car-

bohydrate or a sugar, which means it will not be metabolized as such. Sucralose is heat-resistant, which means it can be used for cooking and baking. * Stevia: Relatively new to the commercial market, stevia is an all-natural sweetener, unlike many of the other sugar substitutes. It comes from a South American plant of the same name and has a strong track record of safety. The sweetener has zero calories and no glycemic index. * Saccharine: Saccharine is also safe, but diabetics must only consume it in small amounts. It also can be mixed with hot or cold food. * Aspartame: This sweetener also has zero calories and is found in many foods and beverages. However, aspartame is best avoided when baking because it loses sweetness when heated. * Acesulfame potassium: A little goes a long way with this product because it is much sweeter than sugar. It is also usually combined with other sweeteners because it can have a bitter aftertaste. Not all sugar substitutes are good for diabetics, however. The Mayo Clinic warns that sugar alcohols, particularly mannitol, sorbitol and xylitol, can increase blood sugar levels. These products also may cause stomach discomfort and diarrhea. Before trying sugar substitutes, diabetics should consult with their physicians to see if it is safe and discuss potential side effects or usage restrictions, as some artificial sweeteners can cause allergic reactions in some people. From Metro Editorial Services.

November 29, 2012  

Official newspaper of Stevens Co. Kansas

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