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Council approves Dan Corpening for EcoDevo Board The Hugoton City Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting December 10, 2012 at the council meeting room at the city building at 5:15 p.m. Attending the meeting were Mayor Jack E. Rowden, City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks, City Inspector Tony Martin, Police Chief Courtney Leslie, City Attorney Wayne R. Tate, Outside Utilities Supervisor Dean Banker, Electric System Supervisor Gary Rowden and councilmen Gary Baughman, Mike Eshbaugh, Kim Harper, Greg Gill and Bob Mason. Also present were engineer Pete Earles, Abengoa’s Roger Hoffman, Alvin Riley, Jan Leonard, Paul Nordyke and Hugoton Hermes reporter Ruthie Winget. The minutes of previous meetings and the November municipal judge’s report were approved. Tony Martin reported he mailed out over 100 contractor renewal license letters for 2013. Some contractors are already responding. He also stated the Planning Commission met for a re-zoning hearing November 29, 2012. They approved the recommendation to rezone the two lots north of Presto from R2 to B2. The matter will next go to the city council for approval. Roger Hoffman informed the council where Abengoa plans to run their proposed water line on the edge of the Forewinds Golf Course. Alvin Riley reported that

the golf course 1995 Gatortype vehicle is in very bad condition. He asked for permission to use the rest of the 2012 budget money to purchase a new Toro Workman to replace the Gator. The council voted to approve the purchase. Pete Earles brought in the bids for the improvements of 24 lots of the new residential Pioneer addition. The council voted to accept the lowest bids. The low bids submitted by McBride Construction and King Construction came to $711,510.59. This is below the total engineers estimate of $860,776. Pete Earles reported the pumps for the Kansas Dairy Ingredients have been ordered. A new force main will be installed up Cemetery Road and down First Street. The council passed the motion to accept the professional services contract. Gary Gold’s term has expired from the Economic Development board and he does not want to renew it. Linda Stalcup, Dan Corpening and Ray Hoggett have stated they would be interested in filling the vacancy. The council approved a motion to accept Dan Corpening for the job. The council passed a motion, 4-1, for cereal malt beverage licenses for Nietos for the balance of 2012. For the year 2013, they passed a motion to approve CMB licenses for Nietos, Alco, Don Juan Bar, Pantry and

The Doug Martin family at 506 Jayhawk Avenue celebrates Christmas with beautiful

Whites. The council approved a motion to pass Resolution #2012 - 3 - GAAP waiver which is done annually. Tom informed the council that Blue Cross/Blue Shield rates were increasing slightly. The council voted to stay ‘grandfathered in.’ Jan Leonard gave his report for the Hike and Bike Trail project which will go through Raydene Park. Wildlife and Parks have already approved half the cost of the project which is $74,000. Paul Stoner is trying to convince them to award the full amount of $148,000 to Hugoton so the contractors will not have to return at a later date. For the Safe Routes to School Parsons Trust Fund, the City of Hugoton and USD 210 have committed to pay $7,293 each for the survey and design work. The Stevens County Commissioners have not committed yet. Gary Rowden reported that Fairbanks is done with the power plant. The engines can be run whenever needed as soon as Kansas Department of Health and Environment inspects the engines. Courtney informed the council the “Shop with a Cop” will be December 15 at Alco. The council went into executive session to discuss personnel. The meeting adjourned. The next meeting will be December 26, 2012 at 5:15.

lights and an inspirational nativity scene.

Shop with a Cop is Saturday The Hugoton Police Department’s sixth annual Shop with a Cop is Saturday, December 15, at Alco. The eager young shoppers will set out with their shopping lists and police officers. Shop with a Cop is a unique program in which Hugoton Police Officers share Christmas shopping with underprivileged children in Stevens County. Donations to help with purchasing gifts come from businesses as well as individual community members. Hugoton’s own Santa Committe and the officers’ spouses help wrap

the gifts up so they’re ready to be placed under the tree. Also Saturday is a day to visit Santa in case your clan missed it. He’ll be at

Alco from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. waiting to hear the community’s kids’ wishes for Christmas presents.

Free gift wrapping this weekend Need some of those packages wrapped before the big day? Are you just so bogged down with all the cooking and getting ready or just not so handy or creative with gift wrapping? The Youth Ministries of Assembly of God in Hugoton will be offering Free Gift Wrapping! This will be taking place Saturday, December 15, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the

Fellowship Hall of the Assembly of God Church at 138 South Main. This very nice and thoughtful service is being sponsored by the 180 Youth Ministries. So get out Saturday, and get some of those last minute details taken care of - for you and support a good cause while doing so. Free will donations will be accepted.

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Morris receives Distinguished Service to the States award The Council of State Governments (CSG) awarded the “Distinguished Service to the States” award to Kansas Senator Steve Morris at their December conference. This is the Council’s highest honor, awarded to outstanding individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to advancing excellence in state government. CSG, founded in 1933, is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization of all elected and appointed state and territorial leaders. CSG is dedicated to the mission of enhancing public policy by connecting, informing and empowering state leaders. CSG is proud to recognize Senator Morris with this award whose distinguished service has made a meaningful and lasting

Senator Steve Morris contribution to the community of states. Senator Morris was presented with a gold medallion with a red, white and blue shield.

Senator Steve Morris represents the 39th Senate District and also serves as President of the Kansas Senate.

Davis is new airport board chairman The Hugoton Municipal Airport Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, October 7, 2012, at the airport meeting room. Attending the meeting were board members Kim Harper, Robert Davis, Dell Cullison, Dax Gaskill and Jeff Crawford. Also present were airport manager Gary Porter, secretary Risa Norton, Hugoton Hermes reporter Ruthie Winget, Kirkham Michael’s Curtis Houser and Kirkham Michael inspector Jay Christianson. The minutes of last month’s meeting were read and approved. Jay Christianson gave an update on the apron expansion project. He reported that the concrete pouring was about one third complete. With good weather, the concrete work should be complete within two weeks. However, he stated that this project has already gone past the deadline. The project should have been completed in 30 days and has taken 42 days so far. The penalty for going over the deadline will be charged to Tarbet Ready-mix and Construction at $350 per day. Jay also informed the board members that the final drawdown status of the FAA grant on the parallel taxiway project is planned to be completed next week. Kim Harper reported that he had been exchanging emails with Kirkham Michael’s Eric Johnson about getting started on the environmental study for the 5-year ACIP. They have been working on the paperwork for this project. Kim also stated he had not heard anything about the KDOT grant for laying concrete between the hangars, the east side of the hangars and the west

side of the hangars for which the airport had applied. If the grant is approved, KDOT will pay 75% of the project with the airport responsible for the other 25% of the cost. Representatives from KDOT have already been to the airport to inspect the proposed project. Gary Porter reported that November 14, a Phillips 66 Quality Assurance Fuel Inspection was conducted. There were only two critical actions needed. The JetA fuel exceeded the shelf life. No fuel has been added for nine months. The airport received a half load of JetA November 21, 2012 which blended the fuel. The fuel will now have a new shelf life of another nine months. The other critical action was to prevent misfueling, a duckbill nozzle spout is required. However, if they have a duckbill nozzle, they can not fuel a helicopter. After discussing the problem with the airport’s representative, it was decided since the airport does not have a truck that only carries 100 lowlead fuel, the

duckbill nozzle will not be required. Gary reported the hoses are getting weathered on the fuel truck. He checked prices for new hoses. He also stated Matt Whitham has been contacted to repair brakes on the refueller and he will fix the leak on the front end loader. Hancock Electric was contacted to install electrical outlets after completion of the concrete project. The board passed a motion to charge $10 a night for the temporary use of a T hangar and $35 per night for the use of the airport’s main hangar. This charge will take effect after the completion of the tie down area project. Kim Harper resigned as chairman of the Hugoton Municipal Airport Board effective immediately. He will continue to serve on the board. The board elected Robert Davis to serve as the new board chairman. The board adjourned. The next meeting will be January 9, 2013 at the airport meeting room.

Santa was at Yardmaster Saturday afternoon to the delight of these children. They are telling him what gifts they would like him to bring.


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Reader urges you to “show up” and support the kids Stevens County Fire Department and Ambulance Report Stevens County Emergency Services run activity December 3 through December 9. Fire Department Hugoton Station No activity this period. Fire Department Moscow Station No activity this period. Ambulance Activity Two medical runs, one transfer and one Life Flight.

Dear Editor, With the winter sports in full force, I’m excited about our schools. There are a lot of good things happening in School District 210 this year. I have no kids in school but I am a proud supporter of the Hugoton Eagles (1966 graduate). Wow, does that date me! One morning at 9:00 a.m., I watched our Eagle girl’s basketball team play and later the boys in the Blue – Red Tournament. They both are doing a great job. Wow!! How refreshing to watch our kids support their Eagles’ along the sidelines of the basketball court with their excitement. I think it’s great to watch! With an early morning game I know the school let the students out of classes to watch. They were all well behaved and full of excitement for our Eagles.

Roger Lynch Parents, be proud of them! I fully realize that not all parents can be at each game or program, but if you are not there you are missing some of the most important times of your student’s life. If you are home watching the game on TV, just think, maybe one of your kids was doing the TV programming, the cameras or the sound. It’s on channel 12 locally. Better yet, get off the couch and go to the game or program, be part of your kid’s excitement, be part of their school’s life. The dance team has been a great half time entertainment for years. Those girls work hard at every game and shows! They are very energetic with their dancing routines. Each

night is different. The pep club band sounds great too! You can see they are excited about the Hugoton Eagles with their upbeat music they play. Great job! I guess what I’m saying, support your Hugoton Eagles. Like I have said, be part of your local Hugoton Eagles, make them proud of you for showing your support for them. It’s not only the basketball games but there are so many other things going on in our school system that are so good. Hugoton, be a part of that excitement that our school is offering. Show up! I know you will be glad you were there supporting your kids in their school activities!! Thanks for listening. Roger Lynch

Hugoton Aglow announces speakers to be Hittles Hugoton Aglow will meet Thursday, December 13, in the Senior Activity Center at Seventh and Main. Their December meeting will begin as usual with coffee and fellowship at 7:00 p.m. and then continue at 7:30 into their meeting. They ask that you enter through the Main Street entrance. The speakers for the evening will be Steve and Cindy Hittle. They are both life residents of the Hugoton community area and are well known in agricultural circles, being farmers and ranchers. They have managed herds of sheep, goats, buffalo and possibly other critters that are not known about. Cindy has been the librarian for the City of Rolla as well as the Rolla School’s Librarian for a considerable number of years. She serves as Praise/Worship leader at the Lighthouse, and has been Sunday School teacher. She

serves well as a supporter of her husband’s eldership. The couple has raised four children – three daughters and one son – and they presently boast of ten grandchildren. Steve and Cindy both minister in multiple positions at Lighthouse Fellowship, Steve as Elder for some 20 years, as Sunday School teacher, serving as preacher when the need arises, and as missionary to numerous foreign fields including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Trinidad, Peru, Turkey and now Israel/Palestine. They travel together to most of these locations, and both of them minister as called on by the local residents. The Hittles stated about the variety of ministry services, “We have been blest to be used by God in airports, on planes and amongst the people we travel with and of course the people in the countries we visit. We have

worked on churches, parsonages, taught, preached, sang and continually shared God’s Word. We have helped plant a church in Kenya. We have also given agricultural and financial assistance in developing corn field crops, from which income helped build the worship center in Kenya.” Their ministry trips are paid for by family finances. Contri-

butions are welcomed and appreciated. Cindy prefers to go in partnership with Steve to foreign locations, but she has gone alone at times and has had opportunity to be featured speaker at several area organizations and churches. Aglow is honored and blessed to present them for this company of believers.

Hugoton comes through for Hope Dear Editor, $114.70 Update: the call to action If you can help contact worked last week. Debbie Nordling at 544We had a number of per- 8528 to make a free will dosons, families, nation or b u s i n e s s e s , Project Hope Board sponsor an organizations item listed and churches call to help. above. We are still in need of Also if you have items these items: you would like to include in Stuffing 155 $119.35; a box please contact Pancake Mix 155 $169.00; Debbie. /Apples 155 Oranges

WHAT’S HAPPENIN’ Send your Santa letters to: Santa Claus, %The Hugoton Hermes, 522 S. Main, Hugoton, Ks. 67951. 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. Pioneer Manor residents play Bingo at 2:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Community members are invited to volunteer or play a game with the residents! AL-ANON Family Group meets at 1405 Cemetery Road Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Call 620544-2610 or 620-544-2854 for more information. 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 620-428-1487 before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings. December - Rolla Hope will have a Rolla Hope Tree traveling around Rolla businesses. Names of children in need will be on it so you can buy Christmas presents for them. You can also add names to the tree. - There will be no Chamber luncheon this month or “After Hours” due to a very busy schedule for most Chamber members. Merry Christmas! Through January 12 - Stop by the Baker Arts Center, 624 N. Pershing in Liberal, to look at selections from the Permanent Collection, which has been collected over 25 years. There is no charge for admission.

HUGOTON MUNICIPAL COURT NOVEMBER 2012 Jays, Kathy; Speeding 34/20 $114.00 Gonzalez, Joshua L.; No Driver’s License $360.00 40 hrs Community Service Johnson, Emily; Dog at Large $50.00 Ralstin, Rance C.; Driving in Violation of Restrictions $160.00 DL Suspended 30 days Robson, Brandy L.; Overtime Truck/Trailer Parking $50.00 Don Juan, Martha; Dog at Large $110.00 Cox, Austin; Careless Driving $110.00

20 hrs Community Service Gonzales, Roxanne F.; Driving While Suspended - 2nd $610.00 5 days jail, 1 yr Unsupervised Prob. Flores, Crystal; Dog at Large $110.00 Tinoco, Jorge; Dog at Large $110.00 McComack, Michael David; Failure to Stop $105.00 Ramirez, Maria; Dog at Large x2 $160.00 Johnson, Emily; Dog at Large $110.00

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 www.stevenscountylibrary.co m, email them to eunice@steven scountylibrary.com or you may take them to SCL at 500 S. Monroe. - Hugoton Aglow will meet at 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center, 624 S. Main, for fellowship and coffee. The meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m. December 15 - Bill of Rights Day - Santa Claus welcomes kids’ Christmas wishes at Alco from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. - Free gift wrapping at the Fellowship Hall at Hugoton’s Assembly of God, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., sponsored by 180 Youth Ministries. Free will donations will be gratefully accepted. - 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. December 16 - “Wild and Sweet” - Whitney Light Stillwell’s singing group will be at the Rolla United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Members include Larry and Whitney Stillwell, Johnny Bland - The Moscow Baptist Hillbilly Band will be at Pioneer Manor

at 3:00 p.m. December 18 - Crop Profitability Outlook at 10:00 a.m. at the Stevens County Extension Office, 114 E. Fifth. - Moscow Grade School will host their annual Christmas program at 7:00 p.m. The community is invited! December 22-January 2 - Winter break for USD #210 students. December 22-January 7 - Winter break for USD #217 students. December 22 - January 27 - Stauth Memorial Museum will host “They Also Ran: The Presidential Hopefuls,” examining the presidential candidates who didn’t get elected. It offers a fascinating look at American politics, the men who gave the president a run for his money, and those who returned to win a later election. The museum is located at 111 N. Aztec in Montezuma. They are closed Mondays. Call 620-846-2527 for more information. December 17 - Stevens County Commissioners will meet in the Commissioners’ Room at the Stevens County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. December 21 - First day of winter December 22-23 - Santa Claus welcomes kids’ Christmas wishes at Alco from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. December 25 - Merry Christmas! December 31 - New Year’s Eve January 2 - Stevens County Commissioners will meet in the Commissioners’ Room at the Stevens County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. January 7 - Predator Calling Seminar

Obituaries Marlin Hughes A tragic motorcycle accident has taken the life of Marlin Ray Hughes. Mr. Hughes passed away Monday, December 3, 2012 in Barton County. He was 51.

Marlin was born March 14, 1961 in Norton, the son of Howard Hughes and the former Marian Bennett. May 1, 2010 he married Alicia Day Rodriguez in Ulysses. Marlin was a train engineer for Watco, Inc. He had been a Great Bend and Hoisington resident since 1983. He served his country in the United States Army. Survivors include his wife Alicia of the home; son Dalton Ray Hughes of Great Bend; daughter Stephanie Renee

Keenan and husband Matt of San Angelo, Tx.; step daughter Jessica Lauren Rodriguez of the home; grandson Ransom Justice Hardcastle of the home; his brother Randy Hughes and wife Karen of Tulsa, Ok.; foster brother Jeff Parsons and wife Michelle of Ardmore, Ok.; two foster sisters, Kim Nollette and husband Tim of Great Bend and Shelley Correll and husband Kent of Spearville; his foster father Larry Parsons of Great Bend; foster mother Phyllis Parsons of Great Bend; two cousins, Ron Bennett of Cedar Rapids, Ia. and Sharon Bennett of Boulder, Co.; and his two aunts, Martha Bennett of Meridian, Ia. and Sharon Bennett of Boulder, Co. Mr. Hughes was preceded in death by his parents. Services were attended Thursday morning, December 6, 2012 at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend with Pastor Roy Savage presiding. Cremation followed. A memorial has been established for Barton County Boys Home and can be sent in care of Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend Ks 67530.

Norma Dudley Word has been received of the death of Norma Jean Dudley, age 69, of Ulysses. Mrs. Dudley passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at her home. She was born March 9, 1943 in Englewood, Co. the daughter of Walter Seeley and the former Doris Marie Moss. Norma grew up in Colorado. She married Richard D. Dudley June 8, 1966 in Las Vegas, Nv. Norma and her husband worked side by side operating The Dash In Drive-In and The Crystal Ice Cream Parlor in Gunnison, Co. In August of 1972 Norma and Richard moved to Ulysses where they purchased and operated the Ulysses Movie Theatre and Drive-In. They also ran Shelly’s Restaurant. Mrs. Dudley was a member of the Ulysses Chamber of Commerce, Red Hat Society, and Quilting Guild. She sewed many of her children’s clothes, including her daughter’s wedding dresses. She also enjoyed cooking, and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors include her husband Richard of the home; daughters, Terri Lynn Ryles and husband Bob of Tiger, Ga., Laurie Walta and husband Danny of Caldwell and Linda Velasquez and husband Robert of Ulysses;

brothers, Larry Seeley of Englewood, Jerry Seeley of Billings, Mt. and Richard Banes of Ulysses; sisters, Elaine Kuhn and Donna Snyder both of Englewood; her six grandchildren, Gara Lee, Crystal Hagerman, Dana Walta, Dylan Walta, Jordan Velasquez and Nicholas Velasquez; and three great grandchildren, Rhett, Quintin and Colby Lee. Those preceding Norma in death are her parents; daughter Tina Rader; and sister Sharon Bennett. Funeral services were attended Saturday afternoon, December 8, 2012 at the Country View Baptist Church in Ulysses with Reverend Sam Bynum officiating. Interment followed at the Ulysses Cemetery under the direction of Garnand Funeral Home of Ulysses. Memorial contributions may be given to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure or American Cancer Society in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, Ks 67880.

I will strengthen them in the Lord; and they shall walk up and down in His name, saith the Lord. Zechariah 10:12

HUGOTON POLICE REPORT Business Hours, Call 544-4959 After Hours, Call 544-2020 Monday, December 3, 2012 • Vehicle Unlock, 400 Block of East Fifth, Citizen Assist, Officer Lamatsch • Medical Assist, 700 Block of South Harrison, Public Service, Officer Lamatsch • Loud Music, 100 Block of East East, Unable to Locate, Officer Lamatsch • Loud Music, 900 Block of South Coulter, Officer Lamatsch Tuesday, December 4, 2012 • Vehicle Unlock, 1000 Block of South Polk, Citizen Assist, Officer Lamatsch • Medical Assist, 700 Block of South Harrison, Public Service, Officer Lamatsch • Medical Assist, 1000 Block of South Jackson, Public Service, Officer Lamatsch • Dog at Large, 1100 Block of South Main, Dog Impounded, ACO Smith • Theft, 100 Block of South Jefferson, Took Report, Officer Hagman Wednesday, December 5, 2012 • Non-Injury Accident, 1000 Block of South Jackson, Took Report, Officer Crane • Possible Domestic, 700 Block of South Madison, Investigated, Officer Crane • Dog at Large, Ticket Issued, ACO Smith • Puppies at Large, 700 Block of East Sixth, Impounded, ACO Smith

• Possible Domestic, 700 South Madison, Investigated, Sgt. Johnson Thursday, December 6, 2012 • Dogs at Large, 300 Block of South Jefferson, Officer Crane/ACO Smith Friday, December 7, 2012 • Dog Complaint, 400 Block of West Tenth, Spoke to Both Parties, Officer Lamatsch • Non-Injury Accident, 500 Block of South Jackson, Took Report, Officer Lamatsch • Dog at Large, 200 Block of South Jefferson, Returned to Owner, ACO Smith • Dogs at Large, 100 Block of South Monroe, Owner Caught, ACO Smith • Dog at Large, 400 Block of Wildcat, Ticket Issued, ACO Smith • Runaway, 400 Block of West Sixth, Taken into Custody, Officer Hagman/Officer Lamatsch Saturday, December 8, 2012 • Vehicle Unlock, 100 Block of South Monroe, Citizen Assist, Officer Lamatsch Sunday, December 9, 2012 • Non-Injury Accident, 600 Block of Jackson, Took Report, Officer Lamatsch • Missing Dog, 800 Block of South Jackson, Unable to Locate, Officer Lamatsch


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Combine park permits and vehicle registrations in 2013 Kansans who enjoy visiting the state parks can count on at least two annual rituals – renewing their vehicle registrations and buying their annual park permits. Currently, these tasks must be completed on separate occasions, at different buildings or online locations, and using separate transactions. That’s about to change, thanks to a partnership between the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR). Beginning in 2013, Kansas motor vehicle owners will be able to buy an annual park vehicle permit as part of their vehicle registration process. The permit – called a Kansas State Parks Passport – will cost $15.00 (county treasurers can elect to add a $0.50 service fee). This lower-price, non-transferable permit will be available only during the vehicle registration process at a motor vehicle registration office, through the online vehicle registration site (www.kswebtags.org), or when registering by mail. The Kansas State Parks Passport will expire when the vehicle registration expires a year later.

During 2013, persons who would like to purchase an annual park permit before they register their vehicles can do so at any KDWPT office, Kansas license vendor or through the KDWPT website, (www.ksoutdoors.com/Li cense-Permits), and then request a pro-rated refund for the difference in cost. Refund forms will be available from KDWPT state park offices or through the KDWPT website at ksoutdoors.com. Only Kansas State Park Passports purchased between January 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013 will be eligible for refund. Kansas residents (except seniors and persons with disabilities) and owners of vehicles not registered in Kansas who buy their park vehicle permits at a KDWPT office or vendor will have to pay the regular price for annual and daily permits. The regular annual park vehicle permit will cost $25.00, and the daily vehicle permit fee will be $5.00, including processing fees. To save even more starting in 2013, residents 65 years of age or older or persons with disabilities who display a special license plate or placard issued pursuant to state law

can buy a park vehicle permit directly from a KDWPT office or vendor. Including processing fees, the cost will be $13.75 for annual vehicle park permits or $3.25 for regular daily permits. These lower-priced permits will not be available as part of the vehicle registration process. KDWPT pushed for the new passport in the 2012 legislative session. Kansas state parks receive modest funding from the state general fund but the amount has dwindled in recent years, resulting in significant challenges for park operations and maintenance. Robin Jennison, KDWPT Secretary, explained that the agency is striving to be less reliant on state general funds. “The new annual permit will provide a lower cost way for families and young people to visit our state parks. It also will help expand our customer base, and provide a more reliable, consistent revenue stream to stabilize the funding pool so we can more effectively operate our state parks. We deeply appreciate the help of the Department of Revenue to make this happen.” he said. Linda Craghead, Assistant

Secretary for Parks and Tourism, added, “The Kansas State Parks Passport will make it more convenient and affordable for Kansans to enjoy our 25 state parks. It will be a great way for families to reconnect with nature and each other, and help preserve the parks for future generations. Families can enjoy a whole year of adventure and outdoor activities for less than the cost of treating the family to a night at the movies.” "We are pleased to partner with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to offer this customer service feature which will make it easier for all Kansans to visit our state parks," said KDOR Vehicles Director Donna Shelite. Information about the new Kansas State Parks Passport will be included in the registration renewal notice sent to vehicle owners each year.

your donations. If you do run into a scam or are concerned about whether an organization is operating lawfully in Kansas, our office is here to help. Please file a report with us by visiting www.ag.ks.gov or call our Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-432-2310. You can also find more tips for charitable giving in the Consumer Protection section of our Web site. Even when the charity soliciting you to contribute is legitimate, you would be wise to do some checking before giving to ensure that you know exactly who you’re giving to and also what will be done with your donation. Here are a few tips: 1. You should check to make sure the charity you are giving to is registered with the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office by visiting www.kscharitycheck.org. Most charities soliciting donations in the State of Kansas are required to register. The most common exceptions from registration are certain educational and religious institutions. 2. Pay particular attention to how much of each dollar you give will actually support the cause rather than just funding “overhead” and administrative expenses. If an organization is registered, the www.kscharitycheck.org site also will let you know what percentage of the funds raised by the organization

goes to support the charitable purpose and what percentage is used for fundraising expenses. Pay careful attention to this information. Avoid charities that only give a small portion of each dollar to the actual charitable work. After all, you're giving because you want to support a particular charitable cause not just to support a fundraising operation. 3. If you are planning to claim a tax deduction from your donation, you also should make sure the organization is in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service. You can check to see if an organization is eligible for tax-deductible contributions at www.irs.gov/app/pub-78/. Once you have made your contribution, be sure to save a receipt or acknowledgement from the organization so you can properly claim your tax deduction. Kansas charities provide valuable services year-round, and we know they couldn't do it without the support of generous Kansans. The best way to avoid charity scams and to eliminate uncertainty about how your donation will be used is to give to local, familiar organizations with which you have a personal relationship. If you do a little research before you give, you will rest comfortably knowing your donations are put to good use. Please have a safe and happy holiday season!

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TEMPERATURE Call 844 Garry Norton thinks the bird pictured last week is a young Prairie Falcon. Above is a picture taken from the internet and below is the picture from The Hermes last week. As they get older, this falcon gets more stripes on their breast. What do you think?

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Holiday generosity - give wisely By Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt Thousands of charitable organizations are registered in Kansas, and many of them rely on the generosity of Kansans during the holiday season. Legitimate charities engage in a wide variety of important work that helps our communities stay vibrant and strong. Unfortunately, there are also scammers out there who may appear to be non-profit organizations but whose real purpose is to take advantage of your generosity. Be careful, and if you are solicited by telephone, email or direct mail by somebody claiming to be a charity - be skeptical. Scammers posing as charities will often target people by telephone solicitation. They may use a name or title that sounds similar to a legitimate organization and ask for the donation to be made on the phone by giving them your bank or credit card number. You should never be afraid to tell the solicitor you need some time to think about it and ask for a physical address to send your donation. You may also ask them to mail to you written information about the charity. This will give you time to research the organization and make sure it is legitimate. Any legitimate charity will be willing to wait a few days to receive your contribution. Do not allow yourself to be pressured into making a donation. As the old saying goes, the best defense is a good offense. Think in advance about what charities you want to support this holiday season. This allows you to initiate the contact, and it keeps you in control of your contribution. You should plan and budget your charitable giving just like you budget for other expenses. Do not allow yourself to be swayed by strangers who may choose to solicit you for

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Heart healthy tips for December activities

Some unusual visitors have been showing up near town lately. Snow Geese and Canadian Geese have been flocking together and landing just west of Hugoton. A pretty sight to behold early in the mornings.

Patrick Arange has outdone himself this year at 123 Jefferson. His yard is a virtual Christmas

Fantasy Land. Definitely worth a drive-by look-see.

December is usually filled with holiday feasts, parties, late nights and traveling. While fun, it can also send healthy eating habits right out the window. The American Heart Association offers a few tips to help you stay on a heart-healthy course while still enjoying all the season’s festivities. Gaining weight is one holiday tradition that no one wants to keep. Set the stage for success. • Don’t starve yourself the day of the party so you can fill up on food that evening. If you eat normally throughout the day, you’re much less likely to overeat at the party. Try eating a healthy snack, such as a piece of fruit, before going to the party. • Remember: The point of holiday gatherings is to celebrate, not to eat. Mingle with friends and loved ones instead of hovering around the buffet table. • Don’t load up at the buffet table. Balance and moderation is important. Keep portion sizes small by putting your snacks on a small plate instead of a large one and limiting your trips to the buffet. • Wait 20 minutes before getting another plate of food. You’ll often find that you’re no longer hungry.

Sneak in a few healthy cooking techniques without losing the flavor. From quick dinner ideas to delicious desserts, American Heart Association cookbooks provide lots of ways to make cooking healthier. Here are some tips offered in the cookbooks: (To purchase cookbooks, visit www.shopheart.org or www.heart.org). • Use non-stick cookware so you can cook with a minimum of oil or vegetable oil spray. • For a wonderful flavor enhancer, sprinkle food with vinegar or citrus juice. Add it at the last minute so the flavor is at its strongest. • Substitute chopped vegetables for some of the bread in your stuffing recipe. • Try substituting high-fat ingredients with low-fat alternatives. Some recipes allow apple sauce in place of certain oils, or fat free, cholesterol free egg products for eggs. Adding activity can offset the extra food you may eat. It’s important to maintain your physical activity during the holidays – the American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes or more of exercise most days of the week. Use the tips below to help manage your daily fitness routine.

• ‘Tis the season for spending time with family! Use the holidays to create quality family activities. Take a walk around the neighborhood after dinner to look at holiday lights. Building snowmen, sledding, ice skating are all thrilling activities that keep both children and adults entertained. • Be flexible. If there are no 30-minute blocks in your schedule, use any chance you find. Ten minutes of walking a few times a day is better than nothing. • Multitask! Try speed cleaning. Take a brisk walk through the mall. Before you know it your task list will be done. • Park at the far end of the lot is an easy way to avoid stressful parking situations. Not only will you lower your stress level, you’ll burn extra calories by walking. • Any exercise moves you toward a healthier heart. For more tips on how to have a heart-healthy holiday season, download the American Heart Association’s FREE Healthy Holiday Eating Guide at www.heart.org/KC. For more free recipes, visit www.heart.org/nutrition. Story submitted by the American Heart Association.

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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.

December 16 Barbara Williams Hillbilly Band

The beautiful lights Tis the reason for the season. The Jackson. nativity scene above is located at 216 S. illuminate and highlight the scene.

December 23 Rev. Richard Martin Church of God

Kansas Gas Service rate increase approved by KCC

December 30 Minister Matt Russell Church of Christ

FAITH COMMUNITY CHURCH 531 S. Main 544-7077 Michael 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.

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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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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. HugotonUMC.com

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

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

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

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

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

The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC or Commission) approved a Settlement Agreement reached between Kansas Gas Service, KCC staff, and the Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB), granting Kansas Gas Service a $28 million rate increase. An average residential

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customer will see an approximate increase of less than $2 per month or $24 per year. These figures do not include cost of gas which is variable and unregulated by the Commission. The new rates go into effect January 1. As part of the Settlement Agreement, Kansas Gas Service dropped their revenue normalization adjustment proposal. Kansas Gas Service originally requested a $50.7 million increase. Kansas Gas Service’s last rate increase of $52 million was approved November 16, 2006. Kansas Gas Service provides service to approximately 632,000 customers in Kansas. The Commission regulates public utilities including home telephone, natural gas, electric and water companies, and oil and gas producers. The Commission's regulatory oversight of public utilities primarily pertains to rates and terms of service. In order to ensure that customers of regulated utilities are provided sufficient and efficient service at just and reasonable rates - utilities may not change rates without Com-

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MUSEUM UPDATE from The Stevens County Gas & Historical Museum Gladys Renfro and Beulah Carter Christmas Is a Time... Of joyful hearts sharing happy moments. It’s a time to thank God for the blessings in our lives, especially when those blessings include knowing ALL of you - as special as ALL of you are!!! We do think ALL of you are SPECIAL and we APPRECIATE ALL of you!!! We invite you to visit us at the Gas & Historical 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.

P lease Adopt Me! Rayne is always willing to learn and try new things! Her hobbies include playing outside, dancing and singing. Rayne is an engaging young girl who enjoys spending one-on-one time with caregivers. Rayne states that she would like to be a doctor or a tooth fairy when she grows up. Rayne needs a loving, caring and affectionate forever family that will not give up on her. She will need a family that will allow her to maintain contact with her sister. Rayne wants a family to call her own. To learn

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Sorority conducts December meeting in Elkhart The December meeting of the Beta Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma was in Elkhart Monday, December 3, 2012. The group met at 7:00 p.m. at the Morton County Library. President Eudon Dutton called the meeting to order. The first order of business was the initiation of the new member, Tracy Brecheisen, by Eudon Dutton, Sue Meek, and Dot Leiker. Refreshments were then served by hostesses Susan Carey and Sue Meek. A beautifully decorated DKG cake, iced tea and water were served to everyone. Guest speaker, Michelle Hanes, reading specialist from Elkhart, presented a very informative presentation on Common Core Curriculum which is being adopted in Kansas schools. A nice discussion was held by the members. Then, those present worked on door hanger

snowmen to be taken to the Morton County Long Term Care patients. Winnie Hagenah read a Christmas story, A Transcript of John Henry Faulk's Christmas Story. For devotions, she read "Christmas Bells" by Charles Appleton Longfellow written during the American Civil War. Eudon gave each member a beautiful poinsettia. Hostesses gave each member a white towel with a red rose and DKG embroidered on them. The towels had been made by Susan's parents, James and Gerry Soltwedel, of Yoder, Co. The next meeting will be March 4 in Elkhart. Those attending the meeting were Tracy Brecheisen, Susan Carey, Eudon Dutton, Retta Eiland, Cheyenne FitzRoy, Winnie Hagenah, Dot Leiker, Sue Meek, Janie Shelden, and speaker, Michelle Hanes.

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Becoming a Girl Scout volunteer is a fun way to build character in girls Watch as girls discover the world around them. Listen to their thoughts and ideas to help them connect. Assist in their endeavors as girls take action to make the world a better place. There are so many ways to serve. Whether you have one hour, one day, one week, one month, or one year, we have the perfect opportunity for you - become a Girl Scout Volunteer! There are girls throughout Southwest Kansas who are on a waiting list because there are not enough volunteers to lead and/or assist in

troop activities. If you live in Hodgeman, Ford, Grey, Hamilton, Kearny, Finney, Grant, Meade, Seward, Stevens, Morton or Stanton County, your help is needed. If you would like to make a difference, and help shape the future, please contact Chandra Lay in the Garden City office at 888-900-7061 or clay@gskh.org for more information. Every volunteer makes a difference. Maybe you have time to chaperone a trip, work at camp, share your knowledge and skills at an

Eunice Schroeder shows Mrs. Kitzke’s first graders the Smithsonian exhibit of “The Way We Worked.” This is the last class that will be

event, or help deliver lunch or afterschool programs to girls who don’t have access to Girl Scouts elsewhere. Maybe you know all the community hotspots to hang up flyers, or maybe planning a fundraising event would better suit you. Girl Scout volunteers don’t need to be parents, have any history with the organization, or even be female. Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization whose mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Without

able to see the exhibit at the Stevens County Library as the exhibit is being moved to another location.

Remembering

125 years of the Hermes From the November 21, 1962, issue of The Hugoton Hermes Coyotes Feed Crippled Mate Ernest Rudolph of the Woods Community, while visiting this office Monday, came along with the best coyote story we have heard. About a week ago he went out to his field for some feed and down the row between the melon patch and a milo field, a crippled coyote was scared out. The coyote was crippled in the back and could only get about by dragging its hind legs. Ernest picked up a couple of large wrenches from his truck and took after the coyote and soon killed it. He went back to where the coyote had been camping and found a lot of rabbit fur, bones and melon rinds strewn about. Evidence showed that the coyote had been shot or wounded in some way in the back. It is Ernest’s opinon that the mate or other coyotes had been feeding the crippled coyote with rabbits and melons for nearly two weeks. The crippled coyote was a female. Later Ernest found that one of his neighbors had shot and crippled a coyote close to this field the first day of pheasant season but did not get the animal. This is believed to be the animal wounded by the neighbor. From the October 30, 1942, issue of The Hugoton Hermes. Coffee to be Rationed Coffee will be rationed starting

at midnight, November 28, at a rate of one pound every five weeks for each person over 15 years old, the office of price administration announced today. On the basis of 35 to 40 cups to the pound, the ration means slightly more than a cup of coffee a day per person. Retail sales will be halted at midnight, November 21, Price Administrator Leon Henderson said, for a week-long freeze during which grocers will stock their shelves for the start of rationing. The first rationed coffee will be purchased on the last stamp in the sugar ration book, Stamp No. 28. Subsequent rations will be issued by working backwards through the sugar book, using stamps No. 28 to No. 19, in sequence. The war production board ordered OPA to take control of consumer distribution to assure an equal supply for all, Henderson said, and attributed the emergency action mainly to “exercise buying by consumers.” Eligibility will be determined by the age on war ration book No. 1—the sugar book. If the age shown when the book was issued in May was 15 or older, the holder is entitled to coffee rations; if 14 or younger, the book is not valid for coffee purchase. Use of the book for sugar will continue as in the past.

volunteers, this mission cannot be fulfilled. Volunteers are the very backbone of the Girl Scout organization, from the at-home dad who leads his daughter’s Brownie troop, to the entrepreneur who speaks at a Girl Scout event about their business, to the college student who wants to share his passion for photography.

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are awarded to K-State students More than 9,400 academic scholarships have been awarded to Kansas State University students for the 2012-2013 school year. Overall, students have earned more than $19.2 million in scholarships for the current academic year -- nearly $1 million more than the previous year. Most of the scholarships are made possible through donations and gifts to the Kansas State University Foundation. Information on the university's student financial assistance is available at http://www.k-state. edu/sfa. Students receiving scholarships totaling more than $1,000 include from Hugoton: Tyrol Beltz, MudgeThompson Geology Scholarship; Logan Crawford, Heritage Award; Laton Heger, Fairchild Scholarship; Stetson Honig, Gayle Foster Alumni Club Scholarship, Richard Auer Memorial Scholarship, and Activity Scholarship; Keithan Martin, Mudge-Thompson Geology Scholarship, and Petroleum Geology Scholarship; Katherine Omo, Friends of Kansas State Choirs, Soaring with Eagles Scholarship, and Dr. Heath J. Schroeder Memorial Leadership Scholarship; Avory Stegman, Memorial Scholarship. From Moscow: Mackenzie Dobie, Heritage Award From Rolla: Casey Barrett, Faith R. Roach Scholarship, and Helen C. Schutte Memorial Scholarship; Marshall Clinesmith, Mary Lucille and Walter Abmeyer Scholarship.

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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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Sports Schedule Thursday, December 13 Middle School Girls Basketball; 4:00 p.m. - 7th Grade at Home; 8th Grade at Liberal South Friday, December 14 High School Basketball at Colby; 4:45 p.m. Saturday, December 15 V Wrestling at Goodland; 10:00 a.m. Middle School Wrestling Arms Tournament at Home; 10:00 a.m. JV Wrestling at Holly;

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Lady Eagles are runnerup in Blue and Red Classic tourney It was an exciting time for the Lady Eagles fans during the Blue and Red Classic tournament this past weekend. The Hugoton girls played very tough during the three games of the tournament winning the first two then losing the third game and championship by only two points. Though it was a disappointing loss for the team, it however showed just how tough this team can be with promises of a winning season. The Lady Eagles played Guymon, Ok. in their first game of the tournament. Hugoton jumped ahead of the visiting Lady Tigers early in the first quarter and held the lead throughout the four quarters. Leading by only one point going into half time, the home team went on to defeat Guymon 12 points. The Lady Eagles played Stratford, Tx. Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. where the Hugoton team took their second win of the tournament. It was the final game however that was the most exciting and yet the most disappointing for the Lady Eagles and their loyal fans. Hugoton played Perryton, Tx. for the championship Saturday night. In all four quarters it was anyone’s game with Hugoton leading most of the game by two points. As the seconds ticked down Perryton tied up the game and in the very last minute scored two points to win. Game one against Guymon started with the Lady Eagles, Nicole Kinser, jumping against Ashlyn Wadley. Hugoton got the first points when Josie Mueller dropped the ball through the hoop from under the net. At the end of the first quarter Hugoton led, eight to five. As the pace picked up in the second quarter, the Lady Eagles added ten more points while holding the Lady Tigers to eight. The Lady Eagles returned to the court in the second half to add 17 points in the third quarter and another 12 in the fourth quarter. Guymon did not add very many points in the third quarter but came back strong in the fourth adding 17 to their side

of the scoreboard. The comeback was too late and the Lady Eagles advanced to the second round of the tournament in the winners bracket. Final score was 47 to 35. Game two for the home team was against the Stratford girls. Hugoton dominated the Texas team scoring 25 points in the first half while holding the visiting team to 11. As the second half resumed, the Hugoton girls were there to play basketball and play they did. Another 25 points were added in the third along with another 14 in the fourth giving the Lady Eagles a 64 to 28 win. Ana Pena and Rylie Sosa each scored two three point shots but it was Nicole Kinser who led the team in points with 17. It was the third game of the tournament against Perryton that proved to be the most exciting game of the weekend. Both teams had won games against tough apponents and were ready to play for the championship. Kinser went to the center circle to jump against Lacey Herbert to start the battle. Perryton got the ball on the jump and scored the first point on a free throw. Baylee Hoskinson and Ana Pena each scored three point shots giving the Lady Eagles a quick boost. Going into the second quarter the Hugoton team added another ten points for a half time score of 20. Perryton at this point trailed by four. Third quarter brought a flurry of shots by both teams and set the pace for the final showdown. It was a tied game at 30-30 going into the fourth quarter. Estafane Armendariz broke the tie when she hit two free throws after being fouled while attempting a shot from under the basket. Time ticked down and with 39 seconds to play Perryton once again tied the game with two free throws. It was the final eight seconds that put the visiting team in the championship circle when Perryton scored a quick basket. As the game came to an end, Hugoton could not get a second chance to tie the game up losing 38 to 40.

Seventh grade girls win one, lose one The seventh grade girls battled Dodge City Lady Comaches Monday, December 3. A good defense and excellent shooting gave the Lady Eagles A-team another win, 31 to 10. "Our defense did a good job holding the Comaches to ten points. We worked on a different defense so I was proud of the girls for trying something new," said coach Jill Nech. Hugoton had one girl shoot double digits during the fast paced game. Dallie Hoskinson scored 17 points followed by Laney Hoskinson with nine. Brooklynn Harper did well adding three points along with a two point shot by Jaysa Fetherston. The B-team also took on the Dodge City team but did not manage to add a win to their record. Hugoton worked the ball well but wasn't able to

hit all their shots resulting in a 9 to 11 loss. "This was a close game the entire four quarters, we just couldn't hit enough of our baskets in the fourth quarter" Nech added. Trinity McPhillips and Britta Beesley each added four points in the game followed by a free throw by Felecia Beard. "We had several balls that were close to the basket but we just didn't make them," Nech concluded.

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Nicole Kinser easily out-jumps her opponent during the Blue and Red Classic tourmanent. Hugoton defeated Guymon in the first game of the tournament. The championship game against Perryton showed both teams were equally matched ending in a two point difference in their scores. There were no big score players in the championship but a continuous amount of shots by the Lady Eagles. Kinser and Chasity Parsons each added eight points followed by Hoskinson with seven. Though it was a disappointing loss, the Lady Eagles played a tough tournament very well. The 2012 Girls All Tournament Team were Nicole Kinser and Chastity Parsons of Hugoton; Kyra Cathcart

and Shania Miller of Hooker; Lacey Herbert of Perryton; Nayelly LaPoint of Southwestern Heights; Bethany Everett of Stratford; Ashlyn Wadley of Guymon; Darrie Rogers of Lakin and Sydney Walton of Perryton was MVP. The 2012 girls free throw champions was Perryton with 66%. Champions of the Blue and Red Classic was Perryton, Hugoton was runner up. and Hooker was third.

Lady Eagles dominate most games The eighth grade Lady Eagles played three games this past week. Hugoton first played Liberal West where A-team dominated the throughout the entire game. Hugoton’s B-team also did well taking the win after coming from behind in the first half. The Lady Eagles A-team took the court with winning on their mind and that is how they played the full four quarters. Hugoton led in the first quarter 11 to 4 and ended the first half, 15 to 9. The third quarter saw the Lady Eagles extend their lead by ten before ending the game with a big win, 39 to 22. Katy Heger had double digits with 13 points in the game. The B-team also had a win at Liberal 30 to 27. Liberal jumped ahead in the first half ending it ahead, 12 to 14. Hugoton came back strong tying the third quarter, 20 all. After a tough battle in the fourth the Lady Eagles pulled out the win. Five Lady Eagles scored in this exciting game with three scoring in the double digits. Jazmyn Monge was the top scorer for the Hugoton team with 13 points. Jackie Armrndariz scored 12 and Zeida Betance had ten points. It was on the road for the home team to Dodge City December 3. Hugoton's A-team found the Lady Comanches not much competition, easily defeating them 36 to 10. Dominating the Dodge City girls, Hugoton scored 19 points in the first quarter while holding the Lady Comanches to three. The domination continued through the

next three quarters taking another win for the Lady Eagles. Katy Heger was again the top scorer with 18 points. Amy Scott also was a big offense player hitting 17 points followed by Melissa Febela with 11. The B-team also controlled their game keeping Dodge from their goal while adding point after point to the Lady Eagles scoreboard. After holding the Lady Comanches to only four points in the first half Hugoton led by 28. Continuing to hold Dodge at bay the game ended with a big win for Hugoton, 36 to 10. Betance once again led her team in points scoring ten, followed by Yaczeny Gastelum with eight. Jazmyn Mongue and Jackie Armendariz each scored six while Martha Rubio scored four and Nazareth Knox added two. Traveling back to Dodge City December 4 the Lady Eagles once again met Dodge on their home court. The A-team continued to rule the court defeating Dodge 47 to 14. "Our A-team continues to play very well. Tuesday night we played the best game of the season. We shot the ball very well." said coach Nick Rodriguez. The B-team did not fare as well as the A-team losing to the Lady Comanches by one. After trailing in all quarters the B-team ended the game 20 to 21. "Our B team should have won Tuesday night but just didn't perform to our potential. We just did not box out well and shoot the ball well," concluded coach Rodriguez.

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Thursday, December 6 Hugoton Lady Eagles seventh grade competed against Dodge City Middle School. The A-team defeated Dodge City with a big gap in scores 40-2. Laney Hoskinson scored nine points in the game followed closely by Dallie Hoskinson and Brooklynn Harper with eight points each. JoHanna Rawlins scored six points followed by Claire Lewis with three, Britta Beesley, Caitlin Lewis and Jaysa Featherston scoring two points each. “Our girls did a good job of sharing the ball and we made sure that everyone on our

teams scored a basket. The girls have two games before our tournament,” said coach Jill Nech. The B-team also won their game against Dodge City with a score of 13-9. Girls scoring for the Lady Eagles were Britta Beesley with six points and Trinity McPhillips with seven points. “We were ahead most of the game, however we missed nine free throws in the second half which means we should have won 13 points, said coach Nech. “We will continue to work on free throws and rebounding in practice,” concluded coach Nech.

Monday, December 11 the Lady Eagles battled Horace Goode. The A-team won their battle 34-26. Dallie Hoskinson was the top scorer with 11 points. JoHanna Rawlins followed Dallie closely with ten points followed by Laney Hoskinson with eight and Claire Lewis with five. “Our girls did a better job rebounding this game, we just need to continue to be stronger with the ball after we get a rebound. We did not do a very good job of making appropriate passes and did not share the ball very well on offense,” said coach Nech. “We have one more game before

our tournament next week which gives us plenty of time to work on things in practice,” she concluded. The B-team lost their battle against Horace Goode 1029. Brooklynn Harper scored nine points and Trinity McPhillips had one point. “The girls did not do a very good job of rebounding or making good passes, we also missed 11 free throws which would have put us closer to winning the game” said coach Nech. “The girls are done until their tournament next week so we will have several days to work on things in practice,” she concluded.


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Varsity Eagles battle two tough teams during Blue and Red Classic It was a weekend of basketball for the Hugoton Eagles as they participated in the Blue and Red Classic tournament. Eight teams participated in this yearly event including the Varsity Eagles boys team and the Eagles JV boys team. Hugoton played in the headlining spot Thursday against the tough Southwestern Heights Mustangs. After a loss to the visiting team, the Eagles moved to the losing bracket. Determination and hard work Friday night saw the Eagles take on the visiting Ulysses team in the east gym. Despite the effort the Hugoton boys played their last game losing to the Tigers. Hugoton did not get to play a third game because it would have been against the Hugoton JV.

The first game of the tournament was against SWH in the west gym. Hugoton had the lead for a short time in the first quarter but slowly allowed the Mustangs to take it over. By the end of the first half Hugoton trailed by 16. The Eagles continued to trail in the second half to lose the fast paced game, 42 to 58. Reid Davis jumped for the Eagles to start the first game of the Blue and Red Classic. The Eagles jumped ahead of SWH with a two point shot by Jeison Rodriguez then followed with two free throws by Logan Fredrick. That was the last time the Eagles led in the entire game. SWH moved ahead with several shots while holding Hugoton from scoring. With three minutes left in the first quarter

Henry Vela slips by the Mustangs on his way to the basket.

Fredrick landed a three point shot to bring the Eagles within four of the Mustangs. Hugoton trailed, 24 to 40 starting the second half. Yates Sutton threw the ball in to Reid Davis to start the third quarter, Eight seconds into the quarter Fredrick hits another three point shot bringing the Eagles to 27. Hugoton scored three more times in the quarter including a last second, two point lay up on a steal from Henry Vela. The Eagles managed to hold SWH to nine points in the third quarter and did well holding the Mustangs in the final quarter of the game. The Eagles added nine points in the last quarter but again gave up nine to SWH. Hugoton held SWH at bay for the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. Rodriguez added another two points with 5:36 remaining in the game bringing the Eagles to within ten of the Mustangs. SWH ran the ball past the Eagles in the remaining minutes hitting their shots and adding nine points to secure the win. Rene Rubio scored the final two points for the Eagles with 18 seconds to play. Game two for the Eagles was played in the East gym against Ulysses. Hugoton started off a little slow allowing the Tigers to take the lead

early in the first half. The Eagles scored ten points in the first quarter and five in the second for a total of 15 points. The home team started the third quarter a little stronger but seemed to lose steam as the time began to run out. Going into the final quarter the Eagles regained lost ground adding 17 points in the fourth quarter. Allowing Ulysses 13 points in the last quarter did not help the Eagles forcing them to take the loss, 43 to 65. The Eagles hit 13 two point shots and three, three point shots against Ulysses. They attempted 13 free throws but only made eight. This is in comparison to the Tigers 19, two point shots, three, three point shots and 16 out of 18 free throws. The 2012 Boys All Tournament Team winners are Gabe Morales and Chad Kennedy of Hooker; Keeton Willeford of Perryton; Ben Johnsrud and Clayton Chase of Southwestern Heights; Kyler Barlow of Ulysses; Arnoldo Moncada of Guymon; Dalton Shalberg of Lakin and Joe Bean of Hooker was MVP. The 2012 boys free throw champions was Guymon with 68%. The 2012 Blue and Red Classic champions was Hooker, Southwestern Heights was runner up and Perryton was third.

JV Eagles compete in Blue and Red Classic The JV Eagles participated in the Blue and Red Classic December 6 and 7 where they met some very tough compitition. Due to the Stratford boys still in the football playoffs in Texas, the Hugoton JV boys were substituted in their place in the tournament. Hugoton played against Perryton in their first game where the home team took

their first loss. It was Perryton’s game from the start. In the first quarter the Eagles scored two points and added another nine by half time. Perryton was well in the lead going into the second half scoring 36. The Eagles came back strong in the third quarter scoring 12 needed points but gave up another 19 to Perryton. A low scoring final quar-

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combination license good for the rest of the holder’s life that will cost $42.50, including vendor and issuance fees. Residents 65 and older can also opt for an annual fishing or hunting license at half the regular price, $11.50, or an annual hunting/fishing combination license for $20.50. Residents 75 and older are still exempt. The new senior licenses, along with all the 2013 licenses and permits will go on sale December 14, and they are valid for the remainder of 2012 and all of 2013. They can be purchased at more than 600 vendors across the state or online at www.ksoutdoors.com.

Christmas bird counts ready to soar The long tradition of Christmas bird counts provide people interested in birds opportunities to make new acquaintances, renew old friendships, and learn more about birds and birdwatching in Kansas. The counts also provide important information about bird migration and population trends. Christmas bird counts have been conducted for more than 100 years, and more than 2,000 counts are held across the nation each year. Kansas averages 50 counts per year, with more than 40 scheduled so far this year and others yet to be announced. Many counts are concentrated in the eastern and southern parts of the state, but in recent years, more have been conducted in western Kansas — such as Elkhart and Ulysses — providing additional opportunities to participate. Christmas bird counts are conducted in circular census areas with a 7.5 mile radius. This is consistent from countto-count and year-to-year, always surveying the same location, ensuring data collected is comparable for population trends over time. Count events are easy to

prepare for; the best tools being a pair of binoculars, a good field guide, and appropriate clothing and footwear for possible extreme weather. For those counting in an area with a lake, a good spotting scope can be extremely helpful in identifying birds at a distance. It’s also a good idea to study species expected in your location. There are many count compilers in Kansas who send data to the Kansas Ornithological Society (KOS), and these counts are free. The KOS will accept data collected on counts conducted from December 9 through January 13, 2013. The official Audubon Christmas Bird Count period is December 14 to January 5 every year and this year, there is no longer a $5 fee for field participants. Information about Kansas Christmas bird counts can be found at the KOS website, www.ksbirds.org. For details, just click “2012-2013 Kansas Christmas Bird Counts.” For more information about Audubon Christmas Bird Counts in Kansas, go to birds.audubon.org/christmasbird-count.

ter for both teams ended in a 28 to 63 loss for Hugoton. Rance Ralstin had the high score for the Eagles with six points against Perryton. Ulises Armendariz followed with a two point basket and three out of four free throws. Parker Titus was the only Hugoton player to score a three point basket against the more experienced Texas team. Hugoton played a better scoring game against Guymon in the second game. Hugoton came out strong in the first quarter adding nine points and another eight in the sec-

ond. Hugoton did not shoot too well in the third quarter adding seven more points to their side of the scoreboard while giving up 22 to Guymon. Both teams added 11 each in the final to end the game with the Eagles behind 35 to 69. Hugoton shot better in the second game hitting 14 two point shots compared to eleven in the first game. Emmanuel Valles scored the only three point shot for the Eagles in game two while Dakota Moodie was the top scorer for Hugoton with eight points.

Phoning or texting locations of deer to another hunter is illegal You see a big buck moving in the direction of your buddy’s deer stand. You want him be ready, so you grab your cell phone and without thinking you send him a text: “Big buck coming your way!” Unfortunately, you’ve just broken the law. The law has been on the books for years, and many hunters are aware that two-way radios can’t be used to give the location of a game animal for the purpose of taking such animal. However, the law prohibits the use of “a radio or other mechanical device,” which includes cell phones. And a text is the same as a call. Don’t do it. Other common violations that can be easily avoided in-

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Hugoton FFA Ag Mechanics Team places fifth at District. The team members are Brady Marshall, Trevor Crane, Chalen Talbert, Mitchell

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STEVENS COUNTY Activity Center - 544-2283 Nutrition Center - 544-8041 ~ Barbara Beeks ~ Good winter Monday morning! It finally got here. Maybe we’ll get rid of some of the flies and insects. We have been pretty busy around here and will really be this week. Board Meeting is Tuesday, Christmas Dinner is Wednesday and then we start getting the rooms cleared out so we can have the floors stripped and rewaxed. Everyone is getting ready for the holidays. There are a lot of pretty lights all around town. Take time to ride around and look at them. Have a great week! Menu Dec. 13...................Baked Ham Dec. 14.......................Pot Roast Dec. 17....................Hamburger Dec. 18 ...............Ham & Beans Dec. 19...................Swiss Steak Dec. 20......Oven-Fried Chicken Activities Schedule Thursday, December 13 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Bridge......................................... Aglow..........................7:00 p.m. Friday, December 14 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Bingo........................12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 15 Getting floors rewaxed. Monday, December 17 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Line Dance.................7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 18 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 19 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Paint...........................1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 20 Exercise....................10:30 a.m.

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Hugoton students visit Sterling College Over 100 students and teachers from Kansas high schools, including Hugoton High School, traveled to Sterling College to participate in art workshops Friday, November 30. The students attended three workshops of their choice covering mural painting, concept art, photography, charcoal mark making and costumed figure drawing. Workshops were led by Assistant Professors of Art, Hanna Kozlowski-Slone and Daniel Swartz, Lecturer in Art, Shawn Cordel and Sterling College students. “We’ve had very positive remarks from all of the students,” said Dennis Dutton, director of admissions. “Several students said they enjoyed the workshops and learned about new things. The teachers from the area high schools appreciated the hands-on experience that their students were able to take part in. We are very pleased with the responses of both the teachers

and the students.” While students were at the event, they also were given a tour of campus by the admissions office and ate lunch in the newly renovated Student Union. Dutton said the event was a good way to introduce students to Sterling College. They plan to host a similar art workshop day in the spring. Participants from Hugoton High School were led by Doug Waters. Students included Manuel Calzadillas, Raphaez Cruz, Kaitlyn Leininger, Jose Licon, Erin Lopez, Paul Nash, Brianna Villa and Katey Watkins. Sterling College is celebrating 125 years as a Christ-centered, four-year, liberal arts college located in Sterling. Since 1887, Sterling has provided quality academics with a mission to develop creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith. For more information, visit www.sterling.edu.

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Take care of your furry friends during cold weather With winter on the way, a Kansas State University veterinarian says dog owners have plenty of options to keep their fur-ever friends comfortable and happy -- even when the weather turns nasty. "A general rule of thumb is if it is too cold for you outside, it is too cold for your dog," said Susan Nelson, a clinical associate professor and veterinarian at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Pet Health Center. But Nelson said there are several factors, such as size, that help some dogs tolerate the cold better than others. "Small stature and short coats, such as with a Chihuahua, make dogs less tolerant of cold weather. Some of these dogs may not even tolerate cooler temperatures that are still above freezing for very long," she said. "Larger body mass and longer, plusher coats allow dogs to tolerate lower temperatures for a longer duration -- think Siberian Husky." Another factor is the time allotted for acclimating a dog to colder temperatures. Nelson said dogs tolerate a gradual reduction in temperature better versus a shorter one as it allows for adequate coat development and adjustment to the cooler temperatures. Many dogs, primarily medium- and larger-size canines, can live comfortably outdoors in colder temperatures if their owners provide them proper shelter. Nelson said this includes well-insulated, properly-sized doghouses that have adequate bedding and doors -- preferably with a flap, if the dogs will allow it -- that face away from north winds. "These dogs may appreciate being brought inside during frigid weather; however, it is best to keep them in a cooler room, like a basement or garage, as they have thick coats and tend to get hot in the warm house," she said. "If temperatures keep an outside dog inside for more than a few days, you should gradually reintroduce the dog to the outdoors. You could start by letting the dog go back outside during the daytime first, then eventually through the night." Coats, sweaters and boots for canines can give some added protection, Nelson said, but they also have some drawbacks. "Watch for choking hazards, such as buttons on coats and sweaters," she said. "Ensure they are made of breathable fabrics and that the fabric doesn't irritate the dog. They should only be worn when su-

pervised as the dog could get caught up in them. Also, if the apparel gets wet, it can promote hypothermia that results from chilling caused from the body being in contact with the cold, wet fabric." Boots can help protect paws from the snow and ice, but Nelson said make sure they fit correctly, can be put on easily and will stay on, and have good traction. Along with cold temperatures, dogs face other dangers in winter. Nelson said some things to watch for, both inside and out, include: * Ice melt. It can be very irritating to paws, so wipe your dog's feet when it comes inside. * Antifreeze. It takes only a small amount to be lethal to a dog. Make sure the dog won't come in contact with the substance, especially if the dog sleeps in the garage. Also, don't let dogs drink from water puddles in the street gutters as these may also be contaminated with antifreeze. * Uneven or sharp ice. It can cut a dog's pads. * Snow. It can form painful iceballs on the undersides of a dog's paws. * Slips and falls. Just like with humans, dogs can take a tumble on the ice and injure themselves. * Rat poison. Its use increases in the winter months. While it may keep pests away, it can be lethal to dogs if ingested directly, or if they eat dead mice or rats that have ingested the poison. * Frostbite and hypothermia. Dogs can suffer from both. * Burns. Watch dogs around fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, candles, etc. * Potpourri. It may have a pleasing smell, but it can be toxic to dogs if ingested. *Arthritis. If your dog suffers from arthritis, cold weather can worsen the symptoms. * Dehydration. Keep an eye on your dog's water bowl to ensure it doesn't freeze when temperatures drop. Heated water bowls are available that can help prevent the problem. Also, make sure the bowls are not made of metal -- Nelson said to remember what happened to the boy in the movie "A Christmas Story" who stuck his tongue to a metal flagpole. * Inadequate calorie consumption. Owners often forget to feed their outdoor dogs a bit more during the winter months when the animal needs higher caloric requirements to keep warm. Daily exercise also is important for dogs, regardless of the season. If it's too cold or snowy for a walk, Nelson said your

Weather Watch Tuesday, December 4

Saturday, December 8

Low - 26˚ High - 61˚

Low - 20˚ High - 47˚

Wind speed - 14 Wind gust - 18

Wind speed - 23 Wind gust - 25

Wednesday, December 5

Sunday, December 9

Low - 35˚ High - 63˚ Wind speed - 26 Wind gust - 33

Low - 18˚ High - 33˚ Wind speed - 30 Wind gust - 37

Thursday, December 6

Monday, December 10

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Low - 2˚ High - 44˚ Wind speed - 18 Wind gust - 25

Friday, December 7

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dog can still get a good workout inside if you've got the space and room in your accommodations. Some of the following exercises can be done indoors: having the dog jump through hoops; putting the dog on a treadmill, under close supervision; playing indoor fetch or search games for hidden toys and treats; a game of tug-ofwar; practicing basic training, such as fetching, sitting, etc.; letting your dog play with an interactive dog toy, such as food puzzles; playing hide-andseek; having the dog do legweave exercises or dance exercises; and setting up tunnels for smaller dogs to run through or other agility-like obstacles. As always, it is best to consult with your veterinarian about your own dog's ability to tolerate the cold and if it is healthy enough to do the above-mentioned exercises, Nelson said.

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Isaac Moreland is a winner. Isaac won one of the two benches raffled at the Blue and Red Classic Basketball games. Shown here with Vic

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Watkins (who made the bench) and Jeff Ramsey, Girls Assistant Basketball Coach.

Catholic Social Service sponsors workshop for couples seeking information about adoption Throughout January and February, Catholic Social Service is hosting a four-part workshop series for couples in southwest Kansas who would like to know more about what it takes to adopt an infant. The first three

workshops take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City January 11, January 25, and February 8, and will address fears, definitions, what to expect, legal issues, and more. The final

Linda Stalcup and Debbie Nordling give dictionaries to the Rolla third graders. They were

workshop February 16, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Cathedral will feature a panel of individuals and couples who are living and sharing from their own adoption stories. Lunch will be provided at this final work-

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shop. “It is very important for us as an agency to offer the adoption workshops every fall and spring as we are always in need of adoptive families,” said workshop facilitator, Amy Falcon. “There is a perception that there are too many families wanting to adopt but this is just not the case. Our goal is to find families for the children who need homes.” As part of a national Catholic Charity network that has been looking after the needs of children, parents and families for more than 100 years, Catholic Social Service is licensed by the State of Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and has been providing adoption services in southwest Kansas for more than 45 years. For more information about adoption services at Catholic Social Service, or to register for the adoption workshop series, please contact Angela Schawe at aschawe@ catholicsocialservice.org, or by phone at 620-792-1393.


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Ways to remove Christmas tree sap easily

Mike and Sandy McClure of 617 East Third Street did a wonderful job decorating for Christmas. The Santa Claus along with his

reindeer and Christmas trees create a beautiful holiday scene.

USD 210 Board of Education to meet The Hugoton USD 210 Board of Education will meet in a regular monthly session at 6:30 p.m. Monday, December, 17, 2012 in the HMS Library at 115 West Eleventh in Hugoton. The USD 210 Board of Education may vote to amend the agenda, discuss any item on the agenda, vote

to approve, vote to disapprove, vote to table, or decide not to vote on any item as listed below. The following items of business will be considered. 1. Meeting opening a. Call to Order b. Roll Call of the Members – Flag Salute c. Announcements by the presi-

dent d. “Good news” by BOE members 2. Approve or Amend the Agenda (Action Item): 3. Consent Agenda – a. Approval of previous minutes b. Financial reports Superintendent’s credit card usage Clerk and treasurer report c. Routine personnel Resignations: New Hires: Change of Status/Transfers 4. Patron Time – non action items/public forum 5. Special Presentations a. 1:1 Laptop Initiative at HMS and HHS – effectiveness report by 7-12 students and staff 6. Superintendent’s report 7. Building and department reports a. Mrs. Elise Heger (Director of Curriculum and Professional Development) b. Mrs. Boxum (Primary School Principal) Barton (Intermediate c. Mr. School Principal) d. Mr. Custer (MS Principal) e. Mr. Errebo (HS Principal) f. Mr. Kilbourne (HLA Principal) 8. Executive session a. Negotiations b. Non-elected personnel c. Matters affecting a student 9. Discussion Items Plains Education a. High Cooperative report – Doug Martin b. Kansas Association of School Board Annual Convention report – Nancy Honig c. USD 210 Success Plan updates d. Review of 12 month employee benefits e. Financial updates 1. Percentage of the budget going into classrooms 2. Capital Outlay four year projections 10. Action Items a. Motion to approve the revised USD 210 BOE Policy Handbook. b. Motion to approve revised USD 210 Success Plan. c. Approval of Newman University student teacher, Mrs. Cinda Wolf, to be placed in a 3-6 classroom for the second semester. Motion to Adjourn or Recess

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Christmas tree sap clean-up Decorating is one of the many traditions associated with the holiday season. The family Christmas tree is arguably the most prominent decoration. Having a live tree inside the home can be aweinspiring, but it can also be quite messy. The idea of bringing a formerly live tree inside a home as a decoration may seem odd, especially when individuals are faced with the aftermath, which is often a trail of pine needles and very sticky sap. A freshly cut pine tree will ooze sap, which tends to be quite sticky and messy and notoriously difficult to remove. Even a Christmas tree that is average in stature can generate a fair amount of sap, and it takes just a few drops of sap to make a mess. If sap has you stuck for clean-up ideas, consider these home remedies. On clothing:

* Use rubbing alcohol on the sap stain. Allow the alcohol to sit on the stain for 30 minutes and then wash as usual. * Make a paste of laundry detergent and water and apply it to the stain. * Ammonia also may remove a sap stain. Just test an inconspicuous part of the clothing to determine if applying ammonia changes its color. On carpeting: * Freeze the sap with ice cubes and then carefully pick out the hardened pieces. * Try vodka as an adhesive remover on the sap stain. * Rubbing alcohol also may be able to break up sap in carpet fibers. On hands: * Any greasy, oil-based product can work, such as olive oil or even vegetable shortening. Rub on the skin, and the sap should come right off.

* A lubricant like WD-40 has also been known to remove sap. * Hand sanitizer, which is comprised mainly of alcohol, can help dissolve sap so it can be rinsed off. * Make a paste of mineral oil (baby oil) and baking soda. This should help dissolve the sap and make your hands soft in the process. In hair: * Sap can be notoriously difficult to get out of human hair or animal fur. Try coating the sap in natural peanut butter or mayonnaise, both of which have a high oil content. Allow to sit for a while and then comb out the sap with a fine-toothed comb. * If tree sap cannot be removed, cutting it out may be the only option. From Metro Editorial Services.

Don and Sharon Concannon at 129 North Jackson Street display beautiful Christmas lights in

their celebration for the joyous season.

The Hugoton Eagles basketball squad won from St. Mary of the Plains at Dodge City Friday, and from the Guymon Tigers here Tuesday night. The win this week puts them in the running for the championship run. Front row Jim Kramer, Dennis McBride, Don Gregg, Mike Gooch and Robert Patton. Second row Wayne Hoskinson, Mike Williams, Tom Gregg,

Larry Quillen, Doug Mills, Bill Dumcum, Dick Perry and Gray Hinkle. Back row - Dick Rowden, George Slocum, Lawrence Johnson, Melvin Hollis, Leland Walker, Paul Hollis, Harold Perry, Carl Thurow and Coach Dave Craft. From the December 12, 1957 issue of The Hugoton Hermes.

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Thursday, December 20, 2007 The Senior Center GloWorms performed their fun music for the Hugoton first grade students. Glo-Worm members consisted of Hazel Kolb, Helen Farrar-Schmidt, Glenna Beckett, Almeta Thompson and Nina Smith accompanied by Gladys Renfro on the piano. Thursday, December 19, 2002 Shanda Walker of Moscow recently earned an award for logging 500 hours in the American Quarter Hourse Association Horseback Riding Program. The program recognizes and awards AQHA members for time spent with their American Quarterhorses. Thursday, December 17, 1992 Florence Hadley recently received a ring with two diamonds and an emerald for 25 years of service at the Hugoton Duckwall’s store. The president of Duckwall-Alco came to Hugoton to make the presentation. Jana Loibl has been se-

lected for a $5,000 scholarship for the Fort Hays State Universary family nurse practitioner program. Thursday, December 16, 1982 The Beta Sigma Phi initiated three new members into their sorority with a candlelight ritual. The new members are Debbie Corpening, Valerie Hershey and Marilyn Crane. Thursday, December 21, 1972 Kathy Nordling, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Nordling, was capped at the campus of Wichita State University December 17. She will graduate as a dental hygienist from the university in May. Thursday, December 20, Galen H. Keith, aviation electrician’s mate third class, USN, was advanced to the present rate November 16 while serving with the Patrol Squadron 30 at the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fl. Advancement is the result of passing a Navy-wide competitive examination after meeting professional and military requirements.

Thursday, December 18, 1952 The projection booth of the new drive-in theatre under construction for R.L. Harris southeast of Hugoton nears completion. The projection booth tops the refreshment stand and restrooms. The theatre will be in operation in the spring. Friday, December 18, 1942 Miss Harriett McAtee and Sgt. Emmett A. Reardon of Marsh Field, Riverside, Ca., were united in marriage December 10, 1942, at the Methodist parsonage in Riverside. The marriage vows were read in the presence of five guests. The Reardons will reside in Riverside where Mrs. Reardon is attending business school. Sgt. Reardon is being transferred to the San Bernardino Air Depot where he will be in the finance office. If any readers have pictures for the history page of the Hermes, please bring them in to Ruthie Winget at The Hugoton Hermes.


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Ag Wise Joshua Morris, Stevens County Extension Agent A.N.R. jcmorris@ksu.edu office: 620-544-4359

Upcoming Extension Meetings Crop Profitability Outlook Tuesday December 18, 2012 10:00 a.m. at the Extension Office Predator Calling Seminar Monday January 7, 2013 (more information to follow at a later date) Winter Survival of Poorly Developed Wheat Conditions remain very dry in many areas of Kansas this year. Both the topsoil and subsoil are very dry. Where this is the case, wheat development has typically been poor. Will this make some wheat fields more susceptible to winter die-off or weakening than usual? Factors to Consider The following are some of the factors to consider when evaluating the outlook for winter survival of wheat: * How well has the wheat cold hardened? When temperatures through fall and early winter gradually get colder, that helps wheat plants develop good winterhardiness. When temperatures remain unusually warm late into the fall (which can lead to excessive vegetative growth) then suddenly drop into the low teens, plants are less likely to have had time to cold harden properly and will be more susceptible to winterkill. This fall, temperatures have fallen off gradually. As a result, the wheat should be adequately cold hardened in most cases. * How well developed is the root system? Good top growth of wheat doesn’t necessarily indicate good root development. Poor root development is a con-

cern where conditions have been dry. Where wheat plants have a good crown root system and two or more tillers, they will tolerate the cold better. If plants are poorly developed going into winter, with very few secondary roots and no tillers, they will be more susceptible to winterkill or desiccation, especially when soils remain dry. Poor development of secondary roots may not be readily apparent unless the plants are pulled up and examined. If plants are poorly developed, it may be due to dry soils, poor seed-to-soil contact, very low pH, insect damage, or other causes. * How cold is the soil at the crown level? This depends on snow cover and moisture levels in the soil. Winterkill is possible if soil temperatures at the crown level (about one inch deep) fall into the single digits. If there is at least an inch of snow on the ground, the wheat will be protected and soil temperatures will usually remain above the critical level. Also, if the soil has good moisture, it’s possible that soil temperatures at the crown level may not reach the critical level even in the absence of snow cover. But if the soil is dry and there is no snow cover, there may be the potential for winterkill, especially on exposed slopes or terrace tops, depending on the condition of the plants. * Is the crown well protected by soil? If wheat is planted at the correct depth, about one and a half to two inches deep, and in good contact with the soil, the crown should be well pro-

tected by the soil from the effects of cold temperatures. If the wheat seed was planted too shallowly, then the crown will have developed too close to the soil surface and will be more susceptible to winterkill. Also, if the seed was planted into loose soil or into heavy surface residue, the crown could be more exposed and could be susceptible to cold temperatures and desiccation. * Is there any insect or disease damage to the plants? Plants may die during the winter not from winterkill, but from the direct effects of a fall infestation of Hessian fly. Many people are familiar with the lodging that Hessian fly can cause to wheat in the spring, but fewer recognize the damage that can be caused by fall infestations of Hessian fly. Wheat infested in the fall often remains green until the winter when the infested tillers gradually die. Depending on the stage of wheat when the larvae begin their feeding, individual tillers or whole plants can die. If the infestation occurs before multiple tillers are well established then whole plants can die. If the plants have multiple tillers before the plants are infested then often only individual tillers that are infested by the fly larvae will die. The key to being able to confirm that the Hessian fly is the cause of the dead tillers is to carefully inspect the dead plants or tillers for Hessian fly larvae or pupae. This can be done by carefully removing the plant from the soil and pulling back the leaf material to expose the base of

the plant. By late winter all of the larvae should have pupated and thus the pupae should be easily detected as elongated brown structures pressed against the base of the plant. The pupae are fairly resilient and will remain at the base of the plant well into the spring. Damage from winter grain mites, brown wheat mites, fall armyworm, aphids, and crown and root rot diseases can also weaken wheat plants and make them somewhat more susceptible to injury from cold weather stress or desiccation. Symptoms of Winter Survival Problems If plants are killed outright by cold temperatures, they won’t green up next spring. If they are only damaged, it might take them a while to die. They will green up and then slowly go “backwards” and eventually die. There are enough nutrients in the crown to allow the plants to green up, but the winter injury causes vascular damage so that nutrients that are left cannot move, or root rot diseases move in and kill the plants. Slow death is probably the most common result of winter injury on wheat. Direct cold injury is not the only source of winter injury. Under dry conditions, wheat plants may suffer from desiccation. This can kill or weaken plants, and is actually a more common problem than direct cold injury.

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Wrangler 4-H’ers enjoy Christmas party with pizza and games Merry Christmas! The Wrangler’s 4-H Christmas party was called to order when the pizza arrived December 3, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. Everyone ate pizza that was furnished by the club and desserts that were furnished by each family. The club members then played some fun games. The Bell family put together two games. They arranged a game where you had to fill a stocking with

jellybeans by running down with a spoon filled with jellybeans. The second game was where you had to put a pair of mittens on your hands and carry a “snowball” on a spoon down to a chair and back without dropping the snowball. The Dobie family led a game where you have to pass a stocking with a candy cane. They also had the 4-Her’s guess how many kisses were

in a jar. The winner of the contest was Garrette Hinds. The Hinds family led a game where the leaders and some adults had to put a marshmallow in their mouth and say “chubby bunny”.

The one with the most marshmallows in his/her mouth won. 45 members and family attended the fun filled evening. Submitted by Jacob Bell.

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wind erosion occurs in March and April. Standing crop residue slashes the force of strong winds during these months.  Producers can protect their fields by eliminating fall tillage.  “Soil is the foundation for next year’s crops and keeping it healthy is the first line of defense in battling damage from wind and rain,” he says. Conservation assistance is available for anyone through NRCS field offices located in USDA Service Centers across Kansas. For more information, visit the Kansas NRCS Web site www.ks.nrcs. usda.gov/programs or your local U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center. To find a service center near you, check in your telephone book under “United States Government” or on the Internet at offices.usda.gov. NRCS is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Senior Center hosts movie and dinner

MOSCOW NEWS By Sara Cross

The Senior Center monthly movie and dinner went very well Saturday night, December 8. There were 13 in attendance and all had a great time!! Please join them next month, the second Saturday, for the next movie and covered dish dinner!

Jim Shaddix is recovering from surgery

Bernice Norton is proud of her growing family. Granddaughter Chastity with husband Jody Bartee and daughters Emma and Payton spent Thanksgiving with the Norton family.

Moscow United Methodist Church Choir presents “Behold the Star!” for the enjoyment of

the congregation. Picture taken by Jacob Bell.

Bartee family visits Nortons for Thanksgiving Bernice Norton would like to let everyone know her granddaughter Chasity and husband Jody Bartee and daughters Emma and Payton were here to spend Thanksgiving with the Norton Family. This is Larry Norton’s daugh-

ter. A special note of congratulations (and perhaps resiliance?) goes to Mrs. Norton for having 22 great grandchildren of whom she is very proud!!

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Jim Shaddix is doing well after his surgery. He is currently in Wesley's rehab center and the projected release date is December 22. Jim would love to hear from his friends and family so please take a minute and give him a quick call. He does have his cell phone. Continued prayers for a full recovery are greatly appreciated.

The house of Craig and Tia Bell is beautifully decorated in celebration of Christmas.

Moscow residents need to drive by to enjoy the wonderful sight.

Moscow Rec would like to invite anyone living in the county to participate in the Christmas lights contest. Please call Shelly at 4531315.

Senior Center Christmas party is enjoyed by all The Senior Center Christmas party went very well. The seniors of Moscow would like to expresss their appreciation to the high school kids for putting together this event every year for them! Don't forget, residents of Moscow, the recreation cen-

ter will announce the winners of this years "light contest" at the grade school program Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m! There will be first, second and third place prizes given. The grade school, junior high and high school are having a friendly competi-

tion to see who can collect the most canned goods to be donated to Project Hope in Hugoton! Don't forget to come out and support the junior high kids Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. They will play at home all three nights and high school will

play Tuesday night also. Come out and support the school pancake supper Wednesday night at the cafeteria. There will be a free will donation pancake supper. Proceeds buy the Christmas candy handed out by Santa at the Christmas program December 18.

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Students chosen for junior high Honor Choir Shane Bowker, Artemio Villa, Micah Hall and Deserae Schwindt were chosen to be members of the junior high Kansas Music Educators Association Honor Choir in

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Left to right are Sam Eiland, Artemio Villa and Shane Bowker. Seated are Micah Hall and Deserae Schwindt.

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Three students selected for Honor Choir Three Rolla High School students were selected from auditions to be members of the Southwest Kansas Music Educators Association honor choir. Kyri Brummett, Katie Murray and Meredith Light were selected to sing with the choir. They were directed by Dr. Daniel Hall in Dodge City, where they rehearsed songs they presented in a concert. Their Rolla director, Sam Eiland, attended to hear the final product. Meredith, a senior, has been a four year selectee for the KMEA honor choir.

Left to right are Meredith Light, Katie Murray, Dr. Daniel Hall, Kyri Brummett, and Sam Eiland at Dodge City.

P lease Adopt Me! Serenity is a bright girl who enjoys reading, singing and dancing. She loves learning about the solar system and spending time with animals so she hopes to become an astronomer or someone who works with animals. At school, Serenity enjoys her time at recess because it provides her with the opportunity to be active and play some games with her friends. Serenity does well in school and enjoys attending each day. She would like a twoparent forever family and she would like to be the youngest child in the home. Serenity needs a family that is structured and committed to her.

Serenity, age nine To learn more about adoption visit www.adoptks kids.org or call 877-4575430. Serenity’s case number is CH-5204.


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Fall athletes recognized

Kaleigh Barrett, Katie Murray and Meredith Light earn first team honors in volleyball at the annual fall banquent. Jada Maravilla received honorable mention.

Named to the first team in football are Kyler Telford and Dakota Hull. Lupe Garcia received honorable mention and Obee Telford is named to the first team at the Rolla Booster Club annual fall banquet for fall activites.

The Rolla Booster Club sponsored their annual fall banquet for fall activities. Junior high and high school students and coaches were honored for their achievements. Several students were recognized for being named to the Santa Fe team. For the football team, Kyler and Obee Telford and Dakota Hull were named to

Rolla team earns first place trophy

Members of the all-league cross country team are Katy Howe, Garry Norton and Brent Pietz. Pictured is Brent Pietz.

Rolla Scholars’ B o w l Te a m takes first Scholars Bowl travels to South Gray. The team places first. Members of the team are Meredith Light, John Glave, Chandler Huddleston and Chandler Burrows.

Scholars Bowl competes at Sublette. The team wins first place. Pictured are Head Coach, Kris Hall, Chandler Huddleston, Chandler Burrows, Garry Norton and Assistant Coach, Mary Courtney.

the first team and Lupe Garcia received an honorable mention. Katie Murray, Meredith Light and Kaleigh Barrett earned first team honors in volleyball, and Jada Maravilla received an honorable mention. Katy Howe, Garry Norton and Brent Pietz were members of the all-league cross country team.

Meredith Light, John Glave, Chandler Huddleston, and Chandler Burrows traveled to Montezuma for the South Gray High School scholars' bowl invitational meet last Thursday. After a rocky start, beginning with one win and two losses, the team shifted into high gear and defeated the rest of their opponents, right through the championship match to win first place! Monday afternoon, Chandler Huddleston, Chandler Burrows, and Garry Norton competed in the Sublette scholars' bowl meet. Though they were a bit understaffed, they had plenty of weapons to defeat their opponents. The three boys had a perfect record for the meet and brought home first place honors. All of the team members will be working throughout the holiday season to prepare for the upcoming Quest television rounds they will participate in at the end of January. Also, January 30 will be regional competition, and the team is hoping for a successful venture there.

A team from Rolla High earned one of the top 16 scores at the Super Saturday qualifying event of the Quest High School Academic Competition on December 1 at Washburn University. Fifty-eight teams competed. The team also received a first place trophy for the score they received from among the class 1A schools participating. They will return to Topeka for their first taping in January. The televised Quest competition will air on KTWU from February through May 2013, when the champion will be named. More information is available at washburn.edu/quest. Other schools earning one of the top 16 places and participating in the televised final contests will be Belle Plain High, Bishop Carroll High (Wichita), Blue Valley North High (Overland Park), Hayden High (Topeka), Independent School (Wichita), Junction City High; Lawrence High, Lawrence Free State High, Leavenworth High, Louisburg High, Manhattan High, Mill Valley High (Shawnee), Topeka West High, Washburn Rural High (Topeka), Washington County High and Wichita East High. The contest allows teams of high school students from across Kansas to compete against one another in answering questions on topics such as math, science, art, literature and history. Teams earning the top 16 scores advance to the televised finals. The Kansas National Education Association, Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program and Security Benefit provide substantial support for the production of Quest TV games, which are produced by KTWU and Washburn University.

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ROLLA NEWS By Mary Courtney

Community Calendar Thursday, December 13 Junior High Basketball at South Baca (Campo) at 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 14 ARGH! Sunday, December 16 Mrs. Kelling’s Piano Recital at Rolla United Methodist Church at 4:00 p.m. Monday, December 17 High School Basketball vs South Baca at 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, December 20 All-school Christmas Concert at 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 21 Santa Day at 12:30 p.m. December 23-27 KSHSAA Basketball Nonpractice Days December 24-31 No School Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

These three ladies work diligently throughout the year to construct quilts for children in foster care. They are Faye Nugent, Hester Millemon and Rachel Dunn.

Ladies quilt for foster children Faye Nugent, Hester Millemon and Rachel Dunn worked throughout the year to construct 26 quilts for children in foster care. These ladies have been a part of this mission for many years and have brought smiles and hope to children who do not live in homes with their birth

families. Often these youngsters leave home with only a few belongings, and seldom do they have precious heirlooms to hold. These quilts are forever gifts that the foster children may keep and hold onto as something special in their often broken lives.

JD Robson places fourth in Amarillo Nationals JD Robson went to Amarillo last weekend where he participated in Amarillo Nationals wrestling. Twenty-seven states were represented in the tournament. JD placed fourth out of a 16 man bracket at the 85 pound division. JD will be competing again this weekend at Derby. He is the son of David and Brandy Robson.

JD Robson

James and Mary Frances Light pose on their wedding day in 1947 beside their automobile.

James and Mary Frances celebrate their sixty-fifth Styles of cars and fashions change, but one thing that remains constant in the lives of James and Mary Frances Light is their love and commitment to each other. Please come and celebrate their Sixty-fifth Wedding Anniversary Saturday, December 15, at the Rolla Senior Cen-

ter from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Their children and grandchildren will be in attendance, and it will be a grand opportunity to renew friendships and catch up on the news of the last several decades. The couple would enjoy cards, but requests no gifts.

**Free Daily Hugoton Delivery** Rolla High team members participating in the Quest competition are left to right: Garry Norton, Chandler Huddleston, Taylor Cameron and Chandler Burrows.

Rolla offers many activities Rolla is offering a multitude of activities for area residents to prepare their hearts and minds for the Christmas holiday. Sunday, December 16 there will be a Christmas piano recital at the Rolla United Methodist Church at 4:00 p.m. presented by Sherri Kelling's piano students. Later that day, SWAT stu-

The Armouraires, a Gospel quartet, will perform at the Rolla United Methodist Church Saturday, December 15.

UMC hosts two musical events Area residents are invited to celebrate the season of Advent by attending two exciting musical events at the Rolla United Methodist Church this weekend. Saturday, December 15 there will be a carry in dinner at 5:30 followed by a concert by the Armouraires, a Gospel quartet, who will share the Good News through music and testimony. Please attend and enjoy the food and fellowship Saturday evening.

Sunday morning, December 16 Wild and Sweet from Oklahoma City will be performing at 10:30 in a community worship service at the Methodist Church. Whitney Light Stilwell and her husband Larry, Steffan and Tara Light and Johnny Bland will present an amazing musical concert and lead the congregation in a service that will indeed remind all of the true meaning of Christmas. This will be a concert no one will want to miss!

dents will meet for a progressive dinner ending at the Pentecostal Holiness Church for desserts. The Living Nativity at the Pentecostal Church will begin at 7:30 p.m. It is a beautiful re-enactment of that Christmas morning so long ago, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

P lease Adopt Me! Morgan enjoys climbing trees and collecting rocks. He also loves plants, butterflies and anthropology. His favorite class in school is chemistry; he likes it when they get to blow things up. When Morgan grows up he would like to work in the science field. Morgan will need a family that is understanding and is able to advocate for him. To learn more about adoption visit www.adoptks kids.org or call 877-4575430. Morgan’s case number is CH-5046.

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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. 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

HELP WANTED: A Helper is needed immediately. Contact Edna @ 544-2229. (2c50) -------------

Hugoton Middle School is seeking an individual who is hard working, patient, and dedicated to work with students of varying needs. Please contact Lance Custer, HMS Principal, for further information at 544-4341. Position is open until filled. USD 210 is an EOE

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U.S. CENSUS BUREAU HAS OPENING FOR PART-TIME, YEAR ROUND SURVEY INTERVIEWER - STEVENS & SURROUNDING COUNTIES 40 HRS A MONTH $11.95 HOUR & $0.55½ PER MILE HAVE VEHICLE, DRIVERS LICENSE, LANDLINE PHONE ACCESS AND BE AVAILABLE TO WORK DAY, EVE, AND WEEKEND HOURS.

CURRENT OPENINGS AT STEVENS COUNTY HOSPITAL, MEDICAL CLINIC AND PIONEER MANOR NURSING HOME

NOW HIRING FOR NIGHT SHIFT

Stevens County Hospital’s Long Term Care Unit is currently searching for a Full-time CNA to work the night shift at Pioneer Manor from 6 pm - 6 am. All interested candidates must have or be eligible for a Kansas CNA License. We offer a great benefit package and an incentive for CNA experience. Please contact Robyn Medina in Human Resources for an application. (2c49) Long Term Care is currently searching for a full time Housekeeper to work Monday through Friday 7 am - 3:30 pm. This job opening also requires working some weekends. Please contact Robyn Medina in Human Resources (620)544-8511 or come to hospital, 1006 S. Jackson to pick up an application. (4c49) 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)

Looking for friendly, motivated and dependable people Competitive Wages and Advancement Opportunities

APPLY AT McDonald’s 612 E. Eleventh Hugoton

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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-

FOR INFORMATION AND AN APPLICATION

tems and support equipment in accordance to the production plan. Must be knowledgeable of all production lines and equipment. Directly responsible for system efficiencies.

The U.S. Department of Commerce is An Equal Opportunity Employer

Receiver/Loaders: Responsibilities include receiving raw milk

CALL 1-877-474-5226

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This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodations for any part of the application process, please notify the agency. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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Solution to December 5, 2012 puzzle

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 www.areamhc.org Applications/Resumes can be sent to: E-mail hr@areamhc.org or faxed to 620-272-0171 or

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

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 jparsons@kansasdairyingredients.com Or send resume/application to Kansas Dairy Ingredients PO Box 547 Kearney, MO 64060. (3c48)

PUBLIC NOTICE

(First published in the Hugoton Hermes, 3t Thursday, December 6, 2012) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF STEVENS COUNTY. KANSAS

PUBLIC NOTICE

(First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, December 13, 2012) 3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF STEVENS COUNTY. KANSAS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JANET NORDLING, DECEASED Case No. 12PR4 NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR FINAL SETTLEMENT

THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified a petition has been filed in this Court by Melanie E. Hickey, Executor of the estate of Janet Nordling, deceased, praying for final settlement of the estate, approval of her acts, proceedings and accounts as Executor, allowance for her attorney’s

fees and expenses, and the Court determine the heirs of the said decedent and assign to them the real estate and personal property remaining in said estate. You are hereby required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 4th day of January, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in the District Courtroom, in the Courthouse, at Hugoton, Stevens County, Kansas, at which time and place said cause will be heard. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon said petition. MELANIE E. HICKEY, Executor and Petitioner TATE & KITZKE L.L.C. 1024 S. Trindle, P O. Box 909 Hugoton, Kansas 67951-0909 Telephone: (620) 544-2103 Attorneys for Executor and Petitioner

PUBLIC NOTICE

(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

In the Matter of the Estate of BRANDEE ELISE KURTH, DECEASED Case No. I2-PR-44 NOTICE OF HEARING The State of Kansas to all persons concerned: You are hereby notified that a Petition has been filed in this Court by Thomas R. Oglevie, Jr., Conservator for the heirs of Brandee Elise Kurth. deceased, requesting: Descent be determined of the following described real estate situated in Stevens County, Kansas: The surface and surface rights only, including water rights, in and to the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (SE/4 of SE/4 of SE/4) of Section Nine (9), Township Thirty-two (32) South, Range Thirty-six (36) West of

the 6th P.M., said tract containing 9 acres, more or less. and all personal property and other Kansas real estate owned by decedent at the time of death. And that such property and all personal property and other Kansas real estate owned by the decedent at the time of death be assigned pursuant to the laws of intestate succession. You are required to file your written defenses to the Petition on or before January 3, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in the City of Hugoton, in Stevens County, Kansas, at which time and place the cause will be heard. Should you fail to file your written defenses, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon said Petition. Thomas R. Oglevie Jr., as Conservator Petitioner GRAYBILL & WlTCHER, LLP 450 Morton P.O. Box 898 Elkhart, Kansas 67950 620/697-4514 Attorneys for Petitioner

PUBLIC NOTICE

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

tors and assigns of any person alleged to be deceased:

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS

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:

FRONTIER FUELS, L.P., Plaintiff, vs. M&W MIDWEST PROPERTIES, LLC; HOWARD MIKE BOYS; DAVIDSON OIL LUBRICANTS, L.P.; FFCA ACQUISITION CORPORATION and LaSALLE NATIONAL BANK, TRUSTEE, et al., ) Defendants.

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 Fax: (620) 624-8221 Attorney for Plaintiff


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FOR SALE FOR SALE: Shoodle - 1/2 Poodle & 1/2 Shih Tzu, 12 weeks old, white with beige on ear. Call 544-2459. (1p50) --------------FOR SALE: York self-contained Heat/Air. 90,000 BTU furnace & 4 ton A/C. $2500. Call 428-1281. (tfc38)

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FOR SALE: Small white Turntable Microwave. Call 5442229. (1c50) ---------------

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FIREWOOD FOR SALE

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Oak, Piñon, Mesquite, Pecan & More

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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

915 S. Jackson - 2 Bed/2 bath, partial bsmt, 45 x 24 Morton bldg, fence, cent H/A. Call for showing!!

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

FOR RENT FOR RENT: 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments. Furnished or unfurnished. Bills included, washer and dryer, and cable. Call 544-2232. (tfc) --------------FOR RENT: Three Bedroom Unfurnished Home 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 620-5441957 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) ---------------

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!!

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

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) www.jaydsatellite.com. --------------NOTICE OF CHANGE: As of December 10 Olinger Tax Service can be called at 620-544-2229 or cell 620-8460271. 544-2129 is no longer in service. (1c50)

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PUBLIC NOTICE

in Garden City, KS instead of on the 2nd Wednesday of the month as previously scheduled. Take notice that the Board of Directors of the Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 3 will hold their regularly scheduled February Board Meeting at 9:00 a.m. CST Thursday February 7th, 2013 at the Ramada Inn, Topeka Kansas instead of the 2nd Wednesday of the month as previously scheduled.

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

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

Feature Of The Week

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Ida Ellen Reynolds, DECEASED, CASE NO. 10-PR-11 NOTICE OF HEARING THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that a petition has been filed in this Court by 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,

712 E. 5th St.

/s/ Kent Dunn, Board President

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

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

(620) 428-1042 CELLULAR

307 N. Kansas, Suite 101 Liberal, KS 67901

darrin.hewitt@fbfs.com

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

FOR SALE BY OWNER FOR SALE BY OWNER Red Price

uced

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

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

Karen Yoder

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

Chance Yoder

CARD OF THANKS

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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

GARAGE SALE GARAGE SALE: Friday, December 14, 4 - 9 p.m. & Saturday, December 15, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Commercial Building. Reeder Family. Women’s Golf Clubs with Covers & Bag - used one time, Christmas Decorations, DVDs, Lots of Nice Clothes, Some Furniture, many more nice items.

SUPPORT GROUPS

THANK YOU The family of Dennis Burrows wishes to thank everyone for the prayers, phone calls, food, cards and the lovely meal after the service. Thank you for all the love and support. Margaret Burrows Larry & Wilene Burrows & Family

THANK YOU The Hamiltons, Robert & Helen, would like to thank each and everyone for the nice cards and letters we received on our anniversary day and Helen’s birthday. We really appreciate your thoughtfulness to us. Merry Xmas to all of you. Robert & Helen Hamilton

We would like to thank Martin Daharsh and Centerfire Feeders for the donation of ground beef for our Burrito Bar Dinner. Your generosity was greatly appreciated. Thank you to all patrons who gave to our cause and to all of the parents for their donations and help. Monies earned at this dinner will be used for musical clinics and band trips for the students in the Hugoton High School Band Program. Thank You Band Booster Officers

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 kansas-al-anon.org (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 WANTED: Milo stalks or immature milo to bale. Call 620-544-5949. (8c43) --------------WANT TO PURCHASE: Minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557, Denver, Co. 80201. (150p49-12) ---------------

BUSINESS and PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY

BOARD OF DIRECTORS SOUTHWEST KANNSAS GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT NO.3

PUBLIC NOTICE

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS

504 S. Wildcat Ct. 617 E. 4th

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.

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

THANK YOU

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Lots in Spikes Addition

352 Spotswood, Richfield- Ranch, 3 bed/1 b, cen heat, 150 x 300 lot. Good entry level/investment property! $38,000...Call for details!! Sellers are motivated!!

Call 544-1517 and schedule your light display now!

Take notice that the Board of Directors of the Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 3 will hold their regularly scheduled January Board Meeting at 9:00 a.m. CST Wednesday, January 18, 2013 at the District office located at 2009 E Spruce

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.

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.

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Delivery & stacking available Call DJ @ 620-430-1273 Days 620-428-6127 Evenings (tfc)

CAMPER FOR SALE

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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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FBLA members promote Prematurity Awareness Week Hugoton FBLA Members led a variety of high school events to promote Prematurity Awareness November 26 through 30. The entire campus was decorated in purple, including signs with facts related to premature birth prevention and statistics. FBLA purchased and distributed purple awareness beads and spirit bracelets so the entire campus could become involved in the promotion. Everyone was encouraged to

wear “all-purple” Thursday, National Prematurity Awareness Day. Teachers and their students raised awareness by decorating their doors with inspirational slogans and informative facts. Judges comprised of FBLA members and HHS staff chose Science Teacher Kerrine Fann’s Seminar as having the best design. The group will be treated to an afternoon cupcake party for their efforts. FBLA members also took

donations for March of Dimes Tuesday afternoon. Anyone donating $1 to help with research and education was given the opportunity to choose a homemade treat as a way of thanking them for the contribution. Close to $150 was raised during this one-day, 30 minute event. (Both the cupcake party and sweet treats met federal health and nutrition guidelines, Advanced level, requiring high schools to wait until one hour after lunch to distribute foods of minimal nutritional value.) This year's FBLA officers include President Kelsey Quillen, Vice President Patrick Weaver, Secretary Katie Weaver, Treasurer

David Kurt, Historian Toni Melton and Parliamentarian Maverick Mills. Members include Maddie Daharsh,

Nicholas Goode, Logan Romero, Parker Titus, Bryce Dunn, Abbi Wheeler, Abigail Crawford, Mandy Mills,

Mrs. Fann's Seminar Students won the door decorating contest with their theme of dimes

Brissa Ordonez, Dianna Arellano, Jackie Garcia and Sadie Wood.

marching into a donation jar.

EPA determines grain sorghum ethanol qualifies as renewable fuel FBLA Members Maddie Daharsh and Toni Melton collect $1 Donations for March of Dimes. Donors receive a sweet treat as a thank you for their willingness to share.

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After significant review and analysis, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that grain sorghum ethanol qualifies as a renewable fuel under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) Program. Governor Sam Brownback said approving the sorghum pathway will help enable the United States to meet RFS requirements with domestically-produced ethanol and generate economic growth in Kansas. “Kansas is the top sorghum-producing state in the nation. Not only is sorghum a high-quality feed source for livestock producers but it is a critical nonfood feedstock for ethanol plants across our state, where 60 percent of ethanol is produced from grain sorghum,” Governor Brownback said. “The RFS requires the United States to produce 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel by 2022, with an increasing requirement for renewable fuels from noncorn sources. This pathway

will open the door for Kansas sorghum farmers and Kansas ethanol plants to help meet both the conventional biofuel and advanced biofuel mandates under the RFS.” The final rule for the sorghum pathway was signed by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson November 30, 2012, and will take effect upon publication in the Federal Register. According to the final rule, EPA’s analysis indicated that grain sorghum ethanol produced at dry-mill facilities that utilize natural gas for process energy meets the 20 percent greenhouse gas emission reduction threshold to qualify as a renewable fuel under RFS guidelines. Further, the final rule specifies that grain sorghum ethanol produced at dry-mill facilities that utilize specified forms of biogas for process energy and most electricity production meets the 50 percent greenhouse gas reduction threshold to qualify as an advanced biofuel under RFS guidelines. Governor Brownback recently sent a letter to EPA Ad-

ministrator Jackson urging approval of the sorghum pathway and had direct conversations with EPA officials expressing the importance of this pathway for Kansas. He has also invited Administrator Jackson and her staff to visit Kansas ethanol plants that use sorghum grown by Kansas farmers to produce ethanol. Western Plains Energy in Oakley produces ethanol from sorghum and is ready to use waste from beef feedlots and swine operations along with other landfill waste to generate methane gas to power its ethanol plant. Conestoga Energy in Garden City is sequestering carbon dioxide in oil wells and also is using sorghum to produce ethanol. Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman said Administrator Jackson and her staff could benefit from seeing the willingness of Kansas ethanol producers to be innovative in their efforts to produce clean, renewable energy. He said it is important to note that Kansas

sorghum farmers and Kansas ethanol producers are leading the way to transition ethanol to a non-food based biofuel. “The ingenuity found in Kansas is second to none. These ethanol plants and likely many more have made significant financial investments necessary to produce ethanol from sorghum and meet advanced biofuel standards. Kansas sorghum farmers and ethanol produdcers are ready and willing to help meet RFS requirements but have been unable to without the sorghum pathway,” Secretary Rodman said. “Approving the sorghum pathway is a critical step forward in our nation’s quest to become energy independent. Not only will we be able to meet advanced biofuel requirements with domestically-produced ethanol instead of importing it from foreign nations but it will also encourage growth on Main Street.” Submitted by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Let children believe in Santa Claus as long as they want When it comes to Santa Claus, a Kansas State University expert says let children believe in the jolly old elf as long as they want. Jared Durtschi, an assistant professor in Kansas State University's marriage and family therapy program, says there is no particular age when a child should stop believing in Santa, and that children will often come to realize the truth gradually as they grow older. "I don't think it's necessary for parents to decide upon a time to tell their children there is no Santa," Durtschi said. "As children develop, the magical

thinking that is so common in kids, which allows them to so readily accept all the details of Santa Claus, will give way and they will soon figure it out on their own." Durtschi said that by telling the truth about Santa before a child has figured it out on his or her own, parents might unintentionally lessen the excitement of the Christmas season for their children. "Christmas tends to be more fun for those kids who believe in Santa compared to those who do not," he said. "It may be unnecessary to spoil the excitement for the child until they

outgrow the belief." Parents should also be aware that children will often go through a transition period where they still have some belief in Santa or want to believe in him, but their logic is beginning to tell them the idea is impossible. During this period, which may last several years, Durtschi said that children's ideas about Santa can change often. "They may believe one day, not believe the next day, and then decide they believe in Santa again next week after watching a Christmas movie,"

he said. "Just because a child is showing signs of doubt does not mean he or she has completely made the transition to disbelief in Santa." This transition period often corresponds with the time that parents are wondering if their child still believes in Santa but are hesitant to raise the subject in case they spoil it for their child. Durtschi advises that parents ask their children a neutral, open-ended question - "What do you think about Santa Claus?" -- rather than something more leading, such as, "Do you still believe in Santa?" Parents who do not want their children to believe in Santa may find it difficult to teach them not to because the character is one the mainstream culture heavily promotes. Durtschi suggests that these parents may find it helpful to spend time with like-minded families during the holiday season, as children generally believe what they are taught from the adults around them. Durtschi also said that whatever children are taught regarding Santa Claus, it is important for parents to teach them that there may be other children whose beliefs or opinions differ from their own. "I hope all parents will make efforts to teach their children to respect the differences in how the holidays are celebrated," he said.

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December 13, 2012  

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