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Council Cheating addresses scandal annexation concerns detailed By STEVEN SCHWARTZ

ATLANTA (AP) — TwoFormer residents of Country EsAtlanta schools Superintendent tates, Barbara Sherwood and By BOB JOHNSON Beverly Hall knew Duane about McGraw, cheat- came forward to ing allegations on voice standardized their opinions on the annexto the 911 dispatch center tests but either ignored ationthem of theorsubdivision into the e one almost every 10 mintried to hide them, according to clarify a city and to what it would state investigation. mean to be inside the city limits. while that may sound a litSherwood An 800-page report released referenced a Regw, played out over 24 hours ister article Tuesday to The Associated Pressregarding the planning commission meeting held and every day of the year, Register/Richard Luken by Gov. Nathan Deal’s office Wednesday . Sherwood wanted to al comes to 55,000. Mules Pat and Pete pull an antique sickle bar mower piloted by Ray Whiteley of Le Roy. Whiteley was through an open records request know if changes would need to at’s what we received last joined by Greg Gleue in cutting an 18-acre prairie hay field Tuesday. shows several educators reportbe made by the city if the subdiAngie Murphy, dispatch ed cheating in their schools. But vision were annexed — due to the director, told Allen County the report says Hall, factwho that won certain aspects of the ssioners Tuesday mornthe national Superintendent of Country Estates, including its the Year award in 2009, and other roads, were not up to city code. call total — she figures administrators ignored those reCity Administrator Carl Slaugh By RICHARD LUKEN attached. The bar was triggered r more are for true emerports and sometimes retaliated said the city is under no through a gear box engaged as its s — wasn’t the point of her ment to update the roads, sideagainst the whistleblowers. LE ROY — Unlike the mecha- wheels roll. ance, but the magnitude of nized behemoths of today, Ray or housing to bring them The yearlong walks investigation With no mechanical engine to mber captivated commis- Whiteley’s mowing outfit was up to code. shows educators at nearly four speak of, the only noise emanats. One of the dozen Atlanta elementary andconconsiderably quieter. ing from his unit was from the cerns, brought phy was before commismiddle schools cheated on stanHis “engine” — a pair of teeth of the seven-foot cutting bar by McGraw, s to request a 20 percent 1,200-pound mules — needed only dardized tests by up helping sturotating back and forth. was in regard to se in the department’s bud- an occasional break from the stidents or changing the answers Joining Whiteley was neighbor sewage pumps 2012, up $126,000 over this fling summer heat as Whiteley once exams were handed in. and friend Greg Gleue, with his that have “not $490,000. The investigators also found a traversed his way around an 18- own mowing outfit, another sickRegister/Allison Tinn been updated increase seemed pretty acre prairie hay meadow. “culture of fear, intimidation andhave le baralongside mower pulled by a pair of in the old Iola Theatre. Smith and David since they Jim Smith away a layer of drywall that was built the stadium seating Murphy reasoned healthpulls“It’s Duane McGraw retaliation” in the school district little we’ve been installed.” draft horses. are renovatinga the old warm, theater so to turn into Percheron a non-profit venue for community members to use for different events. Smith and nce will cost an Toland additional over the cheating allegations, taking ofitfinding easy,” contractors Whiteley that He said he has “We’re having the some fun with Tolandwas are in been the process can renovate theater to what it once looked like, Smith said Monday. and another $6,000 which led to educators lying twice in his house, had overflow said. “It’s our little hobby.” it,” Whiteley joked. “Greg’s kind ed for Kansas Public Emwhere he has found sewage water about the cheating or destroying The mules were pulling White- of a wimp about it. He needs a See COUNTY | Page A5 Ray Whiteley flooding his floors. His complaint ley’s antique sickle bar mower, See CHEATING | Page A5 See MOWING | Page A5 is that people “don’t care” enough a small wagon with cutting bar

Mowing effort recalls yesteryear

School steps closer to heightened security By ALLISON TINN

Iola schools are one step closer to a comprehensive security system that will use special card readers, USD 257 board of education members learned Monday night. The system would keep access doors locked during class and would reopen during passing period. Faculty and staff would be given special cards, called proximity cards, which would allow for access into a school, as well as hall passes, which would allow students to leave class during the locked hours. If a student is running late, more than five minutes past the tardy bell, he would require a hall pass from the front office to proceed to class, said Brett Linn, technology director. The school district will also be installing panic buttons at all

the schools. The buttons are to be used only in case of an active shooter on school grounds and would send a message across all law enforcement radios, cutting response time down dramatically. Guest check-ins will be installed in the schools. Upon entering a school guests will be required to visit a kiosk, which will print out a name badge for a guest to wear after recording the guest’s information. Exiting guests will be required to check-out. The software was seen at the new Chanute Elementary School when the facilities planning committee took a tour of the school. The new check-in system will cost roughly $1,159 per school, and will be installed into five schools. Additional features to the check-in system come with a

to fix any sort of issues in the area, and oftentimes don’t even know a sewage pump is in Country Estates. He said he is in full support of annexation of the area to the city. “I am anxious to see it annexed into the city,” McGraw said. “I want to see something better than what we have.” The city would not be required to update the sewage systems in the area. However, Assistant City Administrator Corey Schinstock said the city likely would feel obligated to bring the area up to code. Council member David Toland chimed in about the advantages of annexing an area such as Country Estates. “In terms of representation, there are some compelling advantages,” Toland said. He said there is not an accurate

Temps for run look inviting By BOB JOHNSON

An anticipated field of a thousand runners and walkers, who will flee Iola’s downtown business district early Saturday as Charley Melvin did in 1905, can be thankful that Melvin chose to do his dastardly deed in the middle of the night. Had the event being commemorated occurred in mid-day, par- Register/Allison Tinn ticipants would battle oppressive County Clerk Sherrie Riebel approaches the board to consider up,” Weiner said Tuesday heat and humidity, both going at large, which would allow for with anyone in thepicked USD 257 SeeexCOUNCIL | Page A6 See SECURITY | Page A6 area to vote or forecast afternoon. As in the past, “we at the upper end of the run for a seat on the school board. discomfort scale during daytime pect a lot of people to sign up FriFriday and Saturday. As is, they day night.” Cost is $12 for the walk. Runwill run and walk in somewhat ners’ fees are $14 for youth to age Register/Susan Lynn more inviting temperatures pre17, $20 for adults and $17 each for dicted for the low 70s by 12:26 a.m. men are ready to leave their inhibitions at home as they participate in Friday night’s favorite By RICHARD LUKEN The city has a proposal to sign from Memorial Day to Labor Day . members of teams. Saturday. he drag race. left to right are Matt Skahan, Brian Wolfe, Nic Lohman, David Toland and a one-year contract, or a threeThe city would receive the Runners in the third annual The race — many walkers will eismeyer. The race begins at 10:30 p.m.answers on the courthouse square. HUMBOLDT — More year contract with a slight dis- revenues from daily admission event will aim for best times of be out for a stroll — will cap activare needed before Humboldt City count. costs, while the company would that start late Friday after- 15.40.06 for males and 20.44.78 for Council members will agree to City Administrator Larry receive the bulk ities of the revenues By STEVEfemales, SCHWARTZ set last year. The apology read: “We apolonoon and hire a private company to man- Tucker pointed out the city bud- for special events, such aswill pri-go on throughout for the circumstances surSticks of “Melvingize Dy-No-Mite” the evening. Included will be the age Humboldt’s swimming pool. geted more than $54,000 this year vate parties. Former Human Resources rounding your termination and much-awaited race,” fea- will be awarded the first three Council members, gathered at for pool expenditures, including Humboldt also would be re-“drag Manager Ken Hunt will receive a we hope this a special meeting held turing of the area’s finest places for males and females insettlement helps evsalaries, benefits, and 20sponsible for repairs andsome mainteBy SUSAN LYNN The training Shirt Shop, W. Jackson, year aMonday, woman’s garter was trans$40,000 settlement from the city of eryone move forward.” each of five ages groups, 15 and an at-times contentious the pool. chemical leg supplies. ferred from debate one participant’s where participants nance will to have a men and women dressed Iolain indrag. regard to his termination under, 16-30, 31-45, 46-60 and 61 about the benefits of paying USA As part of the proposal, USA The company also has pledged Chris Weiner at Thrive Allen u’ve got enough of it, Fri- to another. wide selection from which to in 2011. Pools, a Georgia-based company, and over. by the Pools would hire a pool manager to work closely with the HumCounty, co-sponsor with ght is the night to let your “It’s better than a baton,” said choose. Doors open at 10 p.m. HuntAllen was terminated The investigation $45,730 to manage the Humboldt and lifeguards to oversee daily boldt Recreation Commission in All participants will break “The wn. cityfor after reports of misconduct David Toland, executive director Registration to participate County Crimestoppers showed that there Municipal Pool in 2013. operations, from 1 to 8 p.m. daily from inthe front of the post office. See HUMBOLDT | Page A2 Mad Bomber Melvin Run fraud sure test is to participate of Thrive Allen County that included and changand one in the drag race is $5. That also Charley was that no actual evifollow a course ingofofparticoperationRunners manualswill without “Drag Race” as a runup to of the organizers for Friday’s gains participants entrance to a for your Life,” said total of the claims will to Washconsent from the city.take them on Westdence 450, with arlie Melvin Mad Bomber events. 9:30 p.m. pre-party at the Thrive ipants was approaching ington, then Jackson, Jefferson City Administrator Carl Slaugh that were made. r Your Life race. If you don’t have a thing to office, 12 W. Jackson. Tickets can about 200 signed on for the 5-kilosaidfollow an investigation was tomade and East Cottonwood. They meter run. The walk will a and women alikeTOPEKA, are en- Kan. wear(AP) — no worries. be purchased in advance at the — Kansas Merrick faced “It’s a coincidence,” Merrick — Carl Slaugh, through the city, and no results ed to dress in alegislators cross-gen- are planning Thrive office or Friday night on 3-kilometer Dresses, to hats, purses, jewelryabout take questions told The Associated Press. course. were found to support the claims. See TEMPS | B6 city administrator “Registration, probnner and then an “compete” accoutrements will the be exsaid, the goal including unusually and longother spring break whether See EGOInstead, | Page Merrick B6 “The investigation showed that ably a fifth online, has really ms of four in a this relay.year, Lastpartavailable at by Elizabeth Donnelly’s of efforts Re- tended break is is to limit legislators’ work after there was no ac-

Humboldt defers pool decision

Hunt receives formal apology for termination

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Lawmakers planning extra-long spring break

the spring break to reviewing vepublican leaders to shorten the designed to altime lawmakers spend in ses- low legislators to toes by Gov. Sam Brownback. Exsion, House Speaker Ray Mer- attend an early tending the spring break ensures that any deadlines for the conserrick said Monday. May meeting of Legislators plan to work the American Ray Merrick vative Republican governor to act on any bills approved by the through April 5, the 74th day in Legislative ExBy JOE SNEVE — Since 1871 — session, then reconvene on May 8 change Council, a national group GOP-dominated Legislature will he bandstand to wrap up business forJim Garner,for director the year. lawmakers that promotes con- have passed. When Brian wasmight hiredbe out of here in a rsday, July 7, 2011 8 p.m.model legislation onPekarek a “We If they had followed a traditional servative superintendent of the Iola said. PROGRAM schedule, they would reconvene wide range of as issues. Merrick, day,” Merrick school he in the Senate deSpangled Banner Sousa GOP leaders on..................................................arr. April 24. aJ.P. conservative Stilwelldistrict Republi-in February, an opportunity to “reinvigoricans We — march .......................................... Henrycan, Fillmore and Senatesaw President Susan ferred to Merrick to explain the Wagle, a conservative schedule change, saying they rate” USDWichita 257. k, Rhythm and Blues — medley ......................arr. Jack Bullock the on weren’t fully aware of the reaWith a offocus academic y of the Nile — march...................................KennethRepublican, J. Alford are members group’s national board. achievement and public transparn of the Beguine ...................................................... Cole Porter See BREAK | Page A2

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tual evidence of the claims that were made,” Slaugh said. The settlement included a formal apology from the city, Ken Hunt which was read by council member Joel Wicoff during Monday night’s meeting, as well as a statement that explains that Hunt’s separation was voluntary.

Slaugh said the council was eager to get the situation behind them and clear up any further litigation with Hunt. “They wanted to get the situation settled and move on,” Slaugh said. “It’s a difficult thing to go through.” He said the council believed it was an appropriate time for the settlement, since the city could reach a reasonable agreement. The $40,000 includes damages received from the termination, including loss of income.

Pekarek finds home at USD 257

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Brian Pekarek, center, visits with Barb Geffert and Marcy Boring at the USD 257 board office.

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Vincent E. Culbertson, 97, left this world and went home to Jesus on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Chanute Health Care Center in Chanute. Vincent was born to George W. Culbertson and Ida E. (Geddes) Culbertson on Dec. 15, 1915. Vincent had three siblings, a sister, Velma, and two brothers, G. Kenneth and Eugene, who preceded him in death. On Dec. 25, 1940, Vincent married Betty L. Biggs. They lived their lives together on the Culbertson Homestead in rural Iola which was established by his grandfather, R.E. Culbertson, in 1861. Betty preceded him in death in 1996 after a long battle with cancer. Together they raised seven children, Robert V. Culbertson, wife Rose, Coffeyville, Bill E. Culbertson, wife Christina, Topeka, Mary E. Wood, husband Don, Elk City, George E. Culbertson, wife Cindy, rural Iola, Eric G. Culbertson, (deceased 1964), Roy L. Culbertson, rural Iola, and Ben E. Culbertson, wife Nancy, Nevada, Mo. Vincent was a longtime member of Salem United Methodist Church of rural Iola. Vincent is survived by many grandchildren and many, many great- and great-great-grandchildren. Vincent attended Onion Creek School, rural Iola, and Iola High School. Vincent was a farmer and very proud to be one. He also worked part time in the oil fields to help make ends meet. He loved to see things grow and to know that he had a part in that. He loved to be outdoors and enjoy nature. As a young man he enjoyed playing the violin. He was a very good carpenter which he really enjoyed. He loved working with his hands and was very good at whatever he was doing. Vincent also enjoyed going on road trips with his family to see and experience new things. Vincent was a quiet and soft-spoken man. He never asked for much and yet he gave so much to anyone and everyone. Vincent spent the last few years of his life living with his son George and wife Cindy on the Culbertson Homestead that he loved so much. In July of 2012 he became a resident of the Chanute Health Care Center due to failing health. Vincent will be dearly missed by not only his family, but by anyone who ever knew him. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, at Calvary United Methodist Church in Iola. Burial will be at DeWitt Cemetery west, Humboldt. Memorials to Salem United Methodist Church may be left with Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, which is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences for the family may be left at

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It was reported in Saturday’s issue of the Register that after- prom activities would occur in Topeka. The students, in fact, will travel to Tulsa after the prom. The Register regrets the error. In addition, the junior after prom committee is selling enchiladas until Feb. 8.

Potatoes to be given away The Iola Ministerial Association will be giving away sacks of potatoes at the community pantry, 16 W. Broadway, Feb. 8 at 9:30 a.m. The sacks of potatoes are first-come first-serve.

scheduling youth swim lessons and adult swim classes. Before the city signs the contract, City Attorney Fred Works wrote out a series of questions, including one provision that would prohibit the hiring of any employees such as lifeguards for one calendar year if the contract is canceled. Such a provision could make it difficult to rehire lifeguards if the city for whatever reason, ends its contract with USA Pools. Works recommended the city stick with a one-year contract before agreeing to any multi-year option. Mayor Nobby Davis agreed, saying the city needed answers to those and other questions posed Monday by a handful of audience members. Darcie Croisant and Jason Bauer, representing the Humboldt Recreation Commission, asked whether HRC or USA Pools would offer swim lessons, while Toni Schomaker, a resident and candidate for the USD 258 Board of Education, grilled councilmen on how the company would manage the pool. Would the managers be from out of town, she asked. A company employee likely from the Kansas City area will oversee the hiring of pool managers, Tucker responded, and every effort would be made to hire local employees.

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Tucker also said company officials have pledged to work with the recreation commission on a number of issues, including swim lessons and swim meets. Schomaker also noted Chanute hired a private company to manage its pool for a few years, but eventually ended the contract because of public criticism of the company’s managing style. The company ran the Chanute facility like “pool Nazis,” Schomaker contended. Would the company continue to offer free adult water aerobics sessions, as has been done in years past, Bauer asked. Works also noted the proposed contract contains little if any language regarding concessions sales. Would the company be responsible for concessions? The city also must be mindful that a license would be necessary for certain food products to be sold, and a new state law would require modifications to the pool’s bathhouse if a license is necessary, Davis said. Tucker asked council members to give tentative approval to the contract, provided the company had suitable answers for the questions. Council members, however, agreed to wait, noting the company wanted to know by “the first of February” — and not Feb. 1 — the city’s decision.

A decision is expected at the council’s Feb. 11 meeting. COUNCIL


approved purchase of a new backhoe to replace the existing backhoe that may be on its last legs. The city will purchase a JCB backhoe from Sellers Equipment of Wichita for $64,325, minus trade-in. The city’s current backhoe was purchased in 2005, and is almost certainly on its last legs because its motor is in danger of failing. “We could rebuild the motor, but we’re still looking at a used piece of equipment,” Davis said. The city will pay half of the costs out of its general fund, and the other half out of a $73,000 payment Humboldt received from class action settlement from a St. Louis-based herbicide producer. Syngente Crop Protection paid more than 1,000 communities across North America roughly $105 million because its products wound up depositing high levels of atrazine in groundwater supplies. The added atrazine was removed from the water by the cities’ water treatment facilities, including Humboldt’s. “The settlement helps pay for the chemicals we used to treat that water,” Tucker said. Tucker noted the backhoe would be used extensively for water line repairs.

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sons for it. Democratic leaders also said they couldn’t explain it. “I’ve just seen the calendar,” said House Minority Leader Paul Davis, a Lawrence Democrat.

We have pushed far too many issues off into the veto session in previous years. It’s a practice we should end. — Paul Davis, house minority leader

Vincent Culbertson

ALEC’s spring meeting is May 2-3 in Oklahoma City, and the National Conference of State Legislatures also is having a spring meeting May 2-4

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Students qualifying for the all “A” and “A-B” honor roll at Humboldt Elementary Charter School for the second nine weeks are as follows:

All “As”

Third grade

Peyten Galloway, Nautianna Goforth and Laken Hunter.

Fourth grade

Samuel Neeley, Madison Riebel and Drew Schoendaller.

Fifth grade

Kilea Heslop, Kaylie Hole, Emma Johnson, Winter Lohmann and Nichole Turner.

All “A-B”

Third grade

Ashtyn Ansley, Jarek Baughn, Jaron Bonczkowski, Robert Cook, Hope Everett-Snyder, Madelynn Hodgden, Colton Johnson, Paige Marvin, Kirstyn Murrow, Brayden Oliver, Gavin Page, Abby Rinehart, Madison Sinclair, Colton

licans had large majorities in both chambers and Democrat Robert Docking was Susan Wagle governor. The first few wrap-ups lasted one or two days, in line with descriptions of them as “veto” sessions. However, by the late 1980s, legislators were waiting until after their spring break to resolve most issues. “We have pushed far too many issues off into the veto session in previous years,” Davis said. “It’s a practice we should end.”

O pen H ouse & R ec eption

Fourth grade

Kyle Brinkerhoff, Aidan Collins, Cole Criss, Jada Dangerfield, Natalie Davis, Drake Harrington, Addison Hart, Kady Hart, Trenton Heisler, Ashlynn Herridge, Angelina Keidel, Thane Meadows, Jessica Myers, Jurnee Rutledge, Riley Schmidt, Clay Shannon, Jailynn Sinclair, Blake Walker, Kennady Wilkerson, Camille Wood and Mayci Yost.

5th grade

Taylor Beeman, Trenten Booe, Veronica Coronado, Calvin Delich, Logan Dillow, Madison Funk, Madison Gean, Hailey Hammer, Drake Hottenstein, Joshua Hull, Cooper Jaro, Alayna Johnson, Tymber Kaufman, Taylor Lassman, Briar Orth, Reid Smith, Heather Swogar and Luke Yokum.

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in Denver. Merrick sent fellow House members a letter Monday, urging them to join ALEC and noting its May meeting. Republican leaders repeatedly have said they’d like to shave 10 or more days of the annual session’s normal schedule of 90 days. The Kansas Constitution specifies 90 days, but lawmakers often have met longer over the past two decades. The record was 107 days in 2002. Last year, legislators were in session 99 days, including 26 days after their spring break. Lawmakers began scheduling the spring break in 1969, when Repub-

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Man reaps benefit of home business By TERRY BROYLES Humboldt Correspondent

HUMBOLDT— A homebased business has many facets for the owner. Robert “Gary� Yokum, 65, started cutting firewood in 1980 for the extra income. Today, his wood-cutting business also gives him “something to do.� “I got tired of sitting around,� Yokum said. “I hadn’t cut wood for a long time, but I started back in the fall. I didn’t want to be like some of these guys who retire then just sit around.� Since starting his wood cutting business again, the activity has resulted in him losing 20 pounds. “I’m 65 years old and still handling this wood; I think I’m doing pretty good, by golly,� he said. In 1980, his six children were at home and Yokum decided cutting wood would be a means for some extra cash. He retired from Nu Way Campers, Chanute, after 10 years of employment there and worked for Rolco Trailers in Chanute for 10 years prior to that. Although the kids are no longer under his roof, the extra money is nice to have, he said. Buying the chain saws, the gas-oil combination, oil for the bar and chains are typical expenses incurred, but the wood splitter is considered the most expensive, Yokum said. “This splitter cost me about $1,300,� Yokum said pointing to the mechanical wedge on two wheels used to reduce a large log into smaller, more manageable pieces. The type of wood typi-

cally dictates how long the saw’s chain will last, Yokum explained. “Hedge wood is three or four times harder and a chain doesn’t last as long,â€? he said. “Now hackberry, it’s like cutting through butter, but it doesn’t burn as long. Hedge gets harder the older it gets. You can’t drive a nail in 2-year-old hedge.â€? Yokum also is free to set his hours and workload. “I can work at my own pace,â€? Yokum said. It is his practice to team up with a friend when going out to restock his inventory. “He likes to cut wood too and if we go together, then we’re not out there by ourselves, if something would happen,â€? Yokum said. Yokum’s pickup can haul 2½ rick of wood (a measurement of stacked wood that is 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide 8 feet long), but how long it takes to get a load varies. “If we don’t have to throw the brush, it goes a lot faster,â€? he said. The most common place for cutting wood is along a hedgerow that a farmer wants cleared. Then,cutters wanting to save the wood for firewood are asked to pile the brush trimmed off the tree leaving a clean area. Once a tree is felled, branches of sufficient size for firewood must be trimmed of foliage and smaller limbs. These, and the trunk, are cut in 16- to 18-inch lengths and loaded in the bed of his pickup to be hauled to town, where each log is reduced to small-

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Local resident Robert Yokum uses a splitter to re-size large logs making them suitable for burning in a fireplace insert. His home-based wood cutting business provides him with extra cash. er pieces with the splitter and stacked, ready for sale. “I don’t split as small as some,� Yokum said. “I leave them a little bigger. I call them ‘all-nighters.’� Yokum explained that a fireplace may take a log as long as 24 inches, but the popular fireplace inserts take the shorter size. “Back in ’80 and ’81, I sold about 100 rick of mixed wood. Once people got inserts, those sales went downhill.� Customers prefer cured wood and will choose hedge over hackberry because of the heat produced. Yokum said he tries to go out and cut every day, thus building up the stock on hand, but securing a place to work, isn’t always easy. “Some of the farmers now days just bulldoze the trees to clear it out,� he said.

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“I’d like to have more of the Hedge by summer, because people like it cured.â€? A lifelong resident of Allen County, Yokum has lived in Humboldt since 1969. Since rekindling his home-based business, he has gained new customers and keeps them supplied with wood to burn by delivering the amount ordered. “I deliver or they can haul their own,â€? he said. “I charge $50 a rick for hedge, but if I have to go out of town, I like them to take two rick ‌ with the price of gas.â€? Hackberry is $40 a rick. With the sluggish economy, winter weather that has been less than harsh and the competition in supplying firewood, sales have not been as good as in the past, Yokum said, “but, I’m just getting started again.â€?

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Lindsey Tweedy, one of six volunteers helping to clear the rail trail near Humboldt Saturday, uses lopping shears to sever a nuisance root. Trees, brush and abandoned railroad ties must be far enough away from the trail shoulder that a grader can pass.

Rail trail shows progress By TERRY BROYLES Humboldt Correspondent

HUMBOLDT — Prairie Spirit Trail volunteers met Saturday morning at the Humboldt trailhead, east of B & W Trailer Hitches, where they concentrated on clearing brush and debris in the three miles north. Jane and Lindsey Tweedy, regular volunteers from Iola, encouraged workers to bring chainsaws, pole saws and lopping shears in the work notification. “Looks like Mother Nature will be good to us; we’ll work until about noon.� Envisioning a 14-foot trail bed with at least 12 feet of hard surface, Dave Fontaine, another regular, directs clearing efforts along both sides, where protruding branches, creeping roots and thick underbrush crowd the trail. A landscape rake has been beneficial in the clearing process along the seven-mile length to Iola,

as well as an industrial brush cutter and grader. Some pieces and chunks of decomposing railroad ties in the trail bed have to be dislodged manually and tossed aside. “It will have to be graded a couple of more times before we can place screenings,� Fontaine said. Although the trail is not ready nor officially open, Tweedy said walkers and hikers are welcome to walk the trail and see what has been accomplished. Work in the days ahead will involve “dressing up� the road intersections for visibility, installing bollards and mounting barriers on ladder towers along the trail. “We’ve been fortunate with the weather for this time of year,� Fontaine said. “We’ve got quite a bit done, but there’s still a lot to do.� Those interested in assisting with the trail are welcome to join the group which meets most Saturdays.

Calendar Thursday - Rail trail committee meeting, 6:30 p.m., Thrive office, Iola. Friday - Allen County County Spelling Bee, 1 p.m., Bowlus Fine Arts Center, Iola. Saturday - St. Peter’s Lutheran Church ground hog feed, 6 a.m.-2 p.m., church basement. Feb. 5 - Hoe and Hope Garden Club meeting, 9 a.m., library community room. Annual ground hog feed

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Men’s group will serve pancakes and sausage Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the 55th year for the event that draws hundreds of local and area supporters. The annual fundraiser helps provide funding for their district project, the church youth group and the high school after prom event. The price at the door, for all you can eat, is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Members of the youth group will be on hand helping carry food, clean tables or training for future duties in the kitchen.


The theme for the Saturday meeting of Chapter AM PEO was “come as you are� and held at the home of Linda Leonard. Christy Seufert, Ellie Walburn and Amanda Ames were appointed to the nominating committee to select officers for

the year. Members signed up for anniversary committees and the Chapter voted to join the Chamber of Commerce. The next meeting will be Feb. 12.

Mary Martha Circle

Juanita Hamm hosted the Mary Martha Circle of the First Baptist Church on Thursday at the church. Valentine cards were brought by seven members, one officer and one guest for roll call and those present signed the cards to be sent to shut-ins.

Garden club

The Hoe and Hope Garden Club met in the community room of the library for their January meeting with host Ellery Robertson giving the opening prayer. Nine member attended. It was decided the club would not work the ball concessions this summer and instead assess members $10. Westar is working on a lighting solution for the garden on Hwy 224 and field trips for the year were finalized. Robertson shared his procedure for successfully growing amaryllis and June Stipp spoke about the progress on the Neosho River Park walking paths and garden plans. Examples of native plants that will be used were provided and how best to plant the seeds discussed. “Native� for plants means that the plant has grown here for 200 years, Stipp said.

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Brazil’s deadly blaze In what was supposed to add spark to a performance, turned into a deadly fire at a nightclub in southern Brazil in the wee hours of Sunday. More than 230, mostly university students, were killed in the blaze. It was started by a singer in the band who lighted a kind of flare and when he held it above his head it accidently set the ceiling on fire. A faulty fire extinguisher allowed the blaze to go unabated. Here in the United States, a similar tragedy at a nightclub in Rhode Island killed 100. A quick call to Iola’s fire department assured no such instance could occur here — legally. Pyrotechnics of any sort in public venues such as a bar

violate city fire codes. The Brazil club’s owners were arrested for multiple violations of safety regulations. That’s all well and good, but does nothing to bring back those lives lost. The incident is a reminder that negligence exists and that concert-goers, for instance, need to be aware of their surroundings. Take note of exits. Keep a finger on the pulse of the crowd. If things seem to be getting out of hand, leave the scene. BRAZIL’S sorrows are another reminder for cities to be vigilant in enforcing codes. The rules are there to protect us. — Susan Lynn

Women in combat a natural Kansas is your customer The most striking aspect of the Pentagon’s decision to lift a 1994 ban on combat duty for women last week was the lack of any substantive opposition in Congress. Normally, any policy change that hints at evolving social values leads to some kind of political uproar; it was a deeply divided Congress, for example, that repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell.” No comparable controversy erupted last week, as such Republicans as Senator John McCain embraced the change. That’s partly because the new policy reflects the actual practice in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also gives belated acknowledgment to the over 150 women who have died in uniform since 2001. They did, in fact, perish in combat. In retrospect, the White House, which appears to have been taken by surprise by the timing of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s decision, was unnecessarily fearful of addressing the issue. All the service chiefs came to the conclusion some time ago that, in wars with no clear battle lines, the formal exclusion of women was impossible to enforce. Commanders still have some latitude; the new rules give them the authority to exclude all women from some units. But as explained on Thursday by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the new rules put the onus on the military to defend policies or practices that exclude women. “We have never had that

conversation before,” he said. Implementation of the new combat rules will occur over time. The winding down of US military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan means that any changes will be gradual. Meanwhile, the question of whether young- women will be required to register for a potential draft, as young men are, remains unanswered; for now, the Pentagon seems content to punt on that decision — wisely concluding that it’s best to let the

changes in combat policy sink in first. In the meantime, the greatest practical effect of the new rules is to give more women the chance to attain the highest levels of military rank, for which formal combat experience can be an important credential. And, over time, more high-ranking female officers can be deeply involved in decisions about whether to send women — and men — to war. — The Boston Globe

Egypt’s turmoil as dark as ever The Muslim Brotherhood, amidst widespread public anger, wanted to mark the second anniversary of Egypt’s revolution by planting 500,000 trees, helping a million hospital patients and renovating 2,000 schools. Instead, the country looks like it is falling apart. Tear gas swirled through the windows of the posh hotels surrounding Tahrir Square. Ten people were killed during antigovernment protests in Suez. In Port Said riots sparked by a court ruling left 35 dead. On Sunday night, the president, Mohammed Morsi, declared a state of emergency in those two cities and Ismailia, promising that any further unrest would be dealt with even more harshly. The past two days in Egypt looked at times like a slow-motion repeat of the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak two years ago: the marches, the gas, the shouted demands to topple the regime, and a miscalculated response by the president (Mr. Morsi took to Facebook and Twitter to express his condolences to the families of those killed). Hard-nosed Suez, where the first demonstrator was killed in 2011, again provided the spark. Protesters ripped down police shacks and set government buildings alight. The police killed ten of those protesting.

The unrest felt darker, more anarchic, than the uprising of 2011. In the coastal city at the northern mouth of the Suez Canal, 33 civilians and two police officers were killed after relatives tried to storm a prison housing 22 local football fans sentenced to death on Saturday over a bloody stadium stampede last year. Blurry video showed prison guards popping up from behind their turreted towers to fire at the angry crowd a few of whom were shooting back. The Port Said families are furious; their innocent sons, they say, have been wrongly condemned by a politicized court to avoid the chaos that would engulf Cairo if the victims of the pitch invasion — mostly supporters of Cairo’s Ahly club — were not avenged. The Ahly fans are equally furious; the massacre, abetted by the government, they say, must be punished, or they will take action. The riots have revealed worrying signs of a state that is both absent and untrusted by the people. Two years of transition

and seven months of Brotherhood administration have failed to restore a sense of accountability. The Port Said families took matters, violently, into their own hands because they did not trust the court. The Ahly fans threatened to do the same. Protesters in Tahrir Square believe that Mr Morsi has lied to them too often to remain in office. Who will lead Egypt out of its current crisis is unclear. — The Economist

By JOHN SCHLAGECK Kansas Farm Bureau

this concept. They’ve retooled their farming operation from a While food safety will always conventional commodities-only be the cornerstone of our food business to one that includes production process, allegiance pick-your-own sweet corn, is making inroads into why pumpkins, asparagus, tomatoes and where consumers buy their and strawberries. They’re givproducts. ing people what they want. Sure, the majority of today’s Others now provide home deshoppers enjoys and often takes liveries of fresh produce and sell for granted the expanded menu their produce at local farmers’ in supermarkets. They look for- markets. Still others have added ward to shopping in a meat case a corn maze, day-on-the-farm filled with dozens of new cuts, activities, ice-cream socials and pre-packaged, oven-ready, cus- chuck-wagon cookouts for evtom portioned, “natural” and eryone from school-aged kids to pre-cooked products. They can’t wedding rehearsal parties. wait to get their mitts on the This new direction in farming marinades, dry rubs, cooking is being driven by farmers and bags and other specialty items ranchers who are attempting to designed for time strapped, two- be less dependent on cheap land income families. and vast acreage. These pioneers There’s also another growing are tapping into the population group of s u r g e consuma n d ers who wealth are purThere are a fair number of shoppers of conchasing who yearn to develop a trust with s u m e r s products who shop producers who they believe will pro- o n l i n e , based on trust and vide them with a quality, consistent drive a nostalcouple wholesome product. gia. This cars innotion cluding of nostala SUV gia harand don’t kens back to the good old days mind paying a premium for the — a time when events and lives food they feed their families. were perceived as simpler, more Another common element wholesome, just downright bet- of this non-traditional farmer ter. is the belief that this shift in Many in this new group of production style may not make consumers want to share in the them rich, but will keep them story behind the product they out in the open spaces, running are buying. They wish to estab- their own business and doing lish a direct link and cultivate a what they enjoy. A large percentrelationship with the producer age of those willing to try somewho provides them with toma- thing new are younger farmers. toes, asparagus, corn or their In many cases, a young farmer leg of lamb for the upcoming is often considered someone holiday. who has yet to reach the halfThere are a fair number of century mark. shoppers who yearn to develop For some traditional farma trust with producers who they ing became too expensive. Othbelieve will provide them with ers decided traditional farming a quality, consistent wholesome was no longer worth the effort. product. Whatever the reason, any farmTapping into this ever-chang- er will tell you that farming is ing consumer landscape, today’s a challenging vocation. Still food producer — especially most would agree they are glad those located near large-popu- they bought their land, and glad lation, urban areas — must not they’re doing what they enjoy. miss the opportunity to reach No doubt, more and more the hearts, minds and stomachs farmers will be looking at new of consumers who feel strongly strategies. Those who are deterabout their food. mined to stay in this business of Some consumer-savvy food agriculture will have to find ingrowers are already honed in on novative ways to farm.

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Avoid the ‘salty six’

Try new flowers, veggies in garden

In the January issue of the Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter, one of the articles highlighted the top six sources of sodium in today’s American diet, and it’s not just french fries and potato chips. The American Heart Association introduced the “salty six� to increase awareness of six common foods that may be loaded with excess sodium. They are: Bread and rolls — one slice of bread or roll can contain as much as 230 milligrams of sodium.  Cold cuts and cured meats — deli or pre-packaged turkey can have as much as 1,050 milligrams. Pizza — one slice can contain up to 760 milligrams. Poultry — choose your chicken wisely, avoiding products enhanced with a sodium solution.  Just three ounces of fast-food-style nuggets can contain almost 600 milligrams of sodium. Soup — one cup of canned chicken noodle soup can have up to 940 milligrams of sodium. Sandwiches — a sandwich can easily top 1,500 milligrams of sodium. It’s clear that Americans have developed quite a taste for salt, but we know that salt plays a role in high blood pressure. The dietary guidelines for Americans recommend that everyone, including kids, should reduce their sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day — or about 1 teaspoon of salt. Adults 51 and older, African Americans of any age and those with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease should further reduce their sodium intake to 1,500 mg a day.   Learning to enjoy flavorful foods without all the sodium may take a little practice, and require you to adjust

If you are like me, you have begun receiving seed catalogs in the mail. If that doesn’t get your fever up for spring, then I don’t know what will. As you start to plan your 2013 garden, take a look at the 2013 All-American Selections (AAS) winners. Each year, the All-America Selections tests and introduces new flowers and vegetables to home gardeners. These plants have proven themselves to do well in trials across North America. The AAS winner label is like a stamp of approval. These descriptions were taken from All-American Selections material. Melon “melemon� F1 — This melon offers earliness, high yield on strong plants with superior taste. Judges related the taste of this melon to honeydew, but with a surprising and delicious tanginess. It has a uniform fruit shape which makes it perfect for market growers as well as home gardeners. Each personal-sized fruit has a refreshing crisp flesh and a unique sweet-tart taste. Tomato “jasper� F1 — This cherry tomato has excellent taste, a long harvest window and outstanding performance in the trials. Judges liked the texture

Kathy McEwan Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences

your taste buds, but it can be done.  Begin by cutting back on salt little by little — pay attention to the natural tastes of various foods. Before you know it, your taste for salt will lessen.   Cooking at home is a great place to start because you are the one in control of what’s in your food.  Skip the salt when cooking. Use herbs, spices, garlic, vinegar, no-salt seasoning mixes, pepper or lemon juice instead. Pay attention to condiments you might add to recipes, however. Foods like soy sauce, ketchup, pickles, olives, salad dressings and some seasoning packets are high in sodium. Choose lowsodium options whenever you can. Cooking without salt certainly does not mean cooking without flavor. Don’t be afraid to experiment and be creative. Other ways to consume less sodium include filling up on fresh and frozen vegetables and fruits — they are naturally low in sodium. Fresh foods of all kinds are generally lower in sodium. In fact, most of the sodium Americans eat is found in processed foods, so eat them less often and in smaller portions. Finally, read the Nutrition Facts label to find packaged and canned foods that are lower in sodium. Look for foods labeled as “low sodium,� “reduced sodium,� or “no salt added.� When using canned vegetables, draining, rinsing and re-heating the vegetables in water can significantly reduce the sodium.  

Krista Harding Extension Agent for Agriculture

and sweetness of the tomato as well as the uniformity of the fruits that grow on vigorous, healthy plants. Jasper is a high yielding variety with fruits that stay on the vine and then hold well after ripening both on the vine and postharvest. Vines are vigorous and require little or no fertilization. An added bonus to this tomato is fusarium resistance and the ability to overcome weather-related stresses. Watermelon “harvest moon� F1 — This is the first ever hybrid, triploid seedless watermelon to win an AAS award. This watermelon is similar to the popular heirloom variety, “moon and stars.� “Harvest moon� is an improvement in that it features healthy, shorter vines that produce medium-sized fruits and sweet, crisp, pinkish-red flesh. It retains the familiar dark green rind with yellow dots, like that of “moon and stars� but is seedless, earlier to ripen, higher

yielding and better tasting. Canna “south pacific scarlet� F1 — This canna has showy, 4-inch flowers that bloom all summer long in a delicious shade of scarlet. Large leafed plants reach 4 to 5 feet tall. Compact in habit and well suited for both landscape and container use. It prefers warm and humid conditions over 77 degrees. This variety is more vigorous, more uniform, and has more basal branching

over during wind and rain like many other Echinacea. Geranium “pinto premium white to rose� F1 — This geranium has numerous 5-inch blooms that are long-lasting in the garden. Petals start out white then deepen to rose-pink as flowers mature, giving it an attractive bicolor effect. Dense, well-branched plants sport deep green leaves with darker zones that contrast beautifully

Each year, the All-American Selections tests (AAS) and introduces new flowers and vegetables to home gardeners. These plants have proven themselves to do well in trials across North America. The AAS winner label is like a stamp of approval. than Canna Tropical Red. Echinacea “cheyenne spirit� — Produces a delightful mix of flower colors from rich purple, pink, red and orange tones to lighter yellows, creams and white. An added bonus is that it does not require a lot of watering and offers a wide range of uses from the perennial border, in a mass landscape planting, in a butterfly garden or as a cut flower. This is a durable plant and is very sturdy and does not topple

with the light-colored flowers. This is a great choice for carefree, colorful summer garden beds or patio containers. For a complete description of the 2013 All America Selections, visit www. Krista Harding is a KState Research and Extension Agricultural agent assigned to Southwind District. She may be reached at 620-244-3826 or kharding@

4-H Day Saturday at UHS Southwind District 4-H Day will be held Saturday at Uniontown High School. Activities begin at 8 a.m. Southwind District includes 4-H members from Bourbon, Allen and Neosho counties. Youth will present talks, demonstra-

tions, talent, vocal and instrumental music and model meetings. The public is invited. The schedule of events can be found online at Winners will advance to Regional 4-H Day Feb. 23 at Allen Community College.

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representation of how many people live in Iola by the 5,700 on the population signs. There are many people living just outside of the city limits, such as Country Estates, and he said by not including them in the city limits, the city is missing out of some potential qualified civic servants and representatives. McGraw estimated that there are 45 to 47 homes currently in the Country Estates area north of town.

higher price tag. One feature include scanning a guest’s driver’s license, which would tell school officials if the guest is on the national offender’s list. The district will be taking sealed bids until Feb. 6 for a security system. The prices for proximity cards and the panic buttons have yet to be determined. Iola Middle School has received and accepted a bid for a new door that will be installed. The new door will require guests to enter through the main office rather than the side entrance with no supervision. The bid came from Iola Glass and local contractors. The Bowlus Fine Arts Center will have a buzzer system with a two-way intercom, camera and a proximity card. Crossroads will have a buzzer, two-way intercom system with a camera. Given the existing security around the Age-to-Age Preschool, a keypad entry will be installed.

TOBY Shaughnessy came before the council to announce that he and his father, Bob Shaughnessy, will be opening a Sam and Louie’s restaurant on North State Street in Iola, as well as request a tax abatement from the city. The council agreed to a 10-year abatement incentive, and passed the motion to waive property, utility, inspection and permit fees for the restaurant. The Italian restaurant chain is based out of Omaha, Neb., and will be the first in Kansas. There are 22 locations nationwide. Shaughnessy said they hope to start construction in March, in order to be open for business by summer. They will build on the empty lot to the north of Dollar General and south of the Walmart parking lot.

In other business: — The city of Iola will pay for 25 percent, or ap-

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City council members meet Monday night to discuss annexation concerns. proximately $75,000, of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Highway 54 construction project. The construction of 817 feet of roadway is planned to begin on March 18. — Council members passed a motion to hire Schwab-Eaton, Wichita, as engineers for the Missouri Pacific Recreational Trail project. The report stated that the trail will be constructed as a “new recreation trail beginning at the existing Prairie Spirit Rail Trail and east along Benton Street to Cottonwood Street.” — After a split decision, Mayor Bill Shirley cast the deciding vote to deny an increase to city employees’ wage adjustment. The increase, proposed by council member Don Becker, would have been a .8 percent increase from the 1.7 percent cost of living

adjustment already put in place by the city. — Council members approved payment of a demolition on 202 S. Third through the Community Developmentment Block Grant program. — Walmart manager Jeff Livingston and Toland came before the council for permission to accept funds for signage on the Prairie Spirit Trail, as well as signs to be placed in the city. The funds, garnered from grants from the Gump Foundation out of Miami County and a private donor, will pay for entry signs to the Prairie Spirit Trail. In addition, a Kansas Health Foundation grant will fund new directional signs to be placed in the city to point out key locations. Specific locations for the signs are yet to be determined.

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OTHER UPDATES also need to be made to the schools, said Scott Stanley, director of operations. Buses are required to be shuffled out after 25 years of use. Stanley said about nine buses will be reaching their expiration date in the next couple of years. Stanley said he looked into contracting buses, but found the savings wasn’t greater than what the district would be losing. Current bus drivers have a very high chance of losing their jobs because the contractor would hire its own employees and the district would be leasing the buses. The board decided to purchase a new bus and a new

van and trade some of their buses. The total for the purchase will be roughly $101,645. Each year a plan is presented to the board for summer work for updates and repairs. Some of the items to take priority in 2013 are entry doors for the high school and McKinley Elementary School, and roof repairs for the middle school gym, middle school upper roof, science building, McKinley and Crossroads, which Stanley says is the worst in the district. Leveling the floors in the high school will be postponed another year. Stanley said the floors are not presenting an immediate threat but will get progressively worse. “We are protecting our students from the outside, maybe we should be protecting them from the inside,” board member Buck Quincy said.

The total costs will be in the ballpark of $250,000. “Sooner or later we are going to have to pay the piper,” board president Tony Leavitt said. “It’s not what I want to hear but it’s reality.” COUNTY CLERK Sherrie Riebel approached the board to request they change the way members are elected. Riebel suggested board members be elected at large, meaning anyone in the USD 257 school district would be able to run for or vote for a position on the board. Currently, wards, causing up to 16 different ballots during election year, divide the board seats up. “I don’t have a problem with going at large, but I would like to hear what the public has to say about it,” Leavitt said. The decision to go at large will need to be made sometime before 2015.

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IMS squads earn split Kansas holds off 7th-grade West Virginia in squad wins Big Monday action in defensive By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Kansas has stretched the nation’s longest winning streak to 18 games with a mix of blowouts, nail-biters and, lately, strength-sapping defense. The second-ranked Jayhawks turned up the pressure after nearly relinquishing a 15-point lead, then watched West Virginia wilt down the stretch in a 6156 victory Monday night. In the first-ever meeting between the schools, the Jayhawks held West Virginia to four field goals over the final 10 minutes. “The second half we just kind of pieced it together,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “Our defense needed to be good because we didn’t score, either. I thought defensively we did a pretty good job.” Travis Releford and Jeff Withey both scored 15 points while Ben McLemore overcame

early foul trouble to add 13 points for Kansas (19-1, 7-0 Big 12). The Jayhawks have held their last six opponents under 60 points. They are in the middle of a stretch of six of nine games on the road. The next test for the winning streak comes at home Saturday against Oklahoma State (13-5, 3-3). “None of us are paying any attention to it,” Releford said of the streak, which started on Nov. 15. “We don’t sit around in the locker room and talk about it because we know it’s a long season. So we’re not too worried about it.” Kansas shot better from the field (54 percent) than at the free throw line (53 percent). It was the Jayhawks’ secondworst showing of the season at the line. See JAYHAWKS | Page B2

Woods wins by 4 at Torrey Pines By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tiger Woods never looked so irritated winning a golf tournament so comfortably. His record eighth victory at Torrey Pines was all but over when Woods ripped a 5-iron from 244 yards over the corner of a bunker and onto the green at the par-5 13th hole, setting up a two-putt birdie that gave him an eight shot lead in the Farmers Insurance Open. At least he had plenty of time to savor this victory. The final five holes felt like they took forever. Woods twirled his club on the tee and leaned on it in the fairway as the final round dragged on. He lost rhythm and appeared to lose interest, and it showed. A bogey from the bunker on the 14th. A tee shot that caromed off a eucalyptus tree on the 15th hole that led to double bogey. A tee shot he popped up on the 17th hole that left him 50 yards

behind the other players and led to another bogey. “It got a little ugly at the end,” Woods said. “I started losing patience a little bit with the slow play.” No matter. It only affected the margin, not the outcome. Woods had to settle for an evenpar 72 that gave him a four-shot win over defending champion Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater, who each had a 69. For a tour that has been criticized for slow play, this wasn’t an ideal start to the network portion of its schedule. With Woods virtually a lock to win, CBS Sports wanted the final round to resume Monday later than normal so that it could be televised in late afternoon on the East Coast. Play was so slow that CBS went over its allotted time. Woods, meanwhile, had the ideal start to his tour season. Only a week earlier, he


INDEPENDENCE — Iola Middle School’s A teams split their contests Monday, with the seventh-grade squad pulling out a two-point win, and the eighthgraders falling short. The seventh-grade Ponies overcame a one-point halftime deficit by holding Independence to six second-half points in an 18-16 win. Evan Sigg led the way for the victory with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Ethan Holloway followed with three points and three rebounds. Matt Komma had two points and six boards. Nick Vaughn also scored two points. “We did just enough to get the win,” Iola coach Marty Taylor said. “We have to be ready to play every game and tonight we were not. Evan was able to get some tough baskets inside. That made the difference tonight.” The eighth-grade A team fell behind 7-2 after one quarter and never recovered in a 31-14 defeat. Independence led 7-2 after one quarter and 15-7 at halftime before erasing any doubt with a 12-5 third-quarter spurt. Chase Regehr led Iola with six points and eight rebounds. Garrett Wade and Braden Plumlee each had two points and five reSee IMS | Page B2

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Above, Iola Middle School eighth-grader Garrett Wade puts up a field goal attempt, while at left, seventh-grader Evan Sigg drives against a defender in games earlier this season. Wade scored two points Monday for the eighth-graders, who dropped a 31-14 decision on the road at Independence. Sigg scored 11 points with seven rebounds to lead the seventhgrade Pony squad to an 18-16 win. The middle schoolers return to Independence Saturday for the IMS Winter Classic.

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Carmakers among big Super Bowl ad spenders By BRENT SNAVELY Detroit Free Press

DETROIT — Imagine spending about $8 million in 60 seconds. That’s what at least seven automakers are preparing to do next Sunday during Super Bowl XLVII, a sign that automotive marketing budgets have rebounded as competition for sales heats up. Teaser commercials featuring reggae singers, supermodels and TV stars have been released in recent weeks to build hype for Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Volkswagen and others. Conspicuously absent from the pre-game hype is Chrysler. For the third year in a row, the Auburn Hills, Mich., automaker is planning a long commercial that it hopes will be impactful, but the company hasn’t said how long the ad will be or what car or truck it will highlight. “I cannot tell you anything,” Olivier Francois said Jan. 15. “We have a bunch of options on the table ... and I need to share them with my boss.” Francois said he planned to review Chrysler’s Super Bowl options with Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne during a plane trip back to Italy later that

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Kia’s “Space Babies” 2013 Super Bowl Commercial for the all-new 2014 Sorento is part of the “It has an answer for everything” campaign. same day. Chrysler has successfully bucked conventional wisdom the last two years with its gritty, serious, two-minute-long commercials starring Eminem in 2011 and Clint Eastwood in 2012. “We have come to expect big

things from Chrysler’s Super Bowl ads,” said Michele Krebs, senior analyst for Francois hinted that Chrysler may decide to run a 30-second ad for Fiat like it did last year in addition to a longer commercial for the company or another Chrysler

brand. “We bought air time,” Francois said. “Now we need to fill it.” No other automaker advertising in the Super Bowl is following Chrysler’s all-or-nothing gamble. Audi released three commercials Friday with alternative end-

ings and asked people to vote on their favorite one. Mercedes-Benz is running five short teaser commercials on broadcast television and released a slow-motion video of supermodel Kate Upton watching guys wash a Mercedes. By Friday afternoon, Upton’s video had been viewed 4.2 million times on YouTube and has been the subject of a number of mainstream media stories debating whether or not it objectifies women. “There was a time when you held everything for the Super Bowl, but now you have these social media channels that help you leverage your investment,” said Donna Boland, manager of corporate communications for Mercedes-Benz. Audi, advertising for the sixth consecutive year, has learned the value of building awareness before the Super Bowl, said Loren Angelo, Audi’s general manager of brand marketing. In 2011, two million people viewed a version of Audi’s commercial before the game. In 2012, that number doubled to four milSee SUPER BOWL | Page B6

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President’s comments strike chord for players By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Pro Football Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs respects and understands President Barack Obama’s opinion about the dangers of football — and hesitation about having a child play. The hard-hitting 2011 Defensive Player of the Year also says that no matter how violent the sport, his 4-yearold son will be Terrell Suggs allowed to take it up if he wants. “It would have to be his choice,” Suggs said Monday. “Football isn’t for everybody. If my son ... came to me and said, ‘Dad, I want to play football,’ then I would let him play.” The president’s thoughts about the future of the NFL — and whether he’d let a son play football — were a main topic of conversation as Super Bowl week got under way. So much so that when San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Alex

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Boone stepped away from his interview session, he asked someone, “What’s up with all this Obama (stuff)?” Here’s what’s up: In an interview with The New Republic, the newly inaugurated president expressed what many other parents might be thinking following new studies about concussions and recent suicides by former NFL players. “I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you, if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football,” Obama said. “I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence,” he added. “In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting,

but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won’t have to examine our consciences quite as much.” Ravens safety Ed Reed, for one, agreed with the sentiment. “I am with Obama,” Reed said. “I have a son. I am not forcing football on my son. If he wants to play it ... I can’t make decisions for him. All I can do is say, ‘Son, I played it so you don’t have to.’” Reed, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection Ed Reed in his 11 NFL seasons, thinks there needs to be improvements within the league. “We’ve got some leaks in it that need to be worked out,”

Reed said. “Every medical training room should be upgraded; training rooms can be a lot better.” And as he noted: “When you’ve got the president talking about it, you got something.” Reed isn’t sure everyone is being trained properly or cared for adequately. “I felt like I played the game as safe as possible,” he said. “I even tell the guys that they have to take care of their bodies, take care of themselves. If you take care of that, it will take care of you.” Researchers at the National Institutes of Health announced recently that Junior Seau — the star linebacker who died of a self-inflicted gunshot last year — had a degenerative brain disease often linked to repeated blows to the head. Seau is one of several dozen football players who were found to have chronic traumatic ecephalopathy, or CTE. The NFL is facing lawsuits brought by thousands of former players who say the league withheld information on the harmful effects of concussions.

Players who were asked Monday about Obama’s comments tended to side with Ravens center Matt Birk, who did not hesitate before saying: “I have three sons, and once they get to a certain age, if they want to play football, I would let them.” San Francisco’s Boone doesn’t see how there is a lot of room for the game itself to change. “There’s going to be injuries and there’s going to be problems,” Boone said, “but we’re working on trying to prevent them.” His coach, Jim Harbaugh, responded to the president’s remarks in a lighter vein. Harbaugh, who played quarterback in the NFL for 14 seasons, mentioned his own child. “Well, I have a 4-monthold — almost, soon-to-be 5-month-old — son, Jack Harbaugh, and if President Obama feels that way, then (there will) be a little less competition for Jack Harbaugh when he gets older,” San Francisco’s coach said with a chuckle. “That’s the first thing that jumps into my mind, if other parents are thinking that way.”

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Kansas had 16 turnovers, including three apiece by McLemore, Releford and Elijah Johnson. “Our guard play has got to get better,” Self said. “Teams that pressure us, we’ve kind of thrown it around of late. I thought we did some good things but we made some bonehead plays.” Aaric Murray had 17 points and Juwan Staten added 14 for the Mountaineers (9-11, 2-5), who fell to 0-4 against ranked opponents this season. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins could have picked up a $25,000 bonus for a regular-season win over Kansas, something that was included in a contract extension signed in November. But the Mountaineers shot just 37 percent and Huggins fell to 0-5 all-time against the Jayhawks. Without any players averaging in double-figure scoring for the season, Huggins has jumbled his lineups this season to try to come up with size matchups and points production. Lately, not much has worked. West Virginia has lost

five of six games. With 11 games left in the regular season, the Mountaineers are in jeopardy of missing the NCAA tournament for the first time under Huggins, their sixth-year coach. Freshman Eron Harris, who led West Virginia in scoring at nearly 16 points over the last three games, was limited to two points on 0-of-4 shooting against Kansas. “I just never know what we are going to do,” Huggins said. “It seems like when we have made shots, we miss free throws. When offense kind of ran, we didn’t guard (Kansas).” Big 12 newcomer West Virginia never led in the second half. Staten scored three straight baskets, including a jumper that pulled the Mountaineers within 48-46 with 10:19 left. “West Virginia executed their plays well (in the second half) and we weren’t in tune with our scouting report and they got some easy baskets,” Releford said. But West Virginia fell silent over the next 3 minutes, while McLemore, Kansas’ leading scorer, made up for a sour first

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Kansas’ Travis Releford, right, drives while defended by Oklahoma’s Buddy Hieldon Saturday in Kansas’ 67-54 victory. On Monday, Releford scored 15 points to lead the Jayahwks to a 61-56 victory over West Virginia. half in which he spent most of the time on the bench in foul trouble. McLemore hit a layup and made two free throws on the next trip down the court during a 7-0 run that put the Jayhawks ahead 5546 with 7:33 left.

West Virginia never recovered. Kansas held West Virginia without a field goal over the game’s first 7 minutes. Withey, who had a 25-pound weight disadvantage to West Virginia’s Deniz Kilicli, scored eight

of Kansas’ first 14 points and he reached double figures midway through the half. The Jayhawks twice built a 15-point lead before getting sloppy, and West Virginia trimmed the deficit to 38-30 at halftime.


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bounds. Ethan Scheibmeir and Joey Zimmerman scored two points each. “I thought Chase played hard, but overall, not a very good effort,” Taylor said. The squads also split their B team games. The eighth-grade B team won 28-18, behind Zane Beasley’s eight points and Darius Greenawalt’s seven. Mason Ingle followed with six, Rhett Allen with four and Colton Toney with three. Independence prevailed 17-7 in the seventh-grade B team affair. Dalton Ryherd scored all seven of the Ponies’ points. Iola returns to Independence Saturday to play in the Independence Winter Classic.

Michigan tops poll ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — John Beilein acknowledged Monday afternoon that he had quite a few text messages on his phone. The Michigan coach just hadn’t checked them yet. “I’ve been absorbed in Northwestern tape,” Beilein said. The Wolverines are No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the first time since their Fab Five days 20 years ago, but Beilein is determined not to get carried away with all this recognition. Michigan took over the top spot after a 74-60 victory at Illinois on Sunday night. Michigan received 51 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday. Kansas moved up one spot to No. 2 and had 13 first-place votes. They are the only one-loss teams in the poll. Indiana, Florida, which

drew the other first-place vote, and Duke complete the top five. Duke, which was No. 1 last week, dropped after being routed 90-63 by Miami in the third-worst defeat by a top-ranked team. It was the second straight week the No. 1 team lost. Rounding out the top 10 are No. 6 Syracuse, followed by Gonzaga, Arizona, Butler and Oregon. Miami rode its win over Duke to an 11-place jump in the poll, from 25th to 14th. Fourteen ranked teams, including half of the top 10, lost at least one game last week. Four teams, including Louisville, which dropped from fifth to 12th, lost twice last week. San Diego State and Marquette returned to the rankings this week, replacing Virginia Commonwealth, which was 19th, and Notre Dame, which was 24th.

Notre Dame women top Tennessee KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of the best performances of Skylar Diggins’ brilliant career spoiled a night when Tennessee was honoring former coach Pat Summitt. Diggins scored a careerhigh 33 points Monday as Notre Dame built a 19-point lead and withstood a late Tennessee rally in a 77-67 triumph over the Lady Vols. Notre Dame earned its 14th straight victory and snapped the Lady Vols’ nine-game winning streak. Now the Lady Vols (164) hope the loss doesn’t prove doubly painful. Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison was playing Monday with a meniscus injury in her left knee. Harrison hurt the knee again in the first half while driving to the basket, and the 6-foot-3 sophomore had to be helped off the floor. Tennessee coach

Holly Warlick had no immediate word on Harrison’s condition. “I hope she’s going to be back because we need her,” Warlick said. “She’s a vital part of our program.” Before the game, Summitt had a banner raised in her honor at ThompsonBoling Arena. Summitt’s 1,098-208 career record in 38 seasons gives her the most wins of any Division I men’s or women’s basketball coach. Summitt stepped down in April after announcing in 2011 that she has early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. Summitt’s ceremony attracted plenty of star power. The announced crowd of 13,556 included former Lady Vols greats Tamika Catchings, Chamique Holdsclaw, Michelle Marciniak and Candace Parker. “This is one of the toughest places to play

with all those fans out there,” Diggins said. “It was a great moment for Coach Summitt, with all those players like Candace Parker and Tamika Catchings on the sidelines. It was a very emotional night tonight, and I thought we did a good job of handling it because they had a lot to play for.” Diggins took over the game early in the first half to put the Irish ahead. She dominated on both ends of the floor again early in the second half. And after Tennessee cut a 19-point deficit to five in the closing minutes, Diggins responded once more. “She had a phenomenal game. ... She’s shooting the ball extremely well,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. “She shot 50 percent from the field (13 of 26) against a great defense, managed the game, ran the team.”

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H Woods spent the rest of the week pulling away from the field until no one could catch him. “I don’t know if anybody would have beaten him this week,” said Nick Watney, who got within five shots of Woods when the tournament was still undecided until making three bogeys on his next five holes. “He’s definitely on his game.” It’s still too early to figure out the state of his game, es-

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missed the cut in Abu Dhabi, in part because of a twoshot penalty assessed after his second round for taking an illegal drop. Woods had never missed the cut on the European Tour, and he had never started his season with the weekend off. He might have been the only one who didn’t panic. Woods seized control with a 65 on the North Course at Torrey Pines, the

pecially in relation to Rory McIlroy, who also missed the cut in Abu Dhabi. Torrey Pines is a public course that Woods treats like his private domain. He won the tournament for the seventh time, one short of the PGA Tour record for most wins in a single event. Sam Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times. Woods won for the eighth time at Torrey Pines, including the 2008 U.S. Open,

and that’s a PGA Tour record that Wo o d s previously shared with ... him- Woods self. He also has won seven times at Firestone and Bay Hill. “I think he wanted to send a message,” said Hunter Mahan, who shares a swing coach with Woods.

“I think deep down he did. You play some games to try to motivate yourself. There’s been so much talk about Rory. Rory is now with Nike. That would be my guess.” And it was his 75th win on the PGA Tour, seven short of the record held by Snead. Woods has won 23 of those tournaments by at least four shots.

“I’m excited the way I played all week,” Woods said. “I hit the ball well — pretty much did everything well and built myself a nice little cushion. I had some mistakes at the end, but all my good play before that allowed me to afford those mistakes. “My short game was back to how I know it can be,” he continued.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking swift action on immigration, President Barack Obama today will try to rally public support behind his proposals for giving millions of illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, as well as making improvements to the legal immigration system and border security. The president will launch his push in a campaign-style event in Las Vegas, a day after a bipartisan group of senators unveiled their own plan for addressing an issue that has languished in Washington for years. Administration officials said Obama would largely endorse the senators’ efforts, though immigration advocates said they expected the president’s own proposals to be more progressive than the Senate group’s plan, including a faster pathway to citizenship. The simultaneous immigration campaigns were spurred by the November presidential election, in which Obama won an overwhelming majority of Hispanic voters. The results caused Republican lawmakers who had previously opposed immigration reform to reconsider in order to rebuild the party’s reputation among Hispanics, an increasingly powerful political force. Most of the recommendations Obama will make today are not new. He outlined an immigration blueprint in May 2011 but exerted little political capital to get it passed by Congress, to the disappointment of many Hispanics. Obama “believes that we are at a moment now where there seems to be support coalescing at a bipartisan level behind the very principles that he has long put forward and behind principles that have in the past enjoyed bipartisan support,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday. “And that is a very positive thing.” The president was to make his pitch in Nevada, a political battleground he carried in November, in large part because of support from Hispanics in the state. Nationally, Obama won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote, giving him a key advantage over Republican rival Mitt Romney.

Administration officials said the president would bolster his 2011 immigration blueprint with some fresh details. His original plan centered on four key areas: a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., improved border security, an overhaul of the legal immigration system, and an easier process for businesses to verify the legal status of workers. Administration officials said they were encouraged to see the Senate backing the same broad principles. In part because of the fast action on Capitol Hill, Obama does not currently plan to send lawmakers formal immigration legislation. However, officials said the White House does have legislation drafted and could fall back on it should the Senate process stall. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal strategy. Gay and lesbian advocates were also expecting Obama’s proposals to include recognition of samesex couples where one partner is American and another is not. Sen. John McCain called the issue a “red flag” in an interview today on “CBS This Morning.”

The Arizona Republican also said he didn’t think the issue was of “paramount importance at this time.” “We’ll have to look at it,” McCain said. But he added that the highest priority is finding a “broad consensus” behind the immigra-

way to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the U.S. would be contingent upon securing the border and improving tracking of people in the U.S. on visas. Linking citizenship to border security could become a sticking point between the White House and

“Obama believes that we are at a moment now where there seems to be support coalescing at a bipartisan level behind the very principles that he has long put forward and behind principles that have in the past enjoyed bipartisan support,” — Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary

tion bill already being planned. He said the country must do something about 11 million people “living in the shadows.” Obama’s previous proposals for creating a pathway to citizenship required those already in the U.S. illegally to register with the government and submit to security checks; pay registration fees, a series of fines and back taxes; and learn English. After eight years, individuals would be allowed to become legal permanent residents and could eventually become citizens five years later. The Senate group’s path-

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lawmakers. The Senate framework would also require those here illegally to pass background checks and pay fines and taxes in order to qualify for a “probationary legal status” that would allow them to live and work here — but not qualify for federal benefits — before being able to apply for permanent residency, a critical step toward citizenship. Once they are allowed to apply they would do so behind everyone else already waiting for a green card within the current immigration system. Passage of legislation by the full Democratic-controlled Senate is far from assured, but the tallest hurdle could come in the House, which is dominated by conservative Republicans who’ve shown little interest in immigration reform. The senators involved in formulating the immigration proposals, in addition to McCain, are Democrats Charles Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado; and Republicans Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida and Jeff Flake of Arizona. Several of these lawmakers have worked for years on the issue. McCain collaborated with the late Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on comprehensive immigration legislation pushed by then-President George W. Bush in 2007, only to see it collapse in the Senate when it couldn’t get enough GOP support.

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Hyperbaric oxygen is no-go post-chemo Dear Dr. Roach: I would like your opinion on the use of hyperbaric oxygen for cancer treatment. I was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2011, treated with chemo and was in remission with a recurrence in 2012. I’ve completed chemo again, and I am now back in remission. I’ve been advised to try the above treatment. I will have to travel to another state, because it is not offered in mine. It would be no trouble to travel if this would help. Thank you. — J.S. Answer: I am pretty sure it wasn’t your oncologist who recommended the hyperbaric oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen is the use of a compression chamber and pure oxygen to raise the

Dr. Keith Roach To Your Good Health oxygen levels very high. Hyperbaric oxygen is used for many conditions, including decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning and gangrene, but there is no evidence that it is helpful in treating cancer. There is no evidence that it doesn’t help, either. However, there is a reason to be concerned in your particular case: Some of the chemotherapy you may have received, such as bleomycin, platinum and

doxorubicin, can react badly to hyperbaric oxygen and cause serious lung disease, even months after chemotherapy. Everybody wants an edge to make it a little more likely to cure cancer, but I don’t think hyperbaric oxygen is helpful, and in your case, it may be harmful. Dear Dr. Roach: What is bipolar? Is it a disease? What causes the chemical imbalance in the brain? Is there a cure for this problem? I would truly appreciate any answers. — K.B.P. Answer: Bipolar affective disorder, also called manicdepressive illness, is a psychiatric illness manifested by periods of mania, which ais the term for a persistently elevated mood. Usually

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there also are periods of profound depression. A subtype, type II bipolar disorder, has only depressive symptoms, with no full-blown mania. It is one of the most serious of the psychiatric illnesses, and while there is no cure, there is effective treatment for most people. Nobody knows what the exact cause is at the level of the brain. Research studies suggest that calcium channels in the brain may play an important role, and lithium has been shown to be involved at a molecular level in the brain, and is one of the most important treatments of bipolar affective disorder. There is a strong genetic component; many people with this condition have a family history.

Gas smell on starting engine might indicate small leak Dear Tom and Ray: For the past four to six weeks, when I start my Chevy Trailblazer (2004) first thing in the morning, the smell of gas and sometimes oil comes out of the air-conditioning vents. Once the car has run for five minutes or so, the smell dissipates and does not come back for the rest of the day. We typically keep the car in the garage overnight. My husband does not think this is a big deal, since I have taken it to the mechanic twice and they didn’t find a problem. The first time I took it in, they replaced the thermostat in the coolant system. The second time, they conducted a fuelpressure test and an evaporative smoke test. The results did not show any problems. I am still driving it with the

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Tom and Ray Magliozzi gas smell in the morning. I drive my two young girls (5 and 2) around daily. Is my husband right that I should not worry? Or should I be concerned, take it to a different mechanic and ask them to do ... what? Thank you. — Shannon Ray: I’d be concerned but not alarmed, Shannon. Let’s assume that what you’re smelling is gas, rather than oil. What do you need to be concerned about when you smell gas? Tom: Fire usually is at the top of my list. And to the

Public notice (First published in The Iola Register, January 29, 2013) To the participating members: You are hereby notified that the annual meeting of the Rural Water District No. 5, Anderson County, Kansas, will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the office of 204 East Broad, Colony, Kansas, for the purpose of election of three directors and considering such other business as may properly come before the meeting, as authorized by the by-laws of the district. Board of Directors Rural Water District No. 5 Anderson County (1) 29 (2) 5

(First published in The Iola Register, January 22, 2013) NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ALLEN COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT To all qualified electors residing within the boundaries of the Allen County Conservation District, notice is hereby given that pursuant to K.S.A. 2-1907, as amended, on the 5th day of February, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., an annual meeting of the Allen County Conservation District will be held at Riverside Park Community Building, 510 Park Ave., Iola, Kan., 66749. The meeting agenda shall in-


clude the following business items: ONE: The supervisors of the Allen County Conservation District shall make full and due report of their activities and financial affairs since the last annual meeting. TWO: The supervisors shall conduct an election by secret ballot of qualified electors there present, of one supervisor to serve for a term of three years from date of said meeting. The term of David Colgin is expiring. All in the county of Allen in the State of Kansas. By Craig Mentzer, Chairperson Allen County Conservation District Attest Kelli Kramer District Manager (1) 22,29

great thrill of every hungry liability lawyer in the country, I’m going to suggest that the risk of a gasoline fire due to your particular problem, Shannon, is relatively low (not nonexistent, but low). Why? Because it’s been examined carefully by mechanics twice, and they’ve found no leak. Ray: It takes very little gasoline to make a lot of gasoline smell. And if your gasoline smell is dissipating after five minutes and not coming back for the rest of the day, it’s prob-

ably being caused by a very small amount of seepage. Tom: That said, breathing gasoline fumes is not good for the old brain cells — especially the brain cells of little kids. So, for that reason, I would ignore your husband, and push to get this fixed. Ray: When you park the car at night, the fuel system is still under tremendous pressure. My guess is that as the engine cools down, some small fitting or hose shrinks a little and allows a little bit of gasoline to seep out.

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lion, Angelo said. “Getting in front of consumers in advance when there is a high level of interest around the Super Bowl . . . is ultimately the way to be a part of the larger conversation,” Angelo said. Kia Motors said Friday it was planning to debut a teaser video on YouTube for its Kia Sorento crossover that includes babies in space suits. Ford started shooting the Lincoln commercial it plans to air during this year’s Super Bowl on Jan. 8. Lincoln is working with late-night TV talk-show host Jimmy Fallon, who solicited tweets about crazy road trips for the commercial. Fallon received more than 6,000 tweets during three days the first week in December. With millions of dollars on the table, and many automotive companies competing for attention, most automakers have launched social-media campaigns to build buzz for their commercials. The success of those campaigns before kickoff is becoming increasingly important, said Tim O’Day, executive director of the Yaffe Center for Persuasive Communication at the University of Michigan. However, companies must strike a careful balance between revealing too much and generating interest. The challenge for automakers in the Super Bowl to create memorable commercials is heightened by the number of companies and car ads, said John Swallen, chief of research for Kantar Media. In 2012, seven of the 33 advertisers were automotive manufacturers — the

most of any industry, Swallen said. Those companies paid about $94.5 million on 16 commercials for 12 brands. This year, at least seven companies representing eight brands are planning to advertise in the game. “That’s a lot of messages competing for attention in (a) three-hour game,” Swallen said. But this year, General Motors — the third-largest spender in the Super Bowl the last 10 years — will be sitting on the sidelines.

GM created buzz last year with its Mayan Apocalypse ad for the Chevrolet Silverado and a commercial for the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic with the soundtrack of the band Fun’s “We Are Young.” Joel Ewanick, then the GM chief marketing officer, announced last spring that the Super Bowl has become too expensive and that the automaker would bow out this year. That decision has raised eyebrows, especially since Chevrolet revealed its new

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