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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A leading credit rating firm says a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling on school funding was a “negative” event that puts even more pressure on the state’s ability to pay its debts. Moody’s Investor Service, one of the leading credit rating firms in the country, raised the concerns in its weekly public finance outlook issued late Thursday. Analysts

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Any increased aid following the court decision will likely be used to reinstate recently cut programs or undertake deferred capital projects rather than bolster district fund balances or cash positions.

By STEVEN SCHWARTZ The Iola Register

Long before the warm weather began to creep across the area, the folks at Elm Creek Community Garden have been hard at work to make this the best gardening season yet. Lori Stottlemire, garden coordinator, has been working throughout the winter to add garden beds, raise them, make repairs and add numerous decorations to brighten the spirit of the gardening space. “She is such a hard worker,” Carolyn McLean said of Stottlemire. McLean and her husband, Val, were the originators of the community garden, including donating the land on South First

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new signs and decorations throughout the area, and they are working to order new types of seeds as well. The garden beds have been raised to prevent flooding. Stottlemire said plots are still available for $25 — not a bad deal, considering the

noted that complying with the court’s order to increase funding for two special funds aimed at equalizing spending in poor districts constituted a “credit negative” for Kansas. The state is rated by Moody’s as an Aa1 negative outlook. Analysts said complying with the ruling “will further pressure state finances which are already stressed by revenue losses from income taxes.” They noted that additional spending could be required

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At top, Carolyn McLean, left, and Lori Stottlemire have been hard at work during the winter months to prepare the Elm Creek Community Garden, which opens today. Above is one of the many new decorations Stottlemire added to the garden. REGISTER/STEVEN SCHWARTZ

Street. Stottlemire began working at the garden early last summer, and is back and ready to go for another season. “It’s interesting to watch the garden grow and change as the seasons advance,” Stottlemire said. Gardeners will notice

A family bond

Community involvement pays off for Iola bands By KAYLA BANZET The Iola Register

Relationship aids MOMs project By STEVEN SCHWARTZ The Iola Register

As the MOMs and Kiwanis groups are drawing closer to their goal, it’s fitting that a donation with a personal touch will get them there. Mitch Sigg, owner of Sigg Motors, made a $25,000 donation in memory of his late wife, Peggy Sigg, who died in 2012. “She really loved kids,” Sigg said, while sitting in his office Saturday morning. His family has had the chance to get to know LeAnn Church, her son Theo, Lesley Skahan,

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By BOB JOHNSON The Iola Register

How the Legislature ultimately deals with the Supreme Court decision to adequately fund public education may boil down to more an urbanrural debate than one between Republicans and Democrats in the statehouse. That was the take of two legislators, one of each political stripe, at Moran Saturday morning. Adam Lusker, a Frontenac Democrat whose 2nd District includes a slice of eastern Allen County, and Kent Thompson, rural LaHarpe Republican whose 9th District takes in most of the county, had a conversation with a handful of constituents. Thompson and Lusker both said it would be difficult at this juncture to predict what the courts might order to better equalize spending on education. Other, that is, than restoring state aid for local option budgets and capital outlay funds. Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, and Speaker of the House, has instructed his colleagues to find a way to fund those two components by April 5. The district court, where the Supreme Court case originated, will determine overall funding for education. Thompson and Lusker said that decision wouldn’t likely be available until after the session, perhaps even later in the year. Lusker noted how impor-


From left are Jadyn Sigg, John Sigg, LeAnn and Theo Church, Lesley and Mason Skahan, Jerrik Sigg, Jenna Sigg, Brandon Hesse and Mitch Sigg. REGISTER/STEVEN SCHWARTZ her son Mason and their families. When Sigg heard that the MOMs were nearing their goal for the special needs-access playground, he knew that his wife would have wanted the donation to go to them. “They were getting pretty

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close,” he said. “And I thought, ‘we can take care of that.’” “He said, ‘Let’s finish this thing,’” Skahan said. She elaborated on what the donation meant to her personally, as See BOND | Page A2

Making a connection with the community has been a goal for Iola High School band instructor Matt Kleopfer. His wish is coming true by evidence of gifts from the community. Josh Oberley from Modern Woodmen donated $3,683 to the Iola band program Thursday. The gift was a match to an earlier donation from L.C. Lacy after the band students performed at the Allen County Country Club. “I want to give a huge thanks for the community’s support,” Kleopfer said. “It seems like we get donations or a card or a compliment every day.” To continue the band’s outreach to the community, the IHS band will host a banquet on May 2. The banquet will

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begin at 6 p.m. and be in the Iola High School commons area. Tickets will go on sale starting April 1 and can be purchased by contacting the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. Kleopfer said the banquet is meant to bring band alumni and current students together. There will be a dinner and a performance during the event. Students will also talk about the future of the program. Attendees don’t even have to be a band member from Iola. “They didn’t have to play here,” he said. “It’s whoever wants to be a part of the family.” He said he is very thankful for the community support the band has already received. The proceeds from the banquet will help the band’s future. See BAND | Page A4

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Obituaries Jay Don Frazell Jay Don Frazell, 49, Iola, died Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita. Jay Don was born Oct. 3, 1964, in Iola, to Wendell W. Frazell and Georgia L. (Blohm) Frazell. He grew up in Iola and attended Iola schools. On May 20, 1989, Jay Don married Tammi Sue Fry. Jay Don was active in high school programs which included football and track. He continued his track interest at Allen County Community College. Jay Don attended Pittsburg Jay Don Frazell State University. After college he worked at the Gates Manufacturing in Iola. Jay Don enjoyed cooking for his family and gardening. He loved the fishing trips he took with his son, brothers, nephews, and friends. He was instrumental in the development of the Iola Youth Football League and its continuing success. He especially loved supporting his favorite team, the Pittsburg State Gorillas. Special attention was given to Connor Frazell, his son, and kicker for the Gorillas. He is survived by his wife Tammi; a son, Connor Frazell and girlfriend Haley Creitz; a sister, Linda Monninger and husband Joe, Iola; two brothers, Kent Frazell and wife Peggy, Chanute, and Craig Frazell and wife Sharon, Kincaid; nieces Denise Umphenour and husband Gary, daughters Makenzi and Madison, Lee Anne Ewing and husband Tom and daughter Sydney; Tara Small and husband Chad and sons Brock, Cade and Bo; nephews Scott Monninger, Clete Frazell and wife Jill and son Gage, Curt Frazell and wife Allison, Preston Frazell and wife Kelli, and Hunter Frazell; step-niece Chelsey Brooks; fatherin-law Lloyd Fry, Arkansas City; mother-in-law Jeri Fry, Arkansas City; and brother-in-law David Fry and wife Marty and their children Levi, Bethany, Malachi, Galilee and Elijah of Wichita. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell and Georgia Frazell. Cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation will from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola. Inurnment will be Highland Cemetery, Iola, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the PSU Foundation. Please add “football” in your check memo. Memorial gifts may be left with the WaughYokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola. To sign the guestbook online or leave a condolence, go to

Joseph Houk Joseph Benjamin Houk, Topeka, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Homestead Assisted Living in Topeka. He was born Dec. 24, 1931, in Moran, the son of Clarence Allen and Mary Ann Reade Houk. He graduated from Moran High School with the class of 1950. He served our country in the U.S. Navy. His service included the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War and he retired with more than 20 years of service. While on a 30-day leave, he met and married Martha JoAnn Werner on May 10, 1959, in Moran. She preceded him in death on Sept. 1, 2007. From 1961 to 1968 he owned and operated Houk Insurance Agency in Moran. Joseph served in the Civil Service with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in South Dakota and later at Haskell Indian Nations University, which he greatly enjoyed. He was an avid KU Jayhawk fan who also enjoyed traveling. He was proud to be a 50-year plus member of both the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion where he served as Post Commander in Moran. He was a member of the Paint Creek Church. Survivors include a son, Kurtis Houk, Saudi Arabia; four daughters, Karen Jones and husband Mike, Oak Harbor, Wash., Nancy Izett and husband Cory, Whitefish, Mont., Jan Crawford and husband Steve, Topeka, and Lori Stephens and husband Rick, Bronson; a sister-in-law, Shirley Houk, Olathe; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, C.A. Houk, Jr., John W. Houk, and Marion D. Houk; as well as his parents. The Rev. Chub Bolling and Lloyd Houk will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m., Wednesday, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, at the Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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James O. Broce, 78, Greeley, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Wellsville Retirement Village. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, Garnett. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Greeley. The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service and following the burial at St. John’s hall in Greeley. Condolences may be left at Cox Communications and Cox Business On March 25, 2014, FXX, and FXX HD will be moving to different channel placements and will now be available with the Cox Advanced TV Package and TV Economy (Cox TV Essential with a digital receiver or CableCARD) instead of requiring the additional subscription to the Sports & Information Pak and El Mix. FXX moving from channel 250 to channel 87. FXX HD moving from channel 2250 to channel 2087. Please visit for more details.

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Morse Code keyer shown to IARC Jeremy Utley demonstrated an aptly named Morse Code keyer — EZ Keyer — that is easy to use and includes memories that may be employed in sending and receiving coded messages. Seven members and a guest took in the demonstration at the Iola Amateur Radio Club’s meeting Thursday evening. As a spin-off from the “Storm Fury on

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the Plains” Weather Service presentation at the Bowlus Center, IARC members had a storm-spotting drill on March 8. Members reported to Utley, the control operator, from their stations about the county. Upcoming hamfests will be in Aurora, Mo., April 11-12 and Kansas City, Mo., April 19. The next IRAC meeting will be April 10 at City Hall.

—Unity Club meeting, 1:30 p.m., March 24, B&B Cafe.


— Allen County Commission meeting, 8:30 a.m., Allen County Courthouse commissioner’s room. — Iola Kiwanis Club, noon, ACC student center.


— Lenten breakfast, 7 a.m., Iola Baptist Church.


— Rotary Club, noon, The Greenery — Injury Support Group, 7 p.m., First Assembly of God. — TOPS No. KS 880 5 p.m. weigh in, 5:30 p.m. meeting, Calvary United Methodist Church — Weight Watchers, weigh in 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. meeting, Trinity United Methodist Church.

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benefits of gardening, she said. Some of them are: — Stress relief and mental wellness — Nutritional foods — Meeting new people with common interests — A way to supplement grocery costs — Contributions to the community Gardeners can donate their food to the Iola Senior Center, the community food pantry and the Townhouse Apartments. McLean said the award-winning garden has become a standard in the area, and it draws many people to Iola. For those who wish to start a community garden, she said they are required by

the K-State Extension Office to tour the Elm Creek Community Garden as an example. Supporters of the community garden are: JD’s Tire, Nelson Quarries, Iola Senior Citizens, TLC Garden Center, A&W, the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Thrive Allen County, Diebolt Lumber, New Klein Lumber, State Farm Insurance (both Terry Sparks and John McRae). Stottlemire said the garden is always looking for interesting outdoor decor. For more information on the garden, to receive applications or donate, contact Stottlemire at 785-727-0194 or McLean at 365-5577.

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well as for her family. “For me, it’s very personal, I got to know Peggy through Mason,” Skahan said. They taught Parish School of Religion (PSR) together at St. John’s in Iola. Skahan said her son’s special needs drew her closer to her religion, and when Peggy was battling breast cancer, her demeanor affected her in a profound way. “I remember something she said. She didn’t like that she had breast cancer, but wouldn’t have

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if the courts find that Kansas must increase overall spending to improve the adequacy of education funding. “Any increased aid following the court decision will likely be used to reinstate recently cut programs or undertake deferred capital projects, rather than to bolster district fund balances or cash positions,” the analysts wrote. Bond ratings are used to identify a certain level of risk associated with investing. Better ratings can command lower interest rates for the government entity issuing the bonds because there is greater certainty that they will be repaid. Sara Belfry, spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, said despite the analysis Kansas still had a strong bond rating, noting that Standard & Poor’s rates the state’s credit at AA+ with a positive outlook. “Thursday’s statement from Moody’s hasn’t changed the credit rating of Kansas,” she said. “Kansas remains in a strong position to grow the economy.” Legislators haven’t decided how they will respond to the ruling or where the funding would come from, though there are several options. The state

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could tap existing cash reserves and pay the full amount, make adjustments elsewhere to other education funds or state agencies to find the funds or roll back recent tax cuts to generate new revenue. House Minority Leader Paul Davis has called on legislators and Brownback to act quickly to meet the court order. The Lawrence Democrat who’s running for governor said any solution may have budget consequences in coming years. “I don’t think we ought to be pitting one priority like higher education or mental health versus other priorities,” Davis said. “This is why I think the Brownback tax plan was a mistake and continues to be a mistake.” GOP leaders and House and Senate budget committee members have said in recent days that lawmakers probably won’t increase overall state spending by the full $129 million that the state Department of Education estimates would cover deficiencies in aid to poor school districts.

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changed her journey for the world,” Skahan said. “It’s the way she carried herself — it really had an impact on me.” Skahan said Peggy’s daughter Jenna Sigg now teaches PSR with her, and she has many of her mother’s traits. It all comes full circle in the end. “She has a huge place in my heart,” Skahan said. “I think about her all the time.” The MOMs group is currently waiting delivery of the playground equipment with installation planned for the first weekend in April.

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— Senior Citizens Card Club potluck dinner, 5:30 p.m., senior citizens center. — Iola Chamber of Commerce dinner, social at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m.


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Monday, March 17, 2014

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Sunshine Week is the time to declare ‘your right to know’ I’ll leave the “climate change” argument to the Doug scientists. That, after all, is Anstaett their bailiwick. But I do know this about the weather: we could still Kansas use more sunshine — in Press government at least. Despite the fact that Association we’ve hardly ever met a politician who didn’t wholeheartedly embrace fulfill our role as “citizens,” “transparency” — at least we’re sadly mistaken. It at election time — the road actually is only the beginto truly open government ning. Our system of govis filled with potholes, road- ernment requires our acblocks and far too many or- tive participation. ange traffic cones. We pride ourselves on If you’ve been following the concept of self-governEdward Snowden’s revela- ment. tions about the National SeThat word “self ” is the curity Agency’s penchant key. We govern ourselves. for invading the privacy We don’t bow to or take of Americans, as well as orders from a king, or a dicpotential terrorists, you’ve tator. got to conclude government Our “citizen legislators” is watching us far more make the decisions that closely than we are watch- affect the lives of those ing it. around them. The Kansas We elect our Press Associaneighbors to ... [Our] govern- represent us, tion still must fight each year ment is watching but our obliduring the an- us far more than gation doesn’t nual legislative we are watching stop there. session to open We must reup another it. main vigilant door or close because open another loopgovernment rehole so that citiquires probing zens can know more about eyes and curious minds. what their government is Ronald Reagan said, doing. when confronted with arms March 16 to 22 is set aside reductions talks with the this year to sing the praises Soviets in the 1980s: “Trust, of transparency. but verify.” It’s called Sunshine We should require no Week. less of ourselves as we parYou should call it a week ticipate in our government. to proclaim your “right to The only way we can know.” make it more open is to pay Because without citizen attention. involvement and scrutiny Trust, but verify. of those we have elected to That means attending office, we’ve only done half meetings. of the job. That means keeping ourI spoke recently to the selves informed. Topeka-Shawnee County That means asking quesLeague of Women Voters tions. about open government They say it takes two to laws in Kansas. tango, but it takes far more The League has a slogan to make our representative that really explains what system of government to our system of self-govern- work. ment in the United States is It requires your involveall about: ment. “Democracy is not a specBe “that” person. tator sport.” Doug Anstaett is execuHow true. tive director of the Kansas If we think our visit to Press Association and a the voting booth every few 41-year veteran in the news years is all we need to do to business.

Letter to the editor Dear editor,

How nice to see that our schools have space problems. It was about the mid1980s that I, as a substitute art teacher, was in Jefferson school. The class was held in the basement, if I

remember correctly, and rain, a heavy one, ran in under the door and cascaded across the floor. Not good. So, finally after 35 years, we are addressing the issue. Come on, folks! Phyllis Meredith Shetlar, Iola, Kan.

Richer, urban vs. poorer rural school districts

Legislators’ districts shape debate TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As Kansas lawmakers fashion a plan to meet a court mandate to increase aid to the state’s poor school districts, the concerns of the state’s most populous county complicate the debate.

John Hanna An AP news analysis

Legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback can’t ignore the Kansas City suburbs and farther-out communities in Johnson County. Nearly 22 percent of the state’s voters live there, and no other county provides more sales or income tax revenues to the state’s coffers to help pay for public schools. The county is home to three of the four school districts in Kansas with the most students — Olathe, Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley. Some Johnson County legislators are uneasy with preliminary discussions following the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling March 7 in an education funding lawsuit. They worry that as lawmakers help poor districts, schools in relatively affluent Johnson County will come out the losers. “I think absolute bare minimum is, everyone needs to stay whole,” said Rep. Marvin Kleeb, an Overland Park Republican on the House Appropriations Committee. But addressing the concerns of Johnson County legislators won’t be easy. Like the full Legislature, the county’s delegation is dominated by small-government conservative Republicans who were key supporters of Brownback’s successful push to slash state income taxes to stimulate the economy. Yet the county has vocal, pro-public education groups and longtime residents who believe excellent schools built its prosperity, arguing that public education is under-funded by the state by at least several hundred million dollars a year. “You have a divided sense

Johnson County is the goose that lays the golden egg for school finance. Sen. Gregg Smith, R-Overland Park

coming out of the Johnson County delegation,” said John Robb, a Newton attorney representing the parents and districts suing the state. “They do not speak with one mind.” The Supreme Court ruled that past cuts in aid to poor districts created unconstitutional funding gaps between them and wealthier districts, ordering lawmakers to fix the problems by July 1. The state Department of Education estimates the cost of fully reversing the cuts at $129 million a year. Democratic legislative leaders argued last week that lawmakers should add the full amount to the state budget, covering the cost with the state’s cash reserves. Brownback said he’s not offering specific advice, though he said last week, “Fortunately, we’ve got some resources.” Some of Brownback’s fellow GOP conservatives in the Legislature oppose the idea or don’t think it will pass. Projections from lawmakers’ research staff already show cash reserves will disappear by July 2017 because of the income tax cuts. Even Republicans who think the predictions are too pessimistic want the state to have a healthy financial cushion. Some Republicans on the House and Senate budget committees said legislators should either cut other parts of the budget or shift dollars around within the existing pot for public schools. “It might have to come internally from the education budget we’ve got right now,” said Tom Arpke, a Salina Republican and chairman of the Senate Ways and Means subcommittee on education. But Connie Owen, an Overland Park attorney who grew up in the county and still has a son in an Olathe high school, called the idea “idiotic.” “You provide good schools, and people will follow. That’s exactly what happened in Johnson County,” she said.

“It does a terrible disservice to our state to create and aggravate divisiveness between Johnson County and the rest of the state.” The county has six school districts, and the one with the most students, Olathe, would receive an additional $8.2 million from the state if lawmakers reversed the cuts in aid to poor districts. The money is distributed through formulas guaranteeing at least a few dollars to 233 of the state’s 286 districts, according to Department of Education figures. But north of Olathe, the Blue Valley district would receive only $64,000 in extra funds, and Shawnee Mission, nothing, though between them, they have nearly 50,000 students. The state allows districts to supplement their base state aid by levying extra local property taxes for general operations and for capital improvements. When poor school districts do so, the state provides extra dollars to help them catch up with their wealthier cousins. Reductions in that extra aid were the problem identified by the Supreme Court. “School districts must have reasonably equal access to substantially similar educational opportunity through similar tax effort,” the justices wrote in their unsigned opinion. Sen. Greg Smith, an Overland Park Republican, said the statement appears aimed at Johnson County. Both the Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission districts have at least 68 percent more property wealth per student than the state median, a clear advantage in raising property tax dollars. Furthermore, Smith noted, the state collects nearly a quarter of its sales and income tax revenues from Johnson County, meaning its dollars flow to other parts of the state. “Johnson County is the goose that lays the golden egg for school finance,” Smith said. “No other county wants to change that.”

How to contact your elected officials

President Barack Obama, (Democrat) 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Washington D.C., 20500; phone (switchboard): (202) 456-1414; (com-

Gov. Sam Brownback, (Republican) Capital, 300 S.W. 10th Ave., Suite 212S, Topeka, KS 66612-1590; phone: (785) 296-3232;

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, (Republican) 109 Hart Senate Office Building Washington D.C., 20510; phone: (202) 224-4774; Email: www.roberts. cfm?p=EmailPat

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, (Republican) Russell Senate Office Building, Room 354, Washington D.C., 20510; phone: (202) 224-6521; Email: public/index.cfm/e-mailjerry

Rep. Lynn Jenkins, (Republican) 130 Cannon House Office Building, Washington D.C., 20515; phone: (202) 225-6601; Email: gov/contact-me/

Sen. Caryn Tyson, (Republican) State Capitol-236 E, Topeka, KS 66612 phone: (785) 296-6838; e-mail:

Rep. Kent Thompson, (Republican) House District No.9, State Capitol-Room 268-W, 300 SW Tenth Ave., Topeka, KS 66612, email: kent.thompson@


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tant fully funding the local option budget (LOB) was for rural districts. With current funding, he said the LOB in Marmaton Valley (Moran-Elsmore) came up short by $71,000; USD 257 (Iola-Gas-LaHarpe) $438,000. Meanwhile, Thompson noted the significance of state aid for local, and other rural districts. In USD 257, for example, about 10 percent of its general fund comes from local property state revenue. The remainder from the statewide 20-mill levy in wealthier districts, such as those in Johnson County. He theorized urban districts would be delighted to direct local property tax revenue to schools, because their tax bases are huge. To put that in perspective, the valuation of the Shawnee Mission district in Johnson County is $2.9 billion. USD 257’s valuation is about $52 million, Marmaton Valley’s $16 million. A step further, a levy of 1 mill raises $52,000 in USD 257, in Marmaton Valley $16,000. In Blue Valley it’s $2.9 million. With that in mind, the two legislators predicted debate in the Legislature over increased funding for education would have an urban vs. rural flavor. MENTION of Senate Bill 411, which would bring a change to the way combined Extension districts are funded, surfaced. Allen, Neosho and Bourbon counties make up the Southwind District. “I figured that would come up,” Thompson said. Thompson added that the “firestorm it has created” likely means the bill, introduced by Sen. Caryn Tyson, whose district includes Allen, won’t come from this session. However, Thompson said he understood Tyson’s concerns — he was an Allen County commis-

sioner when discussions began that led to Allen and Neosho counties combining their Extension districts in 2010. Bourbon County joined in a year later. At first blush, Thompson said he wasn’t overly fond of the idea, because it gave an independent board, albeit now elected, the ability to raise property tax rates with no oversight. Having said that, he added that consolidation had worked well for the three counties and his fears of taxing problems have proved unfounded. “It’s worked well,” he said, even though Allen County, as a single district, had few problems previously because county commissioners always were supportive. “That may not have been the case elsewhere,” he said, careful not to be specific. Lusker said he wasn’t concerned about Extension district boards — first appointed and now elected on two-year cycles — misstepping with property tax levies and revenue. “They’re your neighbors,” he noted. MORAN


Larry Manes asked about school and city election dates being moved to coincide with partisan county, state and national elections in the fall. The rationale mentioned is to save money on the process and increase voter participation. “It would be difficult on schools,” Lusker observed, pointing out that their budgets are constructed in the spring and must be finalized by midAugust, a timetable that would not fit well with leadership changes in the fall. Thompson said he had received no supportive comments from his constituents, and was reasonably certain the legislation wouldn’t fly. The

League of Kansas Municipalities, as well as several local governing bodies in Allen County, have publicly opposed the change. A component of the legislation, which Lusker said may have been pulled, was to make local elections partisan, which would then have had appointments by political caucus whenever a midterm vacancy occurred. That would put a burden on him politically, Manes said, with him being one of the few elected Libertarians in the state. BILL LAPORTE, a Moran minister, said he was a fan of Gov. Sam Brownback’s goal of reducing income taxes to zero. LaPorte said the idea would lead to expansion of businesses and industries. Thompson said state revenue, at latest counting, was $49 million more than expected, but cautioned that figure alone didn’t ratify Brownback’s approach. “We need to wait and see,” he said, although “I hope he’s right and tax cuts lead to a better economy.” Morphing to local concerns, discussion pointed out that available housing is a braking point for expansion of business and industry. Thompson, with real estate sales among his private pursuits, said affordable housing is the issue. Few local industrial jobs pay well enough for workers to purchase houses that cost $100,000 or more to build, or one large enough to accommodate most families, was his analysis. After Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. in 2005, building material costs doubled, he said, and “they haven’t gone down,” which has kept

housing costs high. The housing crunch comes home to roost in the statistic that Allen County has more jobs than workers available within its population, which means many workers come from other counties. Paul Zirjacks, Iola, said an answer might be attracting “jobs outside of manufacturing,” in high-tech fields that pay better wages. Manes observed new

industries located in Allen County in the 1970s because of lower wages in rural areas, but then began to take advantage of off-shore opportunities — again because of lower wages, i.e. Haldex Brake’s move to Mexico — starting in the 1980s, 1990s and beyond. A strategy being employed is for the public sector to woo industry and jobs, he added, pointing to Chanute giving

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generous incentives to end to the season,” Kleopfer said. Now that pep band season is over, the band will continue practicing for state competition. Students come in an hour before school for sectional practice. “They know when they miss,” he said. “They know when something sounds bad. They are their own best teachers and it’s really fun to watch.” During the summer T:5.58” Kleopfer teaches a 10week program to help


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It was a case of close, but no cigar, over the weekend for Allen Community College’s baseball team. The Red Devils had late shots to knock off Coffeyville but could not find the key hits in 6-3 and 6-4 losses. The defeats keep the Red Devils winless in Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division Action and 5-16 overall. “We’re still battling,” head coach Val McLean said. “We fought hard today, but they’ve got some good pitchers.” The Red Devils were a few inches away from a potential game-tying hit from Kyle Foster, after Allen had already scored a run and had the bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, and Allen trailing 6-3. His drive to the warning track turned into a sacrifice fly after Red Raven left fielder Taylor Davis chased it down for the out. Coffeyville closer Carlos Aldana then ended the game with a pair of strikeouts, the second one on a called third strike to ring up Allen’s Jacob Waters. The loss spoiled a dandy pitching effort by Allen’s Trever Kreifel, who kept Coffeyville off the scoreboard into the top of the sixth. He walked and hit a batter to lead off the inning, then received a visit to the mound by the ACC coaching staff when he fell behind Coffeyville’s Jacob Spring on a 2-0 count. Spring launched Kreifel’s next pitch over the left field wall for a three-run blast to erase ACC’s 2-0 lead. The Ravens scored once more in the seventh on an ACC fielding error, and two more in the eighth on a sacrifice fly and another Allen error to take a 6-2 lead. Until the ninth inning rally, Allen’s only runs came when Camdon Myers was hit by a pitch and Levi Ashmore walked with the bases loaded

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In the eyes of today’s NCAA selection commitREGIONALS REGIONALS SECOND ROUND tee, a game is a game, March 21 March 23 March 28, 30 March 28, 30 no matter whether it’s 1 Virginia played in November, Jan16 Coast. Carolina uary or March. That’s why some of 8 Memphis the teams playing best 9 George Wash. heading into the NCAA tournament have crooked March 20 March 22 numbers by their names 5 Cincinnati instead of 1s and 2s. 12 Harvard Louisville, Michigan State and UCLA, winners 4 Michigan St. of the American Athletic, 13 Delaware Big Ten and Pac-12 ConMarch 21 March 23 AT&T Stadium ference tournaments, all New York City Indianapolis received 4 seeds in what 6 North Carolina North Texas turned out to be the big11 Providence April 7 gest — but not the only 3 Iowa St. — head scratchers from Selection Sunday. 14 N.C. Central New Mexico was a 7 afMarch 20 March 22 ter winning the Mountain 7 UConn West. Allen Community College’s Levi Ashmore, left, throws to first to complete a double play against Kentucky was an 8 10 Saint Joseph’s Coffeyville Saturday while Raven baserunner Terry Tatum slides into second. Coffeyville won both after coming one point 2 Villanova games of a doubleheader, 6-3 and 6-4. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN short of the overall top © 2014 MCT 15 Milwaukee seed, Florida, in the SEC in the bottom of the second. pitched two scoreless innings, ground ball. Aldana pitched a title game. one-two-three ninth to end the But that rally was cut short allowing two hits and a walk. Four “is a very good Chase Egelston had two of game. when Coffeyville starter Sean line,” insisted Ron WellDerek Pike went the disLaughlin recorded all three ACC’s six hits, both singles. man, chair of the selecouts of the inning on called Waters had a double, while tance on the mound for the tion committee. “Last third strikes — all with the Francis, Austin Griffin and Red Devils. He gave up nine year, two of the Final Maruo had singles. hits and five walks in his bases loaded. Four teams came from 114-pitch effort. He struck out Trailing, 6-2, Cole Slusser the 4 line. That could very COFFEYVILLE TOOK a 6-0 six. walked, Sean Maruo singled well happen again this Coffeyville pitchers limited and Ashmore reached on an lead into the bottom of the year,” he said. error to load the bases in the fifth before Allen scored a run Allen to six hits. In addition to Only Virginia, which bottom of the ninth. Trey on Foster’s RBI grounder in Walden’s blast, Ashmore sinwrapped up the ACC tourgled twice, Foster had a double Francis singled to drive in the fifth. nament Sunday to back Drew Walden cut the gap and Francis and Maruo had Slusser, setting up Foster’s up its regular-season even closer with his two-run singles. critical sac fly. title, seemed to get a sig“Both of our guys pitched Kreifel took the loss, despite homer to center field with one nificant bump from the giving up only four hits in 5 out in the bottom of the sixth. well,” McLean said. “We’ve conference tournaments 1/3 innings. He walked three The rally continued when had the good fortune of playthat put the final stamp and struck out four. Logan Slusser was hit by a pitch and ing the three undefeated on resumes before the teams to start conference play. Baush gave up three hits in Ashmore struck a single. start of March Madness. But Raven reliever Nick We’ll keep working at getting 1 2/3 innings of relief with a Wellman said the Cavastrikeout. Chase Cunningham Jones ended the rally with a some wins.” liers earned the top seed over Michigan and Villanova, who were also in the mix. Louisville never was. Asked to explain the low seeding of the defending national champion that has won 12 of 13 and rolled through the AAC tournament, Wellman explained that, unlike years past, the committee looks at each team’s entire schedule, without special weight given to the last 10 games. “We look at the total body of work, everything they did from November to March,” he said. “EvAbove at left, Allen Community College’s Cole Slusser comes up short in his attempt to snare a Coffeyville drive to the outfield SatBuffalo, N.Y.

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urday. At right, Allen’s Drew Walden, left, and Jake Waters are congratulated after Walden blasted a two-run home run in Saturday’s opener. The hit wasn’t enough in Allen’s 6-3 defeat.

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Red Devil softball struggles continue with 0-4 weekend

CONCORDIA — Frustration with a dash of heartbreak filled the weekend for Allen Community Colleges softball team. The Red Devils went a combined 0-4 on the weekend, dropping its final two games, 12-4 and 5-1, to Cloud County. One day earlier, Allen lost to host Brown Mackie 15-5 and 8-7. The 8-7 loss to Brown Mackie was particularly bitter. The Red Devils led 7-2 going into the bottom of the fifth before the Lions scored two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to close the gap before completing the comeback with Amber Venegas’ walkoff, two-run homer in the bot-

tom of the seventh. The defeats keep the Red Devils winless on the season. Brown Mackie’s comeback negated Marissa Luna’s fifthinning grand slam that gave Allen a 7-2 lead. The Red Devils also scored three in the top of the second on Erika King’s run-scoring single, a sac fly by Jordan Barber and an RBI grounder by Annie Gentry. King, Shayla Stephens and Cassidy Reynolds each singled twice in ACC’s 11-hit attack. Gentry, Stormie Bush and L’Orien Pacheco each singled once. Mackenzi Beck went the distance on the pitching rubber, giving up 12 hits and two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Allen started quickly in the opener as well, scoring twice in the first two innings. Kayla Bourgeois struck a two-run single in the first; Luna smacked a run-scoring double, followed by Reynolds’ RBI grounder in the second. But Allen’s bats went largely silent after that. Gentry’s run-scoring single in the fifth cut Brown Mackie’s lead to 9-5. Brown Mackie tacked on four in the fourth, three in the fifth and three in the sixth to end the game. Gentry had two singles, Luna a double and King, Bourgeois and Reynolds one single apiece. Luna surrendered six hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings.

She struck out two. Emily England struck out three in 3 1/3 innings of relief. She gave up nine hits. SATURDAY’S


didn’t go much better. Cloud erupted for eight in the bottom of the third in the first game to take control. Allen’s runs came on Reynolds’ RBI double in the first, a fielding error in the fourth and two more on Shelby Maycumber’s two-out single in the fourth. Luna started and gave up three hits in 1 2/3 innings. She walked three and struck out one. Emily England gave up four hits and three walks in two-thirds of an inning. Beck

surrendered two hits in 1 2/3 innings. Reynolds doubled, while King, Gentry, Bailey Burnett, Beck and Maycumber had singles. Beck pitched a solid game in Saturday’s nightcap, but she was done in by seven ACC errors. She allowed four hits and one earned run in six innings. Conversely, Allen loaded the bases in the second and third innings, but scored only one run on Luna’s bases-loaded walk. Maycumber and King had ACC’s only hits. Each had a single. The Red Devils are home for doubleheaders on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


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ery time we scrubbed that seed, Louisville ended at the same place every time when compared to the people above them.” The people above them in the unforgiving Midwest region include top-seeded and undefeated Wichita State, No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Duke. Yes, that’s three of last year’s Final Four teams. This season’s national semifinals are April 5 in Arlington, Texas. Michigan State and UCLA also won power conferences but weren’t exactly rewarded. “Our conference was terrific, and that is also part of what we have to feel good about entering the tournament,” said Arizona’s Sean Miller, whose team got the No. 1 seed out West despite losing to the Bruins. Of course, the numbers are just that — numbers. The real drama starts now — with the filling of the brackets and the playing of the games. While the teams play for a trophy, the rest of the world has a shot at the $1 billion Warren Buffett is offering for a perfect bracket. Good luck with that one. “There’s more good teams and less great teams,” said coach Bill Self of second-seeded Kansas. “The difference between a 2 seed and a 7 or 8 seed is as narrow as it’s ever been.” The last four bubble teams in this year’s draw were 12th-seeded North Carolina State and Xavier, who play in the First Four on Tuesday, and 11th-seeded Iowa and Tennessee, who play Wednesday. Left out of the tournament was SMU of the

AAC — a team almost all the experts had securely in the bracket. But not the folks in the conference room, who couldn’t overcome the Mustangs’ strength of schedule: 129. “When I saw Louisville, I kind of figured that they didn’t have a lot of respect for our conference,” said coach Larry Brown. “But we only can blame ourselves, that’s the way I look at it.” The committee handed out only seven atlarge bids to mid-majors after they took 11 in each of the last two seasons. The Big 12 led all conferences with seven teams, though winning the conference didn’t move Iowa State past the ‘3’ line. Meanwhile, Kansas lost to Iowa State in the semifinals but remained a 2 seed because of its ranking in the RPI — No. 3. The Jayhawks have to get through the first weekend without center Joel Embiid, out with a back injury, but could face a third-round game against Mountain West champion New Mexico. In the West, Arizona’s second game could come against eighth-seeded Gonzaga, which lost its second game as a No. 1 seed last year, or No. 9 Oklahoma State, which has one of the nation’s best players in Marcus Smart. The nation’s top scorer, Doug McDermott (26.9 points per game), is on the other side of that bracket with No. 3 Creighton. On Virginia’s side of the East bracket is one team nobody wants to play come tournament time — No. 4 Michigan State, which hadn’t won back-to-back games since late January, but strung three together to win the nation’s secondtoughest conference.

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Edwards takes checkered at Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — If two rain delays totaling more than five hours wasn’t enough, the water-logged race at Bristol Motor Speedway had a battery fly out of a car and spread a toilet paper-looking substance all over the track. And that wasn’t even the strangest occurrence Sunday. Moments before Carl Edwards closed in on what should have been the white flag lap, the caution lights were ac-

cidentally turned on from the flag stand. As NASCAR tried to figure out what was going on, the sky opened up and prevented the race from resuming. Edwards was awarded the win under caution — a victory he was headed to before the mishap — and celebrated his third career win at Bristol with his trademark backflip on the slick concrete. “Oh, man, I thought, ‘This is stupid. I shouldn’t do this ... It’s

awfully glossy. It might be slick,’” he said. “I didn’t want to stick it perfectly and have my feet go that way and break my arm on the concrete. That would have been terrible. I was actually really nervous about that.” NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said a person in the flag stand leaned on the manual override switch and that turned on the caution lights. Six seconds after


the lights were turned on, the flag man waved the yellow flag. Pemberton said that the flag man can wave the caution flag without a call from series officials in the tower if they see a proper reason. “We were scanning cars and spotters, and there’s some of us in the tower that only heard it after the teams were talking about it because we were looking at other things around the racetrack,” Pemberton said.

Public notices (First published in The Iola Register, March 10, 2014) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF ALLEN COUNTY, KANSAS In the Matter of the Estate of Paul H. Werle, Deceased No. 2014 PR 13 NOTICE OF HEARING THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that a Petition has been filed in this Court by Terri L. Stafford, one of the heirs of Paul H. Werle, deceased requesting: Descent be determined of the following described real estate: A tract of land in the West Half of the Northwest Quarter (W/2 NW/4) of Section Twenty-seven (27), Township Twenty-five (25) South, Range Twenty-one (21) East of the Sixth Principal Meridian in Allen County, Kansas, beginning at the Northeast corner of the West Half of the Northwest Quarter (W/2 NW/4) of said Section Twenty-seven (27), thence South 623 feet, thence West 418 feet, thence North 623 feet, thence East 418 feet to the point of beginning, and all personal property and other Kansas real estate owned by the Decedent at the time of death, and that such property and all personal property and other Kansas real estate owned by the Decedent at the time of death be assigned pursuant to the laws of intestate succession. You are required to file your written defenses thereto on or before April 1, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in the District Court, in the City of Iola, Allen County, Kansas, at which time and place the cause will be heard. Should you fail to file your written defenses, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon the Petition. Terri L. Stafford, Petitioner IMMEL, WORKS & HEIM, P.A. Four East Jackson Iola, Kansas 66749-0766 (620) 365-2222 Attorneys for Petitioner (3) 10, 17, 24

(Published in The Iola Register, March 17, 2014) RESOLUTION NO. 201405 ALLEN COUNTY, KANSAS A RESOLUTION INSTITUTING A BURN BAN FOR ALLEN COUNTY, KANSAS WHEREAS, on this 14th day of March, 2014, the Commissioners find that dangerous conditions continue to exist in the unincorporated areas of Allen County, Kansas due to excessively dry and windy weather and that the potential for fires which could cause damage to both persons and property has greatly increased; and WHEREAS, the current conditions endanger the health, safety and welfare of persons and property within the borders of Allen County, Kansas and that a burn ban should be imposed in the unincorporated areas of Allen County, Kansas until weather conditions change. NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of Commissioners of Allen County, Kansas does hereby resolve as follows:

1. That pursuant to K.S.A. 48932, a local emergency exists within Allen County, Kansas. 2. That the entire unincorporated area of Allen County, Kansas is covered by this resolution. 3. That the Board of County Commissioners has all rights and powers to perform such functions as are vested in said Board by and through the provisions of the Kansas Emergency Preparedness Act of 1975. 4. That a ban on all open burning, inclusive of any type of controlled burning of grass, brush, weeds, trees, trash or debris as well as campfires and including fireworks within the unincorporated area of Allen County, Kansas shall go in effect at 12:00 midnight on Saturday, March 15th, 2014 with the following exceptions: (a). Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire or campfire in permanent stoves or fireplaces or barbeque grills in developed recreational sites or residential sites. (b). Prescribed burning for

crop production or grassland management may only be conducted upon the written permission of and upon the specific conditions required by the Allen County Sheriff, Bryan Murphy. 5. This burn ban shall remain in effect until lifted by the Board of County Commissioners of Allen County, Kansas. 6. A violation of this resolution shall constitute a Class A Misdemeanor punishable under the Laws of the State of Kansas, and the Sheriff of Allen County, Kansas his deputies and authorized agents shall have the authority to enforce this resolution and the provisions therein. 7. This Resolution shall be published in the official county newspaper, The Humboldt Union, and in The Iola Register. RESOLVED THIS 14th DAY OF March, 2014. Jim Talkington, Chairperson Attest: Jill Allen, Deputy County Clerk (3) 17

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