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THE IOLA REGISTER Wednesday, January 8, 2014
ON A MISSION Mother-daughter duo serves in Belize
By KAYLA BANZET The Iola Register
An “eye-opening experience” is how Nanette Symes and Danielle Henke describe their November mission trip in Belize. The mother-daughter team traveled to Belize Nov. 2 to work in schools, orphanages, youth hostels and to spread the Christian message. The two spent a week working with other Americans and Praying Pelican Missions, a short-term international missions organization. They were thrown into Belizan culture the very first day and went to many cities along the coast throughout their stay. “We were given an itinerary and our days were 12 to 15 hours long,” Henke said. “We had three different school visits, along with going to a youth hostel which is like a detention center.” Those working with Praying Pelican helped put on a Vacation Bible School at Gallee Baptist for four out of the seven nights. They went around the area in Belize City and invited area children to the event. The Bible school had around 250 children in attendance. During the Bible school the women helped teach Bible lessons, played games and provided the children snacks. The way the children treated snack time really stuck in Symes’ mind. “A girl broke a small chip into four equal pieces so she could share it with her friends,” Symes said. “We are so fortunate here. There is no government assistance to help them when they can’t afford food.” The mission group helped with a food distribution at the end of the week. They would travel by bus and visit with families that they had met during their trip and deliver food. During the delivery the group saw how poverty and hunger is affecting
Above are some snapshots of Nanette Symes and Danielle Henke’s mission trip to Belize in Central America.
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Bridge construction due By BOB JOHNSON The Iola Register
Construction of a bridge first conceived in 2004 should start this summer, Bill King, director of Public Works, told Allen County commissioners Tuesday morning. Bridges deemed to have higher priority have pushed Owl Creek bridge down the line. The bridge is about two miles west of Humboldt. To get up to speed, commissioners approved a new contract with Schwab Eaton, a Manhattan engineering firm, that did original studies and has a long history with Allen County and its bridges. The firm has done inspections of the county’s 224 for more than 20 years and, in another action, was hired to examine all of the bridges this year. Inspections, done every two years, will cost $84 each, or $18,816 total. Brad Fagan, a Schwab Eaton engineer, said the Owl Creek bridge presented several problems, from it crossing the creek at an angle and with the road it carries curving at each end. “I talked to KDOT (Kansas Department of Transportation) in 2004 about what approach to take,” Fagan said, allowing the configuration of the road and bridge made for tricky engineering. The option settled on then will have the new bridge 32 feet wide and essentially as part of the roadway’s curve. It will have 3 percent slope to
make passage safer, coming and going. The slope on highways is 1.5 to 2 percent in each lane to a crown in the center, Fagan said, and that the 3 percent slope of the bridge would be noticeable to motorists. The new agreement has provision for its cost not to exceed $60,000. KDOT will pay 80 percent of engineering as well as 80 percent of construction costs, estimated at $750,000. King said bids likely would be let in July. ALSO, KING said he was pursuing purchase of a fuel truck on Purple Wave, a national auction site specializing in heavy equipment. He said the county’s two fuel trucks, one a 1967 model and the other from 1976, were on their last legs. If bidding is successful, the older truck will be stationed at the airport to serve a fueling point, while the other will be kept at the landfill. The new one would be sent throughout the county to support Public Works projects. “I’m looking for a bargain,” King said of the fuel truck, which is in Colorado. “If we get it, we’ll have it shipped here,” cheaper than going to Colorado and then driving it back. Bidding ends Jan. 16. COMMISSIONERS agreed to transfer money from Allen County Sewer District No. 2
ACROSS THE POND Lohman finds fresh perspective in England By STEVEN SCHWARTZ The Iola Register
Moving across the Atlantic Ocean as a 16-year-old can have its stresses, but it can also lend itself to a new perspective only found through seeing the world. Jo Lohman, a junior at Iola High School, spent the fall semester studying near London, England as part of a plan that began in eighth grade. In preparation, Jo took some online classes she would be missing at IHS while studying abroad. Then, as her junior year was starting up in August, Lohman flew to England to stay with her mother’s college friend and study at a local private school. Lohman said her experience was surprisingly different from what she had expected, despite the fact she didn’t have to learn a new language. “It was kind of scary, but I was also excit- Jo Lohman spent the semester studying in ed,” Lohman said during an interview with Orpington, Kent, a suburb of London pictured The Register. “It was a lot different from here, below. you’d be surprised. I mean, other than that they speak English.” Lohman’s temporary home was in Orpington, Kent, a suburb of London. There she lived with Cori Smee, her mother’s friend, and Smee’s husband and baby. For her studies, she attended a private school in Chiselhurst, where she wore a uniform and went to all of the classes an English student would attend. She said assimilating into the environment wasn’t too different from making friends in the United States, and she began to connect with her fellow students in a few weeks. Her class even took a field trip to a local farm for team building exercises. See LOHMAN | Page A5
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Obituaries Marilyn Meservy Marilyn J. (Snavely) Meservy, 68, formerly of rural Iola, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada. Marilyn was born Jan. 12, 1945, in Iola, the daughter of Merle and Jeanette (Stranghoner) Snavely. She grew up on the family farm west of Humboldt and graduated from Humboldt High School in 1963. She enlist- Marilyn Meservy ed in the U.S. Air Force. In November 1964, Marilyn married Udell Meservy and they made their home in the Twin Falls, Idaho area. In 1967, they moved to Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada to homestead their family farm. She had been residing in Taylor, British Columbia, Canada in recent years. Survivors include her three children, Dawn Newman and husband Kevin and children Sheldon and Jillian, Chetwynd, B.C., Loreli Reier and husband Mike and children Alora and Kira and grandson Tucker, Nanaimo, B.C., and Udell Meservy and children Justin, Alaric and Delillah, Taylor, B.C.; five brothers, John Snavely and wife Judy, Morris â€œButchâ€? Snavely, Charles Snavely, Joe Snavely, and Don Snavely and wife Vickie all of Iola; two sisters, Ann Born and husband Ed, Monroe City, Mo., and Nancy Ruby and husband Sam, Iola. She was preceded in death by her parents, nephew Justin Snavely and sister-in-law Shirley Ann Snavely. Cremation has taken place and private family services will be at a later date at the Iola Township Cemetery west of Iola. Memorials are suggested to Elm Creek Community Garden, 702 S. 1st St., Iola, KS 66749.
Evelyn Thompson Evelyn D. Thompson, 72, Eudora, formerly of Garnett, passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2013, at her home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service in Garnett. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Garnett Cemetery.
In â€œA Final Reckoningâ€? by Susan Moody, Chantalâ€™s older sister was brutally killed two decades earlier. At the time she was working as an au pair for the Pallisers, a wealthy British family. Both of her young charges were also killed, but their friend escaped, and his testimony helped convicted Mrs. Palliser. Chantal has now moved to Britain herself. She sees that Westerby Lodge, where the Pallisers lived, has been converted to a luxury hotel. Chantal checks into the hotel, where she meets various people who knew the Pallisers. As she probes more deeply, she begins to question whether Mrs. Palliser was in fact guilty. Her questions put her own life at risk. â€œHalideâ€™s Giftâ€? by Frances Kazan is a historical novel based on the life of one of the first educated women from the Ottoman Em-
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pire. Itâ€™s set late in the 19th century, when Sultans in Constantinople still rule over the tottering empire. Women are not to be educated, must accept polygamy, and many are confined to harems. Both Halide and her sister break the mold. A young Native American girl in the 14th century is known as Picture Maker because her paintings foreshadow events. In the novel â€œPicture Makerâ€? by Penina Keen Spinka, the girl is captured and raped by Algonquins, but makes her escape to live among the Inuit. Eventually traveling with them to
Greenland, she marries a Norseman. Those who liked â€œClan of the Cave Bearâ€? and other books in Jean Auelâ€™s â€œEarthâ€™s Childrenâ€? series may find this book also to their liking. Adriana Trigiani has a devoted following who loved her â€œBig Stone Gapâ€? and other novels. Trigianiâ€™s latest is â€œThe Supreme Macaroni Company,â€? the last in her Valentine Trilogy. Valentine Roncalli is the shoe designer for her familyâ€™s Angelini Shoe Company, making fine shoes in New York City since 1903. She is now engaged to her tanner, Giancula Vechiarelli. Problems arise as his vision for their future, especially a return to his native Italy, do not jibe with Valentineâ€™s. Nevertheless, they juggle their jobs, relationship, and their complicated families (Gianluca is the son of Valentineâ€™s grandmotherâ€™s new husband)
Zoo director to retire GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) â€” Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City will be looking for a new director in April. Executive director Kathy Sexson said Tuesday she will retire, effective April 1. Sexson has worked with the zoo and city for 30 years, the last nine as
director. Sexson says she wants to spend more time with her family, particularly her elderly parents. The Garden City Telegram reports that Sexson believes the city will conduct a national search for her replacement.
It was reported in Tuesdayâ€™s paper that the senior monthly potluck will be Friday. This is incorrect. The potluck will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Gov.â€™s campaign chest at $2 million TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) â€” Gov. Sam Brownback raised more than $1.6 million in cash contributions last year for his reelection and ended 2013 with nearly $2 million in campaign funds, a close ally of the Kansas Republican said Tuesday. David Kensinger, who managed Brownbackâ€™s successful 2010 campaign, said the figures show â€œgenuine enthusiasmâ€? among voters for the governor, as well as ongoing opposition to Democratic President Barack Obama. Brownback has been a vocal critic of the federal health care overhaul championed by Obama, and Brownback and other Kansas Republicans have used the president as a political foil in their GOP-leaning state. The figures confirmed by Kensinger represent more than enough funds for a solid statewide campaign in Kansas. Candidates for governor, other statewide offices and the Legislature arenâ€™t required to file detailed finance reports covering last yearâ€™s campaign activities until Friday. â€œGov. Brownback has earned the support of 10,000 donors, and this will be a big help in sharing the message of his accomplishments,â€? Kensinger said. â€œItâ€™s not just money but what it represents.â€? Democratic challenger Paul Davis, the state House minority leader, launched his campaign in August and it hadnâ€™t publicly disclosed fundraising totals ahead of the filing deadline. â€œEverybody knows Sam Brownback will have unlimited resources at his disposal in this campaign,â€? Davis spokeswoman Haley Pollock said. In 2009, Brownback raised more than $1.5 million and started 2010 with $1.06 million in cash on hand, ultimately spend-
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ing $2.76 million on his campaign. Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius entered her re-election year of 2006 with almost $1.75 million in cash on hand after raising nearly $2 million in 2005. She ultimately spent more than $5.4 million, a record. But her first successful campaign for governor in 2002 had a slower start to her fundraising. It raised about $548,000 in 2001 and entered 2002 with about $558,000 in cash on hand, according to figures from the state Governmental Ethics Commission. She
ultimately raised more than $4 million. Reports going into an election year receive scrutiny because a state law prohibits candidates from accepting contributions from corporations or political action committees during the Legislatureâ€™s annual, 90-day session, which begins in January. â€œWe will have what we need to be competitive,â€? Pollock said of Davisâ€™ campaign. Democrats make up fewer than 25 percent of the stateâ€™s 1.7 million registered voters. To appeal to unaffiliated voters and moderate and liberal Republicans disaffected with the conservative GOP governor, Davis has made funding for public schools the key issue of the campaign. Davis is a critic of the
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with understanding, sympathy, and love. Tom Clancy died last year, but he has a new novel in his Jack Ryan series, co-written by Mark Greaney. In â€œCommand Authority,â€? a new leader in Russia seeks to restore the power of the former Soviet Union. His intended victim to accomplish this is Ukraine. Given the recent events between Russia and the Ukraine, this plot line is very timely. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a consummate historical writer whose works include â€œNo Ordinary Timeâ€? and â€œTeam of Rivals.â€? The movie â€œLincolnâ€? was drawn from a portion of this latter work. Goodwinâ€™s latest book is â€œThe Bully Pulpit.â€? It focuses on the administrations of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft and the rise of activist journalism.
massive personal income tax cuts enacted by the Republican-dominated Legislature at Brownbackâ€™s urging. The governor and his allies expect the reductions to stimulate the economy, but Davis contends theyâ€™ll starve schools of funds. Brownbackâ€™s campaign is seeking to tie Davis to Obama, a tactic that helped Republicans sweep all statewide and congressional races in 2010 for the first time since 1964. Kensinger noted that Davis was a delegate for Obama at national Democratic conventions in 2008 and 2012 and said the link has helped the governorâ€™s fundraising. â€œItâ€™s both pro-Brownback and anti-Obama,â€? Kensinger said.
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Sat., Jan. 11 paper drive day! FOR NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES
Hereâ€™s how you can help a local organization and the environment, too: 1. Put the newspapers you have saved in paper grocery sacks. Plastic cannot be accepted. KEEP NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES SEPARATE. Please DOUBLE SACK magazines and catalogs. (NO phone books, NO hardback books & NO computer paper will be accepted.)
2. Choose the organization you wish to help from the list below. Write the name of that organization on the grocery sacks in bold letters or attach a label on the sacks identifying the organization. 3. Telephone the organization and tell them to pick up your scrap paper by 8 a.m. Sat., Jan. 11 at the curbside in front of your residence. Your papers must be at your curb by 8 a.m. for pickup. Be certain to give your address to the person you talk to.
Collection Point â€” 911 Emergency Preparedness Parking Lot, 410 N. State Participating Organizations
ACCC Phi Theta Kappa.........................365-5116 Ext. 244 Humboldt United Methodist Church. 473-3769 / 473-3544 Girl Scouts - Iola..................................365-6445 / 228-3296 Challenger All Star Field......................................852-3314
First Christian Church...............365-3436 Hope Chapel, Moran...................939-4828 Moran Baptist Youth Group.......939-4868 Tri-Valley.....................................431-7401
â€” Organization Delivery Schedule for Saturday, January 11 â€”
8:30-9:30 First Christian Church ACCC Phi Theta Kappa
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10:30-11:30 Bronson Ruritan Tri-Valley Developmental Svcs.
This schedule will apply for January 11; however, groups can change assigned times with another group. Please let the Register know if that is done.
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Today-Working Wonders Christian Women’s Council, Christian Church fellowship hall, 7 p.m.; Jan. 17-Lions Club, United Methodist Church basement, 7 p.m. School calendar
T hursday-middle school basketball at Crest vs. Jayhawk Lynn, 3 p.m.; Fridayhigh school basketball at Crest vs. Marmaton Valley, 4 p.m. Mondayjunior varsity Scholar’s Bowl at Crest; middle school basketball at Crest vs. Southern Coffey County; Crest Board of Education meets, 7 p.m.
Friday-sausage gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, wheat bread, applesauce; Mondaysloppy joe, potato salad, garden veggies, bun, fruited yogurt; Jan. 15-birthday meal, fried chicken breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, roll, cake and ice cream. Phone 620-852-3450 for reservations.
Scripture Sunday at the Christian Church was I Kings 12-16. Pastor Mark McCoy’s sermon was “The StoryChapter 14-A Kingdom Torn in Two.” Sundaycross training breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Services were not held Sunday at the Community Church due to weather conditions. Scripture at United Methodist Church Sunday was Jeremiah 31:714, Ephesians 1:3-14 and John 1:10-18. Pastor Dorothy Welch’s
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sermon was “His By Adoption.”
A 90th birthday party for Ethel Beckmon will be Jan. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Colony City Hall community room. Everyone is invited to help celebrate the day. She is the mother of Rose Samson, Mary Scovill and Bill Beckmon, all of Colony, and Randall Beckmon, Kincaid. Ethel’s birthday is Jan. 20. Cards may also be sent to Ethel at 304 S. State St., Iola, KS 66749. Doris Church celebrated her 90th birthday Sunday with a dinner at the home of her daughter Patty Jo and Deane Ramsey, Kincaid; her daughter Linda and Slug Ellis, LaCygne; and daughter Susan; Jerry Luedke and Doris’ son Jody Church and family, Colony. Around town
Christmas dinner guests of Thelma and Arden Culler were her son, James Smart, and Emily, LaHarpe, Ben Smart, West Rapids, Iowa, Nathan Smart, Manhattan, Jerald Smart, Garnett, Dustin Smart, Iola, and Rochelle McGhee, Westphalia. Guests of Gareld and Shirley McGhee on Christmas were Darren, Cindy, and Rochelle McGhee, Westphalia, Dustin Smart, Iola, Derick McGhee, Baldwin City, Joe, Vicki, and Chad Atwood, LaCygne, and Tyler Atwood, Lawrence. Morris, Allene and Mark Luedke spent
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Topeka’s first regularly scheduled commercial flight in years was a lifesaver for Alison McCarthy. The Chicago resident had planned to fly home from Kansas City International Airport on Tuesday, but weather buried those plans. So her mother checked out options and found one nearby that could get through — the 2:54 p.m. flight from Topeka Regional Airport to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. “This is the only plane going to Chicago,” she said. “Nothing’s flying out of (Kansas City’s) MCI.” Despite confusion over the weekend about whether Topeka’s inaugural flight would take off, it did so almost without a hitch Tuesday afternoon, ending more than six years without commercial air service to the capital city. Flights will depart at 6 a.m. and 3:14 p.m. daily for Chicago, where fliers can connect to more than 100 cities. The return flights from Chicago will depart at 1 and 8:30 p.m. daily. Employees held a “dry run” Monday to make sure the computers were working and look for any problems, Eric Wetzel, senior manager said.
These six-week-old triplets were born at the farm of Lewis and Janila Preston. They are now eating calf starter grain. Two are males, the other a female. Lewis is the son of the late Lewis and Fredelene Preston. Janila is the daughter of Myrtle and the late Elton Francis. Lewis and Janila are 1965 Colony High School graduates. Submitted photo. Christmas together. Allene’s brother and the Luedkes’ daughter, Cheryl Luedke, St. Augustine, Fla., both called during the day. Leonard and Debbie Wools, Jerry and Stacy Jones and family attended the Johnston Christmas on Dec. 28. There were 49 family members attending. They rented the Kincaid school and the kids played in the gym. On Dec. 29 Leonard and Debbie had their family Christmas at their home in Colony with all family members. Wallace and Delores Strickler were Christmas Eve guests of their daughter and husband, Denise and Larry Gilmore, Iola. Other guests were the Stricklers’ great-
grandchildren, Erica and Kevin Richie, Emporia, Sydni Miles and Laurali, Austin, Texas, Kari and Ben Clubine and Laney, Lake Charles, Texas, Garret and Shelly Strickler and Amanda, Colony. On Dec. 21 Randy and Karon West spent a Christmas gathering with her folks, Aaron and Sandra Hosley, Iola. Others present were Eric and Shay West, Dustin, Dalton and Madison, Burlingame, Ryan West, Amy Chandler, Blake and Mason West and Sheri Seibert, Topeka, Kipp, Brooke and Chance Connell, Lenexa, Diane and David Bedenbender, Neosho Falls, and Clyde Anderson, Iola. That evening they gathered at the home
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The education of Kansas students is at a crossroads At the request of Kansas legislators, two studies were commissioned to determine the cost of a “suitable” education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The first study was performed in 2001, the second in 2006. Both said adequate funding is about $4,500 per student. Today’s funding is $3,838 per student, about $650 million shy of the mark in annual spending. In 2005, school districts filed suit against the Legislature in Montoy v. Kansas. The Kansas Supreme Court
ruled the Legislature was amiss, upon which lawmakers agreed to increase funding by 20 percent over three years. When the recession hit in 2009, legislators backed down from their pledge, and have never looked back. Even when the economy rebounded, legislators did not direct surplus funds to schools. Rather, they cut $511 million per year from state schools and passed an income tax cut worth $2.5 billion through 2018. As could be expected, school districts brought suit
again in 2010 in Gannon v. Kansas. Today, legislators of a conservative bent take exception to the state’s high court as having the authority to determine what is a suitable education for students. When the Kansas Legislature resumes next week, these lawmakers will say they have since become experts on education and know what is best for Kansas schools, no matter the outcome of the court’s decision, which is due any day now. The justices will have made their determination
on what is “suitable” by the findings of the two studies, as requested by legislators of the time. They would be the first to admit they are not experts on school finance, and rely on the expertise of those who are. Part of being a good leader is deferring to the expertise of others. GOV. SAM Brownback has urged legislators to rise up against the judicial branch of government. “It is the Legislature who has the power of the purse and they must
decide how to solve this issue,” he said. Pitting one branch of government against the other is not good governance, nor does it solve the problem of creating and maintaining the schools our children deserve. Today’s jobs demand a good education. If Kansas is to compete, we must keep in the game. — Susan Lynn Editor’s note: This editorial was written Tuesday afternoon. This morning’s New York Times ran the oped piece published below.
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What’s the matter with KS schools? By DAVID SCIARRA and WADE HENDERSON
Kansas, like every state, explicitly guarantees a free public education in its Constitution, affirming America’s founding belief that only an educated citizenry can preserve democracy and safeguard individual liberty and freedom. And yet in recent years Kansas has become the epicenter of a new battle over the states’ obligation to adequately fund public education. Even though the state Constitution requires that it make “suitable provision” for financing public education, Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republican-led Legislature have made draconian cuts in school spending, leading to a lawsuit that now sits before the state Supreme Court. The outcome of that decision could resonate nationwide. Forty-five states have had lawsuits challenging the failure of governors and legislators to provide essential resources for a constitutional education. Litigation is pending against 11 states that allegedly provide inadequate and unfair school funding, including New York, Florida, Texas and California. Many of these lawsuits successfully forced elected officials to increase school funding overall and to deliver more resources to poor students and those with special needs. If the Kansas Supreme Court rules otherwise, students in those states may begin to see the tide of education cuts return. Kansas’ current constitutional crisis has its genesis in a series of cuts to school funding that began in 2009. The cuts were accelerated by a $1.1 billion tax break, which benefited mostly upper-income Kansans, proposed by Governor Brownback and enacted in 2012. Overall, the Legislature slashed public education funding to 16.5 percent below the 2008 level, triggering significant program reductions in schools across the state. Class
sizes have increased, teachers and staff members have been laid off, and essential services for at-risk students were eliminated, even as the state implemented higher academic standards for college and career readiness. Parents filed a lawsuit in the Kansas courts to challenge the cuts. In Gannon v. State of Kansas, a three-judge trial court ruled in January 2013 for the parents, finding that the cuts reduced per-pupil expenditures far below a level “suitable” to educate all children under Kansas’ standards. The judges also found that
amendment fails, they have vowed to defy any court order for increased funding or, at the very least, take the money from higher education. A court-stripping constitutional amendment, and defiance of a state Supreme Court order, would shred the very fabric of Kansas’ government and send shock waves through state capitals across the nation. It would allow elected branches to avoid any responsibility to adhere to the language and interpretation of their state constitutions by the courts. It would gravely undermine judicial independence and shut the
Class sizes have increased, teachers and staff members have been laid off, and essential services for at-risk students were eliminated, even as the state implemented higher academic standards for college and career readiness. the Legislature was not meeting even the basic funding amounts set in its own education cost studies. The judges called the school funding cut “destructive of our children’s future.” To remedy the funding shortfall, the judges ordered that per-pupil expenditures be increased to $4,492 from $3,838, the level previously established as suitable. Rather than comply, Governor Brownback appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court. A decision is expected this month. A VICTORY for the parents would be heartening, but if it comes, would Governor Brownback and legislative leaders uphold the right to education guaranteed to Kansas school children? The signals thus far are not promising. If the Kansas Supreme Court orders restoration of the funding, legislators are threatening to amend the state’s Constitution by removing the requirement for “suitable” school funding and to strip Kansas courts of jurisdiction to hear school finance cases altogether. And if the
courthouse door to vulnerable children who, as a last resort, seek legal redress to vindicate their fundamental right to an education. As the Gannon trial judges noted, matters such as education are placed in constitutions because they are “intended for permanence” and “to protect them from the vagaries of politics.” Kansans rightfully take pride in their strong public school system. But as Kansas goes, so may go the nation. The Kansas Constitution, like those in other states, demands that every child be given the educational opportunity to meet his or her promise. This requires, at a minimum, adequate and suitable school funding. Governor Brownback and legislators must meet the constitutional command and, by so doing, advance the core American value of equal opportunity for all. David Sciarra is executive director of the Education Law Center. Wade Henderson is president and chief executive of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Oil imports fall, trade deficit at 4-year low By DON LEE Tribune Bureau
WASHINGTON — U.S. exports rose to a record high in November, helping to shrink the nation’s trade deficit to the lowest in four years. The surprisingly positive trade report Tuesday adds to the upbeat outlook for the economy. With net exports stronger than expected, analysts revised higher their economic growth forecast for the fourth quarter, saying it will likely come in at a solid annual rate of about 3 percent. The Commerce Department said the U.S. trade deficit in goods and services with the rest of the world totaled $34.3 billion in November. That was the lowest since fall 2009 and a steep drop from a trade gap of $39.3 billion in October, seasonally adjusted. U.S. exports of goods and services reached $194.9 billion in November, up 1 percent from $193.1 billion in October. American imports saw a sharper change but in the other direction, falling to $229.1 billion in November from $232.5 billion in the prior month. The 1.5 percent decline was mostly because of a big drop in the quantity and value of purchased crude oil. In all, imports of petroleum goods fell 11 percent in November from the prior month, to $28.5 billion, seasonally adjusted. Meanwhile, U.S. exports of energy continued to edge higher, with petroleum shipments rising 5.5 percent in November to $13.3 billion. On an inflation-adjusted basis, the U.S. trade deficit in petroleum goods in November was the lowest since late 1996, Commerce data show. Exports in November also were lifted by a modest gain in automotive products and capital goods such as aircraft
and industrial machines. American shipments of foods and consumer goods were down slightly over the month. For the first 11 months of last year, the U.S. trade deficit for all goods and services totaled $435.1 billion. That was down 12 percent from the same period a year earlier. Total U.S. exports were up 3 percent to $2.08 trillion, while imports were essentially flat at $2.51 trillion. With the U.S. becoming more energy-independent, the American trade balance with oil-producing countries has improved sharply over the last year. The U.S. merchandise trade deficit with Saudi Arabia and other OPEC nations totaled $64.1 billion in the first 11 months of last year — a decline from $95.7 billion in the same period a year earlier. At the same time, the American trade gap in goods with other major trading partners widened slightly. The U.S. trade deficit with Europe in the January-November period of last year rose 4 percent to $121.4 billion, and the gap with China was $293.9 billion, up 1 percent from a year earlier.
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Dick Price watches as dogs point birds in an old hedgerow where branches have been dropped to improve cover last month in Butler County. MICHAEL PEARCE/WICHITA EAGLE/MCT
An aim to improve hunting
By MICHAEL PEARCE The Wichita Eagle
BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. — There are few places in the world Tom Devlin hasn’t seen. But the sight of about two dozen birds flushing beside a pasture trail was enough to stop the successful businessman’s conversation mid-sentence and bring a smile of pride to his face. “How’s that for great timing?” said Devlin, who had been talking about quail management for the past hour. “That was a really big covey . . . a lot of our coveys are really big, this year.” That covey was amid a 5,000-acre spread he owns northeast of Leon, of which about 1,500 acres are heavily managed for his beloved bobwhites. Around another 3,000 acres are similarly managed on sizable Kansas ranches near Howard and Piedmont. He estimates most of his lands have twice as many quail as last season. “I think we’re getting on the right track,” said Devlin, who has been trying to bolster quail populations on his lands for about 20 years. “This year we found 15 coveys in one day. I know we’ve been seeing a lot more birds than most people.” DEVLIN’S interest in quail hunting began about the time he began buying ranches in the mid-1980s. “My first 10 years of hunting were fabulous,” Devlin said. “Things really started getting tough after that.” There are few things he hasn’t tried to rebuild quail populations. Some were his ideas, others came from picking the minds of experts.
I just love wildlife and I want my grandkids to be able to hunt and fish. My sons already love to hunt. — Tom Devlin
Devlin said he failed with releasing birds, either as pen-reared adults or quail raised within the food/water and temperature controlled confines of a surrogator out on the prairie. That left him with belief that improving natural habitat was the key. Through time, he’s spent time on ranches that annually burned from horizon to horizon, then were intensively grazed. The fire destroyed nearly all habitat, including the forbs on which young quail find insects and seeds and brush needed for protection. Heavy grazing left the birds with little food or cover. Devlin said the other extreme — ungrazed, never-burned pastures — can quickly become too dense for run-loving quail to navigate easily, so he’s using burning and grazing in moderation. “We needed cattle to thin the grass,” he said on a pre-hunt interview at a cafe in Leon. “We’ll put cattle on most of our pastures in March, but only about onethird the stocking rate most people use. That still leaves quite a bit of cover.” Ideally, Devlin would like to use a rotational program so parts of pastures are burned about every third year, leaving plenty of potential nesting, broodrearing and escape cover untouched. His land managers disk fire breaks around wild plum and sumac thickets and other covers to protect them from the fires. His crews also have attacked most woodlands, where sizable trees shade out areas that were once brushy quail cover 20 years ago. From their chainsaws has come some of the gnarliest, thickest and most important cover on Devlin’s quail properties. After lunch, Devlin and hunting buddy Dick Price met land managers Jim Roebuck and Nathan Sexton at the nearby ranch. After pausing to watch the big covey that flushed on the way in, three dogs were put on the ground and the party began walking long stretches
of narrow jungle. As they went, Roebuck showed where trees had been sawed, sometimes completely through and others just enough to bend the top to the ground. Often the latter continued to live and grow more dense. Some species of trees, like locusts and Osage orange, responded to the cutting by sending prickly shoots up through the ground from their root systems.
With nearly every old treeline, fenceline and woodland edge so coiffed, Roebuck estimates there are up to eight miles of feed routes per 1,000 acres of such prickly habitat on the quail properties. They make sure the linear fortresses offer birds more than just cover. INTO THE miles of thorns, the land managers regularly broadcast literal tons of milo. Because it’s spread over such an area, Devlin said predators have no quail concentration on which to prey, such as around food plots and feeders. “We’ve been feeding basically all-year around, but it’s especially important in the late winter and early spring when there’s not much food left out there,” said Devlin, who annually spends more on quail food than the cost of many African safaris. “We want those hens to be as strong and healthy as possible when they start nesting and raising chicks.” Devlin said a southern quail biologist told him brood sizes could increase 30 to 50 percent if the hens are in the best shape possible. To remove as many nest-robbing predators as possible, the quail properties are heavily trapped for raccoons, opossums and skunks. He acknowledges his financial successes make it much easier for him to do his wildlife management projects than might be possible for a farmer or rancher trying to earn their living from the land where they’d like to see more quail. But Devlin is hoping word will spread of what seems to be working on his lands, and that some landowners will employ at least some of his tactics. In the meantime, he’s not done trying to make things even better. “I just love wildlife and I want my grandkids to be able to hunt and fish,” he said. “My sons already love to hunt.” But no matter how much they like to hunt, Devlin normally only quail hunts each area about once per season. Blessed with plenty of land that still allows him about 20 quail hunts with family and close friends. Price was one such friend, hence the recent trip near Leon. Though he dislikes releasing quail, Devlin’s staff released some pheasants and chukars to ensure a lot of shooting and dog work. Still, in about four hours of walking, with three or four close-working dogs, they also moved four coveys of quail. Two of the groups were downright huge, with 20 or more birds per batch. “This is the last we’ll hunt this place this year,” Devlin said as he walked from an area where two big coveys were scattered. “Those birds are home free.” And on Devlin’s ranches, those birds’ homes keep getting better and better.
to Iola, provided plans to annex the residential development north of the old Haldex plant wins council approval. City council members will discuss the annexation at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Bass Community Building. County Clerk Sherrie Riebel said the sewer district fund contained a touch over $10,000, with additional distributions from 2013 property taxes due later this month and again in early summer. Iola Administrator Carl Slaugh said immediate need was a new lift station, which pumps sewage along mains when gravity doesn’t do
the job. Riebel said the county received a bid of $43,000 to replace the lift station three or four years ago. Slaugh said he was uncertain how the project would be financed through the city’s authority, although benefit district funding was likely. That would mean people served by the sewer system would pay for its improvement, rather than through a city-at-large assessment. Slaugh also said all appeared to be going well with the merged ambulance service. “We’ve been busy,” he said, including several mutual aid runs into Bourbon County from the Moran station.
Nine full-time county ambulance employees, including six paramedics, transferred to the city’s employment, he said. Additional paramedics are being sought, he added, but that all runs have been conducted as Type I service, which requires a paramedic on board. “We’ve had quite a bit of overtime,” Slaugh said. COMMISSIONERS
approved a payment of $732,362 to Murray Company, prime contractor for the new Allen County Regional Hospital. “That pretty much wraps up payments,” said County Counselor Alan Weber.
Lohman: Studies in England
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“It was nice, we probably wouldn’t do anything like that here,” Lohman said. While at school, she took P.E. courses, “btechs and maths,” psychology and chemistry. She filled up her time with her studies, and getting together with a few of her new friends. She said they were particularly intrigued by her American background, as well as her Kansas accent. “They loved the whole American accent thing,” she said. “They made me say a lot of things.” LIVING NEAR the metropolis of London, a city of 8 million, also provided excitement. “I could go anywhere, practically,” Lohman said. “I could take ‘the
tube,’ bus or train.” She traveled to London often to visit Big Ben, the Parliament and Charles Darwin’s home. She also had the opportunity to visit Germany
making those friends was one of the most difficult parts of her journey. A Kansan implanted into Britain has its situational difficulties. “Toward the begin-
Toward the beginning I was pretty homesick. But toward the end I was sad to leave. — Jo Lohman
and Greece during her time abroad. She said the attitude and pace of the big city was something she wasn’t used to, and it made her appreciate her home’s feel. “People here are so friendly, you really don’t realize it until you go somewhere big,” she said. She said she became attached to some of her new British friends; but
ning I was pretty homesick,” Lohman said. “But toward the end I was sad to leave.” She returned across the pond in December, with a fresh perspective on her hometown and herself. “I learned a lot about myself,” she said. “I love to travel, you get to see a lot of things you wouldn’t ever see here. It made me realize how fortunate I am.”
Belize: Duo spreads the love
Continued from A1 Belizans. “At one stop a man was holding a knife near the doors of the bus,” Symes said. “He was upset because he was hungry and didn’t understand why we were delivering food only to certain people. I can understand that.” Candy, chips and soda are luxuries for those living in Belize. One little girl at Bible school asked if they could have something special for a snack that particular day. Symes and Henke gave the group gummy bears and passed them around. “It was amazing how excited those children were,” Symes said. “They licked the candy and took tiny nibbles to make it last.” The children were given a lot of responsibility at an early age. Going to high school is a privilege and can be expensive. Henke said their high school education is similar to our college education. A little girl named Faith attended Bible school with her brother. She was around five years old and was in
charge of her little brother who was about two. When she brought him to Bible school she had a very difficult time leaving his side or letting him attend class with his age group. “She finally trusted us enough to let him go to a different class. It was heartbreaking to see her be so young and take care of her brother,” Henke said. After visiting the country Henke began to weigh America’s problems against Belize’s. “When we are out of work or have trouble purchasing food we are able to seek assistance,” Henke said. “When they are out of work they can’t feed their children and they are literally starving.” The children the women worked with left a positive impact on them. Henke said the children were very respectful to the visitors and to their classmates. A girl named Jasmine was hard to say good-bye to. Jasmine was quiet, respectful and bonded with Henke quickly. “She got so sad when
she found out we were leaving the next day,” Henke recalls. “I told her to be good, that I would miss her and I loved her and she hugged me and said ‘I’ll pray for you.’ She said it out of the blue. I hope I impacted her and I don’t know if she knows how much she impacted me. They changed us.” THE WOMEN don’t hesitate when asked if they would go back. “In a heartbeat,” Henke said. Symes said she is thankful for all who supported their cause. They raised the exact amount of money needed to attend the trip. “We had so many supporters and God was helping us grow spiritually,” Symes said. Many friends have showed interest in traveling on the next mission trip. This summer Henke had said she hopes this trip will be a long term option for her. “This trip hasn’t detoured me at all,” she said. “I want to go back and see those kids and help.”
Loose peacock freezes to tree DUNDEE, Ill. (AP) — An adventurous peacock had to be rescued by Chicago-area firefighters after he flew from his heated pen to a nearby tree and froze to a branch in subzero temperatures. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reported that Blue the peacock is recovering after
Tuesday’s misadventure that lasted about 90 minutes. Blue managed to fly from his enclosure at the Randall Oaks Barnyard Zoo in Dundee and perched atop a nearby pine. Firefighters with a ladder helped zoo staff pluck the wayward bird from
the tree. Temperatures at the time were 12 degrees below zero. Brian Mangiaracina is Randall Oaks’ park and division manager. He says the whole thing was a “freakish accident” and that Blue is in quarantine. Dundee is about 35 miles northwest of Chicago.
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Number of smokers climbing SEATTLE (MCT) — Fifty years after the U.S. Surgeon General first warned of the health effects of smoking, a new analysis from the University of Washington shows that the number of smokers worldwide — and the number of cigarettes consumed — has never been higher. Between 1980 and 2012, the number of adults who smoke increased from 721 million to nearly 1 billion, reports the study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The number of cigarettes smoked globally jumped from about 5 trillion to 6.25 trillion. The study, which is one of the most comprehensive ever to examine global tobacco use, shows that the remarkable reductions in smoking rates in the United States and other wealthy countries have been offset by a growing epidemic in the developing world. “The University of Washington study demonstrated clearly how much further the world,
particularly low- and middle-income countries, still has to go,” said Matthew Myers, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The rise in the number of smokers reflects both population growth — particularly in nations such as China and Indonesia — and the tobacco industry’s heavy marketing in poorer nations, experts say. Smoking statistics are usually reported in terms of rates — or the percentage of people who smoke. The UW analysis confirmed that the global smoking rate dropped from 26 percent to 18.7 percent during the study period. But the sheer number of smokers is most relevant when it comes to the public- health impact, said Ruth Malone, who studies global tobacco issues at the University of California, San Francisco. “It’s premature deaths ... and the total global burden of suffering — of preventable suffering — that we’re
talking about here,” said Malone, who was not involved in the UW analysis. After dropping rapidly for a decade, global smoking rates have declined more slowly since the mid-2000s, said Marie Ng, lead author of the analysis from the UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). And though the data are still uncertain, the analysis hints that the worldwide smoking rate for men may have started to climb in the past three years. Since the surgeon general’s 1964 report drew a clear link between smoking and lung cancer and other diseases, tobacco-control efforts in the U.S. have saved 8 million lives, according to another JAMA study. The fraction of Americans who smoke has fallen by more than half, from 42 percent in 1964 to 18 percent in 2012. And despite population growth, the number of smokers in the U.S. has also dropped, from 52 million in 1980 to 38 million in 2012.
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Frigid start hampers Fillies By RICHARD LUKEN The Iola Register
Iolan tapped for youth futsal league Some youngsters might approach playing in a new youth soccer league with trepidation, especially if they don’t know any of the other players. Logan Ulrich relishes the thought. “I don’t have to worry about upsetting any of my friends,” she explained. “I can be a lot more aggressive.” Ulrich, 10, was invited to play in a Kansas City-based See ULRICH | Page B3
CHANUTE — Their spirit was willing early on, but their offense wasn’t quite able to match it Tuesday for Iola High’s girls. In their first game action in three weeks, the Fillies found themselves trailing host Chanute High, 11-1, late in the first quarter. The Fillies righted their ship after that, but couldn’t put much of a dent in the Blue Comets’ lead in a 34-22 defeat. The loss, coming in Iola’s first game after the Christmas break, drops the Fillies to 2-4. “We’re definitely stepping forward,” Fillies coach Becky Carlson said. “We had some early turnovers that hurt us, and there are times when we get down on ourselves if we can’t get our shots to fall.” Five different Chanute players scored in the opening period as the Blue Comets held leads of 11-1 and 13-3 in the first half. Addie Haar’s free throw 90 seconds into the contest marked Iola’s only points until Mikaela Platt drained a long jumper just inside the 3-point line with 37 seconds remaining in the first period. Platt, fighting illness, repeated the feat early in the second quarter. Iola’s defense effectively stymied Chanute’s through
Iola High’s Addie Haar grapples for possession of the ball with Chanute High’s Madi Rollins Tuesday in the Fillies’ 34-22 defeat. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN the second and third periods, allowing only five points — one field goal and three free throws — over a nine-minute stretch.
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just inside the 3-point arc — was Iola’s only field goal over a seven-minute span. See FILLIES | Page B2
Second-half doldrums do in Iola By RICHARD LUKEN The Iola Register
Iola High’s Bryan Mueller, above, puts up a shot over Chanute High defender Austin Troxell (21) Tuesday. The Mustangs took the early lead, but could not hold it in a 54-41 loss. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN
CHANUTE — Foul trouble in the first half was no trouble for Iola High’s boys. Foul trouble in the second half was another story. With two of their primary offensive cogs sent to the bench in the second quarter, the Mustangs received support from up and down the lineup to stay in front of host Chanute, 26-24, at halftime. But leading scorer Trent Latta — sidelined with two fouls in the second quarter — returned to the floor to start the second half, only to be whistled for his third foul four seconds later. He returned to the bench for another unplanned rest. “I guess we can only function for so long with Trent on the bench,” Iola head coach Bill Peeper said. Chanute pounced in his second absence, outscoring Iola 18-3 in the third period to break open a 42-29 lead. Iola got no closer than 11 from there in a 54-41 defeat. The loss, in Iola’s first game since the Christmas break, drops the Mustangs to 3-3. “It seems to be our story against these guys,” Peeper said. “We play well with them for much of the game, before we shoot ourselves in the foot. We couldn’t get our outside shots to fall, and we missed some dinks inside in the second half. You won’t beat a good team that way.” Five different Mustangs scored as Iola zipped to an early 11-2 lead. Iola was on top 12-5 before Chanute opened the second quarter with an 8-0 spurt to take its first lead, 13-12, on Trey Ellis’ three-point play at the 5:34 mark. By then, both Latta and Tyler Powelson had been sent to See MUSTANGS | Page B2
Iola High freshman Colton Toney, top, wrestles against Parsons’ Steven Cronick in a match earlier this season. On Tuesday, Toney earned a first-period pin, securing a 40-36 Mustang victory. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN
IHS conquers Vikings in wrestling action By RICHARD LUKEN The Iola Register
PARSONS — Iola High’s wrestlers continued their string of early-season success, venturing to head coach Brad Carson’s old stomping grounds Tuesday. As they’ve done all season, Iola bounced back after having to forfeit several lighter weight matches, this time coming from behind to topple Parsons, 40-36. “I can remember wrestling here, where the matches often came down to the heavyweight division — my division,” Carson said. It happened again Tuesday, with Iola trailing Parsons 36-34 headed into the heavyweight match, pitting IHS freshman Colton Toney against Parsons’ Steven Cronick. The two grappled intensely through the early portions, before Toney caught Cronick out of position. “Colton tried to get him into a half nelson once, but couldn’t quite do it,” Carson said. But a second attempt at
a half nelson was more successful. Toney was able to parlay the move into a first-period pin, giving Iola the decisive six points, and the win. The Mustangs won five of the six contested matches — four by pins — to claim the win. “I was a little worried because we had two wrestlers who weren’t able to make weight, so we had to move things around,” Carson said. Iola’s other winners: — Mike Armstrong, returning from a wrist injury, defeated Dylan Misener, 154, at 138 pounds; — Cody Conner, pinning Anthony Morton in the first period of their 145-pound match; — John Whitworth, pinning Jason Roth at 170 pounds; — Andrew Garber, earning a first-period pin over Kevin Rivera at 182 pounds. Travis Rieske (152 pounds) and Bryce Misenhelter (195 pounds) both earned forfeit See IHS | Page B2
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Chanute led 21-7 at halftime. Hannah Endicott ended the Fillies’ drought with a 3-pointer with 6½ minutes left in the third quarter. Sydney Wade’s trey late in the period ended another dry spell, cutting the deficit to 2513. The lead see-sawed between 14 and 10 points through the balance of the contest. Toni Macha and Piazza both hit long 2-pointers — part of an ongoing theme — before Piazza’s trey with 2:12 left sliced the Blue Comet lead to 33-22. Chanute effectively melted the clock from there. Piazza led the way with seven points and four assists, followed by Platt with four points. Haar and Driskel led Iola with five and four rebounds, respectively. “Chanute had played a game already since the break, and we didn’t, and we looked like we hadn’t played in a while,” Carlson said. “I thought Emma hit some great shots, and Mikaela stepped up for us in the first half. “And our defense did a nice job of limiting their offense after that first quarter,” Carlson said. “We got some good looks,
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Iola High’s Emma Piazza collides with Chanute High defender Anna Bagshaw Tuesday in the Fillies’ 34-22 loss. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN but we couldn’t get our shots to fall. We’ve improved quite a bit from where we started the season.” Two newcomers saw varsity action for the first time. Junior Jo Lohman returned to the team after missing the first semester as part of a foreign study program. Sophomore Olivia Bannister has moved up from Iola’s junior varsity team. “Olivia is a scrappy defender,” Carlson said. “You don’t want her defending you.” Paige Kidwell scored 10 and Anna Bagshaw nine for the Blue Comets. Chanute took home
a 48-35 win in junior varsity play. Taylor Sell scored eight and Taelyn Sutterby six for the Fillies’ JV. In C team action, Chanute won 14-6. Riley Murry scored four for Iola. The Fillies return to action Friday at Osawatomie. Iola returns home next Tuesday to host Central Heights for its first game in the friendly confines of the IHS gymnasium since Dec. 6.
Iola (3-4-6-9—22) Chanute (13-8-4-9—34) Iola (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Wade 0/1-0-1-3, Piazza 2/1-0-1-7, Bannister 0-0-1-0, Shields 0-0-1-0, Endicott 0/1-0-3-3, Haar 1-1-1-3, Platt 2-0-2-4, Driskel 0-0-2-0, Macha 1-0-0-2. TOTALS: 6/3-1-14-22. Chanute (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Mar-
Mustangs: Lead doesn’t hold up Continued from B1
the bench with their second fouls. Undaunted, Iola’s Bryan Mueller responded with a three-point play to return the lead to Iola, 15-13. Jesse Zimmerman’s 3-pointer 25 seconds later put Iola on top 18-15. Iola was able to stay in front the rest of the half, despite hitting only one field goal over the last 4:11 of the half. Adam Kauth went 3 for 4 from the line in that stretch. Kohl Endicott’s free throw with 1:29 left, and Tyler McIntosh’s short jumper in the last 30 seconds pushed Iola on top 26-22. Chanute’s Caleb Dietsch cut the deficit to 2624 on his buzzer-beating baseline jumper at the half. The Blue Comets were sizzling after halftime. Derek Sharp’s 3-pointer pushed Iola in front 27-26, followed 20 seconds later by Jordan Richards’ steal and layup. Mueller’s bucket with 4:30 left in the period was Iola’s first — and last — field goal of the quarter. Chanute ended the period with a 12-1
run to take control. Powelson’s putback with 5:25 left in the contest cut Iola’s deficit to 4433, before the Blue Comets rattled off another 6-0 run. Kaden Macha scored before Iola High’s Fryendz Wallace, center, Powelson hit puts up a shot while being defended four straight by Chanute High’s Caleb Dietsch, free throws left, and and Trey Ellis Tuesday. Chato again pull nute downed Iola, 54-41. REGISTER/ Iola to within RICHARD LUKEN 50-39. iah Fawson scored nine P o w e l son led the way for Iola points, while Mason with eight points, six re- Ingle and Chase Regehr bounds, three steals and scored seven each for two assists. Macha fol- Iola. Braden Plumlee lowed with seven points added nine rebounds. The Mustangs rebefore fouling out. Fryendz Wallace chipped turn to action Friday at in with six points, three Osawatomie.
boards and two steals. Kauth added five rebounds and two assists. Dietsch led the Blue Comets with 17 points, followed by Sharp with 12. Chanute also prevailed in the junior varsity contest, 55-26. Adam Peterson’s six points led the Mustang JV. Iola took home the C team win, 48-38. Isa-
Iola (12-14-3-12—41) Chanute (5-19-18-12—54) Iola (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Latta 0/1-1-4-3, Mueller 2-1-2-5, Wallace 2-2-2-6, Endicott 0-1-0-1, McIntosh 1-0-1-2, Zimmerman 0/1-0-03, Macha 1/1-2-5-7, Kauth 0-5-2-5, Powelson 1-6-3-8. TOTALS: 7/3-1819-41. Chanute (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Wiltse 0-1-0-1, Richards 2-2-4-6, Dietsch 4/1-6-4-17, Troxell 2-12-5, Erikson 0-6-3-6, Ellis 3-1-2-7, Sharp 4/1-1-3-12, Haviland 0-0-30. TOTALS: 15/2-18-21-54.
IHS: Wrestlers topple Parsons Continued from B1
victories because Parsons did not have opponents at those weight classes. “It was good to see Mike back in action,” Carson said, “and the other guys did a good job.” Iola had to forfeit the 113-, 120-, 126-, 132- and 145-pound divisions. The plan originally was to wrestle Rieske at 145, but he did not qualify at the lighter weight, Carson said. Likewise, Tavon Blazek was too heavy to wrestle at 170 pounds. “They have some work to do if they want to wrestle Saturday,” Carson said. “They picked
up a few too many pounds over the holidays.” Iola’s Seth Sanford lost in a first-round pin to Parsons’ Keenan Dodd at 220 pounds, giving the Vikings the slim 3634 lead headed into the heavyweight match. “We knew that all Colton had to do was get the win,” Carson said. “He’d gone 1-1 against this kid before. Beating him again shows just how much Colton has improved.” Carson was a standout wrestler for Parsons as a student, advancing to the state tournament three of his four years of high school. “I showed the guys the
banner that has my name on it, and our old senior team picture, back when kids rolled up their jeans because it was the style,” Carson said. “It was a fun night. I’m pretty happy with it.” Iola hits the mats again Saturday at the Burlington Invitational. The junior varsity will be at a tournament in Labette County Jan. 18. “We really want to get our younger wrestlers like Seth and Colton in some JV competition,” Carson said. “Seth is in a tough weight class, and I want him to have some success. He’s been working hard, but he gets discouraged against these tough wrestlers.”
tin 1-0-1-2, Bagshaw 3/1-0-2-9, Thompson 0-0-1-0, Batten 1-4-16, Kidwell 4-2-2-10, Schoenberger 0-0-2-0, Rollins 1/1-0-2-5. TOTALS: 10/2-8-9-34.
Sports Calendar Iola High School Basketball Friday, at Osawatomie, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, vs. CENTRAL HEIGHTS, 4:30 p.m. High School Wrestling Saturday, at Burlington Invitational, 9 a.m. Middle School Basketball Thursday, at Royster, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, vs. WELLSVILLE, 9 a.m. Monday, at Independence, 3:30 p.m.
Humboldt High School Basketball Tuesday, at Fredonia Jan. 17, at Cherryvale
Marmaton Valley High School Basketball Friday, at Crest Tuesday, vs. ST. PAUL
Crest High School Basketball Friday, vs. MARMATON VALLEY Jan. 17, at Altoona-Midway
Yates Center High School Basketball Friday, vs. CANEY VALLEY
Southern Coffey Co. High School Basketball Friday, at Waverly Tuesday, vs. BURLINGAME
Allen Basketball Today, women vs. COTTEY, 6 p.m. Today, men at Hutchinson, 7 p.m. Saturday, vs. KANSAS CITY, KAN., women 2 p.m., men 4 p.m.
Kansas State Basketball Saturday, at Kansas, 1 p.m. TV: ESPN (Ch. 32) Tuesday, vs. OKLAHOMA, 6 p.m. TV: ESPN2 (Ch. 33)
Kansas Basketball Today, at Oklahoma, 6 p.m. TV: ESPN2 (Ch. 33) Saturday, KANSAS STATE, 1 p.m. TV: ESPN (Ch. 32) Monday, at Iowa State, 8 p.m. TV: ESPN2 (Ch. 33)
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Cubs too much for MV boys
Lancers fall to Northeast
By STEVEN SCHWARTZ The Iola Register
COLONY — It was a mixed bag Tuesday night for Crest High’s boys. “I was pretty proud of our effort,” head coach Travis Hermreck said. “The kids battled against a much quicker and more athletic team.” However... “I was disappointed because the things we emphasized over the break were the things that were our Achilles’ heel on defense,” Hermreck added. “I guess we need to find a new means of motivation.” Visiting NortheastArma High broke open a tie game with a 19-8
HUMBOLDT — Head Coach David Taylor didn’t have much to say in the negative category Tuesday night, and rightfully so — his boys manhandled the visiting Marmaton Valley Wildcats, 72-19. “I didn’t think at any time did we lose our focus,” Taylor said. The Cubs were hitting on all cylinders during the first game back from the Christmas break, nor did they need dust off any cobwebs against a winless Wildcat team. Humboldt led 25-2 after one period. In the second, the first-string players kept walloping the visitors on steals and fast breaks throughout, before the B Team closed out the half with a score of 44-8. Nearly all of the Humboldt players scored at least once, and all of the players saw the court. Hunter Murrow led the Cubs with 16 points in the contest, followed by Kason Siemens with nine and Justin Meins with seven. Murrow and Meins also had four rebounds each, while Meins had four of Humboldt’s 23 steals. Five different Cubs had two assists. Micheal Genn led the Wildcats with eight points. Taylor said he is already looking ahead for his team for the second half of the season. They
Kellen Ramsey chipped in with six points and nine boards, while Austin Green had five assists. J.T. Richardson scored 24 and Noah Popejoy 13 to pace the Vikings. Crest returns home Friday to host Marmaton Valley.
NE-Arma (14-19-22-17—72) Crest (14-8-21-16—59) NE-Arma (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Hensley 1/2-0-0-8, Richardson 9/1-3-3-24, Ashbacher 1-0-0-2, Howard 1/1-0-4-5, Chandler 0/11-1-4, Slingluff 0/1-0-1-4, Mills 3/1-0-3-9, Popejoy 6-1-2-13, Rose 1-1-0-3. TOTALS: 22/7-7-13-72. Crest (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Green 2-2-4-6, Godderz 1/1-0-1-5, Stephens 4/2-0-2-14, Frazell 1/1-2-57, Ellis 9-3-4-21, Ramsey 3-0-3-6. TOTALS: 20/4-7-19-59.
Comeback comes up just short Hunter Murrow goes to the hoop over Marmaton Valley’s Gage Adam Tuesday evening in Humboldt Tuesday. The Cubs won, 72-19. REGISTER/STEVEN SCHWARTZ are coming together fundamentally, he said, and will be honing their craft as the spring approaches. “We have to keep our focus and keep doing the little things right,” Taylor said, but ended in a high note, once again praising his players — each and every one of them. “We’re able to play a lot of people.” The Cubs travel to Fredonia on Tuesday.
Marmaton Valley will be at Crest on Friday.
Marmaton Valley 2-6-7-4—19 Humboldt 25-19-18-10—72 Marmaton Valley (FG/3pt-FTF-TP): Jefferis 1-0-4-2, Genn 1/20-2-8, Boyd 0-2-0-2, Stephenson 1-1-1-3, Newman 2-0-2-4, Adams 0-0-3-0. TOTALS: 5/2-3-7-19. Humboldt (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Z. Vanatta 1-0-0-2, C. Vanatta 1-0-12. H. Murrow 7-2-1-16, Carpenter 2-2-1-6, A. Murrow 1-1-1-3, Sellman 0/1-0-3-3, D’Armond 2-0-04, Meins 2-3-3-7, Bartlett 3-0-1-6, Pulliam 2-2-1-6, Siemens 3/1-0-29, Smith 2-0-0-4, Haviland 1-0-0-2, Doran 1-0-0-2. TOTALS 29/2-9-1472.
MELVERN — A spirited comeback for Southern Coffey County High’s girls came up just short Tuesday. The Lady Titans trailed host Marais des Cygnes Valley by as many as 17 points early in the fourth quarter. “We had several opportunities to cut their lead to four or five with a minute to go, but couldn’t get any closer,” SCC head coach Jeff True said. Marais des Cygnes held on for a 47-40 victory. The loss drops Southern Coffey County to 3-4 on the season. “We gave up way
Lady Cubs take home victory over Wildcats By STEVEN SCHWARTZ The Iola Register
HUMBOLDT — After a slow start out of the gates for Humboldt and Marmaton Valley, the Lady Cubs came up with a victory Tuesday night at home, 54-22. The teams combined for a meager six points in the first quarter. The Lady Cubs led 4-2 before their press turned into some easier points. Humboldt led 14-8 at halftime. “Once they started going, they never looked back,” Humboldt head coach Sherri Nelson said. As for the Wildcats, Head Coach Gavin Cole said he would like to blame his team’s performance on the long holiday break, but he admitted they were making the same mistakes they made in the first half of the season. “It’s the same old things, not rebounding and being strong with the ball,” Cole said. “We just didn’t run things well, that’s all you can say.” Injuries aren’t helping either. Mackenzie Tynon, the leading scorer for the Wildcats, is out indefinitely with a knee injury following a practice injury in December. Freshman Kyla Drake went down in the second half with an apparent ankle injury. The Cubs put the hurt on some more after intermission, with an especially strong second-half performance from Lakota Wilson from the paint. She led the way with 21 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and two assists. She was followed by Delaney Umholtz with eight points and five steals. Kayle Riebel chipped in with eight points and six boards. Tilar Wells fol-
second quarter run to gain the upper hand in a 72-59 victory. The loss drops Crest to 2-4 on the season. The teams battled to a 14-14 deadlock after one period before Northeast jumped in front 33-22 by halftime. Crest stayed within shouting distance in the second half. “We battled back in the third and gave them another run to close out the third,” Hermreck said. Brock Ellis led the Lancers with 21 points to go with five rebounds and three assists. Landon Stephens added 14 points and five boards.
too many offensive rebounds in the first half,” True said. “We did a much better job in the second half. I was proud of the girls’ effort.” Marais des Cygnes led 14-8 after one quarter and 30-17 at halftime. The lead was 41-24 by the end of the third period. Breanna Isch was a one-man wrecking crew for the Lady Titans, scoring a career-high 23 points with eight rebounds and four steals.
Brittne Brite added eight points and seven rebounds. Kalyn Deal had four assists. Brittany Kramer scored 13 and Morgan Coffman 11 for the Trojans. Southern Coffey County prevailed, 20-16, in junior varsity play. Amber Emmons and Carolyn Vanderman each had six points. Kaitlyn Meats followed with four. The Lady Titans travel to Waverly on Friday.
Ulrich: Futsal Continued from B1
youth futsal league this winter. The Jefferson Elementary School fourthgrader began practice Tuesday as a member of the Tri-County Flashes, a squad featuring primarily players from Olathe and Paola. The Flashes are in the Kansas City United Premier League in January and February. Ulrich led Blue and Gold in assists in the Paola Fall Soccer League in September and October. Blue and Gold went 8-3, winning the regular season title and taking second in a postseason tournament. Ulrich averaged
an assist per game. She earned the invitation to join the Flashes after the team’s coach saw her play in the fall. “I know a couple of girls from the La Cygne team from when we played them,” she said. Futsal is a modified form of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller, typically indoor, field. In a related matter, Blue and Gold’s practices for an upcoming spring session will begin Jan. 25. For more information, contact Brek Ulrich at (620) 228-0578 (cell), 365-2781 (work) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Makaylah McCall puts up a jumper over Marmaton Valley’s Kaitlin Ensminger Tuesday night, while Lakota Wilson (25) preps for a possible rebound. Humboldt prevailed, 54-22. REGISTER/STEVEN SCHWARTZ lowed with seven points and eight steals. Makaylah McCall had four steals and three assists. Megan Hudlin added six steals. Anna Whitcomb also had three steals. The Lady Cubs pulled in a whopping 33 steals on the night. Ashlynn Pinkerton led the Wildcats with six points. Cole said his Wildcats will need to step up and perform, especially in the face of injuries, if they have any shot of defeating Crest on Friday. The Cubs travel to Fredonia next Tuesday.
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TP): Ensminger 2-1-4-5, Pinkerton 2-2-4-6, Stevenson 0-0-1-0, Storrer 1-0-2-2, Drake 2-1-2-5, Meiwes 1-2-3-4. TOTALS 8-6-16-22. Humboldt (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP):
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BALTIMORE — Officer Aaron Waddell pulled over a gray Dodge Caravan on Route 198 in Laurel, Md., and asked the driver for his license and registration. Waddell told the man why he stopped him — a suspected seat belt violation — and added, “Just to let you know, you’re being recorded.” Such warnings could become more common as police across Maryland consider following Laurel’s lead and equipping officers with small video cameras to record public interactions — part of an effort to limit complaints. Even the most mundane traffic stop can devolve into a dispute, and supporters say a recording can guard all sides from unfounded allegations. But the new technology — now under consideration by the Baltimore Police Department and the Maryland State Police — has also proved difficult to reconcile with concerns about privacy and consent. (Iola and Allen County officers are outfitted with similar cameras to record their on-duty activities.) Though civil-rights advocates agree that video cameras can improve accountability, the American Civil Liberties Union cautioned recently that without proper oversight they could become “yet another system for routine surveillance.” And some officers question whether the cameras will sour relations with the public. In Laurel, where police began rolling out cameras last year at a cost of $2,000 apiece, some in the department were initially reluctant to submit to the nearconstant recording. Now, though, Waddell can’t imagine working without his camera, a pensize device worn on sunglasses or a headband. “I have anxiety if I don’t have it on,” said the patrolman, who pulled over 1,000 people in 2012. “Just by the amount of contact I have with people I get complaints.” Recent cases in Baltimore have demonstrated how initial witness accounts can differ widely from official explanations. When Tyrone West
died in police custody last summer, several witnesses said he had been beaten. Officers were cleared of wrongdoing, though his family continues to question the finding. The advent of the cameras is the latest move in a long struggle by police to adapt to technology that has put a recording device in the hands of everyone who carries a cellphone. Officers are under increased scrutiny, because every public action can be captured and posted online in moments. Often, police complain that videos shot by bystanders fail to capture an entire event. With cameras, police aim to be protector and enforcer, arguing that the footage could help keep them accountable, provide evidence of crimes and resolve disputes over conduct. But it also means the government is collecting more information, which raises questions about the data’s distribution, retention and storage. “This is something departments are trying to get their hands around,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a policy think tank working for the U.S. Department of Justice to develop guidelines for the use of police cameras. “Police encounter citizens when they are at their worst. There are all sorts of privacy issues raised.” But police officials considering the technology believe it enhances credibility of officers at a time when they are already being recorded. Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts has indicated that he wants to see officers outfitted with the bodyworn cameras. A recently released strategic plan calls for a look at whether cameras could help save money paid out from lawsuits. A similar study done when Batts headed the Oakland, Calif., Police Department called for a “well-thought out policy that protects officers’ and citizens’ constitutional rights and privacy.” The department acquired hundreds of cameras in 2010, and officers were directed to have them on for many public interactions.
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Informing a child about death’s reality Dear Carolyn: My 5-year-old has been asking a lot of questions about dying, such as what happens when you die, do you see God, how old are you when you die — which eventually results in a question about whether a young person can die. Is this normal for the age? I never experienced this with my older child. We have not had a recent death in the family that might trigger these questions. — Anonymous In my experience it’s normal, but any time you’re worried and trying to figure out what the range of normal behavior is for a child, it’s better to ask someone “on the ground” vs. someone in the ether like me, because that person would have the benefit of context and follow-up questions in answering you. Choose someone who knows you and your child, who is a veteran at dealing with matters of child development — teach-
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er, pediatrician, clergy person, a particularly astute parent — and whose judgment you trust. The 10-buck answer (or free answer, via your local library) is “Lifetimes” by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen. It’s a matter-of-fact but gentle way to explain death to a child. The way I see it — and the way I dealt with it with my kids’ relentless grilling — is that death is an ordinary, natural yet often sad part of life. I did tell them that everything that lives does eventually die, that people die, that most people live lives of more than 70 years, but some die sooner, even children, though that’s very, very rare. I told them that
some people believe you see God and some don’t, some believe in heaven and some don’t, and that no one who is alive can be sure — we can only believe. I also see these larger questions as completely sensible, and answering them truthfully as appropriate, for any child who is trying to process the wider world. Even if they’re years from having to deal with a human death, they’ll still notice an unlucky squirrel in the road. But, different kids process things differently, so not asking is normal, too. Dear Carolyn: I have five siblings. Our widowed, elderly mother lives in a retirement community that requires our financial support to help pay for it (it’s not luxurious by any standards, but clean, comfortable and safe). One sibling was unemployed last year. So,
we let him out of financial support until he was on his feet again. He and spouse are working again (for several months now) but are not providing financial support despite direct requests to do so. Brother has not even acknowledged my most recent request. I am angry and resentful because, of course, the rest of us have financial obligations, too, and yet we all manage to provide support (by the way, the amount is far less than $100 per month). What can I do to encourage brother to start paying again? — Sibling Drop it. It’s not right for your brother to duck this without explanation, but he’s doing it, so your choices are either to suck it up or shake him down. Leave it to his conscience and be right with your own — and leave room for the possibility that he just needs more time to catch up.
Public notices (First published in The Iola Register, January 8, 2014) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF ALLEN COUNTY, KANSAS PROBATE DIVISION IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF KATHLEEN M. WINN, DECEASED Case No. 13 PR 62 NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Published in The Iola Register January 8, 2014) MARMATON WATERSHED JOINT DISTRICT NO. 102, ALLEN, BOURBON AND CRAWFORD COUNTIES, KANSAS Public notice is hereby given in compliance with the law that the Annual Meeting of Marmaton Watershed District No. 102, Allen, Bourbon and Crawford Counties, Kansas, will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at the Uniontown Community Center at Uniontown, Kansas, for the purpose of the election of board members whose terms expire, to render a report of the financial condition and activities of the District, to review the District’s proposed five year construction plan, to review the District’s general plan, and any other business to be considered by the District. Dwayne Neil, President ATTEST: John Ericson, Secretary IMMEL, WORKS & HEIM, P.A. Four East Jackson Iola, Kansas 66749 (620) 365-2222 (1) 8
(Pursuant to K.S.A. Chapter 59) The State of Kansas To All Persons Concerned: You are hereby notified that on December 12, 2013, a Petition for Probate of Photocopies of Will and Codicil and Issuance of Letters Testamentary was filed in this Court by Donna J. Salava, an heir, devisee and legatee and Executor named in the First Codicil to the Last Will and Testament of Kathleen M. Winn, deceased. All creditors of the above named decedent are
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday they will push to make sure tax cuts enacted in the past two years are not rolled back during the 2014 legislative session. Chamber President and CEO Mike O’Neal said Tuesday during a conference call with Kansas media that the organization would defend the reduction in rates for thousands of businesses and individual income taxpayers. He said some business owners believe the rates are still too high and an impediment to economic growth, despite critics who say the cuts should be reversed. “We aren’t done. We’re on a track to continue to reduce,” O’Neal said. “Not only should we play defense and make sure that’s not undone, we need to keep plowing ahead.” In recent years, the chamber has been influential in helping Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-controlled Legislature push through cuts in the state’s income-tax rates. O’Neal, from Hutchinson, was Republican House speaker in 2012 when the first reductions were approved.
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News carrier saves former mayor SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — An alert delivery driver for the Kansas City Star came to the rescue of a former mayor in the pre-dawn darkness of one of the coldest mornings in decades after hearing the man’s cries for help. Jeff Stockwell was delivering the newspaper in Shawnee around 3:30 a.m. Monday, when temperatures had plummeted below zero and created dangerous wind chills for anyone not properly bundled up. He was working along a cul-de-sac when he heard what sounded like the wail of a cat desperate to get indoors, The Kansas City Star reported. Then he heard it again, and that’s when he got out of his vehicle to investigate. “It registered with me that it was something strange,” the longtime Star employee said. Stockwell saw a trash
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