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THE IOLA REGISTER Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Iola gets its wish

Inclusion of Country Estates meets strong opposition, falls through

Revitalization plan gets county support By BOB JOHNSON The Iola Register

nexation, followed by public comments — which took up the majority of the meeting’s time. Several residents of the 54 households came forward to voice strong opinions. Don Erbert said he surveyed residents at 34 of the homes in Country Estates, and the majority said they would rather not be annexed. “Twenty-six homes don’t want to come into the city,” said Erbert, who later walked out mid-meeting. “At least listen to us. It doesn’t sound like there’s any benefit for us to come in. You’ve lost their trust that you’re even listening to us.” Of the numerous public comments, resident Duane McGraw was the sole speaker who was in favor of the annexation. He wants to see more regulation of the area’s sewer district.

County Counselor Alan Weber’s assessment that it was perfectly legal for Iola to include all of the city in its Neighborhood Revitalization Program zone was good enough for Tom Williams. Williams, noting that “the city voted to do it and it’s legal,” moved to give Allen County’s support to open all of Iola, save land owned by governmental bodies, to tax abatements. The abatements will be in force at 95 percent for six years, with tax bills restored to 100 percent at 20 percent a year starting in the seventh year. Jim Talkington’s vote passed the motion. Dick Works said the “issue of fairness” prevented him from making it unanimous. Iola and the county have been at odds on the city’s expansion of the NRP zone for several weeks. USD 257 members joined in on a

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Above is a map of the Country Estates subdivision north of Iola. At left is a ground level view of the marked area on the map. The annexation was voted down during a special city council meeting Tuesday evening, following strong public comments in opposition to the ordinance. REGISTER/STEVEN SCHWARTZ

By STEVEN SCHWARTZ The Iola Register

There were plenty of open seats during Tuesday evening’s special city council meeting, but those there had a lot to say about the annexation of Country Estates. Iola City Council members met at the Bass Community Building to discuss the annexation of the subdivision, located north of Iola. Ultimately, the annexation did not pass with Mayor Joel Wicoff casting the deciding vote against a split decision among council members. Council members Steve French, Sandy Zornes, Jon Wells and Beverly Franklin voted for the annexation; Nancy Ford, Don Becker, Gene Myrick and Bob Shaughnessy voted against. The meeting opened with a full explanation of the an-

Iolans have ties to school shooting By BOB JOHNSON The Iola Register

A cousin of Iolan Kristi Tavarez was critically wounded Tuesday in a school shooting in Roswell, N.M. Nathan Tavarez, 11, was one of two victims shot while at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, N.M., just before classes began Tuesday morning. Both students were flown by helicopter to the University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. He suffered gunshot wounds to his face and torso. The other victim is Kendal Sanders, 13, who was shot in the chest. Both are seventh-graders. Kristi, who works at All About U hair salon, said her cousin was shot twice with a shotgun by a 12-year-old, who was arrested immediately after the incident. The two students were among dozens gathered in a gym before the beginning of school. The attacker brought the shotgun to school in a band instrument case, according to press reports. Kristi Tavarez said her cousin went into surgery once he arrived at the Lubbock hospital. “He got out of surgery

Olivia Lee about 4 o’clock,” Kristi said late Tuesday afternoon, but then was taken back to surgery during the night. “I’m about two hours from Lubbock right now,” she told the Register at 8 a.m. today. “I haven’t been able to talk to them (family) for a while. I’ve been driving all night.” The boy is is being treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit. A goal of doctors is to prevent swelling from multiple wounds, Kristi said. ANOTHER student at Berrendo with Iola ties is Olivia Lee, daughter of Sean and Brenda Lee. She is the granddaughter of Iolans Bob and See SHOOTING | Page A5

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Getting a big head Iola High’s raucous cheering section sported giant cardboard cutout heads of several Mustang players and others who roam the halls at IHS. The fans had plenty to cheer about as both the Mustangs and Fillies defeated visiting Central Heights. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN

Decision put off on county newspaper By BOB JOHNSON The Iola Register

“It’s the Union’s turn,” said Cliff Ralston, as he encouraged Allen County commissioners to make the Humboldt Union the county’s official newspaper for 2014. Two years ago the Union won the right to publish county legal publications, on the rationale the contract should

alternate between the Union and the Iola Register. The decision was then made by commissioners Dick Works and Rob Francis, with Gary McIntosh opposed. Last year, with commissioners Tom Williams and Jim Talkington on board in place of Francis and McIntosh, the Register was selected. A decision was put off when Works, after listening

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to a presentation by Register Publisher Susan Lynn, said he wanted to digest numbers that she unveiled. Lynn, in summation, said she thought commissioners should “consider the value you get for tax dollars” spent, and that commissioners should want legal publications to be seen by as many people as possible. “I think that would be an See NEWSPAPER | Page A5

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Humboldt students Community garden may sprout in Gas achieve top honors By BOB JOHNSON The Iola Register

All A Honor Roll Fifth grade Autumn Ballard, Ashlyn Herridge, Thane Meadows, Samuel Neeley, Madison Riebel, Drew Schoendaller. Fourth grade Laken Hunter, Andrew Watts. Third grade Alyvia Brannan, Chloe Daniels, Maddox Johnson, Christopher Rodriguez, Randi Wilson, AnyaSophia Woods, Karley Wools, Elias Works.

Yeager. Fourth grade Ashtyn Ansley, Hunter Bauer, Jarek Baughn, Brooklyn Ellis, Hope Everett-Snyder, Peyten Galloway, Nautianna Goforth, Madelynn Hodgden, Taylor Korte, Kirstyn Murrow, Brayden Oliver, Gavin Page, Abby Rinehard, Drew Wilhite, Cooper Woods. Third grade Alisha Baldwin, Kadence ballard, Kaitlynn Barnhart, Avah Carman, Aaron Coy, Zachary Draper, Carysn Haviland, Quenton Heisler, Javyn Hess, Melina Hess, JaLynn Hutson, Gavin Jaro, Gunner Johnson, Jodie Jones, River Kaufman, Ella Lassman, Kerry Malone, Elizabeth Melendez, Robert Myers, Emily Ross, Trey Sommer, Morgan Sterling, Raegan Trester, Heidi Walker, Brooke Yokum, Thomas Young.

All A-B Honor Roll Fifth grade Tanner Church, Aidan Collins, Cole Criss, Jada Dangerfield, Drake Harrington, Kady Hart, Trenton Heisler, Angelina Keidel, Jessica Myers, Jailynn Sinclair, Blake Walker, Kennady Wilerson, Zoey Wilson, Camille Wood, LaChrista

Iola American Legion plans fundraiser dinner The Iola American Legion will host a chicken and noodle dinner as a scholarship fundraiser at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Orders must be placed by Saturday. Dinner is

$7, dinner to go is $7.50, quart of noodles is $6. Iola, Colony and Humboldt are eligible for scholarships. Call 620-365-5541 to place orders.

Celebration Clarence Loraine Price, mayor of Elsmore is turning 80 on Jan. 22. The celebration for the mayor will be at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the Els-

more Community Townhall. The event is open to the public. There will be refreshments and fellowship.

Gov. prepares to give address TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to give the annual State of the State address and outline his legislative agenda. The speech this evening will be to a joint House-Senate session in the House chamber. It also will be broadcast live on public television. Brownback has already proposed phasing in full state funding for public schools’ all-day kindergarten classes at a cost of $16 million the

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first year. He’s also outlined a $9 million initiative aimed at boosting fourth-graders’ scores on standardized reading tests. The Republican governor is expected to tout the massive personal income tax cuts that Kansas enacted at his urging. The Democratic response to the address will be given by House Minority Paul Davis, of Lawrence, who’s challenging Brownback’s reelection this year.

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GAS — Gas council members Tuesday evening discussed making vacant lots available for community gardens and how they might provide a neighborhood grocery. The conversation arose from a visit by Debbie Bearden and Damaris Kunkler, who had come to talk about a Food Policy Council being formed by Thrive Allen County. The countywide council would deal with food issues, from seed to table, and be a platform for coordinated action at the local level. The women previously visited council meetings in Moran and Elsmore. An objective is to identify and provide access to healthy food. Mayor Darrel Catron seized on the community garden idea after

Iola’s Elm Creek Community Garden was mentioned. He pointed out Gas owns some vacant lots and allowed they could be made available. “I’d be happy to plow them,� said Councilman Larry Robertson. Hall’s convenience store is the only retail outlet with food in Gas. An alternative might be to incorporate a small grocery in City Hall or at the old Gas School, which the city purchased from USD 257 and is developing as a community center. “I’d like to see a library and museum in one of the classrooms,� Catron said, with three others available for any projects, including some kind of a grocery. If the grocery idea were to fly, Catron said “grants might be available.� Making space avail-

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WA S H I N G T O N (MCT) — ­ The Supreme Court said again Tuesday that federal courts are not the world’s forum for dealing with human rights abuses, tossing out a lawsuit brought in California by Argentines who sued German automaker MercedesBenz over atrocities perpetrated during the South American country’s “dirty war� of the late 1970s. In a 9-0 decision, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg faulted the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for what she called “exorbitant exercises of allpurpose jurisdiction.� “It was therefore error for the 9th Circuit to conclude that Daimler (the parent company of Mercedes-Benz) was at home in California, and hence subject to suits there on claims by foreign plaintiffs having nothing to do with anything that occurred or had its principal impact in California,� she said. The decision is consistent with rulings in re-

cent years in which the high court has said that suits over abuses that took place overseas are not to be tried in the U.S. courts simply because the plaintiffs target a multinational corporation that does business in the United States. In this instance, the Argentine plaintiffs alleged that MercedesBenz Argentina had collaborated with state security forces to kidnap, detain, torture and kill workers in Argentina. They sued in a federal court in Northern California by citing evidence that Mercedes sold cars throughout the United States, including in California. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that the suit was not properly brought there, but the 9th Circuit revived it in an opinion by Judge Stephen Reinhardt from Los Angeles. MercedesBenz USA “was the largest supplier of luxury vehicles to the California market,� he wrote,

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were told that Steve Robb, city superintendent, is being treated for pneumonia at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He became ill about Jan. 1 and in spite of several doctor and emergency room visits,

continued to worsen, said City Clerk Rhonda Hill. Robb was flown by helicopter Monday afternoon to the Kansas City hospital. Razing of a house at 606 N. Main St., extensively damaged in a fire last year, is about completed, council members were told. They signed off on having a City Court session at City Hall starting at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 28 to hear cases having to do with a resident keeping a propane tank in town and a zoning issue. Propane tanks are prohibited in Gas. Hill said she was gathering information about a community storm shelter, which council members want to put near the school. Efforts to attract a grant haven’t been successful, but council members are expected to continue trying.

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accounting for 2.4 percent of the company’s worldwide sales. Daimler Chrysler appealed to the Supreme Court, which threw out the suit Tuesday. Speaking in the courtroom, Ginsburg said the federal courts do not have a “global reach� to decide disputes that

arose in foreign lands. “In the plaintiffs’ view of general jurisdiction, if a Mercedes-Benz vehicle overturned in Saudi Arabia injuring a driver and passengers from Norway, the injured persons could maintain a design defect suit in California,� she said.

Financial Focus What's Your Vision of Retirement?

When you start out in your career, you’re probably not thinking much about retirement. At this point, your picture of a “retirement lifestyleâ€? may be, at best, hazy, hidden as it is behind a veil of experiences you’ve yet to encounter. But as you move through the years, your view of retirement comes into clearer and closer focus — and this vision will have a big impact on your savings and investment strategies. Consequently, to create and implement those strategies effectively, you’ll need to define your retirement vision by identifying its various parts. Here are some to consider: • Travel — If you’re like many people, you may dream of traveling during your retirement. But what does “travelâ€? mean to you? Do you envision taking a cruise or an international trip every year? Or is your idea of travel just a short jaunt to a popular destination, such as a lake or the mountains or the beach? The difference in costs between global and U.S.-based travel can be enormous, so you’ll need to define your goals and estimate your expenses. • Second home — Once you retire, you’ll have to make some housing-related decisions. Should you sell your home and “downsizeâ€?? Or do you want to keep your current residence and possibly purchase a second home, such as a condominium, in another part of the country? Obviously, you’ll need to factor in these choices when you think about how to invest before you retire and how to manage your withdrawals from your 401(k), IRA and other accounts during your retirement. • Volunteer activities — You might think that your volunteer activities during retirement won’t affect your finances much. But if you are particularly ambitious, and your volunteerism involves travel, renting space, purchasing equipment and so on, you might be looking at some large cash outlays. Furthermore, if you host people at your house, you may be incurring some types of liability risk, which you might need to address through appropriate insurance coverage. • Hobbies — During your working years, you may pursue your hobbies always with the thought that you can devote a lot more time to them after you retire. However, expanded hobby activities may involve expanded costs. For example, if you’re good with cars, you might decide to invest in that foreign sports car of which you’ve dreamed. Or, if you’re fascinated by genealogy, perhaps you’ll start traveling to places once inhabited by your ancestors. These types of activities can be expensive, so you’ll have to evaluate your saving, spending and investing habits to determine how to accommodate your increased expenditures on your hobbies. • Second career — Many people look forward to retiring from one career so they can start another — opening a small business, consulting or even taking a part-time job. Clearly, if you were to start your own business, some expenses would be involved, so you’ll have to plan for them. Even if you become a consultant or work part time, you could incur various costs, including travel. And, in relation to these types of work, you may also have insurance and health care issues to address. By identifying the various components of your retirement vision, and estimating their respective costs, you can make those saving, spending and investment choices that can help you work toward your retirement dream.


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Thursday - county bus to Iola, call 24 hours before you need a ride 785-448-4410 any weekday; Seekers Not Slackers 4-H Club, Lone Elm community building, 7 p.m.; Jolly Dozen Club, 7 p.m.; Tuesday - Library Board meeting, City Hall, 5:30 p.m.

School calendar

Thursday - Scholars Bowl at Pittsburg; middle school basketball at Uniontown, 5 p.m.; Friday - high school basketball at Altoona, 6 p.m.; Monday - no school, snow day, Scholars Bowl at Southern Coffee County; Tuesday - high school basketball tournament at Liberal, Mo., times TBA.

Meal site

Friday - scalloped turkey, stewed tomato, green beans, fruit cup; Monday - chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, Normandy blend veggies, roll, apricots; Jan. 22 - pasta bake, Italian veggies, yeasty roll, strawberry cup. Call 620-852-3450 for reservations.

Christian church

Scripture presented Sunday was James 5:16-18 and I Kings 1719. Pastor Mark McCoy presented the sermon “The Story — Chapter 15: God’s Messengers.�

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Scripture presented at the United Methodist Church Sunday was Isaiah 42:1-9, Acts 10: 34-43 and Matthew 3: 13-17. Pastor Dorothy Welch presented the sermon, “No, Why Did I Get Adopted?�

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the church’s fellowship hall Jan. 9. Attending were Pat Hildebrant, Claudette Anderson, Jane Ward and Sue Colgin. It was decided Pat Hildebrant would serve this coming year as president, with others filling in as needed. Meeting time has been changed to the first Thursday monthly at 5 p.m. The January challenge is making red scarves with words of encouragement on them for the hospitalized children at Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Hildebrant presented the lesson on “Crosses� — what they mean, where they are found and how they are made (examples from tree limbs and fences). She also brought words of encouragement. It was the first meeting following the loss of their devoted president, Vivian Barnett. Her sudden and untimely death was a great loss to the church, UMW and all who knew her. Fire department

The Garnett and Anderson County fire departments hosted the Kansas State Firefighters Association (KSFFA) regional fire school Dec. 7-8 at Anderson County High School. Eric Seabolt, one of Colony’s first responders and KEWade Seabolt, fire-

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Chamber expands agenda fighter, attended. Colony firemen had scheduled their Christmas dinner the night the Colony Diner burned. Brenda Dowling and her crew served a dinner for them on Dec. 14 in the City Hall community room. Total calls made by fire department for 2013 were 122 — 83 medical, 34 fire and five water rescue. Around town

Congratulations to Wallace and Delores Strickler on their new great grandchild, Laurelai Daphne Richie, born to Kevin and Erica Richie, Round Rock, Texas, on Dec. 9. Maternal grandparents are Larry and Denise Gilmore, Iola. Laurelai joined two siblings, Sydni Keatle, 12, and Miles Richie, 2. Keith Luedke has been hospitalized recently and is now back to the care center in Atwood. His wife, Delores, who suffered a broken wrist,] and had the cast removed, takes rehab three times weekly and is back to her work. Sympathy is expressed to Steve Frank and family at the death of his father, George Frank, 88, Westphalia. He passed away Jan. 4 at Vintage Park in Ottawa. Many Colony friends remember and are sad to learn of the death of Dorothy Henderson, 90, Garnett, who passed away Sunday at Vintage Place, El Dorado. Dorothy was born, raised and graduated in 1941 from Colony High School.

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) the renewable energy — The Kansas Chamstandard will help efber of Commerce has forts to modify or reexpanded its 2014 peal it. Separate bills legislative agenda to An AP stalled in the House support repealing the news and Senate last year. state’s renewable en- analysis Hedke called the ergy standard for utilchamber’s new stance ities and to become “a big move forward.� have a good education involved in education The Kansas Policy system, but we want issues, its executives Institute, a conserit to be efficient, and said Tuesday. vative think tank we want to be focused Chamber leaders that’s also influential on getting those kids said businesses’ conamong GOP legislacollege and career cerns about energy tors, predicted in 2012 ready,� O’Neal said costs are prompting that electric costs in during an interview. it to enter the debate Kansas would rise 45 Republicans hold over a state law repercent by 2020 belarge majorities in quiring utilities to cause of the renewboth legislative chamsee that renewable reable energy standard. bers. But O’Neal said sources, such as wind But two reports last p o w e r, year from account the Kansas for 20 The Kansas business owners I know be- C o r p o r a t i o n percent Commission, of their lieve strong public schools are the founda- which regucapacity tion of a strong Kansas economy. lates utilities, to genersuggested the ate elecadditional — Paul Davis, House minority leader tricity cost would by 2020. be less than 2 Presipercent. dent and Rabbi Moti C E O Rieber of that with educators Mike O’Neal, a former Overland Park, who and Democratic lawKansas House speakleads a coalition of makers suggesting er, said the chamber 45 religious groups that the tax cuts will will jump into educaconcerned about restarve schools of state tion issues because newable energy and funds, “That’s a clear businesses hire pubclimate change, said invitation to the table lic school graduates. repealing the stanthat we can’t ignore.� Also, he said, the dard will push wind House Minority chamber wants to procompanies into other Leader Paul Davis, a tect massive income states. Lawrence Democrat tax cuts enacted at the “It’s really shockwho’s running for govurging of Republican ing, almost, that the ernor, said he hopes Gov. Sam Brownback. chamber is taking the chamber will O’Neal said its goal that side of the iswork to restore funds is to make Kansas sue instead of comto public schools. as business-friendly ing down on the side “The Kansas busias possible, and the of jobs and economic ness owners I know chamber can’t avoid development,� Rieber believe strong public energy or education said. schools are the founissues. The chamber But O’Neal said the dation of a strong has been influential chamber is not “antiKansas economy,� on tax, government wind.� said Davis, a critic of spending, immigra“We are against the tax cuts. tion and regulatory government picking House Energy and issues. winners and losers,� Environment Com“We want this to be O’Neal said. “Wind mittee Chairman Denthe best environment, energy has its place, nis Hedke, a Wichita whether that’s good but those investments Republican, said the tax policy or whatevhave to be self-suschamber’s stance on er, and we want it to taining.�

ACC moves forward with revitalization By KAYLA BANZET The Iola Register

Allen Community College trustees made the final approval of the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan revision Tuesday night. David Toland, Thrive executive director and economic development specialist, and Shonda Jefferis, code services officer, presented the merits of an expanded plan. The City of Iola, Allen County commissioners and USD

257 board members had agreed to the revision already. Toland said the revision would help bring new businesses to town. Most businesses have a list of needs before making the decision to come to a community. “A new business coming in has certain criteria it needs to meet,� Toland said. Trustee member Spencer Ambler saw Toland’s point. “I would hate to see

businesses go to other places,� Ambler said. The trustees went over information on replacing the college’s bus and purchasing a new charter bus. Bus driver Don Wilmoth and athletic director Jessica Peters showed the trustees two bids from bus companies. The college received a refund from Blue Cross and Blue Shield which provided trustees the funds to purchase a new bus. The current college bus, a 1988 Prevost, has had numerous maintenance issues. It also can’t hold very many students and has trouble making long trips. This leads to athletic teams having to take 15-passenger vans and students end up driving themselves. “I have always been concerned with students driving the vehicles,� Ambler said. “When we bought the first bus I thought that was the best thing we had done.�

Wilmoth said he didn’t think the current bus would last much longer. “We can’t put a price on safety,� said trustee Ken McGuffin. Wilmoth and Peters suggested the purchase of a 2003 Viking Trailways bus for $180,000. It can hold 55 passengers and has 478,267 miles on it. The board agreed to purchase the bus and trade in the 1988 Prevost. IN OTHER NEWS:

— Vicki Curry, director of financial aid, did an overview of the college’s financial aid program. — Jon Marshall, vice president for academic affairs, said the college will begin visiting neighboring school districts to help build school relationships. — Tosca Harris, dean for the Iola campus, said the writing center received 1,120 consultations last semester.

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Lessons on life come with heavy toll Last Friday the community of Garden City lost an orthopedic surgeon to a traffic accident. Dr. Michael Baughman was killed from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle rollover accident. He was not wearing a seatbelt when his 2008 Ford F150 pickup left the road and Baughman lost control. Baughman, 58, leaves behind a wife and three daughters. The community, including area high schools and Garden City Community College, is now without a major medical provider. One can’t help but wonder if he were wearing a seatbelt the outcome would have been otherwise. Elsewhere across the nation came news of Robert Pastor, a White House aide under President Jimmy Carter, dying at age 66 from colon cancer. Pastor was an expert on Latin American affairs with advanced degrees from Harvard. He had served with the Peace Corps and from there went to the National Security Council, where he became an expert in Central Ameri-

can affairs. After he left the Carter administration he worked on fostering relations between Canada, the United States and Mexico. Again, one wonders if Pastor’s untimely death could have been averted with a routine colonoscopy. And on Monday, Ken Hoang, 26, of St. Paul, Minn., died when he tried to retrieve a cell phone he had dropped into the Chicago River. The icy waters also claimed the life of a young woman, 21, when she tried to rescue Hoag. Her body remains missing. Another friend, age 23, remains hospitalized from the rescue attempt. WHILE OUR days on this glorious Earth are numbered, we should do our level best to live them as God intended. For the sake of your loved ones, your community, be mindful of your actions. Take care of your health. Each life is precious. You are valued and needed. — Susan Lynn

Less said the better on intern dress code Kansas state legislators were right to shy away from micromanaging the dress and conduct of interns before they arrived last week for orientation in preparation for assignments working in the Statehouse for the 2014 session. “We don’t want it to be an onerous environment,” said Rep. Peggy Mast, an Emporia Republican and House speaker pro tem, in an interview with the Topeka Capital-Journal. “We wanted it to be a professional environment.” That’s exactly what it should be. But a legislative intern rule book shouldn’t have to spell out precisely the acceptable quantity of perfume and cologne, hair coloring, number of earrings, length of facial hair and the tightness of pants. That interns are expected to demonstrate the highest level of conduct because they represent House or Senate members at all times, whether at work or play, shouldn’t have to be explicit in the handbook. And with volunteer interns, the Legislature needs to be careful about demanding that “inappropriate” photographs and

language be deleted from personal social media sites. These are all examples of conduct that could be discussed in an orientation session for those uncertain of the boundaries. But we must remember that these are volunteer interns and that as college-age aspiring professionals, this is a learning experience. They will learn they won’t be taken seriously if they don’t dress and act the part of a professional. And, besides, we’re not so sure that all legislators themselves always would follow such a strict code of professional conduct, either. And they’ve been known to tweet or otherwise utter something inappropriate at times. Instead, the handbook simply will advise interns to dress professionally. It has the obvious no-nos — flipflops and tennis shoes — and says tattoos should be covered, if possible. Men are advised to wear a suit or a collared dress shirt and tie, dress slacks and dress shoes. Women are to wear “suits or business dresses or a shirtdress pants and dressy top.” ’Nuf said. — The Hutchinson News

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KS Chamber calls for more tax cuts Even after the state’s historic $1.1 billion income-tax break, a new Kansas Chamber of Commerce poll of CEOs found strong demand for more tax cuts. If that priority prevails at the Statehouse, then the public schools, universities, social services and other budget areas hoping for restored funding could be out of luck. You would expect more evidence of gratitude by now for the 2012 tax cuts, which ended state income taxes for nearly 200,000 companies as of last year and lowered personal income-tax rates on what Gov. Sam Brownback vowed would be a “glide path to zero.” The governor and Legislature intended the reform as a fastacting way to help businesses and to bolster economic and population growth. And after all, as Wichita certified public accountant Gary Allerheiligen noted at a recent small-business forum in Kansas City, Kan., “Many small businesses in Kansas can now say, ‘I am no longer a Kansas taxpayer.’” But in the poll of 300 executives and owners of mostly small businesses, conducted in November and December, 57 percent said they paid too much in state and local taxes (up from 50 percent for

We aren’t done. We’re on a track to continue to reduce.

— Mike O’Neal, Kansas Chamber of Commerce president

2012 and 55 percent for 2011 and 2010) and 64 percent said they thought it would help the economy to lower taxes. Asked for the top two issues affecting their profitability, 40 percent of those polled said lower business taxes — 10 percent more than last year. Maybe executives have just been too busy running their businesses to notice the state tax cuts yet, or too distracted with anger over their higher federal tax bill. Maybe the Topeka action on income and sales taxes the past two legislative sessions heightened business owners’ awareness of their tax burden — and the troubling reality that the governor and lawmakers, fighting to cover spending obligations, dropped the statewide sales tax only to 6.15 percent last year, rather than to the scheduled rate of 5.7 percent. Or maybe the benefits of the income-tax cuts for business are being blunted by local property-tax hikes that have

occurred — not coincidentally — across much of Kansas in response to state funding cuts to local governments. In the poll, questions about “possible revenue sources for the state” found the greatest opposition to increasing property taxes (91 percent), followed by income taxes (87 percent) and the statewide sales tax (75 percent, up from 64 percent opposition in 2012). WHATEVER IS BEHIND

the surge in interest in tax cuts, chamber president Mike O’Neal sees it as a signal to keep pushing for lower taxes while ensuring the recent cuts aren’t rolled back. “We aren’t done. We’re on a track to continue to reduce,” O’Neal said in a conference call with state media. “Not only should we play defense and make sure that’s not undone, we need to keep plowing ahead.” And what the Kansas Chamber wants from the Legislature, it tends to get. — The Wichita Eagle

Organic not necessarily better By JOHN SCHLAGECK Kansas Farm Bureau

 Do organically produced foods have higher nutritional value? According to international, national and regional research studies the nutritional value of organic crops compared to conventional crops reveals little if any differences. Colorado State University (CSU) researchers compared vitamin content of organically and conventionally grown vegetables (carrots and broccoli). They found no statistically significant differences. Other research from CSU focused on growing potatoes using four different farming techniques under the same growing conditions: an intensive high-chemical system; a moderate conventional system; customary organic farming and virgin organic production. Nine minerals and seven vitamins were analyzed and no clear differences were discovered. Another U.S. study found more soluble iron in conventionally grown spinach but the proportion of the soluble iron available to consumer’s system was somewhat higher for both spinach and peppers grown with compost and manure.

In overseas studies, Norwegian research found conventionally grown carrots contained more beta-carotene, more magnesium and more manganese. The organic carrots had more aluminum. When carrots of the same variety were compared, the only difference was a higher level of carotenoids in the conventionally grown carrots. A German study discovered lower levels of nitrate in carrots, beets and potatoes grown with manure but the differences were minute under good storage conditions. Stressful storage conditions enhanced the difference. Consumers can conclude from such findings that people who do not buy organically grown fruits and vegetables can find equally good products with equal nutrition at supermarkets and roadside stands. It also means people who wish to eat organically grown fruits and vegetables should do so. Bottom line — differing farming systems produce virtually no difference in the nutritional value of the crops. The variety, or strain, of carrots and potatoes grown appears to have a bigger impact on their nutrient value than organic production methods. It’s no secret, plant breed-

ers have long advocated that fruits, vegetables and grains require three main nutrients — nitrogen, phosphate potash and trace minerals in varying amounts according to the plant species. If a plant is sorely lacking in one of these nutrients, it will not grow. If it has access to these nutrients, it will grow into the crop its heredity determines and will pass along the nutrients its heredity intends. Translation — for a healthy diet eat plenty of fruits and vegetables each day, regardless of how grown. Doing so will probably mean a person eats more fiber and that is healthy. It also means less room for fatty foods that are one of the major contributions to poor health. Eating five fruits and vegetables per day reduces our risk for heart disease and cancer. Researchers tell us this health-enhancing effect is derived from the high levels of antioxidant chemicals in the fruits and vegetables. So much of this research on conventional versus organically grown food has demonstrated little nutritional differences. In our society consumers have a choice. It is an individual decision. The choice is yours.


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overriding concern.” She had pointed out that the Register’s subscription rolls were about three times greater than the Union’s, at about 2,700, and reached all four corners of the county. The Register also has a website that provides free viewing of legal publications, Lynn said. The Union lacks a Web presence. Online views to the Register average about 6,000 a month, Lynn said. She said the Register has 1,400 subscribers in Iola, while the Union has a handful, which would seem to exclude most Iolans from exposure to county legal publications. The Register also has 242 subscribers in Humboldt, 203 in Moran and 177 in Elm and Deer Creek townships, giving it a strong presence throughout the county. Ralston, in brief comments, had said that legal publications in the Union were available on the Kansas Press Association website, as are all published by Kansas newspapers. Lynn also said the Register’s Facebook page is popular, noting that a story about a large cat killing a calf, published Saturday and put on the Facebook page Monday afternoon, had had 21,000 hits in less than 24 hours. The Register has been

the official county newspaper for Allen County ever since the county began requiring such a relationship. It is the only daily newspaper in the county. When the two newspapers presented their charges for legal publications two years ago, there was little difference in price. The business amounts to about $12,000 a year. AT THE TOP of the meeting Talkington was elected chairman for 2014, taking the gavel from Works. Williams nominated Talkington after a coin flip decided whether he or Talkington would do the honors. Commissioners, about as quickly as they’ve been known to act, voted unanimously to give 3 percent across-the-board raises to employees, full and part time, as well as elected officials. Williams pointed out the raise effectively was 2 percent, since Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) withdrawal from paychecks increased from 4 to 5 percent this year. In response to a request for support for the Allen County development group, put together by Thrive Allen County, commissioners matched their 2013 contribution of $10,000, from $20,000 on hand in the county’s

economic development fund. Counselor Alan Weber noted that Iola Industries and Iola both increased their contribution from $15,000 to $20,000, and asked commissioners to reconsider. He said the group had made inroads and “we need to keep things going.” “A 25 percent (overall) increase ($40,000 to $50,000) is pretty good,” Talkington countered, after refraining from voting because of ties to the eco-devo group. “Talk to Iola Industries and get their perspective on how things are going,” Weber said. “We can think about it this week,” Works said. JOE HESS gave his annual review of Iola Senior Citizens, Inc.’s sale of clothing from the senior center at 223 N. State St. The non-profit and loosely organized group of 16 volunteers sells clothing and other things, all donated, for bargain-basement prices and make sizable contributions to other nonprofits. Recipients were Church Utility Relief Board (CURB), $7,500; Faith House, $3,000; Hope Unlimited, $2,000; Hospice, $2,000; food pantry, $1,500; Iola public schools, $1,200; Project CARE, $1,000;

Adopt-a-Child, $1,000; MOMs and Kiwanis playground project, $1,000; Crime Stoppers, $1,000; Elm Creek Community Garden, $1,000; CASA, $500; 911, $500; ANW Cooperative, $500; Pregnancy Resource Center, $500. Contributions totaled $24,400. Commissioners quizzed Hess about the organization and its use of the building for 30 years. He thanked the county for paying utilities and maintaining the building, which the county owns, and said board members came from shoppers who took an interest, became volunteers and over several months proved their worth and interest in joining. He said the group’s books never were audited, but could be if commissioners wanted. “We’re a low-level organization,” Hess said. “We’re more of a social structure. We’ve had as many as 20 (board) members,” with attrition through death and illness keeping the number usually in the teens. “They’re doing good things and not keeping the money they make,” which is contributed to other nonprofits, Works said, which drew a nod of approval from Williams.

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split vote, 4-2, Monday. Allen Community Trustees completed circle of taxing bodies support Tuesday evening, also on a 4-2 vote. All along Works has maintained that it was unfair to permit new or expanding businesses to have tax abatements when it put those in place, many for years, at a competitive disadvantage. He also questioned the legality of an all-encompassing zone when the law men-

tioned “blighted” areas as a prerequisite. Residential or commercial improvements or new construction are eligible for abatements if they involve $5,000 or more. City Administrator Carl Slaugh said emphasis for the city council to put all of Iola in an NRP zone was recurring exceptions that were sought when only part of the city was in the program, as well as to aid with economic development.

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“You can make the argument that all of southeast Kansas has economic development problems,” Weber said. He also said that Iola had broad issues, in regard to blight, that permitted all of the city to be in an NRP zone. The only reservation, he continued, would arise if a more narrow view were taken. Weber allowed taxing bodies would not gain revenue immediately, with the six-year 95 percent rebate, but would

over time. “In southeast Kansas we need all the advantages we can get,” he said. And that “the law doesn’t keep all of Iola from being in the program. It’s been tested in court.” Williams said he wanted to pursue putting all of Allen County in an NRP zone. That would affect unincorporated areas, not the county’s several cities, and would affect tax collections by unified school districts and ACC, as well as the county.

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Beverly Johnson. Olivia was a tad late getting to school Tuesday morning, arriving a minute or two after the shooting occurred. “When we drove up, teachers outside were waving at us and I thought they wanted Olivia to hurry inside, since she was late,” said her father. Instead, they were motioning for him to drive on with her, he later learned. “I saw the father in front of me with his child still in the car and I started to think something was wrong,” after leaving Olivia at the school’s front door. Dozens of emergency vehicles racing to the school, a mile north of Roswell, confirmed that “something was wrong.” Meanwhile, Olivia was ushered to a storeroom near the school’s office, protected by double doors and bullet-proof glass, where she and several other students and teachers were sequestered for the next hour. “Olivia called me right away on her cell phone to tell me she was OK,” said mother Brenda. “We kind of babied her the rest of the day.” The Lees also have a son, Hudson, who is a sophomore at Roswell’s Goddard High School.


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Tim Osborn, another resident, voiced his opinion along with several others. “I didn’t know there were this many people opposed to this,� he said. “You need to convince us, how is this going to benefit the people out there?� Administrator Carl Slaugh, who moderated the meeting, addressed questions and voiced any benefit he thought annexation would bring into the community. “When you get used to using the services without paying the taxes, it’s easy to say ‘how does this benefit it us,’� Slaugh said. Country Estates currently receives the majority of their utilities from the city, and while the annexation would bring an increase in property taxes, Slaugh said the reduction in utility costs would balance out the cost to the residents. Concerns regarding monetary benefit to the city, which seemed to be a major concern from the residents, were addressed as well. “The idea of annexing this neighborhood for taxation was never discussed,� Wicoff said. “It’s not about gaining money,� Ford reiterated. In fact, Slaugh said the city would most likely see the greater cost, due to ongoing maintenance to the roads and infrastructure in the area. FOLLOWING the public comments, the

Kittens break into prison FORT ANN, N.Y. (AP) — A litter of kittens has found a cozy home in the least cozy of places — a maximum-security prison in upstate New York. The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports four kittens found their way into the basement of the Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Fort Ann a few months ago. That's near the Vermont border 55 miles northeast of Albany. The family of feral felines has been cared for by inmates and prison staff, including head electrician Bruce Porter. He arrives at work early so he can tend to the cats, which live in a large cage built by an inmate. Another inmate takes care of the cats on weekends when many prison employees are off. Prison officials say

Iola Administrator Carl Slaugh addresses a group of concerned Country Estates residents Tuesday evening. REGISTER/STEVEN SCHWARTZ council members had an opportunity to voice their opinions as well as discuss the matter amongst themselves. “We need to see growth, we need to see economic growth,� French said. “We are out of room.� Wells, who was in favor of the annexation, said Country Estates has been receiving the benefits of being near to Iola since its construction — they just haven’t been paying the taxes. “Some of the benefits you have been receiving for 30 years,� he said, listing off the economic, social and cultural resources. “The question is, would this place exist without the city. I honestly think it wouldn’t.� Some of the attendees left the meeting during this point, in obvious frustration. “Why don’t you leave us alone,� someone in the audience yelled out.

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Fillies ward off Viking invasion By RICHARD LUKEN The Iola Register

While Iola High’s offense was stuck in neutral at times Tuesday evening, the Fillies’ defensive effort was top-notch from start to finish. And when Iola’s shots finally started dropping, it turned a deficit to visiting Central Heights into a 37-30 win. The victory, Iola’s second in a row, bumps the Fillies to 4-4 on the season and 2-0 in Pioneer League play. “That was a good team effort,” Fillies head coach Becky Carlson said. “When you play good defense, you’re gonna be in the game.” There were several heroes. Freshmen Sydney Wade and Toni Macha combined to score 12 of the Fillies’ 14 points in an uphill first half in which Iola didn’t score in the first four minutes and Central Heights led by as many as 10. But with Iola’s defense set on “stifling” through much of the third quarter, Emma Piazza — held scoreless up until then — scored seven straight points to cap a 15-1 run, including a 3-pointer to give Iola the lead late in the period. The game was nip and tuck after Central Heights scored to tie the game at 23-23 to start the fourth quarter, although Iola never surrendered its lead after Macha hit a free throw with 7:47 left to put the Fillies back on top. Addie Haar forced a tie-up on the Vikings’ next possession to give the ball back to Iola. Jo Lohman picked up a critical steal with 5½ minutes remaining and Wade forced a 5-second call on defense for another Viking turnover. Addie Haar and Hannah Endicott both had key rebounds in the final 90 sec-

Wade finished with 13 points, six rebounds, seven assists and two steals. She was followed by Piazza with seven points and two assists. Lexie Long had three assists and two steals. Lohman also had two steals. “All five girls on the court really stepped up,” Carlson said. “I loved our intensity,

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and the girls are getting more confident. We’re starting to realize that we can do what it takes to win games like this.” Piazza is a prime example. Even after missing on a handful of scoring chances earlier, she eagerly accepted Carlson’s request to shoot free

FREDONIA — Humboldt High’s boys have been flying high of late, rattling off seven wins in a row. Perhaps a bit too high, their head coach surmised. The Cubs won their seventh straight game on Tuesday, but had to sweat a bit down the stretch in a 57-50 victory over host Fredonia. The Yellowjackets nearly came all the way back from a 12-point, second-half deficit — cutting Humboldt’s lead to three at one point — before the Cubs drained 4 of 5 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Things were going quite well through the first three quarters as Humboldt forged ahead, 46-34. “But we had four empty trips to start the fourth quarter, and they were all quick trips,” Humboldt head coach David Taylor said. “We got careless with the ball. But you have to give them credit. Fredonia played extremely hard. They battled back and hit some big shots.” Humboldt spread the wealth on offense. Four players scored in double figures and five had at least eight. Justin Meins and Hunter Murrow had 12 points. Murrow chipped in with five rebounds and four steals, while Meins had three blocks. Markiz Pulliam followed with 10 points and six rebounds. Kason Siemens added 10 points and two drawn charges on defense. Caleb D’Armond added eight. “I told the guys after the game that we need to have games like this in order to

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Iola High’s Emma Piazza (12) goes in for a layup in the third quarter of the Fillies’ 37-30 victory over visiting Central Heights. Piazza scored nine in the win. Also in on the play are Viking defenders Sarah Bell (4) and Tami Schaefer (12) and Iola’s Toni Macha. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN onds. Endicott picked up another steal with 24 seconds remaining to end another Viking possession. The Fillies didn’t allow a field goal over the final 3:22. Meanwhile, Wade hit 7 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter, scoring the game’s last five points from the line to seal the win.

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Mustangs cruise past Central Heights By RICHARD LUKEN The Iola Register

Bill Peeper often speaks about Iola High’s potential if the Mustangs can combine hard-nosed defense with offensive proficiency for four full quarters. Problem was, the Mustangs have occasionally stumbled through a bad quarter or two, putting them at 3-4 on the season and in the midst of a twogame losing streak. On Tuesday, Iola put together perhaps its most complete game yet, especially on defense.

The Mustangs throttled visiting Central Heights, outscoring the Vikings 16-3 in the third quarter to break open a close game in a 49-33 win. “We needed this one,” Mustang head coach Peeper said. The tone of the game was set in the third quarter, after Iola overcame some early offensive miscues and took a 21-16 lead into halftime. The Mustangs opened the second half with a box and one defense to counter the scoring of Central Heights standout Jordan

Horstick. With four players sticking to a zone, and Mustang guard Tyler McIntosh shadowing Horstick’s every step, the strategy paid off. The Vikings held the ball for nearly two minutes to start the third quarter before Adam Kauth stepped in front of a pass for a steal. The turnover led directly to a Kaden Macha layup. “It was something we worked on in practice and put in our pocket in case anybody got in foul trouSee IHS | Page B3

Iola High’s Jesse Zimmerman, above, scores in front of Central Heights defender Cody Robertson Tuesday. Zimmerman scored four points in the Mustangs’ 49-33 victory. At right, Iola’s Tyler McIntosh (15) is pursued by Viking defender Tristan Davis in the second half. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN


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St. Paul too much for Wildcat girls MORAN — A shorthanded Marmaton Valley High girls squad ran into a proverbial buzz saw Tuesday evening when St. Paul came to town. The Indians, one of the premier teams in the Three Rivers League, rolled to a 52-8 win over the Wildcats. Marmaton Valley, which lost one of its offensive stalwarts earlier this season when Mackenzie Weseloh tore her ACL, also was without the service of freshman standout Kyla Drake with an ankle injury. “She should be able to return to practice later this week,” Wildcat head coach Gavin Cole said.

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Even with Drake, Marmaton Valley would have had a tough time keeping up with the potent Indian bunch. “They’re a good, physical, defensive team,” Cole said. “We’re going to file this game away, but it’s also good to expose your players to a team like that. They play great defense.” Kaitlyn Ensminger scored all eight of Marmaton Valley’s points. The Wildcats start three freshmen on its nine-player roster. “We’re struggling right now,” Cole said. St. Paul also prevailed, 13-9, in the junior varsity matchup. Tana Lutz scored three points, while Brooklyn Newman, Magie Stevenson and Ashlynn Pinkerton each had two. Marmaton Valley (1-7) travels to Pleasanton next week for a midseason tournament. Matchups were to be announced later this week.

Lady Cubs come up short at Fredonia FREDONIA — Humboldt High’s girls served up one of their best efforts of the season, their head coach said Tuesday. But a second-quarter breakdown proved too much to overcome for the Lady Cubs, who dropped a 64-51 decision to host Fredonia “The Lady Cubs played their hearts out tonight,” head coach

LE ROY — Southern Coffey County High’s teams had a tough night at home Tuesday, dropping a pair of nailbiters. The Lady Titans went into double overtime with visiting Burlingame before dropping a 40-35 decision. Meanwhile, SCC’s boys dropped a 50-46 decision to the Bearcats. The squads return to action Friday at Olpe. In the girls contest, SCC led 6-2 after one period and 14-8 at halftime before Burlingame began its comeback. The Bearcats pulled to within 17-13 after three quarters, then outscored SCC 11-7 to pull even at the end of intermission. The game remained

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Call had four points, as did Kayle Riebel. Riebel also had four rebounds. Cheyenne English had four points and three rebounds, Anna Whitcomb had four points, seven rebounds and five steals. Morgan Morris had six rebounds to go with two points. Humboldt (11-12-14-14—51) Fredonia (13-25-15-11—64)

In junior varsity action, Southern Coffey County won, 11-2, in two quarters. Connie Lyda scored five and Amber Emmons four for the Lady Titan JV. BURLINGAME’S boys outscored the Titans 1712 in the second quarter to lead 27-24 at intermission. The Bearcats extended their lead to 39-31 after three quarters before a furious SCC comeback came up short. Tyler Houston scored 12 to pace Southern Coffey County. Walker Harred followed with eight, while Aaron True and Chism Newkirk had seven apiece. Parker Lee scored 12 for Burlingame. Dakotah

Sporing and Jake Carlson both had 10. GIRLS Burlingame (2-6-5-11-16—40) SCC (6-8-3-7-11—35) Burlingame (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Dorr 4/2-0-4-14, Vandevord 2-53-9, Young 1-0-0-2, Lewis 2-0-4-4, Ullmer 2-0-5-4, Carson 2/1-0-3-7. TOTALS: 13/3-5-19-40. SCC (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Newkirk 1-2-3-4, Deal 1-2-1-4, Sherwood 0-0-1-0, Brite 3-2-3-8, Alumbaugh 1-2-4-4, Isch 3/2-3-2-15, Vanderman 0-0-2-0. TOTALS: 9/2-11-1635. BOYS Burlingame (10-17-12-11—50) SCC (12-12-7-15—46) Burlingame (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Buche 1-0-2-2, Quaney 0-0-1-0, Hope 1-0-3-2, Sporing 1/2-2-2-10, Ricey 2-2-3-6, Lee 5-2-0-12, Carlson 1/2-2-0-10, Griffin 1/1-3-3-8. TOTALS: 12/5-11-14-50. SCC (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): True 2/10-4-7, Newkirk 1/1-2-3-7, Houston 0/4-0-4-12, Nelson 3-0-4-6, Witteman 2-2-1-6, Harred 1-6-0-8. TOTALS: 9/6-10-16-46.

Grier had 10 for Bradley (6-12, 1-4). Those three were a combined 12 of 37 from the field. The Shockers’ two leading scorers, Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker, combined for just 13 points in 40 minutes, and it didn’t really matter. Bradley pulled within 15-14 on 3-pointer with 8:27 remaining in the first half. But the Braves made just one field goal over the next 5 minutes, allowing Wichita State to pull away. A 3-pointer by Baker keyed a 10-0 run. Minutes later, VanVleet scored five straight points to give the Shockers a 32-18 lead. After Bradley’s Mason Alwan made a layup, the Shockers’ De-

rail Green took over. That was quite unexpected as Green had played in just 12 games this season, logging more than 5 minutes only twice. He entered Tuesday’s game averaging less than a point. But given early playing time due to Evan Wessel’s ankle injury, Green shined. He hit a 3-pointer, two free throws and another 3-pointer in a span of 62 seconds, pushing Wichita State’s lead to 40-20 with 1:35 left in the half. The Shockers did not take long to improve on a 40-23 halftime lead. Four free throws by Chadrack Lufile and a three-point play from VanVleet made it 47-23 with 17:47 remaining.

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deadlocked after the first overtime session. “We did a good job on the defensive end, but turnovers (29 of them) killed us again,” SCC head coach Jeff True said. “Both teams struggled to make baskets in regulation.” Breanna Isch poured in 15 points to go with a career-high 16 rebounds and six steals to lead the Lady Titans, followed by Brittne Brite with eight points. Ashton Dorr scored 14 to pace Burlingame, nine of which came in the two overtime sessions. “Chenae Newkirk did a great job for us on their leading scorer (Haley Lewis). She held her to just four points.”

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Fred VanVleet had 22 points and seven rebounds and No. 5 Wichita State remained undefeated with a 72-50 victory over Bradley on Tuesday night. Darius Carter added 11 points for the Shockers (18-0, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference), who extended school records for winning streak and best start to a season in the first game as a top 5 team since 1981. After overcoming a 19-point, second-half deficit in its last game, Wichita State took any mystery out of this game pretty quickly. Walt Lemon scored 12 points, Tyshon Pickett added 11 and Omari

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would have pulled them closer. “We had to foul, which didn’t go in our favor,” Nelson said. Lakota Wilson scored 17 points and had two steals to pace Humboldt. Tilar Wells followed with 10 points, a rebound and two assists. Delaney Umholtz chipped in with five points and two steals. Makaylah Mc-

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Sherri Nelson said. “Other than the second quarter, I couldn’t be more excited in the direction we’re moving.” Fredonia’s 25-12 run in the second quarter gave the Yellowjackets a 38-23 lead at intermission. The Lady Cubs pulled to within seven with 1:39 remaining, but missed a pair of free throws that

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Humboldt High’s Caleb D’Armond skies for a rebound in a game earlier this season. On Tuesday, D’Armond had eight points and five rebounds in the Cubs’ 57-50 win at Fredonia. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN

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progress,” Taylor said. “Our free throws were key.” The Cubs shot well from the field, scoring at a 54 percent clip in the first half to lead 30-24 at intermission. The Cubs also drained 12 of 13 free throws. Isaac Ostrosky scored eight of his team-high 13 points to lead the Yellowjackets. Zach Moya added 10.

Humboldt (7-1 overall, 3-1 in Tri-Valley League play) travels to Cherryvale Friday.

Humboldt (14-16-16-11—57) Fredonia (11-13-10-16—50) Humboldt (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Vanatta 0/1-0-1-3, H. Murrow 5-2-0-12, Carpenter 0-0-2-0, A. Murrow 0-0-1-0, Sellman 1-0-0-2, D’Armond 3-2-0-8, Meins 5-2-212, Pulliam 4-2-2-10, Siemens 0/24-1-10. TOTALS: 18/3-12-10-57. Fredonia (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Unruh 2-0-4-4, Couch 0/1-0-1-3, Stephens 2-0-3-4, Diehl 3-1-1-7, Ostrowsky 2/3-0-1-13, Reed 4-01-8, Hite 0-1-0-1, Moya 3-4-0-10. TOTALS: 16/4-6-11-50.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Marcus Foster scored 18 points, Nino Williams made four clinching free throws in the closing seconds and Kansas State held on to beat No. 25 Oklahoma 72-66 Tuesday night. Shane Southwell added 16 points for the Wildcats (13-4, 3-1 Big 12), who rallied from a 62-56 deficit with just over 5 minutes to play to turn back the streaking Sooners. Ryan Spangler had a career-high 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Buddy Hield scored 12 points for Oklahoma (13-4, 2-2), but it wasn’t enough to offset a lousy night by Cameron Clark. The Big 12’s lead-

ing scorer, Clark was held to two points on 1-for-9 shooting. He was stripped of the ball with 24.5 seconds left and the Sooners trailing 67-64. The turnover forced Oklahoma to foul, and Williams made both free throws. Je’lon Hornbeak missed a 3-pointer at the other end and the Sooners fouled Williams, and again he knocked down both foul shots to help seal the game. Wesley Iwundu added 11 points for Kansas State while Williams and Will Spradling finished with 10 points apiece. The Wildcats hit 3-pointers on five

straight trips midway through the first half. Foster had the first three, thumping his chest on his way back to the bench after the last of them. Kansas State pushed its lead to 28-19 on Iwundu’s 3-pointer before the Sooners started to find some success in the paint. Isaiah Cousins’ driving layup started an 18-5 run over the next 7 minutes, capped by Hield’s basket for a 37-33 lead. The Wildcats answered with a 3 by Southwell, and Spradling was fouled just before the halftime buzzer and made three free throws to give Kansas State a 39-38 lead.


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from Trent Latta and Tyler Powelson to get things started, then drained a 3-pointer at the 4:43 mark. Wallace got into the action with a rebound and putback to push the lead to 30-16 before Macha followed a traditional 3-point play. The Vikings’ vessel was foundering, with Macha still at Mach 1. He ended Central Heights’ next two possessions with steals, sandwiched around another putback to push Iola’s lead to 35-16. By the time the dust settled, Macha had scored 12 of his gamehigh 20 points in the period. While Macha’s work was impressive, Peeper said Powelson’s presence was key. “Our opponents know Tyler has been our main post scorer,” Peeper said. “As teams focus on him, it’s freeing up opportunities for Kaden and Fryendz. If they can continue to do what they’ve been doing, teams won’t be able to focus on Tyler as much.” Macha’s night was accentuated with his seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. Wallace followed with nine points, six boards and two assists. Powelson had a team-high eight rebounds to go with two steals, two blocks and two as-

ble,” Peeper said. “It really seemed to break their rhythm. Tyler McIntosh did an excellent job of keeping up with Horstick. We knew he was a great player, and we wanted to make him run as much as we could. That’s something that won’t show up on the stat sheet, but it was huge.” The numbers were impressive. The Mustangs pulled down 15 offensive rebounds and 35 rebounds overall — both season-highs — against a considerably taller Viking front court. “We did a great job with getting secondchance points, getting to 50-50 balls, just showing hustle all over the court,” Peeper said. The Mustangs never trailed, even after a sluggish start saw them even with the Vikings, 4-4, midway through the first quarter. Fryendz Wallace’s free throw, followed by a Tyler Powelson basket started an 11-1 run to push Iola on top, 15-5. Horstick responded with two field goals and a pair of free throws to cut Iola’s lead to 15-11. The Mustangs led 21-15 at the break. Macha’s fingerprints were all over Iola’s dominant third quarter. He scored on passes

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sists. Kauth had six rebounds and two steals. McInotsh had two assists as well. Horstick wound up with 13 points, only four after halftime. Tyler Hendron followed with eight. The Mustangs had a scare early in the second half when senior guard and leading scorer Trent Latta hobbled off the court with an apparent knee injury. He returned to action late in the third period, showing no ill effects. THE

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won the junior varsity contest, 38-34. Gus Hopkins led the victors with 14 points, followed by Alex Kelly with eight. The Mustangs also won the C team contest, 46-18. Isaiah Fawson and Chase Regehr both had eight points. Mason Ingle scored seven. The 4-4 Mustangs (1-1 in Pioneer League play) return to action Friday at Prairie View.

Central Heights (5-11-2-15— 33) Iola (11-10-16-12—49) Central Heights (FG-FT-F-TP): Percy 0-0-1-0, Davis 1-0-1-2, Robertson 1-0-0-2, Holler 0-1-21, Brown 0-1-1-1, Horstick 4-5-413, Pryor 0-0-2-0, Erhart 2-0-2-4, Hendron 2-4-1-8. TOTALS: 11-1114-33. Iola (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Latta 2-0-2-4, Mueller 0-0-4-0, Wallace 4-1-3-9, Endicott 0-0-2-0, McIntosh 1-0-2-2, Zimmerman 2-0-14, Hermstein 0-0-1-0, Macha 6/15-3-20, Kauth 2-0-1-4, Powelson 3-0-0-6. TOTALS: 20/1-6-19-49.

Iola High’s Taylor Sell (32) scrambles for a loose ball against Central Heights’ Finnian Cody (10) in a junior varsity contest Tuesday. The Fillies JV prevailed, 3316. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN

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throws after the Vikings were called for a technical foul late in the third period. Was there any pressure? “Are you kidding?” Piazza said. “I wanted to shoot them.” She made both, pulling Iola to within one, 19-18. A Piazza 3-pointer with 1:20 left in the third put the Fillies on top, 2119. “I knew we needed a basket,” Piazza said. “It felt good to see one go down. Our defense has been good for quite a while. Our offense is what we’re still working on.” The lead ballooned to four when Wade found Piazza underneath for another basket. The Vikings’ Brianna Erhart ended the Viking drought with four straight free throws to tie the score at 23-23 with

THE VIKINGS scored the game’s first six points before Lexie Long, Macha and Wade scored in rapid succession to tie the score at the end of one. Another Macha bucket pushed Iola on top, 8-6, early in the second quarter. But Iola’s offense went cold once again as the Vikings scored 12 straight to lead 18-8 with 2:55 left in the half. Wade’s jumper with 2 1/2 minutes was followed by a Macha putback. Wade followed suit with her own putback with 25 seconds left to cut the Viking lead to 18-14. “We probably could have been leading by 20 if we had just hit our easy baskets,” Carlson said. “We were getting some great looks. They just didn’t drop.” The Fillies’ response to those early struggles

was key. “We never got frustrated, and we never let it affect our defense. Jo Lohman is really starting to find her game, and Addie Haar and Hannah both had huge stops for us.” Amanda Raby scored 10 and Erhart nine for the Vikings. Iola also prevailed, 3316, in the junior varsity contest. McKayli Cleaver scored eight points and Lohman seven for the Fillies JV. The Fillies return to action Friday at Prairie View. Central Heights (6-12-3-9—30) Iola (6-8-9-14—37) Central Heights (FG/3pt-FT-FTP): Erhart 2-5-2-9, Kraus 0-4-5-4, Furst 0-0-1-0, Schaefer 0-1-2-1, Markley 0-0-5-0, Meyer 2-2-0-6, Hayward 2/1-3-1-10. TOTALS: 6/115-16-30. IOLA (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Wade 3-7-2-13, Long 1-0-1-2, Piazza 2/12-1-9, Lohman 0-0-1-0, Endicott 0-0-4-0, Haar 2-0-3-4, Platt 0-0-2-0, Driskel 0-0-4-0, Macha 3-1-3-7. TOTALS: 12/1-10-21-37.

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Iola High’s Mason Ingle, left, boxes out against Central Heights’ Cameron Hamptson in Iola’s junior varsity’s 38-34 win. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN

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CARWASH/LOT ATTENDANT NEEDED, 6-7 hours/day, 6 days/week. Apply at Jump Start Travel Center, 1700 East St, Iola. LPN/RN needed for a MEDICAL RECORDS/CHARGE NURSE position; CNA/CMA positions available. Application can be made at: Deseret Health and Rehab at Yates Center, Attn: Judy Eaton, RN/DON, 801 S. Fry, Yates Center, KS 66783, 620-6252111. PART-TIME HELP WANTED, DUANE’S FLOWERS. Apply in person. SEEKING INDIVIDUAL TO WORK FOR RESTORATION AND CLEANING COMPANY. Must be available for on call work and able to lift 100lbs. Apply in person at 613 S. State St., Iola.

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Ready To Make A Move? 810 Cherokee, Humboldt— $ 43,000. 2 BD, 1 BA. Great home for a small family. Very nice location. 204 Bay St., Bronson — $ 29,900. 3 BD, 1 BA, 2 story home. Rural setting on a very large lot. Central H/A, very affordable home for a family seeking ownership. 222 S. Colborn — Drastic Price Reduction — $65,000. 3 BD, 2 BA. Wonderful family home, lots of character, well taken care of beautiful home, central h/a, detached garage, additional 8’x16’ building, privacy fence, close to all schools. Owners eager to sell! Home below priced recent appraisal. 602 Kennedy Ave. — $72,600. Nice manufactured home on large conrer lot. 3 BD, 2 BA, large 36x50 garage. 1582 1400 St. — $147,000. 2+ BD, 1 Full, (2) 1/2 BA. Wonderful home with excellent location. Located on 2.3 acres, just north of Iola. Full basement. Well kept, new carpet & paint. Large attached 2 car garage, 2 other detached large garages. Country living without a drive! 16 S. Kentucky— $65,000. 3 BD, 2 BA, central H/A, fenced backyard. Nice home for small family. 703 N. 9th Humboldt — $38,500. 3 BD, 1 BA, detached 2 car garage, central H/A, good starter home. 401 E. Jackson — $130,000. 5 BD, 3 BA, exceptionally well maintained, outstanding curb appeal. 2 car attached garage, partial basement. Must see house for large family. 215 S. 13th, Humboldt — $ 58,900. 3 BD, 2 BA, corner lot, central H/A, manufactured home in very good condition. Nice curb appeal. Nice quiet neighborhood. 704 Central, Humboldt — $ 40,500. 3 BD, 1 BA, new carpet, new CH/CA and roof. Located on corner consisting of 3 lots. Nice Neighborhood..

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Razzies celebrates worst in 2013 films LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Grown Ups 2” is making the most noise at this year’s Golden Raspberry Awards. The silly comedy sequel about four childhood friends starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade led the Razzie lineup Tuesday with eight nominations, including worst picture, sequel, ensemble, screenplay, lead actor for Sandler, supporting actor for Taylor Lautner, supporting actress for Salma Hayek and director for Dennis Dugan. Sandler is no stranger to the Razzies, which launched in 1980 as a spoof of Hollywood’s awards season. He won the worst actor trophy last year for the manchild comedy “That’s My Boy,” and his 2011 crossdressing comedy “Jack and Jill” made Razzie history the year before with a record 10 awards, with Sandler winning both the worst actor and actress prizes. This year’s other worst-picture nominees are the Wild West romp “The Lone Ranger” starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, Tyler Perry’s holiday comedy “A Madea Christmas,” sci-fi coming-of-age story “After Earth” starring Will and Jaden Smith, and comedy anthology “Movie 43” featuring the likes of Kate Winslet, Richard Gere, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry. “After Earth,” ‘’A Madea Christmas” and “Movie 43” are tied with six nods each. In addition to worst picture, screenplay and ensemble nominations, they’re also in worst actor, actress and supporting actor slots for Will and Jaden Smith of “After Earth,” Perry and Larry the Cable Guy of “A Madea Christmas,” and Berry and Naomi Watts of “Movie 43.” The Razzies announcement comes ahead of Thursday’s Oscar nominations. Winners for the 34th annual Razzies will be announced March 1, the night before the 86th annual Academy Awards.

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Should you tell the ‘other spouse?’ Dear Carolyn: My husband of 10 years has been having an affair with a married woman. I moved out, we’re getting divorced. It sucks more than I could have imagined, but am coping with the help of good friends and a good therapist. My question is about the other woman’s husband, who, according to my husband, doesn’t know about the affair or her plans to leave her marriage. I don’t know if I should contact her husband or not. On one hand, I want to because I’m angry and I’d like to upset her life as much as she’s upset mine. The fact that she gets to time her separation for her own convenience — i.e. once my stuff is out of my house so she can move her stuff in — irritates the hell out of me. I also think her husband has a right to know. On the other hand, I cringe at the idea of tracking down a strang-

Tell Me About It Carolyn Hax er and telling him this awful news. Sending him an e-mail, waiting outside his work ... ugh, I hate the thought of doing that. It seems sneaky and petty and I don’t like it. And if he does know and has just accepted the situation, I hate that scenario even more. I really don’t want to be involved anymore. I just want to get out of this situation and get on with my life, and contacting her husband would keep me very much involved. I’d become a participant rather than a disgusted bystander. What do you advise? — The Other Spouse I don’t need to advise anything, except to suggest you reread your own letter. You wrote

your way to the answer yourself: “I really don’t want to be involved anymore. I just want to get out of this situation.” If it helps to keep you centered, think of all things marriage and affair as smoking wreckage behind you, which you return to and pick through only when there’s an absolute necessity, by your own definition of such. Otherwise, you’re all forward, all tomorrow, all you. Dear Carolyn: I have a very dear friend who has been dating a guy for a year. While this guy is very nice to her and (from what I can see) is a devoted boyfriend, I have found out that he has told her and others substantial lies about his background. For instance, he claimed to have attended an Ivy League school, but there is no record that he did so, and he says he worked for a government agen-

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cy, but we have found out that he did not. Should we say anything to our friend? She is very successful, and we don’t want her taken advantage of. That said, she appears to be happy, and I would not want to do anything to stop that. I think you see the quandary. — Friend Are you SURE he’s lying, or are you just unable to confirm? If it’s the former, I’d want to know. Would she? If you don’t know that, ask the next best question: Would you? For what it’s worth, he might not be taking advantage so much as padding his résumé in a misguided (and ironic) attempt to improve his stock. Write to Carolyn Hax, Style, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071, or tellme@washpost. com. Sign up for Carolyn Hax’s column, delivered to your inbox early each morning, at http:// bit.ly/haxpost.

Public notice (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 (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 notified to

exhibit their demands against the estate within four months from the date of first publication of this notice, as provided by law, and if their demands are not thus exhibited, they shall be forever barred. Donna J. Salava, Petitioner THOMAS F. ROBRAHN #14964 206 N. 3rd St. - P.O. Box 44 Burlington, Kansas 66839 Telephone (620) 364-5409 (1) 8,15,22

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Odd reward for lost dog DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman made fliers offering a case of beer and a pack of cigarettes as a reward for finding her lost dog — and it worked. Abigail Miller, 23, of Dayton offered the unusual reward after her two dogs escaped through an open gate on Jan. 2. She found one of them at a local animal shelter a few days later, but the other, a Husky named Zoro, remained missing. The Dayton Daily News reports Miller came up with the reward because she could afford it and figured it would attract attention. She was right. The man who called and told Miller where to find her dog turned down the reward, but she says she's going to offer him some food from the sandwich shop where she works.

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Okla. gay marriage ban struck down; ruling on hold By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS ASSOCIATED PRESS

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — For the second time in a month, a federal judge has set aside a deeply conservative state’s limits on same-sex marriage, this time in Oklahoma. U.S. District Judge Terence Kern on Tuesday struck down Oklahoma’s voter-approved ban, but headed off any rush to the altar by putting the effects of his ruling on hold while state and local officials complete an appeal. Like the federal judge who reversed Utah’s gay marriage ban in December, Kern determined that Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment violated the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause. His ruling was littered with references to both the Utah ruling and those issued by the U.S. Supreme Court last summer. Kern described Oklahoma’s ban on samesex marriage as “an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit.” “Equal protection is at the very heart of our legal system and central to our consent to be governed,” Kern wrote. “It is not a scarce commodity to be meted out begrudgingly or in short portions. Therefore, the majority view in Oklahoma must give way to individual constitutional rights.” The decision drew criticism from the governor, attorney general and other elected officials in this state, known as the buckle of the Bible Belt. A state lawmaker

who once said gay people posed a greater threat to the nation than terrorism blasted rulings from “activist judges.” Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage is the third to be struck down by a federal judge, after California and Utah. State courts also ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in New Mexico in December and New Jersey in October. Camilla Taylor, marriage project director at civil-rights organization Lambda Legal, said momentum has been increasing as litigators see that gay-rights groups are winning same-sex marriage cases. She said there are currently 43 gay marriage lawsuits in courts, and a new one is brought almost every week. THE

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ruling came in a lawsuit filed nearly a decade ago, by two same-sex couples. “There’s so much emotion, I’m kind of crying right now,” said Mary Bishop, who hopes to marry partner Sharon Baldwin. “It’s overwhelming to think that we finally won. “Sharon and I want to get married here in Oklahoma. We’ve been together for more than 17 years — it’s time. This is something that when I was young, I thought I’d never see in my lifetime.” Bishop and Baldwin, who work at the Tulsa World newspaper, filed the lawsuit with another same-sex couple in November 2004, shortly after voters approved the constitutional amendment. Their case was the longest-running challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, according to the national gay marriage advocacy group

Flu death count climbs to 510 WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health officials say the state is seeing a high number of influenza cases, with three deaths directly attributed to flu since Sept. 1. The state Department of Health and Environment reported Tuesday that 5 percent of visits to clinic sites it monitors were due to influenza-like illness. The agency says flu or pneumonia contributed to 510 deaths during the current season, which began Sept. 1.

The season has seen the re-emergence of the A/H1N1 strain as the dominating virus. The same strain caused a pandemic in 2009, hitting children and young adults especially hard. Health officials are encouraging everyone six months and older to get vaccinated. KDHE Secretary Robert Moser has asked businesses to consider recommending their employees get vaccinated and encourage them to stay home when ill.

Freedom to Marry. “The Bishop couple has been in a loving, committed relationships for many years,” Kern wrote. “They own property together, wish to retire together, wish to make medical decisions for one another, and wish to be recognized as a married couple with all its attendant rights and responsibilities.” Taylor, with Lambda Legal, said she wasn’t sure why the judge’s ruling came now, though she noted that he made several references to the Utah case in his ruling. In his 68-page ruling, Kern also took a shot at Oklahoma’s high divorce rate, noting that “excluding same-sex couples from marriage has done little to keep Oklahoma families together thus far.” “Exclusion of just one class of citizens from receiving a marriage license based upon the perceived ‘threat’ they pose to the marital institution is, at bottom, an arbitrary exclusion based upon the majority’s disapproval of the defined class,” Kern wrote. “It is also insulting to same-sex couples, who are human beings capable of forming loving, committed, enduring relationships.” Republican Gov. Mary Fallin issued a written statement accusing Kern of undermining the will of Oklahoma voters who overwhelmingly passed the ban. “I support the right of Oklahoma’s voters to govern themselves

Exclusion of just one class of citizens from receiving a marriage license based upon the perceived ‘threat’ they pose to the marital institution is, at bottom, an arbitrary exclusion based upon the majority’s disapproval of the class. — Judge Terence Kern

on this and other policy matters. I am disappointed in the judge’s ruling and troubled that the will of the people has once again been ignored by the federal government,” the statement

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