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IOLA REGISTER Wednesday, July 6,24, 2011 Monday, December 2012

County FAMILY hears OF FOUR HURT IN WRECK budget requests By BOB JOHNSON

Calls to the 911 dispatch center average one almost every 10 minutes. And while that may sound a little slow, played out over 24 hours a day and every day of the year, the total comes to 55,000. Mules Pat and Pete pull an antique sickle bar mower piloted by Ray “That’s what we received last year,” Angie Murphy, dispatch center director, told Allen County commissioners Tuesday morning. The call total — she figures By RICHARD LUKEN attached. The bar was triggered half or more arePhotos for true emerby Bob Johnson and Richard Luken through a gear box engaged as its gencies — wasn’t the point of her LE ROY — Unlike the mecha- wheels roll. appearance, but the magnitude of investigate Kansas Highway Patrol troopers a nized behemoths of today, Ray With no mechanical engine to the number captivated commistwo-vehicle accident just north of Moran Satur- mowing outfit was speak of, the only noise emanatWhiteley’s sioners. day night. considerably quieter. ing from his unit was from the Murphy was before commisHis “engine” — a pair of teeth of the seven-foot cutting bar sioners to request a 20 percent 1,200-pound mules — needed only rotating back and forth. increase in the department’s bud- an occasional break from the stiJoining Whiteley was neighbor get for 2012, up $126,000 over this fling summer heat as Whiteley and friend Greg Gleue, with his year’sBy $490,000. RICHARD LUKEN traversed his way around 18- aown lease, Charles E. Bruce, 29,anwas few mowing steps away from the vehicle outfit, another sickThe increase seemed pretty acre prairie hay meadow. involved in a fight on U.S. 59 about in to usepulled his portable radio le order bar mower by a pair of hefty . Murphy health MORAN — A reasoned Chanute man is 13 miles “It’s aeast little warm, so we’ve when of Chanute in rural Brucedraft slidhorses. across the seat Percheron insurance cost ana additional in custody will following wreck in Neosho been taking Whiteley Countyitateasy,” about 6:45 p.m. and“We’re drove off. having some fun with $50,000 and another $6,000 was said. “It’s our little hobby.” which he crashed a stolen Neosho Bruce told a sheriff ’s deputy he Deputies and it,” Whiteleyfrom joked.Neosho “Greg’s kind expectedsheriff for Kansas Public County ’s pickup into Eman hadThe mules were pulling White- eventually been attacked. County Kan-a of a wimpAllen about it. Heand needs See COUNTY | Page veA5 unsuspecting family’s utility ley’s sickle barwas mower, As antique the deputy, who not sas Highway Patrol troopers See MOWING | PageimA5 hicle on the north edge of Moran identified, a small wagon with cutting investigated the bar in- mediately responded to the area. Saturday evening. cident, Bruce was placed in his As officers pursued the unit, According to a Neosho County patrol vehicle. The deputy reportSee CRASH | Page A4 Sheriff ’s Department press re- edly closed the door and stepped

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Cheating scandal detailed ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall knew about cheating allegations on standardized tests but either ignored them or tried to hide them, according to a Register/Steven Schwartz state investigation. An 800-page report released Pastor Mike Quinn leads Bible studies at the AllenAssociated County jail, Tuesday to The Press which take place every other Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. Register/Richard Luken by Gov. Nathan Deal’s office Whiteley of Le Roy. Whiteley was through an open records request shows several educators reported cheating in their schools. But the report says Hall, who won the national Superintendent of the Year award in 2009, and other administrators ignored those reports and By STEVEN SCHWARTZ what it is.”sometimes retaliated against the whistleblowers. The program started as a simMike Quinn, pastor of First ple The yearlong church serviceinvestigation in the jail. Baptist Church in Iola, believes shows at so nearly Quinn educators said it went well four that everyone deserves love during dozen Atlanta elementary and they asked the sheriff ’s office if the holiday season — even those middle schools cheated on stanthey could make the services a who are behind bars. dardized testsevent. by helping stumore regular For the past two years, Quinn dents or changing the answers Quinn said youth Pastor has been visiting the Allen Coun- once exams were handed in. Jonathan Palmer accompanies ty jail every other Tuesday to him Thefrom investigators also found a time to time to lead spread the gospel to the inmates “culture fear, intimidation and worshipofservices. The inmates there. He said the Bible study retaliation” in the come in “pods” of school either district men or has been a good way to reach out over theQuinn cheating allegations, women. said he sees anyto some who have made some which led to educators where from 20 to 30 people lying each poor life-decisions. about cheating or attendance destroying week.the Last week’s Ray“It Whiteley is important to reach out was around 30. There |isPage always See CHEATING A5 to those who society may have an armed guard present during forgotten about,” Quinn said. the Bible study. “They are searching for someSee MINISTRY | Page A4 thing, maybe they don’t know

Minister leads the Mowing effort recalls yesteryear word at local jail

Stolen patrol truck leads to chase, crash

Temps for run Lawmakers seekinviting gun changes look By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press

gress have behold to 10. By BOB come more ada-JOHNSON “I think we ought to be looking WASHINGTON (AP) — Law- mant at where the real danger is, like about the An anticipated makers from both parties voiced need for stricter field of a thou- those large clips,” said Sen. Kay sand runners and walkers, who Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas. their willingness Sunday to pur- gun laws since will flee Iola’s sue some changes to the nation’s the shooting ofdowntown busi“I think we need a comprehendistrictand early Saturday as sive approach,” said Sen. Mark gun laws, but adamant opposi- ness 20 children Melvin tion from the National Rifle As- Charley six teachers at did in 1905, can Warner, D-Va., a longtime gun thankful that chose to rights supporter. “I’ll look at all sociation has made clear that be Sandy Hook Melvin LaPierre his dastardly deed in the mid- the proposals. I think it looks at any such effort will face signifi- do Elementary dle of the night. cant obstacles. School in Newmental health, I think it looks at Had the event being commemoNRA CEO Wayne LaPierre town, Conn. Sen. Dianne Fein- protecting our schools but I also in mid-day, par- think it looks at these high-voldismissed efforts to revive a ban rated stein occurred of California is promising Register/Bob Johnson ticipants would battle oppressive on assault weapons as a “phony to push for a renewal of expired ume magazines, you know, that up,” Weiner said Tuesday and humidity, withcertain both picked Clark Cason completes documentation for sale of a gun at his piece of legislation” that’s built heat can fire off so many rounds.” legislation that banned afternoon. As in the past, “we exforecast thelimited upper the endnumber of the shop north of LaHarpe. on lies. weaponsatand pect a lot of people to sign up FriSee NRA | Page A4 discomfort scale during daytime Democratic lawmakers in Con- of bullets a gun magazine could Friday and Saturday. As is, they day night.” Cost is $12 for the walk. Runwill run and walk in somewhat ners’ fees are $14 for youth to age more inviting temperatures preRegister/Susan Lynn By BOB JOHNSON And a lifetime of collecting, dicted for the low 70s by 12:26 a.m. 17, $20 for adults and $17 each for men are ready to leave theirtrading inhibitions at home asdealing they participate in Friday night’s favorite and eventually in members of teams. Saturday. race, theadrag From leftthat to right are Matt Skahan, Brian Wolfe, Nic Lohman, David Toland and It was sightrace. 50 years ago firearms began. Runners in the third annual The race — many walkers will hardly drew a second to- at 10:30 p.m. on the courthouse square. Fred Heismeyer. Thelook, race but begins event will aim for best times of be out for a stroll — will cap activday would have prompted a flur“I DEAL in rifles, mostly bolt15.40.06 for males and 20.44.78 for ities that start late Friday afterry of 911 calls. action, and shotguns,” Cason females, set last year. noon and will go on throughout Clark Cason pedaled his bicy- said Friday, between conversaSticks of “Melvin Dy-No-Mite” the evening. Included will be the cle through downtown Iola with tions with customers. will be awarded the first three much-awaited “drag race,” feathe butt of a 7.7-millimeter Japa“I don’t have any assault-type places for males and females in By SUSAN year a no woman’s garter was The Shirt Shop, 20 W. Jackson, turing some of the area’s finest nese military rifle inLYNN the basket rifles, ARs, although I transhave Canvas decorating each of five ages groups, 15 and men and women dressed in drag. ferred fromasking one participant’s leg where participants will have a of bicycle and the barrel nes- had calls about their under, 16-30, 31-45, 46-60 and 61 Raw canvas decor has taken over traditional Chris Weiner at Thrive Allen If you’ve got enough of it, FriAllison to another. wide selection from which to tled against his shoulder. availability,” he said. “I also and over. art work decorating. It’s more simple, cheaper County, co-sponsor with Allen day night is the night to let your “It’s better than a baton,” choose. Doors open at 10 p.m. “I saved up money from de- don’t stock high-capacity clipssaid or Tinn All participants will break and more County casual. Making canvas artfor is easy Crimestoppers “The hair down. David Toland, executive director Registration to participate livering the Register and spent magazines and really haven’t had from in front of the post office. Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run and fun for kids, too. Go to a local hobby shop One$15 sure to participate of Thrive Allen County and one in the drag race is $5. That also about fortest theisrifle,” said Ca- anyone call about them.” Runners will follow a course that your Life,” total paint of particin the Race”sells as aguns runup to ofThe to purchase as wellsaid as some and theAR-15 organizers for Friday’s gains participants entrance to a forcanvas son, 60,“Drag who today and is the civilian verwill take them on West to Washipants was approaching with the Charlie Melvin Madnorth Bomber brushes. Then write a letter on each of450, the canevents. 9:30 p.m. pre-party at the Thrive ammunition from a shop of See GUN | Page A4 ington, then Jackson, Jefferson about 200 signed on for the 5-kiloRun For Your Life race. If you don’t have a thing to office, 12 W. Jackson. Tickets canYou can spell out a word like love or a vases. LaHarpe. “I bought it from Richand East to Cottonwood. They meter run. The walk will follow a Men and women alike are enwear — no worries. be purchased in advance last at the ard Lucas at his radiator shop,” name. 3-kilometer course. See TEMPS | B6 couraged to dress in a cross-genDresses, hats, purses, jewelry Thrive office or Friday night on then across Walnut Street from “Registration, including probder manner and then “compete” Photo courtesy of Pinterest and and other accoutrements will be the post office and which doubled See EGO | Page B6 ably a fifth online, has really in ateams of four in a relay. Last available at Elizabeth Donnelly’s as gun shop. When young Clark got home The ultimate snack plate — pinned by Steven Schwartz with his first rifle, his parents apWho said the party planning needs to be for the ladies? For the proved and set up a time for some Should there be stricter new year’s bowl game parties, the fellas can take some time to target shooting. gun control laws? invest in their party experience. “Dad had a number of guns,” Send your answers to Take time to craft something crazy this year, why not? You Cason recalled, and understood Bythe JOE SNEVE — Since 1871 — can take pride in the fact that you can build an exact replica of a, hisAt son’s fascination. the bandstand Jim Garner, director football stadium out of sandwich Shooting the high-powered riWhen Brian Pekarek was hired materials. 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Hospital group decries spending TOPEKA — The Kansas Hospital Association is urging the state’s Congressional delegation to “protect” hospitals’ Medicare and Medicaid payments during the deficit-reduction negotiations now going on in Washington, D.C. The association last week sent delegation members an email that included a three-minute video that, in part, warned that “already struggling” hospitals may be forced to close their doors while others may have to eliminate jobs or reduce services in areas like emergency care and women’s and children’s care due to Medicare rate reductions in the Affordable Care Act and automatic budget cuts if fiscal-cliff negotiators are unable to come to an agreement by the end of the year. Medicare rates are vital to rural doctors and hospitals that serve large numbers of people age 65 and older. The video is narrated by a woman who introduces herself as Gale, a nurse at one of the 127 hospitals in Kansas. “Reducing the amount Kansas hospitals get paid for caring for Kansas’ poor, disabled, and aging residents will limit access

The impending cuts create a tremendous hardship on families who need the services Head Start offers. — Lori Alvarado Kansas Head Start


to care for everyone,” she says. “As a nurse I know this will not serve my patients well, and as a Kansan I know this will not serve my state well.” She goes on to say that the proposed cuts in spending would cost Kansas hospitals $1.3 billion over the next 10 years. “With less money, hospitals will be forced to spend less on programs to improve community health like free clinics, screenings, and support groups,” says the narrator. “In many communities if hospitals stopped providing these services, no one else would. People would have to travel farther for care, creating longer wait times and delaying critical care for everybody.” Cindy Samuelson, a spokesperson for the hospital association, said the video was produced to educate Kansans so that they

could relay their concerns to their members of Congress. “Not everyone really knows the impact this has on hospitals, specifically in our state,” Samuelson said. Measures in the House of Representatives’ Plan B would have drastically affected health care. The Kansas Head Start Association said spending cuts in Plan B would result in 757 low-income children, ages birth to 5, being dropped from the state’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Combined, the two programs serve currently almost 8,900 children. More than 150 Head Start and Early Head Start employees, too, would be laid off. “The impending cuts create a tremendous hardship on families who need the services Head Start offers,” Lori Alvarado, Executive Director of the Kansas Head Start Association, said. “Head Start services mean the difference between parents continuing their education or employment,” she said. “Without care for their children, parents who have been striving for self-sufficiency could find themselves in even greater need.”

Driver arrested

HUMBOLDT — Tevin C. Strack, Humboldt, was arrested by Allen County officers Wednesday in the 1100 block of Bridge St. here, after he was stopped for speeding, possession of illegal stimulants, interference with a law enforcement officer and driving in violation of restrictions on his driver’s license. He was taken to the Allen County Jail and later released on bond.

Teens found at IHS with tobacco

Iola police officers said two Iola High School students, Dylan Bryan and Andrew McMurray, both 17, were in possession of tobacco Tuesday. Both were issued citations.

Saws, tools stolen

Carl Roush, 62, reported Tuesday his Rigid circular saw, a Sawzall and other tools were stolen were stolen from his truck while it was parked in the 700 block of West Miller Road. The chargers for the 18-volt tools also were taken.

Bicycle stolen

Delores Silcox, 51, told Iola police officers Tuesday her bicycle was stolen


from Crossroads Motel. A suspect was identified, and an investigation continues.

Window broken

Ruth Drake, 51, told police Wednesday a window valued at $100 was damaged at her residence in the 600 block of South Cottonwood Street.

Ice blamed in accident

Keli L. Mader, 32, lost control on the icy surface in her pickup while westbound on U.S. 54 on the east edge of Iola Thursday morning. Neither Mader nor two other occupants were injured.

Car hit

Monica K. Ewing was backing from a parking stall Dec. 17 when her car struck the passenger door of a passing car driven by Archie E. Specht. Neither was injured.

Pickup struck

Ricky J. Michael was southbound on North State Street Dec. 17 when his pickup was hit by a van driven by Sandra G. Drury, who was turning onto State from Buchanan Street. Neither driver was hurt.

Lawmakers see ‘fiscal cliff ’ deal as elusive “ It is going to be a patch because in four days we can’t solve everything.

— Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas

be ever in American history because of the impact it’ll have on almost every American,” said Lieberman, a Connecticut independent. Wyoming Sen. Jon Barrasso, a member of the GOP leadership, predicted the new year would come without an agreement, and he faulted the White House. “I believe the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. He senses a victory at the bottom of the cliff,” he said. Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, was incredulous at Barrasso’s assertion that ‘there is only one person that can provide the leadership” on such a matter vital to the nation’s interests. “There are 535 of us that can provide leadership. There are 435 in the

WASHINGTON (AP) — With anxiety rising as the country lurches towards a “fiscal cliff,” lawmakers are increasingly skeptical about a possible deal and some predict the best possibility would be a smallscale patch because time is running out before the yearend deadline. Sen. Joe Lieberman predicted Sunday: “We’re going to spend New Year’s Eve here, I believe.” Even those who see the possibility of a deal don’t expect a lot. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said she expects “it is going to be a patch because in four days we can’t solve everything.” With the collapse Thursday of House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to allow tax rates to rise on million-dollar-plus incomes, Lieberman said: “It’s the first time that I feel it’s more likely we’ll go over the cliff than not,” meaning that higher taxes for most Americans and painful federal agency budget cuts would be in line to go ahead. “If we allow that to happen it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time, may-

House, 100 in the Senate and there is the president, all of us have a responsibility here,” he said. “And, you know what is happening? What is happening is the same old tired blame game. He said/she said. I think the American people are tired of it. What they want to hear is ‘What is the solution?’” President Barack Obama and Congress are on a short holiday break. Congress is expected to be back at work Thursday and Obama will be back in the White House after a few days in Hawaii. “It is time to get back to the table,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., “And I hope if anyone sees these representatives from the House in line shopping or getting their Christmas turkey, they wish them a merry Christmas, they’re civil, and then say ‘go back to the table, not your own

table, the table in Washington.’” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said he expects something will be passed, but nothing that will solve the nation’s growing financial problems. “I think there’s unfortunately only going to be a small deal,” he said, but added “it’s critical we get to the big deal.” Obama already has scaled back his ambitions for a sweeping budget bargain. Before leaving the capital on Friday, he called for a limited measure that extends George W. Bushera tax cuts for most people and stave off federal spending cuts. The president also urged Congress to extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed that would otherwise be cut off for 2 million people at the end of the year. The failure of Boehner’s option in the House has shifted the focus. “The ball is now clearly with the Senate,” said Lieberman. He said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky “have the ability to put this together again and pass something. It won’t

Idaho senator arrested for drunken-driving ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A conservative U.S. senator from Idaho who has said he doesn’t drink because of his Mormon faith has been charged with drunken driving. Sen. Michael Crapo, a three-term Republican with a reputation as a social and fiscal conservative, registered a blood alcohol content of .11 percent after police pulled his car over in this suburb south of Washington, D.C., authorities said. The 61-year-old lawmaker, who faces a court date Jan. 4, apologized in a statement issued hours after his arrest early Sunday. “I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance,” Crapo said in the statement Sunday night. “I made a mistake for which I apologize to my

family, my Idaho constituents and any others who have put their trust in me. I accept total Sen. Mike Crapo responsibility and will deal with whatever penalty comes my way in this matter.” Crapo, who was elected in 1998 and is in his third Senate term, is expected to take over the top Republican spot next year on the Senate Banking Committee. He also serves on the Senate’s budget and finance panels and has been active on environmental and health issues. Crapo was a member of the so-called “Gang of Six” senators that worked in 2011 toward a deficit-reduction deal that was never adopted by

Congress. He also served for six years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Police in the suburb of Alexandria said Crapo was stopped early Sunday after his vehicle ran a red light. Police spokesman

Jody Donaldson said Crapo failed field sobriety tests and was arrested at about 12:45 a.m. Sunday He was taken to the Alexandria jail and released on an unsecured $1,000 bond at about 5 a.m. Sunday.

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be a big, grand bargain to take care of the total debt, but they can do some things that will avoid the worst consequences going over the fiscal cliff.” It was only a week ago when news emerged that Obama and Boehner had significantly narrowed their differences. Both were offering a cut in taxes for most Americans, an increase for a relative few and cuts of roughly $1 trillion in spending over a year. Also included was a scaling back of future cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients — a concession on the president’s part as much as agreeing to higher tax rates was for the speaker. Lieberman was on CNN’s “State of the Union,” while Barrasso, Klobuchar and Conrad appeared on “Fox News Sunday.” Hutchison and Warner were on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Gale Beck

Gale D. Beck, 89, Iola, husband of Joan Beck, passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Windsor Place in Iola. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel, Iola. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, Iola. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Online condolences for the family may be left at

Ralph Barclay

Ralph Barclay, 75, Chanute, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Neosho Regional Memorial Medical Center, Chanute. He was retired Neosho County Community College instructor and coach. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church, Chanute. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the PenwellGabel Gibson Chapel. Memorials may be left at the funeral home for Cast-AWays or Rainbow Meadows Equine Rescue. Online condolences may be left at

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Senior Citizens and Card Club potluck dinner, 5:30 p.m., senior citizens center, 204 N. Jefferson.



Shandie Wrench was incorrectly identified as a department manager at Walmart in a story in Thursday’s Register. She is a member of Iola Walmart management.

To all military & families, you are admired & appreciated. I remember praying for “my Daddy” to come home safe from Germany during WWII. And he did. I was four yrs old. And my mom, the faithful wife & mother. God bless you all. During these trying times, I’m reminded of the scripture Isaiah 6:1-3 (paraphrase) “In a year of chaos, I saw The Lord! The whole earth is full of His Glory.” This is still true, And always will be. A favorite chorus of mine: “ Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His Glory & Grace.” A blessed Christmas to everyone. Sharon McCauley

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The Iola Register


Monday, December 24, 2012


House reneges on fiscal responsibility

THE FLIP SIDE to the Plan

B tax hike was to eliminate the child tax credit for families who don’t make enough to pay federal income taxes as well as let expire an expansion of the college tuition tax credit — two programs that directly affect the poor and the middle class, that is, most of us here in Allen County, and indeed the state of Kansas. Plan B also kept intact the “death tax,” the erroneously named measure that allows the heirs of multi-millionaires to receive their inheritances taxfree. It truly has been a ploy by the super-rich to rename this tax the “death tax,” making us all feel we’re going to lose the family farm to big government. Well, no. The tax begins at estates worth $5.125 million, at a 35 percent rate. Just 10 years ago,

the estate tax began on inheritances of $1 million at a rate of 49 percent. You’d think there would be a little wiggle room there. Governing is doing what is best for your country, not to advance your personal career, or those of your donors’. People like Huelskamp — in fact the entire Kansas delegation — are sabotaging the country’s financial security by this obstructionist attitude to compromise. THE INABILITY of the House to agree on a budget plan is a slap in the face to its majority, the Republican Party, and shows how deeply divided it is as a party. Supposedly the party that best represents big business, Republicans are putting the United States’ credit markets in jeopardy by causing a grossly dysfunctional government. Pundits say Congress doesn’t take the situation seriously. That they’re willing to take the country over the “fiscal cliff ” — where $500 tax hikes and across the board spending cuts await us in only seven days — just to be able to stand their ground that they never raised a single tax or cut a single dollar from the defense budget. THE IRONY is that perhaps now a chance truly exists for bipartisan compromise. Ultra-conservative Republicans have weakened the party’s bargaining power to the point that Democrats and moderate Republicans will now have a much greater say in how a budget can be construed. The most that can be expected over the next few days is a vote to delay defense and domestic spending cuts until Congress resumes after the first of the year for when a lesspolarized Senate can tackle it again. The crime, of course, is that we have a Congress that feels no shame in creating this hysteria. To each, a lump of coal. — Susan Lynn

U.S. debt clock

As of Dec. 23, 2012 the U.S. debt is $16,345,953,750,566 The estimated population of the U.S. is 314,106,122. So each citizen’s share of the debt is $52,039

Letter to the editor Dear editor,

My name is Torre DePriest and I’m a fifth-grader at Jefferson Elementary. You might be wondering why you are getting this letter. Currently we have full cages at ACARF and my goal is to get more adoptions. Ready to hear a few reasons why? Well, let’s get started. Did you know that animals have feelings too? If they are in a cage all day, then they can get pretty lonely. So, if you came in and volunteered, then you could bond with an animal and take it home for yourself. The animals beg everyday for a new home, so we put them in the puppy or kitty play room. Every time you come into ACARF and look in there, you might just find your new furry best friend. You know, there aren’t that

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many differences between animals and humans. Say you were an animal, you would want to get adopted as soon as possible. Or even if you were getting abused, you would want to go to a shelter to get adopted by an adoring, loving family. If you adopt an animal from ACARF, it will be spayed/neutered and receive its own shots. So, just come down to ACARF and get one for yourself. Wouldn’t you want one of these astonishing, eye-opening pets? You could be their hero and their “fur”-ever home. If you’re look-

ing for a certain breed, I’m almost 100 percent sure that you can find it at ACARF. Plus we have animals that are trained. If you want a loyal, warm companion, an animal is perfect for the job. If you are out a lot, then a guard dog can sure help. You could even save a animal’s life. If you’re an adult you could surprise your children with a beautiful furry kitten. See? There are lots of reasons why you should get a pet. I am fully aware that you may not have enough room, or you can’t take care of it — but I have a solution. It you get an animal, your children could take care of it and show some responsibility. If you have a garage, your animal could go sleep in there. A lot of things come out of family ideas. Why don’t you talk it over with your own family?

Animal House on Capitol Hill WASHINGTON — On Wednesday night, senators took a break from the hard work of rescuing the nation’s finances. They summoned Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg, ordered in popcorn, and watched the movie “Lincoln.” After Thursday night’s debacle in the House — in which Speaker John Boehner had to pull his own tax bill from the floor for lack of votes — Republicans in that chamber may wish to schedule a movie night of their own. Perhaps they should consider an earlier Spielberg film: “Jurassic Park.” In Boehner’s House, the animals are rampaging. The outcome should have been obvious, perhaps, when Boehner named his proposal Plan B, better known as an emergency contraceptive. But instead of gaining negotiating leverage by getting House Republicans on board for a modest tax hike on millionaires, Boehner birthed a rebellion that ended in public humiliation. As Thursday night’s vote approached, Republican leaders, realizing they didn’t have the votes, shut down the chamber, canceled plans to be in session on Friday and sent members home until after Christmas. In a private meeting, Boehner bid them good riddance with a prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.” A beaten Boehner stood before the cameras Friday morning to give a post-mortem. “It’s not the outcome that I wanted,” he said, but “that was the will of the House.” PBS’ Linda Scott asked if he was concerned about losing his speakership, and “in light of what happened last night, if you’re not concerned, shouldn’t you be?” “We may have not been able to get the votes last night,” Boehner said, adding, unconvincingly, “I don’t think — they weren’t taking that out on me.” He departed the stage with an ironic “Merry Christmas, everyone.”

Dana Milbank Washington Post Writers Group What happens next — with the cliff or Boehner’s speakership — is anyone’s guess, but it is plain to all that House Republicans are running wild. The disaster was compounded by days of buildup and confident predictions. “Yes, we’re going to have the votes,” Majority Leader Eric Cantor pronounced Thursday morning, boasting that they were “taking concrete actions to avoid the fiscal cliff.” In the afternoon, Boehner, too, predicted success. “After today, Senate Democrats and the White House are going to have to act on this measure,” he said. But as afternoon turned to evening, the nose-counting told a different story. The Hill newspaper reported that it had found at least 25 Republicans ready to oppose the bill; if Boehner lost more than 24, he wouldn’t have the 218 needed to pass it. Rather than start the debate, the speaker pro tempore, Rep. Charlie Bass, R-N.H., declared a recess “subject to the call of the chair.” The Washington Post’s Felicia Sonmez heard retiring Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., quip: “Subject to Santa Claus finding 218 votes for John Boehner.” Boehner issued a written surrender. “Now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff.” Thursday night’s rebellion, by shifting responsibility to the White House and the Senate, actually increases the likelihood of tax hikes, but the rampaging Republicans weren’t contrite on Friday morning. “The speaker has been talking about tax in-

The speaker has been talking about tax increases — that’s all he’s been talking about. That’s been the frustration. — Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan.

If members of Congress didn’t have to worry about being re-elected, would it change today’s stalemate on budget talks? Stupid question. Thursday night the House of Representatives failed to hold a vote on its Plan B, a combination of tepid tax increases and brash cuts. Stalwarts such as Kansas’ Tim Huelskamp said the plan had “a pretty big tax increase in there. And it’s always been a long principle of mine, as most in the Republican Party, that we don’t raise taxes and that we look at the spending side.” Yes, the plan increased taxes on those who make $1 million and more from 35 percent to 39.6 percent. That’s one-fourth of 1 percent of the U.S. population. Another silly question: Could it be Huelskamp has job security in mind in his refusal to raise nary a tax? For the most recent campaign, Huelskamp received $298,033 in campaign contributions. Among his biggest supporters is Koch Industries of Wichita, along with 15 other contributors who gave the maximum allowed.

creases — that’s all he’s been talking about,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., said on MSNBC. “That’s been the frustration.” As if to demonstrate just how unreasonable he could be, Huelskamp added a gratuitous opinion that those seeking stricter gun control after the Newtown shooting are “politicizing the issue.” This drew a rebuke from the host, former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough. WE NOW KNOW there are at least two dozen House Republicans as unreasonable as Huelskamp, and perhaps many more. Their most important constituent is the Club for Growth, which funds primary challenges to Republicans who are insufficiently pure in their conservatism. Thursday afternoon, the Club issued a “key vote alert” saying it would punish with lower rankings those lawmakers who voted for Boehner’s plan. That left Boehner weak and dispirited Friday morning as he talked about prospects for a broad agreement. “How we get there, God only knows,” he said. He likened his position on his failed proposal (which would have prevented a tax hike on all people but millionaires) to being a lifeguard who sees 100 people drowning in a pool and can’t save them all. “If I can go in there and save 99 people,” he said, “that’s what I should do as a lifeguard.” But his rampaging Republicans have a different philosophy: Let ’em all drown.

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H Ministry Continued from A1 “I go with a message prepared, try to get a discussion going and try to figure out where they are in their spiritual walk,” Quinn said. The program has seen success since it started. He said his church has seen many inmates become Christians during their time in the jail — one man even asked to be baptized while he was behind bars. “I’m not sure if that is going to happen yet,” Quinn said. After inmates are released from jail, the con-

gregation sometimes sees the people return to the church and they begin attending regularly. Quinn said he has personal motivations for helping those who have made poor decisions. While he does not have a criminal record, he said he has made bad choices in his past and struggled with alcoholism before he became a Christian. “I didn’t become a Christian until I was 26,” Quinn said. “I was your classic ‘down-and-outer.’” He said he could have just as easily been put in

him why it is important to keep the ministry going. He said a man who was in jail contacted him, saying that he was not able to do his Christmas shopping for his children. “His wife would come visit, and we were able to coordinate through the Adopt-a-Child program,” Quinn said. “That was a highlight for me.” The man was able to convey what he wanted bought for his children, and they got their Christmas presents that year — with “from dad” written on the packages.

jail, just like the people he preaches to on Tuesdays — and he believes it can be an opportune time to spread God’s word. “It changes hearts, changes attitudes, and they get along better with each other,” he said. If anything, he believes the inmates are at a low point in their lives and he hopes the Bible studies can brighten their spirits, especially during the Christmas season. There was a particular instance last year during the holidays, and he said the situation reminded

sion of the military’s M-16. Cason caters to sportsmen, including an increasing number of females, who like to target shoot and hunt. “The rifles I sell mostly are 22s (.22 caliber),” and other small rifles, he said. “The 22s are for targets, others are for coyotes and deer. “I’m an old-time dealer,” he said. “I sell what I like to shoot, older bolt-action rifles and shotguns.” Cason shies from talking much about gun-control proposals that have dominated commentaries following the horrific event in Newton, Conn., but did say he saw little value in

oversized magazines for sport shooting. “For one thing, having 100 rounds in a magazine makes the rifle awfully heavy, and it’s expensive to shoot up that much ammunition in a short time,” he said. Carson allowed that putting stricter requirements on gun shows would be to his and other legitimate full-time dealers’ advantage. “A lot of dealers at shows aren’t licensed,” he said, and he prefers to fully vet a potential buyer before making a sale. “I’ve had a couple of people come in who didn’t pass the background check. I don’t want to sell to those people.”

CASON’S CAREER as full-time gun dealer began about 10 years ago in the back two rooms of his and wife Donna’s home. Two years ago he bought a modular unit that had been used as a classroom in Iola and LaHarpe and refitted it for a shop. He had obtained a dealer’s license from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, a federal regulatory department, when he first started selling, so the transition to full time was easy. “I do everything by the book,” he added. Cason doesn’t keep a large stock, but has access to most guns and accessories that customers want through two Kansas City warehouses.

High-end handguns and assault-type weapons are in short supply, he said, including ARs, which cost anywhere from $700 to $800 for common models to more than $2,000 for Colts — considered the best — or those with enhanced accessories. A full page of orders, for a wide variety of merchandise, may yield only 10 or 15 purchases through the warehouses, he said. That isn’t a recent occurrence, Cason observed. “This has been a record-breaking year for the industry,” he said. “The manufacturers got behind in the spring and haven’t gotten caught up.”

“If it’s crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy,” LaPierre said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” ‘’I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it. It’s the one thing that would keep people safe.” Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, said he found the NRA’s statements in recent days to be “really disheartening.” Still, he said he agrees with some of the points the group has made about the causes behind violence in America. “But it’s obviously also true that the easy availability of guns, including military-style assault weapons, is a contributing factor, and you can’t

keep that off the table. I had hoped they’d come to the table and say, everything is on the table,” Lieberman said. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said LaPierre was “so extreme and so tone deaf ” that he was making it easier to pass gun legislation. “Look, he blames everything but guns: movies, the media, President Obama, gun-free school zones, you name it. And the video games, he blames them,” Schumer said.

Lieberman said the NRA’s stand on new gun rules means passing legislation next year won’t happen easily.

H NRA Continued from A1 Both lawmakers appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” where NRA President David Keene said lawmakers were asking the wrong question when discussing how many rounds a gun magazine should have. The right question, he said: “Can we keep guns out of the hands of people who are potential killers?” LaPierre made clear it was highly unlikely that the NRA could support any new gun regulations. “You want one more law on top of 20,000 laws, when most of the federal gun laws we don’t even enforce?” he said. Instead, LaPierre reiterated the group’s support for putting police officers in every school.

H Crash Continued from A1 Bruce sped north on 59, through Moran, and then slammed head-on into a vehicle driven by Andy Shetlar, Spring Hill. Shetlar was in the vehicle with his wife, Lindsey, and their two daughters, Aubrianna, 8, and Ella, 4. The impact from the collision obliterated the Shetlar vehicle’s engine compartment, while the patrol truck wound up in a nearby pasture about 100 yards from the highway. According to a Facebook posting this morning from a family acquaintance, Lindsey Shetlar and Aubrianna Shetlar suffered the worst of the injuries. Lindsey Shetlar was taken to Freeman Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., while Aubrianna was flown to a hospital in Springfield, Mo. Both suffered abdominal injuries. Andy and Ella Shetlar were treated for their injuries at Allen County Hospital, as was Bruce. All were released. Andy Shetlar is the son

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Toy shop sees large turnout Santa’s Toy Shop at 110 S. Jefferson Ave. has been filled with eager children since Thursday, and the numbers show it even more. Stacy Keagle, volunteer and organizer of the free toy shop, said 760 people have walked through the door in the past four days, about half of which have been children. She said the shop has supplied toys for

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (MCT) — The Kansas City Chiefs found what for them is a new way to lose on Sunday when they dominated the playoff-bound Indianapolis Colts and still came up short. They rushed for 352 yards and wasted every inch in a 2013 defeat. While it was a novel approach for the 2-13 Chiefs, it’s still time-tested that the worst teams in the NFL find a way to lose games like this. The Chiefs committed three turnovers, had nine penalties, missed a field goal and failed to convert on a key fourth down. Anyone paying attention to their dismal season knew they weren’t good enough to overcome all of that. The Chiefs are still first in the NFL Draft order and would have the first pick if they lose to the Broncos next Sunday in Denver. Even if they found a way to beat the 12-3 Broncos, they would get the first pick if Jacksonville beats Tennessee. The Chiefs have plenty to clean up if they expect to win in Denver. Their second pass of the game, on a play when Dexter McCluster broke one way and Brady Quinn threw the other, was intercepted by Darius Butler and returned 32 yards for a touchdown. So the Chiefs, despite pushing the Colts around much of the afternoon, fell behind 7-0 and were never able to get a lead. Quinn

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Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) sacks Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) in the third quarter at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday in Kansas City, Mo. The Colts defeated the Chiefs, 20-13. said he thought McCluster would stop his route rather than make his cut. Quinn put all of the blame for the loss on himself. His other

interception, a horribly underthrown pass intended for Jon Baldwin, came with the Chiefs having a first down at the Colts’ 14.

“This game, without a doubt, is 100 percent on my shoulders and is my fault,” he said. “You can’t play the way I did today and win a football game.” Quinn was also a key player in the fourth-down failure. The Chiefs needed 1 yard from the Colts’ 27 in the fourth quarter with the score tied 13-13. Coach Romeo Crennel ordered the Chiefs to try for the first down rather than have Ryan Succop attempt a 44-yard field goal that would’ve given them the lead. “We had already missed one,” Crennel said of Succop’s 43-yard attempt that went wide right. “We had some momentum going. We were moving the ball, so I thought if we went for it and got it, we would end up getting a score and that would help us more at that time.” Quinn changed the play to a quarterback sneak but was stuffed, and the Chiefs turned the ball over on downs. “We had a run play called, but it wasn’t a good look for the play,” he said. “There was going to be a free (defender) coming off the edge of the side we were running. So I tried to put the ball in my hands, tried to make a play. “I thought we got it. I thought it was a (lousy) spot.” Indianapolis went on and scored its only offensive touchdown of the game, and the Chiefs were left wondering — again — how the game went so wrong. See CHIEFS | Page B2

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After a busy stretch to open their respective 2012-13 sports seasons, area high school athletes have a few days to collect themselves before entering the hearts of their schedules. Iola High’s basketball teams will not resume action until they host Osawatomie Jan. 4. The Mustang wrestlers, meanwhile, return to action Jan. 3 when they travel to Fort Scott. They journey to Burlington two days later for a tournament. Iola Middle School’s seventhand eighth-grade boys begin their seasons Jan. 3 at home against Royster Middle School. Other area high schools also are on sabbatical until after the new year. Marmaton Valley and Crest’s basketball teams resume their rivalries Jan. 4, while Humboldt hosts Fredonia Jan. 8. Yates Center travels to Caney Valley Jan. 4, the same night Southern Coffey County hosts Waverly. Allen Community College’s basketball teams return to the court Jan. 5 at home against Highland Community College.

McLemore leads KU in 74-66 win over OSU COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It’s not supposed to be this easy for a kid playing his first collegiate road game. Kansas’ Ben McLemore, a redshirt freshman surrounded in the starting lineup by seniors, didn’t let the raucous crowd, the travel or sleeping in a strange bed bother him. McLemore scored 22 points and No. 9 Kansas proved it was more than just a bully at home by beating seventh-ranked Ohio State 7466 on Saturday. “This was great. It was my first time playing in an away game,” McLemore said with a slight smile. “You go up and down the court a little bit, and you get into the game. I kept my intensity, I just played my game.” For that matter, none of the Jayhawks had yet played a true road game this season. Kansas,

which has won nine in a row since losing to Michigan State 6764 on Nov. 13 in Atlanta, came in 7-0 at home, with two other games played before friendly fans in nearby Kansas City. They had barely heard a boo all season. No wonder coach Bill Self was a little worried. “I had concerns, for sure,” Self said. “Our seniors are good and quality and they’ve been through some things, but against a team that pressures man-to-man and you’re playing with one primarily (ball) handler? That was my biggest concern.” But the Jayhawks (10-1) weathered a 14-0 run by the Buckeyes (9-2) in the first half that turned the volume up in Value City Arena to 11 on a scale of 10. Then, See JAYHAWKS | Page B2

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Florida’s Mike Rosario (3) fights for position as Kansas State’s Shane Southwell grabs the ball after blocking Rosario’s shot in the second half at Sprint Arena in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday. Kansas State won, 67-61.

K-State upends Florida, 67-61 By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Leave it to the kid from suburban Kansas City to help Kansas State finish off a banner day for the college hoops programs that the city calls its own. Will Spradling had the best game of his career with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the Wildcats upended No. 8 Florida 67-61 on Saturday night. Their win followed No. 9 Kansas’ victory over No. 7 Ohio State and No. 12 Missouri’s win over No. 10 Illinois earlier in the day. “Whenever you’re shooting it well — you see the ball go through the net — it brings confidence to you and for your team as well,” said Spradling, a junior guard from Overland Park. “This is probably my best all-around

performance that I’ve had.” No doubt. Spradling didn’t even commit a turnover in 39 minutes. Rodney McGruder added 13 points and Jordan Henriquez had nine points and five blocks for the Wildcats (9-2), who watched a 10-point halftime lead evaporate before clamping down against one of the nation’s top defensive teams and then pulling away in the final minutes. “We were in tune with one another. We wanted this game,” McGruder said. “Our preparation for Florida was great, tremendous. The past couple practices guys were getting after one another.” Patric Young had 19 points for the Gators (8-2), including two with just over 2 minutes left that got them within 58-55. But that’s when Shane Southwell knocked

down a 3 from the corner, and McGruder made two free throws with 1:05 left to create some breathing room. Kansas State held on from the foul line for its first regular-season, non-conference win over a top 10 team since defeating No. 8 Minnesota on Dec. 21, 1981. “They were just a step ahead of us, a step quicker. We were late,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “We let Spradling get loose several times on 3-point shots. We gave up some offensive rebounds. We had just a couple plays there where we were just late on some things.” Kenny Boynton and Scott Wilbekin scored 11 each for the Gators, whose only other loss came at then-No. 8 Arizona. Leading scorer Mike Rosario was held to five points on 1-of-9 shooting.

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Kansas’ Ben McLemore floats in the lane with a finger roll in a home game last week. On Saturday, McLemore scored 22 points as the Jayhawks downed Ohio State, 74-66, at OSU’s Value City Arena.

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the sad pattern, actually. Charles’ 5.8-yard career average is ahead of even Jim Brown’s; that best-ever NFL mark now officially Charles’. But the Chiefs are 18-46 in the games in which he’s played. So this is Spielberg doing public-access television, or a Maserati being wasted on a man who wraps it around a tree. Charles will say only that “it hurts.” He fumbled when the Chiefs were inside the 20, and he calls that “heartbreaking.” Says he hurt his team, and won’t remember much else about the game, even as some teammates are already describing this season in the past tense. It’s impossible to know whether Charles’ perspective on football has shifted in the 23 days since his life changed. He rushed for 127 yards the day after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed Kasandra Perkins and then himself. Perkins was Belcher’s girlfriend. She was also the cousin of Charles’ wife. Charles loved both killer and victim, and none of us can know what that does to how a man sees the world. Maybe someday he will talk about this publicly. Maybe someday he will tell us if he came to see football’s structure as a way to

clear his mind, or whether seeing Belcher’s old locker every day kept death in his thoughts. Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn says he kept thinking about what he could’ve done to stop the murder-suicide. Maybe someday Charles will say the same thing. For now, all we know is what we see. And what we see is a man who has every reason to drift who has instead doubled-up an already famous focus. This is a man bearing unimaginable family grief playing his heart out for a dead-end team that’s incapable of making the effort worth his while. His 86-yard touchdown on the first play of the second half gave the Chiefs hope. For Charles, it was a typically brilliant run around the left end, a good push from the line and diving block by fullback Patrick DiMarco allowing him to show the world those gifts. He sprinted the first 20 yards or so, that speed from his days as a college track star always there for the right opportunity. Then, he cut back behind teammate Jon Baldwin and leaped to celebrate in the stands _ where, perhaps fittingly, a Colts fan was among those who patted the back of his jersey. The Chiefs eventually

lost, of course, again in historical fashion: They broke a 68-year pro football record set by the Cleveland Rams for most rushing yards in a loss. To give you an idea how rare this was, NFL teams are now 29-3 when a running back goes for 226 yards or more. This is the sad place Charles’ career now rests. His season is football’s version of Zack Greinke’s Cy Young year for the miserable 2009 Royals. Kansas City is again in the position of seeing incredible individual genius surrounded by persistent team failure. Of course, there was a time not too long ago when nobody knew whether we’d see that individual shine again. Not even Charles. A year ago, he was limping, leg propped up on the couch watching football. That’s an empty feeling for a man whose livelihood and identity are wrapped in the game. He worked hard to return from torn knee ligaments but was never sure how far back he could come. He talked about this openly in training camp. At first he thought a thousand yards would be nice. But when he broke that mark against the Panthers on Dec. 2, he decided to go for 1,500. He’ll get that with 44 yards in Denver next week, even if the game means nothing more than personnel evaluation. Nobody will have to wonder if Charles is engaged. “We really don’t have nothing to play for, but every guy on this team, you’ve got pride,” he says. “You’ve got to go out and give it your all. Get deep down in your soul to find the player in you and go out there and perform.” It will be, sadly, Charles in a completely representative moment of his career. He will be expected to be terrific, the team around him expected to be miserable, a man with nothing to prove, intent on doing it anyway.

things. “That’s how you end up losing.” Jamaal Charles — with 226 yards — had his second game of the season with 200-plus rushing yards. He had an 86-yard scoring run, his third of the year of 80

yards or more. The Chiefs have twice in their history rushed for more yards in a game than 352. But they won both of those games. “I haven’t heard of 350,” said Winston, who was an offseason free-agent pickup

by the Chiefs. “I’ve never done it before.” This time, a huge pile of rushing yardage wasn’t enough. “The effort was there,” Charles said. “At the end of the day, we ended up losing the game.”

a pretty good 35 minutes we played out there.” Withey added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks. Elijah Johnson had 13 points and Travis Releford 11. They weathered Ohio State’s first-half tear by relying on the seniors. “We have a good group of vets and we’ve been in tough situations before,” Withey said. “We just bounced back. We just had to kind of breathe a little bit.” Ahead 56-52 with 7 minutes left, Kansas pulled away thanks to its McLemore. He hit a pair of foul shots and then flipped in a 15-foot jumper that bounced not once, not twice, but three times before falling through. Off an inbounds pass, McLemore then came off a back pick and dunked to push the lead to 62-52 with 5 minutes left. The Buckeyes never got closer than six points again.

Self said he found out a little more about McLemore in the game. “There’s a lot of stuff I’m curious about Ben,” he said. “He’s still trying to figure out how to play. You can tell in late-game situations, he’s played less basketball than anybody that’s as old as him and as good as him around. It’s all new to him. When it all comes naturally to him, he’s going to become terrific.” In his first road game, he already was.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (MCT) — There is no way to know what Jamaal Charles’ life is like right now. This is how he wants it. If the conversation moves too close to his heart, he reminds you that he will not talk about the day his friend and team-

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mate shot a beloved family member multiple times before turning the gun on himself. So football questions only from you. Football answers only from him. This is how he chooses to cope. “God gave me a gift,” he says. “I can just run.” Charles is showing it, too, the shining diamond lodged in a manure pile of a Chiefs season that’s been wildly disappointing, consistently infuriating and heartbreakingly tragic. He’s been in the middle of all of it. In a week or so, some of Charles’ bosses will almost certainly be fired. When they’re replaced, Charles will be in the middle of the new guys’ optimism, too. The NFL has never seen a situation quite like Charles’ this year. And that’s never been more apparent than now, after Charles rushed for 226 yards and a touchdown and the Chiefs lost anyway, again, this time 2013 to the Colts in front of a lot of empty seats Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Charles is one of the league’s most gifted players, stuck on one of its limpest teams. Only two other men have ever rushed for this many yards in a game and lost. Nobody in the history of the NFL has been this good (1,456 yards and 5.4 per carry) for a team as bad as the 2-13 Chiefs. That fits

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Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs past Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Jerry Hughes (92) in the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday in Kansas City, Mo. The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 20-13.

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“How do we do a lot of the things we’ve done this year?” tackle Eric Winston said. “This is just another way, unfortunately, to lose a game. We look good inside the 20s. But when it counts, we’re not doing the right

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down in the second half, they held cold-shooting Ohio State without a field goal for more than 10 minutes to take control. The Buckeyes, who were led by Deshaun Thomas’ 16 points and a career-best 15 by Shannon Scott, hit just 9 of 36 shots from the field in the final 20 minutes. For the game, they ended up making only 31 percent of their shots from the field. No wonder coach Thad Matta looked so stunned when he spoke after the game. “There was one point in the second half where I turned to the bench and I said, ‘Hey, let’s call a play where we score,’” he said, heavy on the irony. “A lot of it just comes down to you’ve got to put the ball in the basket in a game like this and we couldn’t do it. It became contagious.” Sixty percent of the starting lineup — star de-

fender Aaron Craft, usually reliable Lenzelle Smith Jr. and post man Evan Ravenel — was a combined 5 of 24 from the field. Credit the Jayhawks, who play withering man-toman defense and then are backed up by the incredible wingspan of 7-foot Jeff Withey underneath. Or blame the Buckeyes, who frequently were all alone when they bricked a shot off the rim. But no matter the reason, Ohio State couldn’t buy a bucket for most of the second half. It was the third victory for the Jayhawks in little more than a year over the Buckeyes (9-2). Kansas won a 64-62 thriller in last year’s NCAA semifinals. “Today’s probably the best we’ve played against Ohio State in the three games,” Self said. “We were really good except for about a 3-minute stretch in the first half when they went on a (14-0) run. Other than that stretch, that was


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KU women fall BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The next time No. 19 Kansas takes the court it will be the Big 12 opener for the Jayhawks. That should certainly get their attention. “Our message is to focus on beating Kansas State,” coach Bonnie Henrickson said after No. 8 California defeated the Jayhawks 88-79 on Friday night. “Get a couple of days off and come back ready. This is a chance to focus on those guys in our conference opener.” Angel Goodrich matched her season high with 21 points for the Jayhawks (9-2), who were playing their third road game. Three other players also reached double figures: Carolyn Davis with 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting, Natalie Knight with 13 points and Chelsea Gardner with 12. “They did a nice job of pressuring the ball and keeping it away from Carolyn,” Henrickson said. “We didn’t throw it to her enough. She’s got to have more than six shots.” California coach Lindsay Gottlieb said the game

plan called for exactly that. She also added the Golden Bears had a plan for Goodrich. “You have to have a game plan for a point guard that good,” she said. “She’s an All-American. But it’s easier said than done.” Cal guard Layshia Clarendon was the difference, scoring a season-high 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field. “We don’t have anyone who can do what she does,” Henrickson said. “She’s fast.” Kansas led early but the Golden Bears (9-1) used an 11-0 run to forge ahead. The Jayhawks never trailed by more than nine points until the closing seconds but could never regain the advantage. “They had a good effort on the offensive glass and took advantage of our turnovers,” Henrickson said. “They get you in transition.” It was Cal’s first win over a ranked opponent in more than a year and the first home victory over a ranked foe in nearly four years.

Public notices (First published in The Iola Register, December 24, 2012) ORDINANCE NO. 1738 SUMMARY On December 12, 2012, the City of LaHarpe, Kansas Ordinance 1738, amending Ordinance 1737. The purpose of this ordinance is to establish separate fees for commercial kennels and any other kind of kennels that may be licensed to the City of LaHarpe. A complete copy of this ordinance is available at City Hall, 902 S. Washington, LaHarpe, Kansas. This summary has been certified by Charles H. Apt III, LaHarpe City Attorney. (12) 24 (First published in The Iola Register, December 24, 2012) ORDINANCE NO. 1787 SUMMARY On December 12, 2012, the City of LaHarpe, Kansas adopted Ordinance 1787, amending Ordinance 1786. The purpose of this ordinance is to increase the rates for sewer services to all users on the City of LaHarpe sewage treatment system by $2 effective January 1, 2013. A complete copy of this ordinance is available at City Hall, 902 S. Washington, LaHarpe, Kansas. This summary has been certified by Charles H. Apt III, LaHarpe City Attorney. (12) 24 (First published in The Iola Register, December 10, 2012) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF ALLEN COUNTY, KANSAS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LYMAN DAVID BALDWIN, DECEASED

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Playoff picture clears By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer

One year after putting together the NFL’s worst record, the Indianapolis Colts are headed to the playoffs. Joining them on Sunday were the Cincinnati Bengals, finishing out the field in the AFC. The Colts (10-5) equaled the 2008 Miami Dolphins as the only teams to win at least 10 games after losing 14 or more the previous season. The Colts defeated Kansas City 20-13 Sunday. Cincinnati qualified for a second straight postseason berth for only the second time in franchise history, edging archrival Pittsburgh 13-10. Andy Dalton hit A.J. Green with a 21-yard pass in the final moments, setting up Josh Brown’s 43yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining. The loss eliminated the Steelers from contention. Minnesota’s 23-6 win at Houston prevented the Texans from earning homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. AFC South champion Houston (12-3) still can get that by winning at Indianapolis in the season finale. New England has won the AFC East, Denver the West. Baltimore clinched the North by beating the

New York Giants 33-14, sending the defending Super Bowl champions to the brink of elimination. Washington’s 27-20 win at Philadelphia, combined with New Orleans beating Dallas 34-31 in overtime means the Redskins (9-6) will win the NFC East by beating the Cowboys next week. But Dallas (8-7) takes the division by winning that game at Washington, which the league has flexed to prime time. Green Bay clinched at least the third seed in the NFC when it routed Tennessee 55-7. The NFC North champs (11-4) still could wind up second overall in the conference and get a bye and moved into the No. 2 slot when Seattle romped over San Francisco 42-13. The 49ers (10-4-1) will win the NFC West by beating Arizona next weekend. Seattle (10-5) earned at least a wild-card spot and finishes at home against St. Louis. On Saturday, NFC South winner Atlanta won 31-18 at Detroit to clinch home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs. Minnesota (9-6), Chicago (9-6), the New York Giants (8-7) and Washington could wind up with the final NFC wild card. Dallas can’t get a wild card.

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Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a toy helicopter, a toy truck, a Nintendo 3s, Play-doh, Iron man stuff, Turtle man stuff, books, a Nerf gun, Sponge Bob pjs and Legos. Love, Briggs Sharon, Iola P.S. My sister Averie wrote this letter. Love you Santa. Merry Christmas Dear Santa, For Christmas I want an iPhone, Justin Bieber stuff, a puppy, dancing stuff, Turtle man stuff, money, boots and foot undeez. Merry Christmas, Santa! Love, Averie Sharon Dear Santa, I would like a new Barbie makeup, new books, a snow suit, and lipstick. Thank you, Christina White, Iola Dear Santa, I would like to get some makeup, new books and some new shoes, please. Thank you, DeShawndra GinNicalo White, Iola Dear Santa, I would like to get some new shoes, new books and a Ken,


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Dear Santa, I have been good. I want a toy car. Karlee Boots, Welda Dear Santa, How are you doing? Thanks so much for everything last year! I loved them. This year I want anything that’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, CDs, Kindle Fire HD, a laptop, Abe Lincoln stuff. But what I really, really, really want is a puppy or possibly a kitten, but mainly a puppy. If you got me one, can it have a collar with candy canes on it? Please, please, please, please! Trust me! I can do it! Please grant my puppy wish. If you do you’re not only making me happy, but other people too!. Ollie Utley Dear Santa Claus, This year for Christmas I want a purple Furby, the big set of Lego friends, Fibber the board game, Twister dance and Twister. I would also like the Wii Just Dance 4 and 3, a purple or K-State bike, a jewelry designer, a glow book, a rap star microphone, a letter game, a pink watch, and a Christmas stuffed animal. That is all. Bye.

I love you, Carly Dreher. P.S. I have an elf. Its name is Alfie. My cousin has an elf on the shelf, too. Her name is Sparkle. It makes sure we are good. Dear Santa, I would like a pair of boots. And Wii games Family Game Night and Sports Resort. And a real bow and arrow, but the arrow can’t be real sharp. Thank you. From Karson Hermreck P.S. Send something back, please. Dear Santa, I’m thankful for my family and my school and my mom. I have been really good this year. What I really want for Christmas is a 3DS, Mario kart 7, super Mario 3D Land. Stetson

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Taylor Knowles, Chanute, is the winner of Allen County Historical Society’s holiday tradition contest. Cards were submitted to the Allen County Museum, describing families’ different holiday traditions. Some were accompanied by pictures and drawings. Knowles’ entry depicts his family’s custom, of which he says: “When we sit down to open presents, we have one person wear a Santa hat and pass out presents. We call them the Elf.”

Locksmith returns money found in safe BEND, Ore. (AP) — A thank-you note to a Central Oregon locksmith was addressed to “the most honest man in Bend” after he returned $50,000 he found in a safe’s secret compartment. Bryan Donnell retrieved a customer’s 1,000-pound safe last week. He’s used to finding jewels and some cash, but nothing like the stacks of $100 bills wrapped in rubber bands. The safe’s former owner, 57-year-old Dale Parkinson, tells The Bulletin of

Bend, Ore., that he and his wife pulled the money from their life savings in 2007, fearing a potential financial collapse. They also bought a safe, and snuck $50,000 into a secret compartment. Then, apparently, they forgot about it. Parkinson decided to put the money back in the bank this year and sold the safe to Donnell. Donnell refused a cash reward, but accepted a bottle of Scotch.

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Giving back

Citizens Bank employees purchased items for Hope Unlimited, Iola’s shelter for physically and emotionally abused women and children. The bank celebrates its 10th year in Iola. Pictured from left, Jessica Miller, Doug Stewart, Kathy Green, JoLinn Callaway, Neal Barclay, Connie Knight, Heather Curry, Cris Bacon (volunteer coordinator, Hope Unlimited), Jeff Johnson, Donita Garner (Child Advocacy Center coordinator, Hope Unlimited), Sandy Ellis, and Rhonda Keplar. Not pictured is Jessica Rovenstine.

Oil prices remain ‘subdued’ The Associated Press

The price of oil drifted further below $89 a barrel today in subdued holidaythinned trading and amid ongoing concerns over the U.S. budget. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for February delivery was down 16 cents to $88.50 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.47 Friday to finish at $88.66 per barrel in New York, the contract’s lowest point in three weeks. It dropped to $87.96 per barrel at one point Friday. “With politicians out on recess, sovereign credit markets closed and a general lack of vigor in seasonal markets, there’s not much to chew on today with crude oil prices edging lower in decidedly thin volume,” said a report from Sucden Financial Research in London. When trading resumes after the Christmas break, the focus across all financial markets will likely remain on the budget discussions between the White

House and Congress. If they don’t reach a deal by Jan. 1, steep tax increases and government spending cuts will automatically take effect — the so-called “fiscal cliff ” — that will jar the U.S. economy and potentially throw it into recession. Oil prices tend to drop when concerns over the state of one of the

world’s major economies arise as it could reduce demand for energy. A weaker dollar helped keep oil prices from a sharper fall by making crude cheaper — and a more attractive investment — for traders using other currencies. The euro was up to $1.3231 today from $1.3184 on Friday.

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putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, LaPierre then call me crazy. I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it. It’s the one thing that would keep people safe.” — Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the National Rifle Association gun-rights lobby, in addressing the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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