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Rocking in the new year Cheating By ALLISON TINN

ble, vocals, Josh Powell, base, Ben Reeder, lead guitarist, Chris Local band, Led Astray, has Belknap, drums, and Brian Silbeen living by the tune of an AC/ cox, sound guy. DC song, “It’s a long way to the top “We started about two, two and if you want to rock ‘n’ roll,” and a half years ago,” Genoble said. they have done it without regrets “A bunch of buddies who shared or complaints. The band will be the love of music.” ringing in the New Year performThe young band got its first ing at Scooter’s bar tonight from 9 break playing on a friend’s paATLANTA — toFormer o’clock to 1 a.m. tio in Gas (AP) in 2010 a receptive Atlanta schools Superintendent “You have (the ones who get by) crowd. Since then they have By BOB JOHNSON Beverly Hall knew about cheat-Farm then you have the ones who bust found success. They won ing allegations on standardized their humps, we bust our humps,” City Days’ Battle of the Bands Calls to the 911 dispatch center teststwice, but either themgigs, or in band member Mike Genoble said. have ignored played local average one almost every 10 mintried to hide them, according to a Led Astray is made up of Genoutes. See BAND | Page A4 state investigation. And while that may sound a litAn 800-page report released tle slow, played out over 24 hours Tuesday to The Associated Press a day and every day of the year, Register/Richard Luken by Gov. Nathan Deal’s office the total comes to 55,000. Mules Pat and Pete pull an antique sickle bar mower piloted by Ray Whiteley of Le Roy. Whiteley was through an open records request “That’s what we received last joined by Greg Gleue in cutting an 18-acre prairie hay field Tuesday. shows several educators reportyear,” Angie Murphy, dispatch ed cheating in their schools. But center director, told Allen County the report says Hall, who won commissioners Tuesday mornthe national Superintendent of ing. the Year award in 2009, and other The call total — she figures administrators ignored those reBy RICHARD LUKEN attached. The bar was triggered half or more are for true emerports and sometimes retaliated through a gear box engaged as its gencies — wasn’t the point of her against the whistleblowers. LE ROY — Unlike the mecha- wheels roll. appearance, but the magnitude of nized behemoths of today, Ray The yearlong investigation With no mechanical engine to the number captivated commis- Whiteley’s mowing outfit was shows educators at nearly four speak of, the only noise emanatsioners. dozen Atlanta elementary and considerably quieter. ing from his unit was from the Murphy was before commismiddle schools cheated on stanHis “engine” — a pair of teeth of the seven-foot cutting bar sioners to request a 20 percent 1,200-pound mules — needed only dardized tests by helping stuby Phyllis Luedke rotating back andPhoto forth. increase in the department’s bud- an occasional break from the stidents or changing the answers Joining Whiteley was neighbor get for 2012, upSanta $126,000 once exams were handed in. fling summer heat last as week. Whiteley Chanute’s Fe over Lakethis sported a flock of geese The golden glowGreg gave Gleue, a warmth wehis and friend with year’s $490,000. Register/Allison The investigators also found a Tinn traversed his way is around an for 18- today may not feel for at least the next few days. Snow forecast Tuesday with highs sickin ownand mowing outfit, another The increase seemed pretty acre prairie hay meadow. Led Astray band members are, from left, Josh Powell, Mike Geno“culture of fear, intimidation and le bar mower pulled by a pair of the lower 30s. hefty. Murphy reasoned health retaliation” in the school district ble, Chris Belknap and Ben Reeder. Not pictured is Brian Silcox. “It’s a little warm, so we’ve Percheron draft horses. insurance will cost an additional been taking it easy,” Whiteley over the cheating allegations, “We’re having some fun with $50,000 and another $6,000 was said. “It’s our little hobby.” which led to educators lying it,” Whiteley joked. “Greg’s kind expected for Kansas Public Emabout the cheating or destroying The mules were pulling White- of a wimp about it. He needs a See COUNTY | Page A5 Ray Whiteley ley’s antique sickle bar mower, See CHEATING | Page A5 See MOWING | Page A5 a small wagon with cutting bar

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Burning wood a cost-cutting measure for Iolans By BOB JOHNSON

Over the years the Gumforys 1954, three years after Gumfory have had just two utility bills started work at Zero. “It feels different, a warmer that totaled — for all services “We were living in east Iola warm,” said Lee Gumfory, as — more than $200. If they de- and it made sense to be close to warm air flowed from a vent pended on gas alone for heating, work,” he said. above his wood-burning fire- they likely would have paid that Originally, it was a frame place. much or more in a month for fuel wood house. In the mid-1970s, Gumfory, 83, and wife Colleen, in past years when gas spiked when rural water districts laid 82, spend much of their time into double for 1,000 cu- lines throughout Allen County, By BOBfigures JOHNSON during cold-weather months bic feet (mcf). Burning 20 mcf the Gumforys took advantage near the fireplace, taking ad- An isn’t unusual tofield heatofa ahouse anticipated thou- of of limestone slabs left from the vantage of its warmth and be-sand any size when weatherwho turns construction and added a rock runners andthe walkers, ing comfortable in knowing thatwillfrigid. facade. flee Iola’s downtown busiwhat it costs to heat their three-ness The Gumforys built their “We did it all,” Gumfory said. district early Saturday as bedroom home at 412 E. DouglasCharley home Melvin on two did lots in near thecan Zero “It’s a mighty tight house. We 1905, is less than using natural gas. be thankful Packing that plantMelvin when chose it was to a didn’t have a crack anywhere “It hasn’t made a great differ-do his going business atin409 Cot- until last summer,” when the ondastardly deed theN. midence this year,” Gumfory said.dle tonwood. Dale Stalnaker, who going drought caused more of a of the night. Register/Bob Johnson “Gas prices aren’t too high, but Had owned the custom butchering shift than the rock walls could the event being commemoLee Gumfory adds a log to his wood-burning fireplace, which it sure has helped in previousrated business and in locker, urgedparthem stand. occurred mid-day, provides a toasty warmth. years.” to takewould up residence next door in ticipants battle oppressive See WOOD | Page A4 heat and humidity, with both picked up,” Weiner said Tuesday forecast at the upper end of the afternoon. As in the past, “we exdiscomfort scale during daytime pect a lot of people to sign up FriFriday and Saturday. As is, they day night.” Cost is $12 for the walk. Runwill run and walk in somewhat more inviting temperatures pre- ners’ fees are $14 for youth to age Register/Susan Lynn dicted for the low 70s by 12:26 a.m. 17, $20 for adults and $17 each for These men are ready to leave their inhibitions at home as they participate in Friday night’s favorite members of teams. Saturday. race, the drag race. From left to right are Matt Skahan, Brian Wolfe, Nic Lohman, David Toland and Runners in the third annual The race — many walkers will Fred Heismeyer. The race begins at 10:30 p.m. on the courthouse square. event will aim for best times of be out for a stroll — will cap activBy MATTHEW LEE sion was diagnosed Dec. 13 and ities that start late Friday after- 15.40.06 for males and 20.44.78 for Associated Press Clinton was forced to cancel a trip noon and will go on throughout females, set last year. WASHINGTON (AP) — Sec- to North Africa and the Middle Sticks of “Melvin Dy-No-Mite” the evening. Included will be the retary of State Hillary Rodham East that had been planned for the Pasta e lenticchie much-awaited “drag race,” fea- will be awarded the first three Clinton is under observation at next week. black-eyed peas are a tradition for of many on New places Allison for males and females in turing some theAmericans area’s finest By SUSAN LYNN year a woman’s garter was trans- The ShirtWhile Shop, 20 W. Jackson, a New York hospital after being The seriousness of a blood clot Year’s Day, I grew up in Italy eating pasta e lenticchie as a New Year’s each of five ages groups, 15 and ferred from one participant’s leg where participants will have a men and women dressed in drag. Tinn treated for a blood clot stemming “depends on where it is,” said Dr. Day tradition. It has been a while since I lived in Italy and I am a full-bloodunder, 16-30, 31-45, 46-60 and 61 Chris Weiner at Thrive Allen If you’ve got enough of it, Fri- to another. wide selection from which to thetheconcussion Gholam Motamedi, a neurologist ed American, but our family tradition of eating the pasta and lentil dish and over. County, co-sponsor with Allen day from night is night to let she your sus- “It’s better than a baton,” said choose. Doors open at 10 p.m. at Toland, Georgetown University Medi- Registration remains. Similar to the American tradition, if not well-seasoned, pasta e All participants will break County Crimestoppers for “The hairtained down. earlier this month. to participate David executive director Clinton’s doctors discovered cal Center who was not involved lenticchie be aThat blandalso disaster. This isMelvin my recipe thatBomber is meantRun to bring from in front of the post office. Charley Mad One sure test is to participate of Thrive Allen County and one in the drag racecan is $5. the“Drag clot Sunday in Clinton’s care.for Friday’s gains participants good luck andentrance prosperitytoin athe for newyour year.Life,” said total of partic- Runners will follow a course that in the Race” as a runup to of the organizers while performthe Charlie Melvin Mad Bomber events.Clots in the legs are a common 9:30 p.m. pre-party at the Thrive ipants was approaching 450, with will take them on West to Washing a follow-up risk after someone has been bedIngredients: with some 200 signed on juice for the 5-kilo- ington, then Jackson, Jefferson Run For Your Life race. If you don’t have a thing to office, 12 W. Jackson. Tickets can abouttoes, exam. Clinton ridden, as Clinton may have been 5 cups water 2 teaspoons salt meter run. The walk will follow a and East to Cottonwood. They Men and women alike are en- wear — no worries. be purchased in advance at the is being treated for a time after her concussion. ¾ cup lentils ¼ teaspoon hot red pepper flakes 3-kilometer course. See TEMPS | B6 couraged to dress in a cross-genDresses, hats, purses, jewelry Thrive office or Friday night on anti-coagare “no big deal” and are 2 large cloves garlic, crushed ½ pound small tubular pasta “Registration, including probder with manner and then “compete” and Those other accoutrements will be See EGO | Page olive B6 oil ulantsofand treated six months of blood 3 tablespoons extra-virgin tablespoons cut or ably 2 a rounded fifth online, has finely really in teams fourwill in a relay. Last available at with Elizabeth Donnelly’s remain at New thinners to allow them to dissolve 1 cup chopped canned plum tomasnipped parsley York-Presbyteon their own and to prevent furrian Hospital ther clots from forming, he said. In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil, add lentils and cook, covClinton for at least the A clot in a lung or the brain is ered over medium-high heat, until nearly but not entirely tender, about next 48 hours so doctors can mon- more serious. Lung clots, called 20 minutes. Add the garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Reduce itor the medication. pulmonary embolisms, can be the heat, cover, and continue to simmer briskly for another 10 minutes, By JOE SNEVE — Since —and a clot in the brain can Clinton fell and suffered a con-1871 deadly, stirring a few times, or until the lentils are fully tender. At the bandstand Jim Garner, director cussion while at home alone in cause a stroke, Motamedi said. Cook the pasta at least halfway in plenty of salted boiling water. Drain When Brian Pekarek was hired Thursday, July 7,as 2011 p.m. mid-December she recovered Keeping Clinton in8the hospital the pasta, add to lentils, and simmer to finish cooking the pasta. When as superintendent of the Iola PROGRAM from a stomach virus that left her for a couple of days could allow pasta is cooked to taste, remove the pot from the heat, stir in the parsley, school district in February, he Star Spangled Banner ..................................................arr. J.P. Sousa severely dehydrated. The concus- doctors to perform more tests to cover the pot, and let stand about five minutes before serving. Serve hot, saw an opportunity to “reinvigoAmericans We — march .......................................... Henry Fillmore Photo courtesy of cucinavegmarcodetermine why the clot formed, passing hot pepper oil or the best-quality extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling rate” USD 257. Rock, Rhythm and Blues — medley ...................... arr. Jack Bullock See CLINTON | Page A4 With onatop. focus on academic Army of the Nile — march...................................Kenneth J. Alford achievement and public transparBegin of the Beguine ...................................................... Cole Porter ency, Pekarek hopes he can furInvercargill — march ................................................... Alex Lithgow Vol.John 115, Williams/Sweeney No.45 Iola, KS 75 Cents ther success for the district and Hymn to the Fallen.................................... the more than 1,300 students relyMen of Ohio — march ............................................. Henry Fillmore ing on it. A Sixties Time Capsule — medley .............................. arr. Jennings Pekarek walks his talk. A naThe Washington Post — march ...................................John P. Sousa Brian Pekarek, center, visits with Barb Geffert and Marcy Boring at Rained out concerts will be rescheduled for Friday evening. See PEKAREK | Page A5

Temps for run look inviting

Hillary Clinton, 65, under observation for blood clot

Tinn’s Pins Put that ego on the shelf, boys

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Obituaries Chuck Wilson

Charles “Chuck” Wilson, 47, rural Kincaid, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at his home. Services are pending and will be announced later by Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola. Online condolences for the family may be left on

Bonnie Carriger

Bonnie M. Carriger, 87, Greeley, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at her home. She was born Feb. 26, 1925, in LaHarpe, the youngest of 13 children of William and Lillie Roush. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Garnett. Family will greet friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Garnett V.F.W. Post 6397. Condolences for the family may be left at

Pat McGuire

Meredith “Pat” McGuire, 70, Cherryvale, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. Services were this after noon at Wickham Family Funeral Home, 216 E. 4th St., C h e r r y - Pat McGuire vale. Private burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Iola. Memorial remembrances are suggested to Parkinson’s Support Group at Windsor Place in Coffeyville. Pat was born June 7, 1942, at Albuquerque, N.M. the son of Glen McGuire and Isabel (Ashford) McGuire. He grew up in Iola and graduated from Iola High School in 1960. After high school he served in the Air Force and spent four years in Korea. He worked as a propane delivery driver for Union Gas until 1997 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Pat’s favorite hobby was playing the theater organ and will be remembered for his musical talents. Survivors include cousins, Merrill Mazza of Guernsville, Calif., Kathi Ashford, David Ashford, Jeff Ashford, Steve Ashford, aunt and uncle, Shirley and Kendall Ashford, Iola, and caregiver, Jan Booth, Coffeyville.

‘Fiscal cliff’ disputes remain as deadline nears Joseph Maloney

Joseph Lee Maloney, Sr., 73, Iola died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. He was born July 13, 1939 in Iola to Helen and Joe Maloney. He was the oldest of six Joseph Maloney children. He joined the Kansas National Guard in July 1956 and served until July 1964. He began working for local carpenters and construction companies. It was while building houses in the Ozarks that he met and married Lavonda Williams on July 15, 1966. They made their home in Iola. They had six children, and raised a granddaughter. He and his wife owned and operated Maloney Construction and Maloney’s Greenhouse in Iola until their retirement. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, going to casinos and visiting family and friends. He is survived by his wife Lavonda; his children, Tina Maloney and Chris Moore, Gulf Breeze, Fla., Ann Lea and husband Brad, Iola, Joseph Maloney, Jr. and wife Kerri, Pensacola, Fla., Shirley Mitchell, Paris, Tenn., Patricia Tilton, Iola, Renee’ Leavitt, Pensacola, Fla.; his grandchildren, Hanna Mefford, Iola, Heidi Mefford, Gulf Breeze, Fla., Chelsea, Matt, Morgan and Jake Lea, Iola, Suzanna Lea, Colony, Joseph III, Darren, Kaitlyn and Ashley Maloney, Pensacola, Fla., Thomas, Brian and Derrick Mitchell, Paris, Tenn., Jimmy and Ivy Tilton, Iola; one great-granddaughter, Brooklynn Mefford, Iola; three brothers, Earl and wife Janice, Fort Scott, Dale and Jimmy, Iola; one sister, Diana Duckworth and husband Chuck, Victoria, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Joe Maloney, his in-laws, Blanche and Bill Hitchcock, Ava, Mo., his brother Leon Maloney, infant son Darren Maloney and infant grandson Mason Maloney. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will take place at a later date with burial at Highland Cemetery.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Working against a midnight deadline, negotiators for the White House and congressional Republicans in Congress narrowed their differences today on legislation to avert across-the-board tax increases. Congressional officials familiar with talks between Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said one major remaining sticking point was whether to postpone spending cuts that are scheduled to begin on Jan. 1. Republicans want to replace across-the-board reductions with targeted cuts elsewhere in the budget, and the White House and Democrats were resisting. At the same time, Democrats said the two sides were closing in on an agreement over taxes. They said the White House had proposed blocking an increase for most Americans, while letting rates rise for individuals with incomes of $400,000 a year and $450,000 for couples, a concession from President Barack Obama’s campaign call to set the levels at $200,000 and $250,000. Any overall deal was also

likely to include a provision to prevent a spike in milk prices with the new year, extend unemployment benefits due to expire and protect doctors who treat Medicare patients from a 27 percent cut in fees. Both the House and Senate were on track to meet on the final day of the year, although there was no expectation that a compromise could be approved by both houses by midnight, even if one were agreed to. Instead, the hope of the White House and lawmakers was to seal an agreement, enact it and send it to Obama for his signature before taxpayers felt the impact of higher income taxes or federal agencies began issuing furloughs or taking other steps required by spending cuts. Regardless of the fate of the negotiations, it appeared all workers would experience a cut in theirhome pay with the expiration of a two-year cut in payroll taxes. Officials who described the negotiations did so on condition of anonymity, citing the confidential nature of the discussions. A spokesman for McConnell, Don Stewart, said the Kentucky lawmaker and Biden “continued

Krebs, Keaton member, dies Fred Krebs, 66, who was instrumental in development and perpetuation of the annual Buster Keaton Celebration here, died Saturday in Kansas City He taught humanities and social studies at Johnson County Community College. Krebs also was known to Iolans for his many presentations at Allen County Historial Society and Friends of the Library meetings. He frequently portrayed the person he spoke about, a

device he also used in the classroom at JCCC. A graduate of the University of Kan- Fred Krebs sas and the University of Missouri at Kansas City, he was a Rhodes Scholar finalist. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the JCCC Carlsen Center in the Polsky Theater.

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their discussion late into the evening and will continue to work toward a solution. More information as it becomes available.” Unless an agreement is reached and approved by Congress by the start of New Year’s Day, more than $500 billion in 2013 tax increases will begin to take

effect and $109 billion will be carved from defense and domestic programs Though the tax hikes and budget cuts would be felt gradually, economists warn that if allowed to fully take hold, their combined impact — the so-called fiscal cliff — would rekindle a recession.

Carlyle news On Dec. 23, the Rev. Steve Traw’s message was “The Cradle Filled with Love,” from Luke 6:27-36. Rita Sanders and Linda Guenther presided over lighting of the advent candles. Evan Nelson and Tyton Burton sang, “Joy to the World” accompanied by Myrna Wildschuetz at the piano, and Rita’s granddaughter, Julia Sanders, Lenexa, playing “Away in the Manger” on the piano. Bible study, on the book of Revelation, will resume Jan. 8. The Christmas Eve worship service began with the Nazarene praise team singing “O, Holy Night” from the balcony. David and Phyllis Loomis presided over the completion in lighting of the Advent wreath bringing focus on the good news.

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“Here with Us” was another musical selection from the Nazarene praise team with Wade Vogel singing and playing the piano and his daughter, Shannon, playing the clarinet and singing along with Audrea Stahl. Rev. Traw read the Christmas Story from passages of Scripture in Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:2 and Luke 2:120 and gave a devotional on “Good News of Great Joy,” also from Luke 2. Gene and Naomi Chambers led the closing of the candlelight service.

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Nobel Prize winner dies By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press

ROME (AP) — Rita LeviMontalcini, a biologist who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping unlock the mysteries of the cell, died at her home in Rome on Sunday. She was 103 and had worked well into her final years. Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno, announcing her death in a statement, called it a great loss “for all of humanity.” He praised her as someone who represented “civic conscience, culture and the spirit of research of our time.” A petite woman with upswept white hair, she kept an intensive work schedule well into old age. “At 100, I have a mind that is superior — thanks to experience — than when I was 20,” she said in 2009. “A beacon of life is extinguished” with her death, said a niece, Piera Levi-Montalcini, who is a city councilwoman in Turin.


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Kansas has a head start on great new year Kansas will stride into 2013 smiling. Unemployment dropped to 5.4 percent in November while the national rate was 7.7 percent. Personal income increased strongly, driven primarily by high commodity prices that boosted farm families. Kansas was No. 11 among the 50 states in income growth from the second to the third quarter of the year — that puts us in the top 20 percent. We’re a leader! Nothing in the visible future will change that picture. If rainfall returns to past averages, those high prices will put even more in farm bank accounts as production soars. Oil and gas production joined agriculture to boost the state’s economy. The Kansas Corporation Commission told the Legislature’s Joint Energy and Environmental Policy Committee in its November report that the number of “intents to drill” increased sharply. The average monthly number is 600. The October total climbed to 794. There were 140 drilling rigs active in Kansas and 18 of those were horizontal rigs used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking). A lot of those rigs were drilling in this part of the state. The most new production increases were reported in Anderson, Barber, Franklin and Woodson counties. In addition to these new wells, drilling into the Mississippi limestone along a 100-mile-wide band running from Goodland to Harper County by major oil companies is expected to generate another sustained boom that will enrich the state. Kansas manufacturing is also on the upswing, as it is in other parts of the nation. That trend should continue as more and more corporations discover it is once again becoming more profitable to manufacture in the U.S. than in other na-

tions. Wages in China continue to increase at about 18 percent a year — a rate that has made a startup there far less attractive than it once was. Kansas should capitalize on that fact and build in additional long-term insurance by focusing on processing plants which use agricultural products as raw material. Plants that make grain, meat and fiber into products ready for a consumer to buy will be far more stable employers because they can’t be moved to Mexico or some other competing country that chases lower wages and benefits. Manufacturing in partnership with Kansas farmers would capitalize on our state’s greatest strengths. Our farms are among the world’s most productive. The work ethic in our state assures employers of high productivity rates. Our community colleges and research universities work with industry to produce a top-flight work force and cutting edge technology. As the 2013 Legislature begins its session, its leaders and Gov. Sam Brownback should build on these strengths. Perhaps the greatest challenge that faces them is to make certain the state’s education system is up to the challenge. Pre-school programs must be strong. Research shows children who are ready and eager to learn when they enter first grade rarely drop out and usually succeed. At the other end of the system, states with superior community colleges and top-rank four-year, research universities create thriving towns and cities. Our leaders must make certain Kansas makes the necessary investment in education to provide each new generation with a full opportunity to achieve individual goals and, in so doing, make Kansas an even better place to live and make a difference. — Emerson Lynn, jr.

Texas economy leaves many behind By CHRIS TOMLINSON Associated Press

with the Great Recession, Texas last month. “Extending taxpayerweathered the downturn better funded benefits while ignoring a AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State than most states and ranked high behavior that could make it virleaders like to brag about Texas’ in poverty even in tually impossible fast growing economy and low the best economic for someone to enunemployment, but rarely do times. In 2007, ter the workforce they mention the high poverty the poverty rate The two biggest predic- or finish school, rate and so far they don’t appear was 16.5 percent, tors of poverty are poor sends them down inclined to pass any new laws to the second highthe road to a much education and chronic bleaker future.” deal with it. est in the nation health problems. The unemployment rate and that year. Since Democrats are the creation of new jobs are the 2000, the rate has pushing for state statistics most often cited by Gov. consistently been government to Rick Perry to brag on Texas, and above 15 percent, provide services unemployment is among the low- and 4 percent higher than the na- they believe will help people move est in the country at 6.2 percent. tional average. out of poverty, including restorThat’s well below the national aving $5.4 billion cut from the puberage of 7.7 percent. THE TWO BIGGEST predic- lic school budget and nearly $1 Perry also uses the Texas En- tors of poverty are poor educa- billion cut from higher education. terprise Fund and the Emerging tion and chronic health problems. Democrats also want the state to Technology Funds to encourage Only about 80 percent of Texans expand Medicaid to provide 1.5 employers to relocate to Texas have a high school diploma, the million Texans with health insurand create new jobs in the state, second lowest in the country, and ance at a minimal cost to the state adding hundreds of jobs every Texas has the highest number of through 2020. year. uninsured citizens. Most Democrats fiercely opEmployment, though, is not the Politicians of all stripes decry pose the drug testing proposal. only measure of economic pros- the high poverty rate in Texas, but “To automatically assume that perity. There is the question of what differs is how to deal with a single mother, a recently unquality of life. it. Republicans employed veteran, or a teacher The number of hold every state- who lost his or her job because of Texans living in Employment, though, wide elected of- Governor Perry’s budget cuts is a poverty rose for fice, control both drug user is shameful,” state Rep. is not the only measure houses of the Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Ana third consecutive year in 2011, of economic prosperity Legislature and tonio, said. “When a family is in adding more than .... 18.5 percent of Tex- Perry’s appoin- crisis, we have a moral obligation 214,000 people to tees direct every to provide assistance as soon as ans live in poverty. total 4.6 million. state agency. possible.” That’s 18.5 percent Perry’s oftThe drug test bill, SB-11, serves of the population, repeated formula for economic as a useful analogy for the differ3 percent higher than the nation growth is low taxes, few regula- ences in approach going into the as a whole, according to the U.S. tions and limited lawsuits. session, with Republicans placing Census Bureau. By comparison, Going into the legislative ses- the emphasis on personal responNew Hampshire had the lowest sion that begins Jan. 8, he has sibility, and Democrats belief that proportion of people living in promised to limit state spending government plays a role in helppoverty, with 8.8 percent, and Mis- to less than population growth ing Texans escape poverty. sissippi the highest, 22.6 percent. plus inflation. To help the poor Perry and Lt. Gov. David DewThe metropolitan areas in the and unemployed, he has proposed hurst have called the incoming United States with the first and requiring drug testing as a con- Republican-controlled Legislathird highest proportions of poor dition for some people to receive ture one of the most conservapeople are in Texas, with McAl- welfare benefits, to make sure tive in Texas history, but parents len-Edinburgh at 37.7 percent they are employable. across the state are angry about and El Paso at 24.7 percent. These “Being on drugs makes it much education cuts and many of the are two of the fastest-growing harder to begin the journey to in- state’s most powerful health care parts of Texas, and places where dependence, which only assures lobby groups would like to see Republicans need to do better to individuals remain stuck in the Medicaid expanded. The outcome hold onto power in the future. terrible cycle of drug abuse, des- of the debate of how best to fight While the poverty rate did rise peration and poverty,” Perry said poverty is far from decided.

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31 — Last Friday, C. Ora Smith of Iola made a bird count in this area, as he does twice a year for the Audubon Society and the Kansas Ornithological Society. During the 15-mile trip, within a radius of three or four miles of Iola, he identified 873 individual birds representing 31 species. January 1972

30 — Orville Kretzmeier and Duane McCammon announced as of Monday, Kretzmeier and Associates, local accounting firm, will be known as Kretzmeier and McCammon. McCammon has been with the firm, which recently moved into new quarters on North State Street, since 1959. January 1982

31 — Nearly $218,000 has either been raised or pledged for construction of a multi-purpose facility at First Baptist Church, Cottonwood and Carpenter. The new facility will have seven classrooms, two offices, restrooms, stor-

age space, additional kitchen facilities and a large multi-purpose room which will be used as a gym, auditorium and meeting place for congregational gatherings. The Rev. Bill Travis is pastor. January 1992

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Today in History The Associated Press

Today is Monday, Dec. 31, the 366th and final day of 2012.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Dec. 31, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed an enabling act paving the way for Virginia’s western counties to become the state of West Virginia, which took place in June 1863. In 1879, Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J. In 1909, the Manhattan Bridge, spanning the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn, was officially opened to vehicular traffic. In 1946, President Harry S. Truman

talked about conversion of the railroad right-of-way from Iola to Ottawa to a linear park by the Kansas Department of Parks and Wildlife here Monday afternoon. The current plan is to make the former Santa Fe Railway right of way into a bike and hiking trail. officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II. In 1972, Major League baseball player Roberto Clemente, 38, was killed when a plane he’d chartered and was traveling on to bring relief supplies to earthquake-devastated Nicaragua crashed shortly after takeoff from Puerto Rico. In 1985, singer Rick Nelson, 45, and six other people were killed when fire broke out aboard a DC-3 that was taking the group to a New Year’s Eve performance in Dallas.

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“In masks outrageous and austere/ The years go by in single file;/ But none has merited my fear,/ And none has quite escaped my smile.” — Elinor Wylie, American author (1885-1928).

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addition to a recent performance in Emporia. They are broadcasted on Social Network Radio, they are on ReverNation, they have played the Elk’s Lake Fest as well as for countless benefits. “We have played a lot of benefits, such as Relay for Life,” Belknap said. “We like to (play benefits) to help out the community.” With the exception of Belknap, all the band members have been in Iola for the majority of their lives. Belknap moved to Iola from New Jersey about 16 years ago to be with family. The rest of the band members have been “best friends since grade school,” Genoble said. With the exception of Genoble, who is self-employed, the band members work at Gates Manufacturing, and as they describe on their Facebook page, they “work full-time jobs during the day and rock at night.” What they rock is a diverse range of music, pre-

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from people who have listened to our music. We have been told several times ‘if you guys don’t make it, it will be your own fault’

— Mike Genoble, Led Astray band member

dominately ’90s rock to modern music. “We play some older songs, but they are all remade,” Belknap said. “We’ll play a country song and turn it into rock. Our style of rock is diverse.” “It also depends on our mood at the time, and the crowd,” Reeder added. “We could be playing our best song and if the crowd isn’t into it (it doesn’t matter).” The band members don’t take life too seriously, a possible key to a successful medium between work, passion and family. “We are all full-time daddies,” Genoble said. “Our kids can sing all of our original recorded songs.” “We are very family ori-

ented,” Belknap said. Led Astray stays current by keeping social networking sites, like Facebook, current, and can be found on most networks. Band members feel their prospects are high. They have more scheduled performances coming into 2013 and are talking about releasing a live-recorded album. “We have gotten a lot of positive feedback from people who have listened to our music. We have been told several times ‘if you guys don’t make it, it will be your own fault,’” Genoble said. Whether the band makes it big, they are dedicated to playing for as long as they can, Genoble said.

could lead to an accidental fire. “With dry wood, I don’t have to worry about flue fires like you do when you burn green wood,” he observed. Wood dried naturally also ignites easily and burns with a steady flame. A couple of smaller logs, two to three inches in diameter and 18 inches long,

will last at least two hours, he said. Ones a little larger will keep a nice flame going for three to four hours. The Gumforys have a backup gas furnace, which comes on when the temperature drops below 68 degrees, but “even on the coldest nights it seldom comes on for more than a couple of cycles,” Gumfory said.

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have been ones to watch their money — a product of growing up during the Great Depression — and when natural gas prices began to soar in the 1980s, they decided to add a fireplace. Its cost was a touch over $3,000, or just $500 less than the whole house cost to build in the mid-1950s. Gumfory by then owned the packing plant, and he became fast friends with many area farmers. That opened a door to make heating with wood economical. “I can go just about anywhere in the country and find a farmer who will let me cut wood,” he said. “If you had to buy wood, especially this year with cheaper gas, the fireplace wouldn’t save us any money. “And there are expenses,” he added. “You have to have a chainsaw and you have to haul it.” Of late, Gumfory has had help with the chore. “My grandsons have helped out a lot, especially Eric (Miller) and Mitch (Phillips),” he said. Gumfory goes for wood that has fallen from trees or trees that have died and toppled over. He also stays away from hedge — it produces too many sparks that



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and to rule out a heart problem or other condition that may have led to it, he said. Dr. Larry Goldstein, a neurologist who is director of Duke University’s stroke center, said blood can pool on the surface of the brain or in other areas of the brain after a concussion, but those would not be treated with blood thinners, as Clinton’s aide described. Clinton was forced to cancel Dec. 20 testimony before Congress about a scathing report into the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The report found that serious failures of leadership and management in two State Department bureaus were to blame for insufficient security at the facility. Clinton took responsibility for the incident before the report was released, but she was not blamed. Some conservative commentators suggested Clinton was faking the seriousness of her illness and concussion to avoid testifying, although State Department officials vehemently denied that was the case. Lawmakers at the hearings — including Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the Senate Foreign Relations Commit-

Last Thursday, before the discovery of the blood clot, Reines said Clinton was expected to return to work this week.

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National titles: Who decides? By TOM COYNE Associated Press

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Denver Broncos middle linebacker Keith Brooking (57) sacks Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn (9) in the third quarter on Sunday at Sports Authority Field in Denver. The Denver Broncos defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-3. ous five times they’ve had home-field advantage. Though the Chiefs (214) gave the Broncos as tough a tussle as anyone during their 11-game winning streak — in a 17-9 loss last month — this wasn’t expected to be much of a game. It wasn’t. Leave it to Manning, ever the perfectionist, to ramp up the degree of difficulty. On the 16-yard touchdown to Decker, Manning slightly overthrew the pass but Decker reached out with his left hand, brought the ball into his helmet, had it pinball against his facemask twice, then cradled it with both hands as he was falling to the ground. “Peyton throws the ball up, giving us a chance to make a play. It’s our job to catch it,” Decker said. The 13-yard touchdown to the 6-foot-3 Thomas mirrored a TD pass Manning threw to Decker last week against Cleveland: high in the back of the end zone


where only his receiver could catch it. “That was probably the limit right there,” Manning said. “But I’ve seen him in practice. He can jump. He can really elevate. It’s hard to throw it over his head, I’ll say that.” The Thomas touchdown made it 28-3 and the celebration was on. The only trip the Broncos will have to make on their road to a championship would be to New Orleans for the Super Bowl. They’ll open the playoffs at home Jan. 12 against Baltimore, Cincinnati or Manning’s old team, the Colts. Coach John Fox, in search of his second trip to the Super Bowl, won his 100th career game. Thomas and linebacker Wesley Woodyard congratulated him with a big splash of orange Gatorade at the end. “It’s an accomplishment, but it’s something that was a lot of people’s work. It wasn’t one guy,” Fox said. Nor would Manning take all the credit for all he’s accomplished in this, a comeback season in which he didn’t know what to expect. This marked his 73rd

three-touchdown game, surpassing the record held by Brett Favre. Manning closed the regular season only 41 yards short of his career high. “It’s been a gratifying regular season,” Manning said. “I will admit that. It is certainly more than I expected. I’m grateful and humble for it.” On the other end of the spectrum are the Chiefs, who, like the Broncos, had five Pro Bowlers on their roster, but finished with 119 yards of offense and wrapped up the first pick in next year’s draft. Coach Romeo Crennel watched the game from the sideline, leaning on a crutch, after having his knee drained of fluid earlier in the week. Many in Kansas City expect him to be unemployed soon. The Broncos swept their division games for the first time since 1998 — the last time they won the Super Bowl. John Elway retired after that one. Now, he’s back, running Denver’s front office, and he signed Manning with only one goal in mind: a third Lombardi Trophy.

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KanCare gets final approval TOPEKA — State officials said today that they had received final written approval from the federal government to proceed with implementation of their KanCare Medicaid overhaul. K a r i Bruffett, director of the Division of H e a l t h Care Finance for the Kan- Kari Bruffett sas Department of Health and Environment, announced receipt of the approval letter from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services during a conference call Friday with providers and consumer advocates. The letter formalizes the provisional approval the state received from CMS earlier this month. “Good news as we continue to move forward,” Bruffett said. Representatives of the three managed care companies that will take operational control of the Medicaid program on Jan. 1 said the number of calls they are receiving from consumers is increasing as the launch date nears. They also said efforts to build out their provider networks would continue past the start date. The three companies are Amerigroup, UnitedHealthcare and Sunflower State Health Plan, a subsidiary of Centene. Earlier in the week, Bruffett said the state had assigned each of the companies a roughly equal number Medicaid enrollees making the transition to managed care. About 380,000 low-income, disabled and elderly Kansans are covered by Medicaid. Most of them are among those being assigned to the companies. Developmentally disabled Kansans covered by Medicaid won’t make the switch until 2014. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has said hiring private companies to manage the care of Medicaid recipients will slow the projected increase in the cost of the almost $3 billion program and improve the care provided. Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, the administration’s KanCare point person, alluded to those goals in a prepared statement issued Friday. “KanCare will improve coordination of care and services to achieve better outcomes and long-term savings without reducing benefits or eligibility, while safeguarding reimbursement for providers,” Colyer said.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Move over MP3s, Kindle and Wikipedia. The next digital revolution that will shake up the powerful publishing industry is about to take place, and it’s coming to a school near you. Starting with the new semester in January, Lawrence public schools will begin pilot testing a new Web-based tool that, among other things, will allow teachers to dispense with traditional hardbound textbooks and replace them with “opensource” learning material. That is, digital media that can be copied and distributed for free, without copyright or royalty restrictions, as long as it’s used for classroom educational purposes. “I think this is a gamechanger, I really do,” said Adam Holden, Lawrence’s assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. “I think the free, opensource availability of really good materials changes the game completely. Our students now have the ability to access information which is, quite frankly, staggering.”

I think the free, open-source availability of really good materials changes the game completely. Our students now have the ability to access information which is, quiet frankly, staggering.

— Adam Holden, Lawrence’s assistant superintendent for teaching and learning

If the pilot tests go as planned, and if voters approve an upcoming bond issue that includes funding for district-wide technology upgrades, Holden said the district could be ready to deploy the new system throughout the district within two or three years. Recently, Holden gave a presentation to the board of education showing how the new system is intended to work. Using their own devices — laptops, tablets and even smartphones — students would log in to a Web portal called “Canvas,” where all of the material for each course is stored. Teachers can load the system with all of the reading material and other content that goes with the course, as well as

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worksheets, quizzes and tests. Both the teacher and student will use the portal to keep track of the student’s progress and even communicate one-on-one outside the regular classroom environment. The system allows reading and other learning material to come from a wider variety of sources, including traditional publishing companies as well as a burgeoning number of other groups that are now offering content for free, or at a greatly reduced cost. Ultimately, Holden said, that could result in substantial savings for parents who are currently paying textbook fees of $97 per year for an elementary student, and $147 per year for students in grades 6 through 8.

New members may play big role TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Legislature will experience its largest freshman intake in more than four decades when the 2013 session opens on Jan. 14, and their influence will be most evident when senators review Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s spending proposals. For the first time in nearly six decades, newcomers will make up a majority on the budget-writing Senate Ways and Means Committee. The most prestigious and powerful committee in the chamber will have seven new senators among its 11 members, including three who haven’t served previously in the Legislature. The change in the Senate committee’s makeup reflects a shift of power within the GOP majority, away from moderate to conservative leaders. Each chamber’s freshman class is dominated by conservative Republicans ready to trim spending and keep the state moving toward eliminating income taxes. “I don’t come in with any particular agenda, other than maintaining zero growth or a reduction in state spending,” said Rep.-elect Mark Kahrs, a Wichita Republican who will serve on the House Appropriations Committee. “We just believe the government has grown too much. It’s too large.” With conservatives in control and the GOP holding overall majorities of 32-8 in the Senate and 92-33 in the House, it is unlikely that Brownback will struggle to win approval for his budget recommendations, tax proposals and other measures, possibly including a plan to rewrite the state’s education funding formula. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, whose 36 years at the Statehouse make him the longest-serving legislator ever, predicted that the Senate budget committee’s Republicans will be “yes men.” “I think they’ll do whatever Sam Brownback tells them to do,” Hensley said. “I don’t think there will be

John Hanna An AP news analysis a lot questions.” The new Republican lawmakers said that while they’re likely to embrace Brownback’s goals, they’ll show a lot of independence in haggling over the details. Brownback expects them to push their own proposals. “Part of the mix changing is for people to come in with a different set of ideas and outlooks, and that’s healthy,” Brownback said during a recent interview with The Associated Press. “What you’re hoping to get out of a citizen Legislature is a lot of expertise in a disparate set of fields.” The Legislature was virtually guaranteed a big freshman intake when three federal judges redrew the state’s political boundaries in June. Also, the powerful Kansas Chamber of Commerce and its allies financed independent mailings and broadcast advertising that helped conservative Republican candidates win, ousting eight moderate GOP senators. The House will have its largest contingent of new members since at least 1970. Forty-nine of 125 members have never served in the Legislature, and 40 of them are Republicans. Another six representatives are returning to the House after a hiatus, including incoming Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican who spent the past two years in the Senate. Sixteen of the Senate’s 40 members will be new to the chamber, the most since 1993 when there were 21. Fourteen new arrivals are Republicans. The freshman class includes 10 Republicans and two Democrats who have served in the House. Legislators will confront a projected $295 million gap between anticipat-

ed revenues and spending commitments for the fiscal year beginning in July, a self-inflicted budget shortfall tied to massive income tax cuts enacted in May in hopes of stimulating the economy. Brownback has promised to protect education funding, social services and other core government programs. Legislators have options for offsetting this year’s tax cuts — such as keeping the state sales tax at 6.3 percent rather than letting it drop to 5.7 percent in July as scheduled. Some new legislators are open to keeping the sales tax as it is — if the state enacts more income tax cuts — but want to cut back elsewhere. “We’ve got to reduce spending,” said Sen.-elect Steve Fitzgerald, a Leavenworth Republican who will serve on the Ways and Means Committee.” Joining Fitzgerald on the Senate Ways and Means Committee are new-to-the-Le gislature Republicans Jeff Melcher of Leawood and Michael O’Donnell of Wichita. Republicans Tom Arpke of Salina, Jim Denning of Overland Park, Dan Kerschen of Garden Plain and Larry Powell of Garden City also will join the committee fresh from service in the House. Denning will be vice chairman, having served on the House Appropriations Committee the past two years. The last time the Senate Ways and Means Committee had as many new senators as members was in 1957 — when the chamber had 28 new members. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, of Hutchinson, said Senate GOP leaders concentrated veterans in chairmanships of other committees and new senators were particularly eager to serve on the budget committee. “I think there’s been so much hunger for accountability and responsibility,” O’Donnell said, explaining his interest. “For the foreseeable future, the budget is going to be the No. 1 issue.”

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Readers give advice on snooping, an abusive mate While Carolyn Hax is away, readers give the advice.

On snooping:

I’ve seen so many letters about reading a significant other’s texts or e-mails. I’ve even read a few columns that said a cheater who has promised to reform should give their spouse or partner all their passwords. What never seems to come up is that you are also violating the privacy of everyone who writes to the person whose accounts are now open books. I’ve accepted that there is a certain amount of slippage when it comes to things I tell friends in long-term relationships, but I find it offensive that someone who is dating a friend of mine and suspects her or him of cheating could easily ac-

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cess e-mails that are about deeply personal issues I’d rather not share with them. It’s something snoopers should think about when they go onto an e-mail account or phone. They’re not just violating their partner’s privacy, they also may find information that a perfectly innocent person never wanted to share with them. — E.

Carolyn Hax

I speak from experience. I was engaged to a woman who was abusive and it took the continued efforts of friends and loved ones to see what I was too ashamed to recognize. A victim of abuse is going to need someone to keep his sense of reality and self, particularly when she really starts to sink her claws into him. I am so thankful to friends and family who cared enough and helped me get my life back. — D.

On dealing with a loved one’s engagement to an abusive mate:

Seeing a loved one get involved with an abusive partner can be incredibly difficult, especially if you see the loved one ignore obvious and repeated warning signs. If they’ve been together a long time, his sense of reality might be even more skewed than he lets on.

On deciding whether to

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When I was a newlywed, my mom gave me this advice: “If you cannot imagine yourself having a happy future without, have a child. If you can in any way see yourself living happily without, do not.” This has proved a useful guidepost in countless decisions since: divorce, remarriage, career choices, doughnuts, ad infinitum. I did choose to become a mother — three times — of astonishingly wonderful people. After 36 years of mothering, here’s what I think: If I could have known how wonderful the good is, I would have started 10 years earlier and had twice as many. If I could have known how awful the bad is, I would not have had any. — Life Is Approximate

Chewing tobacco is not safe to use Dear Drs. Donohue and Roach: I was washing the

clothes of my 17-year-old son when I found a tin of chewing tobacco. Needless to say, I was very upset. I confronted my son about it after school. He told me that a lot of his friends use it and that it is “no big deal — at least I’m not smoking!” I told him it IS a big deal because it is just as dangerous as cigarettes and I reminded him of our family’s history of cancer. My father, his two brothers and two of his sisters all died of different cancers. Can YOU please try to explain to my teenage son the danger of chewing tobacco? Thank you. — A.M. Answer: As the parent of three teenagers, I empathize with your frustration. Trying to explain the increased risks of disease to someone who knows perfectly well what it means but doesn’t really believe that it could ever happen to him is nearly impossible. But I will try, since there is a belief that smokeless tobacco is safe. It isn’t. The major risk of smokeless tobacco is in head and neck cancers — lip, mouth, tongue, throat. Having taken care of many of these patients, I can attest to the terrible pain and disfigurement that come from the disease and its treatment. But your best bet may be to talk about your son’s family members who died from cancer. Discussing real people who have been through it may get through better than statistics about increased risks. A family member with esophageal or pancreatic cancer also would be important, since there is incontrovertible evidence that chewing tobacco causes these as well. Is it safer than smoking? Yes. But playing Russian roulette with one bullet in the


chamber is safer than playing Russian roulette with two.

Dear Drs. Donohue and roach: My mother was 82

when she died. She had Alzheimer’s disease. My brother, who is 68, is beginning to show the same symptoms that my mother had at about the same age. I am 14 months younger than my brother, and I am wondering what, if anything, my brother and I can do to slow the possible onset of Alzheimer’s. I un-

all. However, if both of your parents had Alzheimer’s, your risk at age 65 is about 36 percent. Having a parent (or sibling) clearly increases the risk. The risk goes even higher as we get older. There are blood tests that claim to predict risk of Alzheimer’s disease; none of them is perfect. There currently is no proven method of prevention that is generally accepted; however, most authorities believe

that reducing risk of vascular disease, by controlling those risk factors, also can reduce risk of Alzheimer’s. These include not smoking and controlling blood pressure, high cholesterol and blood sugar. Some evidence also suggests that keeping an active mind throughout adulthood may be important. There are promising treatments on the horizon for early Alzheimer’s disease as well.

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derstand that genetics plays an important role in the odds of us having this terrible illness. — L.F. Answer: This turns out to be a very difficult question to answer. The risk of having Alzheimer’s disease at age 65 is about 13 percent over-

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Utilizing local resources Kansas State University provides you with researchbased information through many avenues. Locally, your contact is the Southwind Extension District in Iola. Hundreds of publications and fact sheets, written by K-State researchers and specialists, are available through the university’s Publications Library, Another alternative is to research the information provided on the Southwind website, www.southwind. However, not all of our services can be found on the Internet. One of the most utilized resources is soil testing. K-State Research and Extension can test soil for $12 per sample or $10 apiece for two or more. Soil testing is recommended for gardeners, farmers, lawn and turf problems, or pasture management. Feed and forage testing is also offered. The only way to know for certain the quality of feed is to get a lab analysis of it, with a forage test. A forage test runs from $12 to $24 per sample, depending on what you want the sample tested for. Other services available include Radon Test Kits ($6) and Water Quality Testing resources. Have you ever wondered what that unidentified pest or plant lurking around your home may be, or even how you can get rid of it?

FCE hosts annual party FCE GALS met Dec. 17 for the annual Christmas party. Twenty-one members attended. The next meeting will be Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.

Digital pole for fishing WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has gotten a utility patent for a computerized fishing pole that he plans to begin selling. The Wichita Eagle reports that Edward Pope’s fishing pole is called the Poletap SmartRod, and he’s now trying to get the product into the retail market. Pope, who runs Audio Visual Services, received the patent on the technology in the pole, which he says uses computer controlled accelerometer technology so that the pole can detect when a fish is biting. The SmartRod also has different bite sensitivity settings and alerts anglers to a bite with a light and alarm. The pole is water resistant and will sell for between $55 and $70, depending on whether it’s bought with a reel.

you pick them up in the Extension office. The Kansas Garden Guide is a new publication that is available for only $5. If you are looking Extension for resources on planning a garden, seeding and plantAgent for ing, or details about a speAgriculture cific crop, this publication is a must-have. Extension The Extension office has offers many, many publicaexpertise and resources tions on home gardening available to identify pests so please stop by if you are that are common to our looking for something spearea and in Kansas. This cific. Area farmers and ranchincludes home and crop insects, weeds, and various ers often utilize Kansas perplants. We can also provide formance tests for various information on how to re- crops to determine which move or control pests, de- varieties will grow best in this area of the state. This pending on your situation. “Best kept secret� prod- month, the 2012 Hybrid Reucts that we offer for sale ports for Corn, Soybean, are odor neutralizers. and Grain Sorghum will Ecosorb ($6) is used in nu- become available in the merous home, farm and Extension office. This is in i n d u s t r i a l / c o m m e rc i a l addition to the Wheat Seed applications. Most of our Book, which is always availclients use this product able in late summer after to control odors from fuel wheat has been harvested spills, mold smell, or skunk and data collected. The 2012 Chemical Weed sprays.  Neutroleum Alpha ($16) is a concentrated prod- Control Guide will be pubuct utilized in a similar lished in January and fashion to control strong provides suggestions for odors. Because it is a con- chemical weed control in centrate, it can be used in a several major crops. It offers recommendations, and larger area. We also sell quite a few guidelines for crop specific farm and family account chemicals. If you are involved in a books ($2.50 to $4). If you haven’t made the transi- club or organization that tion to computerized re- requests presentations, the cord keeping, this resource Southwind District offers allows for an accurate ac- a “speakers bureau� brocounting of your finances chure, which contains pubin a form that makes com- lic speaking topics offered by Extension agents. Let pleting taxes easier. Extension publications us help you with your eduare very accessible to the cational topics during your public, and most are free if meetings.

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Careful where you park HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Visitors to parts of Everglades National Park are getting tarps and bungee cords to make their vehicles less delectable to vultures. Migrating vultures have developed a habit of ripping off windshield wipers, sunroof seals, and other rubber and vinyl vehicle parts. Visitors to the park’s Homestead and Flamingo entrances are loaned “anti-vulture kits� to protect their vehicles.

Park wildlife biologist Skip Snow tells The Miami Herald the vultures are migrating as normal. It’s just not clear why the birds are picking at parked cars and trucks. Park employees have tried to scare away the vultures, but nothing has worked. Park Superintendent Dan Kimball says complaints about the vultures have declined since employees began distributing the tarps and bungee cords last year.

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The drought that damaged crops throughout the Midwest this year has lowered Mississippi water levels, threatening to close the river to shipping traffic. Water levels are low along the entire length of the Mississippi River, including at Cape Girardeau, Mo., pictured Dec. 18.

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