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Crisis response exercise at NCC

Neosho Community College will host a training exercise coordinated by the Neosho County Emergency Management, Chanute Police and Fire Department, as well as other area law enforcement, healthcare and emergency response agencies. This exercise will simulate an active shooter on the NCCC Chanute campus and emergency response to that event at 10 a.m. on Jan. 7. There will be minimal students and staff on campus during this time and the entire campus, parking lots and adjacent streets may be impacted. This exercise will test the effectiveness of emergency and crisis response plans. There will be no live ammunition on campus, however, blanks may be used to simulate the shooter scenario. No visitors will be allowed on campus during the exercise and everyone on campus must remain inside the buildings. This exercise is expected to be done within three to four hours. Any questions will be answered by emailing or contacting bsmith@neosho. edu or calling 620-431-2820 ext. 621.

Kiwanis, MOMs edge closer to goal

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Tax debate on hold for 2014 By JOHN MILBURN Associated Press

“Quarters for a Cause” jars, such as this one held by Lesley Skahan, have been put up to raise money for playground equipment for special needs kids. REGISTER/BOB JOHNSON

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Moms of Miracles (MOMs) have watched a miracle unfold in Iola the past few months. Today the group has in hand $132,000, with a goal $153,000 in sight for its campaign to erect playground equipment in Riverside Park for special needs kids. “I knew the community would help, but this is beyond any expectations we have had,” said Lesley Skahan, on behalf of MOMs. Skahan also is quick to give credit to Mike and Nancy Ford, as well the Iola Kiwanis Club.

“We couldn’t have accomplished what we have without them,” she added. “Mike and Nancy have helped so much with marketing and grant writing.” MOMs was organized in 2011 so mothers of children with special needs could share concerns and triumphs, as well as have time to themselves. Lesley and Matt Skahan’s son, Mason, 4, is one of the special needs kids who will benefit immensely with accessible playground equipment. He suffers from a rare genetic disorder, Pitt-Hopkins syndrome, which has confined See PLAYGROUND | Page A4

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — After two years of making wholesale changes in the Kansas income tax code, Republican state officials will sit back in 2014 and see whether the economic growth they envisioned takes hold. With the help of the GOPcontrolled Legislature, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback pushed through tax cuts for nearly 200,000 businesses and individual income taxpayers during the 2012 and 2013 sessions. His goal was to set the state on a path toward eliminating income taxes over time and attracting new residents and businesses. “It’s been a weak (national) recovery. But I’m very encouraged by the data that we have right now and I’m encouraged that our revenues to the state have held so strong. Things are working,” Brownback said, noting it was too early to deem the cuts a success but pointing to “nice gains” in the Kansas portion of the Kansas City metropolitan area, southeast Kansas and northwest Kansas. House Taxation Committee Chairman Richard See TAXES | Page A2

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Medicaid expansion still hot topic

By JOHN HANNA Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Pressure is likely to build next year in Kansas to expand Medicaid to cover thousands of uninsured residents, despite the Republican-dominated Legislature’s displeasure with the federal health care overhaul. Advocates for the needy and consumers are promising to push for an expansion once lawmakers convene their annual session Jan. 13. The nonpartisan Kansas Health Institute estimates an expansion would cover more than 85,000 people, almost a quarter of the state’s uninsured residents. Supporters face Republicans’ strong opposition to the 2010 health care law championed by President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and GOP skepticism that the federal government will keep promises to finance most of the cost. The rocky rollout of the federally run online health insurance marketplace also toughened some Republicans’ resolve. But for Floydie Oliver, 52, a recently unemployed Pittsburg resident, the key question is whether legislators consider the struggles of uninsured Kansans like her. She and her 66-year-old husband are living on his retirement and Social Security benefits as she looks for a new job, relying on a community health clinic for care and dealing with chronic back pain. “I can’t afford to go to specialists or things of that nature,” she said. “It’s all about not having enough money to afford things.” The federal law requires most Americans to obtain health coverage or face tax penalties starting next year, and it imposes

minimum-coverage mandates for insurers. The law provides subsidies for millions of Americans living above the poverty level and contemplates states expanding their Medicaid programs to cover people living at or below the poverty level, or $23,550 for a family of four. But in its 2012 ruling upholding most of the health care law, the U.S. Supreme Court said the federal government couldn’t compel states to expand Medicaid. Kansas legislators added a provision to budget legislation this year blocking an expansion through June 2015. “Kansans are very clear. We don’t want to expand Obamacare,” said Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, a reconstructive plastic surgeon who often is the Brownback administration’s chief spokesman on health issues. “That’s the long and the short of it.” Brownback is critical of the federal health overhaul, and he allowed the Medicaid-expansion ban to stand when he signed this year’s budget legislation — instead of using his power to veto individual items. But during an interview earlier this month, he said he’s still watching the Obama administration’s implementation of the federal law because “they still make more changes.” “That’s why I’ve not declared, you know, either we’re going to do it or we’re not going to do it,” he said of a Medicaid expansion. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, said Brownback has “dropped the ball” on the expansion because his leadership could combat “the whole notion that you would be looked at

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Car winner announced Rene Hicks is the winner of Patty’s Posse Team toy pink Camaro. The team helped raise money for Relay for Life by selling $1 tickets to win the car. The car was displayed at Duane’s Flowers, Iola, and the drawing was at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Kristina DeLaTorre and Brenda Holloway drew the winner of the event. REGISTER/KAYLA BANZET

Commercial vehicle owners get tax break Starting Thursday a new Commercial Motor Vehicle System will be in place in Kansas. Legislative action this year led to the change, which puts commercial vehicle registration in compliance with state and federal laws that have been in place since 2000, said Carolyn Maley, Allen County treasurer. Commercial vehicles are defined as those weighing 10,001 pounds or more, designed to transport 15 or more passengers or used to transport hazardous material in a quantity requiring a warning placard. The change does not affect agricultural vehicles used for personal farming. The main change is commercial vehicle owners no longer will have to pay ad valorem or property taxes, which will be

replaced by a commercial vehicle fee. However, 2013 property taxes will have to be paid before registering a vehicle and proof of that payment will have to be provided when registering a vehicle under the new commercial vehicle system. Registration year for Kansas commercial vehicles is Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Commercial vehicles that are currently registered on a staggered basis will continue to use the regular county tag until the staggered registration time expires at the end of 2014. More information about commercial vehicle registration is available at the treasurer’s office in the county courthouse, in person, by phone at 620-365-1409 or by email at treas@allencounty.org or mhough@ allencounty.org.

Police report Vehicle crashes A vehicle driven by Diane Bedenbender, rural Neosho Falls, slid off Texas Road just west of 1400 Street Tuesday afternoon. She was not injured.

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by Allen County officers early Thursday morning for the theft of a John Deere Gator, valued at $20,000, from Colt Energy. The Gator was found in Knight’s garage. A second man, not yet identified, is thought to have been implicated in the theft. Charge of burglary and criminal damage to property will be requested against him, officers said.

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ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — While a five-year, $80 million plan to pay for full-day kindergarten has support from the State Board of Education, leaders of the Kansas House and Senate education committees aren’t backing it yet. The Arkansas City Traveler reported that House Education Committee Chairwoman Kasha Kelley said she wants to know how the added spending would affect other services and the state’s reserve fund. Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal calls for spending $16 million a year for the next five years until all-day kindergarten is funded fully by the state. Brownback said he plans to offer more details next month, but ensuring all Kansas students go to kindergarten for a full day dovetails with his focus on improving reading scores. “I don’t know if I’m

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Carlson said surrounding states have taken notice of Kansas’ changes, but he doesn’t expect legislators to do more when the session starts in Jan. 13. “I look for the next year to be quiet. I think it’s looking pretty good right now,� the St. Marys Republican said. Brownback is also seeking to be re-elected in 2014. But if revenues are any indication, legislators are likely to have little extra money next session for budget contingencies — such as increases for public schools or a prison expansion. Kansas will collect $5.86 billion this fiscal year, according to a November fiscal forecast, 7.6 percent less than $6.34 billion collected in the fiscal year that ended June 30. And personal income tax collections are expected to decline 14.7 percent in the current fiscal year. Though the fiscal forecast also projects $5.92 billion in revenue come the 2014-2015 fiscal year — a 1 percent increase — any surpluses will evaporate and leave a shortfall by the 2018 session, documents from the state’s Legislative Research De-

money and not prepared to work with the Legislature to figure out a way to get the funding, then it’s nothing but political posturing,� Trimmer said. All but about 15 of the state’s 286 districts provide all-day kindergarten, according to Dale Dennis, deputy commissioner for fiscal and administrative services for the Kansas Department of Education. Most use money they receive from the state for at-risk students to pay the additional staffing costs, while another 20 or so districts charge parents per semester for all-day instruction, he said. Dennis has said allday kindergarten fees for parents range from $270 a semester to $1,350 a semester. Districts that already provide all-day instruction potentially could use the money the state would provide for allday kindergarten in other ways.

If he’s promising all-day kindergarten, but is not prepared to come up with some money and not prepared to work with the Legislature to figure out a way to get the funding, then it’s nothing but political posturing. — Rep. Ed Trimmer

noted that the research is mixed. Studies generally show children in all-day kindergarten programs make bigger academic gains than students in half-day programs, but research is inconclusive on how long the benefits persist.

Rep. Ed Trimmer, a Winfield Republican, said he supports state funding of all-day kindergarten, but is skeptical of Brownback’s intentions. “If he’s promising all-day kindergarten, but is not prepared to come up with some

partment showed. “It’s going to be a disaster on the state’s budget,� Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, said of the tax cuts recently. Whatever happens, the cuts likely will be front and center during Brownback’s bid for a second term. House Minority Leader Paul Davis, who’s running against Brownback, has been one of the harshest critics of the tax cut. The Lawrence Democrat argues Kansas cannot afford to lose that much money from a main source that quickly and that essential services, such as public education and social services, will bear the brunt of the effects. “Gov. Brownback promised his tax plan would be a ‘shot of adrenaline’ to the Kansas economy, but adrenaline is something we feel immediately,� Davis said. “The only immediate effect we’re feeling from the Brownback tax plan is a budget crisis.� Davis said removing income taxes as a source of revenue puts the burden on sales and property taxes, which can disproportionately affect

Kansans who are out of work can’t afford to wait five years for jobs. — Paul Davis

portunity for job growth. And House Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, senses the state is improving based on new business filings and a November unemployment rate that dropped to 5.1 percent. “Recovery is a slow process, but there are

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low- and middle-income wage earners. “Kansans who are out of work can’t afford to wait five years for jobs,� he said. Carlson said an improving national economy would amplify the effects of Kansas’ tax cuts by creating more op-

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Kansas regents need to revisit social-media policy The Kansas Board of Regents’ social-media policy is both vague and severe. It’s understandable that the Kansas Board of Regents wanted to create a socialmedia policy for the state’s public universities. But the new policy is both so vague and severe that it could chill the free exchange of ideas, which is crucial to higher education. The regents need to revisit the policy, getting input from faculty and administrative leaders. The new policy gives the chief executive at each university the authority to suspend or fire any faculty or staff member who improperly uses social media, such as in posts on blogs, Facebook or Twitter. Examples of improper use include commu-

The new policy is “an affront to academic freedom and academic excellence” and could drive “away both potential hires and current faculty.” — Kansas State University professors in a letter to the Kansas Board of Regents

nications that incite violence or disclose student information or research data. Where the policy particularly overreaches is that improper communications can include those that are “contrary to the best interest of the university,” that impair “discipline by superiors or harmony among co-workers,” or that have “a detrimental impact on close working relationships for which personal loyalty and confidence are necessary.” That could include just about

anything. The regents have stressed that it will be up to the universities to determine how they enforce the policy, and that the universities will have a grievance process to appeal any employment decision. Though that may be somewhat reassuring for universities that have presidents who value free speech and faculty rights, it is still arbitrary and ambiguous. Not surprisingly, the policy has been strongly criticized at the universities and

in the national media. More than 40 Kansas State University professors signed a joint letter to the regents arguing that the new policy is “an affront to academic freedom and academic excellence” and could drive “away both potential hires and current faculty.” The American Association of University Professors complained that professors could be fired if they disagree with university policies or their colleagues online. The regents developed the policy after an offensive tweet in September by University of Kansas journalism professor David Guth about the Washington Navy Yard shooting. The regents and KU were under pressure from some state lawmakers to take strong action against Guth.

But when a policy is rushed into place or comes in response to one particular incident, it often isn’t vetted thoroughly and goes too far. That appears the case with this policy. What’s more, the regents were warned before they approved the new policy earlier this month. Faculty representatives urged the board to postpone the vote and allow faculty members to provide input. KU provost Jeff Vitter cautioned that the policy would be scrutinized nationally. “You are potentially walking into a dangerous situation,” Vitter said. The regents should have listened. Now they need to clean up the mess. Phillip Brownlee, The Wichita Eagle

Extend wind tax credit companies unable to plan for the long term, but this is no way to build a major new Thanks in part to a bipar- energy industry. Congress is tisan policy, the federal pro- learning, and recent changes duction tax credit, wind pow- to the PTC have allowed deer has brought thousands of velopers and manufacturers jobs and billions of dollars in a little more certainty, but investment into our state. still not the level of consisKansas wind power keeps tency needed. the lights on for more than Kansans have the oppor800,000 homes. That puts us tunity to harness a proven, at ninth in the nation in in- reliable and affordable techstalled wind capacity. nology that uses no fuel or Kansans of all political water and produces no polpersuasions have embraced lution, but more long-term wind power and the PTC as stability is needed. Congress a way to grow our economy needs an energy policy that and promote manufacturing ensures companies and dehere at home, all while help- velopers are able to plan for ing to promote diversity on the years ahead. the grid and secure our enKansans have benefited ergy independence. Together from $5 billion of capital inwith the 1,592 turbines in the vestment in wind power into ground in Kansas, the PTC is our state, and direct payback writing an American success of nearly $8 million annustory. ally goes A marto farmers ket-based In Kansas, the second-wind- and landincentive, iest state in the country in owners in the producterms of potential power, we the form of tion tax land lease could easily meet the entire payments. credit only rewards state’s electrical demand. Combined projects for with sigactually nificant producing taxes paid power, so money goes only to state and local authorities, where it should. Wind de- this translates into improved velopers must use due dili- schools, rural economic degence when deciding where velopment, and a valuable to place new wind installa- hedge for farmers when the tions. In Kansas, the second- going gets tough. windiest state in the country With the proper policies in terms of potential power, in place, the Sunflower State this means we could easily has the opportunity to lead meet the entire state’s elec- this American energy revotrical demand. lution. A multiyear extenThere have been times sion of the PTC will allow when the PTC has been al- Kansans to reap the benefits lowed to lapse. When it did, of a strong, dependable windwe lost jobs and opportuni- power industry. Considering ties for development. Since that seven manufacturers 1999, the PTC has expired in the wind supply chain alfour times, each time bring- ready call Kansas home, an ing a wave of uncertainty extension of the PTC will be and leaving the industry on good news for our state. unsure footing. Joann Knight is executive Wind power has soldiered director of the Dodge City/ on even in the face of unpre- Ford County Development dictable policies that leave Corp. By JOANN KNIGHT

Feds nix launch of KanCare expansion By MIKE SHIELDS KHI News Service

TOPEKA — Kansas will not be able to move forward Jan. 1 as planned with its KanCare expansion intended to include long-term supports for the developmentally disabled. Instead, officials at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services continue to talk with state officials about various concerns they have with the state’s plan. Officials said the lack of a CMS sign-off for the Jan. 1 start more likely would result in a delayed approval after various changes are made to the plan as opposed to outright rejection of what has been one of the more controversial components of Gov. Sam Brownback’s ongoing Medicaid program makeover. “They have told the state that they will not approve the 1115 waiver that carves in the DD folks on Jan. 1,” said Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat who has been in contact with CMS officials. “My sense is that this will just delay the decision.” Kelly said there were four main areas of concern with the administration’s plan as outlined by federal officials and others: 1. The number of disabled people on the state’s so-called “underserved list.” 2. Concerns about whether the state can guarantee prompt payments for services by the state managed care companies to DD service providers. 3. The state’s organizational structure for its KanCare ombudsman. Critics say the ombudsman should not be directly employed by a state Medicaid agency in order to assure greater independence. 4. Concerns about “notices in the state’s 1915C waiver

and proposed 1115C waiver amendment.” Brownback officials subsequently issued a statement saying they would continue talks with CMS through Feb. 1 — a date not mentioned in the letter from CMS — in an effort to resolve or respond to the concerns that have been raised and, during that interval, develop a new implementation timeline for KanCare expansion, to which they said they remain fully committed.

“We are extremely pleased that CMS has listened to Kansas stakeholders about the serious problems with KanCare, including but not limited to wrongly forcing over 1,700 people on the so-called underserved waiting list and the lack of proper notice regarding service reductions and appeal rights,” said Rocky Nichols, executive director of the Disability Rights Center of Kansas. “KanCare simply isn’t ready to take on the DD Waiver, and

This wasn’t ever a partisan issue. We had Republicans and Democrats and moderates and conservatives who had concerns about this. — Tom Laing, Interhab executive director

INTERHAB, the association that represents most of the state’s Community Developmental Disability Organizations, filed comments earlier this week with CMS, newly outlining that group’s ongoing trepidations with the proposed carve-in of DD services. Interhab also sent a memo dated Dec. 23 to Shawn Sullivan at KDADS, urging the state to delay or cancel its plan to include DD long-term supports in KanCare. Earlier this month, the National Council on Disability, a federal advisory panel, urged CMS officials to delay for one year the state’s request to include long-term DD supports and services in the state’s sweeping managed care plan. Medical services for the developmentally disabled were included in KanCare on Jan. 1, 2013, when virtually all the state’s 380,000 Medicaid beneficiaries were moved into managed care plans run by three major, for-profit insurance companies. Advocates for the disabled said they were pleased that CMS had withheld approval.

thankfully the federal government is getting that message loud and clear,” he said. Interhab Executive Director Tom Laing said the delay would allow the group to continue its appeals to the Kansas Legislature, which convenes again in January, to block the administration plans to carve in DD services. “I think legislators — many of whom were being assured by the administration that everything was fine — will now want to ask new questions,” Laing said. “This wasn’t ever a partisan issue. We had Republicans and Democrats and moderates and conservatives who had concerns about this. It’s not a matter of adjusting a few nuts and bolts. However much the state might want to say otherwise, there are fundamental problems” with the expansion plan. Interhab has long argued that long-term supports for the developmentally disabled should be left alone, saying they don’t lend themselves to the commercial, medical models used by shareholderowned insurance companies.

Letter to the editor Dear editor,

To paraphrase the late Paul Harvey — “There’s never enough good news.” We’ve just experienced our first ice storm of the new winter and there were no outages, due to, in no small part, the preventive methods

and specialized equipment installed by our very own Electric Department in the City of Iola. Yes, thank you — for nothing. A grateful citizen, Larry H. Walden, Iola, Kan.

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as endorsing Obamacare.” Other states with GOP governors, including Arizona, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania, plan to expand Medicaid. The health care law says the federal government will fund all of the expansion through 2016 and cover at least 90 percent of the cost after that. “The arguments I’ve heard against it just don’t make sense,” said Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, perhaps the only prominent Kansas Republican to praise the federal health care overhaul. In Kansas, able-bod-

ied adults without children don’t qualify for Medicaid, and those with children cannot obtain their own coverage unless their household incomes are below a third of the poverty level — or $7,536 for a family of four. Sean Gatewood, interim executive director of the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition, said the Medicaid expansion and subsidies for private insurance for better-off families are designed to “work together” to help the uninsured. He said his group will “absolutely” push for a Medicaid expansion because without it, thousands of Kansans

will remain ineligible for Medicaid but be too poor for subsidies. A study last year commissioned by the Kansas Hospital Association suggested an expansion would create new jobs and lower some state costs, resulting in a net financial gain for the state. Also, hospitals stand to lose some of their federal funds because the health care law assumed Medicaid would expand. However, a study commissioned last year by the Brownback administration suggested that the state would spend an additional $600 million over 10 years if it expanded Medicaid.

Both studies assumed the federal government kept its funding promises. Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee Chairwoman Mary Pilcher-Cook, a Shawnee Republican, said states cannot rely on those promises, given the federal government’s ongoing budget problems. As for helping uninsured Kansas, PilcherCook pointed to a Kansas law that took effect in July, allowing insurers to offer cheaper, “mandate-lite” insurance plans. People buying them still would pay a federal penalty, but Pilcher-Cook said doing so still could be cheaper

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him to a wheelchair. Lesley told Iola Rotarians in November that her son “is an inspiration to us, and others. He is a very happy little boy, and we can see the ‘wheels’ turning” in his mind. The unique playground equipment is sure to draw people from a wide area, Skahan said. WHEN

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and Mike Ford spoke to Rotarians in November, proceeds stood at $90,000. Fundraisers and grants, including $25,000 from the Kansas Health Foundation, Wichita, have pushed the total to $132,000. Terry Sparks, an Iola State Farm Insurance agent, came up with the idea of “Quarters for a Cause,” for the MOMs effort. For years Sparks has tossed quarters in a glass jar in his office, 15 W. Madison Ave. Noting that the deadline for the MOMs’ fundraising was drawing near — Jan. 31 — he called and offered to donate his jar of quarters, which he estimated at about $1,500. He proposed the habit be taken a step further with a “Quarters for a Cause” campaign, which will have plastic jugs placed strategically in Iola and area towns to raise funds for the playground equipment. The MOMs embraced the idea and over the weekend started putting out the jars. “We have quite a few places, and may add some,” Skahan said, including those at Emprise Bank in Iola and Moran; Iola Pharmacy; Iola Vision Source; Class Act Saloon, Iola; Landmark National Bank in Iola and Kincaid; Community National Bank, Iola; Thrive Allen County; Fashionette, Blue Mound; Around the Corner coffee shop, Iola; Hairbenders, Yates Center; Kincaid-Selma United Methodist Church; Great Southern Bank, Iola; the Feed Bunk and Piqua State Bank, Yates Center. Another fundraiser is at Iola’s Community National Bank, where employees are paying $5 each Friday for the privilege of wearing jeans to work. The bank is adding $10 to each employee’s contribution. SKAHAN is confident the $153,000 goal will be realized, but even if it isn’t, fundraising will be close enough that the lion’s share of playground equipment will be installed.

The Jan. 31 deadline is in place so equipment may be ordered in February to arrive so it may be installed in April and ready for use when weather warms enough for outdoor play. A tad more than the goal may be necessary, Skahan added, noting that concrete work and other odds and ends will increase cost a smidgen. Volunteers will help with installation. While this project is winding down, Skahan and other MOMs are looking ahead to other things they can do for all special needs children. Another possible venture is acquisition of large outdoor musical instruments, made of aluminum and weather resistant, which could be placed in the park

as an adjunct to the playground equipment. They would be wheelchair accessible and also could be used by adults, for recreation and to express their musical creativity. ANYONE WHO wants

to contribute to the playground fund, in any amount, may contact Skahan at 620-363-4340 or Ford at 620-365-9494. Donations also may be mailed to the Allen County Community Foundation, 12 W. Jackson.

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Eagles beat Cowboys, take NFC East title Racer critically injured By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nick Foles and Philadelphia’s high-scoring offense needed a little help from the defense to make sure it was the same old sad ending for the Dallas Cowboys. Foles threw two touchdown passes, one to NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy, and Brandon Boykin had a gamesealing interception to help the Eagles beat the Cowboys 24-22 in a win-or-go-home game for the NFC East title Sunday night. The Cowboys lost to a division rival with a playoff berth on the line for the third straight year, and nobody can blame Tony Romo for this crushing loss. Kyle Orton, filling in two days after Romo underwent back surgery, had Dallas about 40 yards from field goal range with 1:49 remaining. But he threw behind Miles Austin on the first play, and into the arms of Boykin. “We kept fighting. We believed in each other,” said Foles, who was 17 of 26 for 263 yards after throwing for only 80 in a 17-3 loss to Dallas at home. “When the offense was struggling, the defense picked us up.” The Eagles (10-6) will host New Orleans in a wild-card game Saturday night, while the Cowboys (8-8) have now dropped a finale to each division rival the past three seasons and have missed the playoffs four straight years. Dallas is 136-136 since the start of the 1997 season. “It’s unthinkable, really, to me to be sitting here three years in a row and this game ends up putting us at .500 and this game eliminates us from going to the playoffs,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. McCoy, who had a 3-yard scoring catch, rushed for 131 yards to finish with 1,607 yards and become the first Philadelphia running back to win the rushing title since

coach. “You feel a tremendous sense of pride about how the team played, how they fought, how they scratched, how they clawed, how they battled,” Garrett said. “But having said that, we didn’t get the job done.” Orton, who was 30 of 46 for 358 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his first start in two years, was the first Dallas starter not named Romo in an elimination game since a playoff loss to Carolina with Quincy Carter under center during the 2003 season. The Cowboys weren’t shy about throwing without Romo. Trailing by one, Dallas tried to pass on fourth-and-one from the Philadelphia 40 early in the fourth quarter, and Barwin knocked down Orton’s throw to DeMarco Murray, who was open in the flat.

GRENOBLE, France (AP) — Doctors treating Michael Schumacher refused today to predict an outcome for the seven-time Formula One champion, saying they were taking his critical head injury “hour by hour” following a skiing accident. C h i e f anesthesiologist JeanFrancois Payen told r e p o r t e r s Schumacher that Schumacher is still in a medically induced coma and doctors were focusing only on his current condition. “We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher,” Payen said, who is also in charge of the intensive care unit. “He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation,” he added. “We are working hour by hour.” Schumacher, the most successful driver in Formula One history, arrived at the Grenoble University Hospital Center a day earlier already in a coma and immediately underwent brain surgery. The German driver was skiing with his son Sunday morning in the French Alpine resort of Meribel when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock. He was wearing a helmet, but doctors said it was not enough to prevent a serious brain injury. “Someone who had suffered this accident without a helmet would not have made it this far,” Payen said. Gerard Saillant, a trauma surgeon who operated on Schumacher when he broke his leg in a 1999 race crash, was at the hospital

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Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar (89) scores over Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Nate Allen (29) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday. Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1949. “With the stats and the records, none of that stuff means anything, if you don’t win in the end,” McCoy said. “That’s the most important thing.” The Eagles won the division for the first time since 2010 a year after going 4-12, which led to Andy Reid’s departure and the hiring of Chip Kelly and his fast-paced offense from Oregon. Dallas trailed 24-16 when Orton threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant. Orton went back to Bryant for the 2-point conversion, but Cary Williams dove to punch the ball away. But the Eagles, with the second-ranked offense in the NFL, couldn’t run out the clock against the league’s worst defense. Foles even tried to throw on third down, but had to slide short of the first

down when nobody was open. Boykin took care of things from there. “It definitely wasn’t our best, but some guys came up with some huge plays when we needed them to,” said Connor Barwin, who knocked down a fourth-down pass earlier in the fourth quarter. Romo was the quarterback for losses the past two seasons to the New York Giants and Washington — and against the Eagles in the same scenario in 2008. The Cowboys were down 10-0 early in the second quarter and never led, but still found a way to make it interesting without Romo and defensive leader Sean Lee, who was out with a sprained neck. Regardless, Dallas is only the third team in NFL history to finish with three straight 8-8 records, according to STATS. And those are in Jason Garrett’s three full seasons as

K-State Serena, LeBron AP Athletes of the Year rolls out bowl win The Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas State coach Bill Snyder saw what was coming and tried to avoid it, racing 20 yards down the sideline and out onto the field. Spry as he might be, the 74-year-old coach was no match for players young enough to be his grandchildren, turning just in time to take the full icy brunt of defensive end Ryan Mueller dumping a water bucket over his head. “I did (see it), but I’m too old to get out of the way,” Snyder said. He’s certainly not too old to win bowl games. The architect of one of college football’s biggest turnarounds during his first stint at Kansas State, Snyder and his Wildcats won their first bowl game in 11 years by rolling over Michigan 3114 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Saturday night. Jake Waters threw for 271 See KSTATE | Page B4

ten as AP Athlete of the Year since the annual awards were first handed out in 1931. Serena Williams likes to “Whenever I make one thing clear: She is lose, I get more never satisfied, no matter how deter mined, many matches and tournaand it gives ments she wins. me something Driven as ever, Williams more to work won plenty this year. She went toward,” Wil78-4 with 11 titles, including liams told the at the French Open and U.S. AP in an interOpen, raising her Grand Slam Serena Williams view shortly championship total to 17. She before the start compiled a 34-match winning of the U.S. Open. “I don’t get streak. She earned more than complacent, and I realize I $12 million in prize money, a need to work harder and I record for women’s tennis. In need to do better and I want to February, she became the olddo better — or I wouldn’t keep est No. 1 in WTA rankings hisplaying this game.” tory and never left that perch. The vote by news organizaThanks tions was to all of about as that, Willopsided as Serena already has proliams was many of honored vided significant contribuWi l l i a m s ’ Wednesday tions to taking our sport matches as The Asthis seato the next level. ... She is sociated son. She chasing records and no Press’ 2013 received F e m a l e doubt will break many re55 of 96 Athlete of cords before she’s finished. votes, while the Year. Brittney It’s the — Stacey Allaster, WTA chairman Griner, a third AP two-time award for AP Player Wi l l i a m s , of the Year following in college basketball and the 2002 and 2009. Only two womNo. 1 pick in April’s WNBA en have been chosen more of-

draft, finished second with 14. Swimmer Missy Franklin was next with 10. Le Bron James

The only thing that keeps James up worrying at night is basketball, which simultaneously makes perfect sense and no sense. On one hand, he’s the game’s best player. On the other, he’s rarely impressed with himself. Even after a year like 2013 — when a spectacular wedding, a second NBA championship and a fourth MVP award were among the many highlights enjoyed by the Miami Heat star — he still is, as he puts it, striving for greatness. Or, technically, more greatness, since his enormous list of accomplishments just keeps growing. James was announced Thursday as The Associated Press’ 2013 male athlete of the year, becoming the third basketball player to capture the award that has been annually awarded since 1931. James received 31 of 96 votes cast in a poll of news organizations, beating Peyton Manning (20) and Jimmie Johnson (7). “I’m chasing something and it’s bigger than me as a bas-

ketball player,” James told the AP. “I believe my calling is much higher than being a basketball player. I can inspire LeBron James people. Youth is huge to me. If I can get kids to look at me as a role model, as a leader, a superhero those things mean so much, and that’s what I think I was built for. I was put here for this lovely game of basketball, but I don’t think this is the biggest role that I’m going to have.” Past winners include Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, Carl Lewis, Joe Montana, Tiger Woods and Michael Phelps. Serena Williams was the AP Female Athlete of the Year, announced Wednesday. James joins Michael Jordan and Larry Bird as NBA players to win the award. “I don’t think I’ve changed much this year,” James said. “I’ve just improved and continued to improve on being more than just as a basketball player. I’ve matured as a leader, as a father, as a husband, as a friend.”


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The secret side of oatmeal It’s more than a breakfast food By DEBRA D. BASS St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — It takes a little courage the first time you saute onions with Indian spices and mix them into your oatmeal, but the queasy feeling passes. I promise. I’ll admit that I wasn’t an instant convert. It felt like sacrilege. Violating your childhood treat with veggies and soy sauce still feels a bit well, unsavory, but I’d like to change that. At a recent dinner, I served a curried steel-cut oatmeal dish with chicken and mixed peppers, but I waited until everyone applauded the texture and flavors before I confessed that “oh, by the way ... that’s not quinoa.” Suggesting roasted meat, red peppers and oatmeal to the uninitiated can seem as farfetched as recommending spinach on a PB&J. However, despite its distinct breakfast connotation, oatmeal is just a grain. Correction: It’s one of the least expensive whole grain options you can buy. And now you can buy bulk because you can use it sweet or savory. Oatmeal pancakes today, oatmeal jambalaya the next. Once you wrap your head and your tastebuds around the alternatives, you’ll discover that oatmeal just might be the most versatile grain around. Brown rice is higher in calories and can’t compete with the sweet side of oatmeal; besides it lacks that coldweather comfort appeal. Barley, bulgar and quinoa would be the most likely next tier of rivals, but they are typically harder to come by and much more expen-

Broccoli-cheddar oven risotto sive. Not to mention that these savory menu items just don’t have much sweet breakfast cachet. Oatmeal is a chameleon, especially steel cut, which has more nutritional value. But any variety of oatmeal is vaguely sweet, a great quality for curries and an added dimension in traditional savory dishes and stir-frys. You can easily swap oatmeal for grits, rice and most other grains. And we’d suggest adding a little milk to enhance the sweet, creaminess — a great quality for the oatmeal recipe here. BROCCOLICHEDDAR OVEN RISOTTO

Yield: 4 servings 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 bunch broccoli, cut into small florets 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ small onion, finely chopped 1½ cups steel-cut oats ¼ cup dry white wine Kosher salt Freshly ground pepper 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bring the chicken broth to a low simmer in a saucepan. Toss the broccoli with olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet. 2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large Dutch oven or ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add the oats and stir to coat. Pour in the wine and cook until evaporated, about 1 minute. Add the hot broth, ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; bring to a boil. 3. Cover and set on the bottom oven rack. Place the broccoli on the upper rack. Bake, stirring the oatmeal and broccoli once halfway through cooking until most of the liquid has been absorbed into the oatmeal and the broccoli is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. 4. Remove the oatmeal and broccoli from the oven. Add } cup hot water, the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and the cheese to the oatmeal and stir until creamy (add a little more hot water to loosen, if necessary). 5. Stir in broccoli and serve.

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MOSCOW (AP) — A bomb blast tore through a trolleybus in the city of Volgograd this morning, killing at least 10 people a day after a suicide bombing that killed at least 17 at the city’s main railway station. The explosions put the city on edge and highlighted the terrorist threat that Russia is facing as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February. Volgograd is about 400 miles northeast of Sochi, where the Olympics are to be held. The National AntiTerrorism Committee said the bus explosion came from a bomb that most likely had been placed in the vehicle’s passenger area, but there were no further details. The Emergencies Ministry said at least 10 people were killed and news reports said anywhere from 15 to two dozen people were hospitalized. The explosion ripped away much of the bus’s exterior and broke windows in nearby buildings. There was no immedi-

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive. Regulators approved a temporary price hike of 3 cents for a firstclass stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on by the 2008 economic downturn. Many consumers won’t feel the price increase immediately. Forever stamps, good for first-class postage whatever the future rate, can be purchased at the lower price until the new rate is effective Jan. 26. The higher rate will last no more than two years, allowing the Postal Service to recoup $2.8 billion in losses. By a 2-1 vote, the independent Postal Regulatory Commission rejected a request to make the price hike permanent, though inflation over the next 24 months may make it so.

ate claim of responsibility for either explosion, which came several months after Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov called for new attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Sochi Games. SUICIDE bombings have rocked Russia for years, but most have been in the North Caucasus region, the center of an insurgency seeking an Islamist state in the region. But Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, has been struck three times in two months — suggesting militants may be using the transportation hub as a renewed way of showing their reach outside their restive region. A suicide bus bombing in Volgograd in October killed six people. On Friday, three people were killed when an explosives-rigged car blew up in the city of Pyatigorsk, the center of a federal administrative district created to oversee Kremlin efforts to stabilize the North Caucasus region.

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No clear solution for buzzing in ears Dear Dr. Roach: I have been hearing a steady hissing sound in my left ear since 1990. I saw on TV that lipoflavonoid would work for it. Have you ever heard of this? — N.N. Answer: Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of any external source. It can sound like ringing, hissing, buzzing or other noises. There are many alternative treatments for tinnitus, largely because traditional medicine doesn’t have a lot to offer by way of treatment. The most effective treatment I have found in my patients is masking: using another sound, such as white noise, to make the tinnitus sensation less noticeable and hopefully less troubling.

Dr. Keith Roach To Your Good Health Many medications have been tried. I was unable to find any good evidence for lipoflavonoids helping tinnitus. Hearing loss, often due to loud-noise exposure, is frequently associated. A visit to an ear, nose and throat doctor at least once is appropriate to look for rare but serious causes of tinnitus. Dear Dr. Roach: Recently, my wife (age 90) was in the hospital for pneumonia. Upon discharge she was told to keep up her water consumption. Later,

she felt tired and confused and was found to have a very low sodium level. She needed sodium intravenously for 45 hours. For years, the cry has been to avoid salt. What is the body’s need for sodium, and how does the layman decide how much sodium is the right amount? — D.B. Answer: It is contrary to common sense, but 99 percent of the time, a low sodium level in the body comes from taking in too much water — not from taking in too little sodium. There is a hormone called antidiuretic hormone (ADH), also called vasopressin, that is stored in the pituitary gland in the brain. Many conditions, especially stroke and

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pneumonia, can cause the brain to release too much ADH. This prevents the kidneys from being able to get rid of water, and the total amount of body water goes up while sodium stays the same. This causes the sodium level in the body to go down. Usually after the pneumonia (or other underlying cause) is treated, the hormone level goes back to normal. Until then, the most common treatment is limiting water intake. In a few serious cases — and it sounds like your wife had a severe case — sodium needs to be given intravenously, which must be done very slowly to avoid damage to the brain.

Public notices (First published in The Iola Register, December 30 2013) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF ALLEN COUNTY, KANSAS In the Matter of the Estate of JEFFREY JACKSON, Deceased 13 PR 5 NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR FINAL SETTLEMENT (Chapter 59) THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified a petition has been filed in this Court by Lindsey Vanderford and Kurt Jackson, co-administrators of the Estate of Jeffrey Jackson, deceased, praying for final settlement of the estate, approval of their acts, proceedings and accounts as coadministrators, allowance for their administrator’s fees and expenses

and the Court determine the heirs of the said decedent and assign to them the real estate and personal property remaining in said estate. You are hereby required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 21st day of January 2014, at 8:30 A.M., in said District Court in Iola, Kansas, at which time and place said cause will be heard. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon said petition. Lindsey Vanderford, Co-Administrator and CoPetitioner Kurt Jackson, Co-Administrator and CoPetitioner ROBERT E. JOHNSON II JOHNSON LAW OFFICE PA P.O. Box 866 Iola, KS 66749 (12) 30 (1) 6,13

(First published in The Iola Register, December 30, 2013) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF ALLEN COUNTY, KANSAS PROBATE DIVISION In the Matter of the Estate of WILLIAM J. SKEETERS, Deceased 13 PR 30 NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR FINAL SETTLEMENT AND APPROVAL TO SELL REAL ESTATE (Chapter 59) THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are notified that a Petition for Approval to Sell Real Estate and a Petition for Final Settlement were filed in this Court by Ila M. Runer, Executrix of the Estate of William J. Skee-

ters, requesting approval to sell real estate at private sale. You are required to file your written defenses thereto on or before January 21, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in the Allen County District Court, in the City of Iola, in Allen County, Kansas, at which time and place the cause will be heard. Should you fail to file written defenses, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon the Petition. /s/ILA M. RUNER, Petitioner/ Executrix JOHNSON LAW OFFICE PA ROBERT E. JOHNSON II P.O. Box 866 Iola, KS 66749 620-365-3778 Attorney for Petitioner/Executrix (12) 30 (1) 6,13

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(First Published in The Iola Register, December 25, 2013) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF ALLEN COUNTY, KANSAS In the Matter of the Estate of Ruth M. Boyer, Deceased

No. 2013 PR 63 NOTICE TO CREDITORS THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are notified that on December 17, 2013, a Petition For Probate of Will and Issuance of Letters Testamentary was filed in this Court by C. Duane McCammon, one of the Co-executors named in the Last Will and Testament of Ruth M. Boyer, deceased. All creditors of the Decedent are notified to exhibit their demands against the Estate within the latter of four months from the date of first publication of notice under K.S.A. 59-2236 and amendments thereto, or if the identity of the creditor is known or reasonably ascertainable, 30 days after actual notice was given as provided by law, and if their demands are not thus exhibited, they shall be forever barred. C. Duane McCammon, Petitioner IMMEL, WORKS & HEIM, P.A. Four East Jackson Iola, Kansas 66749 (620) 365-2222 Attorneys for Petitioner (12) 23,30 (1) 6

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as a visitor. He told reporters that Schumacher’s age — he turns 45 on Jan. 3 — and his fitness should work in his favor. But the Grenoble medical team was being very cautious about Schumacher’s prognosis. They are working to relieve pressure on his brain and have lowered his body temperature to between 93.2 to 95 degrees, as part of the medically induced coma. Schumacher has been seriously hurt before. He broke his leg in a crash at the Silverstone race course in 1999. He also suffered serious neck and spine injuries after a motorcycling accident in February 2009 in Spain.

The area where Schumacher was skiing is part of a web of trails that slice down through a vast and, in parts, very steep snowfield. Although challenging, the snowfield is not extreme skiing. The runs are broad and neatly tended, and the ungroomed area in between, known as off-piste — where the resort said Schumacher was found — is free of trees. A resort spokesman said Schumacher was conscious when first responders arrived, although agitated and in shock. But today, Payen said after the fall Schumacher was not in “normal state of consciousness.” He was not responding to questions and his limbs appeared to be

moving involuntarily. He was airlifted to a local hospital and then later brought to Grenoble. Doctors said this stopover was typical and did not affect his condition. His wife and other family members are by his bedside. “The family is not doing very well obviously. They are shocked,” said his manager Sabine Kehm, who added that the family still appreciated the outpouring of support. As news of the accident spread, Formula One drivers and fans rushed to wish Schumacher a quick recovery. “Like millions of Germans, the chancellor and members of the government were extremely dismayed when

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they heard about Michael Schumacher’s serious skiing accident,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in Berlin. Sebastian Vettel, for whom Schumacher was a boyhood idol, told German news agency dpa: “I am shocked and hope that he will get better as soon as possible.” Ferrari, which Schumacher raced for, expressed its concern in a statement. “Everyone at Ferrari has been in a state of anxiety since hearing about Michael Schumacher’s accident,” it said, adding that company president, Luca di Montezemolo, and race team leader, Stefano Domenicali, were in contact with the family.

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yards and connected with record-breaking receiver Tyler Lockett on three scores, helping Kansas State (8-5) end a five-game bowl losing streak. “Nobody on the team won a bowl game,” Lockett said. “It has been 11 years, (like) 4,018 games. We wanted to send the seniors out with a great win in a Kansas State uniform.”

The Wildcats surged at the end of the season and were unstoppable early against Michigan (76), scoring on their first three possessions behind Lockett and Waters. Lockett set a school record with 10 catches for 116 yards and tied the Kansas State bowl record with his three TDs. Waters was efficient in leading Kansas State’s of-

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fense, completing 21 of 27 passes and running for 42 yards. The Wildcats’ defense dominated most of the night, holding Michigan to 261 total yards — 82 of that on a final scoring drive in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach. “To win the way we did it put a nice little cap to our season,” Waters said. “The journey we have been

through, to end like this is special.” Kansas State finished the season strong after some early difficulties — starting with a home loss to FCS opponent North Dakota State. The Wildcats won five of their final six games while Michigan limped to the finish after a 5-0 start, losing five of its final seven games.

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