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Genoble undergoes special bone surgery By KAYLA BANZET The Iola Register
When word spread that eight-year-old Kayla Genoble had cancer it didn’t take long for the community to come together. Bake sales, bike rides and car washes were organized to help raise money for the Genoble family. Prayers and wishful thoughts were sent their way. Today Kayla will undergo a total femur replacement to remove the cancer in her bone. Kayla’s doctor has brought in a special implant from England. They will remove her bone from the hip to the knee and replace it with an implant that has magnets in it. This implant will grow as Kayla’s body grows. Michael Genoble, Kayla’s father, said they are at the
halfway point in Kayla’s treatment. “We go to the hospital Mondays through Thursdays for chemotherapy treatments,” he said. “Once she’s cleared from the hospital we’re able to come home for the weekend.” Not long after finding the tumor in Kayla’s leg in March, doctors found eight lesions on her lungs. A recent scan showed all of the lesions were gone. “The doctor was surprised that they were completely gone,” Genoble said. “I told them it’s because daddy prayed a lot.” Genoble said faith has been a large part for his family in this process. “I’ve always been religious but I would put Him on the back burner,” he said. “When this happened I put Him on the front burnSee GENOBLE | Page A2
Emporia hopes to build train depot EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Amtrak trains carrying passengers across Kansas haven’t stopped in Emporia since the old train station burned down in 1999, but a group of local leaders are hoping to change that. A group calling itself the Amtrak Task Force recently filed for nonprofit status with the secretary of state’s office and hopes to find a way to fund an impact study for a new train depot — a costly endeavor in itself, said Andrew McHenry, a local pastor who is a member of the task force. “We’re fighting the good fight,” said McHenry, the driving force behind the movement. “This is not something for the faint of heart, and it’s not going to happen easily.” The group’s goal is to help Emporia become a destination by bringing outsiders in, even if it’s on their way somewhere else, the Emporia Gazette reported. Cities like Newton, Dodge City and Garden City with similar populations to Em-
poria have Amtrak stops, McHenry said, and are better off for it. “The revenue of these towns starts to decline when they lost their railway stations,” McHenry said. “Everywhere Amtrak goes has a positive economic impact.” With international students at Emporia State University and a large population of senior citizens, the town has a high number of residents who can’t drive. The idea for a train station has been in the works for two years, but it’s still several years from getting off the ground. Since it would be built from scratch, the depot would need to conform to new Amtrak standards. “Putting together a rail station that meets modern criteria is not cheap,” said Casey Woods of Emporia Main Street. “You’ve got to match community needs with what the rail system wants, and whenever you add transportation and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) into the mix, there’s complications.”
Terry Lower, top, a teacher at Iola Middle School, expresses his frustration with a vote by Rep. Kent Thompson that included the denial of teachers’ tenure, at Saturday’s political forum. At right is Joe Hess, Iola resident, and above, Chad VanHouden, left, and Thompson. REGISTER/SUSAN LYNN
Politicians push agendas By SUSAN LYNN The Iola Register
Kent Thompson, incumbent for the District 9 House race, defended his voting record in his first stint as a Kansas legislator, and accused the media of overblowing the state’s fiscal state of affairs. “Things are not as dire as the media presents,” Thompson said. “Collections were strong the first part of the year. Admittedly, they have fallen off since.” Thompson was one of a slew of candidates who addressed a small crowd Saturday morning as part of a candidate forum sponsored by Allen County’s Farm Bureau association. Thompson said he feared
worse things would come out of this year’s legislative session, including lawmakers thumbing their noses at the state Supreme Court’s ruling that state schools are not adequately funded. “I was happy the Legislature didn’t push back or ignore the Supreme Court mandate,” he said. From the audience, Iola resident Joe Hess asked Rep. Thompson if he would favor the expansion of Medicaid to cover more Kansans who live below the federal poverty level. Thompson was noncommittal, saying he would need to study the matter further. “I know the expansion would be huge for hospitals, but I can’t say how I would vote for it,” he said.
Terry Lower, a teacher at Iola Middle School, told Thompson he was unhappy with the Legislature’s ruling to remove teacher tenure, which provided teachers with due process if they were fired. Thompson said he pushed back on the measure, but when it became clear the Senate would not approve additional school funding if the teacher tenure issue were dropped, he voted for the funding package. Hess, a former school administrator, said teachers now “are left hanging out in the cold,” with no one to come to their defense. Lower said the measure will allow administrators to let long-term teachers go in See FORUM | Page A4
Kerry urges political reform in Iraq in meeting BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry today urged Iraq’s top Shiite leaders to give more government power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes more control across the country and sweeps away hopes for lasting peace. The closed-door meeting between Kerry and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was not expected to be friendly, given that officials in Washington have floated
suggestions that the Iraqi premier should resign as a necessary first step toward quelling the vicious uprising. Nor will it likely bring any immediate, tangible results, as al-Maliki has shown no sign of leaving and Iraqi officials have long listened to — but ultimately ignored — U.S. advice to avoid appearing controlled by the decadeold specter of an American occupation in Baghdad. Still, Kerry appeared en-
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couraged after the discussion with al-Maliki, which ran for a little over 90 minutes and was held in the same complex where an Iraqi journalist threw a shoe at former President George W, Bush as an insult in 2008. Walking to his motorcade after the meeting, Kerry said “that was good.” He was being escorted by Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. Kerry also met with the influential Shiite cleric, Ammar alHakim, and with Parliament
Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi and Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq, the nation’s two highest-ranking Sunnis. Iraqi officials briefed on the Kerry’s talks with the Iraqi prime minister said al-Maliki urged the United States to target the militants’ positions in Iraq and neighboring Syria, citing training camps and convoys with airstrikes. The officials said Kerry responded by saying a great deal of care and caution must be taken before at-
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tacks are launched to avoid civilian casualties that could create the impression that Americans are attacking Sunnis. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. President Barack Obama, in a round of television interviews that aired Monday in the U.S., said al-Maliki and the Iraqi leadership faces a See IRAQ | Page A4
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Police reports June 16 A four wheeler was reported stolen on the 200 block of North Oak Street by Jimmie Lee Skaggs, Iola. Loss is estimated to be less than $1,000. Tyler Murrow was arrested for burglary, theft and criminal damage to property on the 100 block of South Third Street. John Cox, Jr., Iola, was given a citation for minor consuming alcohol on the 100 block of South Third Street. June 18
There was an attempted break-in at B’s Tax Service, 1201 East St. The rear door was damaged in the incident. Police are investigating. Roxanne Hutton, clerk for City of Iola, reported a person using a Discover Card in the name of Howard Lee to pay their utilities showed the card to be a scam. A prosecution request has been sent to the Allen County Attorney to charge this as yet unnamed person with criminal use of a financial card.
Circles presentation Georgia Masterson will be the guest speaker at See, Hear Iola on Friday. Masterson will present on the Circles of Allen County program. Kelly Sigg, owner of Audacious Boutique, will be the
commercial speaker. See, Hear Iola will have updates from the City of Iola, the Chamber and area news. It begin at 10 a.m. at the New Community Building in Riverside Park.
Man stabbed by ex ARKANSAS CITY (AP) — Arkansas City police say a man died after he was stabbed during an argument with his estranged wife. Police found the body of 44-year-old Danyel Daniels of Arkansas City lying in the street when they were called to a home Sunday morning. Daniels died a short time later at a hospital. The Arkansas City Traveler reports Daniels was arguing with his wife when a friend
of the couple intervened and stabbed Daniels. Police say Daniels fired several shots at the friend but only grazed him. The man ran but later turned himself into police. He was jailed on a possible charge of involuntary manslaughter. Daniels was to be sentenced next month in a previous disturbance at the same address that resulted in a six-hour standoff before ending peacefully.
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Regents approve raises Body recovered LAWRENCE (AP) — The Kansas Board of Regents has approved 1.5 percent raises for the chief executive officers of five public universities. The increases approved at a recent meeting take effect in July. Board members said they reflect appreciation for the job done by the CEO’s while also recognizing budget constraints in Kansas. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the increase will bring the annual pay of University of Kansas Chancel-
lor Bernadette GrayLittle to about $500,000. About $200,000 of her pay comes from private funds. Among other Regents universities, Kansas State President Kirk Schultz will make nearly $467,000; Wichita State’s John Bardo, $350,000; Pittsburg State’s Steve Scott, $258,000; and Emporia State’s Michael Shonrock, $255,000. Fort Hays State President Mirta Martin did not receive a raise because she takes office July 1.
Gang walk canceled WICHITA (AP) — An annual Wichita antigang event won’t be happening this year after the grant that funded the walk was not renewed. The Wichita Eagle reports the Wichita Walk Against Gang Violence drew an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people last year, but there wasn’t enough liquor tax money to fund it this year. State law requires one-third of liquor tax revenues to go toward
programs that focus on substance abuse prevention or treatment. A spokeswoman for ComCare, which distributes the grants, says the focus of the group running the gang walk is on gangs. Safe Streets founder David Fulton says his organization has applied for a Drug Free Communities Grant that would provide $125,000 a year for five years and could help revive the gang walk next year.
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City, Kansas, police have identified the bodies of two men found near a local cemetery as Lydell D. Irvin Jr., 25, and Naythan T. Wal-
ton, 22. Their bodies were found by passersby around 6:30 a.m. Thursday in Memorial Park Cemetery. The two men died of apparent gunshot wounds.
ter a social worker and state officials reported Pertl and three foster teens in her care tested positive for marijuana. Undersheriff Max Barrett told The Associated Press on Friday that Pertl and two of her foster teens tested positive for marijuana, a third juvenile tested negative and a fourth was not involved. All four juveniles have been placed elsewhere. The department did not release juveniles’ names or ages, but said they were female teenagers who had been living with Pertl in Bunker Hill, a town of about 100 residents in central Kansas. Barrett said one of the teens told the social
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er and put it on boil. There is no one else to turn to and it’s awesome that I get to see my prayers get answered.” After Kayla’s surgery today she will be able to come home four or five days later. Genoble said she would have four to eight weeks with a walker, then a cane. Physical therapy will play a big role in her recovery. She will have check-ups for the next five years to make sure everything is going well. “It has been a long road so far but we’ve achieved our goals,” Genoble said. “I’m glad we got dealt the hand we did because there are other kids who don’t get it.” The Genobles have met other families while they’ve been at the hospital.
“A lot of those families are from the Kansas City area and they don’t come from small towns,” he said. “It almost makes you feel bad that they don’t get the help that we’ve received.” Genoble said the outpour of support from the community is “very humbling.” “People have been wonderful to us,” he said. “The cattle auction was a very emotional day.” The auction raised $20,000 for the Genoble family. Once Kayla is healed Genoble said she is looking forward to going outside to play. “There is no worse feeling than not being able to fix what’s wrong with your child, but she has been the strongest little girl I have ever met,” he said.
worker that Pertl and the teens also drank milk mixed with bleach to try to mask their urinary drug samples. “They were trying to use the bleach to be able to clean up their UA,” their urinary analysis samples, Barrett said. It was unclear Friday if Pertl had a lawyer. Calls to a phone listing under Pertl’s name were not answered Friday. The sheriff ’s department has been aware of Pertl as a longtime foster care provider and has had issues with her before, Barrett said. “She is a foster mom who we have had a lot of trouble with, and in the last year we’ve had a numerous number of runaways from her home,
so it’s a person we’re very familiar with,” Barrett said. Theresa Freed, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Children and Families, said in an email Friday she could not comment on cases, but said foster parents “are held to high standards.” “If it is determined a foster home is unsafe, children will no longer be placed there,” Freed said. “Any report of abuse or neglect made to the Department for Children and Families is taken seriously.” Krug said. Pertl was released Thursday on $40,000 bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for July 10.
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on the lake when the friend left. Authorities say they were contacted Sunday morning after Jackson didn’t come home. His body was found near his personal watercraft. Investigators said Jackson was wearing a life jacket. The cause of Jackson’s death is being investigated.
A taste of car-ma A hit and run was reported to the Iola Police Department on June 10. According to the report, Carl J. Webb reported his vehicle struck by an
unknown white truck while he was illegally parked in the parking lot of McDonald’s at the corner of State and Madison. There were no injuries.
Calendar — Iola City Council meeting, 6 p.m., New Community Building. — Marmaton Valley PTO, 7 p.m., Marmaton Valley Elementary School library.
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Foster mother allegedly feeds children bleach BUNKER HILL (AP) — A 54-year-old Kansas foster mother faces a felony charge of endangering a child after one of the teenagers under her care said they drank milk laced with bleach to “clean up” urine samples of marijuana traces, authorities said Friday. Russell County Attorney Daniel Krug said that Pam Pertl of Bunker Hill was charged Thursday with misdemeanor marijuana possession, felony distribution of marijuana and felony aggravated endangerment of a child. The Russell County Sheriff ’s department said in a press release Thursday that deputies were called June 5 af-
PAOLA (AP) — Miami County authorities say the body of a 57-year-old Gardner man was recovered from Hillsdale Lake during the weekend. The body of Timothy Jackson was recovered Sunday afternoon. The sheriff ’s office says Jackson was jet skiing with a friend Saturday afternoon and stayed
— Allen County Commission meeting, 8:30 a.m., Allen County Courthouse commissioner’s room. — Iola Kiwanis Club, noon, ACC student center. — USD 257 School Board meeting, 6 p.m., school board office.
— Iola BPOE No. 569, 8 p.m., Elks Lodge.
— Rotary Club, noon, The Greenery — Allen County Farmers Market, 5 p.m., west side of the square. — TOPS No. KS 880 5 p.m. weigh in, 5:30 p.m. meeting, Calvary United Methodist Church — Weight Watchers, weigh in 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. meeting, Trinity United Methodist Church. — Iola Municipal Band, 8 p.m., bandstand.
— See, Hear Iola, 10 a.m., New Community Building. — Senior Citizens Card Club potluck dinner, 5:30 p.m., senior citizens center.
— LaHarpe Color Run, 8 a.m., LaHarpe City Park. — Chocolate Tour, 10 a.m., Chamber Parking lot. — Humboldt Museum Appreciation Day, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. —Civil War Days Dance, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., old Humboldt High School gymnasium.
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Brownback on the defensive over budget TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is telling Kansans that the income tax cuts he championed already have started to generate long-term prosperity. But he’s mired in questions about whether recent, short-term revenue drops show that his fiscal policies are endangering the schools, universities and social services that many voters value. Brownback’s administration has been on the defensive for weeks because the state’s tax collections fell $310 million short of expectations in April and May. If the trend continues, the state could face a projected budget shortfall by June 2015 and new questions about whether tax cuts approved in 2012 and 2013 are squeezing state revenues more than anticipated. For some conservative GOP legislators, there’s little angst: They promised lower taxes and smaller government and believe they’re delivering both through Brownback’s policies. But as he runs for re-election this year, the governor argues that Kansas can cut income taxes aggressively, boost its economy and ultimately have additional funds for “core” spending, such as aid to public schools and spending on social services. Brownback sparred last week with top Democrats at a meeting with legislative leaders when they argued that the state’s finances are deteriorating because of his policies. He did more sparring with reporters afterward, chastising them for writing too little about good economic news and bristling when a questioner suggested his tax cuts were designed to force the state budget to shrink. “The tax cuts were designed to create jobs,” Brownback said. “You guys have heard me say this numerous times. That’s been the real focus.” The tax cuts championed by Brownback will cut the state’s top income tax rate by 40 percent by 2018, and Kansas already has eliminated personal income taxes for the owners of 191,000 businesses. The governor said last week that latter policy has created a “dynamic situation” in the economy, particularly on the Kansas side in the Kansas City metropolitan area. But he’s also portrayed himself as a friend of education and defender of vital social services, something that in theory helps him with moderate Republicans and some unaffiliated voters. A new education funding plan will boost aid to poor school districts by $129 million in the next school year to reverse past, recession-driven cuts and meet a Kansas Supreme Court mandate in a lawsuit filed in 2010 by parents and districts. Brownback acknowledged that he’s been willing to trim or even eliminate spending in some places but added, “You fund your core functions, and you do it well. We’ve increased K-12 funding. We’ve increased higher education funding. We’ve increased things in a number of key functions.” His debate with Democratic critics over his eco-
John Hanna An AP news analysis nomic policies has both sides flinging out statistics. His partisans argue that Kansas is booming, with nearly 56,000 new privatesector jobs since Brownback took office in January 2011. His critics say Kansas is lagging behind many states in the region in gross domestic product growth in 2013. The presumed Democratic nominee for governor this year, Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis, argues that Brownback’s tax cuts were reckless and his experiment, a clear failure. He told Brownback during last week’s meeting with legislative leaders that most Kansans see the economy as “relatively stagnant.” “I’m obviously concerned about the declining revenues,” he said. Brownback’s administration has attributed the lower-than-anticipated revenues in April and May to investors’ skittishness at the end of 2012 about disputes in Washington over federal tax and budget policies. The state Department of Revenue has said investors claimed capital gains early for 2012 to avoid potentially higher tax rates in 2013, and the effects were felt by most states in tax payments this year. Brownback’s aides also have said that the big drop-offs are over. Tax collections in June will be scrutinized closely, and if they’re significantly short of expectations again, the administration’s explanation for the disappointing numbers in April and May is likely to lose credibility. Even if revenues meet expectations going forward, the Legislature’s nonpartisan research staff has projected that a budget shortfall would emerge by July 2016, raising questions about whether the state could sustain its new commitment to poor school districts. Still, Senate President Susan Wagle, a conservative Wichita Republican, argued that Kansans are bullish about the future and pleased with the path the state is pursuing, giving the GOP large majorities in both legislative chambers. “They want to see government shrink, and they want to have more money to spend. They want opportunity for new jobs,” Wagle said. “Government has less money to spend, but that’s what the people are asking for.” But Wagle is in a safe Republican district and won’t have to run again until 2016. Brownback is running statewide, and he’s forced to consider whether there’s enough unhappiness among less conservative Republicans and independent voters for Davis to unseat him. And so he’s telling Kansans that his long-term vision allows them to have lower taxes coupled with extra spending on the schools, universities and social services that many of them want protected.
Letter to the editor Dear editor,
The handsome Tudor-style brick cottage directly east of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center is an Iola landmark. Known to many as the Northrup-Warren home, this property on Iola’s main avenue is part of what makes our little town, and the neighboring Bowlus Center, special. To me this house represents both the glory days of the past and the promise of the future. It concerns me that more people are not aware that this beautiful home, purchased in 2011 by the Friends of the Bowlus, Inc. for $110,000, is likely to be torn down to make way for a parking lot — though they say it will be a “very attractive parking lot” — to serve the Bowlus Fine Arts and Cultural Center. Having invested heavily both personally and professionally in trying to enhance Iola and Allen County, this proposed demolition is deeply troubling. It not only threatens our personal investments in the core of Iola, but also the community’s future financial support of the Bowlus Center and the overall attractiveness of Iola as a place to live, work and visit. Through my job at Thrive Allen County I have worked hard to make Allen County communities attractive, walkable, bikeable and accessible to all people. This is not to the exclusion of cars — as the son of a stroke victim I am keenly aware of the need for parking for people with physical limitations. That’s why last year, with Jim and Staci Talkington, my wife Beth and I purchased the century-old Northrup-Woolery home directly south of the Northrup-Warren house from the Friends of the Bowlus and moved it to a new location. I say this to make the point that I have “put my money where my mouth is.” Believe me, moving a house was not a project we wanted to do. But had our group not moved that beautiful house it would now be in the Allen County landfill — a scenario we could not accept. The relocation of that house opened up a large lot directly adjacent to the Bowlus Center for parking, as the Friends had intended. At the time I hoped that this newly open space would remove the pressure on the Warren house, which had been rumored to be threatened by the wrecking ball. Unfortunately, that was not the case. The Bowlus Fine Arts and Cultural Center is Allen County’s single best tangible asset. With that in mind this spring I met with the Friends of the Bowlus executive board and told them that if they tear down the Northrup-Warren house they will hurt the Bow-
U n q u e s t i o n a b l y, the Northrup-Warren house CAN be saved at a cost that the Friends and our community CAN afford. And the damage the Friends group is doing (and has done) to the Bowlus Center itself CAN be reversed — if they act now. lus Center — the same institution they exist to help. Why? Because people will not distinguish between the Friends organization and Bowlus itself. They will simply say “the Bowlus tore down that beautiful home that we loved.” What type of donations do you expect will come from people holding that sentiment? Like it or not, the reality is that the Bowlus Center will be punished in the court of public opinion if the house is razed — even though the offense will be committed by a private organization that, ironically, exists to support the Bowlus Center. To varying degrees I know every single member of the Friends of the Bowlus board of directors, some since I was a child. Without exception these are good people who want to do the right thing. They have my appreciation for serving as volunteers, and they deserve yours, too. Serving on a volunteer board in a small town is hard enough during good times, let alone when there’s a highly contentious issue like this one. With that in mind I propose the following actions by the Friends board to get them out of this pickle. First, declare that the Friends board’s goal is to find a way to make the NorthrupWarren house an asset that supports the Bowlus Center, and that demolition is off the table. People (and organizations) don’t make good decisions when there’s a metaphorical gun to their head. Second, appoint a committee of board and community members charged with developing a concept for renovating the house to support and enhance the Bowlus Center. Give them 180 days to do it and a budget to hire an architect of their choosing, and make sure the process has TRANSPARENCY. Wonderful ideas for the house have already been proposed on the Save the Northrup-Warren House Facebook page including gallery space, relocating Bowlus offices to the house (so they are ADA accessible) and creat-
ing a venue for social gatherings before Bowlus shows. Third, once a plan is created charge the committee with raising a portion of the money to renovate the NorthrupWarren home so it can serve the Bowlus Center. The rest can come from the Friends’ substantial assets that have been generously donated by community members over the past 20-plus years. Fourth, make it happen. Save the house and turn it into an asset that future generations couldn’t imagine living without. The Friends board members will be heroes who will forever be admired for their vision and good judgment. Although I lack a crystal ball, I predict that a rebuttal is coming that says the house is in terrible shape, it’s too costly, and I don’t know what I’m talking about. Perhaps I don’t. But I can tell you the following. I have been in the NorthrupWarren House. I successfully renovated two horrible crack houses in Washington, D.C. I successfully renovated two buildings on the Iola square that were full of pigeons; one had a basement with nine feet of raw sewage. The NorthrupWarren house is in better shape than all of these, by far. Unquestionably, the Northrup-Warren house CAN be saved at a cost that the Friends and our community CAN afford. And the damage the Friends group is doing (and has done) to the Bowlus Center itself CAN be reversed — if they act now. For more information go to “Save the Northrup Warren House” on Facebook-a movement that has gained 540 followers in less than two weeks. And please, contact members of the Friends of the Bowlus board, the Bowlus staff (3654765), and the USD 257 Board of Education, which as Bowlus Trustees owns and operates the Bowlus Center (3654700). Urge them all to do their part to save the NorthrupWarren house for the good of the Bowlus Center, and of our community as a whole. David C. Toland Iola, Kan. P.S. A recent video produced by “There’s No Place Like Kansas” about the Prairie Spirit Rail has beautiful scenes of communities on the trail’s route. Unfortunately, Iola was left out. Why? Probably because the scenes they highlight are of the old depots, houses and courthouses in Ottawa and Garnett. Why do they highlight Ottawa and Garnett and not Iola, even though Iola is one of the three main towns on the trail? Because our Victorian depot, courthouse and lots of great houses are in the landfill. Let’s stop making bad decisions.
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Iraq: Kerry meets with Iraq prime minister, al-Malliki Continued from A1
test as to whether “they are able to set aside their suspicions, their sectarian preferences for the good of the whole.” “And we don’t know,” Obama said. “The one thing I do know is that if they fail to do that then no amount of military action by the Unit-
ed States can hold that country together.” After suffering together through more than eight years of war — which killed nearly 4,500 American troops and more than 100,000 Iraqis — Washington and Baghdad are trying to shelve mutual wariness to curb the very
real prospect of the Mideast nation falling into a fresh bout of sectarian strife. A day earlier, in Cairo, Kerry said Iraq had reached a “critical moment” and urged leaders to rise above sectarian disputes to create a new government that gives more power to Sunnis
and Kurds. Both groups — which together make up about 40 percent of Iraq’s population — accuse al-Maliki of blocking them from holding equal authority in what is designed as a powersharing government. He was there in part to meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah
el-Sissi to and discuss a regional solution to end the bloodshed by the insurgent Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. Kerry arrived in Baghdad just a day after the Sunni militants captured two key border posts, one along the frontier with Jordan and the other
with Syria, deepening alMalliki’s predicament. Their latest victories considerably expanded territory under the militants’ control just two weeks after the al-Qaida breakaway group started swallowing up chunks of northern Iraq, heightening pressure on al-Maliki to step aside.
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because they can be hired at lower salaries. “It’ll all come down to money,” Lower said. Chad VanHouden, Chanute, is the opponent to Thompson for the Republican nomination for House District 9. “I’m pro-life, pro-guns and for family values,” said VanHouden in his introduction. VanHouden said he has been meeting with teachers and local administrators to weigh their opinions. He also said he would work to “keep Obamacare out of hospitals,” in reference to the Affordable Care Act. This is VanHouden’s first foray into elective politics. He is employed at MRH Insurance in Chanute. Jerry Daniels, Humboldt, and James Mueller, Moran, candidates for Allen County Commission, responded in similar fashion when a s k e d if they w o u l d s u p p o r t Jerry Daniels increased funding to EMS services and whether t h e y w o u l d pressure Monarch James Mueller Cement in Humboldt to restrict its mining operations in parts of the county, specifically in the Humboldt area. Neither Daniels nor Mueller favored either measure. “Monarch is a big employer, but I understand we have to maintain our farms,” said Daniels. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to find a happy medium.” MARGIE Wakefield Democratic candidate for the U.S. House District 2 seat currently held by Lynn Jenkins, gave the most dynamic and cohesive speech of the 20-plus candidates present. Wakefield was critical of Jenkins’ failure to support the Farm Bill, recently passed by Congress, as well as the fact that Kansas is not represented on the House Agriculture Committee, the first time since its inception. “I will begin my push to serve on the House Agriculture Committee as my key assignment,” if elected, Wakefield said. “I don’t want to talk down my opponent, Lynn Jenkins, but she should have voted for the Farm Bill. In fact, she should have been involved in the fight to make it more of what farmers need, but she didn’t do that. When you’re not on the Ag committee, you’re just on the sidelines and not in the fight,” she said. Wakefield was also critical of Jenkins’ vote
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sonal vendetta” against him and his medical practice. Wolf said Republicans have “caved and are scared to stand up” to the president. The right to own guns is “God-given,” Wolf said.
Margie Wakefield to cut an additional $23 billion in crop insurance for farmers as proposed in Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan. “I would have voted no,” Wakefield said. “My opponent voted yes and called it her ‘path to prosperity.’ “Prosperity for who?” Wakefield asked. “That path would cut trillions in taxes for millionaires and billionaires on the backs of working families, senior citizens, children and farmers.” “That path sounds a whole lot like our Governor’s Roadmap for Kansas that has driven this state’s finances straight into the ditch.” ALSO VYING against Congresswoman Jenkins, who did not attend Saturday’s forum, was Joshua Tucker of Pittsburg. Tucker follows the line of the Tea Party and said Congress has strayed from following the U.S. Constitution closely enough. “State sovereignty has been seized by the U.S. Government,” Tucker said. As an example, he said U.S. citizens should be able to carry guns without having to complete any paperwork. He also was critical of Jenkins’ votes to raise the country’s debt limit so it could stay in business. SCOTT
Republican, is running against incumbent Kris Kobach for the Kansas Secretary of State. Morgan accused Kobach of spending too much time doing other states’ business fighting immigration and suppressing voters’ rights rather than focusing on what should be a purely administrative position. “We need to return this office to its tradition of quiet confidence,” Morgan said. “The office deserves someone who respects its duties, including a person’s right to vote, which I view as an inherent right of every Kansas citizen and every American citizen.” Kobach has been roundly criticized of his work to crack down on illegal immigration in many states other than Kansas. “You can’t have two professional jobs,” Morgan said. “I think Kansans should expect a fulltime secretary of state.” MILTON WOLF, a Kansas City surgeon, said if he were elected to the U.S. Senate he would work to “repeal every word of Obamacare and the I.R.S. as a whole.” Wolf is running for the Republican nomination for the seat currently held by Sen. Pat Roberts. Wolf said he thought President Barack Obama, who happens to be a distant relative of Wolf ’s, has “waged a per-
ALVIN ZAHNTER, 78, also in the race for U.S. Senate as a Republican, said Milton Wolf should be disqualified to run precisely because he is a distant cousin to the president. Zahnter said he is for “God, my guns and the Bible.” “I have a personal fight to save Kansas. If you won’t help me, I’ll do it alone,” he said. “Do you want to stand with a man, or a weasel?” Zahnter asked, referring to Wolf. DENNIS ANDERSON, Democrat, and Beverly Gossage, Republican, spoke about their race to replace retiring Sandy Praeger as state Insurance Commissioner. Anderson has worked 30-plus years in the insurance business and spoke favorably of Praeger’s reputation as Insurance Commissioner. Gossage, meanwhile, was critical of Praeger and her role with trying to implement the Affordable Care Act in Kansas. Gossage is a former teacher and then worked for the Sylvan Learning Center, a home-schooling program. In recent years she has worked as a consultant in the insurance business. She is one of five Republicans vying for her party’s nomina-
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Legion rolls through tourney, improve to 14-1 By SPENCER MICHELSON The Iola Register
BURLINGTON — Iola’s AA American Legion baseball team won the Burlington Tournament this weekend, winning all four games played to improve their record to 14-1. On Saturday, the Indians won one of their best offensive outings of the season, winning 11-3 against Burlington and 10-0 against Osawatomie. AFTER GOING up 1-0 in the first, Iola added five runs in the second and five more in the fifth inning against Burlington. Derrick Weir pitched three innings to get the win. He had five strikeouts, allowed four hits and three walks and two runs. Caleb D’Armond came in for two innings of relief giving up just one run with two strikeouts on and two hits. The Indians had only five hits in the game, but were able to draw an impressive 13 walks. Weir led the way offensively as well, going 2-for3 with two singles and three RBIs. Grayson Pearish had a triple and an RBI. Alex Murrow had a double and two RBIs. Eric Heffern had the other single. Hunter Murrow and Drew Faulhaber both had an RBI apiece. Iola’s offense kept it going into game two, led by a six-run third inning and great pitch-
ing. Alex Murrow pitched three innings to earn the win. He had five strikeouts and one walk, giving up just one hit. Hunter Murrow came in for one inning of scoreless relief, striking out one. Caleb Vanatta had only one hit, but he made it count as a home run. He scored three runs and three RBIs for the game. Jacob Carpenter had a single and a double, producing two RBIs and two runs scored. Trent Latta had a double and a triple. Weir had a single and an RBI. Alex Murrow had two singles and an RBI. Aaron Barclay had a single and RBI. Heffern had an RBI. THE INDIANS won both games again on Sunday, defeating Chanute 3-2 and Burlington 10-0. Pearish pitched game one, pitching a complete game for the win. He had nine strikeouts and only gave up one run on four hits, with no walks. Hunter Murrow lead the offense with three of the team’s eight hits. Alex Murrow had a single and a double, with two RBIs. Latta had the other RBI. Pearish and Faulhaber had a single. Vanatta had a triple. The championship game was a rematch against Burlington, the Indian’s opponent in game one of the tournament. Both pitching and offense, easily propelled Iola to the win. Aaron Barclay got the start, going four innings and allow-
Friday’s Results Bitty Ball Allen County Chiropractic 12, Iola Insurance Association 6. Hits for Allen: Nick Bauer, 2 s; Landon Weide, 1 d, 2 s; Hayden Kelley, 1 s; Mac Leonard, 2 s; Carson Keller, 1 t, 2 s; Cole Mathes, 1 s, 1 d; Jeremy Adair, 2 t, 1 d; Jaydon Morrison, 2 d; Kaden Lyons, 2 s. Hits for Iola: Noah Schowengerdt, 1 d, 2 s; Bryce Walden, 2 s; Ryun Cole, 1 s; Rogan Weir, 2 t, 1 s; Grady Dougherty, 2 d; Drake Weir, 1 s, 1 d. A&W Restaurant 13, Sonic Drive-In 9. Hits for A&W: Jackson Ulrich, 3 s; Eliott Stephenson, 2 d, 1 s; Isaac McCullough, 1 HR, 1 d, 1 s; Charles Rogers II, 1 t, 1 s; Ryan West, 3 s; Kaden Ludwig, 1 s; Griffin Westervelt, 1 s; Wyatt Stephenson, 2 s. Hits for Sonic: Brigg Shannon, 2 s, 1 d; Kyser Nemecek, 3 s; Wyatt Williamson, 4 s; Hayden Tice, 2 s; Brandon Williams, 2 s; Cole Moyer, 1 s; Payton Houk, 2 s.
Noah Schowengerdt makes contact with the pitch for a base hit. REGISTER/SPENCER MICHELSON
ing no runs on only one walk. Latta pitched one inning of relief, striking out two, for the combined no-hitter. EVERYONE contributed with good at bats. Heffern
led the team with two RBIs. Hunter Murrow had a single and a double. Faulhaber had a single and RBI. Latta had a single, double and RBI. Weir had a single and RBI. Vanatta had a single, double and RBI.
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Macie Martin, above, throws a pitch against Gates. Kylee Shaw, hits a pitch for a base hit. Gates beat AK Construction in both games. REGISTER/
Pearish had a single. Barclay had an RBI. Alex Murrow had three singles. Caleb D’Armond had a single, double and RBI. The Indians next play on Tuesday at Garnett in a doubleheader starting at 6 p.m.
Gustin wins late model showdown, Mullens wins modified race
Softball Friday’s Results Ponytail Gates 12, AK Construction 1. Hits for Gates: Breanna Northcutt, 1 d, 2 s; Kendra Sprague, 1 s; Autumn Johnson, 1 s; Sadrie Overall-Trabuc, 1 s; Nissa Fountain, 2 s; Kylee Shaw, 2 s; Sierra Petty, 1 s. Hits for AK: Sarah Spillman, 1 s. Gates 14, AK Construction 12. Hits for Gates: Mia Aronson, 2 s; Breanna Northcutt, 1 d, 1 s; Hayden Ingle, 1 d; Kendra Sprague, 1 s, 1 d; Autumn Johnson, 1 s; Nissa Fountain, 1 t, 1 s; Kylee Shaw, 2 s; Sierra Petty, 2 d. Hits for AK: Macie Martin, 1 d, 1 s; Taryn Covey, 1 s; McKenzie Morris, 1 s; Katie Weide, 1 s.
Aaron Barclay, above, pitched a combined no-hitter with Trent Latta during the championship game of the tournament against Burlington. Photo from Tuesday’s game against Santa Fe Trail.
On any given night, there’s good racing. Then, there is the type of exceptional racing like the show the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models displayed Friday night at Humboldt Speedway. The big show put two legends, Ryan Gustin and Terry Phillips, side by side on the front row of a 21 car field for 40 laps on the ultra smooth Humboldt High Banks. 40 laps and no yellow flags later, Gustin had passed and then held at bay Phillips, even as the pair sliced through lapped traffic, much to the delight of the large crowd of fanatic fans in the stands. Gustin received $3000 for his efforts, Phillips was runner up, and Dave Eckrich was third. If that wasn’t enough, the evening closed with a dominant performance in the USRA Modified feature by Wichita driver Tanner Mullens. Mullens fought his way to the front early, the simply drove away from the field that saw Jeremy Chambers
finish second, John Allen third, Paden Phillips fourth, and Travis Smith fifth. Hummer fans are used to seeing Derrek Wilson in the Pure Stock winners circle. This night, however, an anonymous fan posted a $100 bounty on the reigning points champ, and, to make things even more interesting, the first three rows, determined by heat race results, was inverted. All to no avail; Wilson topped the field yet again, holding off mid season points champ Wayne Johnson, Mitch Coulter, Mike Churnig, and Don McIntosh. In USRA B-Mods, Jimmie Davis reigned supreme with a commanding feature win. Tim VanGotten raced his way into the runner up spot, Lucas Issacs was third. Tyler Kidwell and Tim Phillips rounded out the top five. This week it’s Fan Appreciation Night at the Hummer, where fans get tickets from their favorite driver and enter the grandstands free. It’s best to get there early.
Ryan Gustin won the late model race in a showdown with Terry Phillips. Gustin was able to hold off Phillips in order to win the $3,000 prize. FINSHLINE PHOTOGRAPHY/DAYTON SUTTERBY
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Syria turns over rest of chemical weapons NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The last of Syria’s acknowledged stockpile of chemical weapons has been handed over to Western governments for destruction, the organization charged with overseeing the elimination of such weapons said today. The final 8 percent of the 1,300-ton stockpile, which included mustard gas and raw materials for making sarin nerve gas, have been loaded onto Danish and Norwegian ships in the Syrian port of Latakia, said Ahmet Uzumcu, the director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Speaking at a press conference in The Hague, Uzumcu acknowledged that it is possible Syria has avoided declaring some part of its arsenal. “I can’t say that Syria doesn’t have any chemical weapons anymore,” he said. However, he added that is true for any country that his organiza-
tion cooperates with, and Syria’s declared arsenal was close to estimates made by external security analysts and experts. Syria’s government agreed to surrender its arsenal last fall when the U.S. threatened punitive missile strikes after a deadly chemical attack on a rebel-held suburb of Damascus. Uzumcu said that Syrian government cooperation had been “satisfactory.” Following an investigation last month, an OPCW fact-finding mission found evidence chlorine gas may have been used as a weapon in fighting between rebels and Assad’s regime. But an attack on the mission prevented it from inspecting the alleged attack site and reaching conclusions about which side might have used it. Chlorine is not considered a chemical weapon, though using any toxic material as a weapon is illegal under international law.
Obama pushes for family-friendly policies WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging more employers to adopt family-friendly policies by hosting a daylong summit today, even though the U.S. government doesn’t always set the best example. The United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t mandate paid leave for mothers of newborns, although Obama says he’d like to see that change. “Only three countries in the world report that they don’t offer paid maternity leave — three — and the United States is one of them,” Obama said in his weekly address. “It’s time to change that. A few states have acted on their own to give workers paid family leave, but this should be available to everyone, because all Americans should be able to afford to care for a family member in need.” Obama’s initiative comes in a midterm election year focused in many respects on women voters, and the White House was devoting all its star power to the
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Unwelcome pass creates awkward rift Dear Carolyn: I have a great friend who I have kept some distance from, and sitting in my inbox is an e-mail from him asking why. The truth is that his wife made a pretty blatant pass at me that I deflected and, well, there is a level of awkwardness around them that I just don’t want to have in a social setting, and it seems like inviting just him out doesn’t work. So, is this one of those situations where lying is the less painful road, or do I really have to engage in he said, she said when she’ll just deny it? I am thinking writing in to you for permission to lie is probably weak sauce, but the truth seems like a bitter pill. — Level of Truth Answer: Until you know the bitter pill is necessary, I suggest suck-it-up sauce. A pretty blatant pass at one’s spouse’s great friend is a big violation of trust. I won’t argue with you there. But it’s a violation of her bond with your friend. Your bond with him, technically, is unaffected; you deflected the pass as your duty to your friend required. By avoiding your friend in response to the pass, though, you’re making him pay; this friendship he obviously values is the price of (presumably) a problem in his marriage. Possibly a problem he doesn’t even know about. How is that right, or fair? Awkwardness alone is not an excuse to avoid somebody. You make plans, you see your friend, you acknowledge his wife politely, and you keep as much distance from her as you can, even if it just means subtly minimizing eye contact. For all
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you know, she’ll never cross that line again and prove avoidance to have been an overcorrection. (Suck-it-up sauce mixes well with forgiveness.) If she crosses another boundary, then you will be ready: A dispassionate and audibleto-all, “Please get your hand off my knee,” for example, when she attempts an under-the-table pass when you’re all out to dinner, serves notice to both who are due to receive it. That’ll be awkward like you only read about, but also the closest you can get to having her tell him the truth herself — while making it harder for her to spin you as the one hitting on her. (It happens.) This could all backfire on you, yes, but wouldn’t you rather fail at protecting the friendship than succeed at protecting yourself ? Dear Carolyn: So my brother is constantly making out with his girlfriend in front of everyone. Whether it’s groups of people talking, watching a movie or just the three of us, they are al-
ways kissing. I mean always. Based on other conversations with him, I think she has insecurity issues (example: He drove a friend who was a girl home and she said, “If I ever catch you driving another girl in your car, we’re over.” Or the time he walked with a classmate to the car and she forbade them from hanging out ever again). As a result, she gets very angry if we ask them to stop kissing in front of us because we’re uncomfortable. Any advice on how to tread carefully? He will bring up issues with her and ask for my opinion, so I want to be ready the next time he calls me. — Anonymous Answer: Be ready to be the supportive, forgiving, attentively listening rock for him to lean on. This is not just about constant making-out. Your brief description of this woman could be a pocket guide to abusiverelationship signs. She is possessive (the constant kissing, the suspicion of other women), controlling (telling your brother what he can and can’t do, “or else”), isolating (the kissing again, the anger at his family and about friends/classmates). What these tell you is that she is not invested in your brother as a person but instead
as a means of propping herself up, a source of validation, insurance, power — which she both draws from him and uses against him. The next time he brings up issues with her, please say to him: You’re a good person. You don’t deserve to be treated as if you’re always looking to cheat. I see you changing. This behavior isn’t like you, and I worry about that. Say this not in an emotional barrage but in calm and judicious segments, followed by listening to how he responds. Attacking her risks cornering him into defending her, since he clearly cares about her — plus, he chose her, and you don’t want to force him to defend his judgment. Guide him instead toward the person you know him to be, and toward thinking about himself and his own needs in this relationship. Give him room to conclude for himself that whatever false sense of importance her smothering attention gives him, it isn’t worth life as a pawn. Write to Carolyn Hax, Style, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071, or email@example.com. Get her column delivered to your inbox each morning at http://bit.ly/haxpost.
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KC swept by Seattle, lose 2-1 Sunday KANSAS CITY (AP) — When a club is struggling to hit, as are the Kansas City Royals, it probably would prefer not to face a pair of aces in the next two games. But after being swept by the Seattle Mariners with a 2-1 loss Sunday, the Royals have to face Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw on Monday and Tuesday. “They are elite pitchers, for sure,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “I think our guys are capable and they know that they are capable putting runs on the board against anybody.” The last time the Royals erupted was last Monday and Tuesday when they scored 11 runs each day in victories at Detroit. The Tigers’ losing pitchers were Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, two former American League Cy Young winners. “We definitely didn’t swing the bats like we know we can against Seattle,” Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain said. “We’ll bounce back. We’ll get it going. Pitching is tough, regardless the names or what-not. We’ve just got to go up there and jump on him (Greinke) like he’s any other pitcher. It’s a tough series coming up, but we'll be ready to go.” Rookie Roenis Elias pitched neatly into the seventh inning and Mike Zunino homered for the Mariners, who have won 18 of their past 26 road games. Fernando Rodney, working for the fourth consecutive day, picked up his 21st save in 23 opportunities. After winning 10 straight to move into first place in the AL Central, the Royals have dropped four in a row, three of them by 2-1 scores. “We’re playing fine, but just an offensive
down turn a little bit,” Yost said. “You go through the ups and downs. A four-game losing streak right when you had put together a nice 10-game winning streak, it’s tough.” Elias (7-5), a 25-yearold left-hander from Cuba, limited the Royals to one run and five singles over 6 2-3 innings. He struck out five, walked two and improved to 4-1 in June. Zunino hit his ninth home run, tops among AL catchers. He connected off Yordano Ventura (5-6) leading off the seventh to break a 1-all tie. “Even though things aren’t going our way right now, I think we’re playing really good,” Ventura said with teammate Bruce Chen acting as the translator. Zunino led off the fifth with a double and scored on Willie Bloomquist's two-out double. “We stepped up to the challenge and were able take three from them,” Bloomquist said. “It shows what we’re able to do when we play well. Those guys are a very, very good baseball team. Granted, a bounce here or there and it could have come out differently.” Ventura had won his previous three starts. “He hung a breaking pretty good (to Zunino),” Yost said. “Outside of that, he pitched a great ballgame. Anytime you go seven innings and give up two runs you give your team a chance to win a game that’s a great job.” The Royals scored their run in the second, which Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez opened with singles. Justin Maxwell’s sacrifice fly brought home Gordon. Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar left in the seventh with a bruised left shin. He was hit in the second by a pitch. Xrays were negative.
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