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LILLY BEDTKE, 3, AS THE COOKIE MONSTER, and Rylan Bedtke, 4, as Elmo, trick-or-treat in downtown Tonganoxie for the annual Spooktacular on Friday. ABOVE: Youths sit outside Tonganoxie Elementary School, which also was a site for trickor-treating in the downtown area.

Downtown Tonganoxie was abuzz with trick-ortreaters Friday night for the annual Spooktacular event. Youths went to Tonganoxie Elementary School and downtown businesses to stock up on candy. Though it was a chilly evening, youths dressed up for the early celebration of Halloween. For more photos from the festivities, go to

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Church to have night of prayer, songs for Election Day First Congregational Church in Tonganoxie is having an hour of prayer and songs of thanksgiving in advance of Election Day at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, 303 E. Fourth St. The public is invited to the event.

Local theatre production still has five more shows Rivert City Community Players’ production of “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody” continues with five more shows in the coming days at the Hollywood Theater, 500 Delaware in Tonganoxie. Remaining shows are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. both Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10. For reservations, call 913-651-0027 or visit Jeff Adams, Leavenworth County Sheriff’s office school resource officer for the Tonganoxie USD 464, is the director.

THS students to perform ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ Tonganoxie High School students will stage the musical “Once Upon a Mattress” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8-10 and 2 p.m. Nov. 11. The musical will be performed at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the THS campus.

THS graduate a member of Newman Chorale, Troubadors A Tonganoxie High School graduate performed Sunday at Newman University in Wichita. Wesley Williams, a 2012 Tonganoxie High School graduate, is a member of the Newman Chorale and Troubadours. The group performed choruses from Handel, Beethoven, Mozart, Gilbert and Sullivan and Randall Thompson at its fall concert.

Alternative Halloween fun Tongnaoxie Christian Church will offer an alternative Halloween celebration from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Slim Time will feature indoor games, activities, food and a positive message at the church, 204 Washington St.


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Buses offer rare practice for firefighters By Ann Margret Montemayor

Fire departments from across southern Leavenworth County had a rare opportunity Saturday to practice extrication on decommissioned school buses. “It’s not often you get to cut a school bus apart,” said Tim Bowlin, Sherman Township firefighter. Schools allow fire departments to inspect buses to gain a better understanding of how they’re built, Bowlin said, but seeing the interior structure, locating support beams and removing bolts is much more effective training. Tonganoxie, Fairmount, Sherman, Stranger and Reno townships participated in the exercise Saturday, and Lansing Fire District No. 1 joined the departments Wednesday, Oct. 24, to practice an accident scenario. Bowlin and Sherman Fire Chief Dan Tallman stumbled across the available buses in March when they went to buy a junk car for extrication practice. Midway Auto Parts in Kansas City, Mo., donated a full-length and a short bus for the exercise. At the Wednesday evening training, fire departments knew the drill would take place somewhere in southern Leavenworth County but had to respond as if it were a real call to a bus accident, Chuck Magaha, Fairmount Township assistant chief, said. Magaha organized the Wednesday drill, using mannequins as patients in the bus.

Inside the bus, and unbeknownst to firefighters, there was a hidden camera so departments could review the footage to see how everyone performed. About 60 firefighters participated on Wednesday, Magaha said, and of the footage he’s watched, he’s impressed with how everyone handled the drill. Saturday was the first time in about 10 years that local departments had a bus extrication training, Bowlin said, and in addition to the technical knowledge it offered, it was also a good opportunity for the neighboring departments to work together. “It’s a good way to get to know the

resources you have around you,” he said. Departments learned about one another’s specific tools and specialized knowledge, which will help them work together better when they respond to emergencies. As an assistant chief and emergency manager for Leavenworth County, Magaha said, he was glad fire departments had the opportunity to gain practical experience with buses, but it also brought up some weaknesses in service. When everyone knew about the evening drill, almost 60 people


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Remember to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night. Daylight savings time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. The annual Stanwood Friends Church chili supper and bake sale will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the McLouth Community Center. Proceeds will benefit our local Ministerial Alliance Benevolence Fund. — Please submit McLouth community information, announcements and upcoming events to Beverly Muzzy: or 913-796-6935.

Jarbalo Jottings By Thamar Barnett The Jaunty Jarbalonians red hat group met Saturday at Gambino’s in Tonganoxie for lunch. They had a decorated pumpkin contest. Linda Barry won first place. Others there were Lynn Paul, Jane Turner and Thamar Barnett. David and Jane Turner went to Nashville, Tenn., for three days for the International Federation of Leather Guilds show. They then went to Branson, Mo., for five days. They went to the home of David Jr. and Tracey Turner and Sydney of Mclouth Sunday afternoon to celebrate Jane’s birthday anniversary.

could attend, he said. But when he asked who could make it to a call at 2 p.m., only about a dozen firefighters from all of southern Leavenworth County would be available. “We’ve got the resources, but we don’t always have the resources in place,” he said. Overall, the trainings were a success and a great team effort, Magaha said, and he agreed with Bowlin that joint trainings are integral to successful partnerships with neighboring departments.

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Springdale News By Anabel Knapp Glen Weld was at the pulpit at the Springdale Friends Church on Sunday, Oct. 21. Pastor Rob Santel and wife Rebecca have been married one year and were off on a holiday. Evelyn Schwinn enjoyed lunch and some shopping on Sunday, Oct. 21, with the Ray Cole family. On Monday, Jackie Schwinn, Sharon Lynn and Evelyn Schwinn went to the Hallmark Card Shop. Later they enjoyed lunch together at Applebees. On Oct. 24, Johnny and Jackie Schwinn celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary. On the same day, Becky and Dean Wolfe celebrated their 14th anniversary. Congratulations, guys. The area farmers are about finished with the soybean harvest and it turned out very well. The rain came at just the right time to help the harvest of the beans.

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10/31 | Wednesday • Tonganoxie Community Museum of History, 9 a.m., Tonganoxie Historical Site, 201 W. Washington St., 913845-2477 • Adult Sexual Assault Support Group, 4 p.m., Alliance Against Family Violence, 501 Olive St., Suite 103, Leavenworth, 913-682-8979 • Clear Skies Mental Health Support Group, 4:30 p.m., Clear Skies, 205 N. Fifth St., Leavenworth, 913-758-0095 • Chess, 6-8 p.m., Tonganoxie Public Library, 305 S. Bury St., Tonganoxie, 913-369-3011

11/1 | Thursday • Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meeting, 9 a.m., • Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meeting, 9 a.m., Tonganoxie Christian Church, 204 Washington St. • Adolescent Sexual Assault Support Group, 3:30 p.m., Alliance Against Family Violence, 501 Olive St., Suite 103, Leavenworth, 913-682-8979 • Hour of prayer and songs in advance of Election Day, 7 p.m. , First Congregational Church, 303 E. Fourth St. •Tonganoxie Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Tonganoxie City Hall, 321 S. Delaware St., Tonganoxie, 913-8452620 • Henri Masonic Lodge meeting, 7:30 p.m., Henri Masonic Hall, 311 S. Delaware St., Tonganoxie. Contact Jim Denholm, 913-369-2635 • Downtown First Thursday, businesses open until 8 p.m.

11/2 | Friday • Tonganoxie Senior Quilters, 8:30 a.m., Florence Riford Senior Club, 530 S. Bury St., 913-845-2787 • Story Time for Preschoolers, 10:30 a.m., Linwood Community Library, 302 Main St., Linwood, 913-723-3686 • Clear Skies Mental Health Support Group, 4 p.m., Clear Skies, 205 N. Fifth St., Leavenworth, 913-758-0095 • Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 303 E. Fourth St.

11/3 | Saturday • Tonganoxie Civic Club, 7 a.m., West End Cafe, 416 E. Fourth St. • Clear Skies Mental Health Support Group, 4 p.m., Clear Skies, 205 N. Fifth St., Leavenworth, 913-758-0095

11/5 | Monday • Basehor City Council work session, 7 p.m., Basehor City Hall, 2620 N. 155th Street, Basehor • Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 303 E. Fourth St., Tonganoxie •McLouth Library Board meeting, 7 p.m., McLouth Public Library, 215 Union St., McLouth, 913-796-2225

11/6 | Tuesday • Tonganoxie Senior Quilters, 8:30 a.m., Florence Riford Senior Club, 530 S. Bury St., 913-845-2787 • Pre-school storytime, 10:30 a.m., children’s area, Tonganoxie Public Library, 305 S. Bury St., Tonganoxie, 913-845-3281. • Clear Skies Mental Health Support Group for people with severe and persistent mental health disabilities meetings, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 205 N. Fifth, Leavenworth. For more information contact Melinda Adams, executive director, at 913-758-0095. • Adult Victims of Sexual Assault Support Group, sponsored by the Alliance Against Family Violence, will meet at 4 p.m. at the alliance offices, 522 Kickapoo, Leavenworth. For more information, call 913-682-8979. •Kaw Valley Chorus rehearsals, 7 p.m., Basehor United Methodist Church, 18660 158th St., Bonner Springs, • Linwood City Council, 7 p.m., Linwood City Hall, 306 Main St., Linwood, 913-301-3024 • VFW Post 9271 Ladies Auxiliary, 7 p.m., Tonganoxie VFW Hall, 910 E. First St., Tonganoxie • McLouth City Council, 7 p.m., McLouth City Hall, 110 N. Union St., McLouth, 913-796-6411

11/7 | Wednesday • Tonganoxie Community Museum of History, 9 a.m., Tonganoxie Historical Site, 201 W. Washington St., 913845-2477 • Adult Sexual Assault Support Group, 4 p.m., Alliance Against Family Violence, 501 Olive St., Suite 103, Leavenworth, 913-682-8979 • Clear Skies Mental Health Support Group, 4:30 p.m., Clear Skies, 205 N. Fifth St., Leavenworth, 913-7580095 • Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 303 E. Fourth St.

11/8 | Thursday • Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meeting, 9 a.m.,

Tonganoxie Christian Church, 204 Washington St. • Adolescent Sexual Assault Support Group, 3:30 p.m., Alliance Against Family Violence, 501 Olive St., Suite 103, Leavenworth, 913-682-8979 • Frieda’s Friends Leavenworth Area Cancer Support Group, 7 p.m., St. John Hospital, 3500 S. Fourth St., Leavenworth • Tonganoxie Municipal Court, 7 to 9 p.m., 321 Delaware St. • Stranger Township Fire Department board meeting, 7 p.m., Stranger Township Fire Department, 19501 State Ave., 913-369-9304

11/9 | Friday • Tonganoxie Senior Quilters, 8:30 a.m., Florence Riford Senior Club, 530 S. Bury St., 913-845-2787 • Story Time for Preschoolers, 10:30 a.m., Linwood Community Library, 302 Main St., Linwood, 913-723-3686 • Clear Skies Mental Health Support Group, 4 p.m., Clear Skies, 205 N. Fifth St., Leavenworth, 913-758-0095 • Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 303 E. Fourth St.

11/10 | Saturday • Tonganoxie Civic Club, 7 a.m., West End Cafe, 416 E. Fourth St. • Manna from Heaven Food Pantry open, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 119 Sixth St., 913-461-9224 • Clear Skies Mental Health Support Group, 4 p.m., Clear Skies, 205 N. Fifth St., Leavenworth, 913-758-0095

11/11 | Sunday • Veterans Day

11/12 | Monday • Senior Citizen Dinner, 6 - 8 p.m, Florence Riford Senior Club, 530 Bury, 913-845-2787 • Basehor-Linwood school board meeting, 6 p.m., Location varies •Tonganoxie School Board meeting, 6 p.m., Tonganoxie High School Library, west campus, 404 E. Hwy 24-40 , Tonganoxie, 913-845-2734 • Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 303 E. Fourth St. • Tonganoxie City Council meeting, 7 p.m., Tonganoxie City Hall, 321 Delaware St., Tonganoxie, 913-845-2620 •McLouth School Board meeting, 7 p.m., McLouth High School, 217 Summit St., McLouth, 913-796-6122

11/13 | Tuesday • Tonganoxie Senior Quilters, 8:30 a.m., Florence Riford Senior Club, 530 S. Bury St., 913-845-2787 • Pre-school storytime, 10:30 a.m., children’s area, Tonganoxie Public Library, 305 S. Bury St., Tonganoxie, 913-845-3281. • Clear Skies Mental Health Support Group for people with severe and persistent mental health disabilities meetings, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 205 N. Fifth, Leavenworth. For more information contact Melinda Adams, executive director, at 913-758-0095. • American Legion Post 41 monthly meeting, 7 p.m., Leavenworth County Fairgrounds 4-H Building (Legion Riders meet after regular meeting) • Friends of the Tonganoxie Library, 7 p.m., Tonganoxie Public Library, 305 S. Bury St., 913-845-3281 • McLouth Parent-Teacher Organization, 7 p.m., Home Economics Room, 217 Summit St., McLouth,913-796-2201 • Reno Township Fire Department meeting, 7 p.m., Reno Fire Reno Township Fire Department, 12755 238th Rd., Linwood • Tonganoxie Roll and Ride group meeting, 7 p.m., Tonganoxie Public Library, 305 S. Bury St., Tonganoxie, 913-845-3281

11/14 | Wednesday • Tonganoxie Community Museum of History, 9 a.m., Tonganoxie Historical Site, 201 W. Washington St., 913845-2477 • Adult Sexual Assault Support Group, 4 p.m., Alliance Against Family Violence, 501 Olive St., Suite 103, Leavenworth, 913-682-8979 • Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 303 E. Fourth St. • Clear Skies Mental Health Support Group, 4:30 p.m., Clear Skies, 205 N. Fifth St., Leavenworth, 913-758-0095 • Leavenworth County Planning Commission, 6:30 p.m., Leavenworth County Courthouse, 300 Walnut St., Leavenworth • Rural Water District No. 6, 7 p.m., Tonganoxie Public Library, 305 S. Bury St., 913-845-3281 • VFW Post 9271, 7 p.m., Tonganoxie VFW Hall, 910 E. First St.

!"#$%&''()*+,-./ 0&-./$1##,2#3)4)#.$ Charles and Kristan Van Middlesworth announce the birth of their son, Declan Andrew, born July 27, 2012 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Declan was welcomed home by his brother, Aiden, and sister, Paityn. His maternal grandparents are Dale and Kathy Walker, Tonganoxie, KS. His paternal grandparents are Charles and Barbara Van Middlesworth, Edwardsville, KS.

11/15 | Thursday • Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meeting, 9 a.m., Tonganoxie Christian Church, 204 Washington St. • Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, 11:30 a.m., Tonganoxie VFW Hall, make reservations for lunch at 913-845-9244 or 913-481-9596.


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DEATHS FRANK J. SHEEHAN Frank J. Sheehan, 92, Basehor, KS died Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Providence Medical Center. A Funeral Mass will be held 11 am Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Holy Angels Catholic Church, Basehor. Burial will be in Holy Angels Cemetery. The family received friends 6-8 pm Tuesday at Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie, where the Rosary was said at 7 pm. Frank was born July 11, 1920 near Tonganoxie, KS, the son of James and Johanna (McInerny) Sheehan. He worked for General Motors for 10 years and was a farmer. He was a lifelong sports fan especially enjoying baseball. On May 25, 1946 he was

united in marriage to Aileen Reardon. She preceded him in death in 2005. He is survived by a son, Jim (Melanie) Sheehan, De Soto, KS; two daughters, Kathleen Sheehan, Prairie Village, KS and Rita (Chuck) Rickel, Pittsburg, KS; and three grandchildren, Sarah Rickel, Megan Rickel Downie and Jeremy Sheehan. Memorials are suggested to ALS Foundation or Holy Angels Church. The family wants to thank Providence ICU nurses and staff for their special care. To leave an online condolence please go to Please sign this guestbook at

KENNY WAYNE WHITE Kenny Wayne White, 49, Tonganoxie, KS, passed away October 22, 2012. A memorial service was 10 am Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie. Private inurnment followed. The family received friends from 6-8 pm Wednesday, October 24, at the Quisenberry Chapel. Kenny was born December 8, 1962 in Leavenworth, KS, the son of James and Rosetta (Perkins) White. He worked as an electrician for Berry Plastics, Lawrence, KS. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge AF&AM, Tecumseh, KS. His brother, Jesse White, preceded him in death.

On September 7, 1985 he was united in marriage to Kandi Smith in Oskaloosa, KS. She survives of the home. Other survivors include; one son, Justin White, Oskaloosa; one daughter, Jessie White, of the home; his parents, James and Rosetta White, Leavenworth, KS; one brother, Terry White, Gladstone, MO; one sister, Linda Martin, Lansing, KS; and one grandson, Carter White, Oskaloosa, KS. To leave online condolence for the family please go to www. Please sign this guestbook at



!"## $%%&'"()*(+ Sharon (Sumner) and Albert Legg, Leavenworth, will celebrate their 50th Wedding anniversary on November 10, 2012, with a Mass at Holy Angels Church, Basehor. The couple were married at Holy Cross Church in Emmett, Kansas. They have 5 children: Michael and Leona Legg, Wichita; Michelle Legg, Euless, Texas; Melinda and Jerry Baker, Linwood; Melissa Legg, Kansas City, Missouri; Matthew Legg, Kansas City, Missouri, and one granddaughter, Addison Legg, Wichita.


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Meier: Note a constitutional amendment on your ballot By Melanie Meier Kansas House of Representatives

I have had several people inquire about the constitutional amendmentquestion at the end of this year’s ballot. The explanation of votewritten on the ballot reads: “This amendment would allow the legislature to classify and taxwatercraft upon a basis different from other property. A vote for this proposition would permit the legislature to provide for separate classification and taxation of watercraft or to exempt such property from property taxation and impose taxes in lieu thereof. A vote against this proposition would continue the taxation of watercraft in the same manner as all other property.” Then the ballot includes the text of the entire section to show what the statute would look like if the proposition passed. If you look closely, there are two italicized words — and watercraft — in the middle of paragraph (a). These two italicized words are the proposed change. Some background: Boats are currently taxed in Kansas as personal property at 30 percent of their fair market value. Proponents for the constitutional amendment say that it is much less expensive to register a boat in the surrounding states, so many Kansans register their boats elsewhere and Kansas is losing out on the tax revenue. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is also a proponent for the change and has

released a press statement urging Kansans to vote yes. The press release explains that when a Kansan registers their boat in another state, Wildlife and Parks does not get its registration fee of $32.50 every three years and does not get matching federal funds. If this proposition is adopted, it is only the first step in changing the law. The legislature would have to introduce and pass a bill to change how a boat is taxed. For example, back in 1992, a similar legislative authorization for “recreational vehicles” was adopted as part of a constitutional amendment. The Kansas Legislature in 1994 subsequently enacted a new tax system for recreational vehicles where taxes are based on the weight and the age of the vehicles, rather than on fair market value. This is not the first attempt to change the tax rate on boats. A proposed constitutional amendment (SCR 1629) was placed on the 2000 general election ballot that would have authorized a new tax system for both watercraft and aircraft. It was defeated by less than 12,000 votes (433,499 “no” to 421,621 “yes”). There are approximately 85,000 watercraft currently registered with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. KDWPT estimates that as many as 10,000 Kansans unlawfully register their boats in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri, because these states do not have a property tax on watercraft. — For more from Meier, go to

Food safety important when preparing for group functions By Denise Sullivan County Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences

This time of year, it’s not uncommon to be planning chili suppers or similar types of group fundraisers. Because the partakers of such functions represent such a broad segment of the population, some of who may have sensitive immune systems, it is important to consider safe food handling practices. At home, we may practice varying degrees of food safety principles, but when serving food to others, it is important to be vigilant with food safety. The following could be considered the ‘Top 10” food safety practices. Healthy food handlers: Do not allow sick food handlers to work with food, especially if the person has a diarrheal illness. Ensure that all food handlers are properly washing their hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and plenty of soap. Food handlers should not touch ready-to-eat foods with their bare hands. Instead, use deli tissue, disposable gloves or cleaned and sanitized utensils. This eliminates possible contamination from the hands. Cleaning and sanitizing: Ensure that all food contact surfaces are washed, rinsed and sanitized. If using a household dishwasher, be sure to not overload it and follow manufacturer’s directions. If manually washing dishes, a simple sanitizing solution in the final rinse water is one ounce of bleach per three gallons of water. Air dry all dishes that are manually washed, rinsed and sanitized. Cooking thermometers: Make sure to keep food thermometers calibrated and clean before measuring the

temperature of food. Whole muscle meats (roasts, loins, chops) should be cooked to at least 145 degrees, ground meats to at least 155 degrees and poultry to at least 165 degrees. Avoid cross-contamination: Do not cross-contaminate raw meats, poultry and fish with ready-to-eat foods. Common cross-contaminated items may include cutting boards, knives, cooking utensils and hands. Thawing: Thaw foods safely. Never thaw on the counter at room temperature. Use the following methods to ensure safe food while thawing: Thaw under running water (70 degrees or less) for less than two hours; Thaw in refrigerator at 41 degrees or less; Microwave as part of the cooking process. Maintaining temperature: Keep all poultry, meat, dairy, cooked vegetables and dishes containing these ingredients at the proper temperature. Hot foods should be more than 135 degrees and cold foods should be less than 41 degrees. Cooling: Cool foods quickly. To prevent the growth of bacteria, do not leave food out at room temperature. Foods need to be cooled from 135 degrees to 41 degrees within three to four hours. To achieve safe cooling, do not cool foods in large batches or plastic containers. Cut meats into smaller portions and move stews, soups, chili, etc., into small containers. Remember that plastic is an insulator and tends to keep heat in. Use metal or glass containers for cooling. An ice bath is an excellent way to cool foods rapidly. — Go to for more.

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Questionnaire: Pat Cahill Q: Why did you decide to run for County Attorney? What would be your top priority if elected? A: I was robbed at gunpoint while working as a retail clerk in law school in Topeka. The suspect was caught by the police within a half hour of the robbery with cash & checks made payable to the store in his possession. I I.D.’d him as the robber. I was sub- Pat Cahill poenaed to appear in Shawnee County Court to testify, came to Court on time and didn’t see anyone. A Judge sent me to the D.A.’s Office where I was yelled at for not checking in with them (nothing I received said to see them). They said the suspect was released on a P.R. Bond by the court and although he was on federal parole for a felony his parole was not revoked. He came in my store late one night & then left without saying anything. I called the Judge who told me that his bond didn’t require any contact with me but he would change

THE CAHILL FILE Patrick J. Cahill, Democrat Age: 64 Occupation: Attorney Married: Wife, Mayetta Children: 2 Experience: 31 years as an attorney with 25 years as a prosecutor in Leavenworth County. Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Benedict’s College & J.D.(Juris Doctor) from Washburn University

it. I finally testified, the suspect plead guilty but was allowed to remain free on bond until his sentencing. He failed to appear for sentencing and was arrested 6 months later in Junction City for armed robbery, kidnapping and rape. I never wanted this kind of thing to happen to anyone else. Q: How does your experience qualify you for this office? A: Being the victim of a serious crime allows me to better understand how our victims feel. 25 years as a prosecutor who has tried over

Questionnaire: Todd Thompson Q: Why did you decide to run for county attorney? What would be your top priority if elected? A: My commitment is to prosecuting crimes, protecting this community, thereby preserving our legacy. Law enforcement and citizens asked me to run four years ago. I ran because this is my home, my family’s home for over 150 years and I am Todd Thompson passionate about protecting it. When law enforcement came to me, they wanted better communication with the County Attorney’s office. Victim’s wanted the office to be more accessible. My priority has been to interact with and educate law enforcement officers so they understand what is needed to make solid, trial worthy cases. Our office is now paperlessand our digital system helps to track cases, making sure they are being reviewed in a timely manner, no more slipping through the cracks. We keep the officers informed throughout the process; why we have declined to file, what charges have been filed or that we need more information to make an informed decision. This has

THE THOMPSON FILE Todd Thompson, Republican Age: 37 Occupation: Leavenworth County Attorney Married: No Children: None Experience: County attorney past four years, assistant county attorney for five years before that Education: Washburn law; bachelor’s degree from Kansas University. improved our understanding of what the victim’s, their families and the community needs to best protect us from the criminal element. My top priority has always been to safeguard our community by prosecuting criminal offenses to the best of my ability. Q: How does your experience qualify you for this office? A: As County Attorney the role is much different than being an Assistant County Attorney. It’s more than prosecuting. It’s managing staff, case loads, and relationships with other agencies. When I took office I found that 30% of the police reports received had not Please see THOMPSON, page 24

55 criminal jury trials gives me the Courtroom experience to try cases. I also served as a probation officer for adults and juveniles for 4 years. I was selected by Robert E. Davis in 1981 to create the special projects office (handled worthless checks, diversion programs and victim/witness programs.) Please see CAHILL,grants page 13 I have also written successful to obtain a drug prosecutor and a do-

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Candidate questionnaire: Dennis Bixby Editor’s note: Republican Dennis Bixby answers a questionnaire The Mirror submitted to candidates in local races. Q: Why did you decide to run for this seat? A: I was asked to run when Commissioner Flower was having health problems. Volunteering and public service was expected of me while I was growing up. I owe this county a debt of gratitude and with prayerful consider- Dennis Bixby ation, the support of my friends and family, and the education and training to do the job, I made the decision back in February to run. Q: What would be your top priority if elected? A: Improving rural roads will attract businesses to build nearby. I will work to educate land owners about the Leavenworth County Comprehensive Road Improvement Program. Better roads mean more economic development, better jobs and more business opportunities and a way to broaden our tax base without raising tax rates. Q: How does your experience qualify you for this office? A: I am experienced in planning,

THE BIXBY FILE Dennis Bixby, Republican Age: 51 Occupation: Owner of Bixby Sharpening & Repair Married: Wife, Denise Children: 1 daughter, deceased. Experience: 26-plus years as a construction project manager. I have traveled to 42 states and Canada and am a current Tonganoxie City Council member. I am a member of the Kansas Emergency Management Team and International Disaster Emergency Services for sharpening services after such things as tornado recovery in Joplin, Mo., and West Liberty, Ky. I organized citywide clean-ups in 2010 and 2011, which collected more than 100 tons of recyclables and debris. Education: Bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in industrial technology, Men’s Leadership Series, MS Office and AutoCAD certified.

budgeting and to anticipate critical components of projects. I work to build a consensus whenever possible with all parties involved. Less government also helps smaller stores. Having owned a small business, I know what these people are trying to do in order

Questionnaire: Mike Yanez Editor’s note: Democrat Mike Yanez answers a questionnaire The Mirror submitted to candidates in local races. Q: Why did you decide to run for this seat? What would be your top priority if elected to the commission? A: I’ll be very straight forward answering this question. Considering that my opponent has been a negative influence in the city where he now Mike Yanez serves, I filed for office to give voters a choice rather than let my opponent run unopposed and potentially negatively impact the rest of the county’s communities, townships and rural areas. Recognizing the significance of the county commissioner position — one vote out of three — I have an appreciation for the commissioners’ level of influence. With this appreciation and with deep respect for the communities within the county and their ambitious plans and investments to attract growth, I filed for office confident that I was a better

THE YANEZ FILE Mike Yanez, Democrat Age: 62 Occupation: Independent contractor (management and security) Married: Single (divorced) Children: 2 Experience: More than 30 years of municipal government service, including 23 years in city management. Education: Bachelor’s degree, Pittsburg State University; numerous trainings in administrative practices including budget and finance, personnel law, capital planning, public processes and legal issues.

choice between the candidates — myself being a veteran public administrator with significant comprehensive experience who leads with objectivity versus a relative newcomer to governance who continuously displays political partisanship and antiquated, coffee shop style approaches to governance. I believe middle-ground Please see YANEZ, page 11

to keep their doors open. Often times the best thing the government can do a lot of times, is get out of the way. Q: If elected, would you pursue an EMS station or presence in Basehor? A: Several plans are being discussed for making this happen. I know that Basehor is underserved and we need to correct the problem. It was brought up once again at the Oct. 15 work session at the BOCC that I attended.

Q: The county has invested in County Road 1 and the turnpike interchange. Moving forward, what would you do to make sure the interchange benefits the entire county? A: County Road 5 is scheduled for realignment and shoulder improvement using KDOT funds. More traffic would then flow through Tonganoxie. Please see BIXBY, page 13



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Alan Kirchoff Alicia Stoltenberg Alyssa Cruickshank Amber York Amy Overmiller Amy Troyer Andrea Novotney April Seba Audra Boone Austin Baragary Bill Altman Bill Baragary Bobbi McClellan Brady Waldeier Brandon Parker Brenda Lowe Brent Smith Cara Carlisle Carley Smith Carolyn Barnes Casey Wrinkle Charles VanMiddlesworth Charlie Brady Cherryl Smith Chris Clark Chris Staples Christina Igleheart Connie Weltha Curtis Smart Cynthia Foley Dana Skelley David J. Saheb Deanna Sittner Deb Heskett Debbie Krivjansky

Debby Kay Altman Deborah Becker Deborah Holloway Derek Novotney Diane Titterington Diane Truesdell Dirk Scates Donna Workman Doug Sandburg Edward Greenwell Edward W. Foley Elizabeth Krivjansky Eugene F. Becker Evan Greenwell Gail Kiefer Gary Brammer Gary Walker George Warren Gerard Aligo Gretchen Harbour Haley Smith Heather DeMaranville Heather Harris Herb George Jake Dale Jamie Carlisle Jamie Heim Jamie Ray Janena Gier Janette Ward Jason Ward Jen Klamm Jennifer Braun Jennifer Johnson Jeremy Carlisle

Jeremy Goebel Jim Bothwell Jim Grinter Joanne Kirchoff Joe Baragary Joe Krivjansky Joe Waldeier Joel Skelley John Beach John Tollefson Jonathan Myers Josey Eastes Joy McRae Julie Bernard Julie Pruden Kaija Baldock Kasey Robbins Kathy Baragary Kathy Harrell Keith McMullin Kelley Wyatt Kelly Staples Ken Mark Kendra Schobert Kris Grinter Kris Morgan Kristan VanMiddlesworth Kristin Greenwell Lajean Keene Larry Easter Larry Meadows Leana R. Leslie Linn Aligo Lisa Goebel Lisa Hagee

Lisa Smart Lloyd Pearson Lois Meadows Louise Holton Marceline Baragary Margery Thompson Mark Padfield Mary Jane Grinter Mary Welsh Matt Seba Melanie Mustard Melissa Miller Melissa Robbins Michael Bogart Michelle Perich Mike McClellan Mike Rawlings Mildred McMillen Morgan Schmidt Natalie Frese Nichole Beach Pam Arevalo Patricia A. Keithley Patricia Duvall Phil Williams Preston Troyer Rachel Padfield Randy Weseman Rececca Bothwell Rick Baker Robert Bernard Robert Bieniecki Rochelle Kulman Ronald Leslie Sandra Saheb

Sarah Staples Scott DeMaranville Scott Harbour Shawn Phillips Shelley Scates Shirley Martin Sidney Grinter Sophia Hubbell Stacy McElderry Stacy Myers Stephanie Hebert Stephanie Rawling Steve Harrell Steve Hughes Suzanne Rucker Tammie George Tammy Bennett Tawny Willson Ted Grinter Terry Neadham Terylan Walker Thad Baldock Tiffany Parker Todd Geiger Tony Spudic Tonya Phillips Tracey Waldeier Ty Poell Ursula Kissinger Val Carlisle Vickie Hughes Virginia M. Warren William Keithley Zachary Stoltenberg

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objectivity better serves the county stakeholders than ultra-conservative approaches to stewardship. I believe the public is best served by listening, open-minded leaders rather than officials who will not tolerate or understand dissenting opinions. Q: How does your experience qualify you for this office? A: Certainly my 30 years of government services delivery and management make me the most qualified for the position. I am highly familiar with the expectations of stakeholders and have also seen how government can do things well and how government can make mistakes. For 23 years, I have been an administrator in a political environment though I have never considered myself to be a politician but a successful manager of public services and resources. Over my years of service, I have always overseen departments and operations that have finished each year under budget. I have never conducted any administrative actions that have caused litigation against my employer. I have always established and valued good lines of communications with citizens, groups, elected officials at city, county, state and federal levels. I have been successful in obtaining tens of millions of dollars in state and federal monies for my communities. I have always not only looked out for tax dollars but — using my administrative skills — I have been able to save tax dollars, stretch tax dollars, find new dollars and work with economic development groups and investors to create new dollars. Q: If elected, would you pursue an EMS station or presence in Basehor? A: This issue will be one of my immediate priorities to investigate. I know it has been recently evaluated by the BOCC and no action was taken. However, considering EMS is a life and death issue (not a tax and spend issue), I am going to want to re-open the book and ask for a new evaluation for due diligence prior to next year’s budget exercise. Among items to be reviewed are frequencies and types

of EMS calls, response times, existing problems that might be resolved to improve present-day EMS delivery and to determine if an enhanced EMS presence is justified to mitigate response time and services delivery issues. I know the last effort to obtain enhanced EMS services was tabled due to lack of funds. However, it is my attitude that government is about people and not just about dollars. I know people will pay for services they feel are necessary. So public input will be essential throughout this process to determine if the public expresses a desire for EMS services enhancement and to determine their willingness to support services delivery options presented for consideration. Q: The county has invested in County Road 1 and the turnpike interchange. Moving forward, what would you do to make sure the interchange benefits the entire county? A: Nationwide, it is obvious that interchanges along federal freeways spur development around the transportation infrastructure. It was unfortunate that the national recession occurred the same time of the opening of the KTA / CR 1 interchange. On the other hand, with Tonganoxie’s investment in industrial park acreage adjacent to CR 1, I am aware that dozens of industries have considered the site and one major attraction cited by the industries is access to I-70. In time, the county will enjoy benefits from future industrial development enticed to the site by the interchange, available acreage and future utilities extensions by the city. The county should stay in touch with the city of Tonganoxie regarding industrial prospects and development of the site. Additionally, the county should continue to support both the Leavenworth County Development Corporation who markets the property and corridor internationally and the Leavenworth County Port Authority who has financial resources to possibly provide future funding assistance and /or incentives to attract new industries and hundreds of new jobs to the southern area of the county. Additionally, the county should be open to discuss development plans proposed by property owners along the CR 1 corridor who wish to explore development options.

Q: Why should voters select you instead of your opponent? A: I filed for this office trusting voters to do an evaluation of the qualifications and experiences of the candidates and not to focus on political party affiliation which should really have minimal value in selecting officials for local offices. Balanced, experienced leadership is essential at this period of history as government and the private sector deal with impacts of the national recession. Leavenworth County and its communities are in competition for industrial and retail opportunities as well as challenges to support existing entities struggling with the recession

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training for our local law enforcement agencies to better prepare their officers to testify in jury trials. I would reach out to the citizens to help solve crimes by getting rewards for key information and by seeking more ways to prevent crimes for businesses and our citizens, I will try jury trials on a regular basis as I feel the county attorney must be able to do more than just be an administrator. Q: Why should voters select you rather than your opponent? A: I feel that if the voters compare our experience (mine: 25 years as a local prosecutor who tried over 55 Jury Trials, a history of writing grants and developing innovative programs, service for more than 30 years in local organizations serving our community versus my opponentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s limited experience (five years as an assistant county attorney and the last four years as county attorney, limited jury trial experience about one-fifth of my experience, a high turnover in experienced assistants as county attorney, and questionable decisions on pleas and diversion (In August he diverted a person who possessed child pornography a severity level 5 person felony which carries a presumptive prison sentence. As a result this defendant will not have this offense on his record if he completes diversion rather than serving a prison sentence. The case is 2012-CR-170 and is a public record in the Leavenworth District Court Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office). I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make those kinds of decisions.



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for and I am not afraid to visit the back roads, do my own research and represent the â&#x20AC;&#x153;wholeâ&#x20AC;? county not just the parts with paved roads. This is a fulltime job if done correctly. If the county faces a challenge, chances are some other county has a successful plan to deal with it. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always need to spend money on studies or reinvent the wheel. Liberal tax and spend policies will not lead our county to prosperity. I offer careful planning, a fresh creative approach to government.



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More than just another sausage — a chorizo primer lids seal in moisture).

By J.M. HIRSCH AP Food Editor

Chorizo is a bit like pornography. You’ll know it when you see it, but it’s a bit hard to define in the abstract. That’s because there are several hundred varieties of this sausage made across at least three continents, and many bear little resemblance to the others. Making matters worse, chorizo makers in the U.S. are a pretty freewheeling bunch. No matter what the packages say, it can be hard to know what you’re getting. The good news is that you don’t need to sift through all that to understand why this meat is well worth working into your dinner repertoire. At its most basic, chorizo is a sausage made from chopped or ground pork and a ton of seasonings, often including garlic. The flavors are deeply smoky and savory, with varying degrees of heat. Most are assertive and peppery, but not truly spicy. The three main producers of chorizo are Spain, Portugal and Mexico. Spanish and Portuguese chorizo (the latter known as chourico) are most common in the U.S., but for many of the products sold here that’s a distinction without a difference. In Spain, chorizo has a distinct red color thanks to ample seasoning with paprika. It is available in two main varieties — cooking and cured. Cooking chorizo is coarse, crumbly, deliciously fatty, and jammed with spices (which vary by region). The meat can be smoked or plain. To use cooking chorizo, the casing must be removed. The meat then is crumbled and added to other meats or soups, or sauteed. Cured chorizo is similarly seasoned — including the paprika — but is cured for at least two months. During this period, bacteria and salt work their flavor magic on the meat. The re-

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CHORIZO SAUSAGE lends bold flavor to roasted chicken and root vegetables. sult is a salami-like sausage with big, bold, peppery flavor. Cured chorizo traditionally is thinly sliced and eaten at room temperature. It also can be finely chopped and cooked. Most chorizo sold in the U.S. is the cured style. Portuguese chourico adds wine to the flavoring mix, and often is smoked. Most varieties can be thinly sliced and eaten as is, though it also can be cooked. Mexican chorizo is made from fresh (not smoked) pork, and generally sports the seasonings we associate with Mexican cuisine, including chilies and cilantro. While there are some cured variet-

ies of Mexican chorizo, most should be cut open (discarding the casing), crumbled and cooked. Use the meat in just about any Mexican dish calling for meat (and big, big flavor), including nachos. Sometimes it’s best to not overthink things. As in this basic roasted chicken, my take on a simple French classic. I love that everything is just tossed into a pot, put in the oven and ignored until done. The recipe calls for a castiron Dutch oven. These really are indispensable for making all manner of roasts and stews. And they are as happy on the burner as in the oven (where, when covered, their heavy

Roasted Chicken with Chorizo and Root Veggies Start to finish: 1 hour (15 minutes active) Servings: 6 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3- to 4-pound whole chicken 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound cooking chorizo, casing removed and discarded, meat finely chopped 4 sprigs fresh thyme 3 sprigs (each about 4 inches long) fresh rosemary 1 medium yellow onion, quartered 12-ounce bag baby carrots 1 pound new potatoes 1 lemon, quartered 6 cloves garlic, peeled but left whole Ground black pepper, to taste Heat the oven to 350 F. Combine the salt and garlic powder, then rub the mixture over and under the skin of the chicken. Set aside. In a 5 1/2-quart (or larger) Dutch oven over medium-high, heat the oil. Add the chicken and sear for 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Add the chorizo to the pan, then saute for 4 minutes. Add the thyme and rosemary. Heat for 30 seconds. Return the chicken to the pan, breast up. Arrange the onion, carrots, potatoes, lemon and garlic around the chicken, then place the lid on the pot. Transfer to the oven and roast for 45 minutes, or until the breast reads 160 F on an instant thermometer. Transfer the chicken to a platter and tent with foil. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the vegetables and chorizo to a serving bowl. Cover to keep warm. Discard the lemon quarters and any herb stems. Place the pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cook until reduced and thickened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve the sauce drizzled over the chicken.



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TUESDAY’S SCORES Check out The Mirror’s website for recaps from the Chieftain football team’s playoff game against Atchison, as well as the soccer team’s state quarterfinal match against De Soto.




Tonganoxie defeats Bobcats, wins first district title since ‘05 By Justin Nutter

BASEHOR — Moments before the Tonganoxie High football team took the field for its first practice on Aug. 13, coach Al Troyer talked to his players about postseason football. The road wasn’t easy and the results weren’t always pretty, but Thursday night at Basehor-Linwood, vision became reality. The Chieftains scored 18 unanswered points and came up with three key stops in the fourth quarter to clinch their first district title since 2005 with an 18-11 victory against their Kaw Valley League rival. THS (4-5, 2-1 Class 4A District 2) controlled its own playoff destiny against the Bobcats (4-5, 1-2), but needed some help from Jefferson West to win the district title. Jeff West defeated Perry-Lecompton in the other district game, 13-6. All four district teams were tied at 1-1 entering last week, but the Chieftains won their head-to-head meeting with JWHS. Tonganoxie broke open an 11-11 tie on the first play of the fourth quarter when junior Cole Holloway scored on a five-yard run — his second touchdown of the game. Holloway picked up big chunks of yards at will against the Bobcat defense, carrying the ball 38 times for 232 yards. He surpassed the 1,000-yard mark and finished the regular season with 1,075 yards. “We ran the ball right at them,” coach Al Troyer said. “That was our

goal. The kids played hard, they kept their mouths shut and they stayed physical on both sides of the ball.” The THS defense held Basehor-Linwood to a three-and-out on the ensuing drive and looked to go up by two scores with time running out. But a botched snap inside the Bobcat 10 resulted in a turnover with 6:08 remaining. BLHS drove into Chieftain territory before junior Shane Levy brought the scoring threat to a halt. Levy, who lost a fumble inside the Bobcat 5 in the third quarter, redeemed himself when he brought down quarterback Tanner Garver, forcing an incompletion on fourth down. The play gave the Chieftains the ball with 3:29 remaining. “The district championship was up for grabs,” Levy said. “I just had to make a play on defense.” THS picked up a first down, but wasn’t able to run out the clock. A punt by sophomore Carl Hecht pinned Basehor-Linwood at its own 21 with 1:07 left and no timeouts remaining. The Bobcats got to their own 40 before Levy came up with another big defensive play — a third-down sack of quarterback Tim Sanders with 26 seconds remaining. Sanders hit tight end tight end Ben Johnson on a fourth-down desperation play, but Johnson was taken down near midfield as time expired. “I want to credit our offensive and defensive coordinators, Matt Bond and Preston Troyer,” Al Troyer said. “They did a great job of getting us

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JUNIOR COLE HOLLOWAY torched the Basehor-Linwood defense for 232 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Chieftains defeated the Bobcats, 18-11. ready this week.” Players, coaches and fans stormed the BLHS field as fireworks lit up the sky behind the Tonganoxie sideline when the clock hit zero. The victory against the Bobcats was the Chieftains’ first since 2006, when this year’s senior were still in sixth grade.

“This was huge,” Al Troyer said. “Each week, I want the fans to come onto the field (after the game). Each week, it’s gotten larger and larger. It’s a great atmosphere and what a great night.” Please see DISTRICT, Page 19

THS soccer wins regional title By Justin Nutter

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THE CHIEFTAIN SOCCER TEAM poses with its regional championship trophy after Thursday’s 1-0 win against Basehor-Linwood.

Following a near disaster against Eudora in the regional semifinals, Tonganoxie High coach Brian Kroll knew his team needed to wake up in a hurry. As it turns out, the alarm went off without a moment to spare. The Chieftains clinched their second consecutive regional championship and broke a school record in the process by downing Basehor-Linwood on Friday, 1-0. “Wednesday, the first part of practice was kind of a repeat of what we had,” Kroll said of his squad’s pregame preparation. “I brought them together and we talked, then we went back out and it was like the light came on. We

ended practice on a high note.” With its focus restored and do-ordie mentality back in place, THS (143-1) got the start to the game it was looking for. Senior co-captain Matt Saathoff scored the only goal of the game off an assist from sophomore Asher Huseman with 14:54 remaining in the first half. Huseman found Saathoff between a pair of Bobcat defenders, then Saathoff nearly lost control of the ball, but fired it past goalkeeper Cameron Kennedy to put THS on top. “It was a good through-ball,” Saathoff said. “I just had a few touches I had to take. I had a little mess-up at the end, but it had the drive to get into the goal.” Please see SOCCER, Page 19







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McLouth blasts Immaculata, finishes regular season at 8-1 By Justin Nutter

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FRESHMAN SOPHIA WETTA placed 56th at the Class 4A state cross country meet.

Wetta represents THS at state cross country meet By Justin Nutter

It was a little rougher than she expected, but Tonganoxie High freshman Sophia Wetta got one more chance to represent her school on the cross country course in 2012. Wetta, the Chieftains’ lone qualifier for the Class 4A state meet, finished 56th individually with a time of 16 minutes, 56 seconds on Saturday at Wamego Country Club. “I was kind of disappointed at the end because I could feel that I didn’t run my best race, but I was good with top-60,” said Wetta, who ran the thirdfastest girls time in school history at regionals on Oct. 20. Wetta ran into some unexpected contact at the beginning of the race. Runners collided with each other as they jockeyed for rank in the first 100 yards, which ultimately led to a poor start for the THS rookie.

“I got stuck right in the middle, so everybody was shoving me around, trying to get up front,” she said. “I didn’t really get a chance to get up there, but it evened out pretty well once I got about halfway through the race.” After the initial pileup, Wetta battled through what she called a “crazy amount” of hills. She closed out the race in favorable fashion, though, finishing in less than 17 minutes for the sixth time this season. “I thought she did a great job,” coach Phil Williams said. “The first time you go out there, it’s always a little tough to perform well since you’re a little intimidated, but she ran extremely well to get under 17.” Wetta said she’ll take a few weeks off from running, but likely will continue to run at least three times a week throughout the offseason. She’ll look to lead a team that will return six of its top seven runners in 2013.

Whitledge named to All-Star volleyball team Mirror Staff Report Tonganoxie High senior outside hitter Jenny Whitledge will get to represent her school one more time as a high school volleyball player. Whitledge was named to the Kansas smallclass team for the 2012 MO-KAN AllStar Game. Teams from Kansas and Missouri will square off in a match on Nov. 11 at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo. Whitledge, a 2011 All-State honorable mention by the Kansas Volleyball

Association, led the Chieftains with 407 kills in her final high school season. Additionally, she finished second on the team with 224 digs. She recorded 15 or more kills in nine matches and had five double-doubles this season. THS has been a mainstay on the MO-KAN roster in recent years. Abby Eisman played on the 2009 team, Molly O’Hagan played in 2010 and Megan Hummelgaard, Brooklyn Kerbaugh and Kailan Kuzmic played in last year’s game.

For the second time in as many weeks, a slow start didn’t do much to prevent a lopsided victory in McLouth High’s favor. The Bulldogs were tied with Leavenworth-Immaculata midway through the first quarter, but quickly erased any thoughts of an upset in a 48-6 victory Friday at Stan Braksick Sports Complex. MHS (8-1, 3-0 Class 2-1A District 2), which had already clinched a district title the week before, opened scoring with a 38-yard touchdown run by junior Drew Cerny. Immaculata (2-7, 0-4) answered with a nine-yard score by Drew Sachen to keep things close early, but the Bulldogs went in front for good when senior Dakota Cop broke free from 74 yards out later in the period. Senior Marc Walbridge hooked up with junior Nick McAferty for the two-point conversion to make it 14-6 at the end of the quarter. “I thought our kids responded well,” coach Chris Stewart said. “They’ve kind of shown a pattern where they’ve struggled early, then gotten into a better flow of the

game. They were able to contain (Immaculata) a little bit better into the second quarter and throughout the game.” Stewart’s squad kept its foot on the gas and reeled off four touchdowns in the second quarter — three of them through the air. Walbridge hit Cerny on a 52-yard touchdown pass and senior T.J. Crowell scored on a six-yard run, then Walbridge found Cop and sophomore Jack Courtney on scoring strikes of 24 and 13 yards. “Our offensive line has been doing a great job with their blocking schemes, and all the kids we have at skill positions have shown we can get them the ball and they can get some yardage,” Stewart said. “That gives us a good opportunity to make adjustments during the game.” Crowell capped off the Bulldog onslaught with a three-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. As a team, McLouth finished with 403 yards of offense. Walbridge completed all five of his pass attempts for 136 yards. For just the second time this season, MHS had two players eclipse the 100-yard mark on the Please see MCLOUTH, Page 19


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State roundup: Increase in size doesn’t slow St. James volleyball Volleyball Class 6A

in three sets to finish third. The Tigers captured the title a year after finishing second to Olpe.

Topeka-Washburn Rural won its second consecutive state title, defeating Stilwell-Blue Valley at the Topeka Expocentre, 25-19, 25-19. The Junior Blues, who have won seven titles in the last nine years, reached the championship match by defeating Olathe East in the semifinals. Gardner-Edgerton defeated Olathe East in the consolation match.

Olpe won its first 1A state title and second straight title overall with a three-set win against St. John Hudson at Fort Hays State’s Gross Memorial Coliseum, 32-30, 20-25, 25-22. OHS won last year’s 2A state title. Centralia outlasted Hoxie in the consolation match.

Class 1A Division 1

Class 5A

Class 1A Division 2

St. James Academy’s move from Class 4A to 5A didn’t stop its run of state titles, as the Thunder won their fifth straight championship by defeating Topeka-Shawnee Heights at the Topeka Expocentre, 25-19, 25-6. SJA, which beat Kapaun-Mt. Carmel in the semifinals, had won the last four 4A state titles. Bishop Miege defeated Kapaun in the third-place match.

Baileyville B&B is the 1A Division 2 champion for the second straight year, as it knocked off Argonia at Fort Hays State, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18. B&B has won three state titles since 2005. Grainfield-Wheatland/Grinnell swept Weskan to take home the third-place trophy.

Cross Country

Class 4A

Class 6A

With St. James no longer in the 4A picture, McPherson emerged as a state champion for the first time in school history. MHS took down Topeka-Hayden in a tight match at the Salina Bicentennial Center, 22-25, 2522, 25-23. Rose Hill took home thirdplace honors by downing Louisburg in the consolation match, 25-13, 25-21. Basehor-Linwood, which won the substate tournament in Tonganoxie, went 0-3 in pool play and failed to reach the semifinals.

Olathe East won the 6A girls state title at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence with a team score of 89. The Hawks finished 11 points ahead of runner-up Garden City in the team standings. Senior Alli Cash of Shawnee Mission West won the individual title with a time of 14 minutes, 2.8 seconds. On the boys side, SMNW blew away the competition with its first-place score of 43 points. Wichita North finished second, but was 49 points behind the Cougars. Stilwell-Blue Valley senior Colton Donahue (15:22.4) won the individual title.

Class 3A

Hillsboro is now a back-to-back state champion after beating Garden Plain in Salina, 25-21, 25-16. HHS needed three sets to take down Silver Lake in the finals. Silver Lake still went home with some hardware, as it defeated Southeast of Saline in the consolation match. Class 2A

Washington County captured the 2A crown with a victory in straight sets against Ell-Saline at Emporia State University’s White Auditorium, 25-12, 25-18. The Tigers reached the championship by sweeping Jefferson County North in the semis. Hill City beat JCN

Class 4A

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Topeka-Hayden’s girls used three top-10 finishes to comfortably win the team title with a score of 69 at Wamego Country Club. Second-place finisher Winfield checked in at 92. Fort Scott junior Katren Reinbolt won the individual crown with a time of 14:50.2. She was the only runner to finish in less than 15 minutes. The Wamego boys took care of business on their own course, as five runners finished in the top-20 to clinch the team title with a score of 69. Runner-up Mulvane (74) had three top-15 runners, but couldn’t match Wamego’s depth. Winfield junior Josh Hanna (15:46.1) claimed the individual title.

None of Elbing-Berean Academy’s seven girls finished worse than 32nd in Wamego, and the team won the overall title with a score of 82. Ellinwood and Shawnee-Maranatha Academy tied for second (91), but Ellinwood was named the runner-up because its sixth-place runner finished ahead of Marantha’s sixth-place runner. Lincoln senior Jenna Farris (15:31.9) won the individual title. Ellinwood’s top five boys all finished in the top-15 and the team won the overall title with a score of 56. Johnson-Stanton County (74) came in second. Ness City junior Carson Dray (16:13.2) won the individual championship.

Class 3A

Class 1A

The Douglass girls only had five runners in Lawrence, but four of them finished in the top-12 and propelled the team to a state title with a score of 76. Norton Community came in second with a score of 94. Hiawatha sophomore Jordan Puvogel (15:30.6) won the individual championship. The Hutchinson-Trinity Catholic boys had three top-10 runners and convincingly won the team title with a score of 75 — 35 points better than runner-up Scott Community. SalinaSacred Heart senior Cory Donley (16:03.5) beat the field by more than 12 seconds for the individual title.

Tribune-Greeley County’s girls had three runners in the top-10 in Wamego and won the overall championship with a score of 35 — 21 points ahead of runner-up Axtell. Axtell senior Audrey Schmitz (15:49.1) beat the next-best runner by more than 15 seconds to claim the individual crown. TCG’s boys capped off a sweep by winning the team title with a score of 34. Pike Valley (44) finished second. Centralia senior Lucas Koch (16:16) bested the field by more than 34 seconds to win the individual title.

Class 5A

St. Thomas Aquinas’ score of 50 was just enough to defeat runner-up Bishop Carroll (58) for the girls team title in Lawrence. Carroll had the race’s top individual runner in senior Kaelyn Balch (14:63.4), but STA won the team championship thanks to four top-12 finishes. It was the opposite on the boys side, where Carroll (45) beat St. Thomas Aquinas (55) in the team standings. Shawnee Mission South senior Curtis Cline was the individual champ, as his time of 15:58.8 bested the second-place finisher by more than six seconds.

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ground. Crowell led the charge with 105 yards on 11 carries, while Cop added 100 yards on just four carries. With the win, the Bulldogs capped off their best regular-season finish since the 2005 team went 9-0. The Bulldogs will be back at home at 7 p.m. Friday when they play host to District 1 runner-up Jackson Heights (6-3) in the first round of the state playoffs. JHHS had a chance to win its district in the final week of the regular sea-


After a scoreless first quarter, Basehor-Linwood drew first blood when Garver hooked up with Johnson from nine yards out with 9:02 left until halftime. Garver and Johnson connected again on the two-point try to make it 8-0 Bobcats. A muffed kickoff return gave the Bobcats the ball inside the Chieftain 10 one play later, but the THS defense limited Basehor-Linwood to a 22-yard field goal by Gage Wiser. The Chieftains needed just four minutes to answer, as they marched 80 yards and scored on a 19-yard burst by Holloway, who recorded his second 200-yard outing of the year. “The line did a great job blocking up front and Shane did a great job on the linebackers,” Holloway said. “There were a ton of holes to run through. I really think anyone could have run through the holes the line was creating.” Junior quarterback Tyler Ford hit Levy for a two-point conversion to make it a three-point game with 2:34 left. The Chieftain defense then forced the Bobcats to go three-and-out while taking just 13 seconds off the clock. Several long runs by Holloway and Levy gave THS a chance to tie the or take the lead in the final seconds of the half. Junior Eric Tate capitalized


A defensive battle ensued, as both teams struggled to create shot opportunities the rest of the way. The Bobcats (8-9-1) had a chance to tie the game just before halftime, but Trey Kincheloe came up wide on a free kick. Caleb Wilson almost evened the score with a header in the opening minutes of the second half, but the ball bounced off the top goal post. The teams traded possession for the remainder of the game, but the Chieftain defense did just enough to preserve the shutout and propel the team into the state quarterfinals. “I told my wife that I’ll be sad if

son, but dropped a 61-8 decision at district champ Centralia. McLouth’s game against the Cobras will mark the end of its sevenyear postseason drought. According to Stewart, there are plenty of people outside the football program responsible for the Bulldogs’ return to the playoffs. “I think it’s absolutely a positive situation for everyone involved,” he said. “You hope that, when you start things, you can build them up and see success each year. We’ve accomplished that. That’s been a contribution by everybody involved — not just the kids, but the teachers and everybody in the community that’s helped us out.”

on a 28-yard field goal attempt with just three seconds remaining, and the teams went into the break deadlocked at 11-11. Levy joined Holloway as a 100-yard rusher, toting the ball 14 times for a season-high 123 yards. He also caught two passes for 36 yards. Drew Potter led Basehor-Linwood’s offensive attack with 96 yards on 19 carries. Tonganoxie played host to Atchison (6-3) in Tuesday’s postseason opener at Beatty Field. A recap is available at AHS finished second in District 1 by defeating Sumner Academy on Thursday. The Chieftains dropped a 25-0 decision against Atchison on Sept. 7 at home.

Tonganoxie 18, BLHS 11 Tonganoxie 0 11 0 7 — 18 Basehor-Linwood 0 11 0 0 — 11

Second quarter

BLHS — Ben Johnson 9 pass from Tanner Garver (Johnson pass from Garver), 9:02 BLHS — Gage Wiser 22 field goal, 6:35 THS — Cole Holloway 19 run (Shane Levy pass from Tyler Ford), 2:34 THS — Eric Tate 28 field goal, :03

Fourth quarter

THS — Holloway 5 run (Tate kick), 11:56


THS: Cole Holloway 38-232, Shane Levy, 14-123, Tyler Ford 4-(-6); BLHS: Drew Potter 19-96; Tanner Garver 14-38, Tim Sanders 3-(-4).


THS: Ford 2-6-0 36; BLHS: Garver 5-10-0 58, Zac Hevel 4-6-0 53, Sanders 1-2-0 9.


THS: Levy 2-36; BLHS: Johnson 4-30, Garver 2-16, Caleb Hiss 2-15, Hevel 1-31, Broc Lindsay 1-28.

we lose, but I’ll be happy for (Bobcat coach Austin) Knipp that he finally got one of these,” Kroll said. “I told Knipp the same thing before the game. It was a very, very good game for both teams. It was awesome.” Senior Keaton Truesdell recorded the shutout in the goal — his fifth of the season. With the win, THS broke the school record for victories in a season, previously set by the 1997 team (13-4-2), which also won a regional title. The Chieftains played host to De Soto (12-5-1) on Tuesday at the high school soccer complex. De Soto defeated Piper in its regional final on Thursday, 4-1. The Chieftains and Wildcats did not meet during the regular season. A recap of Tuesday’s game is available at


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Questionnaire: Dickson Q: Why did you decide to run for county treasurer? What would be your top priority if elected? A: When I heard that Janice Young was going to retire and not file for reelection, I decided immediately that I would file for County Treasurer. I knew that it would be difficult for the County to lose a 16-year incumbent. The position of County Treasurer is specific to county government and there is no training to prepare for it; unless you have worked in county government. This position requires immediate knowledge of the county’s tax structure and finances. My top priority, if elected, would be to continue to promote quality customer service and to provide a smooth transition for both the staff, taxpayers, and the taxing entities that receive tax distributions. Other priorities would be to work to upgrade the financial management system and to continue to work with the Department of Revenue on the improvement of the new motor vehicles system (MVRS). Q: How does your experience qualify you for this office? A: As Deputy County Clerk, I work daily with the county’s finances in reviewing all budget expenditures and fund balances, reconciling the county’s bank accounts and balancing the

daily transactions in the treasurer’s office. I am a Certified County Clerk and am fully aware of the demands on the treasurer’s office. The county treasurer must monitor short term investments and expenditures on a daily basis, as well as have funds readily available for operating expenses. I am familiar with the operations of the office and I feel that I am the best candidate Janice Dickson for the job. Q: What are the biggest challenges facing the treasurer’s office? A: The biggest challenge that faces the county treasurer’s office is working with the new motor vehicle program that has been mandated by the State of Kansas. The taxpayers have been paying a $4 “modernization” fee for motor vehicle transactions since 2009 to pay for this system. The State of Kansas is now proposing extending the fee to pay for the problems the program is having. I don’t believe the taxpayers should have to “foot the bill” for this. I believe the Legislature should hold the vendor, 3M, account-

Questionnaire: Koch Q: Why did you decide to run for county treasurer? What would be your top priority if elected? A: With the retirement of our current treasurer, Janice Young, there is an opening. First, I believe that voters should have a choice and second that my education would be better used as County Treasurer than in my current job. If elected, my top priority is to see to the Thomas Koch continued smooth running of the Treasurer’s office, and looking for ways to save the taxpayer’s money. When my own supervisor retired last year, I was promoted to take his place, and almost immediately had to get through a very busy time with a limited staff. We immediately had the Haunted Havens event, and then a safety inspection, and then quickly the Christmas season began with all the decorating and parties that entails. Because two of us had been promoted, we were short two people on a six person staff. Still, I managed us through that and have saved the taxpayers money in supplies and labor costs. Q: How does your experience qualify you for this office? A: My candidacy is based more on my education than my experience. My college degrees in math and economics should make me a capable Treasurer. Still, I also have leadership experience on the Leavenworth Waterworks Board, Kiwanis, the Pine River Food Coop, and Crossroads Youth Center,

THE KOCH FILE Thomas Koch, Democrat Age: 50 Occupation: Maintenance supervisor Married: No Children: None Religion: Christian Experience: 3.5 years on the Leavenworth Waterworks Board, 2 years teaching, one year as a supervisor, President of Kiwanis, President of Crossroads Youth Center, 7 years owner of a bookstore, two years owner of a Laundromat, ten years with the City of Leavenworth Parks Department, board member of Kiwanis, board member of the Pine River Food Coop, 3 years as Treasurer of the Leavenworth County Democrats Education: Bachelor’s degree in math, minor in economics, University of Minnesota, 1985; master’s degree in economics, University of Nebraska, 1990; two introductory courses in sociology and anthropology, 1991; North Iowa Area Community College, two courses, payroll accounting and sociology of social problems, 1999.

as a teacher, and as a supervisor in my current job. Owning my own business helps me understand and appreciate businesspeople, and gives me experience in working long hours. During my seven years as a bookstore owner, I often worked two jobs. I was full-time at a factory and then six days a week at my store. My work experience gave me more experience working long Please see KOCH, page 21

THE DICKSON FILE Janice Dickson, Republican Age: 47 Occupation: Deputy county clerk Married: Will marry David Van Parys on Dec. 1 and name will change to Janice Van Parys. Children: 2 Experience: 10 years county government experience; before that was a medical transcriptionist for 10 years. Education: Attended legal program at Johnson County Community College; certified county clerk through Wichita State University. Religion: Christian able for producing and delivering a deficient product. The problems with this system do not only affect the taxpayers at the window, but there are other issues on the opposite side of the counter for the workers. Through networking and problem solving, I intend to work with other counties on the problems they are facing with the system as well.

Q: Are there any areas in the treasurer’s office you would like to improve? A: As stated in a previous question, I would like to improve the county’s financial management program. We are currently working on an old DOSbased system. I believe if we had a windows-based system it would be more efficient. A new windows-based system would have to interface with the new motor vehicle system and current tax system. A software application like this could be very costly for the county and would ultimately be an expense that would have to be approved by the Board of County Commissioners. Q: Why should voters select you instead of your opponent? A: I believe that whoever is elected for this position has to have knowledge of governmental accounting procedures, the county’s motor vehicle, ad valorem, and 16/20m tax structure, as well as all of the county funds and how they relate to the county’s budget. There is no way to know this unless you have gained institutional knowledge from working in county government. I also feel that I have a good working relationship with current staff, county elected officials, and the general public.


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Questionnaire: Dedeke Q: Why did you decide to run for this seat? What would be your top priority if elected? A: I want to continue serving the citizens of Leavenworth County as I have faithfully done the last 20 years. I have a deep sense of responsibility and commitment to my community. Leavenworth County is my home and I have vested interest in working to ensure this is a safe community served by a professional office. The sheriff’s office belongs to the citizens of Leavenworth County and the community’s perspective serves as a compass for our organization. Opening a dialogue and soliciting the community’s participation and input is what I hope to improve upon. The success of this office will be accomplished through the community’s participation, the dedication and talents of the staff and financial responsibility. Our staff is experienced and dedicated; we will invest in their talents,

we will implement innovative ideas and keep a conservative financial posture. We will ensure continued professional and courteous services. I anticipate changes to the structure, policy and procedures of the office. Competition Andy Dedeke with other agencies in the profession is a reality. There is a need to re-evaluate the manner in which we attract, select, retain and train our employees in order to maximize services to the community in an efficient and effective manner. Q: How does your experience qualify you for this office? A: My career at the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office has prepared me to be a dynamic and interactive


me that often there is nothing new under the sun. That people will suggest improvements without understanding that their ideas have already been tried and found to not work well and have in fact already been rejected in favor of the way things are done now. So I would seek input from the others in the treasurer’s office and the retired treasurer before making any significant changes. Yet at the same time, I also believe that every little bit counts, that even a penny saved is a penny earned, and small improvements may be possible. Q: Why should voters select you instead of your opponent? A: First, I know very little about my opponent. So I have campaigned mostly on my own best qualities education, hard work, and community service. I have two university degrees, in math and economics, and a work history of putting in long days of hard work, as well as volunteering for Kiwanis, the Salvation Army and Crossroads Youth Center. I believe education is key. When you are sick, you visit somebody with a medical degree, not somebody who has worked closely with a doctor for three years. When you want electrical work done, you find somebody who is educated as an electrician, not somebody who has only worked closely with an electrician. Further, while I have not worked at the Treasurer’s office or even for the County, I am not somebody just out of college who has zero experience. I have two years experience teaching, and over a year of supervisory experience. I have three years experience as an elected official on the Leavenworth Waterworks Board. I have leadership experience as a board member of other organizations. I have nine years experience running my own businesses. I have 10 years experience working for the city of Leavenworth, including two promotions.


hours too. After I closed my store, my next job had twelve hour shifts. At the Community Center, it has been routine for me, especially now that I have the supervisory responsibilities, to work the extra time needed to get the job done. Q: What are the biggest challenges facing the treasurer’s office? A: Lately it has been the new computer system imposed on them by the government in Topeka. It has not worked well, leading to delays for the taxpayers and requiring additional staff for the treasurer’s office. However, the new treasurer will not take office until next October, so by then there will likely be new challenges. At the Community Center where I work there are regular challenges of just trying to get everything clean and make sure people have an enjoyable event, challenges that I manage almost every day. As a math major, I am trained in problem solving and as a hard worker, I put in the time and effort to get the job done well. Q: Are there any areas in the treasurer’s office you would like to improve? A: I have known the current treasurer now for more than 10 years. Janice Young has been an amazing volunteer in Kiwanis. She has many years of experience working for the treasurer’s office, and also many years as treasurer. It will be a challenge just to fill her shoes, much less try to improve anything. I am also not a person who likes to fix things that are not broken. Being new to a situation, I would need to make sure I understand the processes and history before I change anything. My experience has taught

Questionnaire: Welsh Q: Why did you decide to run for this seat? What would be your top priority if elected? As a Leavenworth County resident since 1978, I am concerned about the law enforcement issues facing county residents. With my experience and qualifications, I am now in a position to give back to the county as sheriff. Law enforcement is my life-long career and I now have the credentials to serve as sheriff.


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sheriff. My experience as a supervisor, commander and administrator has afforded me the opportunity to gain knowledge of each level and division. I have been effective in policy, conservative with finances, and personable and approachable with the citizen and employees. I have served in the ranks of detention officer, patrol deputy, tactical officer, field training officer and detective. I have served as a shift supervisor, special unit supervisor, division commander both over the jail and patrol and as an administrator. I am currently third in command of an organization with a budget exceeding $8 million, 100 employees, in a county covering 468 square miles with a diverse population of 76,000 citizens, all facing real challenges. I earned an associate’s degree in Law Enforcement from Kansas City Kansas Community College and I registered more than 1,400 hours of continued professional education, including numerous supervisory and leadership courses. I graduated from the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, Kansas Police Executive Seminar and the Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Course. I possess the ability and desire essential for the effective leadership of the sheriff’s office. Q: Animal control has been a hot topic. How would you address this issue? A: The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office has documented the number of animal complaints received for the past several years. Although statistics demonstrate a reduction in requests for service, I believe the need exists for animal control in the county and there is an expectation of this service by the public. Leavenworth County does not currently have any resolution regarding stray animals until they become a threat to citizens, property or livestock. When this occurs, Kansas State Law empowers the office to remedy these situations. Animal bite cases and crimes against animals such as abuse

or neglect are currently investigated by our office and this will continue. Through a cooperative effort with the County Attorney’s Office, we recently were able to obtain convictions for the mistreatment of several dogs. Should the BOCC create resolutions and provide funding for personnel, training and equipment, it becomes practical for the office to handle stray animal calls. Q: With the current economic conditions, budgets are tight. Are there budget areas that can be reduced? A: Financial stewardship is a skill and there is an inherent cost of doing business with multiple variables. By conducting an historical analysis of past operating costs we can anticipate what future costs may be. Reductions can be made; although the level of services may be sacrificed. Through the proper management of resources such as expenditures, assets and personnel, reductions may be made to the budget without sacrifices to services rendered. We have been fortunate to receive the level of funding from the BOCC allowing us to procure and maintain equipment while fulfilling our responsibilities to the citizens. I believe we can provide exceptional service to the community through the management of our resources. Q: Why should voters select you instead of your opponent? A: As a native I have devoted my entire career to the citizens of Leavenworth County. In the last 20 years I have worked for three sheriffs; I have been promoted to various positions of increasing responsibility and my tenure has been consistent and stable allowing me to gain valuable knowledge and experience into the intricacies of this office. I have worked closely with other agencies and I have developed a solid foundation to build upon. These relationships are necessary to quickly affect needed changes. I am personable and approachable with the citizens and my colleagues. I believe most problems can be solved through the application of common sense and meaningful communication. I also believe we can accomplish our goals through innovation and the use of technology and resources already in place.


Andrew (Andy) D. Dedeke, Republican Age: 41 Occupation: Captain, Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office Married: Wife, Wendy Children: 6, 3 of whom are foster children. Religion: Lutheran Experience: 20 consecutive years with Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office (Deputy, training officer, unit supervisor, division commander, administrator) Education: Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement from Kansas City Kansas Community College, 1992; FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar; Kansas Police Administrators Seminar; Southern Leavenworth

I understand we must stretch our budget dollar without sacrificing service. My fiscal responsibility and conservative nature will ensure the maximum effectiveness and efficiency of the office. Mr. Welsh’s combined seven years of police administration in an upscale gated community in Johnson County and on an isolated, government-controlled island are not comparable to the challenges faced by the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office and the county residents.

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| Remember When: A Community Review | By Billie Aye

10 years ago: Oct. 23, 2002 Brandon New, Leavenworth, has entered three heads of Angus in the beef division of the 29th annual North American International Livestock Exposition. The show, which features more than 21,000 entries, will be Nov. 9-22 in Louisville, Ky. The First Baptist Church at Sixth and Green streets in Tonganoxie will celebrate its 134th church anniversary on Sunday. Deaths: Ineke C. Willems, 75, Lawrence, died Oct. 19, 2002 at her home. She was born Oct. 13, 1927, in Rijswijk (ZH), the Netherlands (Holland); Donald Ray Wolfe, 72, Tonganoxie, died Oct. 19, 2002; Agness Aileen Cook, 86, Tonganoxie, died Oct. 18, 2002; Mary Katherine “Terry” Bernhardt Peterson, 84, Seattle, died Oct. 11, 2002; Gladys M. Niebaum, 94, died Oct. 20, 2002.

25 years ago: Oct. 14, 1987 Mary Louise Lenahan, 75, Eudora, passed away Oct. 12, 1987. Sunday was the scene of a happy homecoming at the Mayginnes School, District 38, just off County 5, about six miles northeast of Tonganoxie. The native stone building was erected in 1867. Many local families claim the distinction of having a three, four and five generations as having attended the school. A bountiful basket dinner was served from banquet tables to about 150 guests. (An award was presented to the teacher having the longest record of teaching at Mayginnes. Mrs. Helen Seymour, Tonganoxie, had this distinction. Mrs. Hazel McGee, Tonganoxie, was the only other former teacher present. Mrs. Catherine Wickey and Mrs. Elizabeth Jones also taught during the 50s. Deaths: Funeral services for Evelyn Ella Ridgway, 74, rural McLouth, took place Sunday. She died Thursday at her home; Trilby Blanche Gaut, age 90, Valley Falls, died Oct. 8, 1987.

50 years ago: Nov. 1, 1962

100 years ago: Oct. 17, 1912

Deaths: C. G. McKinsey, 77, Soldier, a retired farmer, died last Thursday; Mrs. Bertha Wood, 68, Fairfield, Mont., died Oct. 23, 1962; Mrs. Kate Meinken, RR 3, Leavenworth, died Oct. 26, 1962 at the age of 96 years. Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Duane Larrison announce the birth of their daughter, Brenda Lee, on Oct. 23, 1962. More than 100 relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mrs. Mary Cook Sunday for an open house to celebrate the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Foley, Sr. A surprise dinner was given for Mr. and Mrs. William Lawrence Sunday, Oct. 21, in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary. Linwood: Word was received here Monday that Mr. Louis Harbaugh, 77, had died at his home in Topeka; Mr. Elbert Phipps died Oct. 24. He had been a resident of Linwood for about 43 years.

Mrs. Sarah Woods, a settler of Tonganoxie since the early 70s, died Sunday morning in the northeast part of town where she had lived since coming here. The cause of her death was heart trouble brought on by dropsy. The Wright Estate: A press dispatch of last Friday making public the terms of the will of Wilbur Wright, the Dayton aviator, confirms a rumor afloat here last month to the effect that Reuchlin Wright, then a resident of Tonganoxie, now residing in Baldwin, had

75 years ago: Oct. 7, 1937 The Weekly News Reel: Non-tooinnocent bystander: Don’t put it in the paper I’m going on a visit. I don’t want any meeting of the Chicken Thief Association in the neighborhood of my hen house. Word was received today of the death of McKinley King in Junction City due to appendicitis. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Skeets announce the birth of a daughter Oct. 5, to whom they have given the name Joan Dolores. The Dreisbach Farm near Reno has been sold to a Leavenworth party. This change will recall to those familiar with the time when Reno township was a veritable English countryside built on the manor system of the old country. The Dreisbach Farm was first started by Captain Davis. Life was in the English style and the story is told that rugs were laid on the ground for guests to walk on from their carriages to the house.

| Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room | By Eleanor McKee God gives us so many gifts. If we’d take just a few minutes to realize it, our world and our lives are full to overflowing. I want to talk about one family and its special old friend who had never spoken a single word to any of them, but had heard — and maybe healed — so much. A huge, very old oak tree stood in their front yard. It stood right out in front of that big old ‘wrap around’ front porch. So many older homes always had that big porch. That tree had grown up with their children. In fact, it had that big, sturdy limb that just needed a swing hanging on it. Over the years, it had held many rope swings and tire swings. There was a worn, bare spot underneath. That front porch also had that big porch swing. Parents first, who became grandparents, pushed the kids in the swing, watching them fly high into the air.

Now, for the best and very beautiful part of this story: One of those young lads who so loved this old tree and its huge limb and grew up swinging on it now pushes his own children on its swings. He gave his parents a very special anniversary gift. That young man hung a porch-swing type of swing — two-passenger — on that big old limb for his parents. It swings much like the swings on the big ferris-wheels we see at carnivals and such. One of the grandkids said, “grandma and granddad are so cute, still lovebirds at heart.” Today’s hurry-scurry world is really missing so very, very much. A point to ponder: Henry Ford once said “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right.” — Aunt Norie, PO Box 265, Tonganoxie, KS 66086;

been bequeathed $50,000. The will filed for probate gives the value of the estate at $279,298.40. Reuchlin, Lorin and Katherine Wright were given $50,000 each. Bishop Milton Wright, the father, was given $1,000 and the balance of the estate went to Orville, who received $126,875.75. O.K. Lockwood, an early settler of Stranger township residing for years five miles east of here, died Wednesday in Dodge City of last week in the 71st year of his age. Mr. Lockwood kept the old Maria post office for a number of years on his farm. Call John Barnes 200 West Street Tonganoxie, KS

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reviewed or filed. We processed through that backlog in six months. We now charge 40% more reports without any increase in the number received, including twice as many domestic violence cases, resulting in twice as many trials and more convictions. I developed a way to track cases, to ensure all cases are reviewed within the first two weeks and the ones that involve serious offenses or repeat offenders get reviewed within 48 hours. By doing this and improving communication, we have seen a steady decrease in crime throughout our community. Q: What are the biggest challenges facing the county attorney? A: The economy is everyone’s biggest struggle, this greatly impacts the budget to gain and maintain law en-


relationships with other agencies, and train and empower supervisors to operate effectively. I will implement technology to improve performance and reduce long-term personnel costs. These improvements will improve the safety and security of Leavenworth County residents and visitors. Other areas of concern include training 911 dispatchers in the area of call handling, information gathering, emergency medical dispatching, and the radio system. Q: How does your experience qualify you for this office? A: During my more than 35 years of public service, I worked for city, county, state and federal agencies. This variety of service in positions of increasing responsibility, along with my education, gives me a broad base of experience to use in the position of sheriff. This experience includes 15 years with the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office, with five years as second in command. My administrative experience shows 15 years of service in the No. 1 or No. 2 leadership positions. This in-

forcement personnel, thus affecting the proactive approach in community policing. The budgets also concern me in regards to community resources for rehabilitation programs, especially for our juvenile defendants. The budget does not affect how we pursue cases, but we are ever mindful of alternate ways to fund the office. We have gone paperless; we use grants for salaries, and have initiated an intern program. Budgets may not allow for DUI or Drug courts, but we make prosecuting those cases a priority. We have to stay proactive, preserving resources where we can. Criminally, drugs will always be one of our biggest priorities. Drugs and alcohol have always played a large part of any homicides occurring in our community. Drug dependency is the lead reason for a majority of thefts, robberies and burglaries. We have seen firsthand a correlation between domestic violence cases, child in need of care actions and drug usage. By staying vigilant we will continue to

keep crime down. Q: Are there any areas in the county attorney’s office you would like to improve? A: An investigator is something that would greatly benefit our office when budgets allow. An investigator would give us the ability to find missing information, locate witnesses and strengthen cases through the use of new information. Grants have afforded us attorney positions, keeping these positions has lead to us to a better focus of our time and energy, providing better results in the cases we prosecute. We have been able to use money collected from drug cases to improve the technology we use in the office and the courtrooms. We continue to use these resources to look for new ways to advance our office. Q: Why should voters select you instead of your opponent? A: I have proven experience and leadership. Not only do I know how to prosecute cases, I have made sure

our office has stayed on the forefront of technology on the advancements in prosecution. I put together a great staff ensuring the best result for our community. We have convicted multiple murderers, including one that got a hard 50 to life sentence. Another successful conviction was on a murder that occurred 19 years ago. We continue to receive convictions on burglars and robbers, and we seek prison sentences when possible. Recently we successfully prosecuted a pedophile from Tonganoxie; he was sentenced to life in prison. We have seen more cases charged, more trials held, more convictions and an overall decrease in crime. We need to stick with proven results, with the person who stood up and ran for office when it was in dire straits and turned it around. Vote Nov. 6 for me, Todd Thompson, and if you have any questions contact me via

cludes service as undersheriff, chief of police, deputy chief of police, and Leavenworth County Emergency Management Director. As a former Tonganoxie City Council member for two years and a small business owner for 24 years, I understand the challenges of the current economic climate and the need for government to work closely with business. My business education and practical ownership experience gives me the skills to work with business owners to reduce crime, improve safety awareness, and benefit local businesses through cooperative partnerships. When I served as Leavenworth County Undersheriff, I enjoyed excellent working relationships with local first responders and service agencies. I served on several committees with Mid America Regional Council and the State of Kansas in law enforcement communications. This experience will help improve our local communications system and the way we interface with surrounding agencies. You can find my detailed resume at Q: Animal control has been a hot topic. How would you address it? A: The sheriff’s office cannot act on the animal control topic without legal authority from the Leavenworth County Board of County Commission-

ers. Along with the legal authority, the BOCC must provide funding for the service. I support a survey of county residents to determine what services the county residents desire. If animal control is one of these services, I believe the resolutions (laws) must balance the desire for animal control and the freedom many animal owners seek when moving to unincorporated areas of the county. I also believe the BOCC should explore contracting for animal control services with a city that currently provides these services. The largest unaddressed animal control problem seems to be abandoned animals, the lack of a facility to take these animals, and the lack of a method of collecting the animals. Limited animal control services and strict laws on dumping animals may help to address this problem. You can obtain more information on this issue from the Leavenworth County Humane Society, a volunteer organization, at Q: With the current economic conditions, budgets are tight. Are there budget areas that can be reduced? A: The public budget information available through the county clerk’s office does not provide enough detail to answer that question. The budget for the sheriff’s office has been relatively stable, especially from 2012 to

2013, showing only a minor increase of less than 1%. Fuel costs for patrol cars and medical care for jail inmates are significant areas that are often difficult to forecast. Close monitoring of expenditures and long range fiscal planning are necessary keep expenses low. One hidden expense is the cost to replace officers that leave to take better paying jobs. To maintain a professional organization, the sheriff’s office must attract and retain qualified individuals. It costs thousands of dollars to recruit and train officers. This money is lost when officers leave for other better paying jobs. Wages must be competitive to stem this loss and regular pay increases improve morale within the sheriff’s office. Q: Why should voters select you instead of your opponent? A: The residents of Leavenworth County deserve a qualified, experienced, and proven leader as their next sheriff. My credentials demonstrate that I have over 15 years of leadership experience in the No. 1 or No. 2 management positions, far exceeding the experience of my opponent. I have 15 years of experience with the sheriff’s office, with five years as undersheriff. My opponent has never achieved this level of management experience. — For more about Welsh, see page 13

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