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pg.10 HIB inventor Deiter Junker’s fifth generation Black Forest sawmill in southwestern Germany. COURTESY OF ORVAL HOWELL

Potential HIB investors return from Germany with optimism Brown: ‘I have no doubt in my mind that these are top-notch folks’


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Enchilada Sale


St. Joseph Catholic Church in Greensburg is taking orders for its annual Enchilada fundraiser for the Kiowa County High School after prom party. Cost is $13 per dozen and should be placed by Feb. 14 with Ellen Peters at (620) 255-3636. Orders can be picked up on Feb. 18.

Groundhog Supper The Mullinville United Methodist Church will host its annual Goundhog Day Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 4 at their church in Mullinville. Cost is a free will donation

Kaleigh Grayce Reinert GREAT BEND — Nyle and Glenna Reinert on Great Bend welcomed 7lb, 1oz, 20 inch bouncing baby girl Kaleigh Grayce Reinert to the family on Tuesday Jan. 10 at Great Bend Hospital. Congratulations to the entire family, including grandparents Ralph Reinert of Ness City and Dennis and Jeannie Schuette of Yuma, Ariz. and Keith and Cheryl Brown of Haviland. NUPTIALS

Jessica DeAun Tibbetts and Andrew Lucas Hanvey

ents are Jed and Darci Tibbetts, Pratt, and A.L. and Ruth Hanvey, Greensburg.Megan Sherer, Mullinville, was the bride’s personal attendant. Kati Snelling, Pratt, was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Kylie Snelling, Wichita, and Tanya Horan, Park City. Matt Hanvey, Coldwater, was the best man. Groomsmen were Cody Sherer, Mullinville, and Kevin Israel, Dodge City. Chris Tibbetts, Liberal, was the musician. Hilary Hanvey, Coldwater, and Heather Tibbetts, Kansas City, attended the guest book. After a wedding trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico, the couple is at home in Pratt. The bride graduated from Pratt High School in 2001 and from Kansas State University in 2005, where she also received a master’s degree in 2011. She is a second grade teacher for USD 382. The groom graduated from Haviland High School in 2001 and Fort Hays State University in 2005. He is

employed with Kansas Gas Service. BIRTHDAY WISHES

She raised a family of 5 children; Sonia, Dale, Dan, Dean, and Darol. She has 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Joan retired when the tornado destroyed their home and businesses. She designed and rebuilt her home on

the original lot. She enjoys spending her time now gardening, painting, volunteering and taking trips with her 3 sisters. Birthday wishes can be sent to 603 S. Maple, Greensburg, KS 67054


Joan Hayse GREENSBURG — Joan (Wilson) Hayse of Greensburg, will celebrate her upcoming 80th birthday with a family dinner. She was born on February 3, 1932. Joan graduated from Haviland High School in 1950. After attending Emporia State University she taught First Grade in Kinsley, Kansas. On June 7, 1953 she married Carl Hayse, in Greensburg. They owned 2 businesses for many years; Hayse Water Well Service and Hayse Greenhouse and Garden Center.

GREENSBURG — Jessica DeAun Tibbetts and Andrew Lucas Hanvey, were united in marriage May 21, 2011, at Greensburg First United Methodist Church with Terry Mayhew officiating at the double ring ceremony. The couple’s par- Jessica DeAun Tibbetts and Andrew Lucas Hanvey.


As the residents of Greensburg prepare to celebrate the fifth year of rebuilding in May, The Signal will publish intimate and often raw videos taken of Greensburg directly following the tornado. The stories of residents and visitors in these videos shows an emotion and intimacy not found in many of the over produced videos created by news outlets at the time.

Patrick Clement, Signal Editor VIDEO OF THE WEEK:

‘Holly Sweet, May 2007’

! ABC World News producer Holly Sweet took two videos directly following the May 2007 Greensburg tornado. Find

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Why did you decided to become an educator? I had an older brother with severe physical and mental handicaps. I decided to become a teacher to

help children who had disabilities.

Who is a teacher or professor who inspired you and how? Several of my teachers have inspired me, but no one specific. Who is someone in current events who you admire and why? Kansas State coach, Bill Snyder, has my admiration. He seems to be a man with morals and strong ethics. His players respect him and I do, too, an on onlooker. What are the greatest challenges in education today? Motivating students to want to learn is a challenge, but also letting them realize that the choices they make do matter in their future.

What advice can you offer for someone who wants to go into education? I would suggest that anyone going into education : Learn all you can about different learning styles. This will hopefully help you understand your students a little better. What teaching moment is most memorable? The first time and every time a student has said that he/she was glad I


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n Tuesday, February 7 we are having a special Game Day for seniors at the Green Bean Coffee Company in Greensburg at the corJOHN WICKLAND ner of Main KCCA DIRECTOR Street and Highway 54. From 10 to 11 am we will be playing bingo with complimentary coffee & goodies for everybody and prizes for the lucky winners! All seniors (age 60+) are invited to join us. Complimentary transportation is available upon request.

RECLAIM YOUR BRAIN It is important to exercise your brain to stay sharp. As people age they tend to challenge their brain less frequently. The good news is that it's never too late to start working on your brain again. The mind continues to expand and adapt to stimuli throughout our lives. There are a variety of ways to train your brain. You can read a good book, meditate, think positive, work with numbers, recall old memories, play a musical

instrument, memorize a song, expand your vocabulary, learn a new language, and stop watching so much television! Whatever you do, challenge yourself as you would in a physical fitness program. It also helps to eat a good breakfast, exercise regularly and get plenty of rest.

SEEKING QUALIFIED APPLICANTS We are currently seeking applicants for Director of the new Kiowa County Senior Center. If you are interested please contact me at 723-2288 to obtain a full job description and application form. The deadline for applying for this job is Friday, February 10.

Next Week’s Menu (subject to change):

!Monday (February 6) – Sloppy Joe: Tator Tots; Broccoli & Cauliflower; Pudding !Tuesday (February 7) – Beef Stew; Harvard Beets; Fresh Orange Slices; Cinnamon Roll !Wednesday (February 8) – Smothered Steak; Baked Potato; Gingered Carrots; Strawberries & Bananas !Thursday (February 9) – Hot Roast Beef Sandwich; Broccoli; Applesauce Jello; Pineapple !Friday (February 10) – Oven Fried Chicken; Mashed Potatoes with Gravy; Tossed Salad; Fruit Crisp


Saving on your energy bills


7-10º for eight hours a inter is here although with the day you can save as much warm days lately as 10% a year. !45% of energy use is it is hard to space heating. Use a believe. small efficient space With cold heater to warm the room weather you use most. That keeps come large from having to turn up heating bills, however hot the thermostat and heat weather the whole house. PAMELA MUNTZ can stretch !Turn things OFF the budget too. when you are not in the If you are looking for room. Lights, TV and some ways to help cut computer are just examback on those expenses, ples. the following tips might !Replace your light be just what you need: bulbs with CFL bulbs. !Install a programma- CFL’s are compact fluoble thermostat. It can be rescent lamps. The last set to lower the tempera- about 10 times longer ture when you are away and use ¼ the energy of and have the house warm incandescent bulbs. when you get back. By !During winter, keep lowering your thermostat the draperies and shades K-STATE EXTENTION

on your south- facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows. !This may sound simple but check to make sure windows and doors are closed tight. Hope you find some tips from the list to help you with your energy costs. Some of these tips were from the U S Department of Energy. They have a great publication that you can download from their web site,

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Protect your personal data, online and off personal information. Passwords, financial information and other files are often stored on our early every day, hard drives and even on our office hears stories of Kansans the Internet. Identity whose personal informa- thieves may try several different methods to gain action has ended up in cess to this information. someone else’s hands. In Phishing scams. People today’s information age, on the Internet are not alit is easier than ever for ways who they claim to identity thieves to get this information. On Jan- be. In a phishing scam, an identity thief will send you uary 28, we recognize an email pretending to be National Data Privacy your bank, credit card Day. As we commemocompany or another place rate this day and begin a of business. It may tell you new year, it is a good that your password has extime to review your precautions to guard against pired and you need to reply to the email with your old a tragic – and perhaps password and new passcostly – privacy breach. Our computers contain word to reset it. Or the a significant amount of email may contain a link by Derek Schmidt

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that directs you to a website to change your password. The email and website may look official, even containing your bank’s logo. But this is just a scam to gain access to your online banking account. If you use online banking, always go through your bank’s homepage to access your account. Links in emails cannot always be trusted, even if they look official. Viruses. Scam artists and hackers can also gain access to your system by installing a virus on your computer. These viruses can then record your every action on your computer, including capturing your usernames and passwords to online accounts. The best way to avoid these viruses is to be very cautious when opening email attachments or download-

ing files from the Internet. Only open files from trusted sources. You should also be sure your antivirus software is up-to-date, and regularly scan your system for viruses. Electronic devices. Thieves are always on the lookout for electronics, especially when they are left inside a car. When a thief gets a hold of a laptop computer or smartphone, they don’t just get the device itself, but may be able to access the personal information stored on it. To prevent this from happening, first be sure to keep the device in a secure location. Second, use strong passwords to lock your computer and smartphone. Additionally, you may want to put another level of password protec-

tion on sensitive files and applications. Physical files. Even with all the information that has been digitized, most of us still have many paper files. Whether it is tax information, blank checks, bank statements or bills, these documents can contain significant personal information. It’s important to keep these documents in a secure place in our homes and offices, and to properly destroy them before throwing them away. Shredding them with a cross-cut shredder is one of the best ways to make sure identity thieves can’t get this information from your dumpster. Later this spring, our office will be sponsoring several shreda-thons across the state to help you safely dispose of

personal information. Even with the best precautions, data breaches do occur. News reports of hackers getting into banks and government computer systems are unfortunately common. When these data breaches occur, federal and state laws do give you some protections. The business or agency where the data breach occurred is required to notify you of the breach. They may also be required to report the breach to credit monitoring agencies. Our office is continuing to crack down on identity theft – one of the fastestgrowing crimes in America. If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft, please contact our office at 1-800-432-2310 or at


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Dixie Melody Boys


The Sawyer Christian Church will host the Dixie Melody Boys at 6 p.m. on Sunday Feb, 12 at their building church in Sawyer. The Kinston, NC based quartet will perform their unique brand of southern gospel music that has brought them numerous musical accolades and a Grammy nomination. For more information call (620) 770-2501


TNA Wresting The TNA Superstars of Impact Wresting will appear at 7:30 p.m. on March 3 at the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City on Saturday, March 3. The tour will allow fans to have access to superstars like Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode, James Storm and others via Twitter alerts and ticket promotions. Tickets are on sale at

Ribbon Cutting The Kiowa County Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting at the new Kiowa County Memorial Hospital Pharmacy on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. County residents are encouraged to come meet the new pharmacist and see the new state-ofthe-art medicine dispenser.

Schaef earns K-State honors MANHATTAN – Greensburg native Jarrett Schaef has earn semester honors for his academic performance during the Fall 2011 semester at Kansas State University. To qualify, students had to be enrolled in at least 12 hours of graded course work. Students earning semester honors receive commendations from their deans, with the honors recorded on their permanent academic records. ROAD TRIP

Museum displays historical map TOPEKA —The Kansas Museum of History will display the world’s earliest printed map as part of its new temporary exhibit, You Are Here: Putting Kansas on the Map will open Jan. 20 and run through April 29. A highlight of this exhibit is the world’s earliest map, a “T-in-O” style map of the world, represented as an “O” with a “T” inside. The “T” divides three landmasses: Europe, Asia, and Africa. This map is on loan from the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas. The 1823 map by explorer Major

MEDIA CENTER AT THE FARM AND RANCH CHOW Stephen Long shows the plains labeled as the “Great Desert.” This map led to the perception that Kansas was not habitable. The Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Museum is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka. Admission is $8 adults, $6 students. Children five and under and members of the Kansas Historical Foundation are admitted free. For more information call 785-272-8681 or visit KANSAS NEWS

Recycling is up in Kansas TOPEKA — The Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment is reporting an increase in statewide recycling in its 2011 Community Recycling Survey. The report says that 85 percent of Kansans that were surveyed are recycling household waste and 96 percent of respondents consider recycling to be important. Other interesting results show that 81 percent recycle aluminum cans, 70 percent recycle plastics, 56 percent recycle newspapers, 45 percent recycle cardboard and 44 percent recycle other types of paper. More information on the survey can be found at www.

ITC Great Plains President, Carl Huslig, speaking at the Farm and Ranch Show and Ron Metzinger, General Manager for Mid America Ag Network on Friday. PHOTO COURTESY OF JANET WEST


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Community Needs The Kiowa County Memorial Hospital and the Kiowa County Health Department will hold a community town hall meeting from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday Feb. 21 in the basement conference room in the Kiowa County Courthouse. Members of the community are encouraged to attend and identify health needs in the county. Contact Mary Sweet for more information (620) 723-4201 or

Friends Concert The Haviland Friends Church will host a benefit concert at 7 p.m. on February 4 at their building in Haviland. The concert will raise money for the church’s missionary work. Tim Rogers, Kiowa County Schools Director of Bands and his wife Heathyr will perform along with vocal teacher Kim Stewart, Amber Campbell and others. Donations will be accepted at the door. A reception will follow at Origins coffee shop.


It’s a ‘Super’ mistake to drink and drive TOPEKA – It’s an annual event for many. Friends and family will gather around the flat screen across the Sunflower State on Feb. 5 in a midwinter tradition known as Super Bowl Sunday. While sharing the latest cheese dip or hearty bowls of chili, many also may be more inclined to drink and drive. This is why the Kansas Department of Transportation is urging Kansans to plan ahead to avoid driving impaired. KDOT Traffic Safety Spokesperson Chris Bortz is encouraging everyone to be proactive. “We all play a part in eliminating drunk driving,” Bortz said. “Make the right play and pass your keys to a sober designated driver so you can get home safely.” Col. Ernest E. Garcia, superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol, added that Kansans can set theright example. “Watching the Super Bowl together is a great tradition in cities and towns across our state and the nation,” Garcia said. “We owe it to each other to keep the day fun and safe. Don’t ruin your Super Sunday with a DUI arrest or a crash and possibly a trip to the hospital.” In addition to encour-

aging partygoers to designate a driver or to make other game-day travel plans, Bortz said party hosts should take steps to make sure their guests don’t remember the party for all the wrong reasons. KDOT offers these tips: !Show all your guests that you care for their safety by offering their designated drivers the best seat to watch the game, frontof-the-line buffet privileges or a special party gift. !Before kickoff, arrange ride-sharing for guests without a designated driver. !Only serve alcohol to guests over 21 years of age. !Just like at NFL stadiums, signal “last call” and stop serving alcoholic beverages at a predetermined time, such as the beginning of the third quarter. !Keep local cab phone numbers by your phone, or save them in your cell phone for quick, one-touch convenience. !Be prepared to invite guests to spend the night if an alternative way home is not available. !Always buckle up. It’s the best defense on the road. “A sober designated driver is just smart thinking and a smart move for all football fans who want to enjoy the big game together,” Bortz said.

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What’s going on here?

By Patrick Clement | Signal Editor

Main Street construction WHAT WAS IT? Giant concrete walls and a massive crane take over South Main Street in Greensburg last week and this week.

The massive pre-fabricated walls have been put into place on the south eastern corner of Main Street and Florida Street in Greensburg. The walls will enclose the future Twilight Theater building, currently under construction. Prefabricated walls we chosen by Twilight Theater board


members to reduce overall costs of the project, which still has a funding gap. Construction crews were unable to complete the walls last week due to heavy winds, which make the walls unsafe to move. All walls are expected to be in place by the end of the week.

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Investors return from trip with optimism Brown: ‘I have no doubt in my mind that these are top-notch folks’ by Patrick Clement Signal Editor

GREENSBURG — On Tuesday, Jan. 17, a group of seven potential investors and U.S. HIB representative Orval Howell flew to Germany to view the headquarters of the Meissenheim-based wooden eco-block company. Howell, Greensburg Mayor Bob Dixson, Dayle Heft, Cheryl Heft, Steve Heft, Christi Heft and Scott and Susan Brown spent five days visiting the factory and headquarters of HIB in southwest Germany. “The purpose of the trip was for potential investors in HIB to go over and see their operation, to see some of the HIB homes and to get to know Dieter [Junker] as a person,” said Howell. “We saw the mill and the machinery. It’s a fifth generation family mill. HIB is a separate company that he started. We went to his office and his home and had lunch where we met his kids Ben, Olivia and Norman. The investors got to know him as a person. Not just to invest in a company but to invest in an individual.” Howell has been the point person for HIB and

Members of the eight person group inspect one of the wood cutting machines at the Weinig factory. COURTESY OF ORVAL HOWELL.

has been working with investors, the city of Greensburg and HIB to bring a manufacturing, training and assembly plant to the new Greensburg Industrial Park. Last week’s trip was an extension of those efforts said Howell. “My number one purpose of my going on the trip was to represent the citizens of Greensburg and economic development of Greensburg and Kiowa County,” said Mayor Dixson. “I want to do everything we can to make sure our relationship with HIB

is ongoing. We want them to have their factory here in Greensburg.” The city has offered economic incentives to the company outlined in last November’s letter of intent, which offered rent of $1 per year in the industrial park, a reduction of utility costs and potential tax relief. The city has committed a lot of money and resources to build the industrial park and has been hoping to fill the vacant lots. “Economic development is about relationships,” con-

tinued Dixson. “To develop those relationships, there has to be a connection that ties it and binds it to the community. They are a solid company and they make a quality product. They are very committed to Greensburg and Kiowa County, but it is a process. We spent a lot of time with the business officials in a non-business atmosphere and we got to know each other better.” The U.S. factory would house all three sectors of HIB. The training facility that would train and certify

contractors to build HIB houses properly, the assembling facility which would combine, pack and ship the interconnecting wooden blocks and the manufacturing facility. At the German factory all of the detailing is done, in part by a sub-contractor. The group visited the Weinig factory where the machines that cut and detail the wood are manufactured. The company would make all of the machines used in the Greensburg factory and none of the work would be sub-

contracted. “We would have everything done in Greensburg,” said Howell. HIB was first brought to the U.S. by Greensburg Greentown via a design and construction competition for the yet-to-be completed Meadowlark house. Since then, Junker and his headquarters in Meissenheim have had a connection with Greensburg that has created a seemingly perfect fit with a company wanting to break into the eco-home market in the U.S. and a city hoping to add green business-

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Orval Howell, Greensburg Mayor Bob Dixson, Christi Heft, Steve Heft, Cheryl Heft, Dayle Heft, Susan Brown and Scott Brown. COURTESY OF ORVAL HOWELL

es to its eco-portfolio. “People [in Meissenheim] know about Greensburg because of the tornado and because Dieter came here to put one of his homes up,” said Howell. “People there understand what happened here. I think they realize why Deter wants to build a factory in the U.S. We’re fortunate enough to be the chosen town for him to build the factory, if we can get the investment.” Junker stated in an interview last November that an investment of $2 mil-

lion dollars would be required to build the factory and purchase the equipment. Scott Brown and Dayle Heft were two of the potential investors to make the 5,000-mile trip. “I went to Germany because if you are going to invest in something maybe you should see it, to know what you’re investing in,” said Brown on Monday afternoon. “We had seen the product here, and we were impressed with that part of it. It looked like it was going to take a sizable but not

insurmountable investment to get this thing in Greensburg and probably quite a bit of the money is going to come locally. I thought it was worth it to make the trip over there to see if he had a skill saw under a steel shed over there or if he had a mill or a plant or what he had. What I wanted to see was, what his manufacturing plant looked like. Was it a 40-year-old tin shed with light bulbs hanging from the rafters?” “I came in one day and Scott said that if we are go-

ing to be serious about this maybe we ought to go over there and look at it,” said Heft. “I was interested in meeting his family, his workers and his investors over there. I was very impressed with what I saw.” Both Brown and Heft spoke very highly of Junker and his family, noting that everyone from HIB made them feel very welcomed. “I was impressed with getting to know him,” said Brown. “We went to his home. We ate at his table; we met his mother and met his whole family. I

have no doubt in my mind that these are top-notch folks and I think they’ve got a top-notch product. That ain’t a bad start. Now the thing is trying to figure out how we can get them here.” With a sizable financial investment needed to bring the company to the county, Heft and Brown will undoubtedly act as ambassadors to other interested parties in the area. Howell thinks a round of meetings will bring the project closer to becoming a reality.

“We are going to try to raise the capital that’s needed to build the factory here. I think we can achieve that in the next couple of weeks. I think the trip was very successful because I think all of the people that came back were more decisive about this than before they went.” Howell, Brown and Heft see a large market for HIB CONTINUED ON PG. 12


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Mayor of Nordracher, Germany Casten Erfinder, Dieter Junker, architect Harry Zurcher and Bob Dixson at HIB headquarters. COURTESY OF ORVAL HOWELL.


The Greensburg plant would have all required machinery, including a dovetailing and detailing machine like this one on display at the Weinig factory. COURTESY OF

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products in the United States, which they believe will bring investors (themselves included) a return on their investment and

touts the product as almost tailor-made for the U.S. “It’s really simple, [Dieter] developed a highly

insulated efficient wall system for building,” said Brown. “And where is the market for that? Here. Even in the United States, with the economic downturn, he can buy his main product, wood and lumber, at a much more reasonable price than it is in the Black Forest. If the product is made in the U.S., the cost of traditional building and HIB building is much closer. If you are thinking about efficiency and energy savings it narrows right up in a hurry.” All three men feel strongly that HIB is the right business for the community and were preparing to take their case to others. Both Heft and Brown, who consider themselves to be

conservative investors and whom Howell calls “very shrewd businessmen,” have decided to become partners in the business, with Brown committing to a larger share following his trip to Germany. “Oh I’d just be tickled pink to have them come to Greensburg. There have been hundreds of opportunities and proposals for businesses to come to Greensburg and they just weren’t a good fit or they were fly-by-night. This one looks like it is a good prospect and the trip reinforced that. I hope we’ll be able to get them to come to Greensburg.”

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City council, Mayor find Trulove by Patrick Clement Signal Editor

GREENSBURG — The Greensburg City Council and Mayor Bob Dixson voted unanimously during Thursday’s special session of city council to extend a job offer for the vacant city administrator’s position to Eddy Trulove, the current chief of police of Sterling. The hiring process for the vacant city administrator’s position will come to an end on Feb. 20, when Trulove is expected to begin his tenure as the fifth city administrator in as many years. During the first week of January, city officials released the names of two city administrator candidates that had been recommended by Marla Flentje of the city hired executive recruitment firm Austin Peters Group. Gary Emry, the current city administrator of Gerard and Trulove were considered the finalists for the position. Both men toured Greensburg, met with city council members and city employees. Prior to the interviews Dixson did not rule out additional interviews, but stated that the city ad no immediate plans to invite or select any other candidates. In the past two weeks, members of the city coun-

cil held numerous special meetings and extended executive sessions presumably to discuss the two candidates. Dixson announced on Friday afternoon that the city had offered the position to Trulove. In a meeting on Monday Dixson said he expected Trulove to accept the position and cited Feb. 20 as his start date. “During the lengthy process we went through we set down guidelines,” said Dixson. “We wanted to look at their qualities and how they would fit into where we are headed. Through a lot of deliberation and checking references the council felt that Ed [Trulove] was the best qualified for the position of Greensburg city administrator at this time.” Trulove has been the chief of police in Sterling for the past four and a half years and previously served as a Wichita police officer. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Wichita State University and is a retired 20-year Marine Corps veteran. “He brings some tremendous talents to the table,” continued Dixson, “a lot of things we were very impressed with. He’s been willing to take on new challenges. He’s proven himself and he’s educated

himself throughout his career. Those are human qualities that we want to see and the council was very impressed with those things.” Trulove has never served as a city administrator. Emry, the other finalist for the position, had extensive city administration experience, which means the city chose a relative newcomer to manage a number of large city projects including the water treatment plant, the Big Well museum and the Greensburg Industrial Park. “Yes, he may not have sat in a city administrator’s chair, but he’s been in administration during his military career and afterwards in his law enforcement positions as a chief of police,” Dixson said. “He has done all of the things, other than sit in the chair. I just think he’s a great fit and I’m excited about it.

Eddy Trulove in this 2011 official Sterling Police Department staff photo. COURTESY OF THE CITY OF STERLING.

The council supported him 100 percent. We really feel confident in his abilities.”


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‘I searched for some deeper insight into the meaning of these words’ by Ellen Peters Parish Life Coordinator, St Joseph Catholic Church


ecently, I was reading in the gospel of Mark and read the excerpt from Mark 1:1420. It’s about Jesus walking along the Sea of Galilee and encountering two sets of brothers who fished for a living. Simon and Andrew were actually fishing and James and John were mending nets. Jesus, interestingly, asks them to abandon what they are doing and instead follow him and he will make them “fishers of men.” I remember thinking that would not have been a very appealing invitation to me because I really don’t like to fish. Oh, I don’t mind if no one baits my hook—if I can just sit serenely there with a pole in my hand and watch the waves bob up and down and listen to the water lapping the shoreline, then fishing is okay but to actually deal with the fish—YUK! Nevertheless , I searched for some deeper insight into the meaning of these words from Sacred Scripture and came upon some wisdom from a woman named Patricia

Sanchez, who holds a masters degree in literature and religion of the Bible from a joint degree program at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary in New York. These were the insights I gleaned. Patricia says there are many good lessons that any disciple might learn from someone who fishes for a living. !Regardless if whether one fishes with a net or a pole, with lures or by chumming the waters, the fisher must go where the fish are and offer them something that will entice them to take the bait. Disciples too can be more effective, when they are willing to be mobile. This may require leaving the comfort of the office or home and church and venture into those public and private places where people live their lives. !Disciples have been entrusted with the “bait” of the good news, which becomes more attractive when coupled with the good example of a gospel driven life. !Fishers work without discriminating as to the worthiness of the fish. There is no sign at the end of a fishing line that

says, “Good fish only.” Thus no disciple can have any prejudice when they accept Christ’s invitation to be “fishers of men.” !Fishers do not keep regular hours. Fish do not make appointments, so those who “fish” for them must accommodate their schedules. !Those who fish successfully are persistent. They will bait the hook again and again, cast the line many times and lower the nets for as long as it takes for the fish to come. So as disciples, we must learn to wait for truth to attract. !Lastly, it is good to remember that even our waiting can have significant value if the one who waits does more than twiddle thumbs or just sits idly at the seashore(ouch). More positive and productive is the fisher, aka disciple, who fills the waiting with prayer and hope and trust that God’s grace can eventually bring sinners and searchers to repentance and faith. Happy fishing!!

Ellen Peters is the Parish Life Coordinator at the St. Josephs Catholic Church located at 520 S. Walnut in Greensburg, Ks. Services are on the 1st and 3rd Saturday at 5:30pm and on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday of each month at 11am. For more information about St. Josephs Catholic Church, please call (620)255-3636

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Kiowa County Church Directory Haviland Haviland Friends Pastor: Donnie Hinshaw Yth Pastor: Josiah Williams 205 N. Kingman P: (620) 862-5258 F: (620) 862-5250 Worship 10am Sunday School 9:30AM Wednesday Pioneer Club & Bible Study 6:30PM Wednesday Youth Ministry Jr. High 6:30PM Sr. High 7:30PM Haviland United Methodist Pastor: Rev. Irving Simon 322 N. Main P: (620) 862-5267 Sunday School 9:30AM Coffee and Fellowship 10:30AM Worship Service 11AM

Mullinville Church of Christ Minister: Russell Scott 100 S. Maple

P: (620)548-2512 Sunday School & Bible Study 10AM Morning Worship 11am Sunday Afternoon Service 1:15PM Wednesday Bible Study 7PM United Methodist Pastor: Scott Rose 220 N. Locust P: (620) 548-2585 Sunday School 9:45AM Morning Worship 11AM

Wellsford Wellsford Community Pastor: Steve Patterson Sunday School 10AM Morning Worship 11AM

Greensburg Bible Baptist 605 S. Elm Dr. P: (620)723-2834 Wesley Carlton Sunday School 10AM Sunday Service 11AM

Faith Tabernacle Pastors: Willard and Betty Olinger 611 W. Illinois Sunday Service 10AM

P: (620) 388-4952 Sunday School 9AM Divine Worship 10AM Wednesday Bible Study 7PM

First Baptist Pastor: Marvin George 200 W. Kansas Ave. P: (620) 723-2747 Sunday School 9:45AM Sunday Worship 10:50AM

Greensburg Mennonite Pastor: Jeff Blackburn 310 W. Pennsylvania Ave P: (620)723-2620 Sunday School 9:30AM Sunday Worship 10:30AM

Peace Lutheran Reverend: Merlyn Lohrke 321 S. Walnut P: (620) 298-2762 P: (620) 672-8380

St. Joseph Catholic Father: Bob Schremmer 820 S. Walnut Parish Life Coordinator: Ellen Peters P: (620)255-3636

1st and 3rd Saturday 5:30PM 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday 11AM Bethel Mennonite Pastor: Mark Dirks 3 miles south and1 mile west from Jct. Hwy 54 & 183 P: (620) 723-3361 Sunday School 10AM Sunday Worship 10AM First United Methodist Reverend: Terry Mayhew 600 W. Lincoln Sunday Worship 9:30AM Sunday School 10:30AM

Lighthouse Worship Pastor: Christa Zapfe 804 W. Wisconsin P: (620)723-3028 Sunday School 9:30AM Morning Worship & Children’s Church 10:45AM Wednesday Bible Study 7PM Greensburg Christian Pastor: TJ Lawson 1210 S. Main P: (620) 723-2507 Sunday Worship 10:30AM


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Far Left: Claire Stauth, Kindergarten, reads the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Middle Top: Bo West, Connor Pore, Tanner Newell, and Caydan Pore. Middle Bottom: Emma Trahan. Above: Ashlind Gumpenberger, Braiden Merhoff, Koby West, Kade Trummel, Joshua Brown, Liberty Aguirre, Jennifer Taylor, Raygan Heft, Mallory Powell, Alex Friesen, Charleigh Friesen, Carson Tyree, Abby Daniels. PHOTOS COURTESY OF KATHY HEADRICK


Local students show talent for good cause GREENSBURG — On Friday, Jan.20 the students in Kindergarten through 5th grade at Kiowa County Elementary School in Greensburg, participated in a talent show. The 5th grade Impact Group, a leadership skills development club, decided to host the “Betcha Didn't Know” talent show, as a way to encourage students to collect BoxTops for Education. "The kids wanted to do a

fundraiser, but know that so many school groups sell products and ask for donations that we thought we should try a different approach,” said Impact Advisor Kathy Headrick. “The BoxTops for Education program is a simple way to bring in money for the school with minimal effort and financial obligation on the part of all of our school families.” Students brought BoxTops and were able to

"vote" for their favorite talent show acts with their BoxTops. Students raised over 1800 BoxTops from the talent show, which equates to a little over $180. The talent show featured twenty-three performances by students from all six grade levels, K-5. The talent ranged from piano solos and duets, to ventriloquism, to reading, to cheerleading and gymnastics, to skits and a hula hoop/jump rope routine

by a group of 1st grade girls. The Impact group gave small prizes, some of which were donated by Booster Club, to each of the six acts that collected the most BoxTops. The results are as follows: 1st Place: Sisters Charleigh Friesen, 2nd grade, and Alex Friesen, 5th grade, played "Mary Had a Little Lamb" as a piano duet. 2nd Place: Braiden Merhoff, 5th grade, performed a One Man Circus

act by juggling, pogo-sticking, and riding his unicycle. 3rd Place: Ashlind Gumpenberger, 4th grade, performed a ventriloquist act with a sock puppet. 4th Place: Koby West, Joshua Brown, and Kade Trummel, 4th grade, performed a skit entitled "The Invisible Bench." 5th Place: Alex Friesen and Mallory Powell, 5th grade, played a "Heart and Soul piano duet. 6th Place: 1st grade students Liberty Aguirre,

Abby Daniels, Raygan Heft, Jennifer Taylor, and Carson Tyree performed a hula hoop and jump rope routine. “The Impact group would like to remind our community that the school does collect BoxTops for Education and always appreciates students and other community members taking the time to bring those to the grade school office,” said Headrick.

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Kiowa Ashland

Q1 5 14

Friday January 27, 2012 Q2 Q3 Q4 12 11 0 18 30 0

Behm Ardery Odle McKinney Prosser

PTS 11 8 4 3 2

REBS 0 4 4 0 1

FINAL 28 62

S.Central Kiowa

Q1 14 4

Monday January 23, 2012 Q2 Q3 Q4 14 13 10 7 5 12

A. Liggett Gamble Melton Heft D. Liggett Oberle

PTS 9 8 4 3 2 2

REBS 4 2 2 1 1 1



TO 3 1 2 3 2

PF 0 1 2 0 0


Q1 11 8

Saturday January 28, 2012 Q2 Q3 Q4 12 16 5 13 16 0

Watson Davis Odle Wyrick Ralstin Ardery Behm

PTS 10 8 6 5 4 2 2

REBS 2 1 9 6 2 9 4

TO 1 5 4 2 0 5 0

Rustin Ardery, Mikal Behm, Jordan Wyrick and Damien Odle compete in the SPIAA tournament at the Wireless Arena in Dodge City. PHOTOS BY GARRETT RITONYA/DODGE GLOBE

*W-L-T 7-0-0 6-0-0 4-1-0 4-1-0 3-1-0 3-3-0 2-4-0 2-5-0 1-5-0 1-6-0 0-7-0

*League Record

W-L-T 14-0-0 11-2-0 10-3-0 7-6-0 0.750 8-6-0 4-9-0 3-8-0 1-11-0 1-10-0 0-7-0

Pct. 1.000 0.846 0.769 0.538 0.769 0.571 0.308 0.273 0.083 0.091 0.000

PF 913 756 734 571 786 662 565 477 420 395 130

TO 8 2 4 11 2 1

PF 3 1 2 3 3 1

S. Gray Kiowa

Q1 11 14

Thursday January 26, 2012 Q2 Q3 Q4 9 3 13 12 5 10

Heft Gamble Melton A. Liggett Larsh D. Liggett

PTS 15 7 7 7 3 2

REBS 5 5 8 4 3 0

PA 549 527 536 588 552 612 690 611 660 574 394

FINAL 36 41


PF 3 3 4 3 1 4 1

SOUTHERN PLAINS-IROQUOIS BASKETBALL STANDINGS Team Ashland South Gray S. Central Kiowa Fowler Hodgeman Bucklin Minneola Spearville Ingalls Pawnee

STLS 1 0 0 0 1 0


PLAYER STATS STLS 1 0 1 0 0 2 0

FINAL 51 28

Strk 14 W 1w 1L 2l 2W 1W 2l 6L 4L 1W 7L

STLS 6 2 3 2 0 1

TO 5 4 4 4 3 1

PF 1 2 1 3 1 3

SOUTHERN PLAINS-IROQUOIS BASKETBALL STANDINGS Spearville Ingalls S. Central Bucklin Kiowa Ashland Minneola Hodgeman South Gray Fowler

W-L-T* 7-0-0 5-0-0 3-2-0 2-2-0 2-2-0 3-4-0 2-3-0 1-4-0 0-4-0 0-4-0

*League Record

W-L-T 11-2-0 11-2-0 8-4-0 8-4-0 5-7-0 7-7-0 4-7-0 2-9-0 2-9-0 0-10-0

Win% 0.846 0.846 0.667 0.667 0.417 0.500 0.364 0.182 0.182 0.000

PF 681 692 592 555 442 596 421 340 359 261

PA 480 359 482 450 537 580 475 482 528 541

Strk 6W 1L 2L 1W 1W 1W 2L 1L 6L 10 L

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