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arrive?” “Do you have a plan. Write that vision down or put it on your smartphone....Isyourvisionplainandclear?” Havingadreamandvisionthatarepracticalismostimportant toachievingthem,therespectedlecturer,formercollegeprofessor, author,mentor,stageandscreenactress,Georgiastatelegislatorand presidentialappointeetoldthestudents. Forexample,shejested,“Iwanttobeabrainsurgeon,butIhate math,chemistryandbiology.” Shetoldthestudentstheirplanshouldbedesignedandpowerful enoughtomatchdreamandvision,butwithrealityofwhatittakes toachieveit. Aswell,sheencouragedthestudentstohaveananchorthatwill lockthemintoandhelpthemholdontotheirvision. Someofthoseanchorsincludespiritualpurity,sexualpurity,a drug-freelifestyleandsubstanceabuse-freelifestyle. Anotheranchor,Kingsaid,isadheringtoandrespectingauthority,notjusttheauthorityothershaveoverthem,buttheauthority theyshouldexhibitoverthemselves. “Youcanbeyourownauthority,makingyourselfberespectful andhumble,”shetoldthestudents.“Youcanbeanauthorityover someoneelse,butalsobeanauthorityoveryourmouth,brainand whatyousee.” Educationisastrategyforsuccess,shesaid,andsheinspiredthe studentstoseekoutmentors. “Iam62andstillhavementors,”shesaid,encouragingstudents toalwaystalktothosepeoplestillaheadinthegame. Kingisa“guardianoftheKingfamilylegacy,”withknowledge andfirsthandexperienceinthe20thcenturycivilrightsmovement headedbyheruncleandsupportedbyherfather,hisbrothertheRev.

Parsons city commissioners willdiscussaLakeParsonsdam valvevaultrehabilitationproject with an engineer during their regular Monday evening meeting after a commissioner questionedthedelayoftheproject. ThecityapprovedKansasCity, Mo.-basedGarneyConstruction’s bid for the valve rehab project earlythisyear.Thecityreceived apermitfromthestatetoalterthe dam at Lake Parsons, the city’s water supply, in June 2011, but Garney suggested an alternative optionforthework.Garneywants toaugerboreapipereplacement throughthedaminsteadofexcavatingtheearthendam. The company has used that methodinotherstates,CityManagerFredGresstoldcommissioners, but it has never been used in Kansas, although it is less risky. Thestate,therefore,muststudythe method,delayingarevisedpermit forthework,accordingtoGress. Derek Clevenger, utilities director, told commissioners in Junethatthecitystaffhopedthe work could begin in September, but the work has yet to begin, and Commissioner Frankie Barnetthasbeenaskingaboutwhen itwouldstart.Gresshassaidthe statehasalloftheneededinformation, but during a Thursday work session Barnett questioned thatstatement.Thecommissionersaidthestatedoesnothavethe information it needs. Gress said that was “absolutely false,” and thatDovetoldhimthatthestate hasallofthedataanddocumentationitneeds. Barnett said he contacted the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Water Resources to ask about the delay.AnemailtoBarnettfroma Water Resources engineer said thedivisionsentalettertoEric Dove of Olsson Associates, the engineeringfirmontheproject, listing concerns with the proposalandaskingformoreinformation. The email said on Oct. 16thedivisionreceivedanemail from Dove saying he received shopdrawingsformthecontractor and would forward them to WaterResources.AsofTuesday,

See KING, Page 8.

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FUNERALS KENNETH HEROLD, 92, of Altamont, service at 11 a.m.SaturdayatGraceBaptist Church,Altamont. WILLIAM STAUFFER, 60,serviceat3p.m.Fridayat HighlandCemetery,Ottawa. LYLE PHILLIPS, 88, of Parsons,serviceat2p.m.SaturdayatFirstBaptistChurch, Parsons. BETTY OLER, 68, of Gravette, Ark., service at 10 a.m. SaturdayatBellaVistaFuneral HomeChapel,BellaVista,Ark. ARCHIE NEILL, 81, of Welch, Okla., service at 10 a.m.SaturdayatWelchChristianChurch. MARY COOK, 96, of Fort Scott, service at 1:30 p.m. ThursdayatCheneyWittChapel,FortScott.

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Civil rights activist Alveda King, director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life, is accompanied Friday on the Parsons Municipal Auditorium stage by Parsons High School students LaKeisha Love and Matt Thande, who helped her illustrate the value youths should place on intimacy with others and the respect they should have for themselves. King gave her presentation to about 100 students from Coffeyville, Independence, Altamont and Parsons. The public is invited to attend a free presentation by King at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium.

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AlvedaKingcommentedontheprettyringLaKeishaLovewore onachainaroundherneck,thentoldtheParsonsHighSchoolgirlto takeitoffandgiveittofellowPHSstudentMattThande,whoLove wastopretendshehadjustmetforthefirsttime. Inturn,shetoldThandetogiveLovethekeystohiscar,regardlessofthefacthehadjustmether. Whilethestudentswerehesitanttogivesomeonetheyhadjust met these prized possessions, King pointed out how many young menandwomenarewillingtogivesomeonetheyjustmetakiss. “Aretheringandthekeystothecar,orakissmorevaluable?” KingaskedthehighschoolstudentsgatheredintheParsonsMunicipalAuditoriumFriday. “Youneedtorevaluewhat’sthemostimportantthing,”thenoted human/civilrightsactivistandnieceofMartinLutherKingJr.,told thestudents.“Wearegifts...Youareagiftandabeautifulperson.” Adolescence presents many distractions for teens and young adults,whereintheirmomentaryfeelingsordesiresdisplacethose thingsthataremostimportant,andtheyarelefttodealwiththose decisionsoverthelongtermintotheirfutures. “Humansexualityismostconfusing,”Kingsaid Itcanbeverydifficulttoconcentrateonone’sgoalswhenone isdistractedbyboysflexingtheirmusclesorgirlsdressedincute clothessaunteringdownthehalls,butKingencouragedthestudents tonotlosetheirfocus. “Youarenotgoingtopassthattestifyouarethinkingaboutsex,” shetoldthestudents. Prioritiesareeasiertofocusoniftheyarelaidoutwithinaplan. Kingaskedthestudentstoconsider:“Whoareyoutoday?Where areyougoing?Howwillyougetthere?andWhat’snextafteryou

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ERIE — The Neosho CountyCommissionwillaccept bids for the final phase ofthe160th(Shaw)-ElkRoad improvement project next week. Thecommissionwillmeet at 1 p.m. Friday in the large meeting room in the courthouse basement to take bids onPhaseIII.Thecommission rescheduleditsregular8a.m. meetingtotheafternoon. PhaseIIIwillincludeconstruction of a new bridge across Turkey Creek and reconstruction of two miles of road. The road will have a newbase,sub-baseandeight inchesofasphalt.Theproject willtakesixtoeightmonths, with the winning bidder beginningtheprojectnoearlier thanFeb.1andnolaterthan Feb.28.

The only work the county is doing on Phase III of the projectistheshoulderwork. During the commission’s Fridaymeeting,KennyBlair, president of Cook, Flatt & Strobel Engineers, told commissioners he didn’t want themtoacceptabidafterthe bidopening.Instead,hewill take the bids to Topeka and evaluatethembeforecoming backanotherdaywitharecommendation. The commissioners talked to Deputy County Appraiser Bob McElroy and Register of Deeds Glenda Taylor abouthowtogetaccesstothe easement information on the 160th (Shaw)-Elk Road project. The commissioners also asked County Engineer WilliamCooktoprovidealistof alloftheeasementpurchases

fortheproject. Inotherbusiness,thecommissioners: — Agreed to transfer $34,112.88 from the equipment reserve fund to the special machinery fund to cover the final payment on a recycler/stabilizer. Road and Bridge Director Charles Morse reported he doesn’t have enough money in the special machinery fund for the payment. Morse also reportedheisgoingtoSpringfield,Mo.,nextweektolook atmini-excavators. — Reviewed the county’s policy on closing the courthouseduringinclementweather.Theydiscussedhownotifications would be handled for a closing of some other type of emergency. The commisSee NEOSHO, Page 8.

TheParsonsCityCommissionagreedthecitystaffshouldforgo thebidprocesssothatrepairscanbemadetotheFireStationNo.1 exteriorwallbeforewinter. CityManagerFredGresstoldcommissionersduringtheirThursdayafternoonworksessionthatthewallneedstobefixedbefore winterbecausethefreezingandthawingofwaterwithinthewall would cause more serious damage. Part of the wall recently fell, leavingportionsoftheinteriorwallexposedtotheweather. Gresssaidnostructuralproblemswerefoundinthewall,andcity staffreceivedaquotefromMid-ContinentalRestorationCo.,Fort Scott,aswellasonefromalocalcontractorforalternativeoptions. GresssaidhewantedtosignacontractwithMid-Continentalfor therepair.Thecitymustseekbidsforprojectsthatcostmorethan $15,000,butbecauseGressdeemedthewallrepairanemergencyhe isallowedtohireacompanytodotheworkwithoutbids.Hesaidthe projectwillcostalmost$20,000. Thecommissionagreedtheworkneedstobedonesoonandgave their informal consent for Gress to proceed without bids. Mayor Greg York said it is important to take care of city property, and Commissioner Bill Hogelin indicated he was pleased to learn the costofthejobwouldn’texceed$20,000becausehethoughtitwould bemore. InanothermatterThursday,Gresstoldthecommissionthatwith thefiscalyearwindingdown,thecitystaffisfinalizingthe2012 See BUDGET, Page 8.

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FUNERALS WILLIAM STAUFFER, 60, service at 3 p.m. Friday at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa. MARYCOOK,96,ofFort Scott, service at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Cheney Witt Chapel,FortScott. NANPOWELL,81,ofColumbia, Md., celebration of lifeserviceat1p.m.Dec.15 at Kittamaqundi Church in Columbia,Md. MARYBEL SHEPARD, 92, of Marietta, Ga., gravesideserviceat10a.m.today at Pleasant Hill Cemetery eastofDennis.

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Having spent Halloween at Children’s Mercy Hospital after a horse kicked him in the face, Emery Carpenter, 6, delights in lighting the Christmas tree at his home. Emery had surgery to repair the socket around his left eye and a deep fracture in his skull that resulted in a small tear in the sack around his brain.

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Eyestwinkledandasmilespreadacross thefaceof6-year-oldEmeryCarpenter. Heapproachedthecouchwherehismother,CallieCarpenter,satandhandedherthe medicine bottle containing the tiny, silver staples that had been removed from his scalpafewweeksbefore. “There are 62 staples in here,” Callie said. “No.Thereareonly61,now,”Emerytold her. “Whyarethereonly61?”sheasked. “BecauseIgaveonetoher,”Emerysaid, pointingtoavisitor. ThevisitorgavethestaplebacktoCallie toreturntothebottle,“forsafekeeping.” “OK. But I want her to have it,” Emery saidtohismother,emphasizinghewasserious. “They actually had to cut him from ear to ear across the top of his head and then peeltheskindowntofixthedepressedskull fracture,becausethebonewentinsodeep itslidalongthebrainsackandtoreit,”Emery’sfatherRonCarpenterexplained.“And his orbital socket was broken all the way aroundhisentireeye.Theyactuallyhadto takeallthepiecesoutandreassembledthem onatable,thenputthewholethingbackin. On his face, they drilled holes, and put in ameshandthensuturedthemeshthrough

the holes and sewed it to the bone to hold it. There was one piece that was shattered thattheycouldn’tfix,sotheyhadtoleave itout.” Emerypointedtoaspotunderhislefteye. “I’mmissingabonerighthere,”hesaid. “Hiseyeitselfalsohadasmallscratchon itintheretina,buttheysaiditwon’taffect hissight,andhehadasmallfracturetohis jaw,”Calliesaid. Stillalittlered,thescarextendeddown themiddleofEmery’sforeheadandcurved around his left brow under his entire left eye. “Theysaidthescarshouldn’tbeverynoticeableashegetsolder,”Calliesaid. Ron and Callie had left Emery with friends Robert and Charlotte Gant on Oct. 27andwereontheirwaytotheNotreDameOklahomafootballgame.Theyhadstopped inTulsatogasuptheirvehiclewhenCallie’s phonerang. “Charcalledandshewasscreamingand bawling and I could hear an ambulance in thebackground.Itwashorrifying.Icouldn’t understandanythingshewassayingandhad tocalmherdownbeforeIcouldhearwhat hadhappened,”Calliesaid. Apparently, Emery and another boy had gone to the pasture behind the house to throw expired eggs at a hay bale. None of the horses were around when they entered thepasture,butafterabitthehorseswanderedup.

“One of the horses actually belonged to someoneelseandtheywerenotrealfamiliarwithit.Someonehadaskedthemifthey couldkeepthehorseintheirpasture,”Calliesaid.“Anyway,itturnedandactedlikeit wasgoingtowalkawayandthenitkicked Emeryintheface.” Whilethesirenswailed,CalliewassomewhatreassuredbyMrs.Gant’swords. “Theysaidhewasconsciousthroughthe whole thing while the ambulance people workedonhim.Theysaidhewasalertand makingsense,”Calliesaid. “ButwhentheygothimtoLabetteHealth andweretakingtheCTscanshestartedgoinginandoutofconsciousness,”Ronsaid. DespiteahurriedreturntoParsons,Ron andCalliemissedseeingtheirsonbeforehe wastransferred. “By the time we got back, they had already determined they were not equipped tohandlehimhere.Wegothere10minutes afterhetookoffonthehelicoptertoChildren’sMercy,”Ronsaid. “LuckilywehavefamilythatlivesinKansasCity,sowecalledthemandtoldthemhe wasflyinginandaskedthemtogothereto bewithhimuntilwecouldgetthere,”Calliesaid. RushingtoKansasCity,RonandCallie arrived at the hospital 20 minutes before theytookEmeryintosurgery. See INJURY, Page 12.

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Manslaughter alleged in traffic death AnOswegomanhasbeenarrestedandchargedwithinvoluntary manslaughterrelatedtoasummertimetrafficaccident. TrentonW.Walker,bornin1992,Oswego,wasarrestedtheweek afterThanksgivingandreleasedNov.28ona$25,000bond. Walkerfacestwofelonycharges,amisdemeanorandtwotraffic infractionsinLabetteCountyDistrictCourt. Theprimarychargeisinvoluntarymanslaughter,alevelfivepersonfelony,whichallegesthatWalkerunintentionallykilledJames D. Smith “during the commission of a lawful act in an unlawful manner.”Walkerisalsoaccusedofobstructingtheofficialdutyof an officer investigating the accident, a level 10 felony, for failing to be honest with the officer in written and oral statements. He’s alsoaccusedofpurchasing/consumingalcoholasaminor,amisdemeanor,andtwotrafficinfractions,failingtomaintainasinglelane andtextmessagingwhiledriving.

The complaint does not say if text messaging caused the accident. WalkerwillreturntocourtonDec.10. Theaccidentoccurredat9:37p.m.June8onU.S.59three-tenths of a mile west of Trego Road. According to the Labette County Sheriff’sDepartment,Smith,63,ofCoffeyvillewasdrivinga2008 Harley Davidson westbound on the highway and it collided with Walker’seastbound2003ChevroletAvalancheafterWalker’struck went left of the center line. A second motorcycle rider, David A. Hawkins,43,Cherryvale,wasbehindSmithandenteredaditchto avoidtheaccident,receivingminorinjuries.Hawkinswastreated atthescene. Smith was flown by helicopter to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, wherehedied.WalkerwastakentoLabetteHealthbyambulance. Neithermotorcycleriderworeahelmet.

Carefuldiligenceonthepartof thestateandanengineeringfirm havecausedadelayinthestartof a Lake Parsons dam valve vault project. Parsons city commissioners listened to a presentation on the projectbyEricDoveofOlssonAssociates.Olssonistheengineering firmthatthecityisusingforthe project. CommissionerFrankieBarnett hasquestionedwhytheprojecthas beendelayed.DuringaThursday work session, he made reference toanemailfromanengineerwith the Kansas Department of Agriculture that said the state had not received a revised plan for theproject,contrarytowhatCity ManagerFredGresshadtoldthe commission.Asaresult,thecity staffinvitedDovetospeakabout the revised plan and progress of theproject. Dove said he mailed the plan tothestateagencybutlearnedalmostamonthlaterthatithadnot receivedtheinformation. DoveexplainedonMondaythat thecityapprovedacontractwith Kansas City, Mo.-based Garney Construction for the dam valve vault rehabilitation project on March5. During a pre-construction conference on March 14, Garney proposed an alternative method for the project. The new method would have a subcontractor drill bore new piping into the earthen daminsteadofhavingGarneyexcavate. Dovesaidthedirectionalboring is a common approach on other projects but has never been done on a high-risk dam. The method hasbeenusedonleveesinthestate andonfloodcontroldamsoutside ofKansas.Becausethemethodis newtothestate,alotofdetailed informationisneededinorderfor thestatetoissuearevisedpermit forthework.Dovealsowantsto ensurethenewmethodisthebest approach for the city before proceeding. The drilling method has some big advantages, the primary one beingthatnoexcavationisneeded. The work also can be done in any weather. Drilling also is quicker,reducingtheriskofdamagecausedbyamajorstormwhile thedamiscompromised.Thenew method also could reduce potentialproblemswiththecity’swater supply,andthecitywouldn’thave torelyonacofferdamasmuchto holdbackthelake. Besidesthefactthatthemethod hasn’t been used on a high-risk dam,theonlyothernegativetothe method is that the driller cannot see the cutting head, Dove said, and instead must rely on gauges and “feel” when doing the work. However,Dovesaid,thesubcontractorGarneyplanstouseisvery reputable and experienced in the work. The Division of Water Resources requested eight items of information from the contractor. Dove received only two of those in April, so he didn’t send them ontothestate.OnJuly21,Dove receivedacompleteshopdrawing for the project, and he approved fouroftheitemsrequestedbythe state. He received further details ontheprojectonOct.16andasked See CITY, Page 12.

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FUNERALS WILLIAM STAUFFER, 60,serviceat3p.m.Fridayat HighlandCemetery,Ottawa. MARY COOK, 96, of Fort Scott, service at 1:30 p.m. ThursdayatCheneyWittChapel,FortScott. NAN POWELL, 81, of Columbia, Md., celebration of lifeserviceat1p.m.Dec.15at Kittamaqundi Church in Columbia,Md. BELINDAOVERMAN,54, ofBluejacket,Okla.,graveside service at 11 a.m. today at OakhillCemeteryinChetopa. JUDYRICE,62,ofChetopa, memorialserviceat3p.m.Friday at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman FuneralHomeinChetopa.

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Parsons High School construction education instructor Roger Daniels helps fourth-grade students at Guthridge School work out fractions Tuesday as part of the If I Had A Hammer program, made possible through a grant to help better develop students’ math skills in line with the state’s new common core standards.

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Parsons High School construction education instructor Roger Daniels wrote two fractions,57/16+11/8onthewhiteboardin thecommunityroomatGuthridgeSchool. Turningtothefourth-gradestudentsdispersedabouttheroomingroupsoffour,he said,“Fromwhatwelearnedlastweek,tell me,whatdowehavetodotoaddthesetwo fractions?” Onestudentpipedup,“Findthecommon denominator.” Danielsreachedintoabaglayingonthe tablebeforehim,pulledoutapieceofcandy and tossed it to the student who answered correctly. Hethenworkedouttheproblemwiththe students, explaining each step, and then askedthemtousetheirrulerstodrawaline ontheirpapersshowingtheiranswer.With eachnewproblem,morestudentsrespondedconfidentlytoDaniels’questions. Each Monday and Tuesday, Daniels gives up his planning time to help groups offourth-andfifth-gradestudentsdevelop their math skills through the “If I Had A HammerProgram.” Danielssaidtheprogrambeginswithstudentsinfourthandfifthgrade,focusingon

teachingthemfractionsthroughuseofThe BigInch. “If I Had A Hammer was developed by Perry Wilson. The Big Inch is a ruler that color coordinates the fractions in the inch usingblocks,sothatkidscanseethefractions. “Forexample,theyellowblocksare1/16, the red blocks are 1/8, the blue blocks are 1/4,thegreenblocksare1/2andthewhole inchisblack,”Danielssaid. “The students can hold the  blocks and useandmanipulatethemtoseehowtoadd andsubtractfractions.” Fromlearningfractions,thestudentswill move on to learning how to figure perimeter,areaandbasicgeometry. “Itstartsoutwiththeintroductionofthe inch and by the end of the program they will be designing their own home to scale andwe’llbuilditoutofcardboard,”Daniels said. Manyindustryprofessionalstodaycomplain that many persons they hire do not knowhowtouseatapemeasure. “Thisstartsthemearlylearningnotonly howtoreadatapemeasure,buthowtouse thetapemeasureusingreallifeapplication,” Danielssaid.“Nowitallstartsmakingsense tothem.” TheIfIHadAHammerprogramisbeing

madepossiblethroughCrosslandConstructionandagrantbeingadministeredthrough PittsburgStateUniversity. “Crosslandalsotiesitinwithmyprogram atthehighschoolandmystudentswillactuallydesigntheirownbuildingandbuilditin thespringsemester. “SoIfIHadAHammerstartsinfourth gradeandendsinhighschoolinwhichMrs. McCartyandIco-teachmathandmyconstructionclasses.” Once in high school, students are given apre-testatthebeginningoftheyearanda posttestattheendoftheyear. “Theysaytheyhaveseena60to65percentincreaseinmathscoresnationwidefor studentsusingthisprogram,”Danielssaid. “Myexpectationisitwillbe,insteadof spendingtwoweekstoteachbasicconstruction math over again, Mrs. McCarty and I will be able to jump in and start teaching newthings,”Danielssaid. “Thethingis,allofthistiesinwithcommon core standards and provides the studentsexperiencetoprogress,”Danielssaid. “Asthecommoncorestandardsareimplemented,wewillnothavetimetogobackand teachtheseskills,sohopefullythestudents will be grounded enough in them through thisprogramitwillnotbeaconcern.”

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A Cherryvale woman received probation and was ordered to pay $18,359.56inrestitutiontothestateforMedicaidfraud. ShannonM.Menzer,35,pleadedguiltyinOctobertofiveofthe11 charges against her in Labette County District Court: unlawful acts relatedtoMedicaid,alevelsevenfelony,twocountsofmakingafalse information(herpersonalcareattendantpacketfilledoutforSoutheastKansasIndependentLiving),onecountofmakingafalseclaim againstMedicaidandonecountofconspiracytomakeafalseclaim againstMedicaid.Theremainingchargesweredroppedaspartofthe pleaagreementwiththeKansasAttorneyGeneral’sOffice. ApreliminaryhearinginthecasetookplaceinAugust,afterwhich Labette County District Judge Robert Fleming ordered Menzer to standtrialonthecharges.EarlBaxter,theKansasattorneygeneral’s Medicaidfraudinvestigator,testifiedthatMenzer’scasestemmedfrom threecasemanagersforSKILstationedinitsIndependenceoffice.All paperworkwasprocessedinParsonsandpayrollwasissuedfromParsons.Casemanagersworkfortheconsumerandmakesureacareplan for them is followed and adjust workers’ hours if need be; personal careattendantshelptheconsumerinday-to-daychoresandotherneeds

basedonthecareplan.BaxtersaidthatthethreecasemanagersconvincedfamilyandfriendstofilloutorsignPCApacketswithtime cardsforworkneverperformed. Whenpaycheckscame,thePCAworkerswouldsplitthemoneywith oneormoreofthecasemanagers,Baxtertestified.Menzerallegedly filedfalsepaperworkfromJuly2009toJanuary2010,thoughBaxter testifiedthatMenzertoldhimshewantedtogetoutofthearrangement inOctoberorNovember2009. OnMonday,Menzer’sattorney,DavidMarkham,saidhisclientwas remorsefulaboutherinvolvementinthefraudcase.Hesaidhisclient wastalkedintoparticipatingintheschemebyothersandsherealized sheshouldhaveusedbetterjudgmentanddeclinedtheoffer. Judge Fleming sentenced Menzer to a controlling term of 18 monthsinprison(11monthsonunlawfulactsrelatedtoMedicaidand sevenmonthsonmakingafalseinformation,servedconsecutively). Hesuspendedtheprisonterm—Menzerhasnocriminalconvictions inherpast—andshereceivedprobationfortwoyears.Shealsois tocomplete40hoursofcommunityserviceandpaythe$18,359.56 inrestitution.

AstorypublishedontheTopekaCapital Journal’s website Monday nightiscreatingafreshcontroversy overanoldlegislativeissue. The controversy surrounds a billintroducedin2011totheSenateEducationCommitteebyRep. Richard Proehl and Sen. Dwayne Umbargerrequiringthattaxrevenuefromthefuturedevelopmentof theGreatPlainsIndustrialParkbe dividedamongfourschooldistricts in Labette County, proportionate withthevaluationsofeachdistrict. SincetheBaseRealignmentAnd Closure Commission announced the closure of the Kansas Army AmmunitionPlantin2005,located within Altamont USD 506, communitiesandschooldistrictshave ponderedhowupontransferofthe 6,700acrestotheGreatPlainsDevelopment Authority the property taxes should be dispersed. Many within USD 506 have expressed sentimentsthatalltaxesassessedin theirdistrictboundariesshouldgo to their district alone, while other districts in the county thought all fourdistrictsinthecountyshould benefit. Transfer of the property to the GreatPlainsDevelopmentAuthorityoccurredinOctober.Whilethe industrialparkisamongthelargest intheU.S.foracreage,thedevelopmentintoathrivingindustrialpark couldbedecadesaway. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that “Proehl, a Parsons Republican who won re-election in November, sidestepped the Altamont district to work surreptitiously on a bill requiring tax receiptsfromtheindustrialparktobe allocatedamongallfourdistrictsin LabetteCounty....Officialsinthe Altamont district, however, were keptinthedarkaboutthelegislative initiative promoted by Proehl untilthebillsurfacedintheStatehouse.” Thenewspaperreportedthatthe secretivenatureofthecampaignto undercutAltamont’staxclaimwas unethical. Officials with the Parsons,ChetopaandOswegodistricts receivedadvancenoticeofhearings at the Statehouse. Altamont staff learnedsecond-handofactivityin Topeka,thenewspaperclaimed. The newspaper reported that Labette County USD 506 Superintendent Chuck Stockton, before moving to Missouri, said,  “That stunk.Whenfederalpropertyhas returned to private ownership, propertiesfallbackintothevarious taxingentitiesinwhichtheyphysicallysit.Wecannot,oratleastwe shouldnot,passalawthatpretends otherwise.” Legislators said Tuesday that USD506officialswerenotkeptin thedark. Sen. Umbarger stated Wednesday he would not single out individuals by name whom he had talked to in the Altamont district, buthehadspokenwithnumerous individualsconcerningtaxrevenue fromtheplantandthelegislation. Rep.Proehlsaidhedidprovide testimony at the Senate hearings whenasked. “I did not notify anyone in the districts of my testifying at the Senate hearings because I’m not ontheSenateside,butIpersonally calledeveryonein2012,andmade itknowntoMr.Stocktonandthe former superintendent, L.D. Cur-

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BY COLLEEN SURRIDGE CSURRIDGE@PARSONSSUN.COM ToysForTotswillcollecttoys tonightattheParsonsChristmas Parade. TeriJoNewton,whoisco-coordinating the drive in Labette County,saidtheprogramneeds toys for infants through youths upto18yearsold. Toys For Tots tries to giveat leastonebigtoyandastocking stuffertoeachchildintheprogram. “So far we have 92 families and 272 children signed up for ToysForTots,”saidco-organizerJohnnieBaker.“Weneedthe community’shelp.Withouttheir helpwearenotabletodothis.” Sign-up for families wanting toysfortheirchildrenwillcontinue through next Wednesday by calling (620) 717-4025, or persons who want to sign their children up for the program can do so between 10 a.m. and 1p.m.SaturdayatLivingHope SouthernBaptistChurch,400N. 32nd. “If people would like to donategiftsforChristmas,toydonationswillbeacceptedduring theChristmasparadetonightby the Toys For Tots representativeswalkingwiththeToysFor Totstruckintheparade,”Baker said.

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FUNERALS WILLIAM STAUFFER, 60,serviceat3p.m.Fridayat HighlandCemetery,Ottawa. MARY COOK, 96, of Fort Scott, service at 1:30 p.m. today at Cheney Witt Chapel, FortScott. NAN POWELL, 81, of Columbia, Md., celebration of lifeserviceat1p.m.Dec.15at Kittamaqundi Church in Columbia,Md. MARYBEL SHEPARD, 92, of Marietta, Ga., gravesideserviceat10a.m.todayat PleasantHillCemeteryeastof Dennis.

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RIGHT: On display this month at the library are examples of traditional folk art made from paper, including Scherenschnitte, the craft of cutting designs out of paper; pleated paper hearts, a Danish and north German Christmas tree ornament that many in this country may remember making in school for Valentine’s Day; and Frobelstern, a threedimensional folded paper star traditionally used for Christmas ornaments. Those visiting the library can get instructions at the front desk on how to create these holiday crafts. Colleen Surridge/Sun photos

Morning fire causes little damage An early morning fire on Wednesdaycausedminimaldamage at an apartment complex in Parsons. Parsonsfirefighterswerecalled to Prairie West Condominiums, 3510Gabriel,at2:11a.m.Wednesday. Thecallcameinasastructure fire in one of the buildings, Fire ChiefLarrySteebywroteinapreparedstatement. “Upon our arrival we found a window seal in the common laundryareaofthe3510building, which is one of the buildings on theeastsideoftheproperty.The firewasverysmallinnatureand was extinguished with a pressurizedwatertypefireextinguisher.” Steebysaiddamagewasesti-

Toy donations also can be made at four area businesses collecting toys for the Marine Corpsprogram:Wal-Mart,Walgreens, Dollar General and the ParsonsVFW. Cash donations to purchase toys are also accepted. Donationsshouldbemadepayableto ToysForTots,andsentincareof ZandraMarlow,2631Crawford, Parsons,67357. “Westco is also collecting toys,butthatisfortheSalvation Army’sprogram,”Bakersaid. Toy distribution will be on Dec.15.Familieswhohaveapplied are asked to come by the LivingHopeChurchtopickthe toysup.Personswithlastnames A through L can pick up toys from10:30to11:30a.m.Persons with last names M through Z canpickuptoysbetween1and 2p.m. Despite distribution being Dec. 15, Baker said collections oftoyscontinuethroughDec.24 atallthecollectionplacesmentioned. “There are families that face emergencies during the holidays that end up needing help to provide Christmas for their children. There are families whohadnotanticipatedneeding helpthathavehousefiresorface See TOYS, Page 12.

Man pleads to burglary charge

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Andrew Wright, 5, attends Jani Brennon’s kindergarten class at St. Paul Elementary School.

Toy drive still seeks donations

Christmas Parade is ready to roll in PK

MadisonLubbersandHunter Ingalsbe, the winners of the ParsonsChamberofCommerce holidayroyaltycontest,willride intheannualParsonsChristmas Paradestartingat7p.m.today. MadisonandHunterwilljoin as many as 90 parade entries along with Parade Grand Marshal Charlie Olson, owner of ACEHardware. Inadditiontoridingintheparade,SantaandMrs.Clauswill make live appearances in various locations along the downtownparaderoute.Anychildren needing to make gift requests canlookforthepopularcouple between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. in thedowntownarea. Continuing a three-year traSee FIRE, Page 12. dition,RushingWindwillonce

AParsonsmanwhowasshotafterheillegallyenteredafriend’s houseandattemptedtosexuallyassaultherhaspleadedtoalesser chargeinthecase. PaulC.Aders,27,1002N.21st,waschargedinLabetteCounty DistrictCourtwithattemptedrape,alevelthreefelony,aggravated sexualbatteryandaggravatedburglary,bothlevelfivefelonies. ParsonspolicearrestedAdersMarch25inthe1700blockofGabriel.Awomanatahometherereportedanintruderwhorefusedto leave,policesaidatthetime.Thewomanwasstillonthephonewith adispatcherwhensheshotAdersinthehandwithahandgun.Aders wastakentoLabetteHealth,wherehewastreatedforthegunshot woundandthenreleasedintopolicecustody.PolicesaidfurtherinvestigationdeterminedthatAdersknewtheallegedvictimandthat theshootingwasinself-defensetopreventasexualassault. AssistantLabetteCountyAttorneyAngieTrimblesaidthatwhen Aderswasinthewoman’shomethathecrawledinbedwithherand touchedherinasuggestiveway.ThewomanaskedAderstoleave several times and told him that his advances were unwanted, but Adersrefusedtoleave. OnTuesday,Aderspleadednocontesttoanamendedchargein the case, residential burglary, a level seven felony, that alleges he enteredthehometocommitasexualbatteryortheft.Theremaining chargesweredismissed. Trimblesaidshediscussedthepleawiththevictiminthecaseand thevictimwassatisfiedwiththepleaandthesentencethatAders couldget,whichlikelywillbeprobation. SentencingwillbeJan.28.

againplayholidaymusicpriorto the parade. The band is scheduledtoperformfromabout5:30 to7p.m.at17thandMain,where hot chocolate is also scheduled to be available provided by the ParsonsFoursquareChurchwith donationsencouraged. Representatives from Toys forTotswillcollectunwrapped toysfortheprogramduringthe parade as well. Parade viewers canbringatoytodonatetothe program. Theparadewillnotbesimulcastorbroadcastatafuturedate onCableOne. Theparadetheroutewilltake thetraditionalpathbeginningat 22ndandMain,comingeastinto

Inothercases: —ThomasR.PattersonIII,59,2330Belmont,pleadednocontest Monday to aggravated battery, a level seven felony. He originally waschargedwithalevelfourfelony,aconvictionforwhichwould haverequiredaprisonterm.Parsonspolicerespondedat6p.m.Sept. 16toa911callfromawomanwhowasreportedlystabbedwitha steakknife.PolicearrestedPatterson.Thewoman,TesaConger,35, wastakenbyambulancetoLabetteHealthwithnon-life-threatening injuries. Police Chief Scott Gofourth said at the time that Conger wasstabbedinthelowerbackwithaknife. — Matthew L. Veenstra, born in 1991, 900 Alice, made a first appearanceonMondayonanewcaseallegingnon-residentialburglaryandtheft,bothfelonies,andmisdemeanorcriminaldamageto property.VeenstraallegedlybrokeintotheMoundValleyGrocery onJuly21-22andstolecigarettes,cashandchewingtobacco.Hewill returntocourtonJan.14. —ThomasC.Knox,26,1318Clark,likelywillhavehisfelony caseofpossessionofmarijuana(hehasapriorconviction)dismissed becausehemayhavealreadybeenprosecutedinParsonsMunicipal Courtonthesamecharge.Thecasewasfiledthroughdistrictcourt and city court and city court entered a diversion agreement with Knox.TheLabetteCountyAttorney’sOfficewasawaitingconfirmationthatadiversionagreementisonfilebeforedismissingthe felonycasebecauseofdoublejeopardy.Knoxhasbeeninjailbe-

See PARADE, Page 12.

See CASES, Page 12.

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worker, Parker had turned to variousnon-profitsandappealedto all counties in the area to help supporttheprogramforanother yearuntilitcouldbecomeselfsustainingoncelawsmandating alllevelsofcourtsreferdomesticviolenceoffendersaprogram certified by the state. FPI was the first program in the state to receive certification and had actuallypushedforalldomestic violence programs in the state berequiredtodoso. Theonlypromiseoffinancial support came from Bourbon County, which as one of four counties served by FPI, offered topayone-quarterofthefunding neededtokeepitoperational. Still,FPIneededanon-profit organization to exist under. With the disabled population beingoneofthegreatesttosuffer under issues of domestic violence, SKIL had stepped up fiveyearsagotokeepFPIoperational when HCS moved to TopekaafterDorthyStuckyHalley accepted the position as the directorofvictimservicesforthe

Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary PhyllisGilmoreplansto“pullin the reigns” on the agencies administering foster care services in the state with new contracts nextyear. Gilmore toldsixlocal community leaders that new contracts with the foster care agencies will includestricter guidelines and more GILMORE enforcement. Gilmore spoke during a visit with some of her staff to the Parsons DCF office Thursdayafternoonaspartofa statewide tour of all of the servicecentersinthestate.Hertour isdesignedtogatherinformation, seealloftheoffices,meetDCF staffandhearaboutconcernsof DCFstaffandsheinvitedcommunityleaderstoattend. DCF on July 1 replaced the DepartmentofSocialandRehabilitationServicesastheagency responsible for child protection, foodassistanceandotherbenefit programs,childsupportservices andworkrehabilitationprograms forthestate. BasedonThursday’smeeting, acommonconcernamongcommunity leaders is the number of high-need foster children in Parsonswhoareproblematicfor lawenforcementandtheeducationsystem. USD503SuperintendentLindaProehlsaidParsonshasmore foster children than any other area of the state, and many of them have many special needs. Forexample,shesaidonefoster child who began school in Parsonslastweekhasbeeninnine fosterhomesoverthelastyear. Police Chief Scott Gofourth saidtherehavebeendayswhen four or five foster kids were at the police station because of violence. The foster parents aresometimespartoftheproblem. Some have told police officers that they can’t deal with theproblemsbecausetheycan’t leave work. Proehl agreed that some foster parents contribute to problems, although Parsons doeshavesomewonderfulfoster parents. Gofourth said a majority of thefosterparentsinthecityare motivated by profit. DCF providesfundingforfosterchildren through area agencies that pay fosterparentstotakeinchildren. Gofourth said many of the parentscaremoreaboutthemoney than the children, and they receivemoremoneyforhigh-need fosterchildren. Gilmore said the foster care agenciesaresupposedtoscreen outsuchparents,butmanyagencieshaven’tbeendoingthat.She saidDCFplanstostart“pulling inthereigns”ontheagenciesby providing more oversight and

See FPI, Page 2.

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FUNERALS WILLIAMSTAUFFER,60, serviceat3p.m.todayatHighlandCemetery,Ottawa. NAN POWELL, 81, of Columbia, Md., celebration of lifeserviceat1p.m.Dec.15at Kittamaqundi Church in Columbia,Md. JUNE BRYAN, 89, of Parsons,serviceat2p.m.Monday at Bethel Church of God in Neodesha. WAMYTH GEASLAND, 87,ofSpringfield,Mo.,gravesideserviceat10a.m.Monday at Memorial Lawn Cemetery Patio. LOLA RAMEY, 87, of Bartlett, service at 2 p.m. Monday at Bartlett Christian ChurchinBartlett.

LOCAL SMILES The temperature was in the mid-50s Thursday night for the Parsons Christmas Parade in the downtown area. More than 80 floats participated. TOP: Trinity Lutheran Church, 2921 Crawford, had a Christmas-themed float. RIGHT: Steve Leon and his children, Kayleigh (left) and Kade, watched as the parade floats and participants cruised by. ABOVE: Geno and Cassie Harrington thundered along the parade path with other motorcycle enthusiasts Thursday night.

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GOP leaders are Anti-battery open to remapping initiative saved TOPEKA(AP)—TheconservativeRepublicanstakingoverthe Kansas Senate’s top two leadership positions said Thursday that they’rewillingtoredrawthestate’spoliticalboundariesagainnext year,eventhoughfederaljudgessettheexistinglinesonlyearlier thisyear. Incoming Senate President Susan Wagle told The Associated Pressthatsheisinterestedinredrawinglegislativedistricts,though shewantstoconsultwithattorneysfirstonwhethertheKansasConstitution and past court decisions allow a quick round of political redistricting. Inaseparateinterview,incomingSenateMajorityLeaderTerry Bruce said he’s open to readjusting congressional districts if the state’s four U.S. House members can agree on a plan. Bruce said he’sheard“anawfullotoftalk”aboutreopeningthedebateoncongressionalredistricting. AbitterstalematebetweenconservativeandmoderateRepublicans,whopreviouslyledtheSenate,preventedlawmakersfromapprovinganyredistrictinglegislationthisyear.Threefederaljudges thenredrewpoliticalboundariestoensureequalrepresentation. Rumorshavecirculatedsincethestate’sprimaryelectioninAugust—whenitbecameclearthattheGOPrightwaslikelytocontrol bothlegislativechambersnextyear—thatconservativeswantedto reopenthedebateoverpoliticalredistricting.Thecommentsfrom WagleandBrucewerethefirstconfirmationofseriousinterest. Wagle, from Wichita, and Bruce, from Hutchinson, take over theirnewpositionswhenlawmakersconvenetheir2013sessionnext month.Together,thepresidentandmajorityleadercontroltheflow oflegislationintheSenate. Waglesaidthatifitispossibletopursueredistrictingnextyear, “Whynottry?” “Nothingshouldbeoutoftherealmoffixing,”shesaid. But the bitterness of this year’s debate is likely to leave some lawmakers wary of tackling redistricting early, particularly when legislators must close a projected budget shortfall and face other See MAP, Page 8.

BY COLLEEN SURRIDGE CSURRIDGE@PARSONSSUN.COM The Family Peace Initiative, a certified program focused on helping those who batter make lastingchangestostopdomestic violence, will continue operation. The Southeast Kansas Independent Living Center (SKIL) based in Parsons and Halley Counseling Services of Topeka have entered into a memorandumofunderstandinginvolving theFamilyPeaceInitiative. Katy Parker, a licensed master social worker who has been coordinating the program for SKIL, had been searching for another non-profit organization toadministertheprogramunder after SKIL announced in midJuly it would be terminating administration of the batterer intervention program Dec. 31 becausefundingwasending. “Katyhadworkedsohardto find a way to help provide an alternate resource once SKIL decided it could no longer administer the program,” stated directorofHCSSteveHalley,a licensedspecialistclinicalsocial

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BY COLLEEN SURRIDGE CSURRIDGE@PARSONSSUN .COM TheHamiltonChapelUnited Methodist Church’s Sunday school is continuing fundraising to enable four local teens to join others from Kansas in attendingthespringbreakmissionstudytriptoNewYorkand Washington, D.C., March 1320,2013. “The kids are real excited aboutit,”saidHamiltonChapel Sunday school superintendent andhighschoolSundayschool teacher Beatrice Fontelroy. “Theywenttoasummercamp thispastsummeratBakerUniversity—theinstitutewiththe United Methodist Church. It’s an opportunity for them to experience more of what Christianity is in relationship with God.” Those youths participating include Parsons High School sophomores Matt Thande and Isaiah Taylor, PHS junior DarianMedlockandLabetteCounty High School senior Dontae Johnson. “This trip will enable the kids to go to Congress and speak to the legislators there, and to meet with church officials, to get them exposed to some of the current issues we are facing, and hopefully educate them about what is going on,”Fontelroysaid. Thetrip,forsophomores,ju-

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FUNERALS STANLEY DILLINGER, 60,ofMcCune,gravesideserviceat10a.m.MondayatMcCuneCemetery. JUNE BRYAN, 89, of Parsons,serviceat2p.m.Monday at Bethel Church of God in Neodesha. WAMYTH GEASLAND, 87,ofSpringfield,Mo.,gravesideserviceat10a.m.Monday at Memorial Lawn Cemetery Patio. LOLA RAMEY, 87, of Bartlett, service at 2 p.m. Monday at Bartlett Christian ChurchinBartlett.

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Winning parade floats announced TheParsonsChamberofCommerceannouncedthewinnersof theannualParsonsChristmasParade.Awardwinnerswerechosen from nearly 100 entries that participatedinThursday’sparade. Charlie Olson, owner of ACE Hardware,wasnamedthisyear’s paradegrandmarshalandledthe Colleen Surridge/Sun photo way for the rest of the entrants. Entries included professional Faith Leon, 2, takes advantage of the warm fall temperatures Friday afternoon to draw a picture of a tree floats, trucks, emergency vehiand sign her name. The forecast is for temperatures to begin falling Sunday, dropping to 21 Sunday night. cles,bands,homemadefloatsand Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The floats Monday’s high in Parsons will be 36 degrees, dropping to into the teens at night. werejudgedbyrepresentativesof ResidentialTreatmentServicesof SoutheastKansasandUSD503. There were four categories overall:Professional,Homemade, BestofShowandBestLighting. A Baxter Springs attorney has been suspended yearsandmustattendAlcoholicsAnonymousmeetfrompracticinglawforayearandthenwillbeon ingsweeklyandsubmittorandomdrugtestsduring probationfor28months,theKansasSupremeCourt hisfederalprobation.Meekadmittedtoalcoholand ruledFriday. drugaddiction. ChristopherY.Meek,59,pleadedguiltyinU.S. Meek will follow his probation plan for federal DistrictCourtinFebruary2011tounlawfulposses- courtandforhislawlicense,whichincludesabstisionofhydrocodone.Inhisplea,Meekadmittedhe nencefromalcoholandothermind-alteringdrugs, becamethetargetofaninvestigationin2009when exceptmedicationprescribedbyadoctor;continualaw enforcement received information that he was tionofaftercarewithquarterlyreportingtothedisERIE — A Parsons contractor obtaining prescription drugs from clients. Kansas ciplinaryadministrator;andsubmittingtoanalcohol Bureau of Investigation agents corroborated the anddrugevaluation.Healsomustcomplete16hours likelywillbuildaNeoshoCounty reportswhenMeekmetwithaclientandobtained oflegaleducationbeforeJune15,2013,includingsix roadinthethirdphaseofaproject. Neosho County commissionprescriptionpainmedication.Agentsservedasearch ethicshours. warrantSept.1,2009,atMeek’slawoffice,where ThejusticesweretroubledbyMeek’scrimewhen ersopenedbidswithKennyBlair, presidentofCook,Flatt&Strobel theyfound25hydrocodonetabletsinadeskdrawer. consideringhispunishment. Meekdidnothaveaprescriptionforthedrug. “Asthe(disciplinary)panelnoted,(AmericanBar Engineers,fortheconstructionon Atsentencing,Meekreceivedtwoyearsofsuper- Association) standards ... suggest that suspension, PhaseIIIofthe160th(Shaw)-Elk visedrelease(probation)andwasfined$2,000.He notdisbarment,isappropriateinthiscase.Onthe RoadimprovementprojectFriday alsohadadetailedprobationplanineffect. otherhand,thesestandardsalsosuggestthatthese- afternoon. LaForge & Budd ConstrucAspartoftheplea,Meekagreedtocooperatewith riousnatureofthisoffensemeansprobationisnota thestatedisciplinaryadministratorforattorneyswho sufficientsanction.Inconsideringtheseriousnessof tionCo.Inc.submittedthelowest wastoinvestigatehiscase. theoffense,weareespeciallytroubledthat(Meek) bid at $2,962,472.05. Donlinger The state disciplinary administrator concluded createdaconflictofinterestforpersonalgainand Construction, Wichita, submitthat Meek violated rules of professional conduct indoingsoplacedhisclientatrisk.Wearealsocon- ted a bid of $3,068,397.54, and (conflictofinterestandmisconduct)andshouldbe cernedaboutthesafetyofthepublicwhen(Meek) Venture Corp., Great Bend, bid disbarred. The Kansas Supreme Court made the resumespracticinglawgiven(his)long-termissues $3,479,795.65. Blairwilltakethebidsbackto final ruling on Meek’s discipline because cases in withalcoholanddrugs.Consequently,weconclude Topeka and verify the numbers which violations are found are docketed with the aperiodofprobationisappropriatetoallowmonitorbeforesendingthecommissioners courtasanyotherappealwouldbe. ing,”thejusticeswroteintheFridayopinion. MeekisunderasubstanceabusemonitoringconTherulingalsorequiresMeektowithdrawfrom aletterofrecommendationbefore tractwiththeKansasLawyersAssistanceProgram allcaseshe’sinvolvedinandnotifyhisclientsand theirFridaymeeting. PhaseIIIisthelastphaseofthe forfiveyears.ThiscontractwillterminateFeb.25, courtswherehepracticesofhisdiscipline. 2016. He’s already filed some of this paperwork in a road project. It will include construction of a new bridge across Hehasundergonedrugtreatmentinthelastthree criminalcasehe’sworkinginLabetteCounty.

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niorsandseniorsinhighschool in the Kansas East Conference, will begin in New York, wheretheteenswillmeetwith the United Methodist Church’s BoardofGlobalMinistries,the Board of Church and Society, UnitedMethodistWomen’sNationalOffice. The Board of Global Ministries and the Board of Church and Society are two arms of the United Methodist Church that work globally on behalf of the church. The Board of Church and Society, housed directly across the street from Congress,hasuniqueaccessto this country’s lawmakers. The United Methodist Women’s Division building is directly acrossthestreetfromtheUnited Nations. The chapel in this building overlooks the United Nations’ building, and prayers arelifteddailyforthisworkin theworld. Aswell,whileinNewYork, the four youths will visit the United Nations, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Times SquareandCentralPark. “They will then travel to Washington, D.C., where they willvisitwithstatelegislators,” Fontelroy said. “What they are working on now is job opportunities for Kansans. They want to talk to legislators and learnhowtheUnitedMethodist

The winners in each category were: Homemade: First:Tri-CityAirport Second: Trisha’s Pampered Paws Third:AceHardware Professional: First:LabetteBank Second: Parsons Pharmacies (AuBurnPharmacy,BowenPharmacy and Parsons Family Pharmacy) Third: Community National Bank BestLighting: TwinValleyElectric BestofShow: LabetteHealth

Contractor gets Neosho road work Turkey Creek and reconstruction of two miles of road. The road willhaveanewbase,sub-baseand eightinchesofasphalt.Theproject willtakesixtoeightmonths,with thewinningbidderbeginningthe project between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28. Inotherbusiness,thecommissioners: —SpokewithLabetteCounty Commissioner Lonie Addis concerningameetinghehasarranged fortheLabette,Montgomeryand Neosho county commissioners, StateSen.JeffKingandallofthe staterepresentativesforthecounties at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Carnegie Arts Center, 17th and Broadway, Parsons, regarding potential trade fixture legislation. CommissionersMikeSchoenhofer andHugoSpiekerplantoattend. See NEOSHO, Page 14.

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Repairs made to Altamont line break

MAKING SANTA

BY COLLEEN SURRIDGE CSURRIDGE@PARSONSSUN.COM

DEATHS

ALTAMONT — The city of Altamont was undergoing annual maintenance and inspectiononitswatertowerThursday when someone broke the water mainfeedingwatertothecity. “Someone was digging and broke a hole in the 10-inch waterlinethatfeedsthecitywater from Big Hill,” said Altamont City Clerk Liz Finley. “We had alreadyemptiedthewatertower, sowecouldn’tdoanythingabout that.” Waterpressurewasextremely lowthroughoutthecity. Wordwassentoutbythecity to TV stations, radio stations and by word of mouth that all Altamont residents needed to conservewaterasmuchaspossibleuntilthewaterlinecouldbe repaired. “The city bought water and had it here on hand if people neededit,”Finleysaid. The city contacted Big Hill and found out the person who usually conducts those repairs wasonvacation. “So the city of Altamont sent four of its utility workers out to

 Obituariesornoticesforthe followingpeoplecanbefound onPage2intoday’sSun: ■LentenaAnderson ■VincentMalson ■MarilynFore ■SherryPluff

FUNERALS NAN POWELL, 81, of Columbia,Md.,celebrationoflife service at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kittamaqundi Church in Columbia,Md. VINCENT MALSON, 71, of Woodbine, Ga., service at 10a.m.WednesdayatCarsonWall Funeral Home in Parsons. SHERRY PLUFF, 60, formerly of Parsons, service at 11:30 a.m. today at the Amos Family Funeral Home in Shawnee.

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Toys For Tots AREA NEWS is short Early morning accident delays traffic on toys Kyle Rogers, 9, finishes adding the cotton balls to complete the beard and mustache on the Santa he was making Monday in Jeannie Mills class at Garfield School.

Patrick Jacquinot, 5, attends Jani Brennon’s kindergarten class at St. Paul Elementary School.

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Atabout7:15a.m.Monday,ParsonspolicerespondedtoanaccidentatonSouthU.S.59andCommercialStreet(nearthesouthern LabetteHealthentrance). Officerssaidan84-year-oldmanwitha5-year-oldgirlweretravelingsouthboundonthehighwayandacardrivenbya45-year-old Parsons woman was turning from Commercial onto the highway whenthecarscollided. AlloccupantsweretakentoLabetteHealthwithunknowninjuries. 

Tip leads to burglary arrests OnFriday,atipledParsonspolicetoquestiontwomenincon-

junctionwithtworecenthomeburglaries.Officersquestionedan 18-year-oldParsonsmananda29-year-oldParsonsmanafterfindingseveralstolengunsandfourchainsawsintheirpossession. Officers matched the guns and chainsaws to reports from two burglariesbetweenDec.3and6. The reported incidents happened within three blocks of each otheronSouth32ndStreetinParsons. Asubsequentinvestigationrevealedthatthetwoindividualshad beenscrappingmetalfromaroundtownforincomewhentheburglariesoccurred. Police also discovered additional guns and ammunition during theinvestigation. ThecaseisunderinvestigationandhasbeensenttotheLabette CountyAttorney’sOfficeforreviewandpossiblecharges.

Schools task force has final meeting TOPEKA(AP)—AtaskforcecreatedbyGov.SamBrownbacktoreviewtheKansassystemforfundingpublicschoolsheld itsfinalmeetingMonday,thoughteachersarguetheywerebeing leftoutofthediscussions. ThetaskforcewasformedbytheRepublicangovernortolook athowfundsarespentbyschooldistrictsandidentifyareasfor improvingfiscalefficiency. Brownback has said school districts should focus more of theirresourcesonclassroominstructionandfindwaystoreduce spendingonfunctionsthatdon’taffectteaching. Someideasthathavebeendiscussedaresharingadministrativeresourcesandpurchasingpower. Members of the Kansas National Education Association, the state’slargestteacherunion,heldanewsconferenceMondayto lamentthefacttheywereshutoutofthetaskforce’sprocess. The teachers raised concerns that the task force, legislators and Brownback appeared to be more concerned with financial efficiencythanwhatteacherscallededucationaleffectiveness. KarenGodfrey,alanguageartsteacherfromTopekaandpresidentoftheKNEA,saidschooldistrictshavemadespendingcuts inrecentyearsthatresultedinlargerclasssizes,fewerclassroom suppliesandlossofsupportstaffsuchascounselors,janitorsand librarians.

‘Efficiency is not just about saving money.’ — Karen Godfrey, KNEA president Theresulthasbeenthatteachersusetimethatshouldbespent on instruction to clean classrooms or counsel students facing personalissuesnotrelatedtoschools. “Efficiencyisnotjustaboutsavingmoney,”Godfreysaid. Kansasspendsmorethan$3billioninstaterevenuesonpublic schoolseachyear. The task force is expected to make recommendations to the governorforpossibleactioninthelegislativesessionthatstarts Jan.14. NewfiguresavailableMondayfromtheLegislativeResearch Department indicate that Brownback and the Republican-controlledLegislaturewillhavetofindnewrevenueorcutspending tocloseaprojected$295millionshortfallinthe2014budget. MuchoftheshortfallistheresultofsweepingcutsinKansas incometaxesthattakeeffectinJanuary.

BY COLLEEN SURRIDGE CSURRIDGE@PARSONSSUN.COM More than 300 children in Parsons and the rest of Labette County may not receive gifts fromToysForTotsthisyearbecauseoflackofresponseforlocalresidentstohelp. “InParsonsandLabetteCountywehavereceivedrequestsfor presentsfor350kidsbutwehave only had 75 toys donated,” said DickLisman,coordinatorofthe ToysforTotsforallofSoutheast Kansas and southwestern Missouri.“Weneedhelpnow.We’re downtothewireandrunningout oftime.Thedistributiondatefor thetoysisSaturday.” “We have a little bit of cash that was donated by Wal-Mart, $1,000, but even spending only $12 to $15 per toy, that is only goingtoletusbuyabout70toys. Where do I get presents for the other275kids?”Lismansaid. Each year the Marine Corps Foundation donates $10,000 in toysand$3,000incashtobedistributedineachareaandcounty residentsareaskedtomatchthe foundation’sgiftsthroughdonationsoftoysorcashtopurchase toys. “If the local communities don’tcareenoughtohelpmatch whattheMarine’sdonatetotheir area,thentheywillquitdonating tothatcountyandgivetheirgifts tocountiesthatwillmatchtheir See TOYS, Page 2.

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Years take toll on city’s wreaths

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DEATHS  Obituariesornoticesforthe followingpeoplecanbefound onPage2intoday’sSun: ■JamesMcLean ■LeonaMoody-Russell

FUNERALS NAN POWELL, 81, of Columbia,Md.,celebrationoflife service at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kittamaqundi Church in Columbia,Md. VINCENT MALSON, 71, of Woodbine, Ga., service at 10 a.m. today at Carson-Wall FuneralHomeinParsons. LEONA MOODY-RUSSELL, 85, of Parsons, memorialserviceat1:30p.m.Saturday at First Christian Church inParsons. JAMESMCLEAN,ofChapel Hill, N.C., celebration of lifeplannednextmonth.

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Nicholas Stoneking attends Jani Brennon’s kindergarten class at St. Paul Elementary School.

From Our ACE Family to Yours: We Wish You a Joyous Holiday Season!

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Tom Elwell with Ballantyne Strong installs a new NEC NC`100C digital projector at the Parsons Theatre. Ballantyne-Strong was once the largest manufacturer in the world of 35mm film projectors, but now the company deals only in all digital equipment.

Theater goes digital Mondaynightmarkedtheendofaneraat ParsonsTheatre:Thelast35mmmoviewas screened. Thetheaterat17thandCrawfordismaking theconversionthisweektototaldigitalprojection,followinganationwidetrend. ParsonsTheatrein2010convertedtwoof itsfivescreenstodigitalprojection,showing “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland” in 3-D aftertheconversionatthetime. On Monday, the last 35 mm films shown were “Flight” and “Red Dawn.” The digital projectorsshouldbeinplacebyFridaynight so the theater can host screenings of “The Hobbit”and“Lincoln.” Theaterco-ownerandmanagerLeeSalyers saidmoviesstillwillbescreenedthisweekso the changeover shouldn’t affect movie-goers much. WhileParsonswasoneofthefirstcinemas intheareatoadddigitalprojectors,thetheater isoneofthelastintheareatogofullydigital twoyearslater.TheatersinIola,Chanuteand Independencehavedigitalprojectorsalready. “That’showquickthetransitionwas,”Salyerssaid. Thedigitalmoviescometothetheateras a hard drive that’s inserted in the projector. Eventually,themovieswillbedeliveredtothe theaterbysatellite,hesaid. Theendof35mmfilmisnearformovie theatersaroundtheworld.Themethodoffilm projectionforthepast100yearsisbeingreplacedbydigitalprojection.TwentiethCentu-

The Parsons Theatre showed its last 35 millimeter films Monday night, meaning this film projector may end up on the scrap heap. ryFoxhassaiditwillstopmakingfilmprints bytheendof2013.Otherdistributorsareexpectedtofollowsuit,markingtheendofan erathatbeganwhenmoviesthemselveswere invented,accordingtoareleasefromSalyers andhisco-owners. Mostofthelargetheaterchainshavealready madetheconversion.However,forthesmaller theaters,thechangehasbeenproblematicbecauseofthehighcost.TheNationalAssociationofTheaterOwnershasestimatedthatup to 20 percent of theaters in North America, representing up to 10,000 screens, will not

convertandprobablywillclose. Salyers said the theater’s co-owners decidedtomaketheinvestmenttobenefitlocal moviegoers. “Despitethecosts,wefeltwehadtomake thechange.Itwasbecomingincreasingdifficult to obtain 35 mm film prints.  We are excitedabouttheconversion.Thiswillallow ustoprovidehighqualitypresentations.Film hadacertainqualitythatmanywillmiss,but thenewdigitalprintsareextraordinaryintheir imageresolution.Webelievethatmoviegoers willbeimpressedandthemovie-goingexperiencewillbeenhanced,”Salyerssaid. Digitalprojectionbeganin1999.Thefirst movie in digital was “Star Wars Episode I.” Significantadvanceshaveoccurredinthelast 10years. The new technology provides many benefits.  Unlike film, the image quality never deterioratesasthefirstpresentationisexactly thesameforthe100thor1,000thshow.There isalsonodeteriorationofcolororsoundquality.Moreover,digitalallowsthetheatertoadd 3-D presentations. In the future, the conversionmayallowtheParsonsTheatretodeliver other entertainment such as concerts, live broadcasts,opera,sportingevents,etc. TomElwellofBallantyne-StronginOmaha,Neb.,wasworkingMondaynighttocomplete installation of the theater’s new digital projectors.

ThecityofParsonsisrethinkingitsChristmasspirit. This is the second year that the city won’t have the Christmaswreathsondowntownlight polesandsomeotherdecorations uparoundtheParsonsMunicipal Building.It’snotsomuchrelatedtothespiritoftheseason,but because the number of spirited seasons. Parsons City Manager Fred Gress said in e-mailed remarks that the wreaths that have been displayedarebetween25and30 yearsoldand“areshot.Evenif theyweren’twornout,whenthey are displayed the street lights havetobeturnedoffbecauseof thepowerdrain.” Gress said the lights and wreaths that used to go up on the Municipal Building are old and mostly non-functional, plus thebricksandmortarjointswill notholdtheweightofthedecorations. “Wearetryingtoaccumulate sufficientfundstohavethebuildingrehabilitated.TheChristmas characters that are around City Hallareallinneedofcomplete repair.Theremustbeanother20 to30stillinstoragebecausethey do not work. Staff is consideringanadoptionprogramforthe characters, where individuals or businesses adopt the characters and repair them and hopefullymorecanbedisplayednext year,”Gresssaid. Sandra Stephens, executive director of Downtown Parsons Inc., said organization volunteersspentseveralhoursputting up Christmas lights around the See WEAR, Page 12.

Disaster training starts today

Residents in the area should See FILM, Page 2. make note that today, Thursday and Friday the Parsons Fire Department, Labette Health EMS, ParsonsPoliceDepartmentalong with all other law enforcement agencies and fire departments countywide will conduct a mock disasteratBelmontTowers,1900 Belmont. The high-rise apartment comness.Brownwillberesponsibletopayfor plex,whichhousesmorethan90 costsoftitleinsuranceandsurvey. — Approved 2013 cereal malt beverage residents,willbethesceneofthree licenseapplicationsforStub’sMarket,CNC nightsofdisastertrainingforthe Lanes,Pete’sofErieandAmericanLegion various departments to brush up on a variety of emergency skills. Post102. —Authorizedcityentitiestobeclosedon Themockincidentbeginsaround Monday, Dec. 24, for Christmas Eve. City 6p.m.andwilllastuntilabout8:30 offices will be open on New Year’s Eve, p.m.eachevening. “Wehavedonesimilartrainings Monday,Dec.31. —Becauseoftheholidays,thenextreg- inthepast,butthisoneisgoingto ularcitycouncilmeetingwasre-scheduled be a little larger scale incident,” said Labette County Emergency for7p.m.Friday,Dec.21. — Met in executive session to discuss Manager and Parsons Fire Chief mattersthatwouldbedeemedprivilegedin Larry Steeby. “It is important to attorney-client relationship. No action was taken. See TRAIN, Page 12.

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Inothermatters,thecouncil: —HeardfromErieChristianChurchmemberswhoreportedtheircongregationagreed for the church to transfer ownership of the temporaryroadthatrunsalongtheeastsideof thechurchpropertytothecity.ThecitycouncilagreedtokeeptheroadopenedandmaintainedfortrafficandATVandgolfcartuse. —Hadapublichearingforproposed2012 budget amendment. No comments were presented. The council then approved the budget amendment allowing for additional $60,000tobetransferredfromelectricfund togeneralfund. —Approvedsellingasectionoftheold creamerysitetoRandyBrownfor$1,000to erectabuildingforhisheating/coolingbusi-

On elecon day, Denise from The CORE did a Home Health visit at a local assisted living center. Her paent’s roommate was unable to vote because she no longer had a driver’s license and she needed proof of idenficaon to vote. She was distraught that aer 78 years of vong privileges, she would be unable to take part in this elecon. Denise remembered that not long ago, the roommate had been a paent at The CORE. The granddaughter contacted The CORE and was able to get a photo copy of her grandmother’s license from the hospital’s computer system. That simple gesture enabled her to vote and made her day! Thank you Denise for going above and beyond!

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Woman faces drug charges AParsonswomanhasbeen charged for possessing drugs inlateOctober. Kayli D. Marquardt, born in 1990, 3137 Stevens, faces two felony charges in Labette County District Court: possession of hydrocodone and possessionofmarijuana.Both charges are level five drug

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

BY COLLEEN SURRIDGE CSURRIDGE@PARSONSSUN.COM

See DRUGS, Page 10.

governortostimulatetheeconomy. As Taxation Committee Chairman, Richard Carlson of St. Marys pushed for aggressiveincometaxcutsandultimately supportedasuccessfulpackageworth$4.5 billionoverthenextsixyears.Thereductions led to the projected shortfall, and lawmakersareexpectedtoconsideradjustments,thoughsomeofthemwanttopursue furthercuts. Merrick kept Lance Kinzer of Olathe onasJudiciaryCommitteechairmaneven thoughKinzerwasamongMerrick’srivals forthespeaker’sjob. Merrick is replacing Speaker Mike O’Neal of Hutchinson, who didn’t see reelectiontotheHouseandisnowchiefexecutive officer of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. Kinzer is a strong advocate of giving the governor and legislators more power over appellate court appointments, an issueBrownbackpushedunsuccessfullylast year.He’salsoaleaderamonganti-abortion legislators, though the Judiciary Committeehasn’thandledthatissueinthepast. House Minority Leader Paul Davis, a Lawrence Democrat, said the list of committee leaders reflects “a fair bit of continuity” especially given high turnover in

Retired school psychologist Karen Haslett was upset as a kind,likablehighschoolstudent spoke to the congregation at her churchabout how he was bullied. Hearing Lucas’story, shebeganto talk to others, asking them what HASLETT they thought about his story.Person afterpersonbegantosharewith her stories of their own experiences, or of people they knew whohadbeenorwerebeingbulliedinschool. “IgraduatedfromMiamiHigh School,theClassof‘72,andthe followingMondayaftertheservice I got on the Facebook site theclasshas.Iwroteaboutwhat Lucas had said, and told them, ‘Boy,wasIgladtherewasnotall this bullying back then.’ Then here came all these responses, peopletellingstoriesaboutwhat they went through. Reading all ofthis,Ifeltitwaskindoflike, ‘WhatrockdidIliveunder?’” “Thepartthatgotmeisthese things happened 45 years ago and the people were telling it justlikeitwaslastweek,which mademethinkaboutLucas,and how45yearsfromnowhewould recalltheseincidenceswithalot ofpain.” “I wanted to do something. You never know if it will take flight or make a difference, but Icouldn’tjustfoldmyhandsand say,‘Ohmy,thereisaproblem,’” Haslettsaid. She got online and began to access information on bullying. WorkingatMeadowViewatthe time as a paraprofessional, she spokewithprincipalChrisKastler and counselor Jack Leake andfoundtheissuesofbullying in schools are serious. Schools are trying to address the issues by raising awareness among students about the problem and howtheycanworktoaddressthe problempersonally. “Theyshowthekidsamovie and make them sign a pledge, but they know that is not going to end the problem. Everyone wantstoendbullying,butthere isreallynogoodcurriculumout theretohelp,”Haslettsaid. She searched online to see if there was anything she could purchase to give to the schools tohelpandfoundlittle. “ItalkedtothekidsatCountryMartwhoweresackinggroceries about it, and they said bullyingwasabigproblem.This one boy had gone to Meadow Viewandhesaiditwasaproblem.Itseemstopeakinmiddle schoolandthentaperoffinhigh school,”shesaid. Part of the problem, too, according to those she spoke to, wasreactionorresponse,orlack thereof,tocomplaintsaboutbullying. “I got online and did a fair amount of reading about bullyinganditseffects.” Findingnothingshecouldbuy to give, Haslett said, “I thought maybeabookwouldmakeadifference,”shesaid.

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FUNERALS NAN POWELL, 81, of Columbia,Md.,celebrationoflife service at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kittamaqundi Church in Columbia,Md. LEONA MOODY-RUSSELL, 85, of Parsons, memorialserviceat1:30p.m.Saturday at First Christian Church inParsons.

St. Patrick Catholic School of Parsons had its Christmas program Wednesday night at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium. Robert Walker directed the program that included mannequins that came to life and learned the story of Jesus’ birth. ABOVE: Sixth-graders Keaton Nance (left) and Reese Barger sing one of the songs with other students. LEFT: The program included a brief strings performance. Adriana Sebastiani (left) and Annette Bradbury watch intently and follow the lead of strings director Jennifer Wolff.

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House will retain 3 committee leaders Proehl will lead Transportation Committee TOPEKA (AP) — The new speaker of the Kansas House has appointed 11 new committee leaders but plans to retain the chairmenofpanelsweighinghowtoclose the budget shortfall, revise tax laws and changehowappellatecourtjudgesareselected. Incoming Speaker Ray Merrick said Wednesdaythathisselectionsofcommitteeleadersweredictatedbyhisneedfora strongleadershipteam.Hislistofappointments, released late Tuesday, included 11 new chairmen and chairwomen for 20 standing committees, reflecting changes required because previous leaders didn’t seekre-electiontotheHouseorlosttheir seatsthisyear. ButMerrick,aconservativeStilwellRepublican,keptthechairmenofthepowerfulAppropriations,TaxationandJudiciary committees. He and the new committee leaders take over their jobs when legislators open their 2013 session in mid-Janu-

ary. “I need to govern, and I need the best peopleinthejobs,”Merricksaid.“I’vegot ahistorywithmostofthem.” Rep. Richard Proehl, a Parsons Republican, was named chairman of the House TransportationCommittee. “I’mextremelyexcitedaboutthat,”Proehlsaid. Proehl has been on the Transportation Committee two different times his tenure as a lawmaker. He said funding for futureprojectslikelywillbeanissueinthe coming session and he’s looking forward toworkingontransportationissuesinthe comingsession. Allofthenewcommitteechairmenand chairwomen are Republicans, in keeping with the GOP’s 92-33 advantage in the House,andmostareconservatives,reflectingtheGOPright’ssolidmajority. MarcRhoadesofNewtonwillreturnas AppropriationsCommitteechairman,puttinghimatthecenterofdebatesoverclosing a projected $295 million gap between anticipatedrevenuesandexistingspending commitmentsforthefiscalyearthatbegins July 1. Rhoades has held the job for two years and has been a solid ally of conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, helpingtofashionspendingproposalsthat leftroomforincometaxcutsfavoredbythe

On elecon day, Denise from The CORE did a Home Health visit at a local assisted living center. Her paent’s roommate was unable to vote because she no longer had a driver’s license and she needed proof of idenficaon to vote. She was distraught that aer 78 years of vong privileges, she would be unable to take part in this elecon. Denise remembered that not long ago, the roommate had been a paent at The CORE. The granddaughter contacted The CORE and was able to get a photo copy of her grandmother’s license from the hospital’s computer system. That simple gesture enabled her to vote and made her day! Thank you Denise for going above and beyond!

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FUNERALS NAN POWELL, 81, of Columbia,Md.,celebrationoflife service at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kittamaqundi Church in Columbia,Md. LEONA MOODY-RUSSELL, 85, of Parsons, memorialserviceat1:30p.m.Saturday at First Christian Church inParsons. ETHEL LLOYD, 65, of Pittsburg,serviceat1p.mSaturday at the Bedene Funeral HomeinArma. GORDON KENT, 89, of Oswego, memorial service at 11a.m.SaturdayatDerfeltFuneralHomeinOswego.

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Livy Ogle and Brandon Figura make strands of old-fashioned garland out of popcorn and cranberries in Robin Jarrett’s third-grade class at Garfield School Thursday afternoon. The garland will be used to decorate a Christmas tree and the windows of the stone house at Tolen Creek Park during Saturday’s Christmas at the Old Stone House. The event, which will run from 1 to 3 p.m., also will feature homemade cookies, hot cider, a visit from Santa Claus, candy canes for children and rides on a horse-drawn wagon.

Matrix continues decontamination BY COLLEEN SURRIDGE CSURRIDGE@PARSONSSUN.COM Skyler Schoenhofer attends Jani Brennon’s kindergarten class at St. Paul Elementary School.

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MatrixEnvironmentalServicesiscontinuing with decontamination efforts in the 700 areaoftheGreatPlainsIndustrialPark. Senior project manager Peggy Llewellyn toldtheGreatPlainsDevelopmentboardofdirectorsThursdaythatthethree50feetby300 feetbuildingsintheareaareallbeingstripped andsteamcleanedinpreparationfortheirdemolitioninthreetofourmonths. Showing a picture of one of the buildings, Llewellynpointedtodifferentpilesofmateri-

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thing. When asked if any of the buildings were worthsavingforindustrialuse,Llewellynmentionedone,thewastewatertreatmentbuilding built in the late 70s or early 80s. There is an overheadcraneinthebuildinganditcouldhave potentialforfutureyears,orLlewellynsaid,the GPDA could at least scrap the steel from the metalbuilding. Interim director Ann Charles said GPDA staff and board members will undergo training on the 18 million ESCA (Environmental See MATRIX, Page 16.

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alsbeingseparated,suchaspipingthatatone time contained explosives, pieces of asbestos andothermaterials. “Wearesalvagingwhateverweneedtoout ofthebuildings,”shesaid. OneofthepilesofrubbleontheflooractuallycontainsdetonatorsthatMatrixwillberequiredtosetoffwithlivecharges.Shesaidthis willrequiretheyevacuateareasforuptotwo hours,basedonuseofuptoa10-poundcharge, althoughtheywillnotbeingusingchargesthat large. Afewofthesmallbuildingswillbesteam cleaned, but won’t require removal of every-

Areacountyofficialsmetwith state lawmakers Thursday morninginParsonsaboutpotentiallegislationin2013thatcouldimpact countybudgets. Labette County Commission Chairman Lonie Addis, an OswegoDemocrat,ledthemeeting. LawmakersattendingwereReps. BobGrant,D-Frontenac,JimKelly,R-Independence,RichardProehl,R-Parsons,andSen.JeffKing, R-Independence. Themainissuediscussedwasa Senatebillintroducedin2011and discussedagainthisyearbeforeit diedintheSenateCommitteeon LocalGovernment. The bill was developed as an incentive for industry to expand by exempting certain fixtures from taxes. A fixture is affixed

toabuildinginsuchawaythatit becomespartofthebuildingand is valued accordingly. Examples offixturesincluderefinerytowers andtanks,oracraneattachedtoa building. While commissioners support economic development, this bill if it becomes law in its current form could have a deep impact on county budgets, not to mention its impact on other taxing entities (schools, cities, colleges). Aspreadsheetsharedatthemeeting in the Carnegie Arts Center showedastatewidedropof$5billioninpropertyvaluesifthesefixtures were exempted from propertytaxes.Smaller,ruralcounties, such as Montgomery, would lose big. Montgomery County would facea38percentreductioninvaluation ($102 million) because of theexemption,whichmeanslocal governments would be forced to

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Labette County Commission Chairman Lonie Addis leads a meeting Thursday in Parsons about tax exemptions for industry and the impact these exemptions have on counties. raisetaxratestomaintainservices requiredbylawordrasticallycut otherservices.

Labette County would lose

The Labette County Appraiser’sOfficesentnopropertyvaluation notice to the Great Plains DevelopmentAuthority,sowhena billforpropertytaxesarrivedtwo weeks ago the board of directors andstaffwerestunned. GPDA interim director Ann Charles told the board Thursday thattheGPDAreceivedabillfrom theappraiser’sofficefor$185,030. The fact they received a bill was a surprise. The fact the bill was $185,030wasshocking. The county must put value on propertyandnotifytheownerof thatvalueearlyintheyear,sothe ownerhasachancetoappealthe valuationbeforethecountysends out tax statements, GPDA board presidentBobWoodsaid. “Without an appraisal notice, theyhavenogroundstosendatax bill,”Woodsaid. Charles said she had spoken with former county appraiser Dave Loiselle, who was of the opinionwhenheheldtheposition that the GPDA is a government entity.Aswell,heunderstoodthe goals of the GPDA for economic redevelopmentofthepropertyand felt that “if we were taxed anythingonthepropertybeforeitwas developed it would put us out of business,”shesaid. According to Charles, Loiselle toldtheGPDAitwouldhavetogo throughtheprocessofvaluationof theproperty,buttheGPDAcould appeal,andhewouldtakeittothe StateCourtofTaxAppealshimselfandexplainthesituation. Asaquasimunicipalityformed underthecounty,theGPDAisexempt from sales tax, it is tax exemptonpersonalpropertytax,itis fundedbyfederalgrantdollarsthat canonlycometothegovernmentalentitythecountyitselfcreated, and staff qualifies for KPERS, a governmental retirement program. As well, if the GPDA dissolves,thecountybecomesowner oftheproperty. CurrentCountyAppraiserDeLindaWhiteisoftheimpression the GPDA is not a government entity and will be assessed taxes on everything on the property, Charlessaid. One particular parcel of land coversasquaremileandincludes four different production areas, which are undergoing strict environmental remediation, being stripped of piping, lighting and othercontaminatedmaterialsand steam cleaned in preparation for theirdemolition. Allofthebuildingsinthearea areunusableforanythinganddespite the fact 8o percent of them will be demolished once Matrix Environmental Services completes decontamination in accordancewiththestrictEnvironmentalProtectionAgencyandKansas Department of Health and Environment guidelines, White assessedtaxesonallofthebuildings standingascommercialproperty. “Heropinionisifitexistsithas value,”CharlessaidofWhite. Despite decontamination work in progress, Charles and persons with Matrix tried to accommodate White and others from the appraisersofficeonatourofthe buildings. Matrixarrangedforahalfhour safetybriefingsothegroupcould enterthedecontaminatedareas. “Theywereinoneofthebuildingsthreeorfourminutes,walked

See EXEMPT, Page 2.

See GPDA, Page 2.

On elecon day, Denise from The CORE did a Home Health visit at a local assisted living center. Her paent’s roommate was unable to vote because she no longer had a driver’s license and she needed proof of idenficaon to vote. She was distraught that aer 78 years of vong privileges, she would be unable to take part in this elecon. Denise remembered that not long ago, the roommate had been a paent at The CORE. The granddaughter contacted The CORE and was able to get a photo copy of her grandmother’s license from the hospital’s computer system. That simple gesture enabled her to vote and made her day! Thank you Denise for going above and beyond!

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season From All of Us at Labette Health!


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SKIL to lay off 30 workers

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tion will build the new Turkey CreekBridge. In another road matter, George Finical, inspection personnel with CFS, updated the commissionontheconstruction onthebridgeonShawRoadthat spans the Neosho River. The ribbon-cuttingceremonyforthe bridgewillbeat10:30a.m.Friday.Thebridgeworkisnotpart oftheShawRoadimprovement project. In other business, the commissioners: — Directed Health Department Administrator Teresa Starr to prepare a spreadsheet on the cost of operating Dr. ScottyBunch’sbuildingat2617 S. Santa Fe Ave., Chanute. The buildinghousesBunch’sAlphacareBack&NeckPainCenter. Starr wants to lease or buy the building for the health department. The commissioners will evaluatetheproposalwithallof thecostsinmindbeforemaking adecision. — Appointed facilities managerSeanKincaidasthecoun-

The transition by the state of KansastoKanCarewillresultin thelossofabout30jobsthrough Southeast Kansas Independent Living Center (SKIL), based in Parsons. “ManagedcarecompaniesselectedbyKanCarewillbetaking overtherollofcasemanagement forphysicaldisabilities,frailand elderlyandtraumaticbraininjuries,thereforethosejobswillbe eliminated from SKIL and the Area Agency on Aging,” SKIL Chief Executive Officer Shari Coatneysaid.“Anumberofour casemanagershavealreadygotten jobs with the managed care companies, so our customers will likely have the same case managers, just who their case managers are working for has changed.” “For SKIL, overall, it does mean a reduction ofabout 30 employeesleavingourteambecauseofthechangestakingplace attheendoftheyear,”Coatney said. “We are also closing one branch office, but that is due moretolowservicetraffic.” SKILisclosingtheWoodson County SKIL Office, 119 W. Butler in Yates Center, on Dec. 31.SKIL will continue to serve the customers in the Woodson County area through the NeoshoCountySKILofficelocated at106E.MaininChanute.Any questions concerning services can be directed to SKIL coordinator Linda Church at (620) 431-0757ortollfree(866)9270757. SKIL director of public relations Dave Sorrick said closing theWoodsonCountyofficewill resultinonlyoneadditionalperson being laid off. Only three persons were employed at the office, and one was transferred totheParsonsofficeandanother took a position witha managed careorganization(MCO). Arrangementshavebeenmade withPSIInsurance,122N.Main inYatesCenter,sodirectservice workersandcustomershaveaccess to a fax machine to make sure time sheets can be sent to themainofficeinParsons. Coatney said SKIL appreciates the cooperation of the community, especially Marvin Chrisman at PSI Insurance, throughthistimeofchange.She alsoexpressedhopethatanyinconvenience would be minimal asaresultofthetransition. “Every job in a small community is so important. We are so grateful some of our people have been able to find employment.Wehavegoodpeoplethat arelookingforwork,andweare hopefulthey’llfindemployment opportunities here in Southeast Kansasandnothavetorelocate,” Sorrick said. “There are other businesses that will be experiencing growth because of these changes,sowearehopefulthey will consider these people for thosejobopportunities.” “Theyarelikelong-termfamily,andwewilldoanythingwe cantohelpthemgetjobs.They will be missed, and we don’t wanttoseethemfallthroughthe cracks,”Coatneysaid. “It is important for people to understand that we have a con-

See NEOSHO, Page 8.

See SKIL, Page 2.

FUNERALS NAN POWELL, 81, of Columbia,Md.,celebrationoflifeat 1p.m.SaturdayatKittamaqundi ChurchinColumbia,Md. LEONA MOODY-RUSSELL,85,ofParsons,memorialserviceat1:30p.m.Saturday atFirstChristianChurch. ETHEL LLOYD, 65, of Pittsburg,serviceat1p.mSaturday at the Bedene Funeral HomeinArma. GORDON KENT, 89, of Oswego, memorial service at 11a.m.SaturdayatDerfeltFuneralHomeinOswego. JAMESGUY,65,ofWalnut, memorial gathering at 7 p.m. MondayatSmith-Carson-Wall FuneralHomeinGirard.

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Joe Myers of Bentonville, Ark., welds on the support beams under the Sonny & Sophia Zetmeir Health Sciences Building on the campus of Labette Community College Friday morning. He works for Crossland Construction of Columbus, which is the contractor.

Health building to be ready by July 15 Ifeverythingcontinuestogoalongasithassofar,CrosslandConstructionprojectmanagerAaronHightsaysthenewSonny&SophiaZetmeirHealthSciencesBuildingatLabetteCommunityCollegeshouldbefinishedbyJuly15,2013.That’swhatHighttoldthe LCCBoardofTrusteesatitsDecembermeetingThursdaynight. Hightreportedtheprojectisnow10daysaheadofschedule,and afterthesecondfloorisfinishedonWednesday,itwillbeafulltwo weeksahead.Steelisbeinghungthisweek,andworkersarescheduledtopourconcreteforthesecondfloorat3a.m.Wednesday.He toldtrusteesthatmetalstudworkshouldbeginonDec.26,electrical workwillbeginshortlyafterChristmasandthebrickmasonsare scheduledtostartonJan.7. Inotherbusiness,trusteesvotedunanimouslytoaddasociology/ socialworkassociatedegreeandapre-BSN(professionalnursing) associatedegreetothelistofcourses,alongwithaone-houronline courseforbullyingpreventionandresponse. Trusteesvotedunanimouslytoacceptareviewoftheartdepartment,andtoendorsetherecommendationsofthereviewcommittee,andthenvotedunanimouslytoaccepttheresignationofAnahi Gonzalez-Johnsonasafinancialaidspecialist,effectiveJan.2,and tobeginasearchforareplacement. Ray Nolting/Sun photo Theboardthenapprovedpaymentofbillstotaling$530,489.18for themonthofNovember. Zach Dickinson of Webb City, Mo., uses a torch while doing metal work Trustees will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the second floor conference on the health sciences building Friday. roominthestudentcenteronThursday,Jan.10.

City will decide Contractor turns in on zoning matter low bid on road work ERIE—TheNeoshoCounty commissioners chose LaForge & Budd Construction Co., Parsons, as the contractor for the final phase of a road project duringtheirregularmeetingon Friday. The commissioners received aletterofrecommendationfrom KennyBlair,presidentofCook, Flatt & Strobel Engineers, regardingthebidopeningonDec. 7 for the construction work on Phase III of the 160th (Shaw)Elk Road improvement project. Based on Blair’s recommendation,thecommissionersacceptedLaForge&Budd’slowbidof $2,970,472.05. Phase III is the last phase of the160th(Shaw)-ElkRoadproject.Itwillincludeconstruction of a new bridge across Turkey Creek and reconstruction of twomilesofroad.Theroadwill have a new base, sub-base and eightinchesofasphalt.Theprojectwilltakesixtoeightmonths tocomplete.Thecountysetthe startdateatbetweenFeb.1and Feb.28,butLaForgeandBuddis consideringbeginningthework See CITY, Page 8. on Jan. 2 or 3. King Construc-

Parsonscitycommissionerswillconsiderchangingthezoningclassificationofamobilehomeparktoallowittoexpandslightly. ThecommissionhasanordinanceontheagendaforitsregularMondayeveningmeetingthatwouldchangethezoningdistrictclassification of3620MosherRoadfromsingle-familyresidential(R-1)tomanufactured/mobilehomepark(MH-2).SiannaMobileHomeParkownerBill Wagnerrequestedthechange. Wagnerdemolishedahomeonthepropertyandwantstoaddtwomobilehomesitesontheland,whichisadjacenttothepark.Theparkwas establishedpriortothecity’sannexationoftheproperty.Afterannexation,thecityzonedthepropertyR-1butallowedthemobilehomeparkto remainasanonconforminguse.Inorderforsitestobeaddedtothepark, itmustberezonedbecausethemobilehomeparkcan’tbeexpandedwhile itisanonconforminguse.TheParsonsPlanningCommissionapproved therequestonan8-1vote,butthecitycommissionersmakethefinaldecisiononrezoningrequests. Thecommissionersalsowilldiscussarezoningrequestthattheplannersrejectedona7-2vote. RaymondandBethBramanwanttheirpropertyat900N.32ndrezonedfromR-1toneighborhoodbusinessdistrict(C-1).TheBramans wanttoopenasmallretailshopwheretheycouldsellthecoppercookiecuttershebuildsinaworkshopontheproperty. Inanothermatter,thecommissionerswilldiscussaproposedagreementwithNorthTownshipforfirefightingservices. TheNorthTownshipBoardofDirectorshasrequestedthattheParsons FireDepartmententerintoanagreementtoprovideautomaticaidinpart ofNorthTownship.TheagreementwouldonlysendParsonsfirefighterstostructurefiresinthewesternpartofthetownship(westofRooks Road).NorthTownshipdoesnothaveavolunteerfiredepartment.The townshipwouldpayanannualfeetothecityundertheagreement.The

On elecon day, Denise from The CORE did a Home Health visit at a local assisted living center. Her paent’s roommate was unable to vote because she no longer had a driver’s license and she needed proof of idenficaon to vote. She was distraught that aer 78 years of vong privileges, she would be unable to take part in this elecon. Denise remembered that not long ago, the roommate had been a paent at The CORE. The granddaughter contacted The CORE and was able to get a photo copy of her grandmother’s license from the hospital’s computer system. That simple gesture enabled her to vote and made her day! Thank you Denise for going above and beyond!

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City gives nod to zone change for retail shop

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FUNERALS  CONNIE FISHER,  63, a lifelong Parsons resident, memorial graveside service at a laterdate.  RONALD MADL,  79, of Altamont, service at 2 p.m. WednesdayattheBath-ForbesHoffmanFuneralHomeinAltamont.  MYRLE SPENCER, 86, former longtime Oswego and Altamont resident, service at 10a.m.ThursdayatAltamont UnitedMethodistChurch.

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BY JAMIE WILLEY JWILLEY@PARSONSSUN.COM  A local cookie-cutter maker willbeabletoopenaretailshop onNorth32ndandamobilehome parkcanexpandaftervotesbythe Parsons City Commission Mondayevening. Thecommissionapprovedona 3-1 vote to change the zoning on propertyat900N.32ndownedby RaymondandBethBramanfrom single-family residential (R-1) to neighborhoodbusinessdistrict(C1), overturning the recommendationoftheParsonsPlanningCommission. The commission also voted4-0tochangethezoningof propertyat3620MosherfromR1 to manufactured/mobile home parkdistrict(MH-2)followingthe recommendation of the planners. Jamie Willey/Sun photo Mayor Greg York didn’t vote on eitherissuebecausehewasabsent Agnes Parker was joined by her son, Tom Parker of Thayer, for her 101st birthday reception at Prairie Mis- fromthemeeting. sion Retirement Village Saturday afternoon. The Bramans have operated a

Woman sees 101st year BY JAMIE WILLEY JWILLEY@PARSONSSUN.COM ST. PAUL — Agnes Parker has never had a surgery,doesn’ttakeevenonedailypillandjust movedfromanassistedlivingfacilitytoanursing homeearlythisyear—notbadforawomanwho celebratedher101stbirthdayonSaturday. “Ifeelgood,”Parkersaidduringareceptionin her honor at Prairie Mission Retirement Village onSaturday.Shesatatatableeatinghercakewith herson,TomParkerofThayer,andhisfamily. Parker was born on Dec. 15, 1911, in Enid, Okla., the second of 11 children to Frank and Frances Semrad. She grew up on a farm near Bison, Okla., and attended a one-room, country school. Her parents moved to the United States fromCzechoslovakiainthe1850s,andforawhile, Parkercouldn’tspeakEnglish. Earlyinheradultlife,Parkerworkedbrieflyas aschoolteacherandlaterasanurse,butshefound hercallingwhenshevisitedabakeryinOklahoma City, where she had been living. Parker told the manrunningthebakerythatshewantedtolearn howtodecoratecakes,andhehiredhertowork forhim. “Itdidn’ttakemelongtocatchon.Theyloved merightaway—notrainingornothing,”Parker said. Although she enjoyed the work, Parker left the cake business briefly to go to work for an

ammunitionplantinShreveport,La.Eventually, shetookemploymentwithaluxuryhotelinSan Francisco. That’s where she met her husband, Herbert Robert “Bob” Parker, after he had completed his service in the U.S. Navy during WorldWarII. After they married, the Parkers moved to Dallas,whereMr.Parkerownedanairportbarfor awhilethathadastageshowforairmen.Helater startedabarbecuerestaurantindowntownDallas thatalsocateredpartiesandevents.Severalyears later,Mr.Parkerwasathisrestaurantonlyafew blocksawaywhenPresidentJohnF.Kennedywas shotandkilled. While her husband ran his restaurant, Mrs. ParkeropenedaspecialitybakeryinnorthDallas, and it quickly met with success. She made and decorated huge cakes for a lot of high-society weddings and other affairs, including one that President Dwight D. Eisenhower attended. Tom Parkersaidheremembersworkingforhismother’s bakery, going to banquet halls to help assemble herlargecakes.BethParker,Tom’swife,saidthe bakery made hundreds of pumpkin pies during Thanksgivingandeveryoneofthemweresold. Parker retired in her mid-50s when she had a goodopportunitytosellherbakery.Herhusband had died by then, and eventually Parker moved to her son’s dairy farm in Galesburg. During

business on their property for almost35yearsunderaruleallowing residencestobeusedforhomeoccupations,buttheycouldn’tsellthe coppercookiecutterstheymakein a shop there. Instead, they have sold their products online. They wantedtoopenashoptodisplay and sell the cutters on the premises,sotheyrequestedthechange. Theplanningcommissionvoted72todenythezoningchange,citing thecity’scomprehensiveplanthat callsforlandinthatareatoremain R-1andalsocallingtheproposed changeanexampleofspotzoning because the surrounding propertiesareresidential. On Monday, Martha Wilkerson,thecity’splanningandzoning administrator,explainedthatbusinesses allowed in C-1 zoning are those that would blend well with neighborhoods without being intrusivetoresidents.C-1businesses See CITY, Page 12.

Consultant may help land industry at GPIP BY COLLEEN SURRIDGE CSURRIDGE@PARSONSSUN.COM

The Great Plains Development Authority is entering into agreement with another consultant to aid in bringing new companiesintotheGreatPlains IndustrialPark. TheGPDAformedacollaborationwiththeAdvancedManufacturing Institute about a year ago,throughacontractwithKStateandaneconomicdevelopment grant that is just entering its third year. AMI is the one that brought the rail consultant to the GPDA, which connected the authority with Progressive RailServicesthatisnowinthe midstofnegotiatingaleasewith theGPDA. GPDA interim director Ann CharlessaidtheGPDAisreaching out to locate other consultants to find businesses willing to relocate in Parsons and the GreatPlainsIndustrialPark. Recently, the GPDA conSee 101, Page 12.

nectedwithmilitaryvehicleremanufacturing consultant Col. RalphRunnabaum. Charlessaidtheremanufacturingofmilitaryvehiclesisavital industry.Thousandsofmilitary vehicles shipped overseas with Kansas National Guard troops during the Gulf War returned damaged or in disrepair and former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was concerned the state would nolongerbeabletorespondto emergencies.OperationIntense, a military vehicle manufacturingoperation,wasestablishedto restore the vehicles to like-new condition. Soon the operation began to supply remanufacture of vehicles all over the nation andprivatecompanieswereestablishedtoperformtheworkas well. The GPDA visited with Runnabaum concerning the possibility of his finding a remanufacturing operation interSee GPDA, Page 2.

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FUNERALS  HOWARDKNIGHT,71,of Cherryvale,celebrationoflife serviceat1p.m.todayatPotts ChapelinCherryvale.  RONALDMADL,79,ofAltamont,serviceat2p.m.today at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman FuneralHomeinAltamont.  MYRLE SPENCER, 86, former longtime Oswego and Altamont resident, service at 10a.m.ThursdayatAltamont UnitedMethodistChurch.

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Rescued horses need homes BY COLLEEN SURRIDGE CSURRIDGE@PARSONSSUN.COM Bea Rizza stood in the corral and scratched Sarge’s neck, to whichtheagingsorrelappaloosa responded by lowering his head andburyingitinherstomachand nuzzlingagainsther. Sarge arrived at Bob and Bea Rizza’sruralParsonshomeabout threeweeksago,wherehewillremainundertheirfostercareuntil heisadopted. “Sargewasseizedinacruelty case by the authorities in 2009. Hewasadoptedbyafamilyfrom RainbowMeadowsRescueshortly afterthat,”Mrs.Rizzasaid.“The gloryofwhatRainbowMeadows does is when someone adopts a horse,theykeepthelinesofcommunication open and provide monthlyandthenyearlyreports, so if, heaven forbid, if people can’tkeepthehorsesbecauseofa changeinfinancialconditionsor personalillness,theyarethereto helpandwilltakethehorsesback ifneedbe.InSarge’scase,there was a severe illness in the family and the owners relinquished him back to Rainbow Meadows inSedan. “Ithaskindofbecomeacritical situation with the economy and drought that won’t let go. Unfortunately,peoplearefinding themselves in situations where they are cutting back, and pets have to go when they have to choose between feeding themselves and feeding the pets. The cost of hay is skyrocketing and availability is scarce, so everyoneislookingforhelp,”shesaid. “Therescueisveryoverwhelmed dailywithcallsofpeoplelooking for Rainbow Meadows to take theirhorses,donkeysandmules. KarenEverhart,M.Ed.,thedirector,saidtheyhavetoturnpeople awayeveryday,becausetheyjust don’t have the room. I take two slotsbyfosteringhorsesforthem, so some else’s horse can go to RainbowMeadows.” Rizzasaidshebecameafoster site for the non-profit Rainbow Meadows. She can foster two or threehorsesatatime. “AndIcandoitbecauseIam marriedtoMr.Wonderful,”Mrs. Rizzasaid. Sarge came to stay with the RizzasbecausehehasCushing’s disease,causedbyatumorofthe pituitarygland,whichisthesmall glandatthebaseofthebrainthat regulates the rest of the horse’s endocrine systems. The disease,

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businessesintownandinother transactions,Springersaid. A Parsons man, Bryant K. Ford, 21, 2405 Briggs, was arrested and charged in Jasper County,Mo.,withforgeryafter allegedlybuyinganiPhoneand iPad with counterfeit money in Joplin on Nov. 9. A hearing in that case was scheduled for thismorning.Fordhasnotbeen charged in Labette County for any transactions, although policehavesaidtheywanttoquestionhim. Springerdiscussedthehistory ofcurrencyandwhatdenominations are in circulation before sharing his tips on detecting counterfeitbills. Most currency in circulation hassecurityfeaturesthatareimpossibletocopyonhomecomputersandprinters,wheremany counterfeitbillsarecreated.

Parsons city commissioners want to gather more information aboutaproposalthatwouldmake the Parsons Fire Department the primary firefighting force for a portionofNorthTownship. The commission tabled the issue at the recommendation of CommissionerKevinCruse,who aspresidentoftheboardwasrunningMondayevening’smeetingin theabsenceofMayorGregYork. CrusesaidhetalkedtoFireChief Larry Steeby about the proposed firefighting contract for quite a whilebutstillwantedtotablethe issueforfurtherconsiderationand allow the commissioners to ask Steebymorequestions. North Township proposed a contracttopaythecity$5,000for theParsonsFireDepartmenttobe theprimaryrespondertostructure firesinthewesternportionofthe township.Theareaisnortheastof Parsons.Unlikemostruraltownships, North Township doesn’t haveavolunteerfiredepartment. ThetownshipiscoveredbyNeosho Township Fire Department, whichisstationedneartheNeosho River, several miles east of Parsons.Truckstakearelativelylong timetogetfromthestationtothe western portion of North Township. The Parsons Fire Departmentservesasasecondarysource basedonthedepartment’smutual aidpolicyithaswithallofthearea firedepartments,buttheParsons firefightersdon’trespondtofires thereuntilcalledbyNeoshoafter itsfirefightersarriveonthescene anddeterminetheyneedhelp. Commissioner Tom Shaw asked Steeby what percentage of citypropertytaxesgotowardfirefightingservices.Hewonderedif the$5,000feeproposedbyNorth Township would represent an equalpaymentperresidentasthe cityresidentspayintaxes.Hesaid city residents should get benefits fromlivinginthecitythatpeople livingoutsideofthecitydonotreceive. The city shouldn’t encouragepeopletoliveoutsidethecity, Shawsaid,andthereisatleastone parcel of prime land for a rural subdivision.IfthatpotentialsubdivisionwerecoveredbyParsons firefighters and received water fromaruralwaterdistrict,thereis littleincentiveforthesubdivision torequestbeingannexedintothe city.Shawsaidit’sgoodtoextend ahelpinghandtoatownship,but the city shouldn’t do anything to furthererodeitstaxbase. Steeby said he doesn’t know how much property tax revenue goes toward fire protection. That figure probably could be determinedbasedonthepercentofthe generalfundthatgoestothefire department,hesaid,butasalestax alsohelpsfundthedepartment,and revenuefromthattaxcomesfrom people other than those living in thecity.Furthermore,Steebysaid, thefiredepartmentwouldn’toffer allofitsservicestoNorthTownship.Thedepartmentonlywould respondtostructurefiresandnot medicalcalls,forexample. Steeby also said the township hastheabilitytocalltheParsons departmentforaidasasecondary

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Bea Rizza spends time with Chance, an old ranch horse that had been abandoned on a rural Erie homestead, along with a wild mustang and her 10-month-old filly. Rizza is fostering Chance for Rainbow Meadows Equine Rescue & Retirement Inc. until a home can be found for him to live out his remaining days. which usually occurs in older horses, results in the horse’s endocrinesystembeingthrownout ofbalance. “He’ssouglyhe’scute.AsKarendescribeshim,hisearsaretoo shortforhishead,hisneckistoo shortforhisbody,andhehaslong wavyhairhedoesn’tshed…he is just a mish-mosh of non-conforming parts. Because he now needsintensivemedicalcarebecauseofhisCushing’s,heishere andI’mherealldaytotakecareof him.Thebigthingishismedical

needs.ThereisnocureforCushing’s, but it can be maintained withmedicine,”Mrs.Rizzasaid. “Hopefullysomeonewillwantto adopthim.Heisabeautifulriding horse.He’swelltrainedandhasa nicepersonality.” BecomingafostersiteforRainbowMeadowswasnotsomething the Rizzas planned. The couple adopted a horse from the site nearly two years ago and have volunteeredtheirservicestohelp, including coordinating fundraisingevents.

“Rainbow Meadows is worth helping.Theysetagoodexample. They are one of the few rescues that is GFAS (Global Federation ofAnimalSanctuaries)certified. Ialsobuymyhorsefeedthereand otheritems,”KarenRizzasaid. Karen Everhart called Rizza one day to tell her she had received a call aboutthree abandonedhorsesontheedgeofErie atanabandonedhomestead. Rizzawastheclosestvolunteer See RESCUE, Page 2.

Officer shares how to detect counterfeit cash BY RAY NOLTING RNOLTING@PARSONSSUN.COM A Parsons police officer sharedtipsonidentifyingcounterfeitcurrencyTuesdayatParsons Senior Center during the monthly community policing meeting. Sgt. Neil Springer told the dozen people attending the meetingthatthe$1billwasthe most frequently counterfeited currencyintheU.S.Mostofthe counterfeit bills that turn up in Parsons are $20, $50 and $100 bills,hesaid. No one checks their $1 bills whentheygetchange,sothat’s onereasonwhyit’ssocommonlycounterfeited. Ray Nolting/Sun photo TheU.S.SecretServiceinvestigates,orprovidesinvestigative Parsons police Sgt. Neil Springer told how to detect counterfeit mon- assistance, in some counterfeitey Tuesday at the Parsons Senior Center. The counterfeit bill he’s ingcases.Arecentinvestigation holding has ink missing in a crease in the portrait and other blurred in Parsons turned up $1,680 in features that help identify it as counterfeit. counterfeitbillsusedatvarious

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fromIllinois,Hawaii,NewJersey, Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas, SouthCarolina,Florida,Massachusetts and Calgary, Canada. Collectively they saved seven people from drowning, two fromburningcarsandonefrom a burning home. And a police officerinNewBrunswick,N.J., climbedoverthefenceofarailroadtrestletorescueasuicidal woman dangling 25 feet above astreet. Carnegie medalists or their

The testimony in the Franks hearing for State of Kansas v. RobertM.TangendedMonday, but Judge Jeffry Jack’s determinationwillnotbegivenuntil January. UndertheFranksvs.Delaware U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a judgecanallowahearingtoexaminewhetheranallegedfalseor misleading statement was in the warrant affidavit or if information was omitted that may have resultedinajudgenotsigninga warranttosearchproperty. Jackwillreviewalltestimony, evidenceandmotionssubmitted by the prosecution and defense to determine if evidence seized after a search warrant last year shouldbeexcluded. TheKansasBureauofInvestigation,withtheassistanceofthe Labette County Sheriff’s Department, searched Robert M. Tang’s home at 2507 Clark on May4,2011.Thesearchyielded 58poundsofpackagedmarijuana andmorethan$100,000cash. Jack is charged with the task of determining whether Labette County Sheriff’s Department Detective Darren Eichinger lied or omitted information in a search warrant presented to Judge Robert Fleming or presented the warrant request with recklessdisregardforthetruth. The Franks case requires a two-prongedtesttodetermineifa Frankshearingisnecessary.The defense must make a substantial showing that a false statement (knowingly and intentionally or with reckless disregard for the truth)wasincludedinthewarrant affidavit,andthismustincludea detailed offer of proof. The defense also must show that the falseoromittedinformationwas essential to the probable cause determination in the warrant. This means that if a court finds thatwhenthefalseinformationis excludedtheremustbesufficient additional evidence in the warrant affidavit to support a findingofprobablecause.Ifthereis sufficientevidenceoutsideofthe omitted or false statement, the evidenceisadmissibleattrial. EichingertestifiedMondaythat hewastheleadinvestigatorinthe caseandhadgonetoTang’sresidencetotalktohim,withbackup provided by the Labette County Sheriff’sDepartment.Upontheir arrival, he testified there were four people walking out of the home,includingTang.Hestated he asked Tang if they could go somewhereelsetotalk,towhich Tang responded by opening the doortohishomeandwalkingin, soEichingerfollowed. Testimony by Eichinger admittedthatTangdidnotverballyinvite himintohisresidence,butneither did Tang tell Eichinger that he couldnotenteroraskhimtoleave his home, but continued to cooperativelyanswerhisquestions. Once he was standing inside the home in the foyer talking to Tang, Eichinger testified he detected the odor of marijuana. Whenheaskedtosearchtheresidence,Tangrefused.Then-deputyRussellMcConnelltestified

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FUNERALS MYRLE SPENCER, 86, formerly of Oswego and Altamont, service at 10 a.m. todayatAltamontUnitedMethodistChurch. ETHEL FINNERTY, 90, of Parsons, service at 10 a.m. FridayatSt.Patrick’sCatholic Church,Parsons. MARY JOSLIN, 79, of Parsons,serviceat2p.m.Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home.

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Dr. Ron Finley hands a gift bag to George at a Christmas party sponsored by the Parsons Kiwanis Club on Oak Cottage at Parsons State Hospital and Training Center. The Rev. Richard McCandless, Warren Marlow and Finley brought cake and ice cream as well as the gifts to the residents of Oak Cottage. McCandless, who organizes the event, said this is the 25th year the club has sponsored the party. The club also has monthly birthday parties at Oak Cottage when every resident with a birthday in the month gets gifts. McCandless said the club sponsors the parties to let the residents know that the community cares about them.

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LabetteCenterforMentalHealthServices announced on Wednesday that Crystal Witty,alicensedmaster social worker, was hired as a part-time provider in its clinical department. Wittybeganemployment with LCMHS on Nov. 27 and began seeing adult and childrenclientsonDec.3. She is working at the centeronMondayand WITTY Tuesdayevenings. In 2006, Witty received a bachelor of science degree in so-

ciologyfromMissouriSouthernStateUniversity,Joplin.Shelaterreceivedamaster’s degreeinsocialworkin2011fromMissouri StateUniversity,Springfield. Witty has worked at the Ozark Center. Shehasworkedinagroupsettingwithboth a geriatric psychiatric outpatient program for Reflections and with the Family Peace Initiative regarding domestic violence cases. She also spent a year as the guidance counselor for USD 493 in the elementary andjuniorhighschoolsbeforetakingona positionasastudentserviceofficerwithLabetteCountyHighSchool. Witty was born and raised in Labette County, attending USD 506 schools. She lovesworkingwithpeopleandhelpingoth-

ers.Sheenjoysfamilytimeandbeingoutdoorsaswellaspainting,gardening,watchingmoviesandlearningnewthings. “WearepleasedtohaveCrystalaspartof our team at Labette Center,” Matthew Atteberry, executive director, said in a statement. “She will be a beneficial edition to ourstaffaswecontinuetowardsproviding highqualitycaretotheresidentsofLabette County.” Anyonewantingtoscheduleanappointment with Witty or any of LCMHS’ other mental health providers can call 421-3770 or(800)303-3770tobeginservices.Those wanting to learn more about the therapy staff can visit the website at www.lcmhs. com/Outpatient-13323.asp.

Snowstorm causes problems in Midwest DENVER (AP) — A storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow in the RockyMountainswascausingproblemsfor travelers as it spread across the Plains on Wednesday. Themaineast-westrouteacrossColorado, Interstate70,wasclosedfromeastofDenver totheKansaslinebecauseofpoorvisibility causedbyblowingsnow.Smallerhighways werealsoclosedineasternColorado. DriversinIowaandNebraskawerebeing warnedtobecarefulorstopdrivingaltogether startingWednesdayeveningasthePlainsgets itsfirstmajorwinterstormoftheseason. LightsnowisalsoexpectedatChicago’s

O’HareInternationalAirportonThursday, andstrongwindscouldmakevisibilitypoor. That,combinedwithlowclouds,couldcause delaysatthenation’ssecond-busiestairport, National Weather Service forecaster Jamie Enderlensaid. Iowa officials advised drivers to avoid mostroadsfromWednesdaynightthrough noontoday,butnativeLaurieHarry,amanagerataCasey’sGeneralStore,expectedto drivetoworkthismorning. “IfIneedtogetintowork,I’llbehere,” she said. “We’ve had snow before. Iowans knowwhattoexpect.We’reusedtoit.” Conditions improved in Denver by mid-

dayWednesday.Attheheightofthestorm, Denver’s airport, the nation’s fifth-busiest, reported delays averaging 30 minutes becauseofsnowandice,butoperationshave sincereturnedtonormal. DeltaandUnitedAirlinesreactedbyannouncingplanstoallowmanyaffectedtravelersacrossthenationtochangeschedules withoutincurringfees. ThesnowisagiftforskiresortsinArizona,Colorado,NewMexicoandUtahahead ofthebusyholidayweek.Theweathermight alsotemptbackcountryskiersbutprompted avalanchewarningsinColoradoandUtah. See STORM, Page 8.

Carnegie fund mints newest class of heroes BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

An apartment complex clerk shotinthehead.Aboystabbed by knife-wielding men. Teens struggling to stay afloat in the Pacific. An elderly woman trappedinherburninghome. All of them rescued by individuals who risked their own livestohelp. The CarnegieHero Fund Commission awarded medals for valor to 18 people on Wednesday, including four whoperishedintheirrescueat-

tempts. AmongthehonoreesisJoshua W. Steed, 20, a college student in Abilene, Texas, who was in theofficeofanapartmentcomplex on Sept. 7, 2011 when his 21-year-old co-worker, working the front desk, was shot in the headbyanassailantwitha.38caliberrevolver. Instead of closing the office door to protect himself, Steed rushed the gunman and threw achairathim,accordingtothe commission. Then he grabbed thegunmanbythearms,rammed

himintoawallandthrewhimto the floor — getting his gun in theprocess. Steed’sco-workersurvived. IoneFletcherKlevensimilarlyrantowardtroublewhenshe hearda14-year-oldboyscreamingforhelpinherCastroValley, Calif.,neighborhoodin2010. The 64-year-old portrait artist chased off three men who’d attackedtheboy,punchingand kicking him and stabbing him twiceinthebackandonceinthe stomach.Theboyrecovered. Other medal winners are

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Brownback wants mental health services examined

USD 503 weighs options on PHS roof

TOPEKA(AP)—Gov.Sam BrownbacksaidThursdaythat he wants to examine whether Kansas is providing adequate mental health services but is waryofjumpingintoacontentious debate over gun control following last week’s mass elementaryschoolshootingin

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hebelievesthebestpropositionistofixtheindividual badspotsratherthanreplacetheentireroof.Hetoldthe boardthescanshowedtheproblemswerenotasexcesMaintenancedirectorDaveWinchellsuggestedtothe sive as first anticipated, and patching the roof would USD503BoardofEducationthisweekpatchworkre- servetheschoolforanothertwotofiveyears. pairsfortheParsonsHighSchoolroofratherthanafull “The roof is not in bad enough shape to need reroofreplacement. placed,”Winchellsaid. Winchellsaidlastyear’sinfraredscanenabledhimto Some areas of the roof that had been leaking since havetheroofingconditionsmorefinelyanalyzed,and after it was first installed, such as above the business CSURRIDGE@PARSONSSUN.COM

wing,thecafeteriaandmediaroom,havealreadybeen repairedandhaveshownnofurthersignsofleaking. SuperintendentLindaProehlinformedtheboardthat the warranty on the roof expired in 2011. The district onlyhadalimitedamountofmoneyandhaddoneotherrepairshopingtheroofwouldlastanother10to20 years,butmoreleakshaveappeared. See USD 503, Page 2.

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TheGreatPlainsDevelopment Authorityapprovedthepurchase ofeightsecuritygateslastweek inpreparationfortheopeningof ScottRoad. GPDA interim director Ann Charlessaidthegatesaremeant topreventvehicleaccesstoareas thatareundergoingexplosiveremediation, as well as securityspecific areas, warehouses and thequarryattheformerKansas Army Ammunition Plant. The plantisbeingconvertedintothe GreatPlainsIndustrialPark. “This is just meant to keep themofftheroads.Alloftheareasstillhavetheirownsecurity fence, high chain-ink, like 700, 300,500and800areas,andthey arealsosecured,”Charlessaid. Installation of the gates will allow the GPDA to eliminate guardsatalloftheentrances,so there is no expense for that. As well,shesaid,thegateswillcut

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FUNERALS ETHEL FINNERTY, 90, of Parsons, service at 10 a.m. today at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church,Parsons. MARYJOSLIN,79,ofParsons,serviceat2p.m.todayat Carson-WallFuneralHome.

LOCAL SMILES ABOVE — New Garfield School student Justice Wertz decorates a Christmas tree ornament at one of the Santa Stations teachers organized Thursday. The stations allowed students to choose from six different activities to make gifts for their families.

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Students take on project for Viking shield sign

Brayden Largent is student in Elisabeth Renfro’s kindergarten class at Lincoln Elementary. RIGHT — Garfield students (from left) Alexandria Maldonado, Dakiah Yates and Wesley Griggs decorate Christmas bulbs with stars and snowflakes at a Santa Station.

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TheUSD503BoardofEducationapprovedproviding$6,000 toward the cost of renovating theForestParksoftballfieldas per the request of the Parsons Recreation Commission for the districttosplitthecostequally. Trevor Addis attended Monday’s board meeting on behalf ofPRCdirectorGaryChrisman.

Addis told the board that the renovationswouldfixthehome andvisitorfencedareasandadd bullpen areas to both sides to allow teams to practice while providingsafetytoviewers.The crow’snestandscoreboxwould beremoved,cementpouredand new bleachers placed for additional seating. Concrete would be poured in the ball cages to replacetherock. The renovations would bring

theballfielduptothestandardsof RayBennettField,whichLabette Community College uses. That fieldwasrenovatedlastyear. AddissaidthecityofParsons has agreed to seal the parking lot,whichisnowrock. “It does need it if we have themoney,”boardmemberSam Blubaughsaid. “I’vebeendowntheresitting onthevisitors’sideandit’sdangerous,”Blubaughsaidofplay-

erswarmingupnearthecrowd innon-protectedareas. Parsons High School principalMattRogerssaidthesurface ofthefieldisoneofthebestin theleague. “Thecollegehasworkedwith us, and what they do to their field they do to ours,” Rogers said.“Thiswouldmaketherest ofthefacilityuptosnuff.” “It’s a great idea,” board memberLouMartinosaid.

Parsons High School seniors Tyler Beardmore and Payton Hays received permission and financialbackingfromtheUSD 503 Board of Education to constructabaseontheschool’seast sideforaVikingsign. SeniorsinBruceRea’ssenior projectclass,whohavehadthree prior years of drafting, are able to pursue the project of their choosing. “PaytonandIchosetodesigna baseforasignmadetwoyearsago. Wewanttolocatethesigninback oftheschool,”Beardmoresaid. USD 503 superintendent Linda Proehl explained that a Viking shield sign was made twoyearsagotoreplacetheone on the west side of the school. However, students in the class that had made the original sign wantedthesignrefurbishedand leftinplace,sotheoriginalsign wasrepairedandrepainted. Beardmoresaidthereplicasign thatwasmadehadstoodinRea’s classroom for two years, giving

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FUNERALS ARTHUR NANCE, 88, of Parsons,serviceat2p.m.Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. STEPHENVANLEEUWEN, 60,ofBrazilton,serviceat10 a.m. Monday at St. Francis CatholicChurch,St.Paul. LOWELL RHODES, 81, of Parsons,serviceat11a.m.Dec. 29atCenterBethelChurch,ruralParsons.

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Remington Woodman is a student in Elisabeth Renfro’s kindergarten class at Lincoln School.

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TheGreatPlainsDevelopmentAuthority signed a lease contract with its first newtenantintheGreatPlainsIndustrial Park—ProgressRailServices. “We are really excited about having with the amount of potential they offer asfarasgrowthandrevenue,”GPDAinterimdirectorAnnCharlessaid. “Thishasbeenareallychallengingne-

gotiations process, but we always knew therailwascriticaltoourbeingableto succeedinthefuture. “That is one of the great things about havingaprivate,diversifiedboardofpeoplethathavetheirownlevelsofexpertise theycontribute,liketoinsuranceandenvironmental,becausethiswasalargecontracttoworkthrough,”shesaid. Progress Rail Services will operate firstoutofanofficeintherailyard. “TheyplanonbeinginthefirstofJan-

uary,”Charlessaid.“Theywillstartout with railcar storage and mobile railcar repair as initial operations and go from thereaftertheygetontheirfeet.” AsapartofthecontractwithProgress Rail,thecompanyisresponsibleformakinganydesignatedrailimprovementsand isresponsibleforallrailmaintenance. Aswell,theGPDAsignedajointlease agreementwithUnionPacificRailroad. The GPDA already had a use agreement with UP to enable the railroad to

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Baton in hand, Luke Gilmore stood before the small group of musicians and vocalists, conducting them in a performanceofspecialholidaymusicbeforethe small group of residents and visitors at WoodridgeEstatesFriday. Whatmadethetwomusicalselections special,istheywerearrangedby13-yearoldGilmore. “Pacem Noel” featured flute, violin, piano and voice. “Holiday Medley” was accompanied by piano and the vocal accompanimentof10localmusicians. Gilmore’s violin and piano teacher, DanaSaliba,saidsheknewfromthestart ofinstructinghimthatGilmorepossessed greattalent. “But never dreamed he could arrangemusic.Hestartedbythinkingitall through, then he did it on the computer, buttheworkwasallhis,”Salibasaid. “Itwillbemy10thyearinMarchsinceI startedplaying,”Gilmoresaid.“Iplayviolin,piano,organ,andIplayinthebandat school—trumpetandbells.Ialsosing. “Ialwayshadwantedtodosomething forthesekindsofprograms,tobringsomething to older people like this,” he said. “I wanted to experiment with arranging music. I wanted to order some software. Ifoundaprogramfreeonline,andIfigured...Ishouldtryitout.There’snothing wrongwithtryingsomethingout. “Ihadtheideasinmyhead,soIexperimentedandworkedwithallthedifferent partsuntilIhadwhatIwanted,”Gilmore said. Oneofthepiecesonlytookhimaweekendtoarrangeonthecomputer.Thesecondtookaweekormore. Gilmoresaidhewasveryexcitedtoget Colleen Surridge/Sun photo the opportunity to perform his arrangements for the first time before an audiLuke Gilmore, accompanied by music and violin teacher Dana Saliba on piano, plays “O’ ence. “We practiced the last two months at Holy Night” on the violin during a holiday music recital Friday at Woodridge Estates. Gilmore also conducted other students of Saliba and accompanying musicians in performing See GILMORE, Page 12. for the first time his musical arrangements, “Pacem Noel” and “Holiday Medley.”

TOPEKA (AP) — The influentialKansasChamberofCommerce plans to push legislators next year to reopen a debate overpublicpensionsandstarta 401(k)-styleplanfornewteachersandgovernmentworkers. TwochamberofficialstoldThe Associated Press on Friday that afurtheroverhauloftheKansas Public Employees Retirement Systemisonthegroup’slegislativeagendabecausetheybelieve the current system is going to become increasingly expensive for the state to maintain. The chamber’sgoalistocontrolstate spendingsoKansascaneventuallyeliminateitsindividualand corporateincometaxes. Thechamberplanstoformallyreleaseitsagendanextmonth, but Kent Eckles, its vice president of governmental affairs, andEricStafford,itsseniorlegislativeaffairsdirector,provided details in a joint interview. The Legislature convenes its 2013 sessionJan.14,andconservative Republicanswillhavemajorities in both chambers, in large part becauseofeffortsbytheChamber of Commerce’s political action committee to elect conservatives. Legislators approved measures earlier this year and last year to deal with the pension system’slong-termfundinggap, See PENSION, Page 12.

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dropoffcarstoindustriesintheindustrialpark,butthejointagreementwillallow forUnionPacifictoworkforProgress. TheleasesignedwithProgressRailis for10years. “Partofthedifficultywehadincoming toanagreementisthecontracthadtobe longenoughtermforProgressRailtojustifyitsinvestmentintherailandgettheir investmentback,butalsoithadtobeshort

WASHINGTON(AP)—With Congressingridlockandstocks taking a fall, President Barack Obamaissuedasternsummons to lawmakers Friday to pass legislation to prevent year-end fiscalclifftaxincreasesonmillionsandavoidanimminentexpirationofbenefitsforthelongtermunemployed. Republican House Speaker JohnBoehnersaidObamahimself must give more ground to reach an agreement. He added, “How we get there, God only knows.” Congresswasshuttingdown, and Obama was headed to Hawaii to join his family for the holidays. But both men indicatedthey’dbebackworkingto beat the fast-approaching Jan. 1 deadline with an agreement between Christmas and New Year’s. One day after House antitax rebels torpedoed Boehner’s ‘Plan B’ legislation because it would raise rates on milliondollar-earners, Obama said he still wants a bill that requires the well-to-do to pay more.

“Everybody’sgottogivealittle bit in a sensible way” to prevent the economy from pitchingoverarecession-threatening fiscalcliff,hesaid. He spoke after talking by phonewithBoehner—architect of the failed House bill — and meeting with Senate Majority LeaderHarryReid. Boehner’s office quickly issuedastatementsayingtheOhio Republican intends to return to the Capitol after Christmas “readytofindasolutionthatcan pass both houses of Congress.” At the same time, spokesman BrendanBucksaid,“weremain hopeful he (Obama) is finally readytogetseriousaboutavertingthefiscalcliff.” At the White House, Obama projectedoptimismashestruggled to deal with the wreckage of weeks of failed negotiations and political maneuvering. “So callmeahopelessoptimist,but Iactuallystillthinkwecanget it done,” he said of an elusive deal. The president spoke at the end of a day in which stocks

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tumbledandcongressionalleaders squabbled as the fiscalcliff drewimplacablycloser. Boehner spoke in the morning,describingtheincreasingly tangledattemptstobeattheJan. 1deadlineandheadofftheperilouscombinationofacross-theboardtaxhikesanddeepspendingcuts. Obama spoke shortly before a scheduled departure to join hisfamilyinHawaiiforChristmas,butinanindicationofthe importanceoftheissue,hetold reportershewouldbereturning totheWhiteHousenextweek. Hesaidthatinhisnegotiations withBoehner,hehadofferedto meetRepublicanshalfwaywhen itcametotaxes,and“morethan halfway”towardtheirtargetfor spendingcuts. Hesaidheremainscommitted toworkingtowardagoaloflonColleen Surridge/Sun photo ger-term deficit reduction, but in the meantime he said quick action is needed to keep taxes Passing time while waiting on an older sibling to get out of class, Abfromrisingfortensofmillions. bigayle Butler, 1, looks through a picture book she found in a rack in “Averting this middle class the foyer at Lincoln School. See CLIFF, Page 14.

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