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With nearly a two-to-one vote in his favor, Tom Williams put a final punctuation on a race that was Byan BOB JOHNSON defined by ambulance services issue that came back to haunt inCalls to theFrancis. 911 dispatch center cumbent Rob average one almost every minElected four years ago10on a utes. platform of ambulance consoliAnd while that may a litdation, Francis was sound adamant tle slow, played out over 24 hours throughout the campaign that a day and every day of the year, the total comes to 55,000. “That’s what we received last year,” Angie Murphy, dispatch center director, told Allen County commissioners Tuesday morning. BURKETT The By callROB total — she figures half or more are for true emerIn elections, 84 votes is usually gencies — wasn’t the point of her considered differappearance, abutrazor-thin the magnitude of ence. With a final total of commis508-424, the number captivated Jim Talkington’s win over Don sioners. Bauer couldn’t anything else Murphy was bebefore commisbut a close call. sioners to request a 20 percent Last night’s a race between increase in thewas department’s budtwo candidates who wereover of simiget for 2012, up $126,000 this lar mind. Both candidates struck year’s $490,000. conciliatory tones in terms of the The increase seemed pretty relationship between county and hefty. Murphy reasoned health city government. insurance will cost an additional Despite $50,000 andlosing, anotherBauer $6,000 was was heartened by a responsive expected for Kansas PubliccomEmmunity that out |inPage bigger Seeturned COUNTY A5 numbers than he usually sees for

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the issue was a complicated one. Williams doesn’t disagree that the issue has its challenges but is confident he, along with other elected officials, will be able to get it resolved. “I know we can get something done on the ambulance issue,” Williams said. “I’m looking forward to working on it to get things

Cheating scandal detailed

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall knew about cheating allegations on standardized tests but either ignored them or tried to hide them, according to a state investigation. An 800-page report released See WILLIAMS | Page A6 Tuesday to The Associated Press Register/Richard Luken by Gov. Nathan Deal’s office Mules Pat and Pete pull an antique sickle bar mower piloted by Ray Whiteley of Le Roy. Whiteley was through an open records request joined by Greg Gleue in cutting an 18-acre prairie hay field Tuesday. shows several educators reported cheating in their schools. But the report says Hall, who won the national Superintendent of the Year award in 2009, and other a primary election. administrators ignored those reRegister/Rob Burkett By RICHARD LUKEN attached. The bar was triggered “We had a good race,” Bauer ports and sometimes retaliated through a gear box engaged as its said. “Most years we get maybe against the whistleblowers. LE ROY — Unlike the mecha- wheels roll. half the amount of people who The yearlong investigation Candidates and voters alike sit in the waiting area of the Allen County Clerk’s office Tuesday night. nized behemoths of today, Ray With no mechanical engine to voted tonight. I’m proud of the shows educators at nearly four The of, staff worked throughout the evening to put together results as they became available. The Whiteley’s mowing outfit was speak the only noise emanatcommunity for getting involved dozen Atlanta elementary and considerably quieter. polls closed at 7 p.m. and final results were available for those who wanted them at just after 10 ing from his unit was from the even though it didn’t go my way. middle schools cheated on stanHis “engine” — a pair of teeth p.m. of the seven-foot cutting bar It shows people care about what is dardized tests by helping stu1,200-pound mules — needed only rotating back and forth. going on in our town.” dents or changing the answers an occasional break from the stiJoining Whiteley was neighbor Looking forward, Talkington once exams were handed in. fling summer heat as Whiteley and friend Greg Gleue, with his knows that the result was anyThe investigators also found a traversed his way around an 18- own mowing outfit, another sickthing but a mandate. While thank“culture of fear, intimidation and acre prairie hay meadow. le bar mower pulled by a pair of ful the election results turned in retaliation” in the school district “It’s a little warm, so we’ve Percheron draft horses. his favor, Talkington is looking over the cheating allegations, been taking it easy,” Whiteley “We’re some fun with Byhaving BOB JOHNSON to get to work and prove to voters While Bideau, a more modwhich led to educators lying said. “It’s our little hobby.” it,” Whiteley joked. “Greg’s kind erate candidate, won in Althat they made the right decision. about the cheating or destroying The mules were pulling White- of aThe wimp about it. He needs a campaign juggernaut len and Neosho counties, Ray Whiteley ley’sSee antique sickle bar mower, TALKINGTON | Page A6 See CHEATING | Page A5 Seeattorney MOWING Page A5 Caryn Tyson, a conservative, Chanute Ed| Bideau a small wagon with cutting bar unleashed paid dividends whipped John Coen, Ottawa By RICHARD LUKEN Tuesday when he outdis- banker who is considered tanced two Iola rivals en route moderate, by 1,222 votes, 5,855Iola City Council members to the Republican nomination 4,633, for the District 12 Senate Kendall Callahan and Ken Rowe for the District 9 Kansas seat. were voted out of office Tuesday, GOP nomination. His primary election victhe result of a successful recall Tyson will face Denise Castory virtually ensured Bideau sells of Mound City, a former drive. the seat; no Democrat or in- Republican who registered The recall was included in dependent party candidates Tuesday’s primary election. as a Democrat in 2004. The By ALLISON TINN Froggatte’s 860. filed. According to unofficial results Tyson-Cassells race will be deBy BOB JOHNSON Though Murphy gained a vicBideau won Allen County cided from the Allen County clerk’s ofNovember. With Bryan Murphy winning tory he knows he needs to stay by eight votes over Iola oilfice, 57 percent of the 253 voters An anticipated field of a thouTuesday’s primary election, citi- focused until November when he man Bud Sifers, 736-728. Judy WITH TIME on his hands from District 1 favored Callahan’s sand runners and walkers, who zens of Allen County are one step goes up against Skyler Clark — Brigham, former Iola adminfrom not having to campaign recall. Meanwhile, 66 percent of will flee Iola’s downtown busicloser to having a new sheriff. who has filed as an independent istrator, had 585 votes. Bideau rigorously for early the Saturday general as the 228 Fourth Ward voters supness district Murphy defeated Jared Frog- — in the general election. won Neosho County in land- election, Bideau did intends to can ported Rowe’s ouster,. Charley Melvin in 1905, gatte a farmer with a background “I am still going to be going out slide proportions. There he “become better acquainted The recall drive for both was be thankful that Melvin chose to in law enforcement, in the Repub- and campaigning,” Murphy said. had 1,266 votes, to 196 for Siwith people in Humboldt and spearheaded by Iolans For Good do his dastardly deed in the midlican primary. See MURPHY | Page A6 fers and 78 for Brigham. dle of the night. Murphy collected 1,420 votes to See BIDEAU | Page A6 See RECALL | Page A5 Had the event being commemorated occurred in mid-day, participants would battle oppressive heat and humidity, with both picked up,” Weiner said Tuesday forecast at the upper end of the afternoon. As in the past, “we exdiscomfort scale during daytime pect a lot of people to sign up FriFriday and Saturday. As is, they day night.” Cost is $12 for the walk. Runwill run and walk in somewhat ners’ fees are $14 for youth to age more inviting temperatures preRegister/Susan Lynn By BOB JOHNSON that he asked the county to help tion of 20 to 25 blocks annually. dicted for the low 70s by 12:26 a.m. 17, $20 for adults and $17 each for These men are ready to leave theirbyinhibitions at home assurfaces they participate Friday night’s to favorite grinding away street Ballotsinwill be mailed Hummembers of teams. Saturday. race, the drag race. left to Skahan, Brian Wolfe, Lohman, David and If Humboldt votersFrom approve a right withare its Matt reclaimer, a machine de- Nic boldt voters on Aug. Toland 21 and must Runners in the third annual The race — many walkers will Fred Heismeyer. race begins 10:30top.m. courthouse half-cent sales taxThe to fund a 10- at signed gnawon upthe asphalt. Coun- square. be returned to the Allen County event will aim for best times of be out for a stroll — will cap activyear street improvement project, ty crews then would shape the clerk’s office by Sept. 11. 15.40.06 for males and 20.44.78 for ities that start late Friday afterAllen County will help with re- streets and provide some base Davis came to commissioners, females, set last year. noon and will go on throughout construction. rock. he said, to lay ground work for Sticks of “Melvin Dy-No-Mite” the evening. Included will be the Mayor Nobby Davis told com“We felt we needed to do some- street improvements. will be awarded the first three much-awaited “drag race,” feamissioners Tuesday the consen- thing,” Davis said. “Our streets “We’ll schedule work a year in places for males and females in turing some of the area’s finest By SUSAN LYNN as- are year a woman’s garter was trans- advance The Shirt Shop, 20director W. Jackson, sus was that hard-surfaced, under the weather.” so Bill (King, of each of five ages groups, 15 and men and women dressed in drag. ferred from one participant’s where participants will have phalt streets would be a better The proposed sales tax was ex-leg Public Works for the county) can a under, 16-30, 31-45, 46-60 and 61 Chris Weiner at Thrive Allen If you’ve got enough of it, Frito another. wide selection from which to approach to improvement than pected to generate about $90,000 See COUNTY | Page A5 and over. County, co-sponsor with Allen day night is the night to let your “It’s and better than areconstrucbaton,” said choose. Doors open at 10 p.m. chip-and-seal. To accomplish a year permit All participants will break hair down. David Toland, executive director Registration to participate County Crimestoppers for “The One sure test is to participate of Thrive Allen County and one in the drag race is $5. That also Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run from in front of the post office. in the “Drag Race” as a runup to of the organizers for Friday’s gains participants entrance to a for your Life,” said total of partic- Runners will follow a course that the Charlie Melvin Mad Bomber events. 9:30 p.m. pre-party at the Thrive ipants was approaching 450, with will take them on West to WashRun For Your Life race. If you don’t have a thing to office, 12 W. Jackson. Tickets can about 200 signed on for the 5-kilo- ington, then Jackson, Jefferson They Register/Richard Luken Men and women alike are en- wear — no worries. be purchased in advance at the meter run. The walk will follow a and East to Cottonwood. Fire crews battle a cornfield fire near Humboldt Tuesday afternoon. See TEMPS | B6 3-kilometer course. couraged to dress in a cross-genDresses, hats, purses, jewelry Thrive office or Friday night on The fire promptedincluding officials to limit traffic briefly along U.S. 169. “Registration, probder manner and then “compete” and other accoutrements will be See EGO | Page B6 ably a fifth online, has really in teams of four in a relay. Last available at Elizabeth Donnelly’s

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Couple celebrates 75th anniversary By ALLISON TINN

In a society where the media publicize marriages that last only for a few years, a few months — even a few hours — it is— refreshSince 1871 — ingAt tothe hear there are still some bandstand Jim Garner, director couples that July can make Thursday, 7, 2011it to 75 8 p.m. PROGRAM years of marriage. Star Spangled Banner ..................................................arr. J.P. Sousa Merrill and Mae Truster celAmericans We —wedding march .......................................... Henry Fillmore ebrated their 75th anniRock,Tuesday Rhythm. and Blues — medley ...................... arr. Jack Bullock versary Army of thefriends Nile —gathered march...................................Kenneth J. Alford Family and at Begin Place, of the Beguine ...................................................... Cole Porter Windsor where Merrill reInvercargill — march ................................................... Alex Lithgow sides. Hymn to the Fallen.................................... John Williams/Sweeney They met 78 years ago in Kress Men of Ohio —dated marchfor ............................................. Henry Fillmore dime store. They three A Sixties Capsule — medley .............................. arr. Jennings years before Time getting married. The Washington Post — march ...................................John P. Sousa See ANNIVERSARY | Page A5 Rained out concerts will be rescheduled for Friday evening.

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When Brian Pekarek was hired as superintendent of the Iola school district in February, he saw an opportunity to “reinvigorate” USD 257. With a focus on academic achievement and public transparency, Pekarek hopes he can further success for the district and the more than 1,300 students relying on it. Pekarek walks his talk. A naRegister/Allison TinnA5 See PEKAREK | Page

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HUMBOLDT — Hot, dry weather continues to keep area firefighters in action. One day after a large grass and cornfield fire burned off hundreds of acres near Savonburg, a fire southeast of Humboldt forced officers to close the northbound lane of U.S. 169 for a spell. “We had a lot of trucks coming into and out of the field, and we didn’t want to make it any more Brian Pekarek, center,than visits hazardous for them it with althe USD 257 board office. ready was,” Undersheriff Bryan Murphy said. The fire burned between the

highway and California Road. The flames reached as close as the shoulder of 169, but were quickly doused to prevent them from spreading. There were no injuries, but the Elsmore-Savonburg Volunteer Fire Department lost a truck in the process. Murphy said the truck apparently blew its engine while firefighters battled the blaze. “They were spraying water on it because it got so hot and there Barb Boring at was aGeffert lot of and cornMarcy stubble,” Murphy said. The fire was the second of the See FIRE |Iola, PageKS A5

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Police arrest girlfriend of temple shooter By KIM MURPHY and MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE Los Angeles Times

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wis. (MCT) — Police arrested a former girlfriend of the gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple, saying an unauthorized gun was found in the home they once shared. Misty Cook, a 31-year-old waitress and nursing student with reported ties to white supremacist organizations, was arrested Tuesday in a joint investigation with the FBI on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Wade Michael Page, the gunman shot dead by police at the temple Sunday, had lived with her until moving to a separate residence a few weeks ago. Police said criminal charges against Cook would be sought through the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office. The arrest did not appear to be directly related to the attack at the temple in nearby Oak Creek, and police continued to say they believe Page acted alone. Page, 40, killed six worshippers at the temple, known as a gurdwara, and critically wounded three other people, including a police officer shot nine times while trying to tend to one of the other victims. Although Page has been identified as having deep ties in the white supremacist movement, authorities continued to insist that they were making no assumptions about his motive in attacking Sikh immigrants, who in the past have been mistakenly targeted as Muslims. “We’re looking at all the obvious indicators — things that would happen in somebody’s life that would cause them to snap,� Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards told CNN. “We’re not finding anything like that....We may never know the motive, because he died, and that motive died with him.� Asked whether Page had left any writings on a computer or elsewhere, Edwards said an FBI evidence team “has recovered some items, and they are going through all of that.� But so

Cook sent a statement to the Journal Sentinel Tuesday, saying she could not comment and asking for privacy. “If I could say something to ease the pain of the victims and their families, I would gladly do so,� she wrote. “Unfortunately, words do not begin to heal the pain they are going through.� Terry Page, who lives downstairs from Cook, said that he didn’t know the couple well, but that Wade Page had lived with Cook and her 5-year-old autistic son in the upstairs apartment since March 1. In the middle of June, he said, Wade Page hauled out his things in a few garbage bags and Cook signaled that the couple had broken up. Terry Page identified Cook in a photo provided by the ADL, which said she had been an active member of the white-power group Volksfront during 2007 and 2008. Cook is wearing a Volksfront T-Shirt in the photo. Jenna Benn, assistant director of the ADL in Chicago, said Cook also was active in Crew 38, the women’s arm of another neo-Nazi group with which Wade Page had been involved, Hammerskin Nation, and wrote postings for the Hammerskins’ website.

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A child holds a candle high as several thousand people, including members of the Sikh community, attend a candlelight service on Tuesday at Miller Park in Oak Creek, Wisc., for the six members of the Sikh temple in Oak Creek who were killed in a shooting rampage Sunday. far, he said, they have found nothing that sheds light on the crime. It was apparently during a search for Page’s belongings that authorities found the gun at the home he had shared with Cook. “They found a gun when they searched the house, that’s all I know,� said neighbor Terry Page, who is not related to the shooter. Citing the FBI’s ongo-

ing investigation, police said they would not release further details about the weapon. Police also refused to discuss Cook’s criminal record. According to court records, Brenda Misty Cook was convicted in 2005 of fleeing a traffic officer in Milwaukee County. She was sentenced to 18 months’ probation and served 97 days in jail.

Cook shared Page’s interest in the white power movement and was active in at least two neo-Nazi organizations, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which monitors hate groups. The ADL had information on Page and Cook going back several years, and ADL researchers said Page appeared to have moved to Wisconsin to be with her.

the aggravated attempted murder charge. No plea was entered. He must return to court Aug. 22. Wise, who lived with his wife in Massillon, is accused of shooting her at her bedside in the ICU unit of Akron General Medical Center Saturday. She died the next morning. His attorney, Paul Adamson, said after the brief court session that the un-

folding case would show Wise acted out of love. “I’m thoroughly convinced he’s a good man. I think his past history bears that out,� Adamson said. “Forty-five years of marriage, blessed to be deeply in love with his wife throughout those 45 years, and I am absolutely confident that everything that he’s ever done for his wife has been done out of deep

love, including the events that just recently transpired.� Wise appeared in court Tuesday and was apparently confused about initially being charged only with attempted murder, asking “Is she not dead?� Visiting Judge Marvin Shapiro told Wise that he would soon have an attorney who could answer his questions.

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Visitors during the week were Lori, Thelma and Tabi and Virginia Peters to visit Mae Morris. Visiting Joan Creason was Vinnie Wille. Maryann, DFon and Austin Rehmert visited Catherine Yocham. Frances and George Poffenbarger and Glenda Creason visited Lois Heinrich. Mark Westgate and family visited Helen Wells. Johanna Northcutt and Twyla Norman visited Arlene Flynn.

June O’Dell and Joyce Sneed, both of Iola, visited Evelyn Calhoun. O’Dell, Cecil and Dorothy Smoot, Phoenix, Ariz., and Crysta and Glenn Harington, Linwood, visited Fayette Walters. Janice, Jeremie, Jack and Jommel Wing, St. Joseph, Mo., visited Russell Zornes. Jo Ball celebrated her birthday Aug. 1. Terry Stranghoner celebrated his birthday Tuesday.

Residents helped set up decorations July 30 for Windsor Place’s 12th anniversary party. On Aug. 1 was the facility’s first happy hour, with lemonade, orange juice, iced tea and soda. The 12th anniversary party was Thursday. Staff served jambalaya and garlic bread. A caricature artist drew feathers and Glen Driskil performed on the saxophone. Several residents dressed in Mardi Gras style with feathered boas, hats, masks and beads. Cliff Sexton, cowboy poet, visited Friday. Thelma Manbeck was visited by Ruth Caudwell, Jeff S., Teresa Ballard, Mary Clay, Phil and Ida Andrews, Richard and Sherry Manbeck and Hunter Morrison. Ruth

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Wade Page’s stepmother said she was struggling to comprehend what he did, although she conceded that it had been 13 years since she had been in touch with the man she called her son. “We’re all devastated,� Laurie Page said in a telephone interview from Denver, where she lives. She was including her exhusband, Page’s father, with whom she has been in touch since the shooting. “We’ve lost our son and those poor people who lost their lives, their families — our hearts go out to them,� she said. “I don’t know what happened. We’re just trying to understand the questions: Why and how did this happen? And we’re never going to have an answer.� Sobbing at times, Laurie Page, 67, said the family has trouble understanding how the young man they knew became the Wade Page described in recent media accounts. “We had no idea what was going on in his life,� she said. “Up until him going into the service, I just know him as that kind, gentle boy. That’s how I have to remember him — not what he became, but who he was.�

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Helen Dorsey, Oklahoma, visited James Dorsey. Barbara Stewart and Ashton and Kirsten Church, Xenia, visited Lili Church. The Rev. Paul Miller of First Assembly of God Church led Thursday’s service. Rhianna, Sherry, Reba and Brian Bovoricka, Republic, Mo., visited Margaret Bryson. Mike and Michelle Meadors, Chanute, entertained residents.

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Giffords shooter pleads guilty Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT)

TUCSON, Ariz. _ Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing six people and injuring 13, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, after a mental health official and a federal judge concluded that — because he’s been taking his medications — he understands he is personally responsible for opening fire during a congressional constituent meeting here last year. The plea arrangement, struck between federal prosecutors and defense attorneys after months of legal debate over Loughner’s mental capacity, sets the stage for a likely sentence of life in prison with no parole. Loughner pleaded guilty to 19 of the 49 grand jury indictment counts against him — the murders of six people, and the attempted murders of 13, including Giffords, a Tucson Democrat. Among those killed were U.S. District Judge John M. Roll, Giffords aide Gabe Zimmerman and 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green. In tan khakis and blue tennis shoes, his hair shaven tight, his eyes intent and rarely blinking, the 23-yearold Loughner leaned into the microphone at the defense table and in a nasal

monotone repeatedly told the packed courtroom: “I plead guilty.” “You agree you went to the congressional event armed with a Glock 9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol loaded with 33 rounds of ammunition planning to kill Giffords and the others?” asked U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns. “Is that correct?” “Yes, it is,” Loughner said. “You walked up to Giffords and drew the pistol and shot her in the head at close range, intending to kill her, and then fired at the others, intending to kill them as well? Do you agree?” “Yes, I do,” Loughner said. Asked if he had signed the plea agreement, Loughner said: “I did put my initials there. I do have a good understanding.” Burns noted that Loughner’s reserved courtroom demeanor Tuesday was far different from that of a year ago when he screamed in court and marshals had to remove him. “He’s tracking today,” the judge said. “He appears to be able to assist his lawyers. There leaves no question in my mind he understands what’s going on today. “The defendant is presently competent,” the judge ruled. “He does have a ra-

“ I did put my initials there. I do have a good — Jared Lee Loughner referring to signing the plea agreement that will likely put him in federal prison for life without parole

tional understanding and a factual understanding of the court proceedings. Accordingly, the court deems him competent as of today. But, he warned Loughner, while the government is not seeking his execution, “you face a penalty of up to life in prison. And there is no parole in the federal system.” Victims of the Jan. 8, 2011, attack outside a local Safeway grocery store generally accepted the plea, with many expressing little desire to sit through a lengthy trial that could have ended in a ruling of insanity. Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, said they were “satisfied” with Tuesday’s outcome. “The pain and loss caused by the events of January 8, 2011, are incalculable,” they said in a public statement. “Avoiding a trial will allow us — and we hope the whole Southern Arizona community — to continue with our

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recovery and move forward with our lives.” Susan Hileman, who brought the 9-year-old girl to the constituents meeting, accepted the plea agreement for what it was. “This is the system doing its best,” she said. “It’s not a perfect solution.” Prosecutors had initially considered the death penalty for Loughner, while defense lawyers had sought to prove him mentally unstable to stand trial. The wrangling put his case on hold for months, with mental health experts evaluating him at a federal prison hospital in Springfield, Mo. Christina Pietz, a forensic psychologist for the Bureau of Prisons, concluded that Loughner has a severe mental illness — “he is one of the worst” — but is nonetheless competent. As long as he continues to take his medications, she said, “he will be able to process what is going on.”


LOS ANGELES _ With the Olympics winding down and a swing-state bus tour planned for the weekend, the attention of the political world is intensely focused on Mitt Romney’s vice presidential choice. But the candidate made it more clear than ever Tuesday that he’s not planning to drop any hints. Asked whether he’s any closer to a decision on a running mate, Romney briskly told Fox News’ Carl Cameron: “I am not going to give you anything, no clue. All I can tell you is that by the third night of the Republican Convention I will have made a decision and be ready to communicate it.” For the Romney campaign there is very little downside to building suspense over the coming days. Many of the top potential candidates _ former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — are already out fundraising for the Romney campaign and help-

ing spread the candidate’s message as surrogates. And many American families are still on vacation, spending their free time at the beach and watching the Olympic Games. If Romney were to announce too early, his campaign could lose some of its momentum heading into the Republican National Convention, which begins Aug. 27. In a tease this week, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced some of the convention headliners, including South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. That set off speculation that Martinez and Haley were out of the running for vice president. But Romney brushed off that suggestion in his interview with Fox: “You don’t think that we would be so silly as to not provide, from time to time, the capacity to throw people off, do you?” he said. “The fact that someone is speaking at the convention doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t necessarily find their speaking slot changed from one time to another.”

Romney, Obama battle over women and working-class hearts and minds DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are making the hard sell to workingclass and women voters while raising the volume of their criticism to cast the other guy as an extremist. Romney’s team thrust welfare into the campaign with an ad claiming that Obama planned to dole out taxpayer dollars to anyone, even those not trying to find work. For his part, Obama was to appear Wednesday with Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University student who became a flashpoint for women’s health and, by proxy, abortion rights. Obama’s message: Romney would take away women’s health insurance benefits won by Democrats. Romney is set for a Wednesday morning rally in Des Moines before flying back to New Jersey to raise more money for his already sizable campaign accounts. Obama is heading westward to Colorado to make the case to voters, especially women, that he should be re-elected in November. Romney charged that Obama was undoing welfare reforms President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1996 by offering waivers to states. His campaign sees Obama’s decision as an opportunity to argue that the president is a liberal who wants to give the poor a free pass at the expense of the middle class.

White House spokesman Jay Carney blasted Romney’s assertions as “categorically false and blatantly dishonest.” The White House said Obama wanted to give states the flexibility they had been seeking to tailor the program to their needs. Some conservatives fear the increased latitude could allow states to get around the work requirements, which were a key element of the welfare overhaul under Clinton. But the former president himself weighed in, saying in a statement that the assertion in Romney’s ad was “not true” and the ad misleading. The welfare issue as pushed by the Romney campaign appeared to be aimed at blue-collar whites in a weak economy and suggested that Obama might be gaining ground politically with his position on taxes. The setting for the comments mattered, too. Romney was campaigning in Iowa, where six electoral votes are up for grabs. Strategists from both parties envision a close election in the state that, in some ways, launched both Romney and Obama. Four years ago, Obama won Iowa’s leadoff Democratic caucuses en route to his party’s presidential nomination. He went on to carry Iowa in the general election against Republi-

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can Sen. John McCain. Yet when Obama won the state four years ago, Democrats had a 105,000-voter registration advantage. Republicans now hold a 21,589 voter advantage and are more bullish about their chances. Romney, too, won his party’s Iowa caucuses — at least for a while. Election officials later reversed the call and gave Sen. Rick Santorum the upset. By then, Romney had momentum after another strong showing in New Hampshire. Obama plans to spend three days in Iowa next week, a signal that his advisers see the Midwestern state as fertile soil for his political message, especially his support for wind energy. Wind turbines dot the Iowa horizon and employ thousands of voters. Romney often mocks Obama’s support for so-called green energy projects, a position that puts him at odds with Republican leaders in the state. Obama is launching a two-day, four-city swing through Colorado on Wednesday. His events are expected to focus on the economy, including his call for Congress to extend tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year while letting the cuts for higher-income earners expire. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Obama

and Romney tied among voters in Colorado households earning between $30,000 and $50,000 per year — an important target. Obama leads among voters with lower incomes; Romney is favored by those making more. Obama planned to emphasize women’s health issues at his first event in Denver. The crowd at the Auraria Event Center was expected to be predominantly women. The president was to be introduced by Fluke, the Georgetown University student who gained notoriety after conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh called her a slut because she supports the Obama health care law’s requirement that insurance companies cover contraception. The president has been running television advertisements in Colorado highlighting his health care overhaul’s benefits for women and warning that those benefits could be taken away if Romney wins. On Wednesday the campaign released a video in which actress Elizabeth Banks describes her personal experience with Planned Parenthood and criticizes Romney for promising to eliminate its federal funding. Both Obama and Romney see women — particularly suburban women from their 30s to their 50s — as

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Recall gives city an opportunity for a new look The precedent-setting recall of Iola councilmen Ken Rowe and Kendall Callahan was not connected to the strong conservative vote that toppled more moderate Republicans across the state. In my opinion, they reflected a rejection of the manner in which city administrator Judy Brigham was dismissed within days of her retirement after long years of service to the city, coupled with what appeared to be an effort to do city business outside called meetings of the council. And because the recalls were purely local in nature and not partisan they give the council an opportunity to shrink itself to five. The past few months show that too many cooks do, indeed, spoil the broth. Iola’s council meetings have been more contentious and less productive than were the commission meetings of the past, when decisions were made by the two commissioners and the mayor and moved the city quietly forward. That decades-old pattern was abandoned in favor of an

eight-person council and a mayor with the goal of broadening the representation on the governing body. While that objective may have been achieved, it was at the expense of increasing the opportunity for disagreements to surface and create barriers to action. Iola was wise to see that a three-person commission had flaws: a strong commissioner could dominate the other two; an absence of one because of business or illness turned the city over to the other two and action was stymied if they disagreed. Three was not enough; eight, we now can see, is too many. So let’s try five. Five councilmen, all elected at large so that every voter had a voice in picking every member of the governing body, would be enough so that the absence of one at a meeting wouldn’t be critical and would also make it far less likely that any one member would dominate. Iola may never have a better opportunity to tailor its city government to a better fit. — Emerson Lynn, jr.

The best living is a tad risky There’s no way to save football, declared columnist George Will on a television talk show the other day. Will was addressing the growing number of traumatic brain injuries suffered by football players — from high school age through the professional ranks. Will points out that in 1980 there were only three NFL players who weighed over 300 pounds. Today there are three over 350 pounds and 352 who weigh 300 or more. “Over 20 yards, which is where a lot of football is played, these guys are as fast as cats, fast as running backs, and the kinetic energy is producing what is called chronic traumatic encepthalopathy. The crucial word is chronic. Repeated, small but repeated blows to the head, the brain floating in the pan in the skull, now we know causes early dementia and other problems.” Will went on to say he expects parents to begin pulling their sons off football squads as knowl-

edge about the dangers of the sport spreads. Another solution would be to disqualify players who weighed more than 165 pounds. Seems logical to me: I never weighed any more than that. But knowing that civil rights groups would never allow this kind of prejudice to rule on free American playing fields, I withdraw the motion. Football probably can’t be fixed. And as players get bigger, faster and meaner, the number of chronic brain injuries will multiply. We may as well get used to it. So add football to the list of sometimes-fatal sports: rock climbing, car racing, skiing, scuba diving, water skiing and soccer (they hit that hard ball with their heads, time after time) — just to name those which pop to mind. And the moral is: make sport as safe as it can be made and still be sport — and recognize that living is risky, which is part of the reason that it’s fun. — Emerson Lynn, jr.

New school year offers changes Welcome back to the start of the new school year. As USD 257 superintendent of schools, I wanted to briefly address some of the exciting changes students and the community may need to be aware of before starting school this year.

Fingerprint scanners for meals: USD 257 is employing new

technology with our food service department that will allow us to monitor your child’s food service account from their fingerprint. It is our hope that this new technology will not only eliminate any human error with recording names of students, but the USD 257 staff can more easily move the students through the serving lines quickly and smoothly as well. Students can either get their fingerprint scanned during enrollment at Iola High School, or they can do this at their buildings leading up to the start of the school year Aug. 16.

More technology in the classrooms: USD 257 is continuing to

provide more technology in the classrooms for our students with the addition of more laptops for the high school students and more I-pads for our elementary school classrooms. As technology changes, and our students become more adept at the use of technology, we believe that it is imperative that we provide them the tools and skills needed so that they can use the technology to further their education and learning potential.

More fruits and vegetables in meals: Starting this year, school

districts in Kansas are required

Letter to the editor To the editor:

(Tuesday) I voted, as I have voted at every opportunity since I was 18 years old, and I am no kid. That’s a lot of votes. But (Tuesday) was the first time I left the polling place feeling anything but pride in my country, my state and myself. I left offended and appalled, not just because I had to show my I.D. to someone who has known me for 20 years, but I had to recite my name and address to that person. My driver’s license was scanned and verified in a database. At that point, I was nonplused. Is there now a test before we are allowed to vote? Apparently so, because

that was followed by an instruction to read an oath aloud to the poll worker and then sign it. At that point, I was hot; really hot. This felt like an exclusionary tactic. Voter turnout is already low and now we treat registered voters — citizens — like criminals. I don’t mind showing a picture I.D. I do it to cash a check. I could almost swallow the process, right to the point of reading an oath, at which point I felt violated. Voting is important, but if I am who I say I am and I prove it with I.D., if my word is good, why is an oath necessary? I cannot quite put my finger

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on it, but this doesn’t feel like America. Voter fraud in Kansas is not extreme. If it happens at all, it doesn’t affect the election outcomes. (Around here, even Democrats do not affect the outcome). I am certain this voter I.D. process did not originate from or with the involvement of the voting public. As a state, are we so afraid of the possibility of voter fraud that we will risk increasing voter apathy and decreasing voter participation? I would like to see this policy modified or terminated. Thank you, Kathy Monfort, Iola, Kan. P.S. I talked to my daughter in Manhattan who also voted. She was only required to show her I.D. Is the oath requirement something voters only have to do here?

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Brian Pekarek USD 257 Superintendent of Schools

to increase our portions of fresh fruits and vegetables in our meals. This is an attempt to not only make the meals healthier for the students and staff, but also to encourage the students to develop healthier habits of eating more fresh fruits and vegetables outside of school. Staff changes

USD 257 has a wonderful group of new staff members this year dedicated to helping students be successful, including: Iola High School: Principal Stacey Fager, Assistant Principal Joe Sample, counselor Melissa Stiffler, language arts teacher Jessica Dvorak, biology teacher Kim Roberton, physical educa-

tion teacher Doug Kerr, chemistry teacher Dana Daugharthy and math teacher Amanda Thompson. Iola Middle School: health teacher Scott Ellis and middle school/high school band instructor Matt Kleopfer. McKinley Elementary School:

second-grade teacher Kendra Britt and third-grade teacher Sherise Maness. Lincoln Elementary School:

music teacher Kristina Palmer, fourth-grade teacher Hannah Platt, fifth-grade teacher Lissa Mentzer and art teacher Danielle Schooler.

Jefferson Elementary School:

instructional coach (for all elementary schools) Brianna Curry. USD 257: Curriculum Director Angie Linn. The USD 257 faculty and staff are very much looking forward to working with the students and community during the 2012-2013 school year. As always, you are welcome to contact me anytime at the board office (620-365-4700) with questions or concerns either now or during the school year.

Views of another editor The Wichita Eagle

As the Brownback administration takes pride in fiscal-yearending reserves, another number looms large and shamefully — the more than 7,000 Kansans with physical or developmental disabilities who are awaiting homeand community-based services. With such services, individuals can live independently or in homelike residential settings. Without them, they may be forced to move into nursing homes — not only sacrificing quality of life but costing taxpayers far more. Neither Gov. Sam Brownback nor the Legislature has demonstrated much urgency to better fund disability services and whittle down these lists, although the budget surplus would have made that possible. The Brownback administration has argued that it inherited the waiting lists from former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, now U.S. secretary of health and human services, and “that merely increasing funding for such services will not solve the problem,” as Shawn Sullivan, secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, wrote in a May commentary. Officials also point to reforms coming with the reinvention of Medicaid as KanCare in January 2013, and with the addition to KanCare of the management of long-term care services for the developmentally disabled a year later. But state leaders soon may be unable to set their own timetable for addressing the lists. That’s because the U.S. Justice Department has been conducting an investigation into

whether the waiting list for individuals with physical disabilities violates the Americans With Disabilities Act and court decisions including the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1999 Olmstead case, which ruled that a disabled person has a right to live in the “least restrictive environment.” That investigation could lead to a lawsuit, and eventually a costly remedy being forced on Kansas. Georgia has had to spend $100 million on disability services since 2009 as part of a settlement agreement with the federal government. “Wisdom would tell you we should handle this waiting-list issue on our own terms, proactively,” Tim Wood, manager of the Topeka-based Disability Rights Center of Kansas’ “End the Wait” campaign, told The Eagle editorial board. Wood and other advocates plan to ramp up their campaign in time for the 2013 legislative session, looking to a long-neglected legislative blueprint for guidance on how to not only reduce waiting lists but expand and strengthen the home- and community-based services system. Another meeting is planned in Sedgwick County for Aug. 14 or 16 (for more information, call 785-273-9661). The campaign aims to reduce the waiting list for services for the developmentally disabled, which includes more than 3,200 people without services and another nearly 1,700 awaiting additional services. The wait averages 30 months but can stretch on for years. Looking the other way won’t make these lists disappear, nor do anything to help the people languishing on them.

The Iola Register

THE COUNTY has an ongoing burn ban, effective for more than a month now, because of the relentless heat and lack of rainfall. Pasture grass has grown

dormant, while cornfields remain dry as a bone. Soybeans also are showing signs of distress. Forecasts call for a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms today and tonight, with high temperatures near 90 expected through the weekend. Another slight chance of rain is forecast Sunday.

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Mae was 18 when they got married; Merrill was 24. Mae lived in Iola her whole life and Merrill was from Humboldt, Mae said. They were married at the courthouse, and settled in Iola for good. Merrill worked at a mill for a while and after it shut down got some cows and farmed, Mae said. The couple had four children who now live in parts of Kansas and Colorado. The secret to their long marriage is to move on and

forget about the little fights, “the things you think are worth fussing about when you are young are not worth it when you get older,” she said. Mae said they have had their challenges, like everyone else, but for the most part they “always got along pretty well,” she said. They have always been greatly involved in the church. “Merrill has always been a good husband, good father and good churchman,” Mae said.

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Government, a group of Iolans highly critical of the city council. Both Rowe and Callahan were accused — as were others — of violating Kansas Opens Meetings Act by gathering informally in small groups to discuss city business. Both Rowe and Callahan denied doing so, saying the meetings were allowed after the council formally disbanded council committees, which were subject to KOMA restrictions. Callahan and Rowe also were accused of requesting executive, or private, sessions for such things as non-elected personnel or attorney-client discussions without giving a justification statement — a relatively obscure state law that has apparently been violated dozens of times by current and past city governors and school board members. BOTH ROWE AND Callahan said the petition drive

was sparked by many who supported former City Administrator Judy Brigham. The council fired Brigham in August 2011, just days before she was set to retire. Brigham has since filed a wrongful termination suit against Callahan, Rowe and other council members Beverly Franklin, Jim Kilby, Scott Stewart and Steve French, as well as City Attorney Chuck Apt. Iolans For Good Government was formed shortly after Brigham’s firing. IGG members deny Brigham’s ouster was behind the recall. THE RECALL opens two seats on the council, although those seats won’t become official until the state ratifies the primary vote later this month. Mayor Bill Shirley said he would move quickly to appoint replacements for both. Both appointments must be approved by the remaining council members.

State board of education race goes Democrat’s way TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A member of a Salina-area school board is the Democratic nominee for the State Board of Education seat for northeast and northcentral Kansas on the State Board of Education, and a retired Wichita school administrator will represent another district. Carol Viar, of Salina, had 53 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary race in the 6th State Board District. She defeated Usha Reddi, a first-grade teacher from Manhattan. Viar, an accountant and a lay Presbyterian minister, serves on the Southeast of Saline school board. She will face former state Rep. Deena Horst, a Salina Republican, in November. The only other contested primary for a board seat was in the 8th District in Wichita. Challenger Kathy Busch, a retired Wichita school administrator and principal, received 61 percent of the vote against incumbent and fellow Republican Walt Chappell. There is no Democrat running. Five of the 10 board seats

will be on the ballot in the November election, with members serving four-year terms. The candidates in the contested primaries acknowledged that they faced questions about how public schools should teach evolution, but all four were comfortable with the state’s current, evolution-friendly science standards, adopted in 2007. The issue is shadowing races because educators expect the board members elected this year to update the standards early next year. Kansas had five sets of science standards from 1999 to 2007, as conservative Republicans skeptical of evolution gained and then lost board majorities. Each switch away from evolution-friendly standards brought Kansas international attention and, in some cases, ridicule. Viar and Horst are seeking to replace retiring board member Kathy Martin, a Clay Center Republican who has been among the conservative evolution skeptics.

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do it at his convenience,” Davis said. King said his only concern was that manholes be well identified so the reclaimer didn’t chew into one. “That could tear up the drum,” a large cylinder with hardened steel teeth, he said. “Replacing the drum would cost $40,000 to $50,000.” Once the streets’ surfaces are ground, the material could be recycled, but not for the streets themselves. “There are a lot of creative things we can do with the material,” such as improving alleys and other places where traffic isn’t heavy, King said. “You can put down a layer, pack it down and there won’t be any dust.”

County crews traditionally have helped with street improvements in smaller cities that otherwise would have difficulty finding funds to maintain streets. King said a project would start in LaHarpe “in a couple of weeks.” “It makes sense to help them out,” he said. Dick Works, commission chairman, said his concern was that “you get details worked out ahead of time,” which is what brought Davis to Tuesday’s meeting. As for the county, King said a rebuild of Texas Road, from 1400 Street (old U.S. 169) to Carlyle, would be completed soon. “We’re going to shoot oil on the road Thursday,” he said. COMMISSIONERS

agreed to spend up to $1,500 for Richard Hurst, Humboldt contractor, to explore what lies beneath a tin facade on the Humboldt Senior Center. The Humboldt Action Team, a group working to revitalize downtown, wants to encourage building owners to remove modern coverings of downtown buildings, many a century old, and give them the look they had when new. DAT has asked commissioners to be a leader in the project with the senior center. They made no commitment other than for Hurst to learn how extensive restoration work would be, and what it would cost. He said replacing eight windows might cost as much as $1,000 each, and

other work might run as high as $12,000. But, he couldn’t give a good estimate until examining what lies beneath the tin, Hurst said. Commissioners hedged on any commitment. Larry Tucker, Humboldt administrator, asked about the county’s senior fund. “We also are looking at putting a new floor in the Iola center,” Commissioner Gary McIntosh said. And, Works observed, “if we have some money, we don’t have to spend it.” A PAYMENT of $941,501 to Murray Construction, prime contractor for the new Allen County Hospital, was approved, as was a $1,500 bill for planning retreat hospital trustees had.

Conservatives win big in Senate primaries By JOHN HANNA AP Political Writer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republicans who’ve been working to push GOP moderates out of state legislatures in a large section of the country have scored big victories in Kansas, where a state Senate that has been an obstacle to fiscal and social policy changes is likely to have a solid majority on the right next year. Unlike other states, where results for conservatives have been mixed, Tuesday’s primary in Kansas saw voters in GOP races oust seven incumbent moderate senators. An eighth, Senate President Steve Morris, a moderate Hugoton Republican, trailed his conservative opponent, likely marking the end of Morris’ 20-year career as a legislator. The targeted moderate incumbents outspent their conservative challengers, often by margins of 3-to-1 or more and received financial support from the state’s largest teachers’ union and labor groups normally aligned with Democrats. But conservatives had the backing of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the antitax, small-government group Americans for Prosperity, and the result was hundreds of thousands of dollars in spending by both candidates and political action committees. Some GOP voters transferred their ongoing frustration with Democratic President Barack Obama and the federal health care law he championed to moderate GOP state senators. Some wanted the Senate to be more conservative and more in line with Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback and the state House’s rightleaning majority. “I would like it as conservative as it can get,” said Alex Yoho, a 56-yearold optician from Topeka, who voted for a conservative challenger in his local state Senate race. “You can’t get too conservative for me.” Moderate GOP senators were targeted even before they joined Democrats in resisting Brownback’s successful push for income tax cuts. The state will decrease its individual income tax rates for 2013 and exempt the owners of 191,000 businesses from all income taxes in hopes of stimulating the economy, but critics believe the changes will favor the highest earners. Also, with legislative researchers projecting that budget shortfalls will emerge by mid-2014, critics fear that big cuts in education and social services funding will result. But the bipartisan coalition in the Senate also has prevented conservatives from going as far as they’d like toward lessening labor unions’ political influence, remaking the appellate courts and moving new public employees into a 401(k)-style pension plan. Some moderate Republicans saw the Kansas primary as a referendum on what they called a radical conservative agenda, and Kansas Democratic Party officials said hundreds of their party’s members were concerned enough to reregister temporarily as Republicans to help moderate incumbents. Semi-retired health care workers Richard and Joey Giblin are Democrats from

“The fact that Brownback administration is

trying to control all three branches of government was the factor in our switching parties. — Richard Giblin

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the Wichita-area town of Sedgwick who made such a switch. “The fact the Brownback administration is trying to control all three branches of government was the factor in our switching parties,” said 65-year-old Richard Giblin. While similar contentious primary races were seen in states including Missouri and Texas, the push was most intense in Kansas. Conservatives defeated Sens. Pete Brungardt of Salina, Bob Marshall of Fort Scott, Tim Owens of Overland Park, Roger Reitz of Manhattan, Jean Schodorf of Wichita, Ruth Teichman of Stafford and Dwayne Umbarger of Thayer. Results in Morris’ race showed him losing to state Rep. Larry Powell, a conservative Garden City Republican, who had about 52 percent of the vote. The only conservative senator to lose a primary was Dick Kelsey of Goddard, but his opponent, Rep. Dan Kerschen of Garden Plain, also is a conservative. If Republicans keep the seats they now have, conservatives would have 27 in the 40-member Senate. Elections in 2010 — which swept Brownback into the governor’s office — left the House with a conservative

GOP majority. “I want a conservative Legislature,” said Rich Walen, a 68-year-old consultant from Overland Park who voted against Owens. “We are getting so liberal that we are just handing everybody anything.” The federal health care law also appeared to be a factor. Conservative candidates, the Kansas Chamber and Americans for Prosperity mentioned it frequently in advertising. The state has enacted a largely symbolic law saying no resident can be required to buy health insurance, a protest against the federal law’s mandate that most Americans purchase it starting in 2014. A proposed health care “freedom” amendment to the state constitution failed to clear the Senate, though many moderates backed one version that was less aggressive than conservatives wanted. “I just want to make sure that the conservatives are there,” said Andrea McGee, a 61-year-old retired elementary school teacher from Topeka. “There are certain things you can compromise, but health care, abortion, prolife, things like that, I want to make sure that those things are covered.”

cused Jones of verbally assaulting and committing battery on former Plainville High School principal Troy Keiswetter during a confrontation at the high school. Recall organizers said such confrontations should not be allowed on school grounds. The Salina Journal reports Jones denied the claims. Keiswatter left Plainville to work at McClouth High School.

that a water watch means the city’s well fields have deteriorated and peak water consumption is abnormally high. The Hays Daily News reports a water watch is the first level of the city’s water operations plan. Some of the restrictions include no street sweeping or hydrant flushing, reduced watering of ball fields and no new permits for newly seeded or sodded lawns. City Manager Toby Dougherty says the voluntary restrictions are intended to stabilize well field levels and lower daily demand. If the water watch doesn’t reduce usage enough, a water warning will be issued, triggering more restrictions.s

Kansas in brief Suspect seeks mistrial in Topeka murder case

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Juror misconduct is being alleged in the trial of a man accused in the death of a Topeka woman and the wounding of her life partner. The Topeka CapitalJournal reports attorneys for Anceo Stovall filed a motion Tuesday saying a Shawnee County juror accessed an online news story about Stovall’s trial while the jury was deliberating. The attorneys say that violated the judge’s instructions and would be a basis for a new trial. The jury in late July could not reach verdicts on the nine of 11 charges

against the 27-year-old Stovall, including firstdegree murder in the July 2011 shooting death of 40-year-old Natalie Gibson. He was found innocent of one burglary charge and guilty of aggravated robbery of a co-defendant.

Voters recall Plainville school board member

PLAINVILLE, Kan. (AP) — Voters in a north-central Kansas school district recalled a school board member over a confrontation with a former school principal. By a vote of 524-284, voters on Tuesday recalled Plainville School Board member Darlene Jones, who served for 33 years. The recall petition ac-

City of Hays declares water conservation effort

HAYS, Kan. (AP) — Hays officials have declared a “water watch” to encourage residents to conserve water. The city said on Tuesday

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resolved. [Francis] ran four years ago on this same thing and I think the voters expected results. I put my faith in the voters going into this election and I hope that their faith in me won’t be misdirected. I’m going to work hard for them.” Fellow commissionerelect Jim Talkington won Tuesday night, a result that Williams hailed as a positive for the county. “Jim is a great guy,” Williams said. “I’m looking forward to working with him and Dick Works on anything we will face. We’ll be looking for solutions in everything we do.” In the meantime, Williams, who serves current-

in law enforcement together, they are in separate departments, he said. Murphy has worked in law enforcement for 20 years, 18 of in Allen County, including 14 as undersheriff. When he goes up against Clark, Murphy said he would not change his platform. He vows to keep a focused eye on pushing drugs out of the community.

by the turnout. “I was disappointed, but not overly surprised,” he said. “Other election turnouts surprised me more than mine.” Froggatte, among other things, had planned on focusing on the budget, which he believes is “out of control.” “Bryan is a nice enough person, but I don’t think he is what Allen County needs right now,” Frog-


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Iola, to learn what their concerns and needs are,” he said early today, still flush from his primary victory. “I want to sit down with boards of education members and superintendents in the district” to make himself well-versed in local school situations before the session begins in January, Bideau said. When the session does start, Bideau said he knew he and other legislators — many more to the right — “won’t see eye-to-eye on everything, but there will be many issues where we agree.” Forrest Knox, an avowed conservative who left a House seat to win the GOP nomination in the Senate to represent all or parts of Wilson, Greenwood and Butler counties, is a friend of his, Bideau said. “We’ve talked quite a bit and exchanged information,” he said. Bideau also is acquainted with Larry Hibbard, who won in the Woodson County House race. He characterized the Toronto rancher as “level-headed.” “I think we can have a good working relationship with all the southeast Kansas folks,” he added. In addition to mining information locally, Bideau intends to “get the lay of the (legislative) land before the session starts,” through legislators he served with in a previous House stint, including Mike O’Neil, former speaker from Hutchinson. “We’ve been fighting too much (in the Legislature); we need to find common ground,” he said. As for the primary vote, Bideau said he was surprised to have done as well

as he did, particularly in Allen County. “It’s very rewarding and gratifying personally,” he continued. “I’ve been working 40 years to help improve my community and (winning) will drive me to work even harder.” An immediate chore of House members that has Bideau’s attention will be to select a speaker. “Clay Aurand (Belleville) would have been good for us (in rural areas), but he got beat Tuesday,” Bideau said.

ly as Allen County Sheriff, won’t rest on the results of Tuesday night. While he will continue to serve in his current position, Williams will move with an eye toward preparing himself for January. “I’ll be doing a lot of factfinding and staying up on the issues of concern for the county,” Williams said. “I’ve already started that process by setting up meetings with people who are knowledgeable about everything going on with the ambulance issue. I think when it comes time to move into office I’ll be ready.” The Iola Register attempted to reach Rob Francis for comment but he was unavailable as of this morning.

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“I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve,” Talkington said. “I’m looking forward to getting in and learning everything so I can get a full picture of what I need to do to serve the county well.” According to Talkington, the issues he thinks resonated most with the electorate were the ambulance services consolidation process and the completion of the new Allen County Hospital. “I’m interested to get in and work to make those things happen for the community,” said Talkington, referring to the two issues. “They’re both issues that need some serious consideration.” Talkington is also looking forward to working with his fellow commissioners, Dick Works and commissioner-elect Tom Williams. “Tom and I go to the same church,” Talkington said. “He is a good guy who is smart and is going to do a great job. Dick Works has served for a long time and has a ton of expertise that will be valuable going forward.”

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K-State’s Kynard claims silver Stuart dominates field in factory stock in Olympic men’s high jump race at Humboldt LONDON — Erik Kynard, Kansas State University’s two-time NCAA outdoor high jump champion, captured the 2012 London Summer Olympics silver medal in the high jump Tuesday. The Toledo, Ohio native earned the silver medal with a jump of 7 feet, 7 3/4 inches, just shy of his personal best. Russia’s Ivan Ukhov won gold after clearing 7-9 3/4 on his first attempt. The Olympic final turned into a classic Cold War battle, with Kynard facing a long-haired Russian once reprimanded for competing while drunk. Despite misplacing his singlet at one point during the competition, Ukhov demonstrated why he entered the London Olympics as the world’s No. 1 high jumper, breezing through the first six bars with only one miss. Ukhov put the pressure on Kynard by clearing 7-8 3/4 on his first attempt. After one miss at that height, Kynard attempted jumps at 7-9 3/4 and 7-10 1/2 but came up short on both tries. At 21, Kynard should have other opportunities to claim a gold medal. This was his first performance on the Olympic stage. Kynard will be a senior at KState. Highlights of Day 11 of the London Olympics The Associated Press — American Aly Raisman won

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USA’s Kevin Durant (5) drives to the basket for a score against Argentina in Monday’s game at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England. Today the American men play Australia in the quarterfinal round. the gold medal in floor exercise — her second London gold — and a bronze in balance beam to become the most decorated member of the Fierce Five. — Kicked out of the London Olympics on Monday for presumably not trying hard enough in the 800 meters, Taoufik Makhloufi got a second chance after a doctor took his side — and he won the gold medal in the 1,500 meters. The Algerian’s disqualification was reversed after a doctor said his left knee was injured in the 800, and he won the 1,500 in 3 minutes, 34.08 seconds. — Diana Taurasi scored 15 points and Candace Parker added 12 to lead the Americans to a 91-48 rout of Canada and advance to the semifinals in women’s basketball for the eighth straight time. On Thursday, the U.S.

will face Australia, which beat China 75-60. — April Ross and Jennifer Kessy, in their first Olympics, will play for the gold medal against two-time Olympic champions Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor in an all-American beach volleyball final. Ross and Kessy rallied from a first-set loss and a four-point deficit in the second to beat reigning world champions Juliana and Larissa of Brazil. Earlier, Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor had beaten China to advance. — Sally Pearson provided a rare bright spot for Australia at the London Games, earning the country’s fourth gold medal by edging defending champion Dawn Harper of the U.S. to win the 100-meter hurdles.

HUMBOLDT — Scott Stuart hasn’t been beaten on the Humboldt Speedway track in 2012. The only thing that did beat him was mechanical failure. The Speedway held a special factory stock feature Friday. Stuart earned the inside pole spot for the 20-lap event and roared to the front on the start and stayed there. It was a big payday for Stuart. Dusty Marvin had a strong runner-up run on the track. Derrek Wilson finished third followed by Rick Aiello and Dave Matlock. Terry Beckham II of Webb City, Mo., tangled with John Allen in a thriller of a race in the USRA modified feature Friday. The two drivers traded leads but late in the 25-lap event, Beckham was ahead. Allen encountered a lapped car and the crash that followed finished the race for Allen. Beckham won the race with Steven Bowers Jr. taking second. Mickey Burrell, Cody Schniepp and Austin Siebert rounded out the top five. In the USRA B-Mod feature, Brad Smith of Belton, Mo., claimed the victory. Jack Simmons outlasted Tim VanGotten for second. Riley Whitworth ran fourth and Jimmie Davis was fifth. The pure stock points championship race continues with Derek

Michael winning the division’s feature race last Friday. Right behind him came Tyler Kidwell then Levi Phillips. Bryon Wunschel finished fourth and George Reimer was fifth. The Outlaw Vintage Racers gave Speedway race fans a interesting feature race. It was dominated by the Simmons family — Jack won it, Zach was second and Keith finished third. Dale Reese took fourth followed by Jason Jackson. Drivers in the USMTS return to Humboldt Speedway this Friday. On Aug. 17, it is “Pack the Stands” fan appreciation night at the Speedway. Humboldt Speedway Race Results Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 Whitworth Construction Pure Stock HEAT 1 — Tyler Kidwell, Derek Michael, Matthew Kay, Ryan Smith, George Reimer, Matt Habiger, Danah Hampton, Floyd Taggart HEAT 2 — Jeremy Willard, Mike Aiello, Mike Churning, Bryon Wunschel, Levi Phillips, Robert Shaughnessy, Wayne Johnson FEATURE — Derek Michael, Tyler Kidwell, Levi Phillips, Bryon Wunschel, George Reimer, Jeremy Willard, Mike Churning, Mike Aiello, Robert Shaughnessy, Matt Habiger, Wayne Johnson, Danah Hampton, Matthew Kay, Ryan Smith Ray’s Metal Depot USRA B-Mod HEAT 1 — Jack Simmons, Riley Whitworth, Curt Drake, Jeremy Chambers, Jeremy Wilson, Andy Bryant

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Dreams come true with hard work Words of champions: “Unbelievable” — Levi Ashmore. “Priceless” — Jarred Latta. “Justified” — Corey Taylor. “Satisfied” — Mason Coons. “Great” — Dalton Smith. “Fitting” — Clint Heffern. “Unbelievable” — Drew Walden. “Awesome” — Braden Larson. “Perfect” — Jerrik Sigg.

No doubt those who were in Sabetha Sunday morning would echo all those words and add a few more. Heard from out of the crowd of parents, other relatives and fans — Amazing. On a sun-drenched morning in the very friendly confines of Sabetha’s Somerset Park — a field of dreams for that community — Iola American Legion Post 15’s AA Indians realized their dream. The players and fans were ready to celebrate Saturday afternoon but Hays-TMP Monarchs still had something to say about which team was going to be the 2012 Kansas American Legion AA state champion. So the party was put on hold for a few more hours. One could see the Indian players were ready Sunday morning as they ran onto the new field turf of Somerset Park. They were relaxed but focused. Most of these young men began their baseball career together on the recreation baseball fields in Iola. They banded together from age 8 and logged a lot of traveling miles over the years honing their skills on the diamond. A lot of big games eluded them in some close, heartbreaking decisions over the years. But all that was put to rest Sunday when Jer-

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open up play Thursday against Grafton, N.D., at 2 p.m. Tuesday night the team held a dinner and Iola Mayor Bill Shirley presented a city proclamation declaring “Tuesday, Aug. 7,

2012 as Iola AA Indians Day.” Shirley and Allen County Commission Gary McIntosh briefly talked to the team. Both expressed the pride the community has in these young men. Ditto, guys and good luck.

Jocelyn Sheets rik Sigg settled in under a fly ball to center field by Hays’ Nick Zimmerman. Sigg waited as his teammates watched and the ball hit leather and Sigg snapped shut the glove. Party on. While talking to all the Iola players following the state championship game victory, they all pointed to the support they received from their family and fans. That’s not just at the state tournament last week or even to this season when the AA Indians went 40-4. Parents got proper hugs from their sons Sunday. That game ball that was captured so neatly in Sigg’s glove had a special destination. All the Iola players and coaches signed the baseball and it was given to Peggy Sigg, Jerrik’s mom who is battling cancer and could not be at the games. The parents of these boys look after each one of them. They’ve been together for a long time, logging that travel time, coaching, cheering, consoling. TODAY, the Iola team set off to North Dakota. The Iola AA Indians are headed to Wahpeton, N. D., to compete in the Central Plains National Regional American Legion Baseball-Division 2 Tournament. They

Above, Jerrik Sigg holds the state championship game ball high with coach Adam Eisenbart right in the middle and Jarred Latta on the right. That’s Noah Ashmore, bat boy, in front. Far left, Grace Rich of Olathe was on hand to cheer on her cousin Jerrik Sigg and the rest of the Iola Indians at the American Legion AA state tournament in Sabetha. Iola AA Indian players call this group the greatest fans of all.

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Chiefs work on new-look offense Baseball ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Slapping labels on Kansas City’s new offense seems to raise the ire of the head coach. “Everybody always wants to put an identity on an offense,” Romeo Crennel said. “What kind of offense is it? Well, hopefully it will be a winning offense.” Brian Daboll, young but quite well traveled, checked in last winter as the fifth offensive coordinator in four years for the team that finished nextto-last in the league in scoring last season. Only St. Louis produced fewer points than the injury-filled Chiefs (No. 18 in the AP Pro32), who lost tight end Tony Moeaki and most importantly, Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles before the season had barely started. In addition, quarterback Matt Cassel injured his hand and was sidelined most of the second half. But all the injured players are back now. Cassel has looked good in early camp. Coaches are understandably taking a cautious approach to Charles, who underwent ACL surgery on his left knee. If he retains the potent ability that propelled him to a 1,467-yard season in 2010, the offense should make a huge leap. Free agent right tackle Eric Winston could shore up what had been a gaping need. In addition, tight end Kevin Boss was signed in the offseason along with running back Peyton Hillis. Putting it all together is Daboll, whose Miami offense last season gutted the Chiefs defense in a 31-3 blowout. Crennel, a defensive specialist, has happily turned the offense over to his 37-year-old coordinator. Enthusiastic, animated and handson, he’s all over the practice field. Since 2006, he’s also coached for the Patriots, Jets, Browns and Dolphins. “I’ve been a few different places and I’ve taken bits and pieces probably from all the offenses,” he said. “At the end of the day, you have to do what suits your players and you have to use the plays that they’re good at.”

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Jamaal Charles (25) of the Kansas City Chiefs is shown during training camp in St. Joseph, Mo., last week. With Daboll as his offensive coordinator in 2010, the 250-pound Hillis became the first player in Browns history to rush for 1,000 yards, catch 50 passes and score 10 touchdowns. “He knows how to create mismatches and stuff like that and he’s always done a great job,” said Hillis. “He’s a big players’ coach. We always know he is going to put us in the right position. When I see him travel around from New England to Cleveland to Miami, I see he got a lot out of players. That’s just because he’s such a smart coach and knows how to connect with players.” As Daboll sets about polishing the finer points of his system, not everything is brand new. Most of the line, except center and right tackle, is back.

So is second-year wide receiver Jon Baldwin, who seems to be atoning for a tough rookie season with flash and dash that’s made him the story of early camp. Baldwin may also be seizing a big opportunity. In the only negative of an otherwise stable and well-oiled camp, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe continues sitting out because he has not gotten a long-term contract. No one expects Bowe to pass up a $9.5 million guarantee and stay out all year. But almost everything else is upbeat offensively for Kansas City. Cassel seems more relaxed, which may have something to do with the departure of Todd Haley, who was fired as head coach with four games left last season. “He’s dramatically improved,” quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn said. “I really feel that he is farther along than he was last year. He’s really taken charge.” Key to meaningful improvement will be the return of Charles. Charles shot to stardom in 2010 while averaging 6.4 yards per carry. The first look at Charles in postsurgical action will come on Tuesday when the Chiefs practice against the Arizona Cardinals. If all goes well, he and Moeaki will see more action on Friday night when the Chiefs host the Cardinals in their first preseason game. One potential trouble spot is center. Rodney Hudson, a guard since his junior year in college, is taking over for the retired Casey Wiegmann. Veteran guard Ryan Lilja has been taking snaps at the position, though Crennel insists it’s only for purposes of depth. In addition, rookies Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson figure to see time on the offensive line. “I think Brian has done a good job of installing his offense and getting the players to understand and buy into his philosophy,” Crennel said. “Like I said earlier, the thing I was going to be concerned about would be the young guys, to see how quickly they would pick up things. I think that will be critical as we go down the line.”

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Royals win CHICAGO (AP) — Bruce Chen outpitched Jake Peavy for his first win in six weeks, Billy Butler hit his careerhigh 22nd homer and Kansas City beat Chicago 5-2. Gordon Beckham hit his first career leadoff homer for Chicago, and the White Sox scored again in the sixth after Kansas City tied it in the top half. But RBI singles by Tony Abreu and Alex Gordon off Peavy (9-8) in the seventh gave Kansas City a 3-2 lead. Greg Holland earned his second save.

Bay (Cobb 5-8), 7:10 p.m. Kansas City (Guthrie 0-3) at Chicago White Sox (Quintana 4-1), 8:10 p.m. National League East Division W L Pct GB Washington 67 43 .609 — Atlanta 63 47 .573 4 New York 53 57 .482 14 Miami 50 60 .455 17 Philadelphia 50 60 .455 17 Central Division W L Pct GB Cincinnati 66 44 .600 — Pittsburgh 62 47 .569 3½ St. Louis 60 50 .545 6 Milwaukee 50 59 .459 15½ Chicago 43 65 .398 22 Houston 36 75 .324 30½ West Division W L Pct GB San Francisco 60 50 .545 — Los Angeles 59 52 .532 1½ Arizona 56 54 .509 4 San Diego 48 64 .429 13 Colorado 40 68 .370 19 Tuesday’s Games Arizona 10, Pittsburgh 4 Philadelphia 3, Atlanta 0 Miami 4, N.Y. Mets 2 Washington 3, Houston 2, 12 innings Milwaukee 3, Cincinnati 1 San Francisco 4, St. Louis 2 San Diego 7, Chicago Cubs 4 Colorado 3, L.A. Dodgers 1 Wednesday’s Games Cincinnati at Milwaukee 2:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at San Diego, 6:35 p.m. Arizona at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m. Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Miami at N.Y. Mets 7:10 p.m. Washington at Houston, 8:05 p.m. San Francisco at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

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Autos and Trucks 2009 FORD TAURUS SEL, 37K miles, $12,000, Iola, 620-228-3942.

Services Offered IOLA MINI-STORAGE 323 N. Jefferson Call 620-365-3178 or 365-6163 AK CONSTRUCTION LLC All your carpentry needs Inside & Out 620-228-3262 DAVID OSTRANDER CONSTRUCTION ROOF TO FOUNDATION INSIDE AND OUT 620-468-2157 NEED PAINTING? CALL SPARKLES Brenda Clark, Humboldt 620-228-2048 JOHN’S LOCK & KEY Certified Mobile Locksmith Commercial & Residential 24 hour home & auto unlocks Insured/Bonded 620-228-1086 SEWING ALTERATIONS & REPAIRS D. Hoff 620-363-1143 or 620-365-5923 SHAUGHNESSY BROS. CONSTRUCTION, LLC. Carpentry and painting service Siding and windows 620-365-6815, 620-365-5323 or 620-228-1303 STORAGE & RV OF IOLA WEST HIGHWAY 54, 620-3652200. Regular/Boat/RV storage, LP gas, fenced, supervised, SUPERIOR BUILDERS. New Buildings, Remodeling, Concrete, Painting and All Your Carpenter Needs, including replacement windows and vinyl siding. 620-365-6684 HOUSE CLEANER HAS OPENINGS references, quality work Teresa 620-363-2321. NELSON EXCAVATING Taking care of all your dirt work needs! Terraces -- Waterways -- Ponds Land clearing -- Demolition Rick 620-365-9520 Rob 620-228-3236 RJ 620-365-9569 Mark 620-496-8754 Bill Stanford Tree Trimming Since 1987 Free Estimates 785-835-6310 S & S TREE SERVICE Licensed, Insured, Free Estimates 620-365-5903 BUS TRIPS TO DINNER THEATER, Overland Park and shows, Branson. Call Charlene now 620496-2537.

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Personal Service Insurance Loren Korte

12 licensed insurance agents to better serve you IOLA HUMBOLDT MORAN 365-6908 473-3831 237-4631

Life • Health • Home • Auto • Crop Commercial • Farm

Instruction ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice, *Hospitality. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 888-220-3977

Help Wanted Windsor Place is looking for a PART-TIME ACTIVITY PERSON, 18 hours a week between the hours of 3:30 to 8:30, would be a good position for a retired person. Apply in person at 600 E. Garfield. Windsor Place At-Home Care is seeking a responsible, hardworking, individual to care for clients in Yates Center area. Drug screening and background check required before hire. Must be at least 18 years old. Call 620-431-7474 for application. Full-time afternoon/evening CUSTODIAL/MAINTENANCE position open at Allen Community College. Daily cleaning and light maintenance duties. Must be available some weekends on a rotational basis. Experience preferred. Competitive salary and excellent benefit package. Submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to: Personnel Office, Allen Community College, 1801 N. Cottonwood, Iola, KS 66749. ACC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Trailside in Gas has 2 and 3 bedroom mobile homes for rent, 620228-4549.

Production Engineer

Peerless Products, Inc., a leading window manufacturer is seeking highly motivated individuals to join our team! Review order write ups. Check job tickets for offset, help design new windows and accessories, build new models in the computer system, work with R&D Technician, work with plant production personnel to solve manufacturing problems, learn inside sales quoting process and work with customers on new orders. Basic computer skills with Microsoft Word and Excel are required. Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with department associates, customers, and field representatives while having adept negotiation skills. A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering is preferred but equivalent experience in related field or degree would also be considered. Awesome Benefits! If interested, please send resume to or mail to Peerless Products, Inc., Human Resources, 2403 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Equal Employment Opportunity.

Now Hiring For

Full Time

MORAN, 319 E. 2ND ST., 2 BEDROOM MOBILE HOME FOR RENT, $300 monthly plus deposit, 620-363-0216. FRESH START Credit Issues? New program with No Credit Score requirement. Bankruptcy, Repos, etc. OK. Large Cash down payment required. 3-4 Bdrm Singles and Doublewides. 866-858-6862.

Real Estate for Rent 412 N. VERMONT IOLA, 2 bedroom, very nice, CHA, with appliances, large backyard, single attached garage, auto opener $695 monthly. Call 620-496-6161 or 620496-2222 Quality & Affordable homes available for rent, http://www.growiola. com/

8 hour evening & night shifts

GARNETT, 12 IVY TERRACE, 3 BEDROOM, with full basement, like new, CH/CA, appliances, large backyard, double attached garage w/auto opener, $1095 monthly, call 620-496-6161 or 620-496-2222.

Gates Corporation is a worldwide leader in the production of hydraulic hose. We are a growing company and are looking for only the finest employees for our manufacturing operation.

1219 N. BUCKEYE, 2 BEDROOM, 1 bath, 620-496-6787. 409 S. COLBORN, 3 BEDROOM, 1 bath, fully remodeled, $795 monthly, 620-496-6787.

Please apply in person. Applications will be taken Weekdays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Applications must be completed in the facility.

305 S. FOURTH, 3 BEDROOM, all new inside, $575 monthly, $575 deposit, 620-365-9424, visit http://

GED or high school diploma required. Pre-employment background checks & drug screen required.

Gates Corporation

(2) HOUSES FOR RENT, 2 & 3 BEDROOM, 620-365-7919 or 620228-7196.

1450 Montana Road Iola, Kansas

City of Fort Scott

Equal Opportunity Employer

Student Support and Data Specialist - Student Sup port Services – Neosho County Community College seeks a Student Support and Date Specialist for the Student Support Services program. This is a full-time grant funded position. Responsibilities include day to day office duties of supporting the Director in serving STARS SSS participants. Associates degree preferred. High school diploma or GED required; minimum 2 years of experience in basic office procedures required, ability to relate well to students, and freedom from racial/ethnic biases required, background similar to that of participants preferred. Salary range is $9.70$10.70 per hour with excellent benefits including health insurance and KPERS. To apply send a letter of application, resume, unofficial transcripts, online employment application, and five reference with phone numbers to: Student Support and Date Specialist Search, Neosho County Community College, 800 West 14th Street, Chanute, KS 66720. Only complete applications packets will be considered. This position will remain open until filled. Employment application are available at NCCC is an AA/EEO employer



Thursday, August 16th 10:00am – 1:00pm Ellis Fine Arts Center,


Inside Sales/Project Manager

Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Student Development – Neosho County Community College is seeking a half-time Administrative Assistant on the Chanute campus to provide a variety of administrative assistant functions to the Student Development office. High school diploma or GED required, Associates degree preferred, plus one-two years of work experience required, pref erably in area of responsibilities of position. $8.70-$9.70 per hour plus half-time vacation and sick leave/holiday benefits. This position is pending Board approval. Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, resume, unofficial transcripts and employment application to HR Director, Dean of Student Development AA Search, Neosho County Community College, 800 West 14th Street, Chanute, KS 66720. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Review of applications begin upon receipt. Employment application available at NCCC is an AA/EEO employer ROUGH-IN/FRAMING CARPENTER. Experience in wall and roof framing for new construction. Must have 3-5 years of work experience in carpentry field. Competitive pay with insurance and benefits. Apply in person at Advanced Systems Homes Inc., 4711 S. Santa Fe, Chanute, KS 66720. CNAs. Tara Gardens and Arrowood Lane residential care communities are seeking CNAs for our 2-10 and 10-6 shifts. Please apply in person to Peggy Strong, Arrowood Lane, 615 E. Franklin, Humboldt. Looking for a honest, dependable person willing to be trained for SALES AND INSTALLATION of petroleum and lubrication equipment. Electrical experience a plus, but not required. Salary and benefits. Send work history, including contact information to: Broyles Inc., PO Box 245, Humboldt, KS 66748.

CHILDREN’S AIDE. Working with children after school, 12-18 hours/ Monday-Thursday, requires driver’s license and reliable vehicle, prefer experience w/children, minimum 18 years old, drug screen required. Call Michelle at 620-365-5717 if questions. Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center, PO Box 807, Iola, KS 66749. Applications at local SEKMHC office. EOE/AA. CARRIER to deliver KC STAR on SUNDAYS ONLY. Iola, Humboldt, Yates Center area, approximately 65 miles and $70 per Sunday, available August 12th, call Monte 785286-3232. OTR DRIVER, 2 years experience, clean MVR, hopper experience preferred. Also ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, accounting experience w/trucking preferred, call 620-228-7630. Exp. Flatbed Drivers: Regional opportunities now open with plenty of freight & great pay! 800-277-0212 or


Visit with Employers

Peerless Products, FirstSource Transaction Services, Cobalt MedPlans, Ward Kraft, Inc, Shepherd Team Auto Plaza and others!


KansasWorks will be also be available with information on employment / unemployment.


Dress for success and come prepared with copies of your resume.

For more information contact City Hall at 620.223.0550

Drivers: NO EXPERIENCE? Class A CDL Driver Training. We train and Employ! Experienced Drivers also Needed! Central Refrigerated (877) 369-7885 Owner Operators Weekly Home Time Dedicated to One Customer! 100% fuel surcharge Class-A CDL, 1 year experience, including 6+ months tanker. 866-478-9965 “You got the drive, We have the Direction” OTR Drivers APU Equipped Pre-Pass EZ-pass passenger policy. Newer equipment. 100% NO touch. 1-800-528-7825. AIRLINES CAREERS - Become an Aviation Maintenance Tech. FAA approved training. Financial aid if qualified - Housing available. Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-2487449.

Child Care Kids Playhouse Day Care has openings, SRS approved, McKinley district, 620-228-4613. Licensed day care has openings SRS approved transportation is available 620-365-8212.

Farm Miscellaneous WANTED: Row crop land to cash rent, top cash rent paid, 1-5 year lease, rent terms flexible, 641-3440627 serious inquiries only.

Merchandise for Sale External Hard Drive. 320GB Seagate. Completely cleared off now. Stores a ton of movies/music/ pictures. USB, and wall plug-in included. $70. Call/text Paul 620-8754571

513 N. SYCAMORE, 2 BEDROOM, $325 monthly, $325 deposit, 620363-2007. 617 S. COTTONWOOD, 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, new CH/CA, LR, DR, upstairs remodeled, $500 monthly, $500 deposit, 620-2287510.

Real Estate for Sale Allen County Realty Inc. 620-365-3178 John Brocker ........... 620-365-6892 Carolynn Krohn ....... 620-365-9379 Jim Hinson .............. 620-365-5609 Jack Franklin ........... 620-365-5764 Brian Coltrane.......... 620-496-5424 Dewey Stotler............620-363-2491



Peerless Products, Inc., a leading window manufacturer is seeking highly motivated individuals to join our team! Qualified individual must be able to work and communicate clearly and effectively with department associates, customers, and field representatives. This self-assured candidate must be organized, accommodating, a problem solver, and a multitasker. A project manager should have excellent communication and negotiation skills. The applicant will need to learn how to evaluate quotes and should possess mechanical aptitude and knowledge. Must be customer driven and a team player in a fast paced environment. Basic computer skills with Microsoft Word and Excel are needed. Awesome Benefits! Bachelor’s degree preferred but equivalent experience in related field would be considered. If interested, please send resume to or mail to Peerless Products, Inc., Human Resources, 2403 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Equal Employment Opportunity.

Mobile Homes For Rent

HUMBOLDT, 222 N. 8TH, very nice, 3 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath, new CH/CA, new kitchen fenced yard, fireplace, attached garage and carport, 620-473-2094. 3 BEDROOM, 1 bath, new flooring, beautiful kitchen, CH/CA, $55,000, 620-228-8043 or 620-2288042. IOLA, 5 PRAIRIE DR., 3 BEDROOM, 1.75 bath, attached garage, privacy fence, new flooring, cabinets, paint, on cul-de-sac, $77,000, 620-363-1207. COUNTRY HOME, 3-1/2 miles from Chanute, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, CH/CA, 2-car garage with finished room, horse barn & pond, on 8.6 acres, 620-431-4173 or 620432-1468.


Merchandise for Sale BACK TO SCHOOL PIANO SALE! Uprights from $688; Digitals starting at $1099; Grands from $2888! Over 120 pianos on sale! Mid-America Piano, 1-800-950-3774. Preview online:

Pets and Supplies

CREATIVE CLIPS BOARDING & GROOMING Clean, Affordable. Shots required. 620-363-8272 Purebred English Shepherd Puppies $250, great herding/ farm dogs and companions, 913-886-8002.

Garage Sales 714 S. BUCKEYE, Saturday 7-1. Baby items, clothes, toys, elliptical, wood stove, bike, TVs. 846 N. SYCAMORE, Friday 8-6, Saturday 8-Noon. 1222 YARROW RD. (1-3/4 miles south of Woodson & Allen county line), Saturday & Sunday 8-?, NO EARLY BIRDS. Many items to choose from. 228 E. JIM, Saturday 7-Noon, 2-FAMILY. TV, stereo, Junior’s 3-5, Misses S-M and children’s clothes, toys, miscellaneous.

Apartments for Rent

318 NORTH ST., 1 BEDROOM, cable/water included, no pets, 620-496-6787. DOWNTOWN MORAN, great 1 bedroom, no pets, $350 deposit & references required, move in now, no rent until September 1st, 620237-4331 Monday-Friday 8-5 or 620-939-4800.

IOLA, 218 CARDINAL DR., 4 BEDROOM, 3.5 bath, home on large lot, over 3200sq.ft. including a finished basement, 2-car attached garage, 2 fireplaces and an in-ground pool, $199,000, 620-365-3527. IOLA, 819 N. WASHINGTON, 4 BEDROOM, $14,500, Randy 620212-6255.

New price!!!!! DREAM HOME FOR SALE. 402 S. Elm, Iola, Grand 3-story 1897 home on 3 lots. 4,894 sq. ft. $200,000. call 620-3659395 for Susan Lynn or Dr. Brian Wolfe susanlynnks@yahoo. com. More info and pictures at

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Polycystic ovary causes issues Dear Dr. Donohue: I am a 25-year-old woman who suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome. I grow facial hair. I’ve tweezed the hair and had laser treatments, which messed up my skin. It’s embarrassing and a turn-off. Please help. Is there a vitamin or herb that can control it? — U.M. Answer: Polycystic ovary syndrome, PCO, is defined by the following: an overproduction of male hormones; a decrease or stoppage of ovulation, which is manifested by a decrease to absence of menstrual periods; and enlarged ovaries studded with many cysts.

Dr. Paul Donohue To Your Good Health Obesity often is part of the picture. So is an insensitivity to insulin, which raises blood sugar and leads to diabetes. Another common manifestation is hirsutism, the growth of hair in places common for men, like the moustache area, the chin and cheeks, and the breasts.

Checking the blood for male hormones reveals high levels of it, and an all-out attack on that production can reverse many of PCO’s signs and symptoms. One way of lowering male hormone levels is the use of birth-control pills. It takes six months of use before a woman sees a reduction in hirsutism. The maximum effect is achieved in nine months to a year. During this period, a woman can bleach the hair, which makes it less visible; shave it, which does not lead to more-rapid hair growth; or try electrolysis. I’m sorry lasers didn’t work for you. Should birth-con-

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trol pills not greatly reduce hirsutism, the addition of an anti-male hormone drug like spironolactone often is effective. Vaniqa is a cream that inhibits hair growth. It doesn’t remove hair, but it can be used in conjunction with shaving to discourage regrowth of hair. You need to have comprehensive treatment for the whole spectrum of PCO complications. Your blood sugar needs checking. And your periods need to be restored if they have diminished or stopped. No vitamin or herb controls this condition.

The wisdom in not rushing to marry Dear Carolyn: My last relationship was several years ago. We’d been together for four years and engaged for one. Right before we were supposed to do the deed, he informed me that he never wanted to marry me, never wanted to be in a relationship, and that he’d been lying a lot. This was the exact opposite of how he had been behaving. Quite the shock. I’m in a new relationship now, of only a few months. We’re already talking marriage. A lot of my friends think this is too soon, but I’ve resigned myself to the fact that if something bad is going to happen, it will, regardless of how long we’re together. I did the standard waiting periods last time, but it didn’t shield me from anything. I’m trying to find a good reason to wait this time, but as you’ve already said, bad things just happen, which is out of our control, right? Can you think of another reason to wait? — Seattle Answer: About 20, but I’ll try to keep my arm-flapping to a minimum. Here’s what you’re essentially saying: “Since a car can run a stop sign and kill me at any time, there’s no point in looking both ways before I cross a street.” If you really think there’s no point in taking basic care of yourself, then please consider good coun-



Tell Me About It Carolyn Hax

seling or even grief support. A refresher on what you can and can’t control can have a surprising, calming effect. You can’t prevent all harm, and, you’re right, waiting till you’ve known someone a couple of years before getting married won’t inoculate you. But you can take basic precautions against completely foreseeable problems. Waiting a couple of years to marry can tell you a million things you can learn no other way — including whether you even like the person after the initial attraction wears off. It can also tell you, if you’re paying attention, whether he handles his job, family, friends, money and bills, his health/sickness, your health/sickness, other challenges, bad weather, good fortune, unintended consequences, being under others’ control and other typical variables well. You can also weigh how you behave when you’re with him. Some people bring out our best selves and others our worst, and time is the wisest judge. Maybe it betrayed you last

time — but, maybe instead you missed its signs, and now you’ll recognize them. By rushing, you could miss why he’s in a rush, too. It might not be the case here, but moving fast — misguidedly embraced as being swept off one’s feet — is a known tactic of abusers, to lock you in before you notice something’s wrong. If this relationship is good for you, it’ll still be good for you two or three years from now. It won’t cost you a thing, emotionally, to wait.

What your ex did was awful, and I get the temptation to cross your arms over your chest and fall back into the hands of fate. You did everything you were “supposed” to do and look where that got you, right? But if all of us said “[naughty word] it” at our encounters with spectacular failure, none of us would walk and we’d all still poop in our pants. Failure tends to teach very specific lessons — lessons squandered whenever we quit.

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Sudoku is like a crossword puzzle, but uses numbers instead of words. The puzzle is a box of 81 squares, subdivided into 3x3 cubes of 9 squares each. Some squares are filled in with numbers. The rest should be filled in by the puzzler. Fill in the blank squares allowing the numbers 1-9 to appear only once in every row, once in every column and once in every 3x3 box. One-star puzzles are for beginners, and the difficulty gradually increases through the week to a very challenging fivestar puzzle.


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B6 Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Iola Register

Beverage companies La Riviera salon offers changes pay millions to conserve water “

If there’s not fresh water, there’s no business — it’s just that simple. — Laura Huffman, state director, Nature Conservancy in Texas

WEST COLUMBIA, Texas (AP) — Fifty miles outside the nation’s fourth-largest city is a massive field of waisthigh grass, buzzing bees and palm-size butterflies, just waiting to be ripped up by an entrepreneur. Rather than develop this pristine remnant of coastal prairie, vast enough to house more than 300 football fields, the Dr Pepper Snapple Group is investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure it remains untouched. The project is part of the company’s $1.1 million investment in the Nature Conservancy, designed to benefit five Texas watersheds — including Nash Prairie outside of Houston — from which its bottling plants draw water. The money will go toward preservation work, such as reseeding the grass, to restore and expand an ecosystem that once covered 6 million acres from southwestern Louisiana through Texas. The projects will improve water quality and quantity by preserving the prairies’ sponge-like attributes. But for Dr Pepper and other beverage companies engaged in similar work, the impetus is their bottom line — conserving water guarantees long-term access to the most crucial ingredient in their products. “If there’s not fresh water, there’s no business — it’s just that simple,” said Laura Huffman, state director of the Nature Conservancy in Texas. “It is their number one infrastructure concern. ... Water tops the list, above roads, above energy, above all else, because if you don’t get water right, you’re not making anything.” The biggest players — from Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co. to Miller and MolsonCoors — as well as smaller, regional beverage companies list water as a risk in long-term plans. In 2006, 18 companies created an alliance called the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable to tackle water, energy and other issues that could affect the industry’s growth. There is no total available for how much has been invested in water conser-

vation projects in the past five years, but experts believe it’s more than $500 million dollars. Thomas Lyon, a professor at the University of Michigan who researches connections between industry and the environment, said three factors have pushed beverage companies to conserve water: future markets in developing countries don’t drink enough soft drinks, from their perspective; the impacts of climate change are starting to become more apparent; and some of the countries targeted for growth are the same ones experts believe will be most affected by climate change. “At the heart of it ... is their bottom line,” Lyon said. “Water is a finite resource and they desperately realize that it could become a major problem.” About a decade ago, when advance planning started to highlight water constraints, many companies streamlined processes and installed new, more efficient technologies within factories and plants, conserving millions of gallons of water and millions of dollars. About five years ago, the corporations began partnering with environmental groups, funding projects to bring water to people in developing countries, such as India, China and Africa, where water is most scarce and infrastructure is often deficient. The partnerships help everyone: environmental groups receive much sought-after funding; cash-strapped governments tackle projects they can’t afford; and beverage companies can market themselves as “green” by conserving the most crucial, finite resource on Earth and ensure the future of their business.

RANZ MOTOR CO., INC. Todd Willis, Salesman

Hwy. 39 & Plummer Road, Chanute 431-4550 or 1-800-571-9309 I will personally pick up and drop off your car for service.

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An indoor fountain greets clients at La Riviera Salon and Day Spa, 206 S. Jefferson Ave. Janelle Erickson, from left, Heather Smith and Sofia Venter reopened La Riviera, formerly known as Wrangler’s Salon, in July. Venter also is impressed with improvements in neighboring buildings along the 200 block of South Jefferson. “The entire area is much more inviting,” she said. La Riviera is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Walk-ins are welcome, and hours may be adjusted to accommodate clients. Call 365-5557 to schedule an appointment with Venter, Smith or Erickson.

Socks, undies cause blaze LONDON (AP) — Note to self: A microwave is for leftovers, not your boxers. British firefighters say they saved an apartment from destruction after its resident tried to dry his wet socks and underwear in a microwave oven. The Dorset Fire and Rescue Service says firefight-

ers rescued the man from his home and extinguished the kitchen blaze Monday. The fire destroyed the appliance along with the two pairs of underwear and socks inside it, and caused smoke damage to the apartment in Weymouth, a town on England’s southwest coast.

PET OF THE WEEK Th ere is m o re to C h ip th a n h is g o rg eo us g o ld en eyes!

This big handsom e guy has a very sw eet personality. C hip is easy-going, and he does w ell w ith dogs and other cats.

D id w e m ention that he also loves to snuggle? C uddly C hip can be yours w ith no adoption fee! Please call or com e in to find out m ore about this beautiful boy. Please contact A C A RF at (620) 496-3647 or adoptions@

305 W . H w y. 54 in La H a rp e 620-496-3647 This ad m ade possible by an A C A RF supporter!

Caring, compassionate hospice care. That’s a work of Mercy. The Sisters of Mercy have always gone where people needed them.

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The name is new — so is the address — but clients at La Riviera Salon and Day Spa will see some familiar faces. The Trio of Sofia Venter, Heather Smith and Janelle Erickson reopened La Riviera, previously known as Wrangler’s Salon, at 206 S. Jefferson Ave. The new facility, which opened in July, has several advantages, Venter said, namely because it’s spacious. “We wanted to give our clients a much more serene atmosphere,” Venter said, pointing to the European-style decor, including an indoor fountain. “We want our clients to come in and feel more comfortable.” La Riviera specializes in hair and nail services, waxing, massages, facials and tanning. “It’s truly a full-service salon and day spa,” Smith said. Venter decided to relocate after her husband, Pieter, acquired the office next door for his company, Digital Graphics. “It allows us to work closer together,” Sofia Venter said. The building formerly housed Counseling Therapy Services, and little was needed to refurbish the building. “We had to redo the plumbing, but the rest of the building was in good shape,” Venter said.

Saturday, August 11 7 p.m. @ Rodeo Arena

Advance Tickets $5 At the Gate $10 Advance Tickets Available at All Anderson County Bank Locations or call 785-448-6826 For information contact Bill Poovey (785) 229-6788

For more information on how Mercy Hospice can help you and your loved one, please call 620-223-8090.

Today, Mercy continues that tradition by bringing Hospice care to Fort Scott and the surrounding communities. The Mercy Hospice team of nurses, hospice aides, social workers and chaplains, develops detailed care plans for each patient and their families. We serve individuals with any terminal illness, wherever they may live.

Serving the counties of Bourbon, Crawford, Allen, Linn, Northern Cherokee, Eastern Neosho, Anderson and Southern Miami.

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