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34 Pages • Four Sections
Volume 21 • Number 38
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Published in Scott City, Ks.
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USD 466 staff okays 2% salary cut Scott County teachers have voluntarily decided to take a big financial hit in order to help close a budget gap estimated at $675,000 for the 2014-15 school year. In votes that were conducted on Wednesday morning, teachers agreed to eliminate the medical reimbursement benefit and they also approved a two
Health insurance benefits also take a hit percent pay cut for the upcoming year. The pay cut affects all employees within USD 466 and the benefit reduction applies to all full-time employees on the district’s health plan.
Both measures will save an estimated $300,000. The medical reimbursement provision was provided to teachers as a benefit for the first time in the 2012-13 school year. Under the district’s health in-
surance plan, the cost of a single plan is included as a benefit with the employee paying additional premiums for employee/ spouse or family plans. That plan includes a $500 deductible, but that amount or anything up
Second graders Julian Labra (left) and Izak Venegas are dandelions with an attitude as they perform a rap song during the Scott City Elementary School first and second grade musical program, “How Does Your Garden Grow?” More photos are on page 18. (Record Photo)
Ag land values climb 24% of that land. The value is based solely on the crop production or other “usevalue” of that land. That doesn’t mean land values are immune from valuation hikes. Between 2013 and 2014, ag land values in Scott County increased an average of 24%. That’s slightly higher than several surrounding counties, but comparable with most counties in the western onethird of the state. Even with that kind of a jump in a single year, Western Kansas farmers and lawmakers are concerned about rumblings in eastern Kansas that property taxes on ag land are too low. Some lawmakers are wanting to revisit how agricultural land is appraised in an attempt to bring these values - for tax purposes - more in line with the actual value of the land. “The push is coming from the east-
Ag Land Valuation Changes from 2013 to 2014 Finney County
Gove County Lane County
Logan County Ness County
18.3% 19.2% 20.7% 15.4% 24.0% 24.8%
ern part of the state where there are people who feel that ag land is being taxed at too low of a rate when compared to commercial property,” says Reeder. “Some people, especially in the legislature, see it is a way of generating more tax revenue. (See AG LAND on page 10)
Water conservation plan resumes in SC
Scott City residents are reminded that the city’s water conservation plan went into effect on May 1 and will continue through Sept. 30. All outdoor watering of lawns, trees, gardens, etc., is prohibited between the hours of noon and 7:00 p.m.
406 Main, St. Scott City • 620-872-2090 www.scottcountyrecord.com
Volunteers spruce up Lake Scott in honor of Earth Day Page 26
The only exceptions to the watering ban are: •Discharged water from a watercooled refrigerated air conditioning system; and •Newly seeded lawns for a period not to exceed 30 days. However, indi-
(See USD 466 on page 10)
Auditor says there were no ‘red flags’
a garden with an attitude
Anyone who has bought or sold farm land over the last five years has seen the sharply escalating value of that land whether it be irrigated or dryland. It’s not uncommon for irrigated acreage in Scott and surrounding counties to sell for $4,000 to $5,000 an acre and for dryland to be in the range of $2,000 an acre, according to Scott County Appraiser John Reeder. Of course, those rising ag land values do not show up in county valuation data. That’s because the Kansas Constitution declares that ag land values be determined by a “use-value” formula that’s compiled by Kansas Ag Statistics and Kansas State University Extension. That’s great news for the owners of ag land since the sale value of that land has no bearing on the appraised value
to that amount has been reimbursed by the district to its employees. Because of this benefit, employees didn’t have any out-ofpocket expense (other than added premiums) until the 80/20 co-pay took effect. In addition to losing that payback benefit, the deductible will
viduals are asked to contact City Hall and notify the staff when the 30-day watering period has begun. •Businesses which sell plants, including The Green Haus, ShopKo, Denny’s Thriftway, Scott County Hardware and Alco.
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Health • Pages 14-15 Deaths • Page 16 Sports • Pages 19-26 Farm section • Pages 28-29 Classified ads • Pages 31-33
A different source of information didn’t diminish the impact of the Scott County school district’s financial crisis which was again addressed during a special board of education meeting on Tuesday evening. Brian Staats, with the accounting firm of Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball, didn’t offer the more than 70 people crowded into the board meeting room any ray of hope that the budget crunch would be less than projected in earlier meetings held by the board of education. In fact, it could be slightly worse. Staats recommended the district look at finding $700,000 to $750,000 in budget cuts for the 2014-15 school year. Earlier projections by Supt. Bill Wilson had put the budget gap at about $600,000. “If you don’t cut spending by at least ($675,000) you won’t make it through next year,” Staats warned. Of more immediate concern is the projected deficit of $673,184 for the 2013-14 school year that ends on June 30. He said the district has enough reserves in various funds - including $477,527 in the contingency reserve - in order to meet expenditures for the remainder of the school year without causing budget violations. “You’re basically going to use up all your reserve cash which means you’ll have very little available for next year,” said Staats. “That’s when you’ll be facing a bigger challenge.” The short-term priority, he said, is to finish the year in the black and avoid any violations which would cause the state to cut state funding for the next school year. “You’re not the first district to find itself in this position,” Staats assured the board and audience. He also showed a chart with 20 school districts, pointing out that USD 466 is somewhat in the middle with overall costs of $13,392 per pupil, which takes into account total revenue raised by the district, including bond and interest for the high school renovation. “You’re not out of line, but there are probably some areas where you can cut costs,” he said. “But when 80 to 85 percent of your budget is personnel costs, that doesn’t leave you many options.” Caught in Squeeze Staats says the district was caught in a squeeze between higher expenses and receipts that fell short of expectations. A big chunk of the higher costs came in certified personnel salaries and health benefits, amounting to $271,546. (See RED FLAGS on page 10)
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Red Flags The decision to expand health coverage to all full-time classified staff (secretaries, food service, para-professionals, custodians, etc.) added significantly to the district’s costs. Wilson defends the decision, noting that the district had a history of high turnover in those positions and had a difficult time attracting employees. “It’s helped us to attract and keep better employees, plus it was the right thing to do,” says Wilson. And while salaries and fringe benefits were rising, the district was losing money due to changes in the state finance formula. Wilson says that was a factor in the 2012-13 and the 2013-14 budgets. Staats said he hadn’t looked at the state formula in either of those budget years to see the impact. “(The state) can change the formula and they’ve done that in the past,” he acknowledged. “They can say they will allow you a certain amount of revenue, but if they don’t get the revenue they’re expecting they’re going to pass those cuts elsewhere. They can come back and say they will allow you only 70 percent of what they were (originally) going to give.” “Overall, state funding isn’t keeping up with the increased cost of education,” he said. Any Red Flags? “So you’re saying there were no glaring red flags last year that we should have seen?” asked board member Lynnette Robinson. “There were no hot items other than reserves were being used up,” replied Staats. During an interview on Wednesday, Staats said that when presenting the board with the audit report in December (for the 2012-13 school year) they were warned about “spending more than you were taking in. But there was about $500,000 in the contingency reserve,” so the accounting firm wasn’t alarmed at the numbers. He said the bigger issue was the state formula used to calculate state aid - particularly the weighting factors that can put additional money into a
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It’s tough to budget without knowing what category (the students) will fall into. It comes down to how the state manipulates funding. Brian Staats USD 466 auditor
district beyond the basic aid of $3,838 per pupil. “It’s tough to budget without knowing what category (the students) will fall into,” Staats said. “It comes down to how the state manipulates funding.” However, Robinson felt that when the district’s audit was being conducted last fall there should have been some indication of the pending budget problem. “There was nothing flagged in our summary last fall that indicated we needed to be cautious,” said Robinson on Wednesday. “(The auditors) should have advised us that we didn’t have cash reserves. That would have raised questions. There was no warning of a pending train wreck.” When presented with the audit, Robinson says she read the summary and there was no indication of a major shortfall if the district didn’t curb its spending. “Had we known something then it would have given us more time to make changes and reduce our spending,” she says. “Now we’re trying to make all of these cuts in a single budget year.” Until this past year, the accounting firm had also assisted the district in budget preparation. “That was a way of covering ourselves and the superintendent,” Robinson says. “That was cancelled without our knowledge.” Had the accounting firm assisted in preparing the 2013-14 budget, Staats wouldn’t say whether they would have approached spending any differently than Wilson. “It wouldn’t be fair to speculate,” he said. “I don’t know the numbers being used or the assumptions that Bill was making. It’s possible that we would have come to the same conclusion or maybe we would have seen a
problem and adjustments could have been made. “It would seem that something had to be off in the budget calculation or something happened between the time the budget was prepared and the actual numbers started coming in.” He said that had the accounting firm been part of the process “you have more people involved and there’s twice the chance of catching something.” A ‘Moving Target’ Staats emphasized that school budgets are a “moving target.” For example, staffing decisions are made in May based on enrollment projections in September. Those numbers can fluctuate from year to year depending on which parents choose to home-school their children, and students moving into and out of the district. The budget is established in August and how much a district will eventually receive in state funding isn’t known until the following April when the state conducts its annual audit - with less than three months remaining in the budget year. Staats said there was a time when the state audit was conducted in January and February. With budget cuts reducing personnel at the state level, that process has been pushed back 2-3 months, giving school districts who find themselves with a problem, such as USD 466, less time to react. And all of these numbers hinge on the state’s formula for low-enrollment weighting and atrisk funding. Students are put into four categories of at-risk, ranging from pre-kindergarten through high school, with socioeconomic factors (family income) a major factor. For example, at-risk students are eligible for free- or reduced-price lunches depending on family income. Some at-risk students, says Wilson, can bring about $10,000 to USD 466, which is well above the $3,838 in basic state aid provided for each student. At-risk and other weighting factors begin adding to this figure. This is where the district took the biggest fi-
There was nothing flagged in our summary last fall that indicated we needed to be cautious. (The auditors) should have advised us that we didn’t have cash reserves. That would have raised questions. There was no warning of a pending train wreck. Lynnette Robinson BOE member
nancial hit, according to Wilson. While enrollment numbers were rising, the “weighting factor” for USD 466 students didn’t increase proportionately. In fact, while full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment climbed by 54 students from the 2011-12 to 2013-14 school years, the weighted FTE enrollment increased by just 6/10 of a student during that same three-year span. “How much is the difference in (state) funding between what we expected and what we actually received?” asks Wilson. “About $410,000.” Outside of casting some blame on the state funding formula, Staats didn’t assign any responsibility for the budget shortfall. “We have nothing to hide,” Staats said. “An error was made and we’re trying to correct it.” In brief comments before the board entered into lengthy executive sessions for the remainder of the night, Scott County Teachers’ Association President Matt Fox asked the BOE to avoid cutting teaching positions. “I know you have a lot of hard decisions in front of you. We all have to make up expenses,” he said. “I hope you look at the recommendations we’ve presented. It may not be feasible, but put the teachers beyond cutting.” Fox was referring to potential budget cutting moves that had been compiled by the teachers and presented to the board. The teachers did not know, however, how much those cuts would save.” “We were told by the board that all but one of our recommendations were already on their list for consideration,” he said afterwards.
What’s for Lunch in Scott City? Sun. - Sat., May 4-10
Majestic Theatre 420 Main • 872-3840
Lunch • Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Evenings • Thurs., Fri., Sat. 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Tues. • Open faced prime rib sandwich with french fries. Wed. • BBQ sandwich with potato salad. Thurs. • Spaghetti dinner with salad. Fri. • Chicken enchilada dinner
What’s for Supper?
102 Main St. • 872-5055
1211 Main • 872-3215
5Buck Lunch 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
• Chili Cheese Dog • 1/4 lb Cheeseburger • 3 Piece Chicken Strips
Includes Fries, 21 oz. Drink and Small Sundae
1304 S. Main • 872-5301
Mon. • Sat. 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sun. • 5:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Mon. • Chicken fry
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Tues. • Hamburger steak with mushrooms and onions Wed. • Fried chicken Thurs. • Mountain oysters Fri. • Seafood specials Sat. • Prime rib
Breakfast specials every night.
The Scott County Record
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May is a good time to think mammograms May is “Mammogram for Mothers Month” in Kansas. As we give special thought to our mothers, remind them to get their mammogram. You could save their life and ensure your family celebrates another Mother’s Day together. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, following only lung cancer. Mammograms are the most effective method of diagnosing breast cancer. A mammogram can accurately detect breast lumps that are too small to see or feel. A screening mammogram can detect
a little pain in the whole scheme of things. When caught early, localized cancers can be removed without resorting to breast removal or mastectomy (which would be much more painful, timely and cancer at its earliest stag- expensive). es, up to two years before Mammograms at SCH a lump can be felt. The Scott County HosAll women are at risk for developing breast pital has up-to-date digicancer regardless of race, tal equipment and trained age, breast size or family personnel to do mammohistory. A woman’s risk grams. With many of the increases with age. Mam- changes coming in health mograms don’t prevent care, check with your inbreast cancer, but they can surance company for cosave lives through early pays and deductibles. If you do not have detection.. Mammograms can be health insurance or canuncomfortable, even a not afford a mammogram, little painful, but what is check with the Mexican
American Ministries in Garden City. There are no good excuses for not getting regular mammograms. There are five important things you need to know about mammograms. First, a mammogram could save your life. When you find breast cancer early and treat it, it can reduce your risk of dying by 25%. Second, a mammogram is an easy and fast procedure. The discomfort is minimal and the radiation exposure is very small. Third, get the best mammogram that you can afford. If you have any kind of concern, ask
Flatland Big Band to perform in SC Saturday
Adrian Cook and Matthew Noll
Cook-Noll plan May 31 wedding
Walter and Lisa Lovins and Scott and Teresa Noll, both of Scott City, Randy and Dr. Lenora Cook, Garden City, and Billy and Lori Stephens, Lubbock, Tex., announce the engagement of their children Adrian Dyann Cook to Matthew Scott Noll. Grandparents of the bride-to-be include Albert Cook, Dighton, and the late Marilyn Cook; Ann Rodie, Russell, and the late Norman Rodie; and the late Mildred Lovins. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Roland and Diana Jenkins, Larry and Helen O’Bleness, Larry LaPlant and Gloria O’Bleness, all of Scott City; Sparky and Pam Stephens, Herdford, Tex.; and the late Shirley Rein, Robert Rein, and Thomas Noll.
Great-grandparents are Dona Dee Carpenter and Betty O’Bleness, both of Scott City. Adrian is a 2005 graduate of Scott Community High School and a 2009 graduate of Chowan University, Murfreesboro, N.C., with a BS degree in biology. She works for the U.S. Navy as a civilian at Norfolk Naval Shipyard and oversees radiological work on nuclear submarines. Matthew is a 2010 graduate of SCHS and currently works at Preferred Freezer Services, Norfolk, as a receiver for shipments from various distributors. The couple resides in Portsmouth, Va. The wedding is planned for May 31 at the North Beach Holiday Inn and Suites on 39th St. in Virginia Beach, Va.
Sounds of the Big Band Era will fill the Scott Community High School auditorium when the Flatland Big Band once again comes together for their annual performance. The day will culminate with a concert for the public on Sat., May 3, at 7:30 p.m. The concert has become a tradition for musicians throughout Kansas and even in surrounding states. This is the third year that the concert has been held in Scott City. It originated 27 years ago in Colby under the direction of the late Julie Groom. Band member and former high school band director Clint Raynes has continued the musical tradition which brings together many of the same musicians year after year. “We’ve kept this going as a tribute to Julie, but we do this because we love playing this style of music,” says Raynes. The band not only plays music from the 1940s, but the concert will also feature some more contemporary music. Of course, no Flatland Big Band concert is complete unless it concludes with the always popular, “In the Mood.” The band, consisting of about 16 musicians, will rehearse on Saturday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. This will be followed by a workshop for SCHS jazz band musicians from 1:00 to about 4:30 p.m. The evening performance will also feature male vocalist Steve Woody, Atwood, along with local vocalists Jeannette Raynes and Amy France. Admission is $5 per person.
for a digital mammogram so doctors can utilize the technology and make a better diagnosis. Fourth, know that the mammogram is the most powerful breast cancer detection tool that we have. However, they are not perfect. Self-breast exams, clinical breast examinations and ultrasounds can and should be used in addition to mammograms. Fifth and most important. An unusual result that requires some more testing does not mean that you have breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 10 percent of women who have a mammogram will
require more testing. Of those women, 8-10 percent will need to have a biopsy. Of those biopsied, 80 percent turn out not to be cancerous. Lately, there has been a lot of discussion about when a person should have a mammogram. I believe everyone should have a base to work from. Only you and your doctor can decide when the time is right for you to have a mammogram. You and your doctor might decide to have tests at a certain age based on family history, menstrual history, use of hormone therapy and breast density. (See THINK on page seven)
The Scott County Record
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Teachers take a big step in closing budget hole
Scott County teachers made a very difficult and unselfish decision on Wednesday when they voted to cut their salaries by 2%. This was on top of their decision to do away with the medical reimbursement benefit in their health benefit and to raise their health insurance deductible from $500 to $1,000. For a teacher earning $45,000, these two decisions could cost them about $1,900 a year. These are the same teachers who just saw their due process rights stripped away by the Kansas Legislature. But even in light of this action by ignorant lawmakers, teachers in this district were willing to make this sacrifice in an attempt to save jobs for their co-workers and because they care about this community. All too often, teachers don’t get the respect they deserve, but how many people outside of the teaching profession would have been willing to make a similar sacrifice? We sincerely hope this gesture isn’t forgotten, by the community or the district. There will come a time when we can put this budget hole behind us. When that time comes, we hope the BOE will remember this moment and close the wage gap between where teachers are on the salary schedule and where they would have been had this situation not occurred. It won’t entirely make up for the lost wages, but it would be a start. And it would show that the gesture by our teachers and other support staff was noticed and appreciated. Budget cuts are painful. Losing good teachers and staff members who care about our young people and this community and are a valuable resource we can ill-afford to let occur.
Lawsuit justified when Huelskamp is the victim
As anyone who has followed Republican politics over the years is well aware, one of the biggest issues in this nation (only slightly behind Obamacare) is tort reform. Republicans feel there are far too many people willing to file a frivolous lawsuit at the drop of a hat in hopes of creating their own lottery jackpot or to cover up for their own negligence. Apparently, frivolous is in the eyes of the beholder. Rep. Tim Huelskamp filed a lawsuit against the bicycle company Dynacraft, and WalMart, after his 12-year-old son was injured while riding the bike. The Huelskamps were seeking sustained known damages in the amount of $5,005.85. That must have been some injury, right? Well, not exactly. Their son received a laceration on his calf that required total medical expenses of about $385, with $255.85 was paid by the Huelskamps’ insurance provider. Their total outof-pocket expense was $130. After $255.85 was paid to a company which deals with health care litigation, the Huelskamps netted a tidy $4,620. Now we’re sorry that Huelskamp’s son suffered an injury, minor as it may have been. Most people who aren’t serving in Congress would have simply seen the situation as a “stuff happens” moment, rubbed some dirt on the injury and said “that’s part of growing up.” They might have even gone back to WalMart, where the bike was assembled, and asked for a replacement bike without the malfunctioning part. The biggest majority of us . . . maybe most everyone but Congressman Huelskamp . . . wouldn’t have seen this as an opportunity to turn our child’s injury into a small windfall. Was it a frivolous lawsuit? In the eyes of most people, probably so. Huelskamp saw it as an opportunity to make a point . . . or a chance to recover lost income when he was forced to stop the illegal sale of tickets to the NCAA basketball tournament. And, thus is the dilemma that people such as Huelskamp create for themselves. They like to claim that frivolous lawsuits are a major drain on our legal system and add significantly to the cost of manufactured goods. Through legislation they try to make it more difficult for people to seek recourse from the manufacture of faulty products. They want to protect big business from the likes of . . . well, consumers like Tim Huelskamp. But when consumer Huelskamp becomes the individual who feels he, or his family, has been harmed, then there is no such thing as a frivolous suit - especially one that makes you $4,620 for a cut on your leg. Funny how that works.
Victims of political ‘Jackass’
Anyone who has watched the “Jackass” series on MTV or the movies knows that Johnny Knoxville and his crew have made millions of dollars by putting themselves and others into situations where there’s a high degree of probability that someone’s going to get hurt. These are don’t-trythis-at-home moments where someone is encouraged to do something incredibly stupid - knowing that the end result will be painful - so that others can enjoy a good laugh. Knoxville has tapped into a lucrative market of stupid people doing stupid things. The more painful or gross, the better. Combine those two and you’ve hit the jackpot. At least he doesn’t conceal from the “victims” what could happen. Before walking a tightrope over an alligator pit or getting zapped with a stun gun, the cast of characters enters the stunt with eyes wide open, even if the light bulb behind those eyes is pretty dim.
But what happens in the real world when people don’t know better through pure ignorance or because they’ve chosen to put their trust in people who have another agenda? What are the consequences when people who are lied to and mislead suffer real harm that could have been avoided by enrolling in the Affordable Care Act? Earlier this week the story came out of the Philadelphia area of Dean Angstadt, a 57-year-old man who had life-saving surgery to repair a faulty aortic valve. Angstadt was literally forced to sign up for Obamacare by a friend because he admits that he and “a lot of other people I talk to are so misinformed about the ACA.” Misinformed? How could that happen? People still refuse to sign-up for the health insurance plan because
they’ve been hearing for years about death panels. A recent story told how some poor people believe signing up for Obamacare involves having microchips implanted in their bodies. The only ones laughing are the Koch brothers and those whose pockets are being lined by their political contributions. Johnny Knoxville converts ignorance into theater ticket sales. Republicans parlay ignorance into success at the polls. Or how about Charlene Dill, a 32-year-old mother of three who collapsed at a stranger’s home while working one of her three part-time jobs? She died of a heart condition, but couldn’t get treatment because Florida, like 24 other states, has refused to expand Medicaid coverage to millions of lowincome people. Research by the Harvard Medical School estimates that between 7,114 and 17,106 people will die annually because their states have refused to expand Medicaid. That projected death toll in Kansas
is between 113 and 330. These are deaths that we have the ability to prevent but refuse to because of politics and money. The antics of Johnny Knoxville are juvenile and harmless when compared to what the Koch brothers and their political hacks are doing. The Kansas Congressional delegation and most of the state legislature is on board with their version of “Medical Jackass” as they encourage victims not to enroll in Obamacare, denounce its benefits and continue to spread misinformation in hopes it will fail. Congressman Tim Huelskamp, for example, claims “there are more people uninsured today in Kansas than they were before the president’s health care plan went into effect.” A feature called The Fact Checker gives that claim a “Four Pinocchios” rating. In other words, it’s “a whopper.” It seems a bit ironic that Huelskamp has no problem on the National Day of Prayer asking God (See HUMOR on page six)
The gun supremacists’ folly
Have we gone stark raving mad? The question is brought to mind by the gun law signed last week in Georgia by Gov. Nathan Deal. You might have thought that since the United States couldn’t possibly have more permissive firearms laws than it does now, nothing more could be done to coddle the gun lobby and tip the balance of our statutes away from law enforcement. Alas, you would be wrong. The creativity of the National Rifle Association and other organizations devoted to establishing conditions in which every man, woman and child in our nation will have to be armed is awe-inspiring. Where imagination is concerned, the best absurdist artists and writers have nothing on the NRA.
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another view by E.J. Dionne, Jr.
No wonder Stephen Colbert has decided to move on from the realm of satire. When parody becomes reality, the challenges facing even a comedian of his talents can become insurmountable. You might not have thought that the inability of people to pack while praying was a big problem. Georgia’s political leaders think otherwise, so the new law allows people to carry guns in their houses of worship. True, congregations can set their own rules, but some pastors wonder about the confusion this provision will create, and those who would keep their sanctuaries gun-free may worry about being
Gov. Sam Brownback 2nd Floor - State Capitol Topeka, Ks. 66612-1501 (785) 296-3232
branded as liberal elitists. Maybe the Georgia legislature will help them by requiring a rewrite of the Scriptures. “Blessed are the peacemakers” can become “Blessed are the gun owners.” You will also be able to tote weapons into bars and their parking facilities if the bar grants you permission. I can’t wait to see the next beer ad depicting a gunfight over who pays for the next round. Georgia thinks you should be able to take guns into government buildings that don’t have screening devices or security guards. Second Amendment enthusiasts tend not to like tax increases, but as the Associated Press reported, the city of Vienna, Ga., (pop. 3,841) would have to shell out about $60,000 a year to increase security at city buildings.
Sen. Pat Roberts 109 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-4774 roberts.senate.gov/email.htm
“Do we raise taxes to provide the police protection or do we take the risk of potential injury to our public?” asked Mayor Pro Tem Beth English, who also is president of the Georgia Municipal Association. Too bad if this gun lobby subsidy comes out of the school budget. Oh yes, and while conservatives claim to hate the centralization of power, this law wipes out a series of local gun regulations. The gun supremacists just don’t trust those pesky local elected officials. People with a gun license who try to carry a weapon onto an airplane get a nice break under this bill. If they’re caught with a gun at a security checkpoint, nothing happens as long as they leave the area. (See FOLLY on page six)
Sen. Jerry Moran 141 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-6521 www.house.gov/moranks01/
Heeding Warren’s call for student loan reform
The Scott County Record • Page 5 • Thursday, May 1, 2014
by Katrina vanden Heuvel
As commencement season approaches, graduating students will soon hear words of wisdom from speakers offering experience, advice and inspiration. One thing they’re not likely to hear about is the $1.08 trillion elephant - our nation’s student debt crisis. That is how much U.S. households are estimated to owe in student loans, twice as much as in 2007. In fact, student debt now exceeds credit card debt, putting millions of families at risk of bankruptcy. Forty percent of households headed by someone under the age of 35 are saddled with student debt, unable to buy homes, raise families and secure their futures. This doesn’t just hold back individuals - it holds back our economic recovery. Meanwhile, Congress manu-
factures false debt crises instead of solving this very real one. Enter Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who intuitively understands the urgency and scale of the crisis. Indeed, Warren is not just a longtime student of bankruptcy in the United States, but someone who understands what it means for a family to be at risk of losing everything. As she writes in her new book, “A Fighting Chance,” the rules are such that a sudden event - divorce, illness, unemployment - can pull the rug out from under anyone. “A turn here, a turn there, and my life might have been very different, too,” she writes. Warren first came to Washington to battle a system that has long been rigged against the middle class, where working families’ voices get overpowered by well-funded lobbyists
“Do we invest in students or millionaires?” she asked in a speech at the Center for American Progress. Sadly - and predictably the resounding answer from the right is “millionaires.”
who hold elected officials by the pocket. In a 2009 interview with Michael Moore, she said, “You can’t buy a toaster in America that has a one in five chance of exploding. But you can buy a mortgage that has a one in five chance of exploding, and they don’t even have to tell you about it . . . We have consumer protection for everything you touch, taste, smell, feel . . . But there is no equivalent for credit cards, for mortgages. There’s nothing.” That’s why she successfully fought to establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the first new pro-
consumer, pro-people agency Washington has seen in decades. The senator has since been deploying her compassionate, creative firepower to combat the student debt crisis. Last July, Congress allowed interest rates on federal student loans to double. Warren fought against the compromise solution - flawed legislation that tied interest rates for new loans to the market, but left those with existing loans out to dry. As she noted at the time, the federal government stood to profit from all those IOUs, to the tune of $200 billion over the next 10 years, an arrangement that Warren rightly called “obscene.” She lost that round, but refused to quit. Earlier this year, she proposed legislation that would allow individuals with existing student loans to refinance at the same lower rates
that were set last summer for new loans. Warren’s plan would also enact the so-called “Buffett rule,” which would establish a minimum tax on income over $1 million and would allocate the projected $50 billion in revenue exclusively for refinancing student debt. “Do we invest in students or millionaires?” she asked in a speech at the Center for American Progress. Sadly - and predictably - the resounding answer from the right is “millionaires.” The conservative Heritage Foundation has not only criticized the “Buffett rule” but also called for the federal government to get out of the college loan business, a step that would leave the middle class out in the cold when it comes to pursuing higher education. (See REFORM on page six)
Cutting your urban chicken farmers slack by Jill Richardson
Be careful what you put in your head
by H. Edward Flentje
Mothers everywhere warn children not to put any food in their mouths unless they know where it came from. The same should apply to putting information in our heads. For instance, the Employment Policy Institute has recently run fullpage newspaper ads alerting the public and policymakers that an impressive group of some 650 economists who are supporting an increase in America’s minimum wage includes many who are “radical researchers.” The institute’s message is that no one should listen to, much less respect, this group of economists. But wait - “many” in the group are radical? How many? The ads
only list eight and offer only innuendo as “proof” of their radicalism. And, by the way, what and who is the Employment Policy Institute? Sounds legit, but is it? Not at all. It’s a non-profit front group run by longtime corporate operative Richard Berman. It gets millions of dollars in tax-exempt donations from fast-food chains and other corporate interests trying to kill the wage increase, then funnels that money into Berman’s for-profit PR firm, which also represents the restaurant industry. To make its case, the institute has cited several “academic” reports that assail the wage increase on multiple fronts. But, just as Berman refuses to disclose the names of the
corporate giants funding him, he also never mentions that more than half of the economists whose papers he cites are paid by him. One, Joseph Sabia, has been given a quarter-million dollars in eight grants from Berman’s institute. In addition, an independent analysis of one of Sabia’s reports found that the data was skewed to make it seem that a New York wage hike had a negative impact on employment, which simply was not true. This phony institute is a scam and a scandal - so momma says don’t put any of its stuff in your head.
Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker and author
War on tobacco limps ahead Smoking isn’t in the news much these days, but maybe it should be. Nearly half a million Americans still die from it each year. As the leading preventable cause of death in our country, tobacco kills way more people than guns, car accidents, and drug overdoses combined. And sure, smoking is gradually declining, but powerful players are fighting mightily to sustain its deadly impact on the world. This is no shock because there’s a ton of money in nicotine, whether consumers get their fix in cigarettes, pipes, cigars, battery-powered electronic cigarettes, or chewing tobacco. Many folks pay truly amazing prices for a pack and put up with draconian restrictions on where they may puff. Nicotine, after all, is just a legal and addictive drug. Due to tobacco’s gratifying profit margins, purveyors have become remarkably adept at finding new promotion angles and playing vigorous legal defense. For years, the homegrown industry has staved off
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tougher warning labels such as those seen in Europe and Australia. Big tobacco lost another round of its fight against graphic labels in a federal appeals court in 2012. But you can bet you won’t see photos of diseased lungs on retail packs anytime soon around this country. While the Supreme Court refused to hear the case last year, other obstacles remain in the way. Meanwhile, e-cigarettes are booming. They deliver nicotine to hungry lungs without tobacco’s fatal tars and resins. That’s good for competition, perhaps. But who needs more addicts? Well, the manufacturers do. Several boast that their smokes deliver more nicotine than their competitors. Thanks, guys, for that solid contribution to society. Then there are those cutesy bidi cigarettes. The hand-rolled fad aims
to hook modern youth with sundry yummy flavors. Luckily, the FDA recently gained greater regulatory powers over health risks, and it has just ordered four varieties of this malevolent product off the market altogether. But U.S. adventures with tobacco aren’t limited to our own borders. The crop has wormed its way into international trade agreements. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), one of President Barack Obama’s big priorities, may give new spark to tobacco companies. It could make it easier for companies in the cigarette business to sue whole nations that have had the temerity to impose annoying restrictions. And do you recall that landmark national tobacco settlement back in 1998? It required tobacco companies to fork over billions to the states to use in anti-smoking programs and efforts to cope with health problems caused by smoking. Well, the companies have indeed been paying, but the states have been chiseling. (See TOBACCO on page six)
I met my friend Rachel because we were both in the same situation: We each had neighbors who inexplicably hated our chickens. Rachel and I each had small flocks of hens, no roosters, and sprawling, fertile, organic vegetable gardens in our yards. And we live in urban San Diego. There certainly are reasons you might complain about chickens living next door in the city. If they’re noisy, smelly, or unhygienic, that’s a problem. If their owners let them escape into your yard, that’s a problem. And I’m guessing that you might not like glancing out your window to behold your neighbor killing chickens in the back yard, either. But neither of us ate our chickens and we both kept them clean. In my case, the neighbor in question had four yappy chihuahuas. Both Rachel’s neighborhood and mine are home to extremely noisy flocks of wild parrots. She’s in the flight path of the airport, and I lived across from a fire station. Compared to all that, the noise a hen makes is nothing. Looking back, she thinks her neighbor complained to the city simply because he didn’t like her roommate and wanted to get revenge. But sometimes, neighbors complain for no good reason. My neighbors liked my chickens - perhaps because I gave them free eggs - but their landlord, an extremely nasty woman, had a problem with them. I consulted all of my neighbors before and after getting my hens to ask if they had any concerns. Later, the neighbors’ landlord discovered the chickens and got mad. I asked what, exactly, was bothering her to see if I could fix it, but she had no answer. She also tossed rat poison into our yard, where our chickens or dog could have eaten it and died if I hadn’t removed the stuff. And the cops said that her attempt to kill my birds wasn’t a crime. These sorts of neighborhood squabbles are normal, but I still don’t understand why people complain when they don’t have a specific, legitimate concern like noise, smell or safety. I just visited Rachel the other day. She’s now got two goats and a beehive to go with her chicken flock and gorgeous, well-maintained garden. It’s all legal. She moved a few blocks away from the first complaining neighbor. She has a good relationship with her new next-door neighbors who like her garden and critters. Yet, someone just complained to the city. The problem? She has goats and chickens. The city sent in a code compliance officer to investigate. Rachel demonstrated that her animals were in full compliance with city code. The complaint did nothing but waste city resources. She still doesn’t know who complained - or why. This attitude reminds me of young children who are extremely concerned with rules and who tattle on anyone breaking them even if it’s not affecting anyone. “Jimmy used markers, but the teacher said to use crayons.” So? Is that hurting you? When we live near one another in cities and suburbs, we’ll inevitably make different decisions in our homes and yards. We’ll inevitably and occasionally annoy one another. (See CHICKENS on page six)
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Tax cuts have been a disaster for Kansas
In 2012, after passing the largest tax cut in the history of Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback claimed that his new policy would be “like a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy.” But as a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities makes clear, Brownback’s policies are doing a lot more harm than good. According to the CBPP, the tax cuts have already cost Kansas $803 million in revenue, and that figure will swell to over $5 billion by 2019. The state’s schools, courts,
health departments, and other public services have felt the brunt of that loss through severe cuts. After adjusting for inflation, funding for higher education is down 23 percent compared to pre-recession levels (even as tuition at Kansas public colleges and universities has risen by eight percent). Funding for libraries is 35 percent below 2012 levels, and 65 percent below 2008 levels. Funding for local health departments is down 14 percent from before the recession. Funding for courts is down 16 percent.
Millionaires unite to defeat minimum wage by Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) - A broad-based coalition of millionaires converged on Washington this week to defeat a bill that would have increased the minimum wage for American workers to $10.10 an hour. Leaving behind their mansions and yachts, the millionaires were motivated by what they saw as an existential threat to the country, Mitch McConnell, a spokesman for the millionaires, said. “This was an extremely diverse coalition,” McConnell said, noting that everyone from the rich to the very rich to the super-rich united to vote down the bill. McConnell hoped that Wednesday’s vote would burnish the millionaires’ reputation as “people who get things done.” “Folks who have tried to pin a ‘do nothing’ label on us are dead wrong,” he said. “When it comes to stopping workers from being paid more, we spring into action.”
Each of these declines leaves Kansas well behind most states in the nation. Schools have been hit especially hard by the impact of the tax cuts. Although most states have spent the past two years restoring spending cuts that were forced by the recession - 47 states have raised general state school funding per student since 2012 - Kansas has continued to slash its education budget. If the state adopts Gov. Brownback’s proposed budget, school funding would land 17 percent below pre-recession lev-
Humor Day of Prayer asking God “to help save our nation” while, at the same time, lying to people about Obamacare. Seems there is a commandment dealing with that, but conservatives seem to make exceptions for lying, stealing, adultery and a few other inconvenient rules. Neither do Huelskamp’s Christian beliefs prevent him from supporting the Brownback
Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Ryan’s latest budget would slash $90 billion from Pell grants and start Andy Borowitz is a comedian and author charging students interest while still in school. The United States could and should do much more editor’s mail to help middle- and lowincome families afford Thank you for the many Easter postsecondary education events, volunteers who participated especially at a time when Thank you to all in Scott City who planned, partici- our economic growth pated in, supported, or even just allowed the amazing depends on an educated events that took place in our community during Easter. workforce. Those included the five worship/luncheons at the United Methodist Church, the delicious soup supper at Camp Lakeside, and the amazing Road to Redemption presentation at Scott State Park. I am honored to be a native of such a positive community. Try, try again. Watch Beth Hess out if you connect through Scott City Atlanta. And law and order goes out the window. As (continued from Niraj Chokshi noted in page five) The Washington Post, this By and large, they plunk all but a trifle of that statute gets rid of state money into their general funds to hold down taxes. In requirements that firearms 2014, the states will spend less than two percent of the dealers maintain records $25 billion in settlement money to prevent kids from of sales and purchases. becoming smokers and to help adults who smoke quit. Databases on license holdPerhaps the most surprising aspect of the whole ers that span multiple tobacco epic is that so many people - including about jurisdictions are banned. one in five Americans - still smoke the stuff. Why on Those who commit gun Earth is that? crimes must be chuckling, Researchers at Hebrew University have concluded “Can you find me now?” that many smokers simply suffer from a lack of selfNothing better reveals control. Well, if that’s all there is to it, the war on the utter irrationality of tobacco may never end. our politics for the whole
William Collins is a former state representative and a former mayor of Norwalk, Conn.
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Sometimes, we all need to cut our neighbors some slack. Those Christmas decorations may look stupid on their front door in July, but they aren’t hurting me. I’ll deal with it. Sometimes, a neighbor’s offenses cause a real problem, like when my neighbor smoked cigarettes outside my open window. When that occurs, the best approach is to begin by starting a dialogue. You might be able to find a quick, easy resolution. I did - she agreed to stand farther away when she smoked. Getting law enforcement involved should be a last resort. As adults, we need to take the same advice we give tattling children: Try to work it out before roping in the authorities, and pick your battles wisely. Jill Richardson is the author of “Recipe for America: Why Our Food System Is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It”
els. Making matters worse, Kansas’ economy is lagging significantly behind the rest of the country. CBPP finds that the state’s job growth, business growth, and income growth are all below the national average - and the state’s own forecasts project that it will get worse in the coming years. That’s not to say that the whole state is suffering, however. Brownback’s tax cuts have worked out rather nicely for the wealthiest Kansans. The highest-income one percent of the state received
an average tax cut of 2.2 percent of their income, compared to 0.5 percent for the middle 20 percent of households. Meanwhile, Gov.
Brownback’s package actually raised taxes on the poorest 20 percent of the state, by eliminating tax credits such as a sales tax rebate.
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Administration and other states which have refused to expand Medicaid coverage. As a result, about 124,000 low-income Kansans are without health insurance. On more than 50 occasions, Huelskamp’s WWJD beliefs have given him clear conscience to vote for the repeal of Obamacare even though it has made health care more accessible to millions of
Americans and is helping to save lives, such as Dean Angstadt, and possibly could have saved the life of Charlene Dill. Ohio GOP Gov. John Kasich had his come-toGod moment when he finally persuaded his state’s Republicans to extend Medicaid coverage to 300,000 residents. “When you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not go-
ing to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small, but he’s going to ask you what you did for the poor. You’d better have a good answer,” said Kasich. Huelskamp, Brownback and other Republicans may then discover that St. Peter and God haven’t been laughing. Rod Haxton can be reached at email@example.com
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As I’ve argued before, we could make public college or advanced training free to qualified students for about $30 billion annually - less, for instance, than the $483 billion in defense discretionary spending that Ryan’s budget would add over the next 10 years. And people are squarely in Warren’s corner. Americans of both par-
ties overwhelmingly favor keeping loan rates at their current rate or lowering them. Students continue to protest the status quo, and in Warren they now have a fierce, fearless advocate. Commencement speakers usually call on their audiences to use their youth and idealism to tackle the nation’s most urgent problems. This year, commencement
speakers from across the country should address the problem located on the very campuses that will host them, challenging students, lawmakers and college administrators to ensure that higher education remains an engine for growth, not a dead end of debt. Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of The Nation magazine
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world to see than this madness about guns - and no issue better demonstrates how deeply divided our nation is by region, ideology and party. The New York Times reported that in the 12 months after the Sandy Hook shootings, 39 laws were enacted tightening gun restrictions; 25 were passed by state governments under full Democratic control. Seventy laws were passed loosening gun restrictions, 49 of them in Republicancontrolled states. The Wall Street Journal cited data showing that 21
states strengthened firearms restrictions in 2013 and 20 weakened them. Nowhere else in the world do the laws on firearms become the play things of politicians and lobbyists intent on manufacturing cultural conflict. Nowhere else do elected officials turn the matter of taking a gun to church into a searing ideological question. But then, guns are not a religion in most countries. The program for the NRA’s annual convention, held over the weekend in Indianapolis, list-
ed sessions on “Survival Mindset: Are You Prepared?”; “Creating a Constitutionally Centered Estate Plan”; and “Refuse to be a Victim.” Party on, guys. I can’t wait for you to figure out the ways in which even Georgia’s law is too restrictive. In the meantime, the nation’s unarmed majority might ponder how badly we have failed in asserting our own rights. E.J. Dionne, Jr., is a political commentator and longtime op-ed columnist for the Washington Post
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What do you think? Do you support the Scott City Council’s decision to double the cost of swimming pool admission to $2 per person/per day for those five-years and older? Yes
More Tax Dollars for USD 466 Would you support an increase in local property taxes (3-5 mills) over the next 2-3 years in order to reduce the number of staff reductions in the Scott County school district? Yes
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Please get regular mammograms as your doctor directs. Men can help by supporting their wife, mother and sisters to get mammograms. To have a mammogram at the Scott County Hospital, make an appointment with your physician and they will refer you to the radiology department. Sure, they take a little time, but most of us will probably spend more time getting our hair cut than what the mammogram will take. Remember, we all must be in charge of our own personal health.
No, to raising property taxes! My taxes continue to raise every year and when is enough, enough? City taxes are way to high and not just the school board, but this city is out of hand on spending and money management. You school board members are at fault, you need to find a fix. I would start with a all new board. * * * It seems odd to me that the school district could be so far in the whole and not know it until now. Has there been an investigation into the possibility of the money being embezzeled? We are getting a lot of run around as to the reason we are in the hole. I think we need answers. I also think this is a mess for the BOE and Administation to fix, without using tax dollars to do it!! I agree with “your At Fault” in that we are already over taxed as a city and county!!! * * * I completely agree, no more taxes. This is going to just continue! We raise our taxes, who says they won’t continue to keep doing the same thing? I am about sick of the terrible spending habits. Take responsibility and fix it. Don’t rely on taxpayers. Submit this form and your comments to The Record office, or log onto the website: scottcountyrecord.com Keep comments brief so they can be published in the newspaper. The numbers represent totals as of noon Thursday. For updated totals visit The Record website.
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It’s official! Kansas has not one, but two state fossils
Steven Fisher admits that just a couple of months ago he wasn’t an expert on the workings of state government. Not only has he gained a much better understanding of government, but Kansas has gained two official state fossils. A campaign initiated by the Scott Community High School senior to have the mosasaur and the pteranodon named the state’s official fossils came to fruition when the bills were passed by the Kansas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback. Fisher attended a signing ceremony on April 24 at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays. Fisher was able to stand on the stage with Gov. Brownback and other dignitaries and look on as the governor put his signature on the bill. He was even presented one of the pens used by Brownback. “It makes you feel like you’re a part of history,” says the 18-year-old. “It was a lot of fun to be a part of this and to know that I helped our state to have an official fossil.” When he arrived at the Sternberg Museum the staff already had their displays of the mosasaur and
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Steven Fisher stands next to the pteranodon display at the Sternberg Museum with an official signed copy of the bill declaring the pteranodon and mosasaur the state fossils.
pteranodon identified as “Official Kansas Fossils.” T-shirts were also given out recognizing the new state officials. Fisher gained a new perspective on what it takes to be involved in government. “It’s very different from talking about it in the classroom,” he says. “In the classroom you think of this as something that other people do. It’s a lot cooler when you are
part of it.” Fisher credited State Rep. Don Hineman for his role in helping the bill to make its way through the legislature. He presented the state representative from Dighton with a framed image of the pteranodon and mosasaur. “Without Mr. Hineman I doubt that this would have got done. He was very helpful,” says Fisher. Of course, Fisher was also instrumental in show-
ing their was support for the effort. He submitted a petition with about 400 signatures from Scott County and from 4-Hers around the state. While Fisher will continue pursuing his interest in fossils and geology, he has no other immediate plans to be involved in state government. “The state fossils are now official,” he said with a grin. “I think my work is done.”
Award Wasinger SFEC scholarship
The Spencer Flight and Education Center (SFEC) has awarded Leighton Wasinger the first aviation scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Wasinger plans to use the scholarship to pursue his private pilot license while training at the SFEC and the Scott City Airport. “My interest for flying began as a young kid,” says Wasinger. “I still remember the sound of Vernon Storm’s plane flying on calm spring mornings. As a curious six-year-old, I would rush outside with the hope that Vernon would be spraying a field close enough that I could watch him smoothly glide over the field, barely missing trees, electric lines and sprinklers. “Ever since, I have wanted to make aviation and agriculture part of my future.” The scholarship funds are awarded on a matching basis, meaning that for every dollar Wasinger spends on approved flight training expenses, the SFEC will match that up to a maximum of $2,000. “Learning to fly can be expensive. The average cost of a new private pilot license can be anywhere from $5,000 to upwards of $9,000,” says SFEC President Brian Vulgamore. “This new scholarship will make that price tag a little less intimidating for Leighton. We are excited to enable his future dreams.” The scholarship selection committee focused on high school or college transcript, a one page essay, and two letters of recommendation. The SFEC will offer an aviation scholarship annually through funds managed by the Scott Community Foundation. The SFEC’s mission is to actively promote the safety and success of Western Kansas pilots and passengers by providing a local venue for highquality flight instruction in addition to various educational programs and resources for individuals of all ages. More information can be found at www.spencerflightcenter.com. Friendship ‘Meals to Go’ available from the VIP Center Individual frozen/sealed trays • Good for special diets only $3.25/meal • Call 872-3501
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Be on the lookout for brown recluse spiders Researchers offer 10 facts about spiders This is the season for creepy, crawly things that seemingly come from nowhere. And one to watch for is the brown recluse spider. “A number of things are not well known or have been misunderstood about the brown recluse spider,” said Holly Davis, research associate and Ph.D. candidate in Kansas State University’s Department of Entomology.
She, along with associate professor of entomology, Jeff Whitworth, recently completed research in an effort to better understand and manage the brown recluse. The team shared 10 facts about the much-publicized spider. 1) Brown recluse spiders are mostly only active from March through October, so trying to control them from October through March is generally not necessary or useful. 2) They are found outdoors in Kansas and other Midwestern states, as well as within structures. They tend to thrive in the same
environments that humans do. They enter structures either by crawling in from the outside or are brought in on furniture and boxes from other infested structures. 3) They readily feed on prey that is dead, so are attracted to recently killed insects. However, they can and will also attack live prey. 4) Brown recluses build small, irregular webs in out-of-the-way places but do not use these to capture prey. They tend to hide in the dark and move around at night searching for prey. 5) A brown recluse is tiny when it first emerges from the egg case
and takes several molts to reach adulthood, 6-12 months. Remember, they are only active from March to October so this may take one to two years. Then they may live 2-3 years as adults. Females can produce 2-5 egg cases during this time (two or three is most common) and each may contain 20-50 spiderlings. 6) Brown recluse spiders are venomous but bites do not always result in large, necrotic lesions where surrounding tissue dies. Often, the bite goes unnoticed and only results in a pimple-like swelling. However, some people develop a necrotic
May is great time to fertilize irrigated cool-season lawns May is an excellent time to fertilize coolseason lawns such as tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass if they will be irrigated throughout the summer. Non-irrigated lawns often go through a period of summer dormancy because of drought and do not need this fertilization. May is a good time to fertilize because the springtime flush of growth characteristic of these grasses has tapered off, so the fertilizer you apply will be less likely to cause excessive shoot growth than if you had fertilized in April. Slow-release nitrogen sources are ideal. These nitrogen sources promote controlled growth, which is desirable as the stressful summer weather approaches. Relatively few fertilizers available to the homeowner supply all of the nitrogen in the slowly available form. But one such product that is widely available is Milorganite. Other such products available in the retail market include cottonseed meal, alfalfa-based fertilizers, and any other products derived from plants or animals. (Bloodmeal is an exception, and contrary to popular belief, the nitrogen it supplies is quickly available.) These products are all examples of natural organic fertilizers. They
typically contain less than 10 percent nitrogen by weight, so compared to most synthetic fertilizers, more product must be applied to get the same amount of nitrogen. Translation: they are more expensive! Apply enough to give the lawn one pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet. For example, if the fertilizer is six percent nitrogen by weight, you will need to apply almost 17 pounds of fertilizer product per 1,000 square feet. Summer lawn fertilizers that contain at least a portion of the nitrogen as slow-release are fine to use as well. Be sure to follow label directions. If cost is prohibitive, you can use the less expensive quick-release (i.e., soluble) sources, but split the application into two doses as follows: apply enough to give the lawn 0.5 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet in May and again in early June. Sweet Corn Primer It used to be simple to decide which sweet corn to plant. You simply chose a cultivar and plant when the soil temperature
reached 55 degrees. Now it has become more complicated due to genetic advances in sweet corn. Breeders have found certain genes that improve “standard” sweet corn. Below is an overview of the types commonly available to homeowners. Standard (su): This is our “normal” sweet corn and contains a “sugary gene” (su). Standard sweet corn should be isolated from field corn, popcorn, super-sweets and ornamental corn. To isolate one type of corn from another, do not plant one type within 200 to 250 feet or be sure to have a difference of 12-14 days in time to maturity. Plant when the soil temperature reaches at least 55 degrees. Recommended varieties include Honey and Cream, Silver Queen, Sterling Silver, Jubilee or Merit. Supersweet (sh2): Though supersweets have up to three times the sweetness of standard sweet corns and hold their sweetness longer after harvest due to the sh2 gene, they do have some drawbacks such as tougher kernels and a lack of some of that good “corn” flavor. They also need to be isolated from other sweet corn types and are very sensitive to cooler soils. Wait until the soil temper-
ature reaches 65 degrees before planting. Try Candy Store, Florida Staysweet, Sugar Loaf, Sweet Time or Sweetie. Sugar Enhanced (se): These are probably the most popular type of sweet corn grown due to their tender kernels, good flavor and less sensitivity to cool soils (60 degree soil temperature for planting). They hold their postharvest sweetness longer than standard types but will not hold sweetness as long as the supersweets. The sweetness from the sugar-enhanced types is due to the “se gene.” If both parents were se types, the variety is known as an se+ or se se. If only one parent was an se type and the other an su type, then the variety will be listed as se. They do not need to be isolated other than from the supersweets. Suggested varieties include Bodacious, Ambrosia, Sweet Temptation, Delectable and Miracle. Triplesweet (synergistic): The newest types of sweet corns blend the su, se and supersweet types with the goal of combining the best characteristics of each. We don’t have firm recommendations yet but you may want to try Serendipity, Polka, Avalon or Frisky.
wound (with blood and pus) which is slow to heal, with the potential for a secondary infection. If you know you’ve been bitten, catch the spider if safely possible, and show it to medical personnel for clear identification. 7) Sticky traps for spiders and other insects, available at most hardware and garden stores, work well to trap brown recluse spiders. They may not significantly reduce the numbers, but definitely help, and are a great way to detect and monitor the spider populations. 8) Insecticides labeled to control brown recluse spiders kill the spiders, but
must be sprayed directly on them, or the spider needs to come into direct contact with the treated area while it is still damp. Otherwise, little control is achieved. 9) Brown recluse spiders are better controlled with insecticides on noncarpeted surfaces. 10) Preventative measures like sealing cracks in foundations and walls, clearing clutter in and around the home, moving woodpiles away from the house, placing sticky traps in low traffic areas and spraying pesticides can help eliminate brown recluse populations within the home.
USD 466 be increased to $1,000. Increasing the deductible is expected to save about $70,000 in premiums while the reimbursement payback will save an estimated $50,000. The two percent pay cut will save a projected $180,000, which includes FICA (Social Security, Medicare), workman’s compensation and other payroll deductions. Even though the vote was by the Scott County Teachers Association (SCTA) it affects everyone employed by the district, from administration to classified staff (sec-
Eight-Year Cycle Another feature which makes ag land values unique is that they are based on eight year period of income and expenses. As the most recent year is added to the valuation mix the oldest year is dropped from the calculation. Cultivated land is valued using an eight-year average of the landlord share of net income, with soil types used to recognize land productivity potential. For grassland an eight-year average of the landlord share of the net rental income is used. “It’s a constantly mov-
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retaries, custodians, bus drivers, etc.). “The teachers account for about 75 employees. Without their participation the impact of the pay cut on all other employees would be fairly minimal,” says Supt. Bill Wilson. “That gets us almost halfway to our (budget cut) number without anyone losing their job.” Retirement Incentive The board of education has also agreed to a onetime retirement incentive for teachers who receive the health insurance benefit and elect to retire at the
Ag Land “It would break the economy in Western Kansas to make the change to market value without adjusting the tax rate,” said Reeder, referring to the 30 percent assessment on ag land.
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ing number,” says Reeder. In addition, the appraiser says crop market values are calculated into a weighted average and market data is supplied to the state which is figured into its data. “We don’t look at whether one guy raised 180-bushel corn and whether another raised 100-bushel corn,” Reeder points out. Values are broken down into nine districts across the state so that use-value figures for Scott County are based on data compiled from surrounding counties, and vice-versa. It takes KAS and KState two years to process the data, so use-value figures are two years behind. The 2013 crop data won’t be finalized and used in the valuation figures until 2015.
NHS induction is Wednesday
Induction ceremony for students into the Wood Chapter of the National Honor Society at Scott Community High School will be held on Wed., May 7, 6:00 p.m., in the high school auditorium. This will be followed by the SCHS “Senior Night” scholarship awards program.
Brown bag lunch Sunday
The senior high United Methodist Youth in Scott City will be sponsoring a brown bag lunch fundraiser on Sun., May 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Scott Community High School parking lot. The meal includes a hamburger, chips, cookie and soft drink. The cost is a free-will donation.
Silent Angels fundraiser
end of the 2013-14 school year. Employees who have worked for the district full-time for at least 30 years are eligible to received district-sponsored health insurance premiums of up to $6,000 per year until they reach age 65. Wilson says there are 6-7 teachers in the district who meet this guideline. However, they were required to inform the district of their decision no later than May 1 - which is also when the board was planning to make a decision on which staff members would be retained.
Silent Angels no-kill rescue shelter is sponsoring a Mother’s Day drawing. Grand prize is one night at the Guest House bed and breakfast in Scott City. Other prizes are a $50 gift certificate for Gifts, etc.; five tanning sessions with Shear Designers; and a manicure from Shear Designers. Tickets can be purchased at Scott County Lumber and the Scott County Record. The drawing will be held on Fri., May 9.
Out of the Mix This process leaves the local appraiser largely out of the valuation mix. “We measure property lines if they change and we administer state values the way they are given to us,” Reeder says. While acknowledging there were some “pretty good increases” in appraised values within Scott County, Reeder says that very few have been appealed by the landowners. He said there were less than 30 hearings held during the recently completed appeals process in Scott County, which is less than one percent of the 5,000 total parcels. “There may be a lot of talk about how much land values have gone up, but one percent is a pretty low number of appeals,” notes the appraiser.
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Pfanenstiel is honored for passion in helping youth with special needs Dana Pfanenstiel always knew that she was meant to teach young children. But children with special needs? “I never saw myself being that kind of teacher,” says the Scott City resident. “That takes a special kind of person and I wasn’t sure I could be that kind of person.” It wasn’t until she returned to her hometown of Ellinwood following several years as an early education teacher that life took a major change. The daycare center where Pfanenstiel was a pre-school teacher closed its doors and she was immediately contacted by Sunflower Diversified in Great Bend (an early child development center) and asked if she would be interested in working with special needs children. “I told them I’d never worked with special education kids before, that I didn’t know if I could do it,” Pfanenstiel recalls. “They asked me to give them a week. If I didn’t like it I was under no obligation to stay.” Two days was all she needed. “That’s all it took for me to realize this is what I really wanted to do,” she says. It was the start of a career that’s been rewarding for Pfanenstiel and her students. She was recently recognized as a recipi-
ent of the 2014 “Distinguished Service Provider Award” for her dedication and service to young children and their families in the High Plains Education Cooperative where she has been employed for the past 19 years. The award was presented by the Kansas Division of Early Childhood during its annual conference. “Children gravitate to Dana when she enters a classroom,” the KDEC said in presenting the award. “She gets down on their level and facilitates play while teaching meaningful concepts and life lessons. Her heart is big and she works tirelessly to support children with disabilities.” Accepting Differences It was always Pfanenstiel’s ambition to teach. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and family/child development from Kansas State University and added a master’s degree in early childhood education from Emporia State University. Pfanenstiel finds herself in the unique position of helping about 33 students in three school districts - Scott, Wichita and Greeley counties - across two time zones. “That makes it pretty interesting trying to juggle my schedule,” she says. As an employee of the HPEC, Pfanenstiel works
School Calendar Fri., May 2: SCHS in technology fair at Ft. Hays State University; SCES rocket launch; SCHS in ElectroRally at Hays; SCHS track at Cheney; GWAC middle school music festival at Garden City Community College; SCHS JV golf at Oakley; SCHS varsity tennis at Colby, 3:00 p.m.; SCHS baseball at Colby, 4:00 p.m. Sat., May 3: SCHS in state forensics at Topeka. Mon., May 5: SCHS FFA state CDE in Manhattan; SCES third grade science fair; SCHS JV tennis tournament, 3:00 p.m.; SCHS cheer squad banquet in commons area, 6:30 p.m. Tues., May 6: SCHS varsity/JV track at Garden City, 1:00 p.m.; SCHS baseball vs Ulysses (H), 4:00 p.m.; SCHS softball vs Ulysses (T), 4:00 p.m. SCES TEAM meeting, 5:30 p.m.; SCMS 7/8 grade spring music concert, 7:00 p.m. Wed., May 7: National Honor Society induction ceremony at SCHS auditorium, 6:00 p.m.; SCHS senior awards night, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., May 8: SCMS track at Great Bend, 2:00 p.m.; SCES 3/4 grade spring music program, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.; SCHS varsity golf at Colby, 3:00 p.m. Fri., May 9: SCHS in regional tennis at Pratt.
Dana Pfanenstiel has been honored as the “Distinguished Service Provider” for 2014 by the Kansas Dividion of Early Childhood. (Record Photo)
She gets down on their level and facilitates play while teaching meaningful concepts and life lessons. Her heart is big and she works tirelessly to support children with disabilities. with three- to five-yearolds - filling that time frame after a child receives services at Russell Child and Development Center (three-years and under) and before they enter kindergarten. She works with youngsters experiencing a range of disabilities that include cognitive skills, autism, spina bifida “and some syndromes I haven’t heard of before.” However, Pfanenstiel takes an all-inclusive approach to education. “Over the last several years we’ve made the transition to include
the parents in the education process - not just the kids,” emphasizes Pfanenstiel. “We’re with a child for only about 30 minutes. Parents need to know what to do when we aren’t there - things they can do as part of the child’s normal day.” Likewise, she also takes that same approach in the classroom so that teachers are better equipped to help a child on a day-to-day basis. Perhaps one of Pfanenstiel’s most important objectives with students attending pre-school is
to make sure they are accepted by their peers. Part of that process involves helping other students understand compassion and respect. “When students are in pre-school we want to lay the groundwork for acceptance - that just because someone is different doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings and don’t want to be included in activities with their classmates. I think it surprises people how much kids at this age want to help a classmate who has a disability. It’s very heart-
warming to see that happen. “Hopefully, they learn that these lessons apply not just to those kids who have special needs but to anyone who they see as a little different from everyone else.” Pfanenstiel can’t imagine a career that involves anything but teaching her pre-schoolers. “I’ve always loved the little kids and their honesty - and how they love you to pieces. It’s so rewarding to see them grow,” she adds. “That makes my job easy.”
Glenn on NACTA championship team
The meats judging team at Garden City Community College repeated as champions and reserve champions at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture contest at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo., on April 10-12. A member of the championship team was Skyler
Glenn, a sophomore and graduate of Scott Community High School. More than 40 two-year and four-year colleges and universities throughout the country attended this year’s conference. The Broncbusters were represented by two teams of agriculture students and competed against six other community colleges
in the meats judging division. This is the second consecutive year that GCCC has placed first and second overall at the contest. This year they also took first and second in retail identification and second and third in the placings/ questions segments. Seven GCCC students placed among the top 10
individuals overall in their contests. Glenn finished sixth overall in the individual rankings; was fourth in placings/questions; and eighth in retail identification. The team also competed in two other categories including quiz bowl and livestock management where they finished seventh.
For the Record Don’t overlook value of disability insurance The Scott County Record
Most people understand why having life insurance is a good idea: Nobody wants to leave their survivors in a financial lurch if they were to die suddenly. But what if you suffer an accident or illness and don’t die, but rather, become severely disabled? Could you or your family make ends meet without your paycheck, possibly for decades?
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Although most people are entitled to Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits if they’ve paid sufficient FICA payroll taxes over the years, the eligibility rules are extremely strict, applying can take many months, and the average monthly benefit is only about $1,150. So what are your other disability coverage options? Many companies provide sick leave and short-
Scott City Council Agenda Mon., May 5 • 7:30 p.m. City Hall • 221 W. 5th •Call to Order •Approve minutes of April 21 regular meeting •Consider Beefiesta sponsorship •Scott Recreation Commission 1) Retirement date change for court clerk Sharon Lock 2) Recommendation of court clerk •Discuss nuisance abatement extension •Mayor’s appointments •Elect council president •Designate official newspaper •Designate depository of city funds •Open agenda: audience is invited to voice ideas or concerns. A time limit may be requested Pool Department 1) Requested dates and times for swim team to use the pool Police Department 1) Misc. business Parks Department 1) Misc. business Public Works Department 1) Open bids on two used 1998 pickups 2) Report from water rate committee 3) Discussion of water conservation measures Clerk’s Department 1) Budget timeline and budget workshop date •Mayor’s comments
Public Notice (First published in The Scott County Record, Thurs., May 1, 2014; last published Thurs., May 15, 2014)3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF SCOTT COUNTY, KANSAS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF VERA M. BUCKBEE, Deceased, Case No. 2014-PR-8 NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that on April 28, 2014, a Petition for Probate of Will and Issuance of Letters Testamentary was filed in this court by Keen K. Brantley, an heir, devisee, legatee, and
Executor named in the Last Will and Testament of Vera M. Buckbee, deceased. All creditors of the above named decedent are notified to exhibit their demands against the Estate within four months from the date of the first publication of this notice, as provided by law, and if their demands are not thus exhibited, they shall be forever barred. Keen K. Brantley WALLACE, BRANTLEY & SHIRLEY 325 Main - P.O. Box 605 Scott City, Kansas 67871 Attorney for Petitioner
term disability coverage to reimburse employees during brief periods of illness or injury. Some also provide long-term disability (LTD) insurance that replaces a percentage of pay for an extended period of time. But employer-provided LTD plans usually replace only about 60 percent of pay and the money you receive is considered taxable income, further lowering your benefit’s worth. Plus, such plans often
have a waiting period before benefits kick in, will carve out any SSDI benefits you receive, and cap the monthly benefit amount and maximum payout period (often as little as two years). Thus, even if your employer provides basic LTD, you might want to purchase additional coverage. Just be prepared: LTD insurance can be expensive. Yearly premiums may cost 1-3 percent of gross income, depend-
Public Notice (First published in The Scott County Record Thurs., April 24, 2014; last published Thurs., May 8, 2014)3t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF SCOTT COUNTY, KANSAS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF GORDON E. WIECHMAN, deceased Case No. 96PR2 (Proceedings pursuant to K.S.A. Chapter 59) NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR FINAL SETTLEMENT STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that a Petition has been filed in this Court by Susan D. Wiechman, the duly appointed, qualified and acting Executrix of the Estate of Gordon E. Wiechman, deceased, praying that her acts be approved; her accounts be settled and allowed; the heirs be determined; the Will be construed and the Estate be assigned to the devisee and legatee in accordance with the Last Will
and Testament of Gordon E. Wiechman, deceased; the administration of the Estate be closed; and upon the filing of receipts, the Petitioner be finally discharged as the Executrix of the Estate of Gordon E. Wiechman, deceased, and released from further liability. You are hereby required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 20th day of May, 2014, at 3:00 o’clock p.m. on said day, in said Court, in the City of Scott City, Scott County, Kansas, at which time and place said cause will be heard. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon said Petition. Susan D. Wiechman Petitioner HAMPTON & ROYCE, L.C. Ninth Floor - United Building P.O. Box 1247 Salina, Kansas 67402-1247 785-827-7251 Attorneys for Petitioner
ing on plan features, your buy an individual policy. age, and whether you have A few of the things to preexisting conditions. keep in mind: •The younger and Check With Employer healthier you are, the First, see if you can lower the premiums you’ll buy supplemental cover- be able to lock in. age through your employ•Some policies won’t er’s plan - their group rate pay benefits unless you will be cheaper than an can’t perform the duties individual policy and you of your own occupation, probably won’t need a while others specify that physical exam. Or see if you must be physically any professional or trade unable to perform any organizations you belong job (the latter coverage is to offer group coverage. much cheaper). If not, you’ll have to (See DISABILITY on page 13)
Scott Co. LEC Report Scott City Police Department April 12: Police responded to a report of aggravated battery and battery in the 200 block of east 2nd Street. April 18: Markie Brown was arrested for possession of stimulants and use/possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia. She was transported to the LEC. April 19: Paco Banda was backing out of a parking spot when he struck a vehicle owned by John King. April 24: Linda Parks was backing out of a parking spot in the 800 block of west 9th Street when she struck a vehicle owned by Larry Fox.
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Public Notice (First published in The Scott County Record on Thurs., April 17, 2014; last published Thurs., May 1)3t NOTICE OF PRIMARY ELECTION To the County Election Officer of Scott County, Kansas: A Primary Election will be held August 5, 2014. Candidates for the following offices will be nominated by EACH political party which has qualified to participate in the Primary Election: One Candidate for State Senate One Candidate for State Representative, 1st District One Candidate for Member, State Board of Education Districts to be determined One pair of candidates for Governor/Lt. Governor One candidate for Secretary of State One candidate for Attorney General One candidate for State Treasurer One candidate for Commissioner of Insurance One candidate for State Representative, 118th District One candidate for Member, State Board of Education 5th District One Candidate for County Commissioner 1st District One Candidate for unexpired term County Clerk One Candidate for Township Clerk Isbel Township One Candidate for Township Clerk Lake Township One Candidate for Township Clerk Valley Township As per K.S.A. 25-204 candidates may declare their intention to seek office by filing the proper paperwork before noon on Friday, June 1, 2014. IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I set my hand and cause to be affixed my official seal. Done at the City of Topeka this 31st day of March, A.D. 2014. seal Kris W. Kobach Secretary of State
Public Notice (First published in The Scott County Record, Thurs., April 24, 2014; last published Thurs., May 1, 2014)2t APPLICATION FOR ZONING VARIANCE Notice is hereby given that the Scott City Planning Commission will hold a special meeting on May 8, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., at the Scott City Council Meeting Room at City Hall, 221 West 5th Street, Scott City, Kansas, to consider the following agenda items: Application for variance by Arturo Ayala to allow a front yard fence taller than allowed by ordinance and construction of an assessory building, a 36’ x 40’ pole barn with a porch on one side, which is larger than allowed by ordinance and taller than the residence on: Lots Eight thru Twelve (8-12) and Twenty-four thru Thirty (24-30) in Block Nine (9), Hall’s 1st Addition to the City of Scott City. (310 N. College Street and 306 E. Belleview Street) All interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard at such hearing. Dated: April 14, 2013 /s/Rodney Hogg, chairman Scott City Planning Commission
Public Notice (First published in The Scott County Record, Thurs., April 24, 2014; last published Thurs., May 1, 2014)2t APPLICATION FOR ZONING VARIANCE Notice is hereby given that the Scott City Planning Commission will hold a special meeting on Thurs., May 8, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., at the Scott City Council Meeting Room at City Hall, 221 West 5th Street, Scott City, Kansas, to consider the following agenda items: 1. Application for variance by Jason Dunagan to allow an accessory building (garage) to be built larger than allowed by ordinance on: South 40’ of Lot Three (3) and North 50’ of Lot Six (6), Block Nine (9), CA Steele & Sons Addition to Scott City (1204 Kingsley) All interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard at such hearing. Dated: April 21, 2013 /s/Rodney Hogg, chairman Scott City Planning Commission
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•Look for a “non-cancelable” policy, which means the insurer can’t cancel or refuse to renew your policy - or raise the premium - if you don’t pay on time. •The longer the waiting period before benefits are paid, the lower the premium. Thus, if you have enough sick time and savings to wait 120 days before payout, your premiums will be significantly less than for a 60-day waiting period. •Some policies only provide benefits for two years, while others pay until your normal Social Security retirement age - most cover somewhere in between. The shorter the term, the lower the cost. •Many plans exclude preexisting conditions, mental health or substance abuse issues. For an additional fee, policies with a “future purchase option” allow you to increase coverage as your wages rise, without having to take another physical or rewrite the policy. Check whether the benefit payout amount is fixed or if cost-of-living adjustments are made periodically. The latter type is more expensive but offers better protection against inflation if you’re disabled for many years. Bottom line: If you became seriously disabled it could easily wipe out your savings and put your family in financial jeopardy. Before you actually need it, investigate what disability coverage you already have and what other options are available.
Sunday, February 2 • 11:00 a.m.
Pickups, Shop Equipment and Household
Saturday, May 10 • 10:00 a.m.
Location: American Legion building, south edge of Dighton Harold and Juanita - Owners
Pickups 2009 Chevy Silverado pickup, ext. cab, auto., 29,400 miles, white (nice) 1996 GMC 3500 pickup, dually, ext. cab, auto., 7.4 liter motor, camper hitch, 97,732 mi., (good shape) Furniture and Appliances Brown leather lift chair Oak end tables Oak entertainment center Octagon dining table with 4-matching chairs Day bed with wooden arms (nice) La Z Boy mauve recliner Blue floral print occasional chair Blonde cedar chest G.E. small chest deep freeze Antique and Collectibles Oak 3-drawer dresser Oak dining table with claw feet and 6-matching chairs 4-drawer dresser with mirror
Child’s wagon Monark bicycle Rope making machine Kerosene lamp Dietz barn lantern Old pictures and frames Hames Old jars Wooden nail keg Shop Items Floor jacks Craftsman drill press Shopsmith all-in-one woodworking tool Creeper Several socket sets Wrench sets Nut and bolt assortment Lincoln 225 amp welder Cutting torch, gauges and bottles Platform scale Shop vac Extension cords 2-small portable air compressors Campbell Hausfield 3.5 hp air compressor Silver battery charger Several small battery chargers Lots of hand tools Small electric hand tools
Air bubble Implement jacks Cordless drills Drill bit indexes Bottle jacks Martex drill bit sharpener Parts assortment Wooden work bench Yamaha portable generator, like new Clean Machine power washer Log chains and chain boomers Chain hoist Lots of parts and repairs Aluminum step ladders 200-gal. propane tank, 70% full Many other shop items not listed Lawn, Garden and Sporting Items Fishing poles Several tackle boxes Lots of tackle Golf clubs Camping items Coleman camp stoves and lanterns B&D gas powered lawn edger JD gas chain saw
Craftsman 6.75 hp mower, self propelled,rear bagger Ariens rototiller Shovels, rakes, hoes, etc. Aluminum caddy for mobility scooter, fits into receiver hitch Motorcycle carrier, fits into receiver hitch Propane BBQ grill Lawn chairs Electric smoker 1-row garden planter Lawn fertilizer spreader Hand sprayers Small 2-wheel utility trailer, tilts Wheel barrow Bug light Patio table and chairs with matching glider swing Fire pit Household Items Table lamps Metal file cabinet Wooden high chair Wooden blanket chest Figurines Tupperware Pots and pans Bedding Fans Other items
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Not expanding Medicaid costs Kansas hospitals Jim McLean KHI News Service
$110 million and counting for hospitals in state
The decision by Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican legislative leaders not to expand Medicaid is denying care to thousands and costing Kansas hospitals millions of dollars, participants in a panel discussion said earlier this week. Randy Peterson, president and chief executive of Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, said that hospitals agreed to reductions in reimbursement rates for Medicare and other federal programs in exchange for increasing the number of Americans with private or Medicaid coverage. Negotiators assumed
the increase in coverage would more than offset the reductions. “The coverage hasn’t happened; the cuts did happen,” Peterson said. Peterson said not expanding Medicaid eligibility to more lowincome adults is largely responsible for a $10 million annual gap between what the reimbursement reductions are costing his hospital and the offsetting revenues that were expected. A “ticker” on the Kansas Association of Hospital’s website keeps track of how much federal money the state has
Stress is primary cause of overeating by the American Counseling Association
It isn’t news that America has a weight problem. Almost daily, the media is full of weight loss tips while millions of dollars are spent on special diet plans, and yet the problem isn’t disappearing. For many people the problem may be not so much what their food choices are, but rather why they eat. Research has found that stress-related eating is one of the most important reasons for overeating. Eating when faced with stress is a natural reaction. Many foods affect our moods and feelings. Some may remind us of better, simpler times (think comfort foods), or they may actually bring chemical reactions that make us feel better (think sugar high), at least for a short time. Unquestionably, we live in a stressful world. From news reports of tragedies, to family issues, to the daily traffic jams we may experience, stress is a common occurrence and one that many of us deal with by reaching for something to eat. Doing so takes our mind off our tension and stress and leaves us feeling better. And so we do it, often without thinking, until that bathroom scale tells us something is wrong. So how can you avoid using food as a stress reliever? Start by focusing not so much on what you’re eating, but when and why you’re eating. Experts advise keeping a diary for a few days and recording what you eat, when you eat and what you’re feeling at the time. What you may find is that, without realizing it, you’ve been snacking, often unhealthily, not at times when you’re really hungry, but simply when you’re feeling stressed. A next step is accepting that the food you’re eating doesn’t make your stress or problems go away, and may even be increasing your stress as you add on extra pounds. This is the time to start analyzing the sources of stress in your life and seeing what you might do to reduce or manage that stress. Consider non-food related activities, like exercising, reading, gardening or similar relaxing activities. Often, simply being aware of what is triggering your stress-related eating is enough to help you avoid it. It isn’t easy to overcome stress-related eating, but it can be done. If you find that your eating issues are serious enough to be affecting your health, talk to your family physician or consider consulting a professional counselor who specializes in this area. “Counseling Corner” is provided by the American Counseling Association. Visit the ACA website at counseling.org
forgone since the first of the year by not expanding Medicaid. By day’s end Monday it was closing in on $110 million. “Any Kansan that is paying federal income taxes is subsidizing all the other states that have adopted Medicaid expansion,” said Maynard Oliverius, the former CEO of Stormont-Vail HealthCare, who moderated the panel discussion sponsored by Washburn University. In addition to Oliverius and Peterson, panelists included Cindy Samuelson, vice president of communications
for the hospital association; Dr. Kent Palmberg, a Stormont-Vail senior vice president, and Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger. It’s All Politics Brownback and legislative leaders have given various reasons for opposing expansion. Initially, they questioned the reliability of the federal government’s promise to pay 100 percent of expansion costs for the first three years and not less than 90 percent thereafter. More recently, the governor has said he doesn’t want to increase Medicaid
enrollment until the state can afford to serve Kansans with physical and developmental disabilities who are now on waiting lists. Peterson said the argument that the federal government can’t be trusted to keep its funding promise “doesn’t hold water.” If that were the case, he said, the Brownback administration wouldn’t be accepting federal dollars for other programs and projects. “We’re taking a lot of money for NBAF in Manhattan,” Peterson said, referring to the $54 million National Bio and
Agro-Defense Facility being built on the Kansas State University campus. Praeger said the reform law’s continued unpopularity with Kansas voters is the reason that Republican leaders don’t want to discuss Medicaid expansion. Doing so, she said, would deprive them of a powerful wedge issue heading into the November elections. “It’s politics, pure and simple,” she said. Currently, most of the approximately 380,000 Kansans enrolled in Medicaid called KanCare - are children, new mothers, the disabled and seniors in nursing homes. Able-bodied (See MEDICAID on page 15)
KanCare companies reporting losses in first year of operation Mike Shields KHI News Service
The state’s three prime KanCare contractors each lost money in their first year managing health care for the 380,000 Kansas Medicaid enrollees, but received cash infusions from their parent companies that allowed them to meet their contract obligations and stay solvent. That’s according to information included in the draft of the first annual report on KanCare submitted by state officials to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The report wasn’t detailed, but there were
exceeded the first-year requirements of CMS for the KanCare initiative, including the achievement of “budget neutrality,” which means the program didn’t cost the federal government any more than it did before the Brownback administration’s Medicaid makeover. The federal government pays almost 60 percent of the cost of Medicaid. The state pays the rest. When the program was launched, Brownback officials predicted that it would save the state and federal governments $1.2 billion over five years, Budget Neutrality State officials said the though most of those savreport showed that Kansas ings were expected to net operating losses of more than $110 million. Brownback officials have put government “savings” from KanCare’s first year in the range of $55 million to $100 million, depending on how they are calculated. KanCare is the initiative launched by Brownback on Jan. 1, 2013. It moved virtually all the state’s Medicaid enrollees into health plans run by Amerigroup, UnitedHealthcare and Sunflower State Health Plan, a subsidiary of Centene.
come closer to the end of the five years. Administration officials said Medicaid historically was going up at the rate of about 6.5 percent a year and their goal was to reduce the growth in cost while improving health outcomes for enrollees. The KanCare initiative has been controversial on various fronts and continues to leave many Medicaid providers, large and small, frustrated by delayed or partial payments for their services. The report acknowledged those problems for 2013 and listed the number of appeals and grievances filed by providers (See KANCARE on page 15)
Be ‘sun wise’ with your eyes Dr. Joshua Gooden Scott Community Healthcare Committee
The same sun rays that lead to skin cancer and premature aging of the skin are just as bad for your eyes. The culprit is ultraviolet (UV) rays, and because May is National UV Awareness Month, everyone is encouraged to be “sun wise” with their eyes. Unprotected exposure to UV radiation can cause
photokeratitis, which is basically sunburn of the eyes marked by painful, red eyes and sensitivity to light. The symptoms usually clear up quickly and cause no permanent damage to the eyes. However, growing evidence suggests that long-term exposure to UV rays can lead to macular degeneration and cataracts, serious eye conditions that can cause vision impairment or loss. Following are suggestions to protect the eyes
from serious damage: •If at all possible, limit your time in the sun. •Wear a wide brimmed hat. •Wear sunglasses that filter 99% of UV rays. Don’t forget about children. They are especially susceptible to eye damage from the sun. The lenses in their eyes do not block as much UV radiation as in adults. Follow the same precautions as you would for an adult, but be sure to choose sunglasses that fit
their smaller faces, have impact-resistant lenses, and have lenses large enough to shield the entire eye. To learn more about your vision health visit Dr. Gooden’s website at www.scottcityeyecenter. com. Dr. Joshua Gooden is owner of the Scott City Eye Center and a member of the Scott Community Foundation Health Care Committee. He is a member of Vision Source, the nation’s number one network of private practice optometrists (See MEDICAID on page 13)
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FDA announces plan to regulate e-cigarettes
The announcement last week by the Food and Drug Administration that it will regulate a host of new tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, was welcome news to the director of the poison control center at the University of Kansas Hospital. Tama Sawyer, the director of the KU center, said rising sales of e-cigarettes appear to have
caused a sharp increase in the number of children needing treatment for nicotine poisoning. She said 34 children were treated for nicotine poisoning at the KU Center in 2012. The number increased to 45 last year and is on pace to exceed that this year. E-cigarettes contain varying amounts of liquid nicotine. Some come in bright colors and flavors
Medicaid children are eligible only if they earn less than 33 percent of the federal poverty level, which for a family of four is $7,770. No matter their income, adults without children aren’t eligible unless they are disabled. Expansion would extend Medicaid coverage to all those earning less than 138 percent of FPL about $32,500. Nearly 80,000 uninsured Kansans are expected to fall into what is being called the “Medicaid gap,” because in addition to being ineligible for Medicaid they earn too little to qualify for federal subsidies to help them purchase pri-
with each of the managed care companies. There were more than 30,000, with Amerigroup chalking up the most. Persistent Problems Kari Bruffett, director of the Division of Health Care Finance at Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said the administration has been working with the KanCare contractors and providers to improve the system. “We have seen improvement, great improvement in the MCO (contractors’) interactions with providers,” she said. But others say the results of that effort have been mixed at best. “Wesley has seen no marked change in recent months,” said Matt Leary, chief financial officer for Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, one of the state’s largest hospitals. Other provider groups also described ongoing problems or inconsistent results. “It’s just such a rabbit hole right now,” said Cindy Luxem, chief executive of the Kansas Health Care Association, a nursing home trade group. Tammy O’Donnell, co-proprietor of a small nursing home in Easton in northeast Kansas, said it still is time consuming and often difficult to get claims correctly paid by the managed care companies, but “it has gotten a little better.” ‘Mixed Bag’ Pharmacists and their associations also reported ongoing problems. “From the durable medical equipment side of things, it’s not any better than it was from the beginning,” said Mike Conlin, who owns of Jayhawk Pharmacy and Patient Supply in Topeka.
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vate coverage. “Absent Medicaid expansion, we’ll continue to have people fall through the cracks,” Praeger said. “I care passionately about this because it just doesn’t make sense that we’re not doing it.” The panelists said that on balance the health reform law was making positive changes in the American health care system by forcing doctors and hospitals to provide more holistic, coordinated and evidenced-based care. Palmberg, the Stormont-Vail vice president who oversees the hospital’s physician group, said the push for quality was evident in
that are enticing to children, Sawyer said. “You may have a pink liquid that smells like cherry and you have a child not old enough to understand that this isn’t something cherry,” she said, noting that the lack of child-proof caps on the nicotine bottles increase the danger. “The potential for a serious poisoning is certainly there.” Nicotine poisoning can
the new ways doctors are practicing. As an example, he said he’s watched surgeons use cell-phone applications to access the latest information from their professional associations before heading into the operating room. “The way your doctor is thinking about your care is changing dramatically,” he said. Each of the panelists said they would rather see Congress fix problems with Obamacare rather than continuing efforts to repeal it. “I don’t see us going back,” Praeger said. “I’d rather see us stick with this for awhile and make it work.”
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“All of the MCOs are telling people things are covered when they’re not, and then we end up in an adversarial circumstance with beneficiaries. “It’s been my experience that their people don’t read what I call the ‘benefits grid,’” he said. ”They’ll tell a beneficiary, ‘Oh, yeah, your CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure machine) is covered,’ but they don’t tell them it’s only if they’re under 21. There have been a lot of incidents like that. It just goes on and on.”
the developmentally disabled were some of the most vocal critics of KanCare before it was implemented and their programs were the last to be included in it. The so-called carve-in of DD long-term supports into KanCare began Feb. 1. Tom Laing, executive director of Interhab, which represents most of the state’s Community Developmental Disability Organizations, said payments haven’t been a problem, so far, but that providers have been saddled with more administrative burden in dealing with the managed care Paying DD Providers Service providers for companies.
cause a dangerous fluctuation in a person’s heart rate and blood pressure. Under the proposed FDA rule, makers of e-cigarettes would have to register with the FDA and disclose the ingredients in their products. The regulations also would prohibit e-cigarette companies from distributing free samples or from marketing them as healthier alternatives to regular
cigarettes. Because e-cigarettes don’t contain tar and produce a liquid vapor instead of smoke, some claim they are less harmful. But many public health officials say more research is needed on whether their high nicotine levels could lead users - particularly teens - to eventually take up smoking. Kathleen Sebelius, the outgoing secretary
of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, called the proposed rule “the latest step in our efforts to make the next generation tobaccofree.” The American Lung Association is urging the FDA to add a ban on the sale of candy- and fruitflavored tobacco products to the regulations, which will be available for public comment for 75 days.
Pastime at Park Lane The Scott Mennonite Church led church services at Park Lane last Sunday. Wii bowling was played on Monday and Friday evenings. Bob Artz led Baptist Bible study on Tuesday morning with Doris Riner playing the piano. On Tuesday afternoon residents watched the video “Scenic National Parks” and in the evening some of the residents played trivia games. Lutheran Bible study was led by Rev. Warren Prochnow on Wednesday morning. Wednesday afternoon bingo helpers were Madeline Murphy, Mandy Barnett, Barbara Dickhut and her friend Tina. Some residents played cards on Wednesday evening. Residents were treated to ice cream on Thursday afternoon. Lutheran services on Friday afternoon were led by Rev. Warren Prochnow.
Residents play pitch, dominoes
Volunteers helping with pitch and dominoes on Monday were Madeline Murphy, Dorothy King, Hugh McDaniel, Wanda Kirk and Mary Lou Torson.
Students read to Golden Listeners
Gina Ramsey brought her Scott City Elementary School third grade students to read to their Golden Listeners on Thursday afternoon. Readers and listeners were: Golden Listener Lucille Dirks Carol Auten Lorena Turley Verlene Dearden Phyllis Trembley Robin Day Irmalee Eggelston Verene Dearden Arlene Taylor Ardis Rose Cecile Billings Edna Uppendahl Corrine Dean Dona Dee Carpenter
Golden Reader Zoe Barnhart/Yanet Ramirez Gisselle Aguilar/Bryce Byler Joel Ortega Leslie Macias/Evelyn Lozars, Luis Medellin Elizabeth Nguyen/Eliana Ayala Jace Thomas/Hope Wiechman Lawson Baily/Katie Smith Samuel Shultz Grace Beaton Jaden Lewis Brandon Smyth Corbin Wilkinson Aiden Schwindt
Dottie Fouquet was visited by Jon and Anne Crane, Mark Fouquet, Mary Stormont, Ethan McDaniel Noll and Sandy Higgins.
Delores Brooks was visited by Nancy Holt, Charles Brooks and Cheryl Perry. Visiting Joyce Bohnert was Nancy Holt.
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Cecile Billings was visited by Ann Beaton, Addison George, Jill George, Darren George, Kayla George, Delinda Dunagan and the Conrady family. Nella Funk was visited by Tami Turley, Shela Boyd and Roy Boyd. Edith Norman was visited by Connie Gruver, Sue Riner, Pat Burdick, Nancy Holt, Sara Shane, Doris Riner, Arlene Cauthon and Gertrude Brown. Earl Gorman was visited By Loretta Gorman and Pete Steffens. Thelma Branine was visited by James and Carol Ellis. Lucille Dirks was visited by Wiletta Payne, Floyd and Vivian Dirks, and Darla Luebbers. Boots Haxton was visited by Rod and Kathy Haxton. Jim and Yvonne Spangler were visited by Yvette Mills, Jerica VanCampen, Adalei Zeller, Les and Mary Ann Spangler; Will Danica and Jag; and Mrs. Mills.
Bonnie Pickett was visited by Gloria Wright, Philene Pickett, Larry Pickett; Josh, Jenny, Rylie and David Wright. Albert Dean was visited by Larry Wright, Nancy Holt and Helen Graham. Lorena Turley was visited by Mike and Tracy Hess, Bo Hess, Rex Turley and Nita Wheeler. Vivian Kreiser was visited by Larry and Sharon Lock. Clifford Dearden was visited by Janet Ottaway. Judy Redburn was visited by Wendy Derstine, Tina Turley, Mary Torson, and Lance and Carol Ellis. Melva Rose was visited by Tina Turley. Jake Leatherman was visited by Don and Judy Browning. Geraldine Graves was visited by Megan Dirks. Ann Tedford was visited by Mary Plum and Arlene Cauthon. Harriet Jones was visited by Kamra Dearden, Nancy Holt and Rev. Don Martin.
Herb Graves was visited by Tina Turley and Emily Wright. James Still was visited by Tina Turley. Mike Leach was visited by Rev. Don Martin and Linda Dunagan. Verna Willman was visited by Bob Willman and Steve Allen. Loyd Eitel was visited by Rod and Sue Eitel and Connie and Joe Ramsey. Darlene Richman was visited by Phebe Unruh and Deb and Robert Farr. Corinne Dean was visited by Dianna Howard, Tina Turley, Mandy Kropp, Marlyn Ohnick, Maxine Patterson, Sheila Brau, Nicole Turner, Corbin Wilkinson, Arlene Cauthon; John, Kylee, Warren and Wyatt Kropp; Don and Judy Browning; and Margie Stevens. Donna Dee Carpenter was visited by Gloria O’Bleness, Larry LaPlant, Louise Berning, Jacqueline Gerber and Bill John.
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Harry James Chvilicek
Harry James Chvilicek, 81, died April 27, 2014, at the Wichita County Long Term Care, Leoti. H e was born April 10, 1933, in Marienthal, the son of John and Harry Chvilicek Barbara (Kessler) Chvilicek. A lifetime resident of Marienthal, he was an agricultural mechanic. Harry served his country in Germany during the Korean Conflict with the United States Army. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Marienthal. On April 10, 1961, he married Alvera Konda at Jetmore. Survivors include: his wife, of Marienthal; four daughters, Beth Chvilicek-Goodall, and husband, Tom, Kansas City, Mo., Mary Morotz and husband, John, Cedar Park, Tex., Margaret
Luis Rodriguez, 70, died April 29, 2014, at his home in Scott City. He was born on Aug. 21, 1943, in Scott City, the son of Macedonio and Eulogia (Ramirez) Rodriguez. A lifetime resident of Scott City, he retired as a mechanic from Sunflower Electric in 1993. Survivors include: two sons, Chris, and Roque and wife, Andrea, all of Scott City; two daughters, Tina Garcia, and husband, Anthony, Aurora, Colo., and Galena Brown and husband, Bryant, Denver, Colo.; two brothers, Art,
Collins and husband, Willie, Glasco, and Pauline Chvilicek, Laurel, Md.; one brother, Jerry Chvilicek, Belpre; two sisters, Irene Rohrbough, Scott City, and Janice Schroth, Larned; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Raymond; and an infant daughter, Theresa. Vigil service was held April 30 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Marienthal. Funeral mass was held May 1 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Fr. Benjamin Martin officiating. Inurnment was at St. Mary Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Leoti EMTs, St. Mary Catholic Church or Wichita County Long Term Care in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home, 202 N. 4th, Leoti, Ks. 67861. Condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at priceandsons.com.
Kathleen L. Dirks Kathleen L. Dirks, 58, died April 29, 2014, at her home in Logan County. She was born on June 12, 1955, in Wichita, the daughter of Virgil and Geraldine (Biermann) Lorg. A resident of Scott City and Logan County since childhood, she was a homemaker. She was a member of the Pence Community Church. On Dec. 29, 1973, she married Oren Dirks in Scott City. He survives. Other survivors include: one son, Curt, and wife, Jolene, Monument; two daughters, Tina Latham, and husband, Dustin, Winona, and Cassandra High and husband, Austin, Scott City; the mother, of Scott City; the father, of Pretty Prairie; two brothers, Joe Lorg, and wife, Missy, Claremore, Okla., and Bobby
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Lorg, Scott City; two sisters, Judy Koehn, and husband, Merle, Leoti, and Patti Hughes and husband, Larry, Scott City; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Virgil Jr., and Bill Lorg. Visitation will be at Price and Sons Funeral Home, Scott City, on Fri., May 2, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Pence Community Church, Pence, with Pastor Don Williams officiating. Interment will be at the Pence Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Hospice Services, Inc., Phillipsburg, or the Pence Community Church in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Scott City, Ks. 67871.
Canton, Okla., and Rey, Dodge City; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, David. Graveside service will be held Fri., May 2, 2:00 p.m., at the Scott County Cemetery with Bob Jeffries officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Luis Rodriguez memorial fund in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Scott City, Ks. 67871.
Week of May 2-8 Monday: Pepper steak on rice, oriental vegetables, whole wheat roll, peaches. Tuesday: Barbeque pork, au gratin potatoes, broccoli, whole wheat roll, applesauce gelatin salad. Wednesday: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, cauliflower and peas, whole wheat roll, poke cake. Thursday: Chicken tetrazzini, creamy peas, Italian blend vegetables, whole wheat bread, apple wedges. Friday: Pork cutlet, copper penny salad, tossed salad, whole wheat roll, fruit mix with mandarin oranges and marshmallows. meals are $3.25 • call 872-3501
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There is no time limit for receiving disability benefits Q: Is there a time limit on how long you can get Social Security disability benefits? A: No. Your disability benefits will continue as long as your medical condition has not improved, and you cannot work. We will periodically review your case to determine if you continue to be eligible. If you are still receiving disability benefits when you reach your full retirement age, your disability benefits will automatically be converted to retirement benefits. The amount you receive will remain the same. Learn more about disability benefits at www. socialsecurity.gov/disability. * * * Q: Why is there a fivemonth waiting period for Social Security disability benefits?
Social Security Brandon Werth District Manager
A: Social Security provides only long-term disability, so we can only pay benefits after you have been disabled continuously for a period of five full calendar months. Social Security disability benefits begin with the sixth full month after the date your disability began. You are not entitled to benefits for any month during the waiting period. * * * Q: My grandfather, who is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), will be coming to live with me. Does he have to report the move to Social Security? A: Yes. An SSI beneficiary must report any change in living arrangements before the 10th day
Park Place People
by Doris Riner
The biggest event taking place at Park Place was a BIG event . . . Lou Pfanenstiel’s 91st birthday party held last Saturday. We counted over 20 people here to celebrate. Daughter-in-law, Dana (Mrs. Jerry) Pfanenstiel brought cherry cheesecake for all to enjoy. Son, Dave, and traveling friend, Stewart Fahrega, drove here from Florida, and son, Phil drove up from Elk City, Okla. Jerry and Dana live here. It was Lou’s birthday party, but a good time was had by all. What a beautiful, gorgeous, large, white lilly plant brought to Park Place with a card reading, “In loving memory of Mother,” Stewart and Sara. Thank you for letting the people of Park Place enjoy the plant and sharpen our loving memory of Mary, too.
Kansans dispose of 6 tons of medicines
Kansans safely disposed of nearly six tons of unused medicines during last weekend’s National Drug Take-Back Day. Kansas law enforcement officers collected 11,687 pounds of medicines at 117 locations throughout the state during last Saturday’s event. Law enforcement agencies turn the drugs they collect over to the DEA. The total was the most that has been collected on a drug take-back day, surpassing the previous record of 10,193 pounds collected last April. Since the semiannual event began in 2010, Kansans have safely destroyed 56,214 pounds of medications. Unused prescriptions can be turned in year-round at many local law enforcement locations. Kansans should contact their local sheriff’s office or police department for more information. Visit the Scott County Ministerial Alliance at their facebook site
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of the following month. If you do not report the change, your grandfather could receive an incorrect payment and have to pay it back, or he may not receive all the money that he is due. Failure to report a change to us could result in the deduction of a penalty from his SSI benefits. Your grandfather also needs to report the new address to us to receive mail from us. You can report the change by mail or in person at any Social Security office. Call toll-free at 1-800-772-1213. Get more information by reading Understanding SSI at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi.
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Can people really change?
This is actually somewhat of a loaded question and needs to be looked at from the proper perspective. If we attempt to say someone’s personality can change we are approaching the question from the wrong direction. However, if we say someone’s actions and behavior can change, now we are headed in the right direction with the question, “Can people really change?” Our personality is who we are. Therefore, changing who we are is not possible but changing actions, behavior or attitude is not only a possibility, it happens and in some cases it happens in a big way. The point we need to understand about changing behaviors and attitudes is that genuine change happens in the heart and will manifest itself through the behaviors and attitudes. I recently read a story about a man’s life that was changed in one of those big ways and it helps us understand the inside out change process. Lee Strobel, in his book “Case for Faith,” wrote about a guy named Bill who got drunk one time and shot a man for $5,000. Bill was convicted and ended up on death row. While serving his time on death row a couple of guys went into the prison and talked to Bill about Jesus Christ. Bill had never heard the truth that Jesus loved him and gave His life for him on a cross. Bill gave his life to Jesus and he was a changed man. It changed the darkness inside of him, it changed the bitterness and hatred inside of him so much that others in the prison were coming to know Jesus through this man on death row. He became known as the “peacemaker” and his cell block was the safest in the entire penitentiary. Churches in the area found out about the changed life of Bill and actually referred people, who needed counseling, to the penitentiary to see Bill. Where does that kind of change come from? Bill’s life changed so much there was reconciliation with the family of the man Bill shot. People then began to write letters on Bills behalf over the 16 years he was in prison. Not only was his death sentence canceled, but he was also paroled and now serves as the head of a congregation in a couple of housing projects in a desperately poor area of the city. When Strobel asked Bill if the change in his life came from a new counseling program, a new rehab program or new medication, Bill simply responded, “No, it wasn’t any of those things. It was Jesus Christ.” What an amazing testimony of a changed life through the power of Christ Jesus. Jesus changes our heart and our actions, behaviors and attitudes will reveal the heart change. Jesus Christ is the agent of change in anyone who would surrender to Him and turn their life over to Him. Pastor Kyle Evans First Baptist Church, Scott City
Scott City Assembly of God
1615 South Main - Scott City - 872-2200 Ed Sanderson, Senior Pastor 9:00 a.m. - Pre-Service Prayer 10:00 a.m. - Sunday Worship Service and Children’s Church Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. - Bible Study and Prayer
St. Joseph Catholic Church
A Catholic Christian Community 1002 S. Main Street - Scott City Fr. Bernard Felix, pastor • 872-7388 Secretary • 872-3644 Masses: 1st Sunday of month - 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Other weekends: Sat., 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. Spanish Mass - 2nd and 4th Sundays, 1:30 p.m.
Pence Community Church
Prairie View Church of the Brethren
4855 Finney-Scott Rd. - Scott City - 276-6481 Pastor Jon Tuttle Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m. Men’s Fellowship • Wednesday mornings Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Held at Precision Ag Bldg. west of Shallow Water
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
1102 Court • Box 283 • Scott City 620-872-2294 • 620-872-3796 Pastor Warren Prochnow firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday School/Bible Class, 9:00 a.m. Worship every Sunday, 10:15 a.m. Wed.: Mid-Week School, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Community Christian Church
8911 W. Road 270 10 miles north on US83; 2 miles north on K95; 9 miles west on Rd. 270 Don Williams, pastor • 874-2031 Wednesdays: supper (6:30 p.m.) • Kid’s Group and Adult Bible Study (7:00 p.m.) • Youth Group (8:00 p.m.) Sunday School: 9:30 • Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m.
12th & Jackson • Scott City • 872-3219 Shelby Crawford, pastor Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7:00 p.m. Wednesday: God’s High School Cru, 7:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church
Immanuel Southern Baptist Church
803 College - Scott City - 872-2339 Kyle Evans, Senior Pastor Bob Artz, Associate Pastor
1398 S. US83 - Scott City - 872-2264 Robert Nuckolls, pastor - 872-5041
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. • Worship: 11:00 a.m.
Sunday morning worship: 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday Bible Study, 7:00 p.m.
Gospel Fellowship Church 120 S. Lovers Lane - Shallow Water Larry Taylor, pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m.
First Christian Church
1st United Methodist Church
5th Street and College - Scott City - 872-2401 Dennis Carter, pastor 1st Sunday: Communion and Fellowship Sunday Services at 9:00 a.m. • Sunday School, 10:30 a.m. All Other Sundays • Worship: 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday casual 6:30 p.m.: “The Way” contemporary gathering Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. • MYF (youth groups) on Wednesdays Jr. High: 6:30 p.m. • Sr. High: 7:00 p.m.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
701 Main - Scott City - 872-2937 Scotty Wagner, pastor Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Worship, 10:45 a.m. Wednesday is Family Night Meal: 5:45 p.m. • Study: 6:15 p.m. Website: www.fccscottcity.org
Elizabeth/Epperson Drives • Scott City • 872-3666 Father Don Martin Holy Eucharist - 11:45 a.m. St. Luke’s - 872-5734 (recorded message) Senior Warden Bill Lewis • 872-3347 or Father Don Martin - (785) 462-3041
Scott Mennonite Church
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
12021 N. Eagle Rd. • Scott City Franklin Koehn: 872-2048 Charles Nightengale: 872-3056 Sunday School Worship Service: 10:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Service: 7:00 p.m.
9th and Crescent - Scott City - 872-2334 Bishop Irvin Yeager • 620-397-2732 Sacrament, 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, 10:50 a.m. Relief Society and Priesthood, 11:20 a.m. YMYW Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.
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4-H Club News Randy Vichique shows how one does a hoedown in the garden during the Scott City Elementary School music program, “How Does Your Garden Grow?”
4-Hers deliver ‘appreciation food trays’ The monthly meeting of the Pioneer 4-H Club was called to order on April 13. Roll call was, “Are you ready for school to be out?” There were 15 members and two community leaders. Corbin Wilkinson told us about his projects and that he enjoys being involved in 4-H. The Wilkinson family also brought cookies as refreshments. We put together and delivered appreciation food trays to say thank you to all who support 4-H. Dallie Metheney, reporter
Demonstrating how “We Are the Loveliest Flowers” during the first and second grade spring music program are Alexis Powelson (left) and Calli France. (Record Photos)
Early enrollment Meyer named resident assistant Saturday at GCCC at Colby Community College
Next early enrollment session for fall semester classes at Garden City Community College will be held Mon, May 5. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and activities conclude about 3:00 p.m. While regular enrollment is offered on a walk-in basis, these special days require reservations that can be made by calling 620-276-9608 or emailing admission@gcccks. edu. Registration is also available at the Student and Community Services Center Monday through Thursday (8:00-6:00) and Fridays (8:004:30). Phone enrollment is available Monday through Thursday by calling 620-2769653.
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resident assistant for the Livign Center Northeast at Colby Community College for the 2014-15 school year. Resident Assistants help students to achieve their goals. Responsibilities include the implementation of programs that encourage personal growth as well as the support and implementation of policies and procedures that encourage a positive academic environment. Students to serve as RAs receive a scholarship for room and board.
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Sports The Scott County Record
Running in front Budde finding his comfort zone in the 200m • page 26
Thursday, May 1, 2014
7th grade boys are rewriting record book
Scott City’s Kelly Wycoff blows away the rest of the field in the 100m prelims at Holcomb last Friday. The SCHS senior won golds in the 100m, 200m and long jump. (Record Photo)
100m hurdles coming easy for Nickel; picks up another gold medal at Holcomb You know life is good when you can win gold medals and you don’t have to think about what you’re doing. Life has been good for Scott Community High School’s Bailey Nickel. Coming off an impressive win in the Scott City Relays, Nickel made it backto-back gold medals with another lopsided race at the Holcomb Invitational on Friday. Nickel crossed the finish line in 16.09 - well ahead of Goodland’s Margaux
Thompson (16.45). “I was expecting to be pushed pretty hard by the Goodland girl,” says Nickel. “I was a little surprised at beating her like I did.” Even though she’s still well off the sub-15 second time that she’s aiming for prior to regional, Nickel feels good about how well she’s running at this point in the season - especially with the difficult weather conditions the squad has been battling for the last three weeks. The secret to this early success?
“Everything is coming real easy. I don’t even have to think about what I’m doing once the race starts,” she says. “It seemed that before (this year) I had my mind on the hurdles and how fast I was running and too many other things. Now it just seems to be happening and I feel so much more relaxed,” says Nickel. Nickel added a fourth place finish in the 300m low hurdles (50.40) in addition to being a member of the third place 4x100m relay. (See NICKEL on page 21)
SCHS senior Martin Gough clears the final hurdle in the finals of the 110m highs at the Holcomb Invitational last Friday. (Record Photo)
Season best earns 4x100m gold; Meyer wins another 800m dual They may be young, but don’t overlook the Scott City boy’s 4x400m relay. Senior Brayden Strine and three sophomores turned in their fastest time of the season (3:33.54) for a gold medal at the Holcomb Invitational last Friday. The Beavers finally had ideal weather without wind and made the most of it by shaving more than five seconds off their previous best. They needed that kind of effort against a very competitive field, nudging Goodland (3:34.39) and Ulysses (3:34.47). And they did it without junior Brett Meyer in the anchor spot. All four Beavers ran their fastest
times of the season, starting with Strine (51.77) in the leadoff spot, followed by Drake McRae (53.98), Wyatt Kropp (54.27) and Irvin Lozano (53.05). “That’s pretty darn good for us considering the lack of good practices we’ve had and the fact we were running three sophomores,” says head coach Jim Turner. “Brayden got us off to a good start and the other boys were able to pick it up from there. “Irvin is one of those kids who has no idea how good he can be. There are times we see glimpses of what he’s capable of doing,” Turner says. “And Drake was pretty excited because it was
his goal to break 54 seconds and he got it by 2/100.” The only other gold medal for Scott City was claimed by Meyer in another showdown with Goodland’s Adam Simmerman. Three days earlier in the Scott City Relays Meyer was able to pull away down the stretch for a narrow win in the 800m. This time a near identical race, but with one exception. Meyer had the lead on the back stretch and into the far curve with just under 200 meters remaining when Simmerman was able to squeeze in front. (See RELAY on page 20)
On the track isn’t the only place the Scott City Middle School seventh graders have been making an impact this spring. They’ve also been making their presence known in the school record books. In the span of just three track meets the Bluejays have erased three records. Jack Thomas broke his own school record in the 1600m that he had set less than two weeks earlier. The seventh grader continues to dominate the 1600m, claiming the gold medal at Colby in a record time of 5:12.2. Thomas briefly held the school triple jump record as well with an outstanding effort of 36-feet at Colby. That mark lasted less than a half hour when teammate Wyatt Hayes topped that by one-half inch on his final jump of the competition. Both jumps shattered the old mark of 33-11 1/2 which had been set by Jordan Habiger in 2005. Marshall Faurot put his name in the record books when he cleared 10-feet in the pole vault, erasing the old mark of nine-feet which had been set by Marshall Hutchins in 2010. Roll to Colby Title With the help of three school records, the seventh graders had no trouble claiming team honors at the Colby quad. Faurot was the only Bluejay to walk away with four gold medals. In addition to the pole vault, he won the high jump (5-2), 100m hurdles (17.61) and the 200m (30.52). Outside of his silver medal in the triple jump, Thomas swept first place honors in the 800m (2:19.7), the 1600m (5:12.2) and was a member of the 4x400m relay (4:24.65). Other relay members were Jaren Berning, Angel Rodriguez and Kevin Duong. Hays was on the championship 4x800m relay (10:40.31) and was a silver medalist in the 400m (60.52). Other relay members were (See RECORDS on page 23)
Speers claim golds at Oakley Inv. The Speer siblings - Ben and Jordan - continued their dominance in the field events with a pair of gold medal performances at the Oakley Invitational last Friday Ben, a senior at Dighton High School, claimed top honors in the discus with a toss of 144-2, winning a dual with Tristan Schwarz (Golden Plains, 142-9). He added a sixth place finish in the shot put (44-0) while teammate Wyatt Habiger was fourth in the javelin (149-9). J. Speer remains undefeated in the shot put this season. The freshman had a toss of 35-7 1/4 to easily win a gold at Oakley. She was also a runner-up in the javelin (104-1) and third in the discus (94-7). Sophomore Kiara Budd was fourth in the 200m (27.64) and the 400m (65.43). Payden Shapland was fifth in the 1600m (6:20.01).
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Outdoors in Kansas
by Steve Gilliland
Old ways can still be best A few years back at the Outdoor Writers of Kansas spring outing in Beloit, Joyce and I were paired with Chatt Martin for a half-day’s crappie fishing on Waconda Lake, just outside Glen Elder. Since retiring, Chatt has turned his passion for crappie fishing into a full-time guide service called Crappie Time Fishing. Glen Elder is usually hot for crappie this time of year and we were hearing stories of fantastic “slab” crappie being caught. When Chatt and I made the final arrangements for that Tuesday morning, his only question for me was, “Has Joyce ever fished with long rods?” Long rods, indeed. As we pulled into the boat ramp parking lot the next morning there was no doubt which boat was awaiting us, as 10-foot fishing rods towered above the center console of his boat. We loaded up and headed across the lake to the first of several spots that had been giving up nice crappies. Our guide’s favorite honey hole was along the causeway, a huge, high rock-laden embankment with a road atop it, that encloses the western end of the lake. But because the wind was forecast to be nasty early-on, we tried other spots. It seems everyone else felt the same and our first stop, a cove cut far back into the bluffs along the southern shore, already sported several boats. No one was catching much, but a scan of the cove with Chatts high-dollar Lowrance fish finder showed some fish out front toward the opening. After an hour of trying most things known to man and only catching two fish, Chatt decided it was time to fight the wind if necessary (See BEST on page 23)
Top draft pick a bigger mystery this year When you have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft - or are in the top five - where the Chiefs have all-toooften found themselves in recent years, it’s not all that difficult to figure out who is on their wish list. If they decide that a wide receiver is their most immediate need, they will go with Player X. If they decide to draft an offensive tackle, they will likely go with Player Y. The biggest unknown for a team in that position is whether they will try to pick up additional draft picks by moving further down the list.
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This year is a lot different for Kansas City. When you’ve got the No. 23 pick in the draft there are a lot of things that can happen in front of you. Depending on who does or doesn’t get selected, it can have a domino effect, so that you have to be prepared for a number of different contingencies by the time your team is called by NFL Commissioner Rog-
er Goodell. The only certainty in the draft is that General Manager John Dorsey will take the best player available - which seems to be what most teams say these days. No one wants to feel they have to reach too far for a player simply because they have a glaring need at a certain position and that’s the next player available who played that position in college. That generally doesn’t work out too well. Dorsey has proven that he’s not beyond looking to the future, even if there doesn’t appear to
be a need at the present time. Don’t forget, this is the GM who drafted Aaron Rogers when Brett Favre was still one of the top quarterbacks in the league. So what are KC’s biggest needs? Wide receiver and free safety. Wideout prospects include Marqise Lee (USC), O. Beckham, Jr. (LSU) and Brandin Cooks (Oregon State). Two of those players will probably be off the draft board by the time the 23rd pick comes around. Safeties include Louisville’s Calvin Pryor, who
probably won’t be available, and H. Clinton-Dix (Alabama). Last year, four of our top draft picks were players we met with prior to the draft and attended their draft day. Who have we met with so far this year? Twelve cornerbacks and nine safeties. That would seem to be an indication we’re focusing on defense. But we also need a playmaker and that’s most likely going to happen at wide receiver. Some mock drafts even have us drafting a tight end in the (See MYSTERY on page 22)
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“He cut me off,” said an upset Meyer afterwards. It took Meyer about 50 meters to pull even with Simmerman as they were coming off the final curve and heading toward the finish line with about 100 meters remaining. Both runners were side-byside before Meyer finally gained a slight advantage in the final 30 meters for a time of 2:05.28 - just 20/100 of a second ahead of Simmerman. That came on the heels of a 2:01.34 anchor split by Meyer in the 4x800m relay. SCHS picked up a silver medal in the relay which included a season best by Lozano (2:08.2) in the leadoff spot, followed by Jess Drohman (2:11.69) and Miguel Chavez (2:15.05). Scott City’s time of 8:36.58 was their season best by 1/100 of a second. They finished behind Hugoton (8:32.93) and ahead of Ness City (8:40.04). Several PRs Athletes took advantage of great weather to turn in some of their best times of the season. Kropp had a career best in the 300m IH (43.28) while senior Martin Gough had season bests in the 300m hurdles (43.66) and the 110m high hurdles (16.81) - finishing sixth in both events. The 4x100m relay shaved 1.5 seconds off their season best with a time of 45.45 to earn
SCHS freshman Jess Drohman takes the baton from Irvin Lozano in the 4x800m relay at the Holcomb Invitational. The Beavers claimed a silver medal in the event. (Record Photo)
third place. Members of the relay were Kropp, Strine, Cooper Griffith and Meyer. Lozano’s 54.55, which was good for fourth place in the 400m, was a season best. Strine added six inch-
es to his season best in the pole vault, clearing 11-6, for a fifth place finish while Drake McRae improved on his career best by a foot with a height of 11-feet and finished sixth. Wyatt Eitel’s fourth
place finish in the discus (119-4) was a season best along with triple jump distances by Griffith (368) and Chantz Yager (35-6 1/4). Griffith also had a PR in the 100m (12.34) while Josh Becker’s 26.12 in the
200m was also a season best. Senior Oscar Armendariz sliced nearly a second off his 1600m run (5:06.16) to finish fourth. The track squad will compete at Garden City on Tuesday.
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Budde hitting his stride in 200m The farther that Jantz Budde runs the faster he gets. As odd as that may seem, the Wichita County High School senior feels that’s why he’s finding more success in the 200m this season. “I believe (the 200) is my strong event,” he said after claiming a silver medal against a tough field at the Holcomb Invitational on Friday. “I feel it takes me longer to accelerate. In the 100 I feel I’m barely reaching my top speed when I get to the finish line. Budde (23.32) finished second to Holcomb speedster Heath Tucker (22.74) “It’s fun on a day like this to compete against some really good (Class) 3A and 4A runners,” says Budde. “I feel I have plenty of time to keep improving and bring my times down some more before regional.” Not too far off the pace in the 200m was teammate Jacob Schumacher who was fifth in the 200m (23.84). Schumacher has sometimes had the misfortune of finishing behind Budde and WCHS senior Joshua Mehl, but the sophomore also knows that seeing that kind of competition in practice and competition is making him better.
“I like running the 200 against Jantz. We push each other in practice,” says Schumacher. “Josh and Jantz drive me to work harder every day.” Schumacher considers the 400m his strong event and proved that on Friday with a silver medal performance in 54.13. “I started running well in it last year and I’ve kept working at it. I’m improving by a second or a half second at every meet,” Schumacher says. “It was great to see what I could do under some nice conditions like we have today, but then everybody else is running faster too.” Mehl Wins Gold Mehl wasn’t even tested in the 1600m. His winning time of 4:40.02 was just over 20 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Against a tough field of 800m runners, Mehl finished third (2:06.9). Sophomore Gabe Fletcher was a double medalist in the 110m high hurdles (5th, 16.58) and adding a seventh place finish in the 300m IH (44.35). Jacob Clark was sixth in the shot put (38-5 1/2). The 4x800m relay finished fifth (8:53.12). Relay members were Jorge Gallegos, Layton Tankersley, Lane Ridder and Dylon Niswonger.
Jantz Budde nears the finish line to win the 200m prelims at Holcomb on Friday. The Leoti senior was a silver medalist in the event. (Record Photo)
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She also improved on her 1-1/2 seconds to finish third in season best in the triple jump by 52.56. Other relay members four inches with a leap of 33-8. were Nickel, Aubrey Davis and Paige Winderlin. Wycoff Wins 3 Golds The biggest improvement Senior sprinter Kelly Wycoff was turned in by the 4x800m enjoyed the weather and some relay with a season best of easy wins in the 100m (12.58), 10:50.93 - slicing nearly 17 200m (25.42) and the long jump seconds off their previous best (15-7). She was able to coast time of the season. The relay home in both of the sprints. included Megan Thornburg Wycoff was also a member (2:356.26), Winderlin (2:46.62), of the 4x100m relay which im- Kylee Trout (2:42.52) and Cami proved on their season best by Patton (2:46.29).
“That was a pretty big step forward for those girls, but we still have a ways to go if we want to think about going to state,” says head coach Jim Turner, noting that Wamego is in the same regional and has posted a time of 10:10. “We need a team like that we can latch onto and see how fast we can go,” he said. Haley Allen turned in a solid performance in the long jump (14.4 3/4) for third place.
The Lady Beavers also added two medals in the pole vault from Rachel Anliker (8-0, 4th) and Lizzy Eikenberry (7-6, 5th). Thornburg was a bronze medalist in the 800m (2:35.16). Senior Aubrey Davis had her fastest time of the season to finish sixth in the 400m (65.92). The SCHS track squad will be traveling to Cheney on Friday and then compete in the Garden City varsity/JV invitational on Tuesday. The Garden City meet begins at 1:00 p.m.
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Still a lot of questions after KSU’s spring game Kansas State’s football team completed their spring practice last Saturday with the first string Purple squad defeating the White team, 23-13. The expected rout by the Purple team didn’t happen. by K - S t a t e ’s Mac reserves on Stevenson the White team made it very competitive, especially on defense. “I don’t think we were the kind of football team I wanted to see today . . . there were some good things and bad things. The White team, I thought, collectively played better than the Purple team,” Coach Bill Snyder said afterwards. “The offense has not been disciplined during the course of the spring. Penalties are the biggest thing. We have had some turnover issues and we turned over the ball today again when we had an opportunity to go in and score. If you are excited about beating yourself, you better be excited about losing because that is what is going to happen.” Quarterback Jake Waters concurred with his coach. “You have got to give credit to the white defense, but we just didn’t come out prepared. We didn’t play well. I guess we can use that as motivation to get better in the summer.” The much-heralded switch of quarterback Daniel Sams to wide receiver remains a question mark. Sams caught just two passes for nine yards. And the runningback position is still undecided and will remain so until fall practice. Overall, the outlook for the 2014 Kansas State team is bright indeed. Snyder again has his program well-fortified with talent and depth. And the Wildcats have an accomplished passer in Waters and a likely All-American receiver in Tyler Lockett. KU Has Its QB Kansas football coach Charlie Weis made a wise move when he named sophomore Montell Cozart (6-2, 210) as the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback for next season. That decision will give Cozart some needed confidence. (See QUESTIONS on page 24)
WCHS senior Katie Bailey competes in the javelin at the Holcomb Invitational on Friday.
Tough outing for Lady Indians at Holcomb It was a rough day for the Wichita County High School girls against a very tough field of teams at the Holcomb Invitational. The top medalist for the Lady Indians was senior Katie
Bailey in the javelin, despite having one of her worst outings of the season. Bailey had a mark of just 104-4 1/2 - nearly 10 feet shy of her season best - but still came away with a silver medal.
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first round, but I don’t see that happening in the first round or any other round this year. A backup QB? We may also take a look at defensive ends who are available as well as a possible upgrade at middle linebacker. There are a number of people who feel we need to address the loss of three starters from our offensive line, but I don’t see that being a first round priority. Even though we are moving linemen around to different positions, they aren’t rookies. Indications are that we should be okay across the line, but we can always use more depth.
Something that’s been a little intriguing has been KC’s interest in quarterbacks. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater is sliding down the draft board after a terrible pro day. I believe he’s a better quarterback than he showed, but it’s hard to imagine he’ll be available by the 23rd pick. A quarterback who could be available to KC with their 87th overall pick in the third round is Georgia’s Aaron Murray who broke most of Matthew Stafford’s passing records at the school. If Murray’s available in the third round, don’t be surprised if Dorsey and Reid bring him to KC. At the same time, this could
She added a sixth place finish in the 800m (2:44.65). Anna Leigh Whitham was also a dual medalist in the discus (4th, 81-0) and the shot put (5th, 30-10). Valli Kenfield was fifth in
the triple jump (31-8 1/4) and fourth in the 200m (27.49). The only other team points came from Zahily Sandoval who qualified for the finals in the 100m high hurdles and finished eighth (18.52).
be draft gamesmanship. Teams show an interest in players and positions that they aren’t really interested in just to make another team nervous and perhaps trade positions (and draft picks) in order to be assured of getting their man. Kansas City has only six picks in this year’s draft - none in the second round - so don’t be surprised if they do something to gain additional picks. With so many juniors who came out of college early, this draft is very loaded, especially at some positions such as wide receiver. There will be quality players available in every round.
Prime Time Games In the 2014 schedule released last week, Kansas City has three prime time games. They have a Monday night game against New England (Sept. 29), a Thursday night game against the Raiders (Nov. 20) and a Sunday night game with Denver (Nov. 30). This year the AFC West is matched against the NFC West, which makes for a pretty brutal schedule that also includes San Francisco (Away, Oct. 5), Seattle (Home, Nov. 16) and the Cardinals (Away, Dec. 7). The X Factor (Ty Rowton) is a former Scott City resident who has been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame as a Chiefs Superfan
One year as SC yell leader turns into GCCC scholarship Alex Snyder decided to become a yell leader this past season because it provided something to do after football season and it was a way to stay involved in sports. Now he’s turning experience into a means of helping to pay for his college education. The Scott Community High School senior will become a member of the cheer/yell squad at Garden City Community College next fall. Not bad for an athlete who didn’t become part of the SCHS cheer squad until basketball season. “I had a lot of fun doing it this year so I decided
Best and we headed across the lake to his hot spot along the causeway. We slowly motored alongside a long stretch of dead, beaver chewed saplings and brush that ran for several hundred yards. Chatt positioned the boat and told us we were about to learn the art of “doodlesocking.” Doodlesocking is an age-old, tried & true method created by bass fishermen years or possible generations ago for fishing in and around snags of any kind. It involves the use of a very long, stout pole with a bait or jig fastened to the end of a short length of heavy line. The idea is to dip or “doodle” the bait slowly into the water in and around tree limbs, etc, then wait for a fish to “sock” it. It works well because you’re fishing the bait straight up and down into pockets around weeds, lily
this would be a good way of paying for part of my college,” says Snyder. “I had figured that I’d use music as a way to get scholarships, but I wanted to take a break from that. “I feel that if I can spend a couple of years at Garden City I can learn a lot, get better, and maybe continue at a four-year school.” Snyder will be part of an ambitious rebuilding program at GCCC by first year head coach Brice Knapp, a former yell leader at Oklahoma State University who had been head coach at Hutchinson Community College the last four years.
“The expectations at Garden are higher than they were at Hutch,” says Knapp. “My goal is to compete nationally and that’s the same goal of the administration. “That’s why we’re looking for talent like Alex,” he says. His original plans were to sign four yell leaders in his first season, but Knapp has seen that snowball into nine men on scholarship next school year. Snyder has been getting an early start with spring workouts at GCCC. He is currently living with Alan and Glenda Graham.
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pads, brush and stumps, instead of casting into them and trying to drag the bait through by reeling, which almost always results in getting snagged. Chatt rigged his extra long rods with jig heads of various colors and tipped them each with a live minnow that hung from two feet of line. The water was only a couple feet deep and the brush stretched 1015 feet out from the base of the rocks. The three of us spaced ourselves along the same side of the boat and began dipping the jigs in amongst the brush as the electric trolling motor pulled us slowly along parallel to the shore. The crappie were just beginning to come up into shallow water to spawn, and in the first several yards Chatt and I landed three nice ones. The day before, Joyce had cleaned our clocks catching wall-
eye, but that day she had not yet caught a fish. Suddenly she hauled upward on her rod which bent double toward the water as she hoisted a fat, feisty crappie into the boat. Because of the wind and weather change the night before, we didn’t catch many crappie, but the ones we caught were in great condition. What I find ironic about the day was that we fished from a boat sporting electronics costing as much as my pickup, with rods and reels each worth a couple days wages and yet we caught our fish using an age-old technique called doodlesocking that has been around since fishing poles were sticks and string. But hey, to me and to a fishing guide it’s called doin’ whatever works! Continue to Explore Kansas Outdoors!
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Alex Snyder signs a letter-of-intent with GCCC cheer coach Brice Knapp and Glenda Graham. (Record Photo)
Records Jose Trejo, Parker Vulgamore and Miles Haire. Other gold medalists were Joe Evans in the long jump (15-6), Sherwood in the shot put (32-8 1/2) and the 4x200m relay (1:56.06) which included Trejo, A. Rodriguez, Berning and Sherwood. Faurot Wins 4 at Goodland Under windy conditions, Faurot had an outstanding day with
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four gold medals at the Goodland Invitational on Saturday. Scott City (171) nearly doubled up second place Ulysses (96.5) in the seven team field. Faurot swept through his usual events with wins in the pole vault (9-6), high jump (5-4), 100m hurdles (16.97) and the 200m (30.45). Thomas regained his winning form in the triple jump (35-11) to nudge
Hayes by an inch. He added golds in the 800m (2:20.58) and the 1600m (5:19.74). Hayes collected individual silvers in the long jump (16-4), triple jump (35-10) and 400m (61.09). Scott City’s only other win came in the 4x800m relay (10:39.58) with their season best. Members of the relay were Trejo, Vulgamore, Haire and Hayes.
SCHS Track Holcomb Invitational • April 25, 2014 Girl’s Division Team scores: Colby 89.5, Scott City 88.5, Ulysses 78.5, Goodland 77, Lakin 54, Southwestern Hts. 40.5, Holcomb 39, Ness City 30, Leoti 22, Stanton Co. 20, Hugoton 11, Sublette 8 Long jump: Kelly Wycoff, 1st, 15-7; Haley Allen, 3rd, 144.75. Triple jump: Bailey Nickel, 2nd, 33-8. Pole vault: Rachel Anliker, 4th, 8-0. 100m: Wycoff, 1st, 12.58. 200m: Wycoff, 1st, 25.42. 400m: Aubrey Davis, 6th, 1:05.92. 800m: Megan Thornburg, 3rd, 2:35.16. 100m high hurdles: Nickel, 1st, 16.09. 300m low hurdles: Nickel, 4th, 50.40. 4x100m relay: Nickel, Wycoff, Davis, Paige Winderlin, 3rd, 52.56 4x400m relay: Thornburg, Winderlin, Davis, Macy Berning, 4th, 4:25.02. 4x800m relay: Thornburg, Winderlin, Kylee Trout, Cami Patton, 2nd, 10:50.93. Boy’s Division Team scores: Goodland 99, Ulysses 97, Hugoton 79, Holcomb 57, Scott City 56, Leoti 50, Colby 35, Ness City 34, Lakin 25.5, Stanton Co. 14, Southwestern Hts. 10.5, Sublette 1 Discus: Wyatt Eitel, 4th, 119-4. Pole Vault: Brayden Strine, 5th, 11-6; Drake McRae, 6th, 11-0. 400m: Irvin Lozano, 4th, 54.55. 800m: Brett Meyer, 1st, 2:05.28. 1600m: Oscar Armendariz, 4th, 5:06.16 110m high hurdles: Martin Gough, 6th, 16.81. 300m int. hurdles: Wyatt Kropp, 4th, 43.28; Gough, 6th, 43.66. 4x100m relay: Kropp, Strine, Cooper Griffith, Meyer, 3rd, 45.45. 4x400m relay: Strine, Dk. McRae, Kropp, I. Lozano, 1st, 3:33.54 4x800m: I. Lozano, Jess Drohman, Miguel Chavez, Meyer, 2nd, 8:36.58.
Questions “What we didn’t want to do was go into the summertime misleading our players about who the starting quarterback was. After the spring game, which was really practice 15, we did post-spring evaluations with the whole team,” said Weis. “In the eyes of the coaching staff, Montell had clearly played better than the other quarterbacks on our team.” Cozart will have the summer workouts and fall practices to get used to the idea that he’s KU’s starting quarterback. Now Cozart has to assume more responsibility; he will have to study KU’s new offense and opposing defenses during the upcoming summer. Cozart gives KU a runpass threat and that’s vital in college football. He
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displayed stellar running ability in the spring game and his passing was also encouraging for Jayhawk fans. If Cozart is an effective quarterback, it will give the Kansas team confidence and momentum in their quest to become a factor in the Big 12. No Offensive Punch Describing the Kansas City Royals is easy: good pitching, good fielding and no hitting. How can a team with Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, Salvy Perez, Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer be last in the American League in home runs? And how can KC’s hitters be so feeble with runners in scoring position? It’s painful to watch. Despite the abysmal
hitting, KC is in second place in the Central Division just 1-1/2 games behind Detroit. The most discouraging aspect of KC’s ineptness as hitters is that this is a repeat of last season. Kansas City dug such a deep hole that they were never able to climb out. That hasn’t happened yet, but if the Royals lose contact with Detroit they may never get back into the race. Moustakas and Butler and Hosmer and Cain and Perez and Gordon are no longer inexperienced youngsters who don’t know if they belong in the majors or not. They are in their prime and it’s time they started showing it. Ned Yost appears to be one of those mediocre managers who can’t get his team to play up to
their capabilities. If KC ever decides to give Yost his walking papers, they could replace him with TV announcer Rex Hudler. That’s a facetious suggestion however, listening to Hudler, you get the impression that he’s an expert on everything pertaining to baseball. And we’re getting more chances to listen to him than any of us want. Hiring Hudler as manager and getting him out of the broadcast booth would kill two birds with one stone. It really looked like Kansas City would be a competitive major league team this season, and they still might come around. But it’s becoming harder and harder to keep the faith when the hitting is just awful game after game.
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Oakley Invitational April 25, 2014 Boy’s Division Team scores: Sharon Springs 110, Hoxie 76, St. Francis 65, Oakley 54, Weskan 45, Quinter 34, Oberlin 33, Atwood 32, Golden Plains 29, Grainfield-Wheatland 26, Cheylin 26, April 26, 2014 • at Goodland Dighton 15, WaKeeney 11, Triplains 2 Boy’s Division Shot put: Ben Speer, 6th, 44-0. Team scores : Scott City 171, Ulysses 96.5, Colby 87, Javelin: Wyatt Habiger, 4th, 149-9. Burlington 66.5, Goodland 63, Oakley 43, Wray 1 Discus: Speer, 1st, 144-2. Long jump: Wyatt Hayes, 2nd, 16-4; Joe Evans, 4th, 154x100m: 2nd, 50.15. 7; Jose Trejo, 5th(T), 15-3. High jump: Marshall Faurot, 1st, 5-4; Jaren Berning, 6th, Girl’s Division 4-6. Team scores: Grainfield-Wheatland 73, Oberlin 70, Triple jump: Jack Thomas, 1st, 35-11; Hayes, 2nd, 35Atwood 56, Quinter 52, Golden Plains 45, Hoxie 44, Dighton 10; Parker Vulgamore, 6th, 30-11.75. 40, St. Francis 34, Triplains 33, Cheylin 31, Sharon Springs Shot put: Kyle Sherwood, 1st, 32-3; Chaseton Cupp, 29, WaKeeney 29, Weskan 18, Oakley 4 3rd, 29-9; Caleb Carter, 6th, 25-5. Shot put: Jordan Speer, 1st, 35-7 1/4. Discus: Sherwood, 2nd, 76-10. Discus: Speer, 3rd, 94-7. Pole vault: Faurot, 1st, 9-6. Javelin: Speer, 2nd, 104-1. 400m: Hayes, 2nd, 1:01.09; Anthony Tinaiero, 6th, 200m: Kiara Budd, 4th, 27.64. 1:07.50; 1600m: Payden Shapland, 5th, 6:20.01 800m: Thomas, 1st, 2:20.58; Trejo, 2nd, 2:38.38. 400m: Budd, 4th, 65.43. 1600m: Thomas, 1st, 5:19.74; Miles Haire, 4th, 6:07.21; Vulgamore, 5th, 6:11.98. 100m hurdles: Faurot, 1st, 16.97; Cupp, 6th(T), 18.75. 200m hurdles: Faurot, 1st, 30.45; Angel Rodriguez, 6th, 208 W. 5th St., 34.79 Scott City 4x100m relay: Evans, Haire, Cupp, Sherwood, 4th, 56.18. 620-872-2103 4x200m relay: Trejo, A. Rodriguez, Berning, Sherwood, 800-886-2103 Come Grow With Us! Scott State Lake 3rd, 1:59.78. Car and Truck Center 4x400m relay: Berning, A. Rodriguez, Kevin Duong, Updated April 24 www.JRCARandTRUCK.com 3814 Cars Thomas, 2nd, 4:22.78. Channel cats: fair, up to 1998 Ford Winstar GL Van, 3.8I V6 ............................Maroon/Gray Cloth .. 105K mi .... (1329C) ..... $2,800 4x800m relay: Trejo, Vulgamore, Haire Hayes, 1st, 6.5 lbs. 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Jig and nightcrawler or min2013 Chevy Tahoe, LT, 4x4, DVD, Sunroof, White/Black Leather ...................22K mi.......(1698).....$40,600 100m hurdles: Cordell Green, 2nd, 18.21; Andres Rodrinow combos drifted or slow 2013 GMC Yukon XL, SLT, DVD, Sunroof ................. Silver/Black Leather.....22K mi.......(1697).....$41,900 guez, 5th, 19.61 LeBeau, 6th, 19.69. Pickups 200m hurdles: Nowak, 2nd, 30.87; Green, 3rd, 31.52; retrieved over well defined points or over gravelly Rodriguez, 5th, 34.36; LeBeau, 6th, 36.26. 2001 Chevy Silverado 1500 Ext. Cab, LS, 4x4, 5.3L, Z71 Burgandy/Gray Cloth, 4x100m relay: Stewart, Marco Vasquez, Green, Turner, shelves. 221K mi.....(1529C)......$3,500 3rd, 52.02. Largemouth bass: slow; 2005 GMC Silverado 2500 HD, SLT, 6.0L, 4x4 ......., Crew White/Leather.... 66K mi.......(0000) ....... CALL 4x200m relay: Brunswig, Estrella, Jon Gonzales, Carson, up to 5.5 lbs. Slow retriev2008 Chevy 1500 Ext. Cab, LT, 4x4, 5.3L......Brown Metallic/Black Cloth.... 77K mi.... (1599C) ....$19,900 1st, 1:53.69. ing soft plastics, suspend2009 Chevy Silverado Crew 1500 LTZ, 4x4, 5.3L, Z71, Silver/Gray Lthr.....81K mi......(1598A)....$24,800 4x400m relay: Brunswig, Gonzales, Vasquez, Ruelas, ing jerkbaits, and slow-rolling 2010 Chevy Avalanche LTZ, 4x4, Navigation, DVD, Sunroof, Rear Camera, Heated and Cooled Seats, 2nd, 4:20.67. spinnerbaits around struc4x800m relay: Ruelas, Gonzales, Vasquez, Nowak, 1st, 20 inch wheels...Taupe Gray/Black Leather.....33K mi.........(1666)....$35,200 ture along sunny shorelines. 10:27.35. 2013 Chevy Silverado Crew 2500HD, 4x4, LT, 6.0L Gas, White/Black Clth..13K mi .....(1603) ... $35,900 Sunfish: good; up to 8 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 LTZ, Crew, 4x4, 6.2L, Z71, Loaded, Red/Tan Lthr ... 13K mi.....(1556A) ... $37,900 inches. Vertically fishing 2013 Chevy Silverado Ext. Cab 1500, LTZ, 4x4, Z71, Navigation, Power Running Boards, small jig heads tipped with Rear Camera...Silver/Black Leather.......9K mi..... (1608A)....$35,800 small pieces of nightcrawler 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew LTZ, 4x4 5.3L, Heated and cooled seats, Navigation, LTZ Plus Pkg. or whole mealworms around (Bose, Power adjustable pedals, Front and rear park assist), Heated steering wheel, 22 inch wheels, the fish attractors and along Black/Black Leather ...... 5K mi .......(1683) ... $45,500 rip-rapped shorelines and edges of the cattails.
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Earth Day project to become annual event at state park In recognition of the annual Earth Day observance, Bill Bider wanted to do more than just talk about what could be done to help the environment. “For years, we’ve done something at KDHE to observe Earth Day,” says Bider, who is the director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. “I told my staff that this year I wanted something that would offer a clear benefit that people could see and enjoy the result.” Bider and his staff seem to have achieved that goal with their state park clean-up day. Lake Scott State Park was one of five park sites in Kansas selected for the initial program with more than 40 young people and adults taking part last Saturday morning. “I admit I was a little nervous this morning,” said Bider at the conclusion of the clean-up. “I had no idea what to expect and how many would show up. I was very pleased with the turnout and how enthusiastic everyone was.” Preliminary numbers indicate that was exceeded only by about 65 participants at Tuttle Creek (Manhattan) and roughly 45 at Cheney State Park. Other sites for the Earth Day clean-up were Clinton State Park (Lawrence) and Crawford State Park (Farlington).
“We wanted to start with five parks this year and, depending on the response, perhaps we can expand this to more than five in the future,” says Bider. Selection of the parks was done in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Participants at Lake Scott were divided into four teams who were sent to different locations and gradually made their way completely around the park. Each was given two bags - one for trash and the other for cans, plastic and glass that could be recycled. “It may not look bad but, unfortunately, there is a lot of trash out there,” said Park Manager Greg Mills as each team was preparing for the morning cleanup. “We thank everyone for taking the time to help. Keeping things cleaned up around here is more than a couple of people can take care of.” Gary Crowley, Dighton, figured it was a good opportunity to give something back to a place where he spent a lot of time as a youngster “picking currants and choke cherries” with his mother. Crowley is currently director of the recycling program in Lane County and wanted to show his support for the cleanup effort. While cans and bottles accounted for the biggest majority
of trash collected, other items found in roadside ditches and off the beaten path included flip flops and a few other clothing items, a crossbow arrow and even a blade from a ceiling fan. All the recycled aluminum, plastic and glass filled nine 55-gallon barrels before they were hauled to the Scott County Recycling Center. There were
also three 35-pound bags of non-recyclable trash. “Look at what was accomplished in just 2-1/2 to three hours,” said Bider, pointing to the trash bags piled outside the shelter house. “This was made possible by people who are interested in making what is a great state park an even better place. “What was done here today offers a real benefit to everyone who visits this park. This is one time when we actually improved the environment and didn’t just talk about it.” Mills is hopeful that clean-up events like this will make everyone more aware of the need to share in taking care of the state park, though it didn’t take long for some of those efforts to
be undone. “On Saturday afternoon, people who had been eating at one of the camp sites walked away and left all their trash on the picnic table and it was blowing around. They got out of the park before we could catch up with them,” says Mills. At a fishing site near the river bank, which had been cleaned by volunteers earlier in the day, the rangers found 12 beer bottles later that afternoon. “People need to realize this is their state park and they need to respect it,” says Mills, who plans to make the clean-up an annual event even without the KDHE’s sponsorship. “When we have to go around and pick up trash that’s less time we can spend on bigger projects.”
Photos from the Lake Scott clean-up day (top to bottom). The group of volunteers prior to departing the shelter house on Saturday morning. At the far right is KDHE Director Bill Bider. Eldon McWithney, Scott City, removes an aluminum can from his homemade trash collector. Leticia McIntyre (right) and Christian Guebara, Scott City, collect trash along the road near Camp Lakeside. Larry Brown (left), Scott City, and Gary Crowley, Dighton, pick up trash that’s accumulated in heavy brush. (Record Photos)
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Low interest home loans available through USDA
USDA Rural Development has financing available to help eligible families living in rural Kansas communities purchase or repair a home. The Agency has funding available through the Guaranteed Rural Housing Program and the Single Family Housing Direct HomeLoan Program. â€˘Guaranteed Rural Housing Program (GRH)
provides a federal guarantee on home loans made by approved lenders to moderate income households in eligible rural areas. The loan provides qualified borrowers up to 100 percent financing on a 30-year fixed-rate loan. â€˘Single Family Housing Direct Home-Loan Program (SFH) provides 100 percent financing on home loans to eligi-
ble rural residents, and the agency is the lender. The program is available for low- and very-lowincome residents. To be eligible for a housing loan, the applicant must have an acceptable credit history, meet income guidelines, have repayment capacity to service any existing obligations and the home
loan payment, be without adequate housing, be a United States citizen and have the ability to personally occupy the home on a permanent basis. â€œLast year USDA Rural Development helped more than 2,100 families living in rural Kansas communities become homeowners,â€? said Patty Clark, Rural Development state director.
The new rural area definition allows communities with populations up to 35,000 and rural in character to be eligible for USDA housing programs. The change in definition will allow the communities of Dodge City and Garden City to be eligible for USDA housing programs beginning May 6. The communi-
ties Hays and Liberal will remain eligible for USDA Housing Programs until the 2020 Census. To see if your property and income meet the guidelines for a USDA home loan, visit USDAâ€™s Property and Income Eligibility website at: http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction. do?pageAction=sfp
Chamber of Commerce members participating in a ribbon cutting for the new Verizon Wireless retail office in downtown Scott City are (from left) Pam McDaniel, Tom Shirley, Kirk Nungester (Verizon account manager for Western Kansas), Shawn Powelson, Meghan Lane (store manager), Garnett Hartman (store owner), Kirby Garrison and Trudi Kuntzsch. (Record Photo)
Recognize Dr. Winter for service to Academy of Veterinary Consultants In recognition of his dedication to advancing technology and information sharing among bovine veterinarians, Roger Winter, D.V.M., Scott City, has been awarded the Academy of Veterinary Consultantsâ€™ (AVC) 2014 â€œOutstanding Service Award.â€? An advocate of continuous learning and professional advancement, Dr. Winter has committed his time and talent to ensuring that all AVC members have access to seminars, presentations, research data and more, not only to further strengthen veterinariansâ€™ expertise, but also to advance the U.S. beef cattle industry. Sponsored by Merck Animal Health, the annual award recognizes an AVC member who has made exceptional contributions to the organization, as well as the beef cattle and veterinary medical professions. In addition, Merck made a donation to the AVC Foundation in Dr. Winterâ€™s honor. â€œDr. Winterâ€™s educational efforts are no small measure. In fact, they are at the very heart of the AVC mission of providing continuing education, member support and leadership,â€? said Mark Spire, D.V.M., technical services manager for Merck Animal Health and one of the awardâ€™s presenters.
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30 Years in Industry While Dr. Winter has spent more than 30 years serving beef producers both through private practice and as a veterinarian, it is his unique service to AVC and veterinarians that earned him the award. Six years ago, Dr. Winter organized the AVC audiovisual committee with the objective of meeting proceedings, seminars, podcasts and other information being put on the website available to every AVC member. This has allowed AVC members to gain continuing-education credits, as well as remain up-to-date on industry developments. â€œDr. Winterâ€™s efforts
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What LPC change means to producers
Cumulative habitat loss, encroachment by invasive woody plants, wind energy development, petroleum production and the ongoing drought are just a handful of reasons why there are fewer lesser prairie chickens in the wild today, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which recently announced the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
EHV-1 case confirmed in Kansas The Kansas Department of Agriculture reports that a horse in northeast Kansas has been confirmed positive with a wild type of a non-neurotropic case of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). The affected horse was euthanized and samples were sent to Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on April 25. This horse had previously been to a large barrel racing event in Lincoln, Nebr., on April 10-13, where in the days following the event, a Wisconsin horse has also been confirmed positive for EHV-1 and euthanized. Horse owners are encouraged to monitor animals carefully for signs of the disease, including checking temperatures twice a day for changes and implementing good biosecurity practices for an equine facility. The virus is easily spread by airborne transmission, horse-to-horse contact and by contact with nasal secretions on equipment, tack, feed and other surfaces. Caregivers can spread the virus to other horses if their hands, clothing, shoes or vehicles are contaminated. The Kansas Department of Agriculture is not imposing any restrictions on equine events or movements at this time, however horse owners are encouraged to take precautionary measures when traveling or participating in equine events.
Livestock lead ag price gains
Prices received for livestock and livestock products in April climbed 3.1 percent from March and were 23 percent higher than a year ago. Feed grain prices have dropped 32%. The average corn price, at $4.73/bu., is $2.24 below April 2013. Sorghum grain, at $8.41/cwt., is $3.19 below April last year.
Designation will impact ag land, ranchers, CRP K-State Extension wildlife specialist Charlie Lee said the designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species has been anticipated for some time. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement in late March will go into effect the first full week in May, following a 30-day public
comment period. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported that last year, the rangewide population of the lesser prairie chicken declined to a record low of 17,616 birds, an almost 50 percent reduction from the 2012 population estimate. The five states included in that range - Texas,
New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado have a conservation plan in place with a population goal of 67,000 birds range-wide for a 10-year average. “That doesn’t mean that we have to go from the current estimate of about 17,000 birds up to 67,000 one year, and then having
once exceeded the goal, change the status again,” Lee said. “It means having 67,000 birds consistently for a 10-year timeframe.” Lee said the listing might pose a challenge for some landowners, particularly in Western Kansas, where the lesser prairie chicken lives.
Significant habitat changes must occur to meet the 67,000-bird decade goal, and those changes will most likely have to come from livestock ranchers and grazers implementing conservation practices that benefit lesser prairie chickens. More normal rainfall patterns would also be beneficial. Most crop producers will not be affected by the (See CHANGE on page 29)
GE labeling: not without a cost Debate continues over what public needs to know In 2013, genetically engineered (GE) varieties accounted for 95 percent of sugar beet, 93 percent of soy, and 90 percent of all cotton and corn acreage in the United States, according to a new report from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). Ingredients from GE plants have, for years, been commonly used in foods around the world. About 70 percent of processed foods in U.S. super-
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markets contain some GE ingredients, and yet at least 25 states have considered proposed legislation to require GE labeling of foods. The report, titled “The Potential Impacts of Mandatory Labeling for Genetically Engineered Food in the United States,” was released this week. The authors use the term genetically engineered in place of the more common term “genetically modified organism” (GMO), noting that
conventional breeding methods modify organisms, making the term less accurate. The task force that developed the report, led by University of California-Davis animal scientist Alison Van Eenennaam, PhD., included food scientists, economists, legal scholars and agricultural experts. They examined a range of issues, including public opinions, legal implications of consumer choice and right-to-know and food-safety implications. Groups in favor of GE labeling generally make their case based on two points: First, that consumers have a right to know what is in their food
and how it is produced, and secondly that GE foods could be unsafe. The report’s authors note the right to know what is in food is different from the right to know how it was produced. Furthermore, this uniquely singles out GE technology not other production methods and processes - for right to know. They also note that GE crops are extensively tested, and over the past 20 years, the FDA has found that all 148 transgenic gene/crop combinations evaluated by the agency, including all biotech crops commercialized to date, are (See LABELING on page 34)
USDA begins processing disaster aid Jeff Oestmann, CEO East Kansas Agri-Energy
Last week, farmers and ranchers began signing up for disaster assistance programs that were restored by the 2014 Farm Bill. While it took a year to implement disaster relief programs after the last Farm Bill was passed in 2008, disaster programs were up and running in just 60 days. “These disaster pro-
Ag operators be aware of CDL changes Once again farmers and ranchers are scratching their heads about how the new CDL (commercial driver’s license) regulations will impact them when they transport livestock and crops to market. Kansas transportation regulations already impose an extensive array of documentation, testing, certification, inspection and record keeping on the trucking industry. These regulations are further complicated when farmers and stockmen operate their vehicles across state lines where other states may have different rules than Kansas. Agricultural producers received help in July 2012 with the announcement of expanded exemptions from federal and state rules, says Mike Irvin, legislative counsel for Kansas Farm Bureau. “Farmers and ranchers may be exempt from the requirements of commercial driver’s license drug testing, physical examination or hours of service regulations if their farm (See CDL on page 29)
grams will not replace all of the losses farmers and ranchers faced, but it will provide some relief and help ensure that extreme weather won’t cause families to lose the farm,” says USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. In the first week, the USDA received more than 10,000 applications for these programs. Approximately 95 percent were for the Livestock Forage Program (LFP),
which provides payments to eligible producers for grazing losses. “The high number of applicants is no surprise considering the widespread, ongoing drought that has plagued livestock producers in the West Coast and Midwestern portions of the United States for nearly three consecutive years,” says Vilsack. “Our livestock producers have waited long
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enough and we understand the urgent need to provide payments in a timely manner. While the time for application processing and review will vary depending on the complexity and type of loss, the electronic payment and application systems are up and running.” Since sign up began last week, Vilsack says the USDA has processed nearly 60 percent of the
applications and approved payments to nearly 6,000 producers. FSA will provide monthly updates at http:// disaster.fsa.usda.gov, including data by state, number of applications, and payments issued. Depending on the program and year of the loss, producers have three to nine months to apply. FSA staff can explain what documents and records are needed to apply.
Forecast offers no relief from drought The multi-year drought continues to strangle the region stretching from portions of western Nebraska on south through Western Kansas and into Texas. WKWMP Significant rains Update during late July into Walt Geiger early August of last meteorologist year had lessened the intensity substantially with the bulk of Western Kansas experiencing only “severe” drought by early October according to the Drought Monitor. Although severe drought is still very strong, the area had climbed out of “exceptional” drought which is the strongest category on the drought map. However, lengthy periods of dry weather resumed and, by the start of 2014, the drought began to further intensify with areas of extreme drought, one category stronger than severe, showing up over northwest Kansas while the rest of Western Kansas remained in severe drought. Fast forward to today and we find the drought not only intensifying, but is expanding again to cover all but a tiny sliver of extreme northeast Kansas. Currently, the entire western half of Western Kansas resides in extreme drought and it gets stronger by the week. This pattern has been fairly consistent over the last three years as most locations fall short of the monthly precipitation averages for March, April, May and June. This year looks to be a repeat of the pattern thus far. Thunderstorms Activity There was some thunderstorm activity last Saturday and Sunday across the region. While most storms remained very weak, a few over Wichita and Scott counties attained moderate intensity with a brief period of small hail. There were two operations by the Western Kansas Weather Modification Program this week. Seeding for rain optimization occurred on April 19 while hail suppression occurred on April 20. Seeding for rain optimization began at 6:16 p.m. over eastern Wichita County on the eastern side of the storm mass which would soon impact northwestern Scott County. Seeding continued over northern Scott County through 6:45 p.m. on the eastern flank of the storm mass before the line exited the target area at 7:14 p.m. Seeding was terminated there with the planes then moving to check a separate area of clustered small storms over southeastern Wichita County. Seeding resumed at 7:35 p.m. over extreme western Scott County with this storm moving slowly east-northeast. Hail Suppression One plane was launched at 7:01 p.m. to investigate a thunderstorm tracking east-northeast through northern Wichita County. Seeding for hail suppression began over northeastern Wichita County and continued over northwestern Scott County.
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vehicles meet certain criteria,” Irvin says. CD regulations include: •Vehicles must be operated by a farm or ranch owner, an employee or family member of the farmer. •The vehicles must be used to transport agricultural products, machinery or supplies from a farm. •Farm or ranch vehicles cannot be operated for hire (hauling for others for compensation). •Vehicles of 26,000 pounds or less can be operated anywhere in the United States. •Farm or ranch vehicles, between 26,00080,000 pounds, can operate in Kansas and may also operate across state
lines within 150 air miles of the farm or ranch. All CDL holders must apply for medical selfcertification with the Department of Revenues Driver’s License Agency when they receive, renew, upgrade or transfer their CDL no later than January 30 of each year. Unfortunately, the manner, time, implications, and consequences of these proposals have made it difficult for farmers and ranchers to fully understand and participate,” Irvin says. “We believe extension of the certification process will help alleviate some of the fears farmers and ranchers are having over these requirements,” he adds.
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Change listing, he said, because the section 4(d) rule of the Endangered Species Act exempts most routine farming activity to protect the lesser prairie chicken, including agricultural practices on cultivated lands that are in crop production, as well as maintenance of infrastructure on these operations. “However, they decided as part of the rule that properly managed grazing is important for lesser prairie chickens, and improperly managed grazing can impact them in a negative manner,” Lee said. “Haying of native grass might not be allowed. It’s not specified, but I think it could probably be implied, that a grazing plan could be required.” Lee anticipates ranchers will face more changes for grazing, including possibly allowing only a certain number of livestock on a particular piece of rangeland and limiting the length of time they are allowed to graze, for the numbers of lesser prairie chickens to increase. It is speculation right now if producers will be required to have a grazing management plan in place, but Lee said that is how he interprets it if ranchers want the protection afforded by the 4(d) rule. “The way I read the rule, the ranchers might
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be more affected than crop producers in this particular situation,” Lee said. “When you look at it, the lesser prairie chicken uses cropland for a minor amount of food certain times of the year. Rangeland is the primary habitat, and that is where most changes are going to have to take place.” The listing also means no hunting season for the lesser prairie chicken. Kansas has been the only state to allow hunting for the lesser prairie chicken in recent years. Impact on CRP How about the landowners who have acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)? Rod Winkler, program specialist for CRP with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Kansas, said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been working with the FSA to ensure implementation of all aspects of CRP has an overall positive impact on habitat for the lesser prairie chicken. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in conjunction with the FSA, has been developing a conferencing document, or biological assessment, the past several months. The document should be completed soon. “Most of the land
in Kansas is privately owned,” says Winkler. “Voluntary actions of private landowners are the key to maintaining, enhancing, restoring and connecting habitat for the species.” Winkler said minimizing the effects of the listing on landowners, along with providing assurances and predictability within the conferencing effort with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on CRP, is important for voluntary landowners’ continued participation or future enrollment in the program. The protections for CRP participants within the conferencing document, he said, provides assurances to participants during the CRP contract period and beyond expiration, by permitting them to make management decisions on their land regardless of whether that decision is to retain the permanent grass cover or convert back to crop production. The basis for this assurance is if one landowner makes the decision to convert the cover back to annual crop production, there will likely be another landowner making the decision to enroll land in CRP, which creates a balancing effect. The effort has been, as much as possible, to keep
the impact on CRP participants within the lesser prairie chicken region the same as those outside the region. “There will, however, be some differences in a couple of areas, such as early land preparation,” Winkler said. “At the end of some contracts, early land prep can begin as early as May 1. We do not believe the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will allow policy to permit action that early. It will be more in line with the end of the nesting season.” Pushing early land preparation back allows for the lesser prairie chicken to fulfill its nesting and brooding season, which begins April 15 and goes through July 15, said Andy Burr, state biologist for Kansas’ NRCS. Burr said many landowners who are in their final year of their CRP contracts are questioning now how early land preparation could be affected by the lesser prairie chicken threatened species listing. Early land preparation requests are accepted by the FSA. ]If destruction of the CRP cover is determined to cause adverse environmental effects, then the CRP participant must obtain an approved conservation plan from the NRCS for destruction of the CRP cover for planned crop production.
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423 S. Mesquite Rd. • Scott City • 872-2130
Willie’s Auto A/C Repair Willie Augerot Complete A/C Service Mechanic Work and Diagnostics Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
404 Kingsley • Scott City • 874-1379
Charles Purma II D.D.S. P.A. General Dentistry, Cosmetics, and Insurance Accepted
We welcome new patients. 324 N. Main • Scott City • 872-2389 Residence 872-5933
all coatings t Paint i or any other color
For your home medical supply and equipment needs!
Paint inside and out residential, commercial, and industrial. Free estimates and 16 plus years of experience.
We service and repair all that we sell.
PC Painting, Inc.
Landscaping • Lawn/Trees
Berning Tree Service David Berning • Marienthal
Tree Trimming and Removal Hedge and Evergreen Trimming Stump Removal
Paul Cramer 620-290-2410 620-872-8910 www.pcpaintinginc.com
Pro Ex II
Over 20 Years Experience
Professional Extermination Commercial & Residential
Call today for a Greener Healthier Lawn
SPENCER PEST CONTROL RESIDENTIAL – COMMERCIAL Termite Baiting Systems • Rodents Weed Control • Structural Insects Termite Control Box 258, Scott City • (620) 872-2870
Turner Sheet Metal
Heating & Air Conditioning
Heating & Cooling Systems Since 1904
(Scott City Chiropractic) “TLC”... Technology Lead Chiropractic
Dr. James Yager • Dr. Marlyn Swayne Dr. Robert Fritz 110 W. 4th St. • Scott City • 872-2310 Toll Free: 800-203-9606
Scott City Myofascial Release Sandy Cauthon RN
105 1/2 W. 11th St. Scott City 620-874-1813
Call me to schedule your Myofascial Release
Dr. Jeffrey A. Heyd Optometrist 20/20 Optometry
Treatment of Ocular Disease • Glaucoma Detection Children’s Vision • Glasses • Contact Lenses
Commercial & Residential 1851 S. Hwy. 83 • Scott City 872-2954 Shop • 1-800-201-2954
Pro Health Chiropractic Wellness Center
• Termites • Rodents • Soil Sterilization • Pre Treats • Lawn Care • Fly Parasites
John Kropp, Owner • Scott City 874-2023 (cell) • 872-3400 (office) • email@example.com
Owner, Chris Lebbin • 620-214-4469
1602 S. Main • Scott City • 872-2232 Toll Free : 1-866-672-2232
Ron Turner Owner
Complete family eye center! 106 W. 4th • Scott City • 872-2020 • Emergencies: 872-2736
Call 872-2090 today!
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Professional Directory Continued
Scott City Clinic Daniel R. Dunn, MD Family Practice
Matthew Lightner, MD Family Practice
Christian E. Cupp, MD William Slater, MD Family Practice
Libby Hineman, MD Family Practice
Josiah Brinkley, MD Family Practice
Megan Dirks, AP, RN-BC Ryan Michels, PA Mindy Schrader, PA
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Sales and Service Days • Mon. - Sat. Deliveries • Mon.-Sat.
Largest Frigidaire appliance dealer in Western Ks. 508 Madison • Scott City • 872-3686
Computer Sales, Service and Repair Custom computers! Networking solutions!
WA S T E WAT E R / WATER operator for City of Anthony, Ks. High school diploma/GED and valid driver’s license required. Applications and complete job description: www.anthonykansas. org. 620-842-5434. EOE. Open until filled. ––––––––––––––––––––– 29 SERIOUS people wanted to work from anywhere using a computer. Up to $1,500-$5,000 PT/ FT. www.pticoncepts.com.
TRAIN AND WORK for us. Class A-CDL. Professional and focused CDL training available. Choose between company driver, owner/operator, lease operator or lease trainer. (877) 369-7885. www. centraltruckdrivingjobs. com ––––––––––––––––––––– PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE. OTR drivers. APU equipped PrePass EZ-pass passenger policy. 2012 and newer equipment. 100% notouch. Butler Transport, 1-800-528-7825. www. butlertransport.com ––––––––––––––––––––– EXPERIENCED FLATBED drivers. Regional opportunities now open with plenty of freight and great pay. 800-277-0212 or primeinc.com ––––––––––––––––––––– HIRING ONE TON and 3/4 ton pickup trucks to deliver RVs. $750 signon bonus, 4 terminals and 8 backhaul locations. Call 866-764-1601 or www. foremosttransport.com.
IF YOU USED the blood thinner Pradaxa and suffered internal bleeding, hemorrhaging, required hospitalization or a loved one died while taking Pradaxa between October 2010 and the present. You may be entitled to compensation. Call Attorney Charles H. Johnson Law. 1-800-535-5727.
Over 200 appliances in stock!
We have Reverse Osmosis units in stock. Remember us for parts in stock for all brands of all appliances.
Kansas Classifieds Ad Network
The classified ads below are appearing in 147 Kansas newspapers with a total circulation of 500,000 the classified display ads appear in 142 Kansas newspapers with a total circulation of 457,000. KCAN line ad is $300 for up to 25 words and $12 each additional word. A 2x2 display ad is $800 per insertion and a 2x4 display ad is $1,650 per insertion. To find out more, contact The Scott County Record at 872-2090.
A garbologist company. Scott City • 872-1223 • 1-800-303-3371
PC Cleaning Services, Inc. We'll clean your home, business or do remodeling clean-up Available seven days a week! Paul Cramer, Owner
Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 402 S. Main, Scott City • 872-1300
Sales Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org
MEDICAL BILLING trainees needed. Become a medical office assistant. No experience needed. On-line training at SC Train gets you job ready. High school diploma/GED and PC Internet needed. 1-888-926-7884. ––––––––––––––––––––– B U L L D O Z E R , BACKHOE and excavator operator career. Three week hands-on training program. National certifications. Lifetime job placement assistance. VA benefits eligible. 1-866362-6497.
For Sale YAMAHA PIANO specials. Loaded digital grand, $4,988; mahogany console, only $2,688; like new grand with Disklavier player, 65% off new price! Mid-America Piano, Manhattan, 1-800-9503774. www.piano4u.com.
Real Estate YOUR LAND is your down payment. And we’ll match your tax refund up to $8,000. Singles starting at $39,900. Doubles starting at $59,900. Less than perfect credit OK. 866858-6862.
Office (620) 276-3131 Toll Free 1-800-794-9052 Cell (620) 874-0014 Fax (620) 276-8876 1007 N. 8th, Garden City, KS 67846 www.officesolutionsinc.biz
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
412 N. Main • Garden City • 620-275-5142 All Under One Roof
Your RadioShack Dealer Two-way Radio Sales & Service Locally owned and operated since 1990
1104 Main • Scott City • 872-2625 Find us on Facebook
District 11 AA Meetings
Unity and Hope Mon., Wed. and Fri. • 8:00 p.m.
SharpsShootingSupply.com • (620)398-2395 • Healy, Kansas
Berning Auction “Don’t Trust Your Auction to Just Anyone”
Barbecue, the only sport where a fat bald man is a GOD...
Kyle Lausch 620-872-4209
For all your auction needs call:
Russell Berning Box Q • Leoti
Bryan Mulligan & Chris Price 620-874-8301 & 620-874-1285
www.cmorbutzbbq.com • email@example.com
807 Kingsley Last Sat., Birthday Night, 6:30 p.m. All open meetings, 874-8207 • 874-8118
Thursday • 8:30 p.m. 535 Wichita St. All open meetings, 397-5679 • 397-2647
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Classifieds Buy, sell, trade, one call does it all 872-2090 ot fax 872-0009
Classified Ad Deadline: Monday at 5:00 p.m.
Classified Ad Rate: 20¢ per word. Minimum charge, $5. Blind ad: $2.50 per week extra. Card of thanks: 10¢ per word. Minimum charge, $3. Classified Display Ad rate: $5.50 per column inch. Classified advertising must be paid in advance unless business account is established. If not paid in advance, there will be a $1 billing charge. Tear sheet for classified ad will be $1 extra.
Card of Thanks The family of Edith Berend would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for all the acts of kindness, expressions of sympathy, food donations, memorial donations, flowers and prayers during the past few weeks. Your kind words and memories shared meant a lot to us. We are blessed to call this loving, caring and giving community our home. Harold Berend, Janet and Arturo Pacheco and family, Deanna and Charlie Fraley and family, Linda and Joe Becker and family, Mike Berend and family, Rita and Simon Bartel and family, Carol and Daren Ruth and family, Gina and Jimmy Perkins and family The family of Lou Dirks would like to thank everyone for the wonderful acts of kindness, cards, meals, flowers, and memorials in her name, hospital and care home visits; the Scott Mennonite Church for providing the meal and singing. A special thanks to Park Lane Nursing Home and Scott County Hospital for the loving care given to her during her stay. Darrel and Diane Dirks and family, Deb and Dave Kraemer, Darla and Jerome Luebbers and family
County Plat Maps Scott
406 Main • Scott City 620 872-2090
3+1 bedroom home with full basement! Carpeting on main level, central heat and air have been replaced! Family room in basement! $75,500.
Lawrence and Associates
Deb Lawrence, GRI Broker Shorty Lawrence, Sales Assoc. 513 Main • Scott City 872-5267 ofc. 872-7184 hm. lawrenceandassocrealty.com Sheila Ellis, Broker Assoc. 872-2056 Kerry Gough, Sales Assoc. 872-7337 Russell Berning, 874-4405 www.berningauction.com
5 bedrooms, ready to move into, insulated and stucco exterior. 1+1 baths, office, fenced yard and 1 1/2 garage.
3 bedrooms with 1 3/4 baths up. Full basement open floor plan (1,642 sq. ft.), on corner lot with new streets and 24’ x 24’ garage.
INDIVIDUAL OFFICE SUITES from one to four rooms available for lease. Leases starting at $250/month including utilities. Common areas available for use including reception and break rooms. Perfect for quiet small business or climate controlled storage. Former location of Scott City Chiropractic, 1101 S. Main. Call 214-3040 for 27tfc information.
WANTED TO BUY. Stored corn. Call for basis and contract information. 1-800-579-3645. Lane County Feeders, Inc. 32tfc ––––––––––––––––––––– WANTED TO BUY. Wheat straw delivered. Call for contracting information. Lane County Feeders. 397-5341. 44tfc
903 MYRTLE, GREAT FIRST HOME 2+2 bedrooms, 2 baths. Just remodeled with a new kitchen and stainless steel appliances. All new windows, doors, flooring, insulation, plumbing and roof. Close to elementary school, which is a plus. Call for appointment: Clinton Constuction (Darryl or Virginia) 620-8725494 or cell 620-2141456. 24tfc ––––––––––––––––––––– NEWLY REFURBISHED HOME. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, walk-in closets, open kitchen/dining/living area. New carport, kitchen appliances are included. Can also sell furnished or unfurnished, nice yard space, large corner lot, quiet area. Call Fred Brittan 620-2141434 or 620-872-2957.
WANTED: Yards to mow and clean up, etc. Trim smaller trees and bushes too. Call Dean Riedl, (620) 872-5112 or 87434tfc 4135. ––––––––––––––––––––– FURNITURE REPAIR and refinishing. Lawn mower tune-up and blade sharpening. Call Vern Soodsma, 872-2277 or 36tfc 874-1412. ––––––––––––––––––––– MOWER REPAIR, tuneup and blade sharpening. Call Rob Vsetecka at 62036tfc 214-1730. ––––––––––––––––––––– METAL ROOFING, SIDING and TRIMS at direct-to-the-public prices. Call Metal King Mfg., 620-872-5464. Our prices 37tfc will not be beat! ––––––––––––––––––––– “JEN’S GROOMING” Jennifer Milner grooming at Fur-Fection. Please call for an appointment 620-214-0097. Hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00 32tfc a.m.- 4:00 p.m. ––––––––––––––––––––– BERRY LAWN MOWING now accepting new customers. Evenings and weekends. Call for estimate 214-1135. Leave a 30tfc message.
Help Wanted PART-TIME COOK wanted. Apply in person at The Broiler, 102 Main. 25tfc
––––––––––––––––––––– INDIVIDUAL NEEDED for breeding division. Candidate for caring for and breeding gestating sows. We will train a person with a desire to learn. This position has opportunities for advancement. Send resume or apply in person at Poky Feeders, Inc., 600 E. Road 30, Scott City, Ks. 67871 or call Connor at 620-872-7046. 37t2c
Pine Village Apartments 300 E. Nonnamaker
Apartments available for qualifying tenants 62+ or disabled with rental assistance available. Hours: Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. by appointment Call Steve 872-2535 or (620) 255-4824. 19tfc
For Sale BLACK ANGUS BULL, registered, tested, 2 year olds, yearlings, heifer bulls, delivery, conformation, performance. Contact: Black Velvet Ranch, Aaron Plunkett, Syracuse, Ks. 620-384-1101. 33t19c ––––––––––––––––––––– HUSQVARNA RZ5424 54” z-turn mower, 24hp v-twin Kawasaki 967003701, one year old, like new, only 100 hrs. New price $3,299.95. Asking $2,300. Call Chris 36t2c 620-499-9175. ––––––––––––––––––––– 04’ FLEETWOOD DISCOVERY MOTOR HOME. Deisel pusher, four slide outs, all the bells and whistles. New tires and low milage. CRV Honda also avalible. Call 38t3p 620-874-0371.
––––––––––––––––––––– NICE WELL MAINTAINED 4 bedroom, 2 bath home. All brick, new AC/FC, roof, water heater and softner. 2 car attached garage. Large lot with fenced yard. $175,000 OBO. Call 620-271-4717. 37t3p
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Rentals HIDE AND SEEK STORAGE SYSTEMS. Various sizes available. Virgil and LeAnn Kuntz, (620)874-2120. 41tfc ––––––––––––––––––––– HORSE STALLS for rent with access to arena to ride in. Close to town. Call 620-214-3242 or 620-874-8142 for more information. 35t4p
5 Lots in Webster addition $ 35,000 for all 5 lots.
STORAGE SHED FOR RENT
30’X50’. Call (620) 872-2576 home, 874-1009 cell.
Thomas Real Estate
914 W. 12th Scott City, Ks. 67871 (620)-872-7396 Cell: (620)-874-1753 or Cell: (620)-874-5002 35tfc
GARAGE SALES Saturday, May 3 MOVING SALE 121 Penn Ave., Shallow Water Sat., 8:00 a.m.-?? Furniture, clothes of all sizes and misc. No checks please. Community Garage Sale at Sharon Springs Saturday, May 3 • 8:00 a.m. to noon Maps will be available at the 27/40 store and at each garage sale site. MOVING SALE 706 Oak St., Scott City Sat., 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. King bed, table and chairs, dressers, TVs, entertainment center and misc. items. GARAGE SALE 1020 Kingsley, Scott City Sat., 8:00-11:00 a.m. Housewares, scrubs, toys, holiday decor, vacuum and misc.
Bring in your Garage Sales by Monday at 5:00 p.m. (No rainy day refunds)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, that’s ours. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Tuesday nights at 8:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church basement (use west door). 412 College, Scott City. Al-Anon at same time and location. Contact: 874-0472 or 872-3137. 30t52
In Healy: 3+1 bedrooms, 2+1 baths, dining room, family room in basement, has lots of storage in basement, D/A garage, lovely patio and landscaping, lots of extras, must see to appreciate.
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Employment Opportunities MOVING?
PARA-PROFESSIONAL Don’t forget to move your paper too. 406 Main•Box 377 Scott City, Ks. 67871 620-872-2090
Scott Community High School is seeking a special education para-professional to work with students. The position is available immediately. For more information and application please contact: Susan Carter Board of Education Building 704 College, Scott City, Ks. 67871 (620) 872-7600 35tfc
PARK LANE NURSING HOME
The City of Scott City is selling two (2) 1998 Chevy 1/2 ton, 2WD pickups. Pickups can be seen outside the city shop.
Has openings for the following positions:
Sealed bids will be accepted at City Hall until: Monday, May 5, 5:00 p.m. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
Full-time CNA (evening shift) Part-time CMA (evening shift) Part-time Nursing-LPN/RN Shift differential pay offered for evening and night shifts!
Please apply in person at:
GRAIN ELEVATOR OPERATOR Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is a world leader in agricultural processing. We are seeking a grain elevator operator at our Leoti, location. Job duties include: dumping trucks and loading trains. Ideal candidates will be at least 18 years of age, be able to use cleaning tools and climb ladders. This position requires standing and sitting for prolonged periods of time, moderate lifting and being able to work well as part of a team. We offer: competitive pay and benefits, including medical, dental, prescription drug coverage, life insurance, pension and a 401(k)/ESOP with employer contributions. Relocation assistance is not available for this position. Apply online or learn more at www.adm.com/careers ADM requires successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening and background check. ADM is an EOE for minorities, females, protected veterans and individuals with a disability.
Park Lane Nursing Home
WELDER / MECHANIC / SHOP Dodge City and Scott City has immediate openings for welders, mechanics, and shop help. Experience is preferred, but will train the right individual. We offer health, dental, vacation, sick pay, 401K and uniforms. We are a drug free workplace. Pay will be based on experience. Required to have own shop tools. Send resumes to: PO Box 1300, Dodge City, Ks. 67801 or PO Box 572, Scott City, Ks. 67871
210 E. Parklane Scott City, KS 67871 Or visit us at our website: www.parklanenursinghome.org “Quality Care Because We Care”
SEASONAL ELEVATOR/SCALE WORK
SCOTT COUNTY HOSPITAL HAS OPENINGS FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS 37tfc
PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL STAFF Clinic Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner PATIENT CARE Acute Care RNs Outpatient Services C.N.A. Physician’s Clinic RN Physician’s Clinic PRN RN/LPN SERVICE Morning Cook PRN Dietary Aide/Cook Housekeeper
Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), a world leader in agricultural processing, is currently seeking candidates for seasonal elevator work and seasonal scale clerk at our Leoti, Shallow Water, and Selkirk locations. Elevator workers: will unload grain, perform clean-up work, perform some maintenance and assist in other areas of grain handling. Flexibility to work overtime and weekends is required for both positions. Please apply online at: www.adm.com/jobs
Applicants for these positions are required to be able to read, speak and understand English. Pre-employment physical, drug/alcohol screening, immunization titer, physical assessment and TB skin test required. We are a tobacco free campus.
We offer competitive pay and great benefits. Due to our recent expansion of services and rapid growth, we are in need of Acute Care RNs and are offering financial incentives. Applications are available through Human Resources at Scott County Hospital 201 Albert Ave. Scott City, Ks. 67871 620-872-7772 or online at www.scotthospital.net
ADM requires successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening and background check. ADM is an EOE for minorities, females, protected veterans and individuals with a disability.
DISTRICT TREASURER The USD 466 Board of Education is seeking applications for the position of District Treasurer. Duties include: Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable, electronic construction of budget, and production of monthly financial and state reports. Position requires: The preferred candidate will be well-versed in basic accounting and be familiar with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and related experience with in-house accounting programs. The district uses the MAPP accounting system. Knowledge and skills with basic business machines is necessary. A business degree is preferred. Training: will begin at the earliest mutually agreeable date possible. Benefits: are a 12-month full-time position with vacation benefits, sick leave and personal leave. A paid full single BC/BS medical benefit is included in the package offer. Salary is to be commensurate with experience and training. To Apply: applicants shall complete the basic application, submit a letter of application, provide a complete resume’ with any letters of recommendation plus a listing of all work experiences and locations with correct phone listing and names of previous supervisors/employers. The application package should be completed in an expeditious manner as the position is “open until filled”. The completed application package can be mailed or delivered to: Susan Carter, Clerk, USD 466, Scott County Schools, 704 S. College, Scott City, Ks 67871. 29tfc
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Roast Rolls Seesaw Select Settle Shots Stray Threw Uncle Visitor Wanted Wishes Worry
May you enjoy the ﬂowers of spring!
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Labeling equivalent to their conventional counterparts. Japanese regulators independently reached the same conclusions for 189 submissions they reviewed, covering a wide range of plant species and introduced traits. A handful of widely publicized small studies have claimed to find some adverse health impacts of GE foods on animals, the authors say, but these studies have been retracted and/or severely criticized by government and mainstream scientific organizations as poorly designed and unreliable. The authors conclude the following:
Baron Strine, Scott City, gets his steer ready for the Scott City Showdown on Saturday afternoon. (Below) Eva Kliesen, Scott City gets her steer set as the judge explains how he has placed each animal in the class. (Record Photos)
Showdown quickly earns its place as a top Midwest show If you offer a top quality livestock show, people and their animals will come. Of course, grand prize money of $1,000 and $500 doesn’t hurt either. The “bigger and better” Scott County Showdown spring livestock show attracted a record number of entries for the two-day event that was held Friday and Saturday at the Scott County Fairgrounds. There were more than 290 entries representing seven states in beef (90), hogs (130), sheep (31) and goat (40) competition. States, other than Kansas, represented in the show included South Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas and Iowa. It was an open show, though Scott County Extension Agent John Beckman said “probably 95 percent of the competitors are in 4-H.” “The quality is unbelievable,” observed Kelly Conine, a Showdown Committee member who was assisting with the
show. After several years of declining participation in the show, several local individuals decided it was time to find a way to rebuild attendance. Showdown Committee members who helped organize the show were Anne Lampe, Beckman, Clint Pearson, Lynne Palen, Cody Palen, Brian Mulligan, Kelly and Zach Conine and Roger and Skyler Glenn. “It was probably November when we came together as a committee and began soliciting sponsorships,” says Lampe, committee co-chairperson. The Scott County Showdown was also held in conjunction with the Clayton “Bud” Calkins Memorial Livestock Classic in Lakin so participants could show their livestock at both. “By working with Lakin, I feel we’ve created one of the best spring livestock shows anywhere in Kansas,” said Beckman. Of course, substantial prize money is always a
drawing card. The grand champion steer was awarded $1,000 and the reserve champion $750. The grand and reserve champion heifers were awarded $750/$500. In the pigs, sheep and goat divisions prize money was $500 for the grand champions and $250 for reserve champions. The $5,250 in added prize money was in addition to payback in each class. Additional sponsors helped to make the added prize money possible. It appears the prize money will be even greater next year. “We’ve already had about six new sponsors come to us this weekend and say they want to be part of next year’s show,” noted Zach Conine. He says that could possibly allow them to provide added prize money for the top five finishers in each division and not just the top two. In addition, Lampe would like to see the heifer added prize money match
the steers since there were so many heifer entries. She feels the show could see more growth next year because a big event in Belleville had to be moved back a weekend since it conflicted with Easter. When that event returns to the third weekend in April, that is expected to help the turnout for the Scott City and Lakin shows. “We were still very pleased. The show met our expectations,” Lampe says. “We’d like to have a few more sheep, but it’s early in the year for sheep. But the show has room to grow and we can definitely build on it.” Among the Scott County participants, Payton Goodman, 9, was the junior grand champion in sheep showmanship and Brooke Strine, 9, was junior grand champion in meat goat showmanship. Danean Metheney, 16, was third in senior sheep showmanship. More results are available at http://www.westernksweekend.com.
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•There is no sciencebased reason to single out GE foods and feeds for mandatory process-based labeling. •Mandatory labeling based on process abandons the traditional U.S. practice of providing for consumer food preferences through voluntary product differentiation and labeling. •Market-driven voluntary labeling measures are currently providing consumers with non-GE choices. •Mandatory labeling could have negative implications for First Amendment rights and trade issues.