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Raiders at State Powerlifting Page 11

Wednesday March 13, 2013 Wamego, Kansas

INSIDE

2013 Kansas

STATE CHAMPIONS!

Pott Co. Commission Page 2 Wamego City Commisson Page 2 Wab. County Commission Page 3 St. Marys Commission Page 3 Obituaries Page 4 Scholarship Banquet Page 10 WHS Powerlifting Page 11 State Basketball1 Pages 12, 13

BETH HOWELL DAY, THE SMOKE SIGNAL

The Lady Raiders made history by winning the 2013 4A State Basketball Championship on Saturday. Fronting the team to celebrate are the four seniors Lakyn Rowden, Rikki Alderson, Katie Baker and Rachel Griffitt. Full tournament coverage can be found on Pages 12 and 13 as well as special congratulations on Page 8.

Candidates Vie for Three USD 320 Seats This is the first of our candidate profiles for the April election. Only contested positions are profiled. School board candidates were asked their reasons for running, qualifications and vision for their school district and given an approximate 250 word limit. The answer to a “soapbox” question can be found on our website at www. thewamegosmokesignal. com. Bruce Coleman has also filed for Position 4 but did not respond to our information request. Should he do so, we will add it to our candidate articles on the website. Mr. Wethington’s article was edited to fit the requested format.

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J oe S teele P osition 5

T om V ontz P osition 5

R ob A dams P osition 6

P hilip W ethington P osition 6

I am qualified to serve on the board for several reasons. First and foremost, I am a parent of three children in the Wamego school system. I have spent countless hours in the classrooms, and leading PTO functions. I have attended See Schwein PAGE 10

I just recently started attending board meetings as I had heard some interesting comments and concerns from parents. Once I had sat in on a few meetings I decided that this was something I wanted to do. As far as qualifications See Steele PAGE 10

1. I have been married for 21 years (Dawn) and have four kids (Alex, Maddie, Tori, and Gabrielle) in the district. As a teacher of civic, political, and educational ideas for the last 20 years, I value public service—we all share in the See Vontz PAGE 10

1. I am the father of two recent USD 320 graduates and was very active in the system during their time here. I stayed involved with many scholastic, athletic and extra-curricular activities so I got to know, appreciate and work with people See Adams PAGE 10

1. I am seeking re-election to the School Board because I believe I can contribute positively toward decisions made regarding policies that affect our district and that all citizens should use their gifts and talents to contribSee Wethington PAGE 10

The Fruit of a Life Well Lived: Fr. Dekat Celebrates 60 Years of Priesthood B y P aula E bert The Smoke Signal

Flush – At a recent gathering to celebrate Father Carl Deket’s 60 years as a priest, he told those assembled that “Being a priest is the best life I could have ever had”. He’s one of two priests celebrating their 60th; the other is Father John Dunnivan. But Father Deket is somewhat unique, as he is still regularly serves four parishes. Father Deket asked that no celebration be held, but

one of the parishioners told him that it would be wrong not to give people a chance to thank him, so he reluctantly agreed, asking for a modest gathering, just coffee and donuts. The hall was filled with people, glad for his ministry. Former parishioner, Francis Slobdink, made the trip from Topeka when he heard about the celebration. He was a parishioner at Immaculate Conception in St. Marys. He particularly praised Father Deket for being willing to be available for confessions.

“He’s a great priest, who helped us become better Catholics,” he said. Father Dekat serves four parishes – Alma, Paxico, Flush and Wamego. Father John Pilcher is the pastor of the parishes, while Father Deket is the Senior Associate. Without the help from Father Deket, it is possible that Alma would have to be closed. Father Pilcher said that he is a “wonderful priest, and we are truly blessed to have him here”. PAULA EBERT, THE SMOKE SIGNAL Father Deket said he is Father Carl Deket celebrates Mass the day the parish honored him for 60 years as a See Father DEKAT PAGE 8 priest.

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