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The Argonia Argosy

Your weekly newspaper serving northwest Sumner County

Vol. 132 No. 24

Conway Springs facing lawsuit from 2014 traffic stop By Paul Rhodes

The city of Conway Springs and several other defendants are facing a lawsuit that stems from a local traffic stop in February 2014. According to court records and attorney Ed

Keeley, who is representing the city of Conway Springs and two former officials with the city’s police department, the lawsuit involves a traffic stop by Jeff Cole, who at the time was a police officer for the city of Conway

Springs. Cole is a defendant in the lawsuit, along with former Conway Springs Police Chief Matt Dennis. The lawsuit was filed on Feb. 15 in United States District Court by Brooklyn Lonker, who was a

Water projects will be massive undertaking

passenger in the vehicle involved in the traffic stop. According to Keeley, there was an investigation at the scene, and “the facts are disputed about what happened at the scene.” Additional defendants in the lawsuit, according to

When it comes to our water supply, few of us give it a second thought. Turn on the tap, and use whatever you need. And usually, the story behind getting that water to our doorsteps isn’t horribly complicated, either. Unless, of course, there are problems with the source of that water, its treatment or its distribution system. For the city of Conway Springs, those problems have been mounting for years, and they have been coming from all directions. Now, the city is getting nearer to a solution for its water problems, and that has generated at least a few smiles for city officials who have been saddled with the task of taking on the Conway Springs water dilemma. It does seem a little ironic that a community formerly known for its bounty of spring water could be facing such a daunting task. But the problems are real, and they didn’t happen overnight. “This is a large project,” said Doug Goetz of Wilson & Company, the engineering firm that is tackling the city’s water issues. Over at least the next two years, the city will be sinking new water wells, building a new water tower and upgrading the city’s water distribution lines. The estimated price tag for all this work is just a little more than $8 million. While that’s a huge number for a community the size of Conway Springs, Goetz and city officials are pleased with how funding for the project will shake out. “There’s a matrix of funding out there, and Conway Springs is lucky to get that kind of help,” Goetz said. In terms of help, Goetz outlined the following elements that make up the funding package for the water improvements in Conway Springs: • The city will contribute $495,000 to the project. • USDA will provide a Rural Development grant totaling $2.85 million. • USDA also will loan the city $2.4 million for the project. • KDHE has approved a $1.6 million loan to the city. • KDHE also will provide $697,000 in “principal forgiveness” to the city, which essentially is a grant. As far as how the money will be used, Goetz said the city’s front-end share and the USDA funding will be used to dig new wells, build a new wa-

ter tower and provide the distribution system. Funding from KDHE, through the Kansas Public Water Supply Loan Fund, will be used to build the new water treatment plant. The community’s water supply problems begin at the source – the wells that provide the water supply for Conway Springs. Several years ago, the city found it had nitrate problems with its well field southwest of town. At that time, the city went farther west and sank two new wells, and ran a supply line into town. Now, the water from those wells is in violation of EPA contaminant levels for nitrates. “The EPA has reduced the maximum contaminant level, and that put the city into violation,” said Goetz. Now, the plan is to drill new wells closer to town and treat the city’s water supply for nitrates and any other problems. Earlier this year, members of the Conway Springs City Council gave their approval for Wilson & Company to move ahead with plans for an ion exchange treatment facility. Along with new wells and a new water treatment plant, the city also will be getting a new water tower. The city’s current tower, which was a used water tower, is inadequate and needs to be replaced, along with some water distribution lines in the community. “This will fix some really old components and some water-pressure issues around the community,” said Goetz. “We’re in design of all these packages now,” Goetz said of the water project and its many elements. He said some work could begin late this year, with much of the construction anticipated to be during 2017 and 2018. At one point, a “regional fix” to the nitrate problem – which is being addressed in other communities like Argonia and Norwich – was considered. But Goetz said that approach “wouldn’t have been the right fit for Conway Springs.” Both Norwich and Argonia are mostly dealing with water quality issues, he said. Editor’s note: Watch for future stories on water issues facing communities in the Star-Argosy readership area. Additional stories will look at Argonia’s water-treatment plant plans, and efforts in Conway Springs to also address requirements at its wastewater treatment facility.

dants. Keeley said he could not provide any additional details concerning the case, which has been assigned to a federal judge in the Kansas City area. He said See LAWSUIT, Page 8

Youth to spend spring break helping in Mexico By Sam Jack

By Paul Rhodes

Keeley, are former Sumner County deputy Jared Lyden, Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers and the Sumner County Board of County Commissioners. Keeley said he is not representing any of those additional defen-

Members of the Argonia Youth Group will spend spring break in Cloete, Mexico, a coalmining town near the Texas border. The group, including members of Argonia Friends Church and Plains Church, will team up with youth from Derby Friends Church. “We’re going to be adding a kitchen onto an existing church in Cloete,” said Argonia Friends Church pastor Scott Morin. “We’re doing a vacation Bible school as well. It’ll be a good chance for these kids to see what true poverty looks like in third-world countries – seeing such a different

way of life than what we experience here.” Other adult leaders include Plains Church pastor Kirk Taylor, Doug Boese and Jessica Fitch. Youth participants are Autumn Morin, Leah Fitch, Cassidy Boese, Kaylee Lacey, Bailey Booker and German exchange student Ann-Sophie Schneck. Each participant was required to provide $230 to cover his or her own expenses as well as materials to be donated in Cloete. “The nice thing is that, thanks to the community, all of the kids’ fees were paid for; they didn’t have to pay out of pocket,”

said Morin. “We do fundraisers, and we run the concession stand at the rodeos, and we did a dinner here a few weeks ago that raised a lot of support.” This will be Morin’s third time leading a group on a “spring invasion.” The mission trips occur every other year. “For our next spring break, we’re hoping to do an inner-city ministry, and of course the following year would be another Mexico one. If people are willing to donate, it’ll always be put to use,” said Morin. The Argonia Youth Group leaves for Mexico around 4 p.m. Friday.

Cardinal cheers

Staff photo/Travis Mounts

Conway Springs High School students cheer on the boys basketball team during the Cardinals’ substate final game against Independent on Friday at Cheney. The Cardinals lost 47-45, bringing their season to an end.

Cardinals to host powerlifting event Staff report

The ninth annual Conway Springs Cardinal Power Invitational powerlifting meet will be held at Conway Springs High School Saturday. Lifters from 24 high schools, including Conway Springs, Chaparral, Douglass, Garden Plain and Belle Plaine, will compete. The event, now in its ninth year, has been consistently popular.

“We started with around 225 in the first year, and we have always had around 300 to 350 since that time, with 400 one year,” said Matt Biehler, tournament organizer and Conway Springs powerlifting coach. “This meet has schools from 1A to 6A.” A unique aspect of the Cardinal Power Invitational is its inclusion of three divisions: a junior division for seventh-

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to ninth-grade boys; a women’s division for seventh to 12th grade; and a men’s division for 10th to 12th grade. Powerlifting includes three lifts: the squat, bench and clean. Competitors can earn recognition in each lift as well as based on their combined performance in all three. Check-in for the Cardinal Power Invitational begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. Lifting begins at 9 a.m.

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Betty Mae Axman

Betty Mae Axman

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Down 1. Noisy 2. To move or stir 3. Emcees’ lines 4. Candied 5. Go-___ 6. A downward fold 7. Pudding ingredient 8. All over again 9. “Silly” birds 10. Bringing up the rear 11. Bank offering, for short 12. Denial 13. Lacking teeth 18. Put away 20. Crush 24. An abalone 26. Butter up? 27. Diagonal face of chisel or gem 28. Relating to soil 29. Dried leaves of the foxglove 30. Supplied with energy 31. State of being completely forgotten 32. Random gambling game 33. Have second thoughts 35. Summer insects 37. Entered (2 wds.) 38. Brick-and-______ 39. Good-for-nothing 40. Not heres 42. North Dakota’s largest city 43. Center of activity 45. Ax of stone 46. Mar, in a way 48. “Hee ___”

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Betty Mae Axman, 89, of Olmitz, Kan., died Feb. 29, 2016, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. She was born Dec. 3, 1926, in Timken, Kan., the daughter of Frank and Agnes (Rudolph) Smolik. Betty graduated from Great Bend High School in 1945. A longtime resident of the Olmitz area, she was a mother and farmer’s wife first, but she also worked outside the home. At Cherry Village Nursing Home, she worked as a cook’s assistant. She later worked for Suburban Laundry in Hoisington, until it closed due to a fire. From there

she went to work for the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse, again as a cook’s assistant. She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Olmitz, the Altar Society, and was a 50-year member of the Daughters of Isabella. On May 18, 1953, she married Jerome T. “Jack” Axman in Timken. He died April 8, 2003. Survivors include four children, Lillian Palsmeier and husband Ted of Conway Springs, Barbara Boldt and husband Dick of Oakley, Paul Axman and wife Brenda of Hoisington, and Joe Axman and wife Kathryn of Olmitz; two brothers, Richard Smolik of Timken, and Robert Smolik of Great Bend; 13 grandchildren, Chad Axman, Travis Boldt, Douglas Axman, Kira Ptacek, Greg Axman, John Palsmeier, Lisa Axman, Mark Palsmeier, Carl Hickel, Justin Axman, Reba Kohn, Jenifer Axman, and Tana Hickel; and six great-grandchildren,

C.J. Muth, Nick Axman, Kaelynn Axman, Jillian Axman, E.J. Ptacek and Charlee Yellowolf. She was preceded in death by a son, Mike Axman; a daughter, Judy Axman; a brother, Matthew Smolik; and a grandson, Joseph Jerome Axman. Vigil service with Altar Society Rosary was Thursday, March 3, at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 4, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Olmitz, celebrated by Father Anselm Eke, and concelebrated by Father Ultan Murphy and Father Charles Mazouch. Burial followed in St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Daughters of Isabella or St. Ann’s Catholic Church Window Restoration in care of NicholsonRicke Funeral Home, P.O. Box 146, Hoisington, KS 67544. Condolences may be sent and notices viewed at

Kevin Batson

Kevin Batson

Kevin E. Batson, 29, of Milton, formerly of Norwich, died Sunday, March 6, 2016, at his residence in Milton. He was born Jan. 12, 1987, in Wichita to Rodney and Peggy (Barnes) Batson. Kevin grew up in the Norwich community and attended Norwich

public schools. He graduated from Norwich High School with the class of 2005 before continuing his education at Wichita Area Technical College. Kevin was united in marriage to Stefani Clark in October 2009 and to this union a son, Braxton Ellis, was born. Kevin worked as a mechanic at Spirit Aero Systems in Wichita for six years. He was currently employed at SYT Composites in Haven. Kevin is survived by his son, Braxton; his parents, Rod and Peggy Batson of Norwich; one sister, Carla Hibbs, her husband Roger and their family, Kenna and Judson of Milton; one brother, Kendall Bat-

son, his wife Sherri and their family, Chloe, Seeley, Temperance and Rourke of Gulf Port, Miss.; his grandmothers, Inez Batson and Beverly Miller, both of Norwich; and his great-grandfather, Olin VanGieson of Norwich. Memorial services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Milton Baptist Church, Milton, with Pastor Mike Justice officiating. Inurnment will follow in Eden Cemetery, Milton. Arrangements are by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. Online condolences and guestbook are available at www. A memorial has been established to the Braxton Batson Education Fund.

Thelma L. Oldridge

Thelma L. Oldridge

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Thelma L. Oldridge, age 91, of Conway Springs, formerly of Argonia, passed away at Spring View Manor in Conway Springs on Saturday, March 5, 2016. She was a homemaker. Thelma L. (Hobbs) Oldridge was born on July 25, 1924, in Edith, Okla., to Charles I. Hobbs and Florence B. (Inman) Hobbs. She was a lifelong Sumner County resident and was a 1942 graduate of

Birthday Card shower for Cole’s 60th Dan Cole, formerly of Argonia, is turning 60 on March 22 and is requesting a card shower. Please send cards and birthday wishes to 833 N. 69 Highway, Arcadia, KS 66711.

Wellington High School. She worked at a defense plant in Wellington during World War II. Thelma married Clarence A. Oldridge on May 12, 1946. He preceded her in death in 1991. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence; and two brothers, Wilbur and David Hobbs. Survivors include her son, Rodney Oldridge and his wife Dorothy of Salina, and daughter, Barbara Morris and her husband Dilman of Garden Plain; five grandchildren, Lance Oldridge and his wife Sarah, Jarrod Oldridge and his wife Teri, Mindy Hill and her husband Tim, Jennifer Rusk and her husband Mitch, and DeeAnna Stout and her husband Chris; and great-grandchildren, Kelsey Rusk, Chandler Rusk, Ashley Petrillo,

Peter Petrillo, Emily Safris, Gabby Stout, Logan Oldridge, Quinn Hill, Jackson Oldridge, and Ethan Oldridge. A Celebration of Life Service was held at the Argonia United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 9. Pastor Jerred Haydock officiated. Interment will follow the service at the Argonia Cemetery. Visitation was held at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 8. Memorials have been established with the Heartland Hospice and Spring View Manor. Contributions can be left at the funeral home. Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. To leave condolences or sign the guest book, please visit the website www.

News Brief

Community work day is Friday The Conway Springs Chamber of Commerce, along with the city of Conway Springs and Conway Springs High School, will have a work day around town on Friday morning, weather permitting. Projects including working at the sports complex, at Central Park and on Spring Avenue. Volunteers are welcome. For more information, email chamber president Denise Worley at

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PRIZES First prize – A large Easter basket, a stuffed bunny and candy. Second prize – A large Easter basket. Third prize – A small Easter basket.

HOW TO ENTER: Cut out the entire page from this week’s paper. Do your best to color the image. Fill out the entry information on the page. Entries can be submitted by mail or at one of the drop-off locations listed below. ENTER BY MAIL: Mail your entry to our office at P.O. Box 544, Cheney, KS 67025. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Friday, March 18, 2016, to ensure delivery on time. Entries not received by mail by Monday, March 21, 2016, will be excluded from the contest. The Times-Sentinel and Times-Sentinel Newspapers, LLC, are not responsible for lost mail. ENTER IN PERSON: Hand-delivered entries must be taken to one of the drop-off locations by the close of business Friday, March 18. Locations include: Conway Bank, 124 W. Spring Street, Conway Springs; Farmers & Merchants State Bank, 101 S. Main, Argonia. RULES: The contest is limited to youth ages 8 and younger. They must do the coloring themselves. Judging will be conducted by employees of Times-Sentinel Newspapers, LLC. Judging will be based on neatness, creativity, and “cuteness.” The decisions of the judges are final. Winners will be notified by Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Entries with incomplete entry information will be disqualified. Arrangements for pick up of prizes will be made at the time of notification. Employees of Times-Sentinel Newspapers, LLC, and their immediate families are not allowed to enter. Winners’ names will be published in the March 31 edition of The Times-Sentinel.

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From the Argosy files From the Argosy files of Feb. 4, 1937 Dr. R.C. Craig has moved to Argonia and is opening his practice the beginning of next week in the rooms formerly occupied by Doctors Wooden and Buckles. The offices are being remodeled and re-furnished to suit the needs of Dr. Craig. He has rooms at the Homer Thompson home. Dr. Craig is a graduate

of the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Kansas City, Mo., and has also had special training in Lakeside Hospital in Kansas City, and the Owen Hospital at Harrisonville, Mo., where he was assistant surgeon for six months. Since that time he has spent four months in practice at Medicine Lodge. Dr. Craig is announcing his opening in this issue and says he is prepared to take

care of all medical and surgery needs plus osteopathic care, which is so essential. He has hospital affiliations in Wichita, Wellington, Harper and Anthony, giving his patients a wide selection of good hospitals. The following was in the February 11 issue of the Argosy: Announcing: Dr. R.C. Craig will open offices in Argonia the first of next week. Calls answered day or night, office phone

60, residence phone 41. As we have started year 1975, we of Argonia have appreciated Dr. Craig’s help and services for these past 38 years and hope to have him for a long time yet. We are so lucky to have a doctor we can call night or day and he will always be there to do all he can for us. How many small towns are left that has a doctor who will make house calls?

From the Star files of March 15, 1945 Rev. E.M. Pearson, local Baptist pastor for the past three years, has accepted the pastorate at Altamont, Kansas, and will begin his work there April 1.

Thursday night the Mothers Club entertained the JMB Club in the basement of the Methodist church. Part of the entertainment was the exchanging of gifts with the club mothers. The game com-

mittee consisted of Martha Frantz, Evelyn Allen and Lois Prolloman. Perfect spellers for the week in the second grade were Dorothy Townsend, Nelma Riggs, Janet Wever, Kathleen Zerener, Judy

Cranmer, Sandra Strait and Kent Doze. In the third grade they were Marilyn Jones, Mary Lou Murry, Velda Oswald, Sharson Potts, Ollie Roberds, Dale Harrington, Dale Riggs, Don Shobe.

From the Star files

Marking Ag Safety Awareness Week The dream of many young farm boys and girls is to ride on a tractor. For a youngster growing up on a farm, operating mammoth farm machines epitomizes raw power, responsibility and coming of age. Nothing is more exciting to farm kids than the belch of diesel smoke, the roar of engines and rubber wheels on powerful tractors, combines or silage cutters. They draw children like a moth to a flame and, like fire, can be dangerous. Such equipment can cut, crush or trap children. It can harm the ones we want to protect the most – our children. Livestock accidents and drowning rank closely behind machinery as potential safety hazards on the farm and ranch. Without question rural living provides children a unique environment in which to live, play, work and grow up while learning the values of independence, self-sufficiency and responsibility. Still, safety experts label agriculture one of the most hazardous occupations, and farm children are routinely exposed to the same perils as their parents. Each year, hundreds of children are killed and thousands more are injured in farm-related incidents, according to National Safety Council statistics. This week is Ag Safety Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “Caution – Safety is No Accident.” Brushing up on some

Insight By John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau

of the potential hazards of farming can make it safer for parents and their children. Stress that youngsters must stay away from machinery. Never let them play or hide under or around machinery like tractors. Describe to children how horses can be fun to ride – with a helmet. Talk about how lambs and baby calves can be pleasurable to pet or feed. Remind them that while animals are fun to be around, they can also bite, trample and stomp. Discuss with your youngsters the signs that show an animal may be dangerous. Some of them include pawing the ground, snorting, raised hair and ears laid back. Animals – even friendly ones – can be unpredictable. Have your children stay away from large ones. Emphasize they stay away from animals with newborn or young. Tell them to remain calm, speak quietly and move slowly when around animals. While barns, grain handling facilities and big buildings can be fun to play in, children may fall or be exposed to harmful substances like chemicals and electricity. Wide-open spaces make ideal playgrounds. Howev-

er, this isolation may lead to difficulty finding help in the event of an emergency. Explain the dangers associated with stored grain. Stress the principles that grain can entrap a person almost immediately. Children should never play around or in grain that is stored in bins, trucks or wagons. Emphasize that it is difficult, or can be impossible, to pull even a child out of grain if he or she becomes trapped. As a youth, my dad always warned us again and again about swimming in ponds or rivers. Remember to warn your children about the dangers of water, especially for youngsters who may not be able to swim. Ponds and rivers can be deep. When you first step in, the water may be up to your knees the first couple steps and the next – over your head. There are no lifeguards on the farm or ranch. Fencing off ponds may help. Warning signs also may serve as a deterrent, but kids always find a way into the water. Warn children about such potential hazards. Then warn them again. Saving

one child’s life is worth the effort. Advise them often because they forget. Lead by example and remember that as a parent you have been entrusted with safeguarding your children’s well-being. Childhood remains a special time and youngsters need to play. Children are treasures. Take care of them. Cherish them and keep them safe.

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ARGONIA Argonia Baptist Church 201 S. Plum • P.O. Box 177 • Argonia, KS 67004 • Pastor Kyle Carlson 620-446-2200 • Sun. Worship 1:00 p.m. Community Fellowship Meal Thurs. at 5 p.m. Argonia Bible Church 209 S. Main Street • Argonia 620-435-6878 • Pastor David Essary 316-841-1334 • Sun. School 10 a.m. Sun. Morning Worship 11 a.m. • Children’s Church 11:30 a.m. • Sun. night singing & worship 6 p.m. Argonia Friends Church 202 N. Pine • Argonia, KS 67004 620-435-6622 • Pastors Scott and Kim Morin • Sun. School 9:45 a.m. • Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. • Wed. High School Youth 7 p.m. • Wed. Middle School Youth 4 p.m. • • Facebook Argonia United Methodist Church 307 N. Main Street • Argonia, KS 67004 620-435-6431 • Rev. Jerred Haydock Sun. Worship 9 a.m. • Coffee Fellowship 10 a.m. • Sun. School 10:15 a.m. • Facebook & Twitter • Cornerstone Church 302 W. Cherry, Argonia • 620-435-6639 Pastor Charlie Jenkins • Sun. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. & Sun. Evening Service 6 p.m. • Wed. Bible Study/Prayer 6 p.m. Plains Church 102 N. Argonia Rd. • Argonia, KS 67004 • 620-435-6744 • Pastor Kirk Taylor • Bible Study 10 a.m. • Worship Service 11 a.m. • Nursery available • Wed. JH Youth 4 p.m. and HS Youth 7 p.m. • Facebook Zion Lutheran Church 102 E. Cherry St. • Argonia, KS 67004 • Sun. School 9:30-10:30 a.m. • Worship Service 10:45 a.m. • Pastor John Schlickau • Wed. Bible Study 6:30 p.m. • Facebook CONWAY SPRINGS Conway Springs United Methodist Church 411 S. 8th St. • Conway Springs, KS 67031 • 620-456-2300 • Rev. Bryce Hansen • Worship 9:30 a.m. • Sun. School 10:45 a.m. • Choir Practice 7 p.m. Wed. • See Us On Facebook

First Baptist Church 101 S. 8th Street • Conway Springs, KS 67031 • Rev. John Warrick • 620-456-2815 • Sun. Service 10 a.m. • Morning Worship 11 a.m. • Wed. Bible Study/Prayer 7 p.m. • Youth 7 p.m. Wed. First Christian Church - Disciples of Christ 112 N. 7th St. • Conway Springs, KS 67031 • 620-456-2242 • Sun. School 9:00 a.m. • Church Service 10:00 a.m. • Nursery available • Bible Study 6:30 p.m. 2nd, 3rd & 4th Wed. Presbyterian Church (USA) 121 S. 7th • Conway Springs, KS 67031 • 620-456-2218 • Roland Slater, Pastor • Sun. School 9:30 a.m. • Divine Worship 10:45 a.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 217 N. 6th, Conway Springs, KS 67031 • Fr. Andrew Seiler • Masses weekdays 8:10 a.m., Sat. 5:30 p.m., Sun. 8 & 10:30 a.m. • St. Joseph’s School • K-6th grade • 620-456-2276 • MAYFIELD Mayfield Federated Church 206 W. Garfield • P.O. Box 98 • Mayfield, KS 67103 • Pastor Val Warman • Sun. School 9 a.m. • Worship 10 a.m. • 620-434-5332 MILTON Milton Baptist Church 1213 N. Sycamore Rd. • Milton, KS 67106 • 620-478-2486 • Pastor Mike Justice • Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. • Sun. School 11 a.m. • Family Ministry Wed.: Light Dinner 6 p.m., Bible Study 6:45 p.m. Milton United Methodist Church 1378 N. Argonia Road • Milton, KS 67106 • 620-478-2668 • Pastor Bernard McFarthing • Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. • Sun. School for all ages 10:40-11:40 a.m. • miltonumc@ • See us on Facebook! VIOLA Viola Baptist Church 116 N. Grice • Viola, KS 67149 • Rev. Marc Neussen • Sun. School 9:00 a.m. • Morning Worship 10:00 a.m. • Sun. Evening Bible Study 5 p.m. Viola United Presbyterian Church 304 S. Grice • Viola, KS 67149 Pastor Jan Brooks • Worship 9 a.m. • Sun. School 10 a.m. • 620-584-6652

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Scholars Bowl takes 3rd at league The Conway Springs Middle School Scholars Bowl teams finished their season Feb. 18 in the league tournament at Wichita Independent Middle School. The seventh-grade team of Brynn Andra, Dakota Beck, Molly Bender, Lucy Boyles, Halley Jones, Cole Schulte and Zach Wisdom received third place, with an overall record of 7-4 and 525 total points. In the preliminary pool matches, the team had a 4-2 record and 300 points, losing the first two matches to Garden Plain 20-80 and Colwich 50-64 then beating Wichita Independent 6040, Andale 60-50 (two tiebreakers), Bluestem 50-40 (also two tiebreak-

ers) and St. Mark’s 60-25. The students were in a four-way tie for the leader of the pool, and only the top three would advance. After tiebreaking, the Conway Springs team was third and moved to the finals round robin. Here the squad again lost its first two matches – Douglass 15-80 and Kingman 50-70 – then won over Medicine Lodge 60-40 and again beat Wichita Independent 50-15 and St. Mark’s 50-40. Finals statistics were 3-2, tying with Medicine Lodge, which ended up second on points total with 240 while Conway Springs was third with 225. Individual points were: Jones 280, Boyles 140, Beck 55, Bender 20, Schulte 20, Andra 10.

Haxton wins state free-throw title Staff report

Argonia student Aubreigh Haxton won the Knights of Columbus’ state free-throw competition, beating other 12-year-old girls from across the state. Haxton, the daughter of Monte and Robyn Haxton, advanced through local, district and regional competitions to qualify for the state competition at Salina’s Sacred Heart High School Sunday. She made 20 of 25 free throws to finish first among six state competi-

tors in her category. “The second-place shooter had 17, so she won by three shots,” said Monte Haxton. “It was pretty cool. She won a state-champion trophy, and the other thing they do is submit her score to the national office in Washington to pick overall winners.” Aubreigh Haxton’s brother, Zach Haxton, 14, qualified for the regional freethrow competition and won the first two rounds before being eliminated.

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Argonia’s Aubreigh Haxton won a state free-throw title in a competition sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. She made 20 free throws out of 25 attempts to claim the victory.

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Team member Sadie Schmanke was unable to attend. The eighth-grade team of Gavin Beesley, Luke Bellar, Annette Berntsen, Austin Doffing, Dawson Martin, Jaylee Meyer, Wyatt Schulte, Amy Zoglmann and Neal Zoglman had an off night and finished in seventh place with a 2-4 record in the pools round and 260 total points, not advancing to the finals round. The students defeated Garden Plain 70-40 and Andale 50-45. They lost to Colwich 55-70, Independent 30110, Bluestem 40-60 and St. Mark’s 15-20. Individual points were: N. Zoglmann 90, Martin 80, A. Zoglmann 40, Doffing 40 and Bellar 10.

Incubator Kitchen Resource Guide now available In an effort to provide support to small foodbusiness startups, the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) has developed an Incubator Kitchen Resource Guide to provide critical information about incubator resources throughout the state of Kansas. Incubator kitchens are food facilities that can be rented for short periods of time to allow individuals starting a food business to access commercial kitchen equipment in a costeffective manner. In recent years, nine incubator kitchens have been established across the state. As the KDA works to provide support and assistance to help promote success for Kansas businesses, the Incubator Kitchen Resource Guide helps make this information more accessible. Users can find the guide by visiting the KDA website. “The overhead costs of using an incubator kitchen can be much lower than renovating, building or renting facilities,” said Kerry Wefald, KDA marketing director. “Many incubator kitchens have commercial equipment that might be cost prohibitive for a small startup.”

Each business operating in an incubator kitchen, if required to be licensed, must be individually licensed to use the kitchen. A license is required if a processor is making a product that requires temperature control for safety or is distributing the product to grocery stores, restaurants or other wholesale distribution. “The Kansas Department of Agriculture is happy to assist businesses in assessing whether an incubator kitchen is a good fit for their operations,” Wefald said. The Incubator Kitchen Resource Guide provides information on all nine kitchens including Harper County Education Center, Harper, and Reverie Coffee Roasters, Wichita. For more information on the Incubator Kitchen Resource Guide, visit divisions-programs/foodsafety-lodging/incubatorkitchen-resource-guide.

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OFFICIAL NOTICE OF ZONING HEARING AND VARIANCE HEARING TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN AND TO ALL PERSONS: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on April 4, 2016, the Conway Springs City Planning Commission will consider the following zoning application at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the City Building located at 208 W. Spring Avenue, Conway Springs, Kansas: Case No. Z-2016-01, Proposed change of zoning district classification from the “R-1” Single-Family Dwelling District to the “C-2” General Commercial District and Case No. BZA-V-2016-01, requesting a variance of 1 off-street parking space for every 305 square feet of gross floor area from the required 1 off-street parking space for every 200 square feet of gross floor area for a retail sales establishment pursuant to Article XXV, Section 1 of the Zoning Ordinance for the City of Conway Springs, Kansas. Legal description: All of Outlot 8, NORTHSIDE ADDITION, City of Conway Springs, Sumner County, Kansas, except that portion of said Outlot 8, which is within the confines of the present and existing Missouri Pacific Railroad right-of-way; and excepting a tract of land 20 feet in width immediately adjoining said right-of-way on the South subject to Highway Deed recorded in Book P-70, Page 87, and also subject to easement recorded in Book P-72, Page 424. General location: East side of Highway 49 (Fifth Street) South of Railroad tracks, 956 N. Conway Springs Road. You may appear at this time either in person or by agent or attorney, if you so desire, and be heard on this matter. After hearing the views and wishes of all persons interested in the case, the Planning Commission may close the hearing and consider a recommendation to the Governing Body which, if approved under the Zoning Ordinance for the City of Conway Springs, Kansas, would be effectuated by ordinance. The public hearing may be recessed and continued from time to time without further notice. Dated this 7th day of March, 2016.

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The sixth-grade students at St. Joseph Catholic School will perform “The Living Passion” this Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Conway Springs. It will begin at 8:10 a.m. and last approximately 25 minutes. They also will perform “The Living Passion” at 7 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Danville at 7 p.m. All churches and community members are invited to attend.

Only 6 hunting accidents in 2015 Just six hunting-related incidents were reported in Kansas in 2015, tying the record low set in 2013. Unfortunately, one hunter lost his life. While six incidents is a low number considering hunters recorded more than five million hunter-days last year, it doesn’t lessen the impact on a family or community after losing one of its members. Once again, most of incidents were the result of careless firearm handling. These types of

incidents concern those involved in hunter education because they are preventable and stem from a violation of one of the four basic firearm safety rules: Treat every firearm as if it were loaded; always point the muzzle in a safe direction; keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire; and never climb a fence or other obstacle with a loaded gun. All hunters must remember to “Load your brain before you load your gun” because the most im-

portant piece of safety equipment a hunter can have in the field is between his or her ears. There were also five elevated stand incidents, including one fatality, reported last year. A full body harness/fall arrest system should be correctly used any time a hunter leaves the ground. But a full body harness/ fall arrest system is not a parachute, so it will not protect a hunter if not attached to the tree. When you compare hunting-related incidents

to the number of incidents reported for other activities per 100,000 participants, hunting is safer than cheerleading. And the trend in safe hunting can be directly attributed to the dedicated efforts of the 700 Kansas Hunter Education Program volunteer instructors, who have taught and certified more than 500,000 Kansas students since 1973. To find a hunter education class near you, visit

Boys State of Kansas taking applications The American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy is taking applications for its 2016 session. The event, in its 79th year, will be held Sunday, June 5, through Friday, June 10, at Kansas State University in Manhattan. The ALBSKLA is for young men who will be entering their senior year of high school in fall 2016. Boys State is a “learning by doing” political exercise that simulates elections, political parties and government at the state, county and local levels, providing opportunities to lead under pressure, showcasing character and working effectively within a team. It’s also an opportunity to gain pride and respect for government and the price paid by members of the military to preserve democracy. At a minimum, applicants should be in the top half of their high school class and be involved in extracurricular activities in their school and community. Potential delegates can also be nominated to attend by their high school counselor or other influential people in their lives. The cost to attend the Boys State of Kansas program is $325; however, in many instances, sponsors pay for the majority of the fees, with

the delegate or his family picking up a small portion. Those wishing to apply to the program should visit to fill out an application, which is due by April 1, along with the fees to guarantee a spot in the program. Potential sponsors, such as American Legion posts, civic organizations, businesses, clubs and interested individuals, should contact the ALBSKLA at 1937@ksbstate. org for information on sponsorships.

Conway Springs Board of Education Minutes Following are the unofficial minutes of the Conway Springs Board of Education meeting March 7. The Board of Education meeting was called to order by President Eddie D. Allen at 7:30 p.m. Board members present were Bill Dalbom, Aaron Lange, Brandon J. Pauly, Curtis Winter, and Bruce Harrington. Brad Farmer was absent. Others in attendance were Joyce Allen, Brent Harrell, Ryan Rusco, Ron Ronnau, Clay Murphy, and Judy A. Andra. Bill Dalbom moved to approve the minutes of the February 8 regular meeting as presented. Aaron Lange seconded. Motion passed 6-0. Bruce Harrington moved to approve the agenda as amended with one addition of New Business Item D: Accept resignation and fill supplemental po-

sition assignments. Curtis Winter seconded. Motion passed 6-0. Bruce Harrington moved to approve the bills and transfers as presented. Aaron Lange seconded. Motion passed 6-0. Curtis Winter made a motion to approve the professional development inservice points as presented. Brandon J. Pauly seconded. Motion passed 6-0. Bill Dalbom moved to approve the proposals from Centurion Industries, Inc. / A-Lert Roof Systems Division and Knipp, Inc. / Kansas Trane for the elementary building’s rooftop replacement project as presented. Bruce Harrington seconded. Motion passed 5-1 with Curtis Winter abstaining. At 8:02 p.m. Curtis Winter made a motion to go into executive session for 30 minutes to discuss negotiations and per-

sonnel matters of non-elected personnel. Aaron Lange seconded. Motion passed 6-0. Clay Murphy was extended an invitation. Brent Harrell and Ryan Rusco were extended invitations from 8:02 p.m. to 8:22 p.m. The Board moved out of executive session at 8:37 p.m. stating that no binding action had taken place. Bruce Harrington moved to keep the Drivers Ed fees for Summer 2016 as $175 per student, and to keep the teacher salary amount the same as last year as presented. Curtis Winter seconded. Motion passed 6-0. Bruce Harrington made a motion to hire Ward Sones as summer mowing worker with no change in pay rate. Curtis Winter seconded. Motion passed 6-0. Bill Dalbom made a motion to approve the cook resignation

from Bailey Ashton with regrets. Bruce Harrington seconded. Motion passed 6-0. Aaron Lange made a motion to approve the supplemental assignments of high school assistant track to Justin Regehr as numbers warranted, and half-time high school boys tennis assistant to Darrin May as numbers warranted. Brandon J. Pauly seconded. Motion passed 6-0. Eddie D. Allen declared the meeting adjourned at 8:41 p.m.

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Argonia boys end season with winning record By Michael Buhler

The Argonia Raiders came up just a bit short on the way to the Class 1A Division II boys basketball substate championship game. The Raiders took a seven-point lead to the fourth quarter of the substate semifinals against Ashland, but the Blue Jays used a furious rally in the final eight minutes to pull a 45-39 win. Argonia ends the season 15-7. “Ashland hit a big 3-pointer and made an old-fashioned three-point play that put them ahead by one,” Argonia coach Robert Almanza said of the final period. “We also missed a couple of open shots during that stretch. Nevertheless, I was extremely proud of my kids. I thought we played hard enough to win. I also thought we executed well and attacked the basket better than we had all season. In short, I thought we gave it our all and it just

came up a little short.” Argonia got strong games from senior starters Kolten Koerner and Evan Dolley, who led the team with 12 and 10 points, respectively, against the Jays. Dolley and Koerner, along with classmate Jason Hess, were big parts of the Raiders’ success this season, the team’s best season in several years. “A lot of credit goes to the seniors who endured some of those struggles,” Almanza said. “I am especially proud of Kolten, who has played for me for four years. He finished his career by leading us in scoring that last game and played one of his best defensive games of the year.” Trevor Pierce added nine against Ashland, while Seth Hemberger chipped in six. The duo is eligible to return next year, giving hope for the future in Argonia. “We will return three starters, but it will be hard to replace those seniors,” Almanza said.

“We will need some of our young guys to develop, especially to fill those scoring roles that Kolten and Evan are leaving. Kamden Basinger and Anthony Handlin will have to be ready next year to score more. Obviously, it will be nice to return three guards in Trevor Pierce, Haden Craig and Seth Hemberger.” With 15 wins and the team’s first winning season in awhile, Almanza is proud of what his squad accomplished this year. “I’m very proud of my kids throughout the season,” Almanza said. “We finished as South Central Border League runnerup, only behind Sedan, who is ranked third in Class 2A and is the No. 1 seed at the 2A State tournament. In the past few years, we have struggled to be competitive in the SCBL, and it was nice for us to be relevant again and to be considered one of the better teams in the league this year.”

Cardinals lose close substate battle

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Josh Dugan elevates for a basket in the substate semifinal last Thursday. Dugan scored 20 points to pace the Cardinals team.

By Michael Buhler

The boys basketball season ended just a little too soon for the Conway Springs Cardinals. The Cardinals came up just short in a 47-45 loss to The Independent School of Wichita in last Thursday’s Class 3A substate semifinal at Cheney. In a two-point loss, there were many factors that could have made a difference. “There were several key areas that defined the outcome of that game,” Conway Springs coach Paul Lange said. “We had way too many turnovers down the stretch. We had several key defensive mistakes – and when we did execute on defense, many times we’d give up a huge offensive rebound.” Josh Dugan had 20 points to pace the Cardinals in the loss, while Jacob Winter added 12. “Late in the game, we were pounding the ball to Josh in the post,” Lange said. “He fouled out their best frontcourt defenders on his way to scoring 20 and they were out of answers. We just came up a couple of possessions short of being able to let that matchup fully cover up some other flaws in our game.”

In last Monday’s substate opener, the Cardinals rolled to a 57-37 win over Bluestem. Winter scored 14 points, while Noah Finstad and Dawson Tarrant each added 10. Dylan Murphy and Lucas Shaffer chipped in seven apiece. Conway Springs ends the season with a 17-5 record. “I told our guys after the game that no matter how you look at it, they were still part of one of the most memorable seasons in Conway Springs boys basketball history. They’re never going to forget this season and what they were able to accomplish,” said Lange. “The bonds they forged this season with their teammates and the community are forever etched. It probably

doesn’t fully sink in with most of them right now, but it will at some point,” Lange continued. With the end of the season, Conway Springs says goodbye to a quartet of seniors – Murphy, Shaffer, Anthony Becker and Justin Haist. “We had a great group of seniors this year,” Lange said. “Dylan, Lucas, Anthony and Justin came to practice and worked their tails off every day. They never asked for any more than to be a part of it, and that is a big reason why they’re going out winners.” The Cardinals also can return a solid core of players next season, including Dugan and Winter. “We will return a solid core next year with three starters and our first two off the bench from this season,” Lange said. “We lose some depth with this year’s senior class, so hopefully we can develop some of the role players from this year’s team into quality, contributing depth this offseason. “The time from now until November is a huge part of when a winning team is developed,” he added. “The cliché of champions are made when nobody is watching is absolutely true.”


All 5 Conway Springs girls starters will return By Michael Buhler

The third time was no charm for the Conway Springs Cardinals girls basketball team. After defeating its Central Plains League rival twice in the regular season – including in the regular-season finale – Cheney got revenge Friday night by winning 40-30 in the Class 3A substate semifinals at Cheney. Conway Springs finished the season 18-4, winning the Central Plains League and the Sedgwick tournament. “We had a great year and I am very proud of the girls for what they have accomplished,” Conway Springs coach Pat Carl said. “They ended up 18-4 on the year and were 9-0 in league play. They beat Garden Plain on its court and won the Sedgwick tournament for the third consecutive year.” At Cheney last Friday, Conway Springs trailed 28-25 entering the final period before the home team pulled away late. Cheney standout Haley Albers led all scorers with 17 points. “I don’t think there was any one thing that was a turning point in the game,” Carl said. “We missed some shots that we usually make and our press was not as effective as it has been the last few weeks. We deflected a lot of Cheney passes, but they somehow ended up in their hands for easy buckets.” Sabrina Bellar led Conway Springs with 13 points. The Cardinals reached the semifinals by defeating Chaparral 51-19 last Tuesday night. Conway Springs led 37-7 at the half on the way to the victory. Erica Ebenkamp led the way with 13

points, while Bellar added nine, Lacey Pauly and Halie Jones each tossed in seven and Kayla Koester finished with five. The Cardinals are already anticipating next season. “We will lose two seniors who played integral roles for us, but we return all five starters, so the future looks bright,” Carl said. “We look forward to next year and plan to keep making progress to be the best team we can be. The girls are hungry for more and they are ready to get back in the gym and pick up where we left off.”

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A Cheney player attempts to pass around Conway Springs’ Alicia Carter.

Team fights hard in loss to Jays bids adieu to foreign exchange students By Michael Buhler Not even a season-ending loss at Sophie Schneck and Camilla Tabasso. “One of the worst things as a coach Caldwell in the first round of the Class 1A Division II substate tournament last is to say goodbye to your seniors after Tuesday could fully dampen the opti- the last game,” Brewster said. “It was mism for the Argonia Raiders girls bas- very sad to say goodbye to our foreign exchange students. It’s sad to see them ketball team. Despite losing to the host Blue Jays go because they added so much vitality, 51-45, head coach Dixie Brewster was fun and humor to our team. We’re going to miss them tremendously. They were pleased with her team’s effort. so much fun.” “We played However, the good against Raiders can reCaldwell,” turn the rest of Brewster said. “I their roster next was really happy season, including to see how the Vineyard, Tracy team fought and freshman so hard to win. Baylee Booker, We played them who hit a statetwice before – record eight and the second 3-pointers in a time we played game last month. them close, but “Ever yone I still didn’t feel else is back,” we played up to Brewster said. our potential. “What was reBut we did last ally awesome Tuesday night.” about the game As they did Staff photo/Justin Fitch on Tuesday was much of the seathat our girls son, freshman Baylee Booker plays defense against a played with Cora Vineyard Caldwell Blue Jays player. and sophomore Jesse Tracy led the Argo- heart. I’ve never seen as much posinia offense. Those efforts were rewarded tive emotion in a game as I saw Tuesby recognition from the South Central day night. That’s what makes coaching Border League, as Vineyard was named fun. … We’re so excited for next year. first-team all-SCBL and Tracy was named We can’t wait. I really believe we’ve had more learning experiences this year that honorable-mention all-SCBL. With last Tuesday’s loss, Argonia (8-14) are game-changing experiences.”

Argonia Raiders Track & Field April 1 ...... at Oxford ............................. 3:30 p.m.

April 8 ...... at Conway Springs .............. 4:00 p.m. April 12 .... at South Barber.................... 3:00 p.m.

April 19 .... at Caldwell .......................... 3:00 p.m.

April 22 .... at Norwich ........................... 3:00 p.m. April 26 .... at Central Burden ................ 3:00 p.m.

May 6 ....... at Chaparral ......................... 3:00 p.m.

May 13 ..... SCBL at West Elk ............... 3:00 p.m.

May 20 ..... Regionals (location TBD) May 27 ..... State at WSU May 28 ..... State at WSU

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that assignment was made because of the location of the attorney representing the plaintiff. According to a copy of the lawsuit, which has been obtained by the Conway Springs Star and Argonia Argosy, the incident in question occurred on Feb. 16, 2014, shortly after midnight when Cole stopped a vehicle containing three high school students. The lawsuit alleges that Lonker was deprived of her constitutional rights because of police actions by Cole and Lyden. The lawsuit also alleges that there was an “internal investigation (by the Sum-

Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy ner County Sheriff ’s Department) geared towards covering up the officers’ wrongdoing.” The traffic stop subsequently included field sobriety and preliminary breath tests on the driver, which were passed, according to the suit. Lonker and the other passenger refused to submit to a PBT or to answer questions, and the suit alleges that Lonker was handcuffed by Lyden, placed in his patrol car and threatened. According to the suit, Lonker later was cited for minor in possession and transportation of an open container. The suit alleges that Lyden “permitted the video and audio of the stop and his interaction with plaintiff to be destroyed to conceal his wrongdoing and to conceal his violations of

plaintiff ’s Constitutional rights.” The lawsuit also alleges that the city of Conway Springs continued with prosecution efforts despite its knowledge that evidence had been destroyed and that Cole and Lyden had violated the civil rights of the detained parties. According to the suit, the three high school students were detained for two and a half hours for the traffic stop. “We’re at the very early stages of this lawsuit,” said Keeley. “We’re denying the claims and believe the officer (Cole) acted appropriately.” Members of the Conway Springs City Council were expected to receive an update on the lawsuit during an executive session at Tuesday night’s regular council meeting.

Registration open for Sunflower State Games Registration is now open for the 2016 Sunflower State Games. The 27th annual multisport festival will take place July 8-24 in Topeka at approximately 35 different venues. The 2016 games will feature more than 45 different sports for all ages and skill levels. Event details and registration procedures can be found online at sunflowergames. com. In an effort to provide more opportunities for Kansans to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, the Sunflower State Games has added to its lineup of sports in 2016. New events to be showcased this summer include pow-

erlifting, rugby sevens and a gymnastics triathlon. In 2015, the event hosted 8,202 participants from 355 communities. Organizers believe record numbers are within reach. “2016 is shaping up to be a big year for the Sunflower State Games,” said Executive Director Mitch Gross. “Not only are we striving to increase participation through the addition of new events but it is our focus to provide a first-class experience for our athletes so that they return year after year.” The Cauldron Fest will kick off the Sunflower State Games on Saturday, July 9, at Lake Shawnee. The annual lighting

of the cauldron will take place at 7:45 a.m., with a complimentary breakfast for all registered athletes and volunteers from 7-10 a.m. Organizers are also looking for volunteers to assist with various duties for the duration of the games. Approximately 700 volunteers will be utilized in supporting roles. Additional volunteer information can be found at The Sunflower State Games is a nonprofit organization based in Topeka. The event is held annually in July and its purpose is to promote physical fitness and an active lifestyle for all Kansans through participation in sports.

5 Kansans ill from sprouts The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Oklahoma Department of Health to investigate an outbreak of salmonella linked to sprouts. Salmonella is estimated to cause one million foodborne illnesses in the United States. Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts

four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. Five people in Kansas have become ill as part of this outbreak after consuming sprouts from Sweetwater Farms, Inman. The last date of illness was Jan. 21 in a Kansas resident. In addition, three residents from Oklahoma also have salmonella infections that match the outbreak strain. Sweetwater Farms was inspected and samples collected of irrigation water, and product have tested positive for salmonella bacteria, although the strain has not yet been identified. Sweetwater Farms has decided to

voluntarily recall sprouts in Lot 042016. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends that people not consume any sprout product from Sweetwater Farms at this time. Those who believe they may have become ill with salmonella should contact their health care provider. The KDHE recommends that children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind due to their potential to harbor harmful bacteria. Cooking sprouts kills any such bacteria.

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Our opinion Senators should say ‘no’ to SB 311 On Thursday, the Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to hear testimony about Senate Bill 311, which concerns the money that the Kansas State Department of Education disburses to school districts. The bill – introduced last year by Sen. Ty Masterson (R-Andover) and re-introduced this session – would move those funds to the State Department of Administration to be disbursed by Gov. Sam Brownback. In addition, SB 311 would prohibit school districts from making smart local purchasing decisions and would force districts to spend down their cash reserves. This is yet another piece of bad legislation during another less-than-stellar legislative session. There are plenty of reasons to keep this duty away from the governor and his staff. We’ve seen firsthand financial mismanagement of the Brownback administration. After another awful revenue report, the governor had the gall to say the state’s ongoing revenue problems are an economic issue, not a tax policy issue. Facts say otherwise, including the latest national jobs report that showed 240,000 jobs

added nationally in February and more people re-entering the job market. Kansas’ economic issues are directly related to Brownback’s tax policies enacted in 2012. The damage that has been done to the state budget situation (and, to some degree, the state economy) is unconscionable and was entirely preventable. The governor no longer has any credibility on financial matters. This administration has shown it does not value transparency and will use any and every financial move and trick to avoid admitting its tax cuts are bankrupting the state. Given past transparency issues with the Brownback administration, it should not be trusted with these funds. Finally, the KSDE has shown year in and year out a level of competency that can’t be found under the Capitol dome or at Cedar Crest. KSDE understands the complex nature of school funding and should be trusted to do its job under the guidance of the elected State Board of Education. We call on Sen. Dan Kerschen (R-Garden Plain) and Sen. Steve Abrams (R-Arkansas City), who represent the areas covered by our family of weekly newspapers, to help stop this bill.

Spring cleaning starts when you get the itch I’d say spring cleaning is aptly named. There really is something about the arrival – or impending arrival – of spring that just makes me want to clean something, reorganize something or throw something away. I know it has something to do with being cooped up in your house all winter. You get complacent with how things are, and you really don’t notice that things have gotten a little unkempt. Or just downright dirty and disorganized. Then comes spring, with its burst of nice weather and the opportunity to get out in the world again. Holy smokes, it feels good, and I’ve certainly been in good company with the change in the weather. My girlfriend, Kim, and I have been using every opportunity possible to get out and do things, and this past weekend was perfect for reintroducing ourselves to life outside the confines of our homes. We took a long bike ride, ran errands and did projects, and basically got out of the house as much as possible. It really felt good. And by Sunday, I was looking at my house in a different light. There was a literal interpretation, because I did replace a couple of light fixtures in my dining room and entryway, but

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that’s not the real point. On a more figurative level, I was scanning my house for flaws I’d overlooked and lived with all winter. One such flaw became obvious when I finished the dishes Sunday and tried to put a plastic tub into the kitchen cabinet reserved guessed it…plastic tubs. As I tried to shove one more butter tub into this content-specific cabinet, it was as though I had triggered some kind of small explosion inside this cupboard filled with every imaginable type of plastic tub I had emptied and repurposed over the past year. The look on my face must have been priceless because Kim immediately started laughing. And the laughter continued as it became obvious that I wasn’t going to stop with just shoving those tubs back into the cabinet. Nope. They all came out.

It was like some kind of biblical loaves and fishes story, only with plastic tubs spread out all over my kitchen countertops. There were real storage tubs that I had actually paid good money for, along with butter tubs, sour cream tubs, cottage cheese tubs, grocery store deli containers and carryout Chinese food containers. My mother had taught me well. As with all plastic tub container cabinets, this one was filled as follows: onethird with tubs and matching lids, one-third with tubs but no lids, and one-third with lids and no recognizable tubs to match them. Once I did that sorting, the disposal process was easy. I kept about half of the tubs with lids and carefully put them back into the waiting, and now empty, cabinet. Everything else, without hesitation, filled a trash sack and went into the recycling bin. That spring cleaning (spring cleansing) project felt so good, an hour later I did the same thing with the top shelf of my cabinet for glasses. That shelf was reserved for all manner of plastic cups. And yes, they, too, are all but gone now. It was a good start to a process that might just last all spring.

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Just ‘hoo’ are you looking at? Sometimes the photographer becomes the subject.

Somebody’s always watching One of the more interesting things that happens with my job is sometimes people send me photos of me doing my job. My general reaction is, “Geez, I need to get into better shape, or at least a shape that’s less round.” Once in a while, the photos are actually a little flattering. And sometimes they make me laugh. That’s the case with the photograph you see pictured here, which was snapped during the Garden Plain boys’ substate championship win at Cheney Saturday night. It showed up in my inbox this weekend with the caption, “I think that Owl wants a piece of you!” Looking at that frozen moment in time, it’s hard to argue with that assessment. The picture was taken by Jean Nance, who has taken many sports photos for us the past couple of years. In reality, the bird and I are just fine, and I have proof in the form of a photo with the Owl giv-

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ing me two thumbs up. Actually, as a former mascot myself, I’m a friend of our large-headed anthropomorphic brethren.

This season I’ve fistbumped the Haysville Colt, high-fived one of two Conway Springs Cardinals and snapped nice portraits of the Goddard Lion and Eisenhower Tiger. On Friday, I got a selfie with Cheney’s mascot, Champ the Cardinal, who may or may not have had my offspring inside carrying on the family tradition. So, despite what photographs may seem to show, there is not immediate threat to me from mascots. The only real danger appears to be people I know with cameras.

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Travis Mounts takes a selfie with Cheney mascot Champ the Cardinal, who may or may not be affiliated with his son, CHS sophomore Aaron Mounts.

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One-bedroom apartment for elderly or disabled. Rent based on income. Appliances provided. Water/trash paid. Conway Springs. Contact Anita at 620545-7755. EHO.

United Insurance Group, Inc. is seeking a licensed property/ casualty and life/health producer. Please forward resumes and inquiries to or call 316-540-3600 for more details.

Cheney, 2-bedroom mobile home, corner lot, storm shelter. Call James, 316-519-4797.

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Full-time Office Professional position available with the Sumner County Extension Council. Position is for a 40-hr. week with minimal overtime. Duties include general office work, financial record keeping, data management and program support. Compensation

Certified Nurse Assistant - Harper Hospital seeking a dependable Full-Time or Part-Time CNA. Excellent shift and weekend differentials and benefits. Applications available at front desk. Harper Hospital, 700 W. 13th St., Harper, KS 67058, or you may email your resume to For more information, call Karen Aldis, D.O.N., at 620-896-7324. Preemployment physical and drug screen required. Check out our website at www.hhd5. com. EOE

Outdoor Powersports 12 Industrial Ave. Wellington, KS

Arctic Cat Dealer, ATV’s, Motorcyles, and Side by Sides

Opening for full-time charge nurse, night shift with competitive pay. Please call 620-4562285 to apply.


Sewing Machine Service & Repair, 40 years experience! Reasonable and guaranteed. All brands. House calls, senior discount. Old Town Quilt Shop, Conway Springs, 620-456-3225. All Around Tree Service total yard cleanup, flower beds, trim bushes, shape hedges, stump grinding/cleanup, light hauling, tree trimming and removal. Free estimates. 316516-4630 or 838-5709.

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CASHIER/CUSTOMER SERVICE: Operating Cash Register, Restocking, Customer Service P.T.


High School positions also available. 11200 W. Kellogg Wichita

(316) 722-7516

Drug/Tobacco Free Company


WARM, FUN, PROFESSIONAL Couple with hearts full of love eager to provide your baby with love and happiness forever. Expenses paid. Christina and Michael (877)2981945 Auctions /starargosy

BRANSON COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION - Celebrating 38 years. April 15-16, 2016. Featuring Corvettes, Mustangs, Mopar, Jaguar, MG, Triumph. Consign your car today! 800335-3063 Farm Equipment



CoMark is accepting applications for a merchandising assistant. A successful candidate will be customer service and team oriented! This position is responsible for excellent customer service and support of the grain division. Primary responsibilities include answering phones, commodity hedging transactions, market discovery, data entry, and working with the grain division manager regarding execution and performance of all CoMark strategic plans and performance goals. A successful candidate will possess a strong sense of urgency and strong organizational and time management skills.

This position requires a high school diploma or general education degree (GED); or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience; proficient computer operation skills and working knowledge of spreadsheet and word processing software; the Internet; and email software. Additional requirements include the ability to compute and apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions and to effectively communicate among employees, managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

About CoMark:

CoMark Grain Marketing LLC (CGM) was established in 2008 to bring efficiency to the grain marketplace with decreased risk to the member farmer owned Cooperatives. Currently there are 12 member Cooperatives from South-Central, Southeast, and Northwest Kansas with a total of 71 grain elevator locations. CGM is responsible for grain merchandising, risk management, sales accounting, logistics, and other grain responsibilities for these twelve Cooperatives.

Applications: Candidates may send their cover letter and resume to or by mail to: CoMark c/o Troy Presley P.O. Box 130 Cheney, KS 67025 316.542.3435 ext. 1102 CoMark is an equal opportunity employer.



CoMark Merchandising Assistant



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Mechanical Drafter. A reputable fire apparatus manufacturer is seeking a mechanical drafter. Must possess a working knowledge of Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD and Microsoft Office prod-


range $12.00-$16.00/ hr. based on experience, benefits to include KPERS retirement, paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays. Successful applicant must pass a criminal background check. Applications are available at the Sumner County Extension Office, 320 N. Jefferson, Wellington, KS 67110. Screening of applications will begin March 21, 2016.

Farmers & Firemen...we will work with your schedule! Must be 19, must have tractor/skidsteer experience, full time & part time.

Justin Zoglmann

The City of Conway Springs (pop. 1200) is accepting applications for full-time and part-time police officers. Applicant must be Kansas certified, have a valid driver’s license and high school diploma or equivalent. Applications are available at City Hall, 208 W. Spring Ave., Conway Springs, KS, www., cscity@havilandtelco. com or 620-456-2345.

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ucts. Must be a selfstarter and willing to adapt to ever-changing demands. Please send your resume to sales@

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Our Hunters will Pay Top $$$ To hunt your land. Call for a Free Base Camp Leasing info packet & Quote. 1-866-3091507 Help Wanted Can You Dig It? Heavy Equipment Operator Career! We

Offer Training and Certifications Running Bulldozers, Backhoes and Excavators. Lifetime Job Placement. VA Benefits Eligible! 1-866-362-6497 Help Wanted/Truck Driver Convoy Systems is hiring Class A drivers to run from Kansas City to the west coast. Home Weekly! Great Benefits! Call Tina ext. 301 or Lori ext. 303 1-800-926-6869.

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Insurance Services 104 S. 6th St. P.O. Box 278 Conway Springs, KS 67031

Gas – Diesel – Tires

Open Daily 6 am - 9 pm

620-478-2521 Milton, Kansas

L&M Electric Jeremy Meyer, Owner

Conway Springs, KS 67031 Phone/Fax# 620-456-2606 Cell# 620-845-0112


Lawrence Bennett, Agent Mitzi Taton, Agent

Paula George, Agent

Brandon McLemore, Agent

Jim Rowan, Agent-Norwich

PHONE: (620) 456-2247 FAX: (620) 456-2249 Toll Free: 866-456-2247

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