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EMS needs to replace retiring volunteers

So long, seniors

Three techs announce retirements Recruiting new volunteers key to future By Travis Mounts

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Both local high schools held commencement exercises this weekend. TOP: Joseph Mies smiles for the camera at the Conway Springs High School graduation on Sunday. ABOVE: Argonia High seniors celebrate their graduation at the end of Sunday’s ceremony. See the Star-Argosy’s special pull-out graduation section inside this week’s paper. Additional photos will be posted online soon on the StarArgosy’s website,

Could co-op be the answer to keep A-Mart open? Community meeting is planned for Monday By Travis Mounts

Late last month, the community learned the dire straits that Argonia Mart finds itself in. The community’s gas station, café and convenience store – one of only a handful of businesses still open – is in danger of closing. During a public meeting, the owners shared the financial struggles facing A-Mart and what it will take to keep it open. Through 13 years of ownership, operating it directly or in partnership with a leasee, they have invested a lot of money without any return, they said. It’s something they can’t keep doing. Quite simply, the business needs another $400 to $600 in sales a day. Or they need to find a different way to do business. Another community meeting to

further discuss Argonia Mart is planned for 7 p.m. Monday at Argonia High School. One suggestion last month was turning the business into a cooperative that could potentially be owned by the community. That’s an option that a handful of communities have embraced, according to Kolia Souza, a research assistant at the Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD) at Kansas State University. The CECD oversees the Rural Grocery Initiative at KSU. She said she only knows of a handful of coops operating in Kansas, although the RGI is working to identify stores in Kansas and the model they pursued. According to the RGI, there are six types of rural grocery ownership models: community owned, cooperatives, non-profit, public-private partnership, school-based and sole proprietorship. Each model has specific challenges and benefits. Souza mentioned the case of

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Walsh, Colo., a town of just over 500 people located nearly 300 miles southeast of Denver. In 2006, its only grocery store shut down after being sold to an absentee owner. The nearest grocery store was 20 miles away. Following a town meeting, residents voted to reopen the store themselves. Three hundred people bought $50 shares in the venture, and with other donations and investments, $200,000 was raised. A $160,000 zero-interest loan was secured through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Economic Development program with the assistance of a local power association. Souza said the two biggest challenges for coops are the cost of energy for cooling produce and frozen goods, and meeting minimum buying requirements. The cost of merchandise is one of the challenges that Argonia Mart’s owners mentioned at last month’s meeting. See EMS, Page 6A

Last week’s announcement that three volunteers with Conway Springs Emergency Medical Service are retiring brings new attention to the department’s need for more personnel. The departures further diminish the number of people available to respond to emergencies. Conway Springs EMS has lost several other people in the last few years, due to a variety of health issues. Two of last week’s retirements are true retirements, while the third is departing due to health reasons. Each of the three had more than 20 years experience. EMS director Jim Brozovich said his department’s volunteers are getting older, and that brings health issues and a desire to have a break. Young people are not stepping up to take their places, he said. It’s a problem facing volunteer organizations nationwide. The declining numbers could mean an ambulance won’t be available when you call 911. “We had several issues last year where it was hard to cover a second call,” Brozovich said. There are a couple of challenges at play. Any licensed EMS unit, paid or volunteer, is required by state law to have two people available 24 hours a day, seven days week. Conway Springs EMS can meet that requirement now. But they often don’t have the resources to staff their second ambulance at the same time. That means if, for example, the first ambulance is sent to Spring View Manor to care for a patient, EMS might not be able to respond if someone were to have a heart attack at the same time. The department also could be shortstaffed in the event of a car crash with multiple victims. Daytime is the hardest time to staff, especially for the second ambulance unit, because many volunteers are in Wichita or elsewhere for work. “Right now we can easily take care of one call during the day,” Brozovich said. There are

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four volunteers who are around the city during the day, although one is age 70. “People are getting older and sicker, and we don’t have an influx of people coming in,” he said. The staff shortage also can limit the type of care available. EMS units are licensed either for basic life support (BLS) or advanced life support (ALS). Paramedics are licensed to offer the most care, doing many of the things a doctor can do. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (A-EMTs) are more limited in what they can do. First responders can only offer limited medical care, although a change in state law a few years ago did expand what they can do. Before that, first responders were basically allowed to drive an ambulance and apply a bandage. Conway Springs EMS has 12 techinicians – three paramedics, two AEMTs and seven EMTs. Two of those people are currently studying to become paramedics. Brozovich would like to have a total of 20 technicians so that Conway Springs EMS could offer advanced life support full-time. He can’t do that without more help. “We need the community’s support, either in becoming an EMT or through financial support. There are a lot of people who don’t want to be an EMT but might want to sponsor an EMT going to school or helping with equipment,” he said. “We’d like to ensure the people of Conway Springs can have ALS 24 hours a day, and right now it’s not.” Conway Springs EMS is hoping to offer a first responder class late this year or in early 2017. The ability to do that depends on the number of people interested. The class takes about four to six weeks. It’s much less of a commitment than becoming a paramedic, which takes four to six months. Brozovich said his department is doing well with its number of paramedics. He’d like to have 10 to 15 EMTs and five to eight first responders. “It’s all based on community support,” he said. There are no laws that state a county or community has to offer amSee EMS, Page 6A

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Leonard Dark

Leonard Dark

Across 1. Concrete section 5. Goes on and on 9. ___ gin fizz 13. Takes it easy 15. Chill 16. Cover, in a way 17. A rival 18. Relating to plants 20. ________ & Jelly 22. Coward’s lack 23. Hazy 27. Indian type of butter 30. Popular Christmas flower 33. Send, as payment 35. Caribbean and others 36. Engine speed, for short 37. Theory of particle universe 40. State or jurisdiction of an emir 42. “Wanna ___?” 43. Wyle of “ER” 45. ___ Hall 46. Catholic saying (2 wds.) 50. Easy dupes 51. Alpine call 52. Beef 54. Food cooler 60. ________ estate 63. Run off to the chapel 64. Length x width, for a rectangle 65. And others, for short 66. Male organs 67. Blue hue 68. Beam intensely 69. Mar, in a way Down 1. High-five, e.g. 2. “The ___ Ranger”

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3. Aquatic plant 4. South German village 5. Dark igneous rock 6. Short haired rodents 7. To ram 8. Accommodate 9. Apparition 10. Anita Brookner’s “Hotel du ___” 11. Egg cells 12. Moray, e.g. 14. Pivot 19. Ruin 21. Bug 24. Layers 25. Ace 26. Offices of public officials in the Chinese Empire 27. Touchy 28. Straight 29. Acted badly 31. Or born 32. “Casablanca” pianist 34. Jingled 38. Blubber 39. Fold, spindle or mutilate 41. Securely closed again 44. Flight or journey (Islam) 47. Relating to the air 48. Like some socks 49. Conk out 53. Get ready, for short 55. Feed 56. Pro ___ 57. Strengthen, with “up” 58. Airy 59. Medical advice, often 60. Backstabber 61. “... ___ he drove out of sight” 62. Caribbean, e.g.

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Leonard Delose Dark was born on Oct. 5, 1924, in Guthrie, Okla., to Perry and Ruby (DeArmond) Dark. Leonard passed away on May 14, 2016, in the Harper Hospital at the age of 91 years, 7 months and 9 days. Leonard and his three brothers were raised in Conway Springs. This is where he attended school and graduated from Conway Springs High School. On Feb. 24, 1946, Leonard was united in marriage with the love of his life, Vera Rose Mercer, in Conway Springs. This union was blessed with two children, Debbie and Clay. Making their home in Attica, Leonard was the owner/operator of Dark Oil. A longtime member of the Attica Christian Church, Leonard served as a deacon. He was also

a member of the Harper Masonic Lodge #206. Leonard and Vera had been married for more than 68 years when Vera passed away on Nov. 15, 2014. Preceding Leonard in death are his parents; wife, Vera; daughter, Debbie Ann Wescott; and brothers, Melvin, Murl, and Cecil. Leonard will be deeply missed by his son, Clay Dark and wife, Kathy, of Attica; grandsons, Jarod Wescott of Olathe, Seth Wescott of Shawnee, Kan., C.J. Dark of Claremore, Okla., Eric Dark and wife, Toni, of Attica, and Cale Dark and wife, Ann, of Overland Park; 11 great-grandchildren; a host of other relatives and many friends. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held. Memorials may be made in memory of Leonard to Heritage Estates Assisted Living or the Attica Annex, and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 613 W. 14th, Harper, is assisting the family with arrangements. Leave online condolences at

Jeanene Gerstenkorn

Jeanene Gerstenkorn

Jeanene Marie Gerstenkorn, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away on May 11, 2016, at the young age of 52. Jeanene was born in Wichita on Feb. 14, 1964. She graduated from Conway Springs High School. She continued her education at Brown Mackie College to obtain a legal transcription degree. She later attended Kansas Wesleyan University to obtain a bachelor of business administration degree. Jeanene worked as a contract specialist for U.S.

Army Contracting Command/Army Space and Missile Defense Command. She enjoyed reading, hiking, spontaneous adventures with family and friends, as well as relaxing weekends in Estes Park, Colo. Jeanene is survived by her parents, Martha and Norbert Gerstenkorn; brother, Jamie and his wife, Debbie, and daughter, Emily Gerstenkorn of Waco, Texas; sister, Julie Mauntel, her husband Mike, and son Colton Mason of Bartlesville, Okla., and other family and friends. Jeanene was preceded in death by grandparents Ben and Rosalie Gerstenkorn, Gene and Winifred Hastings, and uncle Leon Gerstenkorn. The funeral service will be held at Mountain View Mortuary, 2350 Montebello Square Drive, Colorado Springs, on May 21 at 1 p.m.

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Doris Robbins

Doris A. (Boyles) Robbins of Cheney, age 93, retired florist, died Monday, May 9, 2016.Visitation was Thursday, May 12, at Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater. Funeral service was Friday, May 13, at Trinity United Christian Church in Cheney. She was preceded in death by her parents, Don-

ald and Florence (Bowman) Boyles; husband, Milton Robbins; children, Leslie and John; and siblings, Marjorie Patrick, Lillian Pulis, Bud Boyles, Jerry Price and Harold Price. She is survived by her children, Karen Porter of Cheney, Peggy (Roger) Gregory of Milton, James (Carolyn) Robbins, of Milton, and Nancy (Doug) Bolinger of Cheney; nine grandchildren; 15 greatgrandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Robbins’ Family Memorial Scholarship in care of Friends University, 2100 W. University St., Wichita, KS 67213. Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater, was in charge of arrangements.

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Charles Dugan

Charles Dugan

Charles E. “Bud” Dugan, 74, of Milton, died Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Spring View Manor, Conway Springs, where he had been a resident since Sept. 25, 2015. He was born April 2, 1942, in Wichita to James and Almeda (Winter) Dugan. Bud grew up in the Milton community and attended Milton schools. He graduated from Milton High School with the class of 1960 and later received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Wichita State University. Bud entered the U.S. Army on Jan. 23, 1964, and he served in the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 21, 1966. Bud was united in marriage to Marilyn Ann Blurton on Nov. 14, 1970, in Sharon, Kan. They made their first home in Wichita, and later moved to the family farm in 1985. Bud worked as an electrical engineer for more than 40 years in the aircraft industry for Cessna, Learjet, Beechcraft and Boeing. He retired in the

fall of 2003. Bud was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Conway Springs, the Knights of Columbus and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was preceded in death by his parents. Bud is survived by his wife, Marilyn; one son, Chad Dugan and wife Kay of Milton; one daughter, Cristi Hare and husband Kevin of Milton; one brother, Tom Dugan of Conway Springs; three sisters, Rose Ann Reams of Goddard, and Catherine Poppelreiter and Mary Trook, both of Fountain Hills, Ariz. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Tyler, Jessica, Kaitlin and Trevor; one great-granddaughter, Kimber; and a number of other relatives and friends. A vigil will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 19, with funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, both at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Conway Springs, with Father Andrew J. Seiler as celebrant. Graveside military rites will be by the U.S. Army, Fort Riley. Interment will follow in Eden Cemetery, Milton. Arrangements are by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. Online condolences and guestbook are available at Memorials have been established to St. Joseph Catholic School, Norwich EMS or Norwich Volunteer Fire Dept.

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Continuing a nearly 40-year tradition, Vintage Bank Kansas recently recognized top students at Conway Springs High School. Top students in each grade enjoyed dinner and a show at Mosley Street Melodrama in Wichita. Usually, five students from each grade are honored, but this year, 12 freshmen tied for the top five slots, along with six sophomores, five juniors and five seniors. Representing the school were principal Brent Harrell, registrar Shelly Lackey and school nurse Abby Rusco. Representing Vintage Bank Kansas were president and CEO Steve Worrell, market president Candace Wolke and vice president Susan May.

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City Council Minutes Following are the unofficial minutes of the Conway Springs City Council meeting May 10. The Regular Meeting of the Conway Springs City Council was held Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 208 West Spring Avenue. Council present were Lyn Meyers, Larry Phye, Janet Wiseley, T.J. Sones, Dan Doffing, with Mayor Dee Pettegrew presiding over the meeting. Others present were Landon Wiseley, Taylor Heinz, Ed Parks, Spanky Brooks, William Fuller, Darren Stevens, Ben Linn, James Seley, Kelly Zellner, Greg Van Der Werff and Kathy Barkley. Mayor Pettegrew called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Wiseley made a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held April 27, 2016, as written, Sones seconded. Carried 5-0. Phye made a motion to approve Appropriation Ordinance No. 1866 dated April 23 through May 6, 2016, Sones seconded. Carried 5-0. No Public Forum. Ben Linn spoke at Open Session. Mayor Pettegrew asked for any amendments to the agenda. Zellner added executive session. Brooks added executive session and pool slide. Parks added report. Barkley added sealed bids and advertising. Sones added clean-up day and executive session. Sones made a motion to approve the agenda as amended, Meyers seconded. Carried 5-0. Zellner presented the April police department report. Meyers made a motion to approve the expenditure of $700.00 to refurbish the Stalker Radar, Sones seconded. Carried 5-0. The code addendum for left turns to park was discussed, council would like to do more research. Zellner stated Timothy Shaner resigned as a full-time police officer, effective May 5, 2016. Meyers made a motion to accept Shaner’s resignation, Sones seconded. Carried 5-0. At 7:19 p.m. Meyers made

a motion to go into executive session for 15 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel, extending an invitation to Kelley Zellner, Sones seconded. Carried 5-0. At 7:34 p.m. council returned with Mayor Pettegrew stating no binding action taken. Brooks read a letter of resignation from Shawn Gerber as a full-time maintenance worker, effective April 28, 2016. Meyers made a motion to accept Gerber’s resignation, Wiseley seconded. Carried 5-0. Brooks stated the pool slide will be delivered May 16 and Ron Konecny will be installing the slide on May 17 and 18. At 7:38 p.m. Meyers made a motion to go into executive session for 10 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel, extending an invitation to Spanky Brooks, Sones seconded. Carried 5-0. At 7:48 p.m. council returned with Mayor Pettegrew stating no binding action taken. Parks presented the April municipal court report. Phye made a motion to choose Layne Christensen Company for the Nitrate Removal System for the Water Project, Sones seconded. Carried 5-0. Barkley informed council they had been extended an invitation by Westar to attend an open house at the high school on May 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. regarding the transmission line project outside the city limits. Barkley stated the employee health insurance policy renewal rate is increasing over 22 percent and will be obtaining other bids. Barkley informed council as soon as the paperwork is received from the attorney the property at 117 W. Spring will be advertised for sale. Mayor Pettegrew read the sealed bid for the 2006 Ford Crown Victoria police car. Doffing made a motion to accept the bid of $1,600.00 from Robert Pettegrew, Sones seconded. Carried 5-0. Council reviewed the Sumner County Visitor’s Guide advertisement request and decided not to advertise in the magazine at this time. Council discussed the Countryview lots and would like to

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review the covenants and place on the agenda for the next meeting. Sones stated citywide cleanup was a success and would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce for all their hard work. Painting the bathhouse at the pool was discussed. Sones said he spoke with Jenny Osner on color and painting. At 8:22 p.m. Sones made a motion to go into executive session for 10 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel, Wiseley seconded. Carried 5-0. At 8:32 p.m. council returned with Mayor Pettegrew stating no binding action taken. At 8:32 p.m. Sones made a motion to go into executive session for 15 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel, Meyers seconded. Carried 5-0. At 8:47 p.m. council returned with Mayor Pettegrew stating no binding action taken. Doffing provided information on enterprise funds. Mayor Pettegrew tabled appointments until the next meeting. Mayor Pettegrew appointed Quientinn Hanafin as a seasonal maintenance worker at a pay rate of $10.00 per hour, starting May 11, 2016. Sones made a motion to approve the Mayor’s appointment, Meyers seconded. Carried 5-0. Mayor Pettegrew appointed Richard Salsbery as a full-time maintenance worker at a pay rate of $13.50 per hour, starting May 16, 2016. Meyers made a motion to approve the Mayor’s appointment, Wiseley seconded. Carried 5-0. Mayor Pettegrew appointed Landon Wiseley as a full-time police officer at a pay rate of $14.00 per hour, starting May 25, 2016, and to attend training at the next available date with a one-year commitment to work for the city after completion. Meyers made a motion to approve the Mayor’s appointment, Sones seconded. Carried 4-0-1 with Wiseley abstaining. Annexation was discussed. Council will do further research and place on the agenda for the next meeting. At 9:17 p.m. Doffing made a motion to adjourn, Sones seconded. Carried 5-0.

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, Brad Farmer, Curtis Winter, and Bruce Harrington. 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 April 11 regular meeting as presented. Curtis Winter seconded. Motion passed 7-0. Bruce Harrington moved to approve the agenda as presented. Aaron Lange seconded. Motion passed 7-0. Brad Farmer moved to approve the bills and transfers as presented. Bill Dalbom seconded. Motion passed 7-0. Bruce Harrington made a motion to approve the professional development inservice points as presented. Brad Farmer sec-

onded. Motion passed 7-0. Bill Dalbom moved to approve the quote from Cornejo & Sons for districtwide asphalt repairs and patching as presented. Curtis Winter seconded. Motion passed 7-0. At 7:55 p.m. Bill Dalbom made a motion to go into executive session for 30 minutes to discuss negotiations and personnel matters of non-elected personnel. Brandon J. Pauly seconded. Motion passed 7-0. Clay Murphy was extended an invitation. The Board moved out of executive session at 8:28 p.m. stating that no binding action had taken place. At 8:30 p.m. Brad Farmer made a motion to go back into executive session for 20 minutes to discuss negotiations and matters of non-elected personnel. Aaron Lange seconded. Motion passed 7-0. Clay Murphy was extended an invitation. The Board moved out of executive session at 8:57 p.m. stating that no binding action had taken place. Bruce Harrington moved

to approve the non-certified employees list for 2016-17 as presented with salaries to be determined later. Brad Farmer seconded. Motion passed 7-0. Brandon J. Pauly made a motion to approve the supplemental assignment resignations from Aimee Hesse for middle school cheer and from Mike Haist for middle school lunchroom supervision, along with the custodial position resignation from Jessica Martin with regrets. Aaron Lange seconded. Motion passed 7-0. Bruce Harrington made a motion to approve the districtwide supplemental assignments as recommended for 2016-17 school year. Brandon J. Pauly seconded. Motion passed 7-0. Curtis Winter moved to approve the KASB membership dues and legal assistance fund


Argonia teams win soccer tournament Argonia teams participated in the Tri-County Soccer Leagues tournament Saturday, May 7, in Caldwell. The league includes Argonia, Anthony, Attica, Caldwell, Harper, Kiowa and Medicine Lodge. About 500 kids from the seven towns participated in the league this year. Argonia’s four prekindergarten and kindergarten teams had a high winning percentage and lots of fun, which is the goal of this division. The first- and secondgrade teams were ranked first and fourth during

the regular season with the one pictured winning the tournament. The pictured third- and fourth-grade team entered the tournament ranked first and also took first in the tournament. The fifth- and sixth-grade team was ranked third and earned fourth overall in the tournament. The junior high 3v3 team took third as did one of the high school 3v3 teams. Overall, Argonia had a successful season and won about three of every four games. Nearly half of the entire school went out for soccer. 

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Osner named to ‘Who’s Who’ McPherson College recognized the outstanding students of the 2015-2016 academic year at its annual celebration and awards convocation on April 29. Faculty and staff presented the awards and recognitions. Crystal Osner of Conway Springs was among the students recognized by Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Board of Education Minutes Following are the unofficial minutes of the Conway Springs Board of Education meeting May 9.

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fee for 2016-17 as presented. Brad Farmer seconded. Motion passed 7-0. Bruce Harrington moved to approve as presented, the buildings’ 2016-17 handbooks from elementary for faculty and students, and from middle school for students. Curtis Winter seconded. Motion passed 7-0. Bruce Harrington moved to approve the VEII / Pathways programs. Aaron Lange seconded. Motion passed 7-0. Aaron Lange made a motion to hold a special board meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. to be held in the high school conference room for the purpose of executive session to discuss negotiations. Brandon J. Pauly seconded. Motion passed 7-0. Eddie D. Allen declared the meeting adjourned at 9:14 p.m.

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The Argonia first and second grade soccer team, top, and the third and fourth grade team.

Student earns journalism award Butler Community College journalism students – including one from Conway Springs – earned several recognitions at the annual Kansas Collegiate Media (KCM) awards conference, held in Wichita April 7-8. KCM is an organization made up of two-year colleges as well as private and public four-year universities in the state. The awards conference was held at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview. The Grizzly Magazine was named the top magazine in the state, earning the All-Kansas Award. The Butler Lantern newspaper received a Silver Medal. Under Co-Editors-in-Chief Justice Bidwell of Conway Springs and Hannah Howe of Wichita, the magazine finished with 10 individual awards. Bidwell was named Journalist of the Year for twoyear publications in Kansas, and with Bret Belvill, won first place in news/event writing.

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All this rain makes me think too hard Maybe I worry too much about water. I fret about how much water I’m drinking to stay healthy. I can’t stand leaky faucets. And I’m constantly nervous about watering my plants at home and at the office. But what I really, really worry about, when it comes to water, is my sprinkler system and keeping my lawn properly watered. I’m always trying to figure out when to start up my sprinkler system in the spring, and how often to water. Oh, my gosh, I could spend a week trying to adjust the watering days and times on my control box. Knowing the amount of brain damage I was causing myself, I’ve relinquished some of that compulsive behavior. I still start up my sprinkler system myself when it seems like I can’t wait any longer for Mother Nature to water the lawn. But after that, I call in the experts to check sprinkler heads, fix leaks and set the control box for me. From there, you’d think this would be a worry-free proposition until late fall when it’s time to shut the system down again. Not so much. My meddling mind is always watching the weather, looking to predict rain showers. If it’s likely

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to rain, I’m likely to shut down my sprinkler system. The biggest factor in this process is that I’m a bit on the cheap side. Water is expensive these days, and I’m likely to go into cardiac arrest over a water bill that I think is exorbitant. Water also is a precious commodity and there’s no reason to waste it when it’s falling out of the sky for free. So there I was at the start of this recent round of rainstorms, figuring out my plans for the sprinkler system. You’d have thought I had been put in charge of the ignition sequence for the next space shuttle launch. Once it starts raining, and keeps raining, the process is pretty simple. Turn off the sprinklers, and leave them off. But once things have dried out again, I get nervous quickly. Late last week, as I waited for the rain that had been pre-

dicted for Sunday, I even talked to a buddy of mine in the landscaping business. He’d know what to do, I assured myself. Just wait, he said. It’s gonna rain Sunday. By Sunday evening, I had discarded that good advice. I did yard work until dark, and the last thing I did before heading inside was to turn the sprinkler system back on. Just a few hours later, I heard the rain hitting the roof. I got out of bed and debated how to dress … my sprinkler control box is located on the side of my house and it is not very protected from the elements. I decided slippers wouldn’t cut it, and put on tennis shoes. Boxer shorts would be OK because it was the middle of the night. An umbrella was mandatory. Back in bed, shivering from the rain and cold, I felt like an important task had been performed. And needless to say, with the relentless rains this week, I haven’t been back out to the control box to turn my sprinkler system back on. But on the way to work Tuesday morning, in the rain, I did see that a halfdozen of my neighbors had their sprinkler systems running. Maybe I do worry too much about water.

From the Argosy files From the Argosy files of 1937 During chapel period Wednesday, the junior high selected its May Queen, chancellor, and the attendants. The queen will be crowned during the allschool chapel Friday, May 28. The election went as follows: May Queen, Dorothy Hoskins; chancellor, Orbie Estelle; attendants, Virginia Moyer, Garry Millsap, Betty Jane Swan, Bill Thomas, Thelma Hanky, Merle Crow and Orpha John. Mrs. Carl Carrithers entertained members of her bridge club in her home Tuesday. The guest list included Mrs. McCall, Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Copeland, Mrs. Estelle, Mrs. Thomp-

son, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Swan, Mrs. Schon, Mos. Tochatschula, Mrs. Phillippi, Mrs. Ingram and Mrs. Carrithers. Prizes were awareded to Mrs. Ingram, Mrs. Copeland and Mrs. Mitchell. Saturday evening a group of friends gathered at the Clarence Baird home for an ice cream supper. Those present included Rev. and Mrs. John Doll, Miss Harriet Pudge, Merel Van Winkle, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Baird and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Bistline and family. The Argonia independent baseball team won their second straight game of the season Sunday by defeating Norwich by a 10-6 score. Clever hurl-

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ing by Stork, the Argonia pitcher was a highlight of the contest. The first two innings were even with neither team getting but a few hits and no runs. In the third, Floyd who was first to bat, got a hit, McFredrick fanned out as did Smith, Jay Roe got a neat two-bagger to bring Floyd in. Norwich also got a run in the same inning. None were scored in the fourth or fifth innings but in the sixth Argonia staged a scoring spree netting the locals seven runs. Jay Roe and Eugene Kitson added to the excitement by pounding a home run apiece. B. Roe and Smith scored the last two runs for the final count of 10 runs.

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Teacher was motivated by love To the Editor, My husband, Tom Leahy, is retiring from teaching this year after almost two decades in the classroom. When you count up the years and the amount of students he has taught, coached, mentored and genuinely cared about, the numbers are enormous. Retirement parties for guys like him can be so moving and heart wrenching that tears commonly flow, but there won’t be a retirement party like that for Tom. His recognition will be a small gathering after the last day of school hosted by a few of his loyal co-workers. Tom has elected to bow out of any recognition offered by the district due to the continued adversarial atmosphere fostered by our locally elected Board of Education. Your BOE has attempted to allow hate to win by letting parents pull

their students out of his Social Studies class (the “Opt Out” kids) and then hiring a substitute to teach them in an alternative class so they can feel “safe.” Anyone who knows Tom probably just burst into laughter at the thought of him making anyone feel in danger around him. In case you have forgotten the reason for this hysteria it is because, in October, Tom showed a PG-rated anti-bullying film to his eighth grade Social Studies students without sending home a parent permission slip first. When parents complained to the school, he was disciplined. He apologized to his students and the parents, took a leave from his job, agreed to have his class monitored by administration, and attempted to move on in his last year teaching. It has been difficult. I am also a teacher and the courage, determination and sheer intestinal fortitude it took for Tom to get up and go to school every

day in that charged atmosphere has earned my undying respect. What has moved me to write you is the need to make sure this community knows what has fueled him to go through with finishing the school year. I asked him that very question and his answer humbles me. He went to school for the Opt Out kids. He worried that someday they may look back on this year and think that they were to blame for him quitting. Maybe they would have some regrets? After they left the insulated utopia of Conway Springs, Kansas, and realized the diversity of the world, would they look back and feel like their teacher really wasn’t the monster they were led to believe he was? He had to make sure they knew he was OK and, most importantly, they were OK too. He was motivated by love, and that is a lesson we could all use a refresher course in. Cara J. Leahy Conway Springs

From the Star files From the Star files of May 1945 Senior class graduates were: Carmen Wise, Marion Riner, Verna Lee Prilliman, Lois Prilliman, Leonard Dark, Harold Chapman, Phyllis Robinson, Opal Miller, Betty Shobe, Josephine Prough, Max Brown, Norma Jean Seevers, Raymond King, Floyd Butz, Robert Meuser, Kenneth Riggs, Norvella Flcikinger, Dorothy Pearsin, Gwen Gooch; Mrs. L.F. Frazier, sponsor; Kyle Trueblood, superintendent. Lawrence Bennett and William Evin, who have finished boot training at the Great Lakes Naval training center, arrived Tuesday for a visit with their wives and other relatives. Bob Day has been in the hospital at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, N.Y., since the day following his return May 3 from his furlough. Mrs. H.A. Westrup,

83, passed away here early Saturday, May 12. Funeral services conducted by Rev. W.E. Saville were held at the Methodist church Sunday. Music was furnished by Mrs. Charles Nice, Organist, and a vocal quartet was composed of Miss Mary Bolmer, Mrs. Ethel Thew, Dr. J.C. Gillis and J.E. Mathes. Pall bearers were E.R. Potter, J.H. Hammond, John Stephens, G.E. Nichols, Ora Russell and W.W. Bennett. Miss May 1945 remained unusually cold and for the most part has been all wet. For Mother’s Day she ran a temperature of 85, then returned back to her strange aloofness to what we have a right to expect this late in the season. Forty- to 60-degree temperatures are certainly not typical of May. Among Conway Springs

young people who are home or will soon return from college are: Elva Lee wise and Kathryn Young, Wichita U.; Phyllis Casselman, Okla. A&M, Stillwater; Lois Grimm, who received her AB degree from KSC, Manhattan, is at home for a month before going to Connecticut, where she will take a special six-month course in preparation for her work as a medical technician; Orris Somers, Southwestern College, Winfield; Doris Jodon, KSC; Lucille French, Friends U., Wichita; Shirley Jeanne Cline, who received her AB at Phillips U., Enid, will for the next few months remain at home and help out at the STAR office. In August she will serve as a councilor at a Camp Fire Girls’ camp at Lake Cimarron, Okla.

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Leave wildlife wild It’s human nature to “save” a young animal that appears abandoned or lost. However, when a person with good intentions picks up a baby bird, squirrel or deer, the young animal is usually as good as dead. The best option is always to leave these animals alone and let nature take its course, even though it’s not always pretty. Often, the young animal is still being cared for by its parents and will have a better chance of surviving if simply left alone. Unless you’re a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, it is not legal to possess live wild animals. And it can be dangerous because they may carry rabies or distemper. Wild animals commonly have fleas and ticks, which can transmit blood-borne diseases, and they carry bacteria, roundworms, tapeworms, mites and other protozoans that could infect humans and their pets. Unfortunately, fawn deer are commonly “saved” by people who find them alone and assume they’ve been aban-

doned. Most of the time, the doe is nearby, but the mother instinctively stays away from her newborn except at feeding time to avoid drawing the attention of predators. Fawns are scentless and survive by holding absolutely still, even when humans approach. Storms may blow young birds out of their nests. If the young have feathers and can perch, place them back in a tree or shrub, away from cats or other pets. The parents will still care for them. And don’t worry, they’ll care for them even if you touch them. Birds have a very poor sense of smell and human touch won’t drive the parents away. If you find a nest with featherless nestlings, place it in a plastic bowl and back in the tree. This will be their best chance of survival. Enjoy watching wildlife this spring, especially if you see youngsters. But make a pact to leave them alone. Let nature take its course and know they have the best chance of survival by staying wild.


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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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bulance service. Conway Springs’ ambulance service started in the 1970s through the efforts of Richard Ebersole. It was common in small towns for funeral homes to use their vehicles as both hearses and ambulances. The original service offered only basic life support. Brozovich said by the late 1980s, there was a need for ALS. Brozovich led the effort to move Conway Springs’ ambulance service to ALS, although it took a couple of years. “When you call 911, you assume someone is coming,” Brozovich said, adding that without support, it all could disappear. “It’s very scary.”

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Argonia Daze was held on Saturday, with many events taking place in Salter Park on the east side of town. TOP LEFT: Lakelin Love bounces along an inflatable during Saturday’s Argonia Daze celebration. The inflatables were a popular draw for children. TOP RIGHT: Hanna Drouhard shows that it’s never too cold to eat ice cream. Saturday was chilly and a bit damp, but that didn’t bother many of the people who attended Argonia Daze. ABOVE LEFT: Bill Mock, Jr., gets focused during the horseshoe tournament at Argonia Daze. ABOVE RIGHT: Giovanni Hernandez and Kaylee Schulte play with bubbles in Salter Park. See more photographs from Argonia Daze on the Star-Argosy website,

Milan grain terminal confirmed Staff report

Mid Kansas Coop (MKC) confirmed Tuesday, May 10, that a high-speed rail-shuttle grain storage and loading facility is to be built a mile east of Milan. Work at the site is set to begin this month and be completed about a year later, according to a statement from MKC. “The location in Sumner County quickly stood out as an excellent area, when considering the number of acres in crop production, types of acres planted, grains produced, end users for bushels produced and the future potential for production,” said MKC CEO Dave Christiansen. Plans for the facility include 7 million bushels of storage, including upright and flat storage, with receiving capacity of 100,000 bushels per hour by truck. Rail load-out capacity will exceed 80,000

bushels per hour and will include a circle rail track capable of holding 120 railcars, in addition to mainline locomotives with access to the BNSF railway. “The new assets will give area producers direct access and ownership in the supply and distribution chain, bringing them one step closer to world markets, which will add value to our member-owner’s farming operations,” said Christiansen. The Moundridge-based cooperative and its partner on the project, CHS Inc. (formerly Cenex), started exploring a Milan grain terminal in November 2015 and received zoning and permit approvals from Sumner County in March. The grain facility will operate as Producer Ag, LLC. Producer Ag already operates one high-speed shuttle loading facility, in Canton, Kan.

Souza said there are alternative distribution paths available to help. She encouraged Argonia residents to contact the RGI for more information. The RGI is sponsoring the fifth annual National Rural Grocery Summit. The event will highlight food retail resources, best practices for rural groceries and ways to improve access to healthy food. It will be June 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency, Wichita. View more information at or call 1-800-432-8222. Online registration: conferences.k-state. edu/ruralgrocery/.

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Argonia High School Kimberly Barry

Evan Dolley

Marlee Gaddie

Dalton Good

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Jason Hess

Amber Jones

Victoria Jordan

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Kolten Koerner

Kelsey Robinson

Ann-Sophie Schneck

Brice Sellers

Mark Sprague-Spear

Madison Streif

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Argonia seniors get ready for life after high school Dalton Good, son of Darren and Lisa Good, will be attending Butler Community College, El Dorado, this fall and will be majoring in Sports Medicine. Dalton’s high school activities included Math Club, Kay Club, Vocal, National Honor Society and Basketball.

Kelsey Robinson, daughter of Dusty and Jessica Robinson, Argonia, and Christi Robinson, Alabama, will be attending community college and majoring in Radiology Technician. Kelsey’s activities during high school include Kay Club, Math Club, Yearbook and Volleyball.

Evan Dolley, son of Rick Dolley and Julie and Glen McPherron, Argonia, will be attending Butler Community College, El Dorado, and will be majoring in either Welding or Fire Science. Evan’s activities during high school include Basketball, Football, Yearbook, Band, Student Council and Scholars Bowl.

Brice Sellers, son of Allan and Beverly Sellers, Argonia, will be attending Seward Community College and majoring in agriculture. Brice’s activities during high school include Band and Scholars Bowl.

Madison Streif, daughter of Lorena Marshall and Chris Creed, Milan, and Chris Streif, Mulvane, is planning on attending Butler Community College and then joining the U.S. Air Force. Madison’s activities during high school include Volleyball, Basketball, Track, Choir, Stuco and Yearbook. Kolten Koerner, son of Robyn Kelly and Shane Hall, Freeport, will be attending Butler Community College, majoring in Agribusiness. Kolten’s activities during high school include Track, Football, Math Club, Student Council, Vocal, School Play and Basketball. Aaron Harsh, son of Scott and Michelle Harsh, Argonia, will be attending Butler Community College but is undecided in what major he will be pursuing. Aaron’s activities during high school include Football, Basketball, Track, Math Club, Student Council and Vocal. Jason Hess, son of Dale and Tania Baker, Argonia, will be attending Pratt Community College and plans to major in Graphic Design. Jason’s activities during high school include School Play, Basketball and Track. Victoria Jordan, daughter of Diana Jordan, Argonia, and Robin Jordan, Kingston, Oklahoma, will be attending Butler Community College majoring in dental assistance. Victoria’s activities during high school include Volleyball, Basketball, Choir, Track, Cheerleader and Yearbook. Myleigh Kingsley, daughter of Danelle and Chad Meyers, Argonia, will be attending Cowley County Community College majoring in physical therapy assistant. Myeleigh’s activities during high school include Volleyball, Basketball, Yearbook and Vocal.

Mark Sprague-Spear, son of Melissa Reynolds, Argonia, will be attending Wichita Technical Institute, majoring in integrated circuitry. Marlee Gaddie, daughter of David and Christie Gaddie, Argonia, will be attending Southwestern College and majoring in convergent Journalism. Marlee’s activities during high school include Volleyball, Basketball, Track, Cheerleader, Argonaires, Kay Club, School Play, Student Council, Math Club and National Honor Society. Kimberly Barry, daughter of Rusty and Valerie Barry, Mayfield, will be continuing her education in Belle Plaine. Kimberly’s activities while in high school included Singers, Special K Basketball, Circle of Friends and Vocal. Camilla Tabasso is the daughter of Maria Grazia and Massimo Tabasso, Savigliano, Italy. Host parents are Natalie and Shane Shirley of Argonia. Camilla plans on continuing her education in the United States at University of Iowa, majoring in biomedical engineering. Camilla’s activities while attending high school in Argonia included Volleyball, Basketball, Track, Band, Scholars Bowl, Math Club, Forensics, School Play and Kay Club. Amber Jones, daughter of Kevin and Caran Jones, Argonia, will be attending college and majoring in dental assistance. Amber’s activities while in high school included Softball, Cheerleading and Dance Team. Ann-Sophie Schneck is the daughter of Stefan Schneck and Ursula Zehentmeier, Munich, Germany. Host parents are Matthew and Wendy Booker, Argonia. AnnSophie plans on returning to Germany to finish her high school career. Sophie’s activities during her year in Argonia included Volleyball, Band, Basketball, Track and Kay Club.

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TOP: Argonia High School graduates greet family and friends outside of the school moments after the graduation ceremony ended. MIDDLE: Kelsey Robinson adjusts Evan Dolley’s tassle before graduation. BOTTOM: Jason Hess and Amber Jones share a laugh during the address given by valedictorian Dalton Good.

Congratulations Argonia High School Class of 2016!

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Family and friends joined the Argonia senior class on Sunday in the AHS gymnasium for graduation. Sixteen students were presented with diplomas during the afternoon ceremony.

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ABOVE: Argonia High seniors pose as teacher Monte Haxton snaps a class photograph a few mintues before Sunday’s graduation. LEFT: Foreign exchange students Camilla Tabasso, front, and Ann-Sophie Schneck, right, share a hug with Jessica Fitch following commencement.

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ABOVE LEFT: Marlee Gaddie waits in the AHS home economics room before commencement. ABOVE RIGHT: Aaron Harsh smiles as he walks across the stage after receiving his diploma. RIGHT: Brice Sellers smiles during one of the speeches at Sunday’s graduation.

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TOP: Valedictorian Dalton Good filled his graduation speech with numerous jokes at Sunday’s ceremony at Argonia High School. MIDDLE: Madison Streif strikes a pose after commencement Sunday afternoon in Argonia. BOTTOM: Kolten Koerner, right, gets a hug from schoolmate Seth Hemberger.

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May 19, 2016


Conway Springs seniors earn awards and scholarships Scholarships totaling more than $430,000 – not counting local scholarships – have been awarded to this year’s graduating class. Presidents education awards – John Andra, Elizabeth Berntsen, Miranda Chitwood, Allyssa Davis, Sarah Doffing, Kristen Hilger, Makayla Hollis, Wes Hullinger, Hanah Valle, Brandon Koch, Brenna Leahy, Dylan Murphy, Derek Pauly, Tiffany Willson and Katie Zoglmann K-State Outstanding Math and Science award –Tiffany Willson ACT Exceptional Academic Performance Awards – Brenna Leahy 3 Sport Athlete Award – Alicia Carter The Topeka Capital-Journal – Tiffany Willson The Governor’s Scholars – Tiffany Willson Wichita Eagle Top of the Class Award – Katie Zoglmann The Dale Dennis Award – Dylan Murphy The Citizenship Award – Anthony Becker and Kristen Hilger Masonic Lodge Essay Contest – Romi Huggins and Wes Hullinger Sumner-Cowley Electric Coop – Kristen Hilger, Wes Hullinger and Katie Zoglmann Jeanna and Bill Martin Memorial Scholarship – Amanda Drouhard and Anthony Becker American Red Cross Blood – Elizabeth Berntsen and Makayla Hollis Conway Springs Recreation Scholarship – Jed Chitwood and Tiffany Willson Kansas Legal Professionals Scholarship – Skylar Misak Conway Springs BPW Scholarship – Kristen Hilger, Wes Hullinger, Tiffany Willson and Katie Zoglmann Wheatland Electric Cooperative – Sarah Doffing Conway Springs High School Honor Society Scholarship – Hanah Valle and Katie Zoglmann Kansas Star Casino Scholarship – Kolton Alloway, John Andra, Anthony Becker, Elizabeth Berntsen, Wyatt Botkin, Alicia Carter, Jed Chitwood, Miranda Chitwood, Ethan Clum, Alexi Crowell, Wyatt Curry, Allyssa Davis, Rachel Doffing, Sarah Doffing, Amanda Drouhard, Chad Ebenkamp, Gary Farmer, Madison Francis, Farrah Gilmere, Justin Haist, Ryan Harbour, Kristen Hilger, Makayla Hollis, Romi Huggins, Wes Hullinger, Haley Kelley-Oakman, Brandon Koch, Brenna Leahy, Chelsea Linker, Joe Mies, Mason Misak, Skylar Misak, Dylan Murphy, Ashley O’Neal, Cole Osner, Ben Pauly, Derek Pauly, Lucas Shaffer, Robert Sherman, Denver Sones, Hanah Valle (Jones) and Blake Wiles. The following students will receive a $2,000 scholarship: Kristen Hilger, Brenna Leahy and Hanah Valle. The salutatorian, Tiffany Willson, will receive a $4,000 scholarship. The valedictorian, Katie Zoglmann, will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Education Scholarship – Tiffany Willson Jonathan A. Ternes Memorial – Kristen Hilger Conway Bank Principal Scholarship – Kristen Hilger and Hanah Valle The Loofbourrow Educational Trust – Tiffany Willson

TOP: Conway Springs seniors applaud one of Sunday’s graduation speakers. Commencement was held Sunday in the CSHS gymnasium. MIDDLE: Brenna Leahy smiles at USD 356 Superintendent Clay Murphy as she receives her diploma. BOTTOM: Cole Osner, left, and Lucas Shaffer walk together during the processional.

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CSHS seniors make future plans Following are the future plans for the Class of 2016 and the class members’ scholarships. Kolton Alloway is a Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum Completer. He will be attending Pittsburg State University. He has been offered the Pittsburg State Merit scholarship. John Andra completed both the Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum and the Kansas State Scholars Curriculum. He will be attending Kansas State University. He has received the Foundation Plus Scholarship. Anthony Becker is a Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum Completer. He will be attending Kansas State University. He has received a scholarship from the Department of Milling Science. Elizabeth Berntsen – Will be attending Butler County Community College. She plans on trying out for a music scholarship. Wyatt Botkin is a Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum Completer. He will be attending Kansas State University. He has the Kansas Star Casino Scholarship. Alicia Carter – Will be attending Neosho Community College. She has a Tuition and Books Scholarship for Track and Field. Jed Chitwood – Hopes to enter an Electrical Apprentice Program. Miranda Chitwood completed both the Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum and the Kansas State Scholars Curriculum. She will be attending Fort Hays State University. She will receive a University Scholar Award and an Academic Opportunity Award. Ethan Clum – Will be attending Cowley County Community College. Scholarships are pending. Alexi Crowell – Will be attending Butler County Community College. She was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship. Wyatt Curry – Entering the world of work. Allyssa Davis completed both the Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum and the Kansas State Scholars Curriculum. She will be attending Kansas State University. She has received the Achievement Award. Rachel Doffing – Plans on entering the world of work. Sarah Doffing is a Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum Completer. She will be attending Northeastern Oklahoma State University. She has received the Northeastern State University R.I.S.E. (Riverhawks Initiating Service and Engagement) Scholarship. Amanda Drouhard – Will be attending Kansas State University. Chad Ebenkamp – Will be attending Kansas Army National Guard. He leaves for Basic Training on July 5. Gary Farmer – Will be attending Sterling College. He has been awarded the Cooper Academic Scholarship and a Music scholarship. Madison Francis – Will work for a while and then plans to go into cosmetology. She has the Kansas Star Casino Scholarship. Farrah Gilmere is a Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum Completer. She has a scholarship, working on their magazine. She plans on attending the Musicians Institute. Justin Haist – Will attend Cowley County Community College. Will receive the ACES scholarship. Ryan Harbour is a Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum Completer. He will be attending Butler County Community College. Will receive the Mass Communication Scholarship and the Dean’s Scholarship. Kristen Hilger is a Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum Completer. She will be attending Bethel College. She has received the Bethel Presidential Scholarship and the Service Learning scholarship. Makayla Hollis completed both the Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum and the

Kansas State Scholars Curriculum. She will be attending Friends University. She has been awarded the Davis academic scholarship and a track & field Romi Huggins – Will be attending Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Romi received the Freshman Incentive Scholarship and the Ranger Preview Scholarship. Wes Hullinger completed both the Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum and the Kansas State Scholars Curriculum. He will be attending Kansas State University. He has received the Leadership Scholarship. Wes will also receive a Housing Leadership Award. Haley Kelley-Oakman – Will be attending Butler County Community College. Scholarships are pending. She also has the Kansas Star Casino Scholarship. Brandon Koch completed both the Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum and the Kansas State Scholars Curriculum. He will be attending Kansas State University. He has received the Medallion Scholarship. Brenna Leahy completed both the Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum and the Kansas State Scholars Curriculum. She will be attending Kansas State University. Brenna has received the Putnam Scholarship. Chelsea Linker – Will be attending Wichita State University. Chelsea will be trying out for the WSU Dance Team in May. Joe Mies – Will be attending North Central Kansas Technical College. Mason Misak – Entering the world of work. Skylar Misak – Will be attending Neosho Community College. She has a Scholarship for Track and Field. Dylan Murphy is a Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum Completer. He is currently waiting to hear if he made it into the IBEW Electrician Apprenticeship Program. Ashley O’Neal – Will be attending Wichita State University. Cole Osner is a Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum Completer. He will attending Pittsburg State University. Ben Pauly is a Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum Completer. He will be attending Kansas State University. Derek Pauly is a Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum Completer. He will be attending Dodge City Community College where he has received a tuition and books scholarship to play football. Lucas Shaffer – Will be attending Wichita State University. He will receive the Rae Prickett Scholarship. Robert Sherman – World of work. Denver Sones – Will be attending Cowley County Community College. Hanah Valle (Jones) is a Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum Completer. She will be attending Washburn University. She will receive an Academic scholarship. Blake Wiles completed both the Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum and the Kansas State Scholars Curriculum. He will be attending Kansas State University. Tiffany Willson completed both the Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum and the Kansas State Scholars Curriculum. She will attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She will receive the Oklahoma Academic Scholar Scholarship and a semi-private dorm room. She will also be awarded the Salutatorian Scholarship. She also has the potential to receive theater and choir scholarships if she chooses to participate in them and based on level of participation and classes enrolled in. Katie Zoglmann is a Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum Completer. She will be attending Fort Hays State University. She will receive the Fort Hays State University Academic Opportunity Award and, from the College of Business, a tuition and a residence hall scholarship as well as Hays City Scholar Award.

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TOP: Sarah Doffing smiles after receiving her diploma during Conway Springs High School’s graduation, held Sunday afternoon in the school gymnasium. MIDDLE: Class valedictorian Katie Zoglmann gives her speech during commencement. BOTTOM: Skylar Misak receives a hug after Sunday’s graduation ceremony.

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TOP: One or two stray tassles lay on the glasses of Gary Farmer, who was focused on a speaker. ABOVE: Madison Francis waits for her turn in the processional at the start of Sunday’s commencement.

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TOP: Wyatt Curry smiles while visiting after Sunday afternoon’s graduation in Conway Springs. ABOVE: Farrah Gilmere poses with a well-wisher, who sticks out his tongue at a photographer.

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May 19, 2016


Cardinals take 5th at State By Michael Buhler

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Kenzie Biehler watches her throw in the shot put. She placed third at the Central Plains League meet in Cheney last week.

Cardinal girls earn CPL title By Michael Buhler

Winning the Central Plains League girls track championship might have been a bit unexpected for the Conway Springs Cardinals, but no one on the team is complaining. The Cardinal girls edged out Garden Plain 105-104 to win the CPL title last Thursday at the league meet in Cheney, while the boys finished sixth. “We were shocked that the girls won it,” Conway Springs coach Brent Martens said. “When they announced the scores at the end, they said Garden Plain had won and we were third. We didn’t find out until 10:30 that night when the official results were emailed.” Skylar Misak won the javelin, while the 4x800 relay team of Makenzie Curry, Sabrina Bellar, Lacey Pauly and Emma Barkley also took first place. Curry took second in the 800, while Alicia Carter took second in both the javelin and the shot put. The 4x400 relay team of Maddie Koester, Barkley, Curry and Kayla Koester also took second, as did Abby Heimerman in the pole vault. Emma Barkley took third in the 1600, while Kenzie Biehler took third in the shot put and Maddie Koester did so as well in the long jump. “We have a pretty deep girls team, led by our seniors – Alicia Carter, Skylar Misak, Hanah Jones and Makayla Hollis,” Martens said. “Our throwers were the big part of the victory. We took three of the top four spots in the javelin and the shot put.” Depth indeed played a huge factor in the Cardinals’ victory last Thursday. “If you look at the results we had quite a few girls who placed fourth, fifth and sixth in events,”

Martens said. “These are the unseen points that add up and help give you the upset victory. You never know when the one point from getting sixth place is going to be the point that wins the meet.” On the boys side, Lucas Shaffer won the high jump and the triple jump, while Anthony Becker won the 800. The 4x400 relay team of Becker, Shaffer, Justin Lange and Colton Terhune took third, while Mason Misak also took third in the javelin. “The boys team was led by seniors Lucas Shaffer, Mason Misak, Anthony Becker and Blake Wiles,” Martens said. “Lucas Shaffer led the way winning the high jump and triple jump. Anthony ran a career-best 2:03.67 in the 800 – he dominated the race from start to finish. Mason and Blake both scored in the javelin. “The other bright spot was the boys 4x400 relay team. They placed third and just like the girls 4x400, they decreased their season best time by nearly 10 seconds.” The Cardinals boys and girls will compete on Friday at the Class 3A regional at Cimarron with trips to the State meet on the line.

Girls, 1st 400 – Lacey Pauly, 5th, 1:07.80; Sabrina Bellar, 6th, 1:08.56. 800 – Makenzie Curry, 2nd, 2:29.02; Audrey Doffing, 6th, 2:39.25. 1600 – Emma Barkley, 3rd, 5:59.60. 4x100 – Conway Springs (Maddie Koester, Morgan Koster, Jera Wolke, Makayla Hollis), 4th, 52.92. 4x400 – Conway Springs (Maddie Koester, Emma Barkley, Makenzie Curry, Kayla Koester), 2nd, 4:21.09. 4x800 – Conway Springs (Makenzie Curry, Sabrina Bellar, Lacey Pauly, Emma Barkley), 1st, 10:23.05. Discus – Ryed Creek, 4th, 98-0. Javelin – Skylar Misak, 1st, 132-7; Alicia Carter, 2nd, 114-4; Ryed Creek, 4th, 102-10. Shot put – Alicia Carter, 2nd, 37-5; Kenzie Biehler, 3rd, 36-4; Miranda Huff, 4th, 35-8.5. Pole vault – Abby Heimerman, 2nd, 9-6; Makayla Hollis, 4th, 9-0; Audrey Doffing, 5th, 7-6. Long jump – Maddie Koester, 3rd, 15-6.5. Triple jump – Jera Wolke, 6th, 31-3. Boys, 6th 400 – Robert Pettegrew, 6th, 55.71. 800 – Anthony Becker, 1st, 2:03.67. 110 hurdles – Marcus Berntsen, 6th, 17.01. 4x400 – Conway Springs (Anthony Becker, Lucas Shaffer, Justin Lange, Colton Terhune), 3rd, 3:39.65. Javelin – Mason Misak, 3rd, 157-6; Blake Wiles, 6th, 144-8. Shot put – Matthew Lange, 5th, 40-8.25. Pole vault – Grant Mooneyham, 4th, 11-0. High jump – Lucas Shaffer, 1st, 6-7. Triple jump – Lucas Shaffer, 1st, 41-4.5.

The Argonia Raiders boys and girls track teams gathered momentum for this week’s Class 1A regional by competing at the South Central Border League meet last Friday at West Elk High School in Howard. The Raiders finished in the top seven in six boys events and seven girls events to gather steam for regionals. “They’re peaking at the right time of the year,” Argonia coach Jon Mead said. “The weather wasn’t the most cooperative last Friday, but they’re peaking at the right time of the year.” On the boys’ side, Haden Craig took second in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump, while Seth

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John Andra represented the Cardinals in the singles bracket at the Class 3-2-1A State tournament at Riverside Tennis Complex in Wichita.

well and got a win on Saturday. Top 10 in State – I think that’s a good accomplishment for those two.” In singles play, Kolton Alloway finished 11th as the Cardinals’ other placer at State. “I thought that was a tremendous accomplishment,” Bellar said. “He really maximized his talents and improved a lot the last three weeks of the season.” John Andra also competed in singles at the State tournament and though he did not place, he also left a positive impression on Bellar.

“He lost a close firstround match and drew a pretty tough opponent on the back side,” Bellar said. “He was really playing solid singles by the end of the year. To be at the State tournament and battle well is a great accomplishment for him.” Winter and Mies are eligible to return next season, where they will be joined by a load of young talent. “We’ve definitely got some good kids coming back,” Bellar said. “Our jayvee won league and we have a really good freshman class coming in. It will be really fun next year.”

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Colton Terhune races in the 200-meter dash for Conway Springs. He was part of the 4x400-meter relay team that placed third at the Central Plains League meet.

Raiders gain momentum at SCBL meet By Michael Buhler

The Conway Springs Cardinals were a fixture in the top five of the Class 3-2-1A boys tennis rankings all season, so the Cardinals’ fifth-place finish at last weekend’s State tournament in Wichita was not a big surprise. However, just because Conway Springs’ success on the court was not a surprise did not mean it was not sweet. “That was a good a c c o m p l i s h m e n t ,” Conway Springs coach Chris Bellar said. “We had an opportunity to go higher, but could have gone lower, too. I was proud of the kids’ efforts up and down the line and I thought we played well.” Leading the way at State was the doubles team of Jacob Winter and Lucas Mies, which took sixth place. “They were definitely in that range,” Bellar said. “They easily could have won a match to get to the semis. They improved a heck of a lot from last year and they’ve got a nice ceiling for next year.” The Cardinals’ other doubles team of Jed Chitwood and Derek Pauly finished 10th to cap a great State tournament for Conway Springs doubles. “I was happy for them too,” Bellar said. “They got to the State tournament together as well last year. I knew they wanted to survive to the second day and medal. They battled

Hemberger took fourth in the 400 and fifth in the long jump. Zach Haxton also took fifth in the 3200. On the girls’ side, Jesse Tracy took second in the shot put, while Alyssa Hammond took third in the 400 and Jordan Thompson took third in the javelin. The 4x400 relay team of Baylee Booker, Cora Vineyard, Hammond and Ann-Sophie Schneck took fourth, while Schneck took fifth in the high jump. The Raiders will head to Central Burden this Friday for a Class 1A regional with trips to State on the line. “We’re seeded high in the events there Friday,” Mead said. “We’re hoping to take a handful of kids to State.”

Boys 100: Trevor Pierce, 7th, 11.87. 400: Seth Hemberger, 4th, 55.09; Trevor Pierce, 6th, 56.72. 3200: Zach Haxton, 5th, 12:16.82. Javelin: Anthony Handlin, 7th, 115-4.75. Long jump: Haden Craig, 4th, 17-7.75; Seth Hemberger, 5th, 17-6.75. Triple jump: Haden Craig, 2nd, 38-3.5. Girls 400: Alyssa Hammond, 3rd, 1:07.14. 4x100: Argonia (Kaylee Schulte, Ann-Sophie Schneck, Jordan Thompson, Leah Fitch), 7th, 56.83. 4x400: Argonia (Baylee Booker, Cora Vineyard, Alyssa Hammond, Ann-Sophie Schneck), 4th, 5:07.59. Discus: Jesse Tracy, 6th, 833.25. Shot put: Jesse Tracy, 2nd, 29-7. Javelin: Jordan Thompson, 3rd, 87-3.75. High jump: Ann-Sophie Schneck, 5th, 4-4.

Kolton Alloway battles an opponent during singles action at the Class 3-2-1A State tournament. He placed 11th for Conway Springs.

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