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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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GOP Senate races may worsen conservative divide


By CHARLES BABINGTON
The Associated Press

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WASHINGTON A half-dozen Senate races are heightening the struggle between establishment Republicans and tea party campaign operations, threatening to exacerbate conservative divisions this fall and beyond. Strategists on both sides say several Republican senators are not merely trying to clobber the individuals challenging them from the right in GOP primaries. They also want to undermine, if not cripple, the tea party-affiliated companies helping fund and shape the challengers campaigns. If we beat enough of these insurgent challengers to incumbents, and get a big winning streak, they might stop doing it, said Charlie Black, an adviser to top national Republicans for years. The aggressive strategy carries risks. If conservative voters many of them embrace tea party principles feel attacked or insulted by incumbent Republicans actions, it could hurt efforts to unite conservatives against Democrats in general elections. Black said veteran Republican senators such as Mitch McConnell of Kentucky can thread that needle. Exposing the moneymaking and sometimes hostile-to-Republicans goals of key organizations, he said, should not alienate conservative voters who oppose President Barack Obama and other Democrats. These inside-the-Beltway groups dont have any grassroots component, Black said. Incumbents such as McConnell, he said, are careful not to criticize groups like Tea Party Patriots, even as they rip into Washington-based firms crucial to insurgents campaigns. Those organizations include the Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.; FreedomWorks; and the Madison Group. All have called for top Republicans leaders, such as McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, to be ousted in favor of more ideological
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Marion and Helen Seelye lived in their family home at 1105 N. Buckeye Ave.

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Seelye sisters valued privacy while residing in famous home


By TIFFANY RONEY
tiffany.roney@abilene-rc.com

When the Seelyes, former owners of their namesake Seelye Mansion on Buckeye Avenue, moved to town from Illinois in the late 1800s, the community took notice. Despite townspeoples attempts to learn about the family of four, the Seelyes remained a paradox. Dr. A.B. Seelye, Jenny T., Marion and Helen lived in a grand mansion, but they were very private people, former Seelye employee Doris Jacobson said. They seldom invited Abilene residents to their famous home, but they took in soldiers for the whole weekend almost every week. They earned riches from their pharmaceutical work, but they dressed in plain clothing. Though Jacobson worked for the Seelyes family business for a year-and-a-half, she never met A.B., and she didnt enter the house until Jennys funeral in 1951. Still, Jacobsons

They were a wonderful, prominent family. They kind of made Abilene what it is today.
Terry Tietjens

friend, Doris Hoover, said Jacobson knew much more of the Seelyes than most people who lived in the area. I think it was interesting, the fact that they were very private, with a home like that, Jacobson said. Of course, everyone would give anything to see the inside. But they told many, many stories about the young men they entertained. Theyd have a big table-full. The family often invited soldiers from Fort Riley to stay with them for the weekend, and they served them elaborate dinners including

chocolate-covered cherries. Jacobson said she thought it was quite a treat for the soldiers, especially since the nation was under ration. Despite all the young men who had the privilege of being weekend guests at the mansion, neither of the Seelye daughters ever married, and Jacobson said she never knew of them dating anyone. They both attended Kansas University Marion for music and Helen for chemistry. Their clothing was fairly plain just the average, longtime friend and 10-year roommate Terry Tietjens said. When I knew the ladies and we would go out, they always had nice things on, but not everyday. And they still enjoyed sewing. Tietjens and his twin brother, Jerry, bought the home in 1982 and lived with the then-elderly sisters whom they referred to as honorary grandmothers after A.B. and Jenny
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Aska leaving court post after 34 years


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Sharon Frank (left) and Sherri Adee recently retired from Pinnacle Bank. The bank held a retirement open house Tuesday afternoon.

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When Cecil Aska first landed a job in the Kansas judicial system, everybody showed up for court in suits. The dress code is one of several relaxations Aska, 61, notices as he reflects on his 34 years of working in the court system. Aska will retire March 15 from his current position as Eighth Judicial District Court administrator. When I first started, things were a whole lot more formal, in Cecil Aska terms of the court proceedings and things, he said Monday. And its kind of gotten a little lax, in my opinion, over the years. The shift, Aska said, relates to a much broader change extending outside the courtroom. I think its that the court reflects society itself, he said. It used to be things were a whole lot more formal in all aspects of life. It seems like in society as a whole weve become a little less formal about things, more casual. Maybe thats not necessarily a bad

thing, but Aska said the formality had its purpose. I think the expectations were more black and white, whereas if things are more casual, I think sometimes people are not sure what to expect, he said. Aska, calling himself somewhat conservative, said he still likes clearer expectations and rules in writing, preferably. He brought that approach with him in 1994 when he became court administrator, helping the district become more organized. I think weve accomplished that, he said. Weve put a lot of things in place that you can refer to a manual and its there. A graduate of Junction City High School and Emporia State University, Askas progression through the judicial system began in 1980 as a juvenile intake officer for the Third Judicial District in Shawnee County, where he performed tasks including crisis intervention counseling and child abuse and neglect investigations. In 1990, Aska returned to Junction City to work for the Eighth District as its chief court services officer. When he became court administrator, he began working with court and county officials throughout the district area, which covers Geary, Dickinson, Marion and MorSee: Aska, Page 6

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Engagements

Nestler, Roelofsen to wed


Dody Bricker of Solomon and Kelley Nestler of Minneapolis, announce the engagement of their daughter, Nikki Nestler, of Solomon, to Tom Roelofsen, the son of Randy and Lisa Roelofsen of Solomon, and Kathy Roelofsen and Stan Kijowski of Kansas City, Mo. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Academy of Hair Design and is a stylist at Back to Your Roots in Salina. The groom-to-be is a graduate of Kansas University and works at Abilene Machine as the purchasing manager. The couple plans to wed May 28 at Stonehole Bay Beach in Bermuda. A reception in Kansas is set for June 7.

Above: Meredith Sleichter, with the Eisenhower Foundation, shows the Kansas license plate the state will begin selling once 500 have been ordered. Sleichter, Robin Black. Mitzi Gose and Emily Miller gave a presentation on the Foundation to the Abilene Rotary Club. Right: Sleichter receives a check for $10,850 for the Eisenhower Foundation from the Richard Lawry Foundation. Making the presentation is Foundation executor Hank Royer.

4-H club news


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Candle lighter, Grant Heintz; music special, Dakota Caldwell; ushers, Wade Hambright and Collin Gfeller; scripture reading, Adrian Fink; greeters, Allison Whitebread and Callie Jones all were apart of helping Feb. 16 at the Industry Methodist Church service. Afterward, we had breakfast provided by all the 4-H families for the church. The meeting was called to order by Dakota Caldwell at 10:45 a.m. with the Pledge of Alligence led by Gretchen Hill and Rowdy Kuntz. Roll call of What is your favorite red candy, was answered by 18 members, 12 parents and six guests. Allison Whitebread led the club in singing Jesus Loves the Little Children. Treasure was reported by Gretchen Hill announcing that we had a balance of $610.03. Raycelon Kuntz reported that she had sent in the January report to the Abilene and Chapman newspaper. Leaders report reminded us of the bird feeders and talked about replacing some of the old ones for our community project. 4-H basketball will be combined with the Abilene Challangers. The club also received its blue ribbon for model meeting. One program by Elise Jones showed members how to make an omelet. The meeting was ajourned and seconded by Adrian Fink. The clubs next meeting will be held March 10 and it is parent night. The monthly meeting of the Jolly Jayhawkers was called to order by President Tanner Hettenbach at the United Methodist Church on Feb. 9, 2014, at 6 p.m. Present were 14 members, two leaders, six parents and one clover-bud. Kyanna Volkman led the flag salute and 4-H pledge. Secretary Jaryth Barten read the minutes of the previous meeting. Jaryth also read a note received from Shiryl Pauley, who made a donation to the club in memory of her parents, Paul and Helen Timm. The donation is to pay for the pine tree the club planted in front of the Woodbine Fire Station that is to serve as the towns Christmas tree for years to come. The letter stated appreciation for the many years the club had delivered treat baskets and Christmas caroled to her parents. Kyanna Volkmann gave the treasurers report. Jessyka Barten stated the news had been sent in and published in all three local newspapers. Jessyka also announced the County Council had met and talked about how it felt better to give than receive. Club leader Charlotte Barten handed out model meeting ribbons and reviewed judges comment sheets. Leader Becky Dibben highlighted the importance of giving to the local food pantry. Educational tour chair Shelby Hettenbach reported that the club will be touring the Manhattan Olive Garden. The date of the tour will be determined by the committee soon. For new business the club voted to

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donate $150 to the Woodbine United Methodist Church for letting the club hold meetings at its Fellowship Hall. Tucker Siebert gave a talk on milking dairy goats. Vice President Kyle Hummel announced the next meeting would be March 9 at 6 p.m. at the Woodbine United Methodist Church. Suggested pantry donation will be toiletry items. After adjournment recreation leaders Teagan and Tucker Siebert led the club in playing a game of octopus tag. The evening concluded with refreshments provided by the Hummel family.

4-H Foundation
The Kansas 4-H Foundation is seeking a volunteer to help with a special project to benefit Rock Springs 4-H Center, a camp, conference and retreat center, located southwest of Junction City. The volunteer should be enthusiastic, with strong organizational and research skills. This person will need to work five to eight hours per week, either from home or from the Foundation office in Umberger Hall in Manhattan. Volunteer duties will include collecting and organizing contact information of former Rock Springs staff members, as well as designing and distributing materials supporting a special project at Rock Springs that will benefit future staff members. To learn more about this opportunity, contact Michelle Overstreet Schrader, Kansas 4-H foundation director of fund development, call 785-532-5881 or send an email to moverstreet@ksu.edu.

Pfeifer, Stubbs to wed


James and Sharla Pfeifer, of Wichita, announce the engagement of their daughter, Michaela Pfeifer, to Clayton Stubbs, the son of John and Eunice Stubbs, of Abilene. The bride-to-be is a 2012 graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelors degree in accounting. Shes currently employed as a staff accountant at Capitol Federal in Topeka. The groom-to-be holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State university and is a distribution automation engineer for Westar Energy in Topeka. Grandparents of the couple are Dale and Gladys Pfeifer, of Victoria; Larry and Sara Soukup, of Kanopolis,; Houston Stubbs (and the late Louise Stubbs), of Quinter; and Eugene Fisher (and the late Josephine Fisher), of Hutchinson. The couple is planning an April 26 wedding at the Resurrection Catholic Church in Bel Aire.
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6 p.m. Abilene Table Tennis Club, Abilene Community Center, 1020 N.W. Eighth St. 6:30 p.m. Duplicate Bridge, Abilene Elks Club, 417 N.W. Fourth St. 7 p.m. Al-Anon, Community Bible Church, 121 W. Fifth St., Abilene 7 p.m. Youth Group, First Baptist Church, 501 N. Spruce St., Abilene 7 p.m. Bingo at Abilene Elks Lodge, 417 N.E. Fourth St. 7:30 p.m. Chapman Rebekah Lodge No. 645, Chapman Senior Center 8:30 a.m. TOPS 595, weigh-in, meeting at First Christian Church, Seventh and Buckeye 10 a.m. USD 435 PAT Play Group at First Presbyterian Church, 1400 N. Cedar 10 a.m. Retired School Cooks of Dickinson County, Hitching Post Noon Healthwise 55 luncheon, Conkilin Conference Center, Memorial Hospital 5:15 p.m. TOPS 444, weigh-in and meeting First Christian Church, Seventh and Buckeye 7 p.m. NA, First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Cedar St., upstairs library 7 p.m. Bingo, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 2934, 207 Eagle Drive 8 p.m. AA, St. Johns Episcopal Church, Sixth and Buckeye 12:10 p.m. Abilene Rotary Club, Mr. Ks Farmhouse Restaurant, 407 S. Van Buren. 8 p.m. AA, non-smoking, Catholic Parish Center, 210 E. Sixth St., Chapman

Wednesday

Gay rights advocates rally at Statehouse


By JOHN HANNA
The Associated Press

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TOPEKA Nearly 200 people rallied for gay rights Tuesday at the Kansas Statehouse as backers of religious freedom legislation worked to counter perceptions that their measure would encourage widespread discrimination against gays and lesbians. The crowd cheered speakers, held signs and flags, and huddled under blankets in the chill of a clear but below-freezing afternoon to protest a bill providing legal protections to individuals, groups and businesses that refuse goods and services to gay couples for religious reasons. Supporters have said it focuses on protecting churches, florists, bakers and photographers from being punished for avoiding involvement in same-sex weddings, but critics say the bill is much broader. The House approved the measure earlier this month, but Senate leaders quickly declared it dead after businesses and business groups protested and the Republican-dominated

Legislature received national criticism. But the Senate Judiciary Committee also plans to have hearings next week on religious liberties issues, and the chambers GOP leaders concede that a new, narrower proposal could emerge. I dont want people to be discriminated against, said Lori Strecker, a Lawrence nurse who shared a blanket at the rally with her 15-year-old son, Jai. Its not OK. The House-passed bill prohibits government fines and anti-discrimination lawsuits when people, groups or businesses citing sincerely held religious beliefs refuse to provide goods, services, accommodations or employment benefits related to marriages, civil unions or domestic partnerships or celebrations related to them. It also protects religiously affiliated adoption agencies from being punished for refusing to place children with gay couples. The Kansas Catholic Conference, the conservative Kansas Family Policy Council and

some GOP legislators have said they want a law protecting gay-marriage opponents religious liberties in place before the federal courts invalidate the state constitutions gay-marriage ban. Theyve repeatedly compared the Housepassed measure to policies enacted in other states in which legislators approved same-sex marriage. Theres a concerted effort by people on the other side to discredit the very concept of religious freedom, and they want to do that by linking it to bigotry, said Michael Schuttloffel, the Catholic Conferences executive director. Similar proposals have surfaced in other states, with Arizona approving a measure. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer returned Tuesday to her state from a governors conference facing pressure from the states business community and its two U.S. senators to veto it. Robert Noland, the Kansas Family Policy Councils executive director, said theres broad support among the

states residents for preventing people from being punished for refusing to be involved with gay weddings, citing a recent survey by his group of 400 registered voters. Also, in June 2012, at least several thousand people participated in a Statehouse religious freedom rally sponsored by the states Catholic bishops, protesting a federal mandate on health insurance coverage for contraception. But Noland acknowledged the language in the Housepassed bill may need to be tailored further. We view it as a preservation of rights, he said. We still have opportunities for some meaningful religious liberties discussions. The rally organizers included Equality Kansas, the states leading gay-rights group, and

the American Civil Liberties Union. The speakers and crowd also included clergy. From my own Christian tradition, Jesus was only critical and condemning of oppressive civil governments of his day and the oppressive actions of some of the religious leaders of his day, said the Rev. Kent Little, senior pastor at the College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita. Critics of the bill including in the business community zeroed in on a provision extending its protections to individual workers or government employees who for religious reasons refuse to participate in providing a legal service. The provision says a business or agency must find a work-around if it is not an undue burden.

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Aquifer levels falling at slower rate


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The Dickinson County Commission will convene at 9 a.m. Thursday for a work session and a regular meeting at 11 a.m. at the Dickinson County Courthouse, 109 E. First. Agenda items scheduled as of Monday morning include: 9 a.m. work session review items for consent agenda; minutes of Feb. 20 work session and regular meeting, payroll, fund expenditures, and abatements of $1,862.38. 10:30 a.m. update with Emergency Management Director Chancy Smith; 11 a.m. regular meeting Call to order, roll call, flag salute, approval of agenda; commissioner comments and committee reports; presentation of petitions, proclamations and other public comments; reports of county officers; weekly report from county administrator Brad Homman; notices and communications; introduction and consideration of resolutions; unfinished business; other business; adjournment. Commission meetings are open to the public. Commissioners can be contacted by emailing them at commission@dkcoks.org.

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LAWRENCE Groundwater levels in southwest Kansas declined at a slower pace in 2013 than in recent years, and water tables rose in south-central Kansas, the Kansas Geological Survey said. The agency said the increased levels in wells around south-central Kansas could be largely attributed to aboveaverage rainfall that reduced the demand for irrigation during the spring growing season, The Lawrence JournalWorld reported. Obviously, any time you can get your water demands satisfied by Mother Nature, the less you have to pull from aquifers and surface reservoirs, said Brownie Wilson, water data manager for KGS. Most of the 1,400 wells surveyed earlier this year lie within one of the states five Groundwater Management Districts. The KGS measures the levels annually to help landowners and other water users manage groundwater resources, which are the primary source of water for cities, industries and agriculture across Kansas. The water levels have dropped over the past five years because of an extended drought. Preliminary information shows that water tables in drought-stricken southwestern Kansas, dropped 2.31 feet last year. During each of the three previous years, water levels fell by more than 3 feet. And since 1996, they have fallen nearly 35 feet, KGS said. Much of that area received less than half the nor-

mal precipitation in 2013 and some areas received less than 25 percent, the agency said. In west-central Kansas, where much of the area has already been closed off to large-scale irrigation because 3.5 x 2 of dramatic declines in previous years, water tables fell by 0.79 feet last year. In northwest Kansas, water tables fell on average, 0.76 feet last year, 3.5 x 2 which is less than the 1.39

feet recorded after 2012. After two consecutive years of declines in west-central Kansas, water tables rose an average of more than half a foot. In parts of Sedgwick, McPherson, Harvey and Reno counties in south-central Kansas, levels rose more than 2.5 feet afterC declining than Bryce Koehn, more AAMS 3 Financial feet in 2011, and 1.64 feet Advisor in200 2012. N Broadway
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Getting down to retirement business when youre self employed


If you call yourself a consultant, a freelancer or an independent contractor, youre one of the growing numbers of Americans without an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan. As a solo entity, youre left without the luxury of the employer match, which many use to help grow their retirement nest eggs. Meanwhile, the full retirement age for Social Security eligibility has been pushed out, making it more important than ever for self-employed individuals to put retirement planning strategies in place. Here are three tips to help you prepare financially for your retirement years. Max out your retirement savings As a self-employed worker, have you established a SEP IRA or Solo 401(k)? These retirement savings plans are not mutually exclusive, and you can contribute the maximum (as much as 25 percent of your adjusted growth income) to both plans to accelerate your savings in any given year. But, you dont need to stop there. If youre looking for more ways to save, consider a Roth IRA as a vehicle for accruing supplemental retirement savings. With the Roth, your contributions are not tax deductible in the year in which you make them. Down the road, however, your withdrawals in retirement will be tax-free if you have met all the qualifications. Because the tax rates of the future are not entirely predictable, this is a plus. Since you can withdraw direct contributions from the Roth at any time, you neednt worry about not being able to access the money for emergencies. Earnings in your Roth account can also be withdrawn tax- or penalty-free once you reach age 59 (sooner if your eligibility changes due to disability) and have had the Roth for five years or more. For 2014, you can contribute up to $5,500 to your Roth IRA (if your income falls within certain income limits). If you are 50 or older, this maximum goes up to $6,500. The more you have working for your future security, and the more predictable your retirement income can be the better. Consult your financial advisor and visit IRS.gov for more complete rules on retirement savings plans. Budget for healthcare costs Nearly all of us will eventually need costly medical care at one time or another and that possibility rises in retirement. Evaluate income streams such as annuity or interest income that may help you defray eventual medical expenses. If youre within five years of leaving the workforce, its a good idea to anticipate what your healthcare needs may be and how you will pay for those expenses. Its important to know that regardless of your work status, you must sign up for Medicare by age 65 to avoid potentially delaying your coverage and paying higher premiums. Visit Medicare.gov to familiarize yourself with premium and deductible costs for hospital, general medical and prescription coverage offered by the government. Talk to your insurance broker to explore supplemental plans that can help you manage deductibles and pay for services not allowed by Medicare. By all means, do what you can to maintain your health, but dont ignore the likelihood that youll need costly medical care at some point in retirement. Keep working if youre able The amount of your monthly Social Security check is determined by how much you earned annually over your working life and your retirement date. This means delaying your retirement will result in a bigger monthly Social Security check. If youre in good health and enjoy working, theres no hard and fast rule that says you have to remove yourself from the workforce. These retirement planning tips are especially important for self-employed individuals, but they also have value for workers of every variety. As more employers retreat from the business of providing extensive retiree benefits, everyone in the workforce needs to be mindful of how they will manage the bills in retirement. At the end of the day, youre the boss of your own retirement. Make your retirement finances a priority by working with a financial professional who can help you establish a solid retirement plan.
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Non-surgical approach can relieve carpal tunnel pain
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have carpal tunnel syndrome. How can I relieve the discomfort without drugs or surgery? DEAR READER: Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain and discomfort in the wrist that can extend into the hand or forearm. Its often caused by activities that require constant use of the wrists. People who spend a lot of time at a computer keyboard, for example, pounding away at the keys, are more likely to experience it. Carpal tunnel syndrome results from compression of the median nerve. This is a major nerve that extends from the spinal cord through the wrist and to the fingers. In the wrist, the median nerve passes through a narrow channel called the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel is made of stiff fibers and is only slightly wider than the median nerve. As a result, if repeated activity of the wrist leads to inflammation and swelling of the tissue in the wrist, the nerve can become pinched and compressed. (Ive put an illustration of this on my website, AskDoctorK.com.) Carpal tunnel syndrome initially causes tingling, numbness and burning pain in the wrist. These symptoms are also felt in the thumb and second and third fingers, because thats where the nerve fibers lead. Sleeping with your wrists in a flexed position can worsen pressure on the nerve. Thats because when the wrist is flexed, the nerve is more easily pinched inside the carpal tunnel. You may awaken with tingling and achiness in the wrist. As the condition progresses, the muscles in the hand can begin to waste away and the nerve can become permanently damaged. This can lead to weakness and loss of function and sensation, as well as pain. So dont treat possible symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome as just an annoyance: Let your doctor know about them. Nondrug and non-surgical treatments are most effective if used when symptoms first begin, before the nerve is damaged. The first step is typically a splint that keeps the wrist in an open (unbent) position. This helps prevent compression of the median nerve, and can relieve mild to moderate discomfort and disability. Wear the splint while sleeping. If you have constant pain, wear the splint during the day for four to six weeks, then decrease use of it over the next month. Because youre trying to avoid drugs and surgery, you may even benefit from wearing a splint intermittently for years. You can also work with an occupational therapist (OT), who can teach you to use your hands in ways that will not aggravate your condition. An OT can also recommend adaptive equipment, such as gripping devices, or an ergonomically designed keyboard to use at home or at your office. These non-surgical approaches usually provide relief. If they dont, injections of inflammation-calming medicine into the carpal tunnel may help. If surgery is required, its pretty simple -- not a major operation. But non-surgical measures often are sufficient to fix the problem.
(Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. To send questions, go to AskDoctorK.com, or write: Ask Doctor K, 10 Shattuck St., Second Floor, Boston, MA 02115.)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Nearly 40 years have passed since the national political spotlight last shone on this city, when Ronald Reagan tried unsuccessfully to oust President Gerald Ford at a contested Republican National Convention. Yet Kansas City now is making an aggressive push to host the Olympics of politics the 2016 Republican National Convention against a field of competitors that includes the tourist destinations of Las Vegas and New Orleans, the southern hotspots of Dallas and Phoenix and other cities such as Denver with more recent political conventions on their resumes. What Kansas City lacks in glitz, its trying to make up for with heart. We are a city that really wants this convention, said Troy Stremming, a local casino executive who is co-chairman of the Kansas City RNC 2016 Task Force. Its not just another convention of 50,000 participants in the city of Las Vegas, it would be THE convention for Kansas City and this region. A delegation from Kansas City plans to personally deliver the citys bid documents Wednesday to Republican headquarters in Washington capping a campaign that began nearly a year ago when it put on a party for the Republican National Committee. Representatives from the aspiring host cities are to make formal presentations March 3 to Republican officials. A committee then will narrow the list to several finalists for onsite visits later this year. But the winner might not be chosen until early 2015, said Sharon Day, co-chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. At this point, there is no front-runner, she said. When Kansas City last hosted the Republican National Convention in 1976, the event was held in the newly opened Kemper Arena on the banks of the Missouri River, and attendees flew in to the new Kansas City International Airport. Today, Kemper Arena is a seldom-used shell

We are a city that really wants this convention. Its not just another convention of 50,000 participants in the city of Las Vegas, it would be THE convention for Kansas City and this region.
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targeted for potential demolition and city officials are bemoaning the need for a new, modern airport. Yet downtown Kansas City has recently undergone a $6 billion renovation anchored by the new Sprint Center arena, which sold more tickets to live entertainment events last year than its counterparts in Dallas, Phoenix, Denver or Las Vegas. The arena sits across from a new restaurant and bar district, near a renovated luxury hotel and a short walk from a massive convention center that spans eight city blocks. That whole downtown area is plugged into a newly upgraded grid for telecommunications, power, water and sewer. An interstate highway passes right by the Sprint Center and convention hall. Although Kansas City currently lacks a commuter train, officials insist that a finely orchestrated network of chartered buses can get everyone to the convention in about 30 minutes from hotels on either side of the Missouri-Kansas border. Being located in the center of the country means attendees from both the east and west coasts can fly to Kansas City within three hours. Political considerations, such as the regions Republican bona fides or battleground status, arent part of the discussion, Day said. But the citys logistics are a key part to selecting a convention site. We look at every hotel, every venue, the wiring, the security you basically tear the city apart to make sure that they can really deliver the best possible opportunity for our presidential candidate, said Day,

who was on the 2008 site selection committee that chose St. Paul, Minn. Kansas Citys arena can hold 19,246 people topping the Republicans requirement of 18,000 and is ringed with a double deck of suites. This past weekend, the arena was transformed with tons of dirt for a professional bull riding event. In the coming month, it will host country and rock concerts, an equestrian show, the Big 12 mens college basketball championship and a Disney on Ice production. The Sprint Center arena is managed by Brenda Tinnen, who was an executive at the Staples Center in Los Angeles when it hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2000. This is a big event in what I would call a smaller, non-traditional market for the political conventions, said Tinnen, who also is chairwoman of the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association and vice-chairwoman of the Missouri Tourism Commission. About 200 people attended a fundraiser last week as part of Kansas Citys commitment to raising the millions of dollars necessary to help sponsor the Republican convention. Among the contributions was $10,000 left over from the 1976 convention. The quest to win the 2016 GOP convention is perplexing to some Kansas City area residents. People go to Florida ... they go to Scottsdale ... and to Chicago, said John Hewitt, a retired airline pilot dining at a downtown Kansas City restaurant. Kansas City seems like more of just a typical Midwestern city to me. But others view this as Kansas Citys chance to shine much like the Olympics focused attention on the generally unheardof city of Sochi, Russia and to shed the rural stereotypes that still have some truth. People dont understand how beautiful this city actually is until theyve been here, said Patricia Bricker, a Kansas City childrens author who was buying a ticket to a bull riding event. They think of it as a little cow town. Aska said hell also have more time to enjoy other activities. I probably will still be involved in the community, probably end up putting in more time on some other volunteer things, he said. I dont know what those are going to be, but Im not going to be one thats just going to sit back and do puzzles.

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ris counties. Aska also has served on numerous state boards and committees. He recently completed a term as president of the Kansas Association of District Court Clerks and Administrators.

In addition, Aska is the mayor of Junction City. Hell add another title this summer general manager for the Junction City Brigade collegiate summer league baseball team. Aska was one of the community leaders who pushed to get a summer baseball team up and running again after the Junction City Generals folded following the 2010 season. a tea party challenger ousted veteran Sen. Richard Lugar in the Indiana primary, only to lose to an underdog Democrat that fall. Ever since, establishment Republicans have accused DeMint and other activists of willingly electing Democrats by knocking out mainstream GOP candidates who would be stronger campaigners in general elections. Some tea partyers, in return, say longtime Republican leaders like McConnell and Boehner betray conservative principles by working with Democrats on matters such as the debt ceiling. Summarizing the conflict is a banner in FreedomWorks Washington headquarters, where reporters were invited to meet the Republican challengers to McConnell and other incumbents. Sometimes you have to beat the Republicans before you beat the Democrats, it says, quoting FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe.

As general manager, Aska will be able to continue his efforts with the Brigade, who will begin their second season this summer. It gives me a chance to learn some whole new things, get excited about something new and put energy into something else, he said of the opportunity to focus on the team.

died. They were lovely ladies, Tietjens said. I really got to know them well. They were just wonderful. Tietjens continues to live at the mansion and give public tours almost every day. He said A.B.s parents were originally landowners in New York, and they moved to Abilene and purchased land south of Abilene one year before A.B. finished medical school in Chicago. They were an early prominent family coming from London, England, in 1630. The Seelyes were sponsored by the king of England to save the colonies, and those Seelyes were a direct line of that family, Tietjens said. Jenny was from the area, and her parents, the Taylors, lived in northern Dickinson County. A.B.s parents lived within a block of their son, daughter-in-law and granddaughters. Helen was outgoing and friendly, and she worked as a chemist in the upstairs lab of the Seelye Medical Company building downtown, near the corner of Second and Cedar streets. Jacobson never saw Marion come into the business. She was a concert pianist and took care of the housekeeping. Jacobson came to work at 8 oclock, and Jenny and Helen came at 9. Though Jenny kept busy part of the time by packing up orders called in by Mr. Seelye, who was often on the road peddling their medicines, she also used part of her workday to record local history. Mrs. Seelye started collecting obituaries taken from the paper, and we would put them in books. She would cut them out and have me paste them in, Jacobson said. We had a lot of books. I think she was interested in that kind of work. She was very much interested in history. In the laboratory, Helen prepared over-the-counter remedies like Wassatoosa, a stomach soother and FroZona, a menthol salve. Helen recruited Jacobson to work for the company after she graduated from Abilene High School in 1940. She had learned shorthand and other office duties in the commercial course offered at the school. Originally, when Helen came to Jacobsons house and asked her to come work, the job offered was not for the Seelyes. She wanted me to take a job at the Larned State Hospital. She was in politics at the time, and that was her job to find people to place at those businesses, Jacobson said. But my mother didnt want me to go that far away from home. In those days, you didnt do that, and I didnt care about it either. Then, after I wasnt interested, Miss Helen asked me if Id be interested in working for them at their business the Seelye Medical Company where they made ointments and salves and all kinds of extracts. Jacobson said yes to the job and went to work for the Seelye sisters in the summer of 1940. She was 18, and the sisters were in their 40s or 50s. Jacobson worked for them until her husband left the military, which precipitated their move to the family farm. In addition to helping on the farm, she worked at a local bank, and she stayed in contact with the Seelyes by selling them farm-fresh eggs. She regularly delivered the eggs to the mansions back door, and Helen let her into the kitchen, which Jacobson said was plain, simple and not modern for the times. Though they may not have known they were making history themselves, Tietjens said they were involved in preserving the past history of Abilene. Marion was the first secretary of the Dickinson County Historical Society, and Helen served as the county director of the Red Cross for more than 30 years. They were a wonderful, prominent family, Tietjens said. They kind of made Abilene what it is today. consultant Mike McKenna says incumbents such as McConnell are playing a dangerous game. Many tea partyleaning voters will be loyal Republicans, he said, if they feel the GOP establishment respects their concerns and welcomes their involvement. Instead, Republican incumbents want to beat tea party-backed challengers to a pulp, said McKenna, who moves within establishment and tea party circles. They will do anything, except trying to figure out a way to integrate the tea party guys.

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candidates who will not compromise with Democrats on taxes, spending and other issues. These groups leaders say McConnell and other incumbents are erring by trying to discredit their GOP challengers so fiercely. It seems like the establishment thinks that if they defeat a few conservative candidates, the grassroots will throw up their hands and give up, said Matt Hoskins of the Senate Conservatives Fund. But that wont stop us from fighting for conservative candidates in 2014, 2016 and beyond. Were not going away. Sen. Mike Lee, a tea party Republican, launched this brand of intra-party struggle when he stunned three-term Sen. Bob Bennett in Utahs 2010 GOP nominating process. Things turned out worse for Republicans in 2012 when

The Republican Partys campaign committees for House and Senate races are aggressively defending incumbents, ending a tradition of being mostly hands-off in primaries. They instructed Republicans nationwide to refuse to hire campaign companies that worked for groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund. The intra-party battles are hottest in Kentucky, Kansas and Mississippi, where Republican senators in their 70s face younger tea partybacked challengers. In all three states, the sitting sena-

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www.abilene-rc.com Wednesday, February 26, 2014 7

Livin la Vida Loca


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me? Lend me your ears and Ill sing you a song And Ill try not to sing out of key.

Tim Horan

hat would you think if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and walk out on

The Beatles probably sang those words first but I remember Joe Cocker gyrating to that tune at Woodstock in 1969. And while Joe got by with a little help from his friends, nothing helps me when it comes to singing. Carrying a tune is not one of my strengths. In grade school I still remember one of my teachers saying, Timmy, maybe you should just mouth the words. Some of my family suggested that I audition for American Idol. Didnt William Hung actually make a career out of singing off key? My dream audition goes something like this: Yes, Ryan. I have an ID that says Im 26 years old. Harry Connick, Jr.: What are you going to sing for us today? Me: Im going to sing Feelings. Jennifer Lopez: Thats one of my favorite songs. Go for it. Teardrops, Rolling down on, my face Trying to forget my, feelings of love Harrys hand quickly goes up, signaling stop! And the judges comments: Harry: Wow. Do you know you missed a few notes? Thats what my first and only music coach told me back in seventh grade. I still remember Gerald Laudermilk, who was very kind in his criticism when I challenged the chair ahead of me. Missed a few notes, he said. Keith Urban: He couldnt stop laughing. (Holding up the audition application to cover your laughter doesnt HIDE it, Keith!) Jennifer Lopez: How old are you again? I can sing something else, I say. Do you want country? We got winners, we got losers Chain smokers and boozers And we got yuppies, we got bikers Thats when Chuck Barris from the Gong Show brings out the hook and escorts me off stage. I can do Livin la Vida Loca! I say as they drag me off the stage. Shes into superstition, Black cats and voodoo dolls... I took piano lessons. Yes, I did. Every Saturday morning. And. I could actually read music: Every Good Boy Does Fine are the lines of the treble clef. Its just my ears never picked up what the vocal cords were vibrating. Its not that my family is tone death. My mother Nelda plays the piano and she does it by ear. My sister Sandy was in the high school operetta, as was my brother and my daughter. And while he did not participate in any school musical, son Ryan was a member of the vocal chorus in middle school. While the sound of music doesnt come from me, that doesnt mean I dont hear good music. I pegged last years American Idol winner Phillip Philips. This years prediction? Alex Preston. There, you have it. No need to watch the next 100 hours of Idol.

his is the time of year that were working on textbook selection. Walk into our downtown District office and youll notice boxes of curriculum materials all in the process of undergoing consideration for the 2014-15 school year. Textbooks are vital tools within the classroom and today most come with packaged curriculums. These researchbased curriculums help teachers teach the Kansas adopted college and career ready standards in a scientific manner taking into consideration how the brain works as well as strategies such as spiraling throughout multiple grade levels. Because of the multistate adopted standards, resources alignment between standards and curriculum is much more efficient than in previous years. Textbooks and curriculums do become outdated when new standards are adopted. Recently, four of our core subjects have new standards English language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. This has made it difficult to stay on a rotation with adoptions and actually, time was given to the publishing companies to catch up before our district considered adoptions. This year we are

Textbook adoption: More than judging a book by its cover


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Dr. Denise Guy looking at K-6 English language arts and 6-12 mathematics. Typically, there is a rotating schedule and generally we follow an approved process when it comes to any new textbook/curriculum adoption. When I say process, it is exactly that a series of steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. This process is overseen by Assistant Superintendent Chris Cooper and includes input from many teacher leaders. Essentially the process consists of eight steps: Research the latest information on successful teaching methods. Contact publishers requesting information about their curriculum. It is our policy to also ask them to provide white papers research conducted by nonbiased outside agencies. Select the curriculum resources that we want to review. Have teachers review the materials, looking for alignment to the standards and research based teaching methods. Invite publishers into the district to present to a group of teachers. We ask them to explain their curriculum, the research behind the curriculum, the professional learning involved, and, of course, to answer our questions. Periodically, we visit with other schools that currently use the curriculum the district is interested in purchasing. Bid out materials. Make a final decision. Adopting new textbooks and curriculum materials is time consuming and a somewhat tedious process, generally taking most of a school year. Following an established process helps us make sure that we make the best choice and go far beyond just judging a book by its cover. ____________________ Dr. Denise Guy is superintendent of USD 435 schools.

ecorations, Disney and K-State songs (the a cappella version), awards presentations and great food, fellowship and fun. That describes last Thursday evenings Annual Chamber Banquet celebration, held at the Eisenhower Library Courtyard. As attendees walked into the banquet for the social hour that preceded the event, they were welcomed by 21 differently decorated tables. All tables were sponsored by Chamber members, and included a fun centerpiece and eight giveaways that guests were able to take home with them. At the end of the night, a few lucky guests even walked away with the centerpiece that adorned the table. Thank you to the Chamber members that worked so hard on these tables! Once attendees picked the best table, they enjoyed a meal catered by Wests Plaza Country Mart. During the meal, they were entertained by Cadence A Cappella, an all male singing group from Kansas State University. A local Abilenian, Travis Fritson, is the president of the group, and the entertainment varied from classic and modern, and even included a Disney medley. This Chamber director even joined the group in dancing the

Celebration

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Torey Berndt Wabash Cannonball and singing the KSU Fight Song at the end of the performance! Also sponsoring the event were 17 local business and individual supporters who donated the wine for the event. The wine was made at four different Kansas wineries from across the state. Each table had a complimentary red and white, and our thanks go out to the businesses that generously donated! The Chamber was fortunate enough to have to privilege to honor seven award winners at the banquet. Shayla Mohr and Debbie Lytle, coordinators of the Dickinson County Relay for Life, received the Quiet Hero Award. The Distinguished Citizen of the Year award went to Ron Shouse, a supporter of the community, especially local youth programs. Don Nebelsick of Dons Tire received the

Distinguished Businessperson of the Year Award. The Ag Business of the Year award also had two recipients: Concordia Tractor & Rawhide Portable Corral. Last but most certainly not least, the Volunteer of the Year award went to retired veterinarian Dr. Frank Jordan. All winners were lured to the banquet by the nominees, keeping the awards a secret, making the surprise all the more enjoyable to watch! The night was attended by 158 attendees, each persons reason for being there different. Some were award winners, some were there as supportive family & friends, some were Chamber members, board members, & staff, and some were just there as a Chamber supporter. No matter the reason, THANK YOU so much for coming out for an enjoyable event. The Chamber already has ideas to make next years event bigger & better see you in 2015! As always, you can contact the Chamber at 785-263-1770, or chamber@abileneks.net. ____________________ Torey Berndt is the executive director of the Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce.

uring the last couple months, winter had a tight grip on Kansas countryside. Seemed like whenever Id look outside my office window I saw gray clouds, large flakes of snow and trees blowing in a bitterly cold wind. This made it easy to dream about the spring thaw or the warm summer sun. Still there was work to be done Insight columns to write, photos to take, radio programs to record and meetings to attend. Stacks of files waved to me from the corner. Deadlines and commitments. What to leave in. What to leave out. When experiences like this occur, I clear my mind and remember what makes this profession Ive chosen rewarding. For me, happiness comes in many forms: Seeing any story youve written

adorned with your byline. You probably wont rush home and show your spouse, mother or a good friend, but you consider it a job well done, a challenge met or another human interest story that comes to life on the printed page, Facebook or the web. Knowing you are creative. You think about things that cause others to say, I wish I had thought of that and for thinking of good stories, coming up with catchy headlines and well-writ and telling sentences. On top of that youre being paid for that talent, even if you need less than a wheelbarrow to take into the bank. Wordsmithing, or working well with words. Whether its coaxing, educating, enlightening, urging or uncovering a wonderful story you have the ability. Still, you must look for the reality beyond the deadlines. You help people adjust to change.

Happiness
John Schlageck
Kansas Farm Bureau

You show them dreams can become reality. You attempt to guide them away from trouble. And, you hold them up as examples of success in this business of farming and ranching. Sharing the excitement when the organization you work with is recognized for excellence. You enjoy the company you keep the farmers and ranchers across Kansas. You admire the people you work for and write about, the folks who remain a part of this key industry called agriculture. Maybe you were once part of this vocation. Maybe you werent. In the end it makes no difference. By

association, you are part of it. Understanding and valuing the weather and the four seasons. Youve experienced the promising winds of spring, the blistering heat of summer, the brilliant colors of fall and the bleakness winter can bring. You know what it can do to crops and livestock. You know about the white combine. Youve seen blizzards destroy a cow herd. Weather is like a wheel moving slowly while being prodded along by Mother Nature. Sure would be fun to spend more time watching her do so. Being recognized for your abilities. This usually includes certificates, a plaque, pin or that all too fleeting trip on stage and the applause that follows. The point is someone singled you out as a writer, photographer or editor. Youve received an atta boy or atta girl. Accept it graciously and with gratitude.

Finally, you are alive. Youre walking upright and enjoying this big adventure called life. By the way, just yesterday I saw some green shoots in our yard poking their little heads out of the melting snow. Thats another reason for happiness. A French writer from the early 1600s once said, We are never so happy, nor so unhappy, as we suppose ourselves to be. This guys name was La Rochefoucauld. Now thats real happiness remembering a name like that. John Schlageck is a leading commentator on agriculture and rural Kansas. Born and raised on a diversified farm in northwestern Kansas, his writing reflects a lifetime of experience, knowledge and passion.

Sports
8 Wednesday, February 26, 2014 www.abilene-rc.com

Scores:
Basketball Boys
Abilene 53, Chapman 49 Rural Vista 61, Wakefield 46 Bennington 64, Solomon 57

Cowboys come back to beat Chapman 53-49


By RON PRESTON
ron.preston@abilene-rc.com

Girls

Abilene 58, Chapman 57 Rural Vista 44, Wakefield 22 Bennington 57, Solomon 34

The Abilene Cowgirl freshman basketball team ended the season 18-1 with two wins this past week. They defeated Wamego 51-21, Thursday and Clay Center 36-32 Friday. At Wamego, Claudia Hess led the Cowgirls with 16 points and Olivia Gassman had 11 as the Cowgirls got off to a quick start with a 23-6 lead after the first quarter. The Cowgirls led 35-15 at the break. We got off to a quick start with our press causing numerous turnovers, which became easy baskets for us, coach Steve Riedy said. A good game for us as everyone got a lot of playing time. Friday night in Abilene, the Cowgirls led the majority of the game and had to hold off the Lady Tigers rally in the fourth quarter. Hess led the Cowgirls with 16 points and Gasman put in nine. We knew coming in this would be a tough game, Riedy said. They are probably the best we have faced all year and the kids know each other really well. We played a very solid game on both ends of the floor. We let a double-digit lead slip late due to some turnovers and missed free throws but in the last minute we corrected things to defend and make free throws. Olivia (Gassman) was just super down the stretch like she usually is. She hit three free throws to preserve the win. Claudia (Hess) also had a big game not only in scoring but rebounding as well. This was a very focused group of girls all year, Riedy said. They have great chemistry between them and were extremely coachable.

Freshmen Cowgirls end season with one loss

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The Abilene Cowboys rallied from four points down early in the fourth quarter against the Chapman Fighting Irish to get a 53-49 North central Kansas League victory Tuesday night. The Cowboys led by as many as nine points early in the third quarter but a 10-2 run by Chapman gave the Irish a 34-32 lead with just over a minute to play in the third quarter. Jesse Patrick tied the game at 34 with 50 seconds to play in the period and Chapman Logan Lexow hit a free throw to take a one-point lead into the final period. The Irish extended the lead to 40-36 before Keil Kelly and Jessie Patrick led the Cowboys on a 9-0 run to put the Cowboys back on top 45-40 with just under two minutes left to play. Chapman got within three points before Tanner Hoekman and Kelly each hit a pair of free throws to put the Cowboys up 53-46. Kade Sims hit a trey at the buzzer to make the final 53-49, Cowboys. Chapman outplayed us tonight, Abilene coach Terry Taylor said. They had more of an effort than we did. I think we are starting to find a little bit of a roll now, Chapman coach Tony Ingram said. We have everybody healthy and everybody has been together now for two or three weeks so that is a big difference. The boys have really bought into what we are doing now. The Cowboys jumped out to a four point lead early in the game only to see the Irish come back to tie it 4-4 halfway through the first quarter. The Cowboys finished the period on a 9-2 run to lead 13-6 after one. Abilene stretched the lead to 24-16

Abilenes Jesse Patrick (32) scores past Chapmans Bryce Winters (3) for a basket in the Cowboys 53-49 win Tuesday.

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at the break. You come in halftime with the lead and you talk about what you want to do in the third quarter and then you go out and they just flat out played us, Taylor said. My hats off to Chapman and coach Ingram. I thought his kids played really well in the third quarter and had us on our heels. I am proud of our kids in the fourth quarter, they responded to the challenge and came out and played a little better defensively, got some stops and found a way to get a victory. It was not a pretty one, that is for sure.

The Irish came out after half with a lot of energy and confidence not matched by the Cowboys in the third quarter enabling them to fight back, tie the game and take a lead into the fourth quarter. They have been playing better than did early in the year, Taylor said. They beat Clay Center up there and then went to Marysville Friday and really led most of the way and lost it by three. This is the best basketball they have played all year and its a good time to do that. Ill have to give about 100 percent of the credit for our play tonight to the

three seniors we have, Ingram said. Those three boys have stepped up in the last two weeks, not only in games where people see it, but in practices. They are some leaders. There is some great communication by these seniors, so Bryce (Winters), Gavin (Canaday) and Logan (Lexow) are really doing a great job and I think our coaching staff has done an excellent job all year, it seems for us we are starting to get some traction and for us it is the best time of the year for that to happen. I will say, I think we let one slip away tonight though. On senior recognition night, co-captains Kelly and Patrick put the Cowboys on their back and roped in the Irish to regain the lead and eventually get the victory. Kelly had a game high 21 points and Patrick shot in 15. The Irish ended their regular season and will now head to sub-state at Concordia to face Clay Center next week. The Cowboys will host Concordia on Thursday night with the NCKL title on the line. The Cowboys need a win to get a share of the title with Concordia and Wamego. Sometimes you have got to win some ugly games, Taylor said. That what is was tonight for us. We didnt have a good effort, we didnt execute well, we didnt shoot well, but we found a way to win and that is encouraging, We will need a lot better effort Thursday night Concordia and the kids know what is also on the line with that game.

Summary:

CHS 6 10 19 14 - 49 AHS 13 11 10 19 - 53 Chapman (2-18) Winters 14, Sims 3, Sutter 3, Stroud 6, Lexow 11, Canaday 12. Abilene (13-6) Hoekman 2, Kelly 21, Wilson 2, Patrick 15, Harms 8, J. Goodwin 3, Barbieri 2.

Cowgirls get by Irish on senior night, 58-57


By RON PRESTON
ron.preston@abilene-rc.com

Thursday

AHS 23 12 17 11 - 51 WHS 6 9 4 3 - 21 Abilene Halle Warren 4, Olivia Gassman 11, Myranda Patrick 6, Presley Clark 9, Jessica Hayes 8, Rae Schwarting 9, Alannis Clark 4. Wamego scoring not available

Friday

CC 7 5 10 10 - 32 AHS 10 9 9 8 - 36 Abilene (18-1) Olivia Gassman 9, Presley Clark 8, Jessica Hayes 3, Claudia Hess 16. Clay Center scoring not available

The Chapman Fighting Irish fought back from a 14-point deficit late in the third quarter to get within one of the Abilene Cowgirls, but that is as close they got in a 5857 Cowgirl victory Tuesday night in the AHS gym. The Irish jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the first quarter before the Cowgirls fought back to tie it at 4 with five minutes left in the period. Chapman then scored six unanswered points to take a 10-4 lead after one period. We looked like we were tired tonight, Cowgirl coach Janelle Geist said. It was like fatigue had set in. We were really flat in the first quarter but adjusted really well in the second quarter. McKenzie Funston led the Cowgirls to a 23-8 second period by hitting three treys. Jessie Heiman scored six of the eight points for Chapman during the second quarter. The Cowgirls led 29-18 at the break. We were definitely better than we were in January, Irish coach Sara Cook said. That second quarter killed us. We turned the ball over 16 times in the first half and I think 10 of those came in the second period. We slowed

Nichole Taylor (33) shoots for two against Chapman Tuesday night in Abilenes 58-57 NCKL win.

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down a little bit defensively and Abilene knocked down some shots and we didnt answer. The Irish came back after the break and outscored the Cowgirls 39-28 in the second half to erase the large lead and keep the game within reach until the final buzzer. The Cowgirls played good defense in the final minutes of the game and shot 12 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter to keep control of the game as the clock wound

down. Heiman hit a trey with seven seconds on the clock and the Cowgirls bobbled the inbounds play with Heiman getting the ball to fall for her second trey at the buzzer to make the final 58-57 Cowgirls. Jessie Heiman got us right back in the game by knocking down those threes, Cook said. Shes got an awesome shot and shes worked hard on it and she can shoot that ball. She showed a lot of con-

fidence on her part to do that and it kept us in the game we just ran out of time. Belle Barbieri led the Cowgirls with 25 points, Funston shot in 13 and senior Courtney Geist had 10 points on senior night. Our girls just fought to get the win, Geist said. Well need that effort from everyone against Concordia on Thursday. The Cowgirls three seniors Nichole Taylor, Taylor Thompson and Geist were recognized with their parents following the game. These seniors have been very special, Geist said. A good group of basketball players but they are also good people. They have been very selfless and that is what has made it so much fun with this

group and the parents and their support has just been great also. Macey Langvardt led the Irish with 16 points and Heiman and Milea Anderson shot in 14 points each. The Cowgirls will host Concordia Thursday in the final regular season game before heading to sub-state a week from Thursday in McPherson. Chapman is off until their sub-state action at Concordia.

Summary:

CHS 10 8 19 20 - 57 AHS 4 23 17 14 - 58 Chapman (5-15) Lovett 4, Sutter 3, Beemer 4, Wise 2, Langvardt 16, Anderson 14, Heiman 14. Abilene (9-10) Geist 10, Thompson 2, Barbieri 25, Funston 13, Taylor 8.

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