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    Junction City

    Volume 153, No. 187, 2 Sections, 18 pages, 7 Inserts www.yourDU.net 50 Cents Junction City, Kansas

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    Chase Jordan The Daily UnionWith the assistance of teachers, Eisenhower Elementary students participated in the annual Giving Tree ceremony on Tuesday. Students and faculty brought

    non-perishable food items and toys for needy children. After the ceremony, representatives from The Salvation Army, Geary County Food Pantry and TheOpen Door Community House, Inc. collected the items to help local families. Principal Susan Kamphaus said more than 300 children will benefit from thegenerosity of students and teachers at the school.

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    GRANDVIEW PLAZA Rep. AllanRothlisberg knows there are obstaclesto face if he wants to see the lights of acasino shine in Geary County.

    It will be an uphill fight and its notguaranteed, Rothlisberg said Tuesdaynight about making it a reality. But

    Im a fighter.And Grandview Plaza

    city officials have agreedto jump in his corner.

    The City Councilapproved a resolution toauthorize Mayor RickGeike to sign a docu-ment to support Roth-lisbergs effort to makeGeary County the NorthCentral destination for

    a casino.I think it helps as more communi-

    ties come up with resolutions, Rothlis-berg said. It makes an impact on com-

    mittee hearings.





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    Ventria Bioscience may havedodged a bullet.Two agricultural scientists from

    China were charged last week inUnited States District Court withtrying to steal seed samples fromthe companys manufacturing facil-ity in Junction City.

    A criminal complaint filed Dec. 12states Weiqiang Zhang, 47, of Man-hattan and Wengui Yan, 63, of Stug-gart, Ark., both face one count ofconspiracy to steal trade secretsfrom the biopharmaceutical compa-ny.

    The court document identifiesVentria only as Company A. How-ever, KMUW in Wichita last weekreported Ventria was the victim inthe case.

    Located at a city-owned facility at2718 Industrial Drive, Ventria pro-duces plant-made pharmaceuticalsthat could be used to treat a varietyof conditions.

    Company As current investmentin the technology that enabled theseproducts is approximately $75 mil-lion, an FBI agent stated in thecomplaint. If this technology wascompromised or the seeds were sto-len, Company A believes its entireresearch and development invest-ment would be compromised.

    Ventrias primary product, whichstill is in development stages, couldbe used by hospitals to treat antibi-otic associated diarrhea.

    Earlier this year, Ventria manage-ment told the Junction City-GearyCounty Economic DevelopmentCommission it projects potential

    Pair charged with trying to samples from JCs Ventria Bio


    appear in courtBoth men charged with con-spiring to steal trade secretsfrom Ventria Bioscience havemade their first appearances incourt.

    On Tuesday, a federal judgein Kansas City ruled Ventriaemployee Weiqian Zhang, 47, acitizen of China living in Man-hattan, must remain in custodyat least until his next court date,the Associated Press reported.

    Prosecutors argued Zhangshould be detained because helikely would flee the county toavoid prosecution.

    Federal public defender

    Thomas Bartee, Zhangs attor-ney, said his client wouldntleave the area because he has awife and two children and hasdeep ties to the Manhattancommunity, where he has livedfor several years. However, the judge sided with prosecutors,stating testimony from theinvestigating FBI agent showsZhang was at best evasive, ifnot intentionally untruthful,the Associated Press reported.

    Last week, a federal judge inArkansas ruled Zhangs co-defendant, Wengui Yan, 63, anaturalized U.S. citizen workingat a research center in Stuggart,Ark., also must remain in custo-dy. Prosecutors argued Yan, likeZhang, could attempt to flee thecountry if not detained.


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    WASHINGTON Congress sentPresident Barack Obama legislationWednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging fromthe Pentagon to the national park sys-tem, adding a late dusting of bipartisan-ship to a year more likely to be remem-bered for a partial government shut-

    down and near-perpetual gridlock.Obamas signature was assured onthe measure, which lawmakers in bothparties and at opposite ends of the Capi-tol said they hoped would curb budgetbrinkmanship and prevent more shut-downs in the near future.

    Its a good first step away from the

    shortsighted, crisis-driven decision-making that has only served to act as adrag on our economy, he said of themeasure in a statement issued after thevote. And yet, he quickly added, thereis much more work to do to ensure oureconomy works for every workingAmerican.

    The legislation passed the Democrat-ic-controlled Senate on a vote of 64-36,six days after clearing the Republican-run House by a similarly bipartisanmargin of 332-94.

    The product of intensive year-endtalks, the measure met the short-termpolitical needs of Republicans, Demo-crats and the White House. As a result,there was no suspense about the out-come of the vote in the Senate only

    about fallout in the 2014 elections and,more immediately, its impact on futurecongressional disputes over spendingand the nations debt limit.

    Im tired of the gridlock and theAmerican people that I talk to, especial-ly from Arkansas, are tired of it aswell, said Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democratwho supported the bill yet will have todefend his vote in next years campaignfor a new term. His likely Republicanrival, Rep. Tom Cotton, voted against themeasure last week when it cleared theHouse.

    The measure, negotiated by Sen. PattyMurray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan,R-Wis., averts $63 billion in across-the-board spending cuts that were them-

    Bipartisan budget agreement clears Congress: Military Please see Pair , 10A

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    Junction Citys streets could seesome significant improvement in 2014.

    About $1.1 million is expected to bespent on road work next year.

    In the budgeting process earlier thisyear, the city set aside $500,000 as partof next years street maintenance pro-gram. Add an extra $600,000 approvedby the City Commission Tuesday nightand significant progress on street con-ditions should be made next year.

    It gets us a little ahead of the game,City Manager Gerald Smith said.

    The city spent $525,000 on streets in2013, $500,000 in 2012 and $225,000 in2011.

    Pouring moneyinto roadsCity to spend

    $1.1 million in 2014

    Please see Casino , 10A

    Please see Roads , 10A

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    Featuring the hits Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 21 Guns, Wake Me Up When September Ends, Holiday and the blockbuster title track, American Idiot,come to K-State on Jan. 22 and features the music of Green Day and the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, direction by Tony Award winner MichaelMayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Once), music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by PulitzerPrize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), Tony Award winning set design by Christine Jones and Tony Award winning lighting design by Kevin Adams. For tickets,call (785) 532-6428.

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    Proud to be an American Idiot

    MANHATTAN Innovative,award-winning and caring. Thatshow colleagues at Kansas State Uni-versitys College of Architecture,Planning & Design describe Nathan

    Howe, the 2013 recipient of the Edu-cator of the Year award from theKansas City chapter of the Ameri-can Institute of Architects, orAIAKC.

    Howe, an assistant professor ofarchitecture, received the honor atan awards ceremony Dec. 10 in Kan-sas City, Mo. The award is presentedfor outstanding dedication and sup-port of excellence in architectureeducation. Nathan Howe is anincredibly inventive faculty mem-ber, one capable of tying togetherhis expertise in digital fabrication toteaching, design research and ser-vice to advance learning, design andbuilding production while servingthe public good, said Tim de Noble,

    dean of the college, which is alsoknown as APDesign.

    What makes Nathan an outstand-ing educator is that he shares hispersonal passion for architecture sodirectly with his students, saidMatthew Knox, professor and headof the colleges architecture depart-ment.

    Howes creative use of te chnologyin the design fields is among the rea-sons cited for his selection for theaward. After serving as an assistantvisiting professor, Howe earned a job with the architecture depart-ments faculty in 2005 and wascharged with leading the collegestechnology efforts. He began teach-ing the colleges first design fabrica-tion studio that same year. Alongwith digital fabrication, he alsoteaches parametric modeling andprocesses.


    MANHATTAN Often the keyto any victory is to fully under-stand your opponent. This is espe-cially true when that opponent isa significant foodborne bacterialpathogen such as E. coli O157:H7.

    Philip Hardwidge, associateprofessor at the College of Veteri-nary Medicine at Kansas StateUniversity, is studying how patho-gens such as E. coli use proteinsto block a hosts innate immune

    system.This system is the bodys first

    defense against infection, oftenpresented in the bodys mucosalsurfaces such as those found inthe intestine.

    In terms of infectious disease,this inhibition of the humaninnate immune response is abso-lutely critical for the bacteriasability to cause an infection, saidHardwidge, who works in the

    diagnostic medicine and pathobi-ology department.

    If we can identify choke pointsin the interaction between thebacterium and the host, we maybe able to inhibit the bacteriumand prevent its survival in aninfected human being.

    Hardwidges lab received amultiyear grant from the Nation-al Institutes of Health to explorea protein expressed by pathogenic

    E. Coli known as NleH1, whichinhibits an important cellular sig-naling pathway called IKK/NF-B,or I-Kappa-Kinase/N-F-Kappa-B.

    This protein is one example ofan injected bacterial protein thatis able to block the innate immunesystem, Hardwidge said. Thisprotein has kind of an unusualmechanism that had not beenseen in other bacterial or viralpathogens, so were interested in

    understanding more about howthis protein really works andwhether it represents a good tar-get for future therapeutics.

    The exploration of these host-pathogen interactions requiresthe lab to use multidisciplinaryapproaches, including using ani-mal models and advanced tech-nologies such as quantitativepolymerase chain reaction, orPCR.

    Study explores blocking effect of E. coli

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    A ROUND JCThe Daily Union. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 3

    In brief Casino tripfundraiser

    Junction City Zeta Phi ESA willhold a Prairie Band Casino trip Jan.5, to support Zeta Phi.

    The group will depart the Wal-mart parking lot at 7:30 a.m. andwill return about 5 p.m.

    The ticket cost is $15 and eachtraveler helps raise $15 for ZetaPhi.

    A current photo ID is requiredand the casino will provide $10 toplay and a buffet ticket.

    New riders on the bus that havenever been to the casino receive an

    extra $25 and the free lunch.Call Honey Grant at 210-5305 or

    Helen Long at 38-3513 for a seatbefore the bus fills up.

    Eaglesnew year

    On Dec. 31 starting at 9 p.m. theJunction City Aerie #830 Eagles Clubwill celebrate and ring in 2014 withthe sounds of Soul Preacher.

    When the dancing is done, thosein attendance can enjoy breakfastright there before heading home.

    So, join family and friends at theEagles Club for a special night.

    Hall to bekeynote speaker

    CHAPMAN Noted genealogistMichael Hall will be the Keynotespeaker at the December meetingof the Chapman Area PreservationSociety.

    The Societys meeting will betoday.

    He will first offer his expertise onpreserving records to the CAPSboard and members at their site onMarshall Street at 2 p.m.

    He will then speak to the generalpublic at St. Michaels Parish Centeron Anderson and 6th Street inChapman at 6 p.m.

    Hall graduated from JunctionCity High School in 1972.

    Hall currently lives in Orem,Utah, with his wife and their fourchildren and several grandchildren.

    After high school, he joined theMormon Church, graduated fromBrigham Young University and hasworked for 25 years in the churchesgenealogy department before goingto work for Family Search based inSalt Lake.

    He is presently the Deputy ChiefGenealogical Officer for FamilySearch.

    He works with Libraries, Archives,Historical and Genealogical Societ-ies worldwide.

    He has also been an official Unit-ed States Reference Consultant forworldwide genealogical organiza-tions.

    Hall will speak on The StoriesThat Bind Us To Our Ancestors Why Preservation Is Important.

    All interested in Genealogy orrecord preservation are welcome atthe 6 p.m. meeting.

    Aloha relayfor life

    American Cancer Societys GearyCounty Relay For Life committeewill host their monthly meeting onMonday, Jan. 6, at 6 p.m. at theCourtyard by Marriott 310 Ham-mons Dr.

    Come out and help plan theAnnual 2014 Relay For Life event.

    For more information contactEvent Chair-Glinda Johnson at (785)717-5098


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    To better serve the public,Geary Community Hospitalis in the midst of a commu-nitywide assessment.

    But survey feedback frommen is lacking.

    During a Wednesdayboard meeting for the GearyCounty Health Department,Administrator Pat Hunterreported that mostly womenare responding to the survey.As a result, Hunter said offi-cials will make better effortsto reach out to more males.Whenever we see a malecome through the door weask them to fill it out, Hunt-er said. Theyve been verygracious about it.

    The assessment is a col-

    laborative effort betweenGCH, Geary County HealthDepartment and UnifiedSchool District 475. Its pur-pose is to find out what thepublic is thinking about localhealth services. Were look-ing for gaps and areas thattruly just need improve-ment, Hunter said. Thatdoesnt necessarily meannew things, but officials willinspect current policies andprocedures.

    From an education stand-point, Hunter said the assess-ment is looking at needs andwants, versus guessing.When you dont ask theright questions, thats allyoure getting, Hunter saidabout judging. By using thesurvey, were hoping that wecan get feedback that truly

    gives us a synopsis of ourcommunity. Surveys weredistributed at various sitesand to 8,000 homes in GearyCounty. With the assistanceof the University of Kansas,local officials will examinethe results as tool to helpimprove health in the com-munity. Somewhere in thesummer of 2014, we shouldhave the finished product,Hunter said. In October,about 70 people from GearyCounty gathered at the localConvention Center andassessed the public healthsystem. Officials hopes thatresults from the community

    assessment are used as aguide to move forward todevelop community pro-grams and more .

    The survey is availableonline at www.gchks.org.

    Hospital needs male responders


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    Manhattan RegionalAirport makes the most ofwhat it has, which is a lotmore than many area resi-dents realize.

    A lot of folks just dontrealize that a 7,000-footrunway thats 150-feetwide can handle quite a lotof equipment, airportdirector Peter VanKurensaid Wednesday at theJunction City Area Cham-ber of Commerce Board ofDirectors meeting.

    Chamber CEO TomWeigand invited VanKurento give the board an updat-ed overview of all thatsgoing on at the airport.

    With two airliners American Eagle and Alle-giant Air the airportoffers five daily flights.

    Two flights per day toChicago OHare Interna-tional Airport and threeper day to Dallas/FortWorth International Air-port connects the region tomany destinations.

    VanKuren said the abil-

    ity to connect to flightsfrom those airports for aregion our size, a commu-nity our size, is just anawesome service.

    Chamber CEO TomWeigand said the organi-zation considers the air -ports service importantfor Junction City andGeary County, even thoughits located just west ofManhattan.

    Its one of those thingsthat we use as one of ourassets, one of our assets,one of our recruitingtools, he said after themeeting.

    The regional airport,Weigand said, will con-tinue to be an asset forthe Junction City area,especially with itsexpected growth.

    VanKuren pointed tothe numbers as proof ofthat growth.

    In 2008, about 11,000people flew out of Man-hattan. Last year, 62,000

    people flew out of the air-port. The Manhattan Air-port Advisory Board ishoping that numberexceeds 100,000 by 2030.

    As demand for the air-port continues to g row, theairport is currently under-going the first phase of anexpansion.

    The first phase involvesadding 20,000 square feetto the airport. Phase twoincludes the addition of asecond terminal.

    VanKuren said the air-port advisory board is hop-

    ing the Federal AviationAdministration (FAA)approves funds for phasetwo in its 2014 budget, nowthat it appears a federalbudget has a shot at beingapproved.

    With that and a littlebit of luck, well have theterminal of phase two fin-ished by summer of 2015,he said.

    VanKuren added theFAA also appears preparedto attempt to keep federalcontract control towersopen.

    In March, Manhattanscontrol tower was on theFAAs list of 149 towers theadministration slated forpossible closures untilCongress directed the FAAto find savings elsewhere.

    VanKuren said the FAAhopefully will continue tokeep those towers open ifit receives funds from anapproved budget.

    Every indication is,when the FAA gets thatpool of money, theyregoing to make sure thecontrol tower programstays funded, he said.Were keeping our fingerscrossed.

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    This year, St. Xavier Life Teen sent a group of 18 teens and fouradult chaperones to the National Catholic Youth Conferenceheld in Indianapolis from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23.

    Merry Christmas! Geary Community Hospital wishes our patients,

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    To the PublicW e propose to stand by the progressivemovements which will benefit thecondition of the people of these United States.

    John Montgomery and E.M. GilbertJunction City Union

    July 28, 1888

    John G. MontgomeryPublisher Emeritus

    Tim Hobbs Publisher/Editor

    Penny NelsonOffice Manager

    Lisa SeiserManaging Editor

    Jacob Keehn Ad Services Director

    Grady Malsbury Press Supervisor

    Our viewGood news all aroundA nother piece of good news has come out ofthe bipartisan budget agreement expectedto land on President Obamas desk thisweek. Funding for the next phase of the $1.25 bil-lion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility atKansas State University is part of that budgetdeal.

    In the budget package, $404 million is appropri-ated to continue construction of the nationalresearch lab, which will replace an outmoded andaging facility at Plum Island, N.Y. Construction isexpected to begin next year.

    The state had already approved spending up to$305 million in bonds for the lab, which will be built

    on the northern edge of the Manhattan campus.Among other projects, the lab will do research onanimal diseases that can be spread to humans.

    We have supported the labs construction sincethe beginning. It will provide a major economicboost to the area, is needed to replace the old PlumIsland lab, and will likely spark a number of ancil-lary businesses. The budget deal moves the projectalong nicely.

    Kindergarten keyKudos to Gov. Sam Brownback, who is proposing

    the state pick up the cost of providing all-day kin-dergarten in Kansas public schools. Right now, thestate only pays for a half-day. Districts that opt forall-day classes must use other funding sources todo so.

    The proposal has broad support from local schooldistricts and state education officials. If it comes to

    fruition, Kansas will become one of only about adozen states that offer full-day kindergarten at nocharge to parents, and covers the full costs.

    The benefits to children who attend kindergar-ten for a full day are clear higher reading andmath levels, and better preparation for first gradeare just two. We are pleased to see the governor onboard for this reform.

    A little disagreementSometimes well-meaning folks must disagree.

    That is the case between the county commissionand chamber CEO Tim Weigand.

    The former has denied a request to re-open aformer quarry after nearby residents objected, cit-ing dust, noise and water contamination concerns.Weigand supports re-opening the quarry and saidthe decision to not allow the quarry to do so wasbased on hearsay, not emotion.

    We do not agree. The economic benefits of re-opening the quarry do not outweigh the possibledeleterious effects on residents in the area, nearMunson Road, between Rucker Road and K-244Highway.

    The county commission and the MetropolitanPlanning Commission made the right decision, inour view.

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    Ag across the pondB Y J OH N S CHLAGECK

    Kansas Farm Bureau

    G enetically modified organisms(GMOs) still face challengeswithin the European Union;however, one Irish wheat farmer isoptimistic change is on the way.

    With this challenge of feeding theworld, we must embrace technology,says John Dardis, who farms approxi-mately 30 miles south of Dublin in Kil-dare County.

    The challenge will be for farmers todouble food production by 2050 to feedan estimated 9 billion mouths, Dardistold nearly 1,000 farmers and ranchersat Kansas Farm Bureaus annual meet-ing the first week in December.

    Originally the Dardis family raisedbeef cattle. Recently, John has movedexclusively to raising wheat, barleyand oats. He is a 5th generation tofarmer and serves as First Secretary ofAgriculture and Food with the Embas-sy of Ireland in Washington, D.C.

    While the EU clings to studies thatsay Western European consumers donot want bio technology used in theirfood, Dardis contends this attitude ischanging.

    The United Kingdoms Prime Minis-ter, David Cameron, recently talkedabout the shift in the UKs attitudetowards this technology. Cameronemphasized the importance of foster-ing a pro-science culture and saidhes ready to call on the EU to relax itsstifling restrictions on biotechnology.

    Theres also a vigorous scientificeffort on behalf of the European FoodSafety Authority to ensure the properscientific overview is given to GMOs,Dardis says. When you look at thefacts they conclude biotech is safe.

    As a wheat breeder, Dardis is con-vinced that ultimately food productswill all post labels saying whether ornot they are genetically modified. Thenthe consumer will have the opportunityto decide what she wants to buy, hesays.

    Another challenge the Irish farmersaid his countrymen continue to face isthe inability to use growth promoterswith beef cattle. This means more timeand expense to ready their livestock formarket.

    We have a wonderful resource inour native grasses, but we have to feedour cattle silage and protein for anoth-er three to four months to finish themoff, Dardis says.

    Ireland exports nearly 90 percent ofits beef, mainly in the European Union.Irish-produced beef is a close secondon the grocery shelf running onlybehind domestic beef raised through-out Western Europe, according toDardis.

    While I prefer the grass-fed beef ofIreland, a good steak is a good steakwherever you have it in this world, hesays.

    Dardis is also excited about t he pros-pects of dairy in his home country.Irish dairy farmers have been restrict-ed by a quota for many years.

    In the early 80s Irish dairymen wereexporting milk on par with New Zea-land, Dardis recalls. New Zealand hasexpanded its dairy exports threefoldsince then and Ireland now lags farbehind.

    Were excited that in 2015, the quotawill be removed from dairy, the Irishfarmer says. We have plans to growour dairy exports by 50 percent andrank in the top five in the comingyears.

    Today Ireland imports milk fromother countries and adds value to thisraw product and then exports it asinfant formula and finished cheeses.

    Wrapping up his comments to thefarmers and ranchers from across Kan-sas, Dardis told them to be, proud ofwhat you do.

    Farmers and ranchers on both sidesof the Atlantic are increasingly underpressure from outside our world, hesays. The natural reaction is to go intoyour shell and back to what you do andnot put the facts on the table.

    You are feeding the world, Dardissays. Thats not rhetoric. Be proud ofthis and mold the discussion. Dontstay away from it.

    J OH N S CHLAGECK is a leadingcommentator on agriculture andrural Kansas. Born and raised on adiversified farm in northwestern Kansas, his writing reflects a lifetimeof experience, knowledge and passion.

    The Daily Union. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 5A


    Another viewCreek field alive with strange powers


    Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge

    O ur creek field is 30 acres of cropground, borderedon three sides by McDowell Creek. In March, weseeded it back to native, a first step on the l ong jour-ney of restoring bottomland prairie.

    The first prairie restorationists were martyrs: theyspent weeks on their hands and knees weeding their pre-cious plots. But through experience they learned thatsuccession would do much of the work for them. Succes-sion is a natural progression from annuals to perennials,natures way of healing the wound of open ground.

    Annuals germinate quickly, blossom, and set seed, hold-ing the soil while perennials inconspicuously build uptheir roots. It can take years, but annuals are the warm-upact: they will make their bows and exit when the perenni-als take the stage.

    I was therefore not worried when in late spring the firsttiny seedlings to emerge were annual weeds beggarstick, prickly lettuce, hedge parsley, ragweed, horseweed,foxtail. I knew these raggedy, prickly plants had a role toplay. But built into my preconception of succession wasthe idea that the beginning was inferior to the end. Ithought I had to endure an unattractive first stage in orderto get to some place better.

    Little did I know that while the land was healing itself, Iwould be healing my own lack of understanding.

    In native prairie, the sod is so thick that annuals findlittle purchase. They grow only in ones or twos, in nooksor crannies, where some disturbance has exposed the soil.

    A crop field, in contrast, is nothing but disturbance the

    whole field is open to seeds. In our planting mix was anannual wildflower Plains Coreopsis.

    Coreopsis tinctoria caught me by surprise. I had noteven noticed the seedlings before the breezy June morningwhen I walked into the field and there they were, alreadyup and blooming, lit tle butter-yellow blossoms with wine-red centers, nodding in the wind.

    They werent in ones and twos, either, but in the thou-sands, the tens of thousands. They covered the field. I satdown among them, reveling in the beauty that had sud-denly bubbled up from the earth.

    The wind lent mobility to the flowers, while the flowersgave visibility to the wind. The result was rooted plantsthat ran all over the field and gusty breezes that worebright clothes. The moment was beyond wondrous andyet (it was humbling to realize) it was possible onlybecause sod had not yet formed and we were at the begin-ning of restoration.

    That Sea of Coreopsis lapped the edges of the field forseveral weeks and then subsided as the horseweed crewgrew taller and then obscured the little flowers. I stoicallyaccepted the weeds covering up the Coreopsis; but I wasnot prepared for what those weeds would soon reveal.

    One midsummer evening, as my husband and I walkeda trail that encircled the field, we looked at the weeds now taller than we were silhouetted against the settingsun. We were startled to see the air above the plants alivewith motion. Zooming back and forth were dragonflies, sonumerous we were amazed they didnt collide.

    They were feeding on minute insects that hovered abovethe weeds. At the same time, we heard far overhead the

    calls of nighthawks and saw those insect-eating birds also

    zigzagging back and forth, also feeding on the wing. Theirdarting flight mimicked the dragonflies just on a largerscale. Perhaps the tinier insects were flying in that pat-tern, too, just in miniature.

    All that motion gave the plants an aura: the zone ofleaves merged with the zone of wings, one airy nichebuilding upon another until the weeds seemed possessedof a ghostly wand that tapped the sky. We could almost feelthe suns energy crackling through the connections in thefood chain laid bare before us from photosynthesizingweeds to insects to larger insects to birds.

    We contemplated the weeds, those homely giants, withnew respect. Like magicians pulling a rabbit out of a hat,they had made Life appear before our very eyes and inour spirits, too. It was invigorating just to be in such alively place!

    It was also instructive. Somehow my sense of succession

    as linear and chronological had missed an importantdimension the part that was vertical, timeless, tran-scendent. Our restoration might be just beginning; itmight be incomplete.

    But Creation was present now, and it was in full force.Next year will be dif ferent. More perennials will emerge;

    new connections will form; different forces will beunleashed. Will those powers seem strange?

    If so, will it be because we moderns are estranged fromthe earth, so that natures ways surprise us?

    Or because we humans are never really ready for whatthe Magician has up his sleeve?

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    POLICE & RECORDS6A The Daily Union. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

    Junction City

    Police DepartmentThe Junction City Police Depart-

    ment made seven arrests andresponded to 147 calls in the48-hour period ending 6 a.m. Wednesday.

    Monday 12:17 p.m. Theft, 830 W.

    Ninth St. 1:53 p.m. Burglary, 230 W.

    Seventh St. 2:48 p.m. Theft, 29 Riley

    Manor Circle 4:07 p.m. Theft, 316 E. Chest-

    nut St. 4:25 p.m. Burglary, 524 W.

    Third St.

    5:26 p.m. Disturbance, 839 W. 12th St.

    5:32 p.m. Accident, 1810Caroline Ave. 6:36 p.m. Burglary, 219 W.

    11th St. 6:46 p.m. Theft, 744 W. Sixth

    St. 8:31 p.m. Disturbance, 62

    Riley Manor Circle 10:11 p.m. Shots fired, 424

    W. Fourth St. 10:39 p.m. Burglary, 201 E.

    Fourth St. 11:30 p.m. Theft, 521 E.

    Chestnut St.Tuesday

    1:17 a.m. Accident, 300 Grant Ave.

    7:29 a.m. Burglary, 420 W.

    Fourth St. 9:41 a.m. Theft, 210 E. Ninth

    St. 4:08 p.m. Disturbance, 631 W. Elm St.

    4:27 p.m. Domestic, 200block of E. Second St.

    6:31 p.m. Accident, 216 N. Webster St.

    7 p.m. Theft, 618 W. SixthSt.

    10 p.m. Theft, 521 E. Chest-nut St.

    Wednesday 12:59 a.m. Theft, 521 E.

    Chestnut St.

    Grandview Plaza

    Police Department

    The Grandview Plaza PoliceDepartment made one arrest and

    responded to 10 calls in the 24-hourperiod ending 12 a.m. Tuesday. Areport for Tuesday wasnt receivedas of Wednesday afternoon.

    Junction CityFire Department

    The Junction City Fire Depart-ment made 11 transports andresponded to 15 calls in the 48-hourperiod ending 8 a.m. Wednesday.

    Geary CountySheriffs DepartmentThe Geary County Sheriffs

    Department made one arrest andresponded to 49 calls in the 24-hour

    period ending 7 a.m. Wednesday. Areport for Monday wasntreceived.

    Tuesday 8:51 a.m. Accident, US-77

    mile marker 168 Wednesday 12:07 a.m. Accident, I-70

    westbound mile marker 294

    Geary CountyDetention Center

    Reports from the Geary CountyDetention Center for Monday andTuesday were not received as of Wednesday afternoon.


    Headlines from around KansasKDOT to close restareas near RussellRUSSELL The Kansas

    Department of Transporta-tion has announced plansto close two highway restareas near Russell to reduce

    water consumption.KDOT says it wants to

    hear from the public on theplan before it closes theeastbound and westboundrest areas east on Interstate70 of Russell.

    The Hays Daily Newsreports the preliminarydecision to close the restarea comes after a sugges-tion by the city of Russellfor all water users to cutwater use by a fourth.

    Joe Finley, KDOT districtmaintenance engineer, sayswater use at the two siteshas increased from nearly800,000 gallons in 2011 to anestimated 1.6 million gal-lons this year.

    The cost of water hasincreased from more than$5,000 to more than $9,000this year.

    Prosecutors seekindictment in

    Kansas bomb plotWICHITA Federal

    prosecutors plan to seek anindictment in their caseagainst an airport workeraccused in a suicide bombplot in Kansas.

    The government told amagistrate judge last weekthat the case against TerryLee Loewen would be pre-sented Wednesday to a fed-eral grand jury for indict-ment.

    The 58-year-old avionicstechnician was initiallycharged Friday in a crimi-nal complaint with attempt-ing to use a weapon of massdestruction, attempting todamage property andattempting to provide sup-port to terrorist group al-Qaida.

    Prosecutors must nowshow their probable causeevidence either at the secretgrand jury proceeding orthe public preliminary

    hearing tentatively sched-uled for Friday. Most feder-al prosecutions are chargedby indictment.

    An indictment will makethe preliminary hearingunnecessary, although Loe-wen still has a detentionhearing on Friday.

    Crews to measuregroundwater in

    KansasLAWRENCE Crews

    are undertaking an annualeffort to monitor changesin groundwater levels inwestern and central Kan-sas.

    The University of Kansassaid Tuesday the KansasGeological Survey willmeasure 510 wells earlynext month. The KansasDepartment of Agricul-

    tures Division of WaterResources will measure anadditional 897 wells.

    The monitoring focuseson the massive High Plainsaquifer system, which con-sists largely of the Ogallalaaquifer. The data are usedby landowners, state andfederal agencies, localgroundwater managementdistricts, private entitiesand the general public.

    From the winter of 2011-12 to 2012-13, water levels inthe entire network declinedby slightly more than 2 feeton average. Southwest Kan-sas was the hardest hitarea, with an averagedecline of 3.56 feet.

    Four arrested inKansas check fraud

    ANTHONY Police insouth-central Kansas sayfour people have beenarrested in Alabama in con-nection with a $63,000 Kan-sas check fraud case.

    KWCH-TV reports Mobilepolice stopped a car withTexas plates on Tuesday.Officers reported smellingmarijuana and finding sev-eral checks that werepassed earlier this monthat a Kanza Bank branch inAnthony.

    A Virginia man and threeFlorida women were arrest-ed.

    The Kansas investigationbegan with reports of morethan $13,000 in stolenchecks being cashed at theAnthony bank. Police alsolearned that nearly $50,000

    worth of stolen checks werepassed at Kanza branchesin Kingman and Wichita.

    Police say one of theFlorida women was seen onsurveillance video cashingchecks in Anthony, whereseveral purses had beenstolen from cars.

    State to cut jobs atKNI, Larned

    hospitalsTOPEKA More than 50

    jobs will be eliminated atstate hospitals in Topeka and

    Larned in an effort to save upto $3 million, Kansas officialssaid Tuesday.

    The Kansas Departmentfor Aging and Disability Ser-vices said it would eliminate35 jobs at the Kansas Neuro-logical Institute in Topekaand about two dozen jobs atLarned State Hospital. Mostof the job reductions wouldcome from resignations orretirements, the Topeka Cap-ital-Journal reported.

    We are undertaking thesechanges in order to be goodstewards of taxpayersresources and to improve thedelivery of behavioral health

    resources to the people ofKansas, most specifically,our patients, said KDADSSecretary Shawn Sullivan.

    Under a proposal to be pre-sented to the Legislature, thesavings would be used foremployee raises, hiring atleast three more psychia-trists and covering reduc-tions in federal aid. Thechanges were suggested in aconsultants report that alsorecommended an expansionof the direct-care nursingstaff pool to reduce problemswith excessive overtime costsat Larned.

    Larned also houses thestates sexual predator treat-ment program where indi-viduals are held by court

    order. Other units work withadults with mental illness.

    These changes are intend-ed to make LSH a better carefacility, Sullivan said. It isessential for us to keepfocused on our mission,which is to provide a strongsafety net of mental health

    services for Kansans in part-nership with patients, com-munity providers, and the justice system.

    The plan would eliminateadministrative positions atKNI and consolidate two res-idence buildings by the mid-dle of 2015. Clinical and den-tal services will be merged orreduced within about sixmonths.

    The suggestions wereoffered by the Buckley Groupbased in Englewood, Colo.,hired by Kansas to examinestate hospital operations.Other facilities examinedwere those in Osawatomieand Parsons. The changesare designed to help the hos-pitals pay for scheduled payincreases for staff and bluntthe anticipated loss of federalfunding under the federalAffordable Care Act.

    Hutchinson TysonFoods plant cited by


    eral workplace safety agencyhas recommended thatTyson Foods pay a $147,000fine because of several seri-

    ous workplace violations,including one that led to aworkers hand being severedat the companys Hutchin-son plant.

    The U.S. Department ofLabors Occupational Safetyand Health Administrationsaid that in the last 10 yearsthe plant has had seven seri-ous violations, and that someof the most recent violationswere willful. OSHA pro-posed the $147,000 fine forfour violations found duringits latest inspection.

    Tyson spokesman WorthSparkman said the companyis reviewing the citations andwill work with the federalagency to resolve the con-cerns.

    We expect our employeesto perform to the highestsafety and health standardsacross Tyson Foods opera-tions at all times. Our effortsinclude safety policies andtraining, and the involve-ment of workers in our safe-ty committees, he said.

    Tyson Foods has 15 days toappeal.

    OSHA also ordered theplant, which has about 150employees, be placed in itsSevere Violator EnforcementProgram, which focuses onrecalcitrant employers thatendanger workers by com-mitting willful, repeat orfailure-to-abate violations,according to OSHA. Underthe program, OSHA mayinspect any of the employersfacilities if it has reasonablegrounds to believe there aresimilar violations.

    Andrew Williams, 51, losthis arm from the elbow downin June when his clothingbecame caught in equipmentat the plant and his arm waspulled into moving gears.

    The plant was also citedfor removing railings, whichexposed workers to amputa-tion hazards, and for failingto train workers on lockout/tagout procedures and lock-ing out the equipment to pre-vent its unintentional opera-tion.

    Removing guards andfailing to train workers inproper lockout procedures isinexcusable, Judy Freeman,OSHAs area director inWichita, said in a newsrelease.

    Student uses robotto attend school

    HAVEN Tuesday wasthe first time 16-year-old Kol-ton Kincaid, who was para-lyzed in a farm accident lastmonth, was able to roam thehalls of Haven High Schoolagain even though hesstill undergoing rehabilita-tion in Denver.

    Yep, the Haven High Schoolstudent was in two places atonce.

    Students at Haven HighSchool gasped Tuesday whenthey received a surprise visitfrom Kolton, who talked to

    them from a Segway-stylerobot he was controllingfrom Denver.

    In Denver, he was using aniPad application to move therobot into Haven HighSchools cafeteria duringlunch and down the halls ofthe school, where he talkedto friends and teachers. Therobots iPad, attached to along pole and wheels, gave alive view of Kolton.

    Kolton was trying out oneof the three Double robotsfrom Double Robotics thatbelong to the EducationalServices and Staff Develop-ment Association of CentralKansas, based in Hutchin-son, The Hutchinson Newsreported. Hey, Kolton!Haven High School studentscalled out to him in the noisycafeteria as he moved amongthe aisles of tables, quicklyfinding friends to talk to.

    Then, he was off down thehallway toward Drew Thal-manns physical scienceclass.

    He definitely knows theschool quite well, said SteveWyckoff, ESSDACK chiefinnovation officer, as therobot whizzed toward Thal-manns classroom.

    Freshman Alex Rosierespotted the robot comingtoward Thalmanns openclassroom door. His eyeswidened when he recognizedKoltons face, and he imme-diately threw his hands up inthe air to form the shape of aheart. After a brief lapse in

    the wireless Internet connec-tion, the robot was backonline, with Kolton ribbingThalmann about his buddingbeard. No-shave Novemberturned into dont-shaveDecember, Thalmannexplained.

    Kolton wished the basket-ball players luck in theirhome game Tuesday nightagainst Kingman, and theyreminded him how everyonewould be wearing blue at thegame to support him.

    Rolling down the hall, hesurprised junior Keeley Tay-lor at her locker, and he alsochatted with junior TaylorNelson about the weather a balmy 60 degrees in Den-ver.

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    ORGANIZATIONS & CLUBS The Daily Union. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 7

    Noon KiwanisHarold stepped in again

    and chaired the Dec. 11meeting. Patty told himshe is playing phone tagwith the Salvation Armyand there is nothing newto report.

    Harold read a thank younote from Honey Grant onbehalf of School District475, Grandview Plaza andSt. Xavier for our $200donation to the Christmaskids. Ray had a blessingbuck in remembrance ofthe passing of his father.

    Our thought andprayers go out to him andhis family. Harold thenintroduced the speakerchairman, Harold Marion.I think he needed no intro-duction.

    As the speaker chair-man he introduced Dr.Adikuor Adjetey his thirdrecruitment hire.

    Dr Adjetey is a pediatri-cian at Geary CommunityHospital coming here inJanuary 2011.

    She is originally fromGhana and came to the USvia the United Kingdomwhere they lived for five

    years.They have two kids andher husband is an OBGYNwho is working to get hisauthorization to practicein the states.

    She loves kids and feelthat they are the future ofthe world.

    She loves to see kidssmile when they feel bet-ter.

    She talked about andEarly Childhood BrainDevelopment Programthat stresses five areasparents, grandparents,and teachers need to workon. Reading (the biggestimpact to child growth),Routine, Relationships,Rhyming, and Reward.

    The Kansas Depart-ment of Education has a

    program called TAPTAMor Turn a Page, Turn aMind which dovetails intothe Brain DevelopmentProgram.

    Sarah has the programnext week and the follow-ing two weeks the meetingis cancelled because ofholidays.

    Board members inattendance at the Dec. 4meeting included KenMortensen, Mike Rhodes,Patty Maycroft, MikeGoodwin, Paul Arjona,Maureen Gustafson,Absent:, Harold Marion,Gale Cynova, Keith Fine,Trish Giordano, RaySchmidt, More than halfthe Board was here soPatty declared a quorumand called the meeting toorder.

    Patty welcomed a guestfrom the Kiwanis SouthClub, Walt Germann, whoreminded us that theirclub is having their pan-cake breakfast SaturdayDec. 7 at the Knights ofColumbus Hall.

    He urged all to buy ti ck-ets and attend.

    Maureen presented thetreasurers report reflect-

    ing $9,183.38 in the trea-sury. Mike R. moved andMike G. seconded to acceptthe report.

    Motion carried. Kenread the minutes of Nov.6. Maureen moved toaccept the report.

    Mike G. seconded.Motion carried. Patty saidthat Trish has been unableto contact the SalvationArmy on bell ringing.Walt told us how he did itand Patty will let Trishknow.

    There was no other oldor new business. Nextweeks speaker is Haroldfollowed by Sarah.

    There will be no meet-ing on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.Patty again agreed toe-mail the speaker list.

    Club news report

    JCARSP meeting newsThe Junction City Association of

    Retired School Personnel (JCARSP)met Friday, Dec. 13, at the Zion UnitedChurch of Christ.

    A special feature of the meetingwas holiday music presented by theJC Singers under the direction ofMichael Brown, JCHS vocal musicdirector.

    The association presented the JCSingers a $500 donation in support oftheir trip to New York City thisspring.

    The program speaker was MertaLitke, executive director for St. Fran-cis Community Services who sharedinformation on the foster childrenprogram.

    Retired school personnel members

    personally donated Christmas toysand gifts including $400 in cash forGeary County foster children.

    The next meeting of JCARSP willbe Friday, Friday, March 14 at ZionUnited Church of Christ.

    Social Duplicate BridgeThe Social Duplicate Bridge Group

    met on Monday, Dec. 16 at SterlingHouse with 16 individuals participat-ing in the Howell movement.

    The first place winners for the eve-ning were Gary and Mary Devin.

    The second place winners were Joeland Judy Hofer. Bob and RamonaNorcross placed third.

    The group meets each Monday at6:30 p.m. at Sterling House, 1022 Caro-line Ave.

    All bridge players are welcome. For

    more information call Ramona at 762-2218.

    Junction CityElks Lodge

    Junction City Elks Lodge held theirannual childrens Christmas Party onDec. 15th. There was over 30 childrenin attendance.

    The children enjoyed arts andcrafts, games, face painting and a visitfrom Santa.

    Several members of the JunctionCity Elks Lodge braved the cold tohelp place wreaths on about 400 Vet-erans graves at Ft. Riley cemetery.

    The Lodge used funds from an ElksNational Foundation and donationsfrom members to purchase 40wreaths.

    Submitted Photo

    Freddie Hayes receives her 10-yr chevron award from Frank Catalo of the Junction City Sundowners Lions Club, District 17-I, Zone 5. This

    award was sent by Barry J. Palmer, President of Lions International, for Hayes dedicated years of service.

    Hayes earns chevron

    Club news

    Submitted Photo

    The Sunflower Quilters Guild presented quilts to St.Francis Family Services for 22 children in foster care.Receiving the quilts from Marian Kosovich and Geral-dine Dempsay is Tammy Graham (center). St Francisrepresents Geary, Riley and Dickenson Counties andwill be giving gifts to 182 children this year.

    Quilts for children

    JC BreakfastOptimist

    The JC Breakfast Opti-mist Club celebrated theirChristmas Season Social atthe Geary County MuseumSunday, Dec. 15.

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    Dear Annie: I have a prob-lem, and Im not sure howmy family will react.

    Im attracted to transsexu-als well, one in particular

    but Im not gay.Some of the transsexuals

    Ive spoken to dont look as ifthey are male at all.

    They easily could pass forfemale since birth.

    I dont want my family tothink Im gay, because Imnot.

    How do I tell them? Pennsylvania Pete

    Dear Pete: A transsexualis someone who has under-gone the physical and emo-tional transformation fromone gender to another.

    It is not a simple process.It requires surgery, hor-mones and counseling.

    A male who has becomefemale is now female.

    he isnt some guy tempo-rarily masquerading as awoman.

    And she is entitled to havea romantic life, the same asany other woman.

    There is no reason for youto broadcast her prior histo-ry to anyone.

    Of course, if the only rea-son you are involved withher is because you find herbackground exotic or youare turned on by the fact that

    she used to be male, that is adifferent psychological issueand one you might want toexamine more closely.

    Dear Annie: When mymother-in-law was still liv-ing, I always helped her orga-nize the holiday meals.

    After she died, I begandoing it myself.

    I always plan a nice din-ner.

    Now I am having a hardtime wanting to get togetherwith my family.

    I have adult grandchil-dren, one of whom is alreadymarried.

    I get no assistance fromany of them.

    Its just something theyexpect me to do.

    No one helps with thecooking or cleaning up after-ward.

    They all wait until the lastminute to arrive and sitaround while I get every-thing on the table. After themeal, they go downstairs tochat while I am stuck withthe kitchen cleanup.

    I am tired, and I feel used.How can these adults not

    see the need to respect andappreciate all the times Ihave done this?

    My younger grandchildrenenjoy the family get-togeth-ers and dont understandwhy I am not enthusiasticabout them. How do I handlethis? Tired of Doing Allthe Holiday Planning

    Dear Tired: You have totell them. For years, you havedone all the work and askedfor nothing.

    Youve trained them tothink this is OK.

    They may even believe

    that you prefer it this way.So speak up.

    Let them know they areexpected to contribute byhelping with the cooking,setting the table and clean-ing up afterward.

    They can chat while wash-ing dishes.

    Assign specific duties toeach person, and include theyounger grandchildren sothey learn that family mealsare a group responsibility.

    If your children and grand-children refuse to pitch in,inform them that you will nolonger host these gatheringsbecause it is too much workfor you.

    You deserve a rest.Dear Annie: I could relate

    to the letter from Mom fromMontana, whose newdaughter-in-law was angryabout the dress she wore tothe wedding.

    I agree with you that thebride is just looking for anexcuse to cut off contact.

    Our daughter-in-law of 18years acts the same way. Itdoesnt matter what we do toplease her it is neverright.

    Weve held our tonguesand have continued to begracious, hoping she willmature, but it hasnt hap-pened.

    We were ignored at thechildrens baptisms andbirthdays.

    Our son sees all of this,but he is caught in the mid-dle, and we dont want tomake it worse for him.

    We were tempted to cut offour daughter-in-law frombirthday and Christmas gifts,but didnt want to stoop toher level.

    I would suggest that Mon-tana continue to be kind toher sons wife, but start invit-ing him to stop by.

    When our son visits with-

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    MANHATTAN Junction CitysBrett Magee and Manhattans Ben

    Spielman glided through the water,neck and neck for the first 50 yardsin the final heat of the 100-yardfreestyle in Manhattan Wednesday.

    Spielman took a slight lead as thetwo swimmers made the finalturn.

    Then Magee rocketed off thewall. With his arms cutting throughthe water in long, fluid strokes,Junction Citys star senior motoredahead of Spielman.

    He touched the mat in 53.73 sec-onds, beating Spielman by morethan one-half the length of hisbody.

    After the race, Magee pointed

    out that he set up the race so hewould be in position to sprint thefinal 25 yards.

    I tried to get all the momentumI can from my dive and then car-ried it through the next 50 yards till

    I got to the 75-yard mark, he said.Then I just killed it from the lastturn back to get the race tuckedin.

    Earlier in the meet, Magee bestedSpielman and a slew of challengers

    in the 50-yard freestyle race.The wins in the two races earned

    Magee the title of fastest swimmerin the meet.

    My confidence is pretty high,Magee said. I feel like Im doingreally well this season. Im hopingto keep it high and make it to statelike I did last year.

    Magee, with teammates JasonCarter, Joey Marks and BlakeNimmo managed a second placefinish in the 200-yard freestylerelay.

    The Blue Jays finished a littlemore than a second behind Man-hattan, which won the relay withthe time of 1:40.08.

    Hes been excelling in practice alot, Junction City assistant coachBrett Kramer said. Hes already

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    Local SportsSt. Xavier at

    Manhattan CHIEFThe St. Xavier boys and girls

    basketball teams played a dou-bleheader against ManhattanChief Tuesday.

    The Lady Rams lost 45-34.The boys team lost 52-50.


    Chiefs make seriesof roster moves

    The Kansas City Chiefs signedtight end Richard Gordon and

    placed tight end DominiqueJones on the reserve/non-foot-ball illness list Wednesday aspart of a series of roster moves.

    The Chiefs also signed widereceiver Fred Williams and tightend Jake Byrne to the practicesquad, released wide receiverJheranie Boyd from the practicesquad and placed tight endDemetrius Harris on the practicesquad injured reserve list.

    Gordon played 27 games andmade two starts in two seasonswith the Raiders. He wasreleased by Oakland prior to theseason and signed by the Steel-ers on Oct. 15. He was releasedagain Dec. 7.

    Williams spent two years inthe Arena Football League, whileByrne has played in seven gamesthis season for the Houston Tex-ans.

    Hearing pushedback for Chiefs

    WR Dwayne BoweA municipal court hearing for

    Kansas City Chiefs wide receiverDwayne Bowe on speeding andmarijuana possession citationshas been rescheduled.

    Bowes lawyers, Kevin E.J.Regan, said through legal assis-tant Jennifer Purvis that thehearing has been moved fromWednesday to Jan. 22. Purvissays the office doesnt plan tocomment further.

    Police in the Kansas City sub-urb of Riverside said Bowe wasdriving about 48 mph in a 35mph zone when he was stoppedNov. 10. Police said an officersmelled a strong odor of mari- juana from inside of the vehicleand found two containers hold-ing what the officer suspected

    was marijuana. Bowe previouslyapologized in a statement forthe distraction. Chiefs coachAndy Reid has said he intends tolet the legal situation run itscourse.


    Orioles tradeValencia to Royals

    for LoughThe Orioles have obtained

    outfielder David Lough from theKansas City Royals for infielderDanny Valencia.

    As a rookie this year, the

    27-year-old Lough batted .286with five homers and 33 RBIs in96 games. He played all threeoutfield positions.

    He was originally selected bythe Royals in the 11th round ofthe 2007 amateur draft. Hemade his major league debut in2012, playing 20 games and bat-ting .237.

    Valencia hit .304 in 170 plateappearances for Baltimore. Hebounced between the big leagueteam and the minor leagues formuch of the season.

    Valencias .553 slugging per-

    centage was the fifth-highest inthe AL among players with atleast 150 at-bats. He batted .371with 14 doubles and four hom-ers against left-handers.

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    Ethan Padway The Daily UnionJunction Citys Cassidy Meadows (22) shoots over Hays Taylor Groen Younger (52) Tuesday.

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    A 7-point halftime defi-cit didnt phase the Junc-tion City boys basketballteam Tuesday night.

    The Blue Jays knew ifthey focused on playingshut-down defense, theydclimb back into the gameagainst Hays.

    Junction City foughtback and grabbed a 45-44

    lead with less than a min-ute remaining and thenwon the ball back.

    The locals had posses-sion and a chance to putthe game away.

    But Hays applied pres-

    sure, setting up a trap infront of the Blue Jaysbench, forcing a late turn-over.

    Junction City juniorTanner Lueker fouled theball handler to prevent theeasy lay-up.

    But Hays Kordan Wied-holz made both free throwsand the Indians escapedJunction City with a 46-45victory.

    Junction City coach PatBattle said his team wasnt

    trying to run down theclock on its fatal, second-to-last possession.

    We were trying to justrun our offense, He said.We werent trying to stall

    Rains, Fain come up big as the Jays fly past Hays 50-32B Y E THAN P ADWAY

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    Hays tried its best to lull theJunction City girls basketballteam to sleep with a 3-2zone defense Tuesday.

    But the Indians didntaccount for one thing the Blue Jays can shootthe lights out if given aninch of space.

    And Sophomore KealeeRains really made Hayspay.

    She knocked down a bigthree in the opening min-

    utes to give Junction City (2-2) anearly 9-2 lead. Rains scored

    nine points in the firstquarter on her way to acareer-high 16 points in

    the Blue Jays 50-32 vic-tory.

    I was a litt le nervousbecause (Junction Citycoach Nate Parks) said

    it was a big game for us towin, Rains said after thecontest. He was giving usmotivational speeches tell-

    ing us this is a big game,lets go

    so I

    w a s

    feeling good and then after the firstcouple of shots I really felt like I hadit.

    Rains made Hays pay from every-where on the court.

    In addition to her two bombs fromdowntown, the sophomore hit deep jumpers, layups and went 4-5 fromthe free throw line.

    I thought (Rains) kept her confi-dence up, Parks said. Its one ofthe things I commented in the lock-er room is that I like a player thatcan miss a couple threes and stillcome back and take that shot.

    All game the Blue Jays suffocatedKealee Rains scores

    on a fast break

    Blue Jay boys loseheartbreaker to Hays 46-45

    Ethan Padway The Daily UnionTanner Lueker tosses a no-look pass against Hays Tuesday.

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    Ethan Padway The Daily UnionBrett Magee swims in the 4oo-yard freestyle relay Wednesday in Manhattan.


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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. Omar Infante walked past thevisiting clubhouse at Kauff-man Stadium, where hedressed so many times as amember of the Detroit Tigers,and slipped on a crisp, newKansas City Royals jersey.

    It was the latest sign of thatthe Royals intend to competefor the AL Central this sea-son.

    The Royals introducedtheir new second basemanTuesday, one day afterannouncing they had agreedto a $30.25 million, four-yearcontract that includes a cluboption for 2018.

    I really got to see this teamup close and I was veryimpressed by what they didlast year, Infante said, and Ithink theyre close to takingthe next step.

    Infante will make $5 mil-lion next season, $7.5 millionin 2015, $7.75 million in 2016and $8 million in 2017. Hisoption is $10 million with a $2million buyout, and if Infantewins Silver Slugger or ispicked for the All-Star game,his salary increases by$250,000 for each remainingseason.

    Infante, who turns 32 nextweek, fills perhaps the mostglaring hole that remained inthe Royals lineup. KansasCity used six different optionsat second base last season,and none did enough to makethe club feel comfortableabout them in what could be apivotal season for the fran-chise.

    The Royals are coming offan 86-76 season, their bestrecord since 1989, and were incontention until the finalweek. But with star pitcherJames Shields entering thefinal year of his contract, thewindow to break through to

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    Boys basketball

    RosterNo. Name Grade Height0 Travis Burton 10 5101 Tucker Moloney 11 582 Cody Fischer 10 563 Bryce Winters 12 510

    5 Kade Sims 11 51111 Zach Harris 11 6112 Brandt Blixt 11 6020 Chandler Sweet 10 51022 Tyler Hummel 11 6023 Chris Blatt 10 5524 Thomas Meuli 11 51025 Liam Kraus 10 51032 Nathan Sutter 10 6233 Kade Stroud 11 6334 Logan Lexow 12 6242 Gavin Canaday 12 6343 Dylam Saum 11 6150 Eion Jackson 11 6052 Tyler Tipton 10 62

    53 Riley ONeal 12 60

    Upcoming ScheduleDate Opponent TimeDec. 20 Marysville 4:30 p.m.Jan. 7 Abilene 4:30 p.m.

    Jan. 10 Clay Center 4:30 p.m.Jan. 14 at Beloit 4:15 p.m.Jan. 17 at Concordia 4:30 p.m.Jan. 23-25 Royal Valley Tourney TBAJan. 31 Herington 4:30 p.m.Feb. 4 at Clay Center 4:30 p.m.Feb. 7 at SES 4:15 p.m.Feb. 11 Wamego 6 p.m.Feb. 14 Concordia 4:30 p.m.Feb. 18 Rock Creek 4:30 p.m.Feb. 21 at Marysville 6:15 p.m.Feb. 25 at Abilene 6 p.m.March 3-7 Sub-State TBAMarch 10-14 State TBA

    Girls basketball

    RosterNo. Player Grade Height2 Natalie Harris 9 553 Vanessa Lovett 12 514 Lindsey Hurford 11 575 Rebekah Thomas 9 535 Rachel Sutter 12 5310 Morgan Beemer 12 5411 Alexandra Maulsby 9 5013 Jacy Erlandson 10 5114 Elizabeth Wilkey 9 5315 Blaine Skinner 10 5420 Skylar Medrano 9 5822 Daryan Wise 10 5723 Macey Langvardt 10 5824 Milea Anderson 11 51030 Abby Woodberry 9 5331 Abby Sweet 10 5733 Autumn Neal 9 5842 Cheyenne Sacher 11 5244 Jessie Heiman 10 51154 Harlee McDaniel 10 64

    Upcoming ScheduleDate Opponent TimeDec. 20 Marysville 4:30 p.m.Jan. 7 Abilene 4:30 p.m.Jan. 10 Clay Center 4:30 p.m.Jan. 14 at Beloit 4:15 p.m.Jan. 17 at Concordia 4:30 p.m.Jan. 23-25 Royal Valley Tourney TBAJan. 31 Herington 4:30 p.m.Feb. 4 at Clay Center 4:30 p.m.

    Feb. 7 at SES 4:15 p.m.February 11 Wamego 6 p.m.Feb. 14 Concordia 4:30 p.m.Feb. 18 Rock Creek 4:30 p.m.Feb. 21 at Marysville 6:15 p.m.Feb. 25 at Abilene 6 p.m.March 3-7 Sub-State TBAMarch 10-14 State TBA


    RosterWt. Name Grade106 Wyatt Pryor 9

    120 Jordan Hemderson 11120 Brett Lemon 10126 Cole Satterfield 10126 Joseph Bennett 11126 Kaiser Wyatt 10132 Issac Johnson 9132 Peyton Lott 11138 Kody Busing 9138 Nathan Nelson 10145 Leon Anderson 10160 Stone Hayden 12170 Zach Witt 12182 Robert Walsh 12195 Jacob Stoneberger 10220 Dustin Lister 10

    285 Jason Zook 10

    Upcoming ScheduleDate Opponent TimeDec. 21 at Lincoln 10 a.m.January 9 Herington 6:30 p.m.Jan. 11 at Herington 8 a.m.Jan. 17-18 at Basehor-Linwood TBAJan. 23 at Wamego/Council Grove 6 p.m.Jan. 28 at Marysville/Riley County 5 p.m.Jan. 25-26 at Concordia TBAFeb. 6 at Concordia 6:30 p.m.Feb. 13 Abilene 6:30 p.m.Feb. 21-22 Regionals TBAFeb. 28 State TBA

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    Hays with its full-courtpressure defense.

    Parks received strongplay from senior ShadajaGamble and junior CassidyMeadows at the top of thepress defense.

    We try to give (Gambleand Meadows) the greenlight to try and give as much

    pressure and havoc to theplayers that they playagainst, Parks said.

    It flustered Hays so muchthe Indians failed to scorein double digits in any ofthe final three quarters.

    Rains said it is the duosathleticism that makesthem so dangerous.

    They bring speed and alot of motivation and pas-sion, She said. Theyrereally focused on Im get-ting this person, and theyhave the speed to get there.We really believe in them asa team that they can getthere.

    In the fourth quarter, theBlue Jays turned to theircloser, sophomore AKiaFain, to lead them to victo-ry.

    She continually drove tothe rim and got herself tothe free-throw line. Fainconverted all six of herfourth quarter attempts

    from the charity stripe andfinished the game with 15points.

    It was part of an improvedeffort by the team as a wholefrom the free-throw lineafter Junction City strug-gled mightily to convert itsfreebies against Great Bendand Dodge City over theweekend.

    (Free throws) are some-thing that were keying on,Parks said. We know if weplay like this, theres goingto be a lot more fouls andwere going to have to be agood free-throw shootingteam and its something wedo daily.

    Junction City travels toTopeka-Seaman for its firstCentennial League game ofthe year Friday.

    Rains said the win washuge for the teams confi-dence as it prepares for atough slate of leaguegames.

    The Vikings enter thegame undefeated at 4-0.

    Theyre a big team andthats something weregoing to have to nullify asmuch as we can, Parkssaid. I think theyre goingto try and play defense andlull us to sleep and use theirbigs to give us one shot andbox out but were going tohave to be aggressive, getsome points off of turn-overs and press to be victo-rious.

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    Ethan Padway The Associ ated P ressJunction Citys Darja Russellputs up a shot in traffic against HaysTuesday.

    50-yard FreeBrett Magee 1st 24:37Jason Carter 6th 25:16Blake Nimmo 9th 25.74

    Austin Magee 12th 26.56Joey Marks 16th 27.90Keaton Petite 16th 28.55Jonathan Fischer 20th 28.92

    100-yard FreeBrett Magee 1st 53.73Jason Carter 4th 59.18Keaton Petite 10th 1:03.82Kyle Heidenreich 18th 1:09.37

    100-yard Fly Christopher Hogue 5th 1:13.03A.J. Nelson 8th 1:19.24

    100-yard BackBlake Nimmo 7th 1:09.78Michael Applegate 15th 1:34.71Benedikt Reynolds 19th 2:08.61

    100-yard Breast Stephen Deveau 9th 1:21.34Jaron Beck 13th 1:22.39

    Alan Martin 15th 1:29.88

    200-yard FreeEvan Hallum 8th 2:27.85Kyle Heidenreich 10th 2:33.94Benedikt Reynolds 12th 2:53.33

    200-yard IMStephen Deveau 8th 2:41.48Christopher Hogue 11th 2:49.68

    500-yard FreeAustin Magee 2nd 6:06.86Evan Hallum 8th 6:50.50Michael Applegate 10th 7:13.77

    200-yard Medley Relay Junction City A 5th 2:03.48Blake Nimmo, Jaron Beck, Christo-pher Hogue, Austin MageeJunction City B 6th 2:07.83Jonathan Fischer, Stephen Deveau,Evan Hallum, Joey Marks

    200-yard Free Relay Junction City A 2nd 1:41.22Jason Carter, Joey Marks, BlakeNimmo, Brett MageeJunction City B 6th 1:52.27Keaton Petite, Jaron Beck, Jona-

    than Fischer, Benedikt Reynolds

    400-yard Free Relay Junction City A 5th 4:02.87Austin Magee, Keaton Petite,Jason Carter, Brett MageeJunction City B 10th 4:37.78Jaron Beck, A.J. Nelson, KyleHeidenreich, Stephen Deveau

    Junction City Individual Results

    the playoffs for the firsttime since 1985 may be clos-ing soon.

    Thats why the Royalshave been aggressive thisoffseason. Theyve alreadysign left-hander Jason Var-gas to a $32 million, four-year deal to make up for thelikely loss of right-handerErvin Santana in free agen-cy, and traded reliever WillSmith to the MilwaukeeBrewers for outfielder Nori-chika Aoki.

    Royals general managerDayton Moore said follow-ing the season that threemost pressing needs were toadd a starting pitcher,upgrade in the outfield andsolidify the second base

    position.Infante appears to be the

    final major item on the off-season shopping list.

    We like our club goingforward, Moore said Tues-day. Weve made a lot ofimprovements, but we fullyexpect and understand thatwere going to have to mas-sage our roster and keepmaking adjustmentsthroughout the year, andhopefully stay injury free.

    Infante has had someinjury troubles in the past,including an ankle injurythat he picked up during acollision at second base thatlimited him to 118 gameslast season. But he still hit.318 with 10 homers and 51RBIs, far better productionthan Kansas City got fromits second basemen.

    ROYALSContinued from Page 1B


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