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Junction City 
Volume 153, No. 207, 2 Sections, 14 pages, 4 Inserts
 50 Cents Junction City, Kansas
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Eric Smith of Junction City grabs a pack of bottled water off shelves late Monday afternoon at Walmart. Water was a popular item as shoppers stocked up for Tuesday’s projected snowfall. Forecasts Monday night called for snow totals of five to nine inches.
Custer Hill Elementary School is the center of a feasibility study by USD 475, as officials will attempt to determine whether to close the Fort Riley School.During Monday’s meeting, board member Anwar Khoury expressed his disappointment with the proposal because he was not notified in a timely manner. “This was thrown at the board,” Khoury said. “I’m confused about how the decision was made.” USD 475 officials said reasons involve the facility’s con-dition and usability. Superinten-dent Ronald Walker said the intent was to get the board’s per-mission on the topic. Board Presi-dent Dr. Fer-rell Miller and Vice President Kimberly Milleson previously discussed the closure with Walker and other USD 475 officials. “We just needed permission to look into it and come back with a solid recommendation,” Walker said. Through the study, officials will host town hall meetings regarding the Fort Riley school’s closure. Those meetings will involve par-ents and staff members. No official meeting dates have been scheduled.
USD 475 to explore closing Custer Hill
In front of their constituents, four local legislators tackled tough political issues Saturday during a legislative breakfast.Some of those matters discussed at the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce-hosted event included the controversial conceal-and-carry weapon law, of mort-gage registration fees, and a projected loss in state revenue in upcoming years.Legislators in attendance included Sens. Tom Hawk (D-Manhattan) and Jeff Long-bine (R-Emporia), and Reps. Allan Rothlis-berg (R-Grandview Plaza) and Tom Moxley (R-Council Grove).Junction City Assistant City Manager Cheryl Beatty sparked the conversation about conceal-and-carry after mentioning her concern about the safety of employees and unruly customers. The law allows people with conceal-and-carry permits to take guns into public buildings, such as the courthouse and other offices, if there are no metal detectors or security guards at entrances.On Jan. 1, all “no guns allowed” signs were removed from the entrances of build-ings if no plan is established.Security upgrades are underway at the courthouse, and plans are ongoing for the county’s municipal building. Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf said one issue is open-carry and the patchwork of different laws throughout the state. He’s a supporter of conceal-carry, because there’s a system of checks to go through. “With open carry, you do not,” Wolf said. “Anyone can strap that gun on and walk down the street.” Longbine said security was a delicate issue, and expressed concern about the financial cost of providing adequate secu-rity.Many municipalities applied for a four-
Gun control among hot topics at legislative breakfast
 Alix Kunkle • The Daily Union
Sen. Tom Hawk (D-Manhattan) talks with residents following a legislative breakfast Saturday morning at the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library in Junction City. The event was sponsored by the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce.
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A Junction City and Geary County cleanup program still remains a priority for the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Community Image and Affairs Committee.However, almost a year after the committee formed, such a program for community members to the city of unsightly trash has yet to be finalized.“We’ve been trying for about 10 months to accomplish some type of ideas,” Alan Bontrager said Monday during the committee’s meeting.The core of the idea is to improve the appearance of Junction City and Geary County by giving resi-dents an opportunity to remove trash from their properties.Geary County Public Works Administrator Dennis Cox was invited to the meeting to discuss the logistics of a cleanup like what the committee envisions.Cox said a community-wide cleanup program could overwhelm the county’s solid waste transfer station, which would be the desti-nation for all the trash. The station provides municipal solid waste removal for citizens of Geary County. Cox said outside counties also use the station. After the waste is compacted, an outside contractor removes the waste from the station for a fee. The county recovers that cost by charging station users a fee based on how much waste they drop off.That fee is the one source of sta-tion funding, Cox said. If residents were allowed to drop off trash without paying, the county could incur a loss.“There would be a substantial loss in revenue,” Cox said. “I’m not saying (a program) isn’t doable, but I can tell you we’re very tightly budgeted.”Committee members told Cox similar programs have been com-pleted in Manhattan and Abilene. Bontrager said he’d contact those communities to see how they oper-ate their cleanups.Tom Silovsky recommended talking to county officials to see if they’d consider decreasing the sta-tion’s fee for the program, or whether the county’s contractor would waive its fee, allowing the program to be free for residents.“It might be worth a try,”
Officials still discussing cleanup program
“I’m not saying (a program) isn’t doable, but I can tell you we’re very tightly budgeted.”
Geary County Public Works Administrator
Junction City may be one step closer to having a new municipal court scheduled facility following tonight’s City Commission meeting.The Commission’s first item of new business is to consider a firm to complete the architectural and engi-neering services for the municipal court project.Municipal court has been held at 701 N. Jefferson St. since August, when a severe mold problem was discov-ered in the court’s former home on West Seventh Street.In December, the Junc-tion City Commission voted 4-1 to renovate the city-owned building on North Jefferson Street to convert it into a permanent home for court services.The Commission is expected to consider accept-ing a proposal for architec-tural and engineering ser-vice submitted by Bruce McMillan AIA Architects. The cost is expected to be about $100,430.The overall project is expected to cost $1.1 mil-lion. Renovating the former building on Seventh Street would cost the city roughly $1.3 million, according to Assistant City Manager Cheryl Beatty.Other items on tonight’s agenda include purchasing options for a new pumper fire apparatus for the Junc-tion City Fire Department and a sanitation truck for the Public Works Depart-ment.The pumper apparatus is expected to cost $480,816. The apparatus will be pur-chased using a lease-pur-chase program with Intrust Bank for $1.2 million.The remaining funds will
City Commission to discuss municipal court project
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Custer Hill Elemen-tary School was estab-lished in 1963, and is the third-newest ele-mentary school on Fort Riley, behind Ware Elementary School (1983) and Seitz Elementary School (2012).
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Instructors with the Fort Riley combatives program trained the most senior-ranking enlisted sol-diers in the latest Modern Army Combatives Program tactical train-ing Jan. 22.Command Sgt. Maj. Tomeka Nolen O’Neal, 1st Sustainment Bri-gade, 1st Infantry Division, was the only female at the training, but she made it known she was ready.“I’ve faced this challenge before with the Special Operation guys,” O’Neal said. “It’s just a matter of refocusing and getting back into it. It is not something I truly enjoy because it’s painful, but it’s a part of what we do, and it’s a part of us being able to handle hand-to-hand combat.”The instructors in the Fort Riley program are mostly military and prior military, and they all have a clear vision for developing Fort Riley Soldiers’ combatives skills, according to one of its trainers.“When you look at Soldiers, you are looking at unmolded metal, so you have to forge them to make them sharp. When they leave basic training, they are a very dull edge. As they progress in ranks, they get sharper and sharper,” said retired Staff Sgt. Frank Portillo, senior trainer, basic combatives course, and assistant trainer, tactical train-ing course.Seasoned veterans tend to lose their skills over time, so they need to knock that dust off in order to maintain the same knowledge for-gotten over time, Portillo said.“This instruction will open up their eyes to expand their knowl-edge on what we do here,” he said.The course is formed from years of progression through actual bat-tlefield scenarios, and it is con-stantly being changed to fit the modern battlefield of today, said Sgt.Bradley Cannon, combatives noncommissioned officer in charge, 1st Infantry Division.During the event, sergeants major had a rare opportunity to come together for combatives train-ing, Cannon said.The training was part of the Training and Doctrine Command and the United States Army Com-batives School.“I think it was a great eye-opener for everyone involved,” Cannon said. “A lot of these guys probably have seen combatives when they were young leaders, but the pro-gram has evolved from just basic submissions and fighting positions on the ground, to door kicking, weapons retention, weapons fight-ing and take downs.”The program is meant to teach everyone, from the complete novice to the professional, he said.“Modern Army Combatives pro-gram is one of the few things we have in the Army, where soldiers are able to start from the crawl, walk and run phase against a fully resistant opponent every time,” Cannon said.Many types of training ranges are all over the Army, but none give soldiers the type of real-world training combatives provides them, Cannon said.“The problems with those rang-es, no one is firing back at them, but with the combatives program, Soldiers are made to feel the physi-cal demands of that close-quarters battle scenario,” he said.
Combatives leaders train senior NCOs
 Photo by Staff Sgt. John H. Johnson III • 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
Fort Riley held a combative tournament Thursday and Friday at the Combatives Training Facility, where male and female com-petitors of all skill levels were invited to compete in the graduated-rules tournament at the individual or team level. Thursday’s events included submission and grappling, and grappling with strikes took place Friday, along with the finals. Shown are two competitors on the final day of the tournament.
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Couples and groups can enjoy a fancy evening out on the town, right on post during the Sweetheart Dinner and Dance from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15 at Riley’s Conference Cen-ter.“This is an annual event we do here,” said Chris Downs, manager, Riley’s Conference Cen-ter. “The draw is (that) it’s something different on post. Couples can come and enjoy a night out on post with great food and great entertainment.”The evening will start with a cocktail hour, fea-turing light hors d’oeuvres, and the menu will feature a four-course meal.For the main course, patrons can select between Cornish hen with rosemary and garlic or herb-crusted bone-in pork loin.“I’m always excited about the menu,” Downs said.“It gives us an opportu-nity to put together some dishes that we don’t always get to put together  – be a little bit more cre-ative.”
Sweetheart dance set for Feb. 14, 15 at Riley’s
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A pair of pens squeaked as Col. Andrew Cole, garri-son commander, and Wil-liam Bryant, director, Direc-torate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, signed their names to a cov-enant, renewing their com-mitment to DFMWR employ-ees and customers Jan. 23 at Riley’s Conference Center.“It is important to under-stand that we made two cov-enants today – one with our employees, and one with our customers,” Bryant said. “We re-committed today to providing predictable, con-sistent, efficient, customer-focused quality products to our customers … Our cus-tomers are the best in the world – the men and women that defend our country and their families. The covenant is our promise that we will deliver to them excellent programs and services that are commensurate with the quality of their service to our nation.”Bryant drew special atten-tion to the first line of the covenant, which reads, “Tak-ing care of our customers begins with taking care of you, our employees.”“We think taking care of our customers begins with taking care of our employ-ees,” Bryant said. “So, we – the management of (DFMWR) – recommitted ourselves today to providing our employees with a strong, supportive environment, where they can thrive and take care of our customers.”Cole similarly expressed his and the Fort Riley garri-son leadership’s commit-ment to DFMWR employees, products and services.“Part of what we’re doing here today is to reaffirm and to provide testament to the things that we should be delivering to allow for you all to do (what you do) for our customers,” Cole told the group of DFMWR employees gathered for the signing.“We’re committed to it.”Cole expressed the impor-tance of keeping the team’s mission in mind, even dur-ing busy times, and recog-nized the employees for their daily contributions across all areas of DFMWR activi-ties.“It matters what you do,” Cole said. “Be very proud of that … We are certainly thankful for what you do.”Bryant agreed that employees make a difference in the community.“In observing our employ-ees daily and in survey after survey, there is one thing that always stands out. They are totally dedicated to pro-viding the best service pos-sible to our Soldiers and their families,” Bryant said. “Without exception, that is the one thing I’ve found is true with every DFMWR employee. They all love tak-ing care of Soldiers and fam-ilies, and that’s what makes them proud to be a DFMWR employee.”The covenant signing has been an annual DFMWR tra-dition to renew the director-ate’s commitment to its employees and customers.In addition to the covenant signing, DFMWR employees gathered for a town hall that included highlights of sig-nificant achievements from the previous year and an awards presentation, recog-nizing individual contribu-tions and service mile-stones.
DFMWR renews commitment to customers
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In brief 
Barton Community College offering gas measurement certificate class
Barton Community College will be offering a certificate program in gas measurement certification, a 30-hour course beginning in late February. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 540 Grant Ave. in Junction City. The first classes begin Feb. 24-28 and will continue through late May. The cost is $2,730 for non-Barton County residents. For more information, contact Tina Grillot at (620) 792-9325, or grilott@bartonccc.edu.
Fort Riley soldiers to benefit from Manhattan Town Center event
Manhattan Town Center will be providing a donation of Girl Scout Cookies to soldiers at Fort Riley. Members of the community are invited to purchase boxes of cook-ies to be included in the delivery. Girl Scouts will be in the center court of the Mnahattan Town Cen-ter on Feb. 8.All cookie donations will be dis-tributed to Fort Riley soldiers over-seas within the USO and the War-rior Transition Battalion.
Geary County Central Committee meeting
A meeting of the Geary County Central Committee will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Tyme Out Lounge in Grandview Plaza.Those interested in dinner can meet at 6 p.m.The purpose of the meeting is to elect a new Chair and Vice Chair, and to discuss the Kansas Demo-cratic Party Field Plan.All Democrats are invited to attend. Call Melody Saxton with questions at (785) 375-1425.
Healing Geary County
The Geary County Historical Soci-ety has announced a new exhibit, Healing Geary County, which will open Feb. 4. The exhibit features local doctors and objects from their practices. For example, did you know that if a doctor had to use forceps during a delivery, it would cost nearly dou-ble what a natural delivery cost? The exhibit will run through 2014, and is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Diabetes support group meeting
The Geary County Hospital dia-betes support group will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Fegan A meeting room, next to the Thomas B. Fegan Dining Room. Laurel Peterson, RN, certified diabetes educator at Geary Com-munity Hospital, will present a pro-gram on “fad diets.” The support group is free and open to all people with diabetes, and their support families.For more information, or to sign up for diabetes counseling, contact Peterson at (785) 210-3344.
Aglow fellowship meeting
Pastor Mary Somrak will be speaking at the next Aglow Fellow-ship meeting Feb. 6 at the Hampton Inn, located at 1039 S. Washington St. Fellowship begins at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. All are welcome.
Cootie sweetheart dance
Military Order of the Cooties/Military Order of the Cooties Auxil-iary Scratch Me No. 6 will host a cootie sweetheart dance from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Veter-ans of Foreign Wars Post 8773, located on South Washington Street.Tickets (donations) are $15 per person, and $25 per couple. There will be door prizes, drawings and snacks.
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The Board of Directors of the Geary County Food Pantry recently held a volunteer appreciation dinner to honor the many individuals who make the operation of the food pantry possible. Anyone wanting to help feed the hungry can call (785) 762-8830 for more infor-mation.
The Flint Hills Regional Council is in favor of a wel-come center for travelers and tourists to learn more about the region, but it’s not about to give an opin-ion where that center should go.During its monthly meeting Friday, the coun-cil unanimously approved a resolution to support a welcome center. However, that support came without a favored location, and ded-icated no council staff time to be spent on the center.In general, the council appeared to believe the center would be a good idea to help promote the region. “It would point to the Flint Hills,” said Deb Schwerdt-feger, Morris County Com-missioner and regional council member. “It would make (travelers) aware of the Flint Hills.” For the last five years, a committee not associated with the regional council has been working to devel-op the welcome center idea. The committee mem-bers included representa-tives from Riley, Pottawat-omie, Geary, Wabaunsee and Morris counties, as well as Fort Riley. The committee commissioned a study that looked at six possible sites for the cen-ter. The study concluded the best site would be along Interstate 70 in Geary County near the K-177 and I-70 intersection, about 20 minutes south of Manhat-tan. The proposed site has created some controversy as to whether it’s the best location.“I know that this has been in the works for a long time,” said Ben Ben-nett, regional council chair and Geary County Com-missioner. “There’s been a lot of emotion on the deci-sions that have been made.”But the committee had requested the council’s support; otherwise, it would appear as though the council was against the welcome center entirely.“This is just, are we in support of having a wel-come center within the confines of our regional council’s footprint,” said Rick Jankovich, Manhat-tan City Commissioner and council member.The council now will draft a letter supporting the general concept of the welcome center.
FHRC supports  welcome center
Volunteer appreciation dinner
With a smile, City Manager Gerald Smith came up with a catchy name to replace East Street — Big Red One Boulevard. “It seems like a golden opportuni-ty,” Smith said about a possible expansion project stretching from Interstate 70 to Grant Avenue.The idea is to expand East Street to Grant Avenue, with the hopes of alle-viating Fort Riley traffic and provid-ing another major street in town. It came up several times during meetings, but no official action has been taken.During a recent joint meeting between Junction City and Geary County officials, it resurfaced. But those improvements may depend on the federal MAP-21 grant, which is short for Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century. One of the goals of the Federal Transit Administration program is to strengthen transportation safety. There’s many aspects to the grant, but Smith said the East Street idea may qualify because of the area’s relationship with Fort Riley and its traffic. MAP-21 includes an 80/20 local split in funding.Federal and state governments would pay for the 80 percent and the remaining 20 percent would be paid locally. “We’ll have to look over the grant and see what the details are,” Smith said. “It’s really going to be in the state’s hands to finalize that process.”Applications are due in June. An offi-cial cost and time-frame has not been established. Ben Bennett, commission chair, said some downtown businesses are concerned about less traffic on the busy Washington Street. “But there’s a lot more people in favor of it than those opposed,” Ben-nett said. “At certain times during the day, downtown traffic is a detri-ment in downtown.” Commission Chair Larry Hicks said people have to open up and have dialogue about the benefits and issues such as Washington Street. “Those are all things that need to be discussed and talked about in a forum so we can make a determina-tion in what’s going to best to repre-sent the biggest benefit to the general public,” Hicks said. “This is not to dismiss any of our businesses because they’re a part of the general public. But when it’s all said and done, you’re in business to cater to the general public and we have to do what’s best for them.” Bill Clark, executive director of the Flint Hills Regional Coun-cil, said it can help improve safety. “If you try to take 10,000 people out of one access point, it’s a problem,” Clark said. “If you have multiple ways to get out, you decrease the safety concerns. You also increase the speed to where people can come out or go into the post.” He also said it’s an opportunity to build a needed corridor for the city. “It will help alleviate some conges-tion on the post by diverting traffic to another area,” Clark said. “Whenev-er you look at alleviating traffic con-gestion, it’s good for everybody.”
Officials still looking at expanding East Street
“It seems like a golden opportunity.”
 Junction City Manager
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Ashley Heuton (far right), winner of the Kansas Lions Club’s Peace Poster Contest is shown with (from left) Al Urich, District Governor of Kansas Lions from Belleville and “MO” and Bev Greenwood of the Milford Lions Club, who sponsored Ashley in the contest.
In brief 
Rural Water District meeting
The 33rd annual meeting of Rural Water District No. 1 of Mor-ris County is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Dwight Com-munity Building. Members present will be brought up to date on the business of the water district. Also, there will be election of three board members.
Spaghetti feed
The Chapman American Legion Riders Chapter 240 will host a spaghetti feed from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 14. All proceeds will support the children and youth, veterans, and the community projects. Admission is $7 per per-son or $12 per couple. There will be spaghetti, salad, bread, des-sert, water and coffee available with meals. At 7 p.m., there will be Lone Wolf Karaoke in the can-tine. The ALR will also be offering drawing tickets at $5 each, or five for $20, for a patriotic quilt that will be drawn after dinner. To make advance reservations, call Barb Smith at (785) 307-2075. Reservations are not necessary, but are encouraged.Special to The Daily Union
Ashley Heuton, a seventh-grade student at Junction City Middle School, has been named the Peace Poster Contest Winner for the state of Kansas. The contest is a program offered each year by the Kansas Lions Clubs, of which the Mil-ford Lions are a part.Ashley’s original poster has been sent to the International Association of Lions Clubs head-quarters in Oakbrook, Ill. where her entry will be judged in com-petition with 2,500 other winners from around the world. The grand prize winner will be announced at the Lions International Convention in Toronto, Canada, scheduled for early July. Her winning poster carried a message and described her thoughts as it related to the theme of “Our World — Our Future.” “The hand in my poster is not colored to represent that the color of your skin doesn’t mat-ter,” Ashley stated in a news release. “The lion represents strength and respect for all ani-mals. The peace sign is between the hand and the lion because it shows that humans and animals should be peace. The world in the lion’s eye represents that ani-mals are important on our world, our future.” Ashley is the 12-year-old daughter of Andrew and Jamie Heuton. Her father is in the mili-tary and is stationed at Fort Riley. She has lived in two different countries and four different states. Her hobbies include draw-ing, running cross country, com-puters, her cat Garfield and her dog Carla. Ashley’s goals are to be a vet-erinarian and to own a pet store.
JCMS student wins state poster contest
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