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Thursday, January 12, 2017 ~ Price 50¢ i i ,. ° - o Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 ' , !~ 1148 E. Third Street, SuFerior, Nebraska 68978 A feature of The Superior Express Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska !i~i ,ub Commissioners OK • • agreement with county employees The Jewell County board met last Tuesday with commissioners Steve Greene, Dwight S. Frost and Mark Fleming present. Carla J. Waugh, county clerk was present for the meet- ing. Keith Roe joined the meeting. Travis Garst, solid waste director, provided the monthly and yearly re- ports. Don Jacobs, sheriff, reported on operations of his office. Shannon Meier, ambulance direc- tor, provided the activity report for December. He is updating the medical protocols for his department. Shannon requested an executive session for the purpose of discussing confidential data relating to financial affairs. Regular session resumed with Steve Greene moving to write off $4,432.80 for the fourth quarter of 2016 for EMS. Commissioners went into execu- tive to discuss non-elected personnel with each of the following employees separately: Shannon Meier, ambulance director; Travis Garst, solid waste di- rector; and Gail Bartley, noxious weed director, emergency preparedness and 911 coordinator. No action resulted. The commissioners approved the employment agreement with Gail Bartley for noxious weed director, emergency preparedness and 911 co- ordinator; Shannon Meier for ambu- lance director; Travis Garst, solid waste director; Joel Elkins, general superin- tendent, road and bridge; Chris Petet, custodian; and Angela Murray, health department. Joel Elkins reported that they in- stalled 219 tubes in 121 locations dur- ing 2016 Minutes of the Dec. 27 meeting were approved. Angela Murray, health nurse, dis- cussed electrical issues within her de- partment. The commissioners discussed sev- eral matters with Darrell E. Miller, county attorney. Carla Waugh, county clerk, thanked Darrell' s office for pre- paring the employment agreements. 'Coffee with the sheriff" continuing "Coffee with the sheriff," with Don Jacobs, Jewell County sheriff, will continue into the new year. The sheriff will be at the Esbon Cafe at 8 a.m. today (Thursday), then the Burr Oak Library at 10 a.m. Mark Fleming, newly-elected Jewell County commissioner, plans to accompany the Sheriff for today's coffee stops. At 10 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 18), the Sheriff Jacobs will be at The Scoop in Jewell. At 9 a.m. on Jan. 19, the sheriff will be at The Barn in Formoso. Anyone and everyone is encour- aged to attend these coffee stops, ask questions and get to know the sheriff. Local weather High and low temperatures Jan. 1 ........................................ 40 20 Jan. 2 ........................................ 44 27 Jan. 3 ........................................ 42 15 Jan. 4 ........................................ 24 5 Jan. 5 ........................................ 19 5 Jan. 6 ........................................ 16 -6 Jan. 7 ........................................ 16 -5 Betty Becker, weather observer for Mankato, reported a trace of moisture for the week. Ice fishing has been good at Jewell Lake By Kerma Crouse Yes! There has been ice fishing at the Jewell County State Fishing Lake west and north of Jewell this winter. After the recent cold snap, the ice was 4 to 5 inches thick and there were half a dozen people participating in the sport on Sunday afternoon. As always with ice fishing, caution must be taken when moving onto the ice and selecting a location for the fishing holes. Last Wednesday the of- fic ial Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tour- ism website warned the ice was only 1 to 2 inches thick. However, with the recent cold snap the ice was thick enough on Sunday for the sport. The late afternoon sun was bright, cheerful and teasing as the tempera- ture was only some 35 degrees. All sportsmen were b~dled for the weather but probably glad the brisk breeze of / the morning hours had diminished. The fishermen were from Kansas and Nebraska. Several holes were bored in the ice around their fishing areas but each was fishing in only one. One of those fishing was Mick Moffett from Shelton, Neb. His group of three had tried Kirwan early in the day but had no luck. They moved to Glen Elder and again, no luck. So why were they fishing at the Jewell County Lake? "You have fish!" was the quick reply. Indeed, Moffett caught a fish as he was speaking• Alas, too small and returned to the lake. Not a fish for a good story. But quickly, the baited hook was back in the water waiting for the next bite. The Rock Hills Board of Education met Monday. Those present were: Lori Yelken, Brenden Wirth, Ervin Underwood, Janelle Greene, Nadine Smith, Sam Meyers, Delores Angleton, Lori Slate and Todd Mauerhan. The facilities director was unable to attend, so Superintendent Smith re- ported that Hood Electric has com- pleted the lighting retrofit project in all classrooms at the elementary school. The H-VAC pump at the junior-senior high school that was damaged during an electrical outage has been replaced and a new faucet has been installed in the art room. The Board discussed items pre- sented for surplus. It was approved to advertise the piano and chairs on Purple Wave, burn the helmets and take sealed bids on the Windows laptop and iPad tablet. The additional tech- nology items will be advertised lo- cally. The vote was 6-1, with Lori Slate opposed. The board entered into executive • . :4 The board entered into executive :7~q session twice for the purpose of dis- -~ cussing non-elected personnel. Fol- lowing the closed sessions, it was ap- ~ ':~ proved to accept the resignations of;-:.?- Matt Hestmg and Deanna Underwood ~,~ at the end of the current school year. ~ ~ session to discuss matters affecting Both are retiring. :~;~ students• Those entering into execu- Tbeboardreviewed KASB Decem- tive session were: Lori Yelken, Ervin ber 2016 policy updates. The policy i :, Underwood, Bobi Fogo, Todd updates were approved as presented. ~.~ Mauerhan, Brenden Wirth, Lori Slate, The board entered into executive- ~-',5 Janelle Greene, Sam Meyers and once again to discuss non-elected per- .~i~ Nadine Smith. No action resulted from sonnel. No action resulted fromthis." 7~ "~'~ executive session• :~ this executive session. Denis Miller of Mapes and Miller, The next regular meeting of the Rock ~ LLP, presented the district' s annual Hills School Board will be at I p.m. on :. audit report. Miller complimented the Monday, Feb.l 3, at the district office...- .i' district on their clean audit, in Mankato.. Extensive remodel complete; building ready for customers Bill and Sue Foster (above) are the proprietors of The Shed, a new bar and grill o0ening Saturday in Ionia• The building has a lot of history. At one time the building was known as the Coon Hunters Lodge, then it be- came Simmelink Plumbing. They ripped everything out of the building and the main floor was raised• Sev- eral door openings were made much bigger, and the second story was removed from the building and the new roof was put in place. The Jewell County Board met Mon- hiring a part-time dispatcher. He said 2017. Keith Roe seconded the motion. day withcommissioners Steve Greene, they will have a community coffee in Motion passed unanimously. Mark Fleming and Keith Roe present. Burr Oak and Esbon this week. Don Commissioners approved that the - Carla J. Waugh, county clerk, was plans to attend the Mankato City Coun- Jewell Coun~ Record be designated i~ present for the meeting, cil meeting on Tuesday night, as the official county newspaper. , ~, ~, Darrell E. Miller, county attorney, Chris Petet, custodian, said the new Commissioners also approved that ~: administeredtheoathofofficetoCarla installerforEllenzofTiptoncamelast all banks in Jewell County be desig-• J. Waugh, Jewell County Clerk.Thursday to look at the tile. He had nated as official depositories. CarlaWaugh administered the oath Chris mark the tiles that need replaced. Steve Greene was reappointed as of office to Mark Fleming, County JoelElkins, general superintendent, Jewell County's representative for the Commissioner District 3; Keith Roe, discussed road maintenance. North Central Kansas Regional Juve-. County Commissioner District 2; Minutes of the Jan. 3 commission- nile Detention Facility. Darrell E. Miller, County Attorney; ers meeting were approved• Mark Fleming was appointed as Donald Jacobs, County Sheriff; and Steve Greene moved to appoint Jewell County's representative for tbe Anna Standley, County Register of MarkFlemingaschairmanoftheboardNorthCentralRegionalPlanningCom-.~ Deeds. The county treasurer's term 'of county commissioners for 2017. mission Board. begins on Oct. 9. Keith Roe seconded the motion• Mo- Commissioners appointed Keith Darrell Miller discussed preparing tion passed unanimously. Roe as Jewell County's representative aresolution forregulationsconcerning Mark Fleming moved to appoint for the Juvenile Justice Authority and boring under county roads. Steve Greene as vice chairman of the Community Corrections Advisory Donald Jacobs, sheriff, discussed board of county commissioners for Board. Saturday will be the official open- mg of The Shed in Ionia. The Shed is a bar and grill, a business that Sue and Bill Foster have worked long and hard at getting their doors open. It seems as though people in Jewell County are interested in history and the original structure of The Shed has a lot of history. The Fosters know at one time the building was known as the Coon Hunters Lodge, then it became Simmelink Plumbing. Bill and Sue say neither of them knows all there is to know about the building, but are look- ing forward to the stories that might be told about its history• Sue was raised in the B urr Oak area. They lived in the area for a short time then left and came back in 2005. "'When we came back, Bill contin- ued to work away from home building bridges where he was the foreman," said Sue. "We bought the building in 2007 from Dale Simmelink who had his plumbing business in it at the time and we started working on it then." They started out by ripping every- thing out of the building. Two walls were removed, all the old lathe and plaster was removed, the main floor was raised. Where there wasn't any lathe and plaster the wallpaper was stripped. Several door openings were made much bigger. Once the second story was removed from the building and the new roof in place the inside remodeling began. The original wood floor inside was stripped, sanded and refinished. A float- ing wood floor was put down for the dance area. Going into what use to be Dale's office which still has a heated Mick Moffett, Shelton, Neb., waits Sunday. floor, it was converted into the serving bar area. On the west side and the south side of that room, part of the wall has been removed. On the west side there is enough room for four bar stools to set at the homemade bar counter. The two bars in this area were constructed out of old lumber that was salvaged. Walls that used to be there are now supported by visible used bridge planks. Also two restrooms were built. Now for the remainder of the his- tory. Throughout the structure any old lumber that could have been salvaged was used to remodel and most is left uncovered. The tables and chairs are not new, they came from the R Bar M in Mankato. The beer cooler in the beer serving area is also from the R Bar M as well as the keg box. The upright coolers were purchased from the li- quor store in Cawker City. The business will be heated by a wood pellet stove• The facility will seat 40 to 50 people comfortably with the tables that are in place and still not interfere with the games that are avail- able. There is a shuffle board table that can have several different games played on it and a dart machine. The Fosters have larger tables that will seat 8 or 10 people at them and can be set up on the dance floor if needed. On the east wall there will be a big screen TV. The kitchen is located at the back. All necessary equipment, both safety and convenience, is in place. The Fos- ters are waiting on the food inspector to come and then receive their food license. Once this is in place they will be serving pizza and at this time short order sandwiches and other finger patiently for a bite while ice fishing foods. "We hope to run weekend specials. Bill will do the cooking and I will run the bar section," said Sue. The bar and grill will serve tap beer, canned, bottled, and to go beer. To go along with the beer there is a popcorn popper that will be put to use. How did the Fosters come up with the name, The Shed? "We'd owned the building for a while and I don't remember if it was myself or Bill that was going over to work on the building, anyway one or the other ask where the other was go- ing and the reply was, over to the shed, and it just stuck," said Sue. "We are excited to get it open, ready to see the doors open and finally have it finished and are looking forward to seeing smiling faces coming through the doors," said Sue. "'We have had lots of help getting the bar up and going. Our kids, Jonathan and Brandi, have helped a lot, as well as our grand- daughter," said Sue. "When I was foreman of the bridge crew I worked for, my crew came up one weekend and helped take off the second floor of the building," said Bill. Sue and Bill both work for Jewell County Road and Bridge Dept. and both are operators of road maintainers. Sue has the townships of Ionia and Odessa and part of Esbon. Bill has Brownscreek and Prairie township. Both maintainers run out of Ionia which is where Sue and Bill live. More information about the Grand Opening planned for Saturday, Jan. 14, can be found in an ad elsewhere in this edition. at the JeweU County State Fishing Lake, Monday morning Jewell County elected officials were sworn into office. Giving Carla Waugh, County Clerk; tier~ oath of office was Darrell Miller, County Attorney. Carla in turn gave the oath of office to the rest of the elected official$~ By Kerma Crouse One hundred years ago, on Jan. 9, 1917,, Kathryn Gallagher was born to Joseph and Catherine Gallagher. She was born on the family farm west of Jewell. The bed she sleeps in at Hilltop Lodge Assisted Living, Beloit, was the bed in which she was born. Since then a lot has happened. Of course, she remembers starting school! It was at "Old Couch, across the road from Couch Cemetery." In those days, one room schools dotted the county. "Old Couch" was about a mile and a half from her parent' s farm. It was only about a mile if one went across the section. Eilert attended the school for eight years. During those years, recess was often spent playing in the cemetery across the road. Why? "Because there were trees!" She went on to graduate from Jewell Rural High School with the Class of 1934. In 1935 she worked in the school office but stayed home in 1936 and 1937• f In 1938 she had the opportunity to continue her education. Several young women her age enrolled in normal train- ing which was taught at the high school. Normal training was the teacher prepa- ration course of the time. '¢Fhat's where I got my start in teaching." Eilert recalled. Eilert married Francis "lke" Eilert on Oct. 24, 1950. When asked about a wedding dance, she paused, then laughed and said "Well, now that I think about it, there was one!" Their marriage was cut short by his death in a farm accident in 1975. Her four children, 10 grandchil-: dren, and 17 great-grandchildren, hon- ored her last July with an early birth- day party. The event was purposely Kathryn (Gallagher) Eilert celebrated her 100th birthday on JanuarY 9. SI ate her birthday lunch with her nephew, Brian Martin, from Atlanta, Ga. held-when "the weather was warm!" Thus, the official 100th birthday was observed more quietly. Lunch was with her friends at Hilltop Lodge Assisted Living and her nephew, Brian Martin, from Atlanta, Ga. Eilert's children and spouses Mary DeBey, Topeka, Rosie BO, and husband, JR, Onaga, Con[ Mushrush and husband, Joe, Stro City and Joe Eilert and wife, Karl, rural Jewell. J t :• iii