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at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Nebraska 68978 Afeature of The Superior Express Thursday, May 2, 2002 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas, andSuperior, Nebraska set as .S grads will be recognized ate services this Alliance will service for seniors and White Rock at 7 p.m. in the White Rock High is Pastor Center. Union will host Jewell High School it 7:30 p.m., in the Jewell. Church, Jewell, is is invited to both of group state 1st I High School Career, and Com- of America recently STAR Events and Showcase held in the two days, more from across the ty of leader- teams, two ap- teams and one job Jewell participated COmpetitions. Jacob Greene, bson, and Lisa gold medals and ;. They competition July. ' team con- lolte, Jenny Gibson, Topliff, Stacy mr Snell and Tracy medal. Jamie tpated in the job inter- received a silver medal. ,ssa Douglas )f the junior applied Caleb Burgess, and Shannon Snell were applied tech- these teams become state level gold medal districts. the state send compe- become state corn- as Dis- Megan Shelton ce president also be attend- meeting to receive her position. All track sessions dur- dealt with the career, the and their advisor, City Hazel Scott, 214 S. 214S. m, 525 N. It was bells, bells everywhere when Beverly Kindler presented the program for the Jewell County Hospital Long Term Care appreciation day tea for volunteers recently. Residents and guests were able to view the bell collection and refreshments were served. Board okays 8 candidates compete employee list for Junior Miss title for USD 104 The amended budget for White Rock School District No. 104 was ac- cepted Monday night at a special school board meeting and budget hearing. Fifteen patrons and school staff members attended. School board mem- bers present for the budget hearing were Ken Garman, Loft Yelken, Jim Reed, Lesa Peroutek, Wanda Frasier, Ray Mizner. Others present were Su- perintendent Bill Walker and clerk Therese Frost. Board member Bill Wilson arrived later. A regular board meeting was held after the budget hearing and three staff members spoke out in support of con- tinuing kindergarten on a full-time, five-day basis. A prior transportation request was discussed and tabled. Superintendent Walker reported the Carl K. Perkins letter of commitment concerning a federal grant needed ap- proval, which the board gave. Funds from this grant will be available through the school district's regional service center, Smokey Hill. The board held a 30-minute execu- tive session to discuss non-elected per- sonnel. After the session the board approved, with a 7-0 vote, the 2002- 2003 kindergarten schedule continu- ing full time, five days a week. The board passed two resolutions concerning the decision made at last month's to non-renew teaching con- tracts for Brenda Dooley and Dale Dodd. These non-renewals were be- cause of elimination and reduction of programs. The board approved an "intent to employee" these staff members: Janet Boyles, Billie Cox, Travis Cox, Robert Curtis (.50), Pain Dodd, Matt Hesting, Regina Jeffery, Marilyn Johnson, Christopher Klos, Janet Kriley, James Maguin, Mary Sawyer, Linda Scott (.25), Sheila Tucker, Gary Turner, Penelope Turner, Deanna Underwood, Marilyn Walker, Wanda Warner and Kathryn Wiest The Jewell County Junior Miss Pro- gram is Saturday, June 8 at the Man- kate Junior-Senior High School. Candidates competing are Angela Jensen, daughter of Dave and Cheryl Jensen, Mankato; Beth Gillett, daugh- ter of Sam and Alyce Gillett, Esbon; Moriah Wagner, daughter of Rata Wagner and Darrell Wagner, Man- kate; Kerry Waugh, daughter of Lorie and Gerry Waugh, Mankato; Casey Newell, daughter of Shawn and Susan Newell, Mankato; Megan Shelton, daughterOf Kevin and Myrna Shelton, Randall; Erin Garman, daughter of Dan and Vycke Garman, Burr Oak; and Tiffany Jensen, daughter of Carl and Kathy Jensen, Mankato. Chairperson for the annual event is Kathleen Jeffery, Burr Oak. Others helping with the event are Thadd Hinkle, program boOklet; Elaine Lippold, treasurer; Belinda Jeffery and Pam Decker, chaperone chairmen; Tracie Diehl and Karla Fleming,judges chairmen; D'Ann Basart and Stacie Whelchel, choreographers; Phyllis Liggett, decorations; Leigh CaUaway andPamelaBarry, gift baskets. Lynette Bartley will serve as the program em- cee and 2002 Jewell County Junior Miss Emily Diehl will participate in the program. This year's event theme is Safari Adventure. Last year $1,850 in cash scholar- ships were awarded at the county pro- gram. Friday, June 7 is dress rehearsal, open to the public and will feature the judging of the Jewell County Junior Mister contest for junior and senior boys. Interested contestants for the Junior Mister contest are being sought and if anyone is interested contact Kathleen Jeffery. Jeffery said more volunteers are needed. The Jewell County Junior Miss con- testants must be juniors in high school. Contestants began preparing for the program April 9. Lovewell Park hosts 'Kids Day' Saturday is the second annual Out- door Kansas for Kids Day at Love.well State Park. Events on the agenda include out- door heritage and skills workshops and begins with registration at the Southwinds Group Shelter from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Participants must register to be eligible for drawing prizes, fur- nished by the sponsors. Participants will receive an OK Kids hat. Orientation begins at 8:30 at the Southwinds Group Shelter, and a hot dog lunch will be served for partici- pants at noon. Wild Turkey Workshop and skills will be presented from 8:30 to 10. Workshop topics include turkey biol- ogy and basic calling techniques. Kite Flying skills workshop in- cludes akite flying demonstration start- ing at 10 and continuing to noon. Kids are encouraged to bring their own kites, but free kits will be given to the first 220 kids who register. A fishing workshop is from 1 to 3 p.m., with topics including fish identi- fication and angling tactics. Glen Elder State Park will have a fishing clinic and derby from 1 to 3 p.m. at Chataqua pond. The OK Kids program is in con- junction with Free Park Entrance Weekend. Saturday and Sunday ve- hicle permits are not required to enter any of Kansas' many state park areas including Lovewell State Park. Park users are reminded however, that if they plan to camp overnight in the state park, a camping permit is still required and can be purchased at the park office or self-pay station. A free fishing weekend will be offered the first weekend in June, with more de- tails to be released at that time. fade students at Mankato Elementary when the Mankato Tree BoaCd helped them Tree board member, Bob Switzer (left front), supervises the event. 4th grade students plant tree, read poem Amanda Flqjning, a fourth grade students at Mankato Elementary School, read a poem, titled "Trees," and other students buried a bottle con- taining their name in the planting hole when the group gathered to plant a tree last week. The event was an observance of Arbor Day, sponsored by the Mankato Tree Board. A Bur Oak tree was planted on he school ground and Mayor Don Hamilton stressed the value of trees to the environment as he addressed the group. Bill Wood told about the value of having a city tree board and mentioned what the tree board has accomplished. Members of the Mankato Tree Board are Bill Wood, Bob Switzer, 'Brenda Enyeart, Aletha Loomis and Nancy Sudermann. Students were presented awards from the tree board for their participa- tibn in the Arbor Day poster contest. These posters are displayed in the win- dow at Mankato Plumbing. First place poster was designed by Jessica Cheek; second place went to Brian Broeckelman and third place to Christopher Hillman. County hospital gets new power generator The Jewell County Hospital now has a generator in place to supply power to the facility in the event of a power failure. The generator purchase was ap- proved at the October hospital board meeting and was unit was installed two weeks ago. It replaces a generator in place since the hospital was constructed ii 1967. At the April 25 board meeting, board members voted to pay the $40,950 cost of the generator with board funds. Dale Boyles, hospital board chair- man, conducted the meeting. Other board members present were Kirk Wilson, Bill Loomis and Paul Wilson. Hospital personnel present were Deanna Freeman, administrator, Michelle Winkel and Bill Struckoff. Routine business was conducted and Winkel reported on the hospital and clinic. Freeman reported on the operation of the new generator and the system software conversion. Discussion fol- lowed on the front door entrance to the hospital. Rick Blair was instructed to get estimates for the cost of replacing the doors. He is to report to the May board meeting. l.)sing memorial donations to pay for the construction of a roof over the long-term care patio was discussed. Blair had contacted the fire marshal regarding regulations describing the correct structure. Bids for a metal roof had been request from Treb Construc- tion and Curt's Home Improvement. It was decided to use memorial dona- tions to pay for the roof. Sunflower Consultants will be teaching a CHA class at the hospital beginning May 28. Sherry Christensen, Beloit, has been hired to fill Linda Bowersox' s position in medical records. Commissioners hear reports from department supervisors The Jewell County Appraiser's Office reported at Monday's Jewell County Commissioners meeting that 19 tax appeal hearings were held last month regarding the "change of value notices" sent out in March. Marilou Becker of the appraisers office made this report. She also re- quested that commissioners inspect the full storage room in the department. In other business, commissioners conducted a meeting for department supervisors. Mary Powell, register of deeds, reported on attending the Reg- ister of Deeds District meeting at Belleville. Jim Vaughan, solid waste supervi- sor, reported hiring a new part-time employee, Bobby Daines, for the solid waste department. Vaughan plans to attend the HHW recertification at Great Bend May 20. He reported the new building is to arrive soon and he dis- cussed House Bill 2703 pertaining to regulation of C&D Landfills. Gall Bartley, noxious weed super- visor, reported spraying has begun. Bartley discussed the need for differ- ent doors in the chemical room. He is considering getting a folding or roll up door. Commissioners asked him toget quotes for the doors. Jim Foster, road supervisor, re- ported the completion of rocking on the Athens project and plans to pick up the new dump truck. He had received permits for the bridge projects. Rodney Zeigler, custodian, reported on routine maintenance. Zeigler dis- cussed having chairs in the offices steamed cleaned and it was decided to wait until fall. Gary Tordrup, Extension agent, had attended the junior leaders and county 4-H meeting. Tordmp and Deanna Sweat went to a meeting in Manhattan. Tordrup has been working with the Economic Development in placing a sign along the highway promoting the county. The sign is completed and it will be installed this week. He worked with soil conservation district and fifth graders in the county, in planting 900 trees. Beginning this Thursday, he would have three tractor safety ses- sions. The group that is looking into a sunflower processing plant would be going to Lamar, Colo., to look at a plant there. Later this month he will participate in a nine-county regional judging clinic. He told the commis- sioners the city plans to stay on city property for re-location of the power lines at the fairgrounds. ' Don Snyder attended a SLA fund- ing meeting and he will attend a plan- ning meeting in Hays next week. Linda Woerner, health department supervisor, attended the NCKPHI meeting and is working on the bio- terrorism template. She has drawn up mutual aid agreements for surround- ing counties and she is working on active surveillance disease reporting forms for the schools, hospitals and other organizations. Shannon Meier, emergency medi- cal services supervisor, reported two EMS personnel attended the training officer class in Kansas City. He said they had an extraction exercise on April 20. He reported that the roof is leaking at the ambulance building. Meier ex- pressed concern about having no local county coroner. Issues concerning the ambulance building were discussed. Deanna Sweat reported on the county health fair and stated that she will go to a grant writing workshop on May 14. She saidthatBetty Andreasen would be recognized for her retire- ment on May 22 at Manhattan. Carla Waugh reported on attending the Infinitec user group conference this past month. Waugh and other employ- ees of the county clerk's office, Sandy Westgate and Margo Baird, attended training class for the updating election software to be installed in May. Frank Langer attended the CASA meeting and was impressed with this organization. Doyle Alcorn had also attended the CASA meeting and agreed with Langer about the organization, made up of volunteers who handle the ease work. Alcorn had also attended the Area Agency on Aging meeting. Stanley Colson stated the Resource Council would be helping sponsor the parents as teachers program. He has been attending the meetings concern- ing the sunflower plant. Kim Ost, sheriff, reported on work- ing with four other counties on a drug task force. Counties involved are Jew- ell, Mitchell, Republic, Cloud and Ot- tawa. Ost discussed naming and sign- ing county roads for 911 purposes. The committee suggested using the letters of the alphabet for one direction and numbers for the other direction and to start with signing the roads at the intersections along the major highways first. The commissioners agreed that this project needs to be started. Foster had letters for the commis- sioners to review and sign concerning bids for the biennial bridge inspection. Letting for the state bridge project on the Randall road is May 9. Commis- sioners agreed to sign the bid request letters. Bill Loomis discussed the process of applying for a tax exemption and tax incentive for real property used for economic development purposes. The application would be for the proposed new building and additional employ- ees for Jewell Implement. Waugh gave the commissioners Ike's Marina Inc. application for li- cense to retain cereal malt beverage along with Sinclair Township Board's approval. The commissioners agreed to the licensing. Bruce Webb, county appraiser, dis- cussed the methods to value commer- cial properties and advised the com- missioners of an ag land meeting in Belleville and Concordia. Delbert Bird requested assistance in fixing up the road west of his place, putting gravel and getting some trees cleared. He also discussed needed thistle control on the property to the south of his house in section 33-1-10. The commissioners telephoned Alison Mueller, Washington County Commissioner about Pawnee Mental Health issues. Ost discussed the duties and quali- fications of coroner and it was decided to have the county attorney review this matter. Ost asked about providing funds to help with the drug task force. Woerner presented a mutual aid agree- ment from Mitchell County as well as agreements for Jewell County to sign for the other adjoining counties. The commissioners suggested that she have the county attorney review the agree- ments. Woerner stated that she has been working on the health department's pharnmcist license re- newal. She had a meeting with school superintendent, Ron Kelley, discuss- ing the use of the schools as part of the bio-terrorism plan. She also discussed school nurse contract for USD 278 and USD 279. The commissioners and the county clerk attended a joint meeting at the Downs State Bank with the Osborne and Smith County Commissioners. The group discussed medicare payments, 911 fimding for signing the roads, interlocal agreements, HHW, bidding bridge supplies and the rock reclaimer. Jewll County Commissioners present at the meetings were Stanley Colson, Doyle Alcorn and Frank Langer: Michigan couple buys Jewell care Village Cafe, Jewell, has been sold to Robert Williams and Jill Cayer, Bark River, Mich. The cafe was formerly owned by Wanda Farwell, JeweU. The sale was conducted through Rethorst Real Es- tate, Ag Service, Inc., Smith Center. The Village Cafe was previously known as The Wright Corner and prior to that, the Jewell Tastee Freeze. It is located along Highway 14 in Jewell. The new owners plan to open the cafe as soon as possible and keep it the current name. II I Weather Mankato Weather Bill Wood, weather observer Tuesday, April 23 79 32 Wednesday, April 24 59 30 Thursday, April 25 58 32 Friday, April 26 65 43 Saturday, April 27 68 34 Sunday, April 28 76 45 Monday, April 29 64 51 Moisture for week .37. Repair work began this week on the Mankato Lutheran Church. West Hampton Remodeling is installing a new roof: and remodeling the bell tower.