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/ : Thursday, May 16, 2002 Price 50 at 11 I E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Street, Superior, Nebraska 68978 A feature of The Superior Exp&apos;ress Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska is the newly appointed cer. Mayor Vickie the appointment fol- executive session May 2 meeting of the at meeting Don Fleming the road to the ,o be was also promotion sign Formoso was the amount committed As the minutes recorded bute $200 or less, moved to remit $100. Ided the motion updated the council on He presented bills Electric and Heating, Plumbing, En- Systems and elding. It was agreed to g to get He informed the coun- around the sewer pond e repaired and the signs can read and need to be re- ting were Mayor members Lavernia Sjolander, Ben Free Treasurer Nancy ne Watson and Bob ance < Medical a newer ambulance to serve county pa- ambulance was )n March and was licensed Use last week. According Jnty EMS director, Shan- has 32,000 the EMS. ansfers and aas unit," Meier said. This replaces a 1975 unit that presently has :es--two sta- kato, one in Esbon and Meier said the ambu- Is staffed and the ambu- is used as a back-up. EMS serves Jew- portions of Republic It has also served uckolls and Webster 2, including 11 emergency tech- first responders. Councll officers 3uncil officers were Y at Jewell High School. was elected presi- vice president: secretary; and Tracy 3uncil members corn- projects throughout the including updating sponsoring fall and ning activities and Long the classes for the county bought Christmas the Angel Tree. MHS, JHS hold commencement White Rock graduation Sunday High .......... School Se- niors in two county high schools, Jew- ell and Man- kato, held graduation ceremonies Sunday. Mankato Behrends The class of 2002 had 29 seniors who graduated from Mankato High School at 2 p.m. in the high school gym. Nancy Becker and Susan Harper presented piano music for the proces- sional and recessional. Abigail Ost welcomed guests and principal Harold Terpening presented honor awards. Salutatorian Carrie Behrends ad- dressed her classmates and the audi- ence, posing the question, "What Is Graduation?" Her classmate and vale- dictorian, Michael Winckler, posed the question, "What Comes Next?" A presentation of flowers was given by Lance Winslow and the class of Winckler Bolte 2002. The benediction was given by Bryce True and the farewell was pre- sented by Scott Miller. 'Jshers were Tyler Dunstan and Chase Warne and handing out pro- grams were Beth Gillett, Tiffany Jensen, Casey Newell and Moriah W: gner. Jewell graduates 14 At a 4 p.m. ceremony at Jewell High School, 14 seniors received di- plomas Processional music was presented by Becky Burgess, Judy Gibson, Mary Ann Kibbe and Kristi Vetter. Pastor Terry Mayhew gave the invocation Class salutatorian, Maria Bohnert, Gibson Bohnert spoke, as did co-valedictorians, Jenni- fer Bolte and Jenny Gibson. A saxophone quartet of Maria Bohnert, Laura Butts, Jenny Gibson and Stacey Novak performed. Scholarships were presented and Principal JeffTravis presented the class of 2002. Board members Chuck Gibson and Robin Griffeth presented diplo- mas. Pastor Wayne Feigal gave the benediction and the recessional was played as the class marched out of the gym. White Rock seniors graduate Sun- day at White Rock High School, Burr Oak, at 5 p.m. Commissioners told ambulance station needs roof repairs Jewell Gounty Commissioners heard a report from Shannon Meier, emergency medical services supervi- sor, when they met last week. Meier reported that the service made 29 ambulance runs during April and the service is currently 20 runs ahead of last year at this time. Treb Construction had checked the 30-year-old roof on the county ambu- lance station and it needs to be re- placed, as it was a 20-year roof. Meier is to get a quote for the roof repairs. In other business at last week' s com- mission meeting, Jim Vaughan gave a monthly activity report tor April: total of 1,436 visitors to the solid waste Don Dean and Bill Lahodny, Campbell & Johnson P.A., discussed the bridge inspection requirements. Ralph Chilcott and Neolin Taylor, Pawnee Mental Health board mem- bers, presented a proclamation declar- ing May as Mental Health Month with this year' s theme, "'Stand Together For Mental Health." They also updated the commissioners on the operations of Pawnee Mental Health Services. The commissioners agreed to sign the proc- lamation. Gary Tordup, extension agent, dis- cussed the air conditioners in the ex- tension office with the commissioners. Darrell Miller, county attorney, up- facilities and the replacement building should be completed this week. Linda Woerner, county health nurse, presented mutual aid agreements for emergency assistance among Mitch- ell, Republic, Smith, Cloud and Nuck- oils Counties. The commissioners agreed to adopt resolutions pertaining to mutual aid for emergency assistance among the counties. It was decided to nominate Frank D. Langer to serve on the review com- mittee for the tax exemption applica- tion of Jewell Implement, Inc. Payroll dated April 18 and bills dated through May 6 were paid: Public Health $1 1,493.05, General $52,345.63, Road and Bridge $142,500.98, Solid Waste $12,610.16, Sp. Road and Bridge $4,732.19, Tower $42.52, Appraiser $4,919.33, Clear- ing Account $61,907.80, Noxious Weed $37,767.93, Ambulance $15,957.56, 911 $454.25, Sp. Hwy lmpr. $1,508.51. Total 346,239.91. Jim Foster, general superintendent, provided the commissioners with a copy of minutes of the NCKCHOA meeting of March 28. Foster said he has been checking on prices for 911 signs for naming the roads. Foster and Kim Ost, sheriff, discussed the num- ber of signs needed and the placement of those signs. Foster advised that the new dump truck is not finished yet. Foster said that Murphy Tractor has a used R350 reclaimer for sale and it has approximately 1,000 hours and they are asking $225,000. state. He also discussed coroner is- sues, interlocal agreements and the upcoming tax foreclosure sale. Commissioners present at the meet- ing were Doyle Alcorn, Stanley Colson and Frank Langer. Mankato Weather Bill Wood, observer Tuesday, May 7 Wednesday, May 8 Thursday, May 9 Friday, May 10 Saturday, May 11 Sunday, May 12 Monday, May 13 Precipitation for week .29. Mankato BOE honors three, splits gym floor into two volleyball courts Three certificates were presented during the USD 278 Board of Educa- tion meeting held Monday at Mankato Dale True, the elementary school principal was presented a certificate of recognition from Kansas University for 25 years of service in education. The board received and read a letter of resignation from Linda Bowersox, present board member. She was pre- sented a plaqueof recognition for serv- ing seven years on the board.. Denise Davie, Jewell County Head Start director, presented a certificate of appreciation to the Mankato Public Schools for the continued support of the Head Start Program. In the superintendent's report to the board, Ron Kelley talked about the Title II "No Child Left Behind" pro- gram being initiated by President Bush. According to Kelley, money will come to the schools through a title program. The 12-year program has not begun. However, it is thought the district may receive approximately $15,600. True proposed dividing the present gym floor at the high school into two volleyball courts. He said this could be accomplished by putting the bleachers on one side and running the courts north and south. It would cost the dis- trict about $1,960 t6 drill four holes, install sleeves, place standards and paint lines. He said this was necessary because there is a large number of players try- ing to practice on the one court. True was asked by board members if the numbers would hold approximately the same or if would their be a decline in future years. True does not expect a decline in the numbers. With two complete courts it may be possible to host tournaments. The change was approved. Supt. Kelley recommended ap- proval of a supplemental contract for Dale True as activities director tbr the 2002-03 school year, His recommen- dation received unanimously approval. True presented the board with a list of persons approved for supplemental contracts. Some positions have not been filled and action was delayed until the June meeting. It was asked if it is necessary to have two track coaches as only 17 were out tbr the sport this year. True sugges- tion to talk with the White Rock board about combining track teams was ap- proved. White Rock currently prac- tices at Mankato. It was noted White Rock does not have a cross country coach and Mankato and White Rock combined programs t.his year. Foundation scholarships awarded to area seniors At the annual meeting of the Nuck- oils County Foundation the directors reviewed applications for scholarships for the 2002-2003 school year. Because of generous donations des- 87 53 ignated to be used directly for scholar- 73 39 ships, was able to award 65 38 22 Nuckolls County Foundation schol- 67 46 arshipsto $300each tothe following: 80 47 Carrie Behrends, KevinBoley,Janel 52 37 Bowersox, Chrissie Murray, Abigail 72 37 Ost, Katherine Pumphrey, Michael Winckler and Lance Winslow from Mankato High School; Krista Clyde, Kate Corman, Dustin Damon and Ashley Dean of Superior High School; Danyel Davis, White Rock High School and Selena Faimon, Aaron Michael Herz, Amy Janda, Erin Kucera, Daniel Laughlin, Joshua Oltmans, William Pohlmeier, Erin Utecht and Darcy Worman from Lawrence-Nelson High School. The recipient of the Evelyn Harris memorial Scholarship for $500 was Emily Jo Diehl. Emily was also chosen A 20 minute executive session was held with just the board in attendance. Following this session, Ron Kelley joined the board tor an additional 44 minutes belore the board returned to open session. Following the executive sessions, President Mike Liggett read the fol- lowing statement: "The board has dis- cussed with the superintendent his management philosophy. The board and superintendent are in agreement to meet with a team of staff'to address any issues of concern. We would ask the staff and community to give us an opportunity to resolve some of these problems." Discussion was held about the pos- sible increase of school tees for the 2002-03 school year. Consideration is being given to a 5 to 17 percent raise in textbook, workbook, lab, shop and lunch lees. The question will be con- sidered at the June meeting. Linda Woerner, Jewell County health nurse, asked the board to ap- prove a 90-day window after the. na- tional vaccine shortage has been lifted for shots required for school entry that were not available upon initial screen- ing. The request was approved. Also approved by the board was the bid acceptance form as presented from Oneok Energy Marketing for natural gas and the resolution for final action to n.on-renew a non-tenured teacher's contract for Linda Scott, foreign lan- guage teacher for the 2002-03 school year. Principal True told the board of happenings at the Mankato Elemen- tary. During Cancer Awareness Week, True challenged the elementary stu- dents to contribute pocket change only for a four-day period The students met the challenge and raised more than $100. For his reward, True was taped to the wall by the students. There is an accelerated reading chal- lenge going on now. True challenged the elementary to a total amount of points per grade. All classes have made their goals. The reward will be a nachos dated the commissioners of the status iati of Kansas Minerals documents for the Irr on district honored Jewell Legion plans for water conservation The Kansas-Bostwick Irrigation and goals for district-wide improve- Memorial service Jewell American Legion and Aux- iliary Post No. 72 met recently with Legion business focused on planning for the annual Union Memorial Ser- vice set for Sunday, May 26 at Trinity United Methodist Church at 10:30. Leon Boden conducted the Legion meeting. The group present four $100 scholarships this spnng; two students at Mankato and two at Jewell were selected for this honor. A storage cabinet for flags and other Legion items will soon be completed by John Stoeber. It was purchased with memorial funds. Auxiliary members met with Fawna Barrett, vice president, presiding. Darlene Thompson had devotions en- titled "Brotherly Love." Plans were made for the Poppy Day dinner May 25 at the Jewell Commu- nity Center. Marlene Brown will be dining room chairman. Pat Kemmerer and Barrett are co-chairman for the meal. Karen Boden will help with the Union Memorial Service. Delegates to Girls State are Amber Waterman and Tracy Bohnert. Members were reminded to pay their dues any time after July 1 and before coffee tour in September. The next meeting is Sept. 11. s is an activity highly recommended by the Jewell County Soil Conservation District, who along )urces Conservation Service and Farm Bureau, sponsored a well-plugging demonstration students participated in the event, held at the farm of Brian and Sherry Koster, Jewell. labor and equipment for the demonstration. District No. 2, Courtland has been rec- ognized by the Bureau of Reclama- tion. Maryanne Bach, the bureau's re- gional director, presented the local ir- rigation district with the Great Plains Region Field Services Program Award. Each year the national agency pre- sents water conservation awards to rec- ognize outstanding efforts shown by water user organizations in the areas of water conservation planning, imple- mentation; education, and demonstra- tion and development of innovative technologies. Kansas-Bostwick operates the Courtland Unit of the Bostwick Divi- sion, which serves a total of 42,500 acres in north central Kansas. Water supply for the Courtland Unit is pro- vided by flows from the Republican River and White Rock Creek and stor- age in Harlan County Reservoir and Loveweli Lake. The bureau officials noted the dis- trict has an active water management program that includes planning, imple- mentation, education, demonstration ments. In July 2000, the District signed a new 40-year repayment contract which included the goals of improving on-farm efficiencies as well as the district's overall delivery efficiency rate. The district iaas a program for converting open ditch laterals to bur- ied pipe. Of the 133 miles of open ditch laterals in the district, approximately 30 percent have been converted to bur- ied pipe. The district assists irrigators in on- farm improvement projects through design assistance, relocation of turn- outs, acquiring pipe, providing me- tered turnouts, and the installation of buried pipe to improve operations. With the district's assistance more than 100 pivots encompassing nearly 30 per- cent of the total acres, have been in- stalled. Since 1992, the district has been using a computer driven water accounting system that has improved water scheduling and accounting, and enhanced district record keeping and operations. The district continues to make system and software upgrades and improvements. Whit(00 Rock BOE ups scholarship recipients This year the White Rock School will award four scholarships of $300 each. Members of the school board approved increasing the number of scholarships to be awarded from two to four when they met Monday for their May meeting. Two will be given to graduates at- tending a four-year college and two for graduates attending a vocational tech- nical school. Representing the schoolboard on the scholarship committee this year will be Wanda Frasier and Lesa Peroutek: Terri Post, representing a student exchange program, was present to thank the board for allowing exchange students to attend the school. She is looking for host families in the area and explained the exchange program. The board approved transfers of $6,800 to the special education and $5,000 and to transportation fund. Supt. Walker reported on the state' s proposed state aid reduction of $329 per pupil. A negotiation meeting between board and faculty represontatives was scheduled for last night. The school calendar for the 2002- 2003 school year was approved. School will begin for students Aug. 14 and will end May 22. Discussion was held about employees donating sick leave time to another employee. It was de- cided it should not be allowed as it had not been done in the past. It was decided Ken Garman would present diplomas to the high school seniors and Ray Mizner would present the eighth grade diplomas. All board, members are to attend both gradua- tions. Classi fled employees Cliff Barnes, Kathy Blake, Joan Broeckelman, Sheila Fisher, Therese Frost, Jim Love, Daphne Manning, Mike Modlin, Judy Ost, Joan Pate, Kathy Pate, Teresa Shipley, Melvin Silsby, LaNeta Smith  and Sue Tucker were approved for the next school year. Student health insur- ance will be reviewed at the next board meeting. Summer school will be held June 10 to 17 and July 15 to 22. Donna Burgess will serve as the special education driver to,transport students to the summer school at Beloit during the month of June. Her salary will be $900. The board reviewed and accepted the bio-terrorist plan pre- sented by the Jewell County Health Department. The board also approved LaNita Smith' s request for unused sick leave reimbursement. Attending the meeting were board members Lesa Peroutek, James Reed, Lori Yelken, Ray Mizner and Wanda Frasier. Board member Ken Garman arrived at 8:30 p.m. and board member Bill Wilson arrived at 8:15 p.m. Otfiers present were Bill Walker, Therese Frost, Terri Post and Gloria Garman- Schlaefli. The meeting began at 8 p.m. as recipient of the Roy and Mildred Moore Memorial Scholarship for $300. Two recipients were selected for the Rena Clingman Memorial Schol- arship. Terrence Jensen from Lawrence-Nelson High School and Marti Christensen from Superior High School will receive $300. Sarah Williams, Lawrence-Nelson High School will receive the Diane Sole Memorial Scholarship for $200. Travis Rogers, Superior High School, will receive the $250 Roy Equall Me- morial Scholarship. Because this would have been his graduating class, the Poole family has decided to award two Jason Poole Memorial Scholarships for 2002. Katrina Bargen and Mathew Rempe will be recipients of $500 each. Thirty scholarships with an accu- mulated total of $9,450.00 will be awarded to youth in the Nuckolls and Jewell County areas for the 2002. Anyone interested in establishing a special scholarship or donating funds to the foundation for future scholar- ships or other community projects, may contact Lois Sullivan foundation president. and cheese party. Each student is also being challenged. First grade students need 25 points or more and a sixth grade pupil has to have 100 points or more. If the students attain the goals, True will take the students to the Buf- falo Roam for meal. There will be awards given m each class for most points, most tests taken and most passed. During the lengthy executive ses- sions, Don Wiest, the science teacher at Mankato High School gave a sci- ence lesson for the 18 people in the audience. All were invited to view the planets. Wiest pointed out Jupiter, Venus. Mars. Saturn and Mercury. All school board members were present for the meeting. Newspaper wants reunion photos With a number of class reunions planned for the Memorial Day Week- end, a public invitation is being ex- tended for readers of this newspaper to submit pictures of the returning classes. Clear photos with identification will be considered. Brandy Burkhart (left) and Casey Newell, art students at Mankato High Schqol, prepare art works for exhibit at an open house, held Friday at the high school.