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ii ii | Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 148 E. Third Street, SuTerior. Nebraska 68978 A feature of The Superior00 Express Thursday, May 19, 20tl Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber. Kansas" and Superior. Nebraska Deputy Perrie graduates from training center Michael Perrie, one of three depu- ties serving in the Jewell County Sheriff&apos;s Department, graduated May 6 from the Kansas LaW Enforcement Training Center at Yoder. Perrie joined the Jewell County Sheriff's Department last August. A prerequisite to his continued employ- ment was the successful completion of the three-month long school. The Superior High School graduate and son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Perrie, he previously had served in the U.S. Navy as a master of arms and had undergone the Navy's law enforcement training before taking the Jewell County job. Perrie said he developed an interest in Michael Perrie Tucker to .retire from Jewell Schools Sue Tucker is set to retire at the end of this school year after serving three Jewell County school districts for 32 years. She started her career as a substitute cook for Burr Oak District 277, work- ing in this capacity off and on for a couple of years. Her first principal to serve under as a secretary was Earl Lloyd when she became the all school secretary for kindergarten through 12th grade at Burr Oak. Then Burr Oak and Esbon consolidated and the school became White Rock, where she was the secretary for kindergarteJa through fifth grades and ninth through 12th grades; the junior high attended school at the Esbon facility. White Rock and Mankato schools consolidated. When the junior high moved to Mankato from Burr Oak, she also made the move. Tucker said "there wasn't much difference in the work load. same amount to do. the hard part was learning names to go with the faces of the students." Inher 32 years as secretary of the schools, she has worked for seven or eight different principals all with var- ied personalities. When asked about whathas changed during this 32 year career she said, "the big thing is when I started as a secre- tary all the book work was done by hand and now everything is completed on computers. How the students act now, discipline measures have changed so much. Some of the students that are in school now. I also was secretary when their parents were in school." She and husband. John Tucker, live in Burr Oak. They have two children, daughter. Carolyn Adams, Wellsville, a graduate of Burr Oak High School, and son. Eddie. who lives in Phi- llipsburg and graduated from White Rock. (By having his Morn as the sec- retary at the school, her son Eddie said he couldn't get away with anything,) She and John also have a granddaugh- ter, Chailyn Cummingg. who is a sopho- more at K-State. Upon her retirement Tucker plans to have more time for her crocheting and gardening. She and John enjoy fishing so she hopes to get more of that into her future. She will be helping her mother move from Ashland to Nickerson soon. She says she will miss the interaction with faculty, staff and students. "It's been fun, but it's time, ' she said. law enforcement and m admiration for law enforcement officers while a youngster. Active in the Boy Scouts, he said the scouts' code of conduct is similar to that of a law enforcement officer. Academy training covered a broad spectrum and included such subjects as criminal activity and traffic laws. The students were tested each week to measure their understanding of the class topics. Many of the classes contained hand-on scenarios. One entire week was devoted to firearms training. In the driving por- tion. the officers were taught how to safely handle their vehicle and evasive driving techniques. They also had to navigate an obstacle course without hitting any of the cones. Not only were they taught the laws of Kansas, but they were taught the reasoning behind the laws and why it is necessary to enforce the laws to main- tain public safety. Seat belts were one of the big top- ics. Perrie said it is increasingly impor- tant to wear a seat belt because of modem vehicle design. Today's ve- hicles are designed to fall apart on Impact while leep/ng tile vehicle's occupant safe inside the passenger com- partment. He said it doesn't require much speed to cause serious injuries to a person who isn't wearing a seat belt. Another area of instruction involved how to interact with the people an officer comes in contact including, the elderly, those with mental illness or handicaps and those from other ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The offic- ers were taught how to recognize drug use and the effects of drug use. They were taught how to recognize clues that an operator of a motor vehicle might be driving under influence of a drug. They were taught how to admin- ister a field sobriety test. The school included how to write reports and what needs to be included in an understandable report. Some of the lessons covered topics that are not common m Jewell County including terrorism and how gangs function. Three classes dealt with ethics of the comtnnnity, people and police. The 60 students had to pass physi- cal fitness training, defensive training and learn to how to handle people without using excessive force. They were taught which kinds of crime require the mandatory arrest of suspects and which kinds the officer may use discretion. Through out the school, it was stressed the officer's job is to look out for the safety of the citizens, not to make money for the state or write a minimum number of tickets. The officers were taught ways to prevent crime and the need to enlist the eyes and ears of private citizens to help control crime. Of the 60 students who started the class, 59 graduated. One had to drop out because of medical reasons. The school is located on a former naval air station near the central Kan- sas Amish community of Yoder. Perrie is one of five full-time offic- ers employed by the Jewell County. In addition the sheriff and undersheriff, the department has three full-time depu- ties. The five cover a county of 900 square miles. Perrie is living in Mankato. Leisure interests include hunting and fishing. After having lived in San Diego, San Antonio, Chicago and Denver, he said it was good to return to his home area. While with the Navy he was in Japan for two weeks. Rock Hills graduation was Saturday Thirty-one members of the Rock Hills High School Class of 2011 re- ceived their high school diplomas in a ceremony held Saturday afternoon at the high school. Serving as class ush- ers were Alexander Smith and Blake Waiters, members of the junior class. Also members of the junior class and handing out the programs were Mykalla Johanek, Mikaela Klos, Haleigh Shadduck and Lindsey Underwood. "Pomp and Circumstance" was played as a piano duet by Irene Ortman and Kathy Wiest. The welcome was given by Chance Colson, followed by a speech entitled "Now and Then" given by Kevin Garman, class salutatorian. A double quartet made up of seniors and under- classman sang "Take Me To Higher Ground." Allison Thompson. class valedictorian, titled her speech, "Step- ping into the Future.'" Allen Walter. Principal of Rock Hills High School, presented the Class of 2011. As the seniors received their diplomas, congratulations were ex- tended from Nadine Smith, Superin- tendent; Tracy Walker. Mark Fleming, Lesa Peroutek, Keith Roe. Lori Yelken and Ervin Underwood. board mem- bers. Terry Bailey transferred the tas- sel on the seniors' cap as they left the stage. The class members presented Mankato Chamber of Seniors receive gift Commerce meets to spend for Jewell The monthly meeting of the Mankato Chamber of Commerce was County in 202 1 held on May 11 at a local restaurant. Ten years after graduation in 2021 Eight members and four guests were the class of 2011 will have $t,000 to present Natalie Frost, vice president, called the meeting to order. Beth Menhusen, Micah Daniels and Justin Pate. mem- bers of the Future Business Leaders of Americagave a presentation about their future trip to Orlando, Fla. They will be competing in the National competi- tion in June. Brian Shulda made a motion to donate $150 to help fund their trip. Nadine Smith seconded the motion. Motion was carried. The winner of the second annual Mankato Chamber of Commerce Scholarship was Joey Zadina. He will receive $150 each semester. There were 15 applicants for the scholarship. The membership drive for 2011 has come to an end. There are 53 members this year. Once again the Chamber bucks 'have gone over very well for Mother's Day and Graduation. The group discussed upcoming events and how the Chamber can get more involved with them. Chamber members will be working on this and report back at the June meeting. spend on a project or cause benefiting Jewell County. That is according to the wishes of the donors of a fund estab- lished at Mankato Endowment. The initial investment will earn interest and grow for 10 years. The fund was established by a gift from the Jewell County Republican Party and State Sen. Mark Taddiken, Clifton. Keith Roe, president of Mankato Endowment, said "the goal was to re- quire some or all of the high school graduates to begin a thinking process about what would benefit their home county or promote its growth 10 years from now." Research shows that 28 is about the age when some people who have moved away from {heir homes often consider a move back home. Roe said he told the seniors at Se- nior Day "We are bribing you to have a 10 year class reunion but insuring /ou won't spend the $I,000 on enter- tainment." Roe added Mankato En- dowment is not actively soliciting more money for the Class of 2011 fund, but it did' gain $25 at graduation when a patrorkapproached him and gave him $25 for the fund. Sue Tucker Mankato Weather May 8 ..................................... 85 56 May 9 ..................................... 94 61 May 10 ................................... 99 57 May 11 ................................... 92 57 May 12 ................................... 80 57 May 13 ................................... 76 43 May 14 ................................... 57 38 Wilbur Becket, Mankato weather observer, reported .77 of moisture for the week. Charlotte Hansen, Jewell weather observer, reported ,38 of moisture for the week. flowers to the song "Leavin Home." The farewell was given @ Joseph Zadina. Honor students were Chance Colson. Jessica Freeman. Kevin Garman, Chelsey Greene, Bethany Jeffery, Blair McMillan, Michaela Simmelink, Shelby Smith, Allison Thompson and Joseph Zadina. Members of the National Honor Society were Chelsi Beam, Chance Colson, Jessica Freeman, Kevin Garman, Chelsey Greene, Katelyn Hesting, Bethany Jeffery, Brittany Joerg, Blair McMillan, Michaela Simmelink, Shelby Smith. Allison Thompson and Joseph Zadina. City Council discusses Christmas decorations Mankato City Council met May 3 with Mayor Don Koester presiding. Council members pr-sent were Jim Ross, Sam Becker..Mac McCammon and Lyle Dauner. Council member Dave Wame was absent. City attorney Darrell Miller was also present. Susan Diehl addressed Christmas lights for Commercial St. She reported that there have been $1270 in dona- tions in the Endowment Association for the project. She wanted to know if the council is supportive of the project or should the money be refunded. She felt there should be a more positive approach to trying to replace the light- ing. Questions were asked. Discussion was held. Mayor Koester thanked Su- san for coming in and stated the project would be considered by the council. Christie Timmons addressed the council regarding his property at 115 N. Commercial. He is asking for a time extension to see if he can find someone to take down or repair the dilapidated wall at this property. He stated he has not been able to find anyone that would consider the repair or removal at this time, but is continuing to seek a con- tractor. Discussion was held after which it was the consensus of the council he should inform the city administrator of his situation with the building within two weeks of May 3. Timmons stated he would inform the city administrator immediately of any change regarding the buidling. Christopher Komondy addressed the council regarding the equipment at the packing plant building. He ex- plained his personnel issues regarding the property and equipment and trying to remove the equipment. Discussion was held. Komondy offered a pro- posal. All personnel property taxes would be paid in full..He would clean up the building and contents. ,Will scrap out machines or repair what is Continued to page 7 Co-workers who attended Sue Tucker's retirement reception Monday morning at the Rock Hills Middle School gymnasium were (from left) Barb Mizner, Katie Whelchel, Charii Barrett, Crystal Cosand, Janice McMillan, Sue Tucker, Marlene Brown, Gina Jeffery, Judy Ost, Janet Kriley, Daphne Manning and Beverly Roemer. Chelsey Greene (left), Michaela Simmelink (middle) and Coutney Kuhlman, visit before pomp and circumstances starts at the Rock Hills graduation. Satuday. Myriah Jacobs (left) and Anthony Burgess appear to be delighted to have received their high school diplomas as they leave the Rock Hills graduation exercises, Saturday. County Board closes portion of road The Jewell County Commissioners met May 16 with Commissioners Doyle H. Alcorn. Steve Greene and Dwight S. Frost present, Carla J. Waugh, county clerk was also present. Shannon Meier, EMS director, re- viewed information regaling cover- age in the Superior Fire District area. Chairman Alcorn opened the road closing hearing at 9 a.m. for the fol- lowing two roads: One mile of 280 Road between Section 33. Township 5 South. Range 6 West and Section 34. Township 5 South, Range 6 West. Doug Eilert said the County has done work on the south half, so why would we want to close it. The two who farm this area said that they use the road and it would be a hardship to have it closed. Steve Greene moved and Dwight S. Frost seconded to keep this road open (one mile of 280 Road between Section 33. Township 5 South. Range 6 West and Section 34, Town- ship 5 South, Range 6 West). Motion passed unanimously. The following were present for the road closing hear- ing: Tony Richards. Rusty Carter. Russell Carter, Alan Snyder, Doug Eilert and Carl Prather Beginning south of Highway 36 on 220th Avenue in Section 22. qown- ship 3 South, Range 7 West then mean- dering through section to the South- west comer of said Section 22. Chairman Alcorn opened the floor for public comment on road number 2. There was no public comment for this road so Steve Greene moved and Dwight S. Frost seconded to close the road beginning South of Highway 36 on 220th Avenue in Section 22, Town- ship 3 South, Range 7 West then mean- dering through section to the south- west comer of said Section 22. Motion passed unanimously. Chris Peter. custodian, discus.;ed repairs. Chris asked about r:m4r; r, old generator to EMS, Tic .',: sioners said Shannon Meier was going to contact Heineken Electric, Melinda Latham. appraiser, dis- cussed ag survey and changes that need to be made as a result. She provided a quote from Sidwell to update the par- cels on the maps for $3,400 or a quote to train personnel to update the parcels for $880. The commissioners agreed to training personnel to update the par- cels. The commissioners discussed other possible layers to add to current GIS maps. Rex Fischer. general superinten- dent. discussed operations of the de- partment. Dwight reported that the bridge east of Glenna Fogo needs some attention. The commissioners reported other road concerns. Rex said they plan 'to pour the concrete behind the courthouse this afternoon. The com- missioners told Rex to prepare a list of surplus equipment for sealed bids. Steve said the field approaches need worked on and noted it is mandatory maintenance. Rex said John Cashatt contacted him about surveying bridges. Darrell Miller. county attorney, pre pared a resolution for road closing. Darrell drafted an easement br the county and the City of Mankato for the siren and pole located on the court- house property. Tbe group discussed a job description for an assistant to the road and bridge general superinten- dent. Darrell, Rex and Carla will work on a job description to be presented to the commissioners. Dan'ell asked about the issues with the road adjoining Rita Thompson' r property Darrell plans to view the road Commissioners approved to accept the easement for the City of Mankato upon approval of the city council. Shannon Meier, ambulance direc- tor, and Davecromwell. Kansas Board of EMS. discussed Resolution 94-15 previously adopted by Jewell County board of commissioners. They sug- gested rescinding +he res;ohtion and said he had contacted the Nebraska Board of EMS and they agreed that if the Superior ambulance covers a call in Kansas they have to abide by Kansas laws and requu'ements. Darrell Miller reviewed the statutes pertaining to this issue. Darrell noted that by statute, Jewell County has to determine a hard- ship so another service can provide coverage. Darrell asked for a sample of mu- Continued to page 7 Memorial planned for Burr Oak crash May 20, 1949 there was an airplane crash north of Burr Oak which took the lives of five Hiawatha men: Forrest Lee (Ted) Gore; William Clement; Dr. Paul Conrad: C.C. Jarvis: Mark Eldo Scarbrough. 62 years later. May 20, 2011. in Burr Oak, family, fi'iends and commu- nity people plan m join together in A Day of Remembrance for the follow- g activities: [ t a.m., lunch available m a side room of the Country Cafe, Burr Oak; 12:45 p.m., gather to signa Book of Remembrance at the Burr Oak Library; 1:30 p.m., assemble cars at the cafe site on main street to follow a lead car to the site: 2 p.m. memorial service at crash site on Burr Oak Creek, dedicating a memorial marker built by Kelly McNichols; 3 p.m. coffee in the nearby Northbranch Friends Church fellowship hall. Directions to the crash site general area are: from the town of Northbranch go south on rock road ,to dead end, approxifnately two miles, turn right on rock road and go approximately one mile and then the road veers south for one to one and a half miles, where you come to a farm house on the right side of the road. (2?rash was behi:d this house in the creek. , ,' > . r ; '," 'L , :K- that he wants Superior EMS ...... ' < ':'"'Vin?i :s e of rain, the dedication will to continue to provide service because be moved to the Northbranch Friends the bottom line is patient care. Dave Church.