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I Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 148 E. Third Street, SuDerior F Nebraska 68978 A feature of The Superior Express Thursday, July 3, 2014 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Mankato, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska Two businesses, The Scoop and . Loft Apartments, reopen in Jewell Cindy Tramp, Jewell, has reopened of The Scoop and Loft Apartments in Jewell, as the owner. At the present time her grandson Austin Hoelscher, and his girlfriend, Crystal Chatham, who are both from Texas, are helping run the businesses. "This is such a beautiful old build- ing, I couldn' t stand not seeing it used," said Cindy. Monday the after effects of Saturday's grand opening were still evident. Two groups of helium filled balloons were tied to chairs. One group was from Jewell Grocery. The other balloons were from Bill and Becky Loomis, the original owners of the businesses. Jewell Chamber of Com- merce sent a potted plant. For the grand opening, which ran from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, pink lemonade cupcakes and orangesickle cupcakes were served. "We were busy all day long. I had my sister-in-law, Jan Koster, grand- son, Austin, and his girlfriend, Crystal here to help me," said Cindy. The Scoop's doors were reopened to business June 23 serving ice cream and drinks. According to Cindy, "The most popular flavor of ice cream is chocolate chip mint, but vanilla, choco- late, chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookie dough and double strawberry are hanging in there." Another feature of The Scoop is fresh squeezed home- made lemonade. Jewell also has other places for people to coffee and socialize. B ohnert Welding has an area for this purpose as well as Jewell Grocery's The Store Next Door, and then The Pub also has coffee drinkers. "At the present time we are open 12:30 to 4 in the afternoon only and it seems as though the ladies come here to coffee in the aftemoon and the gentle- men go to The Store Next Door. In the mornings coffee is at Bohnert's and The Pub," said Cindy. Cindy doesn' t intend to change much at The Scoop. She dons an apron that says Cindy's Scoop on it. She really likes the openness of the store, and likes the old vault that is present in the front room. There is now a game room in the back between The Scoop and the Loft Aparmaents, outfitted with a ping pong table and a game table. She hopes to book some private parties, maybe some club meetings for smaller groups. The Scoop will also offer hand made gift baskets and other hand made items which are made by Jan Koster and Cindy. The gift baskets and other items will change as the seasons change. Cindy is not a native of Jewell but has lived there for two and a half years. Before moving to Jewell she lived on a ranch in Texas where she became wid- owed so decided to move where she could see the seasons change. Fall is her favorite time of year. In Texas there is no relief. "The people of Jewell have been friendly to me so by opening up The, Scoop I feel like I'm doing something for Jewell," said Cindy. Program provides incentives for college graduates to return For the first time ever, there is a program that provides an incentive for young, educated people to return to rural Jewell County. In 2011 Jewell County was named a Rural Opportu- nity Zone (ROZ) by the Kansas De- partment of Commerce. In total, 50 counties were originally authorized to offer the following financial incen- tives to new full-time residents. In late 2013 there were 23 more counties added to the list bringing the total to 73 that are now considered a Rural Opportu- nity Zone. The ROZ program enables Jewell County to offer new or returning resi- dents up to $15,000 in student loan repayment over a five year span; pro- vided they establish a residence in the county outside of their parents' home after the date Jewell County became a part of the ROZ program. The $15,000 incentive equals out to be payments of $3,000 per year. The approved appli- cants are funded half by a participating county or employer sponsor ($1,500 per year) and that amount is matched by the State of Kansas. To be eligible for student loan repayments, individu- als must: Establish residency in Jewell County after July 1,2011 (outside their parents' residence). Hold an associate' s, bachelor' s or post-graduate degree. Have an outstanding student loan balance. The ROZ program is a great tool Jewell County can use to off-set the historically high amount of student loan debt many young people retain after college. In 2012 the average col- lege graduate had a student loan debt of'more than $24,000 and each year that figure rises. Given factors such as location, Jewell County lacks an abun- dance of positions that offer high wages for new graduates that can help them pay off their debt quickly. The problem is many alumni can't afford to move back to raise families, purchase a home and pay off their student loan debt, because often the husband and wife each have student loan debt. For local employers this program can level the playing field when it comes to recruiting young, educated and talented people back to Jewell County. This program is an economic catalyst, enabling young people to spend their income on hous- ing, local goods or children rather than paying towards student loans in their first years back home. Jewell County Fair clean-up Sunday The 2014 Jewell County Fair is fast approaching. Tickets for the Tuesday evening meal are available now and will continue to be available through July 14. Other happenings at the fair that evening will include a giant inflatable slide, greased pig contest, children's tractor pull, funnel cakes, and an evening of music with Pete Gile. Fair superintendents who have not picked up their information packets need to stop in the extension office and The reality is our county sees no economic multiplier effect when gradu- ates repay student loan debt to a com- pany outside our county. If we are able to provide student debt relief to a young graduate, their disposable income has the opportunity to go into our local economy sooner. This allows them the ability to buy a home earlier and start making an investment in our commu- nities. Jeweli County is currently funding two applicants with help from the county commissioners and there is one local business sponsoring an employee. For more information about the ROZ program, email jccda@nckcn.com. Additional information can be found on the Kansas Department of Com- merce website by going to http:// www.kansascommelce.com/ index.aspx?nid=320. Jewell Co. newspaper office closed Friday Jewell County Record and News office located in Mankato at 111 E. Main will be closed all day Friday so we may observe the 4th of July holi- day. Feel free to drop your news item in the drop box located beside the front door of our office. Mankato office will open Monday morning at 8 a.m. Local Weather No daily high and low temperatures are available. do so. The fairgrounds clean up and Betty Becker, weather observer for department set up will be from 1 to 6 Mankato, reported 1.54 of precipita- p.m. Sunday. The superintendents will tion for the week. Also reported for the meet at 7 p.m. Mankato area is 8.20 precipitation for the month of June. Aubree Whelchel and her cousin, Lauren Whelchel, operated a lemonade and cookie stand on Sunday in front of Kiers Thriftway Grocery Store in Mankato. They raised more than $250 for missionary work in India through the Catholic Diocese of Salina. Entrepreneurship meets philanthropy Local girls raising money for missionary work in India Aubree Whelchel and her cousin, Lauren Whelchel, operated a lemon- ade and cookie stand on Sunday in front of Kiers Thriftway Grocery Store in Mankato. They raised more than $250 for the missionary work in India through the Catholic Diocese of Salina. Aubree is the daughter of Kenneth and Katie Whelchel, Mankato. Lauren is the daughter of Chris and Staci Whelchel, rural Mankato. Last Sunday a visiting priest from India spoke at their church. He spoke of the poor conditions in India, lack of schooling and many needs of the local children. Aubree saved one of the col- lection envelopes and developed her plan. "Mom, can I have a lemonade stand somewhere in town? All the money I make, I'm going to put it in this enve- lope and put it in the money basket next Sunday at church for all the kids in India who are poor," Aubree told her mother. "How could I say no to that?" said Katie. "So, we headed to the grocery. We talked about it ahead of time -- they might tell her 'no' and we prac- ticed what kind of response she should give, if they gave her that answer. We' ve been working on that all year in school as a district, and since I work there, we practice it at home. If they said 'yes,' we practiced that response too. Aubree walked in there like it was no big deal, straight back to the office of the store and asked if she could set up a lemonade stand on their front sidewalk. They said yes." The stand will be there again this Sunday, from I to 3 p.m. Aubree won't be keeping any of the money person- ally. It will all go in the collection basket at her church. Ryan Spiegel stands near a display of space craft he build as part of his 4-H Rocket project. The exhibit is on display at the Mankato Library and was part of the summer reading program. Ryan Spiegel shows homebuilt rockets Commissioners approve purchase Mankato City Library concluded the Fizz, Boom, Read summer reading program this week. There were as many as 91 youngsters participating in the programs. The last program of the sum- mer was given in part by Ryan Spiegel of the Southeast Coyotes 4-H Club. Ryan brought a collection of rockets he built during the 11 years he partici- pated in the Jewell County 4-HRock- etry program. WRAPS cost-share sign-up announced The Phillips, Smith, Jewell, Mitchell, Osborne and Rooks county conservation districts are accepting applications until July 15 in the tar- geted areas of the Waconda Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) Program. The Waconda WRAPS project was awarded a grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to provide water quality assistance to theWaconda Lake watershed. Following the sign-up deadline, the applications will be evaluated and ap- proved on priority basis. The sign-up does not guarantee approval or cost- share assistance. Practices available for cost-share are terraces, terrace restoration, water- ways, critical area planting, riparian buffers and alternative livestock water supplies. There are maximum payment lim- its set for the different practices and a landowner cannot be reimbursed more than 100 percent of the actual cost. Once an application has received approval, landowners may start imple- mentation. Cost-share assistance is not available for projects completed prior to approval. Furthermore, practices must comply with USDA, Natural Re- sources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office technical guide standards and specifications, or other standards and specifications. Those with questions or interested in applying may stop by or call the Phillips, Smith, Jewell, Mitchell, Osborne or Rooks county conserva- tion district, NRCS offices. Funding available to for rangeland school The Kansas Grazing Lands Coali- tion was organized in 1991 as a non- profit educational organization with a vision to regenerate Kansas grazing lands through management, econom- ics, ecology, production, and technical assistance programs provided by vol- untary methods to reach those people making decision on grazing lands. The coalition will hold two range schools this year. The theme for the wo schools is "Adapting your Management to a Changing Climate." The Mid Short- grass Range school runs from Aug. 5 to 7 at Camp Lakeside, Lake Scott and the Tall Grass Range School is set for Aug. 19 to 21 at Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale. The Waconda WRAPS pro- gram will sponsor one individual to either of the schools. Contact Robbin Dibble at 785-346-2128 ext.3 or email robbin.dibble @ ks.nacdnet.net for more information. Correction In last weeks Jewell County Record and News the wrong name of one of the occupants that lived in the house that burned located at 301 E. Main in Mankato was used. The correct occu- pants were Dustin St. John and Hayley Motes. of 2015 Kenworth fol, $65,790 Jewell County Commissioners Dwight Frost, Steve Greene and Mark Fleming met last Monday Gail Bartley, noxious weed direc- tor, reviewed his budget request. He said he needed more funds for the capital outlay line item. A group comprised of 15 citizens expressed their concerns. Travis Schultz, Kansas Wildlife and Parks, and Don Jacobs, undersheriff, discussed the placement of speed limit signs at the park office. Angela Murray, health nurse, re- ported issues from the lightning strike. Angela had the WIC agreement with Mitchell County. Commissioners ap- proved signing the agreement. Dixie Dethloff, district court clerk reviewed her budget request for 2015. Lora Ost complimented the road and bridge department on the fantastic job for the rocking project on 90 Road. Commissioners approved the agree- ment with Midwest Connect for the IN700 Digital Mailing System with 30 pound weigh platform for 63 month lease at $255 per month. Commissioners discussed road con- cerns with Joel Elkins, road and bridge general superintendent. Robbin Cole, executive director of Pawnee Mental Health Services, re- viewed the annual report. She also presented the 2015 budget request of $26,364 which is the same as the 2014 budget. Rodney Broeckelman, board member was also present for the dis- cussion. Darrell Miller, county attorney, and Jonas McEntire, sheriff, discussed the operation of the sheriff's office. The commissioners met again Mon- day and conducted office head meet- ing with Chuck Latham, county ap- praiser, Shannon Meier, ambulance director, Don Snyder, emergency pre- paredness director, Anna Standley, reg- ister of deeds, Angela Murray, health nurse administrator, and Brenda Eakins, county treasurer. Snyder said he has been working on the mitigation plan. Standley said she had a meeting with the county attorney in reference to the change in fees. Murray has been working on plans for an exercise in August. Meier said the department is cur- rently fully staffed. Latham said they had finished per- sonal property and real estate valua- tions and the hearing process and started working on the 17 percent recollec- tion. Eakins has been gathering budget information. Waugh is working with valuations, township budgets, county department budgets, ordering election supplies, ballot preparation, recruiting election board workers and insurance claims. Greene said he attended the Juve- nile Detention Center meeting in S alina and the budget was approved. He also attended the soil conservation board meeting to discuss their budget re- quest. Frost also attended the conserva- tion meeting. Jonas McEntire, sheriff, reported. on a change in the standard operations policy for his department. The commissioners discussed road concerns with Joel Elkins. Elkins dis- cussed the loader that belongs to Kan- sas Minerals and had bids for the single axle bridge truck. The bids were MHC Kenworth $65,790 for a 2015 Kenworth T370; Kansas Truck Center $67,569 for a 2015 Freightliner M2106. Commissioners accepted the bid from MHC Kenworth Salina for the 2015 Kenworth T370 for a total of $65,790. Local youth gain babysitting skills Thursday 16 youth between the ages of 10 and 15 spent the day at the Super Sitters! Babysitting Clinic hosted by K-State Research and Extension' s Post Rock District. The clinic took place at the Jewell Community Center. It pro- vided an interactive opportunity for youth to learn and practice babysitting skills such as interacting with children as they grow and learn, keeping young- sters busy with indoor and outdoor activities, safely preparing nutritious snacks and meals, emergency prepared- ness and response, and managing par- ent expectations. The clinic in Jewell County was one of two June babysitting clinics Continued to page 4 Johnny Walker of Walker Construction removes dirt and rock from the former Roger and Bonnie Houghton home. Randall Farmers Coop Union plans to expand on the site in Randall.