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at 111 E. IVain, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Street Su Net 68978 Afeature of The Su Thursday, August 8, 2002 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas, andSuperior, Nebraska County farmers opted to plant sunflowers this year which may have been a good choice considering conditions. Fields of sunflowers are doing well despite the drought. This field is located near Ionia. Voters cast primary ballots Only a few hundred Jewell County voters went to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in a primary election which contained only one local interest build- ing race. One person filed for the one county office to be filled this year. Several township positions were on the ballot but only a few had filings and none had a contest. The race with the greatest local interest involved Courtland and Smith Center residents seeking the state representative's post in the Kansas House. Incumbent Clay Aurand, a Republic County resident, was chal- lenged on the Republican ticket by Smith County resident Buck McClain. Jewell County voters favored Aurand with a 399 to 134 margin. The Demo- crats did not field a candidate for the state representative's post or for the two Congressional seats to be filled this year. For 1st District County Commis- sioner, the Republican incumbent, Stanley D. Colson, Mankato, is the only candidate to file for the office. Voters gave him 172 primary election votes. Most voters going to the polls cast Republican ballots. At least one voter went to the polls in each of the county' s 25 townships. Richland Township, a township which historically has voted Democratic had only one voter this election. That voter called for a Repub- lican ballot. Republican Party county-wide vote tallies follow: U.S. Senate, Tom Oyler, 47, Pat Roberts, 482; 1st District U.S. Repre- sentative, Jerry Moran, 501. Governor and Lieutenant Gover- nor, Dan Bloom and Eric Bloom, 17; Dave Kerr and Mary Birch, 235; Bob Knight and Kent Glasscock, 99; Tim Shallenburger and David Lindstrom, 173. Secretary of State, Ron Thomburgh, 406; Attorney General, David Adkins, 188, Phill Kline, 220, Charles D. McAtee, 85. State Treasurer, Lynn Jenkins, 358, Dennis M. Wilson, 123; Commissioner of Insurance, David J. Powell, 140, Bryan Riley, 84, Sandy Praeger, 225. Member State Board of Education District 5, Connie Morris, 90, I.B. addressed related sunflower processing plant y Sunflower Pro- met July 29 at the home. A conversation president of National Sun- Larry Kleingarten in was accomplished with Phone. Kleingarten answered questions Teens race through Jewell County While most Jewell County residents " were still sleeping early last Wednes- day morning, about 25 teens ran through town. The teens are from Northeast Iowa and were running from the Pacific Coast of California to their home in Iowa. covering 2,056 miles. The runners and their crews left California July 21 and were supposed to reach Wadena, Iowa. Aug. 3. Members of the group said their purpose is to raise awareness of a healthy life-style, to promote their home area and to raise funds for a community recreation center in the Valley School District located in a rural, mostly agricultural area. This is the fourth summer for the run and several runners have made all four events. In most areas the rurners are met by groups of local cross country runners and members of local organizations and clubs who accompany them lgr several miles of the journey. Some areas they have passed through have provided overnight accommodations or meals. The runners stayed in Garden City July 29. The next overnight stop was in Phillipsburg. The runners started out earlier Wednesday morning and came into Jewell County at 5:30 a.m. "They knew they were getting closer to home and this made them anxious to start early," a spokesperson said. They came through Mankato at about 7 a.m. and the next scheduled overnight stop was Seneca. They planned to reach Iowa Thursday. about processing sunflowers, market- ing the oil and told of some roadblocks that might be encountered. He is re- searching information and contact people. He did recommend a tele- conference with people at Texas A&M. Ionia post office closed 20 years ago With the 20th anniversary ofthe brought by a rural mail carrier from the closing of the Ionia Post Office Aug. 6, Jewell Post Office. who are doing research and testing of Ruby Sutton, Ionia, remembers her 28 The first Ionia Post Office was es- tablished in 1871 with Seneca Sum- mer as the first postmaster. Ruby was the 14th postmaster tbr this post office. She said the first Ionia Post Office was located on the south side of the main street and was later moved to her home. At that time, she was also the night sunflower processing.Groupmembers years of service as the postmaster at aploved setting up a tele-conference. Ionia and the importance of the local The coordinator is working on a post office to residents and her. planning grant through USDA for a Ruby was not only the town's post- feasibility study and to begin working master but also served as the area tele- toward a processing plant, phone operator for many years until the telephone company was sold to telephone operator for the Ionia Tele- phone Company. She had worked as a telephone operator since the day after she graduated from Ionia High School in 1935. She later worked as book- keeper for the telephone company. Ruby also provided a magazine ex- change for the area, as magazines were 279 approves round trip payment for Russians Southwestern Bell in 1959. Both the post office and the tele- phone office were located at Ruby's home. Ruby delights in showing visi- tors her west bedroom that once served as the post office. The only remaining reminder of the post office is the large safe, deemed immovable, which was Russian high ',heel stu- teachers will enroll at ptember stay. members, after titles, approved pay- takes helm High HighSchool is Bruce Hurford, high school and jun- ior high princi- pal. Hurford comes to Mankato from the Osawatomie School District where he taught science education in the middle various middle- This is his first ad- up in Independence, from Pittsburg He received his at Baker University. Jeannine, is em- and para- school buildings. a a teacher and social ser- have three daugh- and Bailey, who grade, and Lindsey, ping, fishing likes to play golf. s opportunity to live in It is a good place and we felt that it is ," Bruce said. ing for the round trip tickets ($14,875.) This decision was made at a recent board meeting attended by Scott Lienberger, vice president, who con- ducted the meeting, Chuck Gibson, Allan Wanklyn, John Kemmerer, Robin Griffeth and Steph Barrett. The students will be included in the Sept. 20 enrollment taken by the state, plus will factor into the count for the next two years. Supt. Ron Kelley of- fered suggestions concerning host families. Several families have volun- teered to be hosts. A private organiza- tion, International Cultural Exchange Inc., makes arrangements. No federal dollars are available for the program now. One patron was present for the bud- get hearing. The budget was approved as published. Jennifer Englland, vocational ag teacher, explained the FFA trip to Lou- isville to the National Convention Oct. 30 to Nov. 2. The farm mechanics team will compete and four officers will attend, plus two sponsors. The board approved furnishing transportation, paying sponsors' fees and one-half of each delegate'  expenses. Principal Jeff Travis reported lap- top computers arrived and teachers are receiving two days of training from Robert McCreight. Elementary teach- ers will receive computer (not lap top) application training. Problems are occurring with the high schoolgym roof. A bid of $22,000 had been received from Ryan Roofing to repair it. The matter was tabled until several board members look at the roof. Supt. Kelley asked for a 10-minute executive session on a personnel issue. No action was taken.. The board-staff picnic is Aug. 17 at per gallon was accepted. F&A and Beloit Dairy submitted milk bids. Beloit Dairy's fixed bid of 17 cents per half-pint for 2 percent, 16.5 for 1 percent and 17 for chocolate milk was accepted. The resignation of Jacinta Williams resigned as computer-clerk was ac- cepted. The position will be elimi- nated. Purchase of a new bus was dis- cussed. John Kemmerer was asked to meet with Kirby Shamburg to review new bus data and bring a recommenda- tion to the next meeting. A matter concerning real estate available for sale near the school was discussed and dismissed as not fea- sible at this time. built into a closet by Ruby's husband, Don, when he remodeled the room. "It was a happy, fun time when the post office was here," Ruby said. She remembers many locals coming to get their mail and coming on back to her kitchen forcoffee and visiting. "People would often bring in cookies, brown- ies and cake for everyone to eat and the children would play with my children's toys," she said. There was always a quilt in a frame in Ruby's dining room that the women would come and help her quilt after they got their mail. Though the post office never had a rural carrier, there were mail boxes for anyone who wanted to use one. Mail was placed in a sack and picked up or Lovewell Lake Fun Day is Saturday The Annual Lovewell Lake Fun Day on Saturday, is sponsored by Kan- sas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Lovewetl Lake Association and Ike's Marina. The day's events begin with a three on three basketball tournament at 8 a.m., with divisions for men, women and youth with a $15 entry fee per team and an eight team limit per division. Registration for the 3-D archery shoot is from 9 to 11 a.m. with catego- ries for manual or mechanical release and divisions for men, women and youth, $5 donation. Co-ed (three men and three women) mud and sand volleyball tournaments both begin at 10 a.m., double elimina- day (Thursday). Other events scheduled for the Fun Day include a casting contest at 10 a.m. and minnow races at 11 a.m., both at the marina. A lunch will be served at the marina at noon. A team log race will begin at noon at the Pioneer Day Use Area. The waterslide contest will begin at Pioneer Day Use area at 3 p.m. New this year will be an Outdoor Cook OffContest from 8 a.m, to7 p,m. at Pioneer Day Use Area. ludging is at 6 p.m. with judging tickets reserved for the first 25 persons. Additional samples will be available, depending on availability of food ehtries. Cookoff entries please pre-register and pick up registration packet at the park office by brought and left in the post office lobby in trade for another. Ruby gave souve- nir pens to post office customers every Christmas. "I lookedforward to every morning as I always could count on seeing friends," Ruby said. When Ruby decided to retire as postmaster at the age of 66, the post office was closed. The last mail deliv- ered the Ionia Post Office went out at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 6, 1982. The Ionia Post Office window and mail boxes are now on display at the Jewell County Museum. Sonny Rundell, 25. County-wide vote taliies for ballots cast for Democratic Party candidates follow: Governor and Lieutenant Gover!t nor, Kathleen Sebelius and John Moore, 58. Secretary of State, David Haley 42, Attorney General, Chris Biggs, 45; State Treasurer, Sally Finney, 53. Com- missioner of Insurance, Jim Garner, 46. Total voters cast by township in- cludes Esbon, 31, Highland, 2; Lime- stone, 6; Whitemound, 10; Jackson, 26; Montana, 8; Richland, I ; Sinclair, 9; Grant, 52; Washington, 7; Center, 171 ; Allen, 6; Prairie, 36; Vicksburg, 8; Buffalo, 77; Brownscreek, 20; Calvin, 7; Ionia, 14; Athens, 6; Erving, 4; and Uclessa 4. FiEiy-eight voters cast their ballots prior to the election. The total number of votes cast in Burr Oak. Harrison, Holmwood and Walnut was not available when this story was writ- ten early Wednesday. Estimates indi- cate Burr Oak had at least 39, Harrison 7, Holmwood, 10, and Walnut 12. It is estimated 631 voters went to the polls. Of these, at least 501 were Republican. Vote tallies reported here are unof- ficial at press time. After Tuesday's work day continued into the morning hours of Wednesday, election officials left the courthouse tbr a few hours of sleep, only return to the job later Wednesday to continue the process of double checking and recording the votes. This Washington county dog knows better than to bite a lawyer. Phill Kline, Republican candidate running for Kansas Attorney General, visited Mankato Friday and handed out campaign material to Bert Alexander and her dog Daisy. Classes begin soon Next week marks going back to school for teachers and students in Jewell County. Mankato teachers report Monday, students on Thursday. White Rock teachers also report Monday with the first day for students on Wednesday. Monday, Aug. 19 is the first day for students at Jewell-Randall with teach- ers reporting Tuesday. Mankato has new principal Bruce Hurford is at the helm as principal for Mankato Junior-Senior High School. Others new to the faculty are Don Blanchet who will teach high school social science and is head high school basketball and golf coach. Dale Dodd will teach junior high social science and is assistant junior high football coach. Dodd and his wife, Pam, who teaches at White Rock El- ementary, live in Esbon. Dale True continues as elementary" principal at Mankato Grade School. Kelley continues as superintendent Ron Kelley will continue to serve as superintendent for USD 278 and 279. The projected enrollment for Man- kate schools is 266. White Rock adds to curriculum There are no new teachers or ad- ministrators at White Rock Schools, however there are new additions to the curriculum. Spanish will be taught to elemen- tary students. At the high school, classes in anatomy, physiology and multi- media will be added. Projected enrollment is 135. Bill Walker continues as principal- superintendent: Jewell-Randall has new music teacher Dena Stephens is new band and w- cal instructor for Jewell-Randall schex)ls. JeffTravis continues as principal for the 170 students projected to attend. Russian students are expected to join the student body at Jewell later in the year. More yard art missing The Jewell County Sheriffreceived report from a resident Aug. 1 that two concrete lawn ornaments were miss- ing from a yard in Mankato. The sheriff later learned there were other residents who had noted missing lawn decorations and ornaments. The matter is under investigation by the department. Mankato Weather Bill Wood, observer Tuesday, July 30 97 65 Wednesday, July 31 100 68 Thursday, Aug. I 88 73 Friday, Aug. 2 ? 60 Saturday, Aug. 3 100 72 Sunday, Aug. 4 102 76 Monday, Aug. 5 101 71 Moisture for Aug. - 0 the Jewell Community Center. Bids for propane were received from four finns: Propane Central, Farmway, Jensen Oil and Bob's Inc. The Farmway fixed lowest bid of 44 cents tion, $ I 0 entry fee per team, eight team limit. Registrations for the basketball and volleyball tournaments must be re- ceived by Lovewell State Park by to- today (Thursday). There will be live entertainment at the cookoff area from 6 to 7 p.m. Win- hers in events with an entry, fee will receive a plaque and cash pnzes. Another storage building goes up south of the original Mankato Storage which was constructed earlier this year. The first unit is filled and there was demand to construct additional storage spaces, Both units are located in the area where the former Boogaarts store stood. The units are owned by Martha DeNayer, Mankato, and managed by her son-in-law, Wayne Dunn.