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Offices located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Thursday, August 28, 2014 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Mankato, Kansas, and Superior, Nebraska KHP releases results l OOth anniversary celebrated at RFCU annual meeting of distracted driving enforcement effort Throughout the year, the Kansas Highway Patrol works toward curbing distracted driving accidents. During two separate special enforcement ef- forts -- in April and July -- the KHP had the opportunity to work additional hours on Kansas roadways to look for drivers texting or engaging in other distracted behaviors while driving. The additional hours were possible because of a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation. The campaigns have been part of the na- tional "U Drive. U Text. U Pay" high- visibility enforcement. The first cam- paign ran from April 18 to April 27; the second campaign ran from July 1 to July I0. 'qhe Kansas Highway Patrol makes it a priority daily to enforce the traffic laws of Kansas, to help ensure the safety of all who utilize our roads," said Colonel Ernest E. Garcia, super- intendent of the patrol. "Our key goal is curbing dangerous driving behav- iors on the roads, and these specialized enforcements are just one more way we promote safety." Results from the campaigns are as follows: texting whiledriving citations, 71; texting while driving warnings, 77; speed citations 459; speed warnings 380; safety belt citations (18+) 544; safety belt citations (14-17) 24; child restraint citations (0-13) 25; DUIs 16; all other warnings and arrests not listed 1,371; using phone not texting 71; pub- lic contacts 2,060; total hours worked 1,219. Revenue Department warns taxpayers tobe aware of tax scheme Customers have alerted the Kansas Department of Revenue to multiple fraud schemes where taxpayers are threatened with garnishment if they don't pay a tax debt. The schemes involve a phone call or a letter, if taxpayers fall for the scheme any money they payout will be lost. "We urge people to be cautious when they are contacted about a tax debt by anyone other than the Kansas Department of Revenue. If they are not sure if the caller or letter is legitimate, people should call the department to verify the information," said Jeff Scott, who leads the department's compli- ance enforcement bureau. All letters from the Kansas Depart- ment of Revenue will be on depart- ment letterhead and callers from de- partment staffwill identify themselves. If people need to verify the legiti- macy of a phone call or tax debt letter, they can call the department at 785- 296-6121. Scott Chapman receives honors Scott Chapman received the Dis- tinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agri- culture Agents during the 2014 annual meeting and conference held in Mo- bile, Ale. In his 12 years with Post Rock Ex- tension District, the district grew from two to five counties; no-till acres in- creased; producers shifted wheat acres to corn and soybeans. Through dem- onstration plots, meetings, field days, weekly newspaper and radio, e-mail advisories, research based information was provided to assist in those transi- tions. In addition to agronomy, more than 300 youth completed hazardous occupations training. Chapman was also instrumental in the establishment of the first community garden in the district. In 1914, Randall Farmers Union purchased an elevator from the Hart family for $5,000. Today, the feed mill is located in that original elevator. It was a few years before the current name, Randall Farmers Co-op Union, was adopted. Last year, it was short- ened to RFCU. Honoring the 100th anniversary, cake and a catered meal were served Thursday at the annual meeting, held at the Jewell Commu- nity Center. President Joey Behrends introduced Sid Ewing of Lindberg, Vogel, Pierce and Fads, who presented the auditor's report. He thanked the office girls for their assistance. Board members present were Curt Saint, Jerry Anderson and Brad Barrett. Behrends and Robin Griffeth were re- elected to the board. Archie Thompson, manager and a 40-year employee of the co-op, was introduced and given a standing ova- tion. He began working there June 24, 1974, and recounted his assignments before becoming manager. He said they are continuing to upgrade the facili- ties. He introduced employees Roger Houghton, Jetted Alvord, Jeff Will- iams, Tony Montgomery, John Bauer, Frank BoRe, Tim Boudreaux, Mack Gormly, Josh Rhodes, LeRoy Buser, Jeremy Howland, Jerry Houston, Gavin Colson, Derek Montague, Dan Waterman, Jennifer Flavin, Lesa Wright, Kris Williams and Debra Worm. Former employees included former manager Charles Houghton, Sharon TuUar, Dennis Conn, Dave Blackmore, Larry Behrends, Marsha Slate, Elaine Peters and Joel Kemmerer. Past direc- tors Don R. Barrett, Larry Behrends, Greg McMillan, Don Bigham, Don Robinett, Mark Novak and Steve Mclntyre were recognized. Among other guests were Jeff Sharp, AgMaak, Tom Naasz, Ella Pachta with CPS, Clint Scheck, Hubbard Feeds, Joe Allen, KFSA In- surance and J.D. Pruitt, safety director with KFSA. Thompson reviewed sales and said two new Freightliner trucks had been purchased, along with a new storage shed, new card operated gas pumps in both towns; and two new bins with a capacity of 600,000 bushels will be built in the near future. Joe Allen presented a plaque to Behrends and Thompson honoring the 100th armiversary and contributed $100 for the cash drawings. Winners of cash were Phyllis Greene, Dawna Gaye Robinett, Shirley Vaxney, Patti Blackmore, Doris Greene, Elisha Bolte, Janice McMillan, NevadaVetter, Stacy Behrends, Mildred Reece, Sharon Nelson, Vaughn Prather, Damon Bohnert, Bill Smith, Challen Ramsey, Greg McMillan, Richard Anderson, Jeffery Anderson, Blake McMillan, Joe Eilert, Don R. Barrett and Paul Matter. Other gifts were presented at the end of the evening. Joe Allen, KFSA Insurance, presents a plaque to Joey Behrends, President of RFCU Board and Archie Thompson, manager, to honor the 100th anniversary of Randall Farmers Co-op Union, at the organization's annual meeting Thursday. Post Rock hosts Cattlemen's Day By Neff Cates, Post Rock Extension District The Post Rock Cattlemen's Day took place Saturday in Sylvan Grove. The day consisted of the cow-calf clas- sic show, various vendors and a pre- sentation from Dave Rethorst of K- State's Beef Cattle Institute. The cow- calf classic had a total of 38 entries. The cattle were scored out of a total of 300 points. The points were divided into 100 possible points for the cow, 100 possible points for the calf, and 100 possible points from the computer index. The cows were judged based on structure, balance, movement, muscle, size and scale, udder and teat quality and femininity. The calves were judged on muscling, structure, balance and size for their age. A total of $1,500 in prize money was paid to the top eight places with additional contributions from area busi- nesses The top eight places were as follows: 8th, Bar C Ranch; 7th, Mike Rosebrook; 6th, Janet Hiitter; 5th, Erica Rahmeier; 4th, Kent Rahmeier; 3rd, Justin Ringler; 2nd, Emily Carney; and 1st, Gerald Hiitter. Lue" lie Spooner celebrates l OOth birthday The Ionia business district was only a block and a half long but families came in from the country to visit and dance. The Loomis family would spend, per- haps, a nickel the whole night. They had a radio in the house but it was only used for the news, Amos and Andy, and Fibber McGee and Molly shows. After all their children had grown, Momma and Papa expected them to come home at least two Sun- days a month for dinner and games. They would often load up the vehicles and go to the river. Papa farmed and when he tired from it, he got a job at the Allis Chalmers plant as a mechanic. He also raised watermelons which fed all of the family and many friends. Lucille married Lee Spooner, who is now deceased, and they moved to Burr Oak where they raised their four boys, Charles (deceased), Leslie (de- ceased), Jimmy, and Jerry (deceased). They moved to Tacna, Ariz., where Charles and Jimmy joined their father in operating heavy equipment. Leslie worked for a custom combining and harvesting crew and traveled all over the Midwest. The family relocated to E1 Cajon, Calif., and it was here that Charles enlisted in the Army, Jimmy enlisted in the Navy, and Leslie joined the National Guard. Charles became a DPS officer, Arizona Highway Patrol- man, stationed in Yuma, Show Low July 17 Lucille Loomis Spooner celebrated her 100th birthday. When you hear the words "let's go" what's your first reaction? For Lucille she would reply "let me get my purse." To this day she still enjoys goin for automobile rides and each time sees something new or interesting. i Lucille was  born in Ionia, the fourth in a family of 10. She is the daughter of Char- ;- Icy and Nellie Dye :!: Loomis. In 1907 Charley and Nellie decided to relocate from Kansas and went m a covered wagon pulled by mules to Yuma, Colo. Their first child was born there but they soon returned to Kansas in their covered wagon and settled on the Loomis home place. Seven of their children were born at the old home place. The winters in Kansas were very cold, often with snow or heavy mud. The girlsdressed in long dresses, long handled underwear and long stockings with heavy coats and wool scarves. Typical of farm families the kids had lots of chores to do morning and night. On Saturdays, with water heated on the wood stove and poured in a big tub, everyone bathed. Afterwards the en- tire family went to town for the evening. Variety of services, residents important in a community offer to hell, them get established. Greet your new neighbor that moved in a couple of houses down and make them feel welcome in the com- munity. Look at a retirement transition for your business and actively recruit a younger community-minded indi- vidual or family member to take it over. Volunteer for something you are passionate about in the community that will make quality of life better. Maybe it is a church program, local food ben- efit or even helping out your neighbor with yard work. Smile, say hello and have a con- versation with someone at the grocery store or the youth who rides his or her bike by your house. As I touched on above, diversity in the community usually makes a place more livable. Our county has a great variety of businesses. Is there some- thing that you can do to support and promote these businesses to keep them strong? Absolutely. Here are some ideas: Buy your next TV or piece of furniture in Jewell County instead of traveling to the big box stores. Visit stores in Jewell County first to see if they have that birthday or By Cheyenne Erichsen DiverSity is important to have a great community. I think the best com- munities have diversity in ages of resi- dents, variety of services offered, vari- ety of housing and more. Communities that have services in retail, health care, entertainment, groceries and dining are more pleasurable to be in than commu- nities that only have one or two ser- vices out of the above listed. Jewell County offers many of those I men- tioned. In the 2012 U.S. Census, almost 19 percent of the Jewell County popula- tion is younger that 18 and almost 28 percent are older than 65. That means approximately 53 percent of our popu- lation falls into the middle category in age. Often we hear we need more young people for our school district or we need more young families in our com- munities. While I think we do need more people in these categories, people who do not fall into this classification can be just as valuable. So, no matter what your age, what have you done today to encourage more people of all ages to live in our county? Some ideas might be to: Tell your son, daughter or grand- children that you would like to have them move back to the county and wedding gift you are searching for. Buy gift cards for Christmas at the local gas station, a hair appointment at your local stylist, a movie at the Ute Theater or a meal at your favorite res- taurant. Get creative with what you can do. Buy your groceries every week at your local grocery store. Do me a favor and think about what your reaction would be if you heard your favorite local store is closing down. Chances are you would be pretty upset. And without that store there just think of the inconvenience of not hav- ing it here locally would cause you and others. Our local businesses are the heart of our county. They are here to support us and it' s important we do the same. Variety, diversity, whatever you call it. Think about what you can do to promote diversity in Jewell County this month. We can all make a differ- ence. Remember, Shop locally. If you have questions or need busi- ness assistance, Jewell County Com- munity Development is here to serve you. Contact Cheyenne Erichsen at jccda@nckcn.com for assistance. Be sure and join the Facebook initiative by searching Jewell County Commu- nity Development. and Phoenix, Ariz. Leslie went to Cali- fornia and worked as a truck driver. Jimmy finished his hitch in the service and worked heavy equipment in south- em California. Jerry graduated high school in El Cajon and worked in con- struction. After Lee died, Lucille went to work in the housekeeping department of the E! Cajon Hospital. After her retire- ment, she relocated to Show Low, Ariz., and then moved to the Phoenix, Ariz., area. Besides her four sons, Lucille has been blessed with seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren andeight great- great-grandchildren. She lives with her granddaughter in Avondale, Ariz. She is a member of First Southern Baptist Church of Sahuaro Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., where she was active in the se- nior group and enjoyed playing in the hand bell choir. Her passions in life are her family, /playing cards, puzzles, board games and needle point. Today she likes look- ing at picture albums and remember- ing "the good die times." The evening of her birthday, family members came from Arizona, Califor- nia, Kansas and Illinois to help Lucille celebrate this milestone in her life. She will tell you that she wanted to live to be a 100 and her family had no doubt that she would. Among those attending Lucille's 100th birthday were Walt and Peggy Wilson, Burr Oak. Public land auction held in Jewel1 Monday morning at the Jewell Com- munity Center, Thummel Real Estate and Auction, LLC, Beloit, held a pub- lic auction of the following land: N I/2SE 1/4 of Section 9, Township 5S, Range 8W. The land was owned by the Fobes Family. The farm, located two miles south of Jewell to F Road, then three miles west to 160 Road, then one,half mile south, was sold for $285,000. It con- mined 79.76 cropland acres and was purchased by Jacob and Tom Porter. Vet Rep will visit Mankato Sept. 4 Pastor Gerry Sharp receives potatoes, on behalf the Jewell County Food Pantry. The potatoes were grown by Mankato Garden Club. Jacob Underwood, left, and Sam Underwood, helped their mother Kristin Underwood, background, and Brenda Enyeart, members of the Mankato A veterans service representative from the Kansas Commission on Vet- erans' Affairs will be at the Mankato Garden Club, dig the potatoes grown at the community garden plot. Produce City Hall Thursday, Sept. 4, from 1 to throughout the summer months from Plot 4 have been given to local individu- 2:30 p.m. to assist veterans and their als throughout the community. families in applying for benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Af- fairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their fami- lies with veterans' benefits. Call 785- 625-8532 for more information. Commissioners approve 2015 county budget Pierce Electronics: medtum inten- sity red LED lighting system, labor to remove old lights, shipping and keep- ing paint on the tower $8,185; Pierce Electronics: medium intensity dual strobe lighting system, labor to re- move old lights, shipping (this system would require no paint upkeep), $10,163.20. The commissioners tabled this decision. Chairman Frost opened the 2015 county budget hearing at 10 a.m. for comments. Arnold Ross, Matt Loomis, Bryan Boyles and Bill Shoemaker were present for the hearing. The 2015 county budget was approved as pre- sented. Bryan Boyles discussed a road that was being patched. He also discussed a tube on Birch Road. The board approved accepting the old Dubuque building from the city of Mankato for $1 plus closing costs. The commissioners met Monday with Dwight Frost, Steve Greene and Mark Fleming present. Carla Waugh, Continued to page 4 Early Copy, Please With a Monday holiday on the ho- rizon, this newspaper is asking the cooperation of advertisers and news contributors to submit early copy when- ever possible. The Jewell County commissioners met last Monday with Steve Greene, Mark Fleming and Dwight Frost present. Shena Mizner, deputy county clerk, was also present. Don Snyder, emergency prepared- ness coordinator, discussed the final mitigation plan meeting held Aug. 21. The commissioners read a letter from a concerned citizen about the appearance of the courthouse lawn and other concerns. The commissioners discussed with Chris Petet, custodian, the courthouse lawn. He will contact B-Green Lawn Service to see about getting the lawn sprayed. Brenda Eakins, county treasurer reported on the progress of the monthly check reconciliation. Joel Elkins, general superintendent, discussed the City of Randall request- ing asphalt. The commissioners gave their approval. Steve discussed road maintenance on 290 Road at the re- quest of Kenny Novak. Joel will look into it. The commissioners also re- ported on miscellaneous road concerns. Joel reviewed a price quote from Clint Offutt for GIS services. The commis- sioners gave their approval. Steve asked Joel to look into the intersection west of the Athens Cemetery. Joel had quotes for replacing the lights on the county tower. Longtime Jewell (ounty farmers, Rex Headrick (left) of Jewell and Bill Roe of Mankato, had an opportunity to sit a spell and recall their younger years growing up in the Olive Hill community. They were among an estimated 50 people who gathered at the edge of cornfield in Montana township to dedicate a memorial marking the site of Headrick Homestead. The land has been in the Headrick family slr'- ! '7 ara is crrntlv owned by the third generation of Headicks. ,.i :' ; : i ift and sixth generations of the family were pe., - . .:he J,:.;.licaion Saturday morning.