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.r | located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Superior, Nebraska 68978 A-feature of The Superior Express Thursday, November 20, 2003 Price 50 Entered into the mail at Webber, Kansas and Superior, Nebrasl~ .S no B. Fulmer, Smith Center, court Friday and entered a rio contest to two counts of aage to property In the the five other counts and Fulmer will pay ages from all seven investigation was Sentencing will p.m. was charged with seven criminal damage to property. pleas stem from spraying cemetery Those churches and cem- County line east Jewell Cemetery, Mount First Baptist Church Methodist Church of 0, Christian Church of copy needed of Thanksgiving Day be- Jrsday, the Jewell County Strong demand for beef and shrinking supplies swept cattle and beef prices to all-time highs in October, but values since then have tumbled. Weekly Kansas Jewell County News will slaughter steer prices, a benchmark in the cattle business, soared from an average to $85 per hundredweight in early September to $106 in mid-October before and sent out a day early, slipping back below $100 in mid-Ncvember. James Mintert, Kansas State University agricultural economist, looks for tight domestic cattle supplies to keep mean that there will be an cash prices primarily in the $90s per hundredweight. Although he admits there is a chance they could drop into the $80s. Long term supplies are expected of Nov. 24 for the Nov. to remain below year-ago levels through the first half of 2004, which should support steer prices =n the $80s during January-June 2004. s will Above, farmers and rancher waited in line this week at the Mankato Livestock Commission Co. unloading facilities. It is common for producers to market ws to this office and all photos to. be November 26 paper will in by Friday noon. Boosters help Purchase of buzzer Club met recently to help with pay- warm-ups and other will purchase a new weaning calves off grass during the fall season at local livestock sale barns. County Sheriff will assist in area enforcment effort Jeweli County Sheriff Department is one of the 81 local law enforcement agencies along with the Kansas High- way Patrol participating in the Kansas Clicks Special Traffic Enforcement Program now through Dec. 1. The Kansas Clicks mobilization is a coordinated enforcement effort dur- ing the Thanksgiving holiday. "We know safety belts save lives," stated Deb Miller, Kansas Department of Transportation secretary. Last year, 74 percent of the Kansans killed in vehicle crashes were not wearing their safety belts. To increase chances of surviving a crash, seat belts are the best defense against serious injury or death." According to the 2003 KDOT Safety Belt survey, 64 percent of those sur- veyed, age 14 or older, use their seat belts. The Kansas Click Program will work to increase those numbers by raising enforcement and education on safety belts throughout the state. Along with occupant protection enforcement, agencies will perform sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols aimed at removing impaired drivers from Kansas roadways. Kindler speaks to Jewell Chamber Kris Kindler, HIPPA officer for Jewell County Hospital, spoke to the Jewell Chamber Monday evening on the positive aspects of the privacy and insurance portability under HIPPA, for quiz bowl and four COmmunicators and will pay ~t for junior high track warm- basketball boys and 12 for each. The activ- the other half. president, presided yllis Christie was serve as vice president. presented the treasurer's t on how well the have done. alker, Connie Winslow and Christie. and Deb Warne are memberships. association annual meeting meeting of the Jeweli Association was held on Buffalo Roam with an Members of Robin Hood play cast practice this week at Mankato High School. (In the foreground) Marcus Alvarez (left) playing Robin Hood, fights with Cortney Alexander, the sheriff of Nottingham and Aaron Melby. Watching with horror in the background are (from left) Shawna Robbins, Casey Ost, Clara Collins and Reba Liggett. "Robin Hood," the all-school pro- duction at Mankato High School, will be performed Friday and Saturday nights at the high school little theatre. It's up to Robin Hood, played by Marcus Alvarez, to defeat a nasty sher- iff, Cortney Alexander, and secure Nottingham for the King's return. The King is played by Scott Pumphrey. True to the Robin Hood legend, the production is fast-paced with humor and adventure. Other cast members and their roles are Jenna Bleecker, Maid Marion; Matt Becker, Frair Tuck; Sasha Roe, Lady Merle; Jeremy Waugh, Will Scarlet; Vincent Urbaniak, Little John; Eliza- beth Wilson, sheriff's wife; Cassie Ost, Council streamlines utility billing process present were Bill Buser, Boyd Silsby, orrn, Kristin Underwood, Phyllis Smith, Don Langer, Lisa Boyles, Doug Ford, Leon which is an acronym for Health Insur- Langer, Deb Murray, ance Portability, Privacy Accountabil- Ted Thummel, Robert ity, a government program to create fairness and privacy for the patients. Kindler was introduced by the hos- pital administrator, Deanna Freeman, who also introduced the doctors in Jewell County, Dan Calderon and Rina Mina. Shirley Varney presided. Treasurer Becky Loomis reviewed the Corn Show financial report. Thank you notes were received from Brian Koster for the Chamber's support of the summer ball programs and from Bill and Darlene Thompson for the welcome bag. Chris Metz reported four welcome bags de- livered last month. She would like Jewell City Council approved pur- chase of a printer that will accommo- date the utility billing when they met Nov. 3 for the regular meeting. Attending the meeting were Max Burks, Darrell Bohnert, John Stoeber, Frank Shelton, Bill Loomis, Amy Arasmith, Carl Knarr and Todd Adolph. The trash contract with Chief Dis- posal was renewed for three more years. Council approved bills for payment. Todd Adolph, with consent oftbe coun- cil, was appointed to fill the position vacated by the resignation of Jerry Beth; Reba Liggett, MotherMeg; Ciara , Collins, Old Widow; Aaron Melby, soldier; Levi Bohl, soldier; Shawna Robbins, Annabel; and Kelsey True, Salome. Members of Robin Hood's Merry Band are Eri~Ska Melby, Jessica Suderman, Amanda Black, Stormy Tan', Tanner Bartholomew, Crystal Mitchell, Jessica Eaton, Brandi Jensen, Sara Christie, Meghan Warne and Jenny Banks. Stage managers are Jennifer Waugh and Ericka Melby. Sound and lights are Marcus Alvarez, Rudolfo Fernandez, Rob Wilson and Alec Robbins. Director is Bethany Roe. Fryer catches fire at Mankato care About 7 p.m. Saturday the Mankato Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at Critter's, a cafe and bar located on East Main Street. A deep- fat fryer had caught fire. Thre fire was under control by the time the fire de- dPartment arrived. There was minor amage. Mankato Weather Bill Wood, weather observer Tuesday, Nov. 11 .......... 63 27 Wednesday, Nov. 12 ..... 46 39 Thursday, Nov. 13 ........ 48 29 Friday, Nov. 14 ............. 55 31 Saturday, Nov. 15 ......... 58 36 Sunday, Nov. 16 ........... 64 28 Monday, Nov. 17 .......... 70 28 Moisture for week .01 and Bill Wood and exten- Deanna Sweat and Gary rive guests. report of expenses and presented by Elaine Pc- Because of non pay- to the state fair associa- as directors to serve were Elaine Peters, ace, Bill Buser, Lisa Mike Ramsey, Wood and Doug county fair will begin items to put into the bags from mer- oftheboard chants and businesses. Secretary the courthouse meeting Thelma Shelton had sent thank you notes to summer coaches and to Annette Saint for the Halloween party. It was find good approved to give the profit from the meal served that evening to Saint for of birds her expenses. bysomegood Officers elected for 2004 were as opening Shirley Varney, president;Ron Kelley, off the pheasant and vice president; Thelma Shelton, secre- tary; and Christi Metz, treasurer. hunters took advan- Community Improvement reported at Glen Elder the city had completed the park project. Dec. 20 is a merchant promotion in Jewell. SantaClaus has been invited to Richeeky. the community center. There will be Rocking and sealing city street.s was discussed with no action taken, uonnert prizes for children, a free movie and reported on the Day Care Center. The * numbers was high other treats. in the walk-in hunt- The Chamber will have concessions water deposit policy was reviewed and on private land. at the Allene Spielman estate auction will be changed. Christmas decora- were down to a Dec. 6 with several volunteering to tions for the south entrance to the park as , have been ordered. in the WIHA aver-NCK Tourism s new brochure was Apartment board meets per on Satur- not acceptable as no Jewell County Jewell Apartment Board of Direc- events were included. Brochures have torsmetafterthecouncilmeeting. Todd Adolph was appointed to fill the va- be, on returned to the tourism group. Roberta Holdren encouraged the planting of red petunias in the park next spring, as these were Ula Maag's favorite flowers. The next meeting is Jan. 12 with the Progressive Study Club, Randall, ca- tering the meal. The program is about cancer and the Relay for Life. by local experi- I Glen Elder and cated board of director position cre- ated by the resignation of Jerry Richecky. The automatic door opener has been installed on the southwest door. The manager has winterized the sprinkler system. Bills were reviewed and ap- proved for payment. good but Wildlife and Parks park use was up year with 50 week- @ @ Thanksgiving will be celebrated will sponsor a community service at 7 next Thursday and several activities Sunday evening at the Burr Oak Meth- are being scheduled in Jewell County. odistChurch. KellyMcNichols will be Plans reported to the Jewell County the guest speaker. Churches in the alli- Record office include the following: ante will furnish special music. The Jewell Ministerial Union will The annual thanksgiving service sponsor a community service and din- sponsored by The Olive Hill Church, ner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jewell rural Superior, will begin with a pot- Community Center. According to the luck supperat 6 p.m. Friday. A special eventplannersturkey,potatoandgravy, program will follow at 7:30 p.m. fea- stuffing, table service will be furnished turing the musical ministry ofthe Hitch and everyone is asked to bring a side Family. dish. The Mankato community service is The schools in Jewell County will planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Chris- be closed in observance of the annual tian Church. This event is sponsored holiday. At USD 279 Jewell-Randall, by the Mankato Ministerial Alliance. the schools will dismiss at noon Refreshments will follow the service. Wednesday. There will be no school There will be a Thanksgiving day Thursday and Friday.. mass for the Catholic Churches of The Mankato and White Rock Esbon, Mankato and Smith Center at 9 schools will be closed Wednesday a.m. Thursday at Smith Center. through Friday. Jewell County offices The Burr Oak Ministerial Alliance will be closed Thursday and Friday. Kansas Minerals has asked the Mankato City Council to defer loan payment for an additional six months. Pete Gardner presented the request at the Nov. 4 council meeting. Attorney Darrell Miller was present and said the loan could be modified to include additional interest on the de- ferred loan. The council directed Miller to prepare a modification agreement for their consideration at the next coun- cil meeting. Others present during the execu- tive session called to consider the re- quest were council members Mac McCammon, James Ross,Neil Becker, Lyle Dauner, Mayor Koester, and John Boley. Larry Thornton, Neolin Taylor, Tony Turner and Kevin Phillips also attended the public meeting. A building application from Neolin Taylor, 6 i 1 N. Water, to erect a carport was reviewed. The council followed the zoning board recommendation and approved the request. Turner presented and discussed an electric rate study. He explained com- mon practices throughout the munici- pal utility industry and explained wholesale power costs and demand charges. He said about 70 percent of the electric department's expenses are for the purchase of power. Questions were asked regarding rate structure. Turner said most of the costs should be recovered within the first two tiers of a rate structure, or by having a monthly customer charge. Turner discussed rate structures with the council and suggested before changes were made a more sophisti- cated rate study be completed by a consulting firm. Turner said he would provide the city administrator the names of cities having such studies. The city administrator said a 20 percent increase across the rate struc- ture would be needed to offset the demand charges and to earn a minimal profit for the utility. A review of ac- counts for the October billing cycle showed substantial increases would result if going to strictly a rate per KWH. A resolution on home-based busi- ness standards was reviewed and con- sidered for adoption. The city attorney said the sample resolution was good, but if the council was entertaining changing the structure of the electric charges, the home based business reso- lution should not be considered at this time, as it might not apply under a new rate structure. No action was taken. It was reported the Mankato Volun- teer Fire Department will receive a federal equipment grant valued at ap- proximately $84,000. As Barb Bothwell has resigned from the zoning board a replacement wiU be needed. Nelson to sign books at Record office Jewell County artist and Vietnam War Veteran, Jim Nelson, Jewell, will be at the Jewell County Record Office, Mankato, Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to autograph and visit with the ~,Uablic about his new book, Vietnam r Paintings. Nelson's recently published book contains portraits and depictions of the Vietnam War veterans and scenes from the war. The book also contains narra- fives from the veterans featured. The book may be purchased Friday. Jewell drama class presents play Jewell High School students hit the stage Friday evening to perform "Happy Valley High," which featured music and dancing, along with com- edy. The play opened with a World War II setting as the sailor leaves his girl behind,jumped to 1959 as a new coach, played by Caleb Ramsey, comes to town and learns that a widow and her family, played Chandra Brey, Tessa Douglas and Mitch Matter, have re- turned to recharge the generation- owned soda shop. Other members of the cast were John Long, Jaime Sanbom, Ashley Lienberger, Jacob Greene, Conner Slate, Zach Gibson, Darcia Gibson, Amy Waterman, Laura Butts, Julie Hoel, Len Faulkner and Emily Bur- gess, Briana Hoel, Crystal Waterman, Emily Brey, Devin Jones, Derek Birdsell, Mike Wanklyn, Savannah Myers and Kris BoRe. Matt Winkel pulled the curtain. Directing the play were Charli Barrett and George Staten. Gail Miller, Mankato, was choreographer. Members of the Jewell High School Happy Valley H!gh are back_row,, from left) Briana Hoel, .Devin Jones, Crystal Waterman, Derek Birdsell, Lan Faulkr er,Kds BoRe, Emily Burg. s, La, ura But , (mlao efow t:mL urey,uarcleuIps.on, Asn!e..y. L,enoe.rger, lessa Douglas, Amy Waterman, Julie Hoel, unanora urey, nrst row) donn Long, Jacoo reene, macn muuu, ,onner ,ate, ,'acn IDSOn, MIKe wanK yn, ualeb Ramsey (center front) Jaime Se, nbom. Matt Winkel and Savannah Myers are not pictured.