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located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 112, Issue No. 3 USP I I +, lis grain storage and transfer system is part of the cattle feeding operation located on the Ost Ranch near Mankato. Milford Ost and his sons, Mike and , are involved in a farm-ranch operation which was awarded the Soil Conservation Award by the Jewell County Soil Conservation DistricL The Osts will award at the meeting and program Jan. 27 at the Mankato Junior-Senior High School. The Jewell County Commissioners sign a 2001 contract with the tel Health services Mon- et the regular commission meet- The decision came after hearing a of the Pawnee Mental Health m Mike Taylor, interim Joyce Jasper, Elaine Thomas, :)unty attorney Darrell Bill Farweii was appointed an to Pawnee Board. r Commissioners As- dues were approved. Sheriff i Ost reported that three older moni- Were needing to be disposed of as t do not work. The commissioners Jewell County Community Devel- Association Inc. met for the meeting and re-elected board lbers George Jensen, Elaine Dave Bbthwell and Mark letter from Karen Latta, Wash- Economic Director, in- !he group to hear two speakers, momic development The coordinator is to attend if and others were urged to at- County calendar of events is be- iled for the Wichita Eagle's and others. Nelson discussed a sign at promoting Jewell Darrell Bohnert is to give an the cost and she was seek- ancial assistance. By consen- contribute toward the Barrett, coordinator, re- her work for the year. will attend a Community gave approval of tile disposal,year program. Daniel L. Garman was appointed Representatives from Martin Trac- treasurer of Burr Oak Township. tor Company discussed different types Jim Fost~;,g.enera!superintendent, of warranties available for Caterpillar presented tile right-I-way clearance, equipment. utility arrangement forproject No.45C- Jim Vaughan, solid waste director, 3744-01 and discussed road and bridge matters. The commissioners agreed to sign the right-of w,2b, clearance. AniD Dougla.~,[ :-,'.,~ty health de- partment adm i nistr,itor, discussed com- puters and a Health Alert Network. It was agreed that she could purchase a new printer for $100. Douglas said she is applying for a scholarship to help provide funds for a Kansas Public Health Certificate Program which she wants to take. This program is a one reported the recycle trailer is presently set up in Webber. Internet access will be acquired for the solid was.te depart- mcnt. He said interact access wiil be ehable his department to locate ven- dors for recycled goods. Executive session was held to dis- cuss legal matters. Bruce Webb, county appraiser, dis- cussed upgrading the computers in his office which would include wiring and computers at a cost of $2,969.95. Commissioners present at the meet- ing were Stanley Colson, Doyle Alcorn and Frank Langer. Sandra Westgate, deputy county clerk, was also present. Development Block Grant application workshop in C0ncordia and the coor- dinator was asked to attend an eco- nomic development application work- shop in Hays in April. It was approved to eliminate the present lease of hay ground owned by the organization and to lease it to the same person leasing adjoining ground from theCity of Mankato with JCCDA receiving one-third of the rent. A budget of $3,550 for 2001 was approved. It will be presented to the Mankato City Council and a copy was given to Jewell County Commission- ers. New share certificates bearing the current name were distributed. Elaine Heskett and the staff at Weltmer Law Office were recognized for their work. Election of officers will be the first item of business Feb. 19. The meeting will be at the Jewell Community Cen- ter with dessert served at 7 p.m., fol- lowed by the meeting and a tour of the Lincoln Room. January is blood donor month Recognizing the need for volunteer blood donors throughout the nation, January has been designated National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. To help meet this need the blood mobile will be at the National Guard Armory in Mankato, Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Accident and burn victims, surgery patients and many others rely on blood and blood products from volunteer do- nors. This month has been designated to honor those volunteer blood donors who share their good health with oth- ers. All blood types are needed, espe- cially O positive and O negative. O positive is the most common type, therefore i't is in greater demand. O negative is the universal blood type and can be given to almost anyone Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds and be in general good health. Most medications do not defer people from donating blood. For more information or to make an appointment call Shirley Wood, Mankato, FSA delays farm program sign-up until Wednesday For farmers the Farm Service Agency's 2000 disaster program is scheduled to begin today. However, for the Jewell County office staff, a district training session is scheduled for Monday and actual sign-up is to begin Wednesday. Producers with crops covered by crop insurance will need to wait until the crop ins~c'snee, .~ office sends production information to the local Farm Service Agency office. One the information is received in the Mankato office it will be processed and forms will be mailed to the producers for their review and signature. Farmers having crops not covered by crop insurance are to call or stop by the Mankato office to schedule a time when they may apply for the disaster program. They will need to provide production records at the time of the application. The Jewell County office will dis- tribute a newsletter with more pro- gram information. Last year pork producers wee of- fered an opportunity to cast their votes in a referendum to consider the future of the pork checkoff program. The program is a mandatory assessment muck like a tax which all producers were required to pay. The results of the referendum con- ducted between Aug. 18 and Sept. 21 found 14,396 for continuing the pro- gram and 15,951 in opposition. In Jewell County 11 votes were cast for and 10 votes against continuing the checkoff. The USDA's Agricultural Market- ing Service is issuing a rule to termi- nate the program. Mankato Weather Roger Thelander, observer Monday, Jan. 8 46 25 Tuesday, Jan. 9 46 20 Wednesday, Jan. I0 49 21 Thursday, Jan. 1 ! 51 30 Friday, Jan. 12 52 25 Saturday, Jan. 13 59 23 Sunday, Jan. 14 38 19 Moisture for week .26. Moisture year to date .26. As Kansas legislators consider a Cloud with 242. said, "I believe this study is going to be request from Gov. Bill Graves for a The firm mapped three options for good material to generate a lot discus- $67 million increase in state aid for mergers, sion." kindergarten through 12th grade Many rural residents will disagree schools, they will also be considering a One addresses the issue of per-pu- with it is recommendations. school boundary study, pil performance and spending. Though Kelley does not expect the current Thestudycommissionedbythestate 28 schools are in that class the firm legislature to forcethe closing or con- senate recommends cutting the num- proposed only 20 mergers. This plan solidation of districts. He does expect berofKansasschooldistrictsfrom304 would result in 282 districts,the report will encourage districts to to as few as 255. The second plan was based on work together and the legislature will Elimination of districts would be school sizes. It identified 76 target provide incentives for the districts to accomplished through mergers with districts and merges 45 of the 50 dis- combine and share services. neighboring districts. But the report is tricts considered too small with 29 The Jewellsuperintendentsaidshar- about more than just closing schools neighboring districts tocreate 34 new ingofasuperintendentamongthethree and consolidating districts. In some districts. Itfurthermergessixofthe24 school districts in Jewell County would instances the report proposes either districts with high schools considered be a plus for transportation and staff. adding schools or dividing large dis- too large with seven neighboring dis- As for the currently proposed plan of tricts into smaller ones of more man- tricts. This approach would create a sharing a superintendent, Kelley said ageable size. total of 256 districts, this will be a first step but not a savior. Of most interest to the residents of A third plan combined the first two Kelley said, "The state needs to the western two-thirds of the state, plans and added "practical" consider- look at more than just the number of including Jewel l County, are the pro- ations such asdistance between schools pupils in a, school district." He indi- posals relating to school consolida- and school capacity. The result was the cated how consolidation and school tion. merging of 56 districts with 36 neigh- closing will effect the communities In 1896 Kansas had 9,2.84 school boring districts to create 43 new dis- districts. After the last statewide redis- tricts for a total of 255 statewide. The must also be considered. Bruce Custer, White Rock superin- tricting effort in the mid-1960s the third plan was unable to resolve the tendent, agreed with the surveys posi- number dropped to 348. This number size concerns associated with 21 dis- tion that low student counts may re- has since declined to the current 304, triers, duce the effectiveness of a school but Kansas currently has 1 percent of the After the study was released, Sen. said, "I'm not sure where the point is. nation's pupils, 1.62 percent of the Janis Lee said, "At this early date it is nation's schools and 2.10 percent of impossible to determine what, if any- I don't think in the long-run consolida- the nation's school districts, thing, the legislature will do with the tion will save that much financially The resultsofthemostrecentstudy recommendations. However, it is an unless buildings are closed." Custer werepresentedatajointmeetingofthe interestingstudywithprovocativefind- noted when schools close there is a state's House and Senate education ings and recommendations." "trickle down effect" on the commu- Those writing the report said, "This nity and businesses. He doesn't expect committees and the state board ofedu- study has shown the need for three the legislature willact immediately on cation. For 15 months the consultants stud- levelsofstateinvolvementintheschool the proposal. ied the schools. They looked for dis- district boundary issue. We recom- TomHeiman, Mankatosuperinten- tricts with relatively low levels of pu- mend new statutes be adopted t0create dent, was critical of the study. He said pil performance and relatively high three different levels of state involve- the study was"splitting hairs" when it levels of per-pupil spending. They meet: (l) Emergency school district included Mankato in the group with found 28 districts in this class includ- dissolution for schools with enroll- per pupilspendingabovethepredicted ing one in Jewell County. meet levels of less than 80. (2) Re- level. He said he calculated Mankato quired boundary change planning and was only 7/10 of ! percent over the Next they looked at districts con- margin. And hecalled unfairthe study's sidered to be either too small or too (3) review of boundary option." large to offer"an appropriate curricu- Ron Kelley, superintendent of the basing of lower than average pupil lum, extracurricular opportunities and Jewell-Randall district, probably performanceontwoyearsoftestscores. a safe nurturing environment." summedupthereactionofmanyJewell Whenconsideringcertainclassesfrom The study assumed a high school County residents tothe report when he only two years, he considers the com- parisons to be not reliable. He said, "I should serve 100 to 900 pupils and a have problems with their reasoning in district, 260 to 1,925 pupils. Fifty dis- this part of the study." tricts were identified as too small, in- Driver ( ies at heel, Those conducting tile study found eluding two in Jewell County, and 24 considered too large, car crashes (I) there is substantial resistance to consolidation because of historical, Mankato, with 277 students, was Jeweli County resident, Richard culturaland financial reasons, (2) there one of the districts identifiedf having "Rick" Davis, 39, died while driving is support for state reorganization in lower-than-expected pupil perfor- his vehicle on Highway 36, resulting extreme cases, where there are declin+ mance in 1998, lower-than-average in aone-car accident, ingenrollmentsandhighspending,(3) performance in 1997 and per-pupil Davis, who lives in Odessa Town- distrietofficialsjustifiedanddefended spending above the predicted level, ship, was east bound, just west of low student performance and high Others in that class were Bonner Phillipsburg, and according to the ac- spending, and (4) technology, distance Springs,Caldwell, KansasCityTurner, cident report, the vehicle left the road- learning, building projects and inn- Madison-Virgil, Marysville,way, struck the guard rail and went vative Superintendents were consid- Neodesha, Oxford, Pieasanton and into the ditch and stopped, ered essential for serviving consolida- South Haven. Investigators from Phillips County tion. Seventy-six districts, including Sheriff's Department were called to Jewell and White Rock, were identi- the accident scene Friday at 1:30 p.m., fled as being too small. Other area and found the 1991 Dodge Caravan schools in that class were Eastern stillrunningandindriveposition.Davis Caregiversmeet Heights with 183pupils, NorthCentral was not responsive and was taken to CaregiversandGriefSupportGroup with 143, Sylvan Grove with 191, West the Phillips County Hospital by ambu- meeting will be Jan. 23, 3 p.m. at the Smith County with 208, and Southern lance where he was pronounced dead. Jewell County Hospital lobby. t The Jewell County Junior Miss Tea is Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Pine Haven Community Room, Mankato. All Jewell County girls who are juniors in high school are invited to |dewell County Farm Service Agency recently concluded an election for attended, along with their mothers or a ttee members. Elected for a three-year term are (from left) Beverly guest. Crystal Behrends, who is currently Roberl Carlson, Vaden Davis Jr. and Gerald Boyles. Also pictured is thereigningJewellCountyJuniorMiss, eroutek, county director, will be the guest speaker. Behrends will be representing Jeweil County in announces resu the state Junior Miss program March meeting set throughout the year. Miller announced changes to the names of categories, effective this year; scholastics, poise, fitness, talent and interview. The many volunteer posi- tions were filled during the meeting and plans for the program are under- way. The next committee meeting is Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Pine Haven Community Room. All volunteers are welcome to attend. 24 in Belleville. This tea is held each year so candi- SherLt sets negw lille dates may learn about the program as According to Jewell County Sher- .election of Jeweil County FSA committee of local conditions, recom- well as ask questions, iff, Kim Ost, the sheriff's department was concluded with the mending changes to farm programs, The Jewell County Junior Miss will no longer aid in opening locked ts Dec. 7. participating in COC meetings and Committee met Jan. 8 for a planning doors of vehicles. nty FSA commit- performing other duties assigned by session. The theme chosen for the next Ost said the newer vehicles have a three year term are Robert the State FSA Committee. Jewell County Junior Miss program become too difficult to unlock and b,COC member;RogerKintigh, Election of officers for the Jeweli "Once Upon A Time." Cu}'rent flit- often department personnel are called Warren Joerg, second County FSA Committee for the 2001 ers were retained: Gail Miller, chair- to distant locations and then are not ,CMC term were conducted Thursday. The man; Kim Shadduck, vice-chairman; able to get the doors unlocked. officers are Robert Carlson, chairman; Thadd Hinkle, secretary; and Elaine People needing help unlocking Gerald Boyles, vice chairman, and Lippold, treasurer, doorsmaycontactlocalcarbodyshops. oftheCOCincludeworking Vaden Davis Jr, regular member. Behrends presented her"Be Your "Therearealotofneighboringsher- on local USDA pro- Beverly Porter is serving as advisor to Best Self Program" she had presented iff departments that have already had atters, informing the state FSA the COC. totheelementaryschoolsinthecounty this policy in place for some time". This map taken from the state education department's internet site shows many of the school districts in the western two-thirds of the state which are being proposed for consolida- tion. The proposal was included in a state Senate financed study of the educational system. For the more populated districts, the study proposes both more schools and the division of districts. The map at right shows the general outline of three Jewell County school districts. The dark outline at the upper right is a Republic County district which includes a portion of Jewell County. White Rock is rUstrict 104, Mankato is District 278 and JewelI-Randall is District 279. A total of ! 1 school board positionsheld by Sharla Broeckelman, four year all four year terms. The county clerk in the three Jewefl County school dis- term; Position 5, Burr Oak, currently repo_rts that Mike Liggett has filed. tricts are open for the April 3 general held by Ken Garman, four year term; Jewell-Randall, USD 279 has three election. The filing deadline is noon, Position 7, at large position, currently positions up forgrabs: Position 5, pres- Jan. 23. held by Lori Yelken, an appointment ently held by Wayne McElroy, four created by the resignation of Mike yearterm;Position6,presentlyheldby White Rock USD 104, Burr Oak- Dethloff. Leon Boden, four year term; Position Esbon, has the n, iost board vacancies. As of Tuesday, Ken German and 4, presently held by John Kemmerer, Becauseofboardmemberresigna'tions JimReedhadfiledatthecountyclerk's who filled the position at the resigna- in the past, creating unexpired terms office for the White Rock board posi- tion of Mike Nulty, four year term. and board appointments,there are five tions. positions open. Position 1, Esbon, USD278,Mankato, hasthreeboard Scott Lienberger filed for position 6. currentlyisheldbyDannySimmelink, wlcancies up for election. All posi- In addition to filing at the clerk's four year term; Position 2, Esbon, is tionsonthe Mankato board are at large, office, a candidate may submit a peti- currently held by Jim Reed, a Ix~sition Positionspen arethose presently held tion containing 50 signatures of regis- previously held by Shawn Frost. two by Mike Liggett, current board presi- tcred voters for that school district to year term; Position 3, Esbon, currently dent; Nell Becker and K~da/!+N.e!s0!!.~..~the+county clerk.