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Price 50 located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 111, Issue No. 47 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, February 13, 2003 brides share memories of Valentine's Day arrives Friday and will honor their sweethearts and ones with candy, flowers and For two Jewell County women, of their late husbands take back more than 60 years when brides during World War :of Pearl on December 7, 1941, were and uncertain for the people young men were itary service, they had lay ahead of them. s said their good-byes as men and women marched off to All future personal plans were hold. Some couples chose decided togo ahead and moment; they with arrangements to These young women were re- to as war brides. simple ceremony Garrnan, Burr Oak, June l l, 1944, when she high school sweetheart, Lee where married. JUSt out of high school, had and was to report for duty U.S. Army. Alma and Lee had a fall wedding, but when he his orders, they decided to :the wedding date up four months. ;wen Alma an engagement year before. Lee and I went to Supe- pick out my wedding dress," said. She said rationing and the limited. She did find a blue of the wedding, a Sunday Alma wore a red rose cor- pin ~. Bishop of Alma's in Burr Oak. They spoke of her parents. The A, 'Something old' ~ma wore the same gold bracelets and mother had worn rigs. "They had buena Gillett from "Alma said. and Alma were able to take a ,moon in Colorado and ;wer the call e Sam. Almaremembers going with Lee's parents and Lee off on a bus. hard to explain my feelings I was concerned and, of ght happen," said. : saw Lee after basic training and where a short time. When Ft. KnoX, she returned to to live with her parents. to Luzon in the Philip- "I wrote to him everyday and to , I remember his serial num- said. participated in local bond s and took the Red Cross and nursing lessons that were provided. She had friends in the Burr Oak area whose husbands were in the service and a club was formed. The women Lee and Alma Garman meet each month to offer encouragment and support for each other. Lee and his outfit were loading up to leave for Japan. According to Alma, Lee was to be on the second wave. "It was predicted there would be a 90 percent casualty rate, but, of course, I didn't know about that until later." Just before they were to leave, the bombs were dropped on Japan and the war came to an end. . ,, Lee returned to Alma and his home- town area and together they farmed the farm where Alma grew up and where she still lives. They had three children, Terry, Bob and Carla. Loomis keeps scrapbook Aletha Loomis, Mankato, looks through her scrapbook filled with the history of her life with her late hus- band, Clarence. "We had dated since I was a junior in high school--that would be 1939," said Aletha. She smiles as she remem- bers pulling his shirt tail whi!e both were rotler~katingat Downs.+' Thatis+ how we first met." Aletha Rannebeck grew up on a farm in Jewell county near Downs. She was attending Athens Rural High School and Clarence was attending Ionia High School at the time. After Clarence graduated from high school, he and Luster Broyles worked together installing electrical wiring in homes as the REA first brought elec- tricity to the Ionia area. After that work was done, he went to Mankato to work in the Wagner Drug Store. Early in 1940 Clarence proposed to Aletha, who then was teaching school, and gave her an en- gagement ring. "The kids at school were so excited when they saw my ring," Aletha said. The year 1940 was a confusing time, with war waging in Europe and the United States trying to stay out of the good-byes 60 years ago USD 278 board releases Supt. conflict. Registration of men 21to 36 All too soon Clarence was to return Kelley from present contract was occurring in the United States and many believed it would only be a mat- ter of time before the U.S. entered the War. Clarence was one of the 23 young men in Jewell County who decided to enlist in a new national guard company at Lawrence. "They were told they would only be in a year and their service would be over," Aletha said. Clarence and. two of his best friends, Paul Graham, Webber, and Mere Reager, Mankato, decided to join together. Aletha and Clarence made plans to marry as soon as his service time was completed. Clarence purchased Aletha's wed- ding ring and it was just a few months before he was to return home. He was stationed at Little Rock, Ark., at that time. Aletha well remembers the date he picked out the wedding ring--Dec. 6, 1941, the day before Pearl Harbor was attacked, launching the United States into World War II. Aletha told how she first learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor. "We had just returned home from attending Sunday worship service at our church and were fixing dinner. The radio that set in the window was turned on and we heard the news. It was s s~,,gv_..er- whelming--it was hard to imagine what was to happen next." Her first thoughts went to Clarence and what this would mean to his dis- charge in a few months. Of course, their wedding plans had to be placed on hold. Graham and Clarence were sent to officer's training school and Graham's girlfriend, Ila Chilcott, Man- kate, and Aletha, went to the men's graduation at Fort Benning, Ga., in August 1942. After graduation the men returned home with the women for a short fur- lough. Aletha remembers the hot and dirty train ride home in the August heat with the train windows wide open. Wedding plans were discussed and the two,couples made plans to get married. The guys thought since both couples were getting married anyway, why not make it a double wedding.'?" According to Althea, weddings dur- ing that time were kept simple and small. Ila and Aletha had purchased new dresses while in Georgia, so had their wedding dresses. The two couples met at the Methodist Church parson- age in Beloit and the vows were ex- changed. The men gave their brides corsages to wear. Only the two couples and the minister were in attendance at the wedding. It was a hot and windy August Sat- urday afternoon. "We spent our hon- eymoon in the Porter Hotel and, of course, there was no air-conditioning." The next day Clarence and Aletha attended Sunday morning worship ser- vice at her church near Downs with her family. They returned to her parents' home for Sunday dinner. to his duties. Letters were exchanged almost daily and Clarence begged Clarence and Aletha Loomla Aietha to leave her teaching duties and join him. She soon gave in and joined him in October 1943. They changed locations three more times in less than a year, living on bases in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Indiana. They were able tq be together for their first weddinganniversary. Aletha returned home to stay with her family on Jan. 26, 1944, when Clarence re- ceived orders. "We laidour good- byes, not knowing wheregr..when we would ever see each other again," she -said Captain Clarence Loomis and his division were sent overseas and June 16 they were involved in the invasion to France. Clarence Was wounded July A mutual release of claims agree- ment between the USD 278 School Board and Ron Kelley was approved and signed at the board of education meeting Feb. 10. All Board members were present. Terms of the agreement stated, "For and in consideration of USD 278 ac- cepting the voluntary resignation of Ron Kelley, superintendent, USD 278 further agrees to pay superintendent the sum of $12,000." Mike Liggett appointed board mem- bers Richard Colson and Nell Beck.er to pursue a candidate to serve as an interim superintendent for the remain- possibly take plaeem a later date. April 3 students will he leaving for Russia for three weeks. Two Jewell students and an adult have talked to the students from Malato about what to expect. Mike Li~read a thank you letter from Gayle Wilson, Cortney Alexander and Ciarra Collins for the board's contribution for the Russia trip. A request from the Swing Choir to take a trip to Colorado was approved. Students will pay expenses and the District will furnish transportation. The trip is scheduled for Easter break. The Junior-Senior High School Site Council is contemplating the restart of the SADD or SAD. Students have der of the 2002-03 school year. The agenda item dealing with sum- been attending the Site Council meet- mer employees was tabled until the, ings to discuss the issue. March meeting. The board will wait A contract with Coca-Cola will be and look at state issues before a deci- sion is made. Bob Roush said summer employees would be useful, but they are not critical. Dale True, elementary principal, reported Kiers cash register receigto- tals are over $125,000 so far, The promotion will end March 31. brought before the board for approval at the March meeting. Several options for the 2003-04 school calendar were reviewed. No action was taken, The board asked Hufford to bring a ITV progress report to the March meeting. After 45 minutes of executive ses- stated "The board of education has advertised and is looking for a new superintendent in Mankato USD 278. This is a very important process and the board seeks your involvement in this stage of the process. We feel it is important for the staff and the patrons of this district to let the board know some of the characteristics you would want us to consider as the fitml screen- ing takes place and the board inter- views and selects a new superinten- dent. "There are many issues facing Man- kate and Kansas; we want to be as prepared as possible to select the best leader for all students of this school district. The board invites the teach- ers, administrators, site~uncil, Cham- ber of Commerce and other groups to provide, in writing, a prioritiged list of characteristics to the board by Friday, Feb. 21,2003. This correspondence is to be sent in care of the Clerk of the Board, USD No. 278, 301 N. West Street, Mankato, Kansas 66956. Us- ing this list the board will also compile a prioritized list of characteristics to be Bruce Hurford, junior-senior high, principal, told the board of a middle school leadership conference at Hays in which district students will partici- pate. Parents will pay the cost of the conference and the district will pro- vide transportation. Hufford told the board of a request from Jewell County Sheriff, Kim O~,~ 15, 1944, along with another Captain inregardstohavingthehighwaypatrol in the same division. They were hit by crmetotheschoolswiththedrugdogs. shrapnel while in a fox hole. Clarence It is the understanding that this is a was taken to a field hospital and trans- ferred to England for surgery. Clarence must have been worded about Aletha hearing the news, as he managed to get a letter written to her on Aug. 1 to assure her that he wa~ wounded but all right. statewide program, free of charge, and the other districts in Jeweil County have been contacted. The Board ap- proved participation in the K-9 drug dog demonstration at Mankato Jr-St High level. A spontaneous search will sion with Darrell Miller, board mere- used to screen potential applicants for hers, Principals True and Hufford, it " the position of superintendent. All was the consensus of the board to us- groups should realize that it will be tablish a date and time for a special most difficult to find one individual meetingtodealwiththeprincipalevalu- that will meet all expectations of all ations andcontracts. This meeting will groups or of any one group. It is the be Feb. 19. desire to the board to listen to staffand Atthecloseofthemeeting, Liggett patrons on this matter." White Rock extends Walker's contract The contract for Bill Walker, su- fourth nine weeksofthe 2002-03 school perintendent of USD 104, White Rock term. Schools, was extended for the 2004- Walker recommended the hiring of "Of course, I was devastated when I received the letter," she said. Aletha . . . was ~,lad for Cl-m-,'~', I~tt,~r ~ ;, 911 sign 2005 school term with salary to he Tundra Sholtz as the elementary and s moredetermmedatalaterdate. Thisaction high school custodmn and the board wa+m,,ntilA,..--aL,~-t. .... : .... . .....,.. ....... JR_ . ~,~ r~l~dat~o~d eetangMonday approved Motion carried 5-2 with teleW ......... gram fromaXts'~'~ sr~ ~t'e"the government telling ...... I~~~']Btt~o ~ ~+L ++,~,,~, ~ ~Don Bird ..... will ~+'~be working .......... ~at ............ the:"Ws~ining.anda Frasler+ +and Bill ..... Wdson ab- her that Clarence was seriously injured When the Jewell County commis- school for approximately 12 weeks Becky McNichols reported back to in combat and she would receive more information later. It was Sept. 15 then the government finally informed her he was in the hospital and recovering. While recovering in England, Clarence continued training troops~ In July 1945 he returned to the U.S. and underwent more surgery in an army hospital in Oklahoma. Aletha Was able to join him there. He was discharged Feb. 13, 1946. Clarence remained in the Army Re- serve until June 15, 1951. The Loomises and Broyles went back into business again. They opened an elec- trical-appliance business in Mankato, L & B Electric, and branched out to include heating and eventually airconditioning. Aletha mid Elsie Broyles took turns helping with the business after their sioners met Monday, they learned the price for the 911 signs will be higher than expected. Jim Foster, general road depart- ment superintendent, reported Welborn Sales had informed him of a price increase for block numbers and letters on the 911 signs. Even with the in- crease, Welborn Sales still has the low- est quote. Foster piling was being dri yen for the Jewell Bridge. The department has had a dozer radiator repaired at a co~t of $3,680 and purchased a fan for $500. Fuel quotes were discussed with Foster. Linda Woerner, health nurse, re- ported on the number of visits made by the department for January. Also re- ported were classes and seminars at- tended by the staff. Woerner attended through the Experience Works Pro- gram. Computer keyboarding has been added for the eighth grade beginning second semester. Some former high school classes will be re-named or re- newed for the 2003-04 school term. The middle school honor roll re- quirements were reviewed and dis- cussed. It was approved to amend the middle school honor roll requirements: Honor rolls will he maintained for grades six, seven and eight. The crite- ria for eligibility on the nine-week and semester honor rolls will be the stu- dents must have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average with no grade lower than a B. The Principal's Honor Roll will be for students who attain a 4.0 GPA, Those with a 3.5-3.99 GPA will the board concerning the possible re- districting of the Burr Oak Library and the interest of the library board of mov- ing the library to the school. This would have to be on the April 2004 ballot. McNichois would like any feed- back on this matter. House and Senate bill information concerning out of state students and tuition was reported by Walker. Walker also reported a teacher's substitute re- quest; turnout for parent-teacher con- ferences; and KSDE's approval of the Districts Technology Plan. Negotiation letters from the board and the Association' of White Rock Teachers were presented and briefly discussed. In other business, bills were ap- Iroved for payment in the amount of 118,538.59 and a transfer of $10,000 an answers tough questions public at Formoso meeting Moranwas "Almost no farmer and wife can are lackadaisical," he said. Theydon't by 35 citizens at the For- ~nter recently as he continued Big First listening tour. !attending were from various , as well as the west- r area. Moran said ' was the 49th county he s 69-county district encompasses the area to Sabetha and from County to Cheyenne He said he tries to not always sessions in the county His focus has been on what most the people in his district: agri- quality education, keeping open and access to af- Care. not affordable ' with some experiencing a 49 in premiums. Moran is "what do we do to costs and to keep health ." Also, "How do we 'small towns like Formoso alive ? Much debate on the question ',How ) America safe since 9-11 ." assistance is concern one concern right now assistance. He said it is Ltions conference may try to pass the omni- ng bill with disaster assis- 14. However, he is not it will only be a band- is a need to focus the losses. billion was lost from because of the with the average age at 58, they are basically keep 58 year-old farmers in year They need to people come to farm and to keep ire. survive solely from farming; many need two or three jobs to make it, We need to create more jobs," Moran said. He reminded those present that jobs are also lost when schools are lost. Moran said he worried when the Kan- sas-legislature passed the school fi- nance law that the legislature never would have the fortitude to maintain rural schools. U.S. tariffs are among the lowest in the world and trade is the key to suc- cess in agriculture as 40 percent of Kansas ag production must be exported. Health insurance is problem A county commissioner brought up the subject of the higher health insur- ance premiums and the problem of meeting the needs of the county em- ployees without leaving children and employees uninsured. Moran said that in reality we all end up paying for everyone--insured and uninsured. An audience question targeted the lawsuits against doctors and the high cost of malpractice insurance that is causing diminished services in lower population areas. Moran said the U.S. House has passed a law placing a $250,000 cap on malpractice damages. A question regarding campaign fi- nance ;.vas raised. Moran said we have a long way togo to improve campaign finance. Most campaign dollars are targeted to get the attention of the dec- torate with television ads in the last three to four weeks of an election. He tries to run his campaign in the coffee shops, courthouses, senior centers and on main streets of his district. With regard to the question as to why we haven't done more to protect our borders, he said we have a definite need to protect those borders, espe- cially the southern borders. He is upset at the management and job the Immi- gration and Naturalization Service is doing. "They do such a poor iob and track immigrants after they arrive in the country. In fact, INS issued visas to two of the 9-11 terrorists a week after they took part in the attack. The U.S. House has voted to use the military to enforce the borders; the Senate has not passed it. In discussion about stopping the hiring of illegals, it was noted they are sometimes the only ones who will work tn some jobs. They provided employers the information that is needed to be hired. Business closings impact economy The closing of Precision Dynamics in Belleville was brought to Moran's attention. The company is moving its operation to a foreign country which means a loss of 75 jobs; four employ- ees are Jewell County residents. Those workers will now be without health insurance. The question was raised regarding protecting workers. Moran said the cost of doing busines~ in the U.S. is high because of environmental regula- tions, labor laws, health insurance and other items. "We need to take a new look at how we do business in this country," Moran said. Sept. 11 has been used as an excuse as to why we need to spend more money. Mora~believes ahigh priority should be for the U.S. to balance its books for the benefit of future genera- tions. Government should focus on the things the government is supposed to do in a better way. Mankato Weather Bill Wood, Weather Observer Monday, Feb. 3 .............27 31 Tuesday, Feb. 4 ............. 29 10 Wednesday, Feb. 5 ....... 31 11 Thursday, Feb. 6 ........... 23 15 Friday, Feb. 7 ................ 33 0 Saturday, Feb. 8 ............ 38 t Sunday, Feb. 9 ............. 32 2 Monday, Feb. 10 ........... 39 16 4-H Days Saturday children were in school. The Loomises a tuberculous update workshop and be designated Honor Roll. Those with had two children, Sharon and Marvin. distributed information to all the a 3.0-3.49 GPA will be designated from Supplemental General to Trans- There are six grandchildren, schools. She has started on the HIPAA Honorable Mention. Effective the portation was approved. regulation requirements which are ef- fective April 14. Discussion was held "1'~; Tri-county concerning thesmallpoxinformation Randall councilr,-cks and bio-terrorism funds. Parking in the disposal company Rodney Zeigler, courthouse custo- Jewetl County will host anew event, 4-H Tri-county Day, Saturday at the high school in Jewell. Jewell County will not have acounty 4-H Days as they participate with mem- bers from Lincoln and Mitchell coun- ties. Events begin at 8 a.m. Competition will he divided into three age divisions so youth of similar ages will be judged together. The public is invited to attend and hear project talks, vocal and instrumental solos and group numbers, demonstra- tions, skits and gavel games. All presentations are open to the public +and participants will receive ribbons and evaluations on their per- formances. dian, discussed boiler repairs and what else needs to be done. It was asked that he get a price estimate of the work that needs to be done. Payroll dated Jan. 23 and bills dated through Feb. 10 were paid as follows: Health, $9,163.92; General, $59,056.62; Road and Bridge, $79,593.35; Solid Waste, $46,815.79; Tower, $467.26; Employee Benefits $199.98; Appraiser, $4,191.56; Clear- ing Account $70,141.45; Noxious Weed, $17,55.51; Ambulance $13,260.24; 9-1-1, $4,434.34; Ambu- lance Equipment $758.79. Early copy needed for next week As next Monday is a federal holi- Randall City Council members ap- proved a contract at a recent meeting with Wasteco for residential solid waste pick. Wasteco, represented by owner and operator Randie Slate, andChief Dis- posal, represented by Buck Rogers, both made presentations at the meet- ings. Slate is to provide documentation concerning his business and agreed to ma~e pink-ups in Randall by 9 a.m. on Mondays. Announcements included the KRWA meeting and a technology seminar being held. Routine business was conducted. Bills for the month of February were approved. Elesa McMillan presented a letter of resignation as city clerk, effective June 1, as she will be residing out of town, The resignation was accepted. Martha Lumb will resume preparing the water bill cards with assistance from McMillan The council once again commended Junior Wilson on his job during the water line installation. It was sug- gested Wilson receive a bonus. Coun- cil concluded Wilson should receive a raise of $50 per month, effective March 1. Present for the meeting were Roger Houghton, Warren Joerg and Bradley Barrett with Donald Bigham, mayor, presiding; Wayne McElroy, Robert Kibhe, Joe Anderson, Junior Wilson, Slate, Rogers and Ben Black. day and most government offices in- USDA presents grant eluding those operated by the U.S."" --s~a'~" funds to s~ower group Postal service will he closed, the gath- ering of news and advertising for the Officers of the Jewell County Sun- next issue of this newspaper ~vill be a for library equipment flower Processing group were awarded a grant for $41,000 Friday. In Jewell county to make the pre- sentation were Gary Smith, USDA Community and Business Programs Director, Chuck Banks, Kansas Direc- tor and Jim Vanek. Officers of Sunflower Processing are Leon Boden, Ionia; Edgar Marihugh, Esbon; FawnaBarrett, Ram- dall; Jim Dooley, Jewell. - The grant, given by USDA, is a dollar per dollar match and is to be used for the feasibility study and legal fees connected with establishing a vi- able organization for processing sun- flowers. Grant Writers were Barrett, Jewell County Community Development Coordinator, and Gary Tordrup, Jew- ell County Extension agent. challenge. Those contributors planning to sub- mit items for publication next week are encouraged to eithl,'r mail early or use an alternative delivery method. Items normally mailed to the Jewell County Record office may he deliv- ered either to the Mankato or Superior office, sent via E-mail or fax. The Jewell County Record e-mail address isjecord@alltel.net. The fax number is 785-378-3782. The office will be open as usual Monday. After hours items may be left in the drop box. Items normally mailed to the Supe- rior address may also be delivered in person, via fax or e-mail. The e-mail address is tse@superiorne.com. Fax messages may be sent to 402-879-3463. A drop box for after hours delivery is located to the left of the main entrance. A total of $60,000 from the Eula M aag Fund will he presented to the Jew- ell Library later this month to pur~:hase equipment. Annette Burks, president of the library board, distributed an up- dated list of library needs at the recent Jewell City Council meeting. Other business conducted by the council is listed: "Welcome to Jewell" signs - Bill Loomis will talk to Jewell FFA Chap- ter about repairing the signs. Curb and sidewalk will be installed in front of the Jewell Implement. Old fire station to be torn down. Appraisal from Rural Develop- ment has been conducted on the Cost Analysis House at 2 ! 2 Venango. Bohnert reported the dinner sport- sored by day care was well attended. Ken Benedict, Great Plans Land- scape, presented a plan for park im- provements. Council members agreed to remove the fence and concrete around the basketball courts and some of the trees. An updated plan will be drawn up. Pat Ziegler and the NCK Techni~ cal College Heavy Equipment students will do some dirt work at the City Pond. Jewell Apartment Board of Diret~ tors met after council meeting. The bills were presented and ap- proved for payment. The elevator has recently been repaired. A bulb in the south stairwell light needs to be re- placed and the city workers will re- place it.