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W e located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 ounselor accepts perintendent's job Iterim superintendent for USD 278 ',n the board met in special session ,21 at the Buffalo Roam Steak Ise. ['he board approved a four month tract for Schultz as half-time,su- ntendent at one-third the current school year as half-time interim super- intendent. Schultz holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern Oklahoma and a master's in guidance counseling from Southwestern Oklahoma. He obtained an administrators certification from Fort Hays State University. ~nal salary for the balance of this I year. Last year Schultz was interim su- addition, there is an option, if perintendent at Southern Cloud. rSD 278 board renews !rincipals' contracts year contracts for next ye~lr and discuss the contracts. !e approved for Dale True, elemen- Another executive session was held ~principal, and Bruce Hurford,jun- to discuss non-elected personnel. No :~ ~s~nior high principal, when the USD action was taken from this executive | pard of Education met for ape- sessions. Discussion was held regard- i.= [meeting Feb. 19. Salary is to be ingschedulingofaspecialmeetingbut , ~ lcrrnined later.This action was taken a date was not set. r-o |r an executive session to evaluate All board members were present. ' } wver, Greene win ) e-* ~ • i unty spelling contest I ~ ~ttacie Sawyer, White Rock Junior RandallElementary; SierraKosterand .,'. ~ ~o~,Won the JewellCounty Spelling David Reiter, Jewell Junior High; ntest at Randall Elementary School ~rday morning. , . ^ buring the third rounu of the oral :ll-down, contestants were reduced t~o. Stacie spelled "necessary" really, which had been missed by ~l,sey Greene, and spelled "nutri- to win the county spell-down. ~'~, [Stacie will represent Jewell County ~e state contest in Topeka March 8. • ~[U!~elsey, a student at Randall EI- ~[entary School is the alternate. ~~ach girl received a medal on a red, • ~'|~t~d blue ribbon. Stacie was given .~[ICtmnary from the Jewell County ~" ~UrceCouncil sponsorforthecon- = ~I. ontest tswe Tyler ilert, 0 Deanna Sheiton and James Neilson, Mankato Elementary; LaraNeilson and Rory McSpadden, Mankato Junior High; Corbin Broeckelman and Kevin Garman, White Rock Elementary; Kristi Fraiser, White Rock Junior High. Thadd Hinkle, pronouncer, ex- plained the rules and introduced the judges, John Bingham, Laura Fricker and Jeanne Bleecker. Students drew for their place in line to spell. Four were eliminated during the first round; four more exited during the second round and two went out in the third round. Chelsey's parents are Scott and Janelle Greene, Jewell, and Stacie is daughter of Mark and Mary Sawyer, Burr Oak. ~taeie Sawver (riaht~ Jewell County Spelling Contest champion, shows a ~:Onary and'meclaTsl4e received after an oral spell-down. Chelsey Greene ~~llternate. [a.lesman suspected of iUsrepresentmg product Jewell County Sheriff's De- m Feb. 11 Jan. 24, an indi- pleads guilty wreck death plead guilty homicide and no contest m a case in- that claimed Peggy Peters, Jewell. Feb. 14 in Cloud Court where he en- plea. He is to appear for ing March 20 at 9:30 a.m. accident took place 2oncordia. Peters Cousin, Lacie Eilert, were pap- a car driven by Peake. Pe- at the scene. Eilert sus- and Elaine vidual, saying he represented Heart- land Seafood and Steaks, Norton, was selling steaks door to door in the Man- kato and Bvrr Oak area. The person who made the report to the sheriff' s department had contacted Norton and was told there was no such business as Heartland Seafood and Steaks in that town• The party selling the nheat report- edly said they had ordered too much meat and were trying to sell it. Accord- ing to the sheriff' s depai'tment several individuals in the county purchased meat from this subject. The sheriff's departme~tis warn- ing citizens to be aware o~is situa- tion. Sheriff's officials believe it may be possible the salesperson may have misrepresented himself on where the meat came from and the price and weight of the meat• The sheriff is requesting those who may have information about this situ- ation to contact the sheriff's office at 785-378-3194. district meeting Saturday night. It isn't clear whether he was ousiness meeting or entertainment, but ne appears napp.y to in the Little Theater. Caleb s parents are Joe and Kad Eflert, II Established 1890, Volume 111, Issue No. 5 NDIS F ILE h~ 6.5. B0"~ 20t ll,td,,hlh,h,l,l,,,ll)hl,,d,hll~'""llll~"~' Price 50˘ USPS, NO. 274-940 dill,,,l I II I Thursday, February 27, 2003, I New businesses ready for opening in county New businesses opening in the county were reviewed when Jewell County Development Association met recently• Under new ownership are Corner Bar, Burr Oak; The Jewell, Jewell (for- merly Wright Corner); and The Barn, Formoso. The office and parts section of Jew- ell Implement is currently under con- struction. Numis-Tech is shipping boxes to Salina and Wichita. Coordi- nator Fawna Barrett is working on an- other lead for a hardware store. Other items in Barrett' s report were USDA personnel came to Jewell County for the formal presentation of a check, but the picture was not printed locally. She is seeking a speaker from Kansas Wind Power to come to the county. Another meeting on the agenda is the North Central Kansas Regional Planning board meeting Thursday. Several will be attending the Heart- land Leadership Workshop in Concor- dia March 1. Approval was given for Barrett to attend an economic development meet- ing in Hutchinson April 9 and 10. Up- dates were given on the Sunflower processing committee. They are inves- tigating niche markets. Sun oil has a growing market and is now being used in hair gel. Rural Development Council will go to Topeka March 25. Three guests ' from this county may go with the group to Kansas Commerce and a luncheon with state legislators• Amy Arasmith (left), Jewell City clerk, presents a check to Annette Burks, representative of the Jewell Library board. The check is a $60,000 bequest from the Maag estate to be use~ipment, supplies and books. Jewell Library gets $60,000 from Maag Jewell Public Library recently re- ceived a check lbr $60,000 from the Ula Maag Estate. Maag, a retired SCtlool teacher and wite of local farmer, Kenneth Maag, strongly believed in libraries. She was life-long reader and patron of Jewell's library. She particularly loved to read local history books andbooks about hcrhome state of Kansas. Maaghad specifically mentioned the library as one of the recipients of her estate. The Jewell Library plans to use the money to make improvements to the library shelving, furnishings, equip- ment and non-fiction book section. A special plaque and a collection of Kan- sas books will be dedicated to Maag's lnemory.- changes were discussed with county springtea, March 24, both atMontrose Road department employees, hco?tUmSol~yee arkl~ho~ur s ub!reae arc?19fand! eUmStff iOn The postage meter for the court- commissioners by general superinten- dent Jim Foster when Jewell County Commissioners met Monday. F~ter reported that he plans to dis- cuss the work hours with each em- ployee in his department. Foster also discussed the current fee and the actual cost to haul trash to Smith Center for the Solid Waste Department. He said an adjustment is needed. It was de- cided to have Foster calculate a cost per mile for hauling the trash. Department supervisor meetings were conducted: • Weed department - KDOT signed and returned contracts for spraying right of ways;.Bartley to attend weed direc- tors' conference. • Road department- Currently work- ing on bridge at Jewell; decrease grad- ing projects because of high fuel prices; Foster to attend highway administrator's meeting in Salina. • Extension - Tordrup attended multi-topic meeting at Hays; attended soil conservation district meeting; will attend an ag update, Hill City; Tordrup and SWeat to attend spring~onference; Family Fun ~ht; March 29; "Life United Methodist Church; county was host for Tri-County 4-H Day. • Appraiser - Lora Ost, pricing per- sonal property; Bruce Webb, prepar- ing to send change of value notices; Marilou Becker, inking updates on mylar maps. • EPD - Weather Awareness meet- ing is March 18, 7 p.m., courthouse; E.M.S.A.K. Conference, March 19- 21, Belleville. • Clerk - Discussed workman's comp reporting; handed out memo concerning credit card usage; employee bloodborne pathogen training, March 20; preparing for the April 1, general city and school election. • Commissioners- attended County Government Day, Topeka; soil con- servation district meeting; Langer to attend the Planning Commission meet- ing. • Custodian - Community service worker did cleaning at courthouse; waxing floors. • Health - Reviewed press release from KDHE regarding update on small pox vaccination plan. 'John Cyr, NCRPC discussed eco- Fischer is self-taught glass artist Charlie Fischer used a patriotic theme for these windows at the back entrance of their two-story home in Esb0n. Fischer .~ar~. his artistic endeavors when a window in his home could not be openeo. He oscided to replace tne class with stained glass, and has been "hooked" since. . Most of the windows in the Fischer house now glow with rich stained glass colors as the sun shines through his creations. In the back entrance of the house are two windows with the patri- otic theme. One has "Old Glory" un- furled with the stars etched• The other window next to the flag features Lady Liberty, the pattern for which he cop- ied from a silver dollar. The American Flag is draped ac~ss her golden gown and a golden sun shines in the back- ground. The border features red, white and blue with stars. Fischerdecided to create something different for the bathroom: two stained glass windows were placed on two of the shower walls. The long narrow window on the north wall shows a mermaid with a seahorse in shades of turquoise and reds. The west octago- nal window shows a dolphin jumping from the water. Made especially for his wife, the windows above the kitchen sink fea- ture humming birds hovering around flowers in pinks, mauve and greens. The dining room shows three long bay windows with gral~, vine borders. The green and brown vines are loaded with marble-like purple and lavender grapes. In the center window a bottle of wine, showing the name Fischer on the label, sets on a table with a basket filled with fruit. At the foot of the stairway is a five- foot window showing Jesus, in rich colored and patterned robes, with his arms outstretched. The face of Jesus is hand painted. Sandblasting was incor- porated into the pattern for this win- dow. The north wall of the stairway fea- tures two Windows Fischer appropri- ately titled "Northern Lights." One features a polar bear and the other shows a deer, both standing in pearl- ized white snow. In the background are the northern lights, which are beams of blues, greens and brown shooting across the ski~s. Two bedroom~ upstairs have •win- dows showcasing colorful pheasants during different seasons. "I suppose you can guess that I like pheasants," Black-and-white photography doesn't do justice to this stained glass window Creation by Chadie Fischer, Esbon. The 5-foot window is located at the foot of a stairway in the Fischer home. puter. Sometimes he gets ideas from seeing a picture or seeing,what some- one else has done. The glass comes in large sheets which must be cut to form the design. A soldering gun is used to join the glass and metal. His favorite stained glass technique is solder and foil. Fischer also does glass etching and this practice is sometimes incorporated into the stained glass. "Etching is a whole different technique than stained glass," Fischer said. With practice of several years, most projects can now be completed in 50 hours or less. He has sold some of his works, but most have been placed in the Fischer home. Some have been given to fam- ily members. He presently has some of his works on display at the State Ex- change Bank, Mankato. He hopes to attend more craft shows next summer. Presently he is working part-time dur- ing the summer months on mainte- nance for the golf course in Red Cloud. "It's great living in a small town," he said. Fischer was a Marine and his son, Ryan, is presently in the Navy, so many of his projects are done in a patriotic theme. His favorite project is a win- dow 50 inches tall and three feet wide of the American Flag in rich red, white and blue. The words "God Bless America" are etched below the flag. Charlie Fischer, Esbon, doesn't con- sider himself an artist, but his colorful and striking stained glass art tell a different story• Fischer is a self-taught stained glass artist who took up the craft 10 years ago when a window in his house could not be opened. Fischer decided that this window would be nice place if replaced with stained glass. "I had never done anything like this before, but thought I'd try making it." It took him five months to complete the window• "But once I was done with it, I knew I was hooked," he said. Fischer, an Esbon native, and his wife, June, recently moved to Esbon after he retired from 20 years of trans- porting mail from Concordia to Esboa,, Two years ago they purchased a two-story house in Esbon and remod- eledit. Fischerdecidedtocraft stained glass windows for every window in the house. He has a good start on complet- ing this goal. He converted a two-car garage into his shop with all the necessary equip- ment to create stained glass works• Not only does he make stained glass windows of all shapes and designs, he also makes glass lampshades. "I really enjoy this. When I get done with a project it just looks so beautiful," comments Charlie. He does do some of his own design work, but seeks help from a friend and his com- : Charlie Fischer works in a converted garage to create stained glass windows which adorn m.an~/windows of the Fischer home in Esbon. Fischer does some of his own oemgnmg, out gets assistance from a frien~ and the computer. . house and county attorney' s office were reviewed. It was decided to table a decision on the meter for the court- house until it is confirmed the current lease with Neo-Post is terminated. Commissioners approved leasing a DM200 Digital Mailing Machine from Pitney Bowes for the county attorney' s office for $73 per month for 63 pay- ments upon the approval of the county attorney, which was given. Ivan Lee Frost and Wayne Frost inquired about the county ct~tting trees on the north end of section 14 of Whitemound and bridge repairs. They also discussed other maintenance. Margo Baird declined the position as member of Pawnee Mental Health Board. John Bingham, district magistrate judge, discussed HB 2307, a proposal abolishing one judge for each county. He had a resolution in support of a resident judge in each county. The commissioners agreed to adopt that resolution and mail it to the chairman of the Judiciary Committee• Miller and Kim Ost, county sheriff: requested Bn executive session to dis- cuss non-elected personnel. No action was taken• Miller suggested commissioners consider having a motivational semi- nar for county employees. Commissioners present at the meet- ing were Frank Langer, Doyle Alcorn and Stanley Colson. Meet with Republic County The Feb. 18 meeting was a joint meeting with the Republic County Commissioners, Linda Holl, Martin Nelson and Harold Wilber• Others present were Vicki Hall, Republic County Clerk; Alvin Perez, Republic County Superintendent and Jim Fos- ter. Topics discussed were County Gov- ernment Day in Topeka, loss of de- mand transfers from the state, sheriff department purchases of patrol vehicles and EMS personnel. Personnel from solid waste operations discussed dis- posal, recycling and economic devel- opment. After the joint meeting, Jewell County Commissioners convened for county business• It was decided to have the proper officer sign a letter to Kansas State Historical Society requesting the Lovewell Bridge not be nominated to the National and State Register. The society had contacted commissioners concerning the nomination of the bridge. Other business included these items: • Memo signed for department su- pervisors concerning credit card us- age. *Jim Foster gave the commission- ers a Copy of the letter sent to George Jensen concerning future fuel bids. • Foster discussed budget concerns and the possibility of road department employees working four 11 -hour days for six months in the summer; cost of hauling for the solid waste department; • Accepted culvert bid from D-C Wholesale for $16,321.90. • Proper officers signed letters and contract for CDBG Bridge Project OO- PF-009 from the bid letting of July 2002. • Stan Slaughter will be at transfer station March 28 to provide program fourth and fifth grade students in county. " • Miller discussed necessity for Ru- ral District No. 1 to tie the new water line along the bridge in Jackson Town- ship. • Foster stated county needed to have a signed approved plan from KDOT• Foster had a request and petition from Sprint Telephone to place buried cable along the Jewell County roads from Burr Oak to Webber. This request and petition is a correction to one that was approved Jan. 27. Agreed to rescind the first motion from Jan. 27 and ap- prove new request from Sprint Tele- phone. An executive session was held to discuss non-elected personnel with Miller and Carla Waugh present. No action was taken. All commissioners were present at this meeting.