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~located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Price 50 Established 1890, Volume 111, Issue No. 47 USPS, NO. 274-940 II Thursday, March 13, 2003 I I L welll sets Woman finds anhydrous can-up container; escapes injury ell spring city-wide clean up ~. ;et lbr April 28. determined her injuries were not seri- ; event was announced at the ous and she was released that day. -~ ~ ouncil meeting last week. In The jug was checked by a certified pn, Bill Loomis mayor was di- meth lab i nvestigator w~o confi rmed it "~ itopursue'the possibility of sell- had contained anhydro~ ammonia. tuction items no longer needed. ~tine business was conducted. ts included: High School FFA Chapter rang the "Welcome to Jewell" April as month was adopted. rental space will become after March 31 at the Corn- Bohnert handed out a fi- :port on the Day Care Center. notice for the park improve- been published. playground equipment be given to the City they will come and get it. will repair the and transmission on the Ford truck. and school elections will be tity Center April 1. Apartment board of it was approved to new refrigerators. Bills .~wed and approved for pay- will be invested in a deposit. was given for the man- acuum sweeper pumps, as needed new heating-cooling units. ers present at the meetings were and Carl Knarr. Rock students rocket project by students on the ligh School physics team, tional competition. rocket project, so far, is one of qualified out of 883 teams class are Justin onte Manning, Erin Garman, augh and Robyn Konen and Bob Curtis entered Lynette Bartley reads to fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at Mankato Elementary during"Read for America" day at the school. Members of the community and high school students came throughout the day to read to students. Students participate in 'Read Across America' Mankato Elementa~ School stu- dents celebrated Read Across America Day Friday when high School students from FBLA, NHS, StuCo, FCCLA and FFA organizations and community members came to help celebrate read- ing. Each class in kindergarten to third grade chose an author to highlight. All books read in class that day were by their chosen author. Kindergarten chose Marc Brown; first, Jan Brett; second, Don Freeman; and third, Wil- liam Steig. Students participated in lem and resolution foreaclachapt~ff., A activities centered around their autll~,,,xeading celebration party was held to- Upper elementary sttidents were ward the end of tile day. Students ate divided into mixed grade level groups cake and had the opportunity to share to listen as the story unfolded as each new reader came to visit. Groups read Cockroach Cooties by Laurence Yep, Stick & Whittle by Sid Hite and The Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck. information about the author or book as well as the activities. Read Across America is a national program sponsored by NEA and cel- ebrated each year in conjunction with Fourth, fifth and sixth grade groups Dr. Seuss's birthday. This is the sec- concentrated on activities centered ond year Mankato Elementary hascel- around plot, character, setting, prob- ebrated Read Across America. Business people express concerns about electrical demand charges on electricity was ,lacing demand es on the bust- the housing nesses. Elaine Peters, Randall, escaped se- rious injury when she opened a water jug she found in a roadway near her home. According to the Jeweil County Sheriff's Department report, the ther- mal j.ug had contained anhydrous am- monia. The jug appeared new and the Peters took it home. When Elaine opened the jug to wash it, she smelled it to determine what, if anything, it had contained. She couldn't smell any- thing, but it caused a burning in her nose, lungs and eyes and caused breath- ing problems. Elaine was able to call Archie Thompson at Randall Co-op who summoned Jewell County EMS. She was transported to Mitchell County Hospital where was examined. It was Sheriff Kim Ost said, "If anyone should see items m the ditches, such as coolers, jugs, mugs from a quick shop, do not pick them ag. 'Notify the local sheriff's departmentsand let them handleit." "This was a learning experience," Peters said. "I want everyone to be aware they must not pick up coolers, water jugs or even bottles out of a ditch or any other place. Had the jug been full of this gas, it could have exploded. We must make people, especially kids, aware of this dangerous situation." The Cloud, Jewell and Mitchell County Sheriff"s Departnw|~ts warn residents to be aware of a potcmial serious situation. There have been ~ev- eral incidents where individuals have found various containers in the.ditches along public roads. These could be hot or cold insulated containers or any type of ice chest, plastic gas ctm[amcr, propane tanks with grecH valve.,~ or anything that will hold liquid. These containers could possibly contain an- hydrous ammonia. Individuals who manufacture meth put anhydrous ammonia in abo~lt any- thing they can find. Authorities request anyone who observes suspicious materials ~r extra road traffic in the area to notil'y them. Anyone with questions is urged to otto- tact the sheriff's department. White Rock board approves play ground equipment White Rock USD 104 board mem- bers gave approval for school superin- tendent Bill Walker to proceed with the next step in getting new playground equipment for the White Rock Elemen- tary, east attendance center and a smaller playground unit for the middle school yard at Esbon. This action tran- spired at Monday's afternoon meeting held at Burr Oak. The regular meeting time was changed because of a scheduling prob- lem. Board members attending were Lorie Yelken, chairman; Ken Garman, Wanda Frasier, James Reed, Lesa Peroutek and Ray Mizner. Others present were Walker, Therese Frost, clerk; Amanda Anderson and Gloria Garman-Schlaefli. Transfers approved were from supplemental, $5,000 to food service and $12.000 to transportation. Amanda Anderson, representing Parents as Teachers, spoke to the board 'Life's about the services offered in Jewell County: This new program in the county is to help all children birth to age 3, learn, grow and develop, to realize their full potential. There are presently 17 families and 19 children in the county in the program and this includes five in the White Rock Dis- trict, five in the Jewell-Randall Dis- trict and nine in the Mankato District. Anderson would like donations of toys and books for the program. The pro- gram is funded in part by agovernment grant and in p~m matching funds provided by the three school districts. She thanked the school board for their funding. An interlocal cooperative agreement was signed with Parents as Teachers for the 2002-2003 school year. Walker reported several items: A school food service consultant visit netted a "good review." oA grant from Smokey Hill was used to purchase Accelerated Reading A letter read a sibility of the district helping x~i~h tt~e expense of the physics class trilx Ideas Were presented ~m l'utttre projects and improvemcms. "lopics discussed were new stage ,:uriaius at both attendance centers, aa added speaker system, repair of temtis cOtil't at Esbon, playground equipmci~l, v~ck parking area near bus barn, mctd c,~;v- ering on the awnings. I~md>,c~q~m~, in front of high school building, sidewalk repair. The consensus oft he board was to advance with the playgrotmd equip- ment for both attendance cct~