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.... J located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 111, Issue No. 4 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, March 20, 2003 donation save brother ain't heavy, he's my brother" to be the motto of a Superior who recently donated stem : of life, to her older brother. Wilson Zoltenko and her Wilson, grew up eel in Jewell County. ounger sister Haley are t Wilson and Cheryl Melanie is now married to and they have two andTaran, 6 months married to Holli Shaffer their first baby at White Rock High distance running ca- :arae to an immediate halt when high fever,coffee ydration and kidney T.D. Blecha suspected PNH real Nocturnal hematuria/ ararely found disease pro- very basically, the red are destroyed and elimi- of the kidneys at night. uent blood clots. ia,stroke or other ing thromboses. An anx- University of Nebraska Center in Omaha and consul- a hematologist there con- diagnosis. tn consider himself to be to have only a low hemoglobin ang tired all the time. For 12 had minimal need for [reat- flications. Y considers Melanie to be ing as siblings are the d she is a perfect as donor. to attempt a bone this time because was continuing being 13-14, his 3.8) Healthy otherwise and of complica- grafting at this time a greater chance for suc- the sion was made organizing her home y two week .Would be away from home. was able to stay at th~. Hoili's parents in Olathe. a Week set back because of a chance of infection in Melanie, the procedure began March 5 with daily growth factor injections for Melanie and chemotherapy underway for Devin. Tuesday, March l I was collection day. Blood was drawn through a cath- eter which had been inserted near the collarbone and into a vessel there. The blood traveled through APHERESIS where the stem cells were separated and the remainder of blood returned to her body. This was a five-hour process and Holli's mother sat with her. This collection was further pro- cessed and retyped and matched for transfusion. Later in the day Melanie handed the bag of ceils to Devin. Trans- fusion took two hours, through which Devin relaxed and slept. The family reports the entire proce- dure went like clockwork...once started there was no turning back. Now they are waiting for growth of Melanie's cells to take over. Evidence will show in about 14 days. Devin will stay in the hospital for a while longer and then will go home to a house which has been sterilized in his ab- sence...carpets cleaned, furnace and airflow ducts cleaned and walls wiped down. Countertops will be wiped down before, during and after meal prepara- tion. He gets to dish out his own meal before anyone else. Eg.lremely good handwashing isa must, asthe threat of infection and Devin's decreased im- munity still exist. Attitudes have been only positive even with the extreme joint pain and nausea experienced during the chemo. These effects were expected and con- trolled with sleep and medication. Devin expects complete acceptance of the cells and a cure. He greets every day with faith and a smile. He expects soon to be chasing after that new baby. Devin and his families are over- whelmed at the concern of so many friends and strangers who have offered prayers and encouragement for all .in- volved. A website was set up to accept e- mails and provide daily updates during the procedure. That ~vebsite is: http:// www.geocities.comfhowsdevin/bome or cards and notes may be sent to Devin Wilson, 7805 Darnell Street, Lenexa, Kan. 66215. ~m w Zoltenko hands a container of stem cells to her brother Devin lings are the children of Walt Wilson and Cheryl Warren, the f Woodrow and Beulah Wilson. water district All signs pointed to spring last week as children took to the streets on their wheels. This is Conner Winter, 3, out for a ride on his tricycle in Jewell. His father, Fred Winter, teacher and coach at Jewell Junior-Senior High School, was nearby to monitor his son's activities. Forensics team state qualifers perform for USD 278 Board Jenna Bleeckerand SashaRoe dem- onstrated a duet act and-Shawna Robbins demonstrated a solo piece for members of USD 278 Board of Educa- tion a recent regular meeting These young women are members of the high school forensics team and have qualified for state competition. The contract forH. Dean Schultz as interim Superintendent for the balance of the 2002-03 school year was ap- proved. Schltz reported the state aid payment that was to be received by March 1 was expected March i 1. Per a request by the board, Bruce Hurford, high school principal, re- viewed the ITV classes offered at the high school. For the most part, these classes are well received. The foreign language class seems to be the area most difficult for students to get along with. A draft of the contract from Coca- Cola as the district soft drink supplier was presented. The contract will be addressed at the April meeting. Discussion ensued regarding the board position vacancy. It was the consensus of the board that the person who is the successful write-in candi- date will be appointed to the position at the regular April board meeting. Past due balances at the elementary and junior-senior high schools were discussed. Those who are past due from last year will be notified in writ- s ceremony Council approves for the Mitchell A new chlorine room will be con- District No. 2 structedintheexistingtreatmentstruc" trash contract tlity were held. district serves part of of directors have project more than worked with the litchell County Kansas De- and Environment of- Water Rural Water es involved. general contractor are !.ng and Heating and Be- has begun on the im- to the existing treatment Capacity will increase to per minutes of 1.6 mil- l. gmeered metal building to house one concrete reactor and four con- process piping, elec- controls. The contact basin will be chlorine contact basin. ture. Site modifications include the ex- isting wash water holding basin and sludge holding basin. All activities will occur at the existing treatment site south of Glen Elder below the Glen Elder Reservoir Dam. Construction costs are estimated to be one million four hundred forty-four thousand dol- lars. Upgrade to the water treatment fa- cility are necessary because of the age of the system and to meet mandatory guidelines for drinking water require- ments. These requirements came about when the federal Safe Water Drinking Act passed impacting surface water treatment facihdes such as rural water district two. Mitchell County was awarded a Community Development Block Grant on behalf of the rural water district, which is also committing a portion of its own funding, as well as monies through Water SystemRevenue Bonds to assist in paying for the project. Darrell Schroeder is chairman of'the board of directors. Randall City Council members ap- proved a contract with Wasteco for trash hauling. The contract was awarded for three years when the group met in regular session with Donald Bigham, mayor, presiding. Council member Wayne McElroy was absent. Also in atten- dance were Joe Anderson, Archie Th- ompson, fire chief, and Junior Wilson. Routine business was conducted. Names were discussed for possible candidates to fill the city clerk's posi- tion. Thompson reported on several items regarding the fire department. He is checking on grants and is getting pagers and two-way radios for the fire department. He is considering obtain- ing donations from groups to help buy equipment. He repotted that an indi- vidual has pledged a donation to the fire department for whatever it needs. The matching funds grant through FEMA is due to be submitted soon, which is a 10 percent funds grant. Them pson also said that once he sub- mits the grant the 10 percent matching funds could be obtained through a loan from the Firemen's Relief Fund. Coun- cil encouraged Thompson to pursue the grants Thompson has one bid of $1,500 for the 1941 fire truck, which was accepted. There has not been interest shown in the 1966 fire truck. The highway department contacted the city regarding a water line adjacent to the highway which has to be re-dug and installed deeper. The line is cur- rently only 11 inchesdeep and needs to be at least four foot. A local plumber has informed Junior Wilson that he would be interested in the job. Bill Loomis, mayor of Jewell, con- tacted the city the park equipment which was available free of charge i fit were picked up. Junior Wilson was instructed by the council to contact Carl FOaarr to make arrangements to pick up the equipment. ing by the superintendent. If these are not paid immediately, the district will file with small claims for collection. Past due accounts for this year will be revisited in June. Summer employees were discussed. It was reported that an individual with approximately 150 hours of commu- nity service could fulfill one position. Hurford said the front of the football field press box will be painted by the semor class. Schultz will bring this to the regular April meeting for more discussion. Supplemental resignations were accepted from Kelly Melton, junior high head girls basketball coach; Bar- bara Elbracht, technology coordina- tor; Diaria Boley, high school cheerleading sponsor; Kristi Badger, junior high cheerleading sponsor; Arlene Ediger, yearbook sponsor. Track began Monday and DaleTrue, athletic director, reported there were 30 students out for track. Carol Bingesser is bidding new track uni- forms for this year. Farm Bureau is sponsoring a trip to Topeka for all the Jewell County Schools Tuesday. Hurford said Man- kate students who achieved an 80 per- cent social studies grade went on the trip. A total of 20 Mankato seniors Will be going. Farmway "Credit plans annual event Reservations are now being taken for the 52nd Annual Meeting of Farmway Credit Union, with offices in Mankato, Beloit, Lincoln and Osborne, The event is set for Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at St. John's High School, Beloit. A supper will be served and a short business meeting and election of di- rectors are after the supper. Many gifts will be given away and a program will be presented. For reservations contact local Farmway Credit Unions by March 28. "Busy As A Bee" 2003 fair theme "Busy as a Bee in 2003" is the Jewell County Fair Theme, submitted by Nancy Thronson. she will receive $25 credit at the food stand during the fair. The theme was selected at a meet- ing of the board of directors, chaired by Bill Buser with 14 directors attend- mg. A decision was made to ask the city to turn the electricity off at the fair- grounds until June to conserve energy. Permission was granted for a play- house to be displayed and donation tickets sold to benefit Court Appointed Service Advocates during the county fair. Approval was granted to award the top booster membership salesperson who sells the greatest dollar amount of a minimum of $10 booster member- ships a $100 savings bond or $50 cash. The second high salesperson will re- ceive a $50 bond or $25 cash. Those selling a minimum of 10 memberships will receive a booster T-shirt. Fair books will be printed by the county extension office and schools are to be contacted to see if any student is interested in designing advertise- ments for the county fair. Some fair entries will be judged July 17; others on July 21-23. The fashion revue and crowning ceremony are July 22 in the evening. Each 4-H club will be assigded to mow and trim the fairgrounds for one month. Permission was granted for Joey and Josh Buser to host a swine, sheep, and beef prospect show at the fair- grounds in mid June. The board meeting is March 31 in the courthouse meeting room at 7:30. Attending the meeting were Leon Boden, Lisa Boyles, Robert Kemmerer, Elaine Peters. Phyllis PurCell, Bill Buser, Deb Murray, Ted Thummel, Bill Wood, Leonard Worm, Becky Dean, Doug Ford, Dwayne Lorence, Mike Ramsey, Shane Britt and exten- sion agents Deanna Sweat and Gary Tordrup present. Doyle arrested in Meth Lab bust "Darrell Doyle, 44, a former Webber area resident, was arrested Monday, March 10. While a Nuckolls County officer was serving Doyle with a warrant, the officer saw a tractor that apparently had been stolen from the BNSF rail- road. A search warrant was obtained and officers located property believed to have been stolen in numerous burglar- ies in Jeweil and Nuckolis counties During the search of a property located near the Webster-Franklin county line, a suspected methamphetamine lab was discovered and the Nebraska CLAN Lab Team was called to the scene. After the lab was dismantled, the offic- ers made inventory of the property the next day. Doyle originally was wanted on charges of issuing bad checks in Webster, Franklin and Nuckoils coun- ties, As the investigation continued, of- fleers located items believed to have been stolen, including a John Deere 225 tractor, tools, firearms and about 12-13 grams of a substance believed to be meth. Doyle was placed in Webster County jail on charges of issuing bad checks, possession of marijuana less than I ounce, possession of stolen prop- erty, keeping a house where controlled substances were used and possession of meth with intent to deliver. Keeping a house where a controlled substance was used is a Class 2 misde- meanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Possession of meth with intent to deliver is a Class 2 felony punishable by up to'.50 years in prison. Jewell County Sheriff Kim Ost and the Franklin County sheriff also ex- ecuted a search warrant March 11 at Doyle's residence. The officers were accompanied by Mark Underwood, rural Burr Oak. According to Ost, propert.~ reported stolen in Jewell County may have been recovered. Items recovered are thought to belong to Lawrence Bouray, Hardy, and Mark Underwood. Bouray had re- ported to the Jewell County Sheriff's Department that on Dec. 29, his farCn shed was broken into and missing were tools and a plasma cutting torch. On Jan. 7 and 14, Mark Underwood re- ported his shop building in Otego was broken into. Items reported taken in- eluded tools and welding equipment. Involved in the 'arrest and investi- gation were law enforcement officers from Franklin, Nuckolls, Webster and Jewell counties, the Superior Police Department and Nebraska State Pa- trol. Doyle is being held at the Webster County Jail. A bond has been set. Charges are pending in Franklin and Jeweli counties. County health fair set for April 3, 4 April 3 and 4 is the annual Jewell Dr.StevenKIosterand his staff will County Health Fair at the Jewell County Hospital. Laboratory health tests and screen- ings are available at a fraction of regu- lar cost. Blood testing available both days from 6 to 10 a.m. include Chem 27, a complete blood profile test; PSA, prostate cancer screening; and, new this year, TSH, thyroid function test. Blood can be drawn for both tests at the same time if individuals indicate which tests are wanted. Participants are required to fast eight hours--regular medications should be taken. The Chem 27 test is a scan for 27 various levels (sodium, potassium, chloride, CO2, anion gap, glucose, Idh, cholesterol, triglyceride, bun and crea- tinine plus their ration, osmo, uric acid, protein, globulin, A/G ration, calcium, calcium ion, phosphorus, bilirubin, al- kaline phosphorus, sgot and sgpt plus their ratio, ggt). Men are urged to screen for prostate chncer with a PSA blood test. THS is a new test offered which detects abnormal thyroid functions. Lab results can be picked up from the hospital main desk--or by mail if a stamped, self address envelope is in- cluded-- seven days after the fair. Mankato youth walks for help following wreck A 17-year-old Mankato girl was injured in a one-car accident on aJewell County road, !1 miles north of Mankato, at about I1 p.m., Sunday. According to the accident report, Shawna Robbins was driving south and hit loose gravel, causing the car to slide and roll over. Robbins was able to walk to the Bryan Boyles residence to seek help and.the Jeweil County ambulance ser- vice was called. She was transported to the Jewell County Hospital and then was sent on to the Mitchell County Hospital, Beloit, where she was hospi- talized yet Tuesday. Jeweli County Sheriff's Deputy Bob Westgate was the investigating officer. provide spinal evaluation on both days at.no cost. On both mornings Level I cardiac risk screenings will be given at no cost by Good Samaritan Health Services from Kearney, Neb. and diabetes risk evaluation will also be conducted at no cost. Manual breast exams will be pro- vided at no cost by Lynette Blomberg on both mornings. Evaluation of car- diac risk factors will be based on a brief family history, blood pressure and body mass index. Referrals for Level II (carotid ultrasound and EKG) will be made if risk factors prove a concern. Daniel Fief, Midwest Hearing Aids, will provide hearing evaluation at no cost on Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments can be made for digi- tal rectal exams (men) and mammograms for women by calling the hospital at 785-378-3 ! 74. Bone density scans of the ankle, cole-rectal take-home kits for early detection of colon disease are also avail- able, in addition to an array of educa- tional information. The hospital dietary department will provide beverages and snacks for par- ticipants and staff. Siaonsors of the annual Health Fair are the Jewell County Hospital and Rural Health Clinic, county emergency medical services, Drs. Kloster and Kutty and staffs, Free to Know Cancer Initiative and K-State Research and Extension. 4-Wheeler stolen Friday afternoon About 4 p.m. Friday, a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle was stolen from the farmstead of Mile Matousek located along Highway 36 west of Mankato. According to Jewell County Sheriff's Department report, Matousek had parked the 4-wheeler and left. When he returned about an hour later, the machine was missing. A 2001 Kawasaki, it was green in color. The sheriffs department is asking for help from the public in this matter and if anyone saw anything suspicious in that area to please contact the office.