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I1|1 Office located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 / Price 50 Established 1890, Volume 121, Issue No. 20 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, May 20, 2010 Rock Hills class of 2010 commences Twenty-eight members of the Rock Hills High School Class of 2010 re- ceived their high school diplomas in a ceremony held Saturday afternoon at the high school. Serving as class ush- ers were Chance Colson and Kevin Garman, members of the jumor class. Pomp and Circumstance was played as a piano duet by Irene Ortman and Gaye Daniels. both of Jewell. as the class marched into the gymnasium. Board members, administrators and a class sponsor were on the stage area. with the graduates seated in front of the audience. Jasmin Blass. class president, gave the welcome. All Wilson. class vale- dictorian, and Samantha Wunderle. class salutatorian, gave a joint address entitled"Memories Live Forever." The two told about howthe effort to form the Rock Hills School District with students from the communmes of Jewell. Randall. Formoso. Mankato. Montrose. Ionia. Esbon. Burr Oak, Lebanon and Guide Rock. They said the effort had been successful. They added this brought strangers together and created friendships. They also shared candid memories of their class- mates from through the years Samantha Dean and Miles Klos sang a duet "Times Of Your Life." Klos accompanied the duet on his guitar. Allen Walter, high school princi- pal, presented the Class of 2010. As the taped song "I'm Not Gonna Cry" was played, class members presented a rose to their mothers or guardians. Samantha Dean. class vice-president, gave a fare- well address. A recessional for the graduates was presented by the "Rock Hills High School Class Remix.'" A reception line formedat the exte- rior south side of the school building. Handing out programs were Katie Hesting, Bethany Jeffery, Regan Jeffery and Shelby Smith. Mankato Chamber Bucks now available Mankato Chamber Bucks are now available at the Central National Bank_ Mankato. The Mankato Chamber of Commerce has introduced these "Bucks" which may be used at Man- kato Chamber of Commerce businesses m place of money. According to the chamber, the "Bucks" are used like a check and can be purchased and used at participating member businesses. "They also make great gifts." stated Monica Walker. chamber secretary. The chamber member businesses are to endorse the bucks when they are used and then take them to Central National Bank to be cashed just as they would a regular check. Ifthe purchases made using the bucks are not for the exact amount, the business will give change back. but the business will re- crave the amount of the check at the bank. The bucks are available in 5 and l0 dollar denominations. For more information on the Man- kato Chamber Bucks and to view the chamber members business listing, there s an ad that appears in this edi- tion of the Jewell County newspapers. Last Wednesday the Mankato Ch amber of Commerce met with 14 members and four guests present. Natalie Frost, president, conducted the short business meeting. Katie Hesting and A.lex Smith from the Rock Hills Future B.usiness Lead- ers of America chapter, were in atten- dance and asked for the chamber's support to attend the national competi- tion in Nashville in Ju] y. The two quali- fied in the area of digital video produc- tion: Their video theme is "Preventing Theft In Business." Fhey received $100. Discussion was held on the infor- mation and event sign that is available to post in the central business district intersection. It is again in need of re- pair. The VFW members will be asked for permission to mount a similar sign up on the side of the VFW building. Paul Wilson offered to donate the ma- terials and labor for the sign's con- struction. The final vote was taken for the first Mankato Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. A Rock Hill s senior, Jas- mine Blass. was chosen. She will re- ceive $300 for the 2010-2011 colle- giate year. Mandy Burda. Downs Chamber of Commerce president, presented ideas and ways the Downs community uses to keep their chamber members in- volved in the chamber meetings and projects. The next chamber meeting will be June 9th. Caleb Hall and Damorq Bohnert take a moment before graduation begins to share a laugh before the more serious ceremony begins. As the Rock Hills Class of 2010 prepared to walk down the aisle to graduate, Breanna Webb sends a text message, no doubt about the gradua- tion. Others in the photo are (from left) Samantha Wunderle and Ali Wilson. During the ceremony Wilson and Wunderle presented a combined commencment address to the Class of 2010 entitled "Memories Live Forever" and were recognized as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. i;ii::;i!iiii::!iiii:iiii:i:ii:i:iiiiii %  % New scales were placed at the Esbon Grain and Fertilizer Inc., Esbon, Monday afternoon. Propert'y was purchased to the north of the main building to place the scales. The replacment scales will make weighing the larger trucks and semi trailers more convenient for the producer and the business. Owners of Esbon Grain and Fertilizer Inc. are Eldon and Delilah Pate. Esbon elevator adds Jewell County * * larger truck scale native celebrates Commissioners consider bids Esbon Grain and Fertilizer, Esbon. lOOth birthday for hospital-owned farm land has installed a larger scale. The new scale was delivered and installed Mon- da} and Tuesday by an Oklahoma com- pany. The new scale i s 12 feet wide and 75 feet long and has a 120.000 pound capacity. The scale was placed on property the owners of the business. Eldon and Delilah Pate. purchased just. north of the main elevator faci[ity building, from the Perry Lamb American Legion Post. According to the owners the new scale will make the weighing process for larger trucks and semi trailers more convenient. A driveway west of the scales will provide truck access. After being weighed the trucks will go onto the Esbon main street and then to the unloading facilities. The Pates have owned and operated the business since March 2002. Auxiliary collecting kitchen goods for city building kitchen The Mankato VFW Auxiliary is raising money for basic kitchen sup- plies at the Mankato City building (the former armory). Donations of new or slightly used items, may be submitted to Iami Underwood. Jasmin Blass. Sheila and Ashley LorenCe or Sherry Jeffrey. Money received from bake sale spon- sored earlier this month will be used to purchase items not donated. Items that are needed include 18- cup or larger coffee pot; 18-quart roaster: crock pot; large stock pot: elec- tric hand held appliances, mixers, elec- tric knife: cookie sheets: water pitcher; spatulas, large spoons: soup ladles: wire whisk: measuring cups and spoons: knives: large collanders: veg- etable peeler: silverware baskets:,serv- ing bowls: dish towels: pot holders; dish strainer; pot scrubbers: sponges; serwng trays; cutting board: mixing bowls. FSA begins county committee election An election informational meeting was held Thursday in the conference room of the Jewell County FSA Office to present information on the County FSA Committee nomination and elec- tion processes. Nomination for county committee members will begin June 15. Beverly Porter is completing her second three year term. Nominations for county committee will be accepted through Aug. 2. Once the slate of nominees is completed ,the ballots for committee election will be mailed to eligible vot- ers. Mankato Weather Hfgh and Low Tell" 3erattlrcs May 9 ....................................... 58 36 May 10 ..................................... 64 48 May 11 ..................................... 52 48 May 12 .............................. ....... 59.. 4 May 13 ..................................... 49 40 May 14 ..................................... 62 36 May 15 ..................................... 66 38 Precipitation for week 0.38 Ernestrne Scantland. a Jewell County native, has celebrated her 100th birthda2 and continues to live at her home in McPherson. She grew up on a farm near Jewel l, the daughter of Ernest and Maude Rowe. She has fond memories of the Jewell area, She was the eldest of four girls in the Rowe family. One sister has died and the other two sisters now reside in a long term care facility at Beloit. When Emestme was in the seventh grade, her father became sick and had to be taken to a hospital in Kansas City. He died soon after going to Kansas . City. An older c0usin came to the Rowe family farm and worked there until her father's death. Ernestine said. "'He was sort of our uncle to us and worked very hard on the farm." Following their father's death, the Rowe girls went to live with their grandmother in Jewell and finished school there. Maude Rowe insisted her daughter attend college and so Ernesti ne went to Emporia College for two years, and later gnduated from a college in McPherson. She became a teacher and taught at McPherson until she retired. She married a Christian Church pastor but is now a widow She ob- served, "It is quite an experience to be 100 years old. I keep busy going to the senior center and participating in ac- tivities and attending church on Sun- days." She said she enjoys recmving and reading a newspaper from Jewell County each week Mrs. Scantland received several cards on her 100th birthday which was March 8. Two receptions were held in her honor. One at the senior cen'ter and another at tb, e F;xst Cb, ristia Ch'ah, both in McPherson. Ionia steel guitarist inducted into hall of fame in Iowa Curt Shoemaker. Ionia. was in- ducted into the National Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame. The award was presented to Shoemaker in a ceremony Friday during the "Oak Tree Opry" held at Anita, Iowa. Shoe- maker is a steel gmtar recording and performing artist. Shoemaker also had his most re- cently released CD. Sunset Over The Heartland. chosen as the Album of the Year 2010 by the National Traditi onal Country Association. Shoemaker re- ceived a plague for this honor. This album was released last month and features two of Shoemaker' s steel gui- tar creations he wrote and performed called "'Sunset Over The Heartland" and "Down At Cecil's." The latter was dedicated to Cecil Hillman, who owned and operated Cecil's garag6 in Ionia. The garage was known as 'the local "hang out." Shoemaker was inducted into the Kansas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2007, Sunset Over The Heartland CD is available at local businesses including Bob's Inn, Mankato. Over the past severa] weeks, the Jewell County Commissioners have been considering the sale of approx> mately 382 acres of Jewell County Hospital owned land. The pi'oceeds would be used for future ope'rauon of the hospital and to pay l:or a required sprinkler system that will have to be installed at the hospital this fall. At Monday's meeting of the Jewell County Commissioners bids for sell- ing the land were considered. Those turning in bids were Monmtgomery Auc- tion and Realty, 2.5 percent plus ad- vertising costs: Gerald Zimmer Auc- tion and Real Estate, 1 percent plus advertising costs; Mikkelsen Real Es- tate and Auction. 1 percent (1/10 per- cent/less that all other bids received or a fiat fee of $4,000. which ever is greater, plus advertising costs: Thummel Real Estate and Auction LLC. 3 percent including first $500 for advertising costs: Larry Lagasse Auc- non and Real Estate. 3 percent plus advertising costs. Consideration of the bids was tabled until the next meeting. At this time the commissioners have not announced a decision to sell the land. AngelaMurray, Mankato. has been offered a contract to serve as the Jewell County health nurse and administra- tor. Linda Woerner the current holder of the position plans to retire Aug. 1. In other business, Chris Peter. cus- todian, reported that the new mower was delivered. Rex Fischer. gefieral superintendent, discussed mainte- nance. Bids were opened for the biennial bridge inspection and were as follows. Kirkham Michael. no hid submitted: Campbell and Johnson Engineers,P.A.. 33 bridges @ $75.47 each fora total of $26,630.91: Cook. Flatt and Strobel Engineers P.A.. 353 bridges @ $70 each for a total of $24.710; Elite Engi- neering Services. 353 bridges @ $50 each for a total of $17,650. Alcorn moved to accept the bid of Elite Engi- neering Services, with a request 0f four reports provided to Jewell County. Greene seconded the motion and it carried. Ray Winkel was contacted by the commissioners about the bids for the generator. Fischer requested an executive ses- sion to discuss non-elected personnel, with Fischer and Carl a Waugh, county clerk present. Two such sessions were held with no action taken coming out of the sessions. Randy Hofmeier of Lindburg, Vogel, Pierce and Fari s-Chartered re- ported working on the 2009 county audit. Don Snyder, emergency prepared- ness director, discussed issues with the gene'ator when the recent storm hit. Commissioners present at this meet- ing were Dwight Frost. Doyle Alcorn. and Steve Greene "he commissioners met May 10 with all members present. Jim Vaughan. solid waste director. reported the new construction and demolition pit is complete. He said the household hazardous waste permit has been renewed. He had completed the renewal test for household solid waste disposal certification. He also reported the department had shipped om the household hazardous waste materials. materials. He reviewed the monthly acnvlty report for April. Shannon Meier. ambulance service director, reviewed the billing report for April. He discussed runs for tlqe month. Frost and Greene both reported they received compliments on the Webber road that had been ground up. Don Snyder, emergency prepared- ness director, reviewed the plan speci- fications and bid proposal for the backupgenerator for the Jewell County Law Enforcement Center. Rex Fischer. general superinten- dent. discussed road damage from re- cent heavy rains and other road main- tenance The commissioners reported road concerns th at they have recmved. Continued to page 7 Rock Hills speedster Kayla Sholtz is certainly leaving high school with a flourish  the senior won four gold medals at the combined Pike Trail-Cheyenne league track meet Thursday. Even more impress ve, each of the four gold medals represented a new school record and one represented a new PTL recore. Full coverage of the meet appears inside.