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d • • Ute Theatre benefit ool begins m eweli County: set for Saturday White Rock Monday, Jewell Randall T.o o°ua,,,,oT o=ro,,ono,,,i. m Saturday at the Mankato Junior-Senior d M k Th d s .oo,. an =o. w,,. t.o,oo nes ay, an ate urs ay 6;30.. [[ Next week the three school districts scrimmage Aug. 29 at Jewell at 6 p.m. t/ewell County will begin the school JewelI-Randall will have the first iY of school with students Wednes- when they convene for a half day. le school day for students is from ~5 a.m. to 3:39 p.m. New faces at Jeweil-Randall schools Jason Ketteri, vo-agteacher; and ~iy DeLeon, Randall, para-profes- ~nal• ~hool and junior high boys will corn- "he a ain this year for football g ~ Students will notice a new entrance ~the east side of the junior-senior ~h, with work still in the process. ' ~ Kelley returns as superintendent ~th Jeff Travis as principal. White Rock begins Monday 4. White Rock begins school Monday • ~th a full day. The school day is from ~15 a.m. to 3:24 p.m. i~ L. Bill Walker returns as superinten- • ~t-principal. The only new face at school is special education teacher Lou Heller. ~)[ The first sport event is asoap The volleyball season begins Sept. 2 at Scandia and football kicks off Sept. 5 at Mankato. Middle school football and volley- ball are Sept. 11 at Jeweil. A new addition for the students this year will be the new playground equipment at both attendance centers. Thursday is first day for Mankato A full day .~chedule awaits Man- kato students Thursday. School be- The first sports activities for Jew- gins at 8 a.m. and dismisses at 3:30 ['Randall students is high school foot- ~l, Sept. 5 at Mankato; high school P'Newm" staff members are Trevor and ~lleyball, Sept. 2 at Hillcrest; junior . Kimberly Rolfs. Trevor is social sci- ~football and volleyball, Sept I ! at I~Well with Pike Valley. The Jewell- l~andall and White Rock football high Open house for new doctors set Saturday is the day the Jewell County Hospital Board and adminis- tration will host an open house to wel- come Dr. Dan Calderon and his wife, Dr. Rina Mina, to Jeweli Couhty. Calderon began at Jewell County Rural Health Clinic and hospital Dee. 16 and Dr. Mine arrived in Mankato June 23~. The open house'is from 2 to 4 p.m. at the hospital in Mankato. Refresh- ments will be served and the public is invited to come and get acquainted with the doctors. ence for high school and junior high and is head coach for junior high foot- ball and head high school boys basket- ball. Kimberly is I.T.V. para-profes- sional and head girls basketball coach and senior high track coach. Assistant cook at the high school is Brenda Flinn, Mankato. Football begins for the Cougars Sept. 5 when they meet Jewell-White Rock. Volleyball begins Sept. 2 at North Central and cross country com- petes at Concordia Sept. 4. Junior high football and volley be- gin Sept. 11 at Northern Valley. Dale True returns as elementary. principal. New junior-senior high prin- cipal is Allen Walter. Dean Schultz is district superintendent. Repairs for the suminer included remodeling the elementary library and a resurfacing the park!ng lot at the . junior-senior Manltato Weather Bill Wood, observer Tuesday, Aug. 5 94 65 Wednesday, Aug. 6 89 66 Thursday, Aug. 7 87 64 Friday, Aug. 8 90.....(=6 Saturday, Aug. 9 94 67 Sunday, Aug. 10 '90 64 Monday, Aug, 11 83 64 Moisture for week - .25. 278 voters to decide ond issue for building repair retire the bonds. Shogren estimated that the 10-year bonds would require a mill levy of approximately 3.24 mills, which is additional taxes of$18.64 per year or $1.55 per month on a $50.000 home. The board and school district are forming a volunteer committee to help develop and distribute information about the bond issue improvement pro- gram prior to November. Anyone in- terested in knowing more about the bond issue or desiring to help in the informational effort is encouraged to call the district offices at 378-3102. J IL~/oters in Jewell County Unified _j~l District No. 278 (Mankato) ~.ls will go to the polls Tuesday, ~.'4 to consider a bond issue to ~t:~!.a.~ roofs on district buildings• The ,,l~'~tl of education approved a resolu- [,/L~ealling the election at the regular !lsftrd_ meeting Monday. j~..'~he election will request the au- nty to issue no more than $100,000 ~ ~general obligation bonds to pay the ~prity of the costs of replacement of • i~fs on the high school gym. the north ~ addition the south gym addition, high school classroom section, the Games, with prizes, will complete the evening. All food items, prizes and labor for this fund raising event are the results of volunteer efforts. Chairing the event are Lisa Nelson, Lori Bonjour and Dawn Garrett. The operation of the Ute Theatre is a volunteer endeavor and the survival dependson volunteer donation of funds and service. The annual benefit is the major fund raiser to keep the local movie theater in operation. Those who cannot attend and would like to donate to the Ute Theatre may contact any.one of the event,chairper- sons. The Ute Theatre will open for the season Aug. 22 with the popularDisney show, "Fifiding Nemo," that will run through August 24. of the new roofs is estimated at $55,000, but the board approved the use of $150,000 in existing capital outlay monies to. the project to reduce the amount of the bond. The district has retained the ser- vices' of George K. Baum'and Com- pany of Wichita to assist in the neces- sary legal proceeding for the election and to help the district market the bonds, if voters approve. Steve Shogren, rep- resenting Baum, indicated to the board that interest rates are near historically low levels and the State of Kansas will provide approximately 31 percent of ~Pbuilding the administration main the cost of improvements with a spe- Iding, the administration south low cial state and program created in 1992. bf and the administration gym. With bond approval at this time, the State of Kansas will pay approx!mately Theft reported at • Mac's Kwik Shop Charges are pending against Ernest Peter Phillips, 39, Fort Wayne, Ind., after an incident Aug. 5 at Mack's Kwik Shop, Mankato. An employee reported a man on a bike had taken articlesfrpm the shop and had not paid. The subject dropped one-a~cle as he left the shop and another article was recovered and returned to the business • ' by sheriff's officers• Council reviews city park work ~/ewell City Council reviewed work yet to be completed at the city park when they met Aug. 4. Benches need to be made and in- stalled on the cement pads, lighting around the sidewalk and arches needs to be installed, and the well and sprin- kler system installed. The group decided the RV camping sign south of town should to be taken down before Sept. 15. Keith Hastings and a co-worker were to hear the results of the roofing bids on the shelter hous~,~d rest room. The low bid was accepted from Eldon Dunstan, Mankato. The billing ordinance was reviewed and approved. An ordinance vacating the alley on the west side of Columbus Street between Tchoupitoulas and Vine was approved. Building permits were approved for a garage at 101 Vine and an entry, fence at 313 S. Washington. The council reviewed the 2004 bud- get. pointing the limestone facade. Nelson Renovating is doing the work. .'% Jewell County Historical Society Museum is getting a face hft this week as workmen work at Sandblasting and tuck A roof consultant has indicated that ~ftheser°°fsaredeteri°ratingand $124'000 °f the improvement c°sts mankat°firemenDarrellBohnert, MaxBurks, FrankC°uncil members attending were Wal kes l~eed of replacement. The total cost plus 31percent of the interest cost to answer3catls SheltonandJohnStoeber. MayorBill eF ta he at a° 9 Kyle r llroad cars Mankato Volunteer Firemen re-Loomispresided.Otherspresentwere M a k J S gh sponded to three calls this week. Amy Arasmith and Carl Knarr. Aug. 5 around 4:45 p.m. firemen Jewell Apartment Board of Direc- derail in Formoso were calledtwomileswestandone tors met after the council meeting, n F. F. mile north of Mankato to a hay field These reports were made to the fire. The hay field, pasture, and wheat board: Great Plains Landscape rep~fired ~NinerailroadcarsofKyleRailroa Phillipsburg for a crew change- stubble belonging to Dan and Ken outdoor sprinkler system; newcom- Allen Walter, formerly employed two sons, Blake, 9, and Jordan, 8, the past three years so Renee couid be ~,llapany derailed in Formoso lad The derailment destroyed 400 feet ~rC~nesday afternoon, of track. The cause of the accident is • ~The accident ha under investigation, but personnel re- puter purchased for apartment office; remodeling bathroom in Apartment 111 is finished. Phil Collie will be contacted about painting three apartments. Bills were reviewed and approved. Community card club was given approval to use the activity room if there are no scheduling conflicts since several of the apartment members be- long to theclub and access to the eleva- tor room is difficult. Knarr and Mallory have re-caulked the roof-line where needed. y' Lppened about 2 p.m. ~.t of the former elevator facilities. ~.njuries were reported. ~ •, 1 ~lhe rail cars were part ot a 3a-car ~[~rt loaded with wheat, and was trav- ~n.g east at abut 25 milesan hour, ~ed for Salina.* ~i[ Most of the nine cars were over- ~ and wheat was dumped. Ac- iJi[ to Kyle Railroad Company ~el, the train originated at ton, Colo., and stopped at by Waconda School Dis- trict, is the new principal at Mankato Jun- ior-Senior High School. He reported for ˘vork Aug. 4. This is his first job as a school administrator, but he obtained his ad- ministrative certificate 13 years ago. Walter taught language arts at Downs Middle School 13 years and coached junior high and high school sports. Prior to that he taught at Plains. K_an., six years. Walter, his wife, Renee, and their " moved to Mankato from Beloit two weeks ago after purchasing the former Kathleen Kramer home. Renee is an x-ray technician, cur- rently employed at Brodstone Memo- rial Hospital, Superior. A native of Sylvan Grove where he graduated from high school, he at- tended Fort Hays State University. "I remember playing high school football and basketball against Man- kate, and since coming here, I have run into some former members oftheMan- kate team that remember me and I remember them," he said. Renee is a native of Downs where her parents still reside. Waiter's par- ents live in Salina and so do his twin brothers. The Wal ters have lived in Beloit for closer to her job at the hospital there. The Wahers Want to become active in the community and look forward to joining the Lutheran Church here. "Being active in church is very impor- tant to us," Walter said. Waiter's hobbies include bicycling and attending his sons' activities and taking part in their education endeav- ors. "I also like to do woodworking, but I hardly ever have time to do that." Regarding his employment, Walter said, "I don't plan to just sit behind a desk all the time. I want to visit the classrooms and interact with the stu- dents." As for his reasons for becoming an administrator he said, "After ! 9 years, I'm ready for a change, but this does not mean that I'm out of the educating process." Commissioners face tough challenge with county budget. Jewell County Commissioners ap- proved the proposed budget at Monday's rrgular meeting. The bud- get calls for an increase in taxes and a cut in services. In order to make up for a loss of $273,248 in state revenue and with less intangibles tax and less interest in- come, commissioners were faced with some hard decisions. With this pro- posed budget the mill levy will go up 9.082. The 2002 actual tax rate, expressed in mills was 79.997; in 2003 it was 80.249 and the proposed is 89.331 for 2004. In addition to the increase in mill levy, the commissioners also agreed to make a 2 percent cut in ser- vices and appropriations that will total a savings of $133,304. "The expenses are up and carry over has been going down the past two years. We had to do something," said commissioner Hooley Alcorn. "We knew last year at budget time that we'd have to do something up ahead," said Frank Langer. The commissioners agreed all de- .partm©nt directors have worked dill- gently on department budgets, trying to keep expenses down. "Depending on what happens, we may have to do more next year, " said Carla Waugh, clerk. "We don't want to increase taxes and we know everyone is struggling, but to provide services we need to have those tax dollars." Commissioners cited increased ex- pense for the county, including the necessity of boarding prisoners because of inadequate jail space. Cost is $140 a day fur juveniles and $30 a day for others. Because of state funding cuts, it appears the county will have to pay for the vaccinations for school students. To aid in cutting expenses, com- missioners approved a freeze on all hiring of county employees without permission of commissioners. Adding to the commissioners' prob- lems was the flood in June that will cost the county about $1 million in road and bridge repair. Alcorn adds, "We may get something back to help with this flood expense, but we don't know yet how much help we will get." Jewell County is not the only county in Kansas facin~ an increa.se in taxes and reduced services. Republic County needs $389,771 or 8.535 mills, to bal- ance its books, according to an article in the Saline Journal. "This has been by far the toughes! budget we've had to work with," Langer said. A budget'hearing is Aug• 25 at 10 a.m. at the courthouse. The proposed budget is printed in this edition of this newspaper. In other business, Mike Waite, soil conservation service representative, and Alcorn discussed the Resource Conservation and Development meet- ing they had attended. The purpose of RC&D is to promote conservation, de- velopment, the use of natural resources and to improve the general level of economic activity. The RC&D helps bring all groups together for economic development and to make sure the projects are completed through coop- eration. It was decided to send out letters to some of the surrounding coun- ties, inviting them to a meeting to re- view the possibilities of starting an RC&D area. John Cyr, NCRPC, was (Continued to Page 711) ported it could have been caused by equipment failure. Thursday the wheat was transported to the grain elevator at Courtland by truck. Friday morning the track was being repai red and crews anticipated the railway would be ready for train travel by Friday night. "This has been the worst derail- ment for Kyle since 1996," a Kyle spokespers0n said, Garman were burned. The fire traveled into CRP grass owned by Underwood. Several acres and round bales were lost. Cause of the fire was a bearing in a hay baler. Aug. 6 around 1:30 p.m. the fire department was summoned to the train derailment in Formoso. Later that day they were called back to the location for a fire flare-up. Aug. 9 around 2 p.m. the fire de- • partment was called on a rescue run to Jeweli but were recalled before reach- ing the scene. .~Nine cars of a Kyle railroad train, loaded with wheat, derailed last Wednesday in Formoso. Four cam were a total loss and 1,000 fee.t of.rail were .destroy..ed; ~ ~judes were reported. The track was back in service by Satur~lay afternoon. Cause of the derai|ment is unoer investigation. The last t, me a trmn oeraneo ~Ormoso was 1966, according to local sources. That train carded Mustang cars, powdered sugar, canned goods and shoes.