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.l,dl,.l,lqqh,lvdlhldlldWlll,,i,,,l,i,t,,,dlli,. MS O005"'0174*~D**17~*CORRESPOND SMALL TOWN PAPERS 2t 7 W C OTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 C mlw // // Price 50 Office located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 127, Issue No. 34 USPS, NO, 274-940 Thursday, August 25, 2016 Monday evening, in addition to the were so excited to see their old friends, ers' staff meeting last spring, when the Rock Hills Elementary School meet play together, and the anticipation of teachers said the students need new andgreetsessionheldforthedistrict's thefirstdayofschoolthenextmoming playground equipement," Smith said. students, parents and teachers, a rib- with a brand new teacher, a brand new A Dane Hansen Grant was also bon cutting ceremony was held to room, brand new books, maybe a new obtained for this project. Jeffery pre- celebratetheschool'snewplayground book bag, new shoes. Give the noise sentedinformationtotheschoolboard, equipment, level a 10. Bring them on! The teachers contacted equipment contracting com- From the attendance of all the chil- are ready, panics and provided estimates for the dren running from one apparatus to Prior to the ribbon cutting, Nadine board. It was eventually approved for another, squills of laughter, words of Smith, elementary principal and su- APe Play to provide and construct the approval shouted by the youths, it perintendent, hadashortreadingabout new playground equipment. APC could be gleaned that the children ap- theplaygroundequipment.GinaJeffery brought in a three person crew and, proved of their new playground. A wasrecognizedforhermajorrollinthe with the help of Bob Roush, district whistle was blown to assemble every- purchase of the equipment, facilities director, Larry McMains and one for the ceremony, but that didn't '`The development of this new play- Tundra Shultz, theplayground was con- decrease the noise level. The children ground started at an elementary teach- structed. The Jewell County Board met Mon- Don Jacobs, sheriff, discussed stan- ing at the veterans building in Osborne, day with commissioners Steve Greene, dard operating procedure for his de- hosted by Osborne County with Dwight Frost and Mark Fleming partment. He also discussed personnel. Mitchell and Jewell counties. Sherry present. Carla Waugh, county clerk, DarrellMiller, countyattomey, dis- Koster, sanitarian, provided a finan- was also present, cussed the county tax sale held on cial report. The group discussed the Minutes of the Aug. 15 meeting Tuesday. following topics: budgets from each were approved as corrected. Added Joel Elkins, generalsuperintendent, county, KWORCC policies; Solomon was: Commissioners went into execu- reported on road and bridge mainte- Valley Transportation; IT person for tivesessiontodiscussnon-electedper- nance. The commissioners reported the counties to share. The next multi- sonnel with Shannon Meier and Carla road concerns, county meeting will be in Smith County Waugh present. Resuming regularses- The meeting was adjoumed at 11with the date and location to be an- sion, no action was taken, a.m. to attend the multi-county meet- nounced. Rock Hills Elementary students, Koevin Wiles (left), and Abbey Schleifer, performed the cutting during the Elementary School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held Monday evening. They were selected to cut the ribbon because they both had perfect attendance last year at Rock Hills Elementary School. Gina Jeffery, who was instrumental in making the playground equipment a reality, assisted during the Elementary School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held Monday evening. It's time for the Grammy Awards in By the time Jerry was a sophomore at the university and still conducts the Los Angeles. And the winner is ... in high school, he knew he wanted to chamber choir. He was a long-time Jerry Blackstone, a renowned musi- pursue music as a career. He took mu- conductor of the men's glee club as cian and choir director who comes sic lessons at K-State while still a high well as the 180-member university- from rural Kansas. Blackstone is a school student. "Those teachers broad- communitychoirnamedChoralUnion. two-time Grammy winner andintema- ened my perspective and encouraged Jerry Blackstone has served as tionally known conductor. His roots me, 'You can do this,'" Jerry said. chorusmaster on several intemation- are found in rural Kansas. After high school graduation, Jerry ally-acclaimed music projects. One of Jerry grew up on the family farm in went to Wheaton College in Illinois to those, arecordingofWilliam Bolcom's the northern part of Jewell County. His begin a long and distinguished aca- "Songs of Innocence and of Experi- family consisted of farmers, not musi- demic careerin music. At Wheaton, he ence," earned him two Grammies, for clans, although his grandfather played studied piano performance and met his best choral'performance and best clas- the harmonica and his dad would sing wife. He went on to get a master's in sical album in 2006. Another project for fun while driving the tractor. Jerry's choral performance at Indiana Univer- earned him anomination for best opera mother liked to play piano and sing sity. "I had some wonderful music recording in 2015. also. His parents always encouraged teachers through the years," Jerry said. Blackstoneisahighlysought-after and supported his interests. Jerry's first teaching position was guest conductor and workshop leader. Jerry grew up going to a one-room at what is now Huntington University He has fulfilled that role in 30 states country school. His first teacher was a in Indiana. The head of the education plus New Zealand, Australia, Hong young woman named Miss Lippe. Af- department there was named Emmet Kong and Shanghai. He has received a terhecompleted first grade, Miss Lippe Lippe. One day Jerry said, "My first lifetime achievement award from the told his parents, "He is a bright little teacherwasnamedMissLippe."When Michigan chapter of the American boy and I'm afraid he's going to get he explained, Emmet replied, "That Choral Directors Association. Through bored. Why don't you get him piano was my sister." What a remarkable the years, he has touched the lives of lessons?" They did so and Jerry liked connection through the years,thousands of musicians and their audi- it. He grew up playing and singing in Jerry went on to get a doctorate in ences. church, choral conducting at the University of "It' s a privilege to work with people Jerry'ssistersenjoyedmusicaswell. Southern California. He worked at to create a community and make music Sister Marilyn now lives in Iowa and Westmont College in California and come alive," Jerry said. "These choirs sister Ruth lives at Manhattan. Phillips University in Oklahoma. become more than people on stage, After four years in the one-room In 1988, he joined the music faculty they become a family." school, Jerry went to the school in at the University of Michigan. Hehas What is his advice to aspiring musi- town, but it was still quite rural in risen throughthe ranks to become the cians?"Playyourbest, sing your best," nature. The town was the nearby rural university's director of choral activi- Jerry said. "If you love it, go out and community of Burr Oak, population ties and professor and chair of con- play and sing at church and school. Put 249 people, ducting. He is responsible for 11 choirs yourself in positions to be challenged." Matt Railsback )i : ::: ::::::::::::::::::::~ Sheila Bogart The Rock Hills School District bo~,s basketball coach for one year, welcomes four new teachers for the junior high boys basketball coach for 2016-17 academic year. two years and football for one year. Matt Railsback will be teaching all His duties this year at Rock Hills vocational agriculture courses and other than ag and FFA will be assistant serve as the FFA advisor at the junior- high school footballcoach, high school senior high school, head girls basketball coach. Matt is a high school graduate of Mattwasrecentlymarried.Hiswife, 3A Northern Heights, which is located Allison, is an LPN instructor at Beloit north of Emporia. Matt was an 11 year VoTech, They will be at home at the memberof4-Hwithal111 yearsbeing country home of their grandparents, enrolled in beef, swine and sheep, with Ray and Faryl Lange. Matt' s parents Route for new Highway 14 approved in 1926 swine being his favorite. Heattended college at FHSU graduating with a are Barbara and Burton Railsback. degree in ag education. While in col- 'Tmexcitedaboutmovingto Jewell On Aug. 20, 1926, it was reported what we now know as Kansas High- between Brown's Creek and Prairie lege, Mattwasamemberofthecollege County, continuing my teaching ca- by the Jewell County Republican way 14. townships to Jewell. livestockjudgingteamandswineshow reer and hope to have a great year," weeklynewspaperthataportionofthe StartingattheMitchellCountycor- This change from the prior route of team, whichtraveledallovertheUnited saidMatt. route of the new north-southhighway rection point, the new highway route the Beloit road was made to escape two States to competitions. Cody Miller will be teaching chem- through Jewell County had been Io- ran two and a quarter miles west on the railroad grade crossings. Matt has been the ag teacher and istry, physics, physical science, eighth cated. Though the route has been modi- county line to the Brown's Creek cor- From Jewell the new road was to FFA advisor for the past three years at grade science, scientific research and fied over the years, this was the start of ner, thence north on the township line Continued to page 3 Clyde. He was also the high school design. For extra assignments he will Amy McDill Members of the Mankato Volunteer Fire Department held an "out of pool" party last Thursday evening. It took about one and a half hours for the three trucks to drain the pool and during that time around 40 youth took advantage of the pumping of the water from the pool. serve as assistant higla school football coach and a class sponsor. This is Cody' s first year of teach- ing. He grew up living in the country around the Pamona area. He graduated from West Franklin High School, which is located south of Lawrence. West Franklin was a 3A school and they played football against Northern Heights, which is where Matt Railsback attended and played. The two did not know each other at the time. Following his graduation from high school, Cody attended Fort Scott Com- munity College for a year and a half on a football scholarship as a linebacker. After receiving his associate's degree, he transferred to Wichita State where he graduated in May 2015 with a bach- elor of education in chemistry 6-12. Last year's school term he was a sub- stitute teacher for eight different schools. ..... "I look forward to this school year and am really looking forward to teach- ing and coaching. I'm anxious to get started and know it will be a learning year for me," said Cody. Cody is living in Mankato. His par- ents are John and Michele Miller. He has three sisters who are all living in Kansas. Amy McDill is not new to Rock Hills, but she is new to the teaching staff. Amy will be teaching grades 6 through 9 English. Extra assignments this year for Amy will be assistant junior high volleyball coach. Amy grew up in Salina, graduated from Ell-Saline High School, and then graduated from Fort Hays State Uni- versity with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's in special education. Amy taught spe- cial education for six years in Hays at Wilson Elementary. For the past six years she has been employed at USD 107. For Amy's first year of employ- ment with Rock Hills she was Title I at ..... the elementary and since that time has been the at-risk para at the junior- senior high school. As for this school year Amy has this Cody Miller Amy's parents are Mike and Pat Zadina and her grandmother is Alma Zadina, all of Mankato. Sheila Bogart is from Kirwin and will be special education teacher for USD 107 this year. Sheila grew up and graduated from high school in Agra. She is married, has two grown sons and two grand- children. Sheila graduated college from FHSU with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's in special education. She was em- ployed at Thunder Ridge for five years. She has not taught for the last five years, just subbing and then in 2015 served as a para at Thunder Ridge. All in all, Sheita has 12 years of teaching special education between Western Smith County and then at Thundi~r Ridge. "It's going to be a great new year here at Rock Hills and I'm looking forward to working with great staff; meeting all the students, getting in- volved with the Rock Hills School and getting to know the community," said Sheila. She will continue to live in Kirwin and drive back and forth to Mankato. County board okays next year's budget Jewell County Board met last Mon- day with commissioners Steve Greene, Dwight Frost and Mark Fleming present. Carla Waugh, county clerk, was also present. Minutes of the Aug. 8 county can- vassers and county commissioners meetings were approved. Don Jacobs, sheriff, said the Nex- Gen 911 system is up and running. Jacobs said he received a letter from Continued to page 3 Local weather High and low temperatures Aug. 14 ................................... 91 60 Aug. 15 ................................... 87 60 Aug. 16 ................................... 85 64 to say, "I truly believe this is God's Aug. 17 ................................... 91 60 plan. He brought it to me when I was Aug. 18 ................................... 92 61 supposed to have it." Aug. 19 ................................... 92 65 Amy lives in Mankato with her husband, Landon McDill, and two sons, Daniel and Cooper. Landon is a PTA reported 2.12 of precipitation for:the : with nursing homes in Concordia and week. ~'. '.~ " Clyde. Daniel will be in 7th grade and Betty Becker Mankato weather0b~ Cooper will be in 4th grade, both at server, reported .26 ofprecipitatiOnfor ; Rock Hills. the week. .... ., Aug. 20 ................................... 83 ~56 Ken Garst, Jewell weather observer,