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~,~ ~.~,~:-~:~ ~i~~ :~:.~ ~ '(-~ t,~,,,~,~,~,,~,~,~'~'' //" Price 50 located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 113, Issue No. 35 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, August 28, 2003 ruled .... Death office closes .... ' for last time =Social and Rehabilitation Ser- and she is based in the Concordia of- for the last time. from the Manhattan area of- that "child and adult services will continue to be to Gregory Valentine, area director, to report sus- :lect, call a toll )r 1-888- Calls made from Jewell will be answered in the Con- The caller may then ask to the CFS intake worker children and family ~social worker previously based 3ffice, is now based ce at 1501 E. Budke will continue to CFS services for Jewell Y. These services include child assessment, family preset- services, foster care services services. Budke can be calling the toll free number asking for her by homicide Radcliffe will continue as Supervisor for Jewell County fice as she has been in the past. She will continue to screen child protec- tion reports and these reports will be routed immediately to Radcliffe for appropriate screening and possible as- signment. To report suspected adult neglect and exploitation, call the Concordia office with the toll free number 1888- 369-4777 or 1-888-369-4SRS. Re- quest to speak with an adult protective services intake worker. Reports can also be made by calling 785-243-4671. Deborah Pelter-Laman continues to be the APS Social Worker for Jewell County and will continue to be based in the Concordia office. She will con- tinue to screen adult protection reports from Jewell County, which will be routed immediately to Pelter-Laman. For emergency child or adult pro- tection situations that arise when SRS is not open for business, contact the local law enforcement in which the alleged victim can be located. Valen- tine said, "If you experience difficulty in reporting suspected child or adult abuse-neglect to SRS, we would ap- preciate your feedback so we can make necessary improvements." )resentatives from Pizza Hut work on repairs and painting of the Mankato Pizza Hut last week. vandal in custody ing pentagrams, or five-pointed stars, considered to be a satanic symbol, on several churches and cemeteries. The suspect was apprehended when the car he was driving was spotted leaving the Christian Church in Jewell at about i :30 a.m. Friday. According to Gay Daniels, wife of Dan Daniels, pastor of the Jewell Christian Church, she awakened in the night and saw car lights at the church, which is next door to the parsonage. Knowing about the previous vandalism in Mankato, she decided to investigate. Just as she ar- rived at the building, a car pulled away and she was able to identify it. She found a freshly painted pentagram on the church building. Jewell County Sheriff'~ Department was alerted and as the car headed north on K-14 highway, officers responded and stopped the subject. Other similar acts of vandalism have occurred in Jewell County recently. Black pentagrams were painted on the Mankato Christian Church, Harmony United Methodist Church and the Bap- tist Church, all in Mankato. On July 25 pentagrams were painted at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Mankato, Jeweil Cem- etery, Wallace Cemetery and at the Lutheran Church, K-28 on the Cloud- Jewell County line. Fulmer is a former resident of Man- kate. Mankato City utility report Connects. Jack Diebert, 321 E. Main; Second Hand, 122W. Jefferson. recent church and apprehended by Jeweil County ~ent law enforcement. 35, Smith Center, ployee of the Jeweii County was taken into and is with seven to property. paint- Law Office by IRS Weltmer were recently platy : Return Originator for Area Revenue Service. Heskett attended the IRS Tax Forum in St. Louis ~award .~ directed the IRS to promote filing of tax returns, and the I returns 2007. the campaign to urge tax to use electronic filing, with five other preparers in round with various IRS ex- answer questions and give process. honored guests at the night uet, where a ; was along with a plaque and let- The death of Carol Fleming, 51, Beloit, has been officially ruled a ho- micide, according to Beloit Police Chie f Frank Gent. Gent reported that death was the result of a single gun shot to the head. Fleming was found dead in her Beloit home Aug. 16. As of Tuesday, Gent reported. "There has been no further progress. We are still waiting on lab results and doing investigative interviews." Evidence was sent to KBI labs for testing and examination. Accord]ng to Gent, the Kansas Highway Patrol is no longer involved in the active investi- gation. "Their assistance consisted of charting and sketching the cri~ne scene. We are now waiting for their report and sketches that they are doing for us. This case is still under investigation. No arrests have been made," Gent said. Involved in the investigation, be- sides the local police department, are the county sheriff's department and the KBI. Fleming owned and operated the Joint Effort in Beloit for many years and was a native of the Ionia area in Jewell County. School began in county schools last week, and, as usual, the temperature spiked to lO0-plus degrees. These second, third and fourth grade students at Mankato Elementary School, out for morning recess, appear oblivious to the beat. Commissioners get department reports; clerk hired-for county health department Deb Hat field, Esbon, has been hired as office clerk for the Jewell County Health Department. Linda Woerner, health department director, reported Hatfield's hiring to Jewel l county Corn- m|ss|oners at Monday's meeting. Woerner reported on the blood borne pathogens in-service Aug. 19. She has been concluding the bid-ter- rorism year end financial information and the department has had several clients with daily visits this month. Department directors meeting was held with the commissioners. Jim Vaughan, solid waste director, stated that his department have ap- proximately 25 tons of recyclable ma- terial ready to ship out. He stated that the truck was taken to Wilkens to have the wet kit installed. Smith County had inquired about this county's recy- cling program. Vaughan reported that Nelson, Neb., has been bringing down newsprint to be recycled. Mary Powell, register of deeds, said she plans to attend the Register of Deeds District meeting in September. Jim Foster, general superintendent, reported on rocking and grading roads and bridge projects. He said his de- partment is replacing the transmission in the New Holland tractor mower. Shannon Meier, EMS director, will start a training class for the hospital and he plans to attend a medicare up- date meeting. Don Snyder, EMP director, reported he received the radios for emergency personnel. The radios were purchased from the OPD grant. Kim Oat, sheriff, reported four pris- oners in the county jail and two prison- ers at the jail in Belleville. He said the church painting crimes have beer solved. Ost attended an officer training class. Bruce Webb, appraiser, reported work is being done on the 2004 main- tenance plan and the 2004 values. Lynn Scarr0w, treasurer, advised that the real estate delinquent listing is in the newspaper and de[inquent per- sonal property notices have been sent out. Rodney Zeigler, custodian, reported on watering trees. Spiegel serves on Rural Life Task Force Nancy Spiegel, Formoso, and Carla Kuhn, Jamestown, have been appointed by Governor Kathleen Sebelius to serve as members of a special Governor's Rural Life Task Force. Chairing this task force is Marci Penner and Dan Nagengast, in col- laboration with Secretary Adrian Polansky of the Kansas Department of Agriculture. The purpose of this task force is to convene groups of local leaders to de- velop a common vision and prelimi- nary action plan to preserve and en- hance rural life in Kansas. The 40 members of the task force will be di- vided into four groups, each of which will examine two topics. Each group will meet for a two day facilitated work session to cover two topics. Spiegel and Kuhn received requests from the governor to serve and replied that they would serve. Spiegel said she has not received any other information about the meetings. Carla W-augh, county clerk, reported her office has been worki.ng on Kansas Bostwick Irrigation specials and Solid Waste Specials. She reminded every- one that computers~a~eded to be shut down over the noon hoin~or repairs to be done to the AS400. Waugh told about attending an Infinitec class for implementation of new software. Jew- ell County is the host county for the North Central County Clerk's District meeting Sept. 18th. She told about the USD No. 278 special bond election Nov. 4. The county budget hearing is Sept 2 at 10 a.m. Doyle Alcorn reported on the KWORCC board meeting. KWORCC now has 67 accounts. Stanley Colson reported on the Ju- venile Detention Center meeting. He stated that the center has been averag- ing only eight kids per day and they need 14 per day to break even. He reported that JeweU County will host the next Detention Center board meet- ing, Sept. 17. Frank Langer attended the open house for the two new doctors held at the Jewell County Hospital. He dis- cussed the county budget and encour- aged each department to build a carry over. Langer asked that everyone be cautious on spending and he stated that the commissioners are looking at sev- eral things to reduce spending. He encouraged everyone to take the county car to meetings in order to save on mileage reimbursements. Foster reported that he had talked to Doug McKinney, NCRPC, about mov- ing forward on the bridge grant appli- cation. He discussed the water permit in Ionia Township. Zeigler asked permission to have a fluorescent light installed in the health department exam room. Becker Elec- tric quoted $91.85 for the light with installation and the commissioners approved. Darrell Miller, county attorney, dis- cussed payments for court appointed attorneys. He also discussed expendi- tures out of the 911 fund. Commissioners then looked at roads in the northwest pan of the county. At the previous commissioners meeting, Aug. 18, it was advised that because the county budget hearing notice did not get printed in the re- quested newspaper, the budget hear- ing will have to be changed to Tues- day, Sep. 2 at 10:00 a.m. A letter was signed to Sers Inc. in reference to the Jewell County Coun- cil on Aging. Foster advised he is working on the next bridge grant application and he discussed rock projects and other rou- tine maintenance projects. Deanna Sweat, extension agent, re- viewed the Parent As Teacher grant application. Wanda Backstrom, court services, reviewed senate bill 123 which per- tains to felony adult drug cases. She reviewed the SB123 plan and budget. The Parents As Teachers grant ap- plication was reviewed with Sweat. Backstrom discussed the modifications to the FY03 Department of Correc- tions Budget. The total budget did not change just that adjustments were made to some categories. The commission- ers agreed to sign the SB 123 plan and budget. Ii was agreed to approve the final modifications to the FY02 Department of Corrections Budget. A joint meeting with the Smith County Commissioners and other county department directors was at- tended at Smith Center Sale Barn Cafe. Also attending were Osborne County Commissioners, county clerks and highway administrator. The groupdis- cussed budgets, health insurance and RC&D districts. The Jewell County Commissioners te!ephoned Washington County Com- m~ssmners to discuss staff changes at Pawnee Mental Health. Mailbox damaged J'ewell (2ounty Sheriff I)epanment received a report that sometime Satur- day night or Sunday morning, an un- known subject or subjects damaged a mailbox in Mankato. The mailbox, lo- cated at 1200 E. Madison Street, is enclosed by bricks. This matter is under investigation by the sheriff department. Mankato Weather Bill Wood, observer Tuesday, Aug. 19 93 65 Wednesday, Aug. 20 97 66 Thursday, Aug. 21 88 71 Friday, Aug. 22 92 66 Saturday, Aug. 23 98 65 Sunday, Aug. 24 97 69 Monday, Aug. 25 97 70 Rainfall for the week - .06 Total moisture for the year - 19.34 Commissioners attending the Aug. 18 meeting were Colson and Alcorn. Attending the Aug. 25 meeting were Colson, Alcorn and Langer. SBA disaster loans available now Businesses in Jewell, Smith, and Republic counties can now apply lor low interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the U.Si Small Business Administration. These loans are available to help businesses meet normal operating ex- penses that cannot be met because of the effects of a disaster. Drought, extreme heat, grasshopper infestation, and high winds, that occurred from July 1, 2002, and continuing, caused many farmers and ranchers to experi- ence reduced incomes which may have had an adverse economic effect on businesses depending upon these pro- ducers. Farmers and ranchers are not eli- gible for this loan program but may be eligible for disaster assistance through other federal agencies. However, nurs- eries that are victims of drought disas- ters can apply. Businesses in these counties in Kan- sas are eligible to apply: Norton and Phillips; in Nebraska, Nuckolls, Thayer and Webster. To obtain an application or receive additional information, interested busi- ness owners may call the SB A toll-free at 1-800-366-6303. The deadline for filing an application is Jan. 14. Pastor Jim and Melissa Rice Jewell, Montrose churches welcome new pastor, family Jim Rice, Jeweli, is the new pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church, Jewell, and Montrose United Method- ist Church, Montrose, having assumed the position in July. Rice, his wife, Melissa, and two children, Jeremy, 11 and Kaytlyn, 6, moved to Jewell County from Topeka. Jim and Melissa are natives of Topeka. Their parents live in that area. Jeremy and Kaytlyn are attending school at Jewell Junior High and Ran- dall Elementary. This is Jim's first pastorate and he is presently taking pastoral" courses. Before going into the ministry, Jim was self-employed with vehicle tow- ing business in Topeka. Jim and Melissa enjoy living in a small community and believe Jeweil to be a "friendly town that is very community oriented. It's family friendly," Jim sa~d. Jim also appreciates the coopera- tion among the pastors and churches in the Jeweli area and this is shown through the local ministerial union. As for future plans for the churches that Rice ministers to, "My goal is to see church growth," he said. The Rices were guests of honor at a welcome event at Jewell Trinity last Sunday evening. Montrose will host an ice-cream social this Sunday evening as a "get acquainted" for the congrega- tion. ! Summer time provides ideal conditions for doing street repair work. Resuffacing is in progress on North Water Street in Mankato.