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,,,, r- w ce bO located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 113, Issue NO. 37 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, September 11, 2003 104 up 0 students student count in USD 104, increased by 10 from last Bill Walker made report to board mem- Monday night's meeting m Walker said total student 142 compared to 132 last year. 22 is the official enrollment re- :date and two more students are to arrive after this date. board members were present; ~Yelken, Lesa Peroutek, Wanda Ray Mizner, Bill Wilson, Jim n Garman. Others present Therese Frost, clerk, Walker, Garman-Schlaefli, Malanie and Meggie Michels. and Michels, representing uested a senior trip approved the trip. The is to present a schedule to the the next board meeting. The ~is presently considering a trip to City and they requested an d trip of two nights and three policy is for one night days senior trips. The board the request. business conducted textbook waivers al- .and )hne Manning approved as e school cheerleader sponsor. Iker reported on current stu- allowed to the Superior District and number of stu- school at the special facilities, Beloit. that with present :rs and the dollars in aid, the district is "financially in Five !:igh school and one middle school students from Russia and a SlXm- sor will arrive Sept. 15 to attend school. Walker reported water softeners recently installed are clearing pipes and some leaks are showing up. The leaks will be fixed. Roofs are being inspected by Washington Roofing for routine maintenance. Property has been inspected by insurance company and the value has gone up at both facilities, increasing insurance needs. More coverage will be added to allow replacement of fa- cilities if needed. KASBB Fall Regional Meeting is in Smith Center, Oct. 8. Several board members expressed an interest in at- tending. Jim Reed and Ray Mizner expressed interest in attending the KASB Con- vention in Topeka in December 5-7. The board will select a delegate at the next meeting. Walker will attend the KASB Seminar in Topeka, Sept. 17. The annual Community Connec- tion Night is Nov. 6. A soup supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. A music program and a question and answer session will be held until 8:00 p.m. Yelken reported tlkere has been in- terest expressed by a Mankato school board member to get meetings started with board members from Jewell, White Rock and Mankato. It was de- cided to participate in these meetings that will begin following fall harvest. Walker read an invitation to the Jewell High School Parents Night and tailgate supper Sept. 19 before the JWR football game at Jewell. After a five minute executive ses- sion to discuss matters affecting stu- dents, the meeting adjourned. 278 enrollment 28 students for Unified School Dis- at the end of Mon- 16, down 28 from last year's Elementary enrollment lation was provided the H. Dean Schultz, superinten- the regular meeting Monday. were received and from Vickie Zadina, cook, Zadina, high school assis- . football coach. Work agreement for Sheila' as cook at the Mankato High .. a rate of $6.20 per hour was At the end of a favorable the hourly increase by 25 cents. True, elementary principal ..n house was well The crowd wasn't as large as An estimated $850 was col- paid. Dodd was approved as tech- with an annual corn- not to exceed $1.000. about accepting the donation of the area across east of the district administration building. It was the consensus of the board not to accept the donation. The board consented to ask Dave Warne to work the farm ground owned by USD 278 west of the high school. It was moved to sign certification for the Kansas State Board of Educa- tion regarding the policy of participa- tion in constitutionally protected prayer in the schools. Motion passed 6-0-1 with Steve Little abstaining. Little moved to approve German Fernandez as a new member to the site council as recommended by John M. Boley. The motion died on the floor for lack of a second. The board passed 4-2-1, with Neil Becker abstaining, to approve the ne- gotiated Master Collective Bargaining Agreement 2003-04. It was approved not to have school for grades K- 12 on Nov. 5 as the Man- kato FCCLA Chapter will host the District C Fall Leadership Academy. .er investigation .s nothing new has been almost a month since the g, 51, was found, 16in her Beloit home. Since e, the death has been ruled a and an extensive investiga- has been determined, the death by a single gunshot to the Beloit police chief said Tuesday, there have been no new de- velopments in the case and the investi- gation is on-going. "We are waiting on results from the lab examination of the evidence in the case. No arrests have been made. Interviews are being con- ducted." Fleming was the former Carol Schmidt. Raised in the Ionia area, she graduated from Jewell High School. ~:::;!?!ii : Gene Waddell, Natoma, drills for water at Jewell City Park. Waddell said he has had more than the usual number of requests for well drilling in Jewell County as the water table continues to drop. Water well drilling increases Three years of drought raises The past three years of drought and the need of more water has increased the demand in Jewell County for ser- vices of Yellow Jacket Well Drilling, Natoma. Last week workers were drilling for water in the Jewell City Park. In a matter of a few hours they had hit what they believed to be a"large, good vein." Owner Eric Waddell said, "They are lucky. Some of the wells we have drilled are not as good." Waddell' s usual territory takes him from Hays to Salina, on to Concordia, then Phillipsburg. During these dry times, it has extended his boundaries to include more of Jewell County. This spring and summer he has drilled new wells in the areas of Jewell, Randall, Mankato, Ionia, Esbon and Burr Oak. "Everyone is having to Ic~ok for more sources of water. It's an alarming thing. We have to realize that the water table is getting lower." He said older wells that "never were com- Tyler charged with six felony counts, meth lab suspected A Jewell County man is in jail fol- lowing the discovery of a suspected meth lab A search warrant executed at noon Thursday resulted in the arrest of Joe Tyler. While searching his limestone rock farm house and related property, a suspected meth lab was located. The farm house is on south side of Lovewefl Lake, west of Highway 14. Two certified agents trained in cladestine methamphetamine labs searched the buildings on the Tyler property. Once the two officers were finished collecting evidence, the Kan- sas clandestine methamphetamine laboratory cleanup team arrived and cleaned up the remainder of the sus- pected lab. According to a report completed by officers of the Jewell County Sheriff's Department, William Joseph Tyler, 51, was taken into custody and charged with six felony counts. The charges include: Count I, manufacture of a controlled substance; Count II, attempt to manufacture controlled substance; Count III, possession of anhydrous ammonia in container not approved; Count 4, possession of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine; Count 5, possession of a stimulant drug; Count 6, posses- sion of an hallucinogenic drug. These charges combined can result in up to 2,647 months in prison, and a fine of up to $500,000. Tyler is currently being held in the Jewell County Jail on a $50,000 bond. His next court appearance is Sept. 15. Officers with the Mitchell County Sheriff's Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation assisted Jeweil County officers. Commissioners vote to close roads The resolution pertaining to the policy of the use ofinternet services by county offices was reviewed. Commissioner Alcorn discussed the bridge grant administration. Sept. 2 meeting At last week' s commissioners meet- ing, Jim Vaughan, solid waste direc- tor, reported 1,870 total visitors to the facilities. Trash was hauled to Smith County; truck needed repairs. The burn pit is to be inspected by the state. Vaughan noted that only trees and brush can be burned in the pit; all other items have to go to the C&D pit. Clerk Carla Waugh stated notices for delinquent solid waste user fees will be mailed out to both tenant and the landowner. Vaughan suggested that an administration fee of $6 be assessed in 2004 for those accounts paid after Sept. 30. Shannola Meier, ambulance direc- tor, repO'rted billing computer has been down so no report for August was available. He stated a pharmacy in- spection was performed and no defi- ciency was found. Meier is consider- ing adding a charge of one dollar per mile to runs for out of county residents, effective Oct. 1. The 2004 county budget hearing was held and commissioners voted to adopt the 2004 county budget, with an increased 9.082 mills. It was also voted that there would not be any employee raises in 2004 or not to vote on any raises in 2004. Mankato, owner and operator of a new Mankato business, "The Second Hand Rose," shows available in the store, located at 122 West Jefferson. pleted right have caved in or they just have not been deep enough and there i~ no more water in them. There is an urgent need to replace them." Most of the wells Waddell has dug are new. There are areas where it has been more difficult to find good quan- tities of water. "On the south side of Buffalo Creek, the shale is really tough and the north side has been better." The divide between the White Rock Creek and the Republican River is dry- ing up Waddell said. "People tell me their old wells have always been good and even provided water during the dirty 1930s, but now the water is gone." demand the successful water witchers is Gene Waddell, Eric's father, 80, who claims it is a natural ability. Eric said that according to old timers, water can usu- ally be found under an ant hill. "Those ants need water, too," he said. Waddell was a former oil field ge- ologist. One of his employees is Greg Lovelady, Palco. Jewell County Commissioners voted to close a county road when they met in regular session Monday. The road being closed is south one- half mile of road No. 64, between sec- tions 25 and 26 in Highland Township. The decision came after a road closing hearing for road No. 70, Center Town- ship, between section 29 T3S, RSW and section 32, T3S, R8W, and also for road No. 64. Dwight, David and Carroll Thronson were present for the hearing. Shawn Newell telephoned to request that commissioners leave the west half of the road open in Center Township. This gives Newell access to the south part of his field in Section 29 of Center Township. Newell also discussed his concern about a ditch to the south of the road. The commissioners agreed to table any action on the Center Town- ship road closing for two weeks. Com- missioners approved closing the road in Highland Township. Linda Woerner, county health de- partment, discussed the senior care act revenues. She also reviewed the monthly health department report for August. Gary Tordrup, county extension ag agent, advised that each county needed to develop a bio-security plan for live- stock. He stated he would be willing to help develop the plan. Payroll dated Sept. 4 and bills dated through Sept. 8 were paid: General 39,957.63; Noxious Weed 6,398.47; Appraiser 3,683.22; AmbulanceEquip- ment 758.79; Solid Waste 8,702.00; 911 453.91; Special Bridge 1,063.69; Road and Bridge 68,609.15; Public Health 10,855.24; Ambulance 14,182.12; Special Highway 4,148.76; Tower 46.94; Payroll Clearing 66,209. I 7. Total 225,069.09. Randall Hofmeier, CPA of Bartlett, Settle and Edgerle, had an audit agree- ment for year 2003, 2004 and 2005. Commissioners approved agreement: $13,600, 2003; $13,750, 2004 and $13,900, 2005. Jim Foster, general superintendent, discussed the value of vehicles, equip- ment and buildings on the insurance renewal schedule. Foster and Doug McKinney, .NCRPC, discussed the grant application for the next bridge replacement project of 13 bridges. McKinney discussed the LMI survey tabulation for Buffalo and Jackson townships. A public hearing is set for Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. to consider the application for funding for the bridge replacement project. Tom Thronson reported he went across a low water crossing ~nd lost a motor out of the back of hi~spickup because of a wash out. An executive session was held for 10 minutes to discuss nonelected per- Jewell chamber sets clean-up day He also explains that when the quan- tity decreases, so does the quality. He has found some good quantity wells in Jewell County. "West of Mankato we drilled a well that pro- duced 20 gallons a minute." An average well is usually 50 feet deep and the drilling crew can usually drill two wells a day. "Of course, that depends on whether there is a break down." Before a new well is dug, it has to be "water witched" first to determine the best place to dig. Workers in the Yel- low Jacket can do the witching. One of Oct. 20 was set for Jewel l Fall City- wide clean up day when the Jewell Chamber met recently. Rain date for the clean-up is Oct, 27. Bill Loomis presided at the meet- ing, attended by Darrell Bohnert, Max Burks, Frank Shelton, John Stoeber, Amy Arasmith and Carl Knarr. A letter of resignation was accepted from Jerry Richecky. Jewell Gem- stones 4-H Club made a donation to the" city to be used for the sign fund. Building permits were approved for a fence at 203 N. Columbus; a garage at 117 N. Lincoln; and moving in and Second Hand Rose opens in Mankato Second Hand Rose, featuring "unique second hand furniture and other treasures" is now open in Man- kato. Tatje Fronterhouse, who moved to Mankato from Lincoln, Neb., a year ago is owner. She has been helping her grandmother, Faye Marting, with the operation of Critters and decided to open her own business. The business, located in the former auto parts store at 122 West Jefferson, opened last Wednesday. Fronterhouse reported it was so successful that new stock is being sent in this week. Her mother, June (Oullette) Weedman, Lincoln, owns and oper- ates a "sister" store, House of Two Sisters. The mother-daughter busi- ness duo also owed and operated a !iqu'~r store in Lincoln tbr five years. Fronterhouse has a studio in the back of her store where she creates her ab- stract paintings. Her mother has a stained glass studio i0 the back of her second hand store. "Morn and I started going to auc- tions and came home with lots of stuff, so we came up with the idea of opening second hand businesses. 1 always wanted my own business," Fronterhouse said. Fronterhouse graduated from a tech- nical school in Boston, in retail man- agement. A grand opening at Second Hand Rose is being planned in two weeks: Store hours are Tuesday through Sat- urday, !1 a.m. to 6 p.m. She will continue working at Critters in the eve- nings. setting up a house trailer at 308 Buf- falo. A diaper changing station will be purchased for the Community Center women's restroom. Bohnert reported on the Day Care Center, They will serve a noon meal on Sept. 20 for the Federation' Club district meeting. Aceremony for dedi- cation of the Maag Memorial Park will be at the Corn Show Oct. 11, Board of Directors for Jewell Apart- ments met after the council meeting. A letter of resignation was read and ac- cepted from Jerry Richecky. Approval was given to purchase a new fax machine for the apartment office. The manager will get a cost estimate from Phil Collie on painting the halls and other public rooms as needed. An open house is being planned for Sept. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Approval was given for the purchase of an automatic hydraulic door opetier for the west door of the apartment building. KDOT takes bids Kansas Department of transporta- tion will take bids Sept. 10 in Wichita for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. Local projects in Jewell Colmty are bridge and culvert work at eight loca- tions on U.S. Highway36 and Kansas Highway 14, flood damage repair. In Republic County, bridge and culvert work at eight locations on U.S, High- way 36, U. S. Highway 81 and Kansas Highway 148, flood damage repair, and U.S.36 Republican River bridge 3.6 miles east of Kansas Highway 266, flood damage repair. sonnd. No action was taken. John Cashatt, Schwab-Eaton, dis- cussed the requirement of county sur- veys being reviewed by the county surveyor. He would like the require- ment dropped. Attending both meetings were com- missioners Doyle Alcorn, Frank Langer and Stanley Colson. Play equipment, supplies ordered with register receipts Cash register receipts from Kier's Thriftway and donated to Mankato Elementary School, will enable stu- dents to have access to various class- room supplies and playground equip- ment. The receipts, collected from Sept. 1 to March 30, totaling $303,292.39. With the sponsorship of Kier's Thriftway, Mankato Elementary was able to order these items: Three Boreal inclined stereo-mi- croscopes; two globes; one political wall map; dies for die cut machine; 48 piece playground equipment includ- ing various types of balls, jump ropes and Frisbees. "All this equipment could not be made possible if not for the fine people at Kier's Thriftway," said Dale True, elementary principal. "They help spon- sor this program, which students and staff greatly appreciate. In the present time of tight budgets for schools, this program offers our school a way to obtain needed classroom supplies that we probably couldn't order.