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~ .... ~ ~,~,.2-%0~ .... l~|~ll~l~~ ,, r"rlce 50 located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 : wlns award Established 1890, Volume 113, Issue No. 40 of Formoso was PRIDE star award of Jewell County Firehouse. PRIDE communities cel- 33rd anniversary of the with an awards in Great Bend Sept. 27 in STAR Award recog- nizes an outstanding project that meets an identified need, enhances the qual- ity of life and furthers the community development Process. The mission of the Kansas Depart- ment of Commerce is to emp0werbusi- ness and communities through bold leadership using strategic resources to realize prosperity in Kansas. 278 to explain bond at public meeting County USD No. istrict will go to the polls 4, to decide on a bond roofs on district build- uestion requests the au- ; no more than $400,000 bonds to pay the i of the costs of reroofing the ) building and admin- meeting is Mon- ~.m. in the Mankato Junior- School. The site council the meeting to provide about the roof challenges, solutions and the bond "The roofs on district buildings are old and deteriorating and Lhe board believes that now is an opportune t~me to address this growing challenge," said Superintendent H. Dean Schultz. According to Steve Shogren, bonds- . man, there is a special state aid pro- gram available at this time that offers to bring 31 percent of the cost back from Topeka in additional state aid with a voted bondissue. The state aid benefit, both principal and interest, is estimated at $158,000. The 10 year- bond will require a levy conservatively estimated at 3.24 mills which is ap- proximately $1.55 per month in added taxes on a $50,000 home. # selects Allen as Show marshall ! resident Kathleen 61st Corn Show ;hal. :11 remembers the first Show and believes she a corn show she has served as a aeesheis marshal this year. she has I she does not have to do any year. "I told them help with the supper, but me no," she said. born in Superior, was the family soon moved to , where they lived Kathleen started school at ,'School. "Olive Dowdy was ~:athleen said. to Kansas City got a job as book- Yeast, he moved off the farm to Kansas City. t~p in Kansas City and it was l~ different living in the city. did here." She had a Kathleen graduated ghManual. in her class. two years of college. returned to Jewell visit- aunt. In 1937, during she met her ph Schumacher. "I old and we met at a group event?' she said. ; college in leen came they would see each back to the farm , were married and their was a farm two a one-half rhey lived there until Ralph retired from ,Bill Schumacher, now work the said it was quite achange Kansas City to the :have running water there was no electric- finally had electricty after it came from the Kansas came to enjoy living on and helped drive the truck and took lunches good life." The two daughters and son the farm; Margaret St. Jeer Bill of Jeweil, and Judy She has five grand- Land eight great grandchildren. for change for They moved into house where her lived. They purchased the Store in Jewell and called it Variety. She has fond the store. "We coming into the r pennies, trying to pick and decide what they would hand out a lot of "It was alsothat year she married Cecil Allen, years later. the variety store to Remains active vii doing volun- teer work. She serves as a Hospice volunteer and has served on the board. She has taught CPRcourses and worked with the Red Cross for more than 20 years. She helped form one of the earliest First Respouder classes in Mankato. She is a member of the Jewell Garden Club, Trinity United Methodist Church and ber Of Commerce. ,~ Kathleen has enjoyed quilting but recently has not been able to quilt. She still pieces and binds quilts and has made quilts for her children, grand- children and great-grandchildren. She is presently working on binding a quilt her mother pieced in the early 1940s. She still enjoys baking and cooking for family meals and her pies are al- ways a family favorite. Cream pies are her favorite pies to make. "JeweU is a nice place to raise a family. People here are friendly and willing to help their neighbor out." She adds that she was "astonished" when told that she was selected to be the grand marshal. The 61st Jewell Corn Show is Oct. 9, 10and 11. Water conservation is the focus of this stream flow demonstration, conducted bY Mike Waite (left) and Gary Tordrup, for Mankato fifth grade students at the recent Jewell County Conservation tour. The tour, sponsored by the dewell County Soil Conservation District at the farm near Mankato, was for all county fifth grade students. Hospital board learns of restructuring plans Deanna Freeman, Jewell County Hospital Administrator, reported at the September hospital board meeting about the restructuring of departments that recently took place at the hospital and the clinic. According to the hospital board Kathleen Allen, Jewell, iS grand marshal for the Jew ell Gore ~_ ~(~t~eder Saturday, Oct. 11. Allen is showing a flower garclen quilt, pieceo wner m in the eady 1940s and boUnd by Allen. president, the restructuring was done to consolidatedepamnents."Efficiency will be improved and it will save funds at the hospital and clinic," he said. Attending the board meeting were members Dale Boyles, Paul Wilson and Ila Nelson. Bill Loomis and Kirk Wilson did not attend. Hospital personnel present besides Freeman, wereD'Atm Basatt, Jamie McWilliams and J.H. Seitz, GPHA representative. McWilliams presented the hospital financial report for August and Basart presented the statistic report for Au- gust. Basart also gave credentials to be approved, and the board gave their approval. The computer systems re- port was discussed and it was decided that since two members were absent, th at a decision should be m are at a later meeting. Local Hbraries, hospital get money for internet hookup Local 5braries and Jewil County Hospital will soon have access to KAN- El:) internet Network through a Kansas Board of Regents subsidy totaling more than $2.3 million to 563 member school districts, fibraries and hospitals Recipients are libraries in BurrOak, Jewell,Lebanon,Mankato, Randall and Scandia and Jewell County Hospital Each KAN-ED member institution that applied will receive a check for $4,135. Kansas institutions receiving aKAN-ED subsidy include 216 school districts, 272 libraries and 75 hospi- tals. The subsidies will help KAN-ED member institutions to access high- speed Internet connections or purchase the equipment needed to make Internet connections through the KAN-ED Network. The KAN-ED Network will launch in December 2003 at the Kan- sas Technology Leadership Confer- ence in Topeka. Couple to serve as Octoberfest marshalls George and Kathy Burgess have been chosen parade grand marshals for the Esbon Octoberfest Saturday in Esbon. George Burgess has lived most of his life in Esbon. He moved from Lebanon to Esbonwith his parents and family when he was four years old. His father was a city employee at Esbon. George has two broOaers, Jim and Bill, and two sisters, Mary Poland and Vicki Sutter. George m& and married a "Mankato" girl, Kathy Munro, and they have made Esbon home for the 36 years they have been married. George has been an employee at the grain elevator in Esbon for 43 years. They believe Esbon was a good place to raise their children: Michelle Warner, Salina;.. Rebecca Slick, Bennington; Chandra Wagner, rural Mankato; and Micheal Burgess, Lan- sas City. Their children were gradu- ates of White Rock High School, Eshon/Burr Oak. The Burgesses have five grandchildren, Scott, Mark, and Jeremy. and the operated the SeYm0,ur Hatchery and packing pi.ant. Kathy s siblings are Bob Munro, Faye Matting; Dale Jahnke, and the late Jim Munro. Presently George and Kathy are co- owners of Cfitter'sin Mankato, along with Kathy's sister and brother. Kathy and George are active in the Esbon community and have been mem- bers of PRIDE are many years Ac cording to the Burgesses, PRIDE was the organization that started the Esbon Octoberfest and they remember help- ing organize that first celebration along with an Esbon alumni reunion during the celebration. George has served with the Esbon Volunteer Fire Department for many years and has been the fire chief since the early 1960s. George and Kathy are members of Esbon Lions Club and George has given the hunter safety course in Esbon formany years. George and Kathy have belped coach ladies softball teams during their years in Esbon. George and Kathy believe living in a small community is nice "because everyone knows everyone. ,You feel safe and it's nice and quite.' George has noticed more young people mov- ing back to the community and be- lieves this is good. "The cost of living is less here 'and the school system is good. It's just a good place to live and raise a lieve that they have time for hobbies but George wishes he had more time to fish. George and Kathy said they are honored to be chosen. The Esbon Octoberfest Saturday includes a craft and food stand, local entertainment, a parade at 4 p.m., a car show, barbecue and adance beginning at 8 p.m. USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, October 2, 2003 Effort underway to form 11 county resource council Peggy Blackman, president of Re- source, Conservation and Develop- ment, spoke at the Sept. 23 meeting of NCK Rural Development Council in Concordia, seeking interest in devel- oping a RC & D council encompassing 11 counties, seven of which are NCKRDC members. Working with the Natural Resource and Conservation districts within this area, this USDA program would pro- vide many opportunities and benefi- cial funding. RC & D Coordinator from the Glacial hills district, Gary Satter, explained steps to organizing a council. Conservation employees from Cloud and Clay counties were present to add support for developing a coun- cil. An earlier meeting in Clay Center with NRSC employees had been posi- tive for a RC & D. Each county economic development director present was to poll his orher county determine to determine if there is support and a decision was to be made at an Oct. 28 meeting in Osborne. The group will tour Osborne County with Laura McClure, economic devel- opment, making arrangements. Department heads review operations Jewell County Commissioners met with department supervisors at the be- ginning of the meeting Monday. Jim Vaughan reported the permit for the transfer station has been re- newed. Winterizing of the vehicles was completed. Vaughan will close out the month and the year on Sept. 30. He reported that approximately 80 ac- counts are delinquent amounting to $6,233.50. He will be mailing out billing letters for the new year. He added that the help wanted ad will run again this week in the newspaper. Lynn Scarrow, county treasurer, re- ported that his department is finishing the 2002 gear for taxes. Don Snyder, EMP director, reported working on the 911 maps. He plans to attend the bio-terrorism workshop, OCt. 6 and 7. Linda Woerner, health department, reported these items: Jewell County Health Department passed pharmacy inspection; cable work is completed ~ ~electronic transmissions: de- ~ment ~hased new computers with the bio-te~sm grant funds; Older American Act budget completed and submitted; workingonimmuniza- tion program changes; will attend the bio-terrorism Oetoberfest workshop, OCt. 6 and 7 in Salina. Report from Gary Tordrup, county ag agent: working with sunflower group and.the county's resource coun- cil; will attend the animal science up- date this month. Report from Deanna Sweat, county home economic agent: 30 entries went to the state fair; Jewell County Re- source Council will host a soup supper Nov. 16 at Jewdl Community Center. extension council election is Oct. 1- 24; annual Craft Day is Oct. 23 at the Jewell Community Center; has applied for a $1,500 grant for the after school program; National 4-H Week is Oct. 5 - 11; National Family Community Edu- cation Week is Oct. 14-20. Report from Marilou Becker, assis- tant appraiser: Bruce Webb, county apprasier, is working on new values; Becket working on gathering informa- tion on new construction: Lora Ost working on the personal property. Gall Bartley, noxious weed direc- tor, sent out letters for fall spraying giving individuals until Nov. 15 to make arrangements, Report from Carla Waugh, county clet~k: discussed changes for diahng the phones; sent in the KCAMP ques- tionnaire renewal along with vehicle, equipment and building schedules: requested re-evaluation of building val- ues as some were too high; discussed Saline County IRS audit. Alcorn reported on his attendance at the KWORCC Board meeting this past month and that the annual meeting will be in conjunction with KAC in November. Langer had attended the Planning Commission Board meeting. He said that many of the grants will now be based on population which will hurt rural counties. The Planning Commis- sion is looking at the area GIS. Langer discussed the Homestead Act bill that was submitted to Congress. Colson hosted the Juvenile Deten- tion Center board meeting at the Jewell County Courthouse. Commissioners stated the hiring freeze was for new county employees; if someone quits, the department can replac~ them with aommigsioner ap- proval. Waugh stated that part-time employees can only work 34 hours per week. Doris Worm asked for the commis- sioners approval on the National FCE Week Proclamation. Commissioners signed this proclamation. Waugh discussed the Western Uni- form and Towel-Service agreement. The commissioners decided not to sign the agreement. Report from Jim Foster, general superintendent: obtained 3.5 percent interest rate with the State Exchange Bank for the motor grader purchase; discussed rock, road and bridge projects; asked about road work near the cemetery by the state park. Com- missioner s approved this work. Commissioners looked at road and bridge projects in Center and Buffalo Townships. Megeown flies for commissioner Daniel McKeown, rural Webber, has filed l~or Jewell County Commis- sioner, third District, Republican. McKeown submitted the required petition Sept. 25 to the Jewell County Clerk's office. The third District posi- tion is currently being held by Frank Langer. / years ago in the community. rto