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located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 113, Issue No. 47 Price 50¢ USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, November 20, 2003 eads no Shane B. Fulmer, Smith Center, in court Friday and entered a of no contest to two counts of damage to property In the the five other counts dismissed, and Fulmer will pay on damages from all seven A pre-sentence investigation was judge. Sentencing will 18, 1:30 p.m. Fuimer was ~harged with seven inal damage to property. guilty pleas stem from spraying cemetery Those churches and cem- 2hurch the Cloud-Jewell County line east Randall, Jeweii Cemetery, Mount First Baptist Church Mankato, Methodist Church of ankato, Christian Church of copy needed Because of Thanksgiving Day be- on a Thursday, the Jewell County and Jewell County News will and sent out a day early. will mean that there will be an deadline of Nov. 24 for the Nov. will to turn in their news to this office noon and all photos to be in the November 26 paper will to be in by Friday noon. Boosters help purchase of ,s, buzzer Mankato Booster Club met recently made decisions to help with pay- for athletic warm-ups and other The group will purchase a new for quiz bowl and four will pay • juniorhigh track warm- and varsity basketball boys afitt warmups, 12 for each. The activ- fund will pay the other half. Tracy Walker, president, presided the meeting and Phyllis Christie was to serve as vice president. is treasurer. Walker presented the treasurer's md commented on how well the served by Boosters; have done. Connie Susan Winslow and Christie. Jeffery and Deb Warne are Booster memberships. association annual meeting The annual meeting of the Jewell Fair Association was held on 10 at the Buffalo Roam with an meal. Members present were Bill Buser, )wayne Lorence, Boyd Silsby, Worm, Kristin Underwood, Peters, Phyllis Smith, Don Bonnie Langer, Lisa Boyles, dlis Purcell, Doug Ford, Leon Frank Langer, Deb Murray, Ramsey, Ted Thummel, Robert and Bill Wood and exten- Deanna Sweat and Gary and five guests. An annual report of expenses and was presented by Elaine Pe- treasurer. Because of non pay- of fees to the state fair associa- directors must be appointed the county commissioners. Nominated as directors to serve year terms were Elaine Peters, wayne Lorence, Bill Buser, Lisa des, Deb Murray, Mike Ramsey, Silsby, Bill Wood and Doug The 2004 county fair will begin 26. The next meeting of the board Jan. 26 in the courthouse meeting find good of birds Hunters were greeted by some good this weekend as opening kicked off the pheasant and season. More than 900 hunters took advan- of the wildlife area at Glen Elder sportsmen averaged ;birds per hunter, according to wild- manager, Mike Nyhoff. Wildlife biologist, Ron Ruthstrom, hunting numbers was high in the walk-in hunt- Areas, but light on private land. "s. numbers were down to a or fewer hunters as Saturday. Most hunters in the WlHA aver- 1-1.5 birds per person on Satur- ¢, with some three to four birds-per- average taken by local experi- ;n Elder and Waterfowl numbers were good but was light. According to Wildlife and Parks Kurt Reed, park use was up from last year with 50 week- II II Stro~ demand for beef and shrinking supplies swept cattle and beef prices to all-time highs in October, but values since then have tumbled. Weekly Kansas slaughter steer prices, a benchmark in the cattle business, soared from an average to $85 per hundredweight in early September to $106 in mid-October before slipping back below $100 in mid-Ncvember• James Mintert, Kansas State University agricultural economist, looks for tight domestic cattle supplies to keep cash prices primarily in the $90s per hundredweight. Although he admits there is a chance they could drop into the $80s. Long term supplies are expected to remain below year-ago levels through the first half of 2004, which should support steer prices in the $80s dudn~ January-June 2004. Above, farmers and rancher waited in line this week at the Mankato L vestock Commission Co. unlgading facilities. It is common for producers to market, weaning calves off.grass during the fall season at local livestock sale barns. County Sheriff will assist in area enforcment effort Jewell County Sheriff Department is one of the 81 local law enforcement agencies along with the Kansas High- way Patrol participating in the Kansas Clicks Special Traffic Enforcement Program now through Dec. 1. The Kansas Clicks mobilization is a coordinated enforcement effort dur- ing the Thanksgiving holiday. "We know safety belts save lives," stated Deb Miller, Kansas Department of Transportation secretary. Last year, 74 percent of the Kansans killed in vehicle crashes were not wearing their safety belts. To increase chances of surviving a crash, seat belts are the best defense against serious injury ordeath." According to the 2003 KDOT Safety Belt survey, 64 percent of those sur- veyed, age 14 or older, use their seat belts. The Kansas Click Program will work to increase those numbers by raising enforcement and education on safety belts throughout the state• Along with occupant protection enforcement, agencies will perform sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols aimed at removing impaired drivers from Kansas roadways. Kindler speaks to Jewell Chamber Kris Kindler, HIPPA officer for Jewell County Hospital, spoke to the Jewell Chamber Monday evening on the positive aspects of the privacy and insurance portability under HIPPA, which is an acronym for Health Insur- ance Portability, Privacy Accountabil- ity, a government program to create fairness and privacy for the patients. Kindler was introduced by the hos- pital administrator, Deanna Freeman, who also introduced the doctors in Jewell County, Dan Calderon and Rina Mina. Shirley Varney presided. Treasurer Becky Loomis reviewed the Corn Show financial report. Thank you notes were received from Brian Koster for the Chamber's support of the summer ball programs and from Bill and Darlene Thompson for the welcome bag. Chris Metz reported four welcome bags de- livered last month. She would fike items to put into the bags from mer- chants and businesses. Secretary Thelma Shelton had sent thank you notes to summereoaches and to Annette Saint for the Halloween party. It was approved to give the profit from the meal served that evening to Saint for her expenses. Officers elected for 2004 were Shirley Vamey, president; Ron Kelley, vice president; Thelma Sbelton, secre- tary; and Christi Metz, treasurer. . Community Improvement reported the city had completed the park project. Dec. 20 is a merchant promotion in Jewell. Santa Claus has been invited to the community center. There will be prizes for children, a free movie and other treats. The Chamber will have concessions at the Allene Spielman estate auction Dec. 6 with several volunteering to help. NCK Tourism's new brochure was not acceptable as no Jewell County events were included. Brochures have been returned to the tourism group. Roberta Holdren encouraged the planting of red petunias in the park next spring, as these were Ula Maag's favorite flowers. The next meeting is Jan. 12 with the Progressive Study Club, Randall, ca- tering the meal. The program is about cancer and the Relay for Life. Members of Robin Hood play cast practice this week at Mankato High School. (In the foreground) Marcus Alvarez (left) playing Robin Hood, fights with Cortney Alexander, the sheriff of Nottingham and Aaron Melby. Watching with horror in the background are (from left) Shawna Robbins, Casey Ost, Clara Collins and Reba Liggett. MHS performances set Fryer catches fire Friday and Saturday "Robin Hood," the all-school pro- duction at Mankato High School, will be performed Friday and Saturday nights at the high school little theatre. It's up to Robin Hood, played by Marcus Alvarez, to defeat a nasty sher- iff, Cortney Alexander, and secure Nottingham for the King's return. The King is played by Scott Pumphrey. True to the Robin Hood legend, the production is fast-paced with humor and adventure. Other cast members and their roles • are Jenna B leecker, Maid Marion; Matt Becker, Frair Tuck; Sasha Roe, Lady Merle; Jeremy Waugh, Will Scarlet; Vincent Urbaniak, Little John; Eliza- beth Wilson, sheriff's wife; Cassie Ost, Beth; Reba Liggett, MotherMeg; Ciara Collins, Old Widow; Aaron Melby, soldier; Levi Bohl, soldier; Shawna Robbins, Annabel; and Kelsey True, Salome. Members of Robin Hood's Merry Band are Ericka Melby, Jessica Suderman, Amanda Black, Stormy Tarr, Tanner Bartholomew, Crystal Mitchell, Jessica Eaton, Brandi Jensen, Sara Christie, Meghan Warne and Jenny Banks. Stage managers are Jennifer Waugh and Ericka Melby. Sound and lights are Marcus Alvarez, Rudolfo Fernandez, Rob Wilson and Alec Robbins. Director is Bethany Roe. at Mankato cafe About 7 p.m. Saturday the Mankato Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at Critter's, a cafe and bar located on East Main Street. A deep- fat fryer had caught fire• Thre fire was under control by the time the fire de- partment arrived. There was minor damage. Mankato Weather Bill Wood, weather observer Tuesday, Nov. 11 ..........63 27 Wednesday, Nov. 12 ..... 46 39 Thursday, Nov. 13 ........ 48 29 Friday, Nov. 14 ............. 55 31 Saturday, Nov. 15 ......... 58 36 Sunday, Nov. 16 ........... 64 28 Monday, Nov. 17 .......... 70 28 Moisture for week .01 Council streamlines utility billing process Jewell City Council approved pur- chase of a printer that will accommo- date the utility billing when they met Nov. 3 for the regular meeting. Attending the meeting were Max Burks, Darrell Bohnert, John Stoeber, Frank Shelton, Bill Loomis, Amy Arasmith, Carl Knarr and Todd Adolph. The trash contract with Chief Dis- posal was renewed for three more years. Council approved bills for payment. Todd Adolph, with consent of the coun- cil, was appointed to fill the position vacated by the resignation of Jerry Richecky. Rocking and sealing city streets was discussed with no action taken. Bohnert reported on the Day Care Center. The water deposit policy was reviewed and will be changed. Christmas decora- tions for the south entrance to the park have been ordered. Apartment board meets Jewell Apartment Board of Direc- tors met after the council meeting. Todd Adolph was appointed to fill the va- cated board of director position cre- ated by the resignation of Jerry Richecky. The automatic door opener has been installed on the southwest door. The manager has winterized the sprinkler system. Bills were reviewed and ap- proved for payment. Jewell County plans for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving will be celebrated next Thursday and several activities are being scheduled in Jewell County. Plans reported to the Jewell County Record office include the following: The Jewell Ministerial Union will sponsor a community service and din- ner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jewell Community Center. According to the event planners turkey, potato and gravy, stuffing, table service will be furnished and everyone is asked to bring a side dish. The Mankato community service is planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Chris- tian Church. This event is sponsored by the Mankato Ministerial Alliance. Refreshments will follow the service. There will be a Thanksgiving day mass for the Catholic Churches of Esbon, Mankato and Smith Center at 9 a.m. Thursday at Smith Center• The Burr Oak Ministerial Alliance will sponsor a community service at 7 Sunday evdning at the Burr Oak Meth' odist Church. Kelly McNichols will be the guest speaker. Churches in the alli- ance will furnish special music• The annual thanksgiving service sponsored by The Olive Hill Church, rural Superior, will begin with a pot- luck supper at 6 p.m. Friday. A special program will follow at 7:30 p.m. fea- turing the musical ministry of the Hitch Family. The schools in Jeweli County will be closed in observance of the annual holiday. At USD 279 JewelI-Randall, the schools will dismiss at noon Wednesday. There will be no school Thursday and Friday.. The Mankato and ~Vhite Rock schools will be closed Wednesday through Friday. Jewell County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. Mankato city council considers loan deferment request Kansas Minerals has asked the .charges, the home based business reso- Mankato City Council to defer loan payment for an additional six months• Pete Gardner presented the request at the Nov. 4 council meeting. Attorney Darrell Miller was present and said the loan could be modified to include additional interest on the de- ferred loan. The council directed Miller to prepare a modification agreement for their consideration at the next coun- cil meeting. Others present dunng the execu- tive session called to consider the re- quest were council members Mac McCammon, James Ross, Neil Becker0 Lyle Dauner, Mayor Koester, and John Boley. Larry Thornton, Neolin Taylor, Tony Turner and Kevin Phillips also attended the public meeting. A building application from Neolin Taylor, 611 N. Water, to erect a carport was reviewed. The council followed the zoning board recommendation and approved the request. Turner presented and discussed an electric rate study. He explained com- mon practices throughout the munici- pal utility industry and explained wholesale power costs and demand charges. He said about 70 percent of the electric department's expenses are for the purchase of power. Questions were asked regarding rate structure. Turner said most of the costs should be recovered within the first two tiers of a rate structure, or by having a monthly customer charge. Turner discussed rate structures with the council and suggested before changes were made a more sophisti- cated rate study be completed by a consulting firm. Turner said he would provide the city administrator the names of cities having such studies. The city administrator said a 20 percent increase across the rate struc- ture would be needed to offset the demand charges and to earn a minimal profit for the utility. A review of ac- counts for the October billing cycle showed substantial increases would result if going to strictly a rate per KWH. A resolution on home-based busi- ness standards was reviewed and con- sidered for adoption. The city attorney said the sample resolution was good, but if the council was entertaining changing the structure of the electric lution should not be considered at this time, as it might not apply under a new ratestructure. No action was taken. It was reported the~Vlankato Volun. teer Fire Department will receive a federal equipment grant valued at ap- proximately $84,000. As Barb Bothwell has resigned from the zoning board a replacement will be needed. Nelson to sign books at Record office Jewell County artist and Vietnam War Veteran, Jim Nelson, Jewell, will be at the Jewell County Record Office, Mankato, Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to auto~h and visit with the public about his new book, Vietnam War Paintings. Nelson's recently published book contains portraits and depictions of the Vietnam War veterans and scenes from the war. The book also contains narra- tives from the veterans featured. The book may be purchased Friday. Jewell drama class presents play Jewell High School students hit the stage Friday evening to perform "Happy Valley High," which featured music and dancing, along with com- edy. The play opened with a World War II setting as the sailor leaves his girl behind,jumped to 1959 as a new coach, played by Caleb Ramsey, comes to town and learns that a widow and her family, pl~tyed Chandra Brey, Tessa Douglas and Mitch Matter, have re- turned to recharge the generation- owned soda shop. Other members of the cast were John Long, Jaime Sanborn, Ashley Lienberger, Jacob Greene, Conner Slate, Zach Gibson, Darcia Gibson, Amy Waterman, Laura Butts, Julie Hoel, Len Fanlkner and Emily Bur- gess, Briana Hoel, Crystal Waterman, Emily Brey, Devin Jones, Derek Birdsell, Mike Wanklyn, Savannah Myers and Kris Bolte. Matt Winkel pulled the curtain. Directing the play were Charli Barrett and George Staten. Gail Miller, Mankato, was choreographer. Members of the dewell High School Happy Valley High play cast are (back row, from left) Briana Hoel, Devin Jones, Crystal Waterman, Derek Birdsell, Len F~aUlnk~der,BK;S ~ Eomily' Burgess, La.ura-Butts, (mid.~.e row) :Emilff Brey,DarcieGibson, Ashley L~nberger, Tessa Douglas, Amy Waterman, Julte Hoel, o a u y, t. ow) oonn Long, JacoD ureene, MltCn Matter, uonner ~mte, x.acn ~mson, Mike Wanklyn, Caleb Ramsey (center frc.-nt) daime ~bom, Matt Winkel and Savannah Myers are not pictured.