County clerk attends state conference
Carla Waugh, Jewell County Clerk, attended the annual spring
conference for Kansas county clerks and election officials May
11-13 in Manhattan. The conference provided clerks and election
officials with the opportunity to meet and discuss items of interest
with colleagues from across the state. Eighty-nine counties and
four election officials were in attendance.
Clerks and election officials assembled Wednesday morning to the general session. They were welcomed by Karen McCulloh, mayor of Manhattan, and Ben Wilson, chairman of the Riley County Board. Committee reports were given by various committee chairpersons. Legislative committee members Jamie Shew, Sonya Stohs and John Bartolac discussed the tax lid legislation that passed recently and various issues of the bill that affect the county clerks.
Bryan Caskey with the secretary of state's office discussed the election portion of the tax lid bill. The afternoon session consisted of various breakout sessions for training in areas including election basics, the PVD process for clerks, how to handle open records requests, fund accounting, Facebook as an election tool, KWORCC claims training, KCAMP procedure training, EMC policy and procedure training and salary survey participants information. Wednesday concluded with the Deb Parker Memorial Walk. Following the walk there was a welcome reception.
The Thursday session began with roundtable discussions by county size. Carol Williams with the Governmental Ethics Commission discussed the definition of a candidate and attribution statements that must be included on candidate campaign literature. Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Director of Elections Bryan Caskey and Assistant Director of Elections Jameson Beckner discussed various election topics, including voter fraud, 2016 primary and general elections, Elvis fees and the SOS website.
The Thursday evening banquet included the presentation of Sanborn County clerk certifications and master certifications.
Friday's session began with the president's breakfast and presentation of 10 scholarships by Donna Maskus. The conference ended with a presentation by K-State football coach Bill Snyder.
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discusses 2016 Threshing Bee
The Mankato Chamber of Commerce met May 11 at the Buffalo Roam with 12 members present.
Jason Ortman, president, called the meeting to order. The treasurer's report was given and minutes of last month's meeting were read and approved. Youth volunteers for last month were reported.
The community garden has been tilled again and signs have been put by the individual plots. A small shed has been added to store the garden tools. Half of the chamber's garden has been planted. The Mankato Community Garden sign has been ordered.
The community-wide clean-up was once again a success. There were 26 stops this year. Six Rock Hills students participated.
The winner of the chamber scholarship is Lexi Jeffery.
The Mother's Day luncheon was well attended. Nearly 200 people were served. Ideas were discussed for next year.
Threshing Bee events were discussed. It was decided to not have the fun run this year. The chamber will sponsor free swimming during the day and the dance that evening.
Bike Across Kansas participants will be arriving in Mankato June 6. After several community meetings, the meals for the riders have been organized.
The next monthly meeting will take place Wednesday, June 8, at Bob's Inn.
Rock sign offers reminder of veterans past and present
The National American Legion has been questioning local posts
as to what they have been doing the past year to help serve their
local veterans. The Esbon Perry E. Lamb Post 368, being rather
small, could only think of about three things that they had done
assisting with military funerals, providing honor guard
for Memorial Day services and other local celebrations and placing
flags at local cemeteries and on veterans' graves.
This past winter at a post meeting, the project of a sign to be displayed honoring veterans was presented. The project was approved and went forward to become the rock sign display honoring all veterans, past and present, and also a special tribute to local veterans who gave their lives during their time in service.
The main purpose of the display is so as people pass by every day, they may be reminded of a friend, relative or neighbor who served and will thank them the next time they meet or offer help when they are in need. It is just a reminder for respect and appreciation for all veterans and maybe some encouragement to our youth to consider serving their country for a time.
Funds for the display were acquired from the Dane Hansen community grant program and from local individual donations.
Plenty to do this Memorial Day
Jewell American Legion Post No. 72 will hold Memorial services
at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church, Jewell.
Perry E. Lamb Post No. 368 American Legion will hold Memorial Day services at the Esbon Cemetery at 11 a.m. Monday. Pastor Gerry Sharp will be the speaker.
VFW 7830 and Auxiliary will hold Memorial Day services at 9 a.m. Monday at the courthouse in Mankato, followed by services at Mount Hope Cemetery. Coffee and cookies will be served at Post No. 7830 Home following services. The public is invited to attend.
Memorial Day service will be held at the Burr Oak Cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday by the American Legion and Auxiliary 263.
Memorial Day services will be held Monday at the United Methodist Church, Webber, at 11 a.m., with Lefty Bothwell as emcee. The program, facts and information about the different wars, will be presented by several area youths Zach Renz, Tyler Marr, Brody Elledge, Chelsea Renz, Jenna Langer, Jackson Kuhlmann, Lacey Langer and Luke Renz. American Legion and VFW Superior will present the color guard. A potluck dinner will follow.
A Poppy Day Dinner will be held Saturday, May 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jewell Community Center.
Jewell High School Alumni Association's annual reunion will be held Saturday. The afternoon reception will be held in the Jewell Community Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A catered meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. at the same location. Joanne McCollough Allen, Class of 1967, will be the master of ceremonies for the evening, with "The Boots Trio" providing entertainment. The Class of 1966 is the honored class.
Ionia-Athens school reunion will be held Sunday, May 29, 12:30 p.m., in the Ionia United Methodist Church annex.
The Esbon High School graduating Class of 1961 is having a reunion for their 55th anniversary. The event will be in the Esbon United Methodist Church basement.
Mankato-Rock Hills High School alumni will hold an open house and reception hosted by the 1966 Class at the old high school from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. An open house and hospitality time will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. that same day at the Mankato Community Center, followed by the banquet meal served at 6 p.m.
Burr Oak-White Rock alumni banquet will be held Saturday at the Burr Oak Community Center with social hour at 5 p.m. followed by the meal at 6 p.m.
There will be several meals served by different organizations at the Esbon Community Center over the weekend. Saturday morning from 7 to 10 a.m. there will be breakfast; Sunday 7 a.m. homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee, Lunch buffet at 11 a,m.; Monday 7 a.m. homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee; Lunch Buffet at 11 a.m.
Sunday morning at Rock Hills Jr.-Sr. High School, breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday afternoon, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the newly completed Burr Oak Library will host an open house.
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