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JEWELL COUNTY NEWS

Dec. 1, 2016 issue

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McAtee speaks at GFWC meeting

VFW announces fall scholarship winners

Sheriff's department looking into thefts

Flags to fly half-mast to honor Pearl Harbor anniversary

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McAtee speaks at GFWC meeting

Gerald McAtee, a U.S. Marine veteran, spoke at a meeting of the GFWC Progressive Study Club in Jewell on a day honoring veterans. He was drafted in 1952 and picked for the Marines during induction at Kansas City. He was stationed in Camp Pendleton, Calif., and did some training at 29 Palms. He was assigned to the Battery Division involving big guns.
McAtee had some shell casings on display and related how the ammunition was packed for the Howitzers. Lots of photographs were shared. He had a short training in Hawaii before heading for Japan. A day after the ship left the harbor, peace was signed with North Korea, so his division was sent to a former army camp near Mt. Fiji, where it was very cold and snowy. Later they experienced a typhoon. Mac had three brothers in other branches of the service.
Karen Matteson opened the GFWC meeting with a reading, "What is a Veteran?" Roll call was answered with a family member serving in the military. A donation was approved to the Angel Tree. Discussion on storing club books was tabled until next month. Elaine Peters presented a plaque honoring the former Sixth District which will be placed in the Randall Library. Sixth District was formed in 1919 and has been a part of General Federation of Kansas until last spring when all districts in the state were dissolved to form a state-centered organization. The plaque was prepared by the former Sixth District president, Diane O'Conner, Ellsworth.
The meeting was hosted by the president at the Jewell Apartments and lunch was served by Elisha Bolte.

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VFW announces fall scholarship winners
The Jewell County Memorial VFW 7830 has announced the winners of its fall scholarship programs.
"My Responsibility to America" was the theme for this years Voice of Democracy essay and speech program. The national patriotic speech writing competition was open to 9th through 12th grade students. The students recorded a three to five minute speech expressing their interpretation of the patriotic theme. Emma Reinert, daughter of Brian and Betsy Reinert, a junior at Rock Hills High School, was the local winner. She received a $100 cash award.
The Patriot's Pen essay competition theme for this year was "The America I Believe In." This contest is open to students in grades 6 through 8. The students were required to write a 300 to 400 word essay, expressing their view on democracy. The winning student from Rock Hills was 7th grader Caitlynn Scarrow, daughter of Justin and Jenny Scarrow. She received a $50 cash award.
The local winners will now be judged at the district level.

Sheriff's department looking into thefts

The Jewell County Sheriff's Department is seeking information about a theft that occurred sometime between Nov. 5 and Nov. 7. There were numerous tack items taken, a saddle and bales of hay The owner is offering a $500 reward for the arrest of the person or persons responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's department at 785-378-3194,
Last Wednesday afternoon, the Mankato Garden Club replaced the fall flower arrangements in the Mankato downtown flower containers with miniature Christmas trees. Some of the containers were also decorated with ornaments. Between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, the white tree in the USD 107 container had been stolen, along with the ornaments on the tree located outside the Darrell Miller Law Office.

Flags to fly half-mast to honor Pearl Harbor anniversary

Wednesday will mark the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack lasted 110 minutes from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., killing 2,335 U.S. servicemen and 68 civilians, and wounding 1,143 servicemen and 35 civilians.
The day following the attack on Pearl Harbor, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that Dec. 7, 1941, would be "a date that will live in infamy." The Japanese had planned and executed the surprise attack in order to dishearten the American people and keep the United States out of World War II. Instead, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor riled the emotions of the American people and on Dec. 8, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan bringing the U.S. into World War II.
Remember to fly your American flag this day at half-staff until sunset, in observance of this anniversary.

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