BY ANDY TAYLOR
Montgomery County Chronicle
In what could be a record-breaking turnout of voters, next Tuesday’s general election will see Montgomery County residents go to the polls to decide the nation’s next president as well as choose various county, state and federal office holders.
Polls will open at 7 a.m., and will close at 7 p.m.
Charlotte Scott-Schmidt, county clerk and chief election officer, said she expected the turnout for next Tuesday’s election to be about 60 percent, which, should her prediction hold true, will be among the highest in recent elections. Some 60 percent of the registered voters cast ballots in the 1992 presidential election — the highest voter turnout in modern history.
Scott-Schmidt said on Monday that the volume of voters seeking advanced ballots or absentee ballots has already surpassed her expectations. More than 1,000 Montgomery County voters will cast ballots before the Nov. 4 election day, signaling a democratic urge by voters to make their voices known.
Presidential elections typically draw more response because of the high-profile nature of the nation’s chief executive officer. And, this year’s election will be no different.
For the first time since 1952, a presidential election will be decided among non-incumbent presidents and vice president. On the presidential ballot will be the Republican nominee John McCain, a U.S. senator from Arizona, and his running mate Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor. Representing the Democrat Party will be Barack Obama, a U.S. senator from Illinois, and his running mate, Joe Biden, a U.S. senator from Delaware.
Also on the presidential ballot will be three other teams, including the Libertarian Party candidates Bob Barr/Wayne A. Root, Reform Party candidates Chuck Baldwin/Darrell L. Castle, and independent candidates Ralph Nader/Matt Gonzalez.
• U.S. House of Representatives: The race for the U.S. House of Representatives, Fourth District (which includes Montgomery County), will see incumbent U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, face a challenge from three candidates. They are Donald Betts Jr., a Democrat from Wichita; Steven A. Rosile, a Libertarian Party candidate from Wichita; and Susan G. Ducey, a Reform party candidate from Wichita.
• U.S. Senate: A seat for the U.S. Senate is up for grabs as U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Dodge City, is being challenged by former congressman Jim Slattery, a Democrat from Topeka. Also on that ballot will be Joseph L. Martin, a Reform Party candidate from St. Marys, and Randell L. Hodgkinson, a Libertarian Party candidate from Topeka.
• Kansas Senate: At the state level, voters in Cherokee and Parker townships of Montgomery County, which includes the city of Coffeyville, will decide the election for the Kansas Senate, 14th District. Candidates include the incumbent, Dwayne Umbarger, a Republican from Thayer, and David L. Miller, a Democrat from Parsons.
• Kansas House of Representatives: Voters in the 11th District of the Kansas House of Representatives will decide a representative to serve a two-year term in the Kansas House. State Rep. Virgil Peck, Jr., a Republican from Tyro, is being challenged by Virgil O. Horn, Jr., a Democrat Party candidate and Coffeyville mayor.
The 11th District includes the cities of Caney, Tyro, Dearing, Coffeyville, Liberty and Cherryvale and all areas within Cherry, Drum Creek, Liberty, Parker, Cherokee, Fawn Creek and Caney townships.
The 12th District of the Kansas House of Representatives will see two candidates seeking a two-year term. State Rep. Jeff King, R-Independence, will face the Democrat Party nominee: Sandra Frisco of Independence.
The 12th District includes the cities of Independence, Sycamore and Elk City and all areas within West Cherry, Sycamore, Louisburg, Rutland and Independence townships in Montgomery County. The 12th District also includes the eastern half of Chautauqua County (east of K-99 highway) and all of Elk County.
• District court judge: At the county level, voter interest is being peaked because of several contested races. This includes the race for the 14th Judicial District judgeship. Gary House, the Republican Party nominee from Sedan, won his party’s nomination by upsetting incumbent Russell Canaday in the August primary election. House will face Democrat Party nominee Robert Lattin of Independence for a four-year term.
The 14th Judicial District includes Montgomery and Chautauqua counties.
• Montgomery County Sheriff: The race for Montgomery County Sheriff will see the Republican nominee, Robert Dierks of Coffeyville, face Jerry Gilbert, a Democrat Party nominee from Coffeyville. Dierks defeated incumbent sheriff Stan Veach in the August primary election.
However, Veach is conducting a write-in campaign in the general election. Because Veach was defeated in the August primary election, Veach’s name will not appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
• State Supreme Court/Kansas Court of Appeals: The Nov. 4 general election ballot also will ask Kansas voters to retain several judges to the Kansas Supreme Court and Kansas Court of Appeals. The names of Eric S. Rosen and Lee A. Johnson will be on the Kansas Supreme Court retention question; the names of Steve Leben, G. Joseph Pierron, Christal E. Marquardt and Richard D. Greene will appear on the Kansas Court of Appeals retention question.
• Uncontested races, township elections: The Nov. 4 general election ballot will also include a variety of township officer and trustee candidates.
There are numerous uncontested races on the Nov. 4 election ballot. They include:
• Kansas Senate, 15th District — Derek Schmidt, Republican from Independence.
• Montgomery County Commission, 2nd District — Larry G. McManus, Republican from Independence.
• Montgomery County Commission, 3rd District — Fred M. Brown, Democrat from Coffeyville.
• County Clerk — Charlotte Scott-Schmidt, Republican from Independence.
• County Attorney — Larry Markle, Republican from Coffeyville.
• Register of Deeds — Marilyn Calhoun, Republican from Coffeyville.
• County Treasurer — Nancy Clubine, Republican from Independence.
GARAGE SALES / AUCTIONS:
HAVANA: Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to ? One block west of Havana Post Office on Main Street. Lots of adult and toddler clothing, dishwares and miscellaneous items.
SEDAN: Garage Sale - Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. - 400 Hoyt, Sedan. Nice women’s clothes, Size 0-2 & 8-10, corner shelf, bathtub with whirlpool, lots of nice misc. Everything priced to sell! CQ44-1tp
MOLINE: 5 Family Garage Sale-Oct. 24 & 25, and Oct. 31 & Nov. 1. Boys-Baby through size 7, Girls baby through size 6, baby furniture, Maternity, women’s clothes, sweatshirts, Halloween costumes, Christmas Items, Party Lite Candles, Washer and Dryer, Shoes and LOTS of Miscellaneous. 112 N. Blain, Moline. CQ43-2tp
SEDAN: Freemans 601 Hooper, Friday - Saturday, Oct. 31 - Nov. 1. Fishing equipment, Sears riding lawn mower, furniture, propane cooker, large picnic table, books, movies, lots of miscellaneous. CQ44-1tp
ITEMS FOR SALE:
Shooter’s headquarters! Pawhuska Pawn. Rifles, AMMO, Reloading Supplies, Scopes, binoculars too!! CQ44-1tb
Go Go Scooter FOR SALE: New battery and charger. Operates well. See at Howard Twilight Manor. Contact Frances at 620-374-2609. CQ44-1tp
WOOD FOR SALE: Oak, Hackberry, Some Hedge. Oswego area. Prices vary. Call 620-778-5092 or 620-778-3747. LC39-tf
20×8x8; 40×8x8; 48×8.5×9.5; 53×8.5×9.5 shipping containers for rent. Camlock doors, hardwood floors support forklift. Delivery available. 1-785-655-9430 Solomon. www.chuckhenry.com complete web listing, photos, specs, pricing. (KCAN)
PIANOS FOR SALE: Republicans and Democrats can agree on this: Mid-America Piano is the place to get your piano! Quality pianos from $45/month at www.piano4u.com. 1-800-950-3774. (KCAN)
PRESCRIPTIONS: Big Savings Possible on many prescriptions. Generics available for most medications including Arimidex, Boniva, Domperidone, Plavix, Quinine Sulfate and most Eye-Drops. Canada Drug Topeka 1-866-804-6100. (KCAN)
APPLES: Large Variety of crispy, juicy apples and fresh sweet apple cider. Van Meter Orchards in Thayer, Kan. One mile north, 1/4 west of U.S. 169/K-47 highway. (620) 839-5612. MC-V43-2tb
VEHICLES FOR SALE:
2000 Ford F-250, 4×4 pickup. Short bed, automatic. Lots of extras. Good condition. $13,000. 620-249-2728. CQ44-2tb
1989 FORD RANGER PARTS: Rebuilt transmission, 3,000 miles on it; transfer case; both axles; 3 inch suspension lift. 918-533-0611. LC39-tf
2005 FORD F-150 XL 2WD, 4.2L V6, 5 speed, 50,000 miles, bug shield, tinted windows, window visors, tool box, bed liner, towing package, custom side decals, new tires, $8,500. 918-533-0611. L27-tf
1993 CHEVOLET, 4 WD. 620-795-2617 or 620-778-3747. LC39-tf
1985 CHEVY CAMERO V8, Auto, T-Top, $1,250. Call 620-778-3747 or 620-795-2617. LC43-tf
LOST & FOUND:
FOUND: Nice earring found at Wark Memorial Park in Caney. Call 620-879-2414 to claim. MC-C44-1tp
Lost: Calf lost west of Big Hill Dam area east of Cherryvale 425 pounds, black heifer, big v notch in right ear. Reward offered if found and captured. Call 336-3361. MC-E43-2tb
PETS & ANIMALS:
Two English bulldogs for adoption: $0 AKC raised vaccinated and health guaranteed health. Contact email@example.com. MC-V41-3tp
Wanted: Place to cut firewood. Oak or hedge - dead trees and dozed piles OK. Contact Butch Lewis at 620-725-3723. CQ44-2tp
MOBILE HOME Wanted to Buy: Mobile Home, good condition, must be 14 ft wide or less to be moved. 620-725-5672. CQ43-2tp
Wanted to Buy: Two coin packets of the “50 state quarters” for the year 1999; speciphically the states of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia and Connecticut. Call Jim at 620-332-9379, Sedan. CQ43-2tp
FIREARMS WANTED: Old, obsolete firearms. Gun parts bought and sold. Freedom Gun Shop, Chetopa. 620-236-7177. LC40-tf
JUNK VEHICLES WANTED: Junk cars and trucks, pay cash. 918-533-2417, 7 days a week. LC23-26tp
HELP WANTED / JOB OFFERINGS:
Bookkeepers needed to work on behalf of our company. 18 years or above needed and you must have computer skills. Accounting experience not needed. Any job experience needed. You will earn up to $3,000 monthly. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. CQ43-2tp
Help Wanted: Person for water and sewer position in Chautauqua. Must live in Chautauqua or close surrounding area and be willing to get certification. If interested contact Tommy Lyons at 620-725-5414 or Pauline Roberts at 620-725-5109. CQ44-2tb
COOK: Pleasant Valley Manor is now accepting applications for cook. This individual will work 2-8 p.m., 3 to 4 evenings a week and every other weekend from 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interested applicants please apply in person to Pat Hugenot, Dietary Manager at 613 East Elm, Sedan, Kansas. E.O.E. CQ44-1tb
RN & LPN job openings! Charge Nurse full-time position, 6p-6a. Team up with Eureka Nursing Center. EOE, 401K, health benefits and sign on Bonus $500. Applications, 1020 N. School, contact Krista Grogg, 620-583-7418. CQ43-2tb
The deadline for placing a classified ad is 5 p.m., Monday.
DATA ENTRY/CUSTOMER SERVICE: Hiring for the 2008 tax season. Free training. Flexible hours. Premium pay. Many locations available. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, 1-800-234-1040. MC-J42-4tb
CAMA OPERATOR/PERSONAL PROPERTY CLERK: The Labette County Appraiser’s Office is seeking applications for the position of CAMA operator/pe rsonal property clerk. Job entails operating computer for data entry and other office duties. Some travel required to attend training courses and schools. Benefits include vacation, insurance and retirement plan. Pay starts at $8.96 per hour. Health and drug screens required for successful applicant. Applications are available at the County Appraiser’s Office at the courthouse in Oswego and on-line at www.labettecounty.com. Labette County is an equal opportunity employer. LC40-tf
RECEPTIONIST: Labette Center for Mental Health Service, Inc. is seeking an individual to work as a Receptionist in our main office. The position is full time, Mon. – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. High school diploma or equivalent required. Must be able to work in a busy office environment and be a team player. Benefits include BCBS health insurance, life insurance and KPER’s retirement. Successful candidate must be able to pass background checks and alcohol/drug screening. Individuals interested should send a resume with cover letter to Kim Horn, Human Resources Coordinator, Labette Center for Mental Health Services, Inc., PO Box 258, Parsons, Kansas 67357-0258, or email to email@example.com. EOE. LC44-1t
AVON PRODUCTS: Buy-Sell work own hours, great rewards, extra money for Christmas. Call 620-336-2745 or 620-252-5549. MC-A40-5tp
THE LABETTE COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT is now accepting applications for a Heavy Equipment Operator at the County Quarry, a Motor Grader Operator, and a Shop Mechanic. The Heavy Equipment Operator and the Motor Grader are Range 11, starting pay $10.05/hour. The Shop Mechanic is a Range 12, starting pay $10.43/hour. Taking applications until filled. Applications can be picked up at the Labette County Highway Department at 9th & Houston in Altamont, or the Clerk’s Office at the Courthouse in Oswego, or online at labettecounty.com. Labette County is a drug free workplace. All new hires are subject to a drug screening test and a physical. Labette County is an EOE. LC44-2t
LABETTE CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE, INC. is seeking an individual to work as a Receptionist in our main office. The position is full time, Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. High school diploma or equivalent required. Must be able to work in a busy office environment and be a team player. Benefits include BCBS health insurance, life insurance and KPER’s retirement. Successful candidate must be able to pass background checks and alcohol/drug screening. Individuals interested should send a resume with cover letter to Kim Horn, Human Resources Coordinator, Labette Center for Mental Health Services, Inc., PO Box 258, Parsons, Kansas 67357-0258, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. EOE. LC44-1t
A#1 All Cash Biz! Red Bull * Coke * Pepsi * Frito Lay. Factory Direct. $10,995 Invest 1-866-490-0999. (KCAN)
Earn Extra Income Mailing Brochures. Weekly pay + bonus! Supplies furnished. Guaranteed opportunity. 1-866-859-3349 code 12. (KCAN)
Extra Income Mailing Brochures. Weekly pay check! Free 24 hour information. 1-888-250-8110. (KCAN)
Mailing Brochures! Weekly pay + Bonus. Supplies furnished. Guaranteed Opportunity. Call now! 1-800-307-7131. (KCAN)
Exchange Coordinators Wanted. EF Foundation seeks energetic and motivated representatives to help find homes for Int’l exchange students. Commission/travel benefits. Must be 25+. 877.216.1293. (KCAN)
Foremen to lead utility field crews. Outdoor physical work, many positions, paid training, $7/hr. plus weekly performance bonuses after promotion, living allowance when traveling, company truck and good benefits. Must have strong leadership skills, a good driving history, and be able to travel in Kansas and nearby States. Email resume to Recruiter25@osmose.com or apply online at www.OsmoseUtilities.com. EOE M/F/D/V. (KCAN)
CDL-A DRIVERS: Expanding Fleet offering Regional/OTR runs. Outstanding Pay Package. Excellent Benefits. Generous Hometime. $300 Lease Special on Volvos. NATIONAL CARRIERS 1-888-707-7729. www.nationalcarriers.com. (KCAN)
Driver - Start Fresh with a Stable Company! Knight Transportation. Our Drivers Don’t Sit! Regional and OTR Available. Flexible Home Time. We pay for Experience! 4 mos experience/CDL-A Required. Call & Qualify Today. 888-562-7783. www.knighttrans.com. (KCAN)
Drivers-Flatbed: 44¢/Mile Recent Avg all miles. Paid vacations, 401k, Free Rider Program. Immediate Openings! 866-290-1568. (KCAN)
*No Idle Law, No Problem* 100% APU Equipped. OTR Drivers wanted. Pre-pass EZ-Pass. Every 60K mile raises. 2006 and newer equipment. Passenger-Pet Policy. 100% No touch. 1-800-528-7825. (KCAN)
Trouble with beaver, muskrat, coyote or varmints? Call McClure Trapping. Insured and State Certified. 620-205-9909. CQ43-2tp
Piano/Keyboard Lessons in Sedan: Give the gift of music to your loved one all year long. Lessons times available for fall/winter schedule. Beginning-Adult lessons offered each week. Pay by the month. Teaching methods to play by note reading, and also how to play by ear. Call Margie at 620-249-9562. CQ32-tfn-nc
Lazy Bear Computers: in-home repair and upgrades. We come to you. 620-725-5465, 620-330-0330, www.lazybearcomputers.com
Gragg Dozer Service, Inc.
Dozers, trackhoe, motor-grader
and dump trucks
Basements-Ponds-Lagoons-tree removal-trenches-septic tanks
Pond waters and general dirt work
Hauling dirt, rock, gravel
Bryce: 620-205-9933 / Ernie: 620-330-1467
Dozer for hire: D8 and D6, trackhoe, dump trucks, new ponds, pond repairs, brush and hedge row clearing, road construction and rock hauling. Riggs Welding, (620) 736-2038. CQ1-tfn
CUSTOM FENCE BUILDING
New, rebuilt, fence removal, clearing
Corrals and pens
HAROLD RIGGS FENCING
620-736-2242 Cell 620-779-1813
MR. HANDYMAN NOW HAS ROTO SEWER CLEANING SERVICE. Call 620-725-3010 CQ1-tfn
THOMAS TREE SERVICE:Tree trimming, removal and stump grinding, have chipper, grapple and bucket truck. Insured. Call for free estimates, 620-725-5722 or 620-249-8773. CQ-tfn
WILLIAMS TREE SERVICE: Insured, free estimates, stump grinding, trees trimmed, brush and tree removal, chipper, bucket and grapple truck. Can’t reach or lift, call 620-374-2247. CQ1-tfn
GREENWOOD TREE SERVICE AND GENERAL EXCAVATION AND CONCRETE: Licensed, Bonded, Insured. Phone 620-778-9224. LC3-tf
SEPTIC TANKS: Sold and installed. Contact Roland Meisch at 620-374-2556. CQ1-tfn
The deadline for placing a classified ad is 5 p.m., Monday.
Rinck’s Septic Cleaning: Serving SEK for 28 years. Honest, reliable & reasonable. In Independence, Kan. Call 620-331-0591 or cell 620-205-9752.
WICKHAM TRUCKING for your rock, sand, and dirt needs. Call 620-725-3317 or 620-249-2867. CQ1-tfn
CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY CLEANING: 30 years experience, commercial or residential. Vernon Sandusky, 620-922-3322. LC23-tf
OSBORNE ROCK HAULING, LLC: Rock, Sand, Topsoil, Fill Dirt & Lime. 620-795-2749 or 620-423-2532. LC31-tf
PLUMB & SQUARE CONSTRUCTION now offering seamless gutters, many color options; specializing in roofing; new construction, renovations; decks; custom handrail; sheet rock; plumbing; electrical; soffitt; fascia; painting; doors and windows. (620) 762-3561. Eric Blundell, Owner/Operator. LC41-tf
For Rent in Sedan: 3 bedroom home. Central heat/air, washer/dryer hookup, good location. Call Dean McCann 620-249-4898. CQ43-2tp
For Rent in Sedan: Country house, north Hwy. 166. 3 bedroom, large living and dining room, washer/dryer hookup. Call Dean McCann 620-249-4898. CQ43-2tp
MOLINE: For rent, 2 bedroom house, 1 bath, 1 car garage, $275 a month. $220 deposit. 316 North Biddle. Available Dec. 11. Veronica Seimears 620-779-1423. CQ44-tfn
FOR SALE OR RENT IN OSWEGO: OFFICE/STORE SPACE, approximately 2,000 sq. ft. in downtown Oswego on Commercial St. WOULD BE A GOOD INVESTMENT! Call 405-691-1282 or 405-205-4398. LC18-tf
FOR RENT IN OSWEGO AREA: 2 Bedroom Mobile Home in the country; 1 Bedroom apartment in town. 620-423-4022. LC40-9t
14×70 two bedroom, one bath mobile home with stove and refrigerator. Washer and dryer hookup. Deck on front and back with metal roof over all. A lot of remodeling in 2005 and 2008. Newer central heat/air. Garage, small building, RV hook-ups, fenced back yard. More than one acre. 514 E. County Road, Sedan. 620-216-6844 $26,000. CQ44-2tp
Government loan program for landowners. Zero down and low payments. Bad credit and bankruptcy is okay. Will remove existing homes. Improvement packages available. Call Heath at 918-576-3696 for your approval. CQ36-tfn
SPECIAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAM: Zero Down, NO MONEY OUT OF YOUR POCKET! If you Own Land or Family will give you Land. Bad Credit OK. 918-832-9888. CQ41-4tb
Social Security disability claims; Saunders & Saunders Attorneys at Law. No recovery, No fee! 1-800-259-8548. (KCAN)
ADOPTIONS: Loving financially secure married couple want to give your newborn our love and a happy and secure home. Call our attorney about Amy/Ira 800-492-2011. (KCAN)
ALL CASH CANDY ROUTE. Do you earn $800 in a day? Your own local candy route. Includes 30 Machines and Candy. All for $9995. 1-888-753-3441. (KCAN)
Airlines Are Hiring: Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified. Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance. (888) 349-5387. (KCAN)
MISSOURI WELDING INSTITUTE. Nevada, Missouri. Become a Certified Pipe/Structural Welder. Graduate in 18 weeks, earn up to $35/hour. Companies calling weekly searching for our graduates. 1-800-667-5885. (KCAN)
Lincoln Elementary School sixth grader Desiree Nelson is this year’s school shirt logo design winner. Every Lincoln student will receive a free shirt, compliments of the Lincoln Boosters, which will feature Desiree’s design.
The Lincoln Boosters held a shirt logo contest recently with a number of students entering various designs. A panel of Booster judges narrowed down the field to the top four logos and then the student body voted on which one they thought was the best graphic to be placed on the shirts with Desiree taking the top honor. In addition to Desiree, the other three students making the top four list were Shelby Baker, Nic Vore and Ashlynn Hefley.
Parents and other adults may also order shirts at a cost of $10 each (XXL shirts are $12). To place orders contact Anissa Nelson or the Lincoln Grade School office by Wednesday, Nov. 5.
The Cherryvale High School Chess Club finished with high honors at a tournament hosted by Washburn Rural High School of Topeka last Saturday.
Cherryvale claimed second place overall out of 14 teams and some 87 players at the varsity level.
All six Charger chess players finished with medals. They included Curtis Williams, ninth place; Kenny Coatney, 10th place; Emilio Cariman, 18th place; Kevin Barron, 20th place; Andia Coats, 30th place, and Kelly Weaver, 36th place.
Roy Kenast, chess club advisor, said he was pleased with the performance of the Charger players, adding that Barron claimed 20th place in his first-ever appearance at a chess competition.
Cherryvale will compete at a tournament hosted by Chanute High School on Nov. 15.
The Cherryvale United Methodist Church will have all of the wonderful seasons of the holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 1, when church members host their annual Christmas Bazaar and Soup Dinner. The event will be held in the church’s Fellowship Hall.
Events begin at 8 a.m., with the serving of coffee and rolls. Christmas gifts, homemade goodies and craft items also will be available for purchase beginning at 8 a.m. Beginning at 11 a.m., the church ladies will serve vegetable beef soup, old-fashioned chicken rice soup, ham and bean soup and chili, with crackers or cornbread, home-baked pie and coffee. Bring friends and family and remember that soup refills are free. Quarts of soup will be available for take out at 11 a.m and will be sold for $4.
A full-size quilt, 76×90-inch “Flying Geese” pattern, is being offered for $1 donation per ticket or six for $5. The quilt was machine stitched by Phyllis Blake and machine quilted by Need’l Network. Donation tickets are being sold by members of the UMW. A winning ticket will be drawn the day of the bazaar, and you need not be present to win. Tickets will be available for you to purchase at the bazaar.
The Cherryvale United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall is handicap accessible.
The public is invited to attend this holiday event.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A major honor was bestowed to a Cherryvale High School graduate at last week’s National FFA Convention.
Shane Blaes, a 2007 CHS graduate and a current Kansas FFA stat e officer, was named national winner of the Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance - Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency Award at the convention.
Blaes was a district and state proficiency winner in the agricultural mechanics repair and maintenance competition, and his portfolio of projects was accepted as a national finalist during the summer. He was among four national finalists to be called to the stage of the National FFA Convention, where his name, as the top winner, was read aloud in front of some 45,000 delegates.
“It was a pretty big deal,” said Blaes, a student at Kansas State University.
The national proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience. The Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance - Entrepreneurship/Placement Award is one of 47 proficiency program areas in which FFA members can participate.
For Blaes, the proficiency award is the culmination of several years of activities involving tractor and trailer restoration. Blaes restored his first antique tractor, his grandfather’s 1944 John Deere Model B, in 2006, after which he and his cousin, CHS student Cory Blaes, restored a 1956 John Deere 720. The restoration of the 1944 John Deere Model B earned Blaes the 2006 Chevron Delo National Tractor Restoration Competition, and he and cousin Cory Blaes were national runners-up in the 2007 contest sponsored by Chevron Delo.
To further his SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) project involving tractor restoration, Blaes also painted and repaired a trailer belonging to Ed Hewlett, a rural Cherryvale sheep breeder.
Those three projects were part of Blaes’ SAE record book that ultimately made its way to a panel of national judges, who gave the top billing among the four national finalists.
Blaes received a $500 cash award for being a national finalist and an additional $500 for being the national winner. As a national proficiency winner, Blaes also qualified for a trip to Costa Rica in June 2009.
The Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance - Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency Award is sponsored by Hobart Welders and Tractor Supply Company.
Being named a national winner is now old hat for Blaes. In 2006, Blaes was a winner in the Grain Production Proficiency Award in Grain Produciton - Placement.
BY ANDY TAYLOR
Montgomery County Chronicle
Sunday’s worship service at the First Southern Baptist Church will be a farewell for senior pastor John Spradlin.
The pastor of the Cherryvale congregation for the past 16 years, Spradlin will be leaving the local church to assume the senior pastor position at the First Southern Baptist Church in Arkansas City, Kan.
“I’ll be leaving with many good memories and so many good friends in Cherryvale,” Spradlin said this week. “But, I feel that the Lord was speaking to my wife and I that it was time to move on. Many of the things we have prayed for and worked for have been completed in this church, including building the youth department.”
Spradlin has been a senior pastor in the Southern Baptist denomination since 1975. Prior to joining the Cherryvale congregation, Spradlin was a pastor of Southern Baptist churches in Neodesha and Fredonia.
While he admitted sadness in leaving the Cherryvale congregation, Spradlin said he was looking forward to joining the Arkansas City church. He already moved his vast library of books — some 9,200 volumes spanning many aspects of religion, biblical history and theology — to his Arkansas City church office.
“It took five hours just to load them into the truck and trailer,” he said, laughingly.
Spradlin said his wife, Kathy, will continue to work as an elementary school teacher in the Neodesha school district through the end of the 2008-09 school year.
BY RUDY TAYLOR
Montgomery County Chronicle
A former Caney woman, now living in Bartlesville, was the subject of a front page story in the Tulsa World last weekend, and parts of it bear repeating.
Doris Meyer, who likes to be called “Coke” because that’s what friends called her as a teenager when she spent so much time at the local soda foundation, is a great-grand-neice of famed author, actor and humorist Will Rogers. Doris is the only remaining relative of Rogers who can personally remember him.
She attended the annual laying of the wreath at Will Rogers’ grave last weekend.
Doris and her husband, Jim, resided in Caney during the 1950s and ‘60s and raised their two sons, Jim and Jerry, there. Jerry, a great-great-nephew of Will Rogers, still resides near Liberty, Kan.
The Tulsa World article gave Doris Meyer the opportunity to re-live the day in 1935 when Rogers died in an airplane crash near Point Barrow, Alaska.
It was a Thursday morning and Doris opened the local newspaper to find out what her Uncle Will was up to, fully aware that he was planning a trip to Alaska, the passenger of well-known pilot Wiley Post.
She scanned the newspaper pages for Rogers’ familiar column, “Daily Telegram” that Uncle Will sent out from wherever he happened to find himself.
Just then, the telephone rang and the local sheriff asked to talk to her dad. “We’re getting some reports,” the sheriff said, “from Alaska.”
Suddenly, the best-known newspaper humorist in American history ceased to be. Word was received within minutes that Rogers and Post had been found in the crashed aircraft.
Doris said it was a moment that everybody in her generation remembers, much like the day John Kennedy was shot or the day when terrorists smashed into the World Trade Center towers.
The world stopped, wept, and mourned the death of a man who had kept them smiling through the early years of the Great Depression. Even though he lived in California, Rogers always proudly claimed Claremore, Okla., as his roots, located only a few miles away in Chelsea where Doris and her family resided.
She knew Uncle Will was famous but until he died, she had no idea of how he had touched the lives of people around the world.
When Rogers came back to Oklahoma to visit, he never mentioned the celebrities he knew or the movies he had made. He wouldn’t talk about meeting the president.
“He’d ask us about our boyfriends and he’d want to know how we were doing in school, stuff like that,” Doris told the Tulsa World.
Rogers, who started his writing career with a humorous column in the Chelsea Reporter and Claremore Progress newspapers, gained fame as a rope trick artist who traveled with the Ziegfeld Follies. But people came to listen to him, not to watch him.
Rogers basically invented the stand-up routine, riffing a the day’s headlines and gently poking fun at politicians. “Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for,” he’d say.
Over a span of 17 years he made 70- movies and was easily the highest-paid actor in Hollywood.
Last weekend, Doris Meyer trekked to Claremore for the annual laying of the wreath at the Will Rogers Memorial.
The Tulsa World article lamented:
“The crowd has changed a lot over the years at the annual event. It used to be a lot of relatives and people who knew Rogers personally or at least were old enough to actually remember him.
“Now there’s a bunch of tourists and high school students on field trips. Coke’s the only one who knew him, the only one who remembers.
“It won’t be long before no one’s left from Rogers’ time.”
Doris Meyer, now 89, said her Uncle Will had a way of getting at the truth that made people think and made people smile at the same time. “You can read what he had to say back then and you would think that he wrote it yesterday. It’s just as true now as it ever was,” she said.
CANEY — A Caney residence was damaged in a Monday afternoon fire.
No injuries were reported at the fire to the Jimmy and Randi Parks home at 314 N. Vine shortly after 5 p.m., Monday. Fire chief Tony McCammon said the fire started in the kitchen and quickly grew into the attic area. Even though the fire was contained to an attic area, much of the home sustained smoke and water damage.
“The attice did show some charring, but most of the fire was contained to the kitchen and in the attic right above the kitchen,” he said. “However, the entire house sustained a lot of smoke damage.”
McCammon said it’s believed that the fire was started by a countertop kitchen appliance.
Eleven members of the Caney Fire Department had the fire under control about 10 minutes after arrival.
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