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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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Memorial race to honor promoter’s father The United Rebel Sprint Series will be at the Decatur County Speedway for a twoday memorial event honoring the late Bob Salem, featuring both the sprint cars and Midget Nationals, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15. “My father was very instrumental in my racing background,” said promoter Rick Salem. “He raced for several decades in regional and state competitions and was considered a motor guru.” He said the Colorado Vintage Cars

and the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association have been booked to compete along with the sprint cars on both nights. “There will be two completely different shows each day,” Mr. Salem said, “with a $500 payout for the ‘cash dash’ of Saturday’s race and $1,000 to the winner of Sunday’s race, thanks to the sponsorship of Stellar Sales.” The dual-region races will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, he said, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15. Tickets for each night

are $15 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 12 and free for children under 6. The first Bob Salem Memorial event was last year, Mr. Salem said. His father died at age 78 on Aug. 1, 2011. Luke Cranston won the race on the first night and Jake Bubak on the second. “Last year’s event was good,” Mr. Salem said, “but I’m going above and beyond for this year’s races. It’s going to be one heck of a show.” Mr. Salem said Ron’s Tire Service of

Oberlin has signed on as a primary sponsor for the races. Other sponsors include Crossroads Express, Raye’s Grocery, Fredrickson Insurance, Ward Drug, the ReLoad, Steve Hilker Trucking, Stanley Hardware, Myers Engine, Dave Murray Trucking, S&S Trailer Sales, Martin Farms, the Decatur County Fair Board, the Frontier Restaurant, Oberlin Concrete, Oberlin Automotive, KFNF, KQNK and KQHK radio, First National Bank, the American Legion, Johnson Realty, Sappa

Booster Club works scrimmage

Valley Construction, Hansen Mueller, Lincoln Repair, Circuitech, Dust Cloud Construction, Ron’s Applicating Service, Custom Trophy, ASC Towing, Creative Collision, Stallman Construction, The Bank, Reeves Seeds, Bill’s Service, Culligan Water, Crop Production Services, the Decatur Cooperative Association and The Oberlin Herald. The races are in conjuctin with the Classic Car Show and the Up in Smoke Cook Off, Mr. Salem said.

Volunteers needed to help clean up around Sappa Park A clean-up day at Sappa Park, sponsored by the Sappa Park Committee and the city, will begin at 6 p.m. next Wednesday to prepare for the Red Brick Rode Classic Car Show and the Up in Smoke Barbecue Cook Off. Gary Anderson, chairman of the Sappa Park Committee, said volunteers are needed to help with general maintenance and cleaning. “We will trim some of the smaller branches,” he said, “as well as pick up any trash. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves, rakes and any cleaning materials that

would help.” Anyone who would like to work should come to the shelter house, Mr. Anderson said. Water will be available. Jeremy Tally, city parks and recreation manager, said the park is in good shape, and he doesn’t expect volunteers to have to do much to the trees and grass. “Near the beginning of fall,” he said, “the city will be looking to cut down dead trees, but that’s something we want to do when the weather gets cooler.”

The annual golf tournament and dinner put together by the Decatur County Hospital earlier this month raised $21,000 to buy new hospital beds. Natasha Weishapl, business office manager, said 25 teams participated Gallentine took an interest in buying bleacher chairs. in the tournament, with four people –Herald staff photo by Ramell Taylor per team. Each team played 18 holes. “The winners of the tournament,” she said, “were Zach May, Regan Bartels, Dakota Soderlund and Kelly Brown. The winners received golf towels.” will start for the western leg at 8:45 household items will be auctioned After the tournament, Ms. a.m. (Central Time) at Wilkens off at 1 p.m. The convoy will close Weishapl said, the teams went to the Truck and Trailer in Goodland, and with an awards presentation at 3 American Legion, where they and that convoy also will leave at 10. p.m. other guests were served prime-rib The two legs will join together in Colby along Horton Avenue, south of Interstate 70, then parade through town at 11 a.m. The vehicles will go north on Range Avenue, east on Fourth Street, south on Franklin Avenue, then east on Willow Street to Country Club Drive, and across the Interstate and west on Horton to the Oasis parking lot. Mr. Mentlick said the convoy had 58 entries last year, and he is expecting 75 to 80 rigs this year. The truck and bike show will be held in the Oasis parking lot. Categories will include touring/ dresser, cruiser, custom, threewheelers, scooters, sport, best of show and athlete’s choice. Lunch will be served under a tent in the parking lot. Truck and

during a benefit auction. “We’ve already purchased four new beds for the hospital,” she said. “We will be looking to purchase four more beds.” During its meeting last Monday, the county Hospital Board discussed holding the golf tournament and benefit auction as two separate events. “After the tournament, people are tired,” said Administrator Jonathan Owens. “Maybe we could look at holding the auction in conjunction with a high school event in the spring and donating 25 percent to the booster club.” Board members said they would look at options for next year’s event.

Golf tournament brings in $21,000

AT THE SPORTS-DRINK SCRIMMAGE on Thursday, Oberlin Booster Club member Jane Gilliam (left) worked the concession stand while Kim and James Witt and Holly

Colby’s truck convoy ready for another year By SAM DIETER The western Kansas legs of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy will converge in Colby again this year to benefit Special Olympics Kansas. Registration for the convoy will start at 5 p.m. Friday. Registration for trucks is $100, including the truck and motorcycle show the same day in the parking lot of the Oasis Petro Travel Center. The fee for all other vehicles is $25, which includes a “cruise night” on Friday. The money goes to Special Olympics Kansas. Last year in Kansas, the convoy included 101 trucks and raised $59,000, organizers said. Awards will be given to trucks and motorcycles registered for the show. There will be a pulled-pork dinner, with 300 pounds of pork cooked by the Modern Woodmen of America, served for a donation.

“We’re hoping for a very large crowd Friday night,” said organizer Joe Mentlick, “We hope maybe 400 or 500 people show up and have supper with us.” Entertainment starts at the same time, with deejay Paul Heskett providing the music. A Special Olympics basketball scrimmage will start at 7:30 p.m., and the “cruise night,” where vehicles will be cruising through town, starts at 8. A fireworks show will start at dusk, weather permitting, done by Taz’s Fireworks, a longtime sponsor. A Truck and Light Show, consisting of truckers’ lights, will follow the fireworks. “We’re hoping to start it off with a bang this year,” Mr. Mentlick said. The eastern leg of the convoy with gather at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Mitten’s TA Travel Plaza in Oakley for registration. That group will leave for Colby at 10. Registration

Although temperatures neared 100 degrees last week, Oberlin pumped on average around 561,587 gallons of water per day, well under the level that could have triggered a return to watering restrictions. City Water Supervisor Willard Perrin said well 11 dropped 10 inches and well 10 dropped 7 inches during the high temperatures. “We’re still under the 700,000 gallons daily use,” he said. “We

haven’t used that much water for a while now.” During the last eight days, the city pumped: • 661,400 gallons on Monday, Aug. 26. • 684,000 gallons on Tuesday, Aug. 27. •  516,000 gallons on last Wednesday. • 611,500 gallons on Thursday • 521,000 gallons on Friday.

• 489,800 gallons on Saturday. • 400,000 gallons on Sunday. • 609,900 gallons on Monday. Should the city begin pumping 700,000 gallons per day again, Mr. Perrin said, the City Council would have to consider going back into a Stage 2 water warning. Oberlin was under water-warning restrictions, which included even-odd watering, for seven weeks in June and July.

The Decatur County commissioners didn’t have much on the agenda at their meeting last week, but with a budget hearing planned for this week and a hearing on the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan on Tuesday, Sept. 17, they made sure to get as many updates from departments as they could. Road Supervisor Tim Stallman told them about the dirt work his crew is doing in Liberty Township. He said they have rebuilt two miles of road and are laying gravel on the road four miles northwest of Oberlin. He said they will redo three miles of road in Beaver Township after they finish up in Liberty. M r. S t a l l m a n t o l d t h e commissioners it’s time for the department to start fall mowing for the townships. He said he’s already spot mowed areas that needed it and he will begin doing full mow outs after Labor Day. He let the commissioners know

about electrical improvements requested by the county’s workers compensation insurance carrier, the Kansas Workers Risk Cooperative for Counties. He said an agent inspected the Highway Department shop east of town on U.S. 36 and suggested some minor work to avoid safety hazards. In other business, the commissioners: • Approved purchase of a split load of unleaded and clear diesel fuel for the road department. • Heard from Weed Control Director Gaylen Huntley, who said he’s finished with road spraying and he still has five townships left to spray for bindweed. •  Met with Emergency Management Director Jacque Boultinghouse, who brought in one of the four tablet computers purchased with a grant in July. She said tablets are $1,100 each and will be given to the sheriff,

Emergency Medical Service, Emergency Management and Health departments to use for mapping. • Approved $19,000 for the Conservation District budget for 2014. • Appointed County Attorney Steve Hirsch as the county information public officer. The commissioners were asked by the Local Emergency Planning Committee to name someone to act in case of a disaster. Margaret Mahoney, assistant county attorney, and Commissioner Chairman Stan McEvoy were appointed to fill the post in the absence of Mr. Hirsch.

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