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Thursday, July 30, 2009

a k e r u E Herald

One Dollar - Tax Included


Volume Number 142

Zimmerman Crowned Junction City Rodeo Queen Shay Zimmerman was crowned Junction City Rodeo

Issue Number 16

Ten Pages Queen 2009 on Saturday, July 18 at the 16th Annual Junction

City Rodeo in Junction City. Zimmerman received a sash, traveling crown and chaps, belt buckle and a hand tooled saddle. She also won the horsemanship, interview and modeling awards. Contestants were judged on modeling, horsemanship, interview, photogenics and rodeo knowledge. The contestants were required to work cattle during the rodeo and assist with needs during the rodeo on Saturday. Zimmerman has also held the crown title of 2008 Flinthills Rodeo Princess, which she received in June 2008. Zimmerman is the daughter of Brad and Pam Zimmerman of Eureka and she is a member of the Harmony Sunflowers 4-H Club and the Eureka Saddle Club.

County Fair This Weekend The annual Greenwood County Fair is scheduled to begin this Friday with many activities for all ages. Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday at the fair grounds in Eureka. For more information about the events view the Greenwood County Fair Catalog.

Your Local Weather Fri





Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the mid 60s.


A few thunderstorms possible.

Shay Zimmerman

Commissioners Make Many Approvals During the weekly meeting of Greenwood County Commissioners on Monday of this week several items were approved. Commissioners met with Clint Huntington, John Cowley and Ramona Carpenter to discuss the watershed districts in Greenwood County. Huntington informed commissioners that they have had individual maps created for watersheds as directed by the Division of Water Resources. Approximately 80 maps have been created at this time. Also available for this discussion was Central Kansas Engineering Consultant, Dustin Oaks. Oaks presented commissioners with the counties copies of the individual maps that had been completed and gave a brief overview on how to read them. Commissioners were informed that one large map could be created with all the watershed information if they would find it useful. Commissioners agreed that a large map would be beneficial, especially when deciding if a building permit can be allowed when flood areas are in question. Cowley spoke with commissioners on another matter concerning the counties burn policy. He was hoping to get a better understanding of the policy. The policy states that fines may be implemented if controlled burns are not called in to the Sheriff’s Department prior to burning. Commissioners stated that a person does not have to report burning of items in a burn barrel but recommend reporting any other burning prior to starting. Burning of brush piles and all grass fires should be called in. Commissioner Edward Buckle stated, “To avoid being fined, the safe thing to do is, call it in.” County Counselor Paul Dean spoke with commissioners in regards to the September 18, 2009 Tax Sale. He informed commissioners that a list should be compiled of any surplus items that the county has to sell at the tax sale. The following items were approved for signatures: Hamilton/Virgil Road agreement; Advantage Computers

contract; Employee Status Change, changing Levi Vinson from part-time to full-time for Greenwood County EMS Department and added taxes for ABZ Manufacturing Inc. $123.42. Approval was given for payment of bills in the amount of $83,379.06 and payroll totaling $82,415.54. A five-minute executive session was held with commissioners and counselor Dean for legal issues. No decision was made. The following informational items were read: County Official of the Year 2009 and Correspondence from Bill Persinger of Mental Health. Commissioners planned a meeting with Harley Schlotterbeck in the afternoon for a work session on the County Budget. Calendar: August 3 – Next Commission Meeting at 9 a.m.

City Denies Grievance The Eureka City Council held a special meeting on Thursday, July 23 for the purpose of holding a grievance hearing requested by a former city employee. Council member Brian Mills was absent. At 7 p.m. a motion was approved for a 10-minute executive session with the City Attorney Mike Helbert and the council to discuss non-elected personnel. Mayor Mike Pitko called the meeting back to order. City Attorney Helbert gave instructions for the hearing. A motion was approved for a 30-minute executive session with the City Attorney Helbert and Danny Hurley to discuss non-elected personnel. Mayor Pitko called the meeting back to order and another motion was approved to go into executive session for 10-minutes with the City Attorney Helbert to discuss non-elected personnel. After returning to open meeting, a motion was approved unanimously to deny Hurley’s request for a grievance.

Developmental Screening Scheduled The Chautauqua and Elk County Special Services Cooperative will provide a free screening for children from birth through school age at the Moline Preschool on Tuesday, August 11. Any child entering the preschool program in Severy or Moline will need to complete a screening. Please contact Roberta Durbin at 620-374-2113 for an appointment as well as for preschool enrollment information. Children will receive screening in the areas of Communication, Personal Social, Motor Skills, Thinking/Reasoning and Adaptive Behaviors. Your child’s Vision, Hearing & Health screenings will need to be arranged through the County Health Department or your personal physician.


Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 80s and lows in the mid 60s.

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Vehicle Ends Up In East Ditch

Two Injured On South State Street At approximately 4:25 p.m. on Monday afternoon, the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a one-vehicle accident on P Road, also known as State Street, approximately a mile and a half South of Eureka. According to the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, Kelsey K. Vinson, 18, of Eureka was driving, a 1994 Pontiac Grand AM, Nouth bound on P Road when she lost control, left the

City Approves Proposed 2010 Budget

At the Eureka City Council meeting on this last Monday night, the council approved the proposed budget for 2010 to be published once in The Eureka Herald and for a public hearing to be held on August 10, 2009 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Councilmember Cammie Wilson went over the budget preparations with the new members of the council and answered questions they had about different areas of the budget. The proposed budget is published in this issue of The Eureka Herald. Linda Sanders, president of the Eureka Public Library Board of Trustees, gave a presentation on the use of the library, programs and expenses at the library. The purpose of the presentation was the budget proposal for 2010. After a lengthy discussion Sanders asked the council to consider raising the budget for the library from six mills to eight mills for 2010. No action was taken at this time. City Administrator Ian Martell reported, that after the last meeting the proposals were sent out to search for a grant administrator with deadline set for August 4. Also the surveys were sent out for the proposed area for the grant and approximately 10 have returned out of 22. The area may have to be expanded for the grant. A report on the emergency water source was given. Administrator Martell and City Water Superintendent Preston Evenson viewed the area and measured the distance from where the pump would be placed to the water source



which was approximately 18 feet. They are also looking into bids for a electric pump. After bids are received they will return to the council. The council discussed a growing problem at the Greenwood Cemetery. The cemetery sexton is having problems with people placing decorative items on the graves, which is making it harder to mow around. The council discussed the ordinance that is placed for the cemetery plot and the decoration of them. No decision was (Continued On Page Nine)

road to the East and slid into a tree causing the vehicle to make a 180 degree turn before coming to a stop in the East ditch. Vinson was traveling with a minor as a passenger. Both Vinson and the minor were transported by Greenwood County EMS to Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka where they were treated for their injuries.

School Activities Fast Approaching

In just 14 days, the first Eureka Junior Senior High School (EJSHS) activity will be held when the fall sports parent meetings takes place at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Other important dates include: August 17: first day of fall sports practice, open house at Marshall Elementary and EJSHS, new student orientation at 6:30 p.m.; August 18: First day of school and August 28: DVD/Towel Fall Sports Scrimmage, begins at 5 p.m. with volleyball.

Taxies In Test Plane

Anderson To Receive Congressional Medal More than 60-years ago, over 25,000 female pilots applied to become Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). One thousand, eight hundred and thirty of them were accepted and 1,074 received their wings and Meriem L. (Roby) Anderson was among them. Anderson’s parents, Elwood and Leota Roby, owned numerous ranches throughout Kansas, but the family primarily lived in Miami, Fla. where Anderson attended a private school. The Roby family still owns four Roby Ranches in the following areas: Gridley, Piedmont, Teterville and Topeka. Anderson moved to Kansas following graduation. She was a transportation officer for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for a year and a half prior to applying to be part of WASP. Anderson was stationed in Enid, Okla. and tested crash planes to verify that they were safe and capable to return back to the men at war. The WASP was established during World War II with the primary mission of flying noncombat military missions in the United States, thus freeing their male counterparts for combat missions overseas. They were the first women ever to fly American military aircraft and they flew almost every type of aircraft operated by the Army Air Force during World War II, logging more than 60 million miles.

During their time in the WASP, they held civilian status and were not members of the military, which also meant no insurance in case of injury or death. Thirty-eight female pilots were killed during duty. Their contributions went largely unrecognized and the women weren’t afforded veteran status until 1977. On December 20, 1944, she was united in marriage to Harry Anderson and they made their home at the Dead End Ranch, North of Eureka. She donated multiple items, including her uniform and flight suit, to the Greenwood County Historical Society in Eureka. On her 80th birthday, her family made a arrangements for her to fly a plane, which she did successfully. On July 1, 2009, President Barack Obama recognized this group of patriotic female pilots. He signed a bill that would award WASP with the most distinguished award Congress could award a civilian, the Congressional Gold Medal. These women made groundbreaking steps that have paved the way for many military female aircrew that are currently engaged in conflicts around the world. A special ceremony will be held later this fall for the WASP to receive their Congressional Gold Medals. Anderson and her family plan to attend this event.

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