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SquARe DeAl “A Voice for New Frontiers”


VOL. 20, NO. 50

ATWOOD, KS 67730


Starting the year off right:

Cloverton to give concert at Back-to-School Bash The entire community is invited to kick off the 2012-13 school year with a back-toschool bash the evening of Sunday, Aug. 26. The highlight of the event will be a 7 p.m., concert at the Lake Atwood gazebo by Cloverton, a Manhattan-based pop/rock band. Everyone is invited to meet the band at a potluck from 5 to 6 p.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Atwood. Attenders are asked to bring a side dish. The meal will be followed by “hang-out” time at the lake from 6 to 7 p.m., before the concert. The Atwood Ambassadors are helping to set up bleachers at the lake, or bring a lawn chair to enjoy the concert. The concert is free, but organizers are asking attenders to bring either a money donation, which will be given to the ACE Foundation, and/or a donation of back-to-school supplies. Funding for this event is being provided by a variety of organizations and businesses, including the Rawlins County Community Prevention Board and Ministerial Alliance, Brown’s True Value, Farmers Bank & Trust, Farmers State Bank, Spresser Insurance, Surefire Ag and The Bank.

To learn more about Cloverton, the band that will help the community send students back to school in style the evening before classes begin, visit their website at Courtesy photo In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Rawlins County 4H Building. Coordinator Jenny Popp is excited to bring Cloverton to local audiences. The band has

gained national attention, having been named winner of the first-ever ROCK THE CAMP contest hosted by TobyMac and Camp Electric. Cloverton was propelled onto the Christian music scene in 2011, scoring the #1 most

Board votes 5-2 to replace high school track By Mary Holle By a 5-2 majority decision, the USD 105 Board of Education approved replacing the five-lane curve/six-lane straight-away track at Rawlins County Jr./Sr. High School with a new sevenlane track. The action occurred at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday. The bid by United Sports, a Wichitabased business, for $369,400 and planned additional maintenance costs throughout a 20-year span was accepted. The motion to approve the new track also included funding the project with a five-year loan and 3 percent interest rate from Farmers State Bank. Adam McDaniel, USD 105 superintendent, said proposals to fix the track would cost roughly $600,000 over a 20year span. His recommended proposal to replace the track with a seven-lane track would cost roughly $520,000 over a 20-year span, saving the district approximately $70,000, he said. The United Sports bid includes a five-year warranty that covers possible defects in the installation process, Brad Leitner, board president, said.

County clarifies ROZ stand By Mary Holle Chris Sramek, member of the Rawlins County Economic Development board of directors, reported to the Rawlins County Commissioners that the new RCED director, Jessica Mews, had arrived and was on the job. Sramek was updating the commissioners on RCED projects at the commissioners regular monthly meeting Monday. “She jumped in with the day care issue right off the bat,” Sramek said. “It’s one of her first projects to see if we can get some more day care [in the community.]” Sramek asked if the

See ‘County,’ Page 9

Photo by Mary Holle

Adam McDaniel lifts a portion of the cracked surface of the high school track, exposing a crumbling concrete base. Leitner said he was infavor of repairing the track before touring it in April and seeing the cracks and the crumbling concrete base underneath current patches. He also recommended the sevenlane track. The replacement of the track also provides contour work and drain installations to correct problems which are helping deteriorate the current track. Board member Dianna Kastens expressed concern about the high costs of the project and what she perceived

downloaded song in the history of KLOVE radio for their first single, "Take Me into the Beautiful." The four-piece indie band tours nationally and internationally, playing shows, festivals and even cruises. "Take Me into the Beautiful" spent time on the overall Christian Billboard Top 25. The song climbed to #1 in the United Kingdom and reached as high as #5 in Australia. The band’s performance in Atwood has come about through an FFA connection between Atwood High School FFA member Matt Wolters and band front man Lance Stafford, a Hill City native. “I met Lance when I was a freshman in high school through FFA,” Matt said, noting the two got to know each other through their service as district FFA officers. Later, at Kansas State University, Matt and Lance served as FFA officers on the state level. Now back in his hometown, where he is part of the SureFire Ag team, Matt has assisted Jenny in bringing Cloverton to Atwood. Lance’s twin brother, Layne, plays bass in the band. The Stafford brothers are joined by drummer Kirby LeMoine and guitarist Josh Svorinic.

News at a Glance

as the lack of community support for the project. “If we are going to spend this kind of money, we are going to need some community buy-in,” she said. “If the community was against it, I guarantee you they would have been here tonight and would have been at the last couple of meetings,” Leitner responded. “It is a lot of money, but you do this for the kids and you do this for the community.” Track coaches, John Terry and Rhonda Argabright, explained the advantages of a seven-lane track oer a six-lane track. A seven-lane track would allow for finals, speed up meets and provide regional track hosting opportunities, they said. Board members Pattie Wolters and Linda Young-Vap agreed that a new track was a necessity and an important part of the school’s infrastructure. Board member Scott Beims said he thought the money would be better spent on technology instead of the track, warning the board that the school’s track teams were shrinking

Fun run to kick off Health Fair “Health Care Through the Generations” is the operational theme for the Rawlins County Community Heath Fair scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Columbian Hall on Lake Road in Atwood. Activities begin with a 7:30 to 8:15 a.m., preregistration for a 5K fun run. There will be ongoing action from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., including bike and helmet safety checks, child safety seat checks and blue train rides for the kids. The dental clinic is holding oral and cancer screening with caries risk assessment for all ages. A nurse will be doing diabetic foot checks, while the ambulance tours will include blood pressure checks. Healthy breakfast choices will be available from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and healthy lunch choices will be featured from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m. The fair is sponsored by the Rawlins County Health Department, Rawlins County Dental Clinic and the Rawlins County Health Center. People who had lab draws Aug. 13 and 14 may pick up the results during the health fair. Parent orientation times set God's Little Saints Preschool parent orientation will be held at 10 a.m., or 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23. AWANA to start The Atwood AWANA program is set to begin from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the United Methodist Church.

See ‘Track debate,’ Page 9

Treasuring ‘Tin Hall’ times By Rosalie Ross It was the best of times during the worst of times. Tin Hall—just the mention of the two words together stirs memories in more than one generation. Tin Hall was a community gathering place constructed on the wind-swept prairie in Driftwood Township north of Atwood in 1926. The generation of builders is almost gone and only part of the building’s foundation remains. Tin Hall stood through prohibition, dust bowl days, the depression and World War II as an oasis of merriment. It was where neighbors met for wedding dances, 4-H parties, potlucks, box suppers and celebrations of every kind. But most of all, it was known far and wide for its dances, especially to Bohemian polka bands. Bernard J. Horinek, B.J.,

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B.J. Horinek who will be 100 years old next spring, shared his memories of Tin Hall. It was constructed by men in the community who lived around Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church and was named American-Czechoslovak Hall, but almost always the building was referred to as Tin Hall because the outside covering was of tin pressed to look like bricks and the interior walls were of beautifully embossed tin. The land was leased from Rudolph Horinek, B.J.’s dad by the organized neighboring group. Later, B.J.’s

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Photos by Rosalie Ross

Bernie Horinek points out the dimensions of Tin Hall to his son, Deone. Parts of the foundation are all that remain of the building Bernie’s grandfather, Rudolph, and father, Bernard J., helped construct in 1926. brother, Rudolph, sold it to him. The land remains in the Horinek family as it has been since 1891. “There were probably 50 to 60 neighborhood men that worked on building the hall,” B.J. said. “They dug the basement with teams of horses pulling a scraper or a frezno.” Enoch Ryba was the de-

signer and foreman for constructing the hall, which was about 60 feet by 40 feet. The basement held the kitchen on one end, the dining hall and the coal furnace room on the other end. Upstairs was the dance hall with a stage at one end, a cloak room where tickets were sold and a balcony where the non-dancers gath-

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ered to watch and where the kids went to sleep when the hour got late. Restrooms were a pair of buildings out back, but a nearby well supplied water for the kitchen. The first five years they had gas lights, then the board was able to purchase a generator and B.J. remem-

See ‘Tin Hall’ Page 10

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