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• First Girl Scout troop for homeless girls opens

Troop 6000 in Long Island, Queens, New York, provides homeless girls and young women with a constant resource in an otherwise uncertain life.

Sidney Marker hitting her stride for Clarke golf

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• Honey Hill Events Center ribbon cutting

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Public invited to attend ribbon cutting and open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, at 1400 W. Clay St. (former location of The Loft of Clay).

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‘A Night in Paris’

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Clarke students came out in force 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Lakeside Hotel and Casino, as family and friends lined the pavement lead-

ing up to the Event Center doors. The prom theme, “A Night in Paris,” was reflected in floor-length tulle, chiffon and sequined gowns for the ladies and sharp suits for the gentlemen. Putting the ‘prom’ in promenade By 6 p.m., there was little space available for those wanting to watch the prom walk-in. Clarke County State Bank provided valet parking for the students for the 28th year in a row, dropping them off at the hotel entrance. Couples walked — members of the crowd stopping them repeatedly to take their pictures — on their way into the dance. A similar scene occurred the night before in Murray (see page 3B) though students there made their way up a red carpet into the school. Students today might be surprised to learn prom walk-ins are fairly new. High

school proms, themselves, are a byproduct of World War II. For Clarke, as with many small schools at the time, restrictions forced administrators to look at alternatives to long-standing traditions, such as the Clarke Junior-Senior Banquet, which dated back to 1905. In the March 15, 1943, issue of the Student Chief in the Osceola Tribune, Clarke employee J.K. Haeblen was quoted as saying, “If by May seventh banquets are prohibited, it is likely that the upper classmen would have to be satisfied with a prom. This practice has been followed in some of the larger schools and it seems to that it has the students’ approval.” The bigger worry was finding an orchestra to perform, as “so many of the orchestras have dissolved because of the members going into service,” the paper PROM | 8

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Clarke County Freedom Osceola native Boldon Rock Honor Wall plaques prepares for Drake Relays to increase in price May 1 By RYAN KRONBERG OST sports editor rkronberg@osceolaiowa.com

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The Clarke County Freedom Rock is nearing completion just outside Murray along Highway 34. Support for the project has been overwhelming, but wouldbe patrons have more reason than ever to invest right now. Starting May 1, the cost for an Honor Wall plaque will increase from $50 to $75. The Freedom Rock project started near the tiny town of Menlo when area artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II painted a patriot scene across the face of a 12-foot-boulder. A year later, he painted another one

over the top of it. Then another. Then another. Soon, other areas wanted their own Freedom Rocks, and the Iowa Freedom Rock Tour began. Sorensen is on a mission to put a Freedom Rock in each of Iowa’s 99 counties — and one rock in every state of the nation. So far, Contributed by Maurice Cash 93 counties and three other Jason Gibbs discusses states have taken part. Freedom Rock. Scott McLin of Osceola the group’s annual meeting really got the ball rolling. March 7. “I’d like to comInitially, it was his idea to mend the three people on sponsor the project. There that committee. They’ve rewere plenty of skeptics at first, but support flooded ally done a great job putting this together.” the project. Ron Wheeler, Jason “It was easily a $50,000 to Gibbs and Bill Black worked 60,000 project,” said Murray t o pool area resources, but Development Corporation Director Craig Justice at ROCK | 5

DES MOINES — New Drake Relays Director Blake Boldon has kept quite busy the past few months assembling an outstanding field of track and field athletes for the 108th annual event this week at Drake Stadium. Final preparations are being put to the meet that started with the Beautiful Bulldog Contest Sunday. Track and field events officially began Tuesday with the Grand Blue Mile in downtown Des Moines. Boldon has made a few minor tweaks to the schedule this year. “From my perspective as a former athlete, as a former coach, thinking that

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with some of the best athletes, we want to make sure this is the world’s best track meet,” Boldon said. “People love the Drake Relays, people love track and field. It’s not dramatic changes, but we evaluate all little components of the meet to create the best possible meet.” The high school girls 3,000-meter race and boys 3,200-meter race have been moved from Thursday afternoon to part of a distance running carnival Thursday night. “We had the state’s best high school runners in the 3,000 and 3,200 running in the middle of the day in an empty stadium. It meant a couple of things — the student athletes were going to have to miss school and parents would have

Boldon to miss work to be here,” Boldon said. “We looked a couple simple little things that make a big difference. Moving it after 6 p.m. allows parents, coaches, family, track and field fans here in central Iowa, people who love track and field distance events to be here Thursday night to watch the best high DRAKE | 6

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