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2019 Winter in Review.............

December 2

Doyle Rothchild of Mankato remembers the remaining time he was able to spend with his wife, thanks to the Solomon Valley Hospice in Beloit and numerous family and friends.

He and his wife would have celebrated their 46th year anniversary last week of this year. After being diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer Jan. 16 of 2018, on her grandson's birthday, she took a turn for the worse and the cancer spread throughout her body.

The ambulance was called on Nov. 21 and she was taken to the Jewell County Hospital right before their anniversary on Nov. 23. Her funeral was held four days later on Nov. 26 with her grandchildren Chloe, Catie and Casey all attending.

"Hospice really helped me through the process," said Doyle. "They have put a Hospice Angel up for my wife during the Tree Ulighting ceremony they hold each year and this is so very special as a memorial to my wife," said Doyle. "She was an Angel."

December 4

Councilors Jamie Meier and Todd Adolph were swore in during Tuesday's Beloit City Council meeting by City Clerk Amanda Lomax, along with Andrew Grabon and Lee McMillian. Grabon agreed to serve another term as the president of the council.

Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Sweet Dreams Anesthesia.

MCCHS and SDA have successfully recruited two CRNA providers: Jeremy Harpley, CRNA and Jason Nix, CRNA.

December 6

The Beloit USD 273 has received a letter from the Kansas State Department of Education congratulating them on recognitions for awards through the Kansas Can Star Recognition program, given for the 2019-2020 school year.

Only 39 Kansas school districts have received this recognition. A district must have obtained a gold, silver, bronze or copper rating in all areas to receive the honor.

Beloit received a Postsecondary Effectiveness: Bronze award; Graduation Rate: Gold award; Academically Prepared for Postsecondary Success: Copper award and the Commissioner's Award.

December 9

Members of the Desire Tobey Sears Chapter, NSDAR were recently joined by Scandia, Kansas community members at the Scandia Public Library to hear the authors of the book Searching For Stanley, Kay Hughes and her father Harold Dwyer and their spouses.

December 11

Terry Thompson started creating horse figurines from horseshoes four years ago as a hobby and has now expanded into making motorcycle riders, horse roping riders and various other pieces.

"I dreamt about these pieces years before making them," said Thompson.

After retiring from precision farming at Crop Production Services, now Nutrien, Thompson has more free time on his hands and has put them to good use through his craft.

December 16

Solomon Valley Veterinary Hospital, a rural large-animal veterinary clinic based in Beloit, was recently named one of seven USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Rural Practice Enhance Grants recipients of $125,000.

The Beloit Junior High Robotics Club recently hosted a Robotics tournament for local schools to gather together to compete against each other in a fun, competitive atmosphere.

December 18

After a successful football season, Creighton Johnson is now pulling his weight in the sport of wrestling.

Johnson, an all around athlete and a 6'1" 245 senior, was selected as a NCAA League Football First Team Offensive Lineman and also as First Team Defensive Lineman. Johnson ended his season with 30 solo tackles, 19 assist, 1 sack, 5 tackles for loss, 1 interception for 44 return yards, and 1 defensive touchdown out of 11 games. He was also named as a 3-A All-State Offensive Lineman by the Topeka Capital and the Kansas Football Coaches Association.

Johnson has now since switched gears and is wrestling in the 285 weight class. He is already undefeated at 8-0 and is ranked number one in the 3-2-1A Division.

January 2

The Kansas Press Association announced last week the Beloit Call newspaper will be recognized during the Awards of Excellence banquet at the annual KPA annual convention in February.

In all, the Beloit Call will receive seven awards, including a first place honor in Spot News for all Non-Daily Division I entries.

The Spot News award winner was an article under the headline 'Lightning suspect in bale blaze' written by Beloit Call Editor Sharon Sahlfeld. The same article, published on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, earned a second place finish in the Best Story/Picture Combination category.

January 4

The hearing scheduled in case 18CR-73 State of Kansas (Attorney Mark Noah) vs. Charles R. Fleming (Defense Attorney Julie A. Effenbeck), was held on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Mitchell County Courthouse. Chief Judge of the 12th Judicial District, Kim Cudney, was presiding.

During the hearing, the motion for a change of venue (moving a trial to a different location), requested by Effenbeck, was denied.

January 7

The Beloit Farm Service Agency office is among several federal businesses being affected from the now 17th day of government shutdowns.

January 9

Beloit Elementary students participated in the first round of the 31st annual National Geographic Bee on Jan. 7 with ten finalists from fourth through sixth grades competing.

Sixth grader, Ryker Clark, finished in first place and, as school champion, will take a qualifying test to determine if he is in the top 100 scorers in Kansas to continue competition at a the state-level Bee on March 29 in Abilene.

January 11

Two Beloit High School band members have achieved the highest honor available for high school musicians: membership in the All-State Band.

Tyler Long, senior sons of Ed and Lisa Long, will be the principal trombonist in the band. He is the first chair out of the 10 selected. Tyler has been a member of the All-State Band all three years of eligibility.

Abby Vetter, junior daughter of Phil and Kristi Vetter, auditioned on alto saxophone and was selected to play third chair in the 1234A KMEA All-State Band. Only four altos are selected from across the state of Kansas.

January 14

The 2019 New Year's Baby made his arrival late Thursday, Jan. 10 at Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems. Stetson James Litton was delivered by Dr. Christine Marozas on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. and weighed 9 lbs, 6 oz. and was 21 inches long. Stetson is the son of Taner and Leanne Litton.

January 16

Abraham Staples, an eight grade student at Beloit Junior Senior High School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 14, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship should he go on to win the national championship.

January 18

Stephanie Morrell, daughter of Donna Morrell and the late Gary Morrell, was elected by the voters to Associate Judge in Boone County. Her four year term began on Jan. 1, followed by her robing three days later.

Chief Justice Lawton Nuss of the Kansas Supreme Court has appointed Chief Kim Cudney to a vacancy on the Kansas Judicial Council.

Cudney, of Washington, Kansas, is Chief Judge of the 12th Judicial District, composed of Cloud, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Republic, and Washington counties.

January 21

The Beloit Call provided newspapers as a prop for the Christian Youth Theater's performance of the broadway musical, 'Newsies', held in Kansas City.

The musical included performances from Grady Thompson, son of Melissa (McGrath), former 1999 Beloit High School graduate.

January 23

Greg Heller will be presenting the program, 'Defending the Kansas Frontier' 1868-1869 during the Mitchell County Historical Society membership meeting on Jan. 27.

January 25

U.S. Air Force Airman Braydon K. Conn, son of Chris and Jamie Conn, Beloit, has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

January 28

Through four generations, Landon Budke, a sophomore at Beloit Jr/Sr High School, has learned about what it takes to be involved in serving people and has since received his final highest Eagle Scout rank through the Boy Scouts program.

January 30

St. John's Catholic High School was hosts to the Mitchell County Spelling Bee on Tuesday as 30 area students competed in the gymnasium.

Hours and hours of studying words and practicing paid off for the 2019 Spelling Bee winner, Ariana Armstrong of Beloit Junior High School, as she ended the competition with a correct spelling of 'anchovy'.

Nicholas Niewald of St. John's Middle School came in 2nd and Sadie Henke-Cheney placed third for Lakeside Elementary.

February 4

Nationwide known artist, Jim Nelson of Jewell County, continues to memorialize Veterans through his paintings and recently attended a promotion for the Ozark's event at the Visitors Memorial Center Vietnam Wall in Perryville, Mo.

Nelson was contacted for the event when asked about if he might have a photograph of a fellow squad member he served with named John A. Gibson. Both Nelson and Gibson served in Vietnam in the 22nd Infantry during the 1967 Thanksgiving battle that lasted five days.

When Tami Hale of Ozark Vitality in Doniphan, Mo. called me about doing a promotional piece for the filming. I thought about Gibson who was only 19 at the time of his death," said Nelson "He was killed right after receiving a dear john letter from his wife. His name was never placed on the courthouse monument at the wall. His daughter, now age 50, never had a photo of her father and asked if one would have possibly existed.

Nelson was age 23 at the time of Gibson's passing and was good friends with Gibson. His painting named "Dear John Letter" he created 20 years ago, was featured at the event. Nelson was also greeted by Gibson's daughter, Michelle Wilder.

February 6

During the 2018 season, 3,582 cars went through the Isle of Lights carrying 12,636 people. These people came from 189 towns, 35 states and 11 foreign countries. Beloit was the leading town with 4,483 visitors. Other top communities included Concordia at 827, Osborne at 380, Lincoln at 364, Mankato at 306, and Glen Elder with 298. The leading foreign countries were Africa and Germany with five each.

February 8

Beloit Shopko, 1026 N. Independence Avenue, is among 250 stores around the nation set to close or have already closed, including newly added Kansas stores in Abilene, Norton, Seneca, Scott City and Burlington.

St. John's Catholic High School's Scholars Bowls team recently qualified for State after placing as Regional Runners Up.

The Beloit Wrestling team earned the NCAA League title on Thursday in Minneapolis.

February 11

Seniors King Tyler Long and Queen Autumn Vowinckel were named as royalty at the Beloit Jr/Sr High School Winter Homecoming during the Trojans vs. Russell basketball games.

February 20

Court will be in session for the now 16 year murder case of Carol Fleming, after 12 jurors (two alternates) were selected through an all day process on Tuesday. The trial is set to proceed at 9 a.m. on wednesday (today), set for six days.

On Monday, July 16, 2018, Charles ("Chuck") Ray Fleming, 46, was arrested on a charge of First Degree Murder of his mom, Carol Fleming, that occurred on August 16, 2003 in Beloit, Kansas.

February 22

Mitchell County Sheriff Tony Perez appeared in the Chuck Fleming trial at the Mitchell County Courthouse on Wednesday and testified, providing an evidence box. Perez used gloves and revealed a Remington .12 gauge shot gun. He checked the gun for safety purposes and then proceeded with his facts, saying the gun had been picked up from the Great Bend Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) crime lab facility. The serial number appearing on the gun was retrieved from the Fleming residence on the day of the murder of Carol Fleming and was marked as Exhibit 4.

February 25

New compelling testimonies were provided on day four of the scheduled six day trial for Chuck (Charles) Fleming on Friday, held at the Mitchell County Courthouse. Rick Harris (Carol Fleming's boyfriend) and his son David Harris testimonies' were questioned from both sides of the court with Mitchell County Attorney Mark Noah and Co-Attorney Jennifer O'hara vs Defense Attorney Julie Effenbeck. David's mother, Wendy Harris provided remarks about how her ex-husband's responses was after the night of Carol's murder, in her first heard testimony.

State 3-2-1A honors went to Beloit High School Coach Andy Niemcyzk as being named Regional Wrestling Coach of the Year.

Beloit Trojan pre-season Zane Colson won the State Championship title in the 152 weight division going undefeated at 39-0.

February 27

Gasps were heard and family and friends began to cry after the case of the State of Kansas (Attorney Mark Noah) vs. Charles R. Fleming (Defense Attorney Julie A. Effenbeck) murder trial verdict was read as 'not guilty'. The verdict came out around 1:45 on Tuesday afternoon at the Mitchell County Courthouse, Beloit. Chief Judge of the 12th Judicial District, Kim Cudney presided.

Beloit Call

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Phone: 785-738-3537