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Fall 2020 Year In Review

Over 200 people gathered to watch the 6th annual Wakonda Indian Festival ceremonies on Saturday at Glen Elder State Park.

Several topics were presented to those that attended the "Keep Kansas Great" bus tour stop in Beloit on Monday in downtown Beloit, as U.S. Kansas Representative, Congressman Dr. Roger Marshall, Gov. Tracey Mann, Gov. Jeff Colyer, Attorney General Schmidt and Kansas Representative Susan Concannon spoke to the crowd.

As National Newspaper Week has been celebrated this week around the globe, the history of the European invention still remains true to it's distribution of words on paper.

The oldest ancestors of the modern newspaper, completed on handwritten news sheets, have now evolved from typewriters to computer keyboards but the values of news have always remained the same.

A family business with worldwide demand Barstow Pro Rodeo Equipment began by accident. The business might have never started if there hadn't been in a rodeo misfortune.

"I broke my neck in a bareback borne riding wreck competing at a college rodeo in Columbus, Nebraska," Barstow said. "I was in the hospital six weeks and didn't do much of anything for several months."

"I started taking a bull rope apart, putting it back together, and decided to make my own rope," he remembered. "Before long other college cowboys asked me to braid their bull ropes and demand for ropes continued to increase."

The Beloit area Lutheran World Relief had a highly successful year despite the Covid-19 threat. The work on the kits and quilts has continued working the whole year whether together on work days or individually at home. With the help of generous donations, the following was recently shipped out including 49 quilts, 5 blankets, 9 fabric kits, 103 school kits, 90 personal care kits, and 344 baby care kits, 123 boxes totaling 2104 pounds being sent.

The Solomon Valley Economic Development meeting held on Thursday welcomed Don Macke of the "Network Kansas."

Mitchell County was accepted as an E-community last year and this will help them grow their entrepreneurial environment to continue to be supportive of business creation and expansion.

Officers Josh Alcorn and Andrew Mai, with the Beloit Police Department, have those bonds now with the new K-9 officers, a 4 year old Bloodhound "Judge" and 6 year old German Shepard mix "Gero".

As today marks National First Responders Day, it also marks the 25th anniversary of a hero that lost his life in the line of duty in Beloit.

A memorial stands in honor of Daniel (Dan) Trail, at Chautauqua Park where he drowned while performing a rescue.

Reverend Gerald Vincke, Bishop of Salina, celebrated Mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church recently on Sunday, Oct. 25. At this liturgy, Bishop Vincke granted the Rite of Installment upon St. John's new pastor, Fr. Jarret Konrade.

The Practical Nursing program on the North Central Kansas Technical College Beloit campus is striving to take the program to the next level and stand out among the crowd.

This year the first steps have been taken to make a curriculum change through the Kansas State Board of Nursing that allows the program to integrate IV therapy into the coursework.

The commissioners signed a Proclamation declaring Tuesday, Nov. 2, as Election Worker Appreciation Day.

The Mitchell County Health Department is now reporting 26 active Covid-19 cases as of today (Monday) for an overall total of 92 cases since March.

As Veteran's Day celebrations to honor those who have gone above and beyond the call to serve our country have been cancelled due to Covid-19, it is even more important to recognize the flags today as they represent the day.

Old Glory is a nickname for the flag of the United States.

After earning the Food Network's Martha Stewart "Bakeaway Camp" Championship in May, former 2000 Beloit graduate, Nate Clingman, is now in the running in a global competition for The Next Great Baker.

North Central Kansas Technical College has announced the new hire of Jena Hartman, Director of Learning Services in Beloit.

Lucile Butts Ozmun celebrated her 100th birthday with a two day celebration, one on Sunday afternoon, and one on the afternoon of her actual birthday, Monday, Nov. 16. Both were covid-style "window visits" at Hilltop Lodge in Beloit.

The Mitchell County Commissioners voted with a unanimous vote to adopt Gov. Kelly's masks mandate that will go into effect the day before Thanksgiving, as Kansas and the rest of the country deals with surging Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Chautauqua Isle of Lights Committee and many others have presented the Isle of Lights for the past 19 years. In this 20th season, the committee was reasonably sure they wouldn't be able to have the show this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Julia Rabe, Area Chamber of Commerce Director, recognized the need to restructure this project and it was a perfect time for her to observe how she could help. She set up all the groups to work, as well as attended most of the meetings and worked alongside, to learn how the project ran.

The Chautauqua Park will be open the Wednesday before Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve.

The Kansas Electric Power Cooperative Inc. Board of Trustees unanimously elected Mr. Doug Jackson as President during its recent meeting, which was held virtually this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Jackson is Manager of Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Beloit and served as KEPCO's secretary in 2017 and 2018, and Vice President in 2019.

The news delivered by Gov. Laura Kelly after a press conference on Wednesday, announced that the Covid-19 distribution is coming. This now brings an added hope for healthcare workers, the elderly and high-risk cases who will be offered the first doses through Phase IA.

The USD 273 Educational Foundation recently kicked off their fundraiser to construct a new Ag Shop and classrooms at the Beloit Jr/Sr High School, along with the remodeling of and expansion of the Woods Classroom and Construction Shop.

The KSHSAA Board of Directors met virally Tuesday at the request of the Appeal Board to reconsider their position on spectators for the winter activity season. By a vote of 54-24, the KSHSA BOD approved the motion: Effective Thursday, Dec. 10 through January 28, 2021, interscholastic activities will allow for attendance of up to two parents/guardians per participant(s) family as allowed by the local board of education or health department restrictions.

The VFW has announced honors for the "Voice of Democracy" speech winners for Mitchell County through the themed "Is this the country the founders envisioned?" with Beloit High School students Avery Johnson placing first; Morgan Weston second and Drake Thompson in third place.

The VFW "Patriots Pen" essay winners for the county through a them of "What is patriotism to me?" went to Collin Falloon in first place and Jaidyn Follis in second place.

Cortney Murrow, Mitchell County Health Official, reported on the status of COVID-19 in Mitchell County during Monday's county commissioners meeting.

It appears that two vaccines have been approved for use in the United States and that doses were beginning to be shipped on Monday, Dec. 14. The State of Kansas will receive 24,300 doses with the first doses being distributed to hospitals. Currently the Pfizer vaccine was approved, but the Moderna is expected to get approval later this week or next.

Wichita, Kansas, is home of the Kansas Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children. On April 23, 1995, this chapter unveiled and dedicated the Victim Monument to those who have lost loved ones to homicide. The Parents of Murdered Children organization celebrate National Crime Victim's Rights Week in the spring and National Day of Remembrance in the fall.

The family of Gary Nelson – Cindy's brother – recently added Gary's name to the victim monument.

Lance Corporal, Makenzie N. Ammons, 19, of Beloit, graduated from the United States Marine Corps recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, North Carolina on Jan. 3, 2020 where she successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive training.

As J.C. Penney stores are now being closed due to the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic, the history behind the over 1600 department stores across the United States started by two men, points to one of the leaders being that of Earl Corder Sams of Simpson, Kansas.

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