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Summer 2020 Year In Review

Six years ago if anyone would have told Brooke Wallace, Solomon, that she would be Miss Rodeo USA one day, "I probably wouldn't have believed them," said Wallace. After becoming a rodeo queen for the first time, I then decided this was a true passion I had and I decided to continue on to ultimately one day be Miss Rodeo USA!" Brooke is the daughter of Beloit native, Mark Wallace and the granddaughter of Jane Wallace and the late Don Wallace of Beloit.

After several months of closed schools and finishing with zoom online classes and delayed events because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Beloit High School graduates masked up to receive their diplomas in a graduation ceremony held in the gymnasium on Friday, July 3.

The Mitchell County Health Department confirmed a fifth positive case of Covid-19 in the county late Tuesday night.

It was decided at the Mitchell County Commissioner's meeting on Monday that the Mitchell County Health Board will not support Gov. Kelly's executive order mandating the wearing of masks in public by the citizens of Mitchell County that was placed on July 3.

In the last four days, Mitchell County Covid-19 cases have risen to a total of 13 positive cases since March, with now 9 active cases. Release of a sixth Covid-19 positive case was quickly announced late Wednesday night in Mitchell County after the fifth case was reported on Tuesday. another three cases were reported early Friday morning through a health department press release.

As part of Jewell's Sesquicentennial celebration of 150 years, the old "Jewell County Jail" is being recognized in Mankato after being used from 1900 to 1978.

The building has been on the National Historic Register since May 12, 1995. Located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Center and Madison Streets in Mankato, the building faces the east. Currently owned by the Jewell County Historical Society, the limestone jail is part of the society's museum. Deb Garmen is the museum curator and Jack acorn is the JCHS president.

Mitchell County now has 15 active positive cases of Covid-19 as of Wednesday mornings report, with no hospitalizations. These numbers along with four earlier cases totals the county at 19.

The St. John's Catholic High School seniors gathered for their 2020 graduation as 13 students walked down the church isle to receive their diplomas after a long awaited ceremony was postponed in May, due to Covid-19.

Around 50 people gathered around to hear speakers, Mitchell County Historical Society Director, Kyle Peterson, and Cawker City Hesperian Historical Society Director, Steve Richardson, as they brought fourth visions of how the Waconda Springs once was viewed.

The event held on July 18, marked years of history when natural spring waters flowed in the area around Glen Elder State Park, before the construction of Waconda Lake. The rededication and Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at the Waconda Springs Replica has now brought back to life those memories and offers education on a pathway to the past as one reaches their destination on top of the mound.

As of last week, elevators reported their elevators were from 90-99 percent or completely finished with wheat harvest.

Beloit totaled 600,000 bushels at 99 percent complete as well as Asherville with 250,000 bushels; Scottsville 250,000; Glen Elder reported 95 percent complete with 2 million bushels.

At 90 percent complete, Concordia reported 2.2 million bushels and Jamestown 85,000 bushels.

With a completed harvest, Makato reported 100,000 bushels of wheat; Osborne 300,000; Randall 287,000; Jewell 412,000 and Tipton 430,000 bushels.

The Beloit Hornets captured the State Third Place title ending with a 12-3 season after last night of the State Pee Wee tournament on Friday in Concordia.

As Jewell County celebrates their 150th Sesquicentennial this year, so too they recognize three small, relatively short-lived post offices located on the Jewell/Mitchell County line around the 1870's and 1880's. The three, all thought to have been located in Prairie Township, were Goldie, Arastella and Aurora.

Creighton Johnson represents Beloit during the 2020 Shrine Bowl ending his football career as No. 60. Johnson was an all around athlete with State representation in football, wrestling and track for the Trojan teams.

Courtney Murrow, Mitchell County Health Administrator, reported during Monday's Mitchell County Commissioner's meeting, that the hospital board voted unanimously to pass ownership of the Conroy Building where the Health Department is located to the county.

An anonymous thank you has been bestowed upon the Solomon Valley Home Center in Beloit for partnering with Rob Cosman's Purple Heart Project (PHP) to support a native Kansas Wounded Warrior.

The Home Center graciously donated the materials so that a PHP "Bench Brigade" volunteer (another Kansan) could build a woodworking bench for a genuine Kansas hero.

Michael Saint, Jewell native, has taken over as Head Coach of the Hastings College Broncos Shooting Team.

As schools continue to discuss issues of returning back to school and safety measures that are being put into place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Beloit schools are set to return to the classroom on Aug. 20.

Audra Fincham, 17, has been missing from Beloit since 5:30 a.m. Friday morning, August 14. She was later found safe around Aug. 28.

Matthew Munoz, was arrested Sunday in Beloit, after he was a suspect in stealing a vehicle and running into a home on Kansas street. Earlier that day, around 12:30 p.m., local law enforcement in Beloit, put out a social media request for the search of Munoz.

Around 4:20 p.m., e y e witnesses on Washington street said the suspect was apprehended between a garage and a house.

KD Country 94 in Glen Elder/Beloit, Ks has won five awards in the small market radio station genre.

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) has announced the 2020 KAB Award Winners for Excellence in Radio Broadcasting for the past year.

Sydney Johnson returns to the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. for her third year of college as a member of the Women's Track and Field Team.

The Prairie Winnies, a group of campers from the State of Kansas gathered at Chautauqua Park this past week to settle in and get acquainted with the town of Beloit.

After several first year accomplishments at Kansas State University, Tyler Long enters his second year with goals but also faces Covid-19 obstacles after the virus cut last season short. He believes music is a universal language that everyone can understand and he is now instrumental in providing those tunes to others through several outlets.

Long graduated from Beloit High School in 2019 and quickly started using his talents at K-State taking part in the Marching Band, the Pub Crawl Band, the Catband, the Wind Ensemble, and the University Band. Long won the "Rookie of the Year" Award for Marching Band for the 2019 season.

Long is the section leader for the Wind Ensemble this semester, which is the top concert ensemble at the university.

Taysja and Kate Sevilla of Beloit, will be competing in a mother/daughter team Pure International Pageant starting on Friday evening, Sept. 4 in Columbus, Ohio.

Casey's off East Main and Highway 24 in Beloit posted a closed tip further notice message on their doors, right before noon on Thursday. A social media post was made around 4:19 p.m. by Store Manager Dawn Gullion, telling the public they shut down temporarily to sterilize the store after a former employee had tested positive for Covid-19. Some employees are now in quarantine for the safety of all employees and the customers but no other employees have been sick or tested positive for the virus.

The store was promptly reopened at 5 a.m. on Friday morning.

As of Sept. 4, Mitchell County COVID-19 cases have risen to 10 active cases for a total of 40 cases since March, and no known hospitalizations.

Logan Higbee of the Beloit Police Department in Mitchell County is one of 21 new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Aug. 28 at a ceremony held in KLETC's Integrity Auditorium. He was acknowledged for having shot 100 percent on their firearms qualification, with Higbee being recognized as the class “Top Shot.”

Thunder Strikez Bowling Alley, 1909 Lincoln St., was completely destroyed by a fire Sunday, Sept. 6, in Concordia.

According to Concordia Fire Chief Eric Voss, the Office of the State Fire Marshall and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have been on scene to investigate the cause of the fire. The investigation is ongoing.

Today marks an attack on the United States of America on Sept. 11, 2001, when a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda caused 2,977 fatalities, over 250,000 injuries and substantial long-term health issues.

Caleb Bowers, now known as KJ Bowers, will soon be releasing his talents through a single called "Better Off In The End", tomorrow on Sept. 15.

Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems (MCHHS) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) will honor and celebrate Health Information Professionals (HIP) week September 14-18 through this year's theme "Health Information Professionals: Connecting People, Systems and Ideas".

The Beloit High School FFA students received results in regards to their 2020 National FFA competitors recently honoring Madilyn Shaffer and Addison Emmot as two national finalists this year. They will compete in the Agriscience fair-Animal Systems, Division four.

City Attorney Katie Schroeder wanted to publicly affirm the tremendous job done by Beloit Police Chief, Dave Elam, during Wednesday's Beloit City Council meeting, in the recent missing person case. Schroeder reported Elam put in many hours above his normal schedule to perform the best and most complete search possible.

When Paul Abram received the call telling him he won a NASCAR Mustang, he was in disbelief.

Abram has always tried to support groups for a worthy cause and so when an opportunity came up to enter for a chance at a David Ragan NASCAR through a Masonic Lodge raffle, he threw in his five tickets to help support the Shriners Hospitals.

Josephine Loraine File was crowned the first Beloit High School Homecoming Queen in 1940-41 and will now view this 2020-21 Trojans royalty ceremonies streamline this Friday, 80 years later.

North Central Kansas Technical College was ranked second among two-year colleges with the highest threeyear graduation rates, by The Chronicle of Higher Education with a 73.9 percent completion rate and a score of 136 out of completes within 150 percent of expected time.

It's hard to imagine how quickly the years have gone by, but it's time for me to retire, says Dr. Milt Holloway.

Holloway has been in providing dentistry for 39 years.

Rachel Malay has been working on her hobby of sewing and an obsession for Renaissance garb for years and now with her twin sister Kate Wise, are turning their work into a new business called "The Harried Hen", located at 123 N. Mill in Beloit.

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