The City of Moundridge's original water tower was removed Thursday, April 28. It was built in 1910. Iseler Demolition is taking down the tower. To see more photos, please pick up a copy of next week's Ledger.
INMAN – For the second straight year, a record number of vehicles were entered in the Inman Classics Car and Tractor Show, Saturday, April 23, in downtown Inman.
Lori Kearns, coordinator for the event, said there were 132 entries in the show. Last year, there were 110 entries.
Kearns said the sunny and warm weather conditions were helpful, and car show people seem to enjoy coming to Inman.
“People are talking about the show,” Kearns said. “It has a good reputation.”
There was a variety of vehicles entered in the show, ranging from a 1928 Ford Model A to a 1955 Ford F250 to a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette.
The Best of Show award went to Fred Gilmore for his 1970 Dodge Challenger RT. Mitchell and Adair Becker won the People’s Choice award with their 1970 C-10 Custom.
The 1966 Ford Fairlane was chosen as the vehicle model to be honored at this year’s show, Kearns said. A Fairest of Fairlanes award was given out. John Harper won it with his 1964 Ford Fairlane.
There were several other specialty awards given out:
• Pastor’s Choice, Art Carlton, 1963 Ford Falcon Delivery;
• Mayor’s Choice, Steve and Kathy Wilson, 1957 Ford Custom;
• Fireman’s Choice, Brock McPherson, 2016 Shelby Mustang;
• President’s Choice, Alvin Kroeker, 1955 Ford Thunderbird;
• Teacher’s Choice, Russ Walline, 1934 Ford Truck;
• Inman’s Choice, Mike Warren, 1970 Plymouth Duster; and
• Best Topless Enter, Joe Elliott, 1966 Chevrolet Corvette.
Kearns noted Richie Russellelo brought a custom motorcycle to the show. Kearns said the bike was hand built. He told show attendees it took two years to complete it.
Alvin and Jan Kroeker, of Inman, brought their white 1955 Ford Thunderbird to the show. It won the President’s Choice award.
He noted 1955 was the first model year for Ford to manufacture the Thunderbird.
“It’s fun to meet a lot of the people,” Kroeker said. “There’s a good crowd here.”
He said he liked a 1957 Chevrolet he saw at the show.
“This is a good car show,” he added.
His wife added, “It’s very well organized.”
“I’m proud of Inman to have a show like this,” Kroeker said.
The Kroekers bought the car in 2004.
He said his Thunderbird had been rebuilt as an item to be raffled during the America Dream Car Tour in 2001. They are the car’s third owners since it was rebuilt.
“We enjoy it,” Kroeker said. “It was rebuilt with original equipment. Nothing was modified.”
He noted the vehicle is not always kept locked up in the garage.
“We drive it every once in a while,” Kroeker said. “We’ll drive it when we take it to a show. We don’t put it on a trailer.”
Ryan Hamm, of McPherson, came to the car show for the second time. He said he stumbled across it when going to an auction last year. Hamm looked at the tractors entered.
“My Dad collects International tractors,” he said.
He added he liked the two 1958 Edsel Pacers he saw. One was yellow in color and the other was a black convertible.
“They’re awesome,” Hamm said.
He added he was enjoying the show.
McPHERSON – Courtney Huff, a senior at Moundridge High School admitted she had “a feeling” about placing with the senior showcase booth at this year’s McPherson County Art Show.
“I was really hoping for it,” Huff said. “I was hoping I’d place.”
The judges put Huff in second place among the showcase booths. Huff received a $500 scholarship.
The county art show took place April 14-19, in McPherson. All high school and middle school students at McPherson County schools are able to enter the show.
Seniors are allowed to put together booths for a scholarship competition.
MHS seniors Ashley Holler and Abby Harders also had senior showcases at the county show
Huff said she brought about a dozen items to put in her booth. She decided to bring a mixture of her work, including clay sculptures, pencil, pen and colored pencil.
During her four years at MHS, Huff said she has improved her artwork.
“I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my art,” Huff said. “I like having sharp and clear lines.”
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INMAN – The USD 448 Board of Education extended a contract to Tyler Weinbrenner to be the building administrator at the Inman Junior/Senior High School for the 2016-17 school year during a special board meeting Wednesday, April 13, at the USD 448 Central Office.
Weinbrenner is currently in his fourth year as a junior high special education teacher in the Inman district.
“I’ve known for a while being a principal was something I wanted to do,” Weinbrenner said.
He noted Inman was an attractive location because of the district administration, the school’s staff and USD 448 has “good community support.”
Inman Superintendent Kevin Case said the board had around 20 candidates to consider for the position.
“I think we had a strong pool of candidates,” Case said. “We had a candidate pool with a variety of experiences.”
From his own perspective, Case said Weinbrenner has “good leadership skills.” He added Weinbrenner is a service-oriented person.
“He’s in tune with what’s happening in education,” Case said. “I think that’s a benefit.
“The (district’s) Interview Committee is excited he’s accepted the position,” Case added.
Along with his teaching duties, Weinbrenner has been Brett Froese’s assistant for the Inman High School boys’ basketball program.
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