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The Ledger August 17, 2017The Ledger August 17, 2017

High School Students Help Clean Up Around Community

Posted 5/18/2017

By Randy FoggGIORGIA Panella, a foreign exchange student from Italy, helps to paint the exterior of the Moundridge Arts Council building gray during Moundridge High School’s annual Community Work Day Tuesday, May 9.GIORGIA Panella, a foreign exchange student from Italy, helps to paint the exterior of the Moundridge Arts Council building gray during Moundridge High School’s annual Community Work Day Tuesday, May 9.

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Giorgia Panella was part of a 10-student team that painted the exterior of the Moundridge Arts Council building gray and put a yellow stripe along the curb of the parking area in front of the building.

The project was one of at least a dozen projects Moundridge High School students worked on during their annual Community Work Day, Tuesday, May 9. The projects were across the community.

“It feels nice to help the community,” Panella said.

A foreign exchange student from Italy, Panella said this was not something to goes on in her hometown. However, she said it was a good idea.

“It’s a way to bring everybody together for one day,” Panella said. “It is fun. I like painting.”

JedDrek Seeber said he was enjoying the project.

“I really like to paint,” Seeber said. “I like coming outside and being able to do it.”

Seeber said high school students were willing to “help support the community in anyway possible.”

“People don’t see high school kids getting out and helping other people,” Seeber said.

The day started out with students getting doughnuts and juice from the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce and then heading out to their projects.

Teachers Kelsi Chisholm and Aaron Begnoche headed up the arts council project.

“We’re getting a lot done,” Chisholm said. “With 10 people, it is going a lot quicker.”

Begnoche, a member of the arts council, will be finishing up the painting with the trim work this summer.

Begnoche said the MAC was providing a valuable service.

“They’re bringing the arts to the community,” Begnoche said. “This is something we can do to help them.”

Lory Fisher, president of the arts council, said the students were getting a lot more work done than they had thought.

“It’s giving the building a different look,” Fisher said.

Fisher noted the trim will be painted white and they plan to put the arts council logo on the building.

Teacher Melanie Krehbiel headed up work day activities at the high school. All of the high school students assisted with a project.

“The day went well,” Krehbiel said. “The kids worked hard.”

Originally scheduled for Thursday, May 11, Krehbiel said she and MHS Principal Hilarie Hecox decided to move the event up a couple of days because of the forecast for inclement weather.

“We wanted to make sure we had nice weather,” Krehbiel said.

With the date change, members of the Moundridge Lions Club were not able to prepare the hamburgers and hot dogs served to the students at Black Kettle Park.

Teachers Greg Fast and Courtney Moddelmog cooked the food.

Krehbiel said MHS students also pulled weeds at Valley Hope, worked at the Moundridge Historical Society and Moundridge Communications Network and cleared brush from the hedge at Moundridge Elementary School.

At Black Kettle Park, students painted playground equipment, put new sand under the equipment, put mulch around the small pond area and picked up trash along the creek.

“The kids seemed excited about the day,” Krehbiel added. “The work went really well.”

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Inman Council Wants More Info On Land Development

Posted 5/18/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Members of the Inman City Council had a long conversation about plans to develop the first of two tracts the city had purchased for business and industrial use.

Council members had their discussion during their regular meeting Monday, May 8. Because of air conditioning issues at the city office, the meeting was moved to the Inman Public Library

The council had asked developer Al Vogts, of North Newton, for some of his ideas on how to develop the north tract.

The council had scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, May 16, with other landowners in the area. Council members wanted to talk about whether the city could acquire road right-of-way in the area.

Information from the special meeting was not available at press time.

In his initial presentation to the council, Vogts suggested putting in a road and starting with four lots to develop.

“I know I started this thing,” Councilman Don Froese said. “If you guys aren’t interested in it, we can stop it right now.”

Councilman Darin Pote said he had some concerns.

“We need to look at the dollar amounts,” Pote said.

“When we bought the land, we were all in agreement to buy it,” Froese said. “We were all interested in developing it.”

Froese said the city could take small steps in developing the land.

“We can work on it,” Froese said. “We don’t need to spend $288,00 right away.”

Pote told Froese he was not against the idea.

“We can’t think five years down the road, we need to think 20-25 years down the road,” Froese said.

Froese added the project was about growing Inman.

“We are what we are,” Pote countered. “We’re a bedroom community.”

He noted, what could Inman offer manufacturing companies compared to McPherson and Moundridge, which own their utilities?

“I don’t know what us spending all this money is going to bring us,” Pote said.

Councilman Devin Schierling said he did not “have any problems with us working to get right-of-way.”

However, Schierling said the project could cost the city “a lot of money.”

Pote admitted getting another service business into the community would be beneficial to Inman.

“It’s something that needs to be looked at,” Pote said. “I have a lot of questions about it.”

He said the city needs a vision on the direction it wants to go.

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Ullom-Minnich First, Jasso Third At State Forensics

Posted 5/18/2017

By Randy FoggJESSICA Ullom-Minnich, left, and Allison Jasso took first and third places, respectively, in extemporaneous speech in the Class 2A State Forensics Tournament Saturday, May 6, at Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita.JESSICA Ullom-Minnich, left, and Allison Jasso took first and third places, respectively, in extemporaneous speech in the Class 2A State Forensics Tournament Saturday, May 6, at Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita.

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Two Moundridge High School students placed in the top three in extemporaneous speech in the Class 2A State Forensics Tournament Saturday, May 6, at Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita.

Jessica Ullom-Minnich captured first place, while Allison Jasso finished third.

As finalists in the category, both teens knew they had finished in the top six. They both said they did not want their names said first, indicating they were sixth.

When they got to the final two, the other student’s was announced first.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Ullom-Minnich said. “It wasn.t something I expected at all. It was an amazing surprise.”

Ullom-Minnich said Moundridge has a history of doing well in the extemporaneous category.

“We’re used to competing against each other,” Ullom-Minnich said. “It’s all friendly competition.”

Jasso said she was really happy to finish third at state.

“It was incredible,” Jasso said. “It was a good way to finish up my high school forensics career.

“It takes a lot of preparation to be in it,” Jasso added.

MHS forensics coach Tammy Unruh said she was pleased to have two top three performances.

“I’m happy with it,” Unruh said. “We had a real nice showing.”

A third Moundridge student, Bayard Bell-Martinez, had made it as far as the semifinal round.

Moundridge’s Rebeca Samuelson had also qualified for state in extemporaneous, but she did not reach the semifinals.

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