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Moundridge High Graduates 35

Posted 5/25/2017

By Randy FoggJACY Spore and Caleb Frye were named valedictorians for Moundridge High School during the school’s 118th Commencement Exercise Saturday, May 20, in the high school gym.JACY Spore and Caleb Frye were named valedictorians for Moundridge High School during the school’s 118th Commencement Exercise Saturday, May 20, in the high school gym.

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Jacey Spore and Caleb Frye went a different route with the valedictorians’ address during Moundridge High School’s 118th Commencement Exercises Saturday, May 20, in the high school gym.

“We are a class of trailblazers,” Spore said. “We are going to do something different.”

The two decided to share something about each of their classmates.

Spore said if Bayard Bell-Martinez was a food, he would be a cucumber. She said a cucumber could become something different – a pickle. She noted Bell-Martinez was a source for a lot of information because of his work in debate and forensics.

“Don’t be afraid to be a pickle,” Spore told Bell-Martinez.

Frye said if Ethan Rice was a restaurant, he would be a McDonald’s. He noted Rice had eaten at least one meal at McDonald’s 14 consecutive days. He added at Rice’s graduation party, he served guests McDonald’s breakfast items.

Frye said if Ethan Miller was an animal, he would be a cow. He explained that Miller worked at Kaufman Dairy during his time at MHS.

Frye said if Jacob Ewy was a hat, he would be a fedora. He added Ewy had regularly worn fedoras since they were in middle school.

Spore said if Frye was a tree, he would be redwood. She noted Frye had always been one of the tallest students in the class.

MHS Principal Hilarie Hecox announced the names of students who won citizenship awards.

The MHS Citizenship Award went to Spore and Dylan Juhnke. Chelsey Knight and Frye received the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s Citizenship Award.

Tammy Unruh, debate and forensics teacher, gave the class “Advice About Ladders.”

Unruh discussed three things – quality of the ladder, the climber and the wall the ladder is learning against.

She suggested they should make sure the ladder is made of “quality and integrity.”

“Make sure the ladder is strong,” Unruh said. “Surround yourself with people who make you stronger.”

Unruh encouraged the graduates to keep developing their skills.

“Find a wall that’s worth clinging to,” Unruh said. “Choose carefully your wall.”

Unruh gave the graduates one more piece of advice.

“Find something worth dying for and fervently live for it,” Unruh said.

MHS teacher Melanie Krehbiel gave the welcome. She decided to give the graduates one more grammar lesson.

She talked about the importance of brainstorming.

“Conversations can refine ideas before putting them on paper,” Krehbiel said.

She noted the graduates  should be willing to find new reasons to backup a viewpoint.

“It was an honor for me to teach you,” Krehbiel said.

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Lutheran Pastor Speaking At Service

Posted 5/25/2017

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIGE – Pastor Ron Rather, with St. John’s Lutheran Church in Moundridge, will be the featured speaker during the American Legion Rosser C. Fraser Post #340’s Memorial Service starting at 9:30 a.m., Monday, May 29, at the Black Kettle West Park.

Rather said he would be speaking about the importance of Memorial Day and honoring the nation’s veterans. Rather did not serve in the military.

Memorial Days has been recognized since the American Legion was formed following the cessation of hostilities at the end of World War I.

Moundridge residents Mitchell Durst and Kim and Dan Frye will provide the music for the service.

Following the address, a firing squad comprised of local Legion members and veteran volunteers will perform military honors,

The service will conclude with Aaron Begnoche, instrumental music teacher for the Moundridge School District, playing “Taps.”

Memorial Day activities will include placing flags on the graves of deceased veterans buried in the Moundridge area. Families of the Fraser post members will set out flags on the evening of Friday, May 26 and will pick them up on the evening of Monday, May 29.

Cemeteries where veterans are buried include Mound Township, West Zion, Hopefield, Emmanuel Bible, Garden, French, Lone Tree and First Mennonite cemeteries.

An avenue of flags will be on display on the north side of Mound Township Cemetery all day, Monday, May 29.

In case of rain, the Memorial Day service will be held in the Moundridge Middle School Commons.

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Inman ServiceTo Recognize Pleasant View Vets

Posted 5/25/2017


INMAN – Scott Shriner, spokesman for the Inman Area Veterans Association (IAVA), decided to take a different approach to the group’s annual Memorial Day service.

Usually, they bring in a speaker with Inman area connections as the guest speaker for the service.

“We’re going to recognize some of the Pleasant View Nursing Home residents who are veterans,” Schriner said. “They are sometimes forgotten.”

Schriner said he asked Pleasant View officials for a list of veterans who are living in the facility. He said the Pleasant View officials were willingly to bring the veterans to the service.

Schriner said he planned to ask the Pleasant View veterans about the branch of the military they served as well as the years of their service.

The IAWA service will begin at 10 a.m., Monday, May 29, at the North Inman Cemetery.

Schriner noted local veterans will serve as a color guard and will present the flags for the service.

On Sunday, May 28, there will be an avenue of flags set up at the cemetery. A total of 72 U.S. flags will be on display along driveways surrounding the cemetery, as well as around the center.

The IAWA plans to decorate the graves of each veteran at the north cemetery with a U.S. flag, along with graves at several smaller cemeteries in the Inman area.

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Deadline Approaching To File For Local Offices

Posted 5/25/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

McPHERSON – Voters in Moundridge will have at least two candidates to choose from when voting for mayor this fall.

Incumbent Gary Fisher has filed for re-election. Dwayne Willis, who briefly served on the Moundridge City Council, has also decided to seek the office.

The deadline is approaching for anyone interested in filing for a local office. Anyone wanting to run for his or her local city council, board of education or mayor, the filing deadline is at noon, Thursday, June 1.

Winners in the local elections will serve four-year terms.

Changes in state law have had a big impact on local elections. First, local elections were moved to the fall to coincide with state and national elections. In addition, anyone interested in wanting to serve a city office must go to the county clerk’s office to file and not city hall.

The general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 7. Those elected will take office in January 2018.

Along with mayors, Moundridge and Inman voters will select two members for their city councils.

Three seats will be up for grabs for both the USD 423 and USD 448 Boards of education.

The filing fee for either city or school office is $20. Candidates can also file with a petition. Interested people should check with the McPherson County Election Office for the number of signatures of registered voters they will need to seek a particular office.

On the Moundridge City Council, the seats occupied by Kevin Schmidt and Lanny Stucky are up for election. Schmidt and Ian M. Donovan have filed to serve on the council.

For the USD 423 board, Paul Ullom-Minnich, James Ratzlaff and Ryan Durst are up for re-election.

Sonya Jenkins has decided to seek a seat on the board. None of the incumbents have re-filed.

Inman Mayor James E. Toews is seeking re-election.

On the Inman City Council, Ruth Sisson and Don Froese face re-election. No one has filed for office.

For Inman USD 448 board, the seats occupied by Kevin Honeycutt, Dave Balzer and Mark Ropp are up for re-election. Honeycutt resigned his seat earlier this year.

Balzer is the only person to have filed for the board.


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