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Offering A Helping Hand: Moundridge Crew Repairs Hurricane Damage

Posted 10/5/2017

MOUNDRIDGE electric crew Bill Greenfield, Quincy Estep and Logan Markus (from left to right) pose with the truck they took to Florida in September to help Orlando, Florida, residents deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Kansas Municipal Utilities Association sent 11 crews from nine Kansas cities to help repair damage to Orlando’s electric grid.MOUNDRIDGE electric crew Bill Greenfield, Quincy Estep and Logan Markus (from left to right) pose with the truck they took to Florida in September to help Orlando, Florida, residents deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Kansas Municipal Utilities Association sent 11 crews from nine Kansas cities to help repair damage to Orlando’s electric grid.By Randy Fogg

MOUNDRIDGE – Moundridge Electric crew Bill Greenfield, Logan Markus and Quincy Estep volunteered to join a Kansas Municipal Utilities Association mutual aid call to help Orlando, Florida, to get its electric grid back up after Hurricane Irma.

The men said Moundridge Electric Supervisor Terry Jantzen asked if anyone was interested in going to Florida. They volunteered to go.

Nine Kansas cities sent 11 crews to assist Florida. Utilities across Florida were expecting the worst and wanted to pre-stage electric crews in advance of storm. All of the Kansas crews went to Orlando.

Greenfield, who has 37 years of electrician experience, has been with Moundridge for two years. Markus has worked for the city for 2 ½ years and Estep has been part of the department for four months.

The Kansans left for Florida Sept. 7, and returned Sept. 19.

The men got to Florida before the hurricane. They noted there was extremely light traffic heading south, but there was bumper-to-bumper traffic going north.

Greenfield said the highways had three to five lanes of traffic on them. He added authorities were allowing vehicles to use the shoulder of the highways as a lane.

Greenfield said for 20- to 30-mile stretches the other side of the highway would be full of traffic.

“It was an eerie feeling,” Estep said. “It was different.”

The men stayed at a motel in the Orlando area. None of them had been in a hurricane before.

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Moundridge To Drop To 8-Man Football

Posted 10/5/2017

By Randy Fogg

TOPEKA – The Moundridge High School football team will drop to 8-man for the 2018-19 school year.

The Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) announced the football classification for each high school in the state. KSHSAA sets the districts for a two-year period in each classification, covering the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

“For our student-athletes to have a chance for success in football, we felt it was something we had to do,” MHS Activities Director Vance Unrau said.

This will be the first year for Moundridge to play at the 8-man level.

KSHSAA has made some changes to its classifications. There will be 32 schools competing in Classes 6A, 5A and 4A. Class 3A and 2A will have 48 schools and 1A will contain 31 schools, including Inman.

The 8-man teams have two divisions. Moundridge was placed in the 48-school Division I, while there will be 52 schools in Division II.

Along with fewer players, 8-man football teams play on a slightly smaller field. It is 80 yards long, putting midfield at the 40-yard-line.

Unrau said the district has received approval from KSHSAA to not move the goal posts on the high school field. He added school officials were not sure if the move to 8-man would only last for two years.

Football classifications were set from enrollment figures based on the number of ninth-, 10th-, and 11th-grade students at each school. Enrollment figures were set on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Moundridge has 74 students in those three grades, while Inman has 108.

Unrau said Moundridge has three of the smallest classes among the schools in its current football district. The Wildcats are in the same Class 2-1A district with Inman, Remington, Medicine Lodge and Sedgwick.

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Inman Food Pantry Re-Stocks Shelves

Posted 10/5/2017

INMAN residents donated an estimated 100 bags of non-perishable food items during Bethel Mennonite Church’s Stack the Rack food drive during Santa Fe Days Saturday, Sept. 23, in Inman.INMAN residents donated an estimated 100 bags of non-perishable food items during Bethel Mennonite Church’s Stack the Rack food drive during Santa Fe Days Saturday, Sept. 23, in Inman.By Randy Fogg

INMAN – Pastor Bob Yates, with Bethel Mennonite Church, reported Inman residents had donated an estimated 100 bags of non-perishable food items during the church’s Stack the Rack food drive during Santa Fe Days Saturday, Sept. 23, in Inman.

Church members had passed out plastic grocery bags to each home in Inman asking residents to donate food for the Inman Food Pantry. Residents were encouraged to place their donations onto the Bethel float as it went through the parade.

“I was impressed with our caring community,” Santa Fe Days Coordinator Diane Miller said. “It’s wonderful to see this outpouring.”

The food pantry is a ministry of the Inman Ministerial Alliance.

“The food pantry’s shelves were filled,” Miller said.

She noted the food pantry assisted 22 individuals and families in the month of June. However those numbers increased to 35 and 40 in July and August, respectively.

The IMA had an open house for the food pantry during SFD.

Pastor Dwight Carter, with Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church, said the pantry became busier during the summer months because more local residents found out it was available for assistance. The pantry now has a downtown location for people to visit.

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