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January 17, 2019 issue

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3 Earthquakes reported this week in Jewell County

Formoso chosen as focus community

Santa Claus is coming to Jewell County

State Park will have pemits for sale on Friday

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3 Earthquakes reported this week

After a relatively calm period, Jewell County is shaking again. A magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported at 1:51 p.m. Friday. It was centered in Ionia Township near the Darlene Walker residence.

Later that afternoon another one was reported. It came at 3:32 p.m. and was a 2.9 magnitude centered in Limestone township between the the Jack Dean and Darrell Wagner residences.

The third one, of 2.7 magnatude was reported about 7 a.m. Monday southwest of Mankato.

We have not received any reports of damage but we have talked with several county residents who both heard and felt the tremor.

Among those was Pam Wagner who reported hearing a big boom and then felling the shake on Monday morning.






Formoso chosen as focus community

Formoso was chosen as a focus community for a grant through the Jewell County Health 365 Coalition work. The grant is from the Kansas Health Foundation funneled through the Jewell County Health Department's participation in a regional health grant initiative.

This grant is to be "resident-led work," meaning that the work from the grant will come directly from what the Formoso residents want to see done in town. Information gathering started with survey distributed in November to Formoso residents. Because honest resident responses are vital to the formation of programming, the initial committee was kept small and responses were kept confidential. Residents could return the form distributed through their water bills to the Formoso Library.

From the survey, the current resident committee of Chantel Vacek, Caleb Mahin, Daniel Waide and Jenny Russell, Jewell County Health 365 Coalition coordinator will compile the topics to start a conversation with the Formoso City Council, community groups and community members on how to tackle topics identified. Mahin and Waide are current city council members. Additional community members will be needed as the process continues forward.

"Formoso has been blessed over the years with long-term leadership that has been creative with the resources that they have. The community was chosen because it was a good example of a small community that often doesn't get focused on by most programming. If the residents of Formoso can do the work they have done with such limited resources, we are excited to see what the community can do with focused time and resources devoted directly to the town. In my opinion, this is a community that has much promise! What we learn from the solutions we gather in Formoso can then be translated to our other small communities in Jewell County," stated Coordinator Jenny Russell.

Questions about the Formoso initiative may be directed to Russell at 785-378-7036 or



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Santa Claus is coming to Jewell County
Making a list, checking it twice, Santa Claus will be in Jewell County this Saturday to find out who has been naughty or nice!

At 10 a.m. Saturday Santa will arrive at the Burr Oak Community Center. There will be refreshments and the American Legion Junior Auxiliary will be holding a bake sale.

If you miss Santa in Burr Oak, he will be visiting Esbon during the community and business sponsored Christmas drawing at the Community Center at 2 p.m. Saturday.

If you miss seeing Santa in Esbon and Burr Oak on Saturday you have another chance to find him for he will attend the Christmas program at the Ionia United Methodist Church. The program starts at 5 p.m. After the program there will be time to visit Santa. The day will conclude with a potluck soup supper.

Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Santa Claus will be at the Rock Hills High School during Santa's Workshop. Children will also be able to get a picture taken with Santa during this time.

Jewell County residents will have their last chance to share their Christmas list with Santa when he visits Jewell on Friday, Dec. 21. He is scheduled to arrive about 6 p.m. at the community center during the Jewell Christmas Sampler. More activities and a Christmas drawing will follow Santa's visit.



State Park office will have permits for sale

Friday marks the first day that 2019 Kansas hunting and fishing licenses and annual park permits will be available for purchase. The following Monday at 12 noon, campsites for dates in 2019 will be available for reservation.

Kansas hunting and fishing licenses are now sold on a 365-day format, meaning those licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. Annual park permits are still valid for the calendar year.

The annual camping permits are $202.50 (October - March) and $252.50 (April - September). 14-night camping permits will be $112.50 year-round. Customers who purchase one of these permits will receive a $10 per-night discount on any standard campsite (excluding cabins). Utility fees still apply as necessary.

For upcoming holiday hours, the Lovewell State Park office will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but closed Monday through Wednesday, December 24 to 26, and closed Tuesday Jan. 1. Seasonal campsite lottery and shelter reservations for special events in 2019 will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday Jan. 2.

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