Grand marshals picked for corn show parade
Twila Means and Sharon Tullar have been selected as parade
grand marshals for the 72nd annual Jewell Corn Show. The theme
for this year's celebration, which will be held next weekend (Oct.
9-12), is "Sky Full of Stars." The women said they were
shocked, to say the least, about being selected as grand marshals.
"To say 'shocked' is not strong enough," said Sharon. "I get my mail before Twila does so it was killing me to not call her until I was sure she had received her mail and had time to open it."
"When Sharon called and asked if I got a letter, all I could think was I didn't owe Bohnert Welding anything. Why would I be receiving a bill from them," Twila said. "Then I opened it and read the letter and said, 'you've got to be kidding me.'"
Twila graduated from Randall Rural High School with the Class of 1950. In January 1951 she married Robert (Bob) Means. For a short time, Twila worked in the telephone office in Randall while Bob served in the armed forces from 1952 to 1954. Following his discharge they lived for a time in Randall and then moved to Jewell. Twila began working for the Palmers at the Jewell Republican newspaper as a linotype operator. She held this position for six years until they adopted their daughters, Rhonda and Stacy.
For the next 14 years off and on Twila continued to work at the Republican. Janis David and Twila ran a restaurant in Jewell for a couple of years and then in 1979 Twila went to work in the Jewell County treasurer's office, later transferring to the appraiser's office where she was employed until her retirement in December 1997.
Following her retirement, Twila moved to Tipton where she lived for two years before returning to her present home in Jewell. Twila's hobbies include reading most anything and walking daily.
"I like quiet morning walks. I get to see deer, horses and even an occasional skunk," said Twila. She usually walks two miles in the mornings.
Community service is high on Twila's list. She volunteers her services at the Palmer Museum, particularly in handling the old press equipment (because nobody else knew how it worked), helps with the Corn Show barbecue and soup dinner and the music show lunch stand; has served almost eight years on the Jewell Library Board; is a member of the Red Hat Society; delivers meals on wheels; works at the Mission Thrift Shop; has volunteered for the Girl Scouts; American Cancer Society; Red Cross; and has been involved in home care for the elderly.
"Norma Schwerman, who was running the Sale Barn Cafe in Mankato, called one day and ask if I could fill in for her mother who was having some health problems. I said 'sure.' That lasted a while. I helped Norma at the cafe and enjoyed it, until we left the job a year ago," said Twila.
She attends the Jewell Christian Church. Family members are: daughter, Rhonda, and husband, Rich Gasper, Lenoir City, Tenn.; granddaughter, Karalea, and husband, Rob Longworth, Knoxville, Tenn.; grandson, Grant Gasper, and wife, Brooke, Cleveland, Tenn.; granddaughter, Jara Gasper, who is a junior at Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, Tenn.; daughter, Stacy Ray, El Dorado; granddaughter, Auzia Leazer, Salina; and Geoff Leazer, Salina.
Sharon Tullar is a 1962 graduate of Jewell High School. The summer following her graduation from high school she worked in local cafes and then in September 1962 she went to work for the Jewell County Republican, taking over as the linotype operator for her sister-in-law Twila Means. The year 1972 was a big year for Sharon. She left the Republican and went to work for USD 279 as the office clerk for superintendent Leo Bass, and she was married in February of that same year to Vaughn Tullar. She remained with the school until 1978 when she became the bookkeeper for the Jewell Elevator. She remained at the elevator until her move to the Randall Co-op Elevator as a bookkeeper in 1997. Sharon retired from this position in 2009.
Sharon has been enjoying her retirement by taking road trips and bus tours. Most days will find Sharon deep into genealogy. She has been and is involved in organizing several family reunions; takes time to crochet; makes lap throws for the elderly and others; enjoys reading; and takes her walks in the evening.
Sharon volunteers at the Mission Thrift Shop; is presently serving in her eighth year on the Jewell Library Board; is a member of the Jewell Christian Church and is historian for the CWF organization of the church as well as helps with funeral dinners; helps with the Corn Show barbecue and soup dinner and the music show lunch stand; delivers meals on wheels; and served as auditor of the Benjamin Musser Estate.
"Jewell is a great place to live, a great small town. I can walk without being afraid," said Twila.
"In Jewell there is always someone around to help out if needed. It is just home," added Sharon.
Twila and Sharon were in agreement that everyone in Jewell serves the community and to be chosen to serve as grand marshals is a nice honor, one that shocked them, but in a nice way.
Ironically, these two women are sisters-in-law. Neither were born in Jewell County. They were both born in Rooks County.
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unique design for livestock trailer
Kent Jensby of Superior has come full circle with the innovative steel "Groundloader" livestock trailer manufactured by Bourbon Trailers of Jewell. He was heavily involved with the design of the trailer, and now his company, Jensby Truck and Trailer Sales, is an authorized dealer.
"With his years of experience in the trucking business, especially hauling livestock over the road, Kent was very instrumental in the design of our new Groundloader," said Angela Waters, business operations manager at Bourbon.
In addition to the low entry in back for livestock, the trailer features an innovative system of gates inside, augmenting convenience and safety for the people loading the livestock.
Kent said he was first approached by Bourbon about three years ago to help market their double "pup" trailers, when he was selling used trucks and trailers for Alexander Motors in Superior. Since then, he has opened his own company.
Waters said Bourbon began manufacturing their pup trailers in the shop at Bourbon Trucking in 2009. Though they haven't made any new ones for awhile, Waters said they are available for purchase. In October 2012, Bourbon Trailers was launched in the former Jewell Junior-Senior High School building. At that time, they bought out Gsi Manufacturing in Coffeyville and made modifications to the steel grain trailer being made there. That has evolved into the grain trailer currently made by Bourbon.
Next came the steel Groundloader livestock trailer designed in collaboration with Jensby. It is intended for use by cattle producers rather than over-the-road haulers, given that most modern farmers have big trucks for hauling grain. The trailer debuted at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island and was extremely well-received. Waters said there are currently nine employees at Bourbon Trailers, including one dealer representative. Their trailers are sold through a dealer network that is still being expanded.
LeRoy Bourbon founded Bourbon Trucking in January 1997 with a single truck and a set of trailers. He grew the business to eight trucks and then invited his son, Eric, to join him as a partner in July 2005. Since then, LeRoy and Eric have grown the business to 19 trucks, a full service and repair division, as well as a trailer manufacturing company. On May 29, 2008, an F3 tornado ripped through Jewell County and leveled Bourbon's facilities. They started over and rebuilt their entire shop.
Strategic planners consider career fair changes
Jewell County Strategic Plan committee meeting was called to
order last Wednesday by the Martha Matthews. Those present were
Nadine Smith, Jim Dooley, Kris Williams, Frank Langer, Mark Fleming
and Martha Matthews.
New business discussed included the 2015 career fair for Jewell County high school students. The dates of either Sept. 23 or 30 were suggested. Nadine Smith will check with Sam Meyers to see which would be best. She suggested having more entrepreneurial presenters showing students what they could do on their own towards a career.
It was decided to have Charlie Barrett's students involved in the early planning of format and then later on in planning final details. It was decided to meet again in January and invite the students to attend.
Nadine Smith suggested that Sam Meyers be invited to be a new member of the committee. Martha Matthews will contact him.
The lack of babysitting facilities in the county in light of the "baby boom" that has occurred in Jewell County was discussed. It was decided to check with Early Learning Centers in other counties and determine what could be done in Jewell County. The results will be discussed at the next meeting which was scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21.
Reward offered for pelican shooting at Lovewell
The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society
Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for
information leading to the conviction of the person or persons
who shot and killed seven American white pelicans at Lovewell
Jewell County Game Warden Mike Peterson discovered the bodies of the federally projected birds left floating in the water and laying on the shore Sept. 12. Peterson said the thinks the birds were all killed at about the same time. He said this time of year pelicans are migrating through the area and are frequently found at marshes and lakes in the state, and that pelicans, like songbirds, are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Midge Grinstead, Kansas state director for the HSUS, said "The wanton killing of federally protected animals for the apparent thrill of it is a heinous crime. The poacher responsible for the senseless killing of these pelicans has committed a serious crime and should be held accountable for his or her actions. We applaud Game Warden Mike Peterson for his tireless work to bring the offender to justice."
Violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is punishable by fines and jail time.
Any one with information is asked to call or text the Jewell County game warden at 620-450-7190 or to call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-426-3843. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wild life agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of suspected poachers.
Wildlife officials estimated that nationwide, tens of millions of animals are poached annually. It is estimated that only one percent to five percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.
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