Meeting held in Randall
to discuss new building
By Fawna Barrett
It was standing room only at the community meeting in Randall Monday evening. Mayor Wayne McElroy presided. He introduced Jenny Russell, Jewell County Community Development director. She told of several options for funding, including a community development block grant, Kan-Starter and Go Friend Me, both crowd funding sites, but both charge a percentage of what is donated to a project. She could set up a web page with a Pay Pal connection for donations to be received.
The Dane Hansen foundation has assigned money to each county and one entity could get a $5,000 grant, which she will pursue. She will check on the revolving loan fund through JCCDA as well.
It was the consensus of the city council to have most of the money in hand before starting a building. A committee of Frank and Julie Bolte, Jim and Elisha Bolte and Fawna Barrett will center on the project. The Senior Citizens will undertake writing letters to Randall alumni. An ambitious goal set is to have a building ready for the next alumni banquet in 2016.
honored for FHSU scholarships
Students from northcentral Kansas and were recognized at the annual student recognition program in Beloit for the scholarships they have been awarded by Fort Hays State University for the 2015-2016 year.
The annual event recognizes scholarship winners from Cloud, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Republic, Osborne and Washington counties in Kansas; and from Clay, Jefferson, Nuckolls and Thayer counties in Nebraska.
Scholarships awarded include the $2,000 Presidential Award, the $1,200 Miller Black and Gold Academic Award, the $800 Hays City Silver Academic Award, the $700 Fort Hays Bronze Academic Award and the $500 Copper Academic Award. All are awarded only to incoming freshmen enrolling in college for the first time, but each is renewable provided students maintain the minimum required academic standing.
One-time awards recognized are the $1,000 Transfer Student Award and the $900 or $500 Academic Opportunity Awards, given to scholars by individual academic departments.
The event also features three drawings, one for a $500 Book Scholarship, one for a $400 FHSU Student Recognition Program Scholarship and another for an iPad.
Following are the area students honored at the event:
Casey Jensen, Courtland, a 2015 Pike Valley High School graduate, accepted a $900 Academic Opportunity Award in agriculture and an $800 Hays City Silver Academic Award. Jensen, son of Kirk and Stephanie Jensen, Courtland, plans to major in agricultural business.
Shayne Renken, Downs, a 2015 Lakeside High School graduate, accepted a $900 Academic Opportunity Award in argirulture and a $700 Fort Hays Bronze Academic Award. Renken, son of Danny Renken and Linda Stinnett, Downs, plans to major in agricultural business.
Trystan Schlaefli, Downs, a 2015 Lakeside High School graduate, accepted a $2,000 FHSU Presidential Award, a $1,200 Miller Black and Gold Academic Award and a $900 Academic Opportunity Award in biological sciences. Schlaefli, son of Brett and Robin Winkel, Downs, plans to major in biology.
Ian Birdsell, Jewell, a 2015 Beloit High School graduate, accepted a $500 Academic Opportunity Award in art and design. Birdsell, son of Jerry Birdsell, Jewell, and Steve and Lori Howell, Jewell, plans to major in graphic design.
Heather Eaton, Mankato, a 2015 Rock Hills High School graduate, accepted a $500 Academic Opportunity Award in English. Eaton, daughter of Mike and Linda Eaton, Mankato, plans to major in English.
Jack Thompson, Scandia, a 2015 Pike Valley High School graduate, accepted a $900 Academic Opportunity Award in communication studies and an $800 Hays City Silver Academic Award. Thompson, son of Jeff and Regine Thompson, Scandia, plans to major in communication studies.
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