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The February 19, 2019 Edition


The Newsleaf


Vol. 16  Issue 8



















Three wrestlers from ACCHS will be traveling to Hays KS for the 321A State Wrestling Tournament as a result of this last Saturday's Regional tournament.  The qualifying Tigers are: Freshman Tiler Hewitt (138) placing 2nd, Freshman Mason Scholz (106) placing 3rd, and Sophomore Brodie Page (126) placing 3rd.

Making it to state is quite an accomplishment and being a placer at state even more special.  In the long history of wrestling at ACCHS, we have been blessed with many placers.  Below is a list as of last year of those that have achieved this high position. 


Coach Hisey and Seniors Honored

Friday evening last, Atchison County Community Schools recognized and honored Galen Hisey for his involvement with the school through his teaching and coaching career, as well as being a loyal fan following his retirement for nearly 40 years.  Coach Hisey was presented with a certificate and had quite a few former students and team members there to honor him.

It was also Senior Night at A.C.C.H.S. Students/Parents recognized were Basketball players - Madison, Georgia and Ashton Appel, Jaycee Ernzen, Katie Beien, Sara Johnson, Shawn Boos, Logan Kramer & Lane Scoggins. Dance - Daisey Norris, Scholar's Bowl - Evan Ricketts and Mercedes Albright (not in attendance).




The Nite Church of the Effingham Union Church hosted its annual fellowship dinner, Saturday night, February 9 in the Christian Education Building, Martha Frederick catered the delicious meal and she served 48 people including 5 carryout dinners.  The Main Event Junior High students served the meal. They were  Jordan Caplinger, Rylee Jennings, Jayden McNerny, Graci Postma, Emili Postma, Grace Brader, and Aleah Wallisch.  The tables were decorated in beautiful Valentine theme by Connie Dunster and Cindy Pangburn.  Special guests were the Ravishing Ritzy Effie ladies Red Hats. Some of the Red Hats are also Union Church members.   The evening began with Chairperson Cindy Ladd welcoming the guests and Nancy Fasse gave the devotions.  She shared Psalms 151:10 and Psalms 139 and she spoke about keeping our hearts physically and spiritually healthy.  After giving the devotions she gave the blessing.  After everyone enjoyed the meal, Bunco was played with the resulting people taking prizes home:  with four Buncos Shirley Eckert had most Buncos, Alan Dunster and Nancy Keith had the most wins, Larry Bowyer and Crystal Potts had the most losses and Jill Hotham of Rushville, MO received a prize for her first time of playing Bunco. 



The St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus will host their annual Ladies’ Night Out on Saturday, February 23, 2019. The evenings’ festivities will begin at 5:30 with social time. Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m. Bunco will begin around 7:00. The cost of the event is $20.00 per person. You will play three rounds of timed Bunco. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening for the most wins, the most losses, and more. If interested in attending please make arrangements with any St. Ann’s Church member.



The Atchison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met on February 9, 2019 at the Atchison Library.

The National Defense Chairman reported that drones can pose a threat to National Security.  Unmanned drones can be beneficial in supporting firefighting, search and rescue operations, and following disasters.  In October 2018 a law authorizing the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to track, warn, disable, seize, damage and destroy unmanned aerial vehicles determined to pose a credible threat to people, facilities or assets without any warrant requirements.

Student, Eleanor Johnson’s entry in the DAR Junior American Citizen competition of Lunar Landing art won a second place award at the State level.

The officers for the 2019-2022 were elected as follows:  Regent- Kari Anderson, Vice Regent-Donna Parish, Secretary – Margaret Engeman, Treasurer- Janis Falk, Registrar – Diana Stanton, Chaplain – Janice Johnson, and Historian – Carol Pennington.

Carol Pennington presented an American History program with a display of a Signature quilt made by Willing Workers in 1922.  Some of the names were known by the members.  She also shared her grandmother’s (Anna Christina Jenson) college (Kansas State) Home Economics sewing work book.  Her sister, Janice Johnson, also displayed platters belonging to their grandmother.

The next meeting of the Atchison Chapter DAR will be March 9, 2019, 9:30 AM at the Atchison Library.  For information – 816-579-5557



Tiger Talk ~ MaKaea Forbes

Monday was our 100th day of school. It was a tad bit slippery. Students were released after lunch due to slick road conditions. Before release, the junior and seniors met in the commons with Mrs. Scherer to discuss the State of the School. It was nice to hear reassurance that, “we are one family.” Sometimes it doesn’t seem that way but in reality we are…. One Family. The junior high basketball game that was scheduled was cancelled. 

Tuesday several students attended the Atchison County Spelling Bee. Our 6th-grade competitors include: Rebekah Caplinger, McKinzee Bauerle, Brylynn Jolly and Ethan Peterson. Our 5th grade competitors include: Nathan Palmer, Emma Peak, Kaydeece Fultz and Audrey Brown. The high school basketball teams hosted McLouth. The freshman boys won 24-14, the JV boys lost 47-43, JV girls lost 23-11, Varsity Boys lost 68-44, and the Varsity girls won 32-24. Lil’ Pepsters performed and what a cute performance by all.

Wednesday students Noah Gregory, Seth Nehl, Samantha Post, Victoria Caplinger, and KyliaHenning attended the NEKL Forensics at Pleasant Ridge. Congrats to Seth for qualifying for the State Festival and Victoria for qualifying for the 2A State Championship. The junior high students presented their Science Projects. I really enjoyed seventh grader Hannah Simmers on “Germs in our school.” It was neat to see all the places that had the most germs. Word to the wise, if you use the pop machine, wash your hands because it was the “germiest!” The sophomore presentations were also held. What an amazing assortment of people who are idolized. 

Thursday high school basketball was moved to today due to impending snowfall tomorrow. The Tigers hosted Horton. The varsity girls won 42-29. The varsity boys lost 53-51. The junior high boys basketball team traveled to JCN. 

Friday was a Professional Development day for faculty, no school for students. It was an early morning for the varsity wrestlers as they headed to Rossville at 6:00 am for Regional wrestling. 

Saturday, eight continued at Regional wrestling. Congratulations to Tiler Hewitt who placed 2, Mason Scholz and Brodie Page both placed 3.  

That’s a wrap for this week Tiger fans!


Talking Tiger Results

The Talking Tigers Forensics team competed Wednesday Feb 13 at the NEK League tournament, hosted by Pleasant Ridge HD. All team members competed very well. Congratulations to finalists Kylia Henning, 6th place Prose Interpretation; Seth Nehl, 3rd place, Prose Interpretation; Samantha Post, 2nd place, Program Oral Interpretation; and Victoria Caplinger, 3rd place Program Oral Interpretation,  and League Champion in Impromptu Speaking! Seth is qualified for State Festival, as well as Victoria is qualified for 2A State Championships in May. The Talking Tigers will compete at Royal Valley Feb. 16, and Atchison HS Feb. 23. 

The team will be hosting the Talking Tigers Invitational Tournament at the JSH on March 2nd. They are looking for people interested in serving as judges, as well as students helpers (this is an excellent way to earn service hours). Please contact Mrs. Walters at the JSH if you're available to help.


Looking for host families.... Are you interested in hosting an Exchange Student?!

If interested, please contact Janice Rake, of Greenheart Exchange, at

We are starting to get a lot of great applicants for next year.  I am looking for host families.  If you can share with teachers and post in newsletter/website/facebook it would be greatly appreciated. Olga is a first semester student; the rest are full year.   Here is a brief description  of some of the students.  I will gladly share more with interested families.  Thank you for your continued support of the exchange program. 

Olga, 16, Poland, "A" student, first semester student, enjoys reading, scouting, volunteers with a children's group, drama, art, sports, nature, travel.  She has a fear of dogs until she gets to know them.  She loves philosophy.  Olga attends church sometimes. 

Hannes, 16, Germany, "A" student.  He loves camping and motocross. His favorite classes are math, physics and PE.  He likes sports but also enjoys baking. He works in a local grocery.  Hannes attends church sometimes.  

Alexandra, 16, Germany, loves music, sings in choir, plays piano, likes archery, Taikwondo, biking and reading.  She has a "B" average.  She has a mild allergy to fur but does not restrict her.  She has a cat.  She is a bit shy but sweet, friendly and open-minded.  She attends church sometimes.  

Oliver, 15, Czech Republic, "B" student. He plays piano and enjoys running, movies and music.  He attends church sometimes.  

Rebecca, 16, Switzerland, "B+" student. She volunteers with a children's group, plays guitar, enjoys swimming, reading and cooking.  Her favorite subjects are Latin, French, geography and math.  

Nicolas, 15, Spain, "B+" student.  He enjoys writing, movies, video games, cooking,  He loves dogs but is allergic to cats.  He wants to study journalism and be a writer.  His religion is Catholic and would attend church sometimes.  


MUSCOTAH NEWS ~ Susan Higley

Winter is still here. More snow with a little freezing rain and sleet threw in. Cancer Support Bingo was cancelled again. One of the ladies said, “I’ll see you in the spring”. I think she was right.  Maybe March 16th will work out and everyone can attend. 

We attended the Horton High School Charger basketball game last Thursday night at ACCHS. The Soundmasters preformed “The National Anthem”. It was wonderful. After hearing the song preformed at HHS and ACCHS in the last weeks, these students from both schools did great. Thank you goes to all these students for a job well done.

During the snow storm the birds have flocked to the bird feeders. The cardinals have been beautiful. We have a cedar tree just west of the house and they fly up to roost in it and with the snow and their bright red color, it looks like a picture off a calendar. Don’t forget the birds and squirrels during these cold stormy days, and make sure the feeders are full.  Don’t forget to check in on the elderly in case they need medicine, food or just to see a friendly face. It has been a long winter for all of us.  More snow is predicted for Tuesday and Saturday, so it probably isn’t over yet.

County Commissioner Eric Noll attended last Monday’s city council meeting. He updated the council on solid waste, road conditions and other activities in the county.


MUSCOTAH NEWS ~ Susan Higley

Winter is still here. More snow with a little freezing rain and sleet threw in. Cancer Support Bingo was cancelled again. One of the ladies said, “I’ll see you in the spring”. I think she was right.  Maybe March 16th will work out and everyone can attend. 

We attended the Horton High School Charger basketball game last Thursday night at ACCHS. The Soundmasters preformed “The National Anthem”. It was wonderful. After hearing the song preformed at HHS and ACCHS in the last weeks, these students from both schools did great. Thank you goes to all these students for a job well done.

During the snow storm the birds have flocked to the bird feeders. The cardinals have been beautiful. We have a cedar tree just west of the house and they fly up to roost in it and with the snow and their bright red color, it looks like a picture off a calendar. Don’t forget the birds and squirrels during these cold stormy days, and make sure the feeders are full.  Don’t forget to check in on the elderly in case they need medicine, food or just to see a friendly face. It has been a long winter for all of us.  More snow is predicted for Tuesday and Saturday, so it probably isn’t over yet.

County Commissioner Eric Noll attended last Monday’s city council meeting. He updated the council on solid waste, road conditions and other activities in the county.


UNAPPROVED MINUTES for the 2-11-19 Muscotah City Council meeting

PRESENT: Brian Higley, Dale Small, Margaret Jacobs, Susan Higley, Dolly Wilson, Darryl Hundley, Debbie Liggatt.  ABSENT: Mike Snavely, Judy Green.

OTHERS PRESENT: Commissioner Eric Noll, Lowell Liggatt

The Muscotah City Council met in regular session on February 11, 2019 at 7:00PM at City Hall. Mayor Brian Higley called the meeting to order. Susan Higley made the motion to accept the minutes for the January 14, 2019 meeting as presented. Dale Small seconded the motion, motion carried 5-0.

FINANCIAL REPORT:  The checking account balance is $286,335.68. The ledger was reviewed by council. Susan Higley made the motion to accept the financial report as presented. Margaret Jacobs seconded the motion, motion carried 5-0.

UTILITY DELINQUENT REPORT:  25 late notices were sent out. No service was discontinued.

BILL PAYMENT:  Darryl Hundley made the motion to approve payment of bills #6580-6595 and 5 EFT payments. Margaret Jacobs seconded the motion, motion carried 5-0.

MAINTENANCE REPORT:  For better visibility, additional lights were installed on the snow truck.

CITIZEN COMMENTS:  County Commissioner Eric Noll was present to discuss the progress of the sales tax committee. He expects an inter-local agreement will be adopted that will allocate 68% of the 1% state sales tax to the county for the landfill and emergency communications. All county entities will contribute the same percentage. Muscotah is currently contributing 41%.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  Half Century club is not sure if they had donated the money for the new handicap toilet. Neither Debbie or Judy remembers receiving the donation from them. Debbie will check further to make sure their donation wasn’t deposited.

NEW BUSINESS:  Al Shirmacher, an avid bird watcher, gave Susan a copy of 209 different varieties of birds along with a list of butterflies he has spotted within a 3-mile radius. He thought a display in the hall would be a welcome addition. Council would like to see that happen so Susan will get with Al to see if he would be willing to get the display put together for hanging in the hall.

Dale Small made the motion to adjourn. Margaret Jacobs seconded the motion, motion carried 5-0.  Debbie Liggatt, City Clerk



FROM PASTOR AL ~ Al Schirmacher

“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Mark 8:36 NIV

As a loner growing up, as a self-employed small businessman, as a pastor of small to medium-sized churches, as a rarely published writer, I never gave much thought to fame & popularity.

I was never good looking or skillful or eloquent enough - nor interested enough in politics or entertainment - to be tempted to try to “gain the whole world”.

This morning, however, it hit me.

Anyone could give into miniature temptations & be soul threatened.

Anyone could forfeit doing what’s right for doing what keeps us in others’ good graces.

Anyone could allow opinions of those around them to change their own opinion.

Anyone could lose the voice of God in their lives amid trying to follow other voices.

Anyone could sacrifice a relationship because others disliked a friend.

Anyone could go with the flow at work or school or wherever one spends considerable time.

Anyone could allow pride to flourish in those brief moments of fame that come to many.

One could even sacrifice integrity for social media affirmation.

Anyone, at any age, myself included.

Fame, popularity are fleeting.  Soul is eternal.  Let us not sacrifice the latter for the former.  Let us follow Jesus, not the crowd.

Be blessed, brothers & sisters.

Al Schirmacher


Christian friend,

Death is the ultimate tragedy.

Death is the ultimate victory.

Since death is separation, it can be either or both.

It’s tragic in that we lose another who was special to us.  They are gone, often unexpectedly, we are diminished.  We bleed from where they were pulled away.  The pain comes in waves, often for the long term.

It’s ultimately tragic if they did not know Jesus as Lord & Savior.

But it’s also victory.

They have been pulled away - for a season - but they are now with the Lord, and with those brothers & sisters who have gone before.  They are fully experiencing joy that we but taste here.  They are finally complete, finally healed, fully who they were meant to be, fulfilling their ultimate purpose.

Knowing this helps with the pain.

Don’t deny the tragedy, our pain; but do not neglect the victory, their joy.

Al Schirmacher


like anxious children

hanging outside ballpark

autograph book in hand

we long to meet the star 

get his signature

prove we met him

we would be shocked 

if star invited us home

introduced us to family

showed us his house

fed us great meal &

over dessert 

offer to adopt us

but only if we’d commit

ourselves to follow him

& his training schedule 

become players ourselves

most of us would look at clock

thank him for his hospitality 

mention other commitments

promise to visit occasionally

& flee at earliest opportunity

so us with God

“Be holy as I am holy”

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

Al Schirmacher


it is like

belief no long matters

or matters too much

caught between 

relaxed syncretism

& mind determines

totality of reality 

I turn from both

to the Lover

who gave His Son

for His world

so His would


“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 

Al Schirmacher



Daniel A. “Dan” Breneiser, 74, Atchison, Kansas died Monday, February 18, 2019 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 10:30 A. M. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Rev. Jeremy Heppler, OSB as celebrant. A parish rosary will be recited on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. at Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home with visitation to follow until 8:00 P.M. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Benedict Catholic School Endowment and may be left in care of the funeral home.

Dan was born August 15, 1944 in Atchison, Kansas the son of Leonard and Ruth Clem Breneiser. He attended Franklin elementary school and graduated from Atchison High School in 1962. He then attended K-State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

He and Carol Lackey were united in marriage on January 2, 1965 at St. Joseph’s Church.

Dan began his employment at Bill Roe’s Gas Station, later worked for VanLew’s Grocery then served as the produce manager for Arensberg’s IGA Grocery Store and then served as a milk man for Meyer Dairy. He then established the American Exterminators business and was owner operator of that business for thirty four years until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Benedict Parish attending St. Joseph’s Church and in his spare time he enjoyed repairing, fixing and painting cars; he loved spending time in the outdoors while he was on his riding mower in his yard; taking rides around the countryside but most of all he enjoyed working.

Survivors include his wife of fifty four years, Carol of the couple’s home; a son, Christopher (Martina) Breneiser, Mesa, AZ; two daughters, Carrie Breneiser, Boerne, TX; Dana (Rich) Adams, Overland Park, KS; a sister, Lynnette Woolston, Atchison, KS; five granddaughters and four great grandchildren.


Courtney Newlin Underwood, III, 66, of Atchison, KS died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at his home surround by his family.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM on Wednesday, Feb. 20th, at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home with Rev. Matt Broxterman officiating. Burial will follow in the Alderson Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11:00 am on Wednesday at the funeral home.  Casual attire is requested for attendance at the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the music department at St. Benedict’s Grade School or for the Alderson Cemetery and they may be sent in care of the funeral home.  Condolences to the family may be left online at

Courtney was born on June 30, 1952 in Atchison, KS the son of Courtney N. and Wandalea C. (Heyle) Underwood, Jr. He graduated from Atchison County Community High School in 1970. He attended auto mechanic classes at the Northeast Kansas Vo-technical School.  Courtney worked for two years at the Lincoln Grain Company, Atchison and then farmed with his father.  Courtney had been awarded the Bankers Association Conservationist Award for his farm.  He also logged, cut and sold walnut and oak trees.  Courtney was baptized in the Christian Church, was a member of the National Rifle Association, and Baker’s Service Coffee Club.  He enjoyed shooting, target practice, taking vacations with family, visiting with people and was an avid President Trump supporter and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He was married to Joan Scholz, on August 25, 1973. Joan survives of the home.  Additional survivors include two sons Jeremy (Julie) Underwood, and Christopher (Karen) Underwood, both of Atchison, KS, a daughter Candice (Larry) Merrill, Atchison KS, and five grandchildren; Ethan, Wyatt, Ruby, Samuel and Samantha.  His parents preceded him in death.

Clifford G. “Cliff” Morgan, 74, Effingham, Kansas died Friday, February 15, 2019 at Mosaic Life Care, St. Joseph, Missouri.

A private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Mr. Morgan has been cremated under the care of Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home, Atchison, Kansas. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Atchison Humane Society.

Cliff was born January 17, 1945 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri the son of George and Geneva Hartman. He attended schools in Kansas City, Missouri.

He and Josephine Hernandez were united in marriage on October 8, 1961 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Cliff was self-employed as owner and operator of Morgan’s AF Super grocery store in Effingham and Nortonville, Kansas. He also owned and operated The Junction in Atchison, Kansas.

In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking, playing golf and landscaping.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine of the couple’s home in Effingham, KS; a daughter, Debra (Jeff) Mitzelfelt, San Antonio, TX; two sons, Clifford Anthony (Teri) Morgan, Effingham, KS; Christopher Stephen Morgan, Effingham, KS; one grandchild, Morgan Mitzelfelt; two step-grandchildren, Ryan (Jill) Thorne, Robyn Thorne; and one step great grandchild, Cora Thorne.



Annual Crime Victims’ Service Awards Open For Nomination

TOPEKA – (February 12, 2019) – Five awards that recognize service to victims of crime are open for nomination, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

The awards are made each year to recognize agencies, organizations and individuals who provide exemplary service to victims of crime in Kansas.

Nominations are open in the following award categories:

Criminal Justice (Law Enforcement Officer, Prosecutor, Judge, Probation/Parole) – Individuals who made a positive contribution regarding the needs of victims or offender accountability within the criminal justice response should be nominated for this award.

Community Champion (Individual, Employer or Business, Organization or Other) – This award recognizes an individual or group that made a significant difference for victims of crime.

Outstanding Victim Service Organization – This award recognizes a victim service organization for outstanding work in improving the lives of victims of crime.

Outstanding System-Based Victim Advocate – This award recognizes a system-based victim advocate for outstanding work in improving the lives of victims of crime.

Outstanding Community-Based Victim Advocate – This award recognizes a community-based victim advocate for outstanding work in improving the lives of victims of crime.

The deadline for receiving nominations is March 1. Nomination forms and detailed information on the nomination process for each of the award categories can be found at

Awards will be given in April at the 22nd Annual Crime Victims Rights Conference in Wichita. These awards are administered by the attorney general’s office Victim Services Division.


Unapproved Minutes of the February 12 Meeting of the Atchison Co Commission

Pursuant to the law, the Atchison County Commission Board met in Regular Session at 1:00 PM on the 1st floor of the courthouse, 423 N 5th St. Atchison, KS. County Commissioner Eric Noll called the meeting to order with Commissioner Henry W. Pohl and County Counselor Patrick Henderson present for the meeting. Chairman Jack Bower attended the meeting via Facetime. County Clerk, Michelle Phillips recorded the minutes.

The Board recited the pledge of allegiance to start the meeting.

Minutes of the February 5, 2019 meeting were reviewed with no corrections noted.

Chairman Bower made a motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Pohl seconded the motion. Commissioner Noll called for a vote, all voted aye. Motion carried 3-0.

*Commissioner Comments and Committee Reports:

Chairman Noll stated there would be a department head meeting with the topic of goal setting on March 20, 2019.

Commissioner Noll stated he went to the Muscotah City Council meeting and spoke to the council members about the Countywide Sales Tax Committee recommendation. He plans to visit the other cities during their council meetings as well.

*New Business Before the Board:

Wes Lanter, Emergency Management/IT Director, appeared before the board with a purchase order for encoders used for the storm sirens located throughout the county. These encoders would make it possible to control sirens countywide from one location in the county. The purchase order was payable to Federal Signal of University Park, IL in the amount of $12,145.36. This amount includes a savings of over $6,000.00 from the previous bid. Director Lanter mentioned that these encoders should not need to be replaced for 10-15 years. Commissioner Pohl moved to approve the purchase of the encoders in the amount of $12,145.36 from Federal Signal. Chairman Bower seconded the motion. Commissioner Noll call for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

Peggy House, Atchison Senior Village Administrator, along with Kinton Friend, newly hired Administrator, appeared before the board to inform them that there were new regulations for fire codes that must be verified in house, and that the first-round check must be completed by a certified company. Directors House and Friend, presented the board with a purchase order payable to Fire Door Solutions in the amount of $1,950.00 for fire door inspection and preparation of live safety plan. Commissioner Pohl moved to approve the inspection payable to Fire Door Solutions in the amount of $1,950.00. Chairman Bower seconded the motion. Commissioner Noll called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

Administrator House told the board that the occupancy is going up and that Medicare payments from December have been coming in.

Administrator House also stated that since Ms. Friend has been hired, she has been very busy training and feels she is doing great. The board welcomed Administrator Friend.

The Board was presented with a purchase order for the 2019 County Medical Director contract. The contract is for Dr. Steven Rovenstine, of Atchison, in the amount of $5,500.00. County Counselor Patrick Henderson, stated he would have to update the contract due to the increase in fees from $5,000.00 to $5,500.00. Chairman Bower moved to approve the contract. Commissioner Pohl seconded the motion. Commissioner Noll called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

The Board was presented with a purchase order payable to Huber & Associates, Jefferson City, Missouri, in the amount of $7,771.69. This is to purchase three (3) Dell Precision 3630 computer towers and six (6) Dell ViewSonic monitors. This purchase will be coming out of the 911 fund for Joint Communication. Commissioner Pohl moved to approve the purchase. Chairman Bower seconded the motion. Commissioner Noll called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

The Board was presented with a purchase order payable to APCO International, Inc. from Daytona Beach, Florida in the amount of $7,000.00. This purchase is for APCO IntelliComm Criteria Based Guidecard Software. The original invoice was for $14,000; however, there was an initial payment of $7,000.00 paid, leaving a balance of $7,000.00.

Chairman Bower made a motion to approve the final payment. Commissioner Pohl seconded the motion. Commissioner Noll called for a vote, all voted aye. The motion passed 3-0.

Commissioner Noll talked about the tentative date for the tax sale, but mentioned that the courts must finalize the documents first. The tentative date will be April 24 with the time to be determined later.

Bills were presented to be signed.

Add, abate, escapes for real estate and personal property taxes were presented to be approved.

Commissioner Pohl made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 1:15 PM. Chairman Bower seconded the motion. Commissioner Noll called for a vote, all voted aye. Motion passed 3-0.

*Note: Once approved these minutes will be the official minutes of the Board of County Commissioners. Regular meetings of the Board of County Commissioners are video-recorded.

The video of these meeting is generally available for supplementation of the minutes. The videos can be located under the Government tab at

Attest: Michelle Phillips, County Clerk


Child Victims Cannot Be “Aggressors” Responsible For Sex Crimes Committed By Adults,

Change In Law Needed

TOPEKA – (February 11, 2019) – Legislation requested today by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt would prevent state judges from lowering prison sentences for adult sex offenders because a child victim was an “aggressor” who contributed to the crime.

Current law allows judges to reduce the length of prison sentences – or “depart” downward from statutory sentence guidelines -- by finding that the victim of certain crimes contributed to the criminal conduct by being an “aggressor.” The proposed bill would make that reason for downward departure unavailable in sex crimes when the victim is younger than 14 years and the offender is an adult. It also would make departure unavailable when human trafficking victims are involved regardless of their age.

“No matter the child’s behavior, child victims are not responsible for the criminal conduct of adults who commit sex crimes against them,” Schmidt said. “In my view, the law should reflect that simple principle.”

Schmidt said the legislation was motivated by a recent decision by a Leavenworth County judge, who reduced the sentence imposed on a 67-year-old male who was convicted of committing a sex crime against a 13-year-old girl. The reduction was based on the judge’s finding that the child victim was an “aggressor” in the crime.

Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said he disagreed with the reduced sentence but did not appeal the decision because he concluded the judge had acted within the discretion allowed by current law. Thompson said he supports the proposed new legislation.

“We are grateful to Attorney General Schmidt in recognizing this flaw in the law and working with us to immediately take action to fix it,” Thompson said. “When appealing a case we must remove the emotional component and focus solely on the legal argument. In this case we do not have the legal argument.”

The legislation was requested today in the House Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice.  


Sen. Moran Measure to Improve & Modify Fort Scott National Historic Site Passes Senate

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced that legislation he authored, the Fort Scott National Historic Site Boundary Modification Act, was included in S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, a package of over 100 bills relating to public lands, natural resources and water projects. Today, S. 47 passed the Senate by a vote of 92-8, and now goes to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.

“The inclusion of this measure will help make certain our state’s and nation’s history will be kept alive for the next generation,” said Sen. Moran. “Thank you to the Fort Scott community leaders who have worked with me to ensure the Fort Scott National Historic Site is safe and enjoyable for all visitors. From American expansion westward into the new frontier, to ‘Bleeding Kansas’ and the Civil War, Fort Scott’s history should be preserved for the benefit of Kansans and all Americans.”

The Fort Scott National Historic Site Boundary Modification Act would improve the Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott, Kan. by allowing the care of the Lunette Blair Civil War Block House to be transferred to the National Park Service (NPS). Additionally, it would modify the site’s boundaries so future improvements could be made to enrich the quality of visitors’ experiences. Site managers indicated the location lacks an adequate public emergency shelter. Specifically, a shelter is needed in the event of severe weather to protect volunteers and regular visitors, such as local school children. The potential future purchase of buildings in the site’s new boundaries could be used for other functions, such as an on-site storage area for artifacts currently stored outside the community due to space limitations, or as an educational center for visitors and local schools.

Items to note:

·         On September 29, 2015, Sen. Moran introduced legislation to improve the Fort Scott National Historic Site.

·         On January 23, 2017, Sen. Moran reintroduced legislation to improve the Fort Scott National Historic Site.

·         A provision authored by Sen. Moran to extend authorization for the Equus Beds in Wichita was also included in the Natural Resources Management Act.


335 Crime Victims To Receive Support

TOPEKA – (February 15, 2019) – The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board yesterday awarded financial assistance to 335 victims of violent crime at its February meeting, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Awards were made in 149 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 186 previously submitted cases. The awards totaled $361,010.58.

The Division of Crime Victims Compensation in Schmidt’s office administers the Crime Victims Compensation program, which was established in 1978 to help victims of violent crime pay for their unexpected expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, dependent support and funeral expenses.

The state’s three-member Crime Victims Compensation Board determines claims that are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to each claimant. Awards are limited to a maximum total amount of $25,000 with limitations of $5,000 for funeral expense, $5,000 for outpatient mental health counseling, $10,000 for inpatient mental health treatment and $1,500 for grief counseling for family survivors of homicide victims.

A portion of assessed court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders provides funding to the program.

For more information about the Crime Victims Compensation program call (785) 296-2359 or visit the attorney general’s website at


 USDA and HHS Partner to Create Recovery Housing in Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz today announced USDA and HHS will partner to create addiction recovery transitional housing in rural communities.

“Strong and healthy communities are foundational for prosperity in rural America,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of President Trump, we are committed at USDA to building innovative partnerships and driving more effective and efficient use of our resources to address the opioid misuse crisis at the local level.”

McCance-Katz said, “We know that the opioid crisis has hit rural communities hard, and we need to leverage all possible partnerships to support these communities. Housing plays a vital part in the recovery process for those living with opioid use disorders.”

USDA and HHS formalized their partnership through an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Nonprofit organizations will be able to purchase homes from USDA and convert them to transitional housing for people recovering from opioid misuse.

USDA Rural Development and HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will coordinate efforts to sell USDA’s Real Estate Owned (REO) single-family housing properties at a discount to non-profit organizations that provide housing, treatment, job training and other key services for people in substance misuse treatment and recovery. This will further enhance the two organizations’ formal collaboration. It began in 2018 with SAMHSA’s supplementing of USDA Cooperative Extension grants to expand technical assistance and training on opioid use disorder prevention and treatment.

President Donald J. Trump has mobilized his entire Administration to address opioid misuse by directing the declaration of a nationwide Public Health Emergency. To help local leaders respond to this epidemic, USDA has worked to build infrastructure for prevention, treatment and recovery, facilitate partnerships, and drive innovation in rural communities. In 2018, USDA worked with the Office of National Drug Control Policy to establish a White House Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group which is improving the coordination of federal resources in rural America. In December, USDA launched the Community Opioid Misuse Toolbox. This initiative includes the Community Resource Guide (PDF, 1.7 MB), a comprehensive directory of federal resources that can help rural communities address the opioid crisis, and the Community Assessment Tool, an interactive database to help community leaders assess how and why the opioid epidemic is impacting their regions.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and healthcare; and high-speed internet e-Connectivity in rural areas. For more information, visit


Russell Man Arrested For Child Pornography

ELLIS COUNTY – Today, special agents of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) arrested a Russell man for his alleged involvement with child pornography.

On Thursday, Feb. 14, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Kenneth D. Herd, 54, of Russell, was arrested at his place of employment in Hays, Kan. Herd was arrested for transportation of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in Lyons, Kan.

The arrest follows a Jan. 30 federal grand jury indictment for the child pornography related offenses. After his arrest, Herd was transported to Wichita where he was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.

The United States Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case.


Sen. Moran Priorities Included in FY2019 THUD Appropriations Act

Prioritizes Southwest Chief, Contract Towers; Blocks ATC privatization

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations – today released the following statement after the Senate passed the FY2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related (THUD) Appropriations Act that provides funding to advance transportation infrastructure development, housing assistance and community development:

 “This bipartisan bill proves that good things can happen when Republicans and Democrats come together to focus on everyday issues to improve the lives of all Americans: reliable transportation, affordable housing and responsible development of their cities and towns. Included in this legislation are several priorities important to our state, including funding for the Southwest Chief and the FAA Contract Tower Program, language to deter air traffic control privatization and resources to continue critical research being done at our institutes of higher education.”

This appropriations measure targets funding toward improving our nation’s transportation and housing infrastructure, continuing to improve our air traffic control (ATC) system, and maintaining rental assistance and community development programs.

Included in this legislation are several Sen. Moran-sponsored provisions:

Advanced Composites for WSU – Supports continued funding for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Joint Advanced Materials and Structures Center of Excellence at Wichita State University to improve the safety and integrity of aircraft and aerospace structures.

Aircraft Certification – Appropriates funding for FAA’s Aircraft Certification Services critical for aviation manufacturers to enhance safety and compete in the global marketplace.

Federal Contract Tower Program – Includes full and dedicated funding for the program, which includes eight air traffic control towers in Kansas that provide important safety services to small airports nationwide while saving the FAA approximately $200 million annually.

ASSURE Center of Excellence for UAS Research – Maintains funding for FAA’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research. The University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Wichita State University are leaders among the 23 leading research institutions that comprise this Center.

ATC Privatization – Includes report language stating strong opposition to ATC privatization and FAA funding transfer authority to provide flexibility in ensuring continuity of air traffic operations.

Southwest Chief – Provides $50 million of Amtrak’s appropriations for long-term maintenance and safety improvements along the route and prohibits Amtrak from replacing long-distance train service with buses.


Sen. Moran Priorities Included in FY2019 Ag Appropriations Bill

Prioritizes NBAF, Rural Broadband, Food for Peace & Veterans in Agriculture

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies – today released the following statement after the Senate passed the FY2019 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Bill that provides funding to support agriculture, conservation and nutrition programs:

 “What our farmers and ranchers grow in Kansas not only puts food on our tables here at home, but provides nourishment to the hungry worldwide. The priorities I worked to include in this bipartisan bill – including broadband expansion and mental health services – reflect the resources farmers and ranchers across our state have expressed to me they need to do their jobs during a tough time in agriculture. I appreciate the Senate coming together in a bipartisan fashion to show our care, appreciation and support for our nation’s producers.”

This appropriations bill supports the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2018 Farm Bill implementation, rural development, conservation programs, and food and drug safety. It also provides essential nutrition assistance for children, families and seniors and creates

Included in this legislation are several Sen. Moran-sponsored provisions:

Agricultural Research – Supports agricultural research conducted by the Agricultural Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. This includes a $15 million increase over FY2018 for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, and research for Kansas crops such as wheat, sorghum and alfalfa.

International Food Assistance – Maintains the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, erected by former U.S. Senators Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and George McGovern (D-S.D.). This legislation also prioritizes Food for Peace grants which support the delivery of American-grown food to foreign countries experiencing chronic hunger crises.

National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) – Secures funding for the future of NBAF, including a $5 million increase for Agricultural Research Services animal disease research, $10.6 million toward NBAF equipment-transfer related costs, continued funding for NBAF workforce development and flexibility for additional NBAF hiring.

Farmer Mental Health – Includes $2 million for grants to reestablish the Farmer Stress Assistance Network to help address the farmer mental health crisis. This funds a key provision of the Farmers First Act, included in the 2018 Farm Bill.  

Rural Broadband – Invests in the rural broadband loan and grant pilot program for underserved areas, while including safeguards to prevent overbuilding on existing broadband infrastructure.

Opioids – Provides $47 million in regulatory science, enforcement and innovation activities, and $16 million for Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants to assist rural communities in combating the opioid epidemic.

Veterans in Agriculture  Contributes an additional $5 million for competitive grants to help veterans transition into agriculture.


Homicide Suspect Arrested In Chautauqua County

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY– The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Sunday night at a residence near Peru, Kan.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office requested KBI assistance Sunday at approximately 6:30 p.m. Special agents responded to the scene to assist.

Preliminary information indicates that on Sunday, Feb. 17 at approximately 6:15 p.m., the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a man had been shot. When they responded to the residence at 863 Road 26 in Sedan, Kan., deputies found a male gunshot victim inside the home. EMS rendered aid to the man and transported him to the Sedan City Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He has been identified as 46-year-old Joe Corman, of Peru, Kan.

Authorities quickly identified and located a shooting suspect. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Travis W. Dickson, 43, at approximately 7:10 p.m. Sunday at his home in Niotaze, Kan., and booked him into the Chautauqua County Jail for driving under the influence. On Monday, a first-degree murder charge was filed against Dickson.

This investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.



Milford State Park Ranger Recognized For Saving Life

PRATT – On January 10, 2019, a 911 call was received from a Milford resident reporting an adult mail choking and turning blue. Tim Himelick, first responder from the City of Milford, arrived in minutes and started CPR. Clayton Swanson, Milford State Park ranger arrived and immediately assisted with CPR to give Himelick a break. Geary County Sheriff’s Department officer Cayla Da Giau also arrived and began assisting with CPR. The man was transferred to an area hospital where staff credited the three first responders with saving his life. He’s now back at college.  Swanson, Himelick and Da Giau were recognized for their actions by Milford Mayor Brad Roether and the Geary County Commission during a presentation ceremony on Jan. 28, 2019. Roether praised the three for their swift response and life-saving actions.

Kansas state park rangers are fully commissioned Kansas law enforcement officers and often respond to and assist other law enforcement agencies with calls that are outside of typical Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism-related duties. This assistance can be especially crucial in the rural areas where many state park rangers are located.


HISTORY IS FUN ~ Robert & Helen Caplinger

Old news from the 1927 Issues of Effingham New Leaf

HISTORY FROM THE OBITUARY OF JOHN RICHTER.  "John Richter passed away at his home in Effingham, Thursday, at the age of 73 years, 7 months and 20 days.  Death was due to the complications of the flu.

"Mr. Richter was born at Marne, Austria.  In January 1873, he was married to Mrs. Amelia Michel who, with five children, Mrs. Louisa Trompeter and Dominic Richter of Effingham; Mrs. Amelia Hanson of Flatonia, Texas; Lee of Tacoma, Wash., and Mrs. Anna Royer of Valley Falls, survive him.  Another daughter died infancy.  Mr. and Mrs. Richter left Austria seven years after their marriage for America, locating near Atchison, where they lived three years, and on a farm near Farmington for a term of four years.  They endured the hardships incident to the early day here on the farm.  Forty years ago, Mr. Richter moved to Effingham, where he was section foreman for the Missouri Pacific, 20 years, until his health would no longer permit the outdoor exposure connected with his work.  After his retirement Mr. and Mrs. Richter rented their home in Effingham.  The spent a year in Texas with their daughter Mrs. Hanson, and another year on the farm with their daughter, Mrs. Louisa Trompeter.

"Funeral services were held at St. Ann's church with interment made in the parish cemetery.

"The pallbearers were Chester Benjamin, Maurice Richter, Harry Royer, Ed Wohletz, James and John Trompeter."

WANT TO BUY A RAILROAD ENGINE CHEAP?  "Charley Andrews, representing the receiver of the defunct Northwestern Railroad, will sell you a locomotive for $150.  You can have two for $300.  On track at Seneca.  Clem Wempe of Seneca bought two passenger coaches for $50 each.  He converted them into brooder houses.  Charley Todd of Seneca got himself a nice caboose for $25 and now he has a summer house.  He can climb up into the cupola any time and see the world go by in all directions.  Charley Andrews hasn't much more to sell except right of way.  The ties purchased by farmers at three cents each, went like hot cakes.  The telegraph wires, poles and cross arms sold at ten dollars a mile."

LATEST ON THE WATER SYSTEM.  "The well drillers are down to 149 feet in the test well.  They think the prospects for water are good."

A LATER STORY.  "The City well is 210 feet deep.  The drillers will on down with a larger casing as far as the gravel goes.  Water stands now 75 feet in the well.  It was bailed out Tuesday at the rate of 20 gallons per minute and the water was not lowered.  A pump will be installed and a thorough test be given when they get through the gravel.  A soap test of the water and comparison to other wells of the town shows the water to be reasonably soft and softer than that of the well water to which it was compared."

"The well drillers think they have struck an abundance of water.  They are now ready to test the amount and quality of the water.  If there is sufficient water to supply the town, Mayor Pinder thinks the waterworks system will be installed by fall."

AND STILL MORE ON WATER.  "A pump was put in the city well this week and it is thought there is plenty of water to supply the city under ordinary circumstances.  The test showed twenty gallons per minute.   The State Board of Health has tested the water and the city has their approval for its use for domestic consumption.  Work will be started as soon as the contractor can get on the job." (5.27.27)

A GRADUATE RETURNS.  "A telegram was received from Miss Bertha Murray, telling of the death of Mrs. Jones, in California.  Her husband, Dr. Jones survives.  It was for his health, they moved from Atchison to California.  When Miss Murray attended Business College in Atchison, she lived with Dr. and Mrs. Jones.  They had no near relatives and took a fancy to Miss Murray, they wanted to adopt her.  When she would not consent to this they begged her to make her home with them, and she has been with them since Easter.  Miss Murray is a graduate of ACHS.  Dr. Jones and Miss Murray will arrive in Atchison with the body today."

TIGERS TAKE PLACES IN SABETHA TRACK MEET.  "Earl Strine, 2nd, high hurdles; Orville Cathcart, tied 2nd, high jump; Clarence Coder, 3rd, low hurdles; Guy Chester, 4th, mile run; Glen Poston, 4th, shot put; Elmer Kloepper, 2nd, shot put and 3rd, javelin.

"Elmer Kloepper in placing second in the shot put, broke the school record of 38.7 1/2 established by Glen Poston a week ago at Sabetha with a heave of 40.1 1/2.

"Earl Strine also made fast time in the high hurdles, placing a close 2nd to the man who broke the record at the State meet at K.U.  Earl defeated him in the semi finals but lost by a few feet in the final race."

HINZ  -  HAWK  WEDDING.  "A very pretty wedding was solemnized at 2 P.M. Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Hinz, when their elder daughter, Emma Josephine, became the bride of Covell Daniel Hawk, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Hawk.  As Miss Thelma Hawk played Mendelssohn's wedding march the bride and groom and their attendants, Miss Julia Hawk and William Hinz descended the stairway and took their place beneath an arch of bridal wreath, and snow balls centered with a large wedding bell, where the ceremony was performed by the Rev. Ernest L. Brown, using the ring service.  Carnations, lilies and ferns were used in profusion in the living room.  Only immediate relatives were present.  The bride, a beautiful girl, was charming in a gown of white flat crepe, trimmed with white satin ribbon and silk lace.  Her corsage was of ----- and orange blossoms tied with pink satin ribbon.  The groom and his best man wore blue suits.  The grooms gift to the bride was a string of pearls and to the best man gold cuff links.  The bride gave her brides maid a jade bracelet.  After a buffet luncheon the young couple left for a short wedding tour, including Kansas City, Lawrence, and McCook, Neb.

"The marriage not only meets with the approval of the parents and relatives of both parties, but is considered an ideal one by all of their friends.

"Both are young, fine looking, capable, with a nicely furnished and well equipped farm home in readiness for them.  Both are graduates of the ACCHS.  The bride taught at Forest Grove a year ago.  The groom attended K. U. a year and specialized in chemistry, but preferred farm life, and has been engaged in farming with his father for several years.  They will be at home on the farm purchased of the late Thos. Brown estate, ear the Sunny Hill school house, and have the best wishes of the entire community for their happiness. (5.13.17)

ACCHS FAMILY FACTS.  "Frances Madden is the youngest of ten, five brothers and four sisters, all ACCHS graduates.  Meredith Hawk, Milo Witson, Esther Valentine, are all the fifth and last members of their families to finish ACCHS.  The four children of Rob't Pinder and three of his nieces are all ACCHS graduates.  Other families in which there are from four or more who claim ACCHS as their alma mater are children in the James Ellis, John Larson, Mrs. S. Swendson and Chas. Butler families."

A  FIRST.  "Geo Warner is the first farmer in this locality to install a milking machine.  If it proves a success and a help, most likely other farmers will install them."

AN OLD TIME GLASS CUTTER.  "Anton Candreia has a diamond glass cutter, in good condition, that is at least seventy years old.  It was used by his father in Switzerland for many years."



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The 127th ACCHS Annual Alumni Banquet will be held on June 1st, 2019 in the ACCJ/SHS gymnasium at 6:30 PM.  A fellowship hour will be held prior to the banquet from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in the commons. 

Tickets are on sale till May 28th at the Muscotah Mercantile in Muscotah;  ENB Farmers and Merchants branch and Hegarty-Caplinger Insurance office in Atchison and Effingham.  Tickets are $15.00.  The meal will be prepared by Martha's Catering in Effingham. 

Please contact the USD#377 office at 913-833-5050 to reserve a room at the high school for any class reunions. A tour of the old high school can be arranged if desired by a class holding a reunion.  Contact Steve Caplinger 913-370-0523 to schedule a tour. 

Current officers of the association are: President John Miller, Vice President-Greg Miller, Secretary-Sharman Heineken and Treasurer- Jim Cormode.

Don't forget the ACCHS Alumni Scholarship Foundation holds their annual meeting at the high school at 2 PM June 1st, 2019.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please contact the USD # 377 office at 913-833-5050 to reserve a room at the high school for any class reunions.

Current officers are:

President John Miller                                     

Vice-Pres. Greg Miller               941-769-5390

Secretary Sharman Heineken        785-872-3120

Treasurer Jim Cormode                913-803-0029

Mark your calendar and attend if you can.

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Can you guess the location of the building below?

Last week was a photo of ACCHS Twirlerss in 1967-1968, L-R Bonnie Cameron, Debbie Ellerman, Peggy Pyne, Helen Haverkamp and Patty Kurtz.  (Corrected 2-20-19)



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