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$1.00 (USPS No. 679-660) Vol. 132 No. 10, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 Official Newspaper for City of Coldwater and Comanche County Box 518 Coldwater, Kansas 67029-0518 (620) 582-2101 T-Wolf Gridders Now 4-and-1 ill The South Central High attempts. During the first frame, conversion on one of its TDs, School's varsity football team the Mustangs were only able to for 13 points. improved its season record to 4- score one touchdown, plus a 2- Though the visiting Mus- and- 1 last Friday night at home, point conversion, tangs had again outscored the winning 46-30 over the Mus-That setthe hafftime score at home team in the fourth, the Tim- tangs from Macksville High 26-8 in the T-Wolves' favor, berwolves' lead was still enough School. The pace slowed consider- to claim a 46-30 victory. With the loss, Macksville ably for SCHS in the third quar- South Centrai's offense was moves to 1 -and-4 on the season, ter, with just one touchdown and a balanced attack, with 297 yards After a scoreless first quar- a 1-point conversion for seven in the air and 215 yards on the ter, an explosive second quarter points. The visiting Macksville ground for a total offensive out- put South Central on top ofteam also scored just once, but putof512.Macksville'steamac- Macksville, and they remained added two points on the PATcounted for more yards in the air on top despite being outscored attempt.That setthe score at 33- at 334, but managed to pile up in the third and fourth frames. 16 in favor ofthe Timberwolves only 82 yards rushing for 417 Both teams found it impos- as the third quarter came to an total yards. sible to cross the goal line in the end. Junior Dalton Morehead was first quarter of play, but that Going into the fourth quarter the leading rusher for SCHS with changed in the second quarter, ahead by 17 points, South Cen- 128 yards on six carries. Senior Each team scored in the sec- tral scored two more times, as did Gerald Morehead was next with ond, with the Timberwolves Macksville.MHSmadea2-point 46 yards on nine carries, fol- cranking 26 points onto theconversion on one touchdownlowed closely by freshman scoreboard with four touch-for 14 total points in the quarter. Chayde Snyder with 43 yards on downs and two points on PATSCHS made only a single-point (continued on page 8) ::7::' ~i~iiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiii! Weather as recorded hy .lohtl Lehnlan Jolene Roitman (at righ0 Wellington Democrat running for the ll6th Dis- trict Kansas House of Representatives seat in the November election visited Coldwater this Wednesday, above stopping in the Comanche County Farm Bureau office to share information with and answer questions fromOffice Man- ager and Senior Sales Associate Jessica Reed (left) and Sales Associate Macy Parkin (center). photo by Dennies D Andersen Commissioners Chang Their Minds on Cardboard Meeting in regular session here Tuesday, the Comanche County Commissioners reversed -- or at least modified -- a deci- sion they made at their meeting two weeks ago. At that meeting, the commis- sioners agreed to discontinue the practice of sending a county employee to pick recyclable ma- terial from any business in the county -- something that had been done to one extent or an- other for a number of years. The matter came back to their attention after Lynda Cooley, courthouse custodian, turned in a bill to the county for mileage for hauling various things from the courthouse for the past 26 years. When she met with the com- missioners, she told them she didn't expect to receive the back mileage pay, but did want to get their attention. That worked. Tuesday she said the road and bridge crew's recycling per- sonnel had refused after the last commission meeting to haul the recyclables from the courthouse to the recycling center -- so she hauled them herself in her own vehicle. That, apparently was the last straw for her. The commissioners told her that they would do nothing about the mileage for the past 26 years. They said they had no problem, however, with paying her for a recent trip to Pratt to pick up commodities for distri- bution in the county. Road and Bridge Supervisor Dennis Hernandez reminded the commissioners they had told him not to pick up recyclables at the hospital -- or anywhere else -- at their previous meeting. That was when Hernandez reported that a request had come from Pioneer Lodge to pick up card- board there since cardboard was being picked up at the hospital. The commissioners said at that time they were unaware any recyclables pick up was being done, and instructed him to dis- continue it. After rethinking the matter Tuesday, they agreed that the county crew should pick up the recyclables from county agen- cies -- the hospital and the courthouse. In other business, the com- missioners: -- Approved payment of bills in the amount of $151 "579.29. --Discussed a report of a re- cent instance when one county employee prepared a deed for an- other county employee -- and supposedly did the work on county time. The commissioners dis- cussed the liability issues, in ad- dition to the time spent on some- thing other than county duties during office hours. After dis- cussing the matter further with County Attorney Skip Herd, the commissioners instructed the county attorney to write a county policy to handle the situ- ation and bring it back to the commissioners for approval. At that time, it would be included in the county policy book. --Met with County Health Nurse Nicole York who reported that the health department had purchased a vision screening machine through donated funds. --Heard the health nurse re- port that after changing the health department office hours for the summer, they had found it to be beneficial for both the staff and clients. She recom- mended that the "summer hours" be continued year round. Those hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays. --Heard Nurse York explain that she would like to see the county pay a portion ($35 per month) of the cell phone bill of Joann Malone, health depart- ment secretary/receptionist, due to the fact that she does a con- siderable amount of county business on her personal phone. The commissioners agreed to take no action on the matter un- til after there is further discus- sion with the county auditor. He had earlier said that health de- partment phone calls on a pri- vate phone would be a violation of federal HIPPA rules, subject- ing the county to fines of up to $10~000. --Met with Matt Burton of Lasso Energy who reported that his company had no luck in se- curing a mile and a half of right- of-way from some of the adja- cent landowners for a proposed salt water disposal well in the northwest part of the county. He asked if the commissioners had any suggestions for an alternate route to run the disposal line. Commissioner Randy Unruh and Burton looked at an ownership map, with Commissioner Unruh suggesting an alternate route. --Met with Comanche County Hospital Administrator Nancy Zimmerman who said the hospital had sought additional bids on new footing in the medi- cal clinic. Bids ranged from $14,519.85 to $19,000 for the 2,700 square feet combination of carpet and vinyl flooring. After some discussion, the commis- sioners approved a bid of $14.519.85 from Davis Salisbury of Dodge City. The hospital ad (continued on page 3) Date High Low Precip. 9-28 84 54 0.00 9-29 77 46 0.00 9-30 75 46 0.00 10-1 79 57 0.00 10-2 83 60 trace 10-3 83 61 0.05 10-4 82 64 0.00 i z- I