In the Beard Contest at the Gower Centennial Mike Frazier won for the fanciest, Jack Snyder for the longest beard and George Branstuder for the best full beard.
LOCH NESS AT CLUB…It may not be the real Loch Ness monster, but a whole bunch of kids (of all ages) enjoyed the ride during the hot weekend at the Country Club pool. Left to right: David Schauer, Brandon Stephens, Julie Hoskins, Clint Bolinger, Andrew Hoskins, Andy Schauer, Ales Schauer and Bo Hoskins.
Reaching for excellence
12-year-old Ben French reaches out for his yellow ribbon during the Lathrop Mule Show held on Saturday, August 7. Ben attends the North Platte School District in Dearborn, Mo. This was the 19th year for the Lathrop Mule Show.
Clinton County funds roof with emergency funds
When Second District Commissioner Larry King and First District Commissioner Gary McCrea leave office in December, they’ll do so having tackled one of the county’s more pesky problems.
The commission – including Presiding Commissioner Patrick Clark – recently voted to accept a bid to replace the Clinton County Courthouse’s flat and failing roof, essentially putting to rest one of the county’s bigger tripping stones when it comes to its property limitations.
The commission approved a bid from Kramer Construction for $168,560 for a 24-gauge metal roof that will be gabled and sloped. The bid includes all soffits, downspouts and gutters, and includes prevailing wage.
The county received four bids for the work, and Kramer’s wasn’t the cheapest of the four; another bid was slightly cheaper at $165,000 but did not include prevailing wage.
The commission will be dipping into the general revenue budget’s emergency fund to pay for the project, which isn’t much of a stretch considering the roof’s long march toward obsolescence. For well more than a decade, the county has nursed the roof along, with its failings becoming more and more obvious. Just this year, the county had to deal with mold in the recorder’s office, replacing sheetrock and carpet due to heavy leaking.
The commission said that Kramer’s crews have already placed metal over the capstones where water was getting in to help alleviate the problem ahead of construction. McCrea said the county’s ability to get the roof taken care of is huge. King, who has spent 16 years on the commission, said they’ve talked about it for a long time, and he is happy to get it done without a tax.
The commissioners also reported that they’ve distributed some of the monies from the CARES program, for which the county received $2.39 million for local entities. The county is giving the money through a grant-like system, in which groups apply for the money. Those groups have to submit invoices for items and work related to COVID-19 mitigation and fall out. The county is giving the money in phases: the first includes the health dept., police depts., fire depts, and the like, followed by small businesses, schools and others in the second phase.
Kelly Ann and brothers Sean and Jamie Joe Rose chose a surrey with the fringe on top for the Kiddie Parade at the Gower Centennial. Grandpa Lawrence Gibson is on hand to see to the details. They are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Rose of Hemple.
PHS CLASS OF 1970 REUNION - A picnic was held Saturday night at Perkins Park for the class of 1970 and their families. Pictured above are row one - Janette Halferty Lile, Alice Kirk Craven, Ann Hathaway Hicks, Kathy Hamby Walter, Connie Nall Davidson, Sue Orr Lysate, Jean Enderle Bentsen, Helen Plummer Pipes, Patti King Marceau, Rebecca Illescas Holem, John Trotter, Paula Mick McKeehan, Row 2 - Debbie Harless Smith, Lloyd Askren, Ruth Carpenter Amick, Darrell Smith, Gara Griffith Sloan, Steve Evans, John Mabrey, Deborah Grayson, Bill Crane, Ellen Shoemaker, Lee Bentsen, Martha Moody, Karen Frost Carter, Carol Shoemaker O’Riley, Stuart Jenkins, David Doak, Steve Bollinger, Dan Price, Myke Jackson, and Kent Krueger.
Attending but unavailable for photo were Cathy Grafton Kelly, Bill Shellman and Valerie Harris Guy.
Mardi Gras in Lathrop
Friendship Festival celebrates 46 years
(Top) 2010 Lathrop Friendship Festival Queen Ali Hutchinson with 2009 Queen Tiffany Scott. (Bottom) Corey Strider presents Lathrop resident Donald Griffin with the 2010 Rotary Citizen of the Year award.
Gower community ready to celebrate sesquicentennial anniversary on Sept. 3
The City of Gower will celebrate its 150th birthday on Thursday, September 3. The sesquicentennial celebration will be held on Railroad Street and in the Gower City Park.
This birthday celebration will have a number of aspects, including a special ceremony honoring family members of Alexander Greenwood Gower and Daniel Smith, who are the two original founding fathers of the city. That ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. on that Thursday.
The committee is also planning pioneer activities (4 p.m.), which will include different aspects of life common to the period of the town’s founding. A special gift shop will be available for visitors to purchase commemorative items, along with food vendors for those who want to eat that evening.
“Big Time Grain Co.,” a Kansas City band, will be performing both old and new country hits.
Look for more about this birthday celebration for Gower in future editions of The Leader.
August 3rd - 9th, 2020
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