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This week in history june 30, 1953 - The first pro- duction Corvette is built at the General Motors facility in Flint, Michigan. Tony Kleiber, a worker on the assembly line, is given the privilege of driving the now- historic car off the line. June 30,1936 - Margaret Mitch- ell's Gone with the Wind, one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published on this day in 1936. In 1926, Mitchell was forced to quit her job as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal to recover from a series ofphysicalinjuries.With too much time on her hands, Mitchell soon grew restless. Working on a Remington type- writer, a gift from her second husband, John R. Marsh, in their cramped one-bedroom apart- ment, Mitchell began telling the story of an Atlanta belle named Pansy O'Hara. July 2, 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the historic Civil Rights Act in a nationally televised ceremony at the White House. July 4, 1863 - The Confederacy is torn in two when General John C. Pemberton surrenders to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Vicksburg, Mississippi. July 4, 1826 - John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the second and third presidents of the United States, respectively, die on this day, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. History.corn Thu 98/76 6/30 Abundant sunshine. Highs in the upper 90s and lows in the mid 70s. Fri 98/75 711 Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 90s and lows in the mid 70s. Sat 95/72 7/2 Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 90s and lows in the low 70s. Sun 92/73 7/3 Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 90s and lows in the low 70s. 714Mn 92/72 ; ' Mainly sunny. Highs in the low 90s and lows in the low 70s. Inside... Old Settlers' pg, 5 Mentoring program pg, 4 JCN film camp pg, 7 County record pg. 3 Obituaries.,. Berta Nell Huffman, 61 Kenneth D. Newell, 88 Miriam Smith, 76 Alma M. Crawford, 98 County news and photos at: jeff countynews, com ********************** FOR ADC 980 1629 00-00-00 20P 6T SMALLTOWN PAPERS INC  **C005 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 II,l,,I,,I,,I,l,l,,I,,I,,I,,I,l,,1,1,11,,,,ll,,,,lll,,,I,l,l,I S K A L 0 0 S A "Six Months i Older Than The State Of Kansas" June 30, 2011 Vol. 152, Number 2 8 Pages--75 Cents Published Every Thursday Official Jefferson County Newspaper, Oskaloosa, Kansas Settlement for SOB in the works by Dennis Sharkey A resolution to a lawsuit filed by a proposed strip club owner against Jefferson County Commissioners could soon be coming. According to court filings a joint motion by both sides to extend the deadline for the county's response to allegations made in the lawsuit was granted last week by federal Magistrate Judge James P. O'Hara. The proposed strip club is part of a restaurant and bar that would be located just north of Meriden on K-4 Highway. The county's original deadline for filing a response was in April after the lawsuit was filed in March. The county asked for an extension that was set to expire on Monday because of the number of allegations in the lawsuit. The lawsuit has also asked for a preliminary injunction so that the business could open while the case moved through court. O'Hara granted an extension to Monday, July 25. His extension was based on the belief that a resolu- tion could be reached in the coming weeks. The documents say that extending the deadline would help facilitate the talks. "The parties are currently in settlement discussions and believe that a formal settlement of this case within the next few weeks is likely," the court documents say. Additionally the documents say, "Additional time would allow the County to devote its attention to negotiating a settlement and to con- serve resources relative to preparing responsive documents." Zach Snyder, owner of the pro- posed club, has not respofided to phone messages left. Commissioners would not com- ment on a possible settlement other than to say that attorneys were working on an agreement. Chairman Richard Malm said he had no details of what has been offered. Activity at the proposed site has ceased in the last month. Sny- der, along with business partner Oather Rutledge, have not attended a county commission meeting since last month. Both were attending meetings on a regular basis since last December. Commissioners hold questionable closed session with insurance brokers by Dennis Sharkey County Commissioners for the most part were tight-lipped Mon- day afternoon when being ques- tioned about a closed session meeting they had last week with insurance agents. Commissioners met for 15 min- utes in closed session on June 20 with Phil Drescher and Stephen Euston of Bukaty'Agency, an insurance broker, Linda Buttron, county clerk and Jan Hayes. The meeting was not on the agen- da and even seemed to be a surprise to First District Commissioner Lynn Luck. Chairman Richard Maim moved to go into the closed session for employee-employer negotiations. However, the minutes approved on Monday say the reason was for non- elected personnel. While Malta and Commissioner Roy Dunnaway mostly looked down and remained silent, Luck answered questions about the meeting. Maim and Dunnaway were later asked if they wanted to comment but de- clined. The only comment Malm made was that there were several high claims cases that had to be dis- cussed. Luck said the main reason the meeting was held behind dosed doors was because employees' names were involved. When asked why the dis- cussions couldn't take place without disclosing names she at first said she didn't know but later said it was because the county's workforce is so low. "It's a small workforce," she said. "We have a number of higher claims that we didn't want to discuss in open session. People would know who we were talking about. People know the people that have been ill." Luck said they have met in closed session in the past to discuss specific higher claims with insurance rep- resentatives. She said the Bukaty Agency representatives have infor- mation they needed to hear. Commissioners were told that it is quite possible a complaint could be filed against them for the meeting but had no comment. Luck asked County Counselor Jan Hacs to comment but she refused. Commissioners had no issue with her refusal to comment. Last year commissioners approved a plan to switch from private insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield to a self- insured plan that was composed by Bukaty Agency. McLouth explores consolidation for fire departments by Dennis Sharkey A recently negotiated agreement between the city of McLouth and the Union Township Board has sparked some interest for consolidation. Carl Chalfant, McLouth city ad- ministrator and city fire chief, said last week that consolidation was be- ing explored by some but was positive nothing would happen in the short term. The city and the township board have an inter-local agreement. The township owns the building but the two departments share the building space, share equipment and have the same personnel. Chalfant said up until a few years ago there were two fire chiefs but he has been appointed chief of both de- partments to avoid confusion at the scene. In another matter, Chalfant said the city will start buying fuel from both outlets in the city instead of See City Page 7 Photo by Dennis Sharkey Two crash investigators take measurements around a cement truck that overturned on K-92 Highway near the Ozawkie American Legion building on Friday, June 24.The driver of the vehicle was taken to St. Francis Health Center. Oskaloosa attorney injured in accident involving truck by Dennis Sharkey Oskaloosa attorney Donna Huff- man, 42, Ozawkie, and a Valley Falls man were both taken to hospitals on Friday after an accident on K-92 Highway near the Ozawkie Ameri- can Legion Post. The crash occurred at about 8:30 a.m. Friday morning. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report Huffman was facing eastbound and stopped preparing to make a left turn into a private drive when a cement truck driven by Leo K. Merando Jr., 64, attempted to pass Huffman on the left and sideswiped Huffman's car. At the scene the cement truck was rolled over on its side while Huffman's car was in the south ditch with little damage to the outside of the vehicle. Heavy skid marks could be seen that swerved for about 150 feet. Huffman was taken to Stormont Vail HealthCare with minor injuries according to an officer at the scene. The report says Merando was taken to St. Francis Health Center. His condition is unknown. It is unknown whether or not ei- ther driver was wearing a seat belt. The accident closed a portion of K-92 Highway for several hours. East and westbound traffic was di- verted through Lakeshore Estates. Oskaloosa Old Settlers' Reunion 2011 I a sw=ng,ng success Photos by Dennis Sharkey Above: Natalie Barnett, left, Lauren Mitchell, center, and MichaelaTroxel, all of Oskaloosa, spun each other around while the Banner Creek Blue Grass Band played for a crowd on the Oskaloosa square at the opening night of Old Settlers' Reunion on Thursday, June 23. Below: Members of the RoyalVa!!ey Native American DancerS group performed for onlookers at the Oskaloosa Old Settlers' Reunion on Saturday. More photos on page 5 and at I ' I! ,, I,,:l , . ]I] II,,l ,Illl,, "1.IIII  fill !fill ]i i,l[II';IIIi:]IIIIiI " "