▪ Linda and Jack Cox were the first family to have a bench installed on the Rock Island Trail by Pleasant Hill.
▪ A note from Coach Mounce at the East Lynne School: “With much appreciation, our gymnasium has received a makeover this summer. A NEW FLOOR! In order to keep our floor nice, we need your help. Please make sure your child has tennis shoes on or at school for PE. Each class has PE every day, NO outdoor shoes, boots, sandals, etc. will be allowed. For safety reasons, your child will be unable to participate in socks, or barefoot. It is very important to have tennis shoes. If students would like to keep a pair of tennis shoes at school, please make sure their name in on them both. I will have a place available to store tennis shoes.”
▪ The East Lynne/Gunn City fire department had many calls for the period of July 22-27.There were a motor vehicle accident, three medicals, a smoke investigation for lightning striking a house, and numerous water rescues due to the flooding in our area.
▪ Happy birthday to Autumn Self, Mason Wright, Randy Dillion, Dean Schanhorst, Madelyn Murry, Genevieve Stuby, Kelly Stuby, Ellianna Evans, Machenzie Eisel, Zachary Hammond, Kelly Shea, Nathan Kreimeyer, Tommy Verstraete and Avery Butler.
▪ Happy 48th wedding anniversary to Donna and Cliff Woolery.
▪ Please contact me with news and announcements.
Mischaele Bearce, 816-626-3480 or firstname.lastname@example.org
▪ Our community was inundated with heavy rains the morning of July 27: more than 7 inches in less than six hours, causing severe flooding in the Freeman, West Line and Lake Annette areas. Dolan-West Dolan emergency personnel spent numerous hours involved in water rescues throughout the fire district. Five people were rescued in West Line, 11 at the duplexes in south Freeman, one at the Freeman RV Park, two on a vehicle near the Grand River Baptist Church southeast of Freeman, and 31 at Lake Annette, for a total of 50 people. Three dogs were rescued as well.
The Freeman Community Center became a shelter and dissemination point for the evacuees, with one being provided overnight accommodations by the Red Cross. The remainder were picked up by family members and friends. Many other individuals, organizations, and businesses from our community provided resources, as well as other emergency agencies from not only Cass County, but from Johnson County, Kan., as well. Most important was the absence of injuries or deaths from this disaster. There was damages, however, to recreational vehicles a at the Freeman RV Park, and to several residences, mostly at Lake Annette.
A special thank you to all who provided the necessary services needed to make the operations efficient and effective, with a safe outcome for all. It is great to live in a community where people voluntarily step up to do whatever it takes to make a bad situation better.
▪ In an emergency would it be easy for first responders to locate your address? Emergency services of all types remind you that this could amount to a life-and-death situation. Do you have a very visible numeric address at the entrance to your residence, farm or business? If you need assistance in this matter, contact your local fire department, which can help you obtain low-cost numeric signs that can be put on your mailbox, or sign post near your driveway or yard. Also, be sure that your numeric address is visible from both directions, as nobody knows from which direction help may come.
▪ The Freeman Zoning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Freeman City Hall.
▪ The Lake Annette City Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Freeman City Hall.
▪ The monthly meeting of the Freeman Community Club will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Freeman Community Center, with the Homecoming Committee meeting at 6 p.m.
▪ The Freeman City Council’s monthly meeting will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Freeman City Hall.
▪ Planning continues for the annual Freeman Homecoming on Sept. 16. This event will mark the 147th anniversary of Freeman. Further information will be provided in later columns.
▪ At the Freeman Baptist Church, the Women’s Bible Study meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 at the church, and the Men’s Bible Study meets at 7 p.m. Regular services include Sunday School at 10 a.m. each week, followed by morning worship at 11 a.m. A Children’s Church also starts at 11. All-church Bible studies are held at 6 p.m. on Sundays and 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Youth Group, RA’s & GA’s meet at 7 p.m. each Wednesday. Everyone is invited to any or all of these activities.
▪ “The Story” continues at the Freeman Presbyterian Church at 9:45 each Sunday morning. The Wednesday small group meets at the church at 10 a.m. to study the book of Daniel. The Friday small group “What the Bible is All About” meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays at the Gurnett home. Sunday morning worship service is at 11 a.m. each week. The quilting group, “Seeds from the Sewers” meets on the first Monday and third Wednesday each month. You are invited to any or all of these groups.
On Aug. 12 the church will have a Back to School celebration at Rod & Jill Smith’s farm southwest of Freeman.
▪ This year, all Midway High School students, with the exception of seventh-graders, will have days designated for student enrollment. The seventh grade will do its enrollment during the seventh-grade orientation from 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14. High School enrollments dates are from 9 a.m. to noon this Monday and 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Parents are asked to accompany their students if possible.
All necessary enrollment documentation is available on the Midwayk12.net website. This will make your enrollment process less time-consuming. If you are unable to fill out the forms before the enrollment day, the district will have the documents available those days, as well as a place for them to be filled out.
▪ The only other happening at Midway next week is the Midway Football Jamboree on Friday at 7 p.m. School starts on Aug. 16 with a full day of classes. Also, in view of the fact that the Aug. 18 game with Osceola was cancelled when Osceola went to 8-man football, a game has been scheduled with a private school in Murphysboro, Tenn. The Vikings have been invited to play there and are being paid an appearance fee for their participation by that school, as well as providing accommodations and meals for our team. Additional funds have been provided by private donations. No taxpayer funds are involved in this trip.
▪ The Living Essentials Pantry is available to anyone in need of assistance, and now includes personal care items that cannot be purchased with food stamps. Call the Cleveland Baptist Church at 816-738-3532, the Freeman Presbyterian Church at 816-899-2367 or 816-899-2244, or the West Line Christian Church at 816-250-5479 or 816-899-2481. The pantry is sponsored by the Tri-Community Church Alliance. If you know of families who need this help, call one of the numbers above and assistance will provided discreetly.
▪ Check out the Free Libraries in Freeman, Lake Annette, West Line and Cleveland. In Freeman and Cleveland they’re by the City Hall, and in West Line and Lake Annette they’re by the community buildings. Leave a book that you want to share and borrow one you want to read. Sponsored by the Cass Midway R-1 Libraries.
▪ Boy Scout Troop 256 meets on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Freeman Community Center.
▪ The Cass County Library bookmobile is available in Freeman every Tuesday from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
▪ To rent the Freeman Community Center, text or phone Candy Bailey at 816-738-4297.
▪ For information regarding the Freeman RV Park, contact Randy Alvord at 816-509-5095. The RV Park is owned and operated by the Freeman Community Club.
▪ For information regarding the Freeman Cemetery Association or to purchase cemetery lots, contact Kenny Duncan at 816-899-5463. The Freeman Cemetery Association is a non-profit set up to operate and maintain the cemetery.
▪ To reserve the shelter houses at the Jacob Carver Memorial Park in Freeman, contact City Hall at 816-250-2902.
▪ If you or your organization have coming events or interesting news, please contact me.
David Ullery, 816-738-4468 or email@example.com
▪ Arguably the biggest event in recent days was the flooding that hit the area. Route 2 was shut down twice on July 27 because water inundated the road.
▪ For family-friendly entertainment, consider the West Line Opry’s monthly dance on Aug. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the West Line Community Building on Main Street.
▪ Don’t forget the Cass County Library bookmobile is at the Christian Church on Tuesdays from 1:05 to 2:05 p.m.
▪ School will be getting back in session before long, so be aware of buses and children out and about. Good luck to everyone for a successful year.
▪ West Line Christian Church Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., and Worship Service begins at 10:30 a.m.. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all services.
▪ If you have any events or news to publicize, please let me know.
Debbie Francy, 816-250-2607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.