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February 23, 2000

Reward increased for vandalism tips
Les Harlan, superintendent of construction at the bridge being built over Stranger Creek at the Tonganoxie Cliffs, said the reward ante has been upped.

"We're increasing the reward from $1,000 to $5,000," Harlan said.

Once again, the bridge site has been attacked by vandals.

"They basically tore the barricades on the west side completely down," Harlan said. "If the barricades aren't there and somebody drives through there and there's no bridge there, somebody could get hurt."

This time, the damage amounted to about $500, Harlan said. Harlan said the repeated vandalism at the site has been unbelievable.

"I haven't had this much vandalism in the past six years on all my jobs combined," he said.

The reward for tips leading to the arrest and conviction is offered by the A.M. Cohron and Son Corp, Atlantic City, Iowa.

Mark your calendar for fun night of bingo
If you need a little car work, want to treat yourself to dinner out or need a Bobcat for a day, head over Saturday to Project Graduation's Bingo Night.

The evening gets under way at 5 p.m. with a taco salad dinner in the commons area at Tonganoxie Junior High School. Then at 7 p.m., the bingo games begin.

"We've got some neat prizes," said volunteer Vicki Starcher.

Project Graduation parents have collected numerous gift baskets, ranging in value from $10 to $200. In addition, they will give away gift certificates for restaurants, auto work and Bobcat rental. Other prizes include a birdhouse, cosmetics, clothing and silver dollars.

Project Graduation is an alcohol-free and drug-free party held each year for Tonganoxie High School seniors following graduation. This year, the event will be from 10 p.m. May 20 to 5 a.m. May 21 at Sport 2 Sport in Lawrence.

The Senior Chieftain Cookbook, which also benefits Project Graduation, is on sale for $10 at Mutual Savings, Hairtique Salon, Community National Bank, S&S Body Shop, First State Bank, Backporch Friends and Anton's Hallmark.

For more information about Project Graduation or to volunteer to help, call Vicki Starcher, 845-3148 or 845-3053, or Nancy Schneider, 369-3193 or 369-3499.

Representative Wilk to talk about KPERS

State Rep. Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, will conduct a Town Hall Meeting next Tuesday night in Lansing.

The meeting will center on KPERS retirement plan defined contribution. The gathering starts at 7 p.m. at Lansing Community Center, 800 First Terrace.

Soup and chili lunch set for Thursday
The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society's annual Soup and Chili Feed is set for Thursday.

The fund-raiser will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Tonganoxie United Methodist Church, 328 E. Fourth. In addition to soup and chili, relishes, beverages and pie will be served. Tickets, which are available at the door, cost $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Children younger than 5 are admitted at no charge.

Church planning bake and rummage sale
The Jarbalo United Methodist Church will hold a Bake and Rummage Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Donated items will be accepted at the church on Friday. For more information, call Thamar Barnett, 727-1727.

Kindergarten night scheduled for parents
Tonganoxie Elementary School has scheduled an information night for parents and guardians of children who will be kindergartners next year.

The session will run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 2 in the cafeteria and music room at the elementary school.

Any parent or guardian who has a child, who will be 5 by Aug. 31, is welcome at the session, which will cover kindergarten curriculum and enrollment procedures. In addition, other presentations are scheduled.

Organizers ask that no children attend the session.

Parents or guardians who cannot attend the information night may call the school, 845-2290.

Correction
A story in last Wednesday's edition of The Mirror about Kaiser-Slawson Plumbing and Heating Inc. contained incorrect information. Eddy and Carol Slawson do not plan to move to Florida.

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