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Weather Date High Low Moisture March8 57 41 .28 March9 61 36 .30 March 10 51 30 March 11 46 29 March 12 57 26 March 13 62 27 March 14 46 28 .06 The total moisture accumu- lation to date for 2010 is 0.77 inches of moisture and 13.50 inches of snow. Happiness Is... Getting Ready For Prom! THE --"ii " ,i  P"' ' i,,,f  i 'ili Markets Wheat $ 4.15/bu Mild 2.84/bu Corn 3.24/bu Soybeans 8.18/bu Sunflowers 12.00/cwt "The rural people too, musJt have a voice and to this proposition we dedicate ourselves." N IOINEE Serving Stanton County for Over 100 Years Box 10, Johnson, KS 67855 (620) 492-6244 65 per copy No. 11 - Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 8 Pages Stanton County Museum News by Katie Herrick ....... i\\; ? The Learning Tree Preschool visited the museum on February 24th to celebrate learning about the letter "M." Students learned about monsters of the sea, mastodons, mammoths, music and many other "m" things found at the museum. As a special treat, the students helped to put up a new flag at the north end of Main Street. The flagpole and flags are a project of the Historical Society and are purchased and maintained with donated funds. Watch for details on how you can become a Flag Fund donor. IC I Ancient Giant OMMUNITY CALENDARS Fish Uncoveredl In Kansas Scientist Named The, New Genus After Leoti, Kansas Family By Roy Wenzl and Beccy Tanner The Wichita Eagle (reprinted with permissioln) In Science magazine this week, paleontologists are an- nouncing the discovery of a new genus of ancient giant fish, uncovered ,in the chatlk deposits of Kansas, and elsewhere. And with that discovery comes the story of the relentless Kansas famiily that solved a fish science mys- tery. The Storehouse Goals $150 $140 $130 $120 $110,000 $100 $90,000 $80,000 $70,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,0o0 The s-MOSE-ments preschool group had a great time creating their own cave art wall while they learned about mammoths and how art was used instead of letters to tell a story. The class was treated to a mammoth puppet show and had fun learning about all the different prehistoric animals. The scientists named the new genus after the Bonner family of Leoti, who found the breakthrough specimen. The family for decades has hunted fossils in the bone-rich Niobrara chalk to salve the grief over their mother's death. Bonnerichithys the scien- tists are calling it: 20 to 25 feet long, eyes 6 inches wide, a mouth that could have swal- lowed the eight Bonnet chil- dren in one or two gulps. The giant fish ate micro- scopic plankton, and that's a big deal with fish historians; they didn't know fish like that lived in the dinosaur age. The Bonners have changed fish history. They did not know this on the day in 1971 that they hauled a giant fish head out of the chalk canyons along Twin Butte Creek. *** Logan County in western Kansas is "Dust Bowl dry," as Orville Bonner says. The buttes where the Bonnets hunted fossils are all chalk, yellow and tan, covered with yucca and shortgrass, gor- geous in the low light of the western Kansas sun. It's oven- Continued On Page 3 Courtesy Illustration Artist renderings of what the big fish looked like, based on the paleontologists' scientific descriptions. The Bonnerlchlthys were 20 to 25 feet long. Artist renderings of what the big fish looked like, based on the paleontologists' scientific descriptions. STUDENTS COLLECTING FOR AMERICAN HEART Stanton County Students are collecting donations for the American Heart Association's Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart. The public is invited to come wathc the events Thurs- day, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. Hoops For Heart will be at the high school and Jump Rope For Heart will be at the elemen- tary school. WEIGH -IN SCHEDULED FOR BIGGEST LOSER The final weigh-in for Stanton County Recreation's Biggest Loser Challenge will be Monday, April 5th. CELEBRATE YOUTH ART MONTH March is Youth Art Month - come celebrate with us. Par- ticipants will paint their own whimsical butterflies. This is free to .youth kindergarten through sixth grades. YAM will be on Wednesday, March 17, 2010. K-2nd 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. and 3rd-6th Grades 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. at the SCR Craft Room. YAM is sponsored by SCHS Art Club and Stanton County Recreation. EASTER EGG HUNT The 2010 Easter Egg Hunt will be On Saturday, April 3. The Easter Egg Hunt is free to youth ages 3 to 8. The hunt will be at Battin Park at 11:00 a.m. The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by Stanton County Recreation and The Johnson Pio- neer. A-MUSE-MENT TIME ANNOUNCEMENT The museum's a-MUSE-ment Time for preschoolers has been cancelled for April since it falls on a school holiday. Join us on Friday, May 7th for another time of fun from 10:00- 11:00 am. All children ages 3-5 are invited to attend. EXPLORE KANSAS RESCHEDULED The museum Explore Kansas, normally held on the first Friday of the month, has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 1 st due to no school and a holiday weekend. The time remains the same-- at 1:00 pm at the Memorial Living Center TV lounge. We will return to the First Friday times in May. APRIL FOOLS AT THE MUSEUM We are playing tricks on you and turning the world upside down at the museum to celebrate April Fool's Day. Take an April Fool's scavenger hunt anytime from 10:00 am--5:00 pm during the day on Thursday, April 1 st. Fun for all ages. IT'S TEA PARTY TIME AGAIN Katie's Doll Closet and The Old Store is hosting their 3rd annual Easter Tea Party for girls and their Mom, Grandmas or other special friend. There will be fun and games, Cookie deco- rating, Easter bonnet decorating and a show of Easter fash- ions through the years. For a fun time, join us at The Old Store from 4-6 pm on Monday, March 29th. YOU'RE INVITED TO FIELDS MEMORIAL You are invited to Fields Memorial Wesleyan Church fel- lowship all for an informal evening Monday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. The topic of the evening wall be Seasons of Change featuring guest speaker Lora Jones. Please bring your favorite finger food! SCRAPBOOK PARTYII! Come, have fun and scrap till you drop! Saturday, March 20th from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Wesleyan Church Hall. Please bring a friend and a snack for all to enjoy! LEARNING TREE IS NOW PRE-ENROLLING Learning Tree Preschool has pre-enrollment forms available for 3 and 4 year olds for the 2010-2011 school year. Forms may be picked up at the Johnson United Methodist Church Office. Continued On Page 7