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Heavy hearts in district

Thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of Glenn and Elaine Mull, and Amy and Samantha Harter, whose memorial services were Feb. 11. Those lost in the tragic plane crash touched many lives and will continue to touch lives not yet born of the area.

When I was a senior at Hanston High School (Class of 1967), our Hanston Elks played Pawnee Rock, a much respected eight-man football squad. That season, Pawnee Rock came away with a win in the closing seconds.

One of my HHS classmates, Ron Ruff, was able to obtain a few minutes of 16mm film when the Pawnee Rock School closed. I was able to make a video and DVD copies for my teammates at HHS.

I visited with Glenn Mull at the Pawnee County Fair and asked him if he would like a copy of the few minutes of the game film. It took me a few months to get the DVD to him, and I got a speedy thank-you note from him. I'm glad I didn't wait much longer to get the DVD sent. My message is if you need to send a note or do a favor for a friend or family member, don't wait.

I had more conversations with KDOT officials regarding improvements to U.S. Highway 156 that runs through our district. Later in the evening, many legislators met with the Kansas Firefighters Association. The group represents our full-time and volunteer firefighters.

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to visit with friends from our American Legion and VFW posts representing veterans across the district and state. Long-time friend Herb Schwartzkopf, from the Ransom VFW; state officer Jim Arwine, Garden City; and Jim Warner, La Crosse American Legion, discussed legislation to benefit veterans and their families.

On Thursday night, I was able to visit with Rush County Treasurer Christy Bittel and Debra Pennington of Ford County. I hope we will eventually be able to renew CDL licenses at all of our local county treasurers' offices.

John Ewy is the House representative in the 117th District, including Ness and Rush counties.

john.ewy@house.ks.gov