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Travis Mathis of Lewis sent to Kirksville to help, In Adair County, sev- County Rural Electric Co- because some had been eral tornadoes struck about operative, said about 25 in St. Genevieve helping 5:45 p.m. and damaged utility poles in their system them recover from a May over 100 structures, and were damaged and needed8 storm. killed two people. Another to be replaced. Accom- See 'Winds' page 2 person died in the storm in panying sporadic power Dan Steinbeck of the class. The school cial studies teacher Larry PNJ Editor choir and band will also Pohren will be the keynote perform at the ceremony, speaker. The class valedic- Two High School grad- Diplomas will be presented torian and salutatorian will uations are Friday in Lewis by school administrators also speak, and a student County. and the Lewis County C-1 musical selection will be Highland High School School board members, performed. will have their gradua- Canton R,Vgraduation Administrators and tion Friday at 7 p.m. at the is Friday at 7:30 p.m. at A1- School Board members school gym. exander Campbell Audito- will take part in presenting The ceremony will in- rium on the Culver-Stock- diplomas. Principal Randy clude speeches by the vale- ton campus. Lillard will read the list of dictorian and salutatorianCanton high school so- scholarships received by the class members. The annual LaGrange Appreciation Days were held last weekend and many activities enjoyed by crowds. Events began on Thurs- day with the Sr. and Jr. Miss LaGrange Pageant. The 2009 royalty was crowned preceding the pageant. Donna Collier was named queen and Wallace House was selected as King. Prin- cess was Kristen Kutcher and Prince is Adam Sherfy. PNI photo by Jennifer Pegle~t Ur]lt"ve-ow'ng Friday, May 15, a pond dike south of Canton was overflowing fora few hours. The water soon found its wayto a drainage ditch. Dan Steinbeck greatly, throughout the area. Low PNJ Editor For example, La- areas quickly filled with Belle City employee Keith water. inches of rain. Other areas of Lewis County reported lesser amounts. The rain, while gen- e~ heavy, had ~ pockets where the amount varied To say Lewis County Strange said LaBelle had In Canton, the run-off got drenched last week .3 on Tuesday, May 12; A from the heavy rains Friday would be an understate-on May 13; three inch-: flooded multiple intersec- ment. es on Friday, May 15. He tions, and a retention basin Heavy rains fell in said four miles north of La- couldn't hold back enough much of Northeast Mis- Belle, one person recorded water, causing some sewer souri several days, but es- 2.6 inches for May 13.back-ups at-Canton Senior pecially Friday. Lock 20 reported 2.24 Housing. The Weather Chan- inches of rain for Wednes- Route E west of Wil: nel reported that on Fri- day, May 13, and another liamstown was closed for a day alone, Ewing got 6.15 2,01 inches on Friday.time due to flash flooding. Farm Service AgencyRiver levels spiked in Monticello reported .07 with the heavy rains. May 12; 1.74 May 13; and Lock 20 crested at 2.61 May 15. 16.74 feet at midnight be- Dan Steinbeck PNJ Editor Memorial Day Servic- es are scheduled next week throughout the County. In Canton, First Dis- trict State Representative Brian Munzlinger will be the keynote speaker. The hea " floo ng caused numerous problems See 'Floods' page 2 ........... " I The first by the Lewis- town Post is at 10 a.m. at the Ewing Queen of Peace Catholic Church Cemetery in Ewing. The second one is at 10:30 a.m. at the Dur= Otto Bruner American Legion Post 170 are con- ducting the service. The Canton service be- gins at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 25. Lewistown American ham Cemetery. Legion Post 578 will hold LaBelle American Le- two Memorial Day services gion Post 200 will conduct Monday, May 25. services at three locations Monday, May 25. Post 200 will be at the avs* Deer Ridge Cemetery at 9:30 a.m.; at the LaBelle i Cemetery at 10 a.m.; and at the Steffenville Cemetery at 10:45 a.m. In LaGrange, Memo- rial Day Services will be held on the traditional morial Day, Saturday, May 30. More information will be coming in next week' issue about the LaGrang ceremony. Sahara Stapp was named PN|photobyKarinAIthoff . Sr. Miss LaGrange and ARE YOU KEEPING UP GRANDPA?- This was one of community Kaylynn Cox was chosen the tractor entries at the LaGrange Appreciation Day Jr. Miss LaGrange. An ice parade,, Pictured are Joe Tanner (r.) and Levi Tanner ' cream social and served by (J') with pedal power, Grandson Levi Tanner wouldleader d es the LaGrange Girls Scouts check on Occasion if he was still beside grandpa. Kempe' during the pageant, ties in Washington Park. other beautiful and inter- Ann) of Lewistown, died Friday's activities were The annual car show esting quilts were shown Sunday afternoon, i marred by heavy rains was once again a featured and enjoyed' Kempe and her farnfl which kept attendance event with many vehicles Other activities were had been owners of DeK; low, The Gary Bunch and owners participating, a ettin zoo rovidedmans for over 25 years "* P g P Band played at the stage in Throughout the day by the Oyster Prairie 4- She was a former class Washington Park and the vendors, crafts, games, and H Club, a talent contest, room teacher in Montiee LaGrange Green Chapel food were enjoyed: toddler and baby contest, and Ewing and subsfitu Church hosted a fish fry. * A rock climbing wallkid games and raffle prizes teacher for Lewis Coun , Saturday s events be- and inflatable rides were were awarded. C-1 School District. i !S gan with a parade in down- popular activities. " A free meal of pork Kempe was a life-tim town LaGrange and activi- The LaGrange Youth sandwiches, hot dogs, cake member of Park United (At left) - The young at Center was the site of the and soda was provided pri- Methodist Church in Lew: heart were literally climb- LaGrange in Picture Show or to the musical entertain- istown and a long-time ing the wall this weekend which displayed hundreds ment of the Travis Spratt members of the We Mo.d- at the LaGrange Appre- of pictures and memora-Show. erns Club. She also started ciation Day. They would bilia of LaG-range and a Named outstanding the local Girl Scouts and as- climb to the top while quilt show, which featured citizens were Penny White sisted with Kempe Farms. in the safety harnesses, a quilt made by Coleen and ButchBrown. A complete obituary then rappelled back to Brown, that has over a hun- On Sunday a meal was is listed elsewhere is this the ground, dred major league baseball served by the LaGrangeweeks Press-News Jour- PNI photo by Dan Stelnbeck player's autographs. Many Christian Church. nal. News This Week ........................ 1-3 Seniors/Church ..................... 5 Social page ............ 6 Classified ads ....................... 9-10 Editorial page ............... 11 For the Record ............ 12-13 Sports ............. 14-15 Pictorial ....................... 16