Center Republican

People in Center aren't exactly dancing in the streets, but they are smiling more when they fill up their tanks at the Corner Express. The price of gas there dropped to under $2 on Nov. 18 for the first time since March 2005. The peak price was $3.99 in July-August 2008. Ten percent ethanol is now $1.95, regular unleaded at $1.99, premium at $2.25 and diesel at $3.04, not counting the nine-tenths of a cent.

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It's that time of year again, the holidays, and area food pantries, the Oliver County Food Pantry and the Gifts of Love project, are getting prepared. The Oliver County Food Pantry is ready to offer families emergency food assistance year-round, not just during the holiday season, but Sally Jons, president of the Center based group, said that they get busier this time of year.

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Head football coach Scott Jung and assistant coach Michael Bergstrom submitted letters of resignation as coaches to the Center-Stanton Public School Board during its Nov. 17 meeting. The board accepted their resignations with some reluctance. Jung has been a teacher at the Center-Stanton High School for three years and coached since 2006. Bergstrom has also taught and coached for three years. Their resignations as football coaches do not affect their teaching positions.

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By Kathy Tandberg More than 23 million American veterans were honored during Veterans Day Tuesday. Many more have already left this earth for the final home. The numbers remaining decreases each year. War by today's numbers, according to 2007 U.S. census records: * 4, (unverified by the Veterans Department) World War I veterans *2.9 million, the number that served in World War II (1941-1945) * 3 million, the number that served in the Korean War (1950-1953) 7.9 million, the number that served in the Vietnam War era (1964-1975) 5 million, the number that served the Gulf War (1990-present) 6.1 million, the number of peacetime veterans 9.3 million, the number of veterans age 65 and older Of these, 263,000 served in World War II and the Korean War; 315,000 served during both the Korean and Vietnam wars; 69,000 served during in all three wars. A further look shows 9.3 million, the number of veterans age 65 or older in 2007.

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By Kathy Tandberg The first major snowstorm of the winter hit Center and the area late Wednesday night, Nov. 5, starting out with more than 2 inches of heavy rainfall according to the National Weather Service, turning to snow as temperatures dropped. The result was approximately 10 inches of snowfall, giving Center-Stanton School students the first storm day of the 2008-09 school term. Classes were also cancelled Friday.

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Unofficial election results for Oliver County Oliver County voters had their say Tuesday when they headed to the polls to cast their ballots in the 2008 General Election. The unofficial tally is in, with 1,054 ballots cast within the county's seven precincts.

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By Tim Erhardt The monthly Center City Council meeting got off to a contentious beginning Nov. 3 as Doug Thomas issued a complaint concerning landscaping that was done this past summer. He spoke on behalf of this mother, Cathy Thomas, who owns the property. Landscaping needed to be done around the mobile home because drainage was a problem in the area.

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A dream started by a few has grown into a reality for many. And after almost four years, the Fit-4-Life board members are seeing that dream near completion as the community gym puts the finishing touches on its remodel of the Center Civic Center basement and prepares to open Nov. 10. The gym is having an open house from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 29-30 in the Civic Center basement.

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Voters will head to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 for the 2008 General Election. In Center, polls will be open from 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. CST

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