Center Republican

Housing market slump? Good employees leaving for other jobs? Small towns losing population?

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Myron and Susie Cahoon are excited about their new business opportunity in Center. On Sept. 9 they purchased the Der Imbiss Bar and Grill and opened it with the new name Cahoon's Bar and Grill. The new hours are 9 a.m.-1 a.m., Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Sunday.

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The streets are paved. The water and sewer lines are installed. Ground is being prepared for tree planting next spring. All that's left to complete the Hazel Miner Addition are houses.

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The power of positive thinking has never played such an important role in a volleyball match as it did last Thursday when Center-Stanton took an extended road trip to Flasher. The Wildcats roared to an impressive first game win but had to fight for the rest as they gained their third District 9 victory 3-1.

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It was a 5 a.m. start, an early Saturday morning for the Center-Stanton School FFA range judging team. But the early hours were worth the trip as the team placed sixth out of 12 competing teams, receiving silver at the state contest. The team also earned several individual awards.

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A pilot study for the Southwest Water Authority water treatment plant to be located north of Zap began Aug. 21 and is well underway.

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Center folks can relax – no, 81-year-old resident Bud Perschke is not planning to open an adult bookstore in the city or anywhere for that matter.
Bud did, however, recently make an inquiry to the Center city auditor as to whether or not the city had an ordinance that allowed or did not allow such a business to open.

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To eat then play or play then eat? That was the question posed to the Center School Board last Thursday during the September meeting.
During the administrative reports, Elementary School Principal Kathy Bullinger expressed her concerns about the new recess before lunch schedule that was implemented this term.
“Sometimes there was 10 minutes for the last group,” she said. “I’m just really concerned about how that is going to go once the weather gets colder.”

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Time changes many things: the style of clothing, the way we wear our hair, the color we paint our homes, the cars we drive.
Time changes in towns and counties as well. The demographics of Oliver County – the characteristics and statistics important to life in an area, including population changes, type of jobs offered, growth – have changed as well.

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One thing is for sure after the Center City Council meeting Monday – new and returning council members will be faced with an array of issues in the coming months. An agenda that featured six personal appearances took up a bulk of the council’s meeting time with Mark Thompson requesting payment for damage and services related to a sewage backup in his residence on Aug. 22.

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