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POW/MIA memorial $1500 short of goal

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Frank Walker (left) of VFW Post No. 2646, updates the commission on the POW/MIA memorial project on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
(Carlos Restrepo/Democrat-News)
Frank Walker, of VFW Post No. 2646, updated the Saline County Commission on the latest developments of the prisoners-of-war/missing-in-action service members memorial Tuesday, Jan. 22.

The memorial group has raised $2,070 for the memorial. Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie said the memorial group is $1,500 shy of their $3,500 goal. The memorial will be placed on the courthouse lawn and it is scheduled to be formally inaugurated on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 20.

Walker said 14 POWs and four MIAs will be honored at the memorial. All of the POWs are from World War II, while two of the MIAs are from the Vietnam War.

A custom-made stone will be place in the memorial bearing the POW and MIA symbols as well as all five military service emblems.

Guthrie said the Slater and Marshall VFW posts are organizing a poker run sometime in June to raise money for the memorial.

In the meantime, the public can contribute to the memorial at the county commission as well as at the Wood & Huston Bank or by contacting members of the memorial group: Frank Walker, 660-886-2195; Dennis Desmond, 660-886-5258; Richard Clemens, 660-886-8829; Bob Kurth, 660-674-2675; Jim Heard, 660-529-3636; Mike Rogers, 660-529-3387; or Guthrie, 660-529-2420.

In other county business, a final inspection and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Golden Avenue Bridge in the Blosser Area will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25. The project started in Sept. 2010 when the commission sought bids for the project.

The former county commissioners who initiated the project -- Norvelle Brown, Becky Plattner and Richard Hassler -- will be invited to the event as well as members of the public.

"They did a nice job and that whole neighborhood is very excited to have that new bridge in place," said Monte Fenner, southern commissioner.

Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings also announced that starting Wednesday, Jan. 23, Quartz Avenue will be closed for the installation of a new culvert pipe. If all goes well, Stallings said, it will be reopened for local traffic by the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 25, but not completed.

Contact Carlos Restrepo at crestrepo@marshallnews.com

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