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January Two all—around athletes from the 19608 and a longtime official will be inducted into the Lovell High School Athletic Hall of Fame next weekend. Inducted as athletes will be 1966 LI—IS graduates Don Black and John Franckowiak, and entering for his community service will be Joe White. It took only a little more than a year for a popular Lovell restau— rant to grow to the point of ex— pansion, and a new location has also meant an expanded menu. Now named The Earn, the restau- rant has moved from its former Main Street location to the Oasis Junction west of Lovell, the for— mer location of The Oasis restau- rant and, most recently, Debbie’s Junction. The rant application is in, an if all goes well, the Town of Lovell could have a new splash pad and other park upgrades in place at Constitution Park by next year. Lovell Town Administrator Jed Nebel said Tuesday that ideas from the Lovell Town Council and the public gathered during a public hearing on December 10 have been incorporated into a final master plan and grant proposal that was submitted to the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources following the meeting. Big Horn District No. 2 Superintendent Rick Woodford resigned Monday. The board of trustees accepted Woodford’s resignation during their regular meeting Monday night and after a 98—minute executive session appointed Nancy Cerroni as interim superintendent and William Hiser as Special Education Director. The Big Horn County District No. 2 Board of Trustees wrestled with options of what direction to take class offerings in the high school after the resignation of multiple teachers within the dis— trict. The District will need to fill the positions of art teacher Deb May, graphic design and journal— ism teacher Cindy Asay and Lovell Middle School language arts and social studies teacher Jane Bushnell. contract A possible between Burbach Aquatics, Inc. and the Town of Lovell to perform an assessment on the current building and campaign for a school bond to fund its renovation awaits council approval. As the new legislative session approaches, hard choices will have to be made. That was the opening message of Represen— tative Jamie Flitner, R—Shell, and Senator RJ Kost in the community forum they held Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Lovell Town Hall. More than 40 emergency personnel successfully carried out a highly technical rescue operation northeast of Cowley, saving a Montana resident’s life Saturday afternoon. Gov. Mark Gordon told a group of reporters in Casper on Friday that even though renew- able energy sources appear to be the future, he believes there will always be a place in the glob— al marketplace for the fossil fuels like coal that for years were the drivers of the state’s economy. The Lovell Chronicle is the top newspaper for advertising among small weeklies in Wyoming, judg— es from South Dakota newspa- pers determined in the contest leading up to the Wyoming Press Association’s annual convention in Casper over the weekend. Lovell High School seniors Coy Trainor and Hunter Harris will have a chance to join their January 7, 2021 I The Lovell Chronicle 13 DAVID PECK There was no toilet paper to be found on shelves at the Red Apple Supermarket on Sunday morning, March 15. coach, Nicc Crosby, at the 2020 Shrine Bowl to be played on Sat— urday, June 13, at Dick, Cheney Alumni Field in Casper, Trainor as a primary selection and Harris as an alternate. February The transformation of a giant 100-year—old cottonwood tree at 285 Crooked Creek Road is nearing completion at the hands of talented chainsaw carver Jordan Anderson. A little more than two- years since the murder of Car— ol Jean Barnes, suspect Don— ald Joe Crouse appeared in Big Horn County Fifth Judicial Dis- trict Court late in the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 28, to change his plea to guilty. Organizing the Lovell Mus- tang Days celebration has always been a labor of love for those in— volved, but now the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping to lend a hand - or a few hands — so the work of planning the cele- bration doesn’t fall on just a few individuals. Rocky Mountain High . School junior Elsie Wassmer was nowhere near Rocky Mountain High School during the fall semester. She was off on an adventure, serving as a Senate page in Washington, DC. US. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R—Wyo., are urging the US. Department of Agricul— ture to take immediate action to support local sugar beet farmers af ected by adverse weather. At the beginning of the 2020 Wyoming legislative session, Sen- ator RJ Kost continues to advo- cate for a balance between cut— ting services and finding new revenue streams. Senator John Barrasso met with Rocky Mountain High School students Tuesday morning. The United States Senator spent his time educating students about the Hathaway Scholarship and the opportunities it provides, while sharing anecdotes about his time in Washington, with the occasional jab at the Democratic politicians. The demand was simply too great. Diana Garza had been ca— tering out of her home for many years during the summer, but when her customers insisted that she open a restaurant, she final— ly gave in. The result is the new El Torito Restaurant at 384 W. Main in Lovell, site of the for— mer Switchback and Burger Barn restaurants. The search for Big Horn County School District No. 2’s next superintendent has narrowed to two candidates, as the district prepares both candidates to meet the community. The school board will be interviewing Jason Butcher from Helena, Mont, and Doug Hazen, currently of Columbia Falls, Mont, for the position. The battle for a 100 percent graduation rate continues at Big Horn County School District No. 2 as district officials and staff fight not to leave a single student behind. There have still been no reported cases of the coronavirus disease in Wyoming. That doesn’t mean the effects of the disease that is spreading across the globe aren’t being felt by travelers and those with loved ones living in Asia and elsewhere. Ramifications are also being felt by the missionary program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter—day Saints, including planned missions to be ANNETTE Moss The euphoria of a championship game victory can be seen on the face of Rocky Mountain junior Taylor Winland as he embraces his father, head coach Pat Winland, following the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies’ 67-60 win over Wyoming Indian Saturday in Riverton on Feb. 29. served by residents of North Big Horn County. Big Horn School District No. 1 has announced five finalists for the Rocky Mountain Elementa- ry School Principal position as current principal Karma Sanders prepares for retirement after this yean The final two candidates vy- ing for the superintendent posi- tion of Big Horn County School District No. 2 made their pitch to the community, district staff and the school board this week. The two candidates consist of Doug Hazen, currently of Colum— bia Falls, Mont, and Jason Butcher from Helena, Mont. 4,. 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