HESSTON, Pa. (May 7) – The third time was the charm for Drew Ritchey and the Laurel Highlands IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Series.After back-to-back rainouts, the tour got its opening night show in on Saturday and Ritchey led all 20 laps of the main event at Hesston Speedway.Ritchey and Randy Sterling drew front row starts and Ritchey was quick to set the early pace. Jake Gomola, who had started third, headed up the chase but couldn’t find a way to the front.As the race went on, Sterling’s car appeared to get tight and Nathan Gramley reeled him in. Gramley got faster as the race went on and overtook Gomola for second.There wasn’t enough time left for Gramley to complete his charge however as Ritchey capped the win. Gomola, Brad Mellott and Steve Kenawell Jr. completed the top five.The Laurel Highlands Sprint Series heads to Dog Hollow Speedway on Friday, May 13 and returns to Hesston on Saturday, May 21. Feature results – 1. Drew Ritchey; 2. Nathan Gramley; 3. Jake Gomola; 4. Brad Mellott; 5. Steve Kenawell Jr.; 6. Ron Aurand; 7. Joe Zap; 8. Ryan Lynn; 9. Randy Sterling; 10. Reed Thompson; 11. Jack Thornton; 12. Tim Lash; 13. Hunter McCracken; 14. Jim Kennedy; 15. Dale Schweikart; 16. Judi Bates; 17. Jeff Taylor.
Madison, IN—In keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the season-opening for Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge scheduled for April 17 is postponed until further notice. In addition, it are canceling the following: the youth turkey hunt event that was scheduled to take place on April 18 and 19 and the state-drawn spring turkey hunt that was scheduled to take place April 22 through May 10. BONWR evaluated the access and safety orientation requirements that would be necessary to properly open the refuge to the public within pre-existing management agreements with the Army and concluded that doing so would violate current CDC guidance and would not allow to protect the health and safety of our visitors and employees.
Bernard T. Schneider, age 73 of Batesville, died Saturday, May 9, 2020 at his home. Born July 13, 1946 in Morris, he is the son of Helen (Nee: Stock) and Henry Schneider. Bernard served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves for 6 years as an Airman Electrician, being honorably discharged as a Staff Sargent. He went on to work as an industrial maintenance electrician for 44 years with Bohn/ABM Bearing in Greensburg. Bernie loved his fruit trees, raising a garden as well as growing English and Black Walnuts, which gave him something to do after retirement. He enjoyed his honeybees, hunting, fishing and tinkering (having built his own walnut crackers). Bernie was also an avid reader. You would often hear him say: “Make smart decision today and have a bright future.” Bernie was also a longtime member of St. Louis Parish.He is survived by his daughters Carol (Brian) Kuntz, Lisa Schneider, both of Batesville, Nancy (Fred) Herman of West Chester, OH; sons Thomas Schneider of Scottsdale, Arizona and Mark (Sarah) Schneider of Shelbyville, Indiana; sisters Rita Struewing of Oldenburg, Ruth Messerschmidt of Morris, Frances Hartman of Greendale, Indiana, Theresa Eckerle of Morris, Rose Roell of Connersville, Indiana; brothers Albert Schneider of Morris, Arthur Schneider of Batesville, Joseph Schneider of Sunman and 6 grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his sisters Dorothy Schneider, Marie Dierckman and brother Wilbert Schneider.Due to the Governor’s current mandate of gatherings being limited to 25 people, a private graveside service will be held Wednesday at St. Louis Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Phi Beta Psi Sorority Cancer Research and sent to the funeral home in care of the family. You are encouraged to go to www.weigelfh.com and on Bernie’s obituary page leave a message for the family or use the link on our home page to send a “Hugs from Home.”