Cherokee County has received a $30,000 grant toward the Galena Route 66 Viaduct restoration project according to Cherokee Juanita Hodgson. Hogdson told the Cherokee County Commission the grant check came in on Friday.
The commission was also presented with an award for the Cherokee County Galena Viaduct improvements by Dave McClure who was part of the project. The award was for workmanship and uniqueness of the work on the old bridge. There is still more work to be done on the bridge including work on the top, the deck, and the railings.
Tim Cox, Joplin, Mo., Visitor and Convention Bureau, asked permission for the Mother Road Marathon to come through Cherokee County again in October. Cox wanted the requirements in a legal agreement and was looking for a verbal agreement Monday and will follow up with a contract later. Legal arrangements with the organizer have put off promotion of the race until now. The marathon will have three events, a full marathon, half marathon and a 5K run. The race course may change slightly, the full marathon will still be starting in Commerce, Okla., and will run the original Route 66 over Rainbow Bridge. This will be the second year for the event.
Commissioner Pat Collins moved the flag in front of the Cherokee County Courthouse be lowered to half mast today in honor of Frank Buckles, the last World War I vet who died Monday.
“I try to remind people of the price of freedom and there is but one price for freedom and that’s blood, whether it’s a soldier on a distant land or a policeman on the street,” Collins said. The motion passed unanimously.
New ceiling tiles for the 4-H extension building will be coming out of county funds, not out of the 4-H’s money. The Commission also thanked Phyllis Kriesel for all of her years of service to the county and to the 4-H community.
“She’ll be greatly missed and it will be a hard position to fill in her footsteps,” Collins said.