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Don Amend

Bill Cummings and Jarred LaPierre each reached the finals in two events to lead the Powell Panthers to a fourth-place finish in the West Conference swim meet in Cody last weekend.

Cummings scored the team’s highest finish by swimming to second in the butterfly and turned in a fourth in the individual medley. LaPierre finished third in the 500 and added a fourth in the 200.

The Powell Panthers began the evening with a pin and ended it the same way on their way to a 56-9 dual meet win over the Cody Broncs in wrestling action Tuesday night.

The Panthers took advantage of four Cody forfeits and added four wins by fall on their way to the win.

When the starting gun goes off Friday at the Powell Aquatic Center, six seniors will be entering their home pool for the last time in competition.

Cole Good and Bill Cummings, four-year members of the team, will be joined by Dan McKearney, Tyler McCauley and Brennan Althoff, who joined the team last year, and Dillon Jeffs, who went out for the first time this year.

A local agriculture-based business has turned out to be a great example of how Powell can build on its assets, as well as how government and business can work together for economic development.

February 08, 2011 8:38 am

Fourth place by two points

Five Panthers medaled and every varsity wrestler contributed team points as Powell wrestled to a fourth-place finish in the Ron Thon Memorial in Riverton last week, just two points behind conference rival Worland in the final standings.

Defending 4A state champion Gillette won the tournament by a comfortable margin and Natrona County, also a 4A school, finished second, just 9.5 points ahead of the Panthers. Defending 3A state champion Douglas finished ninth, more than 40 points behind the Panthers.

The Wyoming Legislature is working on three bills this session that make me wonder just what those people are thinking.

To begin with, the House will vote this week on a bill titled, “Patriotism in the classroom.” The proposed law requires that an American flag be placed in every school classroom in the state, and, at first, even specified a minimum size.

Education continues to be a major issue in the Wyoming Legislature this year.

This is understandable, since education traditionally is one of the major consumers of state money. In recent years, the Legislature has provided much better funding for schools than was available in the past. Wyoming spends more money per student than most, if not all, other states.

February 01, 2011 8:34 am

Hoops for Hope week a success

Powell High School will make a big contribution to Women’s Wellness following a successful week of fundraising ending with the Hoops for Hope basketball game Friday night.

Committee consider ending teacher continuing contract

A bill that would make it easier for a school district to dismiss a teacher was on the Senate Education Committee’s agenda Wednesday.

The committee had a hearing on the bill introduced by Sen. Hank Coe, R-Cody, last week and was set to discuss several proposed amendments Wednesday.

January 27, 2011 8:20 am

Panthers think pink

The color scheme will be a bit different at the Powell High School gym Friday night when the Panthers and Lady Panthers square off with Worland on the basketball court.

Normally it would be a battle of orange and black teams, but this week, the Powell teams will exchange their normal uniforms for pink for Hoops for Hope, a campaign to raise money to support Women’s Wellness and the fight against breast cancer.

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