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Tessa Schweigert

The reality of epilepsy forced Susan Rand to live a secluded life. For years, she rarely went to a public place alone.

“I would never go to the grocery store by myself. I would never wander away from my husband or daughter or son when we’d go somewhere,” Rand said. “Because if something happened, people want to help, but there’s really nothing they can do.”

Steady growth among Powell’s youngest students may soon cause crowded classrooms. If current population trends continue, a fourth elementary school may be needed in Powell within the next five years, according to Powell school officials.

However, it’s possible that elementary enrollment numbers — which commonly fluctuate — could level off.

Eight employees who have worked a collective 209 years at Park County School District No. 1 retired this year.

The Powell school board recognized the retirees at its meeting May 13.

“We have a lot of staff that have been here a long time,” said Rob McCray, the board chairman.

Everyday, we depend on the Powell Volunteer Fire Department to put out fires. On one day each year, we expect them to start some.

On July 4, firefighters faithfully light fireworks that explode in the sky and commemorate Independence Day. It’s a tradition Powell firemen have carried on for decades.

But now it’s time to pass the torch.

Teens from around the Cowboy State are beginning their summer with lessons on American government, citizenship and patriotism during the 72nd session of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.

Section of old PHS renovated as main structure is demolished  

More walls keep tumbling down at the old Powell High School as demolition of the three-story section progresses.

Demolition will continue for a couple more weeks. Folks can drive by to watch the progress and say goodbye to the 57-year-old building.

Hanlin, Wetzel named co-valedictorians  

In Powell’s early days, when the landscape was mostly barren and homesteaders were just beginning to settle here, Powell High School started in 1914.

Powell had just become an official town five years earlier. Eight students graduated from the first class of Powell High School, then a one-room school.

Park County Boundary Board to consider change  

Kids from Mammoth Hot Springs will likely never sit in Powell classrooms, but they may soon be part of the Powell school district.

The Powell community is invited to join Alice as she follows the rabbit and meets the unique characters who dwell in Wonderland.

Powell High School students will present a theatrical production of “Alice in Wonderland” at 7 p.m. Friday at the PHS auditorium. Local elementary school students will see the play on Thursday.

Teens raise thousands of dollars for kids through Make-A-Wish

People in Powell often pitch in to help one another. It’s easy to list a wide variety of ways folks help out in our community — Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes, the Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinic, Powell Troop Support, the Christmas Basket Program, the Backpack Blessings project and so on.

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