Powell, WY


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Tessa Schweigert

For the 15th consecutive year, friends, neighbors, families and strangers will gather to enjoy turkey and all the trimmings at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Powell. The holiday meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Park County Fairgrounds Bicentennial Hall.

Residents sometimes mistakenly think the dinner is available only to low-income residents, but that’s not the case.

The Powell school board exists to serve students, and now, it will regularly hear their perspectives.

Two Powell High School students will sit on the Park County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees as non-voting student representatives.

For years, Southside Elementary’s motto has been “Southside Shines.”

Southside is shining especially bright these days.

Nearly 40 years ago, grizzly bears were first listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. At the time, the act was just two years old.

A lot has changed since the early 1970s.

In makeshift pharmacies with dirt floors and natural light coming from holes in rooftops, Kendra VanGrinsven found herself far removed from the tidy, organized settings she is used to as a pharmacist.

You always were welcome in Mike Starcevich’s library.

Commonly known as Starc, he often greeted students and teachers with a grin and a friendly “Good morning!” no matter the time of day.

Trinity Bible Church leasing space to school

The sounds of kids reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, learning the alphabet and singing songs have returned to the halls of the old Southside Elementary School building.

At every grade level and subject tested, Powell students exceeded the statewide average on the annual Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, commonly known as PAWS.

A teacher who instructs every local elementary student was named the Park County School District No. 1 Teacher of the Year.

Marsha Neubert has taught for 25 years. She spent most of her career in the gymnasium as a P.E. instructor. Seven years ago, she made the transition to become the full-time health teacher for Powell’s elementary schools.

The Powell school district’s old pool/auditorium property was worth more than a quarter million dollars, an auction determined Tuesday night.

It took just five minutes for the value to rise to $285,000. Four bidders quickly drove the price up nearly $150,000 from the opening bid of $136,000.

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