The new year brought a winter storm to the Drexel area. Residents woke up Sunday, January 5th to a beautiful layer of white snow. The wind blasted its way through town, leaving behind many drifts of snow. Below freezing temperatures made it dangerous to be outside, and the Drexel R-IV School District closed on Monday and Tuesday to ensure the safety of the students and the staff.
The Drexel area Religious Interaction Organization (RIO) is sponsoring a backpack program for Drexel R-IV students. The program’s purpose is to assist families with food over the weekends when children are not in school.
Thirty backpacks have been donated to RIO for the students to carry their food home. These bags will be filled by the Drexel FFA Leadership class. The food will be stored in the Agriculture building at the school. RIO has collected donations to purchase food to be packed up.
The Cass County Library-Drexel Branch held a retirement celebration for branch manager Connie Allen Saturday, January 4th. About fifty patrons of the library came to wish Allen well. Allen has been employed by the library for 10 years, but had volunteered for about two years before that. The employees and patrons of the library say they are so appreciative of Allen for her many years of service to the community. Connie passes on the reigns of the Drexel branch to three-year employee Deb Bova.
Mid-West Fertilizer of Drexel held its annual Customer Appreciation Day Saturday, December 29th with music, pancake flipping, pancake eating and prizes. This was the 27th year for this event. Around 140 people came out and celebrated with everyone at Mid-West Fertilizer.
Right: The crowd lined up to enjoy pancakes made by Chris Cakes at Mid-West Fertilizer’s Customer Appreciation Day.
Far right: Larry Spillman was on hand to provide entertainment for everyone.
Photos by Patti Bodenhamer