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Railsplitter reviewed, Election Day hubbub, the stray board member
and famous Lincoln writers

[OCT. 4, 2004] 

Railsplitter receives rave review

There were plenty of positive responses from those in attendance at this year's Railsplitter festival. County board Chairman Dale Voyles complimented the Railsplitter chairman, Celeste Rogers, for the good job she did pulling it all together this year. "You should watch her in action," he said. "I'll tell you what, it's like watching a tornado. You've really got to keep going to keep up with her."

The first-time rodeo Saturday night was a big success. Celeste has more new ideas for next year to help grow it more and bring it back to prosperity, Voyles said.

Clerk's office to close for election duties

The county clerk's office will be closed for recording purposes for Election Day, Nov. 2. The office staff needs to focus on the election-related activities, County Clerk Sally Litterly said. "We have a brand-new system, and I have five employees and I have 45 precincts," she explained. "We go from near San Jose all the way down to Latham, Middletown, over to Beason. That's a lot of area for me to cover myself." Litterly said she will be going and checking to see if things are going OK at the precincts.

In addition to election activities, the office services all vital statistics, genealogy requests, all recording, all tax levies and every other entity that has to come in and file with the office, she said. All that is usually going on at the same time as the office is trying to perform its functions for an election. All along, election judges are calling in, checking if individuals are registered to vote and if they are at the right spot, and the county office is checking with the secretary of state's office to see if people have registered under the "motor voter" law and what type of ballot to give them.

Everything needs to be focused on election for that day, Litterly said. Employees will be in the office from 5 a.m. to when they are done, at about midnight that day, she said.

If someone has a time limitation, the matter can be handled the same as with holidays, either by drop box or file stamped with the Election Day's date, Litterly said.

"I appreciate your consideration in this and so do my employees," she concluded.

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On the lighter side

County board member Paul Gleason addressed Dale Voyles at a recent Tuesday evening meeting, saying, "Mr. Chairman, I'd like to thank you for sending the sheriff after me." Chuckles spread through the room.

Gleason was absent from the previous Thursday evening meeting, and during the meeting law enforcement committee chairman Dick Logan said he thought the sheriff could maybe better explain some things, but when he looked over to address him he was gone.

Voyles said, "I sent the sheriff on an errand." The errand was to check on the whereabouts of Gleason.

Gleason went on to explain that he had gone to Indiana to see four of the most famous Abraham Lincoln writers. In his haste he thinks he may have forgotten to notify the board of his absence. When he called home to check on things Thursday night, his sister asked, "Do you know the sheriff's after you?"

He said his first thought was that the sheriff delivers papers and the next thing you know your tail's in jail. "Anyway, I appreciate you checking on me. I always dreamed one day I was going to go to sleep and never wake up again, and you never know," Gleason said, bringing more laughs.

The Indiana experience was intense and he gathered a lot of great information. "After a day and a half of nothing but about Abraham Lincoln, you're just hoping somebody will talk about George Washington or something," he said. Gleason said that Lincoln College hopes to bring four of the "big people" back here next February for Founders Day at the college.

[Jan Youngquist]

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