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TierOne Bank announced September 27, 2006 that it had entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Plainville and Stockton branch offices to Stockton National Bank of Stockton. Under the terms of the agreement, Stockton National Bank purchased all deposits and other assets related to the two branch offices. All loans and investment accounts remained with TierOne Bank.
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The West Nile Virus hit close to home as Maxine Dibble of Stockton was diagnosed with it at the end of August when she was taken to the hospital due to her being weak, dehydrated and disoriented. She was tested for stroke but the tests came back negative. Then her son, Bill, requested that a blood test be taken, and those results officially diagnosed the West Nile Virus. Maxine spent the next three weeks in the hospital, being treated mostly for dehydration.
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Pictured with Stockton High School Principal Keith Hall were the SHS Homecoming Royalty: Tyler Brown, Tigger and Janae Holmes as attendants; Logan Bennett, Heather Murchie, King Luke Kriley, Queen Charley Campbell, Leneal Weiser and Kristen Lingg.
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The 29th Antique Machinery Threshing Bee, hosted by The Solomon Valley Antique Engine & Machinery Association, Inc., was set for Sept. 16 and 17 at the Rooks County Fairgrounds. Events were scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. both days.
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With the retirement of some of Stockton’s teachers at the end of the 2005-2006 school year, students returning in the fall would be greeted by several new faces. Stockton High School was welcoming three new teachers: Lucas Moll, science; Benjamin T. Clark, Jr., history, current events and government; and Melissa Runnion, Special Education. The grade school was introducing four new teachers: Elizabeth (Beth) McDonald, first grade; Andrea Dix, fifth grade; Ali Bell, second grade; and Jennifer Kesler, K-5 Interrelated.

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School enrollment figures were given for USD 271 showing the district down 21 overall from the previous year. The high school census showed an increase of seven while the grade school showed a decrease of 28.
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By a margin of over 4-1 throughout Rooks County, proponents of building a new hospital at Plainville with funding from the sale of revenue bonds easily passed. Jerry and Patty Sterling, proprietors of 183 Lanes in Stockton, had closed for the summer as usual, but this time, the doors would open to a completely renovated bowling alley.
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The 127th version of the Rooks County Free Fair was underway with over 1,000 people served at the free hamburger/hot dog event to kick-start the fair, plus Roger Cooper in concert on Sunday evening. There was still plenty of excitement and entertainment to come throughout the coming week.
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What Was Going On 14 Years Ago The 127th Rooks County Free Fair was set to kick off on Sunday, August 13, 2006, with a Free Hamburger Feed, followed by a concert featuring Roger Cooper, an “Unknown Kansas Original,” who had lived in Nashville before returning to their western Kansas roots, with his wife, Gwen, operating a very successful Gwen’s HomeTown Cafe, located in Alton. The Rooks County Relay for Life held Aug.
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Voter turnout was “average” in the August 1 primary election. In the only contested race, incumbent Robert Schamel won the open seat on the Rooks County Commission, 1st District.