EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, The Gazette salutes those who make Emporia and the surrounding area a better place to live and work. The following folks deserve a pat on the back ...

Herb Heine for still going strong, working as a cowboy at 90 years old.

• Emporia Chef Michael Garahan for securing a $2,800 in healthy eating grants.

• Chase County Assistant Football Coach Jarod Barrett for being inducted into the Kansas Wesleyan Hall of Fame.

HOTT and Emporia Main Street for putting on another great event with Dia de los Muertos.

Northern Heights High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America for organizing a fundraiser to benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Emporia Arts Center for bringing Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaboration Project to Emporia.

Emporia’s American Business Women’s Association for more than four decades of fellowship and Eduction for local business women.

Emporia High School cross country for qualifying both the girls and boys teams to the state meet.

• The Olpe volleyball team for clinching another berth to the Class 1A State Tournament.

• Emporia High School’s Karalyn Karjala for taking fourth in the floor routine at state gymnastics.

Steve Cannon, for sharing his story of riding the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail on bicycle at the Granada Theatre.

Gary Murphy and Jerry Haag for jump-starting the Southern Lyon County Veterans Memorial.

• Emporia High School Senior Connor Hauff, who received recognition as a National Merit Scholar.

• Logan Avenue Elementary Classroom Aid Natividad Cartagena for sharing her story of immigration with the class.

Lee Anne Coester for spearheading the effort to bring the old Chase County Grade School back to life.

• NASCAR Driver and Emporia native Clint Bower for helping to contribute $10,138 for the Left Turn for Learning Scholarship.

Zach Hacker

News and Online Editor

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