FOUR - Heppner Gazette-Times, Heppner, Oregon Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Ione FFA chapter excels at state FFA convention FBLA members make good showing at state competition The Ione FFA Chapter members at the state convention in Redmond last month. -Contributed photo Two members of the Ione FFA Chapter earned their State FFA degrees at the state convention held over spring break in Red- mond. This is the highest award members can receive in the state organization, and Morgan Orem and Ivy Sandford from Ione FFA have worked hard for this highest honor. The state degree re- cipients earn a charm that can be worn on the official jacket or on a gold chain. In addition to the chap- ter’s first state degree recip- ients, the following students were awarded recognition for their hard work: first place Ag Essay- Sonia Me- dina; third place Ag Es- say- Jake Heideman; fourth place Ag Essay- Eva Mar- tin; first place Metal Manu- facturing - Tyson Epperson; first place Agriscience Proj- ect Winner, Plant Systems - Danny Doherty and Dan Kelly; seventh place Farm Business Management Team - Cord Flynn, Danny Doherty and Goncalo Silva; and sixth place Ag Market- ing Team - Katelyn Bass, Morgan Orem and Sonia Medina. Calling Morrow County cultural, arts, historic, literary organizations The Morrow County Cultural Coalition, funded by Oregon’s Cultural Trust Foundation, is now accept- ing proposals for the 2018 grant period. Categories for qualify- ing groups or projects are: literary, historical preserva- tion, visual and performing arts, or humanities and cultural organizations. Last year, grants were awarded to Heppner Art and Culture Club art show, Lexington Grange preservation elec- trical work, Heppner High School drama club, Morrow County Historical Society Chronicles, Oregon Trail Library District ukulele workshops and Riverside High School art department to facilitate workshops by portrait artist Myron Sahl- berg. Grants in the past have included quilting and art groups, historical library books, art displays, cul- tural entertainment struc- tures and kid’s activities for parks. The coalition invites interested parties to submit completed Funding Pro- posal Request Forms to the Morrow County Cultural Coalition by Aug. 1, 2017. Complete guidelines and grant applications for 2018 can be obtained by contacting Susan Russell at 541-481-4277 or smsel@ hotmail.com. Proposals must meet criteria noted on the application and include a timeline with project to be completed no later than October 15, 2018. Funding for the Mor- row County Cultural Coali- tion originates from contri- butions and donations to the Oregon Cultural Trust Foundation. To learn more about supporting culture in Oregon through the trust visit www.culturaltrust.org. Ideas and suggestions for cultural activities in Oregon from concerts and theater to workshops and museums can be found at www.oregonculturefield- guide.org. Help bring ideas and programs to Morrow County. Grants can be awarded up to 50 percent of total project cost. Applications for the Willow Creek Valley Eco- nomic Development Group (WCVEDG) Community and Public Enhancement grant are due by this Fri- day, April 14. Any group applying for funding needs to email, fax or have a postmark on the envelope by Friday, April 14, to be eligible for the grant. Find the most recent grant re- Heppner FBLA members made a good showing at the state conference in Portland last week- end. -Contributed photo Submitted by Claire Grieb, FBLA Publicity Director This past weekend, the Heppner High School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) chap- ter attended the Oregon State Business Confer- ence at the Doubletree in Portland. Twenty-one stu- dents were accompanied by FBLA advisor Jeannie Collins and chaperones Ken Grieb and Jeremy Rosen- balm to compete in their state competitions. Awards for individual tests were given out on Friday night. Heppner win- ners were: For Help Desk, Bryan Fowler, seventh place, and Taylor Hamby, fifth place. For Hospitality Management, Emily Cecil, ninth place. For Manage- ment Decision Making, Claire Grieb, eighth place, and Jaiden Mahoney, fifth place. For Sports Manage- ment, Gibson McCurry, eighth place. For Ag Busi- ness, Kolby Currin, fourth place, and Logan Grieb, eighth place. Those who placed in Saturday’s group competi- tions were: For Help Desk, Taylor Hamby, third place. For Hospitality Manage- ment, Emily Cecil, Ri- ane Dompier and Madi- son Combe, second place. For Sports Management, Keegan Gibbs, Kellen Grant and Cami VanA- rsdale, first place; Cason Mitchell, Hunter Nichols and Gibson McCurry, ninth place; and Jacee Currin and Morgan Correa, 10 th place. All teams that placed fourth or higher qualify to compete at the national convention this summer in Anaheim, CA, June 28 through July 2. Students have a week to decide if they want to compete at nationals. Tickets available for Harlem Ambassadors Tickets for the up- coming Harlem Ambas- sadors and Heppner Blues basketball game are now available at “ticket spon- sor” business locations, including Bank of Eastern Oregon (Heppner and Ione locations); Morrow County Grain Growers (Heppner, Lexington and Ione); and Murray’s Drug. The event will take place Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Heppner High School gymnasium. Families are invited to pick up free tickets and plan on attending. Merchandise will be offered for sale, as well as raffle tickets for a chance to win a Harlem Ambas- sadors basketball, with the winner drawn during the evening. An autograph ses- sion will be held right after the game for those who want their merchandise autographed. Preschool preview day at Creative Care Grant applications due to WCVEDG this week Preschool Is your child going to be three years old by September quest form on the Heppner of this year? Is he or she potty trained? If so, Creative Care Chamber of Commerce Preschool would like to invite your child to join them for website in the Economic the 2017-2018 year. Development tab. The preschool will be having a special preschool preview day May 16 from 9-11:30. Parents, grandparents or other caregivers are welcome for a preview of a typical preschool day. Paperwork will be available, and teachers will be ready to answer questions. For more information, contact Misty at 541-422- EXAMPLES OF 7003. WHAT TO BRING FREE Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event! Pesticides and Poisons Thermometers* Thermostats Mercury and Mercury-containing Items Fluorescent Lights/Ballasts Polishes Household Cleaners Join us on April 22 at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center to drop off your household hazardous waste, and we will dispose of it in a manner that is friendly to the environment! This special event is brought to you by Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Douglas County. WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 WHERE: Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center 1705 E Airport Rd, Hermiston, OR 97838 QUESTIONS: To learn more about this event, contact Jamie Jones at 541-298-7255 ext. 225 or email@example.com. IMPORTANT: Keep products in original containers if possible Do not mix any products Pool Chemicals Rust Remover Solvents Degreasers Motor Oil Antifreeze Engine and Brake Cleaner Transmission and Brake Fluid Paint and Paint Thinners Automotive/Marine Paint Wood Preservatives Kerosene/Gas Aerosols Batteries Arts and Craft Supplies Adhesives Photographic Chemicals Televisions Monitors Computer, Laptops and Tablets Printers Keyboards and Mice EXAMPLES OF WHAT NOT TO BRING Keep waste away from passengers while transporting SPONSORS: This event is sponsored by Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, City of Hermiston, Umatilla County, Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center and Sanitary Disposal. Radioactive Waste Ammunition Explosives *Free medical digital thermometers available in exchange for medical mercury thermometers! CITY COUNCIL -Continued from PAGE ONE fixed so the city would not have to foot the bill. The court was paid for and built by the late Bob Kilkenny to give younger kids a place to play basketball on lower rims. In other business the council approved the con- tract for police service with the sheriff department. There would be no changes from last year. The council also ap- proved an animal permit for three baby chicks (no roosters) to Andrea Collins Both basketball rims have been broken by vandals at Hager Park. -Photo by David Sykes of 270 E May St. MCEWEN SENTENCED -Continued from PAGE ONE cal issues. McEwen.” Justice Hampton in- deed opted for probation— three years of supervised probation for the false claim counts and two years of supervised probation for the theft I counts. Jail time was also given as a condi- tion of probation, with a total of 150 days’ jail time with credit for time already served, and the threat of a full jail sentence if McEwen violates probation. Howev- er, Nelson told the Gazette there was some question as to whether the jail would even accept McEwen into custody based on his medi- Finally, McEwen faces $132,017.70 in restitution to the Oregon Dept. Of Hu- man Services, along with co-defendants Justin Hoeft ($13,343.12), Dan Looslie ($110,195.83) and Lynne Uitto ($8,478.75). Uitto, who was sen- tenced in 2015 after plead- ing guilty to one count of Making a False Claim for Health Care Payment in a plea bargain, has already served her 10-day jail sen- tence and is currently on probation. According to court records, Hoeft and Looslie are still awaiting sentencing. ALL NEWS AND ADVERTISEMENT DEADLINE: MONDAYS AT 5:00 P.M.