A gas war broke out in Belmond last Thursday between Super 7 and Kum and Go. Prices inched lower all day long until drivers were saving about 40¢ per gallon. Long lines developed at both businesses by late afternoon. The war ended with Super 7 at $1.96 and Kum and Go at $1.98. After the Super 7 ran out of gas about 8:30 p.m. the price jumped to $2.28 at Kum and Go.


  The recent subscription drive for the Belmond Independent raised $1,200 for band and choir members who are planning a spring trip to New York. Some of the top salespeople were Garrett Abel, Garrett Boyd, Jon Barrett, Elizabeth Johnson, Nicole Ketchum, Christine Dorenkamp, Heather Tulp, Derek Burt, Jared Rokke and Kathryn Bailey.


  Hundreds of families enjoyed the Eaton employee picnic Sunday afternoon. Clear skies favored the event after a record-breaking week of rain. In addition to the picnic, folks enjoyed a classic car show, skydivers, games, carnival rides, a petting zoo, a volleyball tournament, and rides in a horse-drawn wagon.


  Photo caption: These women have been painting the downtown blue the past few weeks, and from all comments the job has been well done. Chloris Robinson and Darla McBain were hired by the Main Street Improvement Committee and paid from funds supplied by arcade owners.


  The Belmond Community Hospital has a new service as part of a continued broadening of the range of health benefits it offers this area. Three days a week a physical therapist will be available on both in-patient and out-patient basis.


  Three polio cases in Belmond have been diagnosed this past week: Mrs. Paul Quigley, 25; Gloria Rogalla, 7; Sandra Foster, 4.


  Thieves entered the W.C. Usher Store at Rowan the other night and made away with a large amount of merchandise. Entrance was gained through the front door. Several pairs of shoes were taken, much dry goods, all of the coffee, and much of the canned goods.


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