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Past News From The Files Of The Paullina Times


April 25, 2019

20 years ago - 1999

Candle-making workshop makes scents to these ladies - When you walk into the home of Lori and Jim Jalas, east of Paullina, you are immediately greeted with an aroma that pleases your sense of smell. "My house doesn't smell like a hog farm anymore," laughed Lori Jalas as she and her sister-in-law Tammy Weathers made their way down the stairs. One of the rooms in the basement has been transformed into a workshop - a candle -making workshop. And, the scents from those handcrafted candles have filtered throughout the entire Jalas home. Jalas and Weathers have turned what originally started as a hobby into a business called Country Girl Candles. Both women also have other jobs, so much of their candlemaking is accomplished at night or on the weekends. The entire process is time consuming according to Weathers. They start by melting an 11 pound chunk of wax in a large electric turkey roaster. That alone takes two hours. There are different waxes with a variety of melting points. The quality of a candle and how it burns depends on the "recipe" used by the candle-makers. Color is added once the wax is melted and liquid scent is included right before the wax is poured into the mold or container. "We try to put in as much scent as possible - all the way through the candle," noted Jalas. "We have gotten some bad bottles of scent."

Area communities planning full service telecommunications network - The communities of sanborn, Primghar, hartley and Paullina are planning to construct an advanced telecommunications system called a Full Service Network (FSN). This is the second of a series of articles that provide the public with information about what the FSN will provide.

30 years ago - 1989

Reaction to Graduation prayer decision - For the last several months the seniors of Paullina High School have been getting a practical lesson in politics and law. It all started when State Attorney General, Thomas J. Miller, sent a letter to each school board advising that because of a 1985 decision by U.S. District Court Judge Harold Vietor of Des Moines against prayer at public school activities, school officials should consider dropping prayer from public school activities to prevent possible suit. The Paullina Board considered the letter and originally decided to go ahead with prayer at commencement as has been school tradition, but at a later board meeting it reversed itself and decided to drop the prayers. School board members cited the possibility of personal suit being brought against them, and the lack of insurance against such, as being the major motivation for the reversal.

First National bank Accepts Emmert's Resignation - Stan Oolman, Chairman of the Board, First National bank, has announced that Dave Emmert has decided to pursue other interests and has tendered his resignation which was accepted with regret. The Emmerts will be missed by both the bank and the community as they have truly had a positive effect on Paullina during their over four year stay in the community.

40 years ago - 1979

Lassie is Movie At Library Saturday - The library will feature a full-length film on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. This film is "Look Homeward Lassie" and is in black and white. Lassie finds herself separated from her loved ones and her dilemna proves dangerous as she winds up in the midst of a kidnapping plot and is seriously injured while helping a rancher. The film is 78 minutes in length.

Theatre Presents 'Our Town' - The Cherokee Community Theater presents its spring production, "Our Town", April 27, 28 and 29 at the Cherokee Community Center. The curtain will go up on Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning play each evening at 8:00. The production is under the direction of Peter Andringa, with approximately 25 people in the cast. Tickets are available at the door: adults, S3.00; senior citizens and students, S2.00.

Mark Schnoes Hired By School Board - Mark Schnoes, 23, of Cherokee has been hired by the Paullina Board of Education to be the physical education teacher, and also will be teaching business subjects. In addition, Mr. Schnoes will be the assistant Football coach, head girls Basketball coach, junior high girls track coach and summer Baseball coach.


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