Barnes Brothers Memorial Highway legislation passed
A group of eighth grade students from Royal Valley Middle School are in their second year of a local history project. The project began as one of three local history projects last school year. This particular project involves two very famous brothers from Jackson County, Virgil and Jesse Barnes. These two Circleville area brothers were both professional baseball pitchers and served their country in WWI. The student’s research led them in some very interesting directions including a call to the Baseball Hall of Fame and a discovery that Jesse Barnes was in Camp Funston at Fort Riley as the 1918 Flu Pandemic struck the world.
The students in this group wrote the legislation to rename a portion of highway 79 the, Barnes Brothers Memorial Highway. The students went to the Circleville City Council to obtain their blessing before proceeding with the legislation. The students would like to thank Representative Trent LeDoux for introducing their legislation, House Bill 2612 and for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with the students as well as testify in support of the bill. Representative LeDoux paid the highest of praise to the students, stating that the students “Did all the leg work…” which included writing the bill. On March 26, 2012 Governor Sam Brownback signed HB 2612 into law. We would like to thank the Barnes family, the City of Circleville, The Jackson County Historical Society, and the patrons and staff of Royal Valley for their continued support.
Now it is time to raise the necessary funds to get the signs placed at either end of highway 79. The total amount for the two signs is $2,280. The students are planning several fund raising opportunities including t-shirt and sweatshirt sales, and a softball tournament during Circlefest. In addition, tax deductable donations are being accepted through the newly created Royal Valley Foundation.
Please visit www.rv337.com for further details. Or contact Nathan McAlister at Royal Valley Middle School at 785-966-2251 or 785-986-6231.
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