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Sep 23, 2012 - From staff reports

Concerts raise $11K for cancer fund

The Tough Enough to Help Cancer Fund, which provides monetary assistance to Fremont County people battling the disease, received an $11,000 boost thanks to two concerts held this month by Eight Second Ride.

"It's only a third of what we wished we would have raised, but we had about 500 people total between the two shows, which by the way turned out really good. A lot of people were raving," Eight Second Ride singer Bruce Knell said.

The shows were Sept. 8 at the Lander Valley High School auditorium and Sept. 15 at Central Wyoming College's Robert A. Peck Art Center Theater.

"All that money goes to Tough Enough," Knell said. "We're talking about maybe making it an annual thing."

Spectators got an earful from Knell's band, which has opened for Mark Chesnutt, Gary Allan, Trick Pony, Lonestar and Brooks & Dunn.

"Everybody that came just absolutely loved the show. They couldn't believe how good we were," Knell said.

The band consists of Jon Cox on guitar, mandolin and backup vocals; Carl Baxter on piano; Farron Eisemann, who is a former Wyoming state fiddle champion, on fiddle; Scott Gantenbein on drums; Joe Walters on bass; Ed Flom on lead guitar; and backup singers, including his daughter, Rosi Knell and Ashley Coughanour.

County courthouse lot to get facelift

At some point this fall, the back parking lot at the Fremont County Courthouse in Lander will undergo a significant paving project that will increase vehicle spaces and improve the flow.

Fremont County building maintenance supervisor JR Oakley did not immediately have a specific time arranged for the project that commissioners approved at their Sept. 11 meeting.

The roughly $103,000 project will displace regular business parking during the construction, but the result will be a benefit to the workers and others who use the area, Oakley said.

"We're taking all the islands out and squaring it up," he said. "I'm estimating we gain five parking stalls, but it's going to also be more user-friendly, traffic-wise, getting in and around, and it will also promote better snow removal."

Oakley said the project should take about a week and a half to complete. Once construction is under way, people who regularly use the lot can park on the street or at the nearby vacant lot next to the Fremont County Ambulance building.

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