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State Title Game Closes Much Of Mediapolis


The title game gave Mediapolis an unofficial holiday today.

Kids were out of school, banks were closed, and so were most businesses.

But not everyone closed up shop today.

"It's kind of like a ghost town isn't it," says Deb Vierling.

At ten to noon on a Friday afternoon, downtown Mediapolis felt different today. Vierling says there were very few

"People walking up and down the streets, into the Post Office, into the bank, into the library."

The closed signs give away the reason.

"Everybody supports everything, the music, the theatre, everybody is involved in things," says Vierling.

"No I'm going to be here, I'm working," says hairstylist Ruth Walljasper.

She kept her open sign on because she has no more children in school and will listen to the game on the radio.

"I have customers that need their hair done, and I'm not interested in going to the game," says Walljasper.

She counted the open stores on one hand. Including the café up the street.

"It was such a hard decision to decide whether to stay open today or go to the game," says Cafe Olde World Owner Patty Myers.

She will close for a few hours to watch the game on t-v and will re-open when it's over.

"When you own a restaurant it just seems like you need to be here," says Myers.

A feeling shared by the pharmacist across the street.

"It'll be a ghost town here this afternoon, I'm going to be about the only guy here," says pharmacist Fred Carruthers.

He normally fills 100 prescriptions on Fridays.

"Actually one of my busier days, this will be atypical, but we were busy the first four days of the week, so people were planning ahead," says Carruthers.

He expects few customers during the game. So he's got a plan to stay busy in the back.

"I've got a tv set up, a guy brought me his antenna, so I'll be watching as best I can."

As the rest of the town takes its break, until Monday.

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