• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Shelley Cochran, the voice of Jayhawk-Linn, retires

Updated: Oct 19

Shelley Cochran, holding the bouquet, was joined by, from left, her daughter Stephanie Nichols, grandsons Mason Cochran and Clay Nichols, daughter Caroline Cochran, son Matt Cochran, husband Jerry Cochran, and granddaughter Logan Cochran for an ice cream social held in her honor on Friday (Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

For years, a call to Jayhawk-Linn High School would be answered with this familiar greeting: “Jayhawk-Linn High School; this is Shelley.”

However, the person behind that greeting, Shelley Cochran was not there on Monday to answer the phone. Instead she was doing whatever retired people do when they no longer have a job to worry about – she was doing whatever she wanted to do.

Cochran retired on Friday, Sept. 23, after 30 years on the job at the high school. Her service to the district was longer than that because she also worked as a paraeducator before moving over to the high school.

On Friday evening before the Homecoming ceremony, an ice cream social was held at the stadium near the concession stand where friends could stop by and congratulate her for her service to the community and for her retirement.

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