HEADLINES

  • Larson re-elected in landslide

    Peabody Mayor Larry K. Larsen won re-election with 76.8 percent of the vote Tuesday. He defeated challenger Frank Doerrler, 119-24. There were 12 write-in ballots. Tom Schmidt and Janice Woodruff easily won spots on Peabody City Council in an uncontested race. They had 115 and 112 votes, respectively. There were 28 write-in ballots. USD 398

  • New partner in county K-9 unit

    Sheriff’s officer Travis Wilson has a new partner who does not respond to Wilson if he tries to converse with her in English. Cossta is a three-year old female Belgian Malinois who became Wilson’s K-9 partner in November. She responds only to commands in German.

  • Garage sales are April 27

    The annual citywide garage sale will be April 27. Flyers advertising the event are pinned to local bulletin boards and entry forms to list a garage sale are available at the city building, Peabody State Bank, and Peabody Hardware and Lumber. The event will take place the Saturday preceding citywide cleanup week to make it convenient for residents to haul garage sale leftovers to the curb for pickup.

DEATHS

  • Dorothy E. Hoffman

    Dorothy E. Hoffman, 82, died Monday morning at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Florence. The service will be preceded by a rosary. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion.

  • Ethel L. Winters

    Ethel L. Winters, 71, died March 23 at Kidron Bethel Healthcare in North Newton. She was born Feb. 13, 1942, in Marion to Fred and Anna E. (Beisel) Brunner. She was a homemaker and retired bookkeeper at Chisholm Middle School in Newton. She was a 1960 graduate of Marion High School and a former member of Circle Eight square dance club.

DOCKET

FINANCE

  • Expansion and award were 'God things' for Kessler

    Marie Kessler loves to quilt. If she had her way, she would quilt 24/7 — and she almost does. However, on March 12 she took time off from Kessler Kreations in Hillsboro to go to Topeka with her husband, Lynn, and a group of other 2013 Kansas Small Business Development award winners.

  • Burns man learns to budget finances

    George Spohn of Burns didn’t bother looking at the price of his bottled water; he knew it could be too expensive. And then, he got to the cash register. “Your total comes to $10.28,” the store worker said, looking at him expectantly.

  • Banker, real estate agent advise home buyers

    Glenn Thiessen is the owner and broker for Fast Reality in Hillsboro. His job depends on selling homes. He said he would advise young couples to start with rental property so they can build up a nest egg.

  • Marion student gets theater scholarship

    Some people have the ability to do everything well. Jay Dee Schafers, a senior at Marion High School is one of those. She is involved in many extra-curricular activities while maintaining a high grade-point average.

  • Tax refunds are a financial opportunity

    The Internal Revenue Service expects about 75 percent of 147 million 2012 tax returns will qualify for a refund. Extension family resource specialist Elizabeth Kiss said people should consider using a refund to improve their financial situations before rushing to spend it. A tax refund is often the largest single sum of money a taxpayer will have during a year. That’s why it is important to take time in deciding how to use it, Kiss said. For some people who have difficulty saving, a tax refund acts as a forced savings.

  • April is Financial Literacy month

    Gov. Sam Brownback declared the month of April 2013 as Financial Literacy Month, knowing that many citizens struggle in this area. “Kansans need to be equipped to make personal financial decisions such as maintain a budget, understanding loans, credit, investment and savings plans, banking and retirement plans in order to make informed choices concerning the different financial institutions available,” he said.

GOVERNMENT

  • Sales tax receipts down

    General sales tax received by the county in March was down more than one-tenth compared to a year ago. Sales tax on January sales was $50,233, down from $56,020 in 2012. However, because of a payment triple the usual size for November sales, sales tax collections for the first three months of 2013 remain 66.1 percent above 2012 levels. So far, the county has received $266,123 in general sales tax, up from $160,209 for the first quarter of 2012.

OPINION

  • How many stitches does it take?

    I have big news this week. I am a great-aunt! Zoey Elizabeth arrived on Thursday, weighing in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces. I know it is a stretch to make such an announcement in the We are lucky to have a generous group of women in our community who spend untold hours making quilts and quilted accessories which they sell to raise money for playground equipment at our city park. I don’t know if you readers know how much playground equipment costs, but it is a high priced commodity. There is little money in the city budget to pay for repairs, much less modern upscale equipment. In the past few years, the city has come under fire for having some recreation items at the park that create a problem for the city’s liability insurance coverage.

  • BALANCING ACT:

    Live by the three
  • HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND:

    A never-ending holiday

OTHER NEWS

  • Solid waste meeting is April 17

    The Central Kansas Regional Solid Waste Authority’s quarterly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 17 at the McPherson County Transfer Station, 1431 17th Ave, McPherson.

  • Marion City Library to host natural remedy lunch

    Marion City Library is holding a Lunch ‘n Learn session noon to 1 p.m. April 10. Angela Ciero will talk on using herbs and other natural remedies to restore health. General admission is $5 and reservations are required by April 8. To register, call (620) 382-2442.

  • County 4-H events planned

    Marion County 4-H will have five project-based events in the upcoming month. The Harvey County Livestock Judging Contest will be Tuesday at the Newton fairgrounds.

  • No Internet, no problem for Florence mom

    The other day, someone asked Natasha Craig-Brenzikofer if she had seen the latest episode of Duck Dynasty. She had no idea what he was talking about; her family does not have cable or Internet.

PEOPLE

  • Music students entertain Sorosis Beta members

    Sorosis Beta Club met March 21 in the home of Virginia Skinner. Theme for the evening program was “The Sound of Music.” Virginia introduced nine Peabody-Burns Junior High students who performed musical numbers for the club. The students all received a 1 or 2+ at the Wheat State League music festival. Refreshments of chocolate cake, nuts, and candies were served by the hostess and co-hostess, Virginia Skinner and Faye Stucky.

  • Solid base gives focus for life

    With six years of martial arts training under his belt, Mervin Lare of Hillsboro is ready to pass on what he has learned about power and focus to others, and he is doing it through Monday evening karate lessons at Hillsboro Elementary School. “I really like the exercise, coordination, and complexity of it,” Lare said. “Martial arts helps people of all ages learn discipline and focus, which carries over to all aspects of life. For kids, it helps them channel energy into positive action and keeps them out of trouble.”

  • Beauty queen gained confidence

    Shannon Tajchman seems like a person who has confidence to spare. She is a beauty pageant veteran, winning her first competition, Miss Teen Great Bend at 17 years old.

  • CORRESPONDENTS:

    Burns

SCHOOL

  • 'The Crucible' comes to Tabor College

    The Tabor College theater department will present “The Crucible” under the direction of Judy Harder. It will be presented in the Tabor College Lab Theater located in the basement of the Lorenz building April 11 to 13. Arthur Miller’s acclaimed “The Crucible” is the story of ordinary people caught up in a universal tragedy. Set in the context of the 17th century, the play follows the witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts, a town torn apart by fear, vengeance, and hysteria. In the midst of the chaos, John Proctor, a common farmer, faces his flaws and failures and struggles toward personal integrity.

  • Tabor concerts coming up

    The Tabor College Concert Choir has completed its annual spring tour, after performing in seven churches in Denver and central California, and now the choir is preparing for the home finale of the tour. The choir will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The concert theme is “The Radiance of His Glory,” based on Hebrews 1:3.

  • Butler County offering free classes

    Butler Community College of Marion will offer several free recreational classes Saturday morning. From 8:30 to 9:35 a.m., classes will include classes about workouts for children and parents, financial planning for women, dog care and grooming, quilting and piecing, computer safety and maintenance, flint-knapping, and visiting Civil War sites.

  • Shelby Unruh to perform at K-State

    Shelby Unruh, a Kansas State University senior from Peabody, will perform as part of SpringDance 2013, presented by the university’s school of music, theater, and dance. This year’s theme is “Kaleidoscope,” celebrating K-State’s dance program. It will feature vignettes from the program’s history, new works, new and restaged movement theater and ballet works, new tap work, and student choreography.

SPORTS

  • Golf meet postponed

    The Herington Golf Invitational has been postponed to Thursday at 1 p.m. due to inclement weather conditions. Peabody-Burns, Marion, Hillsboro, and Centre teams were scheduled to compete.

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