Vol. 140 , No. 49
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Peabody, KS 66866
Locust Street nears completion
Road construction began Monday morning on the south end of Locust Street going to the city limits at 60th Street, City Administrator Mac Manning told council members at their regular meeting Monday night. This is the final leg of the Locust Street repaving project that began in the summer of 2011.
Historic Society to celebrate park
The Peabody Historical Society is planning a big celebration honoring Peabody City Park, which received the designation as a National Historic site in January of this year. At 2 p.m. on Sept. 29, the park will open with a special ceremony and remarks by Peabody Mayor Larry Larsen.
USDA allowing CRP hay sales
A change last week in U.S. Department of Agriculture policy puts money in Conservation Reserve Program participants’ pockets if they signed up for emergency haying and grazing provisions. “Generally, haying, livestock grazing, or harvesting and selling product from CRP acreage is not allowed,” county executive director of the Farm Service Agency program in Marion, Bill Harmon, said. “But the emergency haying contract allowed participants to cut up to 50 percent of grassland for their own use. A policy change now allows those participants to sell what they have produced from those acres, with no restrictions.”
Florence RR bridge catches fire
A bridge on the BNSF Railway just east of Florence caught fire Aug. 22. Matt Hegwer, a cattle-buyer from Carthage, Mo., was in Florence on business when he saw smoke coming from the bridge and reported the fire around 11 a.m. Florence Fire Department responded and had the fire extinguished by about 12:30 p.m.
Woodruff earns Eagle Scout honor
Brandon K. Woodruff became Boy Scouts Troop 108’s newest Eagle Scout on May 23 when he passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review. He was awarded his Eagle Scout badge during a Court of Honor July 1 at Peabody Christian Church. Brian Simmonds led the ceremony. Woodruff’s mother, Tracy Woodruff, presented him his Eagle Medal. His father, Stuart Woodruff, gave him letters of congratulations from the Eagle Scout National Board.
Relay for Life celebrates survivors
When a person gets a cancer diagnosis, a time limit usually comes with it — the patient has so many years, or months, to live. When they beat the odds and smash through that limit, it’s a cause for celebration.
Sheron Kay Baker Bailey
Sheron Kay Baker Bailey, 62, died Aug. 20 at her residence in Florence. She was born Feb. 18, 1950, to Charles Ray and Helen Louise Ellis Baker. She was a certified dietary manager at West View Manor in Peabody.
Gary A. Bartlett
Gary A. Bartlett died Monday evening in his home in Wichita. He is survived by wife Sheryl, children, Bob and Kelly, and four grandchildren.
Darrel R. Hanson
Darrell R. Hanson, 66, died Aug. 20 at Newton Medical Center. He was born Nov. 21, 1945, in Beatrice, Neb. He graduated from Peabody High School. He was a retired machinist
Ruth E. McGinnes
Ruth F. McGinness, 83, passed away Aug. 21, 2012, at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born near Peabody, the daughter of Cornelius and Bertha Wall Klein. She graduated from Peabody High School and attended Kansas State University. On Aug. 29, 1948, she was united in marriage to Edward W. McGinness; their family grew to include two children:David and Marilee.
Jayne Olson, 82, died on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at home in Arkansas City, Kan. Memorial services were scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home of Arkansas City. Private family interment will be in the Parker Cemetery at a later date. She was born on Jan. 7, 1930, in Barnard, Kan., to George and Jewell Cummings Nelson. Jayne married Robert “Bob” Olson in Glasco, Kan., and together they had six children.
Edna Lois Toews, 91, died Aug. 20 at Mercy Hospital in Moundridge. She was born Aug. 23, 1920 in Marion, to James E. and Gertrude Cornwell Grubb. She married Geovennie Toews on Oct. 3, 1943. He preceded her in death in 1999.
Fish and Game
Peabody Municipal Court
New jail open house is Sept. 7 and 8
Marion County Sheriff’s Department will host an open house at Marion County Jail Sept. 7 and 8. The Friday session will begin at 3 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m. The Saturday session will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
HOME AND GARDEN
Bowers enjoys native flowers and plants
Hot, dry conditions this summer left many gardeners feeling helpless to save their flowers and decorative arrangement materials, but not Mary Beth Bowers. Bowers uses native Kansas wildflowers and pasture plants to create arrangements and decorate her two homes north of Marion, as well as to share with others.
Summer was hard for gardens
This summer’s drought has turned a promising start of the growing season into a struggle to keep gardens alive. Thanks to a mild winter and early spring, gardeners got off to one of the earliest starts in memory, with one farmers market vendor selling “June” strawberries in April. “Things set on so nice, then it just got dry,” said gardener Shana Thornhill of rural Marion.
Brainstorming for rural communities
I read an article in the Marci Penner, who founded the foundation with her father, is a tireless cheerleader for the state and especially small communities like all of those in this county. She has come up with many unique and clever ways to encourage all of us to get out on the back roads, discover our state, and support the businesses we find out there.
Credit where credit due
I went to Tampa on Saturday for the city’s quasquicentennial — that is, 125 years — anniversary celebration. Most of the time you would think a rainy day would seriously dampen people’s spirits with a daylong outdoor celebration, but after this summer, everybody seemed happy to be out in the rain. I certainly didn’t hear any complaints. When it started pouring late in the afternoon, the children playing outdoors didn’t seek shelter or pull out umbrellas. They reveled in the rain and kicked up big splashes from rain-filled gutters. Maybe it was because of the rain or the celebration, but people in Tampa seemed to have a really optimistic attitude on Saturday, especially about revitalizing their community. People and businesses are taking initiative to improve their community, instead of waiting for government to save them. Perhaps the centerpiece of Tampa’s redevelopment is the upcoming opening of Trail Stop, a small community-run grocery store that will allow residents to get essentials like bread and milk without having to make a long trip.
DAYS OF YORE:
Days of yore
HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND:
God the remodeler
Band, baseball, and races part of Labor Day fun
The Riker Band will provide street dance music Sept. 1 in Florence, and the 75th annual Labor Day celebration will include new events like a vintage baseball game and 5-kilometer run. Steve Riker, a former member of the classic rock band Head East, will play familiar hits from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s along with his twin sons, Seth and Stephen. They will also play original songs by Seth and Stephen. To top off the show, they will play Head East hits like “Love Me Tonight” and “Never Been Any Reason,” and more. A $5 Labor Day button is required for admission.
Legion fish fry is Sept. 9
James William Miesse American Legion Post 22 of Marion will have a fish fry at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at Marion County Lake Hall. The meal will be a fundraiser for the post, and all proceeds will be used to support programs for veterans, youth, and the local community. The post asks for a $10 donation per person.
State reports more cases of West Nile Virus
Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials confirmed five more cases of West Nile virus in the state, and are watching 14 additional cases. Of the 19 total cases now reported in Kansas, one patient died due to the disease carried by mosquitoes. As of Friday, the case count by county in Kansas was Sedgwick, 12; Harvey, 1; Douglas, 1; Pottowatomie, 1; Reno, 1; Stafford, 1; Sumner, 1; and Trego, 1. No other details about the death or confirmed cases were available at press time.
Democratic women meet
The Marion County Democratic Women met Aug. 24 for lunch at Marion Senior Center. They brought canned vegetables for the Marion County Emergency Food Bank. Sue Clough conducted business and announced that one officer position was open. Officer elections will take place in fall.
Betty Seibel turns 90
Betty M. Seibel of Peabody will celebrate her 90th birthday on Sept. 10. To celebrate, Betty’s children are requesting a card shower in their mother’s honor.
Gertrude Weber celebrates 90th birthday
Gertrude Weber of Elmdale will celebrate her 90th birthday on Sept. 15. She is a graduate of Burns High School. She and her husband, Raymond, raised five children on their farm between Marion and Elmdale.
Sudanese refugee enrolls in Centre's virtual school
A farmer sits in his combine bringing in the season’s harvest. He has a small piece of land with corn, soybeans, milo, and okra. In the midst of his work, he watches waves of brown clad militia infantry touting AK-47s appear in his tree line. They are not official government troops with mismatched uniforms and ragged jeeps; in fact, they are worse — the soldiers tasked with doing the government’s dirtiest work.
Jim and Shirley Beisel celebrate 25 years together
USD 398 adds new faces
Students in Peabody-Burns schools will see several new faces this year, as USD 398 has hired seven new faculty members for the 2012-13 school year. Cindy Sattler
Emporia State offers free business workshop
Emporia State University Small Business Development Center will offer a free workshop 3 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 13 for those thinking of starting a small business. Registration is required by Sept. 6 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (620) 341-5308. The workshop will cover information about marketing, management, and writing a business plan.
Peabody-Burns volleyball finishes third in first tourney
The Peabody-Burns High School volleyball team finished third in the Peabody-Burns Round Robin Invitational Tournament on Saturday. The squad defeated Hartford, 25-15 and 25-14; Central Burden, 25-15 and 25-19; and Burrton, 25-12 and 25-18. They lost to Burlingame, 14-25 and 15-25, and Chase County, 22-25 and 18-25. Burlingame won the tournament, winning every match, and Chase County finished as the runner-up, with a 4-1 record.
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