Vol. 140 , No. 50
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Peabody, KS 66866
Peabody woman is near victim of sweepstakes scam
Many of us have dreamed of winning the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes and finding ourselves on easy street for the rest of our lives.
Bricks fall from legion facade
What was originally reported as an explosion on southern Walnut Street in Peabody was a large section of the front facade of the American Legion Post 95 building falling to the sidewalk below just after 9:3 0 a.m. Saturday. Peabody Mayor and Emergency Medical Services volunteer Larry Larsen reported that there was no one nearby when the bricks fell from the top of the building.
The big one that didn't get away
Former Peabody resident Calvin Carr probably has lifetime bragging rights for the biggest fish story. On Sunday, Carr was named the winner of the annual Valdez Halibut Derby in Valdez, Alaska, with his catch of a 264-pound Pacific halibut. The fishing tournament begins in May and ends Aug. 31 each year. There are weekly weigh-ins and the biggest catch can change as soon as the charter fishing boats hit the water on the following day.
Catlin memorial dedication set for Sept. 23
An emotional story passed down among families of the Swiss Volhynian Mennonites of Kansas will be memorialized in stone at a 3 p.m. dedication service Sept. 23. at Catlin Cemetery, north of Peabody. In 1874, Swiss Mennonite immigrants stepped off the train at Peabody. The men went to scout and buy land in Mound and Turkey Creek townships, but when they returned three weeks later, they discovered almost all the children became sick. Some children died. As the town had no cemetery, the women and one elderly man carried the bodies 3 miles north of town, dug the graves, and buried the children there without coffins or funerals. Until recently, the exact location of these burials has been a mystery.
Bergman to present recital in Peabody
Catherine Bergman and piano accompanist Tara Laudie will present a flute and piccolo recital at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Peabody United Methodist Church. Bergman teaches at Emporia State University and lives in Peabody. At ESU she teaches flute lessons, music appreciation, eartraining/sightsinging classes, and conducts the ESU Flute Choir. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Wayne State College, her master’s in flute performance at Wichita State University, and a doctorate in flute performance from the University of Kansas.
Jail open house is this weekend
Marion County Sheriff’s Department will have an open house for the public at the new county jail from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The jail isn’t entirely finished, and it is still mostly unfurnished, but the open house will be a chance for the public to see what the county has been working toward ever since a committee of volunteers was appointed in April 2009.
Gary A. Bartlett
Gary A. Bartlett, 71, died peacefully at his home in Wichita on Monday, Aug. 27 . He was born June 18, 1941, in Wichita, Kan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Alberta Bartlett, formerly of Marion; and by his brother, Donald E. Bartlett.
Voncille Jean Dirks, 57, of Hillsboro died Monday at Hillsboro Community Hospital. She was born Jan. 25, 1955, in Hutchinson to Leonard and Voncille (Johnson) Goering. She worked in medical records and health information at Hillsboro Community Hospital. She married Norman Dirks on April 12, 1986, in Hillsboro.
Kenneth John Frederick
Kenneth John Frederick, 68, former Coleman Co. employee, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Memorial services were Tuesday at Peabody Christian Church, Peabody. He was preceded in death by his father, John Frederick; sons, Daniel and Lloyd Frederick; daughter, Tina Frederick; and two brothers.
Shelby Lynn Deines Linahan
Shelby Lynn Deines Linahan, 38, of Pierce City, Mo., died Monday at her parents’ home near Pierce City. She was born on June 30, 1974, in Herington to Steve and Sandra (Fike) Deines. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Monett, Mo., and an elementary teacher in Webb City, Mo., Shawnee Mission, Dimond, Mo., and Monett, Mo.
Delano 'Scott' O'Dell
MARION — Delano “Scott” O’Dell, 55, was born in Florence, July 4, 1957, and passed away at his home Aug. 29, 2012. Scott was born in Florence and lived there a lot of his life. The rest of his time was living on his farm southeast of Marion, Kan. Scott loved the outdoors and enjoyed his hunting and fishing and also enjoyed taking care of his livestock. Scott spent 35 years, working for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, where he was a B & B Carpenter.
Gene Pruitt, 75, of Emporia died Thursday at Life Care Center of Burlington. He was born May 18, 1937, in Moundridge to Verle Pruitt and Agnes Delphon Pruitt Goodwin. He was a longtime football coach and teacher, working at Herington High School from 1975 to 1981.
Marion Ethel (Huckabone) Rosine, 68, of Peabody died Aug. 29 at Parkside Home in Hillsboro. She was born Aug. 11, 1944, in Sidney, N.Y., to Samuel Huckabone and Agnes Grace Gardner Evender. She was a housekeeper. She is survived by two sons, Fred Philpott of Minneola and Jim Philpott of Peabody; one daughter, Sheila Buller of Cunningham; two brothers, Donnie Huckabone of Arizona and Stan Huckabone of Arkansas; one sister, Irene Stevenson of South Carolina; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Peabody police report
County plans algae relief project
Marion County Commission approved a plan to build a water tank for a rancher who lives next to Marion County Park and Lake. The water tank would be used as a fresh water source for cattle. Water would be pumped from a nearby stream. The goal of the project is to keep cattle from using the creek as a water source to cut down on nutrients flowing into Marion County Lake that feed blue green algae, Kansas State Research and Extension Agent Rickey Roberts said.
USDA extends CRP grazing deadline
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in Kansas announced Thursday that emergency grazing of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program has been extended to Nov. 30 from the original end date of Sept. 30. The emergency grazing was authorized because of severe and ongoing drought. Participants must leave at least 25 percent of each field ungrazed for wildlife and cannot graze more than 75 percent of the stocking rate set by the Natural Resource Conservation Service. All livestock must be removed by Nov. 30. Producers without livestock may rent or lease the grazing privileges.
Updates for my 6 regular readers
Sometimes it is just too tough to come up with 500 words about one topic that will fill this space. This is one of those weeks. I could end this opinion column right now and see if Hoch Publishing news editor Adam Stewart has any sympathy for me, or I could just drag out some mini-opinions and keep my job for another week. Since my six regular readers might miss me, I think that is what I will do. In the “Well, thank goodness” category, all of us who were downtown Saturday morning when part of the brick façade fell off of the front of the American Legion building noted a couple of things as we stared in surprise at the mound of bricks on the sidewalk. First were expressions of gratitude that it didn’t happen during the hugely successful Jason Callahan Benefit of several weeks ago or when the senior citizens park out in front and head into the senior center next door most weekdays around noon. Next was the appreciation for the emergency personnel from the Fire Department, Atmos Energy, ambulance, and Police Department who were there quickly to deal with the remaining parts of the loose façade, rope off the area for public safety, and make certain there were no problems inside the building. I thought they all did their jobs well and I would offer up a thank you to each of them.
See what your money gets you
Marion County Sheriff’s Department is going to have an open house at the new jail from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. It will be the first chance for the general public to see the jail, and hopefully for most people it will be the last time they see the inside of it. When Marion County Commission and a group of volunteers were considering what to do about the existing jail, the Sheriff’s Department opened it up for tours. So few people showed up that offering the tours was a waste of time for everyone involved. I don’t know whether the horrible turnout was because people didn’t care, or because they actively didn’t want to know about the condition of the jail. Apathy about public issues is frustrating but understandable, but willful ignorance is unforgiveable.
DAYS OF YORE:
Days of yore
Distressed driver gets a helping hand
Business consultations offered Sept. 27
One-on-one consultations about starting a business or concerns about an existing business will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at Butler Community College in Marion. The consultations are free and confidential. To schedule an appointment, call (316) 218-6311. The consultations are provided by a partnership of Emporia State University, Butler Community College, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Kansas Department of Commerce.
Self-advocate group wins award
Harvey-Marion County Self Advocates received the “Outstanding Self Advocate Group” award at the 2012 statewide conference of the Self Advocates Coalition of Kansas. The award was in recognition of the group’s campaign to change the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” with “intellectual disability” and “people with intellectual disability” in state legislation. The group began a letter-writing campaign in 2011. Gov. Sam Brownback signed the change in law April 26.
Crop Walk is Oct. 7
The 2012 Marion County Crop Walk is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 7 west of the Marion County Park and Lake office. The Crop Walk is an annual fundraiser for hunger-fighting development efforts of the ministry of Church World Service. Crop Walks help provide seed, tools, wells, water systems, technical training, and loans in more than 80 countries.
Welding school under way in Hillsboro
School is in session around the county and at the Hutchinson Community College-sponsored welding school in Hillsboro. Eight students started class last week at the former AMPI facility, in an air-conditioned room on the south side of the building. “We’re still taking care of some housekeeping duties so far,” said instructor Steve Swartz. “We have to work on safety instruction, OSHA 10 requirements, a math section, and a blueprint reading section — those all have to come first before we actually get into the lab and do some welding.”
Fishing derby is Sept. 15
The James Weber Memorial Fishing Derby will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at Father Padilla Park in Herington. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. The derby is open to youngsters aged 6 to 12. There is no entrance fee, but participants must bring their own fishing poles. Bait will be provided. Prizes will be awarded.
Santa Fe Trail segment nominated for national register
Steve and Glenda Schmidt of McPherson are owners of a segment of the Santa Fe Trail in Lehigh Township that has been nominated to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. French Frank’s Santa Fe Trail Segment is located in the southeast quarter of Section 4, Township 19, Range 1. It is 6 miles southwest of Cottonwood Crossing and 4 miles north of Lehigh on 245th Road. A granite stone installed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1906 marks the trail.
Choir to start fall rehearsals
Parkside Voices will begin fall rehearsals at 11 a.m. Thursday at Park Village on the campus of Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. The chorus sings a variety of music, including Broadway show tunes and sacred classics. Rehearsals last about 45 minutes. It isn’t necessary to be able to read music, and there is no membership fee.
Park celebration is Sept. 29
The old “roundhouse” in Peabody City Park — used to store supplies and the framing for July Fourth ground displays — was actually built in 1876 as a floral exhibition building by carpenter A. K. Stewart. He bid $540 for the project and promised to have it ready by fair time. Fair time in that era was largely the project of the Marion County Agricultural Society. The society was mainly made up of town boosters and stockbreeders. The fairs attracted fine livestock, such as Pat Knust Henderson’s great- grandfather’s prize-winning Shorthorn cattle. He was actually the Rev. Dr. A.H. Lackey of the Presbyterian Church when not working on the fair or raising cattle.
Florence teen auditions for 'Idol'
Angel Funk of Florence isn’t the kind of person who sings for an audience often. The only times she has been part of a choir were times it was required for school. But when the Marion High School senior heard TV show “American Idol” was going to have auditions in Dodge City, she decided to take a chance and try to overcome her stage fright. “I love to sing, and a lot of people tell me I’m good at it,” she said.
Hannaford appointed to state board
Gov. Sam Brownback announced the appointment of Roger Hannaford of Marion to the Kansas Abstracters Board of Examiners on Friday. Hannaford is president of Hannaford Abstract and Title Company in Marion, where he has worked for more than 35 years. He has a degree in journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University.
Families chose home school for variety of reasons
For many families, at this time of year, back-to-school means full schedules, carving out time for homework, and buying expensive shoes, clothes and supplies. But for many Marion County homeschool families, back-to-school has a different meaning. “Let me first say that every homeschool family is different,” said Angela Ciero, homeschool parent of five and vice president of Marion County Home Education Board. “There is no such thing as a typical day. Some families follow an 8-to-3 schedule, others may choose to do their lessons in the middle of the night because that is when a parent is available. But, for all of us, the flexibility and the freedom to do what we think best for our children is important.”
Scholarship to benefit high school students
Marion and Peabody-Burns high school students who want to take college courses will benefit from a new $10,000 scholarship fund established with Butler Community College. A philanthropist with Marion County ties, who wishes to remain anonymous, read an article about MHS students enrolled in the Certified Nurse Aide program through Butler and decided he wanted to help.
Bands to play at K-State
Centre and Peabody-Burns high school bands will participate in Kansas State University band day Sept. 15. Thirty-seven schools are participating. The bands and color guard members will perform during a parade march and at halftime of the K-State football game against North Texas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. in Aggieville, then proceed down Poyntz Avenue and end in front of the Manhattan Town Center.
Volunteer to be honored at Senior Fair
Wilma Gilmer of rural Marion will be recognized at the 2012 Senior Fair in Salina as Marion County’s “Senior Fair Pioneer.” “Fest of the West” is the theme of this year’s North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging Senior Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Bicentennial Center in Salina.
Retiree cultivates passion for preserves
Retirement is full of flavors for 68-year-old Darlene Carlson. A retired occupational therapist turned gardener, Carlson enjoys making jam from produce she raises at Mockingbird Hill, her farm south of Lincolnville. She enjoys selling her jam and other garden produce, such as fresh herbs, fruit, vegetables, and cut flowers at farmers markets in Hillsboro and Marion.
Simple changes make home life easier for seniors
As seniors age, steps may become more uncertain, grips may weaken, eye sight may dim. These changes can turn familiar surroundings into frustrating challenges and dangerous snares, but small investments of foresight, money, and elbow grease can keep seniors living at home safe and productive.
Regaining mobility biggest battle for veteran
Ivanlee Timm has stared into a fire armed with a hose. He has chased down a fleeing suspects as a police officer in Herington. He spend his 21st birthday on the frontlines, part of the infantry in Germany. “Where the lead flies,” he said.
Trainer to teach fitness to elderly
A concern that trainer Karen Williams hears often from potential clients is that they have bodily limitations — creaky knees, a shaky shoulder, a bad back — and they cannot do the strenuous workout she would put them through. “There’s this nasty rumor that I’m this torturer,” Williams said. “I tailor it for my groups. If I have a beginning group, we do beginning things.”
Cross-country team runs at Clearwater
Seven members of the Peabody-Burns High School cross-country team traveled Thursday to Clearwater for a meet. Two runners medaled at the competition. Angelica Winsor medaled at 17th in the junior/senior 2-mile girls’ event with a time of 15 minutes, 20 seconds. Zach Preheim medaled at 27th in the junior/senior boys’ 2 mile event. He ran the course in 13:09.
Warriors win football opener, 70-32
Peabody-Burns High School football coach David Pickens opened his post-game speech with congratulations for his 2012 Warriors. His team defeated White City, 70-32, Friday at White City. “I’m thrilled with 70 points on the board, but would like to see you hold the opponent to a lot less than 36,” Pickens told his team in the after-game huddle. “We have plenty of mistakes to correct before next week, but I am proud of you. You came to hit and you hit hard. Now we have to build on that.”
Junior Warriors lose to Solomon
The Peabody-Burns Junior Warriors were defeated at Solomon, 66-36. The team has two weeks to prepare for a road game at Goessel on Sept. 13. Just seconds into the contest, the Junior Warriors’ cover team failed to stop the kickoff return. Solomon scored first to take the early 6-0 lead.
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