Vol. 141 , No. 1
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Peabody, KS 66866
UPDATED AFTER PRINT DEADLINE
2 McPherson College students charged in death of Tabor student
McPherson Police Department has arrested a second suspect in the death of Tabor College junior and football player Brandon Brown, who died at 10:16 p.m. Saturday of injuries sustained Sept. 16 in McPherson. DeQuinte Oshea Flournoy, 19, of Dallas, Texas, was arrested Wednesday. He and Alton Lamont Franklin, 19, also of Dallas, are both charged with aiding and abetting murder in the second degree. Both suspects are McPherson College students and were listed on the 2011 McPherson College football team roster, although neither is listed on the 2012 roster.
Kansas Main Street program eliminated
Peabody and 25 other Kansas communities were stunned Thursday to learn that Kansas Department of Commerce had cut the state Main Street program effective at noon that same day. An early morning e-mail from Secretary of Commerce Pat George to Main Street communities and directors announced the cuts. George indicated the money funding Kansas Main Street would be used to support other projects in the commerce department.
Scouts take watery trip
Several scouts from Boy Scouts Troop 108 of Peabody traveled Aug. 8 through 16 to the Boundary Waters along the Minnesota-Canada border to spend time canoeing and exploring the wilderness. Devon McGonigal, Wyatt Fistler, Christian Chastain, Nate Carino, Markus Knight, and Jaydin Hutchison went, along with adult leaders Jim and Carrie Truax and Joe Hutchison. Devon and Wyatt had gone the previous year, but it was the first scouting trip at all for 14-year-olds Jaydin and Markus.
Residents request reconsideration
At the Peabody City Council meeting Monday night, Peabody businessman Mark Whitney and Marion County Commissioner Randy Dallke addressed the council about the Peabody Main Street program during the time set aside for public comment. Whitney read a prepared statement.
Entertainment in store for Day in the Park
The celebration Saturday to recognize the National Register of Historic Places designation granted to Peabody City Park will offer something for just about everyone in attendance. The event, sponsored by the Peabody Historical Society, will begin at 2 p.m. with opening remarks by Peabody Mayor Larry Larsen.
Suspect charged in Tabor student murder
Alton Lamont Franklin of Dallas, Texas, has been charged with aiding and abetting murder in the second degree after Tabor College junior and football player Brandon Brown died at 10:16 p.m. Saturday of injuries sustained Sept. 16 in McPherson. Brown, 26, of Sacramento, Calif., was found beaten and unconscious shortly after 4 a.m. Sept. 16 in the 400 block of North Carrie Street, two blocks west of the McPherson College campus. He was transported first to McPherson Hospital, then to Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. He was the father of two children, a 3-year-old son and 7-month-old daughter.
PBHS homecoming activitites wrap-up
The 2012 Peabody-Burns High School fall homecoming will take place Friday. The Warriors will take to the football field at 7 p.m. against Centre. The crowning of the homecoming king and queen will be at 6 p.m. at the football field.
Marlyss M. Brunner
Marlyss M. Brunner, 91, formerly of Ramona, died Thursday at Gardner. She was born Oct. 29, 1920, in rural Hillsboro to Fred W. and Adeline (Bessel) Unruh. She was a homemaker and farm wife, and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ramona.
Gerald D. Kelsey
Gerald D. Kelsey, 69, passed away Sept. 23, 2012. Visitation with family will be held on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 28, 2012, at Marion Christian Church. Interment will be in the Marion Cemetery. Memorial fund established for Our Savior Lutheran Church in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS 66861.
Harold H. Morris Sr.
Harold H. Morris Sr., 89, of Arkansas City died Sept. 14 at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita. He was born Jan. 14, 1923, in Arkansas City to Charles H. and Georgia Ruth (Drumsgould) Morris. He attended Arkansas City Public Schools and later served in the U.S. Army for 2.5 years during World War II in Normandy and northern France.
Banks feel the squeeze
Media often reports that banks are not lending, but bankers in Marion County beg to differ with that. “Most community banks have ample funds available to good quality lenders,” Marion National Bank President Jim Hefley said. “Banks here in Marion County are eager to loan money, but the regulations aren’t allowing us to grant as many loans as a few years ago.”
E-Community loans help Hillsboro
In the past three years, Hillsboro E-Community loans helped six businesses get started in Hillsboro. Now the entrepreneurial board is working to jump-start three more hometown projects, Hillsboro Economic Development Director Clint Seibel told City Council members last week. “This money we use to help these businesses does not come from tax money and it is not from our mill levy,” Seibel said. “We are using credit money.”
Yields weaken effect of prices
Wheat is selling for $8.49 a bushel, milo is $6.94, corn is $7.28, and soybeans $16.29 per bushel on the worldwide commodities market, Grain Coordinator Dick Tippin of Hillsboro Cooperative and Grain supply reported Thursday. Tippin said these are good prices driven by a continuing demand. There were drought conditions worldwide with the Russian and Ukraine wheat production being affected. He expects prices will continue to stay high unless the economy of China and other large countries falters.
County scales down radio tower plans
Marion County Commission went back to square one Monday for an emergency communications tower, approving an alternative design to be submitted to Marion planning and zoning officials. “We still need a tower by the jail, that’s not going away,” Marion County Commission Dan Holub said. “We’ve been looking at other options.”
A park with community history
Congratulations to Peabody Historical Society members for their push to get the city park on the National Register of Historic Places and the Kansas Register of Historic Places. The park has a great deal of history behind it, not just from the earliest days and the 1885 Kansas State Fair, but for all the football and baseball games played since then, the swim team competitions, family reunions, band concerts, Morgan Horse competitions, re-enactments, July Fourth celebrations, and other events that have taken place in more recent decades. The park is a part of everyone’s history. Decades ago, I took my day care kids to the park, and they loved the freedom to run and play and enjoy the playground. We spent time at the baby pool and later at swimming lessons in the big pool. Much later, the now-Married Daughter and several of the day care kids were life guards. They learned about responsibility, doing a job, and the many things that prepare youngsters for work in the adult world.
Bad news and a little bit of good
I sat down last week with students at Marion and Peabody-Burns schools to talk about my experiences in journalism. One student commented about being frustrated by political news, and then she said something a bit upsetting. Because I was the one being interviewed I wasn’t taking notes, so I can only paraphrase what she said: She is glad she won’t turn 18 until after the election, because she doesn’t want to have to help choose who is going to screw up the country for the next four years. Four things stand out about what she said; three upset me, and one is cause for optimism.
Now I know what it means to be in shape
I’m now down 60 pounds since I started with Taking Off Pounds Sensibly in January. That means since I reached my original goal of 180 pounds I’ve only lost 12 more pounds in the last three months. Weight loss has not really been the goal though.
DAYS OF YORE
Days of yore
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Marion County is one of 16 recently added to the list of Kansas counties having confirmed cases of West Nile virus. Newton will host the Kansas Sampler Festival in 2004 and 2005, officials announced Friday.
HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND
Decide for truth
Is “true” only true when it’s easy? Is “right” only right when there’s no opposition? Truth stands because of its inherent character, not because of its possible consequences. There is a cost for standing up for truth, and the specifics of that cost can’t always be determined ahead of time.
Annual senior meeting is Oct. 18
The Senior Citizens of Marion County Inc. Board invites the public to attend its 52nd annual meeting Oct. 18 at Hillsboro Senior Center. The cost to attend the meeting and meal is $5. Those interested can pay for their registration at the local senior center or by contacting the Marion County Department on Aging at (620) 382-3580.
Opera house will tribute Roger Miller
John Mueller’s Roger Miller tribute show “King of the Road” will be at the McPherson Opera House at 7 p.m. Saturday. Miller, who died in 1992, won 11 Grammy Awards for songs such as “Dang Me,” “Chug-a-Lug,” and “King of the Road.” Mueller is a Wichita native who has lived in California for a number of years. He has brought his “Winter Dance Party” show, a rock ‘n’ roll revue, to Kansas a number of times.
New 4-H officers elected
The monthly meeting of the Peabody Achievers 4-H Club was held Sept. 16. Elections for new officers were made for the 2012-13 club year. New officers are President Brandon Entz, Vice President Cody Parmley, Secretary Corin Parmley, Treasurer Anna Lubers, Parliamentarian Bailey Penner, Reporter Morgan Gaines, Historian Tyler Entz, Song and Recreation Leaders Jack Parks and Bryant Young, Council Representatives Jack Parks and Corin Parmley, and Community Leaders Stacey Parks and Shawn Entz.
Free flight group returning to Marion
The Heart of America Free Flight Association will return Oct. 6 and 7 to Marion Municipal Airport-Baxter Field for the organization’s 12th annual outdoor contest and National Free Flight Society National Cup Meet. Free flight is the practice of flying model airplanes without any sort of radio or remote control.
World Rabies Day is Friday
World Rabies Day is Friday. More than 55,000 people die from rabies worldwide every year, a rate of one person every 10 minutes. Rabies in humans is 100 percent preventable. Most of these cases are transmitted by dogs. World Rabies Day events have been held in 150 countries, and have vaccinated 7.7 million dogs to date.
Michaelis reunion draws more than 50
The 21st biennial reunion of the Henry and Pauline Michaelis family was July 28 and 29 at the Crown Plaza at Lenexa. There were 54 family members, two visitors, and one caregiver in attendance. Some members of the group arrived on July 27 to get a head start on the visiting. Those attending from Peabody were Bessie Michaelis; Frank and Sahron Oursler; Tammy, Derian, Madison, and Dalton Britton; and Teresa, Kristen, and Devon McGonigal. Rob and Steph Oursler of Manhattan; and Ron Michaelis and Kris Aulton of Topeka; and Wilma Broyles of Logan also attended. Valerie and Michaela Williams came from Little Rock, Ark.; Brian, Natalie, and Brett Martin from Norman, Okla.; and Kimberly Madsen came from Andover.
Democratic Women elect officers
Marion County Democratic Women met for lunch Sept. 21. Carolan McFarland was a guest. A partial slate of officers was elected: Sue Clough, president; Janet Bryant, secretary, and Eileen Sieger, treasurer. A vice president will be confirmed by the October meeting.
Hillsboro family part of K-State's family of the year
A local family full of Kansas State University alumni was recognized during Family Day at the university’s football game Sept. 15 against the University of North Texas. Quentin and Shari Morford and their children, Lindsey, Katie, and Matthew – all K-State graduates – of Hillsboro joined relatives from St. John and Stafford as the “Family of the Year.” The family’s K-State connections began with Lolene Morrison Hildebrand of Stafford in 1947. Family members Kent Hildebrand of St. John and Shari Morford of Hillsboro nominated the family for consideration. Family members have been involved with the university in many ways, including serving as Willie the Wildcat at a bowl game, student ambassadors, on the equestrian team, writing for the K-State
Ruth Wright surprised with party
The children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren joined the sisters, nieces, nephews, and friends of Ruth Wright for a surprise birthday supper in honor of Ruth’s 90th birthday. The event was Sept. 19 in Newton.
Tabor homecoming is Oct. 4-7
Tabor College’s homecoming theme for 2012 is “Dreaming in Color.” Homecoming is Oct. 4 through 7. Traditional homecoming activities include Music Fest, children’s activities by the science building, a fun run/walk, the musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and many sporting events.
Students earn advanced degrees
Two students from Hillsboro completed master’s degrees from Wichita State University during the summer. Stephanie A. Collins completed her master of science in nursing, and Jessica M. Hughbanks completed her master of physician assistant. Laura Deane Vinduska of Lincolnville completed her master of science degree from Kansas State University as a summer graduate.
PBHS volleyball defeats 2 teams
The Peabody-Burns High School Lady Warriors had a tough day at the Olpe tournament on Saturday earning one win in five matches. The team defeated Marais des Cygnes, 28-26 and 25-19, but lost to Northern Heights, 15-25 and 16-25, Wabaunsee, 14-25, 26-24, and 15-25, Olpe, 14-25 and 15-25, and Goessel 15-25 and 16-25. Northern Heights
PBHS football defeats Canton-Galva
The Peabody-Burns High School football team earned its third victory Friday at Canton with the defeat of Canton-Galva, 38-8. The Warriors are now 3-1 for the season. Up next for the team is a homecoming match-up with Centre. The Warriors received the opening kick-off but their first drive stalled and they punted to the Eagles. Both defenses did the job and neither offense found the end zone in the first quarter.
PBJHS loses to Wakefield
The Peabody-Burns Junior High School Warriors are still looking for their first win of the season. On Thursday, the team lost to Wakefield, 14-0, and is now 0-3. They will next travel to Hope to play Rural Vista. PBJHS offense had the ball nine times in the contest and could not find the end zone.
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