HEADLINES

  • Tom Schmidt resigns from city council

    Peabody City Council member Tom Schmidt ended an 11½-year stint as a council member Monday night with the surprise announcement of his resignation effective at the end of the meeting. Schmidt said that several life changes had started the thinking that brought him to the decision to end his tenure on the council.

  • Special school board meeting Thursday

    A special meeting of Peabody-Burns Board of Education will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Central Office. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss resolutions of intent to non-renew non and tenured teacher contracts, and accepting contracts and resignations. Two executive sessions are on the agenda.

  • St. Luke CEO taking job in Mitchell County

    St. Luke Hospital and Living Center CEO Jeremy Armstrong has accepted a job as CEO of Mitchell County Hospital and Health Systems in Beloit. He said the move is to get closer to his wife, Tammy’s, parents so the Armstrongs and their children can visit more often. His last day at St. Luke will be June 6, and he will start June 16 in Beloit.

  • Garage sales are Saturday

    Marion and Peabody will have citywide garage sales Saturday, with 22 planned in Marion and 16 planned in Peabody. Summaries and maps of the sales can be found on page 11 of this newspaper. Free maps will be available Friday at local businesses.

  • Film maker returns to Florence

    Residents of Florence can expect to see Steve Lerner once again wandering the streets with his camera. Lerner is creating another documentary of the area, but this time focusing on water sources in the area. “Talkin’ About Water” will center around Florence, Marion County, and Chase County and their water sources. It will be his second documentary to feature the area. The first was created in 2012, titled “Florence, Kansas.”

  • Group may be last to graduate from current Butler building

    It was a bittersweet moment for Amy Kjellin, director of Butler Community College of Marion, as she handed certificates and tokens of appreciation to three students graduating this semester. For future students, Butler of Marion might have a different look, but will still offer the same services, Kjellin said.

  • Planning board Oks wind farm expansion

    With the approval by the county planning commission to allow expansion of Windborne Energy’s planned wind farm between Aulne, Peabody, and Florence, there was opposition Thursday. Those in opposition still voiced their opinion against the wind farm as a whole.

  • Drunk driver's family suffered, too

    Jared Estes had every right to be angry after a drunk driver, 45-year-old Louis Kebert, driving a Porsche on Kellogg Ave. in Wichita, rammed into the back of his car, killing his wife of six months, Paige. The car exploded upon impact, leaving Estes with severe burns on his upper body and head after a stranger pulled him from the burning vehicle. Two other women in the car also were severely injured. The accident happened in March 2005, and in June 2006, Kebert, who had two previous DUI convictions, was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

  • County may add IT position

    Commissioners did not take any action at the regular county meeting Monday, instead having a work session to meet with the head of each county department. Most meetings centered on the status of each department and what they may need going forward.

  • Family remodeling former hospital into their home

    After decades of sitting empty, the second floor of the CB Wheeler building — otherwise known as the old hospital — is bustling with activity. About two years ago, Randy and Rachel Collett purchased the space from Bruce Skiles, and they recently started remodeling it to serve as their residence in retirement.

  • Artist designs for clients worldwide

    Local graphic artist Amanda (Ewert) Dameron has found a way to do something she loves and make a living from it all from the comfort of her own home in Marion. “I am a contract artist for a company in Utah called Pinpros,” Dameron said. “Working from home is nice. I like it a lot.”

  • County may add IT position

    Commissioners did not take any action at the regular county meeting Monday, instead having a work session to meet with the head of each county department. Most meetings centered on the status of each department and what they may need going forward.

AUTOMOTIVE

  • Volkswagen has been in family for 3 decades

    You could say their marriage began in a Beetle. When Brad and Jeannie Wildin married, they drove away from the church in Brad’s 1971 Beetle. “My father drove a VW bus for work in the 60s and it was where I first learned how to drive,” Brad said. “So in 1973 I found the 71 and got it. I enjoyed it, it was the best vehicle I’ve ever had in the snow.”

  • Local agents add dependability to car insurance

    Car owners are bombarded continually by radio and TV commercials, mail circulars, Internet advertisements, and other means, from companies that claim to offer cheap car insurance. It may be cheaper, but cheaper isn’t necessarily better. Why? Because when a person has a claim, there’s no agent to help with the process.

  • Car shows start in summer

    Marion County will be the place for car enthusiasts to be early this summer with a pair of car shows. The Burns car show will be all day May 24 in downtown Burns. No other information was available before deadline.

DOCKET

IN MEMORIAM

  • Karen Conyers

    Karen “Joyce” Conyers, beloved sister, aunt, friend, and teacher to thousands of students in Kansas and Santa Ana, Calif., has passed away. She was born Sept. 17, 1937, in Marion, Kan. She died April 22, 2014, after a short illness. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Winifred Conyers; and a sister, Marilyn.

  • Charles Cowan

    Charlie Edward Cowan, 88, of Stockton, Mo., passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility. Charlie was the only child born to John E. and Mildred George Cowan on Oct. 13, 1925, in Newton, Kan. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and served as a torpedo man’s mate 3rd class for three years during World War II.

  • Marvin Porter

    Marvin L. Porter, 88, former Vickers Petroleum employee, passed away April 25, 2014. Open visitation was Tuesday at Broadway Mortuary in Wichita with funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Central Christian Church in Wichita.

OPINION

  • Happy birthday to you

    I do not do this very often. In fact, I am not sure I have ever done it before, but I am going to take the plunge this week and share information about an occasion I think all of you should consider putting on your calendar for Saturday. No, no, it is not the citywide garage sale or the community track meet, although both are valid reasons to get out and about in Peabody for the day and have an adventure.

  • A steady hand and clear vision

    When I recently heard a rumor that St. Luke CEO Jeremy Armstrong was going to leave the hospital, I hoped it was exactly that, a rumor that could be dismissed as soon as I could ask Armstrong about the situation. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a rumor; it was accurate, and Marion will be losing an excellent community member in June. The past eight years have been a tumultuous time for the health care field, especially for rural hospitals. Add into that the worst recession since the 1930s and for a rural hospital just to keep its head above water would be an accomplishment. What St. Luke got instead was a monumental building project, expansion, and renovation that improved the hospital while also bringing it more in line with the realities of modern medicine where fewer inpatients are staying in rural hospitals but more rehabilitation services are sought.

  • Days of Yore

    Ross Baker is pictured planting a variety of annuals in one of two new concrete planters recently installed in front of the Peabody public library. Funds in the Gladys Hoyt Memorial to the library were used to purchase the planters. Hoyt was librarian from 1936 to 1970. A retirement reception will be held from 3:30 to 5:50 p.m. May 12 in honor of Melinda Gaines, a former special education teacher at Peabody High School. She is retiring after 32 years spent teaching, lastly in El Dorado.

PEOPLE

  • P.E.O. elects officers

    Officers were voted on during P.E.O.’s meeting April 21 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. A president’s gavel was presented to Belinda Skiles, who was elected chapter president.

  • Smart driving class offered

    Smart driving classes, which allow drivers to receive an insurance premium reduction, will be available at the Marion Senior Center May 12 and 13. Classes will be from 1 to 5 p.m. each day. No actual driving is required, but participants are required to attend both sessions in order to receive the discount.

  • Brown grandson completes basic training

  • Lifeguard classes will be offered in May

    An American Red Cross lifeguarding class will be offered from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 26 through May 29 at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center in Marion. Those attending will learn first aid, CPR /AED, teamwork, rescue and surveillance techniques, as well as other skills necessary to become a lifeguard.

  • Tabor concert is Sunday

    The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings will perform a home concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church at 300 Prairie Pointe. The theme of the concert is “Bright Shining as the Sun,” based on lyrics from “Amazing Grace.”

  • USDA food commodities available next week

    Commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will arrive at county senior centers May 7, with distribution beginning May 8. Sites may not distribute commodities on the same day. Patrons are encouraged to contact their local site for scheduling.

  • Dinner will help with adoption

    There will be a dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Marion Christian Church to assist Doug and Sarah Spencer with the international adoption of their son, Grant. Friends of the Spencers are organizing the meal, which will include sloppy joes, side dishes, and desserts.

  • Democratic Women honor past member

    Marion County Democratic Women gave a gift to the Robert B. Docking Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Betty Norman at their meeting Friday at Marion Senior Center. Plans were finalized for the group to host the First District Democratic Women’s meeting on May 26.

  • Disaster volunteers needed

    Marion County Emergency Management Department is looking for volunteers to assist during times of emergency. Volunteers will receive training though the Federal Emergency Management Agency to perform specific tasks during a disaster, emergency director Randy Frank said.

  • HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND:

    The unending presence
  • BURNS:

    Residents share Easter activities

SPORTS AND SCHOOL

  • Students watch re-enactment of fatal accident

    Peabody-Burns High School and Middle School students and staff stood in a semi-circle April 23 and watched a drama unfold in front of them at a simulated car crash. Four high school students were in two vehicles positioned to represent one car slamming broadside into another after the first sailed through a stop sign at a high rate of speed, the driver under the influence of alcohol. Almost immediately, the street filled with emergency vehicles provided by Peabody ambulance and police department, Peabody Fourth Fire District, sheriff’s department, and a Life Team helicopter.

  • Peabody-Burns boys' track team places third at Sterling

    Favorable weather April 22 at Little River’s meet in Sterling translated to many personal and season bests for Peabody-Burns track and field athletes, coach Brian Lightner said. The team scored 60 points on the day, aided by first-place finishes from Enrique Palazon in the 3,200-meter race and Kevin Baatrup in the triple jump. The 4x400-meter relay team placed second with a season-best 4 minute, 0.4 second time.

  • Becky Yoder wins division in 5K race

    Becky Yoder of Peabody won the 50-54 age division in the Emma Creek Classic 5-kilometer race Saturday in Hesston. She ran the race in 23 minutes, 15 seconds, a pace of 7:29 per mile. Donna Spoonemore of Hillsboro was second in the division with a time of 24:15 for a pace of 7:49 per mile.

  • Warrior golf scores hold steady

    Warrior golfers scored 468 as a team after playing 18 holes at the Remington Invitational tournament Thursday in Newton. “Although we didn’t do as good as before, the guys still held their own,” coach Jim Pohlman said. “Our individual scores were about the same as before.”

HEADLINES

  • Tom Schmidt resigns from city council

    Peabody City Council member Tom Schmidt ended an 11½-year stint as a council member Monday night with the surprise announcement of his resignation effective at the end of the meeting. Schmidt said that several life changes had started the thinking that brought him to the decision to end his tenure on the council.

  • Special school board meeting Thursday

    A special meeting of Peabody-Burns Board of Education will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Central Office. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss resolutions of intent to non-renew non and tenured teacher contracts, and accepting contracts and resignations. Two executive sessions are on the agenda.

  • St. Luke CEO taking job in Mitchell County

    St. Luke Hospital and Living Center CEO Jeremy Armstrong has accepted a job as CEO of Mitchell County Hospital and Health Systems in Beloit. He said the move is to get closer to his wife, Tammy’s, parents so the Armstrongs and their children can visit more often. His last day at St. Luke will be June 6, and he will start June 16 in Beloit.

  • Garage sales are Saturday

    Marion and Peabody will have citywide garage sales Saturday, with 22 planned in Marion and 16 planned in Peabody. Summaries and maps of the sales can be found on page 11 of this newspaper. Free maps will be available Friday at local businesses.

  • Film maker returns to Florence

    Residents of Florence can expect to see Steve Lerner once again wandering the streets with his camera. Lerner is creating another documentary of the area, but this time focusing on water sources in the area. “Talkin’ About Water” will center around Florence, Marion County, and Chase County and their water sources. It will be his second documentary to feature the area. The first was created in 2012, titled “Florence, Kansas.”

  • Group may be last to graduate from current Butler building

    It was a bittersweet moment for Amy Kjellin, director of Butler Community College of Marion, as she handed certificates and tokens of appreciation to three students graduating this semester. For future students, Butler of Marion might have a different look, but will still offer the same services, Kjellin said.

  • Planning board Oks wind farm expansion

    With the approval by the county planning commission to allow expansion of Windborne Energy’s planned wind farm between Aulne, Peabody, and Florence, there was opposition Thursday. Those in opposition still voiced their opinion against the wind farm as a whole.

  • Drunk driver's family suffered, too

    Jared Estes had every right to be angry after a drunk driver, 45-year-old Louis Kebert, driving a Porsche on Kellogg Ave. in Wichita, rammed into the back of his car, killing his wife of six months, Paige. The car exploded upon impact, leaving Estes with severe burns on his upper body and head after a stranger pulled him from the burning vehicle. Two other women in the car also were severely injured. The accident happened in March 2005, and in June 2006, Kebert, who had two previous DUI convictions, was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

  • County may add IT position

    Commissioners did not take any action at the regular county meeting Monday, instead having a work session to meet with the head of each county department. Most meetings centered on the status of each department and what they may need going forward.

  • Family remodeling former hospital into their home

    After decades of sitting empty, the second floor of the CB Wheeler building — otherwise known as the old hospital — is bustling with activity. About two years ago, Randy and Rachel Collett purchased the space from Bruce Skiles, and they recently started remodeling it to serve as their residence in retirement.

  • Artist designs for clients worldwide

    Local graphic artist Amanda (Ewert) Dameron has found a way to do something she loves and make a living from it all from the comfort of her own home in Marion. “I am a contract artist for a company in Utah called Pinpros,” Dameron said. “Working from home is nice. I like it a lot.”

  • County may add IT position

    Commissioners did not take any action at the regular county meeting Monday, instead having a work session to meet with the head of each county department. Most meetings centered on the status of each department and what they may need going forward.

AUTOMOTIVE

  • Volkswagen has been in family for 3 decades

    You could say their marriage began in a Beetle. When Brad and Jeannie Wildin married, they drove away from the church in Brad’s 1971 Beetle. “My father drove a VW bus for work in the 60s and it was where I first learned how to drive,” Brad said. “So in 1973 I found the 71 and got it. I enjoyed it, it was the best vehicle I’ve ever had in the snow.”

  • Local agents add dependability to car insurance

    Car owners are bombarded continually by radio and TV commercials, mail circulars, Internet advertisements, and other means, from companies that claim to offer cheap car insurance. It may be cheaper, but cheaper isn’t necessarily better. Why? Because when a person has a claim, there’s no agent to help with the process.

  • Car shows start in summer

    Marion County will be the place for car enthusiasts to be early this summer with a pair of car shows. The Burns car show will be all day May 24 in downtown Burns. No other information was available before deadline.

DOCKET

IN MEMORIAM

  • Karen Conyers

    Karen “Joyce” Conyers, beloved sister, aunt, friend, and teacher to thousands of students in Kansas and Santa Ana, Calif., has passed away. She was born Sept. 17, 1937, in Marion, Kan. She died April 22, 2014, after a short illness. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Winifred Conyers; and a sister, Marilyn.

  • Charles Cowan

    Charlie Edward Cowan, 88, of Stockton, Mo., passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility. Charlie was the only child born to John E. and Mildred George Cowan on Oct. 13, 1925, in Newton, Kan. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and served as a torpedo man’s mate 3rd class for three years during World War II.

  • Marvin Porter

    Marvin L. Porter, 88, former Vickers Petroleum employee, passed away April 25, 2014. Open visitation was Tuesday at Broadway Mortuary in Wichita with funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Central Christian Church in Wichita.

OPINION

  • Happy birthday to you

    I do not do this very often. In fact, I am not sure I have ever done it before, but I am going to take the plunge this week and share information about an occasion I think all of you should consider putting on your calendar for Saturday. No, no, it is not the citywide garage sale or the community track meet, although both are valid reasons to get out and about in Peabody for the day and have an adventure.

  • A steady hand and clear vision

    When I recently heard a rumor that St. Luke CEO Jeremy Armstrong was going to leave the hospital, I hoped it was exactly that, a rumor that could be dismissed as soon as I could ask Armstrong about the situation. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a rumor; it was accurate, and Marion will be losing an excellent community member in June. The past eight years have been a tumultuous time for the health care field, especially for rural hospitals. Add into that the worst recession since the 1930s and for a rural hospital just to keep its head above water would be an accomplishment. What St. Luke got instead was a monumental building project, expansion, and renovation that improved the hospital while also bringing it more in line with the realities of modern medicine where fewer inpatients are staying in rural hospitals but more rehabilitation services are sought.

  • Days of Yore

    Ross Baker is pictured planting a variety of annuals in one of two new concrete planters recently installed in front of the Peabody public library. Funds in the Gladys Hoyt Memorial to the library were used to purchase the planters. Hoyt was librarian from 1936 to 1970. A retirement reception will be held from 3:30 to 5:50 p.m. May 12 in honor of Melinda Gaines, a former special education teacher at Peabody High School. She is retiring after 32 years spent teaching, lastly in El Dorado.

PEOPLE

  • P.E.O. elects officers

    Officers were voted on during P.E.O.’s meeting April 21 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. A president’s gavel was presented to Belinda Skiles, who was elected chapter president.

  • Smart driving class offered

    Smart driving classes, which allow drivers to receive an insurance premium reduction, will be available at the Marion Senior Center May 12 and 13. Classes will be from 1 to 5 p.m. each day. No actual driving is required, but participants are required to attend both sessions in order to receive the discount.

  • Brown grandson completes basic training

  • Lifeguard classes will be offered in May

    An American Red Cross lifeguarding class will be offered from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 26 through May 29 at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center in Marion. Those attending will learn first aid, CPR /AED, teamwork, rescue and surveillance techniques, as well as other skills necessary to become a lifeguard.

  • Tabor concert is Sunday

    The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings will perform a home concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church at 300 Prairie Pointe. The theme of the concert is “Bright Shining as the Sun,” based on lyrics from “Amazing Grace.”

  • USDA food commodities available next week

    Commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will arrive at county senior centers May 7, with distribution beginning May 8. Sites may not distribute commodities on the same day. Patrons are encouraged to contact their local site for scheduling.

  • Dinner will help with adoption

    There will be a dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Marion Christian Church to assist Doug and Sarah Spencer with the international adoption of their son, Grant. Friends of the Spencers are organizing the meal, which will include sloppy joes, side dishes, and desserts.

  • Democratic Women honor past member

    Marion County Democratic Women gave a gift to the Robert B. Docking Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Betty Norman at their meeting Friday at Marion Senior Center. Plans were finalized for the group to host the First District Democratic Women’s meeting on May 26.

  • Disaster volunteers needed

    Marion County Emergency Management Department is looking for volunteers to assist during times of emergency. Volunteers will receive training though the Federal Emergency Management Agency to perform specific tasks during a disaster, emergency director Randy Frank said.

  • HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND:

    The unending presence
  • BURNS:

    Residents share Easter activities

SPORTS AND SCHOOL

  • Students watch re-enactment of fatal accident

    Peabody-Burns High School and Middle School students and staff stood in a semi-circle April 23 and watched a drama unfold in front of them at a simulated car crash. Four high school students were in two vehicles positioned to represent one car slamming broadside into another after the first sailed through a stop sign at a high rate of speed, the driver under the influence of alcohol. Almost immediately, the street filled with emergency vehicles provided by Peabody ambulance and police department, Peabody Fourth Fire District, sheriff’s department, and a Life Team helicopter.

  • Peabody-Burns boys' track team places third at Sterling

    Favorable weather April 22 at Little River’s meet in Sterling translated to many personal and season bests for Peabody-Burns track and field athletes, coach Brian Lightner said. The team scored 60 points on the day, aided by first-place finishes from Enrique Palazon in the 3,200-meter race and Kevin Baatrup in the triple jump. The 4x400-meter relay team placed second with a season-best 4 minute, 0.4 second time.

  • Becky Yoder wins division in 5K race

    Becky Yoder of Peabody won the 50-54 age division in the Emma Creek Classic 5-kilometer race Saturday in Hesston. She ran the race in 23 minutes, 15 seconds, a pace of 7:29 per mile. Donna Spoonemore of Hillsboro was second in the division with a time of 24:15 for a pace of 7:49 per mile.

  • Warrior golf scores hold steady

    Warrior golfers scored 468 as a team after playing 18 holes at the Remington Invitational tournament Thursday in Newton. “Although we didn’t do as good as before, the guys still held their own,” coach Jim Pohlman said. “Our individual scores were about the same as before.”

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