Vol. 142 , No. 17
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Peabody, KS 66866
School board talks 4-day week
Teachers and administration are urging Peabody-Burns Board of Education to adopt a longer school year with only four days of classes each week, but school board members aren’t yet convinced. “We’re already half way there,” Superintendent Ron Traxson said at Monday’s board meeting. “We already go an extended day because we go until 3:30 p.m.”
Take fence off right of way, council says in parking fight
After conferring with the city attorney, Peabody councilmen voted Monday to settle a parking dispute on West Fourth Street by asking a homeowner to remove a fence on city right of way. Administrator Mac Manning will inform property owner Janie Hampton that she has 30 days to comply.
2 nabbed in all-night manhunt
An intense manhunt by police and deputies, aided by a Highway Patrol helicopter with an infrared camera, scoured southwest Marion County all night Monday and into the day Tuesday in search of what was thought to be a ring of car thieves. The manhunt began with a citizen’s hunch about suspicious individuals at a convenience store in Hillsboro and didn’t end until a second tip from another resident who spotted a suspicious individual walking along a county road the following morning.
Cafe's remodeling is a family, community effort
Town and Country Café in Florence has been a staple for travelers and Marion County residents for generations. For the next few weeks, the café will be getting a facelift and possible preparations for a new owner. Carolyn Spencer and her husband, Edmond, have owned the café for 18 years. This is their first complete remodel, right down to the wall sockets. The dining room was redone two years ago.
.22 ammo in short supply
As most gun owners know, people who use .22-caliber long rifle ammunition have had a difficult time finding it. According to Craig Dodd, manager of Chisholm Trail Outfitters in Hillsboro, the run on .22s first came to his attention in October 2012.
Couple remove 140-year-old mud insulation
When Shane Marler started taking down old plaster walls in a home he and his wife, Morgan, were renovating between Hillsboro and Peabody, they were surprised at what they found behind the plaster. At first he thought it was the biggest mud-dauber nest he’d ever seen, but he quickly realized that the dirt behind the plaster was insulation. The original builders made bricks of mud and straw to use as insulation when the house was built in 1874.
Dog is returned to owner after 9 month 150 mile trip
It is hard to find something more heartwarming than a little girl reunited with her best four-legged friend. That is exactly what took place Tuesday at the home of Judy Dannenfelser near Marion County Lake as she helped return Titan the Great Dane to his owner, 3-year-old Kiera DeJaynes. The story began nine months ago in Easton, nearly 150 miles away from Marion. Patricia DeJaynes had let Titan and the other family dog out to play outside their country house. Because Great Danes are shorthaired dogs, Titan slept inside but enjoyed playtime outside during the day.
Garbage collector by day, Internet entrepreneur by night
Many in Marion are used to seeing Rick Burcky out and about as he collects trash around town, but few know that you may also see his work elsewhere, on the World Wide Web. Burcky has been developing websites for the last 25 years since the “early” days of the Internet, he said.
Election needed if senator added to court panel
Gov. Sam Brownback has nominated State Senator Jay Emler to serve on the Kansas Corporation Commission. Emler’s district includes Tampa, Durham, Lehigh, and Goessel in Marion County.
County commissioners exchange roles
County commissioners did not have much business to tend to Monday but made a small change of their own, rotating responsibilities. Roger Fleming became the new chairman and Dan Holub became the vice chairman. “I felt no pressure today,” former chairman Randy Dallke joked. “I’m a no-nothing commissioner now.”
Songwriting brings happiness
Singer-songwriter Annie Wilson of Elmdale will be among 20 musicians performing Sunday at Emma Chase Music Hall in Cottonwood Falls for the CD release of “Kansas Cowboy.” Wilson contributed a solo track as well as a track performed with her Tallgrass Express String Band, for the compilation album being released by the Kansas Chapter of the Western Music Association. She and her band are members.
Photographer's work featured in Pratt
If you were to take a road trip to Pratt Community College to visit the Delmar Riney Art Gallery and meander back roads along the way, you might better understand Marion resident Jennifer Hess’s method of photography. Many of her photographs, taken during family outings and now on display at the gallery, celebrate the seasonal beauty of the Flint Hills and the unique architecture of historic buildings that pepper the region.
Grocery chain to buy Vogt's
A long-rumored sale of Vogt’s Hometown Market in Hillsboro is in the works. Heartland Foods, a seven-store chain with a store in Herington, is seeking to buy Vogt’s, Heartland Foods co-owner Paul Barnes said Monday. He said the parties agree in principle but the sale isn’t final.
Cafe in need of owner
Barb and Larry Smith shut the doors to Country Lakes Café for the last time this January to begin retirement and to deal with health issues plaguing the two. “It’s not that we wanted to shut down the restaurant,” Barb said, “but because of health reasons, it was something we needed to do. Between us, we have bad knees and a bad shoulder. We want to take some time to recover and spend time with grandkids.”
Nevaeh Faye Winsor
Nevaeh Faye Winsor was stillborn Jan. 2. Her parents are Carlee Wentworth and Fred Winsor of Peabody. Monica Farrar of Peabody and Earl and Arlene Winsor of Burns are her grandparents.
Juanita Jo (Ford) Stovall, 79, of Marion died Friday at her home. She was born Jan. 3, 1935, in Antelope to Howard E. and Bernice A. (Utting) Ford. Juanita attended Marion public schools and graduated in 1952.
Civil division cases
Criminal division cases
Jail arrests and bookings
Marriage licenses issued
Traffic division cases
Residents take radon warning seriously
Marion County is in an area prone to high levels of harmful radon gas, Dr. Paige Hatcher of St. Luke Physician Clinic said. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is radioactive, colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Prolonged exposure is the second biggest factor in lung cancer behind tobacco smoke, Hatcher said. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates radon is responsible for about 20,000 lung cancer deaths annually in the U.S.
Flu season is in full sneeze
It’s flu season again, and like many heath care providers across America, Marion Family Physicians has been treating a lot of influenza cases. Kansas is one of 35 states with wide-spread influenza activity according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Indoor track great for rehabilitation
Many people are using the walking track at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center for rehabilitation and health maintenance. Charles Heerey, now 81, had a heart attack in 1988 and angioplasty. Eight years later, he underwent bypass surgery. His doctor put him on a walking regimen. He visits the gym seven days a week and walks 1½ miles or 18 laps.
Martial arts class benefits kids, adults
During his first few years living in Hillsboro, Mervin Lare pondered beginning a martial arts class but was unsure of how to do so. Lare began taking classes in 2006 at UFM Community Learning Center in Manhattan, and moved up the ranks.
Gym, weight room available to adults
Peabody-Burns Recreation Commission makes the PBHS Brown Gymnasium and weight room available to adults from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays through March 5. Adults in the school district can participate in pickup basketball games or work on the weights during that time.
Making the tough decision
The Youngest Daughter just called from the veterinarian’s office to tell me about one of the family cats. Earlier she and the New Guy let me know they were taking poor Otis for a medical check after he dragged himself to the house with severe injuries. These are the things that make a mom wonder “why?” That poor old cat never caused anyone any harm. He is a happy guy who wanders the neighborhood chasing leaves and watching grass grow. He parks himself on the ledges of my wrap-around porch to spy on birds that occupy thick bushy shrubs all around it. I often watch him and think he might tip over from dizziness as he follows them swooping and diving in and out of the branches. He is a nice cat, but I am sure he has never quite figured out how to catch anything as swift as a bird or a blowing leaf. What I am saying here is that I don’t think Otis is on the dean’s list.
A few words on words
Spelling is more than one of those old-fashioned subjects schools try to teach in between sports events and concerts. Sometimes it makes a difference, as when County Commissioner Randy Dallke, stepping down as chairman, refers to himself as becoming a “no-nothing commissioner,” still asserting he’s in the know. If you could have read all of our unedited news stories this week, you would have learned how spelling bee contestants impressed their “piers” (yes, we were all wet on that one), how a fancy dead end has been transformed into a “cult sack” (something we’ve suspected goes on in suburban areas) and how one governmental group wants to convene a “bond council” (presumably to debate the merits of its thin “mil” levy).
DAYS OF YORE:
Days of Yore
Brian Stucky to speak at museum
Area historian Brian Stucky will speak at Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum’s annual meeting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, rural Goessel. After a business meeting, Stucky will reflect on “Why the Stories are Important.”
Auxiliary to meet Thursday
St. Luke Auxiliary’s annual meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Eastmoor Church. Cost is $12.50 payable at the door. For more information, call Eileen Sieger at (620) 382-2032.
Florence seniors sign get-well card
Sixteen members of Florentine Seniors met at noon Friday at a Florence café for the group’s monthly meeting. Members signed a get-well card for Bert Zogelman and recognized Eileen Hallowell’s 74th birthday, which was that day. Jean Shipman won the door prize.
Canadian bluesman to play at McPherson
McPherson Opera House will be filled with melodies of Canadian bluesman Matt Anderson at 7 p.m. Saturday. Anderson won the 2013 Euro Blues Award for best solo/acoustic act and the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Library changing its image
“This is a happening place,” librarian Roger Charles said of the Peabody Township Library. “There is just an awful lot going on here these days — and it is no longer a place where patrons get shushed.” Charles shared information about a grant the library received in December for $6,000 from the state of Kansas’ UFM Community Resource Act.
14 attend Sorosis Beta meeting
Fourteen members and one member-to-be met for a Sorosis Beta Club meeting Dec. 18 at First Baptist Church. Arleen Moffett and Janie Hodges were co-hostesses. President Marilyn Cox presided over a business meeting. Janie Hodges gave the devotion.
HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND:
When the time comes
SPORTS AND SCHOOL
Lady Warriors split first games after break
The Peabody-Burns girls’ basketball team began the second semester Tuesday with a 51-18 loss at Centre. The team came back Friday to earn a 40-32 victory over Flinthills High School. Up next for the Warriors is a home matchup with White City and a Friday game at Wakefield.
6 from county on Fort Hays honor roll
Fort Hays State University recognized 1,111 students — including six from Marion County — on its honor roll for the fall semester: Goessel: Aidan Cody Winblad, senior in physics. Lost Springs: Amy Kathryn Pagenkopf, senior in elementary education. Marion: Elizabeth Nicole Goentzel, freshman in chemistry; Aaron R. Molleker, freshman in animal science; and Adam Michael Molleker, junior in physics. Peabody: Leslie Elizabeth Cain, sophomore in geography.
Warriors lose to Centre, rebound against Flinthills
The Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball team split its first games of 2014 last week. Tuesday the team lost 67-47 at Centre. Friday, the Warriors defeated Flinthills 41-33. Next, the team has a home game against White City and a road trip to Wakefield. Centre
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