Vol. 147 , No. 1
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Peabody, KS 66866
Shoppers flock to fall festival
Home businesses showed off their best offerings, and youth groups and others sold baked goods to shoppers who were entertained by area bands Saturday during Peabody’s Fall Festival. Vendors in booths that lined Walnut St. offered nearly everything visitors that perused them could want at a craft show including antiques, wood carvings, lemonade, hand woven bracelets, baked good, jewelry, art, Scentsy products, food, bath salts and sugar scrubs visitors made for themselves.
Council disappointed with attendance at city meeting
Peabody’s city council members were discouraged by the lack of residents present Monday for discussion of how to fund an upgrade of the city’s water lines. “I wish more people were here,” councilman Travis Wilson said. “I don’t want to push anything without a lot of peoples’ input. I’d like to see us send a letter in bright orange or green with the options we’re looking at.”
County website hit by hackers
Marion County’s website was hacked twice in early August, possibly by two different suspects, one of whom left an obscene message on the site. “It seems like this was trivial, but we’re taking steps to prevent it from happening again,” Spencer said.
Wind farm company blasts Novak's behavior in legal filing
County commissioner Dianne Novak was called out for her apparent collaboration with plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed Aug. 14 against county commissioners. Wind farm developer Expedition Wind filed a motion to intervene in the case, originally filed by Peabody farmer Randy Eitzen and 72 other wind farm opponents. They claim the county’s approval of a conditional use permit for the wind farm “was unreasonable and therefore void.”
County's struggle with transfer station funding continues
County commissioners continue to search for ways to pay for a new transfer station or update the existing one. Commissioners initially planned to put a sales tax question on the ballot for the November election, but a blunder in the language of a bill passed by legislators forced commissioners to change their mind on putting the tax to a vote. Commissioners had asked for “up to ½% sales tax,” but learned in August the bill legislators approved was for ½% sales tax.
New treasurer sees position as career changing
Lori Pickens always had an affinity for numbers and working with people, so she thought accepting a post as Peabody’s new city treasurer could be her final career move. “I hope to stay here until I retire,” she said. “I’m hoping this is it. It’s neat working with the city council.”
Florence among Kansas' lowest-income cities
Florence was the eighth-lowest income city in Kansas from 2012 to 2017, with a median income of $25,365 per household, according to a recent study. “It’s probably tough on a lot of people around here,” mayor Bob Gayle said.
Bookstore owner talks rare books
Wichita resident Peggy Trabke doesn’t value her copy of “The Poetical Works of Edgar Allen Poe” any less after finding out its resale value would only be about $25. Its sentimental value is beyond measure. “My late mother-in-law gave it to me, and it was her mother’s,” Trabke said.
Fall brings prospect of fewer blue-green algae blooms
Fishermen or boaters who have been deterred by blue-green algae at Marion County Lake can look forward to better conditions this fall, according to lake manager Isaac Hett. Blooms will recede during fall and winter months the way animals go into hibernation, and return in the spring, Hett said.
Kapaun Museum given icon from Bosnian chapel named in his honor
After the civil war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the United States 1st Infantry Division was given the task of enforcing a peace agreement signed in December 1995. Camp McGovern was one of the army camps in Bosnia, and its chapel was named after Emil Kapaun, a Catholic chaplain who was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor for his selfless actions as a prisoner of War in North Korea. He died in the camp in May 1951.
Watershed meeting set for Thursday
Marion County Commissioners may attend the Marion Reservoir Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday at Marion City Library.
Church schedules Mexican dinner
Peabody Christian Church will hold a Mexican dinner 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5, with donations going toward water-damage repairs. The menu will include burritos, taco salad, and nachos.
County, wind farm representatives disagree on flood damage to roads
Commissioners, Enel authorities question whose responsibility it is By PHYLLIS ZORN Staff writer A Friday county commission meeting to discuss road maintenance issues with Enel Green Power, the company developing Diamond Vista wind farm in the northern section of the county, and talk to Expedition Wind about future development of a wind farm in the southern portion of the county stayed civil despite a packed house.
Fall cleanup days set for Peabody
Peabody will have a hazardous waste trailer available for residents from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 5 at 1st and Vine Sts. Fall cleanup will be Oct. 12. All loose items must be bundled, boxed, or bagged, and items such as tires, construction debris, and appliances with Freon will not be accepted.
Antique cars on parade
Several vehicles make an appearance every year in the Old Settlers Day parade. Here are a few to look for this week. 1930 Ford AA truck
Car show brings classic cars Saturday to Peabody's fall festival
Street rod and classic car enthusiasts from many cities gathered to show off their prized cars at Affordable Street Rods’ second annual open house and car show Saturday. A large and appreciative crowd strolled the grounds to view the many cars on display.
County jail arrests and bookings
Civil division cases
Criminal division cases
Domestic division cases
Marriage licenses granted
Police incident reports
Corrections and clarifications
Sen. Wilborn honored by insurance group
The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies named District 35 senator Rick Wilborn one of the association’s two State Legislators of the Year. The association’s board selects legislators for the award based on their promoting and protecting competitive insurance markets.
Blood drives scheduled in Goessel, Peabody
American Red Cross has scheduled two blood drives in Marion County in October. The first is at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 213 E. Division St. in Peabody.
Seniors to celebrate 59 years
The Senior Citizens of Marion County will celebrate its 59th anniversary Oct. 17 at Hillsboro Senior Center, with registration at 11 a.m. and lunch at noon. The program begins at 12:45 p.m. and will feature Noelle Dickinson, Marketing Director at Newton Presbyterian Manor as speaker.
National day of hunting, fishing set Saturday
Gov. Laura Kelly has designated Saturday National Hunting and Fishing Day in Kansas. The state’s sportsmen are recognized for generating more than $32 million in license and permit fees to support conservation efforts in the state.
Flu shots available
Marion County nurses will be offering flu shots 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 1 at Peabody Senior Center. A Medicare or insurance card is required, and paperwork can be filled out prior to receiving shots.
Calendar of events
Residents receive many guests
Peabody Senior Center menu
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