Vol. 140 , No. 21
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Peabody, KS 66866
Suspect in jail for burglaries
Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke has announced that a suspect is in jail in connection with recent burglaries of motor vehicles in Peabody. “Since Jan. 9, Peabody police officers have been involved with a rash of burglary incidents,” Burke said. “As of Friday, Feb. 10, all six burglaries from motor vehicles have been solved and some of the stolen property has been recovered.”
Dr. Roberts joins St. Luke
Dr. Joyce Ann Roberts, M.D., board certified in family practice, has joined St. Luke Hospital and Living Center. She will provide primary care to patients of all ages. Most recently, Roberts worked as a family practice physician at the Roosevelt General Hospital clinic in Portales, N.M.
County considers options for 30th Road
Gordon Entz of rural Peabody drives along 30th Road south of Peabody two times a day, to and from his office in Newton. The three miles of blacktop before the road crosses into Harvey County have concerned him for several years. The two miles between Old Mill and Mustang roads are a little bit bumpy, but the road’s safety improved about three years ago when flashing lights and crossbars were installed at a railroad crossing.
City considers pool lift
Peabody City Council members heard Monday night that compliance with a new Americans with Disabilities Act regulation will require the city install a handicap-accessible lift at the Peabody Municipal Swimming Pool. City Administrator Mac Manning presented the information in his report to the council. The lift will not be a permanent installation in the swimming pool, but will be available in case it is needed to help someone with a handicap enter or leave the pool.
Father makes fudge for children
Ed Hammond of rural Goessel does not like to cook. He usually leaves that job to his capable wife of 17 years, Lisa Hammond, and he and their sons, Darren, 15, Kenny, 12, and Vincent, 10, agree she is very good at the task. One Christmas, after making 18 pies and many other holiday treats, she did not have time to make fudge when he asked for it, and instead told him to do it himself. Though it took him several years to perfect a recipe for the chocolaty treat, family and friends agree his fudge is the best. “The boys request it every year for their birthday treats,” he said. “The kids at school go crazy for it; even the teachers always ask if they are going to bring my fudge.”
Ghost hunters study home in Hillsboro
It started the day they moved to Hillsboro, into a home with a history of frequent turnover.
Leland E. “Red” Chizek, 86, of Lincolnville died Feb. 7, 2012, at Lakewood Senior Living-Seville, in Wichita. He was born Nov. 27, 1925, in Agenda to Edward V. and Martha V. (Hajek) Chizek. He was a farmer, semi-truck driver, and oil well driller. He lived in the Ramona and Lincolnville area since he was 5. He graduated from Ramona High School in 1943 and served in World War II.
Martha Fast, 85, of Hillsboro died Feb. 10, 2012, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born May 5, 1926, in Dolton, S.D., to M.A. and Helen (Epp) Kroeker. She was a teacher. She married David E. Fast on Dec. 26, 1963, in Hillsboro. She was a member of Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church.
Joyce Hanneman, 80, of Hillsboro died Feb. 11, 2012, in Hillsboro. She was born May 19, 1931, in Tampa to Thomas and Maude (Carter) Costello. She was a farm wife. She married Ervin Hein on Feb. 13, 1945, in Newton. He preceded her in death. She later married Clifford Hanneman on Sept. 4, 1979, in Hillsboro. He also preceded her in death.
Jay C. Hutchison
Jay C. Hutchison, 80, of Russell died Jan. 30 at Russell Regional Hospital in Russell. He was born Feb. 27, 1931, in Howard to Ray and Grace (McCarty) Hutchison. He graduated from Russell High School in 1949.
Elaine Leppke, 85, of Hillsboro died Feb. 13, 2012, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Harvey, N.D., to Gus and Josephine (Winter) Liebelt. She was a housekeeper at Salem Nursing Home. She is survived by one son, Craig Leppke of rural Hillsboro; one daughter, Carlotta Pankratz of San Bernardino, Calif.; one brother, Merle Liebelt of Modesto, Calif.; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Lindsey Rae Miller
Lindsey Rae Miller, 27, died Feb. 9, the same day she gave birth to her beautiful son, Thomas James Woodruff. Lindsey was born in Ulysses, to Jerry and Cheri Miller on March 2, 1984. She was in a loving home with her brothers Dallas Miller and Clayton Miller, with her grandparents Howard and Martha Miller, and George and Marie Meier nearby.
Linda Faye Scarberry, 59, of Emporia died Feb. 8, 2012, at her home. She was born Dec. 8, 1952, in Salina to Wayne and Faye Parks Annis. She married Daniel C. Scarberry on Sept. 22, 1973, in Emporia. He survives at home.
Peggy Beryl A. Razor Thies
Peggy Beryl A. Razor Thies, 91, Overland Park, died Feb. 7, 2012. She was born May 21, 1920, in Marion. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother, affectionate grandmother and great-grandmother, a loyal and loving companion, and true to many friends, and passed away peacefully into the loving hands of God and his angels.
Lucille M. Weyer
Lucille M. Weyer, 82, of Kansas City, Mo., died Feb. 4, 2012, at a Kansas City, Mo. hospital. She was born Oct. 16, 1929, in Marion to Walter and Minnie (Remers) Ruby. She graduated from Marion High School. Her first husband, Earl Hoffman, died in 1976. She then married Heinze (Bill) Weyer. He died in 1986. In later years, she had a companion, Bob Freeman.
Thomas James Woodruff
Thomas James Woodruff died shortly after birth on Feb. 9, 2012. Holding him here for a short time on Earth was his father, Todd Woodruff and waiting to greet him in Heaven was his mother, Lindsey Miller. Thomas was already loved by his grandparents Jerry and Cheri Miller of Sublette; Martha Miller of Sublette; Stuart and Tracy Woodruff of Peabody; Frank and Janice Woodruff of Peabody; and Glenda Vorse of Wichita; his uncles Clayton Miller of St. Louis, Mo.; and Brandon Woodruff of Peabody; aunts Traylee Woodruff and Kathryn Woodruff of Peabody and Godparent and Uncle, Dallas Miller of Kansas City.
Hillsboro police report
Commission focuses on roads
Marion County Commission stressed the importance of repairing county roads and talk of roads dominated the later part of its meeting Monday. The commission approved a revised bid for the 330th Road project of $1,934,999, down $230 after John Riggins from Kirkham/Michael reevaluated the bid.
Community boards seeks nominations
The Kansas Humanities Council is seeking nominations of Kansans to serve on its 22-member board of directors. Nominations are due April 6. The KHC Board of Directors is a volunteer board, with members serving a three-year term with possible renewal for a second term. Business meetings are held three times annually in locations across the state.
Everyone has a fish story
I am so bummed! Not a single reader, not even my regulars, asked if that was me in the ‘Happy Birthday, Little Brother’ ad in the past week’s newspaper. I thought for sure everyone would recognize me holding that Northern Pike like I knew what I was doing! Not one word. I send my brother the newspaper so I thought it would be fun to run one of our typical small town birthday ads just to see if he noticed it. His birthday was Feb. 9. So far I have not heard, but he lives in Wisconsin so maybe he doesn’t even have that issue yet. However, I was pretty certain that a dozen or so local people would stop me to ask if I was the girl with the fish in the birthday ad.
Marion County belongs in First District
Every 10 years, Kansas’ congressional districts are tweaked to account for changes in population as shown by the U.S. Census. In his “Legislative Update” column this week, District 70 Rep. J. Robert Brookens warns that this decade’s redistricting could move Marion County out of the “Big First” and into the Fourth Congressional District. Such a move would change Marion County’s congressional representative from Tim Huelskamp to Mike Pompeo. Both congressmen are Republicans, and both districts have a history of electing conservatives, so gerrymandering — drawing district boundaries for the political gain of one party — isn’t an issue in this case.
Brookens comments on district changes
The House passed its redistricting map, and the 70th District will retain all its former territory and will gain Hope, Solomon, Elmo, and surrounding townships in western and southern Dickinson County. I look forward to meeting and talking to the good folks of Dickinson County, in addition to those in Butler, Chase, and Marion counties. I hope to have community meetings throughout the new district this winter and spring. In the column last week, I said I believed that none of the proposed congressional maps affected Butler, Chase, or Marion County. I can still say no map is expected to affect Dickinson, Chase, or Butler, but I have discovered there is a map floating around that proposes to move all of Marion County into the 4th Congressional District, which includes Wichita. I’m not so certain our voice would be as strong in the mostly-urban 4th District.
Days of yore
James South and Jack Kirkpatrick are pictured browsing through the selection of Valentine gifts at Don’s Drugs in downtown Peabody. Visiting Joan Berns on Wednesday was Micah Long from Salem, South Carolina. Micah is the son of Mary Berns Lassiter and the grandson of the late Arnold Berns, Jr.
Hope in the Heartland
There once was a husband who was hard to please. He stomped into the kitchen one morning and told his wife he wanted two eggs for breakfast: one scrambled and one fried. Without comment, his extremely patient wife cooked each egg to his specifications and then quietly put the plate in front of him. The husband looked at the plate. His eyes widened, and he exclaimed, “Oh no! You fried the wrong egg.” Ever been like that husband? Ever felt like that wife?
Florence Chess Club to meet
The Florence Chess Club will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 726 Marion St., in the former Catholic school across from the Catholic church. All ages and skill levels are welcome and there is no charge.
Starship to headline Chingawassa
Rock band Starship will be the headline concert of Chingawassa Days 2012, the Chingawassa Days Committee announced Monday. Starship is a newer act than previous rock bands to headline Chingawassa Days.
Kay Lambert of Topeka was a Jan. 27 and 28 guest of Al and Bonnie Plummer. They ate supper at the Burns Café on Jan. 27. On Feb. 4, Ronnie and Patti Gaines went to a birthday party for Connor Koehn at the home of his family, Shawn and Jean Koehn, at Inman. Others attending were Dusty Gaines, Ty and Kim Gaines and Brooke, Kenny and Roma Koehn, Jeff and Jill Koehn and family, and Todd and Terry Moddlemog and Tia.
On Friday, Doni Rogers went with Bernice and Jerry Odell to the ballgame in Cottonwood Falls. On Saturday, Rogers went to a chili supper at First Mennonite Church. She also saw the film, “Courageous.”
Ammeter enjoys supper guests
On Feb. 1, B.J. Ammeter and LaVonne Ammeter went to Pea-body to buy groceries and to do some shopping. B.J. and LaVonne went to Marion on Feb. 2 and LaVonne had some tests done at St. Luke Hospital. Myron and Sally Ammeter came later in the day from Manhattan and they brought supper. Stan Ammeter joined the group and everyone enjoyed a good meal and visiting. B.J. went to Wichita to visit a friend.
Ronald and Ruth Herbel celebrate 50 years
Alvin and Anna Friesen to have reception
Local Pitt State students earn honors
Pittsburg State University recently announced its fall 2011 semester Dean’s Scholastic Honors and All-A Scholastic Honors. Sophomore nursing student Traylee Woodruff of Peabody earned All-A Scholastic Honors.
HCC announces honor rolls
Hutchinson Community College recently announced its fall 2011 semester President’s Honor Roll and Vice President’s Honor Roll. Students from Marion County on the President’s Honor Roll include Leslie Cook of Goessel; Nicole Bartel and Jedadiah Janes of Hillsboro; Teresa Cole and Mikayla Hiebert of Peabody; and Matthew Klenda of Tampa.
FFA week begins with breakfast
Peabody-Burns High School FFA chapter members will host several events next week as part of National FFA Week. On Monday, students will serve biscuits and gravy from 6 to 9 a.m. in the high school cafeteria. The kick-off breakfast is open to FFA members, their parents, FFA alumni, members of the board of education, and school staff members.
Centre student wins county spelling bee
Carissa Shields of Lincolnville won the Marion County Spelling Bee on Feb. 8 in Marion. She is an eighth grader at Centre Junior High School. Twenty participants from third to eighth grades competed. Juliana Schrag, fifth grader, and Lanna Wagner, seventh grader, both from Goessel, finished second and third, respectively. After three rounds, five contestants remained. Of the five, Shields was the only one to spell the word “phylum” correctly. She spelled “cellophane” in the final round to claim the championship.
Simple living, service fills couple with purpose
Growing vegetables in winter, teaching children survival skills, mentoring college-age young adults, and visiting prison inmates are just a few aspects of simple living and serving others that fill Jim and Carrie Truax, rural Peabody, with a sense of purpose. “It seems like God teaches us that each life has a purpose,” Jim said. “I find true joy in helping others find what their gifts are, what their purpose is.”
Faith flourishes in nursing home
When people move from living independently to a long-term care facility, their world changes as they leave one community and join another. Something they bring with them is their religious faith, and residents at St. Luke Living Center find activities and support that help to keep faith a vital part of their lives.
PBHS boys lose games
The Peabody-Burns High School Warriors boys’ basketball team suffered two losses this past week. The team lost 63-52 to Remington on Feb. 7. The squad was edged, 42-40, in the last seconds by Goessel on Friday. PBHS will end the week with a senior night contest Friday with Moundridge. Remington 63, PBHS 52
Lady Warriors win one, lose one
Two recent road games produced one loss and one victory for the Peabody-Burns High School Lady Warriors basketball team. The squad was defeated by the Remington Bronco, 51-25, on Feb. 7. PBHS was victorious over the Goessel Bluebirds, 42-30, on Friday. Up next, the team will play at home with a senior night match-up against Moundridge on Friday.
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