Vol. 140 , No. 22
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Peabody, KS 66866
Peabody park added to register
Peabody City Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The 23-acre Peabody City Park has a long and colorful history that began in the 1870s with its use as a fairground owned by the Marion County Agricultural Society and its later use as a community park.
Burglars take guns from rural home
When Mickey and Anne Harvey left their rural Hillsboro home the morning of Jan. 31, they had no reason to suspect thieves would target them. Sometime before they returned at 9 p.m., 10 guns, a television set, a new converter box, and peace-of-mind were stolen from their home. “The first thing I noticed was the front window was wide open,” Mickey Harvey said. “I knew right away someone had been there; the screen was tore off, there were boot prints below other windows. It looked like they tried to kick in the front door, but the deadbolt lock held.”
Thift shop hit by thieves
St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Shoppe in Marion is restricting drop-off times for donations in the wake of a recent theft of items from the loading dock behind the shop. “We have always said you can leave it on the dock anytime and someone will take it in,” store manager Rosemary Garrard said. “We’re going to have to limit our hours to donate to just Fridays and Saturdays when we’re here.”
Families are heroes to returning vets
The homecoming event for eight veterans sponsored by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars on Saturday at VFW Post 6948 was as much a celebration of military families as the personnel themselves … or at least that is the way Air Force Master Sgt. James Schlehuber looked at it. “The real heroes are the people at home,” he said.
Ethel Bartel, 79, of Hillsboro died Feb. 14, 2012, in Wichita. She was born April 2, 1932 in Hillsboro to Peter A. and Marie (Winter) Duerksen. She was a farm wife and custodian. She married Eldon A. Bartel on May 25, 1951, in Hillsboro. He preceded her in death in 1983.
Stanley R. Farr
Stanley R. Farr, 78, died Feb. 14 at Newton Medical Center. He was born Dec. 3, 1933 in Adams Center, N.Y., to Nathan Earl and Letha (Clark) Farr. On April 6, 1953 he married Jeanetta E. Deines in Chapman.
Jonathon “Jon” Hojda, 20, of Ramona died Feb. 13, 2012, at Herington Municipal Hospital. He was born July 24, 1991, in Salina. He was self-employed. He lived most of his life in Osborne and attended school through his freshman year at Osborne High School before moving to Wichita.
Roger W. Kohls
Roger Willis Kohls, 68, of rural Chase County died Feb. 13, 2012, in the same home in which he was born. He was born July 29, 1943, in the family home of Alfred and Dorothy Lucas Kohls near Elk. He graduated from Chase County High School in 1961 and served in the Sea Bees division of the U.S. Navy. He was a farmer and a stockman.
Albina Barbara Libal, 98, died Feb. 19, 2012, at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born Feb. 19, 1914, in Pilsen to Anton and Anna Urbanek Libal.
Edna Josephine Mueller
Edna Josephine (Utech) Mueller, age 94, of Tampa died Feb. 18, 2012, after a brief stay at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born Sept. 19, 1917, at Tampa, Kan., the daughter of William and Marie Schlesener Utech. Edna was a homemaker and farmer and lived in the Tampa community all of her life and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
William R. 'Bill' Novak
William R. “Bill” Novak, 82, lifelong resident of Lost Springs, died Feb. 20, 2012, at his home. He was born May 14, 1929, in the same family home to Ralph and Anna Christina (Carson) Novak. He graduated from Lost Springs High School in 1947 and served in the U.S. Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant, first as a B-26 pilot and finally as a flight instructor. He received a degree in biological science from Kansas State University in 1957. He dealt with aircraft parts and sales for many years. He was a member of Hebron Lutheran Church. He served in the Kansas Legislature in the 1970s.
Brenda Lee Pierce
Brenda Lee Pierce, 58, of Kansas City died Feb. 17, 2012, at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. She was born Sept. 28, 1953, in Arkansas to Frank and Annie Lucille (Sweet) Pierce. She is survived by her dear friend, the Rev. Phyllis Garrett; her caregiver, Lisa Carroll; a brother, Frank Pierce Jr.; and a half brother, Ernie Hesket.
Elaine L. Stoltenberg
Elaine L. Stoltenberg, 70, of Marion died Feb. 15, 2012, in Sedgwick County. She was born July 4, 1941, in Goessel to Walter and Edna (Yauk) Winter. She married William Stoltenberg on Dec. 31, 1960, in Wichita. She worked as a secretary in a loan company.
Edwin M. Wheeler Sr.
Edwin M. Wheeler Sr., 85, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Longboat Key, Fla., and Washington, D.C., passed away on Feb. 18, 2012, at his home. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, Longboat Key. Interment will be in Marion, Kan., at a later date. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Rosalie; two sons, Edwin M. Wheeler Jr. and his wife Cheryl of Marion, Kan., and Christopher Wheeler and his wife Helene of Bethesda, Md.; a sister, Suzanne Watt of Naperville, Ill.; grandchildren, John, Jason, and Natalie; step-grandchildren, Zachary and Skylar.
Peabody police report
City receieves major grant for downtown
Peabody Economic Development and Peabody Main Street Association Executive Director Shane Marler was in Topeka on Friday to address members of the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office. Marler spoke in support of an application he had submitted for a Heritage Trust Fund grant to renovate the storefronts of the Baker buildings in downtown Peabody.
County to tear up 2 roads
Marion County Commission voted to tear up a 10-mile stretch of Remington Road between U.S. 56 and the Durham-Lincolnville Road to replace the crumbling base underneath the road. Road and Bridge Superintendent Randy Crawford said the project will be scheduled for late summer or early fall 2012. Part of the plan is to widen the road from 22 feet to 24 feet.
Presidential caucuses coming soon
Rather than having a presidential primary this year, Kansas is having presidential caucuses. Republican Party
Gardener prepares for spring
There is nothing like the fresh smell of wet soil, onion and potato starts, and green things growing to put Sharon Boese and many other gardening enthusiasts in the mood for spring. Boese, owner of The Garden Center in Hillsboro, got a head start on most gardeners, planting seeds in mid-January at her rural Hillsboro home. Next week she will be transplanting those seedlings into containers at her garden center in town, getting ready for customers and a grand opening during the first week of March.
Ground provides energy
Dirt-cheap? Probably not. But when it comes to saving money with home energy systems, geothermal is an option for those who like dirt, and cheap, to consider. “A geothermal system harnesses free energy stored in the earth to provide heating and cooling,” Merle Flaming, owner of Flaming’s Inc. in Marion, said. “Basically we are heating and cooling homes with dirt.”
Everybody can play a part
I often use this corner of page two in the Still, I think we all need to realize that anymore our tax dollars don’t go as far as we would hope they would, and many families and individuals are struggling in our community. Services that government organizations used to provide are now being provided by volunteers. There also are organizations that could just use a helping hand and need you to donate a few hours every now and then.
In February 2008, while I was still working in Blackfoot, Idaho, I was assigned to cover the local Democratic Party presidential caucus. The field was down to two candidates: then-Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. I’d never seen anything quite like it in the political arena. In primaries and general elections, campaigning for one candidate over another is unwelcome. But at the caucus, it wasn’t just welcomed, it was encouraged almost to the level of being the whole point of the caucus.
Trip revives spirits
Sometimes it is just good to get away. Not long ago our family took a quick weekend trip to the snowy, cold single digits of Kearney, Neb. We went to sell goats, but came back with revived spirits and a renewed vision for what we might be able to accomplish someday on our own small farm. Of course, the good thing about taking small trips with family is the funny things that happen. No one in our family will likely ever forget our trip to Iowa last fall that involved my daughter getting her foot stuck in a hotel toilet.
Brookens crunches tax numbers
We’ve been fed numbers from those supporting a “march to zero” on the income tax, suggesting it is essential for Kansas’ economic growth. Here’s a host of facts for you to digest this week that seem to suggest otherwise. You can decide for yourself how Kansas compares with other states in a number of categories. How Kansas compares with the no-income-tax states in economic growth — this shows the change in real per-capita gross domestic product from 1997 to 2009: Kansas, 18.8 percent; Alaska, 5.4; Florida, 13.5; Nevada, 1.6; New Hampshire, 20.5; South Dakota, 47.6; Tennessee, 5.1; Texas, 12.6; Washington, 16.5; and Wyoming, 52.2.
Days of yore
On Monday, members of the Peabody-Burns FFA drove farm implements to school. The students provided a noon hour parade for townspeople when they drove the equipment down Walnut Street to the business district. Pictured are: Steven Morgan and Scott Gray, Dusty Koop and Mike Castleman, and Michael Unruh and Caleb Good. Festival speaker for the Main Street annual dinner will be Doyle Hyett of the Washington, D.C.,-based marketing firm of Hyett Palma.
Hope in the Heartland
A preacher was leading an adult Sunday school class discussion and he thought he’d spur some feedback by asking this question: “When people come to your funeral and walk up to the casket to view your body, what would you most like to hear them say?” One man answered quickly, “I suppose I’d like to have them say that I was a good husband and father.”
Democratic women to meet
The Board of Directors of the Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will hold their monthly meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the meeting room of the CDDO office at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton.
Rabbit projects teaches skills
They are cute and soft, colorful and unique, and excellent teachers of life skills, particularly responsibility. At least that is what Jacob Dailey, 16, of rural Goessel, found out about rabbits while raising and showing them over the past 11 years. “I wanted to do something different,” Dailey, a member of the Goessel Goal Getters 4-H Club said. “I also liked the subtle competitiveness of showing them. There is always more to learn, and I like the people I have met through the project.”
Artifact workshop scheduled for March 11
The Mud Creek chapter of the Kansas Anthropological association will host an artifact identification workshop 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 11 in North Newton. A program by Raymond Thompson, the director of the Arizona State museum, will lead the event. Attendees are invited to visit the museum and speak with professional archeologists. Collectors can bring in Native American and early historical artifacts for identification and dating.
Learning in Retirement begins Friday
The first session of spring semester of Learning in Retirement will be at 9:50 a.m. Friday at Tabor College. Lori Walsh of Wichita will share experiences as a former preacher’s daughter who married a man in Christian ministries. She has led many retreats and programs.
Peabody Senior Center
Peabody Senior Center will offer Lenten services every Wednesday through the season of Lent. Services will be immediately after lunch, provided by community ministers. Everyone is invited to attend, whether they eat at the senior center or not. “This is a community service provided by Peabody Senior Center,” site manager Ruth Lott said. “If anyone needs to know what who is speaking on a given week, they may call the center to find out.”
Marvin and Sherol Nightengale announce the birth of a new great-grandson, Brock Wilds, born Jan. 7 on great-grandpa’s birthday, weighing 7 lbs., 9 ounces. The baby is the son of Kristen (Foote) and Brandon Wilds, of South Carolina. Renferd and Wanda Koehn and Lonnie celebrated Vernon Koehn’s 80th birthday on Feb. 13, with guests Judy Koehn, Dalen and Beth Koehn, Luana Isaac, Kevin and Jan Jantz, Kaylee, Shawna, and Jesse, and Rose Forgy, Melissa, and Ryan.
Daughter arrives from Ellsworth
On Feb. 8, Melody Magette came from Ellsworth to spend the day at the LaVonne Ammeter home. After lunch, she and LaVonne Ammeter went to Marion and El Dorado for medical appointments. Melody left for home in the late afternoon. LaVonne Ammeter went to Peabody on Feb. 9 to shop and run some errands. John Boese and Dylan stopped by the Ammeter farm to visit awhile. LaVonne’s grandson Rob called in the evening from South Carolina.
Cricket machine demonstrated at Beta meeting
Sorosis Beta met at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the home of Katherine Ragland with 13 members and one guest present. To open the meeting, President Diane Glaser lead the group in the flag salute. She then read a poem entitled “Where There is Love,” by Helen Steiner Rice. Vice president Sonja Koslowsky introduced the program for the evening.
Peabody 4-H club meets
A meeting of the Peabody Achievers 4-H Club was held on Feb. 12. The minutes were read by secretary Brandon Entz. Devon Gaines made a motion and Corin Parmley seconded for minutes to be approved, and the motion carried. The treasurer’s report was given by Anna Lubbers.
Custodial service handles spill at Centre
An unusual event occurred Feb. 15 at Centre High School. An employee of IServe, the district’s custodial service, reported finding a broken barometer in the science room. Mercury had spilled out onto the carpet. He made the discovery at 10:09 p.m. Because mercury is a toxin and needs to be handled according to state-prescribed procedures, the employee called Richard Idleman, the director of operations for IServe, and reported the spill.
Vaccine requirements updated by KDHE
There have been minimal changes for vaccination requirements, published by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, for the 2012-13 school year. Each required vaccination increased by one grade level. Vaccination requirements such as Hepatitis B have been phased in over the past few years. The 2012-13 school year will be the first year that all students will be required to have a complete three-does Hepatitis B vaccination series. KDHE has updated the School and Child Care Immunization Information for the 2012-13 school year at www.kdheks.gov/immunize/schoolinfo.htm. The information provided on the KDHE website is based on the Advisory committee on Immunization Practices recommendations and the consensus of the Governor’s Child Health Advisory Committee Immunization work group.
Warriors split games
The Peabody-Burns High School Warriors basketball team competed Feb. 14 at Little River and returned to the home court Friday for a senior-night contest against Moundridge. The squad defeated the Redskins, 55-52, but lost to the Wildcats, 71-39. Warriors basketball nears an end with one more regular season contest at Hope and then will move to sub-state play.
Girls lose 2 to end regular season
As the 2011-12 season comes to a close, the Peabody Burns High School Lady Warriors basketball team recorded two losses this past week. The squad was defeated at Little River, 41-18, on Feb. 14, and they also lost to Moundridge on Friday at home, 52-33. The team played Tuesday at Hope in the last regular season contest and will move into sub-state competition. Little River 41, PBHS 18
Leppke looks forward to coaching career
McPherson College football strong safety and former Marion High School quarterback Mitchell Leppke wants to coach college football when his playing days are over. Leppke has used the off-season to initiate contacts with some of college football’s top names, seeking advice that will help him achieve his goal.
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