HEADLINES

  • 40% skip school on Friday because of bomb threat

    Nearly 40 percent of junior and senior high school students in Peabody stayed home from school Friday because of a bomb threat scrawled on a restroom wall two weeks earlier. School officials chose not to notify the public of the threat but did notify parents via a letter sent a week after the threat was received.

  • Press and public were not notified of threat

    Although federal guidelines for handling bomb threats in schools recommend that local media be involved in planning how information is released, reporters learned about a bomb threat only by hearing rumors from parents who had received a letter from the district. Sheriff Rob Craft was notified but didn’t include information about the threat on the activity log that state law requires him to make available for inspection by the press and public.

  • Indian Guide gets zoning exception

    Peabody City Council approved a recommendation from Peabody Planning and Zoning Committee to allow the construction of a storm shelter at Indian Guide Terrace at 501 N. Vine St. The apartment complex has no facility available to protect residents in the event of a violent storm.

  • Cemetary board to meet

    Prairie Lawn Cemetery board will meet at 7:30 p.m. March 21 in the Peabody City Building. The public is invited to attend.

  • Melting snow gives wheat a fighting chance

    If it takes 11 or 12 inches of snow to make an inch of water, most Marion County wheat fields are in the process of soaking up just over an inch or two of the coveted moisture. “I don’t think we can say we’ve broken the drought, but this moisture has eased the situation,” said K-State research and extension agent Rickey Roberts on Tuesday. “We have the top soil moisture we need and there is enough for wheat to break dormancy and start growing, but we still need more moisture to replenish the subsoil losses we’ve had over the past several years.”

DEATHS

  • Helen E. Costello

    Helen E. Costello, 93, of Tampa died Sunday at Derby Health and Rehabilitation in Derby. She was born Dec. 15, 1919, at Pratt to L.F. and Marie Alexander Daughtry. She grew up and attended school in Pratt, graduating from Pratt High School. She attended Pratt College for two years, then Emporia Teachers College.

  • Carl E. Cyr

    Carl E. Cyr, 71, of McPherson died Feb. 26 at Hospice House in Hutchinson. He was born May 18, 1941, in Como to Clarence E. and Lena E. (Biery) Cyr. He attended schools in Como, Mulberry, and Morganville and graduated from Clay Center High School in 1959. He attended Washburn University in Topeka. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in McPherson and St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Marion.

  • Frank J. Ediger

    Frank J. Ediger, 91, of Hillsboro died Sunday at Parkside Homes. He was born Sept. 28, 1921, to Frank C. and Martha (Harms) Ediger in Henderson, Neb. He is survived by his wife, Elvina of Hillsboro; three sons, Dennis of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Mark of Junction City, and Garth of Overland Park; a daughter, Juanita Carter of Topeka; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

  • Alene R. Engel

    Alene R. (McCoy) Engel, 93, of Hillsboro died Sunday at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born Jan. 31, 1920, to Frank and Laura (Rodes) Burdette, rural Herington. She married Dale McCoy in 1940; he died in 1955. She then married Charles A. Engel.

  • Betty A. Fetrow

    Betty A. Fetrow, 90, of Cedar Point died Feb. 26 at Newton Medical Center. She was born Sept. 25, 1922, in El Dorado to Harry and Alma (Dorman) Wilson. She was a retired school teacher. She married H. Mason Fetrow on June 10, 1943.

  • Calvin Seadeek

    Calvin Everett Seadeek, 70, of Council Grove died Feb. 27 at his residence. He was born Feb. 2, 1943, in Holland, N.Y., to Everett and June (Wheeler) Seadeek. He married Linda Kay Smith on Aug. 22, 1970, in Winter Park, Fla.

  • Vernon D. Stika

    Vernon D. Stika, 67, of Tampa died Sunday at Hillsboro Community Hospital. He was born June 1, 1945, in Marion to Mike and Helen Stika. He lived in the Tampa community all his life and was a mechanic. He is survived by two brothers, LaVerne of Herington and Eugene of Lincolnville.

  • Ivan W. Wyatt

    Ivan W. Wyatt, 83, of Clements died Feb. 25 at Holiday Resort in Emporia. He was born March 20, 1929, in Bazaar to Carl A. and Gladys J. Stout Wyatt. He graduated from Clements High School in 1947. He married Martha Mushrush on July 2, 1950. They later divorced.

DOCKET

FINANCE

  • Air-soft entrepreneur has a blast making money

    Aaron Woelk, 15, did not start out trying to make money with his air-soft gun hobby; he just wanted a gun that worked so he could shoot his friends, all in fun, of course. “I had been saving my money for a while, looking online, and learning all I could about them before I bought my first one,” Woelk said. “Then I bought one and it broke right away. I tried to fix it, then figured out I could make more money just selling the parts online and using that to buy a new one.”

  • Resident pinches pennies

    Lucy Mester of Marion filled up her gas tank Thursday, knowing that she was using every penny left in her checking account. “With the gas prices this high, it’s hard to make ends meet,” she said. “I’ve got to pinch every penny so I can get where I need to go. Being on a fixed income isn’t fun, but you do what you’ve got to do in order to get by.”

  • Tax forms have difficult lingo

    When Jennifer and Mark Stevens got married last July, they thought life would be easier with a joint income. “Boy, were we wrong,” Jennifer Stevens said. “We honestly thought that having two incomes would give us more money to work with each month, but it’s not that easy. Especially now, during tax season, there is just so much you have to think about.

  • Bad credit happens

    Sometimes, no matter how hard one tries to make bill payments on time and to avoid excessive debt, bad credit happens. Everyone with a credit record also has a credit score and lenders use these scores to determine loan rates and possibilities. A higher score is better than a lower score. Loan officer and Great Plains Federal Credit Union manager Elizabeth Wine said cleaning up bad credit is imperative to raising a lending score to acceptable status.

  • Noller named executive vice president

    After more than 35 years of banking, Don Noller has been promoted to the position of executive vice president and cashier at Marion National Bank in Marion. “In a small bank like this, my duties don’t change too much,” Noller said in a phone interview. “I guess they thought that I had been here long enough that I deserved to be promoted, hopefully that will include a pay raise.”

  • CNB reports record earnings

    The year 2012 produced the best earnings performance that Central National Bank has ever had in a single year with a net of $9.3 million. The bank had record earnings in the trust department as well as an outstanding year for the mortgage banking division. “We are very pleased with our results during 2012,” President and Chief Executive Officer Ed. C. Rolfs said. “We have weathered a challenging economic period in recent years, and it’s a significant milestone to finish the year with a record income total. In addition to strong earnings, our reserves and capital are also robust.”

  • Beware of phone scam

    Another scam to part bank customers from their money is making its rounds. Don Noller of Marion National Bank said his bank has received notification from its data processor that four banks have called about scam attempts on debit cards. Cardholders receive calls on their cell phones telling them their debit cards have been blocked by their bank. They are asked to enter their debit card number to clear up the matter.

GOVERNMENT

  • Taxable values increase in county

    An increase in the value of farmland is driving an overall increase in Marion County assessed property values, County Appraiser Cindy Magill told the County Commission on Thursday. The assessed value of farmland in the county went up about 7 percent, while the total assessed value for the county went up 3.5 percent before the appeals process, Magill said after the meeting.

OPINION

  • Transparency is best defense

    I got a call late Thursday night about a bomb threat at Peabody-Burns Junior/Senior High School that had been discovered two weeks earlier. We found out just in time to cover the last of the response, as the threat said the explosion would be Friday (there was no explosion, thankfully). Interviews revealed that the only people who were notified of the threat through official channels were school and law enforcement personnel and the parents of students — not the fire department, not the county commission, not the gas company, not the press, and not the general public. At least some of that seems to have stemmed from confusion of who was going to notify whom about the threat. Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke thought the fire department and gas company had been informed. But part of it was a decision to only notify those the decision-makers determined needed to know.

  • Sub-state, squirrel food, and spring forward

    It is my understanding that our high school basketball teams rolled out some exciting performances this past week or so and slapped a couple of sub-state tournament heart-stoppers into the win column. Aren’t those fun? Even if the season came to a halt in Moundridge for both teams, the kids, coaches, parents, and fans probably had a pretty fine time getting there. And, yes, it’s over and some other teams are moving on to state, but what a nice run for the Warriors.

  • DAYS OF YORE:

    Days of yore
  • HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND:

    Blessed are the pure in heart
  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:

    Snow slows legislature
  • LETTERS:

    Sour grapes lead to assault

OTHER NEWS

  • Rain barrel and compost class offered

    Marion County Economic Development and Kansas State University Research and Extension are sponsoring a rain barrel and composter class from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 28 at the Marion County Lake Hall. Cheri Miller of the Wyandotte County Conservation District will present demonstrations on rain barrel use and composting, as well as information on storm water, watershed, backyard conservation, and native plants.

  • Child screening is March 12 in Marion

    Marion County Special Education Committee services will offer a free screening for children birth through five years old on March 12 at the Marion Presbyterian Church. Parents can schedule appointments from 3 to 5:30 p.m. At the screening children will be checked for learning, motor, language, and social development. Vision and hearing tests will also be offered.

  • Cause of fire in Marion undetermined

    There was a fire at The Big Scoop restaurant in the early morning hours Monday. Marion Fire Chief Mike Regnier said the fire was spotted at 2:25 a.m. and it took until about 5 a.m. to extinguish the fire. Owner Rusty Stenseng said the damage was extensive including the dining room ceiling that collapsed.

  • Turnout good for Celtic Celebration

    Amy Osteen got up from her balcony seat at the Celtic Celebration knowing one thing: she just had to dance. “It is so much fun,” the 4-year-old said as she danced down the aisle of the auditorium balcony. “I love the music. It makes me want to move my feet.”

PEOPLE

  • Blood drive is Monday

    There will be a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 2:15 to 6:45 p.m. Monday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, Marion. Appointments may be made by calling (800) 733-2767, and walk-ins are welcome. Blood donors are encouraged to drink extra fluids before donating and to be aware of any low-iron conditions. People who can’t donate blood but wish to help can contribute to the canteen fund to provide staff, blood donors, and volunteers with food at the blood drive.

  • Nikkel to speak at Lifelong Learning

    Former Tabor College President Larry Nikkel will be the keynote speaker Friday at Lifelong Learning in Hillsboro. He will speak about his recently published autobiography, “Leading and Following — The Path of Service,” and share insights from his family life and leadership experiences. A special musical presentation by a new Tabor College music teacher, soprano Janie Brokenicky, is also on the program.

  • ANNIVERSARY:

    Rodney and Twila Williams celebrate 50 years
  • BIRTH:

    Lauren Marie Klingenberg
  • CORRESPONDENTS:

    Burns, Wonsevu

SCHOOL

  • TEEN board to meet March 13

    The Technology Excellence in Education Network will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. March 13 in the USD 408 District Office, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion. For more information, contact TEEN Director Brandi Hendrix at (620) 877-0237.

  • Aluminum pour shows artistic process

    Marion High School art teacher Janessa Wood likes to show her students every detail that goes into a work of art. She had her advanced art students build their own canvases for the same reason she wanted to do an aluminum pour on Friday. Students from MHS and Marion Middle School crowded into the vocational agriculture building to observe aluminum scraps melted in a crucible furnace and then poured into more than 30 square sand molds.

  • Closet more than just dresses

    Members of the GAP club at Hillsboro High School worked hard Tuesday to create a pleasant shopping experience for girls in need of prom dresses. Big pink bows, pink streamers, and beaded ropes transformed the entrance into Wiebe Media Center at the high school into a shoppers’ paradise, complete with mood music and confectionary treats.

  • Marion spring play this Thursday and Friday

    Marion High School will have performances of “If a Man Answers” Thursday and Friday for its spring musical. JayDee Schafers and Isaac Baldwin star in the three-act comedy. In the play, a wife receives the secret to a happy marriage from her mother — a dog training manual. The wife proceeds to train her husband until he is tipped off by her friend.

  • Hillsboro to put on "The High Schoolers Guide to the Galaxy"

    The lunch lady, the bus driver, the principal, even the students are all fair game for humorous fun in Hillsboro High School’s spring play, “The High Schoolers Guide to the Galaxy” by Bryan Starchman. “We wanted to try something different this year,” said second-year director Bob Woelk. “We looked at dozens of options and ordered this one as a trial. The students liked it and really bought into it. It should be entertaining.”

SPORTS

  • Marion County soccer club opens registration

    Marion County United Soccer Club is reopening registration for its 10th spring season of soccer. Players who played in the fall may register at no additional charge.

  • Peabody-Burns girls get 1 tournament win

    The Peabody girls’ 2013 basketball season ended Friday in the second round of sub-state play at Moundridge. A Thursday first-round, overtime, 47-46, victory over Herington setup Friday the second round contest against Moundridge. PBHS lost to the Wildcats, 49-16. The Lady Warriors finish the season with a 10-12 record overall. Herington

  • Warriors lose to Moundridge

    A final round loss in sub-state competition at Moundridge ended the 2013 basketball season for Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball team. On Feb. 27 in round one, the team took the win over Oxford, 45-42. On Friday, a second-round 62-48 victory over Central Burden put the Warriors into finals against Moundridge. The Warriors were defeated Saturday, 57-33. The team finished the season with 12-11 record. Oxford

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