HEADLINES

  • Dental practice sold after dentist's death

    It has been almost two years since Peabody dentist, Dale Hague, died unexpectedly. His wife, Doe Ann, announced this past week that the clinic and Hague’s practice were sold. “We closed on March 18,” she said. “In a way it is good to have it done although it’s hard because the practice was such a part of him and our family.

  • Bomb threat case referred to prosecutor

    Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke announced Tuesday that his office has closed the investigation into to the recent bomb threat at Peabody-Burns High School. “The investigation is complete. All the information has been referred to the Marion County attorney for additional action,” he said.

  • Mayor, school board elections have competition

    Peabody is one of the few communities in Marion County where voters will have a choice at the polls on Tuesday. Two mayoral candidates have filed, incumbent Larry Larsen and challenger Frank Doerrler. Two city council positions will be open and only the incumbents, Tom Schmidt and Janice Woodruff are running.

  • New physician to join St. Luke

    Paige Hatcher, M.D., is excited to be joining the Marion community this fall. Her hometown, Haven, is only 67 miles away and she is looking forward to bringing her husband and her love of people to the area. Dr. Hatcher will join the medical staff at St. Luke Hospital in October. She practices full-scope family medicine, including: pediatrics, women’s health, mental health, injury care, management of chronic disease, preventative medicine and geriatrics.

AUTOMOTIVE

  • Family loves old Chevys

    During his school days, Kim Abrahams would forgo listening to his teachers and would draw cars in the margins of his notebooks. Abrahams has dedicated his life to automotive pursuits. He painted cars for a living. He is currently an employee at Carquest Auto Parts in Hillsboro. He spends a portion of his spare time promoting the Route 56 Classic Cruisers auto show, this year on June 8.

  • Pontiac GTO is police chief's dream car

    Hillsboro Chief of Police Dan Kinning keeps a busy schedule. Between patrolling city streets, staying on top of police vehicle maintenance, tracking down child molesters, and routine meetings with city leaders, he does not have time to waste. If one mentions the Pontiac GTO in his garage at home however, Chief Kinning finds time for a conversation. “I’ve always been a motor-head,” Kinning said. “Ever since high school I’ve loved cars, especially the older ones. They’re getting hard to find these days.”

  • Plans made for Hillsboro car show

    Some car show vehicles go from trailer to parking lot, never to be driven. One past participant in the Route 56 Classic Cruisers car show put about $100,000 into his vehicle. He believed that earned him a first place victory. Taking the loss sourly, he has not been back to the Hillsboro show again.

  • Passion a must in midget car racing

    In a race of wits and skill, the Unruh brothers are going to stop at nothing to win. “It gets pretty dicey by the last race,” Chris Unruh, 34, said. “The thing I love about this class is that it is a bunch of people who are like family off the track. They’ll do anything to help each other out in the pit, but on the track, especially during the last heat, it’s a different story.”

  • Resident struggles to find restoration parts

    Curtis Hancock of Marion has the front of a 1953 Dodge B4B truck setting out in front of the Country Inn Motel so he can work on it when he gets a chance. “I’m not fortunate enough to have a garage to work in,” the 30-year-old said. “I have taken it all apart. Now, I just have to figure out how to put it together again.”

DEATHS

  • Bernice Bartel

    Bernice Bartel, 96, of Hillsboro died March 23 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born Aug. 26, 1916, north of Hillsboro to Benjamin A. and Mary (Dirks) Unruh. She was a homemaker. She married Walter J. Bartel on Sept. 9, 1938, at Johannestal Mennonite Church, rural Hillsboro.

  • Alvin Hiebert

    Alvin Hiebert, 97, died Saturday in Walnut Hill, Fla. He was born to Frank and Agnes Hoepnner Hiebert on June 22, 1915 in Hillsboro. He was a farmer.

  • Kevin L. Hoffer

    MARION — Kevin L. Hoffer, 61, passed away March 24, 2013, at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. He was born June 27, 1951, in Newton, the son of Leonard and Lois (Adams) Hoffer. After high school graduation, he proudly served his country with the United States Navy, serving on the USS Francis Hammond during the Vietnam Conflict.

  • Leona V. Loney

    Leona V. Loney of Lawrence, Kan., and formerly from Pilsen, Kan., died March 24, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence. She was diagnosed with lymphoma several years ago and died from effects of this illness. Services will be at St. John Nepomucence Church of Holy Family Parish in Pilsen on Monday, April 1, 2013, with a rosary starting at 10 a.m. immediately followed by Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be at Pilsen Cemetery.

  • Judith Malin

    Judith Malin, 66, died Nov. 22 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born May 18, 1946, in Hampton, Iowa to the Rev. Arthur W. and Helen Betty (Jost) Malin. She was preceded in death by a son, Jesse Malin, and her parents.

  • Jeffrey Stiles

    Jeffrey D. Stiles, 47, of Olathe died March 17 at the Chanute Health Care Center. He was born Oct. 5, 1965, at Herington, the son of Max D. and Carol Jean (Kohls) Stiles. Stiles was project manager with Sprint Telecommunication in Kansas City.

DOCKET

GOVERNMENT

  • Public works employees get raise

    Peabody City Council members discussed a pay increase for the three employees of the public works department Monday night. City Administrator Shane Marler had prepared a graph showing the history of pay raises for all full-time city employees. He also noted that it has been four years since the public works employees have had any kind of salary increase, including a cost of living increase.

  • Energy assistance deadline is Friday

    The Kansas Department for Children and Families will continue to accept applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program through Friday. Applications must be received in the LIEAP Processing Center or a DCF office prior to close of business on March 29.

OPINION

  • How did I mess that up?

    I do not know if you read Eric Meyer’s opinion column in the past week’s edition of the I had no more than read his opinion on page two when I looked at page three and discovered that I had made a huge mistake in the advertisement I took from high school vocal director Steven Wilson for the upcoming annual Dinner Theater production on April 6. In the advertisement, I put my own telephone number as the one to call to make reservations for the production, rather than the number of the high school office.

  • Planning is crucial step

    Mark Felvus wants students to enter Marion High School with a plan for what comes after high school. Whether someone wants to go to a four-year university, a two-year college, trade school, or enter the work force, if they know it when they enter high school and plan for it, they’ll have a much easier time accomplishing their goals. With that in mind, Felvus is working with current eighth graders and their parents, encouraging them to start planning before enrolling as freshmen. Felvus understands that it is easier to qualify for admission to a Kansas Board of Regents school, complete the Kansas Scholars curriculum, or become eligible to compete in NCAA sports if a student starts working toward those goals early.

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  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:

    House working on budget

OTHER NEWS

  • Youths earn Top Blues at regional event

    More than 30 youth represented Marion County at Regional 4-H Club Day March 16 in El Dorado. Top Blue awards went to Kara Riffel for her reading, Reece Berens for his reading, Charlie Peters for his project talk, Addie Berens and Kelli Dyck for their instrumental ensemble, and The Stage Kids from Goessel Goal Getters for their skit.

  • Marion family adjusts to Noonan's Syndrome

    Troy and Eileen Schmidt’s living room seems normal for a family with small children. Toys were the primary decorations on the carpeted floor, including die-cast semitrailers and fluffy stuffed animals. The family kitchen table reveals a different story. Standing erect on the table is a 10-inch mirror. The mirror is a tool for their 2-year-old daughter Ruby.

  • Consignment auction a success despite snow

    Predicted snowfall might have kept some folks away from the Goessel Farm Equipment Consignment Auction on Saturday, but auctioneer Van Schmidt said he was more than pleased with the results of the sale. “We might have given out fewer numbers, but basically what we were doing was giving out numbers to people who were there to buy,” Schmidt said. “It was the sightseers who likely stayed home.”

  • Groups to cleanup highways in April

    Numerous sections of highway are available in the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program. Adopt-A-Highway groups are participating in the annual Cleanup Kansas Campaign in April, clearing litter away from highways. Motorists are asked to use caution, as people with bright orange vests will be working next to highways. Youth groups with members at least 11 years old and adequate adult supervision are eligible. KDOT provides each group safety training, trash bags, orange vests, and signs for their adopted stretch of highway.

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