Vol. 140 , No. 27
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Peabody, KS 66866
City to charge inmates for expenses
Monday night at Peabody City Council meeting, City Administrator Mac Manning presented an ordinance to the mayor and council that would recapture some or all of the jail expense from individuals incarcerated by Peabody Municipal Court. “Chief (Bruce) Burke brought this up during budget discussions in 2011,” Manning said. “Recently Brad Jantz, our new Municipal Court Judge, suggested the same thing. He has submitted an ordinance to implement the recapture of some of these costs.”
McGonigal earns Eagle Scout award
Devin McGonigal of Peabody recently reached a goal that takes many years of preparation, hard work, and guidance from someone who knows what they are doing in the world of boy scouting. On April 28, McGonigal will be awarded his Eagle Scout badge at First Baptist Church in Peabody.
1,272 people roast marshmallows at the lake
A warm Saturday afternoon with clear skies and a slight breeze at Marion County Park and Lake provided excellent conditions to set a world record for most people simultaneously roasting marshmallows at a single site, pending verification by Guinness World Records. The event drew 1,272 participants, exceeding Park and Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson’s goal of 1,000. With no pre-existing record, all that remains is paperwork and documentation, followed by a wait to find out whether Guinness World Records will certify the attempt as a valid world record.
Durham auction draws large crowd
What happens when a farm implement dealer with surplus inventory joins forces with an entrepreneuring auctioneer? In Durham, that combination led to a farm consignment auction Saturday that drew more than 700 people from near and far, some even from Mexico. Beautiful spring weather led to an enjoyable day for sellers, buyers, and those just there to spend a day in the sun visiting with neighbors.
Dorothy E. Dozier, 83, of Herington died March 23, 2012, at Kansas Christian Home in Newton. She was born Aug. 25, 1928, in Council Grove to Allen Sr. and Eleanor B. (Durell) Garrett. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and sang in the choir. She also was a member of the United Methodist Women and was a past member of the Eastern Star. She attended Council Grove High School with the class of 1946.
Emilie “Johnnie” Herpich, 96, of Herington died March 27, 2012, at the Medicalodges of Herington. She was born Dec. 19, 1915, near White City to George F. and Flora T. (Yakle) Herpich. She worked for Sandra’s Bakery for 20 years, then for Stiles Thriftway for 15 years until she retired. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Shady Brook. She was an avid bowler for many years.
Bernice Hiebert, 89, of Hillsboro died March 24, 2012, at Wheat State Manor in Whitewater. She was born April 10, 1922, in Fairview, Okla., to Benjamin H. and Anna (Loewen) Buller. She was a homemaker.
Mary Beatrice Griffin McGrady Laughlin, 88, died March 20, 2012. She was born June 9, 1923, on a farm near Sayre, Okla., to Henry Horatio and Laura Ann (Roach) Griffin. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, John, Oscar, Elmer, and Jess Griffin; two sisters, Bessie Green and Mattie Green; her husband, Elmer Laughlin; and one son-in-law, Raymond Crist.
Richard L. Dick Maggard
Richard L. “Dick” Maggard, 64, passed away March 21, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born May 16, 1947, in Marion, the son of Charles R. and Helen Kohls Maggard. He proudly served his country with the United States Army.
Lenard Price, 79, died March 21, 2012, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan following a long-term illness. He was born June 22, 1932, in Erwin, Tenn., to James and Deckie Blankenship Price.
Melvin Lewis Whitaker, 93, died March 23, 2012, at Morris County Hospital in Council Grove. He was born Aug. 25, 1918, outside of Dunlap to John Allen and Mabel Addie (Wolfram) Whitaker. He graduated from Dunlap Elementary and Dunlap High School. He served as a tank mechanic and halftrack driver in the 5th Armored Division of Patton’s 3rd Army. He saw action in the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Purple Heart medal.
Custom silage crew involves Lincolnville family
It won’t be long before the crew of Zeller & Sons, custom silage harvesters, head to the panhandle of Texas to begin another season of forage cutting. The business has been in operation since 1993. The owners, Phil and Agnes Zeller, lived in rural Manhattan until 2000, when they established a company headquarters on U.S. 56/77 two miles north of Lost Springs.
Love of horses leads to life dreams
Horses are a lot like children according to rural Hillsboro horse enthusiast Ruthie Walker, age 21. She and her sister, Rebekah Walker, 16, a cohort in all-things-horse, agree that working with horses is the best pastime ever, with so many rewards in the form of companionship and life lessons learned. “They need consistency. In order for them to understand what you want from them, you need to be consistent,” Ruthie Walker said. “They are just like kids in that they are curious, but they want so much to please you. They just need help in understanding what it is you want from them.”
Newborn calves get special treatment
Veterinarian Jessica Laurin and her staff at Animal Health Center of Marion County in Marion have a special place in their clinic for treating baby calves that are dehydrated, sick, or weak from the cold. Laurin said this year has been not nearly as bad as the last one because of mild temperatures, but all three stalls in a room kept at 70 degrees were occupied Tuesday.
Marion County farmer gets Monsanto award
DeAlan Unrau of rural Goessel recently won a $2,500 cash prize from America’s Farmers Grow Communities. He designated Goessel’s Future Farmers of America chapter to receive the Monsanto sponsored award. Members of the Goessel FFA, DeAlan and Alma Unrau, and a Monsanto representative will participate in a check presentation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on March 30, at the Goessel High School, 100 E. Main Street, Goessel.
Farm loan deadline nears
The deadline for filing applications for emergency disaster loans for farmers and ranchers in Marion, Chase, and Morris counties is April 25. Producers needing farm credit for drought, excessive heat, and high winds from Jan. 1 and continuing who think they are eligible for assistance should apply at the Farm Service Agency office at 3020 W. 18th Ave. Suite A, Emporia before April 25.
Commission reaches agreement with lake group
The Marion County Commission and Friends of Marion County Lake came to an understanding Monday, setting rental fees for trailer homes at $1,200 a month. The agreement was preceded by a contentious discussion at the regular commission meeting. The discussion between representatives of the Friends of Marion County Lake and Marion County Commission intensified when the group’s president Jim Bratt said that specific rules the commission outlined for trailers at the lake were illegal.
Foxes return to Peabody
I think the family of red foxes may have come out of hibernation down by our auction warehouse on South Walnut Street. I checked in on the building several times during our rainy spell because of some roof issues we have and one day when I left, driving around the back of the warehouse and across the county property, I caught sight of a bushy red tail disappearing into the stacks of concrete chunks stored there. I am not sure it is really time to come out of hibernation. This winter and spring have been so unusual. I am usually tipped off about the end of hibernation when the skunks start dying by the dozens on our roads. I have not noticed that phenomenon so much this year. However, the weather has been so nice one would think even the skunks could be fooled.
Toast the roast
Congratulations, Marion County! Whether the effort is acknowledged by Guinness World Records, turnout for the marshmallow roast Saturday at Marion County Park and Lake was fantastic. The final tally, not including all of the volunteers that made the event possible, was 1,272 participants. That’s more than the population of Washington, Kan., where I grew up. For more than an hour after the gates opened, it looked like turnout might be disappointing. But a late surge of people swelled the crowd well past Park and Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson’s goal of 1,000 participants. The sight of that many people congregating around a single bonfire was quite a spectacle.
DAYS OF YORE:
Days of yore
HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND:
Reaching the key
Pension plan passes
Physician asks for help
Legislation cannot substitute conscience
Polls open Tuesday in Burns
Three Burns City Council positions are up for election Tuesday. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Burns Community Center, 301 N. Washington. No candidates filed for the election
Business award nomination open until Friday
Nominations for the Kansas Department of Commerce’s annual Business Appreciation Month awards are open until Friday. The awards are a statewide tribute to businesses for their contributions to Kansas and their communities. The awards will be announced in June in Manhattan. Regional finalists are recognized at an awards ceremony during the Kansas Cavalry Encampment, with the top nominee receiving the Governor’s Award of Excellence.
Democratic women meet
Marion County Democratic Women met for lunch at Marion Senior Center on Friday. Margaret Cook was welcomed as a new member. Sue Clough conducted the business meeting.
Huelskamp to speak in Hillsboro
Congressman Tim Huelskamp will host a Marion County town hall meeting in Hillsboro from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 10. The meeting will be in the west room of Hillsboro Civic Center, 118 E. Grand Ave., Hillsboro.
Healthy aging next retirement learning topic
Licensed clinical psychologist Phillip Miller will present “Successful Retirement and Healthy Aging” during Tabor College’s Learning in Retirement lecture series on Friday. Miller sees clients in the McPherson and Hillsboro offices of Prairie View. He was raised in a Mennonite community surrounding Kalona, Iowa. He graduated from Hesston College, then earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Iowa State University.
Ammeter family helps with errands
Peabody Senior Center
History internships available
The Kansas Historical Society will offer two paid internships this summer. The internships are full-time, 40 hours per week for eight weeks, and include a $2,500 stipend. The John Ripley Internship is named for a Topeka businessman well-known for his interest in local history. Undergraduate and graduate students studying in a related field qualify for the internship if they meet at least one of three requirements: studying at Washburn University, graduated from a high school in Shawnee County, or are a resident of Shawnee County.
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