Vol. 140 , No. 29
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Peabody, KS 66866
Bid for sewer replacement accepted
Peabody City Council accepted a bid Monday night from Middlecreek, Inc. to replace the sewer line from Second Street to Division Street between Pine and Elm streets. The bid to replace the sewer is $19,500.
Gard inducted into Officials' Hall of Fame
Jon Gard was inducted into the Greater Wichita Officials Association Hall of Fame on April 3. Gard was a basketball official for the Kansas State High School Athletic Association for 36 years. During that time, he worked for several high school leagues in central Kansas. Among them were the Wichita City League, Ark Valley League, Chisholm Trail League, and Central Plains League.
Faith Maughan appointed district judge
Former Peabody resident and Peabody-Burns High School graduate Faith Maughan has been appointed to fill a district judge position by Gov. Sam Brownback. She will fill a vacancy in the 18th Judicial District in Sedgwick County, created when Anthony Powell was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Kapaun museum plans security improvements
Eugene Kapaun was always adamant that if his brother, Father Emil Kapaun, was ever awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in the Korean War, the medal should go to Pilsen, Kapaun tour guide Rose Mary Neuwirth said. Eugene didn’t live to see the day, but on Thursday, the president will present the highest military award for valor to Ray Kapaun, Father Kapaun’s nephew. Neuwirth said the family agrees with Eugene’s belief that the medal should go to Pilsen, where Father Kapaun grew up and served as a priest.
Debra D. Brewer
PEABODY — Debra D. Brewer, 54, passed away at her home on April 6, 2013. She was born May 2, 1958 the daughter Wallace “Vic” and Betty (Newton) Seibel. Debra worked as a housekeeper at Westview Nursing Home. On July 17, 1976 Debra married Bruce Brewer in Peabody, Kan. — he survives of the home. Other survivors include two daughters, Melissa and husband David Coleman of Topeka, Kan., and Shandy Lett of Newton, Kan.; her mother, Betty Seibel of Peabody, Kan.; three grandchildren, Breanna Lett, Brenton Lett, and Malicai Coleman; two brothers, David and wife Deb Seibel of Des Moines, Iowa, and Rick and wife Sharla Seibel of Amarillo, Texas; two sisters, Judy Eskridge of Valley Center, Kan., and Patricia and husband Gary Hall of Wichita, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ella Anna Heidemann, 97, of Decatur, Ill., died March 20 at Fair Havens Christian Home, Decatur, Ill. Ella was born Nov. 29, 1915, in Tampa to John and Helena (Ottensmeier) Backhus. She married Arthur Frederick Heidemann on Nov. 9, 1941, in Tampa. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one sister, and five brothers.
Dorothy Elnora (Waner) Hoffman
MARION — Dorothy Elnora (Waner) Hoffman, 82, passed away April 1, 2013, at St. Luke Hospital in Marion, Kan. She was born in Florence, Kan., on April 28, 1930, the daughter of Andy M. and Frances (Garrison) Waner. On Jan. 2, 1950, she was united in marriage to Roger Hoffman from Hancock, Maryland.
Charles Vincent Porter
Charles Vincent Porter, 88, of Peabody died April 3 in Winfield. He was born May 15, 1924, in Newton to Ethan and Eva Slater Porter. He was a carpenter.
Edith I. Price, 96, of Dodge City died April 3 at Alterra Sterling House in Dodge City. She was born May 12, 1916, in Marion to Ora Earnest and Lillian (Baxter) Evans. She lived in Marion until moving to Manhattan in 1920, then she moved to Dodge City in 1929. She graduated from Dodge City High School. She was activities director at Dodge City Recreational Center for 15 years.
Ruby K. Schroeder, 85, of Hillsboro died April 3 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born Aug. 21, 1927, to John and Katherine (Jantz) Prieb in Inola, Okla. She owned and operated the florist in Hillsboro.
Margaret E. Wigington
Margaret E. Wigington, age 81, of Upper Arlington, Ohio, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. She was born Sept. 10, 1931, in Marion, Kan., daughter of the late Frank E. and Eldena (Williamson) Willey. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Margaret will be dearly missed by her husband of 61 years, Ronald L.; her children, Carol (Michael) Lauber, David (Patricia) Wigington and Brian (Yvonne) Wigington; her beloved grandchildren, Steve, Melinda, Christina, Tiffany, Shannon, Caitlin, Zachary, Breanna, Taylor, Jordan, Ashleigh, Gabriel and Isaac; other relatives and many friends.
Foal gets attention
Orphaned foals are no picnic to care for, but when Ashley Weems, a Peabody-Burns High School senior, learned about a situation where a newborn colt needed help she did not hesitate to act. “The person who owned this baby’s mother has some medical issues and couldn’t care for him,” Weems said. “I have a lot of experience with horses and have raised a foal with its mama. I thought this would be good experience for me because some day I want to be an equine vet.”
Farmers' Market starts May 1
Marion Farmers’ Market will start May 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Central Park. There will be markets on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Organizer Shana Thornhill is one of three regulars at the market. The other two are N.M. Patton of Peabody and Darlene Carlson of Lincolnville. Patton provides vegetables while Carlson sells vegetables, herbs, canned goods, and flowers. Thornhill also offers tips to prepare vegetables and other organic foods for meals.
Mindset makes farm transition successful
Brandon Kaufman, a rural Moundridge native and former Wichita Wild arena football player enjoys completing a task. The chemistry major and Bethel College graduate likes to look at situations from different perspectives and he has never been afraid of hard work. When Lloyd Voth met Kaufman a year ago, he knew he had finally found a man with the right mindset to help him manage Voth Farms, rural Goessel. What Voth did not realize at the time, was how well things would fall into place, securing the viability of his multi-generational farm and providing a rare opportunity for a young farm family to get a good start.
Meat packaging changes are coming
Britin Fraiser wanted to make beef stroganoff for dinner, but there was just one problem: he couldn’t find beef tips at the grocery store. “I couldn’t find any,” the 86-year-old Hillsboro resident said. “I was about ready to give up and then I asked the guy standing next to me if he saw any, and he picked a package up right away. I could have sunk right into the floor — so embarrassing. I was looking for the package to say beef tips, not sirloin tips.”
Field day is April 18
The Kansas Forest Service will host a landowner field day starting at 3 p.m. April 18 in Durham. The goal is to help landowners successfully manage woodlands, areas next to streams and rivers, and habitat for Bobwhite quail. Participants will meet at Durham Community Center, 519 Douglas Ave. They will travel as a group to the Marion Reservoir wildlife area to visit sites where woodland improvements have been done. They will learn techniques to improve log quality, enhance tree growth and herbicide use .
USDA Report: wheat stays the same
The USDA Crop Progress report shows that winter wheat condition is staying the same, but there are some signs of small improvement. About 30 percent of the crop is still rated poor to very poor as it was last week, but 31 percent is now rated “good” versus 29 percent the week before. Projections indicate that the winter wheat crop will still have a long way to go to get even close to where it was this time last year. Additional snow and rainstorms in Kansas could help in some areas. Meanwhile, farmers are playing a waiting game to see the outcome of their crop.
State moves ag department to Manhattan
Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman recently announced that the Kansas Department of Agriculture would move the majority of its offices to Manhattan in summer 2014. Rodman said the move will allow the agency to capitalize on synergies with Kansas State University as well as other agricultural and bio-science entities located in Manhattan.
Fourth generation farmer likes challenge
It has often been said that farming is a gamble. You put something in and hope to get more back, but you’re never sure how it will turn out. For 41-year-old Scott David of rural Tampa, that’s what makes life interesting.
Commissioners question need for water-quality monitoring
The Marion Reservoir WRAPS project will receive a $417,214 reservoir improvement multi-year grant from Kansas State Workgroup, which will help to offset last year’s funding shortfall. “We were just one of only a few who received the full amount that they asked for,” WRAPS coordinator Peggy Blackman, told Marion County Commissioners. “That’s because we go give them actual data, not just computer-generated data but actual data, and they could see what was going on.”
Canvass shows election winners
Ron Goodwin won City of Burns Mayor as a write-in candidate with 28 votes, beating Patricia Nystrom with 19 votes. City of Burns Council positions went to Roland Boesker, 30, and Mary Glenn, 26. Daniel S. Huls II received 17 votes. Michael Sorensen won the City of Durham Mayor election with 16 votes as a write-in. Dorene Joy also received 2 write-in votes. The five City of Durham council positions went to R. Gene Duke, 19, Edward Flaming, 19, Gary Gerringer, 14, Verlin Sommerfeld, 21, and Gary D. Unruh, 19. Kenneth Giesbrecht, Tom Harm, and Arnold Sommerfeld each received one write-in vote. Gaylen Youk received five.
Preserving a history of heroism
A story that recently appeared in a newspaper insinuated that Pilsen is too rinky-dink of a community to be the home of historical artifacts related to Father Emil Kapaun, the heroic Army chaplain who died protecting and serving his fellow prisoners of war in the Korean War and who is being honored Thursday with the posthumous presentation of the Medal of Honor — not to mention his candidacy for sainthood. Isn’t it possible that Kapaun’s upbringing in a small community contributed to his strength of character? Perhaps he looked out for his fellow soldiers because he had grown up seeing people look out for their neighbors? Pilsen is the appropriate home for Kapaun’s Medal of Honor.
History obscured by a cloud of dust
Marion County and Pilsen are home to a special piece of history, and we shouldn’t hide that piece of history behind a cloud of dust. For drivers who know the Pilsen road like the back of their hands, the gravel surface ranges mostly from an annoyance to a nuisance, increasing driving times, requiring more car washes, and more windshield repairs. For visitors unfamiliar with the road and its curves, though, blinding dust clouds represent a very real danger, and those drivers become a danger to the regulars on the road. Make no mistake, these visitors are already coming, and they will increase in numbers with Father Emil Kapaun’s receipt of the Medal of Honor on Thursday and the continued investigation into his likely sainthood.
HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND:
Enough to believe
House, Senate try to hammer out differences
Defendant take deal in Tabor student's death
One of the two former McPherson College football players charged in the September murder of Tabor College student and football player Brandon L. Brown has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. DeQuinte O. Flournoy of Dallas was originally charged with aiding and abetting murder in the second degree. The charge was changed to aiding and abetting aggravated battery in accordance with the plea agreement on April 2. Flournoy pleaded no contest and was found guilty.
Pilsen Catholics to attend Medal of Honor presentation
At least seven members of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church at Pilsen will be present Thursday at the White House when President Barack Obama confers the Medal of Honor posthumously on Father Emil Kapaun. They are Bob and Carol Makovec, Bob and Rose Mary Neuwirth, Laverne and Harriet Bina, and Carole Sklenar. They will travel to the Pentagon the next day for a ceremony in which Father Kapaun will be inducted into the Army Hall of Fame.
Big Scoop owners plan to reopen
Big Scoop owner Rusty Stenseng said the plan for the restaurant is still the same — rebuild and reopen. The owners are waiting for their insurance — United Fire and Casualty — to make a ruling on their claim after a fire on March 3. Stenseng said demolition of the building is necessary with the fire, water, or smoke damaging every item in the interior of the restaurant.
Lifelong Learning to hear about investing
Jon Wiebe, the president and chief executive officer of the Mennonite Brethren Foundation, Hillsboro, is the speaker at this week’s Lifelong Learning program at 9:45 a.m. Friday in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center, Tabor College. Wiebe will encourage and inform about changes retirees are facing. He has more than 16 years of experience in stewardship ministry. He graduated from Tabor College in 1986 and went on to earn a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Denver in Colorado. He joined the MB Foundation staff in 1996.
CDDO to meet
The regular monthly meeting of the board of directors of Harvey-Marion County Community Development Disability Organization will be at 4 p.m. Monday at office headquarters, 500 N. Main, Suite 204, Newton. There will be opportunity for public forum.
Easter guests of Dale and Tootsie Snelling were Danny and Tammy Snelling and Seth of Marion; Sherry and Keith Hess, Karly, Molly, and Emmy, Marion; Dean Snelling, Goessel; Mark and Leann Lewman, Kiana and Levi, Sedgwick; Jake Lewman, Sedgwick; Lynn and Kent Mai, Elly and Lilly, Goessel; Kristy and Jeremiah Ceiro and Nathaniel, Wichita; Jayde Hess and friend Nathanial, Hillsboro; and Tristen Snelling and Adam Cope, Manhattan. Easter dinner guests of Everett and Janet Cress were Shealah and Dave West of Newton. On Friday, Everett visited his brother in Emporia.
Verenike volunteers gather in Hillsboro
Volunteers of all ages from all walks of life — city employees, farmers, retirees, research scientists, homemakers, and a few school children — gathered Tuesday morning at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro to make verenike. Workers interrupted their normal routines and came from churches across central Kansas to mix, slice, shape, stuff, pinch, and pack the tasty treats. Verenike is one of the most popular items available on the state fairgrounds in Hutchinson during the annual Mennonite Central Committee sale to be held on Friday and Saturday this year. It is a pastry-type pocket filled with cottage cheese and boiled or fried. It can be served plan or covered with syrup or ham gravy, and it is often accompanied by other Mennonite ethnic foods like sausage or pluma moss (cherry or plum pudding).
Kliewer finds peace with knitting
Susie Kliewer believes in the power of therapeutic knitting. “It’s the repetitive motion, the clicking of the needles; it all brings you into a meditative place,” she said.
TEEN to hire new director
The Technology Excellence in Education Network board will have a phone conference meeting at 4 p.m. today, April 10, to consider approval of a contract for a new director. Director Brandi Hendrix has accepted a principal position in Herington. The phone conference will originate from the USD 410 district office, 416 S. Date St., Hillsboro.
PBHS boys win 1st track meet
The senior boys for the Peabody-Burns track and field team combined for seven first-place finishes April 2 at the Herington Central Kansas Track League meet. The Warrior boys won the meet against four other teams. Lucas Larsen swept the throwing events winning the discus with a throw of 117 feet, 2 inches; javelin, 154-8; and shot put, 37-9. Fellow senior, Jayden Miller, placed third in the discus, 97-9.
Peabody-Burns track teams compete at Marion Relays
A cold wind did not impede progress for members of the Peabody-Burns High School track teams as they took their talents on the road to Marion Friday, competing in the Marion Relays. “Larsen, Topham, and Preheim had another good meet, leading the team in points and to a fifth place finish out of 12 teams,” Coach Brian Lightner said.
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