HEADLINES

  • POW camp, museum the focus of Memorial Day weekend

    Peabody Historical Society plans a dual program the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a tour through the newly re-organized Peabody Print Museum. Wesley Bentz and his helpers will offer a look at the workings of an early day print shop or newspaper office.

  • City cleanup week begins April 28

    Twice a year the city of Peabody and the city’s refuse service provider, Waste Connections, provide a special weeklong service to the community during the citywide cleanup week. This year the cleanup event will begin on April 28 and end the following Saturday. Roll-off Dumpsters will be available and curbside pickup is scheduled for May 3. Most of the service is free to local residents, but there are charges for some items.

  • Kapaun awarded Medal of Honor

    Father Emil J. Kapaun received long-overdue recognition Thursday when President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Kapaun’s nephew, Ray Kapaun, at the White House. Obama remarked that when the Korean War ended 60 years ago, there was one group of soldiers — prisoners of war — who returned home carrying a carved wooden cross in honor of Kapaun, who served and saved them on the battlefield and in the prison camp.

  • Tools targeted by weekend thieves

    Two similar burglaries were reported in Marion County this past weekend. The sheriff’s office investigated a burglary and theft this weekend at the Florence Quarry. About $1,600 worth of power and hand tools were stolen from a shed. There did not appear to be forced entry around the premises, Sheriff Robert Craft said.

  • Deadline for citywide sale is Friday

DEATHS

  • Wanda Maxine Baker

    Wanda Maxine Baker, 94, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Perkins, Okla. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Wanda was born Jan. 31, 1919, in Wichita, Kan., to Earl and Leah Frances (Runyan) Galusha. On Jan. 5, 1937, she married the love of her life, Harold Morrell Coleman, in Newton, Kan. She later married Hartman Baker of Peabody, Kan.

  • Eldon Beneke

    SALINA — Eldon Beneke was born June 8, 1924, at Walton, Kan. He was the son of William and Marie (Krause) Beneke. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church of Newton. At the age of 6, the Beneke family moved to Lincolnville. He attended the St. John’s Lutheran School for eight years. He was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in May 1939. He graduated from Lincolnville High School in May 1943.

  • Florence Irene Dimock

    Florence Irene Dimock, 89, died in Pasadena, California on April 7, 2013. Born Florence Pleiser on May 24, 1923, in Tampa, Kan., she moved to Los Angeles during World War II and worked the swing shift at Douglas Aircraft where she met her husband, Ted.

  • O'Letta Mae Dover

    O’Letta Mae Dover, 73, died April 15, 2013. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2013, at Peabody Christian Church, 2nd and Sycamore, Peabody, Kan.

DOCKET

GOVERNMENT

  • County wants road ready for pilgrimage

    County Commissioner Dan Holub asked Road and Bridge Superintendent Randy Crawford if the stretch of Remington Road between Pilsen and 290th Road could be made into a hard surface before June 2. That is the date of a pilgrimage to Pilsen in honor of Father Emil Kapaun. Kapaun was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on Thursday, and the crowd in Pilsen is expected to be even larger than usual for this summer’s pilgrimage.

  • Marion County part of disaster aid request

    Gov. Sam Brownback sent a letter April 10 to President Barack Obama requesting a federal disaster declaration to assist 23 affected counties in recovering damages and cleanup costs associated with the severe winter storm that swept across most of the state Feb. 20 to 23. Marion was one of the counties named, along with neighboring Dickinson and McPherson counties.

HEALTH

  • Put one foot in front of the other

    Joy Spence spends each Saturday morning walking around the Marion County Lake for one reason: her health. “My whole body just feels better when I’m out here,” the 69-year-old lake resident said. “Who could not be re-energized by taking a stroll out here? It’s gorgeous; the sun’s shining and the birds are singing. It makes you feel glad just to be alive.”

  • Wheat bread is not created equal

    Mary Beth Bowers has one mission: to tell consumers that all wheat bread isn’t created equal. “Unless it says whole wheat bread on the label, it’s not authentic,” the Wheat Commission member said. “They use all the wrong flours and then have to add all the good stuff back in – and in order to make it look like whole-wheat bread, they add caramel color to it.”

  • Radishes are a superfood

    One of the earliest vegetables harvested from the home garden in spring is radishes. They come up fast, grow fast, and add a dash of color and pep to a meal. Radishes are high in vitamin C, which boosts bone health and helps wounds heal faster. They also contain folate and blood-pressure-lowering potassium, and they may even protect against cancer, according to some sources.

  • Peabody native creates, markets Omega 3 meat

    Bernie Hansen grew up in Peabody, spending many formulative hours under the tutelage of then high school agriculture adviser Gary Jones. Now a Flint Hills resident with a pioneering history of meat industry success, Hansen is surprised at how far his interest in agriculture has taken him. What comes as no surprise is Hansen’s pursuit of success as he embarks on a national marketing campaign to promote his latest product — beef with elevated levels of Omega 3 and dietary benefits rivaling that of wild salmon or the Mediterranean diet.

  • Cats make entertaining companions

    Tomfoolery aside, Tom and Velcro enjoy their life as mascots of the Animal Health Center in Marion, sometimes a little too much according to veterinary technician Steph Jensen. “Tom, the darker one, he is 15-years-old and kind of grumpy sometimes. Someone has to help him get up and down off the counter these days, but he loves visitors,” she said. “Now, Velcro, he really likes to tease the bigger dogs that come in. He gets all fluffed up and growls at them like he is a big shot.”

OPINION

  • Make our your will

    I have a will, do you? I have had a couple of people ask this past week if I “quit the paper.” They were curious when they didn’t see an opinion column from me in the last issue. I didn’t ask whether or not they were glad I seemed to have moved out of the newspaper world. Sometimes it is just better not to know what readers think.

  • Believe it or not, you have the power

    Too often, people learn about silly ideas but feel powerless to do anything to stop them. It’s one of the reasons fewer and fewer people vote, volunteer, donate, or join civic groups. In recent weeks, two great ideas — honoring heroic Chaplain Emil Kapaun and providing modern restrooms in Marion’s Central Park — have been imperiled by uncertainty over whether the institutions that will implement them are strong enough to resist silly ideas being floated about them.

  • BALANCING ACT:

    Storms bring blessings
  • HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND:

    Teamwork

OTHER NEWS

  • Florence chamber announces meeting dates

    The Florence Chamber of Commerce will hold their 2013 meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at the ambulance building. Business memberships are $25 and individual memberships are $15.

  • Historic tour starts at Tabor College April 27

    A tour of historic Mennonite sites will begin at 12:15 p.m. April 27 at the historic church on the Tabor College campus. A light, ethnic lunch known as Faspa will be served before departure. Stops during the tour will include the Brunk cemetery; Canada cemetery; Gnadenau Krimmer Mennonite Brethren village, orphanage, and cemetery; Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren church and cemetery; Peabody historic threshing stone marker; and cemetery; and Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. The tour is scheduled to return to Hillsboro by 5:15 p.m.

  • Woman spends night in care after rollover

    At about 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, Sonja Maddox, 72, of Lincolnville went off a curve on a gravel road and her Jeep flipped completely over when driving west near the northeast Marion County border. Maddox’s two daughters, Nancy Maddox Woodrow and Leigh Ann Swigert, both said that Maddox was ejected from the vehicle. Suffering a broken ankle, she crawled back into the vehicle, which was standing upright. She lost her cell phone in the accident and gave up on a search until dawn the next morning. The engine was still operational so she had the heater and radio for company, Swigert said.

  • Riffel goats draw buyers to Hillsboro

    When buyers from 12 different counties show up at a first-time prospective meat goat sale there must be something special about the offering. When Riffel brothers Karl, 17, and Kyle, 15, of rural Tampa offer goats for sale, buyers can be assured a lot of hard work and knowledge went into the event. Friday evening the Riffels, along with their parents, James and Beth, sister Kara, and several friends and relatives, offered 26 wethers for sale in a laid-back auction format at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro.

  • Conference celebrates 75th anniversary

    In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Latin America Mennonite Brethren Conference, the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College has invited Rolando Mireles of Rio Grande City, Texas, to give the keynote address April 27 at the CMBS annual meeting in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. Mireles has been active within the conference for 41 years and has served in many leadership positions. He also has served on the U.S. Conference board of church ministries, as the U.S. Conference chairman, on the Tabor College board of directors, and as a committee member for the National Youth Convention and the International Community of Mennonite Brethren.

  • Florence to host Spring Fling April 28

    Florence’s annual Spring Fling is scheduled for Sunday, April 28. All events will be held in Grandview Park. In case of inclement weather the event will be relocated in the Florence gym. Kids’ games begin at 3 p.m. featuring horse rides and a petting zoo. The Florence Fire Department is sponsoring water games for children of all ages.

  • March sees rash of car crashes

    There was a steep increase in ambulance calls to motor vehicle accidents in March, compared to January and February. Marion County Emergency Medical Service responded to 15 crashes in March; there were four in January and one in February. Hillsboro responded to five of the crashes; Marion and Florence each responded to four; and Peabody and Tampa each responded to one.

PEOPLE

  • Burns High School reunion planned

    May 26 is the day that has been selected for the next Burns High School reunion, held every two years. Burns Community Building will be the site of the gathering. Any person who attended or taught in the Burns school system is invited to attend. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and the business meeting is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. A catered meal will be served at 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required for the meal and can be made by sending $15 per meal, payable to the Burns Alumni Association. Reservations and payments may be mailed to Bonnie Mitchel Vinduska, 5 Dan Drive, Marion, KS 66861.

  • Lofland to speak about teaching abroad

    Betty Baerg Lofland will be speaking Friday at Lifelong Learning about her 35-year teaching experience in the Middle East and China. She evacuated twice from Beirut and fled from Tehran when Khomeini returned. The session begins at 9:45 a.m. in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor College. The fee is $4 per session or $15 per semester, payable at the door.

  • CORRESPONDENTS:

    Burns Senior Center, Burns, Peabody Senior Center

SCHOOL

  • Applications open for music camp

    Junior high and high school instrumentalists and high school vocalists can apply for a week of quality musical performances and class training and workshops from guest artists July 14 to July 20 at Fort Hays State University. Artists will be German Gutierrez, orchestra director at Texas Christian University; John Fedchock, jazz trombonist from New York City; and Karl Fenner, principal bass in the Colorado Symphony.

  • Kleiner brings experience to TEEN position

    Lena Kleiner of Hillsboro will not begin her new position as Marion County TEEN director until July 1, but that is not keeping her from planning and dreaming about how to use her experience to help students and teachers in the county. “My hope for this position is that I can be of assistance to all the teachers in the five districts to integrate technology into their classrooms and that students can utilize the Interactive Distance Learning network to its fullest potential,” she said.

  • Safe Kids Camp coming to elementary school

    Peabody Emergency Services will sponsor its annual Safe Kids Camp at Peabody-Burns Elementary School on April 24. All PBES students and staff will participate. The camp is held to make Peabody and Burns youngsters aware of safety issues that may occur as they go about their everyday activities.

SPORTS

  • George shows perseverance at Goessel meet

    Michael George got a no time in the 100-meter dash Friday when Peabody-Burns track teams competed at the Goessel Invitational, but it was not because he did not put forth a good effort. “Michael showed great perseverance after tripping in the 100 and then competing in the 4X100 with a scuffed up should,” Coach Brian Lightner said. “Even though we placed fourth out of five teams, the guys who were here competed very well.”

  • PBHS sports banquet is Monday for athletes

    Peabody-Burns Athletic Director Ray Savage has announced the Winter-Spring Athletic Banquet will begin at 7 p.m. April 22 in the Brown Gymnasium. Athletes to be honored are those high school students who participated in basketball, basketball cheerleading, golf, and track during the 2012-13 school year. Senior plaques also will be awarded and athletes of the year will be named.

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