Vol. 140 , No. 31
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Peabody, KS 66866
Runner narrowly misses bomb blasts at marathon
Ryan Wiebe of Peabody goes to Kansas State University, right next door to Fort Riley. He had heard bomb blasts before; one such practice explosion rattled the glass of his dorm room window. The blasts at the Boston Marathon were much louder because Wiebe was much closer, only about two blocks away. He heard two explosions and they seemed to occur in quick succession, although he read in media reports there was about 12 seconds in between. He could feel the impact of the bombs, the Earth shake, as mini tremors rolled through his body.
Grief counseling helps with loss
Cora Bloomer’s husband, John, died in December. Before his death, Harden Hospice in Newton helped John and his family deal with the end of life issues that accompany terminal illness. Through Harden Hospice, Cora Bloomer met Amy Claassen, a bereavement counselor who works for Harden.
Young and old join forces for reservoir cleanup
Dozens of volunteers came from all over Marion County; some young, some old. But age didn’t matter. They united under one purpose: to clean the Marion Reservoir. Bob Hoopes, a reservoir resident, was one of the first ones at the 11th annual Marion Reservoir Cleanup Day. Without much encouragement, he grabbed a large trash bag and went to work. He said he often walks along the shoreline, picking up trash — so, today, wasn’t that different, but vital just the same.
Heated dock is not just for cold weather
Jeff Springer thought the heated fishing dock would help him catch some fish. “It’s spawning time; they like to congregate around this area,” the Florence resident said. “But they weren’t biting today. It’s horrible weather for fishing. The wind was pretty bad, but I gave it a shot anyway.”
Meth, cocaine found in Marion searches
A child taking a syringe to Marion Elementary School led to the drug and child endangerment arrests of two Marion residents Monday. Ninety minutes after school officials reported the syringe, which Police Chief Tyler Mermis said tested positive for methamphetamines, a search warrant was obtained for the child’s home at 319 S. Cedar St.
Max Lee Herzet
Max Lee Herzet passed away on Monday, April 15, 2013, at the age of 79. Max, one of seven children, was born on a farm in Marion, Kan., on Aug. 11, 1933. He attended grade school in a one-room school house and graduated from Marion High School in 1951. Max attended Wichita University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business degree in 1956. He received the Gold Key Award from the Savings and Loan Graduate School of the University of Indiana in the early 1970s.
Herman M. Lovett
Herman M. Lovett, 87, died April 17 in Wichita. He was born July 9, 1925 in Leech, Okla., the son of Monroe and Bessie Hoopengarner Lovett.
Velma Elsie Willems
Velma Elsie Willems, 92, of Newton died Saturday at Kansas Christian Home in Newton. She was born Aug. 7, 1920, to Peter and Mary (Fast) Reimer in Fairview, Okla. She is survived by two sons, Joe Willems of Hillsboro and Harry Willems of Great Bend; a daughter, Sunny Christensen of Marion; a brother, Leonard Reimer of St. George, Utah; a sister, Ruby Watkins Dick of Reedley, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren.
Colleen B. Yoder
Colleen B. Yoder, 83, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody, Kan.
County continues recycling talk
Marion County Commission collectively expressed continued interest in single-stream recycling. The commissioners would prefer that Marion, Hillsboro, Goessel, and Florence would come on board with a county program. Having Marion and Hillsboro would ensure enough recyclables would make a difference in reducing transfer station trash costs.
CRP workshop is May 8
Pheasants Forever is hosting a workshop for landowners who would like to learn more about the upcoming Conservation Reserve Program signup. The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. May 8 in the city hall basement, Marion. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will hold the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup from May 20 through June 14, 2013. CRP is a voluntary program that helps agricultural producers use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to control soil erosion, improve water and air quality and develop wildlife habitat. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration is between 10 to 15 years. Accepted contracts will begin on Oct. 1, 2013.
HOME AND GARDEN
Woman plants garden to tie-dye
Betty Williams of Marion wants to plant vegetables and flowers this year for one purpose: to get some natural dye. “I loved tie-dyeing when I was a kid,” the 66-year-old said. “But I didn’t want to use all the chemicals. Then I found instructions on how to make some natural dye and I just have to try it.”
Herbalist says herbs keep her family healthy
Karen Woodward of Florence recommends implanting a regular does of chickweed, wild sage, and dandelions into a routine. All the herbs naturally grow in the Flint Hills environment and can be brewed in a tea. “You could stay extremely healthy,” she said.
Every bird is welcome
Birdhouses are a common sight around Sylvia Bailey’s home in Lincolnville. She took early retirement from a job she held in California and moved to Lincolnville in 2004. Bailey has at least 18 birdhouses of various sizes and shapes in her expansive backyard and another seven in the front yard. Cardinals, blue jays, finches, sparrows, orioles, and robins are among the many birds that find a welcome there. A large fish pond provides water and a feeder provides food.
Bowls of beer solved slug problem
Anyone wanting to know how to deal with slugs in the garden can ask Lenore Dieter of Marion. She knows all about them from firsthand experience. For years, slugs were eating the lower leaves off the trailing petunias in the two brick planters at her house at 737 S. Freeborn. However, it wasn’t until last summer that Dieter finally learned what was causing the damage. She found out from Wendy Youk at Aunt Bee’s Floral and Garden in Marion.
Florence establishes garden
The Fred Harvey Community Garden in Florence, located just east of the Florence Harvey House, now has a special section for children. The children’s garden is being established using a $200 grant to the city from the Florence Community Foundation for that purpose.
Family housing shortage seen
Marion has a shortage of family-size homes — that is the word coming from people who pay attention to the housing market in town. Lori Heerey of Heerey Real Estate said the homes that sell best in town are three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes in the $70,000 to $100,000 range. Those homes seldom stay on the market for long unless they are priced too high.
That pesky ordinance
The summer of 2012 was so hot and dry that few of us had to do any lawn mowing. By the time we got a few sprinkles late in the fall, the mowers were winterized and put away until the 2013 season. As a result, I never got to remind you of the city ordinance that says “thou shall not blow your grass clippings into the gutter or street.” Should the local police drive by when you are doing so and ticket you, there is a healthy fine of $100 plus court costs for the offense. It is my understanding that usually our police officers will offer a word of warning for a first offense. However, there is no rule that says they must do so.
Time to get serious about recycling
Marion County is planning a meeting May 28 to discuss curbside recycling with four of the five largest cities in the county — Peabody already has curbside recycling. The commission hopes to enlist the cities’ help to make recycling go as smoothly as trash pickup, with the idea that the transfer station could be closed to trash in favor of recycling either certain days of the week or certain hours of the day. The county has been pondering one recycling plan or another since 2006. Over the past four years, it has tried, and ended, a pair of half-measure recycling programs, which required residents to take their recyclables to a collection point. Those kinds of programs primarily serve people who are committed recyclers who will go out of their way to recycle.
Spring ball - heartbreaking and hopeful
HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND:
The flood and the fire
Thank you for safer roads
Defendant found not guilty in Tabor student's death
A jury found former McPherson College football player Alton Franklin not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Tabor College football player Brandon Brown in September. The jury had the option of convicting Franklin of a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, but acquitted him on all charges April 16.
National Day of Prayer is May 2
The 62nd annual National Day of Prayer will begin at 8 a.m. May 2 in the fellowship hall of the Peabody United Methodist Church. Local ministers have been invited to speak and pray at the event.
Tombstone raises questions
When Wilhelmine Stelting was born, her parents might have named her after the Queen of the Netherlands or after a Prussian princess. However, the only thing really known about her is that she was born September 15, 1856 and she died July 3, 1902. Someone inscribed those dates, along with her name, on a gravestone that rests on the edge of a cattle pasture along 180th Road just outside the southwest city limits of Marion.
Concerned residents start new recycling program in Goessel
A group of concerned citizens in Goessel have joined together to form what they hope will be an alternative method for recycling, as the county-sponsored system is scheduled to end April 30. “The response to recycling here has always been tremendously successful,” said Goessel resident Larry Schmidt. “It will be a huge loss for the city and the surrounding community to lose our recycling avenue through the county, but we hope this new arrangement will provide an opportunity for continued success.”
Donations down but spirits high at blood drive
American Red Cross workers collected only 37 productive units of blood at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro Monday afternoon, but spirits were high among those who donated. “Our goal was to have 60, and we had 48 scheduled appointments,” organizing volunteer Shirley Kasper said. “Some of those were not accepted, and others did not show up, the weather might have kept some away.”
Burns reunion will be May 26
The biennial Burns High School Reunion is scheduled for May 26 at the community building in Burns. Any person who attended or taught in the Burns school system is invited to attend. Registration will begin at 10:00 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.
Piano students compete
Area students participated April 20 in the District 6 Kansas Music Teachers Association Music Progressions at Bethel College in North Newton. This annual test evaluates the progressive growth of all students, whether they are studying music as a hobby or hoping to become professional musicians. In addition to performing on the piano, each student is tested in areas of listening, keyboard theory, and written theory.
Singer brought salvation to Hillsboro resident
A tear fell down Trisha Saunders’ cheek when she heard the news: George Beverly Shea had passed away at 104. “I loved his voice,” the 68-year-old Hillsboro resident said. “The quality and tone of his voice is like no one else’s in the world. He had a way of bringing the Gospel message to your ears, and having your heart respond.”
Marion native wins Ms. Missouri title
Shannon Tajchman was officially named Ms. Missouri on Saturday along with winning the overall swimsuit and evening gown competitions at the regional — Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma — Ms. United States event in Overland Park. “That was an amazing award,” Tajchman said of the overall wins. “It think that is a good sign for nationals.”
4-Her keeps calm in beef show
Weston Schroeder, 9, of Chase County loves making friends with other 4-H’ers at the spring beef show, but this year he learned an important showmanship lesson. “No matter what happens, you just have to know to stay calm,” he said. “That’s the key.”
Developmental screening is May 14 in Hillsboro
A free screening for children age 5 or younger will be held May 14 at Hillsboro United Methodist Church. Appointments will be available from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Development will be checked in areas of learning, motor, language, and social development, and vision and hearing will be screened. The process usually takes at least one hour to complete.
Peabody-Burns track shows improvement
Peabody-Burns High School girls had their best track meet of the year Tuesday at Haven. “We set nine personal records and the girls continue to improve in all their events,” Coach Brian Lightner said.
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