Vol. 140 , No. 47
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Peabody, KS 66866
Marler resigns as city administrator
In a surprise move during an executive session to discuss personnel at Monday night’s city council meeting, Peabody City Administrator Shane Marler resigned. On return to open session, Marler read a letter of resignation in which he cited the negative effect the stress of the job has had on his health and family. “After much consideration, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for me to move on,” he said. “While there is never an ideal time to leave, I feel I am leaving you in a good position and poised for success. I want to thank each of you for the opportunity you have afforded me over the last 5½ years, but the time has come for a new direction.”
School board passes budget, discusses safety
Peabody-Burns school board unanimously passed the 2013-14 budget, expecting late enrollment to make up a $120,000 difference. “We have many students who have not yet enrolled,” Superintendent Ron Traxson said. “We expect that to equal out the budget numbers.”
Flooding damages care center
What seemed like a few water puddles and some soggy carpet after the torrential rainstorm the evening of July 29 has developed into an issue with a larger effect for residents, staff, and owners of Peabody Care Center. The assisted living apartments on the lower level took the brunt of the damage. “When the storm hit, the rain was falling so hard it pushed its way into the building through the entry doors on the lower level,” administrator Melissa Parmley said. “All the concrete surfaces outside of that area of the facility didn’t help matters. The water couldn’t be absorbed into the ground and the force of the wind just kept blowing it inside instead.”
Baker building roof collapses
The violent rain and windstorm that lashed the community on July 29 has damaged the roof of one building in the Baker building complex in downtown Peabody. A small portion of the roof on the building at 123 N. Walnut St. collapsed in the storm, allowing rain to enter the building. “We were already dealing with a quirky Kansas summer and more rainfall than we have had in a few years,” city administrator Shane Marler said. “Several of the building roofs have leaks that we have been dealing with.”
Florence bridge needs immediate attention
County residents using the connecting bridge at Alfalfa Road over the Cottonwood River will soon need a detour when traveling to U.S. 50. A fracture-critical inspection of the 126-foot bridge, located about two miles east and a half-mile south of Florence, found significant losses to bearings of concrete pedestals due to spalling.
Half marathon brings more than local interest
Advertising for MOPS annual Run for your Momma half marathon and 5k fun run attracted more than just the local crowd this year. Runners also came from Missouri, the District of Columbia, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Massachusetts and Indiana.
High water no obstacle to paddleboat fun
Carl Davis and his son, Trey, won first place in paddleboat races Saturday at Marion County Park and Lake, but not without a little controversy. “It wasn’t a fair win,” said Drew Davis, Carl’s daughter. “At the starting line he was grabbing onto our boat, then pulls us backward and shoots off of our boat.”
County appraiser leaving
County Appraiser Cindy Magill has resigned, effective next Monday. She didn’t give county commissioners a reason for her resignation. “I think she’s going to another county,” commission chairman Randy Dallke said Friday.
Rain just keeps coming
Rainfall in August is approaching record levels for Marion County, less than halfway through the month. Rainfall at the Marion Reservoir dam has been 6.88 inches through 8 a.m. Monday. The record for all of August was 8.73 inches in 1996. The average rainfall for August is 3.72 inches. Records only go back to 1966.
City budget approved without public comment
Peabody City Council had a public hearing before its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night to allow the public to comment on the proposed 2014 budget. City administrator Shane Marler presented the budget. No one from the community was present to comment. The council adopted the 2014 budget, which included a 0.2-percent property tax decrease — a decrease of about $1.39 on a typical $85,000 home. In other business:
Joyce Leland Carlson, 89, a lifelong resident of the Burdick and Lincolnville area, died Monday at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. He was born Oct. 14, 1923, southwest of Burdick to Oscar P. and Anna Marie (Anderson) Carlson.
Anthony James Radke, 33, of Ramona died Saturday south of Hope as a result of an accident. He was born April 24, 1980, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a finish carpenter for J.D. Construction, working at Fort Riley, and a member of Nemesis M.C. at Woodbine.
Former Marion resident Michael David Wheeler, 44, died July 31. He was born April 29, 1969, in Wichita, and was adopted by David and Charla Wheeler 16 days later. He graduated from Marion High School in 1987. He served in the Kansas Air National Guard at McConnell Air Base in Wichita before completing his education at Friends University.
Civil division cases
County Jail arrests and bookings
Criminal division cases
Police incident reports
Traffic division cases
Crops ready for dry weather to return
Favorable rainfall that began in mid-July has begun to overstay its welcome by early August. Local farmers have seen their crops benefit from the early rain, but worry excess water could drown the plants.
Mosquitoes are more than annoying for livestock
The 8-plus inches of rain that has fallen across the county since July has produced more than full ponds. It has also created breeding grounds for mosquitoes. These mosquitoes can carry the West Nile virus that can be transmitted to cattle and horses, especially during late summer and early fall, said Rebecca Erwin, veterinarian with Animal Health Center of Marion County.
Range school deadline nears
Ranchers, landowners, and students can learn about creating range wealth through soil health Tuesday through Aug. 22 at the Tallgrass Range School at Elmdale’s Camp Wood YMCA. The school costs $300 per person, covering materials, on-site lodging, meals, and other related costs.
Reserve program restores threatened ecosystems
Landowners looking for alternatives for areas losing crops to high waters can receive help restoring those areas through the Wetlands Reserve Program. “In Kansas, more than 24,000 acres have been restored or are in the process of being restored under the Wetlands Reserve Program,” Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Daniel Meyerhoff said.
Farmers chill out
Muddy fields and water logged pastures are keeping farmers from normal activities, but some Marion County farmers and ranchers are finding other ways to spend their time. Jeanie Bartel and her husband, Steve, own a family farm near Lehigh. She said Steve was doing maintenance on equipment, unplugging ditches, and checking crop conditions.
Rain can cause problems for cattle
The much-needed moisture for crops can become a problem for cattle and other split-hoofed livestock. With rain-soaked ground, livestock sometimes cannot find dry ground, especially if they are in lots. This can cause foot rot and other hoof infections to rise. Cade Moses, veterinarian with Spur Ridge Vet Hospital, said he has not seen an outbreak of water related illnesses, but he has seen some.
A new face at PrairieLand
PrairieLand Partners John Deere dealership in Marion has a new store manager, Mitch Guetterman. Guetterman transferred from PrairieLand of Wichita where he worked for three years. He said this is a substantial promotion for him.
Getting it right
One of the reasons I find some satisfaction in this career with the Peabody Gazette-Bulletin is that I think a town without a newspaper is a town that runs on rumor. If there is no dependable source of information about what really happens in a small town, the coffee shop advisory board determines what gets told and their version may or may not be true. If the advisory board members actually have the facts, then their stories are reliable. If not, what goes down about the history of our community might be skewed. Some issues have real significance to the history of a town like Peabody and sometimes they are merely the stuff of tall tales, lies, and exaggeration.
Days of Yore
Ross Baker enjoyed a week-long visit with his son, Scott, and family of London, England. Twenty-four Peabody Elementary School soon-to-be fifth graders got to meet Nicolo Bird, a fifth-grade student from Geneva, Switzerland, with whom they had been corresponding for the whole past school year.
Stay safe-stay out of floodwaters
On my way to Hillsboro Cove to get pictures of flooded campsites on Monday, I saw water running over 190th Road just west of Nighthawk Road, so I stopped to get some pictures. I was greeted by a pair of dogs, one black, and one white and tan. While getting pictures, I noticed the black dog swimming in the flooded ditch. Before I knew it — and probably before the dog knew it, too — it was caught by a current pulling it toward the culvert. Before I could react, the dog disappeared underwater. My heart leaped into my throat. There wasn’t anything I could do except turn to watch where the culvert came out downhill. I was so relieved when I saw the dog pop out of the water on the other side of the road, apparently none the worse for wear, although thoroughly soaked.
Bina working on 8th Kapaun poem
Harriet Bina of rural Marion doesn’t consider her poetry very refined. She has always enjoyed literature, but she didn’t pay much attention to grammar lessons, and she says her vocabulary isn’t as expansive as other poets’. “I kind of wish I’d paid a little closer attention in English class,” she said.
Birthday celebration draws 200
Marie Clark of Burns celebrated her 90th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 at Burns Community Center. Birthday cake and ice cream were served to 200 guests. The honoree received birthday greetings and cards from about 200 acquaintances, family members, and friends. Attending from out of state were Clark’s brother, Bruce Ehmke, of Bowling Green, Ohio; sisters-in-law Mary Ehmke and Bonnie Bach of Oregon, Ohio; nieces and nephews Tom and Claudia Ehmke and Nancy and Steve Rife of Bowling Green, Ohio; Jason Gedert and Frank and Mary Ellen Gedert of Pemberville, Ohio; Don and Dana Ehmke of Flagstaff, Ariz; and her granddaughter, Kaylee, and Garrett Looney of Littleton, Colo.
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