Vol. 140 , No. 51
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Peabody, KS 66866
Anti-poverty program grad gives back musically
If life were a song, Sherie Klassen formerly of rural Goessel, would have no trouble reading the notes and making beautiful music. The talented 34-year-old musician has been doing that since she was old enough to walk, often performing flute and piano pieces at church and social functions. Life is not a song to be played however, and two years ago Klassen found herself struggling to deal with a disability, overburdened with debt, and alone. Circles of Hope of Harvey County gave her a way up and out of the cycle of poverty that had become her constant companion.
Dumping in the country creates eyesore
Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft does not think trash dumping in the county is a problem. However, considering it took more than three weeks to get information from a reported illegal trash-dumping incident reported by a property owner at Eagle Road and 170th, that is not surprising. On Aug. 20, Marion County property owner Daniel Tucker of Junction City reported that someone dumped a load of trash on his property southwest of Hillsboro.
Completed street gets praise, criticism
On Monday evening, Peabody City Council members discussed the completion of the Locust Street resurfacing project by APAC of Kansas. Council members said they had received both complimentary and critical comments from Peabody residents. “A number of people think we went beyond the city limits with the new pavement,” Tim Peterson said. “I’ve explained several times that, no, we did not.”
Scouts start year with campout
Peabody Cub Scout Pack 108 and Boy Scout Troop 108 started off the new scout year with a campout at Hillsboro Cove, Marion Reservoir on Sept. 8. with 17 attending. Activities were fire starting with a flint and steel taught by Jim Truax, leather stamping taught by Scout Master Carol Smith, camping, fishing, playing football, bean bag toss, and ladder golf, cooking over the campfire, making s’mores and banana boats. The group also took on a service project and picked up trash in the area.
Trombonist plays taps in memory of 9/11
The low murmur of approximately 200 voices stilled as someone whistled for attention, and a palpable wave of admiration, respect, and awe swept through the crowd of teachers and students Tuesday morning. All eyes were on Larry Cushenbery, retired Wichita Fire Department Honor Guard bugler as he marched crisply into place near the half-mast U.S. flag in front of the Hillsboro High School. With precise movements, Cushenbery brought a gleaming bronze trombone to his lips. It was a moment in time, a time to remember, a ceremony to memorialize the day 11 years ago that thousands of American citizens lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In the silence, Cushenbery took several deep breaths and began to play the somber melodious notes that sent shivers deep into the souls of those listening.
Treatment uses old principals for pain relief
The fourth day of deer hunting season last fall was good to Don Vinduska of Lincolnville and his hunting partners. “For some reason, everybody shot a deer that evening,” Vinduska said.
Marvin Paul Bezdek
Marvin Paul Bezdek, 63, Ponca City, Okla., passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at the V.A. Care Facility in Clinton, Okla. He was born Dec. 30, 1948, in Marion, Kan., the son of Valerian “Jerry” Bezdek and Margaret (Pientka) Bezdek. They preceded him in death. Marvin served in the U.S. Navy from May 20, 1968, until his honorable discharge on July 2, 1975, aboard the submarine USS Will Rogers SSBN 659 as a missile technician. His decorations and medals included the National Defense Service Medal and First Good Conduct Award for period ending April 21, 1975.
James A. Goddard
James A. “Jim” Goddard, son of Otto O. and Irene (Poland) Goddard, was born May 21, 1945, in Marion, Kan. He passed from his earthly life on Saturday Sept. 1, 2012, at the age of 67 in the Via Christi St. Francis Hospital Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Inpatient Unit. in Wichita, Kan. He married Belita A. Winchester on Nov. 15, 1964, in Maize, Kan. Jim was a retired police officer for the city of Peabody, Kan.
Gerald Hurt, 80, of Florence died Monday at his home. He was born Nov. 1, 1931, in Council Grove to Harold and Mamie Smith Hurt. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a retired electrical engineer. He had lived in Florence since 1992.
F. Glenn Phinney
F. Glenn Phinney, 83, of Overland Park died Sept. 4 in Merriam. He was born Nov. 23, 1928, in Belleville to Eugene and Beulah (Stephens) Phinney. Glenn graduated from Hutchinson High School. He worked for Kansas Department of Transportation for more than 50 years at Hutchinson, Salina, Marion, and Olathe. He was the longest-tenured employee in the history of the state of Kansas at the time of his retirement in 1994.
Mary Carolyn Wheeler Schuh
Mary Carolyn Wheeler Schuh, 77, of Tucson, Ariz., known to most as Mary Schuh, a well-known “Watch Dog” on public spending of taxes passed away on Aug. 25, 2012. Her death has been a shock to a wide circle of friends and the community she was so active and interested in. Mary C. Wheeler was born Aug. 30, 1934, in Newton, the daughter to Dr. James Albert and Elizabeth Maxson Wheeler. Mary was raised with her brother James in the Newton area where she became an accomplished horse rider and competitive expert marksman with the .22 rifle.
Fish and Game
Peabody police report
More to pottery than imagined
When most people think of making pottery, the first thing they think of is a potter’s wheel, but there is so much more to it than that. “I like working with the clay itself, but the throwing is just a tiny fraction of what I do,” said potter Paula Barta of rural Marion.
Artist turns clay into castles
Ideally, Lynn Unruh would spend all day, every day in her home studio, turning clay into creative castles, fairy houses, or toad abodes. As it is, she is grateful for just a few hours here and there to spend crafting, time stolen away from running errands and taking care of the guest house she and husband Charlie operate near the north shore of Marion Reservoir. “I love gardening too,” Unruh said. “But I needed some garden art to fill the weak spots. I started making toad houses, then moved into fairy houses, and eventually castles.”
Artist polishes passion for jewelry
Painting watercolors and sewing have been lifelong pursuits for Emma Ehart of Hillsboro. “I’ve always done art most of my life,” she said Sunday.
Class reunions revitalize Old Settlers' Day
This year’s Old Settlers’ Day, Sept. 29 in Marion, will be the 101st iteration of the event. Any event with that long of a life has times when it waxes and wanes, and Casey Case of Marion Kiwanis — organizers of Old Setters’ Day — remembers a time when Old Settlers’ Day got an infusion of new energy. Case estimated it was in the 1980s. Old Settlers’ Day wasn’t yet the day when all of the Marion High School graduating classes had their reunions; there were usually just a couple of class reunions that weekend. But then a push began to have all classes have reunions the weekend of Old Settlers’ Day. Case said the person most responsible for that push was Bill Meyer, longtime editor of the Marion County Record.
Big events take hard work
Events as large as Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair don’t just happen overnight. Part-time workers have put in between 300 and 400 hours throughout the year in preparation for this year’s fair, director Penni Schroeder said. Another 100 hours will be put in by volunteers Friday and Saturday, not including help from Hillsboro High School music students who clean up trash all day and 4-H volunteers who help clean up after the fair, Schroeder said.
Zoning board strikes new radio tower
The Marion Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday revoked a July administrative decision giving the county the go-ahead to construct an emergency communications tower at the new jail. The board concluded that City Administrator Doug Kjellin exceeded his authority by unilaterally approving the alteration of the conditional use permit. The board did not discuss the matter in open public session, restricting their deliberations to two executive sessions. As a quasi-judicial entity, the board is exempt from the Kansas Open Meetings Act, according to Kansas statute.
Commission hears of FACT grant
Families and Communities Together Director Ashlee Gann and former director Linda Ogden informed Marion County Commission on Monday that the organization is going to receive a large federal grant. FACT will receive a Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Grant for $28,773 a year for five years. The grant comes from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. It will be used to start Students Against Destructive Decision groups, go to other Marion County organizations designed to curb underage drinking, and pay for FACT’s administrative costs, Ogden said.
Minority farmers encouraged to register
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency invites minority farmers and ranchers in Marion County and across the nation to voluntarily join the USDA Minority Farm Register to receive information about opportunities from USDA agencies. The Minority Farm Register is an outreach tool designed to connect with underserved farmers and ranchers who are not currently enrolled in USDA loan, farm, or conservation programs. The register is a shared list that will help USDA, community-based organizations, and minority serving educational institutions to communicate with minority farmers and ranchers.
Look for Peabody on Facebook
My son-in-law, old What’s His Name, has created a Facebook page for the city of Peabody on the Internet. At a city council meeting several weeks ago, the council members told him they would like to see Peabody enter the world of social media. So that is what he did. It is kind of fun to look at although he is currently on a two week vacation, leaving future updates to one’s imagination. Old What’s His name has uploaded a number of vintage photo post cards and photographs onto the site and they have generated some interest. Plus there are requests from Peabody’s Facebook friends for pictures of specific buildings, events, and school groups. Of course, as I said, he is nowhere to be found so the requests are on hold until later. Sorry.
DAYS OF YORE:
Days of yore
HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND:
Who is good?
Disability organization to meet Monday
Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization board of directors will have its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Monday at the organization’s office, 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton. The meeting will be open to public comments.
MCC ride is Saturday
The Mennonite Central Committee will have its 16th Flatlander Bike Ride on Saturday in North Newton. There will be 8-, 16-, 35-, 45-, and 65-mile rides, all starting at the MCC Warehouse off K-15 near 30th Street in North Newton. Registration will be 7 to 8 a.m. Saturday with a mass start at 8. Participants should bring a bicycle, helmet, extra tire tube, and water bottle. Helmets are mandatory. The terrain is mostly flat with some rolling hills.
BBB tells of prize scam
After a Peabody woman was nearly swindled out of $2,000 by someone falsely claiming she won a prize, the Better Business Bureau of Kansas offered several warning signs that a “prize” might be a scam. Roberta Namee, director of media and investigations for the Better Business Bureau, said legitimate sweepstakes companies don’t call out of the blue, and they never require payment to give someone a prize they’ve won.
Survey to begin for roundabout
Kansas Department of Transportation will begin conducting surveys around the intersection of U.S. 77, U.S. 56, and K-150 today to gather information needed for the detailed design of a proposed roundabout. Bill Haverkamp of Topeka will head the survey crew, of about four people, which will measure both roadways and the surrounding topography to find out if earth needs to be added or subtracted for the truck lanes planned around the roundabout. Utilities and residences will also be recorded and included in the detailed drawings to be sent to engineers, KDOT engineer Joe Palic said. Palic added that the crew will conduct a complete survey for the highways about a mile in each direction.
Peabody park celebration to bring back horses
The half-mile horse racetrack at Peabody City Park was actually the first feature of the park to be built. Historian Don Skinner had the news item at his fingertips with the June 23, 1876,
Sheriff talks to senior citizens about scams
The board of directors of Senior Citizens of Marion County met Aug. 17 in Marion. Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft spoke to the board about seniors being the target of scams.
Spectenhauser promoted to seaman apprentice
Navy Seaman Apprentice John D. Specthenhauser was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Spechtenhauser received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. Training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety.
Marion family visits Ethiopia
Sarah Tolessa of Marion took her two sons, Hap and Anderson Waddell, to Ethiopia for a month during the summer. To hear Hap and Anderson talk about the trip, it sounds like one big safari. But Tolessa had other reasons for making the trip. How many elementary school teachers get a chance to present in front of an international audience? It was her third trip to Ethiopia in a little over a year. She went to the country in eastern Africa in the summer of 2011, at the invitation of a friend, to volunteer with Ethiopia Reads, a charity that trains librarians, teachers, and school administrators on how to get more use from books in schools.
White has top bulls on test
Clay White, Peabody, owns two bull listed in the 2012 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association. The issue features 6,067 sires. The report includes a full suite of expected progeny differences for production, maternal, and carcass traits.
Card shower requested for Ruth Wright
Ruth Wright will celebrate her 90th birthday Sept. 19. Her sisters, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren are requesting a card shower in her honor. Friends and acquaintances may send cards and greetings to her at 710 N. Olive, Peabody.
Class of '55 meets
Members of the Peabody High School class of 1955 gathered for a reunion this past weekend at Candelwyck Resort near Grove, Okla. Pat Hunnell, Carlene Bedner, and John Bloomer hosted the gathering. Those attending the reunion were Hunnell, Keith Harsh, John and Cora Bloomer, Delbert and Pat Mellott all of Peabody. Rod and Twylah Williams of Florence, Mary Olson of Marion, Stan Hansen of Topeka, and Carlene and Carl Bedner of Emporia, all from Kansas.
Morgans celebrate 40th anniversary
Peabody Senior Center
School board splits decision on FFA trip
USD 398 Board of Education was split on a vote to send Peabody-Burns Junior High students to the National FFA convention Oct. 26 in Indianapolis. Only Peabody-Burns High School students had been allowed to attend the convention before. It was the argument of PBHS alumni president Annette Weems that allowing junior high students to attend the event would foster a higher level of interest in FFA. Weems and her husband Darren said there have been fewer state farmers from the PBHS FFA organization in the previous few years, although their daughter, senior Ashley Weems, was a state farmer this past year.
Warrior gals finish 3rd in tourney
Two road trips produced wins for the Peabody-Burns High School volleyball team at Little River Sept 4 and at the Solomon tournament on Saturday. The Warriors finished third in the Solomon tournament, recording victories against Solomon, 25-23 and 25-21, and Wakefield, 25-11 and 25-13. They lost to Inman, 24-26, 25-20, and 10-25, and to Elyria, 18-25, 25-23, and 14-25.
Pickens runs for 5 touchdowns in PBHS loss
A two-point conversion was the difference in the Friday home loss for the Peabody-Burns High School football team. The Warriors were down 20 points to Little River in Peabody at the end of the first half. Three Hunter Pickens touchdown runs tied the score at 20 in the third quarter, part of a five-touchdown night for the PBHS quarterback. Pickens ran for another score with 2 minutes, 27 seconds left in the game to bring PBHS within two at 34-32. However, the Warriors could not haul in a Pickens pass to tie the game.
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