Vol. 141 , No. 12
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Peabody, KS 66866
Directors give Main Street message
On Sept. 20, the Kansas Department of Commerce shocked Peabody and 25 other Kansas communities with the announcement that it would eliminate the state Main Street program by noon that same day. An e-mail from Commerce Secretary Pat George informed board members and directors of all 26 Main Street programs and in moments, the economic development climate in each of those communities changed. The state and national programs have provided technical assistance and funding to programs in all 50 states. Peabody has been a Main Street city since 1989, receiving assistance from technical advisers for simple projects such as signage or effective lighting in retail businesses to help from structural engineers, architects, and preservation experts.
Print museum under new guidance
Peabody Historical Society members are excited that 1957 Peabody High School graduate George “Wes” Bentz thinks one of the great things about his retirement is being able to return to Peabody with some regularity and take charge of the Peabody Print Museum. The museum began as a retirement project of former Peabody Gazette-Bulletin editor Bill Krause, in the mid-1990s. During those years, many small town newspapers were merging or being sold to neighboring publishers and much of the aging equipment that languished in the back rooms of those newspaper offices was headed for the scrap pile.
Peabody receives $45K grant
Peabody Mayor Larry Larsen signed a contract with the Kansas Department of Transportation during the past week to receive grant monies for signage in and around Peabody. The $45,000 grant is a result of a partnership between the Kansas Department of Transportation, the Kansas Department of Commerce, and the City of Peabody.
Landmark home becomes bed and breakfast
In the spring of 2011, Lynn Berns learned that the classic Georgian brick home on Sycamore Street was to be sold at an auction in May. The elegant old house was a landmark structure among the century-old homes in the community. It had languished empty, on the market for several years, with ivy growing so thick the windows on the second story were no longer visible.
Downtown restaurant moves
Pop’s Diner in downtown Peabody is scheduled to change locations this weekend. The restaurant, formerly Sharon’s Korner Kitchen, has been in its current location at 128 N. Walnut for many years.
Class of 1962 donates
The class of 1962 enjoyed a 50-year reunion during Memorial Day Weekend in Peabody. During their stay, they made a donation to the Peabody Community Foundation with the caveat that the money be used for educational purposes. Foundation board member, Lynn Berns noted that while the money went into an endowed unrestrictive fund, the foundation has given scholarships and funds toward new technology, after-school programs, and safety programs in the past.
Foundation president appreciates donation
Catching up with hometown
News brings back memories
Wanting to visit
Sisters open businesses in hometown
Sisters Lindsey Marshall and Morgan Marler grew up in Peabody, and like many people of their generation raised in small towns, moved away after school. But both have found their way back home and opened businesses in Peabody. Marshall moved to Fort Collins, Colo., for three to four years after school. There she joined a couple of bands, recorded an album, and worked at a couple of bars. She moved back to Peabody for a time, saving money for a move to Nashville, Tenn.
Special edition is Dec. 21
The Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin will print a very special “Dear Santa” keepsake edition of the newspapers on Dec. 21. Publication will be normal Dec. 19. The special edition on Dec. 21 will include letters to Santa and drawings. Children may drop off letters or drawings at the
New business will feature vintage items
In an era when recycling has become second nature to each of us, two women who have opened a new business in Peabody are taking it to a new level. Sue Klassen of Hillsboro and Linda Maudlin of Hutchinson have rented the former Jackrabbit Hollow Book Store and will be selling vintage and antique items in original or refinished condition as well as what they call re-purposed items. They call their store Déjà vu.
Howard Roy O'Neal
Howard Roy O’Neal, 86, died Dec. 4, 2012, at his home in Newton. He was born on April 17, 1926, to Frank and Genevera O’Neal in Pamona, Kan. He served in the United States Army and went on to receive a master’s degree in education. He retired after 33 years as a school teacher at Peabody.
Martha (Bartel) Peters, 87, died Dec. 4 at Bethesda Home in Goessel. She was born June 24, 1925, to Peter and Anna Schmidt Bartel, in Hillsboro. She married Ralph Peters on Oct. 21, 1948; he died on May 15, 2002.
Kenneth H. Peterson
Kenneth H. Peterson, 92, of Herington died Sunday at his home. He was born Dec. 26, 1919, in Burdick to Birger and Anna (Johanson) Peterson. He graduated from Diamond Valley High School in 1938 and attended Emporia State University’s business school.
David Winter, 22, died Dec. 3 at Saluda, N.C. He was born Nov. 30, 1990, in Hillsboro to Dale and Rachel (Hofer) Winter. He was a railroad conductor. He is survived by his parents and a sister, Erin Winter, all of Hillsboro.
Debra Ann Wolf
DERBY —Debra Ann Wolf, age 56, loving daughter, wife, mother, Nana, sister and realtor, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Visitation is 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday with family present 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith Mortuary, 1415 N. Rock Road, Derby. Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Friday at Eastside Community Church, 14242 E. 21st St. N.,Wichita.
Children forgotten in jail plans
With a new communications tower in place, Marion County Commission addressed another need that was overlooked in plans for the new jail: children. Meredith Butler, director of Community Corrections for the 8th Judicial District, spoke to the commission Monday. Community Corrections has handled intake of juvenile offenders and children in need of care for 10 years, she said. Over that time, Marion County has had an average of 40 to 45 juveniles go through the system per year, but for the past three years it has been between 50 and 55.
County discusses lot splits
Planning and Zoning Director Tonya Richards and planning consultant David Yearout presented Marion County Commission with a recommendation from Marion County Planning Commission to allow agricultural lot splits for existing homes that do not have a direct frontage on a public road. Currently the county doesn’t allow lot splits that leave a lot without frontage on a public road. The recommendation was to allow those lot splits as long as the split includes easements for a driveway and utilities to the residential lot.
KDOT grants discussed at city meeting
Peabody Economic Development and Main Street Director Shane Marler told Peabody City Council on Monday evening that he has begun work with EBH Engineers on a transportation enhancement grant from Kansas Department of Transportation. Peabody has a 1-percent sales tax in place that helps pay for street repairs and Marler is hoping to leverage those funds with grant money to maximize the impact. “It is an 80/20 match,” he said. “They would fund 80 percent of the project and we would be responsible for 20 percent. The projects they prefer are those that include streets into the city or main thoroughfares.”
County gets it right
Marion County Commission recently became aware of another need that was overlooked in planning the new county jail and law enforcement center. And this missing piece was a lot more important than a radio tower. It was children. The Community Corrections division of the Eighth Judicial District handles both juvenile offenders and children who have to be taken out of their homes and placed in foster care. The agency has been using the old office portion of the old jail when needed, but no space was included in plans for the new facility.
Another alumni edition
This is the newspaper issue that Peabody Main Street sends to our high school alumni and friends of Peabody several times a year. We like to keep our hometown kids and former residents informed about things that are going on in the community. Sometimes it seems there is a great deal to share and other times not so much. This time there are some new business stories, an update on the local Main Street program since the Kansas Department of Commerce dropped its support of all Main Street cities in September, and a feature on support developing once again for the Peabody Print Museum.
1 more week to nominate causes
There is one week left to submit nominations for Hoch Publishing Company’s True Meaning of Christmas charity donation. Nominations slowed down this week, but several readers made donations directly to the pool of money that will be given out. Phoebe Janzen of Florence nominated Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marion County. She praised the non-profit organization’s work providing mentoring to local children.
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Lutheran church invites public to Christmas eve service
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Peabody will have a Christmas service at 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Music will begin at 2:30 p.m. The church invites the public to the service.
Windbreaks shelter livestock
Established tree windbreaks sheltering beef and dairy cattle operations can lower feed costs, prevent weight loss, and help maintain milk production during the winter months. Bob Atchison of the Kansas Forest Service said additional feed is needed to maintain body temperatures, but a windbreak can help remedy the problem.
Watering trees good idea
Bob Atchinson of the Kansas Forest Service suggests watering trees, even in winter, to counteract drought conditions. Newly planted trees should be watered regularly for the first three years. Established mature trees should be watered every two to four weeks by soaking the top foot of soil under the tree’s canopy. Atchison recommended using a soaker hose, drip irrigation, or slow drip bucket to spread water over the entire root area. He recommends two gallons of water be applied for every inch of tree diameter.
CDDO board to meet
The board of directors of the Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will hold its regular meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton. There will be opportunity for public forum.
Card shower requested for Saenz
The family of former Peabody resident Sarah Saenz has requested a card shower for her 94th birthday. She will be 94 on Dec. 17. She resides at Asbury Park in Newton.
Democratic women to meet
Marion County Democratic Women will have a holiday meeting at noon Dec. 14 at Hilltop Manor. A chicken enchilada meal will be prepared by the Marion Senior Center.
Reception for county clerk is Friday
Eighth Judicial District Chief Judge Michael F. Powers will swear in Marion County’s elected officials at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 14, but before then, the county will recognize retiring County Clerk Carol Maggard with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday in the courthouse. Maggard began working in county government as deputy county clerk in 1985. She was elected county clerk in 1996 and has held that position for 16 years.
Al-Anon meets Mondays
Marion County Women’s Serenity Al-Anon group meets at 8 p.m. Mondays in the basement of the doctor’s clinic at 535 S. Freeborn St. in Marion. Al-Anon is for family and friends of people with drinking problems. For more information, call (620) 803-2687 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janet Cress and Letha Goering met Julia Ritter at McPherson on Dec. 4. They ate dinner out together to celebrate Letha’s birthday and then went shopping. Ethan Goodwin of Emporia stayed with Everett while Janet was gone. Dan Fletcher, Justin Jacobson, and Joe Rowland of Cedar Point visited Everett Cress on Thursday. Everett and Janet visited Eldon and Joy Cress at Emporia on Friday.
Christmas band concert will be Monday
Peabody-Burns Junior and Senior High School bands will present their annual Christmas band concert at 7 p.m. Monday night in the Brown Gymnasium. USD 398 Superintendent Ron Traxson will narrate the traditional “Christmas Story.”
TEEN board to meet
The Technology Excellence in Education Network will hold its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Dec. 19. It will be a phone conference with the call originating from the Hillsboro 410 USD district office at 416 S. Date St., Hillsboro.
K-State announces scholarships
Several Marion County students have received scholarships totaling $1,000 or more each from Kansas State University. Scholarship winners Marion: Erica Geis, Paul and Deana Strunk Geology Fellowship; Patrick Hodson, Ralph and Dora Rogers Memorial Scholarship, Foundation Scholarship, and John Deere Multicultural Engineering Scholarship; Tonya Hodson, R. Ray and Marian E. Carothers Scholarship, American Association of University Women Scholarship, Honors Scholarship, Cessna Scholarship, and Marian W. “Dolly” Hardman Endowment; Louis Holt, George Irvine Agricultural Scholarship; Landon Leiker, Fairchild Scholarship; Drew Maddox, R.E. “Gene” and Mary Beth Bonnell Scholarship; Tristen Snelling, Activity Scholarship; Derek Stuchlik, Howard and Myra Gladys Wellman Family Scholarship, Walter R. Mitchell Scholarship, and Jon Brooks and Ida Bernice Slaughter Engineering Opportunity Fund; Adam Svoboda, John K. Vanier II Scholarship; Jacob Thurston, Dean’s Choice Scholarship; Eric Vogel, Gasaway Family Scholarship. Florence: Jaclyn Deforest, Grace M. Shugart Scholarship, Bessie Brookes West Scholarship Fund, and Helen C. Shutte Memorial Scholarship. Lincolnville: Taylor Harms, K-State Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship, Jim Buchanan Scholarship, and Leadership Scholarship. Ramona: Cole Svoboda, Jim Buchanan Scholarship. Tampa: Matthew Klenda, R. Ray and Marian E. Carothers Scholarship. Durham: Sarah Unruh, R. Ray and Marian Carothers Scholarship Hillsboro: Alexander Jost, Gaylord Munson Memorial Scholarship, and Agriculture Alumni Association Fund; Candace Weinbrenner, Putnam Scholarship and Robert Janzen Scholarship. Lehigh: Neal Kaiser, Carls Family Scholarship Fund and Alfred L. Clapp Scholarship Fund for Agronomy; Mark Prieb, Ralph and Dora Rogers Memorial Scholarship. Peabody: Hannah Anderson, Baeten Farm Scholarship and Charles W. and Lois H. Nauheim 4-H Scholarship; Joshua Klarmann, Nancy Glover Craig Education Scholarship, Franco Hammel Sjorgren Memorial Scholarship, Achievement Award, Tomorrow’s Teacher Scholarship, and K-State Transfer Academic Award; Joseph Zappone, Max E. and Jean Hollinger Scholarship in Journalism and Mass Communications.
BOE hears that DVD yearbook will be available soon
USD 398 Superintendent Ron Traxson reported to the board of education Monday that the yearbook DVD for the 2011-12 school year will be available by Jan. 1. Last year was the first year it was published as a DVD, and several glitches had to be worked out, Paxton said. He said the 2012-13 DVD appears to be on track to be available by the end of the school year or shortly thereafter.
PBHS boys place 5th in classic
A victory in the third game of the Marion Classic gave the Peabody-Burns High School boys’ basketball team the fifth-place plaque for the tourney. In the opening round on Dec. 4, the squad lost to Marion, 80-42. A 53-36 second-round loss to Remington on Thursday set up the consolation contest on Saturday where the team defeated Belle Plaine, 45-35. The Warriors now prepare for a three-game stretch at home prior to Christmas break.
PBHS girls finish third
With a 2-1 record, the Peabody-Burns High School girls’ basketball team earned third-place at the Marion Classic this past week. PBHS took a 31-25 win over Marion on Dec. 4. On Thursday, the squad was defeated by Remington, 40-23. On Saturday, the team defeated Eureka, 49-42. The team has three home competitions scheduled before the Christmas hiatus.
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