Vol. 141 , No. 3
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Peabody, KS 66866
Peabody youth center burglarized
The HUB, a youth center at 116 N. Walnut St. in downtown Peabody, was burglarized in the early morning hours Tuesday, Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke said. HUB employee Doug Cole discovered the break-in after daylight Tuesday when he entered the premises to make coffee for a group of women that meets at the HUB every Tuesday and Thursday morning.
Florence man focused on the good in life
There is no guidebook instructing someone how to die. Bryan Harper of Florence wished he knew the answers, wished he had some advice on how to deal with his body shutting down while his mind remained clear and vibrant. There was no life experience to dwell on for comfort. He was convinced he was headed to a better place, but thoughts of heaven were still clouded with uncertainty.
Quilt project to raise funds with show
Women of the Peabody Community Quilt Project will host a quilt show and auction on Oct. 27 to raise money for improvements to the playground equipment at the city park. The show, to be held at the multi-purpose room of Peabody-Burns Elementary School, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be no admission charge.
City administrator resigns
Peabody City Administrator Mac Manning read a letter of resignation indicating his intention to leave his position at the end of 2012 during Monday night’s council meeting. Manning will have served the community for 3.5 years when he leaves. He said he has enjoyed working with the council and employees and getting to know the residents of the community. He said that his age, some minor health issues, and his desire to spend more time with his family have been the factors that drove his decision.
Kansas Explorers Club coming to Marion county
More than 40 people will be coming to Marion County Oct. 20 as members of the Kansas Explorers Club. According to Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman, the group will begin their exploration of Marion County by having lunch at Main Street Café in Durham, arriving in private vehicles.
Marion County producers to receive $3.1 million ACRE funds
Producers enrolled in the 2012 direct and counter-cyclical program and average crop revenue election contracts are being paid their earned installments of the direct type payment. More than 1,500 Marion County producers will receive approximately $3.1 million. There are 45 producers that receive benefits under the ACRE program. Approved direct payment rates are as follows: wheat, 52 cents; barley, 24 cents; oats, 2.4 cents; corn, 28 cents; sorghum, 35 cents; and soybeans, 44 cents.
Food banks see increasing need from young families
Families with small children are making up a growing part of the clientele at three Marion County food assistance sites. Directors of The Lord’s Storehouse at Main Street Ministries in Hillsboro, Tabor Food Pantry at Tabor Mennonite Church near Goessel, and Marion County Emergency Food Bank at Valley United Methodist Church in Marion said they are seeing an increased need from families with multiple mouths to feed.
Hannaford honors father with Studebaker
He meant to get around to it someday, refurbishing the old 1940 Studebaker Champion two-door coupe that had languished for years in his mother’s garage. He recently had found someone nearby who could do the work. But, as he held the folder filled with notes scrawled on paper, old repair bills, and articles that he had saved since he bought the Studebaker in 1960, Roger ‘Bud’ Hannaford of Marion knew he had run out of time. Cancer had sapped his strength, canceled his plans.
Tractor restoration fuels teen's curiosity
Matthew Regier, 14, of rural Goessel appreciates power. He also has a creative mind and likes to know how things work. It is only natural that these traits came together and propelled him into a reconstruction project these past few months of a 1957 International 450 tractor. “I was raised on tractors. My dad was raised on them, my grandfather, my great-grandfather, we’ve all always had Internationals,” Regier said. “I was driving my dad’s W9, but wanted to have my own, and when we found a 450 that needed rebuilding, well, I needed to have it.”
Family influences truck and tractor choices
Pickups should have a Chevrolet cross emblem on front and tractors should be green. That is how it has always been in Kurtis Duerksen’s world, and if he has a choice, how it will stay. Duerksen, 22, of rural Goessel, works full-time as a tractor technician at PrairieLand Partners in McPherson while at home he usually has a restoration project or two going in the shed.
Dale L. Carlson
Dale L. “Swede” Carlson, 86, of Herington died Oct. 2 in McPherson. He was born March 3, 1926, at Herington to Fred A. and Jennie M. (Peterson) Carlson. The funeral service was at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lincolnville, with the Rev. Alan Stahlecker officiating. Burial followed with military honors at the Lost Springs Cemetery.
Yvonne Schmidt Hill
Yvonne Joy Schmidt Hill, 54, of Marion died Oct. 3 at Harry Hines Memorial Hospice in Wichita. She was born Apr. 25, 1958, in Marion to Kenneth R. Schmidt and Lillie (Patton) Schmidt. She worked as a CNA insurance underwriter.
Bryan L. Harper
Bryan L. Harper, 49, died Monday at his home in Florence. He was born Dec. 28, 1962, in Mangum, Okla., to Gary and Sandra Maxwell Harper. He is survived by his children, Jammie Hendrick of Topeka and Bryan “Junior” Harper of Springfield, Mo.; his mother, Sandra Harper of Florence; his brother, Jeff of Marion; and two grandchildren.
Gerald Dean Kelsey
Gerald Kelsey, a lifelong resident of Marion, passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Gerald was born June 21, 1943, to Donald and Viola (Janzen) Kelsey at the family home. His parents preceded him in death.
Department on Aging to help Medicare enrollments
The Marion County Department on Aging is assisting older adults in comparing and enrolling in 2013 Medicare prescription drug plans. Open enrollment starts Monday and continues through Dec. 7. The department can help compare or enroll individuals in a new plan for 2013.
County considers asphalt recycler purchase
Dave Griffith with Van Keppel Company talked to Marion County Commission about purchasing a road recycling machine that the county is currently leasing. The quoted price Griffith offered was $202,642 for the 2008 machine. Road and Bridge Superintendent Randy Crawford said he had looked at machines from Caterpillar, the cheapest of which was listed at $350,000.
You may have noticed in the city newsletter and this newspaper that Peabody will be engaged in a semi-annual citywide cleanup next week. It is time to clear out that mess and clutter in the garage, basement, or backyard. The rule of thumb here is that if you haven’t touched that stuff in two years, you aren’t likely to use it ever. Get rid of it. This is the time to unload things that could be toxic or dangerous to you, your family, or your pets. You can dump just about anything and not have to write a big check to do so. Exceptions are items that use refrigerants — air conditioners, freezers, and refrigerators — and construction or demolition materials. Those items will not be picked up; neither will yard waste or plant trimmings. They must be taken to the burn pit. Tires will be picked up, but there will be a charge and it will be attached to your next utility bill (and you must make arrangements in advance by calling the city building).
Adequate education isn't enough
Peabody-Burns schools might be well advised to follow Hillsboro’s lead when looking at state assessment and ACT scores this year. Hillsboro Elementary School earned the “standard of excellence” on five of six state assessments in math and reading in 2012. Hillsboro Middle School earned the standard of excellence in all six math and reading assessments, and performed above the state average in science and history. And Hillsboro High School earned the standard of excellence in math and reading, as well.
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Peabody mayor criticizes state program closure
Food distribution is Oct. 15
Commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be distributed from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Monday at Peabody Senior Center. The commodities are available to those who meet certain income guidelines.
Junke to speak at Tabor College
Retired Bethel College professor and Mennonite historian James C. Junke will speak about the Mennonite response to the American Bicentennial in Kansas at noon Oct. 23 on the Tabor College campus. The presentation will be in the Blue-Gold Room in the student center so those interested in lunch may purchase a meal from the cafeteria or bring their own to eat during his remarks.
Tabor-McPherson football game cancelled
The football game between Tabor College and McPherson College scheduled for Oct. 20 in McPherson was canceled Thursday, said Scott Crawford, commissioner of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The decision follows the death of Tabor College junior Brandon Brown from a beating Sept. 16 in McPherson. Brown was a redshirt junior on the Tabor football team after transferring from Santa Ana College in California.
Goessel has 1st restaurant in years
After going several years without a restaurant, Goessel area residents showed their support last week with a steady stream of patronage during the Branding Iron’s first days open for business on Goessel’s Main Street. “We just came to show our support,” said Rannie Schmidt. “I’m so glad to see this place open and it is real good food.”
Charity gift market returning to Marion
Organizers are planning another Marion County Alternative Gift Market this year. This year’s event, which will benefit five local and 30 national and international charities, is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at Marion Presbyterian Church, 610 Lawrence St., Marion.
Aircraft takes to the skies at Goessel Harvest Festival
Those looking for outdoor fun at Goessel Harvest Festival Saturday may have missed the boat as most planned activities for the afternoon and evening were moved indoors to Goessel Elementary School because of cold temperatures. However, those who bundled up and caught the remote control plane show west of Voth Field behind Goessel High School saw airplanes, gliders, and helicopters performing aerial acrobats at heights up to 500 feet and lighted displays after dark. Members of the Newton Area Radio Control Club (NARCC), which includes three flyers from Goessel — Dan Bergen, Norman Schmidt, and Don Hiebert — put on an aerial display of high flying tricks and maneuvers, as much for their own enjoyment as any.
CDDO board to meet Monday
The board of directors of the Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will hold its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Monday in the office at 500 N. Main, Suite 204, in Newton. There will be opportunity for public forum.
Al-Anon group moves meeting
The Marion County Women’s Serenity Al-Anon Family Group has moved. The meeting will be held at 8 p.m. on Mondays in the basement of St. Luke Hospital in Marion. All women who have been affected adverserly by someone’s drinking are welcome. The meetings last an hour. Please go to http://www.kansas-al-anon.org for more information.
Sisters of Hope to perform at hospital fund raiser
St. Luke Hospital Foundation is planning a fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the community building in Marion. Money raised will be used for ongoing needs at St. Luke Hospital and Living Center. Entertainment will be provided by Sisters of Hope, a group of six women ranging from age 29 to 82. The current group is made up of five from Hope, including the Lutheran minister’s wife, and one from Abilene. Dressed like traditional nuns, their programs include songs with action and humor. Tap dancing, a guitar, and a harmonica are part of their performance.
Kahns speaks at auxiliary meeting
The guest speaker at the St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary meeting Thursday was Diane Kahns, office manager for the hospital. She gave an informative talk, first, about her background leading into the position, and second, about her responsibilities and the importance of keeping accurate records of each patient admitted to the hospital.
Ensey to take over at St. Luke
Registered nurse Jeremy Ensey has agreed to become the new chief nursing officer at St. Luke Hospital, taking over for recently-retired CNO Linda Kannady. Ensey was previously employed at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita. “Jeremy’s bedside and administrative experience is rare in a hospital of our size,” CEO Jeremy Armstrong said. “He will be an asset to our patients and our leadership team.”
Bredemeier family gathers for reunion
Thirty relatives attended a covered dish dinner for the 59th annual Bredemeier family reunion Sept. 30 at Marion City Building. Betty Sanders conducted the business meeting. Family members from out of town included Ray and Carol Peirce, Hesston; Gary and Joyce Mott, Manhattan; David, Kris, and Archer Page, McPherson; John Summervill, Hutchinson; Buck and Joyce Sangwin, White City; and Myron and Bobbie Harris, Peabody.
Martinez graduates from basic
Michael Martinez graduated from basic combat training in the 3rd Platoon Crusaders of the Bravo Battery on Sept. 14 at Fort Sill, Okla. While there, he earned his marksman medal. He began advanced individual training on Sept. 17 with Mike Company 5th Platoon at Fort Lee, Va. His career field is logistics.
Marple receives airman awards
Former Peabody resident Anthony G. Marple received several awards in the last four months from the Air Force. He was an Honor Guardsman for the month of July and Airman of the Month for Squadron 71c. He received the superior performer award and was named Airman Below the Zone and Airman of the Quarter.
Local cooks win chili prize
The top prize in the sixth annual Marion County Park and Lake Chili Cook-off stayed very close to the parking lot where the cook-off was held. Lake residents Gordon and Judy Pendergraft won the $100 first prize for their “award-winning chili.” Bob Priest, who also resides at the lake, sampled the chili offerings at the lake, and he said he liked the Pendergrafts’ entry because it was meaty and flavorful without being overly spicy.
County asks school for dog purchase help
Marion County Deputy Sheriff Travis Wilson spoke to the USD 398 Board of Education Monday about donations for a new police dog. He said his current partner has developed cataracts and arthritis and will need to retire at the age of 7 in two to three months before the dog goes completely blind. The retiring dog will live with Wilson and his wife.
Students, cooks unhappy about lunch changes
With changes in federal school lunch standards, Marion High School’s cafeteria is emptier this year than in the past. Head cook Kathy Holub said the cafeteria serves about 160 meals a day, down from about 180 last year. The main reason for the decrease is more juniors and seniors leaving school for lunch. And now sophomores are seeking approval from USD 408 Board of Education to extend open lunch to sophomores.
Students awarded Bethel College scholarships
Braden Unruh, a graduate of Goessel High School, and Amy Wedel, a graduate of Peabody-Burns High School, were each awarded the President’s Scholarship from Bethel College for the 2012-13 academic year. The scholarship is valued at $34,000 over a four-year period. Duane and Karen Unruh of Goessel are Braden’s parents. Arthur and Jane Wedel of Peabody are Wedel’s parents.
TEEN meeting Oct. 17
The Technology Excellence in Education Network will have its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17. The meeting will be conducted via phone conference originating from Hillsboro High School, 500 E. Grand Ave., Hillsboro. Contact Brandi Hendrix at (620) 877-0237 for more information.
PBHS dominates Hartford, 56-8
After a third-quarter 56-8 victory over Hartford on Friday, the Peabody-Burns High School football team was detoured from going to the traditional post-game huddle. Coach David Pickens invited the team to line up and say thanks to all of the fans for their support this season. The Warriors earned their fifth win and will next compete on Friday at home against Flint Hills Rosalia.
Volleyball team defeats Elyria, loses to CHS
The Peabody-High School vollyeball Warriors donned their pink jerseys Tuesday for breast cancer awareness Dig Pink night. The squad defeated Elyria Christian, 25-11 and 25-18, in the first match of the night but lost to Centre, 25-23 and 25-20, in the closing match. The team will play next at Berean Academy. Elyria
Wedel scores on fumble return
Peabody-Burns Junior High School football team competed Thursday at home. The team lost to Little River, 52-8. Up next is the final game of the season against Centre at home. Little River scored five times in the first half of the contest but PBHS offense went without a score. Little River led 38-0 at halftime.
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