Vol. 141 , No. 4
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Peabody, KS 66866
Why is question at the HUB
A week after an overnight burglary at the HUB youth center in downtown Peabody, co-founder Doe Ann Hague still is shaking her head in disbelief and wondering why it happened. “Yes, they got cash and computers and flat screen TVs,” she said. “They can spend the cash, but the computers can only be used with the HUB’s dedicated network, the TVs were six years old, and the computer games, CDs, and such were things the kids used all the time, but they really have little resale value.”
Burns sets sights on health center
The Burns City Council approved the use of the former Redbrick Café building and adjacent land on Oct. 9. Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman presented a plan for a healthy foods center with a certified kitchen, a community garden, one-day a week food pantry, and an art and learning center in Burns.
Helene E. Brunner, 93, of Herington, formerly of rural Burdick, died Saturday at home. She was born Oct. 2, 1919, in Wichita to Ernst and Minna (Pigorsch) Domann. She was a homemaker and a telephone operator at the Burdick Switchboard Office and later retired from Helen’s Christian Bookstore, Herington. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Herington.
John D. Ellis
John D. “Dan” Ellis, 65, of Peabody died Oct. 9 at Peabody Care Center. He was born April 28, 1947, in San Antonio, Texas, to Theodore and Lillian Maltbie Ellis.
Julie Ann Lake
Julie Ann Lake, 62, of Flower Mound, Texas, passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer. Julie was born Oct. 4, 1950, in Hillsboro, Kan., to Walter and Lois Lake. She worked for Boeing/Labinal as an assembly technician for 15 years. Growing up Julie enjoyed camping, water skiing and playing lots of softball. Julie graduated from Peabody High School, Peabody, Kan., in 1968 and attended Brown Mackie Business College in Salina, Kan. She started her working career in Wichita, Kan., for the CPA firm Elmer Fox. She even tried her hand with an art and framing business in Newton, Kan. She biked across Kansas the summer of 1979. Julie and Geri moved to Flower Mound in April 1995 from Wichita.
Troy Scott Watts
Troy Scott Watts, 41, died Oct. 8 at Via Christi-St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita. He was born Sept. 4, 1971, to Larry Watts and Sandra Sebree Watts in Newton. He worked as a carpenter.
Commission amends zoning rule suggestions
Marion County Planning and Zoning Director Tonya Richards brought the county commission recommended zoning regulation changes on Monday. There were two changes suggested by the Planning and Zoning Board. The first was to allow existing parcels to be landlocked between properties owned by other owners as long as there is an easement that provides utility and road access to a residence.
FSA offers drought assistance
A serious lack of moisture that extended over the summer season has caused producers in Marion County to suffer from the effects of exceptional drought conditions. Farms and ranches experiencing these conditions may be eligible for cost-share financial assistance under U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Conservation Program — Drought Measures provision. This special disaster support program is administered by the Farm Service Agency and will provide benefit payments if damages are so severe that water available for livestock, orchards, or vineyards has been reduced below normal to the extent that neither can survive without additional water. Producers may file an application from Monday through Nov. 15 at their local the USDA Farm Service Agency office at 301 Eisenhower Drive, Marion. Damages incurred by producers must be of such a magnitude that it would be too costly to rehabilitate without federal assistance.
County decides against buying asphalt recycler
After an hour-long discussion, Marion County Commission decided against purchasing the 2008 Van Keppel asphalt recycler that the Road and Bridge Department previously rented. With the 2013 budget already approved, commissioners said that there was no way the county could start payments until the beginning of next year. The bid from Van Keppel was $4,432 a month over four years of payments or $3,588 a month over five years of payments. The cost to purchase the machine was about $200,000.
Cities agree to local control of incentive funds
The Kansas Department of Commerce announced Monday that the department has agreed with state Main Street cities to transition the Kansas Main Street program to local control. This agreement comes on the heels of an announcement Sept. 20 by the Department of Commerce that it was ending the Main Street program at the state level because of expected smaller state and federal budgets moving forward.
Ensey continues health care legacy
When St. Luke Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Jeremy Ensey slipped into the chair behind his desk on the first day of his job Oct. 10, it’s understandable if the sense of coming full-circle hit him not once, but twice. “He was born here at St. Luke,” said retired Marion doctor T.C. Ensey, Jeremy’s grandfather. “His mother, I delivered her and her two sisters, and I delivered three of my grandsons she produced.”
Family stakes health on raw milk
There are two reasons why Betsy Walker and her family of rural Hillsboro like to drink raw milk. First, they believe it is healthier; and second, at $2.50 per gallon locally, it is an economical choice for their food budget. “We like to eat and drink things that are as close to their original state as possible,” Walker said. “That is how God designed it for us and it is best for our bodies that way.”
St. Luke Foundation to host dinner
The St. Luke Foundation will have a benefit dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Marion Community Center. The “Autumn Evening Benefit” is a dinner by donation with entertainment by the Sisters of Hope and a silent auction.
Blood donors give for different reasons
Aldina Franz and Shirley Kasper of Hillsboro are good friends. They see each other often at church and community functions. They also see each other at almost every blood drive that comes to town, and both were on hand Thursday to help the American Red Cross reach a goal of 50 donors at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. “I try to donate every 56 days, or whenever they come to Hillsboro,” Franz said. “I feel like it’s my opportunity to help someone.”
Eyes can be cues for health problems
It can be easy at times to overlook vision problems, but nobody should ignore a change in their vision, especially a sudden change, optometrist Zach Unruh of Mid Kansas Eyecare in Hillsboro said. “The danger in vision problems is ignoring them, because they can indicate systemic problems that can be taken care of if you don’t ignore them,” Unruh said.
Pihl to offer Medicare assistance
Nancy Pihl, county extension agent and counselor with Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas, is offering assistance in reviewing and enrolling senior citizens in a Medicare part D plan for 2013. People interested may call (620) 382-2325 to schedule an appointment. People will need to bring their Medicare cards and lists of current medications, dosages, and times taken per day.
A pyrotechnic teaching event
I got a bit excited Sunday evening while celebrating the birthday of a friend. I thought I was going to finally hear the answer to the question of who blew up the left-over band fireworks on the Rock Island railroad line in the 1980s. One of the other attendees, a long-ago Peabody High School grad who has returned to the area, struck up a conversation with me. We talked about mutual friends and acquaintances as well as events from the 1980s when I was a much younger wife and mom and he was an upcoming shaker and mover on the PHS scene. In the course of the conversation, he shared details of a long ago event that I had forgotten. It seems that one warm Saturday night in early spring, Walnut Street was awash in high school kids dragging Main, honking and hollering at one another, and looking for some kind of fun. The Mister and I were apparently out with friends that night and The Daughters had been left with a sitter. The Youngest Daughter was asleep, but the now-Married Daughter and the sitter were on the front porch watching the activity on the street.
Aiming for clarity
It seems my editorial last week came across as critical of the Marion, Centre, and Peabody-Burns school districts, when it wasn’t meant to be. But when multiple people get the wrong impression from an editorial, it’s possible the problem was with the editorial and not the reader. So here it is, take two. All of the school districts locally are working hard to accomplish the goals set for them by the state and federal government. You can’t fault them for that. But you can fault the state and federal goal-setters for choosing goals that won’t prepare students for education after high school — something that is becoming increasingly necessary for students to find prosperity later in life. Despite that need, federal education standards don’t include standards for college-readiness.
I gave blood and survived
DAYS OF YORE:
Days of yore
HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND:
Holding up your end
Historian to discuss settlements
Local historian, tour guide, and Goessel schoolteacher Brian Stucky will share his research and recent findings on American Indians, early settlers, and Marion County trails Friday at Lifelong Learning. The session will be at 9:45 a.m. in the Tabor College Wolgemuth Music Education Center in Hillsboro. During the summer of 2010, Stucky hosted a workshop on early trails running through Marion County, funded by the National Park Service and the Oregon California Trail Association.
PHS class of 1965 donates to youth center
The Peabody High School class of 1965 enjoyed a “half” reunion (47.5 years) on Oct. 13 at a restaurant in Newton. The group voted to donate $100 of the class fund to the HUB in Peabody after hearing of the theft of cash, computers, games, and televisions Oct. 9.
Charity Halloween event returns in Marion
“Scary” Larry Zieammermann and friends are preparing a Halloween event Oct. 26 for charity for the seventh year in a row. This year’s event will raise funds for Marion County Community Christmas, a program to provide needy families with a Christmas meal and presents for children. This year, Larry will be joined by Denise Crabb’s “Little Demons” and “Crazy” Charlie Nordstrom.
Jugglers coming to McPherson
“The Passing Zone” with John Wee and Owen Morse is coming to the McPherson Opera House 7:30 p.m. Friday. “The Passing Zone” has been awarded five Guinness World Records and 18 gold medals from the International Juggler’s Association. They recently were presented with that organization’s Award of Excellence, the most prestigious award in juggling. The award has been given to only 13 acts worldwide since the organization’s inception.
Brewer and Topham to represent Peabody at seniors meeting
The Senior Citizens of Marion County Board will hold its annual meeting at noon on Oct. 18 the Hillsboro Senior Center in Hillsboro. The SCMC board will be recognizing WWII and Korean War veterans. Loyd Brewer and John Topham will represent Peabody Senior Center. Peppernut baking continues through October and into November at Peabody Senior Center. Volunteers are needed each Monday and Thursday after the noon lunch is served to mix, sort, and bake the cookies.
Superintendent joins Burns seniors
Burns Senior Citizens met Oct. 9 for their monthly potluck dinner. Doni Rogers asked the blessing and all saluted the flag. USD 398 Superintendent Ron Traxon joined the group for lunch. Beverly Morgan read an Indian story and the seniors played the characters in the story.
Klarmann part of KSU running club relay
The Kansas State University Marathon Club is running a relay in marathon-sized segments Friday through Sunday across Kansas, starting at the Nebraska border and running south to the Oklahoma border. Nine runners will each run 26 miles to complete the total of 232-mile journey. The route includes running through Washington, Clay Center, Abilene, Newton, Wichita, Haysville, and Wellington.
PBHS football suffers second defeat
A second defeat of the season comes at a high price for the Peabody-Burns High School football team. The squad lost to Flint Hills, 50-36, Friday at home and now is in a must-win situation in the next two contests with Madison and Lebo. PBHS is 3-1 in District 3 east and 5-2 overall. The PBHS kickoff was returned to midfield and Flint Hills earned three first downs. They finished the drive with a 13-yard touchdown run by the quarterback. The conversion was stopped by Austin Savage, Christian Gard, and Braxton Kyle. A little over a minute into the contest, PBHS trailed, 6-0.
Volleyball team places 3rd in league
The Peabody-Burns High School volleyball team finished third in the 2012 Wheat State League tournament Saturday at Peabody. Two victories and one loss in pool play advanced the team to the semifinals. The squad defeated Hope, 24-26, 25-12, and 31-29, and Solomon, 25-19 and 25-13, but lost to Centre, 25-19 and 25-20.
Junior Warriors lose to Centre
The Peabody-Burns Junior High School football season ended Thursday with a home loss to Centre, 44-12. The team finished 0-6 for the season. “While we did not win a game, the Junior Warriors improved from the first kickoff through every contest of the season,” coach Brian Simmonds said. “As a team, we want to thank everyone for their support.”
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