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  • Algae plagues reservoir again

    Marion Reservoir swimming beaches, closed since June 12, will be closed again this week because of toxic blue-green algae. Fishing and boating are still safe. It also is safe to eat fish caught from the reservoir. However extra precaution should be taken to make sure the fish is rinsed of any reservoir water.

HEADLINES

  • Instructor hopes to ignite interest in fire safety

    There’s more to firefighting than just putting out fires Ashley Sheridan of Lehigh will say if asked. She trains firefighters for a variety of situations they might encounter. However, to promote growth within Peabody Fire Department and apply for grants, she and Chief Mark Penner are going back to basics. Penner hopes that teaching basics before building with other training will create interest among younger residents in joining the force.

  • Landloard liability ordinance deemed legally unenforceable

    When City Clerk Stephanie Ax began to explore methods for collecting delinquent water bills under Peabody’s newly enacted landlord liability ordinance, she ran into issues that had not been considered when the city council approved the ordinance June 2. The ordinance states that the city may collect unpaid utility bills by any lawful means except liens on real estate of a lessor.

  • Florence community garden volunteers filmed

    Those driving by the community garden in Florence Wednesday might have noticed several cameras, including one with wings flying around. A camera crew from Scenic Road Productions was there to film a documentary for the Kansas Health Foundation, from which the Florence Community Garden has received several grants.

  • Historian re-examines revolutionary war

    Peabody native Ethan Schmidt has spent five years researching and writing a book about a topic in American history never before so completely covered. Native Americans in the American Revolution looks at the history of Native American tribes and their part in a war most people thought involved only white settlers fighting for freedom from Europe.

  • Clothing optional for kids found at library

    Employees of the Burns City Library didn’t expect to look over their desk and see two naked toddlers standing before them. Just after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies received a call saying two children had wandered into the library minus clothes and parents.

  • A residents efforts benefit stray

    It did not take long before a border collie-looking dog walking along highway ditches caught animal lover Eileen Sieger’s eye six to eight weeks ago and it is not because of lack of trying that Sieger and several other county residents have not caught the dog. After more than a month of roaming from US-50 near Florence to K-150 east of Marion, the dog has settled in a building in Grant Cemetery just off K-150. It is there that Sieger and several others have been bringing food, water, and other items for the past two weeks. The dog’s chosen home has sparked its name, Grantly.

OTHER HEADLINES

  • Celebrities wrangled into fair contest

    Eight ragtag teams of county luminaries will butt heads at Marion County Fair, starting July 26, by attempting to fill buckets with as much goat’s milk as the tribe will allow. Event coordinator Kelli Olson wished she had a tape recording of all the phone conversations she has had with contestants.

  • Attacks could lead to leash laws at lake

    Recent dog-related disturbances at Marion County Park could lead to passage of a leash law, Superintendent Steve Hudson said Monday. Hudson told county commissioners there have been issues with dogs coming from the lake to the park, where he witnessed a fight, and another dog owned by a lake resident has bitten multiple people.

  • Dole gives back one more time

    His step is slower than when he walked the halls of the U.S. Capitol, but the legendary wit and wisdom of former Sen. Bob Dole was as sharp as ever Monday in Marion. A crowd of about 50 at Marion Community Center paid their respects to the longtime legislator and listened as Dole talked about his career and views about current events.

  • First meeting of Marion Power-Ups set

    Young professionals are invited to an informal mixer to kick off the formation of the Marion Power-Ups chapter at 6 p.m. July 26 at Willy J’s 9th Lane Sports Bar and Arcade. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce county residents ages 21 to 39 to each other to promote networking.

  • Glimpses of the past are occupying his present

    Old photos unexpectedly pop up everywhere — stashed in boxes in dark closets, slipped between pages of an old yearbook, pasted in long-lost family scrapbooks. Once the excitement of finding them passes, the finder has to decide what to do with them.

  • Track to get a facelift

    Track athletes will have a smooth new surface to run on next season. Peabody Board of Education accepted a bid for $104,000 from Pro Track in Nebraska to fix large cracks that have formed in the asphalt base due to moisture, and resurface the base with a polyurethane coating. The project should be completed by September, Superintendent Ron Traxson said.

AUTOMOTIVE

  • Cars are in their blood

    Brothers Randy and Terry Hagen will receive a plaque from Ford on Thursday commemorating 50 years of service and sales at their dealership location in Hillsboro. Although they haven’t been selling cars for that long, they grew up immersed in automobiles. It’s in their blood.

  • Mechanics share automotive horror stories

    From a routine oil change to replacing blown transmissions, mechanics periodically diagnose and repair vehicles with any number of problems, some of which can make even the most experienced motorist shiver at the thought. Brute strength

  • Many myths surround ideas about fuel efficiency

    Taking steps to conserve fuel is a good way for drivers to save money and benefit the environment, but misconceptions abound about how to achieve fuel efficiency. Drivers and automotive professionals alike share common myths about fuel efficiency that don’t work. The following are some of the more widely held myths about fuel efficiency.

DEATHS

  • David Cowley

    Retired industrial parts salesman David Cowley, 73, of Florence died July 10 at Newton Medical Center. Services were Monday at Hillcrest Cemetery in Florence.

  • Harold Keazer

    Harold Jay Keazer, 96, a retired postmaster, retail manager, and for 15 years vice president and district director of the Kansas Babe Ruth baseball league, died Friday at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. Services were Tuesday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. Pastor Dan Ferguson officiated.

  • John Newcomer

    Former Marion resident John Newcomer died July 8 in Littleton, Colorado. Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton.

  • Jack Summerville

    Retired police captain and municipal judge Jack Summerville, 89, of Marion died July 10 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Services were Monday at Valley United Methodist Church. Interment was in Marion Cemetery.

  • Al Sondergard

    Former Ramona City Council member Alfred Sondergard, 91, died July 13 at Medicalodges of Herington. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ramona. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 tonight at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Herington.

  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Frank Stika

DOCKET

OPINION

  • Another small-town quirk

    When The Mister and I first moved to Peabody, I thought it was about the smallest small town I had ever seen. I had no intention of living here very long. I noticed early on that residents had some odd habits and traditions. One of the first things I noticed about local folks was that no one seemed to know the names of the streets. Since they are named by numbers from 1st St. to 9th St. in one direction and named mostly for trees for 14 blocks in the other direction, I thought it was odd that people could not remember the names. I came from a large enough community that there were many neighborhoods and hundreds of street names. I never knew a majority of them. However, not knowing the names in a community that stretched into a grid 9 blocks by 14 blocks just seemed silly!

  • Days of Yore

    Brendan Krause opened the former Florence Veterinary clinic this week. Members of the Peabody Red Hat Society took to the open road Saturday for a day of “antiquing” in Benton and Kechi.

PEOPLE

  • Peabody Achievers prepare for fundraiser, fair

    The Peabody Achievers 4-H Club decided to have a fundraiser at the June home swim meet during their June 8 meeting and discussed their various county fair projects at their July 6 meeting. The June meeting was held at the home of Jeremy and Michele Gossen. It included a program, a hot dog roast, and outdoor activities. All families brought supper items to share.

  • VanBurens to celebrate 60th anniversary

    The children of Ronald and Delores (Yoakem) VanBuren of Burns request a card shower to honor their 60th wedding anniversary. Ronald and Delores were married July 3, 1954, in Marion. Together they have four children, Rick of Lawrence, Pam Blackwell of Altamont, Mark VanBuren of El Dorado, and Debbie Ensz of Potwin; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

  • 6 from county on KU honor roll

    Six Marion County students were named to the honor roll at the University of Kansas this spring. They included Jeconiah Spangler of Florence, pharmacy; Taylor Hagen of Hillsboro, liberal arts and sciences; Caroline Collett of Marion, arts; Ernest Nelson of Marion, architecture, design and planning; Alicen Whitaker of Marion, education; and Paige Lewis of Peabody, liberal arts and sciences.

  • TEEN meeting July 23

    The monthly meeting of Technology Excellence in Education Network is at 6 p.m. July 23 at the USD 408 district office at 101 N. Thorp, Marion.

  • Hillsboro tops swim league

    Hillsboro Swim Team’s first place finish Saturday in the Mid-Kansas League meet marked the first time the team won league in 15 years, coach Stephanie Moss said. “There’s a new kid on the block, and it’s Hillsboro Swim Team,” she said.

  • WONSEVU:

    Residents celebrate July Fourth
  • BURNS SENIOR CENTER:

    Man shares aviation experiences

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