Vol. 141 , No. 5
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Peabody, KS 66866
What you need to know for Halloween
Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke reminds Peabody parents that their children who are younger than 18 must be off the streets at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. “If they have been at an event at school or the HUB or a supervised gathering at someone’s home and are on their way home after it is over, they must be taking the most direct route to their house,” Burke said.
Peabody wins 3 state awards
Peabody Main Street Association was the recipient of three Kansas Main Street Awards of Excellence during the annual Main Street Symposium Banquet on Thursday in Emporia. The banquet capped off the last official event sponsored in part by the Kansas Department of Commerce who shut down the state revitalization program in a surprise move Sept. 20, saying the effort would help meet tightened budget constraints.
Senior night is Thursday at PBHS
Peabody-Burns High School will honor senior athletes and their parents Thursday night during the home football game against Lebo. The recognition will take place at halftime of the varsity game.
PBHS grads run in KSU marathon relay
Joshua Klarmann and Ryan Wiebe, Kansas State University students from Peabody, ran a marathon relay across the state Friday and Saturday, along with six other members of the K-State Marathon Club. They crossed Marion county Saturday morning, running down K-15 past Durham, along U.S. 56, and then south on K-15 past Goessel and on into Newton. “It took us 33 hours to run 232 miles from the Nebraska border, northeast of Washington, all the way to the Oklahoma border south of Wellington,” Klarmann said. “There were eight of us and we took turns, mostly running 10 or 11 mile segments.”
Marion County Toy Run brings Christmas to kids
The 19th annual Marion County Toy Run will take place on Nov. 3. The sponsors — Sons of American Legion 366, ABATE of Kansas District 9, and Route 56 Classic Cruisers — request that participants donate one new toy as their entry fee. These toys, as well as donations and money raised at an auction and chili feed after the toy run, will be donated to community Christmas trees and area ministerial organizations to provide a better holiday season for many kids in Marion County.
Thanksgiving community dinner is Nov. 16
The third annual Peabody community Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Peabody-Burns Junior/Senior High School lunchroom. It will include turkey and dressing, salad, potatoes and gravy, green beans, roll and butter, and desserts.
Hospital CEO recognizes donors importance
At a St. Luke Hospital Foundation benefit dinner Saturday, hospital CEO Jeremy Armstrong tried to give benefactors an idea how important local philanthropy is to the hospital. For the hospital’s recent expansion and renovation, local donors gave about $200,000. To put that in perspective, that would pay for 1.5 patient care rooms, half of the expanded physical therapy department, or 9,523 nursing hours, Armstrong said.
Jeannette D. Bentz
Jeannette D. Bentz, 48, died Friday at Kansas City Hospice House after a battle with cancer. She was born July 3, 1964, in Hillsboro to Clinton and Elaine Young Bentz. She graduated from Centre High School in 1982 and received a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University. She was a regional accounting manager for the University of Phoenix.
Tammy Marie Chizek
Tammy Marie (Gallatin) Chizek, 52, died Oct. 10, 2012, from her battle with multiple sclerosis. She was born Nov. 16, 1959, in Wichita to George Angle and Ardythe Gallatin. She worked for Sharpline from 1978 to 1993. She had lived in Marion Manor in Marion and Parkside Homes in Hillsboro for the past nine years.
Harold H. Conyers
Harold H. Conyers, 84, passed away Oct. 20, 2012, at Marion Assisted Living. He was born in Marion on Aug. 11, 1928, the youngest of 11 children born to James P. and Anna K. Hayen Conyers. He proudly served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War. On Nov. 20, 1964, he was united in marriage to Vivian I. Klein. He was a retired welding crew chief with the AGCO Corporation of Hesston.
Edna May Janzen
Edna May Janzen, 83, formerly of Scott City, passed away Oct. 20, 2012, at her residence. She was born July 14, 1929, near Marion, the daughter of Henry and Margaret Friesen Winter. She was a graduate of Marion High School. On July 8, 1951, she was united in marriage to Norman L. Janzen. They were longtime residents of Scott City, where she served as Scott County Treasurer, being appointed by the governor in 1976 and elected in 1977.
Mary Ann Trumble Meysing
Mary Ann (Trumble) Meysing, 78, of Garden City died Sept. 28 at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. She was born July 17, 1934, in Lincoln, Neb., to Paul Bernard and Mary Elizabeth (Yockel) Trumble. She graduated from high school in 1952 in Denver, Colo. She entered the convent for 10 years and graduated from Sacred Heart College in 1963 with a degree in elementary education. She taught for 33 years.
Leonard Schmidt, 87, Salina, entered immortality on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. Mr. Schmidt was born June 19, 1925, in Hillsboro, Kan., the son of Benjamin B. and Agnes Woldt Schmidt. He was one of 11 children. Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Schmidt served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945 during World War II and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War from 1949 to 1953.
June Esther Heinze Warkentin
June Esther Heinze Warkentin, 88, of Reedley, Calif., died Oct. 14. She was born April 25, 1924, in Hillsboro to Andrew and Mollie (Steinert) Heinze. She was an office manager and a homemaker. She married Ervin John Warkentin on Dec. 29, 1946.
Ida Lucille Wyss
Ida Lucille Wyss, 84, died Friday at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born April 12, 1928, at Newton to James Luther and Gladys (Merrell) Phillips. She grew up at Burns and graduated from Burns High School in 1946. She married Richard L. Wyss on Sept. 22, 1946, at Ebenezer Methodist Church, rural Burns. She was a homemaker and worked as a cook at the Cedar Point school.
County may ask oil companies to pay for roads
A Marion County Road and Bridge Department crew put a fresh layer of gravel over 230th Road this past week. To Dina Vogel, who lives on 230th, it was about time something was done. She said she is tired of having to complain so forcefully to have the ruts driven in by oil trucks repaired on her road.
County rents storage space
Marion County Commission approved a storage contract with Cooperative Grain and Supply in Hillsboro. The 4,800 square foot storage building in Hillsboro’s industrial park would house a generator, command, tower, and small trailer and a pickup truck that was confiscated for evidence by Marion County Sheriff’s Department. Rent for the agreement would cost $250. The commission is looking for a one-year commitment for the space, although the coop has to approve the deal.
MEDI reviews city's strengths, weaknesses
Harvey County Economic Development Director Mickey Dean met with Marion Economic Development Inc. earlier this year to facilitate a discussion of what MEDI members perceive Marion’s strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, and threats are relative to future economic growth. On Friday, MEDI President Todd Heitschmidt reviewed the findings of that analysis at the Marion Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. Strengths
Schools, both scholastics and facilities.
Marion’s status as county seat, providing jobs and bringing people into town on business.
St. Luke Hospital’s services and facilities.
Location, centrally located in the county and region.
Welcoming community members.
Recreational opportunities, including surrounding lakes.
Variety of retail locations — downtown, on the hill, and along the highway.
Butler Community College satellite campus. Weaknesses
Blighted areas, some highly visible.
The short drive to other cities makes it easy for residents to shop out-of-town for things they could get in Marion.
Divided retail areas — the diversity that is a strength can also be a weakness by spreading things out.
A shortage of manufacturing and industrial jobs.
Multitude of restaurants spreads the market thin.
A shortage of leadership and open-mindedness.
Pockets of negativity, the minority of unhappy people being more vocal than those who are happy in Marion. Heitschmidt also said visitors have commented that the community is more welcoming than the impression they got from the Marion County Record.
Unrealistic zoning regulations, based on the City of Lawrence’s regulations.
Entrepreneurial insight — there are lots of people with good ideas who don’t have the necessary business sense to make them successful. Opportunities
Plenty of buildings available for new or expanding businesses.
State Rural Opportunity Zone designation provides incentive for people to move to Marion.
Revision of zoning regulations to make them more appropriate for Marion.
Entrepreneurship training, which has already started at Butler Community College.
Educating the whole community on why things are being done the way they are.
Space in business and industrial parks.
The country’s growing aging population needs services available in Marion.
Hiring a new city economic development director, which Heitschmidt hopes to have done by Jan. 1.
Partnering with Hillsboro. “It’s better to have something in Marion or Hillsboro than not in Marion County at all,” he said.
Fostering community investors. Threats
Local and national economy.
The looming election and accompanying uncertainty.
A shortage of highly skilled employees.
Slow progress. Heitschmidt said economic development sometimes feels like walking through quicksand.
Youth and capital drain — Marion needs more jobs for people to come back to after college.
Shrinking population and tax base.
Some committee members saw partnering with Hillsboro as a threat.
HOME AND GARDEN
Groups plan to rake leaves
Two youth organizations in Marion are planning yard-raking projects this fall. Marion High School Key Club will have a community service project of raking leaves for senior citizens who are unable to do so themselves, sponsor Lori McLinden said. And the second-grade Brownie Girl Scouts have started raking yards to raise money for Marion Ministerial Alliance.
New house fulfills dream
A house being built on South Ash Street in Hillsboro is one of six or seven that are under construction in Marion County. Owner Larry Heidel, 64, a retired school principal, said he and his wife had discussed building a new house several years ago but it was put on the back burner after she was diagnosed with leukemia. She died a year ago, and Heidel decided to honor her by going ahead with their plans.
Homeowner: Know what you want
Alan and Susie Hett moved into their new home on Remington Road north of Marion in December. Susie Hett served as the contractor — a savings of 25 percent, she said — and drew up the floor plan. Hett said others considering building a new home should spend time thinking about what they want the house to include so as not to interfere with construction after the walls are in place.
It's time to winterize
With the farmer’s almanac touting lots of snow this winter, experts are advising residents to winterize their homes and yards. Real estate agent Lori Heerey said there are some simple steps to take to prepare your home for winter. She said to remove all hoses and pack your water meter — the old school way with a gunnysack and leaves would still work. She also said there are covers for attic fans.
Some good things for kids
I hope all of you are aware of the plan to host a Trunk or Treat event downtown on Halloween night. The plan is for businesses, individuals, or clubs to make spooky business out of the trunk of a car, load it with candy and goodies, and park downtown in the 100 block of Walnut for a howling good time passing out candy to the kids. There is even a $100 prize for the best decorated trunk. The Trunk or Treat theme has been used in several neighboring communities with great success. The block or two of activity is cordoned off to eliminate traffic on the street and the kids pretty much have the run of the place as they travel from trunk to trunk, collecting treats. Even after dark, if a child darts into the street he will be safe.
Actions speak louder than words
Gov. Sam Brownback announced Oct. 17 a brand-new initiative in his quest to get more education funding into classrooms with a website for people to report incidents that show room for increased school efficiency. At least, that’s one way to look at it. Another way to look at it is as Brownback’s latest effort to drum up excuses to cut school funding. Brownback likes to cite a report that says only 54 percent of school funding goes into classrooms and for instruction, with the implication that the remaining 46 percent is wasteful spending.
DAYS OF YORE:
Days of yore
HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND:
County had made strides in road repair
Council member looks at Main Street numbers
Lifelong Learning to feature missionary's experience in India
Gwen Hiebert Schroth of Celeste, Texas, will share her story Friday at Lifelong Learning at Tabor College. She grew up as a missionary’s child in rural India during the 1940s when that country was fighting for independence from Great Britain. She will talk about her family’s traumatic wartime experiences and subsequent return to the United States.
Goessel museum plans Sunday hymn sing
Sunday afternoon Faspa-at-the-Museum will feature a hymn sing at 3 p.m. Sunday in the preparatory school on the grounds of Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum, 200 N. Poplar in Goessel. Faspa, a traditional Low German Mennonite light meal, will be served at 4 p.m.
Alexanderwohl to have guest speaker
Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, will give the morning message Sunday at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church at Goessel. The public is invited. Stutzman grew up in the Amish community near Hutchinson. He is a preacher, teacher, and writer, and has written several books.
Marion Thanksgiving dinner endangered
Marion has had a community Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day for each of the past 22 years, but it appears likely it won’t make it to 23 years. Committee member Laurie Miesse said there hasn’t been a new person on the committee for several years, and it is a struggle to get new people interested. Meanwhile, attendance has declined each of the past few years. The debut dinner in 1990 had 137 guests. Attendance peaked in 1998 with 360 guests. There were 145 in 2011, Miesse said Monday.
Soybean yields low
Soybean harvest is in full swing, and it won’t take long to finish, said Mike Thomas, Cooperative Grain and Supply branch manager in Marion. Full-season beans are almost all harvested, and double-crop beans — planted amid wheat stubble after harvest — will probably be harvested within a week. Most bottom ground is producing yields between 20 and 30 bushels per acre, Thomas said. In a good year he would expect those fields to produce closer to 40 to 45 bushels per acre. The hot, dry summer obviously influenced yields, he said.
Polka club celebrates 38 years
The Midwestern Polka Club of Kansas had a birthday party Saturday at the Marion County Lake Hall. The club was organized in 1974 and has been holding an anniversary dance every year at the lake since 1977. About 75 people attended the party. As soon as the Dave Salmon Polka Band of Omaha, Neb., started playing, couples were out on the floor dancing to tunes such as “Waltz Across Texas” and “Doodle-De-Doo.”
Tree causes consternation for fire department
An old cottonwood tree, struck by lightning caused several days of consternation last week for the Goessel Fire Department. Things came to a head Thursday, when a passer-by traveling along K-15 Highway two miles south of the intersection with 56 Highway called in a possible fire at the tree’s location. “We had been out five times already in the past few days,” firefighter John Unruh said. “It was just a huge tree, hollow all the way down, but we couldn’t get enough water down in there to put the fire completely out. With the high winds on Thursday we just had to get this thing taken care of before it got bigger.”
Tailor found calling making preemie clothing
Joni Riemann said the perfect job for her and her husband Dell would be to gently rock with babies in a neonatal unit. This job probably does not exist, so Riemann has combined one of her other passions to care for newborn infants.
WWII veteran makes D.C. memorial trip
Gladys Schmidt of Hillsboro held hands with her husband of 65 years, James, as they sat together in his room Oct. 14 at Bethesda Home in Goessel. Much had changed over the years for James since he returned to the Unitied States from service in the Philippines and Japan during World War II, but two things have remained constant. One is Gladys. The other?
Collett family holds reunion
At least 69 Collett descendants met Oct. 14 at the Marion County Lake Hall for their annual reunion. After sharing food and visiting, the annual family auction was held with auctioneers Gina Marx and Deanna Talbott. Attending from out-of town were Colleen Garman and Andrea Alstatt and Kenneth and Anita Sly, Salina; Bill and Roma Skaggs, Dan and Hollyce Morris, and Kenny and Lakelyn Morris, Topeka; Bill and Clarice Hammer, Grady and Campbell Parazin, Olathe; Randy and Rachel Collett, Zach and Maggie, Jefferson City, Mo.; Marge Talbott, Halstead: Brad Talbott, Deanna Talbott, Gina Marx, Wichita;
Tabor professor to be part of Bethel panel
The celebration of Bethel College’s 125th year continued with the 2012 Menno Simons Lectures, Oct. 28 through 30 at Bethel. Keith L. Sprunger, author of the newly published “Bethel College of Kansas 1887-2012” will be this year’s speaker for four sessions 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28, Oct. 29, and Oct. 30 and 11 a.m. for convocation.
Warriors get smashed by Madison, 68-20
The Peabody-Burns High School Warriors lost Friday at Madison, 68-20. Next up for the team is a senior night, must-win home contest Thursday with Lebo. Christian Gard returned the opening kickoff to the Warrior 18-yard line. Seth Topham caught a short pass for the only positive yardage in four downs. Austin Savage punted on fourth-and-10. With no return, the Bulldogs’ offense started at its own 30-yard line.
PBHS volleyball defeats Central Burden
The Peabody-Burns High School volleyball season ended Saturday at West Elk. The team won its first round match against Central Burden, 26-28, 25-17, and 25-19, but lost to Berean Academy in the second round, 25-18, 24-26, and 25-11. Berean defeated Madison for the sub-state crown. Central Burden
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