Vol. 141 , No. 6
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Peabody, KS 66866
Field fire raises concern for neighbor
A field fire five miles north of Peabody on Monday afternoon burned close to 100 acres of soybeans and wheat-stubble, and threatened some abandoned outbuildings before fire crews from Peabody and Hillsboro got it under control. “My neighbor Rodney Suderman called me about it, and when I came over the hill I was really worried,” said Neil Hett, Rock Shop owner and resident in the same section where the fire burned.
Brothers donate POW crafts to museum
When Bill and Charles Jacobs were growing up, two items in their home fascinated them. They loved to ask about them or get permission to play with them, because it usually led to hearing stories about the German prisoners of war that were housed in Peabody from 1943 to 1945. Their father, William Jacobs Sr., was a guard at the POW camp in the Eyestone building (now Heckendorn) at Second and Vine streets. The German prisoners their father guarded during World War II made the items that fascinated young Charles and Bill.
Clerk's office corrects ballot mistake
Marion County Clerk Carol Maggard and her staff scrambled to fix a mistake on ballots for the Nov. 6 election. About 400 early voters had filled out incomplete ballots because Marion County’s ballots did not include questions about retaining two Eighth Judicial District Judges — Michael F. Powers and Maritza Segarra. It was Powers — not one of the voters — who brought the error to Maggard’s attention on Oct. 24. At first, Powers did not realize he had not been mailed information candidates receive when they appear on a ballot.
Election is Tuesday
The 2012 general election is Tuesday, with township, county, state, and federal offices on the ballot. Poll hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Registered voters are required to have a photo identification to vote. Select Poll sites
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 229 N. Walnut St., Marion — north Marion city, north Centre Township, south Grant Township, Gale Township, and part of south Centre Township.
Florence Masonic Center, 421 Main St., Florence — Florence city, Doyle Township, and part of Fairplay Township.
Lincolnville Community Center, 213 W. 6th St., Lincolnville — Lincolnville and Lost Springs cities and Clark, Clear Creek, and Lost Springs townships.
Our Savior Lutheran Church, 320 S. Cedar St., Marion — south Marion city, Wilson Township, and part of south Centre Township.
Tampa Senior Center, 100 Main St., Tampa — Durham, Ramona, and Tampa cities and Blaine, Colfax, Durham Park, Logan, and Moore townships.
United Methodist Church, 905 E. D St., Hillsboro — east Hillsboro city and Liberty Township.
Police still probing HUB burglary
Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke said Monday that he and his officers still are working on leads they have received in conjunction with the burglary Oct. 9 of the HUB youth center. “Information is still forthcoming,” he said. “As we continue to put the pieces together, leads have been developed. The investigation continues.”
Jeannette D. Bentz
Jeannette D. Bentz, 48, Prairie Village, died Oct. 19 at Kansas City Hospice House following a battle with cancer. She was born July 3, 1964, in Hillsboro to Clinton and Elaine Young Bentz of Lincolnville.
Robert J. Bina
Robert J. “Bob” Bina, 61, died Sunday at his farm residence east of Lincolnville. He was born on Nov. 23, 1950, in Hillsboro to Frank and Lillian Moravec Bina of Lincolnville.
Clara Bredemeier, 105, of Marion passed away Oct. 27. Visitation is to be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Valley United Methodist Church, Marion. A full obituary will follow in a future edition.
Norma J. Cain
Norma J. (Drake) Cain, retired KG&E bookkeeper, passed away Oct. 26, 2012. She is survived by daughters Cathy Parker and Candice Hall, granddaughters Lori D. (Chapman, Parker) Robbins, Shannon N. (Parker) Krall, Rachael Zielke and Megan (Hall) Wheeler, and grandson Justin Hall, and nine great-grandchildren.
George H. Hardey
MARION — George H. Hardey, 77, passed away Oct. 23, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Moundridge. He was born April 29, 1935, in Walters, Okla., the son of Grayson and Vivian Cloud Hardey. On Aug. 16, 1953, he was united in marriage to Earline Midgley. He was a retired dispatcher for the Santa Fe Railroad. He was active in the Isis Temple of the Shrine, and a 32nd Degree Mason. He was active in the Florence community and served several terms as mayor.
Konley Lowell Harding
Konley Lowell Harding, 21, of Manhattan, formerly of Burdick, Kan., passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. He was born July 21, 1991 in Emporia, Kan., to Kelsey Leon and Lois Irene (Miser) Harding.
Elfrieda Franz Hiebert
Elfrieda Franz Hiebert, 90, of Belmont, Mass., passed away peacefully onSept. 2, 2012. Born onOct. 17, 1921,in Hillsboro, Kan., to Leonard J. and Helen Franz, Elfrieda showed early promise as a pianist, and throughout her life, she was involved in musical activities.Starting at age 13, she performed regularly as church organist on the foot-pressure harmonium at church services, weddings, and funerals for her local Mennonite Brethren church in Hillsboro. At age 17, she received the highest award in piano at the National Music Competition (Midwest Section) in Colorado Springs,Colo., in 1938.
Edmund Kroupa, a lifelong resident of Marion County, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. Edmund was born Oct. 27, 1923, on his parents’ farm southeast of Pilsen, the youngest of three sons of Joseph and Antonia Shramek Kroupa. He attended Beauty of the West School, Pilsen Grade School, then Marion High School, graduating with the Class of 1941.
Sylvia Dewey Muse
WICHITA — Sylvia Dewey Muse, 101, retired Director of Patient Relations, Wesley Medical Center, died Oct. 27, 2012. Sylvia was born Feb. 14, 1911, daughter of Henry and Harriet Grabill at Hesston, Kan. Her parents and five siblings preceded her in death.
Extra schooling worth the effort
Kelli Willis of Goessel is a full-time mother of three, works two jobs part-time, and somehow finds time to continue her education through classes online and at the Butler Community College Marion campus. “It’s very stressful and multiple times I wanted to quit,” Willis said. “But my kids understand and are all for me finishing college. I am doing this to better myself and for my family.”
Students can take free college courses
When Butler Community College planned a certified nursing assistant class at Marion High School, Butler of the Flint Hills Director Amy Kjellin was worried the cost of the class might prevent students from taking it. The five-credit-hour class would normally cost $483 plus the cost of a textbook, Kjellin said. But in a stroke of good fortune, circumstances allowed high school students to take the class for only $18 plus the cost of a textbook.
County hesitates on low roof bid
It seemed too good to be true, like a trick. Marion County Commission read the bids for repair of the courthouse tower roof, inside and out, and one bid was about a third of the other two bids.
City divides executive duties
When Peabody City Council came out of executive session Monday night and re-entered the open session, members unanimously approved a motion by council member Tom Schmidt to divide the duties of retiring City Administrator Mac Manning among three employees. Shane Marler will be the new city administrator in addition to his duties as economic development director. Deputy City Clerk Stephanie Ax will be promoted to city clerk. And Court Clerk Leah Becker will also be the city’s accounting clerk.
A fundraiser of note
One of the more clever fundraising ideas I’ve seen took place this past weekend to benefit the American Legion Post 95 building façade that crumbled to the sidewalk with a good deal of drama one Saturday morning back in August. Initially, the Legion members were comforted by the fact that they had insurance and that Peabody Main Street Director Shane Marler was able to get a promise of additional funding from the Kansas Main Street program that would cover the deductible. When Gov. Sam Brownback and Commerce Department head Pat George announced in late September that Kansas Main Street was a program of the past, one of the casualties was the brickwork repair to the front of the Legion building. Things have moved slowly since then and several members of the Legion, Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion began wondering if they needed to be raising some funds to contribute to the project. At a recent meeting of representatives of all three groups, ideas for fundraisers were discussed but most were discarded. However, in a moment of pure genius, Legion Auxiliary member Myrna Wood challenged Legion member Larry Watts to a battle he couldn’t refuse — a $500 challenge.
How do you handle criticism?
At the Marion Chamber of Commerce meeting Oct. 19, city council member and Marion Economic Development Inc. President Todd Heitschmidt presented the results of a discussion MEDI had about Marion’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. One of the weaknesses discussed was leadership. That certainly is an area where Marion, or any other community, could use improvement. There is so much that goes into leadership. It takes charisma, organizational ability, setting ambitious but reachable goals, and recognizing successes and acknowledging shortcomings.
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Aspiring farmer killed in crash
Konley Harding, 21, of Burdick, was killed at about midnight Oct. 27 when he was struck by a vehicle on U.S. 24 while walking about two miles east of Manhattan. Why he was walking on the highway is unclear. Witnesses told Pottawatomie County sheriff’s officers that they observed an eastbound white vehicle run over Harding and continue eastward.
Florence to host hog roast
Everyone is invited to attend the first Florence community hog roast on Saturday. The event will be at the intersection of W. 5th and Marion streets in the lot next to Florence United Methodist Church. Live music will start at 3:30 p.m., and the free meal at 4 p.m. Children’s games are scheduled.
Church sponsors Florence Thanksgiving
The annual Florence Community Thanksgiving will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Florentine building on Main Street. Residents are asked to bring a covered dish — vegetables, salad, or dessert. Turkey, dressing, and potatoes and gravy will be furnished. The event is sponsored by Florence United Methodist Church.
Lifelong Learning to feature flour sacks
Nancy Jo Leachman, Salina, will share her flour sack collection and tell about milling, art, and marketing at 9:45 a.m. Friday at the Lifelong Learning session in Hillsboro. The session will take place in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus. Leachman started collecting flour sacks about 13 years ago, attracted by their artwork and importance in U.S. history.
Christian author to speak Nov. 9
Tabor College will host Phillip Yancey on Friday Nov. 9 for “Seasons of the Soul.” The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Doors open at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Yancey is a best-selling author. Early in his career he wrote books such as “Disappointment with God” and “Where is God When it Hurts?” He also edited “The Student Bible.” He coauthored three books with surgeon Paul Brand.
Flint Hills RECA donates to 4-H
Flint Hills Rural Electric Cooperative of Council Grove has donated $2,000 to the Kansas 4-H Foundation in celebration of the “International Year of Cooperatives.” The cash donation will be divided between Marion, Chase, and Morris county 4-H Councils.
Common pests unwelcome but prevalent in fall
When the leaves fall from trees and cold wind begins to blow, common pests like mice, spiders, and crickets often try to make their way indoors. Nancy Pihl, Kansas State Research and Extension specialist in Marion has all the information readily available on how to control pests, but a little mouse still found a way into her house recently. “I have four cats so I couldn’t believe what I was finding,” Pihl said.
Democratic women plan Kansas Day activities
Marion County Democratic Women met for lunch Oct. 26 at Marion Senior Center. Sue Clough conducted the business meeting. Marilyn Cox of Peabody accepted the position of vice president.
Democratic committee to elect officers
A meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Big Scoop restaurant, 616 E. Main St., Marion, to organize the Marion County Democratic Central Committee. Officers will be elected. All Democrats and Democratic precinct committee people are invited to attend. Only the precinct people elected at the August primary election are eligible to vote.
Marion couple travels to aid storm victims
Ralph and Phyllis Kreutziger of Marion informed family and friends by e-mail Monday that they are in Baltimore, Md., to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy. They planned to be working at a storm shelter at the University of Maryland until the storm passes.
Sorosis Beta tours bed and breakfast
On Oct. 18, 10 members of the Sorosis Beta Club met at the Prescott House Bed and Breakfast. Owner Lynn Berns shared some history of the home and led club members on a tour. Following the tour, Lea Schwart and Diane Glaser served refreshments.
Never too old to play with dolls
Mary Klenda did not have dolls to play with when she was growing up near Lost Springs. One of nine children, she had plenty of real-life babies to play with, but she remembers getting her first doll at age 13. Now she has a collection of 600 porcelain dolls at her home in Hillsboro. On Friday, she displayed 77 of them at the Hillsboro City Building. “A couple of ladies I work with here asked me to bring them,” Klenda said. “I’ve never done a public display before.”
Claire Ann Gray
Tabor College to host joint band concert
Tabor College Symphonic Band and Garden City Community College Band will perform a joint concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the Tabor College Chapel. Tabor band director Daniel Baldwin said the consortium will play pieces by Leemans, Debussy, Tschesnokoff, Reed and Higdon, and other hymn tunes.
PBHS scores 62 points in victory
In a game with 110 points of total offense, the Peabody Burns High School football team came out on top with a victory over Lebo on Thursday at home. The Warriors earned the 62-48 win and advanced to play Rock Hills at Mankato on Tuesday. PBHS needed only one play to put up six points on a 60-yard run by Tommy Morris from the Warrior 20-yard line. Seth Topham caught a Hunter Pickens pass for the conversion. Just seconds into the contest, the Warriors took the 8-0 lead.
Fall athletes to be honored
Peabody-Burns High School athletic department will have a fall sports banquet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Brown Gymnasium. Student athletes to be honored will be participants in cheerleading, cross-country, football, and volleyball.
Four Warriors make all-league volleyball
When the Wheat State League announced its all-league volleyball team Tuesday, there was hardly any room left for players outside of Marion County. Goessel and Centre High Schools each placed six players on the first, second, and honorable mention teams, and Peabody-Burns High School had four players selected. Peabody-Burns First team: senior Paige Lewis. Second team: senior Rayna Barnes and freshman Katy Benson. Honorable mention: senior Brandee Burnett. Centre First team: senior Anna Weber. Second team: junior Cacey Simons. Honorable mention: seniors Genesis Rudolph and Ellie Miller, junior Bryanna Svoboda, and sophomore Brenna Shields. Goessel First team: seniors Tia Goertzen, Alex Hiebert, Jessica Harvey, and Johanna Hoffman and freshman Page Hiebert. Honorable mention: sophomore Erin Brubaker.
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