HEADLINES

  • 'Exciting and new' library to debut Saturday

    An open house at Peabody Township Library from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday will be the final event of the library’s celebration of 100 years as a Carnegie Library and its 140 years of service to the Peabody community. The centennial celebration kicked off early in 2014 with a re-introduction to the community. A similar open house featured plans for the future, including the addition of “100 books for 100 years,” service and infrastructure upgrades compatible with the original architecture and building features, and providing instruction to bring mature library users into the world of computers.

  • Burns woman faces drug, child endangerment charges

    Amber Bass, 28, was arrested and her three children placed in protective custody Dec. 3 after sheriff’s officers allegedly found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and prescription medications at her residence in Burns. “We responded to a welfare check on some children and found the parent in the home,” Sheriff Robert Craft said. “The mother was still asleep when we arrived.”

  • Election could change council's dynamic

    In Peabody, all city council positions are “at large” positions – winners are determined by the number of votes received, not by the area of the city in which he or she resides. All registered voters within city limits are entitled to vote for the mayoral candidates as well. The council confirmed Monday evening that three council positions and the mayor’s position will be on the ballot in the April 2015 election.

  • Huntress, looking for big buck, bags a bobcat

    Shawna Johnson couldn’t fight the urges any longer — she had to go out to the blind. Studying nursing at Wichita State, she initially wanted to wait until her finals ended in December to go hunting, but the anticipation proved too much.

  • Van demolished, man unscathed

    When Mitchell Unruh jerked awake after his van went into a ditch, what he experienced was worse than any nightmare — his world, his van, was literally spinning out of control. Police said Unruh reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his 2008 Dodge Caravan at 10:15 p.m. on Dec. l. Driving west on 330th Rd. east of Durham near Tampa, he drifted across the road into the south ditch, struck an embankment, then hit a utility pole, flipped end over end, rolled one time, and landed right side up.

  • Dollar General interested in Marion

    Dollar General has expressed interest in opening a store along the south side of US-56 in Marion next year. Economic Development Director Terry Jones announced at Monday’s city council meeting that Dollar General wants to be located at the corner of Industrial Road and US-56.

  • Yes, we moved

  • Businesses sponsor holiday lighting contest

    Seven nominations made the list for 2014 Marion County Holiday Lighting Contest. The winner will receive a gift certificate. Readers can cast their vote by filling out the form in the Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin or vote by calling (620) 382-2165.

OTHER HEADLINES

  • Holiday trash pickup rescheduled

    Peabody City Clerk Stephanie Ax reminds city residents that Waste Connections will operate on a delayed trash pickup schedule for both the Christmas and New Year weeks. With both holidays falling on Thursday this year, regular Friday pickups will instead be on the Saturday after Christmas for trash only, and the Saturday after New Year’s Day for both trash and recycling.

  • Alco building for sale

    The Alco building in Hillsboro is up for sale, but as of Tuesday no buyers have stepped forward, said Hillsboro’s economic development director Clint Seibel. Walmart representatives took a tour of the Alco building recently, but Seibel added, “They decided to build their own building.”

  • Disaster loans for small businesses available

    Marion County small, nonfarm businesses have until Jan. 7 to apply for federal disaster loans to offset economic losses from the 2014 drought. Low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) from the U.S. Small Business Administration are for small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations. Loans of up to $2million help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.

  • Tunnel of Lights to glow despite no official date

    In what would have been the Tunnel of Light’s tenth annual year at Marion County Lake, no official date will be set for patrons to visit and partake in free holiday refreshments. “This year is a sabbatical,” lake resident and one of the event organizers Margie Schwartz said. “There was just a lot going on in the neighborhood, including two deaths, and we just couldn’t find a date that worked for everyone.”

  • County's gravel roads swallowed by mud

    Residents around the county awoke Monday to find gravel roads swallowed whole by mud pits, and, in many places, only an inch of rain responsible for it. While some took to social media to voice concerns, rural Florence resident John Siebert approached the county commission Monday with concerns regarding the upkeep of Yarrow Rd., where he lives.

  • Health Department will move to St. Luke

    After an executive session “to discuss trade secrets” at Monday’s county commission meeting, commissioners agreed to pursue a deal with St. Luke Hospital to move the Health Department from the historic Bowron Building on Main St. to a clinic adjacent to the hospital. Initially, Dan Holub was on board with pursuing a relocation agreement, while Randy Dallke vehemently disagreed, citing the need for concrete progress toward building another office space in the courthouse square.

  • TEEN to meet via phone

    Technology Excellence in Education Network (TEEN) will hold its December meeting via phone conference at 6 p.m. Dec. 17.The conference call will initiate from the USD 410 central office in Hillsboro. For questions or more information, please call Lena Kleiner at(620) 877-0237.

DEATHS

  • Erna E. Bisby

    Erna E. Bisby, 90, of Herington, died Dec. 2 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was born March 7, 1924, at Ramona to Reinhart and Emma (Kuether) Beisel.

  • Merle M. Douglas

    Merle M. Douglas, 81, died Saturday at Marion. He was born Jan. 19, 1933, to Dale and Gladys Harmon Douglas at Yates Center. He was married to Emma Coldin on Sept. 14, 1953, at Iola.

  • Daniel S. Huls I

    Daniel S. Huls I, 55, of Burns, died Dec. 1 in Wichita. He was born Aug. 14, 1959, to Ira and Patricia (Bartholomew) Huls. He was a construction worker and was married to June Huls, who survives.

  • Irene V. Kinsey

    Irene V. Kinsey, 98, died Sunday at St. Luke Living Center. Viewing will be at noon Friday, with a memorial service at 1 p.m. at Zeiner Funeral Home. Interment will be in Marion Cemetery.

  • Gary A. Riggs

    Gary A. Riggs, 63, of Marion died Monday at St. Luke Hospital. He was born July 31, 1951, to Robert E. and Elsie Riggs in Placerville, California. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 2007. He worked in a variety of jobs, and liked rebuilding cars and touring on his motorcycle.

DOCKET

HEALTH

  • Honey holds health benefits

    The healing qualities of honey are well known, and no one knows better than the beekeepers themselves. “I take my share, five spoonfuls every morning,” said Norman Ensz, a beekeeper outside Hillsboro since 1973.

  • Health professionals work together to provide quality care

    Marion County is fortunate to have a group of physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists who are willing to work together to provide the best care they can for patients. They see themselves as complementing each other rather than competing. Health professionals have their own areas of expertise, and often a combination of therapies is needed to obtain optimal results.

  • It's not too late to vaccinate

    Marion County Health Department has provided 120 flu mists, 260-high dose vaccinations, and 312 multi-dose vaccinations so far this season. The vaccines will continue to be available on Wednesdays into the spring. Walk-in hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

  • TOPS members brace for holiday feasts

    The word “jolly” doesn’t really have a connotation of being skinny. ‘Tis the season, however. With sweets and feasts abundant this time of year, those looking to control their weight must take effort to strategize, said Lucille Bitner, founder and leader of a Taking Off Pounds Sensibly group in Marion. “Whenever you want to go eat or are going to somebody’s house, you’ve just got to have the mindset that you’re not going to eat,” she said. “Make it smaller portions. Especially when there’s chocolate and cookies and stuff like that, you need to have the mindset to know you can’t do all that. You have to be conscious of it.”

OPINION

  • Help me write to Santa

    I am hoping that those of you who regularly read this newspaper will help me out. I need some assistance for my annual letter to Santa that appears in the Christmas issue of the Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. I usually begin thinking about it in October, create a list of ideas to request, then check it over (yes, twice), and pick the ideas I finally put into my letter to the Jolly Old Elf. The want-list contains serious requests such as world peace, which is a high priority every year. I also have requested patience in abundance for city councils, school boards, and various commissions needing to address budget issues that will no doubt make their jobs doubly difficult. I have asked for new businesses for our downtown and lumps of coal for vandals who have destroyed flags at the cemetery and holiday displays in residents’ front yards.

  • Days of Yore

    David Oursler won $150 at the Peabody Holiday Shopping Spree promotion sponsored by Peabody Main Street and Peabody merchants. Max Caldwell is pictured playing Santa as the Sunshine Preschool students sing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

PEOPLE

  • Sarah Saenz turns 96

    Sarah Saenz, lifelong Peabody resident, is turning 96 on Dec. 17. Family and friends are invited to help her celebrate with an open house and card shower. The open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Asbury Park, 1202 Plum, Room H, in Newton.

  • Dodge ball anyone?

    Marion Rec Board wants to add dodge ball to its schedule of events, but would like to find out if people prefer a league, tournament, or both. However, before any balls are actually dodged, the board would like to see how much interest there is within Marion and the rest of the county.

  • 20th Century Club has Christmas party

    Feebie Holdeman, Lala Lovelady, Helen Reznicek, and Paula Ash hosted the 20th Century Club Christmas party Monday at Valley United Methodist Church, with 20 members present. Hostesses served a variety of finger foods and hot cider. Mary Jeffrey provided a Christmas village display.

  • Burns Thanksgiving news

    Al and Bonnie Plummer were Thanksgiving dinner guests of Todd and Shelby Pyeatt at Rose Hill. Dalton Plummer of Lawrence and Morgan Plummer of Derby also were guests. Al and Bonnie stopped by Ben and Jean Plummer’s home in El Dorado on the way back to Burns and joined other relatives and friends for a holiday gathering. Ronnie and Patti Gaines, Dusty Gaines, and Herb Gaines enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with Shelly Harper and Ben at Shelly’s home in Inman. Ronnie and Patti had lunch with Dusty in Wichita on Nov. 30.

  • Wonsevu Thanksgiving gatherings

    Many members of the community spent Thanksgiving Day with friends and family. Doni Rogers attended the Thanksgiving dinner at the St. Anthony Church community building. She attended the Osgood fish fry the following Saturday.

SCHOOL

  • Peabody Achievers sing at Care Center

    Peabody Achievers 4-H Club met Dec. 7 at Peabody Care Center. President Brandon Entz called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Secretary Corin Parmley read last month’s minutes and they were approved. Treasurer Anna Lubbers gave the financial report.

  • PBHS boys win, girls falter in season openers

    In a very tight contest, the Peabody-Burns Warriors held off the perimeter assault of the Chase County Bulldogs to earn an opening night victory. The game was deadlocked throughout and a late surge helped the Warriors eclipse the Bulldogs 70-64. “I felt that we played decent for our first game,” head Coach Caleb Good said. “We weathered the storm of a barrage of threes on the road. Chase County hit 10 total threes for the game. Our big three showed up with 57 points combined. Our highlight was that we only had 10 turnovers. I felt the turnovers were great, especially considering it was the first game.”

  • Acoustic anomaly: Marion band room harbors 'the weird spot'

    Freshman Grant Leffler didn’t know what to expect as he shuffled toward the center of Marion High School’s band room to fish for what peers call “the weird spot.” He was told the so-called weirdness can’t be seen, touched, smelt or felt — as an acoustic anomaly, it can only be heard.

  • Tabor receives extra million for arts center

    The “Hallelujah Chorus” at Tabor College’s Sunday performance of Handel’s “Messiah” was fitting punctuation for the announcement of an upcoming $1 million donation from an Oklahoma foundation for the college’s planned Center for the Arts. Tabor President Jules Glanzer confirmed nearly 1,000 donors have contributed $8 million to the arts center campaign, the amount required to receive $1 million from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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