Vol. 142 , No. 23
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Peabody, KS 66866
Pool tossed $20,000 'life preserver'
Peabody Recreation Commission members Russ Busenitz, Jonathan Richstatter, and Beth Peter were present to offer the city $20,000 from their 2014 and 2015 budgets to help purchase a new pool liner for the municipal swimming pool. The PRC encumbered $13,000 from the 2014 budget and will take the remaining $7,000 from the 2015 budget. The bid for the pool liner from W.E. Germaine is $34,386. The city will be responsible for the remaining amount and has the money available. The contract with Germaine assures the work will be completed by the time the pool opens at the end of May.
Saved from slaughter: Horse rescuer delivers
Amy Grosse-Bayes upset the kill buyer. She attended horse auctions and began snapping photographs, which did not sit well with the man who bought them in order to send them to the slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada.
Cooking up a music scene at 'The Burg'
If there is one person with fervor for live music that is in a position to help orchestrate a music scene in Marion County, it’s Lindsey Marshall, owner of Coneburg Grill and Pub. Since she took the helm at what she often calls “The Burg” in 2011, Marshall has taken pains to make her restaurant not only a roadside eatery and tavern, but has gradually ratcheted up its reputation as a county venue and destination location for live music.
New gravel gets rocky reception
Throughout December and January, county commissioners were besieged with complaints about gravel roads turning to mud. While road crews have put down gravel as fast as they could, a different brand of complaint has surfaced: The new gravel is too rough.
Classmate sparks funding effort for ALS patient
Jason Allison is fighting a battle he cannot win. Diagnosed this past fall with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the 42-year-old Florence native who currently resides in Gwinner, North Dakota, will die from the disease, barring a miracle of medical science. As he and his family grapple with a staggering reality, a former classmate is trying to improve that reality through online fundraising efforts.
HBO cancer special has local connection
When cable network HBO airs a special report on experimental cancer treatments Friday, Pam Jones of Marion will be tuned in, looking for her brother. Mike Connor of Lenexa is Jones’ oldest brother, and he was at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston when HBO came to film “Vice Special Report: Killing Cancer.” Connor has glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer.
Calendar of Events
A cave for the whole family
In his time on this earth, rural Marion resident Andy Hansen has spelunked the depths of enough man caves to know what sets the good caves apart from the great ones. Many man caves have killer ping-pong tables, pool tables, and a personal bar. Some caves are decked out in motorcycle or piloting gear, while most caves have big screen TV’s on which to watch favorite teams play the big game of the week.
Retired nurse makes new life in the country
Twilla Baker of Lincolnville has lived on a 30-acre homestead just west of town since June 2010. She and her husband, Lonnie, were excited to find their dream place in the country after a lifetime of work in the city. He was a retired federal air traffic controller and she was a retired registered nurse.
Project keeps walnut tree from burn pit
About three years ago, a Peabody Hardware and Lumber customer who was having a dead black walnut tree removed from her property approached storeowner Mark Whitney. “She wondered if I knew of anyone who would want it for a building project,” Whitney said. “She told me where it was so I could go look at it. She had arranged for someone to remove the tree, but thought it was a shame to just haul it to the burn pit.”
Contractor working to repair, sell houses
When Bryan Grosse remodeled the old “Queenie’s” house at Washington and Walnut Sts. last year, he learned a lesson. The historic house leaned, and Grosse jacked it up seven and a half inches to make it even. “Sometimes they can be lowered instead,” Grosse said. “I figured that out after the fact.”
Appreciating the readers
Sometimes I offer opinions here that I assume will have little influence on Peabody Gazette-Bulletin readers because the thoughts seem more like personal musings than statements or ideas with a big impact on the community. It never fails to amaze me when those are the ones that capture the public’s attention and cause either a backlash of comments or requests for more information. One of the most popular columns I ever wrote was about watching a red fox early one morning, down at the Burlington-Northern-Santa Fe tracks, sitting on his haunches watching a train slowly pass by headed for Florence. The fox’s head moved from west to east as the train passed and it looked like he was counting cars. I still get comments about that column although it probably ran seven or eight years ago.
National FFA week
They haven’t been “Future Farmers of America” for 27 years, not since the official name change to the National FFA Organization. I always believed “future” was a misnomer — most of the FFA kids I’ve known were already working hard on family farms. They didn’t own the farms, but they owned farming, and they were important to making those farms succeed.
Days of yore
Peabody-Burns Warriors finished the season Saturday as 2A sub-state runners up after a defeat, 70-54, by Berean Academy. The engagement of Larissa Unruh to Dylen Johnson, both of McPherson, has been announced.
Sorosis Beta members hear about end of life planning
The women of Sorosis Beta met Feb. 19, at the Ann Potter Room in the Peabody Library. The program for the evening, “Plans for End of Life,” was presented by Marion attorney Bob Brookens. His program dealt with wills, trusts, deeds, and estates.
Soup supper, auction to benefit Laue
A benefit soup supper for Carol Laue for medical expenses will take place at 5 p.m. March 4 at Our Savior Lutheran Church Parish Hall. Our Savior Lutheran Church and Marion Christian Church are co-sponsoring the event along with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Handle family visits from Baxter Springs
Warriors split 2 games
The Warriors sternly defeated the Cougars at 78-32 Tuesday at Centre. “It was a good night and a good team game for the Warriors,” Good said. “We had control the entire game.”
Lady Warriors buried by Moundridge and Centre
The Peabody-Burns girls’ basketball team was defeated 70-21 by Moundridge on Friday. Coach Travis Schafer said Wildcats’ shot accuracy was a contributing factor to the Lady Warriors’ loss.
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