Vol. 142 , No. 34
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Peabody, KS 66866
Yet another Peabody City Council resignation
Robert Knapp, a seven-year resident of Peabody, was appointed by Mayor Larry Larsen at the beginning of Monday’s meeting to fill the unexpired term of Tom Schmidt who resigned from the council April 28. Knapp is a retired businessman and the brother-in-law of Peabody City Administrator Mac Manning.
School board takes a hard look at next year
The Peabody-Burns Board of Education discussed several items that could save the district money next year. Board members, Superintendent Ron Traxson, and athletic director Ray Savage discussed possible cuts to sports programs next year due to lack of funding and low participation.
Historical society to sponsor events on Memorial Day weekend
In additional to the traditional memorial service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, the American Legion Avenue of Flags, and the annual dinner at the Brown Building sponsored by the Peabody-Burns sophomore class, other events will take place in Peabody during Memorial Day weekend. The Peabody Historical Society will open the museum, the Print Museum, and the Morgan House at 10 a.m. on May 24.
Upgrades needed at Nighthawk and 130th
Safety was the main concern Monday when county commissioners met with Bruce Boettcher of BG Consultants to discuss improving driving conditions at the intersection of 130th St. and Nighthawk Rd. In a letter to the Kansas Bureau of Local Projects, Chairman Roger Fleming said the county was applying for funding because the intersection has offset section lines that endanger north and southbound traffic.
Supreme Court upholds 2011 rape conviction
The Kansas Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Terry Lee Bowen on two counts of rape and one count each of aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated kidnapping in an opinion released Friday. Bowen was convicted in June 2011, along with Lora Kay and Kenneth J. Frederick II, of the crimes against a then-14-year-old Peabody girl in June 2010. Bowen was sentenced to life in prison and was ordered to have no contact with his co-defendants or the victim. Bowen was registered as a sex offender at the time of the 2010 crimes.
Business financials workshop is May 22
The Kansas Small Business Development Center will present a workshop on understanding business financials from 2 to 4 p.m. May 22 at the Butler Community College Marion campus, 412 N. Second St., Marion. The workshop will cover basic accounting terminology, financial statements such as profit and loss, balance sheets, and cash flow statements, and what they mean. Financial ratios, measurements, and controls will be discussed to provide better business oversight. It will also cover how to calculate mark-up and margin, how they are different, and how each affects profitability.
McPherson native files for state Senate race
Republican Richard E. Wilborn of McPherson filed to run for the 35th District Senate seat. Clark Shultz, who is running for Kansas Insurance Commissioner, currently holds the seat.
Chingawassa schedule for June 7 set
A complete schedule for Saturday Chingawassa Days has been released and is as follows: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Pancake feed.
Sheriff gets digital fingerprint grant
The sheriff’s office received a grant for digital fingerprinting equipment from Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office Monday. The grant for up to $22,186 from the county law enforcement equipment fund came from a one-time surplus in funds from concealed carry license fees.
Farmers can apply for new conservation easement program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kansas is now accepting applications for its new Agricultural Conservation Easements Program. The program combines the former farm and ranch lands protection, grassland reserve, and wetlands reserve programs.
Disaster loans available for small businesses
Federal low-interestl disaster loans area available to non-farm businesses for revenue lost due to the drought beginning April 29. Because Marion is bordered by counties declared disaster areas, the county qualifies for loans to lessen the impact on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers who will sustain losses because of the drought.
Civil division cases
County Jail arrests and bookings
Criminal division cases
Marriage licenses issued
Police incident reports
Traffic division cases
Water aerobics take it easy on the body
Before water aerobics class Monday at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center in Marion, an older man walked in with a cane, and even that was laborious. Once he was in the water, though, he moved around without any apparent difficulty. He wasn’t part of the water aerobics class, but he demonstrated why some people choose water aerobics for exercise.
Limiting carbohydrates stabilized woman's blood sugar
Judy Forney of Marion County Lake was overweight and pre-diabetic in November when she joined the Kansas Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 1075 in Marion. She struggled to lose weight until about six weeks ago when she and her husband decided to limit their carbohydrate (sugar and starch) intake while taking care to maintain a normal protein intake.
Losing weight my way
I recently started trying to eat better and get more exercise to help me lose weight. There are several good reasons for people to want to lose weight, and my biggest reason is my health. While I haven’t had any health problems because of my weight yet, I have a strong family history of heart disease. I want to get my weight under control before it becomes a problem.
Sun protection keeps summer weather fun
Winter has finally lost its grip on the area and spring and summer temperatures are driving many outside to play and work in the sun. Dr. Paige Hatcher of St. Luke Physician Clinic said the best way to ensure fun this summer is through prevention.
Avoid dangerous spider bites
It’s the time of the year where insects and arachnids are emerging from their winter hideaways; some, like butterflies, are pleasant and others, like spiders, not so much. The brown recluse is a spider that co-habitats with humans. It can be found in dark places within the home, in seldom worn clothing, and under furniture according to brownreclusespider.org.
Funeral services for Charles Randolph Weinaug, 32, Lawrence, were Tuesday at his parents’ home, 1027 Hartland Drive in Lawrence. Burial followed in the green section at Oak Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Joshua Lollar officiated. Mr. Weinaug died Thursday, April 24, 2014, at his home.
I want to see Mount Sunflower
Back in November I celebrated a birthday and begged the Daughters to celebrate with me, but not to get me anymore stuff. My six regular readers may have noticed that I have been on this rant about stuff for quite some time now. I seem to have way too much and try as I might to fill my Dumpsters or haul it to Goodwill, it still surrounds me. I am not making much headway clearing it out. Anyway, the Daughters did a pretty good job sticking to my birthday request. They contacted Marci Penner of the Kansas Sampler Foundation and bought me a membership to the Kansas Explorers Club. I was excited! Membership includes my own personal explorer number. I get six newsletters a year about sights, events, places to eat, and things to do in all areas of the state. I get to read about what my fellow explorers visit and discover. I was pretty pumped about receiving that membership.
Days of Yore
Honorary high school diplomas were awarded to two area veterans, Glenn Nellans and Rudy Newfield, in accordance with Operation Recognition. Dime- to quarter-size hail is pictured covering Rod and Kim Conquest’s deck in Peabody. Most of the Christmas lights outlining the downtown buildings were broken and trees and gardens suffered heavy foliage damage.
Hanschu wins excellence award
Jayson Hanschu of Hillsboro won the American Star Excellence award in Customer Experience Certification for his work with clients with American Family Insurance. Hanschu has been with American Family since 1998.
CDDO to meet
Members of the board of directors of the Harvey-Marion County CDDO will meet at 4 p.m. May 19 at the CDDO office in Newton,500 N. Main St., Suite #204, Newton.
Memorial Day services set in Pilsen
Services for Memorial Day will be at 9:30 a.m. May 26 at Pilsen Cemetery. In case of inclement weather, services will be held at the community center.
Elaina Grace Richmond
Women attend Eden youth program
HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND:
Learning for life
SCHOOL AND SPORTS
Class teaches students to grow, give back
Everyone but a toad that was forced from its cool hideaway in a flowerbed downtown appreciated the plants Peabody-Burns horticulture students planted Thursday in front of Flint Hills Gypsies. Two beds were planted for residents who asked for their assistance. Teacher Ann Leppke said the class has done several similar projects over the year to give back to the community.
Golfers play at home, Hillsboro, Hutchinson
Marion and Peabody-Burns golfers played 36 holes and two full rounds of golf Friday at Marion and Hillsboro golf courses in the annual Marion County Invitational. Senior Jared Hague shot the lowest for the team at both courses. At Hillsboro, he scored 100. He improved by eight strokes at Marion to score a 92 and finish with a combined two-round total of 192 strokes. He placed 40th out of 72 golfers.
Track team wins Herington meet
The Peabody-Burns boys’ track team did not win a single event Friday at Herington, but still managed to score the most points out of any team at the meet. There were many second-place finishes, though, by Braxton Kyle in the 110-meter hurdles and high jump, Junior Edmondson in the 400-meter dash, Cody Partridge in the 300-meter hurdles and long jump, and both the 4x800 and 4x400-meter relay teams.
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