HEADLINES

  • Toddler OK after nearly drowning

    Every mother’s greatest fear is that something will happen to her child. Nothing stills her heart more quickly than knowing her baby is in danger. Saturday afternoon, Heather Dunnahoo’s 2-year-old daughter, Aryah Kaylee Corona, a quick and clever toddler, figured out how to open a screen door at her grandparents’ house at 602 N. Elm St. and went into the back yard. She sat on the grass next to a koi pond, took her shoes off, and decided to play in the pond, having no concept of its four-foot depth and danger.

  • Busy officials delay council 30 minutes

    A combination of unusual circumstances delayed the start of Monday night’s Peabody City Council meeting by about 30 minutes. Mayor Larry Larsen and council president Travis Wilson were on an ambulance run from St. Luke Hospital in Marion to Wichita.

  • Locomotive enthusiasts buy Peabody lots to watch railers go by

    An unexpected twist to an auction Thursday night of a house and seven empty lots owned by the city occurred when a couple from Newton purchased two lots adjacent to the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe tracks on S. Olive St. The parcels also are close to where Union Pacific tracks cross those of the BNSF, adding additional train activity to the area.

  • Newly elected member resigns before 1st board meeting

    Before the first school board meeting of the year, newly elected board member Alicia Morse resigned. Morse, who recently took a new job, determined she would be unable to meet her responsibilities of being at meetings one Monday a month, Superintendent Ron Traxson said.

  • Into the vault: Library uncovers its history

    Florence history is safe and secure, housed inside a former bank vault with a pull-down ladder that leads to an attic-like room. Years ago, the room above the vault had a hole, since sealed, that faced the Main St. entrance. “The security guard would sit up there and stick his rifle through the hole,” library volunteer Kathy Inlow said. “He would have it aimed at the front door so that if any robbers came in, he could actually take care of them before anything really happened.

  • Filmmaker talks water ahead of premiere

    Florence will move to the forefront of the latest effort to document problems with water availability when a new half-hour documentary, “When the Well Runs Dry,” has its premiere showing at 2 p.m. Saturday at Masonic Center. Lawrence filmmaker Steve Lerner teamed with award-winning documentarian Reuben Aaronson of Los Angeles to create the documentary about the intimate relationship between rural Kansans and their water.

  • Poker game funds PBHS scholarship

    The eighth annual Bob Phillips Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament was Saturday night at Peabody American Legion Post 95. The first player out and winner of the coveted loser’s pink T-shirt was Rob Turner of Peabody.

OTHER HEADLINES

  • Fed-up farmer plows his stake into home rentals

    Disappointed by last year’s wheat crop, Marion farmer Theron Nienstedt sold his farm last March and is now trying to cultiuate a new business: renting homes throughout the county. Since March, he has purchased 19 properties, including seven that show up in our Docket page’s deed transfers this week.

  • Road protests lead to meeting

    Jim Bob Watkins came to county commission Monday bearing a white flag, of sorts: he wanted to change the talk about roads from problems to solutions. Watkins, who lives near Burns in Milton Township, told commissioners the public is “giving up.”

  • Million dollar rain good for corn

    If corn farmers need encouragement about this year’s harvest prospects, they should give county extension agent Ricky Roberts a call. While officially remaining “cautiously optimistic,” Roberts said last week’s rain and cooler weather were perfectly timed.

  • County impresses state tourism group

    Tourism professionals became part-time tourists Thursday when the Tourism Industry Association of Kansas executive committee met at the community center in Marion. “When we pulled into Marion County today, wow, what a beautiful county it is, and what a beautiful community Marion is,” Karen Hibbard, vice president of Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau, said. “What I saw when I came in was a community that is very proud of its heritage and is eager to tell that story.”

  • VFW honors Kapaun

    A circular bronze plaque recognizing the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to Kapaun in 2013 for his actions while a prisoner during the Korean War was dedicated Saturday at the Marion VFW post. “This is great. This is amazing,” Kapaun Museum volunteer Harriet Bina said. “We were so proud to hear about this. It touched our hearts.”

DEATHS

  • Fiennes Jantz

    Fiennes Jantz, 91, a leader of Durham and Marion County senior citizen groups for many years, died Sunday at Salem Home, Hillsboro. Born Dec. 5, 1923, to Ben and Alma (Johnson) Jantz at Durham, he married Arlene Holmes on April 19, 1953, at Abilene. She died in 1995.

  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Charlotte Andrews

DOCKET

HEALTH

  • A class act: young caring for the old

    It was different world she was about to walk into, and despite her training, Emily Timmermeyer was, in a word, “terrified.” “You watch the videos in class, but this was the first time to touch a patient; I was nervous,” she said.

OPINION

  • Battling nature once again

    This past weekend I was reminded of something I bet not many of you have ever considered. I learned about ants and their activities. In addition to crawling around in kitchen cupboards and areas of food concentration, ants also can make a mess of various household utility systems. It is true. I actually ran across this issue the first time several years ago when suddenly one day in early fall, the house seemed a bit chilly. Adjusting the furnace thermostat brought no results. About the same time, I noticed there was no hot water for washing dishes.

PEOPLE

UPCOMING

  • Cemetery board changes meeting date

    The board of directors for Prairie Lawn Cemetery will meet at 7:30 p.m. July 23 in the council room of Peabody City Hall. The meeting has been changed from the regularly scheduled third Thursday of the month because of Cal Ripkin Tournament play at Peabody Park.

  • Calendar of Events

  • Disability group to meet

    Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in the meeting room at 500 N. Main St., Newton. A public forum will begin the meeting.

  • Seniors board to meet

    Senior Citizens of Marion County Inc. will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Hillsboro Senior Center. Requests for taxpayer funding and a 2015 senior fair nominee will be discussed.

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