Vol. 142 , No. 44
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Peabody, KS 66866
300 pack lake hall to protest county roads
County commissioners were among the targets at which county residents took aim during a public meeting Monday about roads. Some called for their ouster in the next election. It was standing room only for about 300 people who packed Marion County Park and Lake Hall to express dissatisfaction over road conditions to those who maintain them.
Baseball is life for area youths
Ten-year-olds Justin Holt and Tanner Parks have been playing some form of the sport together for most of their lives. “It’s been for a long, long time anyway,” Justin said.
Florence turns out for film's premiere
About 200 attended a free screening Saturday of “When the Well Runs Dry,” a documentary about water in rural Kansas. Lawrence filmmaker Steve Lerner and Los Angeles documentarian Reuben Aaronson introduced the film, which features several Marion County residents, at Florence’s Masonic Lodge.
A girl and a horse heal together
When Tristan Williams walked into the Marion County Fairgrounds arena Saturday with her miniature horse, there was a miracle, of sorts. The horse’s name, Mira, was, as Tristan said, “the first four letters of miracle.” What most spectators didn’t realize is that the confident 12-year-old showgirl and the well-trained horse they saw were a continuation of another miracle, one that has unfolded over time, in love and trust.
New vicar for Lutheran churches enjoys small-town life
The term “vicar” means different things to different Christian denominations. What it means to vicar John Werner is that he has two congregations to minister to, Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro and Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marion, as he works toward becoming an ordained minister.
Flood damage closes Kanza causeway
Damaged by high water in recent weeks, a causeway bridge on Kanza Rd. between 250th and 270th Rds was closed Tuesday as a safety measure. “Erosion is really bad, and it’s getting under the roadway now,” road and bridge superintendent Randy Crawford said. “Eventually it’ll wash out the dirt and asphalt that supports the roads. We don’t know when the thing could collapse.”
Road funding slipped in 2014
Marion County road and bridge spending from two key funds grew by $1.9 million from 2003 to 2013, an 83 percent growth rate that was four times that of overall county expense growth rates. Then in 2014, expenditures on roads and bridges from those funds dropped by $1million.
County is designated federal disaster area
Marion County may receive federal assistance with repair projects now that it has been declared a federal disaster area because of excessive rainfall. “I will be kicking off a meeting in a week or so,” emergency management director Robert Frank said. “We will put things into perspective and start working on the projects.”
Truck industry changing
The best example of change in the trucking industry is 10 feet of chrome just under the cab. It’s a tube composed of multiple parts, some fatter than others. “That right there is about $10,000 to $15,000,” Stan Williams says.
Worn tires more common these days
Rod Koons has seen a lot of cars with a lot of miles roll into the bays at Rod’s Tire and Service in Hillsboro. “I don’t know the last time I wrote mileage down on one that was under 100,000 miles,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of them over 200,000.”
Contractor Brian K. Berry, 57, of Lehigh, died Tuesday at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita. He is survived by his wife, Judy, and sister, Katherine DeFilippis of Hillsboro.
Marvin Ensz, 90, died July 14 at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. Services were to have been this morning at Alexanderfeld Mennonite Church, rural Hillsboro.
Former Peabody resident Sandra (Weems) Watson, 54, died June 14 at her home in Beaverton, Oregon. She was a former Peabody resident. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery Peabody. A luncheon will follow at Peabody United Methodist Church.
County fair begins
After preliminary events over the past few days, the 85th annual Marion County Fair begins today in earnest at the fairgrounds in Hillsboro. Fair manager Kelli Savage said preparations had gone smoothly and it was time for the fun to begin.
The ride is the thing
The third Peabody Cruise will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in downtown Peabody. Despite newspaper articles, ads, and fliers about the event for the past three months, there is still some confusion as to what is going on and why. Peabody Cruise is a way to bring new people into to Peabody on a regular basis. From spring to fall, motorcycle riders and vintage car owners enjoy taking their cars and bikes out on the road and spending a Sunday driving across parts of Kansas. “The ride is the thing” is a motto. It does not matter a whole lot where they go or what they see, just so they get out and ride. The Flint Hills are a popular spot to visit and an open picturesque area in which to ride. Each season is different. Communities in and around the Flint Hills welcome riders with open businesses, food vendors, music, a chance to catch up with other riders, and sometimes a church service or special event.
No marshmallows, but plenty of fire, were in evidence Monday night as the lake hall witnessed what could have been an attempt to set another world record — this one for attendance at a county commission meeting. A standing-room-only crowd of more than 300 conducted what, depending on your point of view, was a marathon pillory of the county’s embattled road and bridge superintendent and his bosses or a refreshingly open and civil demonstration of democracy in action, complete with a U.S. flag flying adjacent to the county’s equivalent to London’s speaker’s corner.
City of Peabody property
Calendar of Events
Senior Citizen Menu
Book swap program to go countywide
A 4-H book swap previously at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center will move into Marion County Resource Center and Food Bank and offer books in exchange for food donations in addition to swapping books. Happy Hustlers 4-H will monitor the program every Thursday. It will be available on Mondays “on an honor system basis,” adviser Kathy Martin said.
Residents remain busy in July
Snellings take grandchild to game
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