Vol. 143 , No. 18
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Peabody, KS 66866
Special city sales tax set to expire
Peabody City Clerk Stephanie Lago presented council members with information Monday night about the city’s one-percent sales tax, designated for repair and upgrades to city streets and alleys. In 2006, voters approved the tax for a term of 10 years. The purpose was to provide additional funds for repair of city streets with the ordinance to “sunset” in 2016, unless voters decided to reinstate it.
Spelling bee winner not 'rattled'
Kael Hutchison approached spelling the word that would make him winner of the PBES spelling bee with as much caution as he might if he actually came upon a “rattler.” Hutchison paused and asked to have the word repeated. Then he paused again to as if to ponder it a bit, said the word back to the table of judges, and took the plunge.
Train rips car in half as man leaps to safety
Dustin Rhodes, 20, of Ramona, narrowly escaped the destructive force of an oncoming freight train Thursday after surviving a car wreck moments before the train “ripped the car in half.” At approximately 8:37 p.m., Rhodes was westbound in the 1800 block of 360th Rd. attempting to return his sister’s 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass “so she could go to work” when he lost control on an icy curve that veers north just south of Ramona and intersects with an elevated railroad crossing the lights of which were flashing red.
Economic development hindered by errant, disjointed information
What do a dilapidated Chase County bridge, China, and former Marion economic developer Terry Jones have to do with economic development in Marion County? Nothing, of course, but Marion city administrator Roger Holter showed city and county officials Thursday that all three were being used to market Marion County to prospective business developers.
EMS interim director requests new uniforms
EMS interim director Ed Debesis did not waste any time getting straight to the point with county commissioners at Monday’s meeting. “Something I’d like to look at and get approved is some shirts, hats, for the crews across the county so we have one name,” Debesis said. “That is something I would like to do.”
Searching for a better means of public transportation
Marion resident Evelyn Jewett, who had lunch at the Marion Senior Center on Monday, said she relies on other people to drive her wherever she needs to go because she no longer has a driver’s license. “I’m always begging a ride,” Jewett said. “I try to do as much as I can in Marion. I don’t want to impose on anyone. But I do my banking in McPherson.”
MHS grad becomes St. Luke outreach provider
St. Luke recently announced the addition of Marion High School graduate Adam Heerey, MS, NCC, LPC, to their list of outreach providers. Heerey provides mental health counseling services as a private practice, Kansas Professional Counseling Services.
Caution motorists: winter is here
To drive or not to drive – often that is the question during the winter. Sheriff Rob Craft has several recommendations for winter safe driving.
Give kids a 'boost' in car safety
Does it really take three days of training to learn to install a child car seat? It does if you’re going to be a certified child passenger safety technician, which is what county extension agent Renae Riedy is.
Safety, fuel efficiency featured in new cars
Safety and fuel efficiency features seem to be the trend in new vehicles available to consumers at local car dealerships in 2016. Terry Hagen, sales manager at Hillsboro Ford, said Ford has made a rather large change to its flagship truck line.
Be prepared for bitter cold driving emergencies
Emergency Management Director Randy Frank carries things like blankets and snack bars in his truck for emergencies, and he used them as recently as last week. When an accident happened on 190th Rd. west of Marion, Frank said the occupants of the car were extremely cold and he was able to hand them blankets to warm up.
No good deed goes unrewarded
Laura Legg, manager of Ampride stations in Hillsboro and Marion, has been busy the past few years spreading good will among customers by nominating them for Cenex Tanks of Thanks fuel cards. Evelyn Groop of Marion was one of the delighted recipients.
Michael Hein, 65, died Friday at McPherson. A funeral service will be 10 a.m. today at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro. Interment will follow at French Creek Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.
Helen M. (Libel) Kapaun, 86, sister-in-law of Father Emil Kapaun, died Jan. 20, at Catholic Care Center, Bel Aire. Rosary was Monday and Funeral Mass was Tuesday. Both were at St. Mark Catholic Church, Colwich.
Eileen Keller, 91, Pittsburg, formerly of Hillsboro, died Jan. 20 at Via Christi Village. Services were Monday at First United Methodist Church, Pittsburg. Burial followed in Mount Olive Cemetery.
Luella R. Popp, 93, died Saturday at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. Visitation with family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Marion. Interment will be 9 a.m. Friday at the Marion Cemetery.
Fish and game cases
Sign your name to it
I have found that in the world of newspaper opinion columns, my contributions run from frivolous to fired-up. The frivolous include stories about my son-in-law, Ol’ What’s His Name, tales of some decades-old shenanigans that have a bit of bearing on current Peabody events or personalities, and memories of my own growing up years. When I am fired up I tend to give my six regular readers and the rest of you ‘what for’ about mowing, whining, smoking, voting, trash, city council meeting attendance, vandalism, and other topics that chap my hide. One more thing — the biggest complaint I have is lodged against you people who hide behind an anonymous or non-existent signature. You know that person. He/she is terrific about writing a page or two about some perceived insult, slight, or complaint, but does not have the fortitude to actually stand behind the accusation with a name.
Play together or pay dearly
It’s far past time to get deathly serious about countywide economic development, not just economic development isolated to Marion or Hillsboro or any other city. Prosperity in the years ahead depends on throwing out decades-old animosities and rivalries and pulling together for the common good. Marion, Hillsboro, and county officials met last week in an effort to move that direction. At times the meeting was awkward, particularly when Marion City Administrator Roger Holter demonstrated problems with marketing the county to prospective businesses, even taking a potshot at his own city’s website.
Kapaun's sister-in-law was 'the force behind her husband'
Helen Kapaun, wife of the late Eugene Kapaun and sister-in-law of the late Father Emil Kapaun, died last week in Wichita at age 86. Eugene died in 2010. The couple was married in St. Mark, a small town near Colwich, and their wedding dance was held in Pilsen. They had a large family. Their first child was a baby when Father Kapaun went overseas as an army chaplain.
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Ottensmeier attends KLA conference
Tyler Ottensmeier, Marion, attended the Kansas Livestock Association leadership conference in Topeka. The event is designed to expose attendees to services provided by the KLA, advocacy training, and the legislative process.
Senior center menu
Lena Jo Trofim
Kyle and Larsen attend senior board meeting
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Warriors teams place 8th at Centre tournament
Peabody-Burns Warriors basketball teams both placed eighth at the Centre Cougar Classic basketball tournament, which took place Friday, Saturday, and Monday. After losing to both the Wakefield Bombers 38-18 on Friday, and the Solomon Gorillas 46-40 on Saturday, the Lady Warriors turned up the heat on Monday’s game, trailing the Rural Vista Heat by just 4 points at half time.
Five Warriors receive district football honors
The All-District football team for Kansas 8-Man 1, District III has been announced by KPreps, a media outlet covering athletics in all Kansas school districts. Five Peabody-Burns High School players were selected for all-district and honorable mention honors.
Students named to dean's list, honor rolls
Four students will share student of the month honors at Hillsboro High School. Eva Franz, Marah Franz, Callie Linnens, and Caleb Rempel are January’s winners, selected by faculty and staff.
Calendar of events
Grants to be presented at pancake feed
The annual Peabody Senior Center pancake breakfast will be 7 a.m. to noon Feb. 6th at the center. Peabody Community Foundation grants will be awarded at the meal starting at 10 a.m.
Farmer's market vendor workshop approaches
A regional farmer’s market workshop for vendors and managers will be 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 at KSU Sedgwick County Extension office in Wichita. The event, which is in conjunction with the Central Kansas Market Grower Vendor Workshop, will cover topics including beekeeping, produce safety and food safety updates, using social media, building healthy soil, accepting non-cash payments, and a vendor panel on various marketing topics.
Chef Rob to offer herb, dessert class
Hillsboro Recreation Commission and chef Rob Scott will be offering an “herbs and dessert” class 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9 in the Hillsboro Middle and High School teacher workroom. In the class, students will make pan seared chicken with garlic sauce and a Valentine’s Day decadent dessert.
Huelskamp staff to be available to discuss tax concerns
A staff representative of Congressman Tim Huelskamp specializing in IRS casework will be available 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Hillsboro City Hall. The representative will be available to meet individually with taxpayers to learn about their concerns.
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