Vol. 143 , No. 43
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Peabody, KS 66866
USD 398 hopes to drop levy, offer raises
Depending on information Superintendent Ron Traxon receives at state budget meetings today, Peabody-Burns is hoping to drop its levy by a few mills this year. “We have done a good job of sticking to our five-year plan for facility equipment upgrades, and it looks like we will be saving quite a bit on operation costs,” Traxson said. “Even the new high school building is now 20 years old, and technology has changed the way we heat and cool our buildings, light them, and secure them. The oldest heating and air unit is the original unit at PBES, and it was built in the 1970s.”
Resident shows appreciation to law enforcement with cupcakes
Parkour anyone? Teen gets acrobatic on townscape without a net
Florence teen Ezra Darnall may have what it takes to become a stuntman someday. At 17, Ezra can run several steps up a wall and dismount with a radical back flip.
Commissioners sell tax-foreclosed properties
The county sold five tax-foreclosed lots and one house to highest bidders Monday. Two lots in Florence were sold to Ronald Shipman for $125 each.
Poor sales contribute to Straub's closing in Marion
Great Bend-based Straub International announced Tuesday that it will close its Marion location by the end of the month. “The local agricultural economy continues to be weak, and we’re just not getting the revenue generation in that location to be able to sustain its operation,” CEO Ron Straub said.
Eroding road bed could be costly
A portion of 190th Rd. next to a bend in the South Cottonwood River has eroded so much from floods the guardrail is falling and the county must now decide what to do about it. County commissioners, road and bridge superintendent Jesse Hamm, and Larry Cushinberry took a Monday morning tour of the portion of road to check out its condition.
Fish and game division
Acupuncture-like technique eases tense muscles
Physical therapist Matt Vermillion at St. Luke Hospital has a new weapon in his aches-and-pains war box. Vermillion is now certified in dry-needle therapy.
Summer fun can turn painful
Fishing, camping, hiking and an assortment of other outdoor activities promise summer fun, but also carry risks. Russell Groves of Hillsboro, a preparedness enthusiast, recommends several precautions before venturing out for a camping trip, hiking day, or the like.
Keep safe when working in hot weather
Shredding the past
I have a confession to make. I spent an afternoon this past weekend shredding my high school diary. I feel ever so much better. That thing has been hanging over my head for a year or two. Now it is gone. I wrote once about how people need to clear out their clutter and get rid of those things they would rather not have pop up on their estate auction. As the head seeker of valuables for Marshall Auction, I became rather good at culling the wheat from the chaff in the many estate sales we did during our 30 years in the auction business. I read lots of old letters, bank statements, cards, and, yes, diaries. All of it was fascinating reading for the first 10 years or so. Eventually, not so much.
Lutheran vicar becomes pastor
Lutheran churches in Marion and Hillsboro have a full-time pastor after vicar John Werner was recently ordained at ceremony June 10 at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro. “It was physically, mentally, and spiritually overwhelming,” Werner said. “It feels slightly surreal but I was very thankful to have all my family and so many church members around me.”
Cards to mark Warneke's 90th brithday
The family of Edith Warneke, of Marion, requests a card shower for her 90th birthday Aug. 1. She was born Aug. 1, 1926, to Henry and Pauline (Deines) Albright in Lost Springs. Husband Harlow and daughters Connie, Pat, and Gerry request cards be sent to 701 S. Coble St., Marion KS 66861.
Plummers visit in New Mexico and Missouri
DAYS OF YORE:
125 years ago
July Fourth activities shared
Baldwin awarded scholarship
Recent Marion High School graduate Sydnee Baldwin was awarded a $500 scholarship from Alpha Omega chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma for the upcoming school year. The scholarship is presented to a female high school senior or college student attending a college in Kansas who is pursuing a major in education.
Athlete named to academic team
Freshman Seth Snelling from Marion was named a track and field academic all-American this week at Hutchinson Community College. Snelling’s 3.79 grade-point average qualified him for inclusion on the list from the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Calendar of Events
Hoy family to share stories
Eight members of the Hoy family, which has been ranching in the Flint Hills since the 1870s, will share stories of cowboys, cattle, folklore, and education in a community dialogue at 2 p.m. Saturday in a century-old barn at Pioneer Bluffs, located 14 miles south of Cottonwood Falls. There will be no charge, but donations are suggested.
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