Vol. 143 , No. 44
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Peabody, KS 66866
Burn pit violations could cause closure
Violations at the city burn pit are on the increase, and could cause the pit to close, the city’s public works director told city council members Monday. “I don’t know why people are all of a sudden dumping so much lumber down there,” works directory Ronnie Harms said. “We have had to pull out several loads from the burn pile and take them to our bigger dumpsters at the city shop.”
81 Speedway excitement appeals to Peabody man
Todd Woodruff credits his parents for his love of dirt track racing. “When I was little, they were into racing and took me along,” he said. “I really got the bug as a kid, and it stayed with me. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed.”
Manhunt crashes through county
A flurry of sirens and flashing lights roused Lincolnville residents Monday night as officers from six police departments descended on the town Monday in a manhunt for an escaped inmate whose stolen truck jumped a curb at US-56/77, sped through multiple yards, and crashed into the home of Greg Hubbard. “I was sitting on the couch watching TV,” Hubbard said. “We heard the sirens and saw the lights. Then there was a loud crash and the house shook, and I just knew we’d been hit.”
St. Luke Hospital Foundation receives $200,000 tax credit
A $200,000 package of tax credits awarded Monday by the Kansas Department of Commerce will help St. Luke Hospital Foundation raise money for renovation of St. Luke Living Center. “We were very happy to hear the news,” Roger Schroeder, the hospital’s marketing director, said. “We worked really hard to get it. It’s a great program. It will help us continue to better the quality of our health care.”
EMS dominates budget discussion
Fixing problems with emergency medical service dominated county budget discussions this past week. Commissioners spent 2½ hours Friday talking to EMS director Ed Debesis, and 3 hours Monday with an accountant talking about scraping together the money to fix lack of timely availability of ambulance crews.
Fire consumes $90,000 of alfalfa
A rural hayshed erupted in flames, destroying 700 alfalfa bales, a tractor, and the structure itself at 5:15 a.m. Thursday near Durham. When Warren Unruh, owner of the shed, learned of the fire, he sent his 21-year-old son, Nathan, to see whether there was any chance to save anything.
County relents on closing bridge
A weakened bridge on Goldenrod Rd. between 160th and 170th Rds. will remain open for the time being after county commissioners relented Monday on a plan to close it. Commissioners were looking to trim upcoming bridge inspection costs when they examined three bridges a month ago. All three are on the state’s critical list, making inspection more costly.
FFA student apprehends masked bandits
Using caramel and marshmallows, FFA parliamentarian Devin Soyez recently caged two masked bandits running amuck in Marion’s FFA Community Garden near Warriors Stadium. Devin, 15, joined
Dog rescued from jagged window
After a concerned neighbor reported a case of possible animal neglect, Hillsboro officer David Funk rescued a yelping dog in distress Saturday in the 300 block of N. Washington St. When Funk arrived, the dog, a 60-pound lab mix, was inside its owner’s residence near a broken window that had jagged glass hanging from its wooden frame.
Former public school cook Dorothy J. Foth, 89, died July 18 in Halstead. Services were Monday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, with interment at Hillsboro M.B. Cemetery.
Doris Lee Buckner, 89, a Marion beautician for seven decades, died Sunday at Heartsworth Senior Living Center, Vinita, Oklahoma. Born Dec. 12, 1926, in Carnegie, Oklahoma, to Herman and Pearl Law, she married Virgil Buckner in 1944.
Marjorie A. Osgood, 80, Florence, died Monday. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Florence United Methodist Church.
Retired farmer and chicken rancher Jack D. Williams, 82, died Thursday at Via Christi - St. Francis Hospital, Wichita. Born Christmas Day, 1933, in Marion to Irvin and Elsie (Hett) Williams, he graduated from Marion High School, served in the Army and on Aug. 2, 1959, married Carolyn “Sue” Haizlip.
Fish and game division
Marriage licenses issued
Cost of school supplies really adds up
A parent’s school supply shopping list is usually not cheap. Marion-Florence estimates the cost of a kindergartener’s supplies at $45 and a fifth-grader’s supplies at $50.
Taking education one byte at a time
While many children soon will be getting up early to catch a bus or hop on a bike to head to school, some will have the option to sleep in. They may even go to class in their pajamas. And they may be joined by adults who hit the books after a day at work. These students probably won’t set foot in a school building all year; they’ll be taking classes over the Internet through one of Marion County’s virtual schools.
What high school seniors look forward to
Over pizza Sunday night, seven upcoming high school seniors discussed with reporter Kelsey Unruh what they have liked about high school so far, what they are looking forward to, and what advice they’d give incoming freshman. Interviewed were Tori Boyd from Marion, Raeanne Bryant and Katie Marler from Centre, Brooklyn Wiens from Hillsboro, and Mallory Harris, Austin Purk, and Austin Reynolds from Peabody-Burns. Here is an abridged transcript of their conversation.
What are you looking forward to most about being seniors in high school? Brooklyn: Graduating. Like, seriously. Being top dog.
Election for county commission
Two incumbents and four challengers are vying for two seats on Marion County Commission in the only contested local races in Tuesday’s Republican primary. No Democrats have filed, but one independent, Tom Britain in the 3rd District, will appear on the general election ballot in November.
Two things to think about
If any of you ever find yourselves in my position, writing an opinion column for a newspaper, here is a bit of advice. Do you want to generate comments or phone calls from readers with opinions about your opinion? Do you want people to stop you on the street or in the post office and tell you they really loved — or hated — what you wrote?
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Olsen cousins gather for reunion
Descendants of Nees L. and Cora (Penland) Olsen gathered for their annual cousins’ reunion and potluck lunch July 17 at Marion Senior Center. Forty-one family members, descendents of the Olsens’ children, attended: Mabel Olsen Matz’s descendants — Evelyn Matz, Newton; Barbara (Matz) Hoskinson, Berryton. Earl Olsen’s descendants — Larry and Deana Olsen, Helen (Olsen) Reznicek, Marion. Ida Olsen Sandwell’s descendants — Lucy (Sandwell) Janzen, Marilyn (Janzen) Cook, and Sara (Cook) Lyon, Matthew and Lizzie, all of Newton; Ken and Marge Sandwell, Marion. Florence Olsen Perry’s descendants — Wayne Perry, Franklin, Texas; Amanda (Perry) Gates, Killeen, Texas; Gwen (Perry) Wilezynski, Lacy Lakeview, Texas; Floyd Perry and Vickie (Perry) Burt, Wichita. Nellie Olsen Amick’s descendants —Kay (Amick) and Albert Steele, Brody Steele, Alan Steele, Shayla Steele, Ember, Brenton, and Steven, Dustin and Shaylie Steele, Marion; Linda (Amick) Braden, Grandview, Missouri. John Olsen’s descendants — Bob and Mary Olsen, Camarillo, California; Nancy (Olsen) and Marlin Miller, Jared Miller, Wichita; Chris Olsen, Manhattan; Vickie Olsen and Dean Matarehiera and Zoe, Edmond, Oklahoma. Irene Olsen Brooks’s descendants — Robyn Brooks and Don Molleker, Aaron and Alli, Marion.
Jewetts descendants gather for reunion
Twenty-two descendants of the Edson and Lottie (Cope) Jewett family met July 17 at Hillsboro Memorial Park Scout House for a meal and visiting. Those who attended from Kansas were Edith and John Darting, Lloyd Spencer, Isaac Spencer, and Shonda Ratzlaff, Hillsboro; Diana Kennedy, Larry Baxter, and Evelyn Jewett, Marion; Richard Baxter, Great Bend; Ruth and Jean Bacqkowski, Valley Center; Theresa Spencer, Hope Darting, and Chris and Damon Hays, Wichita; and Clifford and Linda Jewett, Mt. Hope.
Lawrence and Lois Sayers celebrate 65 years
DAYS OF YORE:
125 years ago
Residents attend services, visit relatives
Student participates in research program
Sarah Hofkamp, of Peabody, a senior studying peace, justice, and conflict studies and interdisciplinary at Goshen College, participated in a summer research project through the college’s Maple Scholars program. The eight-week program allowed students to collaborate with professors on hands-on research.
Calendar of Events
Safe driving class planned
A safe driving course that could reduce participants’ insurance premiums will be offered 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Marion Elementary School library. The class, open to all licensed drivers, includes no graded tests or actual driving. Cost is $25. Members of AARP, which is sponsoring the course, qualify for a $5 discount.
Child screenings available
Appointments are being taken for free developmental screening for children through age 5. The hour-long screenings the morning of Aug. 9 in Hillsboro will test cognitive, motor, language, social, and emotional development. Appointments are being accepted by Marion County Early Intervention Services at (620) 382-2858.
Threshing Days start next week
Next week’s Threshing Days in Goessel will feature prairie tractors and stationary engines along with many other activities. Admission will be $5 at the gate or $4 in advance, and free for children 11 and under.
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