Vol. 144 , No. 10
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Peabody, KS 66866
Dollar General sets its sights on Peabody
By putting his signature to an ordinance agreeing to annex a parcel of land into the Peabody city limits, Mayor Larry Larsen took the first step Monday night toward finalization of an agreement between the city and representatives of Dollar General to open a Dollar General store in Peabody. The city has been involved in talks with Dollar General, its engineer, developer, and legal counsel for a couple of months, according to city clerk Stephanie Lago.
Woman arrested for alleged aggravated battery
Terry Tucker, 52, of Peabody was arrested Friday, at her home at 213 E. Division St. and charged with alleged aggravated battery and criminal damage to property. The incident allegedly took place at the residence of Steven Holdren, 404 N. Elm St.
Teen allegedly threatens police, people with gun
A Hillsboro teen was arrested last week after allegedly stealing a gun and threatening the lives of three people with it. At approximately 7:25 p.m. Nov. 23, Clayton Tate Lingenfelter, 18, Hillsboro, allegedly took a Savage .22 rifle, valued at $300, that belonged to Cassidy Johnson, an acquaintance, without permission, according to Hillsboro police chief Dan Kinning.
Foundation awards three grants
Peabody Community Foundation awarded grants to two area groups Tuesday night at the Giving Tuesday/Winterfest event at Peabody-Burns High School. Two projects at Peabody Township Library were funded from the Peabody Endowment Fund. First, an award of $1,000 went to the restoration of “Roll of Honor,” a painting that has been hanging unnoticed on a wall of the library for ninety years. The painting names all the men from Peabody Township who served in WWI. It was removed from the library in early September and transported to Wichita for professional cleaning and restoration.
Big rigs prohibited on reservoir dam road
Large motor homes, fifth-wheelers, and other large vehicles are now too heavy to cross the dam at Marion Reservoir. The road across the dam now has a six-ton weight limit.
Recipe contest: There's nothing like food for the holidays
Co-op to move forward after no go for MKC merger
A proposal merger of Cooperative Grain and Supply with Mid-Kansas Cooperative fell short Nov. 22 when CG&S members failed to muster the necessary votes for approval. A two-thirds majority vote was required for the resolution to pass, and with 268 members in attendance, the resolution failed with the vote split 136 in favor of and 129 against the merger.
Prices drop, labels change with grocery merger
The recent merger of two cooperative grocery distribution businesses that supply three county grocery stores seems to be garnering a favorable response from store owners and customers overall. Affiliated Foods Midwest Cooperative, Inc., a retailer-owned cooperative that supplied more than 800 stores in 15 states including Carlsons’ Grocery, Dale’s Supermarket, and Peabody Market, merged with Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., a cooperative that supplied more than 3,000 stores in 30 states.
Employers get overtime reprieve
Despite many employers giving thought to what they will do with changes in federal overtime regulations, changes have been stopped — at least for now. Under the new Department of Labor regulations, set to go into effect Thursday, the minimum salary threshold for employees to be exempt from getting overtime pay would have risen from $23,660 to $47,892.
History buffs set sights on country schools
Jim Bredemeier of Marion was researching Luta Creek, also known as Brook Luta, Luta Brook, Muddy Creek, and Mud Creek, on historical maps, when he noticed the proclivity of country schools that once existed in Marion County. “I realized my parents saying they walked five miles to school was not true,” he said. “Schools often were two or three miles apart and no more than four.”
Lloyd David Dalke, 79, died Nov. 27 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. He was born July 25, 1937 to Jacob E. and Edna F. (Klein) Dalke in Hillsboro.
Ginger M. Garcia-Ledford, 58, died Nov. 6 at her home in Hillsboro. She was born Oct. 4, 1958, to Andrew and Delores (Anduss) Twombly in Hugoton. She was a homemaker.
Taylor LeeAnn Miller
Taylor LeeAnn Miller, 13, died Nov. 12 in Lincoln, Nebraska, as a result of an accident. She was born April 10, 2003, to Patricia (Hokanson) Miller and Kelly Miller, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Irvin Reimer, 94, died Thursday at Bethesda Home in Goessel. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel.
Former Peabody gas station owner Milford D. Stovall of Newton died Thursday at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.
Problems abound with our Christmas lights
Yes, there is a problem with our downtown Christmas lights. As the lone remaining member of the Peabody Christmas Light committee, if you have a comment, recommendation, suggestion, or complaint about the lights, I am the person to contact. While the reason they are not yet on is a bit vague and beyond my understanding, I really am the only person who can give a straight answer.
Help save the burn pit
You should know that secretly I love it when Peabody City Council solicits my help to keep my six regular readers and their friends and neighbors in line. Not, of course, that my six regular readers would need a nudge in the direction of decent and responsible behavior. They already know the rules because they read up on good community conduct in this column, but apparently some of them have friends or family who are bit shady and bend the rules. Tsk, tsk!
'Tis the season of scams
It’s the busiest time of year for scammers to try to take money out of people’s pockets. Perhaps that’s why my roommate got a call from someone with a heavy accent claiming she’d won a huge prize from a well-known magazine marketer. He said he was calling to check if she’d been notified before. She said no, and he put her on hold while he “checked with someone else.”
Millses celebrate 50th anniversary
Randy and Judy (Strait) Mills of Florence will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 3. They have owned and operated Doyle Creek Land and Cattle Company and have been residents of Florence for 47 years.
Festive holiday tradition returns at county lake
A Christmas lights display that was a formerly much-loved tradition is making a comeback this year. After a two-year lapse, residents of Hill Rd. at Marion County Park and Lake will again display a street full of holiday lights and welcome visitors on one special evening.
Harpist to speak at Lifelong Learning
The final Lifelong Learning program for fall semester will feature Christmas music by harpist Judith Mace at 9:45 a.m. Friday in Wohlgemuth Music Education building at Tabor College. Mace is a harpist and pianist with a degree in piano performance and certification in harp therapy. She will discuss therapeutic use of harp in medical and hospice contexts.
Baker demonstrates skills
A Marion electric lineman showed off his skills at the Tuesday grand opening of the Kansas Municipal Utilities Training Center in McPherson. Landon Baker received special honors for his accomplishments during training earlier this year. He was asked to be a demonstrator at the grand opening because he was one of the most skilled climbers in training this year.
Senior center menu
Burns families share stories of Thanksgiving holiday
New Warriors hoops coach ready to get going
If Marion Warriors’ first-year head coach Randy Skiles can channel his feelings about being in Marion into his team’s performance, the Warriors will be tough to beat. “I’m excited about being in Marion,” Skiles said. “So far, it’s been a great move. This is a great district as far as having supportive administrators, great teachers, and the kids are good. Overall, I’ve been really impressed.”
Marion girls looking to reload
What’s a coach to do when one of the best teams of recent years graduates seven of its eight top players? For Marion Lady Warriors coach Kelly Robson, the answer is obvious.
New coach has veteran team
Tyler McMichael, the Marion Warriors’ new head wrestling coach, anticipates the team will do great things this year if all goes according to plan. “We expect quite a bit out of this team, especially the veteran wrestlers who went to state last year,” McMichael said. “I can see them doing a lot of great things.”
Seven back as Centre aims for better campaign
Although the Centre boys’ basketball team improved its record last year over the previous year, it ended with a losing record of 7-14 overall. Richard Idleman, in his second year as head coach, is hoping to change that this year.
Small Centre Cougars team to compete in bigger lead
With just 11 girls out for basketball this year, coach Alan Stahlecker still believes they can be competitive in the Wheat State League, especially as the season progresses and they gain experience. They will face two new league teams, Herington and Canton-Galva, bringing the number of teams in the league to 10.
Trojans poised to keep foes off-base
After 28 years at the helm of the Hillsboro Trojans boys’ basketball program, coach Darrel Knoll still likes to keep opposing teams guessing. That was a hallmark of last year’s team, with different players taking on the load as the season wore on, and Knoll has a number of those players back.
Hillsboro girls seek firepower
One question looms larger than any other as Hillsboro Lady Trojans coach Nathan Hiebert prepares his team for the upcoming season: Where are the points going to come from? Graduation took away Alex Ratzlaff and Tassanee Sanchez, Hillsboro’s top scorers last year. Among Hiebert’s returning players, none averaged more than 5 points per game.
Young wrestling team focuses on basics
For the most part, building up wrestling basics will be at the heart of the Hillsboro Trojans program this season. “We have a young and very inexperienced team this year,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “We’re looking for ways and working on drills to help improve and increase the learning curve.”
Goessel girls shoot for state
Goessel girls’ athletics has established a reputation for excellence in recent years, and state basketball coaches have noticed, tabbing the Bluebirds fifth in the Class 1A Division 1 preseason rankings. The ranking isn’t as important to coach Ryan Hoopes as is the culture of high expectations that drives his players to excel.
Goessel boys count on speed and versatility
Preseason is a time when “coachspeak” rules, and words such as teamwork and determination fly about the court as wildly as basketballs in a pre-game shoot-around. Kids looking for individual glory often don’t take heed of such talk, but watching and listening to Goessel’s boys team, sixth-year coach Curtis Guhr has evidently gotten through.
Warriors boys back up to normal numbers
Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball coach Caleb Good has more choices to make this year, and that’s a good thing. “This year we have a total of 18 players,” Good said. “Last year we were down in numbers compared to what it normally is.”
Warriors girls have older team
Peabody-Burns Warriors girls basketball team is older this year as only four new members join the squad. The team also has five seniors, who coach Scott Bauer hopes will continue what last year’s three graduating seniors left behind.
Old rivals could meet in Marion Classic tourney
Basketball fans could see Warriors mayhem when Marion and Peabody-Burns compete in the Marion Classic six-team basketball tournament next week at the Sports and Aquatic Center. Potential match ups of the two schools will depend on the outcome of pool play Monday through Friday. Marion boys and girls are grouped with Berean Academy and Wichita Homeschool, while Peabody-Burns, Eureka, and Remington. Any contests between the rival Warriors squads would be during Saturday’s six-game marathon finale.
Calendar of Events
Santa Claus to visit Marion library twice
Be they naughty or nice, children have two chances to whisper their holiday wishes to Santa Claus at Marion City Library. Santa and Mrs. Claus will in the Santa Fe Room from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. While visiting, children also have the opportunity to make a craft.
Santa to visit Florence
Santa is coming to Florence Saturday. He will arrive at 6 p.m. at the Florence City Building to visit with children. Refreshments will be served. Parents also can take pictures of their children with Santa. This event is sponsored by the Florence Chamber of Commerce.
Learn to make Christmas repurposed decorations
Janell Holter will show patrons how to repurpose and update Christmas decorations at noon Dec. 7 during a Lunch ‘n Learn session at Marion City Library. Cost is $5. Reservation must be made by Friday. To attend, call the library at (620) 382-2442.
Live nativity Dec. 17 and 18
Tabor Mennonite Youth Fellowship will share their annual living nativity, Night in the Barn, from 6 to 8 p.m Dec. 17 and 18 in the barn of Maynard Knepp and Carol Duerksen between Goessel and Hillsboro on Falcon Rd. north of 150th Rd. A goat, a cow and calf, a sheep, and a baby and donkeys are a few of the critters who will be in the nativity.
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