Vol. 144 , No. 33
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Peabody, KS 66866
Pot bust snares five
Four Tabor College athletes as a fifth individual were arrested on suspicion of multiple drug violations when Hillsboro police executed a search warrant May 3 at a residence at 703 S Washington St., with assistance from sheriff’s deputies and Peabody police. “We’ve had our suspicions for a while and started gathering information,” Hillsboro chief Dan Kinning said. “It was a big house and we knew it was going to take search the place but everything was pretty easy to find. They weren’t expecting us.”
County lake discussion turns contentious
A contingent of residents at the County Park and Lake showed up to have their say during Monday’s county commission meeting. The sometimes angry exchange of words was touched off when commissioner Dianne Novak said she would not sign a letter to lake resident Garry Dunnegan telling him the commission had voted April 10 to leave an area adjacent to his property unmowed to help prevent blue-green algae bloom.
Children publish mother's long-lost manuscript
It wasn’t exactly Mother’s Day, but it was a surprise when Geneva Wallace received a box in the mail and discovered it contained 50 copies of a recently-published children’s book titled, “The Cats of Burdick Kansas” by Geneva Wallace. “What is this?” she exclaimed. “I can’t believe it!”
Peabody couple reopens Alpaca shop in Marion
Despite the building going on the market last winter, a familiar niche shop in Marion has reopened its doors. Prairie Oak Alpaca Farm store reopened for business Thursday.
Taco's totally tasty tacos
Considering the chef behind the cuisine, the origin of Taco’s Food Truck goes way back, back in the day when Nintendo was a new entertainment system and Josh Tajchman became “Taco.” “Back when I was in sixth grade, the Tajchman house had a tradition of eating tacos every Friday night,” Tajchman said. “I had my buddies Dave [Darrow] and Trav Moore] over, and we were on a [Nintendo] Tecmo Bowl bender. Well, my Dad [Frank] drew up a menu for us and Tiff, my sister, took our orders. We just gamed and grubbed all night. Then on Monday at school, all of a sudden everybody was calling me Taco. I guess Dave and Trav collaborated on the nickname. It just stuck ever since.”
Friendship Day celebrated with tea
May Friendship Day was celebrated with “Tea at Three” Friday at Valley United Methodist Church. A program entitled “Kindling New Fires of Love” consisted of scripture, hymns, a skit, a Bible study handout, and a Fellowship of the Least Coin offering.
County Democrats convene in Marion
Marion County Democrats met Saturday at Willy J’s Bar and Grill in Marion. County chairman Eileen Sieger conducted the meeting during which reports on Medicaid expansion were given by Jackie Volbrecht and Margaret Wilson. Wilson and Sieger also spoke about meeting with Senator Moran’s legislative aide.
Marion dental office to expand
Mid-June will bring two new dentists to take up practice in Marion. Nolan Andrews and Michael Adams, both recent graduates of University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska, are joining R2 Centers for Dentistry.
Retired postal carrier Allen A. Abbot, 82, Lincolnville, died Monday at St. Luke Living Center. He retired from the Army and was a postal carrier for 20 years.
Bruce Bartel, 63, died May 1 at Hillsboro Community Hospital in Hillsboro. Born Sept. 3, 1953, to Morris and Vera (Berg) Bartel in Hillsboro, he married Patricia Johnson on Oct. 26, 1974, in Hillsboro.
Former farmer Kendall Laurin Carlson, 85, of Assaria, died May 5. He was born June 6, 1931, to Herbin and Freda Carlson at Salina. After moving to Salina from the family farm because of the opening of Camp
Phillips, Carlson graduated from Salina High School. The family moved back to the farm after Camp Phillips closed. Carlson continued farming until his retirement.
Farmer Floyd Miller, 91, died Friday at Hillsboro Community Hospital. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church in Hillsboro. Interment will be at Durham Park Cemeterty, rural Durham. Visitation with family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.
Lost Springs native Edgar E. “Ed” Riffel, 90, of Herington, died May 2 at Herington Municipal Hospital. A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Herington. Burial with military honors will follow at Lewis Cemetery, Ramona. Visitation will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Zeiner Funeral Home — Herington Chapel.
Donna Mae Southers
Donna Mae Southers, 74, Lost Springs, died May 2 at The Legacy in Herington. Born Sept. 20, 1942, to Eddie and Dorothy (Cornelius) Bumguard at Tomba, Wisconsin, she graduated from West High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 1961. She attended vocational school and served in the Army for one year.
Civil division cases
Marriage licenses granted
Teaching new teachers: Meyer honored with mentor award
About 24 years ago, the first time Marion High School agriculture educator Mark Meyer had a student teacher in his classroom, he worried that he might not have what it took to be an effective mentor. “There was some pressure with it,” Meyer said. “You wonder, ‘Am I a good enough teacher to be modeling techniques and provide a good experience for them?’”
Agri Trails speeds up grain handling at Tampa
In spite of low grain prices, Agri Trails Coop is expanding its grain handling facilities at its Tampa location. General manager Darel Anderson explained the reason for it, noting that many of the Agri Trails facilities were built in the 1950 and 1960s.
FFA students educate children at Ag awareness day
Marion-Florence FFA students became teachers Friday during Agriculture Awareness Day at Warrior Stadium, as they presented information on a variety of topics to Marion and Hillsboro elementary students. “Some of the kids are right in their element and have been doing a great job,” MHS Ag teacher Mark Meyer said. “Others are finding it a little hard to fill an eight-minute talk.”
Planting delay not likely to harm corn
Due to rainy recent weeks, about half the county’s corn crop remains unplanted, but that’s probably not a problem. Ricky Roberts, county extension agent, said he sends in a weekly estimate of how many acres are planted. The exact amount is his best guess, Roberts said.
Centre grad to address College of Agriculture
To our health
The new Hillsboro Community Hospital was unveiled to the public this weekend, with perhaps less fanfare than might have been warranted, given the nearly nine-year ordeal from promise to fruition. Certainly, no one would’ve thought it pretentious in the least if a marching band, hundreds of balloons, and fireworks were part of Saturday’s open house. However, once the obligatory speeches were over, hospital officials did the right thing: They let the building, and the staff, speak for themselves.
A rural wedding and social calls
Smiths to celebrate 60 years
The children of Royal and Mary (Sangwin) Smith of Marion request a card shower for their 60th wedding anniversary June 2. The Smiths were married June 2, 1957, at the Methodist church at White City.
PBHS graduates 22
Principal Ken Parry welcomed 22 graduates and their guests to commencement exercises Sunday at Peabody-Burns High School. The band and Voices vocal group performed, and many awards were handed out.
Warriors compete in 36-hole tourney
The Marion/Peabody-Burns combined golf team placed eighth of nine teams in the Marion County golf tournament, a 36-hole, two course challenge. At Marion Country Club, the Warriors shot a 447, and then scored a 458 at Hillsboro Municipal Golf course to finish at 905 strokes.
Topham gets Southwestern athletic award
Seth Topham of Peabody received the Southwestern College 2017 Outstanding Student-Athlete Award in a ceremony May 3 in Winfield. The award is presented to the top senior female and male student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional performance in athletics, academics, leadership, and college and community service.
Florence alumni banquet is May 27
Alumni, teachers, former classmates, and guests can make reservations for the 121st Annual Florence Memorial High School Banquet to begin at 1 p.m. May 27 in the Florence Gymnasium. Florence and Marion-Florence alumni are encouraged to attend. A $1,000 scholarship will be presented to a Marion-Florence graduating senior.
Blood drive is Monday in Marion
An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be from 1:15 p.m. to 6:15 pm. Monday at Our Savior Lutheran Church Hall, 320 S. Cedar St., Marion. Donors can schedule appointments by calling (800) 733-2767, or online at redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome.
Chat and Dine to meet Saturday
Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club will
meet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the in the south portion of the lake hall. Attendees should bring a dish to share. Discussion will focus on lake improvement idea.
Marion Farm and Art Market opens season today
Marion Farm and Art Market will be open today and every Wednesday of the season from 5 to 7 p.m. in Central Park. Coordinator Carol Laue said sales would not begin until the courthouse clock struck 5.
TEEN to meet Tuesday
Technology Excellence in Education Network will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at USD 408 District Office, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion.
Disabilities group to meet Monday
Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will hold a board of directors meeting at 4 p.m. Monday in the meeting room at 500 N. Main, Suite 204, Newton. A public forum will begin the meeting.
Games registration open
Competitors of all ages can register to participate in 45 different events at the 28th annual Sunflower State Games from July 14-30 in Topeka. Drone racing and cornhole toss have been added to the diverse list of events, which range from darts and bowling to volleyball and shooting clays.
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