Vol. 144 , No. 38
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Peabody, KS 66866
City to pay $137,00 to economic board
After more than an hour of discussion about getting a seat at the table, Peabody City Council voted 4-1 Monday to turn over the majority of its economic development budget to a proposed new countywide effort. Chris Hernandez, representing Marion County Economic Development Corporation, asked Peabody for a five-year commitment of $25,000 annually, beginning with the 2018 budget.
Economic board chairman resigns
Chris Hernandez, chairman of the nascent Marion County Economic Development Corporation, resigned from the board Tuesday, saying it was time for others to take the lead. His resignation came after making a successful pitch Monday to Peabody city council for an annual $25,000 commitment for five years to the corporation.
On the long road to adventure
If Coneburg Inn had given a prize Friday to the diner who traveled the farthest to get there, Mike Leighnor might well have won. He walked more than 1,100 miles in 10 weeks from Georgia for a burger and a couple of beers. Counting just the 30 miles he walked Friday from Elmdale to Peabody still might have made him a winner.
Deputy resorts to taser to quell defiant squatter
Sheriff deputies used a taser to subdue a defiant squatter after he refused to identify himself and ran from them at 5:45 p.m. at Grandview Park in Florence. Deputy Wilma Mueller radioed for backup after an the man refused to give her his identification.
Assault charges pending against elderly man
Charges are pending against an elderly Hillsboro man who was allegedly assaulted a younger male relative at 8:45 a.m. Friday at Parkside Homes. Police believe the 81-year-old suspect became angry at his 55-year-old relative, who is a resident at Parkside Homes, after having to deliver him some clothes, police chief Dan Kinning said.
Police help lost elderly couple with dementia find family
An out-of-state elderly couple with dementia problems that became lost and confused in Hillsboro on Saturday was returned to their out-of-state family about 48 hours after officials intervened. Police Chief Dan Kinning said staff members at the Country Haven Inn became concerned about the “seriously confused” couple during check out.
County agrees to sign Hillsboro EMS lease
The county agreed Monday to pay $300 a month to rent an apartment, originally offered for free, for Hillsboro ambulance crews. Jared Jost, chairman of Salem Hospital Inc., which owns the apartment, told commissions it had been offered for free when Hillsboro Community Hospital was leasing the space as a clinic, but that lease has expired.
County wheat harvest in full swing
The third time was a charm for Orlin Ensz, 53, of Hillsboro. After flirting with wet wheat Saturday and Sunday, he found an 80-acre field of dry wheat Monday. Elevators in Hillsboro, Marion, Tampa, and Lincolnville took their first wheat on Friday, and Peabody got some Saturday. Test weights were full or better, 60 pounds per bushel and above.
Restaurant quandary brings support
A week ago, EJ Pickett couldn’t have been more gloomy. MacGregor’s, the restaurant she and her husband, Joe, opened in downtown Marion, was closed. A state fire marshal shut them down until kitchen ventilation and fire suppression systems were properly installed.
Frese declines appraiser postition
The county will have to cast a wider net to find a new appraiser. The position was offered to deputy appraiser Brian Frese, who has worked in the office nine years, after appraiser Ray Cook resigned for health reasons.
Classic Cruisers rev up car show attendance
In its 19th year, Route 56 Classic Cruisers car show drew a record number of participants Saturday at Memorial Park in Hillsboro. “It was one of the best shows we’ve ever had; it was really close to record attendance, but probably the best we had in 15 years,” club president Kim Abrahams said. “There were some really, really nice cars there, and a lot more spectators than normal.”
No dam reason to worry
Memorial Day weekend visitors to Marion Reservoir were greeted by an additional electronic sign meant to keep large vehicles off the dam. The Corps of Engineers imposed a maximum six-ton limit for vehicles and vehicle combinations in November as a safety precaution for the bridge that spans the dam release gates.
Tax bill a move in the right direction
Calling the vote “a compromise measure,” State Sen. Rick Wilborn (R-McPherson) voted with the majority last week to override Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a $1.2 million income tax increase that will provide more money for state schools. “This was a very trying session,” Wilborn said. “I had voted no on a lot of tax bills that as it turned out were better than this one. As the session progresses, you learn more and more about what our spending needs are and where we are headed.”
New tour firm specializes in revealing local 'hidden gems'
History is very much part of the here and now for Joe Hirsch, and his knowledge of Kansas history recently compelled him to start his own tour business, which features several in-county stops and other locations across the state. “I know way more about Kansas history than a 24-year-old should know,” he said. “Kansas history is very much the American story.”
Private services are planned for former county landfill manager William Roger “Bill” Grosse, 63, who died May 26 at his home near Peabody. Born Jan. 8, 1953, to Thomas and Mary Lou (Anderson) Grosse, he married Shirley Nonken on Sept. 4, 1975. She preceded him in death.
Services for Hillsboro native Alice Koop, 90, who died June 7 at Parkside Homes, were Tuesday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Burial was in Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery.
Devoted angler and retiree Charley J. Onderek Jr., 83, died Friday at his home in Marion. No services are planned. Born Jan. 8, 1933, in Prague, Oklahoma, he moved from Wichita to Marion with his wife, Beulah Mae “Bea”
OK, economy: Develop! Now!
Marion county is being taken on a potentially devastating ride by a lurching economic development effort that took yet another bizarre turn yesterday. Chris Hernandez, the affable mutual fund salesman who lives in the Wichita suburbs but has been leading efforts to secure funding for a private countywide development effort here, abruptly resigned.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Pushing yourself by pulling weeds
From mission field to wheat field
Kalle Siebert of Hillsboro is as much at home operating a combine as she is in assisting doctors and nurses as they treat people. She has temporarily left her mission work as a medical assistant and returned home to help with wheat harvest.
From preschool to world school
Marion County has a new extension agent for family consumer sciences. After two years as director of Stepping Stones preschool at Valley United Methodist Church, Tristen Cope is now reaching out to a broader audience.
Former resident to lead FFA foundation
Former Tampa resident and one-time Tabor College communications director Beth Gaines has been hired as executive director of the Kansas FFA Foundation in Manhattan. Gaines, now a resident of Westmoreland, was communications coordinator for the Red Angus Association of Kansas and director of communications for the Kansas Department of Agriculture after leaving Tabor in 2013.
The accounting firm Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, which has offices in Hillsboro as well as 14 other Kansas cities, is expanding. The firm this week announced that it was merging with a Overland Park accounting firm, Barrett, Herman, Ragland & Schartz.
Friends meet for pie, coffee, and conversation
Retiree moves from rabbits to rocks to jewelry
What do you get when you combine silver and precious stones? You get jewelry. Albert Steele, 74, of Marion raised and showed rabbits for many years, earning numerous awards. He paints and draws pictures and now makes jewelry.
Aging brings new dietary needs
Aging is said to be a privilege many don’t get to have, but with that privilege comes a need to pay closer attention to eating habits. Marion County’s new extension agent for family consumer sciences, Tristen Cope, offers tips for how to stay healthy as a person ages.
Super Swimmers win 11 events at Lindsborg
Peabody Super Swimmers won 11 events but finished third in a three-team meet Saturday at Lindsborg. Hesston Wahoos won the meet with 601 points. Lindsborg WaveMakers were a very close second with 599. Peabody finished with 383 points.
College honors and degrees
Flint Hills artwork on display
Works by three Flint Hills artists are on display 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 5 at Pioneer Bluffs, a historic ranch a mile north of Matfield Green on K-177. Featured artists Peggy Lyon of Cottonwood Falls, Deb Schroer of Strong City, and Joseph Longbill of Newton are scheduled to attend a closing reception at 3 p.m. Aug. 5.
Marion County Historical Society to meet Tuesday
The board of directors of Marion County Historical Society will review a draft constitution and bylaws at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Harvey House in Florence. President Peggy Blackman said the board would discuss applying for tax-exempt charitable status after it is fully organized. Although the organization will be independent, county counselor Susan Robson will assist with applying.
Goessel blood drive June 23
The Mennonite Church in Goessel will sponsor a Red Cross blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. June 23. Appointments are being accepted at the Red Cross website and at (800) 733-2767.
TEEN to meet June 21
Technology Excellence in Education Network (TEEN) will meet at 6 p.m. June 21 at the Marion-Florence school district office, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion.
Harvey House dinner set for June 24
Fried fish, mountain oysters, homemade side dishes, salads, and desserts will be on the menu when Florence Historical Society sponsors its 19th annual Picnic on the Lawn. A fundraiser for the Harvey House Museum, the dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 24 on the museum grounds at 3rd and Marion Sts. in Florence.
Commodities to arrive
Government surplus commodities will arrive at county senior centers June 21. Commodities are available to individuals whose maximum household income is below $1,307 for one person plus $453 for each additional family member. Income guidelines changed as of April 1.
Goessel to hold citywide garage sale
June 24 will be the date of this year’s Goessel citywide garage sale. To have a sale address included on the map at no charge, call (620) 367-8111 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 22.
Bake sale planned
Chat and Dine Club will have a bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the county Lake Hall Proceeds will be used improve the lake area.
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