Vol. 145 , No. 4
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Peabody, KS 66866
Manchester someone to speak for the child
When a child’s future hangs in the balance, Marion County District Court will now have someone to call upon to help guide decisions. Hope Manchester was sworn in Monday as a court-appointed special advocate for Marion County. Although Manchester has worked as a CASA volunteer in Morris County for about a year, she has spent most of her adult life working with children’s issues as a child psychologist.
Artist's house in Aulne burns to the ground
A massive inferno consumed an old wooden two-story house in Aulne on Tuesday as firefighters could do little more than make sure the blaze didn’t spread to neighboring properties. Dispatchers received a call at about 1:20 p.m. from a neighbor across the street that the house at 1412 Pawnee, a block north of Aulne United Methodist Church, was on fire. The caller reported that no one was in the house.
Bowron renovation could total $1M
Nearly $1 million could be needed to renovate an unused, historic building owned by the county into office space, but even the person who presented that information to county commissioners thought that number was high. Marion economic director Randy Collett told commissioners Monday that a contractor’s estimate to renovate the Bowron Building in downtown Marion was higher than he would expect. Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation commissioned the inspection.
USD 398 school count drops only slightly
This year’s official student count for Peabody-Burns school district is only two less than last year. That means only a negligible effect on next year’s school funding from the state, which is calculated on this year’s enrollment.
Man found dead at reservoir campgroud
Ambulance sirens pierced the calm Tuesday at Marion Reservoir as emergency responders rushed to Cottonwood Point for a man reported to be unresponsive and possibly not breathing. Marion ambulance arrived within minutes, shortly after noon, but discovered the man was dead.
Economic development corporation still in limbo
After 20 months of effort to forge an economic development entity to work for the common good, the two largest towns in the county backed away Tuesday, as did one prospective board member. After a meeting of the interim board at the Historic Elgin Hotel in Marion, Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation’s prospective permanent board is five members short. Four remaining board candidates are split down the middle on whether to commit their time to the board.
'Big Give' lives up to its name
The first ever “Big Give” auction Saturday at Aulne United Methodist Church exceeded all expectations, according to treasurer Kevin Fruechting. At least $10,218 was raised on items donated for sale by church and community members. Roger Hiebert was auctioneer.
Motorists delayed on US-77
Motorists taking US-56/US-77 north toward Herington will be delayed by a $1.3 million road construction project. Kansas Department of Transportation is resurfacing the road between the Marion/Dickinson county line and the four-way stop on the east side of Herington.
Services for former farmer and stockman Ralph Edwin “Sam” Dillon, formerly of Hope, who died Sept. 29 at Village Manor in Abilene, were Oct. 3 at St. Phillip Catholic Church in Hope. A military committal service followed at Ashton Cemetery of Hope. He was born May 10, 1927, to George F. and Genevieve (Weishaar) Dillon at Hope.
Services for Delora Kaufman, 61, who died Saturday at Hospice House of Reno County, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. She was born Feb. 6, 1956, in Hillsboro to Aaron and Margie (Bartel) Reimer. She married Kim Kaufman on June 12, 1976, in Hillsboro.
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Mammogram can be 1st step in cancer screening
The typical first step in discovering breast cancer is a mammogram done at a local hospital. Keri Helmer, mammography and radiology technician at St. Luke Hospital in Marion, said holistic digital mammography has drastically reduced the number of patients who have to be called back for additional testing after an initial mammogram.
Voyage through breast cancer easier with help
Women 60 years old are eight times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than women in their 30s. Cynthia Barrett of Marion was a victim of that increased risk when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2013 at 58.
Medicare open enrollment underway
Medicare open enrollment runs Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and help is available for county residents needing to enroll in Medicare, Medicare Advantage, or Medicare Part D plans for the first time or find out if their current plan is still best for them. Hillsboro Hometown Pharmacy, Lanning Pharmacy in Marion, and CK Pharmacy in Peabody all offer help comparing Medicare Part D plans.
Breast cancer treatment decisions geared to case
Breast cancer patients who must travel out of the county for treatment are likely to find oncologists who believe getting to know patients is an important part of effective care. Radiation oncologist Claudia Perez-Tamayo, who sees patients in Newton as well as Salina’s Central Care Cancer Center, said the first thing she does is help the patient be calm.
Warriors toppled in homecoming tilt
It started as a picture-perfect evening Friday for Peabody-Burns homecoming. The crowd cheered as Warriors quarterback Bryant Young and Precious Kerr donned the crowns of homecoming king and queen.
Learning and winning in junior high pigskin
While Brian Simmonds is on the sidelines Fridays as a high school assistant football coach, Thursdays have been glances into a crystal ball of Peabody-Burns football’s future as junior high head coach. He liked what he saw this season.
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Cosmosphere offers free stargazing Saturday
Those interested in taking a closer look at the wonders of the night sky can do so Saturday at “Starry Night: Astronomy Fest” in Hutchinson. Aspiring astronomers will gather beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Hobart-Detter Field in Carey Park for an evening of astronomy education and night sky viewing.
State treasurer to visit county
Over $470,000 of unclaimed property sits in Marion County bank accounts, uncashed checks, stock shares, mineral royalties, and other valuables. The state Treasurer’s Office is tasked with returning the property to its rightful owners and heirs.
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