Vol. 145 , No. 6
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Peabody, KS 66866
County administrators an outgrowth from cities
Six months from now, county government could be a different beast if voters give commissioners a green light Tuesday to get a county administrator. Marion County would join a minority of counties as only the 22nd one to hire someone to manage day-to-day operations.
City sends big bill to county
Hiring former city police officer Aaron Slater as an officer could cost the sheriff’s department a lot more than paying his salary. Slater had worked for the city for less than a year, trigging a state law that requires the sheriff to compensate Peabody for all expenses incurred while he attended the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson to obtain his certification.
Tuesdays of giving lead up to Giving Tuesday
A flurry of Tuesday events at Peabody-Burns High School and beyond will lead up to Peabody’s Giving Tuesday event sponsored by Peabody Community Foundation. PCF board member and high school science teacher Ann Leppke said students don’t get school credit for the projects they do in support of the effort, but they learn that life isn’t simply about what they get for themselves.
Peabody Museum getting gussied up for future tourists
Members of Peabody Historical Society have spent a morning a week since June sorting through Peabody memorabilia and historic items in Peabody’s museum. Society members are packing up all the acquisitions in an effort to get ready for the first serious upgrades to the facility since the building was moved to its present location in 1961. “The Marion County Historical Society has been working to get all county museums back to having regular hours of operation and cooperative promotions that will encourage visitors to investigate history in more than one community when they are here,” longtime board member Carmen South said. “When we started talking about being a part of that project we realized there were some issues we really needed to address.
Cardiac dispatch choices questioned
It took more than an hour for a rural Lincolnville woman to reach a hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest early Saturday. At 2:56 a.m., county dispatchers called for Tampa ambulance to go to the 2500 block of 270th Rd., about 4 ½ miles southeast of Lincolnville.
Clements native's art to be featured at Pioneer Bluffs
Margie Dyck of Lawrence, a textile artist who grew up on the Gold Standard Fruit and Stock Farm at Clements, has handmade quilts and doll clothes on display at Pioneer Bluffs near Matfield Green. Pioneer Bluffs is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Nov. 25.
County polling places listed
Election Day polling places include Burns Community Center, Florence Masonic Center, Goessel City Building, Hillsboro United Methodist Church, Lincolnville Community Center, Eastmoor United Methodist Church, Peabody United Methodist Church, and Tampa Senior Center. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Stalking indicators up in 2016
The 40 court petitions seeking protection from abuse or protection from stalking filed in county court last year exceeded the number filed in any of the previous 10 years. 2014 was the lowest year, with 17 petitions filed, according to a Kansas Bureau of Investigation report released last week.
Money returned to owners by Kansas state treasurer
With over $470,000 of unclaimed property in the county, some residents were bound to walk away from the courthouse happy when the state treasurer visited Friday. Debbie Bowman was one of them.
Trump gets no respect at meeting
A Halloween visit from the president provided comic relief during Tuesday’s county commission meeting. A man wearing a Donald Trump mask stood in the door to introduce himself and talk to commissioners.
Services for former beautician Pauline Harms, 87, who died Thursday at Salem Home in Hillsboro, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Marion Christian Church. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro. She was born July 13, 1930, to Harry and Hannah (Miller) Ollenburger at Goessel. She married Verden Harms June 12, 1981, in Marion.
Graveside services for Rhonda R. Schinnerer, 60, who died Oct. 12 at Kidron Bethel in North Newton, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Strassburg Cemetery. Attendees are invited to the home of Rodney and Diane Richmond for a time of food and fellowship following the service. She was born October 1, 1957, to Ralph and Wanda (Propp) Richmond at Marion.
Criminal division cases
County jail bookings
Domestic division cases
Peabody municipal court
Police incident reports
Traffic division cases
Pilot program allows auto tech students to earn dual credit
Five Centre High School students are killing more than two birds with one stone. In place of taking classes in math, science, and English, they are studying automotive technology at Butler Community College in El Dorado this year. When they complete the course, they will have earned 39 college credits.
When minutes matter
Speed is essential, we’ve been told time and again, when it comes to getting trained personnel to the scene of medical emergencies. Whether it’s a case of cardiac arrest, heart attack, an injury accident, or others, the general assumption held by the public is that faster is better in getting emergency responders to a scene and getting a patient to a hospital.
Yay or nay to administrator?
A decision looms for voters Tuesday about whether county government should be led by a county administrator. Commissioners have raised the question many times in the past. None until now have acted on those discussions.
Love all our neighbors
Love all our neighbors To the editor: I want to thank the Marion County Record, its writers, and editors for publishing a touchy subject when you told of the events surrounding the parking place painted in rainbow colors. Today these colors usually represent the LBGT symbol of minority groups who are supporting sexual preferences differing from the majority (regarded a sin to many).
Prehistoric dragonflies subject of Monday talk
Dainty-winged dragonflies that flit around Kansas gardens and ponds today are miniature descendants of huge ancestors with 2½-foot wingspans, fossils of which have been found in a ridge of rocks that pass through Marion and Harvey counties. Author and retired engineer Roy Beckemeyer will unravel a complex story about these Goliath-like insects when he presents “Giant Dragonflies, Australia, and a Small Town in Kansas — Investigating a 1920s Mystery” at 7 p.m. Monday at Remington High School, 8850 NW Meadowlark Rd., Whitewater.
Commodities arrived Oct. 25
Government surplus commodities arrived at county senior centers Oct. 25. Distribution schedules are available by contacting individual sites.
Marion, Hillsboro wage food fight
A friendly fight is being waged between Marion and Hillsboro to see which can collect the most food through Nov. 17. Grocery donations will be weighed and credited to each community. Each dollar of cash donations will count as a pound of food.
Senior center menu
Residents entertain visitors
Warriors fall shy of stunning comeback in season finale
Things looked bleak at halftime for Peabody-Burns on the road against Cedar Vale/Dexter on Thursday. A 5-yard scoring pass from Bryant Young to Rocco Weerts and two-point conversion on a Bailey Penner reception was all the Warriors put up against the Spartans’ 36 first-half points.
Schools tackle online safety
As the world we live in changes, so do the learning needs of students. Today’s technology-savvy students are frequently online, between computers, gaming machines, and smart phones. That can expose them to cyberbullying, inappropriate material, and online predators, district curriculum director for Peabody-Burns schools Kathy Preheim said.
Wheat State League honors reported
State runner-up Goessel led Wheat State All-League volleyball selections released this week. Those receiving first team honors from Goessel include seniors Eden Hiebert, Leah Booton, and Brittney Hiebert, and junior Savanna Wuest.
Childhood screenings offered
Free childhood development screenings will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14. Screenings include cognitive, motor, speech/language, and social/emotional development for children up to 5 years old. Vision and hearing also will be screened. The process usually takes at least one hour for a child to complete. All children are welcome, but an appointment is necessary. Appointments can be made by calling (620) 382-2858.
Toy Run from Marion to Hillsboro slated for Saturday
The 24th annual Marion County Toy Run will be Saturday. Motorcycles and cars are welcome with one new toy per entry. Riders and drivers will leave at 1 p.m. from Willy J’s 9th Lane, 131 S. Thorp, Marion, then travel to Hillsboro.
Group to hold fundraiser dinner
A chicken barbecue fundraiser meal for a playground and church will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Tabor Mennonite Church, 891 Chisholm Trail Rd., rural Newton. The Tabor Mennonite Men are holding the donation dinner to raise money for a “whale” playground structure at Camp Mennoscah and the Tabor church building fund.
Marion library to hold Lunch and Learn
Marion City Library will hold a Lunch and Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 8. Presenter Elaine Morse will show and demonstrate fun things to do and make with children for Christmas.
World Community Day is Friday at Eastmoor
Women in the community will be “Kindling New Fires for Peace” at World Community Day on Friday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. A soup luncheon will be served at noon. Sue Clough will be song leader and Lydia Gates will be pianist. The program will include prayer and candle lighting.
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