Vol. 144 , No. 16
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Peabody, KS 66866
UPDATED AFTER PRINT DEADLINE
Peabody 'senior prom' dance postponed
With impending winter weather coming into the Kansas area over the weekend, Peabody American Legion Auxiliary decided to postpone their “senior prom” dance. The dance, featuring The Clearview Band of Herington, will now be 8 p.m. to midnight Jan. 21 at the Peabody American Legion.
Woodruff takes aim at police budget
Council member Janice Woodruff sharply criticized how much Peabody spends on its police department but couldn’t derail proposals Monday to purchase a new patrol car and create a full-time court clerk position by stripping animal control duties from an existing hybrid position. Chief Bruce Burke opened the door to Woodruff’s salvos when he discussed plans to replace a 2010 Crown Victoria with 121,000 miles — a car shared by one full-time officer and 11 part-timers.
City handcuffed on property complaint
Dan Martel didn’t get the answer he wanted when he returned to Peabody’s city council meeting Monday after registering a property complaint at a prior meeting. The city can’t do anything about piles of scrap metal and other items in a vacated alley behind 703 N. Chestnut St., Mayor Larry Larsen said, because it doesn’t have the necessary authority.
This senior prom really is for seniors (and adults)
A Saturday event at Peabody will put new meaning into the phrase “senior prom.” A seniors prom at the American Legion will be for anyone 21 and over. It is being organized by members of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Historic fire helmets hoopla
What was missing has been returned, but Peabody mayor Larry Larsen took council member Steve Rose to task Monday for taking three historic fire helmets valued at almost $3,000 without authorization or notice. Rose said he took the helmets, including one dating to the late 1800s worth about $2,000, from the city offices six or seven months ago.
Passersby warn occupants as fire destroys house
A fire of undetermined origin caused extensive damage Tuesday to a rural Peabody home whose occupants had to be alerted to the blaze by passing motorists. The home, on Indigo Rd. between 80th and 90th Rds., is owned by Eric and Clarissa Dutton.
Lalouette blocked from commission chair
County commissioner Lori Lalouette, who customarily would be appointed commission chairman for the third year of her term, was passed over at Monday’s meeting in favor of Randy Dallke continuing as chair and newly elected commissioner Dianne Novak as vice-chair. After a swearing-in ceremony in the courtroom for all newly elected and re-elected county officials, 12 onlookers crowded into the commission chamber to see what happened.
Retired music teacher and Marion native Maurine Alice Graham, 97, Winfield, died Thursday. Born May 4, 1919, to Emory and Hazel (Logan) Hawbecker in Marion, she graduated from Kansas State Teachers College in 1941 and did post-graduate work in Chicago and Greeley, Colorado.
Ambulance office assistant Jeanne M. Martanovic, 52,died after a long battle with cancer Thursday at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita. She was born Oct. 24, 1964, in Alexandria, Virginia, and owned an interior design painting company before moving to Kansas. Most recently, she was an office assistant with Marion County Emergency Medical Services. She was member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Wichita, where she sang in the choir.
A memorial service for David Thomas of Marion, who died Dec. 8, will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at Marion Presbyterian Church, 610 Lawrence St., Marion. His obituary was published Dec. 15.
Mary Ann Strecker
Fish and game division
Marriage licences issued
Cattlemen cautiously optimistic
Cattlemen are looking to 2017 with cautious optimism. Declining calf and feed prices and rising prices for slaughter cattle create a mixed outlook. Some cattlemen look to make better profits, and others will have to manage well so as not to lose money.
Farmer phasing out pork production
David Rudolph of Lincolnville has raised pigs since he was in high school. The 43-year-old farmer has 15 sows, down from a high of 75 about 10 years ago.
2017 looks difficult for crops
A new year brings new crops and a fresh start, but Marion County extension agent Ricky Roberts predicts 2017 won’t be any easier than last year. “I just don’t know what the future is going to hold,” Roberts said. “I don’t know for prices, yields, anything, but what I have of the information at my ends today suggests to me that the farm economy is still going to be difficult.”
Silo stands test of time without staves
Just west of US-56/77 and 250th Rd., a stoic concrete silo stands straight and true more than 100 years after it was constructed. Unlike many cement silos with “staves” or bands of metal for support, this silo required no exterior supports. Reinforcement is built into the concrete, and the lower eight feet are lined inside with red brick.
Have you thanked a farmer today?
Jerry mentioned all of the interesting things the man has done in his life as opposed to himself, who has been a farmer living in one community all of his life. To my surprise, the serviceman stretched out his arm, shook my husband’s hand, and said, “Thank you for your service.”
Kyle retires from Burns news
If you flip to the People section in this week’s Burns correspondent Joyce Kyle has retired.
Industrious girls bakes, sells cupcakes to benefit Ethiopian girl in need
With a bright smile and a big heart, 7-year-old Caileigh Johnson of Marion may be just as sweet as the cupcakes she bakes to benefit Eyeruse, an impoverished 6-year-old girl from Ethiopia. “
Area library plans 'relaxing' adult coloring
Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. The Marion City Library once again is planning two hours of “coloring, cookies, and conversation” event from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the library.
Trail enthusiasts concerned about wind farm
Santa Fe Trail enthusiasts are concerned that a new wind farm proposed for northern Marion County could damage sections of the trail that runs through the county. “We realize a wind tower is a benefit to the landowner,” said Steve Schmidt, president of the Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association. “We are just looking for a balance.”
Democrats vote to support rally
Marion County Democrats voted Jan. 7 to support a Kansas People’s Agenda rally Jan. 11 in Topeka that Chairwoman Eileen Sieger conducted the county meeting at Marion City Library.
Senior center menu
SCHOOL AND SPORTS
Peabody-Burns Warriors wither under Heat
Both Peabody-Burns basketball teams felt the heat Friday night as the Warriors lost to Rural Vista in their first games after the holiday vacation. Warriors boys lost 64-23, while the lady Warriors lost 36-16.
College honors and degrees
Area school menus
Calendar of events
Seniors board to meet
Directors of Senior Citizens of Marion County will meet at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 20 at Hillsboro Senior Center. Lunch will be served after the meeting.
Legos at the library
Children can build with Legos from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Marion City Library. No registration is needed for the free event. More information is available at (620) 382-2442.
TEEN to meet
Technology Excellence in Education Network will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at 101 N. Thorp St., Marion.
Waste board to meet
Central Kansas Regional Solid Waste Authority’s next quarterly meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at McPherson County Transfer Station, 1431 17th Ave., McPherson.
Auxiliary dinner set for Jan. 19
Reservations are due Monday for St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary’s annual meeting and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Marion Community Center. Anita Hancock will perform harp music. Cost is $12.50 per person. Reservations are being accepted by calling Mary Griffith at (620) 382-6589.
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