Vol. 144 , No. 39
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Peabody, KS 66866
UPDATED AFTER PRINT DEADLINE
UPDATED: Suicidal gunman dies in officer-involved shooting
A brief but tense standoff with an intoxicated and suicidal gunman who fled into a shed in Lehigh ended in a fatal shooting Tuesday evening. Although law enforcement officers would not immediately identify the victim or confirm that he had died, radio transmissions indicated that Robb Stewart, 408 E. Maria St., was shot and killed at 6:46 p.m., just 33 minutes after police and sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to his house.
Reservoir remains under algae warning, lake under watch
As it has been all month, Marion Reservoir will remain under a blue-green algae warning for the next week while Marion County Lake has been upgraded to less significant “watch” status. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued the advisories Thursday. They will remain in effect for a week
Storm doubles couple's bad luck
If all were right in the world of Tom and Cheryl Potts of Peabody, they would have ridden out Thursday’s storm in their 102-year-old two-story house at 612 N. Walnut St. in Peabody, and they still would have a car. However, a December electrical fire rendered the house uninhabitable, forcing them to look for temporary living quarters.
Roof ripped off Westview Manor
Outside Westview Manor, pounding rain and swirling winds gusting to 75 miles per hour wreaked havoc Thursday, stripping shingles and underlayment from about half of the north wing roof. “That part of the roof just flipped over and is laying on the other side of the roof, other than what blew out into the yard,” charge nurse Pam Collins said.
Former suspect is missing, sought by family
A Walton man who was arrested last August in a Peabody crawl space after fleeing an accident involving a car reported as stolen, is missing. The family of Michael L. Aycock, 42, has enlisted the help of Peabody police in searching for his whereabouts.
Grad has winning button design
Peabody 4th Fest buttons went on sale Monday with outlets in Burns, Florence, Goessel, Hillsboro, Marion, and Walton complementing 11 local sellers. Committee member Lisa Hodges said out-of-town sales were a past practice that was re-initiated by fellow member Lisa McDowell.
Mini-cows found 7 miles away
A half-dozen miniature cattle, missing and feared stolen for five days, were recovered by their owners Sunday from a pasture seven miles away in Butler County. Rudy, Blue Belle, Duck, Daisy, Bessie, and Rosie were in their own pasture, with the gate chained shut, when owner Aaron Moore completed her chores at 6 p.m. June 13.
Farmers market includes colorful confection
Peabody Farmers Market had produce and baked goods people expected Monday, and it had something extra to delight kids: cotton candy. Tereasa Siebert of Hillsboro sold the spun confection Saturday at Bluegrass at the Lake, but she had leftovers.
Commission splits on re-bid contract
County commissioners debated Monday whether to award a contract to demolish the Florence school to the lowest bidder or to a local business whose bid came in close but higher. In the end, they awarded the contract to Belle Plaine-based H Excavating. H Excavating had bid the project at $79,500, with an additional $2,500 to replace existing sewer line beneath the building if the demolition work destroys it.
Changes coming at county lake
Operational changes are being contemplated for Marion County Park and Lake after the resignation of superintendant Steve Hudson. Hudson’s resignation was effective Monday, the same day he was rehired by the county as an equipment operator for the road and bridge department. He worked for the road and bridge department for 3½ years before being appointed lake superintendant 11 years ago.
Fights break out after Bluegrass at the Lake
Two fights, both leading to ambulance calls and one leading to an arrest, broke out after Bluegrass at the Lake this weekend at Marion County Lake The Sheriff’s Department, Marion’s canine unit, and Marion ambulance responded to both incidents one just before midnight Saturday, the other near 4 a.m. Sunday.
St. Luke sleep study lab now accredited
A service offered by St. Luke Hospital about two years is now accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care. The hospital has done sleep studies for about two years, Gail Boaldin, chief nursing officer at St. Luke, said. Ordinary patient rooms are used.
Panel show to include editor
A new weekly panel discussion program featuring newsmakers and a rotating panel of journalists from five Kansas newspapers, including news editor David Colburn, will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday on KPTS-TV, Channel 8. The half-hour “Kansas Week with Pilar Pedraza,” formerly of KWCH-TV, will include a different journalist each week, starting with the Wichita Eagle then moving to the Marion County Record, the Wellington Daily News, the Times Sentinel suburban Wichita newspapers, and Kansas Publishing Ventures’ newspapers and shoppers in suburban Wichita, Newton, and Hillsboro.
Bluestem Art Guild to exhibit at Gallery 101
Members of Bluestem Art Guild will exhibit numerous art pieces through September at Gallery 101 in Marion. A pre-opening from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday will give the public a chance to meet the artists. Proprietor Jan Davis will offer wine and refreshments.
Services for retired farm wife, rural teacher, and school cook Aileen Hanschu, 91, who died Monday at St. Luke Hospital, will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Lewis Cemetery, Ramona. Born July 3, 1925, to Ernest and Minnie (Hill) Bird of Hope, she married Theodore Hanschu on May 24, 1947. The couple farmed for 29 years, and she worked as a teacher at a rural school for five years. They moved to Marion in 1976, and she cooked at the elementary school and did housework for others.
Services for Erma Koehn, 83, who died Sunday at her home in Hillsboro, were this morning at Alexanderfeld Mennonite Church. Born Sept. 6, 1933, in Chickasha, Oklahoma, to Daniel and Lena (Schmidt) Smith, she married Marvin Koehn on March 8, 1953, in DeRidder, Louisiana.
Services for Amanda A. Marler, 37, who died Monday in Wichita, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Visitation will be 7 to 8:30 tonight at the church. A committal service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Services for retired Boeing worker Bruce Sayers, 59, of Burns, who died June 14 at Via Christi - St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, were Saturday in Peabody. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence. Born Dec. 10, 1957, in Wichita to Lawrence F. and Lois L. (Glass) Sayers, who survive, he was preceded in death by son Travis Wayne Sayers.
Services for Ramona native Darlene F. Sondergard, 94, Herington, who died Saturday at Herington Municipal Hospital, were to have been this morning at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ramona, with burial in Lewis Cemetery. Born June 11, 1923, to Adam and Mary (Schick) Helbach, she married Alfred J. Sondergard on Sept. 16, 1942, at her parents’ home in Ramona. She worked as office manager for his business for more than 40 years. He died July 13, 2014. A grandson and a brother also preceded her in death.
Fish and game cases
From koi ponds to rustic relics, garden tour offers taste of paradise
This year, patrons of Marion City Library’s eighth annual Garden Tour can expect to experience five delightful country stops and chance to acquire rustic garden items and refreshments. The tour will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 24 throughout the county.
Bureaucratic dollars and sense: How the county spends our money
Back when we had a democracy instead of a bureaucracy, county officials were required to publish, in newspaper legal notices, the payee and amount of every check they wrote. Citizens would pore over the published lists of checks, technically called warrants, to make sure tax dollars weren’t being wasted.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
With answers, short isn't always sweet
Care home abuse, mission
Author recaptures history of Bruner clan at Burns
Just six years after the Pilgrims landed in the New World, the Delaware Indians on Manhattan Island formed a trading alliance with the settlers and became scattered as the country developed and expanded westward. In her latest book, “The Turtle’s Beating Heart,” former Kansas poet laureate Denise Low traces her history back to Burns, where her great-great-grandparents, Jake and Mary Bruner, homesteaded in 1878. They farmed 10 miles south of Burns.
Intern finds Kansas's hospitality refreshing
Jackson, Mississippi, and Marion, Kansas, are vastly different cultures, but Lee Jones finds Marion’s culture a pleasant change. A Jackson native, the soon-to-be senior at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, is in Marion for a summer internship with Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Matzes to celebrate 71st anniversary
Raymond R. and Eunice (Janzen) Matz will celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary Thursday. They were married June 22, 1946, in Hillsboro.
Son spends weekend with Langs
Swim team outscores Herington
Peabody Super Swimmers won a dual meet Saturday against Herington Whalers Swim Team in Herington. Peabody winners included: GIRLS Ages 15 to 18 — Hope Thiel in 100- and 200-yard freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 freestyle, and 50 breaststroke. Mallory Harris, 50 butterfly. Sydney Hodges, 100 individual medley. Thiel, Sydney Hodges, and Harris, 200 medley relay. Thiel, Breanna Lett, and Adriana Newman, 200 freestyle relay. Ages 13 to 14 — Kallie Hutchinson, 50 freestyle. Hutchinson, Sarah Spencer, and Hadlye Clark in 200 medley relay. Ages 11 to 12 — Lexi Davis, 50 freestyle. Ages 9 to 10 — Addison Gann, 25 breaststroke. Age 8 and younger — Maddy Hutchinson, 25 butterfly and backstroke and 100 individual medley. Adyson Winter, 25 backstroke, freestyle, and breaststroke. Winter, Hallie Hind, and Fancy Reynolds, 100 medley relay. BOYS Ages 13 to 14 — Alex Caldwell, 50 butterfly, backstroke, freestyle, and breaststroke, and 100 individual medley. Phillip Young, 50 breaststroke. Julian Craig, Young, Josh Bergman, and Caldwell, 200 medley relay and freestyle relay. Ages 9 to 10 — Luke Partidge, 25 butterfly and backstroke. Age 8 and younger — Kaiden Newman, 25 butterfly and freestyle. Aiden Hurst, 25 backstroke and breaststroke. Newman, Gabe Bumm, and Hurst, 200 medley relay.
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