Vol. 110 , No. 32
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Hillsboro, KS 67063
Wind farm opponents hire lawyers, plan to sue
Opponents of a proposed wind farm that would span from Florence to Aulne to north of Peabody have hired two lawyers in an effort to stop potential development. Both lawyers were present to observe Monday’s county commission meeting, but neither Newton lawyer Jim Gillmore nor Overland Park lawyer Robert Titus spoke during the meeting.
Tampa native thankful for volunteer opportunity
When Tabor College football player Barrett Smith showed up April 24 to volunteer at Parkside Homes, he said he wanted to show teammates the opportunities that exist in Hillsboro. “Everybody gets to interact with the community,” he said. “I’m sure half of them didn’t know this existed. We went out back and some of them said, ‘Holy cow, I didn’t know there was this part of Hillsboro at all.’ ”
Marion County Lake now under algae watch
Marion County Park and Lake remains under a blue-green algae watch until Kansas Department of Health and Environment obtains test results from water samples taken Monday. The algae watch, imposed last week after lake superintendent Isaac Hett notified the state agency he’d seen what appeared to be an algae bloom, could be upgraded to a warning Thursday after KDHE gets tests results from Monday’s water samples.
Reservoir cleanup memorable for organizer
Saturday’s annual cleanup at Marion Reservoir was very special for organizer Lloyd Davies this year. Davies’ father, who volunteered every year, died last week. The cleanup was an important way to honor his father and work through his loss, Davies said.
Enthusiast's passion goes beyond driving
Marion County resident Jayce Hett, has a passion for rebuilding that takes him from project to project. “As soon as I drive them one time, I’m done,” he said.
Former Westview operators seek to regain control
The former operators of Westview Manor in Peabody, now in receivership, are turning to the state court of appeals to try to regain control of the nursing home. District judge Steven Hornbaker ruled last month that the nursing home for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities would remain in receivership as he initially placed it in December. Hornbaker said in a strongly-worded ruling March 29 that if former operators Franklin Healthcare was unaware of the facility’s “unsafe, unsanitary, and deplorable conditions,” they should be charged and tried for elder abuse.
Foundation awards seven grants
Goessel Community Foundation gave $2,400 in grants to seven community organizations April 27. The foundation, an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, awarded the grants at a recognition dinner hosted by the foundation board.
Studio 23 gears up for dance camp
Registration for Studio 23’s dance camp in Hillsboro will be open until May 30. The camp, which runs June 10 to 14, costs $35 and will meet daily for 45 minutes. Children ages 2 through kindergarten meet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., while those ages first- through fifth-grade will meet 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Dance attire or comfortable clothing is required.
Services for Wanda Daniel, who died Jan. 23, will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion.
Sherman Kelsey, 72, Wellington, died April 23 in Wichita. Services were Friday in Wellington. Sherman was born to Harvey “Ben” and Erma Agnes Kelsey on Jan. 7, 1947, in Mare Island, California, and grew up in Marion.
Former Hillsboro resident Dorothea Kliewer, 90, died April 24 in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Services were Saturday in Weatherford. Dorothea was born June 20, 1928, in Hillsboro, to David and Susie Kasper. She attended school at Hillsboro and Tabor College.
Phyllis Litke, 88, died Thursday at Bethesda Home in Goessel. Service will be 10:30 a.m. May 7 at Ebenfeld M.B. Church, rural Hillsboro. She was born Sept. 24, 1930, in Hillsboro to Jacob B. and Agnes Wiens. She married Virgil Litke June 15, 1948, at Ebenfeld M.B. Church.
Lyle Leland Lucas Jr., 71, died Jan. 28 at Newton Medical Center. Services will be held later. Lyle was born Feb. 14, 1947, in Marion, to Lyle and Maedean Lucas.
County jail arrests and bookings
Criminal division cases
Domestic division cases
Police incident reports
Traffic Division cases
Personal health provides motivation for market
Burns resident Sonda Bruce says starting a local farmers market is about creating a resource where she can get fresh fruits and vegetables without compromising her poor health. “I wanted as much chemical-free, locally-grown produce as possible,” she said.
Fall rains cause shift in planting
Rain is typically a farmer’s blessing, but last fall’s rains wreaked some havoc on this year’s wheat crop. County extension agent Ricky Roberts said heavy fall rains made it hard to get into fields to plant wheat and get wheat seeds to wash out of the ground.
When 'I've Got a Secret' becomes too real
Forget a souped up DeLorean and flux capacitor. You need only the comfort of your couch to take a trip back through time. Streaming services that rapidly are replacing cable, satellite, and theaters provide ample opportunity to binge on classics like “What’s My Line,” “To Tell the Truth,” and “I’ve Got a Secret.”
Taking the high road
Anyone looking for fire and brimstone in response to an editorial in this week’s Hillsboro Free Press is going to be disappointed. We would like to publicly thank publisher Joey Young for acknowledging the accuracy of everything we reported in our three newspapers last week about the Internal Revenue Service filing a $113,756.87 lien against his company for non-payment of federal withholding and unemployment taxes, penalty, and interest.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
Citizens of Marion County, beware
Calendar of events
SCHOOL AND SPORTS
Hillsboro boys track takes third
Hillsboro swept by Hoisington
The Hillsboro High School softball team had a tough time garnering any momentum in Friday’s double header with Hoisington. The Trojans were outscored 27-4 in a pair of lopsided defeats.
Bartel, Unruh sixth at CKL Tournament
On April 29, the Hillsboro High School boys tennis team competed at the Central Kansas League Boys Tennis Tournament in Pratt. The Trojans finished in seventh place and were led by the doubles team of Noah Bartel and Aidan Unruh.
Music honors festival results
School names students of the month
Junior Mallory Ediger, also student of the month, is the daughter of David and Michelle Ediger. Her athletic activities include volleyball, basketball, and track. Mallory is active in choir, forensics, and school dramas.
Hillsboro teacher to be soloist at Bethel
Hillsboro Elementary music and art teacher Jill Siebert will be the soprano soloist at Bethel College’s Masterworks concert at 3 p.m. May 5. She will be one of two soloists for the concert’s main feature, Gabriel Fauré’sRequiem. Siebert, a 2017 Bethel graduate, is making her second appearance as a Bethel masterworks soloist.
Goessel and Hillsboro school menus
City gives fair derby a beer boost
Hillsboro city council members cast a split vote Tuesday to allow county fair planners to hold a beer garden during the demolition derby event. Fair board member Brandi Barney said the board estimates the beer garden would increase revenues. She added that the board needs to come up with a new plan to provide alternative transportation for those who need a ride after drinking, because the plan already proposed is not going to work.
Cleaning her way to kindness one good deed at a time
Nicci Rivera had no idea when she started her cleaning business, Your Cleaning Lady, eight years ago, that it would involve spreading selfless acts of kindness to others and building new friendships. Rivera works full time offering cleaning services in Hillsboro, Newton, and Marion.
Novak wants economic money back
A commissioner’s call for an economic development corporation founded by the county to return $120,000 to taxpayer coffers sparked an hour’s discussion at Monday’s meeting. “Over the past two years, we supported the work of a great group of volunteers,” commission chairman Dianne Novak said.
Arrest charges include assault against officer
A confrontation between law enforcement officers and a man being served a warrant Sunday in Florence ended with the suspect being shot with a stun gun and booked on suspicion of aggravated assault against law enforcement. Eric Henderson, 49, Newton, faces additional charges for suspicion of aggravated domestic battery, aggravated assault, interference with law enforcement, and probation violation.
Outfitter hit with big lawsuit
Chisholm Trail Outfitters, LLC in Hillsboro has been named in a lawsuit filed in district court by James Navrat of Lehigh, who is seeking to collect on alleged unpaid loans to the business in excess of $100,000. Navrat claims in the suit that he hasn’t received any payments on a $25,000 promissory note with 5 percent interest that was invested in the business in October 2013.
New church addition to be an asset to the community
After 20 years of talking about it, Zion Lutheran Church members decided to build a fellowship hall one year ago. The building is now complete. An open house was Saturday. The 60x85-foot structure has half-wall stone facing to match the limestone church. An enclosed walkway connects the two buildings.
Rocking the boat with road gravel
A rural Lincolnville man who took matters into his own hands when he wanted a road graveled came under scrutiny at Monday’s county commission meeting. Commission chairman Dianne Novak told commissioners that she’d gotten a call Thursday from Mike Beneke, who asked if he could put rock on his road “because it’s terrible.” Novak said she told him no. After bickering a bit, Novak told Beneke to call road and bridge superintendent Jesse Hamm.
Cole's Cards makes it big at state
Centre’s Cole Srajer and Max Svoboda will be getting a $2,250 check in the mail after taking fourth place in a state Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge on April 24 at Kansas State University. Their business, Cole’s Cards, qualified for state competition after placing first in county competition in March.
Local farmers utilize "green manure"
Many county farmers have been taking a new approach of utilizing older agricultural techniques such as cover crops, a crop grown for the enrichment of the soil, and to avoid tilling up the land. A non-profit educational organization, No-till on the Plains, puts its passion into providing information for farmers to adopt and further develop these techniques that center around high-quality no-till systems. Matt Meyerhoff, supervisory district conservationist, said that cover crop, or “green manure,” has gotten the attention of several farmers in the area.
Playground revamp underway
Equipment renovations have began at Peabody City Park after a fundraiser kicked off by an anonymous donor successfully raised $20,000. Donations will go toward refurbishing old playground equipment and the purchase of new playground equipment. Peabody Hearts for Hart Park successfully raised remaining funds to match the $10,000 donation of an anonymous donor. The organization began raising funds to be matched in February.
Rogers hires attorney; road closure saga continues
Residents Kenny Rogers and Joan Berg had a lawyer in tow at Monday’s city council meeting after no action was taken at the April 9 meeting concerning an abandoned road that gives Rogers access to a field behind his house. After 15 minutes of discussion came up empty-handed of a resolution at the last meeting, council member Travis Wilson made a motion to refer the matter to the city attorney for clarification of the ordinance.
Hoy to wrap up Tabor series
Well-known Kansas folklore expert Jim Hoy will talk about folktales that have shaped the state and local communities Friday at the final spring session of Tabor College’s Lifelong Learning series. The presentation will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Heritage Lobby of the Sheri Flaming Center for the Arts.
Peabody city clerk resigns abruptly
Peabody City Clerk Jonna Munson left for lunch April 24 and never returned, sending notice of resignation via text message that afternoon to Mayor Larry Larsen. She submitted a written resignation left in the drop box at city hall to be found Wednesday morning. “For personal reasons unknown to the city, Jonna Munson turned in her resignation effective immediately after not returning from lunch,” said Larsen.
Services for Milda Reimer, 99, of Goessel, who died Thursday, were Monday at Bethesda Home in Goessel. She was born Nov. 7, 1918, to Abraham and Katharina Buller Reimer in Goessel. She was a member of Goessel Mennonite Church.
Civil division cases
County jail bookings
Criminal division cases
Domestic division cases
Police incident reports
Traffic division cases
HOME AND GARDEN
Winter rehabs dilapidated house
In the year since Todd Winter bought a dilapidated house at the corner of Santa Fe and 5th St. in Marion, he’s worked to rehabilitate it as often as his time and resources have allowed. “This is something I’m doing in my free time,” Winter said. “As I have money in my savings account, I put it in the house.”
Spring gardens have a slow start
Many area gardens still look quite bare because of the cold, windy spring. Early season vegetables like lettuce and peas have had a tough time surviving. As late as a week and a half ago, nighttime temperatures were close to freezing, keeping the soil cold. Don Hodson of Marion said garlic he planted in February is doing well, but even his radishes, which are usually cold hardy, froze during a cold spell and had to be replanted.
Garden center suffers from unusual spring weather
The windy, cold weather this spring has had a big impact on Serenity Gardens, east of Hillsboro. Owner Jana Dalke said hardier spring flowers, like snapdragons, usually are put outside to make room for warm-weather flowers, but this year she has had to keep them inside or bring them in at night. “It has been really challenging,” she said. “Space has been a huge factor. Plants that I expected to be outside have been inside. Every square inch of the greenhouses was full, with hanging baskets above, plants on tables, and plants under tables.”
Stumbling out of the box
When agreeing on office space is arguably the most significant accomplishment of Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation to date, stumbling out of the box may be too kind. With board chairman Amy Doane leaving, an executive director search process coming up dry, and county commission chairman Dianne Novak demanding the county take its money back Monday, it’s more like out of the frying pan and into the fire for the nascent savior of the county’s economic future.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Goessel foundation awards grants
Six entities will benefit from $3,420 awarded April 21 by Goessel Community Foundation. The largest grant, $1,000, went to Bethesda Home to supplement expenses for its Friendship Meal program. Goessel Senior Endowment provided $950, and the remainder came from the Impact Fund.
Parkside welcomes dietary manager
A Haysville veteran with commercial kitchen experience is bringing his culinary talents to Parkside Homes. Steven Moses started as certified dietary manager April 23.
NORTHWEST OF DURHAM:
Teachers honored at picnic
Trojan girls win meet
The Hillsboro High School girls track team finished first out of six Monday night in Hillsboro at the Central Kansas Track League meet at Joel Wiens Stadium. Paced by eight first-place finishes, including three from record-setting freshman Jessica Saunders, the Trojans outdistanced runner-up Solomon, 152.5-93.
Goessel track teams take fourth at Hesston
Goessel boys’ and girls’ track teams placed fourth among six schools at an April 25 meet at Hesston. Kara Burkholder was the only Goessel athlete to pick up a first place medal with a javelin heave of 103 feet, 3 inches. Third place finishes went to Brittney Hiebert in the 400 and 800 meters. Two girls’ relay teams picked up second place, the 4x800 with a season best 12:11.43 and the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:41.42.
Goessel golfers shorthanded
With two key players absent on a senior trip, the Goessel Bluebirds’ Dylan Lindeman shot a team-best 95 for 17th place in a golf tournament at Pretty Prairie.
HILLSBORO track and field results
Centre FFA frosh compete
Centre FFA member Dillon Knepp placed second in a district freshman ag mechanics event April 25 in Kingman. Participants completed a safety test, problem solving, tool identification, machine identification, and a test of welding skills.
High schools schedule graduation ceremonies
County high school classes of 2018 will participate in commencement activities across two upcoming weekends. Marion-Florence will kick off festivities for its seniors with a baccalaureate ceremony at 7 p.m. May 9 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. Commencement will begin at 4 p.m. May 12 at the Sports and Aquatics Center.
College Honors and Degrees
Senator seeks interns
Undergraduate and graduate college students interested in public service can apply for fall internships with U.S. Senator Jerry Moran in Washington, District of Columbia. Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter highlighting a policy problem and including a suggested course of action, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation by June 15.
Hillsboro and Goessel
4-H CLUB REPORTS:
Goessel Goal Getters
Reception to introduce opera workshop
Opera students will be coming to Marion in July for a two-week “Opera Workshop in the Flint Hills,” and a reception at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Historic Elgin Hotel will provide an opportunity for the public to meet many of the principals involved in staging the event, including the project director, artistic director, and sponsoring partners.
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