Vol. 110 , No. 41
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Hillsboro, KS 67063
Dog mauls owner's uncle, leaving face unrecognizable
A Peabody man savagely mauled in the face and throat by a dog that would not release its grip emerged from a medically induced coma Sunday and was coherent and in stable condition. The Thursday incident at 802 N. Olive St. left 51-year-old Kent Anderson with facial injuries too severe for him to be identified at the scene.
Harvest arrives, may not be as bad as thought
Drowned plants and weeds seemed to be posing the greatest challenges as temperatures rose to near 100 and combines began rolling through the county at the start of wheat harvest this past weekend. Bernie Waner, 70, who started cutting on a 190-acre field northwest of Florence last week, was getting yields of almost 50 bushels an acre Friday — but not as good in other areas of his field.
Boy, 15, thrown from ATV, seriously hurt
A 15-year-old who suffered serious head injuries when he was thrown off an all-terrain vehicle in Peabody was reported in stable condition this week. Christian Moore was not wearing a helmet when he flew off his ATV in the 800 block of Vine St. at 2:40 p.m. Thursday.
Oil, gas wells in county listed as dangerous
Nearly two dozen abandoned oil and gas wells in northeast Marion County pose significant dangers and require plugging, according to a regulatory report filed with the state legislature. Three of the wells are deemed threats because of active gas flows with a danger of ignition or because of open, large-diameter wellbores or casings.
Dual roles are called 'incompatible'
Marion’s long history of city council members serving on its planning board is not specifically prohibited, but a 1977 attorney general’s opinion calls the two roles “incompatible.” Readers asked the Record to investigate after noting that John Wheeler, Marion city councilman and candidate for mayor, serves on both the planning commission and the airport authority. His current three-year term on the planning commission will expire in December 2021.
Services expand at St. Luke
Urology services at St. Luke Hospital in Marion have expanded with arrival of two new pieces of equipment. Liz Trevorrow, clinic manager for urologist Kristopher Carlson, said a prostate biopsy probe would make it possible for Carlson to perform ultrasound-guided biopsies for patients with elevated prostrate screening scores or abnormal prostate scans.
Marion eatery adds new item to menu
It isn’t listed yet, but fresh pork rinds will soon be a new item on the menu at Wagon Wheel Express, 202 W. Main St. in Marion. Owner Keith Hess said a salesman told him about the product, and he decided to try it. He offers samples to customers, and people can order them.
Marion seniors to dine on Hillsboro meals
Until a now cook is hired, Marion seniors will be eating hot meals prepared at Hillsboro Senior Center and brought to Marion. The emergency service will begin July 8. Reservations will be called in a day ahead.
House found in a state of disuse
City officials found 19 disused appliances and several inoperable vehicles when they were accompanied by police in inspecting Kevin Geren’s property in the 700 block of S. Cedar St. “We went out to look and see what the size of the abatement will be and how many city crews will be devoted to the cleanup,” administrator Roger Holter said.
Retiree marks mental health field's evolution in Marion County
In 19 years as office coordinator with Prairie View Mental Health Clinic, retiree Diana Hadley has seen the evolution of her workplace and mental health. While the office has been at S. Ash St. in Hillsboro for nearly a decade, Hadley has had her share of experience moving locations.
House demolition to make room for additions
A recently demolished home at Cedar and Welch Sts. represents the prospect for expansion for Kelley Schafers and her family, who own the lot and house next door. “We’re thinking about eventually building on, and the only way we can go is to the east, where that lot is,” she said.
Services for former Marion instrumental music teacher Conrad P. Steinel, 91, who died after a fall last week at his home in Emporia, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Emporia. An amateur radio enthusiast, he and his wife, school librarian Lois (Danielson) Steinel, taught in Marion schools from 1962 until 1971. She died in November.
Civil division cases
County jail arrests and bookings
Criminal division cases
Domestic division cases
Fish and game division cases
Police incident reports
Traffic Division cases
Fireworks are part of Peabody's identity
“It’s one of the things Peabody is pretty proud of,” fireworks committee member Jay Gfeller said. “A lot of the time when you ask people about Peabody, the first thing they say is about the fireworks.” The show’s stellar reputation reaches beyond state lines, he said.
Fall festival seeks to expand
Peabody’s second annual Fall Festival, coinciding with arts and crafts festivals in Marion and Hillsboro, will add a wiffle ball tournament. “That’s one thing we want to do, is spread it out a bit more,” committee chairman Ginger Whitney said. “Then people can visit the Morgan House if it’s open, and the historical museum, then go to the car show. We try to make people walk the sidewalks and enjoy the 1880s downtown.”
Aulne's tradition began with a hole
The event and expenditures on fireworks have grown every year. The event is the Sunday before or the Sunday after the Fourth. This year it will be July 7.
'Stone City' seeks to preserve its heritage
Several homeowners are now trying to preserve the structures. The John Wheeler family is working to preserve the historic Billings house south of Main and Walnut Sts. after purchasing the property in 2014 from Will Meysing.
Ramona trying not to be forgotten
Freedom from being forgotten. “We’re trying to do something for the community to help build it back up, and that’s one of the biggest things,” co-organizer George Thiel said. “It’s more than a forgotten city.”
Girl, 10, has spent most of life preparing animals for shows
Girl, 10, has spent most of life preparing animals for shows By PHYLLIS ZORN Staff writer Outside her family’s home near Marion Reservoir, 10-year-old Tayle Black often can be seen walking on leashes — not dogs but pigs. She isn’t doing it to entertain passers-by. She’s preparing them for the show ring. Tayle has been showing pigs in 4-H and on the livestock show circuit since she was 6, and has been raising and training them since before she started school.
When horsepower replaced horse power
“The things we take over are our large prairie tractors and a steam engine,” Toews said. “They weigh about 25,000 pounds each. They were really a miraculous part of farming from 1910 to 1920. In the days these were made, most farming was done with a horse pulling a plow.” Toews and his wife, Leann, like to collect the largest model of equipment made by manufacturing companies.
Facelift likely for popular fishing attraction
But time has worked damage on the plywood walking surface of the dock, and lake supervisor Isaac Hett is looking to have repairs made. Hett said the flooring of the outer walkway had become squishy and soft in parts.
Shops adopt crafty attitude toward arts
“That’s the challenge of it, displaying different things people enjoy,” she said. “I’ve had a variety of things over the years.” Davis finds more value in featuring an assortment of art styles and media, as opposed to exclusively one artist or style.
Opera back in Chase County
A two-week opera workshop that last year was conducted in Marion will move back to Cottonwood Falls July 1 through 10. Martha Sharp again will direct the International Opera Workshop, which has accepted 11 singers from six states for its third annual program.
A not-so-happy holiday week
The pleasant voice you normally hear when you call our office belongs to Cheri Bentz. Cheri’s a nice person, and you can make her day on Friday by not calling to tell us you got a Marion County Record instead of your normal Hillsboro Star-Journal or Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. As we usually do in holiday weeks, we’re printing this week’s papers early, as a special combined edition with something extra thrown in: another of our popular Explore sections, highlighting a few of the entertaining things you and out-of-town visitors can do in our county over the next month or so.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Coming along for the ride
Calendar of events
Corrections and clarifications
Astronaut's brother shares memories
If you knew the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, it’s not difficult to see why he was selected as commander of the historic Apollo 11 mission that both landed and returned July 20, 1969. With the 50th anniversary of the landing weeks away, Neil Armstrong’s brother, Marion County resident Dean, spoke Sunday afternoon at Marion’s community center. Marion’s Public Library organized the event.
Potluck to welcome bikers
A potluck supper at 6 p.m. July 9 in the Holy Family Parish activity center will welcome one of four teams of missionary bikers traveling to St. Louis to raise money for abortion alternatives. Six bikers and two support personnel from Holly, Colorado, are scheduled to arrive in Marion that afternoon.
Peabody churches schedule VBS
Peabody’s vacation Bible school is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. July 15 to 19 for preschoolers through sixth graders. It will be hosted by Gracepoint Church, but the location will be the Methodist Church.
Blood donors sought in Marion
Blood donations will be accepted from 1:15 to 6:15 p.m. July 8 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, Marion. Photo identification is required.
Cover crops can be planted amid flood
Marion County farmers who could not plant their crops because of flooded or wet fields can sign up for technical and financial assistance from the Natural Resources and Conservation Service to plant cover crops on the affected acres instead of letting fields go fallow and uncovered. The deadline is July 26. Farmers can apply by visiting the USDA Service Center, 301 Eisenhower Dr., Marion, or calling (620) 382-3714.
Burns farmers market canceled for year
The remaining farmers markets of the year in Burns have been canceled due to health concerns for organizers Gary and Sonda Bruce.
Tacos, burgers on menu
Walking tacos July 11 and hamburgers July 18, both with side dishes, will be on the menu for Hillsboro farmers markets this month. No market is planned on the Fourth of July nor during the county fair, July 26.
Art on display in Marion
Marion Senior Center menu
Hillsboro Senior Center menu
Peabody Senior Center menu
140 years ago
MEMORIES IN FOCUS:
The not so wild west
Wichita rescue mission toured
SCHOOL AND SPORTS
College degrees and honors
Cattle dying, crops withering in drought
Cattle were dying of heat, wheat yields were significantly reduced, and row crops were in danger as drought continues to grip Marion County. Despite a half-inch of rain Saturday and one to two inches June 20, rainfall hasn’t been sufficient to provide subsoil moisture, which is still nonexistent from prolonged drought.
Storm batters trees, cuts power
An intense, slow-moving thunderstorm with winds of up to 60 mph and, according to the National Weather Service, hail the size of ping-pong balls swept across the southeast portion of the county Saturday, downing tree limbs and power lines. Falling limbs from aging trees tore down lines and took out utility poles on Maple St. south of 2nd St. in Peabody and at 3rd and North Sts. in Marion.
Aulne fireworks kick off a bang-up week of celebration
Aulne resident Kevin Fruechting loves shooting fireworks so much he has helped with his church’s annual fireworks display in Aulne for many years. “We started out way back then — my father, my brother, and a couple of other guys,” Fruechting said.
County extends relocation incentive for new graduates
Marion County is extending for five years its participation in a program that can repay up to $15,000 in student loans for non-resident college graduates willing to relocate here. The Rural Opportunity Zone program costs the county considerably less than the $15,000 total might suggest.
Minivan airborne in fatal wreck
A violent one-vehicle accident early Friday on the Marion-Harvey County line claimed the life of 49-year-old Marion resident Robert Wilson. Wilson, who worked as a mechanic and handyman for Countryside Salvage near Walton, apparently lost control of his 2012 Chrysler Town and Country minivan while driving north on East Lake Rd., known in Marion County as Indigo Rd., a mile north of US-50.
Hot dog? Try chicken-leg pupsicle
The pooch is hot. What to do? Give him a chicken leg freezer pop or a yogurt smoothie to cool him down. Marion County resident Holly Robinson’s dogs love frozen treats.
Music tells of independence, pain, pride
It’s Independence Day again. To lots of people it means family, barbecues, apple pie, and fireworks. But to many singers and songwriters, it means so much more.
Fountains finally flowing at park
A torrent of fountain problems in Central Park seemed to subside Friday when the large fountain on the west side of the park began flowing again after a lengthy period of being dry. Workers installed a new motor and pump and changed a fuse that feeds electricity to the pump.
If you thinK keeping track of the mind-bending number of ways government spends our money for us is enough to leave your head spinning, you’re not alone. So, apparently, does the county clerk’s office. Among the $1,166,666.97 in total monthly spending county commissioners approved Friday was one charge (aside from the “666” sign-of-the-devil in the total) that stood out: $7.50 in taxpayer money spent on Ibuprofen.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Fun and games in rural Kansas
Services for Hillsboro native Emery G. Seibel, 96, a retired carpet and tile installer who died June 27 at Asbury Park in Newton, were Monday, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Newton. Born April 12, 1922, to John and Nellie (Hintz) Seibel, he married Frances K. Brannan on Aug. 2, 1949, in Wichita. She died in 2011. Daughter Mary Ellen Seibel and brother Ernie Seibel also preceded him in death.
Services for mechanic and handyman Robert Eugene Wilson, 49, of Marion, who died Friday in a single-car accident, will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Valley United Methodist Church. Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Mannford, Oklahoma.
Civil division cases
Criminal division cases
County jail arrests and bookings
Domestic division cases
Municipal court cases
Traffic division cases
An uncommon sight
It might have been common 50 years ago, but the sight of Josh Ens and his wife, Katie, of Hillsboro putting up small square bales of prairie hay Saturday was unusual. For Katie, it was unusual, too.
Irrigation a boon as drought continues
While an extended extreme drought is impacting some Marion County farmers, some lucky enough to have irrigation are feeling lesser effects on crops. Alan Hett and his brother, Neal, run two center pivots that irrigate 200 acres next to the South Cottonwood River on 140th Rd. Water comes from the river.
140 years ago
MEMORIES IN FOCUS:
Independence Day over the years
Pro-life bikers to stop in Marion
Seven members of one of four teams bicycling across portions of the U.S. to support pro-life causes will be guests of Holy Family Parish at a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Marion Activity Center. Biking for Babies, founded in 2009, is sending four teams on four-day bike rides that will converge July 14 in St. Louis.
Event to mark 90th birthday
An open house for Katherine Otte’s 90th birthday will be 2 to 4 p.m. July 22 at Lincolnville Community Center. Otte has requested no gifts.
Calendar of Events
Hamburger griller celebrates 94 years
Swimming team results
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