HEADLINES

  • Intestinal outbreak hits county

    Kansas Department of Health public information officer Barbara Hersh said there have not been more cases of influenza or stomach flu reported in Kansas this year. She said the Center for Disease Control has not reported an increase either. Those figures do not matter much to the people have come down with the flu this holiday season. Lincolnville day-care provider Barb Kaiser was sick for two days with the chills and fever of influenza before suffering the intestinal trials symptomatic of viral gastroenteritis on Thursday. She has decided to close up her home day-care operation until after the New Year Holiday. She was unable to keep down even the soothing elixir of chicken noodle soup on Thursday.

  • He walks the line because he can

    When walking through the wooded wilderness of Alberta, Ken Ilgunas was charged by more than 1,000 pounds of angry moose. As he walked through the open grass prairie of South Dakota, he found himself caught in the midst of a cattle stampede. He scrambled with great haste to avoid being trampled.

  • Marion cuts fee for buried lines

    Marion City Council voted Wednesday to reduce from $750 to $450 the fee for city workers to install underground electrical service to homes and businesses. City Administrator Doug Kjellin said the fee would still cover the city’s costs, and underground electrical service reduces problems with ice storms. The reduction will provide incentive for more people to change to underground service, he said.

  • USD 410 needs cold cash

    “I’d say our dream of air conditioning the gym is out,” Hillsboro USD 410 Board of Education President Eddie Weber said Dec. 19. Weber’s comment came after seeing bids for work on heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems in the district. Updating HVAC systems district-wide would be about $1 million, not including the high school or middle school gymnasiums, which would cost about $70,000 and $50,000 more, respectively.

  • Dispatch returns to sheriff's office

    Marion County Commission voted Thursday to move 911 and dispatch back under the purview of the sheriff’s department instead of emergency management. Dispatch had previously been part of the sheriff’s department, but it was separated in 2000 when Lee Becker was appointed sheriff to fill the unexpired term of Dan Harper Becker was married at the time to Michele Abbott, who was in charge of dispatch, and the county didn’t want an official supervising his or her spouse.

  • Peabody shopping spree winners drawn

    The Holiday Shopping Spree sponsored by Peabody Main Street Association and the City of Peabody ended Dec. 19 with a drawing at the Peabody City Building. Winner of the $700 first prize was Ben Tempel of Peabody; second prize of $400 went to Ann Schwengerdt of Whitewater; and third prize of $100 went to Bessie Michaelis of Peabody. All prizes were given in the form of Peabody Bucks.

DEATHS

  • Elva Quiring

    Elva Quiring, 94, of Goessel died Dec. 19 at Bethesda Home in Goessel. She was born Feb. 23, 1918, in Henderson, Neb., to Henry J. and Anna Janzen Ratzlaff. She worked as a teacher. She was a member of First Mennonite Church in Mount Lake, Minn., where she was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent. She also was a founder and member of the board for Minn-Kota MCC Relief Sale.

  • Steven M. Walker

    Steven M. Walker, 58, of San Antonio, Texas, died Dec. 12. He was born Dec.1, 1954, in Florence to Kenneth Wayne and Opal Mae (Brewer) Walker. He graduated from Osawatomie High School in 1972. He worked in electronics in Olathe, Paola, and elsewhere, ending his career with NASA in Houston. He received a pilot’s license in 1985.

  • Anna M. Yaussi

    Anna M. Yaussi passed away Dec. 18 at her home. She was 88. Anna was born Aug. 20, 1924, in Leon, Iowa, to Claude and Edith Dickerson. Anna married Floyd R. Yaussi on Aug. 6, 1949, in Salina and moved to Marion. In 1961, the family moved to Longmont, Colo. Anna attended Brown Mackie School of Business in Salina and was employed at the Salina YMCA, where she met her husband.

DOCKET

LOOKING AHEAD

  • What should 2013's top story be?

    I would like to see a headline that reads, ‘Population increase shrinks real estate listings.’” — Larry Andres, Peabody I would like to see all the violence stop. There needs to be an emphasis on teaching the children right and wrong at home again.

OPINION

  • What was big in 2012?

    The biggest surprise in the results of polling our staff about the biggest stories of 2012 was how much everyone’s opinions differed. Six different stories were No. 1 on somebody’s ballot while being No. 10 or unranked on somebody else’s ballot.

  • Christmas played out like this

    I hope Santa was good to my six regular readers. I forgot to ask him to extend their subscriptions to the I got a Christmas Day e-mail from one who said that she always enjoys my “Letter to Santa” column, but this year she thought the little boy who asked for duct tape wrote a far better letter than I. See what I mean? They cut right to the issue at hand and soon I know precisely how the cow ate the cabbage. I appreciate all six of them. I have heard that quite a few people were sick on Christmas Day and during the weekend leading up to it. At our house the Youngest Daughter and the New Guy were miserable in an upper-respiratory way. They tried to put on their game faces and enjoy themselves, but eventually gave it up and headed home. I sent Kleenex and orange juice. Sometimes there is not much a mother can do except let nature take its course. The young man in the

  • A different look for two weeks

    The holidays gave us a chance to experiment with your papers the past two weeks. We took a very magazine-like approach with our “Dear Santa” edition last week. This week, for New Years, we’ve again published on Friday another joint edition of the Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. Let us know what you thought of the different approaches. But don’t worry; the newspapers will be back on their regular schedule — and as separate papers — on Jan. 9.

  • ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:

    A real Christmas letter
  • DAYS OF YORE:

    Days of yore

PEOPLE

  • Author with local roots writes what she likes to read

    Sara Vinduska sent manuscripts of her first book “Reflections” to multiple publishing agents. Some liked her book, but their favorable reviews were packaged with conditions. They wanted the book to have the two love interests together on a higher percentage of pages. They wanted less suspense and more action to fit the industry standard for romance suspense novels. Instead of embarking on a tedious set of rewrites to meet those specifications, Vinduska published the book using Create Space, a company affiliated with Amazon.com. While the book features a Spartan cover and presentation, it is still available in bookstores nationwide without Vinduska having to compromise.

  • Higgins family has Christmas reunion

    The Boyd and Hazel Higgins family had its Christmas gathering Dec. 9 at Marion Senior Center. Family members had a meal and visited. Attending were Gail and Sandra Dody and Kristy; Brad Dody and friend Misti and Brad’s daughters, Katie, Kara, and Elizabeth of Wichita; Ralph and Charlene Janzen of Hillsboro; Dick and Susie Mueller of Mentor; Virginia Higgins, Jack and Patti Higgins, and Karen Smith of Hutchinson; Georgia Higgins of El Dorado; Tom Higgins of Emporia; and Charles Stinchcomb, Howard and Beth Collett, and Shirley Bowers of Marion.

  • Valley Methodist women meet

    Valley United Methodist Women met in December and had a dessert provided by Barb Steiner. The group learned about Rosemary Garrard’s interest in and experience with angels. The group voted to donate to various missions.

  • Glaser begins FSA term

    Graeme Glaser of rural Peabody will begin a three-year term this month on the County Committee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. Glaser was elected by county producers to replace Eldon Andres, who had completed a maximum nine years on the committee.

  • ANNIVERSARIES:

    Donald and Connie Rock to celebrate 60 years, Don and Connie Isaac to celebrate 50 years
  • BIRTH:

    Josephine Mendoza
  • CORRESPONDENTS:

    Burns, Marion Senior Center, Northwest of Durham, Peabody Senior Center, Round the town, Tampa
  • ENGAGEMENT:

    Buchholz, Beasley
  • MEMORIES:

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125

SCHOOL

  • Goessel musicians honored

    More than 35 high school and junior high students from Goessel earned regional band and choir honors with selection into top South Central Kansas Music Educators Association groups. Goessel students earning band recognition in grades 9 through 12 included Mark Schmidt, Georgia Thiesen, Grant Flaming, Erin Brubaker, Jake Herrel, Alicen Meysing, Reece Hiebert, Zach Wiens, and Ben Wiens.

  • Screening set for Hillsboro

    Marion County Early Intervention Services will have a free development screening for children up to age 5 on Jan. 8 at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 905 E. D St. Development will be checked in learning, motor, language, and social areas, and vision and hearing will be screened. Appointments will be from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Call (620) 382-2858 for an appointment.

  • Paper chain breaks record

    Each year Brian Stucky’s 2nd grade art class at Goessel Elementary School takes four class periods to make a red and green paper Christmas chain. Though there were only 16 students in the class this year, they broke the record with 318 feet. The old record was 315 feet.

  • Litchfield accepts scholarship

    Hillsboro High School senior Kateland Litchfield has accepted a theater scholarship from Southwestern College in Winfield. She has been in several musicals and plays at HHS, including “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Great Cross Country Race.”

SPORTS

  • Goessel boys overcome slow start

    Over 4 minutes ticked off the game clock before Goessel High School player Davis Cook powered his way to the bucket to start a run of 4 points Dec. 18 in Goessel. The GHS boys trailed the Hope Lions 8-4 at the end of the first quarter. Bluebird Ben Wiens started the scoring in the second quarter. Nic Buller put in two more buckets, giving the Bluebirds their first lead of the game 10-9, and the home team never trailed for the remainder of the contest.

  • GHS girls win thriller

    Goessel High School girls’ basketball coach Ryan Hoopes has 11 girls who contribute in varsity games this year. They started the Wheat State League schedule strong on Dec. 18, winning a thriller against Hope in Goessel. “I can trust any one of these girls to go into a game,” Hoopes said. “Our practices are very competitive. The freshman girls have not taken the place of the seniors, because the competition has caused the seniors to become even stronger players.”

  • Peabody-Burns rec announces winter schedule

    Peabody-Burns Recreation Commission mailed its winter activity schedule to USD 398 patrons this past week. The schedule includes trips to sporting and musical events and dates for open basketball and weight room use for adults in the community. A couple of the events have already taken place, or the deadline for reserving a ticket has passed.

  • Surge gives Warriors victory over Trojans

    The Hillsboro High School Trojans led the Marion High School Warriors, 24-20, at halftime of their boys’ basketball game Dec. 21 in Marion, but the Warriors came back to win 58-49. The tide turned in the third quarter as MHS was relentless in getting to the free-throw line. At the same time, HHS went on a scoring drought and got in foul trouble. MHS led 43-37 after the third quarter.

  • Trojans girls defeat Marion

    The Hillsboro High School girls’ basketball team defeated Marion, 59-12, on Dec. 21 in Marion. The Trojans grabbed 21 steals and forced 33 turnovers. Hillsboro started the game with a 12-0 run before leading 19-4 at the end of the first quarter. Addie Lackey led all scorers with 21 points. Tena Loewen led Hillsboro in rebounds with 7.

  • Gard sets scoring record for PBHS

    Christian Gard set a new PBHS single game scoring record in the final game of 2012. His 36-point game high Dec. 18 helped to push the Warriors to an 82-66 victory over Centre at home. The lead changed hands several times in the first half. Centre led, 35-31, at halftime, but the second half belonged to the Warriors. Third-quarter play included an 11-point blitz by Gard that included three treys. Warrior defense held the Cougars to 8 points. PBHS led, 58-43, at the end of the quarter.

  • Late shot puts Peabody-Burns over Centre in girls' game

    Brandee Burnett scored a tying basket in the final 28 seconds of regulation Dec. 18 against Centre that led to a 48-46 overtime victory for the Lady Warriors. Centre maintained a slight lead until Warrior Rayna Barnes scored a tying basket with less than 3 minutes remaining in the final quarter.

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