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Weekend rains lead to flooding in Peabody
Weekend rains lead to flooding in Peabody

Weekend rains lead to flooding in Peabody

Depending on where one resides in the county, rain totals over the weekend ranged from less than 2 inches in the Canton area to as much as 6 inches in Lincolnville.

The worst hit area, according Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft, was in Peabody, where 10 families were evacuated from their homes Sunday. One area southwest of Peabody became an island after the heavy rainfall.

?It was a mess in a lot of places,? Craft said.

Many roads were deemed impassable as water in creeks and rivers pushed out their banks.

?For the last few days, there was so much rain that the ground was completely saturated,? Craft said. ?With the big rain Sunday coming down hard and fast, it was enough to close roads.?

Some of those roads included Nighthawk, 190th and 140th, he said. Sunflower Road was closed Sunday and was still considered impassable Monday.

One mile west of Marion on 190th, the water on the road was deep enough that vehicles were turning around and looking for alternative routes.

Doyle Creek played a big part in the flooding at Peabody, he said. The bridge at First and Olive streets crosses the creek.

A majority of county roads were still closed Monday, he said.

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USD 410 music program will be squeezed during 2010-11

Nobody is excited about not having a full-time band director on staff for the coming school year at USD 410. But Superinten?dent Steve Noble is hoping the inconvenience for students and staff will be temporary.

?It?s a short-term deal, and I want it to be a one-year deal,? Noble said.

When band instructor Gregg Walker resigned his position late in the school year after 10 years of duty, the board decided not to fill the position for 2010-11.

For one thing, Noble said, the district needed to reduce expenses because of reductions in state funding. The other reason was to give the board more time to find a quality successor.

?I have said on the record, and the board, I believe, is behind this, that when things improve, this is a cut we?re going to put back in (the budget) sooner rather than later,? he said.

?We?re going to reestablish this position separate from the vocal music position, so that both programs can thrive.?

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Brookens files for 2nd term in Topeka

Bob Brookens, state representative for the 70th District from Marion, has filed for re-election.

?Since I had made up my mind to run for re-election, I thought I might as well file while I was here in Topeka,? Brookens said in a Monday news release.

During his first term, Brookens served on the committees on Education, Judiciary and Correc?tions and Juvenile Justice.

He also was part of a group that worked to cut spending while trying to protect the state?s most vulnerable citizens. Brookens said the effort also achieved a more solid funding base for the budget.

?The feedback I got throughout the district indicated an urgency to cut spending, but not to the extent it would harm elderly Kansans, children and disabled people,? he said. ?Many folks even volunteered for a raise in the sales tax, particularly if it would hold property taxes down.?

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Hillsboro Fire Dept. seeking to extend rescue services
Hillsboro Fire Dept. seeking to extend rescue services

Hillsboro Fire Dept. seeking to extend rescue services

The Hillsboro Fire Depart?ment is hoping to lead the way into a cooperative arrangement that will improve response time for primary rescue services in Marion County.

The plan, being developed in partnership with Marion County Emergency Medical Services, would authorize the fire departments from Hillsboro, Marion, Peabody and Florence to respond to rescue calls outside of their designated fire-protection areas.

Currently, each department functions as a ?first responder? to rescue calls within their designated areas. The Marion Fire Department provides the only ?primary responder? team in the entire county.

?With what we?re trying to do, there?s going to be four potential primary rescue units (in the county),? Hillsboro Fire Chief Ben Steketee said. ?We?ll kind of divide the county up so we can provide better patient care.?

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A pilgrammage for Pilsen’s priest
A pilgrammage for Pilsen’s priest

A pilgrammage for Pilsen’s priest

Sixty people walked down the last hill toward St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday as part of the Pilgrimage to Pilsen honoring Father Emil Kapaun, the most highly decorated military chaplain in U.S. history. Kapuan died as a prisoner of war in the Korean War. The volunteers walked three days and two nights, departing from […]

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Fund for families goes dry in Marion County
Fund for families goes dry in Marion County

Fund for families goes dry in Marion County

The oasis of stop-gap support has dried up for families who come to Community In Schools of Marion County in dire need of money to pay bills for basic living expenses.

Linda Ogden, CIS director, said she had four contacts in a single day last week from families facing financial shortages for such things as utilities, rent and other essentials.

?We average three calls a week, but we are out of money,? Ogden said.

In recent years, CIS has facilitated a partnership with area churches and agencies called the Marion County Family Finan?cial Assistance Network to provide resources to meet those need through its Marion County Family Financial Assistance Fund.

In 2009, CIS provided close to $12,000 to 79 families in the county?including about 150 children?facing the loss of utilities, transportation to employment and even the roof over their heads because of a household financial crisis.

When combined with contributions from ministerial alliances, agencies, civic organizations and the families themselves, Ogden said the bills they covered easily exceeded $25,000.

?It?s all about collaboration,? she said of the effort.

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Hillsboro to get more ‘bang’ for the bucks

Hillsboro residents will have an additional day to legally shoot fireworks in town during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The Hillsboro City Council agreed to a request from Charles Rempel, a local fireworks distributor, to add July 5 to the days prescribed for shooting fireworks in Ordinance 1130, which states the cutoff as midnight July 4.

Rempel said he was suggesting the change since July 5, a Monday, will be the legal working holiday for Independence Day this year.

The council agreed to the extension, but set 11 p.m. as the cutoff time that evening?although Police Chief Dan Kinning said the earlier hour wouldn?t make a practical difference in the number of complaint calls he and his officers would have to respond to.

?They shoot them off whether we ask them to stop or not,? Kinning said.

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Dreams come true for beginning artists at new gallery
Dreams come true for beginning artists at new gallery

Dreams come true for beginning artists at new gallery

Take a leisurely stroll through the office hallway of 105 S. Main in Hillsboro and view the variety of oil paintings displayed on the wall, all the work of novices.

The artists are students of Katherine DeFilipis, who operates the Palette of Dreams Gallery, where she?s teaches both older and younger students to paint.

?I rent that little space,? DeFilipis said about her studio located in Suite B. ?I have that whole wall where I can hang my paintings so people can just come in and look.?

DeFilipis, general manager of The Lumberyard in Hillsboro, opened Palette of Dreams and started her painting classes about four months ago. Even if students have no drawing or painting experience, she promises in four sessions they will complete at least two, if not four, paintings.

The canvases hanging on the wall are proof that her students can do it.

?I can fit seven people in my studio,? said DeFilipis, who charges $60 for a four-week block of sessions. ?When I get a group started, I ask what?s best for them. And then we just converge on that night.

?I try to be? convenient for everyone involved. And then the goal is to have them have one painting per night, which is pretty inexpensive for them.?


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A commitment to remember
A commitment to remember

A commitment to remember

More than 100 people attended this year?s Memorial Day service in Hillsboro, sponsored Monday by the American Legion at Memorial Park.

Following torrential rains and lightning Sunday night, the weather couldn?t have been better for the annual event.

In his remarks, Master Sgt. (Ret.) Roger Sinclair of Hillsboro thanked those attending.

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New seat-belt law will take effect June 10

When Gov. Mark Parkinson signed HB 2130 last week, drivers in the state were put on notice that the state is serious about the Kansas Department of Transportation slogan, ?Click it or ticket.?

The House bill amended the state?s seat belt law requiring all drivers and front-seat passengers to buckle up.

Law enforcement officers in Kansas will now be able to stop and ticket drivers and front-seat passengers who are not wearing safety belts even if the officers do not observe another traffic violation.

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