Treasurer resigns, city continues search for clerk

QUENEMO—When the Quenemo city council met in January, they received the news that the city clerk was resigning. At their meeting last night, they accepted the resignation of their treasurer as well.

Hillary Johnson, treasurer, requested an executive session for discussion of non-elected personnel. Following the session, the council voted to accept her resignation, effective the same day.

“Should we run an ad in the paper?” asked Adam Anderson, mayor.

Chargers finish sixth at Baldwin Invitational

BALDWIN CITY—The Santa Fe Trail Chargers fared well among tough competition last week, winning their final home duals of the season and placing well in the Baldwin Invitational Tournament.

“We took fifth out of 17 4A teams, kind of like a regional tourney,” said SFT coach Regan Erickson. “We competed pretty good, learned a few things that we will be working on the last few weeks.”

Trojans take second in LCL Tourney

EMPORIA—The Marais des Cygnes Valley Trojans ended regular season play in the Lyon County League with a third place, 5-2 finish. The Trojans stepped it up a notch in the LCL Tournament, finishing 2-1 and second overall.

“I think we played really well,” said MdCV coach Thatcher Decker. “I think we are coming into our own and really identifying what we do well.”

The Trojans began the tournament with a 1-point win over Burlingame, followed by a 71-64 win over Waverly. Cody Patterson had a tournament-high 33 points against the Bulldogs.

Burlingame reviews option for new auditor

BURLINGAME—After choosing to move on from their former auditor at the Jan. 19 meeting, the Burlingame City Council considered a proposal from Aldrich & Company, LLC, to perform its 2014 audit.

The city received an email Jan. 30 with a proposal from the accounting firm. The proposal included a base price for the audit.

“The $7,800 will cover our regular audit, unless there’s a problem getting information,” said Vikki DeMars, council member.

Melvern considers hearing to discuss unfit structures

MELVERN—A public hearing was up in the air about two Melvern properties considered dangerous, unsafe or unfit for human use or habitation at the Melvern City Council meeting Monday.

Property owner Darrell Schultz questioned the council about why the properties were still being considered unsafe.

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Barbara Lee Driver

Dec. 7, 1925 – Jan. 31, 2015

TOPEKA—Barbara Lee Driver died Jan. 31, 2015, at Atria Hearthstone, Topeka. She was 89.

She was born Dec. 7, 1925, at Weaubleau, Mo., the daughter of Don and Agee Rees Harryman. She lived near Quenemo for many years, moving to Rossville in 1987. In 2007, she moved to Topeka to Atria Hearthstone.

She graduated from Weaubleau High School in 1943. She worked a summer in Yellowstone National Park and then spent a year at Montana State College, Bozeman, Mont.

Leonard Alfred Laney

Nov. 22, 1934 – Jan. 29, 2015

ANDOVER—Leonard Alfred “Buck” Laney, Moline, died Jan. 29, 2015, at Kansas Medical Center, Andover. He was 80.

He was born Nov. 22, 1934, at El Dorado, the son of Ira Oscar and Marion Edith Laney.

He married Juanita Jean Quetermous March 2, 1959, at Shawneetown, Ill. They moved to Osage City in 1969. He moved to Moline, after Juanita’s death on Feb. 3, 2010.

He worked many years as a work equipment maintainer for Santa Fe Railroad and Peabody Coal Company.

Ethel Marie Siecgrist

Oct. 16, 1918 – Jan. 29, 2015

TOPEKA—Ethel Marie Siecgrist, Carbondale, died Jan. 29, 2015 at a Topeka hospital. She was 97.

She was born Oct. 16, 1918, in rural Overbrook, the daughter of Chris and Freida Swanson Peterson. She lived in the Carbondale and Hooterville areas all of her life.

She worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield as an underwriter. She attended Grace Chapel Church, Carbondale.

She married Frank Siecgrist June 22, 1940, at Carbondale. He preceded her in death on Oct. 19, 1985.

Wilma M. Powell

June 18, 1921 – Jan. 30, 2015

TOPEKA—Wilma M. Powell, Osage City, died Jan. 30, 2015, at Aldersgate Village, Topeka. She was 93.

She was born June 18, 1921, at Topeka, the daughter of William Henry and Ethel May Klesath Wilson. She graduated from Highland Park High School in 1940.

She worked for the National Reserve Life Insurance Company, Osage City Public School lunchroom, retired from Osage City Paper Products after 15 years of service and for Avon.

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