HEADLINES

  • Deadline looming for Shopping Spree entries

    Shoppers in Peabody have a little more than a week to get their Holiday Shopping Spree tickets validated and dropped into the big gift box in the Peabody City Building lobby. For each $10 spent with a participating merchant, shoppers will receive a punch or a stamp. A ticket is complete when five merchants have validated it. A drawing for $500, $250, and $100 of Peabody Bucks, honored at Peabody businesses, will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at the city building.

  • Lake talk stirs up tempers

    A Monday discussion of conditions at the county park and lake erupted into shouts just two weeks after consultants from Wichita State University told county commissioners they needed to work on getting along better. Kathy Schockley and Mark Wheeler, both residents at the lake, talked about the need for a professional management plan to end blue green algae problems.

  • Unholy thief makes opportunistic car steal from church

    Ryan Olson was ready to hop in his car and head home Sunday evening when he came out of Zion Lutheran Church. However, his dark blue 1989 Buick Regal, parked unlocked behind the church with the keys in it, was nowhere to be found.

  • Gravel surfaces again at county commission

    A county resident sent a bouquet of flowers to commissioner Dianne Novak after the pair disagreed on road gravel a week ago. Soon after Monday’s meeting began, a bouquet was delivered to the county clerk’s office during an executive session. The flowers were brought to Novak when open session began again.

  • Stay-at-home mom is collecting coats

    Christina Fistler of Peabody is spearheading a coat drive for children and adults. She has collected seven coats so far. Her goal is 45. “I know about the poverty situation in our community,” she explained. “We’re small, and I saw that some children were in need of coats.”

OTHER NEWS

  • Peabody lights tour tonight

    A Christmas lights tour and Christmas goodies await residents of Peabody health care homes this evening. Residents of Peabody Health and Rehab and Westview Manor will ride around town to see the Christmas lights, in a bus provided by USD 398 and facility vehicles.

  • Former Marionite designed Tabor arts center organ

    “It will have to be digital.” That’s what Tabor director of music Bradley Vogel told Burton Tidwell when he asked him to design an organ for the new Shari Flaming Center for the Arts.

  • Display makes final appearance

    Mary Jeffrey’s Christmas Village will be on display from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Valley United Methodist Church in Marion. The display has been a tradition for several years running at the church, and this will be its final year on display.

  • Cookies and tea herald caulk and timber

    While initial shipments of lumber were still days away, Morgan Wheeler was more than ready Sunday to welcome customers eager to see the inside of The Building Center, his new home improvement and construction supply business at 143 W. Main St. in Marion. “It took a little longer than we thought it would,” Wheeler said. “We’re real excited. We’ve had quite a few people stop in to check out what’s going on.”

  • Contest deadlines loom

    Deadlines for three Hoch Publications holiday contests are drawing near. The deadline for a children’s coloring contest has been extended to Monday. Children 3 to 10 can win a three-foot stocking filled full of goodies by coloring a picture printed in the Nov. 22 edition.

DEATHS

  • Ernest Seibel

    Services for former carpenter Ernest Cecil Seibel, 98, who died Friday at Whitewater, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Peabody Christian Church. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Interment will be at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody. Born April 13, 1919, to John and Nellie (Hintz) Seibel in Peabody, he married Maxine Atkins on Nov. 19, 1950, in Peabody. She preceded him in death.

  • Connie Wells

    A celebration in memory of Connie J. (Powell) Wells, 81, formerly of Marion, who died Nov. 28 at The Cedars in McPherson, will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 23 at The Cedars House, 803 N. Maxwell St., McPherson. She is survived by sons Robert Powell of Plant City, Florida, and Matthew Powell; daughter, Hollie Fox of Omaha, Nebraska; daughter Tracy Forsberg of McPherson; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

  • Geneva Wiselogel

    Private family services for Geneva Wiselogel, 89, who died Saturday at The Cedars in McPherson, will be held at a later date in Parma, Michigan. She was born July 18, 1928, to Earl and Lillian (Meisner) Kellogg in Marshall, Michigan. She married Archie Wiselogel on Sept. 7, 1946, in Parma, Michigan. He preceded her in death.

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  • Local highway supervisor now local trooper

    After nearly three years without a road trooper assigned to Marion County, Trooper Kenneth “Dean” Baldwin will soon be a familiar sight on the highways. Baldwin graduated from the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy Dec. 7 and will spend his first 77 working days doing field training under two field training officers.

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  • Seniors remember Christmas past

    Christmases come and Christmases go, old traditions transition into new traditions, but no matter how old you get, certain memories of Christmas linger. You can’t call Marion Ogden’s memory of his childhood Christmases “good” exactly, but it’s good for a Christmas story laugh.

SPORTS AND SCHOOL

  • Peabody-Burns winless in Marion Classic

    Glimmers of promise aside, both Peabody-Burns basketball teams had rough times matching up against bigger teams from larger schools last week, coming home winless in six attempts at the Marion Classic tournament in Marion. Girls’ coach Scott Bauer knew heading into the tournament that his young, inexperienced team of eight had little chance of winning a game, but signs of growth emerged as the team worked its way through losses to Eureka, 69-10, eventual champion Berean Academy, 75-15, and Wichita Homeschool, 46-20.

  • County tournament offers top-notch competition

    Christmas will come a week early for area wrestling fans Friday at the Marion County Winter Duals, hosted by both Marion and Hillsboro High Schools. Outside the Trojans and Warriors, 14 other teams from the central part of the state will be in action at both high school gymnasiums.

  • New arts center will bring Tabor student body together in one place

    A ribbon-cutting, dedication ceremony, and a packed-to-overflowing house for a Handel’s “Messiah” performance like none that have come before heralded the opening of the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts at Tabor College this weekend, but staff and students are equally excited about what comes next. When the new arts center at Tabor College becomes fully functional next semester, students will have a place where they can meet as one to worship and be inspired in their spiritual lives.

  • TEEN to meet by phone

    Directors of Technology Excellence in Education, a partnership of area school districts overseeing distance education, will meet by telephone conference at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 30. Under state law, all such meetings are open to the public, and provision must be made for the public to listen to deliberations.

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