• Path cleared for liquor store

    Peabody City Council cleared the way Monday for a liquor store to open in the city by revising an ordinance and approving a license. Peabody City Council approved changes Monday night to a city ordinance that governs beverages in the city. The ordinance previously made no provision for the sale of packaged liquor by “alcoholic liquor retailers.”

  • Hospital exits bankruptcy

    Hillsboro Community Hospital’s parent company, HMC/CAH Consolidated Inc., exited from Chapter 11 bankruptcy after 15 months of reorganization on Jan. 17. All 12 of the company’s hospitals — located in rural communities — remain in operation following the reorganization. The company filed for bankruptcy protection on Oct. 11, 2011.

  • PBES to host county spelling bee

    Lexi Schreiber, Madelaine Beal, and Brooklyn Massey will represent Peabody-Burns Elementary School in the 2013 Marion County Spelling Bee after being the top three finishers in the school bee Jan. 23. Lexi correctly spelled “detail” to take first place. Ty and Teri Schreiber of Peabody are her parents.

  • Warm day helps child learn to swing

    Wearing a smile that stretched from ear to ear, Elijah Klenda of Pilsen grabbed his mother by the sleeve and ran toward the swing set. “I’m going to fly like a bird,” the 4-year-old said. “I love to swing. It is the best thing ever.”


  • Remodel restores love of cars

    Rodney Williams has never entered his 1927 Buick into a car show and driven back to his Florence home without a prize. It’s easy to see why it’s won at shows in Marion, Florence, and Burns. It’s a boxy, black and blue beauty. Its honeycombed grill, circular cursive drawn Buick logo, varnished wooden wheel spokes, and wooden steering wheel beckon the viewer back to a time when there were way more dirt roads than paved roads in Kansas — and a trip to Kansas City took six hours.

  • Dream 1931 Chevy Coup emerges

    “Bub” Lovelady wanted nothing more than to purchase his dream car — a 1931 Chevy Coupe. There was just one problem: they sell like hot cakes. “I couldn’t get to them fast enough,” he said. “I would go to look at one and someone would have already bought it. It seemed like an unending battle.”

  • Marion Auto Supply deals U-Haul

    Doug Regnier became a U-Haul dealer last November with one goal in mind: to bring rentable moving equipment available to Marion residents once again. “The town needs to have a dealership,” the co-owner of Marion Auto Supply said. “When the local hardware store closed, it took away the U-Haul rental place as well. People had to go all the way to McPherson to rent one.”

  • Tire expert values relationships

    Misalignment can cause uneven wear. Tread depths are measured in 32nds. In addition, if steel belts are showing, it is time to get new tires! Rod Koons’ life seems to revolve around tires. In a typical 5-minute whirl of shop activity on Monday, he measured tread depth, explained brand differences, itemized a billing, and recommended safety changes. However, Koons of Rod’s Tire and Service in Hillsboro said building relationships was the most important part of his job.


  • Ellen Hein

    Ellen Hein, 73, of Roseburg, Ore., died Jan. 8 at Middlefield Oaks Assisted Living in Cottage Grove, Ore. She was born March 10, 1939, in Florence to Otto and Irene (Poland) Goddard. She is survived by her husband, Vernon Hein; and two children, Charles Hamm and Debbie Hamm.

  • Dean Carl Hiebert

    Dean Carl Hiebert, 86, retired Texaco Refinery Unit Operator, of Newton and formerly of Towanda, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. He was born in Tampa, Kan., to Abraham Peter Hiebert and Minnie Wilelmina (Kohlman) Hiebert. Dean attended and graduated from Peabody High School with the class of 1945.

  • Raymond Schlichting

    Raymond C. Schlichting, 93, died Thursday at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. He was born April 20, 1919 to J.D. and Justina (Friessen) Schlichting in Weatherford, Okla.

  • Jerry Lee Webster

    Former Peabody High School principal Jerry Webster, 74, died Jan. 23 at his home in Independence. He was born March 24, 1938, near Mulvane to Harold and Gladys Webster.



  • State requests county takeover

    Kansas Department of Transportation wants Marion County to take over three “spur routes” (short state highways into towns) in return for a one-time payment; Joe Palic of KDOT floated a figure of $200,000 per mile on Monday. The three routes in question are K-215, about one-quarter mile from K-15 into Goessel; K-168, about one-half mile from U.S. 56 into Lehigh; and K-256, about five miles from U.S. 77, through Marion, and to U.S. 56.


  • Trees? What trees?

    In the “Welcome to my world” department, I heard Monday that one member of the Pop’s Diner Advisory Board queried the other members that morning about why the Bradford Pears in the downtown area had not yet been cut down and removed. Can you believe that? His words were, “The paper said the trees were going to be cut down, but I want to know when they are going to do it?” Someone slipped his name to me and I have half a notion to remove him from my list of six regular readers. He read it here, but did not see it when he drove downtown. He comes to town often, by the way. He should have noticed by now. It has been more than a week and I devoted an entire opinion column in the past issue to the removal of the blasted pear trees. I may call his wife and have her take away his truck keys. He has to travel about 10 miles to get to Peabody and there is no telling what he might think is in the road in front of him — or what is not there! A menace to society if I ever saw one.

  • An unwelcome burden

    When Kansas Department of Transportation floated the idea Monday of Marion County taking over state highways into Marion, Goessel, and Lehigh, the county commissioners were rightly skeptical. The county has its hands full maintaining the blacktop roads it already has. Why would it want to add almost six miles more? KDOT’s initial suggestion was paying $200,000 per mile of road to the county in return for taking charge of these highways. For the simple roadways without any bridges, that would take care of maintenance for a little while, but chip sealing roads is expensive, and overlays are prohibitively expensive on the county’s budget.

  • Oh, Henry!

    About a year ago, Kenny and I were walking into a Walmart store in Winfield. Outside the front door stood a man with two tiny little puppies bundled up in a blanket. I picked one up and it immediately snuggled it’s little head up against me. I looked at Kenny with my big sad eyes, and he returned the look with a “put- the-dog-back” look.


    Days of yore

    Keep it simple


  • Phone funds could be redirected

    Although we had a short week with Dr. Martin Luther King Day Monday and a scheduled day off on Friday, things are beginning to heat up and take shape as to what issues will come to the top. Committees are meeting and beginning to work issues.


  • Hidden taxes are everywhere

    Am I hearing some double talk from Gov. Sam Brownback? One side of his face is saying, “I will cut your taxes by eliminating the personal income tax.” The other side says that in the mean time, “I will increase your taxes by eliminating some deductions.” If the income tax is eliminated, dropping these deductions will provide only short term relief and at a time when the common people don’t need any more taxes.


  • Tax prep services available

    Mid-Kansas Community Action Program Inc. will be offering free basic tax preparation services to Marion County residents from Monday through March 29. To qualify, individuals must be residents of Marion County and must have made less than $51,000 in 2012. They will need to bring a Social Security card and tax form such as W-2s. If married, both spouses must sign before submission.

  • Sorosis Beta meets with husbands

    Sorosis Beta members and their husbands met on Jan. 17 in the Ann Potter room for a soup supper. Hostesses were Lea Schwart, Sharon Pickens, and Sherri Gerety. Following the meal and dessert, the group played bingo. Prizes were all snowman-related. President Arleen Moffett conducted a short business meeting.

  • Child screening is Feb. 12

    A free screening for children birth through age five will be Feb. 12 at United Methodist church, 403 Sycamore St., Peabody. Appointments will be available from 12:30 to 3 p.m. At the screening, development will be checked in learning, motor, language, and social areas. Vision and hearing will also be screened. The process usually takes at least one hour for a child to complete. All children are welcome, but an appointment is necessary.

  • Prosperity is a marathon

    For communities to prosper — which should be the goal of economic development — they have to make a serious long-term commitment to growth, said Don Macke of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. “This is a long game,” he said Monday. “This is a marathon.”


  • Patton named foundation board trustee

    N.M. Patton of Peabody was appointed to the Central Kansas Community Foundation Board of Trustees Thursday. Also on the board from Marion County are County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman of Marion, Hillsboro Mayor Delores Dalke, and Brad Bartel ofHillsboro.

  • February programs begin at senior center

    Peabody Senior Center will host Gayla Ratzlaff of the Marion County Area Agency on Feb. 8 to assist seniors with filing The Homestead Tax, Food Tax, and LIEAP tax. Her visit works best when interested members have an appointment scheduled in advance. “Anyone interested in her assistance can schedule an appointment by calling us at (620) 983-2226,” said Ruth Lott, center site manager. “There also is income tax filing assistance through the Marion office by calling (620) 382-3580 for an appointment.”

  • Stucky carries forward conservation awareness

    When Brian Stucky of Goessel receives the “Teacher of the Year” award from Marion County Conservation District on Feb. 16, he might be more introspective about the way conservation played an important role in his life, than about the actual 34 years of conservation poster entries he has overseen as an art teacher. “I think conservation has always been important,” Stucky said. “But it seems to get more important every year.”


    Gracelynn Crocker, Braylee Ann Grosse



  • Woodruff makes top grades at Pittsburg

    Traylee Woodruff of Peabody earned perfect grades at Pittsburg State University for the fall semester. She received All-A Scholastic Honors, the university announced Friday. Woodruff is a junior studying nursing. To qualify for All-A honors, a student must complete at least 12 credit hours in a semester with all A grades and no incomplete courses.

  • Students get K-State degrees

    Several Marion County students received degrees from Kansas State University at the conclusion of the fall semester. Burns native Emily Burch earned a bachelor’s degree in education.

  • District to recognize high test scores

    USD 398 will recognize students, who achieved either an exceeds or exemplary standard score on 2012 Kansas State Assessment tests, on Feb. 5 between Peabody-Burns High School varsity basketball games. The academic assessments recognized are math, reading, and science for grades fourth, seventh, and 11th and social studies for grades sixth and eighth grade. Students will be recognized in one, two, or even three areas in which they qualify.

  • Financial aid program at school on Monday

    Peabody-Burns High School counselor and social worker Katie Fooshee will present a financial aid program from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday in the school cafeteria. “Parents of juniors and seniors who want to learn about financial aid for college or vocational school are encouraged to attend,” Fooshee said.

  • TEEN to meet

    The Technology
    Excellence in Education Network will hold a special board meeting at
    5 p.m. Thursday. It will be a phone conference originating at the Hillsboro District Office, 416 S. Date St., Hillsboro.


  • Finding a lasting love

    After 66 years of marriage, Walter and Esther Kleinsasser of Hillsboro need not explain how commitment has kept them together, but the way their eyes sparkle and hands touch each other as they recall special times is evidence enough that they are happy, even after all those years. Now age 90 and 94, Walter and Esther still remember the day they met in Chicago, Ill., when he was 23 and she was 28.


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