• Ogle wins firefighter of the Year in Florence

    Bob Ogle believes he has one duty in life: to serve others. “I think we all have a duty to lend a helping hand to our neighbor,” the Florence volunteer firefighter said. “I do it because I care about the people in this community. We have a great bunch of people here and it is a great honor to serve them. If someone needs something, I’ll do everything I can to make sure their needs are met. It’s just the way I’m wired.”

  • Winter homecoming events this week

    Peabody-Burns High School students will take part in winter homecoming activities this week. Candidates for 2013 winter royalty are Christian Gard and Paige Lewis, Lucas Larsen and Ashley Weems, and Joe Partridge and Kelsey Noble.

  • Senior night is Feb. 12 at PBHS

    Peabody-Burns High School Athletic Director Ray Savage has announced that senior athletes and their parents will be honored at approximately 7:30 p.m. between the varsity girls’ and varsity boys’ basketball games against Little River on Feb. 12. Parents have been issued complimentary tickets to the game and will be seated directly across from the scorer’s table. They and their student athlete will be introduced at half court.

  • Marion County ranked top in 'Bible-minded' areas

    While flipping through an old church directory, Carl Helm noticed familiar faces. “I know a lot of these people,” the pastor of Marion Christian Church said. “There are ones that I don’t recognize. But when I look at the name, I realize that they are the great-grand parents or grandparents of the people who are currently attending the church.”


  • Lillian Peters

    Lillian Peters, 89, died Jan. 29 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born July 4, 1923, to Reinhard and Anna (Hiebert) Funk. She was a licensed practical nurse at Salem Home in Hillsboro.

  • Dorothy Helen Wade Widler

    MARION — Dorothy Helen Wade Widler, 82, retired bank cashier and church secretary, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. She was born in Wichita, Kan., to Everett Wade and Cerece (Dowell) Wade. Dorothy attended and graduated from Burns High School with the class of 1948.

  • Edith B. White

    Edith B. White of Redding, Calif., and formerly of Florence, Kan., passed away Jan. 30, 2013 at the age of 101. Edith was born Oct. 12, 1911, in Burns, Kan., to Edward M. and Ella E. Robinson of Burns. She attended Burns and Peabody, Kan., schools and graduated from Peabody High School in 1929.



  • More people shop local

    All Georgia Spohn of Tampa wanted was to find a mock turtleneck sweatshirt. “I can’t find one anywhere,” the 93-year-old said, while rummaging through the racks at the Et Cetera Shop in Hillsboro. “I have looked in all the other stores. If they don’t have it here, I’m just going to forget the whole thing. I will never shop online. I don’t even have one of those computer things. It’s too risky.”

  • Regional trend threatens rural opportunity program

    Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman scrolled through 200 emails. All of them inquired about moving to a rural opportunity zone, although many of the would-be applicants do not even specify that they want to move to Marion to receive student loan forgiveness and Kansas Income Tax exemption the program provides.

  • Congress to strengthen tax services

    A recent federal proposal aims to help struggling families avoid costs of commercial tax preparation. The VITA Act, introduced two weeks ago in the U.S. House of Representatives, would strengthen free-of-charge, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance services that aid low- and moderate-income, working households.

  • Foundation gives out grant checks

    It was smiles all around for recipients and gift representatives of Goessel Community Foundation grants Friday in Goessel. Between the high school girls’ and boys’ basketball games, foundation chair Cindy Wiens said it was a very good feeling to give money back to Goessel that originally came from the sale of the AGAPE Senior Center and other donators. “We are so happy to award checks to four local groups that are very important in our community,” Wiens said. “It is very exciting to be at the point with our foundation that we can give this money out.”

  • Youth group raises funds

    The Marion Christian Church Youth Group is holding a Valentine’s Dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday to raise money for their mission trip to Knoxville, Tenn. The teens plan to serve at-risk youth and enjoy the Rocky Mountains in March.


  • County considers iPads

    Hillsboro City Administrator Larry Paine touted the benefits of using technology to prepare for meetings Monday while speaking with Marion County Commission. Paine told the commission about Hillsboro City Council’s use of Apple iPad tablet computers in place of paper agenda packets. He said the switch to electronic agendas has saved paper and staff time putting the packets together and delivering them to council members.

  • Fines coming for stray livestock

    Cattle getting loose between Hillsboro and Peabody have become such a recurring problem that Marion County Commission intends to enact fines for frequent offenders. Sheriff Rob Craft said Thursday that his department had responded to 40 calls about cattle being loose in the area between Hillsboro and Peabody during 2012.

  • Speeds on lake shortcut unsafe

    Dave Yates has had it with drivers taking a shortcut along his road, going by at speeds he often considers dangerous. Yates lives along Dan Drive, a narrow gravel street shared by several homes north of Marion County Lake. It connects with Gilham Road on the north and Lakeshore Drive on the south, making it a shortcut from Upland Road to the north end of the lake.


  • Finding a reason to have a newspaper

    As luck would have it, I ran into a couple of women Monday who are my peers (read: sort of older women sort of like me) and they commented on the fact that I often make reference to the men in a group of coffee drinkers at a local restaurant, calling them the “Advisory Board” of that establishment. They are correct; I do that. The women thought that if I wanted the scoop about real community issues, crises, and news, I could find out more by attending THEIR morning meetings where, apparently there is either a sign on the table or they all are wearing T-shirts that proclaim them the “Number One Chief Executive Advisory Board.”

  • Cooking up new businesses

    One of the biggest hurdles facing new businesses is the investment often required just to get off the ground. That is especially true for entrepreneurs whose businesses are food-related. Health regulations for restaurants and food companies serve an important purpose, but they also increase the investment needed to start a business. So I was thrilled Monday when Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman spoke with the County Commission about starting a certified commercial kitchen using grants, and making that kitchen available for new food businesses to rent. In the approximately 4.5 years I’ve been in Marion County, I’ve had the pleasure of featuring several excellent cooks, bakers, and jelly-makers. All of them make products that match or exceed the quality of most mass-marketed equivalents, and I think there would be a strong market for such artisanal wares from local kitchens. And I’m sure there are dozens of others whose products would be just as popular.


    Days of yore

    The tuner

    Phone funding debated


  • Reading with toddlers is Feb. 16

    Marion County Parents as Teachers will have an annual PJ Reading Event at Peabody Township Library from 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 16. “Children ages birth to 3 years are the focus age of the reading event,” said librarian Roger Charles. “’Let’s Play in the Snow,’ a book by Sam Mc Bratney, will be the featured story. Reading, play, art, and games will help the story come to life.”

  • Valentine's Day activities planned at senior center

    Peabody Senior Center members will be making Valentines for Peabody Care Center and Westview Manor on Thursday. “We did this project last year and had such a wonderful time doing it that we decided to do it again this year,” site manager Ruth Lott said. “We hope everyone will come join us for the fun whether they are super ‘crafty’ or not. We will start right after lunch and work as long as we want or until enough Valentines are completed.

  • Harlem Quartet playing in McPherson

    The Harlem Quartet is performing at McPherson Opera House 7p.m. Saturday. The Harlem quartet is Ilmar Gavilan on violin, Melissa White, violin, Jaime Amador, viola, and Matthew Zalkind, cello. They plan to play classical and jazz music, including Beethoven and Chick Corea.

  • Lifelong Learning announces series

    The following Lifelong Learning programs will be presented this semester at 9:45 a.m. in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor College. Feb. 22: “A Concert of My Favorite Things,” by Steve Vincent.

  • Aviary adds color to lives

    Little bodies of color flit and flash from branch to branch, chirping and preening, showing off for Hillsboro’s Salem Home residents, staff, and visitors. “They are curious little things,” Heather Crocker, aviary caretaker and Salem Home employee said on Friday. “The residents enjoy watching them, especially when we put in the bird bath. Now that’s entertaining.”

  • MKC donates to school garden

    After finding out Friday that the gardening bug, not termites, had bitten Superintendent John Fast recently, Goessel Elementary students learned at a school assembly that Mid-Kansas Cooperative selected their school garden program for a $500 grant award. “A large portion of the donations we make go toward agriculture education, fighting hunger, and youth leadership programs,” Kerry Watson, MKC communications specialist said prior to the Goessel award assembly. “This gardening project hits two of those sections: teaching kids where food comes from and fighting hunger. We have heard they donate some of their excess garden produce each year to local food banks as well.”


  • Parmley writes childrens' book

    Former Marion resident, Mary Alice Parmley has written a children’s book, “Traveler.” The book follows the activities of a dog that was present at the birth of Christ. Parmley said the book is self-published. She previously wrote, “Thoughtful Reflection in Poetry,” and other children’s stories and poems. She was a teacher for 44 years and currently lives in Topeka.

  • Florence Chess Club to meet

    The Florence Chess Club meets 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month at 726 Marion Street, Florence. All ages and skill levels are welcome and there is no cost. For more information, call Holly Pereillo at (316) 305-1780.

  • Runners race friends for fun

    The rays of a warm sun cast shadows on nearly 20 runners on Sunday at the starting line of the Hillsboro Frostbite Run. It was a much better day than the originally scheduled Jan. 1 date for the areas first run of the year. “It was a perfect day,” Kodi Panzer of Marion said the day after the race. “I ran 16 miles before heading to the start of the Frostbite Run, and 20 miles the day before.”


    Leighton Caroline Kyle

    Burns, Wonsevu


  • Child screening is Tuesday

    A free screening for children birth through age five will be Tuesday at United Methodist church, 403 Sycamore St., Peabody. Appointments will be available from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

  • Middleton and Spangler make WSU honor roll

    The following students were listed on the Wichita State University fall semester honor roll. Goessel: Nicole Bartel; Katherine Flaming; and Sheldon Goerzen.


  • Wheat State League rivals merge athletic programs

    The USD 481 Board of Education voted 6-1 to combine the athletic departments of its two schools, Hope and White City, after a public meeting Jan. 23. The schools already are combined under one superintendent in the Rural Vista school district. According to Hope Principal Mike Teeter, the two schools will maintain separate football schedules next year, but junior high and high school volleyball and basketball will be combined under the name Rural Vista. Football will be combined the following year.

  • Warriors blow out Elyria

    A Jan. 29, 56-28, Warrior boys victory over Elyria was followed by a Friday, 63-59, loss at Solomon. The team played Remington at home on Tuesday. The Warriors play Friday in a homecoming match-up against Goessel. Elyria Christian

  • Lady Warriors drop 2 games

    The Peabody-Burns girls’ basketball team suffered two road losses this past week. On Jan. 29, the squad lost at Elyria, 40-30. On Friday, the Warriors lost to Solomon, 31-24. Up next for the team is two home match-ups with Remington and Goessel. Elyria Christian


  • Branson-like show coming to Marion

    The last time Barb and Larry Smith of Marion took a vacation to Branson, Mo., they could only attend one variety show because of high cost. “Where we used to be able to go to four or five shows, we had to choose only one because the cost per show was so high,” Barb Smith said. “I am so excited that we are bringing a Branson quality show and a five-course dinner to Marion for Valentine’s Day, and it is less than half of what you would pay there per person.”


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