• School goes on after bomb threat in Peabody

    Peabody-Burns USD 398 had school Friday despite a bomb threat made Feb. 14 at Peabody-Burns Junior/Senior High School. On Feb. 21, Superintendent Ron Traxson sent parents of students a letter about the threat. No information was provided to local or regional news outlets.


  • Liquor store opens downtown

    Peabody’s newest business is a retail liquor store at the southwest corner of Walnut and Second streets. E & J Retail Liquor opened Friday evening as scheduled, but with a skimpy inventory that made owner Rebekah Carter shrug. “If I had looked for a worse weekend to open up, I don’t think I could have found one,” she said.

  • Sub-state basketball games rescheduled

    Games scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in the Hillsboro sub-state tournament have been rescheduled for today and Thursday respectively. Girls’ basketball games are scheduled to start at 3 p.m. today. Hillsboro and Marion are scheduled to play at 7:30 p.m.

  • Every district used snow days

    Four of five Marion County school districts closed because of snow on Tuesday. For Peabody-Burns, Marion, and Goessel, it was the fourth consecutive snow day. Durham-Hillsboro-Lehigh had three consecutive snow days but had school off on Friday for other reasons.


  • Doris E. Bernhardt

    Doris E. Berhnardt, 89, died Monday at St. Luke Living Center in Marion, where she lived for a couple of months. She was born Nov. 22, 1923, at Ramona and graduated from high school there in 1939. She and her husband, Victor, farmed in the Lost Springs area for a number of years. They later moved to Lyons where they owned and operated a motel, and moved later to Buhler where Doris worked as a supervisor in a grain sack factory.

  • Robert T. McLinden

    Robert McLinden, 86, died Feb. 20 at Peabody Care Center LLC. He was born April 17, 1926, to Jessie Adams McLinden and Thomas McLinden of Marion.



  • County pays more for snow days

    When Marion County offices are closed because of weather, the county actually pays more wages than when offices are open. County commissioners asked County Clerk Tina Spencer what is done with compensation when there are closures.


  • Heirloom seeds help Higgins persevere

    Sherri Higgins of rural Marion has had some setbacks in life, but one way or another she has always persevered. Gardening in central Kansas also brings with it a certain set of difficulties, but with heirloom seeds and an inability to sit still, Higgins has found a way to grow and persevere, in life and in gardening. “Normally at this time I already have my tomato seedlings planted,” she said. “But the weather just has not cooperated at all this past year. That, plus the fact that the wind blew the roof off my greenhouse a little while back; it’s been difficult.”

  • Homeowner learns to weatherproof

    Wendy Collier‘s heart sank when she saw the amount of snow that had drifted in front of her door. “I didn’t think I could get out,” she said. “Luckily, when I pushed on the door, the snow moved and I could sort of dig my way out.”

  • Picturesque home provides family base

    Don and Marilyn Ratzlaff raised six children in Hillsboro and now that their family has grown to 30 members, their picturesque home on South Main Street provides just the right base for children and grandchildren who come as go as needed. “Right now we have a daughter and her two girls staying with us as her husband is in Austin, Texas,” Don Ratzlaff said on Tuesday. “They will be moving shortly, but we have plenty of room for them to stay here until the house is ready there.”

  • Family plants eggshell garden

    Felicia White of Hillsboro is on a mission: to teach her children about gardening. “I want them to learn that they can grow what they eat,” she said.

  • Weeds expected to take over

    While recent snowfall is encouraging for local farmers, it also adds moisture weeds need to overtake area gardens. “I just know it is going to be a bad year for weeds,” Esther Good of Peabody said, explaining she plans to spend at least 10 hours per week in her gardens this summer. “My knees hurt already, just thinking about all the work.”

  • Take care when removing snow

    Many people welcomed the snow dumped recently in Marion County, but not so welcome was the task of cleaning off sidewalks, driveways, and even rooftops in some cases. “My wife wanted me to clear a path to our mailbox, but when the snow plow comes through it just sends it flying back up in here,” said Bob Woelk of Hillsboro on Saturday.


  • Sorting out opinions

    One day during the past week I was getting into my car downtown and one of my six regular readers was getting into his across the street. He hollered at me, “You just keep writing that paper and I’ll keep on reading it!”

  • Snow blowers are like insurance

    When I was at lunch Tuesday, a friend told me he was glad for the snowstorms we’ve had in the past week because it was the first time he was able to use the snow blower he bought about two years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy we got the snow. We needed the moisture, and we need still more in the coming months. But to me, a snow blower goes in the category of things you hope you don’t have to use even when you have bought it — not quite to the same extent as health insurance or life insurance, but it is better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.


    Days of yore

    Empty excuses

    Committies trimming budgets

    Who is the legislature working for?


  • Electric cooperative meeting is Tuesday

    Flint Hills Rural Electric Cooperative Association Inc. will have its 75th annual meeting Tuesday at Centre High School. The meal will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tallgrass Express String Band will present entertainment at 6:30, and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

  • Blood drive on March 11

    The American Red Cross blood mobile will be in Marion from 2:15 to 6:45 p.m. March 11 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. More than 30 blood drives were canceled in January due to weather. Janet Bryant and Joni Crofoot are co-chairs of the drive. All blood types are needed.

  • Bowl for children

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marion County will have its annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser Friday and Saturday at SherBowl Lanes in Marion. Teams of four or five bowlers will collect pledges for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marion County. Bowling will be at 9 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.


  • Marion rallies for young cancer patient

    Cynthia Gault knew she would never forgive herself if she didn’t attend the fundraiser for Deanna Snyder. “That little girl’s story just tore me to pieces,” the Lindsborg resident said, explaining that her granddaughter is close to Deanna’s age. “I don’t know what I’d do if my little Emily had a brain tumor. It’s got to be the worst thing a parent could go through. I came here today just to support the family. Money isn’t something they need to be worrying about right now.”

  • Club chorus earns regional bid

    Finding time to practice with snow days and weather interference was difficult for a 12-member Peabody Achievers 4-H club chorus, but the group pulled together a good effort at Marion County Club Days on Saturday and earned a spot in regional competition on March 16 in El Dorado. The chorus, directed by Virginia Skinner featured a variety of ages and vocal talents and included five second-grade boys, two third-grade boys, one fifth-grade boy, one fifth-grade girl, two seventh-grade boys, one eighth-grade girl, and one 10th-grade girl.


    Burns, Wonsevu


  • Warriors defeat Hope

    The Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball team traveled to Hope for the final contest of the regular season and came away with a 65-53 victory over the Lions. They will now compete at Oxford as the fifth seed in the Moundridge sub-state tournament. Tommy Morris opened the game with a 2-point basket. Hope answered with a basket, but Seth Topham came back with a 2-pointer. Hope again scored a 2-pointer and the game was tied at four with 4 minutes left in the quarter. A 10-point run from PBHS included a Hunter Pickens 3-pointer, a 2-point basket, a trey from Christian Gard, and two free throws from Morris. With 1:00 on the clock, PBHS led 14-4. Hope added 4 points late in the period but Gard capped the 17-point quarter with a trey. The Warriors were up 17-8 at the end of one quarter.

  • Lady Warriors win final league game

    The final game of the regular season ended in victory for the Peabody-Burns girls’ basketball team on Feb. 19. In a road game, the squad defeated Hope, 40-27. Up next is sub-state competition. The Warriors are seeded fifth in the Moundridge sub-state. Rayna Barnes paced the Lady Warrior to a first quarter, 12-10 lead, scoring eight of 12 PBHS points. Brandee Burnett netted the other four points.


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