• Kapaun to receive Medal of Honor

    Eugene Vinduska, 82, of Pilsen said he was grateful to know Father Emil J. Kapaun when he pastored St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church. “He was a hero in the war,” he said. “But he wasn’t a hero here. When he was living here, he was just an ordinary one of us. I saw him in the grocery store, at the church and mowing the lawn. He served the community. I remember many times when he would sacrifice his lunch hour to chaperone us when we were playing outside. He taught me how to play soccer.”

  • Police chief attends childre protection training

    Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke was in Alexandria, Va., on Feb. 24 and 25 to attend a training seminar specifically designed for law enforcement executives and 911 emergency center managers. The seminar was sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Burke was one of 52 police chiefs, sheriffs, and 911 emergency managers invited to attend the session and now is one of more than 5,000 who have completed the training.

  • City needs business information

    The City of Peabody and Peabody Main Street are going to compile a business and services guide for the community. “We would like to include all the home-based businesses when we put the guide together,” Peabody City Administrator Shane Marler said. “If you have a home beauty salon, do computer service or repair, or have products you sell such as Avon, we would like to include you in the listing.”

  • Peabody to allow fiber-optics installation

    Peabody City Council approved a second proposal by Wildflower Telecommunications for the installation of fiber-optic cable. The updated proposal includes a less intrusive route through the community to bring Wildflower to the Verizon tower at Mid-Kansas Cooperative elevator. The fiber-optic installation will come in contact with fewer local utility lines, potentially preventing the need for expensive repairs.

  • St. Luke recognized as one of best

    A recent study by U.S. News & World Report named St. Luke Living Center as one of the top nursing homes in the country. “This is an incredible honor,” said St. Luke Living Center Director Janet Herzet. “It is a direct reflection of the commitment by our entire staff to provide quality care to each resident, every single day.”


  • LaVonne Ammeter

    LaVonne Rose Gillet Ammeter was born March 21, 1930, to Roy Gillet and Hester (Clark) Gillet. LaVonne was the second of three siblings: Yvonne, who died at age 3 before LaVonne was born, and Donald. The family lived on a farm near Peabody for a few years and then moved to Summit Township. LaVonne graduated from Burns High School. While attending high school, LaVonne met the love of her life, Sherwin Ammeter. They were united in marriage on Jan. 15, 1948. LaVonne and Sherwin were blessed with four children: Myron, Melody, Blaine, and Stanley. They lived in rural Butler County for a short time before moving to a farmstead in Summit Township.

  • Stephen W. Fisher

    Stephen W. Fisher, 53, of Bel Aire died March 4 at Via Christi-St. Joseph in Wichita. He was born April 30, 1959, in Big Spring, Texas, to Monte and Carolyn (Cave) Fisher. He was a computer scientist at Boeing for nearly 29 years. He graduated from Remington High School and Wichita State University. He married Magda Colón on June 19, 1999.

  • Alberta B. Harms

    Alberta B. Harms, 84, of El Dorado and formerly of Potwin died March 5 at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado. She was born May 6, 1928, in southern Marion County to Otto and Esther (Gaines) Weber. She worked as a teacher for 35 years, mostly in first grade at Remington Elementary School.

  • LaVerna O. Miller

    LaVerna O. Miller, 97, of Herington died March 5 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was born Oct. 25, 1915, to J. Edwin and Esther S. (Peterson) Carlson at the family home near Burdick. She was a homemaker and was involved with her church circle. She graduated from Diamond Valley High School, Burdick, in 1933.

  • James W. Muzyka

    James W. Muzyka, 57, died March 7. He was born Jan. 11, 1957, in Queens, N.Y., the son of Michael and Sandra (Calacicco) Muzyka. He married Diane Bedford on Dec. 16, 1987. He is survived by his wife, Diane Muzyka, rural Peabody; one son, Chris Muzyka, Norfolk, Va.; one daughter, Katrina Muzyka, Wichita; one brother, Michael Muzyka, Bronx, N.Y., and one sister, Joan Lizzi, Debary, Fla.

  • Rosalie A. Wheeler

    Rosalie A. “Ro” Wheeler, 83, of Sarasota, Fla., died Feb. 26. A memorial service for family and friends to celebrate her life will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Marion Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her sons: Edwin Jr., with his spouse, Cheri, of Marion, and Christopher, with his spouse Helena of Bethesda, Md.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Mariwilla (Bill) Lumb of Junction City, Kan.; and one brother, Rex Myers of Kansas City, Kan.

  • R. Floyd Woosley

    R. Floyd Woosley, 92, of Herington died March 4 at Herington Municipal Hospital. He was born Aug. 1, 1920, in Herington to Elmer L. and Cecelia C. (Metty) Woosley. He was a mechanic and handyman. He served in the U.S. Army after graduating from Herington High School in 1938.



  • Donkeys find home in farmers' hearts

    Carol Duerksen and Maynard Knepp are typical Marion County farmers with a herd of 30 cattle and a flock of near 50 head of sheep at their rural Hillsboro farm. What is not so typical about their operation however, is the small herd of seven donkeys that grew in number by one last week. “We just have them,” Duerksen said on Sunday. “Maynard dreams of having a team of donkeys pull a cart someday, but we haven’t got that far yet. They are sweet animals, as long as you let them have their way.”

  • Planting trees keeps Hefley happy

    While many other farmers are in the process of tearing out trees and burning brush piles to gain tillable land, Jon Hefley of rural Marion works steadily to plant and maintain rows and rows of trees and bushes in various stages of growth. “I do it because it makes a good windbreak for the farm,” Hefley said. “We need more wildlife habitat, not less. My wife, my daughter, and me — we love trees. It doesn’t bother me a bit that while everybody else is tearing them out, I am planting more trees. It’s something I really believe in and enjoy doing.”

  • Crop insurance a concern with Farm Bill

    It is going to be more difficult to pass a Farm Bill this year that puts a priority on crop insurance, since Kansas won’t be represented on the Senate Agriculture Committee, said Mel Thompson, Ag Assistant to Sen. Pat Roberts. “Pat Roberts tried to educate everyone on the importance of crop insurance,” Thompson said. “The senators in Michigan and Mississippi deal with different crops then we do in Kansas. They don’t depend on crop insurance like Kansas farmers do. It’s going to be a battle — and we don’t know who’s going to win in the end.”

  • Crop assistance deadline is Friday

    The application deadline for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency for certain crops is Friday. Crops eligible for benefits are limited to those not insurable in the county and produced for food or fiber.

  • Futures depend on markets

    The two top factors influencing 2013 crop markets will be the weather and potential for rebound in demand, which diminished last year with high prices, which were driven by the drought, Daniel O’Brien told growers at the Agriculture Information Meeting in Marion. “It all depends on what the market does,” the Kansas State University grain expert said. “If we continue to have a high demand, then we’ll have to produce enough to meet it. If that changes, though, who knows what we could see as far as prices are concerned. The projection just shows the expectation for the market. If the demand varies, you could see different results.”


  • County to seek storage building plans

    Marion County Commission Chairman Randy Dallke will consult with an expert on metal buildings about the possible construction of a storage building south of the new jail. The commission on Monday discussed construction of a building to store emergency communications trailers, as well as documents that are overcrowding portions of the courthouse.


  • Learning in spite of yourself

    Monday night in utter desperation I posted a request on Facebook for opinion column suggestions. So far I have not had a terrific response. Some folks have sent suggestions and “likes” about the suggestions of others, but no “grab ya’ by the neck” topics have surfaced. However, I did have an interesting experience on Saturday afternoon when I went to the grocery store and it might be worthy of comment if my Facebook correspondents leave me high and dry.

  • Adapting to new postal realities

    Living in a county divided into two area codes for phone service (785 and 620) is confusing enough. Having our county split up among three different postal sectional centers (668xx, 670xx and 674xx) has proved very problematic. Papers we dutifully mail each Wednesday sometimes don’t arrive until Saturday or later. Now, thanks to hard work by circulation manager Jean Stuchlik and excellent cooperation from local postmasters, we’re finally able to offer some hope.


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    People didn't need to know about bomb threat


  • Peabody churches reschedule World Prayer Day

    Because of the snow at the end of February, the annual World Day of Prayer service in Peabody has been rescheduled. The event will take place immediately after the noon meal on March 22, at Peabody Senior Center.

  • Food commodities available in Florence on Thursday

    Senior centers in Marion County will begin distributing food commodities from U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday. Each site will distribute on its own schedule. Commodities are available based on income eligibility guidelines. The maximum income for a household of one to receive food is $1,211 per month. The income cap increases by $429 for each additional family member.

  • CDDO to meet Monday

    The board of directors of the Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will hold its March meeting at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main, Suite 204, Newton. There will be opportunity for public forum.


  • Florence pastor comes from the city

    Mitchel Diemer doesn’t just want to stand behind the pulpit on Sunday mornings. He wants to be there for his congregation, no matter what. “I believe I’m here to re-energize the church in Florence,” he said. “This church has suffered from just having a preacher, not a pastor. I preach, but I’m not there to preach. I’m there for people. I’m there to teach. I’m there to invest time in people and, when you start doing that, you see energy — and the church definitely has some energy.”

  • Family prepares for move to Kazakhstan

    At a time of the year when most people are thinking about putting away snow pants and cold weather clothing, Cameron Kahlua of Hillsboro is looking for “grow sizes” of winter clothing for her five children. In five months, Kahlua and husband, Kevin, are planning to move their family to Almaty, Kazakhstan where they will teach English in an American International School. “We like adventure,” Kahlua said. “I grew up in the Congo going to an American International School. Kevin is Hawaiian. We have always known someday we wanted to get jobs overseas. It is just a surprise that things fell into place so quickly right now.”

  • Huelskamp accepting service applications

    Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, is accepting applications for nominations to military service academies. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 1. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 23. For more information, contact Huelskamp’s Hutchinson office at (620) 665-6138 or visit http://huelskamp.house.gov/nominations.



    Brooke Johnson marries


  • USD 398 continues PAT funding

    USD 398 Board of Education renewed membership and funding in Parents as Teachers and Schools for Fair Funding on Monday. Parents as Teachers Coordinator Lori Soo-Hoo gave a presentation at the meeting. USD 398’s contribution to Parents as Teachers is $3,870. Thirteen families and 15 children are served in the district out of 115 families and 141 children in Marion County.

  • Butler offers fun day classes

    A free day of classes will be offered April 6 in Marion by Butler Community College, 412 N. Second St. 8:30-9:35 a.m. “KW’s Workout for Kids and Parents,” with certified fitness instructor Karen Williams, Room 202.


  • 3 players named to Wheat State League teams

    Peabody-Burns High School senior guard Christian Gard, senior forward Austin Savage, and senior forward Rayna Barnes were all named as first-team Wheat State basketball squad. Senior guard Brandee Burnett was an honorable mention selection.


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