• Main Street is nationally accredited

    Peabody Main Street Association has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate their ability in using the Main Street Four Point Approach methodology for strengthening their local economy and protecting their historic buildings.

  • Produce limited but farmers market will open

    Doyle Valley Farmers Market will open from 8 a.m. to noon in Santa Fe Park on May 25 as part of the Memorial Day weekend activities. Founders Gary and Marilyn Jones said the traditional holiday opening tends to be an active market day for the group. “Usually, with all the visitors in town, we have a good buyer turn out,” Gary said. “The weather may change things this year as gardens are slow getting started with the late cold spell and late night freezes. But you never know how summer garden crops will pan out.”

  • Rain, snow raise lake levels

    After spending all winter and most of spring with water levels several feet lower than usual, Marion County Lake got closer to its normal water level on Thursday. Park and Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson estimated the lake had been four or five feet below normal as recently as May 1. But runoff from rain and snow brought the water level to within two feet of normal by the end of Thursday.

  • Graduation ceremonies begin this weekend

    Schools in Marion County will have graduation ceremonies this weekend and next. The first ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Marion, as Marion County Home Educators have their graduation ceremony with six graduates.

  • Terrel prepares for X-Factor tryout

    Justin Terrel of Marion has been a singer since early childhood, but this weekend the high school sophomore will take his talent to a new level as he tries out for X-Factor in Denver, Colo. “I’ve wanted to do this ever since I was little,” Terrel said. “I used to want to be on American Idol, but since they changed the judges it is not as good anymore.”



  • Freeze gave farmers reason for concern

    Terry Vinduska of Marion was cautious when he reached down to survey the condition of his wheat crops Monday. “You just don’t know how hard the cold, winter weather hits until you get up close and personal with the plants,” he said. “It’s a gamble. Sometimes I wonder why I am a farmer. I don’t have much patience.”

  • Farmer educates with videos

    The Peterson Brothers of Assaria have generated a big following on YouTube with their videos related to agriculture, and Derek Klingenberg, a 32-year-old farmer from Peabody, is following close on their heels. The 2001 Kansas State University graduate works with his brother, Grant, and father, Vernon, in a large, diversified farming operation. He creates music videos whenever he has time.

  • Scholarship winner gets busy with bees

    Bailey Penner of Peabody was ecstatic when he found out he won a $700 scholarship from the Kansas Honey Bee Producers Association earlier this spring. The 13-year-old middle school student did not expect it to be so hard, however, to get his own bee colony going on his family farm just north of Peabody. Penner used his scholarship money to order a swarm of bees from California, but they died en route to Kansas because of truck driver error. The second order Penner placed also met with disaster when the truck hauling his group, along with 16 million other bees, was detained in a blizzard in Wyoming and the bees arrived dead.

  • Marion farmer donates eggs to food bank

    The 40 hens on John Dvorak’s farm, two miles southwest of Marion, provide more than enough eggs for him and his wife, Carol. They give the excess production to Marion County Food Bank in Marion. Carol Dvorak said they deliver a dozen cartons of the eggs whenever they have extras, which can be as often as every other week or once a month. The chickens have an outside cage but range free for several hours every day. A light bulb in the chicken barn provides eight to 10 hours of light during winter months to extend production.


  • County drops kitchen proposal

    County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman told county commissioners that she felt like the time wasn’t right for her idea of the county opening a certified commercial kitchen for business incubation and cooking classes. Her decision came after a meeting where some county residents raised questions about how the kitchen would be operated. Commission Chairman Randy Dallke told her not to let the idea die completely. He said he is OK with the county investing some money in a project like that to see if it takes off. Commissioner Dan Holub also said he liked the concept.

  • USDA food distribution is Thursday

    U.S. Department of Agriculture food commodities will be distributed from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday at Peabody Senior Center. Distribution is on a first come, first served basis and income guidelines remain the same. For more information, contact the senior center at (620) 983-2226.

  • Lincolnville to maintain recycling bin

    Lincolnville City Council members agreed Monday to continue to provide recycling to city residents, even if the city has to deliver the items to the transfer station itself. Council members were upset that the county commission did not give them official notice of the cutoff date before the recycling program stopped. The council found out when it received a two-month bill of $274 from the recycling company.


  • Discovering an old highway

    A funny thing happened when the Pop’s Diner Advisory Board congregated at its usual restaurant table one recent morning. A discussion about the location of a specific gas station south and west of Peabody became a debate about where the old U.S. 50 Highway entered and exited the Peabody community back in the early days of automobile travel. The result of the dispute was a narrated driving tour which traced the former Highway 50 from “the Cemetery Road” through downtown and on out of the community. The men involved were Irvin McPheeters and James South. Both are Peabody natives with a lot of knowledge of local history and an appreciation of community. The problem is they are not of the same generation. Their youthful memories of Peabody are about 25 years apart.


    Flowers are the sweetest things

    Creation continued


  • Cemetery board to meet

    The May meeting of Prairie Lawn Cemetery board of directors will meet at 7:30 p.m. May 16 in the council room of Peabody City Building. The public is invited to attend.

  • Circles of Hope has first graduation

    The fellowship hall at Marion Presbyterian Church was decorated in royal blue Thursday as graduates of the first Circles of Marion County leader class were joined by families and many other supporters for an evening meal and cake and punch. Clusters of blue balloons, blue tablecloths with tableware to match, and a fireplace decorated with blue graduation caps and stars provided a festive atmosphere.

  • Auiliary shop move delayed

    For the past four months, St. Luke Hospital auxiliary shop volunteers have been waiting for one thing: the promised keys to their new location. “It’s taken longer than we expected,” Elora Robinson said. “But we want to make sure everything is legal. Now that the appraiser’s been in, all that’s left is making sure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed.”

  • Comedic opera to appear in McPherson

    Wichita Grand Opera will present Gaetano Donizetti’s comedic opera “Don Pasquale” on May 17 at the McPherson Opera House. “As far as is known, this is the first time that a full-scale opera has been presented at the McPherson Opera House, despite its name,” executive director John Holecek said.

  • Florence Chess Club meets May 18

    Florence Chess Club will meet May 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at 726 Marion Street, Florence. All ages and skill levels are welcome and there is no cost.

  • Boat inspections available

    Officers with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism will be conducting courtesy boat safety inspections between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at Marion Reservoir. A wearable, properly fitting, personal flotation device in good condition is required for each person onboard.

  • New radiology machines to come to St. Luke

    St. Luke Hospital is looking to add two upgraded machines two their radiology wing: ultrasound and mammography machines. “What we have now is pretty outdated,” CEO Jeremy Armstrong said. “It’s a dinosaur. We want to be able to give people the best care possible — and, in today’s society, that means we need to have upgraded technology.”


  • 28-year-old prepares to battle brain tumor

    A home health nurse came on Friday to draw a vial of Dusty Thiesen’s blood; this is now a daily routine for the 28-year-old. During the session, they started to chat about blood-thinning drugs. Thiesen currently takes Coumadin.

  • Shared experience knits friends together

    As country neighbors, Myrna Hamm and Jeanne Rziha of rural Durham, have shared many experiences. With almost a dozen children between them, husbands that farm, the same home church, and jobs that overlap at Greenhaw Pharmacy downtown Hillsboro, Hamm and Rziha have a lot to discuss when they get together. As Hamm was re-teaching Rziha how to cast-on knitting needles while picking up medical folders, they had a chance to reminisce about an experience they shared 25 years ago that changed their lives forever.

  • Toews to lead brass concert

    McPherson Community Brass Choir, directed by Jerry Toews of Goessel, will perform 4 p.m. Mother’s Day, at the McPherson Church of the Brethren. The concert will feature two guest soloists, world-renowned euphonium player Timothy Shade and organist Steven Gustafson.

  • Savage receives education scholarship

    Danielle Savage, a junior at Bethany College and 2010 graduate of Peabody-Burns High School, was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Alpha Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma for the 2013-14 school year. The award is presented annually to a female high school senior or college student attending a college in Kansas pursuing a major in education.

  • Hillsboro quilters donate time for mission

    A threaded needle, a silver thimble, a small scissors, and a willing spirit are tools of the trade for women of Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. About 15 to 20 women meet each Tuesday morning to quilt and tie projects for mission at the church. “This is therapy for me,” said Marilyn Ratzlaff. “I come here for my own mental health program, to work together with these women. It gives me purpose.”

  • Technician credit two for miracle of life

    Carrie (Richmond) Helmer could just as easily have been born dead as alive if circumstances hadn’t worked to put the right people at the right place at the right time. Now a lab technician at St. Luke Hospital in Marion, Helmer will be celebrating her 30th birthday in July. In a sense, she has two mothers.

  • Goessel museum plans ladies' tea

    A ladies’ tea, a presentation on food traditions and an antique quilt display will all be rolled into one program May 18 in the preparatory school at Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel. The event will begin with a tea at 3 p.m. Following the tea, Patsy Terrell, social media facilitator and author, will speak on food traditions. Terrell is a columnist for Kansas Country Living and is the author of three cookbooks and five genealogy books. A display of antique quilts will provide the backdrop for the event.

  • BIRTH:

    Benjamin Vincent Licause

    Burns, Peabody Senior Center


  • Schedule set for school physicals

    The Kansas State High School Activities Association requires all Peabody-Burns student athletes to have a current physical examination before participating in any type of athletic practice. This physical must be taken after May 1 in order to be valid for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Physicals must be obtained on the form provided by the school district, and pages 1, 3, and 4 must be filled out and signed by the student-athlete and parent or guardian before a physical can be obtained. Forms may be found on the school’s website or picked up from the high school office.

  • Six homeschool students to graduate

    Marion County Home Educators will have a graduation ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Marion. Austin Calam, Madison Dicks, Kolton Krispense, Hunter Thurston, Naomi Walker, and Peter Walker will graduate. Additionally, Klayton Krispense, Lewis Plank, and Caleb Schafer will be promoted from eighth grade.


  • Peabody-Burns boys win Herington Invitational

    Competing Saturday at the Steve Herrman Invitational track meet at Herington, the Peabody-Burns boys’ team won the team title. “Despite near freezing wind chills and rain, the guys competed well, and it is a great thing for Peabody-Burns High School to win a larger meet,” Coach Brian Lightner said. “Strong performances in the field events and hurdles provided a majority of the points for the Warriors.”


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