• Summer recreation events scheduled

    Peabody Recreation Commission has published and mailed the 2013 summer calendar of events to district patrons. The calendar contains information about swimming lessons, the summer reading program at Peabody Township Library, swim meets, free swim days and family swim days at the Peabody pool, and trips to area attractions and sporting events.

  • Large attendance at Memorial Day events

    Local groups hosting events during Memorial Day weekend attracted capacity crowds in Peabody. A steady stream of visitors attended the Second Annual Dale Hague Memorial Dinner at the HUB on Friday evening. They enjoyed a sloppy joe dinner and toured the youth center, which Hague and his wife established to give Peabody children a safe place to hang out.

  • Aulne church answers prayer

    In three days, Aulne Church members and other volunteers had cleared away two trailers full of debris and at least a dozen truckloads of overhanging trees from Julie Starks’ property in Aulne. Forty-seven people showed up on Memorial Day to help with the house project. Under the watchful eye of project coordinators Dan Hague, Dennis Riggs, and Mark Whitney, the crew had built most of a front porch and applied one coat of paint to the house exterior. The crew accounted for about 43 percent of the Aulne United Methodist Church congregation.

  • Officers stick to their dogs despite questions

    Two Marion County law enforcement officers have become the latest police personnel caught up in a nationwide trend that, while apparently legal, may involve questionable practices. Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Wilson of Peabody and Hillsboro officer Brad Richards are in no way accused of wrongdoing.


  • Effie Louise Edwards

    Effie Louise Edwards, 85, of Spring Hill, formerly of Lawrence and Richmond, passed away May 20, 2013, at Blackhawk Assisted Living in Spring Hill. Memorial services were held Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Richmond Community United Methodist Church in Richmond, Kan. A reception followed the service. Burial at a later date at Richmond Cemetery. Her body was donated to the University of Kansas Medical Center.

  • Dorothy Hanneman

    Dorothy Hanneman, 93, died Thursday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born Jan. 1, 1920, to Alfred and Nellie Louise (Erion) Burgat of Peabody. She married Joel Hanneman in Newton on Jan. 24, 1940. He died in 2009.

  • Winifred 'Fred' C. Houseman

    Winfred “Fred” C. Housman passed away in Santa Fe, N.M., on May 15, 2013, at the age of 80. A Celebration of Life with military honors will be held at the Legal Tender in Lamy on Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m. Fred was born in Shreveport, La., attended Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas, and served as a hospital corpsman in the Navy on the carrier USS Wasp. He managed three Kroger stores in Dallas for several years and owned a motel in Buena Vista, Colo., for two years.

  • Esther Klein

    Esther Klein, 92, died May 24, at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born on January 19, 1921 to George and Hulda (Bentz) Ottensmeier of Tampa. She married Lawrence Harry Klein on August 9, 1945 in Tampa.

  • Marcella Unruh

    Marcella Unruh, 90, of Durham died Tuesday at Eagle Crest Retirement Community in Salina. She was born Sept. 7, 1922, to Isaac and Mollie (Betz) Lorenz in Durham. She was a homemaker. She married Norman Unruh on Oct. 14, 1943, in Newton. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1988.

  • Thelma Warkentine

    Thelma Warkentine, 84, died Friday at Midland Hospice in Topeka. She was born Aug. 2, 1928 in Peabody to Gilbert and Gladys (Burton) Manka. On April 14, 1947, she married Marvin E. Warkentine. He preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 2009, after 62 years of marriage.



  • Strong support shown for county recycling

    Marion County Commission had to move its meeting Tuesday to the courtroom to accommodate everybody who attended the meeting about recycling. The discussion attracted 28 people, including residents of every city in the county. “It tickled me pink to see that kind of crowd,” Commission Chairman Randy Dallke said later.

  • Democratic women meet

    The Marion County Democratic Women met at Marion Senior Center on May 24. Sue Clough conducted the business meeting.


  • The meaning of Totallope

    For decades, I have heard the area at the south end of Olive Street referred to as Totallope. No one was ever able to tell me what it meant. I asked the geezers, who used to frequent Don’s Drug Store back in the days when it was the local coffee shop. Kenny Windsor, Jesse Stucky, and Art Stallwitz were in charge of dispensing the nickel coffee and selecting the topic of conversation for the day. I asked Muriel Wolfersperger, a woman who spent her whole life here and remembers more Peabody facts than anyone else I know. Andy Shank didn’t know, Lera Crawford didn’t know, and Arlene Seigfried said she didn’t know. No one knew. They had just always called it Totallope.

  • Don't take water for granted

    Water is the lifeblood of any community. At a bare minimum, enough is needed to drink, cook with, and clean with. It also is handy for irrigation, keeping lawns green, and recreation. The importance of protecting water sources has been highlighted every summer for the past decade by blooms of dangerous blue-green algae, first at the Marion Reservoir and then at Marion County Lake. The algae have threatened the drinking water source of more than half the population of Marion County — Marion, Hillsboro, and Peabody all get their water from the reservoir.


    Churches closing for summer?


  • Quilt trail committee looking for barns

    The Marion County Quilt Trail recently met in Marion with representatives from Graphic Concepts Inc. to continue discussion and organization of a Marion County Barn Quilt Trail. They are looking for homeowners who would like a quilt pattern placed on their barn or other outbuilding.

  • Chat and Dine potluck is June 8

    Chat and Dine Potluck Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. June 8 in the county lake hall.Grace Yoder will present aprogram on her recent trip to the Ukraine. A prize will be given to the person bringing the most first-time visitors.

  • 70 ballets cast in hospital election

    Kathy Meierhoff and Steve Smith were elected to the St. Luke Hospital Board on Tuesday. Smith received the most votes with 42, while Meierhoff received 38 votes. Incumbent Martin Tice received 33 votes, and Chris Gillespie received 27 votes. Tice and Jerry Dieter’s board positions were up for election to three-year terms. Dieter chose not to run for re-election because he serves on Marion City Council.

  • Lawn care class is June 20

    K-State Extension Marion County and Marion County Environmental Health are sponsoring a free lawn care class at 6:30 p.m. June 20 at the Marion County Lake Hall. A meal will be served free of charge.

  • Programs provide water assistance

    Marion County Conservation District is opening signup for a cost share program for water quality protection. Signup has already begun and continues through June 12. Funding will be available in July. One of the programs offers landowners assistance for terraces, diversions, grass waterways, and grass seedings. Another program offers assistance with plugging abandoned wells, upgrading failing septic systems, and livestock waste management and water supply systems.


  • Bugle brings fulfillment to veteran

    Larry Cushenberry’s instrument of choice Monday at Hillsboro’s Memorial Day ceremony was bigger than a trumpet, shorter than a trombone, had only two valves, and took more than 15 years for him to find. When deep somber tones issued forth as he played “To the Colors” Cushenberry felt a sense of peace. “I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time,” the Durham resident said. “I’ve always been a non-traditional kind of guy and I wanted a more masculine tone. When I play this, it just makes me feel better.”

  • Photographer puts work into book

    Ronald J. Beeton has been taking photos in the Marion County area for nearly 15 years and decided it was time to put his best work into a 38-page book. Beeton, a resident at the Marion County Lake, said few of the images in his book were taken on a typical “nice day.” He never wants to shoot with just the sun shining and clear skies overhead; it just doesn’t make a good image.


    Williams celebrate 60 years together



  • Peabody-Burns Schools honor roll

    Seniors: Rayna Barnes, Brandee Burnett, McKenzie Ensminger, Jamie Henry, Lucas Larsen, Paige Lewis, Kelsie Noble, Hunter Pickens, Zachary Preheim, Austin Savage, Jessica Sayers, Seth Topham, and Ashley Weems. Juniors: Karoline Ganko, Lily Harris, Jenny Kimmeskamp, and Nick Schrock.

  • Burns native receives college honors

    Kelsie Doty of Council Grove received an outstanding senior award from the Kansas State University for her participation in juried shows. Doty recently graduated with a bachelor’s in apparel design and production.


  • High jumpers tie, throwers finish together at state track

    Peabody-Burns track athletes doubled up Friday and Saturday in events at the state high school track meet in Wichita. Seth Topham and Braxton Kyle both qualified for high jump from regional performances, while Lucas Larsen and Corbin Rives represented the Warriors in javelin competition. Topham and Kyle both cleared 5 feet, 10 inches in high jump and tied for seventh place, sharing a spot on the medal stand.


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