• Nursing home has own celebration

    Among the many events that have become a part of the July Fourth celebration in Peabody is an annual appreciation party by Peabody Care Center. The event, free to the public, is July 3 each year. “Of course, it is a great deal smaller than what goes on the next evening,” administrator Melissa Parmley said. “But this is the sixth year for the facility to provide an Independence Day celebration, and the residents enjoy it.”

  • Sports, journalism are new reporter's passions

    Sports and journalism are passions for Hoch Publishing’s newest reporter, Joel Wright, who joined the staff Monday, three days after graduating as an honor roll student from Ottawa University. Wright went to Ottawa as a defensive back for the Braves football team and quickly became involved as a freshman, reporting for its biweekly student newspaper, The Campus. He moved up the ladder in short order, becoming sports editor, then managing editor.

  • Produce variety expands at farmers market

    A larger variety of produce is showing up at Doyle Valley Farmers Market on Saturday mornings in Santa Fe Park. Generous rains and warmer weather have the vendors loading their tables with squash, cucumbers, green beans, new potatoes, and herbs in addition to onions, radishes, and lettuce they have been selling since Memorial Day.

  • Pool lift is operational

    A new sign on the pool house door at Peabody Municipal Pool says it all, “ADA pool and spa lift available.” The Peabody swimming pool is now compliant with a 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act regulation which contains specific requirements for accessibility issues for swimming pools and spas used by the public. The regulation requires a lift to assist handicapped people in and out of the water. It applies to public swimming pools and businesses such as hotels and motels, recreation centers, and health clubs.

  • Judge named to statewide post

    Mike Powers of Marion, chief judge of the 8th Judicial District, has been elected secretary of the Kansas District Judges Association. Powers, whose district includes Dickinson, Geary, Marion, and Morris counties, was chosen at a statewide judges’ conference in Wichita.

  • Girl Scouts raised money for projects

    Peabody-Burns Junior and Cadette Girl Scout troops are having fundraisers to raise money for camp and projects. They will have a concession stand Thursday at the Peabody swimming pool. They also will have a car and dog wash July 20, a yard sale July 27, and a dessert silent auction June 28. They also are collecting aluminum cans.

  • Teen upbeat about 3rd heart surgery

    Karly Hess looks like any normal teenager, but the May graduate of Marion High School is counting the days until her open-heart surgery — the third she has had to endure in 18 years of living with a congenital birth defect known as tetralogy of Fallot. “They will always have to do repairs to her heart,” her mother, Sherry Hess, said.

  • Hillsboro woman wins poker tournament

    Trish Williamson of Hillsboro outlasted 19 other players to win the sixth annual Bob Phillips memorial Texas hold ’em poker tournament Saturday at Peabody American Legion post. The event, featuring a $465 prize pool, raised $520 for the Bob Phillips memorial scholarship fund.


  • Elenora Walker

    Elenora Walker, 84, of Hutchinson, a homemaker and co-owner of Walker’s Fina in Hope, died June 23 at her home. She was born Oct. 14, 1928, in Herington to Herman and Mathilda (Meyer) Blomenkamp.

  • Donald Louis

    The ashes of former Florence resident Donald Ray Louis, 73, of Denton, Texas, who died Dec. 7, will be interred at 10 a.m. Friday at Florence cemetery. Services were Dec. 11 in Denton. He was born Aug. 3, 1939, in Newton to Wilbur Orville and Roberta Jean (Williams) Louis. He was raised on a farm south of Florence.


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  • Combine, field fires mar harvest

    Howard Collett had just finished harvest Tuesday night, was putting up his auger and shutting down his Gleaner combine when he noticed a fire. “I looked out and saw the black smoke and thought, “This is bad,” he said.

  • Moran sees drones in farming's future

    Sen. Jerry Moran predicted at an unmanned aircraft demonstration Tuesday in Salina that drones will contribute to U.S. agriculture, with Kansas poised to lead the way. “There is real potential for this platform to be used responsibly and safely in an industry already booming in Kansas: agriculture,” he said. “The number of ways farmers and ranchers can utilize them are endless, from mapping the spread of disease or insects within a field to applying fertilizer to a specific area of crops, and I look forward to continued progress in this field.

  • Lack of rain hurting hay

    Brad Wiens’ alfalfa crop was doing well, but a lack of rain in the last couple of weeks could change that, evidenced by growing cracks in the soil. “It started out as a real good year growing hay. We had a lot of spring rains, and that helps the hay to really grow,” he said. “Now it’s kind of turned. We haven’t had rain for a while, so the hay’s kind of quit growing.”

  • Permits required for haying ditches

    Hay harvesting on the right of way along state and federal highways without a permit is illegal, according to Kansas Department of Transportation. Haying applications are available at KDOT offices and are good for one season, April 1 to the end of the year. Permits may be canceled by either party.

  • Buying propane now can lead to savings

    The heat may be soaring, but John Garrard and his family are thinking about how to heat the house when snow starts falling. They recently converted from a wood stove to an all propane system. “We’re used to paying about $500 for propane a year, but this year we expect that amount to triple,” he said.

  • Elevators scramble to keep from filling

    Warm weather and dry conditions created a speedy harvest for Marion County farmers. Elevators in the area were struggling to keep up with harvest as it came in from the fields. “Many of our customers are reporting 60-plus-bushel fields,” Lyman Adams, general manager of Cooperative Grain and Supply in Hillsboro, said. “If you can get 60 you’re having great yields. Many of our customers were reporting a yield higher into the 70s and said this was their best year ever. We have taken record receipts here, and in Marion and Canton.”


  • Farewell supper held for pastor

    Burns United Methodist Church had a farewell supper June 23 for Pastor Jim and Joan Bush. Among the guests were Marvin and Sherol Nightengale, Marie Clark, Ronald and Dorene Kirkpatrick, and Joyce Kyle. Lawrence and Lois Sayers and Joyce Kyle attended David Thiessen’s funeral June 25 at Burns Countryside Church.

  • Cooks to celebrate 50th anniversary

    Jay and Vickie Cook of Peabody are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary July 14. They plan to spend the day with their family.

  • Williamses celebrate 60 years together

    Dale and Tootsie Snelling, Doni Rogers, and Hazel Clothier attended Bill and Margie Williams’ 60th anniversary reception June 23 at the American Legion in Florence. Doni Rogers attended a surprise birthday party for Troy Higgs June 22 at the Cassoday Community Center.

  • Class of '53 has reunion

    Peabody High School class of 1953 celebrated its 60th reunion Memorial Day weekend with a gathering of 15 class members, spouses, and guests. The class was the last to graduate from the high school building built in 1923. The evening of May 25, at Nita Watson and Pat Hunnell’s annual porch party, seven class members and their spouses visited with alumni from around the state and country.


  • Moving on and looking back

    I hope those of you who were unhappy about the tree stumps wrapped in caution tape and sticking out of the downtown sidewalks are feeling a bit more serene these days. During the past two weeks, the city had the tree stumps ground off and dirt packed around the roots. Cement was poured into the voids and smoothed one day last week. Mission accomplished. The Bradford pears are gone.


  • Super Swimmers 3rd at Marion

    Peabody Super Swimmers placed third with 417 points, behind Marion with 580 and Hesston with 443, Saturday at a swim meet in Marion. Boys 8 and younger 25 butterfly: 1. Jefferson Glover; 3. Hunter Navrat. 25 backstroke: 1. Glover. 25 freestyle: 2. Glover. 25 breaststroke: 1. Alex Young. 100 freestyle relay: 2. Navrat, Kael Hutchison, Glover. 9 and 10 100 freestyle: 1. Alex Caldwell. 100 medley relay: 1.Caldwell, Philip Young, Johnathan Glover, Noal Reynolds. 25 butterfly: 3. Caldwell. 25 backstroke: 3. Glover. 25 freestyle: 3. Caldwell. 25 breaststroke: 3. Philip Young. 100 freestyle relay: 2. Caldwell, Young, Jakob Graber, and Jake Partridge. 11 and 12 100 freestyle: 2. Zach Stephey. 200 medley relay: 2. Jordan Anderson, Max Caldwell, Reid Graber, and Julian Craig. 50 butterfly: 3. Graber. 50 backstroke: Stephey. 50 breaststroke: 3. Caldwell. 200 freestyle relay: 3. Anderson, Caldwell, and Graber. 100 individual medley: 2. Graber. 13 and 14 200 medley relay: 2. Austin Reynolds, Bryant Young, and Zach Stephey. 50 butterfly: 3. Bryant Young. 50 backstroke: 1. Reynolds. 50 breaststroke: 3. Reynolds. 200 freestyle relay: 2. Stephey, Reynolds, and Young. 100 individual medley: 2. Reynolds. 15 to 18 100 freestyle: 1. Zachary Preheim; 3. Nicholas Preheim. 200 medley relay: 1. Z. Preheim, Jaydin Hutchison, and N. Preheim. 50 butterfly: 1. Z. Preheim; 2. N. Preheim. 50 backstroke: 1. Z. Preheim; 2. N. Preheim. 50 freestyle: 2. Z. Preheim; 3. N. Preheim. 50 breaststroke: 1. Z. Preheim; 3. Hutchison. 200 freestyle relay: 1. N. Preheim, Hutchison, and Z. Preheim. 100 individual medley: 1. Z. Preheim; 2. N. Preheim. Girls 8 and younger 25 butterfly: 2. Lexi Davis. 25 backstroke: 2. Davis. 25 freestyle: 2. Davis. 25 breaststroke: 2. Davis. 9 and 10 100 freestyle: 1. Kallie Hutchison. 100 medley relay: 3. Hutchison, Lexi Schreiber, and Sarah Spencer. 25 freestyle: 3. Hutchison. 25 breaststroke: 2. Schreiber. 100 freestyle relay: 3. Hutchison, Hadlye Clark, and Schreiber. 13 and 14 100 freestyle: 3. Mallory Harris. 200 medley relay: 2. Desiree Wittig, Anna Lubbers, Harris, and Raegan Schreiber. 50 butterfly: 3. Harris. 50 freestyle: 2. Schreiber. 50 breaststroke: 2. Schreiber; 3. Lubbers. 200 freestyle relay: 3. Harris, Wittig, Lubbers, and Schreiber. 100 individual medley: 2. Schreiber. 15 to 18 200 medley relay: 1. April Newfield, Mackenzie Young, Lily Harris, and Lexi Anderson. 50 backstroke: 3. Young. 50 breaststroke: 2. Young. 200 freestyle relay: 3. Young, Newfield, Harris, and Anderson. 100 individual medley: 3. Young.


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