• Potter Road is subject of discussion

    During the public comment section of Peabody City Council meeting Monday, County Commissioner Randy Dallke discussed the future of Potter Road, which is a platted north-south street that — during the past century — has become the driveway of Rex Watson. Further complicating the issue is that what is now 60th Road also was once known as an extension of Potter Road. That part of 60th fronts the home of the Brian McDowell family, and they too have confusion over the street name.

  • Enrollment decline shows no signs of stopping

    Dismal news was discussed at the Peabody-Burns school board meeting Monday night. For the second year in a row, student enrollment has decreased. “In 2011 and 2012 we had over 300 students in district. This year we’re down 40 kids,” Superintendent Ron Traxson said.

  • No decision on emergency management

    Marion County needs a full-time emergency manager, if only because of the need to apply for state and federal grants, county commissioners said Monday. The question is where the manager should fit on the county’s pay scale. “If you get a half-time position, you’ll get a half-time attitude,” commissioner Dan Holub said.

  • Burns residents burgled

    A man and woman pretending to do work roofing shingles stole property from two Burns residencies last Wednesday. Between the two, about $550 was stolen — $450 at one home, and about $80 plus checks, personal identification, and cameras in the other.

  • County lake expanding pair of docks

    Marion County Park and Lake will expand a pair of public docks for $6,271. A dock by the lake’s boat ramp will have an additional arm for loading and unloading. Spots at that dock generally rent for $10 a day, but loading will be free.

  • Independence Day, by the numbers

    The 92nd annual fireworks extravaganza was one for the books as life gets back to normal in Peabody. In addition to the much-advertised million fireworks that went into the set pieces and aerial displays, numbers played a big part in everyone’s assessment of the success of the event. Fourth Fest committee co-chairman Preston Hodges said 3,200 admittance buttons were sold out early in the evening. A tally of button sales and cash receipts indicate 4,700 people were in the city park.

  • Family, friends help check off bucket list

    When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. One of the chief lemonade makers in Robin Kyle’s life is her sister, Genni Wilson of Hutchinson. Wilson has taken charge of the lemons that have been tossed into Kyle’s life and, with help from friends and family, she is making lemonade for Kyle as fast as she can.


  • Commissioners to get dunked

    A week after commissioners asked County Clerk Tina Spencer to seek fundraising ideas for the county’s $1,000 share of a map of Kansas in the Capitol visitor center, she returned with a suggestion from a department head for a dunk tank at the county fair. “I thought it sounded like fun,” Spencer said.

  • Jail population up

    Marion County’s new jail has several times this year exceeded the official capacity of its old jail, as determined by the state fire marshal. The average daily number of inmates for the first six months of 2013 was up about one from the same time in 2012.

  • Herb workshop planned

    Lemon and dill herbs will be showcased at the next herb workshop at 10 a.m. July 20, at Villa on the Prairie in Florence. People who want to tour the garden are asked to arrive at 9:30 a.m.


  • Treva Kerbs

    Treva Mae Kerbs, 81, passed away July 5, 2013, at Wesley Hospital, Wichita, Kan., after a brief illness. She was born Jan. 22, 1932, at Marion, Kan. She was the daughter of Earl and Blanche (Roberts) Kelsey. She was the youngest of eight children in her family. She grew up and attended school in Marion, graduating from Marion High School in 1950.



  • How to make your voice heard

    Our big July Fourth extravaganza is now behind us, and it is time to look toward another big July event — this one for our city, school district, county, and other taxing bodies. Yes, it is the dreaded month of budget decisions. Many have budget workshops in which board or council members review expenses and income and decide what gets funded and what does not. For others, the details are hammered out in committee, a printed budget is presented at the July meeting, a vote is taken, and the budget is done for another year.

  • An emergency we need to manage

    Is it just the heat, or does it seem to others that government has devolved into little more than a sophisticated form of panhandling? Rather than actually providing services to taxpayers, the primary function of many highly paid local positions seems to be seeing how much money one agency can wrangle out of another.


  • Cooks to celebrate 50th anniversary

    Jay and Vickie Cook of Peabody will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday. Jay Cook and Vickie Davis married July 14, 1963, in Peabody. They have a son, Kelly Cook of Peabody; a daughter, Deeana Wingert of Wichita; and two grandsons, Brian and Jason Wingert.

  • Country gospel singer to perform

    Country gospel singer Susie McEntire will present a concert as a prelude to the 83rd annual Marion County Fair. McEntire, named artist of the year several times in the category “positive country music,” will perform at 8 p.m. July 21 at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center in Marion.

  • Final session for swimming lessons scheduled

    Peabody pool manager Beth Peter has announced a second two-week session of children’s swimming lessons from 10 to 10:30 a.m. July 22 to 25 and July 29 to Aug. 1. Participants must pre-register at the pool office and pay $20 to the City of Peabody. Each student will be tested the first day to assess levels.

  • Snellings go to Sedgwick for barbecue

    Dale and Tootsie Snelliing and Dean Snelling of Goessel went to Mark and Leann Lewman’s in Sedgwick on Thursday. They had a neighborhood barbecue and fireworks. Several other guests were present. Dean and Tootsie Snelling went to a monthly potluck dinner July 2 at the Burns Community Center. Dean Snelling was a weekend visitor. He helped Dale do some things to catch up.

  • Plummers visit in Norton

    Al and Bonnie Plummer went to Norton on June 30 to visit Bonnie’s brother, Joe Lambert. They returned home July 1. Martin and Peggy Van der Weg and Jennifer Stucky arrived at Marie Clark’s home June 30. All went to see Chris Stucky and family in their new home, formerly owned by Howard and Darlene Goering.


  • Pool's waters can be healing for seniors

    Physical ailments like arthritis may not have a complete cure, but water can help ease the pain. For women participating in water aerobics sessions at USD 409 Sports and Aquatic Center, working out is like taking care of a car.

  • Books literally read themselves

    Janet Marler is a librarian. She works at Marion City Library. If anyone knows about books, she does. She also knows that not all books are read. Some talk. Marler wants to promote the Kansas Talking Book Program.

  • New technology for older generation

    Neva Applegate enjoys looking at pictures of her grandkids as they scroll across the screen of her Mac computer. Applegate, whose son set her up with a computer in 1995, is part of a growing number of seniors using computers. She uses hers to write emails and play games.


  • Super Swimmers finish third at Hillsboro

    Many of the Peabody Super Swimmers had the week off because of the Fourth of July holiday. At a meet Saturday in Hillsboro meet, swimmers representing the team scored 154 points. Hillsboro scored 662, and Marion scored 520.

  • Tabor considering swim team

    Tabor College is considering adding a swim team. Athletic Director, Rusty Allen, says a decision is not imminent, however.


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