• Halfway done, budget on pace for no tax hike

    Administrator Shane Marler reviewed proposals for portions of the 2014 city budget with Peabody City Council members Monday evening. “The ad valorum tax didn’t change much,” Marler said. “That means no big increase in what we can spend, but it also means we won’t have to make huge cuts. Essentially, the city will need to provide the same services to the community for about the same amount of money as we did in 2013. The goal is to keep the mill levy the same, not let it go up.”

  • Grader flattens unusual visitor

    When Greg Ballew saw a piece of pipe on the ground while driving his county road grader home, he was surprised what it actually was. “As I was getting closer, it started to move, so I swerved back over and ran it over,” Ballew said. “Then I backed up, took the blade and pulled its head off.”

  • Group seeks exchange families

    Welcoming foreign exchange students into her home has affected Doris Unruh’s children as much as it has her own life. Unruh’s daughter, Marie, now travels the world constantly. She is currently in Europe.

  • Deputy stops kidnap suspect

    Marion County sheriff’s deputies stopped a suspected kidnapping in progress last week. About 1:50 p.m., July 9, police dispatchers in Sedgwick County received a report that a woman was being abducted by an ex-boyfriend in a semi-truck and was traveling through Marion County on U.S. 50.

  • County 'steps into future' with recycling

    Saying it is time for Marion County to “take a step into the future,” county commissioners voted 3-0 Monday to purchase six recycling bins for smaller communities and a roll-off trailer. For now, a truck from the Road and Bridges Department will take the bins to and from a transfer station in Marion.

  • Street repairs to begin this week

    Peabody will spend $72,316 this week to repair several streets. City Administrator Shane Marler said APAC of Kansas began getting equipment into the community Monday.

  • Emerald ash borer confirmed to be spreading

    U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed emerald ash borer infestations have spread into Johnson County. The borer is a pest that kills ash trees of all varieties. The state now has a quarantine of Wyandotte and Johnson counties. It prohibits movement of ash trees and lumber, as well as any hardwood firewood out of the quarantined counties.

  • Fireworks to highlight vintage baseball game

    Florence Labor Day will include an 1860s vintage baseball game for the second consecutive year. Planners decided at a meeting last week to add a fireworks display at the end of the game. The celebration also will feature a homemade ice cream social and watermelon seed-spitting contest. Those wearing 1860s apparel or a 2013 Labor Day T-shirt will get free ice cream.

  • Polka is more than song and dance

    Hopping or galloping as they circle the floor, some were compelled to let out an excited whoop or holler. Polka is a way of life for many of who attended the Mid-Western Polka Club dance and watermelon feed Sunday at Marion County Lake hall


  • Joe Heath

    Florence resident Joe C. Heath died July 11. Born Jan. 27, 1939, in Wichita to Elmer and Henrietta Gage Heath, he was retired from Agco, where he worked many years. He had lived in Florence since the early 1980s.



  • A lemon by any other name...

    Little did reporter Susan Marshall know when she wrote of Robin Kyle’s brave fight against cancer and her “bucket list” helicopter flight last week how prophetic her words might be. “When life hands you lemons,” Susan’s story began, “make lemonade.”

  • The stretch limo and the AARP

    Saturday night I ventured off to the Coneburg to order a grilled chicken salad to go. And what did I see in the parking lot as I pulled in? Whoa, it was a white stretch limousine! I thought at first there must be a celebrity on the premises. However, a quick reality check told me it wasn’t likely that I would enter the Coneburg Inn Grill and Pub and find Elvis in the house, right? Right, Elvis was nowhere to be seen.


  • Peabody seniors enjoy garden produce

    Peabody Senior Center members are benefiting from the harvest beginning to come from Peabody gardeners. “We are so blessed to have fresh produce coming in to the center from local gardens,” site manager Ruth Lott said. “Everyone is certainly enjoying that special part of summer. We appreciate all the gardeners who are thinking of us.”

  • Hymn sing has special guest

    A guest choir attended the monthly hymn sing Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Men in Harmony sang sacred and secular songs in Barbershop style.

  • July Fourth a time for family visiting

    Ronnie and Patti Gaines spent the July Fourth weekend camping at Marion County Lake with Kenny and Roma Koehn, Jeff and Jill Koehn and girls, Shawn and Jean Koehn and boys, Todd and Terry Moddlemog and family, and Dusty Gaines. Bayleigh Clark and a friend and his parents came to the home of Mack Clark on July 4. Marie Clark joined them for supper. Marie spent the rest of the evening with Joyce Kyle while the others went to Peabody for fireworks.

  • Residents entertain, visit

    Hazel Clothier met her daughter, Teresa Hill, for dinner Friday at Pizza Hut in Marion. Bill and Margie Williams had dinner Sunday with Will and Gayla Soyez of Goddard and Carl Williams of Wamego.

  • FFA members attend conference

    Austin and Dakota Reynolds, members of the Peabody-Burns FFA, and adviser Ryan Panko attended a state conference for chapter leaders July 1 through 3 at Rock Springs Ranch in Junction City.

  • Library offers heat relief

    Peabody Township Library will welcome residents who need relief from high temperatures as summer heats up. “The library board discussed this at their meeting on Thursday,” librarian Roger Charles said. “The air conditioning is on and working quite well, and we would like for the community to know people are welcome here.


  • Students receive degrees, honors

    Wichita State Ten Wichita State University students from Marion County received degrees this spring. Goessel Sheldon J. Goerzen, bachelor of science in aerospace engineering, with high honors. Hillsboro Kimberly A. Givens, bachelor of arts in psychology. Danielle Hagen, master of social work. Patrick R. Harrison, master of education in sport management. Nicholas C. Mueller, bachelor of science in aerospace engineering, with high honors. Marion Sarah L. Dye, bachelor of arts in psychology. Cassandra A. Legg, bachelor of science in biological sciences. Peabody Christian M. Bengtsson, master of business administration. Joseph A. Brunner, master of accountancy. Jana L. Windsor, master of arts in aging studies.

  • Superintendent speaks to Burns seniors

    Twenty-five Burns seniors and friends met July 9 at Burns Community Center for a monthly potluck dinner. Doni Rogers offered the blessing, and all recited the Pledge of Allegiance. After a meal, USD 398 Superintendent Ron Traxon talked about the future of the school district. He answered questions before he had to leave for another commitment.

  • Locals graduate from Hutchinson

    Several local students graduated in May from Hutchinson Community College. Students receiving associates degrees included Kathryn Ens of Hillsboro, Danielle Hatfield of Lincolnville, Connor Thierolf of Marion, and Adam Benson and Christine Windsor of Peabody.

  • Peabody Achievers have exchange meeting

    Peabody Achievers 4-H Club had an exchange meeting June 23 with Cassoday Booster 4-H Club in Peabody City Park. The club had a swim party before the meeting. Cassoday Boosters brought watermelon to share.

  • Musicians selected for all-state band

    Tracy Henry of Burns and Quinton Hett of Marion have been selected to the 30th annual Kansas Masonic all-state high school marching band. The band will practice July 23 to 27 at Washburn University in Topeka under the direction of Michael Mapp. It will perform at halftime of the Kansas East-West Shrine Bowl football game July 27.


  • Police auto needs different from most

    Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning has driven many police cars since he started out over 30 years ago. “Cars have advanced so much in comfort and technology,” he said. “I used to drive a patrol car that had a seat like a rock. I got the seat replaced in that one.”

  • Heat also exhausting for cars

    Extreme heat is hard not just on people. It also is hard on cars. Eastmoor Methodist United Church pastor Mike Eurit found that out the hard way when his Kia Optima broke down. “My wife and I were on our way home from Manhattan last week when the car started running hot,” he said.

  • Demo derby car to be raffled

    A 1985 Chevrolet Caprice will be raffled before the Canton demolition derby it is set to run in on Sunday. The car was donated by Jayson and Carla Hamm to raise money for 8-year-old leukemia patient Kaiden Schroeder of McPherson.

  • Right documents simplify registration

    Long waits to register a vehicle can make anyone grumpy. County Treasurer Jeannine Bateman said people could speed things up by having the right documents. “What we run into the most are people who have bought a new car, but when they come in to tag it, don’t have the right documents,” she said.

  • Lovelady spent 5 years restoring car

    Ever since he was old enough to drive, Bub Lovelady had old cars to tinker with. For a few years in the mid-1990s, he went without working on a car. That was until 1996, when his wife, Linda, saw an ad in a car directory for a 1931 Chevrolet coupe. Lovelady figured that if it had been in remotely good condition, it already would have sold. Nonetheless, he was curious enough to drive to Wichita to see the car. The ad hadn’t included a phone number, only an address.


  • 12-and-under team qualifies for regional

    Cottonwood Valley League All-Stars in the 12-and-younger division have qualified for the Cal Ripken baseball Midwest regional by finishing as state runner-up. The Hillsboro 12-and-younger team won the league with an undefeated record, then added two players from Marion and three from Chase County to form an all-star team for the postseason. The all-stars won district tournament in Lyons and advanced to the state tournament in Wellington.

  • Super Swimmers place 5th at league

    Peabody swim team placed fifth with 286 points at the Mid-Kansas League swim meet Saturday at Hillsboro Family Aquatic Center. Top three finishers for Peabody were: boys 8 and under 25 butterfly: 1. Hunter Navrat; 2. Jefferson Glover. 100 medley relay: 1. Glover, Navrat, and Alex Young. 9 and 10 100 medley relay: 2. Jakob Graber, Phillip Young, Johnathan Glover, and Alex Caldwell. 15 to 18 50 butterfly: 3 Zachary Preheim. 50 backstroke: 3. Z. Preheim. 100 individual medley: 2. Z. Preheim. 200 medley relay: 3. Z. Preheim, Jaydin Hutchison, and Nicholas Preheim. 200 freestyle relay: 3. N. Preheim, Z. Preheim, and Hutchison. Girls 8 and under 25 backstroke: 1. Lexi Davis. 25 freestyle: 2. Davis. 100 medley relay: 3. Davis, Madyson Goossen, Wylda Brown, and Madelynn Hutchison. 15 to 18 50 breaststroke: 2. Katy Benson. 200 medley relay: 3. April Newfield, Mackenzie Young, Lily Harris, and Lexi Anderson.


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