• Asbestos could delay old jail's razing

    Marion County’s plans to raze its former jail by year’s end may have hit a snag. Environmental health director Tonya Richards confirmed Monday that all six tests she performed on insulation from ducts in the old jail were positive for asbestos.

  • County unveils aerial photo, mapping system

    Marion County unveiled its new mapping and aerial photography system in training sessions Thursday and Friday. Pictometry International Corp. updated aerial photos of the county and installed them in its Pictometry Online system earlier this year after county commissioners approved paying $119,000 over three years for the service.

  • Police building paid for

    Peabody City Council discussed Monday, seven funds for the 2014 budget: utilities, law and fire, highways, parks and recreation, economic development, transfer funds, and capital improvement. Administrator Shane Marler said the final payment on the public works and police department building was made in April. He suggested the $19,000 budgeted for the next payment on the building be put into capital improvement.

  • Main Street commits to new program

    Peabody Main Street approved July 17, the annual membership fee to Kansas Main Street Inc., the newly formed state Main Street organization. “All our members are committed to the Main Street concept for community development, and they supported payment,” director Shane Marler said.

  • Ill will about tower hard to pave over

    Last year’s animosity over a radio tower at the new county jail resurfaced Monday as city and county officials discussed cooperating, probably next year, to rebuild sections of South Fourth Street damaged by construction. “I really hope things work out a lot better than they did on the last project with that thing sticking up out there — the tower,” County Commissioner Randy Dallke said, gesturing toward the jail.

  • Hopes for emergency manager: professional coordination

    Sheriff Rob Craft, deputy Jim Philpott, 911 supervisor Linda Klenda, and Hillsboro Fire Chief Ben Steketee told county commissioners Tuesday about their hopes for a new emergency manager. Steketee said fire chiefs from across the county met recently and discussed the position.


  • Harold Huntley

    Florence High School graduate Harold Michael “Mike” Huntley, 69, of Newton, died Monday at Newton Medical Center. He was born May 7, 1944, in Marion County to Harold M. “Buster” and Lois Marie Weyand Huntley. He joined the U.S. Army. After his discharge, he moved to Newton and worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 42 years as a signal foreman and maintainer.


    Erna Mae Yeagley



  • New paint can brush away years

    Although it has been more than 20 years since dentist W.C. Jessen’s heirs sold his big two-story home on Vine Street, there are still plenty of people in Peabody who refer to it as “the old Doc Jessen place.” Cory and Daneece Foth bought the house in 1999 and plan to stay in it until another generation refers to it as “the old Foth place.”

  • Decorating trends moving toward darker wall colors

    When Delores Dalke of Hillsboro began selling real estate in the 1970s, the trend in home decorating was to have colorful walls. But, by the 1990s, conventional wisdom changed to say that walls should be light and neutral in color, at least if you were going to sell the home. The idea was that if a room’s walls were a neutral color, the owners could decorate it and accent it as they wanted. The truth, though, was that most people decorated with neutral furniture, as well.

  • Couple to remodel historic stone home

    Tobe and “Red” Moore were camping with their family at their new property off Sunflower Road when a man stopped for some information. Greg Kite of the Historical Preservation Alliance of Wichita and Sedgwick County was inquiring about the 19th century stone home located on the property just south of Marion on Sunflower Road.

  • Decoration changes with times

    Brad and Jeannie Wildin’s County Seat Decorating Center, just celebrated 35 years of business, and has gone through many changes since purchasing the business in 1978 from Walt Oelschlager. “When we started out, we had a small business loan,” Jeannie said. “We had to learn to live creatively.”

  • USDA funds available for home repairs and improvements

    U.S. Department of Agriculture loans and grants are available for home repairs and renovations, including construction of storm shelters and safe rooms. The agency’s loan and grant program for single-family homes can finance improvements that remove health and safety hazards for owner-occupied homes.


  • An idea for a fund-raiser

    I have an idea for a fund-raiser that I am sure would raise a nice chunk of cash for some local group with big dreams, energetic members, and the patience to wade through tedious information. Between my work for the

  • Not yet clinically depressed

    Remember a few years ago, when every other phone call you received was about whether you were satisfied with your long-distance carrier? Some product or service always seems to be on the verge of major upheaval. Grow or die. Expand gigantically or fade into tiny irrelevancy.


    10, 25, 50, 100, 125 years ago


  • Women visit former Burns residents

    Five Burns United Methodist women — Esta Hall, Dorene Kirkpatrick, Lucille Robinson, Beverly Morgan, and Joyce Kyle — went to Hesston July 11, and called on Don and Laverna Parish. After their visit, the women went to Newton for lunch and visited Reva Goodwin, Margaret and Ivan Morgan, and Eleanor Davidson. Wayne and Gloria Handle, and Lisa and Jaret Johnson were July 11 brunch guests of Marie Clark. Wayne left for an Emmaus walk, and Gloria spent the weekend with her mother. Ashley Reed and children of Wichita were lunch guests July 12, and Jim and Delores Russell of Augusta were callers that afternoon.

  • Hope in the Heartland: Blessed by blessings

    I had the blessing of spending time with some precious gifts from God recently. These giggling and bouncing gifts were the children of our community vacation Bible school. Each morning I would teach the Bible to five different classes — preschool, kindergarten, and first- and second-, third- and fourth-, and fifth- and sixth-graders. By the end of each morning, I felt as wrung out as a dishrag, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. In the sports world, we often here someone remark of a certain player, “They left it all out on the field.” Well, that’s what I wanted to do with each class.

  • McEntire charms audience

    Susie McEntire entertained a Marion County Fair crowd of nearly 450 Sunday at USD 408’s Sports and Aquatic Center in Marion. “I was very impressed about the numbers who were there for the type of event that it was,” said, Marion Mayor, Mary Olson.


    90th birthday to be celebrated

    Taylor Krien


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