• City council holds line on 2014 budget

    Peabody’s 2014 budget will not be changed much from 2013 if approved as published. Prior to the regular meeting Monday evening, the city council reviewed the final numbers for the 2014 budget. Administrator Shane Marler reviewed the funds capital improvement, municipal equipment, bond and interest, sewer replacement, water, sewer, and refuse funds.

  • Flooding creates life-or-death drama for driver

    Up to four inches of rain in less than two hours Monday inundated Marion County, sending the Cottonwood River 13 Kevin Steele of Marion says he is lucky to be alive after rushing water pushed his Pontiac Grand Prix off Nighthawk at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Flooding takes toll countywide

    Torrential rain Monday flooded streets and caused the Cottonwood River and creeks to overflow, but the effects weren’t uniform across the county. Peabody

  • Peters family shares love for cattle showing

    Six-year-old Ashley Peters led her black-and-white Maine-Anjou steer, 3-times her size, into the show ring Friday, hoping he would bring a good price. Her steer, Leopard—or Leopold, depending on the day—won grand champion in its class at the Marion County Fair.

  • City wants to fill vacant businesses

    Renewing Marion’s Main Street neighborhood revitalization plan will not change its provisions but could develop the city’s downtown economy. County commissioners voted 3-0 Monday to continue the inter-local agreement. The plan includes a 95 percent real estate tax rebate on improvements lasting 10 years. The county will retain five percent for administration of the program.

  • Tallgrass Express headlines Threshing Days

    The Tallgrass Express string band will bring the music of the Kansas Flint Hills to the 40th Country Threshing Days celebration in Goessel. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Goessel High School auditorium. There is no admission fee, but donations will go to the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum.

  • Fire department gets equiptment grant

    Peabody Fire Department was notified recently that it received a volunteer fire assistance grant from Kansas Forest Service. The grant will cover half the cost of a $5,000 pump. Grants are available annually to departments that serve rural areas and communities with a population of fewer than 10,000. Fire departments approved for funding must match at least 50 percent of the cost.

  • Death near Florence a likely suicide

    The body of 67-year-old Raleigh Heskett of Lyndon was found Thursday east of Florence. Sheriff Rob Craft said a coroner’s report identified Heskett, who had been reported missing July 15 in Osage County. He died of a single gunshot to the head. It appeared to be self-inflicted, Craft said.

  • Lowest city taxes in county may quadruple

    Durham residents can expect their city property taxes to almost quadruple in 2014. An estimated tax rate of 28.054 mills proposed in Durham’s 2014 budget will pay for repairs to streets and the city’s sewer pond and water tower, Mayor Mike Sorensen said Monday.


  • Vincent Garber

    Vincent F. Garber, 70, of Lyons died Friday at his home. Garber was born Dec. 14, 1942, in Fremont, Ohio, to Frank Richard and Alya May Dymond Garber.


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  • Tabor bowling to have new home

    Tabor College’s bowling team will have a new home next season. Hillsboro Development Corp., Tabor College, and other investors, have purchased Trail Lanes.

  • Enrollment signals end to summer vacation

    Peabody-Burns students and staff will be returning to school soon. The district has announced a schedule for enrollment for the coming school year. Students will enroll Aug. 8 and 9 in Brown Gymnasium at Peabody-Burns High School. Three sessions are planned for Aug. 8 — 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m. The remaining session will be 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 9.

  • Teachers enjoy "light bulb" moment

    Teaching is more than just a job for two new USD 408 teachers. Kelsey Metro, who will teach middle school science, is returning to her alma mater.

  • School supply drive scheduled

    For the second year, Butler Community College is organizing a supply drive for USD 408 students who cannot afford new crayons, pencils, washable markers, glue, scissors and notebook paper. Boxes will be located at the Chamber of Commerce, Carlsons’ Grocery, Marion Health Mart Pharmacy, St. Luke Hospital, Marion Presbyterian Church, Marion Senior Center, and Butler of Marion.

  • Tabor prepares for return of students

    Tabor College’s full student-life staff returned to work Monday to prepare for students. Most of the staff takes a 1½-month break during the summer to recharge. Dean of Students Jim Paulus and administrative assistant Kaylene Unruh are the only student-life workers who stay all summer.

  • Two new graduates follow different paths to college

    Like many recent graduates, Tabatha Rose has plans for college. A spring graduate of Centre High School, she already has been accepted at Kansas City Art Institute, where she will study illustration and graphic design. However, she is delaying admission to spend more time with her family and earn money to cover what financial aid won’t pay.

  • Future collegians study today to save tomorrow

    Centre High School juniors Daniela Svitak and Tabitha Oborny did not get much of a summer vacation, but they are OK with that. Svitak and Oborny were taking general psychology for college credit at Butler Community College of Marion. They finished Thursday.


  • Don't do stupid

    I am a former smoker. Stupidest thing I ever did in my life was pick up that first cigarette, stick a match to it, and draw smoke into my lungs. Second stupidest thing was to just keep firing them up for the next three decades. Stupid, I admit it. I also admit that I really loved smoking. I did. From time to time, I still miss it even though it has been years since I quit. Sometimes I dream about having a smoke, and get this: in my dream I am sneaking the cigarette, pretending like I am not the one smoking or palming it so that no one will know I have it in my hand. How weird is that? I mean, it is my dream. Who would care?

  • Support hometown health care

    Health care has changed significantly over the years. Doctors can easily find themselves practicing “cookbook medicine” governed by insurance companies. Care is divided between many different providers due to health care cost and reform. From what I can tell, these changes are what can give our patients the impression that they are on an assembly line. I left a large hospital full of protocols and divided care to practice in Hillsboro. In my short time here, I have had the opportunity of a lifetime. I have been able to see the compassion and support of this community.

  • Days of Yore

    Another wreck at the U. S. 77 and U. S. 50 intersection at Florence claimed the life of a Marion teenage girl and Kinsley teenage girl. Helen Farnsworth Worthen of North Andover, Mass., and Naples, Fla. died July 10. She was the mother of Lynn Berns.


  • Marie Clark will celebrate 90 years

    The family of Marie Clark will have an open house in honor of her 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 at Burns Community Building. Cards and greetings may be sent to 186 Wagonwheel Road, Burns KS 66840.

  • Plummers attend wedding anniversary

    Al and Bonnie Plummer attended a celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of his sister and husband, Ron and June Ford, the afternoon of July 21 in Hayesville. Ronnie and Patti Gaines went to the home of Ty, Kim, and Brooke Gaines July 20 in Madison to help Brooke celebrate her 7th birthday. Others celebrating were Dusty Gaines, Terry and Deanne Warhurst, Rosella Warhurst, and Aaron Warhurst and Reese of Kansas City.

  • Couple to celebrate anniversary

    John and Rita (Weber) Spinden of Cottonwood Falls will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house for family and friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 10 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church hall, Strong City. Their children, Michael and Becky, will be hosts.

  • Democratic Women read cowboy poetry

    Marion County Democratic Women met for lunch Friday at the Marion Senior Center. Prior to lunch, several members participated in National Day of the Cowboy. Sue Clough, Eileen Sieger, Marilyn Cox, Neysha Eberhard, Connie Fisher, and Janet Bryant all read cowboy poetry.


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