• Highest water in 14 years forces 77 campsites to close

    The highest water in 14 years has forced Marion Reservoir to close 77 campsites. The entire Cottonwood Point North campground, with 46 campsites, was closed after floodwaters washed out a culvert on a road to the campground. Another 15 campsites at Cottonwood Point and 16 at Hillsboro Cove were closed because they were entirely or partially underwater because of high water in the reservoir.


  • School district plans to step up communication security

    A new $500 a year system will allow Peabody-Burns school officials to alert parents, staff, and others by phone, email, or text. The district is contracting with Harris School of Solutions of Wichita to provide the service, which cost $1,500 to set up. Officials go to the program, enter a message, and press send to simultaneously reach everyone registered to receive messages on their phones or email accounts.

  • Foundation wants input on public health grant application

    Peabody Community Foundation is seeking a Kansas Health Foundation grant to encourage healthy behaviors and wants to know what community members want. “This is a chance to look at what the community needs for healthy lifestyles and get funding for health-related needs the community wants,” said foundation president Nelson Patton.

  • County proposes 3% property tax increase

    Marion County Commissioners proposed a budget Monday of $8,026,767 for 2014. Final adoption of a budget and tax levy will be Aug. 19, after a public hearing at 9 a.m. publicized in an official budget notice in this week’s newspaper.

  • Flood cleanup takes time

    County lake officials teamed up Thursday with 40 Marion Girl Scouts to beautify the shoreline of Marion County Lake. The scouts planned to paint log dividers at the swimming area parking lot, but with the deluge last week changed their plans.

  • Unpaid calls plague county ambulance service

    Eighty-year-old Rosemary Ritter of Marion was preparing to go shopping with her daughter last week when she became the latest example in a worrisome trend regarding Marion County ambulance use. Like 33 others in the past two months, Ritter — whom her daughter, Jean Buller, describes as stubborn — refused to go to a hospital despite urgings of the ambulance crew that Buller had called after Ritter fell in the dark.

  • Much to do before shop moves

    The Gound family has signed over the former Duckwall store to St. Luke Hospital Foundation, but quite a bit of work is needed before the hospital auxiliary shop can move. President Janet Herzet said the group was gathering bids for roofing. A pair of early bids were substantially different from each other, she said.

  • St. Luke adds two new therapists

    St. Luke Hospital has added two therapists — physical therapist Jamee Funk and occupational therapist Nicole Sampson — to its physical therapy department. Funk always was interested in a career in health. At first she wanted to become a surgeon, but then she had knee and foot surgeries, and the experience gave her an interest in physical therapy.


  • Why not try lending a hand?

    It is budget time again, and soon enough it will be tax time. If you don’t like your tax bill when it comes in the mail, remember that you had a chance to tell the city and county about it while they were making budget decisions. There are a few things we could do to help keep the mill levies at acceptable — or perhaps even lower — levels in the future. You have heard me say most of this before, but guess what? I am going to say it again.

  • Days of Yore

    In a note from former resident Don Skinner: In the fall of 1884 one George Miller formed a band. The Peabody Graphic reported, “George Miller, believing that Peabody could support a band as well as any other town and that we ought to have one, has called together a number of the boys and organized a band which, if it continues as it has begun, will soon be second to none in the state.” Visiting Joan Berns on Aug. 3 was Joan Potter McCool of Cary, N.C., Coppi Braddock of Leawood, and Ethan Potter of Leavenworth.


  • Yoga can relieve stress

    To sit in on a class with yoga instructor Shannon Hoffer is to wade into a positive, soothing atmosphere, one designed to melt away stress and work up a sweat. “We are constantly under slow chronic stress,” Hoffer said. “Yoga teaches us ways to alleviate that day-to-day stress and anxiety.”

  • Card shower requested for anniversary

    A card shower is planned to honor the 50th wedding anniversary of John and Nancy (Kierns) Jacobs, who were married Aug. 10, 1963. John was raised in Peabody. He met Nancy while attending Baker University. They have two daughters, Nicki Trester and Michele Yager.

  • Skinner family reunion was Saturday

    The 67th annual Skinner family reunion was Saturday at Peabody Senior Center. Sixteen descendants of William and Margaret Skinner and James and Amanda Skinner attended. William and James were brothers who migrated in 1896 from Iowa to Kansas.

  • Family members visit Joyce Kyle

    Jim and Beulah Gehring called on his sister, Joyce Kyle, on July 25. Supper guests July 26 of Vernon and Judy Koehn were Kevin and Janarro Jantz, Kaylee, Shauna, and Jessie of Murray, Ky.; Renferd and Wanda Koehn, Lonnie and Carolee; Rose Forgy and Ryan, Luanna Isaac; and Dalen and Beth Koehn and Cody. The Jantzes left for their home the next morning.


  • Paul Baker Jr.

    A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody, for Paul E. Baker Jr., 86, who died May 26 in Pensacola, Fla. He graduated from Peabody High School in 1944, was vice president of Texaco in New York City, and after retirement moved to Florida.

  • Jaqueta Casey

    Jaqueta K. Casey, 67, died Monday at Newton Medical Center. She previously worked as a certified management accountant in Peabody. She was born Jan. 3, 1946, in Yale, Okla., to Ray and Goldie (Harris) Casey.


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  • KanCare causing headaches for nursing homes

    Nursing home administrators are frustrated over the state’s new KanCare Medicaid system, which went into effect Jan. 1. “We haven’t seen anything but delays in services,” said Melissa Parmley, administrator at Peabody Care Center. “It’s been a giant headache.”

  • Hillsboro Community Hospital to add clinic on wounds

    Hillsboro Community Hospital will add a weekly wound clinic beginning Aug. 20. The clinic will focus on treating wounds that are slow to heal. Several factors can make a wound slow to heal, chief nursing officer Gail Boaldin said. Pressure, poor circulation, infection, diabetes, and poor nutrition can contribute.

  • State reminds parents to have kids immunized

    Kindergarten through 12th grade students are required to be current on immunizations before attending school. A list of shots required is at http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/. “With so many kids traveling all over for things like sports or band, it’s easy for children to pick up an illness and have no idea where it came from,” said Cindy Reech, Marion County immunization nurse.

  • Free screenings offered

    Free screenings for motor, language, and social development, as well as vision and hearing will be offered for children age 5 and younger from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 at Hillsboro United Methodist Church. Appointments are available by calling (620) 382-2858.

  • Food for low-income families available

    Marion Senior Center, Peabody Senior Center, and Main Street Ministries in Hillsboro will distribute U.S. Department of Agriculture food commodities to families meeting income guidelines. Marion Senior Center will distribute them from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16; Peabody Senior Center, 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 16; and Main Street Ministries, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 17. The maximum income for a single-person household to be eligible is $1,245 a month. The cap increases $436 a month for each additional family member. Call the county Department on Aging at (620) 382-3580 for more information.

  • Questions about Obamacare?

    Businesses with questions about the Affordable Health Care Act which will begin taking effect in stages starting Oct. 1 may visit http://business.usa.gov/healthcare#wizard-step-id-1 for information. The act gives businesses a new way to shop for private health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace and Business Health Option Program.


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