• Peabody girl will compete in national pageant

    Ten-year old Emma Schroeder will enter fifth grade at Peabody-Burns Elementary School this year with a ready-made answer if asked about her summer vacation. She spent part of it as a member of the swim team, part of it hanging out with friends, and part of it preparing to compete in the Kansas pre-teen division of the National American Miss Pageant in Wichita, where she qualified to attend the national competition in November. “Emma was one of 73 contestants in her age division, 10- to 12-year olds,” said her father, Darren Schroeder. “The girls have options about categories they compete in. All of them go through a personal introduction, evening gown competition, and an interview. After that, they can choose from several others like talent, casual wear, or spokesmodel. Emma chose to compete in the spokesmodel category.”

  • Smaller school districts find state funding inadequate

    A decrease in state funding for education has smaller districts like Peabody-Burns and Marion-Florence struggling to create a balanced budget. The state has cut back on equalization funding; funding that took excess property tax money from wealthier districts and redistributed it among poorer districts.

  • Library adds digital archive

    Peabody’s local newspaper, the The digitization project, undertaken by the Peabody Township Library, was made possible by a donation in memory of Adele and Harold Taylor by their son, Warren Taylor.

  • Pink Heals' fire truck to be in Florence Labor Day parade

    The 2013 Florence Labor Day parade will be devoted to honoring the volunteer firefighters of local communities. The highlight of the parade will be the “Pink Heals” fire truck honoring cancer patients and survivors. The parade theme is “Celebrating 125 Years of Volunteer Service.” Grand marshals are the Florence Volunteer Fire Department. Parade entries are welcome. Prizes for floats are $100 for first place, $75 second, and $50 third (open class category only). The best classic car entry also will receive $50.

  • Bridge construction preparation to begin

    Time is of the essence for the county to fix a damaged bridge near Florence. Commissioners voted Monday to begin a process to get the 126-foot bridge, at Alfalfa Road crossing the Cottonwood River, prepared for construction.

  • Governor issues disaster declaration

    Governor Sam Brownback has issued a disaster declaration for 62 counties, including Marion, affected by recent severe storms, flooding, and flash floods starting July 22. Butler, Chase, Dickinson, Harvey, McPherson, and Morris counties are also included.

  • Attorney General issues scam warning

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is warning of a new scam offering “free” emergency medical alert devices. A man calling himself John has been calling claiming to be with Medical Alert and offering free medical alert devices and they just need to press 1 to confirm their shipping information.

  • New homes planned at county lake

    What was a 21-acre horse ranch on the northeast corner of the county lake could become new suburban residential and lake lots if everything goes right. Developer Gary Dunnegan has applied for a conditional use permit, which is required for land that is zoned agriculture.





  • Being careful as school begins

    By the time you have opened the Peabody Gazette-Bulletin to this page, our children will either be sitting in class for the first day of school or they will have that first day behind them. About this time of year newspapers all over the country run opinion columns reminding drivers that school is back in session. This newspaper is no different. Our youngsters are on the street in groups earlier than they have been for the past couple of months, and when they are headed home in the afternoon, most of them still are in groups, exuberant and grateful to be out of class. Just about the last thing any of them are thinking about is whether or not those of us behind the wheel of a car are watching out for them.

  • Burns seniors hear about senior safety

    Twenty-four senior citizens and friends met Aug. 13 at the Burns Community Center for a monthly potluck dinner for Burns senior citizens. Doni Rogers asked the blessing and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

  • What do you see?

    If I were to ask all of you the question “What do you see when you look at me?” I can only imagine that someone would reply “cute,” “pretty,” “smart,” but then there would be that one person in the back who would say, “I see a chubby girl from Kansas with flat feet and freckles.”


    Days of Yore

    Burns women meet at Grimwood home

    Potluck dinner shared in Burns


  • Green thumb couple performs home garden experiments

    Tomatoes, peppers and eggplants are common staples to most gardeners, but the mode by which Martin and Anita Hooper grow theirs is different. The Hoopers plant their vegetables directly inside of straw bales.

  • Ice cream fundraiser to support 2-year-old

    A homemade ice cream sunday fundraiser will be held for 2-year-old Ruby Schmidt at Strassburg Baptist Church fellowship hall from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept 8. Ruby has Noonan’s syndrome, which causes heart and neurological problems, among other issues. Ruby is scheduled to have open-heart surgery Oct. 1 in Kansas City.

  • BarnFest will be in October

    The Kansas Barn Alliance will present BarnFest 2013 Oct. 4 and 5 in Marion County. The weekend will include a learning session related to barn preservation Friday and barn tours Saturday.

  • Grieving dad walks to prevent suicide

    After walking more than 32,000 miles, Steve Fugate of Florida passed through Marion on Monday on his Love Life Walk. In 1999, Fugate went hiking on the Appalachian Trail, leaving his son, Stevie, in charge of the business at home. While Fugate was on the trail, his son committed suicide. As part of the grieving process, Fugate finished his hike on the Appalachian Trail, and while doing so, he realized that too many parents were going through the same grieving process he was.

  • Softball raises $510 for cancer research

    A charity softball tournament Saturday raised $510 after expenses for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. Mike Calhoun, Travis Schafers, Kelley Schafers, and Clayton Garnica organized the tournament. Earlier this year, Calhoun collected donations door-to-door, raising about $1,400 for cancer research. The softball tournament put him within $100 of his $2,000 goal.


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