• Manning returns as interim city exec

    During the public comment session of the Peabody City Council meeting Monday night, Peabody businessman Mark Whitney read a letter to the council expressing his hope that with the resignation of Shane Marler as city administrator and Main Street director, the city would eliminate the Main Street program and the position of city administrator. Whitney said he thought decisions Peabody City Council members made in the past few years “have resulted in financial instability and a mistrust ingrained into the citizens you represent.”

  • Police chief gives reminder of tree, chicken rules

    Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke addressed several city ordinances this week about which he feels local residents might be unaware. “We have had some residents express an interest in raising chickens in the city limits,” Burke said. “It is legal for a person in Peabody to have 12 or fewer chickens, but by city ordinance, no one living within the city limits can have a rooster. It’s a noise issue.”

  • Arson charges in Elm St. fire

    An early morning fire that erupted July 25 in the garage of a modular home at 707 N. Elm St. has resulted in charges being filed against a juvenile and an adult. Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke said that on completion of the investigation by his department, a case of arson was filed in Marion County District Court and a juvenile was arrested on a warrant for the charge of arson. The same juvenile was also arrested on a Peabody Municipal Court warrant and charged with failure to appear. The names of juveniles accused of crimes are not made public.

  • Teen book club will read "The Hobbit"

    The Peabody Township Library has established a book club for teens attending Peabody-Burns Junior/Senior High School. The club will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday mornings beginning Oct. 12 in the Ann Potter room at the library. Refreshments are planned. Jenna Burnett Spangler will be leading the group. Spangler is a 2005 graduate of Peabody-Burns High School and teaches English as a second language in the Wichita public school system.

  • Tabor set to start swim team in Marion

    If all goes according to plan, Tabor College will have the first and only colligate level coed swim team in the state of Kansas, starting in the 2014-2015 academic year. “We will begin advertising for a head coach next week,” Vice President for Athletics Rusty Allen said Monday. “We plan to hire one by the middle of October.”

  • Commission rejects request for gravel on bus route

    County commissioners voted Monday not to put gravel for a school bus route on Quail Creek Rd. between 250th and 260th Rds. The road is within USD 408, but the proposed change was meant for the transportation of Centre students.

  • Sisters share more than blood

    Marion County Relay for Life had an atmosphere of hope Saturday at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center. Thirty-seven cancer survivors, all in purple, kicked off the relay with a victory lap. Two survivors shared more than cancer. Anita Hooper and Jan Peter from Marion are sisters.

  • With more students taking test, Marion ACT scores up

    Marion County schools saw a mixed bag in performance on the ACT college entrance exam for the class of 2013. The average score at Marion increased nearly a point, while Goessel school leaders were caught off-guard by an almost 5-point decline. No school’s graduating class had more than a third of students who were fully ready for college, according to the ACT’s benchmarks.


  • Wayne Britton

    Wayne L. Britton, 54, died Sunday in Newton. He was born April 16, 1959, in Independence to Lloyd and Rosalene Haviland Wade. He was a truck driver.

  • Carlos Girk

    Carlos Edward Girk, 71, died Monday in Peabody. He was an oil field rig operator for Flowers Oil Well Service. He was born March 31, 1942, in Waynesville, Mo., to Edward Girk and Cleo Bowen.


    Paul Baker Jr., Marvin Bernhardt, Donna Windsor



  • Antique wagon wheel sheds light on Sieberts

    When Rex Siebert, 89, of Marion married in 1943, his father, Floyd, gave him a team of mules, Bess and Jane, and a high-sided wooden wagon that was used to hold husked corn. Siebert used the wagon to feed silage and grain to feeder lambs. Many years later, in 1970, when he and his wife, Vernolis, were planning to build a new house on their farm, Siebert told contractor Steve Jost to put a “good strong spot” in the middle of the living room because a wheel from that wagon was going to be hung there.

  • Herbs have many uses

    Herbs can be used for cooking, medicine, and a variety of other uses. Karyn Woodward makes it her mission to educate people on their uses. She has been teaching people in Florence about herbs and their various uses in monthly classes called herb workshops for a year.

  • Return to gardening gets results

    Gerald Wiens of Marion has had more cucumbers than he knows what to do with this year. He has given plenty away to family, friends, and neighbors; he has sold some to Carlsons’ Grocery; and he has sold dozens at a time after advertising online. He has picked at least 100 cucumbers a week for more than a month, although the quantity has been declining lately. Wiens credits the excellent growth to the cool, moist weather in late June and early August. Not bad for a return to gardening after two decades away.

  • Farmer discovers weed removal remedy

    Jerry Plett of Lincolnville has discovered that his cows love the weeds growing in his empty cattle lots. He opens the gates, and in they go. He said they spend a lot of time in those lots even though they have access to grass. Kathy Voth, owner of Landscapes for Livestock, said toxins usually aren’t a problem because animals use their internal feedback mechanism to decide how much of a food to eat. If cattle taste a bad weed, they won’t eat more of it.


  • Save it for cleanup week

    I have noticed recently that there are several residents who have hauled brush and limbs, appliances, and furniture to the curb of their property, waiting for our city workers or the refuse company employees to remove their cast off possessions. I wonder why they think that if they drag that stuff to the edge of their property and leave it there long enough, someone will take it away. Sometimes I think they might be new to the community, but surprisingly enough, many are not new residents. One that I have noticed is even a former city employee. Wonder how he missed that memo?

  • On the right path

    If 100 students took the ACT in 2012, and 138 students took it in 2013, what was the percent increase in students taking the ACT from 2012 to 2013? While compiling information about county schools’ ACT scores, that was the easiest calculation to make because of the nice round starting number — probably easier than any of the actual math questions on the test.


  • Open house to honor Sally Matz

    The family of Margaret “Sally” Matz will have an open house in honor of her 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Peabody Senior Center. Cards and greetings may be sent to 501 N. Vine St., Apt. 105, Peabody, KS 66866. Sally’s children — Kirk Matz, Craig Matz, and Carol Reynolds — will be hosts for the event.

  • Couple to wed Sept. 21

    Bridgett Michelle Burns and Jesse Willis Hamm, both of Hillsboro, announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. Bridgett is the daughter of Victor and Gail Burns of Lincolnville.

  • Fireworks display is Sunday at lake

    United Steelworkers Union Local 11228 of Hesston will present a fireworks display at dusk Sunday at Marion County Park and Lake. The display will be launched on the south side of the lake but should be visible all around the lake, Diana Williams said. She said the public display is intended as a show of gratitude for the union’s use of the lake for its annual picnic earlier in the day. The union received donations from several local businesses to support the display.

  • BarnFest set for Marion this year

    Marion County will be the site of Kansas Barn Alliance’s eighth annual BarnFest, beginning Oct. 4 at the Marion Community Center. The two-day event will start with various speakers sharing information in sessions based on barn preservation and reuse. Attendees are encouraged to bring barn stories to share.


    Days of Yore

    Burns seniors attend county meeting

    Residents help with the Relay for Life

    Such a thing as truth


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