• Florence celebrates Labor Day in style

    Heat did not deter many from enjoying the festivities at the 76th annual Florence Labor Day celebration. Jeff Hedrick was the winner of the “King of the Hill” soap box derby. Nathan Shields took second place, and Gracie Mackey came in third.

  • Florence requests county secure motel

    County Commissioners received a letter from the city of Florence on Friday requesting the county secure the former Holiday Motel on the western edge of the city. The vacant motel — owned by the county because of unpaid property taxes — was unlocked, city supervisor Phil Baldwin said.

  • Commissioners agreeable to road closure

    County Commissioners told Leroy Kraus on Friday that there would be a process he would have to go through in order to have a stretch of 180th Rd. closed, but they were agreeable to the idea of closing the road. Kraus is seeking to have the eastern half mile of 180th Rd. between Upland Rd. and U.S. 77 closed. It is a minimum maintenance road, and about halfway through the mile is a mudhole that remains weeks after the last substantial rain, making it impassable to most vehicles.

  • Peabody bowling league takes shape

    Heat did not deter many from enjoying the festivities at the 76th annual Florence Labor Day celebration. Jeff Hedrick was the winner of the “King of the Hill” soap box derby. Nathan Shields took second place, and Gracie Mackey came in third.

  • Peabody Senior Center to serve as off-site flu clinic

    Marion County Health Department will provide several off-site flu clinics to administer flu vaccines to people across the county. No appointment is needed for those who wish to be vaccinated.

  • Professor teaches love for birds to students

    Andrew Sensening, assistant biology professor at Tabor College, has a passion for birds. He is transferring that passion to his students in his ornithology class. At 6:30 a.m. Aug. 28, Sensening and his students went to property of Charlotte Takahashi 4 miles from Hillsboro to bird watch. According to Sensening, birds are more active at dusk and dawn.

  • Chili cook-off will be Oct. 5

    Marion County Park and Lake will have its seventh annual chili cook-off from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5 outside the lake hall. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries, as voted on by members of the public. An entry is two to three gallons of chili and requires a $15 fee.

  • Tick bite gives 6-year-old meat allergy

    The parents of 6-year-old Izzy Loveless had no idea a tick bite could do such damage. A lone star tick, noticeable by a white spot on its back, bit Izzy. The tick bite caused Izzy to develop an allergy to all red-meat.

  • Food lab coming to Marion

    Dan Madgwick of Manhattan will soon be moving his family to Marion and opening a food forensics lab. “It’s basically CSI for food,” Madgwick said.


  • Supporting educational extras in our district

    I often end up sounding like a broken record when I enter my opinion in this space every week. I don’t mean to be boring, but it is possible that repeat topics elicit a yawn from my six regular readers. Heads up! I am getting ready to do it again so you might want to move on. My broken record topic for this week is the swarm of upcoming fund raising promotions for many student groups at USD 398. I am not opposed to any of the organizations or their funding proposals. I know the district does not have the money for many of the extras with which my own children were blessed during their school years here. Times are tough and there is little wiggle room in the budget.

  • Consider being an organ donor

    In September of my sophomore year at Kansas State University, I told some friends that my dad had recently been added to a waiting list for a heart transplant. I didn’t know how long he might have to wait, assuming a match might ever become available. “It could be two weeks or two years,” I remember telling my friends. I badly overestimated, even at the short end. About two hours later, I got the call that my parents were on their way to Wichita — they had a matching donor. My brother picked me up, and we continued on to the hospital for the most stressful night of my life. I sat in the waiting room, surrounded by family and friends. But everybody was mostly quiet while we waited for word on how the transplant went. It was morning by the time someone came to tell us the transplant had gone according to plan and Dad was recovering.


    Doctor: New clinic will add no new services


  • Medicare Part D enrollment can be tricky

    Enrollment in Medicare Part D, a federal program to subsidize the costs of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries, begins Oct. 14 and lasts until Dec. 7. This year seniors will find some changes to the program. The largest being premiums will go up by about $1 and the deductibles will fall from around $325 to $310.

  • Program to help seniors prevent falling

    One in three people over 65 will risk injury and even death from falling, Department on Aging Director Gayla Ratzlaff said. “People have the impression that when you get older, the aging process makes you fall,” she said. “If you keep yourself active and do some preventative kinds of things, your chances of falling are decreased.”


  • Godspell' is Tabor fall musical

    Twelve Tabor College students will perform “Godspell” as the college’s homecoming musical Oct. 2 to 6. “It’s an uplifting and joyous musical loosely based on teachings and parables found in the Gospel of Matthew,” director Judy Harder said.

  • Leihy completes basic training at West Point

    Cadet Isaac Leihy, son of Tom and Monica Leihy of Hillsboro, has completed basic training at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point N.Y. He is a 2009 graduate of Hillsboro High School. After graduating, he joined the Army National Guard and went through training in Oklahoma. Leihy attended Kansas State University before doing a nine-month stint as part of the Kansas Honor Guard. After Leihy was stationed in Djibouti, Africa as part of a search and rescue team for a year.

  • Card showers planned

    Norman and Vivian Mueller, 65th anniversary The children of Norman and Vivian Mueller — Jo Alexander of Marion, Barry Mueller of Healdsburg, Calif., and Norm Mueller of Denver Colo. — are organizing a card shower Tuesday in honor of their parents’ 65th wedding anniversary.

  • BURNS:

    Koehns share hospitality with Pa. couple

    Days of Yore


  • Velber Bevan

    Velber Keith Bevan, 83, died Aug. 26 in Hutchinson. He was born Aug. 1, 1930, to Clyde and Ella Johanna Tietzen Bevan in Herington. He was a graduate of Caldwell High School.

  • Robert Fitzmaurice

    Robert L. “Rocky” Fitzmaurice, 83, of Lincolnville died Saturday at the Medicalodges in Herington. He was born Nov. 12, 1929, in Little Rock, Ark., to John and Blanche (Biles) Fitzmaurice. He was a mechanic and farmhand. He married Velma Raye Cannon on May 18, 1948.

  • Edna Prieb

    Edna Prieb, 88, of Lehigh died Monday at Lindsborg Community Hospital. She was born April 14, 1925, to Karl and Marie (Janke) Klatt of rural Canton.

  • Neva Robinson

    Longtime Florence resident Neva M. (Reid) Robinson, 87, died Tuesday at Newton Medical Center. She was retired from the Postal Service. There will be a rosary at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Florence. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Kenneth Schuler

    Kenneth Francis Schuler, 63, of Winfield died Aug. 26 at his home. He was born Aug. 27, 1949, in Ransom to Lawrence Joseph and Erma (Dechant) Schuler. He graduated from Ness City High School in 1967 and later studied at Kansas State University and Wichita State University.



  • Volleyball team places 2nd in home tourney

    The Peabody-Burns Lady Warriors were the runner-up in their home round robin volleyball tournament Saturday, finishing behind Chase County. The Lady Warriors defeated Hartford, 25-18 and 25-17; Central Burden, 25-15 and 26-24; and Burlingame, 25-18 and 25-20. They lost to Chase County, 25-23, 14-25, and 14-25; and Burrton, 25-23, 23-25, and 21-25.


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