• Adventure Club gets grant to continue programs

    Students who have signed up to be involved in the Peabody-Burns High School Adventure Club received some good news recently from Kansas Health Foundation. Adventure Club is the recipient of a $4,875 grant to help them pursue their objective of establishing healthy lifestyles through biking and other adventure activities. The club received its first grant from the foundation in 2011.

  • Peabody school board seeks fiscal equilibrium

    The Peabody-Burns discussed possible options at Monday night’s meeting to raise funds for needed projects the regular budget cannot cover. The district budget is still $15,352 from balancing, with drastic improvements needed in the near future for football field bleachers, parking lots, and a crack-filled track, Superintendent Ron Traxson said.

  • Council reviews timeline for hiring administrator

    Peabody City Council reviewed and discussed drafts of a timeline and job description created for the search for a new city administrator by the beginning of 2014. The drafts were drawn up by interim administrator Mac Manning. A formal profile of skills, training, and qualities for the position will be finalized and presented for approval by the council members at the next meeting, Sept. 30.

  • Cushenbery plays 'Taps' in memory of 9/11 victims

    Larry Cushenbery was scheduled to play ‘Taps’ on his antique bugle today at a series of remembrance ceremonies in memory of those lost in terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. A couple more stops were added to his schedule this year due to the somber and stirring reception his performance received after he played his trombone for students and staff at USD 410 last year.

  • Grandparents needed at PBES

    A special opportunity awaits Peabody and Burns grandparents — and many others — on Sept. 20. Peabody-Burns Elementary School will have a Grandparents’ Day luncheon in the school cafeteria. The event is open not only to patrons with grandchildren enrolled at the elementary school, but to adults with no grandchildren who would just like to participate. “This is a great way for older patrons whose grandchildren may be grown or living somewhere else to get involved with what is happening in our schools,” Principal Ken Parry said. “We always are happy to have interested adults participate in what’s going on here. We have an adoption program to match up grandmas and grandpas with some of our students who would love to share their classroom, activities, and lunch.”

  • New art teacher at school

    Sharon Matz is beginning her first year of teaching as the art instructor for Peabody-Burns Junior/Senior High School students. Matz earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design from Kansas State University and has a graduate certificate in teaching and learning for K-12 art education. She also will serve as junior class sponsor. “I am looking forward to getting to know my students and their interests, and helping them discover art as a creative outlet,” she said, commenting on her goals for the coming year. “I hope to be a positive influence and mentor for students and staff.”

  • EnviroFest will be Oct. 2

    The annual EnviroFest for Marion County fourth graders will be Oct. 2 at Marion Central Park. For the past five years, the event has taught students from county school districts about environmental issues and how to protect it. Students from Marion, Hillsboro, Peabody, Cottonwood Grove Christian, and home school students will participate this year.


  • Keeping old cars young

    Farmers and commercial vehicle owners know it is important to keep your high mileage vehicles in tiptop shape, to prevent costly breakdowns. Barry Webster, owner of Webster’s Auto Service in Marion, said the easiest way to make vehicles last, even after 100,000 miles is by doing regular maintenance.

  • Custom convertible may be one of a kind

    Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin has a passion for more than city work; he loves classic cars. He owns several vehicles. One of his most notable vehicles is his 1983 Oldsmobile Toronado, which Kjellin believes might be one of a kind. “That year Oldsmobile had no options for a convertible on a Toronado,” he said. “It’s a funny story really.”

  • Tiny car gives big advantage for refueling

    Connie Isaac of Hillsboro drove a Ford Festiva for about 20 years and enjoyed having a compact car that could fit in tight spaces. “The Festiva was small, and I just enjoyed it,” she said.

  • Auto work is a hobby for Stoltenberg

    As model toy cars collected dust and the plastic pages of an auto-album stuck together over the years, Bill Stoltenberg continues to enjoy his hobby. Stoltenberg has never called himself a car collector, but he has owned around 80 in his lifetime.


  • Elsie Kelsey

    Elsie Mae Kelsey, 83, of Holton died Friday at her daughter’s home after a short battle with cancer. She was born April 21, 1930, in Peabody to Frank H. and Ethel P. (Hauser) Fisher. She attended school in Peabody and lived in Culver from 1966 to 1992 before moving to Holton. She worked as a CAN and CMA in Minneapolis and Bennington. She was a member of First Christian Church in Holton.


    Margaret Clasen, Neva Robinson



  • Sometimes we mess up

    Just in case you are not certain how quickly news travels in Peabody, get this. As many of you may have noticed, we had a bit of a publishing snafu in the past edition of the newspaper. Twice we ran the same story about bowling leagues forming at Peabody Lanes … on the front page! You have no idea how much people in this business just hate it when things like that happen. Really, you don’t. However, we all know it happens. No one does it on purpose and we can usually trace it all back to a lack of communication when we err like we did this past week. Since I have only a vague idea of what happened I am going to share with you a different angle to the bowling story error.

  • Mea culpa

    I’m sure some of our eagle-eyed readers noticed that we included the same story — about bowling leagues starting — twice on the front page last week. Would you believe me if I told you we thought bowling was just that important? No? Well, it was worth a shot. The simple truth is we made a mistake — a silly but very noticeable mistake. It sometimes happens that a story runs twice in the same paper, but seldom does it happen on the same page, let alone the front page. When it was brought to my attention, I felt terribly foolish. There are mistakes that would be much worse to make, but this is one that should have been caught before printing.


  • Schedule set for Lifelong Learning

    Tabor College continues its Lifelong Learning series this fall with eight programs including historical and informative presentations and music. All but the final presentation will be at 9:45 a.m. in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on Tabor’s campus. Most are on Fridays. There will be no meeting Oct. 11 or Nov. 1. Sept. 27

  • Volunteers keep shop move on time

    Volunteers have spent many hours recently moving merchandise from the old St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Shoppe to the new. Volunteers are carrying many items by hand, but larger and more cumbersome items are being transported the nearly one-block distance by pickup. Volunteer Dean Armstrong said racks full of clothes have been the heaviest, bulkiest things to move.


    Days of Yore

    Countryside Church group meets at Langenegger home

    Rogers attends funeral


  • Junior Warriors lose 48-8

    The Peabody-Burns Junior High School Junior Warriors opened at home Thursday. The team lost to Solomon 48-8. A week off greets the squad and then they will play Goessel on Sept. 19 at home. Solomon earned the first 8 points of the contest with 4:38 on the clock in the first.

  • Heat takes toll on runners

    Clearwater was the site for the opening of the Peabody-Burns cross-country season. Despite hot temperatures, all of the athletes finished the course. In the junior/senior 2-mile girls’ division, Andrea Kubickova finished with a time of 18 minutes, 15 seconds. Fenja Langfinished in 21:12.

  • Warriors blow out White City

    Peabody-Burns High School football 2013-14 hit on all cylinders at the home opener Friday night. The squad defeated White City 60-14 in three quarters of play. Up next for the team will be a road game at Little River. The first series of downs for PBHS started at the Warrior 29-yard line and included runs by Braxton Kyle and Fred Winsor. However, a sack and an incomplete pass forced a punt that landed at the White City 1.


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