• Peabody gets health grant, seeks public input

    The Peabody Community Foundation, through its recent successful Grow II campaign and funding from the Kansas Health Foundation, has established an endowment for health-related projects in the community. The funds will be available every year from the PCF endowment, managed by the Central Kansas Community Foundation. The Peabody group is an affiliate of the larger Central Kansas Community Foundation.

  • Students participate in Body Venture

    A new way to learn about the importance of good nutrition and physical fitness came to Peabody Elementary School on Sept. 11. Students were given the opportunity to explore the human body with Power Panther, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service mascot, as their guide. The tour began when students, in groups of up to 10, entered the simulated school lunchroom, taking roles of food such as a carrot, low-fat milk, or a piece of chicken.

  • Walking across America to raise money for cancer patients

    Mike Ross and Drew Babcock, both 19, answered the door at Jones Sheep Farm Bed and Breakfast Monday evening with smiles and hearty handshakes. The two young men, from Manchester, Conn., are walking across America to raise money and awareness about cancer. A third member of their team, George Crawford, recently branched out on his own, hoping to walk a brisk 30 miles a day. All three young men plan to reach the west coast this winter — Crawford in December and Ross and Babcock in February.

  • Crop walk to help food bank

    A crop walk will be held Oct. 6 at Marion County Park and Lake for the Marion County Emergency Food Bank. The walk will begin at 2 p.m., with a devotional prior to the walk. Contact Donna Kreutziger at (620) 382-2931 or donnakreutziger@yahoo.com or Darlene Bartel at (620) 947-3009 or hilltop101@hotmail.com for more information.

  • Antique bugle played at 9/11 remembrance

    After playing a solemn version of ‘Taps’ and observing a moment of silence, Larry Cushenbery spoke to a small group of patrons and emergency professionals about the importance of remembrance in front of the Marion County Jail on Sept. 11. “Earlier today some people told me they had forgotten it was 9/11 until they heard the music,” Cushebery said. “That’s why we do this; so people don’t forget.”

  • Road worries Pilsen residents

    Some in Marion County are requesting the state make Remington Road from U.S. 56 and Pilsen an extension of K-256. According to Rose Mary Neuwirth, curator of the Kapaun museum at Pilsen, traffic to Pilsen has increased exponentially since native son Father Emil Kapaun posthumously received the Medal of Honor in April. He may be declared a Saint by the Roman Catholic Church in the future.

  • Crime stoppers program in developmental stages

    County Commission Chairman Randy Dallke had one condition Monday when Sheriff Rob Craft introduced plans for his department to team with the City of McPherson for a crime stoppers program. “In order for us to do the program, our people have to know about it,” he said. “It’s no good unless we get it out there.”



  • Chingawassa Days sculptures to be sold at Art in the Park

    When a FireHouse concert June 8 at Chingawassa Days was rained out, the Chingawassa Days committee was left with nothing for its money. But when a chain saw sculpture auction was rained out by the same storm, the committee was left with sculptures it could sell at a later date. The committee has decided when and where it will sell the sculptures by Rick Sardou of R&L Creative Carvings. The committee will have a booth Sept. 21 at Art in the Park in Marion’s Central Park, committee member Chris Meierhoff said.

  • Vendors prepare for big weekend in Hillsboro

    The Hillsboro Arts and Craft Fair continues to be one of the largest in the state with more than 300 vendors attending to sell their wares each year on the third Saturday of September. Vendors such as Gina Hook have been preparing diligently for Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday.

  • Barn is more than building to Summervills

    The barn of Marge and Mick Summervill of Marion holds more than a family of angus cattle. The limestone and wood barn, built in 1909, holds memories and family history on their farm east of Marion County Lake. “There’s so much history there,” Marge said. “If we don’t tell it then it will die.”

  • The sweet stuff: Vinduskas keep honey simple

    When Candy Vinduska of Vinduska Apiaries of rural Marion sets up a booth Saturday at Art in the Park, she will have honey that is less than a week old. She and Bill Vinduska extracted and bottled honey Monday that they collected from hives over the weekend. They were processing the honey rather than collecting more because it was a dark, rainy day. Bees stay in their hive during rain, and there temperament changes when the weather is gloomy, so collecting honey on Monday would have meant dealing with more and angrier bees than usual, she explained.

  • Schedule set for Old Settlers' Day

    Old Settlers’ Day will turn 102 years old Sept. 28. The event is sponsored and organized by Marion Kiwanis Club. Events begin at noon Sept. 27 with a golf tournament at Marion Country Club.


  • They could use your help

    Elsewhere in this newspaper is a story about the Peabody Community Foundation having a chance to make a real impact on the health of Peabody residents with a grant that combines funds from the Kansas Health Foundation and the Grow II project recently completed by the PCF. Funds from this endowment will be available every year to finance projects related to a healthy community. A small group of residents met Aug. 20 to learn about the funds and the types of projects that can qualify for grant money to help Peabody become a healthier community. The meeting facilitators encouraged participants to think outside the box and not let the costs involved or the odds against completion deter them from including any projects.

  • A game of chicken and egg

    Let’s try to follow the logic. The state doesn’t want to make the Pilsen road a highway because it doesn’t get enough traffic, but the reason it gets so little traffic is that the road is so bad. The only winner in this game of chicken and egg would seem to be interests in Wichita who are pushing to make Wichita, not Pilsen, be the primary home for Chaplain Kapaun artifacts.


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  • 25 from county entering junior livestock show

    Marion County is tied with three other counties for the most commercial (goat) doe kids, six, entered in the Kansas Junior Livestock Show, which will be Friday through Monday at Kansas Pavilions in Wichita. This year’s show has the most exhibits in 25 years, 1,817. Local Entries Cedar Point Cody Parmley: market barrow (2). Corin Parmley: market lamb (2), breeding ewe, meat goat (2), swine showmanship, sheep showmanship, and goat showmanship. Durham Lauren Geis: red angus breeding heifer, market barrow (2), and swine showmanship. Lisa Geis: red angus breeding heifer, market barrow (2), beef showmanship, and swine showmanship. Hillsboro Mesa Merrell: meat goat (2), commercial doe kid (2), and goat showmanship. Bryce Roberts: market lamb (2) and sheep showmanship. Landon Roberts: market lamb and sheep showmanship. Sa Rae Roberts: market lamb (2) and sheep showmanship. Lincolnville Cade Harms: red angus breeding heifer, charolais breeding heifer, meat goat (2), commercial doe kid, beef showmanship, and goat showmanship. Payton Harms: red angus breeding heifer (2), meat goat (2), commercial doe kid, beef showmanship, and goat showmanship. Callie Riffel: market barrow (2). Jensen Riffel: market barrow (2). Kailyn Riffel: market barrow (2). Marion Katey Ehrlich: market steer. Cassidy Hill: market lamb (2), dorset breeding ewe, breeding ewe, and sheep showmanship. Newton Devon Gaines: market steer, angus breeding heifer, and commercial breeding heifer. Morgan Gaines: market steer. Weston Gaines: market steer. Tampa Cailey Barney: market lamb and breeding ewe. Jared Barney: market lamb and breeding ewe. Zach Barney, breeding ewe. Elizabeth Meyer: angus breeding heifer, market lamb (2), and sheep showmanship. Nicholas Meyer: market lamb, breeding ewe (2), and sheep showmanship. Kara Riffel: meat goat (2), commercial doe kid, and goatshowmanship. Kyle Riffel: meat goat and commercial doe kid.

  • 8-year-old raises money for families in need of clean water

    With help from her family, 8-year-old Sadie Lange set up a lemonade stand in front of her house Saturday and raised $602.36 for people living in Orissa, India who are in need clean water. “Clean water is important because people can get really sick if they don’t have it,” Sadie said.

  • Rebecca Savage engaged

    Rebecca Savage and Brett Alstatt announce their engagement to be married. They will wed on April 12, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, Hays. The bride-elect is a graduate of Marion High School and Washburn University. She works for Derby USD 260. Rex and Carolyn Savage of Florence are her parents.


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    Snellings work at state fair

    Missionary couple tells of work in the Ukraine


  • Warriors drown Little River, 46-22

    Despite the 46-22 victory Peabody-Burns earned over Little River Friday night, Peabody-Burns coach David Pickens had stern advice for the team in the postgame huddle on the field. “We need to keep our heads in the game for a full 48 minutes or a 45-point win,” Pickens said. “We were about 18 minutes short tonight of a complete performance. We cannot get up on a team and let them get back in. I’m proud of you, but we have things to fix before our next game.”

  • Volleyball team loses twice to Little River, places 2nd at Solomon

    The Peabody-Burns High School volleyball team competed at home Tuesday in a dual meet with Little River. The Lady Warriors lost both matches, 19-25, 25-20, and 25-17; and 26-24 and 27-25. Game one of the first match gave the Lady Warriors an 11-9 edge. Jordan Gibson earned 2 kills and 2 aces in a string of PBHS points and the Lady Warriors were up 18-11. Kaycy Gonzalez earned a kill and late in the game Cierra Foth added 2 aces for the win, 25-19.

  • Runners compete at Hesston

    Two members of the Peabody-Burns cross-country team competed Thursday at Hesston. Andrea Kubickova competed in the senior girls’ 4K with a time of 21 minutes, 27seconds. Paige Murray ran in the freshman girls’ 4K with a time of 25:02. Up next for the squad is a meet at home.


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