• From pumpkin patch to Thanksgiving dinner

    Members of the culinary essentials class at Peabody-Burns High School were busy during the past week preparing pumpkin pies to donate to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The pumpkins were selected from the patch for their school colors — one white and two blue.

  • Red Fox Cottage taken over by alpacas

    New owners will take over the Red Fox Cottage this week and fill it with products made from alpaca fibers. Jeff and Laurie Methvin, owners of Prairie Oak Alpaca Farm north of Peabody, will open Prairie Oak Alpaca Gift Shop on Black Friday.

  • Sequential days have double meaning for family

    Jennifer Janzen and her husband, Steve, of Hillsboro were not planning for their daughter Zoey to have such a unique birthday. Janzen said she thought she was in false labor when she went to the hospital on November. 12.

  • Vendors offer homemade gifts for holidays

    The Florence Farmers Market Holiday Market boasted local items with holiday flair on Saturday. Four local vendors were selling everything from cookies to canned okra, to holiday signs and gourds painted as snowmen at the Masonic Florentine Center in Florence. Event coordinator Carol Callahan of Burns said the event was busy during the morning hours, but slowed as lunchtime grew near.


  • Live nativity to portray birth and life of Christ

    The old three-story stone barn and surrounding areas of the former Townsend Ranch east of Peabody will be transformed into a living nativity the first full weekend in December. Renamed Wildcat Creek Ranch and owned by Klee and Jennifer Watchous of Whitewater, the old barn, outbuildings, and adjoining property lend themselves well to the production that portrays the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • Shopping spree returns for holiday season

    Peabody Main Street Association is once again sponsoring the annual Peabody Shopping Spree to encourage residents and visitors to do Christmas shopping in Peabody. The tickets to take part in the shopping promotion will be available from participating merchants on Friday. The promotion will end Dec. 20.

  • Christmas home tours are Sunday

    Marion City Library will have its annual Christmas home tours fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. There are four homes on this year’s tour: the Historic Elgin Hotel, 115 N. 3rd St. and the homes of; Chad and Michelle Adkins, 420 N. Freeborn St.; Dean and Eileen Hiebert, 1418 E. Denver St.; and Brent and Heidi Thurston, 111 S. Cedar St.

  • Angel trees popping up around town

    Several locations this year will cater to residents wishing to send holiday tidings to those less fortunate around the county. Marion Chamber of Commerce secretary Margo Yates said the chamber likes to have the trees ready to go before Thanksgiving to make it convenient for those who shop on Black Friday.

  • Residents hope Tunnel of Lights attracts more visitors

    When neighbors on Hill Rd. at Marion County Lake decided to begin the Christmas season decorating their neighborhood for others, a small number of vehicles drove through. Nine years later, things have changed. “Last year we had around 350 vehicles and 1,200-plus people,” said Margie Schwartz, a resident involved with decorating.



  • Clara Kaiser

    LINCOLNVILLE — Clara E. “Bunny” Kaiser, 95, passed away Nov. 20, 2013, at her home. She was born March 6, 1918, in Beaver County, Pa., the daughter of Eli and Edna (Mengel) Gordon. She proudly served her country during World War II with the United States Army Air Corps. She was retired from the Civil Service.


  • Try to smile and enjoy it

    I had a friend ask me the other day if I still considered her to be one of my six regular readers and I answered, “Well, of course!” She is a faithful follower of this column and I know that I can always count on her to begin at the top and follow it all the way to my signature at the bottom. She thought I might be upset about a discussion we had late in the summer, but that was not the case. She is one of my favorite community grandmas and I can’t imagine that she could ever say anything that would make me unhappy. I am glad she reads me every week. She is one of the reasons I make the effort. I think she would be disappointed if I decided to skip a column or two and she would be quick to tell me so.

  • Plenty to be thankful for

    I don’t think this will come as a surprise to anyone, what with all of the advertising on TV and online for day-after-Thanksgiving sales, but Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. In the spirit of the holiday, let me tell you a little about the things I’m thankful for. I’m thankful that Marion will again have a hardware store. There were a couple of false starts along the way since the previous hardware store closed, but it looks like Marion will have a steady new business in town, backed up by decades of experience. There have been plenty of times that I’ve wished there was a hardware store in Marion so I wouldn’t have to go out of town, and I’m not very handy. I can hardly imagine how many trips people who know what they’re doing with tools have had to make.

  • What makes a good turkey on Thanksgiving?

    On our Facebook page, we asked readers what makes a good turkey for Thanksgiving, and here are the answers we got. A family to share it with. — Miran Lovelady


    Days of Yore


  • Peruvian foods served to P.E.O. members

    Twenty-eight members of P.E.O. Chapter DB met Nov. 18 at the home of Mary Almaguer and shared an authentic Peruvian dinner. Co-hostesses were Almaguer, Diane Leiker, Marge Summervill, and Diane Richmond. The theme for the night was “The Peruvian Experience.”

  • Students recognized at convocation

    During Bethel College’s annual fall convocation ceremony, administrative faculty honored four area students that embody the school’s core values — scholarship, service, integrity, and discipleship. Austin Unruh, a senior from Goessel, earned recognition for maintaining a grade point average at or above 3.8. Laird Goertzen, a sophomore cross-country runner also from Goessel, was named for his integrity as a Champions of Character leader.


    Snellings attend grandson's football game
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    Marie Clark enjoys activities with grandchildren



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