• Council revisits dispute over street parking

    A parking disagreement between neighbors on W. 4th St. was discussed again by Peabody City Council at its regular meeting Nov. 25. The street is narrower than most in Peabody and parking on both sides of the street eliminates traffic flow and creates a hazard for people getting out of vehicles in front of either residence. Several years ago, Janie Hampton, who lives on the north side of the street, installed a low fence made of railroad ties to keep people from pulling into her front yard to park when they visited her neighbors across the street, Brian and Tammy Whiteside. The fence was installed a few feet from the street, but still on the city’s easement. Hampton does not let guests to her home park on the street. She has space in her driveway or side yard to accommodate their vehicles.

  • Hillsboro discusses rate increases for Peabody water

    Hillsboro City Council discussed a plan to increase the cost of water sold to Peabody. It cost the city $1.77 per unit to create drinkable water, currently Hillsboro is selling water to Peabody for $1.84 a unit.

  • Cookie contest planned

    Show off your decorating skills in the Marion County Cookie Decorating Contest. Bake your favorite cookie, decorate it, and bring it to the Marion County Record office, 117 S. Third St. in Marion by Dec. 10 and fill out an entry form. The public can vote for their favorite cookie Dec. 11 through 18 by placing a donation in jars at Carlsons’ Grocery and the Marion County Record office in Marion; Vogt’s Hometown Market in Hillsboro; and Don’s Drug Store in Peabody.

  • Deer season begins today

    Firearms season for deer hunting in Kansas began today and will continue through Dec. 15. Kansas hunters age 16 to 74 must have a Kansas hunting license, with few exceptions. Hunters who get their first deer are invited to send photos to the newspaper, as are hunters of any age or experience who get a trophy buck. Photos and information can be sent to news@marionrecord.com.

  • Creating a 3-night show for 2,000 viewers

    Shortly after Klee and Jennifer Watchous purchased Wildcat Creek Ranch (formerly the Townsend Ranch) on U.S. 50, Jennifer knew the three-story stone barn was special and needed to be shared with the public. She began to think about providing a living nativity during the Christmas season with the barn and the vast landscapes around it as a backdrop. The second annual production will take place this weekend — Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, right where she envisioned it several years ago.

  • Commissioners debate ambulance services

    After being outvoted 2-1 Nov. 27 to continue the ambulence department’s use of emergency medical dispatch (EMD) protocol, Commission Chairman Randy Dallke suggested a serious examination of county services. “Our people out here can only stand so many taxes, and we’re getting less people every day in this county,” he said. “Somewhere, somebody’s going to have to cut something.”

  • Police return frozen meatballs to rightful owner

    In the early morning hours on Sunday, Peabody police officers responded to a report of burglary and theft at a residence at 711 N. Chestnut St. in Peabody. The investigating officers took a report of several items missing from the residence, including a bag of frozen meatballs. During the course of the investigation, a second call came in from the Coneburg Inn with information about another burglary and theft. The missing items included a bag of frozen chicken gizzards, a bag of frozen hash browns, and a bag of frozen mozzarella cheese sticks.

  • Young and old attend Sen. Moran's town hall

    Sen. Jerry Moran held his 1,000th town hall meeting and pancake feed last week at the Marion Community Center Ballroom. The meeting was well attended by county leaders from County Commissioner Dan Holub, mayors Mary Olson of Marion and Delores Dalke of Hillsboro, Tabor College President Jules Glanzer, State Rep. John Barker and his wife, along with residents from Salina to Junction City, as well as Marion County.



  • Christy Frantz

    Christy Michelle Frantz, 34, of Topeka passed away Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, after her long courageous battle with leukemia. Christy had a deep faith in the Lord and a great love of family. She will be most missed for her humor and her ability to turn everyday life into an adventure. She and her family had recently moved back to Topeka from Andover, N.J.

  • Rufus Unrau

    Rufus D. Unrau, 79, of Lehigh died Nov. 22, 2013, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. He was born Dec. 19, 1933, to Rufus B. and Mathilda (Nikkel) Unrau in Goessel. Survivors include his wife, Leola M. Unrau of Hillsboro; sons, Brian (Danita) of rural Lehigh and Kendall of Lehigh; daughter, De Vonne (Rex) Abrahams of Canton; brothers, Glen and Robert; sister, Shirley Unruh; grandchildren, Brodie, Megan, Darcy, Dustin, and Lindsay; great-grandchild, Cadence.


  • All the bells and whistles

    I would like to share one new car experience with you because there is a bit of humor to it. Many of you have asked whether or not I have adjusted to the new vehicle. I guess I have, but I am just not sure that I like it. It is great for hauling those big plastic bins of newspapers every Wednesday. Loading up the cargo area is a breeze. That part is great. However, I made my first stab at parallel parking in Newton a couple of weeks ago and I thought, “Whoa … I can’t see a thing!” The side windows are like gun-turrets, high and narrow — not much is visible. Also, there a numerous things that “ding” at me. How many warnings do I need when I don’t even know that warning ding is dinging? It is not as if there is any kind of a message letting me know for sure which warning I am hearing.


    Days of Yore


  • Tabor to present 'Messiah'

    The Tabor College Oratorio Chorus, Alumni Chorus, and Community Orchestra are joining forces to present the annual “Messiah” performance at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Students Robert Howell, Olivia Kliewer, Trevor Morris, Sara Sagner, and Nathan Vogel will be featured soloists. Alumnus Aaron Stepanek and faculty members Janie Brokenicky and Holly Swartzendruber also will have solo parts.

  • Six Appeal to have holiday show in Marion

    A cappella singing group Six Appeal will have a holiday show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the USD 408 Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature both holiday songs and the band’s traditional line up. “I grew up in Marion, this is our fourth show here, and it’s always fun to come back,” Michael Brookens said. “Last year we played at the performing arts center and thought we might make it an annual event.”

  • Free screenings for preschoolers

    A free screening for children birth through 5 years old will be Tuesday in Florence. All children are welcome, but appointments are necessary and are available from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Development in learning, motor skills, language, and social areas will be checked. Vision and hearing also will be screened. The process usually takes at least one hour for a child to complete.

  • Emergency farm loan requests due Dec. 26

    Farmers and ranchers in Marion County have until Dec. 26 to file applications for emergency disaster loans. Farm Service Agency loan manager Eric Guenther said that those needing farm credit assistance as the result of a snowstorm from Feb. 20 to Feb. 23, should send their applications before the deadline.

  • Four Freshmen to perform at McPherson Opera House

    The vocal group Four Freshmen will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at McPherson Opera House. The Beach Boys-influenced group will sing several songs including the Beach Boy’s hit “Surfer Girl.”

  • Klingenberg makes national news with viral video

    Derek Klingenberg of Peabody has gotten a lot of media attention since his video, “What Does the Farmer Say?,” went viral on YouTube. He appeared Nov. 30 on Fox News, where he was briefly interviewed by Jon Scott in a segment of “Happening Now.” The host mentioned the town of Peabody, Kan. and showed clips from the video.


    Is Thanksgiving for the dogs?

    Several traveled to Branson



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