• Legislative forum cancelled

    The legislative forum scheduled for Saturday morning at the Marion Community Center, sponsored by the county, has been canceled because of weather, County Clerk Tina Spencer announced Friday morning.


  • Bullet hole found at Hillsboro school district office

    Hillsboro USD 410 Superintendent Steve Noble was working the morning of Dec. 7 when he heard an unexplained bang. “I heard a sound I’d never heard before,” he said.

  • Trash pickup schedule will change

    Peabody City Clerk Stephanie Ax has announced that Waste Connections will alter its regular trash pickup scheduled for the Friday after Christmas. The Dec. 27 pickup will be postponed to Dec. 28. Peabody City Building will be closed Christmas and New Year’s Day, but will be open for business prior to and after each holiday.

  • Shopping spree will end Friday

    Peabody Main Street Association members will draw for the winners of $1,200 in Peabody Bucks at 2 p.m. Friday at city hall. “We hope everyone still has some shopping to do before we draw for the prizes on Friday,” PMSA director Shane Marler said. “Completed tickets should be deposited in the big gift box at city hall. And be sure to fill out the back of the card with your name or address. That is an important part and it seems that every year someone forgets to it. So far we haven’t ever drawn a ticket without a name, but there are usually a couple turned in that way.”

  • Tower project nears completion

    Renovation to the four faces of the Marion County Courthouse clock tower is rapidly approaching completion. The last leg of the project started Monday with the west- facing clock dial when David Seay of Regulator Time Company and his team removed the temporary plywood cover from the opening and installed both the iron quarter sections and the glass face.

  • Appraiser arrives, formally accepts offer

    County commissioners wasted no time Monday, spending a 10-minute executive session with newly hired appraiser Raymond Cook discussing contractual details. Cook accepted an annual base salary of $55,000, with $1,500 raises in the second and third years. The fourth year will be negotiable.

  • Blood drives coming up in January

    January is National Blood Donor Month, and there will be blood drives in Marion and Peabody during the month. The American Red Cross will have a blood drive from 2:15 to 6:45 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Holy Family Catholic Church activity center, 415 N. Cedar St., Marion, and another from 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at Peabody United Methodist Church, 403 Sycamore St., Peabody.

  • County adds emergency notification service

    Marion County Sheriff’s Department and the office of emergency management began using a new communications service that allows information to be sent to residents via text messages or e-mail. Residents must subscribe to the Nixie Community Information Service to get the notifications at http://www.marioncoks.net/.


  • Food lab settles litigation

    CiboTech owner Dan Madgwick has resolved a lawsuit over his plans to open a lab in Marion to examine contaminated food and is going forward with his plans. Madgwick said the lawsuit by his former employer, Alteca Ltd., was settled Nov. 19. He is satisfied with the results, but will have to change his business plan slightly in the short run.

  • City already has 8 applicants for development post

    Marion City Administrator Roger Holter told Marion Economic Development Inc. board members Tuesday morning that the city has received eight applications for the economic development position Holter held until his recent promotion. He said three of the applicants were qualified for the job. The city will continue accepting applications until interviews are scheduled mid-January, he said. Holter is seeking volunteers for a panel to interview candidates.

  • 4 taken to hospital after school vehicle rolls

    Three Goessel school students and a driver were taken to hospitals after the sport utility vehicle they were in slid on ice and rolled Friday morning between Marion and Hillsboro. They were on their way to classes in Marion when the vehicle crashed, USD 411 Superintendent John Fast said.


  • Jackie Goodwin

    Jackie “Jack” Eugene Goodwin, 88, of Akron, Colo., died Thursday. He was born June 17, 1925, to Pearley and Carrie Goodwin in Mendota, Mo. At a young age, he moved with his family to Burns where he farmed the family homestead with his father and brothers. He joined the Merchant Marines and served from 1944 to 1945.


    Roger Jackson



  • Riffel joins state ag department

  • Jumping on the farming video train

    After the Peterson Brothers’ video parody, “I’m Farming and I Grow It,” went viral, it seemed like the public could not get enough of the farmer-made YouTube videos portraying life on their farm. The Peterson Brothers — Greg, Nathan, and Kendal made their video a year ago to raise awareness about how hard farmers work to feed the nation. However, Peabody farmer Derek Klingenberg was ahead of the curve. He uploaded his first video, “Bumble Bees in the Hay,” five years ago, “just for fun,” he said, and has been creating videos ever since, including his newest addition “Walking around the T-Bone Steak,” a “Rocking around the Christmas Tree” parody.

  • Loans available for grain storage facilities

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency is offering low-interest loans to farmers to build or upgrade grain storage facilities and drying and handling equipment through the Farm Storage Facility Loan program. Loans are available to:

  • Nutrient injection adds value to hay bales

    Craig and Joyce Benning, who live 5 miles west of Goessel, recently started a sideline business helping farmers increase the nutrient value of hay bales. The business grew out of a discovery they made at the height of the drought in August 2012 when their cowherd needed something more than the native grass to maintain their health.


  • Big city shopping

    I had this terrific idea one day during the past week. The sun was shining and the temperature was slated to hit about 50 degrees. I had nothing pressing on the calendar, but I needed to find a book for What’s His Name, my son-in-law, for Christmas. I decided to brave the big city shopping scene and head out to what amounts to a big box store in the book-selling world. “How tough could it be?” I wondered. The weather was great, it was a weekday afternoon before rush hour, I had only one item to purchase and no pressure if I failed. What’s His Name has never heard of this book and has not said he wants it. If I mess up and can’t find it, so what?

  • Moran reflects on 1,000th town hall

    Since coming to Congress in 1997, I have made it my top priority to return home each weekend to visit with the folks who sent me to Washington on their behalf. Whether the conversations occur in line at the grocery store, at church, or when I’m filling up my truck at the gas station, the input I get from Kansans matters to me and impacts the decisions I make in Washington. When I was elected to the House of Representatives, I launched the “Big First Listening Tour” and held annual town hall meetings in each of the First District’s 69 counties. I have continued this tradition as a Senator and have traveled throughout all 105 counties in our State as part of my new “Kansas Listening Tour” to hear directly from Kansans.

  • Marion County Jail, 19??-2013

    The old Marion County Jail passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, after a short battle with an excavator owned by Pearson Construction Company. It is survived by the courthouse, the extension service annex, and the new law enforcement center. Genealogical research was inconclusive: several county officials thought the jail was built in the early 1930s, but the appraiser’s office shows it was built in the 1940s. Whenever it was built, it had multiple additions over the years. The latest addition was in 1981, which added dispatch to the jail.


    Days of Yore


  • Tabor professor's art featured in Lawrence Art Center

    Tabor College professor of visual arts Shin-hee Chin’s artwork will be featured until Jan. 5 at the Lawrence Arts Center. The exhibit, “Mother Tongue and Motherhood,” was inspired by immigration to and integration to the U.S. from Korea and her becoming a mother.

  • Heereys married 60 years

    Charles and Virginia Winter Heerey will celebrate their 60th anniversary. They married on Dec. 26, 1953, in Marion. They have lived in Marion all of their married life. They have three children, Brad and wife, Rhonda, Heerey of Wichita, Doug and wife, Lori, Heerey of Marion, and Cindy and husband, Chuck, McSwain of Wichita.

  • Democratic Women have holiday meeting

    Marion County Democratic Women had their holiday meeting Thursday at Hilltop Manor. They had enchiladas made by Marion Senior Center. Sue Clough provided ice cream, and Janet Bryant took cookies made by Jan Wiens. Clough conducted the business meeting, which was short.

  • Blue Christmas' service set

    Pastor David Ragland of Peabody United Methodist Church will have a blue Christmas service for those who have suffered loss from death, divorce, unemployment, or other life changes. The service will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 21.


    Zoey Renee Janzen, Holland Margaret Swink

    Many met baby Hanna Rae for the first time
  • BURNS:

    Burns seniors get together for Christmas dinner


  • Christmas vacation fun day planned

    Peabody-Burns Recreation Commission has planned a full day of activities for USD 398 students from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 27. District students, age 4 through fifth grade, are invited to attend a day of supervised activities that includes games and crafts, breakfast, lunch, and a snack.

  • Bluejay women improve to 3-1 in conference play

    The Tabor College women’s basketball team evened its record out at 6-6 last week after winning its second and third conference games in a row. In back-to-back home games Thursday and Saturday, the Lady Jays defeated Bethel College 64-44 and Sterling College 62-51.

  • Boys' basketball team struggles at Marion

    The Peabody-Burns Warriors came out of the Marion Classic with one win and two losses. Thursday, the team lost to Eureka 70-48. Friday, the squad bounced back to earn a victory over Remington, 46-41. Berean defeated PBHS in round three 67-30. The team will have two road games prior to the Christmas break, traveling to Burrton and Berean. Eureka

  • Peabody-Burns girls come up short at Marion Classic

    Lady Warrior basketball lost three games at the Marion Classic. Eureka came out on top on Thursday in game one, beating the PBHS squad 34-23. Friday, Remington bested the Lady Warriors 61-23. Saturday, the PBHS team was defeated by Belle Plaine 37-29. Up next for the Lady Warriors are trips to Burrton and also a trip to Berean Academy. Eureka

  • K-State names Hiebert special teams co-MVP

    The Kansas State University football team honored Goessel High School graduate Weston Hiebert as special teams co-MVP for the 2013 season on Friday. Hiebert is a redshirt junior defensive back for the Wildcats. He has made 10 tackles on special teams and blocked a kick. He also had seven tackles in 2012. Hiebert shared special teams MVP honors with wide receiver and return specialist Tramaine Thompson.


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