• Council continues review of parking dispute

    Peabody City Council discussed a parking issue on West Fourth Street and complaints about the city’s inoperable vehicle ordinance when the council met for its year-end meeting Dec. 30. Fourth Street, west of Poplar Street, is narrow and does not allow sufficient space for people to park on both sides. The street has no curb or gutter in front of the residential properties.

  • Deadling for foundation grants approaching

    Peabody Community Foundation reminds local non-profit organizations that the application deadline for PCF annual community grants is Jan. 24. Grant applications should be returned to Brad Nightengale at the Peabody State Bank before the end of the business day on the 24th. Applications may be made for a wide array of community projects, according to PCF members.

  • Hacked Facebook posts are making few friends

    Leah Ann Ulmer and Racheal Dvorak are two of millions of Facebook users who have been plagued by spam that wrongly proclaims to their friends that they had quit their jobs. “I am really nervous,” the fraudulent posts say. “I’m about to quit my job on Monday after 12,376 days of putting up with my childish boss. I think it’s time. I really have no clue why I’m workin’ there anymore when I’ve been generating about $300 every day for the last six months working from home. Thank God I came across this webpage.”

  • Alpaca is unusual New Year's first baby

    He was a big baby, weighing around 14 to 16 pounds and standing around 3 feet tall, and not your usual New Year’s first baby. Owner Cristi Soyez said it is usual for alpacas to give birth early in the morning, so she estimates the time of delivery at sometime just after midnight Jan. 1. Her daughter found him and his mother out in a snowy pasture and put the pair in the family’s barn, where Soyez and her husband, Frank, found them a short time later.

  • Longtime Farm Bureau agent retires

    Combined they have more than 60 years of experience, but last week Steve Kill, and his wife, Judy, completed their last day with Farm Bureau Financial Services. Kill has been an agent for more than 40 years and worked at the Marion office since 1985. Judy has worked for the company for 24 years.

  • Sales tax increase one-time anomaly

    Sales tax numbers within the county rose from $763,936 in 2013 compared to $653,202 in 2012, but the increase may be more of an outlier than a trend. In January 2013, the county received a one-time partial payment from the sales tax delivered for a pipeline built in 2010.

  • Commissioners tie loose ends on slow day

    County commissioners took little action Monday during a shortened day of business. Commissioners approved renewal of a mapping contract with RS Digital for a yearly fee of $7,742.


  • Stephen B. Berry

    Stephen B. “Pops” Berry, 66, died Dec. 31 at his home in Walton. Services were to be at 10 a.m., Wednesday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton. Interment was to be in the Highland Cemetery, rural Newton.

  • Susie K. Ellis

    Retired licensed practical nurse Susie K. Ellis, 81, of Florence died Dec. 28 at Newton Medical Center. She was born March 13, 1932 in Hutchinson and had lived in Florence for about five years. Her husband, Laurel; a daughter Kathy Menefee; and two brothers; and three sisters preceded her in death.


    Gary Fredrickson, Patricia Jackson, Glenn Kyle



  • Advice in a couple of paragraphs

    I have a friend from high school who is a Catholic priest in North Dakota. He has lived there for decades and apparently likes it. Periodically he posts messages for us on his Facebook page. Sometimes they are humorous and often they are sage and quietly comforting, as one would expect from a priest. Now and then I wonder about his good sense. Sunday night he noted that he was grilling marinated chicken on his deck and the wind chill in his fair city was minus 58 degrees. He said he didn’t plan to use tanning lotion and he admonished us all to “think spring.” I can do that, Father Jerry, and thanks for reminding us that winter is only a part-time gig. After recently mentioning community giving in this space and admonishing my six regular readers to try to make gift donations to local non-profits and worthy hometown projects, I am proud to announce that my own children took me at my word this holiday season. I am a woman with so much “stuff” piled on the dining room table that no one has seen its surface in years. Most other horizontal surfaces in my house feature the same look. I do not need more things in my life. I am now the recipient of several certificates indicating that donations have been made in my name to Peabody Main Street, the Kansas Sampler Foundation, Peabody Girl Scouts, and the Peabody Fourth Fest Celebration. These organizations all mean something to me, and I am glad to be part of their future. You should try this; I think you would enjoy it! Thank you, Morgan and Shane and Lindsey and Jerod.


    The river of time

    Days of Yore


  • Granddaughter marries in Topeka

    Peter and Crystal Kautz were married June 8 at Topeka Country Club in Topeka. The couple met in Lawrence in 2009.

  • Free radon test kits available

    Marion County Environmental Health is offering free radon test kits to residents. Radon is a tasteless, odorless, colorless gas that comes from breakdown of uranium in soil. It builds up under homes and seeps in through foundation cracks and holes. Linked to lung cancer, it is thought to be present in one in 15 homes nationwide. Kits are available through Marion County Health Department, 230 E. Main St., Marion, as part of a statewide radon awareness effort.

  • Developmental screenings offered

    Free developmental screenings for children birth through age 5 will be offered from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church. The screenings will check learning, motor, language, and social areas. Vision and hearing will also be screened. Appointments are necessary. Screenings usually take an hour to complete. To schedule an appointment call (620) 382-2858.

  • Leadership class to meet

    Marcy Aycock of Butler Community College will discuss “Finding Your Leadership Compass,” when the latest class of Leadership Marion County has its first meeting on Feb. 6 at Morning Star Ranch near Florence. After lunch, Jordan King will give a history and tour of the ranch. Class members are Ashley Friesen of Hillsboro, and Karen Williams, Dainne Cyr, and Roger Schroeder of Marion. Organizers are Kerry Maag, Rebecca Wingfield, Dana Gayle, and Tonya Richards.

  • Housing assistance available

    Marion County residents with severe mental illness may apply to Prairie View Inc. for housing assistance. Prairie View has received a $70,000 state grant to help people with severe mental illness and income at or below 50 percent of median. Those chosen will receive up to two years of rental subsidy. Prairie View will begin accepting applications Monday. For more information contact Brad Schmidt at (316) 284-6400 or (800) 992-6292.

  • Bernhardts celebrate 50th anniversary

    David and V. Susie (Dody) Bernhardt of McPherson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 26 in Hutchinson with a family dinner. They were married Dec. 29, 1963, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ramona. They have two children, David W. of McPherson and Doug (Missy) of Inman. They have two grandchildren, Dylan and Abigail of Inman.

  • Prairie View to host workshop

    Prairie View Inc. will sponsor an Adventure with Youth at Risk workshop Monday through Wednesday at its main campus, 1901 E. First St., Newton. The workshop is designed for adults who work with at-risk youths in schools, treatment centers, detention centers, and other specialized programs. Adults who encounter youth in other settings are welcome, as well.

  • Commodities available in county

    Free food commodities will be distributed throughout Marion County this week. Commodities are available to persons meeting income guidelines and family size.


    Zoey Janzen, Bosten Eyen Unruh

    Residents celebrate holidays
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    Holiday events shared by Burns residents



  • Nothing small about farmers' tax challenges

    Farming used to be considered small business, but even for small farms, that reality has changed. It is next to impossible to find farmers who feel comfortable filing their own taxes at the end of the year. Farming is big business and includes many variables that can affect the profitability of the enterprise. Even a small farmer, by today’s standards, handles hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Sometimes expenses are more than income or vice versa, but regardless, farmers look to tax professionals to keep track of things such as depreciation and capital gains to submit an accurate return.

  • Class prepares students for future

    To Lois Smith, understanding one’s financial plan is one of the more important things people should do. A former business teacher, Smith’s Good Sense Money Management workshop Sunday was designed to help students develop a financial plan while still respecting biblical principles.

  • Online tax filing now available

    Taxpayers who need to file only a Kansas individual income tax return may do so online. Online filing is available only for those using the state’s free online application, KS WebFile, at http://www.kansas.gov/webfile, not a third-party vendor.


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