• Peabody area experiences power failure

    Residents of Peabody and the surrounding area were left in the dark Thursday night after experiencing a power failure that affected more than 500 customers and two long-term care facilities. The failure that began around 4 p.m. was finally resolved around 7:30 p.m., county emergency manager Randy Frank said.

  • Candidates file for Burns city council

    Tim D. Rogers and incumbents Ryan Johnson and James B. Scott filed for three positions on Burns City Council up for election this year. The deadline to file was noon on Tuesday. Elections are April 1.

  • Area at lake to be mowed for recreational use

    Workers will begin mowing an area in the northeast part of Marion Lake originally intended for recreational use. Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson said the Civilian Conservation Core originally developed the area for visitors to play soccer or baseball.

  • Pickens selected as District 3 coach of the year

    KPREP, an independent program that maintains statistics, scores, rankings, and game highlights, has named its eight-man division I all district teams for the 2013 football season. Peabody-Burns High School football coach David Pickens was chosen District 3 coach of the year.

  • Good 'behavior' wins spelling bee

    Taryn Coon won the Peabody-Burns Elementary School spelling bee after 13 rounds and nearly 1 hour, 30 minutes. She edged out Blake Percival by correctly spelling “behavior.” As the top two, Taryn and Blake will represent Peabody-Burns in the county bee at 10 a.m. Feb. 5 in Marion. Kwenton Harms placed third.

  • Florence levee could flood homeowners with insurance costs

    If Florence doesn’t hire an engineer to inspect and certify its levee, home buyers may have to buy costly flood insurance to get mortgages. “They’re really weighing the possibility that they’re not going to hire an engineer,” Planning and Zoning Director Tonya Richards, said.

  • Music in classrooms may foster better learning

    Songs like Styx’s “Mr. Roboto” or Usher’s “OMG” and music from the baroque and jazz genres may not be on every student’s iPod, but they all serve a purpose in Rick Reed’s classes at McPherson High School. “Music is everything,” Reed said. “I just can‘t believe that music is such a big part of everybody’s lives, and then we run kids in the classroom and it’s dead. Absolutely dead.”


  • Deadline looms for pet owners to tag Fido and Fluffy

    Dog and cat owners in Peabody are reminded that the deadline to purchase 2014 pet tags is Jan. 31. The charge to tag a spayed or neutered animal is $5. The cost goes up to $10 for pets that are not spayed or neutered.

  • Kansas Day celebration to include Tallgrass Express

    Kansas Day will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church with dinner served by the United Methodist Women and musical entertainment provided by Tallgrass Express String Band. The cost is $15. For reservations, call (620) 382-3418.

  • Emler sworn in KCC

    Jay Scott Emler was sworn in as a commissioner of the Kansas Corporation Commission Friday in Topeka. His duties will include a shared responsibility with two other commissioners who are tasked with ensuring that natural gas, electricity, telephone, and transportation vendors provide safe, adequate, and reliable services at reasonable rates.

  • Stamp prices to increase next week

    The price of postage is about to go up. The Postal Regularity Commission approved a price hike of 3 cents for first-class stamps, raising stamp prices to 49 cents effective Sunday. Forever stamps can still be purchased for the current price until Sunday and continue to be used after the hike takes effect.

  • Diploma offers insight into family history

    County native Bill Young said he spent several hours working with Photoshop to restore an important family document, his grandpa’s diploma from 1894. “This is to certify that George Holmes of Marion County in the state of Kansas has completed the course of study in the common branches required by law to be taught in the public schools of the state in orthography, reading, writing, English grammar, geography, arithmetic, physiology and hygiene, and United States history,” the document reads.

  • Driver charged in fatal crash

    Sheriff’s deputies arrested 45-year-old Shane Mascareno of 108 N. 9th St., Herington, on Jan. 10 on a charge of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, dating back to a crash on April 28 that took the life of Zachariah Antoszyk of Marion. The accident happened on U.S. 56/77 near the Lost Springs turnoff at 340th Road. According to the accident report, 22-year-old Antoszyk was driving south in a pickup when Mascareno, traveling north in a semi-truck, crossed the centerline into the west ditch.


  • Delores Hiebert

    Delores “Annie” (Rutschman) Hiebert, 81, of Newton died Jan. 13. She was born to Waldo D. and Vera Pearl (Stuart) Rutschman in Newton. She was a 1950 graduate of Whitewater High School. She married Dean Carl Hiebert on March 31, 1950, at Federated Church in Whitewater. They lived in Towanda for 51 years before returning to Newton in 2010.


    Brenda Epperson, James Guthrie, Gerald Holub



  • Veterinarians find a different way to heal

    The look on Son the horse’s face said, “I’m not sure I like what you’re doing,” as veterinarian Rebecca Erwin, manually adjusted his spine using a technique called veterinary chiropractic. Erwin will finish her certification in veterinary chiropractic Feb. 9 after beginning schooling in October.

  • The farmer says how to feed cattle in the USA

    Farming video sensation Derek Klingenberg of Peabody has put his camera to good use again, this time creating a parody of Miley Cyrus’ song “Party in the USA.” “Feeding Cattle in the USA” currently is up to 90,000 views since being uploaded Dec. 26.

  • Co-ops call off merger, plan another

    Customers of Mid-Kansas Cooperative and Frontier Ag will not see the companies merge this year after all. Merger talks, which began in September, stalled this week after company leaders on both sides could not settle on the terms of the agreement.


  • Liking hoops

    In my rather narrow world of sporting events, I got to watch the Shockers and the Jayhawks topple their opponents within a few days of one another and I think that is how the college basketball season ought to go every week. I don’t watch zombies, detectives, or talk shows, but I do enjoy basketball. I have several favorite teams for a variety of reasons. I watch them as often as possible — as often as my cable television selection allows — and while you might not care, I think my six regular readers do. College hoops make winter bearable and I bet those six readers are just as thrilled as I when it is game time.


    Days of Yore


  • Auxiliary donates $25,000 to St. Luke

    When people join the auxiliary, they do not realize how much they will contribute to St. Luke Hospital, CEO Jeremy Armstrong said while addressing members of the auxiliary Thursday night. At the annual auxiliary dinner, volunteers learned how much the shop made this year, ending with a $33,500 profit, nominated new officers, and reported volunteers worked a collective 19,955 hours this past year.

  • Rhymes and fables entertain seniors

    Fourteen senior citizens and friends met Jan. 14 for their monthly meeting. Doni Rogers asked the blessing before the meal, and the flag was saluted. Lowell Larsen presented a program about nursery rhymes and Aesop’s Fables. Members had to reach back into their childhood to remember some of the rhymes and fables.

  • Heinrichs will marry in July

    Max and Krista Heinrichs of Hillsboro announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Samantha Heinrichs, to Cord Cunningham, son of Alan and Phyllis Cunningham of Ottawa. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Tabor College and a staff accountant at Peterson, Peterson, and Goss LC, CPAs, of Wichita. The groom-elect is a senior studying graphic design at McPherson College and will graduate in May.

  • BURNS:

    Burns residents have guests


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