• Scarlet fever case confirmed in Peabody

    A single case of scarlet fever was confirmed last week at Peabody-Burns Elementary School. Principal Ken Parry said the case was in preschool. The school sent a note home with students, notifying parents that the illness had been confirmed. He said there had been no additional reports of scarlet fever.

  • Peabody resident followed career dreams to Alaska

    Peabody native Roxanne VanGundy did not believe after her boss asked, more than four years ago, “What are your career goals,” that in a short time she would be living them. VanGundy, who was an emergency dispatcher in Emporia, and her husband, Brett, a corrections officer, visited Alaska before 2010 to see Amanda Wedel and Calvin Carr, both of Peabody, who were stationed in Alaska.

  • Winter hits home as propane prices set records across Kansas

    Propane prices have risen to record highs, Greg Noll, executive vice president of Propane Marketers Association of Kansas, said. Prices jumped from around $1 per gallon in mid-January to more than $5 last week for marketers, and rose even more for local companies like Cardie Oil and S&S Propane and consumers, Noll said.

  • July Fourth button contest kicks off

    Peabody July 4th Celebration Society has announced it is seeking entries for the design of artwork on the admission buttons to the 93rd annual July Fourth Celebration. Entries must be submitted by March 1.

  • No-parking zone ordinance finally approved

    Peabody City Council officially made the north side of W. 4th St. a no-parking zone from Poplar St. to Peabody St. at the council meeting Monday night. They voted unanimously to approve an addition to the no-parking ordinance that designates part or all of Peabody streets no-parking zones from 9th St. south to Central St. and from Peabody St. east to Prairie Lawn St. except for Chestnut St., Spruce St., and Prairie Lawn St.

  • County issues burn ban

    Because of dry, windy conditions that have prevailed recently, the county commission voted Friday to ban almost all outdoor fires. A violation of the burn ban is a misdemeanor punishable in court by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.


  • Residents remember their first cars

    Talk to men about their first cars, and their eyes light up with pleasure as the memories come flooding back. Kim Hill, 57, of rural Lehigh was 15 when he got his first car. He bought it from an uncle for $1,600 with money earned through part-time work at the Kerr-McGee service station in Hillsboro.

  • Fire fighting puts miles on truck, even when parked

    According to Marion fire chief Mike Regnier, the 8-cylinder engine of the department’s 2005 International 4,300 city pumper truck is like a regular truck of that model, except for the fact that it also helps power a pump that can disperse 1,250 gallons of water per minute. “When the pump runs during a fire, it’s like putting miles on the truck,” Regnier said. “We stop, put the truck in neutral, and put the pump in gear.”

  • Car maintenance crucial in winter months

    When the temperatures fall below freezing levels like Tuesday morning’s low of 12 degrees, Webster Auto Service owner Barry Allen knows to expect a little more business. “I don’t know if I blew a fuse or what’s going on,” a frenetic customer explained. “But right now it’s freezing out there, I have to make it to work, and I need heat.”


  • Paul Gaede

    Paul Junior Gaede, 82, of Alameda, Calif. Died Jan. 20. He was born June 9, 1931, to Henry J. and Elizabeth (Just) Gaede in Felt, Okla. As a young boy, he moved with his family to Aulne, where he attended Aulne Elementary School for a short time until his family moved to Peabody. He graduated from Peabody High School in 1950.

  • Ross Baker

    Ross Baker, 88, of Wichita died Tuesday morning at Newton Medical Center. He was formerly a lifelong resident of Peabody. Cremation has taken place. Services will be announced.


    Katherine Crawford, Daniel Levering



  • Posting ordinances online doesn't always mean savings for local governments

    Kansas’s experiment in allowing municipalities and counties to post new laws on Internet sites they control instead of printing them in independent publications where citizens can actually find them is proving to be as bad an idea as it sounded. In an effort to save $36 last week, the City of Marion refused to publish the full text of a new ordinance about no-parking zones along the west sides of Elm and Locust Sts. between Main and Denver Sts. Instead of spending $84 to print the full ordinance in the same manner as has been done for nearly 150 years, it spent $48 to instead publish an “ordinance summary,” referring local citizens who are fortunate enough to have Internet access to the city’s website, where they supposedly could find the new law.

  • Great Kansas coverage

    I don’t have any idea how many of you newspaper readers also take part in social media such as Facebook. I am on Facebook and check my page once or twice a day, but I often feel overwhelmed by some of the options available there. I don’t sign up for games, and I don’t list all my favorite things in all possible categories. I have enjoyed renewing some former high school and college friendships. I like following the Daughters and their friends, many of whom spent lots of time with us — from kindergarten to college. I enjoy seeing pictures of the offspring of that bunch of kids and finding out how things are going. It is fun to reminisce about their younger years and post the occasional picture of those days.


    Committees kicking into gear

    Days of Yore



  • Lady Warriors place 6th at weekend tournament

    The latest action for the Peabody-Burns Lady Warriors basketball team was a road trip to Centre for the Centre Tournament. The team suffered a 42-20 loss to Rural Vista on Jan. 21. They came back for a Friday 40-29 victory over Wakefield, but lost on Saturday to Solomon, 40-26. PBHS will have a week off before they take on Elyria Christian at home on Tuesday. Rural Vista

  • Boys win once, lose twice at Centre

    Edged in the Jan. 21 and Friday contests in the Centre Tournament, the Peabody-Burns Warriors boys’ basketball team came back to earn a Saturday victory. In an exciting first-round match-up with Flint Hills Job Corps, PBHS was narrowly defeated 68-65. In round two, an even closer margin gave the Warriors a loss to Wakefield 51-49.

  • Junior high league tournament is at Centre

    Centre High School will host the Wheat State League Junior High School Tournament this week. Games will be on Thursday and Saturday. Centre boys (4-3) are the third seed after beating Rural Vista (4-3) and Solomon (4-3) head-to-head. Goessel boys (2-5) are the sixth seed, and Peabody-Burns (0-7) is the eighth seed.

  • Peabody-Burns drop two in a row

    Two games this past week ended in defeat for the Lady Warriors. The team lost a home matchup with Rural Vista, 45-25 on Jan. 14. Friday at Wakefield, Peabody-Burns lost 43-34. The girls play this week in a tournament at Centre. Rural Vista

  • Warriors struggle to keep up

    The Peabody-Burns basketball team lost twice in the third week of January. The Warriors lost Jan. 14 at home against Rural Vista 65-42, then again to Wakefield, 40-36 on Friday. The team plays in a tournament this week at Centre. Rural Vista


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