• Butler house headed for demolition

    Interim City Manager Mac Manning told the council Monday evening that he and Mayor Larry Larsen had entered the Butler house on the northwest corner of Sycamore and Second Sts. on Sept. 25 to view the structure from the inside. They found little they could feel encouraged by. “It really needs to come down before it collapses,” he said. “There is virtually no support in there.”

  • Government shutdown hits reservoir, USDA

    In light of the recent federal government shutdown on Tuesday, no new visitors will be allowed into, or reservations accepted for, campgrounds at the Marion County Reservoir operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “What I know right now is that we were told to report today,” Marion reservoir office clerk Torey Hett said Tuesday. “We are in the process of shutting down the park and public use areas, that includes the campsites, boat ramps, and swim beaches.”

  • Friends and family share pie at Burns Cafe

    The sign reads “Burns Café, Where good friends meet to eat.” The stuffed bobcat over the front door does not deter the family friendly atmosphere Rachel and Stephen Koehn instill in their restaurant. “We’re the only place to eat in Burns,” Rachel Koehn said, “so come Friday night we’re packed. We have our regulars, but each week we make new friends. The friends we have made doing this are priceless.”

  • Countywide service date planned for late April

    Nicole Sanders is only a freshman at Peabody-Burns High School, but she is already making an impact on the county. After presenting an update for the garden she planted on the southwest corner of the county courthouse, she asked for a countywide community service date, which commissioners agreed with.

  • Library receives new water heater

    Sorosis Beta Club recently secured a grant for the Peabody Township Library. The Peabody Community Foundation awarded the grant. It was used to purchase and install a 2.5-gallon water heater in the library kitchen. According to Norma Patton, president of the library board, this improvement provides the only hot water source anywhere in the library.

  • Governor requests disaster declaration

    Gov. Sam Brownback sent a letter Sept. 25 requesting the president declare 47 Kansas counties, including Marion County, federal disaster areas. The request stems from storms from July 22 through Aug. 16 that caused massive damage and flooding throughout the state.

  • Octoberfest is Saturday in Lincolnville

    Every year, the annual Lincolnville Octoberfest provides a lot of activities and entertainment for youngsters, and this year is no different. Children’s activities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with the crowning of princes and princesses at Lombard and Main Sts. They will ride in the 11 a.m. parade.

  • Courthouse clock tower repairs set for mid--October

    David Seay of Regulator Time Company plans to commence with restoration of the four clock faces in Marion County courthouse in approximately two or three weeks. Seay determined the water damage on the north dial came from a hole above the dial in the masonry and had worn down and allowed moisture to get in.


  • Robert Gayle Sr.

    Robert B. “Bob” Gayle Sr., 79, of Florence died Sept. 26 at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado. He was born Nov. 10, 1933, in Bradley, Okla., to Bartlett and Wilma (Lindsey) Gayle. He served in the U.S. Army. He married Cecilia Lalouette on Oct. 2, 1954. He was a plumber and later worked as foreman for the City of Florence.


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  • Turbo Kick provides dynamic workout

    Before Tammy Ensey moved to Marion, she made a list of things that she did not want to give up. When she noticed that Marion did not have anyone who taught Turbo Kick exercise classes, becoming a certified instructor was at the top of her list. “I participated in Turbo Kick classes at the YMCA in Wichita for seven years,” Ensey said. “This is my first attempt at teaching.”

  • Health and fitness is a walk in the park

    At least 40 young people in eighth grade and high school converged on Lincolnville City Park Sept. 22 to install 20 exercise stations along a route that winds through the trees. “I was very pleased with the turnout,” city parks and recreation chairman Sherri Pankratz said.

  • Federal proposal would reduce hospitals' reimbursements

    St. Luke Hospital and Hillsboro Community Hospital administrators aren’t worried by a recent proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would reduce the amount they are reimbursed for Medicare services, but they do see it as part of a trend of seeking to cut rural health care. St. Luke and HCH are both designated as critical access hospitals. That designation, designed for rural hospitals, gives them higher reimbursement rates for Medicare services, specifically 101 percent of the cost of services.


  • Don't sell the land

    The Daughters and I went off to the family rice farm in Arkansas this past week to check the crops and attend the annual farm meeting. I am happy to report that despite some problems at the beginning of the growing season, the rice fields look like they will yield a respectable crop after all. We have a few soybeans to boot and they look much more promising than I was told they did a month or so ago.

  • Pressure needed for Kapaun highway

    Two weeks ago, we reported on the risks of driving on Remington Rd. from U.S. 56 to Pilsen, the need for a blacktop road on that stretch, and the county’s and Kansas Department of Transportation’s inability to make it happen. We understand. KDOT has its regulations about what roads get to be state highways. Administrative units like KDOT are supposed to say no to special exemptions — it’s up to policy-making bodies to make exceptions. With that in mind, we reached out to state Rep. John Barker and state Sen. Jay Scott Emler, asking if the state legislature could intervene.


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  • Democratic Women meet

    Marion County Democratic Women met for lunch Friday at Marion Senior Center. Sue Clough conducted the business meeting. Members will attend the Harvey County Democrats bean supper Oct. 12 in Newton. The featured speaker will be Paul Davis, a candidate for governor of Kansas.

  • Law firm celebrates 40th anniversary

    The Adrian & Pankratz law firm will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Reception Room on the first floor of the Old Mill, 301 N. Main, Newton. Located on the fourth floor of the historic Old Mill Plaza building, the firm began in 1973 as Adrian & Walker and has grown to a work force of 16, including six attorneys.

  • Sorosis Beta begins club year with a picnic

    On Sept. 19, members of the Sorosis Beta club of Peabody and their husbands met at the United Methodist Church for an indoor picnic of fried chicken and side dishes. President Marilyn Cox presided over a short business meeting while the men visited.

  • 4-H members elect officers

    Peabody Achievers 4-H Club had its annual Achievement Night and election of new officers Sunday. Members and families had a meal of lasagna before President Brandon Entz called the meeting to order. Club members talked about projects they were working on and what they took to the county and state fairs.


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  • Warriors come from behind, blow out Canton-Galva

    Peabody-Burns Warrior football came back from a 14-0 deficit in the first quarter Friday to defeat Canton-Galva 50-20. The team is now 4-0 with a trip to Centre on Friday. “The athletes in the PBHS uniforms did not quit,” head coach David Pickens said after the homecoming victory. “They dug in their heels and overcame early mistakes that took away points.

  • Volleyball splits matches at Centre

    The Peabody-Burns Lady Warriors volleyball team added a victory and a loss Sept. 24 at Centre. The squad defeated Wakefield 25-14 and 25-22 but lost to Centre 25-12 and 25-14. Up next for regular season play is a home match with matches against Elyria Christian and Solomon. Wakefield Game one had points early with kills from Katy Benson and Alyssa Brooks. Brooks added a block and 2 aces. Benson added another kill for the 12-4 margin that favored PBHS. Brianna Larsen got in the action with 2 kills and Jordan Gibson and Benson each added aces for the 19-6 lead. Kaycy Gonzalez, Rylie McDowell, Cierra Foth and Brooks closed out the match with Lady Warrior points. PBHS won game one 25-14.

  • Wind slows runners

    Windy conditions translated into slower times for Peabody-Burns cross-country runners Thursday at Marion County Lake. In the boys’ 5K junior varsity race, Jaydin Hutchisonfinished 22nd out of 57 runners.In the Girls’ 4K JV race, Andrea Kubikovamedaled at 6th. FenjaLang medaled at11th.

  • Peabody native will give lecture on uranium

    Peabody native Daniel Unruh will speak at Bethel College’s seventh annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Symposium at 1 p.m. Friday. His lecture will be about his experiences with uranium chemistry and is titled “Exploring the crystal chemistry of uranium.” The lecture will be in the college’s Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center on the North Newton campus. Unruh is a 2006 Bethel graduate with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with minors in math and physics. He received a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences. He now lives in Kalona, Iowa, and he is conducting postdoctoral work at the University of Iowa and working as assistant director of the chemistry department’s X-ray facility.


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