• Weather delays trash service

    Peabody City Clerk Stephanie Ax received the following notice from Waste Connections on Monday. “Due to the extreme temperatures, many of our trucks experienced frozen fuel and because of this we were not able to run regular routes today. As a result, we will be running your trash routes one day late this week. We will work Tuesday through Saturday to make sure everyone is taken care of this week. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause your residents.”

  • Pet owners can still save money

    Peabody city is getting ready to issue citations for cats and dogs that have not been tagged for 2014, Police Chief Bruce Burke said. “Jan. 31 was the deadline to tag pets,” he said. “The city allows a grace period during the month of February when a $15 late fee is added to the charge for the tag. That period is now up and the owner of any pet still not tagged can be ticketed. A citation requires a trip to municipal court and the owner will be fined and charged court costs as well.”

  • Wax museum' project brings history to life

    How do you convince a group of 20 fourth grade students that studying famous individuals from Kansas can be fun? By letting them pick out a favorite and become that person for an afternoon. Travis Schafer’s students at Peabody-Burns Elementary School have spent three weeks creating a “Kansas Wax Museum” of interesting, famous, and historic Kansans.

  • Daddy Olympics provide fun and education

    The fifth annual Daddy Olympics attracted 30 men and 44 children from all five county school districts to Marion Sports and Aquatic Center on Saturday. Parents as Teachers coordinator Lori Soo Hoo helped organize the event.

  • Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday

    Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, “springing forward” one hour. Residents can set their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night. The state fire marshal’s office also encourages residents to test smoke alarms and change their batteries at the same time.

  • Coyotes moving into Peabody

    Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke has had reports of coyote sightings within the city limits in the past several weeks. “It is not unusual for them to be on the move this time of the year,” Burke said. “The females are giving birth and they are hungry. They tend to go for the easy meal — pet food left outside, garbage overflowing from trash containers and Dumpsters, even unattended domestic animals left outside.”

  • Pain in hands doesn't stop hat maker

    Janet Weathersbee has been crocheting since she was a little girl. Even though it can cause her excruciating pain, she still finds time to crochet for people she loves and complete strangers alike. “I have been crocheting since I was 6,” she said. “My grandma taught me and I learned using thread.”

  • Family bringing food truck craze to Marion with hotdog truck

    Jake Schadel of Marion loves his family and hot dogs, so when the opportunity to buy a food truck presented itself, he jumped at the chance. He, his wife Andrea, and their three children traveled 600 miles Feb. 22 to Chula, Mo., to pick up the box truck and returned home with a future hot dog truck.

  • Bus leaves sick 7-year-old to walk home in Florence

    Conflicting claims continue to swirl this week after a 7-year-old who vomited after getting on a USD 408 bus was left to walk home on his own in 20-degree weather. The boy’s parents contend he was forced off the bus and, contrary to district policy, they were never notified. They have asked that the driver be fired.

  • Health tips for burning season

    During March and April, many ranchers in the Flint Hills will be burning off pastures. Air quality during those months will be greatly decreased due to the large amount of airborne particles created by burning. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has several recommendations for people with heart, lung, and other respiratory illnesses, and elderly and children who might be affected.

  • Handicap parking to be added near courthouse

    At the suggestion of deputy register of deeds Rebecca Wingfield for improvement of handicap accessible parking at the courthouse, commissioners voted Friday to designate a space near the old jail for construction. Commissioner Randy Dallke said Wingfield offered the idea of developing the parking area near the ramp on the southeast side of the courthouse. Road and bridge personnel will perform construction work.


  • Marlene Anduss

    Marlene A. Anduss, 78, died Thursday at her home in Marion. She was born July 9, 1935, in Hillsboro to Henry and Mary Lou (Gibson) Gaede. She married Reign Anduss on Jan. 21, 1955, in Newton.


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  • Tax preparer calls work 'fun and scary'

    Maggie Meisinger of Marion has been preparing income tax returns for 42 years. The work has changed considerably since she started at Wheeler, Westerhaus, and Wheeler as a legal secretary in 1972.

  • Fear of talking about money can hinder financial planning

    Financial advisers often run into people who are afraid to talk about their money. Some local advisers shared why they think that is. Tom Kimbrel of Edward Jones in Marion said he doesn’t expect people to open up about money to just anyone, because it is such a personal topic, but he hopes that through trust he can assist people in making smart money decisions.

  • Financial adviser to discuss faith-based investing

    Mark Regier of Everence Financial will speak about faith-based investing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Faith Mennonite Church in Newton. “Faith-based investing is an increasingly hot topic among Christians in America today,” he said.


  • Sign police

    One of the odd things about having an opinion to share with all of you here every week is the fact that many of you end up thinking I am in charge of something. If I comment on a situation, readers seem to think that they can tell me their opinion of my opinion and then we will all be on the same page. That may or may not be the case. Here is one example of a community situation about which I have a definite opinion, but about which I have never written because I figured it would just be easier to avoid than to bring it to the table of community discussion. Once, several years ago, I did comment on this very issue. My opinion then was that of a private citizen, not as the author of the opinion column in the local newspaper, but somehow that fact got lost in the shuffle.


    Reviewing bills in progress

    Days of Yore

    Beware of career politicians


  • Freeland turning 90

    Edla (Mostrom) Freeland will celebrate her birthday with family and friends from 3 to 5 p.m. March 15 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Manhattan. Freeland, a former teacher in the Peabody-Burns school district, turns 90 March 18. Those planning to come are encouraged to bring memories and photos to share at the reception.

  • Cemetery board will meet

    Prairie Lawn Cemetery board will meet at 7:30 p.m. March 20 in Peabody City Building. The public is invited to attend.

  • Commodities to arrive in county March 12

    Senior centers in Marion and Hillsboro Main Street Ministries will receive commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture March 12. Each site will distribute commodities based on their own schedule, and may not distribute on the same day. If there are no commodities left at a local site, patrons are encouraged to call the Marion County Department on Aging at (620) 382-3580.

  • Prairie View celebrates 60 years

    This month, the home of Prairie View, Inc., Newton, celebrates its early beginnings and 60 years of offering mental and behavior health care services. Throughout the span of World War II, conscientious objectors — including 1,500 Mennonites — learned firsthand that the mentally ill were warehoused in state-operated hospitals.

  • BURNS:

    Burns residents get out and about

    Several attend potluck supper

    The example of a Jewish queen


  • Warriors lose close game in regular season finale

    Peabody-Burns Warrior basketball closed the regular season with an exciting senior night match-up against Centre. PBHS trailed throughout the first half, came back to take the third quarter edge, but lost in the final seconds 63-60. Centre led 11-7 at the end of the first quarter. For PBHS, Braxton Kyle had four. Garret Schroeder and Xavier Jabary each added two.

  • Peabody-Burns girls' season ends before substate opener

    Peabody-Burns Lady Warrior basketball 2014 is in the history books with two losses that ended the regular season and also substate play. The team lost Feb. 25 at home to Centre 61-23. In a Saturday substate play-in game at Canton-Galva, the PBHS squad finished the season with a 51-33 defeat. The team ended the season with a 0-7 record in Wheat State league play and 2-19 overall.

  • Students named to HCC honor roll

    Several Hutchinson Community College students from the county have been named to the president’s and vice president’s honor roll for the fall. president’s honor roll (4.0 GPA) Lauren Geis of Durham; Peter Bartel, Windy McCarty, and Jehoiada Schmidt, all of Hillsboro; and Julie Starks of Marion. Vice President’s Honor Roll (3.5-3.999 gpa) Jacob Herrel and Hayley Jirak of Hillsboro; Michelle Bowman of Lost Springs; Thomas Oborny of Marion; Brooks Hodges, Courtney Kloster, Kyle Seeney, and Colton Terronez, all of Peabody; and Sara Whorton of Tampa.

  • County students to perform in opera

    Bethel College students Michelle Unruh of Goessel and Amy Wedel of Peabody will be among the performers in the college’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance.” It is a comedic opera written by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. March 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. March 9 in Krehbiel Auditorium. Tickets are available at the college’s student center in North Newton, by calling (316) 284-5205, or at the door, subject to availability.

  • Hillsboro topples Warriors in substate

    The Peabody-Burns Warriors boys basketball team saw its season come to an end Tuesday with a lopsided 64-26 loss to Hillsboro in first-round substate play at Hillsboro. The Warriors suffered from poor shooting and turnovers as Hillsboro raced to a 22-0 lead in the first quarter. Xavier Jabary got Peabody-Burns on the scoreboard with a free throw late in the first quarter, which ended with the Trojans up 25-1.

  • Parenting class offered

    Rachel Boden will present an interactive parenting class to strengthen parenting skills and teach new ones from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Peabody-Burns Elementary School. Free lunch and childcare will be provided.

  • Huelskamp taking applications for service academies

    The office of First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp is now taking applications for military service academy nominations. The deadline for submission is Oct. 1. The congressman can nominate a limited number of young men and women ages 17 to 23 to attend four of the nation’s five service academies. The process requires an applicant to have a history of personal discipline and a commitment to their school and community.


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