• Burns city election is Tuesday

    Only three races across the county for city positions will be contested April 1. Residents voting to fill a city council seat in Burns can vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the city building.

  • Council reviews insurance

    Peabody City Council met briefly Monday evening to review insurance quotes and information about replacing the city’s copier and computer server. After comparison of equal quotes from the city’s current agent, Hilger Insurance of Harper, and W.E. Avery Insurance of Peabody, the council decided to remain with Hilger Insurance for another year.

  • World news hits close to home

    With so much of world news these days focusing on Ukraine and Crimea, many residents of this area of Kansas are reminded of our ancestors who came from that area in the last quarter of the 19th century. Ukraine was largely undeveloped in the late 1700s when Catherine the Great, the Russian empress, invited Mennonites and others from Europe to settle the area, promising freedom from military service.

  • Whooping cranes spotted near Aulne

    Those traveling down Quail Creek Rd. near 140th Rd. may have noticed some large strange looking white birds. Those who noticed the birds for what they were could not get home to get their cameras fast enough. There are only around 600 wild whooping cranes according to Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, nine of which stayed to rest in a disked milo field near Aulne. The landowner, Eugene Just, had sowed oats in the field.

  • 6 towns battle 16-mile-wide pasture blaze and other fires

    Multiple controlled pasture fires — including one that grew as large as 16 miles wide — raged out of control this past week as multiple fire departments were required on at least two occasions. The largest fire, near where Marion, Chase, and Morris counties meet, required the combined efforts of six fire departments Thursday.

  • Chingawassa picks contemporary country duo to headline

    Chingawassa Days is continuing its trend toward attracting more contemporary acts for its headline show with Love and Theft as the main act for 2014, the committee announced Monday. Love and Theft is a country duo, formerly a trio, formed in 2006 in Nashville composed of members Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles. Their first album, 2009’s

  • High winds change burn ban

    Marion Fire Chief Mike Regnier ignited a discussion about changing the parameters of the county’s burn ban protocol Monday when he met with county commissioners. Because of controlled burns that had gotten out of control from Thursday through the weekend, Regnier notified commissioners that the majority of fire chiefs within the county were in favor of a ban. He said dry weather and changing of wind direction has led to many of the recent fires.

  • Historic Elgin Hotel listed for sale

    One of Marion’s most revered landmarks, the Historic Elgin Hotel, is for sale. The property is listed with J.P. Weigand & Sons Realtors of Wichita. Owners Jim and Nancy Cloutier bought the Elgin in 2006 when it was an apartment building. They restored it to its 1870s glory, converting the first and second floors into a bed and breakfast and the third floor into their family residence.

  • Concert to raise money for destroyed orphanage

    Two worship bands are coming to Marion to rock the sanctuary and help raise money and awareness for an orphanage that burned in September 2013 and left a number of orphans not only without parents but also without a home. Worship bands Road 23 and Glenn Park Worship Arts will be donating their time and musical talent for the fundraising event, “Worship to Build.”

  • Competition good for business climate, officials say

    Hillsboro economic development director Clint Seibel said he has heard reactions ranging all through the spectrum from optimistic to pessimistic since the news that a national company — the identity of which is still a mystery to everyone except the mayor — planned to build a store in Hillsboro. He has heard from some businesses that are excited about the prospect of more people shopping in town helping their businesses, but he has also heard from businesses that are worried about additional competition in town.


  • Beverly Goering

    Beverly Ann (Benson) Goering, 76, of Galva died March 10. A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. A private burial service was at Lone Star Cemetery of Pretty Prairie.

  • Adolph Holub

    Adolph Mathias “Ed” Holub, 73, of Wamego died March 17 at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka after a brief illness. He was born July 4, 1940, in Marion to Louis and Mary (Tajchman) Holub. He was raised on the family farm near Tampa. When he was 9, he was stricken with polio, which left him wheelchair dependent.


    Edwin Riffel



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    I have decided that the run for the annual NCAA basketball championship needs a little spiffing up. No one who is in charge of anything has called on me to ask my opinion, of course, but I am not one to let that stop me from expressing it. One of the rules for this column is that we are not supposed to share our opinions about things that are not happening in our own community. If President Obama is doing it in Peabody, I can comment on it. If he is not here, he is off my editorial radar and I should address a local issue. In my opinion, the NCAA basketball tournament coverage qualifies for a local event because it really did happen right there in my living room for several days and it will do so again right up until the final night. Also, I think I have a logical issue that should be considered by the NCAA and they are rumored to lurk around everywhere so I think it is possible they might review my suggestion.


    State has money to comply with school funding ruling

    Days of Yore


  • Peabody Achievers approve donation to Numana

    Peabody Achievers 4-H club met at 6:30 p.m. March 9 in the Peabody-Burns Elementary School music room. President Brandon Entz called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. Secretary Corin Parmley called roll with the question, “What is your middle name?” Junior secretary Morgan Gaines read last month’s minutes.

  • Humor contributes to health?

    As part of Tabor College’s Lifelong Learning program Friday, Al Schmidt, a behavioral educator at Via Christi, will show attendees how humor contributes to good health. Schmidt and Tabor director of alumni Marlene Fast will play guitar and keyboard as part of the program. It will begin at 9:45 a.m. in Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

  • Tabor concert choir ends tour at home

    During spring break last week, the Tabor College concert choir traveled to five states and performed 11 concerts. They will end their tour at home with a final concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.


    Fixing the broken
  • BURNS:

    Residents attend Freeland's 90th birthday celebration

    Residents attend potluck suppers



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