• City Council agrees to water rate increase

    Hillsboro City Administrator Larry Payne met with Peabody City Council members Monday evening to discuss an increase in the amount Peabody pays Hillsboro for its water. The original contract between the two communities was created in 1999 and Peabody was charged $1.40 per thousand gallons by Hillsboro to treat and transport water to Peabody. The contract also allowed for a review of the payment every two years, with an adjustment if necessary.

  • Four students to compete nationally

    In February, Peabody-Burns High School students spent two days in Wichita competing against Business Professionals of America chapters from other Kansas schools. Of the 19 PBHS students in attendance, seven placed in their chosen competition and four placed high enough to participate in national finals April 30 to May 4 in Indianapolis, Ind. “The interesting thing about BPA is that when our students select a category in which to compete, they are in the running against students from 1A to 6A schools,” BPA sponsor Patty Savage said. “It isn’t like some other areas where they compete only against kids who attend the same size school as they do.”

  • 3 elected to Burns council

    Tim D. Rogers, James B. Scott, and incumbent Ryan Johnson were elected to three available positions on the Burns City Council Tuesday. There were no other candidates on the ballot. Rogers received 12 votes, Scott received 14 votes, and Johnson received 12 votes. With 16 votes cast out of 103 registered voters, Burns had 15.5 percent voter turnout.

  • Unique residents dancing along U.S. 77

    Those that drive about three miles south of Florence on U.S. 77 might have noticed some strange things happening on the east shoulder of the road. For the past few months, prairie chickens have been using the flat, short-grassed ditch area and adjoining pasture as their booming grounds. In the early mornings and late evenings, several male prairie chickens can be seen dancing about trying to impress females and prove they are the man of the roost.

  • Burn ban discussion continues

    After changing a stipulation last week in the county’s burn ban policy, commissioners amended those changes Monday. At the previous meeting March 24, commissioners approved to change the policy from calling special meetings to make weeklong burn bans to banning fires for 24 hours whenever wind speeds exceeded 20 mph.

  • Marion County wind farm applies to for permit to expand

    Windborne Energy has applied for a permit to expand the area for its planned wind farm between Aulne, Peabody, and Florence. Rex Savage said the requested expansion is to give more space around planned turbines to protect downwind turbines from wind vortexes caused by turbines upwind. The proposal is not to add to the planned number or size of turbines.

  • Insurance candidate speaks in Marion

    Ken Selzer, a candidate in the Republican primary for state insurance commissioner, went around Marion on March 26 speaking to different groups about his candidacy. Selzer said insurance is a very technical topic, and he wants to help Kansans make better buying decisions. He has spent 32 years working in insurance and reinsurance.

  • Following a passion for creating music

    Gregg Walker envisions creating a coffee house setting where different artists can display their talents — one could sing, another could dance, and another could show paintings. If he ever gets his way, it could all happen in his dairy barn.

  • More than Tabor students infected with mystery illness

    Dr. Paige Hatcher of St. Luke Physicians Clinic said she has treated Marion residents infected with the same unidentified illness that has struck nearly 20 percent of Tabor College students. “I have seen some patients this week, not many with similar symptoms, but it’s hard to know if it’s the same virus or not at this point,” she said. “We did get a notice this week from the Kansas Health Department saying they’re concerned about a possible outbreak.”

  • MacGyver ways to get hair curled just right

    Sarah Dye went above and beyond to make sure her daughter’s hair was just the way she wanted it for school photos. Dye’s daughter Sophia’s hair does not hold heat curls, so Dye browsed the Internet looking for ideas to help make it curly.

  • Documentary on the Civil War to premier in McPherson

    A documentary telling the story of the Kansas-Missouri border during the Civil War will have its premier at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at McPherson Opera House. “The Road to Valhalla” will feature photographs, interviews, and reenactment footage to illustrate events that describes everything from large battles to guerilla actions along the Kansas-Missouri border.


  • Getting the convertible ready for spring

    The weather is finally getting warmer, and that may have some car enthusiasts ready to get their more “summery” vehicles ready for a cruise after being stored during the winter months. County lake resident Peggi Wilson said she loves her red convertible Mazda Miata she calls “Mia” because it is not just cute, but it’s also fun to drive.

  • Corvettes a joy to drive, help fan relax after a tough day

    It was supposed to be a straightforward “car guy” profile when I met with Jim Hefley on Friday. He has always been a good tipster for me to find other car enthusiasts to profile, and I wanted to take him up on an offer he’d made to go for a ride in his Corvette. He enjoyed taking people on their first ride in a Corvette, he said, and I’d never been in one. Friday morning before work, Hefley called me. He wanted to change the arrangement for the story. He wanted me to drive his Corvette.



  • Is there a safe place for retirement money?

    Warren Buffett once said, “If you aren’t willing to own a stock for 10 years, don’t even think about owning it for 10 minutes.” Unlike the stock market, with its ups and downs, there is a way to invest hard-earned savings in an investment plan that guarantees the safety and security of that money.

  • Governor declares April as Financial Literacy Month

    Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation Monday declaring April as Financial Literacy Month, urging Kansans to understand how to manage their money, credit, investments, and debt. “Personal financial literacy among today’s youth will contribute to the financial stability of tomorrow’s workforce and to the growth, success, and prosperity of the Kansas economy,” Brownback said.

  • Goal-setting, planning are crucial pieces of personal finances

    Marion High School family and consumer sciences teacher Myrta Billings teaches students to practice saving money the minute they get a job, so that when they want to purchase an expensive item they will already have developed healthy financial habits. “When we talk about money, we think about values and needs from a consumers point of view,” Billings said Tuesday. “First students have to figure out what their finical goal is and then they can aim for it.”


  • Stop the perpetual campaigning

    City elections are over, the votes are counted, and all that is left is for the county to count provisional ballots and certify the results. Very quickly, city government will roll along like usual. It would be nice to take a break before the next political campaign season begins. Unfortunately, it’s too late for that. Politicians are already out campaigning for the August primary. In particular, the Republican primary campaign for state insurance commissioner seems to be in full swing. At a legislative coffee to start March, candidate Clark Shultz garnered state Rep. John Barker’s endorsement for the primary. And a week ago, Ken Selzer made rounds at least in Marion, stumping for votes and visiting the newspaper.

  • You can be a track star

    One of the grants awarded by the Peabody Community Foundation at its pancake breakfast in February was to Brian Lightner, who is planning a Peabody community track meet to encourage healthy activity and community sports. Lightner is the Peabody-Burns track coach — a guy who probably runs, jumps, leaps, and soars on a daily basis. He just looks like someone who has never met a high jump bar he didn’t like and couldn’t conquer. I attended that pancake breakfast and listened to the list of grant recipients as they were named. I confess to inwardly groaning when the words “community track meet” were spoken. I looked at the table full of older folks like myself sitting around plates swimming in sausage, pancakes, and syrup and I wondered if he meant us. Several of those in my vicinity had that deer in the headlights look — would we be required to move quickly and sweat?


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  • Tabor track athletes make noise

    At the Emporia State University Spring Open Saturday, numerous Tabor College athletes set personal records, track and field coach Dave Kroeker said. Garrett Daugherty highlighted the meet with a national qualifying mark in the 800-meter race of 1 minute, 53.93 seconds. He placed second overall.

  • Butler offers ways for students to save

    High school students who enroll in Butler Community College classes after graduation and have taken classes while in high school may find their tuition costs to be cheaper. Butler is offering a Start Smart program that reimburses tuition students paid for classes taken while in high school if they enroll full time at Butler within a year of graduating. Any classes taken during any fall, spring, or summer semesters prior to graduation are eligible.

  • Seniors offering scholarship

    Senior Citizens of Marion County Inc. is offering a $500 scholarship to one 2014 high school senior. Seniors pursuing a degree in an aging related field, including medicine, nursing, social work, therapies, or gerontology are eligible.


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