• Community track meet, How fast can you run?

    A community event with a different twist will take place beginning at 10 a.m. May 3 at the Peabody-Burns school track on Pine St. The event is a community track meet, and track coach Brian Lightner came up with the idea as a way to promote healthy activities and community sports.

  • Community-wide garage sale in on the calendar

    The annual community-wide garage sale is scheduled for May 3. Entry forms to get on the map are available at Peabody City Office, Peabody Hardware and Lumber, and Peabody State Bank. There is a $12.50 charge to be included on the map. Information for each seller will include a numbered reference on the map with street address and a general list of items for sale up to 25 words. The map and listings will be published in the Peabody Gazette-Bulletin, Marion County Record, and Hillsboro Star-Journal the Wednesday before the event.

  • Peabody Township Library to celebrate centennial

    The place to be Saturday morning is the library, open for a special celebration to mark 100 years of service to generations of Peabody families. The facility will open at 9 a.m. and cinnamon rolls and drinks will be available in the Ann Potter room. The family of Orlene Scrivner, an avid reader and library supporter, will bake and serve refreshments in her memory.

  • Perscription drug drop-off will be April 26

    If you have wondered what to do with those expired or no longer needed prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet, the solution will be made easy for you right here in Marion County on April 26. Sponsored by Marion County Substance Abuse Coalition and funded by a grant from the Drug Enforcement Administration, police in Hillsboro, Marion, and Peabody will stage a drug drop-off to take prescription drugs out of cupboards and cabinets across the county.

  • Firefighters hope to pass on legacy in more ways than one

    The Peabody Volunteer Fire Department has put its thinking cap on and has devised a plan it hopes will increase participation within the department. At last week’s city council meeting, a cadet program was proposed by firefighter Jim Philpott and his son, Clayton. Pending approval by the city’s insurance, the program will allow high schoolers to shadow and learn from local firefighters, in hopes they will sign up to volunteer with the department after turning 18.

  • Chingawassa adds events

    Chingawassa Days participants can expect to see changes to the festival’s schedule of events in June, although many of the changes depend on if the Chingawassa Committee can find more volunteers to help operate festival affairs. “We already have a lot of activities for adults but we are trying to expand events to include more things for kids,” committee member Tamey Ensey said. “What we are hoping is that there are individuals, organizations and sponsors that will step up and help make the expansion possible.”

  • Crash kills Marion resident

    Gary J. Alleven of Marion died in a crash Monday morning on U.S. 56 east of Hillsboro. He was 46. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol’s report, the crash happened at 6:15 a.m. Samuel B. Unruh, 25, of Canton pulled onto the highway westbound from Santa Fe St., approximately 1.2 miles east of Hillsboro in a 2013 Kenworth semi-truck pulling a trailer.

  • County fair announces carnival, parade move

    After not having a carnival in 2013, the Marion County Fair will once again have a carnival this summer. Fun Time Shows, a carnival based out of southeast Missouri, will be at the fair, fair association manager Kelli Savage said last week. According to its website, Fun Time Shows has been operated by the same family since the 1970s.

  • County spends $174,350 on graders

    More than once Monday, county commissioners spent a few moments silenced while reviewing bid options for a new motor grader in the road and bridge department. Murphy Tractor and Equipment appeared to have the lowest bid at $191,975 for a 2014 John Deere, followed by G.W. Van Keppel Company’s Volvo at $194,350, and a 2014 Caterpillar model for $196,474 from Foley Equipment. Foley Equipment also bid a 2013 model for $191,091.

  • Santa Fe Trail signs vandalized

    A recent inventory of signs posted along the Santa Fe Trail route in Marion County revealed that four signs and signposts have been vandalized or stolen in the past month. Steve Schmidt, president of the Cottonwood Crossing chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, reported the incidents in an April 1 letter to the sheriff’s department.

  • Journey tribute band to rock Chingawassa

    Revelation, a Journey tribute band, is scheduled to appear June 6 in Central Park for the Friday concert at Chingawassa Days. Revelation started from a ’80s influenced Kansas City rock band called Joker and is made up of five musicians who played the bar scene until lead singer Carl Worden broke off and started a tribute to Journey.

  • County to give out carbon monoxide detectors, smoke alarms

    In honor of National Public Health Week the county health department will give away free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to families receiving immunizations today. Immunizations are given from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., then from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.


  • Charlene Parker

    Charlene Kaye (Larkin) Parker, 78, died April 1 at Topeka Presbyterian Manor. She was born March 1, 1936, in Florence to Charles and Pauline (Lowther) Larkin. She married Marvin Parker on June 8, 1963, at Florence Christian Church. He preceded her in death in 2001. They were longtime members of Northland Christian Church.


    Gary Alleven, Irene Soyez



  • Cattle deworming has many options, big effects

    Prescribed pasture burning isn’t the only step ranchers and stockmen can take this time of year to affect cattle growth while they’re on pastures later in the year, says Jessica Laurin, doctor of veterinary medicine at Animal Health Center of Marion County. Deworming cattle in the spring has the biggest influence on gains, she said. The worm that has the biggest negative impact on cattle is

  • As corn planting begins, wheat condition varies widely

    April showers mean time to plant corn in Kansas has arrived. U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that farmers across the country will plant around 91.7 million acres of corn this year, down from 95.37 million acres last year. In Kansas, the USDA predicts 4.4 million acres will be planted, up 2 percent from the previous year, but it’s too early to tell if that number will hold.

  • Man restores antique tractors to benefit charity

    Since a young age, Jerry Toews of Goessel has loved figuring out how mechanical things work. “When I was a kid what I did for fun was find things people would throw away, such as clocks, radios, and such and take them apart,” he said. “I wanted to know how they were put together.”

  • Extended conservation signup available

    A new sign-up period for water resources and non-point source cost share practices is available from the Marion County Conservation District. Residents can now sign up from Monday through April 25 for funding available in July. Water resources provide monetary assistance to landowners constructing terraces, diversions, grass waterways, grass seedings, and livestock water supply systems.

  • Group promotes cooking with soybeans

    April is national soy food month, and members of Kansas Soybean Association encourage people to explore ways to incorporate soy food into their diet. Soy can be found in baked goods, breakfast cereals, pastas, meats, and beverages.


  • Why you should join in

    This is one of those weeks when the topic is (yawn) one I have tossed out to you and my six regular readers several times in the past. It is time for the dreaded discussion about participating in the Peabody Communitywide Garage Sale. This is the opinion column where I tell you just how this little event is supposed to work. And before I begin, let me say something to that guy who frequently calls or writes and says, “But you don’t realize that some people cannot afford the fee you want them to pay to be on the map — they should get to participate at no charge.” I am tired of hearing from you, but I will offer a compromise on your statement. Yes, I know we have people who are just hoping to sell enough to make $12.50 and I know they will never pay the fee to be on the map. And I am okay with that. Even without you telling me that part, I know it is an issue. If those people pull some items to curb and try to make a buck without being on the map, I don’t care. You can quit preaching.

  • Newspaper office, this is Jean'

    For the better part of three decades, a singularly pleasant voice belonging to a singularly remarkable lady has graced tens of thousands of calls with a greeting that always was much more than just a courteous “hello.” To many if not most of those dialing our number — from subscribers changing their addresses to readers announcing births, deaths and everything in between — Jean Stuchlik was the newspaper office — the human face, voice and soul of the inanimate pile of newsprint they invited into their homes each week. Next week, the person who so deftly has handled every inquiry imaginable since 1985 will finally write “ — 30 — ” on her career as receptionist, then circulation manager, and most recently business manager and member of the board of directors of Hoch Publishing Co. Well beyond even the most advanced of standard retirement ages — precisely how well beyond, we aren’t about to say — Jean will log her last legal notice, renew her last subscription and find her last obscure typewriter ribbon for our customers. Having gradually reduced her work week from four days to three and then two, she will at long last give up her dusty drives from Lost Springs to Marion and officially retire.

  • Unintended consequences

    The state legislature showed this weekend, on a Sunday night no less, how important it was to them to get school funding in compliance with the state Supreme Court’s ruling as quickly as possible. They did what they needed to do — add funding to make the playing field for large and small schools closer to level — and so much more. The biggest piece of the legislation was also the biggest surprise, repealing due process guarantees for teachers, librarians, and counselors. That change, if the bill is signed by the governor, will set off ripples of unintended consequences.

  • Days of Yore

    Women who enjoy great food, learning, and laughter are invited to visit Peabody Saturday and attend the fifth session of “How Does Your Garden Grow?” for the series “Hyacinths, Hats, and Honey.” Steven and Donna Glover announce the birth and adoption of their son, Jonathan Steven James Glover, born at 5 p.m. March 25, 2004, at Shawnee Medical Center. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces.


    Regular session finished


  • Peabody Achievers learn of changes for county fair

    Peabody Achievers 4-H Club met April 6 in the Peabody-Burns Elementary School music room. The meeting was called to order by President Brandon Entz. Secretary Corin Parmley read the minutes from March. Treasurer Anna Lubbers reported the balance in the checkbook.

  • Circles graduation is April 24

    Circles of Hope of Marion County will have a spring graduation April 24. The evening will begin with a supper at 6 p.m. in the Marion Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. Graduation certificates will be awarded in the sanctuary to five people who have completed the training that began about six months ago. The evening will conclude with a reception in the fellowship hall.

  • P.E.O. financials in order

    P.E.O. Chapter DB had its regular meeting March 29 at the home of Lenore Dieter. Dieter and co-hostesses Anita Brookens and Eileen Sieger served fruit parfaits to 18 members in attendance. President Pam Bowers presided over the meeting. Elora Robinson reported that her audit of the chapter’s bank statements and treasurer’s records found everything in order and accurate.

  • Chat and Dine will have potluck

    Marion County Park and Lake Chat and Dine Club will have its first potluck dinner of the year at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the lake hall. Steve Hudson will discuss upcoming activities and talk about things happening at the lake. Everyone is encouraged to bring a guest and a side item to share.

  • Reception for retiring Stuchlik is April 16

  • Patrons can experience Broadway by request

    Sounds of Broadway will take over the McPherson Opera House on Saturday. Broadway singer-actress Teri Hansen and music director-pianist Ryan Shirar will take the stage at 7 p.m. to sing some of the audience’s favorite Broadway melodies.

  • Barn Alliance elects Huffman

    The Kansas Barn Alliance elected their officers at their annual meeting at the home of Jim and Dollie Mathes in Harper. Teresa Huffman was elected president.

  • Residents attend book signing

    Janet Marler, Vickie Kraus, Marge Summervill, Neva Kreutziger, Betty Stenzel, Teresa Huffman, Sandy Heyman, and Mary Almaguer attended a book signing by Suzi Parron April 15 in Manhattan. Parron is the author of “Barn Quilts & The American Quilt Trail Movement” and presented a slide show presentation on how the quilt movement began.


    Rogers entertains out of town guests

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