• Former legislator lived life of public service

    Donald Dahl of Hillsboro died from injuries he suffered in an ultra-light plane crash Friday south of Hillsboro. He represented the area in the Kansas House of Representatives for 12 years and before that had a career in aviation for the U.S. Navy. Vi Dalke’s late husband, Jerry, was a close friend of Dahl’s, growing up together in Hillsboro.

  • Resignations lead to shifts in duties in treasurer's office

    Due to resignations of Dianne Burnett and Sandra Svoboda within the county treasurer’s office, certain positions needed adjusting to accommodate a smaller staff. County commissioners met in closed session with Treasurer Jeannine Bateman for 25 minutes Monday, discussing how to divvy different responsibilities within the department.

  • Market's goal is to get people involved

    Residents of Florence and the surrounding area have been busy little bees getting the community garden ready for the summer growing season, but that’s not the only thing they’re preparing for this year. Beginning in May a community market event will be held in downtown Florence on Tuesday evenings. Residents from Florence and surrounding areas can sell their produce, arts, and crafts in booths off Main St.

  • Garage sale deadline is Friday

    The deadline to turn in entries for the Marion and Peabody communitywide garage sale is 5 p.m. Friday at the Marion County Record and Peabody city offices. If there are sufficient entries, maps will be printed in next week’s newspapers and the sales will be advertised in other newspapers as far away as Wichita.

  • Drug drop-off is Saturday

    Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke reminds residents that his department will have an officer at the police department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to collect expired or no longer needed prescription drugs from Peabody residents. The program is a joint effort of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Marion County Substance Abuse Coalition.

  • Computer classes filling up quickly

    One result of the successful open house at the centennial celebration April 12 for Peabody Township Library was enthusiastic interest in a series of computer classes being offered at the library in May, June, and July. Zachary Preheim, 2013 graduate of Peabody-Burns High School, will teach the classes at the library. Each class will meet four times from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A nominal registration fee of $20 is required.

  • Community track meet schedule set

    Brian Lightner, community track meet organizer, has issued a schedule of track and field events for the May 3 meet. All events will take place at the high school track on Pine St.

  • Variety show fundraiser will be Saturday

    An assortment of musicians will band together, take the stage and, jam out to raise funds for the McPherson Opera House at 7 p.m. Saturday in McPherson. “We do this fundraiser every year because it is so popular and entertaining,” opera house executive director John Holeck said. “The lineup varies from year to year so the show always stays fresh.”


  • Donald Dahl

    Donald L. Dahl, 69, died Friday in Hillsboro. He was born March 19, 1945, to Abe and Irma (Franz) Dahl in Hillsboro. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by a brother, Calvin Dahl of Maple Grove, Minn.; and six sisters, Frances Unruh of Reedley, Calif., Lillian Falls of Kingsburg, Calif., Dorothy Dahl of Hillsboro, Sharon Schroeder of Hillsboro, Beverly Boese of Longmont, Colo., and Barbara Braun of Mooresville, N.C.

  • Duane Sheridan

    A memorial service for Duane Sheridan will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Baker Funeral Home in Peabody. He died Dec. 24 at the age of 83.


    Muriel Christiansen, Leo Richardson, P. Douglas White



  • Florence community gathers to prepare garden

    Weeds of old were removed last week by residents who were preparing areas and setting up cattle panels to plant tomatoes, okra, basil, and corn at the Florence Community Garden. Basil, okra, and tomatoes will be planted in the same patch because they complement each other and keep bugs away, Phoebe Janzen said. She and garden co-founder Janice Waner were fixing up the tomato garden in a new way to avoid it turning into a jungle like last year.

  • Bed and breakfast receiving some love

    Ranch hands used to occupy the Doyle Creek bunkhouse in Florence, now turned into a bed and breakfast. “The last hired man, when he left Clint didn’t replace him,” said Sarah Cope, who lives in the home near the bunkhouse with her husband, Clint. “We still needed to do something to utilize the house, so that’s how the bed and breakfast idea came about.”

  • What is old is new again

    When Katherine DeFilippis bought a house in the 200 block of E. Case St. in Lehigh, it was badly in need of restoration. She gutted it and had it rewired, along with a lot of other work. When it came time to refill the house with flooring, walls, and furnishings, she continued the restoration theme with items converted from their original purpose.


  • Aiming for the events of May 3

    I hope you all are fine-tuning the descriptions of your garage sale treasures so you can turn in your registration form Friday afternoon at the city building and get on the map for the big event May 3. This is your chance to reclaim closet space, get rid of those now-collectable 1980s Spuds McKenzie T-shirts, get your car back into the garage, and spin some yarns on Community Wide Garage Sale Day with the youngsters that come wanting to dig through your baseball card collection. Although there is no reason for me to shop at any garage sale or estate sale ever again in my entire life, I expect I will be following the map around Peabody the day of the sale just in case there is something I simply cannot live without. That has happened before — just about every year in fact. And if you are selling your baseball card collection, let me know. I’m looking for a Mickey Mantle rookie card.

  • Summer jobs are entrepreneurship practice

    Last week we ran a promotion offering all students in the county an opportunity to place a free classified ad seeking a job for the summer in the May 14 newspaper. We think this has the possibility of benefiting teens and their communities. Entrepreneurship is the engine that drives economic growth in our communities, and a summer job mowing lawns or baby-sitting is a great way for teens to get experience running their own business, building their work ethic, and setting goals.


    Days of Yore


  • Mennonite exhibit features county artifacts

    A museum exhibit at Kauffman Museum at Bethel College will feature Mennonite heritage artifacts, including two from Marion County. A wooden burial map from Catlin Mennonite Cemetery near Peabody, and a wardrobe once owned by Gerhard Funk who lived in the Bruderthal community near Hillsboro will be featured.

  • Fikes celebrate Easter

    Warren and Paula Fike of Ramona had Easter dinner for their family Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Parish Hall. Following dinner an egg hunt was held at the Fike family farm.

  • Collett grandson to be wed

    Zach Collett, grandson of Howard and Beth Collett of Marion, will wed Keri Rausch on June 7 at St. John Catholic Church in Herington. The bride elect is from Jefferson City, Mo., and is the daughter of Dean and Tammy Rausch of Independence. She is a 2006 graduate of St. John Senior High School and Kansas State University. She is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer.

  • Democratic Women to meet Friday

    Marion County Democratic Women will meet at noon Friday at Marion Senior Center. Those attending are encouraged to bring peanut butter to donate to the food bank.

  • Eagle wins excellence award

    Eagle Communications Inc. received an award for communication excellence by Employee Stock Ownership Plan Association for their work in printed materials. The award recognizes Eagle’s use or original printed informational materials used to promote the company.

  • Friendship Day will be May 2

    All women in the community are invited to attend May Friendship Day at 3 p.m. on May 2 at Valley United Methodist Church. The theme is “Through God Our Hands Can Serve.” Church Women United will sponsor the event, during which tea will be served.

  • Home school graduation is May 12

    Marion County Home Educators will have their home school graduation and eighth grade promotion at 7 p.m. on May 12 at Strassburg Baptist Church. There will be a pie and ice cream reception after the ceremony.

  • Fundraiser to feature Mexican meal

    In conjunction with Senior Project Night Thursday and Friday at Centre High School, the Future Business Leaders of America chapter will serve a Mexican meal with dessert and drink for $5. Centre Perk coffee shop will also be open for smoothies and snacks. Proceeds will be used to help fund the FBLA trip to the national conference this summer in Nashvlle, Tenn.

  • BURNS:

    Birthday supper honors Bethany Koehn


  • Burns native places 20th in ag competition

    Zac Goodwin of Burns placed 20th in the agriculture business portion of the North America College and Teachers of Agriculture competition April 11 through 13 in Maryville, Mo. Goodwin was one of four Pratt Community College students to attend. All placed individually and the team placed second in the business competition, third on the knowledge exam, and third in problem solving.

  • Four students awarded scholarships

    Several scholarships were awarded to Peabody-Burns High School students in its leadership program to attend the national conference in Indianapolis, Ind. Four students were awarded by Leadership Marion County.

  • Peabody-Burns track teams improving

    At their third meet in eight days, the Peabody-Burns boys track athletes scored the most points of the season with 57 April 15 at Haven. Coach Brian Lightner said the team was able to fill more events at the meet, but saw mixed results, where some set personal records and others struggled.

  • Banquet will honor winter and spring athletes

    Peabody-Burns Athletic Director Ray Savage has announced the athletic banquet honoring athletes participating in winter and spring sports will be at 7 p.m. on Monday in the Brown Gymnasium. The banquet will honor high school students in basketball, basketball, cheerleading, track, and golf. In addition, senior plaques will be awarded and athletes of the year will be announced.

  • Students lern to use Chrome Books

    Thanks to a grant of nearly $15,000, several classes of Peabody-Burns elementary and middle school students are utilizing Google Chrome Books to supplement their learning. Superintendent Ron Traxson said the laptop computers were supposed to come in earlier, but were delayed due to Christmas demand.


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