• Class of 2014 graduates from high school

    Commencement exercises for the 17 members of this year’s Peabody-Burns High School graduating class began at 4 p.m. Sunday with the staff processional followed by the student processional to “Fanfare and Processional” played by the PBHS band under the direction of Steven Wilson. PBHS Principal Tim Robertson welcomed the students and visitors. A special music selection, “Psalm 42,” was performed by the band.

  • Lightning strike suspected in home fire

    Peabody, Hillsboro, and Walton fire departments responded to a house fire that was likely caused by a lightning strike in the middle of the night May 12. Peabody fire was called to 966 70th Rd. at 12:53 a.m. Hillsboro and Walton fire departments were later called to assist. The Charles D. and Dora R. Unruh revocable trusts own the home, according to county deeds records.

  • County can't send immediate alerts

    On its website, Marion County encourages residents to sign up to receive updates about severe weather and other emergencies by text message or email. Recent storms suggest that residents shouldn’t depend on those messages as their first line of defense. The National Weather Service in Wichita issued a severe thunderstorm warning for western Marion County at 5:54 p.m. May 7, but the county’s Nixle alert wasn’t sent until 6:18 p.m., 24 minutes later. With the storm reported near Moundridge moving at 50 mph, it would have been between Hillsboro and Durham by the time residents received the message.

  • Test plot mirrors county fields: short and sparse

    About 40 farmers turned out for a free breakfast and a tour of Kansas State Research and Extension’s test field Thursday. Farmers came from all over the county, but all noticed one thing: fields were shorter and sparser than average no matter what variety of seed was planted.

  • Carving dedicated to all soldiers, and one in particular

    With Memorial Day approaching, Nanette Lowry of Marion has put up a statue to commemorate all soldiers who have been killed in action, but it isn’t a seasonal decoration to be put out at Memorial Day and Veterans Day. “I don’t ever want us to forget,” Lowry said.

  • County to buy grader

    On a day with little action, the longest item of discussion Monday for county commissioners dealt with buying a new grader for the road department. With the trade-in of a 1995 grader in the department and a $35,100 six-month rental price, the total purchase price would be $106,760 in 2015. The grader would be used to run the county’s shoulder machine.

  • Art and Music Stroll is June 1

    Main St. Merchants gathered Monday to finalize plans for the Art and Music Stroll on June 1. More than 20 stops will be included on the stroll, beginning with Gallery 101 and including a new stop at Prairie Oaks Alpaca Shop featuring soft serve ice cream.

  • Trap, archery, and air rifle class offered

    Residents can take safety classes for trap shooting, archery, and air rifles from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 31 at French Creek Cove at Marion Reservoir. The class is part of Quail Forever Youth Day and is for ages 8 to 16, and lunch will be served. For more information and to sign up, call (620) 732-3946.

  • Physicians clinics merging at St. Luke

    St. Luke Physicians Clinic will have the same care and providers but under a new name as of June 2. It and Marion Family Physicians will join in a new clinic called St. Luke Medical Clinic located at 537 S. Freeborn St.

  • Scam impersonates postal service

    The Postal Service is warning customers of a recent scam that seems to be gaining popularity. Scammers are sending people fake emails claiming a package is awaiting them at the post office because it failed to be delivered or payment for postage is requested. The e-mail provides a link customers are requested to click to print a new label for their package. Once the link is opened, a virus is downloaded to the customer’s computer.

  • County added to disaster list

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated the drought disaster list this week to include Marion County. The declaration means low-interest emergency loans are available through the USDA Farm Service Agency. County farmers have eight months to apply for loans to help cover part of their losses due to drought conditions. For more information contact the local FSA office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

  • Doyle Valley Farmers postpone market opening

    Doyle Valley Farmers planned to open their summer market in Santa Fe Park, as they traditionally have done, during the Memorial Day weekend. The group members gather to sell produce, baked goods, and handcrafted items from 8 to 10 a.m. every Saturday from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

  • Community Track Meet draws athletes of all ages

    Under warm sunny skies on May 3, about three dozen Peabody people took part in the first Community Track Meet, organized by Peabody-Burns track coach Brian Lightner to promote community sports and healthy activity for all ages. All ages were well-represented, from the pre-kindergarten/first graders to the 60 and older group.

  • Public invited to HUB dinner

    The third annual Dale Hague Memorial HUB Dinner will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday evening at the HUB Youth Center at 118 N. Walnut. “Food will be served and entertainment provided as long as there are patrons enjoying it,” co-founder Doe Ann Hague said.

  • Dry cleaner irons the stars and stripes for veterans' funerals

    In addition to pressing numerous shirts, pants, suits and dresses, as well as delivering laundry and doing clothing alterations, Donna Rosiere had time to iron the wrinkles out of an American flag on Thursday. The flag will be given to a deceased veteran’s family as part of a funeral. “We do it to honor any veteran who served in a conflict,” Rosiere said. “It looks nicer.”


  • Vernon Friesen

    Vernon W. Friesen, 85, died Sunday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. He was born Aug. 9, 1928, to Jesse and Lydia (Wiens) Friesen at Ingalls. He is survived by his wife, Rachel Friesen of Hillsboro; two sons, Terryl of Arlington, Texas, and Donnel of Lenexa; two daughters, Sarita Blosser of Goessel and Jody Heizelman of Lindsborg; three brothers, Orval of Freemont, Calif., Norman of Shafter, Calif, and Andy of Wichita; a sister, Arlene Dahl of Maple Grove, Minn.; and 10 grandchildren.

  • James Guthrie

    A memorial service for James “Jim” Guthrie will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Peabody United Methodist Church. He was born Feb. 26, 1937, in Peabody and died Jan. 12 in Silver Springs, Md.

  • Jerry Myers

    Jerry Dean Myers, 75, of Hillsboro died Sunday at Newton Medical Center. He was born April 6, 1939, to Edwin and Delores (Spunaugle) Myers in El Dorado. He is survived by his son, Michael Myers of Marion; two daughters, Michele Carlson of Wichita and Melissa Kruse of Marion; two brothers, Gary Myers of Pratt and Michael Myers of McPherson; and five grandchildren.

  • Eileen Nickles

    Eileen K. Nickles, 54, of Hillsboro died Friday at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita. She was born April 22, 1960, to Ralph and Margaret (Unruh) Funk at Goessel. She is survived by her mother, Margaret Funk of rural Hillsboro; four sons, M. Michael Nickles of Wichita, Jeremy Lee Nickles-Owen of Barton County, Nicholas C. Nickles of Wichita, and Jacob Isaac Nickles of Topeka; two daughters, Angela Nicole Nickles of Wichita and Valerie Eileen Nickles; two brothers, Melvin Funk of Pueblo, Colo., and Vernon Funk of Lehigh; three sisters, Carol Houdyshell of Wichita, Linda Funk of Wichita, and Annette King of Hillsboro; and eight grandchildren.

  • Lorene Whitcomb

    Lorene May Whitcomb, 93, of Marquette died Saturday. She was born March 14, 1921, to Dean and Letha (Cunningham) Morgan in Elkhart. She married Warren Whitcomb on Aug. 21, 1940, in Cottonwood Falls. He preceded her in death in 1976. She was also preceded in death by her sons, Leroy Whitcomb and Randall Louis.


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  • Florence library to repair windows

    A little extra money can go a long way, and Florence Public librarian Ali Johnson hopes the $1,000 grant from the Florence Community Foundation will be enough to finish repairing the library’s old and ailing windows. The grant was awarded to the library at Monday’s Florence City Council meeting.

  • Volunteers hope new patio brings fun and shade

    Guests of the Harvey House Museum in Florence often visit to tour its inside, but now an outdoor space can also be enjoyed despite the hot summer sun. Last week a two-man crew consisting of George Grimmett Jr. and his son, Tyson, finished a roofed patio to enclose the current bricked patio.

  • Old and new materials used in playground project

    When childcare provider Michelle Regnier approached construction technology teacher Lucas King about building a new playground for Sunshine Country Preschool, she never expected it would grow so large. “I had plans for him to just build one from scratch,” Regnier said. “He took the design and just ran with it.”


  • Sharing the Avenue of Flags

    I think I have told this story before, but maybe it only was delivered at the coffee shop. I tried to dig around in the Memorial Day opinion columns of the past 13 years, but could not find this tale in those editions. A number of years ago, on one of my many trips to Colorado to visit my mother at my sister’s home in Fort Morgan, I stopped for gas in Limon, Colo., before embarking on the last leg of my journey. It was a semi-springy day and I had on a T-shirt that featured a screen print of the Peabody American Legion Avenue of Flags at Prairie Lawn Cemetery on Memorial Day.

  • Days of Yore

    The old concession stand/press box that has served the community for decades was torn down this week. Amy Bayes of rural Peabody has been elected president of the Kansas Library Association’s School and Children section.


  • Couple to celebrate 50th anniversary

    Jon and Esther Brooks of Peabody will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends June 7 at their granddaughter’s wedding reception. They married on June 7, 1964, at Peabody Christian Church. They have three daughters, Lana (Mike) Benson, Lori (David) Pickens, and Lisa (Preston) Hodges. They have nine grandchildren, and their first great-grandchild is on the way.

  • Burns seniors gather for meeting

    Sixteen senior citizens and friends gathered May 13 at the Burns Community Building for their monthly meeting. Beverly Morgan gave the invocation and members saluted the flag. A potluck meal was shared by all.

  • Rebecca Savage married

    Rebecca Savage and Brett Alstatt married April 12 at First Presbyterian Church in Hays in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Carl Helm. The bride was escorted by her father, Rex Savage of Florence. Her honor attendants were her sister, Jennifer Allenbach, and friend, Savanna Crow. Kristin Alstatt, sister of the groom, and Ashley Jenson, friend of the bride, were her attendants.

  • Fall prevention class is June 2

    A fall prevention class will begin June 2 at Indian Guide Terrace Apartments in Peabody. From 2 to 4 p.m. for eight weeks, participants will learn to help control their falls, exercises to help improve balance, flexibility, and strength, and changes to reduce fall risks.

  • Safe driving class offered

    A smart driving class will be offered at the Peabody Senior Center from 1 to 5 p.m. June 2 and 3. The class is for all licensed drivers. No driving is required to complete the course.

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  • Warrior track keeps steady at league meet

    The Peabody-Burns High School track team continued competing to break personal records Thursday at the Wheat State League championships. The girls’ team finished eighth out of nine teams, while the boys’ team came in second. Boys

  • Matthew Hiebert graduates

    Matthew Hiebert of Peabody and 157 classmates graduated from Hesston College on May 11. He is the son of Lonnie and Deb Hiebert.

  • Hannah Anderson awarded scholarship

  • Survey helps educators gauge school enviroment

    Peabody-Burns Elementary School Principal Ken Parry said he was nervous to receive the results of a survey distributed to parents and students by the school’s site council. Surveys were mailed to every family with a child in PBES, but of the 74 mailed only 21 were returned.


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