• Water tower to receive big scrub down

    During the May 27 meeting of Peabody City Council, a proposal to clean the outside of the Peabody water tower was presented to council members by Interim City Administrator Mac Manning. Manning said the Harvey County Rural Water District would be hiring Midwest Mobile Washers to wash the exterior of its two water towers. Because of the close proximity of those towers to Peabody, the city could save about $2,000 to have the Peabody tower done while Midwest Mobile Washers is in the area. The cost of cleaning the Peabody tower would be $4,980.

  • 3 generations mold family business

    When Ron Goodwin started Goodwin Industries in Burns in 1981, his intention was to have his son, Larry Goodwin, work with him. Now 30 years later three generations of Goodwins work side by side to create various items out of metal. The business has come a long way from building hydraulic hay beds. Now product lines include contract work, header sweeps, a round load shoot for cattle, and their top seller, wood and charcoal grills and smokers. Each person involved in the business is key in the decision making, which is why when Ron’s grandson, Zac Goodwin, wanted to make farm toys they all got to work.

  • Sixth pilgrimage to Pilsen honors Father Emil Kapaun

    About 140 people from the Catholic Diocese of Wichita embarked Friday on the sixth annual Father Kapaun Pilgrimage, walking from Wichita to Pilsen, birthplace and home of Kapaun. The participants took part in the pilgrimage to raise awareness for the beatification of Father Emil Kapaun by the Catholic Church. It took the walkers three days, two nights, and 60 miles of walking to reach their destination. The trip included daily Mass and confession.

  • Residents invited to forum on violence issues

    A community dialogue for residents of McPherson and Marion counties about sexual assault and domestic violence will be from 9 to 11 a.m. June 24 at the McPherson Bank of America Building fifth floor. The event will allow residents to learn more about the local referral system and ways to improve local crisis intervention programs, as well as to speak about concerns.

  • Music festival is Sunday near Hillsboro

    Those who attend the annual outdoor Songs on the Lawn mini-music festival Sunday at WillowSpring Downs in rural Hillsboro will have a day of music and food. Six local music groups including The Bethesda Band, Book of JEBB, Five Times Harder, Country Jamboree, and Cottonwood River Band will play from 5 to 8 p.m.

  • Food truck to debut

    Residents and visitors in Marion for Chingawassa Days can satisfy their hotdog cravings at the opening of Marion County’s first food truck, Jake’s Dog House, this weekend outside HRK. After months of hard work, Jake and Andrea Schadel have finished the final touches of the hotdog characters adorning the white and yellow truck, have everything installed, and recipes perfected for their debut. Residents will be greeted with a smile and possibly someone wearing a hot dog hat while they place orders.

  • 3 fish left in county lake derby

    Marion County Park and Lake’s fishing derby started with a quick catch on May 20 and will continue until May 31, 2015. Robert Mueller of Wichita won $70 in the derby for catching a bluegill, one of four tagged fish of legal size.

  • No one files for commission seat

    The District 1 county commission seat, which includes Hillsboro, Durham, and Lehigh. County Clerk Tina Spencer said no one filed by the noon deadline Monday.

  • County prepares for 2008-09 tax sale

    County commissioners approved a request from County Attorney Susan Robson on Friday to begin work toward a tax sale for overdue 2008 and 2009 property taxes. More than $70,000 is still owed on back taxes for those two years, she wrote in her request. Many properties on the overdue tax list are for small amounts. Commissioner Randy Dallke estimated there were between 15 and 20 that owed less than $20, and the list of overdue taxes is long.

  • Former MLB player to speak at service

    Former Major League Baseball pitcher and motivational speaker Brian Holman will speak at the performing arts center at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Marion as part of the Chingawassa Days worship service sponsored by Marion Ministerial Alliance. “He was one out away from throwing a perfect game,” Marion Christian Church pastor Carl Helm said. “He starts out his talks by showing a video of the ninth inning of that game. He’s just a really, really good motivational speaker.”


  • Bernice Chaput

    Bernice B. Chaput, 94, of Marion died Friday at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. She was born Feb. 13, 1920, in Clyde to Frank and Minnie (Chartier) Begnoche. She grew up in Cloud County and attended Tabor Grade School. She married Alcid Chaput on Feb. 21, 1939. They farmed in the Miltonvale and Aurora communities before moving to Junction City in 1961. They later moved to Lecompton, Desoto, and Topeka.



  • Art stroll features many sights, sounds

    Art and music enthusiasts from as far away as Kansas City and Salina wandered from booth to booth and shop to shop on Main St. along with a number of county residents Sunday afternoon in downtown Marion. “The people from Kansas City said they were amazed with the quality of artists and musicians that we had,” event organizer Jan Davis said. “They couldn’t believe that a small town could have such talent.”

  • Chingawassa Days filled with events for young and old

    People from all over will flock to Marion this weekend for Chingawassa Days. More than 1,400 volunteer hours go into planning, setting up, working, and cleaning up from the event with 30 volunteers assisting Thursday and Friday to set everything up.

  • Lake is a getaway for visitors

    As the weather gets warmer, more visitors begin spending their time at Marion County Lake. “It’s nice just being away from the city,” said Grant Morton, a Wichita resident. “We come out here every week.”

  • County museums are places for learning and fun

    For those interested in history, Marion County has several interesting sites that will fascinate and teach about times past. Marion County Museum The Marion County Museum is housed in the former Baptist Church building built in 1887. It overlooks Central Park and features the history and genealogy of the county.

  • Lakes offer many opportunities for tubing, wakeboarding, skiing

    Cousins Gavin Smith of Olathe, Drew Sullivan of Topeka, and Kaleb Sullivan of Hutchinson gathered with their extended family this weekend at Marion Reservoir for a weekend of camping and boating fun. The family has two or three get-togethers a year in May, June, or July at the reservoir. Ben Smith, Gavin’s father, said the reservoir is a good meeting point because it is in between all of the families.

  • Cliff swallows make home under bridge

    A colony of cliff swallows have gathered and built an intricate cluster of mud nests underneath the arched bridge that spans Clear Creek north of Marion near U.S. 56. Marion resident and ornithology enthusiast Lloyd Davies actively seeks out birds in the area and always keeps an eye out for new flying friends.

  • Learning doesn't stop in summer

    The school year may be over, but some people still are finding time for the classroom. Three classes are being offered this summer at Butler of Marion. A certified nurses aide training class of 10 students met Monday for the first time. They will meet from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. four days a week and will complete the course by mid-July. The hands-on portion of the course will be done at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

  • Fourth Fest is right around the corner

    Peabody’s annual Fourth Fest, in its 93rd year, will be exploding around us in four short weeks. Events for the day are similar to years past. A complete schedule with times and contact numbers will be printed in the next edition of “Explore.”

  • Summer schedule of events

    Summer is a busy time in Marion County, with more than a dozen major events between Memorial Day and Labor Day, spread between all corners of the county. June


  • Lack of interest in election is concerning

    The filing deadline for the Aug. 5 primary passed at noon Monday with nobody running for the county commission seat representing Hillsboro, Durham, Lehigh, and the rural areas in between — not a Republican, not a Democrat, not a Libertarian, not even a Whig. Roger Fleming decided not to run for re-election, which is a shame. He has been a powerful voice of reason on the commission for the past four years, and when the commissioners start ribbing each other he gives as good as he gets. This is a bigger issue than any single candidate, though. It isn’t unusual for township boards, cemetery boards, or even city councils in some of the smaller towns to not have enough candidates to fill all their positions — although some small towns, such as Ramona, often have tremendous candidate turnout. A county commission seat with no candidates is another matter. Since 2008 when I arrived in the county, only one commission race has been uncontested, Randy Dallke’s 2012 re-election campaign, and none have had no candidates on the ballot.

  • Add your cellphone to the no-call list

    The do-not-call list is not perfect, but it helps reduce the number of telemarketing calls you receive. Legitimate telemarketers will respect it — which meant that the ones who continue to call your listed numbers are breaking the law, and you should have no hesitation in just hanging up on them. Kansans with their landline telephones on the no-call list have had improved privacy for more than a decade, and our office has helped protect that privacy by vigorously enforcing the No-Call Act. Last year alone, we obtained judgments against 16 telemarketers who violated the No-Call Act with total penalties of $3.4 million.

  • Pay attention, parents

    It seems that a summertime rite of passage for me is the moment I come within inches of hitting some child on a bicycle — and I mean within inches! It happened to me again on Monday. As I drove up Walnut St. in Peabody toward home to eat lunch, a young boy about 8 or 9 years old came flying west on Third St. and crossed Walnut St. right in front of me. When driving in town my speed rarely climbs to the posted limit. Monday I was crawling along at my regular old lady pace when the young man scooted out in front of me. He never slowed down — much less stopped — at the stop sign at the crossing, he never looked in either direction before entering the intersection, and he would never have know how close I was to him if I hadn’t punched the horn a time or two. He was oblivious — never even glanced in my direction until he heard my horn.

  • Days of Yore

    Employees of Stone Mason spent Sunday afternoon in Peabody removing the 100 year-old cut limestone steps from the entrance to Sharon’s Korner Kitchen. The Peabody-Burns FFA Envirothon team won first place at state contest. Team members were Michael Unruh, Derek Benson, Leann Spinden, Ben Jantzen, and Jason Unruh.


  • Class of 1959 celebrates 55 years

    The Peabody High School class of 1959 met Memorial Day weekend for its 55th class reunion. Classmates and friends met on May 25 evening for dinner at the Coneburg Inn and for lunch on Memorial Day at the annual dinner at Peabody-Burns High School. Those in attendance were Bob and Janet (Lackey) Davis and Gary and Joyce Mott of Manhattan; Lee Bullock, Alvarado, Texas; Gene and Kay Edmonds, Austin, Texas; Judy (Don) Hess, Greeley, Colorado; Dwight and Pam (Herbert) Teaford, Union Star, Missouri; Carol (Bullock) Harms and Shirley (Wentworth) Herbison, Newton; Jerry and Joan (Mellott) Jost, Hillsboro; Larry and Lea (Winkley) Schwart and Lynne (Kottwitz) Watts and Jerry Higgins, Marion; Pat (Hess) McElroy and Florence (Hess) Morris, Benton; Norm and Judy (Mickey) Claassen, Jim and Marilyn (Eberle) Cox, Delvin and Mary (Palmer) O’Dell, Jeanne (DeForest) Smith, and Kay (Vic) Strotkamp, all of Peabody.

  • 157 attend Florence alumni banquet

    More than a hundred alumni gathered at the 118th Florence alumni banquet on May 24. The 157 attendees represented classes from 1943 through 2014 with special recognition of classes from 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, and 1989.


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  • Xavier Jabary named to all-star football team

    One of Peabody’s own will grace the field during the 29th annual Kansas 8-man All-Star Football game at 10 a.m. Saturday at Trojan Field in Beloit. Xavier Jabary will play for the East squad. He was selected because of his statistics, accomplishments, and honors and was named the district defensive MVP this year with a career-high of 19 tackles in a single game. He was also named all-league offensive and defensive line MVP for the past three years, and all-district offensive and defensive line player the last two years.

  • FFA members compete at state

    Many local FFA members competed in various events last week at the State FFA Convention at Kansas State University. Some members walked away with several awards and scholarships. Carrie Carlson of Center was honored as she finished her term as the state FFA vice president. Chorus

  • Tabor students make dean's list

    Tabor College released the 2014 spring semester Dean’s list with 193 students on it, 29 of which who are from Marion County. In order to make the Dean’s list a student must earn between a 3.5 and 4.0 grade point average.


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