• Pickens resigns as public works director

    Peabody Public Works Director Darren Pickens resigned early on the morning of Oct. 9, hours after the Peabody City Council met in closed session to discuss personnel. The council met in closed session for about an hour at a special meeting the evening of Oct. 8. Mayor Larry Larsen, Interim City Administrator Mac Manning, and Police Chief Bruce Burke were included in the closed session. No action was taken when the meeting returned to open session.

  • Safety is high priority for school board

    School safety was, for the second meeting in a row, the large topic of discussion for Peabody-Burns Board of Education. At Monday’s meeting the board discussed the purchase of two main door buzz-in/video systems that would allow all school doors to remained locked throughout the school day. “The system would control who could enter the building and help us monitor traffic in and out,” superintendent Ron Traxson said.

  • Annual toy run will be Nov. 2

    The 20th annual Marion County Toy Run will be Nov. 2. The toy run has become a major benefactor for the underprivileged children of the county. The event is sponsored by the Sons of American Legion Post No. 366, ABATE of Kansas District 9, and Route 56 Classic Cruisers.

  • Shutdown affects WIC

    The federal government budget shutdown’s effects are expanding beyond federal campgrounds at Marion Reservoir and the Department of Agriculture service center to healthy food for pregnant women, infants, and young children. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment last week directed local coordinators to hold November and December food vouchers issued through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — commonly called WIC.

  • County still looking for appraiser

    While commissioners have yet to fill the open appraiser position in the county, the topic came up several times Monday on a day with little action. After conducting four interviews, Chairman Randy Dallke said no notable progress was made, and asked if the commission should consider re-advertising the position.

  • Oh, deer! Drive safely during rut

    One night last week, my husband, Kenny, and I were driving back to Marion on U.S. 77 when we got a scare. We were close to the Antelope corner and a car was coming toward us. Suddenly, in the dark, we could see the oncoming car jerk, their headlights explode and extinquish, and debris flew onto the highway hitting our car.

  • There's a new chief in Florence

    Florence native Bronson Shipman returned to his hometown to become the City of Florence’s first police presence since officer Michael Stone left in July. Shipman’s first official day on-duty was Oct. 7. He said the first call he answered was of a dog-at-large, and so far he has been busy.

  • Skiles twists and loops more than 50 wire horse sculptures

    Marion local artist Belinda Skiles has an exhibit on display until Oct. 31 in El Dorado on the third floor of the Coutts Memorial Museum of Art. The Skiles exhibit is called “The Wire Horse.” It includes about 23 ornate horse sculptures she handcrafted by manipulating discarded baling wire.

  • Visitors come from afar to visit Kapaun Museum

    Jerry and Barbara Wishall of McCormick, S.C., and Jerry’s brother, Jay, of Derby were in Pilsen on Monday to tour St. John’s Nepomucene Catholic Church and the Father Emil Kapaun Museum. Father Phil Creider of Shawnee, Okla., was another visitor. Harriet Bina was on hand to conduct the tour, one of many that have been given in the past week.

  • Ghost tours aim to scare and educate

    Marion Historical Society is sponsoring ghost tours for the second year, and proceeds will benefit Marion County Emergency Food Bank. Tours begin at 7, 8, and 9 p.m. Oct. 26 from the Marion Historical Museum. “Tours will last an hour and got to four or five locations around town,” museum director Cynthia Blount said. “We keep the locations secret so to not spoil the fun.”


  • Joe Heath

    A memorial service for Joe Heath of Florence will be Sunday afternoon at the American Legion building in Florence, after his ashes are spread at 2 p.m. at the tree farm on the east side of town. Heath died on July 11 after living in Florence since the early 1980s.

  • Richard Herpich

    Richard “Rick” Lee Herpich, 54, of Peabody died Oct. 8 at his home. He was born Nov. 9, 1958, in Herington to Fred Lee Jr. and Gladys E. (Hamilton) Herpich. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church and attended Woodbine Grade School, where he was in the last graduating eighth grade class before the school closed. He graduated from White City High School in 1977.

  • Linda Orcutt

    Linda K. Orcutt of Wichita died Oct. 6. She formerly lived in Peabody for 22 years. She is survived by her husband, Charles Orcutt of Peabody, and many children, stepchildren, and grandchildren.



  • Farmers seeing good soybean yields

    Soybean harvest is moving at different paces around the county. Not only are some farmers waiting for their fields to ripen, but also rain has set harvest back in some areas. Hillsboro Cooperative Grain and Supply said they have not gotten much rain.

  • Raising pumpkins is a family venture

    The Brandon Unruh family knows the secret to growing great pumpkins, lots of water. “They take a lot of water, more than you’d want to pay for,” Krisi Unruh said.

  • Fall harvest is one of best ever for Marion farmer

    David Oborny looked at the ticket just handed to him by Cooperative Grain & Supply manager Mike Thomas at the Marion elevator. “580 bushels, 13.1 moisture, and 57.7 test weight,” he read. “That’s a good test weight. The average is 56.”

  • Elevator operator works under millions of pounds of grain

    Grain elevators, they’re right there, jutting into the horizon, a silhouette on the skyline of many Kansas towns so familiar they’re almost taken for granted, yet they are vitally necessary to the annual farming cycle. Elevator operator John Ottensmeier can help those curious to understand the inner workings of a classic grain elevator and the storage process crops go through once harvested and deposited there.


  • Discovering my high school diary

    Sometimes as you mentally drift in your dotage, do you wonder if people from your youth remember you fondly or badly or — worse yet — not at all? Do you ever wonder if people you knew then thought you were a nerd even though you thought that you were just about as hip and special as person could be? Well, I can answer those questions today about my own life because this past weekend I stumbled across (and I think I need a drum roll here) my high school diary! Sheesh, how humiliating! I mean, there is just some awful stuff written in this little book about a five-year period of my life that was filled with a whole lot more angst than I remembered.


    Days of Yore


  • Threshing stones the subject of Tabor program

    Glen Ediger, Bethel College’s 2012 outstanding alumnus award winner, will present “Leave No Threshing Stone Unturned” at 9:45 a.m. Friday at Lifelong Learning in the Tabor College Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. The presentation will be based on his award-winning book of the same name. Ediger grew up on a wheat farm near Buhler and has done extensive research on the threshing stone, a tool Mennonite farmers used in the Ukraine and then the Great Plains during the 1870s.

  • Holm-McDowell accepted into medical school

    Alex Holm-McDowell has been accepted into the University of Kansas Medical School. She is a 2009 graduate of Peabody-Burns High School and a 2013 graduate of Kansas State University, where she graduated with highest honors with a bachelor of science degree in biology.

  • Third annual Dam Run set for Nov. 2

    Marion Elementary school PAC is having the third annual Dam Run for Education Nov. 2 at Marion County Lake and Park. The 5K run and 1-mile fun run will start at 9 a.m. Registration will be 8 a.m. at the lake hall. The fun run is free to participate and the 5K is $20.

  • Grant helps provide family fun night

    The Peabody-Burns Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization will sponsor a free family fun night for all PBES students and their families beginning at 6 p.m. October 19. Part of the financial assistance for the event comes from a “Family, Fun, Food, and Fitness” grant through the Kansas State Department of Education. Peabody and Burns families will enjoy a free hamburger and hot dog barbecue from 6 to 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at PBES.

  • Helmers celebrate 65 years

    Edith and Fred Helmer will celebrate 65 years of marriage on Thursday. The couple married on Oct. 17, 1948 in Syracuse. They have four children: David Helmer of Marion, Debra Thomison of Denison, Iowa, Deanna Gilbert of Alma, and Dan Helmer of Andover. They have eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

  • BURNS:

    Burns senior citizens share childhood memories

    The sermon

    Gross visits her sister


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