• Nepotism policy highlights discussion on new hire

    A series of interviews during the past week with applicants for a city public works position brought Mayor Larry Larsen and Interim Public Works Director Ronnie Harms face-to-face with the city’s nepotism policy. Larsen and Harms wanted to hire Todd Woodruff, but worried that his grandmother Janice Woodruff being a council member might violate the city’s nepotism policy.

  • Florence motel renovations under

    The former Holiday Motel in Florence may be less than two months away from reopening. New owner Cindy Schmahl said her goal was to have the motel open by October, barring any complications in renovation.

  • After 6 months, Ewert is cough-free

    It happened at a rest stop in Vail, Colorado. “Who’s that coughing?” the scraggly drunkard asked.

  • Cows go mad for music; farmer's video goes viral

    Rural Peabody farmer Derek Klingenberg has done it again. A video of him playing “Royals” by Lorde on the trombone to his cows has gone viral, amassing more than 5 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube Friday. The video, one of the simpler ones Klingenberg has created, features him sitting in an empty pasture with a trombone. After a few minutes of playing, cows begin running toward Klingenberg form a semicircle around him.

  • EMS volunteer numbers dwindle

    Interim EMS director JoAnn Knak has a difficult situation on her hands. In what she called an aging community, she has an aging volunteer emergency medical staff. Between the Marion, Hillsboro, Peabody, and Tampa EMS services, Knak said, there are 14 volunteers, with one leaving soon from the Hillsboro department.

  • Reservoir algae free once again

    Since May, Marion Reservoir has been plagued by blue-green algae. This week Kansas Department of Health and Environment gave the all clear to resume water activity at the reservoir, allowing the beaches to be open. Last week KDHE downgraded the reservoir’s warning to an advisory, but this week, while other lakes around the state were added to the list, the reservoir was completely removed. Why?

  • Elgin still awaiting buyer

    After spending three years restoring it and six years operating it, Jim Cloutier has spent nearly five months on the Elgin Hotel trying to sell it. He said he wanted to retire and travel more, and didn’t want to be tied down to a business.

  • Commissioners debate FACT funding reallocation

    County health department director Diedre Serene excluded Families and Communities Together Inc. from the proposed 2015 budget, sparking discussion among commissioners Monday about how to continue support for the nonprofit social service agency. Serene removed an annual allocation of $6,000 FACT has received since 2002. She said she supports what FACT does, but chose to free the funds for use in other ways.


  • Donald Klein

    Marion native and Durham High School graduate Donald D. Klein, 82, a longtime Lyons and Nickerson resident who was a milkman for Tip Top Dairy and a butcher for Berridge’s IGA in Nickerson, died Saturday at Good Samaritan Center, Lyons. Services were to be at 10 a.m. today, Aug. 13, 2014, at Lyons United Methodist Church, Lyons, with Susan Smith and the Rev. Brenda Davids officiating. Burial was to be at 2:30 p.m. today in Durham Park Cemetery, Durham.

  • Donald Buethe

    Donald L. Buethe, 89, formerly of Lincolnville, passed away Aug. 7, 2014, at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. He was born Jan. 16, 1925, near Antelope. He was the son of Herman and Amelia (Frobenius) Buethe. He was a graduate of Lincolnville High School.

  • Paulette Zook

    Paulette Grace Loewen Zook, 64, passed away, with her family at her side, Aug. 9, 2014, at Asbury Park, Newton. She was born Dec. 21, 1949, in Hillsboro, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Loewen. In 1962, her family moved to Florence. She graduated from Florence High School in 1967. She was a 1968 Wichita Business College graduate. She then worked for Beltone in Wichita.



  • Corn still has potential, but price is down

    Corn yield is likely to be down but not as much as initially feared after dry weather in July, corn dealer and farmer Terry Vinduska of Marion said Monday. “In June, it looked marvelous; it looked like a bumper crop,” he said. “It’s been hurt a lot, but there still is corn out there.”

  • How to estimate corn yields

    Growers can get an estimate of their corn yield by sampling small sections of a field. For corn planted in 30-inch rows, select a 17.5-foot length of one row. Husk five random ears and count the total kernels. Divide by 5 to determine the average number of kernels per ear.

  • Elevator adds space in Hillsboro

    Cooperative Grain and Supply in Hillsboro is expanding. Those driving by have been witnessing a concrete pillar steadily growing taller since early July. Now crews from McPherson Concrete Products are nearly finished with the 160-foot high walls. Cooperative Grain supervisor Dick Tippin said the new silo should be complete in late August and ready for use by mid-September.

  • Burning all year? It depends on the goal

    A 20-year study by Kansas State University found burning Flint Hills pasture at different times of year have few negative consequences to plant growth. Range owners in Marion County typically burn in April. Burning in April allows plants to begin growing and therefore effectively kills the plants. Walt Fick, rangeland management specialist with Kansas State University Extension, said this valuable burning benefit would disappear if range owners burned too early.

  • Pigweed taking hold

    Palmer amaranth, otherwise known as “Palmer pigweed,” has become a problem to many farmers in central and western Kansas. Palmer amaranth is an aggressive and invasive weed that used to be controlled by a popular herbicide called glyphosate.

  • Cooped up in luxury

    When Stephanie Ax and Larry Lago got engaged, one of the things Lago said he would enjoy was space to raise chickens as he did when he was a child. “He loved taking care of them and having them around,” Ax said. “He said he thought they were relaxing.”


  • Looking at our tomorrows

    I learned at the Peabody City Council meeting Monday night that the 2015 budget has money set aside for replacement of about two blocks of collapsed sewer pipe and two blocks of blocked up and corroded water lines. For those of you who read this column a couple of weeks ago when I wrote about why our water system keeps delivering water with color, odor, and taste problems, this is to let you know that nothing has changed. Our water pipes will keep bringing you the same thing. Just like city councils of past decades, this council is trying to operate with its finances in a knot. I do not have an answer for the members’ predicament. There is only so much money to go around. Monday night they learned the tax money Peabody receives from the county is about $33,000 shy of what it received in 2013. They heard the reason is that people do not pay their property taxes on time anymore. Some do not pay them at all. Some taxes may get paid later. However, the money is needed now.

  • Days of Yore

    Young dancers Mackenzie Young and Megan Bielefeld entertained the crowd Sunday night with Hawaiian dances during the Peabody variety show at Santa Fe Park. Hannah Farnsworth Berns, senior in business administration at Kansas University, was named to the dean’s honor roll.


  • Skinner reunion held

    Twenty-four descendents of William and Margaret Skinner and James and Amanda Skinner held their 67th annual reunion Aug. 3 at Peabody Senior Center. Members watched a video presentation of Mackenzie Young’s trip to Spain.

  • Aulne Boys quartet reunites

    A reunion Sunday at Aulne United Methodist Church of the Aulne Boys gospel quartet will feature plenty of singing, but group member Kevin Fruechting said the event won’t be a concert. “We’re not going to stand there and do song after song after song for an hour,” Fruechting said. “We don’t want this to be about us. We’re looking at this more as a fun time of worship, rather than a concert.”

  • BURNS:

    Mitch and Cathy Foote visit Nightengales


  • School budget? Same amount of funds, different year

    Complicated budget practices were put into a clearer perspective Monday during a budget hearing of Peabody-Burns Board of Education. Superintendent Ron Traxson explained that while spending increased for the budget there was actually the same amount of money to spend. “The budget is built for more than we’ll spend, to give us the spending power if needed in the future,” he said.

  • Fall sports meeting is Friday

  • Students attend Kansas Youth Leadership Summit

    A team of nine students and adults from Peabody-Burns High School’s Students Against Drunk Driving chapter took part Aug. 3 to 5 in the 13th annual Kansas Youth Leadership Summit at Rock Springs 4-H Center in Junction City. The PBHS group joined more than 150 other students and adults for a conference focused on reducing underage alcohol and drug use and encouraging safety belt use and safe driving behavior among Kansas youth.


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