• Walmart Neighborhood Market coming to Hillsboro

    After months of speculation, Walmart officially announced it would be opening a Neighborhood Market in Hillsboro, set to open in spring 2015. The store will feature a grocery, pharmacy, a fueling station, and “select household items,” according to the Walmart press release.


  • Dedication to service can run in the family

    Among the character traits necessary to become an emergency service worker, one in particular may be the most common. “We’re all adrenaline junkies, I can say that,” Hillsboro EMT Gary Slater said.

  • Rare porcupine spotted in Marion County

    While Evan Just was returning home from work Friday, he spotted what he first mistook as a badger waddling through a ditch southeast of Aulne, but the creature turned out to be a porcupine. “When I got out of the truck to check it out, it had climbed a tree and was sitting there watching me,” Evan said.

  • Collision claims 2 lives in Hillsboro

    One woman died at the scene of a collision Thursday involving a car and a semi truck at Ash St. and US-56 in Hillsboro, and an injured passenger died Saturday at a Wichita hospital. The driver of the car, Joyce Smith, 82, of Topeka, and passenger Jean Case, 85, of Marion, were struck by an eastbound semi truck as the car started to make a left turn from the highway onto Ash St., according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

  • Gully washer rips into bridge

    City council members discussed damage done to the small bridge on S. Locust St. during the flooding caused by the Labor Day storm that dumped between five and six inches of rain on Peabody overnight. The bridge spans Spring Creek, a normally shallow waterway that borders the city park. A large section of asphalt on the southeast side of the bridge washed away and a section of the wing-wall beneath the bridge collapsed. Also damaged was a pillar in the concrete guardrail.

  • Five EMTs earn advanced status

    Five of six trainees passed a final exam to become advanced emergency medical technicians on Saturday. The exam was an hours-long hands-on assessment, covering 10 stations. Despite the stress, perhaps none were as nervous as their teacher, EMS director JoAnn Knak.

  • Donations for street signs sought

    Drive down any county road for a few miles, and it’s likely there will be a corner without street signs. County commissioners decided Monday to try a program from Harvey County where residents can pay for signs the county will put on their corners.


  • Jean Case

    Jean Elaine Hagans Case passed away Sept. 6, 2014, following a car accident on her 85th birthday. Jean was born to Frank and Velma Morris Hagans in Augusta, Kansas on Sept. 4, 1929. She moved to Marion at the age of one with her parents and older brother, Bob. Jean graduated from Marion High School with the Class of 1947. She attended Kansas State University, was a member of Delta Delta Delta social sorority, and graduated in 1951 with a B.S. degree in Home Economics. Jean married her high school sweetheart, Alex Case Jr., on Aug. 21, 1952. She was proud to be a Navy wife, moving to Texas and California with Alex after their marriage and returning to live with her parents in Manhattan while Alex served in the Korean War and she awaited the birth of their first child, Deborra. In 1955, the family moved to the house in Marion where Jean lived for nearly 60 years. Soon after arriving in Marion, they added another daughter to their family, Diana, and later a son, Alex (Casey).

  • Joyce A. Smith

    Joyce Ann Duckworth Smith was born December 24, 1931, to Timothy Amzy Duckworth and Mary Magdalene (Herb) Duckworth in their home in Wilson County, Kansas. She was the third of seven children. She attended eight grades of school in the Middletown District, four years of high school in Fredonia, Kansas, and two years of nursing school at Bethany Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. She was an active member of the Sky Rocket 4-H Club for 9 years.

  • Max Arndt

    Max Arndt, 70, died Friday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. He was born Oct. 7, 1943 to Harry and Ora (Callison) Arndt in Cheney. He was preceded in death by a son, Douglas.



  • Fall calving

    As cattle farmers all over the county enter the fall calving season, expectations surrounding fall numbers are generally high. Ranch owner Mark Harms said agreeable weather over the summer has provided heifers with good conditions for successful pregnancies.

  • Father, son share corn harvest

    Dwight Kruse and his son, Jason, were harvesting corn Thursday on bottom ground near the Cottonwood River just west of Marion. The two men work together, but each one owns and rents separate acres and owns separate equipment. Dwight said he enjoys working with his son.

  • Brunner defends beef checkoff

    Tracy Brunner of Ramona, vice president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, spoke at a beef producers’ seminar in Emporia on Aug. 22. He defended the beef checkoff, in which one dollar is subtracted from the price cattlemen receive for each head that they sell, as a means to share information with consumers on the safety and nutritious quality of beef.

  • New grain terminal will benefit producers

    Area grain farmers who market grain through local cooperatives may see the cash price they receive increase due to the new grain terminal being built west of Canton. Lyman Adams, Manager of Cooperative Grain and Supply, said farmers may see one-and-a-half to two cents per bushel over the basis price.

  • Cash grain prices continue to fall

    Grain commodities were lower Tuesday across the board compared with a week ago, continuing a downward trend. Cash grain prices at Cooperative Grain and Supply were: wheat, $5.86; milo, $3.04; beans, $11.95; and corn, $3.09.


  • Who will save your life?

    Near the end of the Peabody City Council meeting Monday night, Mayor Larry Larsen passed out a copy of the September on-call schedule for emergency medical crews that provide Peabody’s ambulance service. With only a few exceptions, our community is covered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Some of our EMTs are on call 500 or 600 hours a month, some only a few hours. And yes, there are a few times when the volunteers we have simply won’t stretch to cover every hour of every day. The month of September has 720 hours. Each hour should have at least two volunteers on call, which means our ambulance people are covering 1440 hours. We have seven volunteers. Most of them are stretched pretty thin. Even more troublesome is the fact that Marion County only has 14 emergency medical people countywide! How scary is that?

  • Days of yore

    Ryan Gaines and Tiana McGee reigned as King and Queen Friday night during Homecoming. Edward G. Grimwood, 86, of Burns died Sept. 15, 2004, at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital at El Dorado.


  • Jirak, Simpson exchange vows

    Kristine Jirak of Tampa and Mitchell Simpson of Wichita were married at 2 p.m., July 12 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Pilsen. The bride is the daughter of Francis and Mary Jirak, of Tampa. Parents of the groom are Jim and Janice Simpson, of Wichita.

  • Scouts taking members

    Boys who missed early registration can join Peabody Cub Scout Pack 108 and Boy Scout Troop 108 by attending a meeting to sign up. Meetings are Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Baptist Church at Third and Vine Sts. Yearly membership is $24; assistance is available.

  • Senior citizens to meet in Peabody

    Senior Citizens of Marion County Inc. board of directors will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19 at Peabody Senior Center. Peabody seniors will be serving lunch. For reservations, call the center at (620) 983-2226 or the Department on Aging at (620) 382-3580 by Sept. 17. Anyone needing transportation is asked to call the office by Sept. 18.

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  • Warriors smother Goessel Bluebirds, 54-8

    The Goessel Bluebirds caught Peabody-Burns off guard Friday with an opening onside kick that led to the visitor’s first score of the game, but the surprise jolted the Warriors into high gear, as they dominated in a 54-8 third quarter victory. “The first thing that happened in this game proved that this team can bounce back when things don’t go the way of the plan,” said Warriors coach David Pickens. “After the Goessel score, these players came to the sideline with resolve. When they went back on the field, it was time to settle in and play.”


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