• Appraiser decision still up in the air

    The inability to find a new county appraiser has caused commissioners to look for outside help, in case the search continues to stall. Commissioners spoke Thursday with Pam Palmer of McCully and Associates about contracting the company’s services while the county tries to fill the position.

  • Parody of viral video is a hit for farmer

    What the fox says is still a mystery to Derek Klingenburg of Peabody, but he does know what the farmer says, and his recent video parody of the song “What Does the Fox Say?” by Ylvis recently went viral with over 600,000 views Tuesday night. “I had no idea it was going to get this big,” he said. “It was an easy song and it was easy to come up with some farmer-related lyrics.”

  • Man takes horsecart to share love of rural life

    On day 37 of his “faith march” James Sheldon of Winchester entered Marion with his black and white Clydesdale, Reba, dog, Jill, and an old-fashioned cart. Sheldon is on a 50-day mission, traveling across Kansas in his horse and green and yellow cart to rural towns to talk about their importance to our culture.

  • Day fee waived for Veterans on Veterans Day at Reservoir

    Veterans can have a free day of outdoor activities Monday at Marion Reservoir to celebrate Veterans Day. The waiver applies to all active, reserve, and veterans and their families. It covers boat launch and swimming fees. The waiver does not cover camping and camping-related services or fees for facilities such as group picnic shelters.

  • Peabody-Burns musical postponed

    The Peabody-Burns High School fall musical scheduled for Nov. 16 and 17 has been postponed. Director Steve Wilson said conflicting student schedules have led to the postponement. Wilson said he hopes to reschedule the production for the spring semester.

  • Traxson named state's top arts administrator

    Ron Traxson, USD 398 Superintendent and former administrator at Cheney, has been named Overall Outstanding Art Administrator of the year for 2013. The Kansas Art Education Association presented the award to Traxson at its Oct. 25 fall conference in Overland Park. Traxson was nominated by Cheney High School art teacher Shawny Montgomery.

  • Food bank open Saturday

    Peabody Community Food Bank will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Peabody United Methodist Church, 403 Sycamore St. The Peabody Association of Churches sponsors the food bank for Peabody residents who find themselves in need of assistance.

  • Community Foundation reception Nov. 14

    Peabody Community Foundation is inviting Peabody residents to attend a casual “come, graze, and go” reception from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Prescott House Bed and Breakfast. Peabody Historical Society will cater the event, assisted by Peabody-Burns High School students.


  • Allison needs 1 note to tune a piano

    Depending on the musician, a piano can express the entire spectrum of human emotion from the bleakest moments to the jauntiest of sentiments. However, an out-of-tune piano can diminish the songs of the most accomplished players. In that respect, pianos are like any other instrument, only they are much more complicated and time consuming to tune than, say, an acoustic guitar which is generally tuned by hand using an electronic tuner to find the correct pitch for its six strings.

  • Shop for the holidays at Alternative Gift Market

    People looking for a unique gift for everyone on their list and to do good for others are invited to shop at the Alternative Gift Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Marion City Building. Guests can check out booths that represent over 20 different charities from feeding the hungry in America, to preserving the rainforest in South America, and providing seed to farmers in Ethiopia.

  • Circles of Hope discussion Nov. 14

    Circles Marion County will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Marion Presbyterian Church to discuss the Circles model and poverty. The presentation will be conducted in a panel discussion format and include persons in poverty, in community leadership, from the middle class, and a Circles volunteer/coordinator. Each is to describe their viewpoint on the Circles model, poverty, and perceptions that stymie progress toward resource stability.

  • Reward offered after tool thefts

    Florence police are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of perpetrators of thefts at Williams Service truck service in Florence. Police chief Bronson Shipman said miscellaneous tools were stolen at three different times recently, the latest on Oct. 15.

  • New emergency manager plans for the worst

    New Marion County emergency manager Randy Frank is currently getting ready for the spring severe weather season. He had already finished his work for the winter in August. “In emergency management, we try to help businesses and individuals and groups get ready for the next disaster,” he said. “We try to help them be better prepared, because the more prepared they are, the more help they’ll be during a disaster. We won’t be helping them, but they’ll be helping us.”

  • Kapaun Museum fund auction is Nov. 17

    An auction to raise money for the Chaplain Kapaun Legacy Fund has been scheduled for Nov. 17 at the Pilsen community building. The event was organized by Kelly Krch and Sam Oborny. A spaghetti dinner catered by Marissa Makovec will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by the auction, which will last until all items are sold. Joe and Tish Vinduska will conduct the auction.

  • Quilt show to honor service members

    Carol Riggs of Sew What Quilt Shop said it was an emotional experience that no words could describe when a quilt was presented to a member of the armed forces for their active duty service. Riggs and several others who have helped sew the quilts over the year will present several to local veterans on Veterans Day during a quilt show.


  • Eldon Andres

    Eldon C. “Andy” Andres, 82, died Oct. 29, 2013, at his home near Peabody. He was born June 11, 1931, in Newton to Peter and Ann (Richert) Andres. He married Edna F. Harder on Aug. 24, 1956, in Mountain Lake, Minn.


    Evelyn F. Strecker, Harry Penland



  • St. Luke adds on site ultrasound machine

    St. Luke Hospital recently acquired a new onsite ultrasound machine through a donation of $100,000 from the Lorraine Hadsell Charitable Trust. The new machine increases the speed and ease with which Marion County patients can receive ultrasound related medical services. “We still have the mobile ultrasound service too, but it only comes two days a week for a half-day each time, like it used to,” director of radiology Joe Pickett said. “But with our new onsite ultrasound unit, there is much more availability for local patients to receive care, and they don’t have to travel to Emporia or Newton if there is pressing concern like a hot gall bladder.”

  • What to do to prevent the flu

    Flu season is rearing its ugly head and while no official cases have been reported in the county, influenza is finding its way around town. St. Luke Hospital said the lack of reported cases of the respiratory flu does not mean it is not in the area, it just means that no one has experienced extreme enough cases to warrant hospital care.

  • Women's night out features health tips

    Two presenters will speak at the eighth annual Women’s Health Night coordinated by Greenhaw Pharmacy. Jan Frantz, owner of Jan’s Floral, will demonstrate how to make a fall wreath, and Lana Bichet will speak about her life-changing health experiences. “It’s a great night for women to get out, have some fun, and get some health information,” Myrna Hamm, office manager for Greenhaw Pharmacy, said. “We want to raise awareness to potential health problems more than anything.


  • That was a good week

    By the time you read this, we all will know whether or not our 8-1 Warrior football team has advanced to regional play. I am not a football person. I don’t understand the game — never did. And I never had sons, so it figured I really had no need to be all about it. Back in The Daughters’ high school days, I was usually horrified to see their male friends and classmates get sacked, pummeled, or piled on. I was glad I was not a football mom. I still have little understanding for the sport, but I am always glad when the kids on the team have a good year. It must be an exciting time for them, their parents, coaching staff, and fellow students.

  • One size doesn't fit all for health care

    Obamacare’s promise that no one will have to give up insurance they are perfectly happy with is proving to be a huge lie. Not only are individuals being forced to get new policies. Small businesses like ours, which always have tried to do the right thing and provide insurance free to all full-time employees, are being forced to abandon tried-and-true private insurance and offer instead insurance, often with less benefits, obtained through the government. Since 2010, the government has offered tax credits as incentives or rewards to small businesses that care enough about their employees to pay all (as we do) or a substantial portion of their employees’ health insurance expenses.


    Days of Yore



  • Warriors advance to 8-man state playoffs

    Class 8-man District champs is the new title for the Peabody- Burns football team. In an all-or-nothing Halloween match-up, the squad traveled to Lebo for the final game of the season. Peabody came out on top 36-14 and played Tuesday against Clifton-Clyde. Clayton Philpott returned the opening Lebo kickoff to the Warrior 28. Fred Winsor had a big first-down run to the Lebo 37. Winsor ran for 5 yards on first down. Keifer Larsen earned a new first down with a nine-yard gain. Braxton Kyle pitched to Winsor to advance one yard. Winsor was stopped on second down for no gain. Philpott caught a third-and-9 pass for the 22-yard score. Winsor took the Kyle handoff to the left side of the end zone for the extra two. Peabody led 8-0 with 9 minutes and 45 seconds left in the first.

  • Marion County players fill Wheat State League team

    Players from Centre, Peabody-Burns, and Goessel made up the bulk of the Wheat State League all-league volleyball team, selected by coaches. Cougars, Warriors, and Bluebirds accounted for 16 of the 25 selections — 64 percent.


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