• Peabody resident confronts city council

    Alice Morris addressed the Peabody City Council Monday evening about a notice she received of a nuisance vehicle on her property at 204 Pine St. The notice gave her 10 days to move the car, a 1999 Cadillac Seville. She told council members the car tag is current and the car is insured and operable. The officer who served the notice did not know what action she should take other than to “move the car.” The notice referenced Police Chief Bruce Burke as the contact person if she had questions. Messages left at his number went unanswered. She said she later found out Burke was on vacation.

  • PBHS/MHS co-op golf team approved

    In an effort to cut team costs for both schools, Peabody-Burns Board of Education approved a cooperative golf team with Marion at Monday’s monthly meeting. The new Warrior team will be coached by Peabody-Burns coach Jim Pohlman and practice at Marion Country Club. The team will split travel costs.

  • Warriors fall in first round of playoffs

    On a rainy Tuesday night, PBHS football lost 42-26 at home in a bi-district matchup against Clifton-Clyde. The team ended the season 8-2 overall. A winding low kick was returned by Kiefer Larsen to the Warrior 23. Fred Winsor gained three on first down. A second-down Braxton Kyle pitch to Winsor ended in a 50-yard score down the right sideline. The conversion pass was incomplete, but PBHS took the 6-0 lead just seconds into the competition.

  • Holm-Brinkman plans annual community Thanksgiving dinner

    This month Luba Holm-Brinkman is busy planning a Thanksgiving dinner. While she will include family members on her list of guests, Holm-Brinkman will also be calculating the amount of food needed to serve a couple hundred more people. The holiday meal she is planning is Peabody’s fourth annual Community Dinner. The meal is free to all and will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 22 in the high school cafeteria.

  • Peabody Main Street meets national criteria once again

    Peabody Main Street Executive Director Shane Marler received word last week that the program was evaluated and the community has been named a nationally accredited Main Street city once again. Marler received a letter of confirmation from Patrice Frey, President and CEO of the National Main Street Center.

  • Wind power project still pending

    Only the construction of wind turbines make a deal official, but work on a wind farm project in the county is making progress. Commissioners met in a closed session with Rex Savage of Windborne Energy to look at contractual agreements to present to lawyers. The commission will make an agreement public if agreed on.

  • Quilts of Valor wrap veterans in tangible gratitude

    Members from the Quilts of Valor Foundation presented 22 combat service members and veterans each with their own heirloom quilt Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. during Veterans Day. “You deserve more than just a simple thank you,” foundation regional director Martha Smith said to veterans. “So we are honoring you with a comforting and healing quilt.”


  • Herbert Wiebe

    Herbert R. Wiebe, 84, of Elbing died Sunday at Wheat State Manor in Whitewater. He was born March 20, 1929, in Newton to Henry and Maria (Epp) Wiebe. He attended Berean Academy. He married Delilah Rudiger on Oct. 20, 1951. They moved to the Frederick Remington Homestead, where they farmed for the next 30 years. Upon retirement, they moved into Elbing. During his retirement years, he hauled machinery and parts.



  • Centre goes for laughs with 'Pink Panther' sequel

    “The Pink Panther Strikes Again,” a two-act play based upon the screenplay by William Gleason, will be presented in two performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday by the Centre High School drama department. A criminologist, Jacques Clouseau, played by Barrett Smith, fights for his life and the future of all mankind as Paul Dreyfus, played by Kevin Lewis, is out to get him with the ultimate weapon, the Doomsday Machine.

  • Marion cuts loose... 'Footloose'

    The past four years, Marion High School’s musicals have been set in Biblical times (“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”), the Middle Ages (“Cinderella” and “Once Upon a Mattress”), and the 1850s (“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”). This year, director Janet Killough chose a musical set much more recently, “Footloose,” adapted from the 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon.

  • Hillsboro takes on fairy tale

    When Hillsboro High School choir teacher Lynn Just realized she had a lot of talented girls who were likely to participate in this fall’s musical, she knew she needed to pick a production to capitalize on that. The result is Hillsboro’s upcoming production of “Cinderella.” “There is a lot of female talent in the high school right now, and ‘Cinderella’ has several women’s lead roles,” Just said. “This allows me to feature more of the women.”

  • 'Seussical' postponed

    The Peabody-Burns High School production of “Seussical — the Musical,” originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, has been postponed until mid-March. The materials for the play were delayed in being sent to the school, pushing back the time that students could prepare. That, combined with the success of the football team, gave students a very short window of time for preparation, Principal Tim Robertson said.

  • Goessel students to perform satire

    Goessel students will perform a political satire written by Don Zolidist called “The Election” at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 at the USD 411’s high school auditorium. In addition to the live performance, the two-act play will include sets painted by Fern Bartel and campaign videos that the cast and crew recorded on campus as well as out in the community.


  • Compromise made between traditional and no-till

    There is a new option for farmers looking to get the benefits of both traditional tillage and no-till farming, Marlin Bartel at Straub International said Thursday. It’s called vertical tillage, and it works by cutting vertical furrows without displacing or turning over the soil, he said.

  • GPS helps farmers harvest data, too

    For several years, global positioning systems have helped farmers keep track of yields in their fields and even control spraying and planting. Now companies are producing ways to make even more use of that information. John Deere has recently released GPS computer systems for tractors and combines that include wireless data transfer, said Mitch Guetterman, store manager at PrairieLand Partners in Marion.

  • Farm Bureau nearing 95th annual meeting

    More than 1,000 Farm Bureau members in Kansas will gather Dec. 2-4 in Manhattan for the organization’s 95th annual meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn and Manhattan Convention Center. The meeting will include workshops, discussion of public policy issues, and a one-day meeting tailored to county Farm Bureaus.

  • Farm wife stumps for whole wheat

    Mary Beth Bowers of Marion says she is not an expert, just a farm wife wishing to educate people about crops grown locally. Bowers will be speaking about wheat in her presentation titled “All Wheat Bread is Not Created Equal,” Friday as part of Tabor College’s Lifelong Learning program. “I’ve lived on a farm all my life, and always thought it was interesting we raised wheat but bought flour and bread in town,” she said.

  • Buffalo heard growing at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

    Slowly but surely, the bison herd at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City is increasing. Now at 23 head, the goal is eventually to have a herd of 75 to 100 head. The Nature Conservancy owns the herd, but it is managed cooperatively with the National Park Service.

  • Marion businesses salute farmers

    Marion Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Farm/City Appreciation Banquet at 6 p.m. Nov. 25 in the Marion Community Center. The long-running tradition includes a meal of Kansas City strip steak, baked potato, and other sides, Roger Hannaford said.

  • Tips for beginning horseback riding

    Horseback riding has practical applications on a ranch or farm and is also popular as a recreational activity for people of all ages. Horseback riding is generally safe, but there are risks involved whenever someone deals with an animal with the size and strength of a horse. It can also be a nerve-wracking experience for someone the first time they ride a horse.

  • Centre students go to National FFA Convention

    Centre FFA chapter had 16 members attend the National FFA Organization Convention & Expo Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky. During the convention, members heard speeches by 2013 NCAA men’s basketball championship head coach Rick Pitino of the University of Louisville and U.S. Paralympic skier Josh Sundquist. Students attended leadership workshops and the par-law and creed speaking national finals.


  • The marathon shopping event is coming

    It seems as though November is racing through its 30 days, perhaps rushing to December before any of us know what is going on. Some years are like that. Thanksgiving will be upon us during the final week of the month. With Thanksgiving so late this year, there is less time to shop for the holidays — just in case you had not checked your calendar to make note of that information. As usual when things are a bit out of whack, I figure it is my job to help you navigate through the tough stuff, like trying to help you select a day for shopping. I am all about it once again.


    Days of Yore


  • Developmental disability board to meet

    Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will have its monthly board of directors meeting at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton. There will be opportunity for public comments.

  • Platinum country singer to perform

    Country singer-songwriter Pam Tillis, whose albums Homeward Looking Angel, Sweetheart’s Dance, and Greatest Hits each sold 1 million or more copies, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the McPherson Opera House. Tillis is the daughter of country legend Mel Tillis. She made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry at age 8. She has released 10 studio albums, a Christmas album, and six compilation albums.

  • Food commodities to arrive in Marion County

    USDA food commodities will arrive at senior centers in Marion County Thursday. Marion Senior Center will begin distributing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Other days of distribution will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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    Sayers family celebrates Autumn Padgett's birthday

    Red velvet cake recipe is the original


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