• Fall cleanup to begin

    Residents are encouraged to take advantage of Peabody’s fall cleanup week to get rid of items they no longer want. Cleanup week begins Monday and continues through Oct. 4, with curbside pickup on Oct. 3. “This is a service the city provides twice a year,” said City Clerk Stephanie Ax. “It is a chance for everyone to get rid of large bulky items or accumulations of things that are no longer needed.”

  • City to mail trimming notices

    Peabody Health and Safety Officer Bruce Burke has announced that notices to trim tree branches and shrubs are going in the mail this week to Peabody residents. “The city ordinance requires that property owners trim tree branches to a height of 16 feet above the surface of city streets,” he said. “And branches that hang over driveways and sidewalks need to hang no lower than 8 feet above either surface.”

  • Ice storm leads to life of preparedness

    In the dead of a Kansas winter, an ice storm knocked out power to Russell Groves boyhood home in rural McPherson, leaving his family without a working heater, water pump, and most of the comforts of home for 10 days. Now going on 60, preparedness enthusiast Groves was 17 at the time, and the experience left an impression.

  • Plan to thwart Wal-Mart fizzles

    The Lumberyard owner Jon Hefley was tired of speaking against Wal-Mart, and he thought he had found a way to act. Hefley proposed a contract to Hillsboro City Council on the pretense that Wal-Mart’s contract with the city was void, and that he could purchase a plot of land in the middle of where Wal-Mart had intended to build a Neighborhood Market. The Hillsboro City Council ruled differently.

  • Beekeepers brew mead Renaissance style

    His journey started 15 years ago with an appreciation for history, a do-it-yourself attitude, and a buzz — the buzz of bees. Ever since local honey producer Bill Vinduska of Vinduska Apiaries got involved in a medieval recreation group 15 years ago, he wanted to become a beekeeper and brew mead in the same fashion as Renaissance brewers.

  • Lunch, Learn, and Live returns to St. Luke

    Occupational therapist Nicole Sampson will present “Cognitive Changes in the Elderly: Therapy Options, Home Recommendations and Helpful Advice” from 12 to 1 p.m. Oct. 8 in the St. Luke Medical Clinic basement as part of St. Luke Hospital’s Lunch, Learn, and Live series. A free lunch is part of the open public event.


  • Military Jeep holds memories for longtime veterinarian

    Anyone who has attended area parades more than likely has seen a 1943 Ford military Jeep driven by Robert “Bob” Novak of Lost Springs. The World War II veteran, known to many as “Doc,” is a longtime veterinarian. He purchased the Jeep 15 to 20 years ago from a private individual. He said the vehicle was used in Germany during the war and brought back to the states, where it was reconditioned.

  • Williams blends love of speed, restoration

    Two garages at Rodney Williams’ Florence residence house a 1927 Buick, a 1938 International pickup, a 1960 Pontiac, and a 1964 Chevrolet pickup, all of which he has restored to near original condition. Williams is enthusiastic and animated when talking about them, but his voice carries a tone of wistfulness when he speaks of his first restoration, a car he no longer has.

  • Dahl's autos find new homes

    When the plane that Don Dahl had fixed up turned sharply and crashed, taking his life, he left behind a legacy of community service. He also left behind three classic automobiles: a 1936 International pickup truck, a 1969 Jaguar XKE, and a 1930 Chrysler CJ6.


  • Phyllis J. Ragole

    Phyllis J. Ragole, 84, of McPherson, died Friday at Cedars Health Care Center, McPherson. She was born Sept. 14, 1930, in McPherson to Orville and Mollie (Herbel) Blackman. She married Joseph Arthur Ragole on May 8, 1950.

  • Myrtle Harrietta (Theander) Venso

    Myrtle Harrietta (Theander) Venso entered eternal rest on Sept. 22, 2014, at her home in Asbury Park in Newton. Myrtle was born on July 5, 1914, to Carl and Emma (Gutsch) Theander in Lincolnville, Kansas. The family moved and lived in Ashland and Marion County for many years.

  • Weston Dean and Nora Mae Jost

    Weston Dean Jost and Nora Mae Jost, twins born Sept. 15 to James and Rachel Jost of Burdick, died Sept. 17 at Stormont Vail Medical Center in Topeka. A private family graveside service was Saturday at Burdick United Methodist Cemetery. The twins’ maternal grandfather, the Rev. Wendell Davelaar, officiated.

  • Raymond D. Martinez

    Raymond D. Martinez, 74, of Florence died Sept. 9 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita from injuries sustained in an auto accident Sept. 2. He was born Jan. 6, 1940, to Juan and Josephine (Morales) Martinez Davara of Florence.

  • Kevin McCarty

    Web designer and payroll processor Kevin Emerson McCarty, 50, died Sept. 8 in his hometown of Nashville following a long battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 8, 1964, to Owen and Jessie (Jewett) McCarty in Wichita.

  • Esther Penner

    Esther Penner, 92, died Sept. 17 at Bethesda Home in Goessel. She was born Dec. 7, 1921, to David and Mary (Wiens) Penner in Henderson, Nebraska. She married Henry Penner on April 15, 1945, in Hillsboro. He preceded her in death.

  • Eugene F. "Gene" Stika

    Former farmer and stockman Eugene F. “Gene” Stika, 71, died Sept. 19 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. He was born June 9, 1943, at Tampa to Mike and Helen (Vavra) Stika. He was a 1961 graduate of Tampa High School, and served in the Army. His first marriage was to Elaine Reznicek, and they had three sons. He later married Judy Novak Nickel. Gene drove a truck and was a farmer and stockman.

  • Dorothy M. Thornhill

    Dorothy M. Thornhill, 87, a former resident of Ramona, died Sunday at Hillsboro Community Hospital. She was born July 14, 1927, at Herington to David B. and Mary (Bauer) McRae.



  • Building a friendship

    About 20 years ago or so, I was working for Gary Jones at Mayesville Mercantile in downtown Peabody on Memorial Day. It was fairly early in the morning of a major holiday and there were no shoppers in our downtown district. Most people were at the cemetery for the annual tribute to our veterans. I was seated on a bench outside the store, enjoying the weather. Off in the distance, from the south, came a couple of visitors to the community. They appeared to be hiking into town from the Jones’ Bed and Breakfast in the Mayesville community. I had work to do in the store that would be better accomplished without customers, so despite the “open” sign already in front, I skipped the chance to be friendly and went inside to be productive.

  • Days of Yore

    Peabody-Burns High School FFA members spent their day off from school cleaning up the school farm. A family celebration will honor former Peabody resident Norman Schmidt, now of Newton, on his 70th birthday.


  • Card shower requested for Louise Janzen

    The family of Louise Janzen requests a card shower in celebration of her 95th birthday on October 1. Cards may be sent to her at Marion Assisted Living, 200 Eisenhower Rd., Rm. 121, Marion KS 66861.

  • Delores VanBuren turns 80

    The family of Delores (Yoakem) VanBuren requests a card shower to help celebrate her 80th birthday on Friday. She grew up in the Wonsevu and Burns areas. Cards may be sent to 661 40th Rd., Burns KS 66840.

  • Open house for Edward Hein's 90th birthday

    Family and friends of Edward Hein will be celebrating his 90th birthday with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Senior Center, 212 N. Main St. They have requested that no gifts be sent. However, those unable attend who would still like to extend birthday well wishes may send cards to 1281 E. 170th, Hillsboro KS 67063.

  • Sorosis Beta Club begins another year

    On Sept. 18, Sorosis Beta Club met at Peabody City Park for an evening picnic and meeting. There were 12 members and seven guests present. After the evening meal, President Lou Ann Gray presided over a short business meeting. New club books were distributed and reviewed by the members.


    Snellings attend grandchildren's events


  • Tabor College enrollment grows

    Tabor College’s overall enrollment for the fall semester has increased by four percent from last fall and tied a record set in the fall of 2011 of 231 new students. “Our growth is the result of the hard work of many people and the favor of God smiling down on Tabor,” college president Jules Glanzer said.


  • Warriors beat back Little River

    From the opening kick-off, Warrior football seemed like business as usual Friday. The seven-play, three-minute drive looked as though the 2-0 team would cruise to a victory. Quarterback Braxton Kyle orchestrated the series, which began on the Warriors 24, and included runs by Brooks Hodges and Clayton Philpott. On third-and-17, Kyle connected with Kevin Baatrup who headed for the end zone for the first score of the contest. The 53-yard run was followed by a keeper from Kyle for the two-point conversion. PBHS was up 8-0 with 9 minutes, 11 seconds on the clock but then things got much harder for the team. Despite four more Warriors offensive series in the first half, there would be no more trips to the end zone for Peabody-Burns.


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