• Boy, 2, OK after shooting himself

    A 2-year-old boy is recovering after accidentally shooting himself with his father’s .22-caliber pistol Friday evening inside their rural Marion home. Sheriff Robert Craft said the child’s father opened his gun safe, turned around, and the boy grabbed the barrel of the gun, which discharged.

  • Police arrest 7 in drug busts

    After seizing 3.3 grams of methamphetamines and 20.2 grams of marijuana from seven people in four busts over the weekend, Marion police had a message for drug users in the city. “If you’re using it, selling it, or making it, we’re going to find you, and you’re going to go to jail,” Chief Tyler Mermis said.

  • Alco shoppers deal with store closing

    While Linda Mish raised a family, she shopped at the Hillsboro Alco regularly. Now that her children are grown, she does not visit the store as often but she still hunts for bargains. “I wait for deals on canned vegetables,” Mish said outside the Alco on Tuesday.

  • Shopping Spree coming

    Peabody Main Street Association is once again sponsoring the annual Peabody Shopping Spree to encourage residents and visitors to do Christmas shopping in Peabody. “The tickets to take part in the shopping promotion will be available from participating merchants next week,” Peabody Main Street coordinator Shane Marler said. “Our goal was to be ready by Saturday for the “Small Business Saturday” promotion, but we ran into a snag or two and aren’t going to have things ready.”

  • County targets road sign thefts with new program

    Popular county road markers stolen over the years include Nighthawk Road, Falcon Road and Eagle Road. Chisholm Trail and Alamo Road, too. But by far the most popular one to steal is Mustang Road. “They disappear as quick as they put them up, seems like,” Sheriff Robert Craft said.

  • Peabody City Council members are one and done

    Peabody City Council members might have broken a record for the speed at which they attacked a handful of city issues Monday night and headed home in just under one hour from the 7 p.m. starting time. The light agenda was mostly made up of reports that required no action and little discussion. The council approved a $7,650 contract with Knudsen Monroe and Company to audit 2014 city expenditures and income. The audit will begin on Jan. 16, 2015.

  • County issues 1st same-sex marriage license

    For all the voices in the discussion and debate on marriage equality, the decision to allow Marion’s first wedding of a same-sex couple came down to one person, that being the chief justice of the district court, Mike Powers. Kaci Miller and Amanda Horacek became the first same-sex couple to marry in Marion County on Nov. 13, the same day Powers signed an administrative order to allow same-sex couples to wed.


  • Charges filed in Tabor beatings

    Lance Carter and Tabarrius Quordez Coffey were charged in an incident that left a former Tabor football player hospitalized on Oct. 26. Carter was one of two athletes that suffered injuries that night, the other being Manuel Michael Pineda. Pineda was hospitalized that night while Carter reported his injuries the next day.

  • Record year for Christmas relief project

    Operation Christmas Child locally brought in a record 1,409 shoeboxes of gifts, 384 more than last year, coordinator Susan Paine said this week. Wrapped shoeboxes stuffed with goodies came from benefactors throughout the county — with 954 from Marion, including Aulne United Methodist Church; 373 from Hillsboro and Tabor College; 42 from Canton; and 40 from Durham, Paine said.


  • Kenneth Schroeder

    Kenneth Schroeder, 92, died Thursday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. He was born March 16, 1922, to John P. and Marie (Goertz) Schroeder in Goessel. He married Ruby Prieb Feb. 27, 1947, in Hillsboro. She preceded him in death.


    Mary Wullenweber



  • Making your list

    By the time most of you sit down to read this issue of your community newspaper, the annual Thanksgiving feast will likely be reduced to a refrigerator full of leftovers in Tupperware containers. Perhaps you and some of your family will have even taken part in the annual Black Friday trek to the metropolitan malls and big box stores to make those vital purchases that will be wrapped and stashed under the tree in a few weeks. However, on Saturday I hope you will make an attempt to support the local businesses who serve you all year long in your hometown and county. This coming Saturday is a nationally proclaimed shopping day called “Small Business Saturday.” Most merchants in small to mid-sized communities realize they cannot compete with the pull of the malls and big box stores in large cities. There simply is no way they can afford to stock the merchandise the buying public thinks it needs to have a happy holiday season.

  • Days of Yore

    Officers and board members of the Kansas Newspaper Foundation held their December meeting Friday at Peabody. Nicholas Conquest, a sophomore at the University of Kansas, recently was inducted into the National Honor Society of Collegiate Scholars.


  • County clerk speaks to Sorosis Beta club

    The Sorosis Beta Club met Nov. 20 at the home of Pat Henderson with Sherri Gerrity as co-hostess. There were 13 members and one guest present. President Lou Ann Gray conducted a short business meeting. Guest speaker for the club meeting was Marion County Clerk, Tina Spencer. She gave an informative program about the many jobs within the county clerk’s office that she and her fellow staff members take care of daily.

  • Peabody Achievers help package meals

    The Peabody Achievers 4-H Club meeting was held Saturday at Peabody-Burns High School. The meeting was called to order by President Brandon Entz. Roll call was answering to “how many Numana meals are you going to package?” The October minutes were read by secretary Corin Parmley and approved as read. Treasurer Anna Lubbers gave the financial report.

  • Free child screenings in Florence

    Free developmental screening for children birth through 5 years old will be available Dec. 9 at Florence. Screenings will be from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. by appointment. Developmental progress in learning, language, social, and movement will be checked. Vision and hearing screenings will be provided. The process typically takes an hour.

  • BURNS:

    Residents busy with birthday celebrations

    Langs witness first snow



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