• Warmer hands from heartwarming gift

    Peabody postal employee Misty Henderson was making her way around the Peabody community doing what she does every day – delivering mail to the 400 households and businesses served by the United States Postal Service on a cold and blustery Jan. 7. Later that day, Henderson wrote this on her social media page, “I have the coolest customers ever in Peabody. If you don’t know Mackenzie Young, she is a high school girl – a well-raised high school girl!”

  • Grass fire consumes 20 acres

    Most of the pasture south of Gary and Marilyn Jones’ house, barns, and outbuildings lies burned and black after a fire Monday afternoon blazed across about 20 acres, destroying the grass and vegetation. “We were really lucky, though, that none of the barns or sheds caught fire,” Marilyn Jones said. “The buildings themselves are old, but Gary had tractors and other equipment in them. And the hay barn is out there too — that would have gone up in seconds.

  • Florence chamber seeks ideas to keep gym open

    Solutions to keep the Florence gymnasium operating were the focus of discussion Thursday at a Florence Chamber of Commerce meeting. Bob Gayle said a group of volunteers is interested in donating labor and raising funds to repair immediate problems with the building, such as flooring and flashing around the roof, and provide ongoing maintenance. They would also prepare rules and set rental fees.

  • Schools don't bite on invoice scam

    When Centre School District board clerk Traci Alt received a $647.50 faxed invoice for textbooks last semester from Scholastic School Supply of Franklinville, New Jersey, she had her doubts. “It seemed a little fishy,” Alt said. “Most invoices are mailed.”

  • Filing deadline is Jan. 27

    A lot of people will be vying for city and county offices in the April 7 elections. Nine mayor positions, 37 city council positions, and 20 school board positions are open. County clerk Tina Spencer set noon Jan. 27 as the filing deadline. Positions available are listed below.
  • Burns — Mayor and two council positions.
  • Durham — Mayor and five council..
  • Florence — Mayor and 2 council.
  • Goessel — 3 council.
  • Hillsboro — Mayor and 2 council.
  • Lehigh — Mayor and 5 council.
  • Lincolnville — 3 council.
  • Lost Springs — Mayor and 5 council.
  • Peabody — Mayor and 3 council.
  • Ramona — Mayor and 5 council.
  • Tampa — Mayor and 2 council.
  • USD 397 —4 districts seats.
  • USD 398 — 4 at-ll at-large).
  • USD 408 — 4 districts seats..
  • USD 410 — 5 at-large seats).
  • USD 411 — 4 district seats,
  • Cottonwood Valley Drainage — 3 directors.
  • County slows roll on independent rockers

    The county backpedaled Monday on reimbursing individuals who rock roads, only one week after a precedent was set. After handing over more than $2,000 to Gary Diepenbrock of Lincolnville as reimbursement for putting rock on his own road, the county rebuffed a similar proposal from county resident Ed Vinduska, even though Vinduska complied with the county’s guideline of seeking prior approval.

  • Bracing for Wal-Mart

    Businesses in Hillsboro and Marion are concerned what impact Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market will have on them, and last week a handful of establishments met with an expert to sharpen up their customer service practices. Tim Smith, one of the main speakers at last week’s “Thinking Outside of the Big Box” forum, met with a variety of local business owners in both Hillsboro and Marion. Businesses signed up to meet with Smith, who owns his own management and workplace training organization in Allentown, Penn.


  • Permits for new homes increase

    Fifteen new house permits were issued by the county in 2014, compared with 12 in 2013 and 8 in 2012. According to Marion County Planning and Zoning Director Tonya Richards, applicants have one year from the time the permit is granted to finish the project. An extension may be granted upon request.


  • Kenneth Klein

    Former transportation worker Kenneth K. Klein, 72, of Tampa died Thursday at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. He was born Dec. 20, 1942, to Manuel and Frieda (Schmidt) Klein in Tampa. He worked for the Kansas Dept. of Transportation of Marion.

  • Dale Hasenbank

    Former farmer and truck driver Dale Ray Hasenbank, 64, of Marion, died Saturday at his home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego. Burial with military honors will follow at St. George Cemetery.Visitation will be at 2 p.m. Friday. at the mortuary. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.The Dale Hasenbank Memorial Fund has been established in care of the mortuary.

  • Virginia Shields

    Virginia L. Shields, 93, of Lincolnville, died Thursday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lincolnville. Burial will follow at Lewis Cemetery, Ramona.



  • Cold takes toll on cattle, ranchers

    With the temperature hovering around 18 Thursday, Van Peters chopped ice on his pond so his cows could drink water. It’s a yearly ritual for ranchers: The weather gets cold, and the animals still need to drink. They also need more feed as they burn more calories staying warm.

  • Welder makes art out of horseshoes

    Kevin Bartel of Hillsboro is a welder by trade but an artist by chance. One weekend, while home from his job as a millwright, he was looking for something to do. He spotted a few horseshoes lying around his garage and got the idea of using them to make letters and words.

  • Daily grind

    There is a website named Rotogrinders where members play fantasy sports. But the real roto-grinders are the ones farmers use to grind big round bales of roughage into fine feed for their cattle. Some cattle feeders own their own tub grinders, but many rely on custom operators who come to their farms and grind the hay as needed.


  • You should be on the ballot

    At the Monday night Peabody City Council meeting one of the most important announcements was made by Mayor Larry Larsen. He reminded council members who are coming up for re-election that their filing papers and fees are due at the Marion County Clerk’s office no later than noon on January 27. That reminder is for all of the rest of you as well. Your chance to serve your community is coming up April 7, but you need to file by the January 27 deadline. Peabody will have three city council positions available in the spring election currently held by Steve Rose, Tim Peterson (completing David Scott’s unexpired term) and Travis Wilson (completing Pam Lamborn’s unexpired term). Also on the ballot will be Larsen’s mayoral position. Council members are elected to fill four-year terms and the mayor serves a two-year term. All positions are voted on by all the registered voters within the city limits. Peabody is not divided in wards or precincts. The mayoral candidate and the three council candidates with the most votes will fill the positions.

  • Days of yore

    Varsity Warrior coach Leon Harris collapsed late Monday afternoon at basketball practice and later died of an apparent heart attack. Harris, 50, was in his first year of coaching at Peabody-Burns High School. Sorosis Beta Club met at the home of Sonja Koslowsky with Judy Starkey as co-hostess.


  • Loved ones' ashes become jewelry to soothe grief

    Florence relief postmaster Suzan “Lynn” Stroup understands just how devastating the loss of a loved one can be, but she found something as small as pinch of ashes contained within a special necklace helped ease her sorrow and soothe her grief. Stroup lost her mother, Hildegard Price, to breast cancer in 2002. A decade later, she lost her dad, Lenard. Before that, in 1986, her first husband was killed in a car wreck leaving her a widow with children at 23.

  • Card shower to mark Carlsons' 40th anniversary

    The family of Duane and Karen (Heinbuch) Carlson of Lincolnville is celebrating the couple’s 40th wedding anniversary with a card shower. The Carlsons were married Jan. 4, 1975, in Accokeek, Maryland. Duane is a farmer/rancher and Karen is a homemaker.

  • Pipe organs to be part of tour

    Pipe organs at Peabody United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will be part of a family pipe organ tour Feb. 22. Co-leading the tour will be Christopher Shaw, a Peabody-Burns High School and Bethel College graduate who has participated in recitals at both churches.


    Ryan Doyle returns to Idaho after Christmas

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  • Savage makes Bethany honor list

    Austin Savage of Peabody, a Bethany College criminal justice major, was named to the fall semester dean’s list. Students must be enrolled full time and have a grade point average of 3.5 or better to be listed.


  • Warriors defeat Cougars 72 - 47

    Peabody-Burns High School boys’ basketball team defeated the Centre Cougars 72-47 on Friday in Peabody. “I know Centre is struggling, and we had a few mistakes, but it was probably our best game so far this year,” coach Caleb Good said Tuesday. “We played well as a team. It was good team win.”

  • Lady Warriors lose to two games

    Peabody-Burns High School girls’ basketball team was defeated by the Centre Cougars Friday in Peabody, with a final score of 58-14. “It wasn’t pretty,” coach Travis Schafer said Tuesday. “It was our worst game of the year.”

  • Warriors land 14 on all-district football team

    Peabody-Burns Warriors feature prominently on the list of District IA football players who were named to the Kpreps all-district football team. Kpreps is a six-year-old Internet service focused on Kansas high school sports. Those receiving first team were Braxton Kyle, quarterback, defensive back, offensive MVP, and punter; Brandon Entz, offensive line; Kevin Baatrup, receiver; Keifer Larsen, linebacker; and Clayton Philpott, return specialist.


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