• Emergency workers told to tell dispatchers if unavailable

    No concrete policy was put in place, but EMS Director Brandy McCarty has taken steps to reverse a problem that’s been slowing emergency response times throughout the county. The failure of emergency service employees to make known their lack of availability to the sheriff’s dispatcher, who orchestrates emergency runs throughout the county, has been a topic of discussion in recent county commission meetings.

  • Kyle joins millions in seeing 'American Sniper'

    She did it and she’s glad she did. Joyce Kyle, 87, of Burns was one of millions of people who viewed “American Sniper” over the holiday weekend. The record-setting movie is based on a book written by her grandson, Chris Kyle, who served four tours of duty in Afghanistan as a Navy SEAL sharpshooter and was killed after he retired.

  • MLK Day off? Elected officials made the call

    State and federal government offices closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, although city offices throughout the county remained open — with city officials insisting there was no slight toward MLK, but rather a decision made by each city council as to which holiday city employees have off and when city offices will remain open. Many city governments in Kansas closed, including Wichita, Salina and North Newton.

  • Reading hour Saturday with Parents as Teachers

    Parents as Teachers of Marion County will sponsor a one-hour story and activity time Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Peabody Township Library. The story hour is geared to children from birth to three years, but they may also bring older siblings to the event.

  • Pet tag deadline is nigh

    Peabody City Clerk Stephanie Lago reminds pet owners that January 30 is the last day to purchase a city pet tag for dogs and cats. “The regular charge is $5 for an animal that has been spayed or neutered and $10 for one that has not,” she said. “After the deadline, the basic charge remains the same, but there also is a late fee of $15 assessed on each tag.”

  • Pieces of the past hide in plain sight

    Main St. bridge railing, 1908

    Marion history enthusiast Bob Good seeks out and posts pictures and postcards from Marion’s past on social media. Friends and Marion High School alumni comment on many items he posts.

    “I put historic Marion pictures online for people to enjoy,” Good said. “I like to keep the town history alive.”

    One was a picture of the double stone arch bridge from 1908, which was replaced by a “new” concrete bridge in the 1920’s.

    Marion alumnus Debbie Reznicek had a story to share about the old bridge’s railing.

    “The man who was the engineer on the ‘new’ bridge built a house on Locust St. before my parents bought it in the early ’60s,” Reznicek said. “He salvaged the black iron railing from the ‘old’ bridge and used it on the front porch.”

    Growing up at 117 Locust St, she had heard the story as a child from her neighbor Leta Rees.

    Always curious, Good investigated, comparing his postcards to the present, and confirmed that the same railing was indeed still part of residence.

    “The old bridge railing had a very distinctive elongated diamond pattern that matched the railing on the house,” he said. “The railing caps looked the same as they do in the pictures, too.”

    Sarah Tolessa, current owner of the residence, said she was happily surprised to learn about her house’s connection to Marion’s history, because she didn’t know much about its past. Arches from Marion National Bank, 1880

    City streets superintendent Marty Fredrickson also has an appreciation for Marion’s history.

    “I’ve always been interested in history, especially Marion’s history,” Fredrickson said. “It’s nice to talk to people who share the same interests.”

    Taking his passion one step further, Fredrickson acquired several upside-down limestone arches that used to rest at the top of windows on the original Marion National Bank building.

    Fredrickson said the old bank was built in 1880, and torn down about 100 years later by Dale Smith and crew.

    He first noticed the arches shrouded in grassy undergrowth, while working on a utility easement bordering Smith’s property at the southwest corner of Cedar and Highland Sts. in Marion.

    “Years ago, Mrs. Dale Smith told me that Dale kept the stone arches as part of payment for the demolition work,” Fredrickson said. “But she wouldn’t sell them back then because of the sentimental value.”

    When Mrs. Smith passed, he bought the arches from the Smith family, and displays them upside-down at the front of his property on Walnut St.

    “I might flip the arches right-side-up, but there’s not much area for them to stand on,” he said. “Until I can find a good way to support them, it’s a safety concern if people climb on them.”

    The arches’ design is similar to the Bearly Makin’ It building, he said, and he thinks that Fred Lewis, a stonemason known to have done much of the stonework around Marion at the time, may have carved the arches.

    “Back then people had no TV, radio, and worked from sun up to sun down,” Fredrickson said. “When you look at some of the stonework you realize that they were pretty artistic people.”


  • Jonathan Ehrlich

    Retired farmer and stockman Jonathan Charles “J. C.” Ehrlich, 91, died Friday at St. Luke Living Center. Visitation is today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion. A private family service is planned with interment in the Marion Cemetery.

  • James C. Harris

    James C. “Jim” Harris, 68, of Florence died Tuesday at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. He was born Jan. 6, 1947, in Stillwater, Oklahoma to William E. and Iva May (Nelson) Harris. He married Theresa Modesto on Jan. 23, 1970. He was an over-the-road truck driver.

  • Walter Kleinsasser

    Walter Kleinsasser, 92, died Jan. 15 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. He was born Nov. 9, 1922 to John and Katharina (Glanzer) Kleinsasser in Carpenter, South Dakota. He is survived by a son, Joe of Hillsboro; daughter, Faith Klaassen of Newark, New Jersey; brother, Harold of Reedley, California; sister, Edna Espenson of Windom, Minnesota; and three grandchildren.



  • Mindfulness makes for better living

    Shannon Hoffer believes in mindfulness. She lives it. When she is mindful, she is anchored to the present. “Growing up in Marion I connected to the present moment by participating in sports and playing piano, flute, and singing,” Hoffer said. “I love the way music makes me feel, good or bad.”

  • Driving assessment tests can provide peace of mind

    Do you have concerns about a loved one’s ability to drive safely but you don’t know how to address the issue? Therapy departments at local hospitals offer driving assessments and can give a professional opinion or recommendation.

  • Breastfeeding support group moves to Marion

    Mom to Mom, a support group for breastfeeding mothers recently relocated from the Community Building in Hillsboro to the Health Department in Marion. “It’s a neutral and comfortable place many mothers already know,” WIC breastfeeding peer counselor Lynette Hiebert said. “Our primary goal is getting children proper nutrition.”


  • She said she wanted to volunteer

    I know that quite often I fill this space with comments and encouragement about you Peabody folks offering your services as community volunteers. I am a broken record when it comes to that topic. Yes, I know I am boring, but I want you to help our community move ahead. There is no reason why you cannot help. I know you have talents and abilities and I know we need you to share them. So I keep getting preachy. A rather amusing thing happened several weeks ago when we published the New Year’s edition of our three newspapers. It was a combined edition of the Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. Reporters from each paper were instructed to talk to their readers and find out what topic or issue in 2015 would rank high on the list of preferred coverage. The question was, “What should next year’s headlines say?”



  • Lady Warriors plug through 2 losses

    The Lady Warriors lost 36-10 to the Eagles Friday night at Elyria Christian School. Coach Travis Schafer said the Warriors defense had improved from previous games.

  • Warriors pluck Eagles, extinguish Heat

    The Peabody-Burns Warriors basketball team shot down the Elyria Eagles Friday night 62-41. “We just jumped on them from the beginning,” coach Caleb Good said. “We rebounded well, ran the floor well, and threw a lot of different things at them.”


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