• Performing for President Obama

    Earning a position in an elite musical group at the University of Kansas has given Peabody native Taylor Ensminger a chance to perform before hundreds of people in dozens of venues. However, playing for the President of the United States during his trip to KU this past week was a performance she never envisioned. “I’m super excited about being a part of this,” she said. “It is a great way to end my final semester at KU.”

  • Woman convicted of sex offenses faces charges here, too

    A 24-year-old Dodge City woman, who pleaded guilty recently to five of 23 original counts of sexual exploitation in Ford County, was booked into Marion County Jail last week on charges of rape, sodomy and sexual exploitation of a child that allegedly involve taking inappropriate photographs of a child here. While declining to provide details of the case, county attorney Susan Robson said the incident that was alleged to have happened in Marion County came to light while sheriff’s deputies were assisting Ford County authorities with an investigation.

  • County schedules roads workshop

    County Road and Bridge Department personnel will be meeting with commissioners Monday to discuss strategy for the upcoming year. Road and Bridge Superintendent Randy Crawford was not at Monday’s commission meeting, but commissioners planned with Jesse Hamm, of the road and bridge department, to hold the workshop.

  • Lost gravestone returns home

    After more than 60 years, the mystery of a solitary gravestone in a pasture south of Marion has been solved, and the stone has been returned to its rightful home at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Cemetery. Jerry Dieter brought the grave marker to the attention of Marion Cemetery Board in 2013. The lettering on the marker was chiseled in old German, and appeared to belong to Wilhelmina Stelting.

  • Golf and gardening next for Florence city retirees

    Two recently retired Florence city employees have plans to hit the links and tackle projects at home. The city council honored Phil Baldwin and Larry Scriven last week with a reception, and each received an engraved pen, said Mayor Mary Shipman.

  • Marijuana charges pending against 2 teens

    Charges are pending against two teenage boys after Hillsboro Police seized about 5 grams of marijuana and a plethora of paraphernalia Thursday from a recreational vehicle parked at a Hillsboro residence. Assistant Chief of Police Jessey Hiebert responded to the scene that afternoon after receiving a complaint of possible drug activity that morning.


  • Hooking up with the right vehicle

    Fred Epperson liked the two-toned pickup right away. He saw it on the Ford dealership lot in Hillsboro five years ago. A farmer in Clay Center had traded it in for a Ford Ranger. Epperson stopped in and made an offer. A week later, Epperson bought the 1994 F-150 for $5,500 and happily sold the white pickup he had been driving.

  • County bus handy, but isn't used much

    No limousine services operate within the limits of Marion County. That doesn’t mean community groups can’t ride in style — as long as a 25-year-old converted school bus fits their definition of stylish. A bus owned by the county sits collecting dust most of the year, but can be used by groups in search of a way to transport several people at once. Community-oriented groups don’t have to pay anything beyond the cost of gas and paying the driver, said County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman.




  • This and that

    It seems we have had some brave and dedicated souls announce their candidacy for public office this week. The deadline was noon Tuesday for those who decided to take the plunge and run for Peabody mayor and city council positions, as well as Peabody-Burns board of education spots. Good for all of you! While the rest of us may not agree with everything you do should you win the spot for which you are competing, we are glad you stepped up and decided to run. You will have some late nights and you will get tired of the general public button-holing you on the street corner to tell you what they think, but this system is what our forefathers selected for us and it has worked for a long time. Now you are a part of it. You have my sincere appreciation and probably that of all six of my regular readers.


  • Morris and Honer engaged

    John and Allie Morris of Peabody announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Morris, to Joshua Honer, both of Wichita. Honer is the son of Jill and Don Honer of Wichita.

  • Trivia a hit with Sorosis Beta group

    Sorosis Beta Club members met Jan. 15 for a supper meeting at Peabody Senior Center. A meal was prepared for 15 members and nine guests. After the meal, members and guests enjoyed a trivia program prepared and led by Shreves Avery. A short business meeting followed and the rest of the evening was spent socializing and visiting.

  • Masons to honor 50-year members

    The Masons of Advance Lodge 114, Florence, will recognize Gary Carroll, formerly of Florence, for 50 years of membership with a dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Florentine Masonic Center. Carroll, who currently lives in Rockwall, Texas, will be present for the event.

  • BURNS:

    Nightengales entertain family, Days of Yore


  • Lady Warriors battle flu, win 1, take 6th at Centre

    The Lady Warriors took 6th in the Centre basketball tournament after powering through two weekend games, winning against Wakefield 61-49 and losing to Solomon 52-41, all while fending off a seasonal spat with the flu. “I don’t think I’ve ever been so proud of our team,” coach Travis Schafer said. “Everybody played really well. Four of our girls were sick with the flu, but held strong and played through their sickness to help us win against Wakefield.”

  • Warriors take 4th at Cougar Classic

    After defeating Rural Vista 60-53, the Warriors went on to take fourth place losing two hard-fought games to Salina Sacred Heart 81-32 on Friday and Wakefield 61-49 on Saturday. “Sacred Heart jumped on us early and never looked back,” coach Caleb Good said. “We turned the ball over a few times and they had run-outs that proved to be lay ups on the other end.”


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