• Attorney okays codes on unsightly properties

    Peabody City Attorney Bob Lane reviewed city ordinances involving mowing violations and nuisance properties Monday night to give city council members some guidance on establishing community regulations and enforcing them. Lane said the ordinance requiring residents to mow their properties has been in the city code book since 1977. The ordinance states that when a resident or property owner has been found negligent, the city can demand the lawn be mowed by a specific date. That ordinance also allows city employees to mow the property and bill the resident/property owner. In addition, if the property remains unsightly, the city may perform subsequent mowing without notifying the resident/property owner of its intent, but billing the person each time.

  • Commission to spiff up courthouse

    A bent flagpole, an unwieldy trek for handicap visitors, a parking lot entrance that scrapes vehicles, two-tone pink walls with fading paint — the Marion county courthouse has seen better days. At its end-of-the-month meeting Tuesday, the county commission took steps to remedy some of the building’s ailments.

  • Farm tour will include Janzen Family Farms

    A central Kansas Oct. 11 farm tour organized by Kansas Farmers Union will include a stop at Janzen Family Farms. The operation straddles the Marion County/Harvey County line south of Peabody. Its headquarters is in Marion County, two miles west of Old Mill Road on 10th Road. The farm is a diversified livestock and grain operation that utilizes sustainable practices including organic crop production. It sells 100 percent grass-fed beef from a herd of 40 cows pastured year-round on native prairie, cool-season grasses, winter forage, and stubble fields.

  • Preppers already planning next year's 'Preparedness Fair'

    As Marion County’s first ever “Preparedness Fair” wound to a close Saturday after receiving over 200 attendees, event volunteers Russell Groves and Renee Aldrich discussed preparations for next year’s event. They thought adding financial planning would be valuable.

  • Lisa Geis shows 'supreme' champion lamb

    A commercial ewe lamb shown by Lisa Geis of Durham won grand champion honors at the Kansas Junior Livestock Show Sept. 19-22 in Wichita. Her entry was one of 80 lambs in the commercial doe kid division. A group of commercial ewes and a speckled market lamb shown by Cassidy Hill of Marion were champions.


  • Georgie Ann Schmidt

    Georgie Ann Schmidt, 82, died Friday at Asbury Park in Newton. She was born Dec. 18, 1931, at Hillsboro to John LW and Marie (Ewert) Regier. A graveside service was to be held Tuesday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery at Peabody. Baker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

  • Willard Olson

    On Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, Willard Webster Olson passed away peacefully at his home in Paradise Valley, Arizona, at age 75. He was born Sept. 16, 1939, to Webster and Frances Olson in El Dorado, Kansas.

  • Mary Ann Wiens

    Mary Ann (Bartel) Wiens, 84, of Marion passed away Sept. 26, in her home surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 13, 1930, to Ben and Elma (Funk) Bartel.

  • Larry Funk

    Larry Funk, 68, died Tuesday at Asbury Park in Newton. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro. Family will receive guests from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.



  • Taking a vacation on the farm

    I think most of my six regular readers know that I make an annual trek to Arkansas to check out my holdings in the family rice farm. This event has become a family excursion which includes some close and some not-so-close kin, a great deal of discussion about crops and farming-related activities, huge amounts of food, and a popular pursuit we could call “Gotcha!” if we were naming such things. That event is when we cousins tell a story that we all swore back in our younger days we would never ever tell. There were 17 of us. Two have died. Many of the rest of us are in touch mostly by social media and have not seen one another in years. Our grandfather created a wonderful legacy for his six children with his vast acreage of rice and beans. We grandchildren now are becoming owners of our parents’ shares in the farm and are getting together annually after decades of sporadic contact.

  • Days of yore

    Craig Nottingham, a former Peabody resident, is shown installing a limestone base for the new sign at Indian Guide Terrace. The sign is a result of memorial gifts in memory of Harold “Bill” Richmond and a donation by the Peabody Housing Authority. Mark Whitney, owner of Peabody Hardware and Lumber, has been busy this week installing a new metal awning on his storefront.


  • Peabody Achievers begin new club year

    Peabody Achievers 4-H Club held its monthly meeting Sunday at Peabody-Burns Elementary School. Members and their families ate a potluck meal together before the meeting began. President Brandon Entz called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m. The club members voted on and approved helping with the packaging of Numana meals from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 22, at Peabody-Burns High School.

  • Lectures to commemorate Mennonite immigration

    Mennonites’ experience in Prussia and Russia will be the focus of a Heritage Lectures series Oct. 11 near Goessel at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. Mark Jantzen, author and associate professor of history at Bethel College, will give two presentations: “A Long Sojourn in Prussia/Poland” starts at 9 a.m. and “A Short Sojourn in Russia” follows at 10:30 a.m., after a short break.

  • Life Chain is Sunday at US-56 and Nighthawk Road

    Marion County Kansans for Life is sponsoring a Life Chain event from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at US-56 and Canada Road. A similar event will be held in almost 70 other communities in Kansas. The local event has taken place annually for many years. People of all faiths participate, holding signs with pro-life messages. Some signs offer help for girls and women with unwanted pregnancies. Some suggest adoption as “the loving option.”

  • Democratic Women meet

    Marion County Democratic Women met for lunch Sept. 26 at Marion Senior Center. Neysha Eberhard provided tickets to the Harvey County Democrats’ ham and bean supper Oct. 11.

  • County democrats elect officers

    Marion County Democrats elected officers at Sept. 22 reorganizational meeting at Marion City Library. Officers will serve a two-year term. Eileen Sieger was elected county chair, vice-chair is Howard Collett, and secretary-treasurer is Janet Bryant.

  • BURNS:

    Residents attend craft, art shows

    Snellings have event-filled weekend


  • FFA brings home 3 medals from Greenhand Conference

    Peabody-Burns FFA won several medals Sept. 22 at the annual Greenhand Conference in Goessel, competing against over 350 other Greenhands in the South Central district. Out of seven freshmen who attended, Lane Markham placed fourth, while Bailey Penner and Bryany Young tied for seventh place.

  • County students honored by KU alumni

    The University of Kansas Alumni Association recognized Marion County honor students Sept. 24 at a banquet in McPherson. High school seniors invited to attend the event were in the top 10 percent of their classes academically.

  • Free parenting classes offered

    A free 10-week course for prospective foster parents starts Oct. 9 in Newton. Offered by Saint Francis Community Services, the course is designed to help persons make informed decisions about becoming family for children in foster care or adoption programs. The training is required by the state to become a foster family.


  • Crafty Goessel artisan enjoys variety in works

    The shelves of Lavida Schroeder’s large workshop at her home in Goessel are full of paints, craft magazines, three-ring binders, unfinished ceramics, and tools she uses to create unique pieces of art. She and her husband, Dennis, grew up in the Goessel community and have lived in the same house in Goessel since their marriage 56 years ago.

  • Former engineer builds models from scratch

    Navy veteran and longtime model builder Chester Brown absolutely adores all things aircraft. He loves researching intricacies of different designs, but simply reading about and looking at pictures was never enough. Brown was compelled to tinker with and realize aircraft designs using scale models.

  • Marion Assisted Living celebrates 10 years

    Doris Ewert can think of only one staff member who’s been at Marion Assisted Living as long as she has. While the staff has changed, the service has remained the same. “All I have to do is pull a cord and they’re here to see what the trouble is and how they can help,” Ewert said.


  • Warriors put Gorillas to bed early, win 46-

    Good field position and tough Peabody-Burns defense set the tone for the convincing 46-0 victory at Solomon on Friday. The opening kick-off by Kornelius Skotaam put the Gorillas at their own 10 yard line for the first series of the game. PBHS defense pushed the Solomon squad back to the 6 and a short punt followed to put the Warriors deep in Gorilla territory. With only 20 yards to cover for the first points in the contest, Clayton Philpott earned a first and goal on two carries to set up the team at the 6-yard line. Brooks Hodges picked his way through the defense for the score. Braxton Kyle added 2 on the conversion with a run to the left side of the goal line.

  • Lady Warriors blanked at Wakefield

    The Peabody-Burns Warriors came away winless from a triangular tournament Sept. 23 at Wakefield. In its first game against host Wakefield, Peabody-Burns was defeated 25-19, 25-16. Brianna Larsen led the team with 6 kills, followed by Katy Benson, who had 5. Rylie McDowell tallied 7 assists. Mallory Harris led the team in digs with 9.


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