HEADLINES

  • Arrests made in sexual assault case in Peabody

    Peabody police arrested an 18-year-old honor roll student Tuesday on a charge of allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl. Malachi Lee Hunsucker, 18, a senior at Peabody-Burns High School, was booked into Marion County Jail on one count of rape.

  • Former Santa impersonator charged with raping minor

    A former Marion County sheriff’s dispatcher, who also worked as an emergency medical technician and firefighter and played Santa for local preschool children, has been jailed for the past seven weeks on 13 counts, including statutory rape of an 8-year-old in Marion. His jailing outside the county was revealed Monday after commissioners were told by Sheriff Robert Craft the county may have to continue paying $30 a day to keep him in a McPherson jail because he knows too much about operations of the Marion jail.

  • Cut costs Marion County schools almost $150,000

  • Where do we bury our nation's symbol?

    It’s no secret. A bald eagle was shot and killed by an unknown suspect sometime during the morning of Feb. 4 below the base of the dam at Marion Reservoir on the east side of the outlet. The case is currently under investigation by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but for the bird, there are several stages it must go through to get to its final resting place.

  • 'Phoenix Group' hopes to breathe life into Florence gymnasium

    It’s hosted flea markets, art fairs, roller skating, and a haunted house. It’s home to a few annual Florence events. It’s had broken pipes, a leaky roof, and a warped floor. It even got a recreation director terminated over scheduling conflicts. The gymnasium in Florence has been a building in search of a purpose since the city purchased it in 2008 and Marion County Special Education Cooperative moved out in 2009.

DEATHS

  • Audrey Bartel

    Audrey Estella Bartel, 82, died Feb. 3 at Kansas Christian Home in Newton. She was born to David and Anna (Bartel) Bartel at Durham.

  • Virgil Oblander

    Virgil Oblander, 88, died Feb. 4 in Hillsboro. He was born May 19, 1926, to David and Christina (Herdt) Oblander in rural Durham. Survivors include his wife, Jean Oblander of Hillsboro; sons, Gene of Greeley, Colorado, and Burt of Newton; daughters, Kim Frantz of Tampa and Wendy Daniel of Beckenham, England; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

  • Gary Sumner

    Gary E. Sumner, 59, of Florence, died Thursday at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. He was born May 20, 1955, to Robert J. and Shirley E. (Perras) Sumner in North Adams, Massachusetts. He married Sharon K. Davis on Dec. 2, 1978.

  • Robert Wilson

    Robert “Bob” Lawrence Wilson, 49, of Hillsboro died Jan. 30. He is survived by his life partner, Cynthia Kerr; children, Jennifer, Steven, and Sarah; and Sarah’s mother, Maria Wilson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Evelynn (Preston) Wilson; a brother, Charles Wilson; and his first wife, Sylvia Wilson.

  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Martha Davis, Rex Siebert, Alex Stuchlik

DOCKET

FARM

  • "Trombone cow guy" is a farmer first

    Even as he builds a sizeable catalogue of hit viral videos, farmer Derek Klingenberg of Peabody is still primarily just that — a farmer from Peabody. The video-making comes in his down time and during work. He’s not some entertainer who just happens to live on a farm, he’s a farmer who happens to be entertaining.

  • Grandson honors grandfather by winning award

    Ed Svitak of Pilsen has been known by many names. Born a Deines, he became a Hett, but because of the bonding that developed between him and his grandfather, the late Ed Svitak, he took on the Svitak name as an adult. Known as “Eddy” to friends and relatives, Svitak began farming with his grandfather when he was in high school, a relationship that continued until his grandfather died about two years ago.

  • Earthquakes to be topic at MCCD event

    The 69th annual meeting of the Marion County Conservation District will be held 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. Rex Buchanan, interim director of Kansas Geological Survey, will give a presentation about earthquakes in Kansas.

OPINION

  • We know who is running, what's next?

    Apparently there is considerable conversation here about the candidates running to fill the seats being vacated in April for Peabody mayor, Peabody city council, and Peabody-Burns board of education. Good for us! Community conversation about such issues as candidates is a good thing. There have been some surprises related to those who have announced their candidacy. That also is a good thing for the community and the school district. Some folks with very specific ideas about how the city or school district should operate have opted to represent us. Other candidates are unknowns. Voters may recognize them from seeing them in the grocery store or at a community function, but there is little or no name recognition and we voters have no idea where they stand on community or school issues. Some are long-time residents, but that does not necessarily mean we know what position they may take on a given topic.

  • Days of yore

    Julia Ensminger resigned as senior class sponsor for the 2004-05 school year. The investigation continues into the death of Frances Jacobs at her home on Elm St. Preliminary investigation indicates she had a heart attack and was dead when the fire started.

PEOPLE

  • Medical center holding photo contest

    The Landon Center on Aging at the University of Kansas Medical Center is sponsoring a photo contest to bring attention to the many faces of older adults. The contest is statewide and open to all ages. Photographs entered must include a minimum of one individual at least 65 years old. Entries can be submitted online or through the mail. Entries will be accepted from April 15 to May 15.

  • BIRTHS:

    Conner Joseph Cyr
  • BURNS:

    February visitors and celebrations

SPORTS

  • Lady Warriors lose momentum

    Though the Peabody-Burns girls basketball team traded baskets with Wakefield in the first half Friday night, they ran out of steam in the second half to lose 43-25. Peabody-Burns scored 9 points in the first quarter and 10 points in the second quarter to Wakefield’s 10 and 13 points, to go into halftime behind 23-19.

  • Warriors heartbroken by 3-pointers

    The Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball team lost 62-49 in its homecoming game against Wakefield largely because of points the Bombers scored from the 3-point line. “There is no denying that they were a good team, and we played well overall. There were just a couple of tough situations we ran into,” coach Caleb Good said. “Wakefield jumped on us early in the first quarter. They also had a good shooter who hit five of six 3-pointers he shot during the game.”

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