• FFA Week means unusual activities for ag students

    Peabody-Burns Vocational Agriculture instructor Gretchen Berns and her students have a weeklong list of activities in which they will participate beginning Monday. Some events will serve a limited audience and some will be open to the community. Kicking off the week is the staff appreciation breakfast from 6 to 9 a.m. Monday in Cathy Silver’s FAC room, 209. School staff, FFA parents, and alumni are invited to enjoy breakfast burritos.

  • County approves new wind farm

    After more than 10 years of proposals and hearings, the wind farm between Aulne, Peabody, and Florence received final approval Tuesday from county commissioners. A handful of people attended to oppose the conditional use permit (CUP), mainly the recent expansion of the wind farm south of US-50. But the commission’s 3-0 vote brings to rest the controversy over whether Windbourne Energy’s wind farm would be built in the prairie grasslands.

  • Farm bill deadlines approach

    Deadlines are near for new safety-net programs established by the 2014 federal farm bill. Farmers wanting to update yield histories or reallocate base acres must do so with the Farm Service Agency by Feb. 27.

  • Missing road sign gets colorful replacement

    No one seems to know quite when or how the street sign at the intersection of Eagle and 120th Rds. southwest of Hillsboro disappeared. The appearance of a replacement, in colors red, white, and blue, is just as mysterious to some who live nearby.

  • Grant money available for child projects

    The Central Kansas Community Foundation has about $31,000 for grants to pay for projects and programs that will directly benefit the children in communities in any service area of the CKCF and its affiliates. Peabody Community Foundation is one of the CKCF affiliates.

  • Peabody to host blood drives

    Two opportunities to donate blood through the American Red Cross will be available in Peabody in March, which is Red Cross month. A blood drive at Peabody High School will be from 8:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. March 4. Individuals also may donate from 2:30 to 5:20 p.m. March 9 at Peabody Methodist Church.


  • Patients should plan to use clinic walk-in hours for minor illness

    Patients seeking medical attention at St. Luke Medical Clinic in Marion should know walk-in clinic hours are for the evaluation and treatment of minor illness and injuries. “Some people come in a little confused as to what they can see us for during
    walk-in hours,” St. Luke Medical Clinic Manager Tammy Snelling said. “Sometimes people come in for a medicine refill check or diabetes issues, but for those types of things patients should schedule appointments.”

  • Family pulls together in wake of house fire

    Four days after the Friday fire that destroyed Gina Schaefer’s home at 321 W. Santa Fe St., she longed for a few minutes of peace, some respite from the relentless whirlwind of activity and attention. “It becomes overwhelming,” she said. “The phone calls, the messages, everybody wants to help, but it’s overwhelming. You need time to let your mind relax.”



  • A personal wake-up call

    I know I have said several times in recent years that I am “older than dirt.” Most days I think that is so. Some days I think I am still 15, 20, or 45. If you are my age, you know what I mean. If you are in any of the previously mentioned age groups, you probably have no idea. At some point in August of this year, my high school class will celebrate its 50th high school reunion. I remember at our graduation, the class that graduated 50 years before the class of 1965 was invited to attend and be recognized. Many of them did just that and there was a good-sized group. They looked pretty old to me and I could not fathom reaching such an age. Well, guess what? The class of 1965 is there, just as the class of 1915 was when we graduated.

  • Days of yore

    City administrator Jeff Benbrook presented city council members with a list of guidelines from the city’s insurance carrier about the proposed skate park. The Main Street auction was a great success, raising $9,300 and with some additional matching money may reach $10,000.



  • Lincolnville seniors enjoy companionship

    The Lincolnville Senior Citizens organization was established in 1977. The group met in the former Lincolnville 4-H community building. The size of the group has dwindled over the years, but the six Lincolnville senior citizens who meet each week at the new community center look forward to the time they spend together.

  • County seniors to meet Friday in Durham

    The board of directors of Senior Citizens of Marion County will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Durham Community Building. Morning refreshments will be served, and attendees are invited to eat lunch at Main Street Café.

  • Child educator takes talents to area retirement home

    It’s not very often someone gets to do what they love and make a living off it. Gayle Voth is an exception.

  • Wear Red Day was a success

    Participation in Wear Red Day Feb. 6 was great. People wore red to raise awareness about heart disease as it affects women. Keith Allison wore a red sweat suit and won the non-existent prize. Judy Thompson, the Veterans’ Service representative from Salina, visited the center Feb. 10.


  • Warriors rack up two big wins

    The Warriors defeated Elyria Christian School 55-44 Friday at Peabody after controlling the boards most of the game. “It was a good team game we played well,” coach Caleb Good said. “We worked the offense and defense, but our boxing out was incredibly good. Everyone stayed right with their guys.”

  • Lady Warriors win one, lose one

    Losing by 9 points, the final score of 43-32 doesn’t tell the whole story of the Lady Warriors’ game against Elyria Christian School Friday at Peabody. “It was a two-point game for a while,” coach Travis Schafer said. “We rebound well and played with confidence offensively. Our post players were taking it to the hole and everyone stepped it up.”


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