• Fire destroys mobile home, kills pets

    David and Kimberly Nunn lost most of their belongings when the mobile home they lived in at 814 W. 8th St., Lot G caught fire in the early morning hours Sunday. The Nunns were not home when the fire broke out. Their two dogs were in their kennels inside the mobile home and died in the fire.

  • Downtown roof project completed in Peabody

    For anyone in search of a kiddie pool, Shane Marler has an excess supply. The former economic development director for Peabody used them to catch water let in by leaks in the ceilings of the Baker buildings downtown. Thanks to the completion of a multi-year roofing project for the historic section of Main St., he has no further need of them. The ceilings — and thus the buildings themselves — are secure.

  • Peabody Care Center under new management

    Mission Health Communities of Tampa, Florida assumed the management and operation of Peabody Care Center as of Friday. “The ownership of the buildings has not changed,” PCC Administrator Melissa Parmley said. “Deseret, which has managed the property for four years, is no longer the managing company. Management and operation has shifted to Mission Health Communities.”

  • County ultimatum leads to shake-up at Tampa EMS

    Jesse Brunner is out, and Ron Mueller is in as Tampa EMS crew chief in the wake of a demand by county commissioners Friday for new leadership. Commission Chairman Dan Holub issued the edict for change after a 35-minute executive session with County EMS Director Brandi McCarty, EMS Board Chairman Gene Winkler, and Commissioners Randy Dallke and Lori Lalouette.

  • Newspapers win 23 state awards

    Hoch Publishing Company, publisher of the Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin, has won 23 awards in the Kansas Press Association 2014 Awards of Excellence. “I’m particularly pleased to win first place for news and writing excellence,” news editor David Colburn said. “In addition to weekly newspapers, we were up against ‘daily’ papers from much larger towns that now publish four times a week or less, such as Atchison, El Dorado, Augusta, and Junction City. This is a team award, and it’s good to know we’re on the right track in giving our readers high-quality coverage of our county.”

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  • Prom finances depend on choice of accessories

    With prom around the corner, students and families figure the special event will cost anywhere from $150-$600, or more. It’s no surprise the cost is substantially less for guys. Marion senior Brad Stone rented a tuxedo for the first time last year to attend Future Business Leaders of America awards ceremony, and he knows the tux plus flowers will cost about $150.

  • Rent-to-own housing is tricky trend, experts say

    Tenants looking for rent-to-own agreements are creating a growing trend in the rental market, but experts caution that such contracts contain pitfalls that can surprise both the landowner and renter. “I’ve been at this 37 years and I have not seen many ever work,” said Hillsboro Mayor Delores Dalke, a longtime real estate broker.


  • Let me introduce you

    I hope this week you all will read the letter to the editor elsewhere on this page. It is written by Hadlye Clark of rural Burns, a sixth grade student at Peabody-Burns Middle School. Hadlye has some apprehension about our rural roads after the snowstorm of the past week. I am not sure why she decided to write a letter to the newspaper, but we are always glad to hear from readers who have concerns about issues in our communities and county. Also, I am thrilled that she was willing to write it and sign her name. I get many letters from readers who may or may not have a legitimate complaint or compliment, but who want me to run their letters without requiring that they do the right thing and add a signature.

  • When no means yes

    Did you build or remodel a home or business in Marion County in the past 10 years, but didn’t apply for a property tax rebate through the county’s neighborhood revitalization program? Good news — it might not be too late to cash in. You thought you missed your chance because of this program rule from page 4 of the county’s application packet, reproduced exactly as it appears: “An application for a rebate must be filed within 60 days of the issuance of a building permit. Applications for rehabilitations or additions must be received and approved prior to the commencement of the construction. NO EXCEPTIONS.” Those underlined capitals scared you away, didn’t they? Silly you.

  • Days of yore

    City employees and a Kansas Department of Transportation crew hauled 183 loads of brush and tree limbs to the debris pile at Second and Locust Sts. last week. The city park will be cleaned up by a professional group, Arbor Masters. Rosetta Brooks, 88, died March 11, 2005 at Newton Medical Center.


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  • County Democrats assemble

    Marion County Democratic Women met Feb. 20 at Marion Senior Center during which Ann Zimmerman’s performance was well received and Janet Bryant shared “Hillary: The Coloring Book.” Following a meal, President Sue Clough conducted a business meeting and Connie Fisher gave closing devotions from the book “God’s Heart for You.”


  • Final buzzer for Warriors

    The Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball team lost to Moundridge 52-31 Monday during 2A substate play to round out the season with a 14-15 record. “The loss was disappointing,” coach Caleb Good said. “It was not one of our better performances for the season.”

  • Lady Warriors fall

    The Lady Warriors lost to the fourth ranked team in 2A Moundridge, 62-9, Monday during 2A substate play to wrap up their season. Moundridge came into the game against PBHS after defeating Solomon by 30 points.


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