• How will candidates run the city?

    Peabody mayoral and city council candidates have been invited to participate in a question and answer period at 7 p.m. March 25 at Peabody Senior Center. Incumbent Peabody Mayor Larry Larsen is seeking another term. Peabody City Council member Steve Rose is challenging him for the position, leaving his own council seat open.

  • POPPs group seeks volunteers

    Partners of Peabody Parks is looking for groups, couples, or individuals who enjoy playing in the dirt and watching things grow. POPPs is a volunteer organization made up people with a couple of hours a week to devote to new trees, shrubs, flower beds, and planters in Peabody’s parks and public areas.

  • Judge Powers: Poet, lyricist, rhythmic sing-talker

    When the honorable Judge Mike Powers hangs his robe up and puts away his gavel at the end of the day, there’s a good chance he’s stringing together a rhyme. “He constantly makes up lyrics and songs,” Josh, his youngest son, said. “Sometimes it’s to existing tunes and sometimes it’s all original. Road trips were always fun because of it.”

  • Cattle caper: Thief caught, cows brought back home

    Eight Charolais cattle from a Lincolnville farm took unauthorized trips last week, and a Eureka man is in Marion County Jail accused of stealing them. Michael Combs of Lincolnville noticed the cattle were missing when he returned from a trip to Emporia on Thursday. Sheriff’s deputy Mike Ottensmeier took the initial report and estimated the value of the cattle to be $14,880.

  • Wind farm clears yet another hurdle

    This time, it was blade-flung ice hunks. The latest in a series of obstacles presented to Rex Savage and the Windbourne Energy Doyle Creek wind farm was that of safety concerns. Commissioners on Monday approved a resolution allowing landowners to approve turbine construction nearer to their homes than the regulations previously allowed.

  • Commissioners to reconsider road closure

    Last week the permanent closure of a portion of Chisholm Trail Rd. between 300th and 310th Rds. seemed imminent, but after a number of individuals spoke to the importance of the stretch of road at Monday’s meeting, Commissioners will reconsider before moving forward. A public hearing garnered multiple attendees Monday, with only one in favor of closing the road permanently. That individual, Dale Christiansen, expressed only a moderate desire to close the road, with lack of necessity as his primary reason.

  • State to quit mailing tag renewal notices

    The state budget ax is about to come down on vehicle owners, as the Kansas Department of Revenue will cease mailing tag renewal forms to motorists in July. County treasurer Jeannine Bateman relayed that news to county commissioners Monday.


  • What's next for county wind farm?

    Rex Savage spent the past decade working toward the answer to one question: Can a wind farm be built in Marion County? With county conditional use permits approved and land use agreements in place, the answer is now “Yes it can.” That begets more questions, the biggest of which are these: Will it be built, and when?

  • Specialty crop applications now accepted

    The Kansas Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The purpose of the specialty crop program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops, including floriculture.”

  • Highway hay permits available

    Landowners may apply for a permit to harvest hay on Kansas highway rights of way through the Kansas Department of Transportation. Applicants with land adjacent to the right of way will receive permit priority through March 31.

  • Water conservation signup available

    A new sign-up period for water resources and non-point source cost share practices is available from the Marion County Conservation District. Residents can sign up from Monday through April 10 for funding available in July. Water resources provide monetary assistance to landowners constructing terraces, diversions, grass waterways, grass seedings, and livestock water supply systems.

  • Cemetery board to meet

    Prairie Lawn Cemetery Board of Directors will meet for their regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the council room of Peabody City Building. The public is invited to attend.

  • Cindy's cafe reopens soon after closure

    Cindy’s Café was closed March 9 for failure to pay back sales taxes of $12,859 but reopened Friday thanks to an anonymous individual who assisted owner Cynthia Taylor in obtaining a bank loan. “Everything is paid in full,” Taylor said. “It was by the grace of God. I knew if he wanted me to be here, it would work out.”

  • Marion student jumpstarts rabbitry

    When she’s not nuzzling her adorable Dutch rabbits, Marion High School sophomore Kaitlyn Goebel is working out a threefold plan to turn a profit off the colony she’s raising. In addition to selling the puffball offspring of her first rabbit couple, Callie and Osweld, she plans to transform their droppings into dollars by mixing pellets with other organic matter to make fertilizer.


  • Virgil Clark

    Former mail carrier Virgil E. Clark, 88, passed away March 11 at his residence. He was born Sept. 27, 1926, at Wichita, Kansas. On July 3, 1945, he married Norma J. Wilbur. He served in the Navy in WWII. He was a crane operator and worked construction for Hoisting and Portable Engineers local union No. 101, then worked as a rural mail carrier for 30 years.

  • Allan Cochran

    Allan Deen Cochran, 24, died Saturday at his rural Hillsboro residence. A service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Marion Christian Church.

  • Max R. Daniel

    Max R. Daniel, 94, died Sunday at Wichita. He was born Feb. 20, 1921 to Howard and Lenore Shahan Daniel, at Marion. He served in the Army during World War II. In July 1943, he was united in marriage to Hazel Hedges. They made their home in Wichita, where Max worked as a welder for Cessna. His wife died July 10, 2014.

  • Rosemary Garrard

    Rosemary A. Garrard, 77, died Tuesday at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Valley United Methodist Church.

  • Cornelia Nelson

    Cornelia L. “Toady” Nelson, 94, died March 11 at Diversicare Home in Council Grove. She was born April 19, 1920, to George and Lelia (Rose) Holmes at Lincolnville. She married Lyle “Keith” Nelson on June 1, 1940. They farmed and raised livestock.

  • Rosemary Ritter

    Rosemary Ritter, 81, Marion, died Saturday at St. Luke Living Center. She was born April 11, 1933, to William and Iva Mae (Nelson) Harris in Perry, Oklahoma. She was married to Warren Ritter on June 18, 1949.



  • Neo-Century hears about deep-sea diving

    Neo-Century met March 2 at Hilltop Manor with 14 members present. They answered roll call by naming their favorite sea creature. The evening program was presented by Claire Meredith. She shared her experience of deep sea diving and showed pictures.

  • 20th Century Club meets

    20th Century Club met March 2 in the Santa Fe Room of Marion City Library. Hostesses were Sondra Mayfield and Carol Laue. Nine members were present. A St. Patrick’s theme was used for the decorations. Members brought hors d’oeuvres to share and the hostesses provided drinks and Blarney stones for dessert.

  • Senior citizens board to meet

    The board of directors of Senior Citizens of Marion County will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Peabody Senior Center. The Peabody seniors will be serving lunch. Reservations are needed by today by calling Peabody Senior Center at (620) 983-2226 or the Department on Aging at (620) 382-3580. For transportation assistance, call the department by Thursday.

  • Health fair is Saturday

    With over 30 vendors attending, the Marion County Health Fair will feature a variety of opportunities to learn about healthy living from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hillsboro Elementary School gym. Featured classes include presentations on poverty, nutrition, diabetes, basic first aid, and substance abuse.


  • How to question candidates for city office

    Apparently, an ad hoc committee of interested Peabody citizens has decided to put together a “candidates’ forum” next Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at Peabody Senior Center. I hope that you all are excited and plan to attend. In the past, this sort of gathering has been sponsored by service organizations such as Kiwanis, PRIDE, or the Chamber of Commerce. However, like many other groups and clubs in Peabody, those organizations no longer exist. Count this bunch as interested in hearing what the candidates have to say. Also count them as a group of people who said, “Oh, all right...” when someone else pointed a finger at them and said, “SOMEONE needs to organize an evening with the candidates so we will know who they are and what they stand for!” There might be a bit of a conflict with some traditional Wednesday night events, but this voting business only happens now and then. If you have an interest in hearing the candidates for mayor and city council, you should be there. Since there are an equal number of candidates for the school board vacancies, this forum will only address the qualifications and goals of those who are running for Peabody Mayor and Peabody City Council. The mayor serves for two years and council members serve for four.

  • What is economic development?

    What is economic development? It’s a question with an ambiguous answer dependent on the people who fill the role of economic development director, the people they work for, and the communities they serve. Business and industrial recruitment is an oft-expressed core theme, augmented in different ways in different circles by things such as “shop at home” initiatives, tourism, public relations, and infrastructure development. It depends on who you ask, and who’s giving the answers.


  • Annual reservoir cleanup is April 25

    Volunteers are being sought for the 13th annual Marion Reservoir Cleanup Day. Volunteers should “dress to get grubby.” They will be tasked with picking up trash around the reservoir, connecting waterways, riparian zones, and wildlife refuges that lie in the North American flyway.

  • Burns senior share stories of school days

    Burns senior citizens met for a meeting and bountiful meal March 10 in the Burns Community Building. Following the potluck lunch, 17 members and friends shared stories about their early school days. Many interesting facts were given and tales about the Dust Bowl days were mentioned quite often.

  • Senior citizens board to meet

    The board of directors of Senior Citizens of Marion County will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Peabody Senior Center. The Peabody seniors will be serving lunch. Reservations are needed by today by calling Peabody Senior Center at (620) 983-2226 or the Department on Aging at (620) 382-3580. For transportation assistance, call the department by Thursday.

  • Days of Yore

    Daylight savings time will begin at 2 a.m. April 3. Ron and Lani Denu of Oregon, Wisconsin, are parents of a son, Grant Michael George, born March 14, 2005. Maternal grandparents are Frank and Janice Woodruff of Peabody.

  • Library quilt show to go up Monday

    Marion City Library will display more than 30 quilts, wall hangings, and table runners for its annual quilt show. The show will start Monday and continue during normal library hours until April 4. There also will be a barn quilt display. There will be an opportunity to win a quilt made by a library patron. The Marion City Library can be reached at (620) 382-2442.

  • Gymnasts perform well at Goddard

    An energetic group of Marion County gymnasts displayed their developing talents Saturday at the Sammy K. Ewertz Memorial Invitational in Goddard. The Marion Skywalkers’ team members each competed in double mini trampoline, trampoline, and tumbling events.

  • Parables author to talk at Tabor

    Alicia Snyder, a Wichita area author and illustrator, will be the presenter for the Lifelong Learning session at9:45 a.m. Friday in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor College. Snyder will share life experiences of how she has seen God in the world around her, and how God led her to turn some of her insights into modern day parables.


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    Koehns celebrate family birthdays


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