• Candidates share opinions about Peabody issues

    While no single candidate for mayor or city council had a surefire cure for any problems that ail the community, there was no shortage of opinions about them Wednesday evening at the Peabody Candidates’ Forum at the senior center. Both candidates for mayor, incumbent Larry Larsen and challenger Steve Rose, and city council candidates Joan Berg, Tim Caldwell, Megan Holt, and Kenny Rogers were present for the event. Council candidate Travis Wilson was unable to attend because he was on duty with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Peabody Council terminates city treasurer

    Peabody City Treasurer Krishyn Caldwell was relieved of her position with the city Tuesday morning. Peabody City Council went into executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel at the end of Monday night’s city council meeting.

  • Woman comes home to disturbing surprise

    When a 55-year-old woman recently discovered she was missing $900 worth of property from her Hillsboro house, it was likely the least of her worries. Renee Livingston, who declined to be interviewed for this story, also discovered animal dung and 50 ominous love notes that might be clues in a case that is currently under investigation by Hillsboro Police.

  • Open burning prohibited in April

    Open burning will be prohibited in Marion County during the month of April, according to a release sent out by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. There are several exemptions to the prohibition, which must be requested and granted before any open burn takes place.

  • Deputy brings lights and sound to police cars

    Mike Ottensmeier stood in his garage near Hillsboro Cove on Sunday contemplating a puzzle presented by a new Ford police interceptor brought to him by the Park City police department. When he isn’t patrolling Marion County as a deputy for the sheriff’s department, Ottensmeier outfits police cars and other vehicles with emergency lights, sirens, and video equipment. The problem with the Ford: the siren speaker didn’t fit behind the front bumper of the car where Ford said it should go.

  • County chair says 'state reps think we're stupid'

    Marion County Commission Chairman Dan Holub has had it with area state legislators after a question-and-answer session Saturday at the community center in Marion. Holub was critical of the responses given by Representative John Barker and State Senator Richard Wilborn to various issues raised, including the budget shortfall that has Kansas hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.

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  • 'Guardian angel' returns lost wallet

    Bill Williams was panicking. His wallet was gone. About two weeks ago, Williams, an 85-year-old retired farmer from Wonsevu, was running errands in Marion with his wife, Margie, correspondent for the

  • Panzer breaks 100-mile running course record

    When extreme long distance runner Kodi Panzer came in third after running the last step of a 100-mile ultra race, she wanted to win, but didn’t expect to best the female course record by over two hours. Panzer’s goal was to run the Prairie Spirit Trail course between Ottawa and Iola in under 20 hours and 30 minutes. She went the distance in 19 hours and 16 minutes, placing first among women runners and third overall.


  • Harold Farris

    Former Canada resident Harold L. Farris, 88, died March 25 at Newton Medical Center. Funeral services were Saturday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home and interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

  • Helen Jantz

    Homemaker and Marion County native Helen R. Jantz died March 24 at Sunrise Assisted Living Center, Overland Park, Kansas. She was born to Jacob and Ruth (Propp) Wunsch on Oct. 15, 1924, in Clark Township, Marion County.

  • Juliette Tarantino

    Homemaker Juliette Tarantino, 78, died March 23 at her home in Lehigh. Born July 10, 1936, to Phillip and Mary (Gredau) Tarantino in the Bronx in New York City, Juliette moved to Lehigh in 1986.

  • Ruth Weigel

    Ruth J. Weigel, 87, mother of Lincolnville resident Terry Klenda, died Monday at the Golden Age Care Home in Cheney. The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Jude Catholic Church, Wichita. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Wichita.


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  • Agent likes small-town life

    Chris Hernandez is the new Edward Jones agent in Marion. His first day was Feb. 9. He replaced Tom Kimbrel, who retired. Hernandez was an Edward Jones agent in Wichita for almost four years. Before that, he owned and operated two businesses and was a client with Edward Jones.

  • Deductions some taxpayers overlook

    Sometimes there is money to be saved hidden in the forms that can bewilder some taxpayers. Professional tax preparer a Woody Crawshaw Jr. said one common deduction taxpayers can claim but tend to overlook is gas expenditures related to business, medical, or charitable miles driven.


  • Did you get dyed chicks at Easter?

    We lived in northern Iowa from the time I was in fifth grade until I was in eighth. Those were fun years. We lived in a neighborhood filled with kids. It was a new development of ranch-style homes with big lawns and a new elementary school. We had a terrific time hanging out and doing kid stuff. At the edge of the development was wooded area in which we built forts, dug trenches, and climbed trees. Clever kids that we were, we called it “The Woods.” There was a tiny general store a few blocks away and back in those days produce and boxed goods were shipped to stores in wooden crates instead of plastic containers or cardboard boxes. We would ride our bikes to the store on delivery days and gather up the wooden crates to build tree houses and forts and cover trenches.

  • Days of yore

    A group of old car enthusiasts from Wichita will drive to Peabody on Saturday and spend the day. Peabody-Burns High School Warrior Mario Nava recently signed to play football at Tabor College.


  • Sorosis Beta sponsors musical recital

    Students from the Peabody-Burns school district performed vocal and instrumental music numbers March 19 at Peabody United Methodist Church. The Sorosis Beta Club sponsored the event. Soloists and small ensemble groups presented to eight club members, parents of the students, and interested community members. Sorosis Beta member Virginia Skinner organized the event and club members provided a reception for the students and guests.

  • Card shower to ring in couple's 70th anniversary

    The children of Tony and Gwen (Wilcox) Gaines of Peabody are requesting a card shower to celebrate their parents’ 70th wedding anniversary April 8. To help the couple mark the anniversary are their children, David Gaines of Peabody, and Marcia Cooper of Manhattan. Cards should be addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Gaines at 611 N. Walnut St., Peabody KS 66866.

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    Lowell Larsen is new member of county senior board

    Community attends former nurses funeral


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