• Write-in upsets candidate for council seat

    An unidentified write-in candidate has tentatively won a seat on the Peabody City Council, beating three registered candidates who appeared on the ballot. The mystery candidate joins newcomer Megan Holt and incumbent Travis Wilson as the top three candidates to win council seats.

  • Declutter your life

    Peabody’s citywide garage sale and spring cleanup week are just around the corner. It is time to ignore your hoarding instincts and get rid of those collections of things you think you just might need someday. The citywide garage sale will be May 2 and the week following the garage sale is designated as cleanup week. Whatever does not sell at your garage sale can be hauled to the curb. City employees and Waste Connections crews will pick it up and take it to the transfer station.

  • Holub to host town meeting Saturday

    Marion County Commission Chairman Dan Holub will discuss issues of concern to constituents 7 p.m. Saturday in a town hall meeting at Marion County Lake Hall. “Anybody is invited, not just my district,” Holub said. “I go department by department and answer questions about anything they’ve got.”

  • Commissioners discuss ambulance

    After hearing that Hillsboro Ford has no responsibility to pitch in for the repair of an out-of-warranty ambulance with just 27,400 miles on it, the county enlisted its attorney, Susan Robson, to ask for help anyway. Florence EMS is still using Marion’s reserve ambulance to carry out services while its own vehicle awaits repair.

  • Stained glass windows undergo restoration in Pilsen

    The colorfully elaborate stained glass windows that illuminate the chapel at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen are currently receiving some tender loving care. Approaching 100 years in age, the stained glass windows are the original windows installed when the church was built.

  • Zoning board sends question to commission

    If Marion County wants proof someone will buy electricity from the Doyle Creek wind farm project, Planning and Zoning Commission members said Thursday it’s someone else’s job to require it. The commission voted to strike a clause from zoning regulations that required evidence of a power purchase agreement (PPA) before issuing building permits, asserting finance issues fall outside the commission’s responsibilities for regulating land use.


  • Earl Mann

    Former Peabody resident Earl R. Mann, 87, died Thursday at Via Christi-St Francis in Wichita. Services were to be Tuesday at First Mennonite Brethren Church, Wichita, with interment at Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence. He was born March 13, 1928, in Peabody, the son of Frederick and Gladys (Russell) Mann. He married Jane Stevens on June 23, 1951. He was a foreman for Vulcan Materials Company. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion post No. 422 of Wichita.



  • Dirty work satisfies farmer's inner child

    When Ronnie Carlson was growing up, everybody who knew him said he liked to play with dirt. Back then, his favorite toy was a shovel. The “toys” got bigger as he got older, and for the past 40 some years, the 66-year-old farmer and cattleman has been using tractor-mounted blades and scrapers to do all kinds of dirt work as a sideline.

  • Suderman breeds lambs for youth competitions

    Jerry Suderman turned his machine shed into a sale barn Saturday as dozens of 4-H and FFA families flocked to his farm near 140th and Kanza Rds. to buy lambs for youth to show in livestock competitions. Children and parents from throughout the region could be overheard whispering numbers of animals they liked and discussing the good and bad points of each animal.

  • Feral cats delivered to farmers in need of mousers

    Animal control officer Duane Davis has a soft spot in his heart for the bedraggled feral cats that roam the streets of Peabody. Instead of sending them to be exterminated after he traps them, he has found a way to put their killer instincts to good use.

  • Solar pumps becoming popular among cattlemen

    Ed Vinduska has two solar-powered water systems on 480 acres of grass nine miles northeast of Marion. One runs a well that used to be operated by a windmill, which needed a lot of maintenance and wasn’t useful when the wind didn’t blow, he said. It is close to a pond, which can get low with murky water in the summertime. Vinduska’s cows prefer the well water.


  • How about that?

    Apparently the column that ran in this space during the past week struck a note with a number of folks my age. The story of the give-away baby chicks dyed in Easter hues generated comments from quite a few readers. All this time I thought the Ben Franklin Store in Cedar Falls, Iowa was unique with the baby chick give-away that thrilled me and my younger brother and sister back in the 1950s. I could not have been more mistaken. It seems hatcheries and variety stores from coast-to-coast were all in on the plan to give away dyed baby chicks. While I thought I was sharing a unique event from my growing-up years with my readers, it appears my readers remembered their own baby chick events at Easter.

  • Dear Kansas, reach for the skies

    Respect the gun, you say? That’s dumb. I don’t have to respect the gun. All your gun means is that you can imagine a scenario in which you need to shoot someone. Whoa! Get away from me! That’s a dangerous mentality, and if you’ve ever heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy, you know you’re taking the first step toward tragedy. I hate guns. Have you ever done something you hated out of spite toward yourself, like carry a gun even though, were it up to you, you’d probably just ban them nationwide? Me neither — yet.

  • Days of yore

    A dramatic view of burning in the Flint Hills near Burns is a front-page photo. Sixth grade musical students from the school furnished the program for Peabody Senior Center.



  • Warriors place 7th at first meet

    Marion High School and Peabody-Burns golfers combined forces to take seventh of 10 teams with a team score of 426 strokes Tuesday at Herington. “With such a young team, I am not the least bit unhappy with the way we finished,” coach Jim Pohlman said. “Many of the guys have never played varsity golf before.”


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