• Cyberspace could decide market's fate

    Theurer Auction of Wellington and Salina installed a sign at the edge of the Peabody Market parking lot on Thursday that created a stir for most local folks who saw it as they passed by. The sign announced the auction of Peabody Market on Oct. 23.

  • Annual peppernut bake ready to fire up

    Peabody Senior Center will begin its annual baking project Thursday afternoon and members are looking for volunteers to help. The sale of tiny traditional Christmas cookies — peppernuts or pfeffernusse — has become the major fundraising event for the seniors. They will be baking cookies each Monday and Thursday afternoon until mid-November.

  • Don't mess with Marion County

    Despite an impassioned appeal from Marion resident Wayne Johnston, the edict from the county remained the same: Clean up your mess, or else. Johnston’s property at 20 Prairie Lane at Marion County Lake has been the target of complaints from area residents, and the county imposed a deadline of Oct. 31 upon Johnston to clean up his property.

  • Scouts will gather food bank items Saturday

    Members of Boy Scout Troop 108 and Cub Scout Pack 108 will be “scouting for food” beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Non-perishable food items should be put into a box or plastic sack and placed on the donor’s front porch or steps for pickup. The boys will be dressed in uniforms or troop T-shirts.

  • Activists hit the road for pro-life cause

    Local motorists accustomed to seeing a solitary billboard as they round the curve on US-56 at the Hillsboro Cove turnoff at Marion Reservoir had 40 more signs to look at Sunday. Pro-life Marion and Hillsboro church members gathered at the corner to form what pro-life activist group Kansans for Life calls a “Life Chain.” Teen-agers, middle-agers, and senior citizens stood along the shoulder waving placards with pro-life messages at each car and truck that drove past.

  • Annual toy run will be held on Nov. 1

    In effort to benefit county underprivileged children, the 21st annual Marion County Toy Run will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 1 at Sher Bowl Lanes in Marion. Participants are asked to bring one new toy as an entry fee. After the run, toys will be collected for distribution at Hillsboro State Bank in Hillsboro.

  • Scouts camp at county lake

    Members of Peabody Boy Scout Troop 108 and Cub Scout Pack 108 camped out Sept. 27-28 at Marion County Park and Lake. Activities included setting up camp, football, swimming, kayaking, and hobo dinners.


  • After delay, ruling allows counties to print ballots

    A ruling handed down by the Shawnee County District Court has allowed for county offices statewide to submit finished election ballots for printing, for which the normal deadline is Sept. 15. “We’ve been waiting quite a while for this ruling to come out,” Marion County Clerk Tina Spencer said.

  • Chili cook-off serves up engagement

    A large crowd at the Marion County Park and Lake chili cook-off Saturday kept Travis Schafer of Marion busy dishing out servings of his father Karl’s first-place chili, but he took a break from the serving line to surprise his girlfriend by dropping to a knee and offering a marriage proposal. “That’s the last thing I was thinking of,” Nicky May said, who accepted. “I was thinking how hot my mouth was from that chili I just ate. It was a complete surprise. I knew he had it in him, but I had no idea it would be today.”

  • 'Gourdzilla' devours flower bed

    It devoured an entire flowerbed, part of a lawn, and spawned 196 gourds at the home of Amy and Tim Richmond in the otherwise sleepy town of Marion. Although one may wonder if an enormous snarl of ornamental gourd plants dubbed “Gourdzilla” is the result of an atomic experiment gone wrong, the source of this monstrous growth was something far less sinister.

  • Dragons and hedgehogs and snakes - oh my!

    Though there were no lions or tigers or bears in attendance, there were some “oh my” moments when an educator with the Sedgwick County Zoo visited Head Start students from Marion and Hillsboro Thursday at Marion Elementary School. Environmental educator Jan Brock showed a room full of fidgeting big-eyed students a bearded dragon, a hedgehog, and a Honduran milk snake, after reading “Edward the Emu,” a story about an emu who was sick of the zoo.


  • Delores Kerbs

    Deloris May Kerbs, 83, of Salina, passed away Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. She was born Oct. 23, 1930, to Ed J. and Alvina (Beisel) Bartel in Marion, Kansas. Deloris graduated from Tampa High School. She enjoyed painting, gardening and reading.

  • Dolores Ottensmeier

    Dolores M. Ottensmeier, 84, formerly of Marion, died Sept. 30 at Asbury Park in Newton. Graveside services were to be held Friday at Marion Cemetery.

  • Larry Funk

    Former Funks Supply co-owner Larry Allen Funk, 68, died Sept. 29 at Asbury Park in Newton. He was born Feb. 5, 1946, to Allen J. and Leona (Wiens) Funk in Hillsboro. In addition to the supply business, he was an electronics and heating and air conditioning technician. He was predeceased by a brother, Delbert.

  • Darlene Unruh

    Darlene L. Unruh, 86, died Sunday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born Sept. 29, 1928, to Alfred and Susie (Jantz) Redger at Tampa.

  • Thomas Meade

    Thomas Francis Meade, 81, died Saturday at Pine Village in Moundridge. A funeral service will be Dec. 13 in Virginia.



  • It's the best of times for cattle producers

    The law of gravity dictates that “what goes up must come down.” Whether it applies to the cattle industry is the question of the day. Cattlemen experience good times and bad times. Sometimes they lose money and sometimes they make money.

  • Record beef prices a boon for farmers, bane for shoppers

    Jerry Hess has been working behind the meat counter at Carlsons’ Grocery Store for nearly 25 years, and he can’t recall seeing beef prices like the ones customers have seen in recent months. “Within the last year or two it’s really raised,” Hess said. “It’s kind of leveled out for now.”

  • Showing livestock a way of life for Geis

    The daily goat run began shortly after 7 a.m. Lisa Geis would take her four goats, Slick, Spot, Sid, and Stela, down to the mailbox posted just beside the “Geis Farm” sign that stood over the mud and rock of 300th Rd. in the northwest reaches of Marion County. The four goats, who knew what all this meant — food — would be released from the ATV they had been loaded onto.

  • County 4-Hers to celebrate 4-H Week

    Members of Marion County 4-H clubs will come together Sunday at the fairgrounds in Hillsboro to paint fences and clean up the grounds. It is their collective way of celebrating 4-H Week, an event that marks the beginning of a new 4-H year. Extension agent Ricky Roberts said, judging by the numbers, 4-H has a “healthy” presence in the county. He said about 200 young people were enrolled in county 4-H clubs in the 2013-14 year. He expects that number to remain steady.


  • Fall activities in our community

    Information has begun to leak out about Peabody’s annual Halloween celebration. Yes, it is only about three-and-a-half weeks away, and pumpkins, scarecrows, and spooky yard and porch decorations are appearing around town. Just to get you into the mood for the upcoming holiday I thought I would report on all the planned activities so that you can be ready for the big event. Peabody Main Street Association will once again sponsor the downtown Trunk or Treat event in the 100 block of Walnut Street from 5 to 7 p.m. on Halloween night. Individuals or groups are invited to pull their vehicles into a downtown parking space (setup begins at 4 p.m.) and decorate the trunk or area around their vehicle in their favorite ghoulish Halloween display. PMSA sponsors will once again provide a $100 prize for the best display.

  • Days of Yore

    Family and friends are invited to a reception honoring the 95th birthday of Margaret Jewell. Ron Goodwin of Burns has been in the corn heating stove business for four years and says they can be used with corn or wood pellets.


  • Citizen of the Year named by Post 95

    Peabody American Legion Post 95 has chosen Peabody-Burns High School freshman Bailey Penner as its Citizen of the Year for 2014. The recognition comes from a statewide effort to get every community with an American Legion Post to annually honor at least one community youth with the citizenship award.

  • Reception planned for Cecilia Gayle

    Family and friends of Cecilia Gayle of Florence will celebrate her 80th birthday Saturday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at Carriage Manor in Florence. The family requests no gifts, but guests are encouraged to bring cards to the reception.

  • BURNS:

    Nice weather was perfect for gatherings


  • Homecoming festivities announced

    Peabody-Burns High School 2014 homecoming activities are scheduled for Friday and the public is invited to attend. Class games and candidate games will begin at 1:25 p.m. on the high school practice field.


  • Peabody-Burns demolishes Flinthills

    Peabody-Burns played only one half of football Friday, as the 52-6 lead they rolled up in the first two quarters against Flinthills triggered the 45-point rule to end the game at halftime. Braxton Kyle got the Warriors on the board early on a 7-yard touchdown run with 10 minutes, 2 seconds left in the first quarter.


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