• New Peabody City Council members take oath of office

    Peabody City Clerk Stephanie Lago swore in new Peabody City Council members Monday evening and two retiring members were presented with plaques expressing the city’s appreciation for their years of service. Megan Holt, Tom Spencer, and Travis Wilson took the oath of office and took their places at the council table. Tim Peterson and Steve Rose received plaques and the city’s thanks before leaving their positions.

  • Ballots due Tuesday

    Peabody-Burns school district patrons need to return their completed ballots on the local option budget increase to the Marion County Clerk’s office by noon Tuesday. The ballots were accompanied by a paid envelope for return of the ballot, but they also may be hand-delivered to the clerk’s office as long as it is before the deadline.

  • Peabody city cleanup begins Monday

    Residents are encouraged to take advantage of Peabody’s spring cleanup week to get rid of items they no longer want. Cleanup week begins Monday and continues through May 9, with curbside pickup May 8. Items for pickup may be moved to the curb beginning Sunday. “This is a service the city provides twice a year,” City Clerk Stephanie Lago said. “It is a chance for everyone to get rid of large bulky items or accumulations of things they no longer need.”

  • Ranch sues county over wind turbine setbacks

    A local ranch has filed suit against Marion County in an attempt to reverse wind energy zoning changes it alleges increase safety hazards. “We’re concerned about the health, safety, and welfare of these and want to be sure it’s properly protected,” said Robert Titus, Wildcat Creek Ranch, LLC attorney. He declined further comment.

  • Florence Florentines fold

    Betty Ireland has given up leadership of the Florence Florentines senior citizens organization after 15 years as president. Secretary-treasurer Rose Vinduska also has stepped down. “There’s a time to come and a time to go,” Ireland told her fellow seniors at their April 3 meeting. “I have to take care of myself before I take care of you.”

  • Commissioners project lean budget

    Next year’s county budget wasn’t on the agenda Monday, but commissioners engaged in early forecasting that painted a dim view for planning. “I think we’re all concerned what the state of Kansas is doing,” Commissioner Randy Dallke said. “I’d almost like to present the same budget we had again next year.”

  • Disabled soldiers bag a gobble of turkeys

    A group of injured soldiers made a trip over the weekend to hunt turkeys at a rock quarry north of Marion as part of a two-day event called American Heroes Turkey Hunt. This is the second year veteran and Marion resident Rocky Hett and the Harshman family has donated land and turkeys for the event.




  • Cousins turn combine parts into a 'Swamp Buggy'

    Put together a welder and a diesel mechanic and what do you get? Whatever invention their combined imaginations can devise. Tom Oborny of Marion and Ethan Oborny of Durham have been creating things together since they were old enough to drive. Tom will graduate from Hutchinson Community College in two weeks with a degree in welding. Ethan is a freshman at HCC, studying diesel mechanics.

  • New owners add options at Peabody Farm Service

    When Chuck Mead decided to purchase Peabody Farm Service from Dick Alcorn, he did so with backup from his family. His significant other Liz Clark and her son Darcy Pease joined him in the venture. The business officially changed hands April 1. The three made some upgrades to the office area and the stockroom where parts are shelved and stored.

  • Man makes foray into racing circuit at 81 Speedway

    Peabody resident Todd Woodruff’s auto racing career has been years in the making. Either a few years or 24, depending how you look at it. “I’ve been watching racing since I was in diapers,” he said. “It’s always been something I wanted to do.”


  • Good neighbor Sam

    There’s an old, obscure Jack Lemmon movie that’s a favorite of mine, “Good Neighbor Sam,” in which he pretends to be a woman’s husband to help her meet a condition of gaining an inheritance. It often seems to me that our own Sam, Gov. Brownback, pretends things are rosier than they are in a state facing a possible $800 million deficit. A press release this past week was typical, touting all sorts of economic positives as another state revenue projection fell short, this time by $98 million.


  • Retired teacher is a mother to more than her own

    Retired elementary school teacher Mary Jeffrey believes “God put us on this earth to do good in any way we can,” and it is that belief that compelled her to offer a place in her heart to area women Kathy Ehrlich and Lana Stevenson in their times of need. In each case, Jeffrey felt “called at the moment” to stand in not only as a steadfast friend, but as a mother and a grandmother.

  • CDDO to throw fiesta Tuesday

    A Cinco de Mayo “Munch and Learn” fiesta at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Marion Community Center pairs food and learning under the theme “Pathways to Adult Life and Work.” The program, sponsored by Harvey-Marion County CDDO, will focus on support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they move toward adulthood.

  • Days of Yore

    Peabody-Burns High School band performed Friday night at the Sundown Parade in Wichita as part of the Wichita River Festival. The group won the Best Band Award. Life on the farm was a busy time for Mildred Nicklaus according to Mildred. She turned 101 this week.

  • Democratic Women talk politics

    Marion County Democratic Women had lunch Friday at Marion Senior Center after which Sue Clough conducted a business meeting that involved brisk political discussion on both state and national issues. The state convention will be on June 26 and 27 in Kansas City.

  • Relief Sale totals over $545,000

    Proceeds from the 2015 Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, held April 17-18 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, are estimated at over $545,000 said Tim Miller, KMRS treasurer. The proceeds will be donated by the Mennonite Central Committee to world-relief organizations. The donation is a combination of sale proceeds, funds raised from MCC Ride of Relief (a motorcycle fun run) and other donations given to the sale.


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    Family visits and meals
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    Former classmates gather with Patti Gaines


  • Tabor arts center to break ground

    Ground will be broken on the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts at Tabor College at 1 p.m. Saturday in Tabor Park. Construction on the center will begin in the fall. “It will be a time of celebration and fellowship,” Tabor President Jules Glanzer said. “The reality of commencing the construction will be an inspiration to so many of the Tabor constituency.”

  • Tabor groups to perform on Sunday

    Tabor College’s symphonic band, orchestra, and chamber strings ensemble will perform their annual spring concert 4 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. They will perform the same program as they did for their spring tour, the theme of which is “symphoniae laudis,” Latin for “symphony of praise.”

  • Corona places 9th at Remington golf meet

    Marion golfer Jade Corona took ninth out of 22 golfers competing in a Remington golf tournament Thursday at Fox Ridge Golf Course in Newton. “As a team we didn’t do very well, we took last place out of four teams, but Jade brought home a medal and that was nice,” coach Jim Pohlman said of the combined Marion and Peabody-Burns team.


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