• Roadside memorials help parents endure lost teens

    It has been almost six years since Lisa Hanschu lost her 19-year-old son James Weber in a two-vehicle accident that shook Marion County. Weber and his 18-year-old friend, Jeremiah Stang, both died because of injuries they sustained at 340th and Nighthawk Rds.

  • Rainfall causes complications, benefits wheat

    Rainfall averages of 2-3 inches across the county have soaked fields and roads and swelled lakes, ponds, and streams, with more rain predicted this week. In less than 24-hours, the South Cottonwood River level near Florence rose almost 20-feet cresting at 23.06 feet as of 11 a.m. Sunday, which was 1.06 feet above the flood stage.

  • Class of 2015 looks to the future

    Graduation exercises for the 29 members of the Peabody-Burns High School class of 2015 took place Sunday afternoon in the Brown Gymnasium. Valedictorians Tracy Henry, Braxton Kyle, and Nick Preheim and salutatorian Christa Elliott presented their addresses to classmates, families, and friends.

  • Summer lunch program kicks off next week

    Tuesday is the first day for a summer lunch program developed through a partnership of the Kansas Food Bank of Sedgwick County, USD 398, and the Peabody Community Foundation. “We are excited about being able to offer this summer program,” said Peabody-Burns Superintendent Ron Traxson. “The plan went together surprisingly well. We will try it first and see what kind of interest there is for it.”

  • Florence ambulance gets $15,000 donation

    Primary ambulances will be restored to Florence and Marion within about 60 days, thanks in part to an anonymous donor willing to fund repairs to the Florence unit. Emergency Management Services Director Brandy McCarty has been shuffling emergency vehicles around since the engine in the Florence unit developed a crack. Marion’s backup unit was sent to Florence, but recalled last week when Marion’s primary ambulance went down with the same engine problem.

  • Woman who beat cancer to wed Saturday

    A month after being declared cancer-free for a full year, Julie Crayton and her fiancé Kelly Shaft will start a new life together Saturday. On that day, in Florence, the Masonic Advance Lodge 114 will be offering free cancer screenings. She encouraged people to attend.


  • Return of the rolling beds

    Awakened from a year of slumber, the Chingawassa Days Bed Races are back by popular demand. Davey Hett, longtime Chinga planning committee member, said everyone on the committee wanted to see it return after last year’s absence.

  • Chingawassa Days opening acts revealed

    With Chingawassa Days a couple weeks away, the Chingawassa Committee unveiled the opening acts for Friday and Saturday’s headliners, Hells Bells and Casey Donahew Band. Road 23, a Christian band, will be performing Friday evening to open for Hells Bells, an AC/DC cover band. Singer-songwriter Pete Gile will open for Casey Donahew Band on Saturday.


  • Jesse Hudgens

    World War II Navy veteran Jesse R. Hudgens, 93, died Saturday at Wichita. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Marion Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home. Hudgens was born Feb. 15, 1922, in Carrollton, Missouri, to Jesse and Thelma Oliver Hudgens. He grew up in Arkansas City and married Sarah Swan on Nov. 1, 1951, at Bentonville, Arkansas. She died in 1992. An infant grandson also preceded him in death.

  • Dorothy Magee

    Former Marion resident Dorothy Magee, widow of former Marion physician Charles Magee, died Sunday in Canon City, Colorado. She is survived by her children, JoAnn Berry of Penrose, Colorado, Jim Magee of Monument, Colorado, and David Magee of Guffey, Colorado.

  • Victoria Melcher

    Retired farm wife and homemaker Victoria “Vicki” Melcher, 95, died Sunday at St. Luke Living Center. Born Feb. 4, 1920, to Charles and Agnes (Konarik) Klenda, she was raised in Pilsen and on Feb. 21, 1938, married Emil Melcher, who preceded her in death in 1973. Sisters Josephine and Ruth Kroupa also preceded her in death.

  • Pete Peters

    Hillsboro native Pete Peters, 86, died Friday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. He was born Aug. 3, 1928, to Herbert and Anna (Neufeld) Peters in Hillsboro. He married Joanne Rash Jan. 28, 1956, at Newton.

  • Janice Schmidt

    Former flight attendant and Goessel native Janice Kay Schmidt, 64, died Feb. 25, in Excelsior, Minnesota. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Tabor Mennonite Church. Burial of ashes will be at Alexanderwohl Cemetery.


    Edna Saxton



  • Mother of 3 fits in fitness

    Kids are great, but most parents know they take a surplus of energy to raise. It can be easy for parents to let their own health slip in favor of providing their children the attention they deserve. Stay-at-home mom Brea Hett, 24, of Marion, has found a way to exercise almost every day while caring for her three young boys.She involves them.

  • Health trends shape grocery stocks

    Ask 10 people what “health foods” are and you’re likely to get 10 different answers, as consumers are flooded with information about nutrition, often conflicting, everywhere they turn. Marion County grocers say the balance of foods they stock has shifted in recent years toward healthier items, a combined effect of changing eating patterns and industry modifications.

  • Students show great heart for child in need

    Every mother’s nightmare is hearing that something is not right with her child. For Ashley Adams of Haysville, those words were a mouthful — critical congenital heart defects. Congenital heart defects can be something as simple as a weak heart murmur. However, Adams’ son Brillyn was diagnosed with nine serious and dangerous defects that left his family stunned.

  • Doctor's journey leads from Arabian palace to Marion

    Marion residents may not think they have much in common with King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia. A checkup with new St. Luke physician Tim McVay would be one piece of common ground. McVay talks about his yearlong stint in the Middle East’s largest country as though he had worked in Newton, not some 7,500 miles across the world, acting as physician to the crown prince. Since McVay left Saudi Arabia, the crown prince has become the king.


  • Appreciate the deluge

    I think a lot of Peabody-Burns senior parents were scrambling Saturday to figure out where to hold the parties for their graduating students. I expect that lawn parties and inside-outside buffets were on tap for the afternoon and evening until Mother Nature intervened and dumped some unknown inches of rain on our community beginning in the late afternoon and continuing intermittently until dusk. As I started this column, we were beyond dusk and well into night. The rain eventually quit, but there was certainly a lot of water out there. I imagine most backyards decked out for a commencement celebration were swimming in some combination of goo and grass. No decorations, table coverings, or photo boards of student achievements would have survived the wind and rain that swept through Peabody. Strings of Christmas lights and lighted rope would have shorted out for sure in the gully washer we had during the scheduled party hours.

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    I fought the Vietnam War in the mid 1960s from Marion, with little green plastic soldiers in a back yard on Hudson St., and with toy guns and knives along the wooded, brushy banks of Mud Creek behind our Elm St. home. My friends and I possessed the tactical genius to win every battle in minutes, our only wounds inflicted by poison ivy, and we always made it home in time for dinner. Well, almost always. The news in 1969, when I was 11, that one of our own, 22-year-old Army Corporal Robert Boese of Marion, had been killed in action in South Vietnam, brought an abrupt end to the “fun” of playing war. The news literally hit close to home, as he’d married one of the Lentz sisters, who lived just a half a block away in the house where my dad grew up. Two of her sisters were regular playmates in our neighborhood games. I remember standing in the front yard looking toward that house, after hearing the news, feeling more awkward than anything else. It was a feeling that lingered a long time.

  • Days of yore

    Shreves and Mary Avery are pictured shopping for fresh vegetables at the Doyle Valley Farmers Market. Sonya and Martin Koslowsky set up a booth every week. Amy Grosse Bayes has been chosen by state librarian Christis Brandau to be one of four librarians across the state on the Kansas Reads! board.



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