• Former motorcycle cruiser is now a food vendor

    Wet weather did not wash out the first Peabody Sunday Cruise, but much-touted vintage cars and motorcycles were barely represented Sunday. Three or four cars and half a dozen motorcycles were on hand. More food vendors than cars were downtown and interest in the event with small, but attendance was steady throughout the day.

  • St. Luke to treat more locally with tele-medicine

    In emergency care, response time can mean the difference between a living, breathing patient and a grieving family. St. Luke Hospital and Living Center recently added a telemedicine program through Avera eEmergency to the list of services that will help save lives.

  • Florence man honors what he couldn't be

    Gerald Cleverley’s dream of joining the military was days from being realized. It was 1970, the Vietnam War was the subject of protests at universities nationwide. The protests at Wichita State University in his hometown incensed Cleverley, who at 17 would have enlisted, if only his parents would have signed the forms.

  • Sisters make trek of remembrance

    Hidden from view on a dirt-packed stretch of Kanza Rd., the cemetery had its last burial in 1933. Few outside of Catlin Township know of Dunkard Cemetery, the last remnant of a small congregation rooted in Old German Baptist traditions. Yet sisters Sandy Robison of Lawrence and Juanita Rees of Emporia not only know of it, but also hold it dear.

  • Diving into the bee swarm

    I am a fool, a lucky fool, but still a fool, a fool for new experience. I think that’s why I adored photographing a swarm of over 15,000 honey bees last week while at least another 50,000 bees built hives nearby.

  • Tree falls at lake, damaging stage

    Less than a month before Blue Grass at the Lake, high winds caused a towering cottonwood tree to fall and collapse a stage canopy Friday night at Marion County Park and Lake. “It was an older tree, rotted and hollowed out in the trunk at the bottom where it broke,” lake superintendent Steve Hudson said. “We had some pretty big gusts Friday night that probably caused it to fall.”

  • Tabor hit by vulgar graffiti

    Expected college pranks reached a new and destructive level this year as multiple phallic images have been spray-painted throughout campus at Tabor College. “They were red,” Hillsboro Police chief Dan Kinning said Tuesday. “The four I saw were at least three feet long.” Kinning said the graffiti looked as if a “graphically challenged artist” had painted it.


  • Irene Beames

    Retired Herington Duckwall store and Avon salesperson Irene M. Beames, 82, Ramona, died Thursday at Village Manor, Abilene. Services were Tuesday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, Herington. Burial was in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, White City.

  • David Frantz

    Farmer and tractor restorer David A. Frantz, 71, died May 20 at Herington Hospital. Services, preceded by Rosary at 10:30 a.m., will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Tampa. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tampa.


    Janet Meisinger, Dorothy Magee



  • Tips to quell backseat screamers for vacation

    Getting a young child to sit for an extended family trip is a torture the Devil himself might not want to endure. Several parents have offered helpful tactics for combating backseat screamers and road trip tantrums. Alicia Nienstedt and her husband take a trip to Oregon every year. They spend three days and two nights on the road and about a month in Oregon. Their two children, ages 3 and 5, have been traveling since the oldest was a baby.

  • A Bug's life: Volkswagens run in his family

    People who grew up around Volkswagens seem to keep them around for life, if just for sport. Volkswagens always have been a part of Dan Schaefer’s life. His father owned a VW when Schaefer was born. He had a great-uncle who was a mechanic at a Volkswagen dealership in Emporia. Schaefer’s mother had a white 1962 VW.

  • Miles come easy for car nearing 25 years old

    Warren Smith of Florence remembered the first time laying eyes on his 1991 white Toyota Corolla wagon at Eddie’s Toyota in Wichita. “Something about it beckoned to me and said, ‘You need this car,’” Smith said. “And so I bought it.”

  • Regular car maintenance vital to summer trips

    Summer is here, and for many motorists that means a road trip. Car care is important year-round, especially when driving long distances with the family in tow.


  • We thank you one more time

    Memorial Day weekend is behind us for another year. The rain messed with several activities on tap for the weekend, and it is likely that a couple of groups hoping to make a few dollars were disappointed. However, some nice events took place, and I noticed that once again there was a good showing by local volunteers to make the Memorial Day weekend activities successful for those taking part. I know it is always treacherous to start thanking people because often someone is left out and is hurt by the lack of recognition. There is one group, though, that needs praise for good service, and that group contributed quite a bit to the community this past weekend.


  • Calendar of events

  • Days of Yore

    Peabody Kiwanis club folded after 80 years. Wichita author Kristen Joyal was at Jack Rabbit Hollow to give a program on “Gardening with Mommy.”

  • Democratic women meet for lunch

    Marion County Democratic Women heard a presentation from Silver-Haired Legislator Mary Olson when they met for lunch Friday at Marion Senior Center. Olson represents the county in the Kansas Silver-Haired Legislature, a body created by Congress to advocate for those age 60 and older. Sue Clough conducted a business meeting. Connie Fisher read a selection from “Reflections of Love.”

  • BURNS:

    Burns seniors meet for May potluck dinner

    Snellings attend several events


  • Transition to adulthood key for special ed grads

    When David Sheppard became Marion County Special Education executive director several years ago, he was impressed with the services provided for infants through preschool children. “We’ve done a good job at the early age,” he said, “but what have we done for the 18-to-21-year-olds?”

  • Colleges announce degrees, honors

    Several colleges and universities have announced spring semester honors and degrees received by Marion County students: BETHANY COLLEGE, LINDSBORG Dean’s list (3.50 to 4.00 GPA) Peabody — Austin Savage, criminal justice. Kansas State University Bachelor’s degrees Canton — Hannah Franzen, business administration. Florence — Adam Cope, agriculture. Hillsboro — Ethan Frantz, agriculture. Marion — Raelene Allen, business administration; Anna Laurin, science; Derek Stuchlik, electrical engineering. Peabody — Emily Harris, arts; Derrick Till, science; Shelby Unruh, music education. Tampa — Darren Mueller, agriculture. Master’s degree Marion — Stacey Bowman, science. MIDAMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY, OLATHE Dean’s list (3.50 to 3.99 GPA) Hillsboro — Hannah Bostic. NEWMAN UNIVERSITY, WICHITA Pinned for completing coursework and beginning two professional internships to become an occupational therapy assistant: Marion — Michelle Morris. PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY Bachelor’s degree Marion — Dillon J. Richmond, technology. University OF KANSAS Bachelor’s degrees Florence — Jeconiah Spangler, pharmaceutical studies. Hillsboro — April Young, biology. Peabody — Taylor Ensminger, French horn. Master’s degrees Hillsboro — Diedre Serene, nursing. Doctorates Canton — Nicholas Wedel (grandson of Lorraine Havlik of Marion), physical therapy. Hillsboro — Aislinn Conrad Hiebner, social work.

  • Peabody-Burns junior and senior high honor roll


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