• Kids few in number but large in praise of free lunch program

    After a week of serving free lunches at the multipurpose room at Peabody-Burns Elementary School, volunteer food program coordinator Beth Peter said she was happy with the turnout but wished more families would take advantage. “We had about 18 children come in and eat every day,” she said. “I was relieved there were that many, but in a way I was also disappointed we didn’t have more show up.

  • Rain leads to disaster declaration for county

    County commissioners and Gov. Sam Brownback made it official Friday: county roads, at least the dirt and gravel ones, are a disaster. Marion County and 43 other water-logged counties were designated by the governor as disaster areas because of recent heavy rains and flooding.

  • Newspaper adds 2 staffers

    Hoch Publishing has two new employees. Ann Holt of Marion is office manager, and Kelsey Unruh of Hillsboro is a new reporter. Holt, who has lived in Marion since she married her husband, Terry, 36 years ago, joined the staff two months ago.

  • Marion mom arrested twice in one day

    Marion mother Joyce Loomis, 43, was jailed twice in less than 24 hours by two law enforcement departments. Sheriff’s deputy Derek Fetrow arrested her Thursday afternoon for allegedly trespassing on property on K-256 between US-56 and 190th Rd.

  • Mowing either side of the fence

    The grass may be greener elsewhere, but it always needs to be cut wherever you are. “Mowing just bores me to death,” said John Wheeler who commutes from Marion to Newton as a salesman. “I find anything else to do.”

  • Recreation setup varies across county

    It’s all fun and games until somebody has to plan it. Facing a shift in how it handles community recreation, Marion must decide whether it or the school district should assume responsibility.

  • Mosquitoes drive us bats

    Mosquitoes suck. They feast on human blood. Their bites itch. And they’re building thier ranks by laying eggs in standing water left over from recent rains.


  • Tampa gets a 'little library'

    On a pedestal next to the mailboxes on Main St. in Tampa, a schoolhouse-shaped box may not seem like much. In it, though, lies the legacy of Tom Duggan, and a “Little Free Library” for the town he loved. Dee Duggan and her family made a special presentation Saturday of a “Little Free Library” to the Tampa community in honor of her late husband. He was a lifelong Tampa resident who worked for the postal service for more than 40 years. He died in October.

  • Bike Across Kansas to visit Goessel

    The population of Goessel will nearly triple for a night when more than 900 bicyclists ride into town on June 10 as part of Bike Across Kansas. Cyclists will stay overnight on gymnasium and classroom floors. Some will camp on green areas around schools.

  • Man behind Marion's park wall leaves mark

    With Chingawassa Days set to take over the grounds of Central Park on Friday, bricklayer Philip Klenda is finishing the façade of the park’s new stage and restroom facilities. Klenda, 33, has been spending recent days at Central Park’s center stage, turning a drab concrete block wall into a tasteful rock design.


  • Bill Keith

    VFW Post 6958 quartermaster William E. “Bill” Keith, 66, died Saturday at St. Luke Hospital. A celebration-of-life reception will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cottonwood Point at Marion Reservoir. Inurnment will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Marion Cemetery.

  • Juanita McCombs

    Juanita Faye McCombs, 76, died May 24 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Services were Friday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. She was born Feb. 20, 1939, in Yates Center to Joseph and Lola (Rose) Tracy and married Elmer LeeRoy McCombs Sr. on June 29, 1957 in Wichita.


    Jacob Oblander, Earl Pankratz



  • Upcoming festivals in Marion County

  • Chingawassa musical lineup

  • Casey Donahew is living a double-wide dream

    “Genres are all over the place these days, but I play Texas music because that’s where I’m from.” Donahew said in an interview last week. “But mostly we just play Casey Donahew music, and it’s rooted in country for sure.” For concertgoers who don’t have a basic bio for Saturday night’s act at Chingawassa, the Casey Donahew Band is an independent act based out of Fort Worth.

  • Myriad diverse coves make for birder's delight

    Even a veteran birdwatcher like 22-year-old state game warden Cody Morris, who has birded for three years, is impressed. Morris started at the reservoir in October 2014 after graduating from Oklahoma State University, where he took an ornithology class that sparked his passion for birding.

  • Pine Edge Golf Course short on yards, long in character

    “When they first hear of it they think, ‘Oh, it’s just pasture golf,’” Schmidt said. “But once they get onto it they’re amazed at what they see and how well it’s kept up.” Schmidt transformed farmland into a gently undulating par-30 layout of lush fairways and greens with enough mature trees, water, and sand traps to create a course that puts a premium on iron play.

  • Geocaching provides way for whole family to explore

    Discover one and you won’t find doubloons or pirate booty, just some cheap swag and a log to sign as proof you were there. The game isn’t about the payoff, local geocachers Jay and Rachel Gfeller of Peabody say; it’s an outdoor activity for people of all ages — and a great way to explore an area.

  • Pilsen pilgrimage to promote Kapaun's sainthood

    Kapaun, an army chaplain, died in a prisoner of war camp in 1951. His heroic efforts to save fellow soldiers inspired many, and several claim to have been miraculously healed after intercessions were made to Father Kapaun on their behalf. The Vatican has designated him a “servant of God,” a first step toward Sainthood. The annual pilgrimage in his honor will start Friday at the Church of the Magdalen in Wichita on Friday and end around Sunday noon at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen.

  • Tampa's new 'down-to-earth' grill caters to smiles

    “Good service, good attitude, good atmosphere, good food,” Kinning said. “I can’t offer anything super special, but I love seeing somebody smile and enjoy the food.” Those smiles come between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., seven days a week, when Kinning offers a “mostly American” menu featuring burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

  • Reservoir, lakes lead list of county attractions

    Both offer ample space and opportunities for camping, swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, biking, partying, and other outdoor family fun. The reservoir is north of US-56 between Marion and Hillsboro. The lake is three miles southeast of Marion, west of US-77.

  • Gospel duo to perform at Burns church

    Phil and Pam Morgan are a husband and wife from Kansas City, Missouri. Pam Morgan was paralyzed in a car accident in 2000 and made a full recovery within a year though doctors had doubted she would ever feel or move most of her body again. “When tragedy struck our family, God was the only one who got us through,” Pam said. “My prayer is that through our story and music, others will be motivated to walk with God everyday no matter what life brings.”

  • Peabody getting fired up for 94th Fourth Fest

    July Fourth falls on a Saturday this year, but several events take place in advance of the holiday. “The carnival will arrive Thursday,” said Preston Hodges, head of the Fourth Fest Committee. “They will have ticket specials and the rides will be in operation.”

  • Markers along Santa Fe Trail allow visitors to retrace history

    Active through this area from 1821 to 1866, the Santa Fe Trail was a commercial route between Independence, Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and provided shipment of goods and settlers from Europe and the East Coast to the Southwest and Mexico. From the late-1840s to the mid-1860s, yearly usage grew from 3,000 to more than 5,000 freight wagons.

  • Goessel pastors to sponsor picnic

    The Ministerial Alliance of Goessel will serve hot dogs and hamburgers and provide drinks for a community picnic from 6 to 7 p.m. June 28 at Goessel Park. Picnickers are being encouraged to bring tables, lawn chairs, and a side dish or dessert to share.


  • What kind of water do you want?

    A great deal has been said during the past two or three years about the water situation in Peabody. Most residents abhor the taste, smell, and color of what comes from their tap. Even if they purchase bottled water for drinking, they do not want to cook, do laundry, or bathe in what the city provides. There are very few positive comments about it. Here is a question for all of you who complain about it: What would you pay to fix it? How much would it be worth to you to begin a program of repair for the distribution system — all the pipes and joints and valves that have been underground for up to 100 years with no maintenance? Think about this seriously. If the city would implement a program to bring you better water, what would you be willing to pay?


  • Peabody calendar of events

  • Summer safety event is June 20

    A breakfast of cinnamon rolls and biscuits and gravy will kick off Marion County’s summer safety event at 7:30 a.m. June 20 at Marion County Lake Hall. The breakfast, sponsored by 4-H and the county fair board, will precede a series of talks for kids and adults about how to be safe this summer.

  • Days of Yore

    Peabody Library’s summer reading program will begin July 5. Theodora and Harry Koslowsky of Marion will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Florence alumni have 119th banquet

    A total of 143 alumni, guests, and teachers attended the 119th annual Florence Alumni Banquet on May 23 at the Florence Gymnasium. Classes represented were from 1940 to 2015.

  • Parkinson's support group to meet Tuesday

    Nutrition will be the focus of the June meeting of Prairie View’s Parkinson’s disease support group. The meeting will be 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Prairie View in McPherson. Psychologist David McDonald leads the group. It’s open to anyone interested in the disease, including caregivers and care receivers.

  • Sorosis Beta ends club year

    Sorosis Beta Club met May 21 at Arletta’s in Burns for the last meeting of the club year. Fourteen members attended the dinner. After a short business meeting, the group exchanged secret-pal gifts, discovering who had been behind a year of gift giving and surprises.

  • Methodists will say goodbye to pastor

    Congregants plan a covered dish dinner after morning worship June 14 to thank and bid farewell to Pastor David and Katherine Ragland as they leave Peabody United Methodist Church. Church members are being encouraged to bring a dish to share and “stay for the time of remembering and celebrating the last nine years,” member Noreen Weems said. “We have been blessed to have Pastor Dave and Katherine serve the Lord so faithfully at our church and throughout the community. They will be missed.”

  • Hodges selected for All-Star game

    Peabody-Burns graduate Brooks Hodges has been selected to participate in the 30th annual Kansas Eight-Man All-Star game Saturday in Beloit. He will play on the East squad in the Division I game at 1:30 p.m.

  • Cancer fundraiser planned

    “Walking” tacos, dessert, and miscellaneous items will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Goessel City Park during a silent-auction fundraiser. David Geiser was diagnosed with colon cancer in October and has incurred financial hardships from surgeries and trips to Illinois for treatment.

  • Photo contest seeks entries

    Ranchland Trust of Kansas is inviting photo submissions for its annual contest to depict the natural beauty of Kansas ranching and grazing lands. Participants may submit up to five photos depicting grasslands, landscapes, livestock, or people. Deadline is Sept. 1. More information is available at www.ranchlandtrustofkansas.org, and (785) 273-5115.

  • BURNS:

    Plummers attend granddaughter's graduation in Missouri


  • FFA members get top awards

    Two FFA members from Marion County received top awards last week at the Kansas FFA State Convention in Manhattan. Based on his accomplishments in a supervised agricultural experience, Raleigh Kroupa of Marion won the state FFA diversified crop proficiency award in entrepreneurship.

  • County students receive degrees, honors

    Several colleges and universities have announced degrees and spring semester honors received by Marion County students. Bethel College Dean’s list (3.7 to 4.0 semester GPA) Goessel — sophomores Tia Goertzen and Benjamin Wiens, junior Peter Voth, seniors Joshua Booth, Braden Unruh, and Michelle Unruh. Marion — junior Paige Middleton. Peabody — juniors Mikayla Hiebert and Zachary Preheim. Honor roll (3.5 to 3.69 semester GPA) Goessel — senior Laird Goertzen. Peabody — senior Amy Wedel. Bachelor’s degrees Goessel — Michelle Unruh, music. Peabody — Julie Wedel Martens, music. Kansas State University Kansas State University neglected to include its fall 2014 graduates among the list of students eligible to participate in commencement this spring. Bachelor’s degrees Canton — Weston Hiebert, agriculture. Durham — Dakota Kaufman, education, and Sarah Unruh, business administration. Hillsboro — Chance Reece, bachelor of science. Marion — Parker Ash, bachelor of science; Samuel Ehrlich, mechanical engineering; Louis Holt, agriculture; Andrew Kelsey, agriculture; Bridget Lundy, bachelor of science; Drew Maddox, business administration, and Tristen Snelling, family studies and human services. Peabody — Jennafer Sevart, business administration.


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