• Applications for Peabody Community Foundation open

    Peabody Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, is launching its 2015 grant cycle. Peabody Community Foundation manages more than $163,000 in its endowment fund alone. Approximately $8,000 was distributed in 2014 in the form of grants to fund seventeen local projects and programs.

  • Council meets new volunteers for ambulance service

    Peabody City Council held a brief meeting Monday evening, which opened with Mayor Larry Larsen introducing the council to four of five new trainees for Peabody’s ambulance service. Peabody Community Foundation president Nelson Patton presented the city with a replica check for $3,510 from PCF to pay for the EMT training.

  • County can't pay `going rate' for EMS director

    Marion County either can’t afford a qualified EMS director, or it hasn’t found the right one. Few of the applicants, there were upward of 20, meet the level of qualifications the county seeks. One qualified candidate offered to take the position for a salary that was approximately $25,000 more than the previous full-time EMS director, Steve Smith. “At this point we don’t feel like we can afford what we’d like to have. That’s what’s making the search difficult for us,” Commission Chairman Roger Fleming said.

  • County emergency groups practice school shooting response

    “Hillsboro ambulance, Hillsboro rescue, Hillsboro fire, we need you to stage at the Lutheran church at North Lincoln and Grand for reports of shots fired at Hillsboro High School.” That call from the Marion County dispatcher Saturday morning set in motion a grim simulation of two gunmen roaming the halls of the schools, killing one person and seriously wounding seven others.

  • Whooping cough alert

    The Marion County Health Department is investigating an increased number of whooping cough cases in the county. County health nurse Diedre Serene said the cases are “more than usual,” and the public needs to be aware.

  • Honor flights give vets a memorable trip home

    Whenever area veterans and their guardians return to the Wichita airport after an honor trip to Washington, District of Columbia, they are greeted by a crowd of cheering and clapping supporters. For these veterans, that is an emotional experience.

  • Small business workshop scheduled

    Dean Claycamp of the Kansas Small Business Development Center will be at the Hill Building in Marion from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 29 to give free help to those thinking of starting a small business. The workshop will examine feasibility and financial strategy. At least, that’s the plan.


  • USD 408 considers moving 6th grade to middle school

    At its monthly meeting, the USD 408 board of education broached the subject of moving sixth grade from the elementary school into the middle school. The issue was brought up as a discussion item, but principals Justin Wasmuth, of the elementary school, and Missy Stubenhofer, of the middle school, both want to move forward on the issue in time for the 2015-16 school year.

  • Harms Plainview Ranch ranks ninth in state

    Harms Plainview Ranch of Lincolnville ranks ninth on the American Angus Association’s list of the state’s largest Angus beef cattle producers, but owner Mark Harms isn’t as concerned about size as he is meeting the needs of his buyers. “I don’t care where we rank so much,” Harms said. “We keep the number of animals we feel will serve their purpose in the industry. Last year we marketed 240 bulls, and that would be a record high for us. It’s been growing from Year One.”


  • Kroupas restore 1926 Model T truck

    The late Theodore Kroupa of Tampa was 20 years old when he purchased a 1926 Model T farm truck from his uncle. It was 14 years old. The truck was used primarily to haul wheat to market. It was passed down to his son, Kenneth, when Theodore died in 2006.

  • Drivers should prepare for winter

    As winter weather descends upon Marion County in the upcoming months, drivers should prepare their vehicles to handle the conditions. Barry Allen, owner of Webster’s Auto Service, said the most common problem he sees when cold weather comes is tire pressure.

  • Salesmen's roles have changed

    With a seemingly infinite amount of product information available online today, it should come as no surprise that consumers have become more informed buyers than they were before the Internet changed the way cars were sold. The salesman’s role

  • It's deer season on the road, too

    Oh, deer. With deer-mating season, also known as “rut,” peaking in mid-November, motorists should be “especially vigilant” in the upcoming weeks, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol release.


  • Carol L. Broadstreet

    Carol L. Broadstreet, 72, died Saturday. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Marion.

  • Wavo Marie Depler

    Wavo Marie (Dover) Depler, 86, died Oct. 7 at Newton Medical Center. The funeral service was Sunday at the Christian Church in Peabody. Burial was at Prairie Lawn Cemetery. Baker Funeral Home made the arrangements.

  • Thomas E. Duggan

    Thomas E. Duggan, 80, of Tampa, passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. He was born Nov. 20, 1933, to Thomas P. and Elizabeth Katherine (Coyne) Duggan, in Salina, Kansas. Tom was proud of his Irish Catholic ancestry, the Duggan family name, and his roots in the Tampa community. Survivors include his beloved wife, Dolores (Dee) Duggan of Tampa, married November 29, 1975; his daughters, Darla K. Hall of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Deb Hall of Herington, Kansas; and grandchildren, Adam Hall and Kaylee Ann Hall. He loved his sisters, Patricia (Gene) Westerhaus of Flagstaff, Arizona, and Betty (Don) Frick of Topeka, Kansas, and all his nieces and nephews and their children. He was preceded in death by his brothers, John Duggan and Bernard Duggan, who are still greatly missed.

  • Anita Mattix

    Anita Mattix, 66, of Augusta, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Anita was born on Oct. 12, 1947, in Wichita, Kansas, to the late Helen (Bernhardt) Schick Westbrook Turner and Alvin Schick. She was the owner of the County Journal and worked as a teller for the White Eagle Credit Union, and a pharmacy tech at Cooper Drug. She never met a stranger and always enjoyed a cup of coffee with anyone that came through their backdoor. She always had time for good conversation. Anita was a cancer survivor. On Jan. 10, 1966 she married the love of her life, Jeffery C. Mattix. He preceded her in death in 2012. She is survived by: daughter, Shannon Mattix and fiancé, Jerry Shoemaker; son, Aaron Mattix, both of Wichita; grandchildren Levi Davidson (Corina), Kyle Davidson (girlfriend, Heather Banwert) and Madeline Mattix; brother-in-law, Jon Mattix (Barbara); Odie and Baxter the farm dogs; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

  • Pauline K. Poe

    Pauline K. “Polly” Poe (nee Keazer) entered into eternal peace on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at age 87 at Aberdeen Heights Senior Living, Kirkwood, Missouri. She was glorious, brilliant, beautiful, gracious, and poised; friend, loving wife and supportive companion for 66 years to Allan Poe. She is survived by her husband Allan; their sons David (Cathy) Poe, Kevin (Marti) Poe and daughter Annette (Tommy) Margosian; four grandchildren, Tom, Eric, and Kurt Poe and Rachel (Michael) Jeter; three great grandchildren, Weston, Dominic and Lucas Jeter; sister Nancy (Phil) Kastor, and brother-in-law Harold (Joleen) Poe. She was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Evelyn Keazer, sister Joyce (Russell) Hett, and beautiful granddaughter Danielle Poe.

  • Roberta A. "Happy" Slifer

    Roberta A. “Happy” Slifer died Tuesday at St. Luke Living Center. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Zeiner Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Marion Cemetery.

  • Richard "Dick" Varenhorst

    Dick Varenhorst, 70, former owner of Van’s Man clothing store, died Tuesday morning at his home in Marion. A visitation will be Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Zeiner Funeral Home. The funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at Marion Christian Church.



  • One problem just got solved

    Many of you readers know that I tend to get a bit – okay, maybe more than a bit – preachy about volunteering. I think we owe our assistance and financial support to our community, our religious and educational organizations, the groups that provide for assistance to those who are in need, and the committees that support quality of life issues. Sometimes I get to say all of that right here. This is one of those times.

  • One problem just got solved

    Some of the most colorful trees in town every fall are the maple trees in the Peabody Historical Museum Complex. Thanksgiving 2004 marks 50 years since Betty Grimwood of Burns started the visitation program for international students from the University of Kansas.


  • Chauncey Hughes Monroe earns Air Force honor

    Staff Sergeant Chauncey (Hughes) Monroe has been selected as the 15th Aeromedical and Dental Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014. SSgt. Monroe is the United States Air Force Aero Evacuation Liaison with the 15th Medical Group, assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center. She is responsible for tracking Army, Marine, and Navy patients coming from Guam, Japan, and Korea for specialty care.

  • Cub Scouts met Sunday evening

    Peabody Cub Scout Pack 108 worked on making and painting hiking sticks at their meeting Sunday evening. The boys, who had gathered food donations Saturday for Peabody Food Bank, also had a discussion about what it means to be a good citizen.

  • Blood drive is Monday

    The American Red Cross and St. Paul Lutheran Church will sponsor a community blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. on Monday at the church, 215 E. Division. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by telephone or online.


    Lucy May Williams
  • BURNS:

    Sayers' granddaughter wed in Colorado

    Smith enters chili cook off


  • Peabody shuts out Madison

    Offense may win football games — and it did for Peabody-Burns High School on Friday — but defense was the key for PBHS throughout the first half of play Friday night against Madison. The drizzly, overcast homecoming matchup was a true contest of field position for the first 21 minutes of competition. The second half, however, was an explosion of PBHS offense that ended the game early 48-0.

  • Lady Warriors score big off the court

    The Peabody-Burns Lady Warriors did not win in last Tuesday’s Dig Pink event. At least, not on the court. Off the court, however, the PBHS volleyball team raised $289 from T-shirt sales to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in support of those fighting breast cancer, head coach Isaac Burnett said.


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