• Interloper smashes sausage house glass

    Duane Taylor of Augusta picked up a concrete block from in front of Peabody Sausage House at 2:40 p.m. July 29, and tossed it through a plate glass window in the entry hall to the business at 105 W. 9th St. Taylor, 53, had no apparent connection to Peabody. He had spent the morning wandering around the community, evidently not making contact with anyone. “I was here alone,” employee Marilyn Unruh said. “I saw him walking around out front and wondered what he was doing. I went to get a slab of bacon to slice and heard glass breaking. The concrete block was on the hallway floor.

  • Semi explodes, teenage girl hurt

    Fifteen-year-old Corin Parmley of rural Cedar Point was hospitalized, and later released Tuesday, after the vehicle she was driving and a semi truck collided at the intersection of US-56 and Old Mill Rd. Parmley, who will be a sophomore at Marion High School, was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita with what a dispatcher described as “frontal lobe injuries.”

  • Boat sinks, family gets wet

    A Canton family was rescued Sunday after their 48-year-old boat took on water and sank at Marion Reservoir. John and Lynn Rowden were boating with their two daughters, ages 14 and 12, when the 14-foot fiberglass boat foundered near Cottonwood Point.

  • Intoxicated driver allegedly snaps stop sign with car

    Then again, maybe it isn’t. Whatever it signifies, we’re amazed at the lack of intergovernmental communication regarding, of all things, highway markers. We can seem to mark dozens of Santa Fe Trail crossings, but tourism and highway officials combined can’t seem to install a single sign telling tourists how to reach the county’s biggest destination other than its lakes: Chaplain Emil Kapaun’s hometown.

  • Emergency crews prepare for disaster

    About 50 county emergency responders, government officials, and pipeline operators met Thursday at Marion Community Center to learn how to respond to pipeline breaks. It was the second of 10 regional forums to be conducted by Keystone pipeline operator TransCanada, and senior community relations adviser Rob Latimer was pleased with the turnout.

  • Wages, roads hiked in county budget

    Gravel roads, ambulance volunteers, hourly employees, and elected officials all will see more money in January if proposals made Friday by county commissioners hold through the 2016 budget process. Commissioner Randy Dallke initially proposed a one mill increase to be used for gravel, but after discussion, commissioners settled on two mills.

  • Cruising camps and coves for crime

    It’s still police work, but when Dan Kinning takes off in the sheriff’s department lake patrol vehicle at Marion Reservoir, he knows he could encounter situations unlike any from his regular job as Hillsboro police chief. “Every once in a while we get skinny dippers,” he said.


  • Norma Anderson

    Norma Christine Anderson, 89, died Aug. 3 at Peabody Health and Rehab. A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.

  • Bernice Broadstreet

    Bernice Broadstreet, 97, died Friday at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and a funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday. Both will take place at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.

  • Henrietta Waner

    Former cook Henrietta Mary Waner, 81, died July 27 at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. A funeral Mass was Friday at Holy Family Parish, Marion. Interment was at Marion Cemetery.


    Joan Stroda

    Delores Harrison

    Sandra Watson



  • Geothermal unit is good stewardship

    Norma and Phil Duerksen were both at work the day a drilling rig bored three 200-feet-deep holes in their backyard, so they don’t know whether their Roosevelt St. neighbors in Marion were ogling and speculating about what was going on. They do know their natural gas bill this winter will be much lower than last. Boring the holes was the first step to installing a geothermal heating and cooling system for their house that, except in extreme cold, will eliminate the use of a gas furnace.

  • Earworms cause problems for vegetable growers

    Anyone who grows sweet corn in their garden knows what it is like to husk it. One can almost guarantee that, when the leaves are pulled back, a worm or two will be found eating on the tip of the ear or making their way down into the rows of kernels. For that reason, harvesting sweet corn isn’t much fun. Before the corn can be eaten or processed, the worms have to be removed and the damaged parts of the ear have to be cut out. Usually the worms fall out by shaking the ear.

  • Drying clothes the old fashioned way

    Two T-shaped metal poles stand sentinel, about 30 feet apart, disconnected and without purpose. In days past, they may have connected by wire and lined with linens, soaking up sunshine and becoming infused with scents of the season.

  • Tree-encircling playhouse is project for entire family

    Albert and Shawna Johnson of Marion both remember the treehouses they had when they were kids. Albert’s was more rickety than his future wife’s was, but Shawna had an advantage — her dad owned a construction company. Carrying on the family lineage, Shawna has teamed with Albert to create a backyard playhouse at their home at 204 N. Freeborn St. for their daughters Caileigh, 5, and Carlynn, 3.


  • Road-grading over common sense

    There’s no truth to the rumor that Marion County plans to capitalize on the sad state of its rural roads by advertising them as a chance for tourists to experience what travel was like on the original Santa Fe Trail. What is true is that county commissioners once again are spending money faster than taxpayers can earn it.

  • Uh-oh, doggie doo alert

    At least one downtown merchant is a bit distressed about dog droppings on the sidewalks in the business district. Linda Miles Martinez, owner of Manestreet Beautique, posted a complaint on a community social media site on Friday stating (all in caps), “Come on Peabody pet owners and downtown pet walkers! Pick up your pet &%#^@! It is disgusting and downright rude!” Well, there is a topic for community discussion!


  • Senior Center menu

  • Congressman honors Father Kapaun

    Rep. Tim Huelskamp honored military chaplains and the late Father Emil J. Kapaun, native of Pilsen, in remarks July 29 to the U.S. House of Representatives. That date marked the 240th anniversary of the United States Army Chaplain Corps founding. More than 25,000 chaplains have served since.

  • Skinner reunion held in Peabody

    The 69th annual Skinner reunion was held Aug. 2 at the Peabody Senior Center. Thirty-two attended the ruinion, including from Peabody: Virginia Skinner, Jennifer, Chris, Mackenzie, Bryant, Philip, and Alex Young, and Gage Claassen.

  • Gooding reunion held in Marion

    The Gooding reunion was held July 19 at Marion County Lake Hall, with a potluck meal. The 85th birthday of Alfred Gooding was celebrated birthday cake, and a slide show of his life and his family.

  • Did you lose your phone or debit card?

    Peabody police took in a couple of found items during the past week. “We have a cellphone up here and a debit card,” Chief Bruce Burke said. “To claim an item, the individual needs to come to the police department and identify it.”

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    Couples vacation in Wyoming

    Cress travels to Alaska

    10, 25, 50, 100, 125 years ago


  • Calendar of Events

  • Caregiver support group to meet

    Harvey County caregiver support group will meet 3 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Osage room at Prairie View in Newton. Joan Brubacher facilitates the caregiver group. The group is open to caregivers for older adults and older adults who are caregivers. Information about the group is available by calling (316) 284-6400.

  • Youth art contest accepting submissions

    A poster and video contest is open for entries as part of Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day. Kids ages 5 to 13 are eligible. The poster must be 8½ by 11 inches and must include the child’s name, age, mailing address, county, a parent’s name and phone number. Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 18 and mailed to AAA Kansas, Public Affairs, 3545 SW 6th St. Topeka KS 66606.

  • Group to fund water projects

    Kansas Health Foundation is accepting requests for proposals to improve access to clean, safe drinking water. Organizations interested in applying are required to submit a letter of intent online by 5 p.m. Aug. 18. Upon receipt of the letter of intent, KHF will provide a link to complete the online proposal that is due by 5 p.m. Sept. 10.


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