• Aussies come stateside to claim American icon vehicles

    Australians Ben Pullin and Chloe McConchie have a thing for vintage Airstream trailers. “We love Airstream trailers,” McConchie said. “They’re an American icon. They are rare in Australia. Not many people have them.”

  • Cost is no object when dog's life is at stake

    The bill was more than Danny and Brenda Maddox of Marion ever imagined spending on a dog. Not that they had a choice.

  • Bombarded by 'stuff,' thrift store temporarily stops donations

    St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shoppe volunteers have spent the last two weeks wading through a profuse amount of stuff. At the end of July, patrons bombarded the Auxiliary with so many donations that volunteers needed time to catch up.

  • McSweeney advocates being friendly to bees

    Debbie McSweeney of Peabody says the honeybee is the proverbial “canary in the coal mine.” “If honeybees are being affected, that’s something to pay attention to,” she said. “Our food is at stake. Without pollinators, there is no food, like fruit. In the 1940s, there were more than four million bee colonies. Now there are less than two million.”


  • Mary Del Vecchio

    Mary Katherine DelVecchio, 60, died Tuesday at her Peabody home. Funeral services are pending at this time.

  • Tom Moore

    Thomas “Tom” Lee Moore, formerly of Peabody, died Aug. 4. Services were held Friday at the Culbertson-Smith Mortuary, Wichita.

  • Cora Sorenson

    Cora B. Sorenson, 60, died Aug. 4 at her home in McPherson. A funeral service was to be today at New Hope Evangelical Church, McPherson. A graveside service was Aug. 5 at McPherson Cemetery.


    Berniece Broadstreet

    Randall Mott-Conyers

    Joe Plume



  • Woman transitions from suburban Chicago to farm life

    Dawn Suderman of rural Marion grew up in Palos Heights, a suburb of Chicago, but always dreamed about living on a farm. That dream came true when she married Joel Suderman in December 2010. When she was growing up, Dawn and her mother spent a lot of time near her great-uncle’s farm in Indiana, stopping at U-Pick farms for fruit and taking it back home to process. She looked forward to those times.

  • Ag students broaden their horizons in college

    Nicholas Meyer wasn’t surprised by what he learned about agriculture in his freshman year of college. He was surprised at what he learned about possibilities. “There was more to my major, agricultural engineering, than I thought there was,” he said. “I just saw agricultural engineering as the people responsible for designing machines, like combines. I didn’t realize it could also be the person going to third-world countries and designing equipment for them, where their biggest fields don’t compare to our smallest.”

  • FDA to require approval of antibiotics in livestock feed

    By the end of 2016, ranchers and livestock producers will have to follow new rules when medicating stock with commonly used feed-grade antibiotics. In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it will begin requiring veterinary feed directive, essentially prescriptions, for livestock feed additives.


  • The old days and the new

    The opportunity to have lunch with strangers is not one that should be passed up. Maybe the Peabody Senior Center indoor picnic was sparsely attended, but it was home to some good conversation. The “good old days” were brought up by someone — I don’t know who — and of course the natural follow was “kids these days.” The conversation, from there, turned to me.



  • Calendar of Events

  • Rumpshaker Run to be repeated

    Florence Labor Day celebration will again feature the “Rumpshaker at the Nation’s Crossroads” run. Events are a five-kilometer run and one-mile fun run. Registration is $17 for the fun run, $22 for the 5K, or $27 for both. Runners can register at Cottonwood Valley Bank in Florence. Participants can save $5 per run and be guaranteed T-shirt size by registering before Aug. 21.

  • August blood drives available

    The American Red Cross will be conducting three more blood drives in the county this month. Aug. 21 — 12 to 6 p.m., Hillsboro City Hall, 118 E. Grand Ave.

  • Senior citizens to meet at Burns

    Senior Citizens of Marion County board of directors will meet at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 21 in Burns. Lunch will be served. Reservations are due Aug. 19 and may be made by calling (620) 726-5844 or (620) 382-3580. Anyone needing transportation may call the office by Aug. 20.


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