• Health center resident hops fence, goes missing

    Gale Keilman, a Peabody Health and Rehab resident who goes by the name “Ralph,” scaled a six-foot wood-slat fence that wraps around an outside patio area Monday night and walked away from the facility. “Every spare staff person we have, volunteers, and emergency service personnel still are looking for him,” Alicia Weide, regional vice president of Mission Health Communities said on Tuesday. “It has been a very long night and a difficult day.”

  • Juveniles cited for drinking at sewer party

    Citations were issued Saturday night to five juveniles charged with consumption of alcohol by minors. Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke said charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia also are pending against one of the underage partiers. As unlikely a spot as it might seem for an end-of-summer party, land on which Peabody’s sewer ponds sit was the site of the gathering of young people.

  • Alcohol poisoning sends boy to hospital

    A 13-year-old Hillsboro boy became seriously ill from alcohol poisoning Friday after consuming beer and liquor provided by a 21-year-old woman who is facing charges as a result. At approximately 10:51 p.m., Hillsboro police assistant chief Jessey Hiebert responded to an ambulance page for an unresponsive male with an unknown medical problem at Western Heights in Hillsboro.

  • Parents are antidote to kids' drinking temptations

    The prospect of underage drinking is likely to frighten any parent when they consider how even just a few drinks can lead to tragic outcomes. Sometimes nightmares come true. Several officials of county organizations encourage parents to meet the issue head with their kids.

  • A New Balance of power? Canadians invade Canada but encounter some resistance

    Caroline Kelly, local Canada resident, moved her hand slowly from left to right in front of her face, as she related her idea for a news headline, “New Balance puts Canada, KS, on the map.” However, before she met a Canadian film crew that promised her a pair of free limited-edition New Balance shoes, she wasn’t entirely sure of their true intentions.

  • Commission flaunts rules, approves tax rebate

    Marion County commissioners once again ignored the rules of the neighborhood revitalization property tax rebate program, granting approval to an application submitted as a building was nearing completion. “He thinks he’ll be done Sept. 30,” office assistant Nikki Reid said. “I think they’re just waiting on concrete for in front of his house, so for like a driveway and a sidewalk.”

  • Veterinarian couple starts at Animal Health Center

    Animal patients and owners may have noticed a couple of new faces on the staff at Animal Health Center in Marion. Veterinarians Brian and Shauna Davis recently moved to the area to practice at Marion and Herington locations.

  • Wound care center to be at St. Luke

    St. Luke Hospital will be teaming up with Wound Care Specialists, one of America’s largest operators of outpatient wound care, for an outpatient wound care clinic. The first clinic is Thursday, and will be regularly offered every Thursday. More information may be received or appointments may be made by contacting Wound Care Specialists at (877) 295-2273.




  • Feline friend Vester is mascot for Assisted Living

    A minor ruckus occurred Thursday morning at Marion Assisted Living when one of its residents, lying on a windowsill, knocked over a potted plant. The resident then went to a corner and, as one observer put it, “felt sorry for himself,” while the nursing staff cleaned up the mess. After this resident was fed, petted, and scratched under the chin just the right way, things presumably went back to normal.

  • Scammers direct crimes toward seniors

    Scams are out there. Some are aimed at seniors. “Scammers attach themselves to the lonely,” said Barb Smith, volunteer with Marion County Department on Aging. “They want money.”


  • How to enjoy your class reunion

    As many of you know, I went to northern Illinois two weeks ago to attend my 50th high school reunion. It was an event I enjoyed and I am pleased I made the decision to go, despite the wrinkles and added pounds that separate my reunion pictures from my senior picture. Guess what I discovered? Almost everyone else at a 50-year reunion has wrinkles and added pounds as well. Some are bald or white headed and some have obvious health issues. Life has been good to some and not so good to others. Of the 300-plus in the class of 1965, we had a good cross-section of careers, retirement activities, and choice of states in which to enjoy them. Not surprisingly, there were classmates who never married and some who played marriage musical chairs and married several times. One couple had seven children and 25 grandchildren. Others had none, but the majority seemed to limit themselves to two. It appeared that most class members who left northern Illinois headed south as I did. Many of us confessed to missing our hometown, but not the frigid winters.

  • When it comes to booze talk, don't be a chicken

    I remember just under two years ago, on the eve of my 21st birthday, toasting to the last underage drink I would ever have. It just wouldn’t be the same once it was legal, you know? It’d be much nicer if I could write here about how I overcame peer pressures and resisted alcohol until I came to be of legal age, but that’s not the perspective I have. I had two older brothers who broke down all kinds of behavioral walls, and I went to a college that was just named the top party school in the country — which is unequivocally tremendous, by the way.


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  • Calendar of Events

  • 'Shindig at the Park' to be Aug. 29

    Blend some toe-tapping country and folk music with an old-fashioned picnic menu from the cooks of the Peabody Historical Society, place musicians and food under the trees at Peabody City Park from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 29, and you’ll have a perfect end-of-summer event — Shindig at the Park. Music by the McKinney Sisters, Bennie Holtsclaw, and Rodney Bates is being billed as folk music, but will include a bit of bluegrass, country, and cowboy tunes.

  • Bingo event to help fund USD 398 school supplies

    Peabody American Legion Auxiliary will provide fun and prizes from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in a back-to-school bingo event in the community room of the legion hall. “We wanted to do something to help the school district and students, plus provide an activity families can enjoy together,” auxiliary president Myrna Wood said. “We are accepting donations of school supplies and we will buy additional supplies with the money the bingo games raise.”

  • MCC to host bike ride

    The MCC Flatlander Bicycle Ride will be 8 a.m. Sept. 19 starting at the MCC Center, Newton. Registration will be from 7 to 8 a.m. the morning of the race. More information is available by contacting Donna Becker at (316)283-5437 or drb1@swbell.net.

  • Disability board of directors to meet Monday

    Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will be holding its regular monthly board of directors meeting 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton. Opportunity for public forum will be held at the beginning of the meeting.

  • Girl Scouts registration open

    Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is inviting kindergarten to 12th grade girls to register for Girl Scouts. Those interested in registering may do so by visiting kansasgirlscouts.org.

  • Cemetery board to meet

    Prairie Lawn Cemetery board of directors will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the city building. It is open to the public.


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