• Burns library receives $1,500 of free books

    Burns library manager Sandy Jenkins and library board president Cecilia Kennedy faced a delightful dilemma recently. With the help of $175 gifts from Burns PRIDE and the Lions Club, the library qualified for about $1,000 of new children’s books from Oregon-based Libri Foundation, an organization dedicated to serving small, rural libraries.

  • Circus to come to town

    Culpepper and Merriweather Circus will be in Peabody on Sept. 9 with its big-top tent, animals, and midway attractions, as well as a trapeze artist, performing jungle cats, prancing ponies, and much more. The circus will set up at Peabody City Park between 9:30 and 10 a.m. with shows at 5 and 7:30 p.m.

  • Missing man baffles searchers

    Despite an intense search covering 200 square miles of territory around Peabody, distribution of hundreds of fliers, television coverage, and alerts to state and national agencies, Gale “Ralph” Keilman remains a man who vanished without a trace. Keilman left Peabody Health and Rehab Aug. 17 by going over a tall wood slab fence surrounding a patio used by facility residents.

  • Market opens, baked goods disappear

    Jenny Lee had an excuse to look tired Saturday afternoon, if she wanted one. By 1 p.m., the owner of Flint Hills Market and Bakery in Florence had already put in a full workday, and had six more hours to go. But she was upbeat and relaxed as she looked at bare shelves and cases that earlier were filled with bread, doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, and pies. The last loaf of bread, sourdough, had just disappeared.

  • Labor Day celebration headliners announced

    Florence’s 78th annual Labor Day celebration begins Sept. 5. Evening entertainment will feature Matt Engels and the Callahan Band. Free face painting, henna tattoos, and caricature drawings will be available downtown from 6 to 9 p.m. for those who have a Labor Day button. A new booth will feature an artist airbrushing designs on T-shirts. Plain white T-shirts can be purchased for $5.

  • County resolves FACT funding

    A controversy last fall over funding for Families and Communities Together was settled by county commissioners Monday. In August, health department administrator Diedre Serene asked to remove $6,000 earmarked for FACT from her budget.

  • State offers unpaid tax amnesty

    Taxpayers who owe Kansas individual or business tax debt may qualify to have penalties and interest waved if they pay before Oct. 15. Those with tax debt accrued before Dec. 31, 2013, can apply for the tax amnesty program. Debt matters that are under appeal are not eligible.


  • Donald Funk

    Donald L. Funk, 80, Hillsboro, died Aug. 18 at Hillsboro Community Hospital. He was born May 2, 1935, to Benjamin and Esther (Leppke) Funk in Hillsboro.

  • John Masson

    John Masson, 73, died Aug. 20 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. He was predeceased by his wife, Lenora May Collier, in 2008.

  • Gregory Trapp

    Gregory James Trapp, 58, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, died Aug. 18 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center. The family received friends at a visitation Friday. A funeral service was held Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Herington.


    James Keazer



  • You can help a child

    Many fresh and smiling faces showed up at our educational attendance centers on Thursday, the first day of school for Peabody-Burns students. The beginning of a new school year is a banner day for students everywhere. As old as I am, I can still remember the excitement and anticipation of that first day in a new classroom. As a mom, I remember hoping our girls’ first days left them eager for the new school year. I have to say I think things are a bit harder now for many of our youngsters. I am not often in either of our school buildings, but I see many children downtown, at community events, in our parks, and just out and about. I am aware that many of them do not have proper fitting shoes or clothing. I expect that several could use, but do not get, eyeglasses or dental care. Products necessary for personal hygiene can go by the wayside when parents are struggling to pay utility bills, keep food on the table, or find gas money to get to work and back.



  • Grandparent's Day Dinner to be Sept. 10 and 11

    Always enjoyed by adults as well as children, the annual Grandparents’ Day Dinner at Peabody-Burns Elementary School is right around the corner. PBES students will invite their grandparents to come to school, eat with them, and take part in special activities in the classrooms on Sept. 10 and 11.

  • Peabody-Burns schools to see many new teachers

    With the beginning of the new school year, eight new faculty members will become part of the district. Some are new to teaching while others are experienced teachers new to our area. They all filled out a questionnaire to provide Peabody Gazette-Bulletin readers with some information about themselves, their families, and their teaching styles. SCOTT BAUER—

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  • Peabody-Burns Warriors have some undefeated cleats to fill

    After winning league and district titles and finishing last year’s regular season with an undefeated record, the largest obstacle the Warriors face is the precedent of their own excellence. “The guys are confident. They believe they can win, that’s not the problem,” said 11-year head coach David Pickens. “The biggest problem we’re going to have this year is lack of varsity in-game experience.”

  • Peabody volleyball ready to break out

    The Lady Warriors broke the huddle on “Cheese fries with ranch” recently at the end of a volleyball practice. “It surprised me the first time,” first-year head coach Sheena Gann said, “but they break on other food and random sayings too, like ‘Bunnies in space.’”


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