• Squall slams city, weather wreaks havoc on Marion

    Torrential rains and howling, shifting winds battered the northern and eastern halves of the county Monday, with Marion suffering prolonged power outages and extensive tree damage. Westar Energy spokesman Yvonne Etzel estimated 1,100 to 1,200 customers lost power because of the storm.

  • Farmer stuck in combine survives storm's wrath

    An International combine sits in a hay meadow on Remington Rd. west of Marion. It looks strangely out of place, forlorn, and lonely. Nearby, linemen with a bunch of utility trucks are placing new poles and restringing electric wires along the road. That was the scene Tuesday after a severe storm swept through the area Monday evening.

  • Drug store sale goes seamlessly for community

    In addition to a new computer program that finalizes prescription sales, customers have noticed a few new faces in the local pharmacy, Don’s Drug Store, in recent weeks. Owners Ken Krehbiel and Keith Schooler quietly sold not only Don’s, but also two others they own in McPherson and Moundridge, all without the usual community discussion that accompanies a business in the process of changing hands.

  • New services bolster St. Luke

    Take care of the community, and it will take care of you. This is the lesson Jeremy Ensey is learning as CEO of St. Luke Hospital. It hasn’t been a hard lesson — rather, just the opposite. As his facility prepares to roll out its fifth new program of this calendar year in a couple of months, it’s getting thank-yous in the form of a $20,000 donation from St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary that allows it to complete a project it hadn’t even budgeted for.

  • Horticulture students learn the value of the drip in every drop

    Warrior Soil is a well-appointed greenhouse operated by Peabody-Burns High School students enrolled in Ann Leppke’s horticulture classes. Students go through the process of raising seeds to full-grown plants. They select what they want to grow in the fall, order seeds, prepare soil and containers, plant seeds and care for the plants until it is time to sell them and start over.


  • Students learn hands-on about food production

    When Evan Yoder of Peabody started teaching in 1981, many students were from farms. “Things have changed,” he told an Aug. 22 meeting of county Farm Bureau members. “Very few kids have parents who make a living off the farm. They don’t know where their food comes from. If they don’t know about farming, how will they support it?”

  • Much needed rain comes at price to some

    Last week, some grain elevator managers said farmers in their areas needed rain to help soybean pods to fill. Mike Thomas, manager of Cooperative Grain and Supply in Marion, was hoping for a nice, one-inch rain followed by a quick return to sunshine.

  • Ag teacher becomes student to improve approach

    How can Gatorade, vinegar, lemon juice, paper towels, a nickel, and a penny be used to make a battery? Goessel agriculture teacher Zana Manche knows, but she’s not telling.


  • Viola Reeves

    Viola Reeves, 87, Hillsboro native, died Friday at Asbury Park, Newton. A celebration of life service was today at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

  • Vern Smith

    Former carpenter Vern W. Smith, 93, Peabody, died Friday at Peabody Health and Rehab. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Peabody Christian Church.

  • Arnold Voth

    Arnold H. Voth, 98, died Sunday at Bethesda Home, Goessel. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bethesda Home Chapel, Goessel. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Tabor Mennonite Church. Burial will be in Tabor Cemetery.


    Charles A. Riedy



  • Autumn is not far off

    We have finally made it through another summer season. This one was not a typical Kansas summer in my most humble opinion. I remember a few rumbling thunderstorms and a tornado watch or two. There were a couple of weeks of temperatures high enough to suck the breath out of you when you stepped outside, but overall, I think we have had a mild summer. We even had some great rainfall and things look lush in our area. It is time for daylight hours to get shorter. Temperatures overnight are cool and in a few weeks, it will be time to bundle up when you head to a football game. By the end of September, I will be arguing with myself about whether or not to fire up the furnace.

  • Revitalizing wallets, not houses

    It’s time for another imaginary trip into the make-believe world of county finances, likely the most outlandish journey yet. Then again, it’s perhaps no more outlandish than county commissioners’ recent handling of the county neighborhood revitalization program. Save that thought for later.


    Livestock monitoring oversteps boundaries



  • Tabor chamber recital Sunday

    Tabor College professor Sheila Litke and three Wichita Symphony Orchestra members will perform a chamber recital 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Litke will be joined by Adrienne Dougherty on violin, Camille Burrow on cello, and Jordan Robert on French horn for pieces by Schumann and Brahms.

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  • Warriors make comeback, pluck Bluebirds at buzzer

    The Peabody-Burns Warriors’ first game of the season against the Goessel Bluebirds on Friday was off to a shaky start, but a Warriors comeback in the second half helped them win the game 42-36. By the end of the first quarter, Goessel led 14-0. However, it was a touchdown by Clayton Philpott with 8 seconds left in the first half that helped pump the Warriors up for the second half.

  • Community tailgate Friday

    There will be a community tailgate party at 6 p.m. Friday before the home football game against Canton-Galva. The event will take place in the parking area at the sports complex at Peabody City Park. Participants should bring grills, their choice of grilling meats/vegetables, and are encouraged to wear blue.


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  • Call-A-Lawyer night scheduled for Thursday

    Kansas Bar Association and Topeka Bar Association will conduct “call-a-lawyer” night Thursday. Callers may speak to volunteer lawyers who are donating their time to answer questions and provide legal advice and information. Volunteers are able to provide information on many legal issues, including probate, family law, landlord-tenant issues, matters involving real property and employment.


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