• Lalouette-Crawford wins recount

    An official recount Friday confirmed Lori Lalouette-Crawford will be county commissioner for District 1. The results will be made official at a Monday canvassing, but unofficial results had Lalouette-Crawford with 678 votes and Dodd with 675.


  • What's next, Peabody Market?

    Owners of Peabody Market, offered for sale at an online auction last month, are denying reports – including one from the county commissioner representing the area – that the store is going out of business. When the auction concluded Oct. 23, concerned observers who were not registered bidders were unable to see whether the business had sold.

  • Free turkey and all the trimmings

    The 5th Annual Peabody Community Thanksgiving Dinner is scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the Brown Building cafeteria. The meal is free and everyone in the community is invited to attend.

  • Lalouette-Crawford wins by 1 vote

    Candidates for the 1st District Marion County Commission seat had mostly muted reactions to the election that gave Republican Lori Lalouette-Crawford the win by one vote. County commissioners, acting in their role as the election canvassing board, counted provisional ballots Monday and those unread by ballot machines. The final tally was 676 to 675.

  • Wind farm expansion generates controversy

    The county commission office filled Monday with conservationists and lawyers from all over the state — El Dorado, Topeka, neighboring counties — to protest the approval of a conditional use permit (CUP) that would allow Windbourne Energy to expand its wind farm operation south of US-50. The land in question is included in Governor Sam Brownback’s “Tallgrass Heartland” preserve, designated in 2011. Representatives from the Tallgrass Ranchers and the Nature Conservancy appealed to county commissioners to hold off on approving the expansion.

  • City ordinances merge onto online superhighway

    City ordinances are public documents viewable by anyone. Peabody city ordinances and all of their modifications and changes are kept in two four-inch thick binders at city hall. Following an individual city ordinance from its beginning through decades of changes and adaptations can be a daunting process for a resident who just wants to know if there are rules about keeping his trees trimmed or his house painted. Peabody City Council approved hiring City Code Financial to fix that problem after a presentation Monday night by municipal attorney Larry Kleeman, who works for the company.

  • 'Father John' Siebert was leader of Vietnam SEAL platoon

    They were called the Men in Green Faces. “They come from nowhere, they go nowhere,” says John Siebert of Florence, recalling the saying. “We’re just there, and then we’re gone.”


  • Boaldin is St. Luke's new chief nursing officer

    Marion High School alumnus Gail Boaldin has returned to take the chief nursing officer position at St. Luke Hospital and Living Center as of Nov. 3. “It’s been about 30 years since I’ve been to town,” Boaldin said Thursday. “It’s nice to be back close to a lot of my family.”

  • What is red, rectangular, and offers movie rentals?

    Look! Up at Ampride! It’s a box, it’s a kiosk, it’s Instaboro! Advertised as “Faster than Redbox” and “Cheaper than iTunes,” Instaboro also touts “Less commitment than Netflix.” The business might not have the same Superman-esque qualities of larger competitors, but it does offer viewers a new outlet to rent movies like “Man of Steel” and other current films and new releases.

  • Tumbleweed takeover at Homestead Senior Residences

    Wendy Buchanan planned to enjoy her holiday and simply check the heaters at the Homestead Senior Residences Marion Tuesday morning. Instead, she found tumbleweeds blocking the entrance — a lot of them. “I couldn’t even get into the front door,” said Buchanan, the manager of the apartment residences.


  • Robert Higgins

    Robert B. “Bob” Higgins, 74, passed away Oct. 28 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was born Dec. 8, 1939, to William and Alice (Grubbs) Higgins at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married Jeanne L. Carr on Oct. 18, 1964, at Marion. He was a long-time Chief Estimator for Hensel Phelps Construction.

  • Alice Meysing

    Alice M. Meysing, 84, died Nov. 3 at Parkside Home, Hillsboro. She was born Feb. 7, 1930, to John and Theresa (Pauly) Schippers near Colwich. She married Paul W. Meysing on May 2, 1950. She was a homemaker and farm wife.

  • Helen Morgan

    Former nurse Helen L. Morgan, 88, died Nov. 6 at her home in Great Bend. She was born July 13, 1926, to Lawrence and Ida (Jarvis) Slaymaker at Peabody. She married Thomas Earl Morgan April 22, 1948, at Eunice, New Mexico.



  • Welcome the new guy

    I expect most of you have heard rumors of a new business coming to town. Rumor has it that a bicycle shop is planning to move into the building most recently vacated by Déjà vu and the remnants of Jackrabbit Hollow. Since the Peabody Gazette-Bulletin office has spent the last 13 years in the back room of the building and is still the lone occupant, I think I can say with some assurance that I will soon be sharing the space with James Barringer, owner of the Newton Bike Shop, and supreme vision-guy for his new business, Peabody Pedaler. My initial opinion of Barringer is that he has never met an idea or challenge that he did not like or upon which he did not think he could improve. The man is a walking idea machine. He stumbled upon an empty building seeking a tenant and presto! We all are looking at bicycles in a whole new way. No longer just Pee Wee Herman’s best means of transportation, the world of bicycles is now a mainstream method of traveling, competing, fund raising, enduring, touring, and racing from one end of the country to the other.

  • Don't judge a rider by his leathers

    Hell’s Angels, Mongols, Banditos, Vagos, Pagans, Sons of Silence, Highwaymen, Free Souls, and Warlocks are just a fistful of the most notorious biker gangs in the United States that shroud motorcycle riders in a seedy and somewhat intimidating stereotype, labels no doubt perpetuated by Hollywood and popular culture because of the dynamic stories such characters spawn. The pigeonhole no doubt still holds true for some riders throughout the nation, but when the billows of exhaust clear, alleged degenerate acts have no basis in reality for riders I encountered last week at the Marion County Toy Run.


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  • Deines family holds reunion

    The family of Phillip Deines Sr. celebrated its 29th annual reunion Oct. 12 at Lincolnville Community Center. The family of George Deines, of the Chris Deines Sr. family, hosted the event. Leona Manhart of Marion celebrated her 90th birthday, hosted by her family, Jeannie and Lyie Gillett of Hillsboro, Jim and Nanette Manhart of Ashville, North Carolina, Jeremy, Kristy, Avery, and Rylan Mohn of Olathe, and Kyle and Ann Gillette of Winfield. Four generations of girls attended.


  • High school musicians begin busy season

    High school students who participate in band have had a busy fall with parades, half-time shows, a concert, and a performance at the Kansas State Fair. Activities and performances do not appear to be letting up for the musicians. This weekend the group will make its annual trek to Towne West and Towne East shopping malls to escort Santa Claus to his workshop for visits with children anxious to share their gift lists with the Jolly Old Elf.

  • Retired professor writes sequel to Civil War story

    Tabor College professor emeritus Max R. Terman has published a sequel to his 2009 historical novel, “Hiram’s Honor: Reliving Private Terman’s Civil War.” The first novel and its sequel, “Hiram’s Hope: The Return of Isaiah,” although fictional, are based on the life of Terman’s great-uncle who fought in the Civil War.


  • Longtime doctor made stained glass shine

    T.C. Ensey designed the stained glass windows at the Eastmoor United Methodist Church more than 50 years ago, but he still occasionally hears a compliment about them. “I was interested in art,” Ensey said, recalling when the church relocated to its current site in 1963.

  • Site manager loves serving people

    She may not have made a lot of money in her lifetime, but Janet Bryant of Marion has brightened the lives of many people with her perky, humor-loving ways. As site manager at Marion Senior Center, she is at her desk every morning at 8 a.m., taking meal reservations, lining up drivers for Meals-on-Wheels, and contacting other volunteers.


  • Warriors fall behind early, can't catch up

    In a two minute first quarter burst, Osborne went up 24-0 on the Peabody-Burns Warriors in Bi-District play Nov. 4. Although PBHS came back to within 2 points early in the second quarter, the Warriors fell 66-44. The loss halted the 2014 season with the team record of 9-1. “You have had an outstanding season,” head coach David Pickens said to his team in the huddle after the game. “You have done something many teams only dream of. It has been a special season. Be proud of yourselves. We are proud of you.”


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