• Peabody-Burns High School to celebrate homecoming

    It, once again, is homecoming week at Peabody-Burns High School. Candidates for homecoming royalty have been selected. Students are working on float entries for the parade. Candidate games will take place Friday afternoon and Warrior football team will take on Flint Hills High School at the park at 7 p.m. Friday. “As always, we encourage the public to join us for candidate games, parade, and pep rally downtown,” sponsor Annette Elliott said. “The games will be at 1:25 p.m. Friday on the football practice field. At 2:25, the parade will start at the high school and travel down Walnut Street to the intersection of Walnut and 2nd Sts. where we have a pep rally.”

  • Peabody City Council tackles housekeeping issues

    Peabody City Council went into a 10-minute executive session Monday to discuss personnel. After returning to open session, council members approved a motion to remove the word “interim” from Ronnie Harms’s title as Public Works Superintendent. Harms will be subject to a six-month evaluation period with a performance review. Three council members voted in favor of the motion, one opposed and one abstained.

  • Scarecrows to invade Peabody

    Peabody will play host to a fall festival with a new twist in October. There will be a scarecrow festival with participants all over town, vendors, crafts, and sidewalk sales in the business district, a chili crawl at the HUB, and prizes for creativity and yearlong bragging rights. Peggy Phillips attended a scarecrow festival in Ireland recently while visiting her daughter and grandchildren and thought the idea could be imported to Peabody.

  • Owner loves the look of her gangster car

    Janie Hampton has had her burgundy 1937 Master Deluxe Chevy at every Peabody Sunday Cruise this year. The restored vehicle has been a regular exhibit, parked in front of Hampton’s retail business, J & M Liquor, in downtown Peabody. “I thought having it out there might draw people into the store,” she said. “But it actually just draws them to the car itself.”

  • County reclaims $44,880 in tax sale

    A Marion man was the most prolific bidder on Friday during a tax sale at Marion County Courthouse. Of 37 properties whose owners were minimum three years delinquent on property taxes, Marion County retained nine on a minimum bid of $100 and sold 28 for a combined $44,880.

  • Recent scam invokes fear of IRS

    Beware Marion County. A sinister phone scam plagued area residents on Monday. The scam attempted to prey upon people by inspiring fear of the IRS. County resident Eileen Sieger received one of the intimidating calls.

  • Former senator calls Flint Hills home

    Nancy Landon Kassebaum, former U.S. Senator from Kansas, is home for good at her ranch near Burdick after the death of her husband, former Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee, in 2014. She lives in a renovated limestone house that was on the ranch when she purchased it in 1983. She lives on a gravel road and walks a half-mile to her mailbox.

  • Woman charged with sex offenses faces federal court

    A Dodge City woman booked in January on charges of rape, criminal sodomy, and sexual exploitation of a Marion County child has had charges dropped, so that stiffer federal charges may be filed against her. County attorney Susan Robson dismissed without prejudice the charges against Ashley Marie Kelly, 24, who allegedly took inappropriate photographs of a Marion County child.


  • Officer exhibits toy police cars

    Marion police officer Duane McCarty has 33 toy police cars on display in a window recess beside his desk near the front door of Marion Police Department. He keeps them for visitors to look at, especially kids.


  • Mildred Bernhardt

    Mildred Bernhardt, 84, died Sept. 21 at Salem Homes in Hillsboro. Funeral was Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, Lyons. Burial followed at Tampa Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was Friday at Birzer Funeral Home.

  • Vera Dirks

    Former Tampa resident Vera L. Dirks, 88, died Tuesday at Moundridge Manor, Moundridge. Funeral Service was Monday, at Morning Star Mennonite Church, rural Tampa, Kansas. Family received guests from 6 to 8 Sunday at the Church.

  • Gladys Janzen

    Gladys Esther Janzen, 100, died Friday at Salem Homes, Hillsboro. Celebration of life service was Tuesday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church. Family received guests prior to the service.

  • Harold Pankratz

    Harold Pankratz, 86, died Tuesday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Celebration of life service was Tuesday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Family received guests Sunday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

  • Sharon Wasemiller

    Sharon Kristine Wasemiller, 58, died Sunday at Lehigh. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran Church, Hillsboro.



  • Mother is not always right

    Once, not too many years after we moved to Peabody, my parents and sister came to visit us. After they spent a few days here, they went on to see family in Arkansas. Before she left, my mom pulled me aside and said, “Don’t let yourself get swallowed up in a town like this. You will like the closeness and the friends you make, but there is just no future here.” I was from a good-sized community near Chicago. There were more than 300 students in my graduating class. I understood what she meant. This was not a place to enter into a 30-year mortgage. This was not a place to properly raise a family, as it had none of the ‘necessary’ shopping, eating, entertainment, or cultural hot spots. It was miles to the nearest theater, even farther to the nearest shopping center. These were important considerations for us. In addition, how would we know if our children excelled, or even succeeded, scholastically in relation to students from larger school districts?



  • Warriors lose to Gorillas

    Peabody-Burns Warriors game against the Solomon Gorillas Friday ended after halftime, with a final-score of 52-0. The Gorillas scored five touchdowns in the first quarter, leading at that point, 30-0.

  • Enrollment sees 35% increase in grad student

    Two years ago, Tabor College in Wichita had just 11 students enrolled in graduate programs. This fall, there are 42 students, an increased of 35 percent. Tabor enrollment for fall semester is 729 students, including 561 students in Hillsboro and 126 students in Wichita.

  • KFAC announces 2016 bookmark contest

    Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom announced its 2016 bookmark art contest. The theme is “Pollinators Put Food on the Table,” and the contest is open to any Kansas student from kindergarten through sixth grade. Entries will be judged on relevance to theme, creativity, originality, use of space and color and clarity of idea and image.

  • Local students receive academic recognition

    The University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment recognized academic achievement of senior students from high schools in Marion, McPherson, and Rice counties with a dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Holiday Manor Center, McPherson. A total of 68 high school seniors in the top 10 percent of their high school class were recognized. Each also received a certificate of achievement and A Webster’s New College Dictionary.

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  • Musical Visions Trio perform Friday

    Tabor College’s Lifelong Learning program titled “This is My Father’s World — A Celebration of Beauty in Nature, Music, and Art” will be held at 9:45 a.m. Friday in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center Lobby at Tabor. Flutist Vada Snider, pianist Karen Loucks, and photographer Duane Graham created a program of music based on nature themes, photos of natural wonders, humorous drawings by Jesse Graber, and art by Bob Regier.

  • County services to hold free screenings

    Free screenings for children 5-years-old and younger will be held Oct. 13 at Marion. Appointments will be available from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Vision and hearing will be screened along with cognitive, motor, speech/language, and social/emotional. This process usually takes at least one hour to complete.

  • Gospel band to perform Sunday

    Sunday Drive, a multiple award winning southern gospel act, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Marion Christian Church. “Misty (the lead singer) sounds just like Karen Carpenter from ‘The Carpenters’,’ pastor Carl Helm said, “and Sunday Drive just sounds fantastic.”

  • October is "Zombie Preparedness Month"

    Kansas Department of Emergency Management is bringing back zombies for “Zombie Preparedness Month” in October to remind people of the need to be prepared for any emergency. During Zombie Preparedness Month, KDEM will collaborate with other public safety agencies to provide information on emergency preparedness, including social media zombie preparedness challenges throughout the month.


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