• Conflict resolved: Lalouette named vice-chair

    Absent last week, commissioner Lori Lalouette was present Monday as commissioners cleared the way for her to become vice-chair. Chairman Randy Dallke blocked Lalouette’s appointment last week, citing unresolved concerns about her ability to sign county budgets.

  • Rare deadly disease strikes Peabody woman

    In November, Megan Galucci of Peabody felt what she thought was a cyst near her waist. A single mom with a new business and no health insurance, she decided to keep an eye on it rather than have it removed.

  • "We've got spirit, yes we do..."

    A December Peabody-Burns middle school basketball game left seniors Brandon Entz and Dakota Reynolds sobered. “When we left, we talked about how quiet it was in the gym during the game,” Entz said. “We were almost embarrassed to yell for the team. There was no enthusiasm among players, the crowd was small and quiet, and the gym was just dead. I’m not criticizing kids, coaches, or fans, but this is something that is supposed to be fun, but it just wasn’t.

  • record world breaks Man

    Hillsboro High School graduate Aaron Yoder recently made the record books for running a mile — however, Yoder took a unique approach to it. Yoder, who is now head track and cross country coach at Bethany College in Lindsborg, broke a world record on Nov. 23 for the fastest backward one-mile run. He completed it with a time of 5:54.25.

  • School vehicle can't top icy hill, calls for help

    A USD 398 Suburban carrying preschool students to Burns Tuesday morning radioed back to the central office for help when the vehicle came to a stop on an icy incline on 30th Rd. about ¼ mile from U.S. 77. “The Suburban didn’t slide off the road or anything,” Superintendent Ron Traxson said. “It just lost traction on the slick pavement going up a hill and came to a stop.”

  • Sex offender allegedly rapes girl days after plea bargain

    Less than a month after receiving probation in a previous underage sex case, registered sex offender Cory Brunzell allegedly raped and sodomized a middle-school-age girl at his Hillsboro apartment, according to court documents obtained Tuesday. Brunzell, 22, who moved to Clay Center after the incident, was in Marion County Jail Tuesday night.


  • Marion Straub's should benefit from Larned store closure

    Straub International recently announced the closure of its Larned location, a move officials say should strengthen the company, including Marion’s Straub outlet. “With the downturn in the industry, we thought we just needed to cut some expense,” president Ron Straub said, “and the 17 miles apart that we are between stores in Larned and Great Bend didn’t make the best economic sense.”

  • '4,000 little pieces of happiness' at Tabor library

    Students at Tabor College are rebuilding the world one piece at a time. Actually, they’re piecing together a massive 4,000-piece world map puzzle that is about 4 ½ feet wide by 3 feet tall and nearly covers the entire desk it rests upon in Tabor’s library.

  • Tabor students raise funds for scholarship

    No-Shave November has turned into Shave February thanks to a student-led fundraiser for the Jenessa J. Hlad Memorial Scholarship at Tabor College. Tabor Student Senate will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to shave off beards of 10 Tabor men, including AFCA NAIA All-American football player Dylan Delk of Peabody, at the Feb. 13 Tabor basketball game.

  • Hunting and fishing license price changes in 2016

    Five-year hunting, fishing, and hunt/fish combination licenses are now available from the Kansas Department of Wildife. A five-year hunting or fishing license is $102.50, $35 cheaper than buying an annual license for five years.


  • Arene Entz

    Former Peabody resident Arene Mae Entz, 91,died Monday at Presbyterian Manor in Newton. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Emmaus Mennonite Church, Whitewater, and a funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, also at the church.

  • Willis Penner

    Retired dairy farmer Willis D. Penner, 84, Hillsboro, died Sunday on the family farm. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Hillsboro First Mennonite Church. A graveside service will be Friday at Haven of Rest Cemetery.

  • John Rupp

    John W. Rupp, 77, died Jan. 10 at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. A service was Friday at Marion Christian Church. Interment was in Marion Cemetery.

  • Tracie Witkop

    Tracie Alyn (Abbott) Witkop, 33, died Jan. 12 in Effingham, Georgia. Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion, and burial will follow in Lincolnville.



  • Teachers start their own after school program

    After spending the day helping kids reach their potential, some faculty members at Marion Elementary School gather to help each other do the same. Around Thanksgiving, physical education teacher Nicki Case recruited some faculty members to come try a new workout program, called “Cize.” The program features follow-the-leader style videos of dance routines, and participants get a workout by learning new dances.

  • Expert speaks on managing diabetes

    It’s natural that Jeanne Rziha, the in-house diabetes expert at Greenhaw Pharmacy in Hillsboro, took an interest in the subject. The disease runs in her family.

  • Health insurance enrollment help available

    Health Ministries Clinic of Newton will be at Hillsboro Public Library from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 to assist those who need to enroll in health insurance. Enrollees need to bring for every member of the household birthdates, social security numbers, income information such as W-2 tax return, or paycheck stubs, immigration documents, information about employer-covered insurance. They also should provide an active email address.


  • Everything I know about football

    I have confessed many times to being a college basketball enthusiast, but I have never gotten any kind of a thrill out of NBA basketball. It is so s-l-o-w, I simply cannot deal with it. However, I have even less passion for football — football of any kind from high school to the pros. I have had people try to explain it to me to no avail. It just does not make sense and there is a huge snooze factor. It is even slower than professional basketball games. However, Saturday night I was parked in front of my television waiting for the news to come on and some sort of football play-off game was on the screen, surprising everyone by going into overtime. Perhaps you saw it — guys in red from Arizona playing against the Green Bay Packers?

  • Outside-in business



  • Peabody-Burns falls to Elyria

    The spirits of both Peabody-Burns basketball teams were high Friday, but both teams fell to Elyria Christian. Lady Warriors lost 50-29 after a vigorous first half.

  • Hofkamp on college dean's list

    Sarah Hofkamp, a senior at Goshen College, was on the dean’s list for the fall semester. Students on the list must earn at least a 3.75 GPA while completing at least 12 hours of coursework for a letter grade.

  • Peabody-Burns menus


  • Calendar of events

  • KDA to host agribusiness development workshop

    Kansas Department of Agriculture will host a regional agribusiness development workshop March 24 in Marion. Featured speakers at the event will include representatives of Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, USDA Rural Development, Network Kansas, and others.

  • Corps to host contracts meeting in Wichita

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District will host an informational meeting to educate contractors and small businesses about government contract opportunities in Kansas from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at Wichita State University. The meeting will be

  • Parkview to have hymn sing

    Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro, invites the public to attend a hymn sing at 7 p.m. Jan. 24. The audience will be asked to choose favorite hymns to sing together.

  • Parenting class offered at high school

    A free 6-hour parenting class for parents, grandparents, foster parents, child-care providers, and teachers titled “Managing Emotional Mayhem: 5 Steps for Self-Regulation” will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at Peabody-Burns High School. Participants will learn various skills, including ways to achieve better self-regulation skills for themselves and their children, how to identify emotional triggers and accurately name the feelings involved, and hands-on activities to promote self-regulation.


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