• Cupid is in high school and wears a red union suit

    When Ann Leppke’s horticulture class decided to sell floral greetings for Valentine’s Day in 2015, Leppke had the perfect delivery option already in mind. With a group of rather gregarious high school boys in the class, she felt good about incorporating a technique she had observed years earlier on a college campus. “When I was at Southwestern College in Winfield, a local flower shop had a young man dressed as Cupid delivering Valentine’s flowers on campus,” she said. “He was dressed in a one-piece red union suit with wings attached, carrying a bow and arrow and a vase of flowers. What can I say? Some things just stick with you.”

  • EMS calls hit 11-year high

    Marion County EMS logged 1,172 calls in 2015, the most of any year dating back to 2005, county commissioners learned Friday. Data reported by EMS interim director Ed Debesis showed 344 calls, an average of about six per week, didn’t involve patient transports. The largest number of those, 259, were calls in which an ambulance arrived on scene but did not take a patient anywhere. There were 46 calls terminated before an ambulance arrived, and 39 instances of stand-by calls.

  • Districts to merge? Legislature could force schools to consolidate

    Five county school districts could become one in 2017 if a bill in the Kansas legislature proposing statewide consolidations becomes law. House Bill 2504 would save the state $170 million over 10 years if districts in counties with under 10,000 students were combined into single countywide districts, proponents claim. Kansas Association of School Boards estimated the state would drop from 286 districts to 132 under the plan.

  • Fourth fest committee opens button competition

    While winter lingers on in Kansas, Peabody July 4th Celebration Society is already planning for its 95th annual celebration. Competition is open for the design that will go on admission buttons. The design must fit into a 2 ¼ inch circle and the following words must be incorporated into the design: Peabody, 2016, and 4th of July, or 4th Fest.

  • 2 vehicles, 1 garage destroyed by fire at lake

    An unattached two-car garage, a Chevrolet S10 pickup, and a Monte Carlo were destroyed by a fire that ignited around 3:30 p.m. Thursday at 12 Random Rd. behind the former Kingfisher Inn building at Marion County Lake. Billowing black smoke was visible from miles away but Marion fire chief Mike Regnier said no one was injured in the blaze, including homeowner Ed Jeffrey.

  • Fires scorch native grass in Marion and Butler counties

    Burns and Florence firefighters helped extinguish a massive grass fire that blackened more than 1,200 acres of native grassland Friday south of the county line. The fire started at approximately 1:30 p.m. at North West 40th and Haverhill Road and spread to North West 80th Rd. about 12 miles southwest of Burns.

  • Business owner arrested on multiple charges

    Gavin Shields, 28, owner of Shields Service and Supply in Lincolnville, faces multiple drug-related charges after being arrested twice in January. The charges came after Shields allegedly obstructed the apprehension of Tyrone Vondal, 38, of Lincolnville, on Dec. 15, 2015. Vondal was later arrested in possession of more than $40,000 of Shields’s property.


  • Candidates file for city positions

    Marion will have the only formally contested races in the April 5 city elections, with five candidates vying for two at-large council positions. County Clerk Tina Spencer said nine candidates have tossed their hats in the ring for the April 5 city elections in the county.

  • From Russia to Hillsboro, a mission to dance

    It’s been years since Hillsboro has had a dance studio, but that will be changing in March. Krista Matlock, wife of Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church associate pastor Jeremy Matlock, will start offering a variety of dance classes starting March 7 in Hillsboro City Hall, and hopes to open a formal studio in June.

  • This week is Burn Awareness Week

  • Forget frogs: kissing hogs is the hot new trend

    The month of February won’t be “boar”ing for Centre High School students when they get to witness a Centre school employee kiss a piglet. The pig kissing contest is a fundraiser for the freshman class.


  • Mary Regalado

    Mary Louise Regalado, 45, of Marion, died Jan. 23 in Wichita. A memorial service was to be this morning at Cindy’s Family Café, Marion.

  • Jerry Schmidt

    Former Hillsboro police officer Jerry Schmidt, 75, died Jan. 29 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church. Family will receive guests from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

  • Ed Siebert

    Edward E. “Ed” Siebert, 74, died Thursday at his residence in Marion. He was born May 3, 1941, to Wilmer and Mildred (Bluhm) Siebert in Hillsboro. He was a graduate of Marion High School.


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  • Locals save for anything from candy to multiple vacations

    Waste it, save it, lose it, or bank it, loose change has great power — purchasing power — and with great power comes great responsibility. Depending on who’s collecting it, that power can lead to realizing a dream, a curious purchase, or a gift of brotherly love.

  • Debit or credit? Choose wisely

    Debit cards and credit cards each have their time and place. Shawn Vondenkamp, retail office supervisor at Central National Bank, Marion, said one advantage to a debit card is that there is no fee for cash withdrawn from the local bank’s ATM.

  • Tax checkoffs raise funds for projects

    The tax checkoffs found on Kansas income tax forms end up raising serious money for state programs. Kansas Department of Revenue Director of Communications Jeannine Koranda provided information on how much money the tax checkoffs raised over the last five years.


  • A cold case we want to solve

    Sometimes this job is a great deal of fun. I was notified this past week that I was being tagged to take on a mystery involving a Peabody High School class ring. Why? Because it is my job to report Peabody happenings. I am not unhappy about the assignment. I like going on treasure hunts and I read mysteries that end with a strange twist. I think if The Daughters really wanted to make me happy for my birthday or Christmas, they would buy me a metal detector so I could look for parts of the past wherever I go. The Marion office received an email last week from a woman in Derby who had been sorting through some old jewelry that had been in her possession since 1990, when her mother died. She came upon a class ring from 1936. The stone is missing from the ring and it is tarnished; leading the woman to believe it is not gold. She said the words ‘Peabody High School’ are engraved around the oval area where the stone should be. There is a letter ‘S’ inscribed inside the ring and the woman thought it probably belonged to a woman as it is a small size.

  • Topeka's cucumber crazies

    Look out Marion County — state representative John Bradford of Lansing wants to combine small local school districts, supposedly to save state government $170 million over the next 10 years. In place of Marion County’s five districts, Bradford’s bill, HB 2504, proposes just one, operating out of one office and with one superintendent. Ownership of all of the county’s school buildings and other assets would shift to the new “realigned school district.” It’s likely an existing district will be picked to take over the operation of all five, running all of them from one location.


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  • First year is learning experience for Peabody-Burns basketball coach

    The current school year at Peabody-Burns has seen a round of young, new teachers, including the new head coach of the Lady Warriors. Scott Bauer, a 2015 graudate of Tabor College, was a fresh face to the teaching scene when he started with USD 398 this past fall.

  • Local students named to Wichita State dean's honor roll

    Wichita State University has announced the names of more than 2,600 students who were on the fall 2015 dean’s honor roll, including students from Marion County. Those from Marion County include Corey Buller of Goessel; Jonathan Crouse, Samantha Ens, Matthew Klenda, Benjamin Loewen, Carter Pankratz, Amanda Roble, Grant Schneider, Tessa Simpson, and Lucas Sinclair, all of Hillsboro; Shayla Kline and Edward Obermeyer, both of Marion; and Denise Servis of Peabody.

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  • Centre grad found love in foreign service

    They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. That seems to have worked to bring Jenna Tajchman and her boyfriend Alex Trofim to decide to tie the knot. They met when Jenna was a Peace Corp volunteer in Moldova and Alex was a Corp employee. The decision to get married came when Jenna went to the Philippines and Alex discovered he missed her. He visited her, and they decided to set a wedding date.

  • The cost of love...Valentine's Day style

    A bouquet of Valentine flowers can range from about $10 at a grocery store to over $150 from a florist. A box of chocolates can run a few dollars at a discount store to $880 for 64 personalized gourmet chocolates delivered by mail.


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