• Crawford steps down from Road and Bridge

    Road and Bridge Superintendent Randy Crawford told commissioners Monday it was time to take a new road, tendering his resignation, which is effective Friday. “My time has come and gone for Marion County, and it’s been fun,” Crawford said.

  • Scarecrow festival to include children's activities

    Marion County Parents as Teachers will sponsor a “Roll and Read” event in conjunction with the Scarecrow Festival on Oct. 17. Parents are encouraged to load younger children into a stroller or wagon and meet with other parents at 10 a.m. at Peabody Township Library. Older children can walk, bike, or skate to participate.

  • Regional agribusiness workshop coming to county

    Marion is among six Kansas communities chosen by Kansas Department of Agriculture for a new agribusiness workshop series. KDA Division of Agriculture Marketing received a $33,000 federal grant to create the program, and director Kerry Wefald said the county fit what they were looking for.

  • Uncertain fate for neighborhood revitalization

    The fate for the neighborhood revitalization program is in limbo after commissioners questioned the relevancy of the program, and they discussed the program at both Wednesday and Monday’s meetings. “It is way above what we envisioned,” Holub said. “It looked pretty simple until they laid that spreadsheet that they processed in front of us.”

  • It's that peppernut time of the year again

    Peabody Senior Center members will begin baking peppernuts this week to sell during the holiday season. Thursday is the first day of the annual event at the center. Some volunteers will prepare dough and others will push it through a plunger apparatus, which squeezes peppernut cookies out small holes on the sides and onto cookie sheets.

  • Police seize nearly $5,000 of meth

    Marion police confiscated 39 grams of methamphetamines and 9.9 grams of marijuana on Sept. 27 when they arrested four people on drug-related charges that included distribution of a controlled substance. In his report, officer Mike Stone indicated police found $4,850 of methamphetamines and $50 of marijuana.

  • Shoe ad featuring local Canadians debuts

    A troop of local Canada residents recently appeared in an international shoe commercial titled “We’re not in Canada Anymore.” In August, a Canadian film crew from Toronto traveled to the small rural community of Canada, Kansas, to shoot a promo for the New Balance 574 Woods Pack sneaker line by enlisting local help.

  • Relay for Life needing cans for candles

    Marion County Relay for Life is in need of 700 vegetable or soup cans for their luminaria bags by Thursday. After the event, the food will be donated to the four food banks that serve Marion County Residents.


  • Bow hunting conjures complex emotions for hunters

    Three area bow hunters saythey experience complicated emotions when their arrows fly and hit the mark. Thomas Ash has spent countless hours afield in solitude absorbing nature. He prefers to bow hunt every season because he has zero interest in harvesting an animal from afar with a rifle.

  • Game warden, 'best job in the world'

    At heart, Marion County game warden Cody Morris of Peabody is just a kid playing outside, looking for adventure. Only he’s not a kid anymore. The 2014 college graduate is a state trooper, the main deterrent against poaching and other wildlife crimes in Marion County and the western half of Morris County.


  • Gary Carlson

    Gary L. Carlson, 79, died Tuesday. Visitation with family will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, Marion.

  • LeOra Grunau

    LeOra Grunau, 87, died Monday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

  • Mariann Unruh

    Mariann Unruh, 86, died Sept. 30 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. Services were to be yesterday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.



  • The advice of a smart man

    We are closing in on that period of time when I get all righteous about what goes on in Peabody and feel I have to share my thoughts with all of you so that you will think as I do. At some point in the past decade and a half working for this newspaper, I asked Bill Meyer to explain to me the purpose of an opinion column. His answer was, in part, as follows: “When we write about a topic, we are attempting to make the reader think. When we write about the same topic time after time, often, our purpose is to make the reader think the way we think. Opinions are those of the writer, for the reader to consider.” That is exactly what I am going to do. I want you to think as I think, so here is my overall opinion for the next two or three months. “Do what needs to be done.” That is for all of you. You are a part of our readership and we all know there are issues of concern for our children, schools, churches, communities, businesses, organizations, and governments. I usually try to stay away from comments about our state officials, but I am fearful that those in power in Topeka have blindsided the state and left us in a quagmire of unfunded programs for education, our most vulnerable citizens, and those quality of life issues such as parks and preservation, just to name a few.

  • Road kill

    Randy Crawford is out. The county road and bridge superintendent resigned at Monday’s commission meeting, effective Friday, to accept an offer in private industry. Some folks in the county have been calling for his head since the muddy roads debacle in December, while others joined the chorus with the May deluge. When folks are frustrated, they look for targets, and for road woes, no one wore a bigger bull’s eye than Crawford.


  • Michaelis birthday a success

    Bessie Michaelis celebrated her 95th birthday with family and friends on Sunday at Peabody Senior Center. Approximately 85 people attended the party, including Michaelis’s family from Oregon, California, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

  • Whitney to celebrate 90th with card shower

    The family of former Peabody resident Hattie Janetta Whitney is asking for help to celebrate her 90th birthday with a card shower. Whitney’s birthday is Oct. 19. Cards may be sent to Hattie Janetta Whitney, 592 Arapaho St., Hydro, OK 73048.

  • Deines family reunion to be Sunday

    The 30th annual Phillip Deines Sr. family reunion will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Lincolnville Community Building. Guests are asked to bring food and table service for their families. Drinks will be provided.

  • Bredemeiers hold 62nd reunion

    Fifty relatives attended the 62nd annual Bredemeier reunion Sept. 27 in the Santa Fe room of Marion City Library. A covered dish dinner was served, and president Kris Page conducted a short business meeting. Page was selected to continue as president, with Kelli Foreman as vice president and Rod Summervill as secretary-treasurer for 2016. The oldest person in attendance was Ray Pierce. Nathan Beard was the youngest.

  • BURNS:

    Women's group begins club year

    Rogers watches Old Settlers' Day Parade

    10, 25, 50, 100, 125 years ago


  • Warriors win homecoming game, 62-12

    Peabody-Burns’s loss last week was enough to give the Warriors motivation to win their homecoming football game, and not only did they win, they dominated. A Cody Partridge touchdown with 11:48 left in the first quarter was the start of the Warriors rise to victory against the Flint Hills Mustangs. The Warriors scored four more touchdowns and led the end of the first quarter 34-0.

  • Lady Warriors have fun in the face of defeat

    Peabody-Burns faced Centre Tuesday at Centre for two tough losses against the Cougars. Centre won all the games Tuesday night, but the Warriors put up a fight and didn’t let the smiles disappear from their faces.

  • Children liven up Envirofest

    A casual observer driving past Marion’s Central Park last Wednesday may have said to themselves, “There’s that old environmental thing they do every year,” and at one level, that’s what Envirofest is. But to the participants, area fourth graders and adults, it’s never old, even though most of the exhibits and exhibitors have been there before.

  • Tabor to present 'Opal: A Musical Adventure'

    Tabor College Music Department will present “Opal: A Musical Adventure” Oct. 14-18 for homecoming. All shows will be at 7:30 p.m. except for Sunday, which will be at 2 p.m.

  • Vocalists invited to join Hesston College mass choir

    Local singers are invited to be part of a mass choir performing Joseph Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation” along with the Hesston College Music Department as part of the annual Thanksgiving weekend celebration. The performance, under the direction of Russell Adrian, Will be 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Hesston Mennonite Church on Hesston College campus. Holly Swartzendruber of Hillsboro will be a guest soprano soloist.

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  • Hillsboro REC to host October events

    The Hillsboro Recreation Commission is offering two different activities for the month of October. A field trip for first through sixth grade students to the Rolling Hills Zoo near Salina, sponsored by Rod’s Tire and Service, will be Oct. 19, when Hillsboro students have the day off. Attendees will leave at 7:45 a.m. and should be back between 4 and 4:30 p.m.


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