• Music brings extra enjoyment for students

    Parents of nine students in grade school and middle school are enthusiastic supporters of their children’s participation in Newton Community Children’s Choir. They talk about the added benefits of participation, not the added commitments on their parts — commitments of time and money.

  • Attorney General's office, "Oops!"

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt will be here to talk to Peabody residents about scams and identity theft, but not on the date or at the time his staff put on posters about his visit. He will be at Peabody Township Library next Thursday at 3 p.m., not Friday at 2:30 p.m. as advertised.

  • Dockets and dogs are perfect mix for animal control specialist

    Peabody City Council created a new position Monday by combining municipal court clerk duties with those of the animal control officer. Both positions will remain part-time. After an executive session to discuss applicants for the vacated court clerk job, the council returned to open session and hired Jylle Wilson to the combined position. Wilson already serves the city as animal control officer.

  • Warm, windy weather adds to fire woes

    Peabody firefighters got another run at fighting a fast-moving rural grass fire at about 3 p.m. Saturday south and west of Peabody near the country club. Thought to have been started by a spark from a passing train on the north-south Union Pacific line, the fire quickly spread, bolstered by high winds and dry conditions.

  • Newspaper wins record 25 awards

    Hoch Publishing Company, publisher of the Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin,had a banner year in the Kansas Press Association 2015 Awards of Excellence competition, netting a record 25 awards. “It’s gratifying to receive such recognition from our professional peers,” news editor David Colburn said. “First and foremost, we work together as a team to produce high-quality newspapers for our readers and advertisers. Awards are secondary, but winning a record number of them affirms that we’re focused on our primary goals.”

  • Montana falconer hunts with birds...not bullets

    Imagine a blurred object hurtling from the sky as fast as 250 mph and striking a small moving target with pinpoint deadly accuracy. No, it is not a smart bomb, or even Superman. It is a raptor, a bird of prey, doing what Mother Nature designed it to do with a little help from its human friend.

  • Commissioners discuss business owners' concerns

    Bank loans and social media were just a couple of the economic development meeting topics commissioners discussed at Monday’s meeting. The Feb. 18 meeting, which was attended by roughly 60 to 70 people, was to hear from county business owners.


  • Myrta Bartel

    Myrta G. Bartel, 87, died Saturday at Kidron Bethel in North Newton. She was born April 1, 1928, to Frank and Kathryn (Krause) Klassen in Newton. She married Johnnie M. Bartel Jan. 20, 1950, in Newton. She was a homemaker.

  • Mary Ann Brown

    Mary Ann (Donahue) Brown, 73, Herington, died Feb. 25 at the Herington Municipal Hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was born July 17, 1942, to Edward E. and M. Ernestine “Teen” (Yancey) Donahue in Hillsboro.

  • Laura Flaming

    Laura (Schmidt) Flaming, 84, North Newton, died Feb. 22. Family visitation is set for Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be Sunday at 4 p.m. Both will be at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel.

  • Grace Weber

    Grace E. Weber, 86, died Feb. 25 in Wichita. A graveside service was Monday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery in Hillsboro.


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  • Changes in deductions could limit benefits

    While state income taxes are lower this year, changes in what can be deducted could limit the benefit taxpayers see. Although Kansas income tax rates have dropped, with the bottom income tax bracket at 2.7 percent and the top bracket at 4.8 percent, several often-used deductions have been eliminated.

  • Tax payers beware: tax season is scam season

    Taxpayers beware: tax season affords scammers more opportunities to attempt to pilfer hard-earned money. “We see a few more scams this time of year,” Sheriff Robert Craft said. “There’s more cash out there. It’s on everybody’s mind, and scams work a little better this time of year.”


  • Picking what is important

    We have finally gotten to March and I am happy to be here. Not only are we headed into NCAA tournament time, but even if it snows now — and goodness knows we do need the moisture — whatever we get will not last long. Well, perhaps. I love Kansas! Just to get you into the mood for summer and all the joy it brings, I would like to bring you up to date on The State of the Swimming Pool. This very topic was discussed Monday night in our city council meeting. Our pool was built in the early 1960s — a joint effort, as I understand, by Peabody Chamber of Commerce and the city, as well as a couple of other community-minded groups like Kiwanis and various women’s clubs. Jack Walker’s name is often associated with stories of how the pool came to be. He was a local merchant who spear-headed the drive to build it and put Peabody on the county map as a community with an interest in its youngsters.




  • Calendar of events

  • Symphony tickets on sale Saturday

    Tickets for the 2016 Symphony in the Flint Hills will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. General admission tickets are $90 or adults and $50 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling (816) 471-0400.

  • Fall prevention topic at Lifelong Learning

    Causes of osteoporosis and fall risks will be the focus of a two-part series that begins at 9:45 a.m. Friday at the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor College. Hillsboro physician Alicia Schmidt and physical therapist Amber Monson will present the sessions as part of Tabor’s Lifelong Learning program. The second session is scheduled for March 18.

  • TEEN to meet March 9

    Technology Excellence in Education Network will meet 6 p.m. March 9 at USD 408 District Office in Marion. More information is available by calling Lena Kleiner at (620) 877-0237.


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