• Counterfeit currency appears in Peabody business

    Counterfeit $5 and $10 bills have been passed at two Peabody businesses in the past two weeks. J and M Liquor and Peabody Market have each taken a $10 bill and the liquor store also took a $5 bill. A clerk at Peabody Market is believed to have taken the bill on March 12. Store managers Frank Davis and Tracy Kemper checked the bill with a counterfeit detector pen and the ink changed from white to black when applied to the surface of the phony bill, indicating it was not U.S. currency.

  • Hero for a day: student rescues toddler

    When Tabor junior Dakota Vaughn got up the morning of March 16, he had no idea he was about to become a hero in many people’s eyes. He was driving through Walton on his way back to Hillsboro from Wichita later that day when he saw a toddler run across the highway in front of a semi truck.

  • High school suspends student

    A Peabody-Burns High School student was suspended March 9 after a vehicle search turned up drug paraphernalia in the student’s car. PBHS principal Ken Parry asked the student for permission to search the car and the student agreed. Parry found the paraphernalia and contacted Peabody police.

  • Hatfields open cafe in Burns

    After almost a year’s absence, the Burns community once again has a local café. Mark and Fritzie Hatfield of Burns have established a business in the former Burns Café and Bakery at 106 E. Broadway, and have named it Flint Hills Café and Bakery. Fritzie Hatfield manages the restaurant. She has several years of experience working across the street at the Buffalo Gulch Ranch House that was in operation in the early 2000s. She operated her own Mom’s Café for one year there after the ranch house went out of business about 10 years ago.

  • Church will clean up community

    Members of Peabody United Methodist Church will have an unusual Sunday service, “Faith in ACTION,” on April 3. Following a brief worship service at the church at 9:30 a.m., the congregation will break into teams and spread out across Peabody to pick up limbs and debris piles left by winter weather. Church members unable to do physical labor will stay at the church to assemble health and school kits for the United Methodist Church Committee on Relief. The health kits are made available to people displaced from their homes by manmade crisis or natural disaster. School kits are sent to children who often try to learn with no school supplies.

  • EMS deals with suspension of two EMTs

    Marion County Emergency Medical Service is stretching to cover the absence of two Hillsboro Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians suspended for 90 days by order of the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services. Rusty Moss and Susan Wadkins were suspended for technical violations of practicing beyond the scope authorized for their certifications in 2014 and 2015.


  • Feared brain dead, accident victim returns home

    Chris Hammond of Marion is alive and recovering well after he was pinned under his car on March 15 and spent two days in intensive care at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. The car was up on ramps, and Hammond was trying to remove the motor mounts when he accidentally hit the linkage and took the car out of park. It rolled down the ramps and pinned him under the engine.

  • 'Running through traffic' for human rights

    Wanted: people to run through traffic. Not actual vehicle traffic, though.

  • Wind measurements could lead to new wind farm

    Lenexa-based Tradewind Energy, Inc. received a green light Monday to initiate wind measurements that could lead to construction of a wind farm in the northwest part of the county. Six meteorological towers that will take measurements to determine the feasibility of Tradewind’s Diamond Vista Wind Project were approved by commissioners after consulting with company officials.

  • Commission considers group for Eco Devo ideas

    Commissioners got in a few more words about economic development at Monday’s county commission meeting. Commissioner Dan Holub discussed the idea of assembling a group that could take a deeper look at the county’s economic development and research what would help the county grow.




  • Family home gets a lift for retirement

    A house at 406 N. Cedar St. sits on I-beams, lifted off the crumbling foundation it now sits behind. It appears to be readied to move to a new location, but it’s actually being readied for its owners’ future retirement.

  • Farmers markets around the county

    Despite Friday’s snow flurries, spring officially arrived Sunday, and with the awakening of the area’s flora, Marion County will soon sprout several unique farmers markets while others struggle to survive. Marion

  • Oilman plans to live high on the lake

    Garry Crawford, an oil and gas producer from El Dorado, is establishing a home for himself and his family at Marion County Lake. He bought a house and garage along the east side of an alcove of the lake with the intent of remodeling and adding onto it. He then decided to keep half the house, demolish the other half and the garage, and add onto it.


  • I did spring forward

    I hope you all have recovered from springing forward a week ago. The older I get, the tougher it is to do that stuff. I used to love having that extra daylight at the end of the day. Now it just seems like punishment trying to advance my medication schedule, figure out why I am hungry when I am hungry, and waiting for my sleep patterns to become, well, sleep patterns that make sense.

  • Mom of ornery boys flexed great parenting skills

    An incident in a McPherson parking lot of brought me both amusement and faith that two teenage boys will never get in serious trouble. Although coming to Marion has been fairly positive for my roommate, Wanda, who is blind, people aren’t always kind to those with disabilities. My roommate remembers two Oklahoma teens who terrorized her on their bicycles on a sidewalk in front of a food store, but we’ll come back to that later.



  • Wheat State League all-league honors announced

    Basketball athletes from Centre, Goessel, and Peabody-Burns have been named to the all-league team. Girls First team Centre: Shelby Pankratz, junior. Goessel: Page Hiebert, senior; Aleena Cook, senior; Eden Hiebert, sophomore. Peabody-Burns: Katy Benson, senior. honorable Mention Centre: Ally Basore, senior. Goessel: Alicen Meysing, senior. Boys first team Centre: Dylan Deines, junior. Goessel: Zach Wiens, senior. Honorable Mention Centre: Cole Srajer, sophomore. Peabody-Burns: Austin Reynolds, junior.

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  • Agribusiness workshop to be in Marion

    Kansas Department of Agriculture will present an agribusiness development workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Marion Community Center. The workshop will provide Kansas farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses with resources and current business development and organizational contacts to assist with startup or expansion.

  • Upcoming program to support business startups

    A five-day summer program for aspiring business owners including training in business and marketing strategies, digital marketing, human resources, and startup financing and accounting will be offered by Kansas State University. Launch-A-Business offers free access to faculty workshops, student research teams, and alumni mentors to help launch and grow business ventures.

  • Tabor choir home concert April 3

    Tabor College will be performing their concert, “My Strength, My Song,” at 4 p.m. April 3 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The repertoire includes a set that encompasses Palm Sunday through resurrection to address the Easter season.

  • Children's carnival to be April 3

    Marion Parks and Recreation and Marion County Circles will sponsor a free carnival for children 10 and under from 2 to 5 p.m. April 3 at the Marion Community Center. Games will be available, including dino putt mini golf, ball toss, hungry hippo, home run derby, football toss, and many more. Prizes and food will also be available.


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