• Clay makes the most of job opportunity

    Sean Clay of Peabody is like a lot of 20-year-old guys. He has a steady job and his own apartment, and in free moments, he likes to watch sports and anime, root for the Undertaker on World Wrestling Entertainment, and visit his grandparents, who raised him.

  • Students celebrate autumn

    With a Scarecrow Festival this weekend and pumpkins, Halloween decorations, and fall harvest arrangements popping up all over town, students at Peabody-Burns Elementary School got right into the spirit of celebrating autumn on Monday. “You know, we used to do a fall festival event years ago,” curriculum coordinator Kathy Preheim said. “But somewhere along the way, we just quit doing it. When we began hearing about the Scarecrow Festival, I asked the teachers if they would like to get our students involved in that kind of project again.

  • Burns family loses everything to fire

    A road and bridge employee, who only has worked for the department for three weeks, recently lost everything he and his family owned after a fire consumed the trailer they were living in. “We just pulled up to the house, and I saw smoke so I knew it was on fire,” road and bridge culvert worker James Bronson said, “so I called 911.”

  • Strike two for Peabody-Burns baseball proposition

    Peabody-Burns school board members were once again up at bat for the idea of a baseball team for the school district. “I would volunteer as coach if rules allow it,” parent George Moore told board members Monday. “I would be willing to get the salary and donate it back into the program immediately.”

  • Hamm is new Crawford, for now

    County commissioners announced Monday that road supervisor Jesse Hamm is now the top authority within the road and bridge department. While Jesse Hamm is not an official interim for recently resigned superintendent Randy Crawford’s old position, commissioners announced the decision after a 20-minute executive session.

  • County cyclist leaves state and national competitions in the dust

    Imagine a busy highway, semis screaming by. A stoic cyclist pedals onward, defying punishing Kansas winds, for hundreds of miles every week. At 69, local cyclist and Marion High School alumnus Roger Frans is that rider.

  • Officer and police dog earn certifications

    Marion Police Department’s crime-fighting duo of officer Mike Stone and Legion, his German Shepherd, recently became more efficient at sniffing out crime. Last week, Stone and Legion traveled to Polk County, Iowa, where they spent five days with 27 other dogs and handlers running through a rigorous training put on by the Heart of America Police Dog Association.


  • Viduska travels the world to promote Kansas corn

    What do farms in communist China have to do with Kansas corn? The connections are intricate, but Terry Vinduska of rural Marion County sees them. It’s why he’s traveled to more than 15 different countries on behalf of the United States corn industry. It’s why he recently went to China to talk with everyday farmers there about how they conduct their operations.

  • Area co-ops to merge

    Stockholders of Agri Producers, Inc., a farm cooperative with headquarters in Tampa, have been asked to approve a merger with Alida Pearl Co-op of Chapman and North Central Kansas Co-op of Hope. A series of informational meetings were held last week in the affected areas.

  • Farm experiments with sunflowers in cover crops

    In agriculture, a cover crop is a mixture of seeds planted primarily to manage soil erosion, add organic matter, and increase soil fertility. Randy Svitak and his son, Shane Svitak, both of Lincolnville, began to use cover crops two years ago. Following wheat harvest last spring, they decided to try combining sunflowers with a cover crop for a double benefit.

  • MKC falls among 100 largest ag co-ops

    Mid-Kansas Cooperatives Association recently was listed as No. 69 in the United States Department of Agriculture’s annual rankings of the nation’s 100 largest agricultural cooperatives. MKC has locations in several Marion County towns, including Peabody, Goessel, Burns, and Florence.

  • Corn yields way up, but prices depressed

    To avoid winter blues after the fall harvest, area farmers would do well not to take after their corn prices. “Corn prices are pretty depressed,” said Phil Timken, location manager of Mid-Kansas Coop Association in Peabody. “It’s going to be pretty tough on the farmer. It’s going to make him stretch his dollar a little further.”

  • Youths earn junior livestock show honors

    Nineteen Marion County youths took entries to the Kansas Junior Livestock Show from Oct. 2 to 4 in Hutchinson, with two garnering top honors in their breed classes. In just her second appearance at the state’s largest youth livestock show, 9-year-old Ava Case had the champion Duroc market barrow. She also showed three other pigs.

  • Milo, soy harvest begins

    As corn harvest wraps up, some farmers have begun harvesting soybeans and milo. Grain coordinator Dick Tippin said Cooperative Grain and Supply has taken on about 20 percent of the plant milo and approximately 10 percent of soybeans at elevators in Marion, Hillsboro, and Canton.


  • Gary Carlson

    Carlson’s TV and Satellite owner Gary L. Carlson, 79,died Oct. 6 at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. He was born Jan. 22, 1936, to Carl and Gladys (Davis) Carlson on his grandparents’ farm in Clay County. He attended Clay Center High School.

  • James Hiebert

    James Hiebert, 82, died Saturday in Hillsboro. Services were to be today at Alexanderfeld Mennonite Church, Hillsboro.


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  • Warriors defeat Bulldogs 36-20

    Peabody-Burns’s performance at Friday’s game was successful enough to secure them a 35-20 win over the Madison Bulldogs. The Warriors surpassed the Bulldogs in the first quarter with a score of 8-6, however, the Bulldogs scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter, while the Warriors only scored one, making the score 16-20 at half.

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  • Calendar of Events

  • Drones summit is Thursday

    Registration is still open for a drones summit at 10 a.m. Thursday at the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita. It is open to industry representatives and the general public. There is no cost to attend.

  • TEEN to meet Oct. 21

    Technology Excellence in Education Network will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 in the USD 408 district office. More information is available by contacting Lena Kleiner at (620) 877-0237.

  • Lifelong Learning to discuss scams

    Sgt. Scott Plummer from the Sedgwick County Community Liaison Unit will give a presentation to Lifelong Learning at 9:45 a.m. Friday in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor College. His session is titled “Are you the next victim? How to protect yourself against fraud and scams that target the older generations.”

  • Disability group to meet

    The board of directors of the Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will hold their regular monthly meeting 4 p.m. Monday in the meeting room at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton. A public forum is scheduled at the beginning of the meeting.

  • Toy run to be Nov. 7

    Engines will fire and motorists will roar upon metal steeds as patrons of the 22nd annual Marion County Toy Run travel from Marion to Hillsboro on Nov. 7 to benefit underprivileged county children. Sponsored by the Sons of American Legion 366, ABATE of Kansas District 9, and Route 56 Classic Cruisers, each participant should plan to donate one new toy as an entry fee.


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