• Puzzling religious symbol found at lake

    A circle-encased star discovered last week at Marion Reservoir, crafted from sticks and with candle stubs and melted wax at its center, offers only mystery as to its creator and purpose, but a local expert cautioned against jumping to conclusions. A pentagram about four feet in diameter was found April 13, laid out in the dirt of a lightly-used parking area in the woods where 210th Rd. dead ends at the west shore of the reservoir. Two days later it had been obliterated.

  • Peabody Sunday cruise is back

    Sunday will be the fourth Sunday in April — time for the first of seven monthly events in downtown Peabody featuring motorcycles, vintage cars, hot rods, and classic rides of all kinds. Sponsored by Peabody Dreamers, the cruise features not only collectible and restored vehicles, but also a Sunday church service in Santa Fe Park, food and merchandise vendors, music, and downtown shopping.

  • Ceremony will honor Ethan Schmidt

    An Arbor Day event on the campus of Emporia State University campus Saturday will honor former Peabody resident and 1994 Peabody-Burns High School graduate Ethan Schmidt. The special tree planting will honor Schmidt, an Emporia State alumnus, who was fatally shot in his office at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, Sept. 15, 2015.

  • Rules change for spring cleanup

    Peabody’s semi-annual cleanup day includes some changes this year according to Peabody City Clerk, Stephanie Lago. “Again the city will work with our trash service provider, Waste Connections, to provide pickup service for residential customers whose trash bills are current,” Lago said. “Residents may begin moving items to the curb on Sunday, but curbside pickup won’t happen until April 29.

  • Oil choice has no slick answer

    With road work season fast approaching, county commission took time Monday to sort through the puzzle of what oil treatments would work best on county roads. Interim Road and Bridge director Jesse Hamm brought Ergon Inc. representative Larry Reddickin to inform the discussion.

  • Students take superstitions to the small screen

    What do a music major and a secondary science education major have in common? For Tabor College’s Zach Neumann and Tanner Sechrist, the answer is film. Love, shenanigans, and Tabor College superstitions are major plot points in their first film, “The Dog in the Woods.”


  • 'Vicious animal' bites woman twice

    A Hillsboro woman received two citations after a “vicious animal” bit a Wichita woman at her residence. Hillsboro officer David Funk responded to a dispatch for “multiple dog bites on one person” around 8 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of N. Washington St.

  • Informational meetings set on housing project

    Information on six twin homes being built for low-income housing in Hillsboro will be presented at two upcoming public meetings by Mid-Kansas Community Action Program. They will explain the application process, share contact information, and answer questions.

  • Regional Christian band to play Chingawassa

    Cloverton, a Manhattan-based contemporary Christian band, is scheduled to open for Chingawassa Days’ Friday night country headliner Lindsay Ell on June 3 in Marion Central Park. In 2011, Cloverton entered the Christian music scene as the first ever “Rock the Camp” contest winners hosted by TobyMac and Camp Electric, doing so without the help of a record label or outside investors.

  • Biologist helps landowners bring wildlife back

    Landowners who are interested in improving wild bird habitat on their property have at their disposal a biologist with the Natural Resources and Conservation Service who is ready and eager to help them. Allie Rath is a wildlife biologist who operates out of the Abilene USDA office. She works in nine counties, including Marion County, helping landowners and wildlife organizations like Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever establish and maintain habitat.


  • Michael Blevins

    Michael Blevins, 59, died April 13 in Marion. Family will announce funeral times at a later date.

  • Harvey Gaines

    Harvey Gaines, 92, of Peabody, died April 10. Services were held Friday at Peabody Methodist Church, with inurnment following at Prairie Lawn Cemetery.

  • Lydia Hein

    Lydia “Grannie” Hein, 87, died April 13 at Hillsboro Community Hospital. A memorial service was Monday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church with interment at French Creek Cemetery.

  • Billie Hurtig

    Billie Hurtig, 83, died April 12 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born April 28, 1932, to Harold and Mabel (Ashley) Thornburgh at Council Grove.

  • Irene Werner

    Irene Werner, 91, died April 13 at St. Luke Hospital and Living Center in Marion. She was born Dec. 31, 1924, to Joseph and Ivka (Naglich) Kos in McKees Rock, Pennsylvania. She married Frank Werner on April 27, 1946.


    Beth Eldridge



  • Prom is old school for Good couple

    Dancing to the theme “Diamonds are Forever,” Bob and JoAnn Good reminisced Saturday at the Marion High School prom about the time 50 years ago when they attended their first prom together. She was a freshman at Durham High School and he was a senior at Marion.

  • Many miles and countries to go before he rests

    Many people harbor dreams of traveling to London, Paris, or Rome, but former Tabor College professor Richard Kyle has seen enough of them for one lifetime. Of the 31 trips he’s led for Tabor College students, 29 of them have been to Europe. Nevertheless, three years into retirement, the 77-year-old professor emeritus of religion and history is eager to expand his already-broad horizons.

  • Teacher accepted into Kansas Teacher's Hall of Fame

    What student gets the chance to meet a U.S. president, Hawaiian princess, Greek philosopher, or German professor of theology face to face, not mention a whole cast of other historical characters? Goessel High School students have met them all through the dramatic teaching style one could characterize as the Wes Schmidt-Tieszen experience.

  • Falls prevention important

    If there’s anyone in the county familiar with falls, it would be the people who respond when falls result in injuries. Ed Debesis, Marion County Emergency Medical Services director, said county medical crews have assisted with falls many times.


  • There is nothing to do...

    I do not have anything to complain about this week. Oops, my six regular readers will not know whose opinion column they are reading if I am not grumbling about something. No, I take that back — let me share some good stuff. I often hear people complain there is nothing to do in Peabody. Sometimes they are right. However, nice weather has been with us for a while and days are getting longer. It seems we should be thinking about ways to get out of the house and enjoy spring. Soon it will be summer and we will be whining about the heat, won’t we?



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