• Arrest made on drug and theft charges

    Matt K. Kangas, 31, Peabody, was arrested April 26 in Peabody on charges outlined in Marion County warrants stemming from a prior arrest on drug charges March 3 in Peabody as well as charges against him for the alleged burglary of a Peabody residence on April 5. “In addition to charges on the warrants, charges also filed after his arrest April 26 include fleeing and eluding, interference with law enforcement, possession of methamphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of stolen property,” Police Chief Bruce Burke said.

  • Dew-drinking parrot has big vocabulary

    Junior and Ginny Grimmett of rural Florence have owned numerous parrots, but Zark has outlasted all of them. The bird has lived with them for 26 years. The couple got a big surprise about a month ago when they found out the African grey was a female, not a male as they had supposed.

  • Florence family hopes to open bakery in Marion

    The potential sale of the Central Park Antiques building in downtown Marion could soon make way for a new LLC business dubbed “The Fam Lee Bakery.” Jeff Lee, President of the potential business, said the contract has yet to be finalized.

  • Year-end events slated for USD 398

    Peabody-Burns Elementary School students will participate in Field Day from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday. PBES students will present “Let’s Sing, America!” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Brown Gymnasium. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will perform patriotic and folk songs of the United States and there will be narrations given by student speakers. Students have learned to perform on various classroom instruments and their presentations also will be featured.

  • Can collector adds Marion to honor flight circuit

    Warren Vincent isn’t a stranger to Marion County — he has a regular monthly stop collecting cans for Kansas Honor Flights in Hillsboro. Vincent’s green pickup and flag-bedecked trailer were in the Subway parking lot in Marion on Saturday for what he called “a trial run,” and he’ll be back.

  • County graduate follows serendipitous path to research

    It might be said that it’s the Christmas present Tonja Nansel didn’t get that eventually led the 1983 Hillsboro High School graduate to a position as senior investigator with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland. Nansel was in Hillsboro this past weekend visiting her parents, Bob and Betty Seibel. She also went to Wichita to receive an alumni-of-the-year award from Wichita State’s community psychology program.


  • Lois Krause

    Lois Krause, 76, died April 27 at Hillsboro Community Hospital. She was born July 15, 1939, to Glen and Wilma (Bitner) Maltbie in Marion.

  • Lois Seibel

    Lois A. Seibel, 90, McPherson, died April 26 at Cedars House. A funeral service was Saturday at First United Methodist Church in McPherson, with a private family graveside service following at McPherson Cemetery.


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  • Garden yields big dividends

    Marty Fredrickson and Christian Pedersen have been gardening partners for five years. With a large garden plot on the corner of Second and Miller Sts. and some hard work, the pair grow enough produce to feed their families and then some.

  • Planting tips for shady areas

    It can be difficult to get plants to grow in shady parts of a lawn, but rather than letting a barren wasteland accent shady areas, local experts have advice for homeowners. County extension agent Rickey Roberts said homeowners should be selective in choosing plants for shaded areas.

  • Top tools for do-it-yourselfers

    Everyone isn’t going to tackle a major home remodeling job themselves. Maybe they lack the expertise, perhaps they don’t have the time, or it could be that they don’t have or don’t know how to use the necessary tools. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of small projects people can do around the house to save time and money.


  • Remember May Day?

    A seldom-recognized holiday came and went this past weekend with little fanfare. May Day passed on Sunday with no celebration of any kind that I know of in Marion County. I also saw nothing on any Internet news sites to which I am connected. Many years ago, long before dirt, I actually took part in a May Day celebration in Cedar Falls, Iowa, at the neighborhood elementary school I attended. I was in sixth grade and as the oldest students, we were honored with the task of weaving streamers of colored ribbons from the top of a flagpole all the way down the pole to the bottom. I am not sure why we did that or what the significance might have been. We had to rehearse the procedure of weaving the colored ribbons for several days as I recall, to be sure that we knew what we were doing. Rehearsal got us out of our regular classes. While we girls thought it was great fun, the boys in our class thought the whole thing was a huge waste of time.

  • Odds and ends

    Kansas spring is full upon us, with all of the beauty and anxiety that entails. It’s the time of year when Sunday drives are a must-do activity if you’re a lover of nature’s beauty, as in only a few short weeks much of it will disappear.


    Grow Your Own




  • Partridge finishes first in high jump at Hillsboro meet

    Peabody-Burns track and field team traveled to Hillsboro Monday to compete in their invitational meet that was rescheduled after being rained out Friday. Cody Partridge placed first in high jump with a jump of 6 feet, and in long jump with a jump of 21 feet, 3 inches. Partridge also placed fifth in 100 meter dash with a time of 11.82 seconds.

  • Golfers take 2nd at home, 3rd at Sedgwick

    Marion/Peabody-Burns golfers have been picking up their golf game as of late. The Warriors claimed second place and medalled Tuesday at a home meet with a 409, and medalled in 3rd place Thursday at Sedgwick with a 417.

  • Seven from county to receive KU degrees

    Seven Marion County students are among those who will receive degrees from the University of Kansas at commencement May 15. They are: Ashlie Koehn, Burns, Bachelor of Arts in economics and global and international studies, minor in environmental studies, undergraduate certificate in research experience.

  • Pittsburg State graduates two from county

    Two county residents are among 1200 students to graduate from Pittsburg State University May 6 and 7. Sheldon R. Wiebe, Peabody, and Joseph S. Talbert, Goessel, will graduate with Bachelor of Science in Technology degrees.

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  • Calendar of Events

  • Writers to speak about Texas Cattle Trail at library

    Writers Gary and Margaret Kraisinger will give a program titled “The Western - the Greatest Texas Cattle Trail - 1874-1886” at 7 p.m. May 11. in the Santa Fe Room at Marion City Library. The Kraisingers will talk about the trail’s location, origin, and its role inhistory. Through maps and in-depth research, they havedocumented the largest cattle trail system to come out of Texas todeliver longhorns to the north.

  • Cemetery board to meet

    The board of directors for Prairie Lawn Cemetery will meet at 7:30 p.m. May 19 in the council room of Peabody City Building. The meeting is open to the public.

  • Agriculture photo contest seeking admissions

    National Center for Appropriate Technology is seeking photo submissions from farmers, ranchers, or others with an eye for sustainable agriculture for its “ATTRAGRAM” photography contest. The contest, which will be judged by NCAT staff and award-winning photojournalist Walter Hinick, includes cash prizes and the chance for photographers to be featured on NCAT’s ATTRA website.


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