• City schedules budget meetings

    Peabody City Council has scheduled a preliminary budget work meeting with department heads at 5:30 p.m. May 16, in the council room of Peabody City Building. The meeting is open to the public. Peabody City Clerk Stephanie Lago passed out revenue and expenditure sheets Monday night for review by council members in preparation for the budget meeting.

  • Gun threat leads to arrest

    A Hillsboro man was arrested Thursday after a he allegedly threatened to shoot his roommate, a coworker, in a dispute reported involving rent money. At 4:11 p.m., officer John Huebert and sheriff’s deputy Derek Fetrow responded to a criminal threat complaint at 119 S. Main St. in an apartment above El Lorito Mexican Restaurant in Hillsboro, Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning said.

  • USD 398 to use new food system

    Peabody-Burns schools will have more variety for breakfasts and lunches starting next year, as the school board decided Monday to outsource meals to a private vendor. With food service director and nutritionalist Patty Richter retiring at the end of this year, superintendent Ron Traxson suggested switching to OPAA Food Management Inc.

  • Savage leaves district after 27 years

    After 27 years as a teacher, coach, administrator, athletic director and a bit of a jack-of-all-trades in Peabody-Burns school district, Ray Savage will end his 31-year education career July 1 and begin another in a one-man shipping and receiving office at Affordable Street Rods on the south edge of Peabody. “Teaching has been a good profession for me,” Savage said. “I have had great students, athletes, and colleagues. But sometimes, a person just feels that the time is right for a change, and that is where I am now.”

  • Area high schools schedule commencement exercises

    Commencement for Marion High School’s class of 2016 starts at 4 p.m. May 21 at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center. Class of 2016 valedictorians Elizabeth Meyer, McKenzee Remmers, and Bailey Robson will speak. Hillsboro High School commencement is at 4 p.m. Saturday at Joel Wiens Stadium. Speakers will be USD 410 Superintendent Steve Noble and Hillsboro Mayor Delores Dalke.

  • Commissioners discuss possible new transfer station

    A new transfer station building could be on the way for Marion County, but not before deliberate planning considering multiple options is completed. Director of Household Hazardous Waste Bud Druse told commissioners Monday that Bruce Boettcher and Tom Arpin with BG Consultants would be at next week’s meeting to discuss building plans.

  • Horseshoe pits coming to county lake

    Marion County Park and Lake will soon have another attraction, regulation horseshoe pits, according to lake Superintendent Steve Hudson. “I’ve seen lots of campers put their own posts in the ground and play,” Hudson said. “This way they will have the luxury of playing in a designated area.”


  • Ruth Neufeld

    Ruth E. Neufeld, 93, died Thursday at Newton Medical Center. Funeral service was Monday at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church with interment at Ebenfeld Cemetery.

  • Galen Peterson

    Galen Douglas Peterson, 72, died May 4 at St. Luke Hospital. Funeral service was Monday at Hebron Lutheran Church, Burdick, with a burial following at Hebron Lutheran Cemetery.

  • Eldon Smith

    Eldon H. Smith, 88, McPherson, died May 3 at Pleasant View Home, Inman. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church, McPherson. Burial will be at McPherson Cemetery with military honors.


    Phyllis Soyez



  • Retail beef prices slowly decrease as cattle prices drop

    The decline in feeder cattle prices that began last fall has picked up the pace, according to those involved in the industry. Bill Mathias, manager of Herington Livestock Auction, reported an 800- to 850-pound steer brought $1.37 to $1.45 per pound last week, depending on its condition. That compares with $1.80 to $1.86 for the same size animal the first week of November.

  • Spring is peak season for crop spraying

    Area farmers often make use of aerial crop spraying, particularly when fields are too wet or pastures too uneven to use ground rigs. Jim Enns, who has about 2,000 acres of farmland with wheat, corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and grass, in the northwest portion of the county, said his operation has called upon an aerial sprayer at times.

  • Rain revives wheat crops

    Recent rains and cool weather may have put Marion County wheat crops back on track for harvest this year. Dick Tippin, grain coordinator with Cooperative Grain and Supply in Hillsboro, expects an average harvest.


  • Delivering my best graduation advice

    I have a bit of advice for the Peabody-Burns High School class of 2016. Many people will have advice for them in the next month. Most will tell them to aim high, work hard, enjoy life, and reach lofty goals. My opinion is a little more mundane, but if they follow it, they will get great enjoyment from it when they are my age — and that will happen in no time at all, believe me. My advice is to put the best go-getter in the class in charge of reunions. Do it this week and insist that he or she plan one at least every 10 years. In addition, each of you must promise that Class of 2016 reunion guru that you will faithfully attend each reunion. Really, they are so much fun and the older you get, the more you will enjoy them and enjoy getting together again.


  • Reservations due for Florence Alumni banquet

    Reservations are due May 18 for the 120th annual Florence Memorial High School Alumni Banquet to be held 1 p.m. May 28 in the Florence Gymnasium. All alumni of Florence and Marion-Florence schools, guests, teachers, and former classmates may attend.

  • Toews to direct brass concert

    McPherson Community Brass Choir, under the direction of Jerry Toews of Goessel, will present a Sousa-style concert at 5 p.m. Sunday at Church of the Brethren, McPherson. The free concert will feature professional jazz trombonist Denny Brunk, virtuoso trumpet Kyle Unruh, and tuba-euphonium duet with Ty Kaufman and Greg Nickel.

  • Senior menu

  • BURNS:

    Plummers travel to Missouri

    10, 25, 50, 100, 125 years ago

    Rogers visits Topeka



  • Calendar of Events

  • Employers asked to attend listening tour

    Marion County employers are invited to participate in an employer listening tour at 11:30 a.m. May 18 at Marion Community Center. Employers are asked to come and express their employee needs at the meeting, sponsored by Marion County Economic Development, City of Marion Economic Development, and Hillsboro Development Corp.

  • County seniors to meet

    Mill levy requests top the agenda for a Senior Citizens of Marion County meeting at 9:30 a.m. May 20 at Marion Senior Center. Lunch will be served at Marion Senior Center.

  • Peabody blood drive is Monday

    American Red Cross will be receiving blood donations from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday at Gracepoint Church, Peabody. Patrons may schedule blood donation appointments by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling (800) 733-2767.

  • Quilter to speak at show

    Nationally known quilter Mayleen Thiesen Vinson will speak at a quilt trunk show at 3 p.m. May 21 at Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum. Vinson will speak about and display some of her award- winning quilts at the show. A merchant mini-mall will run from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

  • Feeding Kansas dinner is Tuesday

    “Feeding Kansas Dinner and Dialogue” will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Dillon Hall at Kansas State Fair grounds, Hutchinson. Organized by Kansas Rural Center, the forum aims to provide information on state and local food systems and opportunities and tools for civically engaging with community and policy-makers.


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