• Lift up your head and shout, 'We're out!'

    Twenty-six Peabody-Burns seniors reached a milestone Sunday when they received their diplomas and joined 135 years of high school graduates from the Peabody and Burns communities. The ceremony included the traditional processional and recessional march, special music selections by Voices and PBHS band members, and addresses by valedictorian Katelyn Benson and salutatorian Brandon Entz.

  • Flint Hills Market and Bakery reopens Saturday

    After a temporary closure of almost two months, Flint Hills Market and Bakery in Florence will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday under new management and with a new direction. “I’m not sure if we’re going to get everything on the shelves or be at full inventory by Saturday,” store owner Judy Mills said, “but, yes, we are going to open, and [Florence resident] Karen Williams will manage it.”

  • Farmer's market seeks vendors

    Nelson Patton is interested in promoting a local farm market in Peabody through the summer growing season. He is looking for vendors who would like to participate. “We are looking at a Monday evening rather than Saturday morning,” Patton said. “The tentative plan is to set up on the sidewalk in front of the former Baker Furniture store, hoping more people will see us there. Plus there is plenty of parking in the evening.”

  • Hamm hired as county road and bridge director

    Jesse Hamm, who has been interim road and bridge director since the beginning of December, will drop the word interim from his title after an announcement at Monday’s commission meeting. Hamm was officially named road and bridge director, which chairman Randy Dallke said Hamm was happy about.

  • Flightless ducks escape eagles, survive winter

    The neighborly concern and kindness of rural Marion resident Marge Summervill may have saved a trio of flightless ducks from becoming frozen eagle food at Marion County Park and Lake over the winter. Like many lake patrons, Summervill and her grandchildren developed a fondness for the social, snack-seeking ducks last year.

  • Post office asks for residents to restrain dogs

    Marion Postmaster Lori Kelsey asks for the public’s support during National Dog Bite Prevention Week in keeping dogs restrained year-round for the safety of letter carriers and community members. One letter carrier from Marion, one from Florence, and two from Peabody were bitten by dogs while delivering mail in the last year, according to Kelsey.


  • Margaret Morgan

    Margaret Morgan, 86, died Sunday at Asbury Park, Newton. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Christian Church of Florence. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today, also at the church.


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  • Reduction surgery helps woman lose 80 pounds

    A slip and fall on ice resulted in a broken tailbone and constant back pain for Robin Pritz of Lost Springs. It was not until after she underwent stomach reduction surgery in July that she was able to lose weight and get permanent relief from the pain.

  • New satellite chiropractor office comes to Marion

    A pair of chiropractors currently practicing in Hillsboro are preparing to open a satellite office in Marion. Kodi Panzer and her associate, Kyler Clawson, expect to see patients in the Marion office Tuesdays through Friday.

  • Ticked off for a good reason: ways to help prevent tick bites

    With summer rapidly approaching, county residents might want to start practicing defensive techniques against the onslaught of ticks that ensues with warmer weather. Immunizations nurse Cindy Reeh said the team at Marion County Health Department treat tick bites every year.

  • Prairie View plans rehab for youth

    Prairie View will once again offer a summer rehabilitation program for children in Hillsboro in June and July. Prairie View’s Psychosocial Rehabilitation Group program is open to Marion County children who have been referred a clinician, and focuses on helping children develop social and psychosocial skills. They learn social skills and better ways of interacting with the community.


  • Help move Peabody forward

    One night during the last week in April, more than 50 people got together in the Ann Potter room at Peabody Township Library to address some concerns about how to move Peabody forward, address community needs, and find ways to solve some problems. Folks in attendance listened to representatives of about a dozen organizations whose main purpose is to provide some sort of positive impact on our town. From the handful of grandmotherly gals who gather weekly to stitch handmade items to raise money to repair or replace park playground equipment to the school district which fights to keep our youth educated and prepared to face the world, representatives shared stories of caring and volunteering in Peabody.



  • Partridge, Wedel set records at league meet

    Not many Peabody-Burns track athletes placed in the top six Thursday at the Wheat State League track meet, but among the few that did, two broke league records. Cody Partridge broke the record in boys long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 4 inches. Andrew Wedel broke the record in shot put with a throw of 47-10.25.

  • Sports physicals now anti-concussion tools

    Increased understanding and concern for sports-related concussions among high school athletes has led two local districts to take proactive steps to ensure their students’ well-being. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, concussion is a brain injury that causes temporary loss of normal brain function. Often there are no external signs of injury. While many people believe people with a concussion lose consciousness, in many cases, they do not.

  • Ashlie Koehn receives Leffel award

    Recent University of Kansas graduate Ashlie Koehn, Burns, was one of 12 students recently honored with awards for accomplishments in academics, leadership, and community engagement while at KU. Koehn, who majored in economics and global and international studies, received a Rusty Leffel Concerned Student award.


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  • Pirates to 'pillage' McPherson Opera House

    Wichita Grand Opera is bringing its production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” at 6 p.m. Sunday to the McPherson Opera House. Tickets are $20, plus a $3 preservation fee, and students get in for $10.

  • Democratic candidate for state senate to be introduced Saturday

    The public is invited to join the counties of the 35th Senate District in introducing the democratic candidate for State Senate at 10 a.m. Saturday in Lincolnville Community Center. More information is available by contacting Shelley Dunham at (620) 327-7358 or Eileen Sieger at (620) 382-2032.


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