• County commissioners approve ambulance rate increase

    Rates for six types of service provided by emergency medical services will increase under a plan approved Monday by county commissioners. According to EMS director Ed Debesis, the increases will permit EMS to capture the full amount of payment allowed by Medicare.

  • Resident walks away from Westview Manor

    A female resident of Westview Nursing Center left the facility about 4 a.m. Tuesday to smoke a cigarette. When her allotted time was up she walked away from Westview and staff members contacted law enforcement according to Marion County dispatch transmissions. Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke was called and arrived in Peabody at about 4:20 a.m.

  • Foundation will reveal assistance plan

    Peabody Community Foundation is eager to provide information to community non-profit organizations that will impact fundraising for many of them. The foundation is inviting members of local non-profits to a meeting at 7 p.m. on June 9 in the Ann Potter room of Peabody Township Library to share the information.

  • Memorial Day service in Peabody on Monday

    The traditional Memorial Day service will take place at the crest of the hill in Prairie Lawn Cemetery at 10 a.m. May 30. Post 95 American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, and Elmer S. Madsen VFW Post 6229, all of Peabody, sponsor the service.

  • County delays economic development committee choice

    County commissioners at Monday’s meeting reviewed applications for a county-wide economic development committee, then decided to wait another week while they seek someone to work with the committee. County clerk Tina Spencer gave commissioners copies of the applications for their review.

  • MKC, CHS to build grain terminal in Milan

    CHS Inc., an energy, grains, and food company and the nation’s leading cooperative, and MKC, a full-service farm cooperative offering a complete line of products, recently announced plans to officially build and operate a high-speed rail storage and loading facility in Milan. Plans for the facility include seven million bushels of storage including upright and flat storage with capacity of 100,000 bushels per hour by way of truck, and will include a circle rail track capable of holding 120 railcars.

  • Flint Hills Gold to close after 30 years

    The last remaining jewelry store in Marion County will close its doors Saturday after 30 years. Bev Schorr, owner of Flint Hills Gold in Marion, is retiring and moving to Colorado. “I’ve loved it,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed the variety. In addition to regular diamond rings and wedding sets, we’ve done many unusual things, everything from a gold symbol to fish wedding rings. We made a few elk-tooth rings and pendants.”


  • Amanda Ewert

    Amanda Ewert, 96, died May 17 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. June 27 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

  • Doris Ewert

    Doris E. Ewert, 98, died Thursday at Marion Assisted Living Center. She was born Jan. 4, 1918, to Glenn and Lucy (Pierce) Kline in Marion. She was a 1936 graduate of Marion High School.

  • LaVern Loewens

    LaVern Loewens of Hesston died April 19, just three days shy of his 96th birthday. A memorial service was held Sunday at Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church. Loewens was pastor of Marion Mennonite Brethren Church in 1965 and 1966, then was administrator of Parkside Homes in Hillsboro for nine years.

  • Rolland Peterson

    Rolland O. Peterson, 83, Burdick, died May 16 at Herington Municipal Hospital. A funeral service was Monday at Hebron Lutheran Church, Burdick, with military committal following at the church cemetery.



  • Hillsboro car club gives subtle recognition to former member in flyer

    In the flyer being used to promote the 18th edition of its annual car show June 11 in Hillsboro, those in the know will find tributes from Route 56 Classic Cruisers to one of its former beloved members. The first is obvious — a picture of the former Vickers gas station on D. St. has the name Ray Abrahams written in the upper right corner.

  • Considering an AC recharge?

    Although it may seem to save time and money, do-it-yourselfers might want to reconsider the seemingly easy process of recharging a vehicle’s air conditioning system on their own. Bob Williamson, store manager at CARQUEST Auto Parts in Hillsboro, said some basic AC recharge kits cost $30 to $45, and come with a coupler, refrigerant, and a rudimentary pressure gauge.


  • Along comes summer

    Although summer vacation has been in full swing for a whole week, the weather has been so uncooperative that Peabody youngsters have not really been out and about as they usually are right after school is dismissed. It is time for me to issue my annual rant about watching out for children on bikes as you drive, because I have no faith in them watching out for you.

  • Memorial Day

    Time, they say, passes more quickly the older you get, and I’m certainly getting older. Memorial Day has come around again much sooner than expected. We had a steady stream of older men, undoubtedly veterans, coming into the office this past week to give us details about county Memorial Day observances, which you’ll find elsewhere in the paper.

  • Backing into development

    “It is clear that business and community development are also important to our citizens. It is our intention to form a citizen group to research different options for us to consider.” — Marion County Commissioners, in a March 28 letter to Jim Hefley


  • Irene Hedrick to celebrate 90th birthday

    Former Peabody resident, Irene Hedrick will celebrate 90 years on May 31. Her family invites Irene’s friends and acquaintances to join them for refreshments at a birthday celebration in her honor from 1 to 2:45 p.m. May 29. The event will take place in the Sunflower Floor lobby on the second floor at Asbury Park, 200 S.W. 14th St. in Newton.

  • Topham having card shower for 90th

    Long time Peabody resident John Topham is having a card shower for his 90th birthday. Topham was born May 30, 1926, and now resides in Iowa with his wife Ruth and son Jeff.


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    Langs attend granddaughter's dance recital


  • Peabody-Burns sends three to state track

    Three athletes qualified at regional track and field competition to compete Friday in the state track meet at Wichita State University. Senior Cody Partridge will participate in both the long jump and the high jump. Juniors Austin Reynolds and Andrew Wedel will be contenders in the 110 m. high hurdles and the shot put respectively.

  • Wade, Christensen graduate Butler nursing school

    Rebecca Wade of Cedar Point and Whitney Christensen of Marion each received pins May 12 from Butler Community College’s nursing school. Butler’s nursing program, which began in 1965, had 63 graduates this spring.


  • Calendar of Events

  • Kansas Leopold Conservation award program seeks nominees

    Sand County Foundation, Kansas Association of Conservation Districts, and Ranchland Trust of Kansas are accepting applications for the 2016 Leopold Conservation Award until May 30. Kansas Leopold Conservation Award recognizes conservation of natural resources, and Kansans are encouraged to submit nominations.

  • Registration for genealogy conference open until June 1

    Registration for the 42nd annual KCGS genealogy conference is open through June 1. The conference, which will be on June 11 in Hays, will feature speaker Annette Burke Lyttle, owner of Heritage Detective, and will feature sessions titled “What is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?”, “A Path To Your Next Research Steps: Using Timelines,” “Use Lots More Apples: Vintage Cookbooks as Genealogical Resources,” “Prospecting for Family in Unexpected Places,” and “Turn Family History into Stories You Can Share.”

  • Weekend at WillowSpring to be June 11-12

    Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale and Mennonite Central Committee will hold a weekend at WillowSprings Downs June 11-12. Fun on the Farm, which will be from 1 to 5 p.m. June 11, will feature interaction with animals, relays, snacks, games, nature scavenger hunts, obstacle course, stick horse race, rides, and crafts for children of all ages.


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