• Blue-green algae alert extended for reservoir

    A blue-green algae warning for Marion Reservoir was extended Thursday for another week by Kansas Department of Health and Environment. KDHE provided the following guidelines for blue-green algae warnings:


  • Downtown farmers market was top banana Monday

    Peabody’s newly resurrected farmers market drew a steady crowd of shoppers Monday evening for its opening event in downtown Peabody. Eight vendors with a variety homemade and homegrown items showed up.

  • Fireworks will light the skies for 95th time

    In a little less than a month, Peabody will be celebrating its 95th annual July Fourth festival. Three-dollar admission buttons are available from most local merchants. Event and committee leaders still are seeking volunteer help. And flags and bunting are beginning to take over the local landscape.

  • 'Average' harvest imminent

    Mostly clear days this week came as a welcome change for wheat farmers gearing up for harvest. Dick Tippen, grain coordinator for Cooperative Grain and Supply, has gone out to look at fields in the southern part of the county and been satisfied with what he’s seen.

  • Philpott to play in all-star game

    Peabody-Burns High School graduate Clayton Philpott has been selected to play on the east squad at the Kansas eight-man all-star football game at 10 a.m. Saturday in Beloit. Philpott’s could not pin down one emotion to describe being picked.

  • Commissioners and Hernandez work to define economic committee direction

    Now that county commissioners have included all 15 applicants on a new economic development committee, they turned Monday to working out how the group will operate and what it will do. Tabbed by commissioners as interim chairman before a meeting has taken place, Chris Hernandez of Edward Jones in Marion offered his thoughts about initial directions.

  • Florence chamber hears about Crystal Springs

    Florence Chamber of Commerce heard Thursday from a Lawrence consultant who visited Crystal Springs, source of Florence’s water supply. Informational sign at 5th and Main Sts. was repaired and painted by Roger Johnson.

  • Vassar praised for Chingawassa performance

    Balmy weather made it easy for hundreds to turn out for the 20th Chingawassa Days this weekend. Parks and recreation director Margo Yates said she had heard many compliments about headliner Phil Vassar’s performance.


  • Blue-green algae alert issued for reservoir

    A first blue-green algae warning of the season for Marion Reservoir went into effect Thursday. Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued the warning based on sampling of the lake.

  • Meyer is new FFA state president

    Elizabeth Meyer realized a dream four years in the making Friday, emerging from a group of 17 candidates to be elected state FFA president at the group’s annual convention in Manhattan. Saturday, she celebrated her birthday with her new state officer team.

  • Silent church spends night at lake

    Fishing, camping, cooking over a campfire, and eating at picnic tables in the shade are far from unique at Marion County Lake, but one group that spent Friday night at the lake was unique. Most used a language not known to the majority: American Sign Language. Pitching their tents at the lake were 15 members, ranging from children to adults, of Silent Bible Baptist Church in Wichita.


  • 'Vernie' Beaston

    LaVerna “Vernie” Beaston, 87, died Monday in Manhattan. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Valley United Methodist Church.

  • James Criger

    James Criger, 69, formerly of Burns, died Monday at Emporia. Born March 19, 1947, at Burns, to Joe and Alice (Beck) Criger, he attended Peabody High School, was a longtime employee of White Feeds in Burns and lived in Hartford since 2007.

  • Elizabeth Koegeboehn

    Aulne native Elizabeth Ann Koegeboehn, 85, died June 1 at Diversicare, Council Grove. Born Nov. 17, 1930, to Clee and Tressie (Blankley) Ford, she graduated from Marion High School and married Melvin Koegeboehn on April 8, 1951. Four years later, they moved from Marion to Council Grove, where she was active in Kiwanis and Calvary Lutheran Church.

  • Pauline Monnich

    E. Pauline Monnich, 80, died Saturday at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. Born Oct. 14, 1935, in New Hampton, Iowa, to E. Paul and Verna E. (Lange) Schott, she graduated from St. John’s College, Winfield, and moved to Herington in 1955 to teach primary grades at Our Redeemer Lutheran School.

  • Donald Parrish

    Donald E. Parrish, 83, died May 20 at Schowalter Progressive Recovery Academy. A funeral service was Monday at Schowalter Villa Chapel. Interment with military honors will follow at Burns City Cemetery.



  • Corn growers battling feds

    Battling weeds is tough enough for corn farmers, but pending Environmental Protection Agency restrictions could strip them of one of their primary weapons. Atrazine is one of the oldest and most-tested herbicides in the mix that corn growers use to control weeds and improve yields. It has been at the center of controversy for more than a decade.

  • Pretty blooms, prickly problem

    Musk thistle is a familiar farm country paradox this time of year. Its intricate bright purple blooms are eye-catching and beautiful, but the prickly plant is a threat to overtake any pasture in which it gains a foothold. “The musk thistle is coming on strong,” county noxious weed director Bud Druse said. “Last year there was quite a bit. With the mild winter, I’ve noticed a lot of bigger rosettes. I don’t know if that’s a sign of something to come or not.”


  • What happens when Nighthawk Rd. is closed?

    This past week I had a column in the Peabody Gazette-Bulletin about the county straightening a correction curve on Nighthawk Rd. north of 120th Rd. to make it safer for the hundreds of people who use the road to get from Peabody and U.S.-50 to Hillsboro, Marion, and Marion Reservoir. Peabody will have to move its water line — which is adjacent to Nighthawk Rd. — to accommodate the change. The reason for the column was to let Peabody taxpayers know they will be paying for an unexpected charge to keep the state happy.



  • Calendar of Events

  • Antique car, truck show planned

    Antique cars and trucks will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18 at Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel. Admission is free, but exhibitors pay an entry fee of $10 to be eligible for awards. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles manufacturered in 1980 or earlier are eligible.

  • TEEN to meet

    Technology Excellence in Education Network, the TEEN network that local school districts use, will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Marion school district offices at 101 N. Thorp St.

  • Orphan choir to perform

    A choir of orphaned children, ages 6 to 12, from India and Ethiopia will present a free concert at 7 p.m. June 15 at the Performing Arts Center. The choir, visiting Marion for the fourth time, is part of His Little Feet, a non-profit founded in 2009 to serve orphaned and vulnerable children worldwide.


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