• Blue-green algae alert continues at reservoir

    As surely as waves of ripening wheat, blue-green algae warnings have become perennial harbingers of summer for the county. Three consecutive weeks of warnings for Marion Reservoir have affected the county’s largest tourism draw.


  • Schools invest $36,400 in security systems

    More security cameras in the high school gym and shop classroom, cameras at the elementary school, and a wireless keycard system are among $36,400 in security improvements approved Monday by the Peabody-Burns school board. The board received seven bids for the project and selected a $36,400 bid from CBS Manhattan.

  • Facebook frenzy erupts after abduction rumors

    A Facebook post in which Hillsboro police tried to quell rumors of a child abduction backfired Monday, devolving into a bitter exchange that included threats of violence. The incident began when an officer was dispatched at 11:07 a.m. Saturday to the 300 block of S. Main St. for a report of an African American man in a white Ford Mustang approaching two 9-year-old girls and asking if they wanted a ride to McDonald’s in his vehicle.

  • Harvest could be above average

    Wheat harvest could be mostly finished by the end of the weekend, and yields might be slightly above average if hot, dry weather continues. Phil Timken, location manager of Mid-Kansas Coop Association in Peabody, said harvest started with a bang.

  • Peabody students perform at Flint Hills symphony

    Nearly two dozen Peabody students participated in Saturday evening’s 12th annual performance by the Kansas City Symphony at a prairie venue in the Flint Hills, this year in a pasture southwest of Cottonwood Falls. The theme was “The Future of the Flint Hills.” County 4-H agents in surrounding counties were asked to find area students who would hike up the hill behind the orchestra during the final song.

  • Making cozies for tiny exotic pets employs 5 locals

    Linda Sardou is a woman awash in fleece and on a mission to make life better for the “short-headed rope dancers” of the world. A corner of a workshop at The Outdoors Inn at Marion County Park and Lake, crammed with bolts of brightly colored soft fabric and cutting tables, is where Sardou’s mission takes flight.

  • Cruise to Florence for Father's Day feast

    Vendors, an all-you-can-eat breakfast, and a Father’s Day lunch of baby back ribs and fixin’s await weekend cruisers Sunday in Florence. The event, sponsored by the Florence Advance Masonic Lodge 114 the third Sunday of every month through September, brings motorcycles and classic cars to town. Saturday’s cruise is the second event this year.


  • Guy Wright

    Retired Excel Industries quality control specialist Guy W. Wright, 69, died Sunday at Peabody Health and Rehab. Born Dec. 7, 1946, in El Dorado to Cecil and Ruth (Parsons) Wright, he graduated in 1964 from Peabody High School and on July 7, 1990, married Janis Provence in Maize.


    'Vernie' Beaston

    Katie Kirchner

    Velma Thornton



  • Seniors have a reel good time

    For the third year in a row, many Parkside Homes residents have had the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and go fishing. Residents are taken each Thursday to the farm of Kevin Jost.

  • Styling is 'in' for seniors' hair

    In the not too distant past, as seniors moved into their later years, there were familiar traditional looks for men’s and women’s hair. However, two county stylists agree that seniors today are interested in a variety of styles that, coupled with the right hair care products, can help them look and feel more vibrant.

  • VA's Veterans Choice often an option not chosen

    Few local veterans appear to be taking advantage of a program that lets them get medical care locally. “I get all my medical care from the VA,” Warren Kreutziger said.

  • Farm market discounts available

    Senior citizens who like to frequent farmers markets and roadside produce stands can get up to $30 off purchases through the Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. “There is a little paperwork involved,” county Department on Aging head Gayla Ratzlaff said, “but farm market checks are available to any Kansan 60 or older who meets income guidelines.”


  • Get ready to celebrate

    This is the time of year when I urge everyone to take pride in our community. I remind you to get ready to welcome several thousand visitors on the Fourth of July. It’s time to get gussied up. Just a few more weeks and we will be all about the 95th annual event. The monthly Peabody Dreamers cleanup is Saturday. Peabody Dreamers established a once-a-month cleanup day the third Saturday of each month, hoping to reach out to people who need help making things right and proper in their yards and around their homes.


    Atrazine limits justified


  • Matzes to celebrate 70th

    Raymond and Eunice Janzen Matz will celebrate their 70th anniversary June 22. They were married in 1946 in Hillsboro, where they have lived ever since.

  • '80 grad receives her degree

    Ethel Cox of Wichita, a 1980 graduate of Marion High School, received an associate degree as a medical administrative assistant this month from National American University. Daughter of the late Marie Johnston Land, she has two daughters, Misty Jaklevich of Grain Valley, Missouri, and Kristie Metcalf of Wichita, and five grandchildren.

  • Kahns to celebrate 90th with party

    Children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Almeda Kahns are inviting the public to a come-and-go party honoring her 90th birthday. The party will be 2 to 4 p.m. June 25 at Lincolnville Community Building.

  • 89th birthday cards requested for Hammond

    Children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Almeda Kahns are inviting the public to a come-and-go party honoring her 90th birthday. The party will be 2 to 4 p.m. June 25 at Lincolnville Community Building.

  • Cards requested for Svoboda's 80th birthday

    A card shower is being organized to observe Barbara Svoboda’s 80th birthday July 1. Cards may be sent to her at 2580 270th Rd., Lincolnville KS 66858.

  • Senior menu

  • BURNS:

    Family attends wedding

    10, 25, 50, 100, 125 years ago

    Many dine out


  • Calendar of Events

  • Summer dance deadline June 29

    Dance camp for children ages 5 to 13 July 5 to 8 at Scout House in Hillsboro’s Memorial Park will focus on different styles of dance, fundamental techniques, and performance. Ages 5 to 8 will meet 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. Ages 9 to 13 will meet 1 to 2:20 p.m.

  • Water panel to meet

    Kansas Water Office’s Neosho Regional Advisory Committee will meet at 1 p.m. June 22 at Hillsboro City Hall to discuss steambank stabilization on the Cottonwood River and other items. More information is available by calling (785) 296-3185.


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