• Summertime, and the algae are blooming

    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.

  • 'Small town feeling' inspires Peabody button design winner

    Michael Hinton of Great Bend, recently announced winner of the July Fourth button design contest, remembers coming to Peabody as a child for July Fourth celebrations. “That was a big deal when I was little,” the Newton native said. “Winning the design competition was a nice connection for me.”

  • Lake bluegrass festival wasn't singing the blues

    Campsites were in short supply Saturday as bluegrass fans took over Marion County Park and Lake for the lake’s annual bluegrass festival. Campers started filling up sites Thursday. By Saturday, lake superintendent Steve Hudson was scrambling to find places to put them.

  • 'Sister friends' raise money for cancer costs

    Darla Gore’s “sister friends” — otherwise called ‘the ya-ya sisters” — jumped into action when they found out Gore was diagnosed with cancer. Greta Smith spearheaded a Pilsen event including dinner, raffle, silent auction, live auction, and dance to raise money for Gore’s medical bills.

  • Bridges around county may close

    At least one county bridge could be closed as a result of county commissioners touring three bridges on the state’s fracture critical list Monday morning. The one commissioners might close, a metal span bridge on Goldenrod Rd. a half mile south of 170th Rd., is in such poor condition commissioners voted to begin procedures to consider closing it.

  • Snuggle up in a Safe Kids quilt

    Safe Kids Camp organizers are raffling off two quilts made out of camp T-shirts from previous years. The drawing will take place before the fireworks show July 4 at City Park. Winners need not be present to win.

  • Two full-time EMTs hired

    Two full-time emergency medical technicians have been hired for Marion County. Kevin Marler, who has been working as a volunteer out of Hillsboro, and Matt Williams, who has been working out of Florence, were selected from among seven applicants.

  • Police arrest 18-year-old on alleged drug dealing charges

    Clayton Tate Lingenfelter, 18, Hillsboro, was arrested June 12 on suspicion of multiple drug charges, including dealing. Hillsboro officer David Funk investigated a report from a citizen who witnessed what the citizen felt was a drug transaction at 8:24 p.m. in Memorial Park, police chief Dan Kinning said.


  • Durward Oblander

    Former Marion service station owner Durward Oblander, 86, died Friday in Newton. A graveside service was Tuesday in Newton.

  • Alma Rempel

    Homemaker Alma Rempel, 93, died June 14 at Salem Home, Hillsboro. Interment was Friday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery. A memorial gathering followed at Salem Home Chapel.

  • Jerrod Rogers

    Jerrod Paul Rogers, 25, died June 16 in rural Hillsboro. A funeral service was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church, with Pastor Jerred Unruh officiating.



  • Rain barrel helps plants flourish

    Jerry Ewing’s plants are flourishing and he contends it’s because he uses rainwater instead of city water to water them. Ewing, lead radiological technician at St. Luke Hospital, stopped using city water for plants because of the effect he said it was having.

  • New porch just part of rehab

    Anyone who recently drove past 219 N. 3rd St. likely noticed the stately home’s new wood wrap-around porch. The outside doesn’t tell the whole story of recent rehabilitation work, though. Inside, a bathroom in the rear of the house has undergone total renewal from ceiling to floor, with new wall tiles, modern fixtures and a tile floor that replaces the old linoleum.

  • Nursery lives up to name, briefly

    Serenity Gardens owner Jana Dalke was surprised to find something she had not planted growing in her greenhouse. “This bird would fly in and out, so finally I looked, and there it was,” Dalke said.

  • Mortgage rates dip

    Although other interest rates have been trending upward, Bankrate reports that average interest rates on home mortgages in Kansas declined this week. The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 0.23 to 3.57 percent, according to Bankrate.


  • Why we celebrate the way we do

    This past week I embarked on a little project for the upcoming edition about the Fourth of July. It is usually tough to find something to say about our annual celebration that has not been said before. The longer I stay at this job, the more difficult it becomes. I thought I hit on a great idea about a month ago when I was searching archived issues of the newspaper on the Peabody Township Library website. I stumbled across a newspaper page that told of all the comings and goings of families and friends during an early July Fourth celebration. I recognized some names, learned that the pig purchased for the greased pig contest “did not give a good accounting of itself” and was too easy to catch, and that the show was the “largest one ever.”




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