• Scarecrow Festival a big hit

    Cold weather challenged the first Scarecrow Festival in Peabody on Saturday, but the event generated a steady turnout downtown nonetheless. “We were so pleased by the participation and we appreciate all those who entered scarecrows or set up a booth downtown,” organizer Peggy Phillips said.

  • Peabody to enforce Halloween curfew

    A Peabody city ordinance aimed at reducing Halloween vandalism requires that children younger than 18 get off the streets at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 and stay off until 5:30 a.m. Nov. 1. “Kids can be out if they are accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or guardian,” Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke said. “Siblings or friends 18 or older will not qualify as a proper escort for those younger than 18.”

  • Trunk or Treat aims to be sweet

    Peabody Main Street Association once again will sponsor a downtown “Trunk or Treat” event for Halloween. The 100 block of N. Walnut St. will be blocked off from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. Participants wanting to pass out candy should be ready to enter the downtown area at 4 p.m. and park with their trunk toward the center of Walnut Street. Prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will be given for best-decorated trunk or display.

  • A dozen fire departments battle to contain 3-county prairie inferno

    A massive grassfire that sparked near the northeastern border of Marion County raged approximately 17 hours on Monday and spread about four miles into two neighboring counties. At 1:49 a.m., Lost Springs volunteer fire department responded to a report of a grass fire spotted one mile east of US-77 on 360th Rd.

  • Holub lectures legislators on tax lid

    Commissioner Dan Holub waved a white flag Monday in his longtime battle to reverse between $20 million and $30 million of property tax breaks granted for the Keystone pipeline by the Kansas legislature. Holub has lobbied hard in public forums, bemoaning the loss of tax dollars that could have been used for county projects, include ng roads. It has been estimated the pipeline’s owner, TransCanada, would have had to pay between $2 million and $3 million annually over the 10-year life of the exemption.

  • EMS non-transport numbers continue to be a county issue

    EMS numbers for transfers in October may be down three from last year, but the number for non-transfer calls is still an issue. EMS director Brandy McCarty brought up at Monday’s meeting with commissioners that even though the number of transfers for October 2015 were 104, down from October 2014, non-transfer calls rose from 18 in 2014 to 32 this month.

  • Physical therapists join St. Luke department

    Alex Brooks and Matt Vermillion share more than being new physical therapists practicing at St. Luke Hospital. They’re both from small towns, Brooks from Coldwater and Vermillion from Halstead. They earned undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Wichita State University, with student clinical experiences at St. Luke. Both enjoy sports and exercise for personal betterment and demonstrating to patients that they practice what they preach.

  • FACT director to step down

    As director of Families and Communities Together, Ashlee Gann knows how influential parents can be on their children. That — or more specifically, her 2- and 5-year-old children at home — is why she’s stepping down from her position.


  • Church to add Sunday school and breakfast

    The Christian Church of Florence is adding something different to its weekly services. As of Nov. 1, weekly breakfast and pre-kindergarten to adult Sunday school classes will be available.

  • Poker run hits a new pace

    Peabody American Legion Auxiliary is offering a new twist to a long-standing form of entertainment on the vehicle cruise circuit. The group will sponsor a Walking Poker Run on Sunday when Peabody is host to the final cruise for 2015. Poker Runs have long been a popular addition to gatherings of folks on motorcycles or in vintage cars.


  • Honored county quilters share a caring thread

    A patchwork of 18 local quilters were honored for their artistic talents Thursday in a recognition ceremony during the 55th annual meeting of Senior Citizens of Marion County held at Marion Senior Center. A general sense of humble acceptance and accomplishment prevailed over the group as they accepted awards and absorbed applause.

  • Olson rekindles political advocacy as silver-haired legislator

    “I’m not a politician,” Mary Olson said, but the former Marion mayor still has her hand in politics as the county’s representative to the Silver Haired Legislature, which met Oct. 6 to 8 in Topeka. Kansas Silver Haired Legislature was established by legislative resolution in 1982 to advocate for issues important to the state’s seniors, which now total about 450,000.

  • Mammograms vital for seniors

    Some women who have been having annual mammograms since they turned 40 and have tested negative year after year may begin to question if the procedure is necessary as they get into their 60s and 70s. “A lot of older patients tell me ‘I don’t know why I keep doing this,’” St. Luke Hospital mammography technician Keri Helmer said. “Just because you’re older doesn’t mean a yearly mammogram isn’t for you.”

  • State surveyors declare assisted living facility care 'deficiency free'

    The day was Aug. 27 and both Donna Evans and Bonnie Sawyer were scrambling. Inspectors had descended upon Marion Assisted Living. State surveyors from Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services can come any time from nine to 18 months after the last survey they conducted — no additional notice is given.




  • Clever scarecrows rocked the festival

    Until Saturday, I thought we had been enjoying a terrific stretch of Indian summer. We had balmy days with plenty of sunshine and just a hint of cooling in the evening and early morning. Many of our trees have begun to display their fall foliage, slowly turning colors for several weeks. Some years it seems we shut off the air conditioner during the same week that we click on the furnace. This fall has been terrific. However, I must admit I went into curmudgeon mode mid-morning on Saturday when I stepped outside to venture off to the Scarecrow Festival downtown. Brrrrr… where in the world did that front come from? Never fails, does it? Someone tries to plan an event that would be made better by wonderful weather and Mother Nature bombs the whole kit-n-caboodle!

  • Roads to Harry and David

    Let’s start by immediately squelching any speculation that we’re about to announce in this column the impending arrival in Marion County of a local outlet for gourmet foods retailer Harry and David. Instead, Harry would be Harry Bennett, former Marion County resident, longtime subscriber, and occasional contributor to the paper via letters to the editor. David would, of course, be me.





  • Florence gym haunted for second year

    The Florence gymnasium at 6th and Barker Sts. will become haunted the next two weekends. For the second consecutive year, the Florence Labor Day committee will be hosting a haunted house from 7 to 10 p.m. on the evenings of Oct. 23, 24, 30, and 31 There will be prizes for all kids who survive the experience after they exit the basement. For young children and toddlers, the tour will be toned down. Refreshments also will be served.

  • Warriors burned by Heat 42-30

    Peabody-Burns was cooled off by the Rural Vista Heat at Friday’s game, losing 42-30. Although the Warriors lost, the team fought its way from the 30-16 halftime deficit to outscore the Heat in the second half.

  • From tragedy, Tabor builds triumph

    Homecoming at Tabor College on Saturday was about much more than former students returning for reunions and campus festivities. It was about the family of Jenessa Hlad and her Tabor family celebrating her life and preserving her legacy through the naming of an athletic training room in her honor.

  • Hillsboro student to play at Grand Ole Opry

    When the National Association for Music Education honors concert band performs at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville next week, Hillsboro High School senior Allison Gray and her French horn will be there. Her journey to Nashville started in fifth grade, when Allison says she wanted to be different.

  • Jr. Wrestling Club to hold informational meeting

    Marion Jr. Wrestling Club will have a meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Marion Sports and Aquatic Center. Those interested are encouraged to attend the meeting to find out what wrestling is all about.

  • Peabody Boy Scouts collecting food

    Peabody Boy Scout Troop 108 and Peabody Cub Scout Troop 108 will be picking up non-perishable food items beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Bags of food should be placed on front porches so they are visible from the street.

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  • Genealogy workshop offered Nov. 14

    A free genealogy workshop will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at Carnegie Library in Council Grove. The workshop is sponsored by the Council Oak Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Kansas Society DAR. The one-on-one workshop will provide assistance for beginners wanting to trace their lineage back to the Revolutionary War.

  • Parkside to hold hymn sing

    The public is invited to a hymn sing at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. The audience will be asked to choose favorite hymns to sing together.

  • Red Cross seeking donations

    American Red Cross is seeking donors to give blood before the holiday season is in full swing. Red Cross will be in Marion from 2:15 to 6:15 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Holy Family Catholic Church.

  • Family bingo back by popular demand

    Marion Recreation will sponsor family bingo from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Marion Community Center Ballroom. Admission is free. Mayor Todd Heitschmidt will be the bingo caller. Prizes also will be distributed.

  • Youth basketball deadline is near

    The deadline for signing up for Marion’s Youth Basketball League for 3rd to 6th grade boys and girls is Oct. 31. Dates for the 2015-2016 regular season games are Dec. 5, 12, 19, and 26, and Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. Post-season tournament games are Feb. 6 and 13.


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