• Lake added to algae warning; reservoir downgraded to watch

    Marion Reservoir’s blue-green algae warning was downgraded to a watch Thursday, but a new warning was issued for Marion County Lake. Algae warnings and less-serious watches are effective for a full week and are re-evaluated each Thursday afternoon by Kansas Department of Health and Environment.


  • Another big blast, and a couple unfortunate misfires

    Although many in the capacity crowd who attended Monday’s 95th annual fireworks celebration in Peabody thought the show was spectacular, the finale was marred by aerial fireworks mishaps during the finale. During an aerial display set to the tune of “The Battle of New Orleans,” two commercial Roman candles sailed horizontally a few feet above the ground. The first shell to fly toward the crowd triggered a temporary halt to the show, but the fireworks display soon resumed.

  • Winners of Peabody's July 4 events

    Peabody Fourth Fest committee and Peabody Main Street Association sponsored prizes for parade entries. The prizes were in the form of Peabody Bucks. parade Best float: Schmidt family in honor of Ethan Schmidt — $100 Best decorated bicycles: 1. Paige Jacobs, Wichita — $50 2. Steve Robbins, Newton — $30 3. Kenny Johnson, Hillsboro — $20 Best car entry: Rex Rosenburg, Hoisington for his art car, Chewbaru — $100 For the first time, Peabody Farm Service sponsored a car show at Peabody-Burns High School parking lot. Eleven cars were entered. People who came out to see the vintage vehicles voted on their favorites, and owners of the top three received cash and a T-shirt. peabody farm service car show winners First place: Tina Partridge, Peabody, 1955 Chevrolet Bel Aire Second place: Carrol McHenry, El Dorado, 1923 Dodge Brothers Business Coupe Third place: Janie Hampton, Peabody, 1937 Chevrolet Deluxe named Mavis.

  • Mother, son arrested over credit cards

    A Marion County mother and son are in jail on Oklahoma charges involving burglary and illegal use of credit cards. Marla Kay Shiplet, 54, Marion, was arrested June 24 by Marion police on a warrant from Rogers County, Oklahoma.

  • Homeowner cited after illegal fireworks start fire

    Rushing the start of the July 4 weekend got a Peabody man in hot water when his fireworks set part of his lawn on fire and he had to call Peabody firefighters. Sheridan Brown of 511 N. Elm St. discharged fireworks in his yard the evening of June 29, two days before fireworks were allowed, and started a fire in dry vegetation. He tried to stomp it out, but it moved faster than he anticipated.

  • Commissioners agree to pay for windows

    Money to pay for long-discussed Marion County Courthouse window repairs will come from a special building project fund the county has been setting aside for years. The fund now has over $1.3 million. Part of the reason is that the project, though scheduled to begin late this year, won’t generate tax credits the county hopes to sell to pay a quarter of the $679,503 project until the job is finished in 2017.


  • Merlie Friesen

    Merlie A. Friesen, 86, died Saturday at Hillsboro Community Hospital. Born April 30, 1930, in Balko, Oklahoma, to Jonathan and Marie (Plenert) Ratzlaff, she married Leonard K. Friesen on April 10, 1949, in Balko. He died in 2007.

  • Garry Hanneman

    Garry DuWayne Hanneman Jr., 55, grandson of Harry and Helen Hanneman of Peabody, died June 26 in Guthrie, Oklahoma,. Born Aug. 28, 1960, to Gerald Hanneman Sr. and Marilyn Morton in Manhattan, he was a remodeler and tile setter.

  • Dean Hill

    Dean Hill 72, formerly of Hillsboro, died Monday at Dole Veterans Administration Hospital in Wichita. Born June 28, 1944, in Hillsboro to Adam E. and Helen (Shiroky) Hill, he was a Vietnam era Army veteran. He worked at Associated Milk Producers in Hillsboro, ran a lawnmower repair business in Newton, and worked in the maintenance department at Newton High School.

  • John Wilson

    John Douglas Wilson, 43, died Sunday at his home in Marion. Born Feb. 2, 1973, in West Covina, California. to Malcom and Nola (Madera) Wilson, he married Sondra Bezdek on April 18, 2012, in Marion.



  • With wheat now in, attention turns to corn

    With most wheat cut and stored, depressed prices and corn development are at the forefront of farmers’ thoughts. Cooperative Grain and Supply CEO Lyman Adams said they took in 2.3 million bushels at its Hillsboro, Marion, Lehigh, Canada, and Canton elevators.

  • Tradition goes on for farm family Robinson

    Farming and family have been Bill Robinson’s life. His 80 acres northwest of Florence have been in his family since his grandfather was a young man.


  • When the cheese goes missing

    Late Monday afternoon, I made an emergency trip to a nearby town to pick up five pounds of sliced American cheese. The purchase was for the Youngest Daughter, proprietor of the Coneburg Inn Grill and Pub. It seems that when her food order came in for this busiest day of the year, cheese was missing. None of the employees checking in food and supplies thought to tell her. She was in a panic because there was no cheese for some special menu item featuring, apparently, cheese.



  • Calendar of Events

  • Free hot dogs, burgers at lake cookout

    Current and former lake residents, part-time residents, and campers will be welcome for free hot dogs and hamburgers at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the east shelter house at Marion County Park and Lake. Officers of the lake’s Chat and Dine Club will provide entrees and fixings. Other attendees are being asked to bring guests and a dish to share for the club’s annual cookout meeting, which gives lake residents an opportunity to meet their neighbors.

  • Goessel plans community picnic

    Hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks will be provided at Goessel’s community picnic at 6 p.m. Sunday in the town’s park. Attendees are being asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share along with their own tables and lawn chairs.


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