• Hay barn fire blamed on spontaneous combustion

    Fire in a hay barn on Nighthawk Rd. just north of Peabody erupted Thursday morning, reminiscent of a similar fire near Durham just a week before that burned for four days and destroyed more than $180,000 worth of alfalfa, equipment, and the structure housing it. “I could smell it burning,” said neighbor Kim Nellans. “But every time I stuck my head out the door I couldn’t see any smoke.”

  • Sedgwick couple buys Peabody Market

    After months of uncertainty and rumors, people in Peabody can breathe a sigh of relief. Peabody Market is sold and the new owners will be taking over within 30 days. Mike and Jadina Crow of Sedgwick have purchased the business. Mike already is present in the store, working with Rick and Vickie Turner to learn the ins and outs of the many phases of being a grocer. Jadina will be coming to Peabody to help on weekends. The couple will keep their home in Sedgwick for the time being and commute.

  • District chooses Dallke

    Incumbents Dan Holub and Randy Dallke appear to have won county commission races in Tuesday’s primary election, although the race for Holub’s chair was closer than the one for Dallke’s. The election was closely watched by eager onlookers gathered in the courthouse to see the final tally.

  • Violations of animal ordinances result in 24 tickets

    A report by a concerned citizen to Peabody police about possible cruelty to animals has resulted in a string of allegations against two unidentified individuals. Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke said the two were each ticketed for 12 alleged violations of city ordinances involving four dogs. They were cited for alleged cruelty to animals, no city tags, no tag license fee, no vaccinations, no adherence to minimum health standards, and no kennel license.

  • Farmer discovers forgotten trail

    The Santa Fe and Chisholm Trails might not have been the only historic routes across Marion County. Marion farmer Steve Krispense has discovered a half-mile stretch of what was probably was a 160-year-old trail connecting Marion and Abilene.


  • Lake developer at odds with county over cove dock

    A new wooden stairway on a steep bank of a cove at Marion County Lake has led to controversy between a developer and county commissioners over what will lie at its end — a dock, or nothing. “It sounds like it’s going to be a walkway to nowhere,” Garry Dunnegan said.

  • Work begins on courthouse windows

    Scaffolding is going up along the north side of Marion County Courthouse this week as $679,503 in work to restore windows in the historic structure begins. The project, expected to last six months, will include removal of hazardous asbestos caulking and lead paint.

  • Erosion agency might help repair 190th

    The federal government may provide unexpected help in dealing with a collapsing section of 190th Rd., the former US-56 highway that has become the county’s second most traveled road. An additional 50- to 60-foot section of South Cottonwood River bank adjacent to the road has caved in since problems with erosion of the roadbed were reported July 18.

  • Stumped? Call in the gnomes

    Resourceful county residents have gained miniature, mythical creatures as neighbors after transforming tree stumps into quaint little gnome homes. Two years ago, a tree in the yard of rural Marion residents Quinn and Julie Trapp was damaged during a savage storm.


  • Teen's fierce first demolition derby

    Though it was his first time to compete in a demo derby, Hillsboro High School senior Dusten Plenert said it was “not too bad.” This is not the first time he has competed at the fair, however.

  • Bucket calf show draws 4-Hers

    A black and white calf named after a comic strip character made her public debut at the 2016 Marion County Fair. Cady Gossen, 9, Peabody, brought his Angus and Hereford cross calf, Lucy, to be judged in the bucket calf show.

  • Fair results


  • Bruce Beeton

    Retired Union Pacific conductor Bruce A. Beeton, 65, died Wednesday at his home in Herington. Born June 22, 1951, he was preceded in death by his father, Darrell R. Beeton, and by his mother and stepfather, Wilma J. (Richmond) and Kenneth Pigorsch.

  • 'Bobbie' Harris

    Barbara “Bobbie” R. (Mott) Harris, 81, died Thursday at Asbury Park, Newton. Born Oct. 20, 1934, in Hillsboro to Hazel Marie (Bredemeier) and William Lewis Mott, she married Myron Paul Harris on Oct. 20, 1982, in, Newton.

  • Marjorie Osgood

    Marjorie Anita (Maltbie) Osgood, 80, died July 25 at Asbury Park, Newton. Born July 21, 1936, in Marion to Glenn Warren and Wilma Anita (Glasscock) Maltbie, she was preceded in death by husband Lawrence Max Osgood, infant son Warren Lee Albright, daughters LaVerna Jean Chaney and Regina Rae Osgood, and siblings Lois Krause, Joyce May, and Edward, Alfred and Margin Maltbie.

  • Larry Rose

    Former Peabody farmer William L. “Larry” Rose, 88, of Council Grove, died Monday at Diversicare in Council Grove. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Sunny Slope Cemetery in Council Grove.

  • Bert Zogelman

    Bertha “Bert” Zogelman, 84, died Monday at St. Luke Living Center. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Florence. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, also at the church. Inurnment will follow in the Burns Catholic Cemetery. Cremation has taken place.


    Ruth Pankratz

    Paul Wiest



  • Gardener battles duplicitous trumpet vine

    Years ago, Marion gardener Margaret Wilson planted a modest trumpet vine and trained it up over an archway, accenting a flowered path beside her house with a pastoral portal into her backyard. As with many plants Wilson favors, the vine was intended to attract hummingbirds and especially bees.

  • Schafers family cleans up dilapidated mess

    Rehabilitating a house at 118 S. Freeborn has been a Schafers family project. The house is undergoing near-total rehabilitation because of the condition it was in when Jason Schafers took possession in April.

  • Crafts make classroom feel like home

  • DIY plastic pop bottle planter

    Wanting to find a useful way to use empty pop bottles laying around the house? Turn them into animal planters using these guidelines compiled from multiple sources, or create your own. Materials needed


  • Quiet after the storm

    Finally, the primaries are over, the conventions are over, and bless me, the phone calls have ceased for a while. I have decided that we have some bombastic and unpleasant individuals running for office in Kansas. While this does not surprise me, it does wear me out. How can I wade through a candidate’s stand on issues when all he or she is doing is lambasting the opposition?


    Big government



  • Calendar of Events

  • Violin duo to perform

    Violin duo Nova Deco, featuring performers from Wichita Symphony, will present a free concert at 4 p.m. Aug. 13 at historic Pioneer Bluffs barn, a mile north of Matfield Green on K-177. More information and reservations are available at (620) 753-3484 and lynn@pioneerbluffs.org.


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