• Council wrestles with spending special sales tax

    As the one percent sales tax designated for local street maintenance and improvement gets ready to expire at the end of the year, Peabody City Council wrestled Monday evening with choices for spending the money that has built up in the street fund. By law, the money may not be applied to any other department and the sales tax is collected only for a 10-year period unless reinstated by voters after its expiration. Jim Ralston and Dan Heise from APAC of Kansas presented figures for improvements to the most recently upgraded street projects — Locust, Plum, 8th, 6th, and Pine sts.

  • Nanas and papas will rock grade school

    Peabody-Burns Elementary students will be hosts to grandparents Sept. 22 for the annual Grandparents Day lunch and special activities. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will invite their grandparents to join them for part of their school day. Students whose grandparents are unable to attend may adopt a grandparent or two for the event.

  • Still missing a year later

    A man who went missing from a Peabody care facility 13 months ago has still not been located. Gale “Ralph” Keilman, now 57, disappeared Aug. 17, 2015, from Peabody Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was last seen going over a tall wooden fence that surrounds a patio. As far as can be told, he might have well have gone over the edge of the earth.

  • Decision allows wind farms in any part of the county

    Commissioners removed a hurdle from the path of Diamond Vista wind farm developers Monday by eliminating the overlay district created to restrict projects to the southeast corner of the county. Recommended by the same county planning commission that created the restriction in 2004, the move in principle allows wind farms to be built anywhere in the county.

  • Shields strikes out with commission

    Whatever it’s called, be it storage, salvage, or junk, commissioners have told Gavin Shields of Lincolnville that a collection of old cars, tires, scrap metal, and other items on a lot bordering Lincolnville must go. Shields appeared at Monday’s meeting to say he’s only using the lot for storage, an argument rejected in August when the board of zoning appeals recommended against a conditional use permit for a salvage yard along First St.

  • Why get a flu shot?

    According to information provided by Marion County Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene, the answer is simple: Because influenza can be dangerous. This is true especially for infants and young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions or a weakened immune system.

  • Two 4-year-olds qualify for national pedal pull

    Nine hundred children, ages 4-12, participated in pedal pull tractor competition Sunday at the state fair, with 50 in each division. The top three in each division qualified for national competition. Two 4-year-olds from Hillsboro did just that. Kyle Epp won first place in boys’ division, and Charlotte Silhan won second place in girls’ division.


  • Florence woman injured in Johnson County accident

    A Florence woman was injured in Johnson County Thursday after the vehicle she was driving was sideswiped by another. Carrie Ann Pataska, 45, Florence, was northbound on Interstate 35 in her 2006 Ford van when a 2004 Toyota Avalon driven by John Arthur Turpin, 28, Gardner, made a lane change and stuck Pataska’s vehicle at 6:55 a.m.

  • Retired police dog lives out bucket list

    A retired Marion police dog spent her final days reveling through a bucket list of favorite activities before she died Tuesday morning. Kahti lived with Marion officer Mike Stone and his wife, Alicia, after retirement.

  • Former Hillsboro worker pleads guilty to concealing gun crime

    Sarah T. Hopkins, 28, Newton, a former preschool parent advocate for USD 410 Lehigh-Hillsboro-Durham, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday in a firearms case related to the February shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston in which three people were killed. Hopkins pleaded guilty to failing to report to authorities that convicted felon Cedric Ford unlawfully possessed a firearm.

  • Chick-fil-A manager to speak at Lifelong Learning

    Wichita Chick-fil-A manager Jason Lansdown will speak at 9:45 a.m. Friday at Lifelong Learning in the Wohlgemuth Music Education building at Tabor College. “Jason has an inspirational story to tell about the journey he has taken from a low-income upbringing to being a first generation college graduate, to now running a successful business and being able to use that business to greatly impact his community,” Lifelong Learning coordinator Miriam Kliewer said.


  • Derrel Dye

    Derrel R. Dye, 76, died Sept. 6 as a result of a fall in Marion. He was born April 22, 1940, to Leslie and Ora Mae (Knight) Dye in Red Oak, Oklahoma. He served in the Army and was a Vietnam War veteran.

  • Elmo Rahe

    Elmo Rahe, 86, died Sunday at Salem Home in Hillsboro. A funeral service was 10 a.m. today at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro.

  • Dean Klenda

    Major Dean A. Klenda was killed in action Sept. 17, 1965, over North Vietnam while serving his country with the Air Force. His remains have been found and returned for burial. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen.


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  • Parade lining up for Old Settlers' Day

    The annual Old Settlers’ Day parade is already lining up — though not in a literal sense. Alex Case, organizer and announcer for the parade, said registrations as of last week included Marion High School classes of 1951, 1956, 1996, 2001, 2006, and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, Cub Scout Pack 102, and state Sen. Rick Wilborn.

  • New talent joins Art in the Park festivities

    What do an abstract painter, former vocal instructor with a passion for barn wood, and a massage therapist all have in common? They all will join the crafty throng of Art in the Park vendors for the first time Saturday in Marion Central Park.

  • About 100 booths to be at Art in the Park Saturday

    Art in the Park returns Saturday to Marion Central Park for its 38th year. About 100 booths will open to patrons at 9 a.m. with new and longtime vendors.

  • Arts and Crafts director bids adieu

    As the last vendor pulls out of Hillsboro Saturday evening, it will be the end of not only this year’s 46th Arts and Crafts Fair, but also Penni Schroeder’s run as fair director. Schroeder will be moving out of state to be closer to family, and she has been thankful for the experience she has gained as director.

  • Craft of coffee-brewing coming to fair

  • Norel Farms Bakery prepares for large Arts and Crafts crowd

    While many will still be tucked away in their beds at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Rachel Schmidt will begin preparing baked goods she will serve at Norel Farms Bakery during Hillsboro’s Arts and Crafts fair. Loaf bread and gluten-free breads will be made in advance, and the bakery will offer fresh zwieback, cinnamon rolls, cookies, and other pastries.

  • History of Old Settlers' Day

    Old Settlers’ Day is as rich in tradition and as filled with constant change and progress as the years past which it honors. Indeed, it is the careful blending of tradition with innovation that makes Old Settlers’ Day one of the best annual celebrations in Central Kansas. Always county-oriented, Old Settlers’ Day began Jan. 7, 1881, with a reunion for all people who settled in Marion County in the 1860s. The old settlers gathered for a basket dinner and reminiscing in Marion.

  • Museum gets new artifacts

    Ramona’s loss of a museum is a boon to the Marion Historical Museum. Curator Peggy Blackman got a call in July that artifacts removed from the closed Ramona museum were available if she was interested.

  • Popular Peabody scarecrow festival will play again

    One of the more successful community events of 2015 was the first Scarecrow Festival in October. Organizer Peggy Phillips said afterward that participation was great and there would definitely be a second parade of scarecrows around town in 2016.

  • Peabody American Legion Auxiliary makes plans for fall events

    Peabody American Legion Auxiliary is planning several community events through the end of October. Family Bingo Night A family bingo night will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 30 at the legion hall, 108 N. Walnut St., to support children in USD 398. Participants are asked to bring school supplies.

  • Lincolnville Octoberfest to go 'Back to the 80s'

  • Tour de Florence bike ride is Oct. 1

    Tour de Florence, a 40-mile bike ride through the Flint Hills is scheduled for 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1. The bike ride features a landscape highlighted by a virtual sea of grasses and by profusions of pale blue pitcher sage flowers.

  • County history etched in stone, literally

    Scattered throughout the county, mostly west of US-77, are echoes of the past engraved on granite and limestone. From neatly arrayed and trimmed rows in towns to small weathered country plots, county cemeteries tell stories of early settlement, growth, wealth and poverty, and much more.

  • A sneak peek at upcoming events around the county

  • County athletes compete in sprint triathlon

    A pack of aspiring extreme athletes struggled against the elements, distance, and their own willpower Saturday in the “Ready, Set, Tri,” sprint triathlon. Michael Manley, of Wichita, won the race with a time of 58 minutes, 1 second.

  • Director brings innovation to theater at Tabor College

    Laurel Koerner is in her fourth year as Tabor College theater director, and she has made some significant changes to the theater department. One of those is Brave New Works, a workshop that allows Tabor students to expand on their creative abilities.

  • Tabor homecoming Oct. 21 and 22

    Tabor College’s homecoming weekend will be Oct. 21 and 22, and will include art and music, sports, and reunions. Homecoming weekend kicks off with the theater department’s production “The Comedy of Errors,” a William Shakespeare satirical narrative that features comic instances of mistaken identity.


  • Finding adventure in Marion County

    Each Hoch Publishing newspaper includes a special “Explore” section this week. Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin have schedules of events, advertisements for county businesses, stories about special happenings and people, and highlights for upcoming activities in Marion County. The listings are by no means complete, but there are plenty of things going on countywide this fall and you ought to take part in some of them with family or friends.


  • Zogelman gets human resource award

    Sharon Zogelman was surprised to receive the Marilyn Gate Award for outstanding service at last week’s Kansas Hospital Human Resources Association convention. She was chosen for her many years of service to the organization.

  • Being sister of famous organist has its perks

    When Judy (Bish) Priest of Marion was growing up in Wichita, she did not know that her younger sister, Diane, would become a world-renowned concert organist. It is fitting to say, however, that they were born to talented parents. Their mother was a pianist, and their father was an artist.

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  • Warriors step up game, but not enough

    After last week’s footballgame ended at half for the Peabody-Burns Warriors, the team stepped up their game this weekwhile facing the Wakefield Bombers on Friday. With the Bombers leadingmost of the game with only one touchdown on the board, Bryant Young passed the ball 11 yards to Austin Reynolds, who gave the Warriors their first touchdown of the evening in the third quarter.

  • KU to honor county scholars

    Fifteen county high school seniors will be recognized as Kansas Honor Scholars at a banquet Sept. 21 at Holiday Manor Center in McPherson. University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment sponsor the event, which recognizes students in the top 10 percent of their high school senior classes.

  • Tutoring offered at library

    Tutoring for Marion High School and Marion Middle School students will be offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning Sept.13 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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  • Calendar of Events

  • Calendar of Events

  • Klenda funeral is Saturday

    A funeral with full military honors for Air Force Major Dean A. Klenda will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen. Following Mass, a gravesite ceremony will be in the adjoining cemetery.

  • Pankratz memorial is Sept. 22

    A memorial service honoring Earl and Ruth Pankratz will be 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at Marion Christian Church. Earl and Ruth, both Marion County natives, were married Oct. 26, 1940, in Kansas City, Missouri, and lived most of their lives in the county before retiring to Newton in the 1990s.

  • TEEN to meet

    Technology Excellence in Education Network will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at USD 408 District Office, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion. For more information, call Lena Kleiner at(620) 877-0237.

  • Seniors to meet

    Mill levy requests top the agenda for a Senior Citizens of Marion County meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Lincolnville Community Center. Lincolnville seniors will serve lunch. Call the Department of Aging today for lunch reservations and by Thursday for transportation at (620)382-3580.

  • Disability group meets Monday

    A public forum will begin the monthly meeting of Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton. Consultants Kevin Bomhoff and Carri McMahon from Community Engagement Institute, Wichita State University, will be present to follow up on implementation of strategic thinking and action steps.

  • Make-and-take essential oils class is Oct. 3

    Carisa Funk and Jill Utecht will an essential oils daily routine make-and-take night at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Hillsboro City Hall. Attendees will learn how to make three items with oils to take home.


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