• School installs new security system

    School board members completed a walk-through tour of Peabody-Burns Elementary School, including anew keyless entry system, before their meeting Sept. 14. The tour was followed in the central office by a sampling of screens showing new security camera views of both buildings. “Most of the ‘bugs’ have been worked out and we are ready to put this system to work,” Superintendent Ron Traxson said. “We have several new things in place this year that have been a bit of a challenge, but they are coming around.”

  • Citywide fall cleanup will include changes

    The city of Peabody and Waste Connections will facilitate the annual fall cleanup the week of Sept. 25 with curbside pickup early on Oct. 1. “Again the city will work with our trash service provider to provide pickup service for residential customers whose trash bills are current,” Peabody City Clerk Stephanie Lago said. “Residents may begin moving items to the curb on Sunday, but curbside pickup won’t happen until the following Saturday.”

  • Body Venture exhibit enhances learning for elementary students

    Learning healthy lifestyles is the primary focus of Body Venture, a traveling exhibit that visits elementary schools throughout Kansas. On September 15, Peabody-Burns Elementary School students from kindergarten through fifth grade got a firsthand look at how to make healthy choices and remain healthy throughout their lives.

  • Commission and candidates exchange heated comments

    County commissioner Randy Dallke’s words during last week’s meeting sparked controversy on Monday. Commission candidates Tom Britain and Dianne Novak sat quietly through Monday’s meeting until just before adjournment, when Britain rose to speak about comments made during the prior meeting.

  • Retirement reception will honor banker Avery

    A come-and-go reception Monday will recognize Shreves Avery for 40 years of banking service to the Peabody community and surrounding area. Bank customers and community members are invited to stop by the lobby during bank hours to share in refreshments and some reminiscing about “the old days.”

  • Rain causes issues, delays corn harvest

    Recent rains have caused a few hiccups in corn harvest around the county. Extension agent Ricky Roberts said moisture slows everything down.

  • Pioneer Bluffs fall festival is Oct. 1

    A harvest celebration at historic Pioneer Bluffs Flint Hills ranch will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 and will include music, family fun, and a hog roast. The afternoon will include an arts and crafts fair with handmade items, homemade food, and homegrown produce, balloon animals, giant bubbles, face painting, a petting zoo, and other activities for kids, caricatures, a silent auction, and a historic performance.


  • Klenda funeral filled with patriotism

    The blessings of heaven seemed to shine down on the funeral of Maj. Dean A. Klenda Saturday in Pilsen as a heavy, early morning fog cleared to reveal a cloudless, sunny day. Motorcycles sprouting American flags lined the streets west and north of the church prior to the 11 a.m. funeral mass at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church.

  • Donahue Ruts nominated for national register

    Several areas of the historic Santa Fe Trail that ran through Marion County from 1821 to 1866 have been accepted for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. Officially titled “Donahue’s Santa Fe Trail Segment,” it comprises several stretches of wide indentations in grassland owned by the Jim Donahue family north of Durham.

  • Remembering a century of change

    Bula Good has seen a lot of history during her 100 years of life. The Marion woman will turn 100 on Sept. 25.


  • Doris Koehn

    Doris Mae Koehn, 81, died Monday at Hillsboro Community Hospital. Family will receive guests from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Alexanderfeld Church of God In Christ Mennonite Church, one mile west and one mile south of Hillsboro.

  • Rose Martinez

    Rose Marie (Llamas) Martinez, 73, died Saturday at Kidron Bethel in North Newton. Rose was born April 2, 1943, to Guadalupe and Marian (Saenz) Llamas in Newton.


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  • Single parent lost weight for her children's sake

    As the year 2015 drew to a close, Barbara Alleven of rural Marion knew she needed to take better care of herself in order to continue to raise her three sons and see them through to adulthood. Alleven put on weight during three pregnancies, finding herself busy with cooking and looking after a family. She didn’t take time to work out, she said.

  • Experts say more rain means more allergy cases

    Whether sneezes come in a barrage of abrupt tiny noises or a bellowing “ACHOO,” the number of blessings in the county has likely gone up during this year’s round of seasonal allergies. Blame it on the rain.


  • Words we no longer use

    Several weeks ago, I wrote a column about the effects of a strong thunder and windstorm moving through Marion County late one night. The storm ripped the roof off the patio the Youngest Daughter had added to her restaurant and bar, the Coneburg Inn. In that column, I referred to the storm as a “weather kerfuffle.” Said Daughter had never heard the term kerfuffle. “What is that?” she asked.



  • PBHS band gets 1 rating at state fair

    The Peabody-Burns High School Marching Band wowed judges at the state fair parade last week, earning a coveted 1 rating. Interim band director Mike Connell was pleased with how the band performed.

  • Warriors take down Eagles

    Peabody-Burns football received their first win of the season Friday, and coach David Pickens was happy with how the evening went. “We played very hard tonight, and some good things came our way,” Pickens said.

  • Teen nails hole-in-1 that wasn't an ace at golf course

    The “grace of Gilligan’s Island” was with Marion teen Hap Waddel when he aced a penalty shot Thursday at Marion Country Club while golfing with his friend Grant Leffler. Waddel, 16, prefaced his pseudo hole-in-one with a spoiler alert of sorts.

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