• McCarty resigns as EMS director

    County EMS director Brandy McCarty resigned Monday, following a 35-minute executive session with commissioners that included attorney Susan Robson, medical director Don Hodson, and EMS advisory board chairman Gene Winkler. “She felt that if we’re going to go forward that it’s time for new leadership and we need to take a different approach to how we’re going to do it,” Chairman Dan Holub said in accepting McCarty’s resignation.

  • Robson trades raise for assistance

    County attorney Susan Robson decided she needed help more than a $6,000 raise, and commissioners Monday agreed to her request to divert the money to be used for hiring an assistant attorney. “The way it is now, I don’t have anybody who can help me cover,” Robson said. “While a raise is nice and appreciated, having help would be even more appreciated.”


  • Peabody woman, grandkids injured in wreck

    Three people were injured in a one-car accident Nov. 5 near 40th and Old Mill Rds. Betty Ford, Peabody, was driving eastbound on 40th Rd. when she lost control of her vehicle at the intersection of 40th and Old Mill Rds. as she slowed for a stop sign. Her grandchildren Taylor Henderson, 18, and Joshua Henderson, 17, were with her.

  • 3 busted in drug bust

    Three individuals were jailed on drug-related charges Friday night, the culmination of a nearly eight-month investigation by Peabody police. Peabody officers, assisted by Marion police, Marion County Sheriff’s officers, and Peabody EMS personnel, executed a search warrant at 710 N. Locust St. in Peabody.

  • Kansas Main Street program back in action

    United States Department of Agriculture and National Main Street announced Nov. 4 that USDA awarded Kansas Main Street, Inc. a Rural Development Grant to restart the Kansas program to benefit communities and entrepreneurs in Kansas. In a presentation at Emporia, Senator Jerry Moran and USDA representative Patty Clark announced the initiative.

  • Peabody-Burns to present 'Schoolhouse Rock Live!'

    Peabody-Burns students will sing a variety of memorable and imaginative songs when they perform “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” this weekend at Brown Gymnasium. Play director Laura Leitnaker said the one-act musical is based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught a variety of subjects through its use of songs.

  • Man attacked with box cutter, survives

    A Marion man sustained a “significant” throat laceration allegedly inflicted by a box cutter during a fight with a Marion woman’s ex-boyfriend. The alleged altercation occurred at approximately 8:26 p.m. Oct. 27 at 623 S. Roosevelt, according to Marion Police.

  • 'Biker elves' ride at Toy Run

    A band of leather-clad “biker elves” roared down the road toting toys for underprivileged children Saturday afternoon

  • Community Christmas undeterred by Marion Chamber troubles

    The supplies are beginning to pile up in a corner of Margo Yates’s office, as they do every year. Community Christmas, an event under the Marion Chamber of Commerce umbrella, will go off without a hitch, Yates said. As for the future of Community Christmas beyond when the chamber disbands Dec. 31, the supplies will continue to pile up as usual. Yates knows they will, she just doesn’t know whether it’ll be in the same corner of her office where they’ve been this time of year as far back as she can remember.

  • Aspirations of grandeur for video-blogger

    Florence teen Daniel Higgins has no shortage of ambition. He wants to do great deeds in the digital world of online gaming. Higgins has a overwhelming passion for the intensity of first-person shooters like the “Call of Duty” series and “Destiny,” as well as an considerable attraction to strategy and open world games like “Stormfall: Age of War” and “Minecraft.”


  • Magdalen Dvorak

    Magdalen M. Dvorak, 96, died Nov. 3 at the St. Luke Hospital in Marion. The Rosary was recited Friday at Zeiner Funeral Home of Marion. The funeral Mass was Saturday at Holy Family Parish, St. John Nepomucene Church of Pilsen. Interment followed at Pilsen Cemetery.

  • Bennett Holub

    Bennett L. “Ben” Holub, 56, died Nov. 2 at home. Services will be Friday at St. John Nepomucene Church, Holy Family Parish, Pilsen, with the Rosary at 10 a.m. and funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Inurnment will follow in Pilsen Cemetery.


    Neysa Eberhard



  • Ex-trucker's small herd makes nice retirement income

    Lloyd Meier of rural Marion was recovering from heart surgery when he bought a registered Gelbvieh bull to use on his 30 commercial cows. Now, 23 years later, the 61-year-old cattleman has a purebred Gelbvieh herd that he developed from that first bull.

  • Milo and soybeans update

    Farmers are turning attention from soybeans harvest to cutting milo across Marion County. Phil Timken, location manager for Mid Kansas Coop Association in Peabody, said about 99-percent of soybean crops surrounding Peabody have been cut, but weather and pests have slowed milo harvest.

  • Veterinarians co-opted to fight bacteria

    Marion veterinarian Jessica Laurin had more than 100 friends join her for dinner Thursday at Lincolnville Community Center, and she prepared the main course: 60 pounds of slow-cooked beef shoulder clods. As Laurin walked among the crowd, some asked for her recipe. None asked if there were any antibiotics in the meat.

  • Merger of co-ops approved

    Stockholders of Agri Producers Inc., Tampa, overwhelmingly approved a merger with Alida Pearl Co-op of Chapman and North Central Kansas Co-op of Hope. At a special meeting Nov. 4 in Tampa, the vote was 148-1 in favor of the merger. The new co-op, which will launch March 1, will be known as Agri Trails Co-op, Inc. It will be headquartered in Hope. Kelly Novak of Tampa will be chairman of the board.


  • Tossing in my two cents

    My six regular readers might have noticed that there was nothing with my name attached to it on this page in the past week’s edition of the Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. It was not because I got all shy and decided to keep my mouth shut. No, I had an opinion about the success of our Halloween evening events — recognizing costume and decorated trunk winners and other affirmative participation. I was all about it and thought the column took care of a Halloween commentary. When I wrote it, I was aware that my immediate superior in Marion was putting together a rather fiery and pointed column about Marion County’s EMS situation. However, I didn’t know until late on Tuesday night that he had so much to say. Shortly before the production crew sent the final copy off to be printed, David Colburn called to tell me there just wasn’t enough space available on the PGB opinion page for two editorials. When your immediate superior calls to tell you that and one editorial is his and one is yours, what do you say?

  • Honoring by advocating

    It was originally Armistice Day, not Veterans Day, meant to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when Allied forces and Germany signed the treaty that effectively brought World War I to an end. Only astute students of history pay much attention to that these days, as World War I has been eclipsed by other wars, time, and the passing of all its heroes, the last in 2012.


    Doing the right thing



  • Calendar of Events

  • Cemetery board to meet

    Prairie Lawn Cemetery board will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at Peabody City Building. Topics for discussion or action will be payroll and payables, burials, and any cemetery concerns, suggestions, or problems.

  • TEEN to meet


  • Paradise Lost, WWI postcards delivered

    Betty Ireland of Florence doesn’t like to answer calls with unfamiliar numbers. One day in mid-October, Ireland got such a call. She didn’t answer. She ignored another from the same number the next day.

  • War memories still trouble Vietnam vet

    Being a soldier on an army base in South Vietnam during the Vietnamese War meant having a gun handy at all times, Ron Hajek of Lost Springs recalled. He wasn’t a combat soldier but worked as a mechanic maintaining army trucks. Even so, he never felt safe.

  • Wall honors fallen soldiers

    “Remembering the Fallen,” a traveling wall honoring service members from Kansas who have died in wars since the September 11 terror attacks, arrived Sunday in Hillsboro for a weeklong display at Hillsboro American Legion Post 366. Post information officer Randy Frank coordinated the memorial’s visit, and his efforts were as personal as they were patriotic.


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