• Reynolds appointed to city council

    Peabody Mayor Larry Larsen appointed Rick Reynolds to a vacancy on Peabody City Council Monday evening. “I had my sights on a couple of people I felt had the city’s interests at heart and had the time to attend meetings and work on city issues,” Larsen said. “After visiting with each, I chose Rick Reynolds to fill the spot vacated by Travis Wilson when his job description changed.”

  • Library is open again

    Rodger Charles, librarian at Peabody Township Library, has been just about the loneliest guy in town since the library embarked on a major overhaul to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “Actually, the project will finish within the framework of the time projected in the bid,” Charles said. “We re-opened Tuesday and will maintain regular hours now. There are a few loose ends to pull together, but it is essentially complete.”

  • Elliott is the comeback kid

    Chance Elliott was “in the zone” Saturday as the Peabody-Burns player fired up shots in a 3-point contest at Marion’s Sports and Aquatics Center. “I was watching the other guy warm up and I saw he wasn’t on very well, so I thought I had a chance to go win this,” Chance said.

  • Florence fire department receives grant

    Florence firefighters as well as those in neighboring departments will be cleaner and safer because of a grant from the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant program selected Florence and five other fire departments in the state to get specialized washer/extractor machines designed to remove dangerous chemicals and particulate matter from bunker gear worn to fight fires.

  • Alpine 7 gets 'stingy' for good cause

    It was a busy time last week as the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps group known as Alpine Seven rehabilitated apartments at Homestead Affordable Housing in Marion. “We got a lot of work done,” team leader Ashley White said. “We got all nine apartments done that needed to be repainted and cleaned, and an extra 11 apartments needed to have carpets ripped up, and we got all that accomplished in four and a half days.”

  • St. Luke Hospital employees raise over $136,000

    An internal drive conducted Nov. 14 to 18 at St. Luke Hospital produced pledges of $136,512 to boost the hospital’s Moving Forward Together campaign. The $1.5 million campaign will fund renovations at St. Luke Living Center and Medical Clinic scheduled to begin next year.


  • Meeting to address service needs

    A Monday meeting in Marion will address needs of developmentally disabled residents. Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization board of directors will meet at 4 p.m. Monday at Marion Community Center Ballroom, 203 N. 3rd St.

  • Man arrested on multiple charges

    Sheriff’s deputies arrested Peabody resident Timothy Hahn, 62, on suspicion of domestic battery, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia Dec. 7. Sheriff Robert Craft declined to comment further, noting that the case had not yet gone to court.


  • Palmer Base

    Former farmer and dairyman Palmer Base, 88, died Saturday at Salina Regional Health Center. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Temple Church, Gypsum. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Peace Valley Cemetery, rural Roxbury. Family will receive guests from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church before the service.

  • Charles Carlson

    Charles Carlson, 91, died Dec. 6 at Herington Municipal Hospital. He was born April 26, 1925, to Algot R. and Sadie L. Carlson north of Burdick.

  • Tom Reid

    A service is today at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Florence, with the Rosary being recited at 10 a.m., and a funeral mass beginning at 10:30 a.m. A committal service will be at 1:30 p.m. at Tampa Lutheran Cemetery in Tampa.

  • Elsie Reiswig

    Elsie E. Reiswig, 80, died Dec. 6 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born on Oct. 23, 1936, to Elmer and Emma (Martz) Abell in Kansas City, Kansas. She attended school in Olathe.


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  • Help me decide about our Christmas lights

    After all the complaining I did about getting the downtown Christmas lights turned on, it appears that they all are up and running in fine fashion. The bulbs are glowing and the timers are working as they should every night. Thanks to the friendly and competent guys from Funk Electric in Hillsboro, we are well decorated for the 2016 holiday season.


  • Odds'n Ends lights up for Christmas

    Odds’n Ends owner Peni Ens loves lights, and there’s no clearer sign of that then to drive by the business on Main St. and see it decked out in holiday flair. “You can tell that I love Christmas lights,” Ens said.

  • Higgins family has early Christmas gathering

    The Higgins family met Sunday at Marion Senior Center for its annual Christmas dinner. Those who attended were Ken and Marla Bowers, St. Louis, Missouri; Georgia Higgins and Tracy Higgins, El Dorado; Gail and Sandra Dody, Brad Dody and Missy Vance, Kara Dody, Karen Smith, and Margie Talbott, all of Wichita.

  • Foundation opens new grant cycle

    Community organizations with a project or program to enhance Peabody and its residents may apply for a grant from Peabody Community Foundation for its 2017 grant cycle. Grants are available from the Peabody Endowment Fund and the Kansas Health Fund. Applications for the latter fund must be for projects related to health.

  • Senior center menu


    Alicia Mueller

    Social visits and new arrivals


  • Just one of three named SCKMEA Teacher of the Year

    At Kansas Music Educators Association conventions, high school students have the honor of performing in honor choir or band, but a local music teacher brought home an award from a recent regional meeting. Hillsboro High School choir director Lynn Just was one of three to win an outstanding music educator award for 2016-17 from South Central KMEA on Dec. 3.

  • School menus


  • Adams to end longest run as co-op manager

    A five-year plan turned into a 31-year run at Cooperative Grain and Supply for manager Lyman Adams. He joined the grain cooperative in January 1986 and will retire in the next month or two.

  • Home care might become necessary

    Home care might become more of a trend in health care, according to Jaynette Miller, APRN at St. Luke Medical Center in Marion. “I think home care will be looked at more frequently,” Miller said. “It just appears to be necessary with the associated cost of some care facilities.”


  • Boys, girls place 6th in tournament

    Both Peabody-Burns boys and girl’s basketball teams placed 6th Saturday at the Marion Classic after losing a game to determine 5th place against Wichita Homeschool. In the tournament, the Warriors first games were played against the Eureka Tornadoes on Tuesday. Girls lost 18-37, while boys lost 18-58.


  • Calendar of Events

  • International children's choir performs Sunday

    International children’s choir His Little Feet will perform at a community Christmas service at 6 p.m. Sunday at USD 408 Performing Arts Center. The choir of children ages 6 to 12 are orphaned and rescued from Ethiopia, Haiti, India, and Kenya. While the children are a part of the choir, they participate in His Little Feet’s nationwide “Sons and Daughters” international children’s choir tour.

  • "A Christmas Carol" coming to McPherson

    A unique nationally touring adaptation of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Monday at McPherson Opera House. Tickets range from $25 to $35, or $10 for students.

  • TEEN to have Dec. 21 phone conference

    Technology Excellence in Education Network (TEEN) will initiate a phone conference at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 from USD 410 Central Office in Hillsboro. For questions or more information, please call Lena Kleiner at (620) 877-0237.

  • Commodities available in Marion

    Government surplus commodities will arrive at the Marion Senior Center and be distributed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at Marion Senior Center. If no commodities are left, call the Department of Aging at (620) 382-3580.


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