• Third time no charm for alleged serial truck thief

    Three times was once too many for a Peabody man who allegedly stole the same truck three times in three days. The first disappearance of Hillsboro resident Jeremy Wade Schadel’s 1986 GMC S-15 pickup happened between 4 p.m. Jan. 16 and 6:50 a.m. Jan. 17 from 415 S. Main St. He reported it stolen along with an H&R pump action 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition, an 18” Stihl chainsaw, and numerous other tools with a combined estimated value of $2,488.

  • Who will follow Lori Lalouette?

    Commissioner Lori Lalouette submitted her resignation from office Monday, effective March 20. Lalouette has been embattled for weeks. Fellow commissioners called for her resignation early this month because of her absences from commission meetings, and then the next blow was a committee forming to seek a recall election.

  • Alpaca store goes to market

    A unique local business, part of the Marion landscape for three years, is closing its doors. Prairie Oak Alpaca Farm store has had a “for sale” sign in front for a couple of weeks.

  • False alarm 'permitted,' but better safe than sorry, chief says

    Peabody firefighters were rousted out their routines about 10 p.m. when they were called out for a “large fire” in the 700 block of Olive St. Dispatchers reported that possibly two structures were on fire, and as trucks arrived at the scene, trees glowed bright orange as a thick pillar of smoke rose behind a two-story house and near a garage.

  • Be the "change" you wish to see: Grandfather saves loose change to give to grandchildren

    A popular Bible verse states, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” One Hillsboro resident is taking that to heart by saving up loose change for his grandkids. Eldon Wiens started saving change for his 12 grandkids more than 20 years ago. He drew inspiration from a Mennonite Central Committee sale where they were collecting pennies.

  • Brunner reacts to trade pact withdrawl

    Keeping a campaign promise, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday to withdraw from the proposed multinational trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The action quashed the hopes some county farmers and ranchers held that the trade deal would lead to an increase in agricultural exports and greater income security.

  • Commission agrees on county counselor payment

    County commissioners and former county attorney Susan Robson on Monday agreed that the county will pay Robson a flat fee of $1,800 per month over the next six months for legal services Robson will handle for the county. Her duties will include attending commission meetings, completing tax sales, and other ongoing work not finished when Robson’s term ended.


  • Tina the T-bird is an icebreaker

    While driving his 1964 Ford Thunderbird, Victor Burns of Lincolnville had stopped at a gas station along I-35 in Oklahoma when a stranger walked up to take a closer look. They struck up a conversation. “We talked about the possibility that he might have helped put the car together,” Burns said. “It was interesting. The man had lived in Michigan and worked for Ford on the Thunderbird line.”

  • Death of do-it-yourselfer?

    Changes in automotive design and tools are making it more complicated for average do-it-yourselfers to perform general maintenance on newer vehicles. Bob Williamson, store manager at CARQUEST Auto Parts in Hillsboro, has been in the auto business since the early ’90s. The shift became noticeable to him between 2005 and 2010.

  • Warming cars up not such a 'hot' idea?

    While letting a vehicle run to warm up on a cold day may seem like a good idea, some local mechanics say that practice could potentially cause the vehicle to have problems. “Sitting still, you don’t get the airflow through the radiator, and if the cooling fan doesn’t come on, it could overheat the engine,” Barry Allen of Webster Auto said. “It’s a good thing to warm them up a little bit before you just try to go, especially in severe cold, but you don’t want to leave it idle for a half an hour or something like that.”


  • Evelyn Friesen

    Former teacher and postal worker Evelyn L. “Ev” Friesen, 101, of Inman, died Friday at Pleasant View Home. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at North Inman Cemetery, Inman, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Pleasant View Home Chapel, Inman.

  • Stephen Klenda

    Stephen A. Klenda, 59, died Wednesday at the St. Luke Hospital Emergency. He was born April 15, 1957, to Leonard and Theresa (Polok) Klenda in Lincolnville.

  • Troy Moore

    Surveyor M. Troy Moore, 57, died Jan. 16 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born Aug. 4, 1959, to Charles Honeyman and Shirley Moore in Olathe, he graduated from Peabody-Burns school system in 1977, and pursued a career as a land surveyor.

  • Paul Mueller

    Paul Emil Mueller, 71, Herington, died Wednesday at his home. He was born Aug. 25, 1945, to Gerhard G. and Ruth (Utech) Mueller in Newton.

  • Hazel Selvy

    A memorial service for Hazel Selvy, 102, who died Dec. 23, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, Marion. A private inurnment will be in Marion Cemetery. A complete obituary was published Jan. 11.


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  • Moran seeks summer interns

    College students interested in public service and government can work in the nation’s capital by applying for summer internships in the office of U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran. The intern program is open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students, with preference given to Kansas residents. Interns work with Senate staff as they develop knowledge and professional skills. Full-time interns are compensated for their work.


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