• Community Thanksgiving dinner cancelled

    For the past six years, the Peabody community has been treated to a free Thanksgiving dinner organized by Luba Holm-Brinkman and her family, assisted by a host of friends, volunteers, and service organizations. It was a great idea, meant to bring the community together for a meal as well as share fellowship and friendship.

  • Miles to go before they rest

    Personnel may change, but the county chorus remains the same: Roads, particularly dirt and gravel ones, are in rough shape. Road and bridge superintendent Jesse Hamm sounded a lot like predecessor Randy Crawford when he met with county commissioners Friday.

  • Cop's nose leads to drug arrest in his yard

    New Hillsboro Police officer Randy Brazil is accustomed to looking for criminals. He’s just not accustomed to finding them in his backyard. “His yard is almost like an oasis in the middle of town,” Police Chief Dan Kinning said. “He has several acres with a pond surrounded by trees.”

  • AC person builds wind energy system

    Travelers along US-77 may have noticed a bunch of small windmills with blades turning and sparkling in the sun on a farm near the Marion County Lake exit. The farm owner, Rodger Nurnberg, said a lot of curious people stop by, especially on Sunday. He has set out to build his own wind energy system in the cheapest way possible.

  • Local church auctions off pieces of history

    In with the new, out with the old. That is what Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church did when remodeling their sanctuary. After the remodel, which was finished in June, the church decided to hold an auction of items found around the church to raise money to defray renovation costs.

  • Farmers harvest corn despite moisture

    Marion area farmer Tom Oborny, 21, has been busy cutting corn even though there is standing water in places in some fields. “We weren’t really sure if we should be rolling today,” he said on Thursday. “There is water at the bottom of some terraces. Combines don’t like the mud.”

  • Wildlife more active, might come to town

    Fall’s more temperate weather makes animals, like people, more likely to be active. For those who live in town, that can mean more close encounters of the animal kind. It’s not necessary to be frightened by the sight of wildlife in town, said Cody Morris, game warden for Marion County.

  • Robson to decline Ellsworth position

    Marion County attorney Susan Robson, who soundly beat out her competitor in the August primary for Ellsworth County attorney, has changed her mind about wanting the job. In late September, Robson emailed a letter to Ellsworth County Clerk Shelly Vopat saying she won’t accept the Ellsworth County position if elected.


  • Larry Bergman

    Larry Lee Bergman, 75, died Friday at Hillsboro Community Hospital. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Durham. Family will receive guests from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

  • Jerry Gilmer

    Peabody High School graduate Marcellus “Jerry” Gilmer died Aug. 31 in Medford, Oregon. He was buried in National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Oregon.

  • Howard Goering

    Former Peabody area farmer Howard H. Goering, 89, died Sept. 28 at Buhler Sunshine Home. He was born March 16, 1927, to Henry A. and Lydia (Stucky) Goering in Moundridge.

  • E. Martin Rhodes

    E. Martin Rhodes, 81, died Sept. 27 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. A funeral service was Friday at Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. The family held a private interment.


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  • Siri, is that you?

    Have I ever mentioned my flip phone? I love my flip phone. My children convinced me a decade or so ago that I ought to have one so that I would be safe on the road. Horse pucky. They just wanted to interrupt my life with mundane questions about laundry, sick dogs, insurance premiums, how to cure a cold, and dozens of other topics that only proved the umbilical cord had been re-connected and I was going nowhere without them.

  • Taking a bath on life vests

    If someone told me they were going to sell me me a fully-tricked out Mustang if I first gave them $5,000, just imagine how I might react when they showed up with a Taurus instead. It wouldn’t be pretty. That could be the reaction of folks at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment if they get a final report from the county showing the health department spent almost $5,000 of their money on life jackets for kids.


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  • Kansans' right to hunt, fish, trap to appear on Nov. ballot

    It may surprise some outdoor enthusiasts that their right to hunt, fish, and trap is on November’s ballot. Marion hunter Chris Brewer believes hunting, trapping, and fishing are more than a right.

  • Hunter safety in 20th year at middle school

    Among the clubs Hillsboro Middle School offers students every other Friday, the most popular aims to teach kids the importance of safety when hunting. “I believe we started it in 1996,” sponsor Evan Yoder said. “(Leonard) Coryea and (Anne) Janzen and Becki (Yoder) help, and it’s definitely a popular club.”

  • It's a bird! It's a plane! it...is a bird!

    If you want to get into the patriotic spirit this election season, look no further than Marion reservoir. Office manager Torey Hett and assistant lake manager Kevin McCoy both reported spotting the first bald eagle of fall this past week, which is a little earlier than last year.

  • Winter hours for camping in effect at end of Oct.

    Those not wanting to pay fees for camping at Marion Reservoir need only to wait one more month. “At the end of October, we’ll be officially closing the campgrounds,” assistant lake manager Kevin McCoy said, “but we’ll have all the campgrounds out here for after season use.” From the end of October until April, people will be able to camp at Hillsboro, French Creek, Marion, and Cottonwood Point coves without any fees. McCoy said boat ramps will be open, but with courtesy docks due to possible ice coverage. The boat ramp at Marion Cove is closed for repairs. “All of the water-born showers and water-born toilets will be winterized,” McCoy said, “but the vault systems will be available for use.” Sewer hook-ups also will not be available, but power and water will be on unless “we have one of those Kansas cold snaps,” McCoy said. “But we’ll leave the water on as long as possible,” McCoy said.




  • Calendar of Events

  • Two local blood drives in Oct.

    Marion County will have two blood drives during the month of Oct. The first will be from 12 to 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

  • Two fundraisers during 90th alumni weekend

    Goessel Community Foundation will hold two fund-raising events during this weekend’s Goessel High School 90th Alumni Reunion. A chili cook-off will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday on Main St. north of Goessel Civic Center. Cost will be $5.

  • Goessel Harvest Giving Walk is Sunday

    The annual Goessel area Harvest Giving Walk will start at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Tabor Mennonite Church in rural Goessel. Funds raised will benefit Mennonite Central Committee food programs, as well as Tabor Mennonite Church food pantry.

  • Bead history topic at Lifelong Learning

    Kathy Richardson, a founder of IBISwomen Jewelry Design in Lindsborg will give a program at Lifelong Learning entitled “Collectible World Beads: Trade, Crafts, and Cultures on a String.” The program will begin at 9:45 a.m. Friday in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Building at Tabor College.


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