• Kent Becker selected to fill commission seat

    Kent Becker of Durham is the choice of Republican electors in the county’s 1st District to fill the county commission position soon to be vacated by Lori Lalouette. Jared Jost and Craig Dodd, both of Hillsboro, also were nominated at Thursday’s district Republican meeting at the Scout House in Hillsboro. Becker won by garnering 9 out of a possible 17 votes. Jost received 5 votes, and Dodd, 3.


  • Shifting winds spark grass fire

    A quick response by a former Peabody firefighter helped to contain a grass fire Monday at 110th and Pawnee Rds. that ignited from a controlled burn. Property owner Amy Stutzman said a large pile of timber contained in a burn pit had been burning for about three or four hours without incident when she drove to Peabody for lunch, leaving behind contractors who were working on a house on the corner lot.

  • Adoptive grandparent accused of 12 sex crimes

    A grandfather who adopted his three granddaughters after his daughter was murdered by her husband has been charged with a dozen allegations of indecent liberties with a child. Jerry Thouvenell, 56, Marion, was arrested Feb. 3 by Marion police on 12 counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child younger than 14.

  • Commission likes plan but balks at funding

    Creating a countywide economic development corporation was the big idea to come out of eight months of research by the county’s economic development task force, and creating it will come with a big price tag — about $800,000 over five years from county coffers. Commissioners didn’t make a financial commitment to start the wheels turning Monday, but reacted positively to the concept.

  • Christmas truck thief caught in Arizona

    A man who allegedly amassed a $94,000 tab in stolen and damaged property on Christmas Day at the home of county residents, Merle and Michelle Flaming, is in custody after a two-month multi-state crime spree that began in Missouri, screamed through Kansas, and climaxed in Arizona with a five-hour standoff. Merle Flaming was somewhat relieved to hear the news; nevertheless, the ordeal left him questioning societies’ moral fiber.

  • Odd duck is no chicken when it comes to love

    True love and a soul mate may seem elusive to some, but the story of one odd duck and his righteous chick stand as a testament to the power and authenticity of love, even if it is a little strange sometimes. Enter Puddles.

  • Emergency responders talk radio communication

    A new radio communication system for the county’s emergency departments was the topic of discussion at a Thursday evening meeting. About 50 city and county leaders, fire department and law enforcement representatives, and other emergency responders discussed a proposed upgrade of the county’s radio system.

  • Man arrested on charges of domestic battery


  • Daryl Bartel

    Daryl E Bartel, 64, died Saturday at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro, with interment preceding the service at 1 p.m. at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jost Funeral Home.

  • Larry Bina

    A memorial service for Larry Bina will begin with a Rosary at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen. A memorial service and lunch will follow.

  • Kenneth Throop

    Kenneth L. “Ken” Throop, 80, died Feb. 7 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. Cremation has taken place. A private family service is being planned.



  • Lifelong Learning to hear about service dogs

    Janice Ronald, owner and founder of Family Dog Training and Behavioral Center in Valley Center, will talk Friday at Lifelong Learning about training service dogs, especially dogs trained to help people who suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome and traumatic brain injuries. The event begins at 9:45 a.m. in the Wohlgemuth building on Tabor campus. Attendees should park at one of the south Tabor parking lots. Golf cart shuttles will be available.

  • Senior center menu


    Snellings visit family in El Dorado


  • Lady Warriors win first game of season, 37-26

    Peabody-Burns girls won their first game of the season Monday after playing Wakefield at home, with a score of 37-26. “The win was a huge confidence boost for the team,” coach Scott Bauer said. “Canton Galva was the turning point of the season.”

  • Helmet reconditioning draws board scrutiny

    Concussions among Peabody-Burns football players were reason enough for board member Donna Glover to ask questions about reconditioning football equipment at a Feb. 8 meeting. “Travis and I had a conversation about our helmets,” Glover said. “How often do we update them and what’s the criteria for that?”

  • Students help both young, 'young at heart'

    Two Peabody-Burns High School freshmen have been spending time, one day a month, with people young and old. Adriana Newman and Lexi Schreiber have been playing BINGO once a month with residents at a local nursing home, where they offer prizes, such as puddings, gelatins, and fruit, as part of Peabody-Burn’s school’s Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club.

  • Area school menus


  • Rehabilitation program helps retrieve health

    Marion resident Claude Landis appreciates being able to get his cardiac rehabilitation close to home instead of driving to Newton for it. Landis, 79, said he didn’t pass his stress test at his cardiologist’s office in Newton.

  • Hairstyles change...but hair stylist doesn't

    Anita Weber has seen many hairstyles come and go in the 54 years she’s been serving customers at Anita’s Beauty Salon in Marion. “Now customers want different colors,” she said. “I won’t say it’s good or bad. It’s just an individual choice.”


  • Calendar of events

  • Adult coloring offered at library

    A “coloring, cookies, and conversation” event for adults will be at Marion City Library from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. Coloring pages and pencils are provided.

  • Irelanders to play McPherson

    Young Irelanders, eight performers who will perform Irish traditional music, song, and dance, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at McPherson Opera House. Tickets are $10 for students and up to $35 for general public, and may be purchased at mcphersonoperahouse.org, (620) 241-9152, or at the opera house box office.

  • Kansans sought for poetry film

    An international team of filmmakers are on the lookout for Kansans to participate in a statewide essay contest to describe the influence of poetry on their lives. Participants are invited to explain in 600 words why their favorite poem is important to them.


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