• Dollar General clears zoning commission

    After a somewhat discombobulated start Monday, the city planning and zoning commission unanimously passed a rezoning application that paves the way for Dollar General to come to town. City council could give final approval to the change at next Monday’s meeting.

  • Frantic late-night rollover search a hoax

    The dispatch received at 12:45 a.m. Monday by Peabody ambulance, fire, rescue, police, and sheriff’s deputies was urgent. A female motorist had called 911 to report that she was pinned in a rolled-over vehicle in a ditch along US-50 somewhere between Walton and Peabody.

  • Violent intruder lacerated, arrested

    A violent domestic disturbance led to a life-threatening injury and eventual arrest of a Peabody man last week. At approximately 6 p.m. March 15, Peabody police investigated a disturbance at 310 N. Elm St. at which a bleeding Matthew Kangas was allegedly restrained, treated, rushed to a Wichita hospital.

  • Suspect with multiple charges meanders into court system

    A total of 12 charges brought Monday against Matthew Kangas of Peabody brought the total number of charges filed against him in the past 12 months to 30, yet he walked free Friday on $25,000 bond. The litany of court and prosecutorial actions illustrate the challenges of navigating the court system. Kangas has been found guilty but is yet to be sentenced on any of the prior cases against him.

  • Garage burns down, melts house siding

    A Peabody garage that burned to the ground melted siding on a neighboring house and seriously damaged a ski boat early Sunday morning at 201 Olive St. First on scene, Peabody fire chief Mark Penner said the garage was fully engulfed and the owner was outside with a garden hose attempting to battle the blaze without much luck.

  • Tempers flare during county meeting

    Monday’s county commission meeting was like watching an old Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots game. Commissioner Randy Dallke complained that lake resident Garry Dunnegan had cut a tree and dumped rocks at Marion County Park and Lake, and Dallke wanted the county to press charges against him.


  • Dead trees and pack rats challenge firefighters

  • County commissioners select radios for responders, talk roads

    County emergency responders will get Motorola 800 MHz radios at a cost of $234,060, but when the radios will arrive and how soon they’ll be in use is anybody’s guess. Sheriff Rob Craft shared estimates from four radio companies with commissioners Monday. Motorola radios were the lowest price for 93 portable and 23 mobile radios for the sheriff’s office, emergency management, emergency medical service, dispatch, and health departments, plus configuration of the dispatch center. Additionally, Craft said, Motorola radios have paging capability the other radio systems don’t offer.

  • Slithering snakes seeking spring

    While some are shivering from the cold in the winter, rural Hillsboro resident Megan Hein was shivering from fear when she and her husband Nick found where a lot of snakes were hiding from the cold: their water meter. “In the water meter there were probably 30 to 40 snakes,” Hein said. “You couldn’t even read the meter because they were literally covering the whole bottom of the meter and they were piled on top of one another.”

  • Charlie or Jenny may be creeping into your lawn

    A pesky, perennial weed that sports pretty, little blue-violet flowers shows up in abundance each spring in lawns and gardens. It’s scientific name is glechoma hederacea, but it is commonly known as creeping Charlie, creeping Jenny, or ground ivy. This weed spreads easily and vigorously and will take over if not controlled.

  • Medical providers keep eye on Medicaid expansion bill

    Many healthcare eyes are watching a bill that would expand Medicaid eligibility in Kansas and bring some relief to both medical providers and patients in the county. The Kansas Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare now has in its hands a bill that, if passed, would expand Medicaid eligibility. The bill passed last month in the House.


  • Bill Berry

    Billie D. “Bill” Berry, 66, of Florence, died Feb. 25 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita after a battle with cancer. Berry was born Dec. 26, 1950, to Chet and Flora Berry on the family farm near Harveyville.

  • Geraldine Grentz

    Geraldine “Geri” Grentz, 85, died March 17 at her home. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Aulne Methodist Church.

  • Roy Funk

    Roy Funk, 94, died Saturday at Bethesda Home in Goessel. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel. Interment will precede the service at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Haven of Rest Cemetery, Hillsboro.

  • Larry Lago

    Larry Lynn Lago, 70, Peabody, husband of Stephanie Ax-Lago, died Sunday at Via Christi – St. Francis in Wichita. No services are planned. A full obituary will be published next week.

  • Gaylon Lueker

    Gaylon Keith Lueker, 79, of Junction City, died March 11 at Memorial Hospital in Abilene. He was born April 11, 1937, to Clemens A. and Florence K. (Longhofer) Lueker at Lost Springs.

  • Marjorie Zuercher

    Marjorie K. Zuercher, 95, died March 15 at Wheat State Manor in Whitewater. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Whitewater Community Church in Whitewater.


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  • Growing pains

    If you’ve read our front-page story on the matter, you know that there was a bit of a tiff at Monday’s county commission meeting, and if you’ve paid much attention at all, you, like me, saw this one coming. If there was one thing central to Dianne Novak’s campaign, it was that she represented new blood that would chart an independent course. She’s worked hard to do just that.


  • Riedy to leave extension office

    Since October of 2014, various county groups have gotten to know Renae Riedy as their family consumer and science agent for the Kansas State University extension office in Marion. As of March 31, Riedy will say farewell as she starts a new adventure at the extension office in Dickenson County, where she lives on a farm with her family.

  • Stenzels to celebrate 50 years

    Don and Betty Stenzel of Marion will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this upcoming weekend. They were married March 26, 1967, at Strassburg Baptist Church in Marion.

  • Card shower requested for Stroda's 87th birthday

    The family of Margaret (Margie) Stroda of Ramona requests a card shower in honor of her 87th birthday. She was born April 2, 1930. Cards may be sent to P.O. Box 95, Ramona KS 76475.

  • Nicodemus 'free' births topic of meeting

    Angela Bates, executive director of the Nicodemus Historical Society, will present a program on “Children of the Promised Land” at 7 p.m. April 3 at Remington High School. In a pictorial history of the small, unincorporated town of Nicodemus, Bates explores the unique experiences of the children of Nicodemus who were the first members of their families born free from the physical and psychological effects of slavery.

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  • $12,000 4-H scholarship deadline is March 31

    Kansas 4-H students who have participated in the program for three or more years have until March 31 to apply for a college scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. The Vanier Family Scholarship is valued at $12,000 per year for youth attending four-year universities, and $7,000 per year for those attending two-year technical schools or community colleges. Those applying must be planning to enroll full-time.

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  • Calendar of events

  • Parkview hymn sing is Sunday

    Favorite hymns old and new will resound with a community “Hymn Sing” 7 p.m. Sunday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, 610 S. Main St., Hillsboro. The service of musical worship through preselected hymns and songs chosen by the congregation is open to the public. There also will be several musical numbers from the community. For additional information, contact Caryl Wiebe at (620) 382-7520.

  • Hear Dr. Seuss at library on Friday

    Marion City Library will have a Dr. Seuess storytime at 10 to 11 a.m. Friday for children ages 3 to 8. The session will feature Seuss stories, crafts, and snacks. For more information, call (620) 382-2442.


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