• Gallucci resigns from council

    Nothing appeared amiss about council president Megan Gallucci’s absence from Monday’s meeting until the conversation turned to interviewing a candidate to manage the pool this summer. Gallucci and Steve Rose have been the ones to handle personnel issues for the council, and would have been the ones to interview the sole applicant.

  • Break out the hoses, car wash closes

    Corey Lawson of Hutchinson, owner of Peabody’s only car wash, paid a visit to Peabody City Hall last week, and city clerk Barb Seeney told city council Monday that Lawson has abandoned it. “He has taken his equipment and he has shut it down,” Seeney said. “He said there was not enough cash flow to keep it open.”

  • Though it be but little, it is fierce

    Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three are gathered in my (God’s) name, there am I among them.” St. Paul Lutheran Church may have just 25 members attending in a month, but part-time pastor Tom Hallstrom said their group is going strong.

  • Family ties and rural life bring doctor back home

    If not for an enduring love of interaction with and helping people, Amanda Baxa might have been a mathematician or an engineer. Instead, the Tampa native and 2004 Centre High School graduate has found her way home as the newest physician at St. Luke Medical Clinic.

  • Where there's a whisk, there's a way

    Mid Kansas Co-Op Association holds an annual food drive every April, but MKC employee Scott Alcorn wanted to do more. Alcorn started selling baked goods in front of Pop’s Diner to help raise money for the Peabody food bank.

  • Organizations to hold easter egg hunts Saturday

    The annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Florence
    Chamber of Commerce will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Grandview Park. Kids 12 and under are invited to come and hunt for eggs and register for prizes.


  • Work on 190th Rd. to begin soon

    While county commissioners bemoaned delays in one project Monday, they moved ahead on another that should have cross-county traffic moving again by summer. A Wichita construction firm will soon begin work to repair 190th Rd. west of Marion, which has been closed as a safety precaution for over seven months.

  • Rogue propane flare ruins sausage

    A fitting caused a propane grill to flare up and ruin a length of sausage last week in the 300 block of Date St. in Hillsboro. Responding to a report of a propane explosion, fire chief Ben Steketee said the homeowner had extinguished the fire before fire fighters arrived.

  • Dog threats causes call for curbside mailboxes

    In response to prolonged dog threats, Marion Post Office told citizens in several parts of Marion to move their mailboxes to the curb in order to increase the safety of their postal carriers. Marion Postmaster Lori Kelsey said citizens in the 100 to 400 block of S. Freeborn St., the 100 block of Billings St., and one address on Nickerson St. had been told to move mailboxes curbside because of different dogs in each area that posed a continued threat to carriers.

  • 52-year-old man charged with sex offense

    A Hillsboro man charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child will make his first appearance in Marion County District Court on May 1. The charge against Leslie W. Hopkins, 52, Hillsboro, stems from an alleged Sept. 25 incident involving a 9-year-old.


  • Kathy Boesker

    Katherine M. “Kathy” Boesker, 65,died March 24 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita. She was born May 8, 1951, to Dick and Mary (Borovick) Sipes in Topeka. She was a registered nurse. She was preceded by two grandchildren.

  • Christine Combs

    Christine Sue (Lies) Combs died April 5 at Via Christi— St. Francis in Wichita. She was born Sept. 15, 1951, to John and Shirley (Orth) Lies in Wichita, and graduated from Andale High School.

  • Velma Martin

    Velma Rachel Martin, 95, died Friday at St. Luke Living Center. A service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen with a Rosary being recited at 10 a.m. before Mass. Interment will be at Pilsen Cemetery.

  • Lula Penner

    Lula V. Penner, 91, died Thursday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born May 30, 1925, to Peter J. and Pauline (Javorsky) Schmidt at Bessie, Oklahoma.



  • Old-school farmer has soft spot in his heart

    For more than 60 years in farming, Wilbur Leppke of rural Peabody and his wife, Helen, have sown seeds of friendship in hopes of bettering other people’s lives. The harvest hasn’t always been as hoped, but there’s satisfaction in knowing they tried. Leppke said his father, Sol, set the example for him while he was growing up. He had a heart for others in need and took them in.

  • Peacocks rule at Leppke farm

    One morning 10 or 12 years ago, an unexpected visitor appeared at the Wilbur Leppke farm in rural Peabody: a male peacock. The bird made itself at home and never left. Spring came, and he was still fanning around.

  • Vinduska visits Mexico on Kansas ag trade mission

    In the midst of uncertainty about America’s foreign trade agreements, Terry Vinduska of Marion recently had a hand in building bridges with Mexico, the largest export market for U.S. wheat and corn. Vinduska was among nine Kansans who traveled to Mexico from March 26 to 30 on an agricultural trade mission sponsored by Kansas Department of Agriculture. Vinduska represented the Kansas Corn Commission.

  • Relief effort keeps on rolling along

    Generosity from area farmers and ranchers continues to flow into parts of Kansas hard-hit by March wildfires. Shane Williams, manager of Cooperative Grain and Supply’s Canton location, said volunteers have taken truckloads of supplies three of the last four weekends to help victims of the largest wildfires in Kansas history.


  • Can't get there from here

    It was dark Monday when I left the Peabody city council meeting, and just as pulled out of town, I spied the glow of a controlled burn off to the southeast. Grassland fires in the dark are spectacular, so I turned off the highway to go take a look. It was indeed worth the drive down; I’m not so certain it was worth the drive back.


    Lake improvements noted


  • Scholarship to honor legacy of local nurse

    Chris Combs’ entire life was about caring for people. Along the way, she became a nurse who left an indelible mark on those whose lives she touched. Their number includes the colleagues she left behind at St. Luke Hospital, who established a scholarship as part of her legacy after her recent death.

  • Ferren, Ward to wed June 20

    David and Judy Ferren of Burns announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their granddaughter, Taylor Christine Ferren of Owasso, Oklahoma, to Matthew Alexander Ward of Owasso. Parents of the bride-to-be are Jeff and Trisha Eshelman of Owasso. Kelly and Brandy Ward of Owasso are parents of the prospective groom.


  • Marion/Peabody-Burns golfers improve team score

    The combined forces of Marion and Peabody-Burns high school golfers polished 29 strokes off their team score from their first to their second meet of the season. The Warriors shot a 487, finishing seventh, on Thursday at Herington and a 458 finishing fourth on Monday at Hutchinson.

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  • Democrats offer scholarships to county high school seniors

    County high school seniors planning on postsecondary education are eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Marion County Democratic Party. A $100 scholarship will be awarded to one senior from each of the county’s five high schools. Students planning to attend a university, college, community college, or technical school are eligible.

  • Easter egg hunt is Saturday

    The annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Florence
    Chamber of Commerce will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Grandview Park. Kids 12 and under are invited to come and hunt for eggs and register for prizes.

  • Seniors to convene

    The Senior Citizens of Marion County board of directors will meet at 9:30 a.m. April 21 at Tampa Senior Center. Tampa seniors will serve morning refreshments, but not lunch. Attendees may eat lunch at Tampa Grill following the meeting.

  • Disability board to meet

    A public forum will begin the monthly meeting of Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton.

  • Waste authority to meet

    A Central Kansas Regional Solid Waste Authority quarterly meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 19 at McPherson County Transfer Station, 1431 17th Ave, McPherson.

  • Historical society to meet Monday

    A tour of the Historic Elgin Hotel in Marion will highlight a Marion County Historical Society meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the hotel. Attendees will learn about county museums, historic sites and trails, and have an opportunity for input into promoting the county’s historic features.


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