• Slater answers the call to law enforcement

  • Vintage to add Whitewater bank

    Vintage Bank, which last year purchased Peabody State Bank, is expanding to Whitewater. The bank announced last week that it intends to purchase Bank of Whitewater, subject to regulatory approval. The sale is expected to close later this year.

  • Commission confronted about ambulance service

    Hillsboro officials on Monday expanded their public campaign for more ambulance staffing in Hillsboro when a contingent of 10 community members appeared before the county commission. However, with one-third of the days when Hillsboro’s ambulance will not be staffed this month already having passed, no significant problems have been noted. On one of the days, there were no calls in the Hillsboro area. On another day, the only call was an inter-hospital transfer handled by another county ambulance.

  • Marshmallows to landing strip

    Would county commissioners spend $35,000 to install a hard-surface runway for remote-controlled airplanes over the world record marshmallow roast burn pit at the county lake? “It’s just common sense that this commission doesn’t do $35,000 for something like that,” Commissioner Randy Dallke said last week.


  • Farmer says rye grass ground cover improves soil

    People living west and north of Lincolnville may have noticed fields of tall, thick plants that were lush and dark green, then turned brown after being sprayed. Those fields were planted into rye grass by Shane Svitak and his father and Svitak thinks it is improving the porousness of the soil.

  • Tabor instructor to participate in prairie art program

    Tabor professor Shin-hee Chin has been selected to participate in this year’s Tallgrass Artist Residency program developed in 2016 by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. Sunday through May 31, she will give public presentations, talks, workshops, demonstrations, or performances at various locations.


  • Theodore Heath

    A graveside committal service for Peabody native Theodore “Doug” Heath Jr., 84, who died April 29 in Camarillo, California, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody He was born May 24, 1933, to John and Myra (Fryburgher) Heath in Peabody. He was a graduate of Kansas State University and was a retired veterinarian.

  • Helen Murray

    Former Burns teacher Helen L. Murray, 93, Newton, died Sunday. Born June 2, 1923, to Ernest and Carrie (Spiller)Farrar at Norwich, she attended school in Norwich and received an associate’s degree from Southwestern College and taught for two years in Burns.

  • Carolyn Woerz

    Carolyn B. Woerz, 84, died May 10 at Marion Assisted Living. Born Aug. 4, 1932, to Richard and Claudia Bernice (Walthall) Hoffman in Kansas City, Kansas, she graduated from Wyandotte High School and Kansas City Junior College. After graduation, she taught school in Kansas City, Kansas.


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  • Coping with an uptick in outdoor parasites

    Health authorities are predicting a robust number of ticks and rising rates of tick-borne illnesses through September. Scott Amos, a public land manager for Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, encountered a lot of ticks last month.

  • Middle schoolers learn to avoid drugs

    How to achieve a “natural high” was the focus of a family fun night for middle schoolers and parents April 26. The event, sponsored by Peabody-Burns High School Teens Against Drugs and Alcohol, included student presentations, videos, and literature about positive alternatives to drug use.


  • A room with a view

    I’m probably the only person who can tell you right off the bat how many stairs lead up to the north courthouse entrance. That would be 10, unless you don’t want to count the final step up as a stair; then it would be nine. Would you like to know what bargains are hitting the shelves of St. Luke Auxiliary Shoppe next? Call me.


    Residents attend alumni dinner, wedding

    Counting telephone poles


  • Couple plans June wedding

    The parents of 2016 Marion High School graduates Katie Kay Nordquist and Wesley Allen Dicks have announced their children’s engagement and approaching marriage. The bride-elect is a student at Butler Community College in El Dorado. The future groom is employed at Hillsboro Industries.

  • Christensens to celebrate 60th anniversary

    The children of Eugene and Marge Christensen have invited people to attend a celebration of their parents’ 60th wedding anniversary from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Wesley Center at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. The Christensens were married May19, 1957, in the Evangelical Church in Marion.

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  • Hillsboro/Peabody-Burns to face marion in regional

    School classifications and season records go out the window today when the Hillsboro/Peabody-Burns baseball team plays Marion/Centre at 1 p.m. in second round regional action at Southeast of Saline. It’s a rematch of an early season doubleheader that Marion won 6-5 and 13-3. Marion enters as the favorite with an 18-1 record, No. 1 seed, and first-round bye.

  • 20 teams to compete in softball tourney

    Twenty traveling teams from across Kansas will participate in a fast-pitch softball tournament for girls 12 and younger Saturday at Hillsboro. Additional games will be played at Canton-Galva. In the past, they often were scheduled for Marion. However, tournament sponsor Doug Sisk, who also is Hillsboro’s recreation director, said Marion’s sports complex was not available this year.

  • 2 place at league track meet

    Andrew Wedel placed second in shot put, and Kallie Hutchinson placed fourth in javelin to provide the only scoring for Peabody-Burns at Friday’s Wheat State League track meet in Goessel. The boys’ and girls’ teams both finished in last place in the 11-team league standings. However, they could do better facing off against only 1A schools in Friday’s regional meet in Burlington. Top four finishers in that meet will go to state.

  • Golfers compete in regionals

    In his first and final year golfing for Marion High School, senior Ryan Cochran shot a 98 to place ninth of 39 golfers Monday at regionals in Marion and qualify for the 3A state golf tournament. “Ryan has worked as hard as or harder than any golfer we’ve ever had,” principal Tod Gordon said. “It is exciting to see him succeed.”

  • Peabody-Burns golfer qualifies for state

    Peabody-Burns student Pablo Verdugo earned a chance to tee off at state after he shot 108 to place 17th in regional competition Monday in Hutchinson. “Pablo came a long way, as he was a foreign exchange student and this was his first exposure to golf,” coach Scott Bauer said. As a team, the Warriors shot a 492 at regional competition.

  • Tabor hands out student, faculty honors

    Two students and a faculty member received special recognition at Tabor College’s annual honors convocation Thursday. Senior Maryn Robson of Sterling and junior Braden Vix of Sawyer, North Dakota, were recipients of Hiebert Outstanding Student Merit Awards.


  • Pilsen Cemetery plans service

    Military honors, a speech, and musical performances will highlight Memorial Day ceremonies at Pilsen Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. May 29. American Legion will provide a rifle salute. Deanna Klenda will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. After those assembled sing “God Bless America,” William Benda will speak and read a veterans’ honor roll, and Klenda will place a wreath. “Taps” will be sung by Mary Griffith, accompanied on trumpet by Adam Makovec.

  • Weekly horseshoes games begin Thursday

    A series of free summer horseshoes games will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in Marion Central Park. Games will start as a casual social situation but may evolve into tournaments.

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