• Up in smoke

    Colorado marijuana is likely being smoked in Marion County, but local law enforcement said it is difficult to prove where pot actually comes from. “There is no doubt in my mind that we have usage of marijuana here,” county Sheriff Robert Craft said, “We believe we know where a lot of the marijuana in the county comes from but it is difficult to know where that source obtains it.”

  • 20 years since "Mars Attack"ed Burns

    As some drive by the city of Burns in the far southeastern corner of the county, they may not think much of the town of 228. For Hillsboro Middle/High School choir director Lynn Just, she thinks of the 1996 Tim Burton film “Mars Attacks!,” and her time spent as an extra on the movie set.

  • District takes long aim at accreditation

    Peabody-Burns Board of Education members approved a road map of six sets of long- and short-term goals Oct. 12. “Goals in these categories must work to the fifth year of the plan for successful accreditation,” Superintendent Ron Traxson said. “This year, 2016-17, is zero year and the aim of zero year is to establish a successful five-year program.”

  • Man balks at road closure

    County commissioners made a compromise decision on the closure of Limestone Rd. between 80th Rd. and U.S. 50 after hearing what a county resident had to say during a public hearing Monday. Shane Rives, whose residence is reached directly via the portion of road commissioners want to close, came to voice his objections to closure. Rives offered to do some of the repair work himself if commissioners would permit the road to stay open.

  • Family Halloween party for spooky good times

    A boxed or canned food item will get family members into a fun-for-all Halloween party at 4 p.m. Oct. 29 in the north room of the American Legion Hall downtown. A family Halloween party is planned featuring a costume contest, age-appropriate movies, and hot dogs, popcorn, and cider. The event is sponsored by Peabody American Legion Auxiliary.

  • Fall increases chances of deer-vehicle accidents

    Deer-vehicle accidents typically rise in autumn because of the onset of mating season. Hillsboro resident Kathryn Glanzer learned this after she struck a deer the evening of Sept. 28 after leaving Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church on Kanza Rd.


  • Police investigate underage golf cart racing

    Multiple reports of underage drivers careening down city streets and alleys in golf carts recently prompted Marion police to send out a reminder about a city ordinance. Officer Duane McCarty investigated complaints from concerned citizens in several parts of town.

  • Virtual lawyers will answer questions

    A new program provides help for low-income Kansans needing answers to legal questions. Free Legal Answers, online at Kansas.freelegalanswers.org, lets people ask questions and get answers from lawyers.

  • Police investigate 911 misuse

    Hillsboro police investigated misuse of the emergency telephone number 911 on Friday. “It was a small child who called 911 several times,” police chief Dan Kinning said. “The kid was just playing with the phone.”


  • Judith Creamer

    Judith C. “Judy” Creamer, 69, Florence, died Sunday at St. Luke Hospital. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Florence United Methodist Church. A memorial graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence.

  • David Fast

    David Fast, 86, died Thursday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. He was born Feb. 27, 1930, to David and Elizabeth (Suderman) Fast at Adams, Oklahoma.


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  • Opinion column feedback is fun

    This might be one of those weeks when readers have crawled out of the woodwork to share comments and opinions about this column. Sometimes I think perhaps my six regular readers have abandoned me and gone elsewhere for news — like to the New York Times or the Chicago Tribune, you know? There are long dry spells when no one says “boo” about my opinion and that is a bit frustrating. I count on those six regular readers to keep me up to speed and I appreciate their input.


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  • Sieberts celebrate 50th anniversary Oct. 22

    Jerry Siebert and Micki Scharenberg-Siebert of Cedar Point will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 22. They have three sons, Todd Siebert and wife, Lori, of Marion, Ty Siebert and wife, LeighAnn, of Baldwin City, and adopted son Roger Hoffner and wife, Tina, of Marion; and eight grandchildren.

  • Deineses hold family reunion

    The family of Phillip Deines Sr. met for their 31st annual reunion Oct. 9 at Lincolnville Community Building. Those attending included Doug Stout and Carly, Brian Stout, Lizza Stout, all of McPherson; Gene Scheikofsky, Anita Albright, Harold Albright Jr., Gallard and Regina Albright, Brent and Angie Albright, all of Wichita; Susan Stewart of Clearwater; Dale and Linda Deines, Fred and Addie Warns, Bill Hubnick, Sandra Kinkler and Avery, all of Salina; Imogene Goodman of Marion; Terry and Julie Deines, Dylan and Carly, Merv and Leona Deines, all of Ramona; Kevin Stout of Abilene; and Wildon and Rosemary Deines of Herington.

  • Florence library schedules bingo night Oct. 29

    A bingo night and pulled pork meal as a fundraiser for Florence Public Library is scheduled for 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at the American Legion in Florence. There will be prizes. The event is open to the public.

  • Tabor to perform Comedy of Errors this weekend

    This weekend, Hillsboro will be filled with alumni, family, and friends as Tabor College celebrates homecoming. Along with the football game and alumni dinner, Tabor will also perform William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors.” Juniors Molly Wiebe, who will play Dromio of Syracuse, and Reuven Isaac, who will play Antipholus of Syracuse, both have never performed a full Shakespeare play before, but want the audience to know that it’s not dramatic Shakespeare.

  • New feed regulation will cost cattlemen more

  • Senior center menu

  • BURNS:

    Gaines and Nightengale weddings reported


  • Warriors defeat Udall, 52-6

    The Peabody-Burns Warriors defeated Udall Eagles during Friday’s game 52-6. Quarterback Bryant Young wore the number 16 jersey during the game in honor of player Chance Elliott, who, as a result of an injury last week, is out for the season.

  • Church preschool looking for coat donations

    Colder weather means coats are coming out of closets, and Stepping Stones Preschool and Valley United Methodist Church are looking for coat donations. The idea started after Valley United Methodist Church administrative assistant Joni Riemann talked with Stepping Stones Preschool director Tristan Koop about having coats on hand for when children go out for recess.

  • Area school menu


  • Diverse activity programs can benefit facility residents

    A heightened sense of community, improved health, reduced medication, continual learning, and happiness are outcomes diverse activity programs can have on residents of assisted living facilities, according to county officials. Amanda Kerr, director of nursing services, said Peabody Health and Rehab incorporates many traditional activities like bingo, Bible study, and Wheel of Fortune into residents’ routines.

  • Seniors recall early pranks

    Not only is Halloween a night for getting a bag full of candy, it’s also a traditional night for pranks. Over the years, the pranks have changed, but seniors still smile remembering the pranks of their youth, even though some don’t want to tell on themselves.


  • Calendar of Events

  • Marion County Toy Run is Nov. 5

    The 23rd Marion County Toy Run will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at SherBowl Lanes in Marion. Toys will be collected for distribution at Hillsboro State Bank, followed by an auction and chili feed at Hillsboro American Legion Post #366.


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