• Co-op worker found dead near elevator

    A longtime Mid-Kansas Cooperative employee was found dead Monday outside the company’s Peabody grain elevator. A passer-by reported seeing a man lying on the ground near the elevator shortly before 8 a.m.

  • Council appoints new corporation representative

    Peabody City Council held a special meeting Monday to appoint a new representative for the Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation after learning that one of the two appointed last week is ineligible. Morgan Marler, appointed last week along with Hannah Bourbon, cannot serve on the corporation board because employees of any member government body are prohibited. Marler senior water technician for the city of Hillsboro.

  • Greeters welcome children at schoolhouse doors

    Several community volunteers make a small effort that can make a big difference in the lives of Peabody-Burns elementary students. Monday through Thursday, volunteers greet students at the door of the school, giving a smile or a hug to the students to start their day the right way.

  • Without a deal, Florence depot slated for demolition

    Townsfolk smarting from watching the former Florence Memorial High School building being demolished may soon see another historic old building, the Florence train depot, meet the same fate. Bob Rusk of Wichita, president of Florence Community Foundation, has been dealing with Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad for the better part of a decade, hoping to strike a deal and find the resources to save and restore the depot. A solution has been a moving target, Rusk said.

  • Peabody driver rolls loaded cement truck

    A loaded cement mixer headed to a job site Tuesday didn’t make the curve at Main and Cedar Streets, toppling onto its side and blocking the road for about three hours. “He was just going way too fast for the curve and dumped it over,” sheriff’s deputy Mike Ottensmeier said. “When he hit the pavement he had to hit hard because there was 10 yards of concrete in that truck.”


  • Rainbow flag generates ire, support

    A rainbow flag painted by a Marion High School student on his assigned parking spot on Lincoln St. last week sparked negative reactions and vandalism from some and an outpouring of support from others. Logan Waner’s painting of a symbol of unity and pride used by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community was pre-approved by MHS Principal Tod Gordon as part of the school’s tradition of allowing seniors to paint their parking spots.

  • 330th Rd. fix starts Monday

    Work on fixing 330th Rd. will begin Monday after commissioners accepted bids Friday for roadwork and ditch grading that should be completed before Christmas. Commissioners awarded the work to Bob Bergkamp to rebuild the road’s base and put down a 3-inch asphalt overlay for just over $2 million, and another $118,000 to grade the ditches at the same time.


  • Delano F. O'Dell

    Services for longtime Florence Police Chief Delano F. O’Dell, 83, who died Sunday at St. Luke Living Center in Marion, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery at Florence. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. He was born Aug. 4, 1934, to Orvis and Thelma Barlow O’Dell at Garden City.

  • Betty Bernhardt

    Services for former teacher Betty Bernhardt, 96, who died Friday at Salem Home in Hillsboro, were Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro. Interment was at Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Born May 6, 1921, to Albert and Elizabeth (Hiebert) Vogt in Elyria, she married Alvin Bernhardt, who died in 1975. Survivors include son Kenneth Bernhardt of St. Petersburg, Florida; and a granddaughter.


    Elsie Mae Shcmidt



  • Shooting and cleaning go hand-in-hand

    There’s little Chisholm Trail Outfitters owner Craig Dodd hasn’t seen when it comes to guns that are in poor condition. However, a farmer recently brought in a rifle he carries in his truck, and it’s proved to be a real head-shaker. “That is the grimiest, worst gun,” Dodd said. “I have never seen one this dirty. It’s like felt with oil and grease. I’m surprised it even shoots.”

  • Outdoor havens draw people into fresh air

    Near or far, county residents like their time outdoors. Whether the outdoors spots are within county boundary lines or a five-hour drive away, each has its own charm.





  • College vocal recital to feature German works

    An evening of German art songs awaits attendees of Liederabend, a Tabor College vocal music recital at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center Rehearsal Hall. Liederabend, meaning “Night of Song” in German, will showcase vocal students of Jen Stepheson and Bradley Vogel, accompanied by J. Bradley Baker. Works by composers Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Strauss will be featured.

  • Historic artist is subject of Tabor Lifelong Learning program

    A.R Ebel, who taught art at Tabor College for more than four decades, will be the topic of Friday’s Lifelong Learning program at 9:45 a.m. Parkview Church activity center, 610 S. Main St. in Hillsboro. Attendees will learn about the “Father of Hillsboro Artists,” as named by Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, from Peggy Goertzen, director and archivist of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor.

  • Waste meeting in McPherson

    Central Kansas Regional Solid Waste Authority’s regular quarterly meeting will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at McPherson County Transfer Station, 1431 17th Ave, McPherson.

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