• School races revolve around quality issues

    Peabody-Burns school board candidates bring different talents but similar visions to their campaign for school board. Donna Glover

  • Water and business drive council races

    Economic development for Peabody and water infrastructure are common threads among two mayoral and one council candidate. Steve Rose

  • Peabody church to celebrate Reformation, anniversary in German

    German roots of religious dissent that grew into Christianity’s Protestant Reformation will be acknowledged in a special German/English worship service at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 212 E. Division St., in Peabody. Theologian Martin Luther made public his objections to certain Roman Catholic doctrines in October 1517, starting the Reformation movement that is celebrating its 500th anniversary this year.

  • Squad car has run-in with coyote

    A Peabody police department patrol car was disabled when it struck a coyote early Tuesday morning. Police Chief Bruce Burke said the incident happened at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday near 170th and Sunflower Rds.

  • Did commissioners' trash trip involve trash talk?

    Two county commissioners likely violated open meetings law by touring a trash facility together. Commissioners Randy Dallke and Kent Becker joined transfer station director Bud Druse in a tour of the McPherson transfer station.

  • Family honors father and grandfather with gift of hair

    The family of a Florence man who died from cancer a year ago recently honored his memory by donating their hair to make wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy. Lifelong Florence resident Richard Riggs was Merissa Bowman’s father. The 1977 Marion High School graduate died of lung cancer in September 2016.


  • Contractors sue over Marion County oil well

    The owners of a western Kansas oil well drilling company and a dirt contractor are suing a Wichita oil and gas exploration company for more than $80,000 over an unpaid bill for a well drilled in Marion County. On Oct. 17, WW Drilling, based in WaKeeney, and Western Kansas Dirt Construction, a dirt contractor based in Scott City, filed a lawsuit against Noble Petroleum. The drilling and dirt contractor companies, jointly owned, claim they are owed about half of the bill for dirt work and the entire $76,176 drilling bill.

  • Washburn charges dismissed on technicality

    Four days before his trial was to begin, charges against a man arrested as part of an alleged multi-state crime spree were dismissed on a technicality. Allen D. Washburn, 36, was charged with residential burglary, two counts of felony theft, damage to property, and misdemeanor theft. The charges stemmed from a late December incident at the Lehigh residence of Merle and Michelle Flaming, who discovered on Dec. 27 their home had been broken into and their pickup, trailer, computer, and an assortment of other items had been stolen. Abandoned on their property was a vehicle reported stolen from Barton County, Missouri, where Washburn was on furlough from jail at the time of the theft.

  • Mangold's lawsuit moves to federal court

    Jonathon L. Mangold, who on the same day he was convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison on a handful of criminal charges filed a complaint that his treatment in Marion County Jail amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, will see his lawsuit against the county heard in federal court. Wichita attorney Brooks Severson, representing Marion County, filed a notice with district court that the case has been submitted to U.S. District Court for filing there because Mangold “appears to assert claims against the defendant arising under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment.”

  • Commissioners discuss wind farm agreement

    One commissioner wants the county to learn from Kingman County’s mistakes before signing a wind farm agreement. “To me, this is big to protect our county,” commissioner Dianne Novak said. “Make a mistake and it’s going to cost us for years.”

  • Corporation to hold stakeholder meeting

    In an effort to draw the county and its towns together, Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation will hold a public stakeholder meeting. The date for the meeting has not been set, board member Tammy Ensey said.

  • Advance voting open

    Advance voting ahead of the Nov. 7 election is under at the courthouse. Voters must provide state-issued photo identification and their name and address at the county clerk’s office to receive a ballot for immediate voting.

  • Hole closes bridge; fix weeks away

    Construction of a new bridge to replace one with an 18-inch-long hole and nearly 100 years old is three weeks away for one of several county bridges showing signs of deterioration. County road and bridge crews closed a bridge spanning Turkey Creek on Turkey Creek Rd. southwest of Marion County Lake on Monday after receiving calls Oct. 17 about a hole in its deck.


  • Winter driving better with preparation

    Nobody wants to be stuck in a car that won’t start — or in a snowy ditch — during winter. While possible snow showers this weekend have slipped out of the long-range forecast, it’s a reminder that a little preparation for winter driving will help you go far, not to mention keep you safe.

  • Safely avoid potential winter hazards

    Winter can be a beautiful time of year, particularly when freshly fallen snow blankets the landscape. However, winter is also a time fraught with potential peril. The same winter weather that makes landscapes so pristine can make roads and walkways - and even being outside - dangerous. The U.S. Department of Transportation says weather-related vehicle crashes killed 6,253 people last year and injure more than 480,000 per year. These accidents most often occur when roadways are wet, snowy or icy.


  • Paul Magathan

    A Mass of Christian Burial for Paul Irving Magathan, 96, of Clements, who died Monday, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emporia. Recitation of the Rosary will precede the service at 10:30 a.m. Burial following the Mass will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.

  • Darlene Schmidt

    Services for Darlene Schmidt, 82, who died Oct. 17 at Via Christi–St. Francis in Wichita, were Saturday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Interment was in Hillsboro MB Church Cemetery. She was born March 27, 1935 to Herman and Kathryn (Hildebrand) Klaassen in Hutchinson. She married Malvin Schmidt on Oct. 4, 1953, in Hillsboro.


    Lenora Martens, Mick Summervill



  • What Sadie said

    It’s a little hard figuring out just what to do with a letter to the editor a reader dropped off at the office last week. Sadie Bernhardt of Marion was 93 years old when she penned the letter that ran in the Marion County Record in 2005. She died five years later, hopefully with some satisfaction that she’d said her piece, although there’s little evidence that much came of it.


    Big deal, Halloween

    Corrections and Clarifications


  • Gaines feted with birthday celebration

    Family members and friends gathered at the Peabody home of J.D. Gaines to celebrate his birthday Oct 14. A thunderstorm and power outage failed to douse the party, which went ahead with a bonfire, generator, gas camping stove, and other quick fixes.

  • Tabor recital to feature operatic soprano

    Dawn Neely will be featured in a recital at 7 p.m. Friday in Tabor College’s Chapel Auditorium. An assistant professor of voice and director of opera at University of West Georgia, Neely is an accomplished operatic performer, director, and clinician, with an interest in contemporary classical music.

  • Senior center menu


  • Central overwhelms Warriors

    Senior night recognition scheduled for halftime instead took place after Friday’s Peabody-Burns football game, as Central of Burden routed the Warriors 62-14 in just two quarters. After giving up a 63-yard drive and touchdown in the opening 90 seconds of the game, Peabody-Burns took just 40 seconds to answer on a 48-yard sprint for a score by Jess Philpott. After Bryant Young hooked up on a pass to Matthew Montigny for the two-point conversion, the Warriors held an early 8-6 lead.

  • Volleyball closes out season at substate

    Peabody-Burns fans attending Saturday’s substate volleyball tournament at Lebo could be forgiven if they started peeking ahead during the Lady Warriors’ opening set against Centre. Leading 10-2, later 17-10, Peabody-Burns looked like a team with a solid shot to advance. The Lady Warriors’ first strong run began after taking a 3-2 lead on a Centre service fault. With Aubrey Craig serving, Peabody-Burns reeled off three quick points, including a Craig ace that caused Centre to take a time-out.




  • It's time for Trunk or Treat

    The annual “Trunk or Treat” gala will be Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the 100 block of downtown Peabody. Any business, group, or person can set up their “trunk” any time after 4 p.m. It can be the trunk of a car, the bed of a pickup, an actual trunk, or just a lawn chair. Participants are encouraged use festive, scary, or creepy decorations.

  • 4-H endowment annual meeting is Nov. 5

    Support of 4-H activities in the county will be the focus of the Marion County 4-H Endowment Fund annual meeting at 5 p.m. Nov. 5 at Marion Community Center. Presentations will illustrate how the fund benefits 4-H club member activities throughout the year. The meeting is open to the public.

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