• New officer joins Peabody police

    “I see people at their worst times and I want to give them hope that tomorrow is a new day,” recently-hired Peabody police officer Megan Chizek said. Chizek, 26, has lived in numerous places around Marion County so she knows the area well.

  • Old fashioned baseball game highlights Florence Labor Day

    Florence’s Labor Day Weekend is like many small town fairs; they have a parade, sporting events, and fireworks. As much as the festivities are characteristics of Anytown, U.S.A., Florence draws a crowd.

  • Commission agrees to expansion proposal

    Marion County Commission might grow by two members in January, depending on how the November election goes. Commissioners at Friday’s meeting passed the decision unanimously, cancelling the need for chairman Dianne Novak to circulate a petition.

  • EMS director submits resignation

    Marion County is in need of a new director for Emergency Medical Services effective Sept. 20. EMS director Ed Debesis gave the county commission his letter of resignation at Friday’s meeting and the board unanimously accepted.

  • Losing candidate contests election

    A District 1 county commission candidate defeated in the Aug. 7 primary election is accusing County Clerk Tina Spencer and county commissioners of conducting the election illegally and asking a judge to order his name placed on the November general election ballot. Larry Cushinberry, formerly assistant supervisor of the county road and bridge department, filed a petition in District Court Aug. 27 seeking a writ of mandamus against Spencer and the commissioners.


  • August rain provides feast for late crops

    Marion County’s rainfall increased across the board in August, reaching just shy of 7 inches in areas. While the increase was significant, it hit some areas more than others.

  • Baby llama headed to Hutch zoo

    Sherry Nelson of Stardust Sheep Farm was surprised recently when one of her black llamas produced a rare silver leopard cria. “I just thought God gave me a gift,” she said. “I had seen one or two leopards before, but he was just beautiful.”

  • Florence library shares donations

    The library’s August fundraiser netted over $400 and will be divided with Florence Historical Society. The sidewalk project has been partially completed.

  • Library fund raiser Sept. 10

    Florence public library will host a fundraiser 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at the library. This monthly fundraiser divides proceeds raised between the library and a Florence non-profit organization.

  • Family wins award for century farm

    Tradition and heritage are a big part of what makes agriculture such an attractive way of life for so many Kansans. Jim Enns has spent all but seven years on the family farm west of K-15 on 240th Rd.

  • Red Cross in need of donors

    The American Red Cross bloodmobile will be in Marion 1:15 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. Appointment are made by calling (800) RED-CROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org, sponsor key “Marion.”

  • Food pantry open monthly

    The Peabody Food Pantry is open 10-11:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. September’s distribution will be Saturday at Peabody United Methodist Church.

  • Surprise showing in the garden

    When a unique flower plant sprang up in my garden last spring, I wondered what it was. I did research and discovered it was a wild poinsettia with common names like fireplant, fire on the mountain, paintedleaf, and painted splurge.


  • Louise Janzen

    Services for former Florence resident Louise Janzen, 98, were Wednesday at Marion Christian Church. Janzen died Friday at Marion.

  • Johnny Siebert

    Services for retired farmer Johnny G. Siebert, 89, Hillsboro, were Sept. 1 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. He died Aug. 28 at his home. He was born June 27, 1929, in Hillsboro to John and Lena (Groening) Siebert. He married Ruby Ens Sept. 3, 1952, in Hillsboro. He was a farmer.


    Tony Winter

    Myles Zeller




  • Warriors fall to Cougars, 50-14

    There was no scoreboard for the first half hour of the game Peabody-Burns played Friday at Centre, but that didn’t hinder them. After Centre scored the first eight points, the Warriors marched down the field in three consecutive first downs, and Jess Philpott ran two yards for a score.

  • Graduate uses scholarship to pursue ag business degree

    Devon Gaines, a 2018 graduate of Peabody-Burns High School, is using a $1,000 scholarship from Lang Diesel, Inc. in Hillsboro to pursue a degree in ag business at Butler Community College in El Dorado. He plans to transfer to Kansas State University to finish his education. Lang Diesel presented the award as an AGCO dealer scholarship, one of 1,829 awarded annually through the National FFA organization and its sponsors.

  • Peabody-Burns School menu


  • End in sight for jail tax?

    The county’s half-cent sales tax that raises half a million dollars a year can pay off the jail bonds five years early, but commissioners talked through options Thursday for keeping the tax on the books. The county needs about $2.2 million to pay off the bonds and currently has about $1.9 million in the bank, according David Arteberry, an adviser and underwriter on bond issues from George K. Baum & Company.

  • Counties offer EMS options

    After increasing the EMS budget for 2018 by 42 percent over 2017, Marion County residents could end up paying more for ambulance service than 11 Kansas counties closest in population. And that’s after commissioners took another look at the budget and slashed about $165,000 from personnel, intended to come from about $248,000 in overtime pay Information on 2017 budgets, derived from Kansas Department of Revenue, for Allen, Bourbon, Brown, Cloud, Jackson, Linn, Marion, Marshall, Nemaha, Osage, Pratt, and Rice counties, was provided to the newspaper by Randy Collett and Anthony Roy, economic development directors for Marion and Hillsboro.

  • Marion man charged with June indecent liberties

    A Marion man was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated indecent solicitation of a child. According to Marion Assistant Chief Clinton Jeffrey, the victim was under 14 at the time of the June incident.

  • A long way from dolls to a depot

    Bob Gerety’s interest in antiques started innocently enough, just looking out for dolls for a co-worker. Three decades later, the Peabody man is literally moving into the big time by relocating an old Lehigh depot that’s languished in a Walton neighborhood to a prime location nearby on US-50.


  • Kansas water photo contest launched

    Water photos to be featured at the 2017 Governor’s Water Conference in November will be chosen from photos entered in a statewide contest. Photos can portray water or its use. Irrigation, agriculture, recreation, and other water use photos can be submitted.


  • Mary Ann Biehler

    Graveside services for Mary Ann Biehler, 80, of McPherson, who died Aug. 29 at McPherson Hospital, will be at 2 p.m. today at St. John Nepomucene Cemetery, Pilsen. A burial mass was held this morning at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, McPherson. Born March 5, 1937, to Harry R. and Irene Mary (Belton) Miller in Durham, she graduated from Lincolnville High School in 1955. She attended Hutchinson Community College and graduated from Friends University, Wichita. She and Duane Biehler were married May 18, 1957.

  • Frieda Birkle

    Services for Frieda Birkle, 95, of Hillsboro, who died Thursday at Salem Home, were Tuesday at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. Interment was at Lehigh Mennonite Cemetery. Born Jan. 19, 1922, to George and Hattie (Guhr) Martens in Lehigh, she married Jake Birkle on Dec. 13, 1941, in Lehigh.


    Jesse Branson, Sylvia Unger

    Felna Crawford



  • Horses have unique personalities

    Sabrina Shields of Lincolnville enjoys riding horses. She said she doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t have a horse. She likes everything about horses and is intrigued by their unique personalities. “I’ve been bucked off five times, kicked, stepped on, and bit,” she said. “When that happens, it just makes me more determined.”

  • Transition into fall gardening

    As summer winds down and as the last vegetables in summer gardens are picked, it is an ideal time to transition into fall gardening, which Serenity Gardens owner Jana Dalke considers the best time of year to garden. “It’s just time,” Dalke said. “It’s time to clean up and spruce up. Once that hottest part of the season is over, it’s time. It’s best to get into the garden as soon as you can to get it as well established as you can before winter hits.”

  • Brothers return to family farm, start businesses

    When the Hajek brothers were growing up on the farm west of Lost Springs, they helped their father, Ron, do fieldwork and feed cattle. Part of the work was chopping corn and forage to fill the trench silo for winter feeding. Little did they know that they would end up doing it in partnership as their life’s work. At first, they used a two-row chopper pulled by a tractor and fed into a silage wagon. It was tedious work, taking a week or more. Then they purchased a three-row self-propelled chopper, and the boys thought they were in heaven.

  • County 4-Hers are off to state fair

    Numerous area 4-Hers are planning to take projects to the Kansas State Fair. Brooke Nafziger, an 8-year member of Goessel Goal Getters 4-H, will take her self-portrait drawing that won grand champion at the county fair and a dress she sewed that also took honors.


  • Decisions have not been made?

    If you haven’t yet done so, we encourage you to read the letter from Gloria Ash printed elsewhere on this page. Some will undoubtedly nod heads in agreement as she sternly takes us to task for last week’s article and commentary in which we publically used former Marion officer Lee Vogel’s name for the first time since June’s tragic shooting death of Robb Stewart of Lehigh.

  • It's An Emergency

    Labor Day weekend was extremely busy at the spa where my daughter works in the tourist town of St. Helena, California. The phone was ringing constantly with requests for last minute massages, facials, and herbal wraps. Living in beautiful Napa Valley means that holiday weekends can seem like a vacation staying at home!


    Wrong on Vogel



  • European band trip is eye-opening

    What did Peabody-Burns senior Zach Stephey do on his summer vacation? He and his French horn hooked up with about 400 musical strangers for a concert tour of Europe.

  • Warriors can't overcome slow start

    A strong second half wasn’t enough for the Peabody-Burns football team to overcome an early 14-0 deficit Friday against Rural Vista, but the Warriors had plenty to be encouraged about in a 40-26 loss. Peabody-Burns opened impressively by using a steady dose of Jess Philpott runs to move from its own 36-yard line to the Rural Vista 13, where an interception abruptly ended the drive.




  • Christian author Scot McKnight to speak at Tabor

    Members of the public, pastors, and high schoolers will have opportunities to learn about Christians as “culture creators” when Christian author and professor Scot McKnight comes to Hillsboro on Monday and Tuesday for the inaugural “Exaudio: Listen and Live” lectureship sponsored by Tabor College. A two-part series open to the public will be at 7 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

  • Calendar of events


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