• Affordable Street Rods revving up for expansion

    A Peabody business will get incentives from the city to help with expansion. Rex and Annette Watson, owners Affordable Street Rods, 601 Potter Rd., asked city council members Monday to install a culvert and driveway access off Locust St., install a street light at the driveway access to the property, lease them space for two signs on Ninth St., increase police patrols after a new building is constructed on the property, and assist with barricades and street closing as necessary for special events.

  • Flag salute or prayer? Commissioners want to add invocation, require attendees to stand

    After commissioners asked for rules for meeting attendees, a removal of one of those rules caught the criticism of commissioner Dianne Novak: a requirement to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Novak raised the issue at the end of Monday’s meeting, after language first appeared on initial copies of Oct. 31 meeting agendas. The line was removed in revised copies of that meeting’s agenda, and it was not on Monday’s agenda.

  • Wind farm permits approved

    County commissioners approved conditional use permits Monday for Diamond Vista, a wind energy project proposed in northern Marion County, after a large crowd forced the meeting to move to a larger room. With people spilling out of commission chambers in the courthouse lobby, the meeting temporarily moved to the courtroom to accommodate the public.

  • Commissioner complains public can't hear some speakers at county meetings

    Some county residents are disenfranchised by soft speakers at meetings, according to one commissioner. “I was talking to a somebody who enjoys coming to the meetings, but has said to me he won’t be coming anymore because he can’t hear anything, the way the backs are turned,” commissioner Dianne Novak said when she raised the concern during Monday’s commission meeting.

  • Teacher-student embrace causes controversy

    Concerns leading to a school district investigation of a photo posted to social media showing a male Goessel teacher/coach and a female student embracing may have led Monday to the resignation of Patrick Loganbill. District officials did not specifically link the resignation to the photo, which Superintendent John Fast said appeared “recently” on social media. He declined to describe the photo, how it was brought to the district’s attention, or identify the teacher/coach in it.

  • Asphalt coming today to 330th Rd.

    Today marks a black day for 330th Rd. — a blacktop day. Darin Neufeld of EBH Engineering said asphalt laying was scheduled to start this morning at the McPherson County line with concrete base mixing finishing at the other end of the 8-mile stretch.

  • Write-ins win 21 positions

    Write-in votes tabulated this week resulted in awarding of 21 contests for which no names appeared on county ballots last week. All winners will take office Jan. 8.

  • State shuts down deceptive charity

    A charity claiming to raise funds to support veterans has been shut down following an investigation by Kansas and other states into its solicitation practices. Since March 2015, VietNow, also identifying itself as VeteransNow, using telemarketing, told potential donors that it gave a minimum of 12 percent after expenses back to veterans in the donor’s state. Investigations revealed that VietNow had not funded any programs related to veterans, but that most of the nearly $2 million raised nationwide was paid to fundraisers, with less than 5 percent going to charitable programs.


  • Dolores Mann

    Former Cedar Point resident Dolores N. (Maxwell) Mann, 84, died Monday at Chase County Care and Rehabilitation Center, Cottonwood Falls. Visitation will be 6 until 7:30 tonight at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, Cottonwood Falls.

  • Helen Schmidt

    Services for former teacher Helen Schmidt, 93, who died Sunday at Hillsboro Community Hospital, will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro. Visitation will be 6 to 8 tonight at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Born March 7, 1924, to John and Anna (Siebert) Thiessen at Inman, she married Eldon Schmidt on June 3, 1947, at Inman.


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    George Kristek

    Erma Nellans

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  • Home care bridges gap

    For Kathy Arnold, visits from Marion County Home Care make the difference between holding her own against a worsening condition and being pulled downward. “They’re very good, that’s all I can say,” Arnold said. “They know what they are doing.”

  • Cooking healthy for the holidays

    When thinking of the holiday season, what comes to your mind first? Could it be the fellowship with family and friends? Or does your mind drift toward the special food shared and enjoyed? The holiday season brings many special celebrations with fun, family, and food galore. Many families have traditions centered on fabulous foods and drinks they get to enjoy only a few times a year.

  • Cooking fires pose holiday threat

    While Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends, it’s also a leading day for cooking fires. Nearly four times as many home cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving as on other days of the year, the National Fire Protection Association says, and the day before Thanksgiving is the second-leading day.

  • Specialist to discuss foot health

    Foot-care specialist Deb Trevett will teach how to improve overall foot health at 9:45 a.m. Friday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church activity center, 610 S. Main St., Hillsboro. Trevett, a registered nurse and president of Toe Truck Inc., will discuss basic foot care, shoes, and circulation issues.




  • School board talks auto mechanics course

    Peabody-Burns USD 398 is exploring the option of offering an auto mechanics course beginning in the fall. Scott Kimble, middle and high school principal, told school board members Wednesday that discussions with Butler Community College have begun.

  • Football players receive district, league honors

    Several Peabody-Burns football players received district team honors from 8-Man Division 1 District 2. Sophomore lineman Landon Rives was named to the all-district offensive team. Honorable mention on offense included sophomore running back Jess Philpott, sophomore receiver Rocco Weerts, and senior quarterback Bryant Young.


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  • Governor-hopeful to appear Dec. 7

    A Topeka physician who at one time represented this area in the Kansas Senate will make six appearances Dec. 7 in Marion County as he campaigns for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Jim Barnett, who unsuccessfully tried to unseat Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in 2006, will visit Tracy Brunner’s ranch near Ramona at 9 a.m.

  • Thanksgiving service planned

    Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church in Goessel plans a special Thanksgiving Day service beginning with an organ prelude at 9:45 a.m. New pastor Caleb Yoder will lead the music and gratitude service at 10 a.m.

  • Calendar of events

    Thursday 6:30 p.m. — Fall cattle producers meeting, Lincolnville Community Center. Saturday 10 a.m. — Christmas Open House, Mennonite Heritage and Agriculture Museum, Goessel. 2 p.m. — Open house birthday celebration for Joyce Kyle, Burns Community Center. 5 p.m. — Purchase goodies after Mass at Florence Catholic church to benefit Community Christmas. Sunday 8:30 a.m. – After Mass, St. Mark’s Altar Society Bake Sale. Purchase goodies at activity center to benefit Community Christmas. 10:30 a.m. — After Mass at Pilsen, PSR Bake Sale. Purchase goodies to benefit Community Christmas. 4 p.m. — Tabor College Fall Choral Concert, Hillsboro M.B. Church. Tuesday 9 a.m. — American Red Cross Blood Drive, Centre High School.


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