HEADLINES

  • A monkey's evolution from trash to mascot

    Meet Moe. He’s a stuffed monkey. Presumably, someone loved him once, but things didn’t work out, and Moe was thrown out with the trash sometime before Christmas. Lucky for Moe, employees down at Marion County Transfer Station have a soft spot in their hearts for discarded toys like him.

  • Florence fire chief reports on 2014 runs

    Mark Slater, Florence fire chief, reported Sunday on the activities of the Florence Fire Department in 2014 during the annual Pancake Breakfast. The department reached its goal of purchasing a thermal imaging camera. A five-ton fire truck will soon be ready for action.

  • April 2015 city council and school board candidates

  • County roads session targets fixes

    When it comes to Marion County roads, five years’ worth lasts just 18 months, at least when it comes to planning. Spurred in part by a steady stream of recent complaints about the poor condition of gravel and dirt roads, commissioners met Monday with road and bridge department personnel to figure out what comes next.

  • Grant winners to be revealed

    Peabody Community Foundation will sponsor a breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Peabody Senior Center. The 12th Annual Ground Hog Pancake feed also will introduce 2015 winners of community grants sponsored by PCF. Cost of the meal is by donation, with the proceeds from the breakfast benefitting future Peabody projects. The foundation sponsors an annual competition among local organizations, which apply for funds that will be used for the enhancement and benefit of the Peabody community. Any group that maintains a 501(c) 3 nonprofit status or whose project will benefit a nonprofit organization is eligible to apply for funds. The application process begins in December with the deadline in January.

  • Dollar General coming to Marion

    Dollar General corporate executives approved a plan to build a new store in Marion that could open by spring, said Economic Development Director Terry Jones. The Dollar General store will be a slightly smaller version of its typical store, such as the one in Herington, City Administrator Roger Holter told city council Monday.

  • Alco not closing yet

    Alco’s corporate liquidation procedures have left the Hillsboro discount retailer with more time, though exactly how much isn’t known for certain. While some Alco locations closed on or prior to Saturday, the Hillsboro location is part of a group of stores that will remain open until “mid to late February,” Manager Robert Berens said.

OTHER HEADLINES

  • Hillsboro teen cited in paintball shooting

    A 17-year-old rural Hillsboro boy faces charges for allegedly peppering a parked vehicle with paintballs Jan. 27 in the 500 block of E. A St. in Hillsboro. A second teenage boy operated a pickup truck used in the drive-by.

  • Bait shop luring anglers

  • Goessel selected as Bike Across Kansas stop

    Around 1000 bikers and support personnel involved in the annual Bike Across Kansas event are scheduled to pedal into Goessel on June 10 where they will have a meal, perform a program, and stay overnight before they depart early the following morning. BAK is tour of the state, not a race. Families are typically encouraged to ride together. Riders range from 8 years old to 80 and over, and come from all over the United States and some foreign countries.

DEATHS

  • Ella Berg

    Ella Berg, 84, died Thursday at Hillsboro Community Hospital. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

  • Victor Winter

    Former meat cutter Victor Ray Winter, 70, of Allen, died Jan. 26 at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. He was born Oct. 6, 1944, to Ruben and Ella (Ebel) Winter in Marion. Victor married Roberta Sue Hansen and they later divorced.

DOCKET

FINANCE

  • Bowers says farewell to bank

    As Shirley Bowers watched her son, Greg, greet well-wishers Friday at a reception honoring his retirement from Central National Bank in Marion, her thoughts drifted back decades to memories of two young boys playing in the dirt. “When he and his brother, Russell, were little, they played in the garden,” Shirley said. “They smoothed off the dirt. Greg had his miniature tool toys, a tractor and so forth, and he’d farm. He’d build fences, and he’d farm. Russell would also have a smooth place, and he had his toy livestock and took care of those.

  • Refunds: To spend, save, or pay off debt?

    Tax season is here and that means some tax payers will have to decide how to spend tax return reimbursement. For those on the receiving end after the paperwork settles, deciding what to do with that extra chunk of change can be as simple as an giving in to an impulse buy or as complicated as investing elsewhere.

  • County loan program a boost for businesses

    When an entrepreneur knocks on Teresa Huffman’s door at the county economic development office looking for a loan, one of the first things she does is ask for a business plan. “Just because it’s a great idea for a business does not always mean it’s the right time,” Huffman said.

OPINION

  • Did we forget to tell you who is running?

    Our intention in the past issue of the Peabody Gazette-Bulletin was to provide you with the names of all the candidates who filed for the mayoral, city council, and school board positions up for election in April. We failed. No need to flog us for our shortcomings as regards the candidate filings. Yes, we messed up, and we will make every effort to see that it does not happen again. In this issue you will see who took the plunge and decided to run for office. Now you have it, straight from the county clerk, the official word on who is interested in representing you in city and school district decisions.

  • Days of yore

    The Peabody Historical Society repainted the Morgan House in time for spring. The Peabody City Council heard about the need for a skateboard park.

PEOPLE

SCHOOL

  • Students on the mend after sick season

    More than 10 percent of Hillsboro students missed classes because of the flu, including children testing positive for influenza A and B viruses. Most of the illnesses in Hillsboro occurred at the middle school, although the state requires that the high school and middle school report as one entity because both are contained beneath the same roof, school officials said. Of 268 students, 29 were absent one day last week, with 26 having influenza-like symptoms, said Diedre Serene, county health department administrator.

SPORTS

  • Warriors fall to Gorillas, 67-28

    The Peabody-Burns boys basketball team lost 67-28 to the Gorillas Tuesday night in Solomon. Coach Caleb Good said the Gorilla’s size was a large factor on both offense and defense and a major contributor in the Warriors defeat.

  • Lady Warriors lose

    The Peabody-Burns girls basketball team lost 48-31 to Solomon Tuesday night at Solomon. Coach Travis Schafer said a lack of intensity contributed to the Warrior loss.

VALENTINES

  • His gift gone, too

    Marion County Reservoir resident Connie Rock is missing the statues of a Dutch boy and girl kissing that disappeared from her yard last year. Their absence makes her miss her husband of 61 years, Donald, even more. He died Sept. 1, after a two-year battle with cancer.

  • Their hearts are in the right place

    Peabody Senior Center members will spend a couple hours in the afternoon on Thursday and Feb. 12 making valentines to share with others. When asked if the cards they make are similar to the homemade variety so many of them made for the same holiday during their grade school years, member Judy Mellott said, “Yes, that is exactly how we do it.”

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