• Top stories of 2016

  • If only life were like the movies...

    A fight for survival and a search for healing emerged as dominate themes when reporters asked more than a dozen Marion County residents about the year past and year to come. One of the questions asked was, “If you could turn 2016 Marion County into a movie, what kind of movie would it be and who would star in it?”

  • Squirrel goes nuts on storyteller

    Marion resident Rocky Hett recently had a brush with a crazed squirrel that left him with a whale of a tale and a moral to spread throughout the community. “You never want to think a frozen thing is dead,” Hett said. “They do come back to life.”

  • Families give new meaning to 'Christmas service'

    What better to do on Christmas Day than to do something for people who have no home? That is what the families of Jamey and Tara Luna and Andre and Kristin Ebaben of Lost Springs did Sunday.

  • New lawyer appointed in rape case

    A Peabody teen who changed his mind about a plea agreement that would have dismissed several serious charges against him has lost his lawyer. Malachi Lee Hunsucker, 19, charged with multiple counts including rape and criminal sodomy involving a child younger than 14, appeared in court Dec. 21 for a hearing on his lawyer’s request to be allowed to stop representing him and Hunsucker’s request to back out on his plea agreement.

  • Alternative to emergency room coming to St. Luke

    For weekend minor emergencies, St. Luke Hospital soon will offer a less costly solution than going to an emergency room. Starting Jan. 7, the hospital will have urgent care available noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Both legislators to lead committees

    Both of Marion County’s state representatives will lead legislative committees in 2017. Rep. Don Schroeder (R-Hesston), whose district includes Hillsboro and most of the southern part of the county, will be chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Committee.

  • Power pole tips in Florence

    Christmas was not cold or snowy, but thunderstorms and strong wind gusts may have played a role in a power pole tipping over in Florence. The pole, held up by power lines, did not fall completely over or cause any power failures, but will be replaced at the end of the week.


  • VFW to honor Gulf vets

    Veterans of wars in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan since 1990 will be honored guests for New Year’s Eve festivities Saturday at Marion’s VFW Post. “We’re also wanting to bring in the younger generation to give them a chance to ask questions if they want to know what the VFW can do for them,” club manager Ida French said.

  • Kids can rock out safely

    The HUB in Peabody will sponsor another New Year’s Eve party for middle and high school students to hang out with friends and classmates free from alcohol and drugs. “New Year’s Eve is fun for all ages, but often for teens there is pressure to accept alcohol or drugs,” HUB founder Doe Ann Hague said. “This is one of the biggest events that we sponsor, but it is well worth it because it absolutely fits the mission we set for the HUB. The event draws young people not only from Peabody and Burns, but also from Marion, Hillsboro, and Newton.


  • Alta Mae Savage

    Alta Mae Savage, 93, died Sunday at Marion Assisted Living. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Florence Christian Church. Cremation has taken place.

  • Jonas Giesbrecht

    Retired Hillsboro farmer Jonas Giesbrecht, 85, died Friday at Moundridge Manor. Born Feb. 11, 1931, in Littlefield, Texas, to David and Mary (Esau) Giesbrecht, he married Justina Wiebe on June 8, 1952, and after her death married Myrtle Dueck on Aug. 30, 1987. She also preceded him in death, as did daughter Arlene Trudell and brother Embert Giesbrecht.

  • Esther Stucky

    Former Burns homemaker and farm wife Esther Stucky, 89, died Dec. 21 at Westwiew Manor, in Derby. Born May 3, 1927, to Peter and Kaete (Regier) Thiessen in Whitewater, she married Clyde Stucky on Nov. 4, 1955.

  • Harold Wiebe

    Retired banker Harold Jacob Wiebe, 89, died Dec. 21 at Hillsboro Community Hospital. Born April 22, 1927, to J.D. and Selma (Flaming) Wiebe in Hillsboro, he married Carol Barb on March 29, 1957, in Ellsworth.


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    Janet Dorland



  • A passing of the torch

    It is, perhaps, the worst of ironies that this — a holiday week in which we traditionally combine our three newspapers into a single joint issue — will be the last for retiring Peabody editor Susan Marshall. Joining us 15 years ago for what was going to be only a few months — just until we could get a “real” journalist to take over —Susan has been the heart and soul of both the Peabody Gazette-Bulletin and, in many regards, the entire Peabody community.

  • Fading into the woodwork

    My six regular readers at the Peabody Gazette-Bulletin and some others are aware that I am leaving the newspaper world the last day of 2016. It has had its moments, and I have enjoyed most of the people with whom I have worked. I learned a great deal from many of them. I had several thoughts about a final opinion column and the topic I might put forth. I am at a point in my life when I am sort of out of fresh topics. However, I still have some favorite nagging points that I love to share. Pay attention!


    An opulent celebration

    Blood drive, Christmas cactus



  • Student achieves goal of third year at state choir

    A goal since middle school became reality for Hillsboro student Vance Klassen after he was named last week to the 256-member Kansas Music Educators Association’s All-State High School Honor Choir for a third year. “I saw so many from the high school that had gotten that high honor and I told my mom, ‘Someday, I’m going to get that,’” Vance said. “It’s just that initial reaction of being amazed that they trusted your talent enough to put you in.”

  • College honors lists

  • Lincolnville Wide Awake 4-H report

    Seven members answered roll with their favorite part of Christmas when Lincolnville Wide Awake 4-H Club met Dec. 4. Two leaders and three parents also attended. Leader Karen Carlson announced that the club would start a 4th H for Health challenge. The club also discussed ideas for a senior citizen project.

  • Tabor removes 'interim' from CFO's title

    Tabor College announced last week they removed “interim” from Norman Hope’s job title as vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer. Hope, who began the position in June, came to Tabor in 1991 as associate professor of business administration and adult education consultant and helped establish a Master of Business Administration program at Hillsboro.

  • Area school menus


  • Calendar of events

  • CoOp plans open house

    A retirement open house for Cooperative Grain and Supply manager Lyman Adams is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Co-Op general office on Main St. in Hillsboro. Adams will be ending 31 years at the Co-Op. He joined the cooperative in January 1986.

  • Child screenings offered

    Free developmental screenings for children ages 5 and younger will be available from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Jan 10 in Hillsboro. Appointments are being accepted at (620) 382-2858.

  • Open gym for adults planned in Peabody

    Beginning next week, Peabody-Burns Recreation Commission will sponsor open-gym basketball and weight room exercises from 2 to 4 p.m. each Sunday through March 12 at Brown Gymnasium. No fee or registration is necessary.


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