Articles By: Jackie Nelson

Sunflower theatre earns $10,000 grant to reimagine bowling alley to theatre once more for Peabody

Sunflower theatre earns $10,000 grant to reimagine bowling alley to theatre once more for Peabody

PEABODY—The Sunflower Theater has been undergoing renovations to help preserve the structural integrity of the building, as well as make it a functional performing arts space once again. Susan Mayo, chairman of the Board of the Sunflower Theater Inc., announced the organization earned a $10,000 Reimagined Spaces Grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission to install a temporary floor […]

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Local carving out time for a creative hobby

Local carving out time for a creative hobby

MARION—From a career as a machinist and then in computer programming for some of the biggest names in aerospace to a retiree living lakeside at Marion, Dustan Schoenthaler has been honing his craft, moonlighting as a woodworker and owner of Dusty’s Woodcarving. A portion of his work is currently on display at Marion City Library. Schoenthaler began his woodcarving endeavors […]

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HIllsboro FD seeing increase in pre-run compensation

HILLSBORO—City Administrator Matt Stiles presented a proposal to increase firefighter pay at the Tuesday city council meeting. Currently, the department pays $12.50 per run for firefighters and $17.34 to the chief and assistant chief. The requested increase was to $15 per run for firefighters and $20 per run for the chief and assistant chief. Stiles said the department members are […]

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Local dairy had sharp eye for new business opportunity

Local dairy had sharp eye for new business opportunity

DURHAM—Twenty years ago, third-generation dairy farm owners Jason Wiebe and his wife, Sheri, were looking for ways to supplement their income as milk prices fluctuated, dipping more often than rising. “There were times the milk prices were so poor, you couldn’t make a living milking cows,” said Sheri Wiebe. Wiebe, a Canadian native, grew up on a grain and hog […]

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Commissioners frustrated with sheriff, give employees raise

Over the course of an four-and-a-half-hour-long meeting Monday, the Marion County Commission discussed road and bridge projects, employee pay raises and public health. They also were disappointed with a lack of communication form the sheriff’s office on an ongoing investigation into an inmate suicide. The commissioners expressed disappointment Sheriff Rob Craft was not present at the meeting for his scheduled […]

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Beyond books: Marion library keeps patrons engaged with special collections

Beyond books: Marion library keeps patrons engaged with special collections

MARION—During a pandemic, entertainment options have been limited, but Marion Public Library has been providing patrons with plenty of activities through its special collections—ranging from puzzles to story sacks to cake pans. Director Janet Marler said a passion project for her during COVID-19 shutdowns was creating a special collection just for children: story sacks. Each bag has a book and […]

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