• Thousands expected in Florence for Prelude to Symphony

    Security for Saturday evening’s Symphony in the Flint Hills already is tight. Personnel from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have been on hand since Monday, guarding the property 24 hours a day. A meteorologist is on site to monitor weather, and organizers have been staying in a vacant school building in Florence for several weeks.

  • Mills family prepares amid tight security

    Security for Saturday evening’s Symphony in the Flint Hills already is tight. Personnel from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have been on hand since Monday, guarding the property 24 hours a day. A meteorologist is on site to monitor weather, and organizers have been staying in a vacant school building in Florence for several weeks.

  • Performer has Florence connection

    Among the performers Saturday at Prelude to the Symphony in Florence will be the reigning Miss Cherokee, a great-great-niece of a Florence resident. Feather Smith, 19, whose great-great-aunt is Kathleen Ludwig, will tell stories and demonstrate basket weaving, stickball, and the making of stickballs, blowguns, and clay bead necklaces.

  • Expect a shootout or three

    If anyone hears gunfire Saturday during Prelude to the Symphony in the Flint Hills, it probably won’t be because of a dispute about Mozart. The Cowtown Cowboys of Wichita will present three gunfight re-enactments Saturday on Fifth Street between Marion and Main streets in Florence.

  • Florence was railroad hub for 66 years

    Tens of thousands of visitors will converge on Florence June 12-13 for Prelude to the Symphony in the Flint Hills. They won’t be coming by train. Amtrak passenger trains pass through the town daily but do not stop. Local service was discontinued in 1971 when scheduled stops at small communities were eliminated.

  • A towering dream is fulfilled

    Neva Robinson of Florence spent two years scouring microfilm of the Marion County Record, Peabody Gazette-Bulletin, and their predecessors, looking for information about the 120-year- old Florence water tower. She took notes and printed copies of pertinent articles. She gleaned information from the diary of T.P. Alexander, an early-day hardware store owner and Florence’s first mayor.


  • Chingawassa festival is success

    Despite a transformer malfunction Saturday afternoon, the 13th annual Chingawassa Days went off with only a minor hitch, entertaining large crowds Friday and Saturday nights. The Bellamy Brothers concert Saturday night drew the largest crowd, nearly 2,300 people. There were 1,800 people at Friday night’s events, organizers said.

  • Hospital renovation plans taking shape

    The board of directors of Hospital District 1 will take a couple of road trips this week to see architectural designs of two Kansas hospitals. The board has selected Health Facilities Group and Spangenberg Phillips Architecture, both Wichita firms, as finalists to design renovations to St. Luke Hospital and Living Center, Marion.

  • A boy and his dream heifer

    Darren Mueller’s dream of owning and exhibiting a prize Holstein cow has come true — thanks to a youth loan from the government and hard work by Darren. Darren, son of Ron and Kaylene Mueller of Tampa, received a $5,000 Farm Service Agency youth loan in March 2006 and immediately began searching for his dream Holstein cow.

  • Pilgrims walk to Pilsen for Father Kapaun Day

    Eleven weathered, hot, and hungry individuals arrived on foot early Sunday afternoon at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen to celebrate the life of Father Emil Kapaun. They completed a 59-mile pilgrimage that had begun Friday morning at the Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.

  • Cancer patient takes it one day at a time

    “There’s always good that comes from bad.” That’s Dick Maggard’s attitude since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer nearly two years ago.

  • Passion for planes began in childhood

    Paul Thomas of Marion started working with model airplanes as a child. Decades later, he has a workshop crammed to the ceiling with small-scale aeronautics. Thomas will compete with other model airplane enthusiasts June 20 and 21 in the eighth annual Heart of America Free-Flight Association father’s day contest at Marion Municipal Airport.


  • Lois Bailey

    Lois Bailey, 75, died Sunday at Legacy Park, Peabody. Arrangements will be announced by Zeiner Funeral Home, Florence.

  • Ardella Krause

    Services for Ardella J. Krause, 83, who died May 30 at Andover Care Center, were Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lincolnville. Inurnment was in Lincolnville Cemetery.

  • Mary Wallace

    Graveside services for Mary Elizabeth (Grosse) Wallace will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. She died Sunday at Legacy Park Nursing Home, Peabody.



  • Atrazine researcher to report reservoir findings

    A Kansas State University professor specializing in water quality will report on Marion Reservoir water quality at 7 p.m. June 18 in the Marion city building basement. Associate Professor Phil Barnes began monitoring water quality at the reservoir in 2008, watershed coordinator Peggy Blackman told Marion County commissioners Monday.

  • County wants to share cost of bridge

    Marion and Chase County commissions discussed bud did not make a decision about replacing a county line bridge on Clover Road north of U.S.-50. Chase County expects traffic on the road to decrease because of another dilapidated bridge.

  • County offers to help promote Tampa events

    The county is eager to help publicize and plan activities in smaller communities, development director Teresa Huffman told the Tampa City Council June 1. Mayor Jim Clemmer said he would like to see more publicity about the springs site on the Santa Fe Trail. A trail marker will be moved closer to the site, and a time capsule at the springs monument will be opened.


  • Democracy: Publish or perish

    In the old days, when bailouts were something only skydivers did, the government required each bank to publish in its local newspaper an annual report of its condition, including assets, liabilities, and capital reserves. Not everyone read the notices, of course, but a few sharp-eyed depositors, upon finding the reports in their newspapers, always took time to go over them and learn just how strong their banks were. The word spread from there.

  • Ignorance isn't bliss

    There’s a saying, “Those who will not read are just as handicapped as those who cannot read.” I wrote it down and at times have re-read it.

  • What's in it for me?

    We received a telephone call this past week from a reader who requested more information about the county’s recycling program. She said she was surprised that some did not recycle.


    Another Day in the Country, Random Thoughts

    Chingawassa good but loud



  • Board shortens school year, eases grading

    The 2009-10 school year for USD 408 students will be two days shorter. After a 10-minute executive session Monday evening regarding negotiations with the teachers’ union representative, the board approved the school calendar.

  • Centre lengthens days, shortens year

    The 2009-10 school calendar for Centre USD 397 will be five days shorter than a normal year, a total of 183 days including 174 student contact days. The student school year will run from Aug. 20 to May 21. Each full day will begin at 8:18 a.m. and end at 3:35 p.m., adding 10 minutes.

  • Special education budget tight, but move is still on

    State cuts may not be affecting Marion County Special Education Cooperative as much as school districts, but they still have an impact. Unlike school districts, the cooperative receives state money per teacher instead of per student.

  • Area college students recognized

    Several college students from Marion County received honors that were announced this week. Kansas State University

  • 3 receive medical scholarships

    Colleen Tajchman and Camille Christensen of Marion and Seth Methvin of Peabody received $500 scholarships Thursday from St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary. Colleen works as a dietary aide at St. Luke Living Center and is planning to become a nurse.


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