• Dairies earn drop in bucket as milk prices plunge

    The price of raw milk has dropped precipitously in the past four or five months, and is almost 50 percent lower than a year ago, falling from around $19 to $10 per hundredweight. Local dairymen are feeling the pinch and are hanging on for dear life. Dairymen question why retail milk prices remain high when wholesale prices are low. They say lower retail prices would encourage consumption and raise the demand for their product.

  • Back from Iraq and ready to ride

    It doesn’t often happen but sometimes, even in some of the most serious situations, there are things of which to be thankful. Such was the case of James Schlehuber of Marion and Matt Williams of Florence. The two airmen are members of the 134th Air National Guard, stationed at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita.

  • Homeless and lovin' it: 'I've uncluttered my life'

    “I consider myself a survivor,” Arlene said. “This might look like a hardship, but it isn’t.” Arlene, 56, has spent most of the year living in a tent, moving from park to park, since 2007.

  • Herbel found guilty of molestation

    Randy Herbel, 42, of Hillsboro, was convicted July 15 of two counts of child molestation in a case that had many twists and turns. There were two separate criminal cases of two counts of rape of a child and two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The crimes allegedly took place Aug. 1 and 2, 2006. The charges were amended to two counts of rape and one count of indecent liberties with a child.

  • Remember when air conditioning wasn't a necessity?

    Many people think it would be impossible to survive without air conditioning. Yet, until the past 100 years, it never existed in the 6,000-year history of the civilized world. Many people still living today remember growing up without air-conditioning. Most of them lived on farms.

  • Bridge becomes frame for shed

    The steel bridge that once spanned the Cottonwood River south of Marion Reservoir on Pawnee Road may have been removed, but its memory lives on in the form of a machine shed on the Dwight Kruse farmstead northwest of Marion. The structure was removed in the summer of 2005 and replaced with a concrete bridge to provide better access for farm equipment and visitors to the reservoir.

  • Concert series launches new season Sunday

    Peabody Main Street Association announces the second annual Sleepy Creek Concert Series will begin Sunday. Slaymaker’s Ghost, a talented folk-style trio, will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday in Santa Fe Park. A light meal will be served with cost by donation. Guests are reminded to bring lawn chairs.


  • Daniel Crumrine

    Longtime Marion County Lake resident and community volunteer, Daniel L. “Danny” Crumrine, 69, died July 17. He retired from Cain’s Coffee Company of Wichita and moved to Marion County Lake. He was active in many Marion County Lake improvements, including serving many years as a director on the board of Marion County Improvement District #2.

  • Larry Lucas

    Larry Dean Lucas, 60, of Wichita, died July 16 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born on Oct. 14, 1948, to Clifford “Bud” and Mildred (Bezdek) Lucas, he was a Marion High School graduate.

  • Penelope Marler

    Penelope Jo Marler, 63, of Marion, died July 17 in Wichita. Born July 29, 1945, to William and Margarite Shipley in San Diego, Calif., she married Robert Marler on June 8, 1963.

  • Wendell Robinson

    Wendell Robinson, 60, of Burns, died July 13 at TLC Nursing Center at the Veterans Administration in Wichita. Born Aug. 24, 1948, in Newton, he was the son of Ben and Alice Robinson.



  • All's fair in Hillsboro

    Young and old, farmers and city folks will gather in Hillsboro July 29 through Aug. 1 for the 79th annual Marion County Fair. “Bringing Home the Bacon” is the theme of this year’s fair parade, which will be at 6:30 p.m. July 29, downtown Hillsboro.

  • Nothing bugs this collector

    Elizabeth Meyer of Happy Hustlers 4-H club got her start collecting insects about four years ago. She was hooked when she added a cecropia moth to her collection. The giant moth is still the largest insect in her collection. Its brown and orange wings stretch almost as wide as a person’s hand.

  • A look at this year's 4-H seniors

    Nathan Barney For the past 12 years, Nathan Barney has been a member of Tampa Triple T 4-H Club.

  • Training goes to the dogs

    Lauren and Lisa Geis of Durham are busy preparing for Saturday’s dog show in Hillsboro. They and their dogs will compete in showmanship, obedience, and agility. They also will be on hand July 29, the opening night of the fair, to demonstrate their dogs’ abilities to maneuver obstacles.


  • Pipeline exemption questioned

    Marion County Commission is waiting for an explanation from state legislators regarding a tax exemption to Trans-Canada/Keystone Pipeline, the company that is proposing the construction of a pipeline across Marion County. In a letter dated Friday, the commission joined Dickinson County Commission in requesting an explanation for a tax exemption.

  • Map project cost is double initial estimate

    A county geographic information system project began this year will cost about twice as much as the initial estimate. Appraiser Cindy Magill, Communications and Emergency Management Director Michele Abbott, and Planning and Zoning Director Bobbi Strait met with County Commission Monday to discuss the project.

  • Can a wall be removed from city auditorium?

    Even though there were no definite plans revealed Monday evening, Marion City Council is ready to proceed with renovation plans for the city’s auditorium. Marion High School graduate and current Kansas State University architect student Courtney Geis has drawn plans.


  • Wind farm envy

    Wind farms have been developed throughout the state. But where is Marion County’s? We have about as much wind in parts of the county as anybody else in the state.

  • Lesson to be learned

    After giving several inches of space to those folks who dwell on the deaths of celebrities more than others do, I believe it is only fitting to pay tribute to someone who is far more deserving of the space than the Gloved One. Walter Cronkite was a newsman’s newsman. I didn’t exactly grow up with him because we didn’t get a television in my family home until the mid- to late 1960s. But I do remember watching and listening to him whenever possible.

  • County jail panel asks for patience, seeks input

    Members of the Marion County Public Safety and Law Enforcement Center Committee would like to express their thanks for your input and support. Each committee member recognizes the serious nature of this issue, and we will do our best to represent the concerns of all county citizens. We must address several issues relative to the existing jail, sheriff’s office, and 911 dispatch. No one on the committee wants to see the county spend more dollars than absolutely necessary. However, the county is in a no-win situation that will reach a critical state if we fail to take positive steps to rectify the inadequacies of current facilities.


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  • Swimming lessons teach confidence

    Chance Shults, 4, of Marion likes going to swim lessons at USD 408 Sports and Aquatics Center. After lessons, he tells his mother, Allison Shults, about what he learned. “I have to go in the water,” Chance said.

  • Marion rallies to qualify for state

    Marion Warriors Senior Babe Ruth baseball team will play Hillsboro in the first round of state tournament Friday after winning the district five tournament in Marion. Marion started district tournament play Friday with a victory over Herington.

  • Hillsboro wins at Marion district

    Hillsboro Senior Babe Ruth baseball team combined good hitting and pitching to earn a trip to state tournament. Hillsboro won the district seven tournament this weekend in Marion.

  • Sports keep families busy

    Bill and Cathy Fish of Hillsboro estimate that they began going to t-ball games in 1988, and have kept busy with sports ever since. “Our vacations are going to ballgames,” Bill Fish said.

  • Triathlete wins 2nd straight sprint

    Goessel High School and Tabor College graduate Kevin Nickel won the Mudwater Triathlon Sunday at Lake Afton, Goddard. Swimming 750 meters, biking 25 kilometers, and running five km, Nickel finished in 1:07:25.


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