• Flu scare leaves pork industry ailing

    Marion County farmers who raise pigs are upset that the H1N1 flu virus that has spread throughout the world has been mislabeled “swine flu.” That unfounded, commonly used term has cost them thousands of dollars because of lower prices brought on by decreased demand for pork.

  • In home or class, school begins

    Like other students, Olivia, Madison, and Wesley Dicks of Marion are getting ready to return to their studies. Unlike many of those students, they only have to go to their family room, where their mother, Robin Dicks, home-schools them.

  • Servers sing for customers' supper

    Country Lakes Café has brought a little bit of Branson, Mo., to Marion since 2005. Owner Barb Smith was impressed during a visit to the country music showplace by how many restaurants included singing servers. “I thought, ‘We could do something like that,’” she said.

  • Sacrifices, yes, but emotions are heaviest burden for EMTs

    Sometimes being an emergency medical technician is emotionally taxing, especially in a small community. And according to Tampa ambulance crew chief Jesse Brunner, this kind of work often requires a willingness to sacrifice time and much more. “We know a high percent of the people we deal with, and that’s really hard,” he said.

  • Teen golfer's spinal surgery successful

    To say the Tim Hurst family of Hillsboro has a new lease on life would be an understatement. Tim and Ginger’s 15-year-old son, Thane Hurst, was diagnosed in May with a rare form of slow-growing, non-malignant cancer — and now he is tumor-free.

  • Hospital board selects manager for $5.2 million renovation

    Hutton Construction Company has been selected as construction manager for a St. Luke Hospital expansion and renovation project. The board of directors of Marion County Hospital District 1 heard presentations from three construction management firms Friday — Hutton, Murray Company, and Simpson & Associates.

  • New signs mark old trail

    The Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association recently completed installation of signs in 48 locations where the Santa Fe Trail crosses county roads. Marion County commissioners approved placing the signs in county right-of-way and have been very supportive, chapter president Steve Schmidt said. Funding came from a National Park Service grants. Chapter members donated the labor.

  • Cats can contract immune deficiency

    Cats can be infected with an immune system deficiency known as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV. The virus first was identified in 1986. FIV is not to be confused with HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus. They are two distinct viruses and cannot be passed from one species to the other.

  • Retired farmer recalls Depression

    Crawling under a wagon to get away from the searing heat is one memory 86-year-old J.C. Ehrlich of Marion has of the unforgettable Great Depression of the 1930s. It was the summer of 1936, and grasshoppers had eaten the leaves off the trees and consumed growing crops.



  • Dollie Blomquist

    Dollie Aileen Blomquist, 93, died Aug. 15 at Salem Home, Hillsboro. Born Nov. 6, 1915, in Dighton to Arthur and Harriet (Bentley) Van Fleet, she worked as an executive secretary.

  • Howard Kerns

    Howard F. Kerns, 88, of Reading, Pa., died Aug. 7, in Mifflin Center, Cumru Township, Pa. Born in Tuckerton, Pa., he was the son of the late Frank I. and Ella R. (Miller) Kerns.

  • Mildred Schroeder

    Mildred Evelyn Schroeder, 84, died Aug. 13 at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. Born April 11, 1925, to David and Anna Bolen Schroeder Regier, Hutchinson, she was married June 11, 1944, to Irvin D. Schroeder at Hebron Mennonite Church, Buhler.


  • Health care dominates town hall

    When Congressman Jerry Moran stopped in Hillsboro Thursday afternoon, more than 120 people packed Wohlgemuth Music Center on the Tabor College campus, wanting to know about proposed health care changes. Moran showed the 1,000-page health care bill that Congress is considering and said he doesn’t support the bill because he wanted to see it focus more on prevention and diagnoses rather than treatment.

  • What's stinking up the courthouse?

    Marion County Appraiser’s Office employees have been unable to find the source of an odor that has given them headaches, Appraiser Cindy Magill said Monday at County Commission meeting. Employees have described the odor in different ways, including musty, moldy, chemical, and like vinegar.


  • Strangers helping strangers, small towns get it right

    It has been an amazing experience, collecting money weekly from containers in Hillsboro, Marion, and Peabody for Thane Hurst and his family. Thane is the 15-year-old Hillsboro High School golfer who was diagnosed with a rare form of benign cancer, astrocytoma, on his spinal cord. His mother, Ginger, works in our office as bookkeeper. The family is originally from Peabody.

  • Health officials advocate early flu shot to beat H1N1 rush

    The annual seasonal flu vaccine is coming early this year, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) says it’s a good idea to get it soon, before the expected rush for the new pandemic H1N1 flu vaccine. The pandemic vaccine, which is still under development, is likely to keep local health departments, clinics, and retail vaccinators busier than ever once it arrives in Kansas by October. The seasonal flu vaccine, usually given in the fall, is already coming into Kansas and will soon be available in large quantities.


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  • Homegrown teachers begin careers at Centre USD 397

    Students in the Centre school district will see two new faces among the teaching staff Thursday, when they begin the 2009-10 school year. Both grew up in Marion County and are first-year teachers. Alumna Laura Klenda is the new agriculture education instructor at Centre High School. She graduated from Kansas State University in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education.

  • Custodians look forward to return of students

    Marion schools have not been in session since the end of May, but a lot has been going on behind those closed doors. Marion Elementary School custodians Julie Crayton and Bryan Davies have diligently worked all summer to prepare classrooms and the building for the return of students.

  • New teacher takes 'long road' to MMS

    New Marion Middle School language arts teacher Michael Ayers is the lone new teacher in USD 408. The California native earned his bachelor’s degree in literature from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.


  • Hillsboro gets peek at renovated stadium

    Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce members got a sneak preview Thursday evening of the progress of USD 410/Tabor College stadium, field, and track complex. The stadium, field, track, parking lot, and concession stand are a combined project of the school district and college and totaled more than $4 million.

  • Granddaughter competes

    Shania Ford, 10, of Gonzales, Texas, competed in the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games on Aug. 4 in Des Moines, Iowa. She was ranked 48th overall in the 400-meter dash sub-midget division going into the Junior Olympics. Shania ran a personal best time of 1minute, 6.9 seconds to place second in her heat and 29th overall.


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