HEADLINES

  • Congressman Moran tours St. Luke Hospital

    The effect of health care reform on critical access hospitals was the focus of Congressman Jerry Moran’s visit Thursday at St. Luke Hospital and Living Center. The congressman toured the facility and talked with hospital personnel regarding operations.

  • A 'grand lady' picked as grand marshal of parade

    Every small community has its share of citizens devoted to preserving their town’s history. Florence is no exception. For 60 years, Neva Robinson has called Florence home. She has a wealth of knowledge about Florence, its people, and its history. And it’s no surprise that she has been picked as this year’s grand marshal of the annual Florence Labor Day parade.

  • Making room for a bountiful harvest

    Agriculturalists from one end of the county to the other are excited. With a little more heat, they see what is shaping up to be another excellent fall harvest of corn, beans, and grain sorghum. According to Larry Goerzen, grain co-coordinator for Mid-Kansas Cooperative, which includes elevators in Florence, Peabody, Goessel, and Burns, a bountiful harvest would mean two back-to-back seasons with almost record crops.

  • Something is always blooming at Brenda's

    “People are probably thinking, ‘Here she goes again’,” Brenda McGinness, owner of Brenda’s Bloomers and Gifts and The Salad Bowl of Hillsboro said recently. And she is going again.

  • Hot meals, interaction help seniors live at home

    Viola Baker Suderman, of Hillsboro, chatted with Ray Matz on Thursday about how she recently trimmed shrubs in her back yard. Matz could hardly believe that Suderman, 94, had done it all herself.

  • Florence to host Labor Day Celebration this weekend

    “Flint Hills Magic” is the theme of this year’s Labor Day celebration in Florence. The three-day event begins with citywide garage sales at 8 a.m. Sept. 5 followed at 10 a.m. by “King of the Hill” kids’ soap box derby, and McClain’s Kids’ Ranch Rodeo and Mutton Bustin’ at 3:30 p.m. Saturday events will also feature a Poker Run at 4:30 p.m. and street dance at 8 p.m., featuring music by the Callahan Band. Sunday events will feature a car show at noon on Main Street. Ron Tibbetts, “The Bubble Man,” with his giant bubble-making machine will perform at 3:30 p.m. at the Ambulance Building on Main Street. A gospel concert will be at 5:30 p.m. featuring “Hearts 4 Him,” a men’s vocal ensemble. Prairie Rose Rangers, featuring Orin Friesen, will perform at 7 p.m. Prior to the musical entertainment, event-goers can also enjoy a hog roast which will be at 4:30 p.m. on Main Street and an ice cream social at 6:15 p.m.

  • Helping farmers and ranchers is her mission

    It is not unusual to find Hannah Berns of Peabody sitting around the kitchen table with a farmer and his wife or other family members. The 26-year-old Berns is an extension agricultural economist with Kansas Farm Management Association.

  • Hog roast brings a large crowd to Tampa

    The sounds of country music filled the air Saturday as almost 700 people flocked to Tampa to attend the annual hog roast sponsored by Tampa State Bank. Seated on curbs, in lawn chairs, and on small square bales of hay along Main Street, they came from a wide area to enjoy a barbecued pork meal and music by the Justus Band.

  • 50-year Korean War veteran flirted with death over Mount Fuji

    Bill Novak of Lost Springs recently received a 50-year pin as a member of the American Legion. Novak served as a lieutenant in the Air Force and was trained to fly a B-26 bomber.

DOCKET

DEATHS

  • Alice Brockmeier

    Alice L. Brockmeier, 76, of Herington, died Aug. 26 at Herington Municipal Hospital. Born Jan. 31, 1933, to Martin F. and Martha E. (Krause) Brockmeier, who preceded her in death, in rural Herington.

  • Marga Ebel

    Marga H. Ebel, 89, of Hillsboro, died Monday at Salem Home, Hillsboro. Born Nov. 27, 1919, in Nebraska, to Otto and Lydia Ebel, she was an elementary school teacher and a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

  • James Hardin

    James H. Hardin, 65, of Marion, died Friday. Born, Feb. 22, 1944, in Richmond, Mo., to Howard and Mildred Hardin, he was married April 22, 1989, to Barbara Call in Lindsborg.

GOVERNMENT

  • Magill tells her side of dispute

    It’s a “he-said-she-said” kind of dispute that will not easily be resolved. County Appraiser Cindy Magill believes she is being wrongly accused.

  • Strait resigns under duress

    After nearly 90 minutes of executive sessions, Marion County Sanitarian and Zoning Administrator Bobbi Strait resigned her position, effective Aug. 26. Marion County Commission called a special meeting Aug. 26 to discuss Strait’s job performance.

  • Huffman plans county chamber

    Marion County Commission gave Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman the go-ahead to try to start a Marion County Chamber of Commerce. A countywide chamber of commerce would benefit towns without a local chamber, she said. The proposed chamber would not accept out-of-county members. She anticipates most volunteers will come from small communities.

  • Commission addresses recycling issues

    Marion County Noxious Weed employees will be backup drivers for countywide recycling routes, for times that Commission Chairman Dan Holub is unable to make the trip. Three employees said they were willing to drive the route in return for time off during the week, Noxious Weed and Recycling director Rollin Schmidt told commissioners Monday. The commission approved that plan.

OPINION

PEOPLE

SPORTS

  • Warriors topple Trojans in tourney

    The Marion Lady Warriors opened the 2009 volleyball season in a league tournament at Lyons. They played five matches, finishing in third place with a record of 3-2. The Warriors claimed third place by defeating Hillsboro in the final match of the day in three games, 25-20, 18-25, and 25-16. It was their first defeat of the Trojans in seven years.

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