• Special ed co-op denies request

    Marion County Special Education Cooperative Board of Directors denied Peabody-Burns School District’s request Monday night to withdraw from the county cooperative. Peabody-Burns representative Tony Zappone told the board that the school district was committed to doing what was best to serve students with in-house services.

  • Marion City Council candidates respond

    Candidates for Marion Mayor and two Marion City Council positions were asked to respond to the following questions. Incumbent Mayor Mary Olson and mayoral candidate Steven Smith, and Marion City Council candidates Gerald (Jerry) Kline, Chris Meierhoff, and Richard (Dick) Varenhorst responded.

  • The thrill of the 'storm' chase

    “I think it’s in my blood,” Durham Fire Chief Roy Davis said. When Davis was 12 years old, he saw a tornado when he was walking out of a church while visiting his family in Greensburg. He was mystified by the cyclone and he has been a storm spotter since joining the Durham Fire Department.

  • Florence officials approve haul route agreement

    After the document was revised Thursday, Florence City Council approved a haul route agreement Monday with TransCanada. The city council specified the routes that loaded and unloaded trucks could take through the city. Trucks loaded with pipe —at approximately 70,000 pounds — will cross train tracks where they will be loaded and will travel north on Main Street. The trucks will then turn west on Fifth Street to the roundabout intersection of U.S. 50 and U.S. 77. They will then continue north on U.S. 77 until reaching 290th Road where they will head west to Quail Creek Road.

  • New telecommunications coming

    The rural communities in northern Marion County will soon have a communication system that will be second to none. Tri-County Telephone Association, Inc. is replacing the existing copper wire in its network with optical fiber. The fiber is composed of glass and uses light instead of electricity to carry a signal.

  • Fire claims landmark home in Burns

    The majestic three-story home built in the late 1880s by J. W. Barker burned to the ground early Friday morning in Burns, leaving nothing but the foundation and stone steps that led to the entrances. Les and Rhonda Loucks and their six children escaped with no injuries, but the family lost everything in the fire.

  • Opinions mixed on possible smoking ban

    Businesses in Kansas may become smoke-free, whether they want to or not. The Committee on Health and Human Services in the Kansas House of Representatives is considering a bill that would ban smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces, with some exceptions. Some businesses welcome the bill.


  • Norma Bradley

    Norma L. Bradley, 82, of Hutchinson, died Jan. 13, at her home. Born Feb. 14, 1927, in Youngtown, to Frank and Marie Elizabeth (Stowe) Ireland, she graduated in 1945 from Florence High School and later Friends University. She earned a master’s degree in 1967 from Emporia State Teacher’s College.

  • Betty Kelly

    Betty J. Kelly, 83, of Potwin, died Feb. 10 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born Nov. 27, 1926, in Marion, to Fred and Dixie (Fox) Herzet, she was a homemaker and a dietary supervisor for more than 18 years at Wheat State Manor, Whitewater.

  • Edward Penner

    Edward E. Penner, 88, of Hillsboro, died Feb. 10 at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. Born April 6, 1921, in Henderson, Neb., to Jacob and Helena (Epp) Penner, he was a farmer and factory worker.

  • Daniel Penner

    Daniel C. Penner, 81, of Albuquerque, died Feb. 3 of complications from cancer. Born in Reedley, Calif., to Cornelius and Tina (Martens) Penner, he was raised on a farm in the San Joaquin Valley.



  • It's calving time on the ranch

    For many farmers with cowherds, this is the time when their cows begin to calve. It’s a time they look forward to with excitement and also with some trepidation, never knowing what the weather will bring or how much trouble they will have.

  • A century of rainfall recorded

    Al Gantz came to Marion in 1967 as the conservationist for Marion County Conservation District. He was rummaging through a desk drawer when he came upon a partial record of official rainfall in Marion, beginning in 1908. This sparked his interest. He sent a request for the missing data to the state weather office in Topeka. They complied by sending a complete list of rainfall totals for Marion.

  • Dody grandson teaches homesteading skills learned on his grandparents' farm

    Although the Homestead Act, passed in 1862, is no longer in force, many people continue to pursue homesteading as a way of life in which they seek to live as independent and self-reliant as possible. Almost 20 years ago, Jack Dody and his wife, Marilou, of Rush, Colo., began homesteading on the plains of eastern Colorado.

  • KSU Extension service conducts practical research

    As weeds develop resistance to commonly used herbicides, farmers seek new ways to rid their fields of those hard-to-kill weeds. Despite cold and wind, Kansas State Research and Extension agent Rickey Roberts and agronomist Doug Shoup laid out a control plot Thursday in a field south of Hillsboro.

  • Author of 'The Learning Post' to speak Saturday at MCCD banquet

    Most agriculturalists in Marion County know of Gordon Morrison of Concordia. He writes a weekly column, “The Learning Post,” for Grass and Grain, an area farm publication. The former agriculture educator will be the guest speaker Saturday at the 64th annual meeting of Marion County Conservation District.

  • Ag blog

    The evolution that has occurred on our nation’s farms in the last century boggles the mind. Looking back, mechanization ranks very high on the list of changes. About a century ago, fossil fuel and internal combustion power units gradually moved the horses and mules to the edge of the field. Fewer people could easily farm additional land and produce more bushels or tons per acre.


  • Commissioners oppose forming extension district

    It appeared unlikely Tuesday that Marion and Dickinson counties will form an extension district, as commissioners Randy Dallke and Dan Holub said they would not support such a move. The extension boards in both counties have voted in favor of forming the district, which Marion County extension agent Rickey Roberts said would provide budget stability to extension services.


  • Give that candidate a pat on the back

    Five Marion residents who believe they can make a difference in our community have stepped forward — willing to serve on the Marion City Council with other elected officials who are trying to make a difference. Serving in a public office is not easy. If elected, council members are sometimes criticized for making decisions and then criticized when no decisions are made.

  • Adaptation and evolution of the family farm

    Some ideas championed by environmental groups have been less than kind to agriculture. They have bombarded the public with figures on soil loss, pesticide-related mishaps, and alleged failed attempts at using pesticides to reduce infestation. Their figures are oftentimes unverifiable. Technology has often been labeled the No. 1 environmental enemy by some of these environmental groups. Food producers, farmers and ranchers, view technology as the application of knowledge. As humans, we survive by adapting the environment to our needs.

  • Random Thoughts

    I don’t know if the young people make a big deal of Valentine’s Day as we did when I was a giggly young girl. My young people have all grown up and flitted away. We used to make valentines out of pretty wallpaper. They were taken to school and placed in a shoebox sitting on the teacher’s desk. You were supposed to have one for every child. It was an exciting time when they were delivered, especially if you were hoping to have one from a special person.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    (Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series leading to Easter.) By LARRY TIMM Pastor of Peabody Bible Church While the two other condemned men had to be forcibly constrained while being prepared for crucifixion, Jesus offered no resistance. His torn body was stretched out upon rough timbers that dug into his lacerated back. The soldier joined his comrades and placed an iron spike below the left wrist of Jesus and pounded it through his flesh and into the wood, eliciting groans of pain from his parched throat. They repeated the action on his other wrist and then his feet. Curse-laden screams from the other two victims revealed that the same torment was theirs also.

  • Our voice in Topeka

    Last week the House passed a relatively short bill, but it’s one that will affect you if the Senate passes it and the Governor signs it into law. It will permit the Secretary of Revenue to send you a postcard telling you when your driver’s license is up for renewal, rather than the current envelope. Hold on, you’re thinking, “How will I get the test I must take?”


    Mayoral candidate explains bankruptcy, Information requested



  • Hillsboro student wins county spelling bee

    Some of the words were unusual — not words used regularly — as 20 Marion County students vied for the title of county spelling bee champion Feb. 10. “Ineffable.

  • MHS forensics team places 4th at Council Grove

    Marion High School forensics team placed fourth out of 17 Saturday at Council Grove. Caroline Collett placed first in prose and third in poetry. Landon Leiker placed first in informative speaking. Kristen Geis earned third place in informative speaking. Dylan Goebel placed fifth in extemporaneous speaking. Goebel and Alex Eurit placed sixth in duet acting.

  • One million words and counting

    Although they were aiming for 500,000 words, five Marion Elementary School students have reached the 1-million-word mark with three months left in the year. Fifth-graders Cade Harms, Devin Regnier, and Nathan Baldwin along with sixth-graders William Adame and Emily Schneider read several books to reach 1 million words.


  • Lady Warriors continue winning ways

    The Marion High School girls basketball team narrowly defeated Hesston Friday at Hesston, 57-51. Bridget Lundy, Julia Zeiner, and Kristen Steinborn fouled out of the game late in the fourth quarter. Kayley Heerey — suffering flu-like symptoms — sat out most of the second half. Lindsay Hett played 29 minutes out of a possible 32, but fell to the floor after stepping on a Hesston player’s ankle late in the fourth quarter. She would return to the game, but there was a stretch of time when none of the Marion starters were available.

  • Warriors dominate invitational

    Marion High School Wrestling Head Coach Chad Adkins said Thursday that it was business time for the Warriors. At the Chase County invitational, the MHS wrestlers performed Saturday like a Fortune 500 Company.

  • Warriors lose tough game at Hesston

    The Marion High School boys basketball team lost Friday at Hesston, 54-37. The Swathers shot 53 percent from the floor to run away with the victory. Hesston started the onslaught from the opening minutes of the first quarter with the Swathers leading 16-9 at the end of the first period.


    Solomon ends Centre's undefeated league season, Losses continue to mount for Centre Lady Cougars


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