HEADLINES

  • KBI will investigate mayor

    Kansas attorney general’s office has accepted the case submitted by Marion City Attorney Dan Baldwin and will investigate Marion Mayor Mary Olson. According to attorney general’s director of communications Ashley Anstaett, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation will investigate allegations that Olson violated K.S.A. 21-4005, by “maliciously circulating false rumors concerning financial status.”

  • 8 injured in U.S. 50 crash

    Eight people were injured, one seriously, Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. 50 and Peabody Street/Nighthawk Road, near Peabody. Charles G. Brown, 35, Peabody, was crossing U.S. 50 from Peabody Street to Nighthawk Road when he failed to see a westbound passenger car driven by Starlene R. Ramirez, 19, Peabody, and was struck.

  • Special meeting under fire

    Marion City Councilman Bill Holdeman was out of town when the council met March 12 in special session to discuss actions of Mayor Mary Olson. “Who called that meeting?” Holdeman asked.

  • Kids turn trash into works of art

    The idea to create art from recyclable materials came to Youth Creating Art Together teacher Lydia Gates out of necessity. She was an art teacher for the Wichita school district, and her budget for supplies was limited. Using recyclables was her way of improvising.

  • 911 dispatcher has tough but rewarding job

    Marion County Dispatchers never know what is waiting on the other side of the phone. Sandy Mille, of Hillsboro, has been a Marion County dispatcher for nine years. She said that some calls have really hit her heart.

  • County lake nominated among wonders of Kansas

    With its history as a Civilian Conservation Corps project, Marion County Park and Lake has been nominated for inclusion in the Eight Wonders of Kansas History. Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman nominated the lake for an online poll to be conducted by the Kansas Sampler Foundation.

  • Outage causes Peabody water tower to run low

    A power failure at the Hillsboro water treatment plant interrupted the telemetry system between Hillsboro and Peabody early Saturday morning. A low-water alarm at the Peabody water tower was unable to inform anyone in Peabody of the problem. After numerous phone calls from citizens concerned Saturday afternoon about low water pressure or no water, Peabody public works employees found the water level in the tower at a critically low level.

DEATHS

  • Richard Fresh

    Richard S. “Rick” Fresh, 62, of Wichita, died March 18 at his residence after a battle with cancer. Born in Wichita to Merwin and Betty (Bartholomew) Fresh, he graduated from West High School and Wichita State University.

  • Thelma Kobilan

    Thelma Kobilan, 79, of Hillsboro, died March 16 at Salem Home, Hillsboro. Born Oct. 27, 1930, in Elbert County, Colo., to Jess and Thelma (Klein) Solomon, she was a homemaker and dairy farmer.

  • William Marston

    William K. Marston, 81, of Hillsboro, died March 22 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita. Born Sept. 3, 1928, in McPherson, to Delbert A. and Ada (Shaw) Marston, he was a farmer.

  • Nelda Regier

    Nelda Regier, 71, of Hampton, Neb., died March 18 in Lincoln. Born Dec. 23, 1938, in Hillsboro, to Jacob and Susan (Kliewer) Hodel, she was baptized at Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.

  • Charles Schmidtberger

    Charles R. Schmidtberger was born July 1, 1935, in Big Rapids, Mich., to Herman and Luetta (Turner) Schmidtberger. The family moved to Russell County where Charles attended grade school in Fairport and graduated from Paradise High School in 1953.

  • Marlys Voran

    Marlys Mae Voran, 80, of Goessel, died March 21 at Bethesda Home, Goessel. Born March 25, 1929, in McPherson County, to Peter E. and Anna (Graber) Kaufman, she graduated from McPherson High School in 1947.

  • Dave Weibert

    Dave E. Weibert, 88, of Hillsboro, died March 16, 2010 at The Cedars in McPherson. Born Nov. 5, 1921, in Durham, to Peter D. and Mollie (Rauh) Weibert, he graduated from Durham High School in 1940.

DOCKET

GOVERNMENT

  • County plans maintenance of roads

    Several stretches of road that were worked on in 2009 are again on a tentative list of roads that need chip sealing in 2010. Limestone Road between 290th and 330th roads and Timber Road between 40th and 60th roads were double chip sealed in 2009, converting them from gravel to blacktop roads.

  • Demolition incentive approved

    Marion County Commissioners approved a resolution Monday to waive fees for some demolition debris, beginning April 1. Resolution No. 10-05 waives transfer station fees for the first 10 approved applicants for up to 25 tons of residential building material. An asbestos inspection prior to demolition will be required to qualify.

  • Free flight event not welcome at airport

    Marion Municipal Airport board members are not happy that the city wants to close the airport Father’s Day weekend for a remote control airplane competition. Board member Dick McLinden read a letter from board president Ty Zeiner to Marion City Council Monday saying the board was “totally against” the event.

OPINION

  • What are legislators fighting for?

    We’ve heard legislators talk about the health reform bill now for months, leading me to think about the current condition of our state and nation. Why is there so much infighting among our legislators? Why are some of our elected officials so bent on causing waves?

  • Adjusting to small town living

    A few months ago I wrote an editorial for this paper about what life has been like for my family since we moved to Marion in August. My husband and I moved here at the end of the summer from Big City upbringings with our new baby girl, Lyla, knowing life in Marion would be an adjustment. We knew small town living would bring challenges we couldn’t anticipate, but we hoped there’d be joys and blessings we couldn’t imagine as well.

  • Neighborhood heroes

    According to Marion County Sheriff Deputy Duane McCarty, there are honest people in Marion County and he met two of them this weekend. A rural Marion couple found a purse on U.S. 56, east of Hillsboro. The couple contacted the sheriff’s department and McCarty responded. There was a large amount of money, credit cards, a cell phone, and other personal items in the purse.

  • Random Thoughts

    “The Time of My Life,” by Patrick Swayze and his wife, Lisa Niemi, was written after he found out he had cancer. The book he wrote reveals his strong character. His wife must be a remarkable woman. They lived in New York and Los Angeles. He had a serious goal; he wanted to be the best dancer and actor in the world, so he religiously exercised to keep himself in shape. He had chances to appear in cheaper films, but held to his dream. He loved horses and at one time bred Arabian horses. While working on a movie, he was thrown from a horse and seriously injured. Swayze and his wife were close to their parents. His father was his hero, he was a spiritual type of guy and researched many religions and felt especially drawn to Buddhism. He was kind and compassionate, and at one time helped Mother Teresa at her hospital in India. When Swayze’s illness got really serious, he tried to fight it and there was a lot of publicity about it.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    By LARRY TIMM Pastor, Peabody Bible Church Later, after death had silenced the other men, the soldier saw his centurion escorting a man toward him.

  • Our voice in Topeka

    This week finds us on a three-day schedule — working all day every day — considering a whole host of things from abortion and human trafficking to a constitutional amendment related to the federal health care legislation. We are also preparing to reconcile bills we pass with those of the Senate. Thursday and Friday will consist of Senate-House conference committees to reconcile our differences. As to legislative pay, our budget bill from the appropriations committee just came out of committee and will again lower our pay as well as the pay of all state workers for fiscal year 2011. Currently our pay in the House has been lowered from $88 per day to $84 per day, which is $11 per hour if we work an eight-hour day. Some days, it’s a six-hour day. Most days I’m there before 7 a.m. and finish between 6 and 8 p.m.

  • LETTERS:

    Mayor responds to donor's concerns, Reader upset with news coverage

PEOPLE

  • Shared employee continues to concern seniors

    Petitions are available in county senior centers and may be signed by those who do not agree that a Marion County Department on Aging employee should be shared with another county department. Information was distributed at a Senior Citizens of Marion County, Inc. meeting Feb. 19 in Durham regarding scams and Food Sales and Homestead Tax Refunds.

  • Pilot's passion started with radio control planes

    Terry Chizek, of Marion, didn’t plan to become a pilot. It wasn’t something he dreamed about as a child. But when he started flying radio-controlled planes in 1987, it set him on the path to earn his pilot’s license.

  • Farmers learn about tractor GPS systems

    Representatives of Straub International were at the Marion store March 16 to inform farmers about Case IH GPS guidance systems for tractors. Judging from the turnout, there is a lot of interest in this latest technology.

  • Young sportsman snares bobcats

    Elias Jirak of Ramona is getting an early start as an outdoorsman. The 7-year-old likes to hunt and fish. He goes fur harvesting with his father, Steve Jirak, in the wintertime. Elias snared four bobcats this winter. The snares were placed on fences along trails made by the critters.

  • Country correspondents keep people connected

    Country correspondents Joyce Kyle and LaVonne Ammeter, both of rural Burns, are preserving the last vestiges of the original Burns News through their weekly contributions to the Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. Their collections allow readers to stay in touch with neighbors and friends.

  • More than $350,000 pledged to hospital

    St. Luke Hospital continues to be successful in receiving pledges from every member of the foundation and hospital district boards. In November, hospital employees pledged more than $108,000 to the “St. Luke Hospital Foundation: A Healthy Investment in Your Future” campaign for hospital building improvements. St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary also pledged $125,000. With pledges from hospital affiliated boards and employees, more than $350,000 has been pledged to date.

  • ENGAGEMENTS:

    Grandson's engagement announced
  • CORRESPONDENTS:

    Another Day in the Country, Marion Senior Center, Tampa
  • MEMORIES:

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125

SCHOOL

  • Students recognized for exemplary character

    Marion Elementary School second-grader Chloe Burkholder and third-grader Joey Nickel won the Marion Kiwanis Club Exemplary Character award for February. After a cafeteria dispute between two students, Chloe sat down with one of the participants and consoled her fellow student.

  • MHS scholars to appear on TV

    Marion High School scholars bowl team will appear April 15 on KPTS in a match against Washburn Rural High School as part of Washburn University’s Quest competition. MHS earned its spot in the televised rounds by placing in the top 16 teams Dec. 5 in Topeka.

  • Districts prep for special ed ruling

    The Kansas State Board of Education is scheduled to rule on USD 398’s request to leave the Marion County Special Education Cooperative April 13. The Peabody-Burns school district must present a detailed plan to the Kansas Board of Education explaining how they would take care of their special education students — currently more than 60.

SPORTS

  • County basketball players named to all-state team

    Several Marion County hoopsters were named as part of the Wichita Eagle’s annual all-state and class teams. Marion High School forward Julia Zeiner earned a spot as a third team member of the all-state team and made first team for 3A.

  • Marion boy participates in club

    Brice Shults of Marion competed March 10 in the 73-pound class in the District 3, East Sub-District Tournament in Junction City. Five Hillsboro Wrestling Club wrestlers competed Saturday in the District 3 championship tournament in McPherson.

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