• Flag-desecration rally called off after soldier's Internet rumors prove false

    What might have been a major rally protesting recent flag desecration at a cemetery near Peabody was canceled Thursday after the National Guard sergeant who had started an e-mail campaign for the event learned he had been misinformed. Concern also had been raised that the protest might get out of hand. Sgt. Kevin Linscheid of Peabody, a trucker who has served in the Balkans and Iraq, heard about desecration of flags the weekend after Memorial Day.

  • Registered sex offender accused of bringing Oklahoma teen to Florence

    Registered sex offender Stacey Deines, 35, was arrested by sheriff’s officers and U.S. marshals Thursday morning as he arrived at his parents’ home in Florence. A 16-year-old girl he allegedly had picked up in the middle of the night in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, more than 350 miles away, was reported safe and sound, back with her parents in Oklahoma.


  • Food donations scarce in summer

    Volunteer Virginia Bowers opened the refrigerator door Thursday, but all she saw was a dozen eggs at Marion County Emergency Food Bank at 300 E. Santa Fe St., Marion. Similarly, the shelves of the food bank were sparsely stocked with donations. Multiple families donate weekly, Bowers said, but the food bank still runs low on provisions.

  • Bees are couple's life, love

    For Bill Vinduska, a hobby turned into a way of life. He said that he just wanted to have some bees around for the honey.

  • Real estate company is sold

    Kannady & Associates Real Estate — a fixture in Marion for the past 30 years — has changed hands and the sign on the downtown building has been replaced. But the real estate business will continue and its original owner will not soon be forgotten.

  • Heavy rains flood parts of Marion County

    Heavy rain Saturday night and Sunday morning flooded parts of Marion County and forced evacuation of some residents in Peabody. More than 5 inches was reported throughout the county. A water rescue was conducted at a house in southern Peabody Sunday morning, and another seven houses were evacuated.

  • Flash flooding forces evacuations, causes damage in Peabody

    By the time Peabody Public Works Director Darren Pickens was notified of a problem by a signal from the Olive Street lift station Sunday morning, rising floodwaters from Spring Creek were beginning to roll over the banks. Estimated overnight rainfall amounts as much as 6 inches inundated Peabody’s Spring Creek and Doyle Creek in a matter of hours, quickly trapping residents on Maple and South Olive streets.

  • Commission approves new county pay plan

    Marion County Commission adopted a new county pay plan Monday in an effort to make compensation more uniform. Commissioners also discussed possible changes to other benefits, including reduced sick leave. The plan includes provisions for cost-of-living adjustments, raises for longevity, and merit-based raises. The plan classifies positions in one of 10 pay scales, and each scale has a minimum and a maximum wage. The county considered pay rates for comparable positions in similar counties when setting the ranges.

  • Chisholm Trail may earn National Historic Trail designation

    The National Park Service is conducting a study to determine whether a cattle drive trail that passed through Marion County should be designated a National Historic Trail. If the Chisholm Trail earns the designation, it would join the Santa Fe Trail as the only two historic trails in Marion County.


  • Ruth Bartel

    Ruth A. Bartel, 80, of Hillsboro, died June 8 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Born Feb. 21, 1930, in Newton, to Albert F. and Anna (Penner) Bartel, she was employed by Emprise Bank as head teller.

  • Linda Holub

    Linda S. Holub, 47, of Marion, died June 14 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. Born Dec. 21, 1962, in Marion, to Jack and Carolyn “Sue” (Haizlip) Williams, she married Patrick Holub on July 2, 1990.

  • Beulah Onderek

    Beulah Mae “Bea” Onderek, 76, of Marion, died June 11. The former Wichita resident was born Jan. 31, 1934, in Tyrone, Mo., to Vester Lee and Flossie (Cobble) Geisler.



  • 2 enter race for county commission seat

    Roger K. Fleming, of Hillsboro, will challenge incumbent Bob Hein, also of Hillsboro, in the race for the Republican nomination to represent District 1 on Marion County Commission. Fleming and Hein filed their candidacies before the Thursday deadline. The primary will be Aug. 3.

  • Agreement approved for new Marion business

    Marion City Council approved an agreement Monday with Mark Evans for lot 31 in the city’s business park, located north of U.S. 56. City Economic Development Director Doug Kjellin asked the council to consider giving Evans more time to begin and complete construction for his Airstream camper restoration business. The council agreed and gave the businessman 150 days to begin construction and 300 days to complete it.

  • Tampa City Council

    Progress is being made toward of improving 330th Road, between Tampa and K-15. Mayor Tim Svoboda told the city council June 7 that county Commissioner Dan Holub said the county had obtained low-interest financing from the state for a 6-inch overlay of asphalt on four miles. Work is expected to begin in July. Power surges were blamed for $109 in repairs to a refrigerator at the senior center. The council approved the purchase of a surge protector.


  • Support cancer fundraiser

    It’s that time of year again when Marion County residents celebrate those who conquered cancer and remember those who tried. My mother ultimately died from cancer after a valiant eight-year battle with the painful and indiscriminate disease. It started in a breast and eventually spread to her spinal cord, leaving her paralyzed. She had this incredible determination that cancer was not going to get her — at least not on cancer’s terms.

  • Another Day in the Country

    When my sister and I returned from California, we were overwhelmed by yard work. Even though we had someone mowing in our absence, everything needed care upon our return. With all the moisture, the weeds were having a heyday. And wouldn’t you know it — the only lawnmower working was the push mower. For a regular yard, that’s adequate. For all the yards that we mow weekly, a push mower is a killer.


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  • Faith sees man through prostate cancer

    Life can be filled with trials and tribulations. The true test of a person’s faith can be how that person deals with adversity. Jerry Allen has had his share of health problems.

  • Cancer patient lives one day at a time

    Beatrice Martinez, of Marion, was surprised when doctors diagnosed her with ovarian cancer in 2008. “It’s not something that you figure would ever get you, but it does,” she said.

  • Dedication planned for new time capsule, historic panel

    Lost Springs will hold a monument rededication at 10 a.m. July 3 at the current historical marker of the original site of the town. There will be a placement of a new time capsule, a dedication of a new historic plaque, and a cavalry camp display.

  • Fundraiser will benefit cancer society

    Marion County Relay For Life begins with the survivor walk at 7 p.m. Friday at Joel H. Wiens Stadium on the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro. The relay and events will continue until 7 a.m. Saturday. A quilt drawing will be at 9 p.m., and the luminary ceremony will be at 10 p.m.

  • Bluegrass at the Lake is Saturday

    Four area bluegrass bands are scheduled to play, and there will be an open stage Saturday at Bluegrass at the Lake. The festival will be from 2 to 10:30 p.m. at the beach area of Marion County Park and Lake. Bands scheduled to play are Jammin’ Biscuits Band, Folk Holler, Timber Creek Band, and Stranger Creek String Band.


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  • Home-schooled seniors share goals, aspirations

    High school graduation is one of the most important events in a teenager’s life. It doesn’t matter how he or she got there — public, private, or home-school. What does matter are the same things that matter to all teens — figuring out what’s next and how to achieve it.

  • Driver's ed allows trial and error

    It’s that time again when residents see a “student driver” sign on a vehicle and teenage driver’s behind the wheel. The USD 408 driver’s education course runs for three weeks from June 7 through June 26 and is taught in two parts.

  • Contracts approved for 2010-11

    The USD 408 Board of education approved contracts Tuesday evening for all supplemental assignments after an executive session. High school Football: Head coach — Grant Thierolf; assistant coaches — Jerry Smith, Mark Meyer, and Shaun Craft. Boys basketball: Head — Jeff McMillin; assistant — Terry Edwards. Girls basketball: Head — Randy Savage; assistant — Steve Janzen. Volleyball: Head — Jim Versch; assistant — Amanda McMillin. Track: Head — Grant Thierolf; assistants — Deanna Thierolf, Charlotte Waner, Craft, Dick Schwartz, Rex Wilson, Smith, and Jeff McMillin. Cross-country: Head — Bethany Carlson. Cheerleader sponsor: Cooperative head — Susan Hall and Diane Jeffrey Golf: Co-heads— Tod Gordon and Lee Leiker. Softball: Head — Jill Hudson; assist ant — Chad Adkins. Baseball: Head — Tyler Mermis; assistant — Mike Jeffrey. Wrestling: Head — Chad Adkins; assistant — Lucas King. Musical director: Janet Killough. Vocal coach: David Clark. Band: Adam Johnson. Forensics: Killough. Class sponsors: Senior — Myrta Billings and Gary Stuchlik; junior — Craft and Lori Kirkpatrick; sophomore — Don Molleker; freshman — Roger Schwab. STUCO: Grant Thierolf and Jeff McMillin. National Honor Society: Lisa Johnson. FBLA: Jennifer Janzen FCCLA: Billings Key Club: Janice Waner Scholars Bowl: Doug Vogel Weight lifting: Grant Thierolf Student manager: Versch Intel: Versch Hazardous Chemical: Bruce Rhodes Middle School Football: Head — Edwards; assist ant— Jason Hett. Boys basketball: Head — Gary Hett; assistant — Jason Hett. Girls basketball: Head — Cason Schmidt; assistant — Rebecca Hofer. Volleyball: Head — Kris Burkholder; assistant — Michelle Adkins. STUCO: Adkins Yearbook: Missy Stubenhofer In other business:

  • Centre school board approves vehicle purchase

    The board of education of Centre USD 397 approved the purchase of two new nine-passenger vehicles Monday for transporting students and school personnel to extracurricular school activities. Bids will be solicited for the vehicles and the board will accept the lowest bids with the total cost not to exceed $80,000.


  • MES Track results

    Marion Elementary school students participated May 8 at the Minneapolis youth track meet. Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten Heidi Grimmett – 1. 25-meter dash; 1. 50; 1. 100. first- and second-grade Boys Luke Lanning – 5. Softball throw. Third- and fourth-grade girls Kourtney Hansen – 4. 400; 3. Shot put. third- and fourth-grade boys Jack Schneider – 2. 100; 3. Long jump. Corbin Wheeler – 5. Long jump. Cooper Garman – 2. High jump. Janson Garman – 2. Shot put; 3. High jump. 4x100 relay – 1. Schneider, Corbin, Cooper Garman, Janson Garman, 4x400 relay – 1. Schneider, Corbin, Cooper Garman, Janson Garman. Fifth- and sixth-Grade girls Marshelle Mermis – 1. 100 hurdles, meet record; 4. 100; 5. 400. Emily Schneider – 6. 200. Kristen Hansen – 4. Shot put. Kayla Kroupa – 2. Discus; 3. Turbo javelin. 4x100 relay – 4. Mermis, Kroupa, Bailey Robson, and Erika Hess.


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